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Rep. Issa Rips DOJ, FBI, Accuses Them of Misleading Congress in Russia Probe

Rep. Darrell Issa

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The war of words inside the Beltway over the Trump-Russia investigation shows no signs of letting up.

Rep. Darrell Issa accused the Justice Department and FBI of purposefully misleading Congress when it comes to the origin of the Trump-Russia investigation, Real Clear Politics reports.

“I believe they’re lying through their teeth,” Issa said on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” with Maria Bartiromo.

Issa, formerly chair of the Oversight Committee, claims it “very much a tradition” for the Justice Department to lie to Congress. He wished Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes and Oversight Committee Chair Trey Gowdy good luck finding the truth.

“To be honest, the deputy needs to recuse himself. We need to have a level of transparency. Probably not one person but multiple people who in fact oversee this to make sure that the American people get what they deserve,” Issa said.

FBI Closes 1964 Civil Rights Case with No Charges Against Former Sheriff’s Deputy

fbi-logBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

For more than 50 years, Frank Andrews’s family never got justice.

He was shot and killed by an Alabama sheriff’s deputy in 1964 outside of a house known for selling illegal alcohol.

Now the FBI has closed the case and decided against charging the former deputy, Quinnie Donald, The Associated Press reports. 

The FBI determined no charges were warranted.

“I’m proud that they closed it, but I don’t like bringing it up,” Donald said quietly during an interview at his home earlier this month. “I regret that it happened.”

Donald said he was using an unfamiliar pistol and that it fired at the slightest touch when he said he saw Andrews reach for his pocket as if he were trying to pull a knife, the AP wrote.

The Justice Department reopened the case in 2008 but federal agents were never able to gather enough evidence.

Watch Outgoing AG Eric Holder Bid Farewell to Justice Department

FBI Director Eric Holder bid a heartfelt farewell to the Justice Department on Friday as he stepped aside for his successor.

Holder served as the top law enforcement leader for the past six years.

Loretta Lynch is replacing Holder after she was finally confirmed by the Senate.

“I am proud of you. I’m going to miss you. I am going to miss this building. I am going to miss this institution. More than anything, I am going to miss you all,” Holder told the large crowd that had amassed.

 

Atty. Gen. Holder Sends Memo to Justice Dept. Employees on Possible Shutdown; FBI’s Mueller Complains About Potential Budget Shortfall


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The prospect of a government shutdown over the budget is causing some unease at the Justice Department, which includes the FBI, DEA and ATF.

“Should it become necessary to implement our contingency plans, you will receive notice from your manager no later than Friday April 8th regarding the designation of your position and status,” Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. wrote in a memo to Justice employees, who number more than 100,000. The memo was obtained by CNN.

That being said,  CNN reports that the Justice Department has unofficially said all employees involved in public safety will be considered essential employees who will continue to work.

That means all FBI personnel will work, and all 116 federal prisons will continue to operate, CNN reported.

But CNN reports that the Justice Department “will be forced to stop or curtail activities including most civil litigation, community outreach to victims of crime and the processing of grants.”

CNN said Holder told employees Wednesday that “as soon as funding lapses federal departments and agencies will not be permitted to incur further financial obligations performing activities funded by annual appropriations except those related to the orderly suspension of operations or performance of excepted activities.”

FBI Dir. Mueller testifies on Hill/ file photo

Meanwhile, FBI Director Robert Mueller told Congress Wednesday that the proposed short-term funding measure for the remainder of the year would create problems for the FBI in the area of intelligence, CNN reported.

“I can only say that under the proposed CR (continuing resolution) the FBI would be the only major partner in the intelligence community that is NOT fully funded. And while our intelligence community partners would be able to proceed with planned initiatives and programs, the Bureau (FBI) could not,” Mueller said, according to CNN.

CNN reported that Mueller also said: “We simply cannot afford to return to the pre-9/11 days where hiring and staffing at the FBI was a roller-coaster that left most field offices understaffed.” Mueller blamed pre-9/11 funding uncertainties for “degradation of the FBI’s physical and information technology infrastructure that contributed to shortcomings in our capabilities.”

Justice Dept. Says NYPD Cops Off the Hook in Racially Charged Fatal Shooting

sean bell-websiteBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The New York City officers involved in the highly controversial fatal shooting of Sean Bell — he was shot 50 times on his wedding day in 2006 — are off the hook.

The Justice Department announced Tuesday there was insufficient evidence to file civil rights charges against the officers in the shooting of Bell and his two friends, Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield, who were wounded.

Three officers were acquitted of criminal charges in state court in 2008 in the shooting outside a Queens strip club. Bell, who was unarmed, was out with friends celebrating before his wedding. The shootings brought cries of outrage from the black community.

“Officials from the department’s Civil Rights Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and the FBI met today with Bell’s family, his fiancée and their representatives to inform them of this decision, as well as with Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield, friends of Bell who were wounded during the tragic incident,” the Justice Department said in a statement.

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Ex-FBI Agent and Justice Official Allan Kornblum Who Helped Create Surveillance Act

justice logo2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Allan Kornblum, 71, a Florida federal magistrate, an ex-FBI agent who worked on civil rights cases in the 1960s, and a Justice Department official credited with writing key passages of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act  (FISA), died last week of cancer in Gainesville, Fla., the Washington Post reported.

Kornblum, a former New York City cop, worked for the FBI in the 1960s and joined the U.S. Justice Department in 1975 to “write the FBI’s guidelines for domestic security and counterintelligence work,” wrote Post reporter Patricia Sullivan.

“He was appointed three years later by then-Attorney General Griffin Bell to handle all FBI and National Security Agency wiretap applications as deputy counsel for the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review,” the Post wrote.

In May 2003, he became a U.S. magistrate judge in Florida and “worked until a week before his death,” the Post reported.

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FBI and Justice Likely to Consult With Intelligence Community on Miranda Rights

intelligenceBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — After all the unnecessary political grandstanding, the administration is doing what it probably would have done anyways in the wake of the Christmas Day bombing incident.

The Washington Post’s Walter Pincus, one of Washington’s premier reporters, writes that the Justice Department and FBI will “consult with the intelligence community on information about terrorism suspects arrested in the United States before deciding whether to read them their Miranda rights under a plan now under review in the White House, according to senior administration officials.”

“We are analyzing lessons learned [in the Detroit Christmas Day case] with the goal of ensuring full information from across the government is available to law enforcement personnel on the ground as they conduct interrogations and make decisions on how to handle terrorist suspects,” a senior official said Friday, according to the Post.

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Justice Dept. Fires Back As Tension Mounts With Office of National Intelligence

Fingerpointing: A favorite sport in Washington

Fingerpointing: A favorite sport in Washington

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Let the fun begin.

The Justice Department is firing back as tension between the agency and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence seems to be on the rise.

On Wednesday, Intelligence Director Dennis Blair told a Congressional committee that he was never consulted before the FBI decided to interrogate the underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and charge him in a civilian court instead of a military one. He also said the bomber should have been interrogated by a new special unit, even though he forgot to mention the unit was not yet operational.

The Obama administration was reportedly furious over the remarks, and Thursday said Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. had made the determination to try the underwear bomber as a civilian.

Also on Thursday, Justice Department’s chief spokesman Matthew Miller issued a statement that said:

“Since September 11, 2001, every terrorism suspect apprehended in the United States by either the Bush administration or the Obama administration has been initially arrested, held or charged under federal criminal law.

“Al Qaeda terrorists such as Richard Reid, Zacarias Moussaoui and others have all been prosecuted in federal court, and the arrest and charging of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was handled no differently. Those who now argue that a different action should have been taken in this case were notably silent when dozens of terrorists were successfully prosecuted in federal court by the previous administration.

“In the hours immediately after Abdulmutallab allegedly attempted to detonate an explosive device on board a Northwest Airlines flight, FBI agents who responded to the scene interrogated him and obtained intelligence that has already proved useful in the fight against Al Qaeda.

“It was only later that day, after the interrogation had already yielded intelligence, that he was read his Miranda rights. After the Department informed the President’s national security team about its planned course of action, Abdulmutallab was charged in criminal court.

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