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Archive for February, 2019

Trump’s Inner Circle Isn’t in the Clear Yet — Even If Mueller Probe Comes Up Empty

Donald Trump Jr. and his dad, President Trump, via Twitter

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

President Donald Trump’s children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump have taken to the airwaves of late to say they have no concerns about the outcome of the Mueller probe.

But the threat to the president, his family and aides isn’t over, even if the Mueller probe finds nothing on them, reports Darren Samuelsohn of Politico: 

Federal prosecutors in New York are examining Trump’s 2016 campaign, inauguration and businesses. Congress has given the Justice Department dozens of hearing transcripts that could contain lies told under oath. State and local prosecutors have reportedly prepped new charges that can’t be erased with a presidential pardon. And a slate of sealed indictments sit in the Washington, D.C., federal courthouse, raising the prospect that some in Trump’s circle may have already been indicted and just don’t know it.

“If anyone in Trump world is breathing easy right now, I’d say they are very foolish,” said Shanlon Wu, a defense lawyer who previously represented Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman, Rick Gates. “Even if Mueller’s report were to appear and didn’t implicate the president, all these other criminal investigations will continue. That’s not going to be the magic bullet that solves everything. I’d be very concerned if I was a lawyer or a potential target in that world right now.”

 

Gordon Johnson, First African American to Head up Baltimore FBI, is Retiring

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Gordon Johnson, FBI special agent in charge of the Maryland field office, is retiring from the agency after 20 years on the job.

Johnson, the first African American to head up the office, sat down with ABC7 to talk about his career. He was with the bureau for 20 years.

Congressman Adam Schiff Prepares to Do Battle to Get Mueller Report

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Expect more drama surrounding the release of the much-anticipated Mueller report.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” on Sunday that his committee will subpoena  Mueller’s final report and even call him to testify before the committee if the report was not made public. He said he’s also prepared to go to court to get the report.

“We will obviously subpoena the report. We will bring Bob Mueller in to testify before Congress. We will take it to court if necessary,” he says.

“In the end I think the [Justice] Department understands they’re going to have to make this public. I think [Attorney General William] Barr will ultimately understand that as well.”

In Tight Job Market, FBI Applicants are Down

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It may be one of the more coveted jobs in law enforcement, but the tight job market may be having an impact.

The FBI has seen a slump in special agent applicants—from a peak of 68,500 in 2009 to 11,500 in the year that ended in September, reports the Wall Street Journal.

As a result, the FBI is stepping up its recruitment efforts.It’s increased its outreach, targeted women and minorities and relaxed some eligibility requirements, the Journal reports.

ABC and NBC Come Up With New Midseason TV Shows on the FBI

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and CIA continue to make good fodder for the TV networks.

Mike Hale of the New York Times reports:

Did you know that the F.B.I. is your square dad and the C.I.A. is your hot mom? I didn’t either, until I watched two new midseason television series, NBC’s “The Enemy Within” and ABC’s “Whiskey Cavalier.”

They’re at opposite ends of the spectrum of network formulas: a scaremongering thriller about domestic terrorism (“Enemy”); and a globe-trotting romantic caper (“Whiskey”). But beneath the shootouts and chases they’re kind of the same show. A sad, honest man from the F.B.I. — a beta male despite his considerable physical skills — is forced to partner with a charismatic, rules-breaking woman from the C.I.A. Sparks fly, though perhaps not enough to light a fire.

Neither show engages directly with current political battles (through two episodes, anyway) — there’s no angry president accusing the intelligence agencies of deep-state plotting. “The Enemy Within,” however, eagerly taps into our continuing post-9/11 paranoia.


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Could Mueller Drop A Bomb in Manafort Case By Midnight Friday?

Paul Manafort jail mugshot.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Mueller probe has produced endless streams of intriguing information.

Can there be more to come on Friday?

The Mueller team is set to to file a sentencing memorandum in U.S. District Court in D.C. in the Paul Manafort case before midnight Friday, CNN reports. Sentencing is set for March 13.

The network reports prosecutors could outline all the juicy facts in the case including Manafort’s criminal business schemes, his attempt to reach out to key contacts after his arrest and the lies he told to prosecutors and a grand jury after he agreed to cooperate with the Mueller investigation.

MSNBC Grills Andrew McCabe About 3-Week Delay in Weiner-Clinton Emails

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

MSNBC’s Ari Melber grilled  former acting director of the FBI Andrew McCabe over the FBI’s three-week delay between discovering Hillary Clinton emails on Anthony Weiner’s laptop and the announcement of their discovery to the public.

McCabe tells MSNBC the three-week delay was not ideal, but it was an “acceptable outcome.”

He also says that it is “undeniable” that the FBI’s actions in the Clinton email investigation, particularly the October 28th letter to Congress, impacted the 2016 election.