We have reached the beginning of the end for the Trump Administration. Multiple sources are reporting that an indictment has been granted against President Donald J. Trump on multiple charges including money laundering and racketeering as well as foreign power collusion. (ref 1).
First, James Comey being fired has told the IC that the Chain of Command has been compromised. They cannot trust their leadership and therefore must leak ALL RELATIVE details of investigations to the media for public disclosure before that evidence is destroyed. I suggest reading
The excellent work being done by multiple media outlets and the steady drum beat of allegations against those in the white house has reached a fever pitch recently with numerous leaks coming out from the Intelligence Community and others in DC. It is quite interesting to note the LAW surrounding FISA courts and what they are doing. (future blog)
From my brief review of the qualifications and decisions of these judges, I find the court to be almost equally split between Democratically appointed and Republican appointed judges, HOWEVER these are some of the best judges in our country and I fully expect them to be able to discharge their duties faithfully and in accordance with the United States Constitution and the FISC laws, first passed in 1978.
Apparently the Trump Indictment, dated May 9th can be used in his impeachment hearings but cannot be disclosed outside the House or Senate Intelligence oversight or Classified briefings. I’m told that confirming the mere existence of such an indictment is a crime and I am not confirming ANYTHING here but the referenced media reports.
But, Trump might have to be tried and convicted on Classified Evidence alone. This COULD be the reason it is taking so long.
SO, breathe, be calm and know that the end is near for Mr. Trump & his closest ties (reportly between 28 and 70 names). There are also media outlets reporting that Pence is caught up in this and the person designated to act should the President and VP become unavailable, Senator Orin Hatch, President pro tempore of the United States Senate, has been receiving intelligence briefings since May 9th in preparation.
Here are the current Judges on the FISA Court (according to WikiPedia)
(as of 19 May 2016)
|Judge||Judicial district||Date appointed||Term expiry||Reference|
|Rosemary Collyer||District of Columbia||March 8, 2013||March 7, 2020|||
|May 19, 2016
|Jeb Boasberg||District of Columbia||May 19, 2014||May 18, 2021|||
|Rudolph Contreras||District of Columbia||May 19, 2016||May 18, 2023|||
|Anne Conway||Middle District of Florida||May 19, 2016||May 18, 2023|||
|Raymond Dearie||Eastern District of New York||July 2, 2012||July 1, 2023|||
|Claire Eagan||Northern District of Oklahoma||February 13, 2013||May 18, 2019|||
|Martin Feldman||Eastern District of Louisiana||May 19, 2010||May 18, 2017|||
|James Jones||Western District of Virginia||May 19, 2015||May 18, 2022|||
|Michael Mosman||District of Oregon||May 4, 2013||May 3, 2020|||
|Thomas Russell||Western District of Kentucky||May 19, 2015||May 18, 2022|||
|Dennis Saylor||District of Massachusetts||May 19, 2011||May 18, 2018|||