By Philip Seib, Professor of Journalism and Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. On June 5 four Arab states – Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt – declared a soft war on Qatar. They had a long list of demands, ordering Qatar to weaken ties with Iran,…
Former Attorney General Bill Barr nearly quit when Donald Trump sought to fire another FBI director in four years, reported BusinessInsider Sunday.
FBI directors are appointed for 10-year terms by the president but when Trump came into office, he asked then-FBI director James Comey for his "loyalty," according to Comey's account. When Comey refused to pledge allegiance to Trump, he was shoved out, and replaced by Christopher Wray. But Trump nearly shoved out Wray in spring 2020 -- just three years into his term.
"Ushered into the Roosevelt Room, Barr encountered Johnny McEntee, the former college quarterback who had become a top Trump aide," the story said. "McEntee introduced Barr to Bill Evanina, a top counterintelligence official in the administration who had previously worked at the FBI."
Barr asked what the point of the meeting was, but was then told that Evanina could be the replacement for Wray if Trump decided to fire him.
"Barr turned on his heels and left the room," said the report. "The episode, which has not been previously reported and was described to Insider by a person briefed on the matter, was seen in some corners of the Trump administration as the closest Wray came to getting fired."
The plot also involved firing Deputy FBI Director David Bowdich. That was when Barr threatened to resign, said the source briefed on the meetings.
Wray, a Trump nominee, is still heading up an FBI that is focusing on white supremacy, domestic terrorism and the attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump's supporters.
Jenna Ellis mocked over 'unintentionally hilarious' tweet thanking Space Force for Chinese rocket protection
Attorney Jenna Ellis, who represented Donald Trump during the 2020 election, was mocked over the weekend after she suggested that the former president had protected America from a Chinese rocket by creating Space Force.
"Aren't you glad Trump gave us a Space Force?" Ellis asked on Saturday, referring to a Chinese rocket that was falling back to Earth.
Ellis's followers quickly noted that the Air Force's Space Command had existed years before Trump ordered the creation of Space Force, a new branch of the U.S. military.
"We already had US Space Command as part of the US Air Force. Jenna probably doesn't know that," one commenter wrote.
"They were instrumental in not being able to accurately predict when or where it was going to touch down! #MAGA," another person replied.
"One of the more unintentionally hilarious tweets of the evening," another Twitter user said.
Read some of the comments below.
Search for Air Force Space Command and get back to me. #JennaEllisIsStupid
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) May 9, 2021
Jenna doesn't know a whole lot of basic things that she should know.
— Sir Ramble Lot (@amblingrambler) May 9, 2021
They were instrumental in not being able to accurately predict when or where it was going to touch down! #MAGA
— fluffernutter (@fluffer09954222) May 9, 2021
trump bribed Tuberville and Mo into relocating the command center from CO to AL to aid in his insurrection. That's the most work trump actually put into his Space Farce
— Tina -#VoteBlue (@trcfwtt) May 9, 2021
Have they even gotten any vehicles yet? What are they going to do? Intercept it with a 2001 Honda Accord?
— Marcellus King (@korrupted) May 9, 2021
The very same Space Force that has no clue or any information about the Chinese rocket that just crash-landed in the Indian Ocean?
— Charles Kuyper (@CharlesLKuyper) May 9, 2021
I'm more glad that Steve Carell and Greg Daniels gave us Space Force. 😄
— Dana Robinson (@dajonick) May 9, 2021
How's Rudy's farts treating you ?
— RdZ (@pentzman) May 9, 2021
I'm pretty sure the Air Force could've done this exact thing
— V (@redarmyjawn) May 9, 2021
Did they chase it into the Indian Ocean?
— thedoublefelix🧬 (@thedoublefelix) May 9, 2021
You don't know what you're talking about.
USAF already had a Space Command (joining MAC [military airlift command] & TAC [tactical air command]). "Space Force" was just an administrative redress of Space Command. Seriously, the military so no point in creating a whole new branch.
— 🌐 Agent K ➖🕵️♂️ 🔎 👁️ 💬 📡 ⏱️ 🎯 ⚖️ ➖ 🌊 (@gary_kline) May 9, 2021
What we have now is more government. We already had the Air Force which handled those duties.
— James Haller 🔭🐟🚶🏻♂️🇺🇸 (@astrofisherman) May 9, 2021
Oh because what did the space farce do exactly?
— Winston Smith 🇺🇸❤️💙🇺🇸 (@gaslightingus2) May 9, 2021
They literally just broke out Air Force Space Command into a separate force, Jenna. They were getting the job done just fine before. I know, I used to work there.
— Sidequest | Ligerzero (@LigerzeroGaming) May 9, 2021
Yes. We are going to shoot hurricanes at it.
— Crap_Locker (@Crap_Locker) May 9, 2021
😂 that's not going to help with metal hurtling through the atmosphere
— Thunder (@Thunder75643415) May 9, 2021
Omg I thought this was a joke, but u really are this stupid.
— il padrino (@john_faidutti) May 9, 2021
I'm really not glad he gave us you.
— Belle (@PlainsBelle02) May 9, 2021
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Melinda Gates -- wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates -- began seeking legal advice for a possible divorce two years ago.
The report states that the wife of the billionaire technology pioneer became concerned after her husband's ties to accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein had become public.
"Ms. Gates consulted with divorce lawyers roughly two years before she filed for divorce from Mr. Gates, saying their marriage was 'irretrievably broken,' according to people familiar with the matter and documents," reviewed by the Journal
The report went on to state that "One source of concern for Ms. Gates was her husband's dealings with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, according to the people and a former employee of their charity, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ms. Gates's concerns about the relationship dated as far back as 2013, the former employee said," before adding, "According to the documents reviewed by the Journal, Ms. Gates and her advisers held a number of calls in October 2019 when the New York Times reported that Mr. Gates had met with Mr. Epstein on numerous occasions. Mr. Gates once stayed late into the night at Mr. Epstein's Manhattan townhouse."
Back in 2019, Bill Gates released a statement saying he "regrets ever meeting with Epstein and recognizes it was an error in judgment to do so."
The report notes that Melinda Gates' discomfort with Epstein -- who later died in a New York City jail while awaiting trial -- dated back to 2013, with the Journal adding, "Mr. Gates and some employees of the Gates Foundation continued a relationship with Mr. Epstein despite her concerns."
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