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FILE PHOTO - FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray sits during a meeting with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 29, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo


By Sarah N. Lynch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Thursday he has not "detected any whiff of interference" into the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Speaking publicly for the first time since being confirmed as head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Wray also told an audience at the Intelligence and National Security Summit that he has confidence in Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia during the election.

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Paul Simao)

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