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FBI chief defends agency after Trump says it's in "tatters"

FBI chief defends agency after Trump says it's in

In a separate tweet, Trump portrayed the FBI as an embattled agency with a tarnished reputation: "After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters - worst in History!"

Against this background, the general statements by the two men in the past two days-statements which were formally neutral even as they unambiguously underscored the integrity of the Justice Department and FBI in ways that were widely seen as responses to Trump-is about the most that we, or their workforces, can reasonably expect.

Trump laid into the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Twitter last weekend, accusing its agents of political bias and Wray's predecessor James Comey, who Trump fired in May, of lying. Trump and some Republican lawmakers have also capitalized on disclosures that an FBI agent was taken off of Mueller's team because of anti-Trump text messages.

Members who are committed to an independent FBI and who oppose the president's attacks on the bureau should use the opportunity to help Wray out with the predicament Jack describes by giving Wray the opportunity to publicly defend his workforce without needing to proactively go after his own boss.

House Republicans have called for a second special counsel investigation against Hillary Clinton and the "special treatment" she received from the FBI during the email probe.

The corrupt deep state not only has caused widespread distrust in our justice system, as many Americans now believe that the FBI is dangerously politicized, but also screwed over Sanders - and itself - by keeping the beatable candidate in place.

Meanwhile, the Washington watchdog Judicial Watch has released an email showing another Mueller deputy, Andrew Weissmann, praised outgoing acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to defend Trump's controversial travel ban.

Congress is well aware of its role in defending an independent FBI.

Under questioning from House Judiciary Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Wray responded directly to Trump's tweet, saying there was "no shortage of opinions out there".

"If you had the FBI working with the Democrats' campaign, taking opposition research and dressing it all up and turning into an intelligence document and taking it to the FISA court so they could spy on the other campaign that is as wrong as it gets", said Jordan.

"Even the appearance of impropriety will devastate the FBI's reputation", Goodlatte said.

"I think it would not be appropriate for me to speculate about what the inspector general will or will not find", Wray said.

Strzok was involved in both the Clinton email and Russia investigations.

During the hearing, committee Republicans pressed Wray on what they say is clear evidence of bias against President Trump at the bureau.

"I'm not aware of any senior FBI executives who are allowing improper political considerations to effect their work with me right now", FBI Director Christopher Wray replied. Representative Eric Swalwell, Democrat of California, said it was "sickening to sit here and listen to the good names of Bob Mueller" and others be smeared.

The competing pressures Wray faces will be on display Thursday when he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee. Wray is facing a tough test four months into his leadership of the FBI.