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Archive for September 26th, 2018

Veteran FBI Agent to Serve As Watchdog at Los Angeles School District

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A veteran FBI agent stationed in Europe has accepted a job as inspector general of the troubled Los Angeles school district.

William Stern, who is the chief attache to the Netherlands and to Europol, will relocate to California and begin his $179,000-a-year job on Jan. 31, the Los Angeles Times reports.

His contract runs through June 30, 2020.

“He’s well qualified for the position and we’re grateful to have him join the LAUSD team,” L.A. Unified general counsel David Holmquist said Tuesday.

Stern’s job will be to prevent and identify waste, fraud and abuse among district employees and contractors.

Stern started with the FBI in 1999, working as a special agent on white-collar crime and an attache to the United Kingdom.

Secret Service Unveils New Presidential Limo With Exterior Armor Plating

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Secret Service is using its new armored presidential limousine in New York to shuttle President Donald Trump around this week as he attends the United Nations General Assembly meetings.

The exterior armor plating of the 2018 Cadillac is reportedly eight-inches thick, with its doors weighing the same as those on a Boeing 757 aircraft, reports the website Auto Spies. The site says the bulletproof windows are 5 inches thick and its nearly bus-size tires can run-flat to keep the car in motion for some distance.

The interior is sealed to protect against a chemical attack.

Trump Less Likely to Fire Rosenstein Because of Midterm Election Fallout

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, via Justice Department.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The departure of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein seemed all but certain earlier this week, but White House officials said Tuesday it’s unlikely that President Trump will fire Rosenstein before the midterm elections.

Sources in the White House told the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post that a major shakeup in Justice Department looks less likely as Trump considers the possible fallout during midterm elections. 

Allies of Rosenstein, who set in motion the special counsel investigation of Russia with the appointment of Robert Muller in May 2017, also said he is unlikely to voluntarily resign.

Rosenstein is scheduled to meet with the president Thursday to discuss a New York Times story that said he considered secretly recording Trump and invoking the 25th Amendment to force his removal from office.

According to advisers to the president, Trump has expressed a willingness to hear out Rosenstein.

Republicans have urged the president to wait until after the midterm elections to remove Rosenstein.