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Watch 13-Minute Axios Interview Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf’s interview with Axios.

By Steve Neavling

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Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf discussed Portland protests, systemic racism, domestic terrorism and other issues in this 13-minute interview with Axios.

Wolf pushed back against “this idea that we have systemic racism.”

“That means that we have designed a system that every law enforcement officer that goes through a law enforcement academy, a training facility, is somehow installed with racist views,” Wolf says.

He adds, “Again, I’m not saying that there’s not racist tendencies in some law enforcement officers. I think I wanna be clear about that. But again, what people mean by systemic racism is that we have designed an institution, a law enforcement institution, to be racist from the get-go. And I just — I don’t subscribe to that. I don’t believe in that.”

Other members of Trump’s administration who have denied systemic racism are White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, and Attorney General Bill Barr.

The Government Accountability Office said last week that Wolf and Ken Cuccinelli, a senior official performing deputy secretary duties, were not appointed through a valid process and therefore aren’t legally qualified to hold their positions. The Trump administration rejected the findings, saying the were “erroneous.”

Watch the full interview here:

Comey Says House ‘Has No Choice’ But to Move Forward with Impeachment Inquiry of Trump

Former FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Director James Comey, who joked that he’d move to New Zealand if Trump was re-elected, said the House of Representatives “has no choice but to pursue an impeachment inquiry.”

Comey blasted Trump’s call with Ukraine during a wide-ranging interview at the bipartisan Politicon political convention in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday.

If he were still in charge of the FBI, Comey said he “might” launch a criminal investigation into whether Trump’s call with Ukraine’s president constituted a quid pro quo.

“If the news accounts are accurate, the president engaged in a shocking abuse of power,” Comey said.

But, he said, he wants to “withhold judgment” on impeachment until “we have a chance as a country to see public testimony to get the transparency we deserve.”

During the interview, Comey said he believes America is held together by a “set of values.” When asked if he’d still believe that if Trump was re-elected, Comey joked, “From my new home in New Zealand, I will still believe in America.”

Worried Trump Will Lie, President’s Attorneys Urge Him to Decline Mueller Interview

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Worried that President Trump will commit perjury in a proposed sit-down interview with Robert Mueller’s special counsel team, the president’s attorneys are urging him to avoid the perilous encounter.

Just last month, Trump boasted at an impromptu press conference that he was “looking forward” to the interview because he did nothing wrong.

Mueller’s team, which began investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, has turned its attention on the president following accusations that he obstructed justice by trying to interfere with the probe.

His lawyers are worried that Trump, who has a habit of fabricating information to suit his purpose, could be charged with lying to investigators, The New York Times reports

Trump is expected to decide in the coming whether he will agree to the interview. If he doesn’t, Mueller may compel the testimony with a subpoena.

Trump’s Attorneys Hope to Prevent Mueller from Interviewing the President

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s attorneys are seeking potential alternatives to avoid a sit-down interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of the investigation into Trump’s campaign and Russian election meddling. 

Among the alternatives under consideration are written responses to questions and “an affidavit signed by the president affirming he was innocent of any wrongdoing and denying any collusion,” NBC News reports.

Trump’s attorneys also are trying determine whether Mueller wants a direct interview, the legal standards for interviewing a president, the location of a possible interview, the duration and the topics.

Since the special counsel investigation began with the appointment of Mueller in May, four people formerly in Trump’s inner circle have been indicted, and two have pleaded guilty in exchange for cooperating with authorities.

But veterans of the Justice Department are skeptical Mueller would forgo the chance to interview the president directly.

“Prosecutors want to see and hear folks in person,” said Chuck Rosenberg, former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and chief of staff to FBI Director Comey. “They want to probe and follow up. Body language and tone are important,” said Rosenberg, now an NBC News analyst. “And they want answers directly from witnesses, not from their lawyers. The odds of prosecutors agreeing to written responses are somewhere between infinitesimally small and zero.”

Trump Says He Has Not Been Asked to Be Interviewed by Mueller’s Team

President Trump

President Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump said he has not been asked to be interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, which is investigating alleged Russian interference during the presidential election.

“I don’t know. Nobody’s asked me to do that,” he told Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo on Friday. “There has — there is no collusion I can tell you that. Everybody’s seen that. You know, you have Senate meetings, you have Senate hearings and nobody has asked us to do interviews anywhere. They have found no collusion.”

Mueller’s team has interviewed former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

Mueller has reportedly expressed interest in interviewing a number of former and current White House staffers.

Engineer Charged with Nuclear Espionage Claims FBI Tricked Him into an Interview

Szuhsiung “Allen” Ho

Szuhsiung “Allen” Ho

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI says Szuhsiung “Allen” Ho is the first person in the U.S. to be charged with nuclear espionage involving China.

But the engineer’s attorney claims the FBI tricked him into an interview that may incriminate him, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. 

Ho was arrested in April at a hotel in Atlanta and changed with procuring American nuclear information for the Chinese government.

Ho, whose firm is Energy Technology International, was working to provide information in an alleged plot with Chinese General Nuclear Power.

“Ho repeatedly attempted to justify his situation, at which point agents reminded Ho he had preferred to speak with a lawyer and prohibited Ho from making incriminating statements,” an FBI report stated.

Hillary Clinton Is Delaying FBI Interview Over Her Use of a Private E-Mail Server

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private e-mail server has stalled because the former secretary of state has not agreed to sit down for an interview yet, Townhall reports.

Clinton’s claim that the FBI has not contacted her for an interview is not true.

The FBI has been trying to negotiate with her attorney, David Kendall, over a time for the interview.

Townhall wrote that Clinton appears to be stalling the interview until she is the official Democratic nominee.

“Comey is turning up the heat, insisting that the interview be done sooner than later, but it doesn’t look like he will be able to force Hillary’s hand,” Townhall wrote.

Hillary Clinton Says FBI Has Not Asked to Interview Her over E-Mail Probe

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hillary Clinton said Sunday that the FBI has not yet asked her to scheduled an interview over her private e-mail server.

When asked whether she was contacted by the FBI, Clinton responded on NBC News’ “Meet the Press,” “No. No, they haven’t. But you know, back in August, we made clear that I’m happy to answer any questions that anybody might have. And I stand by that.”

Clinton said she was not “concerned” about the investigation hurting her chances of getting the nomination.

“I don’t think anything inappropriate was done,” she said. “And so I have to let them decide how to resolve their security inquiry. But I’m not at all worried about it.”

The FBI said last week that it will soon interview Clinton’s aides as part of the inquiry.