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Border Patrol Agent Dies While Working Out at Michigan Bay Station

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Border Patrol agent was found dead in a workout room at a bay station in Michigan, the News-Messanger reports.

An Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office report indicates Agent Scott M. Schoen, 30, was found on his back in a pool of blood at the Sandusky Bay Station.

Schoen was not breathing and received CPR.

According to the report, Schoen was suffering chest pains earlier.

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FBI Investigates Possible Front Running of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac in Trader Scam

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating whether Wall Street conspired to rig rates on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to manipulate the key derivatives market, Reuters reports.

Agents said the traders swapped messages through hand signals and ring tones to manipulate large orders by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. 

Reuters wrote that a former high-level employee said the scam raked in $50 million to $100 million in profits.

The identities of the traders under investigation were not revealed.

 

FBI Mulls Charges Against Two Cops Accused of Beating Homeless Man to Death

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

On the day a jury found two former Fullerton Police Department officers not guilty of beating a homeless man to death, the FBI said it would determine whether “further investigation is warranted” to bring new charges, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The officers are accused of beating to death Kelly Thomas, a 37-year-old schizophrenic man who was well-known in Fullerton, Calif.

“With the conclusion of the state court trial, investigators will examine the evidence and testimony to determine whether further investigation is warranted at the federal level,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller in Los Angeles said in a statement.

The trial lasted three weeks.

FBI Investigation Finds No Laws Were Violated over Extra Scrutiny of Tea Party, Other Conservative Groups

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI’s investigation of the IRS’ extra scrutiny of the Tea Party likely won’t lead to charges, Reuters reports.

Investigators said there was no evidence of bias in the pursuit of the conservative groups to justify charges.

President Obama’s administration has come under attack for give disproportionate attention to political enemies.

The Justice Department declined to comment, but FBI Director James Comey said last week, “It’s an investigation that we’re still working, and that’s an important one for us.”

FBI Interviews Differ from Obama’s Accounts of What Led to Consulate Attack in Benghazi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi may not have happened as described by the Obama administration, Fox News reports.

The FBI interviewed survivors for three days and none reported a demonstration.

Obama initially said the attack occurred after a protest of an anti-Islam film got out of control.

“The FBI confirmed to me that when they interviewed the survivors on the 15th the 16th and the 17th [of September], not one person ever mentioned anything other than a terrorist attack. No one mentioned a protest outside the consulate,” Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham told Fox News. “So, how could the Obama administration come up with a protest story if everybody on the ground during the attack said it was a terrorist attack and there was no protest?”

It still remains clear whether the information ever got to the president, Fox News reported.

Congressmen Issa and Jordan Rip Justice Department Over Investigation into IRS

Darrell Issa

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif), a big critic of Attorney Gen. Eric Holder,  and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio),  are lashing out at the Justice Department, criticizing it over its investigation into the IRS treatment of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

The two are  questioning the Justice Department’s assignment of Barbara Bosserman, a Justice Department trial attorney, who is heading the probe into the IRS. The two say she donated at least $6,750 to President Obama’s election campaigns and the Democratic National Committee in the past several years.

“By selecting a significant donor to President Obama to lead an investigation into the inappropriate targeting of conservative groups, the Department has created a startling conflict of interest,” they wrote in a letter to Attorney Gen. Eric Holder.

“It is unbelievable that the Department would choose such an individual to examine the federal government’s systematic targeting and harassment of organizations opposed to the President’s policies,” the letter continues. “At the very least, Ms. Bosserman’s involvement is highly inappropriate and has compromised the Administration’s investigation of the IRS.”

Read the letter in full.

 

FBI Special Agent in New Jersey Becomes Popular Face Behind Corruption Cases

 

Mayor Tony Mack

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI Special Agent Michael Doyle is becoming somewhat of a celebrity in New Jersey.

The 17-year-veteran of tackling white collar crime and political corruption cases may best be known for bringing down the once-powerful Newark Mayor Sharpe James, who served 18 months in prison on corruption charges.

The Trentonian is reporting that Doyle also led the two-year investigation that prompted similar charges against Trenton Mayor Tony F. Mack.

Doyle is expected to take the stand for the third day today in the Mack case to explain how he nabbed the mayor.

 

Justice Department Investigates Whether Laws Broken During New Jersey Bridge Scandal

Christopher Christie

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal investigators are trying to determine whether any laws were broken during the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge between New York and New Jersey, the Wall Street Journal reports.

“The Port Authority Office of Inspector General has referred the matter to us, and our office is reviewing the matter to determine whether a federal law was implicated,” Rebekah Carmichael, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney in New Jersey, said.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s close aides are accused of engineering the traffic lane by closing lanes leading to the bridge, the Journal wrote.

Whether a crime was committed is another question.

“There’s federal funds in this thing, but does that mean there’s a federal crime? It’s hard to tell right now if there’s anything like that,” Stephen Ryan, a former federal prosecutor, said. “The real risk in a thing like this is a coverup or a lie to investigators.”

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