Thursday, October 26, 2017

Uranium One: Will Justice be Done? The Democrats have a history of illegal fundraising

Perhaps this is a good time to remind of Bill Clinton's million he received from China in the 90's before allowing Loral to sell China missile navigation technology. Charlie Tree funneled money he received by money order from China directly to the Clinton campaign. It looks like this is standard operating procedures.

Remember when Al Gore got large donations from a Buddhist Temple?

Charlie Trie Indicted

Clinton Friend Linked To Questionable Fund Raising

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Jan. 28) -- Charlie Trie, a longtime friend of President Bill Clinton, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Washington in connection with campaign finance abuses, CNN has learned.
Sources say that a sealed indictment handed down Wednesday accuses Trie of election law violations and mail fraud. However, Trie, believed to be somewhere in Asia, has not been arrested because he cannot be found.
Trie has been one of the central figures in the investigations of alleged improprieties in raising money for the 1996 campaign. He raised a combined $1.2 million for the Democratic National Committee and Clinton's legal defense fund -- money which both entities later returned because of questions about its source.
Congressional investigators have alleged that some of the money Trie contributed to Clinton and the Democrats may have come from sources in China, which are barred by federal law from contributing to American election campaigns.
Trie also has been linked to schemes by which money was distributed to people legally able to contribute, who then allegedly donated it to the Democrats in their names in order to conceal the actual source of the funds.
Trie also was seen on one of the videotapes taken of controversial White House receptions for campaign donors. The tapes were turned over to congressional investigators last November.
Trie has been a friend of the president since the 1970s, when Clinton was attorney general of Arkansas. Trie owned a Chinese restaurant in Little Rock that Clinton frequented.
In 1994, Trie moved to Washington and eventually became part of an effort to raise money from Asian-American sources for the Democrats.
When those fund-raising efforts started to raise headlines after the 1996 elections, Trie disappeared and is thought to now be in China, thwarting congressional committees who wanted to haul him up to Capitol Hill to testify.
Attorney General Janet Reno has been trying to get Chinese authorities to cooperate in the campaign finance investigation.
Trie's indictment is the first from a Justice Department task force established in 1996 to investigate campaign fund raising. Three other people -- Nora and Gene Lum and Michael Brown -- have pleaded guilty prior to indictment.
The Lums, who own an Oklahoma pipeline company, admitted to laundering $50,000 in illegal donations for 1994 congressional campaigns. Brown, the son of the late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, admitted giving money to three other people so that they could donate it to the 1994 re-election campaign of Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.
Federal prosecutors are seeking to keep the indictment against Trie sealed. U.S. Magistrate Deborah Robinson ordered them to submit written arguments on that request Thursday before she would grant it.

Uranium One: Will Justice be Done?

Not much distance was needed to gain confirmation. The Trump-Russian collusion charges were all deception and diversion. It reeks of conspiracy. It was Plan B in the Clintons’ and Democrats’ playbook. Plan A was the election of Hillary as president. From the Oval office, she’d bury Uranium One deeper than any nuclear waste could be in Yucca Mountain.

The collusion nonsense was an attempt to frame an innocent man, Donald Trump. The principal aim: Save the necks of the Uranium One culprits. Let that sink in. We can be sure the president has. 

House Republicans have just launched an investigation into the Uranium One deal. The deal happened during Obama’s tenure. That’s no coincidence -- not with Hillary Clinton around. The former president may be neck-deep in yellowcake. Uranium One is a tangled web of criminality. It appears to involve higher-ups -- elected and appointed -- on an unprecedented scale. 

The bigger allegations: Massive payoffs to the Clintons, via their foundation. Bill also pocketed a cool half million dollars for a speech in Russia -- suspiciously at the time the Uranium One deal was developing. National security breaches by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in which Obama may be complicit. That’s along with his then-attorney general, Eric Holder. A coverup, involving the Clintons (of course), Obama, Holder, Lynch, maybe McCabe, maybe Mueller, maybe Rosenstein, more likely maybe Comey.

Who are we missing? Obama White House maids, butlers, and kitchen help have yet to be implicated.

The massiveness of the corruption, the breaches of national security, the players involved, and the daring to misdirect and coverup should stun -- but for the names central to the plot: Bill and Hillary Clinton. They’re proof of reincarnation. They’re the Borgias sans miters. The Borgias weren’t just scoundrels, they were evil.

So are the Clintons -- from sex scandals to dirty money to enemies’ lists and revenge… decades worth of sordidness and corruption. They’ve tainted about everything and everyone they’ve touched. Future generations will be intrigued and appalled. How on earth did these rogues get away with serial lawbreaking? How? They were excused and abetted by Democrats and the MSM. Political gain, power, and money -- which flowed from Clintons’ successes -- had Faustian seductiveness. 
So, will justice be done? Can the nation tolerate no justice in this affair? If investigations substantiate allegations, but the culprits – and not just the Clintons -- get away with crimes, what harm is done to the nation?

If the Uranium One rogues’ gallery are guilty but skate, it will rupture whatever faith is left in the U.S. justice system. It will hang a cloud over federal law enforcement; chiefly, the FBI. Everyday Americans’ belief will be validated: justice is for them, not for the rich, powerful, and connected. So great a rupture will be hard to fix.
Justice, mind you, means criminal punishment. That’s not to be confused with the punishments typically meted out by elites toward miscreant elites. You know, shunning, board directorships stripped, loss of book deals, and pricey speaking gigs evaporating.

Justice is investigations, fairly and thoroughly conducted, that lead to the truth. It’s indictments, if warranted (and everything points that way). It’s prosecutions – and not just of those down the chain.

The risks to national security and the depth of venality that are part and parcel of Uranium One means getting at the truth and sparing no one. No chatter about sparing the nation the trauma of months of trials of people who once held -- or who now hold -- high stations and the public trust. Because it’s precisely the public trust that hangs in the balance. 
Saying that, President Trump must catch his breath at times, as he weighs the impact of criminal investigations and indictments. Even a man as bold as Trump must be shaken by what needs to be done to remedy wrongdoings of historic magnitude.

Short term, bringing powerful Democrats and high profile federal appointees to justice is sure to roil the nation. Democrats, the left, and the MSM are sure to stir up trouble among their partisans. They’d see powerful personages on their side going down as threats to political fortunes -- theirs. It’s also sure to discomfit segments of Americans to witness former presidents and high officials in federal courtrooms, attorneys pleading their cases.

But as Lincoln once said, “Let the grass grow where it may.” There’s no gain without pain. Whatever the passions and tumult are in the moment, justice done in Uranium One makes for a stronger nation in the long run. Americans must see that the system can be cleaned up and act on the side of the angels. 

Let’s underscore that the Uranium One scandal is a greatly disturbing -- and actually frightening -- affair. It sets a dangerous precedent – if real justice isn’t sought and rendered. High officials -- elected and appointed, existing and former -- willingly compromising national security for bribes, and then covering up the affair. Getting away with it could only embolden unscrupulous characters to dare similar crimes in the future. Not just the welfare but the lives of Americans could be endangered.  

Bad people with vaulting ambitions there always will be. But their bad deeds must be punished -- doubly so for acts of treachery… treachery by the very men and women sworn to uphold the law and protect the nation. 

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