Report: Trump Suggests That He May Fire FBI Director Christopher Wray
Just hours before he would meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the White House, President Donald Trump launched a Twitter attack against his own FBI director, leading many to speculate that Christopher Wray’s position might be in jeopardy.
According to RawStory, the timing of Trump’s tweet attacking Wray struck many on social media as noteworthy, given that just after the president fired former FBI Director James Comey, he had met with the same Russian official in the Oval Office.
Wray’s apparent offense was supporting the Justice Department inspector general’s findings that the Russia investigation was justified.
“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’s ominous tweet began. “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!”
Cue the speculation:
Christopher Bouzy on Twitter
“Each time Trump meets with Russian diplomats on American soil he attacks the FBI Director. First James Comey and now Christopher Wray. Interesting coincidence...”
Kyle Cheney on Twitter
“Trump is meeting today with the same Russian official he met with the day after he fired the last FBI director, and here he seems to suggest the current FBI director may have a short shelflife. https://t.co/wJYITn6LxG”
Kathryn Watson on Twitter
““Current director of the FBI” doesn’t have a reassuring ring to it https://t.co/PKeNdfPfQf”
Axios reporter Jonathan Swan said spoke with several current and former officials via text about the issue, most of whom believe Trump wants to fire Wray but fears the potential consequences:
Jonathan Swan on Twitter
“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”
Brian Klaas on Twitter
“This is how disinformation works. The president invents conspiracy theories which are amplified by Fox News & Republicans trying to get on Fox News. Then, a neutral report debunks the conspiracy theories, but they all just lie and pretend it vindicates them instead. Rinse, repeat https://t.co/qKqM5jil3B”