FBI Director Christopher A. Wray testified on Wednesday at a Senate committee on security threats where Democrats are likely to question him about the role White House officials are investigating in sexual assault on Supreme Court judges Brett M. Kavanaugh played to speak.
Wray Appointed with State Security Captain Kirstenen Nielsen at Senate Homeland Security Department Security Hearing
In his opening remarks, Wray said the FBI is conducting thousands of terrorism investigations.
"Right now as I sit here, we are currently investigating about 5,000 terrorism cases across America and the surrounding area. The world and about 1,000 of these cases are self-imposed violent extremists, and they are in all 50 states," said Wray, adding: "In the las For about a year, we have carried out hundreds of arrests of terrorist subjects."
It is expected that he will also be in the last week because of the Kavanaugh nomination questions about the role of the FBI in the bloody political Will fight. After a California professor claimed Kavanaugh was trying to sexually assault them when the two were teenagers, the White House ordered a follow-up to investigate the allegations.
The FBI interviewed nine people as part of this follow-up investigation, and Democrats have accused White House officials of severely restricting the FBI's ability to learn the truth.
Background investigations are not like criminal trials conducted independently to decide if someone should be charged with a criminal offense. Rather, it is an investigation conducted under the guidance and guidance of the White House to answer specific questions about a candidate or job candidate.
Kavanaugh was confirmed on Saturday by a predominantly party-political vote. At a White House swearing ceremony, President Trump said that "what happened to the Kavanaugh family violated any notion of fairness, decency, and orderly conduct."
He said to Kavanaugh, "You, sir, under historical gaze, proved innocent."
Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), One of the legislators in the committee that will question Wray, sharply criticized the background investigation on the Senate floor last week.
"This was not a search for the truth, it was not an investigation, it was a renunciation of responsibility and duty," Harris said.
Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford, the first of three women accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, directly wrote Wray of her concerns, calling it "inconceivable" "That the FBI could complete his investigation without interviewing her or Kavanaugh." 19659016] Wray will likely also investigate questions about special adviser Robert S. Mueller III, who investigated Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether any Trump assistants have helped efforts.