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Ex-Secret Service Agent Who Owns Texas Gun Store Installs A Flash Fog System to Battle Theft

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former Secret Service Agent Thom Bolsch, owner of Saddle River Range in The Woodlands, Tex., has figured out a trap for thieves.

He has installed a custom-made FastFog System from a company in Canada. The system is triggered when a thief breaks in his store. It essentially spews fog and blinds a thief, making it difficult to see the guns, KTRK reports. (See video below)

James Comey Should Have Been Fired Last Year, NY Post Column Says

Former FBI Director James Comey

Former FBI Director James Comey

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

There are many critics who think President Donald Trump should never have fired FBI Director James Comey.

Then there’s folks like Michael Walsh, an author, screenwriter and contributing editor at PJ Media, who thinks Comey should have been fired by President Barack Obama.

In a column in the New York Post, he writes:

Let’s cut right to the chase: James Comey should have been fired immediately following his disastrous press briefing last July, in which he candidly laid out the case against Hillary Clinton over her mishandling of classified information and then refused to recommend charges. Overstepping his authority while radiating sanctimony, arrogating power while clumsily intervening in the election, Comey deserved to be sacked on the spot.

Everything since has been one long slow twist in the wind for Comey, a former US attorney in Manhattan, where his most notable accomplishment was sending Martha Stewart to jail.

Ignore for the moment Comey’s series of missteps resulting from the Clinton investigation and his increasingly erratic and unconvincing public fan dance as he sent the nation into electoral paroxysms over the past 10 months.

On his watch, the FBI continued its politically correct, see-no-evil attitude toward radical Islam and thus failed to prevent the atrocity in San Bernardino; it also investigated the Orlando nightclub shooter for 10 months before closing its case, allowing him to kill or wound 102 people. Meanwhile, the federal office of personnel management was hacked by the Chinese, resulting in a serious data breach. That’s failure on an unacceptable level.

 

Sen. McConnell Would Support Garland As New FBI Director

Sen. Mitch McConnell/official photo

Sen. Mitch McConnell/official photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After Senate Leader Mitchell McConnell played a key role in denying President Obama’s choice for Supreme Court, the Kentucky Republican would support Judge Merrick Garland as the next director of the FBI, McConnell’s former advisor said.

“I think the Senate majority leader thinks that’s a fantastic idea,” Josh Holmes told “Fox News Sunday.”

“He certainly thinks [Garland] will be qualified. And [McConnell] certainly thinks he would be somebody that he could support.”

McConnell he prevented Garland from receiving a hearing on the nomination.

Garland name’s was floated last week by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.

“Instead of a special prosecutor, @realDonaldTrump should nominate Merrick Garland to replace James Comey,” Lee wrote on Twitter Thursday.

Lawmakers Call on Trump to Release Alleged Recordings with Comey


By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s suggestion that he may have been recording conversations between himself and former FBI Director James Comey have prompted several senators to call on the president to disclose any related documentation.

Three days after Trump abruptly fired Comey on Tuesday, the president tweeted that “Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”

Sen. Lindsey Graham

Sen. Lindsey Graham

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, recommended that Trump end all social media posts about the ongoing investigation involving his campaign and the Russians and encouraged the president present what recordings he has.

If there are any tapes of this conversation, they need to be turned over,” Graham said.

White House Press Sean Spicer decline to provide any insight into the existence of a tape of Trump and Comey.

Schumer: Appoint Special Counsel Or No New FBI Director

Sen. Charles Schumer

Sen. Charles Schumer

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is threatening to prevent the appointment of a new FBI director until the Justice Department appoints a special counsel to investigate whether President Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to interfere in the presidential election.

“I think there are a lot of Democrats who feel that way,” Schumer said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We’ll have to discuss it as a caucus, but I would support that move.”

So far the Justice Department declined to appoint a special counsel, and Republicans in the Congressional have rejected the idea.

Trump interviewed candidates for the top FBI job over the weekend but has yet to confirm the nominees.

“The key here, of course, is getting some of our Republican colleagues to join us.”

Lawmakers to Trump: Don’t Appoint Politicians to Replace FBI Director

Photo via FBI

Photo via FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Lawmakers are pleading with President Trump to avoid appointing any politicians to replace FBI Director James Comey.

Trump has come under heavy criticism from Democrats, Republicans and intelligence community for firing Comey while he was investigating any connections between and Trump.

James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, said Trump is “eroding” the three checks and balances created by the Founding Fathers.

“I think, in many ways, our institutions are under assault, both externally — and that’s the big news here, is the Russian interference in our election system,” Clapper said “I think as well our institutions are under assault internally.”

Graham is in favor of recruiting from within the FBI.

“It’s now time to pick somebody who comes from within the ranks, or has such a reputation that has no political background at all that can go into the job on Day 1,” said Graham, R-S.C.

“The president has a chance to clean up the mess he mostly created,” Graham said, adding: “I have no evidence that the president colluded with the Russians at all … but we don’t know all the evidence yet.”

As Expected, The FBI Agents Association Endorses Mike Rogers For Director

220px-Mike_Rogers_109th_Congress_photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

As expected the FBI Agents Association on Saturday endorsed former U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers to replace fired FBI Director James Comey. Rogers is also a former FBI agent.

“Chairman Rogers exemplifies the principles that should be possessed by the next FBI Director,” said FBIAA President Thomas F. O’Connor in a statement.  “It is essential that the next FBI Director understand the details of how Agents do their important work.  Mike Rogers’ background as a Special Agent, veteran of the armed forces and former member of Congress sets him apart as someone capable of confronting the wide array of challenges facing our help ensure that the Bureau remains the world’s premiere law enforcement agency.

“Rogers’ unique and diverse experience will allow him to effectively lead the men and women of the Bureau as we work to protect our country from criminal and terrorist threats,” said O’Connor. “During his time in Congress he showed a commitment to confronting threats to our country in a nonpartisan and collaborative manner.”

Rogers, 53, who was in Congress from 2001-15, led the U.S. House Intelligence Committee. He is currently a CNN national security commentator.

Former FBI Official Michael Mason: Comey Firing Should Concern All Americans

Michael Mason is a retired Executive Assistant Director of the FBI. 

By Michael Mason

Michael Mason/fbi photo

Michael Mason/fbi photo

I believe the firing of James Comey is something that should concern all Americans.

The justifications for the firing of the Director that have been put forth by the White House lack credibility. Can anyone legitimately claim that the timing of this act is not, at the very least, suspicious?

The comment intended to quiet this storm that “…only the Director was fired, not the whole FBI…” might be true, but relative to its impact, it is a patently absurd statement.

Relative to the release of the information contained in the now infamous Comey letter, the American public seems to believe that Director Comey released that letter to the media. He provided the letter to the Congressional Committee to which he was obligated to report investigative progress.

That letter was obviously leaked to the press by one or more members of that committee immediately thereafter. Like it or not,  Comey was in a very difficult position immediately prior to the presidential election. If he had said nothing and the FBI found nothing…the matter passes unnoticed.

However, if he says nothing and an internal sympathizer calls a member of the press, then it looks like an attempted cover-up. If he says nothing and there’s no leak, but the FBI finds something and reports it after the election, all hell would have broken loose. So Comey was in a situation akin to seeing two small children fall into a lake and you can only save one. No matter what you do, that story will not end well.

The independence of the FBI is critical and that independence has been soiled by this situation. Comey was previously commended by the President, even called “courageous” for acts now used as justification for his removal. It would be laughable if it were not so serious.

Now the President is tweeting that there better not be a recording of any conversation he had with Comey. Far beyond the utter absurdity of the President “tweeting” such a threat and/or allegation, it would appear to me such a recording would make it completely clear what was said between these two men.

However, let’s not remove the dense fog that accompanies everything coming out of the White House relative to this situation. Just to be clear, I am not suggesting for a second that such recordings are appropriate but rather how odd it is the President felt he needed to issue a tough guy statement relative to the utterly improbable likelihood any such tape(s) exist. Just more dense fog, intended to distract our attention from the matter at hand once again.

The American public really needs to wake up and demand more from the President of the United States and his administration. Waking up each day and turning on the news for five minutes to see the latest absurdity coming out of the White House is already getting tiresome.