Rumors have swirled for months that Donald Trump may be gearing up to fire FBI director Christopher Wray, and according to one anonymous senior White House official, those rumors are true.
Fox News reported on Sunday that the official confirmed that Trump is planning to remove Wray from his post if reelected in November. Another senior administration official reportedly also confirmed the rumor.
Trump has voiced his dissatisfaction with Wray’s performance as FBI director, but according to Fox, “advisers have consistently told POTUS to wait until after the election if he wants to replace Wray.”
Wray was appointed as FBI chief in July 2017 after Obama-era FBI director James Comey was ousted. Wray pledged at the time that he would forego the political involvement that his predecessor was unable to avoid, but Trump is reportedly frustrated with Wray’s decision to align himself with Democrats on a number of hot-button issues.
Wray has stated on different occasions that he does not believe voter fraud is a “widespread” issue, that ANTIFA is an “ideology” rather than an organization, and that the Russia collusion investigation was not a “witch hunt.” Wray is clearly at odds with Trump on all of these major issues, but the most recent conflict could be the final straw.
It was revealed that Wray’s agency has been in possession of Hunter Biden’s laptop containing a trove of incriminating information since as early as November 2019, according to the repair shop owner that was tasked with recovering data on the laptop.
The FBI has refused to confirm or deny possession of the laptop and has also refused to reveal whether or not the agency conducted an investigation related to the Biden family based on the information on the laptop.
Wray’s refusal to be transparent about the bureau’s handling of the information contained within the laptop has reportedly frustrated Trump, re-igniting his desire to remove Wray from the seat and replace him with a more sympathetic director.