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Secret Service Expected to Get ‘Outsider’ Director from the Military

secret-service-3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump is expected to appoint a new Secret Service director with a senior military rank, the Washington Examiner reports. 

It would be the first time an appointment was made from outside the Secret Service in modern history.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired Marin general, is said to be in favor over the appointment of a general to lead the Secret Service and help shakeup the beleaguered agency.

The announcement is expected to be made next week.

The identity of the candidate has not been revealed.

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Secret Service Agents Face Discipline After Man Jumped White House Fences

white house big photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

At least six Secret Service agents and officers are expected to be disciplined after a man jumped White House fences and managed to stay on the property for nearly 17 minutes before being captured.

The Secret Service blamed “lapses in security protocol” that allowed the man to jump the fences undetected while Trump was inside the White House, CNN reported.

The disciplinary action will be handled by the Secret Service’s Office of Professional Responsibility, and a final judgment on discipline will be made by the Office of Integrity.

The Secret Service expressed frustration with the incident in a statement last week.

“The men and women of the Secret Service are extremely disappointed and angry in how the events of March 10th transpired,” the statement read.

“Immediate steps have been taken to mitigate lapses in security protocols even as the investigation continues. These steps include additional posts, technology enhancements, and response protocols.” 

FBI Wiretapped Trump Tower over Russian Crime Organization Working out of Building

Trump Tower

Trump Tower

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI acknowledged it wiretapped Trump Tower, but it was not because of the president or his political campaign.

The FBI had court approval to monitor a Russian crime organization operating on the tower’s 63rd floor.

Prosecutors described the mafia members as an “international money-laundering, sports gambling and extortion ring,” ABC News reported.

One 0f the ring’s leaders, Vadim Trincher, is accused of laundering ten of millions of dollars from the Soviet Union through Cyprus and into the U.S.

As a result of the FBI investigation, a grand jury indicted more than 30 people in April 2013.

What’s unclear is whether Trump met any of the mafia members.

Trump’s Gaudy Lifestyle Is Draining Resources of Secret Service

secret serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump has refused to give up many of his creature comforts, and that has exhausted the budget of the Secret Service.

Now the agency is asking for an additional $60 million in funding for next year to keep up with Trump’s gaudy lifestyle, Vanity Fair reports.

The problem is that Trump visits his Palm Beach club, Mar-a-Lago, every weekend. Secret Service also has to protect the Trump Tower because First Lady Melania Trump has so far refused to move into the White House. Now Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, is using an office in the West Wing and is expected to soon receive security clearance.

Secret Service projects it will need $26.8 million in additional funds to protect the First Family and the Trump Tower.

Vanity Fair wrote:

President Trump is 70 years old—the oldest president to be sworn in for a first term. He has five children, two of whom have eight children between them. Eric Trump announced earlier this week that he and his wife, Lara, are having a baby boy in September, bringing the total count of Trumps to 19. The Secret Service asked for six additional full-time-equivalent positions for the Trump detail, the Post reports.

The remainder of the proposed budget additional funding—$33 million—would go toward travel costs. It is no secret that the president is fond of taking trips to Mar-a-Lago. The Trump children have also jetted to Dubai, Vancouver, and Aspen since he took office, for both business and pleasure. All of these trips require advance and detail, and thus, come out of the agency budget.

They also require a great deal of money from local police protection. Between Election Day and Inauguration Day, the Post reports that New York police spent about $24 million to secure Trump Tower, and on any given day, the city spends between $127,000 and $145,000 to protect the First Lady and First Son in Manhattan while President Trump is in Washington—which has been most weekdays and a handful of weekends, as well.

Palm Beach County, too, has had to foot the bill when the president comes to town. The sheriff’s office has said it has spent $1.5 million so far in overtime pay for on-duty officers securing the private club and taking care of traffic in the surrounding area. The cost is so overwhelming that officials are considering raising taxes or possibly charging Mar-a-Lago a fee in order to cover the costs without impacting residents.

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Trump’s Political Consultant Roger Stone Jr. Is Under an FBI Investigation

Donald TrumpBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s political consultant Roger J. Stone Jr. is under investigation for possibly colluding with the Russians to help interfere in the presidential election.

Stone, a full-time provocateur, was mentioned during a hearing of the House Intelligence Committee on Monday, when FBI Director James Comey was asked if he was familiar with Stone, the New York Times reports. 

“Generally, yes,” Comey responded before saying he wouldn’t discuss individual people.

Hillary Clinton campaign chairman, John D. Podeta, accused Stone, 64, of knowing about the hacks before they became public.

“Trust me, it will soon the Podesta’s time in the barrel,” Stone had mused on Twitter before Podesta’s emails were released.

When asked how Stone would know about the leak before it happened, Comey balked, saying “That’s not something I can comment on.”

The New York Times wrote:

Mr. Stone has denied advance knowledge of the hacks or any involvement with the Russians. But his public statements have given investigators something to focus on.

Before the Podesta emails were released, Mr. Stone said in a speech that he had “communicated with” Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder — whom he has defended for years — and that he had a large trove of material on the Clintons that he would publish shortly before the election. He has acknowledged having communicated over Twitter with the online persona Guccifer 2.0, who American officials believe is a front for Russian intelligence officials. And there was the Podesta tweet.

But Mr. Stone has explanations for each: The timeline of his “benign” contacts with Guccifer 2.0 — “who may or not be a Russian asset” — disproves claims of collusion; his communication with Mr. Assange was through an intermediary and was “perfectly legal;” and the Podesta tweet referred to information in an article he wrote that appeared two months later, not any emails.

Now under scrutiny by both F.B.I. and Senate investigators, Mr. Stone has hired two lawyers to represent him. But in an interview, Mr. Stone maintained that this was “a scandal with no evidence.”

Retired FBI Official on President Trump: ‘How In The World Can I Ever Believe Him on Matters of Substance?’

Kevin Kendrick was an FBI agent for 25 years. A native Detroiter, he worked as assistant special agent in charge of the Detroit field office from 1999-2002. He retired from the FBI in 2006 as head of the Charlotte Division. He currently works in private industry in Michigan. This column first appeared on Facebook and is being reprinted with permission.


President Donald Trump

By Kevin Kendrick

Does the truth matter to you?

It matters to me. As a Bureau Agent for 25 years, it certainly mattered. In so many cases, I saw employees who had violated simple rules, which might have resulted in what we call a letter of censure (reprimand).

The telling of a lie was officially called “lack of candor.” And a lack of candor finding in the FBI meant automatic suspension for a period of days with loss of pay at the very least, and it quite possibly could lead to being terminated.

Why so severe? Because an Agent who has found to have lied during an investigation, even if not originally something substantive, would be deemed to be an unreliable witness in any subsequent criminal case. That agent need only be asked by a defense attorney if he or she had ever been determined to have demonstrated a lack of candor and instantly, their credibility as a witness is impugned. Telling the truth mattered very much to Bureau employees.

Now, we have someone who is a few pay grades higher than a lowly FBI Agent, and who woke up one morning and decided to accuse his predecessor of something truly reprehensible – wiretapping his telephone.

When confronted with information to the contrary, rather than admit this was something completely made up, this administration doubled-down and even said the tapping had been committed by this country’s strongest ally in the world today, an assertion which has been completely rebuked by the U.K.

Fast forward to yesterday (Monday) and we have sworn testimony from the Director of the FBI that says this simply did not occur. Period.

If I cannot believe the President of the United States to tell a simple truth about something as small as a paranoia-induced early morning tweet, how in the world can I ever believe him on matters of substance?

The reality is I simply cannot. And that is because in my world, he has displayed a remarkable and substantial lack of candor.

Does the truth matter to you?

Sun Sentinel: Trump Should Welcome FBI Investigation into Russian Interference

Donald TrumpBy Editorial Board
Sun Sentinel

If he’s got nothing to hide, President Trump should welcome the fact that the FBI is investigating possible links between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

Trump should be the first one saying “Bring it on” after FBI Director James Comey said Monday he’s been authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation because of the extreme public interest in the case.

Ever since Trump was inaugurated on Jan. 20, there have been questions and rumors about links between members of Trump’s campaign and the Russian government. The public deserves answers, and the president should also want to finally clear the air on an issue that has dogged his campaign for months. There has been enough speculation, and Trump should be pushing for facts and information to be made public.

Instead, what we got from Trump on Monday were early morning tweets slamming the idea that there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. The tweets came before Comey appeared in front of a House panel and confirmed for the first time the FBI is investigating possible Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election.

“. . . there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia,” Trump tweeted at 6:35 Monday morning. “This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!”

Trump tried to put the attention on leaked classified information, rather than the information itself.

“The real story the Congress, the FBI and all others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information,” Trump tweeted at 7:02 a.m. “Must find leaker NOW.”

About two hours later, Trump asked in a tweet, “What about all of the contact with the Clinton campaign and the Russians?”

Trump’s propensity for deflection won’t be successful now. The world knows the FBI is investigating, and facts are needed — not tweets, and not speculation.

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Trump Sticks to His Unfounded Surveillance Claims Despite FBI, NSA Remarks

FBI Director James Comey, via Wikipedia

FBI Director James Comey, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump and the White House are sticking to their unfounded claims that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 election, despite zero evidence from the FBI and NSA.

On Monday, FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers both told the House Intelligence Committee that they’ve seen no evidence to back up Trump’s claims, which were first made in a March 4 tweet.

“There’s a lot more questions that need to be asked about what was being done in terms of surveillance,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said at a press briefing today. “Who was being surveilled? Why were they being surveilled? What were the techniques? I get that you guys want to know the end of the book right now, but we’re in the first chapter of this process.”

Hours earlier, Comey said, “The department has no information that supports those tweets.”

Trump continues to show little faith in the country’s intelligence agencies, repeating unfounded claims.

“I’ve seen nothing on the NSA side that we’ve engaged in such activity nor that anyone ever asked us to engage in such activity,” the NSA director said.

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