FBI Director Christopher Wray Defends His Agency On Capitol Hill

FBI director Christopher Wray

Jordan said he believes it likely was Strzok who brought the infamous - and now largely discredited - dossier of "opposition research" against Trump to a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, or FISA, court to justify surveilling members of the Trump campaign.

Wray's testimony comes after the FBI has been the target of scornful attacks from President Donald Trump and some other Republicans who have alleged that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible links between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation during last year's presidential election is politically biased.

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. "We do not know the magnitude of this insider bias on Mr. Mueller's team nor do we have a clear understanding of the full magnitude of bias reflected in the Russian Federation investigation and prior Clinton email investigation".

"If you kicked everybody off Mueller's team who was anti-Trump, I don't think there'd be anybody left", Jordan said.

Jordan, pointing out that some 90 percent of Mueller's team donated to Democratic campaigns, reasoned that the anti-Trump texts must not have been the grounds for Strzok's dismissal.

But FBI directors traditionally have been low key and stoic - with Mr Wray's predecessor James Comey a notable exception.

In Thursday's hearing, Democrats sought to push the focus back on Trump's comments and actions, and the actions of members of his campaign previous year.

"There is no shortage of opinions out there, but what I can tell you is that the Federal Bureau of Investigation that I see is tens of thousands of agents and analysts and staff working their tails off to keep Americans safe", Wray said of the agency he has led for just four months. "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".

Judicial Watch obtained an email this week that revealed exactly what Weissmann wrote to then-Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates on January 30 after she instructed the Department of Justice not to defend Trump's controversial travel ban.

Wray refused to answer, saying, "I'm not prepared to discuss anything about a FISA process in this setting".

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., praised the FBI and Justice Department, but added, "Unfortunately, the last two years have not been good years for the bureau, and they have not been good years for the department".

I think what frustrates some folks is when Director Comey wanted a special counsel for President Trump, he leaked. "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 told Rep. Eric Swalwell, D. "Even the appearance of impropriety will devastate the FBI's reputation".



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