But according to a new report in Axios, Wray has nearly quit after intense ongoing pressure from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Trump himself, to fire Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. An Axios report this week said Attorney General Jeff Sessions had also been "pressuring" Wray to clean house and fire McCabe.
Trump, the officials said, also vented his anger at McCabe over the several hundred thousand dollars in donations his wife, a Democrat, received for her failed 2015 Virginia state Senate bid from a political action committee controlled by a close friend of Hillary Clinton.
Trump has publicly criticized McCabe and other Federal Bureau of Investigation officials in the past, tweeting in July and December questioning why Sessions didn't replace McCabe as the acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
Trump's FBI Director, Christoper Wray, assumed office in August, with McCabe as his deputy. He answered questions from members of the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees last week concerning his work on the Clinton investigation and on Comey's claims that President Donald Trump asked him to pledge his loyalty before firing him previous year. Over the course of his presidency, he has tried to remove anybody who might confirm former FBI Director James Comey's damning testimony that Trump tried to influence him on the Russian Federation investigation - the basis of what is now a growing obstruction of justice case against this president. McCabe told Trump he did not vote in the 2016 election. "Trump applied public pressure and Sessions applied private pressure". But, taken together, these latest reports suggest the administration hasn't quite learned its lesson after Comey - who testified that Trump tried to pressure the then-FBI director into pledging his loyalty to the president.
U.S. President Donald Trump, flanked by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, reads a directive to impose tariffs on imported washing machines before signing it in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 23, 2018.
"How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin" James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife's campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?' Trump huffed on Twitter in December. The team rightly recognizes that interfering in the F.B.I. again-after Trump fired James Comey past year, precipitating Mueller's appointment-could end his presidency. Baker was reassigned late past year.
Trump has been especially critical of Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who plans to retire from the bureau in March.
Boente is a veteran federal prosecutor who has led US attorneys' offices around the country and has risen to prominence in a variety of acting roles in the Trump administration.
On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he would "leave no stone unturned" to find out what happened to them.
Wray said he has tapped attorney Zachary Harmon to replace Rybicki.