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Two of Law Enforcement’s Big Dogs Will Testify Thursday on the Hill

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testifying before a House committee in December 2017.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Who knew C-Span could be so interesting?

Two big names in federal law enforcement, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray, both Trump appointees, are scheduled to testify Thursday before the House Judiciary Committee about a recent Justice Department inspector general report that White House allies claim proves bias among FBI investigators in the Russia probe, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Meanwhile, the LA Times reports that House Republicans are pushing for a resolution that would set a July 6 deadline for the Justice Department to turn over confidential records on the FBI’s use of secret surveillance during the campaign.

 

Virginia Attorney Admits to Lying to FBI About Sexual Liaisons With Clients

Scott Alan Webber

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Roanoke attorney Scott Alan Webber admitted in federal court Tuesday to lying to the FBI about sexual liaisons with clients and illegal possession, use and distribution of controlled substances, the Roanoke Times reports.

Webber’s plea agreement calls for a sentence of up to six months in prison.

During an FBI interview in January 2017, Webber falsely denied improper involvement with clients and with drugs, the paper reports.

A Justice Department press release said:

According to a statement of facts agreed to by Webber and read into the court record today by Assistant United States Attorney Zachary T. Lee, Webber was a licensed attorney and a member of the Virginia State bar whose practice included the representation of parties in both state and federal courts, and in both criminal and civil matters.

Beginning in 2014, Webber represented Client #1 in matters related to driving under the influence and petty larceny. On two occasions, Client #1 had sexual intercourse with Webber in exchange for reduced legal fees.

From approximately 2012-2015, Webber represented Client #2 in multiple criminal matters. On one occasion, Client #2 told Webber she did not have money to pay him for his representation, to which Webber told Client #2 that if she performed oral sex on him he would submit a letter to the court that he was representing Client #2 and promised her she would not go to jail. Client #2 did perform oral sex on Webber and he continued to represent her.

Between January 25 and January 27, 2016, Webber had conversations via text message with Client #3 in which they discussed meeting at his house and engaging in sexual activity in exchange for legal services.

Between August 2016 and December 2016, Webber and Client #4 engaged in sexual activity. On December 10, 2016, Webber discussed wanting Client #4 to engage in sexual acts with him before he would provide her representation in a custody matter.

In addition, the statement of facts addresses instances in which Webber was in contact with at least three clients with which he was receiving and or distributing small amounts of marijuana, Adderall and/or other prescription medications.

On January 26, 2017, Webber was asked by special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation if he ever had sexual relations with a client, to which he responded, “Yea. No, no, I’ve not had sex with clients. I’ve certainly not had sex with clients, I’ve not had sex for pay ah in lieu of legal fees…”

During the same interview, agents asked Webber if he ever received or distributed drugs. Webber answered “No,” “I haven’t distributed drugs,” “I haven’t used drugs period…”

 

FBI Investigator Alleges in Suit She was Ordered to Wear High Heels and Smile More

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI supervisory investigative specialist in Omaha filed a federal lawsuit on Monday alleging her boss treated her as a stereotypical “angry black female,” then ordered her to wear high heels and smile more often, the Omaha World-Herald reports.

Georgia M. Scott, who still works for the FBI and lives in San Marcos, Tex.  is seeking  unspecified damages based on wages lost because of what she says was a discriminatory demotion and transfer to the San Antonio division, the paper reports.

Scott was hired by the FBI in 1998, then promoted to be a supervisory investigative specialist and moved to work in Omaha with the Mobile Surveillance Team in December 2009, the paper reports. She was the only black female supervisor in Omaha at that time, the suit states.

The lawsuit seeks damages for the “harassing and discriminatory actions inflicted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (the “FBI”) on an AfricanAmerican female employee, Georgia Scott (“Plaintiff” or “Ms. Scott”), and retaliation against her for engaging in protected activity.”

To read the lawsuit click here. 

 

FBI Agent Strzok to Be Grilled on the Hill on Wednesday

U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI agent Peter Strzok, who had his embarrassing anti-Trump emails exposed, is scheduled to testify Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee about his work and political views, ABC News reports.

Strzok was one of the FBI’s top investigators assigned to lead the secretive investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia after running the sensitive daily operations of the Clinton email probe.

“We have a lot of questions for Mr. Strzok about his involvement in both of these investigations and the apparent bias that those text messages reflect,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said in an interview with Fox News on Sunday.

Mueller Team Could Produce Indictments Addressing Collusion By Fall, Bloomberg News Reports

Special counsel Robert Mueller. Photo via FBI.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Do folks in the Trump camp need to keep worrying about the Robert Mueller probe?

Bloomberg News, citing a “person familiar with the probe,” reports that Mueller is preparing to accelerate his probe into possible collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russians in the 2016 election.

The source tells Bloomberg that the Mueller team hopes to possibly produce indictments related to collusion by fall.  Mueller, the source says, hopes to soon turn his full attention to the issue, including whether  Trump obstructed justice.

 

Ex-Secret Service Agent’s Column: Maxine Waters’ Comments Are Dangerous

Jonathan Wackrow is a CNN law enforcement analyst and former agent with the US Secret Service, serving in the presidential protection division.

Jonathan Wackrow (Linkedin photo)

By Jonathan Wackrow
CNN

Over the weekend, Rep. Maxine Waters — a vocal critic of President Donald Trump — directly called for her supporters to publicly confront members of the Trump administration over a “zero-tolerance” policy that separated children from parents who illegally crossed the southern border.

Protest and demonstration is common in our political environment, but the remarks by Waters, a California Democrat, signal not just dissent, they introduce the possibility of direct harassment of government officials — and not just in the public arena but in their private activities as well.

“For these members of his Cabinet who remain and try to defend him, they’re not going to be able to go to a restaurant, to be able to stop at a gas station, to be able to shop at a department store. The people are going to turn on them, they’re going to protest, they’re going to absolutely harass them until they tell the President: ‘No, I can’t hang with you,'” said Waters over the weekend during an interview.

These statements go beyond breaking the norms of civil discourse; they are dangerous, as they can be misinterpreted as a call to physical action or harm against an individual and people who associate with them.

To read the full column click here. 

FBI Director Wray Says Bureau Should Learn Lessons from IG Report

Christopher Wray (File photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI, Director Christopher Wray addressed a gathering of former and current federal agents near Los Angeles International Airport on Monday, saying the bureau must learn lessons from the critical Inspector General report, ABC News reports.

“We’re going to make sure that even though the report didn’t find bias actually impacted the investigation, that’s not good enough for me,” Wray said. “I want to make sure everybody understands the lessons of the report. We are doing in-depth training on the findings.”

Wray then laid out his plan for moving the FBI forward.

“So these are challenging times for the organization,” he said. “We’re having our turn in the barrel.”

DEA Concerned About Drug-Laced Cash

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The DEA is concerned about dirty money.

More specifically, the agency is concerned that drug-laced cash seized in narcotics busts could seriously injure—even kill—its agents, the Daily Beast reports.

So, the DEA has has begun reaching out to potential industry partners about decontaminating confiscated currency, the website reports.

“Some of the substances on the currency may be extremely harmful to human health and potentially result in death,” says a DEA solicitation posted late last week on a U.S. government procurement portal.

“It is expected that most of the substances on the contaminated currency will be controlled substances including, but not limited to, narcotics (fentanyl, fentanyl analogues, heroin), cannabinoids (marijuana, THC, JWH compounds), stimulants (amphetamines, cathinones), hallucinogens (LSD, PCP, NBOMes), depressants (benzodiazepines, barbiturates),” the solicitation continues. “Precursor chemicals used to make these substances and other unknown harmful chemicals may also be present on the currency.”