FBI Director Christopher Wray could resign if the highly controversial Republican memo alleging the FBI abused its surveillance tools is released, CNN reported Thursday, citing multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.
The potential release of the memo written by House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes has set up a standoff with President Donald Trump against both the FBI and Department of Justice.
Wray has made clear he is frustrated that President Trump picked him to lead the FBI after he fired FBI Director James Comey in May, yet his advice on the Nunes memo is being disregarded and cast as part of the purported partisan leadership of the FBI.
Wray’s stance is “raising hell,” one senior official with knowledge the matter told CNN.
Agents inside the bureau are happy that Wray is standing up to the President, according to several law enforcement sources. The bureau released a rare statement on Wednesday that said the bureau had “grave concerns” with the memo.
“I think Chris Wray’s motto is speak softly but carry a big stick,” said one person inside the FBI. There is a recognition, however, that Wray leaving could set off a chain reaction of events inside the law enforcement agency. Top officials inside the bureau have been trying to identify who might be considered a “Trump guy” in the order of succession in the bureau’s organizational chart, another law enforcement official said, according to the report
Meanwhile, Trump is expected to decide on whether to release the controversial memo on Thursday, a White House official told the news network, but the President has already made clear he wants to release the controversial document.
Multiple White House officials declined to comment. The FBI declined to comment on this report.