Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Wray rejects Trump criticism


However, the committee's top Democrat, Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, pressed the FBI director about Trump's tweets attacking the bureau's reputation as being in "tatters". "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".

His defence of the FBI came after the committee's chairman, Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte, said he was concerned by reports about Peter Strzok, a veteran counterintelligence agent involved in the Hillary Clinton investigation, being removed from Mr Mueller's team last summer following the discovery of text messages seen as potentially anti-Trump. According to a release from Grassley, "The statute governing the mishandling of classified material establishes criminal penalties for 'gross negligence'".

The dossier was financed in part, Jordan pointed out, by Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, which paid the law firm connected with a former MI-6 British agent, Christopher Steele, who obtained the document from Russians. "We hope to hear from you today about an action plan for making sure this never happens again".

The investigator, Peter Strzok, had a prominent role in the FBI's Clinton investigation. In the wake of Donald Trump's highly unexpected victory, it now appears that key members of the Obama administration have been actively working to sabotage Donald Trump: first as a nominee, then as president elect, and president.

Goodlatte asked Wray if the language was changed to avoid charging Clinton, and the director said he couldn't comment, citing the ongoing IG investigation. But FBI directors traditionally have been low-key and stoic - with Wray's predecessor, James Comey, a notable exception.

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A top FBI investigator, Peter Strzok, was recently removed from the special counsel's probe after revelations that he texted anti-Trump, pro-Clinton messages to a woman with whom he was allegedly having an extramarital affair. Republicans said that raises questions about potential political bias in both of those probes.

"I think it would not be appropriate for me to speculate about what the inspector general will or will not find", Wray said. Wray repeatedly deflected questions about the FBI's handling of the Clinton investigation, saying the entire matter was under review by the Justice Department's inspector general.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said that if every member of Mueller's team who was "anti-Trump" were kicked off the investigation, "I don't know if there'd be anyone left".

The dossier was paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee and was compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele.

We've had the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation appropriate a major charging decision away from the Department of Justice because he was concerned that the public wouldn't have confidence if the Department of Justice handled that decision themselves. "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.