Some recent unsavory incidents involving FBI personnel are expected to face scrutiny Thursday when the bureau’s director, Christopher Wray, appears before the House Judiciary Committee, according to a report.
Wray, who continues in the job under President Biden after having been appointed in 2017 by former President Trump, is expected to field questions on alleged agent misconduct, accusations of political bias and claims that the agency missed warning signs about the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, The Washington Times reported.
The alleged misconduct includes claims in a government report leaked last month that a “slimy” high-ranking FBI agent drank during work hours and groped female subordinates, and June 1 claim by Maryland authorities that a former FBI agent tried to murder a man on a subway train, according to the Times.
The alleged incidents – in addition to previous claims of political bias and claims that the bureau lacks the competency it has seen in the past – have tarnished the FBI’s reputation in the view of some observers.
“If Director Hoover were still around, he would be appalled,” David Stebenne, author of books on FBI history, told the Times, referring to J. Edgar Hoover,