Biden’s DOJ Backs Down From Massive Fraud Case

By Victor Winston, updated on February 17, 2024

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) insiders are raising eyebrows over a sudden move by the Justice Department involving a prominent lawsuit.

The controversy stems from the Justice Department advocating for a settlement in a fraud lawsuit against Dish Network and BlackRock before crucial testimonies could take place, casting shadows on the integrity of a significant wireless auction.

This lawsuit's heart lies in accusations against Dish Network, led by Charlie Ergen, and financial giant BlackRock. They allegedly manipulated a wireless auction to their advantage, undermining smaller competitors and misappropriating taxpayer dollars. An inside source from the FCC branded this settlement push as a peculiar change of stance by the Justice Department, aimed possibly to shield Ergen and BlackRock executives from facing depositions about their purportedly deceptive practices.

A Suspicious Turn of Events Rouses Concern

In detail, the case unfolds around Dish Network's acquisition of $3.3 billion in bidding credits, supposedly favored by BlackRock-funded entities, despite Dish exceeding the FCC's "small business" criteria. This move was seen as sidelining genuine small businesses and led the FCC to revoke these credits after identifying Dish's "de facto control" over supposed independent bidders, Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless. The entire bidding process was then brought under scrutiny for alleged fraudulence.

The spotlight also shines on Elon Musk's previous year’s condemnation of Ergen's actions, tagging him as attempting "to steal" in the context of wireless internet lobbying. This instance further underscores the controversy surrounding Dish Network's activities under the FCC's scrutiny.

The narrative took a more convoluted turn as the Justice Department, siding with a False Claims Act qui tam lawsuit initiated by VermonTel—a smaller competitor allegedly forced out by Dish's maneuvers—suddenly mooted for a settlement. Right before the scheduled depositions of heavyweight Ergen and BlackRock executives, allegations of misconduct were stirred up, implying a biased intervention to favor a political ally.

Legal Entanglements and Political Donations Draw Scrutiny

Former FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's remarks echo the case as he highlighted the contentious aspect of the dispute, pointing out the use of "shell companies" to exploit taxpayer-funded discounts. Consequently, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lawsuit against dismissal efforts, cementing the serious nature of the allegations regarding Northstar and SNR as mere fronts for Dish.

The impending depositions of Ergen, slated for February 15, 2024, might have unveiled more about the disputed auction process. However, the Justice Department's leaning towards settlement or dropping the case altogether—reported mere days before Ergen's deposition—raises questions about potential ulterior motives, especially considering Ergen's and Dish's notable political contributions exceeding $5.4 million to Democrats since 2008, and BlackRock's financial backing aligning with Democratic agendas and anti-Trump sentiments.

An anonymous senior FCC official lamented the Justice Department's intentions, pointing out the lack of justifiable grounds to abandon the case post-major court victories. This sentiment is echoed in the widespread skepticism about the settlement's fairness and its implications on governmental interests.

In a letter revealed by Breitbart News, accusations fly regarding the Justice Department's alleged preference for cutting deals with substantial political supporters over safeguarding government interests.

The DOJ is more interested in cutting a sweetheart deal for a large political supporter than in protecting the interests of the government.
Why would they want to drop the case just after major court victories?

Vermont, a thwarted competitor, voiced concerns that the proposed settlement would effectively lead to zero recoveries for the government, painting a bleak picture of accountability and justice in this scenario.

Seeking Truth and Protecting Taxpayer Interests

The situation reveals a multifaceted narrative involving claims of an unfair auction that benefitted Dish Network to the detriment of smaller players and public funds, the potential sway of political contributions over legal judgments, and the wider repercussions these settlements have on the trustworthiness of government actions.

Exploring the reasons behind the Justice Department's sudden inclination towards a settlement, especially against a backdrop of notable political donations, could expose an intricate network of influences on judicial decisions. Highlighting the priority, as stated by a senior FCC official, is detecting and rectifying any deception against the FCC to ensure that taxpayers are fairly compensated and that justice prevails.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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