Trump's FBI pick says he'll focus on the law, not politics – New York News

Christopher Wray, a former Justice Department official selected for the job last month after Trump’s firing of James Comey, appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee in a hearing focusing in part on the political tumult surrounding his nomination and the ongoing investigations shadowing the White House.


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the FBI declared Wednesday he will not let politics get in the way of the bureau’s mission, saying its work will be driven only by “the facts, the law and the impartial pursuit of justice.”

Christopher Wray, a former Justice Department official selected for the job last month after Trump’s firing of James Comey, appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee in a hearing focusing in part on the political tumult surrounding his nomination and the ongoing investigations shadowing the White House.

Asserting his independence, Wray said, “My loyalty is to the Constitution and the rule of law. They have been my guideposts throughout my career, and I will continue to adhere to them no matter the test.”

After Trump dismissed Comey on May 9, the ex-FBI director said that the president had asked him to pledge his loyalty during a dinner at the White House months earlier.

Wray, 50, would inherit the nation’s top law enforcement agency at a particularly challenging time given the abrupt dismissal of Comey and the year-long FBI investigation into whether Trump associates coordinated with the Russia during the presidential campaign.

Wray’s lengthy legal career included a stint as a top Justice Department official in the Bush…

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