FBI Nominee Christopher Wray Grilled By Senate Judiciary About His Integrity

FBI director nominee Wray earned $9.2 million in law practice last year

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

To satisfy ethics concerns, Wray will not participate for one year in Federal Bureau of Investigation matters that involve companies or people represented by his former law firm, Lofthus said in his letter.

Pressing Christopher Wray as he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on his nomination to be the next Federal Bureau of Investigation director, Republican Sen.

Wray, 50, was nominated on June 7, after a number of potential candidates withdrew their candidacy amid swirling allegations about the Trump Administration and possible collusion with the Kremlin during the 2016 election.

In an earlier stint at the Justice Department, Wray supported the detention of hundreds of mostly Arab or Muslim men for immigration violations.

His reserved approach could bode well for the agency at a time when its work has been thrust into the center of a political maelstrom.

"I would think you'd want to consult with some good legal advisers before you did that", said Mr Wray when pressed by the South Carolina Republican.




The hearing takes place as Washington digests the news that Trump's son, Donald Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, met before the election with a woman they had been told was a Russian government lawyer who would provide damaging information on Hillary Clinton. "They have been my guideposts throughout my career, and I will continue to adhere to them no matter the test", Wray said. The allegation involving Trump pressing Comey on February 14 over the Flynn probe raised questions about whether Trump's behavior amounted to obstruction of justice, a potential issue in any potential future effort in Congress to impeach the president and remove him from office.

Trump thinks the investigation into him and his presidential campaign is "the greatest Witch Hunt of a politician in American history".

Last month, Mr Comey told a congressional hearing that Mr Trump had requested a pledge of loyalty to him, which Mr Comey said he had refused to give. Lindsey Graham of SC.

Wray's tenure in President George W. Bush's administration, in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks, raised questions from Democrats about his role in reviewing policies about harsh interrogation of detainees that were blessed by the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel in the Bush administration. Wray told investigators he had told one prison official to push as far toward security within the bounds of the law, the group stated. But Wray pledged to guard the independence of the ongoing inquiry into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, and said any effort to tamper with the inquiry would be "inappropriate". "The FBI is going to play no part in the use of any techniques of that sort", he said. The closest his discussions came to Comey, Wray said, was during a conversation with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Still, Wray - if confirmed - is walking into agency that has been buffeted by unrelenting controversy since a year ago, starting with Comey's decision not to recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server and then to suddenly re-open the inquiry just 11 days before the 2016 election. He said Comey's decision to leak notes he took about their meetings to the media was illegal, though it is still not clear if the material was classified.

"Knowing those people and having worked side-by-side with those people. there was no hesitation in my mind as to where I stood", he said.

"First, I would try to talk him out of it", he said, before adding, "If that failed, I would resign".

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