Jake Tapper: Trump Attacks FBI Only When His Side Is Threatened

US President Donald Trump applauds during a rally for Sen. Luther Strange at the Von Braun Civic Center

Meanwhile, emails from deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe say the Clinton email probe was referred to as "special" and handled with a "small team". "Even the appearance of impropriety will devastate the FBI's reputation".

The senior Democrat on the committee, Rep. You bet we make mistakes.

New York Republican Peter King was concerned by Brennan's apparent impartiality, noting, "There should be an investigation of what the Russians did but also an investigation of John Brennan and the hit job he seems to be orchestrating against the president-elect".

"Special deals for special people is not the American way", Meadows said.

But Republicans on the committee pressed Wray hard over allegations that pro-Clinton, anti-Trump FBI investigators and lawyers controlled both last year's probe into Clinton's use of classified material on a private email server, and special prosecutor Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow to tilt the White House race.

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

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said that if every member of Mueller's team who was "anti-Trump" were kicked off the investigation, "I don't know if there'd be anyone left".

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Since then, Republicans in Congress have latched on to the Strzok case as they pressed the FBI and the Justice Department over the independence of their investigations. "Why do they continue when they have demonstrated distinct bias against this president and this administration".

Under questioning from Goodlatte, Wray declined to discuss the particulars of Strzok's role in the Clinton probe or the FBI's handling more generally of that matter because those issues are under investigation by the inspector general.

While some Republicans have called for a second special counsel to investigate FBI conduct, others have argued that Mueller's probe should be shut down or given a time limit to complete its work.

Asked by Jackson later in the hearing about what affect Trump's tweet had on officials in the bureau, Wray said FBI staffers "are big boys and girls" who "understand that we will take criticism from all corners".

The latest bombshell revelations include high-ranking staffers at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Wray became the director four months ago after Comey was sacked by Trump, and the new director has tried to keep a low profile and steer the agency clear of the public fights surrounding Trump, Clinton and Comey.

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