Trump turns on his own FBI director for refusing to say Trump was spied on
Trump won’t say if he has confidence in Christopher Wray, his hand-picked FBI director.
Christopher Wray, Trump’s hand-picked FBI director, refuses to buy into the wild conspiracy theory that President Obama illegally spied on Trump’s 2016 campaign — and now Trump refuses to say he has confidence in Wray, the Hill reported Monday.
In an interview with the Hill, Trump said that he disagrees with Wray on the issue of spying, an allegation Trump regularly makes with no evidence whatsoever.
“Well, we’ll see how it turns out,” Trump said when asked about his confidence in Wray. “I mean, I disagree with him on that and I think a lot of people are disagreeing.”
There was no spying on Trump’s campaign. The FBI did open a legitimate counterintelligence investigation into Trump’s campaign after ample evidence showed Russia was seeking to influence the campaign and the 2016 election. In fact, the Mueller report states that some members of the Trump campaign were “receptive” to Russian offers of assistance.
But there was no spying, and certainly no nefarious FBI conspiracy to take down Trump, as Trump claimed in April: “There were dirty cops, these were bad people … this was an attempted coup — this was an attempted takedown of the president.”
When Wray testified under oath to Congress in May, he was asked whether he had any evidence that there was spying on the Trump campaign.
“I don’t think I personally have any evidence of that sort,” Wray answered.
But Trump refuses to let the lack of evidence derail his unfounded belief in a conspiracy.
Trump’s attorney general, William Barr, is enabling Trump’s delusions by ordering an investigation into supposed “spying” during the 2016 campaign.
The issue of spying is not the only issue where Wray and Trump disagree. If a foreign adversary approaches a campaign with dirt on their political opponents, Wray advises campaigns to alert federal authorities.
Trump, on the other hand, is happy to collude with foreign governments, and disagrees with both Wray and U.S. law.
“The FBI director is wrong,” Trump told ABC News, adding that he may or may not contact authorities.
“it is illegal to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. election,” Ellen Weintraub, chair of the Federal Elections Commission, reminded all campaigns after Trump expressed a willingness to engage in illegal collusion.
Wray refuses to promote Trump’s delusion about spying, and thinks campaigns should follow the law when it comes to foreign interference.
It is little wonder Trump won’t express confidence in him.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.
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