In response to President Donald Trump’s recent slams against the FBI, Director Christopher Wray defended his agency Thursday morning and told the House Judiciary Committee that there is “no finer institution.”
Wray faced a wide variety of questions from the House, many of which gravitated around former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s guilty plea for lying to federal investigators. The development has prompted many new questions for the White House over the past week, and Trump has responded to the intrigue by tearing the FBI apart.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) asked Wray about Trump’s tweets, particularly the one where the president declared that the bureau’s reputation is “in tatters.” Wray responded by defending the FBI’s national security work and saying: “There is no finer institution than the FBI and no finer people than those who work there and are its beating heart.”
“The FBI I see is people, decent people, committed to the highest principles of integrity and professionalism and respect…Do we make mistakes? You bet we make mistakes like everybody who is human makes mistakes, and when we make mistakes, there are independent processes like that of the outside independent inspector general that will drive and dive deep into the facts surrounding those mistakes and when that independent fact finding is complete, we will hold our folks accountable.”
Three days ago, Wray offered a similar defense for his bureau when he distributed an internal memo congratulating his staff and saying it was an “honor” to work with them.
Watch above, via CNN.
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