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DIS­TRICT OF COLUMBIA

Di­rec­tor de­fends FBI against bias claims

WASHINGTON – FBI Di­rec­tor Christo­pher A. Wray de­fended his agency’s in­tegrity and in­de­pen­dence in re­sponse to skep­ti­cal ques­tion­ing Thurs­day from Repub­li­cans who re­peat­edly sug­gested its per­son­nel are bi­ased against Pres­i­dent Trump.

Trump tweeted this past week­end that the FBI’s rep­u­ta­tion was in tat­ters.

Asked by the panel’s se­nior Demo­crat, Rep. Jer­rold Nadler of New York, whether that was true, Wray de­liv­ered a lengthy de­fense of the bureau.

“Con­gress­man, there is no short­age of opin­ions out there. What I can tell you is that the FBI I see is tens of thou­sands of agents, an­a­lysts and staff work­ing their tails off keep­ing Amer­i­cans safe,” Wray said. “The FBI that I see is peo­ple, de­cent peo­ple, com­mit­ted to the high­est prin­ci­ples of dig­nity and pro­fes­sion­al­ism and re­spect . ... Now, do we make mis­takes? You bet we make mis­takes, just like ev­ery­body who’s hu­man makes mis­takes.” Repub­li­cans said Wray needed to prove to them that the FBI was pro­ceed­ing with­out pick­ing po­lit­i­cal fa­vorites.

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