July 8th, 2014
12:35 AM ET
5 months ago

Lawyer: Senator and Dominican prostitutes story cooked up by Cuban intelligence agents

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WASHINGTON - Sen. Robert Menendez, dogged by a federal corruption probe, was the target of a Cuban intelligence smear plot that managed to fool the FBI and media into investigating.

That's the allegation from Menendez's lawyer, who has asked the Justice Department to investigate, a person familiar with the request confirmed to CNN.

It's a dramatic twist to an already sensational story that involved allegations that Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, traveled to have sex with underage Dominican prostitutes. Those stories, shopped to journalists around Washington for months, were published on a conservative news website before the purported prostitutes recanted and the FBI found no merit in the matter.

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Filed under: Bob Menendez • CIA • Cuba • Democrats • FBI • Justice Department • New Jersey • Senate Democrats
Source: FBI now involved in VA probe
FBI Director James Comey
June 11th, 2014
10:52 AM ET
6 months ago

Source: FBI now involved in VA probe

(CNN) – The Justice Department asked the FBI to help review VA materials, a senior law enforcement official told CNN on Wednesday.

But the move is still short of a full department criminal probe in the Veterans Affairs waiting-list scandal, which dozens of politicians have been pressing for.

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Filed under: FBI • Veterans Affairs
April 8th, 2014
01:27 PM ET
8 months ago

Sharpton denies any wrongdoing in FBI informant role

(CNN) – Al Sharpton sharply denied Tuesday he did anything wrong when he disclosed information about the mafia to the FBI starting in the 1980s.

"I did what was right. I did what I was always raised in the values of a praying mother to do," he said at a news conference in New York. "And I did what I tell kids every day, all over this country what they should do, and that is deal with getting guns and crime out of their community and cooperating with the law."
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Filed under: Al Sharpton • FBI
FBI chief on Benghazi probe: 'We will never stop'
November 14th, 2013
05:29 PM ET
1 year ago

FBI chief on Benghazi probe: 'We will never stop'

(CNN) – FBI Director James Comey told a Senate hearing on Thursday the agency considers the investigation of the deadly Benghazi terror attack among its "highest priorities."

In response to questions from Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, Comey said the FBI still has "a lot of people working very, very hard on this. We are committed bringing to justice those responsible for the attack and the murder of our folks.

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Filed under: FBI • James Comey
Feds cringe at possibility of more forced budget cuts
September 23rd, 2013
03:38 PM ET
1 year ago

Feds cringe at possibility of more forced budget cuts

Washington (CNN) - The leadership of federal law enforcement agencies is bracing for some real pain/tough choices if forced budget cuts are implemented again next year.

The Obama administration’s ongoing standoff with Republicans over Obamacare and the budget means forced budget cuts from the so-called “sequestration” will be likely. The administration is pushing Congress to find a long-term solution that would restore some of the sequestered cuts.
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Filed under: FBI • James Comey • Justice Department
Tenet's secret for Mueller
August 1st, 2013
04:08 PM ET
1 year ago

Tenet's secret for Mueller

Washington (CNN) - Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller is known for his poker-faced demeanor, rarely betraying emotion as he led some of the most sensitive government investigations.

George Tenet, his friend and the former Central Intelligence Agency director, on Thursday offered a rare peek at Mueller battling to keep a straight face during public hearings. Mueller is leaving his post Sept. 4 after 12 years, and the Justice Department held a farewell ceremony to honor him.
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Filed under: CIA • FBI • Robert Mueller
FIRST ON CNN: New FBI director to face GOP heat for Benghazi investigation
July 31st, 2013
06:30 AM ET
1 year ago

FIRST ON CNN: New FBI director to face GOP heat for Benghazi investigation

Washington (CNN) - Labeling the Obama administration's investigation of the September 2012 Benghazi attacks "simply unacceptable," eight Republican lawmakers are demanding more aggressive steps from the new FBI Director James Comey and asking that he brief Congress within 30 days.

"It has been more than 10 months since the attacks," the GOP lawmakers said in a draft of a letter to Comey obtained by CNN. "We appear to be no closer to knowing who was responsible today than we were in the early weeks following the attack. This is simply unacceptable."
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Filed under: Congress • FBI • James Comey • Libya
Senate confirms Comey as FBI director
July 29th, 2013
06:43 PM ET
1 year ago

Senate confirms Comey as FBI director

(CNN) – Nearly 40 days after President Barack Obama nominated James Comey as FBI director, the Senate on Monday approved the appointment of the former deputy attorney general who worked in the George W. Bush administration.

The vote came after Sen. Rand Paul dropped his opposition to a confirmation vote on Comey, clearing the path for the Senate to vote on the president’s nominee.
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Filed under: Congress • FBI • James Comey • Rand Paul • Senate • Uncategorized
Paul continues threat to hold FBI director nomination
July 26th, 2013
06:57 PM ET
1 year ago

Paul continues threat to hold FBI director nomination

(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul is vowing to block a confirmation vote on the next FBI director unless he gets sufficient answers from the law enforcement agency about the use of surveillance drones in the United States.

The FBI revealed in a recently unclassified letter to the Kentucky Republican that it has used unmanned aerial vehicles for surveillance in 10 cases on U.S. soil - eight of them criminal and two involving national security.
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Filed under: FBI • James Comey • Rand Paul • Robert Mueller • Senate
Comey moves gingerly toward Senate confirmation
July 9th, 2013
03:57 PM ET
1 year ago

Comey moves gingerly toward Senate confirmation

Washington (CNN) - His confirmation as the new FBI director seemingly secure, James Comey gave a master class Tuesday on agreeing with his Senate questioners while mostly avoiding firm commitments on pressing issues of national security and law enforcement that he will face.

Time after time, Comey responded to Senate Judiciary Committee members by saying he lacked sufficient information to offer a detailed answer.

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Filed under: FBI • James Comey • Senate
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