Almost certainly very serious. In the Indian tribe fraud case in which two Hunter Biden associates were convicted (Devon Archer's conviction was very recently reinstated on appeal), a lot of evidence regarding these key Biden Inc. players was gathered. One is now cooperating from prison. Next question: What will Devon Archer do? Obviously what they have to offer to the government, their bargaining chips, all have to do with Biden Inc. And the Biden Inc. case is open. Ongoing. But they've had to wait for the hoped for cooperation, working the documentary trail of evidence while they wait.
There's another indicator, and it's a significant one.
@FBI SSA and Public Corruption A/Unit Chief (former)
writes something that makes total sense:
Obviously the cases probably involve evidentiary overlap. Nevertheless, it makes administrative sense to separate different strands of investigation for the sake of focus and efficiency. To see 6 agents together like this is highly unusual and argues for something like three investigative teams--two representatives from each team.
UPDATE: How would those hypothetical three teams/squads divide the investigative pie? To me, perhaps the most logical way, based on what we know, might be assign investigative duties based on geography. For example, we know that China and Ukraine/Russia were two very active areas for Biden Inc. One team for each? As for other areas, another team to handle all the rest?
To me that would make sense, for this reason. Suppose that there are multiple criminal violations. The likelihood remains that, for any given geographical area, the same players would be involved in all the violations. Therefore, it would be logical to keep them together. That's just a guess. I can also see a separate team handling all the financial investigation, regardless of geography. We'll just have to wait and see.
Just speculating .... if there are at least 3 investigations with which Bobulinski's evidence/testimony impinge, what might they be?ReplyDelete
1. what China is getting up to with all this money they are throwing around. If they are buying off the Biden clan for influence/blackmail, I doubt they stopped there. What other entities in the US are being bought off by China in a similar manner? (US news media is one place I'd suggest they look.)
2. The Biden Crime Family. This is a no-brainer, going back to Hunter on the Burisma board of directors and Joe threatening the Ukrainians they won't get the US billion dollar loan guarantee unless they fire the Burisma prosecutor. The money laundering is just an adjunct to this activity.
3. ??? Is there another entity or person that Bobulinski's evidence touches on that is distinct from the Chinese and the Biden Crime Family's influence peddling? Perhaps it is one of the OTHER partners to these deals?
One thing it isn't is "child porn" stuff that is being batted around relating to Hunter. Bobulinski's material does not overlap that, at least as far as anything he has publicly acknowledged.
Even if people get put in the crow bar hotel, few people will believe everything is hunky dory with our investigative hackorama at the federal level.ReplyDelete
6 agents seemed like multiple teams to me as well--can't have 6 leads on the same case.ReplyDelete
I hope Trump pulls out a victory. Not being part of the swamp, Trump is probably the only president we could have that is not tainted by long term corruption in government, and he's about the only person in this country who has enough wealth and clout to take any of this on. A full 4-year term without being hampered by Russia conspiracy BS would allow a lot of cleanup work to be done.
Six FBI agents in a room asking questions is nothing to hang your hat on. Strzok ran the MidYear Exam investigation of Hillary's homebrew server and no indictments were forthcoming. As long as Wray is in charge of the FBI, there is no reason to think that they won't bury all the Biden Crime Family shenanigans (and if Biden is elected, that outcome is likely a metaphysical certitude).ReplyDelete
No sane person trusts the FBI to do the right thing, and that reputation was hard-earned by a lot of corrupt agents who themselves engaged in numerous felony acts while persecuting Flynn and attempting a coup against Trump. That's a big hole they have to climb out of, and it all starts with dumping Wray on November 4th. Godspeed President Trump.
FBI interested in Bobulinski only AFTER he goes PUBLIC with evidence, 9 months after the FBI had all the evidence themselves.ReplyDelete
Talk to Sharyl Atkisson about what we should expect from the FBI, other than incompetence and lies: Nothing.
I sure hope stupid isn't contagious. If it is I'll have to stop enabling ANY of your comments.Delete
J.E. Dyer is breaking my brain with this timeline... I've been fighting my head not to start connecting dots but all bets are off now!!!ReplyDelete
That's a very interesting timeline and Jen makes some excellent points. There's one factor that she leaves out, that may help flesh her theory out. I'll do a brief post on that.Delete
Like the last poster, I figure the FBI is after Bobulinski. The FBI is never doing what you think they should be doing. It's basically a crime family that defends/blackmails the Deep State. So Bobulinksi has stepped out of line. They will smash him.ReplyDelete
Grant, they undoubtedly looked at him very closely, as an associate of people they pretty much knew were criminals. However, I suspect they realized at some point that Bobulinski wasn't making any money and appeared to be playing this straight. Still, they would have been reticent to contact him, because they couldn't be sure how he'd react. I'm obviously speculating, but I suspect something like that was going on.Delete
Mark - I don’t notice anyone mentioning an important date, which is March 25, 2019 when Chi Ping Patrick Ho (He Zhiping) was sentenced to 3 years. US Atty Geoffrey Berman (who was forced to resign June 20, 2020) made the announcement.Delete
Tony Bobulinski mentioned Patrick in passing during a Tucker Carlson interview earlier this week (which Mike Moore replayed on Wednesday.)
“HO was convicted of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), money laundering, and conspiracy to commit the same, in December 2018, after a one-week jury trial before U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska, who imposed today’s sentence.”
The Chad scheme and Uganda schemes were perpetrated in Sept. of 2014.
You're right. I had that and other events in mind when I referred to the earlier investigations. Thanks for bringing that out.Delete
“Talk to Sharyl...”
Yes, but in this case, especially, the orders are coming from the top. As incompetent, dysfunctional and corrupted as the FBI may be, this is not random. It has to be directed and intentional.
Having now read JE Dyer's excellent post, I'd like to refine my reply to dfp's comment above.Delete
1. There have been many factual disclosures over the last 3-4 years that the FBI cannot be proud of, a number of which suggest corruption and incompetence, both in respect of leadership and rank and file.
2. There is no doubt in >my< mind, however, that every aspect of the FBI's 'sprawling' and inter-related investigations of Spygate, Ukrainegate, Bidengate and Chinagate is being closely and carefully directed by FBI and DoJ leadership, including, ultimately, the Attorney General.
3. Given the fact that the FBI acknowledges it has been investigating Hunter Biden and associates since December 2019, it is interesting that Bobulinski was not interviewed until last week. I don't think we yet know why. In this case, I disagree with dfp and doubt the reason is 'incompetence'.
4. Bobulinski may or may not be a target. Certainly merely associating with the sleazy Biden Family and the CCP in a joint venture without a compelling (and unconflicted) business purpose is a big red flag. But there is no evidence that Bobulinski was anything other than an opportunistic corporate guy trying to leverage his experience and skillset to make a buck. (I almost said an 'honest buck'). It does occur to me that one of Bobulinski's motives for coming forward may well be to distance himself from possible criminal charges facing the Bidens...
>> James RosenReplyDelete
Tony Bobulinski says the team of @FBI
agents who interviewed him for five hours last Friday were "taking extensive notes and asked multiple questions" about Hunter Biden's texts on Burisma and Ukraine. More to come soon on this feed and your @WeAreSinclair stations. <<
>> https://twitter.com/JamesRosenTV/status/1322253706864242688 <<
Guess we know what one of the investigations is about ...
"But they've had to wait for the hoped for cooperation, working the documentary trail of evidence while they wait."ReplyDelete
Why do they have to wait for evidence? Surely the America national security apparatus was aware that a former Naval officer with a well-known drug problem and thus a national security risk was meeting with Chinese intelligence officers and so would have had FISAs up on him and his associates. And via the FISA 2-step, would have legal surveillance on Joe Biden himself. They have all the evidence they need on the wiretaps they have to be sitting on.
I said "wait for the hoped for cooperation." Not "wait for evidence." Cooperation--the testimony of witnesses and co-conspirators can be absolutely invaluable and add a whole nuther dimension.Delete
FISA--assuming its use here--doesn't give you everything all the time. It depends on a variety of factors. I agree that there are disturbing national security aspects to Biden Inc.--lots of people have mentioned them. However, bear in mind that you do need probable cause and a criminal violation for FISA on a US person. We don't know whether probable cause could be satisfied in this case. A claim that a former military officer is a security risk isn't nearly sufficient.
Also, as far as we've had any inkling so far, this case has been run as a strictly criminal investigation--in which case no FISA.
Given the divisions in the country and the high stakes Barr will be playing for: i.e., 100% convictions, when indictments are filed, I'm inclined to defer to him as to when to file cases.
Mark, regarding Bobulinski’s very public description of the Biden activities, is it their practice to ask “material witnesses” to keep a low profile? Obviously, they cannot control him but if they never, ever discuss an ongoing investigation hisReplyDelete
commentary cannot be in keeping with their desire for secrecy. I am almost thinking that this is a backdoor way of letting people know something is going on without it coming officially from them. I assume advising him of his material witness VS target status was required by his attorneys before allowing him to be interviewed, but obviously that causes everyone to believe a formal investigation if ongoing. Perhaps they are far enough along that the public disclosure is not as damaging to them as it might otherwise be.
Received an error message, so unclear if this got through. Please delete as necessary.
Yes. However, events are no longer entirely within the FBI/DoJ's control, due to revelations via Giuliani and others. I think you're probably correct that part of that is due to the advanced nature of the investigation.Delete
Cassandra is most likely correct that Bobulinski is attempting to stay out of the line of fire, but again I assume his attorneys do not permit any questioning without first knowing his exposure(non-lawyer supposition). Regarding the much beloved issue of predication, I am confident that with Democrats as the targets, then every rule has been followed and some newly protective ones inserted along the way.ReplyDelete
On the other hand, Lou Dobbs is on 'national television' *right now* perpetuating the 'FBI are incompetent idiots because they've been sitting on Hunter Biden's laptop doing absolutely nothing for 10 months' storyline.ReplyDelete
I'm pretty sure we'll find out who's right sooner than later.
Hmmmm. Maybe Dobbs comments here under pseudonyms.Delete
You really do need a like button...Delete
... speaking of which, is it my imagination or has the "troll quotient" on the comments suddenly jumped through the roof in the past couple days?Delete
@ Cassander I'll do some research for alternatives. I'd prefer to only use Blogger gadgets but that's not an option.Delete
@ EZ I've had to not allow more than usual, yes.
Almost nothing in life is so simple as, All FBI agents are stupid/incompetent/corrupt and so forth. Same applies to Bill Barr.
"I've had to not allow more than usual, yes."Delete
Is my "Neutron Bombs for a Brighter Future" comment still censored?
How serious? The FBI has top men working on it. Top men.ReplyDelete
The problem we have is that the broad outlines of all this was surmised long ago in close to real time, even the vastness (Sundance of CTH is one who, early one, voiced this and it does not matter how or why he came to this knowledge in my view). This knowledge is dangerous for it breeds frustration when it appears wrongs are being purposely done with nothing in response. Wrongs to the nation that ultimately means wrongs to you and me. It is further enforced by the continual assault of our constitutional system aided and abetted by many in our government and highlighted as a good thing by the vast majority of our media all the while more damning information becomes known. This leads to Giuliani and the release of the Biden, Inc. to the public which appears to be a well known and well suppressed “secret.” It appears things are being done, but belatedly, AG Sessions mainly, giving way to AG Barr (thankfully), but this does not ameliorate or satisfy.ReplyDelete
So, here we are, on the eve of a presidential election in which even Pelosi states Biden will be president no matter the count and we are just to sit by twiddling our thumbs while the left is overtly planning to have a hard coup.
The game is now for all the marbles. Constitution or no Constitution.
"the left is overtly planning to have a hard coup."Delete
What's to stop the Dems, in the next days, from throwing such curve balls as:
1) The MSM (e.g. NYT) publishing a "bombshell" tomorrow, claiming to have "proof", charging DJT with *whatever* (incl. plotting to rebuild Auschwitz, and resume the Holocaust);
2) antiFa/ BLM etc. deploying arsonists, sharpshooters etc., to force closing of voting places in GOP strongholds, esp. in battleground states.
Would SCotUS accept GOP appeals, to order polling places erected nearby, and allowed to stay open for at least another day?
3) antiFa/ BLM etc. deploying thugs, to interdict transportation of ballots from polling places to City Hall, or wherever law requires ballots to be officially counted.
What could SCotUS do then?
4) Maybe a bevy of similar ploys.