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US Attorney who’s a master of investigating fake terrorists heads to a top job with Trump

US Attorney Herdman never found a real terrorist so he invented them while ignoring the major federal law violations of his old Jones Day firm's Cleveland clients

CLEVELAND, OH – President Donald Trump privately and as president loves him some Jones Day attorneys.  So does Russian President Vladmir Putin.  They work for the Trump administration in Washington, D.C.  They work for Putin’s Russian Federation from their 12th offices at 6 Gasheka Street in Moscow.  Zip code 125047.  Russian attorney Vladmir Lechtman is the partner-in-charge. 

The Russian Federation has an office in the same building as Jones Day just 4 floors up and a 15-minute walk to old KGB headquarters.  It’s a 30 minute walk to the Kremlin.  Access is important in a nation where Russia’s officials can enter legal offices and remove files when they’re not involved in a case. There’s a  Starbuck’s and a steak house in the atrium where they can all co-mingle and kibbutz over secrets and deals; and talk about the next mega-corporate conference in St. Petersburg with Vlad.  Forget the Logan Act in Russia.  Who’s investigating and forget the U.S’s misprision of felony law found in Title 18 of the United States Code and Section 4? It’s only written in plain English.

“Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”

FBI agents under Justin Herdman talked natural born American Damon Joseph of Holland Township near Toledo into a discussion about bombing a Jewish synagogue.

Imagine Diebold of Canton with an office in that same Moscow building in 2002 at the same time they were selling electronic voting equipment to this nation’s elections boards and secretaries of state.  Now imagine Diebold being investigated by the USDOJ for bribing Russian governnment officials to place their ATM’s in the Communist government’s banks; and no USDOJ official thinks to investigate whether or not ex-chairman Walden O’Dell gave the Putin administration their voting equipment’s schematics to avoid being investigated by Russia’s authorities for bribing their’s in violation of their Federal Law found in Fz-223 of their governing code? Again.  Who’s investigating? 

Why didn’t Walden O’Dell get a 15 year prison term in Russia after paying over $1.3 million in bribes to Russian government officials to put Diebold’s ATM’s in the government’s banks?  Why wasn’t he investigated for not registering as a foreign agent pursuant to the Foreign Agent’s Registration Act?

This is the type of investigation / non-investigation double-play former Jones Day  partner Justin Herdman is headed to Washington, D.C. and a job as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Washington to implement for Trump.  He’s now the U.S. Attorney over 40 counties in the Northern District of Ohio.  Herdman’s list of prosecuted cases over the past three years looks like that of a local police blotter.  No anti-trust.  No Foreign Agent Registration Act.  No Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  No Espionage Act.  No Logan Act.  No RICO. 

These dirt poor  natural born American men didn’t have a job or a car, but according to US Attorney Justin Herdman, they had the money to buy a bomb that would blow up the Cuyahoga Valley bridge. Do you want to buy it?

Herdman’s Wikipedia page lists his prosecution of five “activists” who were terrorized into a conversation by an FBI informant into saying they would blow up the Cuyahoga Valley bridge.  The unemployed potheads didn’t even own a car or have the money to buy the parts for the fake bomb. 

What Herdman’s biography doesn’t say about that terrorism investigation and his others is that they were all fake terrorists under the FBI’s control.  Even Demetrius Pitts.  Trump didn’t bother to tweet Herdman’s arrest of the Cleveland man FBI agents found making comments on social media they turned into an investigation and entrapping conversations.  Pitts doesn’t fit any aspect of the “Muslim” description of the Al Qaida supporter FBI agents under Herdman’s supervision painted him as in front of U.S. District Court Judge Solomon Oliver.

FBI agents were the only humans talking to Toledo’s Elizabeth Lecron about bombing a Toledo bar; and leading her into a discussion about the attack. Another natural born American down for terrorism when Herdman was supposed to be busting Muslims alien extremists who were targeting Americans like Lecron.   All of his terror suspects are actually natural born Americans found on Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook. Maybe in DC he’ll investigate Zuckerberg for violating the Espionage and Logan Act over the “agreements” he made with foreign officials in Israel.  I’ve got pictures.

Oliver sentenced the 50-year-old mentally-challenged man to 14 years of “supervised release” instead of the prison term Herdman wanted this February because he new the man was never a threat to the nation; and that he’d been entrapped into making all the statements he was led to say.  He knew the impoverished Pitts didn’t know his rights, how to fight and wasn’t going to be fought for by the federal public defender who convinced him to take a plea deal.  The only “Muslim” terrorists Herdman found where American Christian converts he found on social media.

Herdman will be a perfect fit for a federal prosecutorial district where a distraction from substance is now needed to protect the nation’s “Mob Boss in Chief” and his family from being prosecuted “after” he and they leave the White House.  Herdman may return to Jones Day as the head of its white collar crime division to protect Trump and his family from being investigated on the outside like he’s done in Ohio on the inside. 

Demetrius Pitts is another natural born American turned into a fake terrorist by FBI agents who created him under the watchful eyes of US Attorney Justin Herdman.

It was Herdman’s district in Cleveland where the Republican National Convention and Russian collusion occurred in 2016.  The conversations between retired U.S. Army Lt. General Michael Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak occurred in Cleveland blocks away from Jones Day’s office at 901 Lakeside Avenue where the old Cleveland Press location existed when I wrote for the newspaper as a reporterin 1981.  At that time in 2016 Kisylak’s government was and remains now a Jones Day client; and Herdman was one of the firm’s partners.

Cleveland and the Northern District of Ohio was a natural place for the Russian collusion investigation to begin since nine of the state’s major corporations have Moscow offices, are Jones Day clients and do business with the Russian Federation.  Ward Timken of Timken Steel in Canton’s wife chairs the Ohio Republican Party of which Herdman as a Republican would be a member in order to receive an appointment from a Republican president.  Jones Day represents Timken and represented Diebold while O’Dell was being investigated by former U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach.

Timken thumbed his nose at ex-President Barack Obama’s executive order to stop doing business with Russia when Putin invaded Ukraine in 2014.  His Canton, Ohio company’s steel  supplied the Russian Federation’s railroad cars with the wheels and bearings they needed to transport attack vehicles into the neighboring nation.

Pete Ristagno Sr. and Jr. benefited from US Attorney Justin Herdman not investigating them for racketeering and anti-trust violations. Pete Jr. is on tape telling a Boyas customer to pick up the phone when Valley View police call to collect on a debt.  A sergeant did the next morning from the recreation center.  He didn’t want the call recorded by the police department’s Computer Aided Dispatch.  Oops. 

With Ohio corporation’s like Parker Hannifin shipping its aeronautical products to Russia, there’s no published report of the missile pins Warren Precision Products manufactured for them at a rate of 3000 a month being investigated by Herdman to learn if the weapons products are for us or them.  Like Trump, Parker Hannifin is a Jones Day client. So is the firm of Brown Gibbons Lang that handled Pete & Pete’s acquisition of Boyas Excavating. 

As Ohio is gripped in a Co-Vid 19 epidemic, Herdman’s had federal environmental laws to enforce he hasn’t that could have protected the immune systems of the Americans in the northern district he served.  His old firm’s clients deal came from cash earned in part by an illegal construction and demolition debris landfill behind East Cleveland homes on Noble Road; and in between Collinwood High School and the old Christ the King Catholic church where Apex Charter School exists across the street from the Helen S. Brown apartment senior apartment building.

The pollution his law firm’s vicarious clients dumped five-stories high spewed toxic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene gases, glass particles and more immune depleting particles into the air that the mouths, nostrils, airways and lungs of the humans who breathed it.   

Barbara Garner died of lung cancer with the construction and demolition debris dump in her backyard that came from violations of federal EPA laws while Herdman was investigating fake terrorists and petty crimes he should have left to municipal police.

Herdman will be a perfect fit for the Trump administration.  I look forward to watching him “work” in D.C. Maybe his next terror target will be the constitutional rights violating Mayor Muriel Bowser or the Muslim members of Congress.  He probably can’t wait to meet Jared and Ivanka.

Eric Jonathan Brewer
Cleveland's most influential journalist and East Cleveland's most successful mayor is an East Saint Louis, Illinois native whose father led the city's petition drive in 1969 to elect the first black mayor in 1971. Eric is an old-school investigative reporter whose 40-year body of editorial work has been demonstrably effective. No local journalist is feared or respected more. Trained in newspaper publishing by the legendary Call & Post Publisher William Otis Walker in 1978 when it was the nation's 5th largest Black-owned publication, Eric has published and edited 13 local, regional and statewide publications across Ohio. Adding to his publishing and reporting resume is Eric's career in government. Eric served as the city's highest paid part-time Special Assistant to ex-Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White. He served as Chief of Staff to ex-East Cleveland Mayor Emmanuel Onunwor; and Chief of Communications to the late George James in his capacity as the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority's first Black executive director. Eric was appointed to serve as a member of the state's Financial Planning & Supervision Commission to guide the East Cleveland school district out of fiscal emergency and $20 million deficit. Former U.S. HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson told Eric in his D.C. office he was the only mayor in the nation simultaneously-managing a municipal block grant program. Eric wrote the city's $2.2 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant application. A HUD Inspector General audit of his management of the block grant program resulted in "zero" audit findings. As a newspaper publisher, Eric has used his insider's detailed knowledge of government and his publications to lead the FBI and state prosecutors to investigations that resulted in criminal prosecutions of well-known elected officials in Ohio; and have helped realign Cleveland's political landscape with the defeat of candidates and issues he's exposed. Eric's stories led to the indictments of the late Governor George Voinovich's brother, Paul Voinovich of the V Group, and four associates. He asked the FBI to investigate the mayor he'd served as chief of staff for public corruption; and testified in three federal trials for the prosecution. He forced former Cuyahoga County Coroner Dr. Elizabeth Balraj to admit her investigations of police killings were fraudulent; and to issue notices to local police that her investigators would control police killing investigations. Eric's current work has resulted in Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo accepting the criminal complaint he guided an activist to file against 24 civil rights-violating police officers in the city he once led for operating without valid peace officer credentials. USA Today reporters picked up on Eric's police credentials reporting from his social media page and made it national. Eric is the author of of his first book, "Fight Police License Plate Spying," which examines the FBI and local police misuse of the National Crime Information Center criminal records history database. An accomplished trumpet player and singer whose friendship with Duke Fakir of the Four Tops resulted in his singing the show's closing song, "Can't Help Myself": Curtis Sliwa of New York's Guardian Angels counts Eric among his founding chapter leaders from the early 1980's role as an Ohio organizer of over 300 volunteer crime fighters in Cleveland, Columbus and Youngstown, Ohio. For his work as a young man Eric was recognized by Cleveland's Urban League as it's 1983 Young Man of the Year. Known in Cleveland for his encyclopedic knowledge of government and history, and intimately-connected with the region's players, every local major media outlet in Cleveland has picked up on one of Eric's stories since 1979. There is no mainstream newspaper, television or radio outlet in Cleveland that does not include an interview with Eric Jonathan Brewer in its archives over the past 40 years.

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