January 10, 2022

Report: FBI Inexplicably Removed Armed Capitol Rioters from Most Wanted List

According to a report from the Washington Examiner, the FBI won’t explain why three individuals who participated in the January 6 Capitol riot disappeared from its Capitol Violence Most Wanted list.

One of the unidentified men, dubbed #GingerGun by online sleuths, wore an earpiece and carried what appeared to be a concealed handgun on his left hip. The Examiner claims he was pictured on the FBI’s list for more than five months before being removed without explanation on the same day the New York Times reported that an FBI informant was at the Capitol on the day of the incident.

Video footage showed another unidentified man, dubbed #HarleyJacketBatonMan, beating police officers with a baton. He was on the FBI’s list for assaulting a federal law enforcement officer before the agency inexplicably removed him in late February — just a few weeks after adding him.

Footage showed the third man, Ray Epps, urging supporters of then-President Donald Trump to breach the Capitol to prevent the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory.

The FBI did not arrest or charge Epps, and they removed him from their list on July 1, 2021. The move “fueled speculation from a member of the House Judiciary Committee that Epps may have agitated people to storm the Capitol at the behest of the FBI.”

Footage from January 5 shows Epps, a former president of the Arizona Oath Keepers militia group, urging a crowd of Trump supporters to “go into the Capitol” the next day, spurring responses from the crowd alleging that he was a federal plant.

According to the Washington Examiner, as Trump spoke outside the White House the next day, Epps corralled people toward the Capitol. “He was also part of the first group of rioters to break through a police barrier on Capitol grounds.”

According to the report:

Only 13 suspects have been removed from the FBI's Capitol Violence Most Wanted list, launched two days after the riot to solicit help from the public in identifying rioters. Hundreds of individuals on the list have been identified, but they remain on the list with a notice they have been arrested.

Online sleuths identified removed suspects 311 and 312 as photojournalists. Two removed suspects were minors. Removed suspect 236 identified herself as a 17-year-old girl to a reporter during the riot, and online sleuths identified removed suspect 310 as a minor. Removed suspect 257 was identified as Andrew Taake of Texas, who was arrested and charged by federal authorities in July. Removed suspects 36, 37, 197, and 198 remain on the list under different numbers.

Removed suspect 171 was identified as Evan Neumann of California, who is currently listed on another FBI most wanted list. Neumann allegedly assaulted police officers with a metal barricade during the riot. He fled the country in February and is currently believed to be in Belarus, according to the FBI notice. Neumann was indicted on Dec. 10 on 14 counts.

During an October hearing, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) presented Attorney General Merrick Garland with video footage of Epps encouraging people to enter the Capitol on January 5 and 6. Massie said Garland “refused to comment on how many agents or assets of the federal government were present in the crowd on [January 5 and 6] and how many entered the Capitol.”


Federal authorities won’t say why armed Capitol rioters disappeared from FBI’s most wanted list

January 10, 2022

Treasure Hunters Sue for Records on FBI’s Civil War Gold Dig

Two treasure hunters who claim they found a huge cache of Civil War-era gold filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the FBI’s excavation records.

Finders Keepers, a Pennsylvania-based lost treasure locate and recovery service, seeks to obtain records of the FBI’s dig for the gold in 2018.

Dennis and Kem Parada, the owners of Finders Keepers, spent years looking for a supposed 1863 shipment of Union gold that went missing en route to the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. According to local legend, both the loot and the troops escorting it went missing. Previous accounts of the shipment estimate 26 to 52 gold bars, each weighing 50 pounds, with a value of $50 million.

The Paradas claim they found a large mass of metal in a particular area and contacted the FBI for assistance. The agency sent a contractor to the site to investigate.

In an affidavit unsealed in June 2021, Jacob Archer of the FBI’s art crime team wrote: “I have probable cause to believe that a significant cache of gold is secreted in the underground cave” in Dent’s Run, holding “one or more tons.”

The pair accompanied the FBI to the site in 2018 but were told to stay in the vehicle. The FBI later claimed the dig came up empty.

With their lawsuit, the Paradas hope that the unsealing of relevant documents will enable them to receive a portion of the fabled treasure.

“With its request, Plaintiff seeks to confirm the FBI’s recovery of Civil War-era gold buried in the mountains of Pennsylvania, based in significant part on scientific evidence of the gold’s existence that Plaintiff provided the FBI,” the lawsuit reads.


Treasure hunters demand answers from FBI about search for civil war-era gold

November 13, 2021

Judge orders FBI to stop spying on Project Veritas leader amid leaks to NYT

A federal judge ordered the FBI to stop the “extraction and review” of information on Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe’s phone.

Last week, the bureau raided O’Keefe’s home and other Project Veritas members as part of an investigation into the alleged theft of Ashley Biden’s diary. O’Keefe has denied that it was stolen.

“Late last year, we were approached by tipsters claiming they had a copy of Ashley Biden’s diary,” O’Keefe said. “The tipsters indicated that they were negotiating with a different media outlet for the payment of monies for the diary.”

The organization ultimately decided not to publish the diary’s contents, which allegedly belonged to President Joe Biden’s daughter, because they couldn’t authenticate it.

“At the end of the day, we made the ethical decision that because, in part, we could not determine if the diary was real, if the diary in fact belonged to Ashley Biden, or if the contents of the diary occurred, we could not publish the diary and any part thereof.”

On Friday, Judge Analisa Torres issued an order to the FBI to refrain from extracting and reviewing information from O’Keefe’s phone.

However, the bureau had already leaked its contents to the New York Times.

“Something tells me that the Federal judge who ordered the FBI to stop removing files from Project Veritas devices is going to have some questions as to how attorney-client privileged communications were removed from those devices and sent to the NYT,” media personality Mike Cernovich wrote on Twitter.


Judge Orders FBI To Stop “Extracting” Data From Veritas Devices Amid Mystery Leaks To NYT

November 11, 2021

FBI searches Project Veritas founder’s home over Ashley Biden’s diary

The Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the New York home of Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe over the weekend.

“I awoke to the news that apartments and homes of Project Veritas journalists, or former journalists, had been raided by FBI agents. It appears the Southern District of New York now has journalists in their sights for the supposed ‘crime’ of doing their jobs lawfully and honestly. Or at least, this journalist,” O’Keefe wrote on the Project Veritas website.

An FBI spokesperson told the New York Times it had “performed law enforcement activity” in O’Keefe’s building on Saturday but did not elaborate further.

The previous day, O’Keefe said that the Justice Department was investigating Project Veritas over the allegedly stolen diary of Ashley Biden, President Joe Biden’s 40-year-old daughter.

Project Veritas, a right-wing activist group, said it at one point had the diary after receiving it from “tipsters” who claimed they found it in a room Ashley had used. O’Keefe said the group attempted to return it to her, but her lawyer “refused to authenticate it,” so they handed it over to law enforcement.

O’Keefe said the group refrained from publishing the diary’s contents because they were unable to authenticate it.

“In what world is the alleged theft of a diary investigated by the President’s FBI and his Department of Justice? A diary! This federal investigation smacks of politics,” O’Keefe wrote.

In Oct. 2020, the Times reported that Ashley Biden informed the Justice Department that her house was burglarized and several personal items were stolen. The DOJ opened an inquiry into the incident.

While Project Veritas didn’t publish the diary, some of its handwritten pages were posted on a right-wing website shortly before last year’s presidential election. According to the Times, the posting was essentially ignored by the mainstream media.

The FBI’s search of O’Keefe’s apartment was preceded by the raid of two of his associates on Thursday.

O’Keefe said that the subpoena and raids were attempts to “silence” him and his peers.

“Our efforts were the stuff of responsible, ethical journalism, and we are in no doubt that Project Veritas acted properly at each and every step,” he said in a video statement posted Friday.


FBI. Searches James O’Keefe’s Home in Ashley Biden Diary Theft Inquiry

November 4, 2021

FBI releases trove of declassified documents on Sept. 11

On Wednesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a trove of declassified documents about its probe into a possible connection between the Saudi government and the Sept. 11 attacks.

In an investigation that spanned more than a decade, agents looked into whether three Saudi nationals had advanced knowledge of the attacks.

According to an FBI memo from May that closed out the probe, ultimately, investigators didn’t find enough evidence to charge any of the three for illegally supporting the hijackers. The FBI noted that al-Qaida “did not make the attack plans known in advance to others.”

“Specifically, in relation to the 9/11 attacks, the hijackers knew there was a martyrdom operation, but did not know about the nature of the operation until shortly before the attack for operational security reasons,” the memo reads. Though, it’s not clear how the FBI reached this conclusion as all the hijackers died in the attack.

Families of victims and surviving victims of the Sept. 11 attacks have long requested the release of the documents as they sue in federal court to try to prove the Saudi government was complicit, which Riyadh officials have staunchly denied.

The documents reveal a years-long hunt for information on possible involvement by the Saudi government and scrutinize support given by Saudi nationals in the US to the first two hijackers to arrive, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar.

A lawyer for the victims’ families, Andrew Maloney, said the FBI “now released a substantial amount of very incriminating documents regarding the Saudi government’s role in helping al-Qaida and these two hijackers in particular.”


FBI releases declassified documents on Sept. 11 attacks

October 9, 2021

FBI weighs in on new Zodiac Killer information

After an independent group of cold-case investigators announced they’d discovered the Zodiac Killer’s identity, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) confirmed that the case “remains open and unsolved.”

“The FBI’s investigation into the Zodiac Killer remains open and unsolved,” FBI officials said in a statement. “Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, and out of respect for the victims and their families, we will not be providing further comment at this time.”

Case Breakers, a team consisting of over 40 former law enforcement officials, identified the Zodiac Killer as Gary Francis Poste, an Air Force veteran who died in 2018.

The group also said they have evidence that linked Poste to a sixth murder in 1966 — roughly two years before the Zodiac Killer’s first victim on record. Case Breakers believe that Poste killed Cheri Jo Bates, 18, on the Riverside City College campus. However, Riverside police said they’ve already debunked that theory.

“Is there a chance that [Poste] killed Cheri Jo Bates? No,” officer Ryan Railsback said. “If you read what they put out, it’s all circumstantial evidence. It’s not a whole lot.”


Zodiac Killer case remains ‘open and unsolved,’ FBI says

October 6, 2021

FBI raids New York police union led by chief who leaked arrests of de Blasio’s daughter

Federal agents raided the offices of a New York City police union, the Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA), and the home of its leader, who previously leaked the arrest records of mayor Bill de Blasio’s daughter.

Sergeant Ed Mullins, the union’s president, is currently clashing with the New York Police Department for releasing the arrest records of Chiara de Blasio following her arrest during the George Floyd protests in June 2020. Mullins also came under fire last year for publicly insulting the city’s former health commissioner on Twitter.

“I think he’s been a divisive voice,” de Blasio said of Mullins. “But that doesn’t cause me to feel anything in this situation because I don’t know what’s happening. All I hear is an FBI raid. I don’t know the specifics, I don’t know who it’s directed at. I want to really hear the details before I comment further.”

Mullins is an outspoken critic of the NYC mayor.

“Mayor DeBlasio, the members of the NYPD are declaring war on you,” the SBA wrote on Twitter in February. “We do not respect you.”


FBI raids office of NYC police union whose head clashed with Mayor De Blasio

September 28, 2021

Homicides up 30 percent, FBI says

According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for 2020, homicides increased almost 30 percent from 2019.

The FBI confirmed that the data released Monday marks the first time in four years that the number of violent crimes in the US increased from the previous year.

Overall, crime was down 6 percent, but violent crime increased by five percent.

“In 2020, there were an estimated 1,277,696 violent crimes,” the FBI said. “When compared with the estimates from 2019, the estimated number of robbery offenses fell 9.3 percent and the estimated volume of rape (revised definition) offenses decreased 12.0 percent.”

According to CNN, the increase in homicides marked the “largest single-year increase” since the FBI began collecting data in the 1960s.

Last year saw 21,570 reported homicides. Most victims and offenders of violent crimes fell between the ages of 20 and 29.

However, the data is not comprehensive, as approximately 15 percent of eligible agencies did not participate. Among those cities that neglected to submit data are New York and Chicago.


Homicides up 30 percent in largest increase on record, FBI says

September 17, 2021

Clinton campaign lawyer pleads not guilty to charge in Trump-Russia probe

Michael Sussmann, a former lawyer for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign law firm, pleaded not guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI, a charge from a special counsel investigating the origins of an FBI probe of potential links between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign.

Special counsel John Durham issued Sussmann an indictment Thursday for making false statements during a Sept. 2016 meeting with James Baker, then General Counsel of the FBI.

The indictment accused Sussmann of erroneously telling Baker he did not represent “any client” when he met him to provide evidence of alleged links between the Trump Organization and a Russian bank.

Sussmann is the second person prosecuted in Durham’s probe into officials who investigated Trump-Russia connections.


Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann pleads not guilty after allegedly lying to FBI

September 16, 2021

FBI enabled Nassar, turned ‘blind eye’ to reports of abuse

On Wednesday, Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles gave a powerful testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that the FBI and gymnastics officials turned a “blind eye” to the sexual abuse by gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of her and hundreds of others. Biles blamed the “entire system” for enabling the disgraced doctor.

“I blame Larry Nassar and I also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse,” Biles said in tearful testimony. The Olympian said that USA Gymnastics, US Olympic committees “knew that I was abused by their official team doctor long before I was ever made aware of their knowledge.”

The hearing comes as part of a congressional effort to hold the FBI accountable after repeated severe missteps during the investigation, including the delays that allowed Nassar to abuse other young athletes. 40 girls and women came forward stating that they were molested after the FBI was made aware of allegations of abuse against Nassar in 2015.

Kayla Maroney, who competed in the London Olympics in 2012, also testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“After telling my entire story of abuse to the FBI in the summer of 2015, not only did the FBI not report my abuse, but when they eventually documented my report 17 months later, they made entirely false claims about what I said,” Maroney said.

“They chose to lie about what I said and protect a serial child molester, rather than protect not only me but countless others.”

FBI Director Christopher Wray apologized on Wednesday to the victims on behalf of his agency.

“I’m sorry that so many different people let you down over and over again. And I’m especially sorry that there were people at the FBI who had their own chance to stop this monster back in 2015 and failed, and that is inexcusable,” Wray said.


Biles: FBI turned ‘blind eye’ to reports of gymnasts’ abuse

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