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Hillary Clinton Retains Security Clearance Despite FBI Inquiry into Handling of Classified Information

hillary-clintonBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Although the FBI is investigating Hillary Clinton’s handling of sensitive government information on her private email account, she still has security clearance to access classified information, McClatchy reports. 

National security experts said it’s common practice to remove that clearance during an investigation.

“Whether you’re a member of the military, a high-ranking executive branch official or anybody else with a security clearance, people should be treated equally,” said Grassley, R-Iowa. “If rank-and-file military and intelligence community employees have their clearances suspended during security investigations, then senior officials should not get any special exemptions.”

The State Department has revealed that Clinton sent or received at least 200 e-mails containing classified information through her private system.

“If this were a normal employee, it would be entirely routine to temporarily suspend their access pending investigation,” said Bradley Moss, a Washington lawyer who handles national security information.

Deliberations Begin in Trial of 2 Charged in Killing Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

Brian Terry

Brian Terry

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A jury began deliberations in the trial of two men accused of killing a Border Patrol agent during a shootout in the Arizona desert in 2010, The Star Tribune reports. 

The case wrapped up Wednesday in a federal court in Tucson.

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry encountered the robbers of drug dealers and was killed in a shootout.

Prosecutors charged Jesus Leonel Sanchez-Meza, also known as Lionel Portillo-Meza, and Ivan Soto-Barraza in the killing.

Prosecutor Todd Wallace Robinson told jurors that evidence, which includes DNA, fingerprints and confessions, proves the defendants are guilty of all nine counts, which includes first-degree murder.

“It doesn’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt. It proves it beyond any doubt whatsoever,” Robinson said in a closing statement.

IG: Secret Service Leaked Private File to Embarrass Congressman Who Criticized Agency

Secret-Service-BadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An internal government investigation has found that the Secret Service leaked a private file of a congressman in an attempt to embarrass him, the USA Today reports.

A senior Secret Service official gave the green light to release Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s 2003 application to the agency, according to a report by Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth.

The official was Assistant Director Ed Lowery, who -emailed a colleague about the application, saying that “some information that he might find embarrassing needs to get out. Just to be fair.”

The Secret Service has apologized.

Chaffetz was a critic of the agency, and his application filed said that other better qualified applicants existed.

Detroit U.S. Attorney’s Office Takes Time Out to Celebrate Its 200th Anniversary

l-r from the top: Ross Parker; Judge Gerald Rosen; The crowd; U.S. Attorney McQuade

l-r From the top: Ross Parker; Judge Gerald Rosen; The crowd; U.S. Attorney McQuade

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT —  Federal court, more often than not, is a pretty serious place.

But on Wednesday, judges, prosecutors, attorneys, courthouse staff and members of the media gathered on the first floor of the U.S. District Courthouse in downtown Detroit to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The crowd included some former U.S. Attorneys: Saul Green and Jeff Collins and Judges Terrence Berg and Stephen Murphy. Some of the federal judges included chief Judge Gerald Rosen, Judge Paul Borman and Judge Bernard Friedman.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade delivered some remarks, calling the U.S. Attorney’s Office the best law firm in the state. Ross Parker, a former chief of the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and a columnist for ticklethewire.com, gave a talk about the history of the office.

Parker is the author of the book “Carving Out the Rule of Law: The History of the United States Attorney’s Office e in Eastern Michigan 1815–2008.″

Former Border Patrol Agent Found Guilty of Shooting Estranged Wife’s Boyfriend

el paso map istock

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Border Patrol agent accused of shooting his estranged wife’s boyfriend in El Paso was found guilty Tuesday of attempted capital murder and one count of continuos family violence, the Associated Press reports.

Alberto Montelongo, 41, is expected to be sentenced today and faces up to 99 years in prison.

Police said Montelongo shot his wife’s boyfriend in the head after getting into an altercation with the couple.

The man survived, and Montelongo took him and his wife hostage, prompting a standoff with El Paso police.

Marine Who Shot at Border Patrol Agents Turned Gun on Himself

Border PatrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 38-year-old U.S. Marine who shot at Border Patrol agents in northern Michigan died turning the gun on himself, MLlive.com reports. 

Aaron Andrew Furness, 38, shot at Border Patrol agents on Drummond Island on Sept. 24 before agents returned fire.

About eight hours later, authorities found him dead in a remote cabin on the island.

Agents were investigating the area after finding a pickup in a ditch.

As they approached a cabin, they were fired upon.

“That’s the big question that we may never know the answer: What prompted him to do that?” state Police Lt. David Hopper said.

President Obama Praises Embattled Secret Service After Long Week

secret-service-3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was as long, exhausting week for the Secret Service.

The embattled agency was responsible for helping protect Pope Francis and Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to the U.S.

President Obama praised the agency for “flawlessly” doing its job, the Washington Post reports. 

“When something goes wrong, when there’s a fence jumper, everybody reports on it,” Obama said. “The Secret Service had to manage the Pope’s visit, President Xi’s visit, and a hundred something world leaders in an unprecedented fashion during the course of the last several days. And they did so flawlessly.”

ATF Agent Arrested After Allegedly Brutal Assaulting Father at Football Game, Waving gun at Crowd

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An ATF agent has been arrested after authorities said he brutally beat a father at a high school football game and then waved his gun at the crowd when they tried to intervene, KHOU.com reports. 

ATF Special Agent Marc Delpit now faces charges of aggravated assault after the incident at St. Thomas High School in Houston.

The father of one of the football players, Delpit allegedly approached another football player’s father and began to fight.

Marc Delpit

Marc Delpit

“ATF takes these allegations very seriously,” said Senior Special Agent Nicole Strong with the Houston Field Office of the Bureau of Alcohol Firearms and Explosives.

“Pending the outcome of the investigation, the agent in question has been placed on administrative leave with pay and has been relieved of his firearms, badge and credentials,” Special Agent Strong said.

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