Christopher Wray may be a glass-half-full kind of guy, but he’s working for a decidedly glass-half-empty boss. Two of them, in fact, but one in particular made his displeasure known with the FBI director very publicly this morning, who gave an oddly cheery interview after the publication of Inspector General Michael Horowitz’ report on the FBI’s handling of Operation Crossfire Hurricane. The biggest takeaway, Wray told ABC News last night, was that the investigation was properly predicated and not a “deep state” operation, even if the report showed areas where the FBI needed to improve:
In an exclusive broadcast interview with ABC News, Wray lamented “actions described in this report that [he] considered unacceptable and unrepresentative of who we are as an institution.” But, he said it was “important that the inspector general found that, in this particular instance, the investigation was opened with appropriate predication and authorization.” …
Wray did not respond directly to the president, but pushed back on the “Deep State” characterization of the bureau’s work.
“I think that’s the kind of label that’s a disservice to the men and women who work at the FBI who I think tackle their jobs with professionalism, with rigor, with objectivity, with courage,” Wray said. “So that’s not a term I would ever use to describe our work force and I think it’s an affront to them.”