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FBI Director Wray Defends Agency Before Lawmakers

08 December 2017

WASHINGTON DC, USA - FBI Director Christopher Wray defended his agency Thursday, December 7, against President Donald Trump's criticisms, amid a mounting Republican push aimed at discrediting the probe into alleged collusion between the US leader's campaign and Russian Federation in last year's election. "What I can tell you is tens of thousands of agents and analysts and staff working their tails off to keep Americans safe from the next terrorist attack, gang violence, child predators, spies from Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran".

"My experience has been that our reputation is quite good", Wray said, responding to questioning from Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas.

Wray became the director four months ago after Comey was sacked by Trump, and the new director has tried to keep a low profile and steer the agency clear of the public fights surrounding Trump, Clinton and Comey. "The FBI that I see is tens of thousands of courageous men and women who are working as hard as they can to keep people that they will never know safe from harm".

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"Its reputation is in Tatters - worst in History", Trump wrote on Twitter of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, at the end of series of posts about a senior agent who allegedly supported Trump's Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Democrats, however, sought to focus on Trump's comments and actions, and the actions of members of his campaign previous year.

Strzok was quietly removed from the Mueller probe after text messages expressing anti-Trump bias were discovered.

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This includes Obama's Central Intelligence Agency director John O. Brennan, FBI director James Comey, and their deputies, who have emerged as highly partisan operatives, who fall outrageously short of the standards of impartiality and objectivity expected of individuals heading up the most sensitive investigations within the FBI.

The CNN host played a clip of Trump praising former FBI director James Comey over the bureau's investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server. "But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness", Trump tweeted Sunday. "Decent people committed to the highest principles of integrity and professionalism".

Meanwhile, emails from deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe say the Clinton email probe was referred to as "special" and handled with a "small team". "We understand that we will take criticism from all corners, we're accustomed to that". You bet we make mistakes.

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He said Wray could easily disprove his allegation by releasing the FISA application to Congress. Wray said he could not legally release the information and that an inspector general is looking into the matter.

FBI Director Wray Defends Agency Before Lawmakers