Former Attorney General William BarrBill BarrDOJ faces big decision on home confinement Democrats, activists blast Trump DOJ effort to get journalists’ phone records Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE reportedly threatened to resign if FBI Director Christopher Wray was fired by former President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction ‘sends a terrible, terrible message’ GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote One quick asylum fix: How Garland can help domestic violence survivors MORE.
According to Business Insider, Barr’s threat came after he became aware of the White House’s efforts to find a replacement for Wray, who took over the FBI after Trump fired former director James ComeyJames Brien Comey‘Fox News Sunday’ to mark 25 years on air Showtime developing limited series about Jan. 6 Capitol riot Wray says FBI not systemically racist MORE.
The efforts to oust Wray reportedly continued into the spring of 2020, when a White House aide presented Barr with a potential nominee to replace Wray, Bill Evanina. Barr abruptly left a meeting after realizing that the White House was seeking his approval on the issue, according to the news outlet.
It is not clear when Barr threatened to resign in protest, but the former attorney general’s threat appeared to be effective, as Wray led the bureau through the end of the Trump administration and continues as FBI director to this day.
Barr left the administration in December, just a few weeks before the end of Trump’s term, amid what many perceived to be a fraying relationship with the president.