In a round of friendly fire on Sunday night, President Trump took aim at FBI Director Christopher Wray on Twitter. Tweeting out remarks made by Judicial Watch chief Tom Fitton, Trump accused Wray of standing in between justice and the men and women who worked tirelessly to remove him from the White House by any means necessary.
Tweeting out a quote from Fitton’s interview with Lou Dobbs, Trump wrote: “’The FBI has no leadership. The Director is protecting the same gang that tried to overthrow the President through an illegal coup.’”
Trump continued to quote Fitton in a followup tweet: “’As long as President Trump is president, his opposition will use every tool, and misuse every tool available, to make his life miserable.’”
Trump’s take on Wray may indicate that he was paying attention a couple of weeks ago when the FBI director balked at Attorney General William Barr’s characterization of how the Bureau handled the Russia probe. In remarks to Congress, Barr said that despite the left’s insistence, the FBI did indeed spy on the Trump campaign.
“I think spying did occur,” Barr said, sparking rage among Democrats. “The question is whether it was adequately predicated. Spying on a political campaign is a big deal.”
In his own testimony before the Senate, Wray was asked about Barr’s assertion.
“That’s not the term I would use,” Wray said. “Lots of people have different colloquial phrases. I believe that the FBI is engaged in investigative activity, and part of investigative activity includes surveillance activity of different shapes and sizes, and to me the key question is making sure that it’s done by the book, consistent with our lawful authorities.”
To his credit, Wray at least acknowledged that something occurred. Call it spying, call it “cloaked investigation,” call it Grandma’s Apple Betty Surprise, the word itself doesn’t really matter. What matters is that the Obama FBI was sending moles into the Trump campaign and bringing information back to the home office. That kind of activity needs to be predicated on a damn good reason.
Unfortunately for the FBI, that reason has yet to materialize. The Mueller report showed there was no collusion with the Russians whatsoever. The only evidence that the FBI ever seemed to have were the drunken ramblings of George Papadopoulos and the political garbage that is the Steele dossier. That’s just about all. For that, they send spies and secret agents to infiltrate the campaign of the Republican nominee?
In any event, Trump likely took great exception to Wray’s “I wouldn’t call it spying” testimony, and his tweets this weekend show that, like so many others since the start of his presidency, the new FBI boss may be treading on very thin ice.