Trump criticisms hurting FBI morale: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpKey takeaways from the Arizona Senate debate Major Hollywood talent firm considering rejecting Saudi investment money: report Mattis says he thought 'nothing at all' about Trump saying he may leave administration MORE's criticism of the FBI is reportedly damaging morale among agents in the bureau, current and former FBI officials told The New York Times

The agency's new director is also reportedly under pressure to remove people whom he perceives as loyal to former Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyFBI investigated whether McCabe leaked info about Flynn and Trump to media House Judiciary chairman threatens to subpoena Rosenstein Three reasons Mueller may not charge Trump with obstruction MORE, including Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

Trump earlier this month said on Twitter the FBI's "reputation is in tatters — worst in history!"  


The tweet followed reports of anti-Trump texts allegedly exchanged by two FBI employees working on the federal investigation into Russian interference in the election and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCarter Page files defamation lawsuit against DNC Dems fear party is headed to gutter from Avenatti’s sledgehammer approach Election Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight MORE's use of a private email server during her time as secretary of State.

Republicans in Congress have since grilled Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinFBI investigated whether McCabe leaked info about Flynn and Trump to media House Judiciary chairman threatens to subpoena Rosenstein Sessions unveils task force to combat transnational criminal groups like MS-13 MORE over the impartiality of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah told the Times that Trump has “enormous respect for the thousands of rank-and-file FBI agents who make up the world’s most professional and talented law enforcement agency," but that top officials, including Comey, had tainted the agency's impartiality in pursuing justice. 

Trump in June nominated Christopher Wray to replace Comey, who he fired in May. Shah told the paper that Wray is "the right choice to clean up the misconduct at the highest levels of the FBI and give the rank-and-file confidence in their leadership.”

The House Judiciary Committee is reportedly preparing subpoenas for the two agents, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who allegedly exchanged the texts during the investigation, as well as McCabe and Justice Department official Bruce Ohr.