Wray: 'I Do Not Consider Director Mueller to Be on a Witch Hunt'

By Susan Jones | July 12, 2017 | 11:47 AM EDT

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) got the FBI director-nominee to say that the Trump-Russia investigation is not a witch hunt, as President Trump insists it is. (Screen grab from C-SPAN)

(CNSNews.com) - Questioning Christopher Wray in his typical rapid-fire style, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Wednesday got the FBI director nominee to say that people should call the FBI if they are approached by a foreign country promising damaging information about a political opponent; and Graham also got Wray to state that the ongoing inquiry into all things Trump/Russia is not a witch hunt.

"Do you believe that, in light of the Don Jr. email and other allegations, that this whole thing about the Trump campaign and Russia is a witch hunt. Is that a fair description of what we're all dealing with in America?" Graham asked Wray at his confirmation hearing.

"Well, Senator, I can't speak to the basis for those comments. I can tell ou that my experience with Director Mueller--"

Graham interrupted him: "I'm asking you, as the future FBI director, do you consider this endeavor a witch hunt?"

"I do not consider Director Mueller to be on a witch hunt," Wray replied.

Earlier, Graham read aloud from some of the emails released Tuesday by Donald Trump Jr. in which the president's son agreed to meet with a Russian government attorney who, Don Jr. was told, had damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

"Should Donald Trump Junior have taken that meeting?" Graham asked Wray.

Wray hedged, saying he was unfamiliar with the emails, so he wasn't in a position to speak to it.

"Let me ask you this," Graham tried again. "If I got a call from somebody saying the Russian government wants to help Lindsey Graham get re-elected, they've got dirt on Lindsey Graham's opponent -- should I take that meeting?"

"Well, Senator, I would think you'd want to consult with some good legal advisers before you did that," Wray said.

“So the answer is, should I call the FBI?” Graham asked.

“I think it would be wise to let the FBI--” Wray started to say.

“You’re going to be the director of the FBI, pal,” Graham cut in. “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 obliged: "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 told Wray it was a "great answer."