Wray defends FBI reputation, staff amid Trump tweets

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WASHINGTON (CBS) Lawmakers questioning the new FBI director wanted to know what he thought about a recent tweet from President Trump.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler/D-New York: Will you respond to this tweet? Is the FBI's reputation in tatters?
Christopher Wray/FBI director: There is no shortage of opinions out there. What I can tell you is the FBI I see is tens of thousands of agents and staff working their tails off to keep Americans safe.

President Trump picked Wray to be FBI director after firing James Comey. Wray has been on the job since August and Republicans grilled him about their concerns with recent and ongoing investigations.

"At the very least, the FBI's reputation as an impartial, nonpolitical agency has been called into question," said Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia.

Top agent Peter Strzok was recently removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation after sending anti-Trump text messages to another FBI employee. Strzok also worked on the Hillary Clinton email investigation and has now been reassigned to the agency's human resources department.

"There has got to be something more here. It cannot be just some text messages," said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.

Republicans say the actions of this agent call into question the integrity of Mueller's ongoing investigation and the decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton.

"The inspector general is looking at the very important question of whether or not improper political decision factored into the decision-making," Wray said.

Wray also testified he had not seen any effort from the White House to interfere in Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling and possible collusion between President Trump's associates and Moscow.