Director Defends FBI After Trump Says Bureau Is in 'Tatters'

President Trump

President Trump

Wray was chosen to head the FBI after Trump fired former director James Comey, who has also been attacked in some of the president's recent tweets. Taken alone, it might not count for much, and one might think that the two men should simply stand on principle, stand up to the President openly and be fired.

The president lashed out after his former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about his contact with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

However, the FBI continues to hammer on this theme of selective encryption. While Congress can impeach presidents for conduct beyond violations of ordinary law, he said, analyzing the obstruction statutes would be an obvious starting point. On Sunday in a tweet President Trump had disparaged the Bureau as having a reputation "in tatters - worst in history".

"It is truly an honor to represent you", he wrote. It's composed of the same dedicated men and women who have always worked there and who do a great, apolitical job.

Reuters/Yuri GripasPresident Donald Trump attacks the FBI on social media. "I feel very badly".

First, they have to defend the Justice Department and FBI in a way that maintains their personal credibility with the President. The F.B.I. had hoped that after firing Mr. Comey, the president would stop targeting the bureau.

I am largely persuaded by this second consideration, but the difficulty of Rosenstein's and Wray's predicament comes into yet clearer focus when one considers that the Mueller investigation is now under relentless attack for being biased, out of control and vindictive.

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".

He signed off from the email sharing one of his "favorite work ethic maxims: 'Keep calm and tackle hard'". This gives President Trump the right to express his side in any case, added Dowd. Even the appearance of bias here is deadly because, as I once wrote in an analogous context, Mueller's work "will be judged not just through the legal lens, but also through the political lens", and its success "will stand in part on political factors".

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