Wray Vows ‘Strict Independence, By The Book’ at FBI

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Christopher Wray, President Trump’s nominee to head the FBI, told the Senate Judiciary Committee today that, “I believe to my core that there’s only one right way to do this job and that is with strict independence, by the book, playing it straight,” reports CBS News. Wray said in response to chairman Charles Grassley’s line of questioning about his political independence that if confirmed, he would do his job “without fear, favoritism and certainly without regard to political partisan influence.” He added, “Anyone who thinks I would be pulling punches as FBI Director, sure doesn’t know me very well.”

Regarding the role of whistleblowers in the FBI, Wray said, “Retaliation against whistleblowers is just wrong, period.” He said whistleblowers can play a “very important role in ensuring accountability.” Asked if he could commit to informing the committee if he witnesses or learns of any efforts to interfere with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Wray said he would do so assuming he can “legally” and “appropriately.” He said he has “enormous respect” for Mueller. If given the opportunity to serve as FBI director, Wray said, “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. Full stop.” Seemingly alluding to Comey’s “loyalty” test posed by Mr. Trump, Wray says “my loyalty is to the Constitution and the rule of law. Those have been my guideposts throughout my career, and I will continue to adhere to them.”

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