FBI employee survey contradicts Trump’s claim that the agency had lost trust in James Comey

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FBI employee survey contradicts Trump’s claim that the agency had lost trust in James Comey

The FBI released employee survey data earlier this week after employees were questioned about how they felt about former FBI director James Comey’s leadership when he was at the bureau.

Comey earned high scores across the board and in key areas such as trustworthiness, integrity, leadership, and judgment, according to the results.

The data stands in stark contrast to President Donald Trump’s claim in May that Comey had lost the confidence of his subordinates at the FBI.

After firing Comey, Trump repeatedly painted him as incompetent, calling him a “showboat,” a “grandstander,” and “a real nut job.” He also said the FBI was “in turmoil” under Comey’s leadership.

Then White House deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders similarly offered a bleak assessment of the FBI under Comey’s leadership. During his tenure at the helm of the agency, Sanders said, Comey had committed “atrocities.” She also told reporters the day after Comey was fired that she had heard from “countless” FBI agents who had expressed misgivings about the FBI director. She did not elaborate on the statement when reporters pressed her on it.

Comey was spearheading the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow in 2016, and many speculated that Trump had fired Comey to shut down the investigation.

The FBI’s survey asked employees to grade Comey on a scale of 1 to 5 in various areas, and any score above 3.81 was considered a success.

Donald Trump and James Comey
Respondents gave him an average of 4.47 when asked if they had “trust and confidence in this person as a leader,” a 4.60 when asked whether Comey “provides the reasoning and rationale behind decisions and actions,” and a 4.79 for his “calm demeanor in stressful situations.”

The survey results represent a clear departure from Trump’s characterization of Comey’s leadership and the FBI’s confidence in him. Comey pushed back on Trump’s assessment as well during his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee in June, one month after he was fired.

He accused the president of lying, telling the committee the administration chose to ” defame me and more importantly the FBI by saying that the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly led, that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader.”

“Those were lies, plain and simple,” Comey said. The FBI is now under the leadership of Christopher Wray, whom Trump nominated shortly after he fired Comey.

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  1. David Odell  August 20, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Well, you have to pass a lot of gates to get to the FBI badge. You have to pass even many much more gates to get to the desk of the head. It is a difficult thing to imagine even for a career law enforcement person. So, maybe he is a good guy, and maybe he is prone to preserve the integrity of the law. But the law exceeds it’s limits when something like 9/11 is covered up. Maybe any person would do the same and maybe they would stay silent for the remainder. But a person who is above reproach would certainly pursue some sort of avenue to making sure it didn’t happen again. Maybe a person would carry a peculiar guilt and somehow, someway, try to compensate for it. Art doesn’t happen when you plan it. Art happens when you don’t have a plan, but you have a compelling inspiration and the will to follow it. It lives in the heart and it breathes whether, you draw it or not. Whether Comey is an Artist of his trade, is yet to be seen. No artist I know of worried about death of themselves or their families, they were artistic enough to make sure it was their journey alone. Then they took it. By the neck.

    • Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  August 21, 2017 at 1:13 am

      David: Trump doesn’t believe in surveys — unless they’re pro-Trump (and mention in name).

      Mueller will either screw up (again) as he did after 9/11. Or what he was virtually forced to do after 9/11 will serve as a lesson for Mueller. The jury is still out… 😉

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