President Trump on Tuesday lashed out at FBI Director Christopher Wray who voiced support for the Justice Department inspector general’s report that concluded that political bias did not play a part in the launch of the Russia probe during the 2016 election.
“I don’t know what report current Director of the FBI Christopher Wray was reading, but it sure wasn’t the one given to me,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “With that kind of attitude, he will never be able to fix the FBI, which is badly broken despite having some of the greatest men & women working there!”
Wray addressed the 476-page report from Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Monday.
“Accordingly, the FBI accepts the Report’s findings and embraces the need for thoughtful, meaningful remedial action,” Wray said. “Because our credibility and brand are central to fulfilling our mission, we are also making improvements beyond those recommended by the OIG.”
Trump called the FBI’s actions a “disgrace.”
“It’s a disgrace what’s happened with the things that were done to our country … it’s incredible, far worse than what I ever thought possible,” the president said at the White House Monday afternoon.
Horowitz found there was no evidence of political bias but noted that there were 17 “basic and fundamental” problems in the FBI’s applications for wiretaps to monitor former Trump campaign associate Carter Page.
He also found that the G-men relied too heavily on information included in the dossier compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British spy, in those applications.
Attorney General William Barr disagreed with Wray.
“The Inspector General’s report now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a US presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken,” Barr said.