(Washington, DC – AP) — President Trump is blasting this week’s developments in the Jussie Smollett case. He tweeted this morning “FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!”
It comes after prosecutors in Chicago dropped all 16 charges the Empire actor was facing in connection with accusations he lied to police about an alleged racist and homophobic attack by two men wearing MAGA hats.
When the story first broke in January, Trump sympathized with Smollett saying “It doesn’t get worse, as far as I’m concerned.” After the actor was accused of staging the whole thing, Trump called out Smollett on Twitter, asking “What about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments?”
(Houston, TX-AP) — An NCIS agent is facing charges in connection to an alleged affair with a terror suspect. Federal authorities say 45-year-old Leatrice Malika De Bruhl-Daniels is charged with obstruction of justice.
De Bruhl-Daniels allegedly became romantically involved with Syrian businessman Nadal Diya, who was flagged as a possible terror suspect for his involvement with the illegal shipping of goods from the U.S. to Iran. De Bruhl-Daniels, a career intelligence officer who held a top security clearance, allegedly tried to help Diya obtain a U.S. visa and also alerted him that he was under FBI investigation.
“I can’t stop thinking about … you. I haven’t slept for days. I’m deeply attracted to you and I can’t think about you like that. Don’t worry, I will still fight for your visa situation as much as I can.”
Diya reportedly threw her a lavish birthday party, gave her son a job and even paid for a luxury trip to Greece. The federal agent was arrested in September and will be tried in Houston in December.
(New York, NY-AP) — Rapper Tekashi69 is under arrest on racketeering and firearms charges and is set to be arraigned in Manhattan federal court in New York.
The 22-year-old rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was one of four people taken into custody. The arrest appears to be in connection to a shooting at a party last month on the Upper East Side.
Among those arrested are the victim, who was shot during a fight, and the rapper’s recently-fired former manager.
(Washington, DC) – The FBI is releasing a redacted version of its surveillance warrant application on Trump campaign policy advisor Carter Page. The previously classified document has been the subject of partisan bickering over the FBI’s methods investigating members of the Trump campaign.
The FISA warrant approved in 2016 allowed the FBI to conduct surveillance on Page. Some Republicans have argued because the warrant was based on a research dossier critical of Trump and Russia paid for by Democrats, the entire FBI investigation into possible collusion is tainted.
(Denver, CO) – Denver police say an FBI agent accidentally shot a person in the leg while dancing at a bar. The off-duty agent was reportedly dancing early Saturday when his gun fell out of his holster.
It went off when he went to retrieve it, striking the other customer, who was taken to the hospital in good condition. The agent was taken to police headquarters before being released to his FBI supervisor. No charges have yet been filed and the FBI has declined to comment.
(Washington, DC) – President Trump’s lawyers are going before a judge to try to block federal prosecutors from reviewing documents seized in a raid on his lawyer’s office.
The lawyers posited that the Justice Department can’t fairly evaluate the materials seized from Michael Cohen’s office and home.
In a letter to the judge, the lawyers asked that Trump and Cohen be allowed to identify privileged communications before a extensive review.
(New York City, NY) – Former FBI director James Comey says President Trump asked him to investigate salacious allegations made against him in the so-called Steele Dossier. Comey writes about working in the Trump White House in a new book that comes out Tuesday, called “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership.” Comey talked about the book in an interview to air Sunday on “20/20,” and said Trump was fixated on the 35-page document compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.
The “dossier” allegedly contains potentially damaging information on Trump, including detailed accounts about prostitutes in Moscow. Comey says Trump told him he might have to investigate the dossier to prove the claims didn’t happen, and said it would terrible if his wife Melania thought it was true. Trump hit back at Comey on Twitter this morning, calling him a “weak and untruthful slime ball.” He said it was a great honor to have fired Comey.
(Washington, DC) – The Justice Department announced multiple indictments in the seizure of Backpage.com. Four Valley residents are charged in the 93-count indictment, including founders Michael Lacey and James Larkin, Scott Spear, and John “Jed” Brunst.
Three Texans are also charged. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says Backpage.com was the dominant marketplace for illicit commercial sex, a place where sex traffickers frequently advertised children and adults.
(Atlanta, GA) – Officials in Atlanta say the city’s computer systems are under a cyber attack where a ransom is being demanded for access to files. The attack is reportedly holding up internal systems using ransomware and has caused outages on several computer systems. Thursday, a ransom note was discovered demanding payment in the cryptocurrency bitcoin.
The letter details that all files have been encrypted and require a key to regain access. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, Microsoft and Cisco Security are working to resolve the matter. It’s still unclear if any personal information has been compromised as part of the attack.
(SL) – Former National Intelligence Director James Clapper believes “there are other shoes to drop” following the indictment of more than a dozen Russians for meddling in the 2016 election.
Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Clapper said information could come out later about the direct involvement of the Russian government, or the financial entanglements between Russia and the Trump organization. He said those are issues the special counsel on the Russia investigation could be looking at.
Clapper said there’s no question the Russians were trying to sway the election and that they were trying to sow discord and discontent in the country, as well as hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign and support the Trump campaign. He added that President Trump has failed to speak on what needs to be done to address the Russia threat.