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It’s Only Getting Wilder: Trump Considering Pardoning Martha Stewart and Commuting Rod Blagojevich’s Sentence

Ex-Gov. Blagojevich

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

If TV ratings is the real goal, President Donald Trump is killing it.

Trump indicated Thursday he’s considering pardoning for TV personality Martha Stewart and commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is serving 14 years for public corruption.

Trump also said Thursday that he would offer a full pardon to conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to violating federal campaign finance laws but later said he was targeted for his conservative views, the Washington Post reports. He was sentenced to five years of probation, including eight months living under supervision in a “community confinement center” in San Diego, and a $30,000 fine.

Stewart was found guilty in March 2004  of conspiracy, obstruction of an agency proceeding and making false statements to investigators. She was sentenced in July 2004 to five-months in a federal correctional facility and a two-year period o of supervised release.

Uniformed Secret Service Police Officer Sends CNN’s Jim Acosta Packing

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A new uniformed U.S. Secret Service police officer didn’t recognize CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta.

So, when he didn’t have his ID to get back in the White House she sent him packing, according to the website Twitchy, which posted the video below

Commentary: Ex-FBI Agent Suggests FBI Is Owed An Apology

Josh Campbell is a CNN Law Enforcement Analyst, providing insight on crime, justice, and national security issues. He previously served as a Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI. Follow him on Twitter.

Josh Campbell (Twitter photo)

By Josh Campbell
CNN

Following last week’s unfounded claim from the White House that the FBI illegally spied on the Trump campaign for political purposes, the Department of Justice took the unprecedented step of meeting with lawmakers in two classified sessions to discuss the details of the bureau’s original counterintelligence investigation.

The silence from House Republicans since the briefings has been deafening. Until now.
Immediately following the meetings, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff (D-CA) addressed the press, saying he saw no evidence the FBI acted improperly. House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) finally echoed those claims Tuesday on Fox News, going so far as saying the FBI responded precisely in the manner the American people would have expected of them, and that the investigation was not about Trump but was instead responding to a national security threat.

After the men and women of the FBI were unfairly labeled crooks, isn’t an apology in order?

To read the full column click here.

Tedious Work: FBI Piecing Together Shredded Documents From Michael Cohen Raid

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Sometimes FBI work can be pretty tedious.

The agency is piecing together shredded documents found in its raid of Michael Cohen’s home and office while investigating President Trump’s personal attorney for suspected financial crimes, The Hill reports.

CNN reports that there is not a large amount of shredded material.

The federal government has so far turned over 3.7 million seized documents for Cohen’s attorneys to assess whether anything is privileged information. The FBI continues to pore over the shredded documents and an additional 19 storage devices including hard drives and thumb drives, as well as several Blackberry phones, The Hills writes.

Could Memo From Ex-FBI Agent Andrew McCabe Be Helpful in Mueller Probe?

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The intrigue from the Robert Mueller probe continues to intrigue.

The latest comes from a report in the New York Times which says former acting F.B.I. director, Andrew G. McCabe wrote a confidential memo last spring recounting a conversation that offered significant behind-the-scenes details on the firing of his boss, Director James B. Comey., according to several people familiar with the discussion.

Comey’s firing is a central to Mueller’s probe into whether President Trump tried to obstruct the investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia. McCabe has turned over his memo to the special counsel, the Times reports.

Citing “several people familiar with the discussion,” the Times reports that the document from McCabe describes a conversation at the Justice Department with the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, in the chaotic days last May after Mr. Comey’s abrupt firing. Mr. Rosenstein played a key role in the dismissal, writing a memo that rebuked Mr. Comey over his handling of an investigation into Hillary Clinton.

 

Former Head of LA U.S. Secret Service Division Named CEO of Security Firm

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Rob Savage III

Robert Savage III, the former head of the Los Angeles U.S. Secret Service division, has been named chief executive officer of the 360 Group International Inc.,  a Beverly Hills security company.

Savage served 25 years in the Secret Service.

He began his career with Secret Service in 1993 in the Washington Field Office and ended it as the special agent in charge in LA.

 

 

 

David LeValley, Head of Atlanta FBI, Dies From Complication Related to 9/11 Work at World Trade Center

David J. LeValley

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

David J. LeValley, head of the Atlanta FBI, died Saturday from complications related to the 9/11 attack, the FBI said Saturday.

In a statement, the FBI said:

Mr. LeValley entered on duty as a special agent with the FBI in 1996 and was assigned to the New York Division. He was called to serve his country following the attacks on 9/11 at the World Trade Center, where he spent several weeks being exposed to many contaminants. Dave died in the line of duty as a direct result of his work at the World Trade Center.

“It’s important as we move further away from 911 that people do not forget what we lost on 9/11, right away or later. He had to know he was making a sacrifice that day, I have no doubt. He never complained,” retired FBI agent Steve Emmett tells WSB-TV in Atlanta.

A number of FBI who responded to different 9/11 sites have died from cancer related to work at the sites including the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.

Senior House Republican Backs FBI’s Use of Informant During the Campaign

Rep. Trey Gowdy

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

While President Donald Trump promotes “Spygate” as the biggest scandal since Watergate, senior House Republican Trey Gowdy said the use of an FBI informant to gather information from Trump advisers  during the 2016 presidential campaign was justified.

Gowdy, who was part of a highly classified Justice Department briefing last week, said on Fox News:

“I am even more convinced that the FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do when they got the information they got. He said the information also suggested that the effort had “nothing to do with Donald Trump.