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Archive for February 11th, 2019

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker Says He Hasn’t Interfered With Mueller Probe

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker says that he hasn’t talked to President Donald Trump about the Mueller probe and not interfered with the investigation in anyway.

That’s what he told the House Judiciary Committee on Friday, Vox news reports. 

During intense questioning by House Judiciary Chair Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Whitaker conceded that he had been briefed, but refused to say how many times and when.

Still, it’s unclear if anyone else in Whitaker’s orbit briefed anyone in the White House about the probe.

Maryland Lawmakers Haven’t Given Up on Luring FBI Headquarters to Their State

Current FBI headquarters

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

For years the hunt was on to find a new location for FBI headquarters, and the likely choices were in Virginia and Maryland.

But in 2017, after a five-year search, the FBI abruptly ended the search. It appeared the current spot would be revamped.

In August 2018, a report from the Inspector General’s office suggested that President Donald Trump was directly involved in ending the FBI’s relocation plans. Some media reports suggested Trump didn’t want a hotel to replace the FBI headquarters and compete with his nearby hotel.

On Friday, in a meeting with the Prince George’s County Delegation to the Maryland House, Sen. Chris Van Hollen said he is working on legislation to ask the General Services Administration to do a prospectus of the three possible new locations for the FBI building, two of which are in Maryland’s Prince George’s County. The other is in Fairfax County, Va, reports WAMU radio. 

“We haven’t given up on the FBI,” Van Hollen said. “Especially with the concerns raised about the current building’s security requirements.”

 

Virginia’s Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax Wants FBI to Investigate Sexual Assault Allegations as He Faces Pressure to Resign

Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Amid cries for his resignation, Democratic Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is turning to the FBI, The Hill reports. 

Fairfax is asking the FBI to investigate sexual assault allegations against him that have been made by two women.

On Saturday, he released a statement that “all appropriate and impartial investigatory authorities, including the FBI, to investigate fully and thoroughly the allegations against me.”

“The one thing I want to make abundantly clear is that in both situations I knew at the time, and I know today, that the interactions were consensual,” he said.

“I am asking that no one rush to judgment and I am asking for there to be space in this moment for due process,” Fairfax added.

Fairfax has been accused of sexual assault by two women.

Last week, Vanessa Tyson accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her at the Democratic National Convention in Boston in 2004, saying he “forced [her] to perform oral sex on him.”

“What began as consensual kissing quickly turned into a sexual assault,” Tyson, a college professor from California, said in a statement.

A second woman, Meredith Watson, came forward on Friday, saying through her lawyer that Fairfax raped her in 2000 when they were both students at Duke University.