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Wall Street Journal: FBI’s Investigation into Hillary Clinton Gets More Suspicious

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Editorial Board
Wall Street Journal

Hillary Clinton may win the election in two weeks, but the manner of her victory will bedevil her in the White House. Specifically, evidence keeps turning up suggesting that the FBI probe into her emails was influenced by political favoritism and double standards.

The latest news is the Journal’s report Monday that Virginia Gov.Terry McAuliffe, a longtime friend of Hillary and Bill, steered money to the campaign of the wife of a top FBI official. Political organizations under Mr. McAuliffe’s control gave more than $675,000 to the 2015 Virginia state Senate campaign of Jill McCabe,the wife of FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe. Mr. McCabe, director James Comey’s right-hand man, helped oversee the probe into whether Mrs. Clinton mishandled classified information on her server.

Some $467,500 of the money came directly from Mr. McAuliffe’s political action committee, Common Good VA, while $207,788 came from the Virginia Democratic Party, which the Governor essentially controls. The funds amounted to more than one-third of all the money Mrs. McCabe raised.

Mrs. McCabe announced her candidacy the same month (March 2015) as the news broke about Mrs. Clinton’s private email server. Mr. McCabe was running the FBI’s Washington field office at the time, and he was promoted to the No. 3 FBI slot not long after the formal FBI investigation began in July 2015.

The FBI said in a statement that none of this is an issue because Mr. McCabe wasn’t promoted to the No. 2 position until February 2016, months after his wife lost her race, and only then did he assume “for the first time, an oversight role in the investigation into Secretary Clinton’s emails.”

All of this asks voters to believe that Mr. McCabe as the No. 3 official at the FBI had nothing to do with the biggest, most sensitive case at that agency. This strains credulity.

To read more click here.

Yet Another Delay in Decade-Long Search for New FBI Headquarters

FBI headquarters

FBI headquarters

By Steve Neavling

Once again, the purchase of a new headquarters in the Washington suburbs has been placed on hold.

The GSA said it won’t select a location and builder until March of next year, the Washington Post reports. 

The decade-long search for a new headquarters has been narrowed down to three locations – Greenbelt, Landover and Springfield.

The concern remains about money as construction is expected to cost about $2 billion.

“Due to a strong and overwhelmingly positive response from developers to the solicitation [] issued earlier this year, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) now plan to announce the selected site and offeror for the competition in early March 2017,” said GSA spokeswoman Renee Kelly, in a statement.

“GSA and FBI are encouraged by the proposals received and are confident that, if Congress provides the resources requested in the President’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget, we will be able to deliver on our commitment to provide a world class facility for the FBI and a good deal for the taxpayer,” she said.

To Combat Hackers, Homeland Security Hires New Experts in Cybersecurity

hacker-artBy Steve Neavling

Homeland Security is facing an increasing threat from hackers.

To combat the challenge, Homeland Security held its first-ever Cyber and Tech Job Fail July 27-28 in Washington D.C.

The Federal Times reports positive results: 14,000 applicants, 2,500 walk-in candidates, 842 on-site interviews, 400 prospective job offers and 120 new employees.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson made the announcement as part of October’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month celebrations.

“We thank Congress for new legal authorities in support of our cyber recruitment and retention efforts,” Johnson said. “The department is maximizing its use of these authorities to build our cyber workforce. We also thank the Office of Personnel Management for granting DHS the authority to hire 1,000 cyber professionals this calendar year.”

Justice Department Shakeup Seeks to Jumpstart Probe into Eric Garner’s Death

Eric Garner with his children, via National Action Network

Eric Garner with his children, via National Action Network

By Steve Neavling

In an unusual shakeup, the Justice Department has dumped a New York team of agents and lawyers investigating the death of Eric Garner, who was killed when a police officer placed him in a chokehold over selling untaxed cigarettes.

The Justice Department is replacing the agents and lawyers after the case has been stymied over a dispute between federal prosecutors and FBI officials about whether to file charges, the New York Times reports.

Prosecutors with the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department have been in favor of filing charges, saying there is sufficient evidence in the case.

Recently FBI agents were replaced with agents outside of New York. Federal prosecutors were taken off the case.

It’s not yet clear whether the civil rights prosecutors will work solo to present evidence to a grand jury.

The Justice Department and FBI declined to comment.

The shakeup was criticized for the attorney of Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who placed Garner, 43, in a chokehold.

“If it is true that the Justice Department is rejecting the recommendations of seasoned F.B.I. agents and assistant United States attorneys, this is a gross miscarriage of justice,” the attorney, Stuart London, said. “In our system of justice, politics should never take the place of the rule of law.”

Federal Prosecutors Ask for Life Sentence for Convicted LAX Shooter

Paul Ciancia

Paul Ciancia

By Steve Neavling

Federal prosecutors are urging a judge to impose a life sentence on Paul Ciancia, the man killed a TSA officer and wounded there other people when he opened fire inside a Los Angele International Airport terminal, reports. 

Ciancia “plotted to commit mass murder at one of the nation’s foremost transportation hubs, murdered a beloved public servant in cold blood, seriously injured two other federal officers whom he shot and was attempting to kill, shot and injured a passenger who was traveling to attend a wedding, and terrified hundreds of other passengers and employees at LAX who feared for their lives and the safety of their families,” according to the document filed in advance of Ciancia’s Nov. 7 sentencing hearing in downtown Los Angeles.

TSA Officer Gerardo I. Hernandez was killed and two additional TSA officers were wounded. Also injured was a teacher, Brian Ludmer.

“This decision will require the Bureau of Prisons to balance several important factors, including considerations of facility security and the safety of federal prison workers in light of defendant’s mental condition and the fact that he continues to subscribe to the belief structure that contributed to the commission of his crimes,” the prosecutor wrote.

Ciancia pleaded guilty to 11 counts of murder and other charges on Sept. 6. He dodged the death penalty by entering into a plea agreement.

Other Stories of Interest

Glock Donates $30,000 to DEA Survivors Benefit Fund


By Allan Lengel

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Survivors Benefit Fund (DEASBF) received a donation of $30,000 from GLOCK, Inc.  at the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in  San Diego last week.

“GLOCK is proud to help honor those who have laid down their lives to serve and protect,”  GLOCK National Director of Sales, Bob Radecki Radecki, said in a statement.  “By assisting in providing their children with a college education, GLOCK is able to contribute to this meaningful cause.”

Since 2011, GLOCK has donated nearly $150,000 to the DEASBF.

Retired DEA agent Richard Crock, who is chairman of the fund, said:

“The fund would not exist without donors and partners like GLOCK. We can never replace a lost mother or father but with GLOCK’s help we can make the lives of the surviving family members, especially the children, a little easier. Currently, the Benefit Fund pays line of duty death and continuing education benefits to the families of DEA Agents and Task Force Officers killed in the line of duty.”

To learn more about the survivors benefit fund and to donate click here.

ICE Special Agent Charged in Alleged Pay-to-Stay Immigration Scheme

ICE Special Agent Clifton Divers.

ICE Special Agent Clifton Divers.

By Steve Neavling

DETROIT — An Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent is accused of a pay-to-stay immigration scheme.

Clifton L. Divers, 48, of Detroit, has been charged with bribery, conspiracy and obstruction of justice, the Detroit News reports.

Divers, who also is a local attorney, is accused of providing deferrals of deportation and other immigration benefits for non-citizens in exchange for free legal services and more than $5,000.

Divers has been charged with conspiring to impair, obstruct and defeat the lawful function of Homeland Security by dishonest means. In addition, he has been charged with destruction and falsification of records to obstruction an official investigation by the Office of Inspector General of Homeland Security.

Divers is accused of committing the crimes between 2009 and 2015.

If convicted, he faces between five and 20 years behind bars.

Wife of High-Ranking FBI Official Received Campaign Cash by Clinton Allies

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

By Steve Neavling

Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe played a major role in the bureau’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email use as secretary of state.

Turns out, McCabe’s wife, Dr. Jill McCabe, received nearly $500,000 in donations from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who has longstanding ties to the Clintons, for her campaign to run for a state Senate seat, the Wall Street Journal reveals.

The Virginia Democratic Party, over which McAuliffe has considerable influence, donated an additional $207,788 worth of campaign mailers to Dr. McCabe’s senate campaign, which she eventually lost.

The governor’s spokesman said he “supported Jill McCabe because he believed she would be a good state senator. This is a customary practice for Virginia governors… Any insinuation that his support was tied to anything other than his desire to elect candidates who would help pass his agenda is ridiculous.”

In a statement, the FBI responded that Andrew McCabe, who is now the deputy director of the bureau, “played no role, attended no events, and did not participate in fundraising or support of any kind. Months after the completion of her campaign, then-Associate Deputy Director McCabe was promoted to Deputy, where, in that position, he assumed for the first time, an oversight role in the investigation into Secretary Clinton’s emails.”

Dr. McCabe defended her husband.

“Once I decided to run, my husband had no formal role in my campaign other than to be a supportive husband to me and our children. As a federal official…everyone who participated in our campaign understood and respected that he could not participate.”