Lindsey O. Graham

Trump's choice to head FBI backs special counsel and promises independence

Trump's choice to head FBI backs special counsel and promises independence

President Trump’s nominee to head the FBI during the highly sensitive investigation into Russia’s efforts to sway the 2016 election pledged Wednesday to protect the bureau from political interference, saying he wouldn’t bow to pressure from anyone to quash the probe — even the president.

In testimony that repeatedly put him at odds with the president’s often angry assaults on the Russia investigation, Christopher Wray told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he believes Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel now running the probe, is the “ultimate straight shooter.”

“I would consider an effort to tamper with Director Mueller’s investigation to be unacceptable and...

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