Donald Trump’s own handpicked FBI Director Christopher Wray has officially had enough of Trump’s crap. Wray has already consistently made clear that he’s taking the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation seriously, as opposed to showing personal loyalty to Trump, as Trump was surely hoping. But now Wray is taking things further by openly defying Trump when it comes to Russian hacking.
Trump has spent the week insisting that Russia didn’t hack the election, then blaming the United States for the fact that Russia hacked the election, then changing his story so many times that we’ve lost track of what his current position is. But there’s no question about Christopher Wray’s position on the matter. He appeared at a security forum today, and was asked about Trump’s assertion that Russia isn’t interfering in our elections.
Here’s how Wray responded: “[Trump’s] got his view, he’s expressed his view. I can tell you what my view is. The intelligence community’s assessment has not changed. My view has not changed, which is that Russia attempted to interfere with the last election.” Wray was then asked if reports are true that he’s previously threatened to resign in order to force Trump to back down on various matters. He said “I’m a low-key understated guy, but that should not be mistaken for what my spine is made out of. I’ll just leave it at that.”
This comes after Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats released a statement reaffirming the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusions that Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 election. Considering the hole that Donald Trump is already in for his treasonous press conference, he doesn’t really have the muscle to oust any of his own people for openly defying him over it. Now that his DNI and his FBI Director have both come out against him on this, it gives them further strength in numbers. Trump is becoming more vulnerable by the day.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report