If you thought that the Senate was in recess you would be mistaken. There sure is no love lost between McConnell and Trump but is McConnell really that nasty and would impede the function of government and the DOJ specifically? Or is he protecting his buds in Congress? Hamstringing the DOJ with not moving forward a vote on Trump’s nominees which only requires a simple majority for approval. How about our buddy Sessions who seems more concerned with MS-13 gangs and the cities who by the way are blocking him every step. Why not bear down on all the scandals? Let’s look at Debbie Wasserman-Schultz as an example. Here goes how this could have worked:
This sounds like a plan: Opinion: Trump could use recess appointments to fill cabinet positions
….Said Caddell, “Look at what the Senate did. It didn’t even recess so he could appoint recess appointments. That’s what the Democrats would have done. All these positions he can’t move through the Senate, he could have appointed them the day they recessed. But they made sure he couldn’t. They stayed in session, technically.” From Breitbart: Caddell – Republican Senate didn’t recess Trump so he could make recess appointments
So how does this impact Debbie? Here is what is going on at the DOJ with her.
….Well, here’s a peculiar thing about the Justice Department’s indictment of Imran Awan and Hina Alvi, the alleged fraudster couple who doubled as IT wizzes for Debbie Wasserman Schultz and many other congressional Democrats: There’s not a word in it about flight to Pakistan. The indictment undertakes to describe in detail four counts of bank-fraud conspiracy, false statements on credit applications, and unlawful monetary transactions, yet leaves out the most damning evidence of guilt.
…By the way, the U.S. attorney’s office is currently led by Channing D. Phillips, an Obama holdover who was never confirmed. Still awaiting Senate confirmation is Jessie Liu, nominated by President Trump in June. Meanwhile, Steven Wasserman, Representative Wasserman Schultz’s brother, has been an assistant U.S. attorney in the office for many years.
….I have seen no indication that he has any formal role in the case, notwithstanding some cyberspace speculation to the contrary. What is clear, however, is that the office is low-keying the Awan prosecution.It is common Justice Department practice, in pleading a conspiracy indictment, to allege that the scheme began “on or about” its starting date and continued “up to and including the date of the filing of this indictment.”
Strictly speaking, a conspiracy ends when the crime that is its objective has been completed. But there is no requirement that a specific end date be set forth in the indictment. Therefore, prosecutors go as long as they can — i.e., right up to the date the grand jury voted to indict — to give themselves the widest berth possible to argue that evidence damaging to the defense is relevant and admissible. But that is not what happened in the Awan indictment.
The Justice Department alleges that the conspiracy took place “from on or about December 12, 2016 through on or about February 27, 2017.” February 27 was six days before Alvi fled and five months before Awan was arrested trying to leave the country. This makes no sense. Indeed, it does not even make sense in the context of the narrow scheme prosecutors have charged: Although the indictment says the conspiracy ended on February 27, it alleges a relevant $83,000 interbank transfer occurred on February 28 (see indictment, paragraphs 8 and 22). That is, prosecutors assert that a money transfer supposedly in furtherance of the conspiracy happened a day after the conspiracy was already over.
The National Review goes on to tell us more of the unexplainables about the charging…well worth the read. It looks like the fix is in……McConnell- what’s his role? Why not fill all of these vacancies in the DOJ among others?
By the way, the U.S. Attorney for Vermont remains unfilled. This is the Attorney that is handling Bernie Sanders Wife’s little misadventure with Burlington College.Thus an old Obama holdover is in place.
Read more at: National Review
Might be of interest previous posts: Comey and McCabe back in March, blocked the arrest of Awan’s wife as she was fleeing UPDATE!
May 25, 2017