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Trial Starts This Week in Oregon for FBI Agent Accused of Lying About Firing His Gun

Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was the spokesman of the occupation. Via YouTube.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

On Tuesday, FBI agent W. Joseph Astarita, 41, who was part of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team deployed out of Quantico, Vayears old, will stand trial in U.S. District Court in Portland, Ore., on charges of making false statements and obstruction of justice related to the 2016 fatal shooting of Robert LaVoy Finicum, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Finicum had served as a spokesman for Ammon Bundy, the leader of an armed occupation in 2016 of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.  He was fatally shot by Oregon state troopers, but federal prosecutors allege that Astarita fired two shots, which hindered the police probe into the incident.

Astarita has denied that he fired the shots and his defense team has insisted the evidence is flimsy at best.

Recently, the federal judge in the case tossed two of the five counts.

 

Tweeter In Chief Attacks the Russia Investigation and FISA Warrant

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

President Donald Trump was at it again, attacking the  Russia investigation.

Weekend Series on Law Enforcement History: Nixon Fires Special Prosecutor

FBI’s Christopher Wray Hints That He Has Considered Quitting

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director Christoper Wray, being very circumspect, suggested that he’s considered quitting and has pushed back against President Donald Trump’s recent comments casting doubt on Russian interference.

While being questioned by NBC’s Lester Holt at the Aspen Security Forum, he was asked if he’d ever considered resigning.

“I’m a low key, understated guy, but that should not be mistaken for what my spine’s made of. I’ll just leave it at that.”

The interview with Wray begins around the 1 minute mark in the video.

FBI Raids Home of Local Hells Angels Chapter President; Leads Him Out of Home in Underwear

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents on Wednesday raided the Clovis, Calif. home of Merl Hefferman, president of a local chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

Hefferman was taken out of the house and held for several hours in a Clovis Police Department van, reports ABC 13 Eyewitness News.

He is known as the leader of an annual charity drive, giving bikes to underprivileged kids at Christmas.

Last year, several club members were arrested and indicted on murder and drug charges related to a three-year-old shooting at the Fresno Club headquarters, the station reports.

FBI’s 3 Top Cybersecurity Officials Are Retiring

Scott Smith

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Whatever the reason, three of the FBI’ top cybersecurity officials are retiring from the bureau, the Wall Street Journal reports.

It comes at a time the country is facing unprecedented cyberthreats.

The Journal reports:

Scott Smith, the assistant FBI director who runs the Bureau’s cyber division, is leaving this month. His deputy, Howard Marshall, also left in recent weeks. Mr. Marshall has accepted a job at Accenture , a consulting firm that is expanding its cybersecurity portfolio. Mr. Smith is also expected to move to the private sector.

David Resch, executive assistant director of the FBI’s criminal, cyber, response and services branch, is departing the bureau as well. Mr. Resch, who was named to his senior post by FBI Director Christopher Wray in April, supervised Mr. Smith and Mr. Marshall.

Additionally, Carl Ghattas, executive assistant director of the FBI’s national security branch, has decided to leave for the private sector. And Jeffrey Tricoli, a senior FBI cyber agent who oversaw a Bureau task force addressing Russian attempts to meddle in U.S. elections,left last month for a senior vice president position at Charles SchwabCorp. , the Journal reported last week.

The FBI confirmed the departures. One U.S. official said more people are expected to leave soon, declining to provide additional names.

 

Secret Service Agent on Trump Detail in Scotland Dies at Age 42

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Secret Service agent Noel E. Remagen died after suffering a stroke while supporting President Donald Trump’s trip to Scotland, CNN reports.

The 42-year-old agent was working on protection for national security adviser John Bolton on the midnight shift when he was found to be unresponsive by colleagues at Trump’s Turnberry resort Saturday night, CNN reports.

He was rushed to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. A Secret Service press release says he passed away on Tuesday.

Remagen is survived by a wife and two small children, and was the son of a retired Secret Service employee.

Investor’s Business Daily Editorial: Did FBI Ignore Evidence That A ‘Foreign Entity’ Hacked Clinton’s Emails?

By Investor’s Business Daily
Editorial

Email Scandal: Last week we learned that a “foreign entity” may have been secretly receiving Hillary Clinton’s emails while she was Secretary of State, including many that contained classified information. And that the FBI apparently ignored this information during its “investigation.” The reaction by the press to this bombshell? Crickets.

At one point during Peter Strzok’s congressional testimony last week, Rep. Louie Gohmert made a stunning claim: FBI investigators were told that Clinton’s emails had been surreptitiously forwarded to a “foreign entity.” And the FBI investigators who were allegedly conducting a thorough, unbiased, professional probe into Clinton’s mishandling of classified materials ignored it.

To read the full editorial click here.