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Archive for July 13th, 2018

Weekend Series on Crime History: Nixon and Hoover Chat

Mueller Indicts 12 Russian Nationals for Hacking the Dems During 2016 Election

 

Rod Rosenstein announces indictment (DOJ photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Twelve Russian nationals were charged Friday with hacking Democrats to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, prompting some top Democrats to urge President Donald Trump to cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin.

The indictment, which came from the Robert Mueller probe, says that the defendants are members of the GRU, a Russian Federation intelligence agency within the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian military.

The Justice Department accuses the officers of engaging “in a sustained effort to hack into the computer networks of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic National Committee and the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, and released that information on the internet under the names ‘DCLeaks’ and ‘Guccifer 2.0’ and through another entity.”

“The Internet allows foreign adversaries to attack America in new and unexpected ways,” said Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein in a statement. “Together with our law enforcement partners, the Department of Justice is resolute in its commitment to locate, identify and seek to bring to justice anyone who interferes with American elections. Free and fair elections are hard-fought and contentious, and there will always be adversaries who work to exacerbate domestic differences and try to confuse, divide, and conquer us. So long as we are united in our commitment to the shared values enshrined in the Constitution, they will not succeed.”

To read the Justice Department press release click here.

Son of Mob Associate Refuses to Assist FBI After Getting Shot Three Times

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Salvatore Zottola, the son of a Bonanno crime family associate, ain’t cooperating with the FBI after being shot three times.

Zottola was critically wounded in an attempted hit outside his sprawling Bronx home.

Law enforcement sources tell the New York Post has denied the FBI access to his houses’ cameras. He was shot while walking to his car Wednesday morning.

He is at the Jacobi Medical Center and has made it clear to investigators he’s not cooperating.

 

White House Rebuffs Concerns About Access to Info About FBI Informants

Christopher Wray (File photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Is transparency best in this case or simply dangerous?

Mark Mazzetti of the New York Times reports:

The White House has rebuffed concerns among American intelligence and law enforcement officials and ordered that more lawmakers be given access to classified information about an informant the F.B.I. used in 2016 to investigate possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to two American officials with knowledge of the decision.

Both the director of national intelligence and the director of the F.B.I. tried to keep the classified documents tightly restricted, fearing that a broader dissemination of operational reports and other sensitive material could lead to more leaks of detailed information about the role of the confidential F.B.I. informant.

Some American officials believe, in fact, the reason the White House made the decision was to provide political ammunition to President Trump’s Republican allies who have argued — without any evidence — that the F.B.I. investigation was opened in July 2016 as an effort to keep Mr. Trump from becoming president.

New York Daily News Editorial: GOP ‘Stooped To New Lows To Smear A Public Servant’ Peter Strozk

Peter Strzok testifying on The Hill.

By New York Daily News Editorial Board

Republicans beclowned themselves in a committee hearing Thursday as they desperately tried to discredit FBI agent Peter Strzok.

Strzok is the deep-state punching bag of President Trump because, while heading up investigations into both Russian interference in the Trump campaign and Hillary Clinton’s email server in 2016, he said negative things about the man who would be President to Lisa Page, the Justice Department lawyer with whom he was having an affair.

Ergo, claims Trump, Strzok and Page were key operatives in a vast left-wing conspiracy to bring him down. Which means everything that follows, including Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation, is fruit of a poisonous tree.

The caricatures come easy to the President and his cronies in Congress, who Thursday tried to brand Strzok a political henchman and, for good measure, untrustworthy philanderer.

As they stooped to new lows to smear a public servant, it was Republican Reps. Trey Gowdy and Louie Gohmert who showed themselves to be faithless cowards.

To read full editorial click here.