FBI Director Wray Reportedly Threatened to Resign After Sessions Pressured Him to Fire McCabe

Axios is reporting this evening that FBI Director Christopher Wray threatened to quit after Attorney General Jeff Sessions pressured him to fire FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Sessions was acting on the basis of President Donald Trump’s public urging, but Wray reportedly told Sessions that he would resign if McCabe was removed from his post.

Sessions informed the White House about Wray’s potential resignation and considering that they didn’t want to deal with another James Comey situation, they decided that McCabe needs to stay for the time being.

Sessions also discussed with the White House counsel, who also told him not to pursue the issue:

Sessions told White House Counsel Don McGahn about how upset Wray was about the pressure on him to fire McCabe, and McGahn told Sessions this issue wasn’t worth losing the FBI Director over, according to a source familiar with the situation.

There has been a concerted effort recently among Trump loyalists on the Hill and conservative media figures to paint McCabe as a partisan anti-Trumper who has conspired to use the FBI as a weapon against the current president.

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