Christopher Wray agreed it would be “wise” to notify the FBI if a foreign government offered campaign assistance — as a “Russian government lawyer” did to Donald Trump Jr.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) asked President Donald Trump’s nominee for FBI 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.
Graham then asked Wray what he would advise if the South Carolina Republican had been approached with the same offer.
“Senator, I would think you’d want to consult with some good legal advisers before you did that,” Wray said, and Graham asked if he should call the FBI. “I think it would be wise to let the FBI know.”
Graham interrupted, as Wray winced.
“You’re going to be the director of the FBI, pal,” Graham said. “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 then addressed the other members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“Any threat or effort to interfere with our election from any nation-state, or any non-state actor, is the kind of thing the FBI would want to know,” Wray said.
Graham credited the former federal prosecutor with sufficiently answering his question.
Watch: Graham & Wray over Don Jr/Russia: “You’re gonna be the director of the FBI, pal…tell us all to call the FBI!” https://t.co/QfOXMQyN6J
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 12, 2017