Tag Archives: The Justice Department

The FBI and other US Goverment agencies have been probing for Russia /Trump connections…

Anyone surprised at this?

Common sense would be that Obama would want a ‘look/see’ launched …..

Donald Trump will be the President in less than two days….

Does the investigation get shut down?

Who does the investigators report to?

What happens if Trump or any of his family or staff ARE implicated if this story is TRUE?

The FBI and five other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have collaborated for months in an investigation into Russian attempts to influence the November election, including whether money from the Kremlin covertly aided President-elect Donald Trump, two people familiar with the matter said.

The agencies involved in the inquiry are the FBI, the CIA, the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and representatives of the director of national intelligence, the sources said.

Investigators are examining how money may have moved from the Kremlin to covertly help Trump win, the two sources said. One of the allegations involves whether a system for routinely paying thousands of Russian-American pensioners may have been used to pay some email hackers in the United States or to supply money to intermediaries who would then pay the hackers, the two sources said….

FBI Director Comey refused at a recent Senate hearing to comment on whether the bureau was investigating Russia’s hacking campaign for possible criminal prosecutions. Spokespeople for the FBI, the Justice Department and the national intelligence director declined to comment….


AG Holder is doing his last year in Office….

Eric Holder, The US Attorney General has indicated that he will leave his position sometime before the end of 2014….

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder plans to step down some time this year, according to the New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin, whose feature story is slated to run in the magazine’s Feb. 17 issue, the Washington Times reports.

The first African-American attorney general told the writer that he planned to remain “well into” 2014, but he also told CBS News last year, on Nov. 19, that he didn’t have “any plans” to step down, the Washington Times reports…..



Will the Sulaiman Abu Ghaith trial actually be held in NYC?

This sotra thging has been going since the Obama administration began…..

Trying terrorist guys either at Gitmo or in the states…

While the US HAS tried several terorists in  New York and elsewhere….

Local ‘often aren’t comfortable with the trials. for security and economic reasons…

The NYPD and the Fed’s can and have made those occasions safe in New York…

But the whole idea of trying these guys in civilian courts has been a sew-saw battle that AG Holder has gotten burned on a few times….

Abu Ghaith has been arriagned in a Federal Court in New York…

The issue of trying him there is gonna be a political football for the White House and Department of Justice…..

Republicans say he should be held at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and tried by a military tribunal, not a federal civilian court.

They say the administration is putting New York at risk of terrorist attack by holding the trial there and warn security costs will run in the millions of dollars.

“Gitmo, a naval vessel, Guam, anywhere other than New York, and anything other than a civilian trial. Safety is one issue, convenience to otherwise innocent people who live and work near the U.S. district court,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told Fox’s Greta Van Susteren.

Gowdy said a military tribunal would offer distinct advantages over a civilian jury trial, namely that military courts are made up of military officers and don’t require unanimous jury verdicts for conviction.

But Gowdy said his bigger concern is the difference in the discovery process between military and civilian courts.

In a federal court, Abu Ghaith could gain insights into the sources of methods of classified operations by demanding a thorough accounting of the evidence in discovery, Gowdy said.

“Imagine he fires his attorneys and says I’m going to represent myself, so give me all the evidence there is. Is there any guarantee that he’s going to keep that discovery, some of which may be classified, from getting in the wrong hands?” Gowdy asked. “We’ve seen that happen before in civilian trials. So why would we take that risk?”

Abu Ghaith, Bin Laden’s son-in-law, was captured in Jordan last week.

Republican senators have also criticized the administration’s decision.


Sotomayor Gets pissed at Prosecutor’s Racially Insensitive Remark…


….from TPM….

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor slammed the racially insensitive comments of a federal prosecutor in a Texas drug case Monday, calling his words “an affront to the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection of the laws,” CNN reports. Sotomayor agreed with a majority on the court in declining to review the case, but still took the opportunity to issue a statement condemning the prosecutor’s words as well as the Justice Department’s reaction to them.

The prosecutor–whom Sotomayor refused to name–said during cross-examination of a drug conspiracy case: “You’ve got African-Americans, you’ve got Hispanics, you’ve got a bag full of money. Does that tell you–a light bulb doesn’t go off in your head and say, This is a drug deal?”

“It is deeply disappointing to see a representative of the United States resort to this basic tactic more than a decade into the 21st century,” Sotomayor said. “We expect the government to seek justice, not fan the flames of fear and prejudice.”

“I hope never to see a case like this again,” Sotomayor concluded….


The Feds will NEVER Lock up most of the White Collar crooked financial executives from the crisis a few years ago ….

Mike Taibbi has been spot lighting this fact over at Rolling Stone for more than 2 years….

Now we get a confirmation from an ex-FBI agent that is moving over to the SEC….

The ‘Master’s of the Universe’ WILL get over ….

First the shit that they fucked up gambling on we the tax payer bailed them out with our tax money….

Second ain’t ANY of them going to jail……

A good many are gonna hit with Civil fines….

But most of those guys are gonna chalk this up to the cost of doing business….

A few might get fired…

But what the heck?

They already made out with tons of money already, right?

A former top U.S. official in charge of investigating the financial crisis said the government has concluded that many inquiries of wrongdoing by financial executives can’t succeed as criminal prosecutions.

“There’s been a realization and a more deliberate targeting by the Department of Justice before we launch criminally on some of these cases” said David Cardona, who was a deputy assistant director at the Federal Bureau of Investigation until he left last month for a job at the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Justice Department has decided it is “better left to regulators” to take civil-enforcement action on those cases, he said.

In an interview shortly before his move, Mr. Cardona said a three-year slog through probes at large mortgage lenders and securities firms had led federal officials to conclude the U.S. government’s best strategy in many cases is to pursue only civil charges. While defendants avoid the possibility of prison in such cases, they carry a lower burden of proof.

Mr. Cardona said Monday that his new duties in the SEC’s regional office in Miami are a “logical progression” after more than 25 years at the FBI, where he often worked closely with SEC officials. Mr. Cardona said his move wasn’t the result of frustration with the number of prosecutions stemming from the crisis.

While at the FBI, Mr. Cardona oversaw dozens of criminal probes of large financial firms. The FBI’s probes haven’t led to any successful prosecutions of high-profile executives in relation to the financial crisis, despite demands from some lawmakers and angry Americans. In contrast, the SEC has filed crisis-related civil-fraud cases against 81 firms and individuals, and it has negotiated almost $2 billion in penalties in cases that have been settled.

The comments by Mr. Cardona offer one of the starkest explanations yet for the government’s track record in prosecuting possible fraud and other misdeeds tied to the crisis. He said an initial burst of optimism by federal officials when they began examining banks and securities firms slowly gave way to frustration over how to prove criminal intent. U.S. officials were especially rattled by the 2009 acquittal of two Bear Stearns Cos. hedge-fund managers, which triggered “a lot of rethinking on how we do things,” he said.

Many criminal probes have gone nowhere, including investigations of insurer American International Group Inc.; mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp., now part ofBank of America Corp.; mortgage lender Washington Mutual Inc., which collapsed into bankruptcy;securities firm Goldman Sachs Group Inc.; and other major firms embroiled in the crisis.


The Dogs seems to have got most of it right on the background of the illegal’s US government powerplay….

Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan, said his office should never be “a rubber stamp for the White House.”

Back on July 9th The Dog did a post on what he thought went down in the background of the illegals spy case….

My main point was not the case itself….

That was straight forward….

The FBI caught a batch of people that were ‘moles’ for the Russian’s…

They were living the good life..

Enjoying their American perks and sending very little back to their Russian spy masters….

At the time I thought the case wasn’t really a big deal…

It was actually something that could have been handled by US Customs and Immigration Enforcement since none of the people involved were charged with SPYING…..

The thing that the Dog found interesting was that while the media was getting hype up on the case..The rug was being pulled out from under the Justice Departement, US Attorney’s Offices and the  FBI…..

In my scnerio post I thought outloud that the politcial arm of the United Staes Governmnet was caught by surprise and embarsassed by the moves by FBI, Justice and the US Attorney’s offices….

Turns out I was right…

In a piece in the New York Times today it is revealed that the US Attorney’s Office was shut of the process once the trade talks began it began….as the White House had been when the FBI began rolling up the network….

The US Attorney in Mahattan sits down and discusses if the it’s the right thing to have the swap?

Is he kidding me?

Later in the piece its revealed that the some of Russian’s defense attorney ‘s learn of the swap from the Russian’s!…

Obviously the US Prosecutor is not happy with being locked out of his case and does this New York Times piece to get HIS story out….

But one must remember the US Attorney Preet Bharara has been at his job for less than a year and owes he job to those same political winds that took his case away…

He’ll not be happy …but he serves at the pleasure of the President…just like the Attorney General does…..

In the end a lesson was served up here…

I pointed it out from the jump……

Like in the Bush years….

Even the Justice Departement has to learn to not spring surprises on it’s bosses…

They can bite back….

Quietly and quickly…

Serving up emabrrassment in public……

It really is who has the ‘juice’…

It always is…..

Mr. Bharara’s office was assigned last year to prosecute another high-profile case, the trial ofKhalid Shaikh Mohammed and four others accused of plotting the Sept. 11 attacks, but before the defendants ever arrived in New York, the plans were derailed by strong opposition from local politicians.

In the Russia case, though, the circumstances were different. A deal was being struck by political leaders of two nations that would close a decade-long investigation even before an indictment was brought.

In the end, Mr. Bharara said he concluded the deal being brokered by the politicians was acceptable and just, and was being pursued for the right reason, and his prosecutors scrambled to secure guilty pleas from the 10 jailed suspects in different cities as the case sped to a conclusion.

Now, with the deal done and the Russian agents back in Moscow, it turns out that prosecutors were not the only ones questioning their role in one of the odder, more fascinating spy cases in years.

Donna R. Newman, the lawyer for one man accused of being a member of what was known as Russia’s illegals program, said a prosecutor had made clear to her that the terms of the eventual plea deal were being handed down from the highest levels of government. She said it was usually the United States attorney’s office that dictated the terms of plea bargains, and she joked with the prosecutor, “I’m used to being window dressing, but in this case you’re window dressing, too.”

Robert M. Baum, the lawyer who represented another of the agents, Anna Chapman, said, “People congratulated me on the result of the case, but I had nothing to do with the result.”

The case moved so swiftly that Peter B. Krupp, the lawyer for one of the Russian agents detained in Massachusetts, said he first learned the outlines of what later became the plea deal not from prosecutors but from a Russian official in a jailhouse meeting in Plymouth, Mass.

Mr. Krupp said he called a prosecutor, asking for confirmation of the terms of the deal, and was left with the impression that the prosecutor himself was unaware of the details.

“It is my feeling,” Mr. Krupp said, “that the defense teams, the prosecutors and the court were all pawns in this negotiation.”

To Mr. Bharara, the 41-year-old United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, who has served 11 months in the post, the prosecutors were not pawns, and he said they worked hard to guard against that.

“We took seriously our responsibility to be independent thinkers and responsible enforcers of justice,” he said. “It’s very easy for me to say that, because we agreed with what was going on, but it’s important for people to know that we thought about that.”

“If something would have violated our principles,” he added, “we would have objected.”

Mr. Bharara agreed to discuss limited aspects of the case at the request of The New York Times. Further details were obtained from others who were briefed on the process.


Note…Nowhere in this piece does the Government lawyers indicate that they were asked anything…it appears they weren’t……they just did the deal…..