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Mike Rogers: Wray Should Not Step Down Over FISA Memo

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By    |   Friday, 02 February 2018 12:04 PM

FBI Director Christopher Wray should not resign over the potential release of a GOP memo alleging abusive surveillance practices or President Donald Trump's comments, former House Intelligence Committee Chairman and FBI agent Mike Rogers said Friday.

For one, his agency needs consistency at its top level.

"There's disagreements along the way," the former Michigan GOP representative told CNN's "New Day." "It happens."

However, Rogers, who at one time was under consideration to replace FBI Director James Comey after Trump fired him, said he thinks it was "really unproductive" for the president to tweet attacks against the FBI and the Department of Justice early Friday, on the same day he's expected to announce his decision to allow the memo to be released.

"Remember the leadership in the FBI turns over fairly significantly," Rogers said.

The FBI has leaders all over the country making vital decisions, including on organized crime, counterintelligence cases, he pointed out.

"I wish the president would hold his fire on that, because you're condemning  a lot of them," Rogers said. "I think that's really unproductive."

It is a concern, though, that Trump could fire Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Rogers said, but at the same time, he said it bothers him that the president has taken the battle to Twitter.

"If you really believe that a group of agents conspired with the Department of Justice to purposely mislead the judge in a FISA court, that's a serious charge including and up to perjury," Rogers said. "My argument would be let's find the right venue. Twitter is probably not the best place to do that. The memo that doesn't have all the information to make a good decision is probably the other place I wouldn't do it."

But Rogers admitted that the FBI can "do some bad things and has along the way," but most of the agents, in most cases, "they're the best the world has to offer."

"So every once in a while, one screws up," Rogers said. "Same with Congress. If you're going to go after someone's character or liberty, you better be right. You don't do it by parsing out a political argument in a memo that clearly intelligence services and other members are saying doesn't reflect the whole picture."

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