Prior to embarking Air Force One on his way to addressing graduates of the FBI Academy, President Donald Trump told reporters that the American people are "very, very angry" about the corruption they see at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“Well, it’s a shame what’s happened with the FBI. But we’re going to rebuild the FBI. It will be bigger and better than ever.”
Trump also repeated claims that the FBI played favorites with regard to its investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails during her time as Secretary of State.
“When you look at what they did with respect to the Hillary Clinton investigation, it was rigged. And there's never been anything like it in this country that we've ever found before. It's very, very sad,” he said.
Earlier in the day, a White House spokesman peddled the same story on Fox News:
“It is troubling, deeply troubling, that the revelations have now come to light that there is extreme bias against this president with high-up members of the team there at the FBI who were investigating Hillary Clinton at the time," said spokesman J. Hogan Gidley.
But is Trump's claim that Americans distrust the nation's top law enforcement agency true?
Polling by The Lawfare Institute would indicate the president's claim is misguided. In a recent survey, the organization found that on the whole, Americans maintain moderate to high confidence in the FBI:
Forty-seven percent of respondents give the FBI higher confidence ratings, either 4 or 5. And fully 74 percent repose at least some confidence in the Bureau—that is, give it at least a rating of 3. By contrast, only 26 percent give the FBI lower confidence ratings, that is a rating of only 1 or 2.