The next director of the FBI faces a tough audience
CHRISTOPHER WRAY acquitted himself well during his hearing before the Senate judiciary committee on July 12th. At times slightly awkward, the performance demanded fully four and a half hours. Donald Trump’s pick for boss of the Federal Bureau of Investigation was called upon to explain how he would defend the independence of America’s domestic intelligence and security service, a question made pressing since the president fired Mr Wray’s predecessor, James Comey, who had been leading an investigation into links between the president’s entourage and the Russian government. And it was made more difficult still by the latest firestorm, ignited just two days earlier with the revelation of Donald Trump junior’s apparent willingness last year to receive “very high-level and sensitive information” from the Russians about Hillary Clinton, Trump senior’s rival in the presidential election.