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Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: July 25: Debbie, Derelict of Any Responsibility

Our contempt for payday loan guardian and 2016 primary scales-tipping Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz continues.

DNC Shakeup: The Usual Suspects

The latest disgrace from the hyperpartisan, seven-term Miami Beach maniac began in February. Long story Schultz schortz schort short, Wasserman Schultz continued to employ a House IT staffer for months after his family’s national security-jeopardizing, taxpayer-funded criminal activity was discovered:

Five House employees are under criminal investigation amid allegations that they stole equipment from more than 20 member offices and accessed House IT systems without lawmakers’ knowledge.

(Politico, 2/2/17)

The investigation has apparently been in progress since late last year.

Four men and a woman (then unnamed) had their access to the House network terminated in February, but the accused staffers’ individual jobs remained at the discretion of the multiple Congress representatives (reportedly all Democrats) who employed them.

Guess which representative kept the ringleader on payroll up to the minute he was caught fleeing the country by the FBI?

Imran Awan (below, with former president Bill Clinton) was intercepted at Washington’s Dulles International Airport on July 24 as he attempted to travel to Pakistan via Qatar. He surrendered his passport to FBI agents on “multiple charges of bank fraud” and was terminated by Wasserman Schultz the next day.

Links: Imran Awan used his social media account to boast of his access to top Democratic figures - and worked for Debbie Wasserman Schultz at a time when she ran the party's National Committee. It was hacked, allegedly by Russians, producing devastating leaked emails

According to CNN,

The complaint and affidavit against Awan accused him and his wife, Hina Alvi, of attempting to commit bank fraud by misrepresenting themselves on a loan for a rental property they had and then wiring the proceeds to two unnamed persons in Pakistan.

National Review:

According to the complaint filed in federal court in support of his arrest, Awan wired $283,000 in January from the Congressional Federal Credit Union to Faisalabad, Pakistan.

The Hill:

Awan and his family have reportedly worked for House Democrats for years. He declared bankruptcy in 2012, but has made millions of dollars on the House payroll over at least a decade of work for various members, according to a Politico report.

Awan reportedly used his Democratic connections to cultivate lucrative Congressional IT “staffer” jobs for himself, his brothers Abid (below, sweatpants) and Jamal, Abid’s wife Natalia Sova (below, red shirt), and Awan’s friend Rao Abbas.

 

Fired: Abid Awan and his wife Natalia Sova were also working for Dems but were fired as the investigation emerged 

As background, all five of the individuals under investigation are Muslims with strong family ties to Pakistan. Wasserman Schultz is under heavy fire for inappropriately continuing Awan’s employment through July to avoid the optics of destroying diversity on the Capitol workforce.

[Wasserman Schultz was hardly alone in dismissing the staffers’ presumption of guilt on such serious charges. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) as well as Rep. Meeks told Politico on March 1 the accused deserved due process, while confirming that Imran Awan and Hina Alvi, respectively, were no longer working for their offices. Meeks noted of the family’s Pakistani Muslim origins: “I wanted to be sure individuals are not being singled out because of their nationalities or their religion.”]

Politico revealed in March that Imran Awan, Alvi, Abbas, Abid Awan and Jamal Awan are accused of stealing equipment from members’ offices without their knowledge and committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the probe. 

It is unclear where Natalia Sova fits into all this.

The gravy train opened up when Imran Awan got onto Wasserman Schultz’ payroll in 2005.

According to InsideGov, Abid Awan earned an estimated salary of $164,980 USD as a Shared Employee through the most recent House pay period. This was 2.4 times greater than the median for a House staff.

[our emphasis]

Rao Abbas “administered email accounts and computers” of eight members of Congress and brought home $93,151 annually, according to 2016 records from InsideGov. According to Daily Caller, he scored the IT job after being fired from McDonald’s.

Hina Alvi, 33, was also milking a “support staffer” position in the Capitol. She was terminated from Rep. Gregory Meeks‘ (D-NY) office on February 28 after banking either $126,225 (New York Post) or $168,300 (InsideGov) in 2016.

The Gateway Pundit reports the photos below show Imran Awan and Hina Alvi (since Alvi apparently has no self-aggrandizing shot with President Clinton, her online images are difficult to locate):

On March 5, investigators apparently bumped into Alvi, her three daughters, boxes of household goods, and over $12,000 in cash at Dulles boarding a flight to–get this–Pakistan via Qatar. They let her go. Andrew McCarthy at National Review insists moving more than $10,000 undeclared should have merited a felony charge on its own.

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According to Daily Caller in May,

[A]s House authorities closed in on Imran Awan and his brothers, a laptop used by Imran was hidden in an unused crevice of the Rayburn House Office Building. […] The laptop was later found by Capitol Police and seized because it was relevant to the criminal investigation, the source said.

Suddenly concerned with national security, or something, Wasserman Schultz demanded that Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa return equipment belonging to her office that was seized as part of the investigation — or face “consequences”, according to New York Post.

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Imran Awan’s bank fraud activities may intersect with his “stealing computers and government secrets” activities. Andre Taggart (below), a Marine veteran who rented Awan’s pad in Lorton, VA (it was suddenly posted for lease after the criminal probe emerged in February) found some hardcore gear that may have been procured from the U.S. House in the garage.

Andre Taggart found hard drives tied to Imran Awan and turned them over to the FBI. / Provided photo

“[W]ireless routers, hard drives that look like they tried to destroy, laptops, [and] a lot of brand new expensive toner. […] [were] in the garage. They recycled cabinets and lined them along the walls. They left in a huge hurry[.] It looks like government-issued equipment. We turned that stuff over.”

Taggart told Daily Caller Awan then threatened to sue Taggart for return of the equipment and tried to enter the property (unauthorized) several times.

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Imran’s stepmother reportedly filed a lawsuit in Virginia claiming abuse from Awan:

Samina Gilani alleges her stepsons of wiretapping her phones, threatening to kidnap family members in Pakistan, and preventing her from seeing her dying husband in a Virginia hospital unless she granted them power of attorney. She also accused them of trying to remove her as the beneficiary of her husband’s $50,000 life-insurance policy.

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On August 3, Wasserman Schultz told the Sun-Sentinel:

“I believe that I did the right thing, and I would do it again. There are times when you can’t be afraid to stand alone, and you have to stand up for what’s right.”

She also blamed the “right-wing media circus fringe” for keeping the criminal investigation alive in the news, and confirmed she created new tasks for Awan so he could stay on payroll after being banned from the House IT network.

On August 17, Imran Awan and Hina Alvi were indicted on four charges including conspiracy, engaging in unlawful monetary transactions, and making false statements.

Daily Mail reported Awan is under a high-intensity supervision program and must wear a monitoring device and stay within 50 miles of his house and–apparently learning from his wife’s mistake–was holding just under the reporting requirement of $10,000 when he tried to flee to Pakistan.

They also got this picture:

Charged: Imran Awan was Debbie Wasserman Schultz's IT aide but now faces years in prison if found guilty of the four charges against her 

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In a further denigration of Debbie and her abuse of party power, a federal court on August 25 dismissed a class-action lawsuit against the DNC, noting that while “the Court assumes […] that the DNC and Wasserman Schultz held a palpable bias in favor Clinton and sought to propel her ahead of her Democratic opponent”,  the plaintiffs who brought the suit had not suffered sufficient “concrete injury” to allow the court to intervene.

FAKE NEWS ALERT (???) :

It is unclear what impact the latest Debbie drama will have on the (as yet unsubstantiated but certainly concerning) rumors of DNC leadership involvement in the death of Shawn Lucas; or the intriguing circumstances of the demise of Beranton Whisenant Jr.

Whisenant, 37 (below), was a federal prosecutor found May 25 washed up on a Hollywood, FL beach with a bullet in his head.

Miami Herald reports that although the death investigation remains “shrouded in mystery,” Whisenant’s friends and family are not pleased with new conspiracy theories that stem from his body’s (apparently incidental) discovery in Wasserman Schultz’ district:

People close to Whisenant say they have seen the postings and are “disgusted” with the exploitation of his death, saying he had no connection to the DNC case.

Hollywood PD is investigating after the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s office ruled out any connection between Whisenant’s federal prosecuting work and his death.

Thanks to our sources:

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/343723-house-dem-staffer-arrested-on-bank-fraud-charges

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/26/politics/imran-awan-house-democrats/index.html

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/449860/hina-alvi-imran-awan-debbie-wasserman-shultzs-it-staffers-attempts-fled-country

http://congressional-staff.insidegov.com/l/13821/Abid-A-Awan

http://congressional-staff.insidegov.com/l/32778/Rao-R-Abbas

http://nypost.com/2017/05/28/criminal-probe-on-capitol-hill-staffers-remains-eerie/

http://congressional-staff.insidegov.com/l/22682/Hina-R-Alvi

Hina Alvi: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

EXCLUSIVE: FBI Seized Smashed Hard Drives From Wasserman Schultz IT Aide’s Home

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4803884/Pictured-Dem-aide-charged-fraud-hacking-probe.html

Summer Part 1: Stories We Shelved!!! March 15 and 17: Secret Service Slips with Security; Separately, Another White House Intruder, Donna Brazile Pouts and Rand Ruffles Feathers

On March 15, John McCain announced that Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is a Russian agent when Paul tried to block a vote that would reportedly have allowed Montenegro to join NATO, according to Politico:

“The senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin […] [i]f there is objection, you are achieving the objectives of Vladimir Putin,” McCain said. “You are achieving the objectives of trying to dismember this small country, which has already been the subject of an attempted coup.”

[our emphasis]

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) a 28-country international alliance that assembled against Russia [then Soviet Union] and other Communists in the beginnings of the Cold War in 1949, most recently used Article 4 to require “member state consultation” following Putin’s annexation of Crimea, Poland in 2014. Article 5, obliging member states to defend others when threatened, has apparently only been enacted once: to send the International Security Assistance Force into Afghanistan in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America.

Paul’s introduction to his failed amendment to sink the Montenegro NATO invitation:

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More domestically, on March 17 the Secret Service misplaced, according to New York Daily News, a Secret Service-issued laptop — containing floor plans for Trump Tower, information about the Hillary Clinton email investigation and other national security information — that was stolen from an agent’s car in Brooklyn.

(In the “who can lose more national secrets on a laptop” contest, Hillary appears to maintain a slim lead:

Hillary Updates

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Just seven days earlier (March 10), Jonathan T. Tran, of Milpitas, CA jumped the White House fence and roamed around the grounds for 17 minutes, according to Washington Post.

Court sketch of suspect

According to BBC, Tran, 26, shown above in a court sketch, breached multiple barriers of security:

[Tran] was carrying two cans of mace, a US passport, a computer and one of Mr Trump’s books, authorities said…[he] had managed to climb a 5ft (1.5m) fence near the US Treasury Department, which is next to the White House. He then scaled an 8ft vehicle gate, and a shorter fence near the east wing of the White House grounds.

Post reports the laptop contain[ed] a letter addressed to the president about Russian hackers, saying Tran had found “information of relevance,” according to a criminal complaint filed March 11. 

TIME TO RESET THE CLOCK:

The Secret Service (budget: $2,800,000,000 annually) has cultivated a comical public persona for the past several years. Multiple “White House fence jumpers” were caught during the Obama years, including one wielding a knife who made it through the front door of the mansion and near the actual living quarters in 2014:

Omar Gonzalez had passed an alarm box on the lawn, which Washington Post reported was muted at the request of an “usher.” Therefore, the front door guards had no warning to bolt the door, and Gonzalez made it up some stairs and into the East Room. The much-maligned Secret Service initially lied and said the intruder was stopped at the front door. Not so. Scientific diagrams from the Post illustrate his full [TRIGGER WARNING] penetration:

Eluding security in the White House

Post quoted three unnamed sources “familiar” with the breach, and noted at that time: Agency spokesman Edwin Donovan said the office is not commenting during the ongoing investigation of the incident.

We provide a list from Wikipedia of all the fence security breaches (just those that were stopped on the lawn) from the George W. Bush administration until now. Our emphases:

  • December 4, 2005 – Shawn A. Cox, of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, was immediately captured by Secret Service agents after scaling the White House fence.[21][22] Cox believed that Chelsea Clinton still lived at the White House “and that he was destined to marry her.” Cox was sent to the St. Elizabeth’s psychiatric hospital; a court-ordered psychiatric report found that he was “grossly psychotic and manic.”[22]
  • February – April 2006 – Brian Lee Patterson, jumped the White House fence a total of four times.[23][24]
  • October 13, 2006 – Alexis Janicki, 24, of Independence, Missouri, an Iraq War veteran suffering from PTSD, was arrested after climbed over the fence while in possession of marijuana.[25]
  • March 16, 2007 – Catalino Lucas Diaz, scaled the fence with a package and threatened officers that he had a bomb. Catalino was arrested after determining that he had no dangerous weapon.[26][27]
  • June 9, 2009 – Pamela Morgan, jumped the fence onto the northeast corner of the grounds while carrying a backpack. Morgan was arrested immediately and her backpack later searched and found to contain nothing dangerous.[28]
  • March 30, 2014 – Unidentified male, caught and arrested after climbing over the fence.[29]
  • August 7, 2014 – An unknown toddler squeezed through the fence, and was returned to his parents.[30]
  • September 11, 2014 – Jeffrey Grossman, 26, of Rensselaer, New York, scaled the fence and entered the North Lawn while carrying Pikachu doll and wearing a Pikachu hat; he was apprehended by Secret Service agents.[31][32] Grossman did not intend to inflict harm; he suffered from schizophrenia.[33] After being atrrested [sic], he was taken to George Washington University Hospital for mental health observation.[31]
  • October 22, 2014 – Dominic Adesanya, formerly of Bel Air, Maryland, jumped the fence onto the north lawn and was quickly taken down by two security dogs while punching and kicking them before being arrested by the Secret Service. He was later ordered by a judge to a mental health facility.[34][35] Adesanya, who had twice jumped the White House fence in July 2014, pleaded guilty in April 2015 to entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds and was sentenced in July 2015 to time served and one year of supervised release. Adesanya’s lawyer said that he suffered from schizophrenia.[36]
  • November 26, 2015 – Joseph Anthony Caputo, 22, of Stamford, Connecticut, was arrested by Secret Service agents almost immediately after jumping over a White House fence as the first family was inside celebrating Thanksgiving.[37][38] Caputo had left a suicide note and will and apparently had intended to die.[39] In a plea agreement with prosecutors, Caputo pleaded guilty to one federal misdemeanor count of illegal entry of restricted grounds in a deal with prosecutor and was sentenced to three years’ probation with various conditions.[40]
  • March 10, 2017 – A man carrying a backpack, later identified as Jonathan Tuan Tran, 26, of Milpitas, California, was arrested after jumping the White House fence, coming within steps of the mansion. Court papers charged Tran with “entering or remaining in restricted grounds while using or carrying a dangerous weapon” and stated that he had two cans of mace in his possession at the time of the incident.[41][42]

We are not making this up: Within 24 hours of writing this article (March 18), an still-unnamed individual jumped a bike rack/pedestrian barrier but did not actually clear the fence.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer reportedly “tweeted”: “Individual jumped bike rack on Pennsylvania Ave, not White House fence. Great response by Secret Service.”

So great, in fact, the next intruder had to get creative. On March 18, the very next day, CNN reported Sean Patrick Keoughan drove into a White House checkpoint and announced he had a bomb.

Keoughan, 29, of Roanoke, Virginia, was charged with threatening and conveying false information about the use of an explosive, according to the US attorney’s office. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

[…]
 
[He] had pulled up to the White House an hour prior to his bomb threat, saying he had an appointment with President Donald Trump, the office said. He also said he could communicate telepathically with the President.

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Joseph Clancy was appointed by Obama in February 2015 to help clean up the mess, against Washingtonian recommendations. USA Today:

In the fallout [from the scandals], then-Director Julia Pierson, the first woman to lead the agency, was forced to resign.

In selecting Clancy, Obama defied the recommendation of a bipartisan White House security panel, which recommended that a new director come from outside the agency.

Julia Pierson USSS.jpg

Pierson (above, flag) served 18 months. She was promoted by Obama to clean up Secret Service in the aftermath of agents getting caught with prostitutes at Summit of the Americas in Colombia, 2012.

EPA USA CRIME CLJ CRIME USA NJ

Clancy (above, bald) resigned as head of the Secret Service effective…March 4, 2017. Remember this date.

One of the first incidents of Clancy’s two-year tenure was a highly-publicized (and perhaps sensationalized…see sources) incident in March 2015. Agents  Mark Connolly and George Ogilvie made national news for allegedly leaving a fellow agent’s retirement party sloshed and plowing at low speed into a traffic barrel that sequestered a “suspicious package.” Huffington Post:

The area was locked down because [the Secret Service were] investigating a package thrown out of a car by a woman who had shouted, “It’s a bomb,” [Washington Post] said, citing a police report.

[A] law enforcement official familiar with some of the details described the vehicle as moving very slowly and deliberately at about 1 mile per hour.

The driver intentionally nudged a light-weight plastic orange construction barrel a couple of feet out of the way so the vehicle could reach a checkpoint, and did not drive through police tape, the official said.

[Marc Ambinder of The Week opined days later that he–as well as outlets like Washington Post, New York Post, and–real news!–The Daily Showmay have jumped to unwarranted conclusions regarding the agents’ alcohol use. Ambinder unofficially retracted the earlier statement he made in Politico: “This latest incident — where two high ranking Secret Service agents, while drunk, allegedly drove themselves into a crash barrier at the White House, disrupting a tense investigation into a suspicious package nearby, is heartbreaking.”]

WHAT WAS THE DATE IN 2015 OF THE “BOMB AND BASHED DRIVING” CONDUCT BY THE AGENTS???

March 4, 2015.

According to Wikipedia, Clancy was also head of security for Comcast from 2011 until his appointment by Obama.

UPDATES

April 20: The Secret Service announced it was closing the sidewalk in front of the White House permanently, according to multiple sources.

April 29: On April 25, Trump appointed Randolph “Tex” Alles, acting deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, as new head of the Secret Service.

Randolph Alles, the new director of the Secret Service, is second from the right. Here, he is participating in a Senate Homeland Security hearing in April as an official with Customs and Border Protection.

Picture from Wall Street Journal.

Alles is a 35-year Marine Corps veteran who retired in 2011 as a major general to begin work at CBP.

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On March 17, Donna Brazile lamented in Time that the Russians fixed the 2016 presidential election, called for an independent investigation of their interference of the DNC communications, portrayed herself as a damsel drubbing up Democratic diversity in the 2016 primaries, and oh by the way admitted she helped Hillary cheat in a nationalized presidential debate, contradicting her previous statement [our emphasis]:

Then in October, a subsequent release of emails revealed that among the many things I did in my role as a Democratic operative and D.N.C. Vice Chair prior to assuming the interim D.N.C. Chair position was to share potential town hall topics with the Clinton campaign. I had been working behind the scenes to add more town hall events and debates to the primary calendar, and I helped ensure those events included diverse moderators and addressed topics vital to minority communities. My job was to make all our Democratic candidates look good, and I worked closely with both campaigns to make that happen. But sending those emails was a mistake I will forever regret.

By stealing all the DNC’s emails and then selectively releasing those few, the Russians made it look like I was in the tank for Secretary Clinton. Despite the strong, public support I received from top Sanders campaign aides in the wake of those leaks, the media narrative played out just as the Russians had hoped, leaving Sanders supporters understandably angry and sowing division in our ranks. In reality, not only was I not playing favorites, the more competitive and heated the primary got, the harder D.N.C. staff worked to be scrupulously fair and beyond reproach. In all the months the Russians monitored the D.N.C.’s email, they found just a handful of inappropriate emails, with no sign of anyone taking action to disadvantage the Sanders campaign.

[our emphasis]

As we reported in October, Brazile’s misconduct was exposed not by the pro-Trump Russians, but by Wikileaks.

Related:

Hillary Updates

Brazile disparages the Republican reluctance to support “special prosecution” of Russian communication with Jeff Sessions and other Trump allies: Despite all the deeply troubling evidence, the White House continues to insist that “there’s no there there.” 

Her own nonsensical syntax seems to be plagiarized from her former boss Bill Clinton‘s go-to legal defense: “That depends on what your definition of ‘is’ is.”

Thanks to our sources:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39311901

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/laptop-trump-tower-floor-plans-stolen-secret-service-article-1.3001078

https://history.state.gov/milestones/1945-1952/nato

http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/news_107716.htm

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/mccain-rand-paul-is-now-working-for-vladimir-putin-236106

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/white-house-fence-jumper-made-it-far-deeper-into-building-than-previously-known/2014/09/29/02efd53e-47ea-11e4-a046-120a8a855cca_story.html?utm_term=.830625e5192d

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/2-secret-service-agents-investigated-for-dui-crash-near-white-house/

http://theweek.com/articles/544867/how-unfairly-maligned-two-secret-service-agents-politico-magazine

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/secret-service-laptop-with-sensitive-information-stolen-in-new-york-law-enforcement-officials-say/2017/03/17/b3861be0-0b35-11e7-b77c-0047d15a24e0_story.html?utm_term=.28eb826c7db1

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/03/18/Pedestrian-apprehended-for-jumping-barrier-outside-White-House/3671489862358/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=2

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/19/politics/white-house-security-situation/index.html

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/14/secret-service-director-joseph-clancy-leaving-agency/97893974/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/white-house-sidewalk-closed_us_58f884a4e4b0cb086d7e3c43

http://abcnews.go.com/US/us-secret-service-director-named/story?id=47004686

http://time.com/4705515/donna-brazile-russia-emails-clinton/?xid=homepage

Spring Break Blitz: Stories We Sat On!!! February 25–DNC Chair

Obama insider Thomas Perez was easily elected DNC chair on the second ballot.

Interestingly, the 440+ voters were supposed to use electronic “clickers” undergrad professors mandate to exert some marginal level of control over lectures. But first, there was a problem with the wi-fi. Then…

Almost certainly stolen by the Russians. Or the FBI.

Donna Brazile explained to the dumbfounded delegates how to mark a paper ballot:

Related:

Hillary Updates

According to The Hill, Howard Dean, a former DNC chair who dropped out of the race in December and backed South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigeig [yes that is his actual name] down the stretch, had some nasty words for the sway of reigning Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer:

“I think Chuck Schumer’s endorsement is the kiss of death,” Dean said at an event supporting rival DNC candidate Pete Buttigieg, the current mayor of South Bend, Ind.

“Because I had to say no to Chuck Schumer when he demanded $5 million, because I said, ‘Chuck, you’re not getting it for the DSCC; I’m putting it into local races,” Dean added, referring to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Buttigeig received one vote on the first ballot. Dean reportedly endorsed Ellison over Perez in round two. There was also commotion between rounds one and two with a false endorsement from Buttgeig of Ellison, which Buttigeig smacked down.

NPR reported that the Dean endorsement was legitimate:

“This is Governor Howard Dean. I believe that Keith Ellison would be the most likely person to be able to successfully bring in the first global generation to the Democratic Party. (This is real)”

The tweet is not available on Dean’s “Twitter.”

Related:

Dean Drops Out

According to Good Morning America:

Democrats also defeated a resolution that would have banned corporate donations to the party — a chance to reinstate an Obama policy that was nixed under [Debbie] Wasserman Schultz.

Thanks to our sources:

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/321041-howard-dean-chuck-schumers-endorsement-is-the-kiss-of-death

https://gma.yahoo.com/top-democrats-poised-choose-next-party-chair-125324918–abc-news-topstories.html

http://www.npr.org/2017/02/25/517203708/live-blog-dnc-chair-race-to-begin-shortly-heres-what-to-expect

Spring Break Blitz: Stories We Sat On!!! February 8–Thomas Perez

Obama Department of Labor head Thomas Perez slipped up and publicly stated the 2016 Democratic presidential primary was rigged for Hillary.

Right-leaning New York Observer:

Perez stated, “We heard loudly and clearly yesterday from Bernie supporters that the process was rigged, and it was. And you’ve got to be honest about it. That’s why we need a chair who is transparent.”

 

[our emphasis]

Perez is considered a frontrunner for DNC chairman. His main competition is Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison.

As we have extensively reported, the nomination process was rigged. Disgraced DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was forced out in July. Interim chair Donna Brazile, a longtime Bill Clinton ally, was then caught feeding Hillary questions ahead of a CNN debate with eventual victor Donald Trump. CNN cut ties with Brazile.

DNC Shakeup: The Usual Suspects

Hillary Updates

Additionally, pro-Bernie process server Shawn Lucas, 38, mysteriously turned up dead in Washington shortly after delivering a summons to the DNC to explain their role, documented in a variety of email hacks (damn Russia!), in curtailing Bernie’s bid for the 2016 nomination.

 

Shawn Lucas Updates (November 1)

 

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Within the same day, however, Perez tweeted out his apology and claimed he “misspoke“:

The tweets were noticed by both right-leaning New York Post and far-left Vox.

According to Washington Post, Perez was additionally endorsed this week by former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Obama Justice Dept bagman Eric Holder.

Perez is the favored candidate of the “establishment” in the late February election in Atlanta, based on his endorsements.

DNC Updates

However, the liberal wing of his party will not be pleased. Multiple radio shows on YouTube last month aired the following clip of Perez fleeing Intercept reporter Zaid Jilani’s inquiry about Israel building settlements:

 

Thanks to our sources:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/02/08/u-s-attorneys-join-eric-holder-in-backing-perez-for-dnc-chair/?utm_term=.418572cb9666

DNC Chair Candidate Tom Perez Admits Democratic Primaries Were Rigged

DNC Updates

UPDATED 8:00 PM

Thomas Perez will receive the backing of four Democratic governors this evening, according to CNN. This is significant because only 17 of the 50 state governors are Democrats.

Terry McAuliffe (Virginia) and  John Hickenlooper (Colorado) are two Democratic bagmen with some shady respective dealings in the past:

Hillary Quilts; Associates Don’t Quit

Blast From the Past

 

Virginia and Colorado had margins of victory for Hillary in the 5% range for the 2016 Presidential election. (Libertarian Gary Johnson got over 5% of the vote in Colorado.) Although both states have now gone blue three consecutive election cycles, their governors will officially wield the influence–and sleazy connections–endemic of “swing state governors.”

Much less consequential will be Governor Gina Raimondo (Rhode Island…?) and John Bel Edwards of Louisiana.

Perez’s (rumored “more progressive”) competitor Keith Ellison, meanwhile, has the following high-profile endorsements: Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA); Georgia representative John Lewis, and Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard.

Original post continues below:

The Hill reported that Keith Ellison‘s adversaries are working to sink his credibility and ensure a more “establishment” candidate, like Thomas Perez, will become the next DNC chair.

Re-ignited issues that were reportedly raised to derail Ellison in his first national campaign, when he won a four-way Congressional race to represent Minnesota’s 5th district with 56% of the vote, include  past tax troubles, campaign finance violations and minor legal issues that once led to his driver’s license being suspended.

Ellison’s wife at the time claimed responsibility for all the issues, according to The Hill:

At the time, Kim Ellison said that memory loss associated with her multiple sclerosis was the reason for the unpaid traffic tickets, late campaign finance reports and household bookkeeping errors.

[our emphasis]

 

Related:

Hillary Updates

Mr. Ellison, since divorced from Kim, paid over $18,000 to “settle a federal lien against him over unpaid income taxes from between 1992 and 2000,” according to The Hill.

The drivers license was suspended “multiple times” due to unpaid tickets, which Ellison acknowledged in 2006.

Ellison’s potential DNC voters are not impressed in some cases. The Hill:

Bob Mulholland, a DNC member from California and one of 447 who will vote in the February election, says he has not backed a candidate yet but will not support Ellison.

“One Republican said to me, ‘You’re going to elect a tax cheat who drives without a license?’” Mulholland said. “It’s absurd.”

“If Ellison were running as a Republican, Democrats would attack him as a tax cheat, so I have no idea why Washington insiders are urging the grassroots to elect another insider. If you can’t drive or pay taxes, you can’t organize your life, so I concluded early on that he can’t organize for this job.”

[our emphasis]

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An anonymous DNC member who supports Thomas Perez noted the appearance of impropriety may be more damaging “across the aisle” politically than anything Ellison has actually done, and reportedly told The Hill:

“Every time he makes a statement about Donald Trump’s irresponsible policies, Republicans will come back and say, ‘Who is he to talk about being irresponsible? He couldn’t even get his finances in order and got sued by the state of Minnesota, or he can’t even hold on to his driver’s license without getting it suspended.’”

“Layer on that the statements he made about Israel — a lot of this stuff is blown out of proportion, but Republicans will never hesitate to blow things out of proportion. It will diminish his credibility significantly and take the focus away from where it needs to be.

“Look — these things happened a long time ago and sometimes young people do things incorrectly and that’s probably a large part of this. But the bottom line is, it doesn’t matter. Republicans went after Hillary Clinton for something out of law school 50 years ago in Arkansas. That’s what they do. It is a problem to have someone with baggage from the get-go.”

[our emphasis]

[According to Wikipedia, Hillary graduated from Yale law school in 1973, which was 43 years ago.]

Ellison’s support for the Nation of Islam is under scrutiny. Among charges of anti-Semitism, NOI is dealing with current leader Louis Farrakhan‘s rumored past characterization of Adolf Hitler as a “great man.”

Ellison denounced the NOI in 2006. CNN:

Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, publicly renounced his association with the Nation of Islam in 2006 after it became an issue during his run for Congress, when local Republican bloggers began publishing his old law school columns and photos connecting him to the organization.
“I have long since distanced myself from and rejected the Nation of Islam due to its propagation of bigoted and anti-Semitic ideas and statements, as well as other issues,” Ellison wrote at the time.
From our research, Ellison’s action with the NOI and writings supporting the African-American Muslim religious and political movement was mostly throughout the 1990s.
The Hill:
This is the same bullshit as people pulling up his past comments to try and paint him as an anti-Semite,” said Minnesota Democratic chairman Ken Martin, an Ellison supporter who also has a vote in the DNC race.

See most of our recent news on the race here:

Dean Drops Out

Thanks to our sources:

http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/311270-old-finance-woes-haunt-ellisons-dnc-bid

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/01/politics/kfile-keith-ellison-nation-of-islam/

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/22/politics/tom-perez-dnc-chair-four-governors/

DNC Updates

Two new candidates for Democratic National Committee Chairperson emerged towards the end of last week.

On Thursday, chief Department of Labor thug Thomas Perez, billed by many as a Washington insider and “establishment” pick of Obama (who will reportedly not be making an endorsement in the late February 2017 election) announced his candidacy on a “conference call.” Because this was during the workday, one of your next liberal “champions” is already under fire for possibly violating the Hatch Act, which prohibits certain Federal Government bigwigs from engaging in political activityThe Hill reports:

The conservative government accountability watchdog Cause of Action has already suggested Perez has run afoul of the 1939 [Hatch Act] by holding a campaign conference call during business hours. The group on Friday requested documents from the Labor Department under the Freedom of Information Act related to Perez’s run.
 […]
Legal experts and government officials who oversee the Hatch Act say Perez’s campaign itself is explicitly allowed by the Hatch Act. While Perez, and most other federal employees, would not be allowed to run for a public partisan office, the act expressly excludes offices within a political party from the prohibition.
[our emphasis]

Perez will apparently be barred from accepting donations from individuals or groups who are either under investigation by or who have an application before his office, according to The Hill; the biggest lost contributions will reportedly be from labor unions.

A spokeswoman for Perez’s campaign did not respond when asked directly whether the Labor secretary would solicit money from unions.

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Wading into the race on Friday was Sally Boynton Brown (below), executive director of the Idaho Democratic Party.

Image result for Sally Boynton Brown

According to The Hill, [s]he told Politico on Friday:

 

“Ultimately that’s exactly why I got into the race. The last thing that our party and especially our country really needs is for us to be having an ideological conversation between Bernie [Sanders] folks and Obama-Hillary folks about whether we’re going to be liberal or whether we’re going to be moderate.”

[SBB intends to be neither??]

NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue is still rumored to be meddling in the now-five candidate field. The Hill reported Boynton Brown shot the shit [NO SHOOTING!! A MAJOR PARTY PLANK IS GUN CONTROL!!!] spoke with Hogue:

“Ilyse and I were kind of trading emails. We were going to connect and just haven’t had a chance to,” Boynton Brown told Politico, adding that the “women’s perspective is missing right now” from the DNC race.

“While I know that Ilyse was talking about it, she hadn’t made a decision that I had seen yet and I didn’t think that we could afford to wait any longer,” she said.

[our emphasis]

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Besides Obama, Perez is “thought” to have the unofficial backing of failed 2016 presidential candidate, Hillary, according to The Hill.

Also: Ellison has been endorsed by liberal stalwarts like Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as well as party leaders like Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Related:

Dean Drops Out

 

Thanks to our sources:

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/310883-tom-perezs-delicate-hatch-act-dance

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/310755-idaho-official-jumps-into-dnc-race

Shawn Lucas Updates (November 1)

Cause of Death for Anti-Debbie Process Server Shawn Lucas Unveiled Days Before Election

Related:

Shawn Lucas Death

The unexpected August 2 death of 38-year-old process server Shawn Lucas, one month after the Bernie Sanders supporter served Debbie Wasserman Schutz’s DNC with allegations that they helped Hillary cheat the primaries (according to Wikileaks emails, they reportedly absolutely “thumbed the scales” for the failed general election candidate) was not cleared up in the least by  a November 1 autopsy report.

The Washington, D.C. medical examiner really took their time, quietly releasing the “cause of death” of a slightly overweight, apparently healthy young man who enraged the wrong side of the political aisle amidst (among other election week stories) FBI thug James Comey reminding the American people that Hillary’s unauthorized, insecure and deliberately-deleted basement email server may have to be re-investigated to probe the jail bait sex life of Hillary aide Huma Abedin’s estranged husband Anthony Weiner.

BREAKING NEWS–PART ONE

Heavy.com has the dirty details:

[Lucas] was the latest Washington D.C. man who died young to inspire DNC-related conspiracy theories. Conspiracy theories also surround the July murder of Seth Rich, a DNC data analyst who worked on voting rights issues and who was gunned down in an unsolved slaying on a Washington D.C. street. Rich’s murder remains unsolved.

However, Lucas’ death has now been labeled an accident as a result of a combination of drugs, including kratom.

 

According to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner of Washington D.C., this is the cause and manner of Shawn Lucas’ death. The office released the information to Heavy on November 1:

Cause: Combined adverse effects of fentanyl, cyclobenzaprine, and mitragynine
Manner: Accident

The office does not release further details under law.

Fentanyl is “a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine.”

Cyclobenzaprine is a muscle relaxant.

Mitragynine is the main component in the herb Kratom. Forbes says the federal Drug Enforcement Administration is trying to restrict access to kratom, adding that “various forms of kratom and teas made from the plant’s leaves are sold in cafes and on the internet. Their primary effect is to provide a short-lived peaceful and calm feeling that is described as pleasant.”

As for the DNC lawsuit, Lucas was one of several process servers and was captured on video serving the lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed on June 28 by Bernie Sanders supporters against the DNC and then DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who resigned in the wake of the WikiLeaks email scandal.

The lawsuit filed by “a group made up predominantly of Bernie Sanders supporters” alleges Wasserman Schultz “rigged the primary for Hillary Clinton,” says UPI.

The group of 120 people says in the lawsuit “that Wasserman Schultz and the DNC were fraudulent, negligent and misrepresented their true motivations in the Democratic presidential primary,” said UPI, adding that internal email and memos were cited in the lawsuit.

[our emphasis]

Pretty [far-fetched] PUN ALERT “heavy” stuff for Mr. Lucas to be shooting up on the regular. We will continue to monitor for further toxicology reports, as this story is still being ignored by the mainstream media (try “Googling” Shawn Lucas).

Thanks to our source:

DNC Process Server Shawn Lucas Cause of Death Released

Dean Drops Out

Former Vermont Governor, Former DNC Chairman and (briefly) 2004 presidential candidate Howard Dean ended his bid for chairperson of the Democratic National Committee.

Dean drops out of DNC chairmanship race

“I can’t believe I lost all this weight for nothing!”

The position’s future has been in doubt since July, when Debbie Wasserman Schultz was forced from office following Wikileaks publishing hacked DNC emails proving Debbie orchestrated the Democratic primaries to tilt the scales in favor of Hillary over liberal challenger Bernie Sanders.

(As our upcoming post will highlight, Debbie also may have ordered the assassination of Shawn Lucas.)

Donna Brazile assumed the interim personship, but her second stint as the backup was rocked with other leaked emails from Hillary’s geriatric campaign chairman John Podesta that proved Brazile used her connections at her then-employer CNN to leak Hillary a debate question in advance. Brazile subsequently evaded questions but nebulously denied wrongdoing. CNN quickly “severed ties” with Brazile.

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The Hill reported Friday that Dean’s withdrawal, which did not include an endorsement, left three candidates in play.

Front-runner Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) (below)has reportedly pocketed endorsements from lawmakers and national labor unions.

South Carolina Democratic Chairman Jaime Harrison and New Hampshire Chairman Ray Buckley appear to lag behind Ellison in the RHYME TIME quest to be the best chairperson for the Democratic mess so that the independent voters will have less inclination to detest.

Other names that have unofficially surfaced include Department of Labor thug Thomas Perez and Ilyse Hogue of the national pro-choice organization NARAL.

The Hill:
During an interview on MSNBC minutes after his video announcement, Dean reiterated that he does not support Ellison’s bid unless he was willing to give up his seat, noting that while Ellison has support from many high-profile Democrats, none of those politicians are DNC members who can vote in the chair’s race.
Among Ellison’s other positions, mainstream and hard-right outlets are probing past associations to the Nation of Islam and certain anti-Semitic figures. He is the first Muslim elected to Congress.

 

Related:

Hillary Updates

DNC Shakeup: The Usual Suspects

Dean to Run for Second DNC Chairpersonship

Thanks to our sources:

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/308547-dean-drops-out-of-dnc-chairmanship-race

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/01/politics/kfile-keith-ellison-nation-of-islam/

Dean to Run for Second DNC Chairpersonship

Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean is looking to benefit from Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Donna Brazile’s Wikileaks-revealed shady activity in turning the DNC resources in Hillary’s favor and likely helping Hillary cheat at the second presidential debate, respectively.

DNC Shakeup: The Usual Suspects

 

Hillary Updates

The Hill reports that Dean “tweeted” the following message today:

“The dems need organization and focus on the young. Need a fifty State strategy and tech rehab. I am in for chairman again.”

Mr. Dean served as DNC chairman previously from 2005 to 2009. He is also known for pioneering the “Fifty State Strategy” in his unsuccessful 2004 presidential campaign (which was later employed by Obama in 2008) as well as the following campaign moment:

Dean’s usually reliably Democratic home state of Vermont, which recently spurned the Democratic candidacy of Senator Bernie Sanders, elected new Republican Governor Phil Scott on Tuesday.

Vermont’s other Senator, Patrick Leahy, a strong voice against the unconstitutional NSA, won an eighth term with over 60% of the vote.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/305503-howard-dean-running-for-dnc-chair

DNC Shakeup: The Usual Suspects

To mollify the supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Hillary Clinton’s only serious challenger to represent the Dirty Dems in the 2016 Presidential election, ferocious Clinton surrogate–and scale-tipper, if WikiLeaks is to be believed– Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) is stepping down as head of the Democratic National Committee.

Wasserman Schultz angered many liberals with alleged bias toward a Clinton coronation throughout this year’s Democratic primary contests. Mrs. Schultz was chosen by President Obama to head the DNC in 2011, despite her efforts to elect then-Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) instead of Mr. Obama in the 2008 Presidential election.

Salon reports that Debbie is far from “out the door,” however. Bernie sold out to support career criminal Hillary Clinton instead of continuing his “political revolution” against billionaire Donald Trump, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, and Green Party physician Jill Stein (the latter of whom is thought to be much closer than “Crooked Hillary” to the progressive, eco-freak views Bernie espoused during the primaries). Recently-WikiLeaked emails among the DNC minions allegedly confirm Bernie’s suspicion that the game was rigged in Hillary’s favor even before her 0.5% victory margin in Iowa.

But although Bernie’s public desire to oust his fellow Jew, hyper-partisan Wasserman Schultz, appeared realized this weekend mid-Democratic convention in Philadelphia (about the time the DNC emails hit the internets), Hillary quickly installed the dutiful Debbie in an “honorary” leadership role to continue shaping the Democratic victory train:

Hillary Clinton is thanking her “longtime friend” Debbie Wasserman Schultz after the Florida congresswoman’s decision to step down as chair of the Democratic National Committee. Clinton says that Wasserman Schultz will serve as honorary chair of her campaign’s 50-state program to help elect Democrats around the country.

[Salon, underline ours]

Bernie’s feelings on the matter, despite famously insisting during an October 2015 debate that “[t]he American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails,” became clear as his campaign crumbled, and Mr. Sanders called for Wasserman Schultz’ resignation from the DNC. He continued this curmudgeonly call through yesterday (The Hill):

She “should not be chair of the DNC, and I think these emails reiterate that reason why she should not be chair,” the Vermont senator said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“I think she should resign, period, and I think we need a new chair that’s going to lead us in a new direction.”

Sanders’ statement to Clinton Foundation donor George Stephanopoulos on ABC came two days after the WikiLeaks release of the DNC emails.

In one May 21 email, DNC press secretary Mark Paustenbach wrote to communications director Luis Miranda about planting a narrative to the media that Sanders’s “campaign was a mess.”

“Well, I think I told you a long time ago that the DNC was not running a fair operation — that they were supporting Secretary Clinton. So what I suggested to be true six months ago turns out, in fact, to be true,” Sanders said.

“I’m not shocked by it, but I’m disappointed.”

[The Hill. color and underline ours]

Bernie will apparently still campaign with the Anointed One.

Whatever will Bernie supporters do with their tattoos??

Sterile Needles for Socialism

 

Salon continued:

The move came after the publication last week of some 19,000 hacked emails, some of which suggested the DNC was favoring Clinton during the primary season.

Why does this matter???

Two other (far classier) Democratic women have taken demotions to assist progressive values, or whatever, and appear to have more integrity than either Hillary or Debbie.

On February 28, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) resigned from the DNC following a public spat with Debbie Wasserman Schultz on the limited number and strategically low-viewership time slots of the Democratic presidential debates.

“I am resigning from the DNC so that I can support Bernie Sanders,” Ms. Gabbard said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Ms. Gabbard, who has clashed with DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz over the Democratic presidential debate schedule, said her decision was rooted in her military experience.

As a veteran, as a soldier, I’ve seen firsthand the trust cost of war,” she said, calling it a “necessity” to “have a commander-in-chief who has foresight, who exercises good judgment, who looks at the consequences of the actions that they are looking to take before they take those actions, so that we don’t continue to find ourselves in these failures that have resulted in chaos in the Middle East and so much loss of life.”

[Washington Times]

Panama Papers

Donna Brazile, a contributor to CNN, is taking the reigns from Debbie to run the DNC temporarily. CNN, according to The Hill, has reacted:

“With news of Donna Brazile stepping in as interim chair for the Democratic National Committee, CNN and Brazile have mutually agreed to temporarily suspend her contract as a contributor for the network effective immediately,” a CNN spokeswoman wrote in an email. “As a valued voice and commentator, CNN will revisit the contract once Brazile concludes her role.”

[underlining ours]

Brazile’s biases were somehow not a problem in the past for partnership with CNN despite her following resume (from Wikipedia):

Brazile volunteered for the Jimmy CarterWalter Mondale presidential campaigns in 1976 and 1980 as a teenager.

Brazile served as deputy field director of the Michael Dukakis general election campaign. On October 20, 1988, she made headlines by telling a group of reporters that George H. W. Bush needed to “fess up” about unsubstantiated rumors of an extramarital affair.

Said Brazile, “The American people have every right to know if Barbara Bush will share that bed with him in the White House.”

In the 2008 election, she served as a superdelegate for her work for Bill Clinton and Al Gore.

Brazile was interim Chair (promoted from Vice Chair) just before Wasserman Schultz’ installation. She has never been full Chair. Where’s Michelle Obama to point out the racial discrimination?

Pathetic: Obamas Claim ‘We’ve Been Treated Like the Help’

Interestingly, Wikipedia lists Brazile’s religion as Roman Catholic. Also:

[Brazile] was strongly critical of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, which places limits on taxpayer-funded abortions in the context of the November 2009 Affordable Health Care for America Act.

 

Of note: Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ predecessor as (full) DNC Chair?

Hillary Clinton running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine

Hillary Pays to Play

Thanks to our sources:

Wasserman Schultz to Have a New Role in Clinton Campaign

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/feb/28/rep-tulsi-gabbard-resigns-from-dnc-post-to-endorse/

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/289036-cnn-suspends-donna-brazile-as-she-takes-dnc-role

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/288999-sanders-calls-on-dnc-chairwoman-to-step-down-following