Bear with me, but before I add my bit of fuel to the fire building under the Department of Justice, I have to issue several disclaimers:
ONE: I'm not a Russian agent! I do have a few ethnic Russian friends and neighbors, but I've never met ANY Russian government officials, or any Russians actually living in Russia and/or working for Russian interests. I do live in Moldova, a quaint and considerably civil little country a mere 400 miles from Russia. But it can't be said it is in any way a Russian ally. In fact, Moldova was an early leaver from the old Soviet Union, mounting a full-scale push against their pro-Soviet government in 1989, three years before the rest of the pack jumped ship.
TWO: I'm not a Trump agent either! I didn't vote for or support Trump as a candidate, and I'm not even a Republican. Of course, I'm not a member of the Democrat Party either, and tend to lean toward Libertarian on many issues, and particularly on the importance of the law. I did once actually work for the Democrat Party's Congressional Campaign Committee back in 1982, before I stopped drinking the kool-aid offered up by its leadership. It was a good choice, and something I try to recommend to my friends who still cling to the illusion that there is any democracy in the Democrat Party.
THREE: I'm not part of a plot by anyone, other than a group of whistleblowers with whom I worked from 2010 to 2015 before I was booted out of my job as an investigator with OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program. It was there I quite innocently and unexpectedly ran into the cesspool of corruption that has engulfed a good part of the government, including not only the Whistleblower Protection Program, OSHA and the Department of Labor more generally, but also the Office of Special Counsel (before the arrival of Henry Kerner last October), and, yes, the Obama White House too. A really nasty bunch that in better times would have been locked up long ago.
Such are the times! But with those disclaimers in mind, let me share with you some recent developments and observations regarding the Department of Justice and its failed investigations into Wells Fargo.
The Mess at the Department of Justice
If you read the New York Times, Washington Post, or other "mainstream" media over the weekend, you'd come away with the impression that but for Donald Trump and his Republican loyalists all is well at the U.S. Department of Justice. It would be understandable if you believed that because these folks are well practiced in the arts of propaganda. But, you'd be wrong.
A better approach to finding truth would be to connect dots that have recently appeared, starting with the Federal Reserve taking the "unprecedented" step of collaring Wells Fargo Bank. We should all give a shout out to the Fed for doing that because the DoJ, which is tasked with taking corrective action in cases like these, is asleep at the wheel.
As you might remember from a couple of earlier postings, I participated in three Wells investigations while I was working at OSHA, and all three failed not only to gain traction, but as evidence suggests were knowingly and intentionally buried by OSHA. As I noted in another Broke&Broker post, in January 2017 I gave a sworn affidavit to the federal Grand Jury in San Francisco, supported by multiple documents, which made a strong case Wells management knew about the fraud, at least by May 2010. The Grand Jury was convened in November 2016 to allegedly investigate this fraud, but after I received a nice "thank you" from the DoJ attorney in charge, there was . . . nothing. So, I wrote to AG Sessions in July last year asking whether or not the DoJ was continuing to investigate, and whether the investigation would include OSHA's role. I received a hilarious reply in September, saying my questions were referred to the DoJ Criminal Division, and I would be hearing from them in about 90 days. Last week, that reply finally came. As you can see below, it was written without a scintilla of self-respect, offering: