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President Exaggerates Missing Texts Involving FBI Agent Accused of anti-Trump bias

President Trump, via White House

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump pounced on news that the FBI is missing text messages involving a top counter-intelligence official who was removed from the special counsel’s investigation of Russian meddling because of an anti-Trump bias.

In a Tuesday morning tweet, the president suggested the five months’ worth of missing text messages from the agent, Peter Strzok, is “one of the biggest stories on a long time.”

Trouble is, Trump overstated the number of missing texts – “perhaps 50,000” – prompting the Justice Department to correct the president.

Hundreds of text messages between Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page were released to reporters and Congress last month. The FBI released additional text messages on Friday, saying a computer glitch caused the messages to be improperly stored.

The Justice Department is trying to recover the messages.

Trump and conservative allies have pointed to the messages in an aggressively targeted campaign to suggest the special counsel investigation is a “witch hunt” perpetrated by anti-Trump investigators.

FBI Officials in Russia Probe Mocked Trump in Series of Revealing Texts

Photo via FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two senior FBI officials involved in the special counsel’s investigation into possible collision between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia mocked the Republican candidate and expressed their extreme dislike for him.

The remarks were made in text messages between a top counterintelligence agent, Peter Strzok, and Lisa Page, a senior FBI lawyer, several media outlets report

The pair, who also criticized Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration, described the prospect of a Trump presidency as “terrifying.”

The text messages, which were sent to lawmakers Tuesday night as part of an ethics investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector general, included insults aimed at Trump, calling him him an “idiot,” “awful” and a “loathsome human.”

Strzok has been removed from the special counsel’s team after the text messages surfaced.

Republicans are using the text messages to attack the credibility of the investigation led by Robert Mueller.

FBI Arrests Seattle-Area Couple Accused of Plotting to Drug, Rape And Record Children

Michael Kellar, 54, and Gail Lynn Burnworth, 50.

Michael Kellar, 54, and Gail Lynn Burnworth, 50.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has arrested a Seattle-area couple accused of planning to drug, rape and record children.

Federal prosecutors allege Michael Kellar, 54, and Gail Lynn Burnworth, 50, conspired to produce child pornography by recording the molestation of two young girls, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports

The couple was arrested after a passenger aboard a Southwest Airlines flight saw an explicit text message exchange about the plot.

In one text, Kellar allegedly wrote to Burnworth: “You can do this or are you just saying this???”

Burnworth responded: “No I think I can do it if I don’t have parents over my shoulder or worried about who’s going to walk in on me.”

When investigators confronted Kellar, he claimed he was “engaged in fantasy.”

FBI Investigating Lewd Messages from Former Congressman Anthony Weiner to 15-Year-Old Girl


By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and local police are investigating former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner after he allegedly sent sexually explicit text messages and suggestive photos to a 15-year-old girl.

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner

The Daily Mail, which broke the story, reports that a subpoena has been issued for Weiner’s cellphone and other electronic records.

The girls said the exchanges occurred for several months and included Weiner urging her to engage in “rape fantasies.” In one message, Weiner allegedly told the teen: “I would bust that tight p***y so hard and so often that you would leak and limp for a week.”

According to the girl and her family, Weiner was aware that she was underage.

In a statement to Daily Mail, Weiner said, “I have repeatedly demonstrated terrible judgement about the people I have communicated with online and the things I have sent. I am filled with regret and heartbroken for those I have hurt.”

“I have repeatedly demonstrated terrible judgement about the people I have communicated with online and the things I have sent.

“I am filled with regret and heartbroken for those I have hurt.”

North Carolina Judge Charged with Bribing an FBI Agent for Copies of Text Messages

Smart PhoneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A North Carolina judge is accused of trying to bribe an FBI agent to collect text messages between two phone numbers involving a family matter, The Associated Press reports. 

Superior County Judge Arnold Jones II was arrested Wednesday and charged with bribery.

Jones, who handles cases in three rural eastern North Carolina counties, faces up to 37 years in prison, if convicted.

Federal law prohibits the FBI from demanding text or phone information without a search warrant.

According to the FBI, the judge offered $100 for the information.

Secret Service Agent Investigated After Sexting with Woman at Michelle Obama Event

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Secret Service agent is under investigation for flirting with a woman he met while screening bags at an event featuring First Lady Michelle Obama.

The agent, whose name has not been released, is accused of sending a racy picture to the woman after the pair had exchanged text messages all night, according to the New York Post.

The woman worked for a private organization.

“He’s an agent, but he’s out by the [magnetometers]. It’s an exterior post. He’s not on [the first lady’s] detail,” a government official said.

FBI Agent Opens Up About Ex-Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick’s Public Corruption Trial

Kwame Kilpatrick/deadline detroit

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI opened its investigation of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick more than 8 years ago after getting a variety of tips, the leader investigator on the case told WXYZ Channel 7 reports.

Channel 7 interviewed FBI Special Agent Bob Beeckman about an investigation that included some 70 agents, 1,000 witnesses and 40,000 text messages.

“If you have public officials that betray the trust of citizens, the whole fabric of society comes apart,” Beeckman told Channel 7.

The prosecution tallied more than 30 guilty convictions against Kilaptrick, his father and contractor Bobby Ferguson in the public corruption case two weeks ago.

Beekman said the most damning evidence was probably the text messages that revealed a lot about the former mayor’s administration.

Defense Attorney Still Questions Whether FBI Agent’s Text Messages Were Destroyed: Govt. Says It Did Nothing Wrong

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
The legal battle between the defense and prosecution is heating up in an undercover FBI sting into gun trafficking in the Philippines.

The battle began when deputy Federal Defender John Littrell in Los Angeles accused a a California undercover FBI agent of using taxpayer dollars to pay for prostitutes in the Philippines for himself and targets of the sting. The agent, in court papers, adamantly denied the allegation.

Then Littrell filed a motion last month alleging that the government only saved incoming text messages the FBI agent received from the targets, but didn’t save the ones that the agent sent out to the targets. Littrelle suggested the government may have intentionally destroyed the texts, which might be of  help in proving entrapment.

The government in a document filed on Oct. 24, said  that the undercover phone, which was a pre-paid phone purchased in the Philippines, was not capable of saving outgoing messages the agent sent to the defendants.

The government also noted that another phone used by the agent was lost in a cab in the Philippines and was not recovered.

“The government acted in good faith at all times, and there is no reason to believe that the agents’ outgoing texts were exculpatory in any way, particularly in light of the very incriminating nature of the defendants’ email, text, and other communications to the agent,” the government wrote.

But on Thursday, defense attorney Littrell, who represents one of three defendants, Sergio Syjuco, wrote in a motion:

In its opposition, the government admits that the undercover agent failed to preserve any of the outgoing text messages he sent during the 18-month investigation in this case. The government’s excuse for the undercover agent’s failure to preserve his outgoing messages from September 2010 to May 2011 (the “first phone”) was that  he lost the phone in a taxi in Manila. Its excuse for the undercover agent’s failure to preserve his outgoing text messages from May 2011 to January 5, 2012 (the “second phone”), was that the “undercover phone did not save outgoing text messages, and they are “not available on the undercover telephone.” The government does not explain why messages are unavailable on the second phone, and it does not attach a declaration from the agent. It does not rule out the possibility that the undercover agent deliberately lost the first phone, or deleted the messages or altered the settings on the second phone to prevent it from saving outgoing texts. The government says only that “there were no messages in the “sent” box.” This explanation is not complete, and it is not convincing.

The fight continues. Stay tuned.

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