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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.

ATF Investigating 250+ Fires in Minneapolis Amid Unrest Following George Floyd’s Death

Via Pixabay

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The ATF is investigating more than 150 fires that broke out during unrest following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

“We are making excellent progress with tremendous help from the public,” ATF Special Agent Terry Henderson tells KARE-11 news.

So far, nine people have been arrested in connection with the fires. Another 20 persons of interest have been identified, and the ATF is trying to track them down.

“This is a large scale, large scope event. It is certainly unprecedented for this field division to have this many fires at one time,” Henderson says.

“We have seen a tremendous response from the public providing us with information in regards to these crimes.”

Agents are combing through surveillance and cell phone footage.

FBI, ATF Conduct Raids as Part of Probe into Deadly California Boat Fire

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The FBI, ATF and U.S. Coast Guard on Sunday raided the Santa Barbara offices of a diving company that owns the boat that caught fire off the California coast and killed 34 people on Labor Day.

Federal agents also served warrants to search two boats owned by the company, Truth Aquatics, the Los Angeles Times first reported.

Authorities have been trying to determine the cause of the fire and why no one below the deck was able to escape. The only survivors were a captain and four crew members, who were on deck when the fire broke out shortly after 3 a.m.

No one was arrested during the raids as investigators snapped photos and seized boxes.

“You can only do so much with your basic investigative efforts, and at some point you have to use a search warrant as the means to collect information,” Lt. Eric Raney of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office told the Times.

Watch: Border Patrol Vehicle Erupts in Flames; Authorities Investigate Cause

Border Patrol vehicles erupts in flames.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol vehicle erupted in flames Tuesday afternoon in Tucson, Ariz., and it was all captured on video.

The fire broke out on eastbound Interstate 10.

The agent was able to escape the vehicle without injury.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is investigating the cause.

FBI, ATF Investigate Bombing of Minnesota Mosque

police tapeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF and FBI have joined an investigation into the bombing of a Minnesota Islamic center before dawn Saturday as a group of Muslim worshippers gathered to pray.

The blast was caused by what the FBI called “an improvised explosive device” that rocked the Dar Al Farooq Center in Bloomington, the Star Tribune reports

No injuries were reported after the building was heavily damaged at 5:05 a.m. 

“The post-blast environment is very detailed,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard Thornton said. “You search the wide area in an attempt to find as many components as you can of the device to help us understand how the device was made. That process is substantially complete. … It was an improvised explosive device that was set off early this morning.”

The building housed a mosque, community center and day-care provider. 

Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Suspected of Starting Large Wild Fire

fire via pixabayBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Investigators are trying to determine whether an off-duty Border Patrol agent who was target shooting sparked a large wild fire in southern Arizona.

Border Patrol officials indicated in a statement to Fox News that they were aware of an investigation that “involves an off-duty Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent” that they did not identify.”

“The agent was involved in recreational shooting and immediately reported the fire after it begun,” officials with the Tucson Sector added.

State fire officials declined to comment on the investigation.

The fire burned 63 square miles of grass, brush and trees.

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ATF to Provide Details Today of Warehouse Fire That Killed 36 People in Oakland

ATF LogoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF announced its first phase of the investigation of the Ghost Ship warehouse fire that killed 36 people has ended in Oakland.

The ATF is expected to hold a press conference today to release more details – and potentially the cause – of the deadliest building fire in 13 years, Chicago 5 reports. 

The ATF completed its work at the site and is now analyzing its findings. Authorities said the investigation is far from over.

Friends and family of the victims began to visit the warehouse.

ATF Brings Special Teams to Site of Deadly Fire at Converted Oakland Warehouse

atf badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Still struggling to determine the cause of the deadly fire at a converted Oakland warehouse last week, the ATF has brought a special team of electrical engineers to the scene.

Today, the ATF also plans to send a team of mapping experts to the burned Ghost Ship, where 36 people were killed in the Dec. 2 fire, the East Bay Times reports. 

Prosecutors also have opened a criminal investigation and are considering charges ranging from murder to involuntary manslaughter.

Investigators believed the fire was caused by an electrical problem, but so far that is only a working theory.