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

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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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