Scores of federal law enforcement agencies are ignoring a longstanding legal mandate to submit statistics to the FBI’s national hate crimes database, calling into question the veracity of what is supposed to be the nation’s most comprehensive source of information on hate crimes.
Fired FBI director James Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee June 8 that President Trump lied to the American public when he said that the FBI was in disarray and that agents had lost confidence in Comey.
A judge granted the FBI’s request for a warrant got a warrant allowing the agency to search an unlimited number of computers anywhere in the world. Such authority now has become a part of federal criminal procedure rules. A public defender calls the change “unprecedented and deeply troubling.”
A supposed Russian intelligence document claiming a tacit understanding between the Clinton campaign and the Justice Department over the inquiry into whether she intentionally revealed classified information through her use of a private email server may have been a fake, the Washington Post reports.
President Trump was close to selecting a replacement for fired FBI director James Comey, with ex-Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman a leading candidate, but the White House aides involved in the search are looking for a broader range of candidates.
Former Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s nomination likely would produce the most partisan vote for an FBI chief in Senate history. Some Democrats hold a grudge against Lieberman for his rightward turn. Others say the job of FBI director should not go to a politician.
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” the President told the then-FBI director, according to a memo James Comey wrote after the two met, the New York Times reports. The White House denied the account.