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The Judicial Watch
FEBRUARY 2019
VOLUME ISSUE News PublicationWWW.JUDICIALWATCH.ORG
from Judicial Watch News Publication from Judicial Watch Sues For Documents Effort Shut
Down Clinton Foundation Investigation
Judicial Watch filed Freedom Information Act
(FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department Justice November 2018 for all records communications involving any investigation the Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) into the Clinton Foundation
(Judicial Watch U.S. Department Justice (No. 1:18cv-02536)).
Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit after the agency
failed respond May 2018 FOIA request for:
APIMAGES
All records communication [between January
2016 and December 31, 2016] including but not
limited emails (whether sent received
.gov non-.gov e-mail accounts), text messages
See INVESTIGATION page
Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton Sues For Records FBI
Meetings With Clinton Law Firm
Message from
the President
Court Report
Clinton-DNC used law firm pay for anti-Trump
dossier
Judicial Watch filed Freedom Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit November 13, 2018 against
the Department Justice seeking
records all meetings 2016
between former FBI General Counsel
James Baker and the Perkins Coie
law firm. The Clinton campaign and
the Democratic National Committee
(DNC) reportedly paid Fusion GPS
through Perkins Coie create the
salacious and unverified ClintonDNC anti-Trump dossier.
The lawsuit cites specific Fox
See FBI page
Corruption
Chronicles
Former President
Barack Obama
WIKIPEDIA
Government
Uncovered
FBI Headquarters building, Washington, D.C. the Media
Cover Story
Investigation
From page instant chats, sent between
officials the offices the FBI
Director, Deputy Director and
General Counsel the one hand,
and officials the offices the
Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General and/or Principal
Associate Deputy Attorney General the other hand, regarding
the closure possible closure investigation into the Clinton
Foundation.
Are you telling that need shut down
validly predicated [FBI]
investigation? Former FBI Deputy Director
Andrew McCabe unidentified
Principal Associate Deputy
Attorney General,
likely Matthew Axelrod
Judicial Watch conservative,
non-partisan American educational
foundation that promotes transparency,
accountability and integrity
government, politics and the law.
Judicial Watch advocates high standards ethics and morality America
public life and seeks ensure that
public officials not abuse the powers
entrusted them the American people.
Judicial Watch Board Directors
Chris Farrell, Tom Fitton, Paul Orfanedes Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit
led directly the disclosure the
illicit Clinton email system 2015. August 2016, related Judicial
Watch FOIA lawsuit broke open the
Clinton Foundation scandal story
with the release documents showing pay-to-play activity. April
2009 document shows controversial
Clinton foundation official Doug
Band pushed for job for associate. the email, Band tells Hillary
Clinton former aides the State
Department (Cheryl Mills and Huma
Abedin) that important take
care [Redacted]. Band reassured Abedin that Personnel has
been sending him options. Band
was co-founder Teneo Strategy
Department Justice inspector general Report Justice Department efforts shut down FBI
investigation the Clinton Foundation right
before 2016 presidential election
with Bill Clinton and top official
the Clinton Foundation, including
its Clinton Global Initiative.
Included that document production was 2009 email which
Band directs Abedin and Mills put
Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire and
Clinton Foundation donor Gilbert
Chagoury touch with the State
Department substance person
Lebanon. Band notes that Chagoury key guy there [Lebanon] and
us, and insists that Abedin call
Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman connect him Chagoury.
Judicial Watch, since, has uncovered many other instances seeming pay-to-play and favoritism for
the Clinton Foundation the Clinton State Department. January 2016, the FBI reportedly began investigating the Clinton
Foundation, expanded from the
email probe. October 2016, FBI
agents were told they did not have
enough evidence move forward
with their investigation the Foundation. 2018, Justice Department inspector general (OIG) report detailed
evidence that the Obama Department Justice sought shut down
the FBI investigation the Clinton
Foundation:
McCabe [fired former deputy director the FBI] told the
See INVESTIGATION page The Verdict FEBRUARY 2019
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Issue
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Federal Judge Opens Discovery
Into Clinton Email Usage Tom Fitton
JUDICIAL WATCH meet and confer plan discovery into (a) whether Hillary Clinton use private email while
secretary state was intentional attempt evade FOIA; (b)
whether the State Department
attempts settle this case late
2014 and early 2015 amounted bad faith; and (c) whether
State has adequately searched
for records responsive Judicial
Watch requests. December 2018 ruling U.S.
District Court Judge Royce Lamberth excoriates both the U.S. Departments State and Justice and orders
both agencies join Judicial Watch submitting proposed schedule
for discovery into whether Hillary
Clinton sought evade the Freedom Information Act (FOIA) using
private email system and whether the
State Department acted bad faith failing disclose knowledge the email system. The decision
comes our FOIA lawsuit related
the Benghazi terrorist attack.
Specifically, Lamberth ruled:
Terming Clinton use her private email system one the gravest modern offenses government
transparency, Lamberth wrote his
MEMORANDUM OPINION:
the Court ORDERS the parties
his [President Barack
Obama State and Justice Departments fell far short. far short
that the court questions, even now,
whether they are acting good
faith. Did Hillary Clinton use her
private email secretary state thwart this lofty goal [Obama
announced standard for transpar-
The Court granted
discovery because the
government response the Judicial Watch
Benghazi FOIA request for
Clinton emails, Judge
Lamberth words, smacks outrageous conduct.
ency]? Was the State Department
attempt settle this FOIA case
2014 effort avoid searching
and disclosing the existence
Clinton missing emails? And
has State ever adequately searched
for records this case?
*** best, State attempt pass
off its deficient search legally
adequate during settlement negotiations was negligence born out incompetence. worst, career
employees the State and Justice
Departments colluded scuttle
public scrutiny Clinton, skirt
FOIA and hoodwink this Court.
Turning his attention the Department Justice, Lamberth wrote:
WIKIPEDIA
The current Justice Department
made things worse. When the
government last appeared before
the Court, counsel claimed,
not true say misled either
Judicial Watch the Court. When
accused doublespeak, counsel
denied vehemently, feigned offense,
and averred complete candor.
When asked why State masked
the inadequacy its initial search,
counsel claimed that the officials
who initially responded Judicial
U.S. Department State building, Washington, D.C.
See MESSAGE page
www.JudicialWatch.org
Cover Story
Investigation
OIG that August 12, 2016,
received telephone call from
PADAG [Principal Associate
Deputy Attorney General, likely
Matthew Axelrod] regarding the
FBI handling the [Clinton
Foundation] investigation (the
PADAG call McCabe said that
PADAG expressed concerns about
FBI agents taking overt steps
the investigation during the
presidential campaign. According McCabe, pushed back, asking, are you telling that need shut down validly predicated
investigation? McCabe told
that the conversation was very
dramatic and never had similar confrontation like the PADAG
call with high-level Department
official his entire FBI career.
Reportedly, senior Justice Department officials refused FBI requests
issue subpoenas Clinton Foundation issues 2016. January 2018, reports surfaced
that the FBI reportedly launched new investigation into potential
Clinton Foundation pay-to-play but
there has been indication
proceeding. October 18, 2018, Representative Bob Goodlatte, chairman
WIKIPEDIA
From page
U.S. Department Justice building, Washington, D.C.
the House Judiciary Committee,
announced the release former FBI
Deputy Director Andrew McCabe
disciplinary file, which reminds
how the Obama Justice Department
sought shut down the Clinton
Foundation investigation during the
2016 presidential election.
The record shows the Obama
Justice Department suppressed
public corruption investigation into
the Clinton Foundation, said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
The record shows the
Obama Justice Department
suppressed public
corruption investigation into
the Clinton Foundation.
~Judicial Watch President
Tom Fitton
APIMAGES time for the Justice Department stop shielding the Clintons and
produce records this miscarriage justice.
This part Judicial Watch
ongoing investigation into the Clinton Foundation pay-to-play politics
that involves multiple FOIA lawsuits
seeking government documents from
Hillary Clinton illicit email system, well records related the intersection the State Department and
the Clinton Foundation.
Judicial Watch work also served basis for the breakthrough book,
Clinton Cash.
Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe The Verdict FEBRUARY 2019
Former Hillary Clinton aide, Huma Abedin
Message from the President
Message
From page
The Court granted discovery
because the government response the Judicial Watch Benghazi FOIA
request for Clinton emails, Judge
Lamberth words, smacks outrageous conduct.
Citing email (uncovered
result Judicial Watch lawsuit)
which Hillary Clinton acknowledged
that Benghazi was terrorist attack
immediately after happened, Judge
Lamberth asked:
Did State know Clinton deemed
the Benghazi attack terrorism
hours after happened, contradicting the Obama administration subsequent claim
protest-gone-awry?
***
Did the Department merely fear
what might found? was
State bungling just the unfortunate result bureaucratic red
tape and failure communicate? preserve the Department integrity, and reassure
the American people their government remains committed
transparency and the rule law,
this suspicion cannot allowed fester.
The historic court ruling
raises concerns about
the Hillary Clinton email
scandal and government
corruption that millions
Americans share.
WIKIPEDIA
Watch request didn realize
Clinton emails were missing,
and that took them two months figure out what was going Counsel responses strain
credulity. [Citations omitted.]
Fight Corruption
and Receive
Income For Life
U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth
The historic court ruling raises
concerns about the Hillary Clinton
email scandal and government corruption that millions Americans
share. Your Judicial Watch looks forward conducting careful discovery
into the Clinton email issue, and
hope the Justice Department and
State Department recognize Judge
Lamberth criticism and help, rather
than obstruct, this court-ordered
discovery. reported this breaking news the YouTube channel: http://
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Cover Story
FBI
From page
All records concerning any and
all meetings between former FBI
General Counsel James Baker
and one more attorneys from
Perkins Coie, the Democratic
National Committee private law
firm during 2016.
APIMAGES October 2018, Fox News
reported that Baker told congressional investigators that Perkins Coie
lawyer Michael Sussmann initiated contact with him and provided
documents and computer storage
devices Russian hacking. The
contact was made late 2016 federal investigators prepared Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)
warrant spy Trump campaign
aide Carter Page.
Former FBI Director James Comey The Verdict FEBRUARY 2019
APIMAGES
News report that FBI top lawyer
Baker met with Perkins Coie lawyers discuss allegations collusion
between Donald Trump and Russia.
The unusual meeting reportedly took
place weeks before the 2016 election
and before the FBI secured controversial FISA spy warrant targeting
then-candidate Trump campaign.
Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit the U.S. District Court for the
District Columbia after the Justice
Department failed respond October 2018 FOIA request
(Judicial Watch U.S. Department
Justice (No. 1:18-cv-02617)) seeking:
Former British Mi6 spy Christopher Steele
The [Judicial Watch] lawsuit
cites specific Fox News
report that FBI top lawyer
Baker met with [Clinton
campaign] lawyers
discuss allegations
collusion between Donald
Trump and Russia. the time, Perkins Coie had
hired opposition research firm
Fusion GPS dig into candidate
Trump background. Fusion GPS
paid British ex-spy Christopher
Steele compile the anti-Trump
dossier, memos from which were
shared with the FBI the summer 2016.
The DNC and Clinton campaign
funding the unverified dossier was
revealed memo from House Permanent Select Committee Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes which
was disclosed publicly February 2018.
According October 24,
2017 report The Washington Post,
Perkins Coie lawyer Marc Elias
retained Fusion GPS April 2016 behalf the Clinton campaign
and DNC: The Clinton campaign
and DNC, through the law firm, continued fund Fusion GPS research
through the end October 2016,
days before Election Day. Fusion
GPS gave Steele dossier and other
research documents Elias.
The real collusion scandal the
hand-in-hand effort the Clinton
campaign and the Obama DOJ/FBI spy upon and destroy Donald
Trump, Judicial Watch President
Tom Fitton said. The FBI, pulled
the troika Comey/McCabe/
Strzok, became arm the Clinton campaign. And our new lawsuit
aims get the bottom the
massive scandal.
Judicial Watch
Court Report Files Amicus Brief Defending
Whitaker Appointment Acting
Judicial Watch submitted
amicus curiae brief November 26,
2018 the U.S. District Court for
the District Maryland support President Trump choice
Matthew Whitaker for acting United States attorney general (State
Maryland United States America, al. (No. 1:18-cv-02849)).
Less than week after November when President Trump appointed
Matthew Whitaker, then-chief
staff Attorney General Jeff Sessions, acting attorney general,
Maryland Attorney General Brian
Frosh, behalf the State
Maryland, filed motion asking the
court prohibit the administrative
substitution Whitaker replace
former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was one nine defendants pending lawsuit.
Judicial Watch argues that the
State Maryland naked attempt wage political battle the
District Columbia Attorney General Karl
Racine leads 15-state coalition seeking
block appointment Matthew Whitaker
Acting Attorney General
courts should denied and its motion both misstates the law and fatally flawed procedural grounds.
Judicial Watch argues that the appointment valid, acts performed person acting under the color
official title are valid even though later discovered that the legality
that person appointment election office deficient. Judicial
Watch contends that Supreme Court
precedent suggests the facto officer
doctrine would apply and precludes
issuance injunction this case.
According the Judicial Watch
brief, the doctrine springs from the
fear chaos that would result from
multiple and repetitious suits challenging every action taken every
official whose claim office could
open question and seeks protect
the public ensuring the orderly
functioning the government despite
technical defects title office.
Judicial Watch also argues that
the Maryland attorney general
misstates the law claiming that
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should assume the top position attorney general. attempting support his claim that Trump
appointment Whitaker violates
the Attorney General Succession Act,
Frosh contends:
Congress adopted the Attorney General Succession Act
specify the acting head that office [attorney general] particular. Without exception, the statutes
have required that the Department Justice second-in-command
serve acting attorney general,
The State Maryland naked
attempt wage political
battle the courts should
denied and its motion both
misstates the law and fatally
flawed procedural grounds.
~Judicial Watch President
Tom Fitton
never allowing the president
override that rule.
The Judicial Watch brief responds rebuttal:
Contrary the State Maryland assertion, the Attorney
General Succession Act way
mandates that the deputy attorney general becomes the acting
attorney general. The statute says
may the extent the Vacancies Reform Act constitutional
and the State Maryland does
not argue otherwise the Attorney General Succession Act does
not prohibit the VRA [Federal
Vacancies Reform Act] application this case.
According Judicial Watch, the
State Maryland motion for
injunction also fails procedurally
because its lawsuit against Attorney
General Sessions, his official capacity attorney general, office
longer holds. Judicial Watch argues:
See AMICUS page
www.JudicialWatch.org
Court Report
Amicus
From page
[The lawsuit] not against him his personal capacity. There
nothing for the Court do. Substitution automatic.
APIMAGES
Frosh revealed his political and
ideological motives filing the
suit when said, [T]his guy, Mr.
Whitaker, has extreme views and
that dangerous itself. coalition attorneys general from states
and Washington, D.C., also have
weighed filing amici curiae
brief supporting the State MaryActing U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker
Maryland Attorney General
Brian Frosh revealed his political
and ideological motives filing
the suit when said, [T]his
guy, Mr. Whitaker, has extreme
views and that dangerous itself.
land. D.C. Attorney General Karl
Racine, who leading the coalition
amici, stated Trump appointment
Whitaker illegal, unconstitutional,
and runs counter the rule law.
Pointing numerous partisan
legal challenges and separate moves Maryland own lawyer litigate similar case before the Supreme
Court, Judicial Watch also filed
Public Information Act request with
the Maryland attorney general
office about its efforts challenge
the Whitaker appointment.
Anti-Trump politicians shouldn allowed abuse the courts
achieve their political goals, said
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
The court should deny Maryland
naked attempt wage anti-Trump
political battle the courts.
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Judicial Watch Sues Defense Department
For Records POWs And MIAs Vietnam
Judicial Watch sued the U.S.
Department Defense October 2018 obtain government
records from 1973 the present
regarding U.S. soldiers who were
prisoners war missing action Vietnam and Laos (Judicial Watch U.S. Department Defense (No.
1:18-cv-02276)).
Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit
after the Pentagon failed respond two Freedom Information Act
(FOIA) requests. May 21, 2018 request sought:
Any and all lists American
prisoners war/missing action POWs/MIAs provided North
Vietnam part the Paris Peace
Accords process seeking their
return; and
All materials used brief President Nixon 1973 about remaining American POWs/MIAs
North Vietnam and Laos. May 22, 2018 request sought:
All live sighting reports
American POWs Vietnam and
Laos from January 27, 1973 the
present.
All data and reports derived from
data collected from the program
known PAVE SPIKE from January 27, 1973 the present.
All satellite photographs possible suspected rescue symbols
seen the territories Vietnam
and/or Laos from January 27, 1973
Judicial Watch lawsuit seeking information about Vietnam POWs and MIAs the present.
All electronic messages containing individual code numbers
issued airmen transmitted
from the ground Vietnam and/or
Laos from January 27, 1973 the
present.
The Vietnam MIA-POW issue sore spot for many veterans and
concerned Americans. Why the
Pentagon stonewalling our attempts obtain information that clearly the public interest? said Judicial
Watch President Tom Fitton.
Why the Pentagon
stonewalling our attempts obtain information
Vietnam POWs and MIAs
that clearly the public
interest?
~Judicial Watch President
Tom Fitton
www.JudicialWatch.org
Corruption
Chronicles
New Special Report: U.S. Subsidizes
Soros Leftist Agenda Worldwide
The U.S. government subsidizes billionaire George Soros radical
leftist agenda, dedicating hundreds millions dollars his deeply
politicized Open Society Foundations (OSF) worldwide, records uncovered Judicial Watch show. special investigative report, Judicial
Watch documents the financial link
between U.S.-funded entities and
OSF affiliates further the Hungarian-born philanthropist agenda seeking destabilize legitimate governments, erase national borders, target
conservative politicians, finance civil
unrest, subvert institutions higher
education and orchestrate refugee
crises for political gain. The special
report also illustrates the financial
and staffing nexus between OSF and
the U.S. government. 2018, OSF projected expending
more than $530 million promote
Soros radical globalist agenda
every corner the world under the
guise supporting democratically
elected governments, strengthening
the rule law and promoting fairness political, legal and economic
systems. The reality far different,
the report shows.
Soros, with the help American
taxpayer dollars, bolsters radical
left-wing agenda that the United States has included: promoting open border with Mexico and
fighting immigration enforcement
efforts; fomenting racial disharmony funding anti-capitalist racialist
organizations; financing the Black
Lives Matter movement and other
organizations involved the riots
Ferguson, Missouri; weakening the
integrity our electoral systems;
promoting taxpayer-funded abortion demand; advocating government-run health care system; opposing U.S. counterterrorism efforts;
promoting dubious trans-
Judicial Watch has
successfully investigated
and litigated document
the paper trail left the
OSF network operates, taxpayer expense,
subvert and manipulate the
sovereignty constitutional
republics and allies the
United States.
national climate change agreements
that threaten American sovereignty;
and working advance gun control and erode Second Amendment
protections.
The Soros network engaged active effort affect politics,
economics and societies globalSee SOROS page
Judicial Watch documents the financial link between U.S.funded entities and OSF affiliates further the Hungarian-born
philanthropist agenda seeking destabilize legitimate
governments, erase national borders, target conservative
politicians, finance civil unrest, subvert institutions higher
education and orchestrate refugee crises for political gain. The
special report also illustrates the financial and staffing nexus
between OSF and the U.S. government.
Judicial Watch Special Report George Soros activities Guatemala The Verdict FEBRUARY 2019
Corruption Chronicles
Soros
ly, including Europe (Albania,
Macedonia, Romania, Hungary) and
Latin America (Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico). Judicial Watch has
successfully investigated and litigated document the paper trail left the OSF network operates, taxpayer expense, subvert and
manipulate the sovereignty constitutional republics and allies the
United States.
Last year Judicial Watch exposed collaborative effort between the
U.S. government and Soros destabilize the democratically elected center-right government Macedonia.
Records obtained Judicial Watch that investigation show that the
U.S. ambassador Macedonia
worked behind the scenes with OSF funnel large sums American
dollars the cause, constituting
interference the U.S. ambassador domestic political affairs vio-
APIMAGES
From page
George Soros
lation the Vienna Convention
Diplomatic Relations. The cash
about million flowed through
the State Department and USAID.
The new report identifies OSF
affiliates worldwide that receive
U.S. government funding well the alarming figures. The Soros
operations are highly sophisticated and work across academia, the
legal system, labor, agriculture and
social justice organizations well religious and political groups.
Key personnel the multi-faceted
OSF network are former AmeriSee SOROS page
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Corruption Chronicles
Soros
From page
can government officials known
leverage their status and access
benefit the OSF goals. The report
identifies number them, including Barack Obama domestic policy
council director, Cecilia oz,
who currently serves OSF U.S.
programs board and OSF President
Patrick Gaspard, director political
affairs the Obama White House
OSF-funded groups reportedly
promoting, organizing
and supporting the illegal
immigrant caravan that
started Honduras are also
identified the [JW] report.
and the U.S. ambassador South
Africa. Others include OSF Director Global Security Denis Reynolds,
former supervisory special agent with
the Diplomatic security service the
State Department, and OSF Senior
Policy Advisor Emily Renard, former State Department foreign service
officer and Africa Policy Officer.
OSF-funded groups reportedly
promoting, organizing and support-
ing the illegal immigrant caravan
that started Honduras are also
identified the report. Many the
leftist groups also get hefty sums directly from Uncle Sam. They include
the Catholic Legal Immigration
Network (CLINIC), the American
Constitution Society, Centro para
Acci Legal Derechos Humanos
(Center for Legal Action Human
Rights, CALDH) and multitude
others, including those named
special report published Judicial
Watch 2018 focusing OSF
Guatemala. (Available the Judicial Watch website: http://jwatch.us/
BreakingNews) The big question is,
why are American taxpayers funding Soros and his highly politicized
OSF? Judicial Watch will continue
investigating and litigating get
answers.
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Corruption Chronicles
The Murder Curtain
JUDICIAL WATCH Micah Morrison
Judicial Watch Investigative Reporter
Are U.S. veterans hospitals the perfect hunting ground for serial killers?
That one the provocative suggestions former special investigator
Bruce Sackman new book, Behind
the Murder Curtain.
Sackman was the special agent
charge the Criminal Investigation Division Northeast Field Office, chasing crime from West Virginia Maine. maverick, bucked
the system and brought two prolific
serial killers Michael Swango and
Kristen Gilbert justice. Both
murdered veterans hospitals.
There have been plenty hospital serial killers the private sector
throughout history, Sackman writes.
But sticks mind that
medical center perfect hunting
ground. The facilities are filled
with long-term care patients with serious debilitating illnesses, making
them easy marks for medical serial
killers. Often, patients are isolated
and vulnerable, with visits from
family members few and far between.
Behind the Murder Curtain, coauthored with Michael Vecchione
and Jerry Schmetterer, unfolds like
police procedural, taking through
the Swango and Gilbert cases. The
authors make quick stops other
cases and offer smart program for
spotting trouble.
Sackman estimates that Swango,
doctor, killed many 100 patients the United States and Africa.
Swango began practicing medicine 1983 and drifted from hospital
hospital, dogged reports fraud
and improper behavior. 1995,
was the Northport Medical
Center New York. television
news program raised questions about
his past. Medical personnel Northport were concerned.
Sackman caught the case. But faced resistance. Allegations
killings hospitals were largely
uncharted investigative territory.
The FBI considered murder
federal turf their territory, but
had little experience with hospital
cases. law enforcement usually
focused white-collar crimes like
Serial killers
Convicted serial killers, former nurse Kristen Gilbert and former physician Michael Swango
Are U.S. veterans hospitals
the perfect hunting ground
for serial killers? That one
the provocative suggestions
former special investigator
Bruce Sackman new book,
Behind the Murder Curtain.
embezzlement and fraud.
Was Sackman out his league? persisted, put together team
experts, including famed forensic
pathologist Michael Baden, and ultimately was instrumental convicting Swango multiple murder
counts and sending him Colorado Supermax prison for the rest
his life. chilling image, Sackman
writes that most hospital killings
occur behind the murder curtain
surrounding patient bed. Medical
records and documents revealed
pattern behavior Dr. Swango his patients bedsides: entered
their rooms himself, drew the
curtains, and administered lethal
injections.
Kristen Gilbert, nurse the
Northampton Medical Center
Massachusetts, also committed her
killings behind the murder curtain.
began with the theft epinephrine
from the hospital medical cabinet.
Swango used epi, common drug speed the heart rate, lethally
high doses.
Like Swango, Gilbert worked the
overnight shift. When the ward
was empty other personnel,
Sackman writes, Gilbert would pull
the bedside curtain around her. She
would then inject the patient with
fatal dose the drug. attention-seeking twist, Gilbert would
often hand when the patient
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coded began into cardiac
arrest and die taking seemingly
heroic measures save her victim.
Hospital killing cases are tough make. the Gilbert investigation, Sackman writes, would
need count those missing bottles epinephrine, prove that Gilbert
had access them, prove they
were administered the patients
question and, finally, prove they died
from those injections. had
paint picture for the jury that, given the opportunity and the resources, Kristen Gilbert would draw the
curtain around her patient, and for
the thrill and glory, administer dose fatal poison. 2001, Massachusetts jury
convicted Gilbert killing four veterans. She serving four consecutive
life terms.
Nurses are Sackman heroes,
the front lines patient care night
and day. Three concerned nurses
the Northampton first raised the
alarm about Gilbert tough call make about colleague the
tight world medical personnel.
Nurses also first raised the alarm
about healthy patients dying under
Swango care. Early Swango career, nurses reported their concerns,
Hospital managers have
well-documented history defending employees
suspected intentionally
harming patients. They are
afraid that bad publicity
and potential lawsuits will
follow formal investigations,
especially conducted
outside authorities like
district attorney. The Verdict FEBRUARY 2019
record. The media will find out
about and sensational stories
will result. They are right fear
that but sweeping the problem
under the rug not solution. better solution, Sackman believes, the adoption what calls
Red Flag Protocols nursing and
medical schools help identify possible medical serial killers. Sackman
has presented his protocols healthcare symposiums around the world
and outlines them the book: there increased rate
patient deaths connected the
suspect?
Does (or she) work late-night
shift and frequently alone with
patients? the patient death unexpected
and attributed catch-all like
cardiac arrest?
Are sudden-death chemicals
available the ward? colleagues have concerns
about the suspect?
Was the suspect with the patient
before the patient death? records prior employment
show questionable incidents?
Sackman notes:
Hospital managers have
well-documented history
defending employees suspected intentionally harming patients.
They are afraid that bad publicity
and potential lawsuits will follow
formal investigations, especially conducted outside authorities like district attorney. When
the police get involved,
record their activity public
Does initial review management find insufficient evidence
proceed?
Those are some the questions
raised Sackman Red Flag Protocols. Most importantly, Sackman
writes, hospital brass must listen their staff when allegations are
made. Michael Swango, Kristen Gilbert and others, notes, were left
free kill even after hospital brass
was warned.
Behind the Murder Curtain Bruce Sackman,
Michael Vecchione and Jerry Schmetterer
but the administration conducted very superficial investigation and
then dismissed the complaining
nurses paranoid, Sackman writes.
This was pattern would see
often Hospital brass never wanted hear bad news about their doctors.
Too often, they were willing cover order save face.
Sackman retired from the
2005 and works private investigator and consultant, specializing
health care matters. (He also president the Society Professional
Investigators, where member.)
Suspicious hospital deaths, writes,
are problem that afflicts every type hospital, public private.
Government case that helps illustrate
why illegal immigrants game the
system, the Trump administration punishing major hotel chain
for refusing hire man who
not lawful permanent resident
American citizen. Like countless
undocumented aliens seeking quick
employment, the man applied for
asylum, fraud-infested government
program famously abused foreigners obtain work permits and other
benefits the United States. When
the New York-based hotel eliminated
the asylee from the hiring process,
the Department Justice charged
with discrimination after filed
complaint. November 2018, Justice settled
the case with the Hyatt Place Hotel
Queens. Under the settlement, the
hotel management company, MJFT,
will pay civil penalty, train its staff
and subject government monitoring and reporting requirements for
three years. general, employers
may not restrict the employment opportunities asylees because their
citizenship immigration status,
John Gore, the principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Justice
Judicial Watch has reported
extensively and uncovered
documents exposing
the rampant fraud the
government asylum
program.
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Hotel Charged With Discrimination For Not
Hiring Immigrant Asylum Program
Central American migrant caravan, Dec. 2018
Department Civil Rights Division,
said agency statement. The Department committed enforcing
workplace laws that prohibit discrimination ensure that individuals
have opportunity fully and
fairly evaluated based their merits
when they apply for jobs. The Justice
Department asserts that the hotel discriminated against work-authorized
immigrant violation the anti-discrimination provision the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). important note the history the U.S. government asylum
program, long abused illegal
immigrants making fraudulent
claims get work permits and other
taxpayer-funded benefits. When
the program started the 1990s,
asylum applicants received work
permits instantly upon filling out the
application. This led barrage work permits being issued the
government. The policy eventually
changed making asylum applicants wait 180 days before receiving
authorization work. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
(USCIS), the overwhelmed agency
that administers the nation lawful
immigration system, refers this
the 180-day Asylum EAD Clock.
The clock starts ticking the moment asylum application filled out.
Because there massive backlog asylum cases, the clock has
expired for legions immigrants
who may not even legitimate
candidates remain the country
but are now able work legally.
Earlier 2018, USCIS made changes the asylum processing system
precisely crack down fraudulent claims filed get work perSee IMMIGRANT page
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Immigrant
mits. The agency announced will
schedule asylum interviews for recent
applications ahead older filings
that perhaps already ran out the
180-day clock deter those who
might try use the existing backlog means obtain employment
authorization.
The agency describes the current
backlog being crisis level. January 21, 2018, USCIS had asylum application backlog
311,000, making the system increasingly vulnerable fraud and abuse.
The backlog has grown eye-popping 1,750 percent over the last five
years, and the rate new asylum
applications has more than tripled,
USCIS reveals. The new last in, first
out interview schedule will allow
USCIS identify frivolous, fraudulent otherwise non-meritorious
asylum claims earlier and place those
individuals into removal proceedings.
Judicial Watch has reported
extensively and uncovered documents exposing rampant fraud
the government asylum program.
Under the Obama administration,
was well-known racket that admitted myriad illegal immigrants who
claimed have credible fear. one scam, the administration
let hundreds illegal immigrants
stay the United States even though
federal authorities knew advance
that open-borders group coached
them falsely claim credible
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Barack Obama
fear get asylum. Documents
obtained Judicial Watch from
the Department Homeland Security (DHS) show how the group,
National Immigrant Youth Alliance
(NITA), orchestrated operation
bring 250 illegal aliens into the U.S.
through the Otay Mesa Port Entry San Diego, California. assure
the migrants were allowed stay
the U.S., the group had them falsely
claim that they had credible fear returning their native country.
Foreigners can claim asylum
the United States under five categories, based fear persecution over
race, religion, nationality, political
opinions membership specific
social group. The caravan making its
way north from Central America
expected seek asylum the U.S.
under one these categories.
Credible-fear asylum the U.S.
became popular under Obama
that illegal aliens were hearing about Facebook, and federal immigration authorities got slammed with
applications. For years, the number foreigners, including many from
terrorist countries, asserting credible
fear gain asylum this country
skyrocketed. 2017, the Washington D.C.-based Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) published report
documenting pervasive fraud the
credible-fear process that threatens
the integrity the asylum system.
Among the key findings:
Aliens with ties terrorist organizations have attempted enter
illegally and claim asylum fraudulently;
The number asylum applications received USCIS has
increased significantly recent
years from 56,912 2014
115,888 2016.
The evidentiary burdens for
aliens seeking asylum and withholding removal are lower than for
aliens seeking other immigration
benefits, CIS researchers found.
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the U.S. Department
Justice November 2018 for
all
tions involving any investigatrecords communicaof Investigation (FBI) into ion the Federal Bureau
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(Judicial Watch U.S. DepartmeClinton Foundation
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lawsuit after the agency
failed respond May 2018 FOIA request for:
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2016 and December 31,
2016] including but not
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sent received
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Judicial Watch filed Freedom Information Act (FOIA)
lawsuit November 13, 2018
against
the Department Justice
seeking
records all meetings 2016
between former FBI General
James Baker and the Perkins Counsel
Coie
law firm. The Clinton campaign
and
the Democratic National
Committee
(DNC) reportedly paid
Fusion GPS
through Perkins Coie
create the
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Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit
September 24, 2018 against the U.S.
Department Energy for all records communications relating Michael Cohen and the application for billion federal loan guarantee for
the Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant
(Judicial Watch U.S. Department
Energy (No. 1:18-cv-02208)). Cohen,
who was reportedly offered $10 million success fee and paid monthly
retainer for his efforts behalf the
Alabama nuclear-power project, never
registered federal lobbyist.
The suit was filed after the Department Energy failed respond
August 22, 2018 FOIA request for:
All records communications
between the Department Energy (DOE), including oral communications, and Michael Cohen
relating the loan application
for the Bellefonte Nuclear Power
Plant.
All records communications
between the DOE and Michael
Cohen relation any other
loan application. copy and all records related the application Nuclear
Development, LLC, for loan application relating the Bellefonte
Nuclear Power Plant Alabama. full and complete copy
DOE response August
2018 letter Secretary Perry
from Senator Markey regarding
Franklin Haney, Nuclear Development, LLC, and Michael Cohen. August 2018, The Wall
Street Journal reported that Franklin Haney, major donor President Trump agreed pay $10 mil-
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President Donald Trump one-time attorney and personal fixer, Michael Cohen exits federal court Manhattan, Nov. 2018
lion the president then-personal
attorney [Michael Cohen] successfully helped obtain funding for nuclear-power project, including billion loan from the U.S. government The contract reportedly
was given Cohen early April assist his efforts complete
pair unfinished nuclear reactors Alabama, known the Bellefonte
Nuclear Power Plant August 10, 2018, the Washingw
Cohen, who was reportedly
offered $10 million
success fee and paid
monthly retainer for his
efforts behalf the
Alabama nuclear-power
project, never registered federal lobbyist.
ton Examiner reported that Cohen
was also given retainer payment
for each month lobbying top the $10 million success fee for
gaining final approval billion loan guarantee from the Energy
Department. Adding that had
made calls the spring the Energy Department see there was
any way speed the approval
process. The agreement between
Haney and Cohen later was reportedly withdrawn, however Cohen never
registered federal lobbyist.
Mr. Cohen may have broken
basic lobbying disclosure and other
laws setting deal advocate
for loan guarantee from the Energy
Department, said Judicial Watch
President Tom Fitton. disappointing the Energy Department giving the runaround this
request, forcing Judicial Watch federal court. August 29, 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty eight total counts that
included bank fraud, tax fraud and
campaign finance law violations.
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Fitton: Elaborately Planned
Caravan Attracts Human
Traffickers and Gangbangers
Breitbart
Op-ed Judicial Watch
President Tom Fitton
October 29, 2018
The caravan moving north toward our border serious threat the sovereignty the United
States. blatant challenge the
rule law. For this reason, sent
our Director Investigations and
Research Chris Farrell and Judicial
Watch Investigator Reporter Irene
Garcia Guatemala uncover the
truth about caravan.
***
Too much the media and the
open borders crowd are trying
fool Americans, but this will
harder thanks Judicial Watch
educational efforts.
Judicial Watch sues Defense
Department, seeking POW and
MIA records from Vietnam era
Washington Times
November 28, 2018 interest members Rolling Thunder, veterans groups and
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others who have not forgotten those
soldiers who were prisoners war still missing action during the
Vietnam War, through military
action Laos.
Judicial Watch has sued the
Defense Department, seeking government records from 1973 the
present regarding American soldiers
who were prisoners war missing action.
***
The Vietnam MIA-POW issue sore spot for many veterans and
concerned Americans, said Judicial
Watch President Tom Fitton. Why the Pentagon stonewalling our
attempts obtain information that clearly the public interest? U.S. Supreme Court
Argument, Indiana Claims Can
Forfeit Cars For Speeding, Minor
Drug Crimes
Forbes
November 29, 2018
Arguing before the U.S. Supreme
Court Wednesday, Indiana solicitor general was already trying
defend confiscating $42,000 Land
Rover taken from Tyson Timbs, who
sold less than $400 worth drugs.
Before the day was through though,
Solicitor General Thomas Fisher
found himself arguing that the Constitution would let him forfeit luxury
cars caught going five miles over the
speed limit.
***
Even before Wednesday argument, which saw Gorsuch and
Sotomayor offering some the
harshest criticisms civil forfeiture,
the Timbs case had already scrambled many ideological lines. Dozens organizations filed separate
amicus briefs support Timbs. result, progressive heavyweights
like the ACLU, the NAACP, and the
Southern Poverty Law Center found
themselves the same side the
U.S. Chamber Commerce, Judicial Watch, and other conservative
groups. Meanwhile, left-leaning municipal organizations, including the
National Association Counties,
National League Cities, and the
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U.S. Conference Mayors, jointly
filed the only amicus brief agreeing
with Indiana position.
For Trump, Cohen Plea Deal
Beginning Look Lot Like
Exoneration
Real Clear Investigations
Report Paul Sperry
December 2018
Contrary media speculation
that Robert Mueller closing President Trump, the special
prosecutor plea deal with Trump
personal lawyer Michael Cohen offers further evidence that the Trump
campaign did not collude with
Russians during the 2016 election,
according congressional investigators and former prosecutors.
***
Tom Fitton, president Judicial
Watch, government watchdog
group, said the criminal-information
statement offense against Cohen
reflects political bias. said the
special counsel appears more inter-
ested trying draw connections Russia than highlighting exculpatory evidence.
Mueller seems desperate
confuse Americans conflating
the canceled and legitimate Russia
business venture with the Russia collusion theory was actually hired investigate, Fitton said. This
transparent attempt try embarrass the president.
Fitton: Judicial Watch Sues for
Docs Obama DOJ Effort
Shut Down Clinton Foundation
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President Tom Fitton
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December 2018 major scandal, largely uninvestigated, the Obama Justice Department protection Hillary Clinton. per usual, Judicial Watch
taking the lead this issue. They
just filed Freedom Information
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investigation the Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) into the
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Judge orders more fact-finding
Clinton email case
Politico
December 2018
The email controversy that
dogged Hillary Clinton through
much the 2016 presidential
race could well kicking around
through the 2020 contest after
federal judge ordered additional
fact-finding into whether Clinton
use the private email system was
deliberate effort thwart the Freedom Information Act. scathing opinion issued
Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge
Royce Lamberth said that despite FBI,
inspector general and congressional
investigations into Clinton use private account for all her email
traffic during her four years secretary state, the conservative group The Verdict FEBRUARY 2019
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secretary state intentionally
flout public information requests for
government documents.
U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth Washington Thursday
directed the State Department
work plan provide relevant
records Judicial Watch, conservative watchdog group that sued
for emails related the attack
the U.S. diplomatic compound
Benghazi.
Hillary Clinton
Judicial Watch should permitted demand documents and additional
testimony about the practice.
Memo for next White House chief staff: Personnel equals policy
The Hill
Op-Ed Judicial Watch Director Investigations and Research
Chris Farrell
December 14, 2018
Whoever the next White House
chief staff may be, offer the following advice with the benefit years experience Army officer, intel-
The old adage is:
Personnel policy. Director Investigations and
Research Chris Farrell
ligence case officer, defense contractor,
educator and fiduciary national
nonprofit government watchdog organization.
The old adage is: Personnel
policy. Whatever shortcomings
disappointments that Trump administration has experienced, the
proximate cause virtually every
instance can walked back the
persons assigned carrying the ball
for President Trump. definition,
personnel decisions are the responsibility the chief staff. The chief staff executive agents these
matters are the leadership the
Presidential Personnel Office (PPO).
Here the greatest challenge for the
Trump administration looking the
next two years, and the walk-up
the 2020 election: The right chief
staff (COS) must take active control
over the PPO get the right people the right jobs (finally). The COS
has got get this right now.