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Wall Street Journal: Obama Should Not Lobby FBI About Hillary Clinton Investigation

president obama state of unionBy Editorial Board
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President Obama’s interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes” Sunday has rightly received attention for his defensiveness about Vladimir Putin’s intervention in Syria. But the President made other news that deserves more attention: to wit, his legal advice to the FBI and Justice Department about Hillary Clinton’s email server.

The FBI has acknowledged it is investigating the former Secretary of State’s use of a private server for official communications, especially her mishandling of classified information. Though she denied in April that classified material had crossed her server, we now know that was false. Hundreds of emails sent to or from her server contained national secrets, some highly classified. She used her own email system in violation of the Federal Records Act and in order to protect her emails from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, and this evasion made her emails vulnerable to foreign hacking.

Yet when Steve Kroft asked if the server posed a security risk, Mr. Obama dismissed the idea by saying “I don’t think it posed a national security problem.” But how would he know unless his lawyers are filling him in on the investigation? Mr. Obama must know as a lawyer how inappropriate it is for a President to comment on a case being conducted by executive-branch officials who work for him.

Convicted Spy Jonathan Pollard Will Be a Free Man Later This Year

By Allan Lengel

Convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, who was serving a life sentence, will be paroled on Nov. 21 after serving 30 years, Business Insider reports.

Jonathan Pollard/wikipedia

Jonathan Pollard/wikipedia

As part condition for parole, Pollard will have to  remain in the U.S.  for five years, the publication reports. The Wall Street Journal reported that the federal parole board voted  unanimously for the parole and the Justice Department didn’t oppose it.

Pollard, 60, pleaded guilty to spying for Israel from June 1984 until his arrest in November 1985, the publication reports.

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FBI Joins Search for Missing Wall Street Journal reporter David Bird in New Jersey

Steve Neavling

Wall Street Journal reporter David Bird was last seen leaving his home in New Jersey more than a week ago.

Now the FBI is getting involved and helping local police, Fox News reports.

Bird, 55, disappeared on Jan. 11 after going on a short walk in Morris County.

So far, local police have been unable to find any credible leads.

FBI Investigated Whether Wall Street Journal Reporters Bribed Chinese Officials for Information

Steve Neavling 

The FBI’s investigation into News Corporation last year included an inquiry into claims that the Wall Street Journal’s China bureau bribed local officials for information, the New York Times reports.

It’s unclear what – if anything – the FBI found during the investigation, which originally began over a phone-hacking scandal in 2011.

The Wall Street Journal conducted its own probe over claims that employees in the China bureau were giving officials gifts in exchange for information, the Times wrote, citing the newspaper’s spokeswoman, Paula Keve.

“After a thorough review of our operations in China conducted by outside lawyers and auditors, we have not found any evidence of impropriety at Dow Jones,” Keve told the Times. “Nor has anyone taken issue with our findings.”

The FBI declined to comment or say whether agents were still investigating the bribery claims.

Patraeus Email Scandal Grows Richer: FBI Agent Sent Shirtless Photo to Woman Who Complained

By Allan Lengel

Now this is starting to sound like a full-blown, made for the big-screen Washington scandal.

Reporters Devlin Barrett, Evan Perez and Siobhan Gorman of the Wall Street Journal report that the FBI agent who started the probe into Patraeus scandal, was a friend of Jill Kelley, the Tampa woman who received harassing, anonymous emails, and sent her a shirtless photo of himself before the whole probe began.

The Journal reported:

 However, supervisors soon became concerned that the initial agent might have grown obsessed with the matter, and prohibited him from any role in the investigation, according to the officials.

One official said the agent in question sent shirtless photos to Ms. Kelley well before the email investigation began, and FBI officials only became aware of them some time later. Eventually, supervisors told the agent he was to have nothing to do with the case, though he never had a formal role in the investigation, the official said.

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FBI’s Top Cyber Cop: “We’re Not Winning”

Shawn Henry /fbi photo

By Allan Lengel

The message from the FBI’s top cyber cop is that the bad guys are winning the cyber war.

“We’re not winning,” Shawn Henry told the Wall Street Journal’s Devlin Barrett.

Henry, who is about to retire from the FBI, said the current methods of fending off hackers isn’t sustainable.

He said the criminal hackers are just too talented, the Journal reported.

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Pres. Obama Defends Atty. Gen. Eric Holder in ATF Gun Controversy

Pres. Obama at press conference/white house photo

By Allan Lengel

President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. in connection with the scandal surrounding the controversial ATF program “Operation Fast and Furious.”

At a press conference, the president said that Holder “would not have ordered” the ATF program that encouraged Arizona gun dealers to sell to straw purchasers — all with the hopes of tracking the guns to the Mexican cartels, according to the Wall Street Journal. Some of those guns have showed up at crime scenes.

Holder and the president have denied knowing abou the program before it became shrouded in controversy.

Obama said an Inspector General probe into the controversy constrained his comments, but he promised to take action when it was completed, the Journal reported.

“My attorney general has made clear that he certainly would not have ordered gun-running to be able to pass through into Mexico,” Mr. Obama said. “I’ve made very clear my views that that would not be an appropriate step by the ATF, and we’ve got to find out how that happened. As soon as the investigation’s completed, I think appropriate actions will be taken.”

FBI Searching for Assets in U.S. of Ousted Tunisian Pres. Ben Ali

Ousted Pres. Ben Ali

By Allan Lengel

The FBI is trying to figure out if ousted Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and other officials have assets in the U.S., the Wall Street Journal reports.

Agents, along with a new Justice Department team, are looking for “proceeds of theft by foreign officials,” the Journal reported.

The paper reported that European nations have moved to freeze funds of Ben Ali they believe were stolen from his country.

Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia after he was ousted.