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U.S. Secret Service Overpaid Presidential Campaigns About $4 Million for Plane Travel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Secret Service is owed some money.

The agency overpaid presidential campaigns an estimated $4 million for plane travel during the 2016 election, a government watchdog says in a new report obtained by CNN.

A Government Accountability Office report found that Secret Service officials realized eight months before Election Day that they were using the wrong formula to calculate the costs, “but did not ensure the agency reverted to its longstanding policy.”
The Secret Service says it has asked the campaigns that were overpaid to provide the government refunds.

Donald Trump Rallies Are Putting Strain on Secret Service Agents

secret-service-3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The head of the Secret Service said his agents’ jobs are tougher because of the rowdy rallies held by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

“There’s no question that some of these events create even more challenges for us,” Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy told lawmakers at a House Appropriations committee hearing Tuesday.

On Saturday, agents jumped on stage to protect Trump after a man jumped over a fence and appeared to be lunging at the Republican frontrunner. Just a day earlier, Trump canceled a rally in Chicago after hundreds of protesters turned out in loud opposition to the Republican.

But Clancy reiterated that his agents are not responsible for removing disruptive protesters, NBC News reports. 

“We are there to protect our protectee,” Clancy said. “If there are people that are disrupting the event, that is not our primary responsibility.”

The responsibility for handling protesters is up to event security or local law enforcement, Clancy aid.

“We do not interfere with people’s First Amendment rights. People have the right to voice their opinions and it’s for the host committee to decide whether that’s disruptive to that event.”

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Secret Service: Our Agents Don’t Eject Protesters from Campaign Rallies

A Time photographer is slammed to the ground by a Secret Service agent at a Donald Trump rally.

A Time photographer is slammed to the ground by a Secret Service agent at a Donald Trump rally.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service’s rough treatment of a Time photographer during a Donald Trump rally has raised serious questions about the agency’s role during campaigns.

The Secret Service responded Wednesday that it does not remove protesters from campaign events unless a threat is posed to the candidate, the Wall Street Journal reports. 

The Secret Service said its agents were not involved in ejecting a group of black students from a Trump rally in Georgia this week.

But the agency said it’s still investigating a altercation between an agent and a photojournalist at the rally.

“The Secret Service does not engage in any action to address or remove any individual or group exercising First Amendment rights who may create a disruption at a secured venue,” the Secret Service said in a statement. “The Secret Service only intervenes if an individual or group poses a security threat to a protectee or interferes with any law enforcement activity.”

The Secret Services rejected claims that its agents removed protesters during the rally.

“Reports that the Secret Service escorted attendees out of the premises at an event in Georgia this past Monday evening are false. The Secret Service does not escort attendees out of protectees’ events in such circumstances and it was not the Secret Service who did so at that event,” the agency said.

Bernie Sanders Once Advocated Abolishing CIA, Calling It a “Dangerous Institution’

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders once called the CIA a “dangerous institution that has got to go,” Politico reports. 

At the time, Sanders was a 29-year-old socialist angry over the spy agency’s interventions in other country, including what he called America’s history of “overthrowing governments.”

Sanders was running for the U.S. Senate on the ticket of the anti-war Liberty Union Party.

Hillary Clinton allies have seized on the opportunity to attack Sanders, whose views have softened over time.

“Abolishing the CIA in the 1970s would have unilaterally disarmed America during the height of the Cold War and at a time when terrorist networks across the Middle East were gaining strength,” said Jeremy Bash, who served as chief of staff to CIA director Leon Panetta and now advises Clinton’s campaign. “If this is a window into Sanders’ thinking, it reinforces the conclusion that he’s not qualified to be commander in chief.”

Sanders supporters said it’s disingenuous to attack Sanders for something he said four decades ago.

“I think people should look at his 25-year congressional career,” said one person who worked for Sanders in the House of Representatives, and whose employment circumstances prohibit him from speaking on the record. “You don’t have to look at some speech from the early ’70s to know where he is on issues. There’s a very clear congressional record. I think he should be measured and judged on that.”

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GOP Presidential Candidates Cruz, Carson, Trump Side with FBI on Fight with Apple

Apple logoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and Donald Trump defended the FBI’s battle with Apple over encrypted data on a cellphone belonging to the San Bernardino attackers.

Their positions were made clear during a televised town hall Wednesday night.

Another Republican presidential candidate, Marco Rubio, said the issue was complicated, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

“There has to be a way to deal with this issue,” Rubio said. “I don’t have a magic solution for it today … but I do know this: It will take a partnership between the technology industry and the government to solve this.”

Cruz acknowledged Apple’s “serious argument” over protecting privacy of iPhone users but said Apple ultimately is defying a searching warrant.

Carson attacked Apple’s mistrust of the government.

The remaining Republican candidates will appear at a televised town hall Thursday night, when they are expected to lay out their position on Apple’s fight with the FBI.

In a separate town hall meeting Wednesday, Trump called Apple “disgraceful” for rejecting a court order.

“We should force them to do it. We should do whatever we have to do,” Trump said during an MSNBC town hall in Charleston, S.C.

Former Secret Service Agent Blasted Bernie Sanders as ‘Socialist’ Bent on Destroying Freedoms

Daniel Bongino

Daniel Bongino

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino slammed Democratic president candidate Bernie Sanders as a socialist bent on destroying American’s economic freedoms, The Washington Times reports. 

Bongino, an author who often resorts to hyperbolic, partisan language, condemned Sanders on Facebook.

“There is no such thing as ‘democratic socialism,’” Mr. Bongino argued. “Democratic socialism is the foolish idea that you can vote away the liberty of others, as long as you do it slowly.

“There is nothing ‘democratic’ about voting to take away the economic liberty of free men and women’s by taxing away more of their income,” he continued. “There is nothing ‘democratic’ about voting to take away an individual’s liberty to choose their health care options by turning it over to government bureaucrats.

“And there is nothing ‘democratic’ about voting away a family’s freedom to choose where they can send their child to school,” he added.

Bongino concluded: “Don’t be a sucker, don’t #‎FeelTheBern.”

FBI Investigating Whether Hillary Clinton Made ‘Materially False” Statements about E-mail

hillary-clintonBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton now involves determining whether the former secretary of sate violated a federal statute on providing “materially false” information, The Hill reports. 

“The agents involved are under a lot of pressure and are busting a–,” an unidentified intelligence source told Fox, noting the statute can be broadly applied.

The news comes as the FBI reportedly stepped up its investigation earlier this week into Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server.

Republicans have been dogging Clinton over the investigation.

“I think she’s being protected by the Democrats, by the prosecutors and possibly by the FBI,” Donald Trump said Thursday during an interview on Fox Business when asked about the FBI probe.

“What she did is a crime,” Trump added. “She broke the law 100 percent.”

Romney Gets Secret Service Detail

Romney at CPAC 2011. Courtesy Gage Skidmore.

Romney at CPAC 2011. Courtesy Gage Skidmore.

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

After months of campaigning, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will now have the protection of the Secret Service, reports ABC News.

While there are no specific threats to the candidate, the increased  crowds at Romney’s speaking events warrant the added security, according to ABC.

Former Republican hopeful Herman Cain, who has since dropped out of the race, had the Secret Service protection. Now, Romney will be the only candidate with the Secret Service watching out for him.

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