July 12, 2017 10:56 AM EDT

President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Christopher Wray, headed to Capitol Hill on Wednesday for his Senate confirmation hearing. FBI Directors are typically appointed to decade-long terms in an effort to ensure non-partisanship.

Wray was clearly anticipating questions from committee members about his ability to retain the independence of the agency after Trump’s controversial firing of James Comey. “My loyalty is to the Constitution and the rule of law,” Wray said in his opening remarks.

Here is the full transcript of Christopher Wray’s opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee:

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