I want to declare right here and right now my strong desire for FBI director Christopher Wray to stay where he is, in charge of the world’s premier law enforcement/investigative agency.
You see, Wray has just been undermined by the man who appointed him to his office, the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.
Trump told ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos that he would accept information about a political foe presented to him by a foreign power, even a hostile foreign power, such as, oh, Russia.
Director Wray, though, has said specifically and categorically that any political candidate whose campaign receives such information must turn it over the FBI.
Trump said when reminded of Wray’s view by Stephanopoulos that “The FBI director is wrong.”
There you have it. The president once again is refusing directly to back the wisdom cited by the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Do not go anywhere, Christopher Wray.
Yes, it likely will be a trying time for Wray as the 2020 presidential election gets into full swing. The Russians attacked our electoral system in 2016. Wray’s predecessor as FBI director, James Comey, began looking deeply into “The Russia Thing” and got fired by the president.
The FBI needs a strong leader. Christopher Wray appears to be a grownup and a law enforcement and legal pro. I realize that an ethical professional would find it trying, indeed, to work in a government administration led by someone without an scintilla of ethical understanding.
I just want to beseech Christopher Wray. The nation needs this man. Badly.