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Lengel: Attorney General William Barr, the Shameful Lapdog

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

I’ve always been intrigued by the Attorneys General and how they manage to navigate between serving the people and being loyal to the president who appointed them.

Watching Attorney General William Barr in recent weeks brings me to the conclusion that he’s failed miserably at that job,  and done so with arrogance.

Barr, in order to save his job, has become President Donald Trump’s public relationships man.

His summary of the Robert Mueller report was clearly done with the intention of minimizing a two-year investigation by Robert Mueller and company.

But what was even more shameful was the press conference Barr had before releasing the report, something I would have expected from Richard Nixon’s Attorney General John Mitchell. And we all know where Mitchell ended up.

Interestingly, I had the lowest of expectations when it came to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Trump. I thought Sessions would easily roll over for Trump.

Though I didn’t agree with some of his policies, surprisingly, Sessions recused himself and maintained the integrity of the office, even after he was repeatedly humiliated by Trump via Twitter.

In his short time in office, Barr has made it clear holding on to such a powerful position is far more important than holding on to his integrity. It happens inside the Beltway. Power trumps any monetary rewards guys like Barr can earn at a fancy law firm.

An attorney general has to be willing to be fired or resign rather than be a lapdog for the president.

Someone close to Barr needs to tell him that.

Though at this point it may be too late.

 

NBC Exclusive: Comey Wonders Why Mueller Didn’t Subpoena Trump

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-FBI Director James Comey, speaking out for the first time since the Robert Mueller report was completed, say he’s glad the investigation was undertaken, saying there was enough smoke to justify it.

Comey said he’s not clear why Robert Mueller didn’t come to a conclusion on the obstruction of justice question, or why he didn’t subpoena President Trump.

Below is part of the interview.

Top DOJ Official Steps Down to Avoid Prospect of Overseeing Special Counsel Probe

Rachel Brand is stepping down as third in command.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Fearing she would be tapped to oversee the special counsel investigation of Donald Trump and Russia, the Justice Department’s third in command decided to step down and avoid the president’s escalating attacks on the DOJ and other federal law enforcement agencies.

Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, who is taking a job as an executive at Walmart, was already frustrated with mounting, unfilled vacancies under the Trump administration, according to multiple people close to Brand, NBC News reports

Since Brand was next in line to oversee the widening special investigation, she became increasingly worried when President Trump began publicly criticizing the DOJ’s second in command, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

In May, Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the Kremlin had any ties with Trump’s campaign. Since then, Rosenstein has been the target of Trump’s relentless criticism in what has become a campaign to undermine confidence in the department overseeing the investigation.

While announcing her departure, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recused himself from the Russia investigation, called Brand a “lawyer’s lawyer.”

Brand said in a statement, “I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish over my time here.”

Some Think Jana Monroe Should Be in the Mix for FBI Director

 

Jana Monroe

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

There have been plenty names bandied about to replace FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III later this year including Lisa Monaco, a career federal prosecutor, ex-U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and Jim Comey, the former U.S. attorney in Manhattan

But one name some think should be in the mix is Jana Monroe, the former FBI special agent in charge of the Phoenix division, who is now Director, Corporate Security & Business Continuity Management at Southern California Edison in the Los Angeles area. She worked in the areas of counterterrorism, national security, corporate fraud, white-collar crime, corruption, and compliance crimes

One FBI agent, who thinks it would be wise to consider her, tells ticklethewire.com:

“It would be refreshing and rejuvenating for the FBI to hire someone with her background and leadership skills and style. She comes from the ranks and she’s been involved in the corporate world long enough to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the corporate world. I think Jana would also be great at working in the criminal intelligence and terrorism violations”

 In 2004 to 2006, she served as the head of the Phoenix office.   She was the first female operational Assistant Director of the FBI, tasked with establishing its Cyber Division shortly after 9/11.

 

Agent Daphne Hearn Heads South to Take Charge of FBI’s San Diego Office

Daphne Hearn-FBI L.A.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI agent Daphne Hearn is heading south — actually just a bit south — to head up the San Diego FBI office.

Hearn, who has served as special agent in charge of the administrative division in Los Angeles, succeeds Keith Slotter, who is retiring after 25 years.

Hearn, a Kansas City, Mo. native, began her FBI career in 1991. She started out in Buffalo and got involved in an organized crime investigation into an international illegal gambling operation with links to the mob in several cities, the FBI said.

In May 1998, she was went off to the Chicago division where she worked organized crime involving the town of Cicero, Ill.

The following year, she was elevated to the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters, the FBI said.

From there she became an assistant inspector with the Office of Inspection at headquarters before heading off to Kansas City as a supervisory special agent.

In November 2005, she was named assistant section chief in the FBI’s International Operations Division. About two years later, she was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Investigative Services Branch at the Washington Field Office.

A year later, she was named special assistant to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III.

In 2009, she was assigned to her current post in Los Angeles.

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Sen. Kohl Asks FBI Director Mueller Not to Close Wisc. Offices

Sen. Herb Kohl/gov photo

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Senator Herb Kohl warned FBI Director Robert Mueller on Wednesday morning about the danger of the FBI’s plan to close three FBI offices in the senator’s home state of Wisconsin, reports WXOW.

Kohl opposed the closures of offices in La Crosse, Kenosha and Wausau, Wisc., telling Mueller that if the closures go through “the Western District of Wisconsin will be especially hard hit, and will lose half of its FBI offices,” according to WXOW. “I have strong objections to these closures,” he said.

Mueller said that the FBI, looking at the Western part of Wisconsin, hopes the coverage will remain the same, with just as many agents overall, despite the office closures. He told Kohl there remained an open “crack” as to the final decision.

To read more click here.

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Are the Feds Helping Crackdown on Occupy Wall Street?

Robert Mueller/file fbi photo

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Many are wondering whether or not the feds are helping crack down on the Occupy Wall Street movements spreading throughout the country, reports the Huffington Post.

Federal agencies deny any involvement, but that doesn’t seem to satisfy all. The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund and the National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Committee, two civil rights groups, filed freedom of information requests regarding communications between federal law enforcement agencies and local police concerning the protests, according to the Huffington Post.

At a recent appearance in San Francisco FBI director Robert Mueller did little to clear things up. Speaking to the Commonwealth Club, reports SF Appeal, Mueller refused to answer any questions about FBI involvement in the crackdowns. “Many attendees of the talk were eager to ask the FBI director about the Occupy protests, but at the mention of the word, Mueller promised he would duck the question,” SF Appeal reports.

Mueller said the protesters are walking a fine line between exercising their first amendment rights and denying the rights of others to use public spaces. “I’m not going to get too deep in these waters,” he said. Occupy demonstrations are “largely” being dealt with by local authorities, he told listeners, and it has been working differently in various cities.

This comes shortly after an Associated Press report officials from nearly 40 cities discussed via conference calls how to deal with protestors.

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FBI Lends Hand to the Balkans

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

One lucky FBI agent has won a round trip visit to the Balkan nation of Bulgaria.

Announced on Tuesday during Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov’s U.S. visit, an FBI special agent will be sent to Bulgaria to assist the nation’s cyber crime fighting, reports the Sofia News Agency.

The agent will help with such cases involving child pornography, identity theft and financial crimes.

FBI Director Robert Mueller also made clear that in December he will visit Bulgaria, a nation he said the bureau’s relationship with is “better than ever.”

Tsventanov also met with US Attorney General Eric Holder and plans to meet with many others in the intelligence and federal law enforcement community.

To read more click here.