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Podesta: ‘Forces within the FBI’ Worked Against Clinton During the Presidential Election

John Podesta

John Podesta

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta claimed Monday that “forces within the FBI” worked against the Democratic presidential nominee.

“There are at least forces within the FBI that wanted her to lose,” Podesta said in a taped NewCo. Shift discussion with John Heilemann.

“I’m not sure they really understood the alternative, but they wanted her to lose. I think that’s one possibility.”

Still, Pedesta offered no new evidence to back up his claim. He said FBI Director James Comey used “bad judgment” by notifying Congress just 11 days before the election that the FBI was reviewing emails that may have been related to Clinton’s use a private email server.

Comey “ended up dropping this bombshell in the middle of the election against the advice of the Justice Department, against the long-term practice of Democratic and Republican administrations,” Podesta said.

He added: “If you look at the polling at that period time, that’s when the race began to tighten in that week.”

Former British-Based Spy Authored Controversial Report on Trump

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The author of report on comprising material Russia allegedly has on President-elect Donald Trump is Christopher Steele, a former officer in Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, people familiar with him told Reuters. 

Steele spent years working for the agency, known as MI-6, in several cities, including Russia.

Steele is known for working on the corruption scandal involving FIFA, the international soccer’s governing body, and supplied the FBI with the information.

Steele investigated Trump on behalf of unidentified Republicans who opposed Trump.

Steele stopped working with the FBI about a month before the election because he believed the bureau wasn’t interested and was acting too slowly.

Reuters wrote:

Steele’s reports circulated for months among major media outlets, including Reuters, but neither the news organizations nor U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies have been able to corroborate them.

BuzzFeed published some of Steele’s reports about Trump on its website on Tuesday but the President-elect and his aides later said the reports were false. Russian authorities also dismissed them. 

Associates of Steele said on Wednesday he was unavailable for comment. Christopher Burrows, a director and co-founder of Orbis with Steele, told The Wall Street Journal, which first published Steele’s name, that he could not confirm or deny that Steele’s company had produced the reports on Trump.

Journalist, Researcher Sue U.S. Spy Agencies for Records about Russian Hacking

foiaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An investigative reporter and a researcher at Harvard have filed a open records lawsuit this week against the CIA, FBI, Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence for information about Russia interfering with the U.S. presidential election.

The suit was filed by investigative reporter Jason Leopold and Ryan Shapiro, a PhD candidate at MIT and researcher at Harvard, after the government agencies failed to provide records, Recode reports

The FOIA seeks information between Congress and the federal intelligence agencies and between the FBI and White House.

The CIA has expressed confidence that Russia interfered in the election in the months leading up to the November contest.

Recode reports:

The plaintiffs seek information about any ongoing investigation into ties between Donald Trump or anyone associated with his campaign and interference from the Russian government in the election. Leopold and Shapiro also asked for communications between Congress and the Republican and Democratic campaign committees, as well as Hillary Clinton’s campaign in reference to Russian involvement with the 2016 presidential race.

Huffington Post Reporter Under FBI Investigation for Twitter ‘Joke’

fbi-logBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Huffington Post editor who joked about “destroying Trump ballots” at a Washington D.C. voting site is under investigation by the FBI, the journalist wrote. 

On Halloween, Nick Baumann tweeted, “I love my job working at a voting site in washington dc destroying trump ballots.”

A day later, Baumann said his tweet was “a joking reference” to the conspiracies peddled by Trump supporters that a man was destroying Trump ballots.

On Nov. 4, Bauman said the FBI called him, but he never called back because he thought it was a prank call. A day later, the FBI called again.

“The reason I’m calling is — I can’t give you too many details over the phone — we recently received some complaints regarding some online postings that were made. I don’t know if you know what that’s in reference to, but would you be willing to sit down with us for a couple minutes tomorrow morning by chance?” the agent asked, according to Baumann.

“I know this may sound ridiculous, but when we receive complaints we have to follow them up no matter what,” the federal agent added.

There has been no meeting, but Baumann wrote, “The investigation is ongoing.”

Former Gov. Huckabee Makes Racist Remark about Clinton Maid Running CIA

Ex-Gov. Mike Huckabee

Ex-Gov. Mike Huckabee

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee just couldn’t resist making a racist remark on Election night.

Before the votes were counted, Huckabee tweeted that Hillary Clinton, if elected, would “appoint her Filipino maid” as head of the CIA, Huffington Post reports. 

It appears to be a reference to Marina Santos, Clinton’s maid, who was responsible for printing some of Clinton’s emails at her home. None of those e-mails contained classified information.

Nevertheless, Huckabee targeted Clinton’s maid as an apparent joke, albeit an offensive one.

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FBI Director James Comey’s Future is Uncertain After Election

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Whoever wins Tuesday’s election, it’s not going to be an easy time for FBI Director James Comey.

Comey has managed to enrage both presidential candidates and lawmakers.

It goes without saying that the 55-year-old former prosecutor’s future is uncertain.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

On Sunday, Comey took the extraordinary step of reaffirming his agency’s July conclusion that Hillary Clinton should not be prosecuted over her handling of classified material while serving as secretary of State. That was barely a week after he rocked the 2016 presidential race by announcing that the bureau would investigate newly discovered emails possibly related to the private email server she used.

His actions, so close to Tuesday’s vote, frustrated liberals and conservatives alike. Democrats said Comey should have gathered more facts about the new emails before making a public announcement; most of the emails on a computer used by Clinton aide Huma Abedin turned out to be duplicates or unrelated to the investigation. Republicans, who heralded Comey for launching the new inquiry, quickly changed course and accused him of buckling under pressure.

By alienating both sides, Comey may be able to neutralize some of the growing concerns about whether his agency is the latest Washington institution to fall victim to partisanship. But it also raises questions about what kind of relationship Comey will have with the next president, no matter who wins.

FBI Interviews Muslims Following Warning of Possible Terrorism Attack on Eve of Election

fbi logo newBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Fears that al-Qaeda may be planning attacks the day before the U.S. election have prompted the FBI to question Muslims in several states, a Muslim community leader told the Dallas Morning News. 

The North Texas Council on American-Islamic Relations said it has received repots that FBI agents were questioning Muslims from Kansas, Florida, Texas and Oklahoma.

“It was made apparent to us that the FBI has a list of a couple hundred people they are wanting to visit and ask a series of eight generic questions intended to drum up information about the attacks,” Alia Salem, the group’s director, said.

The FBI in Dallas declined to comment.

On Friday, intelligence officials said al-Qaeda may be planning attacks on the eve of the election.

“The FBI and [Department of Homeland Security], working with our federal, state and local counterparts, share and assess intelligence on a daily basis and will continue to work closely with law enforcement and intelligence community partners to identify and disrupt any potential threat to public safety,” the unnamed source told CBS News.

FBI Investigating One of Its Own Twitter Accounts After Pro-Trump Activity

twitterBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating one of its own Twitter accounts.

Dormant for more than a year, the account, @FBIRecordsVault, suddenly became active at 4 a.m. on Oct. 30 with the release of numerous documents, including one that paints Donald Trump’s father as a “philanthropist.”

Two days later, the account dumped documents related to Bill Clinton’s controversial pardon of Marc Rich.

The account has been inactive since that tweet.

Federal law and FBI policy bars employees from trying to influence elections.

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