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Trump’s Former Campaign Manager: Clinton Lost Because of FBI Announcement

Donald TrumpBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump’s former presidential campaign manager said Hillary Clinton lost the race because of the FBI’s renewed investigation of her private email server.

“With 11 days to go, something amazing happened,” Corey Lewandowski said late Wednesday, referring to the final days of the 2016 race, according to The Telegraph.

“The FBI’s director James [Comey] came out on a Friday and he said they may be reopening the investigation into ‘Crooked Hillary’s’ emails,” he said. “What that did was remind people that there are two different rules in Washington – those of the elites and the privileged, and those for everybody else.”

Lewandowski said Comey’s controversial announcement resulted in an upset.

“When Comey moved forward with that investigation…it allowed the campaign a little spring in their step, and for them to redouble their efforts,” he said.

“In those last eleven days, Mr. Trump was exceptionally disciplined. He used a teleprompter, and he did less media. The team used social media like no campaign in history. And then, Donald Trump won the election campaign by the largest majority since [former President] Ronald Reagan in 1984.”

Boston Globe: Lawmakers Should Scrutinize FBI After Election Day

Director James B. Comey

Director James B. Comey

By Editorial Board
Boston Globe

At least the FBI got the last act of its October fiasco right. On Sunday afternoon, two days before Election Day, director James B. Comey wrote in a letter to Congress that the bureau had finished its review of thousands upon thousands of e-mails related to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s server, and that no criminal charges would be recommended. The bureau does deserve credit for working so rapidly, and giving the American people a bit more clarity after it cryptically disclosed the new inquiry a little over a week ago.

The bottom line: Comey’s conclusion from an earlier investigation stands. Clinton should not have used her own server while Secretary of State, which made her communications vulnerable to hacking, but her mistakes were not criminal. There is no evidence that national secrets were stolen, or that anyone was harmed as a result of her e-mail setup. She has still rightly apologized for her actions.

So things stand where they were in July, when Comey said that because there was no evidence of criminal intent, no reasonable prosecutor would charge Clinton in the case. The hyperventilating from Republican nominee Donald J. Trump aside, it could not be clearer that Clinton’s e-mail practices do not disqualify her for the presidency, then or now.

But the bureau’s diligence over the last week doesn’t erase serious questions about its conduct, which should come under greater scrutiny from lawmakers after the election. There are plausible suggestions that at least some members of the bureau acted out of partisan motivations that have no place in law enforcement, and that Comey made an error in judgment disclosing the new review’s existence in a letter noteworthy for its vagueness and innuendo. Comey’s communique was one that — by virtue of its timing alone — demanded clarity, and his effort was anything but.

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NTSB to Investigate Cause of N.Y. Train Derailment That Injured 33 People

Long Island Rail Road train, via Wikipedia.

Long Island Rail Road train, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The National Transportation Safety Board will determine what caused a 12-car commuter train and a work train to sideswipe each other in New York, leading to 33 injuries of 33 people, four seriously, Gob. Andrew M. Cuomo said Sunday.

State officials said the eastbound Long Island Rail Road train derailed after it sideswiped a yellow maintenance train, leaving a “splatter of yellow paint where the first collision occurred,” the Washington Post reports. 

“Both trains were running in the same direction — one was a work train, one was a revenue train and they sideswiped each other,” said Cuomo. “The question is why.”

Stejskal: Robin Hood in Reverse – A $1.1 Million SCAM

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Greg Stejskal served as an FBI agent for 31 years and retired as resident agent in charge of the Ann Arbor office.

By Greg Stejskal
ticklethewire.com

In 2005 Female Jones (not her real name), an indigent woman living in public housing in Ann Arbor, Mich., discovered she wasn’t eligible for federal housing assistance. The reason she wasn’t eligible was because it appeared she was already receiving “Section 8” voucher payments. Jones wasn’t aware of receiving any assistance. So it was assumed that there was a bureaucratic snafu, but an investigation revealed something far more nefarious.

Section 8 vouchers are so-called because they are authorized under Section 8 of the Federal Housing Act of 1937, part of the New Deal legislation designed to help people suffering the effects of the Great Depression. In 1974 the Housing Act was amended to create the Section 8 voucher program. Low income people would be eligible for vouchers that would pay a percentage of their rent in approved housing facilities. The money for the program would be provided by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), but the program would be administered by the state and local public housing agencies.

There was only a limited amount of funding available. So not all eligible people would receive vouchers. In Michigan a waiting list existed and waits of 3-6 years were not uncommon.

Greg Stejskal

Greg Stejskal

The voucher payments were made directly to the indigent tenants’ landlords to minimize the opportunity for fraud. Housing voucher agents working for the state prepared the application forms for the indigent applicants. These agents obtained background information and determined whether the applicants met the eligibility requirements.

Female Jones’ caseworker determined that she was enrolled in the Section 8 program, and voucher payments were being sent to Washtenaw Payee Services, a company that appeared to receive Section 8 payments on behalf of several landlords in Washtenaw County. Because the woman was unaware of the payments, and they were not being received by her landlord, the caseworker reported the problem to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).

MSHDA’s initial investigation indicated there might be some fraudulent activity. As the Section 8 program is federally funded, they reported their concerns to the FBI, and a joint FBI/MSHDA investigation was begun.

Although Washtenaw Payment Services (WPS) appeared to have an office with a street address, it turned out to be a private mailbox service which is often a red flag in a fraud investigation.

The bank records for WPS were obtained via subpoena. Those records showed that WPS was formed in 1990 when LaToya Cotton filed business papers with Washtenaw County and opened a bank account. Since 1994, about 11 years, WPS had been receiving Section 8 voucher payments ostensibly for landlords of low-income tenants enrolled in the program.

The striking thing was the founder of WPS, LaToya Cotton, was a Michigan housing agent responsible for enrolling prospective low-income applicants for Section 8 vouchers. But even more troubling, it didn’t appear that any money had been paid from the WPS account to any landlords on behalf of the Section 8 enrollees.

LaToya Cotton became a Michigan housing agent for MSHDA in 1994. Very soon thereafter she concocted her scheme.

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FBI: Did NYPD Lt. Shoot Himself to Avoid Testifying Against Former Boss?

nypd badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities are questioning whether an NYPD lieutenant shot himself twice in the stomach to avoid testifying against his friend and former boss.

The New York Post reports that Lt. Peter Salzone shot himself after he was interviewed by the FBI as part of a corruption investigation into the NYPD.

Salzone had been asked to testify against his former boss, NYPD Deputy Inspector James Grant.

The Post wrote:

The NYPD’s Force Investigation Division is looking at the possibility that Salzone never intended to kill himself and merely wanted to appear emotionally unstable to sabotage his credibility as a witness, according to sources.

Salzone was stripped of his gun and badge Saturday. He could not be reached for comment.

He is the second police officer to shoot himself after getting called into the federal inquiry, which has seen dozens of cops get grilled.

FBI Takes Over Investigation of Minnesota Mall Stabbing

Dahir Adan, via Facebook

Dahir Adan, via Facebook

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has taken over the investigation of the Minnesota mall stabbing attacks over the weekend.

St. Cloud police will assist the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force after Dahir Adan stabbed at least 10 people before being shot by former Albany Police Chief Jason Falconer, the St. Cloud Times reports.

So far, investigators have found no connection between Adan and terrorist groups.

The FBI said Sunday the stabbings were a “potential act of terrorism.”

“One of the things we’re looking at with respect to these attacks is what motivated this young man to do what he did,” FBI spokesman Kyle Loven said. “And that obviously takes some time. It takes an extraordinary amount of legwork. And it’s something that our JTTF is well suited to do.”

Witnesses said Adan, 20, made references to Allah during the attack and even asked some victims if they were Muslims before stabbing them.

Justice Department Investigates Police Shooting of Unarmed Black Man in Oklahoma

Unarmed Terence Crutcher was fatally shot by Tulsa Police.

Unarmed Terence Crutcher was fatally shot by Tulsa Police.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is investigating the police shooting of a black Oklahoma man who was unarmed and had his hands in the air after his SUV broke down.

The shooting occurred on the night of Sept. 16, when Tulsa police tased and then fatally shot 40-year-old Terence Crutcher, CNN reports. 

The Tulsa Police Department released dash cam and police helicopter video of the incident. Police Chief Chuck Jordan said the footage was “very disturbing and difficult to watch.”

Police were dispatched after a woman called 911 to report an abandoned vehicle blocking the road.

One police officer in the helicopter described Crutcher as a “bad dude,” although there was no evidence to suggest that was the case.

Moments later, an police officer shot Crutcher.

“I’m going to tell you right here now: There was no gun on the suspect or in the suspect’s vehicle,” Jordan said.

Justice Department Investigations Uncovers Serious Problems within ATF

ATF LogoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal investigation into the ATF’s handling of undercover storefront operations revealed numerous problems within the agency, including the failure to follow federal law on people with disabilities.

The 112-page report by the Justice Department’s Inspector General, which took 2.5 years to complete, recommended 13 reforms, USA Today reports. 

“Our review determined that while undercover operations can be an important component of ATF’s efforts to fight violent crime, ATF failed to devote sufficient attention to how it was managing its undercover storefront operations. It lacked adequate policies and guidance for its agents, and in some cases supervision, necessary to appropriately address the risks associated with the use of this complex investigative technique,” the report found.

The investigations found problems in several cities, including Milwaukee, Portland, Ore. and Pensacola, Fla.

The inspector general investigation was prompted by widespread problems with ATF that were uncovered by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 

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