FEDS CHARGE MAN WITH TORCHING ALBANY COUNTY GOP HEADQUARTERS

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The Wyoming U.S. Attorney’s Office has charged a Laramie man with vandalizing and burning the Albany County Republican Party headquarters last month, according to the statement supporting a criminal complaint filed in federal court on Tuesday.

Kellen Michael Sorber is charged with one count of using fire to commit a felony, which is punishable by at least five years to 20 years imprisonment, according to the complaint written by an agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The agent’s statement did not say if Sorber had been taken into custody, but the Wyoming U.S. Attorney’s Office has filed a motion to detain him before the trial.

The fire was reported at 3:25 a.m. Sept. 6, at the GOP headquarters, 214 E. Ivinson Ave. The Laramie Fire Department responded and extinguished a small fire. Firefighters also found a resident in a second-floor apartment above the office. He left the apartment and was not injured, according to the criminal complaint.

The fire department reported the building had suffered heat and smoke damage, and a department detective saw a broken window facing an alley on the west side of the office.

The detective found two pieces of a cinderblock inside and a third piece on a trash container in the alley next to the broken window. He also found a partially consumed cigarette on a table, the burnt remains of a folding camping-style chair, and burnt remnants of a soft drink can box inside the office, according to the criminal complaint.

These items were collected and sent to the BATFE laboratories for testing and analysis.

Preliminary DNA testing results were able to determine a dominant DNA profile.

Investigators obtained security surveillance video from a computer business and a cafe on the same block.

The video at 2:19 a.m. showed an unidentified individual walking a bicycle to the rear of the cafe, parking it, and throwing a backpack onto the roof of the one-story cafe. This person picked up a cinderblock, dropped it and broke it into several pieces. He walked the bicycle toward the GOP office, which was out of view of the security camera. About 3:21 a.m., a person walking with a bicycle and having the same appearance as the person as seen earlier. He propped the bicycle against the wall of the cafe, stood on the bicycle, retrieved the backpack and walked away.

About four minutes later, an individual is seen running from north to south, and seconds later running from  south to north. That person’s appearance was consistent with a statement provided by the person who was earlier saw the fire and unsuccessfully tried to get water from a business to put out the fire.

Investigators determined a Sorber was a person of interest and worked at the cafe, that did did not have a driver’s license nor own a vehicle.

They began watching Sorber, and one was able to contact him and surreptitiously obtain DNA from a beer can he had. That DNA evidence was consistent with that found on the cigarette and the three pieces of cinderblock.

An investigator determined that Sorber had his cell phone within one-tenth of a mile from a cell town next to the cafe.

On Oct. 16, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant and obtained DNA directly from Sorber.

Monday, a BATFE forensic biologist provided the agent with preliminary test results from the DNA obtained from Sorber was consistent from the DNA found on the cigarette, cinderblock and beer can.

BATFE agents interviewed the owners of the building who said they leased it to an individual who subleased it to the Albany County GOP, and rented the two apartments above the office.

The agent who wrote the criminal complaint determined the building was used in interstate or foreign commerce.

The Albany GOP Office reopened on Oct. 8.

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Lock them up! Eleven House Republicans demand Jeff Sessions prosecute Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Loretta Lynch, Andrew McCabe AND the FBI lovers!

A group of 11 Republican lawmakers is asking the FBI and the Justice Department to investigate Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Loretta Lynch, as well as FBI agents and other top figures who feature in the Clinton email investigation.

‘Because we believe that those in positions of high authority should be treated the same as every other American, we want to be sure that the potential violations of law outlined below are vetted appropriately,’ according to the letter by Florida GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis and 10 other Republicans.

They complained about ‘dissimilar degrees of zealousness’ between how Clnton and President Trump were investigated, a reference to the Mueller probe.

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GOP lawmakers wrote attorney general Jeff Sessions urging criminal investigations of Hillary Clinton and others

On Comey, who is in the midst of a book tour criticizing President Trump, the GOP lawmakers say he his actions suggest ‘improper investigative conduct, potentially motivated by a political agenda.’

On Clinton, they mention how her campaign lawyer made payments to the firm that hired Christopher Steele to produce the dossier of damaging information on Trump. Trump brought up the issue in his press conference Wednesday.

For former obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch, they cite the Uranium One deal.

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ON TOUR: They also called for an investigation of former FBI Director James Comey

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LOCK HER UP? The lawmakers urged an investigation of Hillary Clinton

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The criminal referral doesn’t have the force of law. Ordinary citizens also can urge investigations.

They also accuse fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe with potential criminal violations, and also raise concerns with FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, accusing them of ‘interference’ in the Clinton email probe.

Several of the signers of the letter also pushed a second special counsel to investigate Clinton, the Hill reported.

The letter comes as former FBI director James Comey does interviews on a book tour, where he has repeatedly accused President Trump of acting like a mob boss, and urging him to life the ‘cloud’ of the Russia investigation.

Trump said at a press conference Wednesday: ‘There’s been nobody tougher on Russia than President Donald Trump.’

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