Trump’s FBI pick Wray pledges im­par­tial pur­suit of jus­tice

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Don­ald Trump’s nom­i­nee to lead the FBI pledged yes­ter­day to in­su­late the agency from out­side in­ter­fer­ence, amid a probe into Russian elec­tion in­ter­fer­ence that could threaten the pres­i­dent and his in­ner cir­cle. “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. Pe­riod,” Christo­pher Wray told a Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee hear­ing on his nom­i­na­tion.

“There is 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, faith­ful to the best prac­tices of the in­sti­tu­tion, with­out fear, with­out fa­voritism, and cer­tainly with­out re­gard to any par­ti­san po­lit­i­cal in­flu­ence,” he said. Trump fired the re­spected di­rec­tor of the Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion James Comey in May, ex­press­ing frus­tra­tion about the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into whether his pres­i­den­tial cam­paign col­luded with an al­leged Russian ef­fort to tilt the elec­tion in his fa­vor.

That raised al­le­ga­tions of ob­struc­tion of jus­tice against the pres­i­dent and led to the ap­point­ment of an in­de­pen­dent pros­e­cu­tor, Robert Mueller, an­other for­mer FBI chief, to over­see the Rus­sia probe. Se­na­tor Dianne Fe­in­stein, the top Demo­crat on the ju­di­ciary panel, told Wray he must be com­mit­ted to pur­su­ing any in­ves­ti­ga­tion to the end no mat­ter who is im­pli­cated. “The FBI di­rec­tor does not serve the pres­i­dent,” Fe­in­stein told the hear­ing. “He serves the con­sti­tu­tion, the law and the Amer­i­can peo­ple. As such, the di­rec­tor of the FBI must be a leader who has the in­tegrity and strength that will en­able him to with­stand any at­tempts at po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence.”—AFP

WASH­ING­TON: Se­nate con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing for FBI di­rec­tor nom­i­nee Christo­pher Wray is sworn in for his tes­ti­mony be­fore the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee on his nom­i­na­tion to be the di­rec­tor of the Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion in the Dirk­sen Se­nate Of­fice Build­ing on Capi­tol Hill yes­ter­day in Wash­ing­ton, DC.—AFP

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