Friday, October 22, 2021

Ben Carson to Leave Trump Administration + FBI Investigating Threat Against Rep. Ilhan Oman

*Former surgeon Ben Carson revealed in a recent interview on Newsmax TV that he will exit his role as Housing and Urban Development [HUD] Secretary at the end of Donald Trump’s first term in office.

“I will certainly finish out this term,” Carson told the conservative outlet on Monday. “I would be interested in returning to the private sector because I think you have just as much influence, maybe more, there.”

As noted by The Hill, Carson has been with Trump since the beginning of his first term and he faced a bit of scandal over his “spending habits, ethics controversies and possible conflicts of interest,” the political news site writes.

“President Donald J. Trump hired me to do a job as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and we are making tremendous progress ensuring our most vulnerable citizens are empowered with a path to self-sufficiency,” Carson told The Hill in a statement when asked for comment about the Newsmax interview. “I always stand ready to serve this great President and the United States of America.”

Carson had no prior experience in housing or the government when Trump appointed him has head of HUD in late 2016.

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In related news, the FBI is investigating an assassination threat against Rep. Ilhan Omar, according to the New York Post.

An image of the alarming message was posted on Instagram last month, showing the words “Assassinate Ilhan Omar” scrawled in black on a men’s bathroom stall at a Holiday gas station in Rogers, Minn.

“No wonder why I am on the ‘Hitlist’ of a domestic terrorist and ‘Assassinate Ilhan Omar’ is written on my local gas stations,” Omar wrote.

“Look no further, the GOP’s anti-Muslim display likening me to a terrorist rocks in state capitols and no one is condemning them!” she added along with a link to an NBC News article about an anti-Muslim display in the West Virginia statehouse.

An FBI spokesman has confirmed that the bureau is in the “initial stages” of investigating the matter.

“We are aware of that piece of graffiti at the convenience store and are looking into it with some of our law enforcement partners,” Kevin Smith told

Brian Raines, who posted the image on Instagram, said he was “appalled” when he saw the message on Feb. 22.

“I saw it and I took a picture of it to show the manager,” he told “His complete lack of interest bothered me. It’s Sharpie. You could have done anything to take it off. He seemed offended that I even said something about it.”

Instagram ultimately removed his post because it violated the site’s content policy.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.



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