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Archive for December 26th, 2017

Ethics Lawyers: Trump’s Tweets May Amount to Witness Intimidation

President Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s persistent and stubborn Twitter attacks may finally land him in hot water.

Several legal experts said Trump’s drumbeat of criticism of the FBI may amount to witness intimidation.

In less than a week, Trump slammed former FBI Director James Comey, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and outgoing FBI general counsel James Baker.

In a tweet on Saturday, Trump blasted Comey for helping leak a memo to a reporter. The president also claimed that McCabe’s wife’s state Senate campaign received $700,000 from “puppets” of Hillary Clinton.

On Sunday, Trump suggested that McCabe used “his FBI Official Email Account to promote (his wife’s) campaign. You obviously cannot do this.”

Richard Painter, the top ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration, said the president is making special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation easier.

Newsweek wrote:

The FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller are investigating Trump’s 2016 campaign, including whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey in May—and it’s possible that Comey, McCabe and Baker could be witnesses in that probe. Comey has already testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, in June, and McCabe met with the House Intelligence Committee on December 19. Both committees are overseeing their own investigations into Russia’s election meddling and possible coordination with the Trump campaign. On December 21, McCabe also met with members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Judiciary Committee.

Norm Eisen, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and special assistant for ethics and government reform for former President Barack Obama, said Trump is at risk of “witness tampering charges.”

Trump Tweets FBI Is ‘TAINTED’ Because Salacious Dossier Is Unsubstantiated

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The salacious dossier that claims Donald Trump and Russia may have colluded to undermine Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign remain unsubstantiated, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe testified before Congress last week.

Trump and conservative lawmakers are pouncing on McCabe’s testimony to suggest the FBI’s top ranks are biased against the president and are bent on bringing him down.

The dossier was funded by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.

In a tweet Tuesday morning, Trump said the dossier is “bogus” and the FBI is “TAINTED.”

But what Trump didn’t mention is that special counsel is still investigating the report and may determine it has credibility. Furthermore, the special counsel investigation has already charged four people connected to Trump without relying on the dossier. 

Death of Border Patrol Agent’s Death Remains a Hotly Contested Rumor

Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez was found dead at the bottom of a ravine in west Texas.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump was quick to exploit the death of a Border Patrol agent by suggesting – without evidence – that he was killed by illegal immigrants. Other conservative lawmakers made the same premature conclusion.

But a month after Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez was found in a ravine in West Texas and later died, local and federal law enforcement said they still don’t know what prompted the death and added it may have been an accident. Martinez’s partner was severely injured and can’t remember what happened.

Culberson County Sheriff Oscar Carrillo told the Dallas Morning News that the men may have been hit by a truck on a nearby interstate.

“If this was an assault, believe me, as sheriff, I’d be the first one out there emphasizing safety in our community and with our deputies, pairing them up,” he told the newspaper. “But from what I know and see, that was not the case here.”

The theory that the agents were attacked began with the National Border Patrol Council, the border agents’ union. Chris Cabrera, a spokesman for the union, called Carrillo a “dingbat.”

“All these other theories, it’s tarnishing the name of our agents,” he said in an interview with the New York Times

Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Killed in Motorcycle Crash in California

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An off-duty Border Patrol agent was killed when the motorcycle he was riding appeared to collide with a pickup truck in Southern California.

Alex Franco, who has been a Border Patrol agent since February 2009, drifted into oncoming traffic on the Ortega Highway in San Juan Capistrano on Saturday afternoon, the Associated Press reports

Border Patrol spokesman Ralph DeSio sent the agency’s condolences to Franco’s friends and family.

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