Asking the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee for enough time to make his point clear, Wray hailed the “Tens of thousands of brave men and women” working hard within the agency to fight crime and terrorism, and pointed out specifically that among those they are combatting are “Spies from Russia.”
NADLER: We have heard other veterans of the FBI and the Department of Justice push back against this attack on the reputation of the FBI. At this time, we haven’t heard from you. What I can tell you is that the FBI that I see is tens of thousands of agents and analysts and staff working their tails off to keep Americans safe from the next terrorist attack, gang violence, child predators, spies from Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.
The FBI that I see is tens of thousands of brave men and women who are working as hard as they can to keep people that they will never know safe from harm.
The FBI that I see is people – decent people – committed to the highest principles of integrity and professionalism and respect.
Wray’s comments echo the sentiments of FBI agents as well.
To deflect from the guilty pleas of his inner circle – two so far, with two more indicted – Trump seeks to undermine the legitimacy of the FBI like he has tried to do with the media. The FBI is not perfect, but they do not deserve to be dragged through the mud by the person holding the presidency.