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Archive for July 6th, 2017

‘You Don’t Want to Do This,’ FBI Agent Advised Thief Who Stole Bureau-Issued SUV

Chicago cityscape, via Allen McGregor on Wikipedia.

Chicago cityscape, via Allen McGregor on Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was good advice for a thief.

“I’m the police! I’m the police!” an FBI agent exclaimed. “You don’t want to do this.”

Despite the agent’s pleas outside of a Chicago gas station early Monday morning, the teenager who had snuck into a bureau-issued SUV sped off, dragging the agent about a half block, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The 32-year-old agent injured his back, arm and hip.

Inside the stolen 2014 Chevrolet Equinox were firearms and radio and tactical equipment.

The 17-year-old should have taken the agent’s advice.

By 7:21 p.m. Monday, the SUV was discovered a few blocks from the FBI’s Chicago headquarters. The teen, who has a long rap sheet, was arrested and charged as a juvenile, now facing time behind bars. 

Confirmation Hearing Set for July 12 for Trump’s FBI Director Nominee

Christopher A. Wray

Christopher A. Wray

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s nominee for FBI director will testify during a confirmation hearing on July 12.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, made the announcement Wednesday, setting the stage for what could be a contentious hearing.

Wray, who led the Justice Department’s Criminal Division under former President George W. Bush, is seeking confirmation for a 10-year term.

Democrats plan to grill Wray about his representation of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie involving the Bridgegate scandal.

If confirmed, Wray will take over the bureau after Trump’s controversial – and some say illegal – firing of Director James Comey.

President’s Choice for FBI Director Supported Trump Foes Comey, Yates

FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray

FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump’s choice for the next FBI director doesn’t see eye-to-eye with the president on two former high-ranking Justice Department officials.

Roll Call reports that Christopher Wray previously voiced support for FBI Director James Comey and acting Attorney General Sally Yates, both of whom have been fired by Trump. 

Wray, for example, was among 10 former DOJ officials who expressed support in a letter to the Senate for Comey’s nomination to lead the FBI in 2013. The letter lauded Comey for his “integrity and independence.”

In another letter, Wray was among 12 former DOJ officials who recommended Yate’s nomination to the No. 2 post in the Justice Department, saying she garnered the respect of her peers “both in the Department and out.”

The recommendations are inconvenient for a president who has claimed Comey and Yates are partisan hacks bent on taking down Trump.   

Homeland Security Secretary Meets with Mexican President over Drug Cartels

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto met with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Wednesday to discuss ways the countries can jointly combat drug cartels.

The high-level talks come ahead of a planned meeting between President Trump and Nieto on Friday at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

In the first of three days of meetings, Nieto “emphasized the importance that both countries’ authorities continue working jointly to fight transnational organized crime, based on the shared responsibility that both nations have recognized,” said a statement from the Mexican president’s office, according to ABS-CBN

Nieto expressed concerns about the high demand for drugs and illegal weapons in the U.S., which helps fuel the cartels. 

President Trump Congratulates Secret Service on its 152nd anniversary

Photo via Secret Service.

Photo via Secret Service.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump congratulated the Secret Service on its 152nd anniversary.

Here is the president’s statement:

My family and I send our congratulations to the dedicated professionals of the United States Secret Service as it proudly celebrates its 152nd anniversary.

The Secret Service, most renowned for ensuring the personal protection of our Nation’s top officials and their families, began protecting the President in 1901, following President McKinley’s assassination. Every day, the elite Federal law enforcement officials of the Secret Service willingly put their lives on the line to ensure the security of the President, the Vice President, our former Presidents, the heads of visiting foreign governments, and many others.

As President of the United States, I am honored to recognize the men and women of the Secret Service for their hard work and dedication. Melania and I are especially thankful for those who selflessly stand by our side to safeguard our family every day.  We are privileged to benefit from the unfailing professionalism and skill of these extraordinary men and women.

Together, we send our very best wishes for success to Director Randolph “Tex” Alles and we pray for the continued safety of the entire United States Secret Service family.

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