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    Any attempts to interfere with the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into allegations of Russia’s influence in the 2016 US election and possible ties to the Trump campaign are unacceptable, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director nominee Christopher Wray said in a congressional testimony on Wednesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Mueller, a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is leading the investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election and any ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.

    Russia has repeatedly refuted all the allegations, calling them absurd and intended to deflect public opinion from pressing domestic issues.

    "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," Wray told the US Senate Judiciary Committee.

    Wray also promised he would alert the Judiciary Committee if anyone attempted to interfere with Mueller's investigation.

    Former FBI Director James Comey arrives to testify during a US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington,DC
    © AFP 2021 / Brendan Smialowski
    Wray also said he had no conversations with anyone at the White House about Trump’s firing of former FBI chief James Comey.

    "I did not discuss those topics at all with anyone at the White House," Wray stated during his confirmation hearing.

    Wray was responding to a question from Senator Dianne Feinstein, who asked if he discussed Comey or his firing with anyone in the White House, Justice Department or FBI.

    He said he did discuss Comey with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in the context of the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller.

    "Rosenstein [made] the observation to me…was that now special counsel Mueller had been appointed to deal with that issue, that in effect made for a better landscape for me to consider taking on this position," he explained.

    Trump fired Comey on May 9 with the White House claiming the decision was made by Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump later said in a televised interview that he always planned to fire Comey.

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    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Christoph Mueller, Donald Trump, Christopher Wray, Russia, US
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