Trump's Pick To Head FBI Faces Questions Over Loyalty, Russia

Trump's Pick To Head FBI Faces Questions Over Loyalty, Russia

Trump's Pick To Head FBI Faces Questions Over Loyalty, Russia

Wednesday's hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee will look into his legal career and any other ties Wray may have to the White House.

Last summer, Trump Jr. agreed to meet with Veselnitskaya, whom he believed to be a "Russian government attorney" after receiving an email offering him "very high level and sensitive information" that would "incriminate" Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, according to emails the younger Trump publicly released on Tuesday.

Graham prodded Wray to tell the assembled senators that "any threat or effort to interfere with our elections from any nation-state, or any non-state actor" ought to be reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The firing of James Comey now seems like a bookend on the whole Russia-Trump drama, but don't forget that just about two months ago Trump fired the main man in charge of the Russia investigation. He also said Trump had encouraged him to end an investigation into the former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

Wray, an assistant attorney general under President George W. Bush who now works as a lawyer in private practice, was nominated by Trump in June to lead the bureau.

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, especially Democrats, repeatedly pressed Wray to prove that he would resist pressure from Trump to slow-roll the Justice Department's ongoing probe into Russian election interference and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

Much of Wray's hearing focused on his ability to remain independent, something he addressed ahead of senators' questions.

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Former colleagues and friends describe Mr. Wray as a low-key straight shooter who is unafraid to take on tough cases. Senator Tim Kaine, Ms Clinton's former running mate, went as far as to say Mr Trump Jr may have committed treason.

"If I am given the honor of leading this agency, I will never allow the FBI's work to be driven by anything other than the facts, the law, and the impartial pursuit of justice", Wray said.

Wray was nominated after Comey was sacked two months ago.

He also addressed an investigation into Russian meddling in the US presidential election.

Leahy also brought up then-Senator Jeff Sessions' grilling of Sally Yates at her confirmation hearing for Deputy Attorney General as an example for his next question to Wray. Sad!" Wray said he does "not consider Director Mueller to be on a witch hunt.

Wray also represented Chris Christie in the Bridgegate scandal in which the New Jersey governor's aides purposefully closed lanes on the George Washington Bridge out of spite for a local mayor and played a major role in the U.S.'s response to 9/11, Politico reported.

Wray was at the department in 2004 when Comey, temporarily serving as acting attorney general in place of the ailing John Ashcroft, was prepared to resign during a dispute with the White House over the reauthorization of a domestic surveillance program. Wray said he got no demand for personal loyalty, nor would he pledge it. He expressed confidence in Wray's ability to retain that independence.

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