White House press secretary Jen Psaki was non-committal at her debut briefing Wednesday that Wray should stay with the FBI and said she had not spoken to Biden about it. Despite the president hinting that he would keep Wray for his ten-year term, questions re-emerged as to whether he would stay at the Capitol after the January 6 riots.
The FBI leadership was scrutinized in response to the unrest in the Capitol. Wray did not appear publicly for more than a week after taking over the Capitol on Jan. 6, and the Justice Department announced on Friday that it had initiated an internal review of its response to the deadly riot, investigating and sharing information.
“The DOJ OIG will also examine for any weaknesses in DOJ protocols, policies or procedures that affect the ability of the DOJ or its components to effectively prepare for and respond to the events in the US Capitol on January 6th , affected, “the department said in a publication.
Despite Trump appointing Wray, the relationship between the two men quickly frayed. Trump had urged Wray to disclose information that could potentially harm Biden politically ahead of the November 3rd presidential election, and Trump’s team challenged Wray’s view of Antifa as an “ideology” as opposed to an organized group.
In October, an organization representing thousands of FBI agents urged then-President Trump and Biden to keep Wray for the duration of his term in office.
“While the president can remove an FBI director, it could cause instability and damage to the bureau’s operations, which is why Congress intended to protect the director’s position from political whims,” said Brian O’Hare, president of the FBI Agents Association said.
“All interactions with the Biden team have been very positive,” a US government official told POLITICO about Wray’s relationship with the administration.
Daniel Lippman contributed to this report.