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Interim Head of DEA Is Stepping Down, Citing Increasing Challenges

Robert Patterson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Having interim heads of major federal law enforcement agencies for too long often sends a message that the agency isn’t as important as some other agencies like the FBI.

Now comes Robert W. Patterson, acting head of  the DEA, who told staff Monday in an email that he is retiring in about two weeks, saying that running the agency as a temporary fill-in had become “increasingly challenging,” Devlin Barrett of the Washington Post reports.

Patterson said he “realized that the administrator of the DEA needs to decide and address priorities for years into the future — something which has become increasingly challenging in an acting capacity.”

A replacement has not been named.

Former Senate Staffer Charged With Lying to FBI Wants Trump To Shut Up About His Case

Jim Wolfe (Linkedin photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

James Wolfe, former security director for the Senate Intelligence Committee charged with lying to FBI agents, wants President Donald Trump to shut up.

His lawyer filed a motion on Tuesday to prevent anyone involved with his case — up to and including President Donald Trump — from speaking publicly about the case, CNN reports.

Wolfe’s attorney writes that comments made by Trump and senior Justice Department officials “have threatened Mr. Wolfe’s right to a fair trial under the Sixth Amendment” with an impartial jury and the presumption of innocence, CNN reports.

Last week Trump told reporters that “It’s very interesting that they caught a leaker … it’s a very important leaker.”
Assistant Attorney General John Demers said in a statement last week that the allegations were “doubly troubling as the false statements concern the unauthorized disclosure of sensitive and confidential information.”

Wolfe’s attorney points out that his client has never been charged with leaking classified info.

Fed Judge in South Carolina Blasts FBI in Dylann Roof Gun Purchase

Dylann Roof

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

U.S. District Judge Richard M. Gergel of South Carolina blasted the FBI  in a court order filed Monday for a parade of  errors and a series of “abysmally poor policy choices” that allowed Dylann S. Roof to unlawfully buy the gun that he used to kill nine African-American people in a Charleston church in 2015, the News York Times reports.

That being said, the judge granted the government’s motion to dismiss about 15 lawsuits filed against it, which had alleged negligent management of criminal databases and performance of background checks.

The judge noted that the lawsuits had uncovered “glaring weaknesses” in the background check system, but the government could still claim immunity.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, operated by the F.B.I., demonstrated in a variety of ways that it was “hopelessly stuck in 1995,” Judge Gergel wrote, according to the Times.  But he noted that  “the victims of this tragedy” had no legal remedy.

Ex-Secret Service Agent Answers Question: Is Barack Obama A Nice Guy?

Jason Wells (Linkedin photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

While working a detail, Secret Service agents act professionally. But internally, they have opinions of the people they protect.

Jason Wells, a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, knows a thing or two about the Obamas. He is a former U.S. Secret Service agent who worked a detail protecting the Obama family, and answers the question about the family in a story posted on the website, VT, a news and entertainment outlet:

“With that stated…. Senator Obama, Mrs. Obama and their two daughters were always extremely cordial and appreciative for everything that we provided them.”

“They were engaging with us, asking us about our families and making sure that we were provided for. On numerous occasions, Mr. Obama would ask me how my wife was doing (she was pregnant with our first child), and wished her the best.

Wells Linkedin page says this:

Provided physical protection to senior executive leadership of the United States of America including President Obama, Former Presidents Carter, Clinton, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush and families, Vice President Biden and family, Former Vice President Cheney and family; as well as security for foreign dignitaries hosted in the United States (including Prime Minister Tony Blair). Provided physical protection to US leadership and dignitaries during international assignments, liaising with foreign security details to ensure that security protocols were in compliance with international regulations

Ex-ATF Agent Jay Dobyns Talks About the Dangers of Biker Gangs

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Retired ATF Agent Jay Dobyns spoke about his days as an agent, infiltrating the Hells Angels and the personal challenges of undercover work at a police seminar in El Paso this week, the El Paso Times reports.

“They’re very dangerous men who live a very dangerous lifestyle that’s built on violence.

Below is a video from the El Paso Times.

Salon: What’s Buried in IG Report, How Rogue FBI Agents Helped Undermine Clinton Campaign

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A piece in Salon Magazine, an online publication, is titled: “Here’s what’s buried beneath that FBI report: How rogue agents sabotaged the Clinton campaign.”

The piece suggests that FBI agents in the New York office helped Rudy Giuliani, who was campaigning for Donald Trump in 2016, by leaking information.

Heather Digby Parton writes:

I think everyone remembers that Rudy Giuliani played a significant role in the Trump presidential campaign and was especially visible during the last month or so. On Oct. 25, 2016, he made a couple of TV appearances in which he hinted broadly that the campaign had an October surprise coming.

On “Fox & Friends” he was asked if Trump had anything planned other than “inspiring rallies” and he said “yes” (at the 8:50 mark). When asked what that was, he responded this way:

“Heh-heh-heh,” Mr. Giuliani laughed. “You’ll see.”

Appearing to enjoy his own coy reply, Mr. Giuliani resumed chuckling: “Ha-ha-ha.”

“When will this happen?” Ms. Earhardt asked.

“We got a couple of surprises left,” Mr. Giuliani said, smiling.

Later that day he appeared on another show and gleefully reiterated his claim. You can see it at the two-minute mark in the following video:

FBI’s Christopher Way Defends Mueller While GOP Says Probe Is Tainted

FBI Director Christopher Wray (file photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

So many politicians, so many opinions.

FBI Director Christopher Wray stood by Special Counsel Robert Mueller during a hearing Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, while Republicans asserted the Russian election probe is tainted by anti-Trump bias, Bloomberg New reports.

“I do not believe Special Counsel Mueller is on a witch hunt,” Wray testified.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Judiciary Committee’s Republican chairman, said the Inspector General report shows Democrat Hillary Clinton got “kid-glove” treatment from the FBI and Justice Department while they continue to use “brass-knuckle” tactics against Trump, Bloomberg reports.
Meanwhile, Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified that he’s still probing the FBI conduct to see how former Director James Comey handled his private memos and whether underlings may have given sensitive details to reporters.

El Chapo Asks Federal Judge to Suppress Statements Prosecutors Claim He Made

‘El Chapo’ Guzman

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the legendary drug kingpin,  has asked a federal judge in Brooklyn to suppress statements prosecutors claim he made during his January 2017 extradition to the United States, ABC News reports.

In a court filing Thursday, his defense attorneys said that it is not clear whether Guzman had been informed of his rights, the news station reports.

“Federal agents questioned Mr. Guzman as he was shackled on a DEA plane on its way to New York and the agents did not advise him of his rights,” defense attorney Eduardo Balarezo said. “As a result, Mr. Guzman felt that he had no other choice but to answer the questions put to him.”

Guzman’s trial is set in the U.S. for September.