FBI Agents Association vouches for Wray, disputes reports of resignation calls within bureau

Supporters of embattled FBI Director Christopher A. Wray are circling the wagons following The Washington Times’ unique report that the bureau’s rank-and-file brokers need him to resign.

Brian O’Hare, president of the FBI Agents Association, insisted Mr. Wray nonetheless has the help all through the bureau.

“Attempts to politicize FBI Agents’ work and divide our team should be rejected. While there are some who claim to speak on behalf of FBI Agents, only the FBI Agents Association, representing more than 90 percent of active duty Special Agents, serves as the voice for these Agents,” he stated in an announcement to The Times.

“It is with this voice that FBIAA acknowledges the important partnerships that field Agents have with Director Wray and Bureau leadership, prosecutors making charging decisions, state and local law enforcement, and the private sector. FBI Agents work hard every day to protect the public and our Constitution. With a clear eye on our mission, we remain confident in Director Wray, his leadership team, and our Agents,” he stated.

The Times lately reported Kurt Siuzdak, a lawyer and former FBI agent who represents whistleblowers on the bureau, stated brokers inform him that Mr. Wray has lost management of the company and may resign.

The resignation calls are occurring amid a flurry of  FBI whistleblowers telling Congress about corruption and retaliation that Mr. Wray typically is aware of about however by no means fixes.

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That contains current whistleblower disclosures to House Judiciary Committee Republicans about brokers being pressured or coerced into signing false affidavits and claims of sexual harassment and stalking. It additionally contains fabricated terrorism circumstances to hike efficiency statistics, as reported this month by The Times.

“I’m hearing from [FBI personnel] that they feel like the director has lost control of the bureau,” Siuzdak stated. “They’re saying, ‘How does this guy survive? He’s leaving. He’s got to leave.’”

The FBIAA, which was fashioned as a non-profit group in 1981 to symbolize energetic and former brokers, supported Mr. Wray in 2020 for one other 10-year time period as FBI director.  

Mr. Suizdak dismissed FBIAA’s continued help of Mr. Wray, saying he has by no means seen the group seem on behalf of an agent in an employment dispute or whistleblower case.

“I’ve had all the whistleblower cases. I probably have as much visibility as anyone of whistleblower cases. I know of no incidents where the Agents Association has ever made a single inquiry,” he advised The Times. “They are identified to be a rubber stamp of the FBI executives.

They might present some steering to FBI brokers who’re in bother, however that’s the extent of it. Of all of the whistleblowers who come ahead, 100 or extra every year, they’re silent.”

The FBIAA didn’t reply to questions on its help for whistleblower protections or the present effort to strengthen whistleblower legal guidelines by Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican.

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