October 2016: James Comey Friend Benjamin Wittes Discusses “The Insurance Policy” Against Trump…

Researchers will share the value of pausing, going back, and looking upon previous information with new insight gained from current discoveries.  In hindsight there are many contexts that shape a new understanding.  Fired FBI Director James Comey ran a corrupt and heavily political organization. He himself helped to shape the politics of it.

On Comey’s watch he allowed the FBI to become a weaponized tool against political enemies.   The upper-level officials within the FBI are now under scrutiny as their actions are increasingly transparent in their political motives.  With James Comey sitting in the sunlight, I doubt there is a more apropos example for the value of hindsight-review than to visit the 2016 writing of Benjamin Wittes.

Mr. Wittes is a close personal friend of Mr. Comey, and was the go-between used by Director Comey to leak information to the media, and specifically to the New York Times.

Three days after the FBI secured the FISA “Title-1” surveillance authority over former Trump campaign official Carter Page (using the Clinton-Steele Dossier), Benjamin Wittes wrote a column in his blog titled: “What if Trump Wins” – “We need an insurance Policy“.

Excerpt:

October 24th, 2016 […]  The point is that there is no reason at this stage to imagine that the legislature will be a viable venue for push-back, which is a shame considering the powerful set of tools at its disposal.

The Coalition of All Democratic Forces should certainly see what kind of use it might make of the legislature, but realistically, we should probably expect that the coalition’s job in Congress will be to prevent Trump from passing anti-democratic legislation. That is, the task in Congress will be a negative one of denying Trump the use of the Article I powers, not the positive one of the coalition’s using them itself.

That leaves the tool that will certainly be available: the courts. The courts have a few obvious advantages, starting with hundreds of independent judges of both parties whom Trump cannot remove from office and who don’t have to face his supporters in forthcoming elections.  (read more)

I strongly suggest everyone go back and read the entire October 24th, 2016 article written by James Comey’s close friend. –SEE HERE– While you are reading it remind yourself of what has taken place in the fourteen months since President Trump did actually win the election.

Compare the writing of Benjamin Wittes to the actions taken by the DOJ, the FBI, James Comey and every participant inside the enterprise.

With hindsight applied, that October 24th 2016 outline could be considered a road-map for how the DOJ and FBI intelligence apparatus, specifically the “small group” within it, conspired to carry out exactly what Wittes was suggesting.

Even the “insurance policy” language used by Comey’s friend strikes a familiar cord.

No doubt about it… the removal of a democratically elected President Donald J Trump was “their plan” all along.  Transparently planned and openly discussed prior to the election.

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478 Responses to October 2016: James Comey Friend Benjamin Wittes Discusses “The Insurance Policy” Against Trump…

  1. Walt says:

    Well now we see his plan in action….
    Citing the Pope, Catholic Bishops Bash Travel Ban With Help From Gibson Dunn

    Gibson lawyers filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

    Theodore Boutrous Jr. of Gibson Dunn, (Diego M. Radzinschi)

    President Donald Trump’s travel ban is “un-American” and “un-Catholic,” a team of partners at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher told the U.S. Supreme Court in an amicus brief filed on behalf of a group of bishops Tuesday.

    By Cogan Schneier | September 12, 2017 at 06:17 PM

    THE RECORDER
    POWERED BY LAW.COM

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  2. Trey Dawg says:

    Manifest-o

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  3. JB says:

    Coincidence? I think not!

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  4. All Too Much says:

    Gotta love this tactic:

    “Monitor the Justice Department and major regulatory enforcement bodies for signs of political corruption or misuse;”

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  5. Thebigolddog@gmail. says:

    The hubris, lack of self awareness, arrogance is F’in staggering! They are going to protect against Trump passing anti-democratic legislation by completely destroying democracy via a coup. Unbelievable!

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  6. Walt says:

    Wikipedia Laurence Tribe
    In December 2016 Tribe and notable lawyers Lawrence Lessig and Andrew Dhuey established The Electors Trust under the aegis of EqualCitizens.US to provide pro bono legal counsel as well as a secure communications platform for those of the 538 members of the United States Electoral College who are regarding a vote of conscience against Donald Trump in the presidential election.

    In May 2017, after the dismissal of James Comey, Tribe wrote: “The time has come for Congress to launch an impeachment investigation of President Trump for obstruction of justice.” Tribe argued that Trump’s conduct rose to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors” that are impeachable offenses under the Constitution.[34] He added, “It will require serious commitment to constitutional principle, and courageous willingness to put devotion to the national interest above self-interest and party loyalty, for a Congress of the president’s own party to initiate an impeachment inquiry.”[34]

    Tribe has stirred controversy due to his promotion of unreliably sourced and conspiratorial claims about President Trump.[35][36] Dartmouth political scientist Brendan Nyhan harshly criticized Tribe, saying that he “has become an important vector of misinformation and conspiracy theories on Twitter.”[35] According to McKay Coppins of The Atlantic, Tribe has been “an especially active booster” of the Palmer Report, “a liberal blog known for peddling conspiracy theories”.[37]

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  7. Minnie says:

    Hence, the rationale for “archiving”.

    Even search engines have “cached” documents and materials.

    Thank you, Sundance, without your stellar analysis and presentation, we would be lost.

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  8. TreeperInTraining says:

    It’s like Witte is giving written direction to his students.

    This guy is an example of WHY Trump won. Elitist know it all who thinks his and his silver spoon friends desires top that of 62,000,000 voters and an electoral college.

    I don’t pray because I assume Everyone upstairs is busy with more important things and people…but I really pray that this man, via some type of criminal charge is taken down a notch.

    For some reason, throughout this whole fiasco…this guy has irked me the most.

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  9. sunnydaze says:

    Comey’s publisher releasing his book ahead of scedule:

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  10. jmclever says:

    What strikes me most is that Wittes actually believes the media talking points about who President Trump is. A tyrant, a threat, etc. It’s like when my children yell at me telling me that I’m mean (usually for making them go to bed at a set time).

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    • peace says:

      Strikes me too. His level of political illiteracy is astounding. This man must live in a closely guarded political bubble that insulates him from the reality of life in America.

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      • JTwig says:

        If you watch MSNBC or CNN then you see that a lot of the “Elite” honestly believe a tyrant or dictator. They have honestly compared him to the leaders of Iran and North Korea, heck they’ve made comments that he is actually worse. Delusional.

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    • MaineCoon says:

      He lives and breathes in the la-la-land od leftie education bubble world. He has no idea there is a real world. His make believe world works for him.

      But, all the president’s men aren’t going to be able to put humpty dumpty little kenyan world back together again when all the dominoes fall.

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    • Leapin says:

      The Demosocialists make up narratives, then forget they made them up, then believe they are true. They are a strange cult indeed.

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      • zimbalistjunior says:

        exactly….look at press coverage for the 40 years pre this election…Was he considered a racist? a sexist? a danger? an anti-semite? a crazed right-wing whatever?

        the MSM loved the ratings he brought…they built him up , they gave him free press coverage, they wanted him to be the Repub nominee

        Then the Dem machine called and reminded the MSM that HRC must win. So they began to pour on the negative coverage, to build him up as a larger than life Hitlerian wrestling heel/demon. Great for ratings too!!!

        and then whoops, he won! What to do?!

        Well, they felt guilty for building him up during primary and they couldnt do a 180 about that hitler thing…once you call someone Hitler, you can’t go back.

        So they doubled down.

        Vive La Resistance!

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  11. bayrat65 says:

    Well I can surmise by the article that he and the other liberal shyte heads had their conference call. Probably a few with all the judges in the 9th circuit. Oh I bet they were all having such a good time plotting and scheming against our duely elected president.

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  12. Burmashave says:

    I think this is the secret society alluded to. Given Witte’s blog post as a charter, it explains why some are now spinning the secret society as just a group of people opposed to Trump. I also think it points to Bill Priestap as the source of the term “secret society” because Bill would have been in the room when the insurance policy was discussed. I also think that the term “secret society” was leaked by a black hat in order to give a heads up to its members that they were exposed. (Remember the Rep. who leaked it to the news looked terribly uncomfortable doing so.)

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  13. Pam says:

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  14. Minnie says:

    Per Hannity this evening:

    “ . . . quickly becoming the biggest scandal in American history – the corruption, malfeasance and desecration of Constitutional civil liberties is now unmatched in the history of this country . . .”

    We all know it and that one succinct statement wraps it up.

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    • Gil says:

      Buy stock in rope companies. Its sickening.

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    • Minnie says:

      Also per Hannity:

      “According to the Grassley/Graham Memo, the bulk, the BULK, of the application to the FISA Court the FBI put before a Judge, consisted, the BULK of it, the most phony dossier”.

      Sundance presented this days ago but it’s reassuring to know that revelation is shared in prime time news hour.

      Which leads back to my original belief – I don’t think the Judge(s) was/were fooled, I believe they are all complicit!

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      • WeThePeople2016 says:

        I agree with you on the Judges. I have been thinking that since this whole thing broke. There is no way these Judges did not know that the Dossier was phony.

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      • Gil says:

        I read some blogs about the presiding judge and the opinion was she isnt very competent in her role. I dont remember where I found it. Since Im not a lawyer all I can do is question the fisa circumstances altogether like you.

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      • Leapin says:

        Complicit or mindless rubber stampers. If the judge(s) are liberals appointed by liberals then their DNA contains the “activist” gene.

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    • Fish and hunt says:

      It’s bad for sure, but the Japanese citizens interned during WW II would probably disagree

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  15. Avi says:

    Perhaps the tarmac meeting was intentional to allow Lynch to wash her hands and make it look like the “above politics” Comey would the heat of exonerating Hillary.

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    • Burmashave says:

      Q states that the meeting was set up so that Lynch could deal for a Supreme Court nomination. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that earlier. It makes sense. Lynch and Hillary could communicate using low level intermediaries without much of a problem; however, a promise for a supreme court nod would have to come from someone with authority, namely Bill. Lynch was in a position to make demands.

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      • covfefe999 says:

        But Lynch had already declined when Scalia died. She was on a short list, according to reports, and she said she didn’t want it. Maybe she was going for a $600k vacation home.

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        • 4sure says:

          That was for public consumption. Kinda like FB coaches saying they love their job at XYZ univ, and would never leave.

          Next week they are gone to a higher paying job.

          Which brings me to this. When Bill said he and Lynch just shared pics. of grand kids and talked about them, he was telling the truth. He asked her if she had a pic. of her grandchild. She said yes. He asked to see it. Upon seeing it he said, “you know. You could be the first black female on the SCOTUS if Hillary is elected and this email crap goes away. Just think. That grandchild would sure be proud of his granny. Be a shame to let him down.”

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          • covfefe999 says:

            If she didn’t want it when Scalia died she probably didn’t want it if (shudder) Hillary had been elected. If a person wants to be on the Supreme Court they act quickly when there’s an opening, because those openings don’t occur very frequently.

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            • covfefe999 says:

              She didn’t really have the right background anyway and I’m sure she knew it. No judge position ever, wasn’t a Constitutional scholar, etc.

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  16. WFO says:

    “If you believe the FiveThirtyEight electoral forecast, Donald Trump has only between a 14- and 16-percent chance of becoming president. If you believe the New York Times’s “Upshot” forecast, that chance is even lower, around seven percent.”

    Besides the Conspirators Coalition, the fact that they/he thought Trump had so little chance to win was pure ignorance – Trump packed stadiums in every city and town he campaigned, Hillery couldn’t even fill a Middle School Gym, even using the students as props. I knew Trump would win, but I did fear they would steal the election in the end – and try they did.

    Lock Them Up!!

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    • covfefe999 says:

      I remember how hard it was sometimes to keep spirits up when we would see polls and other information showing Trump had little chance to win. But 14% was just absurd. They were trying to make us feel like we might as well stay home. It was their last resort.

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      • linda4298 says:

        Do you remember days before the election , all the fake news media screaming , this election is over, Trump has no chance, The Phila. Inquirer had a headline , in bold print, the election is over. They tried to demoralize us, they failed.

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  17. Dimitri Kissov says:

    I was sickened by reading that, excellent find, really good work. I really almost puked when I read that. Revenge is a dish best served cold, Mario Puzo The Godfather

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  18. fred5678 says:

    Don’;t you just love the noble intellectuals who are SOOOOO much smarter than us ordinary folks and are therefore OBLIGATED to maintain political power so THEY can run the government and tell us serfs what to do with our lives.

    Gee, I feel so relaxed now, with smart people in charge!!

    A warped sense of: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noblesse_oblige

    “Noblesse oblige is a French phrase literally meaning “nobility obligates”. It denotes the concept that nobility extends beyond mere entitlements and requires the person who holds such a status to fulfill social responsibilities”

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  19. Jenny says:

    Jim Comey & his butt buddy are clearly part of this “secret society”

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  20. delmarvajim says:

    Looks like “Insurance Policy”. is a common theme with these people. Wittes used it. Strzok used it and Anthony Weiner had it on his laptop

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  21. All Too Much says:

    EXCLUSIVE – Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee who has been leading a congressional investigation into President Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, had extensive contact last year with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch who was offering Warner access to former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele, according to text messages obtained exclusively by Fox News.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/02/08/democratic-sen-mark-warner-texted-with-russian-oligarch-lobbyist-in-effort-to-contact-dossier-author-christopher-steele.html

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    • yakmaster2 says:

      Yes, he serves with Repub Richard Burr who gave him cover. Warren is a conspiring Dem and Burr is a known RAT. Pox on those two and the rest of them. RATs only want Dems to like them because they’re all on the same money/power ship. Well, that ship has started burning and some RATs are methaphorically jumping it.
      Good riddance!

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  22. NC Nana says:

    Read the full 2016 writing of Benjamin Wittes. He strikes me as exactly the type of person James Comey would choose as a BFF.

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  23. Chewbarkah says:

    “No matter who wins the presidential election, the political forces in the United States that believe in democracy, the rule of law, and the integrity of our institutions need to unite.” (from Benjamin Witte, A Coalition of Democratic Forces, Part I at lawfareblog.com

    Learned Professor Witte and his ilk truly believe: that criminal conspiracies by unelected state security bureaucrats to rig elections is “democracy”; that blatantly illegal acts and obstruction of justice by top law enforcement officers is the “rule of law”; and, lying to and defrauding courts, using the government to spy on political opponents, using unfounded political dirt as evidence, and LEAKING classified data to the press for partisan advantage is “integrity”. Give this guy an Orwell Award for excellence in doublespeak, and a long prison sentence to enjoy it.

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  24. albrevin says:

    think about it….. the first 2 months of the administration saw the ‘travel ban’, among other things. This prof’s little coalition was tipped off, wasn’t it ‘small group’. The legal justification was tipped to these people who, in turn, tipped the media to do a hysterical over-the-top reaction in airports. Certain legal groups were tipped as well, leading to ready made lawsuits and judges who were pre-shopped for their flexibility.

    The leaks of phone calls to world leaders. The leaks about TPP. All of it was gathered by the Comey FBI and run through this group.

    It’s all obvious. This guy’s a rat and so is his little coalition.

    We heard PDJT’s positions loud and clear and that’s what we voted for…. a$$hole.

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  25. Walt says:

    Well I guess the DACA case is over now!!! Sundance this is a third onion!!! FBI/DOJ / Uranium 1 / Lawyers to oppose Trump!!!
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-18/trump-s-legal-nemesis-gets-his-day-in-court-in-bid-to-save-daca

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  26. jmclever says:

    I would bet money that the Talking Heads of all the major MSM outlets as well as some on Faux News are part of that Coalition of All Democratic Forces. Who was invited to Sea Island? Start there.

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  27. Walt says:

    SUNDANCE,
    Almost all legal cases has against this administration has both or one of these two Ted Boutrous and or Laurence Tribe. Emolument clause / Travel Ban / Daca…….

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  28. brenrod says:

    it all sounds like the basis for a rico conspiracy type op…when you put them together with soros funding of violent mobs it smacks of intel destabilization conspiracies… Trump should make this a terror case for soros under his EO…he is also connected to lynch.

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  29. Sylvia Avery says:

    I’m sorry, I know this is O/T but apparently Lisa Page texted to Stork that she really hated those “pro-life people”. This was all so personal with them. It just makes me sick to think of people like this with their hands on the levers of power.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/26934/disgraced-fbi-agent-lisa-page-also-trashed-pro-paul-bois

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  30. ForGodandCountry says:

    FYI

    Benjamin Wittes is a BIG proponent of what is called “lawfare”, a word-play on “warfare”. The man even named his blog “Lawfare”.

    What is “lawfare”?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawfare

    ============================
    Lawfare is a form of asymmetric warfare, consisting of using the legal system against an enemy, such as by damaging or delegitimizing them, tying up their time or winning a public relations victory. The word is a portmanteau of the words law and warfare,

    A more frequently cited use of the term was Charles J. Dunlap, Jr.’s 2001 essay authored for Harvard’s Carr Center. In that essay, Dunlap defines lawfare as “the use of law as a weapon of war”. He later expanded on the definition, explaining lawfare was “the exploitation of real, perceived, or even orchestrated incidents of law-of-war violations being employed as an unconventional means of confronting” a superior military power.

    Colonel Charles Dunlap describes lawfare as “a method of warfare where law is used as a means of realizing a military objective”. In this sense lawfare may be a more humane substitute for military conflict. Colonel Dunlap considers lawfare overall a “cynical manipulation of the rule of law and the humanitarian values it represents”.
    =============================

    As you may be aware, Harvard Law icon and prominent democrat Alan Dershowitz is harshly critical of the use of the lawfare.

    Does this make Sundance’s post about “insurance policy” and the Mueller investigation more clear??

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  31. Patrick Blasz says:

    I’m glad I read Mr. Wittes’ article. He is a another “dangerous to the republic self-rightious leftist”. I do believe he was instrumental in the “roadmap” of the insurance policy.

    Isn’t it ironic how Wittes could be so concerned about perceived threats to democracy by the election of PDJT and yet, what he and his ilk advocate is perfectly in accord with preserving democracy.

    Never mind the leftist have managed this great nation very poorly and have all but given away the store. Being the highbrow intellectual that Wittes is allows him to opine of Trump “so vaporous is his grasp of real policy matters.” without once stopping to consider the then current occupant of our WH. Frankly, Wittes and his ilk are so bizarre as to lack even a scintilla of circumspection as to the evils they would will on this great nation.

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  32. jackphatz says:

    Did any of them stop and think this might not be such a good idea?

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  33. Turranos says:

    It is so exciting to find this co-operation now and not several years down the road. Thank you, Sundance!

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  34. Doppler says:

    Great stuff!

    We shall never cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive at where we started, and know the place for the first time. (TS Eliot)

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  35. JoD says:

    Apparently, Washington DC has been awash with Russian money and influence for decades.
    That’s why, “Trump colluded with Russia” is an inside joke inside the beltway.
    It was created for public consumption.

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  36. simicharmed says:

    Jimboys “Friend”…? Another SWAMP creature that needs neutralization or handled with “extreme prejudice”! There is NO OTHER WAY to deal with these criminals! These democrat crazed fools have only ONE method! It’s a method the United States of America cannot endure nor ever tolerate!!

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  37. 6.5 Creedmore says:

    Check out his face book page . Benjamin Wittes.

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  38. fleporeblog says:

    I got so angry reading that yet it also made me so happy that everything these MORONS thought was absolutely not true and our Lion has been incredible.

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  39. TwoLaine says:

    “We need to address that threat—the threat posed by the pitch-fork populists—no matter who wins the election.”
    ~Benjamin Wittes

    I’ve always thought they knew ILLary was gonna’ tank. That is why Dirty Comey threw the Weiner emails, Russian collusion, golden pee-pee dossiers, and locker rooms tape out there at about the same time. Oh my, which shiny object should I follow? They were hoping for the sympathy vote, at best. At worst, they needed to see if they could slow him down, or kill off his campaign altogether. It didn’t work. He came at them with 4, 5, 6 events a day. 😉

    In any case, Dirty Comey was still willing to be the fall guy, he did it before, and Russian Collusion would be the story. Mueller was probably primed and waiting. The lady presstitutes who did the #MeTooCampaign against Candidate TRUMP were just the knock him out or mortally wound him campaign. Plus, it too would drag on him forever.

    They wanted him embroiled in as many SCANDALS as they could possibly muster going into the election and into his Presidency. Especially since they now ludicrously claim they were scandal-free. What a joke. We’ll see. The joke is gonna’ be on them. Their insurance policy is going down in flames.

    I’ve also long said since that since they were monitoring his campaign and transition, they knew exactly what they were doing, and that is why they were ready with all the legal challenges, etc. And remember, Dirty Holder was spending a lot of time in Californica, also already making threats.

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    • covfefe999 says:

      Need to use that Psycho shower scene music for the last part.

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    • 🍺Gunny says:

      Let me stick this in here. The people getting caught are not smart. I think we can all agree. Many are saying but the polls said she would win, and this and that said she would win..and on and on.

      But think about this. These people at the top. They know things. They knew the polls were wrong. They saw our Presidents rallies. They saw her collapse like a side of beef. The saw she did not campaign in some key states. They may have even been reading here.

      Now do you think they said: “Ah no problem, we do not have to plan on him winning.” Come on….the higher up’s are not stupid. There are trillions at stake. Nothing can be left to chance. I would wager, as soon as he announced, since they knew his history and way of thinking, they began the plan of the Secret Plan execution on: if he wins.

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  40. Troublemaker10 says:

    Well, his insurance policy hasn’t been very successful. Trump Adm has won the court challenges made against him and the Republican legislators have worked with him more and more as time goes by.

    In fact, Both Ryan and McConnell have said they don’t plan to push legislation that POTUS won’t support.

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  41. TwoLaine says:

    I want to know what they know about the TRUMP Chicago Rally shut down, and the complete and utter assault on free speech and fair elections in America on 11 Mar 2016.

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  42. MR52 says:

    I am behind on reading but I notice this post on reddit

    Huge find: Comey was FORCED to tell Congress about the Weiner emails because George Toscas at DOJ found out about them!

    Where does George Toscas fit in this picture?

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    • zimbalistjunior says:

      not sure the texts necessarily show that.

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    • ForGodandCountry says:

      Letter to who?

      Congress.

      Got it. F them.
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      Stunning arrogance and hubris.

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    • phoenixRising says:

      In 2016, George Zeno Toscas was a General Attorney at the Offices, Boards and Divisions in Washington, District Of Columbia. As our dataset only goes as far back as 2004, it is likely that has worked in the federal government prior to 2004.

      this from deep state mouthpiece wapo:

      “…On Oct. 24, 2016, the Wall Street Journal reported that McCabe’s wife had received hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from a close ally of Clinton, then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The donations were for McCabe’s wife’s unsuccessful run as a Democrat for the Virginia state legislature.

      The dormant laptop issue then appeared to gain new attention inside the FBI and Justice Department. At a meeting of senior officials of both agencies, senior Justice Department official George Toscas asked about the status of the inquiry into the emails on Weiner’s laptop, according to people familiar with the matter.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/internal-justice-department-probe-eyes-mccabes-role-in-final-weeks-of-2016-election/2018/01/30/db2ea8f0-05c7-11e8-8777-2a059f168dd2_story.html?utm_term=.26f7ee8a5408

      George Toscas … mention of him at party for awards hosted by Lynch:

      “… he 10th Distinguished Service Award is presented to, from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York, Assistant U.S. Attorneys John P. Cronan, Edward Y. Kim, Ian McGinley and Shane T. Stansbury, Criminal Investigator George F. Corey Jr. and Paralegal Specialists Melissa C. Danzo and Vanessa Quinoñes; from the FBI’s New York City Field Office, Special Agents Jonathan B. Geraci and Philip A. Swabsin; from the FBI’s New Haven Field Office, Supervisory Special Agent Michael S. Butsch; and from the National Security Division’s Office of the Assistant Attorney General, Deputy Assistant Attorney General George Z. Toscas. ”

      in the NSD …. hmmmmm

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    • phoenixRising says:

      there are more than 120 comments on this find… here’s one.

      “Look at the date!! Do you think it’s a coincidence that the day they realized they were going to have to reopen the email investigation that they went to the FISA court to get a warrant against Trump? That’s why it’s so damn sloppy. They were never trying to get prosecutable evidence. They were desperate to find a last-minute scandal to use before the election.”
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      and here’s another comment:

      “… Remember, Toscas was the guy that gave Comey shit for calling the Hillary Investigation a “matter”!!!!
      Per NYT: “As the meeting broke up, George Z. Toscas, a national security prosecutor, ribbed Mr. Comey. “I guess you’re the Federal Bureau of Matters now,” Mr. Toscas said, according to two people who were there.”
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      and another:

      “…\U0001f628\ is the code for the “fearful face” emoticon in case anyone is wondering https://codepoints.net/U+1F628?lang=en

      That emoticon appears in top (inbox) message…
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      “…This is actually one of the most important posts on here I’ve seen in the past few days. It completely destroys the narrative of “Comey helped Trump by re-opening the investigation.” HE DIDN’T HAVE A CHOICE! Then within a week they figured out a way to sweep more shit under the rug of lies.”
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      “… Anyone with IQ above 90 knew right away what Comey’s panic move was about. Someone he couldn’t control found out about his coverup. If he’d been able to keep it secret he’d never have alerted congress to the extra emails which he had kept secret.
      ———————————————-
      “… George Toscas is spoken about in those texts a bit. There’s a text were page or Stzrok, in the midst of talking about the “7th floor”, says something like “should we tell George?” or “we’ll have to tell George”. Idk I have to find it. Someone here posted it yesterday. And we we’re sitting around wondering…papadop? Soros?

      So who the hell is this George Toscas character. Such an obscure name but android is already spell correcting and capitalizing it for me…

      ——————————————
      “… He’s a deputy AG at DOJ for counterintel stuff. As best I can tell an honest guy who is still around. Perhaps even the person who dropped the dime on Strzok and Page.”
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    • phoenixRising says:

      Thank you MR52… this is a really great find.
      fyi, there’s usually a ton of info in the comment section just beneath the headline at reddit.
      This topic had over 120 comments and info pointing to sources for more… just a heads up whenever you find something else there that you’re interested in.
      Thanks again.

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    • Esperanza says:

      I love the F Congress.

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  43. WSB says:

    I hope no one minds me reposting this here in response to news that Kortan may already have received a position at CNN. We are starting to see a pattern emerge..

    WSB says:
    February 8, 2018 at 9:27 pm
    That’s news to me. Now, we have Campbell and Kortan at CNN, John Brennan at NBC, and Margaret Brennan, who has a very questionable background and moslem Syrian Marine JAG husband, at CBS.

    Does anyone else think that this is part of a plan to consolidate a ‘Super Deep State’ under the guise of the freedom of the press? Is this part of Wittes’ article that SD posted?

    Starting to really wonder. This is not a good sign.

    covfefe999 says:
    February 8, 2018 at 9:41 pm
    It’s totally Goebbels.

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  44. zimbalistjunior says:

    SD, while i love your work and marvel at what you do, i must quibble for the millionth time, on definition of insurance policy text. in context of the text, and understanding that the two lovers were not speaking in precise language, it is obvious they are discussing a pro-active plan to ensure HRC wins and Trump loses. Nunes memo, last page agrees with this interpretation.
    The WSJ, in an article written 2 weeks after the revelation of the text, spins this incorrect interpretation. December 18, 2016 written by Del Quentin Wilber. It is pretty obvious his source(s) for this spin article are the lovers themselves.

    While this may seem like a minute and unimportant point, in fact, the re-interpretation spin serves a dastardly purpose. It makes it seem that the investigation/scam was not begun in July/August 2016 during the election as an effort to do anything possible to destroy trump but rather, a laudable effort at beginning an investigation just in case of a Trump victory.

    This reinterpretation blunts our charge that the small group conspired to fix the election.

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    • forgotmyfirsthandlehere says:

      Maybe, but I don’t think so. The “insurance policy” was for death/life insurance: “what if the unthinkable happens!?” (“what if an early death happens?”). Your take (and those you cite) is less consistent with the words used by Strzok; possible, but less natural. Strzok’s analogy was not, “what if the unthinkable gets closer and closer to reality?”–or to extend loverboy’s analogy, “what if the threat of death becomes more real at age 40?” Therefore there is no need to cede this point to those who still can’t get their heads around the magnitude of DOJ depravity.

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      • forgotmyfirsthandlehere says:

        And of course it was, as you say, “an effort to do anything possible to destroy trump” and not merely a laudable contingency to begin later– after the election if H lost.” The “life insurance” policy was to be funded as soon as possible and as often as possible, by any means possible(!) so it would be fully vested, fully potent, if needed in the end. So while I’ve quibbled with zimbalist, I agree with his final point that the investment was started right away to connive and spy and leak, etc. to “fund” the insurance policy. This was a whole-life deal with deep funding, not a lightweight term-only policy.

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  45. 4harrisonblog says:

    Wittes, pretension hubris is disgusting.

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  46. Hang.
    Them.
    All.

    Recidivism after hanging is 0%.

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  47. phoenixRising says:

    “It’s hard to believe that a President of the United States would go on national television and say he didn’t know anything about Hillary’s private server at the same time that he was amailing her at her private email address.” – @benshapiro pic.twitter.com/ecQbKeCXm6— Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) February 8, 2018

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