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Political Corruption   The Serious You: How Current Events Affect You

Started May-9 by WALTER784; 6577 views.
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Jul-22

Tulsi Gabbard responds to Pelosi's denials of giving family market advice

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Jul-26

More political corruption...

Andrew Gillum, Former DeSantis Opponent, Charged in 21-Count Indictment

By Nick Arama
Jun 22, 2022 12:00 PM ET

Florida voters dodged a bullet in 2018 when Ron DeSantis narrowly beat Andrew Gillum — then considered a rising star — to become the governor of Florida.
 
Their trajectories couldn’t have been more different after that race.
 
Gillum’s career blew up after he was found inebriated in a hotel with a man who was suspected of having overdosed on crystal meth. Meanwhile, DeSantis has gone on to do great things for Florida and is now a highly-touted as a possible presidential candidate for 2024.
 
NBC reported on the indictment that is related to fraud during the campaign and noted he’s retained Marc Elias for his defense.
 
The specific charges have now been announced. He and his longtime adviser Sharon Lettman-Hicks have both been named in a 21-count federal indictment.
 
The indictment alleges that between 2016 and 2019, they:
 
[C]onspired to commit wire fraud, by unlawfully soliciting and obtaining funds from various entities and individuals through false and fraudulent promises and representations that the funds would be used for a legitimate purpose. The Indictment further alleges the defendants used third parties to divert a portion of those funds to a company owned by Lettman-Hicks, who then fraudulently provided the funds, disguised as payroll payments, to Gillum for his personal use. Both defendants are charged with 19 counts of wire fraud. Gillum is also charged with making false statements to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
 
Gillum claimed the prosecution was politically motivated.
 
“I have spent the last 20 years of my life in public service and continue to fight for the people,” Gillum said. “Every campaign I’ve run has been done with integrity. Make no mistake that this case is not legal, it is political. Throughout my career I have always stood up for the people of Florida and have spoken truth to power. There’s been a target on my back ever since I was the mayor of Tallahassee. They found nothing then, and I have full confidence that my legal team will prove my innocence now.”
 
Marc Elias, a leading Democratic lawyer, and top criminal defense attorney David Oscar Markus also issued a written statement to NBC News that would not confirm the charges, but said they’ll fight to clear his name.
 
“The government got it wrong today. The evidence in this case is clear and will show that Mr. Gillum is innocent of all charges. We look forward to putting this case to rest and giving Andrew and his family peace of mind once and for all,” the lawyers said in the joint statement.
 
Folks on the left are flipping out that Gillum is being prosecuted while they want Attorney General Merrick Garland to be going after imaginary Republican crimes.
 
But it’s hard to imagine what a mess everything would be if Gillum had won and how many consequential decisions for the state depended on that race.

Andrew Gillum, Former DeSantis Opponent, Charged in 21-Count Indictment – RedState

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Jul-26

His defense is that it’s a political set up?  I remember when they all insisted he was the best candidate ever. They should vet candidates better, like they did with Biden and Hunter. Oh, that’s right, they didn’t.

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Jul-26

Well, 21 counts just goes to show how illegal the Democrats are... and if closer scrutiny were paid to all other candidates for all government offices around our country, numerous similar political corruption should also be exposed, but when everybody is on the cover up payroll, they'll hide the truth for as long as they can.

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Jul-27

'Corrupted to their very core': Whistleblowers say DOJ, FBI show political bias in investigations

"If these allegations are true and accurate, the Justice Department and FBI are – and have been – institutionally corrupted to their very core," Grassley wrote

By Ben Whedon
Updated: July 25, 2022

A string of whistleblowers within the FBI allege that the bureau and the Department of Justice have selectively observed federal guidelines, launching investigations into conservative-aligned figures without sufficient basis to do so.
 
In a Monday press release from Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley, the Iowa Republican highlighted whistleblower accusations that "Washington Field Office Assistant Special Agent in Charge Timothy Thibault disregarded agency guidelines requiring substantial factual predication to trigger investigations."
 
Grassley's office noted that Thibault played a pivotal role in opening an investigation into the Trump campaign using information from a "left-aligned organization" and that he whitewashed the source's biases to coax approval for an investigation from FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland.
 
Moreover, the whistleblowers further allege that Thibault worked to falsely discredit legitimate evidence against Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden's son, related to his finances and business deals abroad.
 
Grassley wrote last week to Wray and Garland to address the allegations against Thibault, making bold pronouncements as to the state of the American justice system should they prove true.
 
 
"If these allegations are true and accurate, the Justice Department and FBI are – and have been – institutionally corrupted to their very core to the point in which the United States Congress and the American people will have no confidence in the equal application of the law," he wrote.
 
The Iowa Senator, in late May, wrote to Wray, Garland, and Inspector General Michael Horowitz to call their attention to politically charged social media posts Thibault made at the expense of Republicans.

'Corrupted to their very core': Whistleblowers say DOJ, FBI show political bias in investigations | Just The News

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Jul-27

This slush fund, set up under Obama is a form of political corruption. They hand out government collected money out to liberal operatives. Perhaps even some Republican and RINO operatives who they have in their pocket too.

Trump cancelled it in 2017. But now Garland wants to re-implement it again...

Republicans demand DOJ cancel 'slush fund' rule that funneled billions to left-wingers

'There are serious conflicts of interest'

By WND News Services
Published July 12, 2022 at 1:52pm

By Gabe Kaminsky
Daily Caller News Foundation
 
Republican members of Congress are demanding President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) reject a rule that made it easy for left-wing private groups to receive billions from the federal government.
 
Former President Donald Trump’s DOJ issued a memo in 2017 revoking payments from government to third parties except with limited exceptions.
 
Attorney General Merrick Garland revoked that memo in May and the DOJ is considering comments prior to publishing a final rule that would approve the third-party payments.
 
Republican members of Congress are urging the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to block the reimplementation of a rule that paved the way for left-wing private interest groups to receive billions from the federal government, according to a letter.
 
The Trump administration issued a memo in 2017 revoking payments from the government to third parties except with limited exceptions. The DOJ is considering comments prior to publishing a final rule that would approve the third-party payments to the government after Attorney General Merrick Garland revoked the Trump memo in May.
 
“We are adamantly opposed to the Biden Administration’s decision to reinstate the unethical and controversial practice of forcing defendants to pay settlement monies directly to unrelated third parties, circumventing the Treasury and Congress,” said the Republicans, led by Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville, in a letter to Garland Sunday.
 
Some Obama-era DOJ litigation settlements included payment agreements wherein groups that are not defendants received windfalls of cash and bypassed congressional approval. The DOJ would make defendants agree to pay third parties taxpayer dollars, resulting in the defendant’s owing less money to the DOJ, the Republicans said in their letter.
 
There are serious “conflicts of interest” in connection to third parties being paid by private groups at the direction of the government, according to the lawmakers.
 
“Money awarded to the U.S. government through litigation doesn’t belong in the hands of unelected bureaucrats, and I’m proud to support this effort to bring transparency, restore public trust, and check executive power concerning this illicit government scheme,” Florida Rep. Donalds, who signed the letter to Garland, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
 
For instance, after the Obama administration was unable to secure congressional electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure funding, the DOJ required Volkswagen to spend $2 billion to construct EV charging stations after the company was caught cheating on reporting of its diesel emissions in order to not violate the Clean Air Act — which regulates pollutants deemed to endanger the wellbeing of Americans.
 
Out of the $2 billion, $800 million went to California for green energy infrastructure and EV access for residents.
 
Following the 2008 financial crisis, the House Judiciary Committee in 2014 demanded the DOJ release documents on its settlements with major banks that were fined $109.96 billion and contributed to the economic downturn.
 
After the banks were fined, billions were directed to the Treasury Department and other groups, The Wall Street Journal reported. Then, hundreds of millions made their way to states, like New York, which used money on things like water washing stations for horses and homeless services, the outlet reported.
 
Since 2005, the DOJ and the Environmental Protection Agency reached more than a dozen Clean Air Act-related settlements with private groups — steering more than $1.55 billion “to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle infrastructure projects without congressional authorization,” according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
 
The letter to Garland comes after Republicans put forth a bill in 2021 called The Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act seeking to ban the DOJ from ste
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Jul-27

Mark Levin discussed this yesterday. Never in the history of our country has corruption touched all upper level aspects of government at the same time.  The presidency, the house, the senate, the judiciary, DOJ, FBI.  He said the Jan 6 committed which has no plenary powers, is trying to conduct a criminal trial of a former per sediment in an unconstitutional manner flowing none if the protocols.  Even the McCarthy hearings had Democrats on the committee, chosen by Nancy Pelosi.  By refusing to allow Kevin McCarthy to send members to the committee, she violated the separation of powers clause.  That alone makes it nothing more than a show trial. Added with all the corruption from other sources, the government is out of control.

In United States constitutional law, plenary power is a power that has been granted to a body or person in absolute terms, with no review of or limitations upon the exercise of that power.

Levin went on to say if the committee brings criminal charges against Trump it will tear the nation apart. 

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Jul-27

Showtalk said...

He said the Jan 6 committed which has no plenary powers, is trying to conduct a criminal trial of a former per sediment in an unconstitutional manner flowing none if the protocols.  Even the McCarthy hearings had Democrats on the committee, chosen by Nancy Pelosi.  By refusing to allow Kevin McCarthy to send members to the committee, she violated the separation of powers clause.  That alone makes it nothing more than a show trial. Added with all the corruption from other sources, the government is out of control.

(i.e. A corrupt and tyrannical government out of control!)

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Jul-27

I heard today that they are actually reluctant to charge Trump because they know it will split their party. Those who want Trump gone at any cost and those who want them to do what is legal.  They don’t realize their party is already fractured.

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Jul-27

Well, they have absolutely no grounds to charge Trump with anything!

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