President Trump is not happy with FBI director Christopher Wray and would love to replace him, according to three sources who’ve discussed the matter with the president.
But Trump has been deferring to Attorney General Bill Barr and is unlikely to remove Wray before the election, these sources said.
Behind the scenes: Trump’s dissatisfaction with Wray — whom he nominated for the post in 2017 after firing Jim Comey — is nothing new. A source who has discussed the FBI director repeatedly with the president said Trump “has never felt like Wray was his guy” and does not trust him to “change the culture” of the FBI.
Trump was especially angered by what he views as Wray’s reluctance to publicly criticize actions taken by Comey and by Wray’s relatively muted reaction to the FBI’s misconduct in seeking the surveillance of Trump campaign associate Carter Page.