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Archive for July 12th, 2018

As Barbs Fly, FBI Agent Peter Strzok Defends His Professionalism

Peter Strzok testifying on The Hill.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

During a contentious hearing on Capitol Hill, FBI agent Peter Strzok, whose anti-Trump views have landed him in the hot seat, defended himself.

“Let me be clear, unequivocally and under oath: not once in my 26 years of defending my nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took,” Strzok, told House lawmakers investigating what Republicans say is evidence of rampant bias at the top levels of the F.B.I., according to a report in the New York Times, which reported:

But in defending himself and his agency, Mr. Strzok had to weather hours of blistering attacks by Republicans, whose accusations drifted from personal animus toward President Trump to blatant lying and moral misconduct with a senior F.B.I. lawyer, Lisa Page.

In his first public comments since volumes of private text messages between Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page were disclosed, the agent concluded opening remarks with a pointed broadside against his antagonizers.

Secret Service Issues Guidance For Schools to Prevent Shootings

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In these crazy times, this makes a lot of sense.

The U.S. Secret Service is urging U.S. schools to establish teams that can assess threats and prevent shootings such as the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead, USA Today reports.

The Secret Service released a report Thursday offering schools guidance on spotting suspicious behavior and figuring out when and how to intervene, the paper writes. The report was prepared by the National Threat Assessment Center in an effort launched after the Feb. 14 Parkland shooting.

The report recommends the creation of “threat teams” comprised of teachers, coaches, guidance counselors, mental health authorities and law enforcement to manage central reporting systems within the schools.

FBI Agent Who Headed Reagan Assassination Attempt Dies

John Nicholas Meisten III (FBI photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Retired FBI agent John Nicholas Meisten III, who headed the probe into the attempted assassination of President Reagan, has died. He was 76.

Meisten  died June 30 at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center after an eight-year battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

“My father rarely spoke of his career to anyone but former FBI agents or his closest friends,” daughter Kimberly Meisten told the paper. “He had a calling to serve his country and a passion for justice. The contributions he made during his career with the FBI, along with the relationships he made with so many exceptional men and women in his FBI family, were some of the most fulfilling and cherished times of his life.”

To read his obituary click here.

FBI Agent Peter Strzok to Appear Before Congressional Committee Today

Peter Strzok

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Controversial agent Peter Strzok, who previously appeared before a closed-door Congressional committee hearing, will appear on Thursday in an open hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, NPR reports.

Strzok played a key role in the probes into Hillary Clinton’s private emails and the Russian-election connection. But he got into trouble when it became known that he wrote anti-Trump remarks to Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer he was having an extramarital affair with.

Stay tuned.

 

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