Wasserman Schultz IT Staffer Indicted By Grand Jury On 4 Counts

The walls may be closing in on Debbie Wasserman Schultz after her former IT aide, the one who was arrested by the FBI at Dulles airport last month while trying to flee the country to Pakistan via Qatar, has officially been indicted by a grand jury on four counts including bank fraud and making false statements.
As Fox News points out, the charges include Awan’s wife Hina Alvi and are tied to allegations that the pair conspired to make false statements on applications for home equity lines of credit and then sent the proceeds of those loans to individuals in Pakistan.
Imran Awan, a former IT aide for Democratic Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, was indicted Thursday on four counts including bank fraud and making false statements.
The grand jury decision in U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia comes roughly a month after Awan was arrested at Dulles airport in Virginia trying to board a plane to Pakistan, where his family is from.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 17, 2017.

FBI ‘Reopens’ FOIA Case On Lynch-Clinton Tarmac Meeting After Getting Caught In Lie

Last October Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) received the following letter from the FBI regarding his FOIA request for any documents related to the now-infamous Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting in June 2016. The letter quite simply stated there were “no records responsive to your request.”
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Of course, since the DOJ has subsequently provided numerous documents which include email traffic with various FBI officials (see: FOIA Dump Reveals Collusion Between Lynch, FBI And Media To Bury Bill Clinton Meeting), we now know that the FBI’s original response was either (i) just a simple reflection of their complete incompetence (best case) or (ii) an outright lie (worst case).
Alas, it seems as though the FBI has finally admitted in a new letter sent to Sekulow that maybe, just maybe, there are “records potentially responsive to your request” and, as such, they’ve ‘reopened’ the case to search for those records.
“…your request has been reopened under the FOIPA number listed above as the FBI has determined records potentially responsive to your request may exist. We are currently in the process of searching for any responsive material.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 17, 2017.

Watchdog Sues FBI For Failure To Turn Over Comey “Exit Papers”

After scoring a major court victory on Thursday in its years-long pursuit of any and all emails sent by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pertaining to the Sept.11, 2012 attack in Benghazi, watchdog group Judicial Watch has announced that it’s suing the Department of Justice for failure to turn over records pertaining to former FBI James Comey’s handling of the infamous ‘Comey memo.”
The group is escalating its fight to learn everything it can about the memo that Comey allegedly wrote following a meeting with President Donald Trump where, Comey claims, the president improperly pressured him to drop the bureau’s investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Specifically, Judicial Watch would like to know how Comey was allowed to walk out the door with a copy of this memo. There’s a strong legal argument that the document, because it was written in his official capacity as FBI director, belongs to the Justice Department and unlawfully taking it would be a felony offense.
Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice for all non-disclosure agreements pertaining to the handling, storage, protection, dissemination, and/or return of classified information that were signed by or on behalf of former FBI Director James Comey (Judicial Watch v. U. S. Department of Justice (No. 1:17-cv-01624)).

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 11, 2017.

Mueller Goes After Manafort’s Family; Sought Cooperation From Son-In-Law Jeffrey Yohai

Just one day after we found out that FBI agents ‘raided’ former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s Alexandria home on July 26th, we learn that Special Counsel Mueller has also been going after Manafort’s family in order gather dirt on a person they clearly view as a material witness. According to Politico’s anonymous sources (and you know what that means), Manafort’s son-in-law, Jeffrey Yohai, was approached earlier this summer regarding his “business deals” with Manafort.
Federal investigators sought cooperation from Paul Manafort’s son-in-law in an effort to increase pressure on President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, according to three people familiar with the probe. Investigators approached Jeffrey Yohai, who has partnered in business deals with Manafort, earlier this summer, setting off ‘real waves’ in Manafort’s orbit, one of these people said. Another of these people said investigators are trying to get ‘into Manafort’s head.’
Manafort, who is a focus of the broad federal and congressional investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign, is also under investigation for his business and real estate transactions, including some that involve Yohai.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 10, 2017.

Judge Orders New Search Of State Department Servers For Hillary’s Benghazi Emails

In March 2015, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA lawsuit seeking the following:
“Any and all e-mails of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Secretary Clinton concerning, regarding, or relating to the September 11, 2012 attack on the U. S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.”
Ironically, State Department officials at the time decided to search records voluntarily turned over by Hillary and some of her former aides from private servers, as well as records collected by the FBI during their investigations, but figured it wasn’t necessary to search the one place where all official communications on such a topic should have been housed from the beginning: State Department servers.
For whatever reason, State has continually refused to conduct the search of its taxpayer funded servers going on two and a half years now. Luckily, some small bit of rational thought prevailed yesterday when a U. S. District Judge filed an order demanding a search of State Department records for any and all Benghazi-related emails be completed by September 22, 2017. Here is more from Politico:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 10, 2017.

Confirmed: FBI Raids Home of Former Trump Manager Paul Manafort

21st Century Wire says…
It’s been confirmed that the FBI did conduct a predawn raid of the home of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, in early hours of July 26th – without prior warning.
FBI agents working with special counsel Robert Mueller executed a search warrant and seized ‘various records’ and equipment from Manafort’s Virginia residency.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on AUGUST 10, 2017.

What Is The End Goal Of The Deep State? – Episode 1353b

The following video was published by X22Report on Aug 9, 2017
FBI agents raided Paul Manafort’s home in July, what did they find, not much. Russian lawyer reports that the US media changed her story around to make it sound much different than what she was discussing. Tillerson and Trump are playing good cop, bad cop with NK. The deep state continues to push their agenda with NK, what is their end game?

WHAT’S BEHIND THE PRE-DAWN FBI RAID ON TRUMP’S FORMER CAMPAIGN CHAIR?

The FBI conducted a pre-dawn raid on president Donald Trump’s former campaign chair, Paul Manafort on July 26. There was no warning that this raid would occur, but with a search warrant, the FBI seized documents and other records.
If you guessed that the FBI is on a witch hunt over Russian election meddling, you’d be correct. Those ‘close to the investigation,’ according to the Washington Post, said that this is an attempt to find any evidence at all that would provide even a hint of the Russians meddling in the 2016 presidential election. (The same meddling that produced not one single changed vote.)
The day before the raid, Manafort met voluntarily with the staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Manafort had also been voluntarily turning over documents to the council. The search warrant indicates investigators may have argued to a federal judge they had reason to believe Manafort could not be trusted to turn over ALL records in response to a grand jury subpoena. They also indicated that this may just be a ‘message’ to Trump associates.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on AUGUST 9, 2017.

FBI Agents Conducted Predawn Raid Of Paul Manafort’s Home

Confirming that Special Counsel Mueller’s probe has a particular interest in the business dealing of Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, the WaPo reports that FBI agents “raided the Alexandria home of President Trump’s former campaign chairman late last month, using a search warrant to seize documents and other materials.”
Federal agents reportedly appeared at Manafort’s home without advance warning two weeks ago, in the predawn hours on Wednesday, July 26, the day after he met voluntarily with the staff for the Senate Intelligence Committee. The WaPo reports that the served search warrant was “wide-ranging and FBI agents working with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III departed the home with various records.”
The raid came as Manafort has been voluntarily producing documents to congressional committees investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. The search warrant indicates investigators may have argued to a federal judge they had reason to believe Manafort could not be trusted to turn over all records in response to a grand jury subpoena.
It could also have been intended to send a message to President Trump’s former campaign chairman that he should not expect gentle treatment or legal courtesies from Mueller’s team.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 9, 2017.

Record Number Of Dallas Police Officers Quit In July Amid Ongoing Pension Crisis

We first introduced readers to the Dallas Police and Fire Pension (DPFP) crisis last summer in a post entitled “Dallas Cops’ Pension Fund Nears Insolvency In Wake Of Shady Real Estate Deals, FBI Raid.” For those who have managed to avoid this particular storyline for the past 15 months, here is a brief recap of how it all started from our original post on the topic:
The Dallas Police & Fire Pension (DPFP), which covers nearly 10,000 police and firefighters, is on the verge of collapse as its board and the City of Dallas struggle to pitch benefit cuts to save the plan from complete failure. According the the National Real Estate Investor, DPFP was once applauded for it’s “diverse investment portfolio” but turns out it may have all been a fraud as the pension’s former real estate investment manager, CDK Realy Advisors, was raided by the FBI in April 2016 and the fund was subsequently forced to mark down their entire real estate book by 32%. Guess it’s pretty easy to generate good returns if you manage a book of illiquid assets that can be marked at your “discretion”.
To provide a little background, per the Dallas Morning News, Richard Tettamant served as the DPFP’s administrator for a couple of decades right up until he was forced out in June 2014. Starting in 2005, Tettamant oversaw a plan to “diversify” the pension into “hard assets” and away from the “risky” stock market…because there’s no risk if you don’t have to mark your book every day. By the time the “diversification” was complete, Tettamant had invested half of the DPFP’s assets in, effectively, the housing bubble. Investments included a $200mm luxury apartment building in Dallas, luxury Hawaiian homes, a tract of undeveloped land in the Arizona desert, Uruguayan timber, the American Idol production company and a resort in Napa.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 8, 2017.