A Storm is About to Hit the Nation’s Capital, but Which Way is it Blowing?

By Al Perrotta Published on November 10, 2017

“Behold, the storm of the LORD has gone forth in wrath, Even a whirling tempest; It will swirl down on the head of the wicked.” (Jeremiah 23:19)

The Storm is coming. A whirling political tempest the likes of which Washington, D.C. has never seen. Or so the skies and barometer are suggesting.

In the past few days some 33 sealed indictments have been filed with the same D.C federal court handling the indictments of Paul Manafort and two others. Unusual? According to Hot Air, before October 29, only 60 of the 188 criminal cases filed with the court this year were sealed.

To have 33 sealed in a matter of days is astonishing. When there were even only a handful of sealed indictments, speculation soared. More Trump gooses were going to be cooked. George Padapoulos, the speculation went, had worn a wire and Special Counsel Robert Mueller had captured a handful of Trump aides on obstruction. Or perhaps the indictments involve Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn. NBC News reported this week Mueller has enough evidence to bring charges against Flynn, who was briefly Trump’s National Security Advisor.

Then the number of sealed indictments kept rising and rising.

Democrats can salivate over the possibility this spells Trump’s pending doom. Should they be? The Storm is heading straight for the White House. Or is it?

Trump Tower or Foggy Bottom?

Special Counsel Mueller’s effort is billed as an investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the 2016 election. But that’s not what Paul Manafort’s indictment is about. The indictment concerns money laundering and foreign influence peddling in the Swamp.

Does that fact push the Storm toward Trump Tower or Foggy Bottom? (Hillary’s old stomping grounds at the State Department.)

Keep in mind Mueller was the FBI director when Russia’s bribery, kickback, extortion, blackmail scheme to grab US uranium was uncovered. Democrats insist Mueller is above reproach. Okay then. What if the honorable Mueller wasn’t too happy to see the Obama DOJ kick the Russian bribery scheme under the rug? What if the former Marine saw the Uranium One deal and saw red?

If he’s dusting off that file, which he must if his focus is Russian influence on American policy and politics, which way does the Storm blow? Toward the woman whom Russia wanted to influence by pouring $145 million into her Foundation? Toward the woman whose husband pocketed $500,000 speaking fees from the bank pushing the Uranium One deal? Or does it blow towards the guy who at the time was sparing in prime time with Dennis Rodman?

Tony Podesta

Remember Tony Podesta. He’s the Clinton bundler, brother of her campaign manager, and co-founder of the lobbying group tight with the Clinton Foundation. He stepped down from The Podesta Group because of the Mueller investigation. It’s this Podesta Group, not some real estate partner of Trump’s, that pocketed at least $180,000 to lobby for the Uranium One deal. (And did not file as foreign agents in the process.)

By the way, Podesta’s hand-picked successor Kimberly Fritts announced yesterday she’s leaving to start her own firm, and taking clients and some staff with her. Sometimes you ride out the bad weather. Sometimes you evacuate as soon as possible. (Or is it because the Podesta name doesn’t carry weight around town since Hillary lost? Just like Clinton Global Initiative foreign donations plummeted after the election.)

Further, what’s the allegation against Lt. Gen. Flynn? It’s not the election or Trump. The issue is foreign influence peddling in the Swamp. NBC News reports this morning Mueller is focusing on whether Flynn made a secret deal to represent Turkey’s interests in the White House.

One more flag to put in the wind: Just a day before being named Special Counsel, Robert Mueller was meeting with White House officials. He’d been meeting in previous days with DOJ officials. We were told Mueller was interviewing to replace James Comey as FBI director. Except, Robert Mueller could not be named FBI director again. He had served his ten year term, was given a special extension by Congress. And as NPR reported, “That law stated that lawmakers had made a one-time exception and made it clear that Mueller ‘may not serve as Director after September 4, 2013.'” Perhaps FBI director wasn’t the job the President had in mind for Mueller.

Yes, Virginia, There is a Whiff of Corruption

In addition to the 33 sealed indictments filed in DC in recent days there is word another 50 have been filed in Virginia.

What’s Virginia have to do with anything? Maybe nothing. Maybe prosecutors are just in a hurry to get their paperwork in before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Then again, if I’m Governor Terry McAuliffe, longtime Clinton operator, am I anxious this morning?

  • I put $700K in the hands of the guy leading the Hillary email investigation via his wife.
  • FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe did not report his wife’s lucrative connection to McAuliffe.
  • It’s just come out the FBI’s original draft in the Hillary email investigation accused her of “gross negligence,” the exact wording of the criminal statute. However, someone (Comey? McCabe? Both?) changed the wording to the more benign “extreme carelessness.”
  • And then Comey and McCabe turned around and let Hillary skate.

When there’s a prosecutor examining Clinton-connected money laundering and influence peddling and you’ve been knee deep in it for decades, you’d be a little nervous.

“But Al, you were talking about foreign money influencing American politics!” Good point. McAuliffe was under investigation last year by the Department of Justice over $120,000 in donations to his gubernatorial campaign from a Chinese businessman named Weng Wialang. CNN reported the investigation was also poking around McAullife’s work with the Clinton Global Initiative.

And what of this guy Weng? He gave $2 million around the same time to the Clinton Foundation. According to the Washington Free Beacon, Weng’s company website puts the donation as high as $5 million, all while hiring lobbyists to plug their interests in DC. He’s also hung out with Hillary herself. The Daily Mail shows him attending at least one fundraiser at Hillary’s home.

Why would a Chinese billionaire be at Hillary’s house for a campaign fund-raiser? Had to be the wine and cheese.

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FBI Field Offices

Go back a year to October 2016. The Wall Street Journal reported that FBI field offices in New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Little Rock and Miami were investigating the Clinton Foundation over allegations of pay-to-play financial and political corruption.

What’s curious today about those five cities? Since we’re talking sealed indictments, an internet sleuth claims to have uncovered this little gem:

Perhaps it’s coincidence all five are tossing up sealed indictments like holiday decorations.

What’s It Mean?

One thing you learn growing up in the Washington, DC area: Storm forecasts this time of year are rarely right. Weathermen would proclaim a storm was coming, schools were likely to close, and you’d wake up to a sunny day. The storm had formed elsewhere or was pushed out to sea. Other times, when the forecasters would say “no worries,” we’d get buried in two feet of snow. It is a fool’s errant in the Nation’s Capital to strut confidently about the path of any storm.

For months, the media and Capitol Hill Democrats have told us that the investigations into Russia were going to slam Trump. Mueller was going to lay waste to the President and his team like Harvey did the Texas Gulf Coast.

Could be. We don’t know.

But here’s what we do know:

The Storm has been slowly building. In recent days it has rapidly, dramatically, increased in intensity. It’s starting to look like a Cat 5. It could uproot and flatten the Washington political landscape. However, with each passing day and revelation, it doesn’t seem on course to hit where forecasters projected.

UPDATE: Seems the Storm has already left one missing. According to CNN, the Russia-connected professor that was interacting with George Padapolous has up and disappeared. Joseph Misfud vanished from the University of Rome, where he teaches, last Thursday. Misfud drew in Padapolous by claiming to have dirt on Hillary Clinton.

CORRECTION: Earlier versions of this story contained a typo in the name of Kimberly Fritts, and mistakenly named the missing professor as George Misfud. We apologize for the errors.

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  • Great article, Al. I dearly hope you’re right. This country needs a major return to the rule of law, which has been in the trash ever since the Clintons made the scene. To suppose that Mueller is nonpartisan, though, seems a stretch. Was he not directly involved in the transfer of Uranium One funds? I hope my suspicions are wrong.

    My other question is, where is Jeff Sessions? Every person in the know has said he has been categorically unwilling to investigate or prosecute the endemic Clinton-obama corruption, even when the case was in the bag, such as with Lois Lerner and the IRS.

    • stan schmunk

      Where is Sessions? Trump campaigned on the promise to ‘Lock Her UP’! But after the election he was asked when he’d appoint a special prosecutor to go after her. He said that Bill and Hillary were good people and had been through enough. He also said he’d release his tax returns after the audit or after the election. Kellyanne quickly and tersely announced that he wouldn’t. So where is Sessions? He’s doing exactly what the boss wants while he lamely lets Trump blame him on social media.

  • Caterina

    AK is the abbreviation for Alaska.
    Arkansas is AR.
    Come on, this is basic stuff.
    Otherwise, interesting piece.

  • Howard Rosenbaum

    Curious, this morning there seemed to be a sense of something unexpected brewing on the political horizon impressed upon my thoughts. I reflected briefly upon the suggestion that Mueller may actually be a good guy . ( Though it’s admittedly a bit difficult for me to wrap my brain around that. ) The next thought was what about Sessions ..? I recalled my brief exchange w/a reply Mr Perrotta made to a response to an earlier article regarding this Mueller thing. I may be wrong, but is it outside the realm of possibility that both Mueller & Sessions ( the guy who recused himself from this “Russia business” for what seemed like reasons of dubious concern ) may actually be “strange bedfellows ? Something is up. Seems like some of the most consecrated Hillary protagonists are switching course. Secrets are hard to keep in a disingenuous community of subterfuge , duplicity & moral failure.
    Bottom line, starting w/Hillary’s landslide electoral defeat at the hands of a political novice & w/a fraction of the Dem’s campaign budget w/ almost every media voice, Hollywood celeb & practically every other cultural institution in her pantsuit pocket, Trumps win was something of a “miracle”. I would be equally surprised if more “something’s of a miracle” were not waiting in the wings …..

  • Patmos

    I’ll believe it when I see it, until then I will continue to assume Mueller’s special council is nothing more than a guilty until proven innocent tour, designed and implemented to protect the deep state. If they capture Trump in the snare, mission accomplished. If they are only able to smear him like they are doing so blatantly in the press (also through deep state operations), mission accomplished.

  • Chip Crawford

    Oh yeah … the plot is commencin’ to thicken. Got another one: the sands of justice might be ready to stop being so slow or even looking impossible to producing that fine grind that mill is suited for. Plain speak: maybe HRC is finally going to trip on a loop in the rug, which will unravel and unravel until she comes down. The night I heard of Mr. Comey’s letting HRC off the hook for the email debacle, I had a presentiment that our rule of law had been compromised at the top of our government, and that we would have lawbreaking on a scale we have not experienced. Not long after that, the police officer ambushes started and have continued with more unrest in the streets and breakouts across the board, marked by a level of disrespect and contempt for authority unprecented in our nation.

  • GPS Daddy

    While there may be a storm brewing around DC there is a much bigger storm brewing around mankind. There is no place left in the world for “the faithful” to retreat too. It seems to me that either “the faithful” wins the day OR those opposed to the gospel will win the day… worldwide!

    • Irene Neuner

      Yes, ultimately it’s either one or the other and it is certainly the Good Lords prerogative who wins this one.

    • Andrew Mason

      True. But note that those opposed to the Gospel can hope for but a short term ‘victory’. Christ has already won the war so all that’s left is the last desperate rearguard action of the loser.

      • GPS Daddy

        >>so all that’s left is the last desperate rearguard action of the loser

        Agreed. But those last actions of the losers can result in starvation, imprisonment, execution, crucifixion, poverty, and persecution of the faithful. Are you ready for that?

        • Andrew Mason

          Oh I agree that the last actions can be nightmarish. I’m not sure anyone can know they’re prepared either. It’s doubtless one reason why God doesn’t generally tell us what the future holds but instead tells us to trust Him.

  • Bob Adome

    America’s light on the Hill will dim. As the glory of Heaven will brighten.

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