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Actors Flip Remarks About Trump Triggers Secret Service Probe

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Making flip remarks about the president isn’t always so wise.

The Secret Service is looking into a remark made by veteran TV star Carole Cooke as she exited a West Hollywood restaurant Sunday night, TMZ reports.

TMZ photographer asked her what she thought about President Donald Trump and she remarked that it would be a good idea for someone to “John Wilkes Booth” President Trump.

When she was asked if  she meant Trump should be assassinated she responded, “Why not?”

Ex-Trump Aide Papadopoulos Said He Lied to FBI to Protect the President

Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, via LinkedIn.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign aide who was sentenced to 14 days in federal prison, said he lied to the FBI to protect the president.

“At the time of my interview with the FBI, I think around three or four days before that, I was at the inauguration attending parties with senior-level transition officials,” Papadopoulos told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.” “I understood that there was an incipient investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.”

He continued, “And I found myself as somebody who worked incredibly hard over the past year with the campaign to actually have the candidate Trump be elected. And then I found myself pinned between the Department of Justice and the sitting president and having probing questions that I thought might incriminate the sitting president.”

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October to lying to the FBI about meetings in London he had with a Maltese professor, Joseph Mifsud, who claimed to have troves of emails related to the Clinton campaign.

“He sat me down and he was quite giddy,” Papadopoulos said. “And he told me, ‘I have information that the Russians have thousands of Hillary Clinton’s emails.’”

When asked whether be believed special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation had enough evidence to demonstrate coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, Papadopoulos responded, “I have no idea.”

“All I can say is that my testimony might have helped move something towards that, but I have no idea.”

Canadian Woman Slapped Border Patrol Officer Across Face After Being Denied Entrance into U.S.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A Canadian woman got her wish after slapping a Border Patrol agent across the face for denying her entrance into the U.S. to visit Niagara Falls.

Tianna Natasha McPherson, 40, insisted she was an American citizen and told the agent she wanted to be charged under U.S law.

Now she’s facing up to eight years in prison after U.S. authorities charged her with assaulting, resisting or impeding a U.S. officer.

“The defendant stated that she wanted to go before an American jude, and grabbed her baggage, and began walking towards the exit of the lobby” at the Niagara Falls International Rainbow Bridge between Ontario and New York state, Newsweek reports

Border officials refused to let her into America because of “derogatory information” during past visits into the U.S.

“What if I punch you in the face?” McPherson allegedly asked the officer.

At that point, McPherson “open-hand slapped the officer on the left side of her face,” according to the statement.

McPherson, a native of Kitchener, Ontario, is scheduled to appear for a detention hearing on Thursday.

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Motorola Solutions Foundation Donates $30,000 to DEA Fund To Help Families

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Motorola Solutions Foundation has donated $30,000 to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Survivors Benefit Fund (DEASBF), which provides educational and line-of-duty death benefits to the families of DEA’s fallen.

The Motorola foundation is a charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc.

“The DEASBF is very appreciative for the generous donation by the Motorola Solutions Foundation and for providing vital assistance to the families of DEA’s fallen. Motorola Solutions Foundation has donated a future to the children of our fallen,” said DEASBF Chairman Richard Crock in a statement.

Currently, the DEASBF is funding the college education of 8 children who lost their fathers in the line of duty.

Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations, such as the DEASBF, which support and advance public safety programs and technology and engineering education initiatives, a press release says.

To donate to the fun click here.

 

Woodward Book: Trump’s Meltdown Over Mueller And Failed Mock Interview

Bob Woodward’s new book, “Fear: Trump in the White House”

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Bob Woodward’s new tell-all book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” offers revealing, behind-the-scenes glimpses of the president’s reaction to the ongoing special counsel investigation of possible Russian collision and obstruction of Justice.

According to the new book, Trump believed Mueller had too many conflicts to be special counsel, including his past membership to Trump National Golf Club and his firm’s former relationship with his son-in-law. 

The appointment of Mueller in May 2017 incensed the president, according to the book.

“The president erupted into uncontrollable anger, visibly agitated to a degree that no one in his inner circle had witnessed before. It was a harrowing experience,” Woodward wrote.

The book also suggests Trump failed a mock interview to prepare for a possible sit-down with Mueller.

The president initially told the public he wanted to sit for an interview with Mueller. But during a practice interview with his former personal attorney, John Dowd, Trump performed miserably, at times contradicting himself and lying, sources told Woodward.

“Don’t testify. It’s either that or an orange jumpsuit,” Dowd told the president.

According to the book, which is scheduled for a Sept. 11 release, Dowd told Mueller’s team that the president did not perform well.

“I’m not going to sit there and let him look like an idiot,” Dowd told Mueller. “And you publish that transcript, because everything leaks in Washington, and the guys overseas are going to say, ‘I told you he was an idiot. I told you he was a [expletive] dumbbell. What are we dealing with this idiot for?'”

Down decided to step down shortly after, telling Trump, “You’re not a good witness.”

He continued, “Mr. President, I’m afraid I just can’t help you.”

Combating Opioids And Reemergence of Cocaine, Heroin Is Priority for New Head of FBI’s Pittsburgh Office

Bob Jones, new head of the Pittsburgh Field Office

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The opioid crisis and the revival of cocaine and meth in Pennsylvania and West Virginia is the focus of the new head of the FBI’s Pittsburgh office.

Bob Jones, who recently took over the office, said law enforcement has made a dent in the sale of heroin and prescription painkillers, but the crisis if far from over.

“We’ve been knocking opioids down a little bit, but people are turning to other drugs,” he told the Tribune Review.

Jones also is concerned about the troubling reemergence of cocaine and meth and said the opioid epidemic “is still killing people.”

A native of the Pittsburgh area and graduate of Penn State University, Jones said he has “been trying to come back for the last 32 years.”

Supreme Court Nominee Stumbled Over Question about Mueller Probe

Sen. Kamala Harris and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during a Senate confirmation hearing.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was caught off guard and stumbled with his response when asked if he had discussed Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation with an attorney at President Trump’s attorney’s law firm.

The question by Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., came nearly 12 hours after the confirmation hearing began Wednesday.

“Be sure about your answer, sir,” Harris told Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh didn’t answer the question directly, asking, “Is there a person you’re talking about? I’m not sure I know everyone who works at that law firm.”

“I’m not remembering,” any conversation, he said.

Harris, a former prosecutor, shot back, “How can you not remember whether or not you had a conversation about Robert Mueller or his investigation with anyone at that law firm? This investigation has only been going on for so long.”

Kavanaugh asked if Harris was questioning him on a specific attorney.

“I think you’re thinking of someone and you don’t want to tell us,” Harris replied.

Kavanaugh never answered the questions, insisting he would need a “roster of people” who worked at the firm.