FBI Director Christopher Wray might resign if the Republican memo alleging surveillance abuse is made public, White House aides and former FBI agents warn.
Wray, who assumed the top post at the agency following President Donald Trump’s firing James Comey, has publicly opposed releasing the memo, written by House intelligence committee head Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., which the FBI warned Thursday has “material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”
Trump has indicated he does not plan to block the memo’s release, which the committee voted to approve earlier this week.
“Given the climate and the recent activities, going as far back as Director Comey’s departure, Wray definitely must be prepared to resign,” retired FBI special agent Erroll Southers, who is now at the University of Southern California, told The Daily Beast.
Former FBI counterterrorism special agent Ali Soufan disagreed, saying, “I don’t think the director has to resign. He should be prepared to publicly discredit this cherry-picked, fake memo and expose Nunes.”
He added if Trump “wants to fire Wray, let him fire Wray, like Comey. And then people in Washington should be prepared for a Saturday Night Massacre. Many honorable men and women should be prepared to resign, to walk out over this.”
According to CNN, top White House aides have expressed concern Wray could resign, though multiple White House officials and the FBI declined to comment to the news network.