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Archive for March 14th, 2019

Ex-FBI Lawyer Lisa Page Says Bias Did Not Impact Trump-Hillary Probes

Lisa Page, via social media.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page said last year on Capitol Hill that any bias in the FBI against Donald Trump did not impact the bureau’s  investigations of the Trump campaign’s suspected Russia ties and of Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Her comments before theHouse Judiciary and Oversight committees were included in a transcript released Tuesday by the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, the Washington Post reports:

Page, who came to prominence over anti-Trump texts she exchanged with former FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok while both were assigned to the Clinton and Trump investigations, stressed that senior bureau officials were also expressing anti-Clinton animus — but that neither affected how agents working those cases carried out their jobs.

“Many of us in law enforcement dislike the subject of our investigations. We are not keen on pedophiles and fraudsters and spies and human traffickers,” Page said. “That is fine. What would be impermissible is to take that harsh language and to act in some way that was illegal or against the rules. And we don’t do it.”

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Head of ATF on Proposed Budget and Trimming Fat: ‘Now We’re Trimming into Bone’

Acting head of ATF Thomas Brandon.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

One way to cut back on enforcement of the nation’s gun laws is to reduce funding to the top agency tasked with that job.

On Wednesday, Thomas Brandon, head of ATF, broke with the White House on the administration’s 2020 budget proposal that calls for ATF cuts, saying it would further damage the agency, which is already straining for resources, the Washington Times writes.

Brandon told lawmakers on Capitol Hill that the proposed budget would results in ATF losing 377 positions to attrition.

“You hear people say, ‘trim the fat.’ Then we trimmed into muscle and now we’re trimming into bone,”  Brandon testified before a House Appropriations subcommittee. “ATF won’t be able to do what it can do today.”

Brandon also said discussed benefits of a bill the White House opposes that extends the amount of time the FBI can get to perform gun-purchase background checks, the Times reports.