Trump's FBI director nominee Chris Wray to testify on July 12

| Updated: Jul 10, 2017 23:32 IST

New York [U.S.A.], July 10 (ANI): Christopher Wray, President Donald Trump's nominee for Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director, will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning, which will likely set Trump's choice up to be confirmed by the full Senate Wray's hearing comes just more than two months after President Trump abruptly fired former director James Comey, who had led the bureau since September 2013. "It's been my intention of having the nominee before the committee during the month of July and hopefully get it done in time so that he can be confirmed before our summer break," the Hill quoted Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), as saying. Trump said Comey's dismissal was based on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and on the handling of the probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. Comey was fired in mid May when he was leading the investigation into the Russian interference in 2016 Presidential election and potential links. The critics questioned if Trump fired him to obstruct justice. Following his dismissal, reports mounted that Trump asked Comey if he was under investigation in a separate FBI probe, and sought to have Comey end an investigation into former top administration official Michael Flynn. Flynn resigned as national security advisor in February following revelations about his interactions with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's Ambassador to the United States. Trump allegedly demanded Comey's "loyalty" pledge and urged Comey to drop his ongoing investigation into Flynn. (ANI)