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Can Trump Fire Christopher Wray?

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Can Trump get away with firing Chris Wray? We know that Joe Biden will keep him on if Trump leaves him in office. We also know that Trump would like to fire him. Does he dare?

White House counsel's office warned Trump not to fire Chris Wray

WASHINGTON — "President Donald Trump has come so close to firing FBI Director Christopher Wray in recent months that the White House counsel’s office has warned him not to do so because it could put him in potential legal jeopardy, according to a senior administration official with direct knowledge of the discussion and a U.S. official familiar with the discussion.
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White House lawyers 'strongly' advised Trump against firing another FBI director out of concern that doing so would risk creating the perception that a 'loyalty test' was being imposed on a position that traditionally has maintained independence from the White House, according to the senior administration official.
The lawyers, led by White House counsel Pat Cipollone, specifically said that firing Wray could spark legal issues similar to those raised after Trump ousted James Comey as FBI director in 2017 in the midst of the Russia investigation, the officials said.
Their concern was that firing Wray could be seen as retaliation because the president has publicly pressured him to take specific actions on certain investigations — such as announcing a probe into President-elect Joe Biden’s son — and then expressed frustration that Wray has not followed his suggestions."
 
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Technically, Trump can dismiss Christopher Wray, or request his resignation. Whether doing so would be politically wise is a different question.

Perhaps Donnie will be satiated with the resignation of William Barr.

Unlike the grievous term of Barr as AG, Wray ran a fairly righteous FBI and resisted Trump's demands to investigate his political enemies etc.
 

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Biden can hire Wray right back.
 

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Biden can hire Wray right back.

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden will not remove Christopher Wray as FBI director if he is still in the job when the Democratic president takes office, the New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing a senior Biden official.

Biden’s team was 'not removing the F.B.I. director unless Trump fired him,' the Times quoted the official as saying."

This was what made me think that perhaps there was a reason that Biden would not hire him back if Trump fired him.

 
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