Sources within the Biden administration and observers of the Federal Bureau of Investigation tell Newsmax that President Joe Biden is keeping former President Donald Trump-appointed Christopher Wray as FBI director because of his record of pursuing law-breakers from both parties and his closeness to former FBI Director James Comey.
"When Chris Wray was assistant U.S. attorney general for the criminal division [2003-05], you could count on anything he was working on going right to Jim Comey," who was deputy attorney general at the time, a former FBI agent who requested anonymity told Newsmax.
"I would bet on Biden keeping Chris Wray as FBI director," Ron Kessler, author of the critically-acclaimed book "The FBI: Inside the World's Most Powerful Law Enforcement Agency," told us. "Barring unusual circumstances, presidents have traditionally retained FBI directors for their entire 10-year term, helping to preserve the bureau's nonpartisan status with leadership that remains the same through different administrations."
Wray was named FBI director by Trump in 2017 after the former president fired Comey.
Kessler added that the bureau under Wray "did a superb job of finding and arresting those who took down federal statues and more recently those who invaded the Capitol and engaged in violence.
"And the FBI took on suspects on both the right and the left: Hunter Biden, on the one hand, and Steve Bannon on the other."
Along with having the likely blessings of Comey, Wray is sure to have the endorsement of another controversial figure in the law enforcement community: William P. Barr, Trump's attorney general until December.
In Kessler's words, "Bill Barr as attorney general repeatedly publicly praised Wray and the job he is doing. In my view, you can't get a better job reference than that."
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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