Donald Trump has falsely claimed texts between former FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were "wiped clean and gone" – despite a new report revealing the messages were not initially included in a Justice Department probe due to a technical error. “Such a big story that will never be covered by the Fake News,” he continued. The FBI’s automated collection tool failed to collect five months of text messages between the agents due to a technology failure, according to a report released by the Justice Department’s office of the inspector general.
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Attorneys for the man charged with kidnapping and killing a Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois-Champaign say the FBI searched his jail cell when he was in court. Brendt Christensen's attorneys now want a judge to force the FBI to divulge what they found in Friday's search. They filed a motion Sunday requesting a hearing. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Christensen , who's charged in the 2017 abduction and death of 26-year-old Yingying Zang. Authorities haven't found her body. The News-Gazette reports Christensen's attorneys say the FBI came to the Livingston County jail when he was in court Friday in Peoria, searched his belongings and interviewed
Town of Wien (WAOW) — The body of a missing Marathon Co. man was pulled from a pond Sunday evening.
BENBROOK (CBSDFW.COM) – The male suspect of a standoff Friday in a Benbrook motel died at the scene from an apparent drug overdose, according to FBI Dallas. A SWAT team and FBI agents were on the scene of a Days Inn along Winscott Road near I-20 where the suspected armed bank robber was holed up inside. The motel was evacuated shortly before 5:00 p.m. except for the room the suspect was in. Originally police said the suspect was transported to the hospital; however an official with FBI Dallas gave an update and said the suspect was instead treated on site for a drug overdose. A Tarrant County Medical Examiner pronounced the suspect dead and identified him as 39-year-old Austin Silvey.
Two lawmakers are asking the Justice Department and FBI to look into whether former U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun lied to a Senate panel in testimony about the handling of sex-abuse allegations against Larry Nassar. At issue is Blackmun's debunked claim that he discussed the case with USOC staff after receiving word of Nassar's potential crimes from the USA Gymnastics president at the time, Steve Penny. Blackmun first offered that information in written testimony to a Senate subcommittee in June. A report from the Ropes and Gray law firm released earlier this week concluded that nobody on the USOC staff could corroborate Blackmun's account of a meeting. Blackmun also told the investigators
(CNN) - The FBI on Friday released a redacted version of the memo that top intelligence officials, including former FBI Director James Comey, used to brief President Donald Trump about the compilation of information detailing his possible connections to Russia -- a document which came to be known as the Trump dossier. The two-page document says, "An FBI source ... volunteered highly politically sensitive information ... on Russian influence efforts aimed at the US presidential election." The document was provided to CNN by the public records advocacy group James Madison Project, which, alongside Politico, had sued for it and received it from the FBI on Friday night following a judge's order.
A study published this month by the UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health called scares about contagion one of the most pervasive myths about migrants. The study found no evidence that migrants pose a significant public health risk to countries such as the U.S. that have good health systems. In fact, migrants themselves face health threats from arduous journeys, violence along the way, or overcrowding in shelters or camps, the Lancet commission said. While some may come from regions where certain diseases are common, the report noted that international tourism and movement of animals spread illness, too. As for the caravan and other migrants from the south, World Bank statistics show
DOHA, Dec 16 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan that Washington was working on extraditing a U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused of orchestrating a failed Turkish coup in 2016, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday. "In Argentina, Trump told Erdogan they were working on extraditing Gulen and other people," Cavusoglu said at conference in Doha, referring to the G20 summit in Argentina from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1. (Reporting by Dmitry Zhdannikov; Writing by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Mark Potter)
The special counsel's office is pushing back at the suggestion that the FBI acted improperly in its interview of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, saying he "chose to make false statements" and did not need a warning that it was against the law to do so. The filing from special counsel Robert Mueller Friday comes four days before Flynn gets sentenced on a charge of lying to the FBI about his conversations with the then-Russian ambassador to the United States. It responds to a sentencing memorandum filed earlier this week by Flynn's lawyers that suggested there were irregularities in how he was interviewed. The back-and-forth between prosecutors and defense lawyers has created an unusual rupture in an otherwise harmonious relationship as prosecutors had praised Flynn as a model cooperator and recommended that he receive no prison time at his sentencing.
A federal judge in Texas ruled that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional without its insurance-coverage penalty, casting doubt on the embattled health law’s future. Chinese hackers are breaching Navy contractors and stealing data, triggering a top-to-bottom review of cyber vulnerabilities.
EGG HARBOR CITY, N.J. (WTXF) - In Egg Harbor City, New Jersey, neighbors are left puzzled are FBI agents unexpectedly raid a home on their block. With a cat in the window and a walker out front, the small, light-colored brick home does not stand out, but neighbors say the activity there does. “People going in and out all day and night. Ambulances there a lot. I don't think they're well,” said Terri Cantz. 57-years living on the block and Cantz doesn't miss a thing. Certainly not the FBI raiding the Philadelphia Avenue home early Friday morning. “They were all standing outside and the door was wide open as I drove by. But, I didn't stop,” Cantz added. Agents from the Atlantic City area Northfield
A Katy man is scheduled for sentencing in February after recently pleading guilty in federal court for his central role in a wide-ranging bribery scheme linked to Venezuela's state-own energy company. Alfonso Eliezer Gravina, 56, was indicted in May 2017 after federal investigators accused him of using his position at Petroleos de Venezuela, SA., identified in court documents as PDVSA, to receive illegal payments from those hoping to do business with the company. Gravina also failed to report the bribes totaling more than $500,000 as additional income, federal prosecutors said. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to launder money and one count of making false statements on his federal
Raleigh, N.C. — Two of the main defendants in an international money laundering and murder-for-hire case appeared in federal court Friday afternoon in Raleigh. Tanya and Leonid Teyf were scheduled for detention hearings, but the cases were continued as attorneys asked for more time to make their case, hoping their clients would be released prior to trial. Leonid Teyf's attorneys filed documents arguing he is not a flight risk, with no prior criminal past, and not a threat to the community. Federal prosecutors disagree. Since the FBI raided the Teyfs' North Raleigh home earlier this month, the case has drawn international attention. “It's a fascinating case,” former FBI special agent Chuck Stuber
Yorkville Ald. Carlo Colosimo has decided not to seek a third term for 1st Ward alderman in the spring. "It is a very big commitment if you are going to do the job right. It takes a lot of time and my kids are starting to get older," Colosimo said. Colosimo said he would like to be able to spend time with his wife and three sons ages 12, 10 and 7. "I have missed a lot of evenings at home. I think eight years is good for now. It's time to let someone else handle it." Colosimo won a two-way race in 2011 with 68.5 percent of the votes. He was unopposed in the 2015 election. Colosimo cited the budget turnaround as one of the council's chief accomplishments in recent years. Eight years ago the budget
Alan Dershowitz said there's no doubt that FBI agents tried to trap Michael Flynn into making false statements, but there is still no explanation for why the then-National Security Adviser lied to federal agents about a non-crime. Last week, Flynn's legal team filed court documents alleging that the FBI pushed Flynn not to bring a lawyer to his fateful Jan. 24, 2017 interview with agents at the White House. In response, Mueller's team was ordered to release key documents related to the case in advance of Flynn's sentencing on Tuesday. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying about his conversations with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition, but many experts expect him to receive no