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Ex-Illinois Cop Accused of Joining DEA to Run Guns and Drug With Violent Gang

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The feds are accusing an ex-Evanston, Ill. cop of joining the DEA so he could conspire to traffic guns and narcotics with a violent international gang responsible for numerous killings, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Fernando Gomez, 41, was arrested Tuesday.

A superseding indictment unsealed in New York charged Gomez with racketeering conspiracy for his alleged affiliation with the Organizacion de Narcotraficantes Unidos, a conglomeration of drug traffickers based in Puerto Rico, the Trib reports.

The gang is accused of participating in at least eight killings dating to 2006.

Robert Mueller Makes Short List for Times’s Person of the Year 2018

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russia and Trump’s campaign, made the short list for Time’s Person of the Year 2018.

The magazine ran a lengthy, insightful piece about how the often silent prosecutor has continued his investigation in spite of constant attacks by President Trump and his backers, who claim Mueller is on a “witch hunt.”

Just this year, Mueller charged 34 people and entities with crimes, often convincing them to cooperate as the investigation balloons and begins to focus on the president.

Time wrote:

Mueller’s silence has invited noisy speculation from partisans. To critics on the right, he is an overzealous prosecutor drunk on power and roaming beyond his mandate in a bid to drum Trump out of office. To liberals, he is a crusading hero who won’t quit until he brings the President to justice. The public narrative of Mueller’s investigation this year has often described its central character more as myth than man.

So it is instructive to hear friends and former colleagues talk about Robert Swan Mueller III. Not because they portray a perfect person, but because they describe a complicated one: relentless but circumspect, impatient but thorough, difficult but respected. Mueller, they say, is the kind of man who flicks the lights off and on at his home to inform guests that it’s time to leave a social gathering, and who is so keenly aware of any appearance of impropriety that he won’t even enter the same room as friends who are working on the other side of the Russia case. As FBI director, he twice threatened to resign over matters of legal principle, winning the standoff both times, and was infamous for eviscerating ill-prepared underlings. “If indicting his own mother was the right thing to do,” says former FBI assistant director Tom Fuentes, “he would do it.”

These qualities, manifest in Mueller’s work this year, are why many believe he was ideally suited to oversee the biggest test to the American system of justice since Watergate. As the nation awaits Mueller’s report and the political pressure intensifies, he has led the investigation with the same rigor and sense of duty that has marked his life. “He likes to follow procedures,” says David Kris, former Assistant Attorney General in the national-security division of the Department of Justice. “And those procedures he sees as a safe harbor against the stormy seas of politicization.”

Time placed Mueller on the “short list,” as the No. 3 person of the year for 2018.

Time named a group of journalists it referred to as “The Guardians” as the 2018 Person of the Year, referring to the reporters “who have taken great risks in pursuit of greater truths.”

FBI Investigating White Supremacists Who Attacked Black DJ at Tavern in Washington

Aryan Brotherhood tattoo via The Southern Poverty Law Center.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A black DJ was minding his own business at a Washington State tavern when a group of suspected white supremacists violently attacked him and shouted racial slurs.

Now the FBI is helping investigate what appears to be a vicious hate crime that occurred early Saturday in Lynnwood, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Police arrested seven men and woman after they say the group entered the Rec Room Bar and Grill and began stomping and beating the DJ. An Asian man who came to the DJ’s defense also was injured.

The DJ was treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

“The violent behavior directed at members of our community over the weekend simply because of their race is disgusting,” Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary said in a news release, the Associated Press reports. “The Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the FBI in hopes of getting the strongest sentencing possible for these hate crimes.” 

Court records indicate the suspects belong to the Aryan Brotherhood, a hate group with an ugly history of violence against African Americans.

Alleged Russian Agent Reaches Plea Deal with Federal Prosecutors

Maria Butina

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A gun rights activist and alleged Russian agent has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors, according to several news outlets.

Defense attorneys and federal prosecutors indicated the case against Maria Butina is headed to a plea hearing.

“The parties have resolved this matter, and the Defendant Maria Butina remains in custody,” they wrote.

Butane was charged in July with conspiracy and acting as the agent of a federal government.

Both parties requested a plea hearing this week.

More details are expected to emerge from the hearing.

FBI Agent Shot in Drive-By Shooting in Brooklyn While Conducting Surveillance

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent conducting surveillance was shot in the shoulder in a drive-by in Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon.

The agent underwent surgery at Kings County Hospital and was conscious and alert, New York City’s NBC affiliate reported.

The agent was in the Canarsie neighborhood as part of a drug investigation when someone inside a BMW shot at the agent’s car.

The agent briefly pursued the BMW before getting out of the car and firing “more than 10 times at the car.

The suspected shooter, who is in custody, was shot in the hand and also underwent surgery.

He was driven to the hospital by a friend.

ATF Investigating Rash of Fires Targeting Jehovah’s Witness Centers in Washington State

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The ATF is investigating a rash of suspicious fires targeting Jehovah’s Witness worship centers in Washington State.

A predawn fire on Friday was the fifth suspected arson in Thurston County in the past nine months. The fire destroyed the kingdom hall, and the ATF said it was intentionally set.

No arrests have been made. Surveillance video captured one person, who was wearing a hoodie and coveralls, setting fire to the side of a hall.

Authorities aren’t sure if that’s the only culprit, and the motive remains elusive.

“Why is this specific religion being targeted?” Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza told KOMO, the ABC affiliate in Seattle. “Why are these churches being targeted? What are they doing that is so wrong and oppressive?”

Feds’ Latest Filings Suggest Potentially Big Problems for President Trump

President Trump

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The drama involving President Donald Trump and Robert S. Mueller III went up a notch on Friday when federal prosecutors filed new court papers directly implicating the president. The papers allege that Trump was involved in plans to buy women’s silence as far back as 2014, and offered new evidence of Russian efforts to forge a political alliance with Trump before he became president, the Washington Post reports.

The separate filings came from Mueller and federal prosecutors in New York. Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen is set to be sentenced Wednesday.

The Post goes on to write:

Taken together, the documents suggest that the president’s legal woes are far from over and reveal a previously unreported contact from a Russian to Trump’s inner circle during the campaign. But the documents do not answer the central question at the heart of Mueller’s work — whether the president or those around him conspired with the Kremlin.

Comic Kathy Griffin Says Secret Service and U.S. Attorney’s Office Came After Her With A Vengeance After Her Prank Photo Involving Trump

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

You might recall in 2017 that comic Kathy Griffin caused a major stir when she posed for a photo with her wearing a navy pussy-bow blouse and holding a bloodied imitation of President  Donald Trump’s decapitated head.

On Friday, she appeared on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert and talked about the fallout, which was substantial.

She tells Colbert that the Secret Service and U.S. Attorney’s Office opened a two-month investigation into a “conspiracy to assassinate the president of the United States.”

She also said she was put on a no-fly list for two months and an Interpol list, which resulted in her being detained in every foreign airport she was in while doing her worldwide tour, “Laugh Your Head Off.” She said she had to tour overseas because she could no longer get a job in the U.S.

She also said she got threats from Trump supporters and lost her New Year’s Eve job on CNN with co-host Anderson Cooper, who condemned the photo.

“The walls caved in on me,” she said, explaining she can’t get work in the U.S. She said she also lost a lot of friends.