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Verdict The Judicial Watch News Publication from Judicial Watch JUNE 2018 VOLUME ISSUE News PublicationWWW.JUDICIALWATCH.ORG from Judicial Watch Judicial Watch Reacts Firing FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement regarding the firing FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Attorney General Jeff Sessions: IMAGES Attorney General Sessions did the right thing firing Andrew McCabe for repeatedly making statements investigators that lack candor. The FBI not above the law. Mr. McCabe dishonesty taints both the Clinton email inquiry and Russia collusion investigation targeting President Trump, including the Mueller operation. Mr. McCabe should have been ousted from the FBI many months ago, when Judicial Watch first Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe See MCCABE page Sues State/USAID For Soros Records Romania And Colombia Three active FOIA lawsuits relating the Obama administration funding for Soros operations Judicial Watch filed Freedom Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits March against the U.S. Department State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for records relating their funding the political activities the Soros Open Society Foundations Romania (Judicial Watch U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (No. 1:18-cv-00667)) and the Soros Open Society Foundations Colombia (Judicial Watch U.S. Department State (No. 1:18-cv-00668)). The Soros Open Society Foundations Romania lawsuit was filed after State and See SOROS page Message from the President Court Report Corruption Chronicles 2016 Choice Neighborhood Grant HUD Award IMAGES Government Uncovered George Soros the Media Cover Story McCabe From page revealed clear conflict interest scandal involving his wife political campaign. Judicial Watch recently uncovered that McCabe, despite massive contributions from Clinton ally Terence McAuliffe his [McCabe wife 2015 political campaign, did not recuse himself from the Clinton email investigation until just week before the 2016 presidential election. Judicial Watch also forced out documents that show that McCabe used FBI resources for his wife campaign. These Judicial Watch finds spurred irresistible public pressure for accountability for McCabe. Unfortunately, the FBI and DOJ are still withholding McCabe text messages. The McCabe firing further shows the need for full investigation the numerous anti-Trump and other outrageous FBI abuses under Obama and McCabe mentor, James Comey. Last year, Judicial Watch released Justice Department records showing that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe did not recuse himself from 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 The McCabe firing further shows the need for full investigation the numerous anti-Trump and other outrageous FBI abuses under Obama and McCabe mentor, James Comey. 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The Verdict JUNE 2018 June 2018 Vol. Issue MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Mueller Russia Probe Out Control JUDICIAL WATCH Tom Fitton IMAGES This month Message reprinted from Tom Fitton Fox News op-ed, April 2018. looks like the Department Justice botched the May appointment Special Counsel Robert Mueller. mid-March, former Trump presidential Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort asked judge dismiss Mueller indictment against him, arguing that Mueller overstepped his jurisdiction the probe Russian interference the 2016 U.S. presidential election. response, the special counsel was recently forced pony heavily redacted memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein blessing the investigation into Manafort work with Ukraine, which turned out have been written August six days after the July Special Counsel Robert Mueller predawn, guns-drawn raid Manafort home, and weeks after Mueller appointment. Reportedly, Mueller team photographed Manafort suits during the raid. the deputy attorney general subsequent justification for Mueller wide-ranging investigation into matters related Ukraine, Rosenstein claims that the special counsel appointment order was purposely vague, without confirming specific investigations involving specific individuals. The original memo authorizing Mueller appointment, signed Rosenstein and dated May last year, focused Russia. states: The Special Counsel authorized conduct the investigation confirmed then-FBI Director James Comey testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee Intelligence March 20, 2017, including: any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign President Donald Trump; and Rosenstein August CYA memo demonstrates that when comes the Mueller operation, the Department Justice willing throw the rule law out the window. ii. any matters that arose may arise directly from the investigation; and iii. any other matters within the scope C.F .R. 600.4(a). (This refers the special counsel original jurisdiction). There nothing about Ukraine. The after-the-fact Rosenstein memo (that had been secret for months!) suggests, without any evidence, that the Ukrainian issue was part Mueller original jurisdiction. there another secret document authorizing Mueller investigate any and all foreign contacts the Trump team? Yes, Mueller could have gone back his putative supervisor Rod Rosenstein the Justice Department and asked for permission investigate Manafort. And, yes, since one running the Justice Department seems willing say King Mueller, permission would likely have been granted. But Mueller and Rosenstein did not that. The special counsel raided Manafort home (as part the investigation already underway) and then received authorization investigate him! Mueller and See MESSAGE page www.JudicialWatch.org Cover Story Soros From page USAID failed substantively respond October 16, 2017 FOIA request seeking, among other records: All records relating any contracts, grants other allocations/ disbursements funds the State Department the Open Society Foundation Romania and/or its personnel and/or any OSFR subsidiary affiliate. All assessments, evaluations, reports similar records relating the work Open Society Foundation Romania and/or its subsidiaries affiliated organizations. The Soros Open Society Foundations Colombia lawsuit was filed after State failed respond October 23, 2017 FOIA request seeking, among other records: All records regarding any contracts, grants other allocations/ disbursements funds the State Department the Open Society Foundation Colombia and/or any OSF subsidiaries/ affiliates, and/or OSF personnel operating Colombia, well the following entities: Fundacion Ideas para Paz; Silla Vacia; DeJusticia; Corporacion Nuevo Arco Iris; Paz Reconciliacion; Global Drug Policy Program; and The billionaire George Soros needs zero assistance from taxpayers promote his far-left agenda abroad. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton The Verdict JUNE 2018 news portal Las Dos Orillas. All records communication, whether e-mails, text messages, instant chats, between any officials, employees representatives the State Department Colombia, including Ambassa- U.S. Department State headquarters, Washington, D.C. dor Kevin Whitaker and any officials, the same level the legitimate employees representatives police and military forces, and the Open Society Foundation, rebranding decades massacres, its subsidiaries/affiliates, and/ kidnappings, child soldiering, those entities identified the and drug trafficking criminal first bullet. syndicate simply years armed conflict. other parts the world, number Soros-funded entities and Fundacion Ideas para Paz, once projects Romania are also funded led peace negotiator Sergio the United States government. Jaramillo, now member the The Romanian Center for Indepenoversight junta, funded dent Journalism, which supported the Open Society Foundations the Open Society Institute New and has received more than York, recently received $17,000 from $200,000 U.S. tax dollars. the State Department. February 2017, Laura Silber The left-wing news portal Silla Open Society Foundations reportedly Vacia, another Open Society initiacondemned illiberal governments tive, also boasts being USAID the Balkans, such Macedonia, Albagrantee. Its columnist, Rodrigo nia and Romania, for working against Uprimny, whose NGO DeJusticia the Soros NGOs. Romania, also partners with USAID and March 2017, the leader the governOpen Society, considered one ing party reportedly charged that the the architects the peace deal. Soros foundations that has funded since 1990 have financed evil. Former National Liberation Army Soros NGOs Colombia are terrorist Leon Valencia Open reportedly receiving millions from Society collaborator and grantee USAID: has received least $1,000,000 USAID funding through his Verdad Abierta, web-based NGOs Corporacion Nuevo Arco portal created Teresa Iris and Paz Reconciliacion, and Ronderos, director the left-wing news portal Las Dos OrilOpen Society Program las, which co-founded. Independent Journalism, boasts its website that receives 2016, Soros Open Society support from USAID. Abierta Foundations gave more than has helped rewrite Colombia history, elevating terrorists See SOROS page Message from the President Message From page Announcing Tom Fitton Weekly Update NOW, YOU CAN WATCH TOM FITTON WEEKLY UPDATE EVERY FRIDAY JUDICIAL WATCH OWN YOUTUBE CHANNEL JWTV! 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). Soros From page $3.3 million organizations operating Colombia. Several those organizations also have been financially supported the United States government, having received more than million from the Department State, USAID and the Inter-American Foundation federal agency) recent years. One the Soros-funded entities, LGBT advocacy organization, also was selected the Inter-American Foundation partner organization its Colombia peace project initiative. time for Americans allowed see State Department documentation regarding the public funding Soros Open Society Foundations, said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. The billionaire George Soros needs zero assistance from taxpayers promote his far-left agenda abroad. Judicial Watch now has three FOIA lawsuits relating the Obama administration funding for Soros You can fight corruption and receive income for life through Charitable Gift Annuity with Judicial Watch. SHUTTERSTOCK company seem making the rules they along. Rosenstein August CYA memo demonstrates that when comes the Mueller operation, the Department Justice willing throw the rule law out the window. The irregular Rosenstein memo also highlights the constitutional infirmities the special counsel office. Mueller isn supervised dayto-day basis any Senate-confirmed otherwise accountable official the Justice Department. This has resulted uncontrolled investigation special counsel into who knows what. All this helps explain why Mueller operation has been deepsea fishing Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates and into the costs Paul Manafort suits. Shut down. Fight Corruption and Receive Income for Life operations. pursuing information about Soros activities Macedonia and Albania, well. The former prime minister Macedonia, Nikola Gruevski, reportedly called for de-Sorosization society. February 2017, Judicial Watch reported that the U.S. government has quietly spent millions taxpayer dollars destabilize the democratically elected, center-right government Macedonia collusion with George Soros. March 2017 letter Secretary State Rex Tillerson, six U.S. senators (Sens. Lee (R-UT), Inhofe (R-OK), Tillis (R-NC), Cruz (R-TX), Perdue (R-GA) and Cassidy (R-LA)) called the secretary investigate the relations between USAID and the Soros foundations and how U.S. tax dollars are being used the State Department and the USAID support left-of-center political groups who seek impose left-leaning policies abroad. you are older and live qualifying state*, you could receive income for life through Charitable Gift Annuity with Judicial Watch. minimum irrevocable donation $5,000 required, which portion tax-deductible. For free, no-obligation illustration how Charitable Gift Annuity can work for you, please contact Steve Andersen the Judicial Watch Development Office (888) 593-8442 email email@example.com. your age is: 90+ You could earn: 4.4% 4.7% 5.1% 5.8% 6.8% 7.8% 9.0% (Single life rates. Call for two-life rates.) *Not available Hawaii and Washington State. www.JudicialWatch.org Judicial Watch Court Report The Deep State cover-up mode. The FBI, the Justice Department and the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, are stonewalling our requests for Comey documents. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton The Verdict JUNE 2018 FIred FBI Director James Comey There significant public interest Comey conduct and the FBI handling the Clinton email and Russia collusion investigations and targeting President (and candidate) Trump. January 31, Judicial Watch filed FOIA lawsuit against the Justice Department for FBI records about former Director James Comey book, which signed write August 2017 and was published April 2018 (Judicial Watch U.S. Department Justice, (No. 1:18cv-00220)). The suit also seeks records communications between Comey and the FBI prior and regarding Comey controversial June 2017 testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Comey reportedly received advance excess million for his SHUTTERSTOCK Judicial Watch announced February that the FBI agreed review 16,750 pages records response Freedom Information Act (FOIA) request seeking the records for former FBI Director James Comey that were archived after was dismissed President Trump. Judicial Watch came this agreement with the FBI shortly after filed FOIA lawsuit obtain the Comey records (Judicial Watch U.S. Department Justice (No. 1:18-cv00262)). Judicial Watch discovered the cache Comey records result disclosures the Justice Department separate Judicial Watch litigation (Daily Caller News Foundation U.S. Department Justice (No. 1:17-cv-01830) and Judicial Watch U.S. Department Justice (No. 1:17cv-01189)) obtain the controversial Comey memos that allegedly memorialize conversations Comey had with President Trump. IMAGES FBI Will Review 16,750 Pages Comey Documents Response FOIA President Donald Trump book, Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, reportedly set for publication April 17. Former FBI agents and officials intending write books concerning their tenure are customarily required submit the entire transcript for pre-publication review. See COMEY page Court Report Comey From page month after President Trump fired Comey May 2017, the former FBI director provided highly controversial testimony before the U.S. Senate Select Committee Intelligence about the circumstances that led his dismissal, the ongoing investigation into alleged Russian interference the 2016 presidential election and his handling the investigation into Hillary Clinton illicit email server. During that testimony, Comey admitted leaked information about his conversations with President Donald Trump order get special prosecutor appointed. November, Judicial Watch filed FOIA lawsuit against the Justice Department for its records about Comey testimony (Judicial Watch U.S. Department Justice (No. 1:17-cv-02316)). the time the lawsuit was filed, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said, Mr. Comey seems have protected status for any misconduct, and want know had special deal for his book from his friends the FBI. The Deep State cover-up mode. The FBI, the Justice Department and the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, are stonewalling our requests for Comey documents. August 2017, Judicial Watch sued the Justice Department for all nondisclosure agreements pertaining the handling, storage, protection, dissemination and/or return classified information that were signed behalf former FBI Director James Comey (Judicial Watch U.S. Department Justice (No. 1:17-cv01624)). Such records would include: All SF-312 (Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement) forms; All FD-857 (Sensitive Information Nondisclosure Agreement) forms; All FD-597 (Receipt for Property Received/Returned/Released Mr. Comey seems have protected status for any misconduct, and want know had special deal for his book from his friends the FBI. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton Seized) forms; All FD-291 (FBI Employment Agreement) forms; and All Case Briefing Acknowledgement forms. July 2017, Judicial Watch also filed FOIA lawsuit against the Department Justice for the metadata the memoranda written Comey memorializing his conversations with President Donald Trump well records about Comey FBI-issued laptop computer other electronic devices and records about how Comey managed his records while was FBI director (Judicial Watch, Inc., U.S. Department Justice (No. 17-cv-01520)). The metadata information may include details about when the memos were created edited and whom. The FBI has terrible record playing shell games with records whether texts memos its disgraced former director, James Comey, said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. Our lawsuit, hope, will force the FBI expedite the review and the release the 16,750 pages Comey documents. Open the files. FBI building, Washington, D.C. www.JudicialWatch.org Court Report Judical Watch Joins AEF Asking SCOTUS Reject Maryland Gerrymandering Urges High Court overturn lower court and strike down most extreme and effective congressional gerrymander the nation Judicial Watch January joined with Allied Educational Foundation (AEF) filing amici curiae brief the United States Supreme Court seeking overturn Maryland 2011 congressional redistricting plan, which the brief calls the most extreme and effective congressional gerrymander the nation (Benisek, al. Lamone, al. (No. 17-333)). The Benisek case appeal from the U.S. District Court for the District Maryland after the lower court ruled for the state dismissing the plaintiffs claims. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this case March 28. Critics the Maryland plan have charged that the new congressional map was designed specifically minimize the voting power particular voters. The Washington Post editorialized: The map mocks the idea that voting districts should compact easily navigable. The eight districts respect neither jurisdictional boundaries nor communities interest. protect incumbents and for partisan advantage, the map has been sliced, diced, shuffled and shattered, making districts resemble studies cubism. Judicial Watch and AEF argue that the test applied the lower court this case was inadequate determine whether Maryland redistricting scheme constitutes unconstitutional, partisan gerrymander that violates the First Amendment. Their brief further argues that the lower court Judical Watch/Allied Education Foundation amici curiae brief No. 17-333 THE Supreme Court the United States _________ JOHN BENISEK, AL., Appellants, LINDA LAMONE, AL., Appellees. _________ Appeal from the United States District Court for the District Maryland _________ BRIEF AMICI CURIAE JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. AND ALLIED EDUCATIONAL DATION SUPPORT NEITHER The Verdict FOUN JUNE 2018 PARTY _________ Russell Nobile Robert Popper protect incumbents and for partisan advantage, the [Maryland] map has been sliced, diced, shuffled and shattered, making districts resemble studies cubism. The Washington Post ruling allowed stand, will ensure that every redistricting case will become federal case. their brief, Judicial Watch and AEF argue that courts must able distinguish unconstitutional gerrymandering from ordinary political redistricting, which will require manageable and politically neutral standards for detecting gerrymandering: Traditional districting principles, such compactness, contiguity and respect for established political boundaries have been bedrock considerations under this Court redistricting jurisprudence for decades, and there reason discard them favor untried standards that rely entirely what legislators say (or, future, learn not say) and the unpredictable fortunes political parties. Much less there any reason follow currently favored social science See COURT page Court Report Court From page SHUTTERSTOCK The Judicial Watch/AEF brief further explains traditional districting principles about the standards adopted the lower courts both the Benisek case and Beverly Gill, al. William Whitford, al. (No. 16-1161) and argues that the lower court ruling this case should overturned for ignoring them. The Supreme Court would very dangerous course endorses the lead the lower courts gerrymandering, said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. The lower courts Maryland would tell the Supreme Court ignore the most abusive gerrymander the country, while the lower courts Wisconsin would have the courts overturn district lines not enough Democrats win. The Supreme Court should pick reasonable judicial standard for evaluating gerrymanders ensure that voters can pick their politicians not the other way around. August 2017, Judicial Watch and AEF filed amici brief the Wisconsin gerrymandering case Gill urging the U.S. Supreme Court reject the arbitrary method drawing Wisconsin electoral districts adopted the lower court, which IMAGES theories that disregard decades practical knowledge and jurisprudence concerning the process drawing district lines. People stand line enter the Supreme Court, Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Washington, where the court heard arguments the gerrymandering issue The Supreme Court would very dangerous course endorses the lead the lower courts gerrymandering. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton ignored traditional districting principles. Judicial Watch and AEF argued that joint brief that the lower court ruling relied, part, novel test for gerrymandering found nowhere the Constitution known the the efficiency gap, which focuses purely hypothetical estimate what each party should win fair election and amounts, practice, court-ordered, proportional party representation scheme. Judicial Watch earlier filed lawsuit behalf voters across Maryland, also seeking overturn Maryland 2011 gerrymandering scheme. August 2016, the United States District Court for the District Maryland ruled for the state dismissing the plaintiffs claims. Judicial Watch filed appeal with the Supreme Court October 2016. January 2017, the court dismissed the appeal. The Supreme Court expected rule the gerrymandering controversies the end its term this June. Join over 4.5 million Facebook Friends liking www.facebook.com/judicialwatch Follow Twitter and Instagram Join 100,000 subscribers following JWTV YouTube www.JudicialWatch.org Corruption Chronicles SHUTTERSTOCK Less than year after Baltimore prosecutors ordered staff not charge illegal immigrants with minor, nonviolent crimes because could get the offenders deported, Maryland largest city will hire immigration attorneys help those facing removal. important note that Baltimore has the nation highest per capita homicide rate and has been coined the deadliest big city the United States mainstream newspaper. Nevertheless, city panel March approved spending $200,000 pay for lawyers represent illegal aliens with deportation orders. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh says local news report that the goal for everyone get due process. not making decision their status, making the decision supportive individuals who live our city, according the mayor. Unlike the criminal justice system, immigration court the government doesn offer free lawyers those who can afford them. Barack Obama The Verdict JUNE 2018 IMAGES City With Highest Per Capita Murder Rate Starts Defense Fund For Illegal Aliens People visit park overlooking Baltimore Inner Harbor, August 2017 This means that illegal aliens who don have the money pay for one must represent themselves legal proceedings rely volunteer attorneys paralegals provided immigrant rights groups. This leaves many illegal aliens removal proceedings without adequate legal representation. The trend using taxpayer dollars assist illegal aliens deportation proceedings started under the Obama administration. 2015, the former president allocated million hire attorneys represent the influx illegal alien minors federal immigration proceedings. The money flowed through special program, Justice AmeriCorps, launched the Department Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review. response the Trump administration immigration-enforcement policies, American sanctuary cities The trend using taxpayer dollars assist illegal aliens deportation proceedings started under the Obama administration. took matters into their own hands creating local funds help illegal aliens facing deportation. Chicago City Council led the way approving $1.3 million legal defense fund, and the City Los Angeles followed with $10 million fund help illegal immigrants dodge justice. Shortly after the city announced its special immigrant legal project, the Los See MURDER page Corruption Chronicles Murder From page Angeles County Board Supervisors offered kick another million provide more lawyers. The only L.A. county supervisor who voted against the fund said irresponsible allocate taxpayer money for such program. the city case, the city attorney, whose office prosecutes crimes and represents L.A. litigation, said the money will ensure that there more fairness and more effectiveness the immigration system, which, course, federal and not state matter. Baltimore took step further also creating policy easy alien criminals state cases avert collateral immigration consequences. internal memo issued Baltimore chief deputy state attorney mid-2017 instructs prosecutors think twice before charging illegal immigrants with minor, nonviolent crimes. The chief deputy, Michael Schatzow, writes the memo that the Trump administration deportation efforts THE AMICUS SOCIETY internal memo issued Baltimore chief deputy state attorney mid-2017 instructs prosecutors think twice before charging illegal immigrants with minor, nonviolent crimes. have increased the potential collateral consequences certain immigrants minor, non-violent criminal conduct. Schatzow second-in-command Baltimore top prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, and oversees major crimes the state agency. considering the appropriate disposition minor, non-violent criminal case, please certain consider those potential consequences the victim, witnesses, and the defendant, Schatzow wrote his staff. Besides Baltimore, two other Maryland counties Montgomery and Prince George also offer illegal immigrants sanctuary. When the Trump administration announced would enforce immigration laws, Baltimore Mayor Pugh reiterated that police and other public agencies her city never ask about immigration status: are welcoming city. want everyone here. want able provide opportunities and jobs and careers for folks. That where are Baltimore. This year, Maryland legislators tried pass measure make the state official illegal-alien sanctuary but the bill, known the Trust Act, hit roadblock Senate committee after passing the House Delegates, and the governor has vowed veto even survives. Fight Corruption little every month HOW CAN YOU FIGHT CORRUPTION LITTLE EVERY MONTH? joining with thousands Judicial Watch members who make automatic monthly gift Judicial Watch credit card direct debit from their bank account. Donors who make this commitment become members the Judicial Watch Amicus Society. Amicus means friend Latin, and these are truly special friends because Amicus Society members provide steady, stable stream support for Judicial Watch lawsuits and investigations. join the Amicus Society, contact the Development Office (888) 593-8442, email development@ judicialwatch.org. www.JudicialWatch.org Corruption Chronicles HUD Gives Mil. Obama Plan Turn Slums Into Middle-Class Neighborhoods controversial Obama program that reaped enormous amounts taxpayer money transform slums into desirable middle-class neighborhoods just got million infusion from the Trump administration. Known Choice Neighborhoods, the costly experiment was the centerpiece broader Obama initiative convert poverty-stricken neighborhoods into sustainable, mixed-income areas with affordable housing, safe streets and good schools. was launched collaboration between the departments Housing and Urban Development, Education, Justice, Treasury and Health and Human Services help attract private investment necessary transform distressed areas. During Obama tenure, Choice Neighborhoods received breathtaking $375 million, according Housing and Urban Development figures. substantial chunk $120 million was rewarded parting gift 2016, the HUD numbers reveal, and the largest portion $122.27 million was allocated The Department Housing and Urban Development has been embroiled multitude serious scandals under both Democrat and Republican administrations over the years, involving leadership, low-level employees and field directors. The Verdict JUNE 2018 2016 Choice Neighborhood Grant Award, St. Louis, Missouri 2010 when Obama launched the program. Like many the former president initiatives, large sums cash went leftist nonprofits and community groups that aligned with his liberal agenda. Back 2012, Judicial Watch reported that the administration paid half million dollars study the effectiveness Choice Neighborhoods, including the challenges bringing healthy food options poor areas and the characteristics the neighborhoods being targeted for transformation. The recent million infusion will promote comprehensive approach transforming neighborhoods struggling address the interconnected challenges distressed housing, inadequate schools, poor health, high crime, and lack capital, according Housing and Urban Development statement. Los Angeles, California; Lewiston, Maine; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will receive the biggest portions, $1.3 million each. Chicago, Illinois, Huntington, West Virginia and Cleveland, Ohio each get $350,000 revitalize poor neighborhoods. The goal replace distressed public housing with highquality, mixed-income housing and improve residents employment, income, health and education. The agency announcement states that, ultimately, this will create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment distressed neighborhoods. Three the awardees will get additional $950,000 for action activities build momentum and attract additional investment, according Housing and Urban Development. The extra cash can used recycle vacant properties into community gardens farmers markets for community arts projects that beautify area. There was tremendous hope that the Trump administration would cut back some these wasteful Obama-era programs many the government largest agencies, See HUD page Corruption Chronicles HUD From page and lets them obtain work permits and drivers licenses. The Department Housing and Urban Development has been embroiled multitude serious scandals under both Democrat and Republican administrations over the years, involving leadership, low-level employees and field directors. Problems back the Ronald Reagan administration, when influence-peddling scandal led the conviction people, including top aides then Housing and Urban Development Secretary Samuel Pierce. Bill Clinton housing secretary, Henry Cisneros, pleaded guilty lying the FBI about payments his former mistress. George Bush housing secretary, Alphonso Jackson, was ousted after the feds launched investigation into his plots enrich himself and his friends giving them lucrative government contracts. Barack Obama second housing secretary, Julian Castro, misspent the agency federal funds mayor San Antonio. SHUTTERSTOCK especially Housing and Urban Development. far, that hasn been the case. Earlier this year, the Department Housing and Urban Development gave $37 million dozens leftist groups that purport fight housing discrimination. The biggest chunk $999,962 went nonprofit that attacked President Trump for terminating Obama program that protects hundreds thousands illegal immigrants living the United States. Shortly before getting its money, the Washington, D.C. group, National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), bashed the president over contentious policy known Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which shields nearly 800,000 illegal aliens under the age from deportation Before the end 2018, complete and update your will DID YOU KNOW THAT HALF ALL AMERICANS DIE WITHOUT WILL? AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS, DID YOU KNOW THAT YOUR STATE, NOT YOUR FAMILY, WILL DECIDE WHAT WITH YOUR ASSETS? Don let the government decide for you. Complete your will update now, and when you do, please consider including Judicial Watch beneficiary. assist you preparing your will, call for our free brochure, How Make Will that Works. Steve Andersen Director Development (888) 593-8442 firstname.lastname@example.org may simple including Judicial Watch line your list beneficiaries. www.JudicialWatch.org Government Nearly 200 Busted $3.7-Million Food-Stamp Fraud Operation More than year after the Obama administration slammed American taxpayers with record-high tab provide unprecedented number people with food stamps, the fraud continues full-throttle the bloated welfare program. Authorities north Florida arrested nearly 200 people for operating sophisticated ring which millions dollars food stamps were fraudulently exchanged for cash and drugs. Keep mind that food stamps renamed the Obama administration Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eliminate stigma are designed help nourish the nation most needy. GAO report SNAP For years, Judicial Watch has reported extensively the rampant fraud the program, which cost U.S. taxpayers bewildering $80.4 billion one year provide record million people with the welfare benefit during Obama tenure. Even then, federal audit revealed that many who didn qualify for food stamps received them under special broad-based eligibility program that disregards income and asset requirements. The expansion was part the former president mission eradicate food insecure households the U.S. accomplish it, the administration spent millions dollars campaigns recruit The SNAP/EBT program designed provide services the most vulnerable among and for anyone take advantage this system shameful. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi more food-stamp recipients, even doling out hefty cash rewards local governments that signed the most people. One state even bragged about million performance bonus got from the feds for its swift processing applications. Not surprisingly, the food-stamp program became hotbed fraud and corruption. Recipients use social media illegally sell and buy food stamps online and others use the welfare benefit buy drugs, weapons and other contraband from unscrupulous vendors, according federal audit that also says some trade food stamps for reduced amounts cash. The fraud costs the government hundreds millions dollars, the audit discloses. This was back 2012, when the inspector general the U.S. Department Agriculture, the agency that distributes food stamps, told Congress about the serious issues plaguing the program. Things See FRAUD page The Verdict JUNE 2018 Government Uncovered Fraud got out control that the Obama administration dedicated million crack down food-stamp fraud 2014. Among the anti-fraud initiatives that the money funded were strategies identify and successfully investigate attempts buy sell SNAP benefits online using social media such Facebook, Twitter e-commerce websites such Craigslist and eBay. More than year after Obama left the USDA program disarray, the scams continue. the recently busted Florida operation, more than 22,000 fraudulent transactions totaling $3.7 million were documented task force local and federal authorities. has been coined Operation Half-Back, and Jacksonville news report says undercover officers personally observed 115 individuals commit 390 fraudulent transactions involving food stamps. most cases, the food-stamp recipient took cents per benefit. Some the corrupt vendors were stores, but many were mobile businesses that sell food and have Department Agriculture approval accept food stamps payment. Among the biggest offenders are one business that recorded 7,164 fraudulent transactions for $1.1 million, another that had 7,390 transactions totaling million, seafood store that recorded 3,958 transactions for $1.2 million and mobile meat SHUTTERSTOCK From page Signage retailer vender that had 3,958 fraudulent transactions for $572,282. The undercover sting started back 2012, the year the Obama administration shattered food-stamp spending records. Law enforcement agencies created fictitious businesses, according the Florida attorney general office, which disclosed March that more than 115 individuals have been charged with felonies and others with misdemeanors. Though the federal government doles out food stamps, Florida state agency called Department Children and Families administers provide nutrition assistance vulnerable 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: June 2018 Volume Issue News Publicationwww.judicialwat from Judicial Watch ch.org Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement regarding the firing FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Attorney General Sessions did the right thing firing Andrew McCabe for repeatedly making statements investigators that lack candor. The FBI not above the law. Mr. McCabe dishonesty taints both the Clinton email inquiry and Russia collusion investigation targeting President Trump, including the Mueller operation. Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew Mr. McCabe should have been ousted from the FBI many months ago, when Judicial Watch first McCabe Sues State/USAID For Soros Records Romania And Colom bia Three active FOIA lawsuits relating administration funding for Soros the Obama operations Judicial Watch filed Freedom Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits March against the U.S. Department State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for records relating their funding the political activities the Soros Open Society Foundations Romania (Judicial Watch U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (No. 1:18-cv-00667)) and the Soros Open Society Foundations Colombia (Judicial Watch U.S. Department State (No. 1:18-cv-00668 )). The Soros Open Society Foundations Romania lawsuit was filed after State and See SOROS page See MCCABe page Message from the President Court Report Corruption Chronicles 2016 Choice Neighborhood Grant HUD Award Government Uncovered George Soros ImAges you can online www.judicialwatch.org/donate. Watch ImAges The Judicial Watch Verdict 425 Third Street, SW, Suite 800 Washington, 20024 News Publication from Judicial Judicial Watch Reacts Firing Deputy Director Andrew McCa FBI the Media populations such children, senior citizens and families economic distress. Food stamp trafficking steals from Florida hardworking taxpayers, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said statement. The SNAP/EBT program designed provide services the most vulnerable among and for anyone take advantage this system shameful. Florida seems hotbed food-stamp rackets. Less than two years ago, the feds busted the largest food-stamp fraud operation U.S. history South Florida. Twenty-two defendants the largely black and Hispanic areas Miami-Dade County known Opa-Locka and Hialeah swindled the government out $13 million fraudulently trading food stamps for cash. The crooked vendors operated food and produce stands local flea market part then-First Lady Michelle Obama initiative eradicate food deserts, common poor, minority communities where fresh, healthy food tough find often unavailable. The feds say the business owners and their employees let food-stamp recipients use their welfare benefit get cash exchange for cut the money. www.JudicialWatch.org Government Uncovered INVESTIGATIVE BULLETIN Clinton, Comey, Uranium One: Who John Huber? JUDICIAL WATCH Micah Morrison, Judicial Watch Chief Investigative Reporter IMAGES Widespread head-scratching has followed Attorney General Jeff Sessions recent disclosure that U.S. Attorney John Huber leading investigation into 2016 election controversies. March letter Republican committee chairmen, Mr. Sessions said that Mr. Huber, the attorney for Utah, had been appointed evaluate certain issues raised the GOP did not say which issues, but there are plenty. July 27, 2017 letter, GOP leaders had called Mr. Sessions appoint second special counsel investigate plethora matters connected the 2016 election and United States Attorney John Huber The Verdict JUNE 2018 its aftermath. These matters included actions Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Loretta Lynch and others, email controversies, mishandling classified information, Fusion GPS and the Steele dossier, FISA warrants, wiretaps, leaks, grand juries, the Clinton Foundation and the Uranium One deal. Mr. Sessions instead appointed Mr. Huber, experienced federal prosecutor, and left the door open special counsel. Mr. Sessions noted that Mr. Huber will make recommendations whether any matters not currently under investigation should opened, whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources, whether any matters merit the appointment Special Counsel. Translation: Mr. Huber investigating the investigations, not the underlying allegations. Mr. Huber was appointed assistant U.S. attorney Utah 2002. was named U.S. attorney 2015 Barack Obama. Mr. Huber has important backer Utah senior One part Mr. Huber mandate, outlined the GOP letter, the purchase Uranium One the company Rosatom, whether the approval the sale was connected any donations the Clinton Foundation, and what role Secretary Clinton played the approval the sale. senator, Orrin Hatch. After President Trump requested the resignations all sitting U.S. attorneys, Mr. Sessions kept Mr. Huber alive with interim appointment under the Federal Vacancies Act until the president could persuaded renominate him. was confirmed second time for the post August. truism law enforcement that you want pursue high-level political corruption, get yourself junkyard dog strong prosecutor, good fight. Hickman Ewing Jr. the former U.S. attorney for the Western District Tennessee and later the Whitewater deputy independent counsel comes mind. Mr. Ewing had long track record pursuing political corruption before Kenneth Starr tapped him for the Whitewater probe. The office U.S. attorney Utah, contrast, has been toothless. Mr. Huber has not been implicated any wrongdoing, but for the last three years has been his shop and his responsibility. Before that, was his training ground. November, for example, federal judge dismissed the last charges against Terry Diehl, powerful Utah developer and former Utah Transit See HUBER page Government Uncovered Huber From page Authority board member. The government was widely seen bungling the case. The Salt Lake Tribune noted that Diehl, well-known developer with friends high places including [Utah] House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper once stood charged with felony counts that stemmed from allegations that lied about hid assets part 2012 bankruptcy. Prosecutors had whittled the case down three times since early October, dropping counts concealment and tax evasion. Prosecutors acknowledged missteps the newspaper, including getting wrong the amount taxes Diehl allegedly did not pay. Mr. Huber office also lost 2017 case against real-estate mogul Rick Koerber, charged with running multi-million-dollar Ponzi scheme. The case the government second try ended mistrial. judge threw out earlier case. The government will try again September. But the Rosetta Stone for understanding Utah corruption problems may the sprawling saga John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff, two former Utah attorneys general charged with multitude corruption charges. The case gripped the state for years. Mr. Huber office recused itself 2013 from the investigations, transferring the case Colorado. Later, the Justice Department declined charge either man and Utah state prosecutors took over. Swallow was acquitted all counts last year, and the charges against Shurtleff were dropped 2016 Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings, who bitterly complained about FBI and Justice Department conduct the case. That how the game played Utah, locals say. Power brokers have the state wired. Mr. Huber seems like decent man, but his tenure the top Utah law enforcement has been short and undistinguished. Why appoint him such sensitive position Washington? One explanation that Mr. Sessions knows precisely who Mr. Huber and what wants from him. Mr. Sessions went bat for Mr. Huber his reappointment U.S. attorney and named him vice-chair the prestigious Attorney General Advisory Committee. Mr. Huber, political survivor, also knows precisely who Mr. Sessions and what the attorney general wants from him. Another more intriguing explanation that Mr. Sessions needs someone who knows Utah. One part Mr. Huber mandate, outlined the GOP letter, the purchase Uranium One the company Rosatom, whether the approval the sale was connected any donations the Clinton Foundation, and what role Secretary Clinton played the approval the sale. Uranium One assets included significant holdings Utah and nearby states. Prosecutors and the media, transfixed the Mueller probe that they decline look elsewhere should follow the Uranium One money Utah and the rest the West. 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For other questions regarding IRA gifts, contact Steve Andersen, Director Development for Judicial Watch (888) 593-8442, email@example.com. www.JudicialWatch.org Judicial Watch Trump family and Administration Members Spending Millions Extravagant Private Travel Newsweek March 2018 Top House Democrats are calling for hearings whether the Trump administration has adequate controls protect taxpayer money light recent extravagant air travel cabinet members. letter Tuesday Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, who chairman the House Committee Oversight and Government Reform, Democratic congressmen Elijah Cummings and Raja Krishnamoorthi pointed out two Trump cabinet members the latest examples questionable and expensive travel the taxpayer expense. *** The letter comes less than two months after the conservative legal group Judicial Watch released report showing that Trump and his family travel costs are pace meet exceed those his predecessor, Barack Obama. Trump and his family have spent least $13.5 million political and leisure trips February according Judicial Watch, which has uncovered $114.6 million worth Obama and his family travel costs. Judicial Watch: Training Documents Show Broward County Sheriff Office Failed the Victims the Parkland Shooting Breitbart March 15, 2018 release issued March 15, Judicial Watch reported that Broward County Operations documents direct deputies confront active shooter, which what Deputy Scot Peterson did not when arrived building the Parkland high The Verdict JUNE 2018 Chief National Correspondent Henry (left) and Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton appeared the Fox News Channel, April 2018 Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said Netflix had [doubled] down support Obama corruption hiring Rice, controversial figure the aftermath the 2012 Benghazi attack, well the unmasking controversy surrounding members the Trump campaign. school. Breitbart News reported that surveillance video from outside the school appears show Peterson arrive outside building and remain outside while Nikolas Cruz shot and killed students and teachers. Judicial Watch notes that Broward County Sheriff Office training and operations docs explain that the reason for confronting the shooter save lives. The training and operations lesson plan instructs deputies confront shooter immediately because history shows when suspect confronted any armed individual they either shoot out with that person kill themselves. Either way, the shooting innocent bystanders must stop. Judicial Watch Sues for Records Taxpayer-Funded Soros Projects Overseas Washington Free Beacon March 28, 2018 State Dept., USAID fail respond request for records spending Romania, Colombia The conservative watchdog Judicial Watch has filed lawsuit try obtain records from the State Department about the taxpayerfunded political activities George Soros groups Colombia and Romania. The watchdog said took the action because the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International See MEDIA page the Media Media From page Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said Netflix had [doubled] down support Obama corruption hiring Rice, controversial figure the aftermath the 2012 Benghazi attack, well the unmasking controversy surrounding members the Trump campaign. Big tech companies offer gilded safe space for Obama officials Fox News March 29, 2018 When former National Security Adviser Susan Rice was named the Netflix board directors Wednesday, she became least the third high-ranking official under former President Barack Obama receive top post tech giant after leaving the White House. announcing Rice appoint- IMAGES Development (USAID) failed respond its Freedom Information Act requests last fall for records relating contracts, grants and other allocations/disbursements funds Open Society Foundations offices Romania and Colombia. The watchdog also seeking information about Soros activities Macedonia and Albania. Then-Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice, 2016 ment, Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings said the former U.S. ambassador the U.N. had tackled difficult, complex global issues with intelligence, integrity and insight. Rice appointment was met with outrage from some conservatives. Earns Nationwide Media Coverage March 19, 2018 April 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. 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President Trump campaigned reducing Washington bureaucracy, and Administrator Pruitt has been instrumental that effort. growing number conservative leaders and GOP lawmakers are voicing their support for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt amid some calls for him resign. Signatories included American Legislative Exchange Council CEO Lisa Nelson, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, former Sen. Jim DeMint South Carolina, former Virginia Attorney General and Senate Conservatives Fund President Ken Cuccinelli, and Citizens United President David Bossie. just chatted about his grandkids Loretta Lynch still insists she DIDN talk with Bill Clinton about Hillary email case during secret airport tarmac meeting Daily Mail April 2018 Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch insists her infamous secret 2016 meeting with former President Bill Clinton had nothing with the investigation into Hillary Clinton that was ramping the time. Lynch has seldom addressed the subject since first acknowledging that she had met with Bill Clinton Phoenix, Arizona airport tarmac just months before the presidential election. Mrs. Clinton was the time the subject FBI investigation into her use private, unsecured email account during her time secretary state account that housed classified documents. Consider Leaving Judicial Watch your Will remembering Judicial Watch your will other estate plans, you could receive important tax benefits while leaving legacy freedom for your loved ones and future generations Americans. Request our brochure How Make Will that Works help you you make update your estate plans. Contact: Steve Andersen, Director Development (888) 593-8442 firstname.lastname@example.org The Verdict JUNE 2018 SHUTTERSTOCK Media Hillary Clinton *** Tom Fitton, president the right-leaning watchdog group Judicial Watch, said Saturday the Fox News Channel, still don have full explanation from either her Bill Clinton about what went on.