by 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 in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.
They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.
The racketeering scheme was conducted “with the consent of higher level officials” in Russia who “shared the proceeds” from the kickbacks, one agent declared in an affidavit years later.
Rather than bring immediate charges in 2010, however, the Department of Justice (DOJ) continued investigating the matter for nearly four more years, essentially leaving the American public and Congress in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on U.S. soil during a period when the Obama administration made two major decisions benefiting Putin’s commercial nuclear ambitions.
For the last six years, this administration has been using threats, extortion, bribery, and other unethical means to enforce its unconstitutional fiats. Their latest is aimed at sheriffs.
Sheriffs throughout the country received a memo from DHS chief Jeh Johnson that is being looked at as a threat.
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Johnson warned sheriffs if the Congress doesn’t go along with amnesty and fully fund DHS, they will not receive the federal grants they are counting on.
This is why federal control over everything is a bad idea. They will eventually use force.
This is how the administration operated over the faux government shutdown.
They closed off all monuments and federal attractions and pretended it was because of a “Republican” shutdown of government. They held back military salaries and threatened the income of seniors though it was unnecessary.
In this instance, Johnson wants Sheriffs to pressure Congress to go along.
The memo that went out can be found on this link. It says in part:
Karen and Billy Vaughn are the parents of a fallen Navy Seal, Aaron Carson Vaughn. I met with the Vaughns when I spoke to a sold-out Tea Party event in Fort Lauderdale in June. The Vaughns are extraordinary heroes. Their courage to speak about Obama’s crippling rules of engagement is to be applauded.
The Vaughns have exposed the delusional U.S. military “rules of engagement” policy that led to the takedown of a Chinook helicopter, Extortion 17, by the Taliban. All 38 people on board the Chinook — 15 SEAL Team Six members (including Aaron Vaughn) and seven Afghan National Army commandos — were killed. The attack on Extortion 17 came just three months after the Osama bin Laden kill, and both Obama and Biden had identified the team that took OBL out. Retribution was inevitable.
A city commissioner with a long history of criminal behavior is the latest of several public officials to get convicted in a notorious south Florida hotbed of political corruption that’s even seen its county sheriff go to jail.
The latest elected official to go down in Broward County is Miramar City Commissioner Fitzroy Salesman who this week was found guilty of extortion and bribery for his role in a play-to-play scheme. The scandal-plagued politician took thousands of dollars from federal agents posing as contractors in exchange for steering city business their way.
Salesman had previously been suspended twice after being charged with unrelated federal crimes and was separately charged with drunken driving and speeding. Last spring Salesman, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Jamaica, was convicted of a firearms charge for waving his gun in a grocery store during a disagreement with a customer.
He was one of three elected officials busted in this latest corruption scheme. The other two—a county commissioner and a school board member—reached plea agreements with federal prosecutors to avoid lengthy jail sentences but Salesman gambled with a jury and faces six decades in jail. The other two got sentences of 2 ½ to 3 years.
Their scheme is simply the latest of many public corruption scandals in a fraud-infested county run by crooked officials. Among the recent cases are a county commissioner who pleaded guilty to bribery and money laundering, a four-term mayor awaiting trial for bribery and a city commissioner charged with grand theft, and falsifying public records.
A few years ago Broward’s elected sheriff, a one-time Democratic state senator, went to jail for tax evasion and mail fraud conspiracy involving money and other favors that he illegally took from vendors who did business with his county office, which has 6,300 employees and an annual budget of $700 million.
Broward County is hardly the only problem area in the Sunshine State. Public corruption is so widespread throughout Florida that last fall the governor petitioned the state’s Supreme Court to impanel a special grand jury to investigate the crisis. Since taking office in 2007 the governor has removed dozens of public officials from office for crimes including bribery, extortion, murder, prostitution, burglary, racketeering and drug offenses.
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