Ex-USCP officer charged with obstructing January 6 probe testifies in his own defense
By KATHLEEN SCHIAVONE
May 19, 2019 at 7:21 PM
A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer is testifying in a corruption case against former officers to a federal judge behind closed doors.
The hearing is expected to continue into the afternoon, on Wednesday, May 19, 2019, in San Francisco. Defense attorney Jeffrey Howard says he plans to call a former FBI case agent and a former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer, who are now with the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The former officer, named as U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer Michael D. Davis by federal prosecutors, was charged with wire fraud, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice after officials allege he committed perjury during an inquiry into corrupt practices by border patrol officials.
Defense attorney Jeffrey Howard tells 10 News “We are very pleased we have a witness of Michael Davis testifying in his own defense and we will continue to present that person’s testimony to the Court.”
During his testimony, he says Davis has told him that “he acted out of a good heart, a sincere desire to see justice served in a situation where he knew the truth, and he could have acted upon the truth instead of dishonoring himself in order to avoid prison.”
It’s unclear if the hearing has been scheduled before U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup. Howard says the witness will be allowed to remain free on his own recognizance while the case proceeds.
Alsup set a May 22 hearing date. Howard says he plans to call witnesses who have been indicted in the case, including an FBI agent, a former U.S. Custom and Border Protection officer and another former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer who testified against the officer in the corruption cases.
The officer testified that Davis, he and other agents had taken a meeting a few days before June 14, 2010 at which they discussed the fact that they were considering “taking matters into our own hands.”
On June 12, 2010, Howard says Davis wrote a note to the acting chief of the San Francisco Field Division of the Department of Homeland Security, telling him they have “put our own plans,” to the Department and in the agency’s documents “have gone