FBI Director Christopher Wray is under new scrutiny following the latest developments in the Flynn case.
President Donald Trump announced that the “jury is still out” on whether Wray will remain as FBI director, according to the Washington Examiner.
“Let’s see what happens with him,” the president said during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.” “The jury’s still out,” he added.
The reason that Wray is on the hot seat is because of what has happened in the case of Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn.
Recently, notes were released which showed that the FBI, under former directors James Comey and Andrew McCabe, conducted their January 2017 interview of Flynn with the purpose of getting him to lie, and therefore, commit a crime, and the corrupt plan worked. Under pressure, Flynn pled guilty to the process crime of lying in late 2017, and he has been facing jail time. After switching legal teams, Flynn filed to reverse his guilty plea earlier this year.
The Department of Justice (DOJ), led by Attorney General William Barr, moved to drop the case against Flynn this week, saying in a court filing that the FBI’s Flynn interview was “conducted without any legitimate investigative basis.”
Herein lies the problem with Wray: clearly, as head of the FBI he knew about all of this — so, why did it take the release of documents and Barr’s action to right the wrong that had been done to Flynn?
Now, President Trump says that Wray’s future is in the hands of Barr, who as head of the DOJ oversees the FBI.
“You know, I told Bill Barr, you handle it,” the president said on Friday. “I would be absolutely entitled in theory, as the chief law enforcement officer, in theory. But I said, ‘You know what, I want Bill Barr to handle it.”
So, what’s Barr going to do? An interview he gave on Thursday with CBS News might provide us with a bit of insight. There, he seemed to defend Wray.
“You know, [Wray has] been a great partner to me in our effort to restore the American people’s confidence in both the Department of Justice and the FBI,” Barr said. “And we work very well together. And I think both of us know that we have to step up. That it’s very important to restore the American people’s confidence.”
Later in the interview, Barr said that Wray’s failure to produce the documents on Flynn has not “affected” his “confidence in Director Wray.” If the matter really is in Barr’s hands, Wray is safe for now.