Tag Archives: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Mueller's Deflategate II production loses top FBI investigator

Source: ABC News

"One of the FBI's top investigators, tapped by special counsel Robert Mueller just weeks ago to help lead the probe of Russian meddling in last year's presidential election, has left Mueller’s team, sources tell ABC News. The recent departure of FBI veteran Peter Strzok is the first known hitch in a secretive probe that by all public accounts is charging full-steam ahead. … It's unclear why Strzok stepped away from Mueller's team of nearly two dozen lawyers, investigators and administrative staff. Strzok, who has spent much of his law enforcement career working counterintelligence cases and has been unanimously praised by government officials who spoke with ABC News, is now working for the FBI's human resources division." (08/16/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/special-counsels-russia-probe-loses-top-fbi-investigator/story?id=49249486

The FBI booby-trapped a video to catch a suspected Tor sextortionist

Source: Motherboard

"Malware and hacking tools are established parts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's toolkit when it comes to unmasking criminal suspects on the Tor anonymity network. In a new case revolving around someone blackmailing children, FBI agents sent the suspect a digitally-poisoned movie file that obtained the target's real IP address. … Monday, prosecutors announced charges against Buster Hernandez, 26, of Bakersfield, California. Hernandez is charged with threats to use an explosive device and sexual exploitation of a child. He is suspected of using the moniker 'Brian Kil.' Since 2015, Brian Kil has used social media, email, and VoIP to communicate with a number of underage female victims and extort sexual photos from them, according to the criminal complaint. Under duress, some victims sent explicit images and videos to Kil." (08/08/17)

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/gyyxb3/the-fbi-booby-trapped-a-video-to-catch-a-suspected-tor-sextortionist

Trump regime pulls plug on plans for new FBI HQ

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

"The J. Edgar Hoover FBI building is crumbling. Literally. Workers have placed netting along parts of its facade to keep chipping concrete from falling on pedestrians below. There are concerns about its security and the building, which opened in 1975, is no longer big enough to house the Bureau's headquarters staff. But efforts to construct a new facility were dealt a major setback Tuesday, when the General Services Administration, the government agency in charge of the project, announced it was pulling the plug. In a statement, the GSA put the blame on Congress, saying lawmakers have only appropriated $523 million of the $1.4 billion the Obama administration requested for the project last year, leaving a substantial $832 million funding gap." [editor's note: Disband the FBI and auction off the current HQ site to someone willing to locate a productive private enterprise there. Problem solved – TLK] (07/11/17)

http://www.npr.org/2017/07/11/536691709/trump-administration-pulls-plug-on-plans-for-new-fbi-hq

Trump names FBI director nominee

Source: The Hill

"President Trump on Wednesday announced he will nominate Christopher A. Wray to serve as the new FBI director. 'I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI,' the president tweeted Wednesday. … Wray is a former U.S. assistant attorney general who oversaw the Department of Justice's criminal division under former President George W. Bush. He also has ties to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), whom he represented in the Bridgegate scandal." (06/07/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/336690-trump-names-fbi-director-nominee?rnd=1496836266

Trump regime hits reset in FBI director search

Source: CNN

"The team tasked by the White House with finding a new director for the FBI is resetting its search, a senior administration official told CNN. President Donald Trump said last week that he was 'very close' to choosing a new FBI director to replace James Comey …. At one point, former Sen. Joe Lieberman was considered a leading candidate, but Trump has since decided he wants to see a broader range of candidates for the job, the official said." (05/24/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/24/politics/expanded-fbi-search-lawyers/

Trump asked DNI, NSA to deny evidence of Russia collusion

Source: CNN

"President Donald Trump asked two of the government's top intelligence chiefs to publicly deny evidence of cooperation between his campaign and Russia during the 2016 election, multiple current and former US officials confirmed to CNN Monday. Trump spoke to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers after then-FBI Director James Comey revealed in March that the bureau had launched a probe into alleged collusion. Both Coats and Rogers were uncomfortable with the nature of the President's request and refused to comply, the sources with knowledge of the situation told CNN." (05/23/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/22/politics/donald-trump-intelligence-community/

Septuagenarian Connecticutter totalitarian Lieberman emerges as front-runner for FBI post

Source: Politico

"Joe Lieberman, the former Democratic vice-presidential nominee, is the front-runner to be named FBI director, according to several White House officials and advisers. Senior administration officials have told others in the last 12 hours that Trump is expected to pick Lieberman to replace FBI director James Comey, who was abruptly fired by Trump last week. A person familiar with Wednesday’s meeting said Trump bonded with Lieberman, and the president left leaning towards the former Connecticut senator, who retired in 2013. Trump has not signaled otherwise that anyone else is the favorite, aides said, and has told one adviser he wants to make an announcement before he leaves Friday on his first foreign trip." [editor's note: Now there's a name I had hoped to never see again outside an obituary – TLK] (05/18/17)

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/18/joe-lieberman-fbi-frontrunner-238563

Dismantle, the FBI, and give its money back to the states

Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

"With James Comey's firing, we're told the FBI is in turmoil, and Washington DC cocktail parties are all atwitter over the excitement of the scandal. But don't worry about the FBI. If history has proved anything, the Bureau, no matter how much chaos it may endure, can always rely on a fat check from Congress — funded by the American taxpayers. But why does the US need a huge national police force at all? Can't state police forces do just as well? The FBI continues to assert never-proven claims that bigger governments are better at law enforcement than smaller ones. This myth is not only untrue, but very expensive for taxpayers." [editor's note: So how about giving the money back to the taxpayers instead of to the states? – TLK] (05/12/17)

https://mises.org/blog/dismantle-fbi-and-give-its-money-back-states

FBI cargo cult: Junk science and the federal coproach

Source: Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

"The FBI has been under fire in the past year for various and sundry crimes against logic and probity and this is much more deeply ingrained in the culture of the political agency since its founding. It was developed as the original secret police organization for the US government to wield to seek its political ends. The sacking of Comey the Commie is simply the latest above-ground evidence that the agency is broken for its ostensible purpose of crime investigation and simply exists as an American analog to the Cheka, NKVD, KGB and Gestapo." (05/12/17)

http://zerogov.com/?p=5101

New acting FBI director contradicts White House on Comey

Source: CNN

"Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe Thursday rejected assertions by the White House that FBI employees had lost faith in James Comey and that the bureau's probe into Russian election meddling was one of its most minor concerns. 'I hold Director Comey in the absolute highest regard. I have the highest respect for his considerable abilities and his integrity,' McCabe told members of the Senate intelligence committee. He said Comey, who was fired by President Donald Trump on Tuesday, enjoyed 'broad support within the FBI and still does to this day.' … McCabe also contradicted another statement by [White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee] Sanders in Wednesday's White House briefing when she said that the Russia investigation was 'probably one of the smallest things' on the FBI's plate. 'We consider it to be a highly significant investigation,' McCabe said, but declined to give details of the manpower involved in the probe." (05/11/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/11/politics/andrew-mccabe-hearing-senate-intelligence-committee/