John Solomon: “Convicted Democrat Fund-Raiser Had Secret Ties to U.S. Intelligence”
Who is Imaad Zuberi?
Well, for starters, he’s a Califonia millionaire with some very important political friends on both sides of the aisle, and reportedly “secret” ties to US intelligence.
For two decades, Zuberi rubbed elbows with the most powerful elite politicians in the United States.
He raised millions of dollars for politicians like Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton.
In addition, he donated nearly a million dollars to President Trump’s inauguration committee.
He also texted with kings, princes, presidents, and prime ministers and went on jet-setting trips with Republican Senators like Lindsey Graham and John McCain.
But when Zuberi refused to cooperate in the investigation of President Trump’s inauguration committee, his entire world came crashing down around him.
Last year, Zuberi pleaded guilty to a “mercenary” scheme to funnel huge sums of foreign money into U.S. campaigns
And the feds say he did it to gain political influence and boost his own business empire.
When Zuberi was sentenced last month to 12 years in prison and more than $18 million in fines — one of the harshest penalties ever meted out for a donor fraud case — it seemed like an open-and-shut case of political corruption. To the news media, it was a made-for-TV tale of greed and graft felling a man whose charity and good nature otherwise endeared him to many from Hollywood to Washington.
But back in the nation’s capital, the U.S. government harbored a deep secret about Zuberi, a Pakistani-American who ran a highly successful venture capital firm with reach across the globe.
Just the News has confirmed from multiple current and former U.S. officials that Zuberi enjoyed a long and complex relationship with U.S. intelligence. His early help to the Drug Enforcement Administration with illegal drug trade and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in the war on Islamic terrorism in the early 2000s eventually elevated him to becoming a valuable source inside Washington’s security and spy establishment for much of the last two decades, the officials said. They declined to be more specific.
The first hint of that secret emerged recently when U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips ordered the unsealing of court documents, in which the four-letter acronym “CIPA” unexpectedly appeared, with little or no explanation.
CIPA stands for the Classified Information Protection Act, a law that protects the intelligence operations of the United States and shields the release of sensitive information. It’s rare for CIPA to show up in a normal criminal case, let alone one involving political donations. And it signaled that Zuberi may have been much more than just a fundraising, hobnobbing global businessman. Zuberi’s account of his intelligence work is contained in one of the CIPA filings mentioned in the court case.
Then last week, former top CIA lawyer Robert J. Eatinger Jr. filed notice in court that he is joining Zuberi’s legal team as he contests his harsh sentence in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Eatinger, who served as the longtime CIA deputy counsel and was CIA acting general counsel under President Obama, is a national security law expert. He did not return calls to his office.
Zuberi’s lawyer said that more will come out about his client’s work with the US intelligence community.
But as John Solomon points out in his piece, the real kicker here is that Mr. Zubei committed some of his crimes while assisting the U.S. government – furthermore, he was raising money for Clinton, Biden, Obama, the Trump inauguration, and members of Congress while having a relationship with U.S. intelligence agencies.
This raises more questions and concerns about how deeply the US intelligence agency is involved in US politics and also the separation of powers.
It’s starting to look and feel like the spooks have their grubby mitts in absolutely everything – and also, that they sailed their “informant” down the river when he didn’t “flip” and provide info on Trump. Gee, maybe because there was no info to give?
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