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Slim Majority of Voters Say FBI’s Search of Trump’s Home Was Appropriate

Former President Trump

By Steve Neavling

A little more than half of registered voters believe the FBI’s search of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home was appropriate, according to a new Wall Street Journal poll.

The poll found that 52% agreed with the statement that the search was “part of a legal and proper investigation” in trying to determine whether Trump wrongfully possessed classified documents. 

About 41% of respondents considered the search as “just another example of the endless witch hunt and harassment the Democrats and Biden administration continue to pursue against former President Trump.”

When asked if they believed the search was part of a “witch hunt,” about 80% of Republicans said they did, compared to about a third of independents and 5% of Democrats. 

Just over half of the respondents – 51% – said the search would not affect whether they’ll vote in the midterms in November. 

About 64% of Republicans said the search would make them more likely to vote in November. 

Last month, the FBI searched Mar-a-Lago as part of an investigation into the potential mishandling of classified documents.

Earlier this week, the Justice Department said it has evidence that classified documents were “likely concealed and removed” from a room in the Florida resort and “that efforts were likely taken to obstruct the government’s investigation.”

FBI Agents Association Says Rank-And-File Agents Still Support Wray, Dispute Report

FBI Director Christopher Wray, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

The FBI Agents Association rejected claims in a Washington Times story that the bureau’s rank-and-file agents want Director Christopher Wray to resign.

In a story Tuesday, The Washington Times alleged that “rank-and-file FBI agents say they cannot see how FBI Director Christopher A. Wray stays in his position after The Washington Times’ exclusive report about a senior bureau official stepping down stepping down under scrutiny for suspected political bias affecting investigations.”

In a statement to The Washington Times on Thursday, Brian O’Hare, president of the FBI Agents Association, said most agents still support Wray. 

“Attempts to politicize FBI Agents’ work and divide our team should be rejected. While some claim to speak on behalf of FBI Agents, only the FBI Agents Association, representing more than 90 percent of active duty Special Agents, serves as the voice for these Agents,” O’Hare said.

“It is with this voice that FBIAA acknowledges the important partnerships that field Agents have with Director Wray and Bureau leadership, prosecutors making charging decisions, state and local law enforcement, and the private sector. FBI Agents work hard every day to protect the public and our Constitution. With a clear eye on our mission, we remain confident in Director Wray, his leadership team, and our Agents,” he said.

The Washington Times is a conservative-leaning publication. 

Off-Duty FBI Officer Came Under Fire After Car Crash, Fired Back, Police Say

By Steve Neavling

An off-duty FBI police officer was driving on D.C. Route 295 when he exchanged gunfire with the occupant of another car following a two-vehicle collision. 

The collision occurred on Saturday afternoon in Northeast Washington D.C., where the officer’s Hyundai Elantra collided with another car, The Washington Post reports.

The FBI officer said he pursued the other vehicle when the driver refused to stop. That’s when he said an occupant with a handgun shot at him several times. 

After the occupant fired again, the officer said he returned fire. 

The FBI officer, who has not been identified, was not injured. 

The shooting remains under investigation, and as of Wednesday, the occupants of the other car have not been identified. 

Armed Men Impersonating DEA Agents Kicked Open Door of Honolulu Home, Terrifying the Occupant

Real DEA badge

By Steve Neavling

Three armed men wearing ski masks falsely claimed they were DEA agents and kicked open the door of a Honolulu home, a terrified occupant explained. 

“I ran into the living room where three guys were at the door waving guns claiming they were from the DEA,” the victim told KHON-2

The encounter happened around 8 p.m. Sunday. The house belonged to the victim’s friend, who was not home at the time.

“After about three or four kicks, they were decent sized guys, it just exploded inwards and they just walked right over top of it,” the victim said.

They demanded access to the safe, but the occupant didn’t know the combination. 

“They said, give me the combination in three seconds or you’re gone, and I was like I don’t know it.”

After pleading for his life, the suspects fled with the victim’s phone and wallet. 

The DEA said its agents don’t bust into homes with ski masks and jackets on.

“We’ll use patrol cars when we can to identify ourselves, and we make the markings clear that say DEA and police. We announce ourselves as DEA. If someone is suspicious, we can provide a second form of identification when it’s a safe point to do so,” Megan Fila, DEA group supervisor, explained.

Police are still looking for the thieves. 

DOJ Alleges Trump ‘Likely Concealed And Removed’ Classified Documents at Mar-a-Lago

Former President Trump, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling

The Justice Department said it has evidence that classified documents were “likely concealed and removed” from a room in Mar-a-Lago and “that efforts were likely taken to obstruct the government’s investigation.” 

In a 54-page court filing late Tuesday, federal prosecutors said the FBI raid on former President Trump’s house in Florida came after he and his advisers refused to turn over highly classified documents, The Washington Post reports.

The recovered documents were so sensitive that “even the FBI counterintelligence personnel and DOJ attorneys conducting the review required additional clearances before they were permitted to review certain documents,” the filing says.

Included in the filing was a photograph that showed various files labeled “Top Secret” that were found inside a container in Trump’s office. One of the documents was marked “HCS,” or human confidential sources. 

The filing came two days before U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon considers Trump’s request to appoint a special master to conduct a review of the seized documents.

U.S. Marshals Capture One of Their Most Wanted Fugitives in El Salvador

Raymond McLeod. (Photo via U.S. Marshals)

By Steve Neavling

Authorities have captured one of the U.S. Marshals’ 15 most wanted fugitives in El Salvador after he was on the run for six years. 

Raymond McLeod, a 37-year-old former Marine, was wanted for the 2016 murder of his girlfriend Krystal Mitchell, who was found strangled to death in an apartment in San Diego. 

In April 2021, the Marshals placed McLeod on their “Most Wanted” list of top 15 fugitives and issued a reward of $50,000 for information leading to his arrest. 

At the time, U.S. Marshals and the San Diego Police Department believed McLeod had fled through Mexico to Central America following Mitchel’s death. 

El Salvadoran law enforcement arrested McLeod without incident on Monday. 

“I am extremely gratified to hear the news of Raymond McLeod’s arrest without incident,” said U.S. Marshals Director Ronald Davis. “It is our sincere hope that his capture brings some sense of relief to Krystal Mitchell’s family, especially her mother, Josephine Wentzel, who has worked so diligently with law enforcement these past years to see this day of justice arrive.”