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Trump's Been Calling for New Clinton Probes. Now, DOJ Acts

FBI reportedly conducting interviews and re-examining email, foundation cases

(Newser) - There's a case brewing in DC, and the DOJ is on it. Actually, it's an old case being given new life, seeking potential illegal activities tied to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. The Hill first reported Thursday on the reinvigorated inquiry, with a... More »

Sources: Russia 'Will Be Back' for Next US Elections

US has had warnings on Russian disinformation campaign, but a 'piecemeal' reaction to it

(Newser) - As the debate about Russia's interference in the 2016 US election pushes into 2018, a look behind the scenes at American counterintelligence efforts reveals red flags have long been waving—but that the US formed what the Washington Post calls a "piecemeal response" rife with players who didn'... More »

Trump Slams Deputy FBI Director's Plan to Retire

He accuses him of 'racing the clock'

(Newser) - The deputy director of the FBI has been fighting off Republican attacks for more than a year—and sources say he plans to hold out until early March, when he qualifies for a full pension. Andrew McCabe, 49, who has been under attack for his role in the Hillary Clinton... More »

FBI Says It Foiled Christmas Terror Attack in San Francisco

Former Marine allegedly planned terror attack on Pier 39 with explosives, rifle

(Newser) - A 26-year-old California man was arrested this week and charged Friday with attempting to provide material support for terrorism after he allegedly planned a Christmas suicide attack on San Francisco's Pier 39 in the name of the Islamic State, CBS News reports. Everitt Jameson of Modesto was reported for... More »

Behind California Drug Lord's Downfall: a Beheading Video

Owen Hanson sentenced to 21 years in prison for drug operation

(Newser) - Owen "O-Dog" Hanson played on the same championship-winning USC football team as future NFL stars Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart, but he would ultimately take a very different career path. The 35-year-old California man was sentenced to more than 21 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to racketeering... More »

Fox News Guest Floats Theory on Trump, Hosts Push Back

Kevin Jackson drew immediate pushback for suggesting FBI may be scheming to kill president

(Newser) - On Tuesday's airing of Fox News' Outnumbered, one guest was literally outnumbered by the hosts as they pushed back against an eyebrow-raising theory he offered up during the program, per Mediaite . Kevin Jackson, a radio pundit and Fox contributor who's been deemed a "serial liar and conspiracy... More »

FBI Investigating "Army General" Facebook Scam

A woman in Oklahoma lost more than $225K

(Newser) - The FBI is investigating after a 70-year-old Oklahoma woman said she was duped out of more than $225,000 by someone posing online as a US Army general stationed in Syria. Phyllis Lindsey tells The Oklahoman that she was contacted on Facebook by someone alleging to be "Gen. Lester... More »

Trump Blasts FBI Before Praising New Graduates

He also says he doesn't want to discuss a pardon of Michael Flynn, 'yet'

(Newser) - President Trump laced into FBI leadership Friday, while proclaiming his loyalty and support for law enforcement in an address at the agency's training academy. "It's a shame what's happened" with the FBI, the president said as he left the White House for a speech at the... More »

Texts From FBI Agents Didn't Just Rip on Trump

Bernie Sanders, Chelsea Clinton, Paul Ryan, and Eric Holder didn't escape the insults, either

(Newser) - More than 300 text messages exchanged between two FBI agents who used to work for Robert Mueller's Russia probe were delivered to Congress this week, riling Republicans who didn't like how some of them had ripped into Donald Trump during the presidential campaign and shortly after he was... More »

Mueller Team Member: Trump an 'Idiot,' 'Loathsome Human'

Hundreds of reassigned FBI agent's texts revealed

(Newser) - Two FBI officials who would later be assigned to the special counsel's investigation into Donald Trump's presidential campaign described him as "awful," an "idiot," and a "loathsome human" in a series of text messages last year, according to copies of 375 messages released... More »

Serial Killer Says Cops Haven't Found All His Victims

The South Carolina man was convicted on seven counts of murder

(Newser) - A South Carolina man convicted of killing seven people says he has more victims who have not been discovered. The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reports that, in an eight-page letter, Todd Kohlhepp wrote that he tried to tell investigators and informed the FBI, but he said "it was blown off.... More »

Countering Trump's Attacks, FBI Director Backs the 'Brave'

Tens of thousands of agents are 'working their tails off,' says Christopher Wray

(Newser) - FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday countered strident attacks on his agency by President Trump, saying, "There is no finer institution than the FBI." Wray testified before the House Judiciary Committee as Democrats and Republicans clashed over the significance of Trump's attacks, reports the AP . In a... More »

FBI Wants Guns Back After Bad Background Checks

The feds issued more than 4000 orders last year to seize guns from those who shouldn't have them

(Newser) - The FBI sent out 4170 requests in 2016 to retrieve guns from people who never should have been able to purchase them, an increase of more than 1000 over the year before. USA Today reports that the FBI sent requests to agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms... More »

Trump: FBI Ruined Flynn, Let Clinton Go Free

He insists Hillary lied to FBI and got away with it, though Comey testified to the contrary

(Newser) - President Trump defended Michael Flynn on Monday by invoking Hillary Clinton. While speaking to reporters, the president said he felt "very badly for Flynn" and declared that the FBI treated the former national security adviser much more harshly than it did Clinton. "Hillary Clinton lied many times to... More »

Trump: FBI 'in Tatters —Worst in History!'

Says 'we will bring it back to greatness' after 'years of Comey'

(Newser) - President Trump is attacking his own FBI in a series of tweets, reports the AP , and says the law enforcement agency's reputation is "in Tatters - worst in History!" The president tweeted that "we will bring it back to greatness." Trump was responding to reports... More »

Mueller's Team Ousted FBI Agent Over Trump Texts

Sources say texts may have included anti-Trump sentiments

(Newser) - Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign has lost a former top FBI official, who is being investigated by the Justice Department for possibly sending anti-Trump text messages, sources tell the Washington Post . According to the New York Times , Peter Strzok is thought to be "one of the... More »

As Russians Hacked US Officials, FBI Was Silent: Report

Only 2 out of 80 Americans targeted by Fancy Bear were warned: AP investigation

(Newser) - The FBI failed to notify scores of US officials that Russian hackers were trying to break into their Gmail accounts despite having evidence for at least a year that the targets were in the Kremlin's crosshairs, the AP has found. Nearly 80 interviews with Americans targeted by Fancy Bear,... More »

FBI Isn't Sure Whether Border Agents Were Attacked

Authorities believe men may have fallen

(Newser) - After Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez was fatally injured and his partner badly hurt in the Big Bend area of West Texas just before midnight Saturday, officials and lawmakers spoke of an attack, and a union spokesman said he believed rocks were involved. The FBI, however, now says the incident... More »

Prosecutors Won't Seek Death Penalty in Cruise Ship Killing

The killing took place in US waters, so the death penalty was an option

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors in Alaska do not plan to seek the death penalty in the case of a Utah man accused of killing his wife during a cruise in Alaska, the AP reports. Kenneth Manzanares has been charged with murder in the death of his wife, Kristy Manzanares, in July. He... More »

FBI's Report on 'Black Identity Extremists' Stirs Old Fears

Some dread a return to the days when the bureau spied on leaders of the Civil Rights movement

(Newser) - An FBI report on the rise of black "extremists" is stirring fears of a return to practices used during the civil rights movement, when the bureau spied on activist groups without evidence they had broken any laws, the AP reports. The FBI said it doesn't target specific groups,... More »

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