From Fox News: An aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid repeatedly lied to federal immigration and FBI agents and submitted false federal documents to the Department of Homeland Security to cover up her illegal seven-year marriage to a Lebanese national who was the subject of an Oklahoma City Joint Terror Task Force investigation, FoxNews.com has learned.
Diana Tejada, Reid’s Hispanic Press Secretary, admitted to receiving payment for “some of her expenses” in exchange for fraudulently marrying Bassam Mahmoud Tarhini in 2003, strictly so he could obtain permanent U.S. residency, according to court documents...
Tejada, now 28, was never charged for her role in the crime....In court documents, Tejada, who was also the Press Secretary of Hispanic Media for the Senate Majority Conference Committee, is referred to as “an uncharged coconspirator in the crime of perjury, filing false immigration documents, the crime of sham marriage.” Gee, I wonder why she wasn't charged. Maybe Harry had a little influence in Homeland Security, either directly or indirectly?
Further in the article: Tejada, according to sources with knowledge of the meeting, expressed concern about her job and said she was worried about Reid's reaction to her sham marriage. The federal agents told her she had an obligation to tell Reid, and sources said they believed she would inform her boss.
The highest level of management inside the Department of Homeland Security was aware that she worked for Reid, multiple sources confirmed, and following protocol, the majority leader should have been informed of the investigation through those channels, as well.
But in July 2009, when an ICE agent testifying at Tarhini’s preliminary deportation hearing was asked specifically about Tejada’s employer, the agent did not say it was the U.S. Senate.
ICE Special Agent Rebecca Perkins: “Currently she is employed with the — a Hispanic center organization.”
Tarhini's Defense Counsel, Jeffrey Byers: “Is that La Raza? Does that sound familiar?"
Perkins: “I don’t know.”
Byers: “It’s a — it’s a — it's something that is a public service group for the Hispanic community. Is that a fair statement, or something to that degree?”
Seems like ICE may have lied to protect Harry Reid and committed perjury while doing so.
How much is Harry involved? Who knows really, except Reid and his staff. But he should have known. As Senate Majority Leader, he has access to top secret information and he should have really, really known every little detail about potential employees and this should have been found out. The fact that Reid did not do enough fact checking on a potential employee is troubling.
Further, if Sharron Angle would have done this or John Ensign, the left would be having a field day with this and the Las Vegas Sun would made this headline news up until Nov. 3rd.
This also help explain why Reid is soft on illegal immigration.
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