FBI director: No ‘whiff of interference’ on Russia probe

FBI director: No ‘whiff of interference’ on Russia probe

FBI Director Christopher Wray brushed off concerns Thursday that the Trump administration had interfered with the special counsel’s Russia probe.

“I can say very confidently that I haven’t detected any whiff of interference with that investigation,” said Wray, in his first public appearance since taking over the bureau.

His comments came at the Intelligence and National Security Summit in Washington, D.C., during an onstage interview between The Washington Post’s David Ignatius and six officials from major U.S. intelligence agencies.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller was tapped to investigate potential ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow's efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. His probe, though, is also looking into whether President Trump obstructed justice, in particular by firing James Comey as FBI director.

At Thursday’s event, Wray went on to say that he has so far found no reason to doubt the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered in the election. He also urged lawmakers to reauthorize Section 702, a rule allowing the National Security Agency to intercept communications between U.S. citizens and noncitizens outside the U.S.

Adm. Mike Rogers, the head of both the NSA and Cyber Command, said he lobbied Vice President Pence directly about Section 207, which expires at year’s end.