The Risk is “The Leaking”…

The risk represented by Robert Mueller is not connected to or about anything surrounding a Russian Conspiracy; the legal risk is within ‘the leaking‘ of classified intelligence information to undermine the administration, and the potentially illegal ‘unmasking‘.

If we avoid all the shiny things, ignore the shell game and reset our frame of reference to the only illegal activity currently known, the leaking; the fog lifts and the main thing visible is the illegal leaking of classified intelligence information.

Despite his earnest efforts, there is clear and mounting evidence that former FBI Director James Comey was the primary source of leaked information to the media.

THAT reality is the legal risk to former FBI Director James Comey.  That current risk explains everything James Comey has recently done, said and advanced.

If the evidence of James Comey being the source of multiple FBI leaks reaches the primary artery of investigative sunlight, who inside that investigative and prosecutorial decision making process becomes the risk?  Answer that question and you discover the angle Comey is playing to cut off their ability to hold him accountable.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Asst AG Rod Rosenstein et al are the people Comey needs to worry about, isolate and control.  It is not coincidental that Comey is setting up the future action of these participants to be politically motivated.

Anyone who is buying into the story of James Comey leaking the memos to his friend, Daniel Richman, to get a special prosecutor appointed is falling for the shell game constructed entirely by James Comey.  More than likely this is the explanation he has already given to Robert Mueller, hence his motive to state within his testimony.

It is important to remember that James Comey told congress he previously met with Robert Mueller to discuss his testimony prior to appearing before congress.

James Comey admitted to this specific “leaking”, because the ‘get a special counsel appointed‘ is the explanatory storyline James Comey wanted to present in public.   The alternate reason for leaking is much more damaging to him.

James Comey benefits two ways from his explanation. First, he justifies terrible behavior through a prism of his honor could find no other way (his status remains).  Secondly, he sets up special counsel Mueller as fruit of a poisoned tree leading to voices calling for Mueller’s removal. Win/Win.  Comey also benefits from calls by his political opposition to eliminate Robert Mueller who is investigating the leaking.

However, if you accept the full hindsight of now identified FBI leaking, the greater likelihood is that Comey didn’t leak the memo to get Mueller appointed, he leaked the memo (May 16th) as an afterthought to cover for the leak mentioned by President Trump (May 12th), of a private conversation, that appeared in the New York Times on May 11th.

Remember, James Comey’s counter-intelligence investigation could have asked for a special counsel at any time.   Asst. AG and Interim AG Sally Yates was part of that investigative leadership team.  If Comey wanted a special counsel, Comey could have asked DOJ to appoint a special counsel any time he wanted.

He didn’t.

Comey didn’t request appointment of a special counsel because the special counsel would only prove there’s nothing there.  However, fast forward to now and the real investigative risk is in being “a leaker”.

How quickly everyone forgets those admitted conversations by James Comey friend at Lawfare blog Benjamin Wittes:

“I did not know this particular fact, but it doesn’t surprise me at all. The principal source for the rest of this story is, well, me—specifically a long interview I gave to reporter Michael Schmidt on Friday about my conversations with FBI Director James Comey over the last few months, and particularly about one such conversation that took place on March 27 over lunch in Comey’s FBI office.” (link)

Benjamin Wittes admits that FBI Director James Comey specifically discussed with him the overall content of private communications with President Trump.

When you take the Wittes outline in conjuction with Comey’s admitted leaks to his other friend Daniel Richman, Comey is transparently in a position of being fingered as the source of multiple media leaks to NYT reporter Michael Schmidt.

That is the current risk for James Comey.  The discovery that Comey was the leaker is the risk now represented by Robert Mueller and is inherent in Comey’s need to control the framework of his leaking activity.

James Comey was part of the political apparatus that constructed the “muh, vast Russian conspiracy” narrative and carefully nurtured it for over 8 months – even keeping congress in the dark on the entire matter.  From James Comey perspective, the problem, the illegality, is now the leaking – NOT the original issue of the Russian election hacking narrative.

Remember, it was in FEBRUARY  when the FBI (McCabe) went to President Trump’s Chief of Staff privately and told Reince Priebus there was no truth to media reports, based on FBI leaks, of FBI evidence showing Trump campaign officials involved with Russian officials regarding the 2016 election.  It was all a complete nothingburger.

Details – On February 15th while discussing another issue FBI Assistant Director Andrew McCabe asked Reince for 5 minutes alone after the meeting.  At the one-on-one meeting McCabe told Priebus the New York Times Russia and Trump campaign story was a “bunch of BS”.

Priebus asked McCabe if McCabe would be able to say that publicly and get the media off his back about a ridiculously false narrative.  Asst. Director McCabe said he would check with his boss, FBI Director James Comey.  Later, McCabe called back and said he couldn’t issue a statement about it.

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Reince Priebus was simply asking for the FBI to give truthful information about the false reports to the public.  The White House was asking Comey to deliver transparency.

Quote from the FBI to Priebus: “We’d love to help, but we can’t get into the position of making statements on every story”…

In hindsight, from current appearances, those February leaks (mentioned above) that drove the New York Times February report were actually leaks coming from James Comey.

Stop and think about it. McCabe was telling chief-of-staff Reince Priebus not to worry about a NYT report based on leaks coming (first, second or third-hand) from James Comey himself.  Priebus asks McCabe for help, James Comey then tells McCabe the FBI cannot publicly refute the story which is based on Comey’s leaking.

If everyone associated with this line of inquiry can stop themselves from following the shell game constructed by Comey, and avoid the distractions he is laying down (Lynch), they’ll eventually find a way to point this out.

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496 Responses to The Risk is “The Leaking”…

  1. RedBallExpress says:

    I’m scared that anyone that can understand this is either a genius or a pathological liar.

    Liked by 8 people

    • A2 says:

      I do not find it a bit scary. Makes perfect sense if you know the characters and the high stakes.

      Comey the leaker is a pathological liar and President Trump is a genius.

      Liked by 36 people

      • Meriadoc says:

        Yup, Trump had it completely right when he said, “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job.”

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    • MakeAmericaGreat says:

      I don’t know if Comey is a genius, but he does seem like a pathological liar as well as someone with serious grandiosity issues.

      As Sundance has pointed out before, to understand swamp dwellers you have to think like them. Once you put on that lens, their actions become clearer.

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    • What is actually alarming to me is that millions upon millions of people can’t/wouldn’t bother to even try to understand it let alone could if they did.

      There is a simplicity of what Sundance is presenting that anyone should be able to grasp through a modicum of uncommon sense!

      What “scares” me is that Americans sure seem to have just accepted that they are spied upon by their own “government” and don’t appear to have any inclinations to put an end to it… then again, we are all so “divided” by the machine it is hard to coalesce and kept so busy with kabuki theater and distractions otherwise to get a discussion about it going.

      It’s all fustercluck these days. Somehow it has to be fixed!

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      • Mary says:

        That’s why I did away with cell phone, smart TV, no store discount cards all purchases paid with cash. All I have is internet and this is the only site I go to. Fax my friends no emails.

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        • dilonsfo says:

          So now the government will want to know where you get the cash….drug dealer, gambler, money laundering….get ready cause they are coming after you now. (just funin’ ya).

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        • hellinahandbasket says:

          The “government” keeps insisting electronic funds is the future of “cash” – better, safer, easier, better, safer, easier … and that is enough to make me want to NEVER use electronic funds ever again. When we’re forced to go completely electronic – we’re screwed, tightly-screwed, screwed-in right up to the neck screwed. And from what I see, there is NO way to stop ourselves from the screwing – unless an entire world wakes-up and stops the cash-to-electronic process, and I don’t see that happening at all.

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          • G. Combs says:

            Agreed. If you look closely at Obummercare, it was designed as the next step. Small businesses would have to do reporting of ALL cash payments over $600 in a calendar year to any vendor/employee OR use a credit card. Such a large hissy fit was thrown that Congress did away with that provision.

            Hospitals were also doing trials on implanting RFID chips in patients too. link and link

            And hospitals are now monitoring your credit card purchases to check what food you buy to flag ‘unhealthy’ eating habits.. link

            Intrusive much?

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      • FLSverker says:

        Exactly. Anybody who has dealt with a pathological liar in, let’s say, the workplace or a social group knows exactly the kind of machinations that is happening in Washington DC. The only difference is that the motivations are often more transparent in our day-to-day interactions because the stakes are familiar and the intentions are not easily concealed in that familiar context. A bit of healthy skepticism and intuition goes a long way in separating the honest folk from the manipulators in our normal lives, and that is how many of us have maintained healthy relationships and protected our hard-earned assets. Unfortunately, too much of us have shut off our skepticism and common sense when it comes to politics, even those who should know better, and sometimes those who don’t are still left astray by the degradation of education standards during the past few decades. Nobody understands the purpose of government or its branches, and nobody has close enough access to the games being played on the Senate floor, which makes it easy to manipulate even bright people into fighting against their own interests, since they can’t recognize the machinations for what they are, no matter how hard they try.

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    • Bob says:

      Not sure why AG Session was smiling on several occasions when he was questioned. Is it his defensive trick, even that witch Kamala Harris couldn’t keep from smiling and laughing. This is too serious for this to be a taken lightly.

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      • Lucille says:

        Just because someone may laugh or smile at the absurdity of an investigation doesn’t mean he doesn’t take the accusation of wrongdoing seriously overall. Lightening up serves many purposes.

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      • Rightlady says:

        Inside he knows it’s such a joke and they are fools. He is so smooth.

        Liked by 9 people

      • skipper1961 says:

        Bob,
        Perhaps Mr. Sessions is (privately) musing ; “Bless your little heart”!? He seems to be the ultimate Happy Warrior.

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      • deqwik2 says:

        It’s a southern thang.

        Liked by 9 people

      • Dixie says:

        I don’t mean this in a derogatory way, but AG Sessions reminds me of an imp. His eyes twinkle when he smiles. He could have something up his sleeve…..

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      • He’s laughing because Harris is absurd, she is playing a part for the cameras and grandstanding on nothing, The absurdness of the whole thing is ridiculous, only the largely uninformed dumbed down citizenry believes there was any collusion between Trump and Russia.

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      • hellinahandbasket says:

        If it were me sitting in that seat, after taking the 2-years worth of berating accusations and lies, the ridiculousness of the media’s fake stories, and now questioning about something that never existed – I would have had a very had time preventing myself from throwing my head back while screaming “AAARRRGGGHHHH – you bunch of fu#kers”, slapping the desk, standing up – pushing my chair over, and censuring hysterically at the questions coming my way. Then I would have found it hard to refrain myself from leaping over that desk, kicking the photographers out-the-way, while lunging for the throats of every single one of them sitting smugly, up on their raised platform. …at that point, I most definitely would be in a state of laughter, or extreme grinning/smirking.
        …So, maybe AG Sessions had played-out all of that in his head, and only outwardly displayed the ending – that grinning/smirking point…? {wink}

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    • Sylvia Avery says:

      Okay, that is funny and sad at the same time. How can that be? But it is. You are right.

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    • SpanglishKC says:

      I accept your compliment.

      FULL DISCLOSURE: I have lots of help from reading and re-reading Sundance’s stuff. I will also admit to reading several intelligent comments on this blog.

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  2. Michael says:

    So how does Trump get Comey indicted then?

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    • sundance says:

      I’m not sure. The best way is to stop playing out the game as Comey has constructed it.

      Comey is intentionally antagonizing Jeff Sessions because any anger exhibited by Sessions will later be used to make it seem as though the Attorney General is retaliating. That political narrative helps James Comey avoid accountability by the DOJ.

      At least this is how it appears to me.

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      • Mary says:

        AG Sessions knows this, also others today intentionally tried to get him to lash out for that reason.

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      • Wend says:

        Any chance Mueller will turn on his friend?

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        • Newman says:

          IMHO opinion…No. Mueller will only be interested in finding the Next Scotter Libby to railroad.

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          • With the Binney lawsuit suing the FBI for burying the whistle blower suit PLUS the FISA court stating the Obama admin overstepped the boundaries on 4th amendment protections… the deep state needs a patsy and no one in the Trump admin or around his admin fits the role… COMEY fits it to a T… think about it… he was involved in the domestic spying program under Obama, he buried the whistle blower suit, he was a director a HSBC when they were under investigation for money laundering, he has been involved – he can take a lot of the heat off of a lot of people and leave Obama Holder and Lynch relatively clean.

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      • Somebody says:

        Rumor is that Mueller gave Comey blanket immunity, if that is so then what?

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      • Could it be that our President is actually laying back and trolling all these deep state swamp scum while allowing the highlighting of their grade school alinsky tactics and that the script will soon be flipped on them all, including the enemedia sock puppets? Here we all are watching all the wrong people being grilled by the likes of wyden and “karmela” harris when it should be the other way around and based on actual crimes some of which include treason and or sedition against the Trump presidency and administration not to mention we the people.

        #NutJobComey is connected to a couple of decades of district of criminals criminality and could be key to literally draining a large part of the swamp in a domino effect of epic proportions. I can’t see President Trump putting up with this nonsense for no reason… and it’s not just Comey antagonizing Sessions but uniparty puppets doing it on his behalf. Making a list… passing out rope?

        Or maybe it’s just what I extremely wish would happen…

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        • WSB says:

          Look how long it has been since Sessions’ confirmation hearing with Franken and today’s testimony.

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          • Kaco says:

            More like Rosenstein. Sessions stated he hasn’t look at a thing about Russia since he was appointed. Any offense being worked out has to be recent.

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            • G. Combs says:

              ” Sessions stated he hasn’t look at a thing about Russia…”

              RUSSIA, just RUSSIA, not leaks, not illegal spying on a political opposition during a campaign.

              Remember Nixon got hung on a very minor bit of spying. This is a heck of a lot bigger issue especially with dragging Russia, a nuclear power into the mix.

              Sessions could also be looking at Seth Rich murder and Kim Dotcom evidence. Again NOTHING to do with Russia.

              Two can play the game of the definition of what ‘is’ is.

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        • A2 says:

          The President is not trolling. Full stop. The leaks as he indicated are and were coming from the FBI. Comey and his special loyal minions are covering their collective and very political asses.

          Even a cursory perusal of his behaviour in the Clinton email scandal is a case in point. He sails close to the wind. His boat will capsize.

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        • covfefe mariner says:

          It’s what I extremely wish would happen, and that’s part of why I don’t have any confidence at all that it will.

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          • G. Combs says:

            Battered Conservative Syndrome.
            We no longer believe in the Rule of Law because we have seen so many out right TRAITORS rewarded with high positions and $$$ instead of jail time.

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        • John says:

          sha

          I think Preisdent Trump is that clever. He is learning fast how to operate in DC.

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      • WSB says:

        Did James Comey have a secretary?

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      • Justah says:

        I sure don’t pretend to understand what is going on – the ONE thing I’ve been sure of from the beginning is that a Special Counsel (commonly called Special Prosecutor because it sounds worse) is ONLY appointed when there is Evidence of a Crime. The ONLY Crime has always been (by multiple reports and testimony) the LEAKS and Un-Masking.

        Speculation can go in several directions – past experience with these “Special Prosecutors” is pretty bad and there is the connections between Mueller and Comey and the poor way that Mueller handled the Ted Stevens case (I may not have posted all that here) — BUT Mueller (even in the Stevens case) has been concerned with the reputation of the FBI and he is “Old School”. Comey has almost destroyed the FBI reputation and Holder/Lynch have trashed the DOJ.

        I can see no reason for Mueller to get involved in all this mess — he has a strong reason to do so. Is it (1) Clean out the Trash in the FBI & restore it’s reputation? OR (2) Is he just Patrick Fitzgerald act 2?

        Scary Times we live in …. BUT, we need to remind ourselves every day that “Scary” as they are …… it’s nothing like the Disaster we have lived through and what it would be to have Hillary Clinton OR any Elite Scardy Cat Republican.
        I have faith – I’m an American. MAGA

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        • Wend says:

          OMG you just named HE WHO MUST NOT BE NAMED-PF!

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        • JoAnn Leichliter says:

          All of this is very peculiar, indeed, since–unless we go way back to the DNC hacking (about which government officials apparently possess no direct evidence )–there is no crime alleged. “Collusion” with a foreign power to influence voters is repugnant, but not a crime, even if it did happen. So what has been an FBI intelligence-gathering investigation has been presented as though it were a criminal investigation.
          Moreover, the authorization document’s language seems odd, if you think about it: authorization to prosecute crimes “arising from” the investigation, which in the real world would be taken to mean crimes committed in the course of the investigation: e.g., the Scooter Libby sort of stuff. This would be logical, particularly when no alleged crime is being investigated.
          Sigh.

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      • skipper1961 says:

        SD,
        There are some “positive” aspects of Machiavellian strategy. I am reminded of the approach of recruiting a selection of your (President Trump’s) conquered (democrats) to your inner circle, with the phenomenon of them trying to prove their contrition and loyalty in perpetuity? Just a thought..

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      • Daniel says:

        That’s EXACTLY it. I’ve been reminding people for a LONG time why president Trump and AG Sessions don’t just start taking action. The answer is, as it has been since the day after president Trump won the election — because the frame the opposition has been staging is that anything they do will be made to look like retaliation or revenge instead of justice.

        Only one crime? That’s why the media ignores that crime. Everything, and I mean everything, is meant to frame anything connected to president Trump as angry, petty and all of that. The vicious an uncivilized attack on AG Sessions? He responded firmly but watch the media spin it into something far worse.

        Recall president Trump’s “dark speech”? It wasn’t dark.

        The good news is that people are absolutely tired of this. It’s not fun any more. We’re all ready for normal daily life — the reality show is over.

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      • Judith Buffalohead says:

        Except Sessions is taking no part in the investigation. Sessions cannot retaliate – he is shielded by Rosenstein who has complete control of the special counsel. I think Comey is going down & it will be at the hand of his good buddy, Meuller. Thank you for your always excellent analysis. You are spot on.

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      • John says:

        So,

        President Trump can use this situation to his advantage (and if as brilliant as supposed already is).

        Take some James Comey and Jeff Sessions testimony, and jam it down Mueller’s throat. There is nothing there from the Sessions testimony, and Comey is, perhaps, indictable, at this point.

        There is no way (is there?) that President Trump let the deputy AG appoint a special prosecutor without the nod OK. I don’t think so. President Trump knew and he let it happen. Gamemenship. Perhaps point, game, match.

        President Trump controls the DAG, and therefore the SP.

        Maybe President Trump became really stupid over the last few weeks and all this testimony and appointments happened out of his control. Or maybe he saw this coming. If there is no there, there, in the Russian investigation, everyone is distracted, while his agenda moves forward.

        John

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    • The Boss says:

      From whom is Comey really protecting himself from? Granted Mueller is a threat. But who else?

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    • Mary says:

      Take a look a pictures of Comey from 2013 and compare them to his picture last week. He will crack.

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    • jmuniz1 says:

      I believe that went Comey went to California Trump had the Sessions or his assistant confiscating all of Comey’s information. If you remember he did not find out he was fired until after he landed in California. He was supposed to go to an event but he quickly flew back to Washington D.C. Sessions never denied there was a tape he kind of smiled. Our President is no dummy he outs smarts all of the media they cannot seem to figure out what he is up to. Remember the Media said that Trump had no chance to 270. He received 306 delegates.

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      • WSB says:

        Funny, with all of the press talk of tapes, not one word today.

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      • wheatietoo says:

        No no…Comey was at that event, a recruitment event, when he learned that he’d been fired.

        He was speaking, and there were tv screens in the room.
        News of his firing appeared on the screens and his audience was reacting to it…and Comey’s initial reaction was that “it was a joke”.

        His motorcade trip from there to the Airport was streamed live.
        It was reminiscent of the OJ white blazer on the highway scene.

        But you are right, our President is no dummy.

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  3. neilmdunn says:

    Is R.Mueller going to give his buddy Comey immunity?

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  4. Mary says:

    Comey and most likely McCabe leaked, I’m sure others in their group Jumped right in and helped. Most likely there will be 2-3 layers to make it hard to track back to Comey.

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    • Daniel says:

      Are we forgetting Sundance’s consistent pattern? If it came from the FBI, it when where? And the other preferred distributor? There’s more out there…

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  5. MakeAmericaGreat says:

    Sundance, I think you’re right.

    It’s been a heck of a distracting shell game, but I think you’re right.

    Now it’s up to Mueller to not become a black hat. If he stays on track, then Comey could be getting ready for a long-standing wardrobe change.

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  6. ladyliberty11 says:

    Comey knows that nothing happened at the Mayflower Hotel between AG Sessions and the Russian ambassador, yet when Comey testified before the nation (and later before the Senate Intelligence Committee in private), said otherwise. Just as he attempted to smear President Trump with the Russian fake dossier. He is a dishonest man. Period. There for anyone with eyes to see. Am totally disgusted that no one will say it!

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    • Deb says:

      We can say it, to everyone we know. Let the world know he is a liar.

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    • Ziiggii says:

      “Just as he attempted to smear President Trump with the Russian fake dossier.”

      Not directed at you, as you are not the only one to continue this false narrative, but it was not Comey that ‘created’ the fake dossier story – that is squarely a Brennon scheme that unfortunately Comey has absorbed into his current shell game. It was Brennon that got that intel from ‘friendly intel orgs in the Balkans’ and passed it over to the FBI because it couldn’t be investigated by the CIA. Brennon and to some extent, Clapper, should be on the hot seat along with Comey in this matter.

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      • ladyliberty11 says:

        Thank you. Agree totally with details, but Comey ran with it (talk about collusion).

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      • yucki says:

        Thank-you for helping me keep track of each and every one of these mega-rotters.
        They’re all terrible, all in unique and important ways.

        Process counts in putting things straight.
        As our President surely will. In his own time.

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      • Dixie says:

        Nothing would make me happier than to see those three on the hot seat.

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      • R-C says:

        Who says Brennan & Clapper aren’t on the hot seat?

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        • Ziiggii says:

          They aren’t currently!

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        • sundance says:

          My personal opinion is that Brennan and Clapper have exited.

          Brennan definitely announced his exit during his last testimony. He totally dissolved himself from the DOJ and FBI and anything they did with his raw intelligence. Brennan used the Gang of Eight to validate his exit strategy.

          Clapper is still party connected, but only inasmuch as he was sharing intelligence information with the other participants.

          Generally speaking Comey is all alone.

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      • SpanglishKC says:

        WAIT!…

        Didn’t it get reported here or elsewhere that McStain gave the dossier to Come?

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        • Ziiggii says:

          That is ‘part’ of the story apparently!

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        • JoAnn Leichliter says:

          Yes, he did, but they aleady had it. And which government agency was contemplating hiring the firm that compiled the dossier?

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          • boutis says:

            The “pi$$” dossier had already been knocked down as garbage by the FBI. It was stupid garbage, unverifiable, and highly suspect as Russian disinformation. The FBI wouldn’t investigate it. So they used the senile moron McCain, a sitting US Senator and eaten up with jealousy and hatred, to try to force the FBI to reopen and use it even to the point that Steele wanted more money for doing the deed and Jeb, et al had paid him for a nothingburger and Hillary who had already paid him for desperate information were tapped out because the quality of the work was so lousy. The dodgy dossier was a custom job ordered by the Bushes from a greedy incompetent “spy” who then tried to get more money from Hillary and the FBI too. Steele was trying to monetize his lousy career and now is in hiding from the Russians who played him. What a bum.

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      • It was created by the former British MI6 agent Christopher Steele – from Wikipedia:

        “The Donald Trump–Russia dossier is a private intelligence dossier that was written by Christopher Steele, a former British MI6 intelligence officer. It contains unverified allegations of misconduct and collusion between Donald Trump and his campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the period preceding the election. The existence of the dossier was first reported on January 10, 2017. Steele went into hiding after the release of the dossier, but reappeared on March 7, 2017.[1]”

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        • A2 says:

          I gave a breakdown of the false dossier story at least a month or two ago. I do not know how to access this on the CTH site– Help from treepers needed, but perhaps I should try. It was a rogue agent from MI6 and links back to personnel who were feeding false info to the US.

          A very dirty business.

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        • Ziiggii says:

          Yes the dossier was supposedly written by Steele (if he is a real person) but the intel inside the dossier was gathered by “friendly intel orgs in the Balkans”. The same intel orgs that gave Brennan info also which was used to justify the FISA warrants in the first place. The Brennan stuff was talked about in a BBC piece:

          “Last April, the CIA director was shown intelligence that worried him. It was – allegedly – a tape recording of a conversation about money from the Kremlin going into the US presidential campaign.

          It was passed to the US by an intelligence agency of one of the Baltic States. The CIA cannot act domestically against American citizens so a joint counter-intelligence taskforce was created.”

          http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38589427

          The information in the ‘Trump Dossier’ and all the other ‘information’ discussed in that BBC article are not exclusive of one another. One must take note of the ‘CIA’ plastered all throughout the article.

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      • mopar2016 says:

        McCain, Comey, Brennan and others have been trying to destroy Mr. Trump all along.
        Now I hear a rumor that their buddy (Al-Baghdadi) was killed.
        McCain and Brennan look like evil twins. Evil swamp critters.
        And Comey needs to talk to Bubba to see what his next move is.

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      • G. Combs says:

        Don’t forget the Songbird’s prints are also all over the pee dossier. AND the FISA court. AND Clapper, Brennan and Sally Yates.

        http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/18/politics/fbi-dossier-carter-page-donald-trump-russia-investigation/index.html

        Clapper, Brennan and Comey admitted the entire basis for turning the Russia/‘Trump Campaign into the counterintelligence investigation was the now debunked “Russian Dossier“; delivered to Comey by Republican Senator John McCain in 2016.
        http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/18/politics/fbi-dossier-carter-page-donald-trump-russia-investigation/index.html

        Also On May 8th the fired, former acting head of the Department of Justice, Sally Yates, testified to Congress he used the Russian Dossier to gain FISA warrants against the Trump Team.
        ………….

        “Sedition is overt conduct, such as speech and organization, that tends toward insurrection against the established order. Sedition often includes subversion of a constitution and incitement of discontention (or resistance) to lawful authority.” — WIKI

        18 U.S. Code Chapter 115 – TREASON, SEDITION, AND SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES
        https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2384“>§ 2384 – Seditious conspiracy

        “If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.
        (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 808; July 24, 1956, ch. 678, § 1, 70 Stat. 623; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(N), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.)”

        18 U.S. Code § 2383 – Rebellion or insurrection
        “Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.”

        18 U.S. Code § 2385 – Advocating overthrow of Government
        “Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government; or

        Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts to do so; or

        Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society, group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes thereof—

        Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

        If two or more persons conspire to commit any offense named in this section, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

        As used in this section, the terms “organizes” and “organize”, with respect to any society, group, or assembly of persons, include the recruiting of new members, the forming of new units, and the regrouping or expansion of existing clubs, classes, and other units of such society, group, or assembly of persons.
        (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 808; July 24, 1956, ch. 678, § 2, 70 Stat. 623; Pub. L. 87–486, June 19, 1962, 76 Stat. 103; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(N), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.) “

        Seems we have seen an awful lot of these type of activities lately.

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    • lfhbrave says:

      It is beyond disgusting, contrasting Sessions’s honor in recusing himself with no reason other than respecting the DOJ rules with Comey’s using Sessions’ recusal to spread innuendo about Sessions having other nefarious reasons for his recusal.

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  7. Two problems with this (intriguing) theory: 1) Mueller’s Comey-bro swamp history; 2) Mueller’s swamp staffing choices.

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    • sundance says:

      Argument can be made both ways. How would a call for prosecution look if Mueller was staffed with partisan Republican operatives?

      Think about it.

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    • paulraven1 says:

      The notion that Mueller will go after Comey is fantasy in my opinion. Mueller is after Trump. That’s why he’s staffing up with democrat and Obama cutthroats. Sometimes it’s just what it looks like.

      I hope I’m wrong.

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      • I can see why MANY people are thinking like this and the reasoning seems pretty simple, however..

        Let’s take a look at how bad the democrats look and the past performance of the Obama Administration. If you had the chance to somehow “redeem” your party, especially in light of how they have been acting, wouldn’t you WANT to separate yourself from the rest of the loonies so you could stand out as the sane person?

        If Mueller turns against his “friend”, Comey and he does so with Obama era appointees, it would make it appear that the Democrats (in some ways) are really trying to “do what’s right” and those in positions of authority over this case, would benefit tremendously.

        That’s just my opinion.

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        • Gil says:

          Mark, just a thought, his name was Seth Rich.
          I mean, the kid was a patriot, appears to have been doing the right thing, and died for it.
          Is it still possible any of these people may be approaching from this perspective?

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      • covfefe mariner says:

        Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, but sometimes…

        Bend over.

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  8. boojum says:

    McCabe’s action in going to Priebus is so interesting. Despite his wife’s acceptance of Clinton crony money, could McCabe actually be a white hat in all this?

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  9. Question Everything says:

    BTW Thanks for all the insight and great analysis from SD, it’s been the most accurate since the primary. I have enjoyed it immensely but my spirit has been broken.

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    • Question Everything says:

      So my prior comment was deleted? Why?

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      • Question Everything says:

        I guess I’ll take that as being shown the door.

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        • SpanglishKC says:

          OUT!!! And stay out!

          (that’s a joke)… it happens to many of us. One of the great mysteries of WordPress

          My biggest issue: Every time I type an intelligent, witty, thought provoking comment the page reloads and I lose everything I wrote. Never happens with the mediocre stuff. I get a warning on my browser saying “there was a problem with the page I was viewing so it was reloaded.” Yeah right.

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  10. WeThePeople2016 says:

    President Trump said at the Presser last Friday that Comey is the leaker. It is obvious that Trump knows a lot on Comey. Also, I cannot wait to see what the tapes have on Comey.

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  11. Ziiggii says:

    “James Comey admitted to this specific “leaking”, because the ‘get a special counsel appointed‘ is the explanatory storyline James Comey wanted to present in public.”

    Question is did Comey ‘expect’ the special prosecutor to be Mueller?

    I ‘expect’ the President ‘allows’ all these swamp things to get into a position of power only to ‘allow’ those same swamp things to hang themselves as they continue the Kabuki Theater as they believe they are still in control.

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    • sundance says:

      Remember, the explanation given by Comey was AFTER the behavior took place and AFTER Mueller was appointed.

      It’s not an “explanation” in as much as it is a “justification”…

      Everything important from Comey’s perspectives is AFTER-THE-FACT justifications for activity that cannot be completely obscured. He’s a pro and knows the best way to avoid political or legal action is to get out in front of the “MOTIVE”.

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      • litlbit2 says:

        Has anyone looked into bank account balances going back to 2008? Comey? Others?

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      • A2 says:

        Pres Trump’s tweet above about the leaks coming from the FBI I believe are true as all of the leaks, some outlined by Tom Cotton at the Sessions hearing, could only have come from that source. They were listening and Comey was withholding the information from the Oversight gang and through surrogates leaking to the press. The odd one out is the tell; the Manchester bombing info. That could only come through FBI sources as that is who the Manchester police were liaising with–the counter-terrorism unit.

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      • Ziiggii says:

        I’m guessing he’s more concerned with the ‘legal’ actions now, as opposed to the ‘political’, since he can no longer claim “I’m a Patriot!” status to cover his actions. All these ‘Deep State’ actors are gonna claim “I was just trying to be a good Patriot!” as they are trouted out in front of the public.

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        • sundance says:

          Yes. However, in this construct the legal and the political are same/same.

          Any accountability will be political-legal/legal-political. Unfortunately we cannot separate legality (rule of law) from politics (rule of swamp) at this level..

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      • Papoose says:

        His “leak” appears to me as a deliberate attempt to maintain his directorship despite his termination. He conspired to manipulate and force his directive upon the American people via the failing NY Times. He claimed his intent was to be the catalyst for a special counsel. Interference. Sneak.

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      • cyn3wulf says:

        You might say that he’s trying to paint the picture that he had no [bad] intent…

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      • belle819 says:

        During the Clinton email investigation the FBI gave so many Clinton people immunity, I am wondering if Mueller already gave Comey immunity, which is why he was so cocky going before the Senate committee. Wouldn’t that just suck; however, if he was granted immunity & he is found to be the leaker – it will not be pretty, at all.

        Does Mueller have the ability to give immunity and do the other lawyers on the team have the ability to give immunity? Could this whole Special Council thing have been set up to give immunity to members of the Obama administration, members of Congress?

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  12. SR says:

    PTrump knows what is happening and he has good people around. He listens from everyone and communicate to few. There are lot of deals, threats, money transfer, negotiations and sale happens in DC. There is no friend and enemy in capital. It’s all about powder and what you can get out of it. Everyone is on sale if price is right. We donot know Comey, Mueller, Session, AG, power brokers, corp, foreign countries are working with PTRUMP. If it’s really a collusion and any crime then RINO and rats are done impeachment in first 100 days. Now he has control and administration is all good. Middle East money supply is drying to rats, liberal, RINO and think tank.

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  13. Peter says:

    Independent counsel re: Comey ought to be Rudy or Chris Christie

    That would be the game changer away from trump and finally on the mafia (swamp).

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  14. litlbit2 says:

    Not a smart person however, seems to me Comey has indicted himself. The AG must inforce the law. Not indicting Comey after knowing what he admitted to doing is a crime itself. Enforce the law charge Comey open a real investigation into Comey past dragnet all connected. Justice. Msm very much a co-conspirator as well as the McCain, Graham connection and secret trip to the Middle East.

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  15. Chickficshun says:

    Yes but another issue is the pee pee dossier. There was collusion with other parties there. There were people activily trying to take Trump out.
    Who were they besides Comey?

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  16. H.R. says:

    AG Sessions’ is recusal does not include leaks.

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  17. C. Lowell says:

    Thank you again Sundance! You’re analysis on Comey is required reading…

    Liked by 7 people

    • sundance says:

      You’re welcome.

      From my perspective this is predictable, like the “splitter strategy”. It’s as if I can see it, can see exactly how it will work out, and yet I have a a tough time explaining how it will work out without using lots of words.

      I apologize for using lots of words.

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      • litlbit2 says:

        Please do, we here enjoy reading. Just love well written articles. The one U do!

        Liked by 5 people

      • A2 says:

        Please more words sir!

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      • MustangBlues says:

        PLEASE — Help encourage intelligent, insightful and knowledgeable commentary to be read:

        DOUBLE SPACE AFTER EVERY TWO SENTENCES ALWAYS.

        You will be praised and remembered, because you are read.

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      • C. Lowell says:

        As my sister says, “It’s good in the hood.” I’m having trouble seeing how this all plays out, but that’s the point of Comey’s machinations, and your many words helps bring the picture into focus…

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      • alliwantissometruth says:

        Apologize?

        Sundance, you’re saving our sanity by doing the dirty work delving into this twisted mess conjured up by twisted minds

        Figuring out the vast network of lies & deceptions from the minds of utterly corrupt, criminal minded & insane bottom feeders is a daunting task to say the least

        It’s almost as if you’ve got to get down in the filth with them to understand the depths of their moral perversions. Just trying to make sense of it all makes you feel dirty

        No, no need to apologize. You’re doing a great service for the country & all Americans

        We owe you our thanks & our gratitude

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      • dutzie60 says:

        Can we hurry and get to the ending where the entire cabal is jailed. I promise I’ll read every word you write no matter how many. 🙂

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      • Bob Thoms says:

        Does this end well for the Trump Movement?

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        • sundance says:

          There is no risk to Trump. Zero risk.

          All risk belongs to those with adverse interests to truth. That’s not Trump.

          MAGA will continue.

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          • Fe says:

            I haven’t chimed in yet, but you do make it easier for all of us to ‘just breathe’ with your amazing insightful extraordinary analysis and writing Sundance. I am deeply grateful and thankful for all that you do helping us to understand and to stay elevated above the shiny things and swamp muck.

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            • eagledriver50 says:

              The Truth no matter, it is what it is, PDJT will bring it out…He is not afraid…He is fearless…The Lion of Our Time. That has been the problem for a very long time. The Truth not being told and cover-ups that are not being exposed…Well, now they are…People like the people in this Tree are the best for what America needs right now. To NOT be afraid and to call out the untruths (back by solid evidence), will ALWAYS WIN OUT. You Treepers Rock and God Bless to All and to Our Country…and Sundance, if there was a person of our time and in this continuum, you are it….

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          • A2 says:

            As you said. Truth will out. And MAGA, is gathering steam every day.
            And, as those lovely sisters, Diamond and Silk like to say, ‘Choo Choo”.

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      • Dixie says:

        I want to “like” this, but I can’t because you apologized for something we all appreciate because this has been one confusing mess which takes lots of words to explain.

        Liked by 2 people

      • NJF says:

        We love your words!!!

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      • Kristin says:

        Love to read you.

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      • progpoker says:

        I’ve got to say, you changed the context of of Trump’s “Comey the Leaker” tweets for me. The man is not guessing. He is still playing 4d chess.

        They will not fire Mueller. I don’t care who Mueller hires, there’s no there, there!! But I can see the power of Dem taking down Dem. Good luck blaming Trump or the ‘pubbies. Check…

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      • covfefe mariner says:

        I’ll read as many words as it takes. I may need a few more because political intrigue is not something I understand as readily as many other Treepers do.

        Thank you for every word, and for all the work you do to get the word out.

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      • G. Combs says:

        If it’s complicated you need to use a lot of words.

        Often you are looking at a matrix, a web and that is a major headache to write about. You do very well at writing about these webs.

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  18. Harry Lime says:

    I wonder who Comey was really beholden to, the corrupt Obama administration, the crooked Clinton crime family, both, or somebody even farther down in the pits of hell?

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  19. Owlen Rose says:

    Comey is biding his time by putting up obstacles. I just hope that Trump’s surprise attack by firing Comey when he was across the country, before he destroyed anything that implicates him, produces enough to get the ball rolling.

    IMO, Mueller may be friends with Comey, but he will not risk his legacy for anyone who exhibits criminal behavior, especially at the end of Mueller’s career.

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  20. Papoose says:

    Omigosh, you mean to tell me that Loretta Lynch didn’t say, “I hope you’ll see your way clear, to let this Clinton ‘matter’ go”?

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    • sundance says:

      She probably did worse, directly or indirectly. And that’s bad.

      But that is simply Comey establishing his political barter. (His Currency).

      Comey is in survival and control mode. What he knows about Lynch is political currency – Leverage per se’.

      But that’s a shiny thing in relation to his own illegal and unethical conduct.

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      • YvonneMarie says:

        Comie is stuck between the law & the Clinton network.

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        • Papoose says:

          Comey is a hack. He’s let his cat out of the bag and blew his own cover. He’s got a lot to answer for. Hopefully, as a privae citizen he won’t have the luxury and congressional privilege to provide an opening statement when he’s indicted. He’s busted.

          There are some people who heard of him and his circle of cronies prior to this attempted Coup. I am one of them.

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      • yucki says:

        I’ll try to avoid the shiny, but it’s delicious to watch him cover himself with slime from another direction altogether. Confirms him as the rat the Democrats consider him to be.

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      • Papoose says:

        I know you know I was being sarcastic…. The words ‘political leak’s and the guy ‘Comey’ has been going on for years and years. He is not new to this game. He’s complicit in a Coup against We The People.
        ~
        I appreciate and value your thoughtful opinions, common sense and vigilance. I will always be grateful for your investigative reports on Jessica Chambers. Your compassion was shown. I am glad I met her here at The Last Refuge. RIP.

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      • wheatietoo says:

        What about all that he knows about Obama?

        I would imagine that he knows a lot about the Obama/Jarret spying on Trump.

        My brain keeps going back to what Evelyn Farkas said.
        “That’s why the leaking.”
        Didn’t that implicate that the whole ‘Muh Russians’ fabrication originated at the Obama White House?

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  21. About that S0-Called Executive Privilege and/or ATTORNEY Client Privilege..
    Mr Jeff Sessions opined it was a “Long-Standing Policy”,,,,
    He is QUITE CORRECT since about 1792~1807.. Then Again in 1974?
    I long post, I’m going to try to post the pertinent things..
    ———————————————————————-
    Executive privilege, principle in the United States, derived from common law, that provides immunity from subpoena to executive branch officials in the conduct of their governmental duties.
    _________________________________________________________________
    Although the term executive privilege was coined by the administration of Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower in the 1950s, privilege claims in the United States have a long tradition within the executive branch. In 1792 the cabinet of Pres. George Washington debated the U.S. Congress’s request to examine documents related to an ill-fated military expedition led by Gen. Arthur St. Clair against Native American tribes. The cabinet debated whether activities or documents related to administrative activities could be withheld from Congress; notes maintained by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson showed that the cabinet was unanimous in its assertion that the president could do so when the public interest was at stake. The papers in question were eventually transmitted to Congress, but Washington went on to (successfully) assert executive privilege on several other occasions.

    There is no specific provision in the U.S. Constitution that provides for executive privilege. However, successive administrations have claimed that the principle of executive privilege is implied by the Constitution through the structure of the separation of powers. In addition, the courts have consistently recognized the existence of such a privilege in decisions dating back to the early 19th century. In United States v. Burr (1807), for example, in which Aaron Burr was being tried for treason, the U.S. Supreme Court did not require the Jefferson administration to turn over requested documents, though it did maintain that the courts had the right to request such documents from the executive branch. Because executive privilege is entirely a construction of the courts, some constitutional scholars, such as Raoul Berger in Executive Privilege: A Constitutional Myth (1974), have argued that such protection simply does not exist.
    _________________________________________________________

    In common law, executive privilege derives from the concept of “process privilege,” or the protection of administrative officials in the performance of their official responsibilities. The reasoning underlying process privilege is that were administrative officials acting in their official capacities subject to investigation, such a threat would have a chilling effect on the administrative process. As Chief Justice Warren E. Burger wrote in United States v. Nixon (1974), explaining the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in the case involving audiotapes made by the Richard M. Nixon’s White House that were at the centre of the Watergate scandal:

    A President and those who assist him must be free to explore alternatives in the process of shaping policies and making decisions, and to do so in a way many would be unwilling to express except privately. These are the considerations justifying a presumptive privilege for Presidential communications. The privilege is fundamental to the operation of Government, and inextricably rooted in the separation of powers under the Constitution.
    Despite the Supreme Court’s recognition of the principle of executive privilege, it went on to deny Nixon’s privilege claim, holding that to the extent that the tapes involved neither military nor diplomatic secrets, “the President’s generalized assertion of privilege must yield to the demonstrated, specific need for evidence in a pending criminal trial.” The Supreme Court thus ordered that the tapes be turned over to Leon Jaworski, the special prosecutor.
    Court-ordered exceptions to executive privilege include claims made that obstruct the conduct of a criminal investigation or claims made protecting activities that are not part of an official’s governmental responsibilities. It is also possible (albeit not firmly established) that executive privilege claims pertain only to the president and his staff and not to the activities of the executive branch as a whole.
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    As a practical matter, because these exceptions can be interpreted to encompass most executive privilege claims, either by criminalizing malfeasance by the administration or by arguing in court that an administration official exceeded his responsibilities, most executive privilege claims are likely to fail in the face of determined opposition. Nevertheless, an executive privilege claim is one way the president can resist congressional oversight or criminal investigations.
    Whole thing is at this Link..
    I hope Sundance research’s some more for us…
    While explaining this in Layman’s Terms..
    https://www.britannica.com/topic/executive-privilege

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    • HERE is another interesting example.. Yes it’s NPR, 2012,, but relevant ..
      First, a bit of word association: I say executive privilege. You say (probably) either Watergate or Nixon.

      And therein lies the problem for President Obama, who decided Wednesday to use the privilege to prevent Congress from obtaining internal Justice Department documents. Deservedly or not, for any president since Nixon, invoking executive privilege seems to carry a whiff of scandal about it.

      The White House decision came just ahead of a vote by a House committee on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for failing to turn over papers related to the Justice Department’s botched Mexican gun-smuggling sting known as Operation Fast and Furious.

      What exactly is executive privilege? Don’t go rushing to your copy of the Constitution for the answer. It’s not there. But it’s nonetheless crucial to the balance of powers; the practice allows the president under many circumstances to refuse to release internal documents and communications.
      http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2012/06/20/155442846/executive-privilege-a-long-and-sometimes-sordid-history

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  22. Garavaglia says:

    I find it hard to believe that Comey was totally unaware He might be fired at any time. I have only seen the “sources say” narrative used to suggest this. Unsubstantited sources need to be required for “facts” as they are..not as I want them to be.

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  23. Brant says:

    Can someone tweet the following to Al Franken? Congress proves every day the Upton Sinclair quote, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”

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  24. kathycovfefe says:

    I think Comey’s the one working for Russia and that he interfered with the election by announcing all the reasons why Hillary should have been indicted on the eave of it. As plausible as anything our friends in DC are peddling, no? Lynch tried to get him to at least just call it a “matter,” but Vlad said “no can do, big guy” 😀

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  25. tytanshammer says:

    So Comey is trying to exhaust the resources of an investigation against him by running them around in circles chasing shadows so that they will be incapable of investigating the Comey/Clinton/Obama axis. Trump/Sessions has positioned themselves so that the field is clear of anything to investigate on their part so that 1 of 2 things mus happen: 1)End the investigation and exonerate Trump or 2)Investigate the Comey/Clinton/Obama axis.

    This works provided Mueller and his team of hard liberals stay professional and don’t create something out of thin air, which seems unlikely because Mueller knows Comey would throw him under the bus to save himself. There appears to be nowhere for him to go but towards the direction Trump wants him to go, at least that’s the plan.

    I am not sure that Mueller will do the right thing, even when everything else says he should, but that has more to do with my lack of faith in government officials to use common sense than anything.

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  26. charlie salomon says:

    I think it’s quite possible that Rosenstein is one of the bad guys here. He, in cahoots with Comey, Mueller, etc, concocted the scheme of firing Comey so that everything else that’s happening now,nh would happen.

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    • dutzie60 says:

      That doesn’t compute to me. It would have been much better for Rosenstein to not give PT the ammunition to fire Comey if he wanted to protect him.

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      • Deb says:

        Not if he didn’t want to blow his cover. He knew Comey was going to be fired regardless, so he might have gone along with it to save himself.

        Or he might really be a white hat. I guess time will tell.

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    • NJ Transplant says:

      I’m with you, Charlie. Rosenstein had no reason to hire a special counsel. I also think he is in cahoots with Comey and maybe Mueller. The statute says that there must be evidence of a crime. It is not supposed to be done for political expediency.

      I was thinking that the reason there must be evidence of a crime is that it would be a violation of the 4th amendment to the constitution of unreasonable search and seizure. A special counsel who is allowed to investigate someone where there is no evidence of a crime is just investigating until they find something. A police officer has to get a warrant in order to search someone’s home or finances. The special counsel can just look at everything having to do with President Trump until he finds something. That seems like a gross violation of the 4th amendment. The appointment of the special counsel for political reasons violates the President’s 4th amendment rights. That makes the President the only one in the country who doesn’t have the rights guaranteed by the constitution. Courtesy of his own party.

      What do you think, Sundance?

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      • Trump may have forced the special council intentionally in order to get it out that he was not under investigation, he spoke to Comey about having him appoint a special council to look into his connection to Russia and Comey recommended against it… Trump probably saw through Comey’s announcing about one investigation but not another… Comey is Transparent.

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    • Papoose says:

      I am relying on President Trump to keep his enemies closer. In all things. He’s has a way of getting the goods and I think he’s not going to get anything from outsiders. Just sayin’

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  27. Charlie says:

    Comey is protecting more than the Clinton’s. Comey may have some skin in the game. Can’t help but think Comey has something to do with pizza gate. Pattern CF/Haiti scandal no there, there, Weiner no there, there until police had same access to laptop and pizza gate no there, there.
    Link appears to be exploiting children. Faking scared to be left alone with POTUS is weird
    verbiage unless he was a child scared of an abusive adult.

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    • Mary says:

      I found that to be odd also

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    • StateSovereigntyNationalUnion says:

      It is odd to try and fathom who one JC could possibly be working for isn’t it? Other than his own idealized verison of himself. It is pretty clear though that JC is the type of person working towards a gain of some kind and its not justice.

      HRC – except that he couldn’t help but call attention to all her crimes when he said he saw no intent? Was that JC getting back at DOJ influence? A blow to his ego perhaps? And then was he forced to reopen the investigation by NYPD right before the election due to the damaging Weiner laptop but then successfully re-closed the investigation in 6 days? Didn’t seem to me that he wanted to re-open that investigation very badly and there were many rumors that NYPD forced the FBI hand. No doubt the aspersions against JC today by HRC and her sycophants are very real, despite whatever many favors he may have done for the Clintons in the past, they now hate him.

      BHO – did Obama want Hillary and her staff let off the hook but wanted them damaged to make himself look all the more lordly? It would explain all the immunity deals for no purpose. Obama acted strangely throughout the campaign. Didn’t do much real campaigning until very late. Obama said it was a clean election and then changed his mind. But what would JC have to gain by being part of Obama’s resitance after the election as it now appears that JC has been very busy supporting the resitance? Despite having political power, Obama was out of office and didn’t have any direct power? So what does JC gain from BHO by this?

      His own crimes – if he is guilty of much, was he just afraid of Trump and swamp draining and so he jumped on board the resistance to hopefully bring down T45? That seems an awfully dangerous game? Why not just lie low? Isn’t turning out so well to be part of the resistance.

      Someone or something else that has dirt on JC? Someone that wanted HRC to be damaged, to know her place, but someone who never thought that Trump could ever win? Possible.

      Who knows?

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    • Marygrace Powers says:

      Bet PTrump has ‘Howdy Doody’ tapes
      on Comey and he knows it/ is terrified.

      PTrump could be looking
      for Comey to turn on the big fish,
      Clinton, Podesta, Bush 1/2, Obama,
      Valjar, etc. It would be a great
      bargaining chip/ to cut the head off
      “The Snake”.

      Take them ALL out in one fell swoop.

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  28. litlbit2 says:

    If true things going bad in London

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  29. MAGADJT says:

    Disgusting. Faux News scroll on Hannity says “Senate Sources tell Fox News…” that Trump told 15 members of the Senate today that the house health care bill was mean and cold hearted, and encouraged them to make their version of the bill more generous. Sounds like someone nobody staffer in the Senate is leaking bs in attempt to sabotage. No way Trump said this. I would be shocked! Rush said Mitch has it set up to fly via reconciliation with no committee debate.

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  30. JimWVa says:

    Okay, Sundance. We are just not asking the right f***ing questions. Watch Comey, don’t be distracted by Lynch. Got it.

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  31. The Renegade says:

    Crooks always make one mistake. Comey may think he’s got every nuance cornered, but the Trump team has more. Truth will come out of this. The media will go apoplectic. Comey’s arrogance will be his unraveling.

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  32. tonyE says:

    My wife keeps trying to get me to watch House of Cards.

    I keep telling her that reality is more crooked that House of Cards AND Breaking Bad put together.

    I’d rather watch Sponge Bob with the sound off… let my mind relax while I see colorful patterns on the TV.

    I guess Comey will have two options… fully cooperate and take take down Hillary and the Obola Racket in exchange for some clemency or go down to prison for the rest of his life.

    Either way, he better watch out and not do a suicide with two bullets to the back of his head or a failed robbery in DC.

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  33. recoverydotgod says:

    I totally agree with your assessment of the situation. I think Comey just latched on to the reporting of the “remaining question” from a lot of reporters, including Michael Schmidt, to use as motive for leaking. That remaining question had been going on since Comey’s firing. IMO it as useful to Comey.

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  34. lloydh6494w says:

    This is interesting not sure if it’s true but supposedly they found emails on the weiner laptop saying Comey was nearly bankrupt and in big debt and was promised a 10million book deal to protect the Clintons
    http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index2312.htm

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  35. Papoose says:

    An oldie but goodie. Leaks = Comey as Glove is to hand.

    http://www.perrspectives.com/blog/archives/002779.htm

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  36. Naslod says:

    I have a question Sundance? Mueller was not appointed to investigate the leaks, yes? He was appointed to investigate the Russian Collusion with the Campaign. Is this right? So… that makes me think that Sessions himself will be investigating the leaks issue. It felt that way during his testimony today with regards to the leaks. What do you think? is there a distinction? or will Mueller be investigating it all?

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    • sundance says:

      Mueller’s investigative direction from DOJ is included in the post. Suggest you read the letter.

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      • Sundance, question..
        Did you or Will you read the post(s) I posted above?
        Concerning EP & AC privilege etc..
        Putting things in Layman’s Terms, what Jeff Sessions was referring to? EP & Attorney client Privilege, in conjunction with SAP/Sensitive doc’s etc?
        I Sincerely hope I posted some good information on Jeff Sessions Decisions (Not answering questions at the hearing), AND “long-Standing” Policy.. not to do so.. (answering questions)..
        I understand this maybe be beyond your “pay grade” though you do excellent otherwise.. Just giving US Treepers the Honest,, well you get my drift..
        Sincerely CT42

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      • Naslod says:

        my apologies for being a bit careless. I am not familiar with the Federal Regulations that were cited in that order, but it could include the leaking and then if the leaks that were made were not in regards to the Russia narrative, then others within the DOJ can also still investigate the leaks. Thanks for your perspective and I am inclined to go with your reasoning on this as it seems the most logical. As i watch some of the news accounts, they are believing some of Comey and some not, what they believe has to do with partisanship, but it all looks staged, so your thinking is in my opinion the most logical.

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    • I believe at the very end is the statement “and all related matters,” (or something similar) which leaves it wide open.

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  37. Southpaw says:

    Strange that there was no leak following Admiral Rogers closed session with Senate Intelligence. If Burr hadn’t mentioned it I would have never known.

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  38. Paul says:

    May be trump and sessions should drop one good bomb on comey .something that no one could ignore. Trump and sessions hold all the cards . It’s not for trump . Look what he (trump) has done up till now. They way he’d fired comey was beautiful. Trump has the cards . And it’s with comeys DIRT . I believe that some kind of way , trump could turn the msm around on this . May be not all , but some . Look what he did in the primary.

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  39. notasmidgeon says:

    Who is running Comey? Who is pulling his strings?

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  40. Bob Thoms says:

    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”

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  41. Papoose says:

    There is an entire series of expose written by Evelyn Pringle that was published during the 2008 Presidential General election. We were there then and its coming full circle with the crap being uncovered today. It goes back to Chicago. Its a playbook and it identifies the players, It also is a road map to the Iranian Deal. Its called Operation: Board Games. Have at it.

    Intro:

    http://www.countercurrents.org/pringle070408.htm

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    • Papoose says:

      Side Bar: It wasn’t about the Presidency. That was a concession. It was really about the Olympics that were pre determined to be in Chicago, 2016. Landlords…. And so as a parting gift, Obama was given a Nobel Peace Prize and Oprah lost the Olympics.

      Just saying… the Olympics, like Hillary got lost in the shuffle.

      2016 Trump MAGA .We Won. Thanks Be to God.

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  42. wyntre says:

    Anyone else catch the flood of leaks following President Trump’s meeting with 15 R Senators?

    Fox has an ongoing bottom feed blasting POTUS for calling the House Health Bill “mean” and “unkind.”

    Who the F leaked that? Who are the 15 R Senators?

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    • wyntre says:

      So far I’ve got: Cotton, Lee, Portman, Murkowski, Collins, Hatch, Cruz, Toomey, Alexander, Thune, Barrasso, Gardner and Earnst.

      Who are the others?,

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    • MAGADJT says:

      I don’t believe a word of this. DJT has been begging to get this passed. I absolutely doubt he would go in that meeting and shoot himself in the foot, by asking them to craft a “more generous” version. That would cause the legislation to have to go to conference committee, and cost a lot of time. My understanding is that McConnell plans to pass the house version of the bill under reconciliation without committee debate…super fast track in essence. No way would Trump jeopardize this.

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  43. Related…
    Tonights..
    Tucker Carlson..

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  44. TheLastDemocrat says:

    Possibly, at the moment of bringing up the “nothing-there” issue with Comey, McCabe became enrolled in the Clinton Carrot-Stick Lottery.

    On the upside, you can achieve quite a great financial benefit….on the downside….

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  45. Jvlovesk says:

    While I agree that Comey is the leaker & is orchestrating a full kabuki theater of CYA, I just don’t think Mueller is the white knight (or white hat) you claim him to be. I am worried about his staff choices, former dealings with Bush & Obama, and his past relationship with Comey. I would prefer to quash this special counsel & appoint a separate special counsel for Lynch/clinton collusion.

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  46. LKA in LA says:

    I would still like to know why Mueller and Comey were allowed to meet prior to Comey’s testimony. Is that even ethical?

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  47. JeremyJohn says:

    Firing of special cousel is probably justified but will be bad politically. It will give food to hungry wolves who are desperately looking for something to hang on to.

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  48. Jim Peters says:

    SD is 100% correct.

    Don’t believe a word this snake Comey says, every falsehood is deliberate and has an objective. In this case, his aim is to survive – not necessarily to fight another day, but to be let off the hook and ride off into the sunset with his $10 million book deal.

    Comey would know that there is damning evidence about to emerge proving his determined and organized history of leaking. Mark Levin today cleverly connected multiple articles connecting Comey-related leaks to one Schmidt of the execrable N Y Slimes. Trump has also given some heads up on Twitter. Word is getting around.

    Comey knows what’s coming is bad, really bad – and that the odds are high that he will be doing jailtime. A person with an ounce of ethical fibre would probably fall on his or her sword at this point, but that wouldn’t even occur to a slimeball like J Comey.

    His only question would be – ‘how do I survive this and ride off into the sunset with the big $?’

    Comey’s method is brilliantly exposed by SD. Comey is now trying to construct a narrative to retrospectively explain his leaks. Comey’s hope is to manipulate the narrative to create several storylines, esp (1) that he is a martyr & patriot and/or (2) that he is a victim of a witchhunt himself. His strategy rests on being able to explain each leak in isolation as somehow explicable, or justifiable.

    As SD astutely points out, Trump firing Mueller helps Comey. It allows him to say ‘Trump wants to shut down Mueller and the Russia investigation that I patriotically instigated, by leaking to my Professor friend. Looking back, I know it as wrong but I sincerely believed it was my patriotic duty to be a whistleblower on what was going on.’

    You know the deal, treepers. The hopeless MSM lap Comey’s BS up, it becomes part of the political narrative & too risky for Trump to proceed against him. Comey walks.

    See how this crook works? Comey creates a scenario where he is neither totally guilty or totally innocent. Being neither means that he walks out of this, or at least has a chance to get out of jail free. This has worked for him many times in the past, consider the way he manipulated his shameful non-indictment of Hillary Clinton and his flip-flopping through the election campaign.

    Of course, Trump can’t allow Comey to slip free. Letting Comey squirm out of trouble would be a disaster, not just for Trump but for the nation. It is extremely important (in my opinion, anyway) that they absolutely nail this guy and make an example of him, in a way that echoes for a generation or two. He is an absolute fraud, a criminal and extremely corrupt – the worst kind of swamp critter in Washington DC.

    So – Comey is a snake and swamp rat. Desperate and planning to survive, he is at his most dangerous. He will throw old friends under the bus and lie through his teeth to get out of this, with no regard for the damage he might cause. However, the good news is that I think Comey is no match for Trump. It is reassuring to see the WH come out tonight saying that Trump has no intention of firing Mueller – that indicates to me that trump is well aware of Mr Comey’s games and is a few steps ahead (also, lets face it, Sessions testimony has made Mueller’s SP a lame duck anyway, Trump has no need to consider it a threat right at the moment).

    Comey is very much on defense right now – he is increasingly friendless & the blows coming his way seem to me to be very well organized, precise and public. So – I think the best thing Trump can do is to make sure that when he decides to nuke Comey, there is an incontrovertible pattern of multiple, partisan leaks over a prolonged period of time, using the same method – ie, a PATTERN that Comey cannot explain away that reveals his malign, manipulative nature – and which implicates him beyond a reasonable doubt in front of a grand jury.

    Interesting times, would be interested in your thoughts.

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    • Tonawanda says:

      Brilliant, insightful re-formulation of Sundance’s analysis. (You seem to have experience looking at these types of things).

      Although we are far from the conclusion of events (apparently), my heart is singing because Comey is showing desperation. His gratuitous admission of leaking reflects his estimate of the dire circumstances he is in.

      What we (Trump supporters) might be looking at is a Comey who falls on his sword with terrible consequences (for him) or a cooperative Comey who pulls the house down with less terrible consequences (for him).

      The necessarily slow gathering of evidence will determine what happens along with the factor Comey fears the worst.

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  49. Phil aka Felipe says:

    I found this to be an interesting read:

    Commenter, William Inhands, on a George Webb/Jason Gooman youtube video posted this:

    [William Inhand8 hours ago
    NOW, we are really talking Deep State: Mueller is the grandnephew of Richard Bissell, the fired CIA director of plans — fired by President Kennedy before his assassination. Mueller’s wife’s maiden name is Cabell: another CIA deputy director fired by President Kennedy was Gen. Cabell, whose brother Earl Cabell was mayor of Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963! And Mueller’s family wealth comes from his mother’s side, the Truesdale side of the family: something to do with helping out blowing up competitors’ refineries for the Rockefeller family and being awarded with a railroad? And Mueller was appointed chief of the criminal division of the DOJ under President Geo. H.W. Bush when the BCCI investigation began getting closer to the presidency – – covered on the the chief enforcement officer side at Treasury by having John Walker, cousin to the Bush-Walker family, of course, in that position. And it was Judge John Walker who would later have clerking for him James Comey, future director of the FBI! It’s a small world after all . . . it’s a small world after all . . . sing it with me now . . . it’s a small. . . small. . . world!]

    video link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMJoAO5OZY8&feature=youtu.be

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