Ex-Justice Department officials defend FBI after Trump says bureau is ‘in tatters’

President Trump’s assertion that former FBI Director James Comey destroyed the bureau’s reputation isn’t sitting well with Comey and other former members of the Justice Department.

“After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters – worst in History!” Trump tweeted on Sunday. “But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness.”

Comey responded with a quote from his June 8 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“I want the American people to know this truth,” Comey said then. “The FBI is honest. The FBI is strong. And the FBI is, and always will be, independent.”

The former FBI director’s tweet included a collage of photos showing federal investigators at work.

Eric Holder, Barack Obama’s attorney general, tweeted that he would not allow Trump’s disparaging tweet slide.

“Nope. Not letting this go. The FBI’s reputation is not in ’tatters,’” Holder wrote on Twitter. “It’s composed of the same dedicated men and women who have always worked there and who do a great, apolitical job. You’ll find integrity and honesty at FBI headquarters and not at 1600 Penn Ave right now.”

Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general, also bristled at Trump’s assertion.

“The FBI is in ‘tatters’? No,” Yates tweeted. “The only thing in tatters is the President’s respect for the rule of law. The dedicated men and women of the FBI deserve better.”

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