President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger welcomes baby boy Tennessee lawmaker presents self-defense bill in 'honor' of Kyle Rittenhouse Five things to know about the New York AG's pursuit of Trump MORE has reportedly been privately criticizing FBI Director Christopher Wray, his own pick to replace former Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyHillary 2024? Given the competition, she may be the Dems' best hope Trump draws attention with admission he 'fired Comey' Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE.
Three sources close to the president told NBC News that Trump now includes Wray in his complaints about administration figures whom he suspects of undermining him.
One person told NBC that complaints about Wray often come along with those of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsPress: For Trump endorsement: The more sordid, the better Those predicting Facebook's demise are blowing smoke If bitcoin is 'digital gold,' it should be taxed like gold MORE, who has been the focus of some of Trump's harshest criticism.
“[Trump is] in the worst mood of his presidency and calling friends and allies to vent about his selection of Sessions and Wray," the source said.
Since the launch last year of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG MORE’s Russia investigation, Trump has repeatedly criticized the FBI, the Justice Department and Sessions himself, calling the investigation a “witch hunt.”
Trump fired Comey in May 2017 and has consistently accused the agency of being biased against him, but he has not publicly spoken out against Wray.
Wray has pushed back against Trump’s attacks on the bureau. The president said the FBI’s reputation was “in tatters” last December, after which McCabe called its employees “decent people committed to the highest principles of integrity and respect.”