Tag: Christopher Wray

Trump Slams FBI Director Wray, Says Bureau Has “No Leadership”

President Trump slammed FBI Director Christopher Wray after tweeting a quote from Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton claiming the bureau has “no leadership.”

Fitton’s comments also claimed Wray was protecting the “gang” that attempted to overthrow President Trump through an “illegal coup.”

In yesterday’s tweet, the President wrote, “Just another abuse of power in a long series of abuses of power by the Democrats that began during the Obama Administration, continued through the Mueller FBI operation, & now the baton has been passed to Jerry Nadler to continue to abuse power to harass President Trump….and the Democrat National Committee-The Democrat Party apparatus-has been caught using donor Dollars to Collude with Russian Intelligence to attack a domestic political opponent (me). The FBI has no leadership. The Director is protecting the same gang…..that tried to……..overthrow the President through an illegal coup.” (Recommended by previous DOJ) @TomFitton @JudicialWatch

Last week, during a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing, Wray contradicted Attorney General William Barr saying he wouldn’t use the term “spying” to describe the actions taken by the FBI against the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

Wray said, “Well, that’s not the term I would use” when asked about Barr’s use of the word “spying.”

“Well, I mean, look, 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,” Wray said.

“To me, the key question is making sure that it is done by the book, consistent with our lawful authorities,” the FBI director continued. “That’s the key question. Different people use different colloquial phrases.”

Last month, Democrats lost their minds when Barr said that “spying did occur” during a House Appropriations Committee hearing.

Barr recently doubled down on his claims, telling Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) he wouldn’t stop using the term “spying” to describe what happened to the Trump campaign.

Whitehouse asked, “You used the word spying about authorized DOJ investigative activities…In the entirety of your previous career at the Department of Justice including as attorney general have you ever referred to authorized department investigative activities, officially or publicly, as spying?”

“I’m not going to abjure the use of the word ‘spying,’” Barr said. “My first job was in CIA. I don’t think the word ‘spying’ has any pejorative connotation at all.”

He continued, “I think spying is a good English word that, in fact, doesn’t have synonyms because it is the broadest word incorporating really all forms of covert intelligence collection, so I’m not going to back off the word ‘spying,’ except I will say I’m not suggesting any pejorative and I use it frequently…”

Barr pointed out that many members of the media use the term “spying” to refer to authorized surveillance activities.

“Frankly, we went back and looked at press usage and up until all the faux outrage a couple of weeks ago, it’s commonly used in the press to refer to authorized activities,” he said.

“It’s not commonly used by the Department,” Whitehouse said.

Barr replied, “It’s commonly used by me.”

Jeff Sessions Stands with AG Barr on FBI “Spying” Claims

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions agrees with Attorney General William Barr’s description of the FBI’s surveillance of the Trump campaign as “spying.”

During an interview in Las Vegas, Sessions was asked about the recent split between Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray, who recently said he would not use the term “spying” to describe the bureau’s surveillance activities against the Trump campaign.

Sessions said, “I think that ‘spying’ is a perfectly good word.”

Fox News reports, “Sessions referenced last week’s New York Times story about an informant working for U.S. intelligence who posed as a Cambridge University research assistant in September 2016 to try to probe George Papadopoulos, then a Trump foreign policy adviser, on the campaign’s possible ties to Russia.”

“They had this lady, apparently, that was sent to Papadopoulos,” Sessions said. “Is that a spy? I mean, I don’t know.”

Pathetic: FBI Director Wray Says Spying is “Not the Term I would Use”

FBI Director Christopher Wray contradicted Attorney General William Barr today saying he wouldn’t use the term “spying” to describe the actions taken by the FBI against the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

During a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing, Wray replied, “Well, that’s not the term I would use” when asked about Barr’s use of the word “spying.”

“Well, I mean, look, 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,” Wray said.

“To me, the key question is making sure that it is done by the book, consistent with our lawful authorities,” the FBI director continued. “That’s the key question. Different people use different colloquial phrases.”

Last month, Democrats lost their minds when Barr said that “spying did occur” during a House Appropriations Committee hearing.

Barr recently doubled down on his claims, telling Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) he wouldn’t stop using the term “spying” to describe what happened to the Trump campaign.

Whitehouse asked, “You used the word spying about authorized DOJ investigative activities…In the entirety of your previous career at the Department of Justice including as attorney general have you ever referred to authorized department investigative activities, officially or publicly, as spying?”

“I’m not going to abjure the use of the word ‘spying,’” Barr said. “My first job was in CIA. I don’t think the word ‘spying’ has any pejorative connotation at all.”

He continued, “I think spying is a good English word that, in fact, doesn’t have synonyms because it is the broadest word incorporating really all forms of covert intelligence collection, so I’m not going to back off the word ‘spying,’ except I will say I’m not suggesting any pejorative and I use it frequently…”

Barr pointed out that many members of the media use the term “spying” to refer to authorized surveillance activities.

“Frankly, we went back and looked at press usage and up until all the faux outrage a couple of weeks ago, it’s commonly used in the press to refer to authorized activities,” he said.

“It’s not commonly used by the Department,” Whitehouse said.

Barr replied, “It’s commonly used by me.”

Watch the epic exchange below:

 

Lindsey Graham Demands FBI Briefing on “Tactics” Used in Roger Stone Arrest

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is demanding an FBI briefing on the arrest of political adviser Roger Stone who was recently charged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller with obstruction, making false statements, and witness intimidation.

Graham sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray yesterday and expressed his concerns over the tactics used during Stone’s arrest.

Stone was arrested in the early morning last Friday by armed FBI agents in full tactical gear.

In his letter to Wray, Graham wrote, “Although I am sure these tactics would be standard procedure for the arrest of a violent offender, I have questions regarding their necessity in this case.”

He continued, “The American public has had enough of the media circus that surrounds the Special Counsel’s investigation. Yet, the manner of this arrest appears to have only added to the spectacle. Accordingly, I write to seek justification for the tactics used and the timing of the arrest of Mr. Stone.”

Graham requested that the FBI brief the Judiciary Committee by Feb. 5.

Earlier this week, Stone appeared on Fox News’ the Ingraham Angle, and slammed the FBI raid, saying they sent more men to his house than they had to protect the Benghazi compound.

“The whole purpose of this over-the-top raid on my house, in which they sent in more men then were used to protect our compound in Benghazi, was to paint a picture of me coming to poison a jury pool as public enemy number one,” he said.

Former U.S. attorney and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie criticized Mueller’s decision to authorize the FBI raid of Stone’s house, calling it “overkill.”

“I think it’s the wrong thing for prosecutors to do. I think that Mr. Mueller made a mistake in authorizing that, because you’re going to be criticized, and rightfully so, if you’re a prosecutor using those means as a means of intimidation. If you’re using it as a way to protect FBI agents, that’s completely appropriate. And I’ve done it.”

He continued, “…when you get a pound on the door at 6:00 a.m., in the dark and you see a bunch of FBI agents with flak jackets on and semiautomatic weapons, to take somebody out who lied to Congress? To me, that’s overkill.”