Wray Defends FBI Against Trump’s Twitter Attacks

FBI director Christopher Wray, asked by House Judiciary Committee members about President Trump’s tweet that the bureau is “in tatters,” says, “The FBI I see is tens of thousands of brave men and women that are working hard.”

Four days after President Trump tweeted that the FBI’s reputation was “in tatters,” FBI Director Christopher Wray staunchly defended the bureau Thursday, telling Congress “there is no finer institution,” reports the Los Angeles Times. Wray told the House Judiciary Committee, “We are determined to be the very best at protecting the American people and upholding the rule of law.” Asked about Trump’s disparaging tweet, Wray answered carefully. “There is no shortage of opinions out there,” he said. “The FBI I see is tens of thousands of brave men and women that are working hard. The FBI that I see is people, decent people, committed to the highest principles of dignity and professionalism and respect.”

Wray acknowledged he doesn’t use the president’s favorite form of social media. “My folks would tell you I’m not really a Twitter guy,” he said. “I’ve never tweeted, do not have any plans to tweet, don’t really engage in tweeting.” The FBI has been buffeted by Republican criticism of the special counsel’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russian officials and by Trump’s more personal attacks on Wray’s predecessor, James Comey. In the hearing, Republicans pushed Wray to block any anti-Trump biases in the FBI while Democrats pressed him to stand up to the White House and keep the bureau independent. Panel chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) said, “it does appear to me that, at the very least, the FBI’s reputation as an impartial, nonpolitical agency has been called into question.” Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), the committee’s top Democrat, said, “I believe that these attacks on the FBI will grow louder and more brazen as the special counsel does his work and the walls close in around the president, and evidence of his obstruction and other misdeeds becomes more apparent.”

from https://thecrimereport.org