Explosive memo puts new FBI director in eye of the storm

By Chris Lefkow | AFP |

FBI Director Christopher Wray is reportedly threatening to quit if the White House release a controversial memo. (Photo Credit: AFP

FBI Director Christopher Wray was hand-picked by Donald Trump to head a law enforcement agency the US president believed was biased against him.

Now, just six months into his tenure, the 50-year-old Wray finds himself on a collision course with a president who has already fired one FBI director.

CNN reported Thursday that Wray could quit if Trump goes ahead and approves the release of a secret memo at the center of a political firestorm in Washington.

The four-page memo reportedly reveals abuse at the FBI and Justice Department in connection with surveillance of a member of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign who had ties to Russia.

Wray’s FBI, in an unusual public statement Wednesday, expressed concerns about the document, drafted by the staff of Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

“We have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy,” the FBI said.

While the statement was unsigned, it was clear that it would not have been issued without a green light from the new FBI director.

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Source:  Daily Marverick

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