President Donald Trump announced this morning on Twitter that he is nominating lawyer and George W. Bush Justice Department official Christopher Wray to be the new FBI director. In his tweet, Trump called Wray "a man of impeccable credentials."

Trump evidently made the decision without some of the obvious consultation one would normally seek in this situation.

Among other high-profile jobs, Christopher Wray recently served as personal lawyer to outgoing New Jersey governor and sidelined Trump ally Chris Christie, during investigations into Christie aides' closure of lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge as retribution for the mayor of Fort Lee declining to endorse him. In the lead-up to the trial last summer, attorneys for the Christie allies facing felony charges sought the cellphone that Christie had been using at the time of the lane closures, saying it may have contained a dozen deleted text messages between Christie and his chief of staff.

"I haven't had it for two-plus years, but it's in the hands of the government as far as I know," Christie said in 2016. "I don't know exactly who physically has it. But I turned it over in response to requests from the government, as I said I would."

Only prosecutors didn't have the cellphone. Christopher Wray did. The phone never made its way into the courtroom. Christie has not been charged in connection with the closures, but two of his allies, top aide Bridget Anne Kelly and Port Authority official Bill Baroni, were convicted for their roles.

Speaking to the Associated Press today, Christie said, "I have the utmost confidence in Chris. He's an outstanding lawyer. He has absolute integrity and honesty, and I think that the president certainly would not be making a mistake if he asked Chris Wray to be FBI director."

Under Bush the Younger, Wray ran the Justice Department's criminal division. In that job, he worked under deposed FBI director James Comey and oversaw one of the investigations into Enron.

Wray's name also appears repeatedly on mostly or completely redacted documents connected with the Bush administration's torture program compiled by the American Civil Liberties Union through the Freedom of Information Act. The documents include several email threads about Iraqi detainee talking points around the time that the scope of the presidentially sanctioned torture at the Iraq military prison was being made public.

Another document is the CIA inspector general's referral of the death of Abu Ghraib detainee Manadel al-Jamadi to Wray's office with the subject line "Possible Violations of Federal Criminal Law." Al-Jamadi died during an interrogation, his head covered by a plastic bag, arms shackled in a crucifixion pose, his ribs broken. An image of Jamadi’s corpse wrapped in plastic and put on ice became famous, and in death he acquired the nickname of Ice Man.

The CIA deemed the death a homicide. The torturers were identified, but they were never charged.