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New FBI Director Wray: 'Our Integrity Will Be Tested'

New FBI Director Wray: 'Our Integrity Will Be Tested'
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By    |   Friday, 20 October 2017 09:51 AM

Christopher Wray, the new director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said that officers in the organization and the federal government would likely be pressured to take unethical actions, but they must not do so.

"At some point for everybody in this room and everybody in my organization, our integrity will be tested. It happens to everybody. It happens to all of us," Wray said Thursday in a meeting with federal government inspectors general, according to Politico.

"It could be at a time when we're being asked to make a decision that is inconsistent with what we know is right and what we know is true, where we'll be asked to do something without fully thinking it through," Wray added.

The FBI director did not note ethical issues he expects the agency to face, but called on those at the meeting to remain focused on their "core integrity."

"It could be at a time we think no one will notice, no one will know. I would argue that actually those are the times where we need to stay most true to our core integrity and our professionalism. To think critically and thoughtfully and to do what's right, not just for ourselves individually so we can look ourselves in the mirror as leaders, but for our agencies and the government and the public that we all serve," he said.

"I think there's actually something quite noble about focusing on work itself and the process and doing the right thing, but in the right way. And treating everybody with respect regardless of whether they're on the same side of the table or the other side of the table — and not cutting corners."

Officials should be careful not to be come self-righteous, Wray said. "We are a country built on checks and balances. The reality is nobody likes being checked and that's often where the danger is … you start drinking your own Kool-Aid and are convinced that because your intentions, you think, are pure, whatever it is you want must be pure as well."

Wray did not mention President Donald Trump or former FBI Director James Comey during the meeting, but did note the need to keep superiors in check. "It is sometimes very hard to speak truth to power, as they say. And for those in power it can be particularly tough to hear the truth."

"I need you to tell me what I need to hear, not just what you think I want to hear," he added.

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