Harry Reid Wanted $600K Bribe to Make Federal Investigation Go Away

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Senate Democrats Address The Media After Their Weekly Policy Meeting

Isn’t there some way we can get money out of politics? Let’s ask Harry Reid.

A Utah businessman is rocking both state and national politics after claiming Utah Attorney General John Swallow helped him broker a deal with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to make a federal investigation into his company quietly disappear, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Jeremy Johnson was allegedly told that the price would be $600,000, and claims to have made an initial payment of $250,000 when he was slapped with a federal lawsuit.  Now he says he wants his money back.

The Salt Lake Tribune points out that Johnson has no way of knowing whether the funds actually made it to Reid, even if he did make a massive payment to Reid’s alleged intermediary.

Then, with the FTC investigation continuing, Johnson said Swallow suggested Reid could make problems with regulators go away — for a price.

“I said, ‘OK, what do I need to do?’ He’s like, ‘OK, it costs money,’ ” Johnson said, who claimed Swallow was adamant he make a deal.

“I think he told me, ‘Richard Rawle has a connection with Harry Reid,’ ” Johnson said.

He said Swallow at first wanted $2 million to enlist Reid’s help. But [his company] I Works was no longer profitable and he did not have the money, Johnson said, so they eventually agreed on $300,000 upfront and $300,000 later.

So did the money ever make it into Harry Reid’s grubby little hands? There’s no way to know, but it’s not exactly the first time this has come up.

On Monday, Harry Reid’s close friend and donor, Harvey Whittemore was sentenced to two years in prison for funneling more than $130,000 in illegal campaign funds to Sen. Harry Reid’s re-election committee in 2007.  He received three felony convictions, his sentence includes $100,00 in fines and 100 community service hours.  Whittemore was a former Nevada power broker and named the most powerful lobbyist in Nevada who worked for gambling, alcohol and tobacco industries.  His nickname was the “64th legislator”.

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Reid and Whittemore go way back; four of Reid’s sons were hired by the law firm in which Harvey Whittemore was a senior partner. Sen. Reid and Whittemore were involved in very big land deals, including federal legislation to help the development of Coyote Springs.

But again, supposedly Reid knew nothing.

The Nevada Democrat also defended his role in fighting Republican attempts to water down Obamacare as a condition to keeping the government open, responding directly to a National Review piece that called him the “villain of villains.”

“When I read this yesterday, I thought, no one likes to be called a villain,” Reid said, reading aloud definitions of the word that mean “uncouth,” “scoundrel” or “criminal.” “I am not a criminal. I am not a scoundrel. So they better get a different definition of me.”

See, he’s not a crook. He even said so.

  • DogmaelJones1

    I guess the Oxford English Dictionary and Merriam-Webster better jump to it and revise their definitions of “villain.” After all, the Right Honorable Harry Reid, (no chuckling permitted!) said “I am not a criminal. I am not a scoundrel. So they better get a different definition of me.” Or else what?

    • Anamah

      I’m not a crook!
      The guy is to vomit all over… why is still free?

      • DogmaelJones1

        Because morons keep reelecting him, just as morons reelected Obama, and Pelosi, and Schumer, etc.

        • Mark Jessup

          Speaking of upChuck Schumer, you’ve heard that the most dangerous place in Washington is to be standing between Schumer and a TV camera? LOL

        • Mary Jo

          Sadly, most of Nevada is RED! But, most of the population is in the Las Vegas area…unions, mobsters and ex-Californians keep Dirty Harry in office.

          • DogmaelJones1

            Mary Jo: I lived for a while in Vegas while writing a book, and worked temps in a few of the casinos. I also temped at a few of the product shows in the convention center (one was at the Sands, the other I forget where), so I know how powerful the unions are there, especially the one that unloads booths and sets them up. Not my kind of people.

        • Desertcatn

          He wasn’t re-elected, he stole the election during a mysterious blackout!

  • tkellybal

    I’m not sure if Reid is a criminal, but he certainly is a disgrace.

    • truebearing

      He’s a criminal. They don’t come any more corrupt than Reid.

      • Desertcatn

        Yep, going back to when he was Gaming Commissioner.

  • HuandaRulz

    There is no shortage of definitions that will apply to the despicable (<<< ==Also that one..) Senator Of Nevada: Opportunistic, unethical, greedy, unscrupulous, deceitful, corrupt, senaky, unprincipaled,…. I can go on for a long time but he wants more definitions of his character or lack of, I can find a few more that he might find suitable.

  • A Z

    “even if he did make a massive payment to Reid’s alleged intermediary.”

    If Reid has used this intermediary before, there will be transfers of payments that cannot be explained by the normal & legal exchanges of goods and services.

    Find that pattern & you got Reid.

  • JackSpratt

    I can define Dingy Harry Reid, very succinctly: he’s a friggen communist. A very corrupt one at that.

  • truebearing

    Maybe Harry Reid objects to the commonness of calling him a “criminal,” after all, he is no ordinary thief. He’d probably prefer something that acknowledges his singular accomplishments in the field of graft. He deserves recognition for being an “exceptional crook” or “vile conman,” or perhaps something more colorful like “blackguard knave.” Give Harry his due… and a cell.

    • Mark Jessup

      Reid only deserves one title which will be “convicted felon”.

  • NJK

    You’re a criminal, Harry. You belong in prison.

  • Anamah

    The disgusting impunity in disgusting form…It seems a real thug!

  • Mark Jessup

    That foul sack-o’-stinkin’-feces IS a criminal, he is a liar, a prevaricator, a slanderer of innocent people, and the descriptive terms “vile” and “uncouth” are too mild to be applied to the scatological-substance-for-brains Senator from Nevada. In a perfect universe, someone would take Filthy Harry back to his halycon days of boxing, and punch his effin’ lights out, and let him eat linoleum.

  • John Trapp

    The walls are slowly crumbling for Harry Greed. Expect more stuff to come out on that piece of pig filth.

    • daisypony

      Hairy Screed ~

  • Dale Wellman

    bear with me for a minute. Look for Reid to come out for States rights when Reid has bought all the land in Nevada..

  • colsooonscoorner

    Reid’s defense, sounds a lot like Nixon’s I’m not a crook. Instead of Watergate it looks more like swamp-gate!

  • Cole Younger

    Nothing new to see hear. All politicians are corrupt. We have the best government money can buy.

  • NakedTruth

    The DOJ already put the breaks on the investigation, thank Eric Holder for another Obama Administration Cover-up.

  • NakedTruth

    Nevada is the fastest growing state in the Country due to the invasion of illegal aliens. Even though illegal aliens can not legally vote Obama, the Democrats and LaRaza urge them to do so anyway. Of course they also urge them to vote Democrat this is what Harry Reid counts on for re-election. When the issue of ID to vote is brought up the Democrats throw the race-card. Ten or 20 years down the road LaRaza will be the only Political Party and there will be no border. This has to be stopped now!