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Weekly Update: New Lawsuit on Clinton Pay-to-Play
Judicial Watch ^ | March 23, 2018 | Tom Fitton

Posted on 03/24/2018 9:44:04 AM PDT by jazusamo

Judicial Watch Files New Lawsuit on Clinton Pay-to-Play Issues
McCabe Firing Only the Beginning
Nearly 200 Busted in $3.7-Million Food-Stamp Fraud Operation

Judicial Watch Files New Lawsuit on Clinton Pay-to-Play Issues

Judicial Watch meticulously documented Hillary Clinton’s use of the State Department to take care of donors to the Clinton Foundation. She and Bill are the poster children for pay-to-play.

Now we’re looking into a potential linchpin of that operation.

We just sued the State Department for emails, calendar entries and other information in the electronic file of Dennis Cheng, who was deputy chief of protocol for two years under former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ( Judicial Watch v U.S. Department of State (No. 1:18-cv-00221)).

Cheng was deputy chief of protocol of the United States from July 2009-July 2011. Following his tenure at the State Department, Cheng joined the Clinton Family Foundation as director of development, and then in April 2015 became finance director of the Hillary for America presidential campaign.

Prior to joining the Clinton State Department, Cheng was finance director in New York for Mrs. Clinton’s successful campaign for Senate.

Judicial Watch filed the complaint after the State Department failed to respond to a December 21, 2017, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for:

[T]he PST file of Dennis Cheng. Mr. Cheng served as Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States from July 20, 2009 to July 2011. A PST file is a Personal Storage Table, an open proprietary file format used to store copies of messages, calendar events, and other items within Microsoft software such as Microsoft Exchange Client, Windows Messaging, and Microsoft Outlook.

While at the Clinton Foundation, Cheng raised $246 million in just over three-and-a-half years, July 2011-February 2015. A separate FOIA lawsuit by Citizens United found that Cheng communicated with Huma Abedin about a major Clinton Foundation dinner and other issues.

Our previous FOIA litigation uncovered the Clinton email scandal and ethics scandal , Bill Clinton’s conflicts of interest issues, and the pay-to-play scandal involving the Clinton State Department and donors to the Clinton Foundation and Clinton campaigns.

We have proved that the Clinton State Department became a corrupt arm of the Clinton Foundation. Outrageously, the Justice and State Departments seem to be still protecting Hillary Clinton. We’re stepping into the gap and, though this and other ongoing FOIA lawsuits, we aim to expose and hold the Clinton cash machine accountable to the rule of law.

McCabe Firing Only the Beginning

Attorney General Sessions did the right thing in firing Andrew McCabe last week for repeatedly making statements to investigators that “lack candor.” The FBI is not above the law. Mr. McCabe’s dishonesty taints both the Clinton email inquiry and Russia collusion investigation targeting President Trump, including the Mueller operation.

Mr. McCabe should have been ousted from the FBI many months ago, when Judicial Watch first revealed a clear conflict of interest scandal involving his wife’s political campaign.

Judicial Watch recently uncovered that McCabe, despite massive contributions from Clinton ally Terence McAuliffe to his wife’s 2015 political campaign, did not recuse himself from the Clinton email investigation until just a week before the 2016 presidential election. Judicial Watch also forced out documents that show that McCabe used FBI resources for his wife’s campaign. These Judicial Watch finds spurred irresistible public pressure for accountability for McCabe.

Unfortunately, the FBI and DOJ are still withholding McCabe’s text messages . The McCabe firing further shows the need for a full investigation of the numerous anti-Trump and other outrageous FBI abuses under Obama and McCabe’s mentor, James Comey.

We’ve done quite a bit of media on the issue this past week. You can see two recent Fox News interviews here and here .

The question now is whether the Clinton and Russia investigations, which are now tainted because of McCabe and other Obama/Deep State operatives’ misconduct, are going to reevaluated. In the case of the Clinton email matter, it needs to be reopened. As for the Mueller anti-Trump investigation, the McCabe taint is yet another reason to shut it down.

Nearly 200 Busted in $3.7-Million Food-Stamp Fraud Operation

What is the result when the federal government opens the floodgates for freebies and the unscrupulous sense an opportunity? Our Corruption Chronicles blog has the startling details of how your tax dollars fared in President Obama’s massive food stamp program.

More than a year after the Obama administration slammed American taxpayers with a record-high tab to provide an unprecedented number of people with food stamps, the fraud continues full-throttle in the bloated welfare program. Authorities in north Florida arrested nearly 200 people for operating a sophisticated ring in which millions of dollars in food stamps were fraudulently exchanged for cash and drugs. Keep in mind that food stamps—renamed by the Obama administration Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to eliminate stigma—are designed to help nourish the nation’s most needy.

For years Judicial Watch has reported extensively on the rampant fraud in the program that cost U.S. taxpayers a bewildering $80.4 billion in one year to provide a record 46 million people with the welfare benefit during the Obama tenure. Even then, a federal audit revealed that many who didn’t qualify for food stamps received them under a special “broad-based” eligibility program that disregards income and asset requirements. The expansion was part of the former president’s mission to eradicate “food insecure households” in the U.S. To accomplish it, the administration spent millions of dollars on ad campaigns to recruit more food-stamp recipients, even doling out hefty cash rewards to local governments that signed up the most people. One state even bragged about a $5 million performance bonus it got from the feds for its “swift processing of applications.”

Not surprisingly, the food stamp program became a hotbed of fraud and corruption. Recipients use social media to illegally sell and buy food stamps online and others use the welfare benefit to buy drugs, weapons and other contraband from unscrupulous vendors, according to a federal audit that also says some trade food stamps for reduced amounts of cash. The fraud costs the government hundreds of millions of dollars, the audit discloses. This was back in 2012 when the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the agency that distributes food stamps, told Congress about the serious issues plaguing the program. Things got so out of control that the Obama administration dedicated $7 million to crack down on food-stamp fraud in 2014. Among the anti-fraud initiatives that the money funded were strategies to identify and successfully investigate attempts to buy or sell SNAP benefits online using social media such as Facebook, Twitter or ecommerce websites like Craigslist and eBay.

More than a year after Obama left the USDA program in disarray, the scams continue. In the recently busted Florida operation, more than 22,000 fraudulent transactions totaling $3.7 million were documented by a task force of local and federal authorities. It has been coined Operation Half-Back and a Jacksonville news report says undercover officers personally observed 115 individuals commit 390 fraudulent transactions involving food stamps. In most cases the food-stamp recipient took 50 cents per $1 in benefit. Some of the corrupt vendors were stores but many were mobile businesses that sell food and have USDA approval to accept food stamps as payment. Among the biggest offenders are a produce business that recorded 7,164 fraudulent transactions for $1.1 million, another that had 7,390 transactions totaling $1 million, a seafood store that recorded 3,958 transactions for $1.2 million and a mobile meat vender that had 3,958 fraudulent transactions for $572,282.

The undercover sting started back in 2012, the year the Obama administration shattered food-stamp records. Law enforcement agencies created fictitious businesses, according to the Florida Attorney General’s office, which disclosed last week that more than 115 individuals have been charged with felonies and 61 others with misdemeanors. Though the federal government doles out food stamps, in Florida a state agency called Department of Children and Families administers it to provide nutrition assistance to vulnerable populations such as children, senior citizens and families in economic distress. “Food stamp trafficking steals from Florida’s hardworking taxpayers,” Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said in a statement . “The SNAP/EBT program is designed to provide services to the most vulnerable among us and for anyone to take advantage of this system is shameful.”

Florida seems to be a hotbed of food-stamp rackets. Less than two years ago the feds busted the largest food-stamp fraud operation in U.S. history in south Florida. Twenty-two defendants in the largely black and Hispanic areas of Miami-Dade County known as Opa-Locka and Hialeah swindled the government out of $13 million by fraudulently trading food stamps for cash. The crooked vendors operated food and produce stands at a local flea market as part of then-First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative to eradicate “food deserts,” common in poor, minority communities where fresh, healthy food is tough to find or often unavailable. The feds say the business owners and their employees let food-stamp recipients use their welfare benefit to get cash in exchange for a cut of the money.

President Trump has proposed that food stamp recipients be given actual food instead of dollars. Let’s see what, if any, reforms ultimately emerge but something needs to be done to address this uncontrolled government program.

Until next week …

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cheng; clintonfoundation; comey; fbi; foodstamps; hillaryclinton; judicialwatch; jw; mccabe; obama; paytoplay; snap; statedept; tomfitton; trump; usda; weeklyupdate

1 posted on 03/24/2018 9:44:04 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: GOPJ; Diana in Wisconsin; ColdOne; Art in Idaho; Conservative Gato; ptsal; onyx; Tucker39; ...

Off the Wall Ping!

Contact to be added.

2 posted on 03/24/2018 9:48:39 AM PDT by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: jazusamo

The largest food stamp fraud is pretending there’s a delegated power for federal involvement in food stamps.

3 posted on 03/24/2018 9:49:53 AM PDT by Rurudyne (Standup Philosopher)
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To: jazusamo

Look up food stamps on youtube and you will see many videos about this. Very interesting.

4 posted on 03/24/2018 10:00:42 AM PDT by cradle of freedom
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To: All

Some glaring examples of the Clintons using the Clinton Foundation while she was Secy State Dept to get-rich-quick-—just from foreign entities.

LEGEND-—Donation to Clinton Foundation/Global Initiative (CGI)-—followed by State Dept favor granted in return.

<><> Prince of Abu Dhabi and Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahayan and the Al Nahayan family of Abu Dhabi. <$5,000,000 Access to HRC at State Dept. and a $500,000 environmental speech by Bill Clinton given at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi while HRC was meeting in Washington with Shaikh Abdullah.

<><> Algeria <$500,000 State Dept clearance for U.S. arms sales to Algeria. Deal included biological and chemical agents.

<><>Australia, Commonwealth of <$75,000,000 Strong State Dept. for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which stands to be a boon for Australian multinational firms.

<><>Bahrain, Kingdom of <$250,000 Muted criticism by State of Bahrain’s abysmal human rights practices.

<><>Boeing Corp.<$900,000 State Dept. clearance for $29 billion arms U.S. arms sale to Saudi Arabia, including Boeing’s F-15 fighter.

<><>Brunei Darussalam, Sultanate of < $5,000,000 State Dept. clearance for U.S. weapons sales to Brunei.

<><>Cameroon, Republic of <$100,000 Influence buying by the Cameroon government with the Clinton State Department.

<><>Canada $500,000 donation for State Dept support for Canada’s Keystone XL pipeline, eventually vetoed by Barack Obama.

<><> Chagoury Group <$5,000,000 in cash and a $1,000,000,000 pledge HRC delayed designating Nigeria’s Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization because of Chagoury Group’s investments and operations in Nigeria. Chagoury Group received the “Sustainable Development Award” from the CGI. Chagooury helped the family of Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha hide his wealth stolen from Nigeria’s oil revenues.

<><> Confederation of Indian Industry <$1,000,000 Access for Indian businesses to U.S. government officials.

In addition to the Clinton Global Initiative, there are separate
Clinton family foundations that maintain their own revenue streams.
All these entities maintain separate operations for the Clintons’
pay-to-play global racketeering operations:

<><>the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI),

<><>the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton (BHCC) Foundation,

<><>the Clinton Foundation Hong Kong,

<><> William J. Clinton Foundation Charitable Trust (Kenya),

<><>William J. Clinton Foundation Charitable Trust (UK),

<><> the Clinton Foundation Insalingsstiftelse (Sweden).

<><> the Clinton/Guistra Partnership, Canada.

This is plus-perfect evidence that the Clintons operated the foundation as a shadow government, setting up the foreign policy machinery.

The Clintons separated these entities from large amounts of money b/c they had a carrot on a stick-——”sure-thing Hillary’s” election to the presidency.

5 posted on 03/24/2018 10:05:27 AM PDT by Liz ((Our side has 8 trillion bullets;the other side doesn't know which bathroom to use.))
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To: jazusamo
Attorney General Sessions did the right thing in firing Andrew McCabe last week for repeatedly making statements to investigators that “lack candor.”

“Lacks candor” ?

The Swamp makes such forgiving rules for themselves... if any of us testified and 'lacked candor' it would be called perjury.


6 posted on 03/24/2018 10:06:04 AM PDT by GOPJ (Yes the deep state is ideological, but the fundamental goal is self enrichment- Freeper Revolutionay)
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Yep, I agree.

When someone says ‘lacks candor’ it really tones down the fact that the person ‘perjured them self’ or ‘flat out lied.’

7 posted on 03/24/2018 10:15:33 AM PDT by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: Liz

Thanks Liz, good stuff.

8 posted on 03/24/2018 10:20:45 AM PDT by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: Liz

What were these countries getting in return?
Taxpayer money going to the countries leaders bank accounts in Switzerland?

9 posted on 03/24/2018 11:09:53 AM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: jazusamo

Only DC elites can ‘lack candor’... because the rules are different for thugs than for ordinary citizens.

10 posted on 03/24/2018 11:40:33 AM PDT by GOPJ (Yes the deep state is ideological, but the fundamental goal is self enrichment- Freeper Revolutionay)
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To: minnesota_bound

Money question.

11 posted on 03/24/2018 11:45:49 AM PDT by Liz ((Our side has 8 trillion bullets;the other side doesn't know which bathroom to use.))
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To: jazusamo

As an intake interviewer for a local non-profit food bank, I can testify to the massive food stamp fraud.

I speak with folks quite frequently who are very open about the fraud they are committing. Although they do not consider it fraud. It’s just a way of ‘helping me get along.’

One fav is buying expensive meats and fish, paying for them with food stamps, and then selling the goods in their neighborhood for $.50 on the dollar. That way they are helping their neighbors as well as themselves. It’s all legal as far as they are concerned.

I see three possible solutions:

1. Enact a ‘gotta be employed to get food stamps’ law. I have read anecdotal reports where states have done this and seen a large decline in food stamp recipients.

2. Further restrict the types of food stuffs covered by food stamps. As an example, ground hamburger meat would be okay, fillet mignon would not. Be ready for the lawsuits with this idea. BLM will not be okay with this I’m sure.

3. Enact very strict laws with real punishment (prison) for merchants who knowingly help food stamp recipients with their fraud.

I’m sure there are many other solutions as well.

12 posted on 03/24/2018 12:03:18 PM PDT by upchuck (Keep a sharp lookout. The best is yet to come.)
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To: upchuck

Thanks for posting your first hand knowledge of this scam by many. This is only one example of the eight years of 0bama and his flunkies doing real damage to the nation.

There definitely has to be action taken against abusers and I’ve read the Trump administration has gotten some results already but much more needs to be done.

13 posted on 03/24/2018 12:14:16 PM PDT by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: jazusamo

You’re welcome.

14 posted on 03/24/2018 4:00:05 PM PDT by upchuck (Keep a sharp lookout. The best is yet to come.)
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