President Donald Trump’s frustration with FBI Director Christopher Wray has grown in recent weeks and he plans to fire Wray after the November election, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
Trump’s anger is rooted in his belief that Wray, in particular, and Attorney General William Barr have not announced an investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and have given the president a boost pre-election in the polls
Trump’s frustration comes after he, his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and their allies in the right-wing media circulated unsubstantiated allegations that Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, are linked to corrupt Ukrainian interests and that elder Biden abused his role as vice president in 2015 and 2016 to end a criminal investigation into Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings in order to protect his son, who was on Burisma’s board of directors in the time
Trump and Giuliani have been making bribery allegations against the Bidens for over a year, but they went turbocharged last week after the New York Post published a controversial and widely discredited story claiming to show « steaming » emails between Hunter Biden and a senior Burisma executive on setting up a meeting with Joe Biden when he was vice president in 2015 Trumpworld immediately clung to the story as evidence for the president’s claim that the Bidens were in bed with shady Ukrainian interests
Trump said history showed Biden to be a « criminal » and accused his family of being an « organized crime » syndicate, but did not say what the former vice president was guilty of And as Business Insider previously reported, intelligence assessments, public reports, testimony, and Republican-led congressional inquiries have found no evidence that Biden broke the law.
Shortly after the article was published, NBC News reported that the FBI was investigating whether the emails at the center of the story were part of a foreign influence operation The probe is said to be part of a larger investigation into Russian disinformation that began last year, ahead of Trump’s impeachment inquiry
Attorney General William Barr arrives at the Rose Garden before President Donald Trump introduces 7th US Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, 48, as a White House Court candidate on September 26, 2020 to Washington, DC
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The attorney general, meanwhile, has been in the president’s niche for a few weeks, since he failed to deliver results on two politically charged inquiries Trump wanted to do ahead of the election
Earlier this month, Barr reportedly angered the president by telling Republican senators that an investigation he was overseeing into the origins of the FBI’s investigation into Russia would not end in time to publish a report before the elections
Trump has long said that the investigation, led by US Attorney John Durham, will show that the Obama administration and the « deep state » orchestrated a plot to bring him down by illegally launching an FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections
So far, Durham’s investigation has resulted in a criminal charge against a former FBI lawyer who has pleaded guilty to making false statements to investigators But he has not disclosed evidence of a nefarious conspiracy against the president and his loyalists by his alleged political enemies
In another blow to Trump, the Washington Post reported last week that an internal DOJ investigation ordered by Barr that focused on whether Obama-era officials had unduly « exposed » Flynn’s name in officially closed intelligence reports without criminal charges or public report
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