Former President Donald Trump and former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr appeared to enjoy a good relationship, but new revelations suggest things were more tenuous behind the scenes.
According to a Business Insider report, an anonymous source alleged that Barr threatened to resign at one point in his service under Trump.
Source says Barr confronted Trump
The ultimatum he is said to have issued came when Trump was considering whether or not to replace FBI Director Christopher Wray.
As the unnamed insider said, Barr learned of the president’s intentions when he was summoned to the White House to meet with former FBI official Bill Evanina.
Reports indicate that Evanina had served in a central counterintelligence role during his stint in the bureau during the Trump administration.
For his part, Barr is said to have reacted negatively upon learning that Evanina was being considered to replace Wray and sources say he abruptly left the room.
Wray, who continues to serve as FBI director under President Joe Biden, was apparently spared an early exit from the bureau in part because of the then-attorney general’s firm stance.
“Not bringing it forward affected the election as well”
Of course, Barr’s perceived support of Wray is unlikely to win him much support from Trump loyalists, especially as the FBI director is spending some of his time investigating allies of the former president.
It would not be the first time Trump supporters have turned against Barr, however. In December, reports revealed that he hid two investigations involving Hunter Biden from the public during his term as attorney general.
Trump campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley argued at the time that the decision to keep that information private denied voters an opportunity to make an informed choice.
“Covering this whole thing up and not allowing the American people to know it and to try and pretend as though the reason this doesn’t come forward is because it would affect the election — not bringing it forward affected the election as well,” he said.
One Media Research Center survey found that roughly 1 in 6 Biden voters would have reconsidered their choice if they had been aware of the allegations surrounding him and his son.