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Read: 37-Page Indictment of Russians Interfering with U.S. Elections

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

The Justice Department on Friday announced the indictments of 13 Russians and three Russian groups accused of waging a sophisticated, covert propaganda campaign to help get Donald Trump elected.

Special counsel Robert Mueller unveiled the 37-page indictment, which you can read here. 

Special counsel Robert Mueller

The indictment alleges the Russians stole the identities of Americans, spread falsehoods on social media, staged political rallies and exploited flashpoint issues, such as race, immigration and religion, to sow divisions.

“The indictment alleges that the Russian conspirators want to promote discord in the United States and undermine public confidence in democracy,” Rod  Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general overseeing the investigation, said in a brief news conference announcing the charges. “We must not allow them to succeed.”

The indictment amounted to a detailed rebuttal of President Trump’s claims that Russian interference was a “hoax” peddled by the “fake news.”

Trump’s Ex-Campaign Manager Manafort May Face Another Indictment

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates may face another indictment in the Trump-Russia probe headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The Daily Beast reports that Washington D.C. lawyers anticipate Mueller will file a superseding indictment of Manafort and Gates to replace the current indictment. 

“I would expect a superseding indictment to come down relatively soon,” said Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University law school professor.

“There was much in the narrative of the indictment that referenced crimes not charged,” he added. “Prosecutors will often issue a superseding indictment as the grand jury continues its work. There’s also a tactical reason for this, that superseding indictments tend to grind defendants a bit more over time.”

Both men pleaded not guilty to an Oct. 30 indictment that alleges conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts, being an unregistered agent of foreign principal, false and misleading statements under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and false statements.

Manafort’s foreign financial transactions may draw potential new tax charges, the indictment hinted.

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Former Homeland Security Investigations Agent Accused of Stealing Drug Money

homeland-security-investigationsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Homeland Security Investigations agent faces numerous federal charges alleging he stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug cash and laundered it through real estate transactions and banks.

Tyrone Cedric Duren, 46, and his wife, Jennifer Lynn Duren, face charges of money laundering, bank fraud conspiracy, making false statements to federal agents and structuring financial transactions, the San Diego Union Tribune reports. 

Authorities arrested the couple on Nov. 30.

“The evidence obtained during the investigation and detailed in the complaint, paints Duren as an intelligent but deceitful person, sophisticated in the art of concealing assets and engages in international travel to hide assets,” Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Rapp wrote in a motion arguing for Duren’s detention. “He has used his position as a law enforcement agent for illegal financial gain to support himself and family with a lavish lifestyle.”

The couple was released on bail after pleading not guilty.

In 2008, Durant began his career with Homeland Security and was assigned to the Bulk Cash Smuggling Task Force, which focused on drug trafficking.

Border Patrol Agent, 4 Others Charged in Murder of Man Who Was Decapitated

border patrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent is among a group of men charged in the death of a man whose decapitated body was found floating near South Padre Island in Texas, the Associated Press reports. 

Joel Luna, who was placed on indefinite leave from the Border Patrol, and four other men were indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday, charging them with capital murder, murder and two counts of engaging in organized criminal activity.

The defendants are lodged in the Cameron County jail without bond.

When Luna was arrested in March, law enforcement found nearly $90,000, a kilogram of cocaine and handguns inside his safe at his Hebbronville home.

In March, the decapitated body of Jose Francisco Palacios-Paz was found.

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LA Times Editorial: Indictment of L.A. County Undersheriff Holds Highest Officias Accountable

By Editorial Board
Los Angeles Times

The encouraging message in the indictment Thursday of former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka on charges of obstructing an FBI investigation into the jails is that wrongdoers at the highest level of county government will be held accountable.

The indictments of Tanaka and former Capt. William “Tom” Carey, who oversaw the department’s internal criminal investigations, end the worry that federal prosecutors only went after the frontline deputies. So what about then-Sheriff Lee Baca? Did he direct Tanaka to frustrate the FBI probe? Or was he perhaps so detached and clueless that he could not see what Tanaka and other top department officials were doing under his nose?

That’s important, because for months it appeared that top leaders of the Sheriff’s Department might escape consequences for any role they played in separating a jailed bank robber-turned FBI informant from his handlers in a 2011 federal probe into abuse of inmates by deputies. Seven deputies were convicted and sentenced last year in the scheme to conceal the informant while Tanaka, rumored to be the mastermind of the operation, campaigned to become the new sheriff. Jim McDonnell easily defeated him, but in the ensuing months there were only occasional hints that Tanaka ultimately might be held to answer for any misdeeds.

It’s necessary to keep in mind that although Tanaka and Carey were indicted on suspicion of obstruction of justice, the underlying investigation targeted brutality in the jails; that investigation is ongoing. The structure, culture and oversight of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department all contributed to a pattern of abuse of inmates and substandard jail conditions, problems that were so severe that they overshadowed the coverups, aggressive deputy cliques, racially biased patrolling in the Antelope Valley and other intolerable practices.

Some of those problems appear to have been exacerbated upon Baca’s appointment of Tanaka as undersheriff, and it will be tempting to believe they began at that point and ended with Tanaka’s 2013 retirement, last year’s election, Thursday’s indictment or some future indictment or conviction.

New York State Senator Charged with Lying to FBI; Son Also Indicted

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

State Sen. Thomas W. Libous and his son Matthew were indicted Tuesday on separate charges, the New York Times reports.

Sen. Libous, 61, of Birmingham was charged with lying to federal agents, while his son was charged with filing false tax returns.

Libous, who first won a seat in the Senate in 1988, is the chamber’s second-highest-ranking Republican and is considered a powerbroker in politics.

Libous denied any wrongdoing.

“I am innocent from all these charges,” Libous said. “It’s very disappointing and we are going to fight them.”

Ex-Former Border Patrol Agent Indicted for Second Time Over Proceeds from Cocaine Operation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former U.S. Border Patrol agent has been indicted – for the second time in a superseding indictment.

Raimundo Borjas was issued with a revised indictment that charges whim with 10 counts of money laundering on top of the original charges of trying to avoid detection of deposited funds, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Originally indicted in April 2013, Borjas is now accused of making nine cash deposits totaling $61,600 in 2012 from proceeds of a cocaine distribution operation.

“He disputes the entirety of the allegations made against him,” Borjas’ attorney, Stephen G. Ralls, said.

Charges Against U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm Put Spotlight on His 11-Year FBI Career

Rep. Michael Grimm

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, who was indicted on fraud and other charges this week, served as an FBI agent for 11 years, spending about half of that time investigating financial corruption, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Grimm’s congressional biography states that he worked in the New York FBI office from 1995 to 2006.

About five of those years were spent “deep undercover” with the bureau’s Financial Fraud Squad.

Grimm helped lead an investigation that netted charges against nearly four dozen traders in a currency trading scheme.

Grimm also investigated organized-crime fires and corrupt public officials.

Now the FBI said it will review his handling of the cases following the charges filed against him, including perjury.

“That’s something we definitely will look at. No doubt about it,” George Venizelos, assistant-director-in-charge of the FBI’s New York office, said.

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