Following release of a report that largely debunked allegations from President Donald Trump and other Republicans that the FBI was politically biased when it set out to investigate his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump has lashed out at his “current FBI director” and expressed concern that Christopher Wray would “never able to fix” the agency he runs.
In a Tuesday morning tweet, the President said both men seem to be reading different reports from the Department of Justice’s Inspector General, Michael Horowitz.
I don’t know what report current Director of the FBI Christopher Wray was reading, but it sure wasn’t the one given to me. With that kind of attitude, he will never be able to fix the FBI, which is badly broken despite having some of the greatest men & women working there!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2019
….in a very long time. The FBI has had some dark day in its past, but nothing like this. This was VERY SERIOUS MISCONDUCT ON THE PART OF THE FBI.” @brithume @BretBaier Are you listening Comey, McCabe, lovers Lisa & Peter, the beautiful Ohr family, Brennan, Clapper & many more?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2019
Observers said the outburst would lend credence to the idea that Wray has lost the president’s support. Wray, a Trump appointee, took over the agency in August 2017, replacing Andrew McCabe, who had been leading the bureau in an acting capacity after Trump fired James Comey.
I was texting this morning with a number of Trump officials, current and past, about this very question – the remarkable fact that Trump hasn’t fired Chris Wray. Most think he would like to but can’t stomach the trouble of firing another FBI director. https://t.co/Zu3IerWlup— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) December 10, 2019
Trump’s ire came after, in an interview with ABC News, Wray contradicted the president and many prominent Republicans when he said there was “no indication” that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election. He also urged viewers to be more skeptical of what they see and hear in the media.
“Well, look, there’s all kinds of people saying all kinds of things out there,” Wray said. “I think it’s important for the American people to be thoughtful consumers of information and to think about the sources of it and to think about the support and predication for what they hear.
In the interview, Wray acknowledged that Monday’s report found a number of “unacceptable” errors in the way the investigation against the Trump campaign was carried out, but he contradicted a primary Republican rallying cry when he insisted that “the investigation was opened with appropriate predication and authorization.”
Wray is a disaster. https://t.co/KLeu6DxBGr— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) December 10, 2019
Trump and other Republicans have claimed that the report detailed a pattern of wrongdoing at the agency. It’s conclusions, Trump told reporters Monday after the report was released, were “far worse than I would have ever thought possible.”