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James Comey: ‘I Am Disgusted. I Am Horrified.’

Former FBI Director James Comey

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Fired FBI Director James Comey, in Ireland to promote his book, “A Higher Loyalty,’ said in Dublin he was ashamed.

“I am ashamed of the way my country has acted with respect of those children,” Comey said Friday in Dublin, according to the Irish Times. “I am disgusted, I am horrified, I am embarrassed, I’m ashamed.”

“My wife and I were joking, not really joking; we wanted to tell the people on the customs line coming here that we were Canadian. And we were joking but it’s funny because it reveals a truth: I’m ashamed.”

USA Today reported on the remarks in the Irish press.

FBI Turns to ‘Gray Market’ for Hackers

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has long complained about the difficulties cracking encrypted cell phones.

Rhys Dipshan of Slate reports that the agency has spent a fair amount of money hiring private hackers:

Most of the time, cracking encrypted devices comes down to finding and leveraging zero-day vulnerabilities—unknown exploitable weaknesses in software or hardware. While agencies like the FBI can do this themselves, they also outsource the task to third-party hackers and companies who operate on the “gray market”—a furtive marketplace of sellers offering zero-days and hacking services exclusively to government and corporate clients.

In 2015, for instance, the FBI paid about $1.3 million to an undisclosed gray-market company for an exploit—essentially a tool leveraging a zero-day vulnerability—that cracked a locked iPhone used by gunman Syed Farook in the San Bernardino, California, shooting, according to then–FBI Director James Comey. While the purchase received much attention, it was hardly the first time the U.S. government relied on the gray market. In 2012, the NSA bought exploits from Montpellier, France–based Vupen, a gray-market company that closed in 2015 and reopened as Zerodium. In fact, the NSA budgeted $25.1 million to purchase zero-days in 2013.

Opinion Piece: ‘Inspector General’s Report Actually Makes The FBI Look Pretty Good’

Chris Truax is an appellate lawyer in California and sits on the legal advisory board for Republicans for the Rule of Law. He wrote this for InsideSources.com.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz

By Chris Truax
For The Last Vegas Sun

There is no doubt that the inspector general’s report on the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation is going to be treated like a giant Rorschach test. President Donald Trump’s partisans will froth about the “deep state,” while Clinton will wail about how James Comey stole the election from her.

But the inspector general’s report actually makes the FBI look pretty good. The report found no evidence that anti-Trump political bias had any effect on any of the FBI’s decisions. In fact, what mistakes were made can fairly be viewed as an effort to not be “pro-Clinton,” even though the FBI thought Clinton was extremely likely to be elected president.

While I have questioned Comey’s judgment, I have never questioned his integrity — and the inspector general’s report agrees. The investigation concluded that the Clinton email probe was handled appropriately, and that its decision not to charge Clinton was reasonable and in keeping with prior practice at the Department of Justice.

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Head of Border Patrol Agents’ Union Says We Can’t Stop ‘Catch and Release’

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council and head of the union representing Border Patrol agents, tells CNN there’s  “no way” the “catch and release” of deportable immigrants can stop under President Donald Trump’s executive order to keep undocumented immigrant parents and children together.

Judd said in a Thursday interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room” that the options are either separate families or release migrants after they’re caught.

“We’re going to have to release (families) under what’s called the catch-and-release program,” Judd said. “It’s impossible to not separate the family unless the catch-and-release policy takes hold again. If we can’t hold the children more than 20 days, therefore we can’t hold the parents more than 20 days. It takes about six to nine months to see a deportation proceeding from the beginning to the end.”

Ex-Sheriff Joe Claims Justice Department Meddled in His Failed 2016 Campaign

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

If anything, ex-Maricopa County Sheriff and congressional candidate Joe Arpaio knows how to grab headlines.

The latest: He’s  asking the U.S. Justice Department to look into his claim that the agency meddled in his unsuccessful 2016 campaign for sheriff, KTAR News reports.

Arpaio alleges that the Justice Department tried to sway voters against him by pushing a criminal contempt of court case against Arpaio just weeks before the election.

 

FBI Agent Peter Strzok No Longer Has Security Clearance

Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Peter Strzok, the FBI agent whose anti-Trump emails have come back to haunt him, no longer has security clearance, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday, The Hill reports.

“Mr. Strzok as I understand has lost his security clearance,” Sessions stated during a radio interview on “The Howie Carr Show,” the Hill reports.

Strzok was recently escorted out of the FBI building amid an internal review. Strzok, a well-respected agent among the troops, was a key player in the probes into Hillary Clinton and the Russian connection in the 2016 election.

Strzok remains on the payroll.

Sen. Marco Rubio Joins Others in Call for IG to Investigate DEA’s Haiti Office

Sen. Marco Rubio

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Sen. Marco Rubio has joined the chorus of politicians calling for an investigation into the DEA’s Haiti office following allegations of potential whistle-blower retaliation and mishandling of personnel matters, the Miami Herald reports.

“Allegations of whistle-blower retaliation and personnel issues are extremely concerning and, if true, are counterproductive to the DEA’s critical mission in the Caribbean,” Rubio said in a letter his office sent on Wednesday to U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

In May, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, a Republican from South Carolina, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, the top Democrat on the committee, wrote to Horowitz asking him to review the allegations. The committee, the letter said, had received information that raised questions about the effectiveness of the DEA’s drug investigations in Haiti, the Herald writes.