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Mueller Report: Sarah Sanders Admitted She Made Up Claims about FBI Agents

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. Via White House

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When Sarah Sanders gathered in front of reporters the day after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017, the White House deputy press secretary made a claim that became an ongoing narrative.

She asserted that “countless” FBI agents had confided in the White House that they no longer had confidence in Comey.

Turns out, she wasn’t telling the truth, according to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

In an interview with Mueller’s team, Sanders, who has been promoted to press secretary, said the assertion was a “slip of the tongue.”

“She also recalled that her statement in a separate press interview that rank-and-file FBI agents had lost confidence in Comey was a comment she made ‘in the heat of the moment’ that was not founded on anything,” the report stated.

No Breaks for Pa. Man Who Threatened to Kill FBI Agents & Rape One’s Wife, Daughter

Justin M. Credico

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Pennsylvania man sentenced to 70 years in prison for threatening to kill FBI agents and rape one of their wives and daughters was denied a request for a reduced sentence.

Justin M. Credico, 36, was urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit to approve his appeal of his convictions and prison sentence, PennLive.com reports

The judges said Credico provided no good reason to overturn the original penalty.

In 2008, the West Chester man began making harassing phone calls to the FBI’s Philadelphia office until about mid-2014. The recipient of many of the calls was an agent who Credico blamed for being expelled from West Chester University.

Credico was busted making death and rape threats to an agent who recorded the messages on a tape recorder.

FBI Agents Association: Looming Cuts Will Make It More Difficult to Fight Crime, Terrorism

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Budget cuts are going to have a big impact on the FBI’s ability to fight crime and terrorism, according to a group that represents 12,000 active and former special agents, Govexec.com reports.

The FBI Agents Association warned at a press conference Wednesday of the effects of looming furloughs, an ongoing hiring freeze and cuts in training.

The group, for example, said the sequestration is likely to force agents to take between 10 and 15 days of furloughs.

“Terrorists don’t get furloughed,” Tariche said. “Cyber hackers don’t get furloughed. Gang leaders are not furloughed and it’s not an acceptable thing to furlough active FBI agents because of the risks posed from both terrorist and criminal threats.”

FBI Reduces Number of Agents Investigating Organized Crime

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI will continue to shed the number of agents assigned to fight the mafia as the demand for other threats increases, The New York Times reports.

For the third time in five years, the bureau will decrease its agents assigned to organized crime to about three dozens.

In the meantime, more agents are being assigned to newer threats such as cyber crimes and global terrorism, The Times said.

The FBI’s fight against the mafia has been largely successful.

But some worry the reductions in investigators will allow the weakened crime families a chance to reorganize, The Times wrote.

Jerry Capeci of Gang Land News has   been reporting on the reduced number of agents  working on mob cases.

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Mexican National Pleads Guilty to 2002 Beatings of 2 FBI Agents on a Stakeout

It’s always good to get a guilty plea when it comes to a brazen act like this.

las-cruces-nm-mapBy The Associated Press
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico – A Mexican national has pleaded guilty to a felony count of illegal re-entry and a misdemeanor assault count in the 2002 beatings of two FBI agents who were attacked during a stakeout in Sunland Park.

Juan Jose Magallanes-Torres of Anapra, Mexico, entered the pleas Wednesday. No sentencing date was immediately scheduled.

Special Agents Samantha Mikeska and Sergio Barrio of the FBI office in El Paso, Texas, were among a group of law enforcement officers patrolling trains near the U.S-Mexico border in an effort to catch thieves in the act.

The agents were overwhelmed by more than a dozen robbers.

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