How The FBI and DOJ Intelligence Units Were Weaponized Around Congressional Oversight…

(L-R) Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray

NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers has announced to his staff he is resigning. A nominee will be announced to replace him shortly. Rogers departure makes sense.  His incredible accomplishments are complete; he will now be free to testify, unencumbered, to congress.

Intelligence information is housed by compartments within the larger intelligence community network. Each intelligence unit holds intelligence unique to that compartment and task.

The FBI Counterintelligence unit would hold the intelligence information specific to their task or assignment; the DOJ National Security Division would hold their own compartmented intelligence; again, specific to their task and objectives. So too would the DoD (Pentagon), State Dept., or CIA.

This compartmented structure is what led to the creation of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, ODNI. The 911 commission recommended the office to serve as a hub able to ensure intelligence sharing; that is – to ensure intelligence was not intentionally withheld from other compartments when needed.

In 2016 the ODNI for President Obama was James Clapper.  The DNI is a political appointment, a cabinet member, of the President. If the executive branch, the President, wanted to weaponize intelligence as a political tool, he/she would have control over such weaponization as an outcome of their political appointees within the: FBI (Comey, McCabe), DOJ (Lynch/Yates), CIA (Brennan), DNI (Clapper), or DoD (Ash Carter). The efficient weaponization of intelligence stems from controlling the hub, James Clapper.

The civilian (representative) oversight into the compartmented intelligence falls to a very select group known as the Intelligence Gang of Eight.

Four Democrats and Four Republicans (four minority party and four majority party political leaders) for a total of eight. Four from the House and Four from the Senate. –Understand the Gang of Eight Here– The Gang-of-Eight can, if they choose, interact with the intelligence product they oversee with the same level of security clearance as the originating compartment being reviewed.

Only these eight members can interact with the intelligence product in this way. This ensures their ability to conduct oversight.  The eight elected officials also hold oversight on all covert intelligence operations and are briefed on all presidential finding memos.

It becomes important to understand the difference between the House Intelligence Committee, the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Gang of Eight.

Two members from the House Intelligence Committee (chair Nunes and minority Schiff), and two members of the Senate Intelligence Committee (chair Burr and vice-chair Warner) are participants. The other four are Speaker of the House (Ryan), minority leader of House (Pelosi), Leader of Senate (McConnell) and Minority leader of Senate (Schumer). The latter four are not part of any other intelligence committee.

♦We begin: During March 20th 2017 congressional testimony, James Comey was asked why the FBI Director did not inform congressional oversight, senior leadership, about the counterintelligence operation that began in July 2016.

FBI Director Comey said he did not tell congressional oversight he was investigating presidential candidate Donald Trump because the Director of Counterintelligence suggested he not do so. *Very important detail.*

I cannot emphasize this enough. *VERY* important detail. Again, notice how James Comey doesn’t use FBI Counterintelligence Director WH “Bill” Priestap’s actual name, but refers to his position and title. Again, watch the first three minutes:

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Because of the sensitivity of the matter“? FBI Director James Comey was caught entirely off guard by that first three minutes of questioning. He simply didn’t anticipate it.

Oversight protocol requires the FBI Director to tell the congressional intelligence “Gang of Eight” of any counterintelligence operations. The Go8 has oversight into these ops at the highest level of classification. In July 2016, the time when the operation began, oversight was the responsibility of this group, the Gang of Eight:

Obviously, based on what we have learned since March 2017, and what has surfaced recently, we can see a motive why the FBI and DOJ would want to keep hidden that they were running a counterintelligence operation against a presidential candidate.

After all, as FBI Agent Peter Strzok said it in his text messages, establishing the Russian Conspiracy narrative was an “insurance policy”.  REMINDER – FBI Agent Strzok to FBI Attorney Page:

“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office that there’s no way he gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”

FBI Director James Comey told congress on March 20th, 2017, the reason he didn’t inform the statutory oversight “Gang of Eight” of the counterintelligence operation was because Bill Priestap (Director of FBI Counterintelligence) recommended he didn’t do it.

James Comey throwing this guy under a bus:

W.H. “Bill” Priestap, FBI Director of Counterintelligence

♦The originating intelligence agency agency, in these examples the DOJ National Security Division and/or FBI Counterintelligence Division, holds the proprietary intelligence they create in their intelligence compartment.  They may also receive intelligence products created for them, which they will also host in their unique compartment.  Access to this intelligence comes via a “SCIF” Secure Compartmented Information Facility. Thus, intelligence is compartmentalized.

In 2015 Sally Yates blocked any inspector general oversight of the DOJ National Security Division (SEE Pdf HERE). The Office of Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, requested oversight over the DOJ National Security Division and it was Sally Yates who responded with a lengthy 58-page legal explanation saying, essentially, ‘nope – not allowed.’ (PDF HERE) All of the DOJ is subject to oversight, except the NSD.

♦The White House -the executive branch- is also a host of intelligence information and consequently the White House has their own compartmented intelligence unit and SCIF which holds intelligence products they would create (very little), or intelligence products created for them (the vast majority).

An example of an intelligence product created for the executive branch would be the President’s Daily Briefing or PDB.

The PDB as a whole product would only exist in the White House compartment.  Parts of the PDB would be hosted by the originating participant, ex. NSA, FBI, DOJ, DoD, CIA State Dept. etc., but only the White House would have the fully assembled product. After all, it’s assembled for the President.

Putting the “Oversight” structure together with the “Compartmented” intelligence security you will note that only a few people ‘could’ traditionally access the full PDB. However, under President Obama the President’s Daily Brief went to almost everyone at top levels in his administration. Regarding the Obama PDB:

[…] But while through most of its history the document has been marked “For the President’s Eyes Only,” the PDB has never gone to the president alone. The most restricted dissemination was in the early 1970s, when the book went only to President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, who was dual-hatted as national security adviser and secretary of state.

In other administrations, the circle of readers has also included the vice president, the secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, along with additional White House staffers.

By 2013, Obama’s PDB was making its way to more than 30 recipients, including the president’s top strategic communications aide and speechwriter, and deputy secretaries of national security departments. (link)

Pay attention to that last part. According to the Washington Post outline Obama’s PDB’s were going to more than 30 recipients including: Ben Rhodes and “Deputy Secretaries of national security departments”.

During an MSNBC interview about her unmasking U.S. citizens within 2016 intelligence reports, in April 2017, President Obama’s National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, defined the Obama national security departments to include: “State” – “Defense” (Pentagon includes NSA) and “CIA”. Other national security departments include FBI (counterintelligence) and DOJ (National Security Division).

So under President Obama’s watch Deputy Asst. Secretaries of Defense had daily access to the PDB. An example of an Obama Deputy Asst. Secretary of Defense, Evelyn Farkas.

With dozens of people having access to President Obama’s PDB, Rice’s unmasking of names within the intelligence product gave dozens of people direct access to unmasked intelligence – including Obama officials who could, likely did, use the PDB for specific and intentional political purposes. This political outcome was essentially confirmed by Evelyn Farkas who was one of the downstream recipients of unmasked intelligence.

I was urging my former colleagues, and, and frankly speaking the people on the Hill [Democrat politicians], it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people, get as much information as you can – get as much intelligence as you can – before President Obama leaves the administration.

Because I had a fear that somehow that information would disappear with the senior [Obama] people who left; so it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy, um, that the Trump folks – if they found out HOW we knew what we knew about their, the Trump staff, dealing with Russians – that they would try to compromise those sources and methods; meaning we no longer have access to that intelligence.

So I became very worried because not enough was coming out into the open and I knew that there was more.  We have very good intelligence on Russia; so then I had talked to some of my former colleagues and I knew that they were also trying to help get information to the Hill.” … “That’s why we had the leaking”. (link)

(New York Times Link)

♦ If the House Intelligence Committee, or Senate Intelligence Committee, as a whole – wanted to see the President’s Daily Briefing, they would have to request the individual components from the individual intelligence agencies because the PDB product was not created for them; it was created for the Office of The President.

Only the Chairman and Minority leader from each Intel committee could go to the White House to see the PDB end product. [Remember, they alone are four of the Gang-of-Eight.]

This is why Devin Nunes, who is a Go8 member, has to request the intelligence from each department (NSA, DOJ, FBI etc.) in order to share it with the oversight committee. Nunes can review the ‘executive SCIF product’ but cannot export or import intelligence product he did not create.

The Congressional SCIF would then hold the compartmented information after delivery for the committee members to review under very tight controls. The intelligence is removed/deleted after review. No systems are connected.

Our research indicates that in February and March 2017 Chairman Devin Nunes, a gang of eight member, reviewed intelligence reports (most likely PDB’s) that were assembled exclusively for the office of the former President (Obama). That is why he went to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB) Information Facility to review.

The intelligence product would be delivered to that SCIF system for his review, most likely by the ODNI (Dan Coats) or NSA (Mike Rogers). It would be removed from that SCIF system after Nunes review, (no systems are connected). It is important to note here that President Trump nominated Senator Dan Coats as ODNI on January 5th, 2017 – however, Democrats held up that nomination until March 16th, 2017.

It is not coincidental that immediately following DNI Dan Coat’s ability to provide that information, Chairman Devin Nunes first reported his concerns.

After Devin Nunes review the information March 22nd 2017, Nunes stated the intelligence product he reviewed was: “not related to Russia, or the FBI Russian counter-intelligence investigation”.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Devin Nunes, then held a brief press conference and stated he has been provided intelligence reports brought to him by unnamed sources that include ‘significant information’ about President-Elect Trump and his transition team.

WATCH:

1.) …”On numerous occasions the [Obama] intelligence community incidentally collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition.”

2.) “Details about U.S. persons associated with the incoming administration; details with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value were widely disseminated in intelligence community reporting.”

3.) “Third, I have confirmed that additional names of Trump transition members were unmasked.”

4.) “Fourth and finally, I want to be clear; none of this surveillance was related to Russia, or the investigation of Russian activities.

“The House Intelligence Committee will thoroughly investigate surveillance and its subsequent dissemination, to determine a few things here that I want to read off:”

•“Who was aware of it?”

•“Why it was not disclosed to congress?”

•“Who requested and authorized the additional unmasking?”

•“Whether anyone directed the intelligence community to focus on Trump associates?”

•“And whether any laws, regulations or procedures were violated?”

“I have asked the Directors of the FBI, NSA and CIA to expeditiously comply with my March 15th (2017) letter -that you all received a couple of weeks ago- and to provide a full account of these surveillance activities.”

Again, this is why the intelligence reports seem likely to have been political opposition research -that was part of Obama’s PDB– unless it was a separate intelligence product, apart from the PDB, which was created for the Office of the President. [I view the latter as highly doubtful because it would be too risky for the President to be asking for specific ‘stand alone’ intelligence against political adversaries, ie candidate Donald Trump.]

…Here’s where all the dots connect:

♦Fast forward to 2018 – Aside from the larger Russian conspiracy narrative, up to now the controversial media story has been around the origin of the 2016 FISA warrant(s).

As previously stated by all reporting there was a June 2016 FISA application that was denied, and an October 2016 application that was approved. The current line of congressional inquiry surrounds the underlying content of the requested FISA warrant, and whether it was built upon fraud and manipulated content (the ‘Steele Dossier’) presented to the FISA Court (FISC).

Recently the media have been working frantically, against an entire year of prior support for the Steele Dossier, to distance the origin of the FBI counterintelligence operation from the dossier. The probable motive reveals the bigger underlying story.

When Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes explained his concern in March 2017 -about what he saw from a review of 2016 intelligence gathering, reporting and subsequent unmasking- the issue behind his concern was clouded in mystery. Indeed the larger headlines at the time were about demanding a special prosecutor and driving the Russia conspiracy narrative.

In hindsight, and with information from our assembled timelines of 2016 though today, we can now revisit that March 2017 concern expressed by Chairman Nunes with a great deal more perspective and information. Understanding the latest information will help us all understand the totality of Nunes original frame of reference.

Admiral Mike Rogers became NSA director in April 2014.

Sometime in early 2016 Admiral Rogers became aware of “ongoing” and “intentional” violations of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), Section 702(17) surveillance. Specifically item #17 which includes the unauthorized upstream data collection of U.S. individuals within NSA surveillance through the use of “About Query”.

Section 702 – Item #17 “About Queries” are specifically the collection of electronic messaging, emails and upstream phone call surveillance data of U.S. persons.

The public doesn’t discover this issue, and Director Rogers action, until May 2017 when we learn that Rogers told the FISA court he became aware of unlawful surveillance and collection of U.S. persons.

Put into context, with the full back-story, it appears that 2016 surveillance was the political surveillance now in the headlines; the stuff Chairman Nunes is currently questioning. The dates here are important as they tell a story.

As a result of Rogers suspecting FISA 702(17) surveillance activity was being used for reasons he deemed unlawful, in mid 2016 Rogers ordered the NSA compliance officer to run a full audit on 702 NSA compliance.

Again, 702 is basically spying on Americans; the actual “spying” part is 702. Item 17 is “About Queries“, which allows user queries or searches of content (messaging, email and phone conversations) based on any subject matter put into the search field.

The NSA compliance officer identified several strange 702 “About Queries” were being conducted. These were violations of the fourth amendment (search and seizure), ie searches, privacy violations, and surveillance without a warrant.  Admiral Rogers was briefed by the compliance officer on October 20th, 2016.

Admiral Mike Rogers ordered the “About Query” activity to stop, reported the activity to the DOJ, and then went to the FISA court.

On October 26th, 2016, full FISA court assembled, NSA Director Rogers personally informed the court of the 702(17) violations.  Additionally, and as an outcome of the NSA systems inability to guarantee integrity, Rogers also stopped “About Query” permanently.

[Things to note: ♦Note the sequencing; ♦note that Rogers a career military person, followed the chain of command; ♦note the dates as they align with the Trump FISA application from the FBI and DOJ-NSD, (ie. early October 2016); ♦and note amid this sequence/time-line the head of DOJ-National Security Divsion, John P Carlin resigns.]

IMPORTANT – WATCH The first two and a half minutes of this video:

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Here’s the part where we find criminal intent and malice aforethought.

By looking at the way the FISA court was notified, it becomes apparent the DOJ National Security Division set Admiral Mike Rogers up to take the fall for their unlawful conduct.

Asst. Attorney General in charge of the DOJ National Security Division, John P Carlin, preempted Rogers by filing a notification with the FISA Court on 26th September 2016 (look at the pdf).  DOJ-NSD head John Carlin was setting up Rogers as the scapegoat while knowing the NSA FISA compliance officer was still reviewing their conduct.

According to what we know of the FISA warrant, right around the time the DOJ lawyers formatted the FBI information (Steele Dossier etc.) for the FISA Application, the head of the NSD, Asst. Attorney General John P Carlin, left his job.  It would have specifically been John Carlin’s responsibility to ensure a valid legal basis for the FISA application submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

The timing is way too suspicious.  DOJ-NSD Director Carlin wouldn’t notify the court of a FISA compliance issue, while a compliance review was ongoing, unless he was trying to cover something. Conspicuously John Carlin never informed Admiral Rogers, but rather announced his resignation.  The NSA compliance officer did not brief Admiral Rogers until 20th Oct 2016. Admiral Rogers notified the FISC on 26th Oct 2016.

October 2016 is a very important month:

♦DOJ Deputy Attorney Bruce Ohr was “demoted” in the summer of 2017 after the Inspector General discovered unreported 2016 contacts between Ohr and Russian Dossier author Christopher Steele, as well as contact with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson, that happened in October 2016.

♦Also in October 2016 the DOJ lawyers formatted the FBI information (Steele Dossier etc.) for the Trump FISA application; the head of the NSD, Asst. Attorney General John P Carlin, left his job. It would have specifically been John Carlin’s responsibility to ensure a valid legal basis for the FISA application submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).

In October 2016 the NSA compliance officer completes a review and briefs Rogers of FISA(17) violations, email collection and phone surveillance. Rogers informs FISC – [FISA Court Ruling Link]

Now Look At ThisOctober 2016: On Friday November 18th, 2016, The Washington Post reported on a recommendation in “October” that Mike Rogers be removed from his NSA position:

The heads of the Pentagon and the nation’s intelligence community have recommended to President Obama that the director of the National Security Agency, Adm. Michael S. Rogers, be removed.

The recommendation, delivered to the White House last month, was made by Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., according to several U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

[…] In a move apparently unprecedented for a military officer, Rogers, without notifying superiors, traveled to New York to meet with Trump on Thursday at Trump Tower. That caused consternation at senior levels of the administration, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal personnel matters. (link)

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Important reminder. Remember, in 2015 Sally Yates blocked any inspector general oversight of the DOJ National Security Division (SEE Pdf HERE). The OIG, Michael Horowitz, requested oversight and it was Sally Yates who responded with a lengthy 58-page legal explanation saying, essentially, ‘nope – not allowed.’ (PDF HERE) All of the DOJ is subject to oversight, except the NSD.

There’s a pretty clear picture here.

Obama’s political operatives within the DOJ-NSD were using FISA 702(17) surveillance “about inquiries” that would deliver electronic mail and phone communication for U.S. people (Trump campaign). The NSD unit (John Carlin) was working in coordination with the FBI Counterintelligence Unit (Bill Priestap, Peter Strzok etc.). DOJ Attorney Lisa Page was the intermediary between the DOJ National Security Division and he FBI Counterintelligence Division.

In an effort to stop the FISA 702(17) activity NSA Director Mike Rogers initiated a full 702 compliance review. However, before the review was complete the DOJ-NSD had enough information for their unlawful FISA warrant which worked retroactively to make the prior FBI surveillance (began in July ’16 per James Comey) lawful.  Mike Rogers stopped the FISA702(17) process on October 26th 2016. As a result of his activity, Rogers became a risk; DNI James Clapper demanded he be fired.

♦Ten days after the presidential election, November 17th 2016, Admiral Rogers travels to Trump Tower without telling ODNI James Clapper. Rogers likely informs President-elect Trump of the prior activity by the FBI and DOJ, including the probability that all of Trump Tower’s email and phone communication was being collected.

On November 17th, 2016, NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers went to see President-Elect Donald Trump in Trump Tower, New York. –SEE HERE– Director Rogers never told his boss DNI, James Clapper.

On November 18th, 2016, the Trump Transition Team announced they were moving all transition activity to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. –SEE HERE– Where they interviewed and discussed the most sensitive positions to fill. Defense, State, CIA, ODNI.

The transition team was set up in Trump Tower. The very next day, November 18th 2016, Trump moves the entire transition team to Bedminister New Jersey?

Does this make more sense now?

It would appear Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, is up to his eyeballs in this; though he denies participating. The FBI counterintelligence unit was monitoring Trump through FISA 702(17) upstream surveillance collected by a DOJ National Security Division that had no oversight.  No-one knows the exact start date of the data-mining but FBI Director James Comey admitted the FBI counterintelligence operation began in July 2016.

All research indicates the information the FBI collected, and the stuff Fusion GPS was creating via Christopher Steele (The “Russian Dossier), was used to create the Russian Narrative and also to manipulate the FISC into giving them a FISA warrant. ie. “The Insurance Policy”.

♦Ultimately, the people within all of these intercepts is what Devin Nunes discovered when he looked at the “unmasking requests” which were a result of those FISA 702(17) collections on Team Trump. That’s why Devin Nunes was so stunned at what he saw in February and March 2017.

This is why Chairman Devin Nunes is currently gathering evidence.

In hindsight it appears that President Trump was fully aware when the tide would change. The moment when an empowered group of congressional people, Devin Nunes, Chuck Grassley and Bob Goodlatte, would develop a coordinated plan to defeat the corruption amid a corrupt intelligence apparatus Admiral Rogers had been holding back for the past several years.

What we are seeing now, leading up to the release of a years-worth of Office of Inspector General evidence, is the outcome of a specific plan –WELL OUTLINED HERE– to deal with the deep corruption inside the FBI and DOJ.

On October 7th 2017 President Trump stated:

…”You guys know what this represents? Maybe it’s the calm before the storm.”..

Everyone was trying to figure out what the president meant. The media went bananas for a few cycles talking about it. However, a picture from that evening –in addition to the recent discoveries– likely tells us all we need to know:

That night, NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers was seated at the head of the table as each member of the military likely aware -in varying degrees- just how consequential NSA Director Mike Rogers was in fending off the biggest constitutional crisis in the history of the U.S.

A grateful U.S. President, recognizing a great and patriotic man, amid many great and patriotic men. ….And no-one outside that room even knew. Until now.

You know it’s funny…. We all felt the tide change mid-November, something was different. By early December the Inspector General stories about the DOJ and FBI malfeasance and corruption began to hit the headlines (Strzok, Page, Ohr, Baker, etc.); but it only becomes clear today, how that entire chain-of-events began.

RESOURCES:  – The BIG UGLY

IG Stimulated Releases of Information:

♦Release #1 was the FBI Agent Strzok and Attorney Lisa Page story; and the repercussions from discovering their politically motivated bias in the 2015/2016 Clinton email investigation and 2016/2017 Russian Election investigation.

♦Release #2 outlined the depth of FBI Agent Strzok and FBI Attorney Page’s specific history in the 2016 investigation into Hillary Clinton to include the changing of the wording [“grossly negligent” to “extremely careless”] of the probe outcome delivered by FBI Director James Comey.

♦Release #3 was the information about DOJ Deputy Bruce Ohr being in contact with Fusion GPS at the same time as the FISA application was submitted and granted by the FISA court; which authorized surveillance and wiretapping of candidate Donald Trump; that release also attached Bruce Ohr and Agent Strzok directly to the Steele Dossier.

♦Release #4 was information that Deputy Bruce Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, was an actual contract employee of Fusion GPS, and was hired by F-GPS specifically to work on opposition research against candidate Donald Trump. Both Bruce Ohr and Nellie Ohr are attached to the origin of the Christopher Steele Russian Dossier.

♦Release #5 was the specific communication between FBI Agent Strzok and FBI Attorney Page. The 10,000 text messages that included evidence of them both meeting with Asst. FBI Director Andrew McCabe to discuss the “insurance policy” against candidate Donald Trump in August of 2016.

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682 Responses to How The FBI and DOJ Intelligence Units Were Weaponized Around Congressional Oversight…

  1. RM says:

    The Go8 has known about the spying of PDJT, Supreme court judges and many others for years. Sundance posted this a while back. https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/03/22/freedom-watch-notifies-congress-of-deep-state-intelligence-whistle-blower-full-pdf/

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  2. Walt says:

    I went back and look at some of Comey’s appointments to the FBI. listed on the FBI website. Comey selected Baker. Both of them have ties back to Bridgewater Associates, LP. also Bruce Steinberg whose whole family just died in a plane crash in Costa Rica….There were lots of personnel moves in Feb 11 2016 and Apr 2016. David Bowdich was appointed Associate Deputy Director he was in charge of San Bernardino….Gerald Roberts Jr Special Agent in charge of intel Division…Carl Ghattas was appointed… I would fire anyone that was appointed by Comey….

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    • Your Tour Guide says:

      Someone posted yesterday about how Comey was always
      telling everyone how much he despised Trump while he was
      in New York.

      It occurred to me that it was during when Comey was working
      at Bridgewater Associates. Trump is no fan of hedge funds.
      Bridgewater has way high returns. Maybe Trump knew why,
      and Comey was afraid he’d start a little breadcrumb trail.

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    • G. Combs says:

      Reassign to Burrows Alaska to count Poley Bears.

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  3. pattyloo says:

    can someone tell me how to save a video that someone posted on facebook? i am able to watch the video, i just want to copy it in case the person deletes it. Thanks!

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  4. Mary Morse says:

    I hope that CTH shares additional info re: that wonderful photo (of October 5th?) A commenter called it a war council, I believe. (ie.attribution,etc.?) I have lots of questions.

    Thank you for your work.

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  5. David R. Graham says:

    Great sitrep, thanks. Not to be too much of a harpy, but, I still miss seeing Brennan factored into this time-line and set of bumptious duty-stations. In back of my head remains the thought that the FBI is all of this is being used as a patsy, an easily used because really stupid patsy, by Brennan and elements of CIA. Historically, CIA and FBI are at 6s and 7s.

    I am intrigued, for example, that, as best I can see, Pompeo has stopped leaking from CIA, or, leakers there stopped themselves for some reason.

    Also, it seems to me that massive leaking stopped immediately Bannon left the White House. I think the “chaos” tag that media uses for White House internals whenever Bannon is in the news is a Bannon original. Bannon is an IRA-type guy, just loves to conjure the devil.

    Anyhow, I hope Brennan gets factored into this vastly illuminating sitrep. My personal summary of the eight years of White House Occupation by The Magic Negro is: John Brennan and The Magic Negro hand the United States to the Muslim Brotherhood.

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    • abstain says:

      I’ve been waiting for Brennan to show up under the microscope.
      He projects a malignant demeanor.

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    • Q&A says:

      “My personal summary of the eight years of White House Occupation by The Magic Negro is: John Brennan and The Magic Negro hand the United States to the Muslim Brotherhood.”

      …not just the US – the whole wide WORLD, because, brothers y’know.

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      • David R. Graham says:

        Yes, an interesting examination would be CAIR members on various FBI advisory committees. And wasn’t it under Mueller/Bush that FBI scrubbed all reference to Islam from its training curricula? My memory is vague on that. Bush had CAIR in the White House advising him.

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        • sturandot13 says:

          That was in 2011 – under OButthole.

          On October 19, 2011, Farhana Khera of Muslim Advocates wrote a letter to John Brennan, who was then the Assistant to the President on National Security for Homeland Security and Counter Terrorism and is now the head of the CIA. The letter was signed not just by Khera, but by the leaders of virtually all the significant Islamic groups in the United States: 57 Muslim, Arab, and South Asian organizations, many with ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Muslim American Society (MAS), the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Islamic Relief USA; and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).

          The letter denounced what it characterized as U.S. government agencies’ “use of biased, false and highly offensive training materials about Muslims and Islam” and demanded that all mention of Islam and jihad be removed from counter-terror training materials. Brennan immediately complied.

          So since then, it has been administration policy to ignore and deny the motivating ideology of jihad terror. That is a recipe for defeat and disaster: you cannot defeat an enemy you don’t understand. Under Barack Obama, refusing to understand the enemy is official U.S. government policy.

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  6. ChrisL says:

    I am curious to know what other readers/commenters on CTR think of Fox News analyst/legal commentator Andrew Napolitano. He claims to be a registered Libertarian yet in all of his comments about the Mueller investigation and the “Russia matter” he ignores the central issue of the corruption within the DOJ/FBI, the weaponization of the intelligence community, for amounts to a coup attempt against Trump. One would think that would drive a Libertarian up the wall. Here is an example from his comments on Fox this morning: http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/01/08/judge-napolitano-mueller-believes-manafort-will-roll-over-president-trump
    I find him increasingly annoying. What do others think?

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    • Sandra-VA says:

      He has been compromised ever since he came back from his suspension (which as due to him saying that GCHQ had been doing the spying on Candidate Trump).

      Anything he says now, he is being told to say. He seems to pretzel facts to fit his declarations. Sad to watch.

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  7. Budman says:

    Dem Sens: Judiciary Should Release Testimony of Fusion GPS CEO…………………….. Why? So you libs can keep you LIES straight?….. It never ends does it?

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  8. WT#$##$@!!! says:

    OK – here’s my opinion…if you disagree, please do me one favor and let me know PRECISELY what yours is regarding the outcome of all of this.

    Specifically WHO you believe will be indicted and prosecuted and specifically WHEN – remember, these are simply opinions based on speculation regarding any evidence available to us…so give it a shot.

    My own passionate wish would be that actual indictments and criminal prosecution of the top tier traitorous swamp puppets listed below, would occur SWIFTLY and definitively.

    My strong opinion, based on ALL historical and current evidence is:

    SPECIFICALLY:

    + + + NOTHING has resulted from the innumerable “reported” “vows” and “promises” and dozens of “oversight” “investigations” in the SWAMP – NOR WILL IT EVER

    *the results will continue to remain in the condition of “to be announced “soon” or “shortly””

    *the congressional puppets, ALL of them, will continue to RAKE in the big lobby $ $ $ $ $ $ while continuing to relentlessly pork the American taxpayer – there are no black or white hats

    *the swamp investigating the swamp investigating the swamp….as they have since the US swamp was created, centuries ago

    NOT a SINGLE real criminal:
    barry/bill/hillary/lynch/comey/rice/lynch/holder/abedine/lerner/mueller/podesta/wasserman-schultz etc etc etc etc – with documented public evidence of their crimes, will be convicted much less indicted…
    NOT ONE.
    THAT could only be accomplished by the current AG/deputy and I have ZERO faith that they will prosecute ANY of the above criminals + + +

    so let me know if you disagree, but please be specific as to your opinion as to the time frame and outcome of the current glut of “investigations”

    I’m truly curious as to what those who believe that this will result in some sort of prosecution are thinking.

    specifically…

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    • I find it hard to disagree with your pessimism given the results of the past, but I am praying daily for optimism that these Communist thugs, and shysters, get what is coming to them! Equal under the law. We need to see it become real this year.

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      • WT#$##$@!!! says:

        thanks Craft – i don’t see it as pessimistic…just pragmatic based on my lifetime of research and my own conclusions

        i did write that it’s my fervent desire that these traitorous clowns punished – and then i stated my fervent OPINION that it will never happen

        I’m guessing that despite our optimism or wishes, that no-one will be willing to predict an outcome that includes prosecuting ANY of the criminal that i’ve listed…

        do you have an opinion yourself regarding this?

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    • Deb says:

      Pessimism and negativity are a complete waste of energy.

      Instead, use that energy to help make the things you are complaining about not happening actually happen.

      For most of us, helping means educating our friends and family and fellow citizens about what is actually happening. Sundance has given you all the tools you need to do so, get to work.

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      • BobInFL says:

        President Trump told us time and again as he ran for President that the system was rigged and that he was going to drain the swamp. I believe him.

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      • WT#$##$@!!! says:

        not negative – simply my opinion…

        i’m not interested in arguing personally, or trading insults

        WHO will be indicted and prosecuted as a result of these investigations – and WHEN

        what’s your opinion?

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    • KBR says:

      Specifically?
      Specifically when, specifically who,
      Maybe specifically on which charges, and under specifically which judge?
      Also specifically when some might die of old age and disease? Hour and minute?

      What, you looking to place a “can’t lose” bet in Vegas?

      Well, I can say specifically under which POTUS the crackdowns begin.

      Otherwise find a fortuneteller site. I am sure some specific shyster will give you some specific future dates and times to the very specific minute…for a price.

      Good grief.

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      • WT#$##$@!!! says:

        i’ll ignore the personal attack and all that and ask you – what’s your opinion?

        is that that so difficult?

        ;O

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        • Proud American from Texas says:

          You tell me where the Grand Juries will be convened and then I’ll start listing my perps.

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          • WT#$##$@!!! says:

            but I posted my opinion – NO GRAND JURIES for ANY of the people i listed in my original post

            how about – you tell me where when and who in your opinion ;O

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            • Proud American from Texas says:

              My bad. You said indictments, not grand juries being convened,
              The Clinton’s pay for play will be taken before a grand jury in Little Rock area, IMO.
              As soon as they identify who requested unmasking under Samantha Power’s name, that person or persons will be taken to a Grand Jury. She claims the unmasking was done by others in her name.
              That said, not sure of indictments due to GJ locale.
              Depending on investigations, Uranium 1 actors will be taken before a GJ, Washerwoman in Awan scandals will be taken before a GJ. We suppose there were illegalities committed, but I haven’t seen evidence, other than what we surmise from the articles Sundance has written. Again, GJ locale will be hard to overcome to obtain indictments.

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              • WT#$##$@!!! says:

                no, my bad ;O i could care less about convening GJ’s – just who gets indicted and prosecuted.

                So the Clinton Foundation in Little Rock, and Hillary and BARRY the senior players in Uranium one will all be facing a grand jury…along with Rice, Holder and Wasserman-Schultz?

                You know at the Federal level they indict like 99.9 percent of the time, so i’m guessing that you’re predicting Federal indictments for all…

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                • Proud American from Texas says:

                  Not convinced of Rice, based on comments from her hearing testimony.
                  If GJ’s are convened in the District of Corruption, not convinced of indictments. Hatred of PDJT is deep. Just my opinion.

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            • chilloutyo says:

              My opinion is that justice may occur for some low-level evildoers who are scapegoated by the major ones. For the big ones to fall will require the cold anger of the many to heat up beyond the boiling point. The bureaucratic and justice systems in this country are one and the same. They are corrupt beyond repair. They must be completely destroyed and rebuilt from the ground up.

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              • WT#$##$@!!! says:

                agree 100 percent –

                “The bureaucratic and justice systems in this country are one and the same.”

                as are the puppet media (mouthpiece for the globalist psychpaths/shadow government/deep state/weaponized/intelligence agencies), and muppet Hollywood (producers of the CGI/VT technology that scripts the mind control cartoons and fear porn that we’re blasted with relentlessly – 24/7).

                This won’t change an Iota until American taxpayers of ALL partisan persuasions march on the Swamp and toss out these so called “leaders” on their ears…bad ham actors serving ONLY their globalist masters is what they are…

                but that’s not happening so…

                sit back, relax and enjoy the show, i guess ;O

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                • jeans2nd says:

                  Oh, WT. You underestimate those of us deep in flyover country.

                  Why must the prosecutions be in D.C.? Who says the grand juries must be in D.C.?
                  The way to negate the Swamp is leave the Swamp.
                  Pay attention to what is going on directly around you. Use your peripheral vision.

                  Listen to Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and father of PressSec Sara Huckabee Sanders, regarding the Arkansas Attorney General. Then we’ll talk.

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        • deedee says:

          Apparently it is… geesh, if you don’t want to answer, just move on to the next reply!

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    • G. Combs says:

      You need to separate Congressional ‘“investigations” = Dog & Pony show for slow witted voters.

      AND DOJ investigations which result in indictments and trials.
      The report is 9000+ sealed indictments in two months so something is going down. There has been a focus on Human/sex trafficking and Drug trafficking. These are the money makers for the swamp.

      You can see what’s up here: https://www.justice.gov/news?page=1

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      • WT#$##$@!!! says:

        so far – i haven’t received a single definitive opinion from those that are confident that “something is going down” regarding WHO will be indicted and prosecuted and WHEN.

        I offered mine – that none of the MAJOR players that i listed in my original post – barry/bill/hillary/lynch/comey/rice/lynch/holder/abedine/lerner/mueller/podesta/wasserman-schultz etc etc etc etc will EVER be indicted….
        and here’s another opinion:
        i’m not interested in IMO cartoon characters like “strzrok”, his GF, or “reality winner”

        sex trafficking sounds promising –

        but you’ve been following this closely, so you must have an opinion

        and again – i have no interest in arguing – just discussing ;O

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        • mimbler says:

          Of that list, I’d actually give best odds of Huma and maybe even Clinton being indicted.

          My reason is that there is concrete, easily understood, physical evidence proving their guilt in unauthorized release of classified information. And that evidence is in the public eye.
          Pretty hard for a Republican administration DOJ to ignore that.

          I wouldn’t predict more than a slap on the wrist consequence though.

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    • Another Scott says:

      I share your opinion that none of the people who should be indicted will be indicted. I hope we are both wrong. But the effort to gather all the information, have hearings and establish the full story has benefits.
      1. The Democrats look even worse than they did during the Bernie Sanders scandal that caused Debbie W-S to resign. This can be used against them in the next elections.
      2. Once established and brought to light the manner in which the wiretappIng was done can be prevented in the future.
      3. It looks like the Democrat apparatus put most of its eggs in the Russia conspiracy basket and now they are left with lame attacks on President Trump like “he’s crazy impeach him!” (plus those eggs are now on their faces)

      My other opinion is that this whole effort to gather evidence and establish a clear picture of what happened should proceed full steam ahead. Look at what Nunes said – surveillance (emails and recorded phone calls) was done that had nothing to do with the Russia conspiracy, in other words the Obama admin was using the US Intelligence agencies to spy on Trump the opposition candidate and sharing that information all over the place – isn’t that a scandal 1000x as big as the Watergate Scandal?

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      • WT#$##$@!!! says:

        interesting, Another Scott ;O

        I think you’re saying that this is all POLITICAL which i can’t argue with…

        i think the key which some may be missing in regards to the narrative or the perception of it (the perception of obstruction of justice is equal the real thing), is the IMMENSE power of the MEDIA…by FAR the strongest political mind control/propaganda force in today’s known universe…more so by far than their surrogates, the “government” or “Hollywood (although i’m still not sure who’s actually calling the shots – the media, or Hollywood but no matter). Their BUSINESS is crafting our reality, one 5 second soundbite at a time. Think of it – ALL the information that we’re speculating on is SOURCED from and presented to us by the attack dog MSM. It’s indoctrination of the highest order, i’d say…and all we can do is endlessly speculate – which is why i”m only interested in…opinions

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    • EternalVigilanc3 says:

      “NOT a SINGLE real criminal”
      Seems you forgot who just was recently locked up. Here’s a hint he got 2 years on a mandatory sentence of 10. Why is that? Could it be a plea deal that we aren’t aware of?

      Peeps like you who want a damned perk walk of a high politico so your “feelz” are stroked. Have you sat back and thought it through and what would happen? It would make the riots of the 80s seem like a mere stroll in the park. Thats what “they” (Marxists, commie, socialist, elites) want. Hence Sundance and others pointing out a slow rollout to the general public.

      There are several virtues and one being Patience. Which seems to be lacking in your post.

      It seems you are here to “stir the pot”
      Based upon your use of CAPITALISING certain words, which is a tactic practiced frequently. Your long drawn out post. Opposed to “dam peeps when do you all think a perk walk will happen to any of these peeps I’m getting annoyed and imaptient”

      You start out strong like you want it to happen then twist into it won’t happen and here is why. FOLLOWED with I want your OPINION and peeps give them to you and you proceed to FLAME them. (See what I did there with caps 🙂 Because of which I am responding to you.

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  9. Bob Thoms says:

    Anyone listening to Rush right now? He is doing a complete ripoff of this Sundance piece……..of course, not giving credit to Sundance or CTH.

    Rush is about 5 months behind the cruve on things…………..

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    • Iron Lady says:

      I was just going to jump on and say the same thing. So glad you’re a Treeper, Rush, but do the honorable thing and give credit where it’s due.

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    • KBR says:

      And the stupid Rush listeners will come round later saying “SD stole that from Rush!”

      I do not like Rush. Not one little bit.

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    • Michael says:

      Thanks Rob! From Limbaugh’s website. Talk about a near verbatim ripoff!

      Now, there’s another little bit of timeline news. The director of the NSA is Admiral Mike Rogers. And in I think November, December, I’m not sure which, Mike Rogers visited Trump in Trump Tower. We don’t know what was said. But he’s military, and it’s kind of unusual for a military man, even though he is the head of the NSA, to jump chain, but he went and talked to Trump. And shortly after Mike Rogers spoke to Trump, Trump relocated his transition team out of Trump Tower and over to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

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      • H&HC 2nd-16th says:

        It may not be “right” that Rush does not give Sundance credit, however, I’d let that slide a bit because the word is still getting out to whatever audience Rush has – maybe 10 to 20 million. I’m not condoning him for being remiss in not acknowledging Sundance’s work. Wait till after the indictments then address Rush.

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    • Dishonest Trifecta: Lying, Cheating & Stealing
      • First it was LYIN TED.
      • Then it was CHEATIN CLINTON. [CROOKED, too]
      • Now it’s RIPOFF RUSH.

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    • cozette says:

      And people here are waaaay behind the curve of people who follow Q Anon which started on the chans and has branched out to reddit CBTS_stream and Discord. Rather than feeling smug I invite you to realize everyone has a voice, an audience and a role to play. Effective communicators need to pace their audience then lead. If they drop info prematurely, without preparation, then their audience will reject whats being said because it’s too horrible to bear. I’d bet most readers here have NO idea how horrific things really are. The corruption at the DOJ, FBI and in the IC is Sunday School stuff. As Q says, if people knew the whole truth 90% of them would be in the hospital. I urge everyone to approach each other with generosity and gratitude for what they ARE doing, to keep digging so we can calm our friends as the truth comes out because they will be traumatized and to keep praying. May God bless you all.

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  10. Good Job! says:

    the DOJ-NSD had enough information for their unlawful FISA warrant which worked retroactively to make the prior FBI surveillance (began in July ’16 per James Comey) lawful.

    You have written this before. Are you saying there is a law which retroactively makes unlawful surveillance lawful? Or is this the hope and prayers interpretation of the conspirators? Or some “because we say so” new rule making by the DOJ? Is this what Rosenstein talking about saying Congress makes the rules, not the DOJ?

    It sounds like Lisa might have wanted to dump the illegal activities by claiming Trump would certainly fail in the election.

    I think you should distinguish what NSA Rogers knew about FBI/DOJs surveillance. Would he have known all about it? Who was doing the “wiretapping” for the FBI and DOJ.

    Comey couldn’t tell the Eight about the investigation for many reasons. One they would ask if a judge approved it. But a judge rejected a warrant request. Also they would ask for evidence…the first piece was the “pee” memo.

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    • maggiemoowho says:

      Figures Bruce Ohr would be involved with Project Cassandra.

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    • Itbj2 says:

      Why has sessions not fired the guy. I really hope Sessions is just doing all this for some reason we are not aware of but if that dose not become clear by midd year he needs to be removed.

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      • Firefly says:

        Bruce Ohr is scheduled to testify 17 January. The ig interim report and 1.2 million documents are to be delivered by 15 Jan.

        Radio interview of sessions on Ohr, a few weeks ago, he was asked why ohr was not fired. Sessions responded about the importance of due diligence and following procedures. Civil service has procedures for firing – plus no subpoena needed while ohr is still a doj employee. It also indicates ohr might be talking else he should be on administrative leave rather than a desk with no phone.

        I wouldn’t be surprised if more weird and interesting shoes to drop.

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      • Donna in Oregon says:

        Why hasn’t AG Sessions fired these corrupt DOJ/FBI employees? The only reasonable idea I can come up with is while under employment they must submit to polygraph and answer questions.

        They’ve been removed from their previous positions. Even then it doesn’t make sense, eh? They should be in jail already. No one is going to forget, especially President Trump.

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  11. babethebeagle says:

    I hope you’re wrong, but it would take a lot of political capital to prosecute even those further down the food chain, like Lerner. Right now, with Republicans concerned with the 2018 elections, knowing the vicious attack they would face from the Dems, and that MSM would be screaming “abuse of power” 24/7, I doubt they will take that risk. (BTW, I just followed you on twitter, and hope you make many more tweets … if you’d like me to promote you, I would be happy to. I’ll try to check often to see if you have anything I can RT.)

    I would love to get more people to notice The Last Refuge, because Sundance writes such well researched and reasoned articles. I don’t post here often, but read here almost every day, and the posts are often as informative as the blog itself.

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    • G. Combs says:

      I think it would work the other way round.

      1. Horowitz the Inspector General worked under OBAMA.
      He was tasked by Congress to do the investigation BEFORE Donald Trump took office.

      2. Dana Boente and Rod Rosenstein worked for OBAMA. Rosey appointed Mueller Special Counsel (Under whom all the dirt is coming out) and Dana is head of the DOJ National Security Division.

      3. AG Sessions has stayed completely out of it to the point Donald Trump and the Republicans are calling for his firing for not doing his job… (snicker)

      Now if as we suspect they were also hiding human child sex trafficking too, all the left can do is try to cover it up.

      1100 sealed indictments is the national average.

      The most recent count from the autists on the chans with PACER accounts is claiming there are now around 9,400 sealed indictments in all federal court districts combined filed just since October 2017. courtesy of America First

      Former FBI Agent: 9,000+ SEALED INDICTMENTS Can Only Mean Unprecedented Human Trafficking Takedown – CBTS_Stream

      The biggest Pedophile Ring affecting 68,000 children was broken with Operation Broken Heart. Raids so far have netted 4,474 arrests that includes those trafficking children and young adults into sex trade/slavery. Out of these nearly 2,000 were in California alone mostly in the LA area.

      Remember the NYC cops were sickened by what they found on Weenie Wiener’s laptop. He lives in Manhattan.

      And SWEET SWEET NEWS!
      Geoffrey Berman, a partner of RUDY GULIANI, is named US Attorney for southern district on New York. News Week — Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday named Geoffrey Berman to succeed Preet Bharara as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York [Manhattan] on an interim basis

      Washington Compost: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions is naming 17 interim U.S. attorneys to run federal prosecutor shops across the country, including the premier office in Manhattan. Geoffrey S. Berman, a law partner of Rudolph W. Giuliani at the firm Greenberg Traurig and a former federal prosecutor, was named…”

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  12. westernwhere@mailinator.com says:

    I’m curious about what charges can be placed on Rep Adam Schiff based on what crimes we are confident he’s committed. Leaking classified info I would think is clear, but barring a conspiracy charge I think that is all he’s gon on him right now.

    Thoughts?

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  13. mike diamond says:

    obama,comey, and loretta lynch should be tried for treason!!!!!!!!!!!

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  14. daughnworks247 says:

    Couple of more questions.
    1. Who ordered and what was the justification for beginning the counter-intel investigation in July of 2016, (the date which Comey admitted to in testimony)?
    2. Can you imagine what would have happened if they (not sure who ‘they’ would be) did NOT get the FISA warrant in October 2016??
    The FISA warrant made the collection, beginning in July, legal, retroactively. If ‘they’ did NOT obtain the warrant, then, I guess, all the surveillance would have been illegal. Thus, “insurance”. If Hillary had been elected, the cockroaches would have shrunk back to the dark and we would have never known. Admiral Rogers probably would have been fired, or worse, reprimanded.
    3. I re-watched Nunes presser.
    Most of us have watched it several times, but please, watch it again.
    Nunes referred to ‘what he saw’ in the SCIF, being similar to a problem they (Congress) had about 1 1/2 years ago with Congressmen being unmasked or incidentally collected. Nunes went on to explain, they (Congress) had to make changes in the way intel was collected (at that time), and the surveillance of the Trump team looked very similar to what Congress addressed previously.
    THAT means someone ordered the ‘old’ kind of surveillance, which would have been contrary to what Congress THOUGHT they fixed.
    Who did it?

    Something new:
    4. We’re getting reports that the Uranium One related investigation into Russian bribery was handled by the National Security Division of the DOJ. It would have been under Holder(DOJ) and Mueller(FBI). Were both of these men members of CFIUS?
    What was the timeline of Horiwitz’s oversight at DOJ?
    We know, from Sundance’s research Sally Yates provided the 58 page memo as to why Horowitz was NOT allowed oversight to NSD division of DOJ, but that happened in 2015. Did anyone have oversight to NSD division before 2015? If not, why not?
    This again ties Carlin at DOJ – NSD division, with Bill Priestap. We have so many questions for these two men, but they do not act within a vacuum. Who gave them orders?

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  15. recoverydotgod says:

    There’s so much information, but many connected dots in this article so it does make a framework.

    Thinking of the Obama Presidential Daily Briefings (PDB), I remember it was reported that Brennan (CIA) sent over a secret envelope in early August in which it was specifically reported that the material was so sensitive it was kept out of the PDB because of the “too broad” distribution of PDB’s.

    It will be interesting to see if their are intersections between the Strzok/Lisa Page texts already released and additional texts between Strzok/Lisa Page and Brennan’s activity around this time.

    Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault
    By Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima and Adam Entous
    June 23, 2017

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/world/national-security/obama-putin-election-hacking/?utm_term=.56c612770854

    -snip-

    The material was so sensitive that CIA Director John O. Brennan kept it out of the President’s Daily Brief, concerned that even that restricted report’s distribution was too broad. The CIA package came with instructions that it be returned immediately after it was read. To guard against leaks, subsequent meetings in the Situation Room followed the same protocols as planning sessions for the Osama bin Laden raid.

    It took time for other parts of the intelligence community to endorse the CIA’s view. Only in the administration’s final weeks in office did it tell the public, in a declassified report, what officials had learned from Brennan in August — that Putin was working to elect Trump.

    -snip-

    -snip-
    In early August, Brennan alerted senior White House officials to the Putin intelligence, making a call to deputy national security adviser Avril Haines and pulling national security adviser Susan E. Rice aside after a meeting before briefing Obama along with Rice, Haines and McDonough in the Oval Office.
    -snip-

    Mueller aide fired for anti-Trump texts now facing review for role in Clinton email probe
    By James Rosen, Jake Gibson
    December 2nd, 2017

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/12/03/ex-mueller-team-members-role-in-clinton-probe-under-review.html

    -snip-
    In his FBI position, Strzok also enjoyed liaison with various agencies in the intelligence community, including the CIA, then led by Director John Brennan.
    -snip-

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  16. Keln says:

    Maybe this is somewhat off-topic, although pertinent to the discussion of “weaponized intelligence”, but as someone who has worked with classified information for most of my adult life, I am beginning to wonder if the entire classified setup needs to be completely reformed. The fact that our government can do so many things in secret against the citizens who it is supposed to serve, often on the whims of those who are supposed to serve us, means there is something broken within the system.

    The vast majority of the classified information program is established by Presidential executive order (currently EO 13526, issued by Obama), and a rather vague and short executive order at that. Within this EO, it is clearly stated that the use of the classification systems in place cannot be abused for political or other purposes…that something considered classified must have a very good reason, such as damage to our national security, for being classified (and I have personally seen questionable application of that metric…even for benign reasons). The reason being that all information known by, used by, or created by our government belongs to the People.

    At one time, I was a derivative classifier. Basically someone trained and authorized to decide whether or not something is classified and to what level it is classified based on published guidance. One of the most important roles of that is to prevent such abuse of using classification all willy nilly. To do so is to basically hide information from the People, when they have an absolute right to access that information.

    The problem is, the fail-safe when it comes to classified information is to make everything classified at the highest level within an organization that produces it. Which means everybody and their brother stamps a classification level on documents and whatnot at the time they are created within a classified setting (and conversely failing to mark things as classified when they should be, when they are accidentally created in an unclassified setting).

    What happens then, is you have this constant attitude among those in the classified world that everything is classified (unless it is inconvenient) and there is very little enforcement of the “rules” set forth by executive order. Rules which really should have a lot more teeth behind them, as breaking them is pretty much unconstitutional.

    I said “willy nilly” before and I’ll say it again, because that is really how a lot of the execution of our classification system feels. And because of all of the careless and unintentional abuses of that system that goes on daily throughout our government and its many contractors, those who purposely wish to abuse the system can do so without much, if any, scrutiny. FISA judges are, by some accounts, basically pencil-whipping requests, while there is very little oversight over the top levels and how they use such information.

    It may be time for a complete reform of the system. Our government has no right to hide information from the public, since everything they do belongs to the People. Yes, that has to be weighed against actual national security interests, again for the good of the People. But that is not the balance that is being achieved here, and that is what makes such blatant abuses such as what happened possible.

    I am usually the last person to say “there ought to be a law!”, but perhaps it is time that an actual classification system is codified into law and passed by Congress, instead of Executive Order, and that law designed to protect the interests of the People only; both their security and their right to know what their government is up to.

    As things stand, the way our classification system works goes against the intended nature of what government is in the US. It gives our government a cloak to hide behind from the very People it is supposed to serve.

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    • Michael says:

      Keln Thanks for the inside view.

      My wife works in the stock market buried under layers and layers of law and regs allegedly to protect we the people. Just makes for smarter rats.

      Laws however are for law abiding people. The amoral don’t care. Those narcissists convinced they are doing a greater good don’t care. Their end justifies the means.

      The way you stop horse thieves, drug dealers, and traitors is with a firing squad.
      If this monstrosity doesn’t prompt such action IMO we are lost.

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      • STOP ALLOWING ATTORNEYS TO WRITE THE LAW… either allow the common man to be the judge.. or allow the layman to write the law… it would not be able to be manipulated if laymen wrote it and judges sat to ensure fair trials.

        ATTORNEYS write the regulation, pass(nearly half of congress are attys) it into force of law, then an ATTORNEY (prosecutor) will charge you with an infraction of said LAW thus forcing you to hire an ATTORNEY ($$ an hour), who’s job is to fight with another ATTORNEY (making $$ an hour), while asking the permission of another ATTORNEY dressed in a BLACK ROBE who rules over you… it’s a damned farcical absurdity when you get right down to it.

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    • mimbler says:

      Interesting post. You make a good point.
      Well intended people in intelligence believe over-classifying is better than under classifying.

      When I was in military intelligence long ago, the only downside we thought of to over classifying was the extra hassle of handling it.

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      I think you’re right – there at least needs to be discussion of possible more advanced systems that account for all the known problems. We have entered a new era with the very idea of “upstream collection”, and I think that the larger pattern of agencies which allows internal subversion at the ODNI level shows we have a BAD design, which has not kept up with the times, nor with the reality of people like Obama and Hillary. Just because the media has forbidden discussion of subversion for 65 years does not make it go away.

      Redesign would be good. Bet we have plenty of good people who can help design something safer. I know at least one. 😉

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  17. Margaret says:

    Thank you, Sundance, for your diligence in ferreting out the details of this awful conspiracy! Although I don’t have the intelligence and memory to keep all of the machinations of the Obama crew clear enough to repeat them to anyone else, I appreciate the delineation of them. Plus, the links to prior explanations is most helpful and the people charts also.

    Thanks too to the comments which posit pertinent questions.

    God bless you all and, God, please bless our country and the good people who are trying to save her.

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  18. Proud American from Texas says:

    A question for you guys/gals. Is it possible the FISA judge was recused due to an error he made unintentionally? As he was newly appointed, is it possible he was NOT the judge to reject the first FISA request and did not know about it. Then, he issued the warrant later, not knowing a similar request had been turned down.
    The first judge could have been the one who raised the issue resulting in his force recusal, perhaps.
    I have no clue if all applications are reviewed by all judges. Anybody know?

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    • smartyjones1 says:

      The judge was not recused for an error. He was recused because of a conflict; obviously a very serious one connected to all the particulars outlined in this comprehensive story.

      This is bigger than life House of Cards. Well done SD!
      We’ve been waiting for the pieces to come together.

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    • Bacall says:

      Someone wrote previously that all FISA applications on the same matter are reviewed by the same judge. This judge was not “recused”; he was removed by either the Chief Judge of the Supreme Court or the entire FISA court. Removal is a serious matter. This will be revealed in due course. (There probably is a statute within the FISA court law detailing the bases for removal of a judge from a surveillance activity.)

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  19. It would be great if we could collectively send our Best Wishes, Thank Yous & Godspeed to Mike Rogers on the occasion of his retirement from the Federal government. Either electronically or physically. Any thoughts on this from our more creative Treepers?

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  20. wolfmoon1776 says:

    This post is one of the best ever, Sundance. It really puts it all in perspective.

    I’ll add one more name. Eric Holder. I will bet the infection of DOJ started before he got there, but I’ll also bet Holder was instrumental in establishing 90% of the corruption and subversion, after his “highly anticipated by the rats” arrival, and I’ll bet Holder’s connection to interesting names tells an interesting story. HOLDER above all should be held responsible for what happened at DOJ.

    His tweets really do make a lot of sense now. The squeaks of a cornered rat, watching as the brooms close in.

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  21. Ray Nordland says:

    ROSENSTEINS WIFE Lisa Barsoomian an attorney who has represented Robert Mueller three times, James Comey five times, Barack Obama forty-five times, Kathleen Sebellius fifty-six times, Bill Clinton forty times, and Hillary Clinton seventeen times between 1991 and 2017.

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  22. Helz says:

    I really want to believe that Mueller is a white hat and in on the clean-up operation. It seems like a good idea to place Strzok & Page under his watch to see how they operate up close and to keep them busy.
    I can’t wait for this to bust wide open and the truth to be revealed.

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  23. John says:

    Wow !! That’s all I got wow !

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  24. oljw00 says:

    Admiral Rogers and Gen. Flynn are patriots of the highest order. Their impending testimony will take people down….hard. And deservedly so.

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  25. Lawrence Ogorman says:

    again, all i can say is ‘wow’. i hope potus kicks them in the crotch.

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  26. Allen Reynolds says:

    thankyou….a very compelling argument…great research

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