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Charges Against U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm Put Spotlight on His 11-Year FBI Career

Rep. Michael Grimm

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, who was indicted on fraud and other charges this week, served as an FBI agent for 11 years, spending about half of that time investigating financial corruption, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Grimm’s congressional biography states that he worked in the New York FBI office from 1995 to 2006.

About five of those years were spent “deep undercover” with the bureau’s Financial Fraud Squad.

Grimm helped lead an investigation that netted charges against nearly four dozen traders in a currency trading scheme.

Grimm also investigated organized-crime fires and corrupt public officials.

Now the FBI said it will review his handling of the cases following the charges filed against him, including perjury.

“That’s something we definitely will look at. No doubt about it,” George Venizelos, assistant-director-in-charge of the FBI’s New York office, said.

Busted! Congressman Caught Buying Cocaine in Joint Sting by FBI, DEA

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Rep. Henry “Trey” Radel faces up to six months in jail after he was busted  for cocaine possession in a joint sting by the FBI and DEA, authorities announced Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

The 37-year-old freshman lawmaker said he made an “extremely terrible choice” and has been struggling with alcoholism.

Radel was snagged in a “buy and bust” operation. On Oct. 29, Radel is accused of buying cocaine from an undercover sting.

“In facing this charge, I realize the disappointment my family, friends and constituents must feel. Believe me, I am disappointed in myself, and I stand ready to face the consequences of my actions,” Radel said in a statement.

“However, this unfortunate event does have a positive side. It offers me an opportunity to seek treatment and counseling,” his statement said. “I know I have a problem and will do whatever is necessary to overcome it, hopefully setting an example for others struggling with this disease.”

Congressman to FBI: ‘Why Won’t You Come in And Talk to Us’

Rep. Keating/gov photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Rep. William Keating  touched on a new  FBI directive is urging the bureau to share information with local police about terrorist threats, the Boston Herald reports. He wants to talk to the FBI.

“That’s news to me,” Keating, a Homeland Security Committee member, said. “If there’s something through these directives and meetings whereby they’re helping communication, then they’re still not communicating that with Congress.”

Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis testified in a congressional hearing, saying the FBI never shared information about the slain Boston Marathon bomber, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Keating added: “First and foremost, the first line of defense is local. This is something that was underscored time and time again. The one biggest question I have right now is, ‘Why won’t you come in and talk to us.”