FBI Director Slammed for 'Integrity' Comments Over Trump Raid

FBI Director Christopher Wray faced backlash on Friday after issuing a statement in response to those condemning the agency's raid of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida.

In a statement on Friday, Wray said, "Unfounded attacks on the integrity of the FBI erode respect for the rule of law and are a grave disservice to the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect others. Violence and threats against law enforcement, including the FBI, are dangerous and should be deeply concerning to all Americans.

"Every day I see the men and women of the FBI doing their jobs professionally and with rigor, objectivity, and a fierce commitment to our mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution. I am proud to serve alongside them."

The statement comes shortly after Wray condemned threats against the FBI that circulated across the internet and called them "deplorable and dangerous," after dozens of FBI agents conducted a search warrant of Trump's residence. On Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Department of Justice has filed a motion to have the search warrant unsealed, making it available to the public.

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FBI Director Christopher Wray received criticism on Friday after condemning attacks against the FBI after the raid at former President Donald Trump's residence. Above, Wray speaks to the media during a news conference at FBI Headquarters on June 14, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Mark Wilson/Getty

However, the most recent statement issued by Wray was met with continued criticism of the FBI and the search of Trump's residence.

Twitter user @YouknowTheguy3 wrote, "The complaints against the FBI's integrity are completely deserved, and are founded by the actions of the FBI, which has eroded the trust of the nation for years now. Actions taken that shouldn't have been, followed by inaction of things you should have been taking action on."

Twitter user Jason called for Wray to "resign" in response to Friday's statement.

Twitter user Individual Liberty compared the FBI to the Soviet Union's KGB and said, "You do not deserve the honor to be held in the same regard as local law enforcement."

Kristina Wong, a reporter for the conservative outlet Breitbart News said, "No one is above public scrutiny or criticism — especially government officials."

Twitter user Boston Bobblehead wrote, "The Gestapo is now wrapping themselves in the American flag...Rather than attack the PEOPLE of this country for criticizing your rogue agency, why don't YOU resign for the erosion of our confidence in the FBI."

On the other hand, some Twitter users showed support for the FBI following Friday's statement.

"I thank all of you for your service especially in these trying times. None of you deserve this kind of treatment," Twitter user Dr Robin wrote.

Similarly, Twitter user Billy wrote, "Most Americans stand with our brave agents in the FBI. Stand strong, you are American Heroes."

In addition to the statement issued by Wray, Garland also condemned the recent criticism the FBI has faced saying on Thursday, "I will not stand by silently when their integrity is unfairly attacked. The men and women of the FBI and the Justice Department are dedicated, patriotic public servants. Every day, they protect the American people from violent crime, terrorism, and other threats to their safety, while safeguarding our civil rights."

The FBI directed Newsweek to Wray's and Garland's remarks after reaching out for comment.