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FBI Group Rips Character 'Attacks' After Trump Slams Agency 'Stench'

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An organization of current and former FBI agents has lashed out at character “attacks” and “demeaning comments” after President Donald Trump complained about a “lingering stench” at the agency.

“Attacks on our character and demeaning comments ... will not deter agents” from continuing to protect the American people, said a Saturday tweet from the FBI Agents Association, a nongovernmental organization that says it represents 14,000 current and former agents.

On Friday. Trump vowed at a rally in Missouri to “get rid of” the “lingering stench” at the Justice Department and the FBI

“Just look at what is now being exposed in our Department of Justice and the FBI. Look at what’s going on. You have some real bad ones. You see what’s happening at the FBI — they’re all gone, they’re all gone, they’re all gone,” he said, an apparent reference to former FBI Director James Comey and other top agency officials.

“But there’s a lingering stench, and we’re going to get rid of that, too,” he added.

In that reference, Trump was apparently referring in part to a New York Times article Friday that, citing unnamed sources, said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested last year secretly recording Trump. Rosenstein also talked about recruiting Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to oust Trump as unfit for office, according to the Times. Rosenstein denied the story.

The tweet Saturday by the FBI group linked to an earlier statement on its website it issued late last year after Trump said the FBI’s reputation was in “tatters.”

“The true story of the FBI cannot be reduced to partisan talking points,” the group’s December statement. “Special Agents are focused on the Constitution and protecting the public. Their work should be recognized, not denigrated.”

Association president Tom O’Connor appeared to slap at Trump after the president told The Hill news outlet in an interview published Wednesday that he aimed to expose the “cancer” of the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

O’Connor on the same day called for more attention to federal agents whose health was harmed as the agency responded to the Sept. 11 attacks.

“Let’s talk about real cancer — cancers that have killed 15 FBI heroes who responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks with more falling sick each year,” he said.

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Visiting FBI Head Warned Lebanon of Possible Sanctions — Naharnet

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FBI Director Christopher Wray emphasized in his meetings with Lebanese officials on the need for the government to abide by “Washington's decisions on Hizbullah's activities and its members around the world,” hinting that “sanctions could be imposed on Lebanon if it does not respect the U.S. interests,” a media report said.

Wray specifically referred to “the attempt by President Donald Trump's administration to fight the party financially through unveiling its global accounts and activities,” senior political sources told Kuwait's al-Jarida newspaper in remarks published Sunday.

“Wray sensed that President Michel Aoun was responsive in this regard,” the sources added, noting that “the two sides discussed means to boost cooperation and and continue the implementation of programs dedicated to exchanging information between the FBI and Lebanon's security agencies.”

In a statement, the U.S. embassy in Beirut had said that Wray visited Lebanon to “reaffirm the U.S. government’s commitment to the Lebanese-American partnership.”

Accompanied by U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth Richard, Wray met with Aoun, Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, and Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri, among other senior Lebanese officials.

“They discussed issues relating to the close law enforcement and security cooperation between the United States and Lebanon,” the embassy added.

It also underscored that Lebanon is “a key partner on law enforcement, including the fight against terrorism and the preservation of cultural heritage through preventing antiquities trafficking,” adding that Wray’s visit “highlights the importance that the United States places on its relationship with Lebanon, and our continued commitment to the security of both the United States and Lebanon.”

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