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FBI Director Wray: Encryption Challenge ‘Getting Worse and Worse’

FBI Director Christopher Wray in Orlando in 2018. (ticklethewire.com photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ever since becoming the FBI director, Christopher Wray has expressed concern about the challenges encryption has posed for law enforcement.

On Tuesday, at the RSA Conference in San Francisco,  he said the problem is “getting worse and worse,” according to the website Gizmodo, which reports:

 It’s a common refrain for government officials over the last half-decade, but it’s been a matter of sharp debate especially since the FBI overstated encryption device numbers last year.

“It can’t be a sustainable end state for there to be an entirely unfettered space that’s utterly beyond law enforcement for criminals to hide,” Wray said. “We have to figure out a way to deal with this problem.”

Wray went on to say “I’m hearing increasingly that there are solutions.” But he declined to get more specific.

 

DEA: Nearly 200 Smuggling Tunnels Have Been Built Along Mexico Border in Past Few Years

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

If President Trump ever gets his way and builds a wall, will it go down deep enough to stop drug smugglers from using underground tunnels?

Fox 29’s San Antonio’s Yami Virgin sits down with the DEA who tells the station drug traffickers will go above or below to smuggle drugs.

According to the DEA, law enforcement has found nearly 200 smuggling tunnels along the US Mexico border over the last few years. The majority of them officials say are found in Arizona and California.

Cohen’s Attorney Once Inquired About Getting a Trump Pardon

Michael Cohen

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Was Michael Cohen looking for a safety net from the get-go?

Apparently so, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal which says Cohen’s attorney once approached President Trump’s lawyers about a pardon following the FBI raid on Cohen’s properties last year.

But the idea was dismissed by Trump’s lawyers, including Jay Sekulow, Rudy Giuliani and Joanna Hendon.

Completed Mueller Report Could Just Be the Beginning of Trump’s Heartburn

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s looking more and more like the completed Mueller report will only be the beginning of President Donald Trump’s trouble.

Democrats on Monday will launch an “abuse of power” investigation that could be easily transformed into an even more serious process, with an expansive demand for documents from Trump’s government, his family and even his real estate empire, CNN writes on its website.

Trump responded to the mess, as he often does, with a tweet.

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.