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Rep. Adam Schiff’s Letter to the FBI Praises The “Hard Working Men and Women at the Bureau’

Rep. Adam Schiff.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin writes a column titled: “A letter to the FBI that would be unnecessary under any other president.”

She writes about ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), who wrote an open letter to the FBI on Wednesday, ostensibly voicing his support for the men and women who’ve been under a partisan assault from Republicans on the Hill, as well as from the president.

“In reality, it was a devastating indictment of Republicans’ handling of the Russia investigation,” writes Rubin, who is considered “center-right” in her political views, but has been a regular critic of  President Donald Trump.

Schiff began by defending the exemplary work of the FBI in its various law enforcement capacities. He continued:

In recent weeks, the FBI has come under unprecedented and unjustified criticism. FBI agents have been slandered as “stormtroopers” for executing lawful search warrants and described as part of a corrupt “deep state” for pursuing a lawful counterintelligence investigation into Russia’s interference in our elections.

The president’s allies have put forward a succession of attacks against the FBI and the intelligence agencies that responded to Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections. Each has withered under scrutiny, but they have served their purpose of casting a shadow on the origins of the counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign, and ultimately Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s work….

I have not always agreed with the decisions of the FBI, either as an assistant U.S. attorney or as a member of Congress, and nor would I expect to. But I have never questioned the integrity of the hard working men and women at the Bureau and for a simple reason; you have never given me cause to do so. The American people have entrusted the FBI with the tremendous task of enforcing the law, fairly and without favor. That trust has been well placed.

I can assure you that the vast majority of the American people share my high regard for the FBI, and so do my colleagues, Democrats and Republicans. While I wish that more of them felt free to say so, the FBI is widely respected on the Hill for its professionalism, talent, and integrity. Despite the static that you may hear from time to time, do not for a moment believe that it is otherwise.

Rudy Giuliani Attacks GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy For Defending FBI

Rudolph Giuliani

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Hoping to bowel over anyone who gets in their way, Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s latest attack dog, is going after Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, who defended the FBI’s use of a confidential source to investigate potential Russian outreach to individuals connected to Trump’s presidential campaign.

“He’s drinking the Kool-Aid,” Giuliani tells CNN.

Giuliani didn’t stop there.

He went on to criticize Gowdy over his handling of a Republican-led investigation into the 2012 Benghazi attack.  Gowdy oversaw the investigation as chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

“I never understood what he did with Benghazi either. He really screwed that up. I don’t know what he was doing,” Giuliani said.

It’s Only Getting Wilder: Trump Considering Pardoning Martha Stewart and Commuting Rod Blagojevich’s Sentence

Ex-Gov. Blagojevich

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

If TV ratings is the real goal, President Donald Trump is killing it.

Trump indicated Thursday he’s considering pardoning for TV personality Martha Stewart and commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is serving 14 years for public corruption.

Trump also said Thursday that he would offer a full pardon to conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to violating federal campaign finance laws but later said he was targeted for his conservative views, the Washington Post reports. He was sentenced to five years of probation, including eight months living under supervision in a “community confinement center” in San Diego, and a $30,000 fine.

Stewart was found guilty in March 2004  of conspiracy, obstruction of an agency proceeding and making false statements to investigators. She was sentenced in July 2004 to five-months in a federal correctional facility and a two-year period o of supervised release.

Uniformed Secret Service Police Officer Sends CNN’s Jim Acosta Packing

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A new uniformed U.S. Secret Service police officer didn’t recognize CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta.

So, when he didn’t have his ID to get back in the White House she sent him packing, according to the website Twitchy, which posted the video below

Commentary: Ex-FBI Agent Suggests FBI Is Owed An Apology

Josh Campbell is a CNN Law Enforcement Analyst, providing insight on crime, justice, and national security issues. He previously served as a Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI. Follow him on Twitter.

Josh Campbell (Twitter photo)

By Josh Campbell
CNN

Following last week’s unfounded claim from the White House that the FBI illegally spied on the Trump campaign for political purposes, the Department of Justice took the unprecedented step of meeting with lawmakers in two classified sessions to discuss the details of the bureau’s original counterintelligence investigation.

The silence from House Republicans since the briefings has been deafening. Until now.
Immediately following the meetings, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff (D-CA) addressed the press, saying he saw no evidence the FBI acted improperly. House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) finally echoed those claims Tuesday on Fox News, going so far as saying the FBI responded precisely in the manner the American people would have expected of them, and that the investigation was not about Trump but was instead responding to a national security threat.

After the men and women of the FBI were unfairly labeled crooks, isn’t an apology in order?

To read the full column click here.

Tedious Work: FBI Piecing Together Shredded Documents From Michael Cohen Raid

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Sometimes FBI work can be pretty tedious.

The agency is piecing together shredded documents found in its raid of Michael Cohen’s home and office while investigating President Trump’s personal attorney for suspected financial crimes, The Hill reports.

CNN reports that there is not a large amount of shredded material.

The federal government has so far turned over 3.7 million seized documents for Cohen’s attorneys to assess whether anything is privileged information. The FBI continues to pore over the shredded documents and an additional 19 storage devices including hard drives and thumb drives, as well as several Blackberry phones, The Hills writes.

Could Memo From Ex-FBI Agent Andrew McCabe Be Helpful in Mueller Probe?

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The intrigue from the Robert Mueller probe continues to intrigue.

The latest comes from a report in the New York Times which says former acting F.B.I. director, Andrew G. McCabe wrote a confidential memo last spring recounting a conversation that offered significant behind-the-scenes details on the firing of his boss, Director James B. Comey., according to several people familiar with the discussion.

Comey’s firing is a central to Mueller’s probe into whether President Trump tried to obstruct the investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia. McCabe has turned over his memo to the special counsel, the Times reports.

Citing “several people familiar with the discussion,” the Times reports that the document from McCabe describes a conversation at the Justice Department with the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, in the chaotic days last May after Mr. Comey’s abrupt firing. Mr. Rosenstein played a key role in the dismissal, writing a memo that rebuked Mr. Comey over his handling of an investigation into Hillary Clinton.

 

Former Head of LA U.S. Secret Service Division Named CEO of Security Firm

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Rob Savage III

Robert Savage III, the former head of the Los Angeles U.S. Secret Service division, has been named chief executive officer of the 360 Group International Inc.,  a Beverly Hills security company.

Savage served 25 years in the Secret Service.

He began his career with Secret Service in 1993 in the Washington Field Office and ended it as the special agent in charge in LA.