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Another FBI October Surprise: Bureau Post Years-Old Probe of Bill Clinton Pardon

Former president Bill Clinton

Former president Bill Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has once again put itself at the center of the presidential debate.

On Tuesday afternoon, the bureau posted on its website internal documents related to an old investigation into former president Bill Clinton’s pardon of a fugitive Democratic donor, Marc Rich the Washington Post reports. 

A spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s campaign questioned why the FBI would post inflammatory material just a week before the election.

“Will FBI be posting docs on Trump’s housing discrimination in ’70s?” asked the spokesman, Brian Fallon.

The FBI said it posted the information in light of a recent Freedom of Information Act request.

The post came about a week after FBI Director James Comey’s controversial decision to announce that it’s reviewing additional emails related to the investigation of Hillary Clinton, even though there’s no evidence yet of wrongdoing.

“Americans now look at the FBI and see a political entity, not a nonpartisan entity — and that has huge ramifications for the FBI and for all of us,” said Matt Miller, former chief spokesman for the Justice Department and a Clinton supporter. “It sows disbelief in our system of government and is hugely toxic.”

Sen. Richard Burr Jokes about Gun Owners Shooting Hillary Clinton

Sen. Richard Burr

Sen. Richard Burr

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service was notified that North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr joked about gun owners shooting Hillary Clinton.

The comments were captured on a recording, the Daily Beast reports. 

Burr walked into a gun shop and spotted a magazine about rifles in the store “with a picture of Hillary Clinton on the front of it.”

Burr said “nothing made me feel better” than seeing that image.

“I was a little bit shocked at that—it didn’t have a bullseye on it,” Burr jokes to a crowd in Mooresville, North Carolina. “But on the bottom right (of the magazine), it had everybody for federal office in this particular state that they should vote for. So let me assure you, there’s an army of support out there right now for our candidates.”

Burr later apologized, saying, “The comment I made was inappropriate, and I apologize for it.”

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump has quipped about Clinton being killed by gun owners.

NTSB Investigates Bus Crash That Killed 6, Injured 10 in Baltimore

An MTA bus

An MTA bus

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a deadly crash in Baltimore that occurred after a school bus veered into oncoming traffic and struck a Maryland Transit Administration bus.

Six people were killed and 10 were injured Tuesday morning, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Four passengers and both bus drivers were killed in the crash, and an additional two passengers were in critical condition.

The school bus was not carrying any students.

“It literally looks like a bomb exploded in the bus,” police spokesman T.J. Smith said. “It’s catastrophic damage.”

Investigators are trying to determine what caused the bus driver to veer into the opposite lane. They plan to interview a school bus aide who sustained minor injuries in the crash.

The school bus driver was a 67-year-old man. 

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Kessler: And Now the Truth About FBI Director Comey and The Hillary Clinton Email Probe

Ronald Kessler, a former Washington Post investigative reporter, is the author of “The Secrets of the FBI” and “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents.”

Ronald Kessler

Ronald Kessler

By Ronald Kessler
For the Washington Times

Rarely has the FBI been so embroiled in public controversy. And never has so much misinformation about its workings been so prevalent.

At a recent luncheon meeting of the Washington chapter of the Society of Former FBI Agents, Michael Steinbach, the FBI’s executive assistant director in charge of national security investigations, tried to straighten some of it out.

Mr. Steinbach told the 80 former FBI agents in attendance that while FBI Director James Comey made the final decision on the case, Mr. Steinbach himself supervised the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s handling of her emails, according to John L. Martin, a former FBI agent who attended the lunch meeting.

About 25 FBI personnel worked on the case, Mr. Steinbach said. Contrary to what seems to be a given in some media circles, no rebellion of FBI agents has taken place because of Mr. Comey’s decision not to prosecute the presidential candidate. In fact, according to Mr. Martin, Mr. Steinbach said all of those who worked on the case said they agreed with Mr. Comey’s decision.

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Stephen Colbert Takes Shots at FBI Director James Comey, Anthony Weiner

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

If anything, FBI Director James Comey’s letter to Congress on Friday has provided more fodder for the late night talk show hosts.

Stephen Colbert on his Monday night show addressed the vagueness of Comey’s letter about the Hillary Clinton emails, saying:

“That’s like a captain yelling, ‘All hands on deck, head for the life boats, at some point I’ll have more information.’”

He added: “If a tree falls in a forest and no one’s around to hear it, it’ll still be more informative than James Comey.”

FBI Reviewing Ties Between Trump’s Ex-Campaign Manager And Russia, Ukraine

Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort.

Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is examining the relationship between Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and Russia and Ukraine.

The inquiry is focused on business ties to the two countries at a time when many officials have questioned Trump’s relationship with Vladimir Putin.

Manafort, who stopped working for the Trump campaign in August because of his suspicious foreign connections, told NBC that “none of it is true,” adding, “This is all political propaganda.”

The New York Times has also has reported on a probe into Trump’s relationship with Russia, finding no links between the GOP candidate and the Russian government.

Boston Globe Columnist: Time for FBI Director James Comey to Resign

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Michael Cohen
Boston Globe

James Comey really messed up.

The FBI director did not commit some garden-variety mistake. This is not an “oops” moment. For reasons that have more to do with protecting himself from dishonest Republican attacks, Comey committed an overtly egregious and political act that roiled the nation’s politics 11 days before Election Day — and undermined public trust in the nation’s criminal justice institutions.

And he needs to go.

When word broke Friday afternoon that Comey had notified Congress that he was taking a new look at Hillary Clinton’s apparently never-ending e-mail issue, it seemed like a bombshell moment.

But it is now increasingly clear that Comey was holding a dud. What he did know is that e-mails from Clinton’s assistant, Huma Abedin, had been found on the computer of her estranged husband, Anthony Weiner. The problem is, that’s all he knew. There was no evidence that the e-mails were from Clinton, contained classified material, or had any investigative value.

FBI Accelerates Timetable of Investigation into New Emails Potentially Tied to Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is expediting its review of emails potentially linked to Hillary Clinton after bureau Director James Comey’s surprise announcement may have upended the presidential election.

The FBI had planned to review the emails over the next several weeks. But amid increasing criticism, the bureau has accelerated its timetable, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

Still, the FBI has not determined whether it will publicly disclose the results of the inquiry.

Since Comey announced a renewed investigation that may have nothing to do with Clinton, Trump has surged in the polls.

“While I disagree with those who suggest you should have kept the FBI’s discovery secret until after the election, I agree that your disclosure did not go far enough,” Iowa Sen. Charles E. Grassley wrote to Comey. “Unfortunately, your letter failed to give Congress and the American people enough context to evaluate the significance or full meaning of this development.”