Kamala Harris Grills FBI Director

At a Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing on Tuesday, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) grilled FBI Director Christopher Wray over Donald Trump’s access to information on the Russia investigation. “I would like to emphasize the point that we all, I think, share in making, which is we thank the men and women of your agencies for their selfless work. They do it on behalf of the American people without any expectation of award or reward, and we cannot thank them enough for keeping us safe,” Harris began. Then she turned to Trump’s decision to declassify the memo by Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA), which alleged surveillance abuses by the FBI tangentially related to the Russia investigation. She asked Wray if he believes there’s an actual, or at least appearance of, a conflict of interest when the president is put in charge of declassifying information that could complicate an ongoing investigation into his own campaign. Wray replied, “I leave it to others to characterize whether there’s appearance or conflict of interest, but I think the president was fulfilling his responsibility in that situation.” Harris asked if Wray would present “additional sensitive FBI information on the investigations into his campaign” if the president asked for such documents. Wray pledged he would not “discuss the investigation in question with the president, much less provide information from that investigation to him.” See the full exchange here.

Tiffany D. Cross