BREAKING: FBI Director Tells Congress That President Trump Is Wrong


FBI Director Christopher Wray said President Donald Trump is wrong about his claim that the reputation of the bureau is “in tatters.”

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Wray expressed his rejection of Trump’s outbursts against the FBI during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday.  He said, “There is no shortage of opinions out there. The FBI that I see is people, decent people, committed to the highest principles of dignity and professionalism and respect.”

Wray also told the panel that he agrees with former FBI Director James Comey that the bureau is “honest, strong, and independent.”

On Sunday, Trump posted a series of tweets criticizing the FBI’s reputation as the “worst in history.” He also condemned the FBI agent who led the investigation on Hillary Clinton’s email.

 

 

During the hearing, lawmakers asked Wray about the bias allegations against senior agents involve in the Hillary e-mail and Russian investigations. He responded that the Inspector General of the Department of Justice (DOJ) is looking into the accusations.

The FBI Director said, “I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to speculate about what the inspector general would or would not find. My preference is to be one of those people that is not an act-first-and-ask-questions-later kind of guy, but an ask-questions-first-and-act-later kind of guy.”

In addition, Wray made it clear that he instructed his colleagues at the FBI no to display any bias. According to him, “I’m emphasizing to every audience… and inside the bureau that our decisions need to be made on no other basis than the facts and the law…not based on any political consideration by any side.”

When asked about Peter Strzok’s action of changing the term “extremely careless to “extremely careless” in the results of the Clinton e-mail investigation. Republicans said the change showed that Strzok is bias. Wray responded, “Anyone with a thesaurus would say extremely careless and gross negligence are pretty close to each other.”

Strszok is the FBI agent who led the Clinton e-mail investigation and removed from the Special Counsel’s team of investigators in the Russia probe for sending anti-Trump text messages.

Lawmakers asked Wray about the possibility of reopening the Clinton e-mail investigation. He responded that it depends on the findings of the Inspector General.

During the hearing, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte told Wray that he needs to restore the reputation of the FBI immediately. The lawmaker said the reports regarding the bias among career agents and lawyers are “deeply troubling.”

According to Goodlatte, “Investigations must not be tainted by individuals imposing their own personal political opinions. It is absolutely unacceptable for FBI employees to permit their own political predilections to contaminate any investigation. Even the appearance of impropriety will devastate the FBI’s reputation.”

In response, the FBI Director said, “We don’t do political scrubbing of our agents.”

Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell asked Wray if Trump is above the law. The FBI Director said no. According to him, “I don’t think anyone is above the law.”

 

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