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'My Loyalty Is to the Constitution.' Trump's FBI Nominee Pledges Agency Independence

'My Loyalty Is to the Constitution.' Trump's FBI Nominee Pledges Agency Independence”

Questions about the Russian Federation investigation are likely to come up during this hearing, along with the latest development of emails that appear to show the president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., accepting help from Russian Federation who offered incriminating information about Hillary Clinton.

"Any threat or effort to interfere with our election by any nation state or any nonstate actor is the kind of thing the Federal Bureau of Investigation would want to know", he said.

Trump won't say whether Russian Federation alone meddled in the US election; Wray says he has "no reason whatsoever to doubt the assessment of the intelligence community" that Russian Federation did meddle. Comey had been overseeing the FBI's investigation of Russian meddling in last year's presidential election and possible ties between some top aides of the Trump campaign and Russia.

He also said Mr Trump had encouraged him to end an investigation into the former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Trump's selection of Wray, a former federal prosecutor who enjoys broad bipartisan support, has been viewed as a rare bright spot amid the calamity spurred by the President's firing of Comey in May.

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In the separate Senate questionnaire, Wray said he anticipated receiving a partnership distribution of $880,000 on July 17, adding that upon confirmation he would withdraw from the firm and recuse himself from any investigation in which his law firm represents a party, according to a CNN report.

If confirmed, Wray would replace James Comey, who was sacked on May 9 by Trump amid an FBI investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's connections to Russian Federation.

Feinstein says she wonders, "Will Mr. Wray and the FBI pursue investigations with independence and vigor, regardless of who may be implicated?"

"If I am given the honor 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", Wray said.

In 2004, Wray offered to team up with Comey, who was then the deputy attorney general, other DOJ officials and then-FBI Director Mueller in threatening to resign over concerns about George W. Bush's use of warrantless wiretapping.

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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". The FBI Agents Association has endorsed Wray's nomination.

But before any votes take place, Wray will have to face a series of questions about his background - and his backbone.

Trump shared highly classified information with Russians; Wray says it'd be extremely unsafe to share classified information that could put USA sources overseas at risk.

Mr. Trump announced his intent to nominate Wray in a June 7 tweet, but officially nominated him at the end of last month. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

"In some situations, yes", Wray said. Wray also worked in the Clinton Justice Department during the late 1990s as an assistant US attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.

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