Two hours after Axios reported that James Comey’s successor as FBI Director, Christopher Wray, threatened to resign amid White House pressure to fire Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Comey took to Twitter:
Good to read reports of people standing up for what they believe in. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy” — MLK
— James Comey (@Comey) January 23, 2018
It was Comey who appointed McCabe as deputy in 2016. Attorney General Jeff Sessions — at the public urging of President Donald Trump — has been pressuring FBI Director Christopher Wray to fire Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, but Wray threatened to resign if McCabe was removed, according to three sources with direct knowledge.
Wray’s resignation under those circumstances would have created a media firestorm. The White House — understandably gun-shy after the Comey debacle — didn’t want that scene, so McCabe remains.