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Archive for September 19th, 2022

‘How Could Anyone Be That Irresponsible’ –Biden on Mar-a-Lago Secret Documents

By Allan Lengel

President Joe Biden tells “60 Minutes” he was baffled by the unsecured secret documents found at Mar-a-Lago and thought former President Donald Trump was “just totally irresponsible.”

President Biden on “60 Minutes”

“How that could possibly happen, how anyone could be that irresponsible, and I thought what data was in there that may compromise sources and methods,” he tells Scott Pelley in an interview aired Sunday night on CBS.

He also says he was never notified of the raid ahead of time and has not personally been briefed on the contents of the documents.

“I have not personally spoken to anyone in that regard,” he said. “I’m sure my administration is aware of all of that, and so is the National Security Council.

“I have not asked for the specifics of those documents because I don’t want to get myself in the middle of whether or not the Justice Department should move or not move on certain actions.”

Ex-CBP Officers Gets Probation for Role in Sham Marriage Scheme

CBP officer (Photo: CBP via Twitter)

By Steve Neavling

A former CBP officer has been sentenced to two years of probation for her role in a sham marriage to help a childhood acquaintance from the Philippines gain citizenship. 

Katherine De Leon Evaristo, 39, of Washington, agreed to the marriage in exchange for $20,000. 

After Evaristo applied for a fiancé visa, she and the Philippines man got married in San Diego in 2015. She and her fake spouse repeatedly lied about the marriage to try to obtain citizenship, prosecutors said. 

Evaristo got busted after landing a job at CBP’s Office of Field Operations and using her position to inquire about her husband’s immigration status. According to prosecutors, she improperly used her access to a federal law enforcement database to check on the immigration status of her fake husband. 

CBP officers became suspicious because she was dating another person. 

She admitted her role in the scheme in 2021. 

Evaristo was indicted in September 2021, and she pleaded guilty in May 2022. On Friday, she was sentenced. 

Prosecutors recommended a probationary sentence, noting she was the single parent of infant twins. 

“Evaristo has experienced significant consequences of her crime that go beyond a custodial sentence: She lost her job at CBP—a job she spent years securing and that afforded her a comfortable income—and now works a lower-wage warehouse job,” prosecutors said. “These consequences along with the restricted liberty of probation reflect the seriousness of the crime and are likely to deter any future criminal conduct,” prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memo.”

In a statement, Paul Crawford, special agent in charge of the Office of Professional Responsibility, said, “As evidenced by the outcome of this investigation, CBP OPR and our partners are committed to identifying and mitigating threats.”

Trump Complains about FBI Searching His Home with Their Shoes on

Former President Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling

Former President Trump was back to huffing and puffing about the FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago, lashing out at agents for not taking off their shoes when they searched his bedroom. 

Trump made the comments Monday morning, after returning to his Florida home for the first time since the Aug. 8 raid. 

On his social media platform Truth Social, Trump said he returned to the home to “check out the scene of yet another government ‘crime.’”

Calling the search a “Raid and Break-In of my home,” Trump fumed about the agents.

“I guess they don’t think there is a Fourth Amendment anymore, and to them, there isn’t,” Trump posted on Truth Social.

“In any event, after what they have done, the place will never be the same. It was ‘ransacked,’ and in far different condition than the way I left it. Many Agents – And they didn’t even take off their shoes in my bedroom. Nice!!!”

Trump has repeatedly complained about the raid. 

“Terrible the way the FBI, during the Raid of Mar-a-Lago, threw documents haphazardly all over the floor (perhaps pretending it was me that did it!), and then started taking pictures of them for the public to see. Thought they wanted them kept Secret?” Trump posted on Truth Social on Aug. 31.

On the same day, Trump alleged the FBI was being “very deceiving” for posing top-secret documents for a photo . 

During a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Sept. 3, Trump described the FBI and Justice Department as “vicious monsters, controlled by radical-left scoundrels.”

Trump’s hyperbolic rhetoric has incensed his supporters and prompted concerns about the safety of FBI agents. 

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