Special Council Corruption and Malfeasance

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member

Special Counsel Who Ignored Biden Bribery Slaps Trump And His Maintenance Guy With More Charges



Special Counsel Jack Smith, who turned a blind eye to Biden family corruption as head of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) public integrity section during the Obama administration, slapped three additional charges on former President Donald Trump on Thursday for his alleged mishandling of classified documents. The department has also added a Mar-a-Lago maintenance worker to the original indictment.

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Newly added to the indictment is Carlos De Oliveira, Trump’s property manager. The DOJ alleges De Oliveira aided the president in deleting the aforementioned surveillance footage and gave false statements to the FBI during a voluntary interview on Jan. 13 this year.

Former Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Mike Pence have also kept classified documents, despite neither man having had the power to declassify documents. Yet they have not faced any charges. Additionally, while Trump’s classified documents were kept in his private Mar-a-Lago home protected by the Secret Service, Biden’s classified documents have reportedly been found in his garage in Delaware and at the Penn Biden Center, a busy D.C. office building that spans “some 10 stories and included numerous public areas,” writes The Federalist’s Margot Cleveland.

The same day the Justice Department added more charges to the Trump indictment, it dropped the campaign finance charge against Democrat mega-donor (only outspent by George Soros) Sam Bankman-Fried. Bankman-Fried, the CEO of the former multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, FTX, defrauded millions of people, many of whom were small-time, everyday investors.
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member

Jack Smith Is a Fanatic



A sense of righteousness doesn’t always make good law.


Jack Smith is, almost surely, a fanatic.

So, it’s an understandable temptation to try to make up for what the second impeachment didn’t do and what ordinary politics hasn’t done, with a prosecution that puts the Justice Department on the record about the enormity of Trump’s post-2020 actions and either dents him in 2024 — with the expense, distraction, and political embarrassment of a major criminal trial — or, if all goes as planned, puts him in jail.

Everything points to Jack Smith feeling this way.

If there’s a case against a given target that seems open and shut and has already been indicted, why would a by-the-books prosecutor go out of his way to make an additional indictment in another case that may be legally defective, and at the very least very risky — unless he feels an extralegal motive?

Indeed, Smith couldn’t leave it at the classified-documents case, a clean prosecutorial hit that lacks the political and historical moment of the election case. So he has stretched — to the limits of the law and quite possibly beyond — to indict Trump’s alleged post-election crimes as well.

Smith didn’t hide how he thinks about the matter in his public statement about the indictment. It was a passionate condemnation of the Capitol riot that wouldn’t have been out of place from a member of the January 6 committee, despite the fact that he isn’t charging Trump with anything related to the riot.

An emotional investment in making Trump pay is not conducive to dispassionate legal judgment.

At a time when the Supreme Court has been engaged in the process of narrowing the definition of fraud for decades and federal fraud prosecutions have been falling apart all over the land, Smith proposes to make the most adventurous, consequential fraud case in American history.

I’m not even a country lawyer, but how is that supposed to work?

This has all gotten tangled up: Trump was impeached for a crime that he didn’t commit — incitement of an insurrection — and now is being prosecuted for political offenses that may not be crimes.
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member

Jack Smith admits he included inaccurate info when asking judge to hide Trump Twitter warrant



Reports emerged on Thursday that Smith's team had secured a search warrant in January for materials related to Trump's account. In seeking a non-disclosure order to prevent the company from informing Trump, however, Smith's office inaccurately suggested Trump himself would have been a flight risk should he learn of the warrant.

"The district court also found reason to believe that the former President would 'flee from prosecution,'" reads a decision from the District of Columbia Court of Appeals that the Epoch Times reviewed. "The government later acknowledged, however, that it had 'errantly included flight from prosecution as a predicate' in its application" for the non-disclosure order."


U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell granted the warrant and the nondisclosure order. The appeals court ruling upheld his decision. Howell's original order is not public, though the appellate court indicated he felt there was reason to believe Trump's awareness of the warrant could undercut the investigation by allowing him to obstruct it.

Howell evidently agreed with the erroneous elements claiming Trump would be a flight risk, though the appeals court determined that consideration was not the definitive reason for his granting the nondisclosure order.




Corrupt Lying Bastard

:sshrug:


Wouldn't that be perjury
 

WingsOfGold

Well-Known Member
SLIMY BASTARDS, trail will be moved to ca or DC. He walks unless the house can hang him.
Friday afternoon breaking news HA! Dementia going to De, no stupid questions.
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member

Grassley Declares Weiss Unfit for Special Counsel Job, Pledges Ongoing Congressional Investigation Into Biden Family Bribery



Immediately after the announcement by Attorney General Merrick Garland that Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss had requested to be appointed Special Counsel, news cameras caught up with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) at the Iowa State Fair for his take. Fox News didn’t catch the first few words of his statement, but here is a transcription of the rest:


…[a] year ago we sent a letter saying we should have a Special Counsel. So the short answer to your question is, it’s about time. On the other hand, I have some question about Weiss doing it, because Johnson and I sent all of this material that we had from the Cathay Bank in regard to the payments that were made to Hunter Biden, and we don’t know what they did with them, and we know from the IRS whistleblowers that they never did anything with the 1023 document that I got released. So you just wonder how thorough Weiss is doing it.
And then you have this plea agreement that fell through, and there’s speculation now that the Justice Department can’t work out another plea agreement, so they’re gonna have to go to trial. So is the special counsel set up to interfere with going to a trial right away, or are they ready to – there’s some other reason for doing it.
And since this administration has exemplified so much political bias in the FBI and the Department of Justice, I think there’s reasons to raise questions. You can’t do one thing for a Democrat and another thing for a Republican, because the constitution requires equal — equal justice.

Mediaite clipped the interview but they don’t provide a way to embed it here, and Fox News hasn’t made it available either on their site or on YouTube. I’m only linking to Mediaite so our readers can view the video themselves and not take my word for what Grassley said, but the way Mediaite has framed this is, as usual, terrible.
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member

CBS News Reporter Might Have Exposed the Reason Behind AG Garland’s Pick for Hunter Biden Special Counsel



As Katie wrote earlier today, the Justice Department has appointed a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden. The announcement from Attorney General Merrick Garland drops two weeks after the sweetheart plea deal for the president’s son fell apart, being tossed by a judge who couldn’t get over a few of the charges, including gun crimes. Most Americans who have committed what Hunter allegedly did go to prison for years. US Attorney David Weiss has been selected to spearhead this effort (via NBC News):











 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member
Pollak: Appointment of David Weiss as Special Counsel May Be Unlawful, Despite Precedent



However, it would not be the first time that an Attorney General had ignored those regulations. In 2003, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald was appointed as Special Counsel in the Valerie Plame affair. He was appointed by Deputy Attorney General James Comey, who would later depart from procedure and regulations in announcing that Hillary Clinton would not be prosecuted. In 2020, Attorney General William Barr appointed John H. Durham as Special Counsel to investigate the Russia “collusion” hoax.

Title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which deals with judicial administration, states in section 600.3(a) (emphasis added):

An individual named as Special Counsel shall be a lawyer with a reputation for integrity and impartial decisionmaking, and with appropriate experience to ensure both that the investigation will be conducted ably, expeditiously and thoroughly, and that investigative and prosecutorial decisions will be supported by an informed understanding of the criminal law and Department of Justice policies. The Special Counsel shall be selected from outside the United States Government. Special Counsels shall agree that their responsibilities as Special Counsel shall take first precedence in their professional lives, and that it may be necessary to devote their full time to the investigation, depending on its complexity and the stage of the investigation.

Weiss is currently a presidential appointee working in the U.S. government. Special Counsel Jack Smith, who is leading the investigation of former President Donald Trump, had left the Department of Justice (DOJ) to work as the chief prosecutor for the war crimes tribunal at The Hague. Special Counsel Robert Hur, who is investigating President Joe Biden’s alleged mishandling of classified documents, had also left the DOJ and was working outside government at the time of his appointment last year.
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member

Tom Cotton Reveals What He Really Thinks Is Behind DOJ’s Move To Refile Charges Against Hunter Biden




Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas took to Twitter to sound off on Friday’s news that the Department of Justice (DOJ) moved to refile tax-related charges against Hunter Biden in a different venue after his plea deal fell apart in Delaware.

The DOJ announced Friday that it would voluntarily vacate two tax charges against Hunter Biden without prejudice in order to refile the charges in the Central District of California or in Washington, D.C, rather than in Delaware. Cotton suggested that the DOJ moved to refile the charges against President Joe Biden’s son so that a more sympathetic judge adjudicates the matter and signs off on a lenient deal with Hunter’s attorneys, weeks after Judge Maryellen Noreika rejected a plea deal in a Wilmington, Delaware, court in July that some legal experts described as a “joke” and a “sweetheart deal.”

“Biden’s DOJ wants to dismiss the charges against Hunter, supposedly to refile them elsewhere, no doubt before some liberal judge who will rubber-stamp a sweetheart deal,” Cotton wrote. “Remember, when Biden’s DOJ and Hunter’s lawyers meet, they’re not negotiating. They’re conspiring.”



 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member

Elise Stefanik: David Weiss Is ‘Compromised and Cannot Be Trusted’



“This is absolutely unacceptable to the American people. David Weiss is compromised and cannot be trusted to conduct a fair investigation into Hunter Biden,” Stefanik said in the statement.

“It was David Weiss who signed off on Hunter Biden’s sweetheart plea deal that was so outrageous a federal judge threw it out,” she observed, promising that House Republicans will “continue our constitutional duty of oversight, following the facts wherever they lead.”


 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member
House GOP blasts appointment of Hunter Biden special counsel



Top House Republicans are accusing the Biden administration of attempting to stymie their investigation into Hunter Biden following the Department of Justice’s appointment of a special counsel.

Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) raised doubts about whether special counsel David Weiss could be trusted and pledged in a statement that House Republicans would continue their investigations into the president’s family.

“This action by Biden’s DOJ cannot be used to obstruct congressional investigations or whitewash the Biden family corruption,” McCarthy said on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. “If Weiss negotiated the sweetheart deal that couldn’t get approved, how can he be trusted as a Special Counsel? House Republicans will continue to pursue the facts for the American people.”
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member

Moderate Republicans Sound the Alarm on David Weiss’s Special Counsel Appointment




“I hope Special Counsel David Weiss informs Americans just how many millions of dollars Hunter Biden made on what his ex-partner called an “illusion” of access, and if the President financially benefited,” Bacon said. “How many LLCs were actually formed to mask where the money was sent? The President denied any involvement, but now we know he was on approximately 20 phone calls. I hope the Special Counsel gets to the truth.”

“At the same time, I’m concerned that Special Counsel Weiss previously recommended a sweetheart deal for Hunter that was rightfully rejected by the judge,” Bacon added.

Weiss’s office brokered the “sweetheart” plea deal for Hunter Biden in his tax and firearm criminal case that Judge Maryellen Norieka ultimately rejected. That case is likely headed for trial as Hunter Biden’s attorneys and federal prosecutors are unlikely to reach another agreement, NBC News reported Friday.

Weiss’s appointment also came one day after House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-KY) announced he would subpoena members of the Biden family to testify before his committee.

Rep. Nick Langworthy (R-NY) called Weiss’s appointment “a clear attempt to cover up mounting evidence from the House Oversight Committee.”

Langworthy said:

Attorney General Garland’s decision is a clear attempt to cover up mounting evidence from the House Oversight Committee, exposing President Biden’s involvement in his family’s pay-for-play schemes with foreign nationals. The Department’s misconduct already allowed the clock to run out on serious crimes committed by Hunter Biden, while officials ignored incriminating leads and negotiated a lenient plea deal. This move underscores the Biden Justice Department’s bid to obstruct congressional oversight of the President’s corruption and compromised leadership. The Oversight Committee will not be stopped in its investigation and pursuit of the facts for the American people.

An IRS whistleblower testified that Weiss’s previous request to be appointed special counsel was denied.
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member
Just when you thought the Justice Department’s handling of the Hunter Biden case couldn’t appear more corrupt, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday that he was appointing Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss as “special counsel” in the case.

Not only is Weiss the same controversial federal prosecutor who has botched the investigation of President Joe Biden’s son so far, but the written rules governing special counsels call for the attorney general to appoint “an outside Special Counsel.” (Emphasis added.)

In other words, someone who doesn’t have the inherent conflict of interest that any employee of the Justice Department has—such as when the department is investigating the son of federal prosecutors’ ultimate boss, the president of the United States.

Yet what does Garland do? Appoint the same U.S. attorney for Delaware who, through either incompetence or intentional action, already has compromised this investigation.

This is a cynical move designed to obfuscate further and delay what should be a straightforward prosecution of Hunter Biden’s myriad criminal activities and shield Joe Biden and his administration from prosecutorial scrutiny.




 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member
The 14-page document — half of which has been redacted — has been described by American citizens as an Orwellian nightmare and a breach of privacy and a violation of their constitutional right to free speech.

Smith’s warrant also sought to access Trump’s search history on X, including drafted posts, blocks, mutes, and direct messages, while also demanding a list of all devices used to log in or access the account.

“The content of all direct messages sent from, received by, stored in draft form in, or otherwise associated” with the former president’s account, and the users Trump “has followed, unfollowed, muted, unmuted, blocked, or unblocked, and all users who have followed, unfollowed, muted, unmuted, blocked, or unblocked,” the search warrant lists.

The warrant reportedly included a nondisclosure order that forced X officials to keep Trump in the dark about the search. According to the New York Post, the social media company initially refused the order, claiming in a failed court challenge that the warrant violated the First Amendment and the Stored Communications Act.

The delay resulted in the company receiving a $350,000 fine.

The Justice Department argued in another heavily redacted document released on Monday that the nondisclosure order “was granted based on facts showing that notifying the former president would result in destruction of or tampering with evidence, intimidation of potential witnesses, or other serious jeopardy to an investigation or delaying of trial.”



 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member

Did You 'Like' or 'Retweet' Anything Trump Tweeted? You're Under Investigation.




Nothing says "police state" like a sweeping, general warrant. After the FBI Washington hit squad went after Trump's Mar-a-Lago with a general warrant, we're just learning that the feds were back for more with an even more egregious overstep of constitutional authority. Special Counsel Jack Smith issued a warrant to Twitter/X that is so sweeping it takes one's breath away. And, naturally, he got away with it.

Smith, who answers to Attorney General Merrick Garland and President Joe Biden, has issued a warrant to Elon Musk's Twitter/X to hand over any and all information about anything Donald Trump ever tweeted, muted, or liked, but that's not all. The special counsel is going after you the public for retweeting, favoriting, or responding to anything Donald Trump said on Twitter/X.

The warrant demands: "All information from the 'connect' or 'notification' tab from the account, including all lists of Twitter users who have favorited or retweeted tweets posted by the account, as well as all tweets that include the user name associated with the account, (i.e. "mentions" or "replies").

That's you.




 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member

Putting It Together – The Forced Metadata Demand Inside the Jack Smith Court Order – They Are Showing Us the Govt Battlespace for 2024 and What We Will Face




I find it very interesting the DHS memo was issued on August 8th, but only published for the general public September 14th. July and August were when I first identified a new set of AI spider crawls underway as launched by Google. Pay very, very close attention to the two underlined words in the following paragraph:



[SOURCE pdf, Page 3]

Take out the word “improper” and the admission is, DHS uses AI to profile, target and discriminate. In the second sentence, DHS currently participates in systemic, indiscriminate and/or large-scale monitoring, surveillance, or tracking of individuals.

The only thing those sentences in the paragraph say, is that DHS will not allow AI to create improper outcomes within a system they outline that already exists.

Stop and reread that last sentence as much as needed. Inasmuch as this DHS guidance is telling us the rules for Homeland Security (DHS) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) as they use AI, they are also outlining what current processes of surveillance would be enhanced by it.

DHS’ AI task force is coordinating with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on how the department can partner with critical infrastructure organizations “on safeguarding their uses of AI and strengthening their cybersecurity practices writ large to defend against evolving threats.”

What are those critical infrastructure organizations? They include voting systems. Who or what are those evolving threats? You!


Federal News Network – […] The report also recommends DHS encourage pursing off-the-shelf commercial solutions instead of “building everything in-house.”

Mayorkas emphasized the need for DHS to adopt AI quickly, regardless of whether it’s commercially acquired or internally developed technology.

“We have got to change the procurement capabilities of a government agency to actually move quickly and nimbly, so that when we’re dealing in a very dynamic environment, we can actually move with dynamism,” Mayorkas said. “I’m not suggesting moving to a sole source model, but we just have to be quick.”

He also stressed the need for DHS to prioritize where it will use AI, rather than attempting to adopt it across every mission and use case. The report points to combatting both fentanyl and human trafficking as use cases that could be “accelerated and championed” across DHS. But it also suggests DHS “integrate AI/ML into as many areas of the DHS mission as possible.”

“We’re going to need to prioritize what aspect of our mission should we really double down on to harness AI because I worry about diluting our focus too much,” Mayorkas said. “And I really do want to demonstrate, as quickly as is responsible, how this could really be a game changer for us in advancing our mission . . . we have to pick our spots here, in my view, somewhat surgically.” (more)




Notice the emphasis on speed. Get this AI system launched into DHS surveillance, tracking and monitoring systems as quickly as possible.

Now do you see my point about how radical and fast everything is going to change? It’s the 2024 election targeting.

Remember, the Dept of Defense (DoD) will now conduct online monitoring operations, using enhanced AI to protect the U.S. internet from “disinformation” under the auspices of national security. {link}

I share this information with you so that you understand what is being constructed and what is about to be deployed on a large scale.

Folks, I’m not crazy or a conspiracy theorist. We can all sense something is happening, just like we sensed it in the background of the 2016 election but didn’t know at the time how vast the DHS/Intel Community operation against Trump, the “six ways to Sunday,” was.

Put all of that metadata gathered by the DOJ together, with the AI operation from DHS, and then overlay the parameters and definitions. What you get is the targeting system to control the outcome of the 2024 election.

DHS’ AI task force is coordinating with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on how the department can partner with critical infrastructure organizations “on safeguarding their uses of AI and strengthening their cybersecurity practices writ large to defend against evolving threats.”

Remember, in addition to these groups assembling, the Dept of Defense (DoD) will now conduct online monitoring operations, using enhanced AI to protect the U.S. internet from “disinformation” under the auspices of national security. {link} So, the question becomes, what was Chuck Schumer’s primary AI reference:



(FED NEWS) […] Schumer said that tackling issues around AI-generated content that is fake or deceptive that can lead to widespread misinformation and disinformation was the most time-sensitive problem to solve due to the upcoming 2024 presidential election.

[…] The top Democrat in the Senate said there was much discussion during the meeting about the creation of a new AI agency and that there was also debate about how to use some of the existing federal agencies to regulate AI.
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member

Liberal Media COPES Over SCOTUS NUKING Jack Smith & Maybe Pushing Trump Trial To After 2024 Election​



 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member

The Supreme Court Sees the Politics – Jack Smith Denied Request to Leapfrog Appeals Court​



December 22, 2023 | Sundance | 252 Comments

As we stated yesterday, following the Smith request, the Trump attorney response, and the Smith re-response, the transparency of the special counsel motive is obvious. For the Supreme Court to accept the request of Smith, would be for the Supreme Court to pretend the political motive was unknown.

The Supreme Court did not pretend and was curt in their retort: “The petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment is denied.”

Special Counsel Jack Smith argued in his petition to the court, the speedy resolution of Trump’s claim of presidential immunity is of an urgent national interest. The motive was/is a transparent speedy timeline effort to influence the 2024 GOP presidential primary race. The court, heck, the entire world can see it.

Arguments on the presidential immunity issue, within the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, are set for January 9, 2024. The decision of the 3-judge panel will come thereafter. Depending on the outcome, Donald Trump can then ask for a full panel appellate court review. If the Circuit Court appeal results in a non-favorable outcome, the next step is the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, the DC trial of Donald Trump is frozen awaiting a determination on the original issue of presidential immunity.



 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member

The Hitman Is Exposed!… Former DNI Ratcliffe: Jack Smith Lost More than a Legal Issue at Supreme Court – This May Be His Bob Mueller Moment (VIDEO)




This was brutal. The hitman is exposed!


John Ratcliffe: Stating the obvious, this was a big legal victory for President Trump and a big legal setback for Jack Smith. But I would argue that Jack Smith lost more than just a legal issue at the Supreme Court. He lost credibility. This may be his Mueller moment.
Your viewers remember when Special Counsel Bob Mueller struggled and stumbled to find an answer and ultimately couldn’t answer why he applied a different standard to Donald Trump than anyone else ever prosecuted or under investigation by the Department of Justice, meaning that Donald Trump had to conclusively prove his innocence rather than have a presumption of innocence as our bedrock standard.
Bob Mueller lost all credibility and he and his report drifted away. And I would submit that this is the Bob Mueller moment for Jack Smith because everyone remembers, Maria, that he stood before the American people when he indicted Donald Trump. And he said, we have one set of laws and they apply equally to everyone. Donald Trump will be treated the same as every other defendant. But when Donald Trump’s legal team came forward with a legal defense of presidential immunity that threatened a trial date taking place before the political election in 2020, Jack Smith did a 180 and he went to the Supreme Court and said, forget everything I told you. Now. Donald Trump is completely different.
This is extraordinary. We have to have an expedited review. You have to look at this immediately. And I think the Supreme Court, the way they rejected this unanimously with one sentence saying petition denied, I think reflects that they saw this for what we all saw, which is that the very same Justice Department that, you know, took six years to consider charges against a guy named Biden saying this was plenty fast. But when it comes to a guy named Trump, for some reason, we have to have this trial take place before the election.
Keep in mind, Maria, keep in mind that the speedy trial provisions of the 6th amendment are the defendants right, not the government’s. I think that this was nakedly partisan and overtly political, and it was revealed, told to the Supreme Court. That’s how Jack Smith is operating.
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member

Jack Smith Wants to Prevent Jury From Learning About Undercover Agents at Capitol in January 6 Case Against Trump




“Through public statements, filings and argument in hearings before the court, the defense has attempted to inject into this case partisan political attacks and irrelevant and prejudicial issues that have no place in a jury trial,” Jack Smith’s 20-page filing said.

“Although the court can recognize these efforts for what they are and disregard them, the jury — if subjected to them — may not. The court should not permit the defendant to turn the courtroom into a forum in which he propagates irrelevant disinformation, and should reject his attempt to inject politics into this proceeding,” Smith wrote according to the court filing reviewed by The Gateway Pundit.


Trump’s trial date for Jack Smith’s January 6 case is currently scheduled for March 4, 2024 (election interference).

However, pretrial proceedings are currently on hold because of Trump’s immunity argument in the appellate court. Oral arguments for Trump’s immunity claims will begin in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals on January 9.

Jack Smith ignored Judge Chutkan’s order to stay the case until the DC Circuit Court of Appeals issues a ruling on Trump’s immunity argument and filed the motion on Wednesday anyway.










 
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