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FBI Director Weighs In on Antifa

Chris Wray testifies before the House Homeland Security Committee

(Newser) - FBI Director Chris Wray told lawmakers Thursday that antifa is an ideology, not an organization, delivering testimony that puts him at odds with President Trump, who has said he would designate it a terror group, the AP reports. Wray did not dispute that antifa activists were a serious concern, saying... More »

Facebook to Pull Posts Blaming Fires on Antifa

Sheriff's deputy who spread false information is put on leave

(Newser) - Facebook is heeding the pleas of law enforcement and taking down posts that falsely say antifa started the wildfires now raging in the West. One sheriff's department in Oregon said its staff and 911 dispatchers have been swamped with requests for information after a rumor circulated that it had... More »

Ex-FBI Agent: White House Behavior Is 'Suspicious'

Peter Strzok talks to the press before his book comes out

(Newser) - Peter Strzok spent his FBI career hunting Russian and Chinese spies, but after news broke of derogatory text messages he had sent about President Trump, he came to feel like he was the one being hunted, the AP reports. There were menacing phone calls and messages from strangers, and anxious... More »

Federal Buildings Shut in Portland After Threat

FBI is investigating after protesters turn to ICE offices

(Newser) - At least two federal buildings in Portland have been closed and the FBI is investigating a car bomb threat, officials said Friday. The threat, which was received Thursday, warned of the intention to use a car bomb to target federal property in Portland, two law enforcement officials said. A number... More »

Barr's Investigation of Russia Probe Getting First Guilty Plea

False statement count involves altering a government email

(Newser) - A former FBI lawyer will plead guilty to making a false statement in the first criminal case arising from US Attorney John Durham's investigation into the probe of ties between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign. Kevin Clinesmith will plead guilty to one count of making a false statement... More »

FBI Takes the Reins of Case of Missing Kentucky Mom

Crystal Rogers was last seen on July 3, 2015

(Newser) - The FBI is now at the helm of the case of a missing Kentucky mother of five, and agents on Thursday searched properties linked to her boyfriend, who's named as a suspect in her 2015 disappearance. Nine federal search warrants were executed in Bardstown, south of Louisville, including at... More »

2-Time Escapee Is Caught After 46 Years

Fugitive Luis Archuleta nabbed in New Mexico

(Newser) - Luis Archuleta escaped from prison before shooting and injuring a rookie Denver police officer on Oct. 3, 1971. He was convicted of assault of a police officer with a deadly weapon in 1973, but escaped from prison again the following year, per the Santa Fe New Mexican . It was the... More »

Ex-FBI Agent: Trump Let Putin Outdo Stalin

Peter Strzok has a book coming out before the election

(Newser) - Another book critical of President Trump is coming before the election, this one by former FBI agent Peter Strzok , reports the AP . Strzok had been part of Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election until anti-Trump texts surfaced between him and a fellow agent. The counterintelligence... More »

FBI Leads Response to Hack

It's a good thing Twitter attackers were only looking for money, security experts say

(Newser) - Twitter blames a coordinated attack on its employees for the site's biggest hack yet, and the FBI is charged with getting to the bottom of it. New York launched its own investigation, the Washington Post reports, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo calling the breach especially concerning with elections on the... More »

FBI Director Issues Strong Warnings About China

Christopher Wray calls it the 'greatest long-term threat' to the US

(Newser) - The greatest long-term threat to the US? China, according to FBI Director Christopher Wray. In a speech to Washington's Hudson Institute on Tuesday, he said "the stakes could not be higher" when it comes to China and its acts of espionage, cyberattacks, data and monetary theft, and acts... More »

Black Man at Lake: 5 Men Yelled 'White Power,' Beat Me

Alleged near-lynching of black man in Indiana partially caught on video; no arrests yet made

(Newser) - The FBI is monitoring the case of a black man who says he was the victim of an attempted lynching in Indiana on July 4. Vauhxx Booker described an encounter with people who yelled "white power" in a Sunday Facebook post , which was accompanied by a video showing him... More »

Jeffrey Epstein Confidant Ghislaine Maxwell Arrested

FBI nabs her in New Hampshire on charges related to Epstein

(Newser) - Jeffrey Epstein confidant Ghislaine Maxwell has kept an extremely low profile since his arrest and suicide , but NBC News reports that her whereabouts are now known: She's under arrest in New Hampshire. The network says the FBI arrested Maxwell on crimes related to Epstein. ABC News confirms the arrest,... More »

This FBI Team Probes 'Disruptions in the Spirit'

It's the Art Crime Team, which raids private collections

(Newser) - The FBI surrounded Don Miller's farmhouse with ATVs, squad cars, and a command vehicle—but this was no gunpoint arrest. It was the FBI's Art Crime Team, which scoured Miller's Indiana residence and found about 42,000 items including mammoth tusks, a shrunken head, dinosaur eggs, and... More »

Police Move In to Seattle Protest Zone

Early Wednesday clear-out followed mayor's executive order, ended in 2 dozen arrests

(Newser) - A week after officials announced plans to retake an occupied protest zone in Seattle, police have moved in. The FBI assisted officers from Seattle and Bellevue in clearing out the area encompassing several blocks in the city's Capitol Hill section, widely known as the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest, early... More »

Why Bubba Wallace Is 'Pissed'

NASCAR driver says his character is being tested

(Newser) - NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace says "people are trying to test my character" after the FBI determined that the noose in his team's garage was a door pull that had been in place for months. "I'm pissed," NASCAR's only black full-time driver told CNN '... More »

She's Accused of Torching Cop Cars. An Etsy Review Did Her In

FBI finds, arrests Philly woman via creative internet sleuthing

(Newser) - "Every Internet user leaves a digital trail." That's how, per Ars Technica , law enforcement tracked down a woman accused of torching two police cars after a peaceful George Floyd protest in Philly last month. ABC News reports that, per a criminal complaint, Lore-Elisabeth Blumenthal, 33, was arrested... More »

2 Officers Die in Ambush Killings. Enter the FBI

Steven Carrillo, 32, is arrested in California

(Newser) - The FBI and local investigators are trying to determine a possible link between the ambush-style killing of a Northern California sheriff's deputy Saturday night and that of a federal officer who was fatally shot outside the US courthouse in Oakland more than a week ago, the AP reports. The... More »

FBI Director Orders Review to Seek Out 'Misconduct'

Christopher Wray delves into the Michael Flynn investigation

(Newser) - The controversial FBI investigation into Michael Flynn has triggered yet another review—this one by the agency itself, the Washington Post reports. FBI Director Christopher Wray, who ordered the internal review, said it will try to "determine whether any current employees engaged in misconduct" and assess whether "improvements... More »

Feds: He Said He Had the Virus, Caused 'Distress'

And made an Atlanta company lose $100K due to alleged false claim, per the FBI

(Newser) - A Fortune 500 company in Atlanta says it's out $100,000 because an ex-worker exploited the pandemic. Per a DOJ release , Santwon Antonio Davis, 34, is accused of defrauding the unnamed company by falsely claiming he had COVID-19 and fabricating medical records. The AP lays out the details of... More »

FBI Cracks Phone of Shooter on Base, Finds al-Qaeda Link

Saudi shooter at Pensacola naval base killed 3 Americans

(Newser) - Last year, a Saudi military officer training at a US naval base in Florida shot and killed three American sailors and wounded eight others. Now, federal authorities have finally broken into one or both of his iPhones and discovered a link to al-Qaeda, reports the New York Times . The gunman,... More »

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