WH Worried FBI Head Will Quit If Memo Is Released

CNN reports:

Top White House aides are worried FBI Director Christopher Wray could quit if the highly controversial Republican memo alleging the FBI abused its surveillance tools is released, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation tell CNN.

Wray has made clear he is frustrated that President Donald Trump picked him to lead the FBI after he fired FBI Director James Comey in May, yet his advice on the Nunes memo is being disregarded and cast as part of the purported partisan leadership of the FBI, according to a senior law enforcement official.

Wray’s stance is “raising hell,” one source familiar with the matter said. Wray has not directly threatened to resign after clashing with Trump over the possible release of the memo, the source added, because that is not his style of dealing with conflict.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    As he should

  • Chef Philips

    Oh, well, then, just don’t release it. Problem solved.

    Next, please!

    • Gustav2

      They have to release something, the hype has been hysteria inducing on the right.

      • Chef Philips

        Eh, words don’t mean shit any more; you have to watch the *actions* of these vicious men

        • Gustav2

          Fox will spin “The Deep State has ….” then drum up sympathy for Trump.

          • Chef Philips

            Let them say whatever they like. I don’t really care.

  • Lazycrockett

    BullShit!

    • Highmoremotel

      yup

  • Lazycrockett
  • another_steve

    Please repeat after me:

    No. Person. With. Any. Self-Dignity. Would. Work. For. The. Orange. Mother. Fucker.

    • bkmn

      Prime example – Jared Kushner

      • another_steve

        Jared was seduced into service by the shiksa bitch.

        Shiksa = Yiddish for impure gentile female.

        As in:

        “Stevela baby, I don’t want you should hang out with those shiksas with the lipstick and the high heels. Go call Ethel, better. Such a nice girl. I play Mahjong with her mother.”

        • JWC

          Thnx for the jewish translation I guess

          • John Boily

            Yiddish but whatevs…

          • JWC

            it all means little to me as i don’t find it necessary

          • coram nobis

            Se habla Yiddish aqui?

        • TominDC

          Hmm… Never knew my mother was Jewish…!

        • coram nobis

          “Wisdom cries out in the marketplace, she raises her voice on the city wall, saying, ‘You never listen to your mother … now you’re hanging out with that shiksa who lives by the Mandelbaum Gate, oy veh’ …”

  • Lazycrockett

    Releasing the memo after Wray strongly advised against basically cuts off his balls. He will no longer have any authority.

    • Highmoremotel

      I feel like this is a calculated move by Wray.

      • HanyBaal

        The aim now is to discredit the FBI . If he quits, more chaos will follow, thus strengthening the narrative

    • Librarykid

      Whose balls? 45’s or Wray’s?

  • Lazycrockett

    Pence was just quoted on MSNBC bout how he has always been open to transparency and that is why the memo should be released. Or Course this is rich coming from the man who as Governor of Indiana had all his emails sealed for 20 years.

    • If he was being interviewed, I would hope the reporter would follow up with a question about releasing the Schiff memo.

      • Judas Peckerwood

        Yes, but that would be actual journalism, which no longer exists in the MSM.

      • Charlie In SF

        and Trump’s tax returns and Melania’s visa application.

    • Oh, Parker

      Pence is a world class champion liar.

      • kareemachan

        Satan (and muther) love him.

      • narutomania

        Which only proves that he joined the right team.

    • crewman

      Pence joined a ticket of a man who bucked norms to release tax returns — the purpose of which is to avoid precisely the kind of problems plaguing the presidency and the country now.

    • Lindoro Almaviva

      and who signed a law that he knew would bring him hell behind closed doors and only acknowledged that fact after the photo was published.

    • lymis

      So he also supports the rebuttal memo by the Democrats being released?

      Thought not.

      Transparency, my ass.

  • Leo

    “Multiple” senior FBI agents want Wray to walk if the memo is released.
    https://twitter.com/thedailybeast/status/959135033020895238

    • Chef Philips

      Yes, force the Prez’not to fire Director Wray!

    • BobSF_94117

      I’d prefer those honorable people stay in their jobs and call for Trump’s impeachment.

      • Max_1

        THIS^^^

      • Nax

        Impeachment won’t solve the problem. It’s all over.

        • BobSF_94117

          Well, then let’s do it for the entertainment value.

      • (((GC)))

        And find enough dirt on Pence to boot him as well!

        • Librarykid

          UP X 10,000

      • Yes, under more “normal” circumstances, but no…we need to cripple this administration in any way possible.

        • BobSF_94117

          In what sense would they be crippled by being able to replace honorable people with their own people? You think the GOP in congress would stop bad appointments?

    • The_Wretched

      Why does that feel like the republican ‘suggestion’?

  • Pollos Hermanos

    Trump is playing with fire by screwing with the FBI.

    Same goes for the CIA. They might be rivals with the FBI but when push comes to shove, neither agency is going to sit by and let Dotard mess with them.

    • Lazycrockett

      Yeah I hear people keep saying this and that but as of yet nothing is happening to stop the train from its non stop destination to Oligarchy.

      • Pollos Hermanos

        You should watch Hoover vs. The Kennedys.

      • mpatreyu

        That we know of. Both institutions are rather secretive.

    • Leo

      The Foreign Policy ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ expose on the CIA was a huge relief to me as Mike Pompeo was revealed to have a target on his back. Multiple co-workers can’t stand him and I hope that translates to outing him to the press for any bullshit. I don’t trust him.

      As for the FBI, giant clusterfuck, who knows.

    • Chef Philips

      Agree. Especially publicly, and in any way that might tend to make the intelligence community look even slightly bad

    • David Walker

      “Sometimes they have their little spats,
      Even fight like dogs and cats…”
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FPjri3fpW0

      • Mark

        Aw thanks for the trip down memory lane. I can actually hear the theme song in my head – can’t remember all the words though – – now it’ll be in my mind all day! lol

        • prixator

          Get set, get ready,
          Here come Ruff and Reddy.
          They’re tough, but steady,
          Always rough and ready.
          They sometimes have their little spats,
          Even fight like dogs and cats,
          But when they need each other,
          That’s when, they’re rough and ready.

    • Buford

      I think it was David Frum who said recently that only a moron would pick a ‘leaked info’ fight with the FBI (paraphrased).

      So true.

  • Boreal

    And resign he should if they release this bullshit.

  • Harveyrabbit
  • Jmdintpa

    say it with me…. CIVIL UPRISING…… PROTEST……..ACTION…….or we learn to live like the gays in Russia live. just make sure you get on the list from any action group and when the emails and alerts go out to gather in your area in protest go and take as many people with you as you can. trump isnt going away because of an election or some law or impeachment …. fascist just dont do it like that.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      Forget it. Most idiots here in ‘Murica Inc. think Superbucks’ going to save them from their demise.

  • canoebum

    Trump and Co. are desperate. They know that they’re guilty as hell, that they’re going down, and will try anything to move the goal posts or disqualify the umpire. It’s time to bring back capital punishment for treason.

  • bkmn

    Wray has gone along in pressuring people attached to the investigation to resign or step aside, so I can’t see him resigning.

  • bkmn
    • Leo

      This happened a couple of weeks ago. Also in Upstate NY.

      Trend? HINT HINT press.

      • bkmn

        Yes, they are now increasing enforcement far inside the country borders. They want to rid the small towns of any non-whites, which will kill many businesses who rely on the legal and illegal immigrants to run their businesses in a cost competitive manner.

        • Lazycrockett

          100 miles inland from border or coast.

        • Leo

          Oh yeah, that Twitter post that went viral. Forgot about that.

        • David Walker

          We have several towns nearby that would become ghost towns. The towns depend on migrants who harvest the various fruit crops. As we learned from Georgia a few years ago, Murkins will NOT apply for harvesting jobs. Motts and Schmuckers leave the area, the migrants leave, and there’s not that much left. It stuns me sometimes how stupid our honorable congress critters are. At least one company has already moved owing to the climate change…in the last few years, the fruits that had thrived here can’t deal with the heat. Except, of course, there’s no such thing as global warming, but if there is, it’s because of the migrant workers. Or something.

    • Marty Pavelka

      On Amtrak between Rochester and Albany many years ago (after 9/11), I recall border patrol coming on board and asking the same thing of everyone.

    • Max_1

      PAPERS PLEASE

    • Publius

      I’m Latino (but present ambiguously, to some), and to be honest this makes me a bit anxious. I crossed the U.S.-Canada border through Blaine, Washington by myself five times, and every one of those times I was detained by CBP, and had my car searched. Since my boyfriend (who is white) and I have been together, we’ve gone through a dozen times and I haven’t been detained once.

      I don’t want to believe this is racial, but it is.

      • stevenj

        I (Cauc.) rode with a friend from San Diego to LA quite a few years back and at the Int 5 checkpoint north of SD he (Latino and born and raised in LA) told me as we approached it – “watch this”. The agent had him get out of his car, he was searched, ID’d, the car was searched with me in it, the trunk was searched, under the hood was searched. I was invisible the whole time I guess. When we were eventually waved through he told me that happens every time he drives north out of San Diego.

      • Capritaur

        Asian here, same happens with me. The checkpoints are unavoidable for all northbound routes coming from Las Cruces/El Paso/Guadalupe NP/Big Bend NP/White Sand NM etc., every time I travel by myself or with my mother I got searched, yet was let through with no hassle if traveling with a white companion.

    • stevenj

      I suppose it would not be rude to ask the officer for ID and proof that he was an American citizen. I mean anyone can put a uniform on.

    • coram nobis

      “Ausweiss, bitte.”

  • Tom G

    He needs to stay and see that every Trump is jailed.

  • AtticusP

    THEN DON’T FUCKING RELEASE THE MEMO!!!!!

  • Refugay

    Is Wray a good guy or a bad guy?

  • Leo
    • billbear1961

      What is WRONG with the media?!

      • mpatreyu

        Balancing act between doing the right thing and ratings. Ratings usually win

        • jimbo65

          More like trying not to be accused of being “liberally biased”

          • billbear1961

            Yes, by pointing out the TRUTH!

            Christ, I hate the COWARDS!

            Their failure to do their jobs is the MAIN reason we’re living through this!

      • Cipher

        Greater interest in the unfolding reality-TV saga and editorials than working at hard journalism.

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly
  • Leo
  • Phil Touchette

    Pardon my ignorance, but why would the WH be worried Wray would quit? Wouldn’t that just pave the way for them to install a flunky?

    • Gustav2

      THE reason Wray shouldn’t quit.

    • mpatreyu

      Optics. They really do still have to pay attention to that

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        No they don’t.

      • Fox News will take care of that for them.

    • BobSF_94117

      Historically, at least, the resignation of top people on principle draws a lot of condemnation and opposition from all political parties.

      Today? We’ll see, I suspect. And we’ll be very disappointed, I’m afraid.

    • Cipher

      Please remember that Wray is supposed to *be* the WH’s flunky! This is Trump’s pick after he fired Comey. Looks bad when you can’t even (yet again) keep your own guy– the one you just gushed all over to the press and the public.

  • ok, i’m having serious brain issues today. can anyone sum up in a para or so, what this “memo controversy” is really all about? there’s just been so much to keep track of, and it’s really hard on those of us with memory problems. is this It? is it that serious? or just another round of “oooh, it looks like the traitor may be a traitor and we have some more words by somebody who thinks so?”

    just arrest the fucker already.

    • Max_1

      It’s about discrediting the IC that agreed Trump was aided by Russian propaganda during our 2016 elections.

      In short: TREASON

    • -M-

      Nonsensical alegations, made up by Nunes and his staff, to discredit the investigation.

    • lymis

      We’ll see when it’s released, but it sounds like the main point is to try to claim that Rosenstein asked for a FISA warrant on Carter Page based on information in the Steele dossier, which they conveniently (and over-simplisticly) characterize as paid for by the Clinton campaign.

      Ignoring that Page was already identified as having been recruited by the Russians – something he actually admitted to – years ago, well before Steele even started his investigations, that the dossier was only a part of the background investigation on Trump by Fusion GPS, and that it was originally commissioned by Republicans, and that the FBI (as well as the media) has independent verification from sources other than Steel. Rosenberg didn’t initiate the FISA warrant request – it was a routine renewal that would only have been granted if the surveillance was turning up worthwhile information.

      The FISA stuff has never before been released, even to Congress, and it was only released on the condition that a few people on the Committee would even see it – Nunes NOT being one of them – and Nunes unilaterally decided to share the information with every other sitting Republican, before the question of releasing it to the public even came up. The FBI AND all the Democrats on the committee say that the 4-5 page “summary” of what would be literally hundreds of pages of underlying documentation leaves out so much that it becomes, in effect, a complete lie, and that refuting it would require the release of secret information that would put the FBI process – and likely the lives of informants – at genuine risk.

      All the while while Nunes is supposedly recused from any involvement in the Russia investigation at all.

      Additional concern is that Nunes’ staff has been actively working with the White House on a lot of other things and Nunes refuses to state that they didn’t work on this memo directly with the White House.

      Not mentioned, but a huge concern, is that the White House had Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats reviewing the memo to decide what to redact – when Coats met with the head of Russian intelligence agencies only last week on US soil – something we only found out about when the Kremlin reported it. That raises not only serious concerns about the White House involvement in releasing a document entirely intended to make the FBI look corrupt regarding the investigation into Trump, but also whether there’s actually literal RUSSIAN involvement in it.

      • Brian Burleson

        TY for the concise statement on that. Well explained for those of us without having to review the news of the past year.

      • If Mr. Mueller doesn’t wrap this up soon, it will be to late to save our country from fucking trump and his wholesale kowtowing to the Russians. But what confounds me is why the GOP are perfectly happy handing over our country to the Russians. The large orange one I expect this shitshow of, but for the GOP to be so power hungry they would sell out the country to our longest enemy baffles me.

  • Sam_Handwich

    “worried”?

    i thought that was the plan

  • Lazycrockett

    Paul Ryan is on TV Lying again.

  • JWC

    O/T an interesting thread on this “memo; that had a veiled into on Rachel last night This”memo” may have originated in the WH If so , it the same trick Devon Benedict Arnold Nunes pulled the last time when he shredded his credibility

  • Ninja0980

    That’s the whole point isn’t it?

  • Sam_Handwich
    • JWC

      Dumbass calculated answer

    • Tread

      Whose liberties?

      • Sam_Handwich

        carter page!

        • mpatreyu

          That guy is just creepy.

          • jixter

            Wouldn’t it be weird if Page turned out to be the FBI mole?

          • coram nobis

            The Deep Throat of the Deep State?

        • Tread

          That lunatic? Great. Just great.

    • mpatreyu

      LSOS

    • Boss Dave✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Ostensibly the “civil liberty” to misuse classified info as a political football to cover obstruction of justice.

    • billbear1961

      The only ones placing civil liberties at risk, the entire rule of law, are Trump and the GOP!

    • billbear1961

      The only way you can claim civil liberties were violated is to take excerpts from this classified material OUT OF CONTEXT.

      Do you mean to tell me that the “journalist” interviewing him didn’t have the goddamned BRAINS to say that?!

  • jimbo65

    Bullshit. They’re just trying to give themselves some cover. If he does resign they can claim with much faux pearl clutching, “but we begged him not to. “

  • Jmdintpa

    if you just saw paul ryan on tv you know deep down that this country is not going to survive this unless we decide we have had enough and stop it ourselves

  • Rex

    Wow, if this keeps up there’s gonna be some drama in Washington.

  • infmom

    Please, Mr. Wray, before you quit, send a bunch of your best agents over to arrest Nunez.

    • D. J.

      and Paul Ryan.

    • And the evil turtle McConnell

  • coram nobis

    “Who is Devin Nunes?” asks the Guardian, and according to one source, he’s Inspector Clouseau.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/feb/01/devin-nunes-fbi-memo-controversy

  • Gene Perry

    the WH Staff may be worried, but Trump goes on blissfully unawares.

  • coram nobis

    NYT, just now: Trump will release the memo.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/01/us/politics/republicans-secret-memo-nunes.html

    Now for wrath, now for ruin and a red nightfall.

  • Lars Littlefield

    We need to write a clever Constitutional Crises song to make everyone feel better. Somebody get Sondheim on the phone. STAT!

    • coram nobis

      We’ve already got Gershwin’s “Of Thee I Sing”/”Let ‘Em Eat Cake” cycle.

      • Lars Littlefield

        Not rap or hip hop enough. You expect kids today to know how to carry a melody?

        • coram nobis

          Well, yes, though if you want a musical about a constitutional crisis (and a gov’t takeover by fairies, no less), try Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Iolanthe.” It’s got fast patter songs, maybe not quite the same tempi or slang as “Hamilton,” but you can’t have everything.

          Fun fact: Sondheim may have had one of the earliest examples of rap in a musical, “Into the Woods”. The Witch has at least two expository raps.

          So, there’s no more fuss and there’s no more scenes
          And my garden thrives — you should see my nectarines
          But I’m telling you the same thing I tell kings and queens
          Don’t never never ever mess around with my greens!
          Especially the beans.

        • R W C

          Time for a Lin-Manuel Miranda / Stephen Sondheim collaboration??

          • LesbianTippingHabits


            Urgently, please. A more timely Hamilton! Hurry!

  • ohbear1957
    • FelineMama

      Who, “wrote” this, or, “unwrote” it, if you will, Sarah Palin?

  • DaddyRay

    This BS is jeopardizing the security of our country. If I was any other foreign country I would stop sharing intel with the US

    • Brian Burleson

      I think that is already starting to happen.

    • That ship sailed long ago, after Trump was sharing intel with random russian spies.

    • customartist

      Israel already has trepidations with doing so

  • Charles Nelson

    Republicans want top FBI officials to quit so that Trump can appoint a low enough weasel that will fire Mueller.

  • peacfulseas inWA

    Leave now ! Why wait for the next shoe to drop as it surly will.