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Corruption Chronicles

Trump Indictment Outrage

Trump Indictment: A Brazen Attempt to Rig the 2024 Election
Judicial Watch Victory: Colorado Agrees to Settle Lawsuit over Ineligible Voters
We Continue to Seek Justice for Our Client’s Brother Killed by Illegal Immigrant
U.S. Gives Millions to Race, Ethnicity, Social Inclusion Project in Latin America


Trump Indictment: A Brazen Attempt to Rig the 2024 Election

Let’s cut to the chase. Trump is a crime victim. New York Democrats’ reckless scheme to prosecute and jail President Trump is a dangerous attack on the rule of law and a brazen attempt to rig the 2024 elections for President Biden and Democrats. We denounce Alvin Bragg’s corrupt attempt to make Trump a political prisoner. Congress and every responsible government official should do everything possible under the law to undo this attempt to wreck our republican form of government. Judicial Watch is on the case and has filed (and will file) multiple open records requests and other court actions to expose and try to stop this dangerous abuse of power.


Judicial Watch Victory: Colorado Agrees to Settle Lawsuit over Ineligible Voters

We continue our string of successes in cleaning up the nation’s voter rolls.

In the latest, Colorado’s secretary of state agreed to settle a lawsuit alleging that Colorado failed to remove ineligible voters from its rolls. As part of its settlement, Colorado will report to us on its yearly progress in cleaning up its rolls for the next six years. Since we filed this lawsuit, Colorado voter roll removals increased by 78%, from 172,379 to 306,303 per reporting period.

We filed the lawsuit in October 2020, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado on behalf of three residents, alleging that the state had failed to clean its voter rolls as required by the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Griswold, et al. (No. 20-cv-02992)). In August 2021, the court ruled that our lawsuit could proceed. We were later joined in the suit by the American Constitution Party of Colorado and the Libertarian Party of Colorado.

Our lawsuit alleged that high registration rates and other voter roll metrics “indicate an ongoing, systemic problem with Colorado’s voter list maintenance efforts.” We sought a court order declaring that Colorado and its secretary of state violated the NVRA and ordering them to “develop and implement a general program that makes a reasonable effort to remove the registrations of ineligible registrants from the voter rolls in Colorado.”

The number of outdated registrations removed by Colorado under a key NVRA provision increased after we filed suit, from 172,379 registrations for the reporting period ending in 2018 to 306,303 registrations for the period ending in 2022—an increase of 78%. The settlement agreement requires Colorado to provide us with its most recent voter roll data for each Colorado county each year for six years. This data is to include:

  • The total number of registered and eligible voters, active voters, and inactive voters.
  • The total number of address confirmation notices sent to Colorado voters pursuant to the NVRA, the number received back confirming or changing an address, and the number that were undeliverable or not returned.
  • The total number of registrations addresses removed pursuant to key provisions of the NVRA.

Coming on the heels of a massive voter roll clean up in Colorado thanks to our lawsuit, this settlement agreement is a major victory for all Colorado voters. Simply put: Cleaner voter rolls mean cleaner elections.

We are a national leader in voting integrity and voting rights. Our team of highly experienced voting rights attorneys have stopped discriminatory elections in Hawaii, and cleaned up voter rolls in California, Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, among other achievements.

In February Los Angeles County confirmed removal of 1,207,613 ineligible voters from its rolls since last year under the terms of a settlement agreement in a federal lawsuit we filed in 2017.

We settled a federal election integrity lawsuit against New York City after the city removed 441,083 ineligible names from the voter rolls and promised to take reasonable steps going forward to clean its voter registration lists.

Kentucky also removed hundreds of thousands of old registrations after it entered into a consent decree to end another Judicial Watch lawsuit.

In February 2022, we settled a voter roll clean-up lawsuit against North Carolina and two of its counties after North Carolina removed over 430,000 inactive registrations from its voter rolls.

In March 2022, a Maryland court ruled in favor of our challenge to the Democratic state legislature’s “extreme” congressional gerrymander.

In May 2022, we sued Illinois on behalf of Congressman Mike Bost and two other registered Illinois voters to stop state election officials from extending Election Day for 14 days beyond the date established by federal law.

We expect more voter registration numbers from the various states a bit later this year so I expect we will have other voter roll clean up legal actions soon!


We Continue to Seek Justice for Our Client’s Brother Killed by Illegal Immigrant

The tragedy caused by criminal illegal aliens in our midst continues unabated.

We filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department and the State Department for extradition records of illegal alien Saul Chavez, who ran over and killed William “Denny” McCann, the brother of our client Brian McCann (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of Justice, et al. (No. 1:23-cv-00701

Judicial Watch sued after both the Justice Department and the State Department failed to respond adequately to similar FOIA requests submitted on February 1, 2023, for access to Chavez’s extradition records.

Our legal team explained to the court:

In June 2011, Saul Chavez ran over and killed William “Denny” McCann, brother of Judicial Watch client Brian McCann. At the time, Chavez was an unlawfully present criminal alien and had just completed a two-year term of probation for a 2009 DUI conviction. Chavez was charged with felony aggravated driving under the influence but was released by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office in November 2011 despite an U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer. Chavez subsequently fled to Mexico …

Chavez was extradited from Mexico in December 2022.

We submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the State Department for Chavez’s extradition records, which include, but are not limited to, “correspondence between the Office of the Legal Adviser and the U.S. Department of Justice, state and federal authorities in the U.S.,” as well as “copies of court records of the legal proceedings” and “committal documents, such as the extradition order, affidavit of waiver, legal briefs and hearing transcript, decision memo to the Secretary of State or to his or her Deputy, and the surrender warrant.”

To date, the State Department has failed to respond – let alone produce records – to our request.

The Justice Department denied the request outright, citing, among the other reasons, the privacy interests of the criminal Chavez.

In July 2015, Brian testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in a hearing titled “Oversight of the Administration’s Misdirected Immigration Enforcement Policies: Examining the Impact on Public Safety and Honoring the Victims.” Brian McCann explained:

Denny was crossing Kedzie Avenue on a marked crosswalk four years ago and was violently struck by a drunk driver who dragged Denny under his car for a block in an attempt to flee before Denny died. The family was notified by the Chicago Police and the killer was placed into custody and charged with aggravated DUI causing death. Two days later ICE issued a detainer because the young man was an illegal alien with a prior felony. The family was assured by the Cook County prosecutor that the defendant would not be allowed to post bail and be released. Three months later the Cook County Board passed the ordinance that effectively requires the sheriff to ignore detainers. During the intervening weeks after Denny’s violent death, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle and former mayoral candidate and Commissioner Jesus Garcia pushed for the ordinance and rammed it through on September 7, 2011. Two months later the killer made bail and absconded to Mexico.

“My family and I continue to seek justice for Denny. Now that he has been extradited from Mexico, we are one step closer. But we still want to know: What took so long? With the help of Judicial Watch, we hope to find out,” said Brian McCann.

Denny McCann was killed by an illegal alien with a prior felony – and then that criminal was released and fled to Mexico as a result of Chicago’s lawless and deadly sanctuary policies. And to make matters worse, the Biden administration is unlawfully hiding records about why it took over a decade to extradite from Mexico this murderous criminal.

During his effort to obtain justice for his brother’s violent death, we filed suit on behalf of Brian McCann against the Cook County Sheriff in April 2013, asking the court to order the sheriff’s department to carry out its legal duties under federal immigration law. Chavez had been charged with felony aggravated driving under the influence but was released by the sheriff from a Cook County jail in November 2011 despite an ICE immigration detainer. The case was dismissed by the circuit court and afterward, in March 2015, the Illinois Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

In March 2021, our taxpayer lawsuit against the San Francisco Sheriff’s sanctuary policy uncovered that over 2,400 criminal illegal aliens were released under the department’s policy on communications with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about criminal illegal aliens in the Sheriff’s custody.


U.S. Gives Millions to Race, Ethnicity, Social Inclusion Project in Latin America

The Biden administration’s woke agenda knows no bounds as its bureaucrats look for novel ways to spend your tax dollars to pursue radical and Marxist agenda items. Here’s a recent example from our Corruption Chronicles blog.

Weeks after earmarking a million dollars to empower marginalized racial and ethnic communities in Europe, the Biden administration is spending another million on a State Department program in Latin America known as Race, Ethnicity, and Social Inclusion (RESI). The new allocation will help Brazil and Colombia “advance reforms that promote equity and equality, eliminate barriers to inclusion, and create equal access and opportunities for members of marginalized and underserved communities,” according to a grant announcement published a few days ago.

The recent European and Latin American grants appear to be the global expansion of the Biden administration’s costly, domestic effort to advance racial equity and support for underserved populations through taxpayer-funded programs. The president launched the governmentwide initiative on his first day in office with a lengthy executive order titled Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government. The 2021 document claims that “entrenched disparities” in laws, public policies, and private institutions have denied equal opportunity to individuals and communities and that the health and climate crises have exposed inequities while a “historic movement for justice has highlighted the unbearable human costs of systemic racism.” Therefore, the order states, the federal government should pursue a “comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality.” It further says that “by advancing equity across the Federal Government, we can create opportunities for the improvement of communities that have been historically underserved, which benefits everyone.”

Many key federal agencies have implemented racial equity plans as per Biden’s order. The Department of Labor has dedicated $260 million to promote “equitable access” to government unemployment benefits by addressing disparities in the administration and delivery of money by race ethnicity and language proficiency. The Treasury Department named its first ever racial equity chief, a veteran La Raza official who spent a decade at the nation’s most influential open borders group. The Department of Defense (DOD) is using outrageous anti-bias materials that indoctrinate troops with anti-American and racially inflammatory training on diversity topics. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) created an equity commission to address longstanding inequities in agriculture. The nation’s medical research agency has a special minority health and health disparities division that issued a study declaring COVID-19 exacerbated preexisting resentment against racial/ethnic minorities and marginalized communities.

Last month the administration launched the initiative’s global version by dedicating a million dollars to “empower marginalized racial and ethnic communities in Europe,” focusing on people of African descent and Roma people. Among the goals is to mitigate structural racism, xenophobia, and discrimination found in institutions designed to protect and serve all people in society and ensure the fair administration of, and access to, justice for marginalized racial and ethnic communities. The U.S. also aims to counter societal discrimination and violence by advancing equity, social inclusion, and equality for all. The overseas investment is critical, according to the Biden administration, because members of marginalized racial, ethnic, and indigenous communities around the world often are disproportionately discriminated against, forced to endure high levels of violence and excruciating labor conditions in migration, are systematically denied access to justice, and continually bear the brunt of racial discrimination, xenophobia, and violence in society.

The administration’s latest allotment in Latin America will fund two programs, the Colombia Action Plan on Racial and Ethnic Equality (CAPREE) and the Brazil Joint Action Plan to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Discrimination and Promote Equality (JAPER). CAPREE recognizes the important contributions of African-descendent and indigenous peoples and seeks to elevate recognition of their cultures in the U.S. and Colombia by implementing programs to address social barriers that affect Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities. JAPER targets racism and addresses racial health disparities, environmental justice, equal access to economic opportunities and equal access to the justice system. The initiative recognizes that Brazil and the U.S. are multi-ethnic, multi-racial democracies that celebrate the rich contributions of people of African descent and indigenous populations. Similar to the domestic initiatives, the goal in Colombia and Brazil is racial and ethnic equality as well as social inclusion.

Until next week …


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