FBI Director Wray has said nothing to reassure Americans that he understands the serious corruption highlighted in the IG report. The FBI's cover-ups and stonewalling on Wray's watch add to his credibility problems.
Both in is his press conference after the IG report was released, and in his testimony Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Director Wray demonstrated he was more concerned about protecting the reputation of the institution of the FBI than about the astonishing corruption of top FBI officials detailed in the IG report.
During today’s hearing we heard about FBI agents who aren’t corrupt and how the Clinton email investigation was just one of many thousands of cases pursued by the Bureau. This obliviousness is a version is of the old line, “Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?”
We also heard from Mr. Wray that the outrageous “Stop Trump” and other anti-Trump text messages don’t mean anything for his “institution.” Wray said last week “nothing in the report impugns the integrity of our workforce as a whole, or the FBI as an institution.” On the contrary the institutional credibility of the FBI is ruined because of misconduct by then-Director James Comey, then-Deputy Andrew McCabe, and top FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, all as it related to one of the most consequential investigations in the FBI’s history – the Clinton email issue.
At this point, Americans can’t trust the FBI to investigate the Russia issue or even re-investigate the Clinton email issue.
Also, this misconduct has ruined the credibility of the Russia investigation that Strzok and company ginned up, the documentary evidence suggests, as part of the anti-Trump “insurance policy” Strzok discussed with Lisa Page and Andrew McCabe.
Director Wray’s tepid response to this corruption crisis is to order Starbucks-style “bias” training for all the FBI agents Wray has told us are not biased.
If Wray truly wanted to clean house, he’d order full transparency. Instead, his FBI has stonewalled and obstructed multiple investigations into the very scandals highlighted by the IG. Wray’s FBI is stonewalling on Clinton email investigatory materials, Strzok-Page texts, Comey records, McCabe records, FISA court abuse records, Spygate records. The obstruction of Congressional oversight and Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuits shows that rather than open up the agency to oversight and reform, he has doubled down on arrogant and often illegal secrecy.
At this point, Americans can’t trust the FBI to investigate the Russia issue or even re-investigate the Clinton email issue. Director Wray needs to step up to address this crisis or step out so someone else can.