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

13 July, 2017, 00:28 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray meets with Sen. Chuck Grassley R-Iowa in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington

The 50-year-old former Justice Department lawyer, was named by Trump after the president fired James Comey.

Last month, the Senate judiciary committee released last month a comprehensive, 68-page questionnaire that Wray had filled out. And he attempted to do just that.

Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley has said he wants a final confirmation vote for Wray on the Senate floor before the August recess. I consider the Director's most important duty to ensure that nothing distracts the selfless patriots at the Federal Bureau of Investigation from their mission. At this time, Wray was part of a team tasked with protecting national security in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.).

The Utah Republican also used his time in Wray's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to get his support on several of his own issues, including encryption, child protection and rapid DNA testing.

Yet Wray's nomination comes at a tumultuous time for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is still reeling from Comey's dismissal and the subsequent appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the federal Russian Federation probe. And he says Wray's record shows he is committed to independence.

"The FBI is one of the most powerful tools available to the president, and from what we've seen from the White House, they may be expecting your loyalty as the president did with Director Comey", said Sen.

During Sen. Patrick Leahy's (D-VT) 10 minutes, the Democrat said he was "troubled" by the prompt firing of Comey.


In the interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Mr Trump jnr defended his actions, but he said that "in retrospect, I probably would have done things a little differently". Grassley says it's vital for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director to be independent. Republicans are likely to ask whether he will ensure that the F.B.I. vigorously investigates a spate of recent leaks of classified information to the news media, many of which have been embarrassing to the president and that Republicans have condemned. President Donald Trump is said to have asked Comey for a loyalty pledge during a private dinner before his dismissal. But Trump subsequently told NBC News' Lester Holt "I was gonna fire him regardless of the recommendation" and said the decision related to the Russian Federation probe.

"My view is that torture is wrong", Wray said.

"Do you consider this endeavor a witch hunt?" Sad!" Wray said he does "not consider Director Mueller to be on a witch hunt.

Wray said that as a prosecutor, he learned about "playing it straight and following the facts wherever they may lead".

When he became US attorney in Atlanta, Alexander hired Wray as a federal prosecutor, working under Sally Yates - who would go on to become a deputy attorney general in the Obama Justice Department and acting attorney general under President Trump.

He also addressed an investigation into Russian meddling in the USA presidential election. The FBI director does not serve the president. The emails showed the Republican president's son agreeing past year to meet a woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who might have damaging information about Democratic White House rival Hillary Clinton as part of Moscow's official support for his father.

"I think Russian Federation is a foreign nation that we have to deal with very warily", responded Wray.

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