Trump and his increasingly diminishing number of close friends just released a memo intended to discredit the FBI at a time when they are actively investigating his campaign's ties to Russia. FBI Director Christopher Wray, whom Trump appointed to the position after James Comey insisted on loyalty to the State and not the President, put out an internal memo to his team thanking them for "keeping your faith in this institution." Wray said, "Talk is cheap; the work that you do is what will endure." Some had predicted Wray would resign following the Trump/Nunes memo release, but he said, "I'm determined to defend your integrity and professionalism every day."
The BBC acquired a copy of Wray's memo and put it into tweet format:
People seemed to appreciate Wray's integrity and way with words:
The House Intelligence Committee put out the memo this week after President Trump approved its release. It was prepared by the staff of Devin Nunes, a California Congressman whose recent work has been protecting Trump. The President touted the memo as proof that the FBI was spying on him even though the FBI started checking into Carter Page, the person of interest, after he'd been squeezed out of the Trump campaign.
You can read that controversial memo for yourself. It's only four pages.
Former FBI director and soon-to-be published author James Comey had a somewhat more pointed take on the situation:
That’s it? Dishonest and misleading memo wrecked the House intel committee, destroyed trust with Intelligence Community, damaged relationship with FISA court, and inexcusably exposed classified investigation of an American citizen. For what? DOJ & FBI must keep doing their jobs.— James Comey (@Comey) February 2, 2018
On Wednesday, the FBI released a very rare public statement that warned against the memo's release. Specifically, it mentioned "grave concerns" involving "omissions" and its being "misleading." And though Wray remains at the FBI, the sustained attack from the President and his Republican allies has led many FBI agents to resign in protest.
Former agent Josh Campbell published an op-ed in the New York Times explaining his resignation:
F.B.I. agents are dogged people who do not care about the direction of political winds. But to succeed in their work, they need public backing. Scorched-earth attacks from politicians now threaten that support, raising corrosive doubts about the integrity of the F.B.I. that could last for generations.
When the F.B.I. knocks on someone’s door or appeals to the public for assistance in solving crime, the willingness of people to help is directly correlated to their opinion of the agency. When an agent working to stop a terrorist plot attempts to recruit an informant, the agent’s success in gathering critical intelligence depends on the informant’s belief that the agent is credible and trustworthy... To be effective, the F.B.I. must be believed and must maintain the support of the public it serves.
Let's hope Wray keeps his job. To him, we say...
H/T: Daily Beast