FBI Blocked In Harry Reid Corruption Probe

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Utah state prosecutors have received accusations of wrongdoing and gathered evidence in a wide-ranging corruption scandal involving Majority Leader Harry Reid and rising Republican Senator Mike Lee. However, as The Washinton Times reports, FBI agents have been thwarted in their efforts to launch a full federal investigation by the Justic Department. "DOJ risks creating the perception of a cover-up," warned one senior FBI official.


Via The Washington Times,

FBI agents working alongside Utah state prosecutors in a wide-ranging corruption investigation have uncovered accusations of wrongdoing by two of the U.S. Senate’s most prominent figures — Majority Leader Harry Reid and rising Republican Sen. Mike Lee — but the Justice Department has thwarted their bid to launch a full federal investigation.


The probe, conducted by one Republican and one Democratic state prosecutor in Utah, has received accusations from an indicted businessman and political donor, interviewed other witnesses and gathered preliminary evidence such as financial records, Congressional Record statements and photographs that corroborate some aspects of the accusations, officials have told The Washington Times and ABC News.


But the Justice Department’s public integrity section — which normally handles corruption cases involving elected figures — rejected FBI agents’ bid to use a federal grand jury and subpoenas to determine whether the accusations are true and whether any federal crimes were committed by state and federal officials.


The information involving Mr. Reid and Mr. Lee is not fully developed but centers on two primary issues:


Whether both or either politician sought or received money or other benefits from donors and/or fundraisers in connection with doing political favors or taking official actions.


Whether Mr. Lee provided accurate information when he bought, then sold a Utah home for a big loss to a campaign contributor and federal contractor, leaving his mortgage bank to absorb large losses.


“There are allegations, but they are very serious allegations and they need to be looked at by somebody,” Sim Gill, a Democrat who is the elected chief prosecutor in Salt Lake County, told The Times. “If true, or even if asserted, they truly should be investigated and put to rest, or be confirmed.”

Paging Frank Underwood?

Spokesmen for both senators denied their bosses engaged in any wrongdoing and said the lawmakers were unaware of the investigations.

But the rabbit-hole goes deeper...

The investigative efforts have been further complicated by the fact that Mr. Reid worked to get Mr. Lee’s chief counsel, David Barlow, confirmed in 2011 as the U.S. attorney in Salt Lake City. That action — a Democratic Senate leader letting a Republican be named to a key prosecutor’s position in the Obama administration — raised many eyebrows and angered some Democrats.


Subsequently, the entire office of federal prosecutors in Utah was forced to recuse itself from the corruption case after questions surfaced about a conflict of interest involving one prosecutor and a subject of the probe. After the recusal, state prosecutors secured a court order transferring the federal evidence gathered up to that point to their possession.

However, it appears, the local FBI office got a tap on the shoulder...

People familiar with the probe said both FBI agents and local investigators have been frustrated for months by the Justice Department’s inaction on the initial accusations and evidence against the two senators, and those concerns were recently elevated to FBI headquarters.


The special agent in charge of the Utah office was summoned earlier this month to Washington to meet with senior FBI officials, and the bureau’s Utah office has been instructed that the FBI agents working the case may only assist in the state probe and cannot pursue federal criminal investigative leads — unless Justice finally approves a corruption probe.




“But in this case, DOJ risks creating the perception of a cover-up rather than let agents use the normal tools and follow the evidence wherever it leads — Republican, Democrat, Senate or not,” the senior FBI official said.

Ya think!?

“Based upon what we know today, we were surprised that the DOJ ran away,” he said.


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PacOps's picture

The best Senators money can buy.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Move along, folks, nothing to see. </barbrady>

zaphod's picture

Seriously, why do people keep questioning our beloved leaders. Thats not how a feudal system is suppose to work.

icanhasbailout's picture

I'm trying to figure out exactly what additional risk Holder takes by doing an in-your-face cover up here. He won't be impeached, won't be excoriated in the media, won't be fired by Obama. So what's the downside to openly protecting a political asset?

Joe Davola's picture

They should be investigated for stupidity - screw shady land deals, just use the Senate's insider trading loophole and profit!

666's picture

The longer they can delay the investigation, the easier it is to cover up any wrongdoing.

nope-1004's picture


Harry Reid is a true SCUMBAG. 

lordylord's picture

Meanwhile the libtards and RINO voters want to give government MORE power and control.  What a bunch of fucking brainless dotes.  It is time to significantly reduce the size of government.  Vote for a real conservative or a libertarian.  Restore the Constitution.

pods's picture

I like the enthusiasm of youth.


johnQpublic's picture

what about the other 600 or so corrupt mother fuckers in DC?

ArkansasAngie's picture

Sounds like a perfectly good reason to start an investigation of/in the DOJ on obstruction charges.  What we need is some law and order in this country

lordylord's picture

Government makes the laws and interprets them in favor of the State.  Therefore, the laws are fucked.  We need to reinstate the SUPREME LAW.  i.e. the Constitution.

wee-weed up's picture



Protecting Obozo's sycophant, Stinky Reid, is par for the course...

For Eric WithHolder and his Dept of InJustice!

And wonder of wonders...

Stinky Reid isn't even one of WithHolder's "people!"

The Wisp's picture

Reduce the Size of Government, OK how about we cut them all off at the Neck..

BaBaBouy's picture

USaa Corrupt To The CORE ???????????????????????

pods's picture

I think by calling it corrupt implies that in its natural state it was something good.

Government is force, coersion if you will. Nothing more, nothing less. Add in positive law and you have tyranny, the only question is how long it takes to get there.

We should call it what it is.

Government is a cancer.


JPM Hater001's picture

This year vote Libertarian.

Tapeworm's picture

I downvoted because the Libertarian Party is a joke. Look at the assholes that they have run, and especially the twit from the last go-around.

 You know--- the one that said many times that there were no crimes committed by the Banksters and the ancillary rackets involved in the real estate frauds. Karl Denninger has laid out several of the things that make the LP a joke. KD is right.

 Then look at the preposterous official position of the LP on unlimited immigration that is gutting the finances of state and local goomints.

Hayabusa's picture

Yet another example illustrating that our "elected leaders" are no smarter than Billy Bob who

hangs out at the local watering hole.  Our leaders are ego maniac war greedy mongers...

doesn't mean they are smart.  Why would any of this surprise anyone is a mystery to me.

Dollarmedes's picture

He might be impeached, if the Senate goes Republican in 2014. If Lee is corrupt (I already know Reid is...and a pederast, too!), then he would vote against impeaching the person (Holder) protecting him. OTOH, it could be that Lee is innocent and this is a way of back-handedly smearing him to appear corrupt. In that case, I would expect Lee to vote to get rid of the person holding up the investigation that could exonerate him.


Reid may have appointed that Republican prosecutor precisely so that the Utah office (which you would assume has the most direct evidence) would have to recuse itself.



DontGive's picture



He said "vote".. None of these crooks will face the music unless they do something really openly retarded like Jackson Jr. Even then it's a slap on the wrist.

Crash Overide's picture

The DOJ needs to be investigated for not investigating...

Word on the street is as long as Barry and Eric are running shit, free passes for all USG criminals and friends.

What a fucking joke.

Straw Dog's picture

Mike lee appears regularly on Glenn Beck's The Blaze. To me he's an impressive guy who upholds and expounds strong Constitutional values.

Harry Reid on the other hand ....

Chewybunny's picture

Perception m'boy! PERCEPTION!

It is all about perception. How you (anyone of us, including politicians) are perceived in the public eye. Imagine the Democrat's top bully boy suddenly caught in massive corruption scandal. Coming into the 2014 and then 2016 election cycle, those things are going to bite, and bite hard. Imagine still, if nothing is done about it. The perception of them by the public eye will be even more negative.

Perception is the cornerstone of politics. From the highest offices, to the lowest water-cooler talk. Perception is what drives votes.

DollarMenu's picture

Votes for what?

The Owners control who gets on any ballot, and they count them as well.

Your 'vote' is just another way of agreeing to their dictates.

The script has been written; all is for entertainment and diversion.

Chewybunny's picture

I'm not nearly as pessimistic and defeatist as you.

Maybe it's the immigrant naivite of the American system in me, but I am pretty damn convinced that if there is a third party upset it would make more of a political impact than bitching about the problem on the internet. That third party upset means that, yes, you'd have to engage in what you perceive is anlready corrupted system.

In my opinion, it seems more like that kind of thinking is creating the voter apathy and voter disconnect that is giving fuel to the shitheads in DC. They legitimize themselves because of your inactivity.

ChanceIs's picture

>>>Holder......won't be impeached<<<

Not so fast.  The Coalition of African American Pastors wants him out.  I signed the petition.  You can do so as well here:


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Rainman's picture

Levenworth isn't nearly big enough to jail all the USSA kleptocrats pulling the exact same thing....fed, state and local

greyghost's picture

paging headbanger for more moronic comments. headbanger oh headbanger here is your classic corruption at high levels of the federal goverment! oh look headbanger, a red state senator and a blue state senator....take your pick for most corrupt!!!!!! your mission is spin this as all obama's fault or blame it on obamacare or both....good luck. however i insist you use the good republican senator in your post....fair is fair after all.

Manthong's picture

What else can you expect from the low-lifes in charge?

90&#039;s Child's picture

Besides the Mormons. Utah ain't so bad.

sgorem's picture

Besides the Morons, Utah ain't so bad.......

Independent's picture

Hate to break it to you but Reid is a JEW who converted and so is his wife, he converted to being a Mormon but if you read Wiki it says that the Mormon Elders question his faith.

The guy is a Lizard like all the other dual citizens in govt.   Trust me at some later point in his life he and his wife and five kids will all rediscover their roots.

"..In 1959, Reid married his high school girlfriend, Landra Gould. They have five children: a daughter and four sons. Their eldest son, Rory, was an elected Commissioner for Clark County, Nevada, of which he became Chairman, and 2010 Democratic nominee in the election for Governor of Nevada. Another son ran for municipal office in Cottonwood Heights, Utah.[70] According to Opensecrets.org, as of 2010, Reid is worth between $3.3 million to $10.3 million.[71][72]

Reid (who was raised agnostic) and his wife (who was born to Jewish immigrant parents and grew up in Henderson) converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while he was a college student....Several Republican Mormons in Utah have contested his faith because of his politics, such as his statements that the church's backing of California's Proposition 8 wasted resources"



Utah Senator Orrin Hatch isn’t the only Mormon legislator with a soft spot for Jewish traditions.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid’s wife, Landra (née Gould), was raised Jewish, and the Reid family has a mezuzah on the doorpost of their Searchlight, Nev. home in honor of that heritage, a spokeswoman for Senator Reid confirmed. (Senator Hatch wears a mezuzah around his neck, as this Tablet music video shows.)

Both Senator Reid and his wife are converts to Mormonism; Hatch was born into the Mormon faith.

Until both of her Landra’s parents died, the Reids celebrated the Jewish holidays, the senior senator from Nevada told the New Yand all of them are very proud of the fact that they are eligible for Israeli citizenship.”orker, adding: “My two oldest children have great affection for things Jewish, and my three younger children are aware of their mother’s lineage, and all of them are very proud of the fact that they are eligible for Israeli citizenship.”

Read more: http://blogs.forward.com/bintel-blog/120604/senators-hatch-and-reid-morm...

Wonder if the entire family of Scum has gotten their Israeli citizenship already, they must have if he wants to launder money safely.  The USA is already an organism that has been completely infested and its neural network is under the command of the Dual-citizen mob squad.


zionhead101's picture

Most folks when they talk about UTAH they call it "JOO-TAH", for good reason, ... Mr. Smith who created Mormonism, essentially mixed old Judaism with sci-fi Martian Canal stuff which was talk of the town in those days', everybody had seen martian canals in the telescopes. Space aliens are on everybodys mind in the 1800's.

Baby Jeebuz came from outer space,... but still a ZIO-created religion for USA hairlips.

Mormonism is just ZIon-ism home grown in the USA.

No mistake that most CIA has recruited mormon missionary boyz, and no mistake that NSA is now HQ in Joo-Tah,... cuz that's where all the people who work for CIA/NSA live and/or retire.

One look at Snowden, I mean Snowjob and he has MORMON boy missionary all over his sorry white ass.

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

Along with boehner, pelosi, feinstein, mccain and the myriad of others - the self anointed, sorrupt to the core, treasonous demons who are helping pave the way to collapse for the average american ( with whom incidentally I can only say as a canadian is my best friend ).


p.s. I'm not mocking the US from a high horse, as we have more than our fair share of retard fuckers and asshole bleachers here.

p.p.s. For the friday cliff claven fact, I believe Mike Lee's family has a long if not prominnt history in the mormon church and one of his relatives was involved in the mountain meadows massacre http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_Meadows_massacree

gcjohns1971's picture

So was one of mine.

Nephi Johnson was my Great-Great Uncle.

Which massacres were your anscestors or their relatives involved in?  I find a "Mea Culpa" on that one hard as it happend 130 years before I was born.

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

I came here from the planet Zontar which is fairly peaceful. Ignore that dinner party invitation.

Robot Traders Mom's picture

Mike Lee has always been a closet neocon parading around as a libertarian. Rand will be exposed next.


Canadian Dirtlump's picture

Imagine my surprise when I see your post after I amend mine quoting mike lee's questionable lineage.


With respect to Rand, the fact is that if he gets mainstream traction he's compromised in some way. There isn't any discussion about that. You can't make it to the big show without kissing the right rings.

zionhead101's picture

Rand reeks with ZIONISM, he's just controlled opposition.

Like his PA and that bullshit anti-semitic plant in the 1960's and Pa's counter to the zionist Federal Reserve,... all made for theater for GOYIM harilips.

Rand would have never made senator had he not took it in the ASS with AIPAC "Cass Sunstein" cock.

Rand is now a 'made man' in the mafia sense, but make no mistake he is OWNED by AZC. The same folks that killed JFK, and Rand knows that his family is dead, should they ever cross the fucking PTB. Welcome to the real fucking AmeriKKKa, not the Hollywood, or WASH-DC circus act.

bcups's picture

just playing devil's advocate here:


How does a short sale become corruption? You leave a paper traila mile wide, in public voew, and the bank has to sign off.

Reid on the otherhand....well just look at a picture. 

daxtonbrown's picture

I literally wrote the book on Harry Reid corruption:

"Harry: Money Mob and Influence by Daxton Brown" (see amazon)

I worked with a guy who was Reid's campaign manager from 1965 to 1974. He told me he was the bagman to pick up grocery bags of cash from mobbed up pimp Joe Conforte at the Mustang Ranch brothel. The story goes downhill from there.

Reid's best friend, Jay Brown, is a mob and titty bar lawyer. I have tracked a number of cases of bribes and small businesses being strong armed by Reid. He is both corrupt, and as an abused child he developed a dual personality. As he gets older, it is harder for him to hide the weirdness. The movie Casino was a documentary, just one small sliver of the Reid corruption timeline.



sgorem's picture

it was nice knowin' ya daxton..............

Independent's picture

You are my hero Daxton, just watch out for the Polonium courtesy of the JEW Mafia, bring your own drinks and food buddy.

Doctor Who's picture

Utah is the western equivialant of New Jersey.   They play the game well, but they have snake oil pouring out of every decision they make.  I live here and try to find the better place to go on a daily basis. It's a beautiful state with the ugliest reality.  It's owned by a religion with good people, but mastered by ugly personality.  Welcome your data center overlords.

zionhead101's picture

Except MORMONS are probably the sleaziest horniest hypocrites on earth, ... on to planet Kleptu for a beer.

( Tyler's is it allowed here to use the M- word,....after all its a CULT you know. )

g&#039;kar's picture

The Federal Marshals should just do us all a favor and turn Washington DC into a penal colony and make them grow their own food or starve.