Anthony Mayorkos , the head of U.S.Citizen and Immigration Services cited by the Homeland Security Inspector General for giving special access to Hillary’s brother on a highly questionable get- rich- quick scheme, is someone the Clinton family can always count on.
Mayorkos is always willing to help the n’er do well brothers of Hillary and Bill Clinton in their shady schemes. A few years ago, Mayorkos pushed through an approval for a company, Gulf Coast Investment Management, headed by make-believe CEO Tony Rodham and founded by Clinton best friend Terry McAuliffe. (the one who guaranteed their $1.7 million mortgage) In 2000, he helped Hugh Rodham convince his brother to pardon a crack/cocaine kingpin. Hugh made over $200,000 on the deal.
One of the investors in the company was Huawei Technologies, a company that has been caught cypher spying on American companies and military. The federal government has refused to let Huawei enter the telecom business in the U.S. They’ve been sued by major corporations for cyberspying. And, they developed and sold technology to Iran that locates dissidents by their cell phones. They are bad guys. Nevertheless, Mayorkos overrode the professional staff and jumped when the Clinton intimates called him. But that wasn’t the only time . In 2000, Mayorkos helped the other brother, Hugh Rodham, deliver a presidential pardon for crack/cocaine drug pin Carlos Vignali.
In the final weeks of the Clinton White House, there was a free for all by close associates and Clinton/Rodham family members who were seeking pardons for people who hired them to use their influence with the President. Both of Hillary’s brothers, Hugh and Tony, were paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to intervene on questionable pardons. Roger Clinton, Bill’s brother, got in on the gravy train, too. (Roger also got a pardon for himself)
Hugh was hired by the family of Carlos Vigneri, a predatory crack/cocaine dealer who was convicted of transporting and distributing massive kilos of drugs in poor neighborhoods in Minnesota. He was paid by Horatio Vignali, the father of Carlos, a prominent businessman and political donor in Los Angeles. Many of the politically connected recipients of his largesse suddenly began to write to the White House and Pardon Board, asking for a pardon.
Carlos had already served six years of a fifteen year sentence when his father started pressing for the pardon. The U.S. Attorney in Minnesota who had tried the criminal case against Vignali was adamantly opposed to a pardon. The Pardon Attorney at the Justice Department also opposed the pardon. But Hugh Rodham wanted to make the big paycheck.
Rodham began arranging for well-placed Vignali supporters to talk to key White House Staff. One of the people
who spoke to the White House on Vignali’s behalf was Alejandro Mayorkos, the U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles, the man who later helped Tony Rodham in his own influence peddling business.
Here’s what a House Government Operations Report in 2002 said about Mayorkos’ role in commuting the sentence of Vignali:
“U.S. Attorney Alejandro Mayorkas called the White House in support of the Vignali commutation. Mayorkas, the top federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, was asked by Horacio Vignali to call the White House in support of his son’s clemency petition. Mayorkas then called the White House about the Vignali commutation. While Mayorkas does not recall the details of his conversation, he now concedes that his call conveyed support for the Vignali commutation.
Mayorkas supported the Vignali commutation despite his ignorance of the facts of the case and his knowledge that the prosecutors responsible for the Vignali case opposed clemency. Before he called the White House, Mayorkas had spoken twice with Todd Jones, the U.S. Attorney responsible for the Vignali case. Jones told Mayorkas that Vignali was a“major
player” in drug trafficking, that he was “bad news” and that Mayorkas should not “go there” when it came to Vignali.
Despite these warnings from a prosecutor who was intimately familiar with the Vignali case, Mayorkas still called the White House in support of the Vignali commutation.
Mayorkas’ support for the Vignali commutation was inappropriate. Mayorkas knew little about the Vignali case. What he did know indicated that Carlos Vignali was an unrepentant large-scale criminal. These facts alone make his support for the commutation, as a senior federal prosecutor, totally inappropriate.”
Hugh was paid $204,000 for his successful work in getting a commutation of his sentence for Vigneri. Throughout the process, he repeatedly cited his sister’s support for his activities. According to the committee Report, he old the White House staff that his sister was aware of and very concerned about the pardon:
“Hugh Rodham told the White House that First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was aware of his lobbying efforts and that the Vignali commutation was “very important” to her.That sure helped things along.
Mayorkos later admitted it was a mistake to grant the pardons. Guess what, Alejandre? Your more recent favorable treatment of Tony was a mistake, too. A big one.
Some people never learn.
NOTE: All of the Clinton/Rodham Brothers Cashed In On The Pardon Gravy Train:
Hugh Rodham also represented Glenn Branswell, a convicted fraudster who paid him $230,000 and purportedly loaned him $79,000 for his success in getting a pardon. Hugh also represented Gene and Nora Lum, who were convicted of money laundering and making illegal campaign contributions to Democratic Party campaignsHugh failed on that one.
Tony Rodham was paid $244,758 for his success in getting a pardon for Vann Jo and Edgar Gregory, carnival owners who had received suspended sentences for bank fraud. Tony also tried on several occasions to solicit money from the daughter of Fernando Fuentes Coba, who was convicted of violating the Cuban embargo. When she declined to pay the $50,000 he requested, he then offered a discounted price of $30,000.
Although the Clintons and Roger Clinton denied that Roger was paid to lobby for pardons, the FBI found that he had been paid $50,000 by members of the Gambino crime family to get a pardon for Rosario Gambino, a mob lieutenant. He was paid $43,500 by Garland Lincecum, who was told that he could purchase a presidential pardon for $30,000. None of the Roger’s pardon requests were granted. But Roger himself was given a pardon by his brother.
Throughout the FBI interviews, Roger insisted that Bill Clinton was aware of his pardon activities and suggested that he contact the Parole Board.