AG Bill Barr ‘threatened to quit’ in 2020 after Trump attempted to fire FBI Director Chris Wray

AG Bill Barr ‘threatened to quit’ in 2020 after Trump attempted to fire FBI Director Chris Wray over his handling of the Hunter Biden email scandal

  • Attorney General Bill Barr reportedly threatened to quit in the spring of 2020 over former president Donald Trump’s attempt to fire FBI Director Chris Wray 
  • A source with knowledge of the matter said Barr was introduced to Bill Evanina, a top counterintelligence official, during a meeting at the White House
  • But when Barr realized that Evanina, was being suggested as a potential replacement for Wray, he walked out of the room
  • News that Trump was considering firing Wray made headlines after the election 
  • It was said at the time that Trump had grown increasingly frustrated with the FBI’s handling of the Hunter Biden email scandal

Attorney General Bill Barr reportedly threatened to quit in the spring of 2020 over former president Donald Trump’s attempt to fire FBI Director Chris Wray. 

A source with knowledge of the matter told Business Insider that Barr was introduced to Bill Evanina during a meeting at the White House.  

But when Barr realized that Evanina, a top counterintelligence official, was being suggested as a potential replacement for Wray, he walked out of the room. 

The move was an apparent threat to leave the Trump administration if the former president gave Wray the boot. 

Chris Wray

Attorney General Bill Barr (left) reportedly threatened to quit in the spring of 2020 over former president Donald Trump’s attempt to fire FBI Director Chris Wray (right)

At that point, it was the closest Wray had ever came to getting fired during the Trump administration. 

Wray is currently the FBI director in the Biden administration. he assumed his position in 2017. 

News that Trump was considering firing Wray made headlines after the election.

It was said at the time that Trump had grown increasingly frustrated with the FBI’s handling of the Hunter Biden email scandal.

The Washington Post first reported the possibility, citing sources familiar with Trump’s alleged discussions about Wray’s uncertain future as the FBI director.

Trump had previously voiced his anger at Wray’s public statements on issues like antifa, voting fraud and Russian election interference. 

News that Trump was considering firing Wray made headlines after the election. It was said at the time that Trump had grown increasingly frustrated with the FBI's handling of the Hunter Biden email scandal

News that Trump was considering firing Wray made headlines after the election. It was said at the time that Trump had grown increasingly frustrated with the FBI’s handling of the Hunter Biden email scandal

Trump had charged that emails found on Hunter's (pictured with his dad) laptop could implicate Biden in his son's dealings. Trump was disappointed that Wray hadn't given him a boost in the polls the same way James Comey did with the Hillary Clinton email scandal

Trump had charged that emails found on Hunter’s (pictured with his dad) laptop could implicate Biden in his son’s dealings. Trump was disappointed that Wray hadn’t given him a boost in the polls the same way James Comey did with the Hillary Clinton email scandal

That anger apparently grew, especially after Wray and Barr failed to announce an investigation into potential corruption by Joe Biden and his son Hunter. 

Trump and his allies had charged that emails discovered on Hunter’s laptop could implicate Biden in his son’s international business dealings.

The sources claimed that Trump was disappointed that Wray hadn’t delivered him a pre-election boost in the polls the same way his predecessor James Comey did with the Hillary Clinton email scandal 11 days before the 2016 election.

But Wray had sought to defend the FBI’s independence and its integrity even as it puts him at odds with Trump and his allies. 

At the time, the FBI also tried to avoid confrontations where possible, making clear that it is striving to be responsive to Republican lawmakers on politically charged investigations.

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Jill Biden posts beautiful picture of Melania Trump’s Rose Garden

‘Spring is here!’ Jill Biden shares photo of Melania Trump’s renovated Rose Garden as petition garners more than 75,000 signatures demanding it be changed back to its ‘former glory’

  • Jill Biden on Friday posted a beautiful photo of the White House Rose Garden that Melania Trump controversially renovated 
  • ‘Spring is here at the @WhiteHouse!’ Biden wrote, posting a picture of sunlight filtering over the pink and white flowers 
  • A petition asking for the garden to be restored to its ‘formal glory’ has more than 75,000 signatures 
  • Melania unveiled new garden in August 2020 and commentators bemoaned its pared back appearance
  • Officials at the time said the new plants merely need time to grow 

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Jill Biden on Friday posted a beautiful photo of the White House Rose Garden that Melania Trump controversially renovated amid calls for the first lady to restore the space to its ‘former glory.’

‘Spring is here at the @WhiteHouse!’ Biden wrote, posting a picture of sunlight filtering over the pink and white flowers planted along the White House colonnade.  

Melania Trump unveiled her renovations to the White House Rose Garden in August of last year, a project she had been working on for months. 

Paid for by private donations, Trump returned the garden to its roots, honoring the original design by Bunny Mellon, made at the request of President John F. Kennedy in 1962.

Jill Biden on Friday posted a beautiful photo of the White House Rose Garden that Melania Trump controversially renovated

Jill Biden planted a tree on the North Lawn last week

Jill Biden planted a tree on the North Lawn last week 

Trump walks and Melania Trump are pictured after speaking during the Republican National Convention filmed in the Rose Garden in August 2020

Trump walks and Melania Trump are pictured after speaking during the Republican National Convention filmed in the Rose Garden in August 2020

But Melania Trump also came under criticism for removing crab apple trees originally put there during Kennedy’s time, which officials said was done as they were making too much shade for other plants to grow well in the garden.

And commentators on social media bemoaned the garden’s new look. Melania stuck to a pale color palette, a signature look for the former first lady, and the flowers looked small and bare compared to the brightly colored flowers that dominated the garden during the Obama administration. 

White House officials said, at the time, the new plants simply needed time grow and would soon be lush and beautiful.

An online petition on change.org requests the Biden White House undo Trump’s changes. It’s garnered more than 75,000 signatures. 

The first lady’s office did not respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment on the petition. 

The South Lawn of the White House is undergoing a massive restoration project but there is no indication any changes will be made to the garden area.  The work is reported to be a security and infrastructure upgrade.

Melania Trump's newly renovated Rose Garden unveiled in August 2020 - commentators bemoaned the garden's changed appearance

Melania Trump’s newly renovated Rose Garden unveiled in August 2020 – commentators bemoaned the garden’s changed appearance

A photo of the Rose Garden in April 2018 before Melania's redesign; an online petition asks Jill Biden to change the garden back

A photo of the Rose Garden in April 2018 before Melania’s redesign; an online petition asks Jill Biden to change the garden back

Melania Trump and President Trump heading to the Rose Garden in May 2019 for the National Day of Prayer

Melania Trump and President Trump heading to the Rose Garden in May 2019 for the National Day of Prayer

Melania Trump’s East Wing last year declined to provide the cost of the redesign, which also included much needed updates, such as electrical upgrades for TV appearances, new walkways that are ADA accessible, and general repair work on the area.

The garden was closed for about five weeks during the renovations. The garden is popular spot for White House events – press conferences, the annual turkey pardoning, state dinners and other official events.

White is the dominate theme of the new space, including the addition of white JFK roses in honor of President Kennedy, whose envisioned a large garden outside the Oval Office. 

Smatterings of pink roses and lavender flowers add a pop of color to the diamond-shaped flower beds. 

The garden was designed with the presidency in mind, according to the first lady’s office. The removal of a holly ledge allows a better view of the garden on the president’s walk along the colonnade from the residence to the Oval Office on his daily commute.

But online commentators posted photos of the colorful tulips that dominated the space in the Obama years and decried Trump’s changes as boring. 

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Trump teases 2024 run in interview with Candace Owens saying that he’s ‘absolutely enthused’

Trump teases 2024 run in interview with Candace Owens saying that he’s ‘absolutely enthused’ but will make announcement at the right time

  • Candace Owens interview Trump via telephone for her Daily Wire talk show 
  • Former POTUS did not rule out running for the White House in 2024
  • Trump dined with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at Mar-a-Largo on Tuesday night 

Donald Trump has teased a 2024 presidential run in a new interview with Candace Owens. 

The former Commander-in-chief told the conservative commentator to ‘stay tuned’ when asked Tuesday night whether he would make another bid for the White House.   

‘As you know, it’s very early,’ Trump stated during his phone interview with The Candace Owens Show, which was released on the Daily Wire website. 

‘But I think people are going to be very, very happy when I make a certain announcement.’ 

The ex-POTUS claimed campaign finance rules currently prevent him from making a declaration, but he stated: ‘I look forward to doing an announcement at the right time.’ 

Trump even joked that Owens could run as his Vice Presidential nominee. 

‘What a good choice that would be,’the one-time Commander-in-chief cooed. 

‘That would be fantastic. You would be fantastic!’ 

Elsewhere in Owens’ wide-ranging interview, Trump blasted the media for ravaging his wife, Melania, and admitted he took ‘great pleasure’ in seeing Mitt Romney booed off the stage at an event last week. 

The interview, which was prerecorded, aired as Trump dined with Ted Cruz at Mar-a-Largo. 

The Texas Sen. shared a snap to Twitter which showed himself sitting alongside the former President inside the Florida resort. 

‘Had a great dinner tonight with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago. He’s in great spirits! We spent the evening talking about working together to re-take the House & Senate in 2022,’ Cruz captioned.  

Donald Trump has teased a 2024 presidential run in a new interview with Candace Owens.

The former Commander-in-chief told the conservative commentator to 'stay tuned' when pressed as to whether he would make another bid for the White House

The former Commander-in-chief told the conservative commentator to ‘stay tuned’ when pressed as to whether he would make another bid for the White House

Owens and her husband are pictured with Trump in a social media snap taken last year

Owens and her husband are pictured with Trump in a social media snap taken last year 

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US and UK launch mutual charm offensive to repair Special Relationship

US and UK launch mutual charm offensive to repair the Special Relationship as Dominic Raab praises ‘bold’ President Joe Biden and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken insists Washington has ‘no closer partner’ than Britain

  • Dominic Raab today met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in London
  • The pair held a press conference and they both lavished praise on the other
  • Will be seen as attempt to repair Special Relationship after Trump administration
  • Mr Blinken said the US has ‘no closer ally’ and ‘no closer partner’ than the UK  

Dominic Raab today lavished praise on President Joe Biden while US Secretary of State Antony Blinken insisted Washington has ‘no closer partner’ than the UK as they launched a mutual charm offensive to repair the Special Relationship. 

Mr Raab and Mr Blinken held a press conference this evening in which the Foreign Secretary spoke of his ‘huge pleasure’ at welcoming his US counterpart to the UK. 

The Foreign Secretary was full of warm words for the Biden White House as he said it had already taken ‘a huge number of bold and very welcome steps’ on the world stage. 

Meanwhile, Mr Blinken said the Special Relationship is ‘enduring’, ‘effective’ and ‘dynamic’ as well as being ‘close to the hearts of the American people’. 

The mutual praise will be viewed as a clear attempt by both sides to repair any damage done to the links between Washington and London during Donald Trump’s time in the White House. 

Dominic Raab today lavished praise on President Joe Biden while US Secretary of State Antony Blinken insisted Washington has ‘no closer partner’ than the UK as they launched a mutual charm offensive to repair the Special Relationship

The Foreign Secretary was full of warm words for the Biden White House as he said it had already taken 'a huge number of bold and very welcome steps' on the world stage

The Foreign Secretary was full of warm words for the Biden White House as he said it had already taken ‘a huge number of bold and very welcome steps’ on the world stage

The Special Relationship was strained during Mr Trump’s presidency due to disagreements on a variety of issues like Nato military spending and climate change.    

Mr Raab and Mr Blinken signalled a reset in relations as they spoke at a press conference this evening. 

Mr Raab said: ‘It is a huge pleasure to welcome Secretary of State Blinken to the UK. Tony, it is great to have you here with us, a warm welcome.

‘I think it is fair to say the Biden administration is barely 100 days old but has already taken a huge number of bold and very welcome steps on issues like climate change, global health and human rights, and that has really created momentum in efforts to tackle these pressing global issues.

‘Since Tony’s confirmation, we have been working very closely together and today’s meeting has been another reminder of the depth and breadth of the work that we do together.’

He added: ‘Tony, again, thanks for being here, thanks for our valuable discussions today and I look forward and we look forward, to welcoming President Biden to the UK in June.’

Mr Biden’s first overseas visit as US President will be to the G7 summit in Cornwall next month. 

Mr Blinken said Mr Biden is ‘very much looking forward to being here for the G7’. 

The US Secretary of State also said he is ‘looking forward to the opportunity to meet with Prime Minister Johnson tomorrow’. 

Mr Blinken said the Special Relationship is 'enduring', 'effective' and 'dynamic' as well as being 'close to the hearts of the American people¿

Mr Blinken said the Special Relationship is ‘enduring’, ‘effective’ and ‘dynamic’ as well as being ‘close to the hearts of the American people’

Mr Raab and Mr Blinken held a press conference this evening in which the Foreign Secretary spoke of his 'huge pleasure' at welcoming his US counterpart to the UK

Mr Raab and Mr Blinken held a press conference this evening in which the Foreign Secretary spoke of his ‘huge pleasure’ at welcoming his US counterpart to the UK

On the Special Relationship, he said: ‘It is also the 75th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s famous speech at Westminster College in Missouri where he described the Special Relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States and how vital it is for our two countries and many others around the world.

‘Three quarters of a century later, that Special Relationship is enduring, it is effective, it is dynamic and it is close to the hearts of the American people.’

He added: ‘The United States has no closer ally, no closer partner, than the United Kingdom and I am very glad for the chance to say that again here today.’

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Democrat Rep. Cheri Bustos announces she won’t seek reelection in 2022 in Illinois

Democrat Rep. Cheri Bustos announces she won’t seek reelection in 2022 in Illinois district that is becoming more conservative and Trump won twice

  • She is one of seven Democrats representing districts carried by former President Donald Trump
  • Bustos was elected by just 4 percentage points in 2020
  • She helped Democrats’ political arm in year where they barely kept the House 
  • 2020 Republican opponent Esther Joy King said Bustos ‘destined to lose’ and announced she’ll run 

Five-term Democratic Rep. Cherri Bustos announced she won’t seek reelection in an Illinois district that former President Donald Trump carried in 2020.

Bustos, who as head of the Democratic campaign arm helped preside over the elections where Republicans won back seats even as Trump lost the White House, was facing yet another tight race. 

She defeated Republican Esther Joy King by just 52 to 48 per cent of the vote. King immediately announced she would once again vie for the seat.

Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos of Illinois announced Friday she won’t be seeking reelection in her district, which has been becoming more Republican

Bustos, 59, had been considered a lawmaker with potential to move up in leadership.

‘It has been an honor to be a voice for our family farmers, working families, those struggling to afford healthcare and so many more,’ she said in a statement, referencing her central Illinois district.

‘Each time I traveled to Washington, I brought those voices with me to elevate our region and bring real and lasting change.’

Illinois will lose a seat through redistricting next year under the latest count released by the Census Bureau this week. In that scenario, it would have been challenging for Democrats to do much to try to boost her chances by moving more Democratic areas into the district. 

Democrats ‘didn’t have great options for shoring up Bustos’s district,’ wrote Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political Report.

She is the fourth House Democrat to forego reelection – a group that included other lawmakers facing potential defeat or redistricting challenges. 

'I wish her the best!': Republican Esther Joy King released a statement saying 'Cheri was destined to lose'

‘I wish her the best!’: Republican Esther Joy King released a statement saying ‘Cheri was destined to lose’

Her retirement gives Republicans an opportunity in an open-seat in an off-year election where the party in power traditionally loses seats, with Democrats holding a narrow majority.

In her own statement, the Republican, Esther Joy King, announced she was running again – while kicking Bustos on the way out the door.

‘I want to thank Cheri Bustos for her service and I wish her the best going forward. Cheri has always claimed she knew this district well – so she clearly saw what we’re seeing every day: IL-17 was going to make a change in 2022 and Cheri was destined to lose. The people of the IL-17th accomplished this! I’m proud to be part of a movement to bring better representation to the best people I know,’ she said.  

‘Cheri Bustos made the right decision to retire rather than face defeat in 2022, said National Republican Campaign spokesman Mike Berg.

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Jill Biden confirms White House cat is coming and that Major has returned

Jill Biden confirms she is adopting a cat with Joe and ‘loveable’ rescue pup Major has returned to the White House after he bit two employees and was sent for training

  • Jill Biden confirmed their rescue pup Major is back in the White House 
  • Three-year old German Shepherd was banished for additional training after he bit two government employees 
  • He is such a sweet, lovable dog. He really is,’ the first lady said on NBC
  • She also confirmed the Bidens’ are getting a cat 
  • ‘She is waiting in the wings,’ Jill Biden said of the first feline 
  • She also said Major was trained at a shelter with cats so all would be well 

Jill Biden confirmed the first couple’s rescue pup Major is back in the White House after being banished for additional training after he bit two government employees.

‘He is such a sweet, lovable dog. He really is,’ the first lady said on NBC’s Today Show in an interview that aired Friday.

She also confirmed the Bidens’ much-anticipated cat – a female feline – is ‘waiting in the wings’ to join the White House menagerie. 

‘She is waiting in the wings,’ Jill Biden said.

President Joe Biden made it clear that the cat was not his idea. 

‘No but it’s easier,’ he said with a smile on his face. 

The Bidens announced before they moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue they would adopt a cat. No date has been given although White House press secretary Jen Psaki has joked the cat will ‘break the internet’ when it arrives.  

And Jill Biden reassured people that Major Biden, their three-year old German Shepherd, will not harm the first feline.

‘That was part of his training. They took him into a shelter with cats,’ she said. ‘He did fine.’ 

Jill Biden confirmed the first couple’s rescue pup Major is back in the White House and the cat will be joining the first couple soon

The first lady called their rescue pup Major, who has bit two government employees, 'loveable'

The first lady called their rescue pup Major, who has bit two government employees, ‘loveable’

In early April, Major was removed from the White House to undergo additional training after a second biting incident raised more questions about the dog’s behavior. 

The White House argued the dog is still adjusting to his new life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, which is why he bit two government employees. 

Major has bitten two staff at the White House since moving into his new residence. Last month he bit a Park Service employee – the National Park Service maintains the White House lawns – and, in February, he bit a security guard.

In both incidents, the person was checked by the White House Medical Unit and there was no serious damage. White House officials defended Major as being ‘surprised’ and only nipping the person in question.

The Bidens' rescue pup Major (left) keft the White House to undergo additional training after a second biting incident; the Bidens' older dog Champ lays on the South Lawn at right

The Bidens’ rescue pup Major (left) keft the White House to undergo additional training after a second biting incident; the Bidens’ older dog Champ lays on the South Lawn at right

Major, 3, is on a leash when spotted at the White House while the older Champ, 12, shuffles and moves slowly

Major, 3, is on a leash when spotted at the White House while the older Champ, 12, shuffles and moves slowly 

Major was sent to Delaware for additional training after the first biting incident to help him adjust to his new home. The 132-room White House sits on 18 acres in downtown Washington D.C. At his new residence, Major is constantly surrounded by aides and security officers.  

The pup, who the Bidens adopted in November 2018 from an animal shelter, has been on a leash when spotted at the White House in the past few weeks. While Major is leashed, the Bidens’ older German Shepherd, Champ, roams freely.

But Champ, who is 12, moves slowly and stiffly, often stopping to rest. He likes to lie on the South Lawn in the sunshine while Major runs around.

The dogs are often seen on the South Lawn, to get air and use the facilities. Major is rambunctious during the outings, often pulling at the leash and dragging his handler across the lawn. 

President Biden gives Champ a pat; the Bidens adopted Major to be the older dog's companion

President Biden gives Champ a pat; the Bidens adopted Major to be the older dog’s companion

Jill Biden is seen with the two dogs during the presidential campaign

Jill Biden is seen with the two dogs during the presidential campaign

President Biden said they adopted Major on the advice from a vet, who said it would help keep the older dog more active.  

Major is the first rescue dog to have lived in the White House, having moved in after Biden’s inauguration in January. 

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Biden considers raising US refugee cap to 62,500 after Democrat backlash

Biden may finally raise the refugee cap to 62,500 in 2021 after White House flip-flops several times and was accused by Democrats of sticking with Trump’s ‘xenophobic policies’

  • President Joe Biden’s administration may again set the refugee cap at 62,500 for 2021, after 11 days of mixed messaging on the subject 
  • The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the White House was again considering setting the refugee cap to the higher number
  • The administration had first committed to 62,500 in February before announcing on April 16 that it would leave the 15,000 cap in place 
  • After several hours of pushback from refugee groups and liberal activists, the White House said a new cap would be announced on May 15 
  • The Post charted that the White House changed its story on what happened six times in three weeks 
  • Biden said on April 17 that he was concerned about resources because of the uptick in migrants coming to the southern border 
  • On April 1, White House press secretary Jen Psaki had denied the two issues were related  

President Joe Biden’s administration may finally set the refugee cap at 62,500 for 2021, after 11 days of mixed messaging on the subject. 

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the White House was again considering setting the refugee cap to the higher number, which the administration had first committed to in February, before announcing on April 16 that it would leave the cap at 15,000.

The move infuriated refugee groups and political allies on the left.

Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for example, said it was an example of Biden ‘upholding the xenophobic and racist policies of the Trump admin.’  

A Post story from Friday tracked the White House changing its story about what happened six times in three weeks.  

President Joe Biden’s administration may set the refugee cap at 62,500 for the remainder of fiscal year 2021, after 11 days of mixed messaging on the subject 

President Joe Biden's White House has had to play clean-up after an April 16 announcement that said the refugee cap would remain at the Trump-era low of 15,000

President Joe Biden’s White House has had to play clean-up after an April 16 announcement that said the refugee cap would remain at the Trump-era low of 15,000 

White House press secretary Jen Psaki had said on April 1 that moving the refugee cap wasn’t tied to the surge of migrants at the southern border. 

However, on April 17, the president said that it did. 

‘The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people,’ Biden said. ‘We couldn’t do two things at once. But now we are going to increase the number.’ 

The Post had also reported that ‘Biden harbored concerns about what the sharp increase in migrants at the southern border meant for the government’s capacity to handle an influx of refugees from elsewhere.’ 

The Office of Refugee Resettlement is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, which is also tasked with providing housing for unaccompanied minors who have crossed the southern border. 

On Wednesday, Psaki spoke of the ‘challenges to our resources’ when initially asked why Biden overruled Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other national security experts by keeping the cap at the lower number for the April 16 announcement. 

‘I’m obviously not going to get into private conversations between the president and members of his national security team,’ Psaki first said.  

She then noted that funding has been transferred from other areas of HHS to address the crunch of children coming into the country over the border. 

She also pointed out that there had been a Trump-era hiring freeze at the ORR.  

Biden’s larger aim was to move the cap to 125,000 a fiscal year. 

In February, he had suggested half of that could be met in the remaining months of 2021, with the 2022 fiscal year beginning in October. 

But on closer inspection, the administration believed that wouldn’t be doable, which led to the April 16 announcement of keeping the Trump-era cap. 

But the Post reported Tuesday that sources inside the administration ‘suddenly sound hopeful’ that the 62,500 number can be close to being met. 

The White House said it would put out a new number in advance of May 15. 

That date was set on April 16, after refugee resettlement groups and liberal allies pushed back in protest over the announcement that the cap wouldn’t yet budge. 

The Post reported that a final decision hasn’t been made.   

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