A 21-year-old Ohio man accused of planning to attack a Toledo synagogue told undercover FBI agents that he was inspired both by Islamist propaganda and the suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre that killed 11 people, authorities said Monday.
“I admire what the guy did with the shooting actually,” Damon M. Joseph wrote to an undercover FBI agent on Oct. 30, three days after the Pittsburgh attack, agents wrote in an affidavit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
He added: “I can see myself carrying out this type of operation inshallah,” he said, using the Arabic word for “God willing.”
The identity of a person being scrutinized by the FBI after Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp launched an investigation into the state’s Democratic Party over “possible cyber crimes” has been revealed.
An official from the office of Kemp, who is running as the state’s Republican gubernatorial nominee, told ABC-affiliate WSB-TV on Sunday the FBI was seeking information regarding a woman named Rachel Small as part of the probe.
“Right now, as I sit here, we’re currently investigating about 5,000 terrorism cases across America and around the world and about a thousand of those cases are homegrown violent extremists and they are in all 50 states,” Wray said in his prepared testimony.
He said the threat of a large scale, big city attack still exists from groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS but homegrown violence is as prevalent as ever.
“National security remains the FBI’s top priority and counterterrorism is still a paramount concern but that threat has changed significantly since 9/11,” Wray said.
WASHINGTON — The much-awaited FBI’s supplemental background investigation was delivered overnight to Capitol Hill and lawmakers will start reading it on Thursday morning.
It consists of the “302” forms of the FBI interviews, which summarize the contents of the interviews, according to aides and senators. The FBI, which has spent only a few days on the investigation, did not submit a conclusion as to who’s telling the truth in the case.
The FBI has begun contacting people as part of an additional background investigation of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, including a second woman who alleges that the Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted her.
President Trump on Saturday called the FBI investigation “a blessing in disguise,” and said he continues to believe his Supreme Court nominee did nothing wrong.
While the FBI will examine the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez, the bureau has not been permitted to investigate the claims of Julie Swetnick, who has accused Kavanaugh of engaging in sexual misconduct at parties while he was a student at Georgetown Preparatory School in the 1980s, those people familiar with the investigation told NBC News. A White House official confirmed that Swetnick’s claims will not be pursued as part of the reopened background investigation into Kavanaugh.
SUNSPOT – Sunspot Observatory was closed and evacuated Sept. 6 due to an undisclosed security risk. Federal officials aren’t saying why it was closed, and the silence has led to international media coverage and plenty of speculation.
Authorities remain tight-lipped.
The FBI referred all questions to the group that manages the site, the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy. Officials there say they’re working with authorities.
“Nothing’s changed from last week,” Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, or AURA, spokeswoman Shari Lifson said.
As Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election continues, two former members of his team are under scrutiny for text messages they exchanged about President Trump and the probe.
In the messages, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who were romantically involved, bashed Trump and discussed concerns about being too tough on Hillary Clinton during an investigation into the use of her private email server.
Overall, the pair exchanged some 50,000 text messages throughout the presidential election and first year of the Trump administration, many of them with anti-Trump sentiments.
In one particular message, when Page asked if Trump would ever become president, Strzok reportedly replied, “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.”
Other text messages showed an allegiance for fired FBI Director James Comey.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been granted a permanent security clearance following a lengthy FBI background check, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday.
The move ensures that Kushner, a key White House adviser with a portfolio touching on international affairs, can hold access to some of the country’s most closely held secrets. The person who spoke about Kushner’s security clearance insisted on anonymity to discuss the process.