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FBI Agent Shot and Wounded in Idaho While Serving Search Warrant

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent was shot and wounded Thursday while trying to serve a search warrant at a home near the Nez Perce Tribal Fish Hatchery at Cherrylane in rural Nez Perce County in Idaho, The Lewiston Tribune reports.

The agent is recovering from non-life threatening injuries, according to a news release issued by the FBI Salt Lake City division.

The suspect, Manuel P. Villalobos III, 42, was arrested and booked at the Nez Perce County Jail at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

The FBI issued a statement:

“On February 7, 2019, an FBI agent was shot while conducting court-authorized activity in Lenore, Idaho, near Lewiston.  The agent suffered non-life threatening injuries.  No other information will be released at this time.”

 

How Will Dems Address Mueller Probe in 2020?

President Trump, via White House

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

How will the Robert Mueller probe play out in the 2020 presidential campaign with Democrats?

Good question. For one, it may be too early to tell since the investigation is not yet complete. But that isn’t stopping people from strategizing.

 Politico’s Darren Samuelsohn writes that the Dems are already trying to figure out how to address the issue:

Behind the scenes, the candidates, campaign aides and consultants are already plotting how to publicly address the scandal that has consumed President Donald Trump. They know the campaign that gets it right could break free from the cluttered 2020 pack. In the early primary and caucus states, the Democratic hopefuls are already encountering “simmering, seething outrage” about Trump’s possible ties to Russia, said one strategist for a 2020 campaign. The candidate who taps into that anger could ride the wave to the nomination.

Speaking up could have disastrous ramifications, though. Much like Democratic candidates in the 2018 midterm elections, the party’s presidential hopefuls are wary of appearing consumed by — and politicizing — a scandal that grips regular Rachel Maddow viewers but seems confusing and distant from the kitchen tables of many Americans.

GAO Report Shows the Efforts Secret Service Must Go Through to Protect Trump at Mar-a-Lago

Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Secret Service has its challenges protecting President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago private club in Palm Beach, Fla.  where the president often mingles freely with guests and club members.

A report by the Government Accountability Office, prompted by a referral from Democrats in February of 2017 after reports Trump discussed national security with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in front of club dinner guests after a North Korean missile test, found that the Secret Service provides several layers of security at the club when Trump is in town, writes Benjamin Siegel and Lucien Bruggeman of ABC News.

The report shows:

  • The Secret Service, Coast Guard and local law enforcement patrol the adjacent waterways and entrances to Mar-a-Lago.
  • Secret Service sweeps rooms Trump is known to frequent.
  • Secret Service does background checks of staff.

Read full report. 

Ex-NY Lawmaker, Who Faces Criminal Charges, Wore An FBI Wire

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former state Assemblyman Joe Errigo, who faces bribery charges,  started wearing an FBI wire after he was approached by the FBI, NBC News 10 reports.

NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean confirmed the information with two unnamed sources.

Errigo is charged with taking money in exchange for sponsoring a piece of legislation.

On Wednesday, he pleaded not guilty in federal court in Rochester, N.Y.

Mueller Filings May Suggest More People Will Be Indicted

Special counsel Robert Mueller. Photo via FBI.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Could more indictments be on the way in the Robert Mueller probe?

The Hill publication suggests that may be the case in this report:

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s references to “uncharged individuals” in recent court filings that aim to restrict certain evidence are being read by some as an indication more people could be indicted in his sprawling investigation.

Despite rampant speculation that Mueller is close to finalizing his report, the language used in court documents over the past few months offers clues that suggest his probe might ensnare more individuals.

The latest example came last week, when Mueller said sensitive files in the case involving a Russian troll farm identified “uncharged individuals” suspected of engaging in operations “that interfere with lawful U.S. government functions.” Mueller’s filing sought to keep the evidence restricted from defendants in Russia.

Mistrial Declared in Trial of Ex-DEA Agent in New Orleans

By Allan Lengel
ticklethwire.com

Federal prosecutors have a decision to make whether to go after ex-DEA agent Chad Scott again.

A mistrial was declared Monday in the trial of the former agent after jurors failed to reach a verdict.

Scott is accused in a seven-year conspiracy of stealing property and money taken during investigations, reports WVUE.

According to  NOLA.com, Scott faced two counts of falsification of government records, related to a Ford pickup truck the prosecutors said was “a gift … from a dope dealer,” three counts of obstruction of justice — related to accusations Scott induced false testimony at a hearing and trial for an alleged drug supplier, Jorge Perralta — and two counts of perjury, related to Scott’s testimony in the Perralta case.

169 People Arrested in FBI Operation Targeting Sex-Trafficking Before Super Bowl in Atlanta

Credit: Deposit Photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

There was more than potential terrorist threats on the mind of the FBI involving Super Bowel LIII in Atlanta.

The FBI said Tuesday that 169 people were arrested in an operation targeting the threat of sex trafficking leading up to the big event.

A press release said an 11-day sting, starting Jan. 23, resulted in the arrest of 26 alleged traffickers, 34 people accused of trying to engage in sex acts with minors, nine alleged juvenile sex-trafficking victims and nine more alleged adult victims, Fox News reports. 

“The operation’s goal was to raise awareness about sex trafficking by proactively addressing that threat during the Super Bowl and events leading up to the Super Bowl,” the press release read. “Sex trafficking is not just a problem during large-scale events, it is a 365-day-a-year problem in communities all across the country.”

Chris Christie Says Subpoenas, N.Y. U.S. Attorney’s Office Big Problems For Trump

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Chris Christie, a former U.S. Attorney and Donald Trump campaign insider who was unceremoniously booted from Trump’s inner circle, says that the subpoenas linked to the 2017 inauguration could be the president’s biggest problem.

He also said that Trump should be more worried about the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York than the Mueller probe.