UDDATE!- 50,000 MORE STRZOK TEXTS and FBI Director Wray Threatened to Resign After Sessions Pressured Him to Fire McCabe
|Sessions and Wray at Wray's installation as director. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images|
UPDATE: 1-23, 3:10 p.m. est.
The last thing I want to do is spread fake news from the MSM. Trump has said today that FBI Director Wray never threatened resignation to Sessions. That story is here.
The question remains however, why is Wray allowing Strzok, Page and others to remain on duty when clear bias to the President has been exposed and questions of national security and a coup against our very Republic is in question? Even Mueller had the good sense to understand that the optics of having Strzok and Page on his team doesn't work to his favor and cut them loose.
While it is encouraging to finally read a positive report on AG Sessions, it is rather unsettling to hear Wray, the Director of the FBI, being so absolutely devoid of leadership. The VERY LEAST Wray should do is to immediately suspend without pay, pending investigation, the actors we know are involved in covering up Hillary's crimes and SPYING on the opposition party, including the President-Elect himself. I am speaking of Andrew McCabe, Bruce Ohr, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Rod Rosenstein.
And who is to say, they are not still spying? -W.E.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions — at the public urging of President Donald Trump — has been pressuring FBI Director Christopher Wray to fire Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, but Wray threatened to resign if McCabe was removed, according to three sources with direct knowledge.
- Wray's resignation under those circumstances would have created a media firestorm. The White House — understandably gun-shy after the Comey debacle — didn’t want that scene, so McCabe remains.
- Sessions told White House Counsel Don McGahn about how upset Wray was about the pressure on him to fire McCabe, and McGahn told Sessions this issue wasn’t worth losing the FBI Director over, according to a source familiar with the situation.
- Why it matters: Trump started his presidency by pressuring one FBI Director (before canning him), and then began pressuring another (this time wanting his deputy canned). This much meddling with the FBI for this long is not normal.
McGahn has been informed about these ongoing conversations, though he has not spoken with Wray about FBI personnel, according to an administration source briefed on the situation. Trump nominated Wray, previously an assistant attorney general under George W. Bush, last June to replace James Comey as director.
Trump has also tweeted negatively about other senior FBI officials who are allies of Comey, including the former top FBI lawyer James A. Baker who was recently “reassigned” after pressure from Sessions.
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said of Wray: “As we’ve said, the president has enormous respect for the thousands of rank and file FBI agents who make up the world’s most professional and talented law enforcement agency. He believes politically-motivated senior leaders including former Director Comey and others he empowered have tainted the agency’s reputation for unbiased pursuit of justice. The president appointed Chris Wray because he is a man of true character and integrity and the right choice to clean up the misconduct at the highest levels of the FBI and give the rank and file confidence in their leadership.”
As I reported last night, Sessions has adamantly urged Wray to make a "fresh start" with his core team.
Trump and other Republicans have been hammering McCabe — who was selected by the White House as acting director after the Comey firing — for months on Twitter.
- On July 26, Trump tweeted: "Why didn't A.G. Sessions replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a Comey friend who was in charge of Clinton investigation but got...big dollars ($700,000) for his wife's political run from Hillary Clinton and her representatives. Drain the Swamp!"
The latest: The New York Times — and others — reported in December that McCabe "is expected to retire after he becomes eligible for his pension [in] early ." But senior Justice officials are still not sure what McCabe plans to do.
The FBI declined to comment for this story. Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores also declined to comment.