I mentioned in particular the silence of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and FBI Director Christopher Wray. He spoke again at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum on October 2.
Wray said in the letter that he was "inspired by example after example of professionalism and dedication to justice demonstrated around the bureau", The New York Times reports. "It is truly an honor to represent you".
The FBI did not respond to a request for comment on Trump's "tatters" remark on Monday.
Critics believe that President Trump obstructed justice since he admitted knowledge that Flynn lied to the FBI by pushing them to drop the investigations against his former national security adviser.
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. No. The only thing in tatters is the President's respect for the rule of law.
"We find ourselves under the microscope each and every day - and rightfully so". Both the facts of what happened and the law that should be applied to those facts remain in dispute, even as the actions under scrutiny stretch in different directions, from Mr. Flynn's misconduct to the fate of the far broader Russian interference investigation. "We do hard work for a living", he said, adding the FBI should "continue to keep focused on our critical mission", the Times reported. The failure to protect and defend the department engenders anger, suffering, and resentment by the men and women they are charged with leading.
Mueller has also obtained a guilty plea from Trump campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos. Even the appearance of bias here is deadly because, as I once wrote in an analogous context, Mueller's work "will be judged not just through the legal lens, but also through the political lens", and its success "will stand in part on political factors".
The President of the United States (POTUS) took to Twitter his criticism of the FBI, saying, "After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters - worst in History!" But they must do so in ways that do not compromise the Mueller investigation or their role in it. The President deepens their dilemma every time he attacks the Justice Department and the FBI.