Christopher Wray, President Donald Trump’s nominee for FBI director, answered questions before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
Senator Lindsay Graham (R – SC) grilled Wray about Donald Trump Jr.’s conduct during the campaign, when Trump Jr. attended a meeting with a Russian lawyer to gather information on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Graham also pushed Wray to tell the whole committee that any indication of interference in an American election is something that should be reported to the FBI.
Following is a transcript of the video.
SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: Should Donald Trump Jr. have taken that meeting?
CHRISTOPHER WRAY: Well, Senator I don’t — I’m hearing for the first time your description of it so I’m not really in a position to speak to it. I gather that Special Counsel Mueller —
GRAHAM: Well, let me ask you this. If I got a call from somebody saying the Russian government wants to help Lindsey Graham get reelected, they have got dirt on Lindsey Graham’s opponent, should I take that meeting?
WRAY: Well, Senator I would think you’d want to consult with some good legal advisers before you did that.
GRAHAM: So, the answer is, should I call the FBI?
WRAY: I think it would be wise to let the FBI know —
GRAHAM: You’re going to be the director of the FBI bell. 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.
WRAY: To the members of this committee, any threat or effort to interfere with our elections from any nation-state, or any non-state actor, is the kind of thing the FBI would want to know.
GRAHAM: Alright, so I’ll take that we should call you, and that’s a great answer. You say that Mueller’s a good guy, right?
WRAY: That’s been my experience, yes.
GRAHAM: And you’ll do anything necessary to protect him from being interfered with when it comes to doing his job?
WRAY: Absolutely, I think —
GRAHAM: Do you believe that, in light of the Don Jr. email and other allegations, that this whole thing about Trump campaign and Russia is a witch hunt? Is that a fair description of what we’re all dealing with in America?
WRAY: Well, Senator I can’t speak to the basis for those comments. I can tell you that my experience with Director Mueller —
GRAHAM: I’m asking you, as the future FBI director, do you consider this endeavour a witch hunt?
WRAY: I do not consider Director Mueller to be on a witch hunt.