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Christopher Wray pledges 'strict independence' as FBI director

President Trump's FBI director nominee, Christopher Wray, confirmed his "strict independence" during his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday. If confirmed, Wray would succeed former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired in May by President Trump. Comey is at the center of ongoing Russia investigations due to his memos describing possible misconduct by Trump, who reportedly told him, "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty."

Wray told senators: "I believe to my core that there is only one right way to do this job, and that is with strict independence, by the book, playing it straight, faithful to the Constitution, faithful to our laws, and faithful to the best practices of the institution. Without fear, without favoritism, and certainly without regard to any partisan, political influence."

Wray added, "No one asked me for a loyalty oath … and I sure as heck didn't offer one." Watch below. Jeva Lange