FBI Director Wray Defends Agency Before Lawmakers

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"It shouldn't have been the inspector general that had to bring this to our attention 12 months after it happened", Gowdy argued.

"The FBI that I see is tens of thousands of brave men and women who are working as hard as they can to keep people that they will never know safe from harm".

FBI Director Christopher Wray pushed back on President Donald Trump's assertion that the bureau's reputation was "in tatters".

Judicial Watch obtained an email this week that revealed exactly what Weissmann wrote to then-Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates on Jan. 30 after she instructed the Department of Justice not to defend Trump's controversial travel ban. The investigation would surely continue, though perhaps with someone who doesn't think his job includes protecting the FBI and Mr. Comey from answering questions about their role in the 2016 election.

The Republican approach has its roots in an insight that Mitch McConnell brought to the GOP's strategy in opposing Barack Obama.

Approval of the Republican Party has hit 29 percent, the lowest ever recorded.

The drafting process was a team effort, CNN is told, with a handful of people reviewing the language as edits were made, according to another US official familiar with the matter.

"The FBI is investigating whether "'improper political considerations" led to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton not being prosecuted for mishandling classified material. Just release the application, tell us what was in it. Tell us if I'm wrong.

He said Strzok, Mueller and former FBI director James Comey 'should be the subjects of criminal investigations and held fully accountable for crimes against a sitting president and the voters who supported him'.

Wray, however, repeatedly deflected questions about whether Trump's decision would put him in legal jeopardy. 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. "Now do we make mistakes?"

While some Republicans have called for a second special counsel to investigate FBI conduct, others have argued that Mueller's probe should be shut down or given a time limit to complete its work.

The powers of the Legislative and Executive Branches are enumerated in, and delegated by, the United States Constitution. Therefore, Jordan suggested that there had to be more going on with Strzok that was not yet known publicly - or even, in a more confidential or secure setting, known yet to members of Congress. We had the director of the FBI appropriate a major charging decision away from the Department of Justice because he was concerned that the public wouldn't have confidence if the Department of Justice handled that decision themselves.

"[The report] sends a chill to activists around the country", Bass said. Everything points on that. "The OIG has been reviewing allegations involving communications between certain individuals, and will report its findings regarding those allegations promptly upon completion of the review of them", the inspector general's office said in a statement provided to NPR.

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