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Archive for December 24th, 2018

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Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller Named ticklethewire.com Feds of the Year for 2018

Rod Rosenstein and Robert S. Mueller III

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III have been named ticklethewire.com’s Feds of the Year for 2018.

It’s the first time since 2008 when the award was first established, that ticklethewire.com has named two people the recipients of the award.

These are extraordinary times. Not since the White House was occupied by Richard Nixon have we seen the integrity of the justice system challenged in this way.

We’ve seen two Attorney Generals fired along with an FBI director and deputy FBI director. And that’s only in two years.

We’ve seen a president belittle, via twitter and speeches, the Justice Department and FBI.

Under intense pressure, and extremely challenging circumstances, Rosenstein has stood for integrity and undertaken the herculean task of dealing with the White House and maintaining justice at the Justice Department.

It’s been no easy mission, and frankly, something few could pull off and survive.

All that said, it made Rosenstein an obvious choice for this award.

At the same time, Robert Mueller has carried out his duties as special counsel with nothing but class and integrity.

Once again, he too has come under repeated attacks by the White House while carrying out this important mission.

It is his presence in this ongoing investigation as a watchdog of government that has given many Americans renewed faith in our justice system.

It’s an honor to have two public servants as dedicated as these two.

Previous recipients of the ticklethewire.com Fed of the Year award include: Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (2008):   Warren Bamford, who headed the Boston FBI (2009), Joseph Evans, regional director for the DEA’s North and Central Americas Region in Mexico City (2010);  Thomas Brandon, deputy Director of ATF (2011); John G. Perren, who was assistant director of WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) Directorate (2012); David Bowdich, special agent in charge of counterterrorism in Los Angeles (2013);  Loretta Lynch, who was U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn at the time (2014); John “Jack” Riley,  the DEA’s acting deputy administrator (2015); D.C.  U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips (2016) and Joe Rannazzisi, a retired DEA deputy assistant administrator (2017) .

 

Supreme Court Intervenes in Mueller investigation of mysterious foreign firm

U.S. Supreme Court

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The Supreme Court has intervened for the first time in Robert Mueller’s 19-month special counsel investigation into Russian election interference and President Trump’s former and current aides.

Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative appointed by President George W. Bush, on Sunday issued an order to temporarily put the breaks on a contempt citation against an undisclosed foreign-owned firm.

Roberts granted the request a day after the company petitioned the Supreme Court to intervene arguing it is immune from grand jury subpoenas because it’s an extension of a foreign government. Roberts also temporarily halted a financial penalty imposed by a judge for failing to comply with the subpoena.

The federal government has until Dec. 31 to respond to the firm’s petition.

The circumstances surrounding the case remain a mystery because the case has not been made public.

What is certain that the case involves Mueller, who since he was appointed in May 2017 has charged 133 people and convicted three senior Trump associates.