Is Judge Brian Cogan seriously pushing the Justice Department to go after two lawyers who are simply attempting to defend their clients, innocent victims of a financial fraud perpetrated on them by Felix Sater a government informant who appeared to use his CI status as a cover to carry out the fleecing of their clients?
Also check out Sater’s American lawyer who makes a ludicrous claim about Sater saving millions of Americans lives. He appears to reference some of the very information he argues needs to be sealed in his own self promotional material. Even stranger the lawyer appears to have unsealed information he wants sealed in a suit filed on Sater’s behalf in Israel in an effort to intimidate a possible litigant against Sater here in the US.
Also worth asking in this case – Does anyone really think Sater was operating in Russia without the Russian government’s knowledge? Can Russian mafia figures in the US really ever come out of Putin’s trench coat?
This is an ugly, ugly case of judicial overreach where a judge appears to be pushing the Justice Department to not only go after two lawyers simply doing their sworn duty to defend their clients’ interests but also to trash the 1st Amendment and dump it in a Jersey landfill. For the Justice Department the appearance of a conflict of interest is reminiscent of a legal system once practiced in the former Soviet Union.
But then again, perhaps Judge Cogan is simply bluffing, i.e., calling the government’s own bluff regarding just how kosher were the government’s dealings with Sater ?
Suggested movie title for the Sater Story: Black Mass? Red Seder.
Or maybe just a total mess, the Felix Sater saga meets the press once again.
Was Donald Trump asked to help or work with Sater the second time around?
Are more people endangered by keeping files sealed than by opening them?
Did Judge Cogan consider the latter question?
In addition to advising Trump, Felix Sater has also identified himself as advisor to Neil Bush and his oil company. Stone’s attack on Bush in today’s Daily Caller reads like a Mother Jones’ article. This may be a line of attack Stone regrets opening. Is this pay back for Cruz raising the Sater-Trump connection?
No doubt Loretta Lynch and Leslie Caldwell may eventually be needed to moderate/silence this line of attack.
The Daily Caller is reporting that the DHS OIG is investigating a smear campaign by DHS officials against an ICE whistleblower. Though serious and possibly criminal, in 2006 DHS went even further when officials (legacy INS officials) used a faux whistleblower to smear and retaliate against the very whistleblowers who he was relying on for his testimony in front of Congress.
The Clintons win South Carolina and lose the Marines.
What is sad is that you don’t see any of the men in the audience get up to defend, or walk out with the Marine.
“Can you have the courage to listen to my answer?” Bill Clinton challenges a Marine (1:56 mark)
How has the U.S. become the world’s money laundering capitol of the world?
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, your money launderers and Oligarchs?
“After years of lambasting other countries for helping rich Americans hide their money offshore, the U.S. is emerging as a leading tax and secrecy haven for rich foreigners. By resisting new global disclosure standards, the U.S. is creating a hot new market, becoming the go-to place to stash foreign wealth. Everyone from London lawyers to Swiss trust companies is getting in on the act, helping the world’s rich move accounts from places like the Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands to Nevada, Wyoming, and South Dakota.
“How ironic—no, how perverse—that the USA, which has been so sanctimonious in its condemnation of Swiss banks, has become the banking secrecy jurisdiction du jour,” wrote Peter A. Cotorceanu, a lawyer at Anaford AG, a Zurich law firm, in a recent legal journal. “That ‘giant sucking sound’ you hear? It is the sound of money rushing to the USA.””