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Archive for July 20th, 2018

Weekend Series on Law Enforcement History: Nixon Fires Special Prosecutor

FBI’s Christopher Wray Hints That He Has Considered Quitting

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director Christoper Wray, being very circumspect, suggested that he’s considered quitting and has pushed back against President Donald Trump’s recent comments casting doubt on Russian interference.

While being questioned by NBC’s Lester Holt at the Aspen Security Forum, he was asked if he’d ever considered resigning.

“I’m a low key, understated guy, but that should not be mistaken for what my spine’s made of. I’ll just leave it at that.”

The interview with Wray begins around the 1 minute mark in the video.

FBI Raids Home of Local Hells Angels Chapter President; Leads Him Out of Home in Underwear

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents on Wednesday raided the Clovis, Calif. home of Merl Hefferman, president of a local chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

Hefferman was taken out of the house and held for several hours in a Clovis Police Department van, reports ABC 13 Eyewitness News.

He is known as the leader of an annual charity drive, giving bikes to underprivileged kids at Christmas.

Last year, several club members were arrested and indicted on murder and drug charges related to a three-year-old shooting at the Fresno Club headquarters, the station reports.

FBI’s 3 Top Cybersecurity Officials Are Retiring

Scott Smith

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Whatever the reason, three of the FBI’ top cybersecurity officials are retiring from the bureau, the Wall Street Journal reports.

It comes at a time the country is facing unprecedented cyberthreats.

The Journal reports:

Scott Smith, the assistant FBI director who runs the Bureau’s cyber division, is leaving this month. His deputy, Howard Marshall, also left in recent weeks. Mr. Marshall has accepted a job at Accenture , a consulting firm that is expanding its cybersecurity portfolio. Mr. Smith is also expected to move to the private sector.

David Resch, executive assistant director of the FBI’s criminal, cyber, response and services branch, is departing the bureau as well. Mr. Resch, who was named to his senior post by FBI Director Christopher Wray in April, supervised Mr. Smith and Mr. Marshall.

Additionally, Carl Ghattas, executive assistant director of the FBI’s national security branch, has decided to leave for the private sector. And Jeffrey Tricoli, a senior FBI cyber agent who oversaw a Bureau task force addressing Russian attempts to meddle in U.S. elections,left last month for a senior vice president position at Charles SchwabCorp. , the Journal reported last week.

The FBI confirmed the departures. One U.S. official said more people are expected to leave soon, declining to provide additional names.