Trump Mulls Firing FBI Director, Bill Barr Because They Won’t Investigate Biden
The Washington Post reports that President Donald Trump has repeatedly discussed with his advisers whether to fire FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General William Barr after the November election.
Sources familiar with the matter told The Post that “the president grows increasingly frustrated that federal law enforcement has not delivered his campaign the kind of last-minute boost that the FBI provided in 2016.”
The conversations among the president and senior aides stem in part from their disappointment that Wray in particular but Barr as well have not done what Trump had hoped — indicate that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden or other Biden associates are under investigation, these people say. Like others, they spoke on the condition of anonymity to disclose internal discussions.
People familiar with the discussions say Trump wants official action similar to the announcement made 11 days before the last presidential election by then-FBI Director James B. Comey, who informed Congress he had reopened an investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state after potential new evidence had been discovered.
Polling data shows Comey’s late-October announcement four years ago cut significantly into Clinton’s lead over Trump. Yet while Trump may be hoping for a similar surprise from within his administration now, senior FBI officials are wary of repeating moves that were sharply criticized as unfair and inappropriate.
- Still, Trump has made a hard push for a Biden investigation, saying this week that “we’ve got to get the attorney general to act” and adding that Barr must do it “fast.”
- Trump said, “This is major corruption, and this has to be known about before the election.”
- The Post also noted that Trump “has stopped praising Barr and instead strikes a more critical tone toward him” and “declined to answer a Newsmax reporter recently when asked if Barr would be kept around for a second term.