Trump jabs at FBI director over testimony on Russia, antifa

President Trump on Thursday swiped at FBI Director Christopher Wray, taking issue with parts of his testimony to Congress about foreign election interference and the threat of extremists.

The president, while en route to a campaign rally in Wisconsin, tweeted out two separate portions of Wray’s appearance on Capitol Hill earlier in the day. The tweets are likely to spur speculation about Wray’s standing as head of the FBI, as Trump has frequently chastised the bureau and questioned Wray’s leadership.

In the first tweet, Wray tells lawmakers on the House Homeland Security Committee that anarchists who identify with the antifa movement are “just one part” of investigations into domestic terror. The probes are also focused on “racially motivated violent extremists” and others, Wray said.

“We look at antifa as more of an ideology or a movement than an organization,” Wray said.

“…And I look at them as a bunch of well funded ANARCHISTS & THUGS who are protected because the Comey/Mueller inspired FBI is simply unable, or unwilling, to find their funding source, and allows them to get away with “murder”. LAW & ORDER!” Trump tweeted.

The president also took aim at Wray over his testimony that Russia has been “very active” in trying to influence November’s election by sowing divisiveness and attempting to “denigrate” Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

“But Chris, you don’t see any activity from China, even though it is a FAR greater threat than Russia, Russia, Russia,” Trump tweeted. He repeated his claim that foreign actors will be able to interfere with mail ballots being sent to voters, something he has provided no evidence for and that experts say would be both highly unlikely and extremely difficult to pull off.

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 Mueller concluded his probe.

The president regularly targets former FBI director James Comey and former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page on Twitter and in interviews.

Trump has at times questioned Wray’s leadership, including in an interview last month with Fox Business Network. He did not directly answer a question then about whether Wray should step down, saying he wished the director had been more “forthcoming” with him.

Trump appointed Wray to the job in 2017. 

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