Miami firefighter relieved of duty while under investigation for vulgar post about slain Miami-Dade detective


MIAMI, FL – On Thursday, August 18th, it was announced by authorities that a Miami firefighter is under investigation for vulgar comments he allegedly made on WhatsApp while referring to a Miami-Dade police detective who was killed in the line of duty.

The comments were allegedly made by firefighter Kevin Newcomb in a group chat on WhatsApp following the death of Detective Cesar “Echy” Echaverry, who was shot in the head during a confrontation with an armed robber suspect on the night of August 15th.

The firefighter also allegedly mentioned the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas and police officers who have died from COVID-19. The message reportedly read:

“How many idiots I had to transport with honor guard their dead bodies form coronavirus because they were all too stupid to wear masks or get vaccinated. All cops are for is protecting the rich property owners and the status quo. Everything else is a farce. (Expletive) the police.”

Echaverry, who was a five-year veteran of the police force, was engaged to be married and died on Wednesday, August 17th at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. He was just 29-years-old.

Amid all the grief, Newcomb decided to post a trail of opinions that have outraged many people. In one of his rants, he wrote:

“Who cares another dead cop probably against gun control … Cops exist for the government to exercise its monopoly on violence. They want the whole world to stop when one of theirs goes down.”

On Thursday, August 18th, Miami Fire Chief Joseph Zahralban said that the department is aware of the messages Newcomb allegedly wrote and that the firefighter has been relieved of duty pending the investigation. The fire Chief’s statement read:

“We have been made aware of a message that has been circulating regarding a written statement posted by one of our members. At this time, we are conducting an investigation into the statements that were made and the individual has been relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation.”

Zahralban said that the department does not share the views and beliefs in the message and that they do not reflect the department’s values. Hi statement read:

“As public safety professionals, police officers and firefighters depend on one another to ensure our mutual safety. It is the foundation of our working relationship and the source of our respect for one another.

We continue to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in law enforcement, alongside the Echaverry family and the entire Miami-Dade Police Department during this difficult time.”

The president of the Miami Association of Firefighters said in a statement that they “stand in solidarity and in mourning with our brothers and sisters in blue.” Alexander Cardenas said in a statement:

“What we do want to make clear is that our firefighters and our Fire Department fully support our police. As City of Miami firefighters work alongside hardworking police officers every day to keep our City safe, and greatly respect their work and sacrifice.”

Multiple sources stated that others in the WhatsApp group chat filed a complaint against Newcomb. The comments have garnered outrage from law enforcement in the community, including Tommy Reyes, the president of the Miami police officers’ union. He said:

“These comments are disgusting and lead me to worry for the safety of our members, fearing that this firefighter may not assist one of our members the way he should. I have forwarded the information to internal affairs and the Chief of Police.

I have requested that an investigation be opened on this person and for the safety of our members he be removed from duty pending the investigation.”

He added:

“I want to remind our members that this person’s statement does not reflect the feelings of all our fire department brothers and sisters.”

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Sen. Grassley blasts Biden’s DOJ for not prosecuting its own employees who lied during internal investigations

June 28th, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C.- On Tuesday, June 27th, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, blasting the Department of Justice (DOJ) for not prosecuting its own employees for lying during internal investigations.

According to Grassley, in at least a dozen cases, the DOJ Office of Inspector General (OIJ) made criminal referrals against DOJ employees, but no legal action was ever taken. Grassley is now demanding answers. His letter stated, in part:

“An unsettling pattern has emerged from the Department of Justice (DOJ) whereby criminal referrals by the Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General (OIG), against DOJ employees for making materially false statements are rarely prosecuted. Meanwhile, those same charges are frequently prosecuted when it is DOJ who brings the same charges against the American public.”

The letter added:

“…The most shocking example of this pattern occurred recently when DOJ refused to prosecute two former FBI agents who made several materially false statements to the OIG about their conduct in the investigation of Larry Nassar.”

In the letter, the Senator cited 13 examples of the DOJ’s supposed inaction against its own “for the same crime that they routinely prosecute hundreds of American people for each year.”

The FBI ultimately fired one of its agents accused of making false statements and failing to properly document complaints during the Nassar investigation.

In his letter, Grassley pointed out that OIG, which is the federal government’s oversight arm, also issued a criminal referral indicating that agent and others violated FBI policy and still the DOJ failed to prosecute those agents. Grassley wrote:

“Laws are meant to deter criminal activity, but when DOJ does not enforce those laws but rather shields their employees from consequences, it has the opposite effect. It creates a sense of entitlement and signals that DOJ employees are beyond reproach.”

He added:

“DOJ employees should be held to a higher standard for making materially false statements to the OIG, not a lower one. DOJ must hold itself to the highest possible standard or else it risks losing the credibility and trust of the American people.”

At the end of his letter, the senator requested that Attorney General Merrick Garland answer four in-depth questions with his response to be received no later than July 14, 2022.

Some of these questions include a full list of how many DOJ employees have been prosecuted for making false statements in the last five years and how many criminal referrals have been made by the OIG in that time frame.

He also asked the DOJ for a more detailed explanation behind their decision not to prosecute the FBI agents involved in the Nassar investigation.

On May 27th, Grassley, who is a ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released a statement after the DOJ announced it would not bring charges against the FBI agents. The statement said, in part:

“Accountability in government is fundamental to public trust. This is just the latest in a string of failures by our nation’s premier law enforcement agencies to hold themselves accountable. Young women paid the price for these failures.

A sexual predator continued to abuse them while the FBI essentially helped cover it up. I’d like to take heart in Director Wray’s promises that it can’t and won’t happen again. But without anyone being held responsible now, it’s just hard to see that things will change.”

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From progressive lawyers who threw Molotov cocktails at cops to Navarro being handcuffed, U.S. DOJ proves there is a two-tier justice system

June 8th, 2022

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UNITED STATES- Recent events have shed a light on the two-tier criminal justice system that America has seemingly had since its conception; one system of justice for the elites and another one for the rest of America.

With President Joe Biden in office for well over a year now, that puts the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot just as far away, yet the U.S. Justice Department continues to hold firm in its promise to “prosecute” those “offenders” to the max.

A U.S. Justice Department that will prosecute those who identify as conservative, but just recently withdrew its own plea deal with two progressive lawyers who have been accused of throwing Molotov cocktails at a police vehicle in New York City and allowed them to plea to different charges that carry less prison time.

According to a report from the New York Post, a pair of lawyers who torched an empty New York Police Department (NYPD) vehicle amid protests in Brooklyn of the death of George Floyd, plead guilty to conspiracy charges in a deal with federal prosecutors.

The attorneys, identified as Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman, each plead guilty to counts if conspiracy to commit arson and to make and possess an unregistered destructive device for firebombing the police van on May 30, 2020.

This rare reversal by the U.S. Department of Justice stunned some legal experts and added to a pattern of recent cases that they see as evidence of a “two-tier” justice system.

Reportedly, the pair of lawyers were initially facing domestic terrorism charges with the possibility of doing 30 years of jail time. The new plea agreement will likely result only in a few years of jail time.

What some legal experts find bizarre is that the plea agreement reduced an earlier plea agreement for a more serious offense. In 2021, Rahman and Mattis pleaded guilty to one count of possessing and making an explosive device, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

With the new plea agreement, they were actually allowed to withdraw the earlier plea and instead plead guilty to conspiring to assemble the Molotov cocktail and damage the NYPD patrol vehicle.

Compare this to the harsh position taken by the Biden Justice Department on those accused of “rioting” on January 6, 2021. Attorney General Merrick Garland cited the threat to police officers in pledging an unprecedented effort to “charge and convict” those involved “on any level” in the riot.

Another example of the two-tier justice system is when defendant Mike Flynn, who was the National Security Advisor for former President Donald Trump, was pressured to plead guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

Yet, the FBI’s then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was allowed to escape any punishment for allegedly lying during an internal investigation.

In another recent example of disparate treatment, former Trump economic adviser Peter Navarro, a 72-year-old academic with a spotless criminal record, was handcuffed and shackled after being indicted for contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena.

Yet, just a decade earlier, then-Attorney General Eric Holder escaped punishment when the Department of Justice, which was his own department, declined to prosecute him for defying a similar congressional subpoena. Ben Domenech tweeted:

“Peter Navarro was charged with contempt of Congress by a monopartisan Committee. He got shackles. Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress by a bipartisan vote of 255-67. He went out to dinner that night. And DC wonders why people believe in the Swamp.”

Ben Weingarten, a conservative writer, compared Navarro’s arrest with the jury acquittal days before former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann on a charge of lying to the FBI. Weingarten wrote:

“It sends an unmistakable message: We can get you anytime, anywhere, on any grounds we choose. You can’t touch even a single one of ours.”

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“Deep corruption”: Rep. Gaetz breaks silence on DNC law firm Perkins Coie and its “FBI workspace” in its D.C. offices

June 1st, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C.- According to a report from Fox Metro News, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” where he broke the news that DNC law firm Perkins Coie has an “FBI workspace” in its D.C offices. On Twitter, Gaetz wrote:

“BREAKING: In response to a letter sent by Rep. Matt Gaetz and @Jim_Jordan, Perkins Coie, the legal arm of the DNC and Hilary Clinton, admits they have been operating an FBI workspace in their Washington, D.C. office since 2012.”

According to reports, Gaetz said that he and Jordan received information that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has maintained a secure work environment inside Perkins Coie. This is the same law firm that Michael Sussmann used to be a partner at. Gaetz said:

“The Democrat Party’s law firm, the law firm that received $42 million from the Democratic Party has this co-located workspace that they operate in concert with the FBI. Why in the world would that be the case? Why would Christopher Wray allow this to continue?”

He added:

“Then you would also have to ask yourself why in the last 12 months was the person on behalf of Perkins Coie operating that worksite, Michael Sussmann himself? … What reason would there be for that and what leverage would the Perkins law firm have over the FBI give this work they are doing together? …”

Fox News reported that on Tuesday, May 31st, a jury found Michael Sussmann not guilty of making a false statement to the FBI in September of 2016 when he said he was not working on behalf of any client.

Two weeks of trial and over a day of deliberations led the jury to find that Special Counsel John Durham’s team had not proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Sussmann’s statement was a lie. In remarks following the verdict, Sussmann said that he had been falsely accused. He said:

“I told the truth to the FBI and the jury clearly recognized this in their unanimous verdict to day. I’m grateful to the members of the jury for their careful thoughtful service. Despite being falsely accused I believe that justice ultimately prevailed in my case.”

Durham released his own statement, expressing his office’s disappointment in the verdict:

“While we are disappointed in the outcome, we respect the jury’s decision and thank them for their service. I also want to recognize and thank the investigators and the prosecution team for their dedicated efforts in seeking truth and justice in this case.”

While speaking with Gaetz, Carlson was blown away by the special arrangement between the FBI and the Democrat law firm. Carlson asked Gaetz, who is a lawyer:

“This is not normal, correct?”

Gaetz responded by saying:

“I have spoken to former federal prosecutors on the Judiciary Committee and throughout the country, and I’ve not heard any describe a relationships like this with a private law firm. And especially because Michael Sussmann was an election lawyer! Why in the world would an election lawyer be operating out of this facility in this way?”

He added:

“Our concern is that politically motivated dirt was being converted into politically motivated investigations. That’s why Jim Jordan and I are making demands for answers from Christopher Wray immediately.”

Gaetz said that it is his hope that the facility will soon be shut down. He added:

“The Democrat party shouldn’t have this special access, this special portal to the FBI, especially knowing what we do now – that they were often trying to take this opposition research and use that for law enforcement counterintelligence purposes.”

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Newly released notes show FBI in panic after Trump revealed he knew about Obama spying

May 15th, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC- Newly released notes taken by officials within the Department of Justice in 2017 show a high level of panic among members of the FBI after former President Donald Trump revealed he knew he and his campaign were being spied on, a report in the Epoch Times says.

According to newly released notes taken by high-ranking DOJ officials during a March 6, 2017, meeting with FBI leadership, there was a high level of concern about Trump finding out and it revealed the level of effort taken by the FBI to cover up its spying on the 2016 Trump campaign.

The notes were released in conjunction with the upcoming trial of former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann, requested by his attorneys as part of efforts to clear him on charges of lying to the FBI. Unfortunately for Sussmann, the notes appear to do little to aid in his defense, however, provide a great deal of information about the FBI.

The meeting referenced in the notes occurred only two days after a March 4, 2017, tweet in which Trump accused former President Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower. That led to panic within FBI leadership, uncertain if Trump was blowing smoke or indeed had information about the Obama administration’s efforts to tie him into the Russian collusion allegations.

By that time, leadership within the FBI already were aware that the Trump-Russia collusion claims were a hoax. They further knew that the Clinton campaign had a scheme to portray Trump as a Putin-favoring stooge. Further, the FBI was well aware that the Steele dossier, the primary source of allegations against Trump which tried to paint a collusion scheme, was bogus.

By the date of that March 6, 2017, meeting, the FBI had already been interrogating Steele’s primary sub-source, Igor Danchenko, for three days. Danchenko debunked almost every allegation made within the Steele dossier.

In addition, the FBI knew that another story, that involving a Russian bank, Alfa Bank, in which a story was leaked claiming a server at Trump Tower was in communication with that institution, information that was brought to the FBI by Sussmann. In sum, the FBI knew that all claims of Russia collusion involving Trump had been shown to be false.

The whole narrative began to collapse on the FBI on March 4, 2017, when Trump made the claim that he knew Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower, doing so in public which set off alarm bells within the FBI and DOJ leadership. In fact, that tweet got leadership’s attention to the point it was a dominant topic at a meeting two days later, a meeting which included FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and the acting U.S. attorney general, Dana Boente.

The whole thing presented something of a quandary for the FBI, since they had no idea how much Trump in fact knew about what had been occurring within the agency. Only a day earlier, radio talk show host Mark Levin reported the Obama administration had obtained Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants what involved Trump and several of his campaign advisers.

Levin also reported that an off-the-cuff joke Trump offered in July 2016—“Russia, if you’re listening I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing”—had become the basis for the Russia collusion accusations. Those 30,000 emails referred to the “missing” emails from Hillary Clinton’s server.

However seeking bogus FISA warrants wasn’t all the FBI was involved in. They were also actively spying on the Trump campaign and the incoming Trump administration’s transition communications, information that was revealed in the new notes. They revealed not only had the FBI spied on FBI campaign adviser Carter Page, but had also spied on another aide, George Papadopoulos, which included getting him over to London in order to set him up in an elaborate sting.

The scheme also involved false accusations fomented by Sussmann that Trump was using a version of a “burner” phone—a Russian Yota phone. Also, a man named Rodney Joffe, a tech executive with deep ties to the FBI who was using access to non-public data to spy on Trump at both the Trump Tower and at the White House.

The March 6 meeting was focused on Trump’s tweet, with McCabe saying the FBI was trying to find out what was behind the president’s tweets.

The notes were taken by three officials of the DOJ—Tashina Gauhar, Mary McCord, and Scott Schools. The release of the notes came about because one showed McCabe saying that McCabe stated Sussmann represented clients when he brought the Alfa Bank allegations forward to the FBI. Sussmann told the FBI he didn’t represent anyone, but was only acting as a “good Samaritan.” That lie is what led to Sussmann’s indictment.

It is unknown if the notes will help Sussmann; however the notes were written six months after Sussmann told the FBI the opposite, amounting to hearsay evidence.

However Sussmann ignored the more damning pages of notes which show the true extent of the FBI’s panic over Trump’s tweet. It appears, the Epoch Times reports, that FBI leadership’s first reaction was to tell the acting attorney general a plethora of lies about their investigation.

The scheme went so far as the FBI attempting to trump up the veracity of Steele’s dossier, referring to it as “Crown reporting,” giving the appearance it was official UK government intelligence. The truth was, most of it was information made up by Steele and Danchenko, which the FBI was already well aware of.

The notes also show that former FBI agent Peter Strzok had lied to his DOJ superiors about what led to the Australian ambassador, Alexander Downer, to come forward to the FBI with information relative to his meeting with Papadopolous.

The FBI has long claimed it was Downer who initiated the Trump-Russia investigation; however the newly released notes seem to lay that as false. In fact, the notes show Strzok claiming it was Trump’s joke about Russia about Russia discovering Clinton’s emails that triggered Downer. The truth is, however, that Downer came forward before Trump made the joke.

Another lie perpetrated by the FBI in which they deceived the DOJ regarding the Carter Page FISA warrant was where they claimed it was “fruitful” when in fact it was nothing of the sort, and the FBI knew it, with the Justice Department Inspector General finding “significant errors” in the applications.

The FBI also appears to have tried to misrepresent and further the Alfa Bank allegations claiming that the Trump Organization had solicited Alfa Bank, when in fact the FBI knew within days of Sussmann giving them the Alfa Bank information that it was bogus.

As of Sept 23, 2016, the FBI’s IT team had rendered the Alfa Bank allegations false. Instead of acknowledging that, the FBI kept the Alfa Bank story alive through misrepresenting the allegations.

All of these facts—exculpatory in nature—were not only kept from interim DOJ officials but FBI leadership attempted to prop up the facts in order to give the appearance of a strong case against Trump even though they knew no such case existed.

The inside DC swamp apparatus immediately went into action the day after Trump’s tweet, with former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper going on state-TV CNN and claimed there was “no wiretap activity mounted against the President-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign.

Ten days later on March 15, 2017, then-FBI Director James Comey briefed leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) about the FISA application for Carter Page, which FBI leadership believed Trump knew about. Simultaneously, Comey began briefing the so-called Gang of Eight in Congress regarding the Page FISA.

Less than a week later, Clapper reversed course, suddenly going from denying the existed of spying on the Trump campaign to denying abuse of the FISA process.

That same date, Comey testified before Congress and acknowledged the existence of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation into the Trump campaign.

All of this—the bogus schemes hatched by the FBI and Obama intelligence officials—led to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which derailed the first two to three years of the Trump presidency, an investigation which turned up nothing.

While that delayed progress in finding the real perpetrators of the Russia collusion hoax and bringing them to justice, that will hopefully change with the Durham probe, with Sussmann possibly being the first in a line of dominoes to fall.

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