Appearing publicly before the House Judiciary Committee, Wray can expect to be questioned by lawmakers about the insult, as well as other sensitive issues, including the integrity of the special investigation on Russia and the laws surrounding the obstruction. of justice, said the assistants of the committee.
The hearing, an appearance of standard supervision for the FBI director that was announced last week, has taken on new meaning in recent days.
Trump on Sunday tweeted that the FBI's reputation was "in ruins" and "the worst in history," taking advantage of reports of possible biases from a former top official at the table.
There has been no official response to the FBI tweet, but in a message sent through the agency on Monday morning, Wray praised the work of the office and told the staff to "wait and welcome people who They ask difficult questions. "
"We are under the microscope every day, and rightly so, we work hard to earn a living," Wray said, without specifically mentioning the president.
Trump's contempt increased over the weekend after news that Special Advisor Robert Mueller had removed one of the top Russian FBI counterintelligence experts from his team of investigators after an internal investigation uncovered messages that he sent and that could be interpreted as a political bias for Hillary Clinton and against President Donald Trump.
In a statement on Wednesday, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Virginia Republican Bob Goodlatte, said he was "very concerned about the recent controversy."
Meanwhile, Democrats plan a "strong focus" on the issue of obstruction of justice, according to an aide, after California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said on Sunday that the Senate Judiciary Committee's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election was "beginning to see the elaboration of a case of obstruction of justice" by Trump.
While Russian electoral interference consumed the debate at hearings attended by the FBI, Wray used his testimony to sound the alarm about other interests of the bureau, including cybersecurity and the effort to renew the laws of surveillance foreign