Trump’s FBI nominee Wray pledges independence

(Reuters) Christopher Wray, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the FBI, pledged on Wednesday (July 12) to lead the agency with independence and without regard to partisan politics as he testified during his U.S. Senate confirmation hearing.

Trump nominated Wray on June 7 to replace James Comey, who he fired May 9, with the president later citing the “Russia thing” as his reason. Comey was overseeing the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation of potential collusion between Trump’s presidential campaign team and Russia.

Wray is a former U.S. Justice Department lawyer who has prosecuted and defended white-collar crime cases and represented New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in a political scandal.

Wray’s confirmation hearing came as Washington was in an uproar over 2016 emails released on Tuesday showing that the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., eagerly agreed last year to meet a woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who might have damaging information about Democratic White House rival Hillary Clinton as part of Moscow’s official support for his father.