Trump hits FBI Director Wray: 'I wish he was more forthcoming'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate MORE on Thursday distanced himself from FBI Director Christopher Wray, lamenting that he has not been "forthcoming" as he levied exaggerated attacks on the bureau and other law enforcement officials over the Russia investigation.

Trump did not directly answer a question from Fox Business Network's Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoBiden's team says he views election against Trump as 'Park Avenue vs. Scranton' Ex-NFL player running for House as Republican blasts Democrats as 'narcissists and sociopaths' Cruz says he wouldn't accept Supreme Court nomination MORE about whether Wray was hiding information about the Russia probe and if he should step down, instead blaming an unnamed administration official for putting him in charge — even though Trump appointed Wray to the job in 2017.

"So, Christopher Wray was put there. We have an election coming up," Trump said. "I wish he was more forthcoming. He certainly hasn’t been. There are documents 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." 


"He’s been very, very protective. He was put there for good reason," Trump continued. "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. Let’s see how Wray turns out. He’s going to either turn out one way or the other."

The president appeared to be referring to documents sought by Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold Johnson CIA found Putin 'probably directing' campaign against Biden: report This week: Supreme Court fight over Ginsburg's seat upends Congress's agenda GOP set to release controversial Biden report MORE (R-Wis.), the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, who is subpoenaing the FBI as part of his probe into the Russia investigation. 

Democrats have expressed concerns that Johnson's investigation is aimed at meddling in the 2020 presidential election and could spread Russian disinformation. 

The FBI has been one of Trump's most consistent punching bags since he took office, and he has continued to blast the agency over the Russia investigation more than a year after former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE concluded his investigation.

The president regularly targets former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyDemocrats fear Russia interference could spoil bid to retake Senate Book: FBI sex crimes investigator helped trigger October 2016 public probe of Clinton emails Trump jabs at FBI director over testimony on Russia, antifa MORE and former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page on Twitter and in interviews.

The origins of the Russia probe are separately being investigated by the Department of Justice, and Trump on Thursday appeared to urge Attorney General William Barr to act aggressively once that probe has concluded.

"I hope the’re not going to be politically correct and say, 'let’s get the lower guys that forged the documents going into FISA. Let’s just get a couple of the lower guys,' " Trump said. "Bill Barr can go down as the greatest attorney general in the history of our country, or he can down as just an average guy. It depends on what’s going to happen."