Sen. Graham Seems Really Ticked About Trump Jr.'s Russia Meeting

Sen. Graham Seems Really Ticked About Trump Jr.'s Russia Meeting

But after some pressing from Graham, Wray told lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee that the FBI should be informed of any foreign attempts at election interference. "And that is with strict independence".

"I have not", Wray said, adding that he'd been too busy meeting with Graham's colleagues (senators sometimes meet privately with nominees for top jobs before their public hearings) and had "missed that".

Wray broke with the Republican president in some key areas yesterday, rejecting the idea that an investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign is a "witch hunt". He also praised the agency, calling it "the finest law enforcement agency in the world".

When asked, Wray said the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, who was head of the FBI under President George W. Bush, was not a "witch hunt".

"Should I call the FBI?".

"Free from political influence", Feinstein said. And the numbers are getting worse, not better.

"There's a logical basis for the beginning". He serves the Constitution, the law and the American people.

"You're going to be the director of the FBI, pal", Graham said.

A bipartisan group of former U.S attorneys signed a letter endorsing Wray's selection and confirmation, stating that Wray would lead the FBI with "honor, independence, and a tireless commitment to the law". When Dianne Feinstein, a Democratic senator from California, asked him to inform the committee "if you learn about any machinations to tamper with" Mr Mueller's probe, Mr Wray replied simply: "Understood".

Wray said he "must have missed" Donald Trump Jr.'s emails.

"Well, let me ask you this: If I got a call saying the Russian government wants to help Lindsey Graham get re-elected, they've got dirt on my opponent, should I take that meeting?"

"I do not consider Director Mueller to be on a witch hunt", Wray told Graham. "And I think it's ineffective".

The president took to Twitter as recently as Wednesday morning, where he once again disparaged the investigation. He pointed to questions about FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, citing how McCabe's wife ran as a Democrat for the Virginia state Senate and accepted almost a million dollars from Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's "political machine".

"In 1998, Attorney General Janet Reno created the national task force on violence against reproductive health providers to coordinate investigation and prosecution of such incidents", the senator continued. But Trump nominated Wray despite his having worked with both men.

"You cannot take on a position like this without resolving in advance that you have to be willing to quit or be fired at a moment's notice in order to stand up for what you think is right", Wray, who spent years in Connecticut pursuing bachelor's and law degrees at Yale, told Blumenthal.

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