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FBI Worked ‘Around the Clock’ to Review New Emails in Clinton Probe

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI worked “around the clock” and used new technology to review a mammoth volume of emails following the FBI’s announcement that it was renewing its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server.

“A lot of this was a matter of technology,” one official told CNN. “Without the technology, this would have taken a lot longer.”

On Sunday, FBI Director James Comey wrote in a letter to Congress that the bureau was confident that it made the correct decision in July that there wasn’t enough evidence to support criminal charges against Clinton.

The investigation is now considered over.

CNN wrote:

But with not all the emails deleted by her attorneys for being personal in nature recovered and not all the devices used to transmit the emails in the FBI’s possession, it is possible something else could turn up that would require more review.

There were some classified emails found in the Abedin review, but the officials stressed the issue is not the classified information so much as proving intent. The sources would not specify how many of the classified emails were new or duplicates of ones already reviewed. Nor would officials say how many there were and what levels of classification they were at.

Another source told CNN that none of the newly recovered emails were referred to other intelligence agencies to conduct a classification review. That suggests that none of them were considered a “close call” in terms of classification, the source said.

“Keep in mind we are focused on intent,” one official said. “We know there are classified materials, but that doesn’t change the conclusion reached back in July.”

FBI Interviews Muslims Following Warning of Possible Terrorism Attack on Eve of Election

fbi logo newBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Fears that al-Qaeda may be planning attacks the day before the U.S. election have prompted the FBI to question Muslims in several states, a Muslim community leader told the Dallas Morning News. 

The North Texas Council on American-Islamic Relations said it has received repots that FBI agents were questioning Muslims from Kansas, Florida, Texas and Oklahoma.

“It was made apparent to us that the FBI has a list of a couple hundred people they are wanting to visit and ask a series of eight generic questions intended to drum up information about the attacks,” Alia Salem, the group’s director, said.

The FBI in Dallas declined to comment.

On Friday, intelligence officials said al-Qaeda may be planning attacks on the eve of the election.

“The FBI and [Department of Homeland Security], working with our federal, state and local counterparts, share and assess intelligence on a daily basis and will continue to work closely with law enforcement and intelligence community partners to identify and disrupt any potential threat to public safety,” the unnamed source told CBS News.

Smugglers Increasingly Using Drones to Drop Drugs over U.S.-Mexico Border

DroneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Smugglers are increasingly using drones to drop drugs over the U.S-Mexico border.

Border Patrol is using six blimps that can detect low-flying aircraft using specialized radar, CBS News reports.  The drones are monitored by Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS), which can cover the entire boarder.

“Our law enforcement operators that see that on the radar and get the drugs, get the bad guys that are waiting for the drugs,” said Rob Brown the TARS program manager 

To fly below the radar, smugglers often fly dangerously low.

“They’ll hug the mountains really close just to try and break up their profile,” said Brent J. Smart, an Air and Marine Interdiction Agent. 

The TARS technology helps agents find drugs that are dropped from the sky.

Sen. Franken: Senate Likely to Probe FBI’s ‘Rogue’ Conduct in Clinton Investigation

Sen. Al Franken

Sen. Al Franken

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The controversial actions by the FBI in the wake of the Hillary Clinton email investigation likely will continue after the election.

Congressional Republicans have pledged to review whether the FBI mishandled the investigation.

Now, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken said the Senate Judiciary Committee likely will conduct hearings on what he characterized as “troubling” and “rogue” FBI conduct, Politico reports. 

Franken, a Democrat, questioned Sunday why FBI Director James Comey would inform congressional leaders of renewing the Clinton investigation without having any evidence of wrongdoing.

What’s “more troubling,” Franken said, is that “rogue elements within the FBI” may have leaked information about the case just before the presidential election.

Franken, who is a member of the Judiciary Committee, said he expects Comey will be called to testify before the panel

“He should answer questions about this, and he should be able to control the FBI,” Franken said.

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Comey’s October Surprise is Followed Up By His November Surprise

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey, who dropped an bomb in October with a letter to Congress about the Hillary Clinton emails,  dropped another bomb on Sunday, saying a review of the Anthony Weiner emails did not change the July conclusion that no charges would be filed against Clinton, CNN reports.

Comey had come under attack by both Republicans and Democrats for issuing the first letter 11 days before the presidential race. The news  on Sunday could help Clinton in the final days.

“Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July,” Comey said in the letter to top Republicans on the House Oversight Committee.
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Deep Division inside the FBI Likely to Persist Long After the Election

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The infighting in the Justice Department and FBI over the handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation is creating deep divisions that could impact the agencies long after the presidential election.

The Washington Post reports that “internal dissension has exploded into public view” as FBI sources leak information to reporters about the Clinton Foundation.

And then there’s FBI Director James Comey, who has been criticized by President Obama, other high-ranking Democrats and the Justice Department for revealing information that may or may not be connected to the Clinton server probe.

“He’s got to get control of the ship again,” Robert Anderson, a former senior official in the FBI, said of Comey, a friend. “There’s a lot of tension in the organization, and there’s a lot of tension in Congress and the Senate right now, and all that counts toward how much people trust the FBI.”

The information coming out of the FBI appears to have helped Donald Trump gain in the polls.

Clinton declined to say whether she would fire Comey if she is elected.

“I’m not going to, you know, either get ahead of myself by assuming I’ll be fortunate enough to be elected,” Clinton said, responding to a question from SiriusXM’s Joe Madison. “That’s really up to you and your listeners. People have to turn out, or nothing that I’m going to be proposing will come into reality, but I also would never comment on any kind of, you know, personnel issue.”