Politics FBI director Christopher Wray defends agency amid scrutiny from House Republicans

23:26  16 may  2018
23:26  16 may  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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FBI Director Christopher Wray seen here on Capitol Hill in February. © Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images FBI Director Christopher Wray seen here on Capitol Hill in February.

FBI Director Christopher Wray underscored the importance of protecting the identity of human sources in testimony Wednesday amid an ongoing battle with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and other House Republicans over the disclosure of a document the Justice Department says would endanger a source.

"The day that we can't protect human sources is the day the American people start becoming less safe," Wray told members of the Senate Appropriations Committee. "Human sources in particular who put themselves at great risk to work with us and with our foreign partners have to be able to trust that we're going to protect their identities and in many cases their lives and the lives of their families."

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FBI Director Christopher Wray defended his agency on Thursday (Friday NZ Time) amid Wray testified before the House Judiciary Committee as Democrats and Republicans clashed over the Wray 's tenure as the new FBI chief would be difficult enough even without the intense scrutiny of the

Wray said he respected Congress' oversight duties and "we welcome the tough questions given our responsibilities" but defended the pace of the bureau's document production, as the FBI and Justice Department have faced subpoenas and criticism from House Republicans.

In March, Wray said he doubled the number of staff who were reviewing documents requested as part of one Hill probe.

"We actually have been dealing with quite a number of requests, some of them almost unprecedented in their volume from a number of different committees," Wray said Wednesday. "We're chugging away, making progress."

"Every week we're cranking out documents and people are coming over to spaces that we have set aside from the Hill to review documents. So it's an ongoing process, thousands of documents being released," he said.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, called suggestions by Nunes that Wray should be impeached over the document spat "beyond balderdash" and "one of the dumbest statements I've heard any member of Congress in either party ever say."

Asked by Leahy if he stood by his past testimony that the Russia investigation is not a witch hunt -- as President Donald Trump has repeatedly called it -- Wray said "yes."

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