On Thursday, Donald Trump attacked Christopher Wray the FBI director, whom he appointed. He then pushed Attorney General William Barr to put pressure on the Justice Department’s investigation into the Russia probe.
Trump appeared on Fox Business on Thursday. Host Maria Bartiromo asked him whether FBI director Christopher Wray should resign.
“We know that the FBI lied to the Senate in February of 2018. Christopher Wray was running the FBI. Mr. President, is Christopher Wray hiding all of this stuff and protecting the FBI? Should he step down?” Bartiromo asked.
Trump stated that Wray should provide more documents to John Durham, who was tapped by Barr to lead the review into the Russian investigation.
“So, Christopher Wray was put there. We have an election coming up. I wish he was more forthcoming; he certainly hasn’t been. There are documents that they want to get, and we have said we want to get. We’re going to find out if he’s going to give those documents. But certainly, he’s been very, very protective,” Trump stated.
Trump went on to state that Wray “was put there for a good reason, he was chosen by a certain person, and I said, go ahead, but whoever you want. I’m so honest that I said you could put anybody you want. Let’s see how Wray turns out. He’s either going to turn out one way or the other.”
Trump then added, “Bill Barr has a chance to be the greatest of all time. But if he wants to be politically correct, he’ll be just another guy.”
On Wednesday Barr stated in an interview that he is aiming to release some conclusions from Durham’s investigation ahead of the November election.
“We’re all aware of the calendar and we’re not going to do anything for the purposes of affecting an election, but we are trying to get some things accomplished before the election,” Barr stated.
Trump had blamed Wray for hiring the now-former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. However, Trump nominated Wray back in 2017 after he fired James Comey.
Reportedly Trump is upset with Wray for cooperating with the efforts to review the 2016-2017 Russia investigation. Under Wray, the FBI cooperated with multiple investigations into how the FBI handled the Russia probe.
Trump continues to try and find a way to discredit the Russia probe and the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller.