Jeffrey Ringel Quoted in Newsweek: Christopher Wray Must Show Independence from Trump, Former FBI Agents Say
June 7, 2017
By: Josh Saul
Retired FBI agents welcomed President Donald Trump’s Wednesday morning nomination of Christopher Wray, a former U.S. Department of Justice official and current D.C. lawyer, to be FBI director—but say they want to see him quickly assert his independence from the current administration.
“He’s got to stay out of the politics and remain independent if he wants to retain the faith of the rank and file,” says Jeffrey Ringel, a former coordinating supervisory special agent in the FBI’s New York office …
Some retired agents say they believe that Wray’s time at the DOJ means he understands how FBI agents operate. “Wray on paper appears to have all the right credentials,” says Ringel, now a director at private intelligence company The Soufan Group. “He will have worked in the trenches with federal investigators on how to make cases …”
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