by Dan Froomkin
Donald Trump's pick to succeed FBI director James Comey -- who he fired for being insufficiently compliant -- goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning.
Christopher Wray is a relative unknown, having cast a remarkably small wake during two decades as a lawyer for the Justice Department and big-money law firm King & Spalding.
But Wray has played some disturbing bit parts over the years that senators will surely want him to explain.
And his willingness to accept the job under these circumstances raises a number of essential questions about what assurances he has gotten or given, how he sees his relationship with Trump, and what if any plan he has to restore even a veneer of nonpartisanship to the agency.
Q. Do you see the FBI as a check on the president?
Q. How are you going to support Bob Mueller's special counsel investigation of Russian meddling in the presidential election -- without interfering with it?
Q. If President Trump asks you for your loyalty, how will you respond? Has he asked already?