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Schumer: Appoint Special Counsel Or No New FBI Director

Sen. Charles Schumer

Sen. Charles Schumer

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is threatening to prevent the appointment of a new FBI director until the Justice Department appoints a special counsel to investigate whether President Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to interfere in the presidential election.

“I think there are a lot of Democrats who feel that way,” Schumer said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We’ll have to discuss it as a caucus, but I would support that move.”

So far the Justice Department declined to appoint a special counsel, and Republicans in the Congressional have rejected the idea.

Trump interviewed candidates for the top FBI job over the weekend but has yet to confirm the nominees.

“The key here, of course, is getting some of our Republican colleagues to join us.”

Lawmakers to Trump: Don’t Appoint Politicians to Replace FBI Director

Photo via FBI

Photo via FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Lawmakers are pleading with President Trump to avoid appointing any politicians to replace FBI Director James Comey.

Trump has come under heavy criticism from Democrats, Republicans and intelligence community for firing Comey while he was investigating any connections between and Trump.

James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, said Trump is “eroding” the three checks and balances created by the Founding Fathers.

“I think, in many ways, our institutions are under assault, both externally — and that’s the big news here, is the Russian interference in our election system,” Clapper said “I think as well our institutions are under assault internally.”

Graham is in favor of recruiting from within the FBI.

“It’s now time to pick somebody who comes from within the ranks, or has such a reputation that has no political background at all that can go into the job on Day 1,” said Graham, R-S.C.

“The president has a chance to clean up the mess he mostly created,” Graham said, adding: “I have no evidence that the president colluded with the Russians at all … but we don’t know all the evidence yet.”

Secret Service Gets New Leader As Agency Struggles to Protect Trump Family

Retired Marine Gen. Randolph Alles, via CBP.

Retired Marine Gen. Randolph Alles, via CBP.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The beleaguered Secret Service has a new leader.

On Tuesday, the White House announced that Randolph D. “Tex” Alles will become the Secret Service’s 25th director.

Alles, a senior customs official and retired Marine Corps general with 35 years of service, was serving as the acting deputy commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Alles arrives at a time when the Secret Service has been criticized for lax security around the White House complex. The agency also has had trouble protecting President Trump and his family. Trump frequently flies between Washington D.C. and Florida, and his wife and 11-year-old son still live at their private residence in New York.

“I applaud the Trump administration and Secretary Kelly for choosing someone from outside the agency who is well qualified to lead the Secret Service,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said in a statement to the Washington Post. “General Alles is being called upon to use all his command and managerial skills to address the cultural and operational issues currently facing the Service. I look forward to working with General Alles to help him succeed in his new role.”

Beleaguered Secret Service Expected to Get Retired Marine As New Leader

Retired Marine Gen. Randolph Alles, via CBP.

Retired Marine Gen. Randolph Alles, via CBP.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The troubled Secret Service, which has been in the news for a number of embarrassing and alarming blunders, is about to get a new leader.

That leader is expected to be Retired Marine Gen. Randolph Alles, who currently serves as the U.S. Customs and Border deputy, Politico reports

William Callahan, the deputy director of the Secret Service, was serving as the interim director since March 4, when the former director Joseph Clancy retired.

Politico wrote:

The Secret Service has faced repeated breaches and controversies since President Donald Trump entered the White House earlier this year, with two agents reportedly fired over a fence jumping incident in early March.

Alles’ expected appointment comes after a search that purposefully looked outside of the Secret Service ranks — and process that hasn’t exactly been popular among former agents. The 6,500-person bureau has its own unique characteristics and culture, which are often best understood by someone who has served on a protective detail.

Secret Service Expected to Get ‘Outsider’ Director from the Military

secret-service-3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump is expected to appoint a new Secret Service director with a senior military rank, the Washington Examiner reports. 

It would be the first time an appointment was made from outside the Secret Service in modern history.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired Marin general, is said to be in favor over the appointment of a general to lead the Secret Service and help shakeup the beleaguered agency.

The announcement is expected to be made next week.

The identity of the candidate has not been revealed.

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Trump’s Pick for CIA Pledges to Continue Investigating Russia

Rep. Mike Pompeo

Rep. Mike Pompeo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for CIA director, Rep. Mike Pompeo, said Thursday he won’t balk at investigating Russia over  hacking and other issues.

His remarks are in direct contrast to Trump, who downplayed the seriousness of the hacks and said he wants to improve his relationship with Russia.

“So far, nothing in the C.I.A.’s 69-year history has prepared it to deal with a president who is as openly derisive of its work as Mr. Trump,” The New York Times reports. 

Trump has publicly criticized America’s spies, which is “very dangerous,” said former CIA director Leon E. Panetta.

“It sends a message to our adversaries, to our enemies, that somehow they might be able to take advantage of us because we are so in conflict in terms of the president and the intelligence community,” Panetta said.

Pompeo said the CIA will continue to aggressively investigate Russia.

“I will continue to pursue foreign intelligence with vigor no matter where the facts lead,” Pompeo said. He added that he would do this “with regard to this issue and each and every issue.”

Under his leadership, Pompeo said the CIA would provide “accurate, timely, robust and clear-eyed analysis of Russian activities.”

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Sen. Reid: FBI Director Comey Should Be Investigated Over Russian Hacking Probe

Sen. Harry Reid.

Sen. Harry Reid.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sen. Harry Reid has called on an investigation of FBI Director James Comey on Saturday, alleging he refused to reveal information about Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The Senate Democratic leader alluded to reports that the CIA had concluded people with Russian connections disclosed hacked Democratic emails to WikiLeaks to help Donald Trump win the election, the Washington Post reports.

“The FBI had this material for a long time but … Comey, who’s of course a Republican, refused to divulge this information,” Reid told MSNBC. “… He has let the country down for partisan purposes.”

Reid even compared Comey to J. Edgar Hoover and said he should be investigated by the Senate and  “should be investigated by other agencies of the government including the security agencies because if there ever were a matter of security, it’s this.”

On Sunday, Trump said it was “ridiculous” to suggest Russia helped his campaign, saying the claims are “just another excuse” by Democrats.

Ex-FBI Assistant Director Blasts Bureau Leadership Over Clinton Probe

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Assistant Director James Kallstrom blasted the bureau’s Director James Comey for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email scandal, saying the alleged “quid pro quo” deal with the State Department appears on the surface to be illegal.

James Kallstrom responded to an FBI agent’s acknowledgment that he offered to declassify an email in exchange for opening two spots for the bureau at the Baghdad embassy.

“I don’t know enough about the actual deal, but it certainly looks like on paper, you know, something that’s actually a federal crime,” Kallstrom told the FOX Business Network’s Stuart Varney.

Kallstrom then criticized Comey, saying he made the FBI look bad.

“He’s [James Comey] let down the citizens of this country in my view, he’s let down the FBI, he’s thrown all the agents under the bus,” Kallstrom said.