Here's What Gowdy Plans to Ask FBI Director Wray at Today's Hearing

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FBI Director Christopher Wray offered a stirring defense of the agency on Thursday in the wake of rebukes from President Trump, who recently said the bureau's reputation was "in tatters" and called its impartiality into question.

Wray was pressed on the subject by Democratic Reps.

Rep. Jim Jordan grilled FBI Director Christopher Wray this morning on the suspected actions of an FBI agent found to have sent anti-Trump text messages to his mistress.

The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee lambasted the FBI on Thursday over how it handled an investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, and questioned whether Justice Department officials gave her preferential treatment over President Donald Trump.

Christopher Wray is seated prior to testifying before a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be the next Federal Bureau of Investigation director on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 12, 2017.

Democrats, however, sought to focus on Trump's comments and actions, and the actions of members of his campaign previous year.

Strzok was moved off Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation over the summer after the text messages were discovered.

"Congressman there is no shortage of opinions out there".

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"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".

The investigator, Peter Strzok, had a prominent role in the FBI's Clinton investigation. He's again asking for an interview with Strzok as well as documents, including communications involving Strzok, relating to the bureau's investigation a year ago into the use of a private email server by former Secretary of State Clinton.

This includes Obama's Central Intelligence Agency director John O. Brennan, FBI director James Comey, and their deputies, who have emerged as highly partisan operatives, who fall outrageously short of the standards of impartiality and objectivity expected of individuals heading up the most sensitive investigations within the FBI. But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness.

"The FBI I see are tens of thousands of agents who working their tails off", he continued.

Wray refused to answer, saying, "I'm not prepared to discuss anything about a FISA process in this setting". "Decent people committed to the highest principles of integrity and professionalism". We understand that we will take criticism from all corners. "We've seen the attacks on legislative oversight, intelligence agencies, the judiciary, journalists". "And when that independent fact finding is complete, we will hold our folks accountable if that's appropriate".

Republican lawmakers intensely focused on revelations that came to light last week about Peter Strzok, a high-ranking FBI agent who worked on both the Hillary Clinton email probe under former FBI Director James Comey and the Department of Justice Russia investigation, whose anti-Trump text messages led him to be removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team over the summer.

"And we are accustomed to that", he said, adding, "My experience has been that our reputation is quite good".

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