Political and Legislative

FBI Director Defends Agents, Bureau Against Criticism From House Republicans

House Republicans clashed with FBI Director Chris Wray on Wednesday as the head of the bureau faced sharp questions from lawmakers who in recent years have ratcheted up accusations that the agency has been weaponized for political purposes.

Wray’s appearance before the House Judiciary Committee — for a hearing the panel billed as focusing on “the politicization” of the FBI under Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland — was his first since Republicans took control of the lower chamber and came as the FBI, and Justice Department more broadly, has emerged as a frequent target of Republicans. Former President Donald Trump nominated Wray to lead the FBI in 2017 after firing then-director Jim Comey.

The committee’s Republican and Democratic members took their places along familiar battle lines throughout the hearing, offering competing views of the FBI. 

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