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FBI director nominee Christopher Wray hearing set amid Russia, Trump Jr. turmoil

FBI director nominee Christopher Wray hearing set amid Russia, Trump Jr. turmoil

FBI director nominee Christopher Wray hearing set amid Russia, Trump Jr. turmoil

The emails show Donald Trump Jr agreeing to meet a woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer with damaging information about Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as part of Moscow's official support for his father.

Initially, Trump cited a letter from the deputy attorney general detailing Comey's handling of the Clinton email investigation.

It's not the first time Trump and his supporters have referred to the Russian Federation investigation as a witch hunt (though they may not have all unnecessarily capitalized the phrase.) One person who does not believe the probe to be an unwarranted endeavor is the president's own nominee to replace fired FBI director James Comey.

"I'm not really in a position to speak to it", Wray said at first, as he repeatedly said he was not up to speed on the Trump Jr. facts.

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

"And I as sure as heck didn't offer one", Wray said.

Is the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump Administration by Special Counsel Mueller a "witch hunt", as the president has described it?

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He also said, "I believe to my core that there's only one right way to do this job and that is with strict independence, by the book, playing it straight, faithful to the Constitution, faithful to our laws and faithful to the best practices of the institution".

Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Wednesday got the Federal Bureau of Investigation director nominee to say that people should call the Federal Bureau of Investigation if they are approached by a foreign country promising damaging information about a political opponent; and Graham also got Wray to state that the ongoing inquiry into all things Trump/Russia is not a witch hunt.

He also addressed an investigation into Russian meddling in the US presidential election.

"There is a balance, obviously, that has to be struck between the importance of encryption that I think we all can respect when there are so many threats to our system and the importance of giving law enforcement the tools they lawfully need to keep us all safe", Wray said.

According to a Saturday report by USA Today, Wray's law firm continues to represent Rosneft and Gazprom, two of Russia's largest state-controlled oil companies.

Mr Wray also said he would attempt to work with Justice Department to ensure "it's not a one-on-one meeting". Graham asked Christopher Wray whether Donald Trump Jr. should have agreed to the meeting with the Russian lawyer. Speaking of Wray, Grassley said, "He's prosecuted folks on both sides of the political spectrum, including folks working on a Republican campaign". He served the government at a time when harsh interrogation techniques were approved within the department for terror suspects captured overseas, though Wray said he was never involved in signing off on those methods. The top Republican on the committee is Iowa Sen. Wray said he got no demand for personal loyalty, nor would he pledge it.

Additionally, Wray listed three "confidential clients" whose "names can not be disclosed because they are subject to non-public investigations".

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