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Trump Camp Wants to Expose FBI Informant; DOJ Worries that Could Put Lives in Danger, Screw Up Other Operations

President Trump

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Trump camp continues to wage war on the FBI and the Justice Department.

His allies allies are waging an increasingly aggressive campaign to undercut the Russia investigation by exposing the role of a top-secret FBI source, the Washington Post reports, adding that the effort reached new heights Thursday as Trump alleged that an informant had improperly spied on his 2016 campaign and predicted that the ensuing scandal would be “bigger than Watergate!”

The  Justice Department and intelligence agencies have warned that publicly identifying the confidential source would put lives in danger and imperil other operations.

The Post reports:

The stakes are so high that the FBI has been working over the past two weeks to mitigate the potential damage if the source’s identity is revealed, according to several people familiar with the matter. The bureau is taking steps to protect other live investigations that the person has worked on and is trying to lessen any danger to associates if the informant’s identity becomes known, said these people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence operations.

$130,000 Payment to Stormy Daniels May Have Violated Campaign Finance Laws

Stormy Daniels speaks out on “60 Minutes.”

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Hush money paid to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels may have amounted to an illegal campaign contribution to Donald Trump’s campaign, according to  Trevor Potter, former chairman of the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, previously acknowledged he used $130,000 of his own money to pay Daniels keep quiet about an alleged 2006 affair with Trump.

Potter told Anderson Cooper in a “60 Minutes” interview on Sunday that the payment may have violated campaign-finance laws. 

Special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Trump’s campaign and his time in office, could take up the issue.

“The payment of the money just creates an enormous legal mess for, I think, Trump, for Cohen and anyone else who was involved in this in the campaign,” Potter said.

Trump, Top Campaign Aides Targeted in Subpoena in Special Counsel Probe

President Trump

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A grand jury subpoena reveals special counsel Robert Mueller is targeting President Trump and a majority of his campaign’s top officials, according to a new report.

The subpoena demands all emails, texts, letters, handwritten notes and all other forms of communication from Nov. 1, 2015, to present, according to news site Axios, which received copies of the grand jury records.

The subpoenas could reveal a trove of new information as Mueller’s team investigates whether the president and his campaign colluded with Russia to wage a propaganda war against his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

Trump responded this morning on Twitter, accusing the Obama administration of launching an investigation “with zero proof of wrongdoing,” which he said was “unprecedented” and “bigger than Watergate.”

The president, who repeatedly dismissed Russian interference in the election as a “hoax,” continues to call Muellers’ investigation a “witch hunt,” even though the special counsel team has filed more than 100 charges against 19 people and three companies. Three of Trump’s high-ranking campaign aides – Rick Gates, Mike Flynm and George Papadopoulos – have agreed to plead guilty and cooperate with Mueller’s team.

The longtime associates and former campaign officials who were targeted in the subpeona are Carter Page, Corey Lewandowski, Steve Bannon, Hope Hicks, Keith Schiller, Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and Roger Stone.

Ned Price, a former CIA official under Obama, tweeted that the subpoena indicated “Mueller is treating it like a criminal enterprise.”

Price also noted that the inclusion of Roger Stone, who only worked briefly in the early stages of the campaign, suggests Mueller is investigating whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia.

Since 13 Russians and three Russian groups were charged with conspiracy to defraud the U.S. less than a month ago, numerous news reports have indicated Trump also was under investigation for obstruction of justice.

And that’s not it.

Last week, sources close to the probe told several news agencies that Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr., daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner also are under investigation for various business dealings before and during the presidential transition.

Clinton Campaign Chairman Blames Russia for Email Hack, Suggests Trump Involved

Hillary Clinton, via Wikipedia.

Hillary Clinton, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign chairman, John Podesta, blamed Russia on attacking his personal email account and suggested Donald Trump’s campaign may have been involved.

Podesta’s private email account was hacked, and the FBI is investigating, the Clinton aide said, the Washington Post reports. 

“I’ve been involved in politics for nearly five decades, and this definitely is the first campaign that I’ve been involved with in which I’ve had to tangle with Russian intelligence agencies, who seem to be doing everything they can on behalf of our opponent,” Podesta told reporters.

Pedestal said the FBI told him on Sunday that his email hack is part of a wider investigation into potential Russian cyberattacks.

“Russian interference in this election and apparently on behalf of [Donald] Trump is, I think, of the utmost concern to all Americans, whether you’re a Democrat or independent or Republican,” Podesta said.

Bernie Sanders Defends 40-Year-Old Statements That CIA Is ‘Dangerous Institution’

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is not backing away from his comments in 1974 that the CIA is a “dangerous institution” that has supported “fascist dictatorships,” the Boston Globe reports. 

But Sanders said at a CNN town hall in South Carolina that his arguments were “40 years ago” and that the CIA plays “an important role.”

Still, he said the agency has “done things which they should not have done on behalf of the United States government.’’

Sanders said that the CIA backed the overthrow of a democratically elected prime minister in 1953, leading to “the Iranian Revolution, and we are where we are today.”

The presidential candidate also pointed to the overthrow of another democratically elected leader, Salvadore Allende in Chile.

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Newly Released FBI Files Show ex-Sen. George McGovern Was Pursued for Years

George McGovern

George McGovern

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In April 1975, Sen. George McGovern wanted to know whether the FBI had collected any information on him in case he ended up on the presidential ticket.

McGovern was most concerned that the FBI possessed information about a child he fathered as a young man, the Argus Leader reports. 

Hoping to work out a compromise with the bureau, McGovern met with FBI officials and was told the bureau had information that he fathered a child.

According to new FBI records released on McGovern, the senator “made no comment nor asked any questions about the statement that the allegation concerning the illegitimate child had been verified during the special inquiry investigation.”

The FBI last month released nearly 1,4000 pages in McGovern’s FBI file, showing that he was often pursued by the bureau.

The records show that McGovern fathered a child before he was married in 1943 and that the information somehow ended up with President Nixon’s re-election campaign.

Feds Investigating Jesse Jackson Jr. For Possible Misuse of Campaign Funds

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Romney Gets Secret Service Detail

Romney at CPAC 2011. Courtesy Gage Skidmore.

Romney at CPAC 2011. Courtesy Gage Skidmore.

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

After months of campaigning, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will now have the protection of the Secret Service, reports ABC News.

While there are no specific threats to the candidate, the increased  crowds at Romney’s speaking events warrant the added security, according to ABC.

Former Republican hopeful Herman Cain, who has since dropped out of the race, had the Secret Service protection. Now, Romney will be the only candidate with the Secret Service watching out for him.

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