Former FBI agents say that current FBI Director Christopher Wray needs to be ready to resign if Congressional Republicans go through with releasing a controversial memo written by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) over his objections.
Talking with the Daily Beast's Spencer Ackerman, the agents say that Wray's credibility as an independent FBI director hangs in the balance if the White House defies his wishes and releases the Nunes memo, which the FBI itself has warned is misleading.
"Given the climate and the recent activities, going as far back as Director Comey’s departure, Wray definitely must be prepared to resign," retired FBI agent Erroll Southers tells Ackerman.
Southers also adds that he is shocked that attacks by Republicans on the FBI have gotten this far.
"I never thought I’d see the FBI deemed the enemy of the state by anyone, let alone people in this country," he says.
Former FBI counterterrorism special agent Ali Soufan, meanwhile, said that while he didn't think Wray needed to resign, the director must at least be ready to "publicly discredit this cherry-picked, fake memo and expose Nunes." And then if Trump fires Wray because of this, then people within the FBI who take their jobs seriously will need to all resign in protest.
"People in Washington should be prepared for a Saturday Night Massacre," Soufan says. "Many honorable men and women should be prepared to resign, to walk out over this."