Trump's Criticism of Federal Bureau of Investigation

Robert Mueller

"I'll leave it to others to determine whether extremely careless and gross negligence are the same thing".

"I predict that these attacks on the Federal Bureau of Investigation will grow louder and more brazen as the special counsel does his work and the walls close in around the president, " Nadler said. But Wray also said he would consider reopening the investigation if the inspector general determines that would be appropriate.

"Did Peter Strzok help produce and present the application to the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] court to secure a warrant to spy on Americans associated with the Trump campaign?" asked Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican.

LUCAS: The FBI's job is not easy at any time, he said. But he found it troubling that an agent had sent politically charged text messages. Even the appearance of impropriety will devastate the FBI's reputation. "That said, these sorts of investigations are the epitome of collective effort and it is unlikely that significant investigative decisions and conclusions were made in a vacuum, including decisions about the language used to express conclusions about an investigation". This follows fresh reports of strong links between members of the investigating team and Hillary Clinton and her aides. Strzok has since been ousted from the team amid evidence he'd swapped anti-Trump emails with a colleague, an action that raised many doubts about the objectivity of an investigation looking so closely at the Trump campaign. The director's comments came days after Trump slammed the agency as a biased institution whose reputation is in "tatters" and "worst in history". There also have been attempts by the president's allies to change the subject, such as the claim that the real scandal was improper "unmasking" of members of the Trump transition team whose communications with foreign governments were intercepted by US intelligence.

Although he did not mention Trump's criticism, Wray rebutted him directly, saying, "My experience has been that our reputation is quite good".

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Mueller investigator Andrew Weissmann, a former partner at the global law firm WilmerHale, attended the Democratic presidential candidate's election party in November 2016. "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". "There is no shortage of opinions out there", Wray said of the agency that he has led for 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".

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