Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the FBI work Friday, hours after President Trump said his reputation has been destroyed”.
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the FBI Friday, hours after President Donald Trump a fool of bureau leadership and suggested that his reputation was “in tatters torn.”
“I do not share the view that the FBI is not functioning at a high level in the whole country,” said Sessions, who added, “… in my view, the FBI has major national security requirements, but it is also fulfilling an immensely important role in the work to combat violent crime.”
Meetings Trump praised to speak to graduates of a weeks-long FBI National Academy program for law enforcement leaders from around the country, calling it “the first time a President has spoken in 47 years, the FBI[‘s] … the completion of the” police academy ” class.”
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“He made it clear that he supports you 100 percent in your activities and that we are going to prosecute the administration that helps the law enforcement authorities will be successful,” said Sessions.
As a trump from the White house, the speech in Virginia, he said, “It is a shame what happened with the FBI,” an obvious reference to revelations that senior bureau officials exchanged anti-Trump, and pro-Hillary Clinton text messages during the work in the past year, the Clinton probe, and while special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of whether Trump’s associates, in cooperation with Russian officials, in the election of 2016.
“We will go to the reconstruction of the FBI, it will be bigger and better than ever before,” Trump went on, “but it is very sad when you look at these documents, and how you have done that, is really, really shameful, and you have a lot of very angry people who see it.”
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Also on Friday, the White house Deputy spokesman Hogan Gidley told Fox News that changes to the former FBI Director, James Comey, the statement on Clinton’s private email server and anti-Trump lyrics from a top agent “deeply troubling.”
“It is an extreme bias against this President with high-up members of the team, the FBI, the Hillary Clinton were calculated examined at the time,” Gidley, Müller pushes with a probe of potential trump campaign, the relations to Russia. Gidley says Trump under the trust in the FBI holds rank-and-file.
Meetings had previously drawn the IRE of trump, for recusing himself from the monitoring of müller’s investigation over questions about his own contacts with the Russian Ambassador in the USA
The Associated Press contributed to this report.