Pressure mounts on Wray as Trump, GOP fume over Flynn documents
FBI Director Christopher Wray is under fire amid the FBI’s handling of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Monday afternoon the House Judiciary GOP tweeted: #BREAKING: @Jim_Jordan and @RepMikeJohnson write to FBI Director Christopher Wray demanding answers on case against General Michael Flynn.
🚨 #BREAKING: @Jim_Jordan and @RepMikeJohnson write to FBI Director Christopher Wray demanding answers on case against General Michael Flynn.— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) May 4, 2020
Monday, Fox News host Judge Jeanine sounded off during an appearance with Sean Hannity, concluding “This Christopher Wray has got to go… This guy is as deep in the swamp as the rest of them and the FBI is not going to change until he’s gone.”
NYPost reports Top Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee sent Wray a letter Monday demanding he reveal when he “personally knew of the FBI’s misconduct” with respect to the Flynn investigation, according to Axios.
The letter, written by Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Mike Johnson (R-La.), questions the motives of the embattled FBI chief, asking him why the public “is learning of the FBI’s misconduct with respect to [Lt. Gen.] Flynn from court filings rather than from you.”
The news comes as frustration has mounted among President Trump and his allies over Wray’s lack of reaction to the newly released documents in Flynn’s case, in which the then-counterintelligence director of the bureau openly questioned whether the agency’s “goal” was to “get him to lie.”
The four-page document included one page of handwritten notes, believed to be written by former FBI counterintelligence director Bill Priestap. The notes were taken in January 2017, following a meeting with former FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, according to Fox News.
Priestap’s handwritten remarks were taken down on the heels of a critical interview with the newly installed national security adviser regarding Flynn’s contacts weeks earlier with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Flynn pleaded guilty in late 2017 to lying to the FBI about conversations he had with Kislyak. However, his lawyers now say they believe this document supports their case to reverse his plea, citing investigative misconduct.
Trump is not happy with Wray’s handling of the situation and would love to replace him, three sources who have discussed the matter with the commander-in-chief told Axios over the weekend.
Trump “has never felt like Wray was his guy” and does not trust him to “change the culture” at the FBI, a source told the outlet.
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