Bush Ethics Chief to FBI Director: Trump Is Humiliating You, Stand Up to Him or Resign

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Christopher Wray testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on his nomination to be the director of the FBI in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on July 12. On Tuesday, an ethics lawyer called for the FBI director to stand up for the FBI organization or resign. Getty

A former chief White House ethics lawyer has slammed FBI Director Christopher Wray for allowing President Donald Trump and other Republicans to attack the bureau's credibility.

Richard Painter, who served in President George W. Bush's second term, called for Wray to tell Trump and other members of Congress to cut out their attacks on the FBI or resign.

"FBI Director Chris Wray in allowing himself and the FBI to be humiliated by Trump and by political hacks in Congress. Wray needs to do his job and tell all of them to cut it out. If Wray can't do that he should resign," Painter tweeted on Tuesday.

FBI Director Chris Wray in allowing himself and the FBI to be humiliated by Trump and by political hacks in Congress. Wray needs to do his job and tell all of them to cut it out. If Wray can’t do that he should resign.

— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) December 26, 2017

In another tweet posted on December 27, Painter continues his case by stating: "If during the Cold War the Soviets were able sell this 'deep state' baloney to Americans, to sow distrust of our own FBI and CIA, we would all be speaking Russian by now."

If during the Cold War the Soviets had been able to sell this “deep state” baloney to Americans, to sow distrust of our own FBI and CIA, we would all be speaking Russian by now. The collaborators in Congress must be voted out now!

— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) December 27, 2017

Trump nominated Wray to be head of the bureau on June 7, after his predecessor James Comey was fired by the president on May 9.

Over the past month, the president has intensified his attack on the FBI. On December 3, Trump's Twitter erupted with a barrage of tweets declaring that the FBI's reputation was "in tatters."

After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters - worst in History! But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2017

And in another tweet on Tuesday, Trump called the FBI "tainted."

WOW, @foxandfrlends “Dossier is bogus. Clinton Campaign, DNC funded Dossier. FBI CANNOT (after all of this time) VERIFY CLAIMS IN DOSSIER OF RUSSIA/TRUMP COLLUSION. FBI TAINTED.” And they used this Crooked Hillary pile of garbage as the basis for going after the Trump Campaign!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2017

Trump and other Republican members have continuously accused the FBI and Justice Department of being biased against the president, which has worked to discredit the investigation led by Robert Mueller into Trump-Russia collusion.

Despite these attacks on the bureau, White House legislative affairs director Marc Short told Fox News Sunday that Trump is "very pleased" with Director Christopher Wray and "the changes that are taking place."

Andrew McCabe, the FBI deputy director, will be retiring from the bureau next year. He came under fire from GOP lawmakers for being impartial and holding anti-Trump sentiment after it emerged that his wife's Senate campaign received contributions from Hillary Clinton ally Terry McAuliffe's political action committee, according to CNBC.