Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Christopher Wray wins over Al Franken: 'You've had a good hearing today'

Christopher Wray wins over Al Franken: 'You've had a good hearing today'

President Donald Trump's pick to head the FBI - Christopher Wray -faced questioning about his loyalty and the bureau's Russian Federation investigation during his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday.

Wray appeared at his US Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing amid an uproar over 2016 emails released on Tuesday involving the president's son.

Comey testified in June that Trump asked him to pledge loyalty and to drop the investigation into fired national security adviser Mike Flynn.

More recently, the bureau was left reeling when Trump announced Comey's dismissal in May, later attributing the decision to the director's oversight of the Justice investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

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

Wray said he's not up to speed on DNA technology but would favor something that helps ensure the right people are prosecuted and the wrong people are not.

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Wray also managed far-flung efforts to dismantle terrorist operations as the government worked to gauge the continuing threat against the homeland. According to documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Central Intelligence Agency notified Wray in February 2004 of possible "violations of federal criminal law" arising from the death of an Iraqi detainee at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad.

Wray said he would never allow the bureau's work to be driven by "by anything other than the law, the facts and the impartial pursuit of justice".

"I think it would be wise", he said.

Did President Trump ever ask you to make a pledge or promise of loyalty during the interview process?

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"I'm looking around and feeling that you had a good hearing today", said U.S. Sen.

What an interesting moment it must be to face confirmation as this president's nominee for Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Wray was nominated after Comey was sacked two months ago.

Unlike the president, Wray supports Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Wray's role as a Justice Department assistant attorney general managing the criminal division in 2003-2005 raised questions over his handling of allegations of torture at the notorious US-run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. "You could knock me over with a feather if that happened", he said.

GRAHAM: Let me ask you this.

"And I as sure as heck didn't offer one", Wray said. Wray said he, too, was willing to resign along with Comey and other Justice Department officials - not because he knew the substance of the dispute but because of the quality of the officials who were prepared to leave. He also represented New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in the so-called Bridgegate scandal investigation of politically motivated traffic delays in 2013.

Wray's statement came after Sen.

When asked if he discussed Comey's firing, he said "I did not discuss those topics at all with anyone in the White House".

Though he declined to speak with specific reference to Comey's decision to give a press conference on July 6, 2016 regarding the Clinton investigation, Wray said that as a general matter standing policies with respect to public commentary were clear, and he promised to abide by them.

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