Daniel T. Frawley
IllinoisPayToPlay.com just announced that WND’s Jerome Corsi, who released the “Postman” video about Barack Obama and the Ayers family, has in his possession another possibly damaging video:
- Corsi also holds a 2011 recorded interview with former Rezko associate Daniel T. Frawley.
The recording was made late last year in Chicago in a meeting that involved Corsi, Frawley and three other persons who gathered to discuss the possibility of writing a book.
The recording reportedly includes a description of how, in 2004, during Nadhmi Auchi’s visit to Chicago, Auchi, Antoin “Tony” Rezko, and Barack Obama met in the basement “cigar room” inside Rezko’s 30-room mansion in Wilmette, Illinois where they discussed, among other things, the purchase of a 62-acres plot in the South Loop.
Nearly a year ago I wrote an update on Daniel T. Frawley of Companion Security fame and the plan to fly Iraqi trainees to Illinois to be trained as security guards for a power plant to be built at Chamchamal in Kurdish Northern Iraq.
This was the little scheme dating from sometime in 2005 that involved then-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, then-Senator Barack Obama, then-Illinois Homeland Security advisor Jill Morgenthaler, Obama’s then-personal real estate fairy and political cash bagman Tony Rezko, Rezko’s Chicago pal and personal bail bondsman (and former Iraqi Minister of Electricity) Aiham Alsammarae, and British-Iraqi billionaire businessman (and one of Carter-Ruck’s frequent-flyer clients) Nadhmi Auchi.
Companion Security was co-owned by Frawley and Rezko, who was convicted in June 2008 (and reportedly continued to “cooperate” with the Feds for some time).
While this is a long and sordid tale — it seems the Feds have never gotten around to completing that December 2006 investigation into the power plant venture. Meanwhile, many of the players and their antics keep surfacing, such as Dan Frawley.
Frawley made the news in an August 2006 convoluted and barely intelligible story involving Forest Park police who were reportedly “cooperating with a federal agency investigating the theft and subsequent return of three guns and over $100,000 in cash from the La Grange home of Sgt. Maureen Frawley,” Dan Frawley’s sister.
Frawley told police that four weeks prior to the incident he had withdrawn the money from New Century Bank in Chicago.
New Century Bank and First Bank in Missouri figure into the bank fraud scheme for which Frawley was arrested in March 2006, according to court documents. Frawley was to be sentenced June 1, 2011, based on his February 14 plea agreement. A possible sentence of between 51 and 63 months bore a recommendation of 18 months.
The $50 million Companion Security contract awarded by Alsammarae to Frawley and Rezko was mentioned in Natasha Korecki’s Chicago Sun-Times April 9 article about Frawley’s conviction.
Korecki informed that Frawley “won a deal that will mean a significant cut in his potential sentence because he provided information to authorities regarding Rezko, who was convicted in 2008 and [was then] awaiting sentencing. The cooperation began quietly years ago,” she writes.
However, in July 2011, Frawley’s sentencing was delayed, allegedly because he was cooperating with the Feds for a lighter sentence. U.S. District Judge Ronald A. Guzman, who canceled the sentencing hearing. It is now scheduled for April 16, 2012, in Judge Guzman’s courtroom.
- Obama and the US Justice Department must believe that they have done a masterful job of protecting Obama while aggressively prosecuting his corruption buddies. But the ghosts of Christmas past keep appearing.
Tony Rezko and Stuart Levine are awaiting sentencing. Rod Blagojevich will certainly appeal his convictions. William Cellini is awaiting trial in October 2011. And Daniel Frawley mentioned Rezko and Obama and 1.5 million dollars as well as Rezko’s old partner Daniel Mahru in a deposition December 1, 2010.
In May of last year I reviewed the aformentioned deposition regarding the law suit between plaintiff Frawley and his former attorney, George Weaver. It contains some interesting details regarding “cooperation”.
Weaver, Frawley alleged, advised him on at least one occasion, on March 13, 2006, not to cooperate with the government, namely the FBI. In a separate allegation, Frawley said Weaver told him to withhold information from the FBI.
Frawley related the latter occurred during a telephone conversation with Tony Rezko regarding keeping a planned luncheon date while he, Frawley, was in a meeting with the FBI at the Federal Building in Chicago. FBI agents were present when Weaver came into the room and told Frawley to cut off the conversation.
The purpose of the luncheon meeting was for Frawley to record his conversation with Rezko.
Frawley also confirmed in the deposition that the information he was to obtain was “about the payments made by Rezko to Obama.”
Because the deposition was specific to the Frawley-Weaver law suit — namely a possible change of venue requested by Weaver — no further details about the alleged “payments” are included.
The deposition further revealed that the FBI instructed Frawley to not speak with Weaver anymore.
Frawley admitted he had brought charge card records and bank statements to Weaver, among which was a “statement showing payment to Tony Rezko in [the] amount of $1.5 million.” No mention is made as to the source of the funds or their subsequent deposition.
Frawley said that Weaver’s reason was an apparent conflict of interest. Weaver, it seems, was representing others — namely himself and Rezko — on the same matter.
“George was my attorney,” Frawley said. He was “being paid by me, and George was supposed to be representing my interests. And George was representing his own and Tony Rezko’s.”
Additionally, Weaver had possession of all the records Frawley had brought to him. Charles R. Franklin, Frawley’s attorney, said that not only did Weaver have all of the records but also he would not release them to Frawley, who now could not get them back.
Now, there is no question that Daniel T. Frawley is a weasel and an unsympathetic character. These are only excerpts from his deposition. One can only imagine what kind of “cooperation” he would be able to give to the FBI should he so desire.
The $1.5 million in question is most likely, as I suggested four years ago, connected to the Companion Security contract signed April 18, 2005, with then-Iraqi Minister of Electricity Alsammarae. It was alleged by Tony Rezko’s former Rezmar Corporation partner, Daniel Mahru, that Alsammarae was paid a $1.5 million bribe.
According to the court documents, Mahru, who is also incarcerated, is “widely reported to be cooperating with the government with his own legal problems.” He also filed for bankruptcy in December 2008 — yet Rezmar managed to come up with campaign cash for Obama.
As I reported in February 2009, Daniel Mahru’s creditors’ list reads like a who’s who of Tony Rezko’s world, including a former Rezko land deal involving Nadhmi Auchi and another with John Thomas, the developer and FBI mole who helped authorities document the repeated visits of former Governor Blagojevich and former Senator Barack Obama to the Chicago offices where Rezko and Mahru ran their Rezmar Corp.
No doubt Mahru also has a lot he could tell the Feds.
Additionally, proposed witness lists provided by Frawley in his law suit with Weaver include the interesting Jeffrey Steinback, who represented the prosecution’s “star witness,” Stuart Levine, during the 2008 Rezko trial.
The caption for a file photo showing Tony Rezko leaving the Federal building in Chicago after a court appearance on October 19, 2006, accompanied an August 2007 report stating Rezko owned a security company that was “trying to secure a lucrative contract in Iraq, even seeking the help of Illinois leaders including Sen. Barack Obama and Gov. Rod Blagojevich.”
Details about Obama’s involvement regarding an Iraqi power plant contract and a related security contract negotiated by Rezko and Aiham Alsammarae once appeared in Chicago newspaper articles dating from December 2006 and January and August 2007.
Chris Fusco, Natasha Korecki, and Dave McKinney reported December 3, 2006, in the Chicago Sun-Times:
- Federal authorities are investigating an Iraqi power plant deal involving Antoin “Tony” Rezko, a former top fund-raiser for Gov. Blagojevich charged with defrauding Illinois taxpayers.
Investigators want to talk to Iraq’s jailed former electricity minister, Aiham Alsammarae, about how Rezko landed the potentially lucrative contract, a source familiar with the probe told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Alsammarae, who holds dual U.S.-Iraqi citizenship and has a house in Oak Brook, helped Rezko get the deal, another source said.
Rezko and others in the venture were to own the plant and sell electricity back to the Iraqis, but the Iraqi government still was to pay a substantial portion of construction costs, that source added.
The contract, negotiated in 2004, no longer is in effect. It is unknown how much money, if any, Rezko made. [...]
The Iraq deal is of interest to authorities here because Rezko and Alsammarae know each other and each is facing corruption charges. [...]
During a Sun-Times interview in summer 2005, Rezko’s point man on the power plant, former Peoples Energy executive Michael Rumman, said Rezko used his “formidable overseas network of business relationships” to join energy consulting companies and win the contract. [...]
Rumman already had been to Jordan, where “most of the negotiations and deal structures are done.” He had hoped to begin construction on the Chamchamal plant in January of this year.
Up to 30 companies were to be involved in the $200 million project, Rumman said. “It’s a tremendous opportunity to get in early on the rebuilding of Iraq,” Rumman said. “As you know, much of the instability is that the average person’s life hasn’t been improved, with electricity being one of the major challenges. The urgency to get this and other plants built is overwhelming.”
Tim Novak wrote August 7, 2007, in the Chicago Sun-Times:
- Two years ago, Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity gave a $50 million contract to a start-up security company owned by now-indicted businessman Tony Rezko and a onetime Chicago cop with a checkered financial past.
Within a month, an Iraqi leadership change left the deal in limbo.
Now the company, Companion Security, is working to revive its contract to train Iraqi power-plant guards in the United States.
Companion found support last summer from Gov. Blagojevich, whose staff offered to let the company lease a military facility in western Illinois. Since then, Companion has been lobbying officials from Washington to Baghdad about its Iraqi deal, according to documents. [...]
After the state found a proposed training site, Frawley went to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) [in August 2006]. [...]
“The Senate staff had two meetings, one conference call, and sporadically e-mailed with representatives of Companion Security about their request for Sen. Obama to write a letter introducing the company to senior officials in the Iraqi government,” Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt said. “That is not the kind of action Sen. Obama usually takes for individual companies, and our staff concluded on that basis to decline the requested assistance.”
LaBolt said Obama’s staff was unaware Companion had any ties to Rezko, who has raised campaign donations for Obama.
Companion beefed up its lobbying efforts in March, hiring a Washington attorney who has contacted the U.S. State and Commerce departments. Frawley wants U.S. officials to persuade the Iraqi government to honor the contract he signed on April 18, 2005, when Aiham Alsammarae, another friend of Rezko’s, ran Iraq’s electricity agency.
Iraq’s current electricity minister has balked, saying Frawley’s contract is too expensive, according to a U.S. Embassy official in Baghdad.
Another version from August 7, 2007 reported:
- Two months later, Frawley sought help from Obama, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who is now running for president. Frawley met with Seamus Ahern, who runs Obama’s Moline office. Frawley and Ahern discussed the proposal over a period of about six months.
Obama and Blagojevich viewed Frawley’s efforts as a chance to create jobs in the Quad Cities area.
Blagojevich’s spokeswoman, Abby Ottenhoff, said state officials assume Frawley’s contract has “gone away” because they haven’t heard from Companion since last year.
A January 17, 2007 Chicago Sun-Times article on Alsammarae reported:
- A criminal justice expert questioned why U.S. and Iraqi officials weren’t more outraged about Alsammarae.
“You would think this would be a major international incident,” said University of Illinois at Chicago Professor Matthew Lippman. “It’s all very shadowy. I believe the U.S. government … helped get him over here. And everyone’s agreed to let this thing slide.”
Whether Alsammarae will face questions on another front remains to be seen. The feds have expressed interest in Alsammarae’s friendship with recently indicted businessman Tony Rezko, the Sun-Times reported last month. Rezko won an Iraqi power plant deal while Alsammarae was electricity minister.
The #1 Iraqi in the Iraqi power plant scheme
If it looks like I am working backwards in time, I am. We finally get around to the #1 Iraqi in the Iraqi power plant scheme, Nadhmi Auchi.
Before Barack Obama officially entered the 2008 presidential race, when he had actually only been a U.S. Senator for a few months, Chicago Business reported July 29, 2005, that Chicago-based Rezmar Corp., owned by Tony Rezko, had “entered into a joint venture with a British firm in a $150-million deal to build a [250-megawatt] power plant in Iraq,” with construction to begin in the fall. Obviously, construction did not commence in 2005 or any other year.
The “British firm” was identified as General Mediterranean Holding SA, an international firm headed by Nadhmi Auchi, who later provided Rezko with the $3.5 million that caused him to lose his bond and wind up in jail to await his March 3, 2008, trial date.
According to a communication I received February 9, 2008, from Nadhmi Auchi’s media attorney Carter-Ruck in London, Auchi was not involved in this business enterprise. Hold on. We’ll see about that.
The contract for the power plant had been negotiated in 2004. The agreement was signed with Aiham Alsammarae, the head of Iraq’s ministry of electricity, who called for “the soon-to-be named joint venture” to be based in Jordan. The plant was to “supply power to Iraq for 10 years,” according Michael Rumman, who speaks Arabic and who was Rezmar’s spokesman, Chicago Business reported.
During a summer 2005 Chicago Sun-Times interview, Rumman, Rezko’s point man on his proposed power plant in Iraq said, “Rezko used his ‘formidable overseas network of business relationships’ to join energy consulting companies and win the contract.”
On December 3, 2006, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Rumman “already had been to Jordan, where ‘most of the negotiations and deal structures are done.’ He had hoped to begin construction on the Chamchamal plant in January of this year.”
In the same article, the Sun-Times reported that, when it reached Rumman for comments, he “declined to discuss the plant or Alsammarae. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers confirmed that the contract for the Chamchamal project no longer is in effect.” (Chamchamal is a Kurdish city located to the east of Kirkuk and west of Suleimania in Iraqi Kurdistan.)
Additionally, the Sun-Times reported:
- Federal authorities are investigating an Iraqi power plant deal involving Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko, a former top fund-raiser for Gov. Blagojevich charged with defrauding Illinois taxpayers.
Investigators want to talk to Iraq’s jailed former electricity minister, Aiham Alsammarae, about how Rezko landed the potentially lucrative contract, a source familiar with the probe told the Chicago Sun-Times. … [Another source said that Alsammarae] helped Rezko get the deal.
A copy of the press release dated July 31, 2005, reported that the “power plant [was] slated to be one of three power plants under construction at the same time. A Brazilian firm and an Iraqi company are building the other two.”
A January 16, 2007 ex parte between Tony Rezko and Judge Amy St. Eve revealed that Tony Rezko, Aiham Alsammarae, Rod Blagojevich, Barack Obama, Nadhmi Auchi, Daniel Frawley, Daniel Mahru, and Seamus Ahern were all involved in the plan to construct a power plant at Chamchamal.
The ex parte also revealed that Companion Security’s security contract was cancelled in June 2006. Rezko unsuccessfully engaged in communications with the Iraqi government in an attempt to revive it. Frawley continued to meet with Ahern at Obama’s Moline office well into August 2006. All negotiations ceased in November 2006, when the contract cancellation by the U.S. Corps of Engineers was final.
Obama’s “dumb” war, pro-contractors in Iraq flip flop
On June 11, 2008, Ed Morrissey at Hot Air made an interesting find. Morrissey posted a YouTube video clip of an April 2004 Chicago television interview with Sen. Barack Obama in which Obama said that he had never called for a withdrawal of troops from Iraq and wanted to “complete the mission there.” (The video clip, of course, is no longer available.)
Morrissey did not give the exact date of the interview. A quick check of the YouTube page showed it to have been April 5, 2004.
Why is April 5, 2004, significant? Well, it was a mere two days after the famous April 3, 2004, private party at Tony Rezko’s Wilmette mansion which he hosted in honor of Nadhmi Auchi.
This is the very same party reportedly attended by the newly-minted Illinois senatorial candidate, Barack Obama, and his wife, Michelle Obama. It is the very same party at which then Illinois State Senator Obama reportedly “made a few toasts” to Mr. Auchi. It is the very same party which neither Sen. Obama or Mr. Auchi have recalled attending. (You can read all the details here.)
As an aside, as I wrote back in June 2008:
- It is important to keep in mind that Sen. Obama has made exactly one trip to Iraq, and that was in January 2006, when he was part of a Congressional delegation (CODEL) led by Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) which also included Sen. Christopher Bond (R.-Mo.) and Rep. Harold Ford (D.-Tenn.), but he was actually only in Iraq for a mere two days.
Sen. Obama spent only two days in Iraq before separating from the delegation to “spend eight days in Israel, Kuwait, Jordan and the Palestinian territories.” The rest of the delegation later went to Afghanistan and Pakistan without Obama.
This begs the question at what point Sen. Obama obtained the expert knowledge necessary for his April 5, 2004, televised statements.
Ameet Sachdev reported March 4, 2008, in the Chicago Tribune that a “footnote to a motion last week seeking to exclude some government evidence” against Tony Rezko, “his defense lawyers disclosed for first time that prosecutors have alleged that Rezko paid a $1.5 million bribe” to Aiham Alsammarae, Iraq’s former electricity minister, to obtain a $50 million contract for a power plant in Iraq.
According to prosecutors, the “alleged bribe was paid from an escrow account held by” the Bryan Cave law firm. “Rezko’s lawyers said that every aspect of the bribe claim is ‘demonstrably false’.”
- Another one of Rezko’s lawyers, Gene Murphy, was a partner in Bryan Cave’s Chicago office from April 2004 to August 2005. When Murphy left Bryan Cave, the firm stopped representing Rezko, said Jeffrey Morof, the head of Bryan Cave’s Chicago office.
Murphy, who has started his own law firm, said the claim that an alleged bribe came from a Bryan Cave account is “absolutely baseless.” He declined further comment on Rezko, other than adding that he no longer represents him.
Morof also denied that the firm had any involvement in an alleged transfer of funds to the former electricity minister.
Keep in mind that, on May 6, 2005, when Companion Security filed as an Illinois corporation, it was represented by Murphy at Bryan Cave. It had registered on November 8, 2004, as a corporation in Delaware. Its corporation status in Illinois was revoked in October 2006, around the same time Rezko was arrested by federal authorities. Sitting in the Illinois State House was Gov. Blagojevich.
There is also no online record of Companion Security’s Delaware corporate file having been closed or revoked.
Additionally, as recently as 2007, Companion Security was represented in the U.S. Senate by lobbyists from Hunton & Williams.
The Associated Press reported March 4, 2008, that Rezko’s attorneys said “the allegation was based solely on the word” of former Rezko partner Daniel Mahru and that “the accusation is wrong.”
However, keep in mind that Daniel Mahru possesses some inside information. Rezko, Mahru, and Frawley were all partners in Companion Security. Mahru acted as the lawyer for the original power plant contract and, in April 2006, Frawley “entered negotiations with Governor Rod Blagojevich’s staff to lease a military facility in Illinois to be a training camp.”
Also, beginning in August 2006, Frawley sought the assistance of Sen. Obama and Obama staffer Seamus Ahern, who met with Frawley for a six-month period at Obama’s Moline office.
The Associated Press reported that a “spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office [said] it [had] no comment on the allegation.”
Should Barack Obama be worried?
Possibly. According to one very reliable source, when Daniel Frawley was negotiating with politicians about the power plant contract, he was wearing a wire the whole time. When Frawley met with Seamus Ahern in Obama’s Moline office, he was wearing a wire. In fact, the source claims, Frawley tried to meet everyone he could while he was wearing a wire.
Perhaps if everyone keeps talking the Feds will get around to investigating that power plant in Iraq contract deal after all — maybe sometime in 2013.
. Former Rezko partner says he gave Tony $400K for Obama posted at IllinoisPaytoPlay.com.
. Some ‘Splainin’ to do in Chicago at American Thinker.