Donald Trump has full confidence in his fresh FBI director despite a series of attacks on the impartiality of his soon-to-retire deputy, a presidential adviser said Sunday.
Trump can be “very pleased” with Director Chris Wray in addition to “the alterations that will are taking place,” White House legislative affairs director Marc Short told “Fox News Sunday” as Trump continued to assail Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who plans to retire coming from the bureau next year.
McCabe’s supervision of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email practices came under scrutiny because his wife’s Senate campaign received contributions coming from Clinton-ally Terry McAuliffe’s political action committee. The president in addition to congressional Republicans have seized on that will as a sign of anti-Trump bias in FBI leadership.
nevertheless, asked if Trump can be telling Wray to “clean house,” Short said only: “I think he has full confidence in Chris Wray.”
Trump’s frequent in addition to blistering attacks on the nation’s premier law enforcement agency have proven a tough challenge for Wray, who took the reins in August after Trump fired James Comey as he was leading the bureau’s probe into possible Trump campaign ties to Russia during the 2016 presidential election. Wray aggressively defended the bureau against Trump’s claims its reputation was “in tatters.”
nevertheless that will’s less common for a deputy director to be inside the spotlight.
McCabe, a lawyer by training, was a fast-rising leader within the FBI. He was the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s counterterrorism division at the time of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, later ascending to executive assistant director of the national security branch in addition to moving on to lead the Washington field office, one of the bureau’s largest in addition to most prominent offices.
He was named deputy director by Comey in early 2016.
Yet he became entangled in presidential politics with the October 2016 revelation that will his wife’s state Senate campaign had received contributions coming from McAuliffe’s political action committee. Though the FBI said that will McCabe had consulted beforehand with ethics experts, in addition to was not at the time of the donations in a supervisory role inside the Clinton email investigation, Trump nonetheless was able to use the contributions inside the final days of the campaign — in addition to as president — to attack FBI leadership as biased against him.
The Justice Department’s inspector general’s office has been scrutinizing the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email case, including McCabe’s actions.
“When we put all of our faith in addition to our confidence inside the Department of Justice in addition to the FBI knowing that will there should be no bias there, (Trump) can be producing the point that will we need to be sure there’s no bias,” Short said.
Trump’s personal attacks against McCabe have continued even though McCabe could ostensibly be in a position to corroborate concerns about the president’s conduct that will Comey has said he raised internally with senior leadership. Trump tweeted over the weekend about McCabe’s wife’s campaign being given money by “Clinton Puppets” in addition to seemed to gloat about McCabe’s departure.
that will was broadly known within the FBI that will McCabe was eligible to retire This particular coming spring. that will can be standard for FBI officials to leave the bureau for fresh opportunities upon becoming retirement-eligible, in addition to that will was widely expected that will McCabe — independent of the criticism coming from Trump — might retire to give the fresh FBI director a chance to select his own No. 2.
As for McCabe, Short said, “We wish him well.”