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Tag: White House

Trump’s & His Family’s Vacation Habits Are Draining Secret Service Budget

secret serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s large family and their habit of traveling to several residences on the East Coast have left the Secret Service without enough money to pay hundreds of agents. 

The agency has already exceeded its annual caps for salary and overtime for more than 1,000 agents, with more than three months left before the budget is replenished, Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles told the USA Today. 

In the first seven months, the Secret Service has depleted its budget because of weekend trips to Trump’s properties in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia and his adult children’s frequent business trips and vacation across the country and world.

“The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law,” Alles said. “I can’t change that. I have no flexibility.”

Under the Obama administration, Secret Service agents protected 31 people. That number has increased to 42 people under Trump. 

Special Counsel Mueller’s Investigation Reaches White House

Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia’s interference in the presidential election has reached the White House.

Mueller and his team are negotiating interviews with current and former senior administration officials, including recently ousted White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, the New York Times reports. 

Mueller is inquiring about specific meeting and any documents or material related to them. Mueller also plans to ask officials about the firing of then-FBI Director James Comey.

Ty Cobb, a special counsel to the president, declined to comment on details of the investigation but said there White House will “continue to fully cooperate.”

Secret Service Arrests Suspect Who Tried to Leap Barricade at White House

whitehouseBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service, which has come under fire for its lax protection of the White House, wasted no time Wednesday arresting a man who tried to jump over a barricade near the White House grounds.

Officers arrested the suspect as he tried to leap over bike tracks near a park adjacent to the Eisenhower Executive Office building.

“The individual was charged with unlawful entry and transported to the Metropolitan Police Department,” the Secret Service said in a statement.

The incident forced authorities to close Pennsylvania Avenue to traffic around 4:30 p.m. as agents with long guns spread out across the North Lawn.

Fence-jumpers have been a constant problem for the Secret Service for the past two years.

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Goodbye Joe: Lieberman Withdraws Name From Consideration for FBI Director, Citing Possible Conflict of Interest

Ex-Sen. Lieberman/senate photo

Ex-Sen. Lieberman/senate photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex- Sen. Joe Lieberman is no longer in the running for FBI director.

Lieberman sent a  letter to President Donald Trump on Wednesday withdrawing his name from consideration for FBI director, citing a potential conflict of interest, ABC News reports.

Lieberman notes that the White House has enlisted Marc Kasowitz — who works at his law firm, to coordinate the administration’s response to the Russia investigation.

“With your selection of Marc Kasowitz to represent you in the various investigations that have begun, I do believe it would be best to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest, given my role as a senior counsel in the law firm of which Marc is the senior partner,” Lieberman wrote in the letter.

Lieberman seemed like an unlikely choice, anyways.

His law enforcement background was limited to being attorney general in Connecticut before being elected to the Senate. It’s not likely his nomination would have been received that warmly by the Senate.

Ex-Uniformed Secret Service Officer Gets 20 Years for Sexting Teen Girls

smartphone sexting

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A former Secret Service uniformed officer, who was assigned to the White at the time of his arrest in 2015, was sentenced Thursday in Miami federal court to 20 years in prison to be followed by a lifetime term of supervised release for sexting teenage girls.

Lee Robert Moore, 38, pleaded guilty March 1.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami:

According to admissions made in connection with his plea, Moore maintained a profile on the social media application “Meet24,” which provides a mobile-based platform for exchanging digital images, as well as voice and text messages. Delaware State Police Detectives with the Delaware Child Predator Task Force created a profile on this site, posing as a 14-year-old girl, with whom Moore engaged in a number of online chat sessions, via the “Meet24” and “Kik” mobile apps over a two-month period, including while Moore was at work. A number of the online chats between Moore and the undercover officers posing as a female minor were sexual in nature and, on several occasions, Moore sent pictures of himself, including one sexually explicit image.

According to the plea documents, after his arrest, law enforcement discovered that Moore had communicated with a minor in Florida. Moore admitted that in those communications, he sent sexually explicit images of himself and enticed the minor to send sexually explicit photos of herself as well. Moore engaged in the same type of behavior with a 14-year-old girl in Texas and another 17-year-old girl in Missouri. Moore requested that his federal charges in Delaware be transferred to the Southern District of Florida so that he could plead guilty to both charges at one time.

His wife had asked for leniency, citing their two children, the Associated Press reported.

2 Secret Service Uniformed Officers Fired After Fence-Jumper Approached White House

white house big photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Secret Service uniformed officers were fired Thursday after a man jumped a White House fence and managed to wander around for 16 minutes.

In a statement, the Secret Service said the investigation is ongoing, but the agency declined to provide additional information.

The incident happened on March 10, when 26-year-old Jonathan Tran approached the doors and windows of the White House.

The fence-jumping was just the latest breach of security at the White House in the past year.

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Man Triggers Security Scare at White House, Says He Had Nuclear Weapon

white-houseBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man who triggered a security scare outside the White House warned authorities that he had a component of a nuclear weapon and indicated it was a “threat to the president.”

Washington 4 reports that the suspect had previous run-ins with FBI.

Records indicated that Jean-Paul Gamarra, 40, was a drifter and arrested in Lafayette Park.

“Gamarra was asked if he had a bomb with him and Gamarra said no, he had a component to launch a nuclear weapon,” according to the investigator. “Gamarra said he was not there to harm President Trump.”

Justice Department Threatens to Strip Federal Money from Sanctuary Cities

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department warned sanctuary cities and counties this week that they will not receive federal grants if the continue to fail to work with the crackdown on undocumented immigrants.

At a White House briefing, Attorney General Jeff sessions said the municipalities that refuse to turn over undocumented immigrants to federal authorities stand to lose a lot of federal funding, Time reports. 

“We intend to use all the lawful authority we have to make sure our state and local officials who are so important to law enforcement are in sync with the federal government,” Sessions said.

Time wrote:

There is a question about whether the federal government could withhold a wide array of federal funds from cities over their sanctuary status and still survive a legal challenge. Federalism experts say that case law has built up doctrines that help states maintain their resistance. One is the anti-commandeering principle, which suggests that the federal government cannot force state officials to enforce federal law. Other case law suggests that whatever funds the government is cutting need to be in some way related to the policy issue at stake — so the federal government would be on shaky ground withholding transportation funds in an attempt to force states to comply on an education issue, for example.

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