New FBI Director To Face Congress Next Week

FBI director nominee Christopher Wray is sworn in on Capitol Hill on Wednesday prior to testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. AP

FBI director nominee Christopher Wray is sworn in on Capitol Hill on Wednesday prior to testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. AP

"My loyalty is to the Constitution and to the rule of law", Wray said.

DONALD Trump's pick for FBI Director, Christopher Wray, has pledged that he will lead an independent bureau without regard for partisan politics while refusing to wear loyalty to Mr Trump and rejecting his description of the investigation into Russian election meddling as a "witch hunt". 'I think it would be wise to let the Federal Bureau of Investigation know, ' Wray answered, after Sen.

He sounds like a person with the right stuff, and even Trump may have to tread lightly after his firing of Comey and the subsequent embarrassment it brought to his administration and the damage it did to his credibility.

Trump's reaction marked the twelfth time the president has used the term "witch hunt" on Twitter to describe accurate media reports and reasonable investigations into potentially illegal activities by his staff and family.

Wray, who once worked for his fired predecessor James Comey in the George W. Bush Justice Department, was asked by Democrat Al Franken whether he would call Comey a "nut-job", as Trump did.

Wray had no problem navigating the questions from the committee, and both Democrats and Republicans had positive things to share at the conclusion of the hearing. Some lawmakers will want reassurances that Wray will keep a boundary line between the White House.

"My people and the people that support me, who are incredible people, those people are angry because they feel it's being unfair and a witch hunt", added Trump.

At today's press conference, held jointly with President Macron of France, Trump tried to pass the meeting off as simply "opposition research" and, perhaps unintentionally, implied that when offered information it's standard practice to accept it. Wray said that he just didn't have the context to answer; Graham asked him to get back to him.

This couldn't have been music to President Trump's ears, but especially after the revelations about his son's meeting in Trump Tower it's hard to believe that even this abnormal president would treat Wray the way he did Comey.

"At the time that I first was contacted about this position by Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein was that now Special Counsel Mueller had been appointed to deal with that issue and that in effect made for a better landscape for me to consider taking on this position", said Wray.

Trump and Comey also have different stories when it comes to the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

At least one Senate Democrat, Sen. Wray did not specifically respond to the question if Trump can fire Muller.

Mr Wray had said in his opening statement to the Senate panel that if given "the honour 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".

"I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

But don't expect to see Wray rattled by senators delving into his past.

How Wray navigates senators' questions related to the Russian Federation investigations will be particularly noteworthy given that the FBI is already lending "a great number of folks" to assist in the investigation, according to testimony from acting bureau chief Andrew McCabe last month.

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