FBI Director Defends Agency From Trump’s Accusation That Their Reputation Has Been “In Tatters” [VIDEO]

CNN reports:

FBI Director Christopher Wray defended his agency Thursday in his first public appearance since President Donald Trump said the bureau is “in tatters.”

Wray told the House Judiciary Committee his agents work hard “protecting the American people and upholding the rule of law in all 50 states and in about 80 countries around the world.”

“Let me start by saying that it is for me the honor of a lifetime to be here representing the men and women of the FBI,” he said. “There is no finer institution than the FBI and no finer people than the men and women who work there and are its very beating heart.”

When asked about Trump’s tweets over the weekend criticizing the FBI, Wray told Rep. Jerry Nadler, “there is no shortage of opinions out there.”

More from the BBC:

FBI Director Christopher Wray was the man testifying before the committee on Thursday morning, but – at least for the Republican congressmen present – it was special counsel Robert Mueller in the spotlight.

In particular, the Republicans honed in on a former member of Mr Mueller’s team, Peter Strzok, a top FBI counterintelligence officer removed from the investigation this summer after the agency discovered he had written negative text messages about Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The strategy is clear – to raise doubts about the impartiality of Mr Mueller’s investigation. The president’s supporters for months have been pointing to perceived Democratic leanings of some of the investigative team, including a handful of donations made to Democratic candidates.

  • Gustav2

    When you don’t like the message, “Smear or Kill the messenger!”

    • crewman

      And then install your own shadow messenger that reports directly to you, will come to the conclusions you want him to, stop investigating things you don’t want him to investigate, and without hesitation investigate political and personal enemies.

      • Jonathan Smith

        so,Thursday in dRump’hs America?

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      • Joe in PA

        He’s learned well from his Russian leaders. 🙁

    • Tawreos

      And blame it on you ideological opposition.

    • kaydenpat

      As guilty folk do.

  • bkmn

    I wonder how many in the FBI/CIA, etc are using every spare moment of their time to comb over info that might be useful for Mueller and team.

    • Butch

      I definitely think if you were out to turn these agencies against you, you couldn’t hit on a better strategy.

    • KCMC

      special op #combover

      • Tread

        God, I hope it’s called that. Or Operation #ThunderThighs

        • Jeffg166

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  • Butch

    And of course the GOP is only too willing to take up Trump’s claim.

  • Jonathan Smith
  • Lumpy Gaga

    FBI-bashing is right up the Bundy/militia/etc. alley.

    Take a knee if you’re unhappy, Donald.

  • Tawreos

    Wow someone found out that someone did something improper and got removed so it would not taint the investigation. The GOP is, of course, unable to fathom how someone could do the right thing without some underlying motive. They love to prove they do not have the integrity to run a lemonade stand let alone a country.

  • Smokey

    Imagine the file J. Edgar (if he were still alive) would have on tRump!

    • kaydenpat

      Hmmmm. He’d probably love Trump. From what I know about Hoover, he hated Black activists.

      • Smokey

        I suspect that Hoover would find tRump’s sexual “perversions” distasteful or at least a bludgeon to hold over him. Also I think Hoover wouldn’t like tRump’s disdain for the rule of law.

      • Chucktech

        Hoover had dirt on every president he served under as an insurance policy to keep from being fired. Hoover would have had tons of juicy dirt on this doddering mental defective in the White House.

  • Blake Mason

    I know it’s old, but “How can you tell that Donald Trump is lying?”

  • Taylor Bixler

    Louie Gohmert apparently doing his McCarthy for idiots impression during that hearing.

  • Capritaur

    Isn’t Wray Trump’s man? What is this staged bickering supposed to accomplish?

  • Blake Mason

    OT… It is hunting season… this one does not surprise me…

    Former Democratic Congressman Harold
    Ford Jr. has been fired for misconduct by Morgan Stanley after facing a
    human resources investigation into allegations of misconduct, a company
    spokeswoman confirmed.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/harold-ford-fired-morgan-stanley_us_5a29743ee4b0b185e53a0ce6?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

    • Lantor

      I wonder who Joe is going to have as his token…democrat now?

      • JCF

        Have you watched MJ lately? There are MANY Democrats on now (you’ve heard that Joe left the Republican Party?).

  • AlternativeQuacks

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    • jmax

      I would be tempted to drop a big turd in that urinal.

      • OdieDenCO

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    • greenmanTN

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  • Mickey Bitsko

    Any relation to Fay Wray? Asking for a giant gorilla.

  • Tomcat

    This was all just a play from republicans to bring up Hillary investigation once again, just in case our country has not spent quite enough hunting that witch.

  • mickey

    Wish someone could explain to me how every R member on these committees can demand everyone else remain impartial at the same time prove time and time again they themselves are anything but.
    Remind me please how many have excused themselves from Committees and investigations that they have made completely biased comments about?
    Our rules apply to thee but never me should be the official R platform

    • Chucktech

      Yeah. You know, Like Ken Starr was when he was bed-sniffing Bill Clinton’s private and consensual affairs… Just a paragon of impartiality in that travesty, wasn’t he?

      • jerry

        It was pretty funny when Starr was fired as president at Baylor, because of his coverup of sex scandals.

    • As we’ve just seen from the way “tax reform” was passed in both houses, they no longer bother with even the appearance of propriety. For themselves.

  • Lazycrockett

    Seems if you deny the allegations like the R’s are doing you get to stay in office, but if you apologize you are gone, D’s.

    • Tomcat

      Maybe the apology should come BEFORE the accusations?

  • JackFknTwist

    Trump/turd will find out that you can’t keep pissing on everyone without Madam Karma coming back to punch you out.

    Yours is coming Turdboy, and the intelligence/security forces are drawing lots for the first kick in the balls.