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Archive for April 11th, 2016

President Obama Pledges His Administration Won’t Protect Clinton During Investigation

obama1By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama pledged Sunday that his administration would not protect Hillary Clinton “in any way” during the investigation of her use of a private e-mail while she she was secretary of state.

“I can guarantee that,” Obama said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.

“And not because I give Attorney General (Loretta) Lynch a directive; that is institutionally how we have always operated. I do not talk to the Attorney General about pending investigations. I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations. We have a strict line, and always have maintained it,” Obama added. “I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department, or the FBI, not just in this case, but in any case.”

He added: “Nobody gets treated differently when it comes to the Justice Department. Because nobody is above the law.”

Obama also said he doesn’t believe Clinton risked national security by using a private server.

“I continue to believe that she has not jeopardized America’s national security. Now what I’ve also said is that — and she has acknowledged — that there’s a carelessness, in terms of managing e-mails, that she has owned, and she recognizes,” Obama said. “But I also think it is important to keep this in perspective. This is somebody who has served her country for four years as secretary of state, and did an outstanding job. And no one has suggested that in some ways, as a consequence of how she’s handled e-mails … that detracted from her excellent ability to carry out her duties.”

Jilted Lover on FBI’s Most Wanted List Captured in Mexico

Brenda Delgado, 33.

Brenda Delgado, 33.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 33-year-old Dallas woman who was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list last week after she was indicted on capital murder charges has been captured in Mexico.

Now the U.S. has 60 days to formally request the extradition of Brenda Delgado, who is accused of arranging the murder of a dentist who was dating her ex-boyfriend, Fox News reports. 

Mexican officials captured Delgado in the city of Torreon.

A Mexican official said it would take two to 12 months to rule on extraditing the woman.

Delgado is accused of giving Kristopher Ledell Love drugs and money in exchange for killing Kendra Hatcher on Sept. 2. A drug cartel allegedly helped provide the money and drugs.

Authorities said Delgado was motivated by jealousy of Hatcher, who was dating Delgado’s ex-boyfriend.

Love was arrested and faces a state capital murder charge and a federal weapons charge.

Ceremony Scheduled Today for 30th Anniversary of Bloody Florida Shootout with FBI

FBI agents Jerry L. Dove (left) and Benjamin P. Grogan were killed.

FBI agents Jerry L. Dove (left) and Benjamin P. Grogan were killed.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Today is the 30th anniversary of a bloody South Florida shootout that left two FBI agents dead and another five agents wounded.

The FBI will mark the anniversary today as Director James Comey plans to speak at a ceremony at the bureau’ office in Miramar, NBC2 reports. 

The shootout with bank robbers occurred in the Miami suburb of Pinecrest on April 11, 1986.

Agents Jerry L. Dove and Benjamin P. Grogan were killed, and so were the robber suspects, William Russell Matix and Michael Lee Platt.

The FBI agents found themselves inadequately armed to fight off the robbers’ heavy fire, prompting the bureau to begin using more powerful handguns.   

CIA Director Says His Agency Would Not Resume Torture, Despite GOP Rhetoric

CIA Director John Brennan

CIA Director John Brennan

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

CIA Director John Brennan said on Sunday that his agency would not resort to torturing terrorism suspects despite rhetoric from GOP presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

“I will not agree to carry out some of these tactics and techniques I’ve heard bandied about because this institution needs to endure,”Brennan told NBC News.

Trump and Cruz have advocated using waterboarding and other torture techniques against terrorism suspects.

“If they could expand the laws, I would do a lot more than waterboarding. You have to get the information from people,” Trump said after the Brussels terrorist attacks.

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders said they would not resort to torture.

When asked about waterboarding Sunday, Brennan responded, “I would not agree to having any CIA officer carrying out waterboarding again.”

FBI Investigates Theft of Andy Warhol’s Iconic Screen Prints of Campbell’s Soup Cans

Campbells_Soup_Cans_andy warholBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating the theft of Andy Warhol’s screen prints of the iconic Campbell’s soup can from the Springfield Art Museum in Missouri.

Springfield Police said the break-in occurred last week, when the museum was exhibiting “The Electric Garden of Our Minds: British/American Pop,” WTOP reports. 

The 1968 screen prints are worth more than $30,000 each.

“I can’t believe that would happen,” local artist Pam RuBert said. “I mean, you think of Springfield as the kind of place that this doesn’t happen in. I guess it shows the value of art and that this can happen anywhere.”

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