Attorney General Jeff Sessions says that the FBI needs a “fresh start” to win back the confidence and trust of the American people after two years of controversy surrounding the FBI’s investigations of Hillary Clinton and President Trump, the Hill reports. In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Sessions was asked to respond to the resignation of deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who left the agency after months of criticism from Republicans. “Well, I have believed it was important to have a fresh start at the FBI”, Sessions said.
When asked about voters’ confidence in the bureau, Sessions said he believed that there had been an “erosion” of trust surrounding the FBI. “Well, I would just say it this way. The Department of Justice, which includes the FBI, we all, we tend to be defensive. At this point in time, I think we need to go the extra mile to make sure that everything we do is not political,” Sessions said. “Everything we do is based on law and facts. And, whether we like it or not, there’s been erosion — some — in the confidence of the American people at the FBI and Department of Justice.” FBI Director Christopher Wray suggested to agents last week that McCabe’s departure was due to an inspector general investigation surrounding the former deputy director’s handling of the Clinton email investigation.