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FBI Names Robert K. Tripp Special Agent in Charge of San Francisco Field Office

By Steve Neavling

Robert K. Tripp has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Francisco Field Office. 

Before the appointment, Tripp was a supervisory inspector in the Inspection Division at FBI headquarters.

Tripp’s career with the FBI began in 1998, when he became an intelligence research specialist and worked transnational organized crime in the Criminal Investigative Division at headquarters. 

After being chosen as a special agent in 2003, he was assigned to the St. Louis Field Office to investigate public corruption and white-collar crime.

In 2006, Tripp went to the Washington Field Office, where he worked international mass marketing fraud through the Department of Justice Fraud Section. Toward the end of his assignment at the Washington Field Office, he investigated corporate and securities fraud.

In 2012, Tripp became supervisory special agent and worked in the director’s Research Group at headquarters. 

Tripp transferred to the Sacramento Field Office in California in 2014 and supervised a public corruption and civil rights squad. He later supervised a squad responsible for violent crime and violent crimes against children.

Tripp was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Sacramento office in 2018 and was responsible for all investigations of criminal and cyber threats. He was also responsible for the criminal squads in all seven of Sacramento’s resident agencies. In addition, as assistant special agent in charge, he served as the acting commander of the newly established Sacramento Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

In 2021, Tripp was promoted to inspector and returned to headquarters. 

Mr. Tripp received a bachelor’s degree in history from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y, and a master’s degree and doctorate in history from Washington University in St. Louis.

FBI Finally Moves Forward with Building New Headquarters in Suburbs

FBI headquarters, via FBI

By Steve Neavling

The long-delayed construction of a new FBI headquarters may be back on track after the bureau and GSA announced the site selection process. 

Congress instructed the GSA to pick a site “as expeditiously as possible” from among three previously identified cities: Greenbelt, Md.; Landover, Md.; and Springfield, Va.

“GSA and the FBI are continuing to move forward to accomplish the key milestones outlined by Congress for the FBI headquarters campus,”Nina Albert, GSA commissioner of the Public Buildings Service, said in a statement. “We look forward to undertaking a fair and transparent process to select a site that will best serve the FBI for generations to come.”

The FBI has been searching for a new headquarters for years, but funding problems and the Trump administration delayed the project. 

In February 2018, former President Trump scrapped the plan to build the headquarters in the suburbs in favor of rebuilding at the current site, not far from his hotel.

The current headquarters is cramped and outdated, critics say. 

‘MyPillow Guy’ Mike Lindell Says Vendors Are Bailing on Him Because of FBI Probe

By Allan Lengel

“MyPillow Guy,” aka CEO Mike Lindell, tells Insider that four businesses that were set to be listed on his MyStore e-commerce platform have pulled out of the plan after the FBI seized his phone at a Hardee’s drive-thru in Mankato, Minnesota last week.

Mike Lindell

“You know, they don’t want to have the connection of the FBI. The FBI scares them,” Lindell tells the publication. “They don’t want to get canceled, you know?”

The FBI seized his phone in connection with an investigation into Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, a pro-Trump Colorado election official accused of facilitating an election-data leak, Insider reports.

MyStore, which launched in 2021, is supposed to be Lindell’s “patriotic” answer to Amazon. It offers a variety of products for sale.

On Tuesday, Lindell filed a lawsuit against the FBI and the Department of Justice for seizing his phone and accused the authorities of violating his constitutional rights, The Insider reports.

James Comey to Publish Two Crime Novels ‘Inspired by Real Work’

James Comey (Twitter photo)

By Steve Neavling

Former FBI Director James Comey is trying his hand at something new and familiar – fiction writing. 

Comey announced Tuesday that he’s set to publish his first of two novels in the spring. 

Comey has a deal to publish two novels for Mysterious Press. 

The first, titled “Central Park West,” features an assistant U.S. attorney who investigates the mafia’s ties to the murder of a local politician. 

“I’m excited to take readers inside fascinating worlds I’ve come to know from my time in government and the private sector,” Comey said in a statement.

“These stories are fiction, but, inspired by real work I’ve done, they will offer a rarely-seen view of interesting people and institutions.”

Comey wrote two nonfiction books, A Higher Loyalty and Saving Justice

FBI Police Officer Charged With Soliciting Minor Online

By Allan Lengel

FBI police officer Dale Edward Cheuvront faces a charge in Clarksburg, W. Virginia of soliciting a minor online.

Last Friday, he pleaded not guilty in Harrison County and was released on $10,000 bond, according to station WBOY. He was first arrested Aug. 20.

The FBI issued a statement to the station:

We are aware of the arrest of an FBI employee. The FBI takes allegations of misconduct very seriously. As such, the incident has been referred to the FBI’s Inspection Division. We cannot comment further on an ongoing personnel matter.

Ex-FBI Assistant Director Warns That Trump’s Embrace of QAnon Is the ‘Last Act of a Desperate Man’

Former Assistant FBI Director Frank Figliuzzi

By Steve Neavling

Former Assistant FBI Director Frank Figliuzzi said former President Trump is embracing the baseless QAnon conspiracy movement as he feels “increasingly cornered.” 

On MSNBC’s “Deadline: Whitehouse,” Figliuzzi was asked if Trump realizes how dangerous the movement is.

“Not only do I think he knows it, but I think that’s what attracts him to this. It’s like a moth to the flame,” Figliuzzi said.

Figliuzzi added, “He’s in trouble on so many legal fronts, even criminal fronts now, that this is, kind of, the almost last act of a desperate man.”

Figliuzzi mentioned Trump’s rally in Youngstown, Ohio, where a song that is similar to the QAnon movement’s anthem played. Supporters responded in raised-arm salutes.

“What is extremely dangerous based on past histories of cults, is that as they come near the end, as the leader is threatened, they get more and more dangerous,” Figliuzzi said. “And they do something cult experts call ‘forcing the end.'”

This could occur if the movement’s leader “calls for the violence” or is “taken out,” Figliuzzi explained. 

“The members take a step up and force the ending — whatever that could be,” Figliuzzi said. “That’s what concerns me and we’ve learned from January 6, it only takes a small number of people to do that.”

‘How Could Anyone Be That Irresponsible’ –Biden on Mar-a-Lago Secret Documents

By Allan Lengel

President Joe Biden tells “60 Minutes” he was baffled by the unsecured secret documents found at Mar-a-Lago and thought former President Donald Trump was “just totally irresponsible.”

President Biden on “60 Minutes”

“How that could possibly happen, how anyone could be that irresponsible, and I thought what data was in there that may compromise sources and methods,” he tells Scott Pelley in an interview aired Sunday night on CBS.

He also says he was never notified of the raid ahead of time and has not personally been briefed on the contents of the documents.

“I have not personally spoken to anyone in that regard,” he said. “I’m sure my administration is aware of all of that, and so is the National Security Council.

“I have not asked for the specifics of those documents because I don’t want to get myself in the middle of whether or not the Justice Department should move or not move on certain actions.”

Trump Complains about FBI Searching His Home with Their Shoes on

Former President Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling

Former President Trump was back to huffing and puffing about the FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago, lashing out at agents for not taking off their shoes when they searched his bedroom. 

Trump made the comments Monday morning, after returning to his Florida home for the first time since the Aug. 8 raid. 

On his social media platform Truth Social, Trump said he returned to the home to “check out the scene of yet another government ‘crime.’”

Calling the search a “Raid and Break-In of my home,” Trump fumed about the agents.

“I guess they don’t think there is a Fourth Amendment anymore, and to them, there isn’t,” Trump posted on Truth Social.

“In any event, after what they have done, the place will never be the same. It was ‘ransacked,’ and in far different condition than the way I left it. Many Agents – And they didn’t even take off their shoes in my bedroom. Nice!!!”

Trump has repeatedly complained about the raid. 

“Terrible the way the FBI, during the Raid of Mar-a-Lago, threw documents haphazardly all over the floor (perhaps pretending it was me that did it!), and then started taking pictures of them for the public to see. Thought they wanted them kept Secret?” Trump posted on Truth Social on Aug. 31.

On the same day, Trump alleged the FBI was being “very deceiving” for posing top-secret documents for a photo . 

During a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Sept. 3, Trump described the FBI and Justice Department as “vicious monsters, controlled by radical-left scoundrels.”

Trump’s hyperbolic rhetoric has incensed his supporters and prompted concerns about the safety of FBI agents. 

In a 54-page court filing last month, federal prosecutors said the raid on Trump’s house in Florida came after he and his advisers refused to turn over highly classified documents.