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Tag: White House

Paranoia Grips White House As Trump’s Inner Circle Worries about Secret Recordings

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Tension and paranoia have gripped the White House as the special counsel’s investigation gets closer to Donald Trump’s inner circle.

Already on edge, White House officials are questioning whether witnesses for Special Counsel Robert Mueller were wired to covertly record conversations, sources close to the president told Politico

“They’re probably shitting bricks,” said an attorney who represents a senior Trump aide caught up in the Russia investigation. “How can you not?”

The latest bad news for Trump was the revelation that his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has agreed to cooperate with investigators after pleading guilty Friday to lying to the FBI.

Trump’s inner circle has already been worried following the discovery that former campaign aide George Papadopoulos reached a secret deal earlier this summer.

White House attorneys and private counsel for current and former Trump aides acknowledged they have asked their clients whether they’ve had discussions with any potential witnesses who could have been wired. 

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia has heated up in recent weeks.

Trump’s Lawyers Try to Keep President Calm to Prevent Self-Sabotage

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump is a nightmare client for lawyers.

Predisposed to self-sabotage, Trump is worrying his attorneys about his impulse to be combative in the face of federal investigations.

Vanity Fair reports that Trump’s lawyers are “taking pains to project calm, telling the president he has nothing to fear and that the investigation, which some posits is just getting started, will wind down soon.” 

“The people who have been interviewed generally feel they were treated fairly by the special counsel, and adequately prepared to assist them in understanding the relevant material,” White House lawyer Ty Cobb, who has urged the president to cooperate with Mueller and his team, told The Washington Post. “They came back feeling relieved that it was over, but nobody I know of was shaken or scared.” 

Vanity Fair wrote:

One of the goals of this effort, it appears, is to prevent Trump from flying into a rage and firing Mueller, as several of his allies have suggested he do if it appears Mueller is expanding the scope of his investigation into the president’s finances. “I’ve done my best, without overstepping, to share my view that the perception of the inquiry—that it involved a decade or more of financial transactions and other alleged issues that were mistakenly reported—just wasn’t true, and that the issues were narrower and wholly consistent with the mandate provided by the Justice Department to the Office of the Special Counsel,” he said, adding that he believes the investigation will be wrapped up by the end of the year, or shortly thereafter. As for further revelations regarding foreign contacts that are reportedly on the horizon, Cobb said he does not expect them to “unduly extend the inquiry.”

Secret Service Arrests Individual Who Tried to Jump White House Fence

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service arrested an individual who tried to jump a security border at the White House while President trump was inside Sunday morning.

The suspect, who has not been identified, tried to jump over the barrier on the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the White House.

A row of metal bike racks had been installed in that area in response to other fence-jumpers.

No injuries were reported.

House Intelligence Committee Reviews Documents Related to Infamous Trump Dossier

President Trump, via White House

President Trump, via White House

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The controversial dossier on Donald Trump isn’t vanishing any time soon.

The latest: Justice Department and FBI officials showed classified documents related to the controversial document behind closed doors Tuesday before the House Intelligence Committee, Fox News reports.

The committee is trying to determine what federal law enforcement has done to flush out the report compiled by the Washington-based boutique investigative firm Fusion GPS headed up by former Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn Simpson.

The documents reviewed Tuesday were presented for inspection pursuant to a subpoena issued by the committee’s chairman, U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif,  Fox reports.

Bannon Pushes Trump to Dump Mueller Before Probe Gets Hotter

Steve Bannon on 60 Minutes.

Steve Bannon on 60 Minutes.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A special counsel investigation that President Trump has dismissed as a “witch hunt” fueled by “fake news” has suddenly become very real.

On Monday, Robert Mueller’s legal team dropped bombshells: Two Trump campaign aides have been charged with federal crimes and another has cooperated and admitted he tried to set up a clandestine meeting between the future president and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

As the legal heat turns up on the Trump administration, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is urging Trump to dump Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Politico reports

Bannon, who now is the executive chairman of the right-wing Breitbart News, advised the president to defund Mueller’s office to avoid officially firing him. 

CNN’s Dana Bash reported Bannon even told Trump he should withhold documents requested by investigators.

“I’m told Bannon pushing trump to be more aggressive against Mueller: urge gop to cut funding, withhold document production and more,” Bash wrote on Twitter.

White House: Justice Department Should Consider Charging Comey

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies about President Trump before the Senate Intelligence Committee in early June.

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies about President Trump before the Senate Intelligence Committee in early June.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The White House is insisting that the Justice Department should investigate former FBI Director James Comey for alleged crimes in the aftermath of his termination.

“It’s something they should certainly look at,” press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters when asked whether the administration should prosecute Comey, CNN reports

The White House claims Comey leaked privileged information to the media and gave false testimony to Congress by suggesting that Trump pressured the FBI director to drop the investigation of Russia’s election year meddling.

“If there’s ever a moment where we feel that a person has broken the law, particularly if they’re with the FBI, that’s something that should be looked at,” she said.

Another Man Dressed at Pikachu Jumps Over White House Fence

secret-servic-via-secret-serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Kentucky man dressed as a Pokemon character wanted to become famous so he  jumped the White House fence on Tuesday.

Curtis Combs, 36, was wearing a Pikachu outfit and planned to post the jump on YouTube, WDRB reports

The Secret Service tweeted that a suspicious package was found at the south fence line.

Combs is not the first person to try to jump the White House fence wearing a Pikachu outfit. He was apprehend by the Secret Service.

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Secret Service Finds Cache of Weapons in Car Near White House


White_HouseBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When Secret Service officials approached a man for allegedly urinating in public near the White House on Sunday morning, they found a cache of guns, knives and other weapons in the suspect’s car.

CNN reports that the suspect said he was planning to go to the white House to speak with National  Security Agency Director Admiral Mike Rogers and Defense Secretary James Mattis “for advice on missing paychecks and how to get the chip out of my head,” according to the incident report obtained by CNN

A search of the vehicle uncovered nine guns, three knives, ammunition, brass knuckles and suppressors.

The suspect was charged with multiple weapons violations after he was taken to a D.C. facility for “mental observation.”

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