FBI Director Christopher Wray Rejects Trump’s Russia ‘Witch Hunt’ Claims in Senate Hearing

FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee alongside Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz about a report on the Bureau’s handling of the Clinton and Trump investigations. Wray was asked about a claim President Donald Trump has been making for months: that special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia is a witch hunt. He recently used the IG report, which found instances of anti-Trump bias by certain FBI agents, completely discredits the Mueller probe. Sen. Patrick Leahy (R-VT) asked Wray about Trump’s claims that the Mueller probe has been “totally discredited” by the IG report, a claim the president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani echoed on cable news. “The Special Counsel investigation has already resulted in an indictment of 20 individuals and three Russian companies,” Leahy continued. “Do you have any reason to believe that this investigation has been discredited?” “Senator, as Continue reading "FBI Director Christopher Wray Rejects Trump’s Russia ‘Witch Hunt’ Claims in Senate Hearing"

Trump to Meet With Rosenstein, FBI Director Wray at WH to Reportedly ‘Demand’ DOJ Informant Probe

President Donald Trump will be meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray, as first Tweeted by ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, and confirmed by the White House. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told NBC News that Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats would also be in attendance. She said that the the discussion would be on the Justice Department’s response to “numerous congressional requests.”

FBI Director Christopher Wray Reiterates Concerns About ZTE After Trump Tweets

What was supposed to be a simple hearing on the president’s FBI 2019 budget request Wednesday turned into a discussion about China’s espionage capabilities thanks to a group of surprise tweets from – drumroll please – President Donald Trump. Trump tweeted about an impending deal involving Chinese telecommunications company ZTE, against which the commerce department issued an export ban.

FBI Director Wray Doesn’t Deny He Threatened to Quit After Being Pressured to Fire McCabe

Back in January, it was reported that FBI Director Christopher Wray threatened to quit after Attorney General Jeff Sessions pressured him to fire then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Sessions was reportedly acting on President Donald Trump’s urging. The White House, however, backed off after Sessions explained Wray would step down if McCabe was terminated. In an interview with NBC News’ Pete Williams, Wray sorta kinda confirmed the reports as he wouldn’t explicitly deny them while stating that he was committed to doing his job properly without any partisan influence. After telling Williams that he didn’t feel any political pressure Continue reading "FBI Director Wray Doesn’t Deny He Threatened to Quit After Being Pressured to Fire McCabe"

Scarborough Slams FL Gov. Rick Scott as Trump ‘Lackey’ For Using School Shooting to Go After FBI Director

Morning Joe‘s Joe Scarborough went in hard against Florida Gov. Rick Scott for what he viewed as egregious hypocrisy in the wake of the Florida shooting. Scarborough lambasted Scott for kowtowing to President Donald Trump by attack FBI director Christopher Wray for the organization’s failure to act on a tip about Nikolas Cruz. Scott, governor of the state in which Cruz allegedly shot and killed 17 students and teachers last Wednesday, called on Wray to resign as FBI chief after it was revealed the bureau failed to follow up on a tip about the gunman’s alarming behavior. “How interesting that one of the president’s lackeys, a guy who has embarrassed himself repeatedly defending the indefensible for the president, uses a school shooting in his state to try [to disparage] one of the president’s [targets] … a guy who’s spoken truth to power,” Scarborough said. Scarborough also noted that Scott Continue reading "Scarborough Slams FL Gov. Rick Scott as Trump ‘Lackey’ For Using School Shooting to Go After FBI Director"

Anderson Cooper Lays Out How White House is ‘Gaslighting’ America to ‘Cover Up’ Rob Porter Scandal

CNN’s Anderson Cooper kicked off his show on Tuesday night with an epic monologue delving into the current White House crisis over its handling of the domestic abuse allegations against a senior official — and accused President Donald Trump’s administration of “gaslighting” the American people. “We begin tonight keeping them honest, with the White House continuing their effort to gaslight the American people,” Cooper opened, before giving a definition of the term. “Gaslighting is when someone tries to make you question your own reality and sanity,” he explained. “And they do this by lying, they do it by speaking in contradictions, and by denying the reality that you know to be true.” “So that is how the White House is gaslighting the American people daily in an effort to cover up how it handled the case of Rob Porter.” Porter resigned from the White House last week after Continue reading "Anderson Cooper Lays Out How White House is ‘Gaslighting’ America to ‘Cover Up’ Rob Porter Scandal"

Shep Smith: ‘Becoming Clear’ That FBI Told WH ‘Porter Was a Huge Problem Last Summer’

Following today’s White House press briefing in which White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders acknowledged that the FBI completed its background investigation on ex-staffer Rob Porter last summer but that the White House personnel security office didn’t, Fox News’ Shepard Smith noted that the White House’s timeline keeps shifting. “Well, there you have it,” Smith stated. “Who knew what and when regarding President Trump’s former senior aide. We don’t have a definitive answer but we do have new information from the White House. A brand new timeline.” After playing footage of FBI Director Christopher Wray testifying to the Senate that the FBI’s background check on Porter was completed last July, Smith said that the FBI passed information of Porter’s alleged abuse of his ex-wives to the White House at that time. But then added what Sanders explained today. “The White House says that may be the case, but Continue reading "Shep Smith: ‘Becoming Clear’ That FBI Told WH ‘Porter Was a Huge Problem Last Summer’"