FBI Director Wray in Crosshairs of Top GOP Candidates for President

FBI Director Christopher Wray in Atlanta. Photo via FBI.

By Steve Neavling                                                     

FBI Director Christopher Wray could be without a job if a Republican becomes the next president.

The top GOP presidential candidates have all said they would remove Wray from his position if elected. 

They include former President Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, Newsweek reports

Pressure to remove Wray has increased since FBI agents raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence last summer as part of an investigation into the former president’s handling of classified documents. Trump has since been indicted.  

Trump appointed Wray to the position in 2017. 

House Republicans have also threatened to hold Wray in contempt over his refusal to disclose FBI documents, and some have called for defunding the bureau. 

Ross Baker, a professor of political science at Rutgers University, said the situation would be like Democrats suddenly opposing labor unions. 

“This is one of these remarkable pivots in American political life, that the FBI—which it has really been the darling of the Republicans; they saw the FBI as a law and order institution worthy of support, or more worthy that support and actually a veneration,” Baker told Newsweek on Thursday. “And they were uniformly supportive of the institution, but as soon as Trump came along and things that he was doing came under the purview of the FBI…it’s all about Trump.”

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