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Drug Dealer Confesses to Burning, Burying 4 Missing Pennsylvania Men

Cosmo DiNardo, 20.

Cosmo DiNardo, 20.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A self-described drug dealer told police he killed four young Pennsylvania men and burned their bodies at his family’s farm in suburban Philadelphia.

The Associated Press reports that 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo killed the men because he felt cheated or threatened during three drug transactions. 

DiNardo burned the bodies at his family’s farm in Solebury Township and then buried them.

DiNardo confessed and told authorities the location of the four bodies in exchange for avoiding the death penalty, his attorney Paul Lang said.

Secret Service Investigating Lawmaker over ‘Aggressively Sarcastic’ Anti-Trump Facebook Post

Maine Rep. Scott Hamann

Maine Rep. Scott Hamann

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service is investigating a state lawmaker in Maine after causing alarm over a Facebook post about President Trump.

Rep. Scott Hamann called Trump a “half-term president, at most, especially if I ever get within 10 feet.”

The Democrat later said he regretted the social media post, describing his comments as “aggressively sarcastic and inappropriate.”

A Secret Service spokesman confirmed the investigation to Fox News.

“The Secret Service is aware of the comments in question and are investigating the matter.

“Allegations of any threat, inappropriate interest or unusual behavior directed towards a Secret Service protectee receives the highest priority of all our investigations.”

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Ex-Soviet Intel Officer Also Met with Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower

Donald Trump Jr. and his dad, President Trump, via Twitter

Donald Trump Jr. and his dad, President Trump, via Twitter

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Russian attorney who pledged to share dirt on Hillary Clinton during a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. last year was accompanied by a Russian-American lobbyist who previously worked in Soviet counterintelligence, according to NBC News.

The Russian-born lobbyist, who was unnamed, served in the military before emigrating to the U.S., where he has dual citizenship. Some U.S. officials believe he still has ties to Russian spy agencies.

The lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, previously acknowledged she attended the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with at least one other man, whom she declined to identify. But Veselnitskaya denied she was working on Moscow’s behalf and told NBC that she met with Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort to discuss sanctions.

Emails released by Trump Jr. suggest Veselnitskaya wanted to share damaging information about Clinton as part of a Russian plot to interfere with the presidential election.

After releasing the emails, Trump Jr. conceded he “probably would have done things a little differently.”

President Trump defended his son, saying “most people would have taken that meeting.”

“My son is a wonderful young man. He took a meeting with a Russian lawyer, not a government lawyer but a Russian lawyer,” Trump said Thursday in a joint press conference in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron. “From a practical standpoint most people would have taken that meeting. It’s called opposition research or research into your opponent.”

Senate Judiciary Committee to Vote Next Week on FBI Director

Christopher Wray at confirmation hearing.

Christopher Wray at confirmation hearing.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Christopher Wray’s nomination to FBI director.

Committee chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said he was impressed with Trump’s pick and wanted to move swiftly.

The committee vote is scheduled for July 20.

If approved, Wray would replace James Comey, whom President Trump fired amid an investigation into Russian interference with the presidential election.

Democrats on the committee indicated they support Wray’s nomination, but it’s unclear whether they plan to delay the vote.

During his nomination hearing earlier this week, Wray pledged independence and said he would resign before succumbing to political pressure.

Special Counsel Taps FBI Official Who Oversaw Hillary Clinton Investigation

Robert Mueller, via FBI

Robert Mueller, via FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The senior FBI official who oversaw the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation has been tapped to help manage the special counsel probe into Russia’s suspected meddling in the presidential election.

Peter Strzok will join a 25-member team assembled by special counsel Robert Mueller, CNN reports

Strzok played a major role in the beginning of the Russia investigation last summer.

The team, which includes attorneys and FBI employees, have moved to southwest D.C., about a mile from the Justice Department headquarters.

State Department Billed Taxpayers $15,000 for Rooms at Trump Hotel

U.S. Department of State headquarters in Washington D.C.

U.S. Department of State headquarters in Washington D.C.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump and his family continue to profit from using the president’s property for non-political events.

The State Department shelled out more than $15,000 on 19 rooms at the new Trump hotel in Vancouver, where the family held a grand opening of the tower in late February, the Washington Post reports.

The Post, under a Freedom of Information Act request, obtained a heavily redacted invoice from the U.S. Consulate General in Vancouver.

The State Department, which provides security and logistical assistance,  has declined to comment.

Government officials have complained that Trump is using tax dollars for protection at the president at one of his private companies.

AG Sessions Wants to Resurrect Anti-Drug Program D.A.R.E

Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to resurrect the anti-drug program D.A.R.E, despite evidence that it’s ineffective.

While speaking at the D.A.R.E training conference in North Texas on Tuesday, Sessions defended the program as an effective way to prevent drug use among young adults, the New York Daily reports

“D.A.R.E. is, I think, as I indicated, the best remembered anti-drug program today,” Sessions said. “In recent years, people have not paid much attention to that message, but they are ready to hear it again.”

D.A.R.E. , which was founded in Los Angeles in 1983 and later criticized for its alleged failure to prevent young people from using drugs.

“D.A.R.E. does not work to reduce substance use. The program’s content, teaching methods, and use of uniformed police officers rather than teachers might each explain its weak evaluations,” the National Criminal Justice Reference Service said in a 1998 report to Congress.

Sessions countered that the program has provided effective results in schools nationwide. s

“We know it worked before and we can make it work again,” the AG said.