Wray promises to lead Federal Bureau of Investigation free of political considerations

Wray promises to lead Federal Bureau of Investigation free of political considerations

Wray promises to lead Federal Bureau of Investigation free of political considerations

Christopher Wray, who formerly headed the criminal division of the U.S. Department of Justice during the George W. Bush administration, was nominated for the position after Trump's controversial firing of Comey in May.

Wray, a defense attorney and a former Justice Department official, is facing questions from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, some of whom will likely seek assurances on whether he can operate independently from the White House.

At the hearing, Graham read aloud the 2016 emails that Donald Trump Jr. released Tuesday, which confirmed that he met with an operative from "the Russian government" in hopes of derailing Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

She says she is concerned after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey. Comey also testified that the president asked him for a loyalty pledge.

Mr Comey had also told senators he was anxious about meeting one-on-one with Mr Trump, because he was concerned the president might lie later about their discussion.

"Chris is exactly the person both the country and the FBI need at this time in our history", KBIA quoted Michael Luttig, a former federal appeals court judge who hired Wray as a law clerk.

"No one asked me for any sort of loyalty oath at any point during this process and I sure as heck didn't offer one", Wray said.

That's a direct rebuke of President Trump's repeated claims - made as recently as Wednesday morning - that the investigation into whether his team colluded with Russian Federation is a "witch hunt", even in the wake of the release of emails showing his own son set up a meeting with a Kremlin-tied attorney offering information about Hillary Clinton during the campaign. King & Spalding's links to Russia may raise questions as to whether Wray would offer a recusal from the FBI's investigation into Russian election interference.

"First, I would try to talk him out of it". Wray said that no such demand had been made of him.

But for Wray, that question is even more dicey considering the circumstances in which Comey was sacked.

Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation pledged today to insulate the agency from outside interference, amid a probe into Russian election interference that could threaten the president and his inner circle.

"I think it would be wise", he said. Wray said he was "honored and humbled" by the nomination.

Mr Wray sidestepped questions on the issue during Wednesday's hearing. At this time, Wray was part of a team tasked with protecting national security in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Chuck Grassley, the committee chairman, and Sen. "From what I've seen so far from meetings with Mr. Wray and from looking at his record, he appears to possess these qualifications".

Additionally, Wray listed three "confidential clients" whose "names can not be disclosed because they are subject to non-public investigations".

Mr Wray's lengthy legal career included a stint as a top Justice Department official in the Bush administration and white-collar work at an global law firm with several major corporations and banks as clients.

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