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May 2021


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Ex-FBI Lawyer Lisa Page Says Bias Did Not Impact Trump-Hillary Probes

Lisa Page, via social media.

By Allan Lengel

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page said last year on Capitol Hill that any bias in the FBI against Donald Trump did not impact the bureau’s  investigations of the Trump campaign’s suspected Russia ties and of Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Her comments before theHouse Judiciary and Oversight committees were included in a transcript released Tuesday by the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, the Washington Post reports:

Page, who came to prominence over anti-Trump texts she exchanged with former FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok while both were assigned to the Clinton and Trump investigations, stressed that senior bureau officials were also expressing anti-Clinton animus — but that neither affected how agents working those cases carried out their jobs.

“Many of us in law enforcement dislike the subject of our investigations. We are not keen on pedophiles and fraudsters and spies and human traffickers,” Page said. “That is fine. What would be impermissible is to take that harsh language and to act in some way that was illegal or against the rules. And we don’t do it.”

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Head of ATF on Proposed Budget and Trimming Fat: ‘Now We’re Trimming into Bone’

Acting head of ATF Thomas Brandon.

By Allan Lengel

One way to cut back on enforcement of the nation’s gun laws is to reduce funding to the top agency tasked with that job.

On Wednesday, Thomas Brandon, head of ATF, broke with the White House on the administration’s 2020 budget proposal that calls for ATF cuts, saying it would further damage the agency, which is already straining for resources, the Washington Times writes.

Brandon told lawmakers on Capitol Hill that the proposed budget would results in ATF losing 377 positions to attrition.

“You hear people say, ‘trim the fat.’ Then we trimmed into muscle and now we’re trimming into bone,”  Brandon testified before a House Appropriations subcommittee. “ATF won’t be able to do what it can do today.”

Brandon also said discussed benefits of a bill the White House opposes that extends the amount of time the FBI can get to perform gun-purchase background checks, the Times reports.


A Sickly Paul Manafort Gets 3.5 More Years

Paul Manafort jail mugshot.

By Allan Lengel

A sickly Paul Manafort was sentenced to another 3.5 years in prison Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Judge Amy Berman Jackson of D.C. sentenced him to 43 months, which is in addition to the 47 months he received by a federal judge in Alexandria, Va. in a separate case, the Washington Post reports. 

“This defendant is not public enemy number one, but he’s also not a victim either,” Jackson said. “There’s no question this defendant knew better, and he knew exactly what he was doing.”

There’s no indication to date whether President Donald Trump will pardon him. Trump has expressed sympathy for Manafort.

FBI Busts the Privileged in College Scam

By Allan Lengel

Well, well, well.

Apparently some of the privileged folks can’t bear to see their kids go to mediocre college.

So, we have this.

Thirty-three well-heeled parents, including Hollywood celebrities including Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, were implicated Tuesday in a nationwide bribery and fraud scheme to help students gain admission to elite colleges and universities, the New York Times reports. 

College athletic coaches were also implicated for allegedly taking bribes to help students gain admissions to schools like Yale and Stanford.

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Mueller Team Funded Through September

Special counsel Robert Mueller. Photo via FBI.

By Allan Lengel

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team is funded through the end of September if necessary, Reuters reports.

The funding wasn’t addressed in the budget requests for the next government fiscal year issued by the White House and Justice Department on Monday because Mueller’s office is financed by the U.S. Treasury under special regulations issued by the Justice Department, Reuters reports.

“The Special Counsel is funded by the Independent Counsel appropriation, a permanent indefinite appropriation established in the Department’s 1988 Appropriations Act,” a Justice Department spokesman said.


McCabe’s Book: Session Said Bureau Was Better Off With All Irish Men. ‘They Were Drunks But They Could Be Trusted ‘

Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Photo by Gage Skidmore, via Wikipedia.

By Allan Lengel

Ex-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe paints a very unflattering portrait of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in his new book.

McCabe writes that Sessions didn’t read intelligence reports, mixed up classified material with what he had seen in newspaper clips and was confused about the structure and purpose of organizations, the Washington Post reports. He also blamed immigrants for nearly every societal problem and uttered racist sentiments with shocking callousness.

Session also made some unflattering remarks about the bureau, once saying it was better off when “you all only hired Irishmen. They were drunks but they could be trusted. Not like all those new people with nose rings and tattoos — who knows what they’re doing?”

Secret Service Agent Robert DeProspero, Fierce Protector of Presidents, Dies at 80

Robert DeProspero

By Allan Lengel

Robert DeProspero who became the Secret Service agent in charge of Reagan’s protection after the 1981 assassination attempt, died last Monday in Scottsdale, Arizona at age 80, the New York Times reports. He suffered from was amyloidosis, a rare disease in which an abnormal protein is deposited in tissues and organs.

After taking over the Reagan detail he added measures to shore up the president’s safety, the Times reports.

“There’s no question that if you made a wrong move or did not do what you were supposed to do, it would ruin your life, your family’s life, and would ruin anyone who was associated with you,” he told The Associated Press in 1985.

In a video message to agents in 1984, he said: “I don’t ever care about being criticized for overdoing as long as we consider security our first priority. We can’t afford to let up.”

In all, he protected five presidents.

Ex-Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe Shocked by Manafort’s ‘Lenient’ Sentence

By Allan Lengel

Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he was stunned by the “incredibly lenient sentence”  ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort received in Alexandria, Va. last Thursday.

“Well, I was really surprised by the sentence he was given,” McCabe told Face the Nation. “I think it was an incredibly lenient sentence.”

“Like most people, I was shocked,” he added.

Manafort got 47-months in prison, far short of the 19-24 years suggested in sentencing guidelines.