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Archive for June 13th, 2018

Former DOJ Press Spokesman: Trump Administration Doesn’t Respect Press’s Need to Do Job

Matthew Miller

By Allan Lengel

Matthew Miller, the former director of public affairs for the Department of Justice under the Obama administration, takes a swipe at the Trump Administration, telling the New York Times:

“I don’t think people in this administration respect the press’s need to do its job at all. And they couldn’t care less about bad press coverage. So both of the checks on what is otherwise their unfettered ability to use the law to obtain journalist records are kind of gone right now.”

Miller is quoted in an article in the Times which talks about the Justice Department seizing years of phone and email records from Ali Watkins, a New York Times journalist, raising concerns that the Trump administration is adopting a highly aggressive approach, continuing a crackdown that ramped up in the Obama years.

To be fair, the Obama administration obtained private records from reporters at Fox News and The Associated Press, triggering strong objections from the media.

Off-Duty FBI Agent Charged in Accidental Shooting at Denver Club

FBI agent Chase Bishop.

By Allan Lengel

The Denver District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday charged the off-duty FBI agent in connection with the discharge of his weapon while doing a back flip on the dance floor at a Denver nightclub on June 2. A customer suffered a serious, but non-life threatening gunshot injury in the lower leg.

Chase Bishop, 29, is charged with one count of assault in the second degree. He  turned himself in to Denver Police on Tuesday.

Additional charges may be filed based on the results of a pending blood alcohol content (BAC) analysis.

“We are filing this charge now rather than waiting until the BAC report is received, which we understand could take another week, because sufficient evidence has been presented to file it,” District Attorney Beth McCann said in a statement “If an additional charge needs to be filed after further evidence is received, we can file those charges then.”

Bishop is scheduled to make an appearance in court on Wednesday.

McCabe Files Lawsuit, Claiming Feds Refuse to Turn Over Documents Related to His Firing

Ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

By Allan Lengel

Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is digging in for a legal battle.

He’s suing the FBI, the Justice Department and its inspector general for refusing to turn over documents related to her firing, NPR reports. You might recall that McCabe was fired  hours before his planned retirement in March for “lack of candor” regarding information provided to the media.

Consequently, McCabe and his family were stripped of their health care benefits. It also delayed his ability to collect a federal pension.

McCabe’s lawyer, David Snyder, filed the suit, claiming:

“Those requests have been denied by some of the same high-ranking officials who were involved in, or responsible for, the investigation, adjudication, and/or dismissal of Mr. McCabe,” the legal complaint said.