A top Barack Obama Department of Justice official integrally involved in the Hillary Clinton email investigation tried to get his son hired on the Hillary Clinton campaign and also tipped off John Podesta with insider details on the case, according to Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report released Thursday.
Assistant attorney general Peter Kadzik should have recused himself from the case due to his duplicity, according to the IG report.
“In Chapter Fourteen, we found that Kadzik demonstrated poor judgment by failing to recuse himself from Clinton-related matters under federal ethics regulations prior to November 2, 2016. Kadzik did not recognize the appearance of a conflict that he created when he initiated an effort to obtain employment for his son with the Clinton campaign while participating in Department discussions and communications about Clinton-related matters.
Kadzik also created an appearance of a conflict when he sent the Chairman of the Clinton Campaign and a longtime friend, John Podesta, the “Heads up” email that included the schedule for the release of former Secretary Clinton’s emails proposed to the court in a FOIA litigation without knowing whether the information had yet been filed and made public. His willingness to do so raised a reasonable question about his ability to act impartially on Clinton-related matters in connection with his official duties.
Additionally, although Department leadership determined that Kadzik should be recused from Clintonrelated matters upon learning of his “Heads up” email to Podesta, we found that Kadzik failed to strictly adhere to this recusal. Lastly, because the government information in the “Heads up” email had in fact been released publically, we did not find that Kadzik released non-public information or misused his official position.”
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General Hayden Compares US Immigration Policy to Nazi Germany
The former head of the NSA and CIA and architect of the largest totalitarian spying network in American history compared U.S. immigration policy to Europe under Nazi rule yesterday.
“Other governments have separated mothers and children,” tweeted General Michael Hayden, attaching a picture of Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.
Other governments have separated mothers and children pic.twitter.com/tvlBkGjT0h
— Gen Michael Hayden (@GenMhayden) June 16, 2018
The fact that Hayden, who directed the NSA to spy on the digital communications of every American in the wake of 9/11, has the gall to essentially call Trump a dictator is bogus. Remember, Hayden wanted former NSA contractor Edward Snowden hanged for treason after Snowden blew the whistle on what is surely illegal, warrantless surveillance on American citizens that continues to this day.
This is the latest in the left’s war on immigration law, for which they show utter contempt. When Americans break the law and are sent to prison, they too are “separated from their children.” By the left’s logic, America would not be able to enforce the law and punish any person with children.
But that factoid seems to escape them as they continue to prioritize illegal immigrants over American citizens, whom they simply do not care about.
FBI Agent Assigned to Weiner Case Alluded to Child Porn on Laptop
Buried in the middle of page 303 in the IG report is testimony from an FBI Agent assigned to the 2016 Anthony Weiner case that seems to have gone unnoticed since the document as released.
“Why isn’t anybody here,” asked the case agent rhetorically while testifying to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Like, if I’m the supervisor of any [Criminal Informant] squad in Seattle and I hear about this, I’m getting on with headquarters and saying, ‘hey, some agent working child porn here may have [Hillary Clinton] emails.'”
Read the quote in full context here:
“In an October 3 email, the case agent stated that a ‘significant number’ of emails on the Weiner laptop appeared to be ‘between Huma Abedin and Hillary Clinton’ (the latter who appears to have used a number of different email addresses,” the report says.
According to this section of the report, there were several emails found on Weiner’s laptop between Abedin and Clinton, and that same laptop may also have had child porn on it. Weiner is currently serving a 21 month sentence in Federal Prison for sexting a 15-year-old girl, and will be required to register as a a sex offender upon his release.
More broadly, the case agent assigned to Weiner’s case was explaining to the OIG that the FBI took no action to investigate Weiner’s laptop, and he could not understand why.
According to the case agent, he documented to his supervisor, an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the Southern District of New York whom he describes as a “friend,” his concerns with the investigation several times, starting with the October 3 email. He was hoping that the AUSA would contact District Attorney Preet Bharara and get him involved. Apparently, she did not.
“And I told [the AUSA], ‘I’m a little scared here,'” he said. “I don’t know what to do because I’m not political. Like, I don’t care who wins this election, but this is going to make us look really, really horrible.”
Two and a half weeks after initially alerting the AUSA about his concerns, on October 19, the case agent met with the AUSA in person. A second AUSA was present. Still, nothing was accomplished.
The case agent’s story of FBI inaction fits with disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok’s actions during the “investigation.” Big League Politics reported that Strzok slow-played the Weiner laptop search warrant:
“FBI agent Peter Strzok emailed the draft copy of the Anthony Weiner search warrant to himself on his private email address days before the election, which allowed him to make changes to the warrant without being detected by FBI documentation. This revelation came out in the Michael Horowitz inspector general report.
If Strzok had printed out the draft warrant at his office, it would be subject to official FBI records. But instead he sent it to his private email on October 29, which allowed him to print it off at home. Insiders believe that Strzok showed the draft warrant to other people, despite the warrant being under seal by a federal judge.
The Anthony Weiner warrant ended up being limited in scope, leaving out some of the private email domains that Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin used to send each other classified information.”
BLP Passage Ends.
According to the OIG report, the case agent “was, getting, for lack of a better word, paranoid, that like, somebody was not acting appropriately, somebody was trying to bury this.”
Even members of the FBI were suspicious that the FBI was covering for the Clinton machine. What exactly were they covering up?
VIDEO: Las Vegas Police Were Ordered To Turn Body Cameras Off During Shooting
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers who responded to the Mandalay Bay shooting were ordered to turn their body cameras off before engaging with the shooting.
Video evidence released by the Department under court order by the Supreme Court shows the officers turning off their body cameras while superior officers gave them the order, adding more mystery to the still unexplained shooting that left 58 people dead.
Here is some of the video footage:
The order was enforced under the Nevada Public Records Act, in a case filed against the LVMPD by multiple news and media outlets, insisting the public has a right to receive this information in its entirety. The judges assigned to the case agreed, and insisted that the LVMPD stop stalling with the release of information that was originally to be made accessible to the public within 6 months of the ruling in February of 2018.
It is now mid-June, and there have only been six releases from the LVMPD since their appeal was overruled in late April. The first consisting of two body camera videos, followed with five additional releases that include witness statements, dispatch logs, CCTV footage, and most recently, 28 body camera files. One of which is a duplicate from the May 2, 2018 body cam of Officer Newton. We are fast approaching this six-month deadline, and according to Sheriff Joe Lombardo and the LVMPD FIT investigation report made public in January 2018, there are at least 38 additional body cameras, over 21,500 hours of video, 251,099 images, and 529 sightings of Paddock that were analyzed and should be included in the release.
While taking into consideration the recent footage of the body cameras, it does appear that there should be additional hours of video included within these 28 counts. Almost all the cameras were not turned off by the officer, nor did it appear they had any malfunction, but merely ended for no apparent reason. The length of footage per video ranges from approximately 15 seconds to slight over two hours, even though most, if not all, officers who responded that night worked well into the next morning, possibly longer for some. This would indicate that we have many more hours to see, just from these 28 body cameras alone.
In observing media coverage on the release of information over the last few weeks, it appears that the dedication to provide full disclosure on videos, audio 911 calls, and news reports is slowing down, with some news outlets stating they will be “heavily editing” the release of information due to its sensitive nature. The in-depth analysis coverage of statements is found few and far between, some sites pulling down videos released early on.
The public has long awaited the compliance of the court order from the LVMPD in releasing all information related to this investigation, and when they exhausted their efforts in filibustering, the public counted on news and media outlets to provide the information fought for, that will ultimately cost taxpayers to supply. However, in just a few short weeks, those same outlets have dropped their in-depth coverage. Even going so far as to apply an additional layer of edits, thereby preventing the public their right to the information based on the same ruling the media involved won their case on. And that case was filed with the sole purpose of public right.
In addition to this limit of information some media outlets are now playing a role in, there is grave concern on the dedication of Sheriff Lombardo and the dedication to the department’s ICARE value system and transparency model. In the most recently released Annual Report, the ICARE (Integrity, Courage, Accountability, Respect (for people), Excellence) is embraced as the core value system for the department. The Mission Statement is solely dedicated to strengthening relationships and improving the quality of life while serving its citizens. The goals are to Lead, Value, Maximize, Protect, and Develop (LVMPD), with trust, transparency and communication as a focal point.
In this 2016 Annual Report, Sheriff Joe Lombardo provides a personal message, promoting a command center addition, increase in hired staff, and a recent study from the Department of Justice reviewing the Collaborative Reform Model from 2012, where the DOJ had intervened due to an unusually high amount of reports involving use of force within the department.
Lombardo also made a point of noting a significant increase in the number of officers equipped with body-worn cameras, stating, “We outfitted 1,517 additional officers with body-worn cameras in 2016, compared to 178 the year before”. There is also an additional section of the report dedicated to body-worn cameras, claiming the LVMPD has become a “model agency nationwide for both innovations and accountability to the community it serves. As such, LVMPD is committed to the principles of constitutional policing, transparency, and the legitimacy for the citizens of Las Vegas”.
These policies and principles as outlined in the report would be a platform any police department across the nation should be adopting as common practice. However, recently released footage from the Las Vegas Shooting on October 1 brings glaring evidence to light, where these values and goals of transparency may not be worth the paper they are written on.
What the Body Cameras Show
In body-worn camera #1 from the night of the shooting, you see dozens of officers lining up in teams, “strike teams”, in preparation for identifying suspects and clearing the rooms of the hotels, businesses, and streets along the strip. The officer wearing the camera expresses frustration with the lack of training on carrying rifles, and is anxiously trying to nail down what radio communication they should be on. He lines up with some fellow officers as they are labeled with “Strike Team 4”.
Towards the end of the footage that is abruptly shut off, you hear a female officer walking down the line and confirming orders to all, repeating to each officer, “Camera off? Camera off?”, and just seconds after, the body-worn camera is shut down. In two separate body cams, #18 and #19, other officers are in the same vicinity and you can hear the direction given in this footage as well. It appears both officers had just activated their cameras, and then disengaged them based on the direction of the officer. Each video is a total duration of just over a minute. One final video evidencing the order of turning all cameras off is #23, lasting approximately 18:31, with the direction from the female officer occurring at about the 18:27 mark.
It is unknown who this officer was, however she seems to have been given a position of some authority that night while giving instructions to officers, instructions that blatantly disregard every model the LVMPD claims they support, stand for, provide, and believe in. What would be the purpose of directing the cameras to be off? Why would that be a focus as you are under attack? Why would cameras be ordered to be turned off during the largest mass shooting in modern US history?
LVMPD Violated Their ICARE Policy By Turning Off The Body Cameras
Given these cameras cost an estimated $2.6 million plus in equipment only, according to the Axon Flex Contract in the 08-28-2017 fiscal affairs agenda, with an additional $1 million in storage and maintenance bundled costs (Full Agenda 03-06-2018), Clark County citizens have a right to know the answers to these questions as to why some of this equipment was activated on the night of the shooting, and then a repeat directive was issued to make sure the cameras were not in use.
The Axon Flex Camera System is a global leader in digital evidence management solutions, according to an article on PRNewswire.com. The system is used in many police departments around the world, durable lightweight equipment, a 12 hour plus battery life, and built-in capabilities to add time/date stamp, geographical location, or any other additional notes deemed necessary, all of which have been features since 2012.
While researching the background of this leading technology and use of features advertised, another area of concern comes into play with the October 1 body camera footage that has been released so far from the LVMPD. On May 2, 2018, the two body cameras of Sergeant Bitsko and K9 Officer David Newton were the first body cameras given to the public, which provided a visual from that night on the explosive breaches of rooms 32-135 and 32-134, when police first entered the room of the alleged shooter, Stephen Paddock. The videos provided by the LVMPD have no time/date stamp included at all.
The lead SWAT officer who oversaw the breach and clearing of the rooms, Levi Hancock, states in the footage of Sergeant Bitsko that he neglected to remember to turn his body camera on at all. Hancock would have been the only officer who could have provided a clear vantage point of the full operation taking place that night to apprehend Paddock. You can see in the body cam of fellow officer Bitsko that officer Hancock is equipped with what appears to be two cameras. One of the cameras was on his chest and another on his helmet. Despite the transparency and trust model, both cameras were not activated that night, according to the statement by SWAT Officer Levi Hancock.
In additional body camera footage recently released, there are some videos that include what is called a UTC time stamp, a universal time that is utilized by Axon Flex in order to ensure the accuracy of when the events were actually recorded. In addition to the UTC time, Axon offers the local time and date to be embedded through Evidence.com, a host website for departments to upload their video content. This seems to be in line with what is displayed on some of the body camera footage hosted on the LVMPD YouTube channel, where UTC time is displayed.
However, not all recent camera footage includes this UTC time, along with the original videos released of the room breaches. Select videos host the UTC stamp, while others have no indication of what time or date they were recorded on at all. Examples of the variance in videos may be viewed here.
The unexplained variances in the footage presented by the LVMPD is another mystery in the events surrounding that night, as Sheriff Lombardo refuses to provide any comments or any questions about the information released. Lombardo also placed a ban on all LVMPD department staff, preventing any communication from within the department, a department that prides themselves on a nationwide model agency based on trust, transparency, and communication with the people.
Sheriff Joe Lombardo, who was recently re-elected as the Clark County Sheriff in the Nevada Primary under the nonpartisan municipal majority vote rule, owes the public explanations on the inconsistencies surrounding the Las Vegas Shooting. The mainstream media should be held accountable for censoring and editing the limited information they have provided on their platforms, yet another layer of deception and corruption that prevents the public from their right to information, and America should be held accountable for ensuring those checks and balances are in place to take back the power of the people.
Laura Loomer is an investigative journalist and conservative activist. This article is part of Laura’s investigative series into the Las Vegas shooting. If interested in supporting this project, the research and future investigations into Las Vegas, you can do so at paypal.me/lauraloomer
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