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Archive for November 1st, 2016

Kessler: And Now the Truth About FBI Director Comey and The Hillary Clinton Email Probe

Ronald Kessler, a former Washington Post investigative reporter, is the author of “The Secrets of the FBI” and “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents.”

Ronald Kessler

Ronald Kessler

By Ronald Kessler
For the Washington Times

Rarely has the FBI been so embroiled in public controversy. And never has so much misinformation about its workings been so prevalent.

At a recent luncheon meeting of the Washington chapter of the Society of Former FBI Agents, Michael Steinbach, the FBI’s executive assistant director in charge of national security investigations, tried to straighten some of it out.

Mr. Steinbach told the 80 former FBI agents in attendance that while FBI Director James Comey made the final decision on the case, Mr. Steinbach himself supervised the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s handling of her emails, according to John L. Martin, a former FBI agent who attended the lunch meeting.

About 25 FBI personnel worked on the case, Mr. Steinbach said. Contrary to what seems to be a given in some media circles, no rebellion of FBI agents has taken place because of Mr. Comey’s decision not to prosecute the presidential candidate. In fact, according to Mr. Martin, Mr. Steinbach said all of those who worked on the case said they agreed with Mr. Comey’s decision.

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Stephen Colbert Takes Shots at FBI Director James Comey, Anthony Weiner

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

If anything, FBI Director James Comey’s letter to Congress on Friday has provided more fodder for the late night talk show hosts.

Stephen Colbert on his Monday night show addressed the vagueness of Comey’s letter about the Hillary Clinton emails, saying:

“That’s like a captain yelling, ‘All hands on deck, head for the life boats, at some point I’ll have more information.’”

He added: “If a tree falls in a forest and no one’s around to hear it, it’ll still be more informative than James Comey.”

FBI Reviewing Ties Between Trump’s Ex-Campaign Manager And Russia, Ukraine

Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort.

Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is examining the relationship between Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and Russia and Ukraine.

The inquiry is focused on business ties to the two countries at a time when many officials have questioned Trump’s relationship with Vladimir Putin.

Manafort, who stopped working for the Trump campaign in August because of his suspicious foreign connections, told NBC that “none of it is true,” adding, “This is all political propaganda.”

The New York Times has also has reported on a probe into Trump’s relationship with Russia, finding no links between the GOP candidate and the Russian government.

Boston Globe Columnist: Time for FBI Director James Comey to Resign

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Michael Cohen
Boston Globe

James Comey really messed up.

The FBI director did not commit some garden-variety mistake. This is not an “oops” moment. For reasons that have more to do with protecting himself from dishonest Republican attacks, Comey committed an overtly egregious and political act that roiled the nation’s politics 11 days before Election Day — and undermined public trust in the nation’s criminal justice institutions.

And he needs to go.

When word broke Friday afternoon that Comey had notified Congress that he was taking a new look at Hillary Clinton’s apparently never-ending e-mail issue, it seemed like a bombshell moment.

But it is now increasingly clear that Comey was holding a dud. What he did know is that e-mails from Clinton’s assistant, Huma Abedin, had been found on the computer of her estranged husband, Anthony Weiner. The problem is, that’s all he knew. There was no evidence that the e-mails were from Clinton, contained classified material, or had any investigative value.

FBI Accelerates Timetable of Investigation into New Emails Potentially Tied to Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is expediting its review of emails potentially linked to Hillary Clinton after bureau Director James Comey’s surprise announcement may have upended the presidential election.

The FBI had planned to review the emails over the next several weeks. But amid increasing criticism, the bureau has accelerated its timetable, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

Still, the FBI has not determined whether it will publicly disclose the results of the inquiry.

Since Comey announced a renewed investigation that may have nothing to do with Clinton, Trump has surged in the polls.

“While I disagree with those who suggest you should have kept the FBI’s discovery secret until after the election, I agree that your disclosure did not go far enough,” Iowa Sen. Charles E. Grassley wrote to Comey. “Unfortunately, your letter failed to give Congress and the American people enough context to evaluate the significance or full meaning of this development.”

Another Border Patrol Agent Assaulted Trying to Arrest Illegal Immigrant at Mexican Border

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Yet another Border Patrol agent has been assaulted trying to arrest a man illegally entering the U.S.

This time, the agent was trying to stop an illegal immigrant from entering the U.S. in Calexico, Calif. at 8:40 p.m. Sunday, NBC San Diego reports. 

The agent tried to arrest the man after he climbed over a fence. But the suspect struck the agent in the orbital eye socket with his elbow.

After a scuffle, the agent arrested the man.

“Our agent thankfully only suffered minor injuries from this assault and was able to gain control of his attacker and make the arrest,” said David S. Kim, Assistant Chief Patrol Agent, in a statement. “We will not tolerate assaults on our agents by criminals, and will vigorously pursue Assault on a Federal Officer prosecution against anyone who perpetrates such violence.”

The suspect is expected to be charged with a felony count of assaulting a federal agent.

Eight agents working out of the El Centro Sector have been assaulted since Oct. 1.

Border Patrol Appoints Its First Woman to Serve As Deputy Chief

Border Patrol Deputy Assistant Carla Provost.

Border Patrol Deputy Assistant Carla Provost.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol has its first female deputy chief.

Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan has selected Deputy Assistant Carla Provost to serve as deputy chief, which makes her responsible for more than 23,000 employees, El Paso Proud reports. 

Provost, who will lead daily operations, is now the highest-ranking woman in the 92-year history of Border Patrol.

“I am deeply honored,” said Provost. “I realize it’s historic but I wasn’t aiming to do this. I never set out to be in this position, I’ve just focused on doing the best job in the position I’m in, and not looking at the next one. Doing my best has always led to that next position.”

Women only account for about 5% of the Border Patrol agent force.

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