During a discussion on the Justice Department’s probe into Russia’s investigation, Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo asked the president if FBI Director Christopher Wray would resign.
“We know the FBI lied to the Senate in February 2018. Christopher Wray ran the FBI. Mr. President, is Christopher Wray hiding all this and protecting the FBI? Should he resign?” Asked Bartiromo.
“So Christopher Wray sat there. We have a choice coming up. I wish he was more forthcoming, he really has not been. There are documents they want to get, and we have said we want to get. We are going to. “Find out if he will provide these documents. But he has really been very, very protective,”
CNN has reached out to the FBI and the Department of Justice.
Trump told Fox Business that Wray “was put there for a good reason, he was chosen by a certain person, and I said, go ahead, put the one you want. I’m so honest I said you could put whoever you want. Let “Let’s see how Wray turns out. He’s going to be one way or the other.”
He continued, “Bill Barr has a chance to be the greatest of all time. But if he wants to be politically correct, he will be a different guy.”
Barr said in an interview broadcast on Wednesday that he aims to release some conclusions from Durham’s investigation ahead of the November election, put a finer point on a timeline that has changed in recent weeks and also open up the possibility that the review can be extended to winter. .
“We are all aware of the calendar and we will not do anything to influence an election, but we will try to get some things done before the election,” Barr told Conservative commentator Buck Sexton.
Trump has been dissatisfied with Wray for a host of perceived errors, mainly related to conservative complaints that the FBI has not cooperated with efforts to investigate Russia’s 2016-2017 investigation.
Fox News hosts and conservative media have attacked Wray in the matter, although there is no evidence that the FBI and Wray have cooperated.
Barr has also come to Wray’s defense, saying that the FBI director has collaborated with several investigations that Barr has commissioned into the FBI’s handling of sensitive issues.
CNN’s Veronica Stracqualursi and David Shortell contributed to this report.