Ex-FBI Director William Webster: ‘Profoundly Disappointed’ in Bill Barr, Rudy Giuliani, Trump is Threatening the FBI’s Independence

The only man to serve as both director of the FBI and the CIA is out with a new op-ed arguing that President Donald Trump is threatening the FBI’s independence.

William Webster writes in The New York Times that “the president’s thinly veiled suggestion that the director, Christopher Wray, like his banished predecessor, James Comey, could be on the chopping block, disturbs me greatly.”

“The independence of both the F.B.I. and its director are critical and should be fiercely protected,” he said.

Webster, who served as FBI director under Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan and as CIA director under Reagan and George H.W. Bush, also harshly critiqued Attorney General Bill Barr and Rudy Giuliani for their roles in attacking
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