Links

Columnists



Site Search


Entire (RSS)
Comments (RSS)

Archive Calendar

December 2017
S M T W T F S
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31  

Guides

How to Become a Bounty Hunter



Archive for December, 2017

FBI Officials in Russia Probe Mocked Trump in Series of Revealing Texts

Photo via FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two senior FBI officials involved in the special counsel’s investigation into possible collision between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia mocked the Republican candidate and expressed their extreme dislike for him.

The remarks were made in text messages between a top counterintelligence agent, Peter Strzok, and Lisa Page, a senior FBI lawyer, several media outlets report

The pair, who also criticized Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration, described the prospect of a Trump presidency as “terrifying.”

The text messages, which were sent to lawmakers Tuesday night as part of an ethics investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector general, included insults aimed at Trump, calling him him an “idiot,” “awful” and a “loathsome human.”

Strzok has been removed from the special counsel’s team after the text messages surfaced.

Republicans are using the text messages to attack the credibility of the investigation led by Robert Mueller.

Trump’s Lawyers Call for Second Special Counsel to Probe DOJ, FBI Officials

Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s lawyers are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a second special counsel to investigate possible conflicts of interest and other issues in the Justice Department and on the special counsel team probing the Trump campaign.

“The conflicts of interest here and the impropriety is a very serious concern,” Jay Sekulow, one of Trump’s personal lawyers, said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “You have to look at all of 2016 and what was going on in the Department of Justice.”

One of the concerns involves Bruce G. Ohr., a senior DOJ official who met privately with a private research firm involved in the salacious, but unconfirmed, dossier. Ohr’s wife worked for the firm, Fusion GPS.

Trump’s lawyers also cite anti-Trump text messages between two senior FBI officials who were involved in the special counsel investigation .

Dallas Morning News: Why We Can’t Trust the FBI to Protect Us from Criminals

The FBI’s current headquarters in Washington D.C., named after J. Edgar Hoover.

By Editorial Board
Dallas Morning News

Will the nation have to suffer through another criminal tragedy before agencies get on the ball and start reporting  information to the FBI in a timely manner? The latest snafu occurred right here in Texas when Gregory McQueen received approval to be a foster parent for abused and neglected children. While he initially appeared to be a good candidate, it turns out he had no business caring for children in the foster community.

McQueen, who served in the Army, pleaded guilty to more than a dozen military charges for attempting to run a prostitution ring in Fort Hood. His actions resulted in a demotion, two years in prison and naturally, a dishonorable discharge.

The state says the record should have kept him out of the foster-care program, according to reporting by The Dallas Morning News’ Terri Langford.

Why was McQueen not flagged? Because the Army never submitted the information to the FBI so it could update the database states rely on for criminal background checks.

If this sound familiar, it should.

 To read more click here.

CBP Hires Private Company to Help Hire 5,000 Border Patrol Agents

File photo of a Border Patrol agent.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Customs and Border Protection is paying a private company $297 million to help hire 5,000 new Border Patrol agents.

The move is part of President Trump’s push to put more agents on the ground to protect against illegal immigration.

Since Border Patrol is struggling to meet the hiring mandate, it’s turning to a division of Accenture, an international professional services corporation, for a five-year contract, the San Diego Union Tribune reports

The Union-Tribune wrote:

The scope of work in the contract requires the company to manage “the full life cycle of the hiring process” from job posting to processing new hires. The company, the agency said in email response to questions, will augment the agency’s existing internal hiring programs.

It also calls for a “hard-hitting, targeted recruitment campaign consisting of promoting the CBP law enforcement careers and opportunities” and a public education campaign about CBP and Border Patrol jobs.

Accenture wil be paid to assist hiring 5,000 Border Patrol agents, as well as 2,000 customs officers and 500 agents for the Office of Air and Marine Operations. The award was made on Nov. 17, with Accenture being selected above four other bidders, federal contract records show.

To skeptics of the hiring push, the Accenture contract makes little sense. “They’re spending almost $40,000 per hire,” said Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute, a Libertarian think tank in Washington, D.C. “Just off the bat that seems like a pretty desperate move.”

Other Stories of Interest

NYC Bombing Suspect Mocked Trump Before Botched Attack

Akayed Ullah after the bombing, via Twitter.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The 27-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant accused of a botched suicide bombing in the New York subway Monday morning mocked President Trump just hours before the attack, authorities said Tuesday.

“Trump you failed to protect your nation,” Akayed Ullah, wrote on Facebook before strapping a crude pipe bomb around his body.

Ullah, who was seriously injured in the explosion, told officers, “I did it for the Islamic State,” the Associated Press reports

While searching his Brooklyn apartment, federal and local investigators found his passport scrawled with the words, “O AMERICA, DIE IN YOUR RAGE.”

Trump responded to the bombing by pledging to tighten immigration rules.

“We’re going to end both of them — the lottery system and chain migration. We’re going to end them fast,” Trump said at the White House.

House Dems Ask DOJ to Reveal Records That Show Anti-Clinton Bias

    U.S. Capitol

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Top Congressional Democrats are urging the Justice Department to disclose documents that would reveal evidence that the FBI is engaged in “political bias or personal animus.”

The move comes as Republicans try to discredit the special counsel investigation into possible collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia during the presidential election.

In a letter to the Justice Department, senior Democrats on the Judiciary and Oversight committees are urging the DOJ to provide records about possible FBI leaks during the bureau’s probe of Clinton’s private email server.

“Our committees are now engaged in an investigation of allegations of politically-motivated misconduct at the FBI,” the letter reads. “We have had similar concerns for some time.”

The Democrats continued: “The facts point to a coordinated effort by some in the FBI to change the course of the Clinton investigation by leaking sensitive information to the public, and by threatening to leak additional information after the investigation was closed.”

The committee members also are requesting documents that would reveal whether the feds shared any information about the Clinton probe with Trump’s campaign.

Did Trump Instruct Flynn to Lie about Contacts with Russia?

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The special counsel team investigating possible collusion between Donald Trump and Russia appears to be focusing on whether the president instructed National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to lie to the FBI.

The bombshell revelation, tucked in the middle of an NBC News report, could spell serious trouble for the president if, in fact, he encouraged Flynn to lie to the FBI. Flynn has been charged with lying to the FBI about meeting with a Russian ambassador in December and is cooperating with the special counsel’s team.

Since it’s illegal to lie to the FBI, Trump could find himself in serious legal trouble for directing Flynn to be untruthful to the bureau.

Homeland Security Warned of Possible Terror Attack Days Before NYC Bombing

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Just five days before a bungled New York City subway bombing, Homeland Security warned of the potential for an ISIS terrorist attack, possibly by a lone wolf.

“We assess there is currently an elevated threat of [homegrown] lone offender attacks by ISIS sympathizers, which is especially concerning because mobilized lone offenders present law enforcement with limited opportunities to detect and disrupt their plots,” according to Robin Taylor, acting deputy under secretary for intelligence operations at Homeland Security, the Washington Examiner reports

The warning, issued during a Senate hearing last week, followed evidence that ISIS and al Qaeda continue to have a strong presence on social media, where so-called lone wolfs are recruited in the U.S.

“We continue to monitor the evolving threat posed by ISIS. ISIS fighters’ battlefield experience in Syria and Iraq have armed it with advanced capabilities that most terrorist groups do not have,” Taylor told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee chaired by Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson. “Even as the so-called ‘caliphate’ collapses, ISIS fighters retain their toxic ideology and a will to fight. We remain concerned that foreign fighters from the U.S. or elsewhere who have traveled to Syria and Iraq and radicalized to violence will ultimately return to the U.S. or their home country to conduct attacks.”