White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki made no commitment during her debut briefing Wednesday on keeping Rai in place at the FBI, saying she had not spoken to Biden about it. Although the president had hinted that he would keep Wray for his 10-year term, questions have resurfaced about whether he will stay after the Capitol riots on January 6.
The FBI is under the microscope because of its reaction to the Capitol riots. Wray did not appear in public more than a week after the Capitol takeover on Jan. 6, and the Justice Department said Friday it has begun an internal review of its response to the deadly uprising, investigating intelligence and how information is shared.
“The DOJ OIG will also assess whether there are any weaknesses in DOJ protocols, policies or procedures that adversely affect the ability of the DOJ or its components to prepare effectively and respond to events in the US Capitol on January 6,”
Although Trump appointed Paradise, the relationship between the two men quickly fell apart. Trump had forced Wray to disclose information that could do political damage to Biden ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election, and Trump’s team opposed Wray’s view of the antifa as an “ideology” rather than an organized group.
In October, an organization representing thousands of FBI agents called on then-President Trump and Biden to keep Wray for his entire term.
“Although the president can remove an FBI director, it can lead to instability and damage to the bureau’s activities, which is why Congress intends to isolate the director’s position from political whims,” said Brian O’Hare, president of the FBI Agency. .
“All interactions with Biden’s team have been very positive,” a U.S. government spokesman told POLITICO about Wray’s relationship with the administration.
Daniel Lipman contributed to this report.