Trump went after FBI Director Wray this morning over his response to the FISA report that came out yesterday:
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
Here’s some of what Wray said that Trump is taking issue with:
FOX NEWS – In an ABC interview, Wray highlighted the IG report’s conclusion that there was no political bias or improper motive behind the FBI’s launching of the Russia probe, stating, “I think it’s important that the inspector general found that in this particular instance the investigation was opened with appropriate predication and authorization.”
When asked if he had any evidence that the FBI unfairly targeted Trump’s campaign, Wray said, “I don’t,” and appeared to take offense to the notion that the FBI is part of a “deep state.”
“I think that’s the kind of label that is a disservice to the 37,000 men and women who work at the FBI who I think tackle their jobs with professionalism, with rigor, with objectivity, with courage … so that’s not a term I would ever use to describe our workforce and I think it’s an affront to them,” he said.
BREAKING: FBI Dir. Chris Wray dismisses claims of a "Deep State," telling @PierreTABC, "That's not a term I would ever use to describe our workforce and I think it's an affront to them." https://t.co/n7uIJzWyZF pic.twitter.com/oSNUbSmDAx
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) December 9, 2019
Wray did acknowledge the mistakes that were highlighted in the IG report and said he is moving to correct them. But clearly Trump was hoping for more from Wray.
In fact Axios reporter Jonathan Swan tweeted this morning that he’s hearing that Trump would like to fire Wray, but can’t stomach firing another FBI director:
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