Trump Assails FBI’s Wray Over Reaction to IG Report

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President Donald Trump lashed out Tuesday at FBI Director Christopher Wray, suggesting that “he will never be able to fix the FBI” based on his reaction to a Justice Department inspector general’s report on the bureau’s investigation of Trump’s 2016 campaign, the Washington Post reports. “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,” Trump tweeted. “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!” The report rebutted conservatives’ accusations that FBI officials were driven by political bias to spy illegally on Trump advisers in the probe into Russian election interference. It also found “serious performance failures” requiring major changes. Wray, a Trump appointee, said he ordered 40 corrective steps to address the report’s recommendations,” adding he would take “appropriate disciplinary action if warranted.”

The report, based on one million documents and 170 interviews, is the most exhaustive assessment of the investigation of Russian election interference by special counsel Robert Mueller. Wray said earlier he would not use the term “spying” to describe the FBI’s surveillance activities toward the Trump campaign, contradicting the president and Attorney General William Barr. In tweets Tuesday, Trump selectively highlighted findings from the report by quoting Fox News commentators who said it documented “very serious misconduct.” Barr also disputed the IG’s conclusions, saying the FBI probe was based on “the thinnest of suspicions that … were insufficient to justify the steps taken.”

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