FBI employees have been recalled from cities across Asia while the agency investigates allegations related to parties and interactions with prostitutes. The Justice Department’s inspector general is examining the allegations, which involve FBI personnel in six cities.
FBI Director Christopher Wray told senators that the White House put limits on the re-opened investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but he insisted that the process used was a typical one. The inquiry was “very specific in scope,” Wray said.
Federal prosecutors are using a grand jury to investigate former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, an indication the probe into whether he misled officials exploring his role in a controversial media disclosure has intensified. McCabe’s attorney charges that a leak about the case “is a sad and poorly veiled attempt to try to distract the American public.”
The Justice Department’s Inspector General is probing how the FBI handled sexual-abuse allegations by gymnasts against national team doctor Larry Nassar in 2015. Gymnasts’ complaints languished for at least nine months before an FBI office opened a formal investigation.
The inspector general of the General Services Administration says the agency’s administrator didn’t say at a congressional hearing that she had met with President Trump about the decision to scrap a longstanding plan for a new FBI headquarters in the Washington, D.C., suburbs.
The attorney for FBI agent Peter Strzok, who had helped lead the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, says he was dismissed on Friday. The FBI discipline unit had said he should be demoted and suspended for 60 days.
W. Joseph Astarita, a member of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team, was cleared of lying to conceal that he fired two shots at the truck of Oregon refuge occupation spokesman Robert “LaVoy” Finicum in 2016. It was the latest prosecution loss in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation.
President Trump’s interest in keeping the FBI headquarters in downtown Washington has left a proposal to move the bureau to the capital’s suburbs in limbo and leaves the FBI in a deteriorating structure.
FBI director Christopher Wray dismisses Russian President Vladimir Putin’s suggestions that U.S. investigators observe interviews of wanted suspects in Russia or that Russians observe FBI questioning of suspects in the U.S.