FBI Director Christopher Wray is under fire by President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning, Dec. 10, for his interpretation of a freshly published inspector general report from the Department of Justice—a report whose conclusion stated that political bias was absent in the Russia probe that launched during the 2016 presidential election.
“I don’t know what report current Director of the FBI Christopher Wray was reading, but it sure wasn’t the one given to me. With that kind of attitude, he will never be able to fix the FBI, which is badly broken despite having some of the greatest men & women working there!” President said in a tweet, a day following the release of the report.
The president’s dissatisfaction with Wray comes following the FBI director’s Monday interview, with ABC News, where he reacted to the report and said it described actions he believed is “unacceptable and unrepresentative of who we are as an institution.”
“Accordingly, the FBI accepts the report’s findings and embraces the need for thoughtful, meaningful remedial action,” Wray explained, addressing Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s 476-page report. “Because our credibility and brand are central to fulfilling our mission, we are also making improvements beyond those recommended by the OIG.”
But the very report that Wray supported was the one that President Trump on Monday ripped into—for concluding that political bias was notwithstanding in the Russia probe’s launch during the 2016 election.
Monday’s report by Horowitz did not find “evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the decisions” to open investigations that initially focused on several Trump campaign advisers.
However, the report did in fact find errors, and in at least one instance—alleged document tampering by an FBI lawyer, NBC News reported on Dec. 9.
“It’s a disgrace what’s happened with the things that were done to our country … it’s incredible, far worse than what I ever thought possible,” President Trump said on Monday in a remark at the White House during an unrelated event. “It’s a very sad day when I see that … it was concocted … probably something that’s never happened in the history of our country.”
The president said on Monday that the report demonstrated FBI attempted an “overthrow of government” by snooping into his 2016 presidential campaign.
“This was an overthrow of government, this was an attempted overthrow and a lot of people were in on it and they got caught, they got caught red-handed,” President Trump said Monday.
Attorney General William Barr also disagreed with Wray, rejecting the conclusion by the internal justice watchdog that investigating a potential Russian interference into the 2016 election was justified.
“The Inspector General’s report now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken,” Barr said in a statement on Monday, adding that “the evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory.”