CNN's Jake Tapper on Thursday took on Donald Trump's attack on the FBI after director Christopher Wray testified before the House Judicial Committee, fielding pointed questions from Republicans about the independence of the Bureau.
Christopher Wray is seated prior to testifying before a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be the next Federal Bureau of Investigation director on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 12, 2017. "What I can tell you 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".
"The FBI I see", Wray added, "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".
FBI Director Christopher Wray insisted Thursday that the FBI's reputation was not "in tatters", days after President Donald Trump suggested was the case in a weekend tweet.
Wray became the director four months ago after Comey was sacked by Trump, and the new director has tried to keep a low profile and steer the agency clear of the public fights surrounding Trump, Clinton and Comey.
"If you kicked everybody off of Mueller's team who was anti-Trump, I don't think there'd be anybody left", said Jordan, alleging there is "more" behind Strzok's departure from Mueller's team.
"If he had pro-Clinton or anti-Trump bias, what the hell was he doing interviewing Hillary Clinton?".
"The depths of this anti-Trump bias on the Mueller team just goes on and on", said Rep. Chabot.
The GOP members of Congress - including Reps.
Given the opportunity to publicly address Trump's comments, Wray pushed back on the idea that the FBI's reputation is "in tatters" and the "worst in history".
The senior Democrat on the committee, Rep.
As NPR Justice Correspondent Carrie Johnson has reported, Mueller is a Republican who has been tapped by both Democratic and Republican presidents over the years to do very important work.
"This (Mueller) investigation has been undermined and tainted and he should be fired".
In a letter to Wray on Tuesday, December 5 Senator Charles Grassley demanded information on Strzok's role in Comey's decision not to prosecute Clinton, his role in the early Russian collusion investigation, and any communications he made with negative statements about Trump or positive ones on Clinton.
Wray, however, repeatedly deflected questions about whether Trump's decision would put him in legal jeopardy.
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