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Acting AG Whitaker Raked in $904K from Conservative Nonprofit

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker received more than $900,000 from a conservative nonprofit that attacks Democrats on ethical grounds.

The discovery is part of the financial disclosure forms that Whitaker is required to disclose after replacing Jeff Sessions.

Whitaker served as executive director of a nonprofit called the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, or FACT, from 2016 to 2017.

Whitaker also disclosed $15,000 in income from CNN, where made appearances and criticized the special counsel investigation that he may try to take over.

In addition, Whitaker received $103,400 from his own law firm and $1,875 in legal fees from the controversial, Florida-based World Patent Market, which is accused of bilking consumers out of millions of dollars.

President Trump Submits Written Answers to Stave off Sit-Down with Mueller’s Team

President Trump

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

President Trump has finally submitted his written answers to Robert Mueller’s questions about the president’s knowledge of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

The written response avoids – for now – a sit-down interview with special counsel prosecutors.

For nearly a year, the president’s attorneys have negotiated with prosecutors over Trump’s testimony in the 19-month investigation.

Mueller’s team provided dozens of questions to Trump’s attorneys to determine how much the president knew about Russia’s involvement in the election.

FBI Labels Proud Boys As a Hate Group with ‘Nationalist Ties’

Proud Boys, via Southern Poverty Law Center.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The FBI has classified the far-right group the Proud Boys as “an extremist group with white nationalist ties,” according to a report issued by a Washington state sheriff’s office.

The self-described “western chauvinist” group was created by Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes in 2016, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center

The designation is the first time the group has been classified as “extremist” by the FBO, according to the Guardian

The report, issued by the Clark County Sheriff’ Office, warns local law enforcement that the group is recruiting and has “contributed to the recent escalation of violence at political rallies held on college campuses, and in cities like Charlottesville, Virginia, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.”

Mueller’s Team Defends Its Authority to Investigate Russian Meddling

Special counsel Robert Mueller. Photo via FBI.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team argued that the appointment of Matthew Whitaker to acting attorney general won’t affect the investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election.

Mueller’s top attorney made the assertion in response to a case filed Andrew Miller, an associate of Roger Stone, who is under investigation for his role in the leaks of Hillary Clinton emails, the Washington Post reports

Miller is challenging the constitutionality of Mueller’s authority to investigate Russia.

“The designation has no effect on the case,” Mueller’s team said of Whitaker’s new position. “The validity of the Special Counsel’s appointment” in May 2017 “cannot be retroactively affected by a change in the official who is serving as the Acting Attorney General.”

Miller’s lawsuit is aimed at blocking a grand jury subpoena from Mueller.

Ex-Border Patrol Agent Accused of Illegally Selling Hundreds of Firearms

Photo via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A former Border Patrol agent is accused of selling hundreds of firearms without a license.

Federal authorities seized more than 200 firearms from the home of Laurence Myers, who was recently indicted., The Arizona Daily Star reports.

Myers, 54, worked at the agency’s Tucson Sector, which confirmed he is no longer employed there.

According to court records, authorities were tipped off by suspicious deposits at a Tucson bank and discovered $300,000 in illegal gun sales.

Dems, Republicans Warn Trump’s New AG Against Interfering with Mueller Probe

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Republicans and Democrats are warning President Trump and his new attorney general to keep their hands off the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling.

Adam Schiff, the Democrat who will lead the House Intelligence Committee in January, continued to call the appointment of Matthew Whitaker unconstitutional and pledged to expose any attempts to interfere with Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Republican senators appeared on Sunday news shows to say the Trump administration must not get impede the probe, which includes examining whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia.

Schiff called Whitaker’s appointment “flawed” and said he was “chosen for the purpose of interfering with the Mueller investigation.”

Schiff told ABC’s This Week: “He should have absolutely nothing to do with the investigation,” adding: “We will expose any involvement he has in it. He needs to know that if he takes any action to curb what Mr Mueller does we are going to find out about it, we are going to expose it.”

National President of Fraternal Order of Police Flips Stance on Sentencing Reform After President Dangles ATF Job

Chuck Canterbury (official photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Any denizen of Washington, or observers of the goings on inside the Beltway can’t be too shocked to see high-profile people flip their stance on important issues in exchange for a high-profile law enforcement job.

Chuck Canterbury, national president of the influential Fraternal Order of Police, had previously made it clear that he opposed a sentencing reform bill.

But that’s all changed now that President Donald Trump, who backs the bill, is considering Canterbury to head up ATF, according to Politico, which reports:

Opponents of bipartisan legislation to overhaul federal sentencing guidelines were surprised to see Chuck Canterbury, the head of the influential Fraternal Order of Police, standing beside Trump on Wednesday at an event celebrating the proposed measure. The police group, which Canterbury has headed for more than a decade, had previously opposed the legislation.

It was an unusual move for the law enforcement veteran, who enthusiastically testified at last year’s Senate confirmation hearing on behalf of Jeff Sessions, Trump’s recently dismissed attorney general and a high-profile opponent of the criminal justice reform legislation. Canterbury’s group said in a statement ahead of the president’s endorsement that the First Step Act would boost safety “in our streets and neighborhoods” and better protect police.

Not so surprising that ambition Trumps people’s convictions or lack of.