Wray encouraged his employees to ignore criticism and continue to focus on enforcing the law and Constitution.
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Wray also did not mention the case of Peter Strzok, the bureau official who was removed by special counsel Robert Mueller from his team of investigators over the summer after an internal investigation found messages he sent that could be interpreted as showing political bias for Democratic 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and against Republican candidate Trump.
"After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in tatters - worst in history!"
The FBI did not respond to a request for comment on Trump's "tatters" remark on Monday.
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.
As NSA director, Gen. Keith Alexander's "full-throated defense and support of NSA rank and file" was in response to a body blow to the agency due to the Snowden revelations, and perhaps a response as well to the too-tepid initial support of the agency offered by President Obama.
"We find ourselves under the microscope each and every day - and rightfully so", Wray said. "We do hard work for a living", he said, adding the FBI should "continue to keep focused on our critical mission", the Times reported.
I suspect that these men tell themselves a story ... that crossing the president in public would result in their firing but not stop Trump, and that the nation is better off if they stay silent and do their jobs.
According to the Times, the email ends with a favorite maxim of Wray's: "Keep calm and tackle hard". Trump also has tried to discredit Mueller.
FBI Director Christopher Wray reportedly defended the agency and assured staffers it is "an honor to represent you" a day after President Donald Trump derided the FBI's standing as the "worst in history" and in "tatters".
Mr. Kilimnik was born in Ukraine when it was a part of the Soviet Union and served briefly in the Russian Army as a linguist, later telling associates that he had a background in Russian intelligence. Providing the "tools" to law enforcement would be inviting the bad guys through the door - or back door, as it were.
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