• News
  • Culture

Wray Says Russia Probe Not a 'Witch Hunt,' Pledges 'Independent' FBI

Wray Says Russia Probe Not a 'Witch Hunt,' Pledges 'Independent' FBI

Wray will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, and will ultimately require a majority of 51 votes to be confirmed by the full senate. Wray's testimony comes one day after Donald Trump Jr. released emails from past year arranging a meeting with a Russian lawyer to discuss what was to be "high level and sensitive information" that was allegedly a "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump" during the presidential campaign.

Trump has said he was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing" when he chose to can Comey. "I am very committed to supporting Director Mueller in the special counsel investigation in whatever way is appropriate for me to do that".

Trump faces months of multiple investigations into allegations that his campaign colluded with Russian officials to help him win the White House and that he possibly obstructed justice by firing Comey.

"My commitment is to the rule of law, to the constitution, where ever they may lead", said Wray.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) asked President Donald Trump's nominee for Federal Bureau of Investigation director if the younger Trump should have taken that meeting, which was arranged by email by a former business associate, but he declined to answer.

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, especially Democrats, repeatedly pressed Wray to prove that he would resist pressure from Trump to slow-roll the Justice Department's ongoing probe into Russian election interference and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. "I would be pleased to do anything I could to support him [in his investigation]".

Mr. Way said the compliment meant a lot to him.

Wray said no one at the White House had asked that he pledge loyalty to Trump, as Comey said the president demanded of him on January 26. He was selected to replace James Comey, who was sacked by Trump in May.

More news: Gender-Reveal Party Interrupted By Fatal Shooting In Ohio

The president tweeted Wednesday morning that the investigation, which includes probing allegations of collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign, "is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history".

Graham tried to fill in the gap, reading Wray the much-media-discussed email that publicist Rod Goldstone sent to Don Jr. on June 3, 2016 - part of the email chain Jr. had tweeted Tuesday morning for the sake of "transparency" after learning the New York Times was about to do same.

In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Trump said: "I think we get along very, very well".

Wray confronts the same high-wire balancing act that other Trump picks, including Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, faced during their hearings: demonstrating his independence from Trump without alienating him.

Wray hedged, saying he was unfamiliar with the emails, so he wasn't in a position to speak to it.

But he added it would depend on the circumstances and if national security was involved.

Mr. Wray's views on the F.B.I.'s use of surveillance tools and encryption could be examined, too. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman, and Sen. He expressed confidence in Wray's ability to retain that independence.

Leave Your Comment

Leave Your Comment


Latest News

  • Top striker says goodbye to Chelsea squad ahead of summer move

    According to several outlets, Atletico have just offered just £22 million for Costa with add-ons which is nowhere near to Chelsea's asking price.
    Michigan Gas Prices Fall For July 4th Holiday

    Michigan Gas Prices Fall For July 4th Holiday

    Oklahoma has the 3rd-least-expensive gasoline in the nation, at $1.97 per gallon; Missouri is 7th cheapest at $2.00. The last time the average has been this cheap was in 2005, according to AAA Northeast.
    Demare wins Tour de France stage four; Thomas, Cavendish crash

    Demare wins Tour de France stage four; Thomas, Cavendish crash

    This morning in Vittel, French champion Arnaud Demare won Stage 4 of the Tour de France from a bunch sprint. Marien said they were applying UCI race rules that allow them to disqualify riders in "serious cases".
  • Toxic Compounds May Sterilize Martian Soil

    Toxic Compounds May Sterilize Martian Soil

    Researchers remain hopeful that the search for life on Mars and the mission to colonize the red planet could still be pursued. The scientists took a common spacecraft-loving bacteria, Bacillus subtilis , and subjected them to Mars-like conditions.
    President Trump Travels To Poland

    President Trump Travels To Poland

    He is expected to praise Poland for being one of a handful of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members that do so. Of course, these details are likely to be lost in Trump's and the White House's accounting of his visit.

    Qatar dismisses demands by Saudi Arabia, allies as 'unrealistic'

    Qatar submitted its response to the coalition's 13 demands on Monday (July 3), but no details have emerged. Last week, Qatar's foreign minister Al-Thani met with USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson in Washington.
  • Samsung India launches 'Galaxy On Max' at Rs 16900

    Samsung India launches 'Galaxy On Max' at Rs 16900

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 has been the darling of all technology enthusiasts and flagship smartphone seekers. So far there have been 4 models released but Samsung is adding a new model called the Galaxy On Max .
    Bethanie Mattek-Sands' doubles partner opens up on moment injury happened

    Bethanie Mattek-Sands' doubles partner opens up on moment injury happened

    Mattek-Sands was born in Rochester, Minnesota, in the USA on March 23 in 1985 - but she is now a resident in Pheonix, Arizona. Wimbledon officials suggested Cirstea may not have had an accurate sense of time while she helped comfort Mattek-Sands.
    GOLDMAN: It looks like demand for Teslas has peaked

    GOLDMAN: It looks like demand for Teslas has peaked

    His latest target - producing the Model 3 at a rate of 20,000 cars per month in December - reinforces the challenge ahead. For example, in the first half, Tesla delivered 47,100 cars , at the low end of its estimated range of 47,000 to 50,000.
  • Shutdown in Bhadarwah on Burhan Wani's anniversary

    Shutdown in Bhadarwah on Burhan Wani's anniversary

    Almost 20 persons, including five women, were injured when forces fired pellets at protesters in areas of Shopian. Internet services were also snapped on Thursday night as a precautionary measure.
    Celtics trade Texas ex Avery Bradley to Pistons for Marcus Morris

    Celtics trade Texas ex Avery Bradley to Pistons for Marcus Morris

    - Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 7, 2017Sources: Detroit sending forward Marcus Morris to Boston for guard Avery Bradley . But acquiring Bradley gives the team more financial flexibility, in addition to landing a top-notch defender.
    Officials suspect home fireworks caused 2 New Haven fires

    Officials suspect home fireworks caused 2 New Haven fires

    None of the residents were injured, but one firefighter was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. An elderly woman was able to safely escape the blaze, which was reported around 9 p.m.in the 600 block of Caribbean Road.
  • Rights renounced by Pistons

    Rights renounced by Pistons

    However, the front office is said to prioritize shooting , which is an area the former Pistons guard could desperately improve. Philadelphia would likely no longer be in the picture after signing JJ Redick to a massive deal .
    White House gender pay gap worse than national average, report says

    White House gender pay gap worse than national average, report says

    In addition to men being paid more, there are also more of them on the White House payroll: 200 compared to 174 women. During Barack Obama's previous year , women were paid 10.75 percent less than their male counterparts.
    Stevens, Hayward reuniting with Celtics?

    Stevens, Hayward reuniting with Celtics?

    The 27-year-old made the National Basketball Association all-Star team last season, averaging a career-high 21.9 points per game. Their bond obviously didn't hurt the Celtics, but Hayward has actually spent more playing under Jazz coach Quin Snyder .
  • 'Greatest aviation disaster in history' averted at last minute - RT America

    'Greatest aviation disaster in history' averted at last minute - RT America

    San Fracisco Airport has been contacted for comment. 'They're a sitting duck on the taxiway. Cleared to land Runway 28R". 'Air Canada flew directly over us, ' another pilot says.
    Rex Tillerson floats no-fly zones for Syria, if Russian Federation  agrees

    Rex Tillerson floats no-fly zones for Syria, if Russian Federation agrees

    The Trump administration has grappled with a strategy on how to deal with Syria once Islamic State is pushed out of its territory. Tillerson's statement also followed a report that he had told the United Nations chief that Assad's fate was in Russia's hands.
    Blizzard teases new character for Overwatch

    Blizzard teases new character for Overwatch

    Using this schedule, we can, therefore, speculate on Doomfist's reveal, PTR debut, and arrival on live servers. As Jeff Kaplan wrote in the forums a bit before Orisa's first tease: "We have new heroes coming".

Breaking News



Recommended

Blac Chyna speaks on Rob Kardashian's allegations

After the victorious hearing, Shapiro reiterated Kardashian's regret and said his client would comply with the court order. I'm like , how could somebody, like, post these pictures of me? "I talked to Rob , you know, about everything".

Not the end of the road for Turkish opposition chief

The demonstration was meant to be balanced, and reportedly did not contain party flags or slogans as they were banned by organisers.

Trump sits down with Mexico's president at last

The wall was one of Trump's signature campaign promises, as he repeatedly assured Americans that Mexico would pay for it. It was Trump and Pena Nieto's first meeting since Trump visited Mexico during the presidential campaign.

Save 80% on Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor™ on Steam

Players find a more personal and expansive world full of heroes and villains, iconic locations and more. Interactive Entertainment released a new video for its upcoming sequel Middle-Earth: Shadow of War .

Hamilton: Mercedes had best Friday of 2017

Earlier on Friday Hamilton led the way in practice, clocking the fastest time in both sessions as he sets out to close the gap on title rival Sebastian Vettel .

Opioid prescribing varies by county, CDC report finds

But the sheer volume of opioids prescribed that year was still three times higher than in 1999, according to new government data. But CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat said that only explains a small fraction of the variation the CDC found across counties.

Four Arab Nations Say Qatar Not Serious In Dealing With Their Demands

The anti-Qatar bloc plans to meet in Bahrain to finalise what steps they will take, but a date for the meeting has not been set.

Microsoft Plans Large Scale Layoffs

The following year brought another 7,800 layoffs , while the company announced another round of up to 1,850 job cuts last year . However, in some geographies, the company plans to notify employees that their jobs are under consideration, the source added.

Swansea sign Chelsea and England U21 star on season-long loan

The 19-year-old had been a target for Rafa Benitez, who is looking to sign a striker this summer. As we know from last season, he's a very talented English player with high potential.

State officials considering giving voter information to Trump administration

President Donald Trump claims voter fraud caused him to lose the popular vote in the presidential election. Officials in 10 states and the District of Columbia said they would not comply at all with the request.