After denying they had it, why is the FBI now trying to hide info about Seth Rich shooting from the public for 66 years?

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WASHINGTON, DC- On July 10, 2016, Seth Rich, 27, a Democratic Party aide was shot twice in the back in Washington, D.C., eventually succumbing to his wounds. In over six years since that murder, more questions than answers remain. And now, the FBI, amid numerous questions about the integrity of the agency, has asked a judge to seal evidence from the probe for 66 years, according to Slay News.

Bizarre? Clearly.

Even more odd, the former “greatest investigatory agency in the world” has previously claimed the evidence they are seeking to hide…er suppress…doesn’t even exist, with the outlet reporting the FBI has failed to hand over evidence in the case despite a court order mandating the agency do so.

This past September, a U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas ordered the FBI to “produce the information it possesses related to Seth Rich’s laptop.” The order, issued by Judge Amos L. Mazzant gave the FBI 14 days to provide the evidence. The clearly rogue agency has refused to do so. That deadline expired on October 13 with the FBI not providing the information.

It wasn’t until after the deadline that the Biden administration, for unknown reasons, asked for additional time to provide the information.

It is also reported the FBI is withholding three reports produced by CrowdStrike in 2016 in reference to an alleged hack on servers belonging to the Democratic National Committee.

For those unfamiliar, CrowdStrike is a cybersecurity company based in Austin, Texas which “provides cloud workload and endpoint security, threat intelligence, and cyberattack response services.”

When Rich was shot, DC Metro Police initially classified the incident as a robbery, however it did not appear that any of Rich’s personal effects, including his phone, wallet or other personal items were taken during the incident, with all in his possession when police arrived.

What makes Rich’s death even more compelling is the possible ties to Hillary Clinton, who along with her husband Bill have seen a number of individuals tied to the couple end up dying under somewhat bizarre circumstances.

In this case, some individuals believe Rich was the source of leaked emails between Clinton and her campaign manager, John Podesta, which were obtained by WikiLeaks in the runup to the 2016 presidential election.

Rich’s shooting took place shortly after the emails were provided to WikiLeaks. Coincidence? You decide.

Despite requesting a 66-year delay on releasing information related to the Rich shooting, the FBI has long denied being in possession of any information or files related to his murder. Yet the FBI has since admitted they are withholding information on Rich’s death.

That led to Friday’s request by inept (and probably corrupt) FBI Director Christopher Wray, who asked for information related to the Rich investigation be sealed for 66 years. A reasonable person must ask, why?

According to The Epoch Times:

The FBI is asking a U.S. court to reverse its order that it produce information from Seth Rich’s laptop computer.

If the court does not, the bureau wants 66 years to produce the information.

Rich was a Democratic National Committee staffer when he was killed on a street in Washington in mid-2016.

No person has ever been arrested in connection to the murder.

U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant, an Obama appointee, ruled in September that the bureau must hand over information from the computer to Brian Huddleston, a Texas man who filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the info.

The FBI’s assertion that the privacy interest Rich’s family members hold outweighed the public interest was rejected by Mazzant, who noted the bureau cited no relevant case law supporting the argument.

What exactly is the FBI trying to hide and why are they trying to hide it? Sounds pretty swampy to us.

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According to the New York Post, ABC News Journalist James Gordon Meek has gone missing since the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) reportedly seized classified information from his laptop during a raid on his Virginia home.

Meek, who is 52-years-old, is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who broke several national security and terrorism-related stories. He is also the investigative reporter and producer of Hulu’s acclaimed documentary “3212 Un-redacted.”

According to the Rolling Stone, he has not been seen in public since heavily armed federal agents raided his penthouse apartment in April. “Sources familiar with the matter” stated that federal agents found “classified information” on his laptop.  Meek’s attorney, Eugene Gorokhov said:

“Mr. Meek is unaware of what allegations anonymous sources are making about his possession of classified documents. It such documents exist, as claimed, this would be within the scope of his long career as an investigative journalist covering government wrongdoing.”

It is unclear which news story prompted the FBI to raid his place. It could have been the reporting on the 2017 Pentagon coverup of the deaths of U.S. servicemen in Niger, which served as the basis for the Hulu documentary. His attorney said in a statement to the Rolling Stone:

“The allegations in your inquiry are troubling for a different reason: They appear to come from a source inside the government. It is highly inappropriate, and illegal, for individuals in the government to leak information about an ongoing investigation.”

He added:

“We hope that the DOJ [Department of Justice] promptly investigates the source of this leak.”

As of this writing, Meek’s whereabouts is still unknown. The Post sought comment from ABC News and the FBI; the DOJ declined to comment. A spokesperson for ABC told Rolling Stone:

“He resigned very abruptly and hasn’t worked for us in months.”

Meek’s last public statement was a tweet from April 27th, in which he wrote one word: “Facts.” The tweet was reportedly a reaction to a post about the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

According to reports, FBI agents staged a lightning raid on his home that lasted a total of 10 minutes. The agents were executing a search warrant that was approved by a federal magistrate judge in the Virginia Eastern District Court.

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In 2021, the Biden administration put in place a policy that prohibits federal investigators from seizing journalists’ records without authorization from the deputy attorney general.

If agents did in fact get ahold of Meek’s records, the move would have had to have been approved by U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco. Since the raid Meek’s neighbors confirmed that they have not seen him and that his apartment appears vacant.

According to the Washington Examiner, one of the only hints about Meek’s disappearance comes from the co-author of the Afghanistan withdrawal book, Lt. Col. Scott Mann. Mann told the Rolling Stone:

“He contacted me in the spring and was really distraught, and told me that he had some serious personal issues going on and that he needed to withdraw from the project. As a guy who’s a combat veteran who has seen that kind of strain, I don’t know what it was, I honored it. And he went on his way, and I continued on the project.”

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Sen. Grassley shares whistleblower report showing 665 FBI employees retiring or resigning after sexual misconduct probes

October 12th, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – According to internal Department of Justice (DOJ) records obtained by Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), hundreds of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) employees have retired or resigned following misconduct investigations in an effort to avoid receiving disciplinary letters.

Grassley said that the whistleblower, whom he did not name, provided a report that indicates 665 FBI employees left between 2004 and 2020; this number includes 45 senior-level employees.

In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland, he wrote:

“The allegations and records paint a disgraceful picture of abuse that women within the FBI have had to live with for many years … This abuse and misconduct is outrageous and beyond unacceptable.”

The data from the report does not include resignations or retirements that occurred prior to the initiation of or during the ongoing misconduct investigation. In a press release, Grassley wrote:

“So, the actual number of employees who departed the FBI following allegations of sexual misconduct could be much higher. This report was generated following a 2020 Associated Press article revealing sexual misconduct in FBI’s senior ranks.”

The second document produced by the DOJ, titled “Inconsistent Adjudication of Non-Consensual Sexual Misconduct,” analyzes the implementation of FBI Director Wray’s “zero tolerance” directive from December 2020, which sought to address sexual misconduct at the FBI. That document notes:

“…[r]ecent sexual misconduct cases appear to show OPR’s application of this directive has resulted in seemingly random penalties and disparate treatment, potentially compromising the consistency, fairness, and due process of the FBI’s disciplinary system.”

The report suggests that non-supervisors face greater penalties in sexual misconduct cases, while supervisors receive more lenient punishments. Grassley wrote in his letter:

“Simply put, these two documents show systemic failure within the Justice Department and FBI to protect female employees from sexual harassment and sexual misconduct in the workplace and a failure to sufficiently punish employees and supervisors.”

He added:

“Congress has an obligation to perform an objective and independent review of the Justice Department’s and FBI’s failures and determine the accuracy of the data contained in the documents so that the American people know and understand what, if any, changes have been made to solve these significant problems.”

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According to the Associated Press (AP), the FBI said that it intends to respond to the oversight committee first and it declined to comment specifically on the whistleblower’s allegation or to provide its own tally of disciplinary cases or how many of them involved sexual misconduct.

Instead, the FBI issued a statement saying that it has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual harassment. It wrote:

“The FBI looks critically at ourselves and will continue to make improvements. The bottom line is, employees who commit gross misconduct and sexual harassment have no place in the FBI.”

The FBI stated that since establishing a “working group” just days after the AP story was published, the bureau has implemented a series of changes, including a 24/7 tip line with a licensed clinician. Employees can use the tip line to report abuse.

David J. Shaffer, a Washington attorney who represents several victims of sexual misconduct in the FBI, called on lawmakers to examine how often the bureau opens internal investigations against women who come forward. He said:

“The most serious abuse of the FBI disciplinary system is to retaliate against the very women who complain by staring investigations against them after they report sexual misconduct … thereby discouraging reporting in the FBI due to fear of retaliation.”

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Documents unveiled by liberal media show FBI deliberately mislead judge who approved search warrants

September 27th, 2022

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – According to recent documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times, federal authorities with the FBI intentionally mislead a judge to gain access to safety deposit boxes.

While the FBI claims the warrant was to investigate a large drug and money laundering operation, lawyers for some of the safety deposit boxes that were searched claim otherwise.

Newly unsealed court documents show a complicated investigation that started when law enforcement authorities began noticing known criminals going into and out of the U.S. Private Vaults in Beverly Hills.

They suspected that the known criminals were utilizing the business to store their ill-gotten gains away from law enforcement.

When local law enforcement began having trouble entering the location to search a safety deposit box with a search warrant, they began reaching out to federal authorities with the FBI to seek assistance.

Over four years, federal and local law enforcement officers were able to successfully search through a dozen or more of the safety deposit boxes and seize $5 million from five alleged drug dealers, a debit card thief, and a bookie.

After those successful operations, the FBI decided to look closer into the business and began to suspect through surveillance, confidential informants, and undercover operations, that the company was going the extra mile in terms of customer service.

The FBI began to suspect that U.S. Private Vaults and a precious-metals store next door were laundering drug money by providing gold and silver to the drug dealers which would then be stored in the vault.

FBI agents eventually were able to obtain enough information to present a search warrant affidavit to a judge, asking for permission to enter the business and seize “nests of safety deposit boxes and keys.”

The thought process in this would be to prevent anyone from accessing the boxes so that potential criminal evidence was destroyed before the probable cause could be established.

However, instead of waiting to develop probable cause on specific boxes which belonged to specific persons which would be needed for a search warrant to legally be obtained and executed, court documents suggest that agents were told to go through all of the 1,400 safety deposit boxes and seize anything worth $5,000 or more.

Agents took roughly five days to complete the search of the safety deposit boxes and ended up with over $86 million in cash and other valuables.

The seizure of the items, absent independent probable cause for the search of the safety deposit boxes, was specifically barred by the judge who authorized the search. In the warrant, the judge wrote:

“This warrant does not authorize a criminal search or seizure of the contents of the safety deposit boxes.”

Instead of following the orders from the judge, FBI officials report they were specifically told to seize anything worth $5 thousand or more which is what is required by their policy to move forward on a civil forfeiture case against the owner.

An attorney for several of the box owners claims that federal authorities never informed the judge of their true intent, the seizure of money and other items because they knew they lacked probable cause.

The attorney, Robert Frommer, said:

“The government did not know what was in those boxes, who owned them, or what, if anything, those people had done. That’s why the warrant application did not even attempt to argue there was probable cause to seize and forfeit box renters’ property.”

And while Frommer and other lawyers claim the FBI had an obligation to inform the judge authorizing the search of the safety deposit boxes of their intent to seize items of value, the FBI claims that they did not have that requirement.

Federal authorities claim that while they would normally “owe a duty of candor to courts,” they cannot predict the future, therefore insinuating they could not have known they were going to seize the items before the search of the safety deposit boxes.

While the court case against U.S. Private Vaults resulted in a conviction for drug money laundering, the other side of the investigation has seen millions of dollars returned to the owners who had enough money to fight the FBI.

The money and other items of value were returned to their owners after the FBI could not provide enough evidence in court to determine it was derived from the criminal enterprise.

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Judicial Watch sues Secret Service for records related to Hunter Biden’s purchase, disposal of firearm

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WASHINGTON, DC- The decision of the Biden administration and federal agencies to give cover to crackhead criminal Hunter Biden now threatens to take down at least one government agency which has been covering up for his criminal actions…possibly more.

According to a release from Judicial Watch, they have filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security seeking records related to the “investigation” (if any such investigation in fact occurred) of Hunter Biden’s gun, illegally obtained and illegally disposed of in  Delaware dumpster on or about October 2018.

On March 25, 2021, Judicial Watch made a request of the Secret Service, a subsidiary of the DHS for records or communications about the reported purchase and subsequent disposal of a firearm owned by Hunter Biden in 2018. The Secret Service ignored the request, leading to the lawsuit.

As Judicial Watch noted in their release, they are seeking for themselves, as well as on behalf of interested American citizens whether and/or how the Secret Service intervened in the incident.

In October 2020, The Blaze reported that in October 2018, Hallie Biden, the widow of Hunter Biden’s brother Beau and his then-girlfriend, took Hunter Biden’s handgun from Hunter. As reported by Politico:

Hallie took Hunter’s gun and threw it in a trash can behind a grocery store, only to return later to find it gone.

Delaware police began investigating, concerned that the trash can was across from a high school and that the missing gun could be used in a crime, according to law enforcement officials and a copy of the police report obtained by Politico.

But a curious thing happened at the time: Secret Service agents approached the owner of the store where Hunter bought the gun and asked to take the paperwork involving the sale, according to two people, one of whom has firsthand knowledge of the episode and the other was briefed by a Secret Service agent after the fact.

Recall again that this took place in 2018, when Joe Biden was no longer vice president. As such, Hunter Biden was not entitled to Secret Service protection.

Why then would the Secret Service have any interest in ostensibly seizing the paperwork involving Hunter Biden’s clearly illegal purchase of a firearm? Inquiring minds (and Judicial Watch) want to know.

Judicial Watch asserts that the Biden administration and the Secret Service are attempting to cover for Hunter Biden’s illegal firearm purchase.

As an admitted user of narcotics, Hunter Biden is banned from purchasing or owning a firearm. In fact, he would have had to lie on the federal firearms form in order to purchase the gun, a felony.

Judicial Watch writes that this is just another in a long line of roadblocks being put up by the Biden administration and its law enforcement apparatus to protect Hunter Biden from inquiries into matters such as his abandoned laptop, his questionable business connections and travel related to same, including about Air Force Two when Biden served as vice president. Now the careless disposal of a firearm in a dumpster adjacent to a high school.

The organization notes that the organization is looking into other lines of inquiry involving Hunter Biden.

For example, Judicial Watch, through FOIA requests, have been able to unmask significant information about Hunter Biden’s connections in Ukraine, such as his well known appointment to the board of directors for sleazy Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings.

For example in 2020, Judicial Watch received records from the State Department which tied Burisma Holdings into a lobbying operation regarding an influence-peddling operation which involved the Clinton campaign during the 2016 presidential election campaign.

Moreover, they discovered that former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch specifically warned back in 2017 about corruption allegations against Burisma.

Earlier in 2020, Judicial Watch obtained State Department records, including a briefing checklist outlining a February 2019 meeting in Kyiv between Yovanovitch and Sally Painter, co-founder and COO of Blue Star Strategies, a Democratic lobbying firm hired by Burisma to contest corruption allegations.

That checklist also showed that Painter planned to meet with Foreign Commercial Service (FCS) Officer Martin Claessens “regarding the Burisma Group energy company.” (Painter was implicated in the Clinton-era fundraising scandal Judicial Watch exposed involving the sale of seats on Commerce Department trade missions to Democratic National Committee donors.)

In September 2020, Judicial Watch received records from the State Department which included a January 18, 2017 email from George Kent, Obama’s deputy assistant secretary of state in charge of Ukraine policy, which was copied to then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Yovanovitch which highlighted Russia-linked media “trolling” Joe Biden “over his son’s business.”

Judicial Watch then highlights an email sent four days prior to the inauguration of Donald Trump to a redacted recipient and copied to Yovanovitch, with the subject line “medvedchuk-linked vesti trolls Biden.” Kent wrote: “Burisma—gift that keeps on giving (With medvedchuk affiliated Vesti pushing the troll like storyline on visit day)”

For the first five and one-half years of the Obama administration, Secret Service records showed that Hunter Biden traveled extensively, all the while receiving a Secret Service detail. During the time period reviewed, Hunter Biden too 411 separate domestic and international flights, including to 29 different countries, with five visits made to China.

Judicial Watch also points out they are suing the Department of Homeland Security on Hunter Biden’s travel and security costs, while also suing the State Department for messages sent though the SMART (State Messaging and Archive Retrieval Toolkit) system that mention Hunter Biden.

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