FBI group defends agents amid Trump’s attacks

FBI group defends agents amid Trump’s attacks
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A group representing thousands of current and former FBI agents shared a defense of bureau employees on Saturday amid renewed criticism of the FBI from President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE and others.

“As we have said, Attacks on our character and demeaning comments about the FBI will not deter Agents from continuing to do what we have always done—dedicate our lives to protecting the American people,” the FBI Agents Association tweeted Saturday morning.

The FBI agents group issued the tweet after Trump went after the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI at a campaign rally in Missouri on Friday evening, vowing to get rid of the "stench" at the department.

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“Look what's being exposed at the Department of Justice and the FBI. You have some real bad ones. You see what's happening at the FBI — they’re all gone, they’re all gone,” he said.

"But there’s a lingering stench and we’re going to get rid of that too," Trump added.

Trump made the comments after a bombshell New York Times report said that Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Rosenstein10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall Why the presumption of innocence doesn't apply to Trump McCabe sues FBI, DOJ, blames Trump for his firing MORE proposed secretly taping conversations with Trump and discussed the possibility of the Cabinet invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office. 

Rosenstein denied the report, saying in a statement, “I never pursued or authorized recording the President and any suggestion that I have ever advocated for the removal of the President is absolutely false.”

Other media outlets reported Friday that Rosenstein had made comments about wearing a wire in the Oval Office, though unnamed sources said Rosenstein made the remarks sarcastically.

The allegations are said to have been laid out in contemporaneous memos written by then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeConservatives lash out at CNN for hiring Andrew McCabe The road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces The Hill's Morning Report — Will Congress do anything on gun control? MORE, who was fired by the Justice Department earlier this year amid an internal leak probe. 

Trump has had a tense relationship with Rosenstein and the DOJ, particularly surrounding special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and obstruction of justice.

The president has slammed the probe as a “witch hunt” and various reports have said that Trump has wished to end the investigation on multiple occasions.