Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.
They also obtained an eyewitness account – backed by documents – indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.
The racketeering scheme was conducted “with the consent of higher level officials” in Russia who “shared the proceeds” from the kickbacks, one agent declared in an affidavit years later.
2017/10/06 – Clark County Coroner releases official list of decedents from the Oct. 1 shooting incident on the Las Vegas Strip – Clark County Public Communications
The list is at the link. 22 men, 36 women – not including the murderer.
This was the Congressman from New Orleans who hid $90K in a freezer back during Hurricane Katrina.
2017/10/04 – William Jefferson ordered released from prison after judge drops 7 of 10 counts – NOLA Times Picayune
A federal judge in Virginia has thrown out the most substantial charges against former congressman William Jefferson of New Orleans and ordered “his immediate release” from prison while his new sentence is determined. He is five years into a 13-year term for corruption, but seven of the 10 charges against him have been thrown out on appeal.
Jefferson, 70, was tried for 16 counts of corruption in 2009 and convicted of 11. He reported to federal prison in Beaumont, Texas, in December 2012 and was transferred to a penitentiary in Oakdale, Louisiana, in January 2014. It is not known yet just how soon he will be be released.
His conviction came after he had served nine terms in Congress, where he sat on several House committees including Ways and Means and Budget. He was also co-chair of the Africa Trade and Investment Caucus and the Congressional Caucus on Nigeria.
Government prosecutors have until Oct. 30 to decide whether they want to retry Jefferson on the convictions that have been thrown out. A new sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 1.
2017/10/04 – McDonald’s manager sold $10,900 in cocaine by hiding it with burgers and fries, police say – Miami Herald
It’s hard to spend $10,900 at McDonald’s — but it’s easier if the restaurant is selling crack and cocaine in addition to McNuggets.
That’s exactly what McDonald’s night manager Frank Guerrero, 26, was caught selling when authorities arrested him this week at the franchise he’s worked at for eight years in the Bronx.
Before his arrest, he made eight sales to undercover officers, in larger and larger quantities as the months went on — selling them $10,900 in drugs in all.
He made five sales in the franchise’s parking lot, authorities said, and often sold to other buyers late in the night during his shift. And the late-night customers even got special treatment: Though only the drive-thru was supposed to be open that late, Guerrero allegedly unlocked the door and let his clientele come into the restaurant after hours.
When police searched his home, they found 200 grams of cocaine and $5,300 in cash. The cash was stashed in a dresser inside his 2-year-old child’s playroom.
2017/10/04 – Warrantless wiretapping reform legislation circulates on Capitol Hill – The Hill
The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday is circulating a hotly-anticipated proposal to reform the National Security Agency’s controversial warrantless wiretapping program.
Good to hear. It would be even better to investigate possible wiretapping violations that may have occurred. A copy of the legislation is at the link.
I will play catch up on the Vegas shooting in an “In Context” post.
On June 7, 2010 — about a year and a half into the Barack Obama administration — the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives issued an opinion letter, giving the go-ahead to an after-market accessory that allows the user to “bump fire” a semi-automatic rifle.
According to the ATF’s June 2010 letter: “The stock has no automatically functioning mechanical parts or springs and performs no automatic mechanical function when installed. In order to use the device, the shooter must apply constant forward pressure with the non-shooting hands and constant rearward pressure with the shooting hand. Accordingly, we find that the ‘bump stock’ is a firearm part and is not regulated as a firearm under the Gun Control Act or the National Firearms Act.”
Interesting that the Obama Administration allowed this.
2017/09/26 – NCAA coaches among 10 charged with fraud and corruption – Associated Press
Four college basketball coaches were among those facing federal charges Tuesday in a wide probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA, authorities said.
The coaches were identified in court papers as Chuck Person of Auburn University, Emanuel Richardson of the University of Arizona, Tony Bland of the University of Southern California and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State. They are in federal custody and expected to make court appearances later Tuesday.
They said the probe has revealed numerous instances in which bribes were paid by athlete advisers, including financial advisers and associate basketball coaches, to assistant and associate basketball coaches to exert influence over student-athletes so the athletes would retain the services of those paying the bribes.