The Feds have subpoenaed ALL RECORDS–everything–having to do with Governor John Kitzhaber and girlfriend Cylvia Hayes’ green agenda.
A federal probe is no joke. It just got real for Kitzhaber and Hayes. Along with the Oregon State Attorney General’s probe and an ethics probe (which is technically suspended while waiting for the resolution to the AG’s probe), the Federal probe can’t be managed by Kitzhaber, as he’s clearly tried to do in the others, as well as the media.
Here are the big take aways from news the Department of Justice’s U.S. Attorney in Oregon has subpoenaed the soon-to-be former Governor and his girlfriend. Read the document for yourself below (HT Willamette Week).
The document seeks records on Oregon State credit cards to determine if Cylvia Hayes used them.
It seeks all records–all–pertaining to Cylvia’s energy activity.
All visitor records at Mahonia Hall and at the Governor’s Office.
Hayes’ bids for government programs.
Here are more revelations and tid bits since Friday’s resignation announcement:
KXL reports Kitzhaber continued to demand his emails be destroyed AFTER the State Investigation was announced. This shows an arrogance and entitled attitude and a misunderstanding of the Oregon Public Records Law which covers even Kitzhaber’s ‘private’ emails– if he uses his email to do state business. Kitzhaber does.
KXL reports two attorneys inside the governor’s office APPROVED destroying the documents.
Willamette Week’s Nigel Jacquiss reports four layers of government refused to destroy the documents.
The Kitzhaber demand to destroy documents came the DAY BEFORE he was to meet with the Attorney General, presumably to attempt to head off her investigation.
KXL and Willamette Week report Kitzhaber just tried AGAIN LAST WEEK to get his emails destroyed. It is against the law to destroy documents if you think they’ll be used in an investigation.
In short, he’s in trouble. Check out the subpoena.
The FBI Director takes swipe at Portland for its failure to fully embrace the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
The head of the FBI Director James Comey says, as the top counterterrorism cop in America, two things concern him:
The first is the phenomenon of ‘the traveler’ from the United States and Western Europe especially to conflict zones where the progeny of Al Qaeda have flourished in lightly governe or ungoverned spaces in North Africa, throughout the Gulf, the Horn of Africa–especially today in Syria and Iraq. We’ve seen the blossoming of a couple of the Al Qaeda progeny, one you know well, ISIL, the other group called Al Nusra Front.
The other, he said, was home grown radicalization. An example of that kind of terrorist is the case of the Christmas Tree bomber, Mohamed Mohamud, who has just been sent to federal prison for 30 years for the plot that was, thank God, intercepted by the FBI.
There a couple of interesting things about Comey’s comments at a Portland news conference last Wednesday (HT The Zero for the video below). For one thing, he mentioned the need for local cops to participate in JTTFs because they’re likely the first to become aware of bad actors. This was either a swipe at or a plea to Portland’s leaders to fully embrace the JTTF, notwithstanding that yet ANOTHER Portland mayor, Charlie Hales, doesn’t qualify for a top secret clearance.
Portland’s on again, off again relationship with the JTTF is a running joke. The City Council is worried about civil rights violations, an understandable concern, but, in a town that has produced more home grown terrorists than any other so far (Can you think of another one? Minneapolis, maybe?) you’d think they’d at least want to be a full partner on the task force to keep track of these bad guys so, oh, I don’t know, they’d STOP HIRING terrorists! No wonder author John Trudel calls Portland a Soft Target in one of his recent spy thrillers.
In JTTF’s latest report, which the Council reluctantly received and then scrubbed from its website, Police Chief Mike Reese confirmed local cops did work with FBI officials,
On “at least one case of suspected domestic terrorism.”
Oh, is that all? Why is this not front page news? Oh, that’s right. It’s Portland. Just keeping it weird.
Back to the FBI Chief. In his recitation of “Al Qaeda progeny”, Comey didn’t mention The Khorasan Group. This is quite interesting to me. The president made up the name so as not have to admit he hasn’t “decimated” “destroyed” “core” Al Qaeda. You read that right. That group? Made up. They’re all Zawahiri’s buddies who are there to help their friends in the Al Nusra Front. Remember Zawahiri? “Core” Al Qaeda.
The Obama administration portrayed the abruptly emergent “Khorasan Group” as if it were a standalone terrorist organization — a jihadist-combat entity targeting the United States. In reality, the threat the administration was talking about was from al-Qaeda. The administration does not like to admit that al-Qaeda is still a formidable enemy because President Obama has made a habit of falsely claiming to have defeated it. That is why we are hearing about the “Khorasan Group.”
Why did Comey not name them as an Al Qaeda group? Is he peddling the fiction this group isn’t Al Qaeda? We look to these people to keep us safe, not safe from the truth.
Perhaps the more important question is why Comey didn’t announce them as a threat. Remember, they were supposedly plotting an “imminent attack” against the west–us!–which was why we had to bomb them…or something. Comey mentioned two groups, ISIL and Al Nusra Front, but not The Khorasan Group.
Andy McCarthy observes,
As Mr. [Eli] Lake points out, “U.S. officials have walked back claims in the last week that the strikes on the Khorasan Group were an attempt to disrupt an imminent threat.” Moreover, I have contended that the administration had a motive to exaggerate the threats as “imminent.” A president is not required to seek congressional authorization in order to respond militarily to threats of imminent attack. Obama did not want to ask Congress’s approval. Doing so would have launched a potentially embarrassing examination of (a) the president’s claims to have defeated al-Qaeda, and (b) the fact that the “moderate rebels” Obama proposes to aid in Syria work arm-in-arm with al-Qaeda.
So how did a group the Administration insisted over and over was an imminent threat not get mentioned by the FBI Chief?
Politics–local and national–dictates how safe we are. Here we go again. Gown up.
Democrat State Senator Yee is not a garden variety California Corruptocrat.The FBI says Yee offered to broker a deal between an informant and a “Muslim separatist” group in Philippines.
A California Democrat Senator was busted Wednesday and his offices scrubbed by FBI looking for clues into his alleged nefarious dealings with gun dealers, corruptocrats and a Chinatown felon.
The biggest part of the story isn’t that Yee is the third California Democrat recently to be indicted, nor that he portrays himself as a tough on guns lawmaker and was gun dealing, or even that he hangs out with some genuine bad actors with membership in the Chinese Triad.
No, for my money, when the Democrat candidate for California Secretary of State offers to hook up an FBI informant with rifles and missile launchers from a renegade Muslim separatist group –a terrorist organization–you’ve got some big problems in little China. From the Union Tribune:
Investigators said Yee discussed helping the agent get weapons worth $500,000 to $2.5 million, including shoulder-fired missiles, and explained the entire process of acquiring them from a Muslim separatist group in the Philippines to bringing them to the U.S., according to an affidavit by FBI agent Emmanuel V. Pascua.
The FBI says group with which Yee claimed to have contact is the Moro Islamic Liberation Front–MILF (really)–which has been warring with the government of the Philippines for decades. The group is known for beheadings, assassinations and kidnappings.
According to the FBI document, Yee actually offered some insight into the group’s recent peace treaty with the government of the Philippines. Yee claimed the ‘peace’ was a blind by the government to hide its corruption.
Here’s the 137 page affidavit supporting an indictment of Yee and several others.
Needless to say, Yee’s campaign for California’s Secretary of State might–just might–have been set back a bit.