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Comey Says Trump Would’ve Been Charged if Not President; Trump responds with Predictable Insults

Former FBI Director James Comey.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Hours after former FBI Director James Comey said on CNN that President Trump would have been charged with obstruction if he weren’t the president, Trump fired back in predictable fashion.

“James Comey is a disgrace to the FBI & will go down as the worst Director in its long and once proud history,” Trump tweeted Thursday night. “He brought the FBI down, almost all Republicans & Democrats thought he should be FIRED, but the FBI will regain greatness because of the great men & women who work there!”

Many historians would disagree with the hyperbole, especially since J. Edgar Hoover illegally spied on African Americans, suspected communists and others who disagreed with him. In fact, there has been a movement to remove Hoover’s name from the FBI’s headquarters because Hoover is almost universally despised.

The comments came exactly two years after Trump fired Comey, a move that triggered the special counsel investigation into Russian interference.

During a CNN town hall, Comey, who called Trump “a chronic liar,” said he had “no doubt” Trump would have been charged with obstruction if he weren’t the president, an opinion shard by more than 100 former federal prosecutors. Comey also said the GOP’s handling of the case is “why I’m no longer a Republican.”

Comey added the Justice Department would have to take a “serious look” at whether Trump should be charged after he leaves office.

“Whether it’s a wise thing to do to a former president, I don’t know that’s a harder question – a much bigger question – than the facts of the case,” Comey said.

Public Face of Anonymous Pleads Guilty in Case That Could Land Him in Prison for 8.5 Years

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Barrett Lancaster Brown became the public face for Anonymous, a hacking collective that has wrecked havoc on computers nationwide.

Now the spokesman-like figure faces up to eight-and-half years in prison for public posts he made on YouTube and Twitter targeting FBI Agent Robert Smith because authorities were threatening to go after his mom for obstruction of justice charges on accusations that she tried to hide one of Brown’s computer’s, CNET reports.

“Robert Smith’s life is over,” Brown said in a YouTube video. “When I say his life is over, I’m not saying I’m going to kill him, but I am going to ruin his life…”

On Tuesday, Brown, 32, pleaded guilty to federal charges of making Internet threats, obstructing a search warrant and being an accessory to unauthorized access of a protected computer.

Brown’s attorneys Jay Leiderman told CNET Brown was protected by his first-amendment rights.

“It looks like he may have a very strong First Amendment defense to this,” Leiderman said. “Barrett engages in a lot of hyperbole, a lot of saber rattling, and he often speaks off the cuff and says sometimes things I don’t really think he means. Without having talked to him it’s hard for me to conceive of this as really a threat, as opposed to posturing, puffery.”

Rep. Darrell Issa Accuses FBI of Stonewalling Investigation into IRS

Darrell Issa

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A leading California Congressman is threatening to subpoena FBI Director James B. Comey Jr. if the agency isn’t more forthcoming about its investigation into the federal government’s handling of a conservative group, the Washington Times reports.

Rep. Darrell E. Issa is accusing the FBI of stonewalling his inquiry about whether the IRS unfairly targeted True the Vote for scrutiny.

Six months into the investigation, the FBI still has not turned over a document and won’t brief him in person, the Washington Times wrote.

“The department’s tactics have impeded a congressional investigation and interfered with the comittee’s access to documents and information. Obstructing a congressional investigation is a crime,” Issa wrote in a letter to Comey.

DEA Tight-Lipped about Investigation into Prostitution Scandal in Colombia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The DEA is refusing to answer questions about three of its agents who are still on the federal payroll despite their alleged involvement in a prostitution scandal in Colombia, the Washington Examiner reports.

The accusations are serious. DEA agents are accused of paying for a prostitute for a Secret Service supervisor and obstructing the investigation by lying and destroying evidence, the Examiner wrote.

“And they are still on the job a year later,” state Rep. Frank Wolf, R-VA said. “That’s just not a good thing.”

The scandal broke in April 2012 when a dozens Secret Service agents were in Cartagena, Columbia, to prepare for a trip by President Obama.

Texas Financier R. Allen Stanford Convicted in $7 Billion Fraud

R. Allen Stanford

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

All the riches in the world, and no where to go but prison.

A fed jury in Houston on Tuesday convicted wealthy Texan R. Allen Stanford,61,  on 13 of 14 counts that involved allegations that he ran a $7 billion fraud through an offshore bank, the Houston Chronicle reported. Family members wiped away tears as the verdict was read, according to the paper.

The conviction is likely to keep him behind bars for quite a while.

The charges included conspiracy, fraud, obstruction and money laundering. The counts of which he was found guilty carry total penalties of 230 years.

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FBI Busts Sheriff on Conspiracy, Obstruction Charges

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A Louisiana Sheriff was arrested on conspiracy, computer fraud, identity theft and obstruction charges, the FBI announced in a statement.

Sheriff Royce Edward Toney, 64, of Monroe, La., was arrested on Friday, according to the FBI. The indictment alleges that Toney and another man engaged in a conspiracy to illegally track the communications of a third party and that, once he learned the FBI sought to speak with him, he attempted to cover up the illegal tracking, according to the FBI.

From April to October of 2010 Toney and another man allegedly accessed protected computers without authorization and committed identity theft by using the AOL e-mail address and password of another persons. Toney is charged with obstruction both for reformatting the victim’s computer and for retaliating against a witness who spoke to the FBI in the investigation.