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FBI to Search Former Vice President Pence’s Home for Classified Records

Former Vice President Mike Pence

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is expected to soon search the home of former Vice President Mike Pence after classified documents were found at his Indiana residence. 

The Justice Department is in talks with Pence’s legal team to schedule a search, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Pence’s attorney, Greg Jacob, revealed in January that documents marked as classified had been found at his home and had been turned over to the FBI. He described the records as “a small number of documents that could potentially contain sensitive or classified information.”

The news comes after the FBI searched the properties of President Biden and former President Trump for classified records. 

Most recently, agents searched Biden’s family vacation home on Wednesday but found no classified documents.

Biden’s aides found classified documents at his primary home in Wilmington, Del., and a Washington, D.C., office that he used prior to his presidency. The FBI searched both properties, and Pence was cooperating. 

In mid-January, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel, Robert Hur, to investigate Biden’s handling of classified documents.

Agents also searched Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence last year and found classified records.

In November, Garland named a special counsel, Jack Smith, to oversee the DOJ’s investigations of Donald Trump’s handling of classified documents. 

FBI Investigating After Classified Documents Found at Pence’s Home in Indiana

Former Vice President Mike Pence

By Steve Neavling

About a dozen documents with classified markings were found at former Vice President Mike Pence’s home in Indiana last week and were turned over to the FBI, CNN reports

A lawyer for Pence found the documents at the former vice president’s new home in Carmel, Indiana. 

The FBI and Justice Department’s National Security Division are now reviewing the documents and investigating how they wound up at Pence’s home. 

“Vice President Pence was unaware of the existence of sensitive or classified documents at his personal residence,” Greg Jacob, Pence’s representative for handling records related to the presidency, said in a letter to the National Archives. “Vice President Pence understands the high importance of protecting sensitive and classified information and stands ready and willing to cooperate fully with the National Archives and any appropriate inquiry.”

The discovery comes after the FBI searched President Joe Biden’s home in Delaware last week and found another batch of classified documents. 

Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel, Robert Hur, to investigate Biden’s handling of classified documents earlier this month.

Another special counsel is investigating former President Trump’s handling of documents after classified material was found at his Florida residence.

Herbert Stapleton Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office

FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office. Photo: FBI

By Steve Neavling

Herbert J. Stapleton was tapped to serve as special agent in charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office. 

Before the appointment, Stapleton was serving as a deputy assistant director of the Cyber Division at FBI headquarters.

Stapleton began working as an FBI special agent in 2004, when he was assigned to the Cape Girardeau Resident Agency under the St. Louis Field Office. He investigated various crimes, including bank robberies, complex financial crimes, public corruption, and child exploitation.

Stapleton transferred to the Chicago Field Office in 2008 to investigate transnational organized crime. 

In 2011, a promotion took Stapleton to the Internet Crime Complaint Center Unit (IC3) under the Cyber Division at headquarters, where he was supervisory special agent. 

In 2014, Stapleton became supervisory special agent at the Cincinnati Field Office. Two years later, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge in the Cincinnati office, where he oversaw cyber, intelligence, and crisis management programs in southern Ohio.

In 2019, he became section chief in the Cyber Division at headquarters, where he was responsible for cyber-criminal investigations. Last year, Stapleton was promoted to deputy assistant director of the division’s Operational Branch, and he also served as the director of the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force.

Before joining the FBI, Stapleton was an attorney. 

He received a bachelor’s degree from Centre College in Kentucky and a law degree from the University of Kentucky.

Paul Keenan, Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office, Set to Retire

Paul Keenan, special agent in charge of the Indianapolis Field Office.

By Steve Neavling

Paul Keenan, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office, will retire on Nov. 30 after 24 years of service with the bureau. 

Keenan has led the Indianapolis Field Office since June 2020. 

Keenan’s career with the FBI began in 2003, when he investigated violent gangs out of the Los Angeles Field Office. In 2009, Keenan took charge of the Violent Gang Squad and later the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Squad, investigating Mexican drug cartels.

In 2012, Keenan became the assistant legal attaché in Panama City, representing the bureau in Panama, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. While there, he helped capture two of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted fugitives.

In 2014, Keenan began serving in the Knoxville Field Office in Tennessee as the supervisory senior special agent of the Chattanooga Resident Agency. He led the investigation into a homegrown violent extremist attack on two military installations.

In 2016, Keenan became the assistant special agent in charge of the Operational Support Branch of the Miami Field Office, which included all specialty teams, the Computer Analysis Response Team, media operations, and several other programs.

In 2017, Keenan became ASAC of one of Miami’s criminal branches, where he led investigations of the mass shootings at the Fort Lauderdale airport and at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

In 2018, Keenan was named chief of the Investigative and Operations Support Section in CIRG, where he led the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. In addition, he served as an acting deputy assistant director at CIRG.

Before coming to the FBI, Mr. Keenan was a special agent with the DEA. He holds a B.A. in political science from Indiana University.

FBI Special Agent Kerry Inglis Receives Director’s Award for Excellence in Investigation

By Steve Neavling

FBI Special Agent Kerry Inglis of the Indianapolis Field Office received the Director’s Award for Excellence in Investigation for helping take down a drug-trafficking organization. 

Inglis was the case agent on Operation Electric Avenue, which led to a series of raids at two dozen locations in Indianapolis and Phoenix and resulted in the arrests of 25 people, including drug kingpin Richard Grundy III and his organization, the Grundy Crew. 

Grundy, whose drug organization was called the Grundy Crew, was convicted in August 2019 of conspiracy to distribute drugs worth $3.5 million in 2016 and 2017. 

The Grundy Crew distributed more than 400 pounds of methamphetamine and large amount of cocaine, heroin and marijuana. 

FBI: FedEx Gunman Not Motivated by Hate. Instead, He Wanted to “Demonstrate His Masculinity’

Brandon Scott Hole

By Steve Neavling

The FBI announced on Wednesday that the Indianapolis gunman who killed eight people at a FedEx facility in April was not motivated by racial bias or ideology. 

At a news conference, the FBI and police called the shooting by Brandon Scott Hole “an act of suicidal murder” inspired by his desire to “demonstrate his masculinity and capability while fulfilling a final desire to experience killing people,” The IndyStar reports.

Hole, who worked at the Fed Ex facility briefly in 2020, planned the shooting for at least nine months, the officials said.  

FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan said Hole wanted to prove his masculinity after trying to live on his own but failing before moving backing into his old home. In addition, Hole had “almost daily” suicidal thoughts.

“Only the shooter knows all the reasons why he committed this horrific act of violence,” Keenan said. “However, at this time, the FBI is confident that based on the evidence collected, the assessment of the (FBI) Behavioral Analysis Unit is accurate.”

He added that investigators reviewed Hole’s computers, phones and other electronic equipment and found only “an extremely small percentage of overall viewing” of “World War II, Nazi-type propaganda.”

“But there was no indication that there was any animosity towards the Sikh community, or any other group for that matter,” Kennan said.

Head of FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office Sought USA Gymnastics Job While Failing to Investigate Team Doctor, IG Says

W. Jay Abbott, former special agent in charge of the Indianapolis Field Office

By Steve Neavling

W. Jay Abbott, the former special agent in charge of the Indianapolis Field Office, mulled a potential job leading USA Gymnastics after he failed to properly investigate sexual abuse allegations against the Olympic team’s doctor Larry Nassar, The IndyStar reports.

The discovery comes a day after the Justice Department’s inspector general issued a searing 119-page report accusing Abbott and others within the FBI of mishandling the probe. Abbott, who retired in 2018, also was accused of lying to the inspector general during the internal investigation to “minimize errors made by his office.”

Abbott initially talked with then-president of USA Gymnastics Stephen Penny about a security job at the U.S. Olympic Committee in the fall of 2015, as Nassar continued to abuse young women and children. 

But when Penny resigned in March 2017 over his handling of Nassar allegations, Abbott told an unnamed friend that he was interested in Penny’s vacant job, according to the inspector general report.  

“I also believe it may be in ‘poor taste’ or ‘unprofessional’ to directly contact [the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors Chairman] regarding the position given the circumstances,” Abbott emailed the friend, according to the report. “However, I do believe that if [the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors Chairman] became aware of my availability and interest in the position that he too would see the potential benefits of my leadership to USAG.”

By pursuing the security job, Abbott violated ethics guidelines, the report stated. Abbott insisted he didn’t apply for the job, but records indicate he did. 

There’s no evidence that Abbott applied for the president’s position. 

Neither Abbott nor his attorney responded to IndyStar’s questions about the job discussions. 

Two ATF Agents, Police Officer Shot During Undercover Investigation in Chicago

By Steve Neavling

Two ATF agents and a Chicago police officer who were working undercover were shot Wednesday morning on the city’s southwest side. 

The law enforcement officers came under fire while inside a car that was getting on Interstate 57, The Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The officers were taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. One of the agents was shot in the side, and the other was shot in the hand. A bullet grazed the side of the Chicago police officer’s head. 

By Wednesday evening, at least two suspects were in custody. 

In a separate shooting Wednesday afternoon, an Indiana police detective serving on an FBI task force was killed during an ambush near a federal building Wednesday afternoon, The Tribune Star reports.

Terre Haute Det. Greg Ferency, a 30-year-veteran of the police department, was shot outside the FBI’s Indianapolis Resident Agency at about 2:15 p.m. 

An FBI agent returned fire, shooting the suspected gunman. 

It wasn’t immediately clear what prompted the shooting.