As more pieces of evidence regarding the attempted coup of President Trump emerge, many more officials will face the firing squad.
When it comes to Christopher Wray, America has one question. When is enough, enough?
Comey led a crooked FBI. That’s no secret. But why hasn’t Wray taken the steps to eradicate the injustices against our president?
As Fox News explains:
FBI Director Christopher Wray is facing mounting criticism from Republicans in Washington in the wake of new information coming out of former national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn’s criminal case that called into question the bureau’s intentions in their investigation, which took place under previous FBI leadership.
Unsealed documents included handwritten notes from former FBI official Bill Priestap that showed there was debate over whether the goal of their interview of Flynn should be to catch him in a lie. Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Mike Johnson, R-La., questioned why this information was first getting out now and had not been divulged by Wray earlier.
“It is well past time that you show the leadership necessary to bring the FBI past the abuses of the Obama-Biden era,” they said in a letter to Wray Monday.
Wednesday morning, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway called on Wray to speak with James Comey, who was FBI director during the Flynn investigation, and go public with information about that case.
“We have every need to know transparently what happened,” Conway told Fox News.
Wray’s office issued a statement Tuesday explaining that the FBI director has “fully cooperated and been transparent” with a review of the FBI’s handling of the Flynn case that had been ordered by Attorney General Bill Barr, and that he had already released the information about Flynn’s interview to two investigations of the origins of the Russia investigation – one by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz and another that is still being carried out by Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham.
Trump expected more from Wray. That’s a given. So it wouldn’t surprise me to hear Trump’s famous catch phrase soon. In fact, sources say Trump is ready to fire Wray now. But Trump heeds the advice of AG Barr with the election right around the corner. Still, Wray needs a massive act of redemption to be part of Trump’s second administration.
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“Director Wray remains firmly committed to addressing the failures under prior FBI leadership while maintaining the foundational principles of rigor, objectivity, accountability and ownership in fulfilling the bureau’s mission to protect the American people and defend the Constitution,” Wray’s office said.
The handwritten notes from Priestap — penned after a meeting with Comey and then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Fox News is told — said of the interview: “What is our goal? … Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?”
They also suggested that agents planned in the alternative to get Flynn “to admit to breaking the Logan Act” when he spoke to then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition period.
Here’s where things get even more shady.
The FBI tried to hang this entire coup on some obscure, outdated law. It reminds me of an old law in Texas. It states “if someone steals your horse, they can be publicly hanged.”
Now, no one goes around hanging people, even though horse theft still exists. Which leaves me wondering why an agency as powerful as the FBI would default to such a ridiculous statute? Unless, of course, they failed to prove any other violations exists. In that case, desperate times call for desperate measures.
The Logan Act is an obscure statute that has never been successfully used in a criminal prosecution; enacted in 1799, it was intended to prevent individuals from falsely claiming to represent the United States government abroad.
The memo appears to weigh the pros and cons of pursuing those different paths. “I don’t see how getting someone to admit their wrongdoing is going easy on him,” one note reads. Flynn did not ultimately admit to wrongdoing in the interview. He later pleaded guilty to giving false statements, a plea his legal team is now trying to take back.
I’m not sure how things will pan out for Flynn, but things are surely looking up for him. As for Wray, he’s walking a tight rope. One wrong step, and he’s gone.