An unprecedented list of 24,500 Sealed Indictments has been released. This updated indictment list has grown by nearly 7,000 new sealed indictments in every US District.
We might of had a hint in the last week, however, at exactly what crimes and suspects these sealed indictments involve, as a former adviser to George W. Bush was indicted last week for fraud, and the founder of NXIVM, Keith Ranier, was arrested by federal law enforcement officials in Puerto Vallarta last week for human trafficking. Numerous people involved with NXIVM have been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury in Brooklyn, and a criminal investigation of the Colonie-based organization is intensifying following last week’s arrest of its leader, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.
The broader investigation is focusing on NXIVM’s finances, including allegations of money laundering and tax fraud that have been revealed in unrelated court filings through the years. Investigators with the Internal Revenue Service have joined the probe, and federal agents, led by the FBI, last week searched the Halfmoon residence of Nancy Salzman, NXIVM’s president, and carted away dozens of boxes of undisclosed items. This could also be potentially connected to the Clinton Global Initiative, and Democrat US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Allison Mack, the “Smallville” actress and Raniere’s confidante, has also been charged with crimes tied to Raniere’s alleged physical and sexual abuse of dozens of women who have come forward with rather shocking claims.
The reason why the indictments still remain sealed is because not all individuals have been sealed through indictment yet, and the DOJ prefers to release public records after arrests are made, instead of releasing redacted lists prior to their detention and trial. As the list of sealed indictments around America continues to grow to staggering heights, we may see many elected officials and members of the “deep state” at the center of federal criminal proceedings in the coming days and weeks.
While some media outlets have been downplaying the situation, the fact remains that this is the largest list of sealed indictments in decades. For comparison, the average number of sealed indictments made by the DOJ is 1,000 a year.
Sources close to the FBI and DOJ have leaked reports stating many of those on the list are judges and current or former politicians. While only speculation, it would seem appropriate to act on the indictments with discretion as opposed to haste, given the sheer volume of cases would overwhelm the courts, and could make the 2018 elections in November even more volatile than they already are.