Federal Bureau of Investigation nominee rejects Trump claim: Russian Federation probe no witch hunt

Federal Bureau of Investigation nominee rejects Trump claim: Russian Federation probe no witch hunt

Federal Bureau of Investigation nominee rejects Trump claim: Russian Federation probe no witch hunt

After all, Wray looks to succeed James Comey, a Republican who learned of his firing by President Donald Trump on television.

Asserting his independence, he said, "My loyalty is to the Constitution and the rule of law".

Christopher Wray, President Trump's nominee for FBI Director, released financial records Monday that showed he is worth more than $23 million and earned $9.2 million at Atlanta-based law firm King & Spalding in 2017.

Lawmakers are likely to delve into how Wray would function under a president who is said to have required loyalty from Comey, who was well-liked within the nation's largest law enforcement agency.

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Wray wouldn't comment specifically on news that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer to get dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Thompson said Wray, "without fear or favor", played key leadership roles in the investigations and prosecutions of executives at Enron, WorldCom and Adelphia.

Wray repeatedly sidestepped discussion of Mueller's work as an independent counsel investigating Russia's meddling in the election and whether Trump's team colluded with Russian officials to hurt Clinton's presidential campaign. Dianne Feinstein of California, Wray further described Mueller as a "consummate straight shooter and someone I have enormous respect for". And he said he "sure as heck" would not offer a pledge of loyalty to the president. He serves the Constitution, the law and the American people.

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He said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who approached him about the job, remarked to him that with the special counsel dealing with the issue "it made for a better landscape for me to consider taking on this position". The White House at first said Comey was sacked at the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein over his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private server as secretary of state. He pointed to questions about FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, citing how McCabe's wife ran as a Democrat for the Virginia state Senate and accepted nearly a million dollars from Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's "political machine".

Trump thinks Comey was a "nut job;" Wray doesn't: "In all my dealing with Jim Comey, he was a terrific lawyer, a dedicated public servant and a wonderful colleague".

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. "All of this raises important questions about the next Federal Bureau of Investigation head, about the person's independence". Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who peppered Wray with numerous questions concerning allegations of collusion by the Trump campaign with Russian Federation.

Although Trump as a candidate professed support for waterboarding, Wray said he considered torture to be wrong and ineffective.

Before joining the private sector, Mr. Wray worked in the Justice Department. He expressed confidence in Wray's ability to retain that independence.

The memos advised the Central Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon and President Bush that interrogation techniques, like waterboarding and sleep deprivation, may be legally permissible under expanded presidential authority in light of the War on Terror.

Trump had complained that Comey was a showboat.

I am honored to be nominated by the President to lead the FBI and humbled by the prospect of working alongside the outstanding men and women of the Bureau.

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