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Acting AG Whitaker Has Ties to Company under FBI Investigation

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has ties to a Florida company that is under an FBI investigation for allegedly scamming customers out of $26 million, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Whitaker, whom Trump appointed to replace Jeff Sessions last week, was a paid advisory board member of World Patent Marketing.

The FBI’s Miami office and U.S. Postal Inspection Service shut down the company last year after the Federal Trade Commission accused it of “scamming customers out of $26 million.”

The company is accused of charging customers “thousands of dollars to patent and promote their inventions” while providing “almost no real service.”

People who complained were reportedly threatened.

Whitaker, who was paid $9,375 to serve on the advisory board, reportedly threatened unhappy customers with “serious civil and criminal consequences,” according to documents.

FBI Paralegal Specialist Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Embezzlement

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Lynn Morris, a former paralegal specialist for the FBI in San Diego, was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for embezzling government funds.

The 56-year-old misused hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of government funds from the FBI’s San Diego Asset Forfeiture Unit. 

Morris used about $250,000 in government funds for personal use from July 2014 to November 2016, the Department of Justice said.

“Lynn Morris abused her position for personal gain and betrayed the trust of her FBI colleagues,” the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Special Agent in Charge James Cheng said in a news release.

In addition to taking more than $250,000 from two separate  Asset Forfeiture Unit accounts, she stole more than $26,000 from FBI evidence rooms, according to the Justice Department.

Morris was the coordinator for the Asset Forfeiture Unit accounts.

Raymond Duda Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Seattle Office

Special Agent Raymond Duda

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Raymond P. Duda, a 27-year veteran of the FBI, has been named as the new special agent in charge of the bureau’s Seattle Field Office.

At the end of November, Duda will take over the Seattle office, which has nine satellite offices.

Duda most recently served in the FBI’s Cyber Division and as a senior liaison to the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command.

Duda is replacing Special Agent Jay S. Tabb Jr., who recently left to serve as the executive assistant director of the FBI’s National Security Branch in Washington D.C.

Watchdog: Trump’s Intervention in FBI Headquarters Violates Emoluments Clauses of Constitution

The FBI’s current headquarters in Washington D.C., named after J. Edgar Hoover.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s bold decision to intervene in a plan to move the FBI headquarters, which is across the street from his hotel, may be a violation of the Emoluments Clauses of the constitution.

NBC News reports that it’s “the strongest evidence yet that the president of the United States is tampering with American security to avoid disadvantaging his businesses.” 

TickletheWire.com previously reported that administration officials, under “direction from the White House,” plotted to end a long-planned project to relocate the FBI to a new suburban campus.

“We cannot have the most powerful person in the world making national and domestic security decisions based on how his business might be impacted,?” wrote Noah Bookbinder and Norman Eisen of the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which has already filed multiple lawsuits challenging the president’s “flagrant violation of the Emoluments Clause.”

Since 2005, the federal government has been planning to move the FBI out of its cramped, squalid headquarters to the suburbs. But doing so would put the current space up for sale to a possible hotel competitor.

“Were the bureau to relocate, its old space would be sold off to developers to cover some of the cost of the relocation, Bookbinder and Eisen wrote. “And that sale and redevelopment could mean competition for President Trump’s hotel or the restaurants inside of it, and correspondingly less money flowing into his presidential pockets.”

Western Kentucky Poised to Reopen FBI Office for Drug-Related Crimes & Crises

Paducah, Ky

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The FBI plans to open a new office in western Kentucky.

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConell, who advocated for the new location, said the office in Paducah will focus on drug-related crimes and another crisis in the region, the Associated Press reports

Paducah used to have a satellite office until it closed in 2007.

Paducah police Chief Brandon Barnhill said he’s exited to partner with the FBI.

Updated: Fingerprint Match and Misspellings Lead to Arrest of Man Sending Bombs

One of the devices with a return address of Rep. Debbie Wasserman

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Updated: 4:16 p.m. Sat.  — The Washington Post reports: A Florida man with a criminal history and a fervor for President Donald Trump sent at least 13 mail bombs to prominent Democrats, Justice Department officials said, crediting DNA, a fingerprint match and misspellings for the key break in a case that spread fear of election-season violence with little precedent in the U.S.

Cesar Sayoc, 56, of Aventura, Florida, faces five federal charges in connection with a mail bomb plot that spurred a weeklong, coast-to-coast investigation that continued even after he was taken into custody Friday as investigators scrutinized additional suspicious packages.

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Federal authorities’ hunt for a serial mail bomber who targeted critics of President Trump is honing in on Florida, where at least some of the 10 packages originated.

Bomb squad, canine units and federal investigators examined a U.S. mail distribution center at Opa-Locka,  northwest of Opa-Locka, where authorities believe some of the packages were passed through.

“Some of the packages went through the mail. They originated, some of them, from Florida,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielse said during an interview with Fox News. “I am confident that this person or people will be brought to justice.”

Florida became a focal point after a device addressed to former Attorney General Eric Holder was discovered en route to the return address of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.

So far, no suspects have been identified.

Each package consisted of a manila envelope with bubble wrap, a computer-printed address label and six “forever” postage stamps. Stuffed inside each envelope was a tape-wrapped device assembled with pieces of plastic PVC pipe that included black powder and shards of shrapnel, perhaps glass. Each pipe had a timing-like mechanism.

Trump initially called for “unity” and civility Wednesday, but at 3:15 a.m. Friday, he slammed CNN, where one of the bombs was sent.

“Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will, even blaming me for the current spate of Bombs and ridiculously comparing this to September 11th and the Oklahoma City bombing, yet when I criticize them they go wild and scream, ‘it’s just not Presidential!’” Trump tweeted.

The bombs have been sent to Bill and Hillary Clinton, former California Rep. Maxine Waters, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former President Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, former attorney general Eric Holder, former CIA Director John Brennan, billionaire philanthropist George Soros and CNN’s New York headquarters.

FBI Contradicts Trump’s Claims about Photos of Him Kissing, Hugging Comey And Mueller

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

President Trump claims that he could provide 100 images of him “hugging and kissing” special counsel Robert Mueller and former FBI Director James Comey.

But the FBI was unable to locate a single photo as described by Trump.

BuzzFeed News reporter Jason Leopold filed a Freedom of Information Act request for photos of Trump and Comey “hugging and kissing each other.” The bureau responded that no such photos existed within the FBI.

On Tuesday, Comey joked that his wife was “so relieved” to learn that the photos don’t exist.

 

Bomb Found at Home of Hillary And Bill Clinton After Soros Also Was Targeted

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The FBI and Secret Service are investigating the discovery of a bomb sent to Hillary and Bill Clinton’s suburban New York home early Wednesday morning.

A U.S. official told the Associated Press that the suspicious package was a “functional explosive device.” 

Police in New Castle, N.Y., said they are helping federal authorities in “the investigation of a suspicious package.”

The discovery comes two days after an explosive device was found in a mailbox at the home of George Soros, the billionaire investor and philanthropist who often is the subject of right-wing conspiracy theories.