FBI Director defends bureau integrity amid Clinton, Trump probes Dec 08, 2017 0 368 12345 ReutersWASHINGTONThe director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation defended his employees on Thursday against a growing chorus of accusations by Republicans, including President Donald Trump, that its agents were allowing political bias to seep into their investigations.In testimony before the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Christopher Wray said he believed the reputation of the FBI was not, as Trump recently wrote on Twitter,"in tatters.""The agents, analysts and staff of the FBI are big boys and girls. We understand we will take criticism from all corners,"Wray said."My experience has been that our reputation is quite good."Republicans had in recent weeks stepped up criticism of the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether Trump campaign aides had colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 US presidential election.The move is widely seen as a tactic to undermine Mueller's investigation, which has so far led to criminal charges against four people from Trump's inner circle.It comes as Republicans prepare to head into a potentially challenging midterm 2018 congressional election cycle.Republicans have sought to re-litigate questions relating to the FBI's handling of an investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, and questioned whether Justice Department officials gave her preferential treatment in their decision not to charge her with a crime.Wray took over the helm of the FBI after Trump abruptly fired Comey earlier this year. Wray acknowledged Thursday that Strzok was removed from Mueller's investigation, but said he was reassigned, not disciplined."We cannot afford for the FBI - which has traditionally been dubbed the premier law enforcement agency in the world - to become tainted by politicization or the perception of a lack of even-handedness,"Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said.Wray repeatedly refused to weigh in on how his predecessor handled the Clinton matter, and deferred to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who is conducting a wide-ranging review into the topic.Horowitz recently told lawmakers he expects his review to be complete by late winter or early spring."When those findings come to me, I will take appropriate action if necessary,"Wray said. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES UN watchdogs call for probe into Taser assaults in US jails Dec 08, 2017 0 727 Court indicts ex-Argentinian president, orders arrest Dec 08, 2017 0 629 Senator Franken resigning amid sexual harassment allegations Dec 08, 2017 0 448 Pentagon braces for possible govt shutdown Washington: The Pentagon on Thursday warned of possible weapons delays and other military ramifications if the government shuts down over a budget deal impasse or passes a stop-gap spending bill to avert it. The .. US cop jailed for 20 years in fatal shooting of black man Charleston: A white former US police officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black motorist. The death of Walter Scott in April 2015 was one of the most shocking in a series .. Wikileaks faces US probes into its 2016 election role, CIA leaks Reuters WASHINGTON WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, are facing multiple investigations by U.S. authorities, including three congressional probes and a federal criminal inquiry, sources familiar with the .. Three killed in US school shooting, attacker dead At least three people were killed in a shooting at a high school in northern New Mexico on Thursday, including two students and the attacker, police said. New Mexico State Police said no other injuries were reported after .. Trump Jr. had reasons not to answer panel questions: White House WASHINGTON: The White House said on Thursday that Donald Trump Jr. was on solid legal ground when he refused to answer questions from a congressional committee about a conversation he had with his father, President .. Southern California fires force 200,000 people to flee LOS ANGELES: Hundreds of Los Angeles area schools shut their doors on Thursday as raging wildfires wreaked havoc on Southern California, forcing about 200,000 people to flee and destroying hundreds of houses. .. U.S. lawmakers press FBI on alleged bias in Clinton, Trump cases By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee lambasted the FBI on Thursday over how it handled an investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private ..