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Comey Defends His Legacy at Aspen Ideas Festival

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Fired FBI director James Comey seems to be on a campaign to protect his legacy.

On Saturday, he spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival, defending his controversial actions before the 2016 presidential election and likening President Donald Trump to a forest fire that must be “contained,” reports Scott Condon of the Aspen Times.

In an interview with journalist Katie Couric in front of several hundred audience members,  he said history will vindicate him in the Hillary Clinton email controversy.

“Whether you agree with them or not, they were good decisions in the way that they were made and values that guided them,” Comey said. “I actually think in the long run people will see that.”

Distrust Mounts Between DEA and Colo. Sheriff in Aspen

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In Aspen, Colo., the scenic skiing area and playground for the rich, all is not well between the DEA  and the local sheriff.

The Aspen Times reports that the strain and distrust between the DEA and the Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo of Aspen was addressed in a private meeting Wednesday “with little headway being made.”

“A special agent with the DEA, along with DiSalvo and Aspen Police Chief Richard Pryor, said they failed to find any common ground, other than re-affirming that their long-standing drug-enforcement philosophies are starkly opposed,” the paper reported. “In other words, the next time the DEA penetrates Pitkin County to make an arrest, the Sheriff’s Office likely won’t be called on to help because the federal agency doesn’t trust it.”

“What it comes down to at this moment is that if the DEA comes to Aspen, they would not notify the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, but they might notify the Aspen Police Department,” DiSalvo told the paper.  “That’s a bridge we’re trying to build so in the future they will notify us so we can help them make their operation successful by our community standards.”

DEA agent Jim Schrant said it comes down to the  DEA’s lack of trust of  the sheriff’s office.

The mistrust heightened last week after the DEA arrest of  of six Aspen-area residents on drug charges. The DEA told the media that local officials weren’t notified of the drug sweep because the  former Sheriff Bob Braudis and DiSalvo have close ties to the suspects.

“Oftentimes we work with other jurisdictions and we’ve actually integrated them into our investigations because usually there’s a local narcotics task force that we’re working with hand-in-hand from the inception of the case,” DEA agent Schrant told the paper. “Unfortunately, that does not exist in the city of Aspen or Pitkin County.”

DiSalvo did not comment on the alleged ties to the suspects. He told the paper:

“There still seems to be a trust issue that I’m working on with the DEA. Those trust issues still exist. I think those trust issues around the acquaintances or people I know or see — I’m not as close with them as they think I am.”

Ex-Sheriff Braudis commented to the paper about DiSalvo.

“Despite what a member of the national police force, the DEA, said about Joe DiSalvo, he is as pure as the driven snow. I’m proud of him and the community should be, too.”

Atty. Gen. Holder Indicates Criminal Probe to Go Beyond BP

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

As the disastrous Gulf spill drags on, someone is going to pay big time.

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., in an interview with CBS’ Bob Schieffer in Aspen, Col., indicated that the criminal probe may go beyond BP, according to Politico.

“There are a variety of entities and a variety of people who are the subjects of that investigation,” Holder said, according to Politico. “For people to conclude that BP is the focus of this investigation might not be correct.”

Holder declined to say whether BP is the main target. The taping is set to air Sunday.

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