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Sally Yates Reveals She Warned President Trump about Michael Flynn

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sally Q. Yates thought she had urgent information.

Less than a week after Trump took office, the acting attorney general rushed to the White House with news that National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had lied to the vice president and was vulnerable to blackmail by Russian officials, the New York Times reports.

“We wanted to tell the White House as quickly as possible,” Yates told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Monday. “To state the obvious: You don’t want your national security adviser compromised with the Russians.”

But Trump didn’t fire Flynn, who remained in office for 18 more days. Flynn finally lost his job when the media exposed his false statements.

Yates said she has no idea why Trump waited so long.

“I don’t have any way of knowing what, if anything, they did,” Yates said. “If nothing was done, then certainly that would be concerning.”

The FBI also is investigating whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to influence the presidential election.

FBI Director Lied or Was Mistaken about Details of Hillary Clinton Emails

James Comey testifies about President Trump before a Senate committee.

James Comey testifies about President Trump before a Senate committee.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey either lied or was mistaken when he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, bureau officials told Business Insider

Comey told the committee that Huma Abedin – a key Clinton aide and Anthony Weiner’s wife – had made “a regular practice” of forwarding “hundreds of thousands” of Clinton messages, “some of which contained classified information,” to her husband.

Trouble is, Comey was largely inaccurate, FBI officials said. The bureau is considering whether to send a letter of correction to Congress later this week.

ProPublica also broke news last week about possible inaccuracies of Comey’s testimony.

Abedin’s lawyer wrote in a statement that Abedin had no idea how the emails ended up on Weiner’s laptop.

Bomb Suspect’s Lawyers: FBI Improperly Interrogated Suspect in Hospital

Ahmad Khan Rahami

Ahmad Khan Rahami

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI likely won’t use statements gained from a bombing suspect who was slipping in and out of consciousness while agents asked him questions.

Defense attorneys for Ahmad Khan Rahimi argued in court papers that the statements shouldn’t be used in court because it was improper to interrogate someone who was barely conscious, the Associated Press reports

It appears prosecutors weren’t planning to use the statement as part of evidence they’ll present in court.

Rahimi is accused of going on a bombing rampage through New York and New Jersey in September.

Border Patrol Tries to Combat Migrant Deaths with Training on Severe Heat, Rough Terrain

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents have seen enough bodies of immigrants who died while attempting to cross the border illegally.

In the Tucson Sector alone, 84 bodies were found last year.

Every year, the Tucson Sector hosts “Border Patrol Initiative” to teach agents, nonprofits and the media about the dangers of the rough terrain and heat, KGUN9-TV reports

The session over the weekend included a 3-mile hike through the desert.

“I want you guys to experience the heat, the dryness, the thirst that’s going to take over,” Acting Special Operations Supervisor Steven Passement said at the beginning of the session. “You’re kind of putting yourself in the feet, or the shoes — if you will — of a migrant.”

Deaths appear to be increasing, Passement said, because criminal smuggling groups don’t show compassion for migrants who struggle with the terrain or weather.

“Unfortunately, you’re looking at a criminal organization that has no loyalty,” he said. “They don’t have the migrants interests at heart. They look at them as cattle. If one falls behind, they’ll leave them.”

Man Dies After Border Patrol Shooting at Las Cruces, N.M., Checkpoint

police tapeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man who authorities initially believed was shot by Border Patrol agents at a Las Cruces checkpoint in New Mexico last month has died. 

CBP officials originally said agents shot the man after he pointed a gun at them on April 9. But now officials said the man shot himself, KFOX14 reports

Agents fired their weapons at the man after they heard a gunshot.

No agents were injured.

The man’s identity has not been released by CBP.

Homeland Security Gets Bombarded with Proposals to Build Drones for the Border

drone-1142182_960_720By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security shouldn’t worry about finding sophisticated drones for the border.

The agency received so many bids to provide compact drones that the federal government ended the submission process two months early, NBC News reports

“As this was a pilot program, we were hoping to see a robust response from industry, but did not have a specific target [number of bids] in mind,” said Ari Shuler, director of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Commercial Technology Innovation Program. “Our team’s expectations were exceeded as we received more than three dozen proposals.”

These aren’t just any drones. They are designed to identify people from the air using facial recognition technology, and the drones are capable of tracking people for at least 3 miles.

Border Patrol has used drones since 2005, but the technology is nowhere near as sophisticated as it is today.

ATF Searches for Suspect Who Stole More Than a Dozen Firearms from Delaware Gun Store

atf badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal agents are trying to identify a suspect who stole more than a dozen firearm from a Delaware gun shop.

The biggest concern is that the 13 handguns and rifle could end up in the hands of criminals in Baltimore, WJZ reports. The suspected broke into the gun shop and stole the weapons, setting off a manhunt.

“The ATF’s number one priority is to keep illegal firearms from winding up in the hands of criminals so that’s our goal today to make sure that we act as quickly as possible,” says ATF Special Agent David Cheplak.

The ATF is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the suspect’s arrest.

“The majority of the violence we’re seeing here in Baltimore is being committed with firearms that are illegally obtained,” Cheplak said.

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