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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.”

Hillary Clinton Rolls Out 5-Point Plan to Combat Radicalization in the U.S.

hillary-clintonBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton unveiled a five-part plan to thwart the growing threat of domestic terrorism in the U.S. on Tuesday.

Clinton spoke at the University of Minnesota’s campus in Minneapolis, saying the San Bernardino massacre has shaken Americans, CBS News reports.

“San Bernardino felt different,” Clinton said. “Maybe it was the timing, coming so soon after the Paris attacks. Maybe it was how random it seemed.”

She added: “It made us all feel it could have been anywhere at any time.”

Clinton’s strategy largely focuses on shuttering the online recruiting and training systems used by ISIS by increasing intelligence sharing and carefully vetting social media sites.

“Our security professionals need to track and analyze ISIS social media posts and map jihadist networks,” Clinton said, referring to a flaw in the vetting process of one of the San Bernardino shooters. “Companies should double their efforts to maintain and enforce their own service agreements and other necessary policies to police their networks, identify extremist content and remove it.”

Clinton proposed sending agents to “high risk countries” to “better investigate” visa applicants.

“Anyone who has traveled in the past five years to a country facing serious problems with terrorism foreign fighters should have to go through a full visa investigation,” Clinton said, “no matter where they’re from.”

Bernie Sanders to Call for Marijuana Being Removed from DEA’s Schedule of Controlled Substances

medical marijuanaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Democratic candidate for president Bernie Sanders plans to call for marijuana being removed from the DEA’s schedule of controlled substances in an effort to legalize pot, the Washington Post reports. 

Such a move would give states more control over marijuana. In some states, recreational marijuana is legal. In others, medicinal marijuana is legal.

But because the DEA classifies marijuana as a schedule 1 drug, the states technically are violating federal law, which considers pot to have no medically accepted use.

“The time is long overdue for us to take marijuana off the federal government’s list of outlawed drugs,” Sanders said in prepared remarks given to the Post by his campaign. “In my view, states should have the right to regulate marijuana the same way that state and local laws now govern sales of alcohol and tobacco.”

Click here to see seven ways that the change would impact marijuana.

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Sen. Menendez Legal Team Attacks FBI’s Motives in Corruption Case

Robert Menendez

Robert Menendez

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Lawyer of Sen. Robert Menendez, who is accused of corruption, went on the offensive Monday, accusing the FBI and federal prosecutors of lying and willing to “stop at nothing” for a conviction, the Washington Post reports. 

His lawyers filed more than 400 pages of legal argument in hopes of convincing the court to drop the case against the New Jersey Democrat and friend of Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, who authorities claim bought favors from the senators.

Many observers expected a fierce fight from 61-year-old Menendez, who is fighting for his political career.

Prosecutors: FBI Had Legal Right to Track New York Assemblyman by Cell Phone Tower

Assemblyman William Scarborough

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors said FBI agents did not violate the law by tracking a New York assemblyman using cell phone tower data, The Times-Union reports.

Assemblyman William Scarborough had no reasonable expectation of privacy because he was using a cell tower, which prosecutors argued is essentially a business record.

The Queens Democrat was arrested in October on 11 federal charges related to fraudulent travel vouchers from 2009 to 2012.

Tracking his whereabouts was key to the investigation, prosecutors said.

“The defendant could not have a constitutionally cognizable privacy interest in business records that he did not make and has never seen or kept, and that contain information he has never known,” the motion reads.

Grand Jury Indicts Sen. Menendez on Corruption Charges Involving Doctor

Robert Menendez

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey was indicted on corruption charges Wednesday, marking the first time a sitting U.S. senator has been criminally charged since Alaska’s Ted Stevens in 2008, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The 61-year-old Democrat and key opponent of President Obama’s key foreign-policy initiatives said he was “outraged” by the charges, which came after a two-year investigation by the FBI.

The focus of the probe was on the senator and Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen.

“Prosecutors at the Justice Department do not know the difference between friendship and corruption,”Menendez said. “I’m confident at the end of the day I will be vindicated and they will be exposed.”

The grand jury handed down a 14-count indictment, which alleges Menendez used his authority to help Dr. Melgen in exchange for campaign contributions.

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First Openly Gay State House Speaker to Resign After FBI Raids in Rhode Island

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A popular Rhode Island state lawmaker is resigning from his leadership role and won’t run for re-election after the FBI raided his home and public office, the Associated Press reports.

Gordon Fox, a 52-year-old Democrat who has been House speaker since 2010, said he will step down from his leadership post but will serve out the remainder of his term.

“My personal focus going forward will be on my family and dealing with the investigation,” Fox said.

Fox became the nation’s first openly gay House speaker.

‘‘Because of the respect I have for all members of the House of Representatives, I am resigning as Speaker,’’ Fox said in a written statement emailed to reporters. ‘‘The process of governing must continue and the transition of leadership must be conducted in an orderly manner.’’

Justice Department Blocks FBI from Conducting Full Investigation of 2 U.S. Senators

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents investigating corruption have uncovered allegations of wrongdoing against two key U.S. senators – Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Sen. Mike Lee – but there’s a big problem.

The Justice Department has prevented the FBI from launching a full investigation, the Washington Times reports.

The investigation, rather, is being led by one Republican and one Democratic state prosecutor in Utah.

Typically, corruption cases involving elected officials involve the Justice Department’s public integrity section.

But the Justice Department is declining the FBI’s request to use a federal grand jury and subpoenas to determine the accuracy of the allegations.

“There are allegations, but they are very serious allegations and they need to be looked at by somebody,” Sim Gill, a Democrat who is the elected chief prosecutor in Salt Lake County, told The Times. “If true, or even if asserted, they truly should be investigated and put to rest, or be confirmed.”

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