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Post Clinton Shock – DOJ Empanels Grand Jury

Saturday, November 19, 2016 15:18
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OK, I jest … a little. But how about if I say that the DOJ has empaneled a grand jury to investigate a Boston Law Firm for a $3.4 million straw-doner scheme to aid democrat party politicians.


Well, such is true. CBS This Morning The law firm is The Thornton Law Firm, a small firm with just 10 partners, specializing in asbestos litigation. The firm is the nation’s 11th-biggest law-firm contributor to Democrats despite not being even among the 100 largest law firms in Boston. And that discrepancy has brought on investigations by the FEC, the FBI and the Massachusetts US Attorney’s Office. The latter office has empaneled a grand jury to investigate the firm’s straw-doner scheme, thereby shattering the DOJ’s Hillary Clinton no-grand-jury ceiling. HotAir (I’m so relieved that a Hillary ceiling has finally been shattered as we’ve all been waiting for … well, just forever, for that to happen.)

A small law firm that has given money to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Harry Reid, President Obama and many others is accused of improperly funneling millions of dollars into Democratic Party coffers. The program was exposed by the Center for Responsive Politics and the same team of Boston Globe investigative reporters featured in the movie “Spotlight.”

The Thornton Law Firm has just 10 partners, but dollar for dollar, it’s one of the nation’s biggest political donors, reports CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil.

But according to the firm’s own documents – leaked by a whistleblower — days or even hours after making these donations, partners received bonuses matching the amount they gave.

“Once the law firm knew that we had these records, they didn’t deny that this was the case,” said Scott Allen, Boston Globe’s Spotlight editor.

“If you give a donation and then somebody else reimburses you for that contribution, that is a clear violation of the spirit and the letter of the law at the state and federal levels,” Allen added.

The last paragraph above is most assuredly true. Just ask Dinesh D’Souza, who was prosecuted by the DOJ for being a straw-donor for just 2 people. For this he was sentenced to: a $30,000 fine; five years of probation — including eight months living under supervision in a “community confinement center” in San Diego (Here); and mandatory therapeutic therapy for 8 hours a week for the entire 5 years of probation because a psychologist’s report characterized him as “arrogant” and “intolerant of others’ feelings” (Here).

Since D’Souza was sentenced to a ludicrous amount of mandatory therapeutic counseling, I assume that those convicted at The Thornton Law Firm will be treated likewise. And they must be, after all, because if anyone is “arrogant” and “intolerant of others’ feelings” it’s lawyers. And though I find D’Souza’s mandated counseling offensive, dangerous, and too reminiscent of Mao’s China, Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s USSR, the thought of a gaggle of leftist lawyers receiving years of the same makes me happy. Sometimes I schadenfreude. I can’t help it. I was born that way. 🙂


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