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Archive for October 9th, 2020

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Trump Lambasts FBI Director, Attorney General in Strange Interview

President Trump and AG William Barr, via DOJ.

By Steve Neavling

President Trump, increasingly agitated as his poll numbers slide and he’s isolated in the White House with COVID-19, lashed out at his FBI director and attorney general Thursday.

“He’s been disappointing,” Trump said of FBI Director Christopher Wray in an interview with Fox Business. “He doesn’t see the voting ballots as a problem.”

In congressional testimony two weeks ago, Wray said the FBI has “not seen, historically, any kind of coordinated national voter fraud in a major election, whether it’s by mail or otherwise.”

Trump refused to say whether he plans to replace Wray if elected to a second term. Daily Beast reported last week that Trump has talked of replacing Wray, whom he nominated in 2017.

The president also said Attorney General William Barr would go down in history “as a very sad, sad situation” if he fails to indict Democrats such as Trump’s opponent Joe Biden and former President Obama. 

“Unless Bill Barr indicts these people for crimes, the greatest political crime in the history of our country, then we’re going to get little satisfaction unless I win and we’ll just have to go, because I won’t forget it,” Trump said, referring to the probe of his 2016 campaign ties with Russia. “But these people should be indicted. This was the greatest political crime in the history of our country, and that includes Obama and it includes Biden.”

Trump has stepped up his claims that Obama and Biden should be prosecuted, and hinted that he pressured Barr to prosecute Barr to bring indictments. 

“He’s got all the information he needs,” Trump said. “They want to get more, more, more, they keep getting more. I said, ‘You don’t need any more.’”

FBI Foils Plot to Kidnap Michigan Gov. Whitmer

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

By Steve Neavling

The FBI said Thursday that it had thwarted a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ahead of the presidential election, leading to charges against 13 men who are accused of planing to attack law enforcement, overthrow the government and instigate a civil war. 

The extraordinary plot involved months of planning that included combat drills, building explosives, and rehearsing to kidnap the Democratic governor from her vacation. 

The men, angry of Whitmer’s COVID-19 restricts, are charged with terrorism, conspiracy, and weapons charges. Six were charged in federal court, and seven were charged on the state level. The groups trained together, authorities said. 

Four of the suspects planned to meet Wednesday to “make payments on explosives and exchange tactical gear.”

The FBI credited undercover agents and informants for thwarting the violence. 

“Federal and state law enforcement are committed to working together to make sure violent extremists never succeed with their plans, particularly when they target our duly elected leaders,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge said in a statement.

U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider called the allegations “deeply disturbing.”

“All of us can disagree about politics, but those disagreements should never, ever result in violence,” Scheinder said. “We owe our thanks to the men and women of law enforcement who uncovered this plot and have worked so hard to protect Governor Whitmer.”

The FBI has warned of the increasing dangers posed by right-wing extremists.