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The president assails the FBI because he resents or fears the Bureau’s independence, its fairness, its professionalism, its competence, and above all its values. This confrontation is part of my story, too.
What I know, from years of experience interviewing people, is that in situations of massive reorientation, you never show concern or make hasty judgments. You accept the facts that have been disclosed. You keep your feelings about those facts to yourself. In the moment, you act like a professional.
Russian interference in our elections. This interference is ongoing, and it is not conjecture. The evidence is incontrovertible: hacks of voting systems and databases; the release of private communications into public view in order to favor a particular candidate; widespread manipulation of social media in order to poison public debate. All of the country’s intelligence agencies are in agreement about this.
A decision that you can’t articulate is probably a wrong decision.
Mueller was also a prosecutor. He cross-examines you every time you’re in front of him. Ball-busting is his way of expressing affection.
Cross-examination is one of Mueller’s most basic forms of human interaction,
The main qualification for becoming the briefer: having brains to burn. The job is a one-year assignment. By the end of that year, the person in the job is smoked. It’s a rough, rough gig. But smoke gives flavor.
Praise in public, discipline in private—that’s the best course
Comey continually reminded the FBI leadership that strong relationships with one another were critical to the institution’s functioning.
There should be no direct contact between the president and the FBI director, according to the White House contacts policy, except for national-security purposes.
Fear is why the president still has a map of his electoral college victory hanging outside the door to the Oval Office. Fear is why the president makes every person who goes into his office pass by a display meant to assert his right to sit behind the Resolute desk. Fear is why he asks people to pledge personal loyalty.