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1. #RodRosenstein makes his "last speech" at this conference, specifically targeting corporate corruption. A convincing statement to one of the biggest watch dogs in the world, the FCPA, Rosenstein encourages the continuation of tough rules and strong enforcement.
2. "But financial incentives can and do lead corporate officers to engage in corruption. It can be difficult to resist those incentives when public officials expect personal benefits. If we fail to enforce the rules, corrupt businesses will enjoy and profit from a competitive...
3. ...advantage. Rules that are not enforced can be worse than no rules at all, because honest people follow them anyway, giving corrupt people a cost-free competitive advantage."

Rosenstein basically lays out the common sense of what compels corruption.

justice.gov/opa/speech/dep…
4. More from his speech: "When I served as United States Attorney for Maryland, we conducted a lengthy criminal investigation that documented a widespread pay-to-play culture in one of our largest counties."

Humm...experience in prosecuting pay to play crimes? Very interesting!
5. He continues: "When that sort of culture becomes ingrained, honest business people take their investments elsewhere. It happens in cities. It happens in states. In some places, it happens in nations."

It happens in nations: You see the circle being drawn, the net being cast?
6. I have to say, there are some damn find phrases in this speech. With respect to Mr Rosenstein and to avoid giving you a massive thread, I'm not going to copy and paste his entire speech BUT I AM going to put up a line of quotes from that speech over the next few posts here.
7. "The United States Constitution provides a good example. It aspires to establish a government that promotes the interests of the governed, rather than the interests of their temporary leaders."

You must listen when a man cites the constitution as his rule of reasoning.
8. "But no organization with 115,000 employees is flawless. We maintain a culture of integrity, not merely a culture of trust. We do not assume that everyone will obey their oath. We rely on auxiliary precautions. We need mechanisms to correct mistakes and punish wrongdoers."
9. Rosenstein lays out the case for why the DOJ may have seen corrupt individuals then delineates on how DOJ corruption can occur, and what enforcement arms are in place to correct it.

This next part had me nearly cheering. Rosenstein appears to be revealing his true role folks.
10. "The Inspector General has criminal investigative authority as well as administrative authority. If an investigation requires criminal process, the Inspector General’s armed federal agents work with U.S. Attorneys to obtain grand jury subpoenas and search warrants..."
11. "President Donald Trump issued a proclamation last year that summarized what the rule of law is about. It said that “we govern ourselves in accordance with the rule of law rather [than] … the whims of an elite few or the dictates of collective will.”"

A solid principle!
12. "Before the enactment of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in 1977, paying bribes was an ordinary aspect of doing business overseas..."

Coincidence George HW Bush resigned as director of the CIA in 1977? Perhaps he knew the law was coming and it would "limit his options"?
13. "Last month, we indicted a salesman and the president of an American company for allegedly paying bribes in Venezuela. They are charged for paying kickbacks to officials of a government-owned energy company."

Here's a link to that case...

reuters.com/article/us-ven…
14. So what exactly does the FCPA do? They're a group that looks for, investigates, exposes, and prosecutes cases against corruption across the world. What's STRIKING, is how long they have been in action, and yet in Trump's 2 years, some of the biggest cases ever won occurred!
15. Over 40+ years, 5 of the top 10 rulings ever won by the group occurred during @realDonaldTrump's presidency. Is it ironic the former director of the agency under #BHO announced he would resign when DJT took over? That lead to a number of conclusions.

fcpablog.com/blog/2019/3/11…
16. There are some opinions that Massad left his position because he himself was dirty. Other opinions say he resigned so that he could become a witness to tampering of the agency by the #ObamaAdministration itself. Here's an article on his resignation.

nytimes.com/2017/01/03/bus…
17. Massad wasn't the only powerful director of a major financial watch dog to step down due to Trump taking over. Mary Jo White, chairman of the Securities Exchange Commission also resigned. Another "interesting" move that was heavily reviewed.

money.cnn.com/2016/11/14/inv…
18. Massad was in charge of the failed TARP program under Bush.

If someone like Elizabeth Warren, #Pocahontas, calls out your corruption, you're probably guilty! Warren claimed White failed to reign in certain violators and allowed corruption to continue while she ran the SEC.
19. In one of the most redacted files to ever be produced by the CFTC, a whistle blower was awarded $2 million for their testimony. There have been repeated efforts to ascertain just who the whistle blower was, AND, who the corrupt company or agency was.

whistleblower.gov/sites/whistleb…
20. That case was researched but there is still a lot of mystery surrounding it.

Is there any way to dig into this and discover what it was about? The CFTC is the "Commodity Futures Trading Commission" and works to uncover crimes in financial trading.

fcpablog.com/blog/2019/3/6/…
21. Another good source of information is the twitter.com/FCPA?ref_src=t…

Case after case is discussed on the blog. Interesting how many cases are shown, considering that it would appear as though there has been a significant uptick in enforcement since DJT took over!
22. So, there you have it. Indication that Rod Rosenstein was doing his job and doing it well during his tenure. There's a LOT of speculation about who he was working for the past couple years. But, his final speech as deputy Attorney General is powerful!

WWG1WGA

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