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Report: FBI Investigating Epstein Pal Ghislaine Maxwell

Sources tell Reuters the agency is asking questions about the mysterious socialite

(Newser) - No one seems to know for sure where Ghislaine Maxwell is, with CBS This Morning noting the Jeffrey Epstein friend has been keeping a "low profile" since his August suicide . But while that mystery continues , the FBI is apparently trying to figure out her role in the Epstein sex... More »

Report: FBI Asking Questions About Ex-Governor's Pardons

Sources: FBI agent contacted Ky. Rep. Chris Harris on Matt Bevin's controversial pardons

(Newser) - Members of the general public may not be the only ones wondering about the pardons Matt Bevin issued during his final days as Kentucky's governor. The more than 600 pardons and commutations—including for a convicted child rapist and for a man whose brother and sister-in-law held a fundraiser... More »

Secretive Court Rebukes FBI Over Errors in Russia Probe

Order could lead to surveillance changes

(Newser) - The chief judge of a secretive surveillance court said Tuesday that the FBI provided "unsupported" information when it applied to eavesdrop on a former Trump campaign adviser and directed the bureau to report back by next month on what steps it was taking to fix the problems. The four-page... More »

FBI: Teen Stole Mercury Spilled in Houston

Up to 60 people had to be decontaminated

(Newser) - A 19-year-old is in FBI custody after dozens of people were exposed to mercury. Whether this happened by accident remains under investigation. Less than a pint of the toxic metal was found Sunday on the ground near three adjacent businesses, including a Walmart that houses a McDonald's, reports the... More »

Trump and Barr Threaten FBI, as Well as the Rule of Law

William Webster, former CIA and FBI director, defends agencies' independence

(Newser) - Having served as director of the FBI and CIA, the only person to hold both jobs, William Webster says he has a unique perspective. And from his perspective, the rule of law in this country "faces a dire threat." Webster made his case in an op-ed piece Monday... More »

Comey Admits He Was Wrong, But Not Totally

The former FBI director appears on 'Fox News Sunday'

(Newser) - Former FBI Director James Comey acknowledged Sunday that a Justice Department inspector general report identified "real sloppiness" in the surveillance of a former Trump campaign aide and said he was wrong to have been "overconfident" about how the Russia investigation was handled, the AP reports. But Comey also... More »

Watchdog: 'I Had Some Idea' About William Barr

Michael Horowitz testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee

(Newser) - Michael Horowitz was calm and collected, but fired off a few zingers along the way. The Justice Department's internal watchdog appeared before senators Wednesday about his report on the FBI's Russia investigation—and made it clear that nobody was fully exonerated, the AP reports. "I think the... More »

Watchdog Has Good News, Bad News for Trump on FBI

Russia investigation seen as justified, but agency is ripped for serious errors

(Newser) - A report by the Justice Department's inspector general about the FBI's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump 2016 campaign and Russia delivers both good and bad news for the president. Key findings from the report (read it in full here ) by IG Michael Horowitz:
  • Justified: Horowitz
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Big Clash Looms Over Upcoming Report

Attorney general disagrees with finding that FBI probe of Trump campaign was justified

(Newser) - It looks like Attorney General William Barr is going to disagree with a fundamental finding of his department's inspector general on a hot-button issue. Next week, the inspector general is expected to release a report in which he'll state that the FBI had enough information to justify opening... More »

FBI: $5M for San Diego Man Now Supporting Terror in Africa

A new indictment, and a re-upped reward, for 37-year-old US citizen Jehad Serwan Mostafa

(Newser) - Jehad Serwan Mostafa is worth quite a bit to the FBI—up to $5 million, in fact. That's how much the agency is offering for information leading to the arrest of the 37-year-old US citizen, who appears on its "Most Wanted Terrorist List," CNN reports. A new... More »

Trump Rips Into Her on the Regular. Now, Lisa Page Speaks

'He's demeaning me and my career. It's sickening,' ex-FBI lawyer says

(Newser) - "I'm done being quiet." That was the tweet Sunday from an account said to belong to Lisa Page, the former FBI lawyer repeatedly excoriated by President Trump, along with ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok, for texts they'd sent to each other about Trump before and shortly after... More »

Fugitive Marine Deserter Found at Mom's Home

Michael Alexander Brown accused of murdering his mother's boyfriend

(Newser) - The Marine deserter recently placed on the FBI's Most Wanted list for allegedly murdering his mother's boyfriend was captured Wednesday morning. Michael Alexander Brown, 22, was taken into custody at his mother's Roanoke, Virginia-area home—the same place the murder is alleged to have taken place, CNN... More »

Parents Say the FBI Let Their Son Die

Michigan parents grieve over son who died amid counterterror work

(Newser) - "You murdered our son. Don't ever talk to us again." That's what Michigan resident Theresa Reilly told an FBI agent after her son turned up dead—the end of a strange and tragic tale in US counterterrorism, writes Brett Forrest at the Wall Street Journal . Billy... More »

FBI: This Man Is the Worst Serial Killer in US History

50 Samuel Little murders have now been confirmed

(Newser) - The FBI says it is now confident that Samuel Little is the most prolific serial killer in American history—and the number of confirmed murders could still rise by more than 40. The 79-year-old, who started cooperating with law enforcement last year, has confessed to murdering 93 women across America... More »

Report: Tycoon Had Dozens of Employees Spy on Women

Greg Lindberg had dossiers prepared on romantic 'interests,' former staffers say

(Newser) - When insurance tycoon Greg Lindberg was interested in a woman, he had a highly unusual way of showing it, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . The sources, including former security staffers, say Lindberg employed dozens of operatives to spy on women he was dating or viewed as potential romantic partners,... More »

FBI: In 5 Years, 27K Kids Under 10 Were Arrested

The stats are eye-opening

(Newser) - When two 6-year-olds in Florida were arrested at school, many people were outraged that children that young were taken into custody—but it may be more common than most people think. ABC News broke down FBI crime stats from 2013 to 2017 and found that over that five-year span, nearly... More »

History Channel Will Let John Dillinger's Grave Be

Relatives want a positive ID of remains

(Newser) - John Dillinger was slippery in life. The gangster broke out of jail three times and was often on the run. But in death, everyone has known where he is. Now, two of his relatives say that isn't really Dillinger's body buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis. They... More »

FBI Searches Offices of Dive Boat Owner

Agents also searched company's 2 other boats

(Newser) - Federal agents investigating the dive boat disaster that killed 34 people a week ago served search warrants Sunday at the headquarters of Truth Aquatics, the company that owned the Conception. Lt. Eric Raney with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office tells the Los Angeles Times that agents from the... More »

Comey Violated FBI Protocol, Says Government Watchdog

But he sees vindication in report about his handling of Trump memos

(Newser) - A scolding for James Comey: The Justice Department's inspector general says the former FBI director violated FBI policies in his handling of memos documenting private conversations with President Trump. The watchdog office says Comey broke FBI rules by giving a memo containing unclassified information to a friend with instructions... More »

FBI Raids Home of UAW Union Boss

There was 'absolutely no need' for search, union says

(Newser) - FBI agents swooped in on the homes of United Auto Workers union president Gary Jones and predecessor Dennis Williams Wednesday, apparently as part of a wide-ranging probe of alleged corruption. Federal agents also targeted the union's northern Michigan retreat and a local UAW office in Missouri, among other addresses,... More »

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