Leff indicó que el FBI tiene abiertas más de cinco pesquisas por el mal uso de fondos asignados por FEMA tras el azote de María. – www.elvocero.com – RSS Results in ley-y-orden of type article
M.N.: I think that this is very good initiative, and hopefully it will work.
Also: Divide And Have More Law and Order! A certain competitive component, and not just the cooperative one, much less the disbalanced one in power relations, apparently is inherent in the duo of US Attorney of DOJ and The FBI Branch Director. Who needs the US Attorney as the FBI’s obedient rubber stamp? Maybe, just Puerto Rico, and for all the bad reasons.
Given the high incidence of violent crimes on the island, the deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States, David Bowdich, undertook to assign new agents to Puerto Rico and veterans from other districts of that dependency with experience in gang cases, revealed the director of the FBI on the island, Douglas Leff.
“We have asked the Assistant Director of the FBI in the United States for more agents to work in cases of violent crimes. The deputy director understands that we need more resources to face this situation … we have received multiple calls from heads of other districts recommending agents in their divisions who want to move here, “said the official in an interview with EL VOCERO .
He explained that in the central offices are training new agents to move them to Puerto Rico. Leff added that the call was also opened to assign experienced agents to work in the Corruption and Cyber Crimes Squads on the Island.
He specified that the agents would arrive in the country once the new federal fiscal year begins in October.
The head of the FBI mentioned that these agents are offered additional incentives to work on the island. These include a bonus for the transfer, moving expenses, payment for temporary housing and once they complete their period of service in Puerto Rico. Rico may request to be transferred to the district of their choice.
Leff said he did not know the number of agents that will be assigned, since he must wait for the federal budget to be approved for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. However, he indicated that they have received requests from the FBI offices in California, New York, Chicago, New Orleans and Atlanta, cities that harbor large numbers of gangs.
“In any case, we continue to receive new graduates. As for the agents with experience, it will give priority to agents who were police and military, “he said.
Eye to corruption with federal funds
On the other hand, Leff indicated to questions from this newspaper that currently the FBI has opened more than five inquiries related to fraud cases due to the misuse of funds assigned by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after the scourge of Hurricane María . They include politicians and contractors, whom they declined to identify.
“They are more than five and less than ten … It is an example of behavior that is unacceptable to us, particularly because we have seen many people suffer and that some people think they can take this money to put it in their pocket, definitely this It is one of the highest priorities, “he replied.
The official mentioned that they have received complaints from citizens. He acknowledged that he is concerned about the misuse of the multi-million dollar allocation of federal funds that the island is about to receive.
“At this moment, the arrival of these funds is a great concern for us. We know that in general, unfortunately it is the opportunity that many people see to commit acts of corruption. It is important to tell the public that the FBI knows that politicians or people who have influence over politicians and contractors who think it is a good time to enter into a contract to serve them and not the people, that we are going to be vigilant, “he warned.
He said that last week he spoke with his supervisors and assured them that they will arrest anyone who engages in this type of behavior. Although he refused to specify which ones, he reaffirmed that several investigations against politicians for corruption remain alive.
EL VOCERO has reported that the FBI investigates alleged corrupt acts in the purchasing division of the municipality of San Juan, a survey that has several contractors and employees of the municipality in sight.
Similarly, research is still active on the controversial WhatsApp chat that involved former officials of the current administration during the last election period. In this case, the Secretary of Justice, Wanda Vázquez, referred the Office of the Panel on the Independent Special Prosecutor (Opfei) to the exjuez and former president of the State Elections Commission, Rafael Ramos Sáenz; to the former associate secretary of the Interior, Itza García; to the advisor of the Administration for the Support of Minors (Assumes), Waleska Maldonado; to the former Director of Transformation and Efficiency of the Ministry of the Interior, Yesenia Díaz; the former administrator of the Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (AAA), Yoniel Arroyo, and the former Secretary of the Interior, William Villafañe. The Opfei determined not to investigate the latter.
Vázquez revealed at a press conference on May 2 that García allegedly tried to intimidate her and that this matter referred him to the FBI.
Likewise, Leff acknowledged that the second part of the government corruption case, led by the convicted contractor Anaudi Hernández, continues, saying that the head of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez, had confirmed this.
He declined to comment on whether the FBI’s investigation into the million-dollar Electric Power Authority (AEE) contract with the company Whitefish Energy Holdings following the devastation of the energy system caused by María coincides with the recent determination of the Office of the Comptroller of Puerto Rico that there were no irregularities in the granting of the same.
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Indeed, the call didn’t really make any sense: the G-7 is intended for the world’s largest democracies and largest economies. Russia falls short in both categories.During the summit in British Columbia, Canada, Trump hosted a press conference and went a little further, suggesting Putin shouldn’t be blamed for Russia’s annexation of Crimea – a crime that helped push Russia out of what was the G-8.
Note, Trump basically said the same sentence, with slightly different wording, over and over again, making a point that only he understood. Russia invaded one of its neighbors, and Trump now wants the world to blame Obama, not Putin.
And that’s bonkers.
There’s no point in dwelling on a history lesson – it’s not as if the relevant facts would sway Trump anyway – but short of risking World War III, there wasn’t much Obama (or any other leader) could do to stop Russia’s annexation.
Obama did respond to Putin’s move by imposing new economic sanctions and diplomatic punishments – including helping kick Russia out of the G-8. Trump, meanwhile, responded to Russia’s invasion of Crimea by largely endorsing Putin’s aggression in a televised interview.
But in this case, watching Trump blame an American for Russian aggression may be exasperating, but it’s also part of a larger whole.
Before Trump gave Putin a pass on Crimea, former Vice President Joe Biden responded to Trump’s pro-Russia rhetoric on Friday by writing on Twitter, “Putin’s Russia invaded its neighbors, violated our sovereignty by undermining elections, and attacks dissidents abroad. Yet our President wants to reward him with a seat at the table while alienating our closest democratic allies. It makes no sense.”
Well, no, it doesn’t, unless one considers the possibility that the American president has been compromised in some way by the foreign adversary that attacked the United States just two years ago.
Former White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice added in a New York Times op-ed, “There is no evidence that Mr. Putin is dictating American policy. But it’s hard to imagine how he could do much better, even if he were.”
It’s an important point. Hypothetically, if Trump were simply Putin’s puppet, carrying out the Kremlin’s wishes from the White House, what would we see? We’d see Trump trying to undermine Western institutions such as NATO, while playing a divisive role within the G-7. We’d see Trump rejecting generations-old U.S. alliances with our friends and neighbors. We’d see the American president publicly defending and extending support to Russia, even siding with the Kremlin against the United States Congress, controlled by his own party.
We’d see Trump ignore his own team, including Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who had some interesting things to say on Friday.
Coats delivered these remarks around the same time as his boss was blaming an American for Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
In other words, if the hypothetical were true, we’d see Trump acting pretty much exactly the way he’s been acting.