As the more we learn about Balch & Bingham’s new and first-ever Chief Compliance Officer Steve Feaga, the more we like what we hear. We truly wish him the best to save the firm from the year of embarrassing troubles.
We recently communicated at length with the office of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III and outlined numerous recent developments not only with the Russian-linked aerospace company, Black Hall Aerospace. Inc. a/k/a AAL USA Inc., but even about the coincidental, first-time “contributions” to State Senator Rodger Smitherman.
As we have mentioned before, Mueller has the right to investigate, any matter that arises from the investigation of Russian links or coordination during the 2016 presidential election. (Read the order here.)
With all the noise, the most important aspect of our Russian investigation is this:
When then-U.S. Senator Sessions was to endorse Donald J. Trump for President on February 28, 2016, according to media reports the rally “was scheduled to be held at Black Hall Aerospace on Wall Triana Highway at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. But campaign officials met with the city and Huntsville police… to discuss alternative sites for the large crowd expected.” The venue was changed at the last moment.
Mueller’s team needs to find out: Who made that initial decision? What favors were they trying to obtain? What joint political goals were those involved seeking?
Balch successfully changed Russian sanctions for Black Hall Aerospace in 2015 and then scrubbed their website last March after we exposed them. We have asked repeatedly: What was Balch hiding?
Black Hall Aerospace is currently in the middle of an ugly legal fight between the Soviet-born owner Oleg Sirbu and a U.S. management team that is accused of allegedly diverting $3.2 million of corporate assets to purchase among other things a house, an airplane, and a coffee house.