Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Have Barr/Durham Flipped A Very Important Witness?

(Via DOJ) Federal prosecutors today filed a criminal case charging Imaad Shah Zuberi, a Southern California campaign fundraiser, with falsifying records to conceal his work as a foreign agent while lobbying high-level U.S. government officials. The criminal charges allege that Zuberi engaged in lobbying efforts that earned him millions of dollars, most of which was pilfered from his clients, and Zuberi has agreed to plead guilty to those charges at a later date, pursuant to a plea agreement.

Plead guilty at a later date? Ya mean, after he finishes cooperating with prosecutors? Yeah, I think that's what that means. How big is that? This big:

But it gets potentially even bigger--sundance:

Here’s an additional alarming part. The DOJ and FBI were investigating Mr. Zuberi since 2014 and 2015, but for some reason the Obama administration never brought charges.  One could argue Zuberi was just participating in a financial process that was business as usual for politicians in the swamp. 
However, while the lack of charges against Zuberi, perhaps related to the contributions the Obama and Clinton teams were gaining, allowed Zuberi to continue his malicious effort; after Donald Trump won the 2016 election, Mr. Zuberi turned his influence efforts toward the incoming Trump administration:

What are the odds the lack of DOJ/FBI prosecution was part of an intentional design to let sketchy characters interact with incoming administration officials?

Sundance thinks this is "alarming." I'm not so sure. I wonder whether a case is being built around the FBI/DoJ targeting Trump with this guy ... but without any adequate predication for this investigation. Big deal, as Barr would say. Because that's what it would be: an investigation, and this would have been an attempt to set Trump up on some sort of influence peddling charge. Therefore his continuing cooperation would be part of the Barr/Durham investigation, or a spinoff from it.

Follow the links for more details. I will tell you this. The guy making the announcement is Assistant Attorney General of National Security John C. Demers. He clerked for Scalia. He's bound to be a sharp guy, and I'm guessing from his background that he's not headhunting for the Deep State.

My speculation. On my mental health day.

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