Wray ethics agreement released ahead of FBI nomination hearing

0
50
FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray is pictured. | Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

Christopher Wray, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the FBI, has provided legal services to several major corporations including Wells Fargo, Johnson & Johnson and Chevron, in addition to his extensive legal work at an influential international law firm, according to Office of Government Ethics documents released Monday.

The veteran corporate lawyer, who will go before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday for his confirmation hearing, will also have to step aside from any matter that involves his firm, King & Spalding, for a year unless he obtains a waiver. The Atlanta-based firm boasts an extensive list of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100 corporations.

Story Continued Below

“For a period of one year after his resignation, he also will not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter involving specific parties in which he knows the firm is a party or represents a party, unless he is first authorized to participate,” Lee Lofthus, a top Justice Department official, wrote to the Office of Government Ethics in Wray’s ethics agreement, dated June 29.

Wray’s sprawling client list also includes Credit Suisse, the military shipbuilding company Huntington Ingalls Industries, SunTrust Banks, the fantasy sports platforms FanDuel and DraftKings, Officer of Standard Chartered Bank in London, Georgia-Pacific Corp., Medtronic, drug monitoring company Ameritox, PricewaterHouse Coopers, and the telecommunications company Alcatel-Lucent. The nominee for FBI director also represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during the so-called “Bridgegate” scandal.

Additionally, Wray has offered legal services to three U.S. organizations that he did not disclose because they are subject to non-public investigations.

As part of his ethics process, Wray was required to disclose sources of compensation that exceeds $5,000 annually. If he is confirmed, Wray will not be allowed to be directly involved in issues that include a former client for one year since the last time he provided services to that client, according to the ethics agreement.

The ethics and financial disclosure documents also show Wray made $9.24 million as part of his annual partnership share at King & Spalding.

Source Politico