LA Times: AG Sessions Must Recuse Himself from Probes of Trump Ties to Russia
AG Jeff Sessions at his confirmation hearing.
By Editorial Board
Los Angeles Times
If Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with efforts by Russia to help him defeat Hillary Clinton — a nightmare scenario for which no evidence has been produced so far — it would be first and foremost a political and constitutional crisis. But it also likely would involve violations of federal law. And even if such collusion didn’t take place, there could be other matters involving Russia and Trump associates that would require decisions by the Department of Justice.
That department is now headed by Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, who as a senator from Alabama was an early and enthusiastic supporter of Trump’s candidacy. And President Trump, as he made clear at his stream-of-consciousness news conference last Thursday, rejects concerns about improper relationships between his campaign and Russia as a “ruse” and “fake news” fabricated “to try and make up for the loss of the Democrats.”
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News Orgs. Demand FBI Discloseh Was Paid For San Bernardino iPhone Hack
Several media outlets, including the Associated Press, filed a brief with a federal court on Monday to require that the FBI make public certain evidence regarding the San Bernardino investigation, including information on the cost of the software tool the FBI used to hack an iPhone and the identity of the person or persons who sold it to the FBI.
The AP, Vice, and Gannet, the news conglomerate that owns USA Today, filed a suit in September 2016 demanding information about a mysterious transaction that allowed the FBI to bypass Apple’s assistance in unlocking an iPhone belonging to the employer of Syed Rizwan Farook, who, along with his wife,Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 people in the San Bernardino shooting attack.
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FBI informant involved in James Hoffa murder
In his younger years, Sheldon Yellen helped run the Southfield Athletic Club, which played a pivotal part in one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th century. On July 30, 1975, one of the regulars at the club--Anthony Giacalone, known as "Mr. G" to Yellen--was scheduled to meet with ex-Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa at the Machus Red Fox restaurant at 2 p.m., according to federal officials. At 2:15 p.m., Hoffa called his wife, apparently concerned that Giacalone hadn't showed.
It was the last time she ever heard from him. Authorities declared Hoffa dead in 1982, even though they never found his body. Giacalone, who was indicted on RICO charges in 1996 but died before the case went to trial, was a prime suspect in Hoffa's disappearance but was never charged. He had an airtight alibi, having spent July 30 at his favorite hangout, the Southfield Athletic Club. When asked about Hoffa, Giacalone allegedly said, "Maybe he took a little trip."
Investigators spent years chasing down people who might know something, including Yellen's mentor, Leonard Schultz, who authorities say was a Mafia associate, friend of Giacalone, head of the Southfield Athletic Club and FBI informant. Schultz, who was eventually convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine in 1987, took any secrets he may have had to the grave in 2013. "I always thought Lenny knew more about the Hoffa disappearance than he ever told us about," says retired FBI agent John Insogna.
Melbourne plane crash: CEO, lawyer, ex-FBI agent among Americans killed
Updated: Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 2:34 PM
A Brooklyn sex crimes prosecutor busted last year for DWI surrendered Wednesday to cops for the alleged sexual assault of a woman inside her car, sources said.
Troubled lawyer Chrismy Sagaille, 31, turned himself at the NYPD’s Special Victims Unit in Harlem over the Sunday night attack that began after the accuser gave the lawyer a ride home, sources told the Daily News.
The two were headed home around 11 p.m. from a party with mutual friends when Sagaille asked the victim for a lift.
He will face charges of sex abuse, forcible compulsion and forcible touching linked to a pair of incidents inside the car.
Sagaille initially grabbed the victim’s face and stuck his tongue into her mouth, with the woman fighting him off, source
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Members of the Code Pink activist group were convicted Wednesday of federal charges for disrupting the January hearing for the man who is now U.S. Attorney General.
One of the convicts, Desiree Fairooz, was arrested after laughing at the hearing.
In a statement, Code Pink called the convictions "an affront to justice and contrary to the kind of peaceful tolerant world we all deserve to live in."
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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will argue in court today that the warrant used by the FBI in the now infamous “Playpen” child pornography case was unconstitutional. EFF — an organization dedicated to preserving digital liberty — is concerned about the precedent this case will set if the warrant is allowed to stand.
As The New American reported in a previous article, the case stems from a two-week period in 2015 when the FBI operated a child pornography website and used the traffic to that website to inject malware to the computers of visitors to the site:
The case goes back to 2015 when the FBI operated a child pornography website for two weeks. Yes, you read that right. From February 20 to March 4, 2015, the FBI ran a website with more than 23,000 actual pictures and videos of children being sexually abused, including more than 9,000 of which could be downloaded by visitors to the site. According to court records, some of those children were almost too young to be in kindergarten.
It began when the FBI discovered the location of the server for the so-called Playpen website, which was accessible only via the Tor network. The FBI raided the location, arrested the operator, and made the decision to leave the website up and running and allow visitors to the site to continue downloading images and videos. The FBI’s reasoning (if it can rightly be called that) was that federal agents had the ability to inject malware into the server that would work its way back to the users’ computers, defeating Tor’s anonymity all along the way. The FBI tracked the site’s visitors and later made more than 135 arrests including “a pediatrician, a math teacher, a professor, a public school administrator, a preschool teacher, a former bank executive and a federal drug enforcement agent,” according to a report from deepdotweb.com. Somehow, in the darkened mind of the FBI, the arrests justified spending two weeks peddling child pornography. And this is at least the third time the FBI has done this type of thing.
But then, this is the same FBI that helped the NSA give us Fast and Furious.
In the two years since the FBI made the arrests in the “Playpen” case, those cases have been making their way through the courts. There have been a variety of legal challenges, but now EFF will argue before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, Massachusetts, today that the FBI’s decision to use “a single, general warrant to authorize its massive hacking operation” amounts to “violating the Fourth Amendment,” according to a press release by the Internet privacy group.
Of course, it is easy to misinterpret the actions of groups such as EFF in a case such as this one. But lest it appear that EFF is defending child pornographers, that is not the only (or even the main) issue he
“… As a new type of propaganda war on free speech emerges in the political landscape of America and Europe, it is critical to note that viewpoints which oppose the profitability of major companies who invest in advertising will not be tolerated. This leaves us with the need to create evermore avenues of journalistic expression where genuine truth can be published and access by a body politic clearly hungry for truth.
Friday’s remarks on this incident serve as a warning to future generations of Americans:
“That’s okay, hopefully my children and my grandchildren will see that this last cartoon published by Farm News out of Fort Dodge, Iowa, will shine light on how fragile our rights to free speech and free press really are in the county.” [Source]
Dallas Gunman Was Under FBI Investigation Before Shooting 3 People
The FBI was investigating a Dallas man before he fatally shot his roommate and critically wounded a neighbor and paramedic on Monday.
Derick Lamont Brown, 36, was the subject of an active, open FBI investigation, NBCDFW.com reports.
Eric Jackson, special agent in charge of the Dallas FBI, confirmed the investigation Tuesday and said his office was reviewing the case file on Brown, who has ties to two black nationalist groups.
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When Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner took their family to a ski resort in Whistler, Canada during Passover last month, U.S. Secret Service went, too, and the cost of their portion of the trip was over $65,000.
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The purchase orders to do not appear to show the travel costs incurred for Secret Service on the trip.
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
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Nichols says bombing was FBI op
Detailed confession filed in S.L. about Oklahoma City plot
Published: February 21, 2007 12:00 am
Updated: Feb. 22, 2007 1:02 p.m.
The only surviving convicted criminal in the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City is saying his co-conspirator, Timothy McVeigh, told him he was taking orders from a top FBI official in orchestrating the bombing.
A declaration from Terry Lynn Nichols, filed in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, has proven to be one of the most detailed confessions by Nichols to date about his involvement in the bombing as well as the involvement of others. However, one congressman who has investigated the bombings remains skeptical of Nichols' claims.
The declaration was filed as part of Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue's pending wrongful death suit against the government for the death of his brother in a federal corrections facility in Oklahoma City. Trentadue claims his brother was killed during an interrogation by FBI agents when agents mistook his brother for a suspect in the Oklahoma City bombing investigation.
The most shocking allegation in the 19-page signed declaration is Nichols' assertion that the whole bombing plot was an FBI operation and that McVeigh let slip during a bout of anger that he was taking instruction from former FBI official Larry Potts.
Potts was no stranger to anti-government confrontations, having been the lead FBI agent at Ruby Ridge in 1992, which led to the shooting death of Vicki Weaver, the wife of separatist Randy Weaver. Potts also was reportedly involved in the 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas in 1993, which resulted in a fire that killed 81 Branch Davidian followers.
Potts retired from the FBI under intense pressure and criticism for the cover-up of an order to allow agents to shoot anyone seen leaving the Weaver cabin at Ruby Ridge.
When contacted, the FBI's main office in Washington, D.C., said it could not provide immediate comment on Nichols' claims Tuesday.
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Ben Bennight, a bail bondsman, said he flagged the comment on YouTube last fall and emailed a screenshot to the FBI, who paid him a visit and asked whether he knew the commenter.
“They came to my office the next morning and asked me if I knew anything about the person,” Bennight told BuzzFeed News. “I didn’t. They took a copy of the screenshot and that was the last I heard from them.”
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The Waco Incident – 20 Years Later
April 19, 2013
Since this web site is all about police misconduct, we cannot let the twentieth anniversary of the Waco incident pass without comment.
April 19, 1993 marks the worst police action in modern American history. Here are the main things to know:
For those interested in the details, read this paper that we published in 2001 (I also recommend the documentary film, Waco: The Rules of Engagement, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 1997). For today, let me just highlight some facts for all the people who do not have the time or inclination to study the details.
What’s the takeaway from all this? First, recognize that this awful incident really did happen. Crimes were committed and then the government tried to deceive everyone about what actually happened there. Second, when it comes to government power, especially police power and the use of deadly force, be impartial, ask questions, and follow the evidence. We must remember that, in a free society, police agents may not use the “color of their office” to commit crimes.
Fanning the Flames of Waco
By David B. Kopel and Paul H. Blackman
September 8, 1999
On April 19, 1993, 26 children were killed at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas. Six years and one day later, 12 children were killed at Columbine High School. The Columbine murderers are dead, and the man who illegally supplied them a gun is facing a lengthy prison sentence. But those responsible for the deaths of the children at Waco remain at large.
If, as President Clinton and Attorney General Janet Reno claim, the federal government bears no responsibility for the deaths of the children at Waco, why has the federal government worked so hard, and with so much success until recently, to falsify the facts about what happened there?
The lies about how the fire started commenced while the building was still in flames. A Justice Department spokesman in Washington claimed that an FBI sniper using a rifle scope had seen a male Branch Davidian, wearing black Ninja-style clothes and a black hood, pour liquid on the floor behind a piano and then ignite it. The day after the fire, Jeffrey Jamar, the FBI’s special agent in charge at Waco, asserted that the agent saw a person “get down with cupped hands and then there was a flash of fire.”
At the criminal trial of the Branch Davidians in 1994, that story fell apart. FBI Special Agent Jack Morrison said that he could see, through a hole created by a tank, somebody bent or kneeling by an overturned piano. The man appeared to be washing his hands, although the sniper admitted on cross-examination that he could not see the man’s hands. The fire did not erupt while the man was in the sniper’s sight, though the sniper did see a fire shortly thereafter. However, pictures of the progress of the fire show that the area near the overturned piano (the front door) was not a starting point for any fire. No fire appears there until several minutes after the sniper’s observation. Photographs show no fire in that area while much of the rest of the building was in flames.
Attorney General Reno earned a congratulatory phone call from President Clinton the day after the fire because of her highly publicized acceptance of responsibility. She put the FBI in charge of investigating its own conduct at Waco. The resulting report was a sham and a cover-up. Although seven independent reviewers were appointed to examine the FBI report, the FBI withheld evidence from them, such as Branch Davidian leader David Koresh’s April 14 offer to surrender as soon as he completed his written interpretation of the Seven Seals from the Book of Revelation.
Today, Reno claims to be angry that the FBI has been caught lying about Waco for the last six years. This brings to mind Claude Rains’s line from Casablanca, “I’m shocked … shocked to find that gambling is going on in here.”
The FBI lied to Janet Reno right from the start: they told her that CS chemical warfare agent is a mild irritant, even though much smaller doses than were used at Waco have killed children. On the day of the assault, the FBI flagrantly ignored her prior order to back off if there was any danger to the children. When she had initially rejected the FBI’s plan for a tank and chemical warfare assault on the Branch Davidians, the FBI told her that “Koresh was beating the babies.” In fact, FBI listening devices revealed no such thing.
Now Attorney General Reno’s response to new revelations about FBI lies is to order another FBI investigation of the FBI.
It is undisputed that while the FBI tanks were conducting the chemical warfare assault, the Branch Davidians spread kerosene in the building, intending to light it if the tanks entered the building. Starting a massive conflagration would have been consistent with Koresh’s apocalyptic interpretation of the Bible.
However, if federal agents bear no responsibility for the start of the fire and for the deaths of 76 people, why has the FBI covered up so much evidence for so long?
Recent revelations show that the FBI did fire pyrotechnic grenades — fully capable of starting a fire — during the attack on the Branch Davidian home. The FBI now claims that those grenades were launched six hours before the fire began. Yet if this “innocent” explanation is true, why did the FBI not tell the truth from the beginning?
Even if one takes the current FBI explanation at face value, it shows the federal government’s horrible disregard for the children. Although CS chemical warfare agent is banned from international warfare by a treaty that the United States has signed, the FBI used it against children and babies, knowing that those innocents would be unprotected by gas masks, since their faces were too small to fit them.
After the fire, the FBI bemoaned the failure of the Branch Davidians to take refuge in the underground tornado shelter, where the air remained cool and fresh. Yet the FBI now admits that the pyrotechnic grenades were launched at the very beginning of the assault as part of a systematic plan to keep anyone from fleeing to the shelter.
The federal Posse Comitatus Act forbids the use of the military for civilian law enforcement. Yet the Dallas Morning News reports that the U.S. Army’s Delta Force was “present, up front and close” on April 19, 1993. That revelation undermines earlier claims that only three Delta Force soldiers were at Waco in an “advisory” capacity.
The government claims that the FBI never fired a single shot at Waco, yet an FBI aerial film appears to show the distinctive pattern of machine gun fire coming from government posts at the rear of the Branch Davidian compound — on the one side of the building that television cameras could not see. Could it be that Delta Force, and not the FBI, was doing the shooting — making claims that the FBI did not fire a single shot literally true?
Congressional leaders are beginning new hearings on Waco. However, the 1995 Waco hearings were a disaster, with Republicans looking for administration appointees to blame and paying little attention to the malfeasance of career federal agents. Meanwhile, Democrats such as then-Rep. Charles Schumer succeeded in diverting attention away from crimes committed by government employees and toward the statutory rapes that David Koresh had perpetrated earlier. To his credit, Schumer, now a senator, was the first major Democrat to call for a new review of Waco.
If another round of hearings is to have any chance for success, it will be essential to have a small committee, to allow congressional staff to question witnesses, and not to impose time limits on how long a given witness may be questioned.
Even now, it is unclear who killed the children of Waco. More than ever, though, the recent unveiling of more FBI lies underscores the fact that the children died because of willful and knowing actions by our federal law enforcement professionals. Although the president shed crocodile tears over the 12 children at Columbine High School and now seeks partisan advantage by pushing for federal laws that could not possibly have prevented Columbine, he and his administration remain coldly indifferent to the 26 children at Waco. The day after the Waco fire, Clinton said, “I do not think the United States government is responsible for the fact that a bunch of religious fanatics decided to kill themselves.” But the children didn’t kill themselves. If the president and his attorney general really care about those 26 children, they will appoint outside investigators — not the FBI — to bring out the truth about what really happened on April 19, 1993.
S.L. lawyer cannot take depositions in regards to his brother's death
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a judge's ruling that allowed a Salt Lake attorney to take depositions of Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols and a death-row inmate.
The ruling, issued Thursday, states attorney Jesse Trentadue cannot take video depositions of Nichols and convicted killer David Paul Hammer about the death of Trentadue's brother and an underlying conspiracy regarding the bombing itself.
Jesse Trentadue believes his brother, Kenny Trentadue, was tortured and killed by federal officials while in custody after being mistaken for an associate of bombing conspirator Timothy McVeigh. Kenny Trentadue, a convicted bank robber, was in custody for a parole violation at the time.
According to a previous statement given by Nichols, Nichols claims a high-ranking FBI official was in contact with McVeigh and may have directed the bombing plot as a way to draw other anti-government people out. Hammer has claimed that after being housed together in prison, McVeigh told him that he had acted as an undercover military operative.
In its ruling, the 10th Circuit stated that it appeared neither Nichols, nor Hammer, had any direct information relevant to Jesse Trentadue's Freedom of Information Act request.
Thursday's ruling reverses an order by U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball, who found Trentadue could conduct new depositions of the inmates.
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LMPD and FBI form new joint task force to investigate public corruption and civil rights violations
February 22, 2018 4:52 pm
The Louisville Metro Police Department and FBI announced on Thursday that the agencies had formed a new joint task force that would investigate public corruption and civil rights violations.
In a news release, the agencies stated that the Louisville Public Corruption Civil Rights Task Force “formalizes a relationship started some time ago,” as its members will identify, investigate and pursue prosecution of public officials or public entities violating federal or state criminal statutes.
Last year, the local FBI office and LMPD also created a violent crime task force focused on the intersection of gangs and the illegal drug trade, as Louisville was coming of a record-high total of criminal homicides in 20
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Gus Lee Moore worked for the FBI in Charlotte. Now, a federal indictment handed down Thursday says he stole from the agency, too.
Moore, a former staff member in the FBI’s Charlotte office, was indicted on one felony count of theft of government property.
The indictment, signed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dana Washington, says Moore took “money and other things of value” in excess of $1,000. NOW
A federal indictment on Thursday accuses former FBI employee Gus Lee Moore of embezzling from the FBI in Mecklenburg County.
Public records indicate Moore also was arrested last July on three counts of shoplifting in York County, S.C. Moore appears to live in Clover, S.C.
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NWC Joins SCOTUS Amicus Brief with FBI Whistleblowers
By Aaron Jordan on March 9, 2018 Posted in FBI Whistleblowers, Federal Employee Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers, Intelligence Community Whistleblowers, News
Earlier today, the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) joined a friend-of-the-court brief filed with the Supreme Court in support of FBI whistleblower John Parkinson’s petition for certiorari, seeking review of the Federal Circuit’s decision denying veterans’ preference-eligible FBI employees the right to raise whistleblowing as an affirmative defense in an appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).
The amicus brief, filed on behalf FBI whistleblowers Michael German, Robert Kobus, Jane Turner, and Frederic Whitehurst, as well as the NWC and the Project on Government Oversight, details why the Department of Justice’s procedures for FBI whistleblowers are not an adequate substitute for a veterans’ preference-eligible FBI employee raising a whistleblower claim in an MSPB case.
Lt. Col. Parkinson was dismissed from the FBI and sought to raise whistleblower reprisal as an affirmative defense at his MSPB hearing. He was denied the opportunity by the MSPB, won an appeal of that denial before a Federal Circuit panel, but then lost on rehearing en banc. The Federal Circuit overturned, in part, a panel decision and determined that FBI whistleblowers may not raise whistleblower reprisal as an affirmative defense before the MSPB.
The amicus brief chronicles the long-winded paths to justice of four former FBI whistleblowers, including former FBI crime lab expert Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, who bravely blew the whistle on flawed forensic science at the FBI lab; former FBI agent Michael German, who reported the FBI’s illegal recording of conversations in violation of Title III wiretap regulations during a counterterrorism investigation; former FBI agent Jane Turner, who reported to the DOJ Inspector General that colleagues had stolen items from Ground Zero after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks; and retired FBI employee Robert Kobus, who worked at the FBI’s New York Field Office for 35 years and made a protected disclosure regarding some of his colleagues’ abuses of the FBI’s leave policy. Both Whitehurst and Turner hold leadership positions at the NWC.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time the Federal Circuit has issued a decision denying whistleblowers the rights intended by Congress. The Supreme Court should agree to hear this important case in order to correct the Federal Circuit’s dubious decision and to ensure that veterans who work at our foremost law enforcement agencies are fully protected when they blow the whistle.
Gregory Dubinsky, of Holwell, Shuster & Goldberg, who co-wrote the amicus brief, emphasized that “veterans make incredible sacrifices for our country, and we owe it to them to deliver on the promises Congress made in federal law to protect their rights when they face retaliation for blowing the whistle.”
Joshua Geltzer, of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP) at Georgetown University Law Center, and co-author of the amicus brief, remarked the Federal Circuit’s “decision to strip veterans now working at the FBI of protections they’d enjoy elsewhere in government flies in the face of Congress’s persistent efforts to protect such whistleblowers, and the Supreme Court should step in to correct it.”
David Colapinto, NWC General Counsel and partner in the law firm of Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, who represented Whitehurst, Turner, and Kobus in their FBI whistleblower cases, said that the NWC is “very grateful that Holwell, Shuster & Goldberg and ICAP agreed to file the amicus brief” on behalf of NWC and the other amici.
Read the complete amicus brief here.
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COINTELPRO comes to the 21st century.
Retired Special Agent Bassem Youssef, the chief of the FBI’s Communications Analysis Unit, charged with running and monitoring the Bureau’s Metadata Collection and exploitation under Section 215 of the Patriot Act showed Former FBI Director James Comey audit information which clearly showed that nine years of data collection had resulted in only one successful disruption of a terrorist plot.
FBI SUPERVISOR WARNED COMEY IN 2014 THAT WARRANTLESS SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM WAS INEFFECTIVEBy John Solomon and Alison Spann, the Hill
By John Solomon and Alison Spann, the Hill
Schoen is surprised that lawmakers have lauded Mueller as a stellar and well-respected former FBI director but have little knowledge about the former bureau director’s past from the criticism during his years in Boston, challenges with the 911 Commission findings when he was first appointed to the FBI and handling of the Anthrax case to name a few, he said.
In the early 1980s, before Mueller became the second longest serving FBI director, he was a criminal prosecutor in the Boston office of the Justice Department and then became the Acting U.S. Attorney in Boston from 1986 through 1987.
It was Mueller’s actions during that time that raised questions about his role in one of the FBI’s most controversial cases involving the FBI’s use of a confidential informant that led to the convictions of four innocent men, who were sentenced to death for murders they did not commit.
Local law enforcement officials, the media, and some colleagues criticized Mueller and the FBI for what they believed was the bureau’s role in covering up for the FBI’s longtime dealings with mobster and informant James “Whitey” Bulger.
Bulger was a kingpin and a confidential informant for the FBI from the 1970s in the bureau’s efforts to take down the Italian mafia in Boston. But Bulger’s relationship with his FBI handler Special Agent John Connolly became toxic. It was later discovered that Connolly went out of his way to protect Bulger and aided the crime boss against investigations being conducted by the Boston PD and the Massachusetts State Police. According to reports at the time, Connolly would inform Bulger of wiretaps and surveillance being conducted by law enforcement.
Journalist Kevin Cullen wrote extensively about the FBI’s involvement with Bulger and raised concerns about the old case in a 2011 article in Boston.com after Obama asked Congress to make an exception to allow Mueller to stay on two-extra years beyond the mandated 10 year limit as FBI director.
Cullen said in his story that Mueller who was first an assistant US attorney, “then as the acting US attorney in Boston” had written “letters to the parole and pardons board throughout the 1980s opposing clemency for the four men framed by FBI lies. Of course, Mueller was also in that position while Whitey Bulger was helping the FBI cart off his criminal competitors even as he buried bodies in shallow graves along the Neponset.”
In 2001, those four men, who were convicted in 1965 of Teddy Deegan’s murder were exonerated by the courts. It was discovered that the FBI withheld evidence from the court to protect their informant that would have cleared the men, according to reports. At the time, the bureau buried the truth to protect Vincent “Jimmy’’ Flemmi, their informant, who was the brother of Stevie Flemmi, a partner of Bulger.
Coleen Rowley, a former FBI special agent and former Minneapolis Division legal counsel of the FBI, wrote a Op-Ed in the Huffington Post last year No, Robert Mueller and James Comey Aren’t Heroes stated that when the truth about Bulger “was finally uncovered through intrepid investigative reporting and persistent, honest judges, U.S. taxpayers footed a $100 million court award to the four men framed for murders committed by (the FBI operated) Bulger gang.”
But according to Cullen, Mueller never was asked by Congress, “what did you know about Whitey Bulger, and when did you know it?”
U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner in Boston said the bureau helped convict the four men of a crime they did not commit, and the three of them had been sentenced to die in the electric chair.
“This case goes beyond mistakes, beyond the unavoidable errors of a fallible system,” Gertner wrote in a 228-page decision, which called the FBI’s defense — that Massachusetts was to blame for an inadequate investigation — “absurd,” according to Cullen’s article.
Schoen noted for these reasons alone there should be concern about Mueller’s special counsel.
“As I have mentioned before, under Mueller’s watch in Boston, the second most corrupt relationship between an FBI agent (John Connolly, now in prison for murder-related charges) and his information (Whitey Bulger) unfolded,” said Schoen. “Mueller was neck deep in it and has never answered the questions that the media asked rhetorically, but that should have been asked by a grand jury of Congressional Committee. Even such dubious sources as the NY Times, Boston Globe, and Huffington Post have demanded answers. Many have suggested he should never have been FBI Director.”
“Central tenet of the criminal justice system..to challenge the integrity of the investigation”Attorney David Schoen
“Central tenet of the criminal justice system..to challenge the integrity of the investigation”
Over the weekend, Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight Committee was one of those members.
“If you have an innocent client, Mr. Dowd, act like it,” Gowdy told “Fox News Sunday,” who added Mueller’s probe should continue.
Like Gowdy, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., also stressed that there should be a second special counsel, telling this reporter, “the system is working, we should let it work. Firing Mueller would be a grave mistake.”
But Schoen disagrees with Gowdy and Graham saying, “it is a central tenet of the criminal justice system that one may always challenge the integrity of the investigation/prosecution and it is reckless for a member of Congress to suggest otherwise,” said Schoen.
Schoen and the former FBI official disagree with Graham. The former FBI official, who worked on counterintelligence cases, said if the foundation of the investigation isn’t based on credible solid evidence “then Mueller’s investigation is one in search of a crime and that is not what you want and that’s not how it should be done.”
By: Jason Kelly , Kelly Healey
The initial indictment of Smith accused him of taking money on three occasions, including $800 from a woman at a safety checkpoint and $5,000 from a woman's kitchen during a “knock and talk” at the home of a drug suspect.
A former northeast Ohio village police chief has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of receiving nude photos of a 16-year-old girl he’d met on the job.
Thirty-six-year-old Andrew Soloman entered the plea Friday in U.S. District Court in Akron. Prosecutors are expected to seek the dismissal of a child pornography charge during Soloman’s sentencing in June.
DENVER — The Denver Sheriff’s Department mishandled an investigation into the 2015 death of a man restrained by deputies at the jail and must change its disciplinary and investigative process, a law enforcement watchdog agency said in a blistering report Monday that focused new attention on a case that has already resulted in a $4.6 million settlement.
The report made public by Denver’s independent police monitor, a civilian oversight agency for Denver’s police and sheriff departments, recommends that a civilian be put in charge of the Internal Affairs Bureau of the sheriff’s department that investigates allegations of officer misconduct.
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