FBI Director Christopher Wray Responds To Trump’s Attack On His Agency Like A Boss


On Friday, in an attempt to discredit Special Counsel Mueller’s Russia investigation, House Republicans led by Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) released a highly controversial memo. This strongly went against the warnings of FBI Director Christopher Wray and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

According to The Washington Post:

‘The four-page memo — produced by the office of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) — is said to raise questions about whether the FBI had bad information from a controversial dossier of allegations against Trump when it sought a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.’

Now, FBI Director Christopher Wray, who was appointed by the president, has some strong words for his agents and Mr. Trump.

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According to The Washington Post:

‘FBI Director Christopher A. Wray had privately warned the White House against releasing the memo, but as it became clearer Wednesday that his entreaties were likely to be rejected, his agency issued a terse two-paragraph message laying bare its worries about the document.’

Wray’s agency released a memo saying:

‘With regard to the House Intelligence Committee’s memorandum, the FBI was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it. As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.’

Trump has done everything in his power to try to discredit the FBI, and now the release of this memo could seriously put Wray’s job in jeopardy. The Post reports:

‘The showdown over the memo could be a defining moment for Wray — threatening to alienate him from the president as he demonstrates his independence. Trump already fired James B. Comey after the FBI director would not give him a hard vow of loyalty, and he has toyed with ousting Attorney General Jeff Sessions, despite Sessions’s vigorous implementation of the president’s agenda.’

Former FBI director James Comey also had something to say on Twitter about the Nunes memo:

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Nunes essentially compromised the Russia investigation by revealing sensitive intelligence to the president. According to CNN:

‘Trump and his aides signaled throughout the day they would not use executive power to block Congress from making the memo public, setting up a clash with the FBI and intelligence officials, who warn the memo distorts facts and could jeopardize intelligence-gathering information. The document is said to allege the FBI abused its surveillance tools.’

Wray and Rosenstein had to gone to Chief of Staff John Kelly to try to keep the memo from being released. Wray stood before the House Judiciary committee after Trump had tweeted that the FBI was in “tatters,” saying:

‘The FBI that I see is people, decent people, committed to the highest principles of dignity and professionalism and respect.’

The Post reported:

‘This represents a significant — if perhaps inevitable — showdown between Trump and his own appointees in the Justice Department. Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey last year, has been public about his frustrations with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and reportedly wants to get rid of Rosenstein (possibly with the aid of this memo), who oversees the Russia investigation following Sessions’s recusal. The president has clashed with just about every leading member of federal law enforcement. Trump often demands or expects loyalty, and that has created almost ever-present conflicts with those involved with the Russia investigation, who generally are supposed to retain some degree of independence from the White House.’

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