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Archive for March 27th, 2019

When Will Mueller Report Be Available to Public ? DOJ Says in Weeks

Special counsel Robert Mueller. Photo via FBI.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A version of Robert Mueller’s report, which is expected to be redacted, will be available for Congress and the public within weeks, a Justice Department official said,  the Wall Street Journal reports.

The official said there are no plans to provide the White House with the report first.

The release is likely to cause a new round of intense debate as people on both sides of the political aisle launch a full-court press to spin the reports.

 

Uniformed Secret Service Officer on Motorcycle Injured in Crash

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A U.S. Secret Service motorcycle officer, who was headed to the vice president’s residence to set up a motorcade later in the day, was injured Tuesday morning in a crash involving a vehicle near  the U.S. Naval Observatory in Northwest Washington, the Washington Post reports.

The uniformed officer was treated at the  hospital for what was described as a non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash occurred about 11:35 a.m. at 34th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Bump Stock Company Surrendering 60,000 Unsold Devices to ATF

Bump Stock (Wikipedia photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Yes, the ban on bump stocks is real.

Hours before a federal rule banning the possession of bump stocks came into effect on Tuesday,  Texas-based gun accessory retailer RW Arms announced it was voluntarily turning over its entire inventory of 60,000 unsold devices to ATF for destruction, the website The Trace reports.

The company, RW Arms,  issued a press release on Monday night, saying ATF agents will watch as a local recycling company destroys the devices with an industrial shredding machine.

RW Arms was founded in April 2017, just weeks after Slide Fire, the leading manufacturer of bump stocks, announced its own closure

George Papadopoulos Says FBI Asked Him to Wear a Wire

Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, via LinkedIn.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos testified to Congress that the FBI asked him to wear a wire in 2017, but he refused, CNN reports.

Papdopoulos told lawmakers of the wire last October.

The FBI wanted him to record his conversations with a professor who had ties to Russia and claimed that Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton in the form of stolen emails.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the professor, Joseph Mifsud, who remains one of the mysterious figures in the Russia investigation, CNN reports. He claims in his book he did not intentionally lie to the FBI.