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Another Man Dressed at Pikachu Jumps Over White House Fence

secret-servic-via-secret-serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Kentucky man dressed as a Pokemon character wanted to become famous so he  jumped the White House fence on Tuesday.

Curtis Combs, 36, was wearing a Pikachu outfit and planned to post the jump on YouTube, WDRB reports

The Secret Service tweeted that a suspicious package was found at the south fence line.

Combs is not the first person to try to jump the White House fence wearing a Pikachu outfit. He was apprehend by the Secret Service.

Other Stories of Interest

Supreme Court Will Hear Data Privacy Issue Between DOJ and Microsoft

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department continues to do battle  over privacy.

Kate Conger of GIZMODO writes:

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in a critical case over data privacy, the outcome of which will likely determine how easily law enforcement can gain access to information stored in tech companies’ overseas data centers. Microsoft will go head-to-head with the Justice Department, arguing that the agency cannot use a warrant to collect emails held in Microsoft’s Ireland data center.

In 2016, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Microsoft, asserting that a 1986 law, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), was not intended to grant law enforcement access to internationally-stored data. The Justice Department says that this ruling has hampered its investigative abilities in the digital age. In asking the Supreme Court to consider the case, the Justice Department argued that “hundreds if not thousands” of investigations into terrorism and child pornography “are being or will be hampered by the government’s inability to obtain electronic evidence.”

Other Stories of Interest 

 

Joe Rannazzisi, the Former DEA Official and Whistleblower Who Fought the Abusive Drug Firms

Joe Rannazzisi  on "60 Minutes"

Joe Rannazzisi on “60 Minutes”

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Joe Rannazzisi isn’t a household name, but he’s certainly getting well known, particularly after his appearance on Sunday on CBS’ s “60 Minutes,” where he was referred to as a whistleblower who tried cracking down on drug companies.

Scott Highham and Lenny Bernstein of the Washington Post write:

Joe Rannazzisi  is a man of strong passions who admits that he has a temper. For more than a decade, he was the frontman in the government’s war against opioid abuse. As head of the Office of Diversion Control for the Drug Enforcement Administration, he was responsible for cracking down on doctors, pharmacies, drug manufacturers and distributors who did not follow the nation’s prescription drug laws.

He said he worked hard to uphold the law, until he was pushed out by members of Congress and an industry campaign that he says has resulted in a weakening of the nation’s drug laws at a time of unprecedented crisis.

The burly, tough-talking Long Islander is now a man in the news, appearing in The Washington Post and on “60 Minutes” this Sunday to give his views on how the DEA’s war on opioids got derailed by pressure from Congress and the drug industry.

To read the whole story click here. 

President Suggest Dems, FBI or Kremlin May Have Bank Rolled Salacious Dossier

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The salacious dossier that paints President Donald Trump in a less than favorable light continues to haunt the commander-in-chief, who has done everything to try and discredit it.

The latest: On Thursday Trump suggested  the Democratic Party, the FBI or the Kremlin could have bankrolled the report, that has yet to be substantiated by anyone in Washington, Politico reports.

“Workers of firm involved with the discredited and Fake Dossier take the 5th. Who paid for it, Russia, the FBI or the Dems (or all)?” Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday. He did not offer any evidence to support his suggestion that Russia, the FBI or the Democratic Party funded the dossier.

Two officials from the firm behind the dossier, Fusion GPS, appeared before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, but answered no questions, and instead invoking their fifth amendment rights against self-incrimination, Bloomberg reports.

FBI’s Robert Lasky Heading to Miami; Paul Delacourt Going to LA

Robert Lasky

Robert Lasky

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Robert F. Lasky has been named head of the FBI’s Miami Division, replacing George Piro, who is going to headquarters. He most recently served as the special agent in charge of the Mobile Division.

Lasky entered on duty with the FBI in 1998, and was first assigned to the San Francisco Division, where he investigated public corruption and drug matters relating to Mexican Organized crime. In 2000, he transferred to the U.S. Virgin Islands to investigate international criminal enterprises and public corruption before transferring to the Springfield Division.

Throughout his career, he has held leadership positions in the Criminal Investigative Division, the Birmingham Division’s Gadsden Resident Agency, the Salt Lake City Division’s Helena Resident Agency and as special assistant to the associate deputy director at FBI headquarters.

FBI Director Christopher A. Wray also announced the appointment of Paul D. Delacourt as the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.

Paul D. Delacourt

Paul D. Delacourt

Delacourt moves from the Honolulu Division where he was special agent in charged.

Delacourt entered the the FBI in 1995 where he was first assigned to the Chicago Division, where he worked gang and drug investigations and was a member of the SWAT team. Following 9/11, he transferred to the Counterterrorism Division, working on a temporary assignment to the Guantanamo Bay Task Force at FBI headquarters. He was also deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq.

Throughout his career, Delacourt has held leadership positions in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters, in the Atlanta Division, as the FBI deputy on-scene commander in Afghanistan, in the Honolulu Division, and in the Inspection Division at FBI headquarters.

 

 

FBI’s George Piro, Chief Interrogator of Saddam Hussein, Named AD of International Operations

FBI Agent George Piro interviewed on 60 Minutes in 2008

FBI Agent George Piro interviewed on 60 Minutes in 2008

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

George Piro, the Beirut-born Assyrian-American  FBI agent who was the team leaders and lead interrogator of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, has been named assistant director of the International Operations Division at FBI headquarters. His most recent assignment was head of the Miami field office.

Piro joined the FBI in 1999, and was first assigned to the Phoenix Division, where he worked international terrorism cases.

During his FBI career,  Mr. Piro has held leadership positions in the Counterterrorism Division, the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, the Washington Field Office and as a member of the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group.

Trump Suggests Comey Tried to Protect Hillary Clinton

President Trump

President Trump

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

President Trump accused former FBI Director James Comey of trying to protect Hillary Clinton from prosecution “long before investigation was complete.”

In a pair of tweets, Trump pointed to the recently disclosed Justice Department documents that indicated a draft of a Comey statement was circulating among aides in May 2016, two months before Comey’s announcement that there would be no recommended charges, the Washington Post. 

The Post wrote:

  • Trump’s tweets revive his feud with Comey, whom he fired in May, and the Democratic opponent he defeated last year. He has twice this week referred to Clinton as “Crooked Hillary,” his campaign trail nickname for her.
  • Trump said Comey had “stated under oath that he didn’t do this,” in apparent reference to Comey’s Senate testimony in which he said there was no criminal case to bring. In his tweet Wednesday, Trump asked, “Where is Justice Dept?” apparently inviting an investigation into the existence of the 2016 email chain.

Comey Drafted Conclusion of Clinton Probe Before He Interviewed Her

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies about President Trump before the Senate Intelligence Committee in early June.

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies about President Trump before the Senate Intelligence Committee in early June.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey drafted a statement about the conclusion of the Hillary Clinton investigation months before the former secretary of state was even interviewed, according to documents released Monday. 

A vast majority of the documents were redacted and posted to the FBI’s “Vault” Freedom of Information Act reading room.

The documents confirm assertions by Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Lindsey Graham that Comey drafted his statement ahead of the investigation’s closure.

It’s unclear whether the Comey violated any rules by drafting the statement before the interview with Clinton.