Roger Stone, a longtime Republican Party operative and ally of President Donald Trump, expressed his belief that Trump should fire FBI Director Christopher Wray.
“I think the president needs to fire the FBI director,” Stone said in a recent interview with Coast-to-Coast AM host George Noory, and accused Wray of committing obstruction in his handling of evidence from the case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
“He fought the release of the exculpatory material that he should have turned over to General Flynn,” Stone said.
“The president never cleaned house”
He went on to accuse Wray of improperly arguing in court that documents originating in Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign should be kept sealed.
“I think we should see that, not fighting to keep it a secret,” Stone said. “The Justice Department is unfortunately still staffed top to bottom with Obama and Clinton holdovers, and the president never cleaned house.”
Stone was himself the target of an FBI raid at his home in January 2019 as part of an investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and Trump’s 2016 campaign.
“At the crack of dawn, 29 FBI agents arrived at my home with 17 vehicles, with lights flashing, when they could have contacted my lawyer,” he said at the time.
“Rarely been a juror so tainted”
In November, Stone was convicted of witness tampering and lying to Congress. Earlier this year, he was sentenced to 40 months in prison.
Critics of the process — including the president — have since cited issues including evidence that the jury forewoman was a Democrat with a history of anti-Trump social media posts.
“There has rarely been a juror so tainted as the forewoman in the Roger Stone case,” Trump tweeted in response to the news.
Recently released documents from the FBI investigation into Flynn has led to speculation that a similar partisan motivation was behind that probe. The Department of Justice moved earlier this month to dismiss the charges against him.
As more evidence surfaces to fuel the theory that a deep-state effort to bring down the Trump administration is in effect, the president’s vow to drain the swamp in D.C. might sound more appealing than ever to some of his ardent supporters. In Stone’s opinion, that process involves removing the current head of the FBI.