After federal agents searched former President Donald Trump’s residence in Florida for classified documents, FBI Director Christopher Wray sent an email to the agency’s personnel three days later, encouraging them to disregard the negative comments from individuals who lack the knowledge and insight of the FBI’s inner workings.
The work was done by the book, the FBI director wrote in his August 11th email. “We don’t cut corners. We don’t play favorites,” the Associated Press reported.
The message from Wray to the FBI staff was an acknowledgement of the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the search and the subsequent criticism aimed at the bureau by Trump and his supporters.
It was also an acknowledgment that the FBI was navigating a tense and challenging moment, which prompted Wray to speak out to his employees about the implications of the investigation, a rare move for the typically reserved director, as reported by the AP.
The pressure on Wray and the FBI has increased since then and is expected to escalate even further. The FBI, throughout its extensive history, has seldom found itself involved in as many politically-charged investigations as it currently is.
Agents are concurrently investigating the potential withholding of classified documents by both Trump and President Joe Biden, while also examining Trump and his associates’ actions in attempting to overturn the 2020 election before the violent breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021.
Written by staff