FBI Nominee: I’m Very Committed to Supporting Director Mueller in the Special Counsel Investigation’

By Susan Jones | July 12, 2017 | 11:00 AM EDT

Christopher Wray, President Trump's nominee to serve as FBI director, testifies at his confirmation hearing on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Screen grab from C-SPAN)

(CNSNews.com) – “One last quick question,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) told Christopher Wray at his confirmation hearing to be the next FBI director:

“Will you commit to informing this committee if you witness or learn of any efforts to interfere with the work of special counsel (Robert) Mueller?”

“Assuming that I can do it legally and appropriately, absolutely," Wray responded.

"I’m very committed to supporting Director Mueller in the special counsel investigation, in whatever way is appropriate for me to do that," Wray continued. "I've worked closely with Director Mueller in my past government service. I view him as the consummate straight shooter and somebody I have enormous respect for, and I would be pleased to do what I can to support him in my mission.”

Feinstein followed up: “What I'm asking is, if you learn about any machinations to tamper with that, that you let this committee know.”

"Understood," Wray responded. And that’s all he said.

"Thank you," Feinstein said, then added: "If you want to say more, I’m happy to hear it."

"Well, Senator, I would consult with the appropriate -- any time I'm talking to this committee, I would consult with the appropriate officials to make sure that I'm not jeopardizing an investigation or anything like that.

“But I would consider an effort to tamper with Director Mueller's investigation to be unacceptable and inappropriate and would need to be dealt with very sternly and appropriately indeed."

Later, Wray told the Judiciary Committee that if anyone asked him to do anything unethical or inappropriate, he would try to talk them out of it – and if that failed, he would resign.

He assured the committee he has not been asked to give a loyalty oath to anyone at the White House, “and I sure as heck didn’t offer one.”