posted on Mar, 14 2014 @ 07:22 AM
EXCLUSIVE: FBI blocked in corruption
probe involving Sens. Reid, Lee - Agents quietly working with Utah prosecutors to make case in DOJ absence
FBI agents working alongside Utah state prosecutors in a wide-ranging corruption investigation have uncovered accusations of wrongdoing by two of the
U.S. Senate’s most prominent figures — Majority Leader Harry Reid and rising Republican Sen. Mike Lee — but the Justice Department has thwarted
their bid to launch a full federal investigation.
The probe, conducted by one Republican and one Democratic state prosecutor in Utah, has received accusations from an indicted businessman and
political donor, interviewed other witnesses and gathered preliminary evidence such as financial records, Congressional Record statements and
photographs that corroborate some aspects of the accusations, officials have told The Washington Times and ABC News.
But the Justice Department’s public integrity section — which normally handles corruption cases involving elected figures — rejected FBI
agents’ bid to use a federal grand jury and subpoenas to determine whether the accusations are true and whether any federal crimes were committed by
state and federal officials.
The information involving Mr. Reid and Mr. Lee is not fully developed but centers on two primary issues:
• Whether both or either politician sought or received money or other benefits from donors and/or fundraisers in connection with doing political
favors or taking official actions.
• Whether Mr. Lee provided accurate information when he bought, then sold a Utah home for a big loss to a campaign contributor and federal
contractor, leaving his mortgage bank to absorb large losses.
“There are allegations, but they are very serious allegations and they need to be looked at by somebody,” Sim Gill, a Democrat who is the elected
chief prosecutor in Salt Lake County, told The Times. “If true, or even if asserted, they truly should be investigated and put to rest, or be
Spokesmen for both senators denied their bosses engaged in any wrongdoing and said the lawmakers were unaware of the investigations.
The investigative efforts have been further complicated by the fact that Mr. Reid worked to get Mr. Lee’s chief counsel, David Barlow, confirmed in
2011 as the U.S. attorney in Salt Lake City. That action — a Democratic Senate leader letting a Republican be named to a key prosecutor’s position
in the Obama administration — raised many eyebrows and angered some Democrats.
Subsequently, the entire office of federal prosecutors in Utah was forced to recuse itself from the corruption case after questions surfaced about a
conflict of interest involving one prosecutor and a subject of the probe. After the recusal, state prosecutors secured a court order transferring the
federal evidence gathered up to that point to their possession.
The process has left FBI agents in the unusual position of trying to help two local prosecutors make a case in state court without the ability to use
the federal court system to determine whether accusations against two powerful members of Congress are true.
“We’re just two local prosecutors but everybody who was supposed to look at this evidence above us has made a decision not to, and by default left
it to us to investigate and prosecute at the state level,” Mr. Gill said.
He and his counterpart in the wide-ranging probe, chief Davis County prosecutor Troy Rawlings, praised the FBI agents assisting their case for their
dedication to finding the truth.
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This smacks of politics like no other. If accusations are made and there is an initial investigation that possibly substantiates the claims, it
should be investigated - if for no other reason than to clear the names of the individuals involved.
I am at a loss as to how the DOJ thinks it should not be involved and am more pissed that they brought the investigating agents to DC to essentially,
imo, lecture them about how they would work the case.
The government is constantly stating we should trust them and have nothing to worry about... Riiiight.
We complain about the illegal actions of the NSA / CIA spying on citizens and nothing. But good God, the moment it appears Congress was targeted they
scream at the top of their lungs.
I think its time we use an Obama move, which is to say if Obamas DOJ is not going to do their jobs, then Congress should bypass them by assigning
independent Prosecutors - not to just this latest scandal, but a prosecutor for ALL of this administrations scandals -
This incident, Benghazi, IRS, Fast n Furious, NSA spying, constantly allowing foreign agnecies to steal classified information (The Chinese Ju-20,
their "stealth fighter" was built using stolen schematics from the F-35 program), Iran, Syria, Obamacare rollout, how the federal government takes
states to court over requiring an ID to vote yet has no issues requiring an ID to enter a federal building, their sham position on guns and the 2nd
amendment, Obama's injuries to separation of powers by deciding himself when the Senate is in session(A hit Mr. President, you are NOT allowed to
work for 2 branches of government at the same time, which means you have no authority over Congress, etc etc etc.
Be heard people -
US House of Representatives