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Comparing the police department he inherited to the New York mafia, a California police chief has called in the FBI to investigate corruption by both police officers and city officials, reports News 7 San Diego.

In a tearful press conference, a frustrated Calexico Police Chief Mike Bostic accused his predecessor, some members of his own department, and city officials of illegally trying to undermine a criminal investigation.

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“The council-members in conjunction with the police officers association and members of that association have used city funds and city resources to run what I would call an extortion racket,” Bostic said.

“I’ve literally had it,” Bostic said as he began to tear up as he explained that he felt compelled to bring in the FBI to handle the investigation two weeks into his tenure.

“I am so grateful that the FBI is coming. And the reason they are coming is to support me, and the really good officers of this department who have been put under this cloud by a few, ” he said. “So this was literally the most disappointing day in all my years of policing, because I’m the chief. This is my city. This is my community, these are my officers, so how can you be anything but depressed.”

Bostic, a 34-year law enforcement veteran, was hired last month to replace former Police Chief Pompeyo Tabarez who was fired Oct. 13 “in the interests of the citizens.”

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According to Bostic, some elected officials and POA members were using thousands of dollars in surveillance equipment recently purchased with department funds to follow other members of the city government.

“Exactly like the Mafioso in New York. That’s exactly how they are operating,” the chief said.

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After four days on the job, the new police chief discovered his investigations unit, narcotics unit, and internal affairs division were not working on any active cases.

Bostic said he was unable to find any reports on an alleged kidnapping and assault of a juvenile that took place in October, and blamed it on his predecessor, saying, “The former chief and his investigative unit were so busy trying to save his career and his job rather than focus on that investigation, they completely botched it.”

Bostic also criticized detectives in his department for carrying  professional tools often used to break into cars, saying, “There’s a thing called search warrants in the state of California. These were clearly tools for violating people’s rights and we’re trying to get to the bottom of that.”

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According to the new chief, several members of the department were placed on paid leave, with others being demoted or reassigned.

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CNN’s Jake Tapper confronts Trump adviser Navarro with long list of experts calling him a disaster

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In a highly contentious interview on CNN's "State of the Union", host Jake Tapper confronted Donald Trump's top economic adviser, Peter Navarro, with a seemingly endless list of economists, analysts and business publications who believe he and his economic advice have both been a disaster and that he is not being straight with the public.

After refusing multiple times to concede that President Donald Trump's trade war -- and accompanying tariffs -- are having any effect on an economy that many financial prognosticators believe is headed towards a recession, Tapper confronted the White House adviser with the list of his critics -- including the Wall Street Journal.

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Internet goes wild over ‘obviously drunk’ Larry Kudlow on Fox News: ‘He’s lying while slurring his words’

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Speculation was rampant on Sunday that White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow was drunk on Fox News.

"There is no economic recession in sight," Kudlow insisted to Fox News Sunday host Dana Perino.

Twitter, however, was buzzing about Kudlow's speech patterns instead of his questionable economic optimism.

"Pretty sure Larry Kudlow is drunk on my TV right now... And he is lying while slurring his words," one Twitter user noted.

"Kudlow is on fox news Sunday right now and from my 30 yrs of tending bar, I gotta say this guy appears drunk," another user observed.

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Foreign diplomats preparing for the worst — another Trump win in 2020: ‘People don’t want to be stupid twice’

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According to a report from Politico, foreign diplomats are not so sure Donald Trump will be beaten in the 2020 election and are making contingency plans for how they will deal with him should he be re-elected.

The report notes that the win by the New York businessman in 2016 caught foreign governments by surprise with former French ambassador to the United States, Gerard Araud admitting, "In 2016, nobody believed he was going to be elected. People don’t want to be stupid twice.”

According to Politico, "There’s no known scientific survey on the topic — few foreign officials would participate in one given diplomatic norms that preclude them from commenting on another country's internal politics. But none who talked to POLITICO were willing to say that Trump will lose. Instead, they pointed to three key advantages for Trump: He’s the incumbent, the U.S. economy is strong and the Democrats have no definitive front-runner to challenge him."

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