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Tag: White House

Secret Service Locked Down White House After Objects Thrown over Fence

whitehouseBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service imposed a lockdown at the White House on Monday morning after a man threw a sign and notebook over the Pennsylvania Avenue fence.

The lockdown was ordered around 10:40 a.m. and lifted less than an hour earlier after two people were taken into custody.

None of the objects were deemed dangerous.

The lockdown prevented people from leaving or entering the White House.

President Trump, who was attending a 9/11 ceremony, returned to the White House during the lockdown, according to the Secret Service.

Mueller’s Team Wants to Interview White House Staffers over Trump Tower Statement

Robert Mueller, via FBI

Robert Mueller, via FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team wants to interview White House staffers who may have been involved or witnessed a misleading statement about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower, CNN reports

Mueller’s team is trying to learn how the statement aboard Air Force One was crafted and who was involved.

The investigation may determine whether anyone from the White House was trying to obstruct justice by intentionally issuing a misleading statement.

CNN wrote:

The interviews with White House staffers who were aboard Air Force One have not begun, the sources said. They currently involve only a small number of people, but the sources cautioned that number could increase. At this time, Mueller has not asked to interview President Trump. Trump Jr. was on the Hill Thursday for an interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In his first response to a report this summer about his meeting at Trump Tower, the President’s son claimed in a statement that he “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children” during his meeting with a Russian lawyer he believed to be connected to the Russian government. That claim was later debunked by multiple accounts of the meeting.

Trump Lawyer Asks Reporter If She’s on Drugs for Asking about Trump’s Termination Letter to Comey

James Comey testifies about President Trump before a Senate committee.

James Comey testifies about President Trump before a Senate committee.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

White House special counsel Ty Cobb questioned whether a reporter was on drugs for asking why the president didn’t send his letter notifying James Comey that he was being fired as FBI director.

The unprofessional question came in an email exchange between Cobb and Business Insider’s Natasha Bertrand, who wrote a story about how the letter may be used as evidence in the obstruction of justice case against President Trump. 

Cobb declined to say why the letter was never sent to Comey and asked Bertrand, “Are you on drugs?”

Bertrand shared the exchange on Twitter.

“Cobb supposedly has a great reputation and is a very respected lawyer,” Bertrand told HuffPost. “He was brought in to bring some discipline to the whole operation. So I wasn’t expecting that response to what I thought was a pretty basic question.” 

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.

Other Stories of Interest

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.