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Comey: How a Trump Presidency Shows the Constitutional System is Working

FBI Director James Comey, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Director James Comey sees a silver lining in a Trump presidency.

“I think our country is being stress-tested now. And I actually believe our current president has illuminated things for us that we were taking for granted,” Comey told University of Chicago law students Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune first reported.

“I think he is accomplishing, without intending to, a shrinking of the presidency, which I think is … closer to the design of the founders, and the energizing of the Congress and the courts that hasn’t happened in a couple of decades,” Comey said.

The former FBI director said over the weekend that he supports the impeachment inquiry, saying, “If the news accounts are accurate, the president engaged in a shocking abuse of power.”

While Comey didn’t mention the impeachment at the University of Chicago, he said truth is the “touchstone” of American values.

“I see good things happening as a result of what he’s doing,” Comes said. “I see people say we have a constitutional crisis. No. I don’t think so. I see the design working. It’s a nerve-wracking stress, but I see it working.”

FBI Raids Home, Offices of Illinois State Senator Sandoval

State Sen. Martin Sandoval.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

FBI agents raided the home and offices of Illinois state Sen. Martin Sandoval as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

Agents in suits were spotted removing evidence from the state capitol building, Sandoval’s political office in Cicero and his home in Chicago.

The FBI is investigating whether Sandoval received kickbacks for using his political office to steer business to at least one company, The Chicago Tribune reports.

It’s just the latest FBI investigation involving public officials in Chicago and Illinois.

In November, the FBI raided the City Hall office of Ald. Edward M. Burke, who since has been indicted on racketeering charges.

Secret Service Detained Cocktail Employee Accused of Spitting on Eric Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service briefly detained a Chicago cocktail bar employee accused of spitting on the face of President Trump’s son, Eric Trump, on Tuesday evening.

Trump’s middle son told the far-right publication Breitbart News that a female employee at The Aviary spat on him because “we’re winning.”

“It was purely a disgusting act by somebody who clearly has emotional problems,” Trump, executive vice president of his family’s real estate firm, The Trump Organization, told Breitbart.

The 35-year-old who often echos his dad’s rhetoric then blamed the Democratic Party.

“For a party that preaches tolerance, this once again demonstrates they have very little civility. When somebody is sick enough to resort to spitting on someone, it just emphasizes a sickness and desperation and the fact that we’re winning.”

The Secret Service declined to comment to news agencies Tuesday night.

Bretibart reported that the Secret Service questioned the employee before releasing her because Eric Trump had declined to press charges.

Reputed Gang Member Accused of Shooting ATF Agent Is on Trial

Ernesto Godinez

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A trial is expected to begin today in the murder case of a reputed gang member accused of shooting an ATF agent in Chicago last year.

Prosecutors say Ernesto Godinez opened fire on the agent from an alley in the early morning hours of May, 4 2018, shooting him in the face, Fox 32 reports. Surveillance video spotted Godinez in the area shortly before the shooting.

The agent survived.

Prosecutors said Godinez, who was arrested three days later, believed he was shooting a rival gang member.

Godinez’s attorney acknowledges his client was in the area the morning of the shooting, but insists Godinez was not involved in the shooting.

A 12-person jury was selected Monday, and opening arguments are to begin Tuesday.

If convicted, Godinez could be sentenced up to 20 years in prison.

Michael James: CNN’s Van Jones Makes Same Mistake As Jussie Smollet

Michael James has spent more than 20 years in sports journalism as a general assignment reporter with the Detroit News, an NBA beat writer for the New York Daily News and as head writer for ESPN’s Quite Frankly With Stephen A. Smith. He has a blog called The Tribe Sports.

Jussie Smollett

By Michael James

If only you had set aside your emotion and rage at all the things truly worthy of your ire in America today, and engaged your critical and analytical mind, you would have known something was off about the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett the moment you heard it.

And many of you did – as did I – but we were in the minority.

While it is true that all kinds of strange and incomprehensible crimes are possible, it never seemed realistic that a B-list, secondary character on Fox Television’s Empire would be attacked on one of the coldest nights in Chicago history in a crime that ticked all the right boxes – racism, homophobia and white nationalism.

Yet and still, Americans from all walks of life – blacks in particular – accepted this wild tale, hook, line and sinker. As did celebrities, athletes and politicians like Nancy Pelosi and 2020 presidential hopefuls Kamala Harris, Joe Biden and Cory Booker.

While the rest of the Windy City was barricaded behind warm closed doors, we were fed a tale of an assault at 2 a.m. by a pair of white Trump supporters who just happened to be carting around a noose, bleach and a MAGA hat, looking for a victim who fit the bill as tightly for their ill intent as Jussie Smollett.

Somehow, despite all the outlandish coincidences that needed to occur for this “crime” to actually happen, many suspended all disbelief, reasoning that in Trump’s America, this could plausibly happen.

Then, they took to Twitter and Facebook to vent their anger.

Even today, when apologies should be flowing like water in the aftermath of Smollett’s arrest for orchestrating the lie, some, like CNN’s Van Jones, are still engaging in ridiculous hyperbole.

In a roundtable discussion, Jones likened Smollet’s demise to the fall of an icon, the baseball player Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

Historical Ignorance

In a stunning display of historical ignorance, Jones claimed that Smollet’s role on Empire as a beloved gay black character somehow made him an iconic figure to the black community – on par with the great Robinson.

It was a disgusting comparison which was equal only to the outrageous transgression of Smollett in believing that his hair-brained ruse would withstand the test of time.

In other words, Jones made the same mistake as Smollett: he overestimated Smollet’s importance.

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DEA Agent Fatally Shoots Suspect in Drug Probe in Chicago

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A DEA agent fatally shot a suspect in a drug probe on Chicago’s west side on Saturday morning, WLS TV reports.

The DEA said it was conducting surveillance on, “an individual and a location known as a multiple-kilogram cocaine distribution point,”  the station reports.

A marked police car attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the suspect, Gus Tousis, 43, of Bartlett, who  fled and temporarily got away from law enforcement, the station reports.

Authorities attempted a second traffic stop, and Tousis, according to the DEA, turned his vehicle at a DEA agent and hit the agent, who fired his gun. Tousis died at the scene, the DEA said. The agent sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Undercover ATF Agent Critically Injured in Chicago Shooting

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

An ATF FBI agent was in critical condition this morning after being shot while working undercover in a joint operation with Chicago police on the city’s South Side.

The agent was shot by an unknown gunman around 3:15 a.m. and rushed to Stroger Hospital

ATF agents have partnered with Chicago police to crack down on the proliferation of gang-related rifle shootings in that part of the city.

Gang members with rifles have shot more than 14o people – 50 of them fatally, between the fall of 2016 and the end of 2017, according to the Chicago Tribune.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Friday’s shooting involved a rifle.

The identity of the ATF agent was not disclosed as of 8 a.m. on Friday.

Chicago Police Accused of Ripping Off Drug Dealers Are Stripped of Their Power

Chicago Police Department squad car.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A nearly yearlong investigation led by the FBI has revealed that several members of a Chicago police gang team ripped off drug dealers of their money and narcotics, law enforcement officials told the Chicago Tribune

A sergeant and at least three officers who are part of the cty’s Area Central gang team have been stripped over their powers as the federal probe continues.

No arrests have been made yet in the case, but authorities expect to bring charges against the police officials.

The investigation, which was triggered by an informant who told federal authorities that he had been robbed by the team, involved an undercover video sting to capture the police in action.

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