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Reagan FBI Director William Webster Endorses Biden, Along with 20 Other Former Republican Officials

William Webster (Wikimedia Commons)

By Steve Neavling

William H. Webster, who served as both FBI and CIA director under President Reagan, was among a group of 20 former Republican officials who endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. 

“The President has clearly conveyed that he expects his Justice Department appointees and prosecutors to serve his personal and political interests,” wrote the former US attorneys. “He has politicized the Justice Department, dictating its priorities along political lines and breaking down the barrier that prior administrations had maintained between political and prosecutorial decision-making.”

William Weld, who was a U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts from 1981 to 1986, also signed the letter. Others include appointees from a string of Republican presidents, from Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush.

The letter lauded Biden’s leadership.  

“In contrast with President Trump, former Vice President Joe Biden has devoted his career to supporting law enforcement, protecting the independence of the Justice Department, and working to ensure that the federal government exercises its law enforcement powers fairly and impartially and in the interests of all Americans,” the attorneys continued in the letter. “Joe Biden understands that unity – and not division – is the key to meeting the challenges that our country is facing.”

FBI Agent Who Headed Reagan Assassination Attempt Dies

John Nicholas Meisten III (FBI photo)

By Allan Lengel

Retired FBI agent John Nicholas Meisten III, who headed the probe into the attempted assassination of President Reagan, has died. He was 76.

Meisten  died June 30 at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center after an eight-year battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

“My father rarely spoke of his career to anyone but former FBI agents or his closest friends,” daughter Kimberly Meisten told the paper. “He had a calling to serve his country and a passion for justice. The contributions he made during his career with the FBI, along with the relationships he made with so many exceptional men and women in his FBI family, were some of the most fulfilling and cherished times of his life.”

To read his obituary click here.

Former Secret Service Agent Says Nancy Reagan’s Personal Life Was As Gracious As Public Life

President Barack Obama escorts former First Lady Nancy Reagan in the Diplomatic Room of the White House June 2, 2009.  (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) This official White House photograph is being made available for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way or used in materials, advertisements, products, or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.Ê

President Barack Obama escorts former First Lady Nancy Reagan in the Diplomatic Room of the White House June 2, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

By Steve Neavling

Tim Franklin was well aware of Nancy Reagan’s public life, one punctuated by kindness and class.

But between 2001 and 2003, the former secret service agent was assigned to protect the former first lady, and she was just as gracious in her personal life as she was in her public one, he told 

Among Franklin’s jobs was to accompany Reagan the White House in 2002, when she was honored with the Presidential Metal of Freedom.

“It was very unique to be around her during those moments in history after they left office, and see her private reactions to the politics that were happening,” Franklin said.

The former Arizona State University criminologist added: “She was extremely kind to me. She was also, what I would say, the epitome of class.”

On his final day with the former first lady, Franklin posed for a picture with Reagan and expressed his gratitude.

“She responded and thanked me as well. It was a very personal moment, a quiet moment, a brief moment. One that I’ll never forget.”

Reagan died on Sunday at the age of 94.

Weekend Series on Crime History: The Story of the Ronald Reagan Shooting

Reagan Shooter John Hinckley Behaving Well

John Hinckley Jr. -abc news photo

By Allan Lengel

John Hinckley, the man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, has been behaving well.

The Associated Press reports that he’s behaved well in the past year when leaving his home, a psychiatric hospital in Washington, to visit his mother in nearby Virginia.

AP reported that Secret Service agents trailed Hinckley on more than 35 days during 2012 when he visited his mother’s home in Williamsburg, Va.

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FBI Searches Home of Former Reagan Aide Robert McFarlane for Evidence of Sudanese Relationship

Steve Neavling 

FBI agents searched the apartment of a national security adviser under former President Reagan on suspicions that he violated federal law by lobbying on behalf of the Sudanese government, according to an Associated Press story in the Washington Post.

Agents searching the apartment of Robert McFarlane found classified White House documents and handwritten notes about Sudan, the Post reported. The search warrant was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington.

Federal law bars Americans from doing business with Sudan because of human rights violations and its alleged support for terrorism, the Post wrote.

Email obtained by the FBI show communication between McFarlane and the Sudanese government

“I believe that these emails are evidence that McFarlane was entering into an agreement with the government of Sudan to lobby the U.S. government officials on behalf of Sudan and to provide it advice during negotiations with the United States,” FBI agent Grayden R. Ridd wrote, according to AP.

Journalist Awarded Nearly $500,000 for FBI’s Failure to Turn Over Public Records

 Steve Neavling

Journalist and author Seth Rosenfeld spent a lot of time and money digging up FBI records since the mid-1980s, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The FBI’s refusal to turn over records turned out to be costly after a judge ruled last week that the bureau owed Rosenfeld nearly a half million dollars in attorney fees for violating the Freedom of Information Act in 1990 and 2007.

Rosenfeld, a tough critic of the bureau, was seeking records on the FBI’s covert operations at the University of California Berkeley and its odd relationship with President Ronald Reagan.

Rosenfeld recently published his book, “Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals and Reagan’s Rise to Power.”

The FBI said it had planned to turn over the information but was slow in doing so, the Chronicle reported.


Would-Be Reagan Assassin John Hinckley No Longer a Threat?

John Hinckley Jr. -abc news photo

By Danny Fenster

The man who tried to assassinate president Ronald Reagan “would not pose a significant risk” if given more freedom from the mental hospital he resides at, a forensic psychologist testified Tuesday in federal court in D.C.

The psychologist, Paul Montalbano. testified during the 11th day of proceedings which sought to determine how much time John Hinckley Jr.–the would-be assassin–can spend visiting his mother in Virginia and whether he might eventually be released as an outpatient permanently, CNN reports.

After the 1981 shootings of President Ronald Reagan, press secretary James Brady, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy and D.C. cop Thomas Delahanty, Hinckley was found guilty by reason of insanity.

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