5:56 AM 6/17/2018 – The Crisis OF Credibility In The Office Of Federal Prosecutor

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In My Humble Opinion: 

Rosa Emilia claims that Leff (FBI Director of PR Branch) “talks a lot”, or “talks too much”. I do not see what it is “too much” that he said. His statement regarding the investigations and the pending prosecutions of the “dirty politicians”, regardless of who they are, or whom he meant, are entirely appropriate, and even gracious and legally and politically correct: he gives the advance warning that corruption will not be tolerated. 

Ms. Rodriguez-Velez may think that I talk too much too but I will utter just one word for her and for now, as a private citizen and a blogger: 

OUT!

Michael Novakhov 

6:23 AM 6/17/2018

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Quotes: 

“Not only did she call Reyes Caparrós “immature” but, in reference to the head of the FBI in Puerto Rico, Douglas Leff, he contrasted that he “talks a lot” and she prefers to keep more reserved about pending investigations.

The brush with Leff is occurring since the verdict.” 

“After the verdict, there are demands for the official to be replaced.

“Reyes Caparrós makes extremely serious allegations because they confirm something that defendants, defendants and defenders have always claimed: that the

Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Puerto Rico has been dedicated to the fabrication of cases, which is illegal, unconstitutional, undermines our democratic aspiration and it worsens the tremendous political fragility of the government system in Puerto Rico,

“said María Mari Narváez, director of the organization ‘Kilometer 0’.”

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The Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Puerto Rico is going through a precarious moment between allegations of fabrications of cases, “terror” given by the head of the office, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez Vélez, and several cases of work harassment.

The aforementioned scenarios also occur while discussing a possible replacement of Chief Rodriguez at a time when the Federal Bureau of Criminal Investigations (FBI) has also been evasive in answering questions about the work of Rodríguez Vélez for his employees.

Read also : Evasion reveals tense relationship between the FBI and the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in PR

The public discussion about Rodríguez Vélez’s performance intensified after Francisco Reyes Caparrós, a former employee of the Attorney General’s Office, won a lawsuit for labor harassment.

Rodríguez Vélez has tried to defend himself against the verdict in several ways, including accusing this means and the plaintiff. However, what represents a threat to her credibility as head of the United States Government in Puerto Rico is that a group of 12 people, constituted as a jury, simply believed the former employee more than her.

The predicament in which Rodríguez Vélez is located is the same as all the people that his office has criminally accused and who have been convicted: they can say whatever they want about their innocence but that does not erase that there was a unanimous verdict , who declares them guilty of crime.

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In the case of the chief prosecutor the situation is worse, because in many criminal cases the defendant chooses not to sit down to give his version in the witnesses’ chair but, in the case of Reyes Caparrós, Rodríguez Vélez sat down, offered his version of the alleged labor harassment under oath, and the jury did not believe him, granting greater credibility to the plaintiff’s version, who also sat down to testify. It took barely an hour and a half for the jury to assess both testimonies and decide in favor of the former.

And what did the jury think?

According to what Reyes Caparrós explained in his version of the events, the jury believed that Rodríguez Vélez has a “reign of terror” in his office. “Either you do what I say, or do what I say … there or you submit or submit,” said the plaintiff who is now entitled, according to the verdict, compensation of up to $ 300,000.

After the verdict, the former employee, who must now return to work in the office as part of his legal victory, also said that the prosecutor orders investigations and initiates prosecutions for capricious motives.

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This week, in a ‘half tour’ with the Secretary of the Department of Justice, Wanda Vázquez Garced, on a campaign to address crimes against people of the golden age, the prosecutor was still combative with the outcome of the case.

Not only did she call Reyes Caparrós “immature” but, in reference to the head of the FBI in Puerto Rico, Douglas Leff, he contrasted that he “talks a lot” and she prefers to keep more reserved about pending investigations.

The brush with Leff is occurring since the verdict.

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“This man (Reyes Caparrós) suffers from immaturity, suffers from other situations that I will not bring at that moment because I really feel sorry that he has abused the moment,” said Rodriguez when interviewed by ABC 5.

“My record is there, the record of my office is there, I completely deny that, it makes me sad, because precisely if he had that kind of argument he should have brought it in the trial which he did not bring and none of those things he said after the verdict because he had brought it and none are true, “he said.

Reyes Caparrós, who resigned in 2015, filed his claim shortly after being stripped of his routine work obligations after complaining about having to run personal errands for his superiors.

After the verdict, there are claims for the official to be replaced.

“Reyes Caparrós makes extremely serious allegations because they confirm something that defendants, defendants and defenders have always claimed: that the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Puerto Rico has been dedicated to the fabrication of cases, which is illegal, unconstitutional, undermines our democratic aspiration and it worsens the tremendous political fragility of the government system in Puerto Rico, “said María Mari Narváez, director of the organization ‘Kilometer 0’.

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La jefa de Fiscalía federal en Puerto Rico, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez. (Juan R. Costa / Archivo NotiCel)

La jefa de Fiscalía federal en Puerto Rico, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez. (Juan R. Costa / Archivo NotiCel)

La Fiscalía federal en Puerto Rico atraviesa por un momento precario entre alegaciones de fabricaciones de casos, “terror” impartido por la jefa de oficina, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez Vélez, y varios casos de hostigamiento laboral.

Los escenarios mencionados ocurren también mientras se habla de una posible sustitución de la jefa Rodríguez en momentos en que también el Negociado Federal de Investigaciones Criminales (FBI, por sus siglas en inglés), se ha mostrado evasivo a la hora de responder interrogantes sobre la labor de Rodríguez Vélez para con sus empleados.

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La discusión pública sobre el desempeño de Rodríguez Vélez se intensificó después de que Francisco Reyes Caparrós, exempleado de la Fiscalía, ganara una demanda por hostigamiento laboral.

Rodríguez Vélez ha tratado de defenderse del veredicto de varias maneras, incluso acusando a este medio y al demandante. Sin embargo, lo que representa una amenaza a su credibilidad como jefa del Gobierno de los Estados Unidos en Puerto Rico es que un grupo de 12 personas, constituidas como un jurado, simplemente le creyó al exempleado más que a ella.

El predicamento en el que se encuentra Rodríguez Vélez es el mismo en el que se encuentran todas las personas que su oficina ha acusado criminalmente y que han salido convictos: pueden decir lo que quieran sobre su inocencia pero eso no borra que hubo un veredicto, unánime, que los declara culpables de delito.

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En el caso de la jefa de fiscales la situación es peor, porque en muchos casos criminales el acusado opta por no sentarse a dar su versión en la silla de los testigos pero, en el caso de Reyes Caparrós, Rodríguez Vélez se sentó, ofreció su versión del alegado hostigamiento laboral bajo juramento, y el jurado no le creyó, concediéndole mayor credibilidad a la versión del demandante, quien también se sentó a testificar. Apenas hora y media tardó el jurado en aquilatar ambos testimonios y decidir a favor del exempelado.

¿Y qué creyó el jurado?

Según lo que expuso Reyes Caparrós en su versión de los hechos, el jurado creyó que Rodríguez Vélez tiene un “reino de terror” en su oficina. “O haces lo que yo digo, o haces lo que yo digo…. Allí o te sometes o te sometes”, dijo el demandante que ahora es merecedor, según el veredicto, de una compensación de hasta $300,000.

Tras el veredicto, el exempleado, que ahora debe volver a trabajar en la oficina como parte de su victoria legal, también dijo que la fiscal ordena investigaciones e inicia procesamientos por motivos caprichosos.

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Esta semana, en un ‘media tour’ con la secretaria del Departamento de Justicia, Wanda Vázquez Garced, sobre una campaña de atención a crímenes contra personas de la edad dorada, la fiscal todavía se mostró combativa con el resultado del caso.

No solo tildó a Reyes Caparrós de “inmaduro” sino que, en referencia al jefe del FBI en Puerto Rico, Douglas Leff, contrastó que él “habla mucho” y ella prefiere mantenerse más reservada sobre investigaciones pendientes.

El roce con Leff está ocurriendo desde el veredicto.

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“Este señor (Reyes Caparrós) sufre de inmadurez, sufre de otras situaciones que no voy a traer en ese momento porque realmente me da pena que él haya abusado del momento”, dijo Rodríguez al ser entrevistada por ABC 5.

“Mi récord está ahí, el récord de mi oficina está ahí. Yo completamente niego eso. Me da pena, porque precisamente si él tenía ese tipo de argumento debió traerlo en el juicio lo cual  no trajo y ninguna de esas cosas que dijo después del veredicto pues la había traído y ninguna son ciertas”, indicó también.

Reyes Caparrós, quien renunció en el 2015, radicó su demanda poco tiempo después tras ser despojado de sus obligaciones laborales rutinarias después de quejarse por tener que hacer recados personales para sus superiores.

Tras el veredicto, hay reclamos para que la funcionaria sea sustituida.

“Reyes Caparrós hace alegaciones extremadamente serias porque confirman algo que acusados, acusadas y defensores han alegado desde siempre: que la Fiscalía federal en Puerto Rico se ha dedicado a la fabricación de casos, lo cual es ilegal, es inconstitucional, atenta contra nuestra aspiración democrática y empeora la tremenda fragilidad política del sistema de gobierno en Puerto Rico”, dijo por su parte, María Mari Narváez, directora de la organización ‘Kilómetro 0’.

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In the US, a frame-up (frameup) or setup is the act of framing someone, that is, providing false evidence or false testimony in order to falsely prove someone guilty of a crime.[1]

Sometimes, the person who is framing someone else is the actual perpetrator of the crime. In other cases it is an attempt by law enforcement to get around due process. Motives include getting rid of political dissidents or “correcting” what they see as the court’s mistake. Some lawbreakers will try to claim they were framed as a defense strategy.

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Federal Prosecutor Rosa Emilia Rodriguez defended herself against the accusations made by the former employee of her office that won her a lawsuit for retaliation and hostile work environment.

Speaking last night to ABC5’s On Record program, Rodríguez Vélez said that it is still being evaluated if the case is appealed, that it has not been concluded, and criticized the plaintiff, former intelligence specialist Francisco Reyes Caparrós.

¨Our position was always doing the right thing. This gentleman, as you have always said, suffers from immaturity, from other situations that I will not attract at this moment because I feel sorry that I have abused this moment and I am not going to abuse him. This is absolutely false, we have other mechanisms that we will be following in this case and that people should trust our record and how we are as human beings, “Rodriguez Velez told the television.

Whether to Questions about cases Were fabricated or at some point I That Demanded That figures to be Sought Judges as file charges, Rodriguez Velez replied. “It is absolutely false . I live quietly, I quietly sleep I’ve dedicated my whole life, 30 years as a federal employee, 12 years as a federal prosecutor for Puerto Rico, a lot of pride, my record is there, my office, I completely deny that. ”

“You can not manufacture the cases, we have processes … the grand jury that is so strict, we have 18 people who are the ones who decide … that’s ridiculous,” said Rodríguez Vélez.

Reyes Caparros denounced in statements to the media that Rodriguez Velez has a reign of terror in the prosecution, that there is an active investigation from Washington, and that he made expressions such that they would get him “a judge” to present him charges.

Rodríguez Vélez regretted that Reyes Caparrós did not make those allegations during the trial. The prosecutor said that the processes in his office are very rigorous and said that the “institutions” must be respected.

¨ I am sorry that it has been, as they say vulgarly, dispatched with the big spoon. I have kept silence in respect to the institution and the process¨

“Every day the federal prosecutor’s office is an institution that Puerto Rico needs, and you have to trust the institutions,” he said.

On the possibility of her being replaced as head of the federal prosecutor’s office in Puerto Rico, Rodriguez Velez said that she is in that position as long as the Department of Justice and the president of the United States determine it. “I am a career employee,” he said.

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Rosa Emilia Rodríguez, Chief of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Puerto Rico. (Juan R. Costa / File NotiCel)

Rosa Emilia Rodríguez, Chief of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Puerto Rico. (Juan R. Costa / File NotiCel)

After the former employee of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Puerto Rico, Francisco Reyes Caparrós, made statements about an alleged environment of “terror” that reigns in the office headed by Rosa Emilia Rodriguez and spoke about the manufacture of cases in this body, Rodríguez defended alleging that the gentleman who won a suit for work harassment to his office suffers from “immaturity.”

Their expressions were made in an interview by the program ‘En Récord’ that ABC 5 Puerto Rico transmits.

“This man suffers from immaturity, suffers from other situations that I will not bring at that time because I really feel sorry that he has abused the moment,” said Rodriguez, reacting to the allegations presented by Reyes Caparrós.

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Consequently, the head of the federal prosecutor downplayed the allegations indicating that her work speaks for her, despite yesterday the head of the Federal Bureau of Criminal Investigation (FBI, for its acronym in English), Douglas Leff, avoided talking about the functions of Rodriguez in the presiding office and in substitution, stressed that “the most important thing is the employees that work in the streets”.

“My record is there, the record of my office is there, I completely deny that, it makes me sad, because precisely if he had that kind of argument he should have brought it in the trial which he did not bring and none of those things he said after the verdict because he had brought it and none are true, “Rosa Emilia claimed.

Last May, a court suggested an indemnity of $ 300,000 for Reyes Caparros for, among other things, being subjected to labor in the office that Rodriguez presides over.

After the decision, the gentleman argued that “[i] t is how the copper is beaten among the employees that is another singing, because there is the reign of terror, either you do what I say, or you do what I say .. There is no one to submit, or you submit, “I said while asking questions from the same radio while denouncing that it is Rosa Emilia who carries out the commands.

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Puerto Rico was on the Road To Banana Republic, biked unabashedly forward by Carlos Cases of the PR branch of FBI, the Very Special Agent, with the subspecialty in COINTELPRO, set-ups, and frame-ups. – M.N. 

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 18, 2018: As more and more countries across the Caribbean consider decriminalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, a legislator in Trinidad and Tobago wants the twin-island Republic to follow suit.Independent Senator, Dr. Dhanayshar Mahabir, is urging the island’s government to allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, saying the initiative could also help in the diversification of the economy of the oil-rich republic.Mahabir, a University of the West Indies lecturer, made the suggestion as he was debating the Finance and Appropriation Bill in the Senate on Tuesday.Mahabir said that Canadians have been tapping into this opportunity and “it was about time we step up to the plate because our oil deals will not last forever.”Last month, former health minister, Dr Fuad Khan, also called for Trinidad and Tobago to examine the possibility of decriminalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes.Save up to 75% on FlightsThe post Marijuana News  – Will Trinidad And Tobago Also Jump On The Marijuana Train? appeared first on Caribbean and Latin America Daily News.
Marijuana News – While Guyana Punishes, Africa Legalizes

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 25, 2018: While many nationals from the CARICOM nation of Guyana took to social media this week to express outrage over the three-year jail sentence of a poultry farmer there, who was found with 8.6 grams of marijuana, news broke that another African country has moved to legalize marijuana for medical and scientific purposes.Zimbabwe has become the second African country to legalize the herb with the country’s health minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa, stating in a government notice that individuals and businesses would now be able to apply for licenses to cultivate cannabis for medicinal or scientific use.The five-year licenses will clear also clear growers to possess, transport and sell fresh cannabis, cannabis oil, and dried product.Recreational use will remain illegal.Applicants for the licenses must submit detailed plans of their proposed production site and yield, according to the government notice published in the Harare Herald on Saturday.  Individuals applying for licenses must be Zimbabwe citizens or residents or have a waiver issued by the minister.The tiny state of Lesotho issued Africa’s first license for medical marijuana production last year.Meanwhile, in Guyana, Carl Mangal could spend the next three years of his life in jail if his appeal fails while the laws there continue to penalize many for minor possession of the herb.The Alliance for Change (AFC) Party, in a statement, has once again called  for an upgrade of the laws of Guyana to ensure that custodial sentences for small quantities of marijuana are removed in their entirety.AFC Member of Parliament, Michael Carrington, said that since 2015, had tabled a bill in the National Assembly for debate, but it has since been languishing on the order paper, being deferred time and time again.This as the country’s Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo, was quoted as saying that he believes marijuana penalty laws must be reviewed to address the number of young people being locked up.“I share the view that Guyana should review sentencing guidelines, and liberalize laws that make custodial sentencing mandatory for small quantities of marijuana,” Nagamootoo stated. “Too many of our young people are in jail as the law, as is, provides for imprisonment for quantities above 5 grams and does not give magistrates a discretion.”Wal-Mart.com USA, LLCThe post Marijuana News – While Guyana Punishes, Africa Legalizes appeared first on Caribbean and Latin America Daily News.
Medical Marijuana Real Estate Loans Now Available In The Caribbean

News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Fri. June 1, 2018: As Caribbean nations continue to focus on legalizing medical marijuana in the region, financing for loans to grow and funding for commercial buildings has become a top priority.To cater to this need, Invest Caribbean Now, the global private sector investment agency of the Caribbean, is now offering the option of loans on land deals and commercial real estate properties to qualified medical marijuana entrepreneurs in countries where the herb is legal.Each loan from ICN’s private funding network will be determined on a case by case basis, based largely on the strength of borrower and liquid collateral.  The loan size is from US 1 Million to $50+ Million and loan to value is up to 60 percent with flexible loan terms up to 5 years.Whether you’re looking to fund a grow operation or a dispensary, there are lending and financing options now available to Caribbean nationals too.For more information contact investcaribbeannow.com/contact.htmlinvest-caribbean-nowThe post Medical Marijuana Real Estate Loans Now Available In The Caribbean appeared first on Caribbean and Latin America Daily News.
Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on the Puerto Rico Hurricane María Death Toll (PODCAST)

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FTA announces $277.5 million in funding for systems damaged by last year’s hurricanes

Emergency response and preparedness allocation includes over $220 million for Puerto Rico
FEMA: Nearly $219 million approved for Puerto Rico recovery

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Puerto Rico water utility: We lack nearly half of generators needed in case of a disaster

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Gasoline consumption and cement sales up in April
Justice Department sends 6 new prosecutors to Puerto Rico

Five assistant attorneys will focus on violent crime, and one on civil enforcement
Natural Resources Committee Democrats demand hearing on Puerto Rico

Send letter to Chairman Bishop following the release of Harvard study on Hurricane Maria death toll
Puerto Rico governor hands $1 million check to every mayor

Funds to be used for municipal services, emergency preparations or paying public workers
U.S. Says Rastas Face Discrimination In These Caribbean Countries

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Weds. May 30, 2018: The U.S. State Department on Tuesday said Rastafarians in some Caribbean countries are still facing varied forms of discrimination.In its latest ‘International Religious Freedom Report for 2017,’ the US government said that Rastafarians claim they continue to face various forms of social discrimination in Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.In Barbados in March, unknown individuals spray-painted anti-Semitic epithets on the walls of a synagogue in Bridgetown while members of the Rastafarian community said police and immigration officials in Dominica continued to subject them to scrutiny because of the community’s use of marijuana for religious rituals.In Jamaica, Rastafarians said that while acceptance of their views and practices continued to improve markedly, incidents of discrimination and profiling by police continued to occur. In St. Kitts & Nevis, police harassment of Rastafarians and the mandatory cutting of dreadlocks while in prison continued while others said they continued to face societal discrimination, including when seeking employment.
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Rastafarians in St. Lucia stated they continued to face discrimination in the school system because the Ministry of Education required vaccinations for all children attending school while those in St. Vincent & the Grenadines stated they continued to face societal discrimination because of their religious practices, in particular their use of marijuana.But the report also said societal attitudes regarding Rastafarianism continued to become more positive with those in Dominica even reporting that the number of police stops and searches of Rastafarians had declined.The annual report to Congress on International Religious Freedom  describes the status of religious freedom in every country globally and covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world.
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Trump Proclaims June National Caribbean-American Heritage Month

By NAN Staff Writer News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Fri. June 1, 2018: For the second year since taking office,the 45th US President has followed the path of both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama in declaring June National Caribbean-American Heritage.In his 2018 proclamation, Donald Trump, whose anti-immigrant policies has impacted many Caribbean immigrants, especially Haitians, noted that “Caribbean Americans embody the American spirit, with their talents and hard work contributing greatly to America’s economy.”He also said their leadership and resolve have made incredible contributions to our society and highlighted the contributions of Dr. William Thornton, a native of the British Virgin Islands who designed the United States Capitol and is generally considered the first “Architect of the Capitol; and Jean Baptiste du Sable, the first permanent resident of Chicago who was born in Haiti and is widely recognized as the “Founder of Chicago.”Trump also expressed gratitude to the many Caribbean-Americans who have served or are currently serving our country as members of our Armed Forces.While there is no specific Census category, it is estimated that Caribbean immigrants across the US are over 4 million while the number of those of Caribbean heritage is much more expansive. The 2020 Census will allow Caribbean nationals to write in their country of origin for the first time under the racial category, black.Wal-Mart.com USA, LLCThe full 2018 White House proclamation follows:During Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we honor America’s long-shared history with our neighbors in the Caribbean and celebrate the Caribbean Americans who have enriched our Nation.Caribbean Americans embody the American spirit, with their talents and hard work contributing greatly to America’s economy.  They protect our citizens as law enforcement officers, serve our communities as public officials, and mentor our country’s young people as educators.  Through their tremendous athleticism and determination, they have brought pride to the hearts of the American people as members of numerous U.S. Olympic teams.  Their leadership and resolve have made incredible contributions to our society.As trailblazers, Americans with Caribbean roots have sewn their own unique thread into the fabric of our Nation.  Dr. William Thornton, a native of the British Virgin Islands, designed the United States Capitol and is generally considered the first “Architect of the Capitol”.  Jean Baptiste du Sable, the first permanent resident of Chicago, was born in Haiti.  Widely recognized as the “Founder of Chicago,” his prosperous trade settlement has become one of the most iconic cities in the world.This month, we acknowledge the numerous contributions of Caribbean Americans to our Nation, including those of the more than 4 million Caribbean Americans who live in the United States today.  We are also deeply grateful to the many Caribbean Americans who have served or are currently serving our country as members of our Armed Forces.NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2018 as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.  I encourage all Americans to join in celebrating the history, culture, and achievements of Caribbean Americans with appropriate ceremonies and activities.IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.DONALD J. TRUMP

In 2017, his first year in office, Trump also issued a NCAHM proclamation as follows:

THE 2017 PROCLAMATION

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims June 2017 as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month

Issued on: May 31, 2017

National Caribbean-American Heritage Month is a celebration of the accomplishments of Caribbean Americans and our long, shared history with the peoples of the Caribbean.  We are grateful for the culture Caribbean Americans have shared with our Nation and the many contributions they have made to our society.

Throughout our history, Caribbean Americans have helped create and maintain the strength and independence of our Nation.  Alexander Hamilton, who came from poverty in Nevis, was a key contributor to our Constitution and the first Secretary of the Treasury, helping to establish our modern financial system and to create the United States Coast Guard.

Every day, Caribbean Americans help make America more prosperous and secure.  Our Nation is particularly grateful to the many Caribbean Americans who have served and are currently serving in our Armed Forces, protecting our Nation, and promoting freedom and peace around the world.  Today, more than four million Caribbean Americans live in the United States and continue to contribute to a vibrant culture that enriches our Nation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2017 as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.  I encourage all Americans to join in celebrating the history, culture, and achievements of Caribbean Americans with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.

DONALD J. TRUMP

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Guatemala Declares Three Days Of Mourning As Death Toll From Volcano Moves Closer To 62

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. June 5, 2018: Guatemala’s President Jimmy Morales has declared three days of national mourning as the death toll from the Fuego volcano was put at near 62.Mirna Celedon, spokeswoman for Guatemala’s Institute of Forensic Sciences, says the death toll is at least 62, according to CNN and keeps rising even as more hazards threaten grieving residents.Israel said Monday it is sending an immediate emergency aid to Guatemala, including medicine & food, following the lethal Fuego volcanic eruption.The Fuego volcano erupted Sunday, spewing a river of lava and plumes of smoke almost 6 miles into the air. Thirteen of the dead have been identified so far even as more than 3,100 people were evacuated and an unknown number of people remained missing.At least 15 people were hospitalized, including 12 children – some of whom suffered severe burns, the nation’s health ministry said.The Fuego Volcano erupted around noon local time Sunday and lava began flowing outward in the afternoon, according to CONRED, the government agency for disaster reduction.According to a CONRED preliminary report, the eruption is “the strongest one recorded in recent years” and about 1.7 million people have been affected.The civil aviation authority of Guatemala announced the temporary closure of operations at the Guatemala City’s international airport due to the presence of volcanic ash.Save up to 75% on FlightsThe post Guatemala Declares Three Days Of Mourning As Death Toll From Volcano Moves Closer To 62appeared first on Caribbean and Latin America Daily News.

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New Prosecutors Announce for Federal Prosecution in Puerto Rico | Law and order
 

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The federal Department of Justice and the federal prosecutor’s office on the island announced the assignment of 311 new prosecutors throughout the United States, of which six new prosecutors will be for the district of Puerto Rico.

According to a press release, five of the new prosecutors on the island will work in violent crimes, particularly against the distribution of opioids and one will be for the civil division.

The announcement comes on the 500th day of the administration of President Donald Trump.

It is indicated that it is the largest fiscal allocation in the past. Of the 311 prosecutors, 190 will work in criminal cases, 35 in immigration cases and 86 in civil cases. Many of these will assist in the recently created initiative “Prescription Interdiction & Litigation Task Force”, to work with the opium crisis that crosses the United States.

The federal prosecutor, Rosa Emilia Rodriguez thanked the US Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, for the assignment of the six new prosecutors.

I have noted that with the assignment of the new six prosecutors, the federal Department of Justice has recognized the significance of the problem of violent crimes on the island.

“They have also shown great confidence in our office by assigning these valuable resources to where they are desperately needed and greatly appreciated,” Rodriguez said.

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Six of the eight murders investigated by the police between 5:17 pm Friday and 7:10 pm yesterday were staged in San Juan, where 61 of the 285 violent deaths reported in the country had occurred since the year began.

Half of the murders occurred at dawn, among them a couple of ambassadors who slept under the bridge of PR-181 and José de Diego Avenue, in Río Piedras. The victims were lying down at about 4:00 am and from a car they were shot with a burst of more than 20 shots with an assault rifle.

The woman was known as “La Shorty” and the individual as “Cagüitas”. Lieutenant Joshua Velez, director of the Division of Homicide of the Criminal Investigation Corps (CIC) of San Juan, said that the couple was known in the place by nicknames and that they will be investigated in order to identify them.

The agents sought to obtain the recordings of various security cameras at that intersection, in order to identify the vehicle from which it was fired and its occupants.

While at 2:09 in the morning, a person identified as Boulding Colas, 32 years old, and a native of Haiti, but who had his address on 5th Street in Barrio Obrero, was shot to death.

Según la Policía, la víctima compartía con amistades en un negocio en la avenida Borinquen y salió a la acera al recibir una llamada telefónica. Afuera lo aguardaban sicarios que le dispararon más de 20 tiros, matándolo en el acto. El haitiano se encontraba viviendo en Puerto Rico sin permiso de las autoridades de migración.

De otro lado, a las 7:10 de la mañana del domingo y a orillas del ramal de la PR-176 a pasos del residencial Los Laureles, en Cupey, fue asesinado un joven. La víctima presentaba múltiples balazos y en la escena se levantaron casquillos de rifle de asalto y pistola.

En los últimos días se han registrado otras muertes en Cupey, de las cuales dos se produjeron a las 8:19 de la noche del viernes en la cancha del residencial Alturas de Cupey. Los jóvenes Juan Luis Cruz Pérez, de 25 años, y Kevin Cotto, de 22 años, era vecinos del residencial Jardines de Cupey.

Los jóvenes estaban comiendo de una lata de salchichas, ocupada en la escena, cuando llegaron los sicarios y dispararon en cerca de 30 ocasiones con un rifle de asalto y una pistola.

Cruz Pérez fue fichado en el 2017 por un caso de posesión de un vehículo hurtado.

El miércoles en la avenida Cupey Garden en la urbanización la Rosa en Cupey también fue asesinado Ángel Vega Rivera, de 31 años. La Policía no descartó que las cuatro muertes en Cupey guarden relación.

On the other hand, at 2:19 AM yesterday, Miguel Ángel Rivera Molina, 24, was shot in Azucena Street, in front of the E-21 residence of the Jardines de Dorado urbanization, in Dorado.

A family member took him to the Diagnosis and Treatment Center (CDT) and was pronounced dead. Rivera Molina had bullet wounds in various parts of the body, and he was seized with a Glock gun, model 22, caliber .40.

The first of the weekend killings was recorded at 5:17 pm Friday afternoon on Toa Alta Heights Avenue. Sicarios shot Javier “El Burro” Pérez Velázquez, 25, who was passing by in a gray Mitsubishi Lancer.

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History is written by the conquerors. The Native peoples of North America know this all too well, as they are still trying to bring the truth to light. Now, their long-lost Caribbean cousins are beginning the same process.

It’s an uphill battle.

Most Puerto Ricans know, or think they know, their ethnic and racial history: a blending of Taino(Indian), Spanish and African. Students of the islands’ past have read the same account for over 300 years; that the Native people, and their societies, were killed off by the Spanish invaders by the 1600s. It was always noted though, how many of the original colonists married Taino women or had Taino concubines, producing the original mestizaje (mixture) that, when blended with African, would produce Puerto Ricans.

Those first unions, according to the conventional wisdom, explain why some Puerto Ricans have “a little bit” of Native heritage. Mainly we are Spanish, we are told, with a little African blood and far-away Taino ancestry.

But the order of that sequence will have to change.

Dr. Juan Martinez-Cruzado, a geneticist from the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez who designed an island-wide DNA survey, released the final numbers and analysis of the project in 2003, and these results tell a different story.

According to the study funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, 61 percent of all Puerto Ricans have Amerindian mitochondrial DNA, 27 percent have African and 12 percent Caucasian. (Nuclear DNA, or the genetic material present in a gene’s nucleus, is inherited in equal parts from one’s father and mother. Mitochondrial DNA is inherited only from one’s mother and does not change or blend with other materials over time.)

In other words a majority of Puerto Ricans have Native blood.

“Our study showed there was assimilation,” Martinez-Cruzado explained, “but the people were not extinguished. Their political and social structure was but the genes were not.

“The people were assimilated into a new colonial order and became mixed – but that’s what Puerto Ricans are: Indians mixed with Africans and Spaniards,” he asserted.

“There has been an under-estimation of the Amerindian heritage of Puerto Rico, much larger than most historians will admit,” he said.

Martinez-Cruzado cited the historical descriptions of life in Puerto Rico during the 17th and 18th centuries as an example.

“These accounts describe many aspects that are totally derived from Taino modus vivendi, not just the hammocks but the way they fished, their methods of farming, etc.,” he related. “It is clear that the influence of Taino culture was very strong up to about 200 years ago. If we could conduct this same study on the Puerto Ricans from those times, the figure would show that 80 percent of the people had Indian heritage.”

Another historical moment that should receive more attention involves the story of a group of Tainos who, after 200 years of absence from official head-counts, appeared in a military census from the 1790s. In this episode, a colonial military census noted that all of a sudden there were 2,000 Indians living in a northwestern mountain region. “These were Indians who the Spanish had placed on the tiny island of Mona (just off the western coast of Puerto Rico) who survived in isolation and then were brought over,” Martinez-Cruzado said. “They became mixed but there were many Indians who survived but eventually mixed with the Africans and Spaniards. These Mona Tainos must have had a further influence as well.”

Martinez-Cruzado noted how many customs and history were handed down through oral tradition. To this day on the island, there are many people who use medicinal plants and farming methods that come directly from the Tainos.

This is especially true of the areas once known as Indieras, or Indian Zones.

He also pointed out that most of these Native traditions probably do come from the Tainos, the Native people who appeared on the island circa 700 AD. But there were other waves of migrations to Puerto Rico and the entire Caribbean area.

Through the extensive study of the Puerto Rican samples, Martinez-Cruzado and his team have found connections between island residents and Native peoples who arrived before and after the Tainos. He pointed out how a few of the samples can be traced back 9,000 years from ancient migrations, while others correspond to the genetic makeup of Native peoples of the Yucatan, Hispaniola, Margarita Island and Brazil among others. These latter genetic trails point to the presence of other Native peoples who were probably brought to the island as slaves from other Spanish or Portuguese colonies after the 1600s.

While island scholars will have much work to do to catch up with these “new” facts, the genetic detective work for Cruzado is also far from finished. As word spread of the remarkable survey, other scholars from the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Venezuela invited the Puerto Rican scientist to present his findings. They asked him to assist in similar projects in their respective countries.

In 2005, Martinez-Cruzado along with others released Reconstructing the population history of Puerto Rico by means of mtDNA phylogeographic analysis.

While Martinez-Cruzado and his colleagues focused on the history of Pre-Columbian migrations, people in the current Taino restoration movement (such as Nacion Taina, The Jatibonicu Taino Tribal Nation of Boriken, Taino Timucua Tribal Council, the United Confederation of Taino People, and others) hoped that many of their compatriots reflected on the following quote: “The DNA story shows that the official story was wrong,” Martinez-Cruzado said. “This means a much larger Amerindian inheritance for Puerto Ricans.”

This story was originally published October 6, 2003. 

Tracing the origin of the Island´s crisis
 

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Orlando, Florida – A devastating storm hit Puerto Rico, leaving it adrift, and it was not Hurricane Maria. Those winds combined and, over several years, they aligned to generate a whirlwind that put the Island on its knees.

Those gusty winds have been blowing for more than 10 years, and they have taken with them hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans who have flown to other places, they have destroyed businesses and halted the economic growth of the island.

However, something remained: the hope of restoring Puerto Rico and drawing a new island on the blanck canvas left by this crisis.

Two economists and a social scientist are the authors of the book “Population, Migration, and Socioeconomic Outcomes among Island and Mainland Puerto Ricans: La Crisis Boricua” which was published at the end of 2017 and comes to light at a time when the island is going through a historic turning point.

Economist Marie T. Mora, native of New Mexico; economist Alberto Dávila, a native of Texas, and the sociologist Havidán Rodríguez, who is from Arecibo, witnessed how what would have been a chapter for an study on the migratory and socioeconomic situation of the island became, little by little, an extensive and detailed book that explains the factors that led Puerto Rico to the current crisis.

The authors’ analysis is supported by substantial data, an element that is often scarce in the debates regarding athe Puerto Rican crisis.

The book went to press a few days before the hurricane devastated the island. Thus, the nightmarish picture painted by the authors is based on a pre-cyclonic scenario. It is a fact that the economic, social and migratory situation became more serious after María, the authors agreed in separate interviews.

The book shows important findings: that one out of every four Puerto Ricans who have emigrated to the United States continues to live under poverty levels; contrary to what has been reported, most of those who have left are not skilled or profesional. However, this sector has been joining the current migration wave as the crisis worsened. Also, that between 2006 and 2014, about 215,000 Puerto Ricans returned to Puerto Rico, but during the same period 445,536 Puerto Ricans left the island, and that the current crisis has not only increased migration, but also dispersed the Puerto Rican diaspora in a score of states, beyond the traditional destinations such as New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, among others.

According to the authors the net number of emigrants is higher if the period between 2002 and 2016 is considered: 646,932 people (16.5 percent of the population). This figure, they say, represents the greatest population loss since 1898, when the island became a territory of the United States.

The book also highlights that women emigrate more than men; that the educational issue is one of the factors Puerto Ricans consider when deciding where to emigrate; that there is a high tendency among Puerto Ricans to open businesses in the United States, and that in Puerto Rico the population is aging fast, not only because of the low birth rate, but because young people are leaving the island.

Portrait of the crisis

Like an instant photo, they portray the humanitarian crisis that was forged for years, specifically from 2006, when all the ingredients for that “perfect storm” were together. Many had been predicting that storm for years. They were factors that changed the demographic and socioeconomic scenario of the Puerto Ricans on both sides of the sea.

These factors include the imposition of a Tax on Sales and Use (SUT), an element that, far from helping, impoverished the working class; the end of Section 936 – which provided tax incentives to companies that settled on the island, that caused the closure of companies that fled looking for more competitive markets.

Other factors are the furlough plan for the government, the high cost of electricity, the collapse in the housing market, the loss of bank assets, the general deterioration in infrastructure, problems in the education system and poor healthcare services. This last one due to the gradual loss of doctors and specialists, many of whom have also left the island.

Its effects affect not only the 3.3 million Puerto Ricans on the island, but it has implications for the more than five million residing in the United States who face the responsibility to speak for Puerto Rico and for those who live there.

“As part of this reserach, we made several trips to the island, and, in my case, they were not only professional trips, but emotional as well, I visited the places where I grew up, studied and worked,” said Rodriguez, president of the University of Albany. , in New York (SUNY).

“The problems of Puerto Rico did not develop overnight, and they increased with economic and political changes. What we did was trying to put a bandage on the wound without looking at the reasons that led to that crisis, “said the sociologist. “The book does not really discover anything new. It puts in context, and with data, the reasons that tooks us here,” he reiterated.

Rodriguez said that with the book -which, far from being technical and sophisticated, is simple and easy to understand-, they seek to provoke a multisectoral discussion, to create a kind of permanent forum on the island and abroad to reach concrete strategies that improve the economic and labor situation and stop the current migratory pattern.

The book highlights the potential of Puerto Ricans in the United States as a force that, if it goes out to vote, will influence the decisions of congress members that may affect the island, said Mora. It is a power that residents do not have on the island and that they acquire just by moving, she said.

All that along with proposals to strengthen the work sector, emerge as some of the alternatives that Puerto Rico must look at even when the scope of action of the government is limited to the prerogatives of the Oversight Board, created by Congress under PROMESA federal Law.

“Unfortunately, it does not look like things will improve, and if migration continues, and the island’s aging cycle continues, it will be much worse,” said the labor economist, commenting on a study that indicates that it will not be until the end of 2034 that Puerto Rico will show symptoms of improvement, and if they did occur they would be similar to those that existed in 2006.

Mora said that one of the challenges of Puerto Rico is to implement a model of socioeconomic development at a time when the Board is the one that has the authority over fiscal matters.

“It is not in the hands of the government of Puerto Rico. Meanwhile, the Board does not have to account for what it does. I believe that, in the end, Congress will be responsible for what happens on the island, and that is why Puerto Ricans in the United States have to mobilize and take advantage of the fact that they can vote and that they have representation, especially in Florida, which is a swing state that can decide on the election result. Without the above, the people of the island will not have a voice, ” she said.

Have you been called by representatives of the government of Puerto Rico to discuss the findings of this book? “El Nuevo Día asked.

“No, and that has been a surprise. But we hope that happens and we are available and very happy to be able to make a presentation, “said the professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

In the discussion about the search for solutions to the crisis of the island, there is a lack of historical analysis of the causes that led to this socioeconomic trap, Rodríguez and Mora agreed.

“The risk of not reviewing what happened, of not analyzing the things that happened, is high. If we do not know where the symptoms came from, how are we going to treat the disease? And that is what happens, that we are treating the symptoms without thinking in the long term, without knowing the impact that decisions will have, without looking at social, economic or political aspects, “said Rodríguez.

“Looking at this from outside the island, people do not seem to be discussing the real problems. And if we do not analyze the elements that led to this crisis, the island could repeat them, “Mora added.

Alberto Dávila, an economist and co-author of the book, is from the school that thinks that the crisis in Puerto Rico is not permanent and that natural market forces will correct or reverse by themselves.

“I think that the same market forces will make Puerto Ricans in the United States begin to return to the island and there will be a natural rebirth. Any intervention in that process could have unexpected and not necessarily good consequences, “said the Associate Dean of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

“Look at the case of Japan and Germany after the Second World War. They were at the bottom of the crisis. Economic models indicate that when an economy is at the bottom, then it tends to recover and rise quickly. Being at the bottom and staying there is not consistent with economic theories. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and there is light because in the case of Puerto Rico, we are already at the end of that tunnel, “he said.

Judges Denounce PR Federal Prosecutors for Using False Evidence Provided by Police Officers
 

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Even though one of the reasons for the US Justice Department to place the Puerto Rico Police Department under receivership was to avoid the fabrication of cases by agents to process citizens illegally, a series of rulings from the US District Court of Puerto Rico reveal that the federal prosecution has occasionally used police officers who lied to process people illicitly.

In the cases identified by NotiCel, the perjury or “inconceivable” testimony issued by the police officers has not prompted the withdrawal of these cases, nor has it resulted in the indictment of these agents for lying or deceiving the prosecutors.

Furthermore, the US Attorney’s Office for the District Puerto Rico has also been the object of severe reproach on behalf of the judges in the Court of Appeals in Boston, due to their improper conduct in infringing upon the constitutional rights of the accused.

In response to NotiCel’s joint investigation with the program “Jay y sus Rayos X”, the head of prosecution, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez Vélez, downplayed the accusations, stating that “[i]t would be inappropriate of us to take part in an interview to comment on the rulings issued by the court and judges of this district and of the First Circuit.”

“When our office manages criminal cases, it is subject to hundreds of court rulings a year, which we must respect and follow. Selecting decisions based simply on the court’s review of certain specific cases does not in any way represent the history of convictions obtained in court by our prosecutors,” said Rodríguez Vélez, who used to be a state prosecutor before becoming a federal prosecutor.

But the questionable conduct incurred by the prosecutors is far from being an isolated case. At the very least, all four of the magistrates serving in the US District Court of Puerto Rico—as well as one judge and a panel of appellate judges—have pointed out veracity issues in the testimonies used by the prosecution, as well as inappropriate conduct on behalf of these prosecutors.

Overall, the judicial statements show that there are instances where constitutional rights have been violated within the most powerful criminal investigation agency in the island. They also highlight that the federal prosecution in the island has spent 20 of the last 24 years in overseeing people who have not undergone the regular process of presidential appointment and approval by the US Senate. Instead, the federal heads of prosecution have stayed in power by the sheer decision power of the district judges, who have not taken any evident action in spite of the long record of excesses against the federal prosecution.

Fabulists

After an individual is arrested by federal agents, they appear in court, and that is the first turn for the defense attorneys to challenge the evidence, which usually consists of accounts offered by agents of the Puerto Rico Police Department and items seized through search warrants.

NotiCel has compiled court rulings that, at least since 2015, raise red flags regarding misleading statements issued by police officers.

In a case that was continued because there was additional evidence, aside from the questionable statements made by the police officers, Magistrate Judge Silvia Carreño Coll said:

“I cannot help but point out that the United States Attorney’s Office is meant to act in the public’s best interests. I do not believe the public’s interest is served, however, by the Government’s promotion of and reliance upon perjurers or fabulists; this is only more true when the perjurer is himself a public official, cloaked in the state’s prestige. It is thus disheartening to see the Government continue to put its imprimatur on Agent Ortiz’s falsehoods, because it suggests that Agent Ortiz, and others like him, will continue to take a perverse lesson from their actions: that official acts of dishonesty carry with them no consequences—not reprimand, not termination, not prosecution—so long as they are committed in the Government’s interest. This is a sorry state of affairs, and one in which the Government should take no pride.”

In 2016, in a case where Judge Jay García Gregory sustained the suppression of evidence, Magistrate Judge Marcos López stated:

“Thus, given these timelines, the testimony of Ortiz—a third party with no alleged motive to be less than truthful—and reliable documentary evidence, officer (Carlos R.) Torres (Anaya) did not explain this inconsistency or explain any deviation in the time reported in the search warrant. The court therefore finds by a preponderance of the evidence that the statements in the affidavit supporting the search warrant regarding investigations on May 29, 2015 were made in intentional or reckless disregard of the truth.”

Also in 2016, in a case of alleged possession of illegal weapons—which is still pending review—Magistrate Judge Camille L. Vélez Rivé found that:

“To believe officer (Santiago) Aguila (Rodríguez) would have us to conclude that he has ‘bionic’ vision, was not affected by the glare at that time of a sunny day, and that he was at a ‘perfect’ angle and in a privileged position. This is simply impossible to believe. If more were needed, suffice it to say that ‘judges are [not] required to divorce themselves of common sense,’ whereas here, an explanation is inherently unbelievable.”

In an exceptional case that was dismantled by the prosecution after finding that the police officers had rigged the security cameras, Magistrate Judge Bruce McGiverin said:

“Because (municipal police officer Luis) Burgos (Nieves) testified to four conflicting, irreconcilable accounts of the manner in which he received the report from the anonymous tipster, I find under the preponderance of the evidence that Burgos knowingly and intentionally stated falsely—or, at the very least, stated with reckless disregard for the truth—that he received a report from an anonymous tipster.”

In upholding this ruling by Magistrate Judge McGiverin, a ruling by Judge Gustavo Gelpí, who is in charge of the Police Reform case, states:

“Inasmuch as federal prosecutions increasingly rely on the actions of local law enforcement personnel, there is thus every more reason to require said officials to act in utmost accordance with federal constitutional standards. This requires the police officer at all times to provide truthful testimony, as well as observe the very mandates of the Fourth Amendment. There is simply no other route.”

“Highly Experienced” Judges Have Lost Patience with the Prosecution

Aside from these statements regarding the use of less-than-truthful testimonies from police officers, the prosecution has also been criticized for actions that have been deemed unethical, such as improper expressions made to the juries. This year, in a case that, against all odds, was resolved in favor of the prosecution, Judge Sandra Lynch of the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston issued some clear and strong-worded opinions about this pattern of conduct.

“You have a series of highly experienced judges who have spent decades dealing with Puerto Rico’s cases, and the inappropriate arguments from the federal prosecution and the Puerto Rico Department of Justice is a recurring issue. So seeing you stand there and say, ‘No, we are not admitting it was a mistake’ makes us even more concerned about the inappropriate conduct on behalf of the office you represent,” Lynch told the attorney defending the federal prosecution in the hearing.

“We have cases that for 20, 30 years have made this argument time and time and time again,” she emphasized.

The “Most Powerful” Investigation Agency

The seriousness of these remarks gains even more prominence when taking into account that what is under review is the actions of the most powerful law and order agency in Puerto Rico.

“The strongest and most affluent, powerful, and sophisticated law and order agency in the history of humanity is the government of the United States, it is the US Attorney’s Office. If you compare that with what’s happening in terms of finances at the local government level, with the local police, there’s just no comparison,” remarked Eric Vos, Chief Federal Public Defender. His office is tasked with advocating for federal defendants who, in 90% of cases, prove they are destitute and cannot afford their own private defense.

One of these defendants was Francisco (name changed to protect identity), who was accused of trafficking drugs and firearms based on the testimony provided by a police officer. Through scientific evidence, it was proved that the police officer’s cell phone signal was coming from a different municipality than the one he had allegedly been when compiling evidence to arrest Francisco.

Although Francisco’s attorneys were able to accurately strike down the police officer’s testimony with this evidence, the man decided to plead guilty, because the prosecution, instead of withdrawing the case and releasing him, opted to carry on, all the while making him an irresistible offer in exchange for pleading guilty.

“In federal law, if you go to trial and are found guilty, what the judge says is what goes. Sad to say, but the amount of years I was going down for was not reasonable. I had to compromise and plead guilty to be able to go on probation,” the man said in an interview with NotiCel.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was one of the groups promoting federal action, and they find it contradictory that US Justice Department is upholding the Police Reform on one side, while also using false testimonies from police officers to process their criminal cases.

“If the federal prosecution decides to ignore this situation, it creates an environment of impunity within the Police Department. It generates mistrust among the population, which will have immense consequences in the due process of law for those that have been accused and are liable to serve their sentences illegally,” responded ACLU attorney Josué González.

“The federal prosecution in Puerto Rico should be very careful when processing criminal cases. They should look closely at the accounts given by these police officers, and ensure in every possible way that they are accurate and truthful, because it could affect the freedom of a lot of people,” he concluded.

*First piece of an investigative series, in partnership with the program ‘Jay y sus Rayos X’.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018, at 16:40

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A jury determined this afternoon in the federal court of San Juan that Francisco Reyes Caparrós, federal employee and exanalyst of Intelligence of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, was the victim of labor harassment and reprisals from 2012 to 2015 by his supervisors, including Rosa Emilia Rodríguez , who is the highest ranking federal official in Puerto Rico.
Reyes Caparrós could be compensated for $ 300,000 in damages.
The plaintiff, Reyes Caparrós, 38, who is now a lawyer, alleged that the pattern of actions against him forced his resignation in 2015 after almost six years of work with the federals.
That same year, in September, he sued the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, and it has taken three years for the case to go to trial.

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DENVER, CO (WCMH) – An FBI agent is facing questioning after an accidental shooting at a Colorado distillery while he was off duty.

According to KMGH, the agent was dancing around a group of people at Mile High Spirits in Denver. As he attempted a back flip, a gun fell off of his holster and onto the floor. The agent quickly scrambled to pick up the gun, but as he did so, the gun fired, hitting one person in the leg.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital and is expected to recover from his injury.

The FBI agent was taken to police headquarters for questioning but has not been placed under arrest. It is unclear if the gun involved was the agent’s own gun or if it was his FBI-issued gun. The Denver District Attorney will determine whether or not criminal charges will be filed.

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Con fe en la justicia quien ganó demanda contra Fiscalía federal – NOTICEL
 

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Contundentes declaraciones del exempleado de Fiscalía federal, Francisco Reyes Caparrós, quien ganó una demanda contra Rosa Emilia Rodríguez por un patrón de hostigamiento laboral y represalias luego de tener diferencias con la alta jerarquía de dicha oficina.

Jueces señalan que fiscalía federal usa evidencia falsa provista por policías (documentos + video)
 

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A pesar de que una de las razones del Departamento de Justicia federal para poner a la Policía de Puerto Rico bajo sindicatura fue que agentes fabricaban casos para procesar ilegalmente a los ciudadanos, una serie de decisiones judiciales en el Tribunal Federal para el distrito de Puerto Rico delata que la fiscalía federal ha usado en varias ocasiones a policías que mintieron para procesar a personas ilegalmente.

En los casos identificados por NotiCel, el testimonio perjuro o “increíble” de los policías no ha resultado en que los casos sean retirados ni que los agentes sean procesados por mentirle o engañar a los fiscales.

Además, la oficina de Puerto Rico de la fiscalía federal también ha sido fustigada por los jueces del Tribunal de Apelaciones de Boston por conducirse de manera impropia al atentar contra los derechos constitucionales de los acusados.

En respuesta a la investigación de NotiCel en alianza con el programa Jay y sus Rayos X, la jefa de fiscales, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez Vélez, minimizó los señalamientos y señaló que “[s]ería impropio de nuestra parte participar en una entrevista para comentar sobre decisiones judiciales emitidas por los magistrados y jueces de este distrito, y por los jueces del Primer Circuito”.

“El manejo de casos criminales por parte de nuestra oficina es objeto de cientos de decisiones judiciales al año, las cuales es nuestro deber acatar y respetar. El seleccionar decisiones simplemente basándose en alguna crítica judicial al manejo de algún caso en específico no representa de manera alguna la trayectoria de convicciones que obtienen nuestros fiscales en los tribunales”, añadió Rodríguez Vélez, quien, antes de ser fiscal federal, fue fiscal estatal.

Pero la conducta cuestionable de los fiscales está lejos de ser una aislada. Ya por lo menos cada uno de los cuatro magistrados que sirven en el Tribunal Federal para el distrito de Puerto Rico, así como un juez y un panel de jueces apelativos, ha señalado problemas de veracidad en el testimonio que usan los fiscales o de conducta impropia por parte de esos fiscales.

En conjunto, las expresiones judiciales plantean que hay problemas de violación de derechos constitucionales en el aparato de investigación criminal más poderoso en la Isla. Además, ponen en relieve que, en 20 de los pasados 24 años, la fiscalía federal en la Isla ha estado a cargo de personas que no han pasado por el proceso regular de nombramiento presidencial y aprobación en el Senado federal, en vez, los jefes de fiscales federales se han mantenido en el poder por decisión de los propios jueces del distrito, quienes no han tomado cartas en el asunto de manera evidente, a pesar del ya abultado récord de excesos en contra de la fiscalía federal.

“Fabulistas”

Después de que una persona es arrestada por agentes federales, comparece ante un magistrado y ese es el primer turno al bate para que los abogados de defensa puedan impugnar la evidencia que, en la mayoría de los casos, consiste en testimonio de agentes de la Policía de Puerto Rico y artículos ocupados por órdenes de allanamiento.

NotiCel ha recopilado decisiones judiciales que, por lo menos desde el 2015, alertan sobre las mentiras o expresiones engañosas de policías.

En un caso que prosiguió porque hubo otra evidencia además de las declaraciones cuestionables de los policías, la magistrada Silvia Carreño Coll dijo:

“No puedo evitar recalcar que la Oficina del Fiscal Federal de Puerto Rico se supone que actúe en el interés público. No creo que el interés público sea servido, sin embargo, por la promoción y dependencia de parte del gobierno en perjuros y fabulistas; esto es más cierto aún cuando el perjuro es un servidor público, arropado con el prestigio del estado. Por eso es desalentador ver que el gobierno siga dando su aval a las falsedades del Agente (José) Ortiz (Merced), porque sugiere que el Agente Ortiz, y otros como él, continuarán teniendo una lección perversa: que los actos oficiales de deshonestidad no tienen consecuencias, no hay reprimenda, ni expulsión, ni procesamiento, mientras estén comprometidos con los intereses del gobierno. Esto es un triste estado de los asuntos, y uno del que el gobierno no debe enorgullecerse”.

En 2016, el magistrado Marcos López indicó, en un caso cuya supresión de evidencia fue sostenida por el juez Jay García Gregory, que

“Entonces, dado estos cronogramas, el testimonio de Ortiz, una tercera persona sin motivo alegado para ser menos que veraz, y evidencia documental confiable, el policía (Carlos R.) Torres (Anaya) no explicó esta inconsistencia o explicar cualquier desviación en el tiempo reportado en la orden de allanamiento. El tribunal, entonces, encuentra por preponderancia de la evidencia que las aseveraciones en la declaración jurada que apoya la orden de allanamiento sobre las investigaciones del 29 de mayo de 2015 fueron hechas con desprecio intencional o temerario de la verdad”.

También en 2016, y en un caso de supuesta posesión de armas ilegales que está todavía pendiente de revisión, la magistrada Camille L. Vélez Rivé encontró que:

“Creerle al policía (Santiago) Aguila (Rodríguez) nos haría concluir que tiene visión “biónica”, no estaba afectado por el reflejo a esa hora en un día soleado, y que estaba en un ángulo “perfecto” y en posición privilegiada. Esto es simplemente imposible de creer. Si se necesitara más, suficiente decir que “los jueces no estamos requeridos a divorciarnos del sentido común” cuando, como aquí, la explicación es “inherentemente increíble”.

En un caso excepcional que fue desestimado por la fiscalía  después de que se encontrara que los policías habían manipulado unas cámaras de seguridad, el magistrado Bruce McGiverin indicó que:

“Debido a que (el policía municipal Luis) Burgos (Nieves) testificó sobre cuatro versiones conflictivas e irreconciliables sobre la manera en que recibió la información de un confidente anónimo, encuentro, por preponderancia de la evidencia, que Burgos declaró falsamente de manera intencional y a sabiendas, o, por lo menos, con grave menosprecio a la verdad, que recibió información de un confidente anónimo”.

Al sostener esta determinación del magistrado McGiverin, el juez Gustavo Gelpí, quien tiene a su cargo el caso de la reforma de la Policía, dijo en una decisión:

“En la medida en que los casos federales dependan incrementalmente de las acciones del personal de ley y orden local, hay aún más razones para requerir que dichos oficiales actúen en máxima concordancia con los estándares constitucionales federales. Esto requiere que en todo momento los oficiales de la policía provean testimonio veraz, así como los mismísimos mandatos de la Cuarta Enmienda. Simplemente no hay otra ruta”.

Jueces “muy experimentados” han perdido la paciencia con la fiscalía

Además, de estas expresiones por usar testimonio menos que veraz de parte de agentes de la Policía, la fiscalía también ha sido censurada por manejos que se entienden poco éticos, como hacerle expresiones indebidas a los jurados. Este mismo año, en un caso que a pesar de todo acabó siendo resuelto a favor de la fiscalía, la jueza Sandra Lynch, del Primer Circuito de Apelaciones en Boston, hizo expresiones fuertes y claras sobre este patrón de conducta.

“Tiene a una serie de jueces muy experimentados que han visto casos de Puerto Rico por décadas ya y el problema de argumentos impropios de parte de la Fiscalía Federal y el Departamento de Justicia en Puerto Rico es un problema recurrente, y que usted se pare ahí a decir ‘no, no concedemos que fue un error’ hace que nos preocupemos aún más por la conducta impropia de la oficina que usted está representando”, le dijo Lynch a la abogada que defendió a la fiscalía federal en la vista.

“Tenemos 20, 30 años de casos que plantean este punto una y otra y otra y otra vez”, recalcó.

El aparato investigativo “más poderoso que jamás existió”

La gravedad de estos señalamientos se realza cuando se toma en cuenta que lo que se critica es la actuación del aparato de ley y orden más poderoso que existe en Puerto Rico.

“El mecanismo de ley y orden más acaudalado, más poderoso, más fuerte y más sofisticado que jamás existió en la historia de la humanidad es el gobierno de los Estados Unidos, es la oficina de los fiscales federales. Si tú comparas eso con lo que está pasando económicamente con el gobierno local, con la policía local, no hay comparación”, comentó Eric Vos, jefe de la oficina del Defensor Público Federal. Su oficina está llamada a defender a los acusados federales que, en el 90% de los casos, demuestren ser indigentes y no puedan costearse una defensa.

Uno de ellos fue Francisco, un nombre escogido para proteger su verdadera identidad, quien fue acusado por narcotráfico y armas de fuego por el testimonio de un policía que se probó, con evidencia científica por señal de celular, que estaba en un pueblo distinto al pueblo en el que supuestamente estaba cuando recopiló la evidencia para arrestar a Francisco.

Aunque los abogados de Francisco pudieron atacar certeramente el testimonio del agente de la Policía con esta evidencia, el hombre optó por declararse culpable porque la fiscalía, en vez de retirar el caso y dejarlo libre, optó por proseguir pero, a la misma vez, le hicieron una oferta irresistible para declararse culpable.

“La ley federal si te vas a juicio y sales culpable, es lo que el juez determine y lamentablemente los años que me iban a echar, no era, tuve que transar y levantar las manos culpable para entonces cogerme una probatoria”, dijo en entrevista con NotiCel.

La American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, fue uno de los grupos que impulsó la acción federal y le parece contradictorio que por un lado Justicia federal mantenga la Reforma de la Policía y, por el otro, usen testimonio falso de policías para procesar sus casos criminales.

“Si la fiscalía federal opta por ignorar esta situación, pues lo que se crea es un ambiente de impunidad dentro de la Policía, de desconfianza en la población y eso tiene unas repercusiones inmensas en el debido proceso de ley de las personas encausadas que están expuestas a cumplir sentencias de manera ilegal”, reaccionó Josué González, abogado de la ACLU.

“A la hora de procesar casos criminales la fiscalía federal en Puerto Rico debe ser muy cuidadosa y estudiar con mucho detenimiento los testimonios de estos policías y asegurarse de todas las maneras posibles que ese testimonio es fidedigno y que se ajusta a la verdad porque puede afectar la libertad de mucha gente”, concluyó.

*Primer artículo de una serie investigativa en alianza con el programa ‘Jay y sus Rayos X’.

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Francisco Reyes Caparrós, exempleado de Fiscalía Federal que ganó una demanda de hostigamiento laboral a la jefa de fiscales Rosa Emilia Rodríguez. (Juan R. Costa / NotiCel)

Francisco Reyes Caparrós, exempleado de Fiscalía Federal que ganó una demanda de hostigamiento laboral a la jefa de fiscales Rosa Emilia Rodríguez. (Juan R. Costa / NotiCel)

Desde afuera, la figura de Rosa Emilia Rodríguez Vélez, directora de la oficina del Fiscal federal en Puerto Rico, parece intocable, y no es para menos, pues se trata de la persona con mayor poder en un territorio de los Estados Unidos y que ocupa el cargo de manera interina desde hace 11 años.

No obstante, como han recalcado numerosas canciones, series de televisión y películas, una persona no debería tener tanto poder, y esa es la percepción de Francisco Reyes Caparrós, quien salió airoso el jueves al demandar a la oficina de Rodríguez Vélez por acoso laboral y discrimen.

A juicio de Reyes Caparrós, quien se desempeñaba como Especialista de Inteligencia del 2009 al 2015, a la titular de la oficina “el poder se le fue”.

“Yo creo que el poder se le fue, yo creo que el poder… se desvirtuó el rol de la oficina con el rol de ella y se mezclaron lo que era el trabajo por Puerto Rico, con la apariencia de ella. Yo creo que ahí se desvirtuó lo que debe pasar en la oficina. El trabajo de la oficina es excelente, la gente que trabaja allí son excelentes. Yo creo que se desvirtuó”, consideró Reyes Caparrós en entrevista con NotiCel.

Reyes Caparrós reaccionó de esa forma al abordársele sobre la labor de Rodríguez Vélez y sus expresiones durante una reunión en las que, de acuerdo al exempleado, la titular exclamó “tráiganme un juez”.

Ese mandato hacía referencia a que, desde la oficina de mayor poder investigativo en la Isla, se iba a acusar a un juez por órdenes de Rodríguez Vélez. Poco tiempo después, trascendió que el juez Manuel Acevedo Hernández, quien acostumbraba a llevar casos entre Aguadilla y Mayagüez, fue relevado de sus funciones y su vivienda fue allanada por el Buró Federal de Investigaciones (FBI, por sus siglas en inglés).

“En vez de ser el trabajo de la oficina, era el trabajo de Rosa Emilia. En vez de ser la misión de la oficina, era la misión de Rosa Emilia, y eso no debe ser. Debe ser siempre la misión de la oficina, del país, del pueblo. Esa es mi opinión. Yo estoy viciado, yo viví unos años de calvario. Estuve seis años que desde el 2012 hasta el día de hoy porque no es fácil desde que uno se va”, aseguró Reyes Caparrós en referencia a los eventos que provocaron su demanda por hostigamiento laboral.

En entrevistas previas, Reyes Caparrós afirmó que el interinato de Rosa Emilia “ha sido muy largo”, y junta a ella deben reemplazar a los fiscales federales Jaqueline Nova y José Capó.

En su caso, según trascendió durante el juicio, Rodríguez Vélez ordenó que jefes administrativos velaran al especialista y luego lo transfirieron de oficina en más de dos ocasiones, además de impartirle instrucciones y labores que los superiores sabían no se podían cumplir.

En ese tiempo, y ante la ausencia de casos prominentes ligados al terrorismo en la Isla, el exempleado también desempeñaba funciones administrativas relacionadas a seguridad y crímenes de cuello blanco y lavado de dinero, análisis de cuentas bancarias, compra de propiedades, compra de vehículos.

En una instancia, el especialista se percató de la existencia de errores humanos en las estadísticas del crimen que manejaba la oficina, puesto que las cifras estaban infladas para los años 2011, 2012 y 2013. Sin embargo, sus superiores no quisieron corregir los datos por el desdén que había en su contra y Rodríguez Vélez reportó a la prensa los números equivocados.

En una investigación de NotiCel el año pasado, ya se había revelado también que jueces y magistrados habían señalado por escrito su preocupación porque la fiscalía federal estaba presentando testimonio perjuro de parte de policías en casos criminales.

El exempleado también fue “sistemáticamente alejado” de sus compañeros de trabajo de manera intencional y catalogado como un “espía ruso” por informar que viajaría a Rusia para un viaje cultural.

Debido a esa noción, Reyes Caparrós fue removido de sus funciones por más de un año y fue referido a la Oficina del Inspector General y al FBI. Ambas entidades concluyeron que no hubo conducta criminal, pues el demandante cumplió con el protocolo necesario para requerir un permiso de viajes.

Por eso le saltan dudas al preguntársele si la funcionaria sería capaz de aprovecharse de su posición para realizar procesamientos criminales selectivos.

“Yo tengo mis dudas por lo que yo viví y mi opinión está viciada por mis experiencias”, afirmó el exempleado, quien no titubeó en aclarar que el trabajo que se realiza en la oficina del Fiscal Federal es de excelencia, pero podría ser mejor si no fuera un ambiente tan hostil.

En ese aspecto, Reyes Caparrós no ha sido tímido en enfatizar el “terror” que predomina entre los empleados de la oficina, quienes viven sometidos a las exigencias de Rodríguez Vélez.

Incluso, quienes no se han atrevido a denunciar la ola de incomodidades que impera en el edificio se le acercaron para felicitarlo por la victoria judicial del pasado jueves.

“Definitivamente ella no queda bien, pero yo no lo veo en ella. Esto no es una cuestión de que hay una venganza o algo. Esto es una cuestión de que la gente debe saber que el sistema funciona, que la justicia existe, y que estos ambientes no se deben vivir”, planteó Reyes Caparrós.

No empece a la constancia de la hostilidad por la alta jerarquía, a Reyes Caparrós le gustaría regresar a su empleo, tal como solicitó en la demanda porque confía en la labor de sus pares.

El proceso judicial que ganó no ha finalizado, ya que ahora le corresponde al juez determinar la cantidad de dinero por concepto de “front pay”, o todo aquello que el perjudicado dejará de devengar por perder su trabajo. A ese monto, que podría ser más de $250,000, se añadirían los honorarios de la abogada López Ortiz y los $300,000 que ordenó el jurado.

Igualmente, el proceso no ha culminado para la oficina de la titular Rodríguez Vélez, pues restan dos asuntos pendientes que tiene ante el tribunal, también por represalias contra empleados.

Estos son: la fiscal Carmen Márquez, a quien sancionaron cuando la identificaron como testigo de Reyes Caparrós, y el director de la división de Apelaciones, Nelson Pérez, quien renunció después de laborar en la oficina por más de 20 años.

“Esto debe servir de ejemplo para que todas las demás personas que estén siendo oprimidas, no solamente en fFscalía federal, sino en cualquier otro lugar de trabajo que tengan el valor, que se debe dar el paso. Uno no puede vivir con miedo, velando las esquinas, eso no es vida”, finalizó.

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The Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem issued a statement Saturday night clearly repudiating media reports  that claimed Israel and Russia had cone to terms on Iranian forces in Syria. The statement emphasized that no agreement had been reached on this matter; Israel continues to demand the total evacuation of all Iranian forces from Syria and reserves its own freedom of action in this regard. DEBKAfile’s sources reported on Thursday, after a phone conversation between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Vladimir Putin, that progress had been made in negotiations but nothing had been agreed.

Trump’s Lawyers, in Confidential Memo, Argue to Head Off a Historic Subpoena
 

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“Ensuring that the office remains sacred and above the fray of shifting political winds and gamesmanship is of critical importance,” they wrote.

They argued that the president holds a special position in the government and is busy running the country, making it difficult for him to prepare and sit for an interview. They said that because of those demands on Mr. Trump’s time, the special counsel’s office should have to clear a higher bar to get him to talk. Mr. Mueller, the president’s attorneys argued, needs to prove that the president is the only person who can give him the information he seeks and that he has exhausted all other avenues for getting it.

“The president’s prime function as the chief executive ought not be hampered by requests for interview,” they wrote. “Having him testify demeans the office of the president before the world.”

They also contended that nothing Mr. Trump did violated obstruction-of-justice statutes, making both a technical parsing of what one such law covers and a broad constitutional argument that Congress cannot infringe on how he exercises his power to supervise the executive branch. Because of the authority the Constitution gives him, it is impossible for him to obstruct justice by shutting down a case or firing a subordinate, no matter his motivation, they said.

“Every action that the president took was taken with full constitutional authority pursuant to Article II of the United States Constitution,” they wrote of the part of the Constitution that created the executive branch. “As such, these actions cannot constitute obstruction, whether viewed separately or even as a totality.”

That constitutional claim raises novel issues, according to legal experts. Under the Constitution, the president wields broad authority to control the actions of the executive branch. But the Supreme Court has ruled that Congress can impose some restrictions on his exercise of that power, including by upholding statutes that limit his ability to fire certain officials. As a result, it is not clear whether statutes criminalizing obstruction of justice apply to the president and amount to another legal limit on how he may wield his powers.

The letter does not stress legal opinions by the Justice Department in the Nixon and Clinton administrations that held that a sitting president cannot be indicted, in part because it would impede his ability to carry out his constitutional responsibilities. But in recent weeks, Mr. Giuliani has pointed to those memos as part of a broader argument that, by extension, Mr. Trump also cannot be subpoenaed.

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Abogado que ganó a la Fiscalía federal alega que allí “reina el terror”
 

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El exespecialista de inteligencia Francisco Reyes Caparrós, quien ayer ganó una demanda contra la Fiscalía federal por someterlo a un patrón de actos de represalia y hostigamiento laboral, afirmó hoy que el ambiente que se vive en esa oficina es similar a un “reino del terror”.

Acusó, de paso, a la jefa de los fiscales federales, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez, así como a los fiscales federales Jaqueline Nova y José Capó de establecer el ambiente hostil que describió.

Las declaraciones de Reyes Caparrós ocurrieron en una entrevista radial (Radio Isla 1320) que concedió a horas de que consiguiera que un jurado compuesto por ocho hombres y ocho mujeres determinara unánimemente que la alta jefatura de la Fiscalía federal lo sometió a un patrón de represalias y un ambiente laboral hostil, y que, por los daños emocionales que le causaron, el demandante debe ser compensado con una suma de $300,000.

“El trabajo que hace la oficina es un trabajo honrado por la criminalidad. Pero como se bate el cobre entre los empleados, eso es otro cantar. Allí es el reino del terror o haces lo que yo digo o haces lo que yo digo. Allí no puedes disentir, no puedes quejarte. O te sometes, o te sometes”, precisó el abogado.

Añadió que “ya es hora de un cambio de liderato en esa oficina. Ya es hora que se vayan, porque se empoderan, se creen dioses y el trabajo no es de ello, el trabajo es para el país”.

Reyes Caparrós señaló que se le debe dar paso a un nuevo liderato que trate bien a los empleados.

Específicamente, declaró que “tiene que venir gente nueva, con buenas visiones y que traten a los empleados (bien), porque el trabajo hay que hacerlo como quiera, pero no puede vivir el reino del terror ahí”.

En sus declaraciones, el exespecialista de inteligencia llegó a decir que las reuniones que se hacen en la Fiscalía federal incluyen gritos, que Rodríguez ha llamado a los fiscales “locos” y que “es posible” que se hayan manipulado casos para lograr convicciones.

“Había momentos donde se daban instrucciones de que a esta persona hay que buscar la manera de encausarla”, llegó a decir.

A modo de ejemplo, alegó que Rodríguez pidió procesar a un juez estatal.

“Es una aberración estar en una reunión y que dijera: ‘yo quiero un juez, tráiganme un juez’, porque ella quería un juez. Ese era el target, un juez estatal”, precisó.

El periodista Rafael Lenín López le preguntó que, si esas expresiones ocurrieron antes de que se juzgara al exjuez del Tribunal de Aguadilla Manuel Acevedo Hernández, convicto en abril de 2015 por corrupción judicial, a lo que Reyes Caparrós contestó con un “sí”.

Por otro lado, el abogado explicó que el patrón de hostigamiento en su contra comenzó luego que el 10 de febrero de 2010 solicitara un chaleco a prueba de balas para la exfiscal federal Idalia Mestey, porque esta había recibido una amenaza de muerte.

Reyes Caparrós alegó que su acto no fue visto con buenos ojos por Rodríguez, ya que Mestey se había querellado contra la Fiscalía federal por hostigamiento sexual.

Ella entendía que yo no era leal y que yo ayudaba a ella, a Idalia, en contra de la oficina”, comentó.

Dijo, sin embargo, que no se arrepiente de haber solicitado la protección contra Mestey, porque en ese momento ella atendía un caso de crímenes violentos en el que las víctimas fue un policía que recibió de 60 balazos y la hermana de un fiscal.

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WASHINGTON – The investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into foreign interference in the 2016 U.S. elections has included interviews and the questioning of witnesses in Israel, which focused on the work of a local company specializing in “social media manipulation,” The New York Times reported Saturday.

According to the report, Mueller’s team is looking into contacts between Joel Zamel, an Israeli social media expert, and George Nader, a special adviser to the leadership of the United Arab Emirates, who allegedly offered to help Trump defeat his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. Nader’s name has come up in a number of previous reports about Mueller’s investigation, mostly regarding his work on behalf of the UAE and the ties between the Emirates and Trump. This is the first time, however, that it has been directly reported that interviews related to the Mueller investigation were held in Israel.

The report, citing four sources, said that a company linked to Zamel, Psy-Group, was working on an online manipulation campaign that involved usage thousands of fake social media accounts to help Trump get elected. According to the report, Zamel himself was questioned by Mueller’s investigators and at least two FBI agents were sent to Israel to interview the company’s employees. Mueller’s team also worked with the Israel Police to seize computers of one of Zamel’s firms. The New York Times notes that there were concerns inside the company about the plan’s legality, since U.S. law prohibits non-Americans from being involved in the election.

The report says that Nader and Zamel met with Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., in August 2016, three month ahead of the presidential election, and discussed ways to help the Trump campaign.

The meeting was organized by Erik Prince, a businessman with extensive ties to the Gulf monarchies, and the brother of Trump’s Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. Prince is also involved in another event that has reportedly become part of Mueller’s investigation – a meeting he held with a person close to Russian President Vladimir Putin in January 2017 in the Seychelles. Prince donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to organizations that worked to promote Trump’s election campaign.

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Nader reportedly told Trump Jr. during the meeting that “the crown princes who led Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were eager to help his father win the elections as president.” Zamel then “extolled his company’s ability to give an edge to a political campaign,” the report says.

The report claimed that a short time after Trump’s election victory, Nader transferred a large sum of money to Zamel. “There are conflicting accounts of the reason for the payment, but among other things, a company linked to Mr. Zamel provided Mr. Nader with an elaborate presentation about the significance of social media campaigning to Mr. Trump’s victory,” the report stated. The sum of money could have allegedly been as high as $2 million.

Zamel has already been questioned by Mueller’s team, according to an earlier report by the Wall Street Journal. The NYT report stated clearly that “investigators have questioned numerous witnesses in Washington, New York, Atlanta, Tel Aviv and elsewhere about what foreign help may have been pledged or accepted” during the 2016 election.

Zamel’s lawyer denied his client took part in Trump’s campaign, saying Zamel has “provided full cooperation to the government to assist with their investigation.” Nader’s lawyer said her client “has fully cooperated with the special counsel’s investigation and will continue to do so.”

Another person with ties to Israel who has reportedly become part of the investigation is billionaire Elliott Broidy, a prominent Republican donor who worked with Nader during Trump’s first year in office to promote pro-UAE policies by the Trump administration. Broidy has significant business interests in the UAE, and also has ties to leading figures in Israel, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He was one of the leading donors and fund-raisers for the Republican party during the 2016 campaign.

Former employee claims Office of the Federal Prosecutor is the “reign of terror”
 

mikenova shared this story from Radio Isla 1320 AM.

After the office of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Puerto Rico, led by Rosa Emilia Rodriguez, lost the case due to work harassment, the former employee described the establishment as a “reign of terror”.

Francisco Reyes Caparrós, who worked as an Intelligence Specialist in the Office of the Federal Prosecutor in Puerto Rico, said in RADIO ISLA  that Emilia Rodriguez’s agency helps crime.

“But as the copper is beaten among employees that is another story because there is the reign of terror, or what I say or do what I say … there you can not disagree, you can not complain, or you submit or submit “He said.

Reyes Caparrós also revealed that there are many more employees who have gone through the same situation but do not want to report it.

“Many people who have not been able to face sent messages of support during all this time but not one day because they will have to live what I experienced,” he continued.

The determination of the case was issued by a jury of eight men and eight women who agreed that Reyes Caparrós should be compensated with $ 300,000.

The former federal employee worked between the years 2009 to 2015.

Listen to the full interview here:

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Felicitaciones a @LeninPR por una entrevista escalofriante: “Tráiganme un juez” _ordenó Rosa Emilia, según ex fiscal Reyes Caparrós quien le ganara caso por hostigamiento laboral. Algo así como cuando ordenas lo que te apetece comer del menú. ¡Que mundo tenebroso!
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Mueller investigators questioned witnesses in Israel and seized computers, report says – U.S. News
 

WASHINGTON – The investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into foreign interference in the 2016 U.S. elections has included interviews and the questioning of witnesses in Israel, which focused on the work of a local company specializing in “social media manipulation,” The New York Times reported Saturday.

According to the report, Mueller’s team is looking into contacts between Joel Zamel, an Israeli social media expert, and George Nader, a special adviser to the leadership of the United Arab Emirates, who allegedly offered to help Trump defeat his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. Nader’s name has come up in a number of previous reports about Mueller’s investigation, mostly regarding his work on behalf of the UAE and the ties between the Emirates and Trump. This is the first time, however, that it has been directly reported that interviews related to the Mueller investigation were held in Israel.

The report, citing four sources, said that a company linked to Zamel, Psy-Group, was working on an online manipulation campaign that involved usage thousands of fake social media accounts to help Trump get elected. According to the report, Zamel himself was questioned by Mueller’s investigators and at least two FBI agents were sent to Israel to interview the company’s employees. Mueller’s team also worked with the Israel Police to seize computers of one of Zamel’s firms. The New York Times notes that there were concerns inside the company about the plan’s legality, since U.S. law prohibits non-Americans from being involved in the election.

The report says that Nader and Zamel met with Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., in August 2016, three month ahead of the presidential election, and discussed ways to help the Trump campaign.

The meeting was organized by Erik Prince, a businessman with extensive ties to the Gulf monarchies, and the brother of Trump’s Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. Prince is also involved in another event that has reportedly become part of Mueller’s investigation – a meeting he held with a person close to Russian President Vladimir Putin in January 2017 in the Seychelles. Prince donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to organizations that worked to promote Trump’s election campaign.

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Nader reportedly told Trump Jr. during the meeting that “the crown princes who led Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were eager to help his father win the elections as president.” Zamel then “extolled his company’s ability to give an edge to a political campaign,” the report says.

The report claimed that a short time after Trump’s election victory, Nader transferred a large sum of money to Zamel. “There are conflicting accounts of the reason for the payment, but among other things, a company linked to Mr. Zamel provided Mr. Nader with an elaborate presentation about the significance of social media campaigning to Mr. Trump’s victory,” the report stated. The sum of money could have allegedly been as high as $2 million.

Zamel has already been questioned by Mueller’s team, according to an earlier report by the Wall Street Journal. The NYT report stated clearly that “investigators have questioned numerous witnesses in Washington, New York, Atlanta, Tel Aviv and elsewhere about what foreign help may have been pledged or accepted” during the 2016 election.

Zamel’s lawyer denied his client took part in Trump’s campaign, saying Zamel has “provided full cooperation to the government to assist with their investigation.” Nader’s lawyer said her client “has fully cooperated with the special counsel’s investigation and will continue to do so.”

Another person with ties to Israel who has reportedly become part of the investigation is billionaire Elliott Broidy, a prominent Republican donor who worked with Nader during Trump’s first year in office to promote pro-UAE policies by the Trump administration. Broidy has significant business interests in the UAE, and also has ties to leading figures in Israel, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He was one of the leading donors and fund-raisers for the Republican party during the 2016 campaign.

Former employee claims Office of the Federal Prosecutor is the “reign of terror”
 

After the office of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Puerto Rico, led by Rosa Emilia Rodriguez, lost the case due to work harassment, the former employee described the establishment as a “reign of terror”.

Francisco Reyes Caparrós, who worked as an Intelligence Specialist in the Office of the Federal Prosecutor in Puerto Rico, said in RADIO ISLA  that Emilia Rodriguez’s agency helps crime.

“But as the copper is beaten among employees that is another story because there is the reign of terror, or what I say or do what I say … there you can not disagree, you can not complain, or you submit or submit “He said.

Reyes Caparrós also revealed that there are many more employees who have gone through the same situation but do not want to report it.

“Many people who have not been able to face sent messages of support during all this time but not one day because they will have to live what I experienced,” he continued.

The determination of the case was issued by a jury of eight men and eight women who agreed that Reyes Caparrós should be compensated with $ 300,000.

The former federal employee worked between the years 2009 to 2015.

Listen to the full interview here:

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AQUI el programa de esta mañana. A los 32 minutos, LA entrevista EXCLUSIVA con Francisco Reyes, el exespecialista de inteligencia que ganó la demanda a Rosa Emilia Rodríguez. Dramáticas las declaraciones sobre la fiscalía federal. https://www.facebook.com/rafaelleninlopez/posts/1654025067979549 …

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Esta mañana en : Exespecialista de inteligencia que ganó la demanda por hostigamiento laboral en contra de Rosa Emilia Rodríguez la acusa de encabezar allí “reinado de terror”. Revela que colabora con investigación administrativa del Departamento de Justicia a nivel de DC.

Esta mañana en #Pegaos: Exespecialista de inteligencia que ganó la demanda por hostigamiento laboral en contra de Rosa Emilia Rodríguez dice que en esa oficina se manejaba mal evidencia y estadísticas. Narra que en una reunión con fiscales, Rodriguez dice “yo quiero un juez”.
 

Esta mañana en : Exespecialista de inteligencia que ganó la demanda por hostigamiento laboral en contra de Rosa Emilia Rodríguez dice que en esa oficina se manejaba mal evidencia y estadísticas. Narra que en una reunión con fiscales, Rodriguez dice “yo quiero un juez”.

Esta mañana en #Pegaos: Exespecialista de inteligencia que ganó la demanda por hostigamiento laboral en contra de Rosa Emilia Rodríguez dice que desde la fiscalía federal se mandaba a buscar como arrestar personas por violaciones de tránsito. No descarta pedir su reinstalación.
 

Esta mañana en : Exespecialista de inteligencia que ganó la demanda por hostigamiento laboral en contra de Rosa Emilia Rodríguez dice que desde la fiscalía federal se mandaba a buscar como arrestar personas por violaciones de tránsito. No descarta pedir su reinstalación.

Felicitaciones a @LeninPR por una entrevista escalofriante: “Tráiganme un juez” _ordenó Rosa Emilia, según ex fiscal Reyes Caparrós quien le ganara caso por hostigamiento laboral. Algo así como cuando ordenas lo que te apetece comer del menú. ¡Que mundo tenebroso!
 

Felicitaciones a  por una entrevista escalofriante: “Tráiganme un juez” _ordenó Rosa Emilia, según ex fiscal Reyes Caparrós quien le ganara caso por hostigamiento laboral. Algo así como cuando ordenas lo que te apetece comer del menú. ¡Que mundo tenebroso!

impactante por demás. esta entrevista es otra razón para no perderse el programa. excelente trabajo.
 

impactante por demás. esta entrevista es otra razón para no perderse el programa. excelente trabajo.

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Ahora: @LeninPR entrevista a Francisco Reyes. Demandante contra Fiscalía Federal.
 

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8:23 AM 6/2/2018 –

Federal Justice investigates Rosa Emilia Rodríguez 

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The Chief of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Puerto Rico, Rosa Emilia Rodriguez, is being investigated by the US Department of Justice after the scandal of labor harassment.

This was confirmed by RADIO ISLA , Francisco Reyes Caparrós, who yesterday won a lawsuit against the federal prosecutor’s office.

“Do you tell me that there is an active investigation?” Asked journalist Rafael Lenín López. 

“There is active research,” he replied. 

When questioned about whether he has been cited in the investigation carried out at the federal administrative level, he stated that “there has been collaboration . 

You can read:  Former employee claims Office of the Federal Prosecutor is the “reign of terror”

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The Royal Road To Banana Republic, Thanks To FBI!

By Michael Novakhov

Quote: “Federal Justice Department attorney Jason Weida declined to comment to the press after the jury’s verdict. For her part, the plaintiff’s attorney, Bamily López, said she was surprised by how quickly the jury’s verdict was made. “If Francisco could prevail against the most powerful person in Puerto Rico with the highest federal rank, if Francisco could prevail with a lawyer against four attorneys from the federal prosecutor’s office in Massachusetts with all the resources of the General Council office … and you have to demand justice. 

The country does not benefit in any way with people who are working with fear, under threats,

said the lawyer. He mentioned that two other lawsuits for reprisals are pending against the federal prosecutor’s office. 

One filed by the director of the Appeals Division, Nelson Pérez and the other was submitted by the prosecutor Carmen Márquez. Pérez sent a text message to Reyes Caparrós in which he said “divine justice was done”. 

Demandante gana caso contra Fiscalía federal por hostigamiento laboral. Francisco Reyes Caparrós pudiera ser compensado por $300,000 – Endi

Former intelligence specialist Francisco Reyes Caparrós won the lawsuit against the local Federal Prosecutor’s office for “labor harassment and acts of reprisal” on 5/31/2018. Now it looks and feels like the same Process, Part 2: Who planted the “evidence” (“a presentation on socialism”) in Reyes’ computer? Was this the FBI? Answer this question, Mr. Cases. If this was done, then in principle it can be done to everyone and to everyone’s computer. This opens the road to the abuse of power and lays the foundations for the totalitarian, dictatorial rule, namely the same old “BANANA REPUBLIC”. It becomes the issue of public and national safety, security, and concerns.

M.N.: Who placed “a presentation on socialism” in Reyes’ computer? 

Did the FBI do that? 

Did Mr. Cases authorize it? Was it “his job”, was this within the scope of his duties? (Previously he denied that dealing with the extensions for Reyes’ investigation was “his job”: “He admitted that he did not verify the justification of the extensions of the investigation. “That’s not part of my job,” answered Cases.)
Was this the FBI set up, the attempt to frame Mr. Reyes by surreptitiously placing the “presentation on socialism” in his computer? 
Why was this circumstance not covered by the mainstream media? This fact is the public record. Me thinks, humbly, that this case needs further investigation. 

Did the Puerto Rico branch of the FBI, under the Carlos Cases Directorship at that time, try to illegally plant “evidence” in Reyes’ computer?!

“A presentation on socialism was also found on Reyes’s computer.2*

*2 It was later determined that someone other than Reyes placed
the presentation on his computer.

3
This led the Department of Justice’s Office
of the Inspector General to investigate Reyes. In connection
with this investigation, FBI agents interviewed Reyes and, while
Reyes was on furlough in October 2013, searched his office.
During and as a result of the investigation, Reyes’s job duties
were changed.
In November 2013, Reyes filed a formal EEO complaint
alleging retaliation by his superiors, including, among other
things, the OIG investigation, his interrogation by the FBI, and

the placement of the socialism presentation on his computer.”

False evidence and FBI apparently are the good old friends.
“False evidencefabricated evidenceforged evidence or tainted evidence is information created or obtained illegally…”

Did the FBI do this in Reyes case, and why? Answer this question, Mr. Cases.

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From Readers’ Comments: “She is now a criminal equal to the ones she pursues.” … “This gentleman showed that the reign of Rosa Emilia in the federal prosecutor’s office must end now. Too many years of abuse on the part of this lady. Arrogant.”

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Seven police officers in Puerto Rico, including some assigned to drug units, have been charged for trafficking and distributing marijuana and other narcotics, the island’s U.S. attorney’s office announced Monday evening.

“When the officer with a gun and a badge is no different from the trafficker peddling drugs in the street, we all suffer. That is why the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners are determined to root out corruption, wherever and in whatever forms it may be found,” Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, said in a statement.

Four indictments reveal charges against seven cops for actions that contradict with their duties to protect and uphold the law.

“Today’s charges represent a grave breach of the oath taken by these sworn officers,” Douglas Leff, the special agent in charge of the FBI in San Juan, said.

The first indictment states each of the four officers assigned to the Caguas Drug Unit possessed pot with intent to distribute and also carried a firearm while committing that crime. Each person could face up to five years in prison for the drug charge and possible life for the firearm violation.

Another officer was listed in a second indictment for possessing detectable amounts of weed with intent to distribute near Vega Baja, Puerto Rico.

A third indictment shows an officer tried to distribute small amounts of Tramadol — a Schedule IV controlled substance — and carried a gun while doing so. He was also charged with attempting to sell within 1,000 feet of a school. He could spend up to two decades in jail for the drug charge and life behind bars for the firearm offense.

The final indictment charged another cop with selling a gun and ammunition to a prohibited person, in his case a felon. He could be sentenced to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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That is why the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners are determined to root out corruption, wherever and in whatever forms it may be found,” Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, said in a statement.

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Agregó que la jefa de la oficina local de la fiscalía federal, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez Vélez, y la segunda al mando en ese entonces, la fiscal María Domínguez, le dijeron que no fuera al funeral. “Francisco (Reyes) entendió la situación. Se ofreció a

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The testimony of a prosecutor, as well as several documents shown in the continuation of the case brought by former intelligence specialist Francisco J. Reyes Caparros against the local office of the federal prosecutor, seemed to support the claim of the complainant that he was subjected to reprisals and harassment in your work environment. 

During her testimony, assistant prosecutor Carmen Marquez repeatedly stated that on several occasions she had to interact with Reyes Caparros as part of her job and had carried out her work diligently and professionally. 

Márquez said Reyes Caparrós assisted him at a time when he was under threat for 2010, when he was involved in a case related to a criminal organization.

She stated that the main witness in the case was murdered and when she asked to go to the funeral she did not receive support from her superiors, but from Reyes Caparrós, who was then also in charge of security matters. 

“I wanted to pay my respects because she was brave, I had two children, and his parents were there,” said Marquez.

I have added that the head of the local office of the federal prosecutor, Rosa Emilia Rodriguez Velez, and the second in command at the time, prosecutor Maria Dominguez, told him not to go to the funeral.

“Francisco (Reyes) understood the situation. He offered to help me and worked diligently to offer security, “he said.

The prosecutor said he saw the deterioration of Reyes Caparrós’ relationship with his superiors, from the “circle of friends” with offices on the 16th floor, to “falling out of favor” and stopping in a small office next to the elevators two floors below. .

Márquez stressed the controversial episode in which, in a meeting before a hundred people, the prosecutor Rodríguez Vélez referred in a recriminatory way to Reyes Caparrós as “who does not like anyone and nobody wants him”.

She said that after the incident, Reyes Caparrós asked her to talk and eventually she told him that she believed she had a basis to complain about labor discrimination, “and I warned her that she is preparing for what was coming.”

Márquez spoke again with Reyes Caparrós after other incidents, and suggested he continue with his complaint for discrimination, in which he would serve as a witness.

Both received warnings and Reyes Caparrós was transferred to another office.

It should be noted that the prosecutor Márquez currently has a case to be seen in a lawsuit in which she sued the local office of the federal prosecutor for a pattern of revenge and harassment at work.

Márquez won a lawsuit before the federal prosecutors for labor harassment, and as part of the resolution of that lawsuit a federal judge ordered that he be reinstated in his position.

In fact, Marquez’s testimony was repeatedly interrupted by Judge Joseph Laplante, who became exasperated while reiterating to the plaintiff’s attorney, Bamily López, that “this is the case of Mr. Reyes, not Mrs. Márquez.” , and underlined that terms had been agreed for the testimonies of Márquez and Nelson Pérez Sosa, a former appeals supervisor who also takes a case for discrimination against the federal prosecutor’s office and is expected to testify in this case.

In turn, the attorney for the federal prosecutor, Susan M. Poswistilo, tried to show that Márquez’s actions responded to the fact that she was a friend of Reyes Caparrós and wanted to promote complaints about discrimination against the office.

Márquez answered that they were not friends, but that he was a person known as a result of labor relations.

Before the testimony of Marquez, in his final statements the witness Jaqueline Novas, who is executive assistant to Rodriguez Velez, in response to questions from Lopez admitted that several documents showed that at least two prosecutors had not complied with providing Reyes Caparrós with information necessary for his work. of compiling statistics, which another supervisor, prosecutor José Capó, had described as deficient in his testimony days ago.

At the end of the day, María Domínguez sat down to testify, today retired but by then second in command of the federal prosecutor’s office. 

Dominguez answered Lopez’s questions vaguely, claiming not to remember details.

However, when summarizing the subject of an FBI investigation in August 2013, with the intention of Reyes Caparrós to accept a trip with expenses paid to Russia, Domínguez admitted that he had not seen the invitation, although by then it was already of the investigation and had even talked about possible espionage.

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Agentes del Negociado Federal de Investigaciones (FBI por sus siglas en inglés) diligencian siete órdenes desde la madrugada del lunes para arrestar a varios agentes de la Policía por cargos de corrupción.

“Estamos ejecutando siete órdenes de arresto contra unos policías por cargos de corrupción”, confirmó el portavoz del FBI en la isla, Carlos Osorio en entrevista radial (WKAQ).

Detalló que los arrestos se llevan a cabo en varios pueblos como Aguas Buenas, Vega Baja, Caguas, Camuy y Bayamón.

“Te voy a dar un ejemplo. Confiscaban dinero, drogas o armas a algún individuo y en vez de entregarlos, solamente entregaban parte y lo demás lo vendían o hacían cualquier otra cosa con eso”, relató Osorio.

La mayoría de los agentes son arrestados por esta modalidad, mientras que algunos fueron detenidos por violación de derechos civiles.

Cerca de las 6:00 de la mañana faltaban dos agentes por arrestar, según dijo Osorio.

La Fiscalía Federal emitirá un comunicado de prensa para ampliar los detalles. Los detenidos serán llevados al Edificio Federal en Hato Rey.

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El comisionado interino del Negociado de la Policía de Puerto Rico Henry Escalera, dijo el lunes que el arresto de siete policías por parte del Negociado Federal de Investigaciones (FBI, por sus siglas en inglés) no debe afectar la imagen del cuerpo policíaco.

“El Negociado de la Policía de Puerto Rico condena cualquier acto de corrupción o cualquier ejecutoria que sea contraría a los postulados que juramentaron los oficiales al unirse a nuestro Negociado. Los actos que no representan lo que es el trabajo responsable y respetable de un oficial del orden público deben ser denunciados y procesados por las autoridades. Las acciones de estos individuos de ninguna manera debe manchar la labor responsable de todos los miembros de la Uniformada”, dijo Escalera en declaraciones escritas.

Aseguró que el Negociado encamina un proceso de Reforma Sostenible con el fin de erradicar este tipo de conducta y mejorar la gestión policiaca.

Agentes del FBI diligenciaron siete órdenes desde la madrugada del lunes para arrestar a varios agentes de la Policía por cargos de corrupción.

El portavoz del FBI en la isla, Carlos Osorio confirmó en entrevista radial (WKAQ) que los arrestos se llevaron a cabo en Aguas Buenas, Vega Baja, Caguas, Camuy y Bayamón.

“Te voy a dar un ejemplo. Confiscaban dinero, drogas o armas a algún individuo y en vez de entregarlos, solamente entregaban parte y lo demás lo vendían o hacían cualquier otra cosa con eso”, relató Osorio.

La mayoría de los agentes fueron arrestados por esta modalidad, mientras que algunos fueron detenidos por violación de derechos civiles.

La Fiscalía Federal emitirá un comunicado de prensa para ampliar los detalles. Los detenidos serán llevados al Edificio Federal en Hato Rey.

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M.N.: What is this: stupidity, incompetence, or both? Or something significantly more than that? Let me express my humble opinion very claro, my friends: 

Fire Rodriguez-Velez from the DOJ, and fire Carlos Cases from the FBI, and investigate them to the heart of their bones! 

This is long overdue in both cases, it seems to me. No puns or jokes are intended. Zis iz no djok. 

And by the way, I think that they are the “Russian spies” themselves. In my humble opinion. 

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“In the current case, former expert Francisco J. Reyes Caparrós, who is a veteran with partial disability now turned into a lawyer, alleges to have been the victim of a pattern of hostility while working in the local office of the federal prosecutor’s office, which included among other things that prevented him from doing the functions for which he had been hired,

discredited him, was the object of an unfounded campaign that he could be a Russian spy,

implemented disciplinary actions against him, threatened him with negative evaluations, isolated him from other colleagues, and eventually they will highlight him.”

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In addition to the case currently being heard in the federal court in which a former employee of the local office of the federal prosecutor’s office alleges to have suffered a pattern of harassment and labor discrimination, there are at least two other similar lawsuits against the federal prosecutor’s office en route to hold their respective judgments soon.

In the current case, former expert Francisco J. Reyes Caparrós, who is a veteran with partial disability now turned into a lawyer, alleges to have been the victim of a pattern of hostility while working in the local office of the federal prosecutor’s office, which included among other things that prevented him from doing the functions for which he had been hired, discredited him, was the object of an unfounded campaign that he could be a Russian spy, implemented disciplinary actions against him, threatened him with negative evaluations, isolated him from other colleagues, and eventually they will highlight him.

Reyes alleges that the hostility against him became such, that he had no choice but to resign, after a failed attempt to reinstate him in his post as intelligence specialist.

For all the damages and situations I have claims to have suffered, the plaintiff claims an amount of $ 390,000 in compensation.

In another lawsuit, the assistant prosecutor Carmen Marquez Marín alleges to be a victim of a pattern of revenge, after prevailing in another previous lawsuit for labor harassment.

Marquez won that trial against the federal prosecutor’s office, and was reinstated in his position in March 2008 by order of a federal judge.

Márquez alleges that, since his reinstatement in his job, which would not have complied with the order of the court to delay the hiring, has been subject to continuous revenge, in a pattern that worsened in recent years after all the complications. of health that required treatment and absences from work.

For the damages I have allegedly suffered, Márquez is asking for compensation of $ 350,000.

Finally, Nelson Pérez Sosa also sued the federal prosecutor’s office, alleging a scheme of revenge, discrimination and hostility that led to his dismissal.

Perez, who headed the appeals division of the federal prosecutor’s office for 21 years, alleges that he was dropped from his position for testifying on behalf of employees who claimed discrimination and revenge. Perez says that he had excellent evaluations of his work, and yet the office’s management, including his boss, the prosecutor Rosa Emilia Rodriguez Velez, decided to lower him from his position. He claims in his lawsuit that there were vengeful actions against him for his open opposition to the discriminatory practices of the office’s management, including refusing to penalize prosecutor Márquez after he suffered from the drugs.

Perez alleges that the hostility has caused a deterioration in his health, which in turn have made it necessary to have undergo treatment for various conditions, such as stress, anxiety and high blood pressure.

For all the damage suffered, Perez asks for compensation of $ 1.2 million.

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On Tuesday, when Donald Trump abruptly dismissed the FBI director, James Comey, his administration insisted that he was merely following the recommendation of his attorney general and deputy attorney general, the two most senior officials in the Justice Department.

In a three-page memorandum attached to Comey’s termination letter, the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, cited concern for the FBI’s “reputation and credibility.” He said that the director had defied Justice Department policies and traditions and overstepped his authority in the way he handled the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

This was a puzzling assertion from the Trump administration, not least because Trump is widely acknowledged to have reaped the benefits of Comey’s actions on Election Day. After the FBI director sent his letter to Congress, on Oct. 28, about the discovery of new Clinton emails and the Bureau’s plans to assess them, Trump praised Comey for his “guts” and called the news “bigger than Watergate.”

In the aftermath of Comey’s firing, Democrats and some Republicans in Congress have proposed a far more credible explanation for Trump’s action, accusing the President of trying to halt the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the election and possible collusion with his campaign. Some of those legislators, as well as many critics in the press, have said that Trump has ignited a constitutional crisis, and they called for the appointment of an independent prosecutor to carry out the Russia investigation.

Comey’s dismissal came just as his Russia probe appeared to be widening. Just last week, the FBI director went to Rosenstein, who had been in his job only for a few days, to ask for significantly more resources in order to accelerate the investigation, according to The New York Times. Tensions between the Trump administration and Comey had been escalating already, and Trump’s fury over the FBI’s Russia probe remained full-throated. On Monday, Trump tweeted that the inquiry was a “taxpayer funded charade.”

It is now clear that the aim of Rosenstein’s memo was simply to provide a pretext for Comey’s firing. White House officials may have thought it would be a persuasive rationale because Comey has come in for criticism from leaders of both political parties. Trump had been harboring a long list of grievances against the FBI director, including his continued pursuit of the Russia probe. On Thursday, Trump confirmed in an interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt that, even before he received the deputy attorney general’s memo, he had already made up his mind to dismiss Comey. In the end, Comey’s conspicuous independence — for so long, his greatest asset — proved his undoing, making him too grave a threat to Trump but also giving the president a plausible excuse to fire him.

Rosenstein’s memo does reflect genuine frustration inside the Justice Department about the FBI’s handling of the Clinton emails, and betrays long-standing fissures between the two institutions, which are headquartered across from each other on Pennsylvania Avenue. Rosenstein, a Trump appointee who was previously the U.S. attorney in Maryland, titled his memo “Restoring Public Confidence in the F.B.I.” In the wake of Comey’s ouster, the FBI’s impartiality and competence remains an essential issue, making understanding what actually happened in the Clinton email inquiry urgent as well.

Comey’s announcement about the discovery of the new Clinton emails did break with written and unwritten Justice Department guidelines against interfering with elections. Last week, during testimony before Congress, Comey cast the move as a singularly difficult decision and an act of principled self-sacrifice, driven by events far beyond his control­­. “I knew this would be disastrous for me personally,” he said. “But I thought this is the best way to protect these institutions that we care so much about.’’

A close examination, however, of the FBI’s handling of the Clinton emails reveals a very different narrative, one that was not nearly so clear-cut or inevitable. It is one that places previously undisclosed judgments and misjudgments by the Bureau at the very heart of what unfolded.

“I could see two doors and they were both actions,” Comey recounted in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “One was labelled ‘speak’; the other was labelled ‘conceal.’ … I stared at ‘speak’ and ‘conceal.’ ‘Speak’ would be really bad. There’s an election in eleven days — lordy, that would be really bad. Concealing, in my view, would be catastrophic, not just to the FBI but well beyond. And, honestly, as between really bad and catastrophic, I said to my team, ‘We got to walk into the world of really bad.’ I’ve got to tell Congress that we’re restarting this, not in some frivolous way — in a hugely significant way.”

But by the time Comey elected, on Oct. 28, to speak, rather than conceal, he and his senior aides had actually known for more than three weeks that agents sifting through files on a laptop belonging to the former congressman Anthony Weiner, as part of a sex-crimes investigation, had stumbled across emails sent by Clinton when she was secretary of state. The agents had been unable, legally, to open the emails, because they fell outside the bounds of their investigation of Weiner.

FBI officials kept the discovery to themselves. Without consulting or even informing the Justice Department lawyers who had worked on the email inquiry, FBI officials concluded that they lacked the evidence to seek a search warrant to examine the emails right away. Several legal experts and Justice Department officials I spoke to now say that this conclusion was unnecessarily cautious. FBI officials also ruled out asking Weiner or his wife, Huma Abedin, one of Clinton’s closest aides, to allow access to the laptop — permission their lawyers told me they would have granted.

Instead, New York agents working the Weiner investigation, which centered on allegations of an explicit online relationship with a 15-year-old girl, were told to continue their search of his laptop as before but to take note of any additional Clinton emails they came across.

In the days that followed, investigators slowly sorted through the laptop’s contents, following standard protocols in a case that was anything but standard, and moving with surprisingly little dispatch to assess the significance of the emails.

After weeks of work, the agents concluded that the laptop contained thousands of Clinton messages, a fact they waited at least three more days to share with Comey. Finally, as Comey recounted before Congress last week, the FBI director convened his top aides in his conference room at Bureau headquarters to weigh the political and institutional consequences of what to do next.

At this point, Comey and his deputies were venturing far beyond their typical purview as criminal investigators. Under normal circumstances, department policies discouraged public discussion of developments in ongoing cases of any kind; with the election fast approaching, there was the added sensitivity of avoiding even the perception of interference with the political process. But FBI officials worried that agents in New York who disliked Clinton would leak news of the emails’ existence. Like nearly everyone in Washington, senior FBI officials assumed that Clinton would win the election and were evaluating their options with that in mind. The prospect of oversight hearings, led by restive Republicans investigating an FBI “cover-up,” made everyone uneasy.

One more misjudgment informed Comey’s decision. FBI officials estimated that it would take months to review the emails. Agents wound up completing their work in just a few days. (Most of the emails turned out to be duplicates of messages collected in the previous phase of the Clinton investigation.) Had FBI officials known that the review could be completed before the election, Comey likely wouldn’t have said anything before examining the emails. Instead, he announced that nothing had changed in the Clinton case — on Nov. 6, just two days before the election, and after many millions had already cast their ballots in early voting.

The debate over Comey’s effect on the 2016 election and, now, his historic dismissal, is likely to persist for years. In the months since Donald Trump became the nation’s 45th president, a number of media organizations — most recently, The New York Times — have scrutinized Comey’s handling of the Clinton emails. They have also examined Comey’s accompanying silence about the Bureau’s investigation of possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, an inquiry that began in July of 2016.

Clinton traces her loss directly to Comey; she asserted recently that if the election had been held on Oct. 27, “I would be your president.” Trump retorted, in a tweet, that the FBI director was “the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds!’’

This account is based on interviews with dozens of participants in the events leading up to the election. They include current and former officials from the FBI and the Justice Department who were eager to have their actions understood but unwilling to be quoted by name. Comey himself declined my requests for an interview. Back in early January, however, he replied politely to a written interview request, acknowledging that he was aware of my “ongoing work.” He wrote from an email address whose whimsical name, he said, “the Russians may have a harder time guessing.”

Comey added a note of intrigue, suggesting that there were unappreciated complexities to the story that hadn’t yet become known: “You are right there is a clear story to tell — one that folks willing to actually listen will readily grasp — but I’m not ready to tell it just yet for a variety of reasons.”


During his testimony before Congress last week, Comey said that the possibility that he’d influenced the outcome of the Presidential election made him “mildly nauseous.” Previously, over two decades of public service, Comey had made independence from partisan politics the foundation of his political identity. Comey, who is 56 years old, had been the rarest of creatures in Washington: A Republican even Democrats could love.

A registered Republican for most of his adult life, Comey had made a point of telling a congressional committee last July that he was no longer affiliated with either party. (His distance from partisan politics extends to the voting booth; records show that Comey hasn’t voted in a primary or general election in the past decade.)

Comey rose to prominence through the Justice Department, first as a federal prosecutor in New York and Virginia, and then as the United States attorney in Manhattan, and the deputy attorney general under President George W. Bush. From early on, colleagues say, Comey carefully cultivated a reputation for integrity and nonpartisanship. Until the events of the past year, it had always served him well. “He knew what was the right thing to do,” a former federal prosecutor who worked with Comey told me. “But he figured out how to execute it in a way that, whatever the result, Jim Comey would be protected. I say that respectfully. He has an exceptional gift for that.”

Comey liked to map out the ramifications of major decisions, often in lengthy meetings with deputies. At critical moments in his career, Comey showcased his independence — too eagerly, in the view of some who accuse him of “moral vanity.” “I think he has a bit of a God complex — that he’s the last honest man in Washington,” a former Justice Department official who has worked with him told me. “And I think that’s dangerous.”

Daniel Richman, a Columbia law professor and close friend of Comey who has served as his unofficial media surrogate, acknowledged Comey’s penchant for public righteousness. “He certainly does love the idea of being a protector of the Constitution,” Richman said. “The idea of doing messy stuff and taking your lumps in the press.” But Richman, who worked with Comey as a federal prosecutor in Manhattan, insisted that Comey’s motivations were sincere. “More than most people, he thinks that when it comes to making really difficult decisions, transparency and accountability have incredible value,” Richman said.

Among scores of people I interviewed, not even Comey’s harshest critics believe that he acted out of a desire to elect a Republican president. Comey built his reputation by taking on powerful figures of both parties. Most famously, while serving as acting attorney general under George W. Bush, he’d raced to the hospital bedside of the ailing attorney general, John Ashcroft, to confront administration officials seeking Ashcroft’s reauthorization for a domestic surveillance program that the Justice Department considered illegal. Comey’s congressional testimony, in 2007, about the confrontation raised his public profile, earning him encomiums from both parties. In 2013, after Comey completed a seven-year interlude in the private sector, Barack Obama chose the Republican lawyer as the director of the FBI. “To know Jim Comey is also to know his fierce independence and his deep integrity,” the president declared, in a Rose Garden ceremony. The Senate confirmed him 93 to 1.

The FBI is a division of the United States Department of Justice, and its director reports to the attorney general. But, from the start of his 10-year term at the FBI, Comey asserted a belief in the agency’s right to chart its own course. “The FBI is in the executive branch,” Comey likes to say, “but not of the executive branch.”


The investigation of Clinton’s emails was exactly the sort of challenge Comey seemed to have spent his career preparing for. The FBI formally opened its probe on July 10, 2015, just three months after Clinton announced her candidacy for president. “We all recognized it was a no-win situation,” the former FBI Executive Assistant Director John Giacalone, who helped oversee the investigation’s first seven months, said. At the outset, the goal was to finish the investigation by the end of 2015 — before the first primary votes were cast. It took twice that long, barely ending before the party conventions in July 2016.

The focus of the inquiry, run out of FBI headquarters because of its sensitivity, was whether Clinton’s use of an unclassified email system housed on private servers in the basement of her Chappaqua home violated any laws or allowed hackers and foreign governments to access government secrets. It was staffed by a core team of a dozen FBI agents and analysts, along with two prosecutors from the Justice Department’s National Security Division and two from the Eastern District of Virginia.

Much of their time was taken up trying to find and examine all of the roughly 62,000 messages from Clinton’s four years as secretary of state, which began in January 2009; two of Clinton’s lawyers had deleted about half of the emails, deeming them purely personal. This had sent the FBI on an often frustrating hunt for the missing emails. Agents fanned out to locate, examine and reconstruct scattered hardware and data backup systems from Clinton’s private network, as well as all the BlackBerrys, iPads, computers and storage drives that Clinton, her aides and her lawyers had used. Forensic recovery would eventually help the FBI to find 17,448 deleted emails, including thousands that agents deemed work-related.

Even as thousands of messages remained elusive, the investigators ultimately reached consensus that the evidence didn’t warrant criminal charges, which required proof of intentional misconduct, gross negligence or efforts to obstruct justice. After nearly a year and more than 90 interviews, they had identified 81 message chains deemed to be classified that passed through her private server. Clinton’s practices were sloppy, irresponsible and in defiance of State Department policies, but investigators found no proof of criminal conduct — just a misguided effort by Clinton to maintain control over what the public, and her opponents, could learn about her.

As the inquiry neared its end, Comey, who had closely monitored it from the start, requested summaries of more than 30 government prosecutions involving mishandling of classified information. He waded through the records, seeking to understand the cases’ rationale and how they had been resolved. In the end, he agreed with the investigators’ unanimous conclusion: Clinton should not face criminal charges.


By June 2016, the FBI and the Justice Department were jointly weighing the question of how to reveal their decision in the midst of the presidential campaign. FBI and Justice officials had been discussing for weeks a major departure from the usual handling of a criminal inquiry that ended without charges.

The final interview, with Clinton herself, was scheduled for Saturday, July 2, at FBI headquarters. Agents planned to spend the next week completing a confidential memo detailing their findings, assuming nothing new materialized. Then, in accord with standard Justice Department procedure, the supervising prosecutors and agents, along with top officials from both the Justice Department and the FBI, would privately brief the attorney general, Loretta Lynch, on their recommendation against bringing charges. She would accept, closing the case.

Lynch was a widely respected 17-year Justice Department veteran who had previously served as the United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York, under President Bill Clinton and, then, President Obama. In April 2015, a Republican-controlled Senate confirmed her to replace Eric Holder as attorney general. The first African-American woman to serve as attorney general, Lynch was a graduate of Harvard Law School, the daughter of a librarian and a Baptist preacher and the sister of a Navy SEAL. She’d prosecuted corrupt politicians from both parties and was viewed as a career prosecutor, not a political figure. But the Trump campaign and conservative websites called her integrity into question. Any exoneration of Clinton, they said, would be tainted because Lynch was an Obama appointee.

So the Justice Department and the FBI together plotted an unusual strategy. Over weeks of meetings, they discussed a plan in which Comey and Lynch would appear together at a news conference. After announcing the FBI’s recommendation and the attorney general’s acceptance of it, they would affirm their mutual confidence in the thoroughness and integrity of the investigation. Given the public appetite for more information, officials also considered sending a limited summary of their findings to the inspector general for the intelligence community. He had referred the matter for investigation in the first place, and could choose to make the summary public.

“It hadn’t all been sketched out,” a former Justice Department official familiar with the matter told me. “But there were conversations about how it could go. There were these discussions between the buildings, leadership to leadership. Everyone knew how this rolled out was really important.”

Comey had his own ideas. Unbeknownst to his Justice Department colleagues, Comey had resolved to proceed alone with the announcement. Since May, he had been holding a parallel series of meetings with top FBI confidants to thrash through his plan. He would publicly announce — and explain — the Clinton decision without Lynch at his side. “We had discussions for months about what this looked like,” Michael Steinbach, who retired as the FBI’s executive assistant director for national security in February 2017, said. “This, for us, was the best course of action, given the political situation that we were in — for us to do it independently.”

As Comey saw it, according to Steinbach and others familiar with his thinking, the public doubted Lynch’s independence and would be less likely to accept the decision if she were involved in announcing it.

Comey and his aides had another motivation for acting alone. In their view, the American people were entitled to hear the investigators’ views of Clinton’s conduct, something they believed Lynch would not allow. Justice Department policies frown upon officials commenting on investigations, especially if they are making subjective remarks about people whom prosecutors have declined to charge. But with Election Day just four months away, FBI officials felt that it was essential to provide a fuller accounting “that allowed the American people to make an informed decision,” Steinbach said. “Our concern, as we got closer to the election, was to make sure that the American people understood we found no evidence of a crime but we did find evidence of misconduct.’’

FBI officials began drafting a lengthy statement that explained their recommendation not to prosecute but was, nevertheless, harshly critical of Clinton. “For the director to get that out, he’s either doing it alone or he’s not doing it,” Steinbach told me. “DOJ’s not going to let it happen.”

Then, on the evening of June 27, former President Bill Clinton and Lynch both happened to be on the tarmac at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and the ex-president strode aboard her government plane. When news of the visit inevitably spilled out, both Lynch and Clinton insisted that they’d merely discussed golf and family matters during a 30-minute conversation.

For those who felt that the Obama administration was doing everything it could to help Hillary Clinton win, the encounter was conclusive proof. “SNAKES ON A PLANE,” the New York Post screamed. “Bill’s shady meeting taints probe.” Lynch declined to recuse herself from the case but said that she fully expected to accept whatever recommendation the FBI agents and career prosecutors made.

The tarmac episode reinforced Comey’s conviction to act on his own. The FBI interviewed Clinton the following Saturday, July 2. Justice Department officials settled in to wait for a draft of the FBI’s report.

Instead, at about 10:30 a.m. on July 5, Justice Department officials received an informal heads-up: In 30 minutes, Comey was going to hold a live televised press briefing at FBI headquarters. Before stepping in front of cameras, Comey sent an email to all FBI employees with a copy of his prepared remarks and an explanation of why he was speaking so freely and on his own. “I am doing that,” Comey wrote, “because I think the confidence of the American people in the FBI is a precious thing, and I want them to understand that we did this investigation in a competent, honest, and independent way.”

Moments later, Comey delivered what he called “an update on the FBI’s investigation.” He told reporters, “This is going to be an unusual statement in at least a couple of ways. First, I’m going to include more detail about our process than I ordinarily would, because I think the American people deserve those details in a case of intense public interest. And, second, I have not coordinated this statement or reviewed it in any way with the Department of Justice or any other part of the government. They do not know what I’m about to say.”

Comey then described Clinton as “extremely careless” in handling “very sensitive, highly classified information.” As “any reasonable person” in her position “should have known,” Comey declared, a private, unclassified email server “was no place for that conversation.” Despite these statements, Comey concluded that, because there was no evidence of intentional misconduct or efforts to obstruct justice, “no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”

Late the following afternoon, Lynch met with the FBI director, agents and prosecutors for their formal briefing. In a two-sentence statement, the Justice Department announced that the attorney general had accepted their “unanimous recommendation.”

Partisan outrage was immediate. Conservative media and Trump surrogates accused Comey of protecting Clinton and preventing rank-and-file FBI agents from pursuing the truth. During nine hours of congressional hearings in which Comey elaborated further on his opinions of Clinton’s conduct, Republicans repeatedly questioned his reasoning for ending the investigation without charges.

Perhaps more worrisome to Comey was the rising discontent within the FBI. The retired assistant director James Kallstrom, a Trump backer who had run the New York field office from 1995 to 1997, became a fixture on Fox News and Fox Business, where he attacked Comey’s “nonsensical conclusion” in the Clinton probe and highlighted the “disgust” of “hundreds” of active and retired agents, including some “involved in this thing” who “feel like they’ve been stabbed in the back.” Kallstrom said, “I think we’re going to see a lot more of the facts come out in the course of the next few months. That’s my prediction.”

For their part, Justice Department officials were incredulous at Comey’s decision to proceed without them. On Tuesday, in his Comey memo, Rosenstein said that the FBI director was “wrong to usurp the Attorney General’s authority” by announcing “his own conclusions about the nation’s most sensitive criminal investigation.” He added, “It is not the function of the Director to make such an announcement,” and “the Director ignored another longstanding principle: we do not hold press conferences to release derogatory information about the subject of a declined criminal investigation.”

A recent report in The New York Times raised the prospect of another factor in Comey’s calculations. Early last year, another FBI investigative team had found a memo or email hacked by the Russians in which a Democratic operative expressed confidence that Lynch would protect Clinton. According to the Times, Comey worried that if Lynch were involved in the Clinton announcement and the Russians leaked the document, then voters would not trust the inquiry.

But Comey did not confront Lynch, demand that she recuse herself or raise the matter with the deputy attorney general, Sally Yates, former Justice Department officials told me. Instead, he sent an aide to confer with David Margolis, a respected senior Justice Department official, who has since died. Margolis never raised the issue with department leadership. Two former officials who have seen the document told me that it was never a real concern. Comey and his defenders, they insisted to me, are now engaged in “revisionist history.”


In May 2016, just as the FBI’s investigation into the Clinton emails was nearing its final stages, a young woman in Indiana named Sydney Leathers received a Facebook message from someone she did not know.

Three years earlier, Leathers had earned notoriety as Anthony Weiner’s most famous sexting partner. Leathers, then a 23-year-old college student, had come forward, at first anonymously, with details about her online relationship with the disgraced former congressman, who had gone by the screen name Carlos Danger. Leathers’s story inspired countless tabloid headlines and ended Weiner’s political comeback as a candidate for mayor of New York City. Leathers quickly cashed in, selling her story to tabloid media, letting “Inside Edition” record her cosmetic surgery makeover, starring in porn films and charging for phone sex and webcam services.

The messages Leathers received in 2016 were from someone who identified herself as a 15-year-old in North Carolina. The sender said she had been sexting with Weiner, but Leathers was skeptical. “I just thought it was a crazy person,” she told me.

Leathers changed her mind after the girl sent screen shots from months of exchanges with the former congressman. The teenager wanted to go public, but Leathers urged her to call the police instead. “I don’t claim to be a morality queen,” Leathers said. “I don’t care if he was sexting another adult. But, if it’s a child, it’s another story. I felt a little protective of her.”

After it became clear that the teenager was determined to tell her story, Leathers said she shifted to “damage control.”

“How can I at least make you some money?” she said she asked the teenager. “I basically said, ‘The only way you should do this is if they pay you.’ Certain outlets will pay you to talk, and I had made deals with a lot of them.” Leathers’ agent alerted <a href=”http://dailymail.com” rel=”nofollow”>dailymail.com</a>, the online version of a British tabloid with which she’d previously done business. Both Leathers and the girl received a sizable fee; the teen’s father, an attorney, helped negotiate her payment.

On July 30, Leathers took another step. She had not communicated with Weiner for years, but she decided to send him a private Facebook message that amounted to a half-warning, half-scold:

“This is super awkward but you need to know something. There’s a 15-year-old girl named [redacted] messaging me and she’s claiming you guys sext and skyped. And that you know how old she is. For once I’m keeping my mouth shut. I want nothing to do with this. Frankly, I hope it isn’t true. But she showed me a screenshot that looks legit to me. How have you not learned your lesson? This is another level of fucked up. I suggested to her not to talk to the press so you’re welcome but you may want to refrain from messaging anyone under 18 for gods sake. If she is really someone you’ve been talking to, you better cut that off quickly. She’s talking about potentially messing with Hillary’s campaign. I am kind of pissed to be put in this situation to be honest.”

The Daily Mail story appeared on Sept. 21. The 2,200-word article was accompanied by dozens of screen captures, displaying half-clad photos and suggestive texts that Weiner had sent the teenager, a high school sophomore whose name was withheld. She told the Daily Mail that she had contacted Weiner, then 51, in late January 2016. During online video chats, she said, Weiner had invited her to undress and masturbate. She said he’d urged her to engage in “rape fantasies.” The girl’s father said that he’d learned of the relationship in April but did not alert the police because his child believed the relationship was “consensual” and “I didn’t want to exacerbate anything that she has mentally going on.” The article included four pictures of Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, including one of her with Hillary Clinton.

Abedin was perhaps Clinton’s closest aide, often described as a surrogate daughter. She had met Clinton in 1996, while she was a White House intern, and spent her entire adult life working for her. When Abedin married Weiner, in 2010, Bill Clinton officiated at the ceremony; the couple had a son a year later.

When the FBI began investigating the Clinton emails, in 2015, agents had taken special interest in Abedin because she was one of the four aides who served as conduits for most of Clinton’s State Department messages, screening them, forwarding them and printing them out for her boss. When agents interviewed Abedin on April 5, 2016, she told them that she had used Yahoo and state.gov accounts while working in the State Department, as well as an email address on Clinton’s private basement server, <a href=”mailto:huma@clintonemail.com”>huma@clintonemail.com</a>.

They asked Abedin what devices she used for email, at work and home, and whether she’d kept any archive. According to FBI notes of the interview, Abedin said that she had already turned over everything she had to the State Department. The agents did not ask to inspect any personal computers at her Manhattan apartment, where she lived with Weiner and their son. Her lawyer would later publicly insist that Abedin had no idea that her exchanges with Clinton were on his laptop. The couple has since separated.

The Daily Mail story raised the possibility of serious criminal charges for Weiner. If he had encouraged an underage female to take explicit photos or video of herself, he could be charged with producing child pornography, a felony that carries a minimum prison term of 15 years. FBI agents in New York immediately began investigating.

On Sept. 26, after federal prosecutors in New York obtained a search warrant, and the FBI collected Weiner’s iPhone, iPad and laptop. Agents began examining the computer — a silver, 15.6-inch 2015 Dell Inspiron 7000 — for any pictures, videos or other evidence involving Weiner’s teenage sexting partner. An agent sorting through the contents of the hard drive came across a jolting find: a State Department memo and some emails between Abedin and Hillary Clinton. The documents were not covered by the sex-crimes warrant, which meant that the FBI had no legal right to examine them.

The presidential election was five weeks away.

The agent went to the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York for guidance. Prosecutors there wanted no part of the email case, which had been staffed by a special team of agents, FBI analysts, and Justice Department lawyers working out of FBI headquarters, in Washington. The New York prosecutors told the agent to seek advice from that team. They said nothing to their own bosses at Justice Department headquarters.

By Oct. 3, senior officials at the FBI — including Comey — had been alerted that the Weiner laptop contained an unknown number of Clinton emails. By this point, the email controversy had receded as an issue in the presidential race. Any news of the discovery would surely have profound consequences for the Clinton campaign, especially as the election drew ever closer. Yet, over the following three weeks, FBI agents proceeded unhurriedly with their investigation, on the premise that what they knew of the discovery was not, as one official put it to me, “investigatively significant.”

FBI officials decided not to share news of the new emails on the laptop with the Justice Department prosecutors who had worked with them on the Clinton case. A former high-ranking Justice Department official, who dealt frequently with the FBI, blamed the failure on institutional distrust. “There is a general tendency, with everything at the Bureau, to keep things inside the Bureau until they figure out what to do,” he told me.

Without the involvement of their Justice Department colleagues, the FBI eschewed options that might have expedited matters. Former Justice Department officials familiar with the case told me that the FBI’s failure to move more quickly in this phase of the investigation represented a serious blunder. “It probably would have helped to have the prosecutors on the investigation involved at the earliest moment,” the former high-ranking official told me.

A crucial question was whether the discovery of the first few emails and a State Department document was sufficient to obtain a new search warrant to locate and examine all the Clinton messages right away. The former federal magistrate judge John Facciola, now an adjunct law professor at Georgetown University, told me that he would have granted such a warrant request, even after the discovery of just a “handful” of Clinton emails. The FBI’s earlier investigation had revealed that some messages from the Clinton server contained improperly stored classified information, Facciola noted. “If the headers show transmittal from Clinton to Abedin, it follows as night to day that others bearing that header may also be classified, and we have a right to search. What more you need than that, I don’t know.”

Former Justice Department officials told me that they also could have sought consent from Weiner and Abedin to examine the emails without a warrant. Lawyers for both told me that they were never asked and would have readily acceded. FBI officials, who were not fond of consent agreements, reportedly did not do this because they worried that Weiner would have sought concessions on any sex-crime charges; lawyers familiar with the matter dismiss the notion that he had any bargaining leverage.

Officials at FBI headquarters instructed the New York agent examining Weiner’s hard drive for evidence of sex crimes to continue his work as before and to keep a log of any further Clinton emails he came across.

By all accounts, this phase of the process went slowly. The software that the Bureau used to inventory the contents of Weiner’s laptop kept crashing. It would take about ten days before agents were able to retrieve a complete record of the messages saved on the laptop, showing dates, senders and recipients. But, even then, the FBI did not immediately seek a warrant.

By mid-October, inside the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan, the handful of officials who knew about the discovery of the Clinton emails were openly wondering what was going on. Any effort to obtain a second warrant would have to go through their office, and they had heard nothing.

On Friday, Oct. 21, Joon Kim, the deputy U.S. attorney for the Southern District, called an official in the deputy attorney general’s office at Justice Department headquarters to ask what was being done about the Clinton emails on Weiner’s laptop. Recognizing the importance of the call, Kim wrote a memo noting it.

For Justice Department officials, the call was the first they’d heard of the emails. The following Monday, FBI and Justice Department lawyers finally gathered in Washington to discuss what to do. The New York agents had finished tabulating the emails between Abedin and Clinton, and they numbered in the thousands. FBI investigators who had been part of the Clinton inquiry decided that they were eager to examine the new emails.

Throughout their yearlong investigation, FBI investigators had been frustrated by their inability to locate all of Clinton’s emails, especially those sent during the first eight weeks of her tenure as secretary of state, a troubling gap in their records. Some of those now appeared to be on Weiner’s laptop, and they might reveal incriminating information about Clinton’s motivation in setting up the private server in the first place. Investigators recognized that, in all likelihood, the new emails would not change the decision to close the case without charges. Most were probably duplicates of what the FBI had already seen. It seemed improbable that agents would find written proof that Clinton intended to violate the law. Still, it seemed foolish not to examine the emails. The Justice Department lawyers readily agreed to seek a court order, leading Comey’s deputies to schedule a meeting with their boss on the morning of Oct. 27.

More than three weeks had passed from the time that Comey and his top deputies had been alerted to the initial discovery of Clinton emails on Weiner’s laptop. Yet, in his congressional testimony, Comey described what he heard in his briefing that Thursday morning as a startling new development. “The Anthony Weiner thing landed on me on October 27 and there was a huge — this is what people forget — new step to be taken,” he said. “We may be finding the golden missing emails that would change this case. If I were not to speak about that, it would be a disastrous, catastrophic concealment.”

Comey immediately approved plans to seek a new warrant. Such warrants are typically obtained in secret before a magistrate judge and not made public, but Comey told his deputies that he wanted to send a letter to congressional leaders the next day.

Justice Department policies bar employees from interfering with elections and discourage taking any action that might be perceived as interference in the weeks before votes are cast. Election Day 2016 was less than two weeks off; early voting had already begun in 36 states.

Comey would justify his Oct. 28 disclosure as a matter of moral obligation: He’d told two congressional committees that the investigation was complete, and plans to review the new material meant that that was no longer true. Before Congress last week, he characterized his decision as a choice between “speak” and “conceal.”

In his memo released on Tuesday, Rosenstein scorned this characterization. “‘Conceal’ is a loaded term that misstates the issue,” he wrote. “When federal agents quietly open a criminal investigation, we are not concealing anything; we are simply following the longstanding policy that we refrain from publicizing non-public information. In that context, silence is not concealment.”

There was another motivation for Comey’s decision to “speak”: FBI officials feared that news of the new emails would leak out, damaging the Bureau and its director. The primary source of anxiety was the FBI’s own New York field office, which was handling the Weiner case and harbored deep pockets of anti-Clinton sentiment. New York agents had already been griping to the media about headquarters’ curbs on their investigation of the Clinton Foundation. Two prominent Trump surrogates with close local FBI ties — Kallstrom and Rudy Giuliani, a former U.S. Attorney and New York mayor — had for weeks been warning about agent fury over Comey’s decision in the email case. Lately, Giuliani had been chortling on Fox News about the Trump campaign’s plans for “some pretty big surprises” that “you’re going to hear about in the next few days.” (He would later claim that he had advance knowledge of the new emails.)

Comey and his aides had considered saying nothing about the discovery until agents could assess its significance, but only if their task would be completed by the election. “If we were of the belief we’d get through it before the election, we wouldn’t have said anything,” Steinbach said. But, given the number of Clinton-related messages on Weiner’s laptop (the FBI had identified 49,000 as “potentially relevant”), no one felt confident promising the FBI director that they could be examined in time. “I was thinking, I hope we can get this done in a couple of months,” Steinbach told me.

Mark Pollitt, a Syracuse University information studies professor who ran the FBI’s national computer forensics lab program during his career as a special agent, said that this mistaken judgment was likely born of excessive bureaucratic caution. “If you know this one’s going to go to the director and attorney general and maybe the president of the United States, we’re going to give them the worst-case scenario so we don’t get yelled at for dragging our feet,” he said. “I’m not going to say I can get it done in a particular time frame and then not make that deadline.”

This time, Comey decided to alert the Justice Department of his plans. Officials there tried vigorously to dissuade him from sending the letter. Heated discussions took place between a Comey deputy and an official in the deputy attorney general’s office, acting as surrogates for their bosses. The Justice official retrieved a transcript of Comey’s congressional testimony to point out that the director had never explicitly promised an update of every development in the case. Comey’s deputy acknowledged that this was the case but said the director’s view was that it didn’t matter; he had a “duty” to correct the “impression” he’d left that the FBI’s work was done. According to the former Justice official, Comey’s deputy also made clear that the FBI director was “very concerned” about a leak — that the news “was coming out anyway.”

The Justice official reminded Comey’s deputy about department policy regarding overt investigative steps before an election. Criticism was inevitable, he argued; the best defense was to consistently follow the normal process. The FBI’s response: “This one’s different.”

“This wasn’t a policy-position disagreement,’’ the former Justice Department official told me. “Comey felt this was his credibility on the line. He was the one who had testified before Congress. Their view is, ‘We get the policy and procedures. But he’s the one who had to personally suffer the fallout if he doesn’t update the Hill. It’s his ass in the sling.’”

Lynch and Yates had the power to order Comey not to send the letter. But Comey’s high-minded characterization of his “obligation” made that option seem perilous to senior Justice Department officials. If they gave Comey such an order, it wasn’t clear that he would comply. And if he did, there was a chance that it could be portrayed as the attorney general ordering the FBI director to hide information from Congress. None of that would play well, especially in the aftermath of the tarmac incident. So the Justice Department officials stuck to pleading through staff.

Comey deliberated with his deputies into Thursday night about exactly what to say, generating multiple drafts of his letter. The first ran just two sentences; later versions offered far more detail, then somewhat less, as Comey and his staff struggled to find the right balance. Steinbach joined a conference call about the language while shopping for Halloween pumpkins in Virginia with his daughter. “The intention was to write a statement that was as politically neutral as possible — that did not allow for incorrect inference,” one person familiar with the situation told me. Predictably, that would prove impossible.

During a conference call the next morning with a half-dozen participants, FBI officials read portions of their draft to their Justice Department counterparts, who argued that the letter was certain to be used to political advantage by Trump. They urged Comey to add language that made clear that the director was making the disclosure because of the obligation he felt from his testimony, not because of the gravity of the discovery — and that the emails had been found on the laptop of an aide’s husband, not in Clinton’s possession.

Comey declined to make any changes. He dispatched his three-paragraph letter to 16 congressional leaders shortly before noon on Friday, Oct. 28. It disclosed the discovery of new Clinton emails “that appear to be pertinent,” as well as plans to “assess their importance,” before noting, “The FBI cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant, and I cannot predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work.”

Comey explained his actions more fully in an email to FBI staff:

“Of course, we don’t ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations, but here I feel an obligation to do so given that I testified repeatedly in recent months that our investigation was completed. I also think it would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record. At the same time, however, given that we don’t know the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails, I don’t want to create a misleading impression. In trying to strike that balance, in a brief letter and in the middle of an election season, there is significant risk of being misunderstood.”


Within hours, “law enforcement officials” disclosed to the press that the “unrelated case” was the Weiner sexting investigation. Trump, who’d previously been bashing Comey, celebrated the news at a New Hampshire rally. Clinton’s “corruption is on a scale we have never seen before,” he declared, amid chants of “Lock her up!” “We must not let her take her criminal scheme into the Oval Office.” Democrats, who had praised Comey since July, were outraged. A Clinton spokesman blamed Comey for “unleashing a wildfire of innuendo.”

Clinton’s campaign set up a war room at its Brooklyn headquarters to respond to the news. The campaign highlighted an open letter signed by 99 former Justice Department officials from both parties who declared that they were “astonished and perplexed” by Comey’s actions. “The strategy was not to debate what Comey had done,” the Clinton pollster Joel Benenson told me. “The strategy was to aggressively discredit his actions with these bipartisan prosecutors.”

As the campaign — and debate over Comey’s actions — churned on, the FBI faced enormous pressure to complete its review of the new emails before Election Day, on Nov. 8. The government obtained its search warrant on Sunday, Oct. 30, two days after Comey’s letter, and agents immediately began scouring a copy of Weiner’s hard drive, which an agent had already carried to Washington from New York.

Exactly how thousands of Clinton emails ended up on Weiner’s laptop remains somewhat mysterious. In his testimony last week, Comey said that Abedin had forwarded “hundreds and thousands” of emails — including some containing classified information — to her husband’s email account, so that Weiner could print out the messages for delivery to Clinton. But two sources familiar with the matter told me that Abedin forwarded only a handful of Clinton emails to her husband for printing. Most of the old Clinton messages found on the laptop trace to backups of Abedin’s BlackBerry, which might have been first stored on a desktop computer at the couple’s home before ending up on Weiner’s laptop inadvertently, as part of a bulk transfer of old files. After Abedin’s lawyer and I pressed the FBI to clarify the matter, and I wrote an article about it, the Bureau released a letter correcting Comey’s testimony.

FBI agents had told their bosses that reviewing the new emails would take them well past Election Day. But, as the 10-member team began working around the clock, the process quickly accelerated. The FBI agents rapidly ruled out huge batches of messages that weren’t work-related, “de-duped” thousands of emails they’d seen before, and isolated the relative few — about 6,000, according to Comey — that required individual scrutiny. Potentially classified emails went to analysts for review.

Midway through a final all-night push, on Saturday, Nov. 5, two agents left FBI headquarters for a pizza-and-soda run. Outside, they found lime-green spray-painted graffiti near the building’s main entrance, some of it covering the FBI seal. It read “ASSHOLE” and “CORRUPT.”

At about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, the FBI agents finished their work, and the team’s leader dispatched a message to their bosses. They had found new State Department messages but none, after all, from the missing period at the start of Clinton’s term, and nothing that suggested a criminal motive. Twelve email threads contained classified information; none of them were new.

That afternoon, Comey wrote to Congress again, revealing that the FBI had completed its review without finding anything to change the conclusions that he had announced back in July.


The days after Comey’s revelation had been devastating to Clinton’s campaign. “Comey put a hole through the wall, and Trump drove a Mack truck through it,” Benenson told me. The news dominated the home-stretch coverage; even the announcement that the review was over didn’t help. “You are in no good position at that point,” Benenson said. “Any discussion of emails and investigations is going to be a losing proposition.”

Trump’s campaign made the most of the Comey letter. “Decades of lies, coverups, and scandal have finally caught up with Hillary Clinton,” a new Trump TV ad intoned. “Hillary Clinton is under FBI investigation again, after her emails were found on pervert Anthony Weiner’s laptop. Think about that! America’s most sensitive secrets, unlawfully sent, received and exposed by Hillary Clinton, her staff, and Anthony Weiner. Hillary cannot lead a nation while crippled by a criminal investigation!”

“The Trump campaign was using it to the hilt,” Benenson said. “They took Comey’s statement, and they drove it. The most effective thing they did with it is to say, ‘This will never end. If she’s president, it will never end.’”

The “Comey effect” set in quickly. In a uniquely volatile electorate, enamored of neither candidate, weighing Trump’s temperament versus Clinton’s ethics, many of those who had finally been ready to vote for the Democrat fled. Her numbers slipped in key states. “It was enough of a lingering concern that at the end they said, ‘Screw it. I’m not going to vote for her,’” Benenson said. “They went with the third-party candidate or stayed home.”

Many analysts concluded that Comey’s actions tilted the presidency to Trump. Nate Silver, the polling guru at the website FiveThirtyEight, said that Comey’s letter produced a swing of about three points in the popular vote in the handful of states that won Trump the presidency. In a post-campaign interview, the Trump pollster Tony Fabrizio put it this way: “When you really drill down on this election, if you change the vote in five counties, four in Florida, one in Michigan, we’d be having a totally opposite conversation right now.”

FBI officials remain bitter at how Clinton and her supporters have blamed them for Trump’s election. “I don’t find it credible,” Steinbach said. “It’s a mess she helped create from start to finish, with start being when she elected to use a private server. Even if you were to assume the investigation influenced the election, her actions created the environment. You can second-guess how it played out. But our guiding principle was to protect the American people and the Constitution of the United States.”

In January, the Justice Department’s inspector general announced that he would review charges that Comey’s public disclosures about the Clinton investigation violated department policies. Comey issued a statement saying that he welcomed “thoughtful evaluation and transparency” on the matter. Some of Comey’s friends and colleagues had weighed making public a letter of support for him, before eventually deciding against it. In conversations with reporters, they began seeking to explain his actions.

Some of the most withering criticism of Comey focused on his refusal, before the election, to disclose the FBI’s investigation into the possibility of collusion between the Russian government and Trump associates — even as he spoke at length about Clinton’s emails. In late March, quoting two anonymous sources, Newsweek reported that Comey had actually wanted to talk about the Russian political meddling, through a personal, bylined newspaper column, but the White House had blocked him from doing so. People familiar with the matter told me that the Obama administration had wanted to respond in a more direct way, through an official finding. That came on Oct. 7, through a statement about Russian hacking from the secretary of Homeland Security and the director of National Intelligence. Comey declined to be included on the statement, telling administration officials that he believed it was too close to the election.

During conversations I had with Richman, he began to hint at something in the Russian email hack that had influenced Comey’s decision to go it alone with his July 5 announcement on the Clinton inquiry. “It’s not just the stupid tarmac visit,” he told me in late February 2017. “You don’t get to always defend yourself when you’re in his position.” Two months later, the The New York Times disclosed the existence of the document claiming that Lynch would protect Clinton.

Last week, Comey finally got his chance to defend himself. Called before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he offered an emotional account of his handling of the email investigation but then made his misstatement about Abedin forwarding “hundreds and thousands” of emails to Weiner. This week, after FBI officials clarified the issue, I asked the Bureau another question: Why hadn’t agents, who had access to Abedin’s emails and could, presumably, see that she had forwarded two classified messages to her husband, taken the opportunity to examine his laptop much earlier, as part of the original email inquiry? If they had done so, what ensued in October might never have happened. The FBI declined to comment.

On Wednesday, in a farewell letter emailed to Bureau employees, Comey said he was not dwelling on his firing and urged his former colleagues not to, either. “I have long believed that a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or for no reason at all,” Comey wrote. “I have said to you before that, in times of turbulence, the American people should see the FBI as a rock of competence, honesty, and independence.”


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May 19, 2018 14:40, Last Updated: May 20, 2018 11:04

District Judge Denise Cote unsealed the search warrant for the laptop and other devices of former Congressman Anthony Weiner on Wednesday, May 16.

Weiner was sentenced by Cote in September to 21 months in prison for sending obscene material—including sexually explicit images and directions to engage in sexual conduct—to a 15-year-old girl through messaging and video chat apps.

New York City Police obtained a search warrant on his laptop, iPad, and iPhone on Sept. 26, 2016, approved by Magistrate Judge Ronald Ellis.

The laptop soon became the center of a major controversy. However, the search warrant suggests the controversy may run deeper still.

On Nov. 4, 2016, former Navy SEAL and CIA contractor Erik Prince said “a very well-placed source” at the NYPD told him the NYPD found “damning criminal information” about then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Weiner’s laptop and threatened to release it if the FBI tried to sweep it under the rug.

The FBI later obtained its own search warrant and looked at the laptop in connection with its investigation into Clinton’s mishandling of classified information as State Secretary.

But there was a notable difference between the FBI warrant and the NYPD one.

The one obtained by NYPD read, in part: “Depending on circumstances, a complete review of the seized [electronically stored information] may require examination of all of the seized data to evaluate its contents and determine whether the data is responsive to the warrant.”

The FBI one read, in part: “Law enforcement personnel will make reasonable efforts to restrict their search to data falling within the categories of evidence specified in the warrant.”

That would suggest the NYPD could look at everything, while the FBI investigators worded its warrant in a way that restricted them to look only at data regarding the mishandling of classified information.

Here’s what we know about how Clinton’s emails ended up on Weiner’s laptop and what repercussions their discovery meant:

Weiner shared the laptop with his estranged wife, Huma Abedin, a close aide to Hillary Clinton since 2000.

Hundreds of thousands of emails were stored on the laptop, including thousands from Clinton.

“Huma Abedin appears to have had a regular practice of forwarding emails to [Weiner] for him,” then-FBI Director James Comey testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on May 3, 2017. “I think, to print out for her, so she could then deliver them to [Clinton].”

The existence of the emails was also confirmed in texts between senior FBI attorney Lisa Page and former head of counterintelligence at the FBI, Peter Strzok.

Peter Strzok. (FBI)“Got called up to Andy’s earlier … hundreds of thousands of emails turned over by Weiner’s atty to sdny, indudes a ton of material from spouse,” Strzok texted (pdf) Page on Sept. 28, 2016, only two days after the search warrant: “Sending team up tomorrow to review … this will never end ….”

The text suggests that then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, referred to as Andy, knew of the emails. Strzok noted that a team would go to “review” the next day, Sept. 29, 2016.

But this timeline seems to conflict with a Chicago Tribune story, which said that law enforcement officers first seized the laptop on Oct. 3, according to “federal officials familiar with the investigation.”

The text suggests McCabe knew about the emails on Sept. 28 because Weiner’s attorney himself delivered the emails to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. It is not clear why.

Then acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on May 11, 2017. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

It was McCabe who led a small group at FBI headquarters on the Clinton investigation. Both Strzok and Page were in that group. Comey announced the conclusion of the investigation on July 5, 2016.

The Hill reported on Nov. 6 that Strzok changed key language in that conclusion from “grossly negligent,” which would have been a crime, to “extremely careless.” Changing the phrase may have exonerated Clinton.

The Weiner laptop turned out to have a trove of Clinton’s emails containing classified information and emails from the first three months of her term as State Secretary—emails that the FBI had not obtained before, Comey said.

But, Comey said it took until Oct. 27, 2016, for their small team to come to him and tell him about the significance of the emails. The group was only looking at the emails’ metadata—such as subject, sent date, and addressee—according to Comey, and asked him whether they should get a search warrant to look at the emails themselves, which Comey approved.

Comey told Fox News’ Bret Baier he didn’t know why it took a month for McCabe to come to him, especially given the significance of the discovery only a few weeks before the presidential election.

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on June 8, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)“I think what actually drove it was the prosecutors in New York who were working the criminal case against Weiner called down to headquarters and said, ‘Are we getting a search warrant or not for this?’ That caused, I’m sorry, Justice Department Headquarters, to then call across the street to the FBI and poke the organization; and they start to move much more quickly. I don’t know why there was, if there was slow activity, why it was slow for those first couple of weeks,” Comey said on April 26.

Indeed, at least one high-ranking Justice Department official prodded the team about the Weiner trove.

On Oct. 21, 2016, Strzok texted, “[redacted] called [because] Toscas [is] now aware NY has [Clinton-Abedin] emails via [W]einer invest[igation]. Told him we knew. Wanted to know our thoughts on getting it.”

Strzok was referring to George Toscas, deputy assistant attorney general at the Justice Department’s National Security Division.

“George wanted to ensure info got to Andy,” Strzok wrote.

It was also Toscas, who, according to The New York Times, criticised Comey for caving to Attorney General Loretta Lynch in calling the Clinton probe a “matter” instead of an investigation back in 2015.

“I guess you’re the Federal Bureau of Matters now,” Toscas said.

But it’s not clear why the New York prosecutors would call Justice Headquarters about a search warrant. They’d had a search warrant for their investigation since Sept. 26. There’s no sign they had anything to do with the Clinton investigation because that was run by the team at the FBI headquarters.

It is also not clear whether Toscas’ call was motivated by the NYPD threat of disclosure Prince talked about. Prince said the NYPD received strong pushback from Obama’s Justice Department—a threat to push charges against the NYPD in an unrelated civil rights case.

Meanwhile, the Strzok texts reveal the team had another contingency on its hands. On Oct. 24, 2016, The Wall Street Journal reported that after the Clinton probe started in July 2015, McCabe’s wife, Jill, received some $675,000 for her Virginia State Senate campaign from Clinton associate Gov. Terry McCauliffe’s political entities.

On Jan. 29, 2016, Comey appointed McCabe deputy director, putting him in charge of the Clinton investigation.

On the day Comey was briefed by the team on Oct. 27, 2016, his chief of staff, Jim Rybicki, wanted McCabe to recuse himself, the Strzok texts suggest, apparently because the public learned McCabe’s wife was getting money from the Clinton camp.

The texts also suggest Page, who was McCabe’s legal counsel, was to recuse herself too, which she apparently wasn’t thrilled about.

“I obviously don’t have to tell you how completely INFURIATED I am with Jim [Rybicki] right now,” she texted.

Later that day she added, “I Just walked in on Jim to force the issue. Me: ‘I’m not recused, but I’m not sitting in on this meeting.’” It’s not clear which meeting she was referring to.

On Oct. 28, 2016, Comey sent a letter to Congress members sitting on oversight committees informing them the Clinton investigation had resumed. The information quickly reached the media, infuriating Democrats.

The team obtained a search warrant for the laptop on Oct. 30, 2016, allowing them to retrieve it from the FBI New York Field Office.

A day later, McCabe recused himself from the investigation, codenamed “Mid Year.”

“Thanks to the wizardry of our technology, we’ve only had to personally read 6,000 [of the emails],” the team told Comey on the night of Nov. 4, he later testified before Congress. “They said, ‘we found a lot on new stuff. We did not find anything that changes our view of [Clinton’s] intent.’”

The lack of intent in being “extremely careless” with classified information was Comey’s justification for not charging Clinton back in July, 2016.

On Nov. 5, 2016, Comey sent another letter to Congress saying all the newly discovered Clinton emails had been reviewed and the previous decision stood—no charges.

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WASHINGTON — Within hours of opening an investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia in the summer of 2016, the F.B.I. dispatched a pair of agents to London on a mission so secretive that all but a handful of officials were kept in the dark.

Their assignment, which has not been previously reported, was to meet the Australian ambassador, who had evidence that one of Donald J. Trump’s advisers knew in advance about Russian election meddling. After tense deliberations between Washington and Canberra, top Australian officials broke with diplomatic protocol and allowed the ambassador, Alexander Downer, to sit for an F.B.I. interview to describe his meeting with the campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos.

The agents summarized their highly unusual interview and sent word to Washington on Aug. 2, 2016, two days after the investigation was opened. Their report helped provide the foundation for a case that, a year ago Thursday, became the special counsel investigation. But at the time, a small group of F.B.I. officials knew it by its code name: Crossfire Hurricane.

The name, a reference to the Rolling Stones lyric “I was born in a crossfire hurricane,” was an apt prediction of a political storm that continues to tear shingles off the bureau. Days after they closed their investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, agents began scrutinizing the campaign of her Republican rival. The two cases have become inextricably linked in one of the most consequential periods in the history of the F.B.I.

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This month, the Justice Department inspector general is expected to release the findings of its lengthy review of the F.B.I.’s conduct in the Clinton case. The results are certain to renew debate over decisions by the F.B.I. director at the time, James B. Comey, to publicly chastise Mrs. Clinton in a news conference, and then announce the reopening of the investigation days before Election Day. Mrs. Clinton has said those actions buried her presidential hopes.

Those decisions stand in contrast to the F.B.I.’s handling of Crossfire Hurricane. Not only did agents in that case fall back to their typical policy of silence, but interviews with a dozen current and former government officials and a review of documents show that the F.B.I. was even more circumspect in that case than has been previously known. Many of the officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.

Agents considered, then rejected, interviewing key Trump associates, which might have sped up the investigation but risked revealing the existence of the case. Top officials quickly became convinced that they would not solve the case before Election Day, which made them only more hesitant to act. When agents did take bold investigative steps, like interviewing the ambassador, they were shrouded in secrecy.

Fearful of leaks, they kept details from political appointees across the street at the Justice Department. Peter Strzok, a senior F.B.I. agent, explained in a text that Justice Department officials would find it too “tasty” to resist sharing. “I’m not worried about our side,” he wrote.

Only about five Justice Department officials knew the full scope of the case, officials said, not the dozen or more who might normally be briefed on a major national security case.

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The facts, had they surfaced, might have devastated the Trump campaign: Mr. Trump’s future national security adviser was under investigation, as was his campaign chairman. One adviser appeared to have Russian intelligence contacts. Another was suspected of being a Russian agent himself.

In the Clinton case, Mr. Comey has said he erred on the side of transparency. But in the face of questions from Congress about the Trump campaign, the F.B.I. declined to tip its hand. And when The New York Times tried to assess the state of the investigation in October 2016, law enforcement officials cautioned against drawing any conclusions, resulting in a story that significantly played down the case.

Mr. Comey has said it is unfair to compare the Clinton case, which was winding down in the summer of 2016, with the Russia case, which was in its earliest stages. He said he did not make political considerations about who would benefit from each decision.

But underpinning both cases was one political calculation: that Mrs. Clinton would win and Mr. Trump would lose. Agents feared being seen as withholding information or going too easy on her. And they worried that any overt actions against Mr. Trump’s campaign would only reinforce his claims that the election was being rigged against him.

The F.B.I. now faces those very criticisms and more. Mr. Trump says he is the victim of a politicized F.B.I. He says senior agents tried to rig the election by declining to prosecute Mrs. Clinton, then drummed up the Russia investigation to undermine his presidency. He has declared that a deeply rooted cabal — including his own appointees — is working against him.

That argument is the heart of Mr. Trump’s grievances with the federal investigation. In the face of bipartisan support for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, Mr. Trump and his allies have made a priority of questioning how the investigation was conducted in late 2016 and trying to discredit it.

“It’s a witch hunt,” Mr. Trump said last month on Fox News. “And they know that, and I’ve been able to message it.”

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Congressional Republicans, led by Representative Devin Nunes of California, have begun to dig into F.B.I. files, looking for evidence that could undermine the investigation. Much remains unknown and classified. But those who saw the investigation up close, and many of those who have reviewed case files in the past year, say that far from gunning for Mr. Trump, the F.B.I. could actually have done more in the final months of 2016 to scrutinize his campaign’s Russia ties.

“I never saw anything that resembled a witch hunt or suggested that the bureau’s approach to the investigation was politically driven,” said Mary McCord, a 20-year Justice Department veteran and the top national security prosecutor during much of the investigation’s first nine months.

Crossfire Hurricane spawned a case that has brought charges against former Trump campaign officials and more than a dozen Russians. But in the final months of 2016, agents faced great uncertainty — about the facts, and how to respond.

Anxiety at the Bureau

Crossfire Hurricane began exactly 100 days before the presidential election, but if agents were eager to investigate Mr. Trump’s campaign, as the president has suggested, the messages do not reveal it. “I cannot believe we are seriously looking at these allegations and the pervasive connections,” Mr. Strzok wrote soon after returning from London.

The mood in early meetings was anxious, former officials recalled. Agents had just closed the Clinton investigation, and they braced for months of Republican-led hearings over why she was not charged. Crossfire Hurricane was built around the same core of agents and analysts who had investigated Mrs. Clinton. None was eager to re-enter presidential politics, former officials said, especially when agents did not know what would come of the Australian information.

The question they confronted still persists: Was anyone in the Trump campaign tied to Russian efforts to undermine the election?

The F.B.I. investigated four unidentified Trump campaign aides in those early months, congressional investigators revealed in February. The four men were Michael T. Flynn, Paul Manafort, Carter Page and Mr. Papadopoulos, current and former officials said. Each was scrutinized because of his obvious or suspected Russian ties.

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Mr. Flynn, a top adviser, was paid $45,000 by the Russian government’s media arm for a 2015 speech and dined at the arm of the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin. Mr. Manafort, the campaign chairman, had lobbied for pro-Russia interests in Ukraine and worked with an associate who has been identified as having connections to Russian intelligence.

Mr. Page, a foreign policy adviser, was well known to the F.B.I. He had previously been recruited by Russian spies and was suspected of meeting one in Moscow during the campaign.

Lastly, there was Mr. Papadopoulos, the young and inexperienced campaign aide whose wine-fueled conversation with the Australian ambassador set off the investigation. Before hacked Democratic emails appeared online, he had seemed to know that Russia had political dirt on Mrs. Clinton. But even if the F.B.I. had wanted to read his emails or intercept his calls, that evidence was not enough to allow it. Many months passed, former officials said, before the F.B.I. uncovered emails linking Mr. Papadopoulos to a Russian intelligence operation.

Mr. Trump was not under investigation, but his actions perplexed the agents. Days after the stolen Democratic emails became public, he called on Russia to uncover more. Then news broke that Mr. Trump’s campaign had pushed to change the Republican platform’s stance on Ukraine in ways favorable to Russia.

The F.B.I.’s thinking crystallized by mid-August, after the C.I.A. director at the time, John O. Brennan, shared intelligence with Mr. Comey showing that the Russian government was behind an attack on the 2016 presidential election. Intelligence agencies began collaborating to investigate that operation. The Crossfire Hurricane team was part of that group but largely operated independently, three officials said.

Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, said that after studying the investigation as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, he saw no evidence of political motivation in the opening of the investigation.

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“There was a growing body of evidence that a foreign government was attempting to interfere in both the process and the debate surrounding our elections, and their job is to investigate counterintelligence,” he said in an interview. “That’s what they did.”

Abounding Criticism

Looking back, some inside the F.B.I. and the Justice Department say that Mr. Comey should have seen the political storm coming and better sheltered the bureau. They question why he consolidated the Clinton and Trump investigations at headquarters, rather than in a field office. And they say he should not have relied on the same team for both cases. That put a bull’s-eye on the heart of the F.B.I. Any misstep in either investigation made both cases, and the entire bureau, vulnerable to criticism.

And there were missteps. Andrew G. McCabe, the former deputy F.B.I. director, was cited by internal investigators for dishonesty about his conversations with reporters about Mrs. Clinton. That gave ammunition for Mr. Trump’s claims that the F.B.I. cannot be trusted. And Mr. Strzok and Lisa Page, an F.B.I. lawyer, exchanged texts criticizing Mr. Trump, allowing the president to point to evidence of bias when they became public.

The messages were unsparing. They questioned Mr. Trump’s intelligence, believed he promoted intolerance and feared he would damage the bureau.

The inspector general’s upcoming report is expected to criticize those messages for giving the appearance of bias. It is not clear, however, whether inspectors found evidence supporting Mr. Trump’s assertion that agents tried to protect Mrs. Clinton, a claim the F.B.I. has adamantly denied.

Mr. Rubio, who has reviewed many of the texts and case files, said he saw no signs that the F.B.I. wanted to undermine Mr. Trump. “There might have been individual agents that had views that, in hindsight, have been problematic for those agents,” Mr. Rubio said. “But whether that was a systemic effort, I’ve seen no evidence of it.”

Mr. Trump’s daily Twitter posts, though, offer sound-bite-sized accusations — witch hunt, hoax, deep state, rigged system — that fan the flames of conspiracy. Capitol Hill allies reliably echo those comments.

“It’s like the deep state all got together to try to orchestrate a palace coup,” Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, said in January on Fox Business Network.

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Cautious Intelligence Gathering

Counterintelligence investigations can take years, but if the Russian government had influence over the Trump campaign, the F.B.I. wanted to know quickly. One option was the most direct: interview the campaign officials about their Russian contacts.

That was discussed but not acted on, two former officials said, because interviewing witnesses or subpoenaing documents might thrust the investigation into public view, exactly what F.B.I. officials were trying to avoid during the heat of the presidential race.

“You do not take actions that will unnecessarily impact an election,” Sally Q. Yates, the former deputy attorney general, said in an interview. She would not discuss details, but added, “Folks were very careful to make sure that actions that were being taken in connection with that investigation did not become public.”

Mr. Comey was briefed regularly on the Russia investigation, but one official said those briefings focused mostly on hacking and election interference. The Crossfire Hurricane team did not present many crucial decisions for Mr. Comey to make.

Top officials became convinced that there was almost no chance they would answer the question of collusion before Election Day. And that made agents even more cautious.

The F.B.I. obtained phone records and other documents using national security letters — a secret type of subpoena — officials said. And at least one government informant met several times with Mr. Page and Mr. Papadopoulos, current and former officials said. That has become a politically contentious point, with Mr. Trump’s allies questioning whether the F.B.I. was spying on the Trump campaign or trying to entrap campaign officials.

Looking back, some at the Justice Department and the F.B.I. now believe that agents could have been more aggressive. They ultimately interviewed Mr. Papadopoulos in January 2017 and managed to keep it a secret, suggesting they could have done so much earlier.

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“There is always a high degree of caution before taking overt steps in a counterintelligence investigation,” said Ms. McCord, who would not discuss details of the case. “And that could have worked to the president’s benefit here.”

Such tactical discussions are reflected in one of Mr. Strzok’s most controversial texts, sent on Aug. 15, 2016, after a meeting in Mr. McCabe’s office.

“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way he gets elected,” Mr. Strzok wrote, “but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”

Mr. Trump says that message revealed a secret F.B.I. plan to respond to his election. “‘We’ll go to Phase 2 and we’ll get this guy out of office,’” he told The Wall Street Journal. “This is the F.B.I. we’re talking about — that is treason.”

But officials have told the inspector general something quite different. They said Ms. Page and others advocated a slower, circumspect pace, especially because polls predicted Mr. Trump’s defeat. They said that anything the F.B.I. did publicly would only give fodder to Mr. Trump’s claims on the campaign trail that the election was rigged.

Mr. Strzok countered that even if Mr. Trump’s chances of victory were low — like dying before 40 — the stakes were too high to justify inaction.

Mr. Strzok had similarly argued for a more aggressive path during the Clinton investigation, according to four current and former officials. He opposed the Justice Department’s decision to offer Mrs. Clinton’s lawyers immunity and negotiate access to her hard drives, the officials said. Mr. Strzok favored using search warrants or subpoenas instead.

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In both cases, his argument lost.

Policy and Tradition

The F.B.I. bureaucracy did agents no favors. In July, a retired British spy named Christopher Steele approached a friend in the F.B.I. overseas and provided reports linking Trump campaign officials to Russia. But the documents meandered around the F.B.I. organizational chart, former officials said. Only in mid-September, congressional investigators say, did the records reach the Crossfire Hurricane team.

Mr. Steele was gathering information about Mr. Trump as a private investigator for Fusion GPS, a firm paid by Democrats. But he was also considered highly credible, having helped agents unravel complicated cases.

In October, agents flew to Europe to interview him. But Mr. Steele had become frustrated by the F.B.I.’s slow response. He began sharing his findings in September and October with journalists at The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker and elsewhere, according to congressional testimony.

So as agents tried to corroborate Mr. Steele’s information, reporters began calling the bureau, asking about his findings. If the F.B.I. was working against Mr. Trump, as he asserts, this was an opportunity to push embarrassing information into the news media shortly before the election.

That did not happen. Most news organizations did not publish Mr. Steele’s reports or reveal the F.B.I.’s interest in them until after Election Day.

Congress was also increasingly asking questions. Mr. Brennan, the C.I.A. director, had briefed top lawmakers that summer about Russian election interference and intelligence that Moscow supported the Trump campaign — a finding that would not become public for months. Lawmakers clamored for information from Mr. Comey, who refused to answer public questions.

Many Democrats see rueful irony in this moment. Mr. Comey, after all, broke with policy and twice publicly discussed the Clinton investigation. Yet he refused repeated requests to discuss the Trump investigation.

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Mr. Comey has said he regrets his decision to chastise Mrs. Clinton as “extremely careless,” even as he announced that she should not be charged. But he stands by his decision to alert Congress, days before the election, that the F.B.I. was reopening the Clinton inquiry.

The result, though, is that Mr. Comey broke with both policy and tradition in Mrs. Clinton’s case, but hewed closely to the rules for Mr. Trump. Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said that alone proves Mr. Trump’s claims of unfairness to be “both deeply at odds with the facts, and damaging to our democracy.”

Spying in Question

Crossfire Hurricane began with a focus on four campaign officials. But by mid-fall 2016, Mr. Page’s inquiry had progressed the furthest. Agents had known Mr. Page for years. Russian spies tried to recruit him in 2013, and he was dismissive when agents warned him about it, a half-dozen current and former officials said. That warning even made its way back to Russian intelligence, leaving agents suspecting that Mr. Page had reported their efforts to Moscow.

Relying on F.B.I. information and Mr. Steele’s, prosecutors obtained court approval to eavesdrop on Mr. Page, who was no longer with the Trump campaign.

That warrant has become deeply contentious and is crucial to Republican arguments that intelligence agencies improperly used Democratic research to help justify spying on the Trump campaign. The inspector general is reviewing that claim.

Ms. Yates, the deputy attorney general under President Barack Obama, signed the first warrant application. But subsequent filings were approved by members of Mr. Trump’s own administration: the acting attorney general, Dana J. Boente, and then Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general.

“Folks are very, very careful and serious about that process,” Ms. Yates said. “I don’t know of anything that gives me any concerns.”

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After months of investigation, Mr. Papadopoulos remained largely a puzzle. And agents were nearly ready to close their investigation of Mr. Flynn, according to three current and former officials. (Mr. Flynn rekindled the F.B.I.’s interest in November 2016 by signing an op-ed article that appeared to be written on behalf of the Turkish government, and then making phone calls to the Russian ambassador that December.)

In late October, in response to questions from The Times, law enforcement officials acknowledged the investigation but urged restraint. They said they had scrutinized some of Mr. Trump’s advisers but had found no proof of any involvement with Russian hacking. The resulting article, on Oct. 31, reflected that caution and said that agents had uncovered no “conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government.”

The key fact of the article — that the F.B.I. had opened a broad investigation into possible links between the Russian government and the Trump campaign — was published in the 10th paragraph.

A year and a half later, no public evidence has surfaced connecting Mr. Trump’s advisers to the hacking or linking Mr. Trump himself to the Russian government’s disruptive efforts. But the article’s tone and headline — “Investigating Donald Trump, F.B.I. Sees No Clear Link to Russia” — gave an air of finality to an investigation that was just beginning.

Democrats say that article pre-emptively exonerated Mr. Trump, dousing chances to raise questions about the campaign’s Russian ties before Election Day.

Just as the F.B.I. has been criticized for its handling of the Trump investigation, so too has The Times.

For Mr. Steele, it dashed his confidence in American law enforcement. “He didn’t know what was happening inside the F.B.I.,” Glenn R. Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS, testified this year. “And there was a concern that the F.B.I. was being manipulated for political ends by the Trump people.”

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Two weeks before Mr. Trump’s inauguration, senior American intelligence officials briefed him at Trump Tower in Manhattan on Russian hacking and deception. They reported that Mr. Putin had tried to sow chaos in the election, undermine Mrs. Clinton and ultimately help Mr. Trump win.

Then Mr. Comey met with Mr. Trump privately, revealing the Steele reports and warning that journalists had obtained them. Mr. Comey has said he feared making this conversation a “J. Edgar Hoover-type situation,” with the F.B.I. presenting embarrassing information to lord over a president-elect.

In a contemporaneous memo, Mr. Comey wrote that he assured Mr. Trump that the F.B.I. intended to protect him on this point. “I said media like CNN had them and were looking for a news hook,” Mr. Comey wrote of Mr. Steele’s documents. “I said it was important that we not give them the excuse to write that the F.B.I. had the material.”

Mr. Trump was not convinced — either by the Russia briefing or by Mr. Comey’s assurances. He made up his mind before Mr. Comey even walked in the door. Hours earlier, Mr. Trump told The Times that stories about Russian election interference were being pushed by his adversaries to distract from his victory.

And he debuted what would quickly become a favorite phrase: “This is a political witch hunt.”

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An earlier version of this article misstated that news organizations did not report on the findings of the retired British spy Christopher Steele about links between Trump campaign officials and Russia. While most news organizations whose reporters met with Mr. Steele did not publish such reports before the 2016 election, Mother Jones magazine did.

Reporting was contributed by Michael S. Schmidt, Sharon LaFraniere, Mark Mazzetti and Matthew Rosenberg.

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An extremely strange episode that has engulfed official Washington over the last two weeks came to a truly bizarre conclusion on Friday night. And it revolves around a long-time, highly sketchy CIA operative, Stefan Halper.

Four decades ago, Halper was responsible for a long-forgotten spying scandal involving the 1980 election, in which the Reagan campaign – using CIA officials managed by Halper, reportedly under the direction of former CIA Director and then-Vice-Presidential candidate George H.W. Bush – got caught running a spying operation from inside the Carter administration. The plot involved CIA operatives passing classified information about Carter’s foreign policy to Reagan campaign officials in order to ensure the Reagan campaign knew of any foreign policy decisions that Carter was considering.

Over the past several weeks, House Republicans have been claiming that the FBI during the 2016 election used an operative to spy on the Trump campaign, and they triggered outrage within the FBI by trying to learn his identity. The controversy escalated when President Trump joined the fray on Friday morning. “Reports are there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president,” Trump tweeted, adding: “It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a “hot” Fake News story. If true – all time biggest political scandal!”

In response, the DOJ and the FBI’s various media spokespeople did not deny the core accusation, but quibbled with the language (the FBI used an “informant,” not a “spy”), and then began using increasingly strident language to warn that exposing his name would jeopardize his life and those of others, and also put American national security at grave risk. On May 8, the Washington Post described the informant as “a top-secret intelligence source” and cited DOJ officials as arguing that disclosure of his name “could risk lives by potentially exposing the source, a U.S. citizen who has provided intelligence to the CIA and FBI.”

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner, who spent much of last week working to ensure confirmation of Trump’s choice to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, actually threatened his own colleagues in Congress with criminal prosecution if they tried to obtain the identity of the informant. “Anyone who is entrusted with our nation’s highest secrets should act with the gravity and seriousness of purpose that knowledge deserves,” Warner said.

But now, as a result of some very odd choices by the nation’s largest media outlets, everyone knows the name of the FBI’s informant: Stefan Halper. And Halper’s history is quite troubling, particularly his central role in the scandal in the 1980 election. Equally troubling are the DOJ and FBI’s highly inflammatory and, at best, misleading claims that they made to try to prevent Halper’s identity from being reported.

To begin with, it’s obviously notable that the person the FBI used to monitor the Trump campaign is the same person who worked as a CIA operative running that 1980 Presidential election spying campaign.

It was not until several years after Reagan’s victory over Carter did this scandal emerge. It was leaked by right-wing officials inside the Reagan administration who wanted to undermine officials they regarded as too moderate, including then White House Chief of Staff James Baker, who was a Bush loyalist.

The NYT in 1983 said the Reagan campaign spying operation “involved a number of retired Central Intelligence Agency officials and was highly secretive.” The article, by then-NYT reporter Leslie Gelb, added that its “sources identified Stefan A. Halper, a campaign aide involved in providing 24-hour news updates and policy ideas to the traveling Reagan party, as the person in charge.” Halper, now 73, had also worked with Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, and Alexander Haig as part of the Nixon administration.

When the scandal first broke in 1983, the UPI suggested that Halper’s handler for this operation was Reagan’s Vice Presidential candidate, George H.W. Bush, who had been the CIA Director and worked there with Halper’s father-in-law, former CIA Deputy Director Ray Cline, who worked on Bush’s 1980 presidential campaign before Bush ultimately became Reagan’s Vice President. It quoted a former Reagan campaign official as blaming the leak on “conservatives [who] are trying to manipulate the Jimmy Carter papers controversy to force the ouster of White House Chief of Staff James Baker.”

Halper, through his CIA work, has extensive ties to the Bush family. Few remember that the CIA’s perceived meddling in the 1980 election – its open support for its former Director, George H.W. Bush to become President – was a somewhat serious political controversy. And Halper was in that middle of that, too.

In 1980, the Washington Post published an article reporting on the extremely unusual and quite aggressive involvement of the CIA in the 1980 presidential campaign. “Simply put, no presidential campaign in recent memory — perhaps ever — has attracted as much support from the intelligence community as the campaign of former CIA director Bush,” the article said.

Though there was nothing illegal about ex-CIA officials uniting to put a former CIA Director in the Oval Office, the paper said “there are some rumblings of uneasiness in the intelligence network.” It specifically identified Cline as one of the most prominent CIA official working openly for Bush, noting that he “recommended his son-in-law, Stefan A. Halper, a former Nixon White House aide, be hired as Bush’s director of policy development and research.”

In 2016, top officials from the intelligence community similarly rallied around Hillary Clinton. As The Intercept has previously documented:

Former acting CIA Director Michael Morell not only endorsed Clinton in the New York Times but claimed that “Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.” George W. Bush’s CIA and NSA director, Gen. Michael Hayden, pronounced Trump a “clear and present danger” to U.S. national security and then, less than a week before the election, went to the Washington Post to warn that “Donald Trump really does sound a lot like Vladimir Putin” and said Trump is “the useful fool, some naif, manipulated by Moscow, secretly held in contempt, but whose blind support is happily accepted and exploited.”

So as it turns out, the informant used by the FBI in 2016 to gather information on the Trump campaign was not some previously unknown, top-secret asset whose exposure as an operative could jeopardize lives. Quite the contrary: his decades of work for the CIA – including his role in an obviously unethical if not criminal spying operation during the 1980 presidential campaign – is quite publicly known.

And now, as a result of some baffling choices by the nation’s largest news organizations as well as their anonymous sources inside the U.S. Government, Stefan Halper’s work for the FBI during the 2016 is also publicly known

Last night, both the Washington Post and New York Times – whose reporters, like pretty much everyone in Washington, knew exactly who the FBI informant is – published articles that, while deferring to the FBI’s demands by not naming him, provided so many details about him that it made it extremely easy to know exactly who it is. The NYT described the FBI informant as “an American academic who teaches in Britain” and who “made contact late that summer with” George Papadopoulos and “also met repeatedly in the ensuing months with the other aide, Carter Page.” The Post similarly called him “a retired American professor” who met with Page “at a symposium about the White House race held at a British university.”

In contrast to the picture purposely painted by the DOJ and its allies that this informant was some of sort super-secret, high-level, covert intelligence asset, the NYT described him as what he actually is: “the informant is well known in Washington circles, having served in previous Republican administrations and as a source of information for the C.I.A. in past years.”

Despite how “well known” he is in Washington, and despite publishing so many details about him that anyone with Google would be able to instantly know his name, the Post and the NYT nonetheless bizarrely refused to identity him, with the Post justifying its decision that it “is not reporting his name following warnings from U.S. intelligence officials that exposing him could endanger him or his contacts.” The NYT was less melodramatic about it, citing a general policy: the NYT “has learned the source’s identity but typically does not name informants to preserve their safety,” it said.

In other words, both the NYT and the Post chose to provide so many details about the FBI informant that everyone would know exactly who it was, while coyly pretending that they were obeying FBI demands not to name him. How does that make sense? Either these newspapers believe the FBI’s grave warnings that national security and lives would be endangered if it were known who they used as their informant (in which case those papers should not publish any details that would make his exposure likely), or they believe that the FBI (as usual) was just invoking false national security justifications to hide information it unjustly wants to keep from the public (in which case the newspapers should name him).

In any event, publication of those articles by the NYT and Post last night made it completely obvious who the FBI informant was, because the Daily Caller’s investigative reporter Chuck Ross on Thursday had published an article reporting that a long-time CIA operative who is now a professor at Cambridge repeatedly met with Papadopoulos and Page. The article, in its opening paragraph, named the professor, Stefan Halper, and described him as “a University of Cambridge professor with CIA and MI6 contacts.”

Ross’ article, using public information, recounted at length Halper’s long-standing ties to the CIA, including the fact that his father-in-law, Ray Cline, was a top CIA official during the Cold War, and that Halper himself had long worked with both the CIA and its British counterpart, the MI6. As Ross wrote: “at Cambridge, Halper has worked closely with Dearlove, the former chief of MI6. In recent years they have directed the Cambridge Security Initiative, a non-profit intelligence consulting group that lists ‘UK and US government agencies’ among its clients.”

Both the NYT and Washington Post reporters boasted, with seeming pride, about the fact that they did not name the informant even as they published all the details which made it simple to identify him. But NBC News – citing Ross’ report and other public information – decided to name him, while stressing that it has not confirmed that he actually worked as an FBI informant:

The professor who met with both Page and Papadopoulos is Stefan Halper, a former official in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations who has been a paid consultant to an internal Pentagon think tank known as the Office of Net Assessment, consulting on Russia and China issues, according to public records.

There is nothing inherently untoward, or even unusual, about the FBI using informants in an investigation. One would expect them to do so. But the use of Halper in this case, and the bizarre claims made to conceal his identity, do raise some questions that merit further inquiry.

To begin with, the New York Times reported in December of last year that the FBI investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia began when George Papadopoulos drunkenly boasted to an Australian diplomat about Russian dirt on Hillary Clinton. It was the disclosure of this episode by the Australians that “led the F.B.I. to open an investigation in July 2016 into Russia’s attempts to disrupt the election and whether any of President Trump’s associates conspired,” the NYT claimed.

But it now seems clear that Halper’s attempts to gather information for the FBI began before that. “The professor’s interactions with Trump advisers began a few weeks before the opening of the investigation, when Page met the professor at the British symposium,” the Post reported. While it’s not rare for the FBI to gather information before formally opening an investigation, Halper’s earlier snooping does call into question the accuracy of the NYT’s claim that it was the drunken Papadopoulos ramblings that first prompted the FBI’s interest in these possible connections. And it suggests that CIA operatives, apparently working with at least some factions within the FBI, were trying to gather information about the Trump campaign earlier than had been previously reported.

Then there are questions about what appear to be some fairly substantial government payments to Halper throughout 2016. Halper continues to be listed as a “vendor” by websites that track payments by the federal government to private contractors.

Earlier this week, records of payments were found that were made during 2016 to Halper by the Department of Defense’s Office of Net Assessment, though it not possible from these records to know the exact work for which these payments were made. The Pentagon office that paid Halper in 2016, according to a 2015 Washington Post story on its new duties, “reports directly to Secretary of Defense and focuses heavily on future threats, has a $10 million budget.”

It is difficult to understand how identifying someone whose connections to the CIA is a matter of such public record, and who has a long and well-known history of working on spying programs involving presidential elections on behalf of the intelligence community, could possibly endanger lives or lead to grave national security harm. It isn’t as though Halper has been some sort of covert, stealth undercover asset for the CIA who just got exposed. Quite the contrary: that he’s a spy embedded in the U.S. intelligence community would be known to anyone with internet access.

Equally strange are the semantic games which journalists are playing in order to claim that this revelation disproves, rather than proves, Trump’s allegation that the FBI “spied” on his campaign. This bizarre exchange between CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski and the New York Times’ Trip Gabriel vividly illustrates the strange machinations used by journalists to justify how all of this is being characterized:

Despite what Halper actually is, the FBI and its dutiful mouthpieces have spent weeks using the most desperate language to try to hide Halper’s identity and the work he performed as part of the 2016 election. Here was the deeply emotional reaction to last night’s story from Brookings’ Benjamin Wittes, who has become a social media star by parlaying his status as Jim Comey’s best friend and long-time loyalist to security state agencies into a leading role in pushing the Trump/Russia story:

Wittes’ claim that all of this resulted in the “outing” of some sort of sensitive “intelligence source” is preposterous given how publicly known Halper’s role as a CIA operative has been for decades. But this is the scam that the FBI and people like Mark Warner have been running for two weeks: deceiving people into believing that exposing Halper’s identity would create grave national security harm by revealing some previously unknown intelligence asset.

Wittes also implies that it was Trump and Devin Nunes who are responsible for Halper’s exposure but he almost certainly has no idea of who the sources are for the NYT or the Washington Post. And note that Wittes is too cowardly to blame the institutions that actually made it easy to identify Halper – the New York Times and Washington Post – preferring instead to exploit the opportunity to depict the enemies of his friend Jim Comey as traitors.

Whatever else is true, the CIA operative and FBI informant used to gather information on the Trump campaign in the 2016 campaign has, for weeks, been falsely depicted as a sensitive intelligence asset rather than what he actually is: a long-time CIA operative with extensive links to the Bush family who was responsible for a dirty and likely illegal spying operation in the 1980 presidential election. For that reason, it’s easy to understand why many people in Washington were so desperate to conceal his identity, but that desperation had nothing to do with the lofty and noble concerns for national security they claimed were motivating them.

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WASHINGTON — President Trump accused the F.B.I. on Friday, without evidence, of sending a spy to secretly infiltrate his 2016 campaign “for political purposes” even before the bureau had any inkling of the “phony Russia hoax.”

In fact, F.B.I. agents sent an informant to talk to two campaign advisers only after they received evidence that the pair had suspicious contacts linked to Russia during the campaign. The informant, an American academic who teaches in Britain, made contact late that summer with one campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, according to people familiar with the matter. He also met repeatedly in the ensuing months with the other aide, Carter Page, who was also under F.B.I. scrutiny for his ties to Russia.

The role of the informant is at the heart of the newest battle between top law enforcement officials and Mr. Trump’s congressional allies over the F.B.I.’s most politically charged investigations in decades. The lawmakers, who say they are concerned that federal investigators are abusing their authority, have demanded documents from the Justice Department about the informant.

Law enforcement officials have refused, saying that handing over the documents would imperil both the source’s anonymity and safety. The New York Times has learned the source’s identity but typically does not name informants to preserve their safety.

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Democrats say the Republicans’ real aim is to undermine the special counsel investigation. Senior law enforcement officials have also privately expressed concern that the Republicans are digging into F.B.I. files for information they can weaponize against the Russia inquiry.

Over the past two days, Mr. Trump has used speculative news reports about the informant, mostly from conservative media, to repeatedly assail the Russia investigation.

“Reports are there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president,” he wrote on Twitter on Friday. “It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a ‘hot’ Fake News story. If true — all time biggest political scandal!”

No evidence has emerged that the informant acted improperly when the F.B.I. asked for help in gathering information on the former campaign advisers, or that agents veered from the F.B.I.’s investigative guidelines and began a politically motivated inquiry, which would be illegal.

But agents were leery of disrupting the presidential campaign again after the F.B.I. had announced in a high-profile news conference that it had closed the case involving Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, according to current and former law enforcement officials.

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After opening the Russia inquiry about a month later, they took steps, those officials said, to ensure that details of the inquiry were more closely held than even in a typical national security investigation, including the use of the informant to suss out information from the unsuspecting targets. Sending F.B.I. agents to interview them could have created additional risk that the investigation’s existence would seep into view in the final weeks of a heated presidential race.

F.B.I. officials concluded they had the legal authority to open the investigation after receiving information that Mr. Papadopoulos was told that Moscow had compromising information on Mrs. Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails,” months before WikiLeaks released stolen messages from Democratic officials. As part of the operation, code-named Crossfire Hurricane, the F.B.I. also began investigating Mr. Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and his future national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn.

Details about the informant’s relationship with the F.B.I. remain scant. It is not clear how long the relationship existed and whether the F.B.I. paid the source or assigned the person to other cases.

Informants take great risks when working for intelligence services, Christopher A. Wray, the F.B.I. director, testified before Congress on Wednesday. Their identities must not be exposed, he said, hinting at congressional efforts to obtain the name of the source. “The day that we can’t protect human sources is the day the American people start becoming less safe.”

One of Mr. Trump’s lawyers, Rudolph W. Giuliani, acknowledged on Friday that neither the president nor his legal team knew with certainty that the F.B.I. had implanted a spy in the Trump campaign, as he and the president had alleged.

“I don’t know for sure, nor does the president, if there really was one,” Mr. Giuliani said on CNN. “For a long time, we’ve been told there was some kind of infiltration.”

The informant is well known in Washington circles, having served in previous Republican administrations and as a source of information for the C.I.A. in past years, according to one person familiar with the source’s work.

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F.B.I. agents were seeking more details about what Mr. Papadopoulos knew about the hacked Democratic emails, and one month after their Russia investigation began, Mr. Papadopoulos received a curious message. The academic inquired about his interest in writing a research paper on a disputed gas field in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, a subject of Mr. Papadopoulos’s expertise.

The informant offered a $3,000 honorarium for the paper and a paid trip to London, where the two could meet and discuss the research project.

“I understand that this is rather sudden but thought that given your expertise it might be of interest to you,” the informant wrote in a message to Mr. Papadopoulos, sent on Sept. 2, 2016.

Mr. Papadopoulos accepted the offer and arrived in London two weeks later, where he met for several days with the academic and one of his assistants, a young woman.

Over drinks and dinner one evening at a high-end London hotel, the F.B.I. informant raised the subject of the hacked Democratic National Committee emails that had spilled into public view earlier that summer, according to a person familiar with the conversation. The source noted how helpful they had been to the Trump campaign, and asked Mr. Papadopoulos whether he knew anything about Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Mr. Papadopoulos replied that he had no insight into the Russian campaign — despite being told months earlier that the Russians had dirt on Mrs. Clinton in the form of thousands of her emails. His response clearly annoyed the informant, who tried to press Mr. Papadopoulos about what he might know about the Russian effort, according to the person.

The assistant also raised the subject of Russia and the Clinton emails during a separate conversation over drinks with Mr. Papadopoulos, and again he denied he knew anything about Russian attempts to disrupt the election.

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After the trip to London, Mr. Papadopoulos wrote the 1,500-word research paper and was paid for his work. He did not hear again from the informant.

Mr. Page, a Navy veteran, served briefly as an adviser to Mr. Trump’s campaign until September 2016. He said that he first encountered the informant during a conference in mid-July of 2016 and that they stayed in touch. The two later met several times in the Washington area. Mr. Page said their interactions were benign.

The two last exchanged emails in September 2017, about a month before a secret warrant to surveil Mr. Page expired after being repeatedly renewed by a federal judge. Mr. Trump’s congressional allies have also assailed the surveillance, accusing law enforcement officials, with little evidence, of abusing their authority and spying on the Trump campaign.

The informant also had contacts with Mr. Flynn, the retired Army general who was Mr. Trump’s first national security adviser. The two met in February 2014, when Mr. Flynn was running the Defense Intelligence Agency and attended the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar, an academic forum for former spies and researchers that meets a few times a year.

According to people familiar with Mr. Flynn’s visit to the intelligence seminar, the source was alarmed by the general’s apparent closeness with a Russian woman who was also in attendance. The concern was strong enough that it prompted another person to pass on a warning to the American authorities that Mr. Flynn could be compromised by Russian intelligence, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Two years later, in late 2016, the seminar itself was embroiled in a scandal about Russian spying. A number of its organizers resigned over what they said was a Kremlin-backed attempt to take control of the group.

Reporting was contributed by Nicholas Fandos, Sharon LaFraniere, Katie Benner and Eileen Sullivan.

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This is just insane.

The FBI and Department of Justice has been fighting tooth and nail to not tell Congress the identity of the informant they used to gather intelligence on the Trump campaign. And their allies in Congress and elsewhere have chimed in with all manner of ridiculous and bullsh** threats directed at Devin Nunes…though not at Trey Gowdy who is working with Nunes to identify this FBI source. A reflexively leftwing law professor (but I repeat myself) made this astonishing statement tonight:

This is just stupid. The law clearly defines who it covers as employees of an intelligence agency. This does not cover informants or sources and intelligence agencies are forbidden by law from collecting information on US persons. And the very idea that the Department of Justice is going to okay a grand jury investigation and indictment of a member of Congress when the FBI has leaked the same information to multiple media outlets is simply insane.

The ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee made a similar threat today:

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee warned Friday that his colleagues could be committing a crime if they obtain the identity of a secret FBI source and use it to undermine the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) raised the alarm in a Friday evening statement, as Republican allies of President Donald Trump have pressed the Justice Department for details about a source believed to have aided the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Trump campaign contacts with Russians.

“It would be at best irresponsible, and at worst potentially illegal, for members of Congress to use their positions to learn the identity of an FBI source for the purpose of undermining the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in our election,” Warner said. “Anyone who is entrusted with our nation’s highest secrets should act with the gravity and seriousness of purpose that knowledge deserves.”

If Warner were truly concerned about irresponsible or illegal he’s be worried about the FBI and Justice because they have effectively outed their informant. Last week, there was speculation that the informant was a US academic teaching at Cambridge named Stefan Halper. He had a connection to US intelligence. He had a friendship with a retired head of MI6. He contacted George Papadopoulos out of the blue and paid for his flight to London in addition to several thousand dollars for a “research paper.” Papadopoulos broke off contact with Halper started asking about Clinton emails. Halper struck up a friendship with Carter Page.

Today, the FBI and Justice go back the the leak well and give us enough information that we can say pretty conclusively that Halper is the man.

Secret FBI source for Russia investigation met with three Trump advisers during campaign.

In mid-July 2016, a retired American professor approached an adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign at a symposium about the White House race held at a British university.

The professor took the opportunity to strike up a conversation with Carter Page, whom Trump had named a few months earlier as a foreign policy adviser.

The Washington Post — after speaking with people familiar with his role — has confirmed the identity of the FBI source who assisted the investigation, but is not reporting his name following warnings from U.S. intelligence officials that exposing him could endanger him or his contacts.

Page recalled his conversation with the professor as pleasant, if not particularly memorable. It was the first interaction they ever had, he said.

Page and the FBI informant stayed in touch after the conference, meeting several times in the Washington area, Page said. Page said he did not recall exactly what the two men discussed.

People familiar with his outreach to Papadopoulos said it was done as part of the FBI’s investigation. The young foreign-policy adviser had been on the radar of the FBI since the summer, and inside the campaign had been pushing Trump and his aides to meet with Russian officials.

[Trump campaign emails show aide’s repeated efforts to set up Russia meetings]

“Please pardon my sudden intrusion just before the Labor Day weekend,” the professor wrote to Papadopoulos in a message described to The Post.

He said he was leading a project examining relations between Turkey and the European Union. He offered to pay Papadopoulos $3,000 to write a paper about the oil fields off the coast of Turkey, Israel and Cyprus, “a topic on which you are a recognized expert.”

Here the FBI claims that they are trying to protect this guy’s identity but they give it to the Washington Post who then calls people to ask them about their contacts with the source.

And apparently Trump’s tweet today on the subject acted like catnip for the New York Ties because this

yielded this:

F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims.

Law enforcement officials have refused, saying that handing over the documents would imperil both the source’s anonymity and safety. The New York Times has learned the source’s identity but typically does not name informants to preserve their safety.

The informant is well known in Washington circles, having served in previous Republican administrations and as a source of information for the C.I.A. in past years, according to one person familiar with the source’s work.

F.B.I. agents were seeking more details about what Mr. Papadopoulos knew about the hacked Democratic emails, and one month after their Russia investigation began, Mr. Papadopoulos received a curious message. The academic inquired about his interest in writing a research paper on a disputed gas field in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, a subject of Mr. Papadopoulos’s expertise.

The informant offered a $3,000 honorarium for the paper and a paid trip to London, where the two could meet and discuss the research project.

“I understand that this is rather sudden but thought that given your expertise it might be of interest to you,” the informant wrote in a message to Mr. Papadopoulos, sent on Sept. 2, 2016.

Mr. Page, a Navy veteran, served briefly as an adviser to Mr. Trump’s campaign until September 2016. He said that he first encountered the informant during a conference in mid-July of 2016 and that they stayed in touch. The two later met several times in the Washington area. Mr. Page said their interactions were benign.

The two last exchanged emails in September 2017, about a month before a secret warrant to surveil Mr. Page expired after being repeatedly renewed by a federal judge. Mr. Trump’s congressional allies have also assailed the surveillance, accusing law enforcement officials, with little evidence, of abusing their authority and spying on the Trump campaign.

The informant also had contacts with Mr. Flynn, the retired Army general who was Mr. Trump’s first national security adviser. The two met in February 2014, when Mr. Flynn was running the Defense Intelligence Agency and attended the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar, an academic forum for former spies and researchers that meets a few times a year.

The identity of the informant could not be more clear. And the identification didn’t come from a leak by Congress, it came from multiple leaks by the FBI and DOJ who are burning Halper to the ground for their own reasons And I think those reasons will be come abundantly clear as the DOJ IG finishes up his investigations.

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The Operation Crossfire Hurricane

It looks like the subject of separation of the Counterintelligence Services from the FBI, for a number of the important reasons, some of which were listed by Schindler comes up periodically and persistently, and this subject might be at the height of priorities in the light of the present situation. If the FBI concentrates on the Criminal Justice issues and lets the highly trained, highly professional, elite service of Counterintelligence specialists do their job properly and in more insulated fashion, it might be good for both. Apparently, the issues are complex, and who am I to dispense advice? However, I agree with the major thrust of Shindler’s article wholeheartedly. The need for reforms in this field appears to be apparent, urgent, and probably critical. Mr. Evanina appears to be quite skilled and suitable for the job, with its enormous challenges. I wish our new Intelligence chiefs Good Luck, we need it. 

The need for the urgent CounterIntelligence Reform is underscored harmoniously by the perturbations and the vicissitudes of the “Operation Crossfire Hurricane” itself. Apparently, it happened to be somewhat more than just “Jumping Jack Flash”, as everyone was so sure, and somewhat more and more substantive than just “a gas”, lyricized in the song

And now someone has to clean the fan or to buy a new one. 

“Historically, most of the criticism of the FBI has come from civil libertarians and the Left, whereas more recently attacks on the Bureau have shifted to stemming from the Right, specifically fans of the Trump administration, who in an unhinged fashion have compared the FBI to Nazis and the KGB”, Schindler writes. 

The interesting point is that keeping the domestic intelligence services and the law enforcement services “under one roof”, in a centralized hierarchical fashion, was a structural feature of the KGB, and now FSB, with its newly adopted branching out into foreign intelligence services; and it is a feature of the authoritarian regimes. This combined structure makes them very powerful but somewhat clumsy, slow, and inefficient, due to the centralized bureaucratic pressures. This arrangement might be “an accident of American history”, indeed: 

“As both the leading federal law enforcement agency and our top domestic intelligence agency, the FBI occupies a uniquely powerful position in our country. This si