Friday, June 30, 2017

More FBI Agents Remain Under Investigation For Finicum Shooting; Synced video

FBI Special Agent W. Joseph Astarita was arraigned in federal court in Portland this week for his role in the shooting death of a leader in last year’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation. But quickly passed over in a post-arraignment press conference Wednesday was potentially more significant news: Other members of the FBI’s hostage rescue team are still under investigation. Officials confirmed to OPB on Thursday that those investigations remain ongoing. Astarita faces five charges, ranging from making false statements to obstruction of justice. A spokesperson for the FBI said Thursday that he is still with the agency and serving in an “administrative capacity.” That spokesperson declined to elaborate further. The FBI and investigating law enforcement agencies have declined to identify the other four agents who were on the scene. The FBI spokesman also declined to discuss whether they were still members of HRT or, like Astarita, had been moved to an “administrative capacity.” During Wednesday’s news conference, Nelson said investigators not only uncovered the alleged actions of Astarita, but also “the subsequent concerning actions of some members of the FBI hostage rescue team.” Nelson said again Thursday that his office is continuing its investigation into the actions of the FBI agents present during the arrest attempt. But Nelson wouldn’t say whether he expected additional charges to be filed. “We’ll just go where the evidence leads us,” he said. More than a year ago, Nelson traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with now acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and other U.S. Department of Justice officials to alert them of “possible criminal conduct by some involved FBI HRT agents.”...more

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