President Donald Trump is feeling pressure from the FBI these days. As special prosecutor Robert Mueller closes in on the president and his inner circle for illegal business practices and potential collusion with Russia, Trump is trying to discredit the FBI in the court of public opinion.
He has repeatedly tweeted about Hillary Clinton and James Comey, trying to construct an image of a decrepit and corrupt agency. “After years of Comey…running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters — worst in History!” he posted on Sunday. “But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness.”
However, the FBI director that he appointed, Christopher Wray, rejected that characterization this week.
“There is no shortage of opinions out there,” Wray said. “The FBI that I see is people, decent people, committed to the highest principles of dignity and professionalism and respect.”
Wray also refused to feed into the partisan struggle currently surrounding the investigation. Republicans have accused Mueller and his team of bias against Trump, while Democrats are eagerly trying to pass legislation to protect the special prosecutor.
“I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to speculate about what the inspector general would or would not find,” Wray said. “My preference is to be one of those people that is not an act-first-and-ask-questions-later kind of guy, but an ask-questions-first-and-act-later kind of guy.”
“I’m emphasizing to every audience I can and inside the bureau that our decisions need to be made on no other basis than the facts and the law…not based on any political consideration by any side,” he continued.
Wray also remained political, refusing to indulge any barbs against Hillary Clinton. “Depending on what the inspector general finds, there could be any range of steps that we or other will have to take,” he said when asked if the FBI would reopen an investigation against the former presidential candidate.