FBI director tells Louisville agents to ignore ‘noise’ from D.C.


FBI Director Christopher Wray said he wants field agents to avoid distractions and focus on work as he spoke Wednesday in Louisville. Sam Upshaw Jr., Courier Journal, Courier Journal

LOUISVILLE — FBI Director Christopher Wray told officials and agency partners Wednesday in Louisville that recent criticisms from Washington, D.C., were distracting and irrelevant to their mission.

“The things that make a difference are the lives of the people we are trying to protect,” Wray said. “Not whether or not somebody is scoring points on television or the internet.”

While Wray did not specifically mention President Donald Trump, a vocal critic of the FBI’s investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election, the timing of his remarks falls as conservatives and the White House critique the agency.

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