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FBI chief learns of Putin invitation to White House while in Denver

Author: Kevin Vaughan, 9News - July 20, 2018 - Updated: July 20, 2018

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FBI Director Chris Wray speaks at his installation ceremony at the FBI Building in Washington in this Sept. 28, 2017, file photo. Wray is dismissing Russia President Vladimir Putin’s denial of election meddling. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

FBI Director Christopher Wray was in Denver Thursday – visiting his staff and meeting with area law enforcement officials – when he was grabbed in a hallway and given a quick news alert: Russian President Vladimir Putin was scheduled to visit the White House later this year.

Wray had spent a chunk of the day with Calvin Shivers, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s field office, and was heading to a meeting that included reporters, when he got the news.

And the first question he got when reporters were invited to ask questions, the upcoming meeting was first up.

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“You know, I just heard about that meeting as I was walking down the hallway here,” Wray said.

Thursday afternoon’s session included more than 50 state and federal law enforcement officials. “I’ve been fairly busy in meeting with Calvin and his office and his partners all day, you know, so I’m hearing about it for the first time,” Wray said.

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Kevin Vaughan, 9News

Kevin Vaughan, 9News