Attorney General William Barr has arguably been one of the best hires President Donald Trump has made since taking office nearly three years ago.
And he just proved that again this week when the Department of Justice and FBI coordinated with local police to seize records and gather evidence after several corrupt Democrats were served a subpoena.
The FBI seized records from the Mayor of Lyons, Illinois, as well as from other prominent businesses. Barr signed off on a federal grand jury subpoena being served to the entire Democratic Organization of Lyons Township — headed by Democratic State Sen. Steven Landek.
Every single member of the Democratic Organization of Lyons as well as a few Democratic state senators have been ordered to appear before a grand jury.
The documents reveal more about the massive sprawling federal political corruption around Chicago and Springfield.
FBI agents who raided the village hall in southwest suburban Lyons last month seized a plethora of evidence, including information on a clout-heavy red light camera company, a popular brewery, an embattled video gaming magnate and a construction magnate who owns a huge quarry in town, records show.
On the day of the Sept. 26 raid, Lyons was also served with a federal grand jury subpoena demanding a wide range of records on a hotel and resort backed by Mayor Christopher Getty, the home security system at Getty’s residence and the entire Democratic Organization of Lyons Township — headed by state Sen. Steven Landek.
Here’s what the criminal probe relates to:
Those included ones related to Gold Rush Gaming and Rick Heidner, a major video gambling operator who had been seeking state approval to build a southwest suburban horse track and casino. Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday announced he was scuttling a deal to sell state land for Heidner’s so-called racino in Tinley Park, a move that followed last week’s report in the Chicago Tribune that Heidner has long-standing business ties to a mob-connected banking family.
The documents also named Safespeed Inc., a company that operates lucrative red light cameras at several intersections in the suburb, and indicated that agents hauled away agreements between the town and Safespeed, traffic studies and notes about Safespeed tickets.
The Tribune has reported that as chairman of the powerful Senate Transportation Committee, Sandoval intervened on Safespeed’s behalf in 2015 and 2016 while also collecting tens of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from the company’s owner, Nikki Zollar, and affiliates.
The FBI has also seized records from Sandoval’s office as well as Lyons and McCook pertaining to Safespeed founder Omar Maani and his development firm, Presidio Capital, which has built government-subsidized housing in Summit and Cicero. Presidio also did work on the McCook Athletic & Exposition Center, also known as the Max, village records show.
On the day of the Sept. 26 raid, Lyons was also served with a federal grand jury subpoena demanding a wide range of records on a hotel and resort backed by Mayor Christopher Getty, & the entire Democratic Organization of Lyons Township
Sen. Steven Landek.https://t.co/nqOrXojJEV
— John lee (@Johnlee333333) October 19, 2019
In other words, this appears to be a massive pay-for-play scheme.
Investigators are essentially alleging that the Democratic Organization of Lyons as well as a few Democratic state senators approved state contracts for projects in return for kickbacks.
These “kickbacks” — otherwise known as bribes — could be donations to their campaigns or gifts that were given to them.
This is certainly a case to keep an eye on given it involves so many Democrats. And with Barr, the DOJ, and FBI leading the investigation, it’s highly possible that several corrupt lawmakers will be charged.
Aside from that, this is at least the seventh instance of corrupt Democrats being charged and arrested in recent weeks.
Below are a few examples:
–Former Democratic Texas District Judge Rudy Delgado was arrested and charged with taking bribes in exchange for giving favorable rulings in his courtroom for more than a decade.
–FBI agents were seen on Tuesday carrying brown evidence bags as they raided Democratic Illinois State Senator Martin Sandoval’s offices as part of an “ongoing criminal investigation.” The raids are rumored to be connected to Sandoval playing a key role in helping implement a 19-cent increase in the gas tax to help fund Democratic Governor J.B. Prtizker’s $45 billion plan to rebuild roads, bridges, and schools.
–Sherikia Hawkins, a prominent city clerk for Southfield, Michigan, was arrested and charged this week for allegedly forging records and falsely marking at least 200 absentee ballots as invalid during the 2018 midterm election. She is now facing six felony charges for the stunning election crimes.
–Ed Buck, who has spent decades donating serious money to prominent Democrats such as Obama and the Clintons, was arrested and charged with running a drug house. Two young black men have been found dead in the past 18 months inside Buck’s apartment.
–Fall River Democratic Mayor Jasiel Correia was arrested on charges that he conspired to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars from companies seeking to operate marijuana businesses.
–A Democrat superior court judge in Massachusetts was arrested for assault and battery after she attacked her wife inside their home. Judge Shannon Frison allegedly “forcibly grabbed” her wife’s hair while she was holding a young child.
–A Democratic Indiana state representative and firefighter was arrested and charged after impersonating a police officer and trying to buy cocaine while driving under the influence.