FBI Director testifies before House Committee about Mar-a-Lago search (includes video story)

FBI Director Chris Wray testified on Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee in a hearing that focused on the federal investigation regarding the mishandling of classified documents by former President Donald Trump. 

The FBI has faced increased scrutiny by Republican legislators since federal agents found hundreds of classified documents improperly stored in Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in August 2022. Conservative representatives unfoundedly argue that the FBI is unfairly targeting Republican leaders and defending the Biden administration. 

“There are specific rules about where to store classified information and that those need to be stored in a SCIF, a secure compartmentalized information facility,” said Wray on Wednesday, referring to the poor conditions in which hundreds of national security documents were being held. “In my experience, ballrooms, bathrooms and bedrooms are not SCIFs,” the FBI director continued.

House Democrats insist that the investigation led by the House Judiciary Committee on the FBI is an effort to support Trump’s 2024 presidential bid. 

“Our folks take great pains to be rigorous, professional, objective,” said Wray, arguing that the FBI did not follow a partisan bias while carrying out investigations. “We do the work in the right way, and sometimes that’s frustrating to others,” he added.  

Samuel Larreal is a Venezuelan journalism student with a concentration in political science and international relations. He is interested in reporting on human rights, immigration and civic freedom.