Nigerian Clinton foundation donor gets deferred prosecution deal while Trump inauguration donor gets 12 years in prison in cases that have eerily similar facts but entirely different punishments. That's according to a report at JustTheNews.com.
The U.S. Justice Department recently settled two major fundraising prosecutions involving illegally injecting foreign money into the American election process.
The following is an excerpt of the article:
In February, a longtime Democratic bundler named Imaad Zuberi, who also donated to Donald Trump’s inauguration, was sentenced to 12 years in prison and millions in fines in a criminal information that alleged he routed foreign money into U.S elections, sometimes through straw donors.
Last week, Nigerian-Lebanese billionaire Gilbert Chagoury, 75, a large donor to the Clinton Foundation, got a fine, no prison and deferred prosecution for allegedly routing his foreign money to straw donors to help Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign and some GOP congressional candidates. An associate also made a secret loan to Obama-era Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who failed to disclose the assistance.
The cases have remarkable similarities. Both involved foreign straw donations and tax issues. Both were prosecuted by the same office, the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles. And both men are reported to have provided significant assistance to the U.S. government.
In the announcement of his deferred prosecution agreement, Chagoury was credited by the Justice Department for “unique assistance to the U.S. government,” though officials did not elaborate.
Multiple current and former U.S. officials confirmed to Just the News that Zuberi was a longtime U.S. intelligence asset whose assistance to American agencies was chronicled to the judge in his case in a Classified Information Protection Act (CIPA) filing, which remains under seal.
Recently, the CIA’s former top lawyer joined Zuberi’s team to assist in his appeal, signaling that elements in the intelligence community believe he was treated unfairly and that some of the events that led to his prosecution may have involved U.S. intelligence activities.
The only thing that separates the two men’s cases is the severity of the punishment. Chagoury, two of his associates and LaHood got off easy with deferred or no prosecution deals while Zuberi received one of the stiffest penalties ever for campaign finance and lobbying violations.
Zuberi’s lawyers plan to highlight the disparities in their appeals to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Becky Burke says
Thank you for your unbiased reporting it is refreshing and very much needed.
Justice is a Burly Hitwoman/Enforcer ...
...if you support the Wrong Side.
Justice in this case...and in some others...
... is NOT Blindly Impartial.
Roy Pevlor says
Double standards are heavily ignored and accepted by too many "Americans".
Report worth bringing to ones attention but it seems they both contributed to GOP candidates and the guy who got 12-years had an associate sending money to LaHood of the Obama admin. So the discrepancy hangs on the fact one was a large donor (how much?) to the sham Clinton Foundation and donated to GOP races? And the longtime Democrat bundler gets 12-years because he donated to Trump's inauguration and maybe LaHood a democrat?? I suppose that he was a CIA asset was enough for equal treatment but not enough here to get the connection you are trying for.
GEORGE EADY says
THERE IS SO MUCH OUT THERE AND GROWING EVERY DAY. THAT SHOWS THE JUSTICE SYSTEM IN AMERICA IS OWNED AND CONTROLED .BUT NOT BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE .THE JUSTICE SESTEM HAS LET ALL OF AMERICA DOWN TO MUCH NOT TO SEE THIS . AND IN TIME EVERY ONE WILL. THE QUESTION IS WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT IT. (BEFOR YOU START PASS A LAW THAT ANY AND ALL IN VOLED IN DESTORYING AMERICA FROM THE INSIDE OUT . GET LIFE IN PRISON .(NO CHANCE TO GET OUT) THAT WAY YOU WILL FIX IT . AND THEY CANT COVER UP FOR EACH OTHER
As long as America has elections in which someone is allowed to oppose the Democrat candidate, we will have distorted justice.
There was minimal concern in Democrat cities or Democrat states with the death and destruction caused by Antifa or BLM. after the Floyd death. The little bit of concern that I noticed was legal protections for Antifa& BLM when Trump sent in the Feds to start making arrests. Keep in mind the follow up to the Jan 6 debacle in Washington DC.
There is an article concerning Biden's setting in motion a committee to study the expansion of the Supreme Court. High lighted is that there are 6 Justices appointed by Republican presidents. Forgotten is that the most Liberal Justices have been appointed by Republican presidents.
Concern is that Trump appointed 3 Justices and could appoint one more should he have won in 2020. Not mentioned is the fact that None of the 3 Justices appointed by the Trump, voted on his side in the Texas lawsuit. A 4th Republican appointee (Roberts) saw things as Trump did. I do not recall the last time a Democrat appointee voted with the Conservatives.