Friday, October 5, 2018

FBI director Christopher Wray, via King Spalding law firm in Atlanta, has ties to Russia, likely explaining the bureau's sketchy Brett Kavanaugh background check




FBI director Christopher Wray has professional ties to Russia, and that likely explains a Brett Kavanaugh background check that widely is being described as a "sham," according to an Alabama political insider.

Donald Trump nominated Wray to lead the FBI in June 2017, having fired James Comey roughly one month earlier. In 2003, President George W. Bush nominated Wray to lead the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Before going into public service, Wray was a partner at King and Spalding, an Atlanta-based law firm with 10 offices around the country -- plus 10 international branches, including one in Moscow.

King and Spalding's extensive ties to Russia should raise eyebrows about the cursory supplemental background check of Brett Kavanaugh by Christopher Wray's FBI, says Jill Simpson -- whistle blower, opposition researcher, and retired lawyer from Rainsville, Alabama. In a Facebook post yesterday, Simpson notes King and Spalding's ties to a number of dubious characters and activities related to Russia.

They include Sergei Millian, a one-time Russian translator who has headed the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce (Russia Am Cham, based in Atlanta) and reportedly was a primary source of information for the Trump-Steele dossier. In short, Millian likely has loads of blackmail-worthy dirt on Trump, and guess what law firm has represented Russia Am Cham? It's King and Spalding, of course, says Simpson.

The firm also has ties to Trump-affiliated mobster Felix Sater, and Simpson says the firm (via Russia Am Cham) was involved in a failed lottery deal -- involving oily Alabama lawyer Rob Riley and his associate, Robert Sigler -- that fleeced the late Milton McGregor, attorney Tommy Gallion, and other prominent Montgomery business types out of about $40 million. King and Spalding, says Simpson, has ties to Russian oligarch/mafia figure Oleg Derispaska, one-time Trump campaign chair and convicted felon Paul Manafort, and Trump attorney general Jeff Sessions.

Christopher Wray and Donald Trump
That is a lot ugly, nasty stuff -- threatening America's democracy, and Christopher Wray, via his association with King and Spalding, is tied to all of it. Writes Simpson:

FBI director Christopher Wray should be forced to resign over [the Kavanaugh supplemental background check]. It was Wray's firm, King and Spalding, that used to host the Russia Am Cham conferences for Oleg Deripaska, Mr Millian, and Mr. Sater --  the Riley/Sessions Gang attended when they beat Milton McGregor and his buddies out of $40 million for a fake Russian lottery. 
Wray's firm represents the Russian Oil and Gas Business firm that Vladimir Putin directs. Also, Christopher Wray was a Yale Law School graduate, just like Kavanaugh,  and has been buddies with the Kavanaugh, Rove, and Sessions crowd for years. 
The FBI's Kavanaugh background check is just a report done by a member of the Jeff Sessions, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump Russian Mafia. I tried to say last week it would be bullshit, due to Wray's ties to the Russian Mafia. His old firm is a big part of Putin's legal team. Until we as a country crush the New York/Alabama/GOP Russian Mafia, we are going to continue seeing this level of corruption.

How sketchy was the FBI supplemental background check on Kavanaugh? It probably would have to improve to merit being called "cursory". According to one report, FBI agents interviewed nine individuals --  but they apparently did not include chief accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, nor any of her corroborating witnesses. From a report at New York magazine:

Several people who reached out to investigators to offer information said they were also left hanging. NBC News says dozens of potential witnesses have come forward to FBI field offices, “but agents have not been permitted to talk to many of them.” The New Yorker spoke to several people who were also unable to get an audience with the FBI despite their ability to corroborate [Deborah] Ramirez’s story and information refuting claims Kavanaugh made during last week’s testimony.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

You've educated me, LS. Powerful stuff.

Anonymous said...

It's starting to look like Russian interests have infiltrated every branch of our government.

Rockford said...

The rule of law is dead. R.I.P.

Anonymous said...

King and Spalding is heavily involved with Russian energy companies.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the most insightful piece I've seen on the Kavanaugh background check. Thank you, Jill Simpson.

Anonymous said...

Just another level of fraud in the whole Kavanaugh process.

Anonymous said...

This all falls back on voters who are stupid enough to repeatedly send unscrupulous con artists like Grassley, Hatch, and McConnell to the Senate.

Anonymous said...

Kavanaugh and Wray are buddies, going back to Yale Law School.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Mueller needs to take a look at the FBI director.

Anonymous said...

People should keep this in mind. Republicans are not just voting to confirm Kavanaugh, they are voting to protect a president who is a tax cheat, sex abuser, criminal, mafia figure, and Putin puppet.

Anonymous said...

Won't it be fun when Kavanaugh is sitting on the Supreme Court and gets indicted for rape, attempted rape, and kidnapping?

Anonymous said...

Russian mafia has taken over the U.S. Film at 11.

legalschnauzer said...

A summary of this morning's vote:


In the end, the Senate voted 51-49 to move ahead with Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska was the only Republican to vote no, while Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia was the only Democrat to vote yes, according to the New York Times


Susan Collins and Joe Manchin are real "profiles in courage."

legalschnauzer said...

Anderson Cooper blasts the FBI "investigation":


https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2018/10/05/brett-kavanaugh-fbi-investigation-cooper-kth-vpx-ac.cnn

Anonymous said...

@12:16 --

Your scenario might sound "out there" to some, but it could actually happen.