‘I wish he was more forthcoming. He certainly hasn’t been,’ Trump told Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo in a phone interview.
He argued there are documents wanted in the investigation of why the FBI started a counterintelligence probe into Trump’s 2016 campaign over concern Russians were trying to influence the election.
‘There are documents that they want to get and that we have said we want to get. We’re going to find out if he’s going to give those documents, but certainly he’s been very, very protective,’ the president said.
President Trump hinted he could fire FBI director Christopher Wray over unproven allegations he is stalling on cooperating with the Russia probe and said Attorney General Bill Barr should start prosecutions soon
There has been no evidence that neither FBI Director Chris Wray (left) nor his agency have not been cooperating and Attorney General Bill Barr (right) said last month the Justice Department’s internal probe on the Russia investigation will wrap later this summer
He appeared to be referring to documents wanted by Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, who is subpoenaing the FBI as part of his probe into the Russia investigation.
There is no evidence that Wray and the FBI haven’t cooperated.
But he took a wait and see attitude on Wray’s fate, declining to say either way.
‘Let’s see how Wray turns out. He’s going to either turn out one way or the other,’ he noted.
The FBI has been Trump’s favorite punching bag when it comes to the investigation into his 2016 campaign and his actions surrounding Comey’s firing and the special counsel’s investigation. He has blasted ‘dirty cops’ in the bureau and complained about a deep state working against him.
Trump has, in the past, blamed Wray’s hiring on former deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. But it was Trump who nominated him to the position after he fired James Comey.
‘He was chosen by a certain person, and I said go ahead put whoever you want. I’m so honest that I said you can put anybody you want,’ Trump said on Thursday.
The president also hinted Attorney General Bill Barr should start prosecutions in the matter.
‘Bill Barr has a chance to be the greatest of all time, but if he wants to be politically correct he’ll be just another guy because he knows all the answers,’ he said.
President Trump has repeatedly argued that then President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden ordered the investigation as the two were in the White House when it started.
He said Barr knows this but did not offer any evidence.
‘He knows what they have, and it goes right to Obama and it goes right to Biden. They had the meetings, and that was one meeting they caught him,’ he said.
But in late June Barr told Fox News the probe has ‘not involved’ people at the level of Obama or Biden.
‘I think the people that we’re looking at are not at that level,’ he said.
John Durham was chosen by Attorney General William Barr to lead a review into the Russia investigation and his report is expected to be released in late summer
John Durham, the U.S. Attorney who is heading a criminal inquiry into the Russia investigation, is to release his findings by the end of the summer.
The review, which became a criminal investigation last fall, has been derided by Democrats as simply a scheme to damage President Trump‘s Democrat rivals before November’s election.
But Department of Justice spokeswoman Kerri Kupec, said that the report was not the ‘goal’ of the criminal investigation but that it will be ‘pivotal to the restoration of that one tiered system of justice.’
‘There is a story to be told there. The American people deserve resolution, and frankly, justice deserves resolution,’ Kupec stated on behalf of Durham.
Barr said last month that he believed there would be developments in Durham’s investigation ‘before the end of the summer.’
Kerri Kupec said she was hopeful that a report would emerge before the end of summer
‘There are no guarantees in life, but we certainly hope to see one by the end of the summer. I think it’s important,’ Kupec said told Fox News.
Kupec stressed that she was ‘hopeful’ a report would emerge sooner rather than later in an effort to prevent the Durham’s work from being potentially buried by a Democrat win, should Trump lose in November.
Last month, Barr said Durham is ‘pressing ahead as hard as he can’ with the investigation.
‘I expect that, you know, we will have some developments hopefully before the end of the summer,’ he added.
Barr said that the coronavirus pandemic delayed the probe, but that progress has been made.
Even after the election, the investigation is likely to continue ‘what happens after the election may depend on who wins,’ Barr said to Fox News.
After special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, AG Bill Barr, pictured, appointed Durham to investigate origins of the FBI’s original Russia probe, which began in July 2016
Durham’s investigation comes after a report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found ‘significant inaccuracies and omissions’ in the FBI’s application to a court to obtain permission to monitor Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Horowitz report found that the decision the FBI made to investigate the campaign had not motivated by political bias.
Durham, meanwhile, is completing a separate report into how the FBI’s Russia investigation developed at the direction of Barr.
James Comey, as FBI director, authorized Operation Crossfire Hurricane, which was the agency’s counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russian officials trying to interfere in the president election.
It was a joint investigation by the FBI, the CIA and the National Security Agency.
It was sparked by information that George Papadopoulos, an adviser to Trump’s campaign, claimed the Russians had damaging material on Hillary Clinton.
It would ultimately obtain surveillance warrants on Page, and FBI agents questions former Trump national security advisor Mike Flynn at the White House during his short tenure. Flynn would later plead guilty to lying about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.
It was eventually taken over by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, whose investigation cleared the Trump campaign of any collusion but came to no conclusion as to whether President Trump tried to hamper the special counsel’s probe.