Redacted emails to and from him are included in an ACLU database on the subject.
"I first wanted to just have a phone call but when that didn't work out, they said the woman would be in NY and asked if I would meet".
The remark came during questioning by Sen.
"What you told me yesterday, you would not give one if asked?"
Mr Wray's confirmation hearing took place amid continuing controversy over the Trump administration's links with Russia, following confirmation by Donald Trump jnr that he attended a meeting with a Russian attorney under the pretext of receiving incriminating material on Ms Clinton from the Russian government.
Yet Wray's nomination comes at a tumultuous time for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is still reeling from Comey's dismissal and the subsequent appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the federal Russian Federation probe. Leahy also asked Wray how he'd respond if the President asked him to do something unethical or unlawful.
Graham pointed to Comey's news conference in which he announced he would not recommend charges against Hillary Clinton over her private email server.
Graham then asked whether he should meet with Russians if they wanted to help his campaign. Mr. Wray, congratulations to you on your nomination.
On Wednesday, his nominee to lead the FBI, Christopher Wray, indicated that he does not agree. "No one asked me for any kind of loyalty oath at any point during this process".
Noting the FBI investigated former Secretary of State Clinton's unclassified email server, Hatch asked Wray how he would handle the disclosing of top-secret information.
"Senator, I can't speak to the basis for those comments", Wray said.
Wray and another attorney in the Justice Department's Criminal Division were tasked with reviewing it.
"First, I would try to talk him out of it, and if that failed, I would resign", Wray said. He added that any efforts to tamper would need to be dealt with "very sternly". "Someone I have enormous respect for".
The nominee addressed his years in the Justice Department, which he says fueled his passion for the law.
As the hearing continued on the subject of the Russian Federation investigation, Wray was asked to respond to Trump's efforts to label the probe as fruitless - "I do not consider Director Mueller to be on a witch hunt", he said - and whether he understands the challenges faced by the FBI in a tumultuous time.
Grassley played up Wray's bipartisan bona fides in his opening statement - an implicit nod to concerns lodged by critics in the wake of Comey's firing.
I feel fortunate to have been able to witness this selfless and inspiring commitment firsthand throughout my career in public service.
Wray said that as a prosecutor, he learned about "playing it straight and following the facts wherever they may lead". "It's a demanding job that requires a keen understanding of the law, sound management skills, calmness under significant pressure, and a level head".
He also was questioned about his relationships with Comey and Mueller. Christie, a former candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, was an early and vocal supporter of Trump's upon dropping out from the race himself. Comey earned under $200,000 annually in base salary as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
Wray confronts the same high-wire balancing act that other Trump picks, including Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, faced during their hearings: demonstrating his independence from Trump without alienating him. The Senate unanimously confirmed him. Some lawmakers will want reassurances that Wray will keep a boundary line between the White House. He pointed to questions about FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, citing how McCabe's wife ran as a Democrat for the Virginia state Senate and accepted nearly a million dollars from Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's "political machine". Hatch pledged full support for Wray.
Trump announced his selection of Wray to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation last month.
Both Democrats and Republicans want assurance of his ability to remain independent from the Oval Office. He also said he has not spoken with anyone in the White House about the decision to fire Comey.
When President George W. Bush tapped Thompson in 2001 to become the No. 2 official at the Justice Department, Thompson hired Wray, who soon became his right-hand man.
This story has been corrected to show that Sen.