Wray Says He Won't Talk to Trump About the Russia Inquiry

(Bloomberg) -- FBI Director Christopher Wray said he won’t discuss the Russian investigation with President Donald Trump.

“I am not going to discuss the investigation in question with the president, much less provide information from that investigation to him,” Wray said at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Tuesday.

Wray declined to say whether it was a conflict-of-interest for Trump to declassify a memo from House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes on the Russia investigation. The memo was critical of the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

“I leave it to others to characterize whether there’s appearance or actual conflict of interest, but I think the president was fulfilling his responsibility in that situation,” Wray said.

Wray said Trump would legally have the ability to declassify information about the probe if he received it from lawmakers, but that he would encourage Trump to talk to White House Counsel Don McGahn about recusal questions.

Wray said it was hard to see how a memo that’s only three-and-a-half pages could accurately distill information provided by the FBI, which consisted of thousands of documents and participation in multiple hearings.

The memo created under the supervision of Nunes was approved for release by Trump and made public without redactions despite objections from the FBI and the Justice Department. By contrast, Trump declined to release a Democratic response to the Nunes memo unless changes sought by the agencies are made.

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