- Law Cases
by Sharon Rondeau
(Apr. 11, 2013) — A recording of a campaign strategy session made by opponents of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has become the subject of an FBI criminal investigation.
McConnell is the minority leader of the U.S. Senate and began to meet with his aides early this year to devise his campaign strategy for 2014, when he faces re-election.
Mother Jones magazine, which characterizes itself as “journalism,” reported that McConnell has accused the “political left” of “bugging” his campaign headquarters in a statement reminiscent of secret recordings made by President Richard M. Nixon’s operatives of the Democrat campaign headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in 1972. At the time, the Republican operatives who placed recording devices in the Democrats’ strategy discussion areas were called “burglars” in both the American and foreign press.
“Burglary” is defined as “a crime, the essence of which is illegal entry into a building for the purposes of committing an offence. Usually that offence will be theft, but most jurisdictions specify others which fall within the ambit of burglary.”
The Watergate “scandal” was reportedly “heavily influenced by the media” after Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Robert Woodward broke the story, which became known as “the biggest story in American politics.”
Last June, Woodward and Bernstein declared that “Nixon was far worse than we thought.”
On August 8, 1974, Richard Nixon resigned from the presidency after it became clear that he knew about the secret “bugging” of the Democrat headquarters and the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the House of Representatives to overrule Nixon’s claim to executive privilege over the recordings not yet released.
Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, urged Obama to invoke executive privilege last June to withhold documentation demanded by the House on the Fast & Furious gunrunning scandal which killed at least one American and several hundred Mexican citizens, including children. Holder was quoted by Bloomberg News as having described the House’s demands as “an election-year tactic intended to distract attention.”
A Democrat strategist called McConnell’s focus on the recording an attempt “to distract what was actually said on these recordings.” Ashley Judd reportedly had received treatment for depression and suicidal thoughts in the past, hence the McConnell’s study of her anticipated challenge to his Senate seat.
In an on-air discussion of the current gun control debate in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) thanked the media channel which hosted him for supporting his position on stricter federal firearms regulations. The same channel, CNN, aired an “investigative” segment on April 25, 2011, two days prior to the uploading of an image purported to be the birth certificate of Barack Hussein Obama from Hawaii, which included alleged proof that Obama was born there. However, a law enforcement investigation has concluded that the image was created on a computer, without a paper document as its origin, and that a felony offense was committed an as-yet unidentified perpetrator.
Obama’s then-communications director, Dan Pfeiffer, claimed that “The President believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn’t good for the country.”
Even “conservative” commentators and bloggers have called the questions, and now definitive findings, that Obama’s birth certificate is a forgery “a distraction.” With the investigation now possibly reaching the federal level, the alleged “conspiracy theories” have not been “debunked,” despite an intensive disinformation campaign carried out by Obama operatives.
NBC News, hardly a “right-wing” publication, characterized the McConnell campaign discussion as “private,” although it stated that the McConnell camp had been “plotting” against Judd.
All political campaigns devise strategies by which they hope to achieve victory over their opponents. In 2004, Barack Obama’s was to eliminate challengers early in the process, as in the cases of Blair Hull and Jack Ryan. “Chicago news reporters” were not the only parties to request the unsealing of both men’s divorce papers which ended their respective bids for the Senate seat which Obama occupied for less than two years before he began to campaign for the presidency, a position for which he may not be qualified.
In 2012, a Democrat operative recorded a conversation at a private fundraiser between Mitt Romney and his supporters which was also given to Mother Jones and reiterated throughout the campaign by a left-leaning press.
Mother Jones has suggested that McConnell’s campaign was going to “bash” an early announced contender for his Senate seat, actress Ashley Judd, who has since withdrawn her candidacy. An unnamed spokesperson for Judd accused McConnell of carrying out “the politics of personal destruction.”
Presently, no candidate for public service is evaluated for mental health, although military “veterans” struggling with financial matters could be “deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their own financial affairs be prevented from buying a gun.” On February 20, constitutional attorney Michael Connolly reported that “hundreds, perhaps thousands” of veterans have received letters from the Department of Veterans Affairs informing them that they are “incompetent” and therefore “prohibited from buying or even possessing a firearm because of a physical or mental disability.”
The U.S. Senate is debating a gun-control measure currently, which is at the top of Obama’s list of measures he wishes to pass while he remains in office.
The FBI has confirmed that it is investigating the source of the captured McConnell strategy meeting on recorder and whether or not any laws were violated. Section 526.020 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes states in regard to “eavesdropping” that “(1) A person is guilty of eavesdropping when he intentionally uses any device to eavesdrop, whether or not he is present at the time. (2) Eavesdropping is a Class D felony. Effective: January 1, 1975 History: Created 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 406, sec. 227, effective January 1, 1975.”
McConnell identified Progress Kentucky as having first issued a smear against his wife, who is from Taiwan, at the end of February and making the recording without permission on February 2. Progress Kentucky apologized for the offensive remark after first claiming that it was not directed at Elaine Cao, McConnell’s wife.
A Democratic Party executive committee member, Jacob Conway, also pointed to Progress Kentucky as having made the surreptitious recording and provided information to the FBI. A second officer of the Jefferson County Democratic Party, the treasurer, resigned on Thursday. Politico reported that Conway identified two Progress Kentucky members as having “bragged to him about” making the recording.
PJ Foggy, or William L. Bryan, had “bragged” that he and his Democrat colleagues had “got more than 100 cops ready for Cdr Walt Fitzpatrick when he showed up on April 20 with a group of armed men who thought they’d take over the Monroe County courthouse.” Last month, The Post & Email published a demonstrated connection to a person identified as a “White House attorney” and the same group of Obama operatives, some of whom are attorneys.
U.S. Senators were intended to be elected by the individual state legislatures but have been popularly-elected since the 17th Amendment altered the original provision of the U.S. Constitution. Direct election began in 1913, the same year in which the Federal Reserve System assumed control of the United States economy via the Owen-Glass Act and the 16th Amendment, which instilled the federal income tax, was enacted by President Woodrow Wilson (D).
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