Director Defends FBI After Trump Says Bureau Is in 'Tatters'
Diciembre 07, 2017, 01:21
The following day FBI Director Chris Wray emailed his staff to tell them that he is 'continually reminded of the breadth and significance of our work, ' according to an emailobtained by CBS News.
Reuters/Yuri GripasPresident Donald Trump attacks the FBI on social media. He spoke again at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum on October 2.
The New York Times reported Monday that Wray told FBI employees that he is "inspired by example after example of professionalism and dedication to justice demonstrated around the bureau. It is truly an honor to represent you.' He did not mention Mr. Trump by name".
Wray said that he would be testifying on Capitol Hill at the end of the week, and that he was aware of how much the Bureau was now in the public eye.
Though he did not reference Trump's tweet directly in his message to FBI staff, Wray wrote: "We find ourselves under the microscope each and every day - and rightfully so". We are entrusted with protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution and laws of the United States.
He added that the agency needed to "continue to keep focused on our critical mission".
The president's renewed drumbeat against the investigation came after the revelation on Friday that Mr. Flynn had accepted a plea deal and agreed to cooperate with Mr. Mueller's investigation.
Wray finished the letter with 'Keep calm and tackle hard' - something he said was one of his favorite 'work maxims'. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of money laundering and lobbying violations related to his work for Viktor F. Yanukovych, the former Ukrainian president.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said in an internal memo to FBI employees Monday that they should "welcome" people asking "tough questions" about how they use their power-after President Donald Trump claimed in a tweet over the weekend that the agency was in "tatters". Trump also has tried to discredit Mueller. Providing the "tools" to law enforcement would be inviting the bad guys through the door - or back door, as it were.
The president's longstanding claim that no connections exist between his associates and Russia also suffered a blow on Monday evening when prosecutors revealed in court documents that his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, had been in contact with "a longtime Russian colleague" believed to have ties to Russian intelligence. But they must do so in ways that do not compromise the Mueller investigation or their role in it. The President deepens their dilemma every time he attacks the Justice Department and the FBI.