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Tag: Department of Justice

Opinion Piece: ‘Inspector General’s Report Actually Makes The FBI Look Pretty Good’

Chris Truax is an appellate lawyer in California and sits on the legal advisory board for Republicans for the Rule of Law. He wrote this for InsideSources.com.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz

By Chris Truax
For The Last Vegas Sun

There is no doubt that the inspector general’s report on the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation is going to be treated like a giant Rorschach test. President Donald Trump’s partisans will froth about the “deep state,” while Clinton will wail about how James Comey stole the election from her.

But the inspector general’s report actually makes the FBI look pretty good. The report found no evidence that anti-Trump political bias had any effect on any of the FBI’s decisions. In fact, what mistakes were made can fairly be viewed as an effort to not be “pro-Clinton,” even though the FBI thought Clinton was extremely likely to be elected president.

While I have questioned Comey’s judgment, I have never questioned his integrity — and the inspector general’s report agrees. The investigation concluded that the Clinton email probe was handled appropriately, and that its decision not to charge Clinton was reasonable and in keeping with prior practice at the Department of Justice.

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Border Patrol Agent Charged in 2012 Shooting Death of Mexican Teenager

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent who killed a Mexican teenager in a cross-border shooting was charged with second-degree murder, CBS News reports. 

Lonnie Swartz was indicted by a federal grand jury, an attorney for Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez’s family said.

“The Elena Rodriguez Family is grateful to the DOJ (Department of Justice) for this first step in the pursuit of justice, and remain steadfast in their resolve to seek full transparency from the U.S. Border Patrol on behalf of Jose Antonio,” Parra said.

Swartz’s attorney said he expects his client to plead not guilty on Oct. 9.

Swartz said his life was in danger when he shot the 16-year-old on Oct. 10, 2012, when he said the teenager was among a group of rock-throwers.

His family said Swartz wasn’t throwing rocks and was walking home from a basketball game when he was shot about 10 times.

FBI Source: Probe into Hillary Clinton’s Emails Is ‘Criminal,’ Not Fact-Finding

Hillary_Clinton_official_Secretary_of_State_portrait_cropBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s examination of Hillary Clinton’s unsecured email account is more than a fact-finding mission, the New York Post reports.

“It’s a criminal probe,” the New York Post reports, citing a federal source with knowledge of the investigation.

Since news of the investigation became public, Clinton’s camp has claimed the probe was not criminal and instead just a fact-finding venture to determine if her private email server was secure.

“It’s definitely a criminal probe,” said the source. “I’m not sure why they’re not calling it a criminal probe.

“The DOJ [Department of Justice] and FBI can conduct civil investigations in very limited circumstances,” but that’s not what this is, the source stressed. “In this case, a security violation would lead to criminal charges. Maybe DOJ is trying to protect her campaign.”

The investigation threatens to further undermine Clinton’s run for president.

DOJ Report: FBI Struggles to Hire Enough Cyber Security Experts Because of Low Pay

computer-photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has struggled to hire enough computer scientists to crackdown on cyber security threats because of low pay, according to a Justice Department report.

Reuters reports that the FBI has hired just 52 of 134 computer scientists authorized under the Justice Department’s Next Generation Cyber Initiative that began in 2012.

The rise of cyberattacks has prompted the Justice Department to prioritize the hiring of computer experts.

The FBI’s has a $134 million budget for the program, which includes 1,333 full-time employees.

Compared to the private sector, the FBI doesn’t pay enough to attack cyber experts. Other contributing factors were drug tests and extensive background checks.

Justice Department Investigating Milwaukee U.S. Attorney for Alleged Misuse of Credit Card

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Attorney James Santelle is under investigation on accusations that he misused the government-assigned credit card and violated a law barring federal employees from some political activities, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

The Department of Justice is leading the investigation, which started more than a  year ago following a routine audit.

Investigators are trying to determine whether the credit card was used for non-official use, like food.

Santelle, who works in Milwaukee, declined to comment.

“I am not in a position to comment other than those matters are both with the Department of Justice,” he said Monday.

DOJ’s Top Public Corruption Investigator, Jack Smith, Takes New Job

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section has overcome some embarrassing blunders, from caving in to politicians to failing to convict former Sen. Ted Stevens and Sen. John Edwards.

In 2010, Jack Smith became the head of the beleaguered section, shouldered with the daunting responsibility of improving the prosecutors’ images as they go after public graft.

By most accounts, Smith turned around the section and last year won a highly publicized conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Smith will become the top assistant to David Rivera, the U.S. Attorney in Nashville, TN., giving him an opportunity to return to trying cases, which he has missed.

WikiLeaks Journalists Face Serious Charges After Google Hands Over Information

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Three WikiLeaks journalists are facing charges of espionage and conspiracy after Google turned over their confidential data to the U.S. government, WikiLeaks announced on its site Monday morning.

The whistleblower organization now wants an explanation from both Google and the Justice Department.

“The US government is claiming universal jurisdiction to apply the Espionage Act, general Conspiracy statute and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to journalists and publishers – a horrifying precedent for press freedoms around the world,” WikiLeaks posted on its website.

WikiLeaks alleges the warrants violated the Privacy Protection ACt of 1980, “which protects journalists and publishers from being forced to turn over to law enforcement their journalistic work product and documentary materials,” the letter from WikiLeaks attorneys read.

Justice Department Launches Independent Review of Baltimore Police Department After Complaints

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Department of Justice is launching an independent review of Baltimore’s police force following a string of complaints from residents about excessive force and other alleged abuses, the Baltimore Sun reports.

But instead of launching a full-scale civil rights investigation, the Department of Justice will work directly with police – an approached called a collaborative review.

“The civil rights division is a part of the process,” U.S. Attorney Ronald L. Davis said, “and they retain the ability to come into Baltimore if reform is not made, if recommendations are not implemented. … Nothing is off the table.”

The request follows a Baltimore Sun report that revealed the city paid out $5.7 million in court settlements and judgments over alleged police misconduct since 2011. Virtually every officer involved has never been charged.

The review will include consultants working with community members, elected leaders, cops and union officials. The consultants also will ride with officers and review the culture, practices and polices of the police department, the Sun wrote.

“This is very strong process,” Davis said during a news conference at the U.S. attorney’s office in Baltimore. “I want to reassure the community this is about helping the city of Baltimore reform. This is not about forcing them to reform in a way that we decided.”