A humiliated FBI Director Christopher Wray is making changes to his senior leadership team, as President Donald Trump has continued to attack the bureau for blatant biases against him.
Expect more heads to roll at the disgraced bureau.
Officials said Tuesday that Wray, who started the job in August, is replacing two top aides who were promoted into their roles by his predecessor James Comey.
The Sacramento Bee reports that the changes are notable amid President Trump’s public pressure on Wray to get rid of officials who were confidantes of Comey, and who worked tirelessly to help Hillary Clinton win the 2016 election.
President Trump’s blistering attacks on the FBI have proven a tough challenge for Wray in his first months on the job as he tries to make changes while maintaining public confidence and restoring bureau morale.
Wray, a Trump nominee, has faced relentless criticism from Republicans over perceived political bias in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of possible Trump campaign ties to Russia during the 2016 presidential election, as well as in the handling a year earlier of an FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, which ended without criminal charges.
Trump has been especially critical of disgraced Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who is being forced to retire from the bureau in March. McCabe’s supervision of the Clinton’s email investigation came under scrutiny because his wife’s Virginia Senate campaign received contributions from Clinton ally Terry McAuliffe’s political action committee.
The FBI is nothing more than a criminal enterprise. It must be fixed.