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Rep. Darrell Issa Accuses FBI of Stonewalling Investigation into IRS

Darrell Issa

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A leading California Congressman is threatening to subpoena FBI Director James B. Comey Jr. if the agency isn’t more forthcoming about its investigation into the federal government’s handling of a conservative group, the Washington Times reports.

Rep. Darrell E. Issa is accusing the FBI of stonewalling his inquiry about whether the IRS unfairly targeted True the Vote for scrutiny.

Six months into the investigation, the FBI still has not turned over a document and won’t brief him in person, the Washington Times wrote.

“The department’s tactics have impeded a congressional investigation and interfered with the comittee’s access to documents and information. Obstructing a congressional investigation is a crime,” Issa wrote in a letter to Comey.

Former FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce to Fight Crime in Private Sector

Sean Joyce

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Less than a month after Sean Joyce retired as the FBI’s deputy director, he is bringing his skills as an investigator to PwC, a private firm that helps groups manage operational and cyber threats, according to PR Newswire.

“We are proud to welcome Sean Joyce to PwC and look forward to working closely with him to help our clients strategically and proactively manage external and internal threats to their organizations,” said Erik Skramstad, U.S. Advisory Forensics Leader. “Sean’s background, skills, experience and leadership make him an exceptional addition to our practice and an incredible asset to our clients.”

Joyce’s career with the FBI began in 1987. His various positions gave him experience with counterterrorism, counterintelligence and weapons of mass destruction.

Former Governor of Tamaulipas, Mexico Is Indicted on Racketeering Charges

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The former governor of the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico has been indicted on charges that he allowed large-scale drug rings to operate in exchange for large bribes from drug traffickers, the FBI announced Monday.

Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba, 56 was charged with the RICO statute and several conspiracy charges.

Ruvalcaba, who served as governor from 1999 to 2004, is accused of helping with the shipment of massive amounts of cocaine, much of which ended up in the U.S.

Yarrington also is charged with collecting bribes from businesses that wanted to do work for the state.

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FBI Worries About Influx of Americans Joining Radical Group in Syrian Civil War

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is worried that Americans are becoming radicalized by al-Qaeda-linked militant groups while fighting in the Syrian civil war, the Associated Press reports.

Some estimates place the number of Americans involved in the conflict at a couple dozen.

Feds have already arrested at least three Americans this year for planning to fight the Syrian leadership with a radical Islamic organization, Jabhat al-Nusrah, the AP reported.

Some are concerned about a flashback to the 1980s when an Afghanistan conflict attracted foreign fighters.

FBI Investigation Threatens to Damage Reputation of Democrats in California

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Democrats in California are in a vulnerable position.

Democratic  State Sen. Ron Calderon is accused of taking cash bribes in exchange for promoting bills. But when his Democratic colleagues in the California Senate removed him from committees in the past month, Calderon has publicly lashed out at his own party, the Associated Press reports.

Calderon has not been charged and said his office was raided by the FBI in June because he wouldn’t take down two fellow Democrats.

“He’s made a threat that ‘politicians live in glass houses,’ and he’s trying to throw his colleagues under the bus. Who knows what lies ahead?” said Rob Stutzman, a Republican political consultant in Sacramento. “What does he know about other members that at a minimum could serve as an embarrassment to them?”

Ex-Secret Service Agent’s Book About Serving Under Obama Climbs New York Times Bestseller List

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Dan Bongino’s book about his time as a high-level Secret Service agent under President Obama is taking off and has reached the New York Times bestseller list.

“Life Inside the Bubble: Why a Top-Ranked Secret Service Agent Walked Away From It All” tells the story of Washington insiders shielding the president from the fallout of poor policy choices.

The book climbed to No. 13 on the coveted bestseller list.

Bongino is running for Congress in Maryland’s Sixth District.

Socialite Jill Kelley Appears in Public After Long Absence Following Petraeus Scandal

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Socialite Jill Kelley, who has shunned the limelight since the scandal that cost David Petraeus his job as head of the CIA, is reportedly back in the public eye, News Track India reports.

Kelley and her husband were spotted handing out holiday meals during a charity event on Thanksgiving.

Kelley’s complaints about receiving harassing emails led to Petraeus’ resignation.

Kelley file suit against the government, saying her privacy was violated.

Strange Collection of ‘Whitey’ Bulger Belongings to Be Auctioned Off

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A mannequin with a cat on its head. Nine fedoras. A collection of porcelain cats.

All belonged to convicted mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, who was sentenced to life in prison last month.

The items are among a number of his possessions that are being auctioned off, The Las Vegas Guardian Express reports.

The proceeds will go to his victims.

“The reality is there are lots of people who would be willing to pay money for some or all of the contents of that apartment, and that money is going to victims and victims’ families. So we want to do what we can to get as much money as we can for them,” First Assistant US Attorney Jack Pirozzolo said.

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