Federal Bureau of Investigation director defends agency against Donald Trump's attacks

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"After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters - worst in History!"

"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.

Mr Wray, who has led the agency for just four months, fended off politically charged questions from politicians of both parties during a routine oversight hearing that was overtaken by questions about Hillary Clinton's emails and President Donald Trump's campaign.

They focused their attacks on the high-level involvement in both the Clinton and Mueller probes of Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok.

Recently, the FBI found itself entangled in a scandal concerning Trump's possible ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential elections and an investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private server for her government email. Rep. Jim Jordan grilled FBI Director Christopher Wray this morning on the suspected actions of an FBI agent found to have sent anti-Trump text messages to his mistress.

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His former deputy Deb Frecklington has already announced she will contest the leadership, with Tim Mander her potential deputy. "I won't let you down", she told voters, after an excruciating count that spanned just shy of two weeks.

"Even the appearance of impropriety will devastate the FBI's reputation".

Besides, Wray said Trump has not asked him to pledge his loyalty to him nor spoken to him about Mueller's investigation. His bosses, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Rosenstein, remained publicly silent, leaving Wray to defend the agency.

Republicans repeatedly pressed him on reports that Mr Strzok tweaked the language of the FBI's finding from "grossly negligent" - the standard laid out in the relevant statute - to "extremely careless", which was the language that Mr Comey ultimately used in discussing the Clinton case with the public.

Details from the charging documents related to former national security adviser Michael Flynn's plea deal and Trump's recent tweets have given fresh life to questions about obstruction of justice related to the president's decision to fire Comey, Wray's predecessor.