During a Wednesday Senate hearing, President Donald Trump’s nominee to become the next director of the FBI pledged that politics would not affect his decisions.
Christopher Wray’s declaration comes after former FBI Director James Comey accused Trump of asking him for loyalty.
“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. Full stop,” Wray told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Wray, 50, is a lawyer who served as assistant attorney general during the Bush administration.
Trump dismissed Comey in May amid a federal investigation into alleged Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin. The president later said that he terminated Comey while thinking about the “Russia thing.”
According to Comey’s testimony, shortly after taking office, Trump asked Comey for loyalty and later made a statement that Comey interpreted as a request to “drop” an investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn.
Trump has denied making such a request.
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, a special counsel appointed by the Department of Justice, is currently spearheading the federal Russia investigation.
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