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Federal Bureau of Investigation director to face lawmakers' questions about handling of Trump, Clinton probes

Federal Bureau of Investigation director to face lawmakers' questions about handling of Trump, Clinton probes

"The FBI that I see is tens of thousands of fearless men and women who are working as hard as they can to keep people that they will never know safe from harm", Wray said before the House Judiciary Committee.

"The FBI that I see is tens of thousands of fearless men and women", he continued.

"If you kicked everybody off of Mueller's team who was anti-Trump, I don't think there'd be anybody left", said Jordan, alleging there is "more" behind Strzok's departure from Mueller's team.

"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.

Asked by Jackson later in the hearing about what affect Trump's tweet had on officials in the bureau, Wray said FBI staffers "are big boys and girls" who "understand that we will take criticism from all corners".

Wray's remarks in the House hearing were his first public response to Trump's tweet. Therefore, Jordan suggested that there had to be more going on with Strzok that was not yet known publicly - or even, in a more confidential or secure setting, known yet to members of Congress.

Trump loves the "courageous" agency when it's digging into Hillary Clinton's activities, but he blasts agents when they might be coming for him, Tapper pointed out Thursday.

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He was also a lead investigator on the Clinton email probe and reportedly urged then FBI Director James Comey to water down language against Clinton from "grossly negligent" - a crime - to "extremely careless" in handling classified information.

"The depths of this anti-Trump bias on the Mueller team just goes on and on", said Rep. Chabot. A pair of Democratic members - Reps.

Wray was pressed on the subject by Democratic Reps.

Given the opportunity to publicly address Trump's comments, Wray pushed back on the idea that the FBI's reputation is "in tatters" and the "worst in history".

"Soon enough, Comey was investigating the matters the president did not like, and he was sacked", Tapper recounted.

Trump and Republicans appear to be building such a case to undermine the Mueller probe, which has already unleashed charges against 4 former Trump aides and increasingly menaces the White House and Trump's family.

Wray, however, repeatedly deflected questions about whether Trump's decision would put him in legal jeopardy. When we make mistakes, there are independent processes like the independent, outside inspector general that will drive and dive deep into the facts surrounding those mistakes.


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