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Archive for July 11th, 2022

FBI Interviewed Trump Attorney Justin Clark, DOJ Reveals in Court Filings Tied to Steve Bannon

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon

By Steve Neavling

The FBI interviewed former President Trump’s attorney Justin Clark, according to a Justice Department court filing early Monday morning. 

The June 29 interview was revealed in a court filing in the criminal contempt case of Steve Bannon, Politico reports.

A report of the interview was provided to Bannon’s team on June 30. 

Details of the interview weren’t immediately clear, but Clark contradicted Bannon’s claims that Trump had invoked executive privilege to prevent Bannon from testifying before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection. 

In an extraordinary about-face over the weekend, Bannon said he’s prepared to testify. 

“The Defendant’s timing suggests that the only thing that has really changed since he refused to comply with the subpoena in October 2021 is that he is finally about to face the consequences of his decision to default,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Vaughn wrote in the court filing. 

“All of the above-described circumstances suggest the Defendant’s sudden wish to testify is not a genuine effort to meet his obligations but a last-ditch attempt to avoid accountability.”

CBP Report Says Horse-Mounted Agents Used ‘Unprofessional And Dangerous Behavior’

By Steve Neavling

CBP plans to discipline horse-mounted agents for their “unprofessional and dangerous behavior” when confronting Haitian migrants near the border in Del Rio, Texas, last year. 

The agency released a 500-plus page report by the Office of Professional Responsibility that found failures at multiples levels, a lack of appropriate policing and training, and unnecessarily aggressive behavior by several agents on horseback.

According to the report, several agents used unnecessary force and profanity-riddled threats to drive migrants back down the banks of the Rio Grande. 

“The report showed there were failures to make good decisions at multiple levels of the organization,” CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said in a statement. “Failures to maintain command and control over Horse Patrol Units, lack of appropriate policies and training, and the overall chaotic nature of the situation at Del Rio at the time contributed to the incident. Several agents engaged in unprofessional or dangerous behavior, including one instance in which an agent used denigrating and offensive language.”

Images of the interaction went viral, and the Biden administration pledged to hold agents responsible for unnecessary force. 

No decision has yet been made on discipline.