Rosenstein and Wray: We're not angry nor are we Democrats

FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinShowdown looms over Mueller report If Mueller's report lacks indictments, collusion is a delusion Conservatives wage assault on Mueller report MORE insisted on Thursday that they are neither "angry" nor Democrats.

Pressed by Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on whether either considers himself a Democrat, Wray and Rosenstein rejected such a notion.


"I’m trying to do this job apolitically," Wray told Gutierrez. "I do not consider myself an angry Democrat. You can be quite confident of that."

"Are you a Democrat?" Gutiérrez asked.

"No, I am not," Wray replied. 

Gutiérrez then turned to Rosenstein and asked whether he is a Democrat.

"I’m not a Democrat and I’m not angry," Rosenstein said. 

Both Rosenstein and Wray are registered to vote as Republicans. 

The exchange on Thursday made reference to President TrumpDonald John TrumpMueller report findings could be a 'good day' for Trump, Dem senator says Trump officials heading to China for trade talks next week Showdown looms over Mueller report MORE's repeated claim that "13 angry Democrats" are among the investigators on special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's probe into Russia's election meddling, including possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Neither Rosenstein nor Wray are actually working on the special counsel's investigation, but it was the deputy attorney general that appointed Mueller to lead the probe last year after Trump fired then-FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyIf Mueller's report lacks indictments, collusion is a delusion Conservatives wage assault on Mueller report Hillicon Valley: Mueller delivers report, ending investigation | FEMA exposed info of 2.3M disaster survivors | Facebook asks judge to toss DC privacy lawsuit | Trump picks his first CTO | FCC settles lawsuit over net neutrality records MORE.

Trump has publicly fumed about Mueller's investigation and has reportedly privately complained about Rosenstein's decision to appoint the special counsel. According to a December report in The Washington Post, Trump privately complained about Rosenstein being "a Democrat."