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Wife of Top Trump Investigator Elijah Cummings May Be Involved in Financial Scam

Looks like the investigators may need even more investigating.

According to the Washington Examiner:

A charity run by the wife of Rep. Elijah Cummings received millions from special interest groups and corporations that had business before her husband’s committee and could have been used illegally, according to an IRS complaint filed by an ethics watchdog group.

Cummings, 68, a Maryland Democrat, is chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. His wife, Maya Rockeymoore, 48, is the chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party and briefly ran in the state’s gubernatorial race last year. The couple married in 2008. Cummings was once heavily in debt — in part due to hefty child support payments to his first wife and two other women he had children with — but his financial situation has improved considerably over the past decade.

Rockeymoore runs two entities, a nonprofit group called the Center for Global Policy Solutions and a for-profit consulting firm called Global Policy Solutions, LLC, whose operations appear to have overlapped, according to the IRS complaint filed by watchdog group the National Legal and Policy Center on Monday. The complaint states that the arrangement may have been used to derive “illegal private benefit.”

Global Policy Solutions received more than $6.2 million in grants between 2013 and 2016, according to tax records. Several of the nonprofit group’s financial backers — which included Google, J.P Morgan and Prudential — have business interests before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Cummings has served as Democratic chairman of the committee since January and previously served as ranking member.

The largest contributor to the nonprofit was the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which is the charitable arm of pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, a company that is regulated by Cummings’s committee. The foundation, which gave a total of $5.5 million to Rockeymoore’s consulting firm and $5.2 million to her nonprofit, ceased supporting her groups in 2017. 

In recent months, Cummings has been a vocal opponent of Johnson & Johnson, targeting the company as part of the House Oversight Committee’s probe of drug price inflation.

Under Cummings, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has wide authority to regulate business industries, including pharmaceuticals, banking, mortgage brokers, and technology. In recent years, Prudential, JP Morgan, and Johnson & Johnson have had business interests before the committee.

Tom Anderson, director of the National Legal and Policy Center’s Government Integrity Project, which has been investigating the nonprofit arrangement and provided research to the Washington Examiner, said the potential for corruption is “off the charts.” He said Rockeymoore declined to let his organization view her nonprofit’s most recent public financial records as required by the IRS.

Hannity: “Extraordinarily Damning” Info on Corruption at DOJ May be on the Way

Investigating the conduct of the Obama Justice Department, and the Obama White House – and Obama – in probe the Republican presidential campaign should be a priority for the Senate.

Not to mention journalists, most of whom couldn’t care less.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Fox News host Sean Hannity said Monday his sources are telling him information that could soon be released regarding alleged corruption at the Justice Department and FBI will be “extraordinarily damning.”

He made the bold prediction about the so-called “five buckets of information” during an interview with Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz, bringing up the upcoming criminal referralfocusing on the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation.

“There are going to be criminal referrals issued this week by Chairman Nunes,” Hannity said. “There are going to be — the president, I interviewed last week — there will be the FISA applications released. There will be [FBI] 302s released, [and] there will be Gang of Eight material. We’ve identified five buckets of information that will be extraordinarily damning. I know that to be the case, based on all of my sources.”

Republicans Finally Ready to Investigate Obama DOJ, FBI

I don’t know what’s with the Senate Republicans. They have the same investigative powers as House Democrats, and they mostly sit on their asses.

But Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, no doubt after a chat or two with President Trump, is going to get the ball rolling. The press, of course, is completely uninterested in whether the Obama administration — as opposed to the Russians — colluded with the Clinton campaign to swing the election.

But Graham seems to care.

According to Politico:

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham said Monday that he has plans for an aggressive oversight probe and is even hoping to convince the attorney general to appoint a second special counsel. The South Carolina Republican announced Monday he will investigate whether the Justice Department and FBI influenced the 2016 election to stop Trump, arguing it has not been appropriately probed in comparison to the Trump campaign’s interactions with Russian officials.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said he’s ready to back him up. Graham specifically cited the decisions made to surveil the Trump campaign in 2016 and its handling of the uncorroborated Steele Dossier. “I’m going to get answers to this. If no one else cares, it seems that Republicans do. Because if the shoe were on the other foot, it would be front page news all over the world. The double standard here has been striking and quite frankly disappointing,” Graham said.

Graham’s list of grievances ran long during a 30-minute new conference on Monday morning: He complained about anti-Trump bias in federal law enforcement agencies, lack of media interest in the FBI and DOJ’s handling of the election, why Trump wasn’t informed former campaign aide Carter Page was being watched and what role former FBI Director James Comey played in the saga.

And while Graham said his committee hopes to hear from Comey and other officials about the department’s handling of the election, Graham is hoping Attorney General William Barr chooses “somebody like a Mr. Mueller to look at that.” He said that would take the politics out of the equation, given that the Senate GOP investigation is unlikely to get the same sort of public support that a nonpartisan probe would receive from the public.

The investigation would look into “whether those who believed that the FBI and the Department of Justice were playing politics, that they wanted Clinton to win and Trump to lose, that somebody can satisfy them,” Graham said. “By any reasonable standard, Mr. Mueller thoroughly investigated the Trump campaign. You cannot say that about the other side of the story.” Graham implored Barr to “understand for the country’s sake: Appoint somebody outside the current system to look into these allegations, somebody we all trust and let them do what Mr. Mueller did.”

Democrats Took a Quick $60,000 Trip to South Africa for a Beyonce Concert

Ah, the luxurious perks you get when you’re fighting for the little guy.

From the Washington Examiner:

Five members of the Congressional Black Caucus took an official three-day trip to South Africa to be feted as VIPs at a Beyonce and Jay Z concert, according to congressional disclosure records. 

The stated purpose of the $60,000 trip in December was to attend the “Global Citizen Mandela 100” concert, the stated purpose of which was to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the late Nelson Mandela and raise awareness of global poverty. The extravaganza was headlined by Beyonce, Jay Z, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams, and Chris Martin. 

Democratic Reps. Gregory Meeks, Barbara Lee, Bobby Rush, Terri Sewell, and Hank Johnson attended the event with VIP backstage passes. Also at the concert was Deborah Birx, U.S. Global AIDS coordinator and special representative for Global Health Diplomacy. 

Of course, Sharpton wasn’t going to miss this.

Virginia Gov. Northam’s Potential Successor denies Sex Assault Charge

The situation in Virginia is beginning to seem like the gift that won’t stop giving for Republicans and President Trump.

Gov. Ralph Northam has a photo on his medical school yearbook page showing him — or someone — in blackface. And now his potential successor, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, is rebutting a sexual assault charge.

Meantime, it has emerged that the tip to the reporter who broke the Northam story came from a medical school classmate angered over Northam’s position on fourth trimester — you know, following birth — abortions.

FBI Reviewed Only 3,000 of Weiner’s 700,000 Emails; Strzok Supervised

According to RealClearIvestigations:

When then-FBI Director James Comey announced he was closing the Hillary Clinton email investigation for a second time just days before the 2016 election, he certified to Congress that his agency had “reviewed all of the communications” discovered on a personal laptop used by Clinton’s closest aide, Huma Abedin, and her husband, Anthony Weiner.

At the time, many wondered how investigators managed over the course of one week to read the “hundreds of thousands” of emails residing on the machine, which had been a focus of a sex-crimes investigation of Weiner, a former Congressman.

Comey later told Congress that “thanks to the wizardry of our technology,” the FBI was able to eliminate the vast majority of messages as “duplicates” of emails they’d previously seen. Tireless agents, he claimed, then worked “night after night after night” to scrutinize the remaining material.

But virtually none of his account was true, a growing body of evidence reveals.

In fact, a technical glitch prevented FBI technicians from accurately comparing the new emails with the old emails. Only 3,077 of the 694,000 emails were directly reviewed for classified or incriminating information. Three FBI officials completed that work in a single 12-hour spurt the day before Comey again cleared Clinton of criminal charges.

But don’t worry, everything was being handled by the agent in charge . . . Peter Strzok.

Although the FBI’s New York office first pointed headquarters to the large new volume of evidence on Sept. 28, 2016, supervising agent Peter Strzok, who was fired on Aug. 10 for sending anti-Trump texts and other misconduct, did not try to obtain a warrant to search the huge cache of emails until Oct. 30, 2016. Violating department policy, he edited the warrant affidavit on his home email account, bypassing the FBI system for recording such government business. He also began drafting a second exoneration statement before conducting the search.

As former House Oversgith Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz suggests in the video below, does this not indicate Comey committed perjury?

FBI May Have Had a Spy Within the Trump Campaign

From a piece running in the Wall Street Journal today by Kimberly Strassel:

The Department of Justice lost its latest battle with Congress Thursday when it allowed House Intelligence Committee members to view classified documents about a top-secret intelligence source that was part of the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign. Even without official confirmation of that source’s name, the news so far holds some stunning implications.

Among them is that the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation outright hid critical information from a congressional investigation . . . House investigators nonetheless sniffed out a name, and Mr. Nunes in recent weeks issued a letter and a subpoena demanding more details.

Thanks to the Washington Post’s unnamed law-enforcement leakers, we know Mr. Nunes’s request deals with a “top secret intelligence source” of the FBI and CIA, who is a U.S. citizen and who was involved in the Russia collusion probe. When government agencies refer to sources, they mean people who appear to be average citizens but use their profession or contacts to spy for the agency. Ergo, we might take this to mean that the FBI secretly had a person on the payroll who used his or her non-FBI credentials to interact in some capacity with the Trump campaign.

This would amount to spying, and it is hugely disconcerting. It would also be a major escalation from the electronic surveillance we already knew about, which was bad enough. Obama political appointees rampantly “unmasked” Trump campaign officials to monitor their conversations, while the FBI played dirty with its surveillance warrant against Carter Page, failing to tell the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that its supporting information came from the Hillary Clinton campaign. Now we find it may have also been rolling out human intelligence, John Le Carré style, to infiltrate the Trump campaign.

The name will eventually come out. It looks like members of the Intelligence Committee now know it. And it could be one of the biggest scandals of the Obama administration – that it in fact had a spy within the Trump campaign, delivering who-knows-what kinds of information. Did any of it get back to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Given the extraordiary politicization of Obama’s Justice Department, we of course can’t assume it didn’t.

All supposedly justified by an investigation into “collusion” that no one still has provided any evidence of.

Justice IG Refers Former FBI Deputy Director McCabe for Criminal Prosecution

From the Washington Post:

The Justice Department inspector general referred its finding that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe repeatedly misled investigators who were examining a media disclosure to the top federal prosecutor in D.C. to determine whether McCabe should be charged with a crime, according to people familiar with the matter.

The referral to the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office occurred some time ago, after the inspector general concluded McCabe had lied to investigators or his own boss, then-FBI Director James B. Comey, on four occasions, three of them under oath.

It was not immediately clear how the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office responded to the referral, or whether prosecutors there are conducting their own investigation or believe criminal charges are appropriate. A referral to federal prosecutors does not necessarily mean McCabe will be charged with a crime.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe last month, just before he was to qualify for his retirement benefits.

“This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally,” McCabe said at the time. “It is part of this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work.”

McCabe allegedly lied about authorizing a leak that revealed an investigation into the Clinton Foundation. The leak was designed to make it seem like Andrew McCabe, a card-carrying senior officer of the Deep State whose wife received hudreds of thousands of dollars from Clinton crony Terry McAuliffe for her political campaign, was fighting to keep the Clinton Foundation probe going.

Sessions: Federal Prosecutor Probing FBI; No Special Counsel fo Now

According to CNN: Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed Thursday that Utah’s top federal prosecutor, John Huber, is investigating a cluster of Republican-driven accusations against the FBI and has decided that no second special counsel is needed — at least for now. Huber has been looking into allegations that the FBI abused its powers in surveilling… Continue Reading

Trump Accuser First Lobbied to be his Makeup Artist

Makeup artist or con artist? According to The Hill: A New York cosmetics executive who publicly alleged Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in the 1990s repeatedly solicited the future president to become his campaign makeup artist and to pitch her new product line in the months before her story roiled the 2016 race, according to… Continue Reading