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Could Mueller Drop A Bomb in Manafort Case By Midnight Friday?

Paul Manafort jail mugshot.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Mueller probe has produced endless streams of intriguing information.

Can there be more to come on Friday?

The Mueller team is set to to file a sentencing memorandum in U.S. District Court in D.C. in the Paul Manafort case before midnight Friday, CNN reports. Sentencing is set for March 13.

The network reports prosecutors could outline all the juicy facts in the case including Manafort’s criminal business schemes, his attempt to reach out to key contacts after his arrest and the lies he told to prosecutors and a grand jury after he agreed to cooperate with the Mueller investigation.

MSNBC Grills Andrew McCabe About 3-Week Delay in Weiner-Clinton Emails

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

MSNBC’s Ari Melber grilled  former acting director of the FBI Andrew McCabe over the FBI’s three-week delay between discovering Hillary Clinton emails on Anthony Weiner’s laptop and the announcement of their discovery to the public.

McCabe tells MSNBC the three-week delay was not ideal, but it was an “acceptable outcome.”

He also says that it is “undeniable” that the FBI’s actions in the Clinton email investigation, particularly the October 28th letter to Congress, impacted the 2016 election.

FBI’s Top Lawyer Says People Argued Up Until the End Whether to File Charges Against Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Some people inside the FBI felt strongly that Hillary Clinton should have been prosecuted for email scandal. But there were also plenty who trusted then-Director James Comey’s decision not to push for prosecution.

Fox News, citing a transcript of his closed-door testimony before congressional committees last October, reports that  FBI’s top lawyer  James Baker in 2016 thought Clinton and her team should have immediately realized they were mishandling “highly classified” information based on the obviously sensitive nature of the emails. He also believed Clinton should have been prosecuted until “pretty late” in the investigation.

He said high-level officials at the bureau were “arguing about” whether to bring charges against Clinton, “I think, up until the end.”

 

Column: Signs of a Deep State or Just The FBI Doing Its Job?

Timothy L. O’Brien is the executive editor of Bloomberg Opinion.

Andrew McCabe

By Timothy O’Brien
Bloomberg

Andrew McCabe, who briefly served as acting director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the tumultuous months in 2017 after President Donald Trump fired James Comey, is making the rounds to promote his new book, “The Threat.”

Senior law enforcement officials putting their names to sensitive details of ongoing investigations – particularly ones as consequential and fraught as the current examination of the president’s intersection with Russia – is problematic. Going on tour is doubly ticklish. If G-Men are really dedicated to ensuring that justice is served and investigations are sacrosanct, then the public might expect them to remain behind the scenes until a probe runs its course.

To read the full column click here.

FBI Had Backup Plan to Protect Evidence in Russia Probe After Comey Firing

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

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Distrust.

The FBI had a backup plan to protect evidence in its Russia investigation shortly after FBI Director James Comey was fired, the Associated Press reports, citing “a person with knowledge of the discussions.”

The idea was to preserve evidence in case other FBI officials were fired as well.

The AP reports:

The plan was crafted in the chaotic days after Comey was fired, when the FBI began investigating whether President Donald Trump had obstructed justice and whether he might be, wittingly or not, in league with the Russians.

 

Ex-FBI Official Andrew McCabe: Crime May Have Been Committed When Trump Fired Comey; Sen. Graham Talks Of Investigation

Andrew McCabe

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s interview on 60 Minutes on Sunday has stirred up dust inside the Beltway and beyond including talk of a Senate investigation.

McCabe, who was fired by the Trump administration, said that a “crime may have been committed” when President Donald Trump fired the head of the FBI and tried to publicly undermine an investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia, the Associated Press reports.

McCabe also said  the FBI had good reason to open a counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was in cahoots with Russia and posed a security threat after he fired FBI Director James Comey.

“And the idea is, if the president committed obstruction of justice, fired the director of the of the FBI to negatively impact or to shut down our investigation of Russia’s malign activity and possibly in support of his campaign, as a counterintelligence investigator you have to ask yourself, “Why would a president of the United States do that?” McCabe said.

“So all those same sorts of facts cause us to wonder is there an inappropriate relationship, a connection between this president and our most fearsome enemy, the government of Russia?”

Meanwhile,  Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, vowed on Sunday to investigate whether the top officials at the Justice Department and the F.B.I. plotted an “attempted bureaucratic coup” to remove President Trump from office. He said he would subpoena the former F.B.I. director and the deputy attorney general if necessary, the New York Times reports.

Graham was responding to the  interview in which  McCabe, confirmed an earlier New York Times report that the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, had suggested wearing a wire in meetings with Mr. Trump and that Justice Department officials had discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendmentto remove Mr. Trump from office, the Times reports.

Mr. Rosenstein has disputed the account.

FBI Investigating Singer-Songwriter Ryan Adams For Alleged Communications with Underage Fan

Ryan Adams (Photo by Drew de F Fawkes for Wikimedia Commons)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating whether the singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, 44, committed a crime by engaging in sexually explicit communications with an underage fan, the New York Times reports, citing “a law enforcement official with knowledge of the matter.”

Adams and a young woman, who said her online communications with the singer began when she was 14 and continued until she was 16, exchanged text messages and conducted video calls that sometimes included nudity, the Times reports. The two never met in person.

Adam’s lawyer Andrew B. Brettler says his client has never “engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage.” Brettler said the FBI has not contacted Adams.

Trump Attacks Ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Who Just Authored a Book

President Trump

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

No surprise here.

President Donald Trump came out swinging Thursday, on Valentine’s Day, after ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired, talked about his new book in an interview with 60 Minutes.


McCabe says top officials were looking into invoking the 25th amendment to get rid of Trump after he fired FBI Director James Comey, Forbes magazine reports.

He also confirmed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested wearing a wire in meetings with Trump.

The Justice Department a statement disputing McCabe’s remarks and restated its position that it and Rosenstein find “no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment.”

McCabe’s full interview will air Sunday on 60 Minutes.