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Archive for February 12th, 2019

Federal Jury in New York Convicts Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ on All Counts

‘El Chapo’ Guzman

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

As expected Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán was found guilty on Tuesday of crimes spanning more than a quarter of a century, NBC News reports.

A federal jury in New York convicted El Chapo, 61, on all 10 count after a trial that lasted almost three months.

After a nearly three-monthlong trial and six days of deliberations, a New York jury found the alleged Sinaloa cartel leader guilty of all counts he was tried on.

 

Ex-FBI Official Andrew McCabe’s New Book Takes Shots A Trump and Others

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Suffice to say, the book does not portray President Trump in a flattering light.

“The FBI has always been the nemesis of criminals. Today the FBI is under attack by the president of the United States,’ writes McCabe, a lifelong Republican who is married to a Democrat.

He also takes shots at others, according to a review in the Guardian newspaper:

Pulling no punches, he takes to task Loretta Lynch, Obama’s second attorney general, for her refusal to recuse from the Clinton email investigation while attempting to maintain a show of being above it all. As McCabe sees it, Lynch and Sally Yates, then deputy attorney general, wrongly viewed “the investigation of Hillary Clinton … likely nominee of the Democratic party, who was being supported by the president of the United States, to whom they owed their jobs … as a case they could handle without prejudice”.

According to McCabe, Lynch and Yates “made a feckless compromise”. Specifically, “they designated career professionals in the National Security Division as decision-makers in this case but didn’t unambiguously commit to abide by those people’s decisions”. It was, he writes, “the worst possible choice afforded by the situation”.

It didn’t end there. There is Lynch’s meeting with Bill Clinton at the Phoenix airport and again McCabe does not mince words: “The tarmac meeting was a horrible lapse in judgment by Loretta Lynch. She should have recused herself … she did not – she made things worse.”

With the advantage of hindsight, McCabe is critical of the decision taken by Comey, his boss at the time, to publicly announce the FBI’s recommendation that no charges should be pursued against Hillary Clinton. In “retrospect”, as McCabe frames it, “perhaps I would have said to Comey, ‘Don’t do it. Let’s be the normal Bob Mueller, say-nothing FBI of old.’”

 

Ex-FBI Director William Webster Helped Feds Bust Jamaican Con Artist

William Webster (Wikimedia Commons)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI and CIA Director William Webster helped the FBI nab a  Jamaican man who tried to scam him out of $50,000, Tom Jackman of the Washington Post reports.

The scam took place in 2014.

Webster got a call from a Jamaican man,  who was later identified as Keniel A. Thomas.

Thomas told Webster he had won $72 million and a new Mercedes Benz in the Mega Millions lottery, but he needed to send $50,000 in taxes and fees to get his money. He also told Webster he’d done his homework and knew exactly who he was, according to the Post story.

“You’re a great man,” the Jamaican man cajoled. “You was a judge, you was an attorney, you was a basketball player, you were in the U.S. Navy, homeland security. I know everything about you. I even seen your photograph, and I seen your precious wife.”

Webster contacted the man the next day with the FBI listening. During one of the many conversations, he threatened the life of Webster’s wife, the Post reports.

Thomas was arrested in late 2017 after landing in New York from Jamaica. On Friday, he got a total of six years in prison.