Donald Trump has decided he wants to make news in a different way today so he surprised a few people by announcing on a tweet a new FBI Director choice to be submitted for senate confirmation.
Trump's announcement comes one day before former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired last month, is set to testify in a bombshell hearing before the Senate.
"I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI. Details to follow," Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.
We can figure out whose idea this particular choice comes from, New Jersey. Christopher Wray represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during the "Bridgegate" investigation into lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. Last week, Christie told the Bergen Record that Trump "would not be making a mistake" were he to tap Wray to lead the FBI.
He also headed up the Justice Department's criminal division from 2003 to 2005 under President George W. Bush and is currently a litigation partner at the DC-based law firm King & Spalding, where he chairs the firm's Special Matters and Government Investigations Practice Group.
The sudden announcement cuts into a bubbling news cycle about tensions between Trump and his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, who in recent weeks told Trump he would be willing to resign, a senior administration official confirmed to CNN on Tuesday.
The timing could also be aimed at blunting the impact of Comey's testimony before the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday. Comey is expected to refute Trump's claim that he told the President directly he was not under investigation and is also set to describe interactions with Trump that made him uneasy.
Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, was skeptical about the timing of Wray's nomination.
"I think it is more than a little bit curious that the President chose this morning as the time to announce his new FBI head," Warner said on CNN's "New Day." "There will be a time and place to review him. But it seems to me that this is an effort to try to take people's attention off what is going to be the main event, at least for the next two days: the leaders of our intelligence community and the FBI director."