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FBI pick Christopher Wray has ties to many of Atlanta's largest companies

WASHINGTON -- Christopher Wray, the Atlanta attorney President Donald Trump nominated to lead the FBI, has ties to several of the state's largest corporations, new federal ethics documents show.

Disclosures released by the Office of Government Ethics on Monday show that as a longtime partner to the law firm King & Spalding, Wray represented the Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks and the pulp and paper company Georgia-Pacific. Wray also provided legal services to other major corporations, including Chevron, Wells Fargo and Johnson & Johnson.

The filings show that Wray also invested his money in many of the state's biggest companies, including SunTrust, Aflac, UPS and Southern Company.

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He owned up to $1 million of stock in Home Depot, according to the filings, and between $300,000 and $600,00 in Coca-Cola shares, part of a broad portfolio that included many blue chip companies.

Overall, Wray earned $9.2 million from his role as partner at King & Spalding, according to the paperwork.

The documents were released ahead of Wray's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

Lawmakers are expected to question Wray extensively about his stance on Russian meddling in last year's elections and how he would maintain his independence from the Trump White House. A Muslim civil rights group has also requested that senators probe the way Wray treated immigrant detainees as a Bush administration official in the aftermath of 9/11.

As part of his ethics agreement with the Office of Government Ethics, Wray agreed to recuse himself from any FBI business related to King & Spalding and other former clients for a year unless he first receives a waiver.

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Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that impact Georgia.