It’s evident after listening to FBI Director Christopher Wray’s stunning exoneration of the FBI, after the release of the IG report on Monday, that he has no desire to ever restore credibility to the bureau, which no doubt has pushed him closer to the exit door.
His skewed take on Horowitz’s findings along with his whitewashing of the bureau’s willful malfeasance regarding the FISA warrants caught the ear of the President on Tuesday.
“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,” Trump tweeted out concerning the Justice Department report.
“With that kind of attitude,” Trump added, Wray “will never be able to fix the FBI, which is badly broken despite having some of the greatest men & women working there!”
Wray apparently decided to dispute the President’s assertion that the FBI unlawfully spied on his campaign, and conducted an illegal counterintelligence operation by falsely acquiring FISA warrants against Carter Page, a low-level campaign worker, in an attempt to mount a “soft coup” using the phony Russian dossier as a pretext to discredit and damage his campaign.
Appearing on ABC News, Wray continued his narrative, “I think it’s important that the inspector general found that, in this particular instance, the investigation was opened with appropriate predication and authorization.”
Asked if he thought Trump’s campaign was unfairly targeted in the Russia investigation, Wray said: “I do not.”
Hours after the President’s broadside, Attorney General William Barr appearing on NBC News attempted to smooth over the growing animosity between the two men, by playing peacemaker.
Moreover acknowledging the serious failures by the FBI’s surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, adding “leaves open the possibility that there was bad faith” by the FBI.
Nevertheless, Barr seemed to support Wray stating that the director took over after the abrupt dismissal of James Comey in 2017, “has been working hard to address the problems in the past.”
Adding, “He’s brought in a good team,” Barr told NBC. “I have confidence in that team. But we can’t ignore the abuses of the past and appear to justify them or minimize them.”
However, history indicates that Barr’s support of Wray may be misplaced, in that the FBI Director has continually obstructed independent investigations regarding former FBI Director Comey’s culpability concerning his direct involvement regarding the Russian collusion scandal.
Wray for whatever reason has been systemically obstructing the DOJ’s effort to investigate the apparent malfeasance within the leadership of the FBI under then-Director Comey.
It took a lawsuit and the “Freedom of Information Act” to finally compel Wray to hand over documents revealing that the former FBI director along with several top officials within the department had abused their office.
The revelation that Wray was willfully obstructing justice came to light after the federal court issued an order that forced the FBI Director to hand over, the infamous 302 reports that linked top DOJ official Bruce Ohr within the Obama White House to the Russian collusion hoax.
Why Wray continues to obstruct justice is anybody’s guess. Perhaps he believes he needs to protect the institution at all costs, regardless of how tainted and corrupt that institution may be.
However, one thing has become painfully obvious; Wray is a part of the deep-state. He will not investigate his own department, and would rather pretend nothing happened during the 2016 election, and for that reason, I believe President Trump, perhaps after the Durham investigation will finally rid himself of Wray.