The White House is preparing a list of names for President Donald Trump to use as it prepares to replace FBI Director Christopher Wray, just one day after he testified before Congress that Russia again is attacking the U.S. election.
“The White House is preparing a shortlist of candidates to replace Christopher Wray as FBI Director,” Newsmax White House Correspondent Emerald Robinson reported, but has not been confirmed by other reporters.
Wray would be the second FBI director Trump will have fired over Russia.
“The intelligence community’s consensus is that Russia continues to try to influence our elections, primarily through what we would call malign foreign influence,” Director Wray told the House Homeland Security Committee Thursday.
He added, “we certainly have seen very active, very active efforts by the Russians to influence our election in 2020.”
Hours later President Trump mocked, slammed, and scolded Director Wray, tweeting: “But Chris, you don’t see any activity from China, even though it is a FAR greater threat than Russia, Russia, Russia. They will both, plus others, be able to interfere in our 2020 Election with our totally vulnerable Unsolicited (Counterfeit?) Ballot Scam. Check it out!”
Far right wing Georgia Congressman called for Wray to resign Thursday:
It’s time for Chris Wray to resign. https://t.co/Ymdo80EQu7
— Doug Collins (@CollinsforGA) September 17, 2020
Wray had also responded to a question specifically about Russia.
He also responded to a question about domestic terrorism, warning that white supremacists are the “biggest chunk” of racially motivated violent extremism and terrorism, and “have been responsible for the most lethal activity.”
FBI Dir. Chris Wray testified that “people ascribing to some sort of white supremacist-type ideology” are the “biggest chunk” of racially motivated violent extremism, which is the largest segment of the domestic terrorism category. https://t.co/UG7tfswMcw pic.twitter.com/KmIqF7Nd1b
— ABC News (@ABC) September 18, 2020
US Naval War College professor and Russia expert Tom Nichols weighed in on the Newsmax claim:
Well, of course they are. I look forward to hearing from my conservative friends how this will strengthen the rule of law and the credibility of the “national security party”. Because they’ll say it will and they’ll find a way to keep supporting Trump anyway. https://t.co/MMy1JPlmV6
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) September 18, 2020
Newsmax is already interviewing supposed short list candidates:
WHITE HOUSE 📍: After Newsmax TV’s @EmeraldRobinson reported that @SidneyPowell1 is on a short-list of candidates to possibly replace FBI Director Christopher Wray, Powell reacts to the news. @JohnFBachman https://t.co/VlT7z8drtO pic.twitter.com/s262qURfZu
— Newsmax (@newsmax) September 18, 2020
And minutes ago CNN asked former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe if he thinks Trump will fire Wray:
Q: Do you think the president may try to replace FBI Director Christopher Wray?
Andrew McCabe: “I think you have to consider that a possibility with this president and any official who stands up and confronts him or makes plain a truth that the president finds inconvenient.” pic.twitter.com/XCNprxtWxH
— Daniel Chaitin (@danielchaitin7) September 18, 2020
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‘He Doesn’t Get How Weak This Makes Him Look’: Trump Installs Massive Fence Around White House Ahead of RNC Speech
During the George Floyd protests President Donald Trump had fencing placed around the White House and even tear gassed peaceful protestors standing in the park across the street so he could have a photo-op.
But according to NBC News’ Garrett Haake and many people on the ground in Washington, D.C., the White House is putting up even more fencing than they installed a few months ago.
The White House is clearly expecting bigly protests tomorrow night. No-scale fencing, backed up by concrete barriers, now rings the entire WH complex- even around Treasury. They didn’t even do this during the height of the George Floyd protests in late May/early June. pic.twitter.com/0IcFdOoHQM
— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) August 26, 2020
President Donald Trump is delivering his renomination acceptance speech Thursday night, at the White House, an unprecedented if not illegal event.
The Secret Service says the fencing is being installed to “ensure public safety.” That’s unlikely; more likely is to ensure the safety of the President. There is no statement saying who is paying for the fencing.
Responses to the fencing has been strong. One person says the White House is creating a “compound,” and that it looks “alarming.” Others are calling it “cowardly.” And yet another asks, “Does the White House expect an attack?”
This is unprecedented. Even President Barack Obama, the nation’s first Black president who reportedly suffered far more death threats than any other president never created a “compound” or even added extra fencing.
NBC News reports that the “National Park Service said in a public notice that public areas around the White House would be closed on certain days this week ‘to provide security and ensure public safety for Republican National Convention events on the White House South Lawn.'”
Here are more photos, videos, and reactions:
New security fencing has gone up around the perimeter of the White House ahead of President Trump’s acceptance speech here tomorrow night – with potentially sizeable protests expected pic.twitter.com/3e93pJD5e3
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) August 26, 2020
— This Week in America where Trump’s still a Traitor (@ThisWeekAmerica) August 26, 2020
Good morning. The guy threatening to ignore the results of the election has installed a multi-layered barricade around the White House. Have a nice day. pic.twitter.com/yQdXRnE3gK
— Jon Zal (@OfficialJonZal) August 25, 2020
Sure looks different from when I took this picture when we visited (Obama was President).
— courtney (@courtneyannemad) August 26, 2020
Multiple layers of fencing going up around the White House and adjoining grounds in preparation for the president’s speech from the South Lawn Thursday night. pic.twitter.com/UsHgCqIoHe
— Anthony Zurcher (@awzurcher) August 26, 2020
They scared lol. Putting extra fencing up around the White House so you can hold a political rally there is extra cowardly. https://t.co/VpovBqBe1D
— We Here For You (@LowkeyKyrie) August 26, 2020
They are setting up MORE fencing around the White House!! What are you so worried about, Donald? pic.twitter.com/SeOs05cvyB
— J…A…R…E…T…T… (@squirrelywerls) August 26, 2020
He doesn’t get how weak this makes him look. https://t.co/Zm913o9Uy3
— kristen johnston (@thekjohnston) August 25, 2020
— Mark Pinter (@markiepinter) August 26, 2020
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