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FBI Is Investigating Florida Company Where Whitaker Was Advisory-Board Member

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  1. patience_limited Link
    Florida is a metaphorical reminder that when you "drain the swamp", you leave a wasteland of peat fires, homeless alligators, and fraudulent real estate soon to be inundated with rising salt...

    Florida is a metaphorical reminder that when you "drain the swamp", you leave a wasteland of peat fires, homeless alligators, and fraudulent real estate soon to be inundated with rising salt water.

    But seriously, Florida has an exceedingly high incidence of major fraud, and Whitaker's corporate involvement is part of a much wider picture of corruption.

    The climate is attractive to affluent and vulnerable retirees, it's geographically convenient for drug trafficking and money laundering, and there are a number of features of state law and governance which lend themselves to scams, like a four-year statute of limitations on fraud.

    A significant amount of dirty money has fallen into the campaign war-chests of state legislators. Florida led the U.S. in the number of public official corruption convictions in 2010, and is only beginning to lose that distinction - it still received a "D minus" rating in 2015. Rick Scott, the departing governor soon to be Senator, barely avoided prison. The Florida state Attorney General gave Trump University a free pass, and there are any number of other corrupt connections to the present administration.

    It's a favorite place to purchase real estate with the proceeds of crime, a rich target for Ponzi schemers, and a source of shame to the nation.

    As to Whittaker himself, here's another relevant data point: https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/11/matthew-whitaker-ran-a-chop-shop-of-fake-ethics-complaints.html

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  2. dubteedub Link
    Here is the outline.com link for those who can not access the WSJ - https://outline.com/Y575hj Whitaker's ties to a scam company were mentioned a bit earlier this week in the thread on Jeff...

    Here is the outline.com link for those who can not access the WSJ - https://outline.com/Y575hj

    Whitaker's ties to a scam company were mentioned a bit earlier this week in the thread on Jeff Sessions getting fired resigning as AG.

    https://tildes.net/~news/8b5/attorney_general_jeff_sessions_resigns_at_trumps_request

    The company had scammed millions of dollars from thousands of people and was forced to close after paying a $26 million settlement after a lawsuit from the FTC.

    This is could be a huge issue for Whitaker and (hopefully) will lead to someone else being named Acting AG.

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  3. Ral Link
    I really hope we can continue to expose this rot, and that we're facing a full generation (as in decades) of reform and anti-corruption. For us Americans, we have a ton of maintenance to do, after...

    I really hope we can continue to expose this rot, and that we're facing a full generation (as in decades) of reform and anti-corruption. For us Americans, we have a ton of maintenance to do, after decades of little-to-no reform and allowing the ultra rich to infect our system to their own benefit.

    Seriously, root to stem, let's gut this corruption, punish those harming others for their own benefit, and salt the earth of this propaganda-fueled extremism.

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  4. Ellimist Link
    Can Trump get any more hypocritical? He blasts Gillum for supposed corruption and being investigated by the FBI yet his interim AG is under investigation as well for activity in the same state?

    Can Trump get any more hypocritical?

    He blasts Gillum for supposed corruption and being investigated by the FBI yet his interim AG is under investigation as well for activity in the same state?

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