Trump's FBI Director Pick Says Russia Inquiry Is Not A Witch Hunt
- Author: Stacy Houston Jul 13, 2017,
Jul 13, 2017, 0:46
Asked about his predecessor's controversial intervention in last year's presidential race, when he held a press conference about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when secretary of state, Mr Wray said: "I can't imagine a situation where as Federal Bureau of Investigation director I would be giving a press conference on an uncharged individual, much less talk to the Hill about it".
Wray, 50, a former top official in the Justice Department under President George W. Bush from 2003 to 2005, was nominated by President Donald Trump on June 7 to lead the domestic security agency after Trump abruptly fired the previous director, James Comey.
But before any votes take place, Wray will have to face a series of questions about his background - and his backbone.
FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray said at his Senate confirmation hearing this morning that he does not view Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation as a "witch hunt". Way revolved around Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation of Russian interference into the USA presidential election, whether the agency is on a "witch hunt" against Mr. Trump or his associates, and the appropriate response to an unlawful order. Questions about the Russian Federation investigation are likely to come up during this hearing, along with the latest development of emails that appear to show the president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., accepting help from Russian Federation who offered incriminating information about Hillary Clinton.
Meanwhile, the FBI Agents Association has made it clear it supports Wray's nomination. That paperwork tallied Wray's annual takeaway from the law firm partnership at $9 million.
"Anyone who does would be making a very serious mistake".
Let's do the pluses and minuses.
Feinstein pressed Wray on the extent to which he was involved in the "Torture Memos", which were drafted by then-Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo and signed August 2002 by Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee. Many people who take these kinds of positions do take salary cuts and embrace these other minuses in the process as part of their trade-off, so that's not exactly unusual. But Wray said he would reject any efforts to interfere with Mueller's work.
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And, that any politician who gets approached by Russian Federation (or Ukraine) about their election shouldn't just take the meeting.
You can live stream Wray's hearing on the committee's website here or check it out on Twitter here.
Asked if he would have accepted such a meeting, Mr Wray responded, "I would think you'd want to consult with some good legal advisers before you did that". "Where is your commitment?"
"If the president asked you to do something unlawful or unethical, what do you say?" the Vermont lawmaker asked.
But for Wray, that question is even more dicey considering the circumstances in which Comey was sacked.
Mr Wray also told a Senate hearing he would quit if the president asked him to do anything illegal. Why was he appointed?
Christopher Wray's comments came under sharp questioning by Sen.
Wray wasn't on the original list of potential replacements.