FBI Director Christopher Wray is looking for to reassure brokers that the bureau will not tolerate sexual misconduct within the office, promising extra assets for victims and full investigations into claims introduced in opposition to FBI officers — “no matter rank or title.”
Wray despatched a prolonged assertion to employees late final week following an Associated Press investigation that discovered a minimum of six senior FBI officers, together with an assistant director, have been accused of sexual misconduct over the previous 5 years, with allegations starting from undesirable touching and sexual advances to coercion.
The AP discovered that not one of the FBI officers it recognized was disciplined and several other have been quietly transferred or retired, preserving their full pensions and advantages even when probes substantiated the sexual misconduct accusations in opposition to them.
In his assertion, Wray reiterated the FBI’s “zero tolerance” coverage in the direction of sexual misconduct but additionally acknowledged “there are some that haven’t at all times lived as much as these requirements.”
“We gained’t hesitate to impose extreme sanctions the place misconduct is substantiated, together with revocation of safety clearances and dismissal from responsibility,” Wray wrote. “We additionally wish to make it crystal clear that victims and witnesses gained’t be marginalized, ignored or retaliated in opposition to for bringing allegations in opposition to any FBI chief or colleague.”
The sexual misconduct has drawn the eye of Congress and advocacy teams, which known as for brand spanking new whistleblower protections for rank-and-file FBI workers and for an out of doors entity to evaluate the bureau’s disciplinary instances.
Wray stated he had directed the bureau’s affiliate deputy director “to discover methods to leverage the Sufferer Companies Division and different elements to offer mandatory assist and assets to victims of harassment or misconduct.”
“As leaders, we will’t — and gained’t — ignore or sidestep this concern,” Wray added. “Nobody deserves unwelcome sexual misconduct or sexual harassment, and nobody ought to undergo in silence or really feel like they should tolerate inappropriate or unlawful habits.”
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