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Secret Service Codenames for the Trump Administration. Jared’s is a Mystery

Jared Kushner. Photo by Lori Berkowitz Photography, via Wikipedia

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Some Secret Service codenames make sense. But not all do like Jared Kushner’s, which is  “Mechanic.” Don’t expect that guy to look under your car’s hood.

Other names seem more fitting, according to according to the website, Bustle.

The president’s codename is “Mogul.” Son Donald Trump Jr. is called “Mountaineer.” Eric Trump’s codename is “Marksman.” And Mike Pence is called “Hoosier.”

 

Ex-Deputy FBI Director McCabe Defends Use of Dossier and FISA Court

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, on a whirlwind book tour, appears on C-Span with New York Times’ reporter Adam Goldman to discuss his book and some of the criticism the bureau faced under his leadership.

McCabe defends the use of  the infamous Steele dossier, the bureau’s use of a confidential informant to make contact with the Trump campaign and disputes Republican allegations that  the FBI misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court.

To see the full interview click the video below.

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2 Trump Allies Want DOJ to Investigate Michael Cohen For Perjury

Michael Cohen, former attorney for President Trump.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Two of President Donald Trump’s closest allies on the House Oversight Committee are going after Michael Cohen for his testimony on Wednesday.

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan and North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows have asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Cohen committed perjury during his lengthy testimony before their committee, CNN reports.

The criminal referral outlined several areas including Cohen’s claims that he did not seek a job in the Trump White House, his denial of committing bank fraud, as well as his assertion that he did not have any reportable contracts with foreign entities.

Secret Service Agent Who Said She Wouldn’t Take A Bullet For Trump is Leaving

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Kerry O’Grady, the U.S. Secret Service agent who publicly said in 2017 that she wouldn’t take a bullet President Donald Trump, is leaving the agencies with a black mark. Still, she’ll walk away in about three weeks with her pension intact, Real Clear Politics reports.

After he comment went public, she was removed as head of the Denver office.

Real Clear Politics reports that she has quietly settled a disciplinary action against her.

Head of D.C. ATF Field Office Talks About Fighting Spike in Homicides in The City

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

ATF Special Agent in Charge Ashan M. Benedict started his career dealing with street violence in D.C. He eventually rose through the ranks and headed up the New York field office in 2016.

But with the spike in homicides in the District, he’s back to head up the D.C. Field Office to help battle a spike in homicides.

WUSA9 spoke to him about his latest challenge.

Cohen Blasts Trump and Trump Blasts Back

Michael Cohen

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The hearing had the feel of an underboss for the mob flipping on the boss, with some of the interrogators having little trust in what he said.

Nonetheless, freshly disbarred attorney Michael Cohen, a convicted liar and cheat,  took to Capitol Hill on Wednesday and did a major dump on his former boss, President Donald Trump,  calling him a con man and a racist, and suggesting he had broken the law.  He also indicated that he was assisting the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York in a criminal probe into the president.

The Republican members couldn’t find enough ways to call him a liar who is incapable of telling the truth. The Democrats insisted the Republicans were afraid of him telling the truth.

Meanwhile, in Vietnam, President Trump attacked the testimony.

“It was pretty shameful, I think,” Trump said, according to USA Today. He went on to call it a fake hearing, but was pleased that Cohen did not suggest there was collusion with Russia.

He didn’t lie about one thing: He said no collusion with the Russian hoax,” Trump said.

“I was actually impressed he didn’t say I think there was collusion for this reason or that,” Trump said. “… I was a little impressed by that frankly.”

Fired FBI Supervisor Sues for Sex Discrimination and Retaliation

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Jennifer Boughton, a former civilian supervisor at the FBI’s Cincinnati field office, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday alleging sexual discrimination and retaliation after she complained some of the male employees on her team slept on the job, lied about their work and drove FBI cars after drinking alcohol,  Fox 19 reports.

Boughton began working for the FBI in October 2003 and was promoted to Supervisory Investigative Specialist in December 2008, according to the lawsuit. She spent most of her time overseeing a mobile surveillance team. She received no discipline and had no performance issues between 2008 and 2014, according to the lawsuit.

In May 2015, she was reassigned to special projects and her pay was reduced and her car privileges were revoked. She was fired in early 2016, the station reports.

Read the lawsuit