FBI Director Denies Political Bias Is Tainting Investigations

President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn last week pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI

President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn last week pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI

Jordan, a Republican from OH, pressed Wray on Peter Strzok's involvement in the warrant and why he was hand-picked by special counsel Robert Mueller to play a key role in the investigation into alleged Trump-Russia collusion during the 2016 presidential election campaign.

"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 from the next terrorist attack, gang violence, child predators, spies from Russia, China, North Korea and Iran", Wray said.

The revelations about Strzok prompted Trump to tweet this past weekend that the FBI's reputation was in tatters.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said on Thursday that the president supports the rank-and-file of the F.B.I. but that he takes exception to numerous current leaders of the F.B.I., "particularly those that played politics with the Hillary Clinton email probe", as well as Mr. Comey.

Wray offered assurances, as well, that he would coordinate with the inspector general to see if he could provide Strzok's text messages to the committee, which it had asked for earlier in the week, without compromising the investigation.

The larger context here is that ever since Mueller was appointed, there has been an effort by the president and his allies to discredit the special counsel's investigation - for example, by pointing to the fact that some lawyers on his staff made political contributions to Clinton or other Democrats.

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JORDAN: Here's what I think, irector Wray.

"He has said that, in the four months since becoming director, he has learned more about, and is even more impressed with, agents' work ethic and commitment to the bureau's mission", said O'Connor, who issued his own impassioned defense of the FBI after Trump's attacks. Trump said, referencing former FBI Director James Comey, whom he fired in May. Noting that a single agent might not be able to sway a major investigation, Hunt said the text messages still give an appearance of impropriety. "Your job requires you to have the courage in these circumstances to stand up to the president".

Wray was also questioned about the alleged bias of investigators on Mueller's team.

Even if Strzok didn't violate any Justice Department regulation, expressing political opinions may have been indiscreet in light of the sensitivity of the investigation. Page had also worked on Mueller's team, but she left that post two weeks before Strzok's departure for what officials have said were unrelated reasons.

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