This move is long overdue. Wray has been keeping the cover-up going and has been a thorn in the side of investigators and the public seeking to understand Spygate. The question will be whether a replacement can be confirmed before the election, and if not, will an "acting" Director be able to change course quickly enough to matter?
Flynn's attorney Sidney Powell has apparently been floated as a candidate. She has been absolutely amazing in representing Flynn. I don't know enough about her qualifications for the post to be really sure if she would make a good director, but I am absolutely sure she would shake things up and the FBI needs a damn good shaking up.
Some people are saying Trump shouldn't fire Wray before the election because it might cause fallout similar to what happened when Trump fired Comey. That's certainly a risk. But there are risks to accepting that argument too -- should Presidents really be held hostage to their own FBI and DOJ under threat of investigations and special counsels for simply making hiring and firing decisions?
Mr President, I say, damn the torpedoes -- full steam ahead!
However, with only a few weeks to go before the election, the left will see the chance of losing control of the Supreme Court for real. (Despite the supposedly conservative majority, enough Justices go wobbly that the left has had significant influence on cases that matter to them). They will go absolutely crazy to prevent Trump from successfully nominating and confirming a replacement. And if they manage to block a confirmation before the election, the election itself will have massively increased levels of violence, fraud, riots, and everything else. The left will see this election as being for all the marbles. The right, among which I count myself, will see a chance to make lasting gains on goals long denied.
This election was already tense, with figures on the left openly threatening succession and civil war if they lose. This will only increase the tensions. Civil war is now a real possibility.
Biden supporter's home searched in child porn investigation?
PJMedia has the news. Obviously, a search isn't proof of anything, but they got a warrant which requires probable cause. And just because the individual got himself in trouble doesn't really mean Biden or the campaign knew anything about it. But Biden can be pretty creepy himself.
Another Portland arrest for arson. Not a wildfire, though. He allegedly tried to set the natural gas pipeline of a hotel on fire. The police asked the witness to take down her posts "to avoid incitement"; I call bullshit on that. They just don't want people to know what is really going on.
4 people arrested for arson in west coast wildfires
The local FBI office is denying reports that "extremists" were responsible for setting the fires. Since people have actually been arrested and charged, we can only take that as a denial that the people involved were "extremists" with, presumably, links to the two groups known to be actively burning things down lately: Black Lives Matter and Antifa. But, there are also reports that several of the arson incidents were coordinated.
Allegations about Biden getting gropy with a Secret Service girlfriend
The allegation is that Biden "cupped the breast" of a Secret Service agent's girlfriend during a photo op, and the agent was pissed enough to shove Biden. The Secret Service admitted documents existed but claimed they were destroyed. The allegation itself doesn't speak well of either the agent or Biden, but it would serve as crucial confirmation that Biden's groping is a real problem and not just people looking uncomfortable in pictures.
Of course it would be better if the agent personally came out to talk about it, but there are likely a lot of career reasons and even legal reasons he might not want to do that.
Amicus filed in Flynn case, assisted by attorney for a material witness
Gleeson filed his amicus brief in the Flynn case. No surprise, he's arguing that the dismissal should be denied and alleges without evidence that it is a pressure campaign by Trump for political purposes. (Clue: Trump is President and doesn't need pressure campaigns; he can validly issue orders if he so chooses. Barr has denied both orders and pressure campaigns.)
Notably, Gleeson was assisted in his brief by colleague David O'Neil, who is representing ex-DOJ official Sally Yates. Yates is a material witness to the events of the Flynn case and clearly has personal interests in how it is resolved.
Unlike Obama, he actually did something to deserve the nomination. Specifically, he brokered peace between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and improved relations with North Korea, with other negotiations ongoing, all while avoiding US involvement in additional wars.
Why is Strzok claiming that the FBI "did nothing wrong"?
Well, it's perhaps better to ask why he is making that claimnow. It's because there is an FBI rule about making announcements that could influence election results within a 60 day window before the election, and we are just now inside the window. Strzok figures he is safe from being contradicted (or charged!) between now and the election. And he figures that if Biden wins, he's safe permanently.
He's probably right about being safe if Biden wins. But there's a flaw in the other part of the plan.
Almost no one was involved in the Spygate conspiracy is currently running for office. So Strzok and all of his FBI friends may not be as safe as they think. The only one involved who is actually running for anything is Biden, and no one expects Durham to actually try to reach that high. The rest of the conspirators are basically hiding under Biden's umbrella. If Durham is serious, that may not turn out well for them.
Pientka is one of the FBI figures involved in SpyGate who may have been cooperating with Durham. Now he's being interviewed by Senate investigators. This may mean his cooperate with Durham has come to a happy ending.