Barr threatened to resign over Trump attempts to fire Wray: report

Former Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump, allies pressured DOJ to back election claims, documents show House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists Judge temporarily blocks release of Trump obstruction memo MORE reportedly threatened to resign if former President TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE fired FBI Director Christopher Wray.

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 ComeyMystery surrounds Justice's pledge on journalist records NYT publisher: DOJ phone records seizure a 'dangerous incursion' on press freedom Trump DOJ seized phone records of New York Times reporters 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, 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.

In December, Barr became one of the highest-ranking Trump administration officials to both privately and publicly contradict Trump's unproven claims of widespread election fraud.

Barr left the administration later that month, just a few weeks before the end of Trump's term, amid what many perceived to be a fraying relationship with the president.