Reid unapologetic about violating ethics rules to help Las Vegas company

Being Harry Reid means never having to say you are sorry.

Reid not only is calling the whistleblowers who complained to the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security about his meddling in decisions about whether to expedite visas to foreign investors in a Las Vegas hotel casino whiners but bragged that he would do it all over again.

“One of the problems we have with government … is people take too long to make decisions,” Reid is quoted as saying.

Harry Reid (Screen grab from YouTube)

In this case, the decision had been made, and it was: No, the visas would not be expedited and the urgency was one created by the hotel-casino, not by the government, according to the IG report. The Washington Times reported at the time that Homeland Security had denied visas for some of those investors from Asia because of “suspicious financial activity.” That decision was ineligible for appeal.

Reid personally called Alejandro Mayorkas, the head of immigration services at the time, and demanded the visas be expedited and that his staff be given a weekly update. Mayorkas did so. He since has been promoted to the No. 2 post at Homeland Security, even though his nomination did not get the 60 votes that would have been needed before Harry nuked the filibuster.

Reid neglects to mention that at the time of his intersession his son Rory’s law firm was representing the company in question SLS, formerly the Sahara.

Cause of Action filed an ethics complaint against Reid mentioning this minor fact.

“Despite the fact that these applications were ineligible for appeal, Senator Reid’s efforts to lobby USCIS resulted in the reconsideration and approval of those applications …” the complaint says, adding that the recipients of the investments were major contributors to the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates. “Even more troublesome is the fact that Senator Reid’s son, Rory Reid, and his law firm, Lionel, Sawyer & Collins P.C., are legal counsel to the SLS Hotel and Casino.”

Cause of Action points out that the U.S. Senate Code of Official Conduct permits members to assist people with executive branch agencies, but it also says:

“The decision to provide assistance to petitioners may not be made on the basis of contributions or services, or promises of contributions or services, to the Member’s political campaigns or to other organizations in which the Member has a political, personal, or financial interest.”

Federal Election Commission records show executives for two companies involved in the hotel project had made $127,000 in political donations over the previous three elections, mostly to Democrats.

11 comments on “Reid unapologetic about violating ethics rules to help Las Vegas company

  1. Steve says:

    Lionel, Sawyer & Collins shutters its doors and Reid announces he will not run for reelection in ’16….
    Where does Rory work now that office is (so conveniently) dissolved?

    Real life “House Of Cards”

  2. Vernon Clayson says:

    This is just the tip of the iceberg, who believes that he hasn’t involved himself in such issues in the past 30 years? It wouldn’t be strange if he changes his mind and runs again, this could be a delay to see who emerges as an opponent, if he smells a weakness he will run again. Is that lens on his right eye a solar panel?

  3. Athos says:

    So, who did beat the pulp out of Greid? And why is the news media swallowing that “rubber band snap on an exercise machine” load of bull?

  4. Going by his rules, I’m going to assume Harry Reid was beaten up by the mob until he proves otherwise. (Dana Loesh)

  5. Barbara says:

    I have a reliable source who swears he was quite intoxicated and fell. And using his rules, I will reveal my source when he reveals his.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I still think a left-handed woman gave him what he deserved. I didn’t see it, but would have paid to watch.

  7. I’m leaning toward the drunken brother theory.

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