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Archive for June 4th, 2018

U.S. Secret Service Overpaid Presidential Campaigns About $4 Million for Plane Travel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Secret Service is owed some money.

The agency overpaid presidential campaigns an estimated $4 million for plane travel during the 2016 election, a government watchdog says in a new report obtained by CNN.

A Government Accountability Office report found that Secret Service officials realized eight months before Election Day that they were using the wrong formula to calculate the costs, “but did not ensure the agency reverted to its longstanding policy.”
The Secret Service says it has asked the campaigns that were overpaid to provide the government refunds.

ATF Is Lenient on Punishment When Guns Are Sold Illegally, the N.Y. Times Reports

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

One of ATF’s jobs is to police  gun sales. But something seems to be off, at least according to a story by Ali Watkins of the New York Times, who reports:

As they inspect the nation’s gun stores, federal investigators regularly find violations of the law, ranging from minor record-keeping errors to illegal sales of firearms. In the most serious cases, like a sale of a gun to a prohibited buyer, inspectors often recommend that gun dealers lose their licenses.

But that rarely happens. Senior officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives regularly overrule their own inspectors, allowing gun dealers who fail inspections to keep their licenses even after they were previously warned to follow the rules, according to interviews with more than half a dozen current and former law enforcement officials and a review of more than 100 inspection reports.

One store was cited for failing to conduct background checks before selling a gun. Another store owner told investigators he actively tried to circumvent gun laws. One threatened an A.T.F. officer, and another sold a gun to a customer who identified as a felon. All were previously cited by the A.T.F. In each instance, supervisors downgraded recommendations that the stores’ licenses be revoked and instead let them stay open.

ATF declined requests to comment on the story.

Trump Rips Into Justice Department/FBI for Not Warning Him About Manafort

Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

President Donald Trump, continuing on his Twitter tear, on Sunday questioned why the Justice Department or FBI did not notify him during the campaign that Paul Manafort was under investigation, insisting that Manafort would have never been hired if he had known, CNN reports.

“As only one of two people left who could become President, why wouldn’t the FBI or Department of ‘Justice’ have told me that they were secretly investigating Paul Manafort (on charges that were 10 years old and had been previously dropped) during my campaign?” Trump wrote on Twitter Sunday morning. “Should have told me!”

In a second tweet, CNN reports, Trump downplayed Manafort’s role on his campaign, saying the Republican strategist “came into the campaign very late and was with us for a short period of time,” but “we should have been told that Comey and the boys were doing a number on him, and he wouldn’t have been hired!”

Ouch! Off-Duty FBI Agent Dancing at Club, Drops Gun, Accidentally Shoots and Wounds Fellow Customer

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Whatever the facts, we have to assume the off-duty FBI agent has some explaining to do.

After midnight on Saturday morning, the agent is seen at Mile High Spirits in Denver on a 32-second video obtained by Denver7 dancing in front of appreciative onlookers and performing the flip. Then, a muzzle flashes as he grabs his fallen pistol. A person nearby was shot and wounded in the leg, the Denver Post reports.

“It’s a personnel matter for the FBI,” agency spokeswoman Amy Sanders tells the Denver Post. “Given the circumstance unfortunately we can’t provide details … ”

Denver police are leading the investigation.

The police “don’t have any updates,” spokeswoman Marika Putnam said Sunday.

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