Will this week be the beginning of the end for the corrupt men and women who turned our nation’s capital into a modern den of iniquity? Shall the heraldry of the righteous topple the entrenched, Deep State powers of K Street the way it did to the walls of Jericho thousands of years ago?
Who knows for sure. But each passing week is bringing a multiplication of breaking news unfavorable to the dirty defenders of the status quo; the Deep State is totally on the defensive now. Like nuclear fission, critical mass, a genie out of a bottle, or a boat that’s sprung a leak – pick your analogy – it will soon be beyond their ability to do anything about it.
It’s happening so fast, and on so many fronts, that I’m having to go into Cliff Notes mode to keep all the names, dates, and events straight. I’ll do my best to keep up with it all.
Previous Storm Threads:
The Big Picture Theory:
Other Writings on The Dangers of Unchecked Leftism (How the West Got to This Point):
It’s been an honor chronicling the storm and watching it unfold with you all.
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Old Guard FBI is Pissed
James Kallstrom has been speaking out against the corruption at the top for a while, but here he lets loose. He says Peter Strzok belongs in Leavenworth.
Chris Matthews is the Next Piece of Chum
From The Daily Caller:
An MSNBC spokesman confirmed Saturday the company made a separation-related payment to one of Chris Matthews employees after the woman complained about sexual harassment.
Two sources familiar with the situation told The Daily Caller that Matthews paid $40,000 to settle with an assistant producer on his show, “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” in 1999 after she accused him of harassment. An MSNBC spokesperson contested that claim to the Caller, saying the company instead paid significantly less as part of a severance package.
The woman complained to CNBC executives about Matthews making inappropriate comments and jokes about her while in the company of others.
The Left’s Talking Points Are Spreading
When in doubt, foment civil unrest. The people who were securely in power under Obama are falling back on the old playbook: “Take it to the streets!” Students of the Frankfurt School through and through. Please read or reread the “Slippery Slope” article in the foreword above. What you are witnessing is the subjectivist, power-by-any-means-necessary mindset ingrained in them through propaganda for decades. They will not become free-thinkers overnight.
From the Soros-tainted MoveOn.org (I screencapped. I will not send them traffic.)
A dog-whistle from the implicated, utterly dirty, former Attorney General Eric Holder:
ABSOLUTE RED LINE: the firing of Bob Mueller or crippling the special counsel’s office. If removed or meaningfully tampered with, there must be mass, popular, peaceful support of both. The American people must be seen and heard – they will ultimately be determinative.
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) December 17, 2017
Who tweeted – and subsequently deleted- this months ago, which was a big tip-off as to how scared those in the Obama Politburo were:
Then you get the useful idiots in Hollywood to spread the word:
“Dead from the neck up” Meathead from All in the Family hearkens back to the hippie heyday:
Make no mistake,by attacking Mueller,DT's state run TV(Fox) is pushing US to a constitutional crisis. Be prepared to take the streets.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) December 16, 2017
Mr. Sulu has something to say to rile up a mob – when he’s not busy slipping a mickey to unsuspecting men, that is:
If Trump fires Mueller, patriotic Americans would be well within their rights to shut the country down through massive and sustained protest.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 16, 2017
Then they’ll get the Twitter bots in on the action and pay a few thousand people to protest and voila! Trickle-down leftist propaganda.
And it’s all for naught. They’re getting played. Trump is not going to fire Mueller.
President Trump said Sunday night that he has no plans to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, dispelling a “rumor” that he intends to get rid of Mueller in an apparent attempt to end the Justice Department’s Russia collusion probe.
“No, I don’t,” Trump told reporters who asked upon his return from presidential retreat Camp David whether he intends to fire Mueller.
The latest speculation started after Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., said in a local TV interview Friday that “the rumor on the Hill” was Trump was going to fire Mueller at the end of this week, after members leave Washington for Christmas break.
Trump rope-a-doped them again. Plant a leak, see who takes the bait, find out who the seditious elements are, dispel the rumor, egg on face. Again and again. You’d think they’d learn.
Sure, Preet, Sure
Agreed. Robert Mueller's attackers are virtually all political operatives & ideologues. They have always been the swamp; he has always been the oasis. But I would caution liberal ideologues also – he is not your savior; he's just a lawman. Respect his findings, whatever they are. https://t.co/hbc6B1XhOg
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) December 16, 2017
Yeah, we’re the swamp. Uh huh. We’re the ones who talked tough about Wall Street but then did nothing to prosecute them. Oh wait, that was you!
So why did bankers always get fined but never jailed for their crimes in the banking meltdown?
Here’s one reason pointed out by Martin Armstrong:
So why are the banks paying huge fines but then nobody can sue them? An inside source coming from a lawyer who worked internally at a bank, explained that the New York Attorney General simply walks into his office and informs them they will hand over $1.2 billion in fines and he does not care about defenses or the rule of law. It is plain criminal extortion. The bankers pay these fines because they cannot afford to go to trial and lose for then class action lawsuits from depositors and shareholders will bury the institution. So the judges are in on the scam and class action lawsuits are dismissed with absurd reasoning and the government makes billions in the process. Hence this corruption (1) leads to too big to jail and (2) it merely encourages bankers to do whatever they desire knowing they will pay a small percentage of what they make.
Who pays for all these fines? I was told they simply set aside an amount for what is called “protection” money just like dealing with the Mafia. The bankers raise fees to fund these so the consumer is the one paying for these huge fines not really even the shareholders. It is indeed organized crime at the government level.
Another could be because the DOJ, under Bharara’s boss, Eric Holder, funneled that money to leftist causes.
But somehow, the populist, nationalist movement that has been shut out of power for 30+ years is somehow the swamp.
Preet did get one thing right, though; Mueller is not the savior of liberals.
Today’s Politico Report on Hezbollah and Obama
That “scandal-free” Obama White House that Joe Biden talked about is going to be reviled by history. Here is one more added to the tally sheet. And as usual, it is likely tied together with other scandals. I won’t dare summarize it or even comment on most of it, as I am no expert.
But the money laundering done through used car dealerships and the Hezbollah angle instantly raised red flags. I have a feeling the Awans are going to end up, at least tangentially, being mixed up in all this.
And this graphic in the article shows how it is done:
Is this storm related? You betcha:
Kelly and Asher are among the officials involved in Project Cassandra who have been quietly contacted by the Trump administration and congressional Republicans, who said a special POLITICO report April 24 on Barack Obama’s hidden Iran deal concessions raised urgent questions about the need to resurrect key law enforcement programs to counter Iran.
(1) THERE WE GO.
Who spilled the beans, Democrats? Take a wild guess.https://t.co/FXlp8Gd0p4
— Thomas Wictor (@ThomasWictor) December 18, 2017
More on Eric Holder
Earlier in this thread, I posted a few of Eric Holder’s tweets, one of which was essentially a dog whistle to spark civil unrest in case Trump fires Mueller.
Well, when I was digging through an old WaPo article earlier, I saw this:
Our first decision was to let the Independent Counsel Act expire on June 30, 1999. Independence sounds good in theory, but in practice, it is mutually exclusive with accountability. The more independence you give a prosecutor, the less you make that prosecutor accountable to the public and regular checks and balances. And so we had seen the investigations and mandates of independent counsels mushroom, becoming a headless fourth branch of government. The consensus around this point was so great that sitting independent counsel Ken Starr testified against the act in 1999 and sought its expiration (his own investigation into Clinton, then still going on, was grandfathered).
At the same time, everyone understood the need for a prosecutor to take the reins when the Justice Department faced a conflict of interest or an appearance of impropriety. So we drafted the regulations with an eye toward that and convened many meetings with Hill staffers of both parties. Ultimately, Reno and then-Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder presented the regulations in congressional testimony. They received near-universal acclaim for striking a more proper balance.
Though our regulations were written nearly 20 years ago, they eerily anticipate the Russia investigation. Their very first lines refer to cases in which the attorney general is recused, as Jeff Sessions is now. They require the special counsel to be “a lawyer with a reputation for integrity and impartial decisionmaking,” which Mueller certainly is. They provide for the counsel to “not be subject to the day-to-day supervision of any official of the Department.” And they say that the acting attorney general (for the purposes of the Russia investigation, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein) can stop the special counsel “for any investigative or prosecutorial step” that is “so inappropriate or unwarranted under established Departmental practices that it should not be pursued.”
So, when Holder was in the Clinton DOJ, he recommended regulations meant to rein in special prosecutors and which stipulate that an acting AG can fire the SC for abuse of office.
But today, Holder says if Mueller is reined in, then it is an “ABSOLUTE RED LINE” that is being violated. The people must rise up to publicly protest any limitation of the SC’s power!
If it is revealed Mueller is digging into Obama and Clinton, I can only assume Holder will reverse again and publicly affirm his first position. He knows where the delete tweet button is on his account, after all.
Campaign finance reform and term limits are coming in the future. It must be part of the swamp draining process. I’ve stated many times that Hillary Clinton is a one-woman Teapot Dome. If there was a personal enrichment or power brokering scheme anywhere in D.C., her paws were all over it. Here’s one more to add to the pile of evidence…
From the Fox News article:
“Based on publicly available FEC records, repeatedly throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, HVF would purportedly transfer funds to its constituent political committees, which included between 34 and 40 state parties,” reads a passage from a copy of the complaint reviewed by Fox News. “On the very same day each of these transfers supposedly occurred, or occasionally the very next day, every single one of those state parties purportedly contributed all of those funds to the DNC.”
In her 2017 book “Hacks,” Brazile recounts how she saw the money being moved.
“Individuals who had maxed out their $2,700 contribution limit to the campaign could write an additional check for $353,400 to the Hillary Victory Fund—that figure represented $10,000 to each of the 32 states’ parties who were part of the Victory Fund agreement—$320,000—and $33,400 to the DNC,” reads a passage from the book. “The money would be deposited in the states first, and transferred to the DNC shortly after that. Money in the battleground states usually stayed in that state, but all the other states funneled that money directly to the DNC, which quickly transferred the money to [Clinton campaign headquarters in] Brooklyn.”
Brazile took issue with this, saying that it signified the victory fund was going to Clinton before she received the nomination.
Patriots in FBI are Going to Come Forward to Tell What They Know
For those short on time, the last 1.5 minutes of the video are the most pertinent.
James Kallstrom seems like an old-school sort of fellow, and as a former AD of the FBI in charge of the New York office, would appear to still have many old-school Bureau contacts. If he says something big is coming, I believe him.
Goldman Sachs has its tentacles wrapped around everything. I believe “vampire squid” was the nickname coined in the wake of the subprime meltdown. NOTHING has changed since.
The one thing they sort of miss on is his wife, Sabina Menschel, who is not just some consultant, but the current head of the D.C. office of Nardello & Co. That’s the top private-eye firm in the Beltway.
So the man the FBI has keeping all its secrets is married to the top private snoop in Washington.
It would be revealing, no doubt, to see what Democratic-affiliated law firms and media shops in D.C. use Nardello. Let’s hope congressional investigators are looking into this. Ms. Menshel, by the way, is the daughter and niece of Goldman Sachs zillionaire brothers Richard and Robert Menshel, big-time Democrat donors.
Looks like a potential perjury case. The bolding below is mine.
From Fox News:
Congressional investigators tell Fox News that Tuesday’s seven-hour interrogation of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe contained numerous conflicts with the testimony of previous witnesses, prompting the Republican majority staff of the House Intelligence Committee to decide to issue fresh subpoenas next week on Justice Department and FBI personnel.
While HPSCI staff would not confirm who will be summoned for testimony, all indications point to demoted DOJ official Bruce G. Ohr and FBI General Counsel James A. Baker, who accompanied McCabe, along with other lawyers, to Tuesday’s HPSCI session.
The sources said that when asked when he learned that the dossier had been funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, McCabe claimed he could not recall – despite the reported existence of documents with McCabe’s own signature on them establishing his knowledge of the dossier’s financing and provenance.
Obama/Hezbollah Politico Story Has Legs…
…and members of Congress want to know more.
Obama’s legacy is being rightfully tarnished by the hour.
From the Washington Free Beacon:
Lawmakers are launching an investigation into Obama-era efforts to thwart a longstanding U.S. investigation into the Iranian-backed terror group Hezbollah, according to multiple congressional officials and insiders who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.
The Obama administration worked behind the scenes to thwart a decade-long Drug Enforcement Agency investigation into Hezbollah and its highly lucrative drug trade in Latin America, according to a report in Politico. These officials are believed to have run interference on the investigation in order to avoid upsetting Iran and jeopardizing the landmark nuclear accord.
Senior Obama officials in the Treasury and Justice Departments are said to have undermined the DEA’s investigation at multiple junctures in order to avoid angering Hezbollah’s patron Iran, which could have jeopardized the landmark nuclear agreement.
Congress is now taking steps to formally investigate the reports, which multiple sources described to the Free Beacon as part of a larger Obama administration effort to overlook Iran’s global terror operations in order to cement the nuclear deal.
Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.), a member of the House Oversight Committee and chair of its National Security Subcommittee, told the Washington Free Beacon on Wednesday that he and other top lawmakers are examining evidence that could implicate top former Obama officials, including National Security Council official Ben Rhodes, the architect of the former administration’s self-described pro-Iran “echo chamber.”
Lawyers in the greater D.C. area must be continually licking their chops.
Titled, “The Most Important Part of MAGA is ‘Again'”
On the orders of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Justice Department prosecutors have begun asking FBI agents to explain the evidence they found in a now dormant criminal investigation into a controversial uranium deal that critics have linked to Bill and Hillary Clinton, multiple law enforcement officials told NBC News.
The interviews with FBI agents are part of the Justice Department’s effort to fulfill a promise an assistant attorney general made to Congress last month to examine whether a special counsel was warranted to look into what has become known as the Uranium One deal, a senior Justice Department official said.
I wonder if Mr. Mueller has already been interviewed?
Those from the Obama Administration are under siege on multiple fronts. Their dear leader no longer has the kind of power to hold everyone together. I would imagine plenty of people have already sung and many more are warming up their vocal chords. For about a year, I’ve mentioned the rats on sinking ship analogy/cliche. It’s obvious to all but the most loyal of soldiers that the Obama/Clinton ship has an irreparable breach.
It’s too complex of an article to summarize or excerpt properly, so give it a read.
Essentially, this is all centering around the fallout of the Magnitsky Act.
Even after all that has been revealed with Fusion GPS a lot of folks still hear the words “Russian collusion” and panic, without considering how this is really going to take down the Obama/Clinton cabal instead of Trump.
As I said in a prior storm thread, I’m working on timelines/Cliff Notes versions of all the big storm happenings because I think they’ll be useful as a cheat sheet when all the trials start. This is as much for my sake; when everything is scattered across 20 disparate articles on the web, it becomes easy to forget details. I’m almost done with the one relating back to Magnitsky. I will post it in its own series of articles when finished, sort of an offshoot of these storm threads.
Issued on the night of longest darkness. How fitting.
Now is the winter of their discontent.
My last post mentioned the Magnitsky Act. Well, it’s coming into play in a much different way, it would appear.
I generally refrain from emphatic cursing, but shit just got real.
Here it is, in full.
Executive Order Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) (NEA), the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (Public Law 114-328) (the “Act”), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)) (INA), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code,
I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, find that the prevalence and severity of human rights abuse and corruption that have their source, in whole or in substantial part, outside the United States, such as those committed or directed by persons listed in the Annex to this order, have reached such scope and gravity that they threaten the stability of international political and economic systems. Human rights abuse and corruption undermine the values that form an essential foundation of stable, secure, and functioning societies; have devastating impacts on individuals; weaken democratic institutions; degrade the rule of law; perpetuate violent conflicts; facilitate the activities of dangerous persons; and undermine economic markets. The United States seeks to impose tangible and significant consequences on those who commit serious human rights abuse or engage in corruption, as well as to protect the financial system of the United States from abuse by these same persons.
I therefore determine that serious human rights abuse and corruption around the world constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States, and I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat.
I hereby determine and order:
Section 1. (a) All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in:
(i) the persons listed in the Annex to this order;
(ii) any foreign person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General:
(A) to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have directly or indirectly engaged in, serious human rights abuse;
(B) to be a current or former government official, or a person acting for or on behalf of such an official, who is responsible for or complicit in, or has directly or indirectly engaged in:
(1) corruption, including the misappropriation of state assets, the expropriation of private assets for personal gain, corruption related to government contracts or the extraction of natural resources, or bribery; or
(2) the transfer or the facilitation of the transfer of the proceeds of corruption;
(C) to be or have been a leader or official of:
(1) an entity, including any government entity, that has engaged in, or whose members have engaged in, any of the activities described in subsections (ii)(A), (ii)(B)(1), or (ii)(B)(2) of this section relating to the leader’s or official’s tenure; or
(2) an entity whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order as a result of activities related to the leader’s or official’s tenure; or
(D) to have attempted to engage in any of the activities described in subsections (ii)(A), (ii)(B)(1), or (ii)(B)(2) of this section; and
(iii) any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General:
(A) to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of:
(1) any activity described in subsections (ii)(A), (ii)(B)(1), or (ii)(B)(2) of this section that is conducted by a foreign person;
(2) any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; or
(3) any entity, including any government entity, that has engaged in, or whose members have engaged in, any of the activities described in subsections (ii)(A), (ii)(B)(1), or (ii)(B)(2) of this section, where the activity is conducted by a foreign person;
(B) to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; or
(C) to have attempted to engage in any of the activities described in subsections (iii)(A) or (B) of this section.
(b) The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted before the effective date of this order.
Sec. 2. The unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens determined to meet one or more of the criteria in section 1 of this order would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and the entry of such persons into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, is hereby suspended. Such persons shall be treated as persons covered by section 1 of Proclamation 8693 of July 24, 2011 (Suspension of Entry of Aliens Subject to United Nations Security Council Travel Bans and International Emergency Economic Powers Act Sanctions).
Sec. 3. I hereby determine that the making of donations of the types of articles specified in section 203(b)(2) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1702(b)(2)) by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order would seriously impair my ability to deal with the national emergency declared in this order, and I hereby prohibit such donations as provided by section 1 of this order.
Sec. 4. The prohibitions in section 1 include:
(a) the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; and
(b) the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.
Sec. 5. (a) Any transaction that evades or avoids, has the purpose of evading or avoiding, causes a violation of, or attempts to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.
(b) Any conspiracy formed to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.
Sec. 6. For the purposes of this order:
(a) the term “person” means an individual or entity;
(b) the term “entity” means a partnership, association, trust, joint venture, corporation, group, subgroup, or other organization; and
(c) the term “United States person” means any United States citizen, permanent resident alien, entity organized under the laws of the United States or any jurisdiction within the United States (including foreign branches), or any person in the United States.
Sec. 7. For those persons whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order who might have a constitutional presence in the United States, I find that because of the ability to transfer funds or other assets instantaneously, prior notice to such persons of measures to be taken pursuant to this order would render those measures ineffectual. I therefore determine that for these measures to be effective in addressing the national emergency declared in this order, there need be no prior notice of a listing or determination made pursuant to this order.
Sec. 8. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to take such actions, including adopting rules and regulations, and to employ all powers granted to me by IEEPA and the Act as may be necessary to implement this order and section 1263(a) of the Act with respect to the determinations provided for therein. The Secretary of the Treasury may, consistent with applicable law, redelegate any of these functions to other officers and agencies of the United States. All agencies shall take all appropriate measures within their authority to implement this order.
Sec. 9. The Secretary of State is hereby authorized to take such actions, including adopting rules and regulations, and to employ all powers granted to me by IEEPA, the INA, and the Act as may be necessary to carry out section 2 of this order and, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, the reporting requirement in section 1264(a) of the Act with respect to the reports provided for in section 1264(b)(2) of that Act. The Secretary of State may, consistent with applicable law, redelegate any of these functions to other officers and agencies of the United States consistent with applicable law.
Sec. 10. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General, is hereby authorized to determine that circumstances no longer warrant the blocking of the property and interests in property of a person listed in the Annex to this order, and to take necessary action to give effect to that determination.
Sec. 11. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to submit recurring and final reports to the Congress on the national emergency declared in this order, consistent with section 401(c) of the NEA (50 U.S.C. 1641(c)) and section 204(c) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1703(c)).
Sec. 12. This order is effective at 12:01 a.m., Eastern Standard Time, December 21, 2017.
Sec. 13. This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
DONALD J. TRUMP
THE WHITE HOUSE,
December 20, 2017.
It will seem like this is just aimed at a bunch of far-flung foreigners few people have heard of. This Order leads to denying them access to their funds. The Deep State has its fingers in the till of almost every major trafficking front. It’s where that frozen money leads that makes this so important.
The Trafficking and Corruption E.O. Will Lead Right Back to the Clintons
Haiti, Bangladesh, the Congo, and many more. Usually the poorest nations on the planet are the ones most exploited by the Deep State. One only has to deal with a strongman and the people are too destitute to offer any resistance.
One that jumped off the page was that of Dan Gertler.
First read this article about Gertler. It’s some serious “Heart of Darkness” type stuff. Excerpted below.
A secretive multinational company worth billions, whose founder turned fugitive was pardoned by a president.
An Israeli diamond tycoon, rumoured to be the inspiration for a Hollywood blockbuster.
And a struggling African nation, blessed and burdened by natural resources, riven by war and corruption.
Behind the black letters of the Paradise Papers lies a world of extraordinary colour.
Obtained by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, and shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the Guardian and more than 90 media partners across the globe, the Paradise Papers reveal the reality of the arcane world of offshore tax havens and global finance.
They show that in 2009, Glencore, the world’s biggest mining company, gave a secret $45m loan to Gertler’s company after it enlisted him to secure a controversial mining agreement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In Kinshasa, Gertler first met the president’s son Joseph and then the president. A friendship had begun and, according to a 2001 UN investigation, a deal was struck: $20m in cash from Gertler that Kabila would use to buy weapons and fund his war against rebels to consolidate his grip on power.
In exchange, Gertler’s company IDI was granted a monopoly on the DRC diamond trade, worth hundreds of millions a year.
- Gertler bribed the Democratic Republic of Congo’s leader, Joseph Kabila to the tune of $20MM.
- Gertler corners the entire blood diamond market in return.
- Gertler gets 45MM from Glencore to enable them to exploit the DRC’s resources.
- Glencore was owned by one Marc Rich.
- Marc Rich was pardoned for prior crimes by one President Bill Clinton.
- Bill Clinton got 650K for a few photo ops with Kabila.
In November 2016, I wrote a blog post about how corrupt the late Marc Rich’s company, Glencore, was/is and I linked to some research by a Reddit user named “Emperor Worf”.
If you’re up for some supplementary midnight reading, here is as good a summary as I’ve seen of the Clinton/Marc Rich/Glencore ties we discussed earlier. Some exquisite work by a user by the name of Emperor Worf on Reddit. He really lays it all out concisely and with annotations.
Read this very important piece here.
As someone who knows quite a lot about commodities and the stock market from nearly 20 years of working in that field, I can tell you the Glencore conglomerate has always been stinking dirty. Even more rotten and corrupt than its late, unlamented totem twin, Enron. So much so that its nickname has been Glenron.
Unfortunately, Emperor Worf deleted his excellent research and the links in my article are dead now (I assume that in 2016, talking about trafficking was still too hot to handle with the prospect of a Hillary presidency). Luckily, others saved Worf’s research.
Here was an interesting nugget:
Yep, the same Alwaleed bin-Talal we discussed in previous storm threads. He had his hot hands on Glencore as well. Now you see the importance of Marc Rich to the Clintons. He had entree all over the globe and probably taught them a thing or two. Maybe there is no Clinton Foundation as we know it without Marc Rich.
Eric Holder lobbied for Rich’s pardon.
And as we know, James Comey was the one to clear the pardon.
So now you can see why today’s E.O. by Trump was so monumentally significant. And it probably goes even deeper than that.
Today’s BTC Hammering
It could just be the normal gyrations of such a small market in a bubble, but cryptos not being able to catch a bid today might have something to do with the freezing of assets I talked about above. Something to keep an eye on…
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