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Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah Blasts Fundraiser for Fired FBI Agent Peter Strzok

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah slammed fired FBI agent Peter Strzok for raising money on the fundraising site, GoFundMe, to help cover legal costs and “lost income.” 

The Daily Show host suggested Friday that the fundraiser for Strzok, who was fired over anti-Trump text messages, was capitalizing on hatred for the president on a site that raises money for cancer patients.

“Because seriously, half a million dollars on a GoFundMe just for hating Donald Trump!” Noah said. “There are cancer patients on that site that are like, ‘Hey, we hate him, too. Can you help pay for my treatment?’ ” 

The comedian also criticized the fundraiser for increasing the  goal from $150,000 to $350,000 to then $500,000.

“Okay, first up, this is some bullshit we need to address about GoFundMes in general,” Noah said. “How do people say, ‘This is the amount I need,’ and then change the amount when they get it?”

A similar outpouring of support happened in April after FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired just two days before he was eligible to retire with full benefits. More than $500,ooo was raised, more than tripling the fundraising goal.

Update: Fundraiser for FBI Agent Strozk Fired Over Anti-Trump Texts Smashes Goal in Less Than a Day

Peter Strzok, via EPA.

Update: Sunday, 11:44 p.m.The GoFundMe page for fired FBI agent Peter Stzrok has now raised $439,455 in six days. The goal was raised from $350,000 to $500,000.

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Report From Last Week

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Peter Stzrok, the FBI agent who was ousted for sending anti-Trump text messages during the presidential campaign, has plenty of supporters.

Just take a look at the $235,000 that was raised just 21 hours after the GoFundMe page was created by an anonymous organizer, listed as“Friends of Special Agent Peter Strzok,” on the day news broke that the 22-year veteran had been fired over the recommendations that he be demoted and suspended for 60 days.  

In less than 12 hours, the original goal of raising $150,000 for his future legal bills was exceeded by thousands of donors. The goal was then raised to $350,000.

A similar outpouring of support happened in April after FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired just two days before he was eligible to retire with full benefits. More than $500,ooo was raised, more than tripling the fundraising goal.

Strzok’s attorney, Aitan Goelman, slammed the decision of FBI Deputy Director David L. Bowditch, who overruled an internal disciplinary review that had recommended Strzok a demotion and suspension.

The GoFundMe account begins:

Peter Strzok, a man who has spent his entire life working to help keep us and our nation safe, has been fired.  He needs your help.

For the last year, Pete, his work, and his character have been the target of highly politicized attacks, including frequent slanderous statements from President Trump, who actively—and apparently successfully—pressured FBI officials to fire Pete. 

All funds raised on this GoFundMe will be put into a trust dedicated to covering Pete’s hefty – and growing – legal costs and his lost income. The trust is being created and details about its management will be shared here as things progress. We also appreciate your help spreading the word about this GoFundMe by sharing this link: www.gofundme.com/peterstrzok

Peter Strzok is a proud husband and father, a veteran of the U.S. Army and counterintelligence Special Agent who spent more than two decades in a job he loved at the FBI. 

Pete handled some of the agency’s most important cases, thwarting numerous attacks by foreign and domestic adversaries while being consistently promoted and frequently recognized for his skillful and independent work. In describing his 21 years at the FBI, The New York Times said, “He rose quickly through its ranks, earning a reputation within the bureau as one of its most savvy and reliable counterintelligence agents.”

But last week, in a decision apparently driven by political pressure, a senior FBI official chose to fire Pete — overruling the agency’s normal and independent process by rejecting the decision of the career professionals in the FBI’s disciplinary division. This has left him without income and facing considerable legal bills.

Fired FBI Deputy McCabe More Than Triples Fundraising Goal for Legal Fund in 3 Days

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe testifies before Congress.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, fired two days before he was eligible to retire with full benefits, more than tripling his original fundraising goal in just the first three days of his campaign to help cover the legal costs of impending federal government investigations.

The GoFundMe campaign’s original goal was $150,000, but McCabe quickly raised it to $250,000 after discovering the initial response had been “remarkable and beyond our expectations,” according to the legal defense fund.

McCabe, a longtime target of President Trump, maintained he did nothing wrong after Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired him last month. McCabe has repeatedly denied Justice Department allegations that he misled investigators and said he was ousted as part of a Trump to discredit the FBI.

“Andrew McCabe’s FBI career was long, distinguished, and unblemished.  He embraced the most daunting, difficult, and important challenges that the FBI and the country could assign to him over the past 21 years,” the fundraising campaign stated. “He served the United States with courage and distinction in the days following the President’s summary dismissal of former Director James Comey, in one of the most tumultuous periods in the Bureau’s history.

His reward for that has been a termination that was completely unjustified, amidst repeated ad hominem attacks by the President of the United States.”

Border Patrol Agents Show Compassionate Side by Donating Money, Bone Marrow

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol employees already make big sacrifices for their job.

But Tucson News Now reports that Border Patrol workers in Tucson, Ariz., recently donated more than $335,000 to charities as part of the Arizona Combined Federal Campaign.

The charities ranged from helping children with cancer to supporting local food banks.

But 30 employees didn’t stop there and agreed to be tested to see if they can donate bone marrow.

Strange Collection of ‘Whitey’ Bulger Belongings to Be Auctioned Off

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A mannequin with a cat on its head. Nine fedoras. A collection of porcelain cats.

All belonged to convicted mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, who was sentenced to life in prison last month.

The items are among a number of his possessions that are being auctioned off, The Las Vegas Guardian Express reports.

The proceeds will go to his victims.

“The reality is there are lots of people who would be willing to pay money for some or all of the contents of that apartment, and that money is going to victims and victims’ families. So we want to do what we can to get as much money as we can for them,” First Assistant US Attorney Jack Pirozzolo said.

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While ATF Task Force Member Remains in Critical Condition, Friends and Colleagues Raise Money

Patrick Hill

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Detroit cop Patrick Hill — part of an ATF violent crime  task force — was critically wounded in a shootout with a murder suspect about four weeks ago on Detroit’s west side.

On Saturday night, while he remained hospitalized in critical condition, suffering from head wounds, his fellow officers and members of the community gathered at the VFW hall in Lincoln Park to raise money for Hill and his family. He and his wife have four children, ages 3 to 16.

Detroit Police Sgt. Michael DiCicco, a close friend of Hill’s who played on a traveling softball team with him, spearheaded the fundraiser on Saturday, and said about 1,000 people bought $20 tickets for the event. People also donated money and bought raffle tickets for donated prizes.

“It was a good haul,” DiCicco said, declining to disclose the total amount of money raised.

He said the money will help the family. The wife, who is a phsycian’s assistant at St. Joseph’s Hospital, has taken an unpaid leave to help take care of her husband. DiCicco said she was on hand Saturday night along with other family members.

“She was floored,” he said. “It was overwhelming for her to see all those people come out to support her husband.

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Former Head of FBI’s New York City Office to Share His Account of Sept. 11, 2001

Barry Mawn/from bbc video

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The head of the FBI’s New York office during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks will share his horrifying experience of being at ground zero and watching the towers fall at an event in Florida, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Barry Mawn plans to also talk about the aftermath of the attack at the Boys & Girls Club of Martin County on Feb. 18 in an effort to raise money for the group, the Post reported.

“During the summer of 2001, there was a lot of intelligence indicating that Al Qaeda would strike again,” he told the Post. “We were all pretty focused on that would be overseas because they had done the embassy bombings in Africa and they had attacked the U.S.S. Cole. When the Twin Towers got hit, that was obviously a surprise to us, that they had attacked us in the United States.”

Mawn said he nearly died twice on Sept. 11 – a story he may discuss further at the event.

Ex-Gov. Blago’s Fundraiser Christopher Kelly Pleads Guilty

This case has tentacles. By the time former Gov. Blagojevich goes to trial, the government will have a host of witnesses who have pleaded guilty and are working off some time from their sentence. Not good for the ex-Gov.

Chicago

BY NATASHA KORECKI
Chicago Sun-Times
CHICAGO –– On the same day Rod Blagojevich launched a media blitz to promote his new book, one of the biggest players in his ongoing criminal saga pleaded guilty in federal court and agreed to turn himself into jail by next week.

Christopher Kelly, a longtime friend, adviser and fund-raiser to the ex-governor, pleaded guilty to a kickback scheme involving contracts at O’Hare Airport and Kelly’s roofing company, BCI Commercial Roofing, Inc. By doing so, he evades a trial that was scheduled to begin Wednesday.

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