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FBI Director Defends Agency Against Trump Criticism
FBI Director Christopher Wray appeared before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday where he was in the dubious position of having to defend his agency against attacks from the president. Trump tweeted on Sunday that the organization’s credibility was stained because he believes Hillary Clinton got special treatment when her use of a private email server for State Department business was being investigated.
After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters – worst in History! But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2017
Wray said that is agents are hard at work “protecting the American people and upholding the rule of law in all 50 states and in about 80 countries around the world.”
He went on to talk about the specific things that his agency does on a daily basis to help keep the country safe.
“What I can tell you is that the FBI 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 and North Korea, and Iran,” he responded. “The FBI that I see is tens of thousands of brave men and women who are working as hard as they can to keep people that they will never know safe from harm.”
As far any allegations of bias, Wray said that he would welcome an outside look at the agency’s operations and, if bias is found, he would be more than happy to take appropriate steps to rectify the situation.
“When we make mistakes, there are independent processes like that of the outside, independent inspector general that will drive and dive deep into the facts surrounding those mistakes,” he said. “And when that independent fact finding is complete, we will hold our folks accountable if that is appropriate.”
The real reason that Trump is trying to discredit the FBI, however, is because special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is heating up. If he can cast a shadow of doubt on the FBI’s credibility, he’s going to. Unfortunately for the president, Mueller is a career law enforcement official whose reputation is above reproach.