More than 100 child sex trafficking victims were rescued across the U.S. thanks to a month-long FBI operation, authorities said.
In a crackdown that involved more than 400 law enforcement agencies, federal authorities rescued and/or identified 103 minor victims as a part of an investigation that resulted in at least 67 arrests, the FBI announced Tuesday.The July initiative, coined Operation Independence Day by authorities, resulted in 60 new federal investigations, according to the FBI. The most victims were recovered in sweeps in Las Vegas, Atlanta and Seattle.
The FBI has recovered or identified more than 6,600 child victims since 2003.
On Tuesday, Judicial Watch announced it had received records showing that the FBI referred 14 employees to the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) for leaking sensitive or classified information. Of those 14 employees, only four were fired.
“No wonder the FBI was leaking so profusely. Collectively, these documents show a show lenient treatment for evident criminal activity. Only four of the 14 employees found to have made an unauthorized disclosure were dismissed from the FBI,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “And even though Andrew McCabe was fired and referred for a criminal investigation for his leak, no prosecution has taken place.”
During the early years after President Donald Trump was inaugurated, The New York Times and The Washington Post would have stories seemingly every other day citing anonymous sources from within the FBI. Last September, a high-ranking official published an op-ed in the Times detailing a deep state or “resistance” effort to sabotage Trump from within.
The FBI arrested a 69-year-old militia member in Sunland Park on Saturday in connection with possessing firearms and ammunition as a felon, according to the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office.
The man, Larry Mitchell Hopkins, is a Flora Vista, N.M., native also known as “Johnny Horton Jr.,” according to an FBI release.
ABC-7’s Mauricio Casillas interviewed the United Constitutional Patriots Commander in a story that aired in March.