Kevin Trowel, Who Called Raniere’s Tampering Allegations ‘Frivolous,’ Quits DOJ to Fight Looming US ‘Authoritarian’ Government

As a prosecutor Kevin Trowel once called Keith Raniere's FBI tampering allegations 'frivolous."

Kevin Trowel, one of the assistant US Attorneys in the case against Keith Raniere, has left the DOJ to join a ‘not-for-profit’ law firm Free & Fair Litigation Group.

The new law firm, of which Trowel joins as a principle, states it will handle 10 cases at a time based on the potential to create precedents to combat “radical authoritarianism,” which the firm sees as “gaining a dangerous foothold” in American courts, putting “democracy in crisis.”

The members of the firm appear to be Democrats with two of the founders having worked as prosecutors investigating Donald Trump.

The firm seeks to have impact to “bolster popular democracy” and “help guarantee free and fair elections and restore long-held, constitutional freedoms.”

Trowel is known to readers for his role in the Raniere case, and his one-word summation of his allegations of FBI tampering as “frivolous.”

Prior to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Trowel worked as an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell, clerked for Judge Reena Raggi of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Faith Hochberg of the District of New Jersey.

Trowel moves from prosecution to working to change the direction of the growing authoritarian US government. The Free & Fair Litigation Group states. “We have lost rights that existed for decades, and the popular democracy we took for granted faces existential threats.”

In addition to Trowel, there are eight other members of the firm lished on the website, which states, “Our team brings experience at the highest levels of law, and unique credibility before today’s courts, to fight for our democracy in crisis.”

The team:

Carey R. Dunne


Dunne as General Counsel in the Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s office, led the criminal investigation of Donald J. Trump. He was a defense attorney with Davis Polk & Wardwell, and served as the president of the 23,000 member New York City Bar Association, and chaired its Judiciary Committee.

Mark F. Pomerantz


Pomerantz was a Special Assistant District Attorney to help lead the investigation by Manhattan DA Vance into the personal and business finances of former President Donald J. Trump. Pomerantz was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York and a white-collar defense attorney.

Michele Roberts


Michele Roberts was the Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association, a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, who tried more than 150 cases to jury verdicts. She spent eight years in the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. She was Chief of the Trial Division.

Danny Frost


Danny Frost was chief spokesperson and strategic advisor for District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr, was counsel at the New York City Campaign Finance Board, an associate at Hughes Hubbard and Reed LLP, and Vice President of the Law School Democrats of America.

Eryn Ament Bingle


Bingle was an attorney for the YWCA of Greenwich Civil Legal Clinicm Special Counsel for Economic Development and Special Projects for Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04); and a mediator in the Stamford and Norwalk Juvenile Courts.

Tali Farhadian Weinstein


Tali Farhadian Weinstein was a Law Clerk for Judge Merrick B. Garland at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. She worked at the U.S. Department of Justice as Counsel to Attorney General Eric Holder, and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York.  She served as the General Counsel of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and created the nation’s first Post-Conviction Justice Bureau; is a Legal Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and an Adjunct Professor of Law at NYU Law School.

Neil Barsky


Barsky is Founder and former Chairman of The Marshall Project. He was a reporter for the New York Daily News and the Wall Street Journal. He also was an equity research analyst for Morgan Stanley and built two hedge businesses, Midtown Capital and Alson Capital Partners. He directed and produced the documentary film Koch for PBS’s POV series.

Tiffany Liston


Liston served as Mobilization for Justice’s Deputy Director; and a Litigation Associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.


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  • I wish them all well. They’ve taken on a tough fight and the pay cheques will likely be meagre compared to much easier work. Fair play.

  • The Marshall Project definitely brought awareness. Wondering what other cases they’ve taken on.

    “The new law firm, of which Trowel joins as a principle, states it will handle 10 cases at a time based on the potential to create precedents to combat “radical authoritarianism,” which the firm sees as “gaining a dangerous foothold” in American courts, putting “democracy in crisis.””

    Kind of difficult to interpret what falls under this umbrella —

    • Nicki must feel a little conflicted reading this – a bunch of ‘woke’ progressives advocating for prison reform amongst other things.

  • “Barsky is Founder and former Chairman of The Marshall Project. He was a reporter for the New York Daily News and the Wall Street Journal. He also was an equity research analyst for Morgan Stanley and built two hedge businesses, Midtown Capital and Alson Capital Partners. He directed and produced the documentary film Koch for PBS’s POV series.”
    Not many red flags there…. 🚩🚩🚩

  • “The new law firm, of which Trowel joins as a principle…”

    Perhaps the only time I’ve ever encountered a phrase where “principle” and “principal” could be used interchangeably. Well done!

      • Kevin advocates for treating his fellow dead-enders as, “real people”.

        Then makes up and spreads salacious rumors about a lovely, successful professional woman like Moira Penza.

        Kevin is a hypocrite.

        And a stalker.

        Moira watch out for Kevin. A stranger who is fantasizing about your sex life on a Blog. Look into this Kevin character and get a restaining order. Allison Mack and Sarah should too.

        • Comments on a blog fall under the First Amendment. He can speculate about anyone, and as long as he does not threaten or physically appear near them, there are zero grounds for a restraining order.

    • [shaking head sadly] Jeez, Nicki, that’s even worse than Keith Raniere…Whatever…you’re even more deluded than we thought. Doesn’t surprise me though – that’s what you get when you spend your whole life with your head up your ass.

  • Lesley Stahl: “We have heard that half a million [Iraqi] children have died. I mean, that is more children than died in Hiroshima — and you know, is the price worth it?”

    Madeline Albright (former US Secretary of State, former US ambassador to the United Nations): “I think that is a very hard choice, but the price, we think, the price is worth it.”

    Killing a half a million Iraqi children sounds like a lot like that “radical authoritarianism” Trowell plans to fight — and yet:

    “… Hartford Courant, by Christopher Keating … September 26, 2018 … Albright is the headliner at a dinner to benefit the Democratic Congressio­nal Campaign Committee, which collects money for competitiv­e races across the country. The fundraiser is being organized by U.S. Rep. Jim Himes and a close Democratic ally, Eryn Ament Bingle, a 1995 Harvard graduate and donor who later joined Himes’ district staff …”

    All politicians and lawyers DO need to wear sponsor labels like race car drivers. That should be a law.

      • Let’s just forget about Tricky Dicky (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, China), Reagan (Philippines, South Africa, Nicaragua, Afghanistan) George W (Iraq, Libya and the bounteous Arab Spring) and Trump kissing Russian and North Korean ass, shall we?

        • Quick:

          What do Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, China, Philippines, South Africa, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, a few other Arab nations, Russia and North Korea have in common?

    • Seems to me we need a bit of globalism right now – global problems call for global answers. American isolationism will cost the Earth for us and everywhere else.

          • Did you hear about what happened in Donbass, Ben?
            AID and NATO activities since the 1950s?
            Banning the Russian language and the 2014 American-led coup?
            It’s a war against Russia.
            A planned, provoked war for the bankers and billionaires, just like the American-led coup in 1917. If you already know all of that, don’t bother me.

          • Sounds like you’ve been listening to too much Radio Moscow, or maybe Fox News? Same thing really.

          • Wasn’t the 1950s when Stalin starved nearly half the Ukrainian population to death? And wasn’t 2014 the year Russia illegally annexed Crimea?

  • to combat “radical authoritarianism,” which the firm sees as “gaining a dangerous foothold” in American courts, putting “democracy in crisis.”

    According to the Authoritarian Joe Biden anyone who opposes him is a “Fascist Enemy of Democracy.”
    Picture of Fascist Joe Biden opposing “Fascist Enemies of Democracy.”–black-ylt-garment.jpg?crop=1066,1066,x491,y383&width=1500

    • Jeff Dunham: “Walter, I want to pause here just for a minute.”
      Walter: “What?”
      Dunham: “You you realize you’re – – you’re not really the president.”
      Walter: “Yes, I am.”
      Dunham: “No you’re not.”
      Walter: “Come on, everybody says I look just like him …”
      Dunham: “Yeah?”
      Walter: “… and somebody else is always telling me what to say.”

    • Fascist enemies of democracy are those who:

      1. Try to prevent people from voting
      2. Gerrymander electoral districts to take away locals’ right to representation
      3. Spread lies about rigged elections
      4. Favor the oligarchs over ordinary people – tax cuts are mostly for the rich, super-rich pay almost no tax, and just look at the price of drugs
      5. Seek to prevent unionization so workers can’t defend their rights and get fairly paid
      6. Remove people’s personal rights and freedoms
      7. Allow their media propaganda machine to spread deliberate lies and hate
      8. Deliberately cause social division while the big corps rip people off
      9. Blame the country’s ills on immigration, ‘wokism’, mythical conspiracies, or any other BS they can muster up as a distraction to what’s really going on, whilst claiming victimhood
      10. Try to discredit science or other types of intellectualism because they fear the truth (climate change, what’s that?)
      11. Resist any reforms of the healthcare and social security system for ordinary people and the elderly, but look after the fatcats
      12. Call for the suspension and abolition of the US Constitution (remember who that was?)
      13. Politicize the judicial system as much as they can to be on their side so there’s no legal challenge to any of the above
      14. Encourage people to go round toting their semi-automatics cos once they’ve been brainwashed by all the BS, they’ll be useful in the struggle to finally ditch democracy. So a few kids keep getting shot up in a classroom? Collateral damage.

        • Came straight out off the top of my head actually. Sorry, forgot the bit about instigating an insurrection and banning books from schools and public libraries. How careless of me!

          • Divida et Impera politics clearly got a free politically correct ESG CRT Build Back Better social credit score Great Reset Super Pass.

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