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National Archives Requests DOJ Investigation of Classified Records Found at Trump’s Mar-a-Largo

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By Steve Neavling

The National Archives and Records Administration is asking the Justice Department to investigate how former President Trump handled White House records. 

Trump took records marked as classified or “top secret” to Mar-a-Largo, The Washington Post reports.

After making the discovery, the National Archives collected 15 boxes of documents from Trump’s residence. 

The National Archives referred the matter to the Justice Department, but there’s no indication yet whether the FBI is investigating. 

Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich, in typical fashion, dismissed the discovery as “fake news.”

“It is clear that a normal and routine process is being weaponized by anonymous, politically motivated government sources to peddle Fake News,” Budowich said. “The only entity with the ability to credibly dispute this false reporting, the National Archives, is providing no comment.”

The Presidential Records Act requires memos, letters, notes, emails, faxes and other written communications to be preserved. 

Homeland Security Warns of Potential Truck Protest Targeting Super Bowl, State of the State

Truck protest in Canada. Photo by Shutterstock.

By Steve Neavling

Homeland Security is warning local and state authorities that the truck blockade by Canadians protesting COVID-19 restrictions may target locations in the U.S., including the Super Bowl and State of the Union.  

In a bulletin to law enforcement agencies, the agency says it has received reports that truckers are planning to “potentially block roads in major metropolitan cities.”

The Super Bowl in Los Angeles is scheduled for Sunday, and the State of the Union address in Washington D.C. is on March 1. 

“DHS is tracking reports of a potential convoy that may be planning to travel to several U.S. cities,” an agency spokesperson told NPR. “We have not observed specific calls for violence within the United States associated with this convoy and are working closely with our federal, state and local partners to continuously assess the threat environment and keep our communities safe.”

Oregon Woman Tricked into Believing She was Training to Be a DEA Agent for a Year

By Steve Neavling

An Oregon woman says she was tricked into thinking she was training to become a DEA agent. 

Robert Edward Golden, 41, is accused of posing as a DEA agent and wearing a vest with “DEA Police” patches, handcuffs, badges, a BB gun that resembled an AR-15-style rifle, body-armor-plate carrier and DEA credentials, according to a criminal complain obtained by Insider.

For a year, Golden had convinced a woman she was a DEA agent in training. 

The duo was arrested on Feb. 1 after a suspicious police sergeant in Portland spotted one of the tactical vests. 

When approached, Golden is accused of saying that he and his “trainee” were “Feds.” 

The woman, who has not been identified, was not charged and said that she had been given a DEA badge and photo ID by Golden.

The pair went practice shooting and conducted night surveillance “ride-alongs.”

Golden faces up to three years in prison. 

Arizona Man Sentenced to Prison for Seriously Injuring 4 Border Patrol Agents with His Car at Checkpoint

By Steve Neavling

An Arizona man smuggling migrants was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for speeding through a Border Patrol checkpoint in southern California and striking several agents in February 2021. 

Juan Francisco Sanchez-Campos, a Mexican national, intentionally sideswiped and rammed multiple Border Patrol vehicles when he sped through the checkpoint on State Route 94 near Jamul, prosecutors said.

Four Border Patrol agents were seriously injured. 

In June 2021, he pleaded guilty to one count of transportation of certain aliens, one count of highspeed flight from an immigration checkpoint, and one count of assault on a federal agent. 

“This defendant risked many lives during his reckless attempt to blow through a checkpoint,” U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman said in a statement. “He cared nothing about other motorists, Border Patrol agents or even the people in his vehicle. All he wanted was his payday – a day that will never come, thanks to the brave Border Patrol agents who made sure this defendant was stopped.” 

Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke added, “Our current success is the result of the strong resolve and determination of the many men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Collaboratively, our efforts resulted in the arrest, conviction, and just sentencing of this callous smuggler.”

CBP Limits Border Patrol’s Critical Incident Teams Following Congressional Concerns

By Steve Neavling

CBP is increasing oversight of secretive teams within Border Patrol that conduct internal investigations into misconduct by agents, according to a memo obtained by The Hill.

The responsibilities of critical incident teams (CITS) are being limited after Democrats in Congress urged Biden’s administration to examine the teams.

In a letter to Comptroller General Gene L. Dodaro last month, 10 committee and subcommittee chairs in the House and Senate are requesting a review of the units.

The House Committees on Homeland Security and Oversight also are conducting their own joint investigations into the critical incident teams. 

“We have grave concerns about the lack of transparency in the role of Border Patrol’s critical incident teams,” the leaders of the committees, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, of N.Y., and Bennie Thompson, of Miss., wrote to new CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus

Border community advocates have questioned the effectiveness of the teams, calling them “shadow police units.”

According to the memo, the Office of Professional Responsibility is given more power to review incidents such as use of force, a death of a migrant in custody, and a pursuit that results in injury or death. 

“To the extent USBP CIT personnel respond to these incidents to provide specialized scene processing or evidence collection capabilities, it must be done so at the direct request of OPR personnel and under the guidance of the OPR incident commander,” the memo, signed by Border Patrol Chief Raúl Ortiz and OPR assistant commission Matthew Klein, states. 

“If CIT team personnel are notified of a critical incident, they will immediately notify the OPR duty agent to determine whether a response is required. CIT teams will not respond to a critical incident unless specifically requested to do so by the OPR duty.”

Illinois Woman Sentenced to 7 Years After Boyfriend Severely Wounded U.S. Marshal in Shootout

By Steve Neavling

An Illinois woman was sentenced to seven years in prison for role in a shootout that seriously injured a deputy U.S. marshal in May 2020. 

Xaveriana Cook was in her car with her boyfriend Hunter Carlstrom, a previously convicted felon who was wanted for murder, when a U.S. Marshal’s task force conducted a traffic stuff to arrest the man. 

Carlstrom shot Deputy U.S. Marshal Bob Dickerson, causing servere injuries that required emergency surgery. Law enforcement returned fire and fatally shot Carlstrom.

According to testimony and prosecutors, Cook knew Carlstrom had committed murder. He also informed her that he would shoot police if they tried to arrest him. 

Cook eventually pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to robbery and murder and aiding and abetting the possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. 

Individuals who assist and facilitate the criminal conduct of others are accountable for harm that results,” U.S. Attorney Clay Joyner said in a statement. “In this case, the defendant chose to help a self-confessed murderer flee the state where he had brutally murdered and robbed another individual.  Even though this defendant knew her boyfriend was armed and intent on engaging in a shoot-out with any law enforcement who attempted to arrest him, she continued to assist him, facilitating his interstate travel and attempt to avoid arrest and prosecution. This defendant should not have been surprised that Carlstrom made good on his threats to open fire on law enforcement, resulting in his own death and life-threatening injuries to a Deputy U.S. Marshal who was simply trying to do his job. Today’s sentence was an important step towards protecting our communities and achieving justice for those harmed by this conduct.”

After the sentencing, U.S. Marshal Danny McKittrick said he was “proud” of Dickerson and his family “for the way they have handled a very difficult chapter in their family’s life.”

“On behalf of Bob’s family, the U.S. Marshal’s Service and the Fugitive Task Force, we would like to thank all of our law enforcement partners and the Federal Court family for all of their prayers and support during the process. We thank again the Baptist Hospital administration, nursing staff and Doctors Lovelace, Kirk and Hamilton for saving our friend Bob’s life,” McKittrick said.

Tribal Members Call for Release of Man Convicted of Murdering 2 FBI Agents in 1975

By Steve Neavling

Protesters are calling for the release of Leonard Peltier, a Lakota tribe member who was convicted of murdering two FBI agents in 1975.

If he’s not released soon, they say, Peltier may die in prison because of his age – he’s 72 – and preexisting conditions, Inforum reports. They also worry that a COVID-19 infection could kill him.

“I doubt that he has many years left, but with the years he has left, let him enjoy them on the outside,” Spirit Lake Tribe Chairman Doug Yankton said. 

Tribal members also sent a petition to President Biden, asking for compassionate release or clemency. 

In January 2017, then-President Obama turned down a similar request for clemency

An all-white jury convicted Peltier of murdering the two agents on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.

He’s been in prison since 1977.

Peltier is lodged at Coleman I United States Penitentiary in Florida.