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Richard Bowen at the NYT: The Whistleblowers Series

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    Richard Bowen is the former VP of Citigroup and chief business underwriter who blew the whistle on his own firm's fraudulent practices. He is now an Accounting Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas where I'm a graduate student of economics. I consider him a role model. He is a man of faith from West Texas and a military family with a Republican background. He graciously spent about an hour with me before the semester chatting about his FCIC testimony and Bank Whistleblowers United of which he is a founding member, along with William K. Black (S&L Regulator and 3 time government whistleblower), Gary Aguirre (the SEC whistleblower), and Michael Winston (the Countrywide whistleblower).

    He is now the inaugural subject of the New York Times new 5 part video series on Facebook: The Whistleblowers.

    facebook.com/nytimes/videos/10150807182...

    It was his job to certify that mortgages purchased by Citi from other lenders matched or were equal to Citi's standards.

    Bowen discovered massive fraudulent reps and warranties that Citi had certified and were thus liable for.

    He was so freaked out about what he saw he raised concerns to every level of management and went all the way to the top. Please read the "Bowen Email" sent to Bob Rubin: financialcrisisinquiryreport.com/html/2...

    We now know that there were two CRIMINAL referrals that were made against Bob Rubin by the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission due to Bowen's written and verbal testimony before that body and the Obama Justice Department, the FBI, and the SEC did nothing. Bowen's testimony to the FCIC was blatantly sealed to prevent public disclosure before the statue of limitations had expired. fortune.com/2016/03/13/robert-rubin-fin...

    richardmbowen.com/now-we-know-the-doj-i...

    Bowen handed the case to the Obama administration on a silver platter. They did nothing. It really is that simple.

    A different set of prosecutors under the Reagan and Bush administrations garnered over 1,000 elite criminal convictions due to S&L fraud that was 1/37th the size of the 2007-8 financial crisis, and the Congress (including the Democratic majority) and most of the Executive Branch were completely hostile to their work, and they never have the benefit of a whistleblower so detailed and thorough as Richard Bowen in his quest to tell the truth about what was happening.

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    Whistle blowers have been in the news lately, this time due to Trump. Today's issue of the Washington Post had TWO stories about the individual who was troubled by Trump's actions.

    Here;s the summary of one of them:

    "The president’s communications with the foreign leader included a “promise” regarded as so troubling that it prompted an intelligence official to file the formal complaint, the officials said."

    I may be jumping to conclusions, but I'd be willing to bet that the foreign leader Trump made promises to was Vladimir Putin. Remember the 2018 Helsinki meeting?

    Here are some details about that meeting:

    Private meeting

    Trump and Putin met privately for two hours, without aides or note-takers, accompanied only by their respective interpreters. The meeting had been scheduled for 90 minutes but lasted two hours. The private meeting was followed by a working lunch that included senior advisers

    Topics discussed

    No agenda was published for their discussion, and no communique was issued afterward. Some issues were touched on at the press conference. In the following days Russia issued multiple statements about what it said were agreements made at the summit, "shaping a narrative of the meeting with no confirmation or alternative account from the Trump administration."In the press conference immediately following the meeting, both leaders described some of their positions. On the question of the Syrian civil war, Trump wanted Iranian troops to leave Syria, while Putin would not commit to their departure. Both agreed that Iranian troops should be kept away from the Israel-Syria border, with Trump noting that "Creating safety for Israel is something both Putin and I would like to see very much." Trump said he is willing to help Syria with humanitarian aid, even if there is no wider peace settlement.That may contradict the earlier Trump administration position that it will not provide reconstruction assistance to any part of Syria that remains under the control of Bashar al-Assad, whom Russia backs. The Russian ambassador to the U.S. later said that Syria had been the major topic of discussion, along with "the removal of the concerns that the United States has regarding the well-known claims about alleged interference in the elections". Four days after the meeting, a Russian military spokesman said Russia has sent formal proposals for a joint U.S.-Russian effort to reconstruct Syria and facilitate the return home of Syrian refugees.

    In a Fox News interview the next day, Putin indicated that the two had agreed to disagree about Crimea. Putin said he wanted acceptance of the disputed 2014 referendum in which Crimeans voted to become part of Russia, and insisted that Ukraine must never become part of NATO. He said they had agreed to hold talks on extension of the START treaty, which expires in 2021, but he wants to see evidence that the U.S. has lived up to the terms of the treaty. He also wants to negotiate on the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Treaty

    The day after the meeting, a Russian military spokesman said that Russia is "ready for practical implementation of the agreements reached between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump in the sphere of international security achieved at the Helsinki summit." His statement said the agreements include cooperation in Syria and discussions about extending the START Treaty. No agreements were announced at the summit, and White House and Pentagon spokesmen said they were not aware of any new agreements. A spokesman for the National Security Council said "As President Trump stated, the two sides agreed that their national security council staffs will follow up on the presidents' meetings, and these discussions are underway. There were no commitments to undertake any concrete action, beyond agreement that both sides should continue discussions." The spokesman said they are also reviewing suggestions by Putin for a "cyber-group" and an anti-terrorism group.

    At a press conference four days after the summit, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats stated, "I’m not in a position to either understand fully or talk about what happened in Helsinki," and ceded the podium to national security advisor John Bolton, who explained that the issue of election interference was discussed. Despite this, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer remarked, "It is utterly amazing, utterly amazing, that no one knows what was said." Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Representative Bill Pascrell called for Trump's interpreter, Marina Gross, to testify before Congress, while House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff called for her to testify to the Committee in closed session.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_Russia%E2%80%93United_States_summit#Private_meeting

    Trump has met with Putin five times, but only twice in formal one-on-one meetings held in Hamburg and Helsinki.

    Tillerson sat in with both presidents during their Hamburg meeting and provided other national security officials and reporters with a brief readout of issues that were discussed, but the Washington Post reported that the U.S. government has no internal notes of that meeting and that Trump seized the notes taken by his interpreter.

    The other headline in today's Post was "As the whistle blower story gets worse, Trump's corruption keeps spreading".

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    And still people keep supporting this corrupt idiot. If you look at the total picture of this country at present than my conclusion is that if the next President is an Democrat, that he will have his hands full to reverse all the damage Trump has done, as well get the "deficit" down and fix the "rules" for an President, so he is not "above the law" and get the corruption and "money" out of elections. But yeah this ship is sinking fast, so I think it will be too late to fix it.
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    I'd be willing to bet that Trump made some promises to Putin, but even more damaging (perhaps) is the conversation that he had with the newly elected president of Ukraine, since his discussions likely would meet the definition within the meaning of the Constitution’s phrase ‘Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors,’ although it might well fail to meet the narrow definition of ‘bribery’ for purposes of criminal prosecution under 18 U.S.C. § 201.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/09/20/what-may-finally-ensnare-trump/

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    I'd be willing to bet that Trump made some promises to Putin, but even more damaging (perhaps) is the conversation that he had with the newly elected president of Ukraine, since his discussions likely would meet the definition within the meaning of the Constitution’s phrase ‘Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors,’ although it might well fail to meet the narrow definition of ‘bribery’ for purposes of criminal prosecution under 18 U.S.C. § 201.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/09/20/what-may-finally-ensnare-trump/

    How much are you willing to bet that it stays only with "words" back and forth and nothing else. Most people think this is enough for impeachment, however the "votes" are not there. Typical, everyone is fed up with the whole charade without any backbone or real action from the Dem's.
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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    I'd be willing to bet that Trump made some promises to Putin, but even more damaging (perhaps) is the conversation that he had with the newly elected president of Ukraine, since his discussions likely would meet the definition within the meaning of the Constitution’s phrase ‘Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors,’ although it might well fail to meet the narrow definition of ‘bribery’ for purposes of criminal prosecution under 18 U.S.C. § 201.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/09/20/what-may-finally-ensnare-trump/


    For it to rise to the level that it has criminal implications, I am guessing that Trump broke US law or he could have said to Putin something like, "I want you to know the CIA recently hacked into Russia's main computer network and they are tracking your emails and stuff like that. They told me you are planning XXXXX, but don't worry I just play dumb like I am suppose to care."

    He knows he is untouchable, and does not give a fuck what laws he breaks if it furthers his personal interests. If he were to make it to a second term, he would be sooooooo much worse because he would not have to be concerned with being reelected. We can realistically see him ordering the US government to pay off his business debts\loans as "Expenses" of the president, or spending $100 million buying property in his name as personal gift to him from the US government, or ordering that all his businesses be exempt from laws, regulation and taxes in perpetuity; Steve Mancunian would sign off on it without any questions asked. We can bet Trump is thinking in those terms right now, as president he can't be prosecuted for any crimes, so why-in-the-fuck not take 110% advantage of being above the law to make himself the world's first Trillionaire if re-elected. I truly believe he is that GD insane and that greedy to have those thoughts running through his mind right now.

    "If I get reelected, there nothing I can't fucking do, NOTHING. Hell the Republicans will even help me get it done. All I have to do is give them more judges and they'll gladly do whatever I want! What a bunch of cunts"

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    Trump just sent out a tweet bragging about the steps he has taken to help the military:

    Secured $86.5 billion for the VA ????

    Signed VA Accountability and Whistle blower Protection Act ????

    Created 24/7 White House VA Hotline ????

    Signed VA MISSION Act

    He later tweeted that he regretted signing the Whistle blower Protection Act.

    WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 17: U.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters while hosting workers and members of his cabinet for a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House October 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. The White House said the meeting was on ââ?¬Å?Cutting the Red Tape, Unleashing Economic Freedom.

    If you're paying attention, though, you already know that he DID NOT SIGN the Whistle Blower Protection Act, since it was passed by Congress in 1989, and enhanced in 2012 and 2014.

    The list of whistle blowers goes back to 1777, and includes people like Daniel Ellsberg, Frank Serpico, W. Mark Felt, Karen Silkwood, Linda Tripp, and Edward Snowden.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whistleblower_Protection_Act

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    Sen. Rand Paul named the purported intelligence whistleblower Thursday after Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts refused to read his question including the name in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump.

    The conservative Republican left the proceedings to hold an impromptu press conference at which he fingered the person whom right-wing media have named as the CIA operative in the White House who filed a complaint about Trump’s infamous July 25 call to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

    Paul claimed he was not seeking to out the whistleblower but was rather concerned about a tangled plot to undermine Trump by supposed adherents of former President Barack Obama.

    The whistleblower’s lawyer, Mark Zaid, declined to comment.

    https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-rand-paul-whistleblower-john-roberts-ukraine-20200130-uzp2yf2fpzcjvp6ifa2l2koerm-story.html

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    It is hard to see what Rand Paul's motives are. He may just want the spotlight on him. Or more likely he wants to curry favor with Trump and get back into his good graces after claiming Trump got bad advice in his assassination of the Iranian general Soleimani. Trump doesn't like to have his motives questioned by a fellow Republican...ever. In a way, all Republicans have learned to be sycophants (ass kissers) for their survival in Trump World, and that includes all Senate Republicans except Mitt Romney.
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    That how "dictatorships" are created; "kings" and obedient "slaves" Amen