Wray: Questions of Political Motivation in FBI Rest With Independent IG

By Susan Jones | December 7, 2017 | 11:38am EST
FBI Director Christopher Wray (Photo: Screen grab/C-SPAN)

(CNSNews.com) - "The FBI that I see is people, decent people, committed to the highest principles of integrity and professionalism and respect," FBI Director Christopher Wray told the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

"Now do we make mistakes?" he asked. "You bet we make mistakes -- everybody who's 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, if that's appropriate."

Wray was asked repeated questions about reported anti-Trump/pro-Clinton bias on the part of some agents involved in the Clinton email investigation and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, and he repeatedly responded that such matters are under review by an outside inspector-general, and he will wait for the IG's report before taking any action against any person.

Wray gave that answer, in different ways and in different words, many times in response to questions about certain FBI agents, one of whom -- Peter Strzok -- has been reassigned away from the Mueller probe because of reported political bias against Trump.

Wray did commit to the Judiciary committee that his staff will work with the Justice Department staff and the committee's staff to respond to document requests -- "while at the same time making sure that we're not in some way jeopardizing or compromising an ongoing investigation or revealing something about a grand jury matter or anything like that."

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