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Trump turns again to one of his favorite law firms

By Laurie Bennett

June 7, 2017 at 9:22am

In tapping Christopher Wray to be director of the FBI, Donald Trump has again shown a preference for King & Spalding.

Wray is a partner at the law firm. So is Gilbert Kaplan, Trump’s nominee for under secretary of commerce. Another partner, Bobby Burchfield, was chosen earlier this year to be an independent adviser to the president’s company, the Trump Organization. An adviser to the firm, Terry Snell, is former national security & foreign policy adviser to Dan Coats, Trump’s director of national intelligence.

King & Spalding has several other connections likely to sit well with the current administration. It is a registered lobbyist for Saudi Arabia, collecting $370,276 from the Saudi Ministry of Commerce during the 6-month period ending Jan. 31.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a close adviser to the president, also turned to the firm during the Bridgegate controversy, hiring Wray, a former prosecutor, to represent him.

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