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Slain FBI Agents Had Spent Careers Fighting for Kids

Special Agents Laura Schwartzenberger, Daniel Alfin were killed in Sunrise, Fla.

(Newser) - It was "an awful day in FBI history" on Tuesday, per a former FBI official, after a shooter killed two FBI agents and injured three others while a search warrant on violent crimes against children was being served in a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Now, the two who...

Multiple FBI Agents Shot in Florida
5 FBI Agents Shot,
2 Fatally, in Florida
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5 FBI Agents Shot, 2 Fatally, in Florida

They were investigating a child pornography case near Fort Lauderdale

(Newser) - Two FBI agents were shot to death and three agents were wounded while serving a search warrant in a child pornography case in Florida on Tuesday, reports the AP . Police described an incident in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Sunrise that began shortly after 6am, noting a suspect was barricaded...

He Vanished 13 Years Ago. Now, the US Places Blame

Finger officially pointed at Iran for abduction, death of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson

(Newser) - The Trump administration for the first time on Monday formally blamed Iran for the presumed death of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, publicly identifying two Iranian intelligence officers believed responsible for his abduction. Levinson disappeared in Iran under mysterious circumstances more than a decade ago, and though US diplomats and...

Another Governor Was Possible Kidnapping Target

FBI agent says Virginia's Ralph Northam was discussed by paramilitary groups

(Newser) - Members of anti-government paramilitary groups discussed kidnapping Virginia’s governor during a June meeting in Ohio, an FBI agent testified Tuesday during a court hearing in Michigan. Special Agent Richard Trask was part of the investigation that led to six men being arrested and charged last week with plotting to...

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...

At FBI Agent's Retirement Party, a Wonderful Surprise Guest

Troy Sowers rescued abducted baby in 1997. Stewart Rembert, now in military, was that baby

(Newser) - Troy Sowers was a new FBI agent in 1997, with just a few months under his belt, when he had a huge get: He found a newborn who'd been abducted from a Washington state hospital, left in a box near a restaurant dumpster. It was a happy ending for...

FBI Agents Say Shutdown Is Doing Serious Damage

Even paid informants aren't getting paid

(Newser) - The ongoing government shutdown is damaging national security and "our enemies know they can run freely," FBI agents say in a report from a group that represents more than 14,000 current and former agents. In the FBI Agents Association report, the agents, speaking anonymously, describe how the...

Guy Whose Property Was Being Seized Left Crazy Booby Traps

An FBI agent was shot in the leg by the wheelchair

(Newser) - An Oregon man resisting the sale of his home left booby traps on the property—including one apparently inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark. Gregory Lee Rodvelt rigged up a hot tub to roll down a hill when a tripwire was triggered, much like the scene where Indiana Jones...

As FBI Agent Testifies, 'Absolute Chaos' Ensues
As FBI Agent Testifies,
'Absolute Chaos' Ensues
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As FBI Agent Testifies, 'Absolute Chaos' Ensues

Peter Strzok gets grilled by Republicans on Capitol Hill, and fires back

(Newser) - The FBI agent who got caught up in a texting scandal over his views about President Trump testified on Capitol Hill on Thursday, and it was volatile from the very start. "Heated and sometimes chaotic" is how the Washington Post describes it, and the AP had the same vibe...

FBI Agent Charged Over Backflip Shooting

More charges possible beyond second-degree assault

(Newser) - Chase Bishop probably isn't in the mood for backflips anymore after his infamous one at a Denver bar earlier this month. The FBI agent who accidentally shot a man in the leg after his gun fell from its holster while dancing turned himself in to Denver police Tuesday and...

FBI Agent Learns Hard Way to Put Gun Down Before a Backflip

Off-duty agent was dancing when his gun accidentally discharged, hitting guy at a club

(Newser) - If you really want to get your freak on on the dance floor, it might be prudent to put your piece down. As the Denver Post reports, that is the lesson for an unnamed FBI agent who got a little too jiggy with it Saturday—and of course there's...

Professor Named as FBI's Trump Campaign Informant

Justice Department will investigate 'any irregularities' surrounding Stefan Halper

(Newser) - The FBI informant President Trump accuses of "infiltrating" his 2016 campaign was Stefan Halper, an American professor who taught at the University of Cambridge from 2001 to 2015, according to multiple reports—and this is far from his first rodeo. The 73-year-old served in the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan...

Missing FBI Messages Recovered With 'Forensic Tools'

Effort to recover Page-Strzok texts is ongoing, DOJ says

(Newser) - The missing texts that President Trump called "one of the biggest stories in a long time" have now been recovered, the Justice Department's inspector general says. Michael Horowitz told lawmakers Thursday that his office, "using forensic tools to recover text messages from FBI devices," has recovered...

New Texts Out From FBI Agent Kicked Off of Mueller's Team

But FBI is missing about 5 months' worth

(Newser) - The Justice Department has turned over to Congress additional texts involving an FBI agent who was removed from Robert Mueller's team over derogatory comments about President Trump. But the DOJ also said its record of messages sent to and from the agent, Peter Strzok, was incomplete because the FBI,...

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...

A Missing Gun, a Hangover, and Now an FBI Investigation

Hangover part is an educated guess after FBI supervisor's embarrassing night

(Newser) - The New York Times has found a police report embarrassing to the FBI and to one counterterrorism supervisor in particular. It seems the unit chief tied one on while in North Carolina for training, hooked up with an "exotic dancer" at a hotel bar, took her back to his...

Family of Ex-FBI Agent Lost in Iran Finds Hope in Trump

Thinks president's negotiating skills could bring CIA operative home

(Newser) - Ten years after a former FBI agent working on an unauthorized CIA mission disappeared in Iran, his family hopes President Trump will be the one to finally bring him home. Robert Levinson's family tells the AP that Trump's background as a deal-making businessman and his harder line on...

Saddam Interrogator Leading Fort Lauderdale Investigation

George Piro met with Saddam daily, worked to gain his trust

(Newser) - The FBI agent who interrogated Saddam Hussein alone for months after the former Iraqi leader's capture is now leading the investigation into the Florida airport shooting rampage blamed on an Iraq war veteran. George Piro, special agent in charge of the FBI's Miami field office, was Saddam's...

Elite FBI Agents Fell to Their Deaths

Christopher Lorek, Stephen Shaw fell from helicopter into water

(Newser) - The two FBI agents who were killed in a training accident Friday fell to their deaths while rappelling from a helicopter onto a ship 12 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, an agency spokesperson revealed last night, per the AP . Special Agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw, members of...

2 Elite FBI Agents Killed in Training

Members of Hostage Rescue Team died in accident involving helicopter

(Newser) - The FBI is mourning two members of its elite Hostage Rescue Team who were killed in a helicopter training accident off the coast of Virginia. The agents—part of the team tasked with the most difficult and urgent missions in the US—were not killed by gunfire, an FBI spokeswoman...

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