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NBC Exclusive: Comey Wonders Why Mueller Didn’t Subpoena Trump

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-FBI Director James Comey, speaking out for the first time since the Robert Mueller report was completed, say he’s glad the investigation was undertaken, saying there was enough smoke to justify it.

Comey said he’s not clear why Robert Mueller didn’t come to a conclusion on the obstruction of justice question, or why he didn’t subpoena President Trump.

Below is part of the interview.

When Will Mueller Report Be Available to Public ? DOJ Says in Weeks

Special counsel Robert Mueller. Photo via FBI.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A version of Robert Mueller’s report, which is expected to be redacted, will be available for Congress and the public within weeks, a Justice Department official said,  the Wall Street Journal reports.

The official said there are no plans to provide the White House with the report first.

The release is likely to cause a new round of intense debate as people on both sides of the political aisle launch a full-court press to spin the reports.

 

Uniformed Secret Service Officer on Motorcycle Injured in Crash

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A U.S. Secret Service motorcycle officer, who was headed to the vice president’s residence to set up a motorcade later in the day, was injured Tuesday morning in a crash involving a vehicle near  the U.S. Naval Observatory in Northwest Washington, the Washington Post reports.

The uniformed officer was treated at the  hospital for what was described as a non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash occurred about 11:35 a.m. at 34th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Bump Stock Company Surrendering 60,000 Unsold Devices to ATF

Bump Stock (Wikipedia photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Yes, the ban on bump stocks is real.

Hours before a federal rule banning the possession of bump stocks came into effect on Tuesday,  Texas-based gun accessory retailer RW Arms announced it was voluntarily turning over its entire inventory of 60,000 unsold devices to ATF for destruction, the website The Trace reports.

The company, RW Arms,  issued a press release on Monday night, saying ATF agents will watch as a local recycling company destroys the devices with an industrial shredding machine.

RW Arms was founded in April 2017, just weeks after Slide Fire, the leading manufacturer of bump stocks, announced its own closure

George Papadopoulos Says FBI Asked Him to Wear a Wire

Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, via LinkedIn.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos testified to Congress that the FBI asked him to wear a wire in 2017, but he refused, CNN reports.

Papdopoulos told lawmakers of the wire last October.

The FBI wanted him to record his conversations with a professor who had ties to Russia and claimed that Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton in the form of stolen emails.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the professor, Joseph Mifsud, who remains one of the mysterious figures in the Russia investigation, CNN reports. He claims in his book he did not intentionally lie to the FBI.

Sen. Lindsey Graham Says He Encouraged McCain to Give Dossier to FBI

Sen. Lindsey Graham

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ah. The twists and turns inside the Beltway.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham told CNN on Monday that once Sen. John McCain was given the controversial Steele dossier, he encouraged McCain to forward it to the FBI, Axios reports. 

Those remarks come in wake of President Donald Trump’s disparaging remarks about McCain and the dossier.

Trump erroneously tweeted that McCain gave the report to the FBI during the campaign to try and sink him. The report was given in December, after the election.

“I understand that, clearly people are in the McCain world that did some things inappropriate but it was not John McCain,” Graham said. “John McCain did not give it to anybody in the press.”

George Papadopoulos Claims He Was Duped By FBI Into Admitting He Lied

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos is attempting to clear his name in his new book, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In “Deep State Target,” Papadopoulos writes in his interactions with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators  that he was duped by FBI agents into admitting guilt for lying to the FBI, a charge that he served 14 days in prison for, Talking Points Memo reports, citing the Journal story. 

“I realize I misspoke to the FBI,” he reportedly wrote. “The ‘lie’ I was charged with … certainly wasn’t intentional. …  I had to use those words and own them because those were the charges the prosecutors insisted on hitting me with. I am truly sorry I didn’t get the dates right when I talked to the FBI agents. Still, I was never told what my false claims were.”

Papadopoulos  pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with a professor named Joseph Mifsud, who allegedly told him that the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.

President Donald Trump on Mueller Probe: ‘This Was an Illegal Takedown that Failed’

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

This was the moment President Donald Trump was waiting for: The end of the Mueller probe and an opportunity to trash the investigation.

“It was a complete and total exoneration,” he said. “It’s a shame that our country had to go through this. To be honest, it’s a shame your president has had to go through for,  before I even got elected, it began and it began illegally… This was an illegal takedown that failed.”