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Christopher Wray’s Failing PR Campaign to Save the FBI’s Reputation

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In the past few days, I’ve written about FBI Director Christopher Wray’s admission that his agency concluded “quite some time ago” that the COVID virus escaped from a virology lab in Wuhan, China, and about “sources” telling the Washington Post that FBI agents are opposed to the August 2022 raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

What is the connection between the two narratives? These both improve the FBI’s image and suggest that Wray may be playing a CYA game and distancing himself from the authoritarian and politicized Attorney General, Merrick Garland.

Meanwhile, doesn’t this FBI Twitter post look like a fawning magazine cover?

My first question regarding Wray’s admission on the origin of the COVID is: if you concluded that the virus originated in a Wuhan laboratory some time ago, why weren’t you more public about it? I do not recall you protecting all others who were censored and canceled for only voicing an opinion. You just stood by and remained mute, knowing that the most likely cause for their vilification was the one they were being criticized for?

The second item that catches my attention is the timing of the Washington Post’s “exclusive” in which these agents state, on background, that they did not want to participate in the Mar-a-Lago raid. Was Wray the source of these leaks? Is it a coincidence that Merrick Garland spent his Wednesday being attacked by Senators Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, and others for arming the Department of Justice? And that the House Oversight Committee is speeding up its probes of Justice now that Republicans are in power?

According to my colleague Nick Arama, Wray appeared on Fox News on Tuesday as part of his most recent public relations trip. Although some claimed that anchor Brett Baier wasn’t tough enough, he nevertheless made Wray squirm as the director was forced to explain why it was appropriate to send a heavily-armed squad to arrest pro-life activist Mark Houck in front of his children, when they typically would have just arranged for him to surrender himself. Even Baier noted the Twitter files, which completely refute Wray’s assertion that the FBI is not “the truth police.” This conversation from Arama is worth viewing again:

He was also criticized for the concealing of the Hunter Biden laptop scandal and for failing to hold anybody accountable for the bogus FISA warrants.

Watch as this panel dissects his comments:

Christopher Wray appears to be aware that he and the FBI are the next targets as investigations in the House and Senate continue to heat up. It looks like he is making every effort to stay ahead of the game.

Yet, he is failing. That is evident to everybody.

SourceRed State

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