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FBI Rushed Trenton Mayor Mack Investigation Because of Suspicions from Inner Circle

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI rushed its investigation into Trenton Mayor Tony Mack because agents were worried the administration knew about the probe, the Trenton Times reports

A city carpet salesman, who was Mack’s fraternity brother, warned the mayor of an investigation, prompting the FBI to scurry for search warrants. 

“We needed to execute immediately because we believed we were compromised in the investigation,” FBI Supervisory Special Agent Mike Doyle said.

Mack and his brother are accused of accepting bribes in exchange for fast-tracking the sale of property to build a garage, which actually was an FBI sting operation.

Investor’s Business Daily Editorial: FBI Just As Untrustworthy As IRS Over Failed Probe

By Investor’s Business Daily
Editorial
The FBI says it won’t prosecute anyone at the IRS for its admitted targeting of the president’s political foes. This just as the agency claims the law is no longer its main mission. So it’s a political goon squad now.

According to a leak to the Wall Street Journal, the Federal Bureau of Investigation “didn’t find the kind of political bias or ‘enemy hunting’ that would amount to a violation of criminal law.” And so, nobody was likely to be prosecuted for the most blatant politicization of a federal agency within memory.

All the Bureau found was a “mismanaged” agency that enforced rules “it didn’t understand.” In other words, nothing to see here, move along.

That’s strange stuff for an agency whose most implicated regulator, Lois Lerner, invoked her Fifth Amendment rights against self incrimination in congressional testimony last year. That she came to congressional attention was only because of her calculated announcement that the IRS had in fact targeted Tea Party groups for special scrutiny — that’s right, admitted to breaking the law — in a preemptive attempt to paint her abuse of power as a customer service problem.

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NY Times Reporter James Risen Goes to Supreme Court Over Confidential Sources

Reporter James Risen

By LUCY MCCALMONT
Politico

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for New York Times reporter James Risen have filed a petition to the Supreme Court on Monday to request that the court take up his case to recognize reporter’s privilege.

It is the latest development in the ongoing battle Risen faces against the the government over confidential sources. Former CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling has been accused of leaking information to Risen on the agency’s operations. The government is seeking Risen’s testimony in a separate case against Sterling. An earlier decision by the 4th Circuit in 2013 stated Risen was not entitled to reporter’s privilege.

In the petition filed Monday, Risen’s representation said that due to confusion and conflict in prior interpretations regarding both Risen’s and similar cases, the Supreme Court should take up the case.

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Read court filing. 

 

Border Patrol Agent Dies While Working Out at Michigan Bay Station

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Border Patrol agent was found dead in a workout room at a bay station in Michigan, the News-Messanger reports.

An Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office report indicates Agent Scott M. Schoen, 30, was found on his back in a pool of blood at the Sandusky Bay Station.

Schoen was not breathing and received CPR.

According to the report, Schoen was suffering chest pains earlier.

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FBI Investigates Possible Front Running of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac in Trader Scam

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating whether Wall Street conspired to rig rates on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to manipulate the key derivatives market, Reuters reports.

Agents said the traders swapped messages through hand signals and ring tones to manipulate large orders by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. 

Reuters wrote that a former high-level employee said the scam raked in $50 million to $100 million in profits.

The identities of the traders under investigation were not revealed.

 

FBI Mulls Charges Against Two Cops Accused of Beating Homeless Man to Death

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

On the day a jury found two former Fullerton Police Department officers not guilty of beating a homeless man to death, the FBI said it would determine whether “further investigation is warranted” to bring new charges, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The officers are accused of beating to death Kelly Thomas, a 37-year-old schizophrenic man who was well-known in Fullerton, Calif.

“With the conclusion of the state court trial, investigators will examine the evidence and testimony to determine whether further investigation is warranted at the federal level,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller in Los Angeles said in a statement.

The trial lasted three weeks.

FBI Investigation Finds No Laws Were Violated over Extra Scrutiny of Tea Party, Other Conservative Groups

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI’s investigation of the IRS’ extra scrutiny of the Tea Party likely won’t lead to charges, Reuters reports.

Investigators said there was no evidence of bias in the pursuit of the conservative groups to justify charges.

President Obama’s administration has come under attack for give disproportionate attention to political enemies.

The Justice Department declined to comment, but FBI Director James Comey said last week, “It’s an investigation that we’re still working, and that’s an important one for us.”

FBI Interviews Differ from Obama’s Accounts of What Led to Consulate Attack in Benghazi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi may not have happened as described by the Obama administration, Fox News reports.

The FBI interviewed survivors for three days and none reported a demonstration.

Obama initially said the attack occurred after a protest of an anti-Islam film got out of control.

“The FBI confirmed to me that when they interviewed the survivors on the 15th the 16th and the 17th [of September], not one person ever mentioned anything other than a terrorist attack. No one mentioned a protest outside the consulate,” Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham told Fox News. “So, how could the Obama administration come up with a protest story if everybody on the ground during the attack said it was a terrorist attack and there was no protest?”

It still remains clear whether the information ever got to the president, Fox News reported.