FBI Director Christopher Wray has asked top FBI lawyer Dana Boente to submit his retirement papers, after conservative criticism over his role in the Michael Flynn case.
Boente’s forced retirement may have come from sources above Wray’s head, according to some commentators.
NBC News reports that “two sources familiar with the decision to dismiss Boente said it came from high levels of the Justice Department rather than directly from FBI Director Christopher Wray.”
Although Wray’s press release praised Boente’s service, there are some indications that he’s the subject of investigations into FBI misconduct.
Fox News reports:
…Boente’s name has come up in investigations into the origins of the Russia probe. While he served as acting deputy attorney general, Boente signed at least one Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant renewal for the bureau’s surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Earlier this year, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., cited Boente as one of the numerous DOJ and FBI officials he hoped to interview as part of his investigation into the origins of the bureau’s probe into whether members of the Trump campaign were colluding with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Fox’s Maria Bartiromo tweeted in response to the news:
Dana Boente, FBI GC resigned as the coup that failed continues to unravel. He signed one of illegal FISAs. @morningsmaria @foxbusiness @foxNews Trump justice department forces out top FBI lawyer in Flynn case – report | Michael Flynn | The Guardian https://t.co/ENEnnXm5aq
— Maria Bartiromo (@MariaBartiromo) May 30, 2020