During an interview on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows expressed concern regarding the competence of FBI Director Christopher Wray and seemed to suggest the director could soon be replaced.
According to Just the News, Meadows said that Cabinet members have “different degrees of confidence” in Wray after his Sept. 24 testimony before the Senate Homeland Security Committee on voter fraud in the upcoming election.
Wray split with President Donald Trump on the issue, testifying that he did not believe voter fraud was a significant problem in the upcoming election. Trump has been clear regarding his concerns about the integrity of the election process, particularly over mail-in ballots.
Meadows said Trump would not hesitate to replace Wray if he thinks it is necessary. “The minute that the president loses confidence in any of his Cabinet members — they serve at his pleasure — he will certainly look at replacing them,” Meadows said, according to Just the News.
Wray on way out?
The president has expressed his displeasure with Wray’s testimony in the past and hinted at possibly replacing him in the past, as Fox News reported.
“We’re looking at a lot of different things,” Trump told reporters on Sept. 18 regarding whether he would replace Wray, according to Fox. “I did not like his answers yesterday and I’m not sure he liked them either. I’m sure that he probably would agree with me.”
Trump made the comments after Wray’s Sept. 17 congressional hearing, during which the FBI director said Russia has been “very active” in attempts to influence U.S. elections. The president also blasted the director on Twitter over his remarks.
“But Chris, you don’t see any activity from China, even though it is a FAR greater threat than Russia, Russia, Russia,” Trump tweeted after the hearing. “They will both, plus others, be able to interfere in our 2020 Election with our totally vulnerable Unsolicited (Counterfeit?) Ballot Scam. Check it out!”
Carrying Democrats’ water
Wray’s downplaying of possible voter fraud could be the final straw for Trump if the president had any reservations about sending the FBI director packing.
Wray seems to simply be carrying water for the Democratic Party as it attacks Trump and his legitimate concerns about voter fraud in the upcoming election.
“Now, we have not seen, historically, any kind of coordinated national voter fraud effort in a major election, whether it’s by mail or otherwise,” Wray said of the possibility of voter fraud during his Sept. 24 testimony.
In other words, Wray thinks that the lack of evidence for widespread voter fraud schemes in the past means there will be no voter fraud schemes in this election. Someone should tell Wray that past elections have also never been flooded with millions of mail-in ballots.