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  • Ethics must be upheld at FBI

    07/13/2018 5:36:01 AM PDT · by calvincaspian · 31 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 07-13-2108 | Herald Staff
    Yesterday’s hearing on Capitol Hill featuring FBI agent Peter Strzok quickly turned into a political firefight among lawmakers, but overall it was a damning illustration of the toxic culture that exists within the Washington, D.C., beltway. At one point, Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy confronted the former investigator over some anti-Trump texts he had sent. In 2016, after FBI lawyer Lisa Page asked Strzok if Trump would ever become the president, his response was, “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.” Republican committee members read a number of Strzok’s vitriolic texts about Donald Trump and his supporters, and at one...
  • DOJ Inspector General: FBI Leakers ‘Improperly Received Benefits from Reporters’

    06/14/2018 2:30:06 PM PDT · by davikkm · 24 replies
    breitbart ^ | Joshua Caplan
    Numerous FBI agents accused of leaking appear to have improperly received benefits from journalists, reflecting a “cultural attitude” flaunting Bureau policies on unauthorized media contacts, the Justice Department Inspector General report concluded. The Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General made the discovery as it struggled to identify possible FBI agents improperly transmitting to reporters, according to its report released Thursday on the agency’s handling of the 2016 probe into Hillary Clinton’s unsecured, private email server. According to the watchdog report, investigators had “profound concerns about the volume and extent of unauthorized media contacts by FBI personnel that we have uncovered...
  • Pope to oil execs: Energy needs mustn’t destroy civilization

    06/09/2018 4:05:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 09, 2018 5:19 PM EDT
    Pope Francis told leading oil executives Saturday that the transition to less-polluting energy sources “is a challenge of epochal proportions” and warned that satisfying the world’s energy needs “must not destroy civilization.” The Vatican said Francis held a two-day conference with the executives as a follow-up to his encyclical three years ago that called on people to save the planet from climate change and other environmental ills. Participants included the CEOs of Italian oil giant ENI, British Petroleum, ExxonMobil and Norway’s Statoil as well as scientists and managers of major investment funds. Their remarks on the first day of the...
  • Germany's refugee agency faces new claims in asylum scandal [bribery]

    05/21/2018 8:41:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.21.2018 | tj/kms ( dpa, KNA, AFP)
    The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) was informed about possible improprieties in the approval of asylum applications at its branch in the northern city of Bremen earlier than it admitted, German media reported on Monday. The news magazine Der Spiegel reported that emails it had seen suggested that BAMF head Jutta Cordt had received internal information regarding “massive irregularities” in Bremen as early as February 2017. Broadcaster NDR and the daily Süddeutsche Zeitung also reported on internal emails allegedly showing that BAMF headquarters knew about questionable procedures at that time, but were reluctant to look into the matter....
  • Scarborough Strongly Suggests Cohen Passed “Bribe” Money to Trump

    05/11/2018 4:52:31 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 39 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Scarborough has described as a “bribe” the money received by Michael Cohen from AT&T and other companies, and has strongly suggested that Cohen passed some of it to President Trump. On today’s Morning Joe, Scarborough said: “That was just a direct payoff. That was just a direct bribe. Did that money really go to Cohen? Did it go to Cohen and straight into the President’s pockets?,/B> . . . Where did that money go to? Because I highly doubt Donald Trump would let it sit in Michael Cohen’s account . . . [Trump] is a guy that would shake...
  • Ex-prosecutor to go on trial for alleged gun bribery scheme

    04/17/2018 9:47:34 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/17/18 | Kaja Whitehouse
    A former Brooklyn prosecutor is set to go on trial Monday in a guns-for-bribes case that has shaken up the way the NYPD doles out gun permits. John Chambers, a self-described gun lawyer to the stars, stands accused of bribing David Villanueva, an ex-supervisor in the NYPD’s gun licensing division, for hard-to-obtain gun permits — including for a client who was being investigated for domestic abuse, according to prosecutors. Chambers is one of seven people who have been charged by Manhattan federal prosecutors for paying or accepting bribes for permits, including Villanueva, three other cops and two other gun expediters....
  • Former aide to Gov. Cuomo convicted in bribery case

    03/13/2018 7:16:45 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/13/2018 | Associated Press
    NEW YORK – A former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo was convicted on corruption charges Tuesday at a trial that further exposed the state capital's culture of backroom deal-making. A federal jury in Manhattan found Joseph Percoco guilty of two counts of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud and one count of soliciting bribes after deliberating for parts of three weeks. "Joseph Percoco was found guilty of taking over $300,000 in cash bribes by selling something priceless that was not his to sell – the sacred obligation to honestly and faithfully serve the citizens of New York," Manhattan...
  • New Czech PM Stands Firm Against Migrant Quotas: No Way Will Brussels Dictate Who Lives Here

    03/02/2018 11:31:08 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/2/2018
    Andrej Babiš has said there is ‘no way’ the Czech Republic will agree to Brussels’ demand that the nation accept a quota of migrants from the third world. Speaking in the country’s parliament on Thursday, the recently elected Czech Prime Minister slammed the European Union’s (EU) mandatory quota scheme as “ineffective” and divisive. “It is certain that we will not accept anyone, and we are fundamentally against anyone dictating to us who should live and work in our country,” local media reported him saying. “We consider it absurd that the European Commission sues us for something that is nonsense,” Babiš...
  • What? Joy Reid Wonders Whether Payments to Stormy Daniels, McDougal Were “Bribes”

    02/17/2018 10:56:00 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    How is it possible for the host of network TV show to be so confused about such a basic legal concept? On her MSNBC show today, Joy Reid asked MSNBC legal expert Danny Cevallos whether the payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal were “bribes.” Cevallos managed not to laugh, gently explaining to Reid that “one of the key elements in any bribery case is government involvement. Citizens, regular private folks, can generally bribe each other. It’s a different issue if they’re extorting or blackmailing. That’s illegal. But it’s official conduct, it’s anything of value for some official conduct in...
  • O’Donnell Offers Sen. Collins, Sen. Flake $2M to Vote No on Tax Bill

    12/22/2017 3:47:24 AM PST · by smileyface · 28 replies
    One America News ^ | December 21, 2017 | OAN Newsroom
    Rosie O’Donnell is facing intense backlash on social media after offering to payoff two Republican senators if they voted no on the tax bill. This comes after O’Donnell tweeted out Tuesday night that she would give GOP Senators Susan Collins and Jeff Flake two million dollars each if they sided with Democrats. so how about this i promise to give 2 million dollars to senator susan collins and 2 million to senator jeff flake if they vote NO NO I WILL NOT KILL AMERICANS FOR THE SUOER RICH DM me susan DM me jeff no shit 2 million cash each...
  • Rosie O’Donnell Could Be Facing Prison Time And A $12 MILLION FINE For Bribery

    12/21/2017 4:57:39 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 71 replies
    After ex-comedian Rosie O’Donnell’s meltdown on Twitter before the Senate’s big tax vote Tuesday night, President Donald Trump can reasonably direct federal authorities to lock her up Even after another Twitter user, Louise Mensch, replied that O’Donnell was irresponsibly advocating bribery, O’Donnell doubled down. Federal law addresses O’Donnell’s actions. 18 U.S. Code § 201 criminalizes the attempted bribery of federal officials by whoever “directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value to any public official … with intent to influence any official act.” The penalty? For Rosie, she could spend up to 15 years in jail
  • Rosie O'Donnell Offers to Bribe Senators; Possibly Commits a Crime (Toss her in Prison!!!)

    12/20/2017 8:20:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 20, 2017 | Christine Rousselle
    Former talk show host Rosie O'Donnell isn't exactly known for her measured political commentary, and has been excessively critical of both President Donald Trump and the GOP for years now. On Tuesday, however, she kicked it up a notch: she just might have committed a felony.In the lead-up to the vote on tax reform, O'Donnell tweeted that she would promise to give Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) $2 million each if they voted against the bill. O'Donnell said that "NO I WILL NOT KILL AMERICANS FOR THE SUOER [sic] RICH" and implored both senators to "DM"...
  • Rosie O’Donnell offered $2 million in cash to senators willing to vote against tax reform

    12/20/2017 5:30:45 AM PST · by advance_copy · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/20/2017 | Sally Persons
    Comedian Rosie O’Donnell in a tweet late Tuesday offered millions in cash to senators who vote against the Republican tax plan. Her tweet called specifically on Republican Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of Maine. Ms. O’Donnell offered $2 million to each senator to vote no. She then followed up telling Ms. Collins specifically to call if she wanted to negotiate. [SNIP] Offering money to a lawmaker in exchange for changing a vote, or voting a particular way, is illegal.
  • DOJ failed to interview FBI informant before it filed charges in Russian nuclear bribery case

    12/04/2017 4:20:23 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 15 replies
    While he was Maryland’s chief federal prosecutor, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s office failed to interview the undercover informant in the FBI’s Russian nuclear bribery case before it filed criminal charges in the case in 2014, officials told The Hill. And the prosecutors did not let a grand jury hear from the paid informant before it handed up an indictment portraying him as a “victim” of the Russian corruption scheme, or fully review his extensive trove of documents until months later, the officials confirmed. The decisions backfired after prosecutors conducted more extensive debriefings of William Campbell in 2015, learning much...
  • FBI: Hillary Clinton to face Criminal Indictment for Email Abuse 'Very Soon'

    06/01/2016 9:36:30 AM PDT · by drewh · 68 replies
    Santa Monica Observer ^ | June 1, 2016 | By David Ganezer
    A journalist employed by liberal Huffington Post reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) will recommend that the Department of Justice file a Federal criminal complaint, indicting U.S. Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. Frank Hugenard is a political scientist, public speaker and freelance contributor to the Huff Po. He had his story removed by HuffPo editors and his account disabled without explanation. His article bore the title: ""Hillary Clinton to be Indicted On Federal Racketeering Charges" It quickly went viral before being removed. FBI Director James Comey will present a recommendation to Loretta Lynch, Attorney General and head...
  • [Flashback] FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama admin. approved nuclear deal with Moscow

    11/18/2017 9:44:10 AM PST · by mojito · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/17/2017 | John Solomon and Alison Spann
    Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews. Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks...
  • Recordings Show Russian Officials Bribe Clintons, ‘Body of Evidence’ Warrants Investigations

    11/15/2017 9:39:32 AM PST · by detective · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Nov 2017 | Jeff Poor
    Shortened title. Full title: Schweizer: Recordings Will Show Russian Officials Willing to Bribe Clintons, ‘Body of Evidence’ Warrants Investigations In an appearance Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Breitbart editor at Large Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute and author of “Clinton Cash,” revealed there were audio recordings of Russian officials demonstrating they were willing to use “bribery” to get favors from the former President Bill Clinton and his wife former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. According to Schweizer, that included giving donations to the Clinton Foundation.
  • Air Force 'mistake' kept Texas shooter's conviction off background check database: Report

    11/06/2017 3:22:22 PM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 132 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11-6-2017 | Kara Zupkus
    The man who police say shot and killed 26 people in a Texas church was able to purchase firearms because the Air Force failed to enter his assault conviction into a federal database, according to a report.........
  • Texas Gunman Broke Skull of Infant Stepson in 2012 Assault

    11/06/2017 3:35:29 PM PST · by familyop · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | NOV. 6, 2017 | DAVE PHILIPPS and RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr.
    “He assaulted his stepson severely enough that he fractured his skull, and he also assaulted his wife,” said Don Christensen, a retired colonel who was the chief prosecutor for the Air Force. “He pled to intentionally doing it.”...He was sentenced in November of that year to 12 months’ confinement and reduction to the lowest possible rank. After his confinement, he was discharged from the military with a bad conduct discharge. It is unclear whether his conviction would have barred him from purchasing a gun. The case marked a long downward slide that included divorce...After Mr. Kelley was discharged from the...
  • ‘Fat Leonard’ scandal expands to ensnare more than 60 admirals

    11/05/2017 5:19:14 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 43 replies
    In response to queries from The Post, the Navy recently confirmed that it has been reviewing the conduct of 440 other active-duty and retired personnel — including 60 current and former admirals — for possible violations of military law or federal ethics rules in their dealings with Francis and his company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia. That is double the number of admirals whom Navy officials said were under investigation last year (The Navy has about 210 admirals on active duty). The caseload has grown as the Justice Department has given the Navy additional dossiers of individuals who did not meet...