But he did not hesitate to defend the nation's premier law enforcement agency following a weekend of Twitter attacks by Trump, who called the Federal Bureau of Investigation a biased institution whose reputation is "in Tatters - worst in History!" and urged Wray to "clean house". Bob Goodlatte of Virginia.
Wray's response rebuked not only Trump but congressional Republicans who have also faulted the bureau for its handling of the Clinton probe and criticized special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Trump associates' possible coordination with Russian Federation and Trump's alleged obstruction of justice. "We can't sit around and wait as the president is undermined by an investigation that I believe Attorney General [Jeff] Sessions should have ended long ago... the attorney general has the power to shut it down and we need him to step up and do his job".
Wray spent the morning being grilled at a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee about how FBI personnel - particularly a senior counterintelligence agent now the subject of an internal ethics investigation - handled sensitive probes of Trump and his former political rival, Hillary Clinton.
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But the email and conversation with Flynn prompted the top Democrats on the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees on Sunday to call for McFarland to testify before the congressional Russian Federation committees and special counsel Robert Mueller.
A former United States of America intelligence official told Carter that "with the recent revelation that Strzok was removed from the Special Counsel investigation for making anti-Trump text messages it seems likely that the accuracy and veracity of the 302 of Flynn's interview as a whole should be reviewed and called into question".
Strzok's alleged conduct is now the subject of a probe by the Justice Department's inspector general.
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Wray offered assurances, as well, that he would coordinate with the inspector general to see if he could provide Strzok's text messages to the committee, which it had asked for earlier in the week, without compromising the investigation.
The director also noted that investigators have a harder time alerting potential hacking victims when attackers set their sights on targets that aren't under the government's direct control.
"My experience with the FBI has been positive", said Wray, who took over the bureau in August after Trump fired its previous director James Comey in May. After reading the tweets aloud during his opening remarks, Nadler urged Wray to stand up to President Trump. Today Wray responded. NPR's Ryan Lucas has more. Mr. Gohmert said that Mr. Mueller had weakened the F.B.I. because of bad management decisions he made as director.
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Wray wouldn't commit to turning over the information.