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Archive for May 23rd, 2019

Border Patrol Agent Accused of Sexually Assaulting At Least 3 Women

Border Patrol Agent Steven Charles Holmes, via Tucson Police Department.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent who worked out of the Tucson Station is accused of sexually assaulting at least three women he met online over the past seven years that he has worked with the federal agency.

Steven Charles Holmes, 33, was arrested Tuesday and jailed and has been placed on administrative duties pending the outcome of the case, Tucson.com reports.

“We do not tolerate misconduct on, or off duty, and will fully cooperate with all investigations of alleged misconduct by our personnel,” Customs and Border Protection wrote in a statement.

The investigation began after a woman told Tucson Police that she was sexually assaulted by Holmes after meeting him on a dating app. Police said a further investigation turned up multiple victims with similar reports from 2012 to 2019.

Police emphasized the investigation is ongoing and encourage women to come forward if they were sexually assaulted by Holmes.

Newly Unsealed Court Documents Reveal Suspicious Ties Between Cohen And Russian-Linked Firm

Michael Cohen, former attorney for President Trump.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and so-called fixer Michael Cohen exchanged hundreds of phone calls and text messages with a Russian-linked firm beginning on Election Day in 2016, according to newly unsealed court documents obtained by several news outlets.

The FBI also discovered that Cohen, who is now serving a three-year prison sentence, received $500,000 for consulting work from Columbus Nova, which is connected to the influential Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg. The company’s CEO Andrew Intrater introduced Cohen to Vekselberg. Vekselberg and Intrater are cousins and business associates.

After the FBI began investigating what appeared to be suspicious emails and bank transfers from Cohen’s accounts, special counsel Robert Mueller followed up with search warrants between July and November 2017 to determine whether the exchanges violated any laws, including wire fraud and money laundering.

The new records also reveal that Cohen received more than $280,000 from Trump since February 2017.

The revelations are important because they show how early Mueller and the FBI were aware of suspicious activity involving Cohen.