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Tag: State Department

Trump Administration Slaps Visa Restrictions on 4 Countries over Immigration Response

President Trump

President Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Trump administration has slapped visa sanctions against four countries for their refusal to allow for the return of citizens whom the U.S. is trying to deport.

Homeland Security and the State Department confirmed the sanctions but declined to list the four countries.

Sources told the Washington Times that the countries were Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The administration is using an effective, but rarely used tool for requiring compliance.

“We can confirm the Department of State has received notification from the Department of Homeland Securityregarding four countries that have refused to accept or unreasonably delayed the return of its nationals,” a department official told The Washington Times.

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State Department Employee Charged for Allegedly Lying to FBI

U.S. Department of State headquarters in Washington D.C.

U.S. Department of State headquarters in Washington D.C.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 60-year-old employee of the State Department was charged Wednesday with two felonies for allegedly making false statements and obstructing an official proceeding.

CBS News reports that Candace Marie Claiborne is accused of concealing numerous contacts with Chinese intelligence agencies. 

Authorities also say Claiborne failed to report gifts from her Chinese contacts.

CBS News reports:

Claiborne allegedly failed to report repeated contacts with two intelligence agents of the People’s Republic of China, and the agents provided tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and benefits to Claiborne and her family over five years, prosecutors said.

According to an affidavit, the gifts and benefits included cash wired to Claiborne’s bank account, an Apple iPhone and laptop computer, Chinese New Year’s gifts, meals, international travel and vacations, tuition at a Chinese fashion school, a fully furnished apartment and a monthly stipend. Some of these gifts and benefits were provided directly to Claiborne, the affidavit alleges, while others were provided through a co-conspirator.

Former FBI Official Says He — Not the State Department — Suggested Quid Pro Quo in Clinton Investigation

fbi-hq-signBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI official said he – not the State Department – suggested a “quid pro quo” over Hillary Clinton’s private emails.

The former official, Brian McCauley, said Tuesday that he offered to not classify a disputed email if the State Department restored two spots that the FBI had lost in the Baghdad embassy, The New York Times reports. 

But McCauley said the deal was off when he realized it involved Clinton and the 2012 Benghazi attack.

“When I found that out, all bets were off; it wasn’t even negotiable,” the former F.B.I. official, Brian McCauley, said in a telephone interview with the Times.

Here’s how it went down, according to McCauley. Patrick F. Kennedy, a senior State Department official, wanted the FBI to agree not to classify the email in dispute. McCauley said he agreed to help but only if the State Department opened two spots in the Baghdad embassy.

“I’m the one that threw that out there,” Mr. McCauley said of the offer, adding that the offer was not an unusual way for federal agencies to “help each other and work with each other.”

McCauley acknowledged, “it was a quid pro quo; I don’t deny it.”

FBI Documents: State Department Tried to Get FBI to Declassify Clinton Email

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Newly released FBI documents are raising questions about the integrity of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server when she was secretary of state.

In one instance, Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy repeatedly urged the FBI to declassify an email from Clinton’ private server, CNN reports. 

At issue is whether the FBI and State Department were involved in a “quid pro quo” that called for declassifying an email in exchange for the State Department allowing FBI personnel in Iraq. The State Department denies there was any quid pro quo and said it would not have been unusual for it to be involved in a discussion over the proper classification of a sensitive document.

The FBI denied such a deal was proposed or arranged.

In the meantime, Republicans are calling for the resignation of Kennedy, Fox News reports. 

State Department: FBI Recovered 30 New Benghazi Emails from Clinton’s Server

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The State Department says it recovered about 30 emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server that may be related to the Benghazi attack in 2012.

State Department lawyers told U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta that the emails were not included in the 55,000 pages previously turned over by Clinton, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

Before the emails are released, the State Department said it needs until the end of September to comb through the emails and redact any classified information.

Mehta urged the State Department to speed up the review and questioned the amount of time it would take to release the documents.

The hearing is part of a lawsuit filed by the conservative group Judicial Watch, which has sued the government for access to the records.

The discovery raises questions about whether Clinton lied when she maintained that she only deleted emails that weren’t related to her job as secretary of state.

Judge Orders State Department to Release Some Clinton E-Mails by Sept. 13

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The timing is bad for Hillary Clinton.

Under an order from a federal judge, the State Department must begin delivering a portion of the emails uncovered by the FBI during its investigation of Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server by Sept. 13, CNN reports. 

The conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch, is suing for the records.

But the judge only ordered the release of documents related to the Benghazi attacks, and it’s possible that none of those documents exists, the State Department said.

“As we have said, the department agreed to search the materials we received from the FBI in response to several pending (Freedom of Information Act) requests and, to the extent responsive records are identified, produce them,” State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said Thursday. “Using broad search terms, we have identified a number of documents potentially responsive to a Benghazi-related request. At this time, we have not confirmed that the documents are, in fact, responsive. We also have not determined if they involve Secretary Clinton.”

FBI to Start Sending Thousands of Deleted Clinton Emails to State Department

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI on Friday will start sending “several thousand” deleted Hillary Clinton emails to the State Department.

Once in hand, the State Department will begin “rolling” out the e-mails to the public as part of a public-records lawsuit tied to Clinton’s use of a private email server, the Hill reports. 

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan appeared to be annoyed that the FBI was taking so long to transfer the emails.

“It seems to me they could figure out how to transfer [the emails] immediately upon request,” Sullivan said, suggesting that the FBI could just “push a button.”

The Justice Department responded that it takes time to create a format that makes  it possible to process and read the emails.

FBI to Turn Over Clinton’s E-Mails to State Department for Investigation

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI plans to hand over to the State Department thousands of work-related emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server.

The FBI agreed to return the emails Tuesday and said it would cooperate, the Washington Post reports.

“In accordance with our policies and procedures, the FBI will be providing this information to your Department for review and determination of record status pursuant to the Federal Records Act and subsequent [Freedom of Information Act] processing as appropriate,” FBI General Counsel James A. Baker wrote in a letter dated Tuesday and filed in federal court in Washington.

The disclosure may help the federal government hand over email records as part of dozens of pending public records lawsuits, including one filed by Judicial Watch.

“If State obtains additional State Department records, it intends to search them for records” that would respond to requests from Judicial Watch, Justice Department senior trial counsel Caroline Lewis Wolverton wrote in a court filing.

Clinton’s attorneys are suggesting the records are private because her email account “has never been the property of or possessed by the State Department.”