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June 2021


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FBI Probing Missouri State Lawmakers

A major scandal is brewing in Missouri. One lawmaker has even recorded conversation of suspect lawmakers. This should be interesting as it continues to unfold.

By Steve Kraske
Kansas City Star
FBI agents are investigating Missouri lawmakers in connection with several alleged “pay for play” schemes in which legislative favors are bestowed only after campaign donations are made.

Three lawmakers told The Kansas City Star that they had been talking with agents and providing information. At least one lawmaker said he had recorded private conversations with lawmakers under scrutiny for the investigators.

The inquiry began at least a year ago and has continued into the current session of the General Assembly.

Joel Sealer, a spokesman for the FBI, said he could neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation and declined to comment further. The FBI’s Kansas City office is charged with overseeing western Missouri, including Jefferson City.

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Ex-Gov. Blago Targeted 4 Sen. Candidates to Help Raise $2.3 Mil in Contributions

This document is likely to show up in the trial of ex-Gov. Blagojevich, portraying him as a shakedown artist. Whatever the case, you can certainly say this man knew how to raise funds. Now he needs to raise funds for his legal bills.

Chicago Sun-Times
Ex-Gov. Blagojevich

Ex-Gov. Blagojevich

CHICAGO — Four potential candidates for President Obama’s vacant Senate seat were each to be targeted for contributions by ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s campaign as part of an aggressive, $2.3 million race for cash late last year, an internal campaign document obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times shows.

The four were among about 150 people targeted for contributions by the Friends of Blagojevich campaign organization by the end of 2008, when a new Illinois law took effect that bans taking money from state contractors and appointees, the document shows.

Sources also said Blagojevich was worried at the time about his growing legal bills.

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Homeland Chief Puts the Brakes on Immigration Raids

The new Homeland Security is putting the brakes on business as usual on Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids. That’s a good thing. It was needed. But now let’s see what changes ultimately come about. Hopefully it leads to a smarter policy.

By Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post Staff Writer
Janet Napolitano/gov photo

Janet Napolitano/gov photo

WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has delayed a series of proposed immigration raids and other enforcement actions at U.S. workplaces in recent weeks, asking agents in her department to apply more scrutiny to the selection and investigation of targets as well as the timing of raids, federal officials said.
A senior department official said the delays signal a pending change in whom agents at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement choose to prosecute — increasing the focus on businesses and executives instead of ordinary workers.

“ICE is now scrutinizing these cases more thoroughly to ensure that [targets] are being taken down when they should be taken down, and that the employer is being targeted and the surveillance and the investigation is being done how it should be done,” said the official, discussing Napolitano’s views about sensitive law enforcement matters on the condition of anonymity.

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FBI and ATF Bust Drug-Dealing Philly Cop

philly-map2It’s always a good day when the feds can take a crooked cop off the street. Unfortunately, most big city police departments have too many.

Philadelphia Daily News
PHILADELPHIA — ALHINDE WEEMS, armed with his gun and Philadelphia police badge, allegedly was pumped and ready to go.

After weeks of covert meetings and careful planning, Weems met yesterday morning at a local hotel with two of his trusted associates, eager to finally put his scheme in motion. The 5 1/2-year police veteran was ready to rob – and possibly shoot – a narcotics supplier, law-enforcement officials said.

And then everything fell apart. FBI agents swarmed in and arrested Weems, 33, the main target of a three-month corruption investigation run by the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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Ex-D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Trying to Stay Out of Prison: Says He’ll Pay Some of His Taxes

Ex-D.C. Mayor Marion Barry

Ex-D.C. Mayor Marion Barry

This guy has tangled with the law endless times, often testing his luck. Can he stay out of prison? Federal prosecutors say enough is enough. He should serve some time for his latest shenanigans.  But don’t bet on the mayor running out of luck.

By Hamil R. Harris and Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writers
WASHINGTON — D.C. Council member Marion Barry said yesterday that two-thirds of his $277,000 federal tax debt consists of interest and penalties and that he plans to make a payment on his 2007 D.C. tax bill Monday.

The former mayor said in a telephone interview that he took responsibility for his behavior but that federal prosecutors are being unfair in asking a judge to revoke his probation for tax offenses.

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FBI Dir. Mueller Presents 42 Honorary Medals

By Allan Lengel
Recipients of the FBI medals

Recipients of the FBI medals
WASHINGTON — Three FBI agents wounded during a 2008 bombing in Pakistan were among  38 FBI and other law enforcement people awarded honorary FBI medals by the director Robert S. Mueller III during a standing- room only ceremony at headquarters Friday.

In all, Mueller presented 42 honorary FBI medals to the 38 people that included the FBI Star, the FBI Medal for Meritorious Achievement, the FBI Shield of Bravery, and the FBI Medal of Valor.

The FBI said the awards recognized “exceptional acts by both FBI and other law enforcement personnel working with the FBI, across the country and around the world.”

“These men and women are not the kind to call attention to their individual acts of heroism, but those brave and courageous acts deserve our attention and our gratitude,” Mueller said. “Today we stand here and formally recognize them with the FBI’s highest honors.”

The three agents in Pakistan who were given awards included Bruce Bennett, Tricia Gibbs and Raymond Pitesky.

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Ex-Homeland Chief Michael Chertoff Joins Covington & Burling Law Firm in D.C.

Michael Chertoff

Michael Chertoff

By Allan Lengel

The AmLaw Daily is reporting that ex-Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff has joined the law firm Covington & Burling’s white-collar defense and investigations practice.

The website said Chertoff is senior of counsel in the Washington office. He started earlier this week.

“I’m really looking forward to coming back as a working lawyer, not just as a rainmaker,” Chertoff told AmLaw. “And while it’s been a bit of a transition [this week], I’m happy to be doing real legal work as I genuinely love being a lawyer.”