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Archive for September 1st, 2020

Appeals Court Rejects Prompt Dismissal of Michael Flynn Case

Former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a judge does not have to promptly dismiss the criminal case against Michael Flynn, President Trump’s first national security advisor.

In an 8-2 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District Columbia Circuit said a judge can scrutinize the Justice Department’s controversial request to drop the case, The Wall Street Journal reports.

A three-judge panel of the same court ordered U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan to immediately dismiss the case.

Flynn admitted lying to the FBI in 2016 about contacts with Russia.

The decision allows Sullivan to continue with his plans to hold a hearing on Attorney General William Barr’s unusual decision to drop the case.

Democrats and legal experts have questioned Barr’s motives for intervening in a case tied to President Trump.

Suzanne Turner Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s San Diego Field Office

Special Agent Suzanne Turner.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Suzanne Turner has been tapped to serve as special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Diego Field Office, where she spent most of her career working.

Turner, who most recently served as deputy assistant director of the FBI Academy’s Training Division in Quantico, Va., began her career as a special agent in 1998, when she was assigned to the San Diego Field Office. She began investigating violent crimes and bank robberies, but soon moved on to major Mexican narcotics cases.

In 2001, Turner joined the San Diego-based team investigating the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In 2013, she began investigating public corruption.

In 2007, Turner became supervisory special agent in San Diego and investigated corporate, securities, and health care fraud. She also served as the white-collar crime and asset forfeiture manager. In 2011, she joined San Diego’s Human Intelligence Squad.

In late 2011, Turner was promoted to assistant inspector in the Inspection Division at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. In 2012, she returned to San Diego’s Human Intelligence Squad. In 2014, she was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of San Diego’s Intelligence Branch, overseeing the Human Intelligence Squad, five field intelligence groups, the surveillance program, the foreign language unit, and other programs.

In 2017, Turner became assistant special agent in charge of San Diego’s National Security Branch, where she was responsible for counterterrorism, counterintelligence, cyber, weapons of mass destruction, and other programs. In 2018, Turnere was promoted to Inspection Division section chief.

Earlier this year, Turner was promoted to deputy assistant director of the Training Division, overseeing all operations at the FBI Academy in Quantico. Before joining the FBI, Turner was a sheriff’s deputy and a police officer in Ohio. She earned a Bachelor of Science in human resources management from Syracuse University.