Tag Archives: corruption

Hillary Clinton: Cold creepiness with a side of corruption

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“On October 16, failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took her public pity party (and not so subtle hopes of somehow magically overturning the 2016 election) abroad, calling out WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as ‘a tool of Russian intelligence …. a kind of nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator’ in an interview on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s show ‘Four Corners.’ Clinton’s evidenceless accusations don’t seem to carry much weight with Assange himself. He doesn’t find her ‘a credible person.’ ‘It is not just her constant lying,’ he says. ‘It is not just that she throws off menacing glares and seethes thwarted entitlement. Something much darker rides along with it. A cold creepiness rarely seen.’ Was Clinton’s latest lunge at Assange and WikiLeaks a preemptive strike? An attempt, perhaps, to get ahead of extreme ugliness in the coming news cycle?” (10/18/17)


FBI says it uncovered Russian bribery plot before Clinton pushed through nuclear deal

Source: New York Post

“The FBI had evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s energy business in the US before the Obama administration approved a deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, a new report said Tuesday. The feds used a confidential US witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks …. Russian nuclear officials also sent millions of dollars to the US designed to benefit the Clinton Foundation while then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that smoothed the way for the sale of the US uranium interests.” (10/17/17)


Menendez bribery trial: Prosecution rests, judge to rule on motion to dismiss

Source: NBC 10 News

“The government rested its bribery case against U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and a wealthy friend on Wednesday, leaving it up to a judge to decide whether a 2016 Supreme Court ruling that already has helped reverse several politicians’ corruption convictions is enough to dismiss the charges here. The New Jersey Democrat is charged with accepting free flights on a private jet and other gifts from Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, a longtime friend, in exchange for pressuring government officials to take actions favorable to Melgen’s business interests. The defendants argued in court filings over the summer that the charges should be dropped because they didn’t meet a narrower definition of bribery under a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that reversed the corruption conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican. U.S. District Judge William Walls said at the time he would wait until the government presented its case before ruling.” (10/12/17)


Thailand: Yingluck sentenced to five years in absentia

Source: Al-Jazeera [Qatar]

“Thailand’s Supreme Court finds former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra guilty of negligence in a rice subsidy case, sentencing her in absentia to five years in jail. … Yingluck has not attended court hearings, and it is believed that she has been in hiding overseas for a month. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters before the verdict that he knew where Yingluck was but would not give more details. Yingluck’s elected government was toppled in a 2014 coup, and she faces up to a decade in jail for negligence over mismanaging a rice subsidy scheme that pumped cash into her family’s rural base in the northeast.” (09/27/17)


Guatemala: Morales foiled by court in effort to expel head of UN anti-corruption commission

Source: Los Angeles Times

“Prresident Jimmy Morales announced Sunday that he was expelling the head of a U.N. anti-corruption commission that is investigating his campaign’s financing — only to have the order quickly blocked by Guatemala’s top court. Morales’ move also drew criticism from the international community, including the United States, and at least two protests sprang up in the capital to decry the order. … Chief prosecutor Thelma Aldana, working with the U.N. commission, announced Friday that she was asking the top court to recommend stripping Morales of his immunity from prosecution in order to investigate financing of his 2015 campaign, when he ran on the slogan, ‘Neither corrupt nor a crook.’ If the court agrees, the decision on immunity would be made by Congress. The prosecutor said Morales had refused to account for more than $800,000 in campaign financing and had hidden his own party’s accounts.” (08/27/17)


Pakistan: Regime concludes probe into Sharif family’s offshore accounts

Source: Washington Post

“Pakistani authorities have concluded an anti-graft probe into corruption allegations against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family and the investigators’ report has been handed over to the Supreme Court. Talal Chaudhry, a spokesman for Sharif’s ruling party ruling party, denounced the probe on Monday as part of a ‘conspiracy’ aimed at removing the premier from office. Sharif, who has previously denied allegations of abusing his authority to enrich himself, has been under pressure since documents leaked in 2016 from a Panama-based law firm disclosed his family had offshore accounts.” (07/10/17)


Israel: Olmert released from prison

Source: CBS News

“Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert left prison early Sunday days after a parole board granted him early release from his 27-month corruption sentence. Prison Service spokesman Assaf Librati said Olmert, 71, was whisked away by security and driven home after serving 16 months. … Olmert was convicted in 2014 in a wide-ranging case that accused him of accepting bribes to promote a real-estate project in Jerusalem and obstructing justice. The charges pertained to a period when he was mayor of Jerusalem and trade minister before he became premier in 2006.” (07/02/17)


France: Le Pen charged in funding scandal

Source: The Hill

“French right-wing leader Marine Le Pen is facing a formal investigation after being charged over an alleged European Parliament funding scandal, the BBC reported Friday. The European Parliament alleges that $5.4 million was given to assistants to Le Pen’s National Front party who were not working for parliament members but were doing work for National Front in France. Le Pen has denied any wrongdoing and said said the case is politically motivated, BBC reported.” (06/30/17)


Brazil: Temer says corruption charge is “soap opera”

Source: Washington Post

“Brazil’s president dismissed corruption allegations against him as a ‘soap opera plot’ Tuesday and sought to cast doubt on the motivations of the country’s top prosecutor a day after a scathing indictment was issued against the leader. President Michel Temer is fighting to hold onto his job after Attorney General Rodrigo Janot filed an indictment with the Supreme Federal Tribunal on Monday. The charge sheet accuses Temer of corruption for allegedly accepting bribes from an executive at a major meatpacker in exchange for help influencing the decisions of state bodies.” (06/27/17)


Brazil: AG formally accuses Temer of corruption

Source: Sacramento Bee

“Brazil’s attorney general has formally accused President Michel Temer with corruption, the first time a sitting president in Latin America’s largest nation has faced criminal charges. Attorney General Rodrigo Janot’s formal accusation Monday is the latest salvo in an intensifying showdown between Temer and justice officials building a case of corruption at the highest levels. The case now goes to the lower Chamber of Deputies in Congress, which must decide whether it has merit. If two-thirds of the body decides that it does, then Temer will be suspended for up to 180 days while a trial is conducted.” (06/26/17)