White House Not Interfering with Russia Election Probe
Thursday, FBI Director Chris Wray said he has not detected “any whiff of interference” by White House officials, or anyone else n the federal investigation into Russia’s meddling in the Y 2016 President election.
In his 1st public comments since becoming chief at the bureau, Director Wray also said he had confidence in Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his office to “do the job” of investigating any Russian involvement in the election.
“I can say very confidently that I have not detected any whiff of interference with that investigation,” Director Wray told reporters at an Intelligence and National Security Summit in Washington.
And answering concerns about Robert Mueller and his investigations team’s impartiality, Directot Wray said was equally confident.
“I have enormous respect for former Director Mueller, who I got to work with almost daily in the early 2000.s, as a consummate professional,” Director Wray said at the Summit, “He is really running that investigation.”
Director Wray told the gathering he also was heartened the strides the FBI had made since he left government in Y 2005, though he added one challenge is the progress by America’s adversaries “in technology, in my humble view, is exceeding our ability to keep up with it.”
“We are going to have to buckle down and work collaboratively in a way we are not quite yet,” Director Wray said, noting federal agencies have long been urged to work more closely with each other and with private companies on various technological and intelligence issues.