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Archive for May 11th, 2021

AG Barr threatened to Resign Last Year If Trump Fired FBI’s Wray

Attorney General William Barr, via Justice Department.

By Steve Neavling

Former Attorney General Bill Barr threatened to resign last year if then-President Trump fired FBI Director Christopher Wray, Business Insider reports.

The previously unreported incident occurred during a trip to the White House, when Barr learned that Trump was considering replacing Wray with Bill Evanina, a top counterintelligence official. 

Barr responded by saying he’d quit in protest. 

It wasn’t the first time Barr reportedly threatened to quit. The Washington Post reported last year that Barr also was considering stepping down because of Trump’s tweets.

Trump and Wray had a rocky relationship. Wray refused to fire Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, whom Trump loathed, and he contradicted the president’s claims about widespread election fraud, Antifa and Russia’s election interference. 

Wray Appoints Special Agents in Charge of New Orleans, Honolulu Field Offices

Special Agent Douglas Williams

By Steve Neavling

The FBI’s New Orleans and Honolulu Field Offices have new leaders. 

FBI Director Christopher Wray appointed Steven B. Merrill to serve as special agent in charge of the Honolulu Field Office. He most recently served as the financial crimes section chief in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI headquarters. 

Wray also named Douglas A. Williams Jr. as the special agent in charge of the New Orleans Field Office. Williams had been serving as a section chief in the Office of Congressional Affairs at FBI headquarters. 

In 1991, Merrill joined the FBI as a forensic scientist. He became a special agent in 1994, working in the San Francisco Field Office, where he investigated Unabomber Ted Kacyznski. 

FBI Special Agent Steven B. Merrill

Since then, Merrill served in a variety of positions. As an assistant legal attaché, he was the first FBI agent to respond to the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. In 2017, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Boston Field Office. 

Williams became a special agent in 2002, first working in the Miami Field Office investigating drug trafficking, violent crime and organized crime. 

He received numerous promotions throughout his career. In 2016, Williams was named assistant special agent in charge of the Houston Field Office.