Jun 14, 2018

FBI Director Wray: Comey report "identifies errors of judgement"

FBI Director Christopher Wray. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

FBI Director Christopher Wray said the inspector general report that was released Thursday does not discount "the integrity" of the country's premier law enforcement agency as whole, but added it does identify "errors of judgement" and policy violations.

What's next: Wray said he's taking steps to correct the matter that will include holding employees accountable through an internal discipline process, carrying out training regarding agency officials' contacts with the media, and leading a review into how the FBI handles sensitive investigations. The agency is also considering whether current penalties are sufficient.

The IG makes clear that we got some work to do, but let's also be clear on the scope of this report.
— Wray emphasized to reporters at a press conference.

The backdrop: The Department of Justice's inspector general said in a report, that analyzed the FBI's handling of its investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails during the 2016 presidential election, that then-Director James Comey was not politically biased, but the probe he led has damaged the public's perceptions of the agency.

Key highlight: Wray had refused to comment on President Trump's scathing characterization of the agency's credibility, saying that "I won't comment on any other person's opinion."

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee on Wednesday, including the gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at a Wednesday evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

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Coronavirus updates: South Korea case count tops 2,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

33 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus, and health officials are monitoring 8,400 people who have recently returned from "points of concern," Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,850 people and infected over 83,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica, and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

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Syria's darkest chapter

Family room without a family, in Idlib. Photo: Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The worst humanitarian crisis of Syria’s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the war’s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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