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Carter Page sues FBI, DOJ, and individuals behind FISA abuse

Former 2016 Trump campaign adviser Carter Page has filed a massive lawsuit against the U.S. government as well as agencies and individuals responsible for illegally spying on him using Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act orders.

What are the details?

The Federalist reported Friday that Page is seeking “no less than $75 million from the U.S. government, the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigations,” and individuals involved with Operation Crossfire Hurricane, including fired FBI Director James Comey, fired assistant director Andrew McCabe, fired FBI deputy assistant director of counterintelligence Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

The complaint argues, in part:

The FBI did not have probably cause to lawfully obtain a FISA warrant [against Dr. Page]. Instead, the FBI used documents furnished by Christopher Steele, a Confidential Human Source (“CHS”). As the Crossfire Hurricane team knew, CHS Steele has been paid by the Democratic Party and/or the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign to perform “political opposition research” and dig up dirt on a connection between the Trump campaign and Russia in order to divert attention from the investigation of Clinton’s email practices while she was Secretary of State.

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a report last year detailing problems found in the FISA process after investigating the FBI’s probe into President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.

As TheBlaze previously reported:

The report also notes “17 significant errors” in the Carter Page FISA applications and “many additional errors” in the procedures that guide the FISA process. “These errors and omissions resulted from case agents providing wrong or incomplete information to OI [the Office of Intelligence] and failing to flag important issues for discussion,” the report notes.

Following the release of Howoritz’s findings, chief FISA Judge Rosemary Collyer issued a scathing rebuke of the FBI’s handling of applications to spy and surveil Page, saying that other FISA applications now fall under question, writing: “The frequency with which representations made by FBI personnel turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and with which they withheld information detrimental to their case, calls into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable.”

The Washington Examiner pointed out that Carter Page was never charged with any wrongdoing. The outlet further noted that McCabe signed off on the final FISA application to surveil Page.

Strzok and Lisa Page — former lovers whose anti-Trump text messages to one another fed speculation that Crossfire Hurricane was politically motivated — were key members of the probe. Both of them have also sued the FBI since leaving the agency.

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FBI investigating threats against Georgia election officials: Report

The FBI and the Georgia Bureau of Investigations are investigating threats lodged against the state’s top election officials according to a report, after leaders became targets of ridicule over the handling of the general election.

President Donald Trump continues to allege that widespread voting fraud and irregularities occurred in Georgia, even placing blame on fellow Republicans despite a recount confirming tallies that indicated Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden won the state.

What are the details?

Georgia Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs told
Forbes on Sunday that federal and state law enforcement agencies were investigating threats against Raffensperger and his team, but she did not provide further details. The GBI issued a statement confirming it was looking into alleged threats against the state’s election officials.

Last week, Raffensperger told
The Washington Post that he and his wife, Tricia, had received death threats while he was overseeing a second recount of the state’s votes from the Nov. 3 election. The secretary of state said that one text message he received read, “You better not botch this recount. Your life depends on it.”

Over the weekend, Georgia’s voting system manager, Republican Gabriel Sterling, also said that he had been threatened and harassed.

“So this is fun,” he tweeted, sarcastically. “multiple attempted hacks of my emails, police protection around my home, the threats. But all is well…following the the law, following the process…doing our jobs.”

New York Post reported that “despite calling himself a ‘proud’ supporter of President Trump, Raffensperger has also found himself repeatedly under attack over the handling of the state’s election process after declaring Joe Biden the victor after a hand recount.”

President Trump has led the charge on blaming Raffensperger for his performance on the election oversight, and Republican Georgia Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue — both up for re-election in runoffs races slated for January — have called for the GOP secretary of state to resign.

Days ago, the president also attacked Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, another Republican and Trump supporter, claiming he and Raffensperger “refuse to let us look at signatures which would expose hundreds of thousands of illegal ballots.”

Raffensperger pushes back

But Raffensperger refuted the president’s claims, writing in a
Washington Post op-ed that “in Georgia, signatures for absentee ballot voters are verified twice to ensure that each voter gets one vote — and only one vote.”

He added:

The truth is that the people of Georgia — and across the country — should not have any remaining doubts about who was elected governor two years ago or who won the presidential election earlier this month. The presidential outcome was remarkably close, but the new paper-ballot system, the strong election security and integrity mechanisms in place, and the audit and hand recount should combine to put to rest any doubts about the final outcome.

Anything else?

Georgia’s vote tallies will be counted a third time, with a second recount set to begin Tuesday morning at the request of the Trump campaign, the Associated Press reported.

The outlet noted that according to Sterling, “counties are to give public notice of when during that period they will be counting so monitors from political parties and any interested members of the public can be there to observe.”

The election results, certified last week by Raffensperger, showed Biden winning by 12,670 votes out of about 5 million cast.

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James Comey’s Election Day tweet slammed by conservatives and liberals alike

James Comey weighed in on the 2020 election and announced he is in full support of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. However, the former FBI director was bashed online by conservatives and liberals alike for his endorsement of Biden.

Comey shared a tweet on Election Day that included a photo of him wearing a “Biden Harris 2020” T-shirt while holding a Biden campaign coffee mug. He captioned the tweet: “Vote for your country.”

People from both ends of the political spectrum slammed Comey for his post. Despite endorsing the Democratic presidential candidate, liberals were quick to attack Comey.

Many Democrats are still furious with Comey from 2016, when two weeks before the election, the FBI reopened the investigation into then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s emails.

New York Times contributing opinion writer Jill Filipovic replied, “Yes I know voting feels like a very small thing but it is truly the only possible thing any of us can do to save the country from a malignant narcissistic wannabe-fascist. Literally nothing else a single person could have done for our country other than cast a ballot in 2020.”

Molly Jong-Fast, editor-at-large at the Daily Beast, asked, “Trying not to cost the democrats the election again?”

Author Geraldine DeRuiter said, “Lol, you are the reason we are in this mess, it’s not like we’re gonna forget.”

Social activist Helen Kennedy wrote, “Have the decency to go away.”

The internet reactions from conservatives was also extremely negative, as many pointed out Comey’s partisanship.

Former Republican Connecticut State Senate candidate J.T. Lewis quipped, “You were the ‘non biased, apolitical’ FBI Director? LOL.”

Yeah, we know. This is kind of the problem,” conservative commentator Ben Shapiro tweeted in reference to Comey being partisan.

“Comey, continuing his ego trip, and reminding America that he is a partisan activist,” wrote GOP Rapid Response Director Steve Guest.

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Report: FBI investigating Trump supporters who surrounded Biden-Harris tour bus on Texas highway

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is reportedly investigating after supporters of President Donald Trump surrounded the Biden-Harris campaign tour bus in Texas on Friday.

As TheBlaze reported, Joe Biden’s campaign canceled multiple campaign events after the Trump supporters essentially escorted the tour bus on I-35 between San Antonio and Austin.

Biden’s campaign claimed the Trump supporters created a dangerous situation on the highway.

“Rather than engage in productive conversation about the drastically different visions that Joe Biden and Donald Trump have for our country, Trump supporters in Texas [Friday] instead decided to put our staff, surrogates, supporters, and others in harm’s way,” Tariq Thowfeek, Texas communications director for the Biden campaign, said.

Historian Eric Cervini, who said he flew to Texas to assist the Biden campaign with events, admitted to calling 911 on the Trump supporters, claiming he witnessed them waiting to “ambush” the bus.

Why is the FBI investigating?

According to the Texas Tribute, the FBI is investigating the incident. The Wall Street Journal confirmed the investigation, reporting that the FBI “is looking into allegations that Trump supporters endangered a Biden campaign.”

The FBI has not made a public statement confirming the investigation; the Wall Street Journal said the bureau would release a statement later on Sunday.

There was no indication that the Trump supporters committed a crime.

In fact, local law enforcement responded after they received calls about the Trump supporters, ending with police concluding no crime had been committed.

From the Tribune:

A person with knowledge of the events who spoke to the Tribune on the condition of anonymity said New Braunfels police responded to requests for assistance and provided an escort throughout their jurisdiction. During that time, the person said, the group of Trump supporters fell back behind the police.

In a statement, New Braunfels City Manager Robert Camareno said the police department received calls, “of the Trump Train following the Biden/Harris campaign bus … NBPD responded and did not observe any traffic violations.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, the presence of Wendy Davis, a Democrat running for the U.S. House, on the tour bus is what prompted the investigation.

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FBI says Whitmer kidnap plotter also wanted to hang Trump and Republicans, dismantling Democrats’ narrative

A man charged in an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan’s governor also reportedly wanted to harm President Donald Trump, according to the FBI. The allegations would seem to disprove the accusations made by several Democrats that the plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich.) was inspired by President Trump’s rhetoric.

Barry Croft, a Delaware resident, is one of six men charged in federal court with conspiracy to kidnap. The men are reportedly members of an extremist paramilitary group that was allegedly planning to kidnap Whitmer because of her restrictive lockdown orders in Michigan.

According to posts on social media, Croft threatened to hurt and hang Democrats, as well as Republicans. Croft made threats against present and former elected leaders in private Facebook posts, special agent Kristopher Long said. Croft posted a hit list on Facebook, which included Trump and former presidents, according to the Detroit News.

“I say we hang everything currently governing us, they’re all guilty!!!” Croft wrote in May on his Facebook page. There was also an image of President Trump with the caption: “Wanna hang this mf’er too…”

In late June, Croft shared a photo of a noose on Facebook that listed people he wanted to see “hang,” including former President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), as well as “Democrats, liberals, Muslims” and “all anti-Americans.”

According to the FBI, Croft wrote on the post, “The entire sitting government, is initiating the self destruct sequence. This is an outrage and will be answered!!!%. [sic]”

Another post reportedly said, “I say we hang everything currently governing us, they’re all guilty!!% And what a deterrent, Rope!!!%”

Another social media post read, “Which Governor is going to end up dragged off, and hung for treason first?”

“There is not one ———— serving in this bull—- government that I don’t want to take, stick to a ————- tree, and dangle…,” Croft said in a Facebook video on May 28, the Detroit News reported.

“I’m for hanging Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians,” Croft reportedly posted on Facebook on or about June 24.

Croft, 44, allegedly wanted to “go to war against the government of North Carolina.”

According to the affidavit, Croft had a conversation with an unidentified person where “potential acts of violence” in South Carolina were discussed. On May 4, Croft made a veiled threat against South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, who is a Republican.

“I’ll be in Columbia, SC on Friday,” Croft reportedly wrote. “They say they want their Governor in custody. … I want to grab them all, and hold trial.”

“Yup. I’m going. With Sword,” Croft allegedly said online.

Croft also purportedly said, “I’ll die in defense of the constitution.”

In April, Facebook was said to have shut down Croft’s account for violating the company’s “policy prohibiting certain speech or actions.” However, Croft started a new Facebook account and continued to post anti-government rantings, according to the affidavit.

One of the other suspects charged in the alleged kidnapping plot is Brandon Caserta. The 32-year-old is known as “Debased Tyrant,” and was seen on video calling President Trump a “tyrant” and “enemy.” Footage shows an anarchist flag in the background of the room.

Numerous Democrats blamed President Trump for the extremists’ scheme to kidnap Gov. Whitmer. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden hinted that Trump was at fault for encouraging domestic terrorists.

“It’s the sort of behavior you might expect from ISIS and it should shock the conscience of every American. Every American,” Biden said on Oct. 16. “And the failure to condemn these folks is stunning from the outset.”

“When the president tweeted, ‘liberate Michigan,’ ‘liberate Michigan,’ that’s the call that was heard. That was the dog whistle,” Biden said.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) also blamed Trump by referencing his April tweet regarding Whitmer’s coronavirus lockdown of Michigan that read: “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!”

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, also a Democrat, suggested that President Trump inspires harassment of his foes.

“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t get some kind of harassment,” Lightfoot said during a news conference on Oct. 8. “There is a real cause and effect when the President names me in a disparaging way, which is usually what he does, and people feeling like they have license to make what I regard as real threats.”

Whitmer has blamed Trump on multiple occasions of inciting the kidnapping plot against her.

“Hate groups heard the president’s words not as a rebuke, but as a rallying cry,” Whitmer said earlier this month. “When our leaders speak, their words matter. They carry weight. When our leaders meet, encourage or fraternize with domestic terrorists, they legitimize their actions and they are complicit. When they stoke and contribute to hate speech, they are complicit.”

President Trump fired back at Whitmer, and once again called for the governor to re-open Michigan.

“Governor Whitmer of Michigan has done a terrible job. She locked down her state for everyone, except her husband’s boating activities. The Federal Government provided tremendous help to the Great People of Michigan,” the president retorted.

“My Justice Department and Federal Law Enforcement announced today that they foiled a dangerous plot against the Governor of Michigan. Rather than say thank you, she calls me a White Supremacist—while Biden and Democrats refuse to condemn Antifa, Anarchists, Looters and Mobs that burn down Democrat run cities,” Trump tweeted.

“I do not tolerate ANY extreme violence. Defending ALL Americans, even those who oppose and attack me, is what I will always do as your President!” Trump concluded. “Governor Whitmer—open up your state, open up your schools, and open up your churches!”

On Oct. 16, a federal judge in Grand Rapids, Michigan, ruled during a preliminary hearing that there was enough evidence against Croft and five other suspects in the alleged kidnapping plot to send the case to a grand jury for possible indictments.

Defense lawyers have portrayed their clients as “big talkers” exercising their First Amendment rights, who never intended to carry out any violence. However, investigators note that some of the suspects surveilled Whitmer’s vacation home in northern Michigan and agreed to purchase explosives and tactical gear.

“You’re crossing a pretty serious line when you go in the middle of the night in multiple cars and stage up at a gas station and … you go to the house of the sitting governor of the state to go surveil their house at night,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Nils Kessler said.

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Report: President Trump will ‘immediately’ fire FBI director, other senior gov’t officials if he wins re-election

If President Donald Trump wins re-election next month, he will move to “immediately” dismiss at least three senior government officials, according to a new report from Axios.

The three officials include FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel, and Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

What are the details?

According to Axios, Wray will be first on the chopping block.

Two sources who reportedly have discussed the plans personally with Trump told Axios that Wray and Haspel are “despised and distrusted almost universally in Trump’s inner circle.” One source told Axios that Trump would have fired both officials already, but did not want to instigate another political headache before Election Day.

Trump is reportedly angry that Wray has not opened an investigation into Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings, which have come under intense scrutiny this month after the New York Post obtained a hard drive that reportedly belonged to Hunter Biden. According to Axios, Trump was also angry when Wray told Congress last month that he has not seen evidence of widespread voter fraud.

Meanwhile, Trump is reportedly angry that Haspel has opposed declassifying documents that would aid U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation.

“The view of Haspel in the West Wing is that she still sees her job as manipulating people and outcomes, the way she must have when she was working assets in the field,” one source told Axios. “It’s bred a lot of suspicion of her motives.”

Another source, however, said Haspel is considering leaving her post “regardless of who wins the election.”

And as for Esper, Trump was reportedly not happy with the defense secretary for not supporting a plan to send active-duty military units into American streets as a response to the racial unrest that plagued cities nationwide in the early summer.

Anything else?

Fox News confirmed that Wray likely will be fired if Trump wins re-election.

“Advisers have consistently told POTUS to wait until after the election if he wants to replace Wray,” a senior administration official told Fox News.

The same official rebuffed news that Haspel’s relationship with the president has soured.

“Haspel isn’t going anywhere, ” the official told Fox News. “POTUS has a good relationship with her.”

Regarding Esper, the administration official told Fox News that Esper was also on his way out, although it remains to be seen whether Esper will resign or Trump will fire him.

It is not yet clear who might succeed Wray, Haspel, or Esper.

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This week on the New World Next Week: the rich get richer off of the COVID scam; the FBI foil their own terror plot (yet again); and fake musical rebels cash in on Orange Man Bad.

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Federal authorities arrest six men in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Federal authorities have arrested six men in connection with what they say was a conspiracy to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D).

The conspiracy was a described by the FBI as a plot to violently overthrow the state government in Michigan, WITI-TV reported. The investigation into this conspiracy involved multiple informants and undercover FBI agents.

Documents filed in court Thursday allege that six men — Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, and Brandon Caserta — plotted to kidnap the governor.

According to the FBI, Croft, Fox, and about 13 other men met in Dublin, Ohio, on June 6 to form a self-sufficient society that would be based on the U.S. Bill of Rights. They allegedly discussed plans to achieve this aim violently.

“Several members talked about murdering ‘tyrants’ or ‘taking’ a sitting governor,” an FBI agent wrote in the court affidavit. “The group decided they needed to increase their numbers and encouraged each other to talk to their neighbors and spread their message.”

Fox allegedly reached out to a Michigan-based militia group to recruit men to attack the state Capitol building and take hostages, including the governor.

“Fox said he needed ‘200 men’ to storm the Capitol building in Lansing, Michigan, and take hostages, including the Governor. Fox explained they would try the Governor of Michigan for ‘treason,’ and he said they would execute the plan before the November 2020 elections,” the FBI said.

NBC News reported that the involvement of that militia in the plot to kidnap the governor “appears to be minimal as the group charged today allegedly discussed keeping the broader militia out of their plan.”

More from WITI:

According to the FBI, it learned of the plan through confidential sources and undercover agents over several months who attended militia group meetings. The FBI said the militia group would hold field training exercises on private property in remote areas of Michigan, where they would engage in firearm training and tactical drills.

At one point, the FBI said the group had a meeting in Grand Rapids in the basement of a shop that was accessed through a trap door hidden under a rug on the main floor. At that business, the FBI said they discussed the plan for the Capitol and planned to use “Molotov cocktails” to destroy police cars.

The FBI said Fox called Whitmer a “tyrant b****” and asked the group to be linked with other systems and asked for ideas of what they can do.

The militia group also met in Ohio and Wisconsin, the FBI reported,
and on July 11 in Wisconsin, Croft and another member tried to make an
improvised explosive device using black powder, balloons, a fuse, and
BBs for shrapnel.

The FBI said they have recordings of conversations discussing plans to attack a Michigan State Police facility and to shoot up Whitmer’s vacation home. In one of these recordings, Fox allegedly said the best plan was to “kidnap her outside her vacation home.”

“Snatch and grab, man. Grab the f***in’ governor. Just grab the bitch. Because at that point, we do that, dude — it’s over,” Fox allegedly said, according to the FBI.

The FBI said in late August the alleged conspirators took pictures and video of Whitmer’s vacation home and researched how far the police were from its location. A few weeks later in mid-September, the group allegedly created and detonated an IED surrounded by human silhouette targets and planned to put a similar device under an overpass to divert police while they kidnapped the governor.

The FBI said Fox told one of their sources he had purchased an 800,000-volt taser to use in the kidnapping. In conversation with an undercover officer, the group determined it would cost about $4,000 to get the explosives they allegedly intended to use for the IED and made plans to raise the funds over the next few weeks.

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VIDEO: Sen. Mike Lee unloads on James Comey during Senate hearing

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) was visibly angry with former FBI Director James Comey, rebuking him for his inability to answer several questions Wednesday during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

Lee, a longtime advocate for reforms to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court program, said Comey broke “good faith” promises he made to the senator to ensure that the FISA court was not abused before he was confirmed as FBI director.

“I’m very disappointed to see that those promises now, to me, seem very insincere,” Lee said. “Now, Mr. Comey, with all due respect, you don’t seem to know anything about an investigation that you ran.”

Comey testified Wednesday as part of the Judiciary Committee’s review of the FBI’s Russia probe. Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and the other Republicans on the committee wanted Comey to answer questions related to newly declassified information alleging that Hillary Clinton approved a campaign plan to invent a scandal against her rival presidential candidate Donald Trump by tying him and his campaign to the Russian government. The Intelligence Community learned of this allegation from Russian intelligence analysis and has not verified it.

In a letter sent to Graham, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe wrote, “The [Intelligence Community] does not know the accuracy of this allegation or the extent to which the Russian intelligence analysis may reflect exaggeration or fabrication.”

The letter said that on Sept. 7, 2016, “U.S. intelligence officials forwarded an investigative referral to FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok regarding ‘U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s approval of a plan concerning U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering U.S. elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private mail server.'”

Comey was asked about this “investigative referral” and in his response said he didn’t remember receiving any such notice.

“You don’t remember getting an investigatory lead from the intelligence community?” Graham asked . “You don’t remember getting that?”

“That doesn’t ring any bells with me,” Comey replied.

“Well, that’s a pretty stunning thing that it didn’t ring a bell, but it did come to you,” Graham said.

The FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, dubbed “Crossfire Hurricane,” has been highly controversial. During the investigation, the FBI obtained a FISA court warrant to investigate Carter Page, an associate of the Trump campaign. To obtain the warrant, the FBI agents conducting the investigation used a dossier sourced by someone who was under suspicion by the FBI of being a possible Russian agent, a dossier containing Russian disinformation. Critics of the FBI say the agents knew the information was unreliable, obtained the warrant anyway, and violated Page’s civil liberties in the process.

Comey, as director of the FBI, was ultimately responsible for overseeing Crossfire Hurricane until he was fired by President Donald Trump in 2017.

Lee, during his time to ask questions, criticized Comey for suggesting that Russian President Vladimir Putin may yet have unknown ties to Trump.

Yet confronted once more by Graham, Comey again denied knowing anything about information suggesting Hillary Clinton approved a plan to tie Trump to Russia.

“How can you as a private citizen now come to us, and in your capacity as former FBI director show up and then speculate freely regarding any alleged ties between President Putin and President Trump … when you don’t seem to know anything about this investigation that you ran?” Lee asked.

“Because I have eyes and ears,” Comey said. “That’s how it struck me watching the president in Helsinki take Putin’s side against his Intelligence Committee, and things like that.”

(H/T: Washington Examiner)

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Feds open civil rights investigation into teenager who was shot 13 times by police

Federal authorities have launched a civil rights investigation into the death of a teenager shot more than a dozen times by police.

What is the background?

The shooting death of 17-year-old John Albers in Overland Park, Kansas, sparked national outcry in January 2018 and triggered accusations of excessive use of force.

Police were dispatched to Albers’ home on Jan. 20, 2018, to perform a wellness check after they were alerted that he was threatening to hurt himself. The situation quickly escalated when the two officers arrived at the home.

One of the responding officers approached the home’s garage door after it opened. That’s when a minivan began backing out, allegedly toward one of the officers. The officer drew his firearm and ordered the vehicle to stop. The driver inside initially complied.

But then investigators say the driver suddenly accelerated, drove erratically in the neighborhood, then backed over the curb in front of the house and allegedly headed toward the officer. One police officer responded by firing 13 shots at the vehicle, ultimately killing the driver — who was Albers.

Following an investigation, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe announced the officer responsible for killing Albers would not face criminal charges because the shooting was justified under Kansas state law.

Albers’ family ultimately received a $2.3 million settlement from Kansas City — but Albers’ family, who believes John was a victim of excessive police force, is still seeking answers.

“It should have been we are terminating you and charges brought against him because he didn’t follow the policy and used excessive force and cost my son his life,” Albers’ mom, Sheila, recently told WDAF-TV of the officer who killed her son.

According to KMBC-TV, the Overland Park Police Department has implemented significant policy changes since Albers’ death, including how officers respond to mental health crises as well as adopting a policy that prohibits shooting at moving vehicles, with exceptions in rare circumstances, like an act of terrorism.

What’s happening now?

The Department of Justice revealed last week it has opened a civil rights investigation into Albers’ untimely death.

“The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence and will ensure that the investigation is conducted in a fair, thorough, and impartial manner,” FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said.

The FBI’s Kansas City field office, the U.S. attorney’s office in Kansas, and the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division are jointly working on the investigation, NBC News reported.

Authorities did not specify which potential violations of Albers’ civil rights they are investigating.

In response, Sheila told KMBC-TV, “I’m stunned. I’m completely stunned. My first thought was, ‘Finally. Finally, there will be some transparency and there will be accountability.'”

Civil rights investigation launched into fatal shooting of Overland Park teen

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‘Trump was right’: New FBI texts show agents ‘scrambling’ over evidence of Russian collusion

As then-President-elect Donald Trump was preparing to assume office in January 2017, the FBI was “scrambling” to put together evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election, new texts from an FBI employee involved in the probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn show.

The texts were made public Thursday as part of a court filing from Sidney Powell, the attorney leading Flynn’s legal defense team, Sean Davis and Mollie Hemingway first reported for the Federalist. Newsweek also reported that the text messages from two unnamed FBI staffers discussed President Barack Obama’s intelligence briefing on Jan. 5, 2017, noting that Trump “was right” about the FBI delaying the briefing with Obama to have more time to build their case.

“What’s the word on how [Obama’s] briefing went?” one text from an FBI staffer stated.

“Don’t know but people here are scrambling for info to support certain things and it’s a mad house,” the reply from his colleague said. “Trump was right. Still not put together… Why do we do this to ourselves. What is wrong with these people.”

On Jan 3, 2017, Trump speculated that the reason for the briefing’s delay until Friday, Jan. 5, was because the FBI did not have its case on Russian interference in the election completely put together for President Obama.

The president has variously referred to allegations of Russian collusion against members of his 2016 campaign team and interference in the election to help him defeat 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton as a “hoax” and suggested that President Obama and members of his administration committed “treason.”

After the intelligence briefing, Obama asked Vice President Joe Biden, FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, and national security adviser Susan Rice to stay behind to discuss Flynn, who was under investigation for alleged ties with Russia.

Hemingway previously reported for the Federalist that memos written by Comey during the meeting indicated the contents of the infamous Steele dossier were discussed at the intelligence briefing. Comey’s memos mentioned that CNN had obtained the dossier, which is now known to contain false allegations against Trump and disinformation from Russian intelligence. The memos said CNN was looking for a “news hook” to report the salacious allegations used to obtain a FISA court warrant to investigate Carter Page. CNN reported claims from “classified documents” that “Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump” on Jan. 10, 2017, five days later.

Hemingway, Davis, and other critics of the Obama administration claim this intelligence briefing was used as a pretext to give CNN and others a reason to report the allegations of Russian collusion from the Steele dossier, damaging the credibility of the Trump administration, throwing into question the legitimacy of Trump’s election, and providing Democrats ammunition to use in an impeachment effort against Trump.

Members of the Obama administration have denied the allegations. As Newsweek recounted, Rice and Yates said Obama was concerned about sharing classified information with Flynn given the FBI probe looking into him and wanted to know if the information being shared as part of the presidential administration transition should be restricted.

On Aug. 5, 2017, Yates testified under oath that neither Obama nor Biden attempted to influence the FBI’s investigation of Flynn or the Russia probe. “During the meeting, the president, the vice president, the national security adviser did not attempt to in any way to direct or influence any investigation,” she said.

Additional FBI text messages indicate agents involved in the Russia probe purchased “liability insurance” for their protection.

From The Federalist:

“[W]e all went and purchased professional liability insurance,” one agent texted on Jan. 10, 2017, the same day CNN leaked details that then-President-elect Trump had been briefed by Comey about the bogus Christopher Steele dossier. That briefing of Trump was used as a pretext to legitimize the debunked dossier, which was funded by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign and compiled by a foreign intelligence officer who was working for a sanctioned Russian oligarch.

“Holy crap,” an agent responded. “All the analysts too?”

“Yep,” the first agent said. “All the folks at the Agency as well.”

“[C]an I ask who are the most likely litigators?” an agent responded. “[A]s far as potentially suing y’all[?]”

“[H]aha, who knows….I think [t]he concern when we got it was that there was a big leak at DOJ and the NYT among others was going to do a piece,” the first agent said.

The agents were apparently concerned how the newly installed Trump administration and Attorney General Jeff Sessions might view the actions taken to investigate the Trump campaign.

“If that piece comes out, and Jan 20th comes around… the new AG might have some questions… then yada yada yada… we all get screwed,” one agent wrote.

The text messages also show skepticism over the direction of the Flynn investigation and speculation of political motivations behind the investigations.

“[D]oing all this election research – [I] think some of these guys want a [C]linton presidency,” a text message from August 11, 2016 reads.

In May 2020, the U.S. Justice Department dropped its criminal case against Michael Flynn, following the public release of documents that were unsealed in the case raising questions about the motivations behind the investigation.

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Steele dossier’s primary sub-source thought to be a Russian agent, deemed a ‘national security threat’. The FBI knew — and used it anyway.

When the Crossfire Hurricane team was using the Christopher Steele dossier to secure a surveillance warrant for former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, they knew that its primary sub-source was deemed a possible “national security threat” and was previously the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation.

The team’s knowledge of the situation — and their failure to disclose it — was recently revealed in an FBI memo sent Thursday by Attorney General William Barr, CBS correspondent Catherine Herridge reported.

What are the details?

“Between May 2009 and March 2011, the FBI maintained an investigation into the individual who later would be identified as Christopher Steele’s Primary Sub-source,” the two-page memo states. “The FBI commenced this investigation based on information by the FBI indicating that the Primary Sub-source may be a threat to national security.”

The investigation into the individual had allegedly been opened in 2009 after a “research fellow for an influential foreign policy advisor for the Obama administration” was approached by the individual, who indicated that if he or she “did get a job in the government and had access to classified information” and wanted “to make a little extra money,” they knew people he or she could talk to.

The memo went on to state that the research fellow and a coworker who was present during the exchange considered the possibility that the individual may be a “Russian spy.”

Later, a review of FBI databases showed that the individual had contact in 2005 and 2006 with the “Russian embassy and known Russian intelligence officers.”

“In December 2016, the Crossfire Hurricane team identified the primary sub-source used by Christopher Steele and, at that time, became familiar with the 2009 investigation,” the memo continued.

What does this mean?

The Crossfire Hurricane team appears to have launched an investigation into possible Russian collusion by the Trump campaign using a dossier sourced by someone who was under suspicion by the FBI of being a possible Russian agent.

Yet instead of disclosing that information to Congress at any point, the FBI chose to ignore the threat and use the individual’s claims as a basis for surveilling Carter Page — once for the initial warrant and then three more times for surveillance renewals.

“Somewhere in Moscow, that must have gotten a big laugh,” Ed Morrissey wrote at Hot Air.

What’s more is that the individual in question apparently returned to the U.S. in 2017 and was subsequently interrogated by the FBI over a three-day period, during which he disavowed many of the claims in the dossier, according to Herridge.

Anything else?

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who released the memo that was sent to him by Barr, was enraged over the revelation.

“To me, failure of the FBI to inform the court that the Primary Sub-source was suspected of being a Russian agent is a breach of every duty owed by law enforcement to the judicial system,” Graham said in a statement.

In the cover letter to Graham, Barr wrote that the new information, “which bears upon the FBI’s knowledge concerning the reliability of the dossier,” was brought to his attention as a part of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s ongoing investigation into the Crossfire Hurricane probe.

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VIDEO: Security guard pulls gun on protesting mob that stormed lobby of New York City federal building

A security guard pulled a gun on a mob of protesters that stormed a New York City federal building that houses the FBI and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the
New York Post reported, citing video posted to social media.

Image source: WABC-TV video screenshot

What are the details?

The video, which was recorded Wednesday afternoon inside 26 Federal Plaza, shows a female guard who works for a private firm Paragon Systems pointing a gun at protesters who had breached the lobby, the paper said.

“It got intense,” another guard told the Post on Thursday morning. “We are out here every day putting our lives on the line so that everyone else can be safe.”

Here’s the clip, which was originally posted to Instagram:

The paper said about 100 demonstrators marched for 90 minutes to the federal building — and it all stemmed from a recent whistleblower complaint that immigrant women detained in Georgia received hysterectomies without consent.

Police told WABC-TV that the Abolish ICE demonstrators forced their way into the lobby of the building.

More from the Post:

Protesters — some carrying signs reading “ICE & DHS agents of genocide” — occupied the lobby, clapping and chanting as they squabbled with news photographers, incorrectly claiming that they were not allowed to take their photos without “consent.”

The walkway leading to the building was spray-painted “FREE THEM ALL” and a security booth was tagged “QUIT YOUR JOB!!” as a lone officer sat inside it.

And the doors at its Duane Street entrance were smashed and covered with plywood Thursday.

Image source: WABC-TV video screenshot

The paper noted that the incident involving the security guard pulling her gun occurred toward the end of the protest and demonstrators left in about 20 minutes.

The Post said that neither Paragon — which provides security at federal buildings around the country — nor ICE immediately returned messages. But the New York Daily News noted that Federal Protective Service said the incident is under investigation.

So far no arrests have been made in the incident, WABC reported.

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FBI agent sought CIA help to investigate Sarasota Saudis who fled U.S. before 9/11

The FBI agent who led the post 9/11 investigation of Saudis who moved out of their Sarasota-area home under suspicious circumstances two weeks before the 2001 al Qaeda attacks urged the FBI to seek information from the CIA about whether they assisted the terrorist hijackers. That’s among the final disclosures the FBI made recently to […]

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The NSA and FBI have jointly disclosed Drovorub, a Russian malware suite that targets Linux.

Detailed advisory. Fact sheet. News articles. Reddit thread.

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Lindsey Graham says declassified documents show FBI lied to Senate about Steele dossier: ‘Somebody needs to go to jail for this’

Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on Sunday that newly declassified FBI documents from 2018 show that the bureau lied to the Senate Intelligence Committee about Christopher Steele’s anti-Trump dossier.

“This document clearly shows that the FBI was continuing to mislead regarding the reliability of the Steele dossier,” Graham said during an interview on Fox News‘ “Sunday Morning Futures.” “The FBI did to the Senate Intelligence Committee what the Department of Justice and FBI had previously done to the FISA court: mischaracterize, mislead, and lie.”

“The characterizations regarding the dossier were completely out of touch with reality in terms of what the Russian subsource actually said to the FBI,” Graham told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo. “What does this mean? That Congress, as well as the FISA court, was lied to about the reliability of the Russian subsource. I will be asking FBI Director Wray to provide me all the details possible about how the briefing was arranged and who provided it.”

“Somebody needs to go to jail for this,” Graham declared. “This is a second lie. This is a second crime. They lied to the FISA court. They got rebuked, the FBI did, in 2019 by the FISA court, putting in doubt all FISA applications … a year before, they’re lying to the Senate Intel Committee. It’s just amazing the compounding of the lies.”

Graham argued that the newly released eight-page briefing document, which was obtained through the Department of Justice, shows that the FBI did not disclose any of the dossier’s red flags in the Senate Intelligence briefing document.

The memo, dated Feb. 14, 2018, summarizes what Steele’s primary subsource told the FBI during three days of interviews in January 2017. Igor Danchenko, a Ukraine-born, Russian-educated researcher and Brookings Institution analyst, was Steele’s primary subsource who provided information to the former British spy. That information was used to create the Steele dossier, which eventually enabled the investigation into Donald Trump’s possible ties to Russia before the 2016 presidential election.

“Several reports appeared to be derived from multiple sources, to include the information he provided to Steele as well as information that he had not collected,” the memo said of the primary subsource. “He did not cite any significant concerns with the way his reporting was characterized in the dossier to the extent he could identify it.”

Danchenko admitted to FBI agents that he “did not know the origins” of some claims attributed to him and “did not recall” other information that was included in the dossier.

Danchenko claimed that he was unaware that former MI6 officer Steele was going to include conversations into official reports, The Washington Examiner reported.

“Actually, the subsource said it was all bar talk, hearsay, speculation and conjecture, and the whole sexual activity of the president was made in jest,” Graham said. “So they completely misrepresented to the Senate Intel Committee in 2018 what the subsource had told the FBI in 2017.”

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz said FBI interviews with Danchenko “raised significant questions about the reliability of the Steele election reporting” and cast doubt on some of its most damning claims.

Horowitz also claimed that FBI interviews of Steele and Danchenko “revealed potentially serious problems with Steele’s descriptions of information in his reports.”

“I’m gonna find out who did that briefing, and whoever it is, they’re in trouble,” Graham said.

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Gun sales shatter records amid mass protests, ‘defund the police’ movement

As violent crime surges across the United States amid the “defund the police” movement, gun sales have also skyrocketed.

There were an estimated 1,795,602 gun sales in July, the Washington Free Beacon reported, shattering previous records for the same month. The number was an increase of 133% compared to July 2019.

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FBI statistics confirmed the firearm purchasing boom.

The bureau conducted more than 3.6 million background checks in July, the third-highest month for background checks since the FBI began keeping related statistics more than 20 years ago, according to CNN. The background checks are required for every purchase made from a federally licensed firearms dealer.

By comparison, the FBI conducted about 2 million background checks during the same one-month period last year.

Americans are purchasing firearms at an eye-popping rate during the coronavirus pandemic and racial unrest that has gripped the nation for more than two months.

The only two months that saw more FBI background checks for firearm purchases were in March — when 3.74 million background checks were conducted — and in June when an all-time record of 3.91 million background checks were completed.

According to Fox News, more than 2.5 million firearm purchasers in 2020 were first-time buyers, while the Free Beacon reported that firearm ownership in the black community is setting records.

From the Free Beacon:

Gun dealers reported a 58.2 percent increase in black customers in 2020—the most rapid growth of any ethnic group, according to a survey from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which represents gun makers and dealers. More than eight million guns have been sold in 2020, according to background-check records, and many purchasers are first-time gun owners.

The record-setting sales and firearm interest has led to record profits for gun manufactures, like Ruger and Smith & Wesson.

And according to Chris Killoy, chief executive officer of Sturm, Ruger & Company, the sales boom shows no sign of slowing down.

“Having been in this industry for 30 years, I saw the surge in 1994 before the assault weapons ban took place,” Killoy told investors last Thursday, the Free Beacon reported. “This is probably the strongest level of demand that I’ve seen. One of the most significant differences is how it has impacted all levels of the channel and the impact on inventory at all levels.”

The boom, Killoy explained, is driven by three factors: the COVID-19 pandemic, mass protests, and the call for reduction of law enforcement.

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Fired FBI official Peter Strzok releases book claiming Trump is ‘under the sway’ of Russia

Disgraced former FBI official Peter Strzok has penned a tell-all book about the Russia “collusion” investigation that led to his termination from the agency, wherein he claims President Donald Trump is “under the sway” of the Kremlin.

What are the details?/

Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced that it will release Strzok’s book, “COMPROMISED: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump,” on Sept. 8 — just weeks ahead of the general election.

“When he opened the FBI investigation into Russia’s election interference, Strzok had already spent more than two decades defending the United States against foreign threats,” HMH wrote in its promotional plug. “His career in counterintelligence ended shortly thereafter when the Trump administration used his private expression of political opinions to force him out of the Bureau in August 2018. But by that time, Strzok had seen more than enough to convince him that the commander in chief had fallen under the sway of America’s adversary in the Kremlin.”

Strzok said in a statement:

Russia has long regarded the United States as its ‘Main Enemy,’ and I spent decades trying to protect our country from their efforts to weaken and undermine us. In this book, I used that background to explain how the elevation by President Trump and his collaborators of Trump’s own personal interests over the interests of the country allowed Putin to succeed beyond Stalin’s wildest dreams, and how the national security implication of Putin’s triumph will persist through our next election and beyond.

Strzok and his lover, former FBI attorney Lisa Page, famously exchanged text messages in 2016 expressing their disdain for then-candidate Donald Trump, claiming to have an “insurance policy” for if he won — causing speculation that the investigation into the Trump campaign was politically motivated. Documents unearthed a few months ago also indicate that Strzok and Page may have manipulated the filing that led to charges against retired Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser.

News that Strzok is attempting to capitalize off his role in the Russia investigation has already been met with criticism.

BizPacReview‘s Tom Tillison wrote, “Only in America can a former high-ranking law enforcement official allegedly plot to unseat a duly elected president of the United States and when that endeavor fails, write a book that will likely earn him millions.”

Anything else?

Strzok is not the first former FBI official to attempt to make easy bucks off his involvement with the investigation into President Trump.

Former FBI Director James Comey — who was fired by Trump — wrote a book in 2018 wherein he attacks the president, and he has a second book set for release just ahead of the inauguration.

Ousted former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe also wrote a book in 2018 attacking President Trump, and Page was hired last month by MSNBC to serve as a legal analyst for the left-leaning network.

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FedCoin: A New Scheme for Tyranny and Poverty

This article was originally published by Ron Paul at The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. 

If some Congress members get their way, the Federal Reserve may soon be able to track many of your purchases in real-time and share that information with government agencies. This is just one of the problems with the proposed “digital dollar” or “fedcoin.”

Fedcoin was initially included in the first coronavirus spending bill. While the proposal was dropped from the final version of the bill, there is still great interest in fedcoin on Capitol Hill. Some progressives have embraced fedcoin as a way to provide Americans with a “universal basic income.”

Both the Senate Banking Committee and the House Financial Services Committee held hearings on fedcoin in June. This is the first step toward making fedcoin a reality.

Fedcoin would not be an actual coin. Instead, it would be a special account created and maintained for each American by the Federal Reserve. Each month, Fed employees could tap a few keys on a computer and — bingo — each American would have dollars added to his Federal Reserve account. This is the 21st century equivalent of throwing money from helicopters.

Fedcoin could effect private cryptocurrencies. Also, it would limit the ability of private citizens to protect themselves from the Federal Reserve-caused decline in the dollar’s value.

Fedcoin would not magically increase the number of available goods and services. What it would do is drive up prices. The damage this would do to middle- and lower-income Americans would dwarf any benefit they receive from their monthly “gift” from the Fed. The rise in prices could lead to Congress regularly increasing fedcoin payments to Americans. These increases would cause prices to keep rising even more until we face hyperinflation and a dollar crisis. Of course, we are already on the path to an economic crisis thanks to the Fed. Fedcoin will hasten and worsen the crisis.

Fedcoin poses a great threat to privacy. The Federal Reserve could know when fedcoin is used, who is using it, and what they use it for. This information could be shared with government agencies, such as the FBI or IRS.

The government could use the ability to know how Americans are spending fedcoin to limit our ability to purchase goods and services disfavored by politicians and bureaucrats. Anyone who doubts this should recall the Obama administration’s Operation Choke Point. Operation Choke Point involved financial regulators “alerting” banks that dealing with certain businesses, such as gun stores, would put the banks at “reputational risk” and could subject them to greater regulation.

Is it so hard to believe that the ability to track purchases would be used in the future to “discourage” individuals from buying guns, fatty foods, or tobacco, or from being customers of corporations whose CEOs are not considered “woke” by the thought police? Fedcoin could also be used to “encourage” individuals to patronize “green” business, thus fulfilling Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s goal of involving the Fed in the fight against climate change.

Fedcoin could threaten private cryptocurrencies, increase inflation, and give government new powers over our financial transactions. Fedcoin will also speed up the destruction of the fiat money system. Whatever gain fedcoin may bring to average Americans will come at a terrible cost to liberty and prosperity.

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NASCAR releases picture of the noose in Bubba Wallace’s garage that sparked an FBI investigation

NASCAR released a picture showing the noose that was hanging in the garage of Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s only black driver, at Talladega Superspeedway. The noose sparked an FBI investigation as Wallace and members of his team believed it was a hate crime.

The FBI investigation determined that the noose had been in that garage since the fall of 2019, and wasn’t an act of hate directed toward Wallace.

The incident came during a time of intense racial unrest in the United States, and in NASCAR. NASCAR had recently banned the Confederate flag from being flown at races, at Wallace’s urging.

Wallace was an active participant in social justice protesting in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, having worn a Black Lives Matter T-shirt to a race and driven a car featuring a Black Lives Matter paint scheme.

When the noose was discovered in his garage, NASCAR immediately issued a statement condemning the alleged hate crime and supporting Wallace. In a dramatic show of support for Wallace, the other drivers pushed Wallace’s car to the front of the field before Monday’s race at Talladega.

Wallace was moved to tears by the show of support, which went viral and gained national attention that far exceeded NASCAR’s normal reach.

The day after the race, the FBI released its findings that no hate crime had been committed. Still, Wallace went on CNN with Don Lemon and expressed his anger over those who didn’t believe him.

Bubba Wallace responds after FBI hate crime investigation

On Wednesday, Wallace seemed ready to accept that he was not the victim of a hate crime, and acknowledged the embarrassing nature of the situation.

“It’s been an emotional few days,” Wallace wrote on Twitter. “First off, I want to say how relieved I am that the investigation revealed that this wasn’t what we feared it was. I want to thank my team, NASCAR, and the FBI for acting swiftly and treating this as a real threat. I think we’ll gladly take a little embarrassment over what the alternatives could have been.”

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Al Sharpton: Did ‘someone know’ about ‘noose’ when Bubba Wallace was ‘belatedly’ assigned to stall?

Al Sharpton wondered Wednesday if there’s more left to uncover after the FBI concluded that the “noose” found on Sunday in the stall of black NASCAR racer Bubba Wallace at Talladega Superspeedway had been there since last October at least and that “no federal crime had been committed.”

“Nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week,” the FBI added. NASCAR characterized it as a “garage door pull rope.”

But Sharpton isn’t convinced it was all just a big misunderstanding.

What are the details?

“The FBI identified it as a noose, and NASCAR said it was a noose or went along with the FBI’s characterization,” he said on MSNBC. “It was a noose. So the question is, even if they did not know that Bubba Wallace was going to use that stall, why was a noose in the stall? It’s clear what a noose represents … did someone know that it was in the stall when they did belatedly assign Bubba there? So, I don’t think this answers a lot of questions, and … I do not think that we’ve seen closure in this particular inquiry.”

What else?

Wallace was angry during his interview with CNN’s Don Lemon on Tuesday after some condemned Wallace’s initial words in the face of the FBI’s conclusions.

“I’m pissed!” he told Lemon. “I’m mad because people are trying to test my character and the person that I am and my integrity.”

Wallace added that he’s “been racing all of my life, we’ve raced out of hundreds of garages that never had garage pulls like that, so people that wanna call it a garage pull and put out old videos and photos of knots, being in, as their evidence, go ahead! But from the evidence that … I have, it’s a straight-up noose.”

“I can confirm that I actually got evidence of what was hanging in my garage over my car around my picker, guys, to confirm that it was a noose, and never seen anything like it,” he added.

Bubba Wallace responds after FBI hate crime investigation

Many NASCAR drivers and employees joined in show of solidarity with Wallace before Monday’s race after it was reported that someone had left a noose as a racial threat against him.

Wallace had previously demanded that NASCAR ban the Confederate flag from its events in order to make them more comfortable for attendees who don’t view the flag positively. Soon after NASCAR banned the flag.

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Breaking: FBI finds noose incident in NASCAR garage was a ‘misunderstanding’

After much hand-wringing since the announcement that someone had placed a noose at the garage of NASCAR’s only African American driver, the FBI announced that it was all a misunderstanding.

NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace decried the allegedly racist act on Sunday when it was found at his garage at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. On Tuesday, the FBI said there had been no crime committed and it was not a racial act.

The FBI said in its statement that it sent 15 agents to investigate the incident.

“The FBI learned that garage number 4, where the noose was found, was assigned to Bubba Wallace last week. The investigation also revealed evidence, including authentic video confirmed by NASCAR, that the noose found in garage number 4 was in that garage as early as October 2019,” the statement read.

“Although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week,” the FBI concluded.

In response to the incident, dozens of NASCAR drivers, pit crew members and others walked alongside Wallace and his car to show solidarity with him before Monday’s race.

A separate statement from Wood Brothers Racing added additional information as to how the incident occurred:

“One of our employees alerted us yesterday morning that, without knowing the details of the incident, he recalled seeing a tied handle in the garage pull-down rope from last fall. We immediately alerted NASCAR and have assisted the investigation in every way possible,” the statement read.

“The Wood Brothers organization is proud to stand with Bubba Wallace and the entire industry as we work to make every race fan a part of our NASCAR family,” they concluded.

Wallace finished 14th in the Geico 500 NASCAR race Monday, which was won by Ryan Blaney in a photo finish.

Here’s more about the noose misunderstanding:

Bubba Wallace Says He ‘was hurt’ Over Noose in His NASCAR Garage | The View

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FBI used an Etsy T-shirt review to track down woman who torched cop cars during riots

The FBI was able to track down a woman who allegedly set two Philadelphia police cars on fire during a George Floyd riot by utilizing an Etsy T-shirt review, social media photos, an online shopping profile, and LinkedIn.

Lore-Elisabeth Blumenthal was charged with arson of two Philadelphia Police Department vehicles this week. The 33-year-old woman allegedly torched the cop cars during the riots on May 30.

FBI agents examined over 500 photos that were posted on Instagram and other social media platforms. Blumenthal’s tattoos and her T-shirt stood out. She was wearing a shirt that read: “Keep the Immigrants, Deport the Racists,” according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Investigators discovered that only one place sold the exact same shirt, a seller on Etsy. A user by the name of “alleycatlore” left a five-star review for the Etsy store that sold the shirt a few days before the riots. Agents searched the username and found a matching profile at the online fashion store Poshmark, which listed the user’s name as “Lore-elisabeth.”

The FBI searched for “Lore Elisabeth” in the Philly area, and found a LinkedIn profile for a female massage therapist in Philadelphia. That massage therapy business shared videos of her work, which revealed a woman with the exact same peace symbol tattoo on her forearm that was seen in the Instagram images.

FBI tracked the woman down at her home in Germantown, Pennsylvania. The Department of Justice charged Blumenthal for setting two cruisers parked in front of city hall on fire. Blumenthal allegedly threw a flaming piece of wood from a police barricade into the window of two police cruisers.

The Department of Justice said that the case was investigated by the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the Philadelphia Police Department, and the Philadelphia Fire Marshal’s Office. There was also assistance from the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.

“Social media has fueled much of the protests, and has also become a fertile ground for government surveillance,” Paul Hetznecker, a criminal defense attorney representing Blumenthal, told The Philadelphia Inquirer. “I think people have lost awareness of that.”

“The question is whether they’ve undermined the privacy interests of everyone based on the search for one or two individuals,” Hetznecker said of the way investigators tracked down his client using social media. “That’s the same paradigm that was used to profile Muslims after 9/11, the same paradigm used for profiling African Americans.”

Blumenthal is currently in federal custody. She faces a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in prison if convicted and a fine of up to $250,000.