FBI director: 'I'm angry as I've been in a long time' about the 'unfair, mind-boggling' shutdown
FBI Director Christopher Wray has released a rare public video message to the employees of the FBI about the government shutdown and the effects it is having on morale, ongoing investigations, and national security. He pulled no punches as he described the strain the shutdown is putting on the families of the FBI. Here is the opening of that statement. You can see the full video message (with transcript) below.
We’re now five weeks and two missed paychecks into this mess, and I wanted to touch base with all of you again.
I know tons of you are feeling the anxiety and the emotional strain of this shutdown.
And 100-percent of you are feeling the financial strain.
Making some people stay home when they don’t want to, and making others show up without pay–it’s mind-boggling, it’s short-sighted, and it’s unfair.
It takes a lot to get me angry, but I’m about as angry as I’ve been in a long, long time.
Sure, I get it. You’re public servants, and I know I can count on you to keep doing everything you can to help others, however you can.
But you’re also people with bills to pay. You’re also moms and dads. You’ve also got rent payments and mortgages, and utilities and car payments and gas and groceries to buy. And you can’t put those worries aside just because you serve the public.