DNC Fraud Lawsuit: examining the bizarre phone call with Debbie Wasserman Schultz district office on caller-ID

The latest wrinkle in the still oddly underreported DNC fraud lawsuit is spooky, weird, and yet possibly also incredibly lame.

Late last week, the law firm for the suit’s plaintiffs filed a notice with the the court that it had received an anonymous call from someone using an electronic voice-disguising gadget, seeking information about the class action lawsuit alleging fraud against the DNC and its former chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The bizarre caller was given nothing but publicly available information. But the kicker was that the caller ID apparently matched that of Schultz’ own district office in Aventura, Florida.

Because of the possibility the call actually came from Schultz or someone in her office, attorneys for the plaintiff were ethically obligated to notify the court. Lawyers are bound by professional ethics to avoid direct contact with other parties represented by counsel. In the event of any accidental contact (such as individuals contacting opposing counsel by phone without their attorney) it’s the responsibility of the lawyers receiving the contact to document it and give notice to demonstrate they were not deliberately engaging in improper communications.

So the law firm of Beck and Lee dutifully advised the court and the attorneys defending the DNC of this possible “unsolicited direct contact by your client Debbie Wasserman Schultz.”  The DNC’s attorneys responded by denying the call was made from Wasserman Schultz’ office. They mentioned in their notice that the district office for Wasserman Schultz in Aventura office has been undergoing repairs, indicating that it is not in use at this time.

Hmmm.

Who would make such a peculiar call, and for what reason? Did it really come from Wasserman Schultz’ district office, or was the incoming phone number “spoofed” as the DNC’s lawyers appear to be suggesting? Either way, what would be the purpose of such a bizarre stunt?

We don’t know the identity of the caller or the content of the call, except that they signed off with “okey dokey.” The caller might have inquired about something as mundane as a case number. On the other hand, they could have been trying to gain confidential information. Maybe the caller was hoping to trap the law firm in an ethical snare by getting it to willfully engage in unsolicited talk with a represented party. Or maybe the caller’s aim was to ratchet up tension using a disguised voice like the crazed killers do on television. Beck and Lee have been vocal on social media about their concerns regarding apparently threats made to other lawyers involved in the case. Perhaps the weird call was an admittedly childish attempt to rattle them. We just don’t know.

What’s stressing DWS out?

But we do know that Debbie Wasserman Schultz has a history of weird behavior in this case. She appeared to be trying to avoid service of process when the suit was first filed—conduct more associated with deadbeat dads and crooked car dealers than with public officials.

Schultz has also seemed curiously out of control in videos circulating regarding custody of her laptop which was confiscated in an investigation of former members of her information technology (IT) team. One of the videos shows a red-faced Wasserman Schultz at a budgetary hearing threatening “consequences” ostensibly to U.S. Capitol Police if a particular laptop isn’t returned immediately. There is a similar video where Wasserman Schultz is oddly agitated about protocol regarding the use of Dropbox.

The matter of the investigation in her IT team is an unfolding story unto itself we’ll save for another day. Wasserman Schultz is not accused of having anything to do with the criminal conduct being investigated. But her overwrought behavior surrounding the disposition of the laptop is nothing short of bizarre. What kind of pressure is Schultz feeling that’s causing her to act out in this way? How might it be affecting her staff?

Given this state of affairs, perhaps the simplest explanation for “weird anonymous phone calls showing Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ number on caller ID” is not what we might normally think—some kid screwing around with call spoofing software and a voice disguising gadget for kicks.

Maybe DWS or someone in her office has reached the end of their metaphorical rope and just got weird, desperate, or silly. The DNC’s report that the Aventura office is closed for repairs doesn’t really cut against this. What better place for (a silly person) to try a stunt like this than from a landline in a darkened office with no one around.

The call could have come from a renegade overachiever, or it could have been someone who was asked to turn up the pressure on Beck and Lee, or simply find out how they talk about the case to the public. Regardless of motive, it’s actually exactly the stupid kind of move politicos make when they’re backed up against a wall. As we have seen more and more in recent months and years, public officials are not necessarily the people with most mature or sophisticated mindsets. They get scared and desperate like everyone else, and are capable of all kinds of nonsense under stress.

Of course the call might have originated from a third party—either someone with an agenda, or a just a plain old crank caller with some fairly easy to obtain spoofing abilities and electronic gear. Who would go to the trouble? Naturally, it would be someone with a keen interest in the case. The people who are most invested in this case are party loyalists who imagine (rightfully) that it presents an existential threat the establishment, and supporters of Bernie Sanders who would like to see the party and our political process reformed. Of the two the first has much more to gain.

But then again, you have to go pretty far around the bend to make a third-party scenario stack up. The mainstream press is barely interested in the DNC fraud lawsuit to begin with, so it’s not like legions of creative teens are out there in the chatrooms, scheming ways to mess with civil attorneys working on a bit of Democratic infighting grinding along in South Florida. There’s just not enough profile outside of the people and parties involved. A crank caller would be going to a lot of trouble for a couple of questionable lulz.

Plus, remember the caller ended with “okey dokey.” Would a 4-chan troll use “okey dokey” as a verbal tic? Full disclosure, as a middle-aged person I use “okey dokey” as a verbal tic and feel perfectly fine about. It’s something I picked up from doing phone work. I’m inclined to use the tic when I’m mildly embarrassed for having to make a stupid call. Like when your boss makes you triple-check something, and you get the answer you expect, you say, “okey dokey (glad that’s over with).” It’s a way to communicate that you’re (happily, quickly) transitioning the call to end.

Isn’t such a stunt incredibly childish and stupid?

Sure, but hang around political circles long enough and you’ll learn that you can’t overestimate the stupidity of people under pressure. People who are elected to office, along with the staff who serve them, reflect a very specific sociology. They’re not necessary the best and brightest. They’re the people who like to win. The ‘best and the brightest,’ and ‘those who like to win’ have very different ideas about how to get on in the world. A bright person wouldn’t make this call. Someone who wants to win at all costs might. Or better yet, have someone make it for them.

One thing is for sure—the attorneys for the plaintiffs are not amused by all the telephonic tomfoolery, some of which has apparently been much darker. Elizabeth Beck relayed a story on social media of a threatening call to their co-counsel Cullin O’Brien in which the person on the other end made reference to Beranton Whisenant, the dead district attorney who washed-up on the beach recently. They also reportedly mentioned O’Brien’s family, giving the whole encounter a sinister overtone.

So what’s going on here, and why does anyone care enough to be messing with threats and robot voices?

Despite the apparent lack of big-time media interest, a lot is at stake in the DNC fraud lawsuit, for a lot of powerful people, in terms of the future of the Democratic Party, and the DNC. And then there is the money. As I reported in Part 2 of the DNC Fraud Lawsuit series, whole economies could be run on the money that was raised in 2015-2016 Presidential election cycle through joint fundraising agreements between Hillary Clinton, state parties, and the DNC.

Perhaps the specter of a court of law dissecting all the ways that money was collected, funneled, and distributed has someone rattled enough to pick up a phone in a darkened, closed office in Aventura to try something as dumb and as desperate as calling a lawyer’s office in a robot voice, hoping to find a way out.

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22 comments

  1. So when the DNC loses this class action, and the money starts going back to the donors, does Hillary get all the money she claims to have put into the ‘broke’ DNC…for giving her poor support? Whom, in fact, was the candidate of choice of the Democratic National Committee? Maybe that’s what is on Debbie’s laptop…The Munchausen Candidate.

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  3. Mick Miller · · Reply

    Good points here. Another strangely under-reported, totally bizarre turn in the DNC fraud lawsuit.

    The more you think about, the harder it is to imagine that any explanation for a call like this could be more likely than that someone from DWS’ office actually called that law firm with some kind of ridiculous Scream voice changing gizmo.

    It’s not something the plaintiff lawyers would lie about — it’s a huge deal to report something to the court; lawyers don’t mess around with that. And it’s not a wild enough story to make up in the first place. It’s just … damn strange.

    Not something kids would do. There’s no fun in it, and your typical prankster kids have no idea any of this is going on, or no interest in it if they do.

    Not something someone with the wherewithal to spoof a caller ID number would bother about. It may not take much expertise, but it takes some, and who would be interested in doing such a thing to ask a law office questions about a lawsuit among Democrats?

    And yeah, immature, desperate political operatives would totally do something as dorky and childish as trying to call in anonymously from an office that is “closed” and under repair.

    I think this bears more scrutiny. Just how in the world did a goofy, (or trying to be scary?) anonymous call get made “from” Wassermann Schultz’ office? Who’s gone off the reservation over there, or if not, who would ever order such an idiotic stunt?

  4. The Aventura office may be closed. I would think the phone number would have been forwarded elsewhere should her constituents want to reach her, wouldn’t you. I seriously doubt they just turned the number off.

  5. Teresa Bear · · Reply

    An office under construction is even more suspicious. I own my business. If I temporarily close my office while it is under construction, I still have a key. We’re watching you Debbie!

  6. Curiouser and curiouser

  7. Susan · · Reply

    Oh I’m sure it was the Russians!

  8. LoneStarMike · · Reply

    Here’s something else that seems strange about her Aventura office.

    The address listed is 19200 Country Club Drive, Aventura, FL 33180.

    There’s no suite number given, so you’d assume she occupied the entire building at that address. Problem is – 19200 West Country Club Drive is the address for the City of Aventura Police Department

    So she’s got a field office at the police department?

    1. LoneStarMike · · Reply

      To clarify (because I messed up in the above post) Both DWS field office and the City of Aventura Police department have the same address of 19200 WEST Country Club Drive. (I left out the WEST part when I gave the address for DWS’ field office.

  9. I did find the Aventura Police Department at 19200 West Country Club Drive…and the rest of the Aventura city government. What is up with that? Maybe Eric M. Soroka might know…here is his address,City Manager 19200 West Country Club Drive, Aventura, FL 33180, 305-466-8910. Certainly there is a reasonable explanation for the coincidence.

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  14. Vicki M Fischer-Rasmussen · · Reply

    Check out the George Webb and Jason Goodman videos on you tube. They have leaked information about this case that needs some media coverage. It does involve money and voter fraud. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8Cl9QaRtuW9CNjP7pP4BBQ
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrQ-wHKVi0JDWjQGcuoYnew

  15. The phone call seems to have been made from a number associated with the Shultz district office in the City Hall building in Aventura, Florida…which may or may not be in a state of renovation…or the phone number may be just a drop answered by a city employee or may be forwarded to a service..if that phone number rings in the Aventura City Hall building, well, someone in that building probably made the call in question. Or maybe that number is forwarded to the district office at 777 Sawgrass Parkway in Sunrise, Florida. That building is the Sunrise Utility Administrative Center. Maybe someone there knows.

    1. LoneStarMike · · Reply

      That office on Sawgrass Corporate Parkway has not been open very long. Someone went to archive.org and looked at her contact page on several different dates. January 27 of this year she had two Florida field offices. One in Aventura and the other one in Pembroke Pines. (10100 Pines Blvd.)

      By February 28, 2017 it had changed to the office in Avenutra and the one on Sawgrass Corporate Parkway. Makes me wonder if the Pembroke Pines office is the one that’s closed for repairs which would explain the move to the office on Sawgrass Corporate Pkwy.

  16. Death rattle of failed DNC crime syndicate

  17. Death rattle of DNC crime syndicate

  18. Chris · · Reply

    As a Florida resident, I am thoroughly embarrassed that this hideous, despicable woman was re-elected, after all of the evidence of her corruption! Florida voters must have their heads in the sand!

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