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Archive for December 28th, 2018

Weekend Series on Crime History: New York’s 5 Mob Families

2018 on Pace for Record-Breaking Gun Confiscations at U.S. Airports

Guns seized at US airports, via TSA

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The TSA is expected to turn in another record-breaking year for the number of guns seized at airports.

While the final tally has not been made, records show 2018 is well on its way to surpassing the 3,957 guns confiscated the year before.

The number of guns seized at airports has increased every year since at least 2005, when 660 firearms were confiscated.

In just one week in early December, the TSA reported 78 guns were confiscated, ranging from .40-caliber Glocks to 9mm semi-automatics. Of the 78 guns, 63 were loaded.

The airports with the most guns confiscated last year were Atlanta with 245 and Dallas-Fort Worth with 211.

The theories for why more guns are being confiscated ranges from a more diligent security to flyers taking bigger risks out of fear of terrorism.

Giuliani Insists Mueller Should Be Investigated over Russia-Trump Probe

President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani ramped up the rhetoric against Robert Mueller on Thursday, calling for an investigation of the special counsel as he prepares to conclude his 19-month probe and issue a blistering report to the Justice Department.

In a range of interviews with The Hill, Giuliani accused Mueller of destroying evidence for not including in the probe the text messages from now-fired FBI official Peter Strzok and his FBI lover, Lisa Page.

“Mueller should be investigated for destruction of evidence for allowing those text messages from Strzok to be erased, messages that would show the state of mind and tactics of his lead anti-Trump FBI agent at the start of his probe,” Giuliani said.

Giuliani also said Mueller’s prosecutors should be prosecuted over the use of the Christopher Steele dossier, which he described as a “big piece of garbage.”

During the interview, Giuliani said no more questions will be answered from Mueller.

The president is “not answering any more questions from these people,” Giuliani said.

Acrobatic FBI Agent Whose Gun Discharged in a Denver Bar Gets Probation

FBI Agent Chase Bishop

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI agent Chase Bishop, who earned quite a reputation inside the FBI for the wrong reasons, won’t be going to jail.

Bishop pleaded guilty last week to third-degree assault in connection with the June 2 incident in Denver in which he did a backflip on the dance floor at a bar and his gun subsequently discharged and wounded a patron, the Denver Post reports. 

Under the plea agreement, he was sentenced to two years probation, fined $1,200 and ordered to pay restitution to the victim, Tom Reddington, a 24-year-old Amazon warehouse employee, who was struck in the leg and suffered permanent injury.

The FBI declined to say if he’ll continue to work for the bureau.

 

Right Wing Conspiracy Theorist Jerome Corsi Accuses Mueller and FBI of Harassing Family

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Robert Mueller probe continues to stir controversy in Washington.

The latest:  Right-wing conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi is accusing the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller of “harassing” his family, according to the Washington Examiner.

Corsi, who is under investigation in the Russia probe,  told Fox Business on Wednesday said federal agents are needlessly surveilling his family while he is being scrutinized as part of the Russia investigation.

“Right now I’ve got evidence that the FBI and Mueller’s team are now harassing my family,” Corsi said during an interview on “Trish Regan Primetime.” “They are doing door knocks on my stepson. They are parking surveillance vans with two agents in it outside the places where various members of my family work.”