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FBI’s George Piro, Who Interrogated Saddam Hussein, Returns to Miami For His Second Tour of Duty

FBI Agent George Piro interviewed on 60 Minutes in 2008

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

George Piro is returning to Miami for his second tour of duty as special agent in charge of the FBI field office.

Piro headed up the Miami office from 2014 to 2017 before becoming assistant director of the International Operations Division at headquarters.

Piro has held a variety of investigative, operational, and management positions within the FBI since joining in 1999.

He made his mark both within the FBI and publicly after he served as the team leader and interrogator responsible for the interrogation of Saddam Hussein.  He spent seven months leading the interrogations of Hussein and other key figures within the former Iraqi regime.

Trump Unleashes Another Tweetstorm about Mueller’s probe, Doesn’t Substantiate Wild Claims

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Like clockwork, President Trump continued to his tirade Tuesday morning against the special counsel investigation and the media, calling Robert Mueller “a conflicted prosecutor gone rogue.”

But as is usual with Trump’s tweetstorms, the president provided no evidence to back up his hyperbolic claims that included calling the 19-month probe a “phony witch hunt.”

The Phony Witch Hunt continues, but Mueller and his gang of Angry Dems are only looking at one side, not the other,” Trump tweeted. “Wait until it comes out how horribly & viciously they are treating people, ruining lives for them refusing to lie.”

He continued, “The Fake News Media builds Bob Mueller up as a Saint, when in actuality he is the exact opposite. He is doing TREMENDOUS damage to our Criminal Justice System, where he is only looking at one side and not the other. Heroes will come of this, and it won’t be Mueller and histerrible Gang of Angry Democrats. Look at their past, and look where they come from. The now $30,000,000 Witch Hunt continues and they’ve got nothing but ruined lives.”

The tweet comes one day after yet another Trump associate, Paul Manafort, was accused of lying to the FBI.

Democrats are worried Trump is trying to derail the investigating after replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions with a loyalist, Matthew Whitaker.

Special Counsel: Manafort Repeatedly Lied to FBI in Violation of Plea Agreement

Paul Manafort

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s former campaign chief, Paul Manafort, repeatedly lied to the FBI in violation of a plea agreement he reached with special counsel prosecutors about two months ago, according to a court filing late Monday.

Robert Mueller’s special counsel team wrote that Manafort’s “crimes and lies” about “a variety of subject matters” is a breach of his agreement, the New York Times reports.  

Since he violated the agreement, the prosecutors said, Manafort does not deserve leniency when he is sentenced.

It’s unclear what prosecutors believe Manafort lied about, but his lawyers have an opportunity to challenge the prosecutors’ allegations.

Manafort’s lawyers maintain he did what he was asked and that he “believes he has provided truthful information,”

Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia is expected to soon announce a sentencing date for Manafort, who has been in solitary confinement in a jail in Alexandria, Va.

How Democrats Plan to Protect the Robert Mueller Investigation

U.S. Capitol

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Congressional Democrats’ latest hopes of protecting Robert Mueller’s investigation hinges on a high-priority spending bill.

Democrats said they plan to tie the protection measure to the spending bill, a move that could cause spark a high-stakes clash with Republicans and President Trump.

Democrats also plan to revive the congressional investigations into Russian interference during the presidential election in 2016, the USA Today reports

On another front, Democrats continue to call for the resignation of Matthew Whitaker, a Trump loyalist whom the president appointed to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Trump Threatens to ‘Permanently’ Shut Down U.S.-Mexico Border

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

President Trump heightened his rhetoric over the caravan of Central American migrants wending their way to the U.S., threatening to permanently shut down the southern border.

“Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries,” Trump tweeted. “Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A. We will close the Border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the WALL!”

The harsh message comes one day after Border Patrol agents used tear gas on migrants who broke through Mexico’s police lines at the Tijuana border and tried to enter the U.S.

Authorities temporarily closed the border crossing between Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego, one of the busiest in the nation.

Weekend Series on Crime: Inside the Neo-Nazi Groups

Season 4 of ‘Narcos’ on Netflix Begins

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The fourth season of “Narcos,” the acclaimed Netflix show about the war on drugs, has been released.

So far, so good. The well-done series remains compelling.

Behind the Scenes: Trump Nearly Sat Down with Mueller for an Interview

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

President Trump came close to a sit-down interview under oath with special counsel Robert Mueller at Camp David on a Saturday in January 2018.

But as the interview approached and Mueller revealed the topics he wanted to discuss, the president’s lawyers hesitated. Trump attorney John Dowd questioned Mueller’s authority to interview the president in a letter, and just like that, the president’s administration canceled the Jan. 27 interview, according to a new report by the Associated Press

It has been nearly a year, and Trump has refused an in-person interview since.

Last week, the president turned over written answers to Mueller’s team, but the questions were limited to how much Trump’s campaign knew about Russia’s interference in the presidential election.

After Trump replaced Attorney General Jeff Sessions with loyalist Matthew Whitaker a day after the midterm elections, the fate of Mueller’s 19-month investigation hangs in the balance.