Republicans Press FBI Director on Whether Agents Are Politically Biased

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Wray, who was nominated as FBI director by Trump, faced Republican criticism over perceived political bias in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of possible Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election and in the handling a year earlier of an FBI investigation Clinton's use of a private email server that ended without criminal charges.

A former top counterintelligence expert at the FBI, now at the center of a political uproar for exchanging private messages that appeared to mock President Donald Trump, changed a key phrase in former FBI Director James Comey's description of how former secretary of state Hillary Clinton handled classified information, according to USA officials familiar with the matter.

But if his dislike for Trump was severe enough to require dismissing him from the current probe, what about the one in which he was a key figure previous year?

Strzok also worked on the Clinton email investigation, and is thought to have changed the language in former FBI Director James Comey's speech clearing Clinton of criminal wrongdoing, by replacing the term "gross negligence", which has a legal meaning, to "extremely careless".

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.

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Wray only said that his agency "will not hesitate to hold people accountable after there has been an appropriate investigation", and that "as to the access to the dossier, that's something that is subject of ongoing discussion between my staff and the various intelligence committees".

"They can give us what they took to the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) court", the Ohio Republican told Fox News' Harris Faulkner on her "Outnumbered Overtime" program. "It looks like that's what took place". "If he were to conclude that's what happened, then I think at that point we're in a situation where we have to assess what else might need to be done to unring that bell".

"If you kicked everybody off of Mueller's team who was anti-Trump, I don't think there'd be anybody left", said Jordan. Strzok's anti-Trump text messages led to his removal from the special counsel's investigative team over the summer. "The current FBI investigation and special council Robert Mueller now under vicious, some might even say ludicrous attacks".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stressed during the press briefing the president wasn't attacking the FBI itself, but rather the "FBI's political leadership" and expressed confidence that Wray can "clean up" the problems from Comey's time as bureau chief.

"Soon enough, Comey was investigating the matters the president did not like, and he was sacked", Tapper recounted. Goodlatte, before the hearing, called on the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation to turn over to his committee any information that was presented to the FISA court regarding the dossier. Just release the application, tell us what was in it. Tell us if I'm wrong.

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