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FBI chief refutes President Trump on agency's reputation

After President Donald Trump tweeted several days ago that the FBI's reputation "is in tatters," FBI Director Christopher Wray refuted that claim during a hearing on Capitol Hill.


Wray provided his first public defense of the nation’s premier law enforcement agency since a weekend of Twitter attacks by President Donald Trump, who called the FBI a biased institution whose reputation is “in Tatters — worst in History!” and urged Wray to “clean house.”

The outburst from the president followed a guilty plea from his former national security adviser for lying to the FBI and the revelation that an agent had been removed from a special team investigating the Trump campaign because of text messages seen as potentially anti-Trump.

“There is no finer institution, and no finer people, than the men and women who work there and are its very beating heart.

“My experience has been that our reputation is quite good.

“There is no shortage of opinions out there, but what I can tell you is that the FBI that I see is tens of thousands of agents and analysts and staff working their tails off to keep Americans safe. The FBI that I see is tens of thousands of brave men and women working as hard as they can to keep people they will never know safe from harm," Wray said.

Wray, who served as a top Justice Department official under President George W. Bush and was nominated as FBI director by Trump, has faced Republican criticism over perceived political bias in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of possible Trump campaign ties to Russia during the 2016 presidential election and in the handling a year earlier of an FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server that ended without criminal charges.

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