U.S. Attorney John Lausch Discusses DOJ Responsive Document Release…

U.S. Attorney John Lausch appears on Fox and Friends morning show to discuss the ongoing issue of releasing documents to congress yet retain integrity of potential criminal evidence that may be used in future proceedings.

Lausch notes the FBI two-page document that initiated the 2016 FBI counterintelligence operation against candidate Donald Trump is not under his authority to release.

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130 Responses to U.S. Attorney John Lausch Discusses DOJ Responsive Document Release…

  1. Sunny D says:

    It needs to be released, it needs to happen soon. It all needs to come out sooner rather than later

    Liked by 5 people

  2. Ron Myles says:

    Congress should impeach the corrupt leadership in the FBI and DOJ!

    Liked by 8 people

  3. erin1234567 says:

    Would that mean that the FISA abuse memo is being retained to pursue criminal charges?

    Liked by 4 people

  4. Pentheus says:

    “we are committed to release everything that doesn’t make us look bad”

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  5. andy says:

    “there might be grand jury material in those documents” – Stop teasing us.

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    • it’s no tease – it’s straight up propaganda to keep the cartoon moving along…drop a hint tailored to the “conservatives” that caught the bait and are now acting as if it’s a foregone conclusion that a GJ has been impaneled…believe me, if the foul swamp gatekeepers at the DOJ had ANY intention of going after the real criminals for whom true patriots crave TRUE justice, it would be FRONT AND CENTER, and it would have happened long ago – day ONE of Trump’s term.
      What are they afraid of – antifa snowflakes turning up at their door?

      It all makes zero sense regarding who’s guilty and who’s not
      Although NO-ONE knows for sure, i personally would bet my house (not literally because that would be silly) that there’s no GJ, and we will NEVER see a meaningful indictment…not one

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  6. Perot Conservative says:

    Barack Obama said he would release it… as soon as Valerie gives him permission.

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  7. stringplayer55 says:

    The DOJ needs to do a better job of making it crystal clear that there some documents are not being handed over because they have use in criminal proceedings.

    What proportion of the documents requested by Congress are being held because they have application for criminal proceedings?
    – Sessions has indicated that there are sealed indictments, meaning that some work has been done to get to criminal proceedings. <What, in broad terms, is the reason that those indictments remain sealed? Is an even larger case being considered that requires that criminal proceedings begun now would compromise the ability to bring future cases to trial?
    Is there some time frame by which the DOJ expects to bring the first case (or cases) to trial?

    If the DOJ could give the public – and Congress – answers to these questions (and I’m sure a few others), that would go a long way toward restoring confidence that the FBI and DOJ are not just ducking Congress’ oversight responsibility.

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    • Perot Conservative says:

      The first uranium case is underway. Eleven indictments.

      “The case against Lambert is assigned to U.S. District Court Judge Theodore D. Chuang of the District of Maryland.”

      I believe Judge Chuang is the Hawaii judge who shot down Trump’s first travel ban.

      http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-president-maryland-based-transportation-company-indicted-11-counts-related-foreign

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      • Countrywatch says:

        Is that as bad as it sounds?

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      • jeans2nd says:

        The first case was resolved 13 Mar 2018. The guy paid a 2 Mil fine and is cooperating (!). Judge Chuang. Not the judge in Hawaii, apparently. https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/transport-logistics-international-inc-agrees-pay-2-million-penalty-resolve-foreign-bribery

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        • David says:

          18 October 2017 Federal Judge In Maryland Blocks Trump’s Latest Travel Ban Attempt

          “A federal judge in Maryland has blocked parts of President Trump’s most recent attempt to impose broad limits on who can enter the U.S., granting a motion for a preliminary injunction that was filed by plaintiffs led by the International Refugee Assistance Project.

          The plaintiffs “have established that they are likely to succeed on the merits,” District Judge Theodore D. Chuang wrote in the Tuesday order dealing another setback to the Trump administration’s attempt to ban travel to the U.S. by citizens of certain countries.

          In his ruling, Chuang wrote that President Trump’s own tweets helped convince him that the latest policy is an “inextricable re-animation of the twice-enjoined Muslim ban” that Trump called for on the campaign trail and is therefore likely to be found unconstitutional.”

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          • H.R. says:

            In his ruling, Chuang wrote that President Trump’s own tweets helped convince him that the latest policy is an “inextricable re-animation of the twice-enjoined Muslim ban” that Trump called for on the campaign trail and is therefore likely to be found unconstitutional.”

            Judge Chuang is in for a big surprise when it hits the Supreme Court… not!

            He knows his ruling will be overturned but just is trying to slow down President Trump anyway.

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    • chojun says:

      There is so much corruption at every turn in Washington that it makes a lot of sense why the DOJ is keeping things under wraps and why Sessions is having the appearance of doing nothing at the moment. I’ll bet that Rod Rosenstein doesn’t know everything that Sessions is up to.

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      • MVW says:

        “I’ll bet that Rod Rosenstein doesn’t know everything that Sessions is up to.”

        What Rosey has access to has not been discussed anywhere that I have read. And it may be that Sessions located some of the investigation outside DC just so that DC DOJ would not have access to what is going on, including Rosey.

        (It would be good if DC DOJ access, top to bottom, was cut off. )

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        • chojun says:

          My thoughts also. The fact that the prosecutors working with IG Horowitz, and ostensibly their associated Grand Juries, are based outside of D.C. suggests that there are elements inside the DOJ that are *not* to be trusted by Jeff Sessions.

          I think these untrustworthy people are none other than Rod Rosenstein, Mueller’s handler, and anyone under Rosenstein.

          I think that Mueller is trying to stalemate Trump into dropping the investigation into FBI/DOJ abuses during the Obama Presidency.

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      • stringplayer55 says:

        There can still be better communication with the public that the DOJ has taken note of the issues manifest in the Strzok/Page texts, that those texts give the appearance of possible criminal activity, and that the DOJ and is working hard to get to the bottom of all this.

        Let the perps perspire a little bit. Let them know that the DOJ is withholding material from Congress specifically for use in criminal proceeding. Let the perps run to CNN, MSNBC, and other “news” sources that are just mouthpieces for the liberal army. And when they run to those “news” sources, monitor their statements for inconsistencies. Those may be inconsistencies within their own statements (self-contradiction makes it easier to expose statements as lies). It can also be inconsistencies between the conspirators (as we have seen between Comey and McCabe as well as between Comey and Lynch).

        Spook the rats. Let them know that exposure is coming. They will start scurrying for cover, and when they do, they will start biting each other to get to the place where they think they are least exposed.

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    • Foolsgold says:

      Yes and No

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  8. Pat Frederick says:

    i loved the phrase “redaction due to embarrassment”…clearly describing the whole Strzok/Contreras relationship redaction.
    didn’t care for the interviewers’ attitude–did you fix everything yet? you’ve been on the job for a few days–it should be streamlined and smooth sailing now, right? gees

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    • Firefly says:

      The DOJ and FBI deserve it. Public redicule actually works. I used it in my whistleblower case. The government doesn’t care about looking crooked, inept or incompetent. They do however care about being mocked and laughed at, ridiculed and humiliated. With the military ( I was usaf at the time) I got the laboratory commander fired for being a coward ( ran and hid in his locked office and wouldn’t come out when secretary defense Rumsfeld criminal investigators dropped by to ask questions). The military will not tolerate a commander being a coward with the entire lab laughing about it.

      They asked Lausch to report back next week. He can’t afford to keep being publically rediculed and humiliated.

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      • Pat Frederick says:

        first off–thank you for your service to our country!
        second–really HID in his office? oh my

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        • H.R. says:

          It would have been smarter to hide in the mess hall and later claim he was there for a late lunch; “didn-no-nuffin ’bout no ‘vestigation today. My bad.”

          Not very bright and a coward, so it seems.

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    • Brian “one-up”…..never fails.

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  9. scarlettbr says:

    Lets not forget this all started with a warrant to spy on Carter Page. Who has never been arrested and we still don’t know why.
    We also still don’t know what was the original crime listed to start a Special Counsel. No Crime, No SC.
    Sessions has completely lost the confidence of the American People to protect the US Constitution. His stalling and hiding behind an IG report and Utah prosecutors proves he’s always been a swamp member.

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    • jrapdx says:

      Yes, it’s true that the basis hasn’t been revealed re: spy warrants that started the whole chain of “collusion” investigations. No question about that.

      However I’m having a hard time tracing the logical connections in your last statements. I know many here have little confidence in Sessions but that’s not necessarily what all Americans believe. What evidence do you have that Americans as a whole have “lost confidence” in Sessions?

      And I don’t understand your comment that assigning “Utah prosecutors” (Huber) to the cases “proves” Sessions has “always been a swamp member.” That’s quite a severe and tortuous logical stretch, with barely a hint of fact to back it up.

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      • jrapdx says:

        Should have added: quite possibly many/most Americans never cared what Sessions was doing, or didn’t have confidence in the AG or DoJ to begin with. Perhaps the questions were asked in surveys, but then again how much confidence do Americans have in political polls/surveys? More than not these and similar questions are never adequately studied let alone answered.

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  10. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Let’s not forget the reason for Mr. Lausch to come on board, so progress is being made folks:

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/04/10/u-s-attorney-john-lausch-discusses-his-role-in-document-production/

    …”A federal prosecutor should not be meeting with congress to discuss the substance or strategy of any ongoing prosecutions. The DOJ (AG Sessions) does not want John Huber in the position of talking to congress.

    Putting another, unrelated US Attorney in charge of the submissions to congress makes sense. Presumably, Lausch has been briefed by Sessions as to the sort of material he should withhold or redact, but keeping Huber away from congress makes sense. Heck, it’s critical.

    Likely U.S. Attorney John Huber has been given the green light to move forward with prosecutions. This is a unique situation, and the information requested by Goodlatte and Nunes creates a need to produce documents (oversight), and also distance prosecutor Huber from the politics.”…

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  11. littleanniesfannie says:

    But the shenanigans of the Cohen raid are quickly eroding public confidence. When it affects the economy, it becomes unbearable. When it becomes a distraction to the president trying to keep the people safe, it IS dangerous.

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  12. Tonawanda says:

    Probably a good idea to get a guy without shifty eyes to be a public spokesman.

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  13. Perot Conservative says:

    Naive question. Does every criminal case require a grand jury?

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    • ristvan says:

      Simple answer, no. When evidence of a crime is clear (bank robbers caught at bank robbed), a state or federal prosecutor can bring charges directly. If the evidence is very weak, the doctrine of prosecutorial discretion allows a prosecutor to decide not to charge or bring to a grand jury, period. Where the evidence is complicated and neither strong nor weak, tradition is to let a grand jury decide whether the evidence supports an indictment leading to a subsequent criminal trial by a regular jury. Because of the politically charged nature of these various incidents that Huber is investigating, the prudent approach is to let a grand jury decide.

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    • 4harrisonblog says:

      Federal case does unless the party waves a jury trial.

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      • ristvan says:

        You are correct. I should have more carefully distinguished between state and federal crimes. The bank robbery example was a state felony. Federal felonies require a grand jury indictment. Federal crimes that are ‘only’ misdemeanors do not. The USDA can charge federal misdemeanor crimes directly. The distinction is based on severity of punishment. Federal Misdemeanors carry a sentence of one year or less, felonies more than one year. 18USC3559. This Lurking Lawyer will endeavor to be sufficiently detailed and completely precise henceforth.

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        • Mike says:

          Federal cases do not require a grand jury. The Federal prosecutor could draft a criminal complaint and warrant, like state court, but then the Feds have to have the equivalent of a preliminary hearing once the perp is arrested. In the preliminary hearing they have to show the magistrate probable cause that the perp committed a felony.

          The feds like to use the GJ because it is easier, and they don’t have to show any of their cards in a preliminary hearing.

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          • Mike says:

            Also the GJ allows you to get GJ subpoenas, sworn testimony, etc, so for a conspiracy or complicated case the GJ provides many more tools. You can “lock in” testimony before the GJ. That means if the witness/flipper wants to change their story after their GJ sworn testimony it opens them up to perjury charges. Useful tool when dealing with “reluctant” witnesses.

            Used correctly and lawfully it is a beautiful thing.

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  14. DSP2 says:

    Does anybody in the Executive branch and legislative branch know what in the hell they are doing? Our Federal government is one complete big illusion masking it’s incompetence.

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  15. Stormyeyes says:

    why are GOP lawmakers trying to introduce a bill to protect Mueller?

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  16. dayallaxeded says:

    The dodgy eyes, the down-cast looks, the generic “affinity with the Dept of Justice,” “we’ve got to do better” non-responses say more than all the other words that came out of this shill’s mouth. He will have to prove that he’s not just a shill by producing every document that is not, clearly, definitely, attached to an ongoing prosecution.

    I have long objected to all the crazy, unnecessary secrecy perpetrated by FedGov. If it is a gummint of the people, by the people, and for the people, it can’t keep massive troves of secrets from the people. VSGPDJT should nuke this BS by declassifying and directly ordering full disclosure of every single document and shred of information accumulated by the IG, by all LEOs in connection with the HELLary email investigation, and every other similar/related investigation, including everything Mulehead and his 20ass team have. No secrets. It’s all our stuff. It’s our interests that are affected. We the people demand to know the whole, unvarnished truth and then we’ll demand that the guilty and those who’ve tried to cover for them be prosecuted and punished.

    Even if all the information is released only to CONgress, they can at least begin the process of sorting it out, still under requirements to maintain classified or particularly sensitive information until such time as it can properly be released. The only reason FIB, CYA, and DO[in]J aren’t producing information is that it will indict (in the general sense; maybe but not necessarily the criminal law sense) high level personnel. The rank and file, as well as certain people at the top need to get the message that those who’ve committed malfeasance are not their friends or compatriots–they’re criminals who should be ostracized and prosecuted.

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  17. Everyone got it wrong, this is how the wiretapping started: http://i.imgs.fyi/img/2pv2.jpg

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  18. Lausch notes the FBI two-page document that initiated the 2016 FBI counterintelligence operation against candidate Donald Trump is not under his authority to release.
    So essentially bringing Lausch onboard is nothing more than another stalling tactic. Clearly the cabal is desperately trying to hold on until after the 2018 elections when they’re assuming that Speaker Pelosi will be back and Mueller will become her attack dog.

    Mueller, Comey and Rosenstein go way back. I would not be surprised at all if there was a meeting between the 3 of them to decide how best to continue the attack against Pres Trump from within.
    Rosenstein was to influence Sessions to recuse himself so he would be in charge and then recommend firing Comey. Comey was to go in front of Congress and do everything possible to get a special counsel appointed. Mueller was to “interview” and lie to Pres Trump saying he would be honest and do everything possible to investigate thoroughly, be fair, and wrap things up within 6 months. The three of them working together is the only explanation for what is happening now.

    Rosenstein has allowed Meuller, TWICE, to operate outside the bounds of the law. First with the PTT emails that are guaranteed by law to be confidential. Second, by violating clear attorney/client privilege with the shakedown of Cohen. If Rosenstein was not working with Mueller he would have and should have stopped the “witch hunt” using the unprecedented legal violations. It hasn’t happened. Instead we have more stonewalling and more obsfucation.

    The 3 amigos have been very successful. Mueller has handicapped Pres Trump’s presidency. Comey is flying high with a book and a movie deal. Rosenstein has essentially neutered AG
    Sessions by appealing to his honor and convincing him that recusal is the right thing to do.

    Everybody keeps saying but …. Horowitz, Huber, investigations, sealed indictments. Sure we hear they’re “doing something” and I know it takes time. But I am now from MO: show me or I am not buying it nor believing it anymore. (In advance, my apologies for my negative Nelly rant.)

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    • Streak 264 says:

      They could be using ham radios. LOL

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    • Exfiltration of Wealth says:

      No apologies necessary, mom. I’m right there with you………and it isn’t just the two of us, either.

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    • ristvan says:

      Lausch is responsible for the Goodlatte subpoena docs. The EC is the Nunes subpoena, a different matter.

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      • andy says:

        yup…. what ristvan said. We assume this is the phase 1 timeframe where docs are combed for the aforementioned criminal indictment packages. The Vin diagram linking the OIG, Goodlatte,Nunes circles and the efforts of the new prosecutor huber, this guy lausch, and any grandjury will intersect dynamically. Be glad its April, for some efforts could be shut down at midterms, but we hope that the OIG still lands on Targets.

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    • It’s two different investigations.
      Sundance writes about it daily.

      Maybe spent more time reading and understanding then ranting? If you are a regular it’s not that hard to understand how this is laid out.

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    • anotherworriedmom (love the name!! same here) I agree. I was extremely Unimpressed with this Lausch guy. Another, compartmentalizing hack.

      I like what Ann Coulter said: “2d worse thing @realDonaldTrump could do is fire Mueller and make him a martyr. Fire Rosenstein. Fire Marc Short. Fire Nielsen. Let Mueller twist.”

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  19. tunis says:

    POTUS Trump has all authority to declassify. Why isn’t he doing it? Why is he expecting the corrupt DOJ & FBI to do it?

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    • ristvan says:

      If you want to protect sources and methods, and if you want criminal,prosecutions, then you do NOT want everything declassified.

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      • tunis says:

        The FISA application and the EC that supposedly launched the Trump investigation at the FBI can surely be declassified. And of course which contractors received the FISA 702 query information. Trump does not need to wait for Sessions or Rosenstein or Wray to do it. Complaining about it with tweets makes no sense as he can do it without their concurrence.

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  20. Cheese says:

    Neither side will be ready until October in time for the election. By sides I mean Mueller on one and the other side being the forces on Trumps side.

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  21. Streak 264 says:

    Sessions picked a bad time to stop leaks. Can we please put that on hold?

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  22. mikey says:

    I’d wait till after the primaries are over to drop the bomb. (just to watch’em scramble to replace all the Demonrats and RINO’s that may be heading to in prison.)

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  23. Curt says:

    Anyone with an eye in their head knows these agencies are dirty and hiding the evidence. There’s no doubt they are playing for time. This is one huge conspiracy. These bureaucrats, Rosenstein and Wray to name just two, seem to be above and beyond any constraints or even the law……

    Sessions, by recusing himself, has created a monster here. He has no control over his own agency. The Rosenstein team is dictating and running the DOJ. Bizarre and pathetic!!!

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  24. Cheese says:

    For us it is justice vs injustice. In DC it’s having power or not having power. Just politics.

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  25. MACAULAY says:

    Its pretty clear now…Sundance’s previous optimistic injunctions notwithstanding…that this is a Dog & Pony Show…to be drug out until other events allow the New York Media to bury it.

    The Trump Administration has lost control of the DOJ/FBI—actually never had control to begin with. Not that any Administration should control it…but clearly the Obama/Clinton should not still be in control…exercising the Political Corruption that Eric Holder helped Obama to institute…both protected by The Race Card and the New York Media.

    I am a pessimist. Have been for nine years now as I watch the ever accelerating decline of this once great country…the most successful experiment human governance in history.

    I have children and see only sad days ahead for them.

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    • logger says:

      Maybe you and me need to keep a lid on it. I regret my defeatist post. I’m going to refrain from crying in the comment section. I apologize to Sundance and the gang.

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    • Chuck says:

      “I have children and see only sad days ahead for them.”

      Now you are 1 step away from being the type of citizen the left wants – defeated and compliant.

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    • Matthew LeBlanc says:

      Stay awake and remember. Signs will come that can be believed in. I suggest staying away from 12D Sun Tzu theorist or the Q phenom until you got your spirits up. Some people thrive on “faith” based stuff. Some people don’t. Internet cool these days to show how great someone is because they are different then you and post on blog to say so. Ignore and keep your eyes open. Wait for a good time to return to the fight when you’re refreshed.

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  26. logger says:

    I just want to live long enough to see this truth laid bare in a hefty tome – if Kindle isn’t deep state owned and books aren’t disseminate by a Czar of Books, I might get to read it. The left has walled off the truth and fabricated an alternate world, smoke and mirrors media.

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    • jrapdx says:

      If you’re 20 years old, you have a shot at finding out. It’s kind of a rule of thumb I use, it takes 50 years to determine what was good, bad and ugly. At any particular time what we think is strongly biased by our emotional investments in decisions, objects and events. After 50 years, people begin to have enough perspective to distinguish the trivial from the substantial among all that happened. We can make our predictions about how those in future will view our world, but alas none of us “mature” folks will be around to be enlightened by the commentary.

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  27. Josh says:

    You’re all just sad… Clinging to your desperate hope that somehow Sessions is on our side and that the secrecy and stone-walling and ongoing abuses of power by Mueller are all part of some super-secret nth-Dimensional legal trap that will spring on our enemies at just the right moment… Grow up… you’ve all been had… The Deep State will NEVER allow any of this to come to light or to punish ANYONE involved… You’re DELUDING yourself if you think otherwise…

    Its now almost the middle of April and still NO OIG REPORT!!! Day by day, President Trump is getting further and further boxed in, and the Globalist NeverTrumper GOPe in Congress are going out of their way to LOSE in the midterms so that the Democrats can regain power and be the hatchet-men to take down Trump via impeachment.

    WAKE THE HELL UP!!!

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  28. ABN says:

    This is very embarrassing for the swamp. Another dodge on releasing the
    2-page reason for doing the Russia investigation. The delay only adds
    suspense; maybe that’s a DJT trick? Anyway, dude looks pathetic and sounds
    mostly canned and naive while bobbling the most important subject in US
    politics right now.

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  29. Tagcoh says:

    DELAY, DELAY & well, more DELAY!!! How convenient that we are now to the point that we are talking about getting serious about producing documents. Nice job AG Sessions. You are showing us how you and your swamp staff are all over it.

    Meanwhile, the POLITICAL COUP steam rolls full speed ahead. And the really sad part; it is spreading like Kudzu and breaking off like Whack-a-mole. Intentional, so when Mueller gets fired & replaced, the small group will have other options to meddle.

    Lausch is all over the news. Someone needs to tell him to get out of the television studio and get to work producing documents. He probably has scheduled his vacation and will begin work when he gets back from his two weeks, all expense paid trip by the small group.

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  30. littleanniesfannie says:

    Just wondering—there is a push to get the White House Counsel to release all DOJ/FBI related documents. Question—could this be the stated goal be to push PDJT to do just that thus compromising any prosecutions?????

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  31. MaineCoon says:

    Lausch is doing PR of DoJ. He’s not instilling confidence in DoJ. He’s stonewalling.

    #ProduceFISAdocs
    #ProduceDocs

    Produce documents or We The People will perceive an on-going cover up.

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    • Firefly says:

      Lausch came off totally like his mission is to stall. In the CTH Fox News video Ducey tells Lausch to come back and report details on the questions asked today. The fox reporters were humiliating him. Lausch didn’t know what to say.

      Hope Fox News and Congress oversight bombard him with questions and requests for details and keep mocking him if he still has no answers.

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      • MaineCoon says:

        Exactly what I perceived it to be also. Lausch didn’t now how to answer them when. Either he isn’t a good presenter (which I doubt that, he’s probably quite good as part of his attorney skill set), or he’s really told to say nothing. He was just stonewalling. They all asked him good questions.

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      • Iamacokecan says:

        Yea after watching the video, Lausch looks like a pushover.

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  32. daystarmin says:

    This place is absolutely crawling with. Worse now than during Lee tion cycle.

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  33. cavt says:

    So, this guys authority to release docs is limited. (By who and how much would be an interesting question.) Therefor this position is worthless and a waste of time–

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  34. daystarmin says:

    Grrr “election cycle” word press and auto spell

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  35. fanbeav says:

    Just a little bit of concern, but I noticed when Sundance posts these articles….he no longer has “the big ugly” picture at the bottom of his post?

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  36. nerveman says:

    I am concerned Lausch is just a buffer. Willie Cicci from the Godfather: “Oh yeah, a buffer. The family had a lot of buffers”!

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  37. Ned Zeppelin Ii says:

    Fire Mueller. Fire Rosenstein. 3 am, bang on the door. Make it quick and grab everything, U.S. Marshalls seal all docs, files, etc. Let House impeach. Trial in the Senate, let it all hang out there. Bold action needed. ASAP.

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    • NO!

      Do it the Trump way. Be nimble and do it like a very stable genius not like a mad maniac.

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      • Delibero says:

        Trump is a stable and courageous genius in his own way but even Einstein would be powerless against the malicious prosecution of a Special Prosecutor like Mueller. The “minimum” Mueller can do is force Trump to engage in a multi year defense against scurrilous charges but he knows Congress (esp a Dem one) would likely not wait and start impeachment proceedings immediately like many of them have been pining for.

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  38. Delibero says:

    The Alabama Lion General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III was a likeable chap during the campaign and is probably an honest and honorable man. But he’s a poor decision maker when it counts the most and Trump is paying the price. His entire legal flank is not only unprotected from those that wish to depose him, but Beauregard’s replacement Lightning Rod has armed the enemy with the most powerful resource that the DOJ could provide; a free-wheeling SC loaded with attorneys that are experienced at filing over zealous unjustified charges and concealing exculpatory evidence. Cagey Mueller has added a new anti Trump NY army of prosecutors to assist his efforts.

    When you go to war, it’s best to have the most experienced and capable generals. Trump often has Mattis and Kelly literally at his side and regularly praises them. But Trump routinely excoriates his A/General Jefferson who was supposed to be guarding his legal flank from malicious prosecutions and other dangers. It’s difficult to imagine a worse case scenario when a vicious political war and coup is being waged.

    The fate of America might be in the hands of a few lefty NY prosecutors and judges. It’s outrageous! Millions of peaceful but loud protesters should be heading to the streets of New York but Conservatives are not usually into public displays of anger.

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  39. David says:

    I would love to believe that there was justice right around the corner but it’s just a dream. Sessions and company are simply running out the clock on statues of limitations and the Trump Presidency. Mueller will destroy anyone who supports Trump and keep the investigation going until there is a clear majority in the Congress to impeach or time runs out on the administration. It appears to me that the Uniparty is working to flip the house to the democrats. I’m talking about Ryan , McConnell and the GOPe wing as much as the democrats. I will keep a little hope in my heart but my head says nothing short of violent revolution will change Washington.

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  40. calisandy says:

    Who has the control of the EC if it isn’t the DOJ/FBI?

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    • senda72 says:

      Which country is being protected? UK?

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      • jbowen82 says:

        Probably Australia.

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        • G. Combs says:

          BOTH!
          Australia
          “[…]The Australian diplomat whose account of a 2016 conversation with embattled Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos prompted the FBI to formally open its Russia collusion probe has a decade-long, multi-million dollar connection to the Clinton Foundation.

          The Hill reported that Alexander Downer — who at the time served as Australia’s foreign minister — helped launch a $25 million partnership between Australia and The Clinton Foundation to help fight AIDS back in 2006.[…]” http://dailycaller.com/2018/03/06/australian-ambassador-clinton-foundation-fbi-trump-russia-probe/

          2007: “[…]Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer says a deal to sell Australian uranium to Russia is likely to be signed at this week’s APEC summit.[…]”
          ………….

          UK
          Business Insider: Report: CIA set up task-force in 2016 to investigate possible Russian funding of Trump’s campaign

          Apr. 13, 2017
          “[…]Brennan reportedly established a counterintelligence task force, which included the FBI and the National Security Agency. That summer, Robert Hannigan, then the chief of the GCHQ, passed Brennan more material related to conversations Trump associates had with suspected or known Russian agents,[…]”http://www.businessinsider.com/british-spy-agency-trump-russia-ties-2017-4

          May 23, 2017
          “[…]Trump fired Comey earlier this month, just over nine months into the FBI’s probe of Russia’s hacking and disinformation campaigns that targeted Democrats during the election. That probe began in earnest when Robert Hannigan, then the chief of Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters, passed Brennan material related to conversations Trump associates had with suspected or known Russian agents in late 2015 and early 2016,….
          Brennan was so concerned about the intercepted communications that he established a counterintelligence task force, which included the FBI and the National Security Agency. (Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified earlier this month that those communications had been picked up and handed over to US agencies, but he could not elaborate due to the “sensitive” nature of the intelligence.)[…]”
          — h t t p://www.businessinsider.com/john-brennan-russia-trump-collusion-testimony-2017-5

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    • Firefly says:

      Here’s a nice short summary article with links to more detailed articles. I put a few excerpts below:

      PAPADOPOULOS OR THE DOSSIER?

      According to the Times, after a heavy night of drinking, Papadopoulos told Australia’s top diplomat in Britain that Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton. Two months later, when leaked Democratic emails began appearing online (none of which, by the way, rose to the level of “dirt” on Hillary), Australian officials passed the information about Papadopoulos to their American officials. This information supposedly led the FBI to open an investigation in July 2016 into Russia’s attempts to disrupt the election and whether any of President Trump’s associates conspired.

      Byron adds that he’s not saying Papadopoulos played no role in the FBI’s decision to investigate. However, he questions whether the aide’s role was as central in starting FBI probe in July 2016 as the Times and its sources want us to believe.

      It’s also important to remember that the question of whether the dossier prompted, or helped lead to, the FBI investigation is separate from the question of what role the dossier played when the Justice Department obtained a warrant from the FISA court to engage in electronic surveillance of members of Trump’s team.

      http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/12/papadopoulos-or-the-dossier.php

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    • Heika says:

      We will do not know if ‘this copy’ is the same as the FISA courts copy.

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  41. thedoc00 says:

    After congress initiated efforts to protect Mueller, there is this nagging feeling in the middle of my back that there will be a “negotiated extension” and “limited release” announcement made tonight.

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  42. Denying access to government records because they might evidence in a trial is an old trick to keep damaging info from the public. The first time I encountered it was the 20 security cameras footage pointed at the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City the day of the bombing there.

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  43. WVNed says:

    Once a nation of laws. Now just rules for serfs

    Pay your taxes.

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  44. Don Gill says:

    What a disaster. The DOJ is guilty of obstruction of justice, trhing to thwart Congressional oversight. And no one is being held accountable when it comes to slow walking the handover of documents and the voluminous redactions that make reading the documents impossible. This guy kept saying, “We need to do a better job, we need to do a better job.” How about you fire everyone who has been doing a terrible job. It’s a disgrace.

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    • Raffaella says:

      It just puzzles me why President Trump does not fire Sessions and Rosenstein. He can fire both without any legal implications (it is not obstruction because he is not firing Mueller). Then move Scott Pruitt to Sessions position and let him manage Mueller directly.

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      • Firefly says:

        According to Mark Zaid twitter, he’s a very prominent top whistleblower Attorney, his client Ezra Cohen Watnicks was hired directly by AG Sessions. Zaid says Ezra didn’t give documents regarding unmasking to Nunes as many reports in the msm. Ezra job under Sessions is to advise on national security issues including counterintelligence for Sessions.

        PTrump is upset with Sessions recusal but didn’t express any other current issues – and Sessions too might realize he blundered and was/is being played for a dupe. Sounds like AG Sessions is likely working very hard to straighten this ugly mess up. Ezra being hired should sent shock waves to the deep state who thought they drove him out for good.

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  45. Dixie T says:

    BREAKING: The Justice Department just handed over ALL the Russia investigation documents that Chairman Nunes was demanded since, since August of 2017!!!! Reportedly, it includes the 2-page document which started the Russia investigation in the first place! The deadline for the subpoena was tonight. Chairman Nunes also threatened that the House Intelligence Committee was preparing “impeachment” papers against BOTH new FBI Director Christopher Wray and Acting Attorning General Rod Rosenstein, if the Committee did not receive the documents by the dealine TONIGHT!

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/apr/11/justice-department-hands-over-russia-probe-documen/?utm_source=onesignal&utm_campaign=pushnotify&utm_medium=push

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  46. Heika says:

    Nonsense! Balderdash! This is all just obfuscation, smoke and mirrors. Another sleazy lawyer wiggling around to try to call off the dogs. GET ON WITH IT – Bring it on Nunes, just go after them. Hold to the deadline, no not waver.

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  47. Larry J says:

    Why doesn’t Trump declassify the document?

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  48. rhinOC says:

    The “I smell a rat” sense most of have, or like to think we have, has been exhausted having been under assault since the late 60s and taxed-beyond-limits since 2000. Now, I just operate on the inertia of suspicion and my suspicion is, this guy is a rat, or a decent man under the control of rats. At 61 years old, I still want to know who murdered JFK. I guess I’m crazy that way.

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  49. Anonymous says:

    What 2 page memo? Is there something that tells us that there was a 2 page memo?

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