Ethically Challenged Harry Reid –
A Utah businessman is rocking both state and national politics after claiming Utah Attorney General John Swallow helped him broker a deal with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to make a federal investigation into his company quietly disappear, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Jeremy Johnson was allegedly told that the price would be $600,000, and claims to have made an initial payment of $250,000 when he was slapped with a federal lawsuit. Now he says he wants his money back.
The Salt Lake Tribune points out that Johnson has no way of knowing whether the funds actually made it to Reid, even if he did make a massive payment to Reid’s alleged intermediary.
The Salt Lake Tribune continues, explaining how the bribe supposedly came to be in 2010:
At the time, Johnson was largely known in Utah as a wealthy philanthropist who spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to ferry supplies into Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake.
He said Swallow at first wanted $2 million to enlist Reid’s help. But I Works was no longer profitable and he did not have the money, Johnson said, so they eventually agreed on $300,000 upfront and $300,000 later.
Harry Reid’s ethics have been in question for a long time. From Nevada land deals to his granddaughter’s jewelry, all pretty much ignored by the Democrat majority and the media. What became of the latest ethics complaint?
The conservative watchdog group Cause of Action says the Senate Ethics Committee is claiming to have misplaced an ethics complaint about Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) sent over 300 days ago — and that the committee acknowledged receiving at the time. “It is a little mysterious that we have a return receipt from the Senate mail and they say they never received it.”
That’s a comfortable excuse for not investigating something,” Dan Epstein, the Executive Director of Cause of Action, said in a published interview with Breitbart News. Much like all complaints and investigations that have to do with wrong doing of the Democrats, buried by those Democrats in power. There are two months left that Democrats will be in control of the Senate and there may be more surprises in store.
URGENT: Harry Reid Is Planning This Last-Minute Power Grab Before He’s Thrown Out
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is on the warpath to bring a variety of Senate measures to Obama’s desk before the democrats are forced to turn over the keys to the Capital building in January, thanks to a crushing victory Tuesday at the polls. (H/T WashingtonPost)
One of the most critical issues for Reid seems to be getting through an expansive backlog of appointments for the Federal bench as well as the State Department. The judicial appointments to the Federal judge’s bench are lifetime assignments that come with an insane amount of power.
This looks like Reid’s way of sticking it to the Republican Party in any way he can before he’s no longer the big man on campus. During the first news conference since the midterms, House Speaker John Boehner gave a stern warning to Obama and company about the importance of compromise between the parties leading up to January, and for Obama to think twice about his pen-happy executive order plans governing. At the conference, Boehner said, “Listen, I’ve told the president before, he needs to put politics aside and rebuild trust — and rebuilding trust not only with the American people, but with the American people’s representatives here in the United States Congress.”
That was aimed toward Obama’s plans to push amnesty, after Obama vowed Wednesday that he was still ready and willing to use executive orders to keep amnesty alive, and give breaks to millions of illegal immigrants. After noting that Obama would “poison the well” of immigration reform if he did in fact invoke executive power on the matter, he then said, “When you play with matches, you take the risk of burning yourself.”
Harry Reid’s mannerisms are akin to the boy at the playground who takes his ball home after losing. His last minute power grab will do nothing but ratchet up tensions between an already fiercely divided Congress, and leave the American people wondering what happened.