Report: President Trump to Fire CIA, FBI Directors After the Election
In a report that came out from Axios on Sunday, President Donald Trump plans to fire three of his top administration officials if he wins reelection on November 3rd. According to the report, Trump has his sights set on replacing CIA Director Gina Haspel, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and FBI Director Christopher Wray as soon as he can do so without worrying about the political implications. His ire seems to be centered around ongoing investigations of the RussiaGate origins.
Having said that, it seems for now that Attorney General William Barr will survive the slaughter.
As for Haspel, the report is that Trump is displeased with the CIA director’s refusal to declassify certain documents that would give U.S. Attorney John Durham a leg up when it comes to investigating the 2016 investigators.
“Since the beginning of DNI’s push to declassify documents, and how strongly she feels about protecting sources connected to those materials, there have been rumblings around the agency that the director plans to depart the CIA regardless of who wins the election,” a CIA source told Axios.
Of the names potentially on the list, Wray’s is the least surprising. The Daily Beast reported in early October that Trump was soliciting recommendations about who he could insert in the FBI slot after the election. This is also the only name that administration sources would confirm to Fox News in a follow-up to the Axios report on Monday.
“A senior White House official told Fox News on Sunday Trump is planning to remove Wray from his post if the president defeats Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the presidential election next week. Another senior administration official told Fox News that Wray is likely to be gone after the election,” reported the outlet.
That official also told Fox News that it is entirely possible that Esper will either resign or be replaced by the president after the election.
On the other hand, this anonymous official told Fox News that Haspel is secure in her job.
“Haspel isn’t going anywhere,” they said. “POTUS has a good relationship with her.”
Well, it’s up to Trump to find men and women who will carry out his agenda without secretly trying to undermine him from the shadows, and that should be easier to do after the election is over. It’s possible that Wray, Esper, and even Haspel are riding the fence when it comes to following the president’s demands, knowing that Biden could be the new man in charge as of January. If that’s the case, then Trump definitely needs to replace them.
For as much crap as his critics give him about demanding “loyalty” from his political appointees…what else should he expect? Should he appoint NeverTrumpers who will aid the Deep State and the Democrats in dismantling his presidency?
In any event, expect some shakeups after November 3rd.