The pressures on Wray and the FBI have grown since then and are only likely to intensify. In its long history, the FBI has rarely been at the center of so many politically sensitive investigations. In an interview with The Associated Press this week, Wray acknowledged the FBI was enduring tough times. “We take those to heart each and every day,” FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate said about the Trump-Russia mistakes in a separate interview. During a news conference with local journalists, Wray was asked whether the recent and intense public scrutiny of the bureau was impeding investigations.