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Feds Prepare to Interview Clinton Aides Over Handling of Classified Material

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors are preparing to interview some of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides as part of an investigation into her use of a private e-mail server, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

That process, as well as a final review of the case, may still be weeks away at a time when she’s in the thick of the presidential primaries.

A federal prosecutor has alerted lawyers of the advisors that they soon will be questioned by FBI agents and prosecutors. Clinton also is expected to be interviewed.

Federal authorities are trying to determine whether Clinton mishandled classified materials by using a private e-mail server.

“The interviews are critical to understand the volume of information they have accumulated,” said James McJunkin, former head of the FBI’s Washington field office.  “They are likely nearing the end of the investigation and the agents need to interview these people to put the information in context. They will then spend time aligning these statements with other information, emails, classified documents, etc., to determine whether there is a prosecutable case.”

FBI Widens Investigation of Inmate Abuse at New York State Prison System

jail2photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is widening its investigation into inmate abuse in the New York state prison system following the death of a mentally ill inmate last April.

Now the bureau has opened a probe into the alleged 2014 beating of an inmate at Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill by officers, the Poughkeepsie Journal reports. 

Less than 2 miles away is another prison where officers allegedly beat to death Samuel D, Harrell III in a vicious attack. His death prompted a federal wrongful-death lawsuit.

The latest case involves Kevin Moore, who was allegedly beaten so badly that he suffered a collapsed lung, socket fractures, bruised legs, five broken ribs and blurred vision, the Times-Union reports. 

Moore’s assaulted spared a grand jury investigation in Jun 2015 but nothing resulted at the time.

“We reached a point where it became apparent that the investigative resources of the U.S. attorney’s office coupled with the federal grand jury rules of evidence would enhance our ability to conduct a more thorough investigation,” Dutchess County District Attorney Bill Grady said Sunday. “Therefore we, as an office, joined with the U.S. Attorney’s office a number of months ago. And this joint investigation is currently ongoing along with the (Samuel) Harrell case.”

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FBI Janitor Killed in Hail of Bullets While Headed to Work at Bureau’s Headquarters

FBI's headquarters is called the J. Edgar Hoover Building.

FBI’s headquarters is called the J. Edgar Hoover Building.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Gabriel Carlos Turner had just eaten breakfast with his mother and was headed to work as a janitor at FBI headquarters when he was shot and killed Thursday morning.

Turner, 46, who worked for 15 years as a janitor at the J. Edgar Hoover Building, was on his way to a bus top at about noon when someone opened fire on him, NBC4 reports. 

“I don’t know why nobody had to kill him. He didn’t bother nobody,” Ellen Turner said hours after her son was killed just steps from her home.

Witnesses reported hearing at least six gunshots.

Authorities did not say whether they knew of a suspect or motive.

Argument ‘Over Nothing’ Prompted FBI Employee to Point Gun at Woman’s Head

fbi-log

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two women were arguing “over nothing” at a Massachusetts restaurant when an FBI employee sitting between them pointed a gun to one of their heads, court documents show.

Hingham police arrested James M. Doyle, who said he was an FBI supervisor and a friend of the victim, the Boston Globe reports. 

Police said Doyle was intoxicated and acknowledged he made a “big mistake” by pointing a Glock 22 at one of the women’s heads.

No one was injured.

Doyle was charged Wednesday assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, possessing a firearm while intoxicated and disorderly conduct.

Harold H. shaw, special agent in charge of the agency’s Boston bureau, said the FBI “takes allegations of misconduct very seriously.”

FBI Director Comey: Brussels Attacks Likely Won’t Inspire Copycats in U.S.

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey said there’s no evidence that the terrorists behind the Brussels attacks are connected to anyone in the U.S.

The FBI has been looking for any indication of copycat attacks and so far has found none, NBC News reports. 

Counter terrorism authorities had known of the two brothers who carried out suicide bombings in Brussels this week, and they were listed as a potential terrorist threat in U.S. databases.

Comey said he doesn’t believe the Brussels attack will inspire copycats.

“I am an optimist, but I actually think that it may have the reverse effect,” he said

“When people see images of innocent men, women, and children being slaughtered around the world, I hope that will reinforce the notion that the Islamic State, so-called, is not engaged in some heroic, romantic battle on the side of good, but instead they’ll see it as a bunch of savages occupying a space that’s hell on earth right now.”

Justice Department Charges 7 Iranians with Launching Cyber Attacks Against 40+ U.S. Banks

hacking By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department charged seven Iranians who are accused of cyber attacks targeting more than 40 U.S. banks.

One of the suspects also is accused of breaking into the computer network of a small New York dam, the Christian Science Monitor reports. 

The Iranians are accused of launching a campaign of distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attacks against 46 American companies between 2011 and 2013.

“The attacks were relentless, systematic, and widespread,” U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a press conference Thursday. “We believe that they were conducted with the sole purpose of undermining the targeted companies and damaging the online operation of America’s free market.”

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FBI Employee Charged After He Allegedly Pointed Gun at Woman’s Head in Restaurant

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI employee accused of pointing a handgun at a woman’s head in a restaurant in Massachusetts was charged Wednesday with firearms violations and disorderly conduct.

The Boston Globe reports that James M. Boyle, 55, appeared to be under the influence when police arrived at the restaurant in Hingham.  

“The FBI takes allegations of misconduct very seriously,” Harold H. Shaw, special agent in charge of the Boston bureau, said in a statement. “We are aware of the matter involving the recent arrest of an FBI employee and are fully cooperating” with local investigators.

When police arrived at the restaurant, Doyle was at the bar with a gun in his holster. Police said Doyle knew the woman, who was unharmed.

It wasn’t immediately clear where Doyle worked in the FBI.