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.