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Mueller’s Team Wants to Interview White House Staffers over Trump Tower Statement

Robert Mueller, via FBI

Robert Mueller, via FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team wants to interview White House staffers who may have been involved or witnessed a misleading statement about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower, CNN reports

Mueller’s team is trying to learn how the statement aboard Air Force One was crafted and who was involved.

The investigation may determine whether anyone from the White House was trying to obstruct justice by intentionally issuing a misleading statement.

CNN wrote:

The interviews with White House staffers who were aboard Air Force One have not begun, the sources said. They currently involve only a small number of people, but the sources cautioned that number could increase. At this time, Mueller has not asked to interview President Trump. Trump Jr. was on the Hill Thursday for an interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In his first response to a report this summer about his meeting at Trump Tower, the President’s son claimed in a statement that he “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children” during his meeting with a Russian lawyer he believed to be connected to the Russian government. That claim was later debunked by multiple accounts of the meeting.

New FBI Director Says He’s Seen No Evidence of White House Interference in Russian Probe

Christopher Wray is sworn in as the new FBI director. Photo via FBI.

Christopher Wray is sworn in as the new FBI director. Photo via FBI.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

New FBI Director Christopher Wray insists he’s seen no evidence that the White House tried to interfere in the ongoing investigation into possible collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

“I can say very confidently that I have not detected any whiff of interference with that investigation,” Wray said, according to the Washington Post

Wray added that he has “enormous respect” for Mueller, who was fired earlier this year, prompting an investigation into alleged obstruction of justice.

Wray said the FBI wants to ensure Russians don’t interfere in future elections.

“I’m impressed with the strides that we’ve made on that front,” Wray said.

Washington Man Accused of Impersonating FBI Agent to Target Immigrant Communities

fbi badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested a Washington state man accused of posing as a federal agent to rob businesses run by East African immigrants.

Prosecutors said Steven Wyatt Fisher used a fake FBI badge and claimed to be Jack Ryan, a fictional character in Tom Clancy novels, KCPQ reports.  

Prosecutors believe Ryan was targeting immigrant communities because they are less likely to report a crime.

“Impersonating a federal officer is very concerning,” said FBI spokeswoman Ayn Dietrich-Williams.

Fisher is accused of stealing more than $100,000 in one case.

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FBI Takes Lead in Investigation of Post Office Bombing That Injured Postal Worker

police tapeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has taken a leading role in investigating an explosion at a post office in Eastern Chicago, Indiana that injured a postal worker.

Authorities said an explosive device was detonated at the post office in northwestern Indiana at about 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Injured in the explosion was a female postal worker. Her injuries don’t appear to be life-threatening.

The Chicago Tribune reports that two employees were inside the post office during the explosion.

East Chicago Fire Chief Anthony Serna said it wasn’t immediately clear whether additional bombs were found.

Whatever the case, Serna said, bombings like this are rare.

“Bomb threats, yes,” Serna said. “An actual explosion like this is rare.”

The FBI is taking over the case because the explosion occurred in a federal building.

No suspects were in custody as of Thursday morning.

Rep. Nunes Threatens to Hold FBI Director, AG in Contempt over Trump Dossier

Rep. Devin Nunes

Rep. Devin Nunes

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes accused Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray of stonewalling him and threatened to hold both in contempt if they don’t produce a subpoena for documents related to a salacious dossier involving President Trump.

The California Republican also threatened in a Sept. 1 letter to publicly grill the Trump appointees before the committee if they don’t turn over the documents, CNN reports

In the letter, Nunes criticized the pair’s “insufficient responsiveness to the committee’s numerous Russia-investigation related requests over the past several months.”

Tunes subpoenaed “any and all documents relating to the agencies’ relationship with former British Secret Intelligence Service officer Christopher Steele and/or the so-called ‘Trump dossier'” on August 24.

It’s unclear whether he’s acting on behalf of committee Republicans or himself.

FBI Makes Gruesome Discovery at Alleged Dogfighting Ring in D.C. Area

Photo via FBI

Photo via FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI seized more than a dozen dogs during a raid in the Washington D.C. area over an alleged dogfighting ring.

Authorities are asking the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District in Virginia to allow feds to keep the dogs. Found during the raid at homes in Temple Hills, Md., and Washington D.C. were items related to dog breeding, fighting and training, WTOP reports

The FBI arrested 12 people on Aug. 24, charging them with identity theft and credit card and bank fraud.

Agents found a dog treadmill, a blood-splattered fighting ring and vests weighted with sand bags.

Facebook Provides Robert Mueller with Facebook Ad Data Involving Russia

Data securityBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Information about Facebook’s discovery that an operation likely based in Russia spent $100,000 on ads on the social media site was turned over to Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel in charge of investigating alleged Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election.

Facebook said the operation promoted thousands of ads in the U.S. on divisive social and political messages, Reuters reports.

The postings ranged from polarizing positions on immigration, gay rights and race.

Reuters wrote:

U.S. election law bars foreign nationals and foreign entities from spending money to expressly advocate the election or defeat of a candidate. Non-U.S. citizens may generally advertise on issues. Other ads, such as those that mention a candidate but do not call for the candidate’s election or defeat, fall into what lawyers have called a legal gray area.

Facebook announced the findings in a blog post by its chief security officer, Alex Stamos, and said that it was cooperating with federal inquiries into influence operations during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Facebook briefed members of both the Senate and House of Representatives intelligence committees on Wednesday about the suspected Russia advertising, according to a congressional source familiar with the matter. Both committees are conducting probes into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, including potential collusion between the campaign of President Donald Trump and Moscow.

ATF Investigates Theft of 100+ Guns in Houston During Hurricane Harvey

gunsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

ATF is investigating the theft of dozens of guns as Hurricane Harvey swept across Houston.

Authorities told Click 2 Houston that six gun stores were burglarized. 

“It’s just unacceptable for people to take advantage of a natural disaster like this,” said Fred Milanowski, special agent-in-charge of the ATF‘s Houston division.

In less than 48 hours, Milanowski said 109 guns were stolen.

“We will do everything we can to have these individuals prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” said Milanowski.

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