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Archive for September 14th, 2022

DEA Agent Who Fatally Shot Mentally Ill Neighbor Returns to Work. Questions Remain.

By Allan Lengel

DEA Agent Harold Duane Poole, who was arrested in 2021 on a murder charge for fatally shooting his mentally ill neighbor in Crystal Springs, Miss., has quietly returned to work in Jackson, the Associated Press reports.

Harold Duane Poole (Photo from Beaumont Enterprise)

His return comes after a grand jury declined to charge him, even though questions remain.

Poole admits fatally shooting his neighbor just minutes after calling law enforcement to report the man was trespassing on his land – yet again – “out of his mind” and threatening him with a rock, AP writes. The neighbor was struck in the chest, gut and hip.

Jim Mustian of AP notes that sheriff’s investigators were skeptical of Poole’s self-defense claim, mostly because he mentioned in his call for help that the trespasser was already leaving. Also, no rock was found at the scene. The local prosecutors, the DEA nor Poole declined to comment to AP.

“No citizen could have done what this DEA agent did and walked away,” said W. Lloyd Grafton, a use-of-force expert who reviewed the investigative case file at AP’s request.

FBI Seizes Phone of ‘My Pillow Guy’

By Allan Lengel

The FBI on Tuesday seized the cell phone of Mike Lindell, aka “My Pillow Guy,” and questioned him about his ties to Colorado county clerk Tina Peters, who is accused of tampering with voting machines, according to the New York Times.

Mike Lindell

Mesa County, Colo. Clerk Peters faces state charges relating to a scheme to download data from election equipment after the 2020 presidential contest.

Lindell, a supporter of former President Trump, is a major promoter of the false narrative that the 2020 election was stolen.

Lindell tells the Times that he was at a drive-through line at a Hardee’s restaurant in Mankato, Minn., on Tuesday afternoon, when his vehicle was surrounded by FBI agents in several cars. He was returning home with a friend from an Iowa hunting trip.

He said agents gave him a search and seizure warrant and interviewed him for about 15 minutes.

DOJ Accepts Trump’s Pick for Special Master to Review Seized Documents from Mar-a-Lago

By Steve Neavling

The Justice Department said Monday that it will accept one of former President Donald Trump’s picks for an independent arbiter to review documents seized during the FBI’s raid of Mar-a-Lago last month, Al Jazeera reports.

The Justice Department previously recommended two retired judges to fill the special master role. 

But Trump’s attorneys said Monday they are opposed to those picks.

In a court filing Monday, the Trump team’s selection was Raymond Dearie, a former chief judge of the federal court in the Eastern District of New York. 

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon is tasked with naming the special master. 

Last week, Cannon granted Trump’s request to have a special master review the evidence seized at Mar-a-Lago. 

Trump Lied about Security Threats to Get Out of Deposition at New York AG’s Office

Trump Tower in New York City.

By Steve Neavling

Former President Trump falsely claimed that the Secret Service had security concerns about him going to the New York Attorney General’s office for a deposition last month, The Daily Beast reports.

Trump’s legal team requested that the interview be held instead at Trump Tower. 

The excuse didn’t work, and the interview took place as planned. Trump repeatedly pleaded the Fifth as investigators continue to probe allegations that the Trump Organization committed business fraud, dodged taxes and lied about the value of numerous properties. 

Reached by The Daily Beast, the Secret Service said it was not aware of any potential security threats – or court filings outlining them. 

So why’d he prefer an interview at Trump Tower? 

Barbara A. Res, a former Trump Organization construction executive, had a theory: “He’d be sitting behind the big desk, where he has the authority. That’s the only thing I can think of. It’s his desk, with chairs all around. It puts him at a very superior position.”