Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley wants answers from FBI Director Christopher Wray after reports that an FBI agent was dismissed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation over the discovery of text messages favoring Hillary Clinton and disparaging President Donald Trump.
Wray was pressed on the subject by Democratic Reps. The director's comments came days after Trump slammed the agency as a biased institution whose reputation is in "tatters" and "worst in history".
Wray became the director four months ago after Comey was sacked by Trump, and the new director has tried to keep a low profile and steer the agency clear of the public fights surrounding Trump, Clinton and Comey.
"There is no shortage of opinions out there", Wray said of the agency that he has led for four months.
Wray told the House Judiciary Committee that in his experience, the FBI's reputation was "quite good".
"The FBI that I see is tens of thousands of fearless men and women who are working as hard as they can to keep people that they will never know safe from harm", Wray said before the House Judiciary Committee.
"I predict that these attacks on the Federal Bureau of Investigation will grow louder and more brazen as the special counsel does his work and the walls close in around the president, " Nadler said.
The investigator, Peter Strzok, had a prominent role in the FBI's Clinton investigation. "Hard-charging, high integrity people. We understand that we will take criticism from all corners, we're accustomed to that". "We hope to hear from you today about an action plan for making sure this never happens again". When we make mistakes, there are independent processes like the independent, outside inspector general that will drive and dive deep into the facts surrounding those mistakes.
Mueller, who led the FBI for 12 years, was appointed head of the special counsel probe by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey in May as he was leading the Russian Federation probe.