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Verdict 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 Editor Carter Clews Editorial Assistant Janice Rurup Senior Writer Dr. Larry Hunter Circulation Director John Albertella Direct Response Marketing Manager Ariana Azizkeya Graphic Design Consultant Jeanne Minnix Production and Traffic Manager Tim Wathen Public Affairs Director Jill Farrell Member Services (888) 593-8442 Fax (202) 646-5199 Social Media www.JudicialWatch.org www.facebook.com/JudicialWatch www.twitter.com/JudicialWatch Send your comments and questions Editor, The Judicial Watch Verdict c/o firstname.lastname@example.org. Annual suggested donation $35. Requests should sent to: The Judicial Watch Verdict Judicial Watch 425 Third Street, SW, Suite 800 Washington, 20024 The Judicial Watch Verdict published monthly and distributed its members, supporters and interested parties Judicial Watch, Inc., 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated 1994 the District Columbia. Copyright 2019 Judicial Watch All rights reserved. Editorial content may duplicated with attribution and without permission. February 2019 Vol. 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:// jwatch.us/Special-Report Announcing Tom Fitton Judicial Watch Weekly Update NOW, YOU CAN WATCH TOM FITTON WEEKLY UPDATE EVERY FRIDAY JUDICIAL WATCH OWN YOUTUBE CHANNEL Incisive, exciting and informative, Weekly Update Live provides you with Tom unique insights into the week top news stories. must-watch video its best. (Simply type JWatch.us/ subscribe). 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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. Before you make your IRA withdrawals discover how both YOU and JUDICIAL WATCH can benefit from the IRA charitable rollover. ACT NOW! The IRA charitable rollover back, and this time permanent! 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Court Report 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 Purchase your Judicial Watch Gear Today! Shop now for your Judicial Watch products HTTPS://SHOPJW.ORG www.JudicialWatch.org 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. VISIT JUDICIAL WATCH CPAC 2019 Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center National Harbor, Minutes from our nation capital you are heading CPAC 2019, sure stop the Judicial Watch exhibit booth find out the latest about our investigations and lawsuits. For more information about CPAC 2019, www.conservative.org/events/cpac The Verdict FEBRUARY 2019 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 See MURDER page www.JudicialWatch.org Corruption Chronicles Murder From page 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. APIMAGES 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 www.JudicialWatch.org Government Uncovered 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 SHUTTERSTOCK From page 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. Was this issue the Verdict passed along you? Want your own copy each month? Verdict The Judicial Watch receive your very own copy the Verdict each month, make tax-deductible contribution $35 more payable Judicial Watch and mail to: The Verdict FEBRUARY 2019 Judicial Watch filed Freedom Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department Justice November 2018 for all tions involving any investigatrecords communicaof Investigation (FBI) into ion the Federal Bureau the (Judicial Watch U.S. DepartmeClinton Foundation Justice (No. 1:18cv-02536)). Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit after the agency failed respond May 2018 FOIA request for: All records communi cation [between January 2016 and December 31, 2016] including but not limited emails (whether sent received .gov non-.gov e-mail accounts), text messages Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton See INVESTIGATION Sues For Records Meetings With Clinton FBI Law Firm Clinton-DNC used dossier law firm pay for anti-T rump 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 salacious and unverified ClintonDNC anti-Trump dossier. The lawsuit cites specific Fox See FBI page page Message from the President Court Report Corruption Chronicles Former President Barack Obama Government Uncovered FBI Headquarters building, Washington, D.C. WIKIPEDIA you can online www.judicialwatch.org/donate FEBRUARY 2019 VOLUME ISSUE News Publication from WWW.JUDICI Judicial Watch ALWATCH.OR Judicial Watch APIMAGES The Judicial Watch Verdict 425 Third Street, SW, Suite 800 Washington, 20024 News Publication from Sues For Docume Down Clinton Founda nts Effort Shut tion Investigation the Media Government Uncovered Judicial Watch filed Freedom 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- APIMAGES Sues For Documents Lobbying Deal Former Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen 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. www.JudicialWatch.org Judicial Watch 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 Join over million Facebook Friends liking www.facebook.com/judicialwatch Follow Twitter and Instagram The Verdict FEBRUARY 2019 President Tom Fitton appears Fox News Channel Fox Friends First with host Heather Childers, Dec. 2018 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 See MEDIA page the Media Media From page 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 Investigation Op-ed Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton Breitbart 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 Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department Justice for all records communications involving any Earns Nationwide Media Coverage November 19, 2018 December 19, 2018 The following list partially details recent radio and television appearances Judicial Watch spokesmen, well general television and radio coverage Judicial Watch investigations and lawsuits. Radio 11/27 11/27 11/29 11/29 11/29 12/6 12/6 12/10 12/12 12/17 12/18 12/19 Frank Gaffney Radio Bill Martinez Radio WMAL Salem Radio Network WHKT KTRH WMAL WABC Bloomberg Radio WINA KFTK KRCW National Live National Live Washington, Live National Live Norfolk, Houston, Washington, Live New York, mention National mention Charlottesville, Live St. Louis, Live Los Angeles, Live 11/21 12/2 12/4 12/4 12/7 12/7 12/7 12/8 12/10 12/10 12/13 12/14 12/14 12/15 12/15 12/16 12/19 Why the Pentagon stonewalling our attempts obtain [MIA and POW] information that clearly the public interest? Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton investigation the Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) into the Clinton Foundation (Judicial Watch U.S. Department Justice (No. 1:18cv-02536)). Judge Orders Clinton Email Handling Evidence Disclosed Bloomberg December 2018 federal judge ordered the U.S. State Department disclose possible evidence whether Hillary Clinton used her private email while she was CBN Euronews (EN) OAN Fox News Channel Fox Business Network Fox News Channel Fox News Channel Fox News Channel Fox News Channel OAN C-SPAN Fox News Channel Fox News Channel OAN Fox News Channel Fox News Channel Fox News Channel Online 11/28 Reilly See MEDIA page National Live United Kingdom mention National Live National Live National Live National Live National Live National Live National Live National Live National Live National Live National Live National Live National Live National Live National Live National Live PLUS 290 More! www.JudicialWatch.org the Media Media From page 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 APIMAGES 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.