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Mueller Refers Lobbyists’ Work with Ukrainian Governments to Federal Prosecutors in N.Y.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The deeper special counsel Robert Mueller looks, the uglier his findings get.

The former FBI director who is leading the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the presidential election has led him to something unrelated – lobbyists and consultants working for the Ukrainian government.

This week, Pauk Manafort is on trial on numerous charges of tax evasion and bank fraud related to millions of dollars he made working with Ukrainian officials.  

CNN is now reporting that Mueller has turned over new cases involving the Ukrainian government to federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York. 

Prosecutors are investigating whether U.S. lobbyists failed to register their work supporting the Ukrainian government. Those lobbyists include Democrat Tony Podesta, ex-Minnesota GOP Rep. Vin Weber and former President Obama’s White House counsel Greg Craig.

No charges have been filed yet, and it’s unclear how far along prosecutors are in the investigation.

Former Secret Service Agent Depicts Unflattering Picture of Bureaucrats in New Book

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 12-year Secret Service agent who resigned in 2011 to run for a Senate seat in Maryland has written a book about his career.

Dan Bongino’s “Life Inside the Bubble: Why a Top-Ranked Secret Service Agent Walked Away from it All” hit the bookshelves Tuesday, offering a look at the staffers, acolytes, lobbyists and bureaucrats who were surrounded with policy decisions.

Those people, he said, existed inside a “bubble” and lacked honor and integrity, according to a press release for the book.

Bongino also writes about the “Fast & Furious” scandal, the Boston Marathon bombing and terrorist attacks in Benghazi.

 

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Jon Stewart Talks About the Crazy Restrictions Blocking ATF From Doing Its Job

Washington Post Editorial: Administration Reverses Proposal to Cut ATF Budget

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By The Washington Post
Editorial

WASHINGTON — MANY PRESIDENTS, fearful of alienating the powerful gun lobby, have neglected the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Funding requests are often skimpy, making it that much more difficult for the emaciated agency to crack down on illegal sales and trafficking of firearms.

The Obama administration was headed in this direction in mid-December, just weeks before the Arizona shootings that took the lives of six people and injured 13 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). As The Post’s James V. Grimaldi and Sari Horwitz reported, the administration contemplated reducing the ATF’s budget by some 13 percent – a $160 million cut that would have brought the agency’s budget to $1.09 billion and put in jeopardy key programs.

The administration wisely – and in this political climate, bravely – appears to have had a change of heart. “As part of the president’s commitment to strengthening core law enforcement and homeland security functions – even as we make tough choices across the government – the 2012 budget includes robust support for Southwest border security, including an increase above current funding levels for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,” according to Margaret L. Reilly, a spokeswoman at the Office of Management and Budget. In plain English: The administration is promising to increase the ATF’s budget beyond the $1.13 billion currently included in the 2011 continuing resolution. OMB declined to provide the exact dollar amount.

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