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Former FBI Director Freeh, Alan Dershowitz Lobby for Sanctioned Israeli Billionaire

Former FBI Directors Louis Freeh (center) with ex-Attorney General Mike Mukasey and William H. Webster in 2008, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh has teamed up with controversial defense attorney Alan Dershowitz to register to lobby the U.S. government on behalf of an Israeli billionaire with a sketchy past, according to a registration form reviewed by CNBC.

The Trump administration sanctioned the international businessman, Dan Gertler, for making “hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of opaque and corruption mining and oil deals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” the Treasury Department said in December 2017.

Dershowitz, an outspoken supporter of Trump, said he’s an attorney for Gertler.

“I am acting as a defense lawyer, not a lobbyist. But the rules require registration if you present a defense to a non-judicial agency,” he told CNBC.

Dershowitz and Freeh are lobbying the Treasury Department, which froze Gertler’s assets two years ago.

Freeh’s security team was hired by Dershowitz to investigate claims that he sexually assaulted a woman who later alleged she was abused by Jeffrey Epstein. In 2016, Freeh said his independent investigation “found no evidence to support the accusations of sexual misconduct.”

Investigators Now Probing Role of Michael Flynn’s Business Partner

Former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn

Former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal investigation is targeting ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn and one of his former business partners over payments they received by three Russian companies and a Netherlands-based company controlled by a Turkish businessman.

The investigation is designed to determine whether the payments from foreign clients to Flynn’s now-inactive Flynn Intel Group violated the law, sources knowledgeable of the investigation told Reuters.

What’s new is the discovery that Flynn’s business partner, Bijan Kian, has become a subject of the widening investigation.

Neither of the men’s attorneys returned calls for comment.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is running the investigation, is part of an FBI probe into Flynn’s consulting firm lobbying on behalf of Turkey, for which it was paid $530,000 by Inovo. Flynn’s firm never properly disclosed the money or relationship.

Kashmir Lobbyist on Pakistan Payroll Expected to Plead Guilty

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By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A former capitol hill lobbyist for disputed Kashmir territory between India and Pakistan is expected to plead guilty to federal charged on Wednesday, reports the Washington Post.

Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, executive director of the Kashmiri American Council at the time of his July arrest, is accused of secretly receiving millions of dollars from Pakistan’s spy service while lobbying on the hill. His hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at a US District Court in Alexandria. U.S. officials over the past many months has accused the spy service of helping the Taliban and even hiding Osama bin Laden.

An FBI affidavit claims Pakistani intelligence paid Fai $500,000 to $700,000, but he never disclosed that while serving as a supposed independent lobbyist. He has been charged with conspiracy to act as an unregistered foreign agent.

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State Rep. Accepts Lobbyist Cash, Pleads Guilty

Terry Spicer

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A former state representative in Alabama  pleaded guilty Tuesday to accepting cash, gifts and campaign money from a businessman and a lobbyist in exchange for political favors, the Justice Department said.

Terry Spicer,  46, who had been cooperating with the government long before 11 arrests were made in a  vote-buying investigation involving the the Alabama Legislature, admitted to accepting monthly cash payments from lobbyists, gifts of ski trips to Breckenridge, Colo.

Authorities said that from 2006 to 2010, Spicer accepted bribes from Jarrod Massey, a former lobbyist in Montgomery, Ala., and his client, businessman Ronnie Gilley.

Spicer admitted receiving cash, campaign services and a ski vacation from Massey in exchange for Spicer using his official position to obtain lobbying business for Massey.

Spicer also admitted that he accepted campaign contributions and entertainment concert tickets from businessman Gilley in return for Spicer’s official assistance in favor of Gilley’s business projects and interests, the Justice Department said.

Both Massey and Gilley have pleaded guilty to paying and offering bribes to Spicer and other legislators.

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Washington Post Editorial: How the Gun Lobby Keeps ATF From Doing its Job

The Washington Post
Editorial Page

WASHINGTON — TAKING AND tracking inventory is a basic component of many businesses. Imagine, for example, a pharmacy that routinely could not account for its drugs. The store would quickly run into trouble with regulators.

Not so gun dealers.

Since 2005, 113,642 guns have been reported missing from the thousands of gun shops and dealers throughout the country.

It is not known whether these guns were lost, stolen, sold on the black market or delivered into the hands of felons or other prohibited users.

Yet the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is barred by law from requiring dealers to conduct inventories — which insulates gun sellers from even minor scrutiny at the possible expense of public safety.

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Read chat with ex-ATF official James Cavanaugh on the gun issue.

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