Highlights so far: Jim Jordan, Trey Gowdy
Highlights so far: Jim Jordan, Trey Gowdy
>KOREATOWN (CBSLA) — A nearly 30-year veteran of the county agency charged with keeping children safe has been arrested, accused of possessing images of children being sexually abused.
>Carlos Castillo, 54, of Hollywood was out on bail Wednesday after having been charged of having child pornography. The Los Angeles County Dept. of Children and Family Services confirmed his current position is assistant regional administrator.
>A 2016 DCFS newsletter describes Castillo as an “adoption manager.”
>The LAPD’s investigation into Castillo reportedly began after a tip was received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
>Police served a search warrant at Castillo’s Hollywood home Tuesday. CBS2 News tried to talk to someone at the residence but received no answer.
>Several nearby residents told CBS2 Castillo is a nice man who helps out in the building’s garden and is part of the community. They were shocked by the news.
>“Very nice, very friendly is my view of him,” said neighbor Frederic Fournier. “I’m shocked.”
>DCFS issued the following statement on the arrest: “Our mission at the Department of Children and Family Services is to keep kids safe. We recently learned of the arrest of one of our employees for alleged disturbing activity that goes against our mission. We stand ready to assist our partners in law enforcement in their investigation.”
>Castillo’s case is being handled by the LAPD’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force.
seems the FBI and DOJ are still up to their old tricks, even after the Inspectors Report came out, even after Lisa Page resigned and Strzok was escorted out of the building… the stonewalling continues
and former intelligence officials say the implications could be ‘catastrophic’
>The Justice Department has turned over additional Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, records related to the Russia investigation to House Republicans.
>Asked about the development, one former senior FBI official replied that the national-security implications could be “catastrophic.”
>Republicans say the DOJ has not responded to all their subpoena requests and indicated a willingness to hold deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein in contempt of Congress if the department does not comply.
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>The Department of Justice (DOJ) has turned over additional records of President Donald Trump’s associates related to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to House Republicans, according to two congressional sources with direct knowledge of the matter.
>The surveillance of Trump associates was conducted as part of the department’s Russia-related investigation, which is examining whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to tilt the 2016 presidential election in his favor.
>The news was first reported by CNN, which said the DOJ also provided lawmakers with other FBI records related to the Russia probe and the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.
>The move comes as House Republicans and the White House continue pressuring the DOJ and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein to comply with subpoena requests for classified information.
>While Republicans say the requests are part of their congressional oversight responsibility, Democrats accuse their colleagues across the aisle of using classified information to play politics and compromise the Russia investigation.
>Leading the Republican charge are House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, and House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy.
>Nunes has been under the spotlight since last year, when it surfaced that he traveled to the White House to brief administration officials on classified information about the Russia probe before informing his colleagues on the panel. He has since been conducting a separate investigation into what he characterizes as surveillance abuses by the DOJ and FBI.
>Earlier this year, Nunes drew scrutiny for publicly disclosing FISA information about the former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. And in April, the DOJ turned over the document that first prompted the FBI to launch the Russia probe to House Republicans.
>Asked about lawmakers obtaining additional FISA records related to the Russia investigation, one former senior FBI official said it was “hard to put into words” how “damaging it could to be to national security if details about the US’s most sensitive intelligence-gathering process leaked out.”
>”It would be catastrophic,” they added. “Look at the damage that’s already been done.”
>The immediate concern, said former CIA operative Glenn Carle, is that turning over information related to FISA records could compromise sources and methods.
>”Congressional oversight is not operational control, it’s policy control,” Carle said. “So it’s not really appropriate for an oversight body and its members to have detailed knowledge of sources and methods, because they are not trained in how to handle that.”
>Republicans said Friday that the DOJ still has not complied with all their requests and indicated that they would be open to using all tools at their disposal to compel document production.
>Addressing the matter this week, House Speaker Paul Ryan said “we expect compliance.” Ryan met with Goodlatte, Nunes, and Gowdy on Friday morning, CNN reported.
>Nunes said there would be “hell to pay” if the DOJ does not comply with all document requests.
>A spokesperson for GOP Rep. Mark Meadows, the head of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, said in a statement to Business Insider that “if the Deputy Attorney General continues withholding documents and denying Congressional requests for oversight, there need to be consequences.”
>”Contempt is certainly an option on the table,” the spokesperson added.>>giphy.gif (2.21 MB, 480×446)
>Carle said it was telling that subpoena and document requests for intelligence related to the Russia and Clinton investigations have come from the Republican side of the aisle.
>”If something is coming from an entire committee, rather than a party, then the government is speaking through that committee,” he said. “If it’s coming from one party, that indicates political bias and could skew the outcome and fly in the face of the oversight function itself.”
>Meanwhile, Republican threats to penalize Rosenstein have attracted significant media coverage and speculation about what it could mean for the DOJ if its No. 2 official is held in contempt.
>In all likelihood, it would mean very little.
>When either chamber of Congress votes to hold an official in contempt, the case goes to the US attorney’s office in Washington, DC for criminal prosecution.
>In other words, if the House votes to hold the deputy attorney general in contempt, “they’d essentially be referring Rosenstein to himself for prosecution,” said Jeffrey Cramer, a longtime former federal prosecutor who spent 12 years at the DOJ.
>In the event that Rosenstein is referred to the DOJ for prosecution and the department does not pursue the case — which, in all likelihood, it won’t — then congressional Republicans could pursue civil charges against him.
>But as of now, Cramer said, “They’re just shaking their fists and making a lot of noise.”
>Throughout Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s massive report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation are lots of strange things. One of the weirdest is the extent to which the FBI went to make up words and phrases to disguise reality.
>An early draft of the 2016 FBI report on the email scandal was reportedly subjected to linguistic surgery to exonerate the former secretary of state, who at the time was the Democratic nominee for president. Clinton was originally found to be “grossly negligent” in using an illegal email server. That legalistic phrase is used by prosecutors to indict for violation of laws governing the wrongful transmission of confidential government documents.
>Yet the very thought of a likely President Hillary Clinton in court so worried the chief investigator, FBI Director James Comey, that he watered down “grossly negligent” to the mere “extremely careless.”
Found some nice footage tucked away on YouTube.
Remember Paddock was dragged by somebody into position by his legs, don’t forget that. Also remember Campos supposedly dodged a hail of 200 rounds, but he wouldn’t be speaking about it anymore to anyone other than Ellen.File: DBC7DA64-F212-47B5-AD47-4(…).jpg (41 KB, 438×481)
Ellen Degeneres is 5’ 7”. The Campos that appeared on her show is basically the same height.
The guy in OPs video looks a lot closer to 6ft
Can one of you sleuths measure him using other points of reference in the video?