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Trump: FBI, DOJ To Look Into Smollett Case

(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?”

NCIS Agent Allegedly Had An Affair With Terror Suspect

(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.

920x920De 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.

FBI Releases Redacted Surveillance Warrant Application

(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.

FBI Agent Accidentally Shoots Customer At Bar

(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.

Trump Asks Judge To Block Feds From Reviewing Cohen Raid Documents

(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.

Comey Interview: Trump Asked Him To Disprove Dossier Allegations

(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.

U.S. Justice Department Indicts Seven People As It Seizes Backpage.com

(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 Hit With Cyber Attack Demanding Ransom For File Access

(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.

Clapper: No Question Russia Tried To Sway Election

(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.

U.S. Grand Jury Indicts 13 Russians For Election-Related Fraud

(Washington, DC) — Thirteen Russian nationals are being indicted for election-related fraud in the 2016 presidential campaign. In a Justice Department news briefing today, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the defendants waged “information warfare” in the U.S. Rosenstein stressed there is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election. But the effort was definitely there. With damaging releases aimed to tarnish Hillary Clinton’s chances.

Rosenstein said Russians violated U.S. laws to interfere with the American political process.

He noted that the Russians recruited Americans to stage rallies but said the Americans were not aware of the Moscow connection.

A Politico article by Cristiano Lima says,  Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office on Friday unveiled an indictment against 13 Russian nationals and three foreign entities on charges relating to the 2016 election meddling.

The indictment, which includes conspiracy to defraud the United States and aggravated identity theft, depicts an elaborate web of initiatives aimed at influencing the presidential race.

Here is a look at some of the most startling findings from the Department of Justice announcement.trump-russia-interactiveRussians paid Trump rally-goers to simulate Clinton jailing

According to the document, the Russian nationals and their associates paid people attending pro-Donald Trump rallies in Florida to carry out numerous “tasks,” including asking one to construct a cage at an event and another to dress up as Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton behind bars.

“Defendants and their co-conspirators asked one U.S. person to build a cage on a flatbed truck and another U.S. person to wear a costume portraying Clinton in a prison uniform,” the indictment read.

Calls for Clinton to be jailed were persistent at Trump rallies throughout 2016, with crowds often breaking out into chants of “Lock her up!” In local reports from 2016 rallies in Florida, rally-goers can be seen staging Clinton displays with caged mannequins.

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