FBI director Christopher Wray has begun clearing the Augean stables at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which should prompt a broader — and long overdue — cleanup of the government’s sloppy intelligence operations.
But he and Attorney General Jeff Sessions may face their greatest obstacle in the form of their president. Donald Trump’s impulse to transform every activity of government into a partisan conflict undermines the difficult task of repairing a Justice Department that sorely needs it.
On Monday, Mr. Wray’s reform effort took an important step forward with the resignation of Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s deputy director. Mr. McCabe had worked on the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s unsecured private computer network even though his wife, as a candidate for a Virginia State Senate seat, had received $500,000 in campaign contributions from a Clinton friend.