Barack Obama's man in Canberra was asked to relinquish his position as ambassador, sources seeking anonymity informed TLR.
Jeffrey L. Bleich, a Berkeley-based attorney, is a close personal friend of President Obama who served as founding member and co-chair of Obama's national finance committee in 2007-2008.
Mr. Jeffrey Bleich. In an editorial dated September 30, 2008, Metropolitan News-Enterprise's Roger Grace wrote: "But in light of the proclivities he (Bleich) evinced in connection with his Sept. 26 political fundraiser, a question is raised in my mind as to his fitness for the high stations in the federal government which I suspect that he covets and for which he might well be destined ." Grace's editiorial HERE (Image:courtesy of Wikipedia)
The questioning of Bleich's propriety to serve as ambassador comes on the heels of what appears to be a swift conclusion into enigma known as CaliforniaALL.
As a service to the community, staff members of The Leslie Brodie Report take pride in publishing part of a letter recently delivered to Bleich, below:
Jeffrey L. Bleich
Embassy of the United States of America
Yarralumla, Canberra ACT 2600
Regretfully, this is to inform you that, in connection with my inquiry into the misappropriation of close to $780,000.00 from the Foundation of the State Bar of California in 2008, circumstantial evidence points to financial wrongdoing on your part; as well as on the part of Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) of the United States Department of Justice, and James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster.
Please note that in referring to "you," I refer to you in your capacity as president of the State Bar of California, director of the Foundation of the State Bar of California, partner at Munger Tolles & Olsen, as well as founding member and Chair of Barack Obama's national finance committee in 2007-2008.
As matters presently stand, it appears that you, James Brosnahan, and Tony West (formerly of Morrison & Foerster and Barack Obama's Chair of California Finance Committee) executed a sophisticated financial scheme to misuse the $780,000 originating from the Foundation of the State Bar of California by improperly transferring the money to Barack Obama's coffers via a separate foundation created ad hoc by Morrison & Foerster dubbed CaliforniaALL. Specifically, Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate assisted with the legal aspects of creating the entity per instruction from James Brosnahan -- the self-proclaimed "mastermind behind the Democratic Party."
CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $780,000 from the Foundation of the State Bar of California in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, the Foundation of the State Bar of California never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.
During its brief existence, CaliforniaALL obtained additional funding of close to $1.5 million from utility companies including contributions from your client, Verizon Wireless.
Note that from my perspective, your potential involvement in past financial crimes coupled with your present position i.e. approving visas, access to materials classified top-secret etc', renders you a risk to the national security of the United States. Consequently, I must urge you to relinquish your position as US ambassador to Australia.
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