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    Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said former President Donald Trump “absolutely” made a bad hire when he appointed FBI Director Christopher Wray to his current position in 2017. The comment was in relation to the FBI raid on Trump’s south Florida home Monday. Gaetz, a close Trump ally, joined Newsmax TV’s Rob Schmitt to discuss the raid Tuesday evening. “The reality is, if the FBI and DOJ are cheating to try and ensnare President Trump in criminality, it won’t even be the first time they’ve done it,” Gaetz said before accusing the FBI of attempting to “send a message” with the raid meant to help Democrats in the November midterms. Schmitt then noted Trump nominated Wray, who replaced James Comey. “FBI Director Christopher Wray has been not too interested in fighting back against what we’ve seen as a lot of partisan corruption, frankly, inside of the FBI,” Schmitt said. “This guy was a Republican appointee, he was a Trump appointee. Was this a bad hire by Donald Trump?” “Absolutely,” Gaetz said. “I think it’s fair to say that it wasn’t ‘only...
    FBI DIRECTOR Christopher Wray approved an investigation into former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate on August 8, 2022. Wray was nominated by former President Donald Trump to take over the FBI director position in 2017. 2FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before a House Committee on Homeland Security hearingCredit: AP:Associated Press Who is FBI Director Christopher A. Wray? Christopher Wray is an American lawyer, who has served as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation since 2017. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1989 and earned his law degree from Yale Law School in 1992. He began his career in law enforcement in 1997 and was the assistant US attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. While in his position, he covered federal criminal cases, including public corruption, gun trafficking, drug offenses, and financial fraud. READ MORE ON DONALD TRUMPWHERE'S DONNY? Find out where Donald Trump is todayDEFENDING DON Trump fans protest at Mar-a-Lago after FBI agents break into safe in 'siege' He served as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division in George W...
    CHRISTOPHER Wray has been serving as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation since 2017. Before his prestigious position, he worked as the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division under President George W. Bush. 2Christopher Wray is the acting FBI DirectorCredit: AFP or licensors Who appointed Christopher Wray? The FBI Director is a position that is appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Wray, 55, was appointed in 2017 by President Donald Trump to replace James Comey, who he had dismissed. “I know that he will again serve his country as a fierce guardian of the law and model of integrity once the Senate confirms him to lead the F.B.I.,” Trump said of Wray at the time, via The New York Times. More from Christopher WrayTRUMP'S HIT LIST Trump 'will fire FBI boss, CIA Director & Defense Sec if he wins election''DARK TIMES' Trump blasts FBI's Mar-A-Lago raid as 'weaponization of the justice system' While Wray received the support of many, his appointment was controversial at the time because...
    FBI Director Christopher Wray promised whistleblowers would be protected under his watch during a Senate hearing on Thursday. It comes after Republican lawmakers claimed to have heard from current and former bureau officials and Justice Department employees who accused the FBI of attempting to discredit probes into Hunter Biden in 2020. Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley, then its chairman, along with then-Senate Oversight Committee Chair Ron Johnson had launched an investigation into President Joe Biden's son after a leaked hard drive from Hunter Biden's laptop appeared to show signs of leveraging his father's position to further foreign business dealings. Grassley wrote a letter to the FBI last month claiming to have heard 'highly credible' allegations from within the DOJ that the bureau coordinated to dismiss 'derogatory information relating to Hunter Biden' as disinformation. Without going into specifics on the president's son's case, Grassley pressed Wray on Thursday on the need to shield whistleblowers from retaliatory measures. 'I think retaliatory conduct against whistleblowers is unacceptable. They serve a very, very important role in our system,' Wray said. The Trump-appointed...
    FBI Director Christopher Wray claimed the FBI is working just as hard to punish participants in the 2020 George Floyd riots as those involved in the Capitol riot, though neither the numbers nor his own boss's words seem to back him up. Wray made the improbable claim in response to questions during an appearance earlier this week at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. “I mean, absolutely," Wray said. "We have one standard, which is, I don’t care whether you’re upset about an election, upset about our criminal justice system, whatever it is you’re upset about, there is a right way and a wrong way to express what you’re upset about in this country, and violence, violence against law enforcement, destruction of property, is not it." Republicans have raised concerns the Justice Department has not put the same effort into prosecutions tied to the violent, racially charged riots of 2020 as the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. The GOP points to nationwide rioting and attacks on federal courthouses and police in the wake of...
    A top Republican plans to grill FBI Director Christopher Wray about the bureau’s role in “aiding and abetting political misinformation campaigns” through its deployment of British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s dossier to obtain secret spy court surveillance against a Trump campaign associate. Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, sent a letter to Wray giving the bureau chief a heads up on some of what he planned to ask him during a closed-door intelligence briefing scheduled for Wednesday. Among the topics that Nunes said House Republicans planned to raise were “matters related to Special Counsel Durham’s indictments” and “reforms needed to prevent FBI investigations from aiding and abetting political misinformation campaigns, such as those surrounding the Steele dossier.” Steele had been hired by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which itself had been hired by the Perkins Coie law firm and Clinton campaign general counsel Marc Elias, with funding from the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. AFTER STEELE SOURCE INDICTMENT, WILL DURHAM GO AFTER THE FBI? Michael Sussmann,...
    Then-FBI Director Christopher Wray assured House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff he would resign before being pressured into "something that wasn't right" under former President Donald Trump, the congressman claims in a new book. The conversation happened during one of their early meetings, according to Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could, Schiff's book released last week. "In one of our first meetings, I had warned him about how many good people the president had chewed up and spat out," the California Democrat wrote, Insider reported . "I don't need this job," Wray told Schiff, according to the book. "And I would leave it before I ever felt the need to do something that wasn't right." DEVIN NUNES WARNS 'FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY' HINGES ON DURHAM INDICTMENTS Wray, a former Justice Department official and private practice lawyer, was nominated and confirmed in 2017 to become the eighth director of the FBI for a 10-year term after Trump fired Director James Comey . Trump called Wray “a man of impeccable credentials," and in 2018, he...
    The director of the FBI said in an Inside the FBI podcast that on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the United States faces the same threat level of terrorism as it did on that September morning that claimed the lives of 2,977 people. “Since 9/11, we’ve heard words like al Qaeda, ISIS, ISIS- K. Sometimes it feels like every month there’s a new terrorist organization with a new name. Can you talk about the evolution of terrorism since 9/11?” the podcast host asked Christopher Wray. “So, the first thing I would say about the terrorist threat today versus 9/11 is that it’s just as much of a threat today as it was on 9/11,” Wray stated. “It’s just maybe different in certain ways.” “After 9/11, the focus was very much, for the first few years afterwards, I can remember being intensely focused on what you might think of as sort of the classic sleeper cells, you know, al Qaeda sleeper cells, maybe some other similar type of terrorist group,” according to Wray. “And that’s still a concern, still a risk, but...
    FBI Director Chris Wray warned during testimony Thursday about a troubling spike in violence and property crimes – and referred to the Jan. 6th Capitol riot as an outbreak of 'extremist violence' that is drawing 'extremely significant' manpower. Wray made the comments in testimony to the House Judiciary Committee, where Chairman Jerold Nadler (D-N.Y.) began the hearing with yet more footage of the Capitol riot – as well as rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) comparing rioters to a 'normal tourist visit.'  In his own opening statement, Wray spoke about political violence – referencing both the riot and violent perpetrators who infiltrated social justice protests last summer. 'Over the last few years we’ve witnessed the troubling phenomenon of people resorting to violence and destruction of property to further their ideological political or social goals far too often,' said FBI Director Chris Wray 'Over the last few years we’ve witnessed the troubling phenomenon of people resorting to violence and destruction of property to further their ideological political or social goals far too often,' he warned.  'Far too often we’re seeing individuals inspired...
    FBI Director Chris Wray compared the national security implications of the ransomware attacks to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, saying both affect every American. 'There are a lot of parallels, there's a lot of importance, and a lot of focus by us on disruption and prevention,' Wray told The Wall Street Journal in an interview. 'There's a shared responsibility, not just across government agencies but across the private sector and even the average American.'  Wray's comments come after a Reuters report the Justice Department is elevating investigations of ransomware attacks to a similar priority as terrorism.  There have been a series of high profile hits: On Tuesday there was on against JBS USA, a unit of the world's largest meat processing company; last month Colonial Pipeline paid the nearly $5 million ransom after hackers shut down its gas pipeline; and last year's Solar Winds hack that is believed to have infected multiple agencies of the US government. As a result of the attacks both gas prices and meat prices have spiked. Wray said that served as a wake up call for...
    Former Attorney General Bill Barr threatened to quit if then-President Donald Trump fired Christopher Wray, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a new report. Barr learned of plans to dismiss Wray when Johnny McEntee, a top Trump aide, introduced him to Bill Evanina, a top counterintelligence official in the administration who was reportedly being considered as a potential replacement for Wray, according to Business Insider. When told of plans to replace Wray, as well as swapping then-Deputy FBI Director David Bowdich with Trump national security advisor Kash Patel, Barr threatened to quit, a person briefed on the matter told the outlet. Barr, described by a former Justice Department official as "a force of nature and pure id," cultivated a close relationship with Wray, to the point that the pair had weekly lunches as the departments they helmed continued to work closely together, the outlet reported. WRAY CONTRADICTS BIDEN ON ANTIFA, SAYING IT’S NOT JUST AN IDEA — AND IT’S A REAL THREAT Trump's administration was marked by high turnover rates, with several Cabinet-level officials departing the...
    FBI Director Christopher Wray has appointed the agency's first ever chief diversity officer. Scott McMillion, a long-time agent and the former chair of the FBI’s Black Affairs Diversity Committee for years, was named to the post earlier this week. It follows a swath of other government agencies who have created similar roles in the months since President Biden took office. McMillion will head direct the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which was set up in 2012.  'As our chief diversity officer, Scott is the right person to ensure that the FBI fosters a culture of diversity and inclusion, and that our workforce reflects all the communities we serve', Wray said in a statement. FBI Director Christopher Wray has appointed the agency's first ever chief diversity officer. Scott McMillion, a long-time agent and the former chair of the FBI’s Black Affairs Diversity Committee for years, was named to the post earlier this week. FBI's office in DC is pictured  'I'm grateful he has agreed to bring his talent, experience, and dedication to our Office of Diversity and Inclusion, where he...
    MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace said Tuesday on her show “Deadline” that FBI Director Christopher Wray was dropped “a truth bomb” during his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Wallace said, “FBI Director Christopher Wray dropping a truth bomb today on Capitol Hill, a fact-based takedown of the Republican peddled claim that Antifa or fake dressed-up Trump supporters were the ones who stormed the Capitol. In testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee today, Wray stated multiple times the FBI’s findings as the Bureau continues its investigation into January 6, that white supremacists and militia violent extremists were the groups involved in the insurrection. Wray went on to describe a threat he’s voiced in front of Congress before, that white supremacists comprise the largest chunk of domestic extremism, which is the largest threat to our country.” She continued, “Chris Wray, who was Donald Trump’s hand-picked choice to replace Jim Comey today, also knocked down the lie behind the insurrection. You know, the one that has become a litmus test for those who want to remain in the good graces of the former guy,...
    More On: capitol riot FBI Director Christopher Wray didn’t read memo warning of attack before Capitol riot FBI director refuses to share Capitol officer’s cause of death with senators McEnany says Trump ‘changed Republican Party forever’ in first post-White House interview Ex-CIA chief John Brennan ‘increasingly embarrassed’ to be a white man FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday said he wasn’t aware of whether his subordinates are pursuing controversial domestic surveillance steps to track down participants in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Wray told senators during a Judiciary Committee hearing that he didn’t know if FBI agents acquired large quantities of transaction records from Bank of America, as reported by Fox News, or if the FBI used geolocation data from cellphone tower dumps to ID attendees, as reported by the Intercept. Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) pressed Wray for information on cellphone geolocation data, which raises legal concerns especially because members of Congress and journalists were in the Capitol at the same time as rioters. Lee asked: “Is the FBI accessing cellphone tower metadata from telecommunications...
    More On: capitol riot FBI director refuses to share Capitol officer’s cause of death with senators McEnany says Trump ‘changed Republican Party forever’ in first post-White House interview Ex-CIA chief John Brennan ‘increasingly embarrassed’ to be a white man FBI Director Christopher Wray to testify for first time since Capitol riot FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday said he didn’t read an FBI report that said there was the threat of an attack on Congress until “days” after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Wray admitted to senators that he didn’t see the warning — describing preparation for “war” with “glass breaking, doors being kicked in” — until after the violence that disrupted certification of President Biden’s victory. “Well, senator, I think the intelligence or the information you’re asking about is the much discussed Norfolk SIR or situational information report,” Wray said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. “I didn’t see that report, which was unverified intelligence, until some number of days after the 6th.” But Wray repeatedly defended the FBI’s handling of the intelligence, which he said was passed...
    FBI Director Christopher Wray rejected two theories spread by Trump supporters regarding the Capitol attack at a Senate hearing on Tuesday examining the events of January 6. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) first asked Wray if the attack “involved white supremacists and other violent extremists.” Media supporters of former President Donald Trump, like Fox News host Tucker Carlson, have objected to the fact that white extremists took part in the attack, despite the evidence. “Certainly the capitol attack involved violent extremists,” Wray said. He noted that in building cases against the perpetrators, law enforcement has deemed many would qualify as “militia violent extremists,” whether they identify as members of the Oath Keepers, the Proud Boys, or other groups. Wray added they have already identified “a couple instances” where those involved in the violence “we would put in the racially-motivated — violent extremists who advocate for what you would call white supremacy.” The attack, Wray reiterated, involved “militia violent extremism, some instances of racially-motivated violent extremism, specifically advocating for the superiority of the white race.” Wray also rejected the theory — floated...
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    CHRISTOPHER Wray, director at the Federal Bureau of Investigations, has been married to Helen Wray for a number of years. The pair, who met as students, have built their life between Georgia, New York and Washington, D.C. 3Christopher and Helen WrayCredit: AFP - Getty Who is Helen Wray? Helen Wray is the wife of the director of the FBI, Christopher A. Wray. Helen, who's maiden name is Howell, comes from a political family. Her great-grandfather, Clark Howell, was the former mayor of Atlanta and owned the Atlanta Constitution. Her father was a vice president at the First National Bank of Atlanta. Helen's family "has a storied history in Atlanta, stretching back more than a century and touching its political, media and financial sectors," according to AJC. 3Helen Wray comes from a family with deep history in Atlanta, GeorgiaCredit: Getty Images - Getty Most of her family, including Helen herself, graduated from The Westminster Schools, a private Christian school in Atlanta. When did Helen and Christopher Wray get married? Christopher and Helen Wray got married in 1989 at the Episcopal...
    January 22, 2021 7:39 AM | With information from DPA 15 minutes. The president of the United States (USA), Joe Biden, will keep Christopher Wray as director of the FBI, as confirmed on Thursday by the White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, after the latest speculation about a possible dismissal. Biden’s new government spokeswoman he regretted the “involuntary wave” that he generated the day before. When asked about Biden’s confidence in Wray, he avoided the issue by replying that they hadn’t discussed it. “Yesterday I caused an unintended ripple, so I wanted to make it very clear that the president Biden intends to keep FBI Director Wray in his role and is confident in the work he is doing.“So Psaki wrote on his official Twitter account. I caused an unintentional ripple yesterday so wanted to state very clearly President Biden intends to keep FBI Director Wray on in his role and he has confidence in the job he is doing. – Jen Psaki (@PressSec) January 21, 2021 Wray was appointed in 2017 by former President Donald Trump. He was much...
    WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden has asked Christopher Wray to stay on as FBI director and he has confidence in the job Wray is doing, the White House said Thursday. Appointed by former Republican President Donald Trump, Wray was a frequent target of Trump's anger over the FBI director's refusal to back false claims of voter fraud in the November 3 election. Federal Bureau of Investigation directors are appointed for 10 years and Wray has six years left in his term. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed on Twitter that Biden "intends to keep FBI Director Wray on in his role and he has confidence in the job he is doing." Psaki said she caused an "unintentional ripple" on Wednesday when she said she had not spoken to the president about Wray. Biden's decision to retain Wray as FBI chief was welcomed by Adam Schiff, the Democrat who chairs the House Intelligence Committee and a critic of Trump's handling of intelligence issues. "Christopher Wray became FBI director at a moment of tremendous turmoil for the bureau and the country,...
    More On: joe biden Kamala Harris’ husband gets @SecondGentleman Twitter account Biden, Harris attend virtual national prayer service World leaders laud US return to climate fight under Biden Biden ditches mask at Lincoln Memorial — hours after mandating them ​President Joe Biden will keep Christopher Wray on as FBI director, according to a report on Thursday. Wray, who was appointed by former President Trump in August 2017, still has six years remaining on his 10-year term​ but since the FBI heads serve at the pleasure of the president his tenure had come into question under the new administration​, the Wall Street Journal reported. The development comes as White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki offered a lukewarm endorsement for Wray in her first news briefing Wednesday evening. Asked if Biden had confidence in Wray, the Biden administration spokeswoman wouldn’t commit. “I have not spoken with him specifically about FBI Director Wray in recent days … but I’ll circle back with you if there’s more to convey,” she said.​ Trump and Wray had a rocky relationship, and news reports said the...
    Bradley Cortright January 21, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden plans to keep FBI Director Christopher Wray in his position for the remainder of his 10-year term, according to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. While it is historically unusual for an FBI director to be fired, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, at first, did not give a definitive answer as to whether the new president has confidence in Wray. When asked about the topic during her first press briefing on Wednesday, Psaki said, “I have not spoken within him about specifically FBI Director Wray in recent days.” “But I’ll circle back if there’s more to convey,” she added. However, in a tweet on Thursday afternoon, Psaki wrote, “I caused an unintentional ripple yesterday so wanted to state very clearly President Biden intends to keep FBI Director Wray on in his role and he has confidence in the job he is doing.” I caused an unintentional ripple yesterday so wanted to state very clearly President Biden intends to keep FBI Director Wray on in his role and he has confidence in the job...
    Washington — President Joe Biden plans to retain Christopher Wray as FBI director, a source familiar with the matter tells CBS News, in a show of confidence in Wray's ability to helm the bureau under a new administration. Wray has led the FBI since 2017, when then-President Donald Trump named him to succeed James Comey, whose firing by Mr. Trump led to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. At a on Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was noncommittal about whether Mr. Biden has confidence in Wray, saying she hadn't spoken to the president about the bureau's leadership. But a source confirmed Mr. Biden's intention to keep Wray in his role on Thursday morning. Christopher Wray, director of the FBI, speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, October 28, 2020. Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images/Bloomberg FBI directors are appointed to 10-year terms but can be removed by the president. Wray has six years left in his current term.  Wray found himself...
    Win McNamee/Getty Images President Joe Biden has already purged — or is planning to purge — a plethora of holdovers from former President Donald Trump’s administration. But the new president is now said to be keeping at least one high-profile official from the Trump regime. According to the Wall Street Journal, Biden plans to retain FBI director Christopher Wray, who has six years remaining in his 10-year term. Already, Biden press secretary Jen Psaki has had to field questions from reporters about the director’s status. Psaki demurred, when asked during Wednesday’s briefing. But it seems now that the president has made his call. Despite replacing James Comey and leading the FBI for most of the previous administration, Wray — unlike other holdovers being excised — was hardly a Trump loyalist. The former president butted heads with Wray numerous times over the past several years — to the point where Trump was reported to be weighing his ouster. Biden, though, is going to allow Wray to continue — according to the Journal, which cited two people familiar with the matter. Have...
    Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray announces significant law enforcement actions related to the illegal sale of drugs and other illicit goods and services on the Darknet during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, September 22, 2020.Olivier Douliery | Pool | Reuters President Joe Biden will keep FBI Director Christopher Wray in his position, a White House official told NBC News. Wray, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, is serving a 10-year term. He was expected to remain in place. This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.Related TagsBreaking News: Politics
    Top Republicans on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Monday asked FBI Director Christopher Wray for details over how a Chinese Communist Party spy allegedly targeted Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California. The letter also focuses on several ways the CCP is actively collecting key sensitive information from people in the United States and calls on the FBI to hold an immediate briefing on the depth and breadth of the CCP’s infiltration in U.S. government institutions. Axios reported recently that an alleged Chinese spy cozied to Swalwell and other Democratic politicians for years. Now, Republicans are pressuring Democratic leaders to kick him off an intelligence committee. “On our own soil, Chinese Communist Party intelligence operatives are strategically implementing new, creative ways to gain access and influence," said the letter led by Oversight and Reform ranking member James Comer, a Kentucky Republican. "We already know that the CCP seeks to infiltrate our academic institutions, allowing China to spew propaganda and potentially steal America’s intellectual property. Unfazed, the CCP is now targeting our most distinguished institutions and high-profile government officials,” said...
    Should former Vice President Joe Biden win the 2020 presidential election, FBI Director Christopher Wray could be left in his post if he is not removed by President Donald Trump, a new report claims. The New York Times reports: The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said Mr. Biden’s team was “not removing the F.B.I. director unless Trump fired him.” Two spokesmen for Mr. Biden did not respond to a request for comment. But the decision to leave Mr. Wray in place would be a return to the norms around F.B.I. directors, who are confirmed by the Senate and are supposed to have 10-year terms, and are rarely fired. Dismissing them requires an explanation about why such an extraordinary measure would be taken. Wray has reportedly been in President Trump’s crosshairs after the FBI did not formally investigate allegations of corruption against Hunter Biden. Wray also angered the president for testifying in September that the bureau had not witnessed widespread election fraud regarding mail-in ballots in the lead-up to the election. Wray has also claimed that though Antifa is...
    Christopher Wray will remain the director of the FBI into the Joe Biden administration unless President Donald Trump fires him first, a Biden transition official told The New York Times. Trump has reportedly considered firing Wray over his handling of information from the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign in 2016. Trump issued a non-committal response just before the election last month on whether he planned to retain Wray as FBI chief. Wray, a Republican, was confirmed by the Senate on Aug. 2, 2017. He replaced James Comey, who Trump fired on May 9, 2017. The anonymous Biden official said that the president-elect is “not removing the FBI director unless Trump fired him,” according to The New York Times. The Biden transition team did not respond to a request for comment. Republicans have accused Wray of blocking the declassification of documents related to FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation, which explored whether the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election. (RELATED: Trump Takes Swipe At Wray Over Handling Of Russia Probe Documents) President-elect Joe Biden delivers a...
    Obama-era CIA Director John Brennan said President Trump might remove heads of intelligence agencies even if he loses the election. Brennan warned that the president might remove the heads of agencies and replace them with officials who would "do his bidding." "I wouldn't be surprised if he decides to sack Christopher Wray as well as, maybe, Gina Haspel at CIA. And to install people who are going to try to do his bidding for him," Brennan told MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace. "And so that's why I do believe this is a very dangerous time because as your previous guests have said, Donald Trump is not used to losing at all." "He still retains the power of the presidency until noon on Jan. 20, and so he can do a lot of damage domestically as well as internationally," he continued. In response, White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere told the Washington Examiner that "If the President doesn’t have confidence in someone he will let you know. The White House does not speculate or comment on personnel matters." Trump was...
    Twitter banned an account used by former top Trump adviser Steve Bannon after he called for the beheading of Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray on his podcast Thursday. A Twitter spokesperson confirmed to CBS News that, "The @WarRoomPandemic account has been permanently suspended for violating the Twitter Rules, specifically our policy on the glorification of violence." A Twitter source added, "We have policies in place that address clear threats of violence, abuse and harassment, and hateful conduct. If we identify any accounts or content that violate these rules, we'll take enforcement action." Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox As of Thursday evening, Bannon's account was still active on Facebook, where the video calling for Fauci and Wray to be executed had been viewed nearly 200,000 times in ten hours. Late Thursday, Facebook said it had removed videos of Bannon's remarks for violating its policy on violence and incitement. Steve Bannon in recent photo On the Bannon podcast, the right-wing provocateur said a second Trump term "kicks off with firing Wray, firing Fauci. "Now I actually...
    Republican operative Steve Bannon used Thursday’s edition of his podcast to viciously attack Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray, the watchdog group Media Matters reported. Bannon, who worked on President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and briefly served as a White House adviser, argued that Trump should fire disloyal administration officials as soon as he begins his second term. Bannon singled out Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Wray. “Second term kicks off with firing Wray, firing Fauci,” he began. Bannon described Trump as a “kind-hearted man,” advising the president to be ruthless when dealing with administration officials who oppose him. “I’d actually like to go back to the old times of Tudor England, I’d put the heads on pikes, right, I’d put them at the two corners of the White House as a warning to federal bureaucrats.” “You either get with the program or you’re gone — time to stop playing games. Blow it all up,” he added. Bannon’s co-host Jack Maxey then chimed in, saying that “yesterday there was...
    Getty Former White House senior counselor to President Donald Trump Steve Bannon leaves the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse after he testified at the Roger Stone trial November 8, 2019 in Washington, DC. Steve Bannon said on the November 5 episode of his War Room podcast that he wanted to put FBI Director Christopher Wray and Dr. Anthony Fauci’s “put their heads on pikes.” Bannon told his co-host, Jack Maxey, that President Donald Trump should begin his second term by firing Dr. Fauci and Wray. Bannon continued saying he wanted to go further “but I realize a president is a kind-hearted man and a good man.” Bannon continued, “I’d actually like to go back to the old times of Tudor England, I’d put the heads on pikes, right, I’d put them at the two corners of the White House as a warning to federal bureaucrats.” Bannon said that he believed the presence of the heads would warn others to “get with the program” or they would be “gone.” Bannon advocated for Republican party member and diplomat Ric...
              Live from Virginia Thursday morning on The John Fredericks Show –  weekdays on WNTW AM 820/ FM 92.7 – Richmond, WJFN FM 100.5 – Central Virginia, WMPH AM 1010 / FM 100.1 / FM 96.9 (7-9 PM) Hampton Roads, WBRG AM 1050 / FM 105.1 – Lynchburg/Roanoke and Weekdays 6-10 am and 24/7 Stream –  host Fredericks welcomed President Trump’s attorney, former mayor Rudy Giuliani to the show. During the show, Giuliani weighed in on the Hunter Biden hard drive that was held back by Christopher Wray and how the mainstream media is in on the conspiracy to take down the United States and that ‘it makes McCarthyism look mild.’ Fredericks: Joining me now, the former mayor, New York City. Also the lawyer for President Donald Trump and a big fan of the John Frederick show. But on many times Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Mr. Mayor man, It’s great to have you back sir. Giuliani: It’s great to be back. I’m glad that you and Bannon are doing that show on election night. That’s good luck. It...
    Bradley Cortright October 28, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump is reportedly considering cutting short the tenure of FBI Director Christopher Wray if he wins re-election. That would make Wray the second FBI director to be fired within the standard 10-year term for the head of the nation’s premier law enforcement agency. Now, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Agents Association (FBIAA) is writing to Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to implore whoever wins the general election to keep Wray on for the remainder of his term.  In a letter to the two contenders, FBIAA president Brian O’Hare said, “I write today to respectfully request that, should you win the upcoming election, you maintain the stability, credibility, and integrity of the Bureau by ensuring that FBI Director Christopher Wray completes his statutorily-created, ten-year term.” O’Hare noted that the FBIAA is “the only organization that serves as the voice for active FBI” agents and that “our members strongly support Director Wray continuing his ten-year term.” “FBI Special Agents respect Director Wray’s leadership and look forward to continuing to work with him to protect...
    FBI Director Christopher Wray would be ousted if President Trump wins a second term in office and Defense Secretary Mark Esper could be right behind him, according to a report. The president will remove Wray if he defeats former Vice President Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 election, Fox News reported on Sunday, citing senior White House officials. “Advisers have consistently told POTUS to wait until after the election if he wants to replace Wray,” a senior administration official told Fox News. Esper could also be on the chopping block if Trump wins, the report said, adding that it’s unclear whether Esper would resign or whether the president would remove him. But CIA Director Gina Haspel’s post appears safe. “Haspel isn’t going anywhere, ” the official said. “POTUS has a good relationship with her.” Wray, who is popular inside the bureau and among law enforcement groups, is keeping a low profile in the meantime, “keeping his head down and focusing on the work of the FBI,” a senior FBI official told Fox News. Wray was appointed by Trump in June 2017...
    Reports are surfacing that President Trump will fire FBI Director Christopher Wray should he win reelection next Tuesday. A senior White House official told Fox News on Sunday Trump is planning to remove Wray from his post if the president defeats Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the presidential election next week. Axios first reported on Sunday the rumors that Trump was planning to fire Wray, along with CIA Director Gina Haspel and Defense Secretary Mark Esper. According to sources the news website spoke with both Haspel and Wray are unpopular within the president’s inner circle and would have been removed earlier if not for the political inconvenience a major shake-up would cause right before the Nov. 3 election. ABSENTEE VOTING HITS RECORD LEVEL IN ALABAMA A senior FBI official told Fox News that Wray is widely considered a popular leader within the bureau and among law enforcement groups across the country, but that he is “keeping his head down and focusing on the work of the FBI.” An FBI director’s term generally runs for 10 years, meaning that Wray...
    DONALD Trump is poised to purge FBI and CIA bosses and the Defense Secretary if he wins the election, it’s reported.  It is claimed an embolden re-elected president has drawn up a hit list and will immediately fire them on winning a second term. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 5According to reports, Donald Trump will purge those who crossed him during his first termCredit: AFP or licensors 5FBI Director Christopher Wray is said to be in the firing lineCredit: Getty - Pool Trump last week signed an executive order some claim would make it easier for presidents to get rid of top level government officials. White House sources told Axios FBI Director Christopher Wray will be given his marching orders because Trump has been angry that he did not launch a formal probe into Hunter Biden's foreign business connections. Trump was also reportedly furious that Wray testified in September the FBI had not seen widespread election fraud, including with mail-in ballots. But a senior FBI official told Axios: "Major law enforcement...
    Donald Trump is planning on immediately firing FBI Director Christopher Wray, and also intends to replace CIA director Gina Haspel and Defense Secretary Mark Esper if he wins re-election next month, reports suggest. Their names are reportedly listed atop the president's post-election 'execution list', which also includes a host of other senior officials, two White House sources told Axios.  Firing Wray, who has been in charge of the FBI since 2017, will reportedly be Trump's first course of action, followed by the ousting of Haspel from the CIA.  The two sources told Axios that both Wray and Haspel are almost unanimously 'despised and distrusted' by Trump's inner circle.  Trump reportedly would have fired them both already, one source said, had it not been for the looming November 3 election, and the political headaches that such motions can cause.  Donald Trump is planning on immediately firing FBI Director Christopher Wray (above) if he wins on November 3 He also also intends to replace CIA director Gina Haspel (left) and Defense Secretary Mark Esper (right) if he beats Joe Biden,...
    WASHINGTON -- Less than four years into his 10-year term, FBI Director Christopher Wray's future in the job is decidedly uncertain heading into the presidential election. Oddly, he may be more likely to stay in office if the president who appointed him loses than if he wins.President Donald Trump has been escalating his rhetoric against Wray, angry over his public statements on issues like antifa, voting fraud and Russian election interference. He has declined to give Wray a public vote of confidence. His eldest son tweeted last week that Wray is working to "protect corrupt Democrats."With Washington abuzz about his possible dismissal, Wray and the FBI have engaged in a delicate balancing act as they address hot-button issues. He has sought to defend the FBI's independence and its integrity even as it puts him at odds with Trump and his allies. Yet the bureau has also tried to avoid confrontations where possible, making clear that it is striving to be responsive to Republican lawmakers on politically charged investigations.The actions appear crafted with an eye toward helping Wray retain his job...
    FBI Director Christopher Wray.Tom Williams/Congressional Quarterly via ZUMA For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.This again? President Trump and his advisers have repeatedly discussed whether to fire FBI Director Christopher A. Wray after Election Day — a scenario that also could imperil the tenure of Attorney General William P. Barr as the president grows increasingly frustrated that federal law enforcement has not delivered his campaign the kind of last-minute boost that the FBI provided in 2016, according to people familiar with the matter. The conversations among the president and senior aides stem in part from their disappointment that Wray in particular but Barr as well have not done what Trump had hoped — indicate that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden or other Biden associates are under investigation, these people say. Like others, they spoke on the condition of anonymity to disclose internal discussions. If he loses the election, will Trump go on a rampage and fire everyone that he blames for not helping him out...
    President Trump has considered firing FBI Director Christopher Wray after Election Day on more than one occasion, according to people familiar with the matter — and his ouster may spell trouble for Attorney General William Barr. According to a Washington Post story on Wednesday, a key element of dissatisfaction stems from the fact that Wray has done essentially what former FBI Director James Comey did in 2016 — announce that there was an open investigation into his rival within weeks of Election Day, this year Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. During a Sunday campaign rally, Trump spurred a rally to chant "lock him up" by playing on allegations of corruption and personal enrichment among the Biden family, a direct parallel to attacks he made against Hillary Clinton during 2016. "They're corrupt people. But Joe Biden is from a failed and corrupt political class," Trump told the crowd. Trump has likewise called on Barr to announce an investigation into the Biden family. During an interview on Fox & Friends on Tuesday, Trump said that Barr ought to appoint a...
    WASHINGTON -- Less than four years into his 10-year term, FBI Director Christopher Wray's future in the job is decidedly uncertain heading into the presidential election. Oddly, he may be more likely to stay in office if the president who appointed him loses than if he wins.President Donald Trump has been escalating his rhetoric against Wray, angry over his public statements on issues like antifa, voting fraud and Russian election interference. He has declined to give Wray a public vote of confidence. His eldest son tweeted last week that Wray is working to "protect corrupt Democrats."With Washington abuzz about his possible dismissal, Wray and the FBI have engaged in a delicate balancing act as they address hot-button issues. He has sought to defend the FBI's independence and its integrity even as it puts him at odds with Trump and his allies. Yet the bureau has also tried to avoid confrontations where possible, making clear that it is striving to be responsive to Republican lawmakers on politically charged investigations.The actions appear crafted with an eye toward helping Wray retain his job...
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