President Trump claimed that, if re-elected, he would remove FBI Director Christopher Wray from his current positionFox News reports.
A senior White House official said Trump is planning to remove Wray from his post if he wins the 2020 presidential election.
“Advisers have consistently told POTUS to wait until after the election if he wants to replace Wray,” a senior administration official said.
The Official said CIA Director Gina Haspel “isn’t going anywhere. POTUS has a good relationship with her.”
Wray is considered a popular leader within the bureau and among law enforcement groups across the country, but that he is “keeping his head down and focusing on the work of the FBI.”
“The option to use active-duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most urgent and dire situations,” Esper said during a press conference in June. “We are not in one of those situations now. I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act.”
From Fox News:
It was also said that Defense Secretary Mark Esper could also be on the way out but the official said that it’s unclear if he’ll resign or if the president will remove him.
Axios first reported on Sunday the rumors that Trump was planning to fire Wray, along with Haspel and Esper.
Esper has not given a press conference in the Pentagon briefing room since then and has generally remained quiet when it comes to dealing with the media.
Another senior administration official agreed that both Wray and Esper were on the outs with Trump, but balked about rumors that Haspel would be forced out.