Clare Bronfman’s invisible man – lawyer Dennis K. Burke

Former US Attorney Dennis Burke, - Does he post on this site anonymously?

By Thomas Todd

Who may have been the mastermind behind the “joint defense” attempts to hold together 20+ lawyers in a coordinated effort to defeat the Government’s prosecution of NXIVM, a man who possibly aided and abetted in obstructing justice?

One of Clare Bronfman’s “stealth,” “invisible” lawyers, who tries to avoid putting his name on public documents: He is former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke, who resigned in the Obama era Fast N’ Furious scandal after being called a liar by Deputy A.G. James Cole.

Burke seems to have coordinated much of the intimidation/controlling of witnesses and coordination of NXIVM lawyers at the behest of the notorious Mexican Salinas family. Who else in this entire roster would have been able to mastermind a coordinated “joint” effort between 20+ lawyers?

It’s a fair question.

Among other acts, Burke made phone calls on behalf of Clare and NXIVM, telling witnesses they ought to “do things the NXIVM way,” [or else?] and probably was the “invisible” mastermind who has orchestrated efforts to defeat the federal Government’s prosecution of NXIVM.

After being censured and fined by the Arizona Bar in 2014, Big Man Burke reportedly moved on from being involved in covert Mexican weapons trafficking during the Obama administration to using his insider knowledge of DOJ procedures to empower bad guys (and gals) in a Mexican/U.S. “sex cult.”

“Fright experiments,” obstruction of justice, witness harassment and intimidation, and human trafficking anyone? The University of Arizona (Burke’s law school) must be proud!


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  • Even though he’s working behind the scenes I don’t think it’s his reputation he’s protecting here.
    His main job is keeping Mexico and US and prob Canada on the same page behind the scenes.
    You can bet he didn’t take the rap on fast and furious just to cover up for others.
    This is the first I’ve read of his part in intimidating witnesses, I hope they recorded him and that they are talking to the right people.

  • Utter scum. What is it with the legal community in Arizona that creates monsters? Like Andrew Thomas, the county attorney who believed he was above the law, Burke should be disbarred. Burke has already been sanctioned by the Arizona bar and is a persona non-grata in corners of the legal community. No one is above the law. Not “Vanguard” with his long list of crimes, not “Legatus” with her abusive litigation intended to destroy others in court, and despite what he apparently believes by virtue of his historical conduct, Dennis Burke is not above the law either. “Invisible man?” Nice try. The truth about Burke has been exposed. Obstructing justice is illegal. Intimidating witnesses is illegal. They should be prosecuted. He should be prosecuted. When will he be appropriately charged and convicted? The NXIVM legal team “house of cards” is falling apart.

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Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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