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Justice Department Prepares to Turn Over Nearly 30,000 Emails in IRS Probe

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Did the IRS improperly disclose taxpayer information to the White House?

It has been a question that is more than a year old but may finally yield an answer after the Justice Department said it is close releasing thousands of documents related to the IRS investigation, International Business Times reports.

The Justice Department reportedly could release nearly 30,000 emails between a White House policy adviser and a former IRS official.

The potentially inappropriate exchange surfaced in 2013 when The Daily Caller reported that the White House and IRS officials exchanged confidential information about a conservative group aiming to abolish the contraception mandate with Obamacare.

The allegations are part of larger claims that the IRS was targeting conservative groups seeking tax exemptions.

Questions Linger a Year After Woman Fatally Shot by Secret Service in Washington D.C.

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A year after Secret Service agents fatally shot Mariam Carey in Washington D.C., many of the circumstances leading to her death remain a mystery, Gawker reports.

The 34-year-old dental hygienist from Connecticut made a U-turn at a White House checkpoint before she was gunned down by the Secret Service and Capitol police.

A chase began when she forced her way past a portable barrier. Some media reports indicate she never tried to ram through a barrier.

Her 1-year-old daughter was in the car with her.

The official claims are that Carey prompted a “high-speed chase,” but media estimates put her average speed at 19.5 mph.

What remains a mystery is how she ended up in a car chase. Family said she was a loving mother and carried a stable job.

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David Laufman To Oversee Justice Department’s Increased Counterespionage Efforts

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

David Laufman, an experienced former federal prosecutor, will take over the Justice Department’s counterespionage efforts as part of a larger restructuring to put more of a focus on cyber attacks, Reuters reports.

Laufman is expected to begin his job today as chief of the counterespionage section of the Justice Department’s national security division.

Laufman is returning to government work after joining the private sector. He’s worked as a CIA analyst, a congressional insider and in the early 2000s a senior Justice Department official under George W. Bush.

The Justice Department is trying to get a handle on growing cyber threats and violations of export control laws, Reuters wrote.