Wray Defends FBI’s Work, Reassures Staff

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FBI Director Christopher Wray sent a staff-wide message Monday after fresh criticism from President Trump, telling employees to keep focused on their mission and praising them for “example after example’’ of their professionalism, the Washington Post reports. The note did not mention the president’s criticism or his claim over the weekend that the FBI was “in Tatters.’’ Instead, Wray sought to reassure the staff of his faith in their work. “We find ourselves under the microscope each and every day – and rightfully so,’’ Wray wrote. He noted that he has defended the agency to Congress, and expects to do so again later this week. The note ends with one of Wray’s favorite phrases: “Keep calm and tackle hard.’’

Special counsel Robert Mueller is probing whether any Trump associates coordinated with Russian agents to try to interfere in the 2016 presidential race, and whether the president or other White House officials sought to obstruct justice in trying to end that investigation, according to people familiar with the matter. Within the Justice Department and the FBI, officials have for months feared that revelations about agent Peter Strzok’s alleged anti-Trump comments and his conduct with another FBI official could give fuel to calls from the White House and Republicans in Congress to end the Mueller’s probe. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a statement saying the allegations, if true, “would raise serious questions of public trust.’’ He also said he had instructed Wray to “promptly make any necessary changes to his management and investigative teams consistent with the highest professional standards.”

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