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Hillary Clinton Retains Security Clearance Despite FBI Inquiry into Handling of Classified Information

hillary-clintonBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Although the FBI is investigating Hillary Clinton’s handling of sensitive government information on her private email account, she still has security clearance to access classified information, McClatchy reports. 

National security experts said it’s common practice to remove that clearance during an investigation.

“Whether you’re a member of the military, a high-ranking executive branch official or anybody else with a security clearance, people should be treated equally,” said Grassley, R-Iowa. “If rank-and-file military and intelligence community employees have their clearances suspended during security investigations, then senior officials should not get any special exemptions.”

The State Department has revealed that Clinton sent or received at least 200 e-mails containing classified information through her private system.

“If this were a normal employee, it would be entirely routine to temporarily suspend their access pending investigation,” said Bradley Moss, a Washington lawyer who handles national security information.

Deliberations Begin in Trial of 2 Charged in Killing Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

Brian Terry

Brian Terry

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A jury began deliberations in the trial of two men accused of killing a Border Patrol agent during a shootout in the Arizona desert in 2010, The Star Tribune reports. 

The case wrapped up Wednesday in a federal court in Tucson.

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry encountered the robbers of drug dealers and was killed in a shootout.

Prosecutors charged Jesus Leonel Sanchez-Meza, also known as Lionel Portillo-Meza, and Ivan Soto-Barraza in the killing.

Prosecutor Todd Wallace Robinson told jurors that evidence, which includes DNA, fingerprints and confessions, proves the defendants are guilty of all nine counts, which includes first-degree murder.

“It doesn’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt. It proves it beyond any doubt whatsoever,” Robinson said in a closing statement.

IG: Secret Service Leaked Private File to Embarrass Congressman Who Criticized Agency

Secret-Service-BadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An internal government investigation has found that the Secret Service leaked a private file of a congressman in an attempt to embarrass him, the USA Today reports.

A senior Secret Service official gave the green light to release Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s 2003 application to the agency, according to a report by Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth.

The official was Assistant Director Ed Lowery, who -emailed a colleague about the application, saying that “some information that he might find embarrassing needs to get out. Just to be fair.”

The Secret Service has apologized.

Chaffetz was a critic of the agency, and his application filed said that other better qualified applicants existed.