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Archive for September 9th, 2022

Weekend Series on Crime History: The Canadian Mob

Former Secret Service Agent Had a Special Mission: Protecting Queen Elizabeth II

By Steve Neavling

Jim Helminski was new to his job as a Secret Service agent when he was assigned to protect Queen Elizabeth II while she was in Kentucky in 1984. 

It was a good learning lesson, he told Fox 56.

“Well you know it is one of your very first protectees, it is something that you begin to think about,” Helminski said. “You think about what you learn from that. You learn how to deal with people at that level and having the queen break you in is a pretty interesting thing to say.”

Helminski also protected the queen in 1986, giving him some personal time with the royal highness. 

“What I ended up doing was driving her from place to place so I had some alone time with the queen, some very nice conversations with her,” Helminski said. “Went to each and every one of the venues that she went at so I got to watch her interact with us, common people.”

He recalled her sense of humor.

“She had a very queenly British sense of humor,” said Helminski. “I can recall driving down one of our Kentucky country roads and going past a group of bikers and all she could say was ‘that seems way too sweaty for me.’”

The queen died Friday at the age of 96. 

DOJ Says It Will Appeal Special Master Ruling for Trump Documents

By Steve Neavling

The Justice Department plans to appeal U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon’s order to allow a special master to review the documents seized at Mar-a-Lago last month if the judge doesn’t restore investigators’ access to the material.  

On Monday, Cannon granted Trump’s request for a special master to review the documents, preventing investigators from reviewing the highly-sensitive material that was found at former President Trump’s house in Florida. 

In a court filing, prosecutors said the order would cause “irreparable harm” to federal authorities’ efforts to protect national security, Politico reports

“In order to assess the full scope of potential harms to national security resulting from the improper retention of the classified records, the government must assess the likelihood that improperly stored classified information may have been accessed by others and compromised,” Justice Department counterintelligence chief Jay Bratt said in the filing. “But that inquiry is a core aspect of the FBI’s criminal investigation.”

Bratt argued that Trump has no right to claim ownership of the classified documents. 

“That authority falls upon the incumbent President, not on any former President, because it is the incumbent President who bears the responsibility to protect and defend the national security of the United States,” Bratt wrote.

In a 54-page court filing last week, federal prosecutors said the raid on Trump’s house in Florida came after he and his advisers refused to turn over highly classified documents.