LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- FBI Director Christopher Wray visited Louisville on Wednesday as part of a tour to field offices all over the country.

Wray met with law enforcement and “private sector” partners as part of a discussion as to how they could all partner together better.

“There's nothing that drives people more than common threats,” Wray said. “I can see with all of the threats how they evolve in a way, or some might say degenerated in a way, that drives us closer together.”

Wray addressed the hostility in Washington between the law enforcement agency and President Donald Trump, who has been harsh in his criticism of the FBI and its handling of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

“The thing that really makes a difference are the people's lives we're trying to protect, not whether or not somebody is scoring points on television or the internet,” Wray said. “As long as people focus on that, that stuff endures.”

Also a topic of inquiry was a recent Sports Illustrated story alleged that an FBI agent involved in the investigation is now under criminal investigation himself. The probe included the University of Louisville and the alleged agreement to funnel payment to then-star recruit Brian Bowen for his commitment to the Cardinals. The investigation ultimately cost former head coach Rick Pitino his job. However, Wray remained mum on the topic.

“I'm not going to comment on an ongoing matter,” Wray said. “I’m a big basketball fan just like a lot of people. But I also think that it's important that we do things in the right way, so I'm going to make sure I don't talk about a pending investigation here.”

Wray said that gang and violence problems are best dealt with by partnering law enforcement with private entities to better communicate across all spectrums of the community.

“In almost every community, if you do the right kind of serious intelligence analysis, you can usually figure out what’s driving the violent crime problem in that community,” Wray said

Louisville saw record-breaking homicide totals in both 2016 and 2017.

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