On "The Story" Thursday night, Penn pointed to a recent Harvard CAPS-Harris poll that found 63 percent of voters believe that the FBI has been resisting providing information to Congress on the Hillary Clinton and President Donald Trump investigations. The Justice Department closed that case without filing charges.
"I have nothing to do with Russia", Trump said.
'After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters - worst in History!
The president has been making political capital out of the revelations that senior FBI officials exchanged anti-Trump and pro-Hillary Clinton text messages while working on the 2016 probe of Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state during special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation the administration's links with Russian Federation. It's a very sad thing to watch, I will tell you that.
"The agents just want to be viewed as being referees who call balls and strikes and follow the evidence", said James A. Gagliano, who spent more than two decades in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Democrats were also quick to defend the bureau.
Donald Trump ramped up his anti-immigrant rhetoric again on Friday, saying that immigrants who come to the USA on a visa lottery system are picked from a "bin" and are "the worst of the worst".
Trump laced into the bureau as he was departing for its training academy in Virginia, where he lavished praise on graduates of a weeks-long FBI National Academy program for law enforcement leaders from around the country. And how they've done that is really, really disgraceful, and you have a lot of very angry people that are seeing it. "We'll see what happens".
President Donald Trump has unleashed a blistering attack on the FBI's leadership.
Christopher A. Wray, FBI director, defended the agency in testimony to Congress and in a letter to almost 37,000 agents and support staff, saying that he was "inspired by example after example of professionalism and dedication to justice demonstrated around the bureau".