Federal Bureau of Investigation chief defends agency after Donald Trump attacks

FBI chief defends agency after Trump says it's in

"We've seen the attacks on legislative oversight, intelligence agencies, the judiciary, journalists".

In a storm of tweets last weekend, Mr Trump called the nation's top law enforcement agency a biased institution whose reputation is "in Tatters - worst in History!" and urged Mr Wray to "clean house".

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

Wray's testimony comes after the FBI has been the target of scornful attacks from President Donald Trump and some other Republicans who have alleged that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible links between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation during last year's presidential election is politically biased.

But Republicans on the committee pressed Wray hard over allegations that pro-Clinton, anti-Trump FBI investigators and lawyers controlled both last year's probe into Clinton's use of classified material on a private email server, and special prosecutor Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow to tilt the White House race.

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Mr Wray conceded that agents do make mistakes and said there are processes in place to hold them accountable.

Besides, Wray said Trump has not asked him to pledge his loyalty to him nor spoken to him about Mueller's investigation. The firing of James Comey exacerbated the situation, and made Wray's tenure even more challenging.

Details from the charging documents related to former national security adviser Michael Flynn's plea deal and Trump's recent tweets have given fresh life to questions about obstruction of justice related to the president's decision to fire Comey, Wray's predecessor.

Wray was sworn in early August.

Trump's weekend tweets about the Federal Bureau of Investigation created a new dilemma for Wray. As CNN reported, Strzok changed Comey's key description of Clinton's actions from "grossly negligent" to "extremely careless".

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