WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today questioned Christopher Wray, nominee to be the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
In June, Graham came out in support of the Wray nomination calling him, “an exceptional choice to serve as Director of the FBI.”
“[Mr. Wray] has the experience, judgement, temperament and background to be a strong FBI Director. Mr. Wray knows the Department of Justice (DOJ) well and I enjoyed my interactions with him during his tenure as head of the Criminal Division. As a former top DOJ official, he compiled an impressive record as a prosecutor. He’s also well-respected throughout the legal profession.”
- GRAHAM: “Are you familiar with the email problems we’ve had with Donald Trump Jr. the last few days?”
WRAY: “I have not Senator. I have heard that there is an issue but...”
GRAHAM: “…Let me ask you this. If I got a call from somebody saying the Russian government wants to help Lindsey Graham get reelected, they’ve got dirt on Lindsey Graham’s opponent. Should I take that meeting”?
WRAY: “Senator I would think you’d want to consult with some good legal advisers before you did that.”
GRAHAM: “So the [question] is, should I call the FBI?”
WRAY: “I think it would be wise…”
GRAHAM: “… So here’s what I want you to tell every politician: If you get a call from somebody suggesting that a foreign government wants to help you by disparaging your opponent, tell us all to call the FBI.” https://youtu.be/VzawbjQc4iM?t=1m34s
- GRAHAM: “Do you believe the Russians [hacked] into the DNC and Podesta’s emails? Do you believe the conclusions?”
WRAY: “…I have no reason to doubt the conclusions of the intelligence community.”
- GRAHAM: “I’m asking you, as the future FBI Director, do you consider this endeavor [Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation] a witch hunt?”
WRAY: “I do not consider Director Mueller to be on a witch hunt.” https://youtu.be/VzawbjQc4iM?t=8m