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FBI Investigating If Fatal Stabbing of Black College Student Was Racially Motivated

Richard Collins, right, Sean Urbanski, left.

Richard Collins, right, Sean Urbanski, left.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating the fatal stabbing of a black college student in Maryland after it was discovered the white suspect belonged to a racist Facebook group called “Alt-Reich.”

ABC News reports that 22-year-old Sean Urbanski, a student at University of Maryland, has been charged in the stabbing death of 23-year-old Richard Collins III, who was a U.S. Army officer.  

Calling the attack random and “totally unprovoked,” the university police requested the FBI’s assistance.

“New information obtained today from witnesses and other sources has led law enforcement officials to consider a hate-bias motive in this case,” University of Maryland President Wallace Loh said in a statement Sunday. “To ensure a comprehensive investigation, UMPD today asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to provide technical and forensic expertise, which it agreed to do.“

Collins, who was set to graduate from Bowie State University on Tuesday, was visiting UMD campus when he was stabbed by Urbanski, an apparent stranger.

Commentary: Trump’s Firing of Comey Was ‘Legally Proper And Politically Necessary’

James Comey testifies about President Trump before a Senate committee.

James Comey testifies about President Trump before a Senate committee.

By Donald Brand
Fortune

As FBI director, James Comey proved himself a competent administrator capable of inspiring the loyalty of agents and staff. Yet President Donald Trump still should have fired him.

Despite the controversy that has ensued over the manner in which Trump fired Comey and the overblown comparisons to President Richard Nixon’s firing of special prosecutor Archibald Cox during the Watergate scandal, the simple reality is that Comey’s firing was both legally proper and politically necessary. None of this is to justify the inept way in which it was handled by a politically incompetent Trump administration. Nevertheless, Comey had politicized the FBI during the 2016 presidential campaign and he lacked the political skills to restore public confidence in the non-partisan character of the agency he headed.

Comey is widely regarded as a man of personal integrity. He first became known to the public when he threatened to resign rather than reauthorize a post-9/11 surveillance program that he viewed as legally suspect, even though it had the support of President George W. Bush and White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales. Attorney General John Ashcroft had been hospitalized for gall bladder surgery, and while he recuperated, Comey was filling in as acting attorney general. Comey not only refused to renew the program when authorization for it was imminently expiring, but he headed off an attempt by Andrew Card, Bush’s chief of staff, and Gonzales to circumvent Comey by making a bedside appeal to the ailing Ashcroft.

Comey’s willingness to challenge presidential authority thus made him a seemingly ideal candidate for FBI director when he was appointed in 2013. The FBI has historically cultivated a reputation for non-partisan independence from both presidential and congressional interference.

Yet during the 2016 presidential election, Comey decided not to prosecute Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her actions regarding the handling of classified material on a private email server. In a May 9 memo, Rod Rosenstein, Trump’s deputy attorney general, argued that the former FBI director had improperly usurped the authority of the Justice Department in making that decision. That led Rosenstein to the conclusion that Comey should be terminated.

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Yet Another Candidate for FBI Director Withdrawals Name from Consideration

Former FBI official Richard McFeely, via FBI.

Former FBI official Richard McFeely, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Yet another candidate to replace FBI Director James Comey has withdrawn his name from consideration.

Former FBI official Richard McFeely alerted President Trump’s administration that he’s not interested in the top FBI job, citing family considerations, WJLA reports

That leaves three remaining candidates after an additional two – Sen. Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. – took their name out of the running.

Some of the remaining candidates include former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, acting FBI director Andrew McCabe and former Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Democrat turned Independent.

Political observers predicated Trump would have problems finding a replacement because of the way he treated Comey, who was fired on May 9, prompting the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russians.

Robert Mueller Is Like ‘Batman’ Capable of Saving America, Former Colleague Says

Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has an unblemished reputation as an investigator with integrity and will conduct a thorough investigation of Trump’s campaign and Russia without regard for politics, his former second-in-charge said Sunday.

“A line in New York would be Batman’s back to save Gotham, but I think in this case, Batman is back to save America,” Timothy Murphy told John Catsimatidis during an interview on “The Cats Roundtable.”

Mueller has been appointed special counsel to investigate connections between Trump’s campaign and the Russians after the president fired FBI Director James Comey.

Murphy said Mueller has “unquestionable integrity,” so he won’t be conducting a “witch hunt,” a phrased used by Trump to describe the investigation.

“To have someone come in and independently oversee this investigation was a brilliant move,” said Murphy, who worked at the FBI from 1988 to 2011.

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America Will Be Glued to the TV When James Comey Testifies Before Congress

FBI Director James Comey appears Wednesday before the Senate.

FBI Director James Comey appears Wednesday before the Senate.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

If  Americans were given a choice who they’d like to have a one-on-one dinner with, fired FBI Director James Comey would be pretty high on that list for many.

Well, the next best thing to that would be to hear Comey publicly testify before Congress.

That’s now expected to happen.

Comey will testify publicly before the Senate Intelligence Committee at a date to be set after Memorial Day, committee leaders announced Friday night, according to the Washington Post.

Expect plenty folks to be glued to the TV or computer during the testimony, as they were during the Watergate hearings.

 

 

Tearful Anthony Weiner Pleads Guilty, Says He Compulsively Sought Attention From Women

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Troubled Anthony Weiner tearfully admitted Friday in U.S. District Court in New York that he sent sexual material to a 15-year-old high school student in North Carolina. Under a plea agreement he will be forced to register as a sex offender and surrender his cell phone, ABC News reports.

Weiner,  a former Congressman and estranged husband of top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, pleaded guilty to a single count of transferring obscene material to a minor.

In an emotional statement today, Weiner said he “compulsively sought attention from women,” and that his behavior began when he entered Congress and continued through part of 2016.

His plea agreement calls for a sentence of 21 to 27 months in prison. Sentencing is set for Sept. 8.

Hillary Clinton emails on his computer became the source of a major disruption in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Ex-Uniformed Secret Service Officer Gets 20 Years for Sexting Teen Girls

smartphone sexting

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A former Secret Service uniformed officer, who was assigned to the White at the time of his arrest in 2015, was sentenced Thursday in Miami federal court to 20 years in prison to be followed by a lifetime term of supervised release for sexting teenage girls.

Lee Robert Moore, 38, pleaded guilty March 1.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami:

According to admissions made in connection with his plea, Moore maintained a profile on the social media application “Meet24,” which provides a mobile-based platform for exchanging digital images, as well as voice and text messages. Delaware State Police Detectives with the Delaware Child Predator Task Force created a profile on this site, posing as a 14-year-old girl, with whom Moore engaged in a number of online chat sessions, via the “Meet24” and “Kik” mobile apps over a two-month period, including while Moore was at work. A number of the online chats between Moore and the undercover officers posing as a female minor were sexual in nature and, on several occasions, Moore sent pictures of himself, including one sexually explicit image.

According to the plea documents, after his arrest, law enforcement discovered that Moore had communicated with a minor in Florida. Moore admitted that in those communications, he sent sexually explicit images of himself and enticed the minor to send sexually explicit photos of herself as well. Moore engaged in the same type of behavior with a 14-year-old girl in Texas and another 17-year-old girl in Missouri. Moore requested that his federal charges in Delaware be transferred to the Southern District of Florida so that he could plead guilty to both charges at one time.

His wife had asked for leniency, citing their two children, the Associated Press reported.