Indicted Dem Rep: Orlando victims would be alive today if FBI had investigated shooter instead of me

Rep. Corrine Brown, the Democratic congresswoman indicted on 24 counts of fraud for using a college scholarship fund as her personal piggybank, said straight out that if the FBI had been keeping an eye on Omar Mateen, the Orlando night club shooter, instead of investigating her, the victims of that terrorist attack would be alive today.

The Hill:

“These are the same agents that was not able to do a thorough investigation of [shooter Omar Mateen], and we ended up with 50 people dead,” Brown said. Mateen was shot and killed by police at the scene of the Orlando nightclub attack, bringing the total death toll to 50. 

Brown’s lawyer echoed those sentiments. 

“Perhaps had it chosen to devote its resources more thoughtfully, 50 innocent people would be alive today,” Elizabeth White said, according to First Coast News

Prosecutors allege that the Florida lawmaker and her chief of staff, Elias “Ronnie” Simmons, used her office to solicit hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to the fake charity. 

On Sunday, Brown seemed to draw parallels from her situation to the shootings of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling and the police officers in Dallas. 

“Two black men were needlessly gunned down by police; five Dallas police officers were slain by a demented man, and on Friday I had to appear in federal court,” she wrote on her blog, as reported by BuzzFeed News. “I’m not the first black elected official to be persecuted and, sad to say, I won’t be the last.” 

How does she keep a straight face making a statement like that?  And equating her appearance in federal court with violence by and against police is beyond bizarre; it's bat-guano crazy.

The feds have her dead to rights, as you can tell by the desperation in these charges.  Just how open and shut a case do they have?

The indictment states that Simmons and Brown, who has been in the House since 1993, used more than $200,000 in charity funds to put on a golf tournament, throw extravagant Washington receptions and for luxury box seats at a Beyonce concert and an NFL game.

Money for the charity was also spent on luxury vacations in the Bahamas, Los Angeles and Miami Beach.

The group’s president, Carla Wiley, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud earlier this year. Prosecutors say Wiley had deposited $800,000 into One Door’s account, but the organization had only given out two scholarships worth $1,200.

“It is incredibly disappointing that an elected official, who took an oath year after year to serve others, would exploit the needs of children and abuse the charitable hearts of constituents to advance her own personal and political agendas and deliver them with virtually nothing,” said FBI Special Agent Michelle Klimt in the statement.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) praised Brown's public service while calling the charges against her "deeply saddening."

Pelosi thinks because her heart is in the right place, stealing money from her constituents is only "deeply saddening." 

Actually, it doesn't appear that the FBI had much investigating to do at all.  Brown isn't just a bad criminal.  She's a stupid criminal who apparently made only rudimentary efforts to hide her malfeasance. 

But you can't indict a congressman for stupidity.  Half the House would be in jail if that were the case.  In this case, old-fashioned graft and corruption will have to do.

Rep. Corrine Brown, the Democratic congresswoman indicted on 24 counts of fraud for using a college scholarship fund as her personal piggybank, said straight out that if the FBI had been keeping an eye on Omar Mateen, the Orlando night club shooter, instead of investigating her, the victims of that terrorist attack would be alive today.

The Hill:

“These are the same agents that was not able to do a thorough investigation of [shooter Omar Mateen], and we ended up with 50 people dead,” Brown said. Mateen was shot and killed by police at the scene of the Orlando nightclub attack, bringing the total death toll to 50. 

Brown’s lawyer echoed those sentiments. 

“Perhaps had it chosen to devote its resources more thoughtfully, 50 innocent people would be alive today,” Elizabeth White said, according to First Coast News

Prosecutors allege that the Florida lawmaker and her chief of staff, Elias “Ronnie” Simmons, used her office to solicit hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to the fake charity. 

On Sunday, Brown seemed to draw parallels from her situation to the shootings of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling and the police officers in Dallas. 

“Two black men were needlessly gunned down by police; five Dallas police officers were slain by a demented man, and on Friday I had to appear in federal court,” she wrote on her blog, as reported by BuzzFeed News. “I’m not the first black elected official to be persecuted and, sad to say, I won’t be the last.” 

How does she keep a straight face making a statement like that?  And equating her appearance in federal court with violence by and against police is beyond bizarre; it's bat-guano crazy.

The feds have her dead to rights, as you can tell by the desperation in these charges.  Just how open and shut a case do they have?

The indictment states that Simmons and Brown, who has been in the House since 1993, used more than $200,000 in charity funds to put on a golf tournament, throw extravagant Washington receptions and for luxury box seats at a Beyonce concert and an NFL game.

Money for the charity was also spent on luxury vacations in the Bahamas, Los Angeles and Miami Beach.

The group’s president, Carla Wiley, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud earlier this year. Prosecutors say Wiley had deposited $800,000 into One Door’s account, but the organization had only given out two scholarships worth $1,200.

“It is incredibly disappointing that an elected official, who took an oath year after year to serve others, would exploit the needs of children and abuse the charitable hearts of constituents to advance her own personal and political agendas and deliver them with virtually nothing,” said FBI Special Agent Michelle Klimt in the statement.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) praised Brown's public service while calling the charges against her "deeply saddening."

Pelosi thinks because her heart is in the right place, stealing money from her constituents is only "deeply saddening." 

Actually, it doesn't appear that the FBI had much investigating to do at all.  Brown isn't just a bad criminal.  She's a stupid criminal who apparently made only rudimentary efforts to hide her malfeasance. 

But you can't indict a congressman for stupidity.  Half the House would be in jail if that were the case.  In this case, old-fashioned graft and corruption will have to do.