Feb 01, 2022
Federal agents raid home of high-ranking Homeland Security official
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Federal law enforcement has raided the home of a high-ranking Homeland Security official that is a 26-year veteran with the department.
According to The Detroit News, Vance Callender, who monitors Michigan and Ohio, handles the Canadian border along with other crimes involving child sex crimes and immigration laws.He hasn't been charged with any wrongdoing but it's certainly prompting questions from the security community.
“As public servants working for a law enforcement agency, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) takes allegations of misconduct very seriously," the Homeland Security spokeswoman said. "Any allegations of misconduct are appropriately investigated, and any employee, regardless of rank or seniority, who has committed provable misconduct, will be held accountable. Where necessary, ICE works with federal and/or state and local law enforcement who may investigate such allegations. Per agency protocol, the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) will also review the allegations.”
Those who watched the situation unfold said that the investigators left Callender's home with the same suitcases they came with and no additional evidence in boxes or bags being carried out. They also weren't wearing jackets showing which department they were working under as is done by ICE or the FBI.
When contacted, the FBI wouldn't confirm or deny whether they were involved in the search. There is an internal affairs staff for the Inspector General of Homeland Security that would look into accusations against employees.
"The search makes me think the investigation is fairly far along," said criminal defense lawyer Keith Corbett. "You don’t just get a search warrant. You have to establish a crime was committed, that there is evidence of the crime and probable cause to believe evidence is at the location you are seeking to search."From Your Site Articles
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Matt Gaetzs GOP Opponent Drops Ad Suggesting He Was FBI Informant Behind Raid on Trumps Estate
Rep. Matt Gaetz’s (R-FL) GOP primary opponent, Mark Lombardo, dropped a scathing new ad this week suggesting Gaetz is the FBI informant that led to the FBI raid on Donald Trump’s Florida estate last week.
“When Donald Trump really endorses someone, he goes big. You’ve seen none of that for lying Matt Gaetz,” the ad’s narrator begins.
“What does Trump know? Is Gates the informant?” the narrator then asks. Speculation has run rampant in recent days about a possible informant giving the FBI the probable cause needed to search Trump’s estate, which has sparked immense anger in the MAGA base. There is no public evidence to suggest Gaetz is the informant.
“Gates hired Jeffrey Epstein’s attorney. Another Epstein attorney approved the raid on Trump’s house. Remember, Gates pressured Trump to give him a pardon, but Trump said no,” the ad continues.
“Gates puts himself first ahead of Trump and ahead of you. Vote for a leader who will put America first. Vote for Marine Mark Lombardo,” the 30-second spot concluded.
Lombardo has been campaigning hard against Gaetz and recently told Insider Trump’s lukewarm support for Gaetz is because Trump views him as a “pedophile.”
Gaetz is currently under federal investigation for the alleged sex trafficking of a minor in 2019.
“Trump or DeSantis have not endorsed Matt Gaetz. Have they in the past? Yes. Have they now? The answer is no. And the reason for that is that they can’t afford the branding issue. The branding issue of being associated with a pedophile,” Lombardo told Insider in an interview last week
Gaetz’s campaign hit back at the ad in a statement, noting, “President Trump’s son is campaigning for Congressman Gaetz in Pensacola on Monday. President Trump’s 2020 finance chair just released a video endorsing Gaetz.”
“Mark Lombardo is busy trying to please Resistance Liberals with plays from the Lincoln Project playbook. Congressman Gaetz is fighting for Florida and the Trump agenda,” the statement concluded.
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