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Michael Flynn Asks for No Prison for Cooperating with Mueller’s Team

Former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn is asking a judge to spare him prison time for cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller.

Instead, Flynn is requesting to be sentenced to one year of probation, his attorneys wrote in a memo in advance of his Dec. 18 sentencing date.

“His cooperation was not grudging or delayed,” Flynn’s lawyers wrote, according to The New York Times.

Flynn’s lawyers also cited the Army general’s lengthy military service.

But his lawyers also suggested he was tricked into lying by the FBI, repeating a narrative often used by Trump.

FBI Investigating White Supremacists Who Attacked Black DJ at Tavern in Washington

Aryan Brotherhood tattoo via The Southern Poverty Law Center.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A black DJ was minding his own business at a Washington State tavern when a group of suspected white supremacists violently attacked him and shouted racial slurs.

Now the FBI is helping investigate what appears to be a vicious hate crime that occurred early Saturday in Lynnwood, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Police arrested seven men and woman after they say the group entered the Rec Room Bar and Grill and began stomping and beating the DJ. An Asian man who came to the DJ’s defense also was injured.

The DJ was treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

“The violent behavior directed at members of our community over the weekend simply because of their race is disgusting,” Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary said in a news release, the Associated Press reports. “The Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the FBI in hopes of getting the strongest sentencing possible for these hate crimes.” 

Court records indicate the suspects belong to the Aryan Brotherhood, a hate group with an ugly history of violence against African Americans.

FBI Agent Shot in Drive-By Shooting in Brooklyn While Conducting Surveillance

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent conducting surveillance was shot in the shoulder in a drive-by in Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon.

The agent underwent surgery at Kings County Hospital and was conscious and alert, New York City’s NBC affiliate reported.

The agent was in the Canarsie neighborhood as part of a drug investigation when someone inside a BMW shot at the agent’s car.

The agent briefly pursued the BMW before getting out of the car and firing “more than 10 times at the car.

The suspected shooter, who is in custody, was shot in the hand and also underwent surgery.

He was driven to the hospital by a friend.

Bill Priestap Becomes Latest High-Ranking FBI Official to Leave Bureau

Bill Priestap

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Bill Priestap, the assistant director of the FBI’s counterintelligence division, is retiring by the end of the year.

Priestap was among the bureau’s top officials tasked with overseeing investigations involving the 2016 presidential campaign, The Wall Street Journal reports

The 20-year veteran of the bureau began his career investigating organized crime and drug cases in Chicago before ascending the ranks following the Sept. 11, 2o01, terrorist attacks.

A person familiar with the retirement said Priest’s departure has nothing to do with the controversies surrounding the presidential election investigations.

He “became eligible to retire and has chosen to do so after 20 years of service,” the FBI said in a statement.

FBI Raids Home of Atlantic City Mayor Gilliam, Removing Computer, Boxes

Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Federal agents on Monday raided the home of Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam, removing a computer, printer and white cardboard boxes.

The FBI was tight-lipped about the search.

“We are here in an official capacity, executing a search warrant. That’s all we can say,” FBI Agent Jessica Weisman told the Morning Call.

The IRS also was at the home.

Gilliam declined to answer questions from the media.

Ex-FBI Director Comey Reaches Deal to Meet Privately with GOP-Controlled House Committee

Former FBI Director James Comey on ABC’s 20/20.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Director James Comey has made a deal with Republicans to testify privately before the House Judiciary Committee after threatening to block a subpoena to appear.

The deal comes after Comey’s attorney, David Kelley, contested a House subpoena on the grounds that it was equivalent to “dragging (Comey) into a dark alley” and asked, “What its the purpose of keeping it out of the public eye?” according to the USA Today

In a deal with House Republicans, Comey agreed to testify as long as a transcript of the interview is released within 24 hours and that the former FBI boss can speak publicly about the testimony.

Comey, who was fired by President Trump in April 2017, said he was primarily concerned that Republicans would selectively use the testimony to try to discredit the Robert Mueller investigation.

The House committee is expected to ask Comey about the FBI’s decision to drop the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server and his involvement in the probe into Russian meddling in the presidential election.

“Grateful for a fair hearing from judge,” Comey tweeted on Sunday. “Hard to protect my rights without being in contempt, which I don’t believe in. So will sit in the dark, but Republicans agree I’m free to talk when done and transcript released in 24 hours. This is the closest I can get to public testimony.” 

FBI Labels Proud Boys As a Hate Group with ‘Nationalist Ties’

Proud Boys, via Southern Poverty Law Center.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The FBI has classified the far-right group the Proud Boys as “an extremist group with white nationalist ties,” according to a report issued by a Washington state sheriff’s office.

The self-described “western chauvinist” group was created by Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes in 2016, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center

The designation is the first time the group has been classified as “extremist” by the FBO, according to the Guardian

The report, issued by the Clark County Sheriff’ Office, warns local law enforcement that the group is recruiting and has “contributed to the recent escalation of violence at political rallies held on college campuses, and in cities like Charlottesville, Virginia, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.”

FBI Recreated Decoy Heads Used in Notorious Prison Escape from Alcatraz Island

The original decoy heads.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The FBI has refashioned decoy heads used by inmates in a notorious prison escape from Alcatraz Island more than a half century ago.

The fake heads, which took months for three convicts to make, were placed in their beds before they climbed to the roof and escaped from the island prison in the San Francisco Bay.

Inmates Frank Morris and John and Clarence Anglin slipped into the frigid water and were never seen again.

The daring escape inspired a movie starring Clint Eastwood.

The FBI on Thursday unveiled the near-exact replicas, which were made using a 3D printer at the bureau’s laboratory in Quantico, Va.

The idea was to preserve valuable pieces of American history as the original dummy heads deteriorated.