FBI Director Chris Wray on Thursday morning defended the integrity of the FBI, calling its employees “decent people committed to the highest principles of integrity and respect” just days after President Donald Trump tweeted that the bureau’s reputation is “in tatters.”
Pressed by House Judiciary Committee lawmakers on the merits of Trump’s tweet, Wray delivered a lengthy, steady-voiced defense of the bureaus agents, analysts and other staff without mentioning the president by name.
“There is no shortage of opinions out there,” Wray said. “What I can tell you is the FBI I see is tens of of thousands of agents, analysts and staff working their tails off to keep America safe from the next terror attack. The FBI that I see… is brave men and women working as hard as they can to keep people that they will never know safe from harm.”
He acknowledged that the bureau makes mistakes “like everybody who’s human” and that, when mistakes do happen, the bureau launches rigorous independent review and holds individuals accountable if appropriate.