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Former Head FBI’s Minneapolis Division Running for Governor in Kansas

Michael Tabman, retired special agent in charge of the FBI’s Minneapolis division.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Michael Tabman, the former special agent in charge of the FBI’s Minneapolis division, is running for governor in Kansas.

The agent-turned-security consultant is among more than 20 candidates vying for the governor’s seat.

Since retiring from the bureau in 2007 after 24 years of service, Tabman has lived in Johnson County in Kansas with his wife and children and wants to give back.

“As Governor, I want to restore all that makes Kansas such a wonderful place to live,” the New York native said on his campaign website.

Tabman said his priorities are improving and protecting schools, reducing health care costs and protecting civil liberties.

No stranger to violence, Tabman advocates more stringent regulations on “weapons of mass murder” but still supports the right to own a firearm.

In 2005, Tabman was the special agent in charge of the mass shooting at a Native American reservation in Minneapolis known as the “Red Lake Massacre.”

After Tabman retired, he sued the FBI, claiming the bureau smeared his character and denied him promotions because of false allegations that he mishandled a complaint against Special Agent Harry Samit. 

A judge dismissed the suit.

Special Counsel Probes Sessions’ Russian Contacts at Republican National Convention

Republican National Convention.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was a U.S. senator at the time, had secret conversations with a Russian ambassador at the Republican National Convention and Washington’s Mayflower during Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, according to a new report. 

Mueller’s team also is questioning attendees of the July 2016 convention in Cleveland about a last-minute decision to remove language from the Republican Party platform that was hostile to Russia, Reuters reported, citing two sources familiar with the special counsel probe. 

Investigators want to know the extent of conversations between Sessions and then-Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak. They also are questioning whether Sessions met privately with Kislyak at the Mayflower Hotel in April 2016.

Under oath last year, Sessions originally told lawmakers he had no recollection of contacts between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, but later acknowledged he did.

Because of his contacts with Kislyak, Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation, which allowed his deputy to appoint Mueller to lead an investigation into collusion and possible obstruction of justice.

Mueller’s team also is inquiring about the removal of language from the GOP’s platform that called for the U.S. to  supply “lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine’s armed forces and greater coordination with NATO on defense planning.”

Diana Denman, a member of the platform committee’s national security subcommittee, told Reuters in 2016 that Trumps team was directly involved in changing the language.

Retired FBI Agent Vying for Democratic Nomination for Congress in Pa.

Retired FBI agent Todd Rowley.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Todd Rowley, who spent more than 24 years serving the FBI, is running as a Democrat for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 13th District.

The 53-year-old Donegal Township man retired from the FBI in July 2014 after a career spent on counterintelligence and counterterrorism.

Rowley, who works as a state park ranger and substitute teacher, said he wants to bridge the partisan divide that so often hampers progress in politics.

“We must begin the process of lessening the division and discourse that our country and its citizens are mired in,” he told TribLive.com. “That starts with elected officials — without abandoning their principles — being committed to and finding compromise and common ground on the many important issues our country faces today.”

The primary election is May 15 for a seat that covers  the eastern part of Westmoreland County along with Somerset, Bedford, Blair, Huntingdon, Fulton, Franklin and Adams counties, and portions of Cambria and Cumberland counties.

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Trump to Acting FBI Director: Whom Do You Vote for in Presidential Election?

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe testifies before Congress.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Shortly after Andrew McCabe became the acting FBI director to replace the ousted chief, James Comey, President Trump summoned the new bureau boss to the Oval Office for what was supposed to be an introductory meeting.

During the meeting, Trump asked McCabe whom he voted for in the 2016 presidential election – an oddly timed question for a new commander in chief accused of firing Comey for refusing to end an investigation involving former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn, who later pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents.

McCabe responded that he didn’t vote, according to several current and former U.S. officials who spoke to the Washington Post.

While the FBI director is chosen by the president, the position is supposed to be non-partisan. Trump eventually appointed Christopher Wray to serve as the FBI director.

It was widely reported this week that Wray threatened to resign after the Trump administration pressured him to fire McCabe, who returned to his position as deputy FBI director.

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Retired FBI Agent Running As Republican for Congress in New Jersey

Retired FBI Agent Robert Turkavage

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A retired FBI agent who lives in New Jersey is throwing his hat in the ring for Congress.

Robert Turkavage, a 32-year FBI veteran, is running as a Republican  for the 2nd District congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, who is not seeking re-election, the Press of Atlantic City reports

“For over 23 years, Congressman LoBiondo has served all of the residents of southern New Jersey with honor and distinction,” Robert Turkavage said in a press release. “LoBiondo was a true believer in the notion that the private sector, not the government, creates jobs and fosters economic growth.”

Turkavage said he wants to continue the work of LoBiondo, a fellow Republican, and forge ties with Democrats for sensible legislation.

“Every vote I cast will be weighed against three benchmarks: Is it good for my constituents? Is it good for my country? And most importantly, is it good for our children?” Turkavage said.

Turkavage served as a supervisory special agent of pubic corruption and government fraud in New York City. After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Turkavage supervised the Office of Intelligence analytical squads.

In 2005, Turkavage retired from the bureau and became vice president with JPMorgan Chase Bank in New York City, overseeing the fraud prevention unit.

Dems Urge Secret Service to Cough Up Details of Pence’s Football Trip

Vice President Mike Pence.

Vice President Mike Pence.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Calling Vice President Mike Pence’s early departure from an NFL game on Sunday a political stunt, two top Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee are urging the Secret Service to disclose the cost of the trip in Indianapolis.

The letter to Secret Service Director Randolph Alles on Wednesday accused Pence of billing taxpayers for a political stunt.

“The costs associated with the Vice President traveling to Indianapolis and attending a large, public event are immense, and we are deeply concerned that the Trump Administration finds it appropriate to expend taxpayer resources to play political games,” reads the letter by Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman.

The letter also asks whether any of the agents who were present lost their eligibility for overtime because of statutory pay limits.

The Hill wrote:

Pence flew from Las Vegas to Indianapolis, where he attended a matchup between the Colts and the San Francisco 49ers. Reporters traveling with the vice president were told by a staffer to wait in their vans outside the stadium because of the possibility of “an early departure from the game.”

Pence soon left, after some players knelt in protest during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” President Trump later tweeted that he had told the vice president to leave if any players took a knee.

Trump Insists in Poland That ‘Nobody Really Knows’ if Russia Meddled in Election

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump once against split with U.S. intelligence agencies on whether Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

“I think it was Russia … and I think it could have been other countries,” Trump said when asked about the alleged meddling at a press conference in Warsaw ahead of the G-20 summit in Germany.

The president later said the hackers could just be “other people.”

“A lot of people interfere” in elections, Trump said, adding “nobody really knows for sure.”

The CIA and FBI have said conclusively that overwhelming evidence indicates Russia tried to influence the election in favor of Trump.

The president’s reluctance to acknowledge Russia’s involvement comes amid a special counsel investigation into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Moscow to upset the election.

Trump also is meeting with Putin on Friday.

Trump: ‘Everyone’ at G-20 Is Talking about DNC’s Handling of Cyberattacks

President Trump

President Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

At the G-20 summit in Germany, President Trump claimed “everyone here is talking about” how Democrats handled cyberattacks during last year’s presidential election. 

It’s unclear why leaders of the world’s wealthiest and developing countries would be caught up in old election news at a gathering designed to promote international financial stability. What’s more likely is that Trump is trying to divert attention away from a very active investigation into whether his campaign conspired with Russia to meddle in the election. 

In a tweet Friday morning, Trump claimed “everyone is talking about why John Podesta refused to give the DNC server to the FBI and the CIA. Disgraceful!”

On Thursday, Trump used the international stage to slam America’s intelligence agencies, the Democratic National Committee, the media, Russia and former President Obama.

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