Trump slams FBI Director Christopher Wray for backing DOJ Russia report findings

Trump slams FBI Director Christopher Wray for backing DOJ Russia report findings
By: WNG CNBC Posted On: December 10, 2019 View: 31

Trump slams FBI Director Christopher Wray for backing DOJ Russia report findings

FBI Director Christopher Wray arrives for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing titled Threats to the Homeland, in Hart Building on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

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President Donald Trump slammed FBI Director Christopher Wray for endorsing the Justice Department Inspector General's finding that the bureau's probe of potential links between Russia and the Trump campaign was opened properly.

In a tweet Tuesday morning, Trump said Wray, whom he appointed, "will never be able to fix the FBI, which is badly broken despite having some of the greatest men & women working there!"

The Inspector General's report, which is more than 400 pages long, laid out the details behind the FBI's decision to investigate possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. The report was released Monday.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who carried out the report, found that contrary to Trump's claims, there was no evidence that political bias influenced the investigation. Trump consistently said that investigation into the 2016 election was a way for the "deep state" to undermine him and his campaign.

"We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the FBI's decision" to seek surveillance warrants on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, Horowitz's report concludes.

Wray, whom Trump appointed in 2017 after the president fired former FBI Director James Comey over the Russia probe, released a statement on Monday saying that "the FBI will not hesitate to take appropriate disciplinary action if warranted at the completion of the required procedures for disciplinary review."

Wray in the statement also said he's "ordered more than 40 corrective steps" to address what the report cited as "serious performance failures."

Among the failures, the report noted, were "factual misstatements that "taken together resulted in [surveillance] applications that made it appear that the information supporting probable cause was stronger than was actually the case."

Comey, for his part, took a victory lap after the report was released Monday.

"Although it took two years, the truth is finally out," the former FBI director wrote in the Washington Post. "There was no illegal wiretapping, there were no informants inserted into the campaign, there was no 'spying' on the Trump campaign."

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