Trump's Federal Bureau of Investigation pick Wray pledges 'impartial pursuit of justice'

"Period", Christopher Wray told a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination.

The emails showed the Republican president's son agreeing a year ago 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.

Wray first said that he would "consult with the appropriate officials" before communicating with the committee to not risk undermining an investigation.

The back-and-forth with lawmakers focused extensively on the Russian Federation investigation, with Wray repeatedly voicing his respect for Robert Mueller, the former FBI director selected in May as the special counsel to oversee the probe.

Comey testified in June that Trump asked him to pledge loyalty and to drop the investigation into fired national security adviser Mike Flynn.

President Donald Trump nominated Wray, 50, to replace James Comey.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) asked President Donald Trump's nominee for Federal Bureau of Investigation director if the younger Trump should have taken that meeting, which was arranged by email by a former business associate, but he declined to answer.

Donald Trump's pick to lead the FBI broke with the president in key areas Wednesday, rejecting the idea that an investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump election campaign is a "witch hunt" and promising not to cave to any pressure from a White House that has challenged boundaries with the nation's top law enforcement agency.

The back-and-forth with lawmakers on Wednesday focused extensively on the Russian Federation investigation, with Wray repeatedly voicing his respect for Mueller and his work.

Former colleagues and friends describe Mr. Wray as a low-key straight shooter who is unafraid to take on tough cases.

Bill Mateja, a Dallas lawyer who worked with him in the Justice Department, said "he has a great moral compass and he's no one's minion".

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"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".

OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS: As head of the Justice Department's criminal division, Wray oversaw major criminal prosecutions - such as the special task force investigating the Enron collapse - and he also helped shape the US government's legal response to terrorism and national security threats after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

On Wednesday, his nominee to lead the FBI, Christopher Wray, indicated that he does not agree.

Mr Wray, however, remained reserved during his hearing, giving only vague answers to Senator Lindsey Graham's line of questioning on the issue.

Wray hedged, saying he was unfamiliar with the emails, so he wasn't in a position to speak to it.

"It would depend on the circumstances", he said.

Wray said it would be wrong for Ukraine to meddle in the election and "I'd be happy to dig into it".

"I think Russian Federation is a foreign nation that we have to deal with very warily", responded Wray.

"I can't imagine a situation where I would give a press conference on an uncharged individual", he said. The top Republican on the committee is Iowa Sen.

Additionally, Wray listed three "confidential clients" whose "names can not be disclosed because they are subject to non-public investigations".

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