FBI Director Christopher Wray denounced the partial government shutdown in a rare public statement, saying that he supports his workers and that they have been working in unfair conditions.
In a video posted on the FBI website, Wray said that the FBI is “now five weeks and two missed paychecks into this mess” and he knows that “100 percent” of employees “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,” he said. “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,” he said. “But you’re also people with bills to pay. … And you can’t put those worries aside just because you serve the public.”
Wray’s unprecedented comments come amid a potential breakthrough that could end the 35-day shutdown.
President Donald Trump was poised to make remarks Friday afternoon about the shutdown, which has become the longest in U.S. history….