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Archive for October 2nd, 2020

At Least 11 Employees at Secret Service Training Facility Tested Positive for COVID-19 in August

By Steve Neavling

At least 11 employees tested positive for COVID-19 at a Secret Service training facility in Maryland in August, according to a new report. 

It’s believed the employees were infected during training sessions and a graduation ceremony that lacked social distancing, The New York Times reported on Friday morning.

The Times learned about the infections from the Project on Government Oversight, a watchdog group.

The news comes just hours after the bombshell announcement that President Trump and first lady Melanie Trump became infected with COVID-19.

In a statement, the Secret Service said it “has taken significant precautions at its training center to protect the health and welfare of its trainees and training staff.”  

It’s still unclear whether any of the Secret Service agents who work directly with the president have become infected. 

Trump Plans to Fire FBI Director Wray If He Is Re-Elected, Report Says

FBI Director Christopher Wray in Atlanta. Photo via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

FBI Director Christopher Wray’s future at the FBI may depend on who wins the presidential election in November. 

If President Trump wins a second term, he has privately told “several officials and close associates that he intends to replace Wray near the start of a second term in office,” Daily Beast reports, writing that the president routinely expresses  “dissatisfaction with the director’s performance and apparent unwillingness to swiftly root out Trump’s perceived enemies in the bureau.”

Trump even asked close advisers for suggestions on a replacement.

It’s no secret that Trump has been unhappy with his FBI director for contradicting the president’s baseless rhetoric about widespread election fraud and efforts by Russia to interfere in the election. 

Last week, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows doubled down on his criticism of Wray for telling the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that there’s no evidence of any kind of coordinated national voter fraud.”

Since becoming president, Trump has lashed out at his FBI directors for refusing to show loyalty and not repeating his baseless rhetoric. Trump fired Comey in May 2017 after he declined to pledge loyalty, a move that was followed by the appointment of a special counsel probe.