Senate Begins Confirmation Hearings for Trump FBI Pick Tied to Torture, Gitmo

President Donald Trump's pick to head the FBI - Christopher Wray -faced questioning about his loyalty and the bureau's Russian Federation investigation during his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday.

During today's confirmation hearing for FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray, Sen.

If confirmed, Wray would replace James Comey, who was sacked by President Trump while leading the FBI's investigation into Russia's interference into the 2016 presidential election.

And the hearing comes amid reports in The New York Times that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer regarding damaging information about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton as part of a Russian government effort to aid his father's run for the White House.

Comey also testified Trump pressed him in a one-on-one session to drop the FBI investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn's Russian ties and said he felt he was sacked in a bid by the president to undercut the Russia probe. Trump has called the Russian Federation probe a "witch hunt". "Sometimes, he would spend the night at the office, " Mateja said of Wray.

Wray was also asked about Russian Federation.

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Asserting his independence, he said, "My loyalty is to the Constitution and the rule of law".

"First, I would try to talk him out of it", Wray stated.

Mr Wray said it was "highly unlikely" that he would meet with Mr Trump alone if asked.

"Thank you Senator, that means a lot", Wray said.

"The FBI director does not serve the president", Feinstein told the hearing.

Comey has since testified to Congress that he believes he was sacked for failing to shut down the investigation into the alleged coordination between the Trump campaign, specifically former Trump adviser Michael Flynn, and the Russian government. "As such, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation must be a leader who has the integrity and strength that will enable him to withstand any attempts at political interference".

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When asked by Graham if Trump Jr. should have taken the meeting, Wray replied, "I'm not really in a position to speak to it".

He said no one had asked him for any loyalty oath, and that he wouldn't give one. However, Wray's stint in President George W. Bush's administration, in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks, could revive past debates about mistreatment of detainees, civil rights and prosecutorial independence.

That will have to be addressed in the confirmation hearing, as the questionnaire put forward by Wray in advance is short of any controversy - or mention of Trump.

I am honored to be nominated by the President to lead the FBI and humbled by the prospect of working alongside the outstanding men and women of the Bureau. He has also been a line prosecutor, and most recently, a litigation lawyer, specializing largely in white collar crime and fraud, with the firm King & Spalding, and worked as New Jersey Chris Christie's personal attorney during the Bridgegate scandal.

Thompson said he can not imagine Wray ever giving a news conference, as Comey did, to announce the closing of the Clinton email investigation and then discussing it at length.

Lofthus said in his letter that Wray would not receive a bonus, severance or contingency fees on leaving his firm but would receive a refund of his money in the firm's capital account and a final partnership share distribution, unless he chose to forfeit it.

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