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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.

VP Pence’s Lawyer Meets with Special Counsel over Russia Probe

Vice President Mike Pence.

Vice President Mike Pence.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The lawyer representing Vice President Mike Pence in the Russia probe met with special counsel Robert Mueller this summer.

Pence sent his attorney, Richard Cullen, to meet with Mueller to explain that Pence is willing to cooperate with the investigation, Politico reports

So far, it doesn’t appear Pence is a target of the investigation, which has largely focused on former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and the president’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner.

Vice President Biden: We Need a Larger FBI to Combat Terrorism, Gun Violence

Vice President Joe Biden

Vice President Joe Biden

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Vice President Joe Biden said the FBI should be larger so it can focus on the growing threats of terrorism.

“It always needs more resources in terms of personnel,” Biden said in an interview with Charlie Rose. “I mean, we could use a larger FBI.”

Biden said the FBI has done all it can to prevent gun violence, but the bureau just isn’t big enough.

Biden’s comments were in response to the Orlando nightclub shooter, who was investigated twice by the FBI but never arrested.

The vice president, however, did not say there were concrete plans to increase the number of agents at the FBI. 

Newly Released FBI Files Show ex-Sen. George McGovern Was Pursued for Years

George McGovern

George McGovern

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In April 1975, Sen. George McGovern wanted to know whether the FBI had collected any information on him in case he ended up on the presidential ticket.

McGovern was most concerned that the FBI possessed information about a child he fathered as a young man, the Argus Leader reports. 

Hoping to work out a compromise with the bureau, McGovern met with FBI officials and was told the bureau had information that he fathered a child.

According to new FBI records released on McGovern, the senator “made no comment nor asked any questions about the statement that the allegation concerning the illegitimate child had been verified during the special inquiry investigation.”

The FBI last month released nearly 1,4000 pages in McGovern’s FBI file, showing that he was often pursued by the bureau.

The records show that McGovern fathered a child before he was married in 1943 and that the information somehow ended up with President Nixon’s re-election campaign.

Secret Service Investigates Shots Fired Outside VP Joe Biden’s Home

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Secret Service is trying to determine who fired shots outside Vice President Joe Biden’s home in Delaware on Saturday night, the Washington Post reports

The Secret Service said a vehicle fled the area after firing the shots at the home in the small, wealthy suburb of Wilmington.

Neither Biden nor his family were home at the time.

About 35 minutes after the shots fired at 8:25 p.m., federal authorities arrested a driver who refused to yield to secure perimeter.

It wasn’t clear this morning whether that person was involved in the shooting.

“The Secret Service is working closely with the New Castle County Police on investigating this incident,” according to a statement released by the Secret Service.

Biden’s office declined to comment, referring questions to Homeland Security.

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Vice President Joe Biden Charges Tax-Funded Secret Service Agents to Live in His Cottage

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Vice President Joe Biden is charging rent to his taxpayer-funded Secret Service protection so the agents can live in a cottage next to his house in Delaware, The Inquisitr reports.

Under the rental agreement, which was discovered when the vice president filed his tax return, Biden receives $2,200 a month, the same rate he apparently charged other tenants, according to The Inquisitr.

This arrangement seems bizarre to me,” Citizens Against Government Waste spokeswoman Lesile Paige said. “You’d think the vice president, who shepherded the deficit committee, would think twice about charging the Secret Service rent. Why would he need the money? I don’t get it.”

Supreme Court Rules that Secret Service Agents Can’t Be Sued in Protestor Confrontation With Cheney

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The big guys and gals have weighed in on the matter and Secret Service has come out on top.

The Supreme Court ruled Monday unanimously in favor of two Secret Service agents, saying they can’t be sued, according to the New York Times.

The court ruled against a Colorado protestor, who was suing the agents for violating his free speech and arresting him in 2006 after he made critical remarks to Vice President Dick Cheney.

The Times wrote of the Supreme Court ruling, which reversed a Court of Appeals decision:

The Supreme Court reversed the decision, saying the Secret Service agents could not be sued. They were entitled, (Clarence) Thomas wrote, to the qualified immunity available to government officials when the legal principle said to bar their conduct was not “clearly established.” The court did not decide whether the First Amendment in fact allows retaliatory arrests in such circumstances.

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Secret Service Dep. Director Keith Prewitt is Hanging Up His Badge

Keith Prewitt/secret service photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

After 29 years with the agency, U.S. Secret Service Deputy Director Keith L. Prewitt is hanging it up. He’ll retire April 7.

“It’s truly been an honor to work with the dedicated men and women of the Secret Service and serve as Director Sullivan’s deputy,” said Prewitt in a statement. “It’s been a privilege to contribute to the rich tradition and history of the most respected law enforcement agency in the world.”

Since 2008,Prewitt oversaw the protection of the U.S. President and Vice President and visiting heads of state. Additionally, he led the Secret Service’s investigative mission enforcing counterfeiting laws and criminal investigations into a wide range of financial and computer-based crimes

“Keith’s contribution to the agency has been invaluable,” said Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan in a statement. “His experience, judgment and management skills have brought our agency much growth and success through the years. His outstanding leadership and friendship have meant a lot to me.”