Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Statement of Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler for the Hearing on “Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation”

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  Welcome to the House Judiciary Committee, Mr. Rosenstein. 

For the better part of a year, my colleagues and I have implored this Committee to conduct real oversight of the Department of Justice. 

On January 24, 2017, we wrote to Chairman Goodlatte insisting that “the Committee hold hearings on President Trump’s conflicts of interest, at home and abroad.”  Citing to experts across the political spectrum, we showed that “[t]he Administration’s attempts to address its ongoing conflicts of interest are, so far, wholly inadequate.”  Six weeks later, Attorney General Sessions was forced to recuse himself from the Russia investigation—but we have not held a single hearing on the question of conflicts of interest.

On March 8, we wrote again to the Chairman, encouraging him to call hearings on “Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. election.”  Again, no such hearings were ever held.

In fact, this Committee—which during the Obama Administration held half a dozen hearings around Operation Fast & Furious, received testimony from FBI Director James Comey three times in 13 months, and detailed staff and resources to a Benghazi investigation that cost the public almost $8 million—this Committee, from Inauguration Day until four weeks ago, was largely silent in terms of oversight.

We haven’t lifted a finger on election security.  Attorney General Sessions told us on November 14 that he has done nothingto secure the next election from threats at home and abroad. 

We have not once discussed the President’s abuse of the pardon power.  While the hurricane bore down on Houston, President Trump sidelined the Office of the Pardon Attorney to pardon a serial human rights abuser who bragged about running a concentration camp in Arizona. 

And we have not held a single hearing on allegations of obstruction of justice at the White House—not for lack of evidence, but because, in the Chairman’s words, “there is a special counsel in place examining the issue,” and “several other congressional committees are looking into the matter,” and the Committee “does not have the time” to conduct this critical oversight.  I ask my colleagues to keep those excuses in mind.

Now, with the year coming to a close, with the leadership of the Department of Justice finally before us, what do my Republican colleagues want to discuss?  Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Let me repeat that:  With all of these unresolved issues left on our docket, a week before we adjourn for the calendar year, the Majority’s highest oversight priority is Hillary Clinton’s emails and a few related text messages.

As we saw in our recent hearings with the Department of Justice and the FBI, my Republican colleagues seem singularly focused on their call for a second special counsel—and, failing that, on the need to investigate the investigators ourselves.

The White House has now joined the call by House Republicans for a new special counsel to investigate the FBI.  The President’s private lawyers have done the same.  I understand the instinct to want to change the subject after the Flynn and Manafort indictments—but this request is grossly misguided, for a number of reasons.

First, it shows a fundamental misunderstanding of how the special counsel regulations work.  

Some criminal investigations pose a conflict of interest to the Department of Justice.  The Russia investigation is such a case—because of the Attorney General’s ongoing recusal and because Department leadership assisted in the removal of Director Comey, among other reasons.  In cases like these, the Attorney General may use a special counsel to manage the investigation outside of the ordinary chain of command. 

But the key here is the criminal investigation.  That’s what special counsel does.  The Department cannot simply assign a special counsel to look at things that bother the White House.  There has to be enough evidence to have predicated a criminal investigation in the first place.  Then, and only then, if the facts warrant, can a special counsel be assigned to the case.

So far, there has been no credible factual or legal claim that anybody at the Department of Justice violated any law by deciding not to bring charges against Hillary Clinton or by attempting to meet with Fusion GPS.  In other words, there is no investigation to which the Department could even assign a new special counsel. 

Second, the list of grievances raised by the Majority for review by a new special counsel also seems wildly off the mark.

For example, there is nothing unlawful about Director Comey’s sitting down to draft an early statement about the Clinton investigation—nor would it have been unethical to outline his conclusions before the investigation was over, if the clear weight of the evidence pointed in one direction.

Nor is there anything wrong with FBI agents expressing their private political views via private text message, as Peter Strzok and Lisa Page appear to have done in the 375 text messages we received last night.  In fact, Department regulations expressly permit that sort of communication.

I have reviewed those text messages, and I am left with two thoughts. 

First, Peter Strzok did not say anything about Donald Trump that the majority of Americans weren’t also thinking at the same time.  And second, in a testament to his integrity and situational awareness, when the Office of the Inspector General made Mr. Mueller aware of these exchanges, he immediately removed Mr. Strzok from his team.

To the extent that we are now engaged in oversight of political bias at the FBI, this Committee should examine evidence of a coordinated effort by some agents involved in the Clinton investigation to change the course of the campaign in favor of President Trump by leaking sensitive information to the public, and by threatening to leak additional information about new emails after the investigation was closed.

On Monday, Ranking Member Cummings and I sent a letter to the Department asking for additional materials related to these leaks, as well as to claims that these efforts may have been coordinated with former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, and other senior figures in the Trump campaign.

Third, the President’s call for an investigation of the investigation is, at best, wildly dangerous to our democratic institutions.

On the one hand, the President’s old “lock her up” cheer seems quaint after a couple of guilty pleas by Trump associates.

On the other, as former Attorney General Michael Mukasey—no fan of Hillary Clinton—has said: the President’s continued threats to prosecute his political opponents is “something we don’t do here.”  If the President were to carry out his threat, “it would be like a banana republic.”

Finally, and most important, this investigation into the investigation cannot credibly be a priority for this Committee at this time.

I understand the instinct to want to give cover to the President.  I am fearful that the Majority’s effort to turn the tables on the Special Counsel will get louder and more frantic as the walls close in around the President.  But this Committee has a job to do.

President Trump has engaged in a persistent and dangerous effort to discredit both the free press and the Department of Justice.  These are the agencies and institutions under our jurisdiction.  Every minute that that our Majority wastes on covering for President Trump is a minute lost on finding a solution for the Dreamers, or curbing a vicious spike in hate crimes, or preventing dangerous individuals from purchasing firearms, or stopping the President from further damaging the constitutional order.

I hope my colleagues will use today’s hearing as an opportunity to find their way back to the true work of the House Judiciary Committee.  I thank the Chairman, and yield back the balance of my time.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

John Podesta Wikileaks Email On TARP Bait & Switch For Detroit Land Bank Authority

Every so often I come across something that makes me squeal out loud in a rush of pure exciting joy like being on the drop of a rollercoaster.

This is how I think about my journey, through the political process of the United States, to end Mediciad fraud in child welfare.

Something tells my my #Superfans are just as giddy.

This is going to be so much fun, and romantic.

In a nutshell, the John Podesta Wikileak email basically is saying that they are going to pump a scheme through the congress, with backpocket veto, to make sure they can drawn down the rest of the $350 billion in TARP funds.

By pushing through the Detroit Big 3 auto bail out, they knew the industry would pay it backm making them look like "Legal Geniuses" (trademark pending).

Then, in falsely advising POTUS with an official Memorandum to support the fraud scheme, in a private, backdoor email, they created a false sense of authority in their advice to have the administration to commit to $25 billion, for the creation of a homeowner orientated housing measures, (a.k.a. Detroit Land Bank Authority, et al., in conjunction with the Clinton Global Initiative, et al.)

That is the exact same shit they were doing to my Sweetie.

They corrupted the annals of history.

Stay tuned.

"Legal Geniuses" of the Detroit Land Bank Authority (on left as Patrick)
on the rollercoaster of my mission, with me (on right as SpongeBob)

Fw: Draft Memo to PE


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Michigan Auditor General Tags Detroit Land Bank Authority In Report

Remember the other day when Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette had me declared a public
nuisance in the public record, that same time when the Detroit Land Bank Authority and it racketeering front man, Detroit Land Bank Community Development Corporation called me a conspiracy theorist?

Well, if I am a public nuisance, conspiracy theorist, then, what is the Michigan Auditor General, Doug Ringler because he just released the Office findings of more conspiracy theorist findings in the discovery period of my case.

I believe this is why MSHDA backtracked on its initial report that there was bid rigging in Detroit demolition with the Detroit Land Bank Authority.

Other departments were conducting other audits to compare to previous reports.

It looks like there are more rogue state employees in Michigan.

The point raised in this report has to deal with District 14, Wayne County and the question surrounding the acquisition of real estate for the Qline.

If the Qline got its properties from the Detroit Land Bank Authority, et al. with dirty deeds, then we have a serious problem.

And to think, the Kresge Foundation "Rip the Ripper" was all over this, too.

But hey, what do I know?

Much more to come.
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Washington, D.C.—This evening, the House passed H.R. 1730, the “Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act,”  by a vote of 402-2.  This bill would extend protections under current federal law for “religious real property.”  Currently, Section 247 of the Federal Criminal Code prohibits both the damaging of religious property because of the property’s religious character and the intentional obstruction — by force or threats of force — of anyone’s exercise of religious beliefs. 

H.R. 1730 would clarify that threats of force against religious property are included in this prohibition.  Additionally, the measure would provide that the damaging or obstructing of such property that results in damages exceeding $5,000 constitutes a felony punishable by up to 3 years imprisonment.  Finally, the bill would clarify that real property covered by the statute includes property leased by a non-profit, religiously-affiliated organization.

The importance of this legislation is underscored by the recent upsurge in bomb threats, hate crimes, and vandalism committed against communities of faith.  For instance, more than 150 bomb threats were made against Jewish Community Centers in the first quarter of this year alone.  And, there has been an alarming surge in the number of threats, vandalism, and arson committed against mosques over the past year.

In response to House passage of this bill, Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) stated,

“Recently, our country has been experiencing a surge in hate crimes – including those committed against communities of faith. In 2016, the hate crimes statistics released by the FBI indicate that anti-Semitic hate crimes increased 20% from the prior year. 

“Our country was founded on the principles of religious liberty, and while we may disagree with the religious practices of others, it is never acceptable to use physical obstruction, force, or threats of force to deny others the right to worship. 

“I believe it is not only appropriate but necessary for Congress to strengthen our laws against these types of acts so that no American has to choose between their faith and their safety. And I am pleased that this important bill, which was adopted by the Judiciary Committee, has now been passed by the House of Representatives.”
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Monday, December 11, 2017


Washington, D.C.—Today, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter, below, to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein expressing concerns about the Department of Justice’s failure to provide documents to Democrats as part of the joint investigation initiated by Chairmen Bob Goodlatte and Trey Gowdy into last year’s review by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) into Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails.

“We write concerning the Justice Department’s longstanding commitment to equal treatment of the Minority and Majority in Congress with respect to document production in connection with committee investigations.  We are disappointed that the Department has not honored this tradition with respect to the joint investigation initiated by Chairman Goodlatte and Chairman Gowdy on October 24, 2017. 

“As you know, on November 3, 2017, Chairman Goodlatte and Chairman Gowdy wrote to you to request certain documents related to the FBI’s handling of its investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.   On December 6, 2017, Chairman Goodlatte wrote an additional letter to the Department referencing this investigation and requesting information involving a reported FISA warrant involving Carter Page and relating to Russian interference in the 2016 election.  In between, the Department of Justice appears to have engaged in extensive correspondence with our Majorities, produced 1,100 pages of documents to our committees, and promised to provide 1.2 million additional records to the committees by January 15, 2018

“Unfortunately, we did not learn of your interactions with the Majority until after Chairman Goodlatte mentioned his efforts at last week’s Judiciary Committee hearing with FBI Director Christopher Wray.  Your failure to treat us as an equal participant in this investigation, to simultaneously provide us with copies of that correspondence, or to produce these documents to our offices directly, is unacceptable and inconsistent with House rules,” the Members wrote.

The Ranking Members requested copies of all correspondence with the Majority related to the investigation, as well as any Republican requests for documents related to the investigation. The Ranking Members also requested copies of all documents and communications related to allegations that FBI Agents in the New York office may have leaked information regarding the investigation prior to the November, 2016 presidential election.
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HHS OIG Cyber Protects Whistleblowers

In the wake of the ongoing investigations of espionage hacking & leaking in all three branches of federal government, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has come out with new guidelines to report fraud.

See, if someone reports fraud online, then, with all the damn privatization, outsourcing contract fraud of administrative databases and programs, a complaint can be intercepted and the whistleblower targeted.

Then, of course, you have those who will just report to be reporting for whatever reason, with issues that do not fall under the perview of HHS OIG. with no system of referral to the proper investigative division, clogging up the fraud reporting system.

HHS OIG came out with some pretty good guidlines for reporting fraud.

See, Medicaid fraud in child welfare is normally under artificial gag policies, where an original parent can have parental rights terminated for reporting fraud.

That is not good, but it happens all the time.

One of the most favorite techniques for going after whistleblowers is to disrupt the family with Child Protective Services.

Remember, this is not about the parents, it is about the children and this is why I believe HHS OIG updated its guidelines for those with no money for justice to blow the whistle.

Thank you for the acknowledgment that "The Poors" (always said with clinched teeth) are whistleblowers and deserve protection, too.

I have so many models to implement, databases to synch and policies to strip.

Oh, and Dan, you still suck.

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Ever Wonder How To End Child Trafficking?

Thinking Reports
"The Elected Ones" thinking about how they can
get more of those re-election dollars
rather than ending child trafficking
and its fraud schemes.
Have you ever wondered how to end child trafficking?

Have you stayed up nights, tossing and turning trying to figure out why human trafficking is manifesting in mainstream society with such pervasiveness in using children?

Well, wonder no more for I have a model for you!

Check out Colorado, the think tank for human trafficking.

The State of Colorado, along with the infinite wisdom of its universities and policy think tanks, has, once again, provided me with another glorious example of Medicaid Fraud in Child Welfare.

Let us take this time to honor the fraudfeasors of Colorado by taking another stroll, back down memory lane of a state revenue maximization scheme in human trafficking called child welfare.

What is Union School in Haiti where the late Monica Petersen Supposedly Taught?

Colorado Hustles Medicaid Billing For Campaign Contributions

Colorado Children Ombudsman Referrals For Medicaid Fraud?

You must understand, child trafficking starts in child welfare and makes its way into the cyberverse to maximize revenues.

Authorities Say YouTube's "Toy Freaks" Dad Is Under Investigation — But They Won’t Say Who’s In Charge

If you think this is a farce, then look at another online human trafficking model.

Modern Day Child Slave Ads In Michigan: Forever Homes For just a few moments, allow me to take you back in time to when children were openly sold in the papers.

Wonder no more, for, below, is just another model of child trafficking to ease you from sleepless nights, if you care to finally end the child welfare fraud.

Prompted by El Pueblo abuse allegations, Colorado opens investigation into children's facilities

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's child protection ombudsman has launched an investigation into residential centers for children after a treatment facility in Pueblo was shutdown in September following abuse reports.

The Denver Post reports ombudsman Stephanie Villafuerte on Tuesday announced the probe that will focus on state oversight of the facilities as well as the handling of abuse and neglect reports to caseworkers.

State authorities closed the El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch after multiple allegations of severe abuse came to light.

All 37 children at the ranch were moved to foster homes, group home or other facilities.

 Villafuerte says there are a "number of policy and practice concerns that extend beyond El Pueblo." Officials expect the investigation to take several months. Officials at the privately operated ranch did not return the newspaper's calls.

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FBI, DHS, Faith Based Initiatives & Child Welfare Fraud In Detroit

Gather round, my dears, for I shall tell the tale of Faith Based Initiative Funding in child welfare.

Once upon a time, at the Charles H. Wright African American Musuem, Children's and Families Justice held a Black & White Tie Affiar for its program, State of the Children, December 8, 2017.

I was supposed to be the Master of Ceremonies, but that all changed when I continuously questioned how it was possible to spend so much money on putting on a spectacular event, with valet parking, formal dining, musical groups, youth dancers in full costume and hired speakers.

Despite my suggestions of sponsorship and collaboration with other groups to expand an audience to bring awareness to what was going on in child welfare, I was shut down.

That was not a problem because it was not my event.

I proposed breakout work sessions for advocacy.

I even went so far as to invite "The Elected Ones" and community leaders since no one wanted to publicly broach the topic of child welfare fraud.

I was shot down.

Then I began to think.

This event was funded through the churches.

Yes, the churches.

So, where do the churches get its money to give away to put on these events?

Faith Based Initiative funding.

Faith Based Initiative funding was the community propaganda funding scheme launched under G.W. Bush.

In a nutshell, Faith Based funding was doled out to churches, particularly in, oh, how shall we say this, "inner cities that are traditionally democratic and poor."

This was the birth of the megachurches, where massive temples were constructed in the inner cities to "inform" the public on public issues.

Now, of course, those public issues were hand picked by the current administration, the same concept of the Request For Proposals (RFP), where funding is based upon what those in power want, and not what is of concern to the community.

Surrounded by these megachurches were zones of intense poverty.

Out of poverty comes a desparation to engage in the oldest form of survival, and in this instance, the selling of chattel, or rather human trafficking.

Blue Campaign
U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Faith Based Initiative Human Trafficking Blue Campaign
The federal End Human Trafficking Blue Campaign is now under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, with its international sister program in the U.S. State Department United States Agency for International Developmemt (USAID) of the U.S. Department of State Office of Religion and Foreign Affiars, the same Office Brownback is taking over.

I see the model of the imperialist morality parade.

The "privateers" are federally funded, condoned with religious propaganda, just like has always been done:
“We weighing all and singular the premises with due meditation, and noting that since we had formerly by other letters of ours granted among other things free and ample faculty to the aforesaid King Alfonso -- to invade, search out, capture, vanquish, and subdue all Saracens and pagans whatsoever, and other enemies of Christ wheresoever placed, and the kingdoms, dukedoms, principalities, dominions, possessions, and all movable and immovable goods whatsoever held and possessed by them and to reduce their persons to perpetual slavery, and to apply and appropriate to himself and his successors the kingdoms, dukedoms, counties, principalities, dominions, possessions, and goods, and to convert them to his and their use and profit -- by having secured the said faculty, the said King Alfonso, or, by his authority, the aforesaid infante, justly and lawfully has acquired and possessed, and doth possess, these islands, lands, harbors, and seas, and they do of right belong and pertain to the said King Alfonso and his successors”. 
The concept of slavery had finally been introduced as a mainstream concept in child welfare, but as the idea of child welfare being the "residual of the peculiar institution" is so novel, being completely omitted from the vernacular of the academic world, discord of the discourse will go on for the next four scores and seven years, all funded through relious faith based initiatives,

Chaos is a stable and predictable, open system.

How can one "fight the system" when it was designed to function under property law, or rather chattel law?

There is no parallel jurisprudence and now, through privatization, there is no redress of grievance.

How can there be shared parenting when the state, codifed in federal law, retains parental authority, or rather parental rights under the doctrine of commerce?

If a child is under the aegis of the state, is this not parental rights and would that mean that an origianl parent would have to share with the state?

Does this sharing include federal funding?

I was going to do an introductory lecture on my book, but that would be considered commerce and selling it, which will eventually be online, would violate that religious based funding eligibility.

The distractive bickering of "black-man-hate-white-man-hate-black-man-hate-white-man" will be well funded with the blessings of tax exempt God, with lots of fancy events praising the "profiteers" who continue their financial swashbuckling of the children, the land and the votes.

This State of the Children event was put on with this funding which is why there can be no corporate partnerships or profiteering.

This is why the FBI will participated in these community outreach functions.

But, the funding issue is not the sole issue which has me miffed.

FBI Special Agent In Charge, Dave Gelios made a statement which took me aback.

He came up after the Child Custody, Child Protective Services, Foster Care and Adoption horror stories of fraud.

I noticed that he was in a bit of a controlled shock as he broughtforth the disclaimer that his staff had advised him the subject matter of the event was human trafficking and the opioid crisis.

I cannot stand when staff does this crap.

It is just personal.

I like Dave.

They were mean to Dave.

So, you mean to tell me that the staffers of the top Detroit FBI Chief were actually doing work in accordance to their pay that they could not even just execute a basic online search to find out what the subject matter of the event was, considering the fact that my name was on the event?

No wonder there has not been a damn thing done in child welfare fraud with federal law enforcement because I remember how the U. S. Department of Justice, the one up in D.C., used to just stare at me, heads tilted, drooling as a side effect to my bombardment of information overload on the subject matter.

The privateers set the agenda with rank and file, patriotically following the orders of its general.

Staff either intentionally did not properly debreif him with proper talking points memo for the event, or there needs to be an internal review of operation policy.

He also spoke upon limited resources in his divisions.

Well, of course he is not getting the necessary funding for his child trafficking and opioid operations because the religious faith based propaganda initiatives have to put on events like this.


It is time you guys have me downtown for lunch.

Child welfare fraud schemes started in Detroit, so why not initiate the global takedown right here, too?

I will bring my laptop and my amazing ability to make you feel all warm and fuzzy with my artistic rendentions of castigation with these fraudfeasors and their transgressions, no matter how bloody their acts upon children may be.

Children grow up to make more children.  Never forget that this is what is predicted.

If you really want to know why children are sucked up into human trafficking you are going to have to come with me deeper into the iron triangular industrial complex of poverty, what I like to call child welfare, or you can just watch legally kidnapped explain it for you, which is why we do what we do.

And this is the tale of religious faith based initiatives and human trafficking in child welfare.

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Detroit Land Bank Authority Gets Back Up Authority In Its Cover Up

Authorities, the final frontier in privatization
How can you rig bids when you are not even incorporated?

In order to rig a bid you have to first enter into a contractual relationship with the corporation.

The Michigan Housing Authority is a domestic Limited Liability Company.

The Michigan Homeowner Assistance Nonprofit Corporation is a domestic non-profit corporation.

Michigan State Housing Development Authority is not incorporated but it statutorially operates through the State of Michigan, engaging in financial transactions in the name of the State of Michigan.

The Detroit Land Bank Authority, a domestic Limited Liability Company was dissolved 11-27-2017.

Since the Detroit Land Bank Authority never incorporated, where it recently admitted to the court that it worked through the Detroit Land Bank Community Development Corporation, and never filed this relationship with the State LARA Corporation Division, then how could it rig bids?

Who entered into the contracts and who signed?

Who wrote the checks to the contractors?

How did the contractors cash the checks?

How did the Detroit Land Bank Authority pay back Michigan State Housing Development Authority if it is not incorporated and has no bank account to engage in any financial transactions?

That is not bid rigging, that is fraud.

One good thing about being an authority is that it is beholden to no laws because it is a nullified entity.

How can you prosecute, or even sue, something that does not exist?

How can you lie to SIGTARP when you do not exist?

Quintessentially, the State was proper in reversing its course because bid rigging never happened and I concur.

State reverses course, says Detroit demo 'bid rigging' never happened

A state audit of Detroit’s blight demolition initiative suspected “possible bid rigging” last year in the midst of an ongoing federal investigation into the program, according to records obtained by the Free Press.

But a state official involved in the audit said Thursday that the bid rigging suspicions discussed privately in August 2016 ultimately did not turn out to be true.

"We didn't see any bid rigging," Mary Townley, a state housing official who was at a meeting last year where bid rigging was discussed as a possibility, said in an interview Thursday. "It was probably brought up not knowing what we were dealing with until we further completed, or further got into our analysis."

A state analysis released in January may not have specified “bid rigging,” but it found $7.3 million in improper billings from Detroit seeking federal funds for demolitions, including about $900,000 in billings tied to bid manipulation in which demolition costs were moved from one house to another so that prices did not exceed a cap of $25,000 per house.

The city ultimately agreed to repay $6.3 million of the billings.

The suspicions of bid rigging arose in the summer of 2016 during a forensic audit of the city demolition program performed by two firms hired by the state— Holland & Knight and Ernst & Young. The suspicions coincided with a three-month suspension of the city's federally funded demolition program imposed by the U.S. Treasury.

The possibility of bid rigging was raised at an Aug. 17, 2016, meeting of the Michigan Homeowner Assistance Nonprofit Housing Corporation, or MHA, which began its audit the previous December.

“Holland & Knight along with Ernst & Young have been digging deep into the Detroit Building Authority and findings are not very good. Possible bid rigging going on. Funding has been immediately suspended,” minutes from the meeting show.

The minutes represent the first known instance of state officials involved in the Detroit demolition program discussing possible criminal activity.

Detroit's demolition program has been under heavy scrutiny for the last two years. Following media reports in the fall of 2015 of skyrocketing demolition prices under Mayor Mike Duggan, federal authorities launched a criminal investigation that remains ongoing.

The MHA, along with its partner agency, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), reviews the city's demolition invoices and approves federal funding for demolitions of vacant, blighted properties in Detroit.

Last week, government watchdog Robert Davis received complete, detailed minutes of private MHA board meetings as part of a lawsuit his nonprofit, A Felon's Crusade for Equality, Honesty and Truth, filed against the MHA in October. The lawsuit seeks to make sure the MHA is subject to the state’s Open Meetings Act, and it seeks a copy of the state’s audit report.

Davis gave copies of the MHA meeting minutes to the Free Press. Although the MHA was created by the state to distribute federal funds, it does not consider itself a public body subject to the state’s Open Meetings Act.

The minutes show the MHA board received regular updates on the state's audit of the Detroit demolition program. While the meeting minutes say bid rigging was believed to be in play, specific contractors or employees were not named.

The audit findings ultimately were given to the FBI and SIGTARP, a federal watchdog tasked with monitoring the federal funds made available to Detroit for demolitions.

Townley, vice president of the MHA board, said she typically updated the board on the state's Detroit demolition audit. She said she likely was the person who brought up bid rigging as a possibility. But on Thursday she could not immediately recall what auditors had found that drove the discussion.

Davis said the records put the federal demolition investigation in a new light. He said Duggan and state officials have misled the public by downplaying the state audit findings. When discussing the findings at a press conference in January, Duggan said he saw nothing to suggest anything criminal was going on in the demolition program.

“This is why transparency is so important in government,” Davis said. “When you have governmental entities conspiring with one another with concealing the truth to the public. The governor and (the state) all should’ve came out when the mayor flat-out lied and said this is more serious.”

Duggan spokesman John Roach denied assertions that the mayor misled the public concerning the demolition program.

"Robert Davis is the one who continually says things that are not true and the facts continue to prove that," Roach said.

Erica Ward Gerson, chairwoman of the Detroit Land Bank Authority, said the state audit was thorough.

"At the end of an exhaustive audit process that lasted several months, (the state) did not find any bid rigging," she said in a statement.

"We worked closely with the state to implement a series of new internal controls. Since those improvements were put in place, MSHDA and the Treasury Department have released another $130 million to continue the demolition program and MSHDA has fully released us from any claims regarding the bid process."

Duggan met with state auditors on Jan. 4 in Chicago to discuss the audit that ultimately found $7.3 million in improper billings.

When the audit was released in January, the city agreed to repay only $1.3 million of the improper billings. The city disputed the rest.

"The feds are doing what they should be doing. We have given them, I think, every single document that exists," Duggan said then. "I have not seen anything in this that suggests anyone did anything criminal."

Eventually, the city and the state reached a settlement. The Detroit Land Bank Authority agreed to repay $5 million in outstanding claims of improper billings. At the same time, the state agreed to make $5 million available to the city to pay for more demolitions.

Please note that the Assistant Attorney General entered into the record that I was to be deemed by the court as a "public nuisance", a moniker I shall forever embrace.

Please note, the Detroit Land Bank Authority has never been created, per its own articles.

The one good thing that came out of its repsonse was that it called me a conspiracy theorist.

Awwww, how sweet.

Yes, I know.  There are errors, but hey, remember, I am pro se.
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Day 51.1 It Really Is As Easy as 1-2-3, Sex Drugs, and Rock and Roll

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Day 50 Part 1 - Survey of All The Working Stories

More Clinton ties on Mueller team: One deputy attended Clinton party, another rep'd top aide

More Clinton connections have emerged for members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team, amid growing Republican complaints about potential bias inside the office created to lead an independent probe.

On Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Mueller investigator Andrew Weissmann, a former partner at WilmerHale, attended Hillary Clinton’s election night party last November at the Javits Center in New York City. Fox News reported earlier this week that Weissmann in January also praised outgoing acting Attorney General Sally Yates, after she was fired for refusing to defend President Trump’s travel ban.

Federal prosecutor Andrew Weissmann (C) is flanked by FBI agents as he
speaks to the press outside the federal courthouse in Houston, Texas
about the latest round of indictments stemming from the collapse of
Enron, May 1, 2003. Also Lea Fastow, wife of Enron Chief Financial
Officer Andrew Fastow, is expected to be indicted on tax and mail
fraud. REUTERS/Jeff Mitchell


Andrew Weissmann, reportedly attended the Hillary Clinton election night party in November 2016. He has donated thousands of dollars to former President Barack Obama's campaign and the DNC.  (Reuters)

Aaron Zebley, another former partner at WilmerHale and a former chief of staff to Mueller when he served as FBI director, represented Justin Cooper, a key figure in the Hillary Clinton email controversy.

Cooper is the longtime Bill Clinton aide responsible for helping set up the now-infamous private email server. Cooper later admitted to “two instances where he destroyed [Hillary] Clinton’s old mobile devices by breaking them in half or hitting them with a hammer.”

Aaron Zebley, a Mueller investigator, represented Justin Cooper. Cooper was a longtime- Bill Clinton aide who set up Hillary Clinton's private email server.

Jeannie Rhee, another former partner at WilmerHale, represented ex-Obama National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, the Clinton Foundation in a 2015 racketeering case, and Hillary Clinton herself in a lawsuit seeking access to her private emails.

“You’ve got Donald Trump being persecuted by Hillary Clinton’s fan club—that’s inequitable,” Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., a member of the House Judiciary Committee, told Fox News on Friday. “Many of the members of Mueller’s team donated to the Clinton campaign. We have a lot of highly qualified federal prosecutors in the Justice Department and we could have found a bunch of them who didn’t donate to either candidate. But that didn’t occur, and that’s troubling.” 
'[Y]ou might start seeing a real death-spiral in terms of any public support for the investigation.'
- former Justice Department official James Trusty
Those political donations have been well-known since the start of the Mueller probe. At least seven of Mueller's investigators on the Russia meddling case have donated to Democratic candidates and the Democratic National Committee.

Weissmann donated a combined $2,300 to the Obama campaign in 2008, and at least $2,000 to the DNC in 2006. Rhee donated a total of $5,400 to Hillary Clinton in 2015 and 2016 and a combined $4,800 to former President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2011.

Zebley has no history of political donations or any affiliation with a political party.

Neither political donations nor past legal work alone proves that an investigator is biased or unable to work a case objectively. But the revelation last weekend that another investigator, Peter Strzok, was removed from the Russia probe over anti-Trump texts has critics looking closely at every bio.

“Mueller did not have to select attorneys who had made donations to, or even represented,
Democratic candidates, but as those partisan connections are becoming clearer, it gives an appearance of bias that could have been avoided,” former high-ranking Justice Department official James Trusty, who served under the Bush and Obama administrations, told Fox News on Friday.

“Add a lead investigator having a 10,000 text affair with an already dubious selection for the team (in terms of litigation experience) and you might start seeing a real death-spiral in terms of any public support for the investigation,” Trusty added in an email to Fox News.

Peter Strzok was removed from Mueller's team after the discovery of anti-Trump text messages he exchanged with another former Mueller investigator. (FBI )

Strzok, who was an FBI counterintelligence agent, was reassigned to the FBI’s human resources division after the discovery of the texts. Page was briefly on Mueller’s team but returned to the FBI over the summer. The two exchanged more than 10,000 text messages, Fox News reported.

Strzok has been involved in a host of significant developments in both the Clinton and Russia probes. He was present during the FBI’s July 2016 interview with Hillary Clinton at the close of the email investigation, shortly before then-FBI Director James Comey called her actions “extremely careless” without recommending criminal charges.

Strzok also oversaw the FBI’s interviews with Trump’s fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty last week to lying to FBI investigators in the Russia probe.

Trump allies routinely have sought to raise bias concerns about Mueller's team to discredit the Russia investigation.

The special counsel’s office told Fox News this week that they had no comment on such allegations, but pointed to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s comments earlier this year.

“If there were conflicts that arose, because of Director Mueller or anybody employed by Director Mueller, we have a process within the [Justice Department] to take care of that,” Rosenstein said on Fox News.

The special counsel himself has been appointed to five Senate-confirmed positions by four different presidents – two Republicans, and two Democrats. Mueller is said to be a life-long Republican, serving as FBI director for President George W. Bush.

Justice Department policies and federal law prohibit discriminating based on political affiliation when it comes to hiring for nonpolitical positions, like the FBI and Justice Department.

A spokesman for the special counsel told Fox News on Friday Weissmann is still a member of Mueller's team. 

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

You Do Know The Department Of Defense Is Involved In Child Welfare Fraud, Right?

You do know the Department of Defense is involved in child welfare fraud, right?

Who do you think came up with Child Protective Services?

This audit, as magnanimous as it may be in its announcement, will be groundbreaking in the multiple child welfare fraud operations around the world.

Officials Announce First DoD-Wide Audit, Call for Budget Certainty

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2017 — The Defense Department is starting the first agencywide financial audit in its history, Pentagon officials announced today.

Defense Department Comptroller David L. Norquist and chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White spoke during the Pentagon news conference, in which they also addressed the possibility of a government shutdown when the continuing resolution that has been keeping the government running expires tomorrow.

"I cannot emphasize too much how destructive a shutdown is," Norquist said. "We've talked before about the importance of maintenance on weapons systems and others, but if it's not an excepted activity, there'll be work stoppage on many of those maintenance functions."

Congress is considering passing a two-week extension of the continuing resolution, which would give the legislators until Dec. 22 to pass a budget. The Defense Department has operated under a continuing resolution for 1,081 days over the past nine years, White noted.

Continuing Resolutions Affect Readiness
"And so we are optimistic that the Congress will pass a robust and predictable, fully funded [fiscal year 2018] budget," she said. "Nothing has had a greater impact on combat readiness than CRs, … and at a time where security threats are high, we really do need the predictability in the budget -- certainty that we don't have with CRs."

Continuing resolutions are supposed to be short-term bridges for financing. A long-term CR is disruptive, Norquist said. "Every time … you add to it, it creates more challenges," he added.
One problem with a CR is there can be no new starts, the comptroller told reporters. "In the administration's budget, we requested additional money for munitions, and so we would like to increase the production of some of those munitions," he said.

"What the CR says is, 'Stop, wait, don't award that contract yet,' which delays when you begin to increase the quantity and the production," he explained, adding that none of this can be fixed until there is a proper budget.

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