FBI Director Defends Bureau Following President Trump's Tweet

Former U.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington U.S

FBI Director Christopher Wray politely, but clearly, disagreed with President Trump's recent claim that the bureau was in "tatters," telling members of Congress that there is "no finer institution".

On Dec. 3, Trump tweeted, "After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters - worst in History!"

Strzok was moved off Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation over the summer after the text messages were discovered.

Trump and Republicans appear to be building such a case to undermine the Mueller probe, which has already unleashed charges against four former Trump aides and increasingly menaces the White House and Trump's family.

Wray said he was, "inspired by example after example of professionalism and dedication to justice demonstrated around the Bureau". I mean there are all kinds of people on Mueller's team who are pro-Clinton.

I think Peter Strzok, head of counterintelligence at the FBI, Peter Strzok, the guy who ran the FBI's Clinton investigation, did all the interviews, Peter Strzok, the guy who was running the Russian Federation investigation at the FBI, Peter Strzok, Mr.

Goodlatte said the Judiciary Committee is seeking up to 1.2 million documents that have been provided to the Justice Department inspector general, with the exception of those that are part of a grand jury investigation.

"The FBI investigators who are working on any given day will probably be mostly politically conservative", Rangappa said, drawing from her interactions with agents under President George W. Bush. Noting that a single agent might not be able to sway a major investigation, Hunt said the text messages still give an appearance of impropriety.

"I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn". After reading the tweets aloud during his opening remarks, Nadler urged Wray to stand up to President Trump.

"The FBI that I see is respected and appreciated by our partners in federal, state, and local law enforcement, in the intelligence community, and by our foreign counterparts in both law enforcement and national security in something like 200 countries around the globe", he added.

Swalwell also asked Wray how he would memorialize any improper efforts by the president to influence an ongoing investigation.

"There isn't a person on this planet that can get me to drop a properly predicated investigation, or start an investigation that's not properly predicated", Wray said.

Asked by Mr. Swalwell whether he thought the president was above the law, Mr. Wray responded, "I don't believe that anybody is above the law".

Wray wouldn't commit to turning over the information.

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