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Read Sessions’ Resignation Letter to ‘Mr. President’

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

President Trump wasted no time dumping Attorney General Jeff Sessions, just one day after the midterm elections.

Sessions, a former Alabama senator, was routinely criticized by Trump for recusing himself from the Russia investigation, a decision that allowed his deputy to hire special counsel Robert Mueller to probe connections between the Kremlin and Trump’s campaign.

Here is his resignation letter, dated Wednesday.

Dear Mr. President:

At your request I am submitting my resignation.

Since the day I was honored to be sworn in as Attorney General of the United States , I came to work at the Department of Justice every day determined to do my duty and serve my country. I have done so to the best of my ability, working to support the fundamental legal processes that are the foundation of justice.

The team we assembled embraced your directive to be a law and order department of Justice. We prosecuted the largest number of violent offenders and firearms’ defendants in our country’s history. We took on transnational gangs that are bringing violence and death across our borders and protected national security. We did our part to restore immigration enforcement. We targeted the opioid epidemic by prosecuting doctors, pharmacists, and anyone else who contributes to this crisis with ne w law enforcement tools and determination. And we have seen results. After two years of rising violent crime and homicides prior to this administration, those trends have reversed—thanks to the hard work of our prosecutors and law enforcement around the country.

I am particularly grateful to the fabulous men and women in aw enforcement all over this country with whom I have served. I have had no greater honor than to work alongside them. As I have said many times, they have my thanks and I will always have their backs.

Most importantly, in my time as Attorney General we have restored and upheld the rule of law—a glorious tradition that each of us has a responsibility to safeguard. We have operated with integrity and lawfully and aggressively advanced the policy agenda of this administration.

I have been honored to serve as Attorney General and have worked to implement the law enforcement agenda based on the rule of law that formed a central part of your campaign for the Presidency.

Thank you for the opportunity, Mr. President.

Sincerely,

Jeff B. Session III

Attorney General

Adios! Trump Forces Resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions Day After Elections

Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump announced the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday afternoon, ending a long-tumultuous relationship with the nation’s top law enforcement official.

Trump said on Twitter that he’s replacing Sessions with the attorney general’s chief of staff Matthew Whitaker.

“We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!” Trump tweeted shortly before 3 p.m. “A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.”

The forced resignation came just one day after the midterm elections.

Trump has publicly clashed with Sessions since he recused himself from the Russia investigation. That allowed the deputy attorney general to hire special counsel Robert Mueller in April 2017 to investigate Russia meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

With Sessions gone, Whitaker may have the authority to take over Mueller’s investigation.

Trump had tried endlessly to shame Sessions into resigning, but Sessions didn’t budge.

The resignation is sure to have some political ramifications.

Democrats’ Control of the House Affords Protections to Mueller

U.S. Capitol

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Democrats’ takeover of the House of Representatives is good news for special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation of Russia and President’s Trump’s campaign.

The House only need a simple majority to impeach Trump, a maneuver that political observers believe is unlikely unless Trump tries to interfere with the election or is later found guilty of committing crimes. 

Democrats have tiptoed around the issue because of the political ramifications, especially since a vote of two-thirds of the Senate is required.

Trump has hinted that he may take bold steps after the midterm elections, such as firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recused himself from the Russia investigation.

With control of the House, Democrats also have subpoena power, which could become critical if Trump tries to interfere with the investigation.

While the House cannot issue criminal charges, it can hold public hearings and refer issues to the Justice Department for investigation.

2 DEA Agents, 8 Sheriff’s Deputies Taken to Hospital for Fentanyl Exposure in Ohio

File photo of pills laced with fentanyl.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Two DEA agents and eight sheriff’s deputies were taken to a hospital in Ohio early Wednesday after they were exposed to the powerful opioid, fentanyl.

The agents and Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s deputies were raiding a home in Rocky River around 5:30 a.m. when they came in contact with fentanyl.

Fentanyl is an increasing danger to law enforcement as more drug dealers use the potentially lethal opioid to make heroin and painkillers more potent.

The deputies and agents were examined and determined to be OK, Cleveland.com reports

During the raid, two young children were at the home, where one man was arrested.

FBI Paralegal Specialist Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Embezzlement

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Lynn Morris, a former paralegal specialist for the FBI in San Diego, was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for embezzling government funds.

The 56-year-old misused hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of government funds from the FBI’s San Diego Asset Forfeiture Unit. 

Morris used about $250,000 in government funds for personal use from July 2014 to November 2016, the Department of Justice said.

“Lynn Morris abused her position for personal gain and betrayed the trust of her FBI colleagues,” the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Special Agent in Charge James Cheng said in a news release.

In addition to taking more than $250,000 from two separate  Asset Forfeiture Unit accounts, she stole more than $26,000 from FBI evidence rooms, according to the Justice Department.

Morris was the coordinator for the Asset Forfeiture Unit accounts.

Raymond Duda Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Seattle Office

Special Agent Raymond Duda

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Raymond P. Duda, a 27-year veteran of the FBI, has been named as the new special agent in charge of the bureau’s Seattle Field Office.

At the end of November, Duda will take over the Seattle office, which has nine satellite offices.

Duda most recently served in the FBI’s Cyber Division and as a senior liaison to the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command.

Duda is replacing Special Agent Jay S. Tabb Jr., who recently left to serve as the executive assistant director of the FBI’s National Security Branch in Washington D.C.

Roger Stone Denies Alleged Role in Wikileaks Dirt on Clinton

Roger Stone on CNN

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Roger Stone, a Republican strategist and long-time confidant of President Trump, said his excitement over Wikileaks dirt on Hillary Clinton was nothing more than politics.

Stone, in an interview with CNN on Saturday, distanced himself from connections he reportedly had to email leaks, saying he never colluded with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Stone said he had “no advance notice” of Wikileaks information and simply learned from the media that the hacked emails were going to be leaked.

In October 2016, Stone tweeted that Clinton’s campaign “is done” and that he has “total confidence” in Assange, whom he called a “hero.”

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Stone’s role in the Trump campaign.

In the CNN interview, Stone said he “testified truthfully” to the House Intelligence Committee and “never had any direct contact” with Wikileaks or Assange.

“What I have done here is perfectly legal,” Stone said Saturday. “I took a solid tip and entirely public information that could be gleaned from the Wikileaks’ Twitter feed and by setting a Google News alert on Julian Assange and reading every interview to hype and punk and promote and posture and bluff the Democrats. That’s politics, but it’s not collusion.”

James ‘Robert’ Brown Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Louisville Office

James “Robert” Brown

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

James “Robert” Brown, a 16-year veteran of the FBI, has been named as the new special agent in charge of the bureau’s Louisville office.

Brown replaces Amy Hess, who left the office nearly three months ago to serve in a special cyber branch in Washington D.C.

Brown joined the FBI in 2002 to work in the bureau’s Miami Field Office and most often served as deputy assistant director of the National Security Branch’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Doctorate at FBI headquarters.

Before joining the FBI, Brown served as a deputy sheriff for nine years.