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Donald Trump Speculates – with No Proof – That FBI Granted Clinton Immunity

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump on Thursday suggested that Hillary Clinton was given immunity, along with five of her staffers, during the yearlong FBI investigation into her use of a private email server.

But the Republican presidential candidate, who has a history of lying and misleading voters, couldn’t substantiate his claims that the FBI gave Clinton immunity.

“They gave so much immunity there was nobody left to talk to. There was nobody left, except Hillary,” he said, Politico reports. “They probably gave her immunity, too. Do you think Hillary got immunity? Yeah, she had the immunity. She had something.”

The FBI has denied Clinton was promised immunity.

What is clear is that five Clinton staffers, whom Trump dubbed the “FBI Immunity Five,” were granted immunity in exchange for information about the email server.

“You saw what happened about taking the Fifth Amendment, and her ring leaders getting immunity deals,” Trump said during a rally in Bedford, New Hampshire. “We’ll call them really the FBI Immunity Five.”

Former Hillary Clinton Staffer Cooperates with FBI in Exchange for Immunity

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former State Department staffer who set up Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server in her New York home in 2009 is cooperating with the Justice Department and FBI in exchange for immunity, a senior law enforcement official told the Washington Post. 

The Justice Department has granted immunity to Bryan Pagliano, who is now cooperating wth the FBI as it investigates possible mishandling of classified information.

The FBI is expected to complete the investigation in the coming months.

The Post wrote that “agents are likely to want to interview Clinton and her senior aides about the decision to use a private server, how it was set up, and whether any of the participants knew they were sending classified information in emails,” citing current and former officials.

No evidence has surfaced yet that prosecutors have convened a grand jury.

Notorious Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger Appeals Convictions Less Than Week After Prison Sentence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Attorneys for notorious mobster James “Whitey” Bulger plan to appeal his murder and racketeering conviction less than a week after he was sentenced to two life terms in prison, Reuters reports.

The brief filing in U.S. District Court in Boston does not list specific objections.

But Reuters suggests Bulger’s attorneys may be arguing they were wrongly denied the right to argue that Bulger was granted immunity by the FBI.

Judge Rules Whitey Bulger Can’t Use Immunity Defense

Whitey Bulger

John R. Ellement
Boston Globe Staff
BOSTON — US District Court Judge Denise J. Casper dealt a major setback to James “Whitey” Bulger’s defense strategy, ruling that the South Boston mobster cannot claim during his trial that federal law enforcement officials immunized him from prosecution.

“The government’s motion to preclude Bulger from arguing his claim of immunity to the jury as a defense at trial…is allowed,’’ Casper wrote in a 31-page ruling released this morning. “The Court has determined that the issue of immunity is not an issue for the jury.’’

Through his attorneys, Bulger has argued that a now-deceased federal prosecutor, Jeremiah O’Sullivan, allowed him to commit crimes in return for working with federal law enforcement. Bulger’s lawyers have claimed that Bulger was not an FBI informant, an assertion that federal prosecutors have ridiculed as false.

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Fed Judge Says Govt. Doesn’t Have to Pay for FBI Agent Smashing Up $750,000 Ferrari

Latest model of Ferrari F50

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — Having immunity has its benefits.

U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn of Detroit has dismissed a lawsuit by a suburban Detroit insurance company that was trying to get the government to pay up after an FBI agent smashed up a stolen $750,000, 1995 F50 Ferrari that was in government custody, the Associated Press reported.

The judge ruled that federal law grants immunity to the feds if the property is being held by law enforcement, AP reported.

The judge concluded that the wreck was “certainly unfortunate,” but the government can’t be sued in these matters, AP’s Ed White  reported.

AP reported that the insurance company, Motors Insurance of Southfield, Mi., believes the FBI agent and the prosecutor in the car were taking the Ferrari for a joyride when the agent lost control in 2009 in Lexington, Ky.

AP reported that the car was stolen in Rosemont, Pa., in 2003 and eventually recovered in Kentucky.

AP reported that an email released to the insurance company showed that Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Hamilton Thompson was invited for a “short ride” before the car was moved from the impound garage.

 

Chicago Feds Deny DEA Granted Immunity to Major Mexican Cartel Member

 By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Fed prosecutors in Chicago are denying claims that a major Mexican cartel member had struck a deal with the DEA granting him immunity and others prosecution from immunity in exchange for information, Reuters news service reported.

Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, the son of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, the right-hand man of Sinaloa cartel chief Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman, faces trial in Chicago on drug related charges.

His lawyers claim the DEA struck a deal with cartel attorney Humberto Loya-Castro in 1998 for immunity for some cartel members, Reuters reported.

But in court filings on Friday, Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald wrote: “Contrary to defendant’s claim, no immunity was conferred upon him, nor was any immunity conferred upon Loya-Castro.”

 

Calif. Judge Upholds Immunity for Phone Companies in Gov. Wiretaps

attThis case isn’t over yet. Lawyers representing customers have vowed to appeal the ruling. Privacy is a hot button issue and will continue to be one as we try to strike a balance between privacy and our security needs.

Bob Egelko
San Franciso Chronicle
SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge on Wednesday upheld an immunity law for telecommunications companies and dismissed dozens of lawsuits by customers who accused AT&T and other carriers of collaborating in illegal government wiretapping.

The law, pushed through Congress last year by President George W. Bush, validly authorized the attorney general to protect phone companies from liability without having to publicly disclose whether a company had actually allowed the government to eavesdrop on its customers, said Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker of San Francisco.

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