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FBI, State Police Raid Home, Office of Michigan Senator

Michigan Sen. Bert Johnson

Michigan Sen. Bert Johnson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — The FBI and Michigan State Police on Monday raided the Highland Park home and Lansing state office of Michigan Sen. Bert Johnson.

The second-term Democrat has a history of recent financial issues, the Detroit News reports

Fox 2’s M.L. Elrick reports that a federal grand jury has been looking whether Johnson had one or more “ghost” employees on the payroll and whether he took kickbacks from those employees.

Agents emerged from the home with boxes and bagged items.

FBI spokesman Tim Wiley aid agents were “on the scene at a residence in Highland Park conducting a law enforcement activity.”

No other information was available.

Congressman Among Activists Handcuffed at Sit-In at ICE Office

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez was among several immigrant advocates briefly handcuffed by federal officials for staging a sit-in at the regional ICE office Monday to protest President Trump’s immigration policies.

The Democrat from Illinois joined other activists at the Chicago office, rallying against increased targeting of undocumented immigrants for deportation, the USA Today reports. 

Federal Protection Service officers gave the protesters three warnings before placing them in handcuffs. But agents had a change of heart and allowed the protest to continue.

“They threatened us with arrest. We said ‘We’re ready to go to jail,'” Gutierrez told reporters after ending the protest. “We stood up to the bullies here…Unfortunately, tonight and tomorrow they will continue to prey on very vulnerable, defenseless people in their homes in the darkness of the night.”

Gutierrez said he was concerned after meeting with ICE officials, who gave incomplete answers about whether raids would be carried out in churches, schools and other sensitive places.

Sen. Harry Reid Accused FBI Director Comey of Trying to Influence Election

Sen. Harry Reid.

Sen. Harry Reid.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid slammed FBI Director James B. Comey for notifying Congress of an investigation into emails that may be related to Hillary Clinton’s private server.

Reid, a Democrat, said Comey may have violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits the use of government resources for political purposes, Reid wrote in a letter to Comey.

Reid also accused Comey of refusing to disclose potential ties between Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government.

“The clear double standard established by your actions strongly suggests that your highly selective approach to publicizing information, along with your timing, was intended for the success or failure of a partisan candidate or political group,” Reid wrote.

Democratic Senator Calls for Investigation of Trump Model Management

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Democratic senator is calling for a federal investigation into Trump Model Management after a Mother Jones’ investigation uncovered alleged labor and immigration violations.

At least four Trump models, who were non-U.S. citizens, claimed they were on tourist visas while working for the company owned by Donald Trump.

“I am extremely concerned by the claims levied against Trump Model Management and ask that you open an investigation into the company’s employment practices,” Boxer wrote in a Wednesday letter to León Rodríguez, the director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), a part of the Department of Homeland Security.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said she found Mother Jones’ report to be “disturbing,” calling on the agency to “make clear that immigration and labor violations like these will not be tolerated.”

Mother Jones wrote:

Two of the former models told Mother Jones that they were coached on how to evade the scrutiny of immigration and customs officers by using fake pretenses for entering the country and even writing false addresses on customs forms.

While working for Trump’s agency, the models said, they were charged exorbitant rent to bunk with other Trump models in cramped, dormitory-style quarters while competing for coveted work visas. Those who didn’t make the cut were sent home—but not until after rent and other fees were deducted from their Trump Model Management earnings.

Hillary Clinton Says FBI Hasn’t Told Her She Is Target of E-Mail Investigation

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hillary Clinton said during a Democratic town hall debate Monday that it was a “mistake” to “use a personal computer” when she was secretary of state, but emphasized that the FBI has not told her she is under investigation.

Fox News anchor Bret Baier told Clinton that “I’ve heard others say that neither you nor your lawyers have been apprised that you’re the target of the investigation.”

Clinton responded, “Absolutely not.”

She repeated the answer when asked, “Have your or your lawyers been apprised that your current or former staff are targets of the investigation?”

Clinton said she did nothing wrong by using the personal email account at the State Department.

“There’s much misinformation going on around here,” Clinton continued. “I have said it was not the best choice to use a personal email. It was a mistake.

“However, I am not alone in that. Many people in the government, past and current, on occasion or as a practice, done the same.”

Clinton added, “Nothing I sent was marked ‘classified.’”

Her comments come about a week after the Justice Department granted immunity in exchange for cooperation to former staffer Bryan Pagliano, who helped build Clinton’s server. 

Feds Still Have Not Interviewed Hillary Clinton Over Investigation of Private Email Server

hillary-clintonBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Although the FBI has been investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server for months, the former secretary of state said Sunday she still has not been questioned by federal investigators.

Clinton was asked during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” whether feds spoke with her about the investigation, and she answered, “No.”

Clinton has turned over her private email server and a thumb drive as part of an investigation that was revealed in August.

Donald Trump Urges FBI to Pursue Charges Against Clinton, Saying He’d Rather Face Bernie Sanders

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump is urging the FBI to aggressively pursue charges against Hillary Clinton for using a private email server while she was secretary of state, saying he would rather run against Bernie Sanders, Politico reports. 

“There is no answer to what she did. You know the amazing thing, other than greed, there was no — what’s she doing?” Trump asked. “You just use what you’re supposed to use, and you assume people are listening. Who the hell cares? And then you do what you have to do. All this for what? It’s greed. It’s really just greed in its own way. All she had to do was just do what she was supposed to do.”

Trump said he’d “love to run against Bernie,” calling Sanders a coward after he allowed Black Lives Matters protesters to steal the stage from him in Seattle in August.

“He walked back like a little puppy. This is gonna be our president,” Trump said. “I would love—please FBI, please go after Hillary. I wanna run against Bernie!”

Ex-Federal Prosecutor Says Hillary Clinton Could Soon Be Indicted Because of ‘Overwhelming’ Evidence

Hillary_Clinton_official_Secretary_of_State_portrait_cropBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In the midst of the Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, a former U.S. attorney said he believes the Democratic frontrunner may soon be indicted over the e-mail scandal, The Daily Mail reports. 

The remarks come just before the Iowa caucuses in February, which suggests Clinton’s campaign could be derailed.

Joe DiGenova, a prosecutor appointed to President Reagan, said the investigation has reached a “critical mass.”

“They have reached a critical mass in their investigation of the secretary and all of her senior staff,” DiGenova said Tuesday. “And, it’s going to come to a head, I would suggest, in the next 60 days.”

DiGenova said the Justice Department is “not going to be able to walk away from it.”

“They are now at over 1,200 classified emails. And, that’s just for the ones we know about from the State Department. That does not include the ones that the FBI is, in fact, recovering from her hard drives.”