Wray: We Are Going To Retrain FBI Employees On Importance Of Objectivity, Political Bias


FBI Director Christopher Wray held a press conference Thursday afternoon after the DOJ inspector-general released his report on James Comey and the handling of the Hillary Clinton e-mail probe. Wray said employees will undergo training on objectivity and avoiding conflicts or political bias.

CHRISTOPHER WRAY, FBI DIRECTOR: We need to hold ourselves accountable for the choices we make and the work we do. We're doing that fairly, but without delay, in the way that people should expect. We're going to adhere to the appropriate disciplinary process, and, once that process is complete, we won't hesitate to hold people accountable for their actions.

Second, we're going to make sure every FBI employee understands the lessons of this report. Because change starts at the top, starts with me, we're going to require all of our senior executives from all around the world to convene for in-depth trading specifically focused on learning the lessons that we should learn from this report. Then we're going to train every single FBI employee, both new hires and veterans alike, on what went wrong so these mistakes won't ever be repeated.

Third, we're going to make sure that we have the policies, the procedures and training that are needed for everyone to understand and remember what is expected of all of us. That includes drilling home the importance of objectivity, of avoiding the appearance of personal conflicts or political bias in our work; ensuring that recusals are handled correctly and effectively and communicated to all the right people; making all of our employees fully aware of our new policy on media contacts which I issues last November, and making painfully clear that we will not tolerate non-compliance; ensuring that we follow all DOJ policies on public statements about uncharged conduct or ongoing investigations; and ensuring that our employees adhere strictly to all policies and procedures about the use of FBI systems, networks and devices.

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