Does Rod Rosenstein’s Comey Memo Response Indicate Possible Criminal Review?…

U.S. Attorney John Lausch had previously explained his specific role is to coordinate document production from the DOJ-OIG with specific focus on evidence documents that pertain to the “original” Horowitz investigation path.  That only includes documents pertaining to the politicization of the DOJ/FBI relating to the Clinton investigation.

U.S. Prosecutor John Huber is paralleling IG Horowitz on all investigative findings that fall into potentially criminal conduct.  The evidence being culled into the Huber files are not going to congress because they are potentially evidence in ongoing criminal cases.  The Huber evidence contains grand jury material and evidence of likely criminal conduct.

Yesterday, in response to congressional committee demand by Chairman Goodlatte (Judiciary), Chairman Nunes (Intel) and Chairman Gowdy (Oversight), for the memos written by James Comey, some of which were leaked to media, Asst. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has asked for additional time for DOJ review.

According to Gregg Re:

“Department officials are consulting with the relevant parties … one or more of the memos may relate to an ongoing investigation, may contained classified information, and may report confidential Presidential communications, so we have a legal duty to evaluate the consequences of providing access to them,” he wrote. (link)

There is some speculation Rosenstein’s notation of memos relating “to an ongoing investigation” would indicate James Comey’s legal risk might be: (1) part of the discussion; and (2) part of the criminal evidence in the larger review by John Huber.

In January, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley sent a letter to Rod Rosenstein inquiring whether James Comey had improperly leaked classified memos to his friend Daniel Richman.

“According to press reports, Professor Daniel Richman of Columbia Law School stated that Mr. Comey provided him four of the seven memoranda and encouraged him to “detail [Comey’s] memos to the press,'” Grassley wrote.

“If it’s true that Professor Richman had four of the seven memos, then in light of the fact that four of the seven memos the Committee reviewed are classified, it would appear that at least one memo the former FBI director gave Professor Richman contained classified information,” the letter continued.

A month after Senator Grassley requested the information from Rod Rosenstein about which memo’s James Comey sent to his friend Professor Richman, a FISA judge blocked the release of those memos to the public. {Reminder Here}

I still have the nagging unanswered question: How was Richman the source for the May 11th, 2017, New York Times “loyalty story”, if Daniel Richman didn’t have the Comey memos until May 16th?

So, you see…. there might be a very good reason for Prosecutor Huber to want to keep those Comey memos as “criminal evidence.”  One reason is the leaking of classified information by Comey; another is the conflict with Richman leaking a story he did not initially have the memo to support.

PS.  Bill Priestap is working. (Yesterday):

Terry J. Albury, a former Special Agent of the FBI, pleaded guilty today in the District of Minnesota in connection with his unauthorized disclosure and retention of classified national defense information.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney Tracy Doherty-McCormick foar the Eastern District of Virginia, and Assistant Director Bill Priestap of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division announced the plea. The plea was entered before U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright.

[…] “Mr. Albury was entrusted by the FBI with a security clearance, which included a responsibility to protect classified national defense information. Instead, he knowingly disclosed that material to someone not authorized to receive it,” said Assistant Director Priestap. “The FBI will work tirelessly to bring to justice those who would expose America’s secrets. Today, as the result of the hard work of dedicated special agents, analysts, and prosecutors, Mr. Albury has taken responsibility for his illegal action.”  (link)

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731 Responses to Does Rod Rosenstein’s Comey Memo Response Indicate Possible Criminal Review?…

  1. 4harrisonblog says:

    Winning feels so good, can’t get enough of a good thing. This made me lol.
    “There it is: it was a no-win for Comey to do his job honestly to indict Hillary. But he had to make it look as though he was doing his job. He just did a bad job taking a dive.
    Hillary: Please forgive Comey. He is just a well meaning idiot.”
    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/04/at_last_comey_admits_he_is_an_idiot.html

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    • ablefox says:

      Nahhh…enemy combatant.

      Liked by 5 people

      • Sneaky Pete says:

        But also weak and a weasel, and now trying to squirm out of trouble. As such, he reveals some of our adversaries to be tin men. good to know.

        Liked by 2 people

    • DrNo76 says:

      He actually had a better, easier out. I’d call it a no-brainer. He had no, legal authority to make a prosecutorial decision. That was always a decision for the DOJ, and essentially for Lynch. Lynch had no authority to ask or expect the FBI Director to decide whether Clinton was prosecuted. He said he decided on his own to make the decision because of Lynch’s meeting with Billy-Boy on the tarmac. He just should have declined to make the decision and told Lynch: “This is your problem. Here’s the investigation facts. The one’s he repeated in his infamous press conference. (Maybe w/o Strzok’s editing of the criminal standard language.) It is your DOJ’s decision.” What could Lynch do? Technically, it’s her ultimate decision. But after the tarmac meeting, what could she do? She’d have to have appointed a Special Counsel. Or recuse herself (which she never actually did) and let an underling in the DOJ decide. It almost makes one think that the tarmac meeting was purposeful to let her hand off the hot potato to the FBI and Comey, who like a lunk, took it on and put himself in the hot seat. Evidence of her guilt was overwhelming. So he did what was planned. No pros, but say she was very, very negligent. If these folks weren’t so corrupt, you’d say they were actually clowns.

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    • Charlotte says:

      How the hell did such an IDIOT a$$ ever get to be had of the FBI?

      Liked by 2 people

      • vexedmi says:

        Comey became the head of FBI on Sep. 4, 2013.
        Hillary left the State Dep. on Feb, 1, 2013.
        Safe bet would be for putting the “IDIOT a$$” in place would be Obama and Hillary.

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      • Carrie2 says:

        Charlotte, when you owned by the Clintons, you go where they want you to be to cover for them. We are seeing more of the uncovering and you can bet the Clintons are considering what they can due to escape the gallows for decades against America and now our President. I think their reward will be a very HOT one.

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    • Tripp says:

      POTUS gave Comey at least 2 opportunities to choose whether he was going to be part of the coverup or part of the solution.
      Comey, as is his habit, made very bad decisions.

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  2. ablefox says:

    I thought the Possum was already conducting a super secret 3D investigation. What up wit dis’?
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-18/criminal-referral-issued-comey-clinton-lynch-and-mccabe-rosenstein-recusal-demanded

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    • churchmouse says:

      Thanks for the link.

      There are some cracking comments to that article.

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    • OK, and this criminal referral from members of Congress somehow precludes the notion that there is already an ongoing investigation – perhaps several? In fact, it does NOT.
      This has been discussed at length here, but I will offer a simple explanation once again:

      All it demonstrates is that members of Congress do not (and WOULD not) know if or why a criminal investigation is underway. They’re likely sending criminal referrals to DOJ on people who ARE already under investigation. I commend DOJ – Congress will leak it !!!

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    • Carrie2 says:

      ablefox, I think all this is underway but all will implode very soon. Patience may be a virtue but it is darn hard to wait. Trump is on top of all of this and you remember when he hits, it is a very, very heavy hammer.

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    • zimbalistjunior says:

      it’s short, sweet and a nice beginning of the end.

      note the difference between this letter, nunes memo, other congressional documents and the IG McCabe memo released recently. if all we had was congressional work, i’d be a little worried—it is too short, too sweet, too bare-bones… but there is method to this blandness

      it all will lead to IG report(s)…and judging by McCabe memo, Horowitz and his peeps will be methodical, all-encompassing, unyielding, overwhelming.

      all the black hats are crapping in their pants—except for comey, of course. he is too stupid, too obtuse. enjoy the talk-show and book-signing circuit, you Giant Douche…

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      • David Munday says:

        I think he knows. He’s just trying to milk all the cash he can to pay for his legals.

        Liked by 2 people

        • Carrie2 says:

          David, never forget traitors can have ALL assets here and abroad confiscated as evil income. We need their assets to bring down the horrible national debt they have given us. Traitors do not deserve prison but removal from the planet if we really want to cleanse our country and MAGA.

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    • Sloth1963 says:

      That there is some curious reading. Strangely familiar, isn’t it?

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Zippy says:

    Criminal Referral Issued For Comey, Clinton, Lynch And McCabe; Rosenstein Recusal Demanded
    18 Apr 2018

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-18/criminal-referral-issued-comey-clinton-lynch-and-mccabe-rosenstein-recusal-demanded

    “Eleven GOP members of Congress led by Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) have written a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Attorney John Huber, and FBI Director Christopher Wray – asking them to investigate former FBI Director James Comey, Hillary Clinton and others – including FBI lovebirds Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, for a laundry list of potential crimes surrounding the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”

    https://www.scribd.com/document/376722864/Comey-Clinton-Lynch-McCabe-Page-And-Strzok-Referred-For-Criminal-Investigation#from_embed

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    • Footnote 17
      Due to the possible involvement of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in signing an application for continued surveillance on Carter Page, Rosenstein should be recused from any examination of FISA abuse. Accordingly, neither U.S. Attorney John Huber nor a special counsel (if appointed) should report to Rosenstein.

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    • mazziflol says:

      “for a laundry list of potential crimes …” Potential…crimes. Still no one can come out and say they broke the law. Sad.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Greg In The Woods says:

        It’s just the presumption of innocence until conviction by a trial of their peers.
        (The same courtesy that you and I would want if accused of a crime.)

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      • Carrie2 says:

        mazzaiflow, this is normal in building a super case. You let then sweat a lot and then BANG!

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    • Carrie2 says:

      Zippy, great to know most are already under investigation and others are rushing to give statements to save their behinds or at least reduce their punishment. Takes time to bake a great cake, so hold on and be ready to enjoy when all implodes! I approve of never everything going to Congress because of leakers, destroyers, etc. Good example of that weak interrogation of Zuckerberg, a well known Obama lover and doing all he could, ditto Google owner, to block us and underline the leftist movement. Now lets take their billions and apply against the national debt they helped via Obama to create. Let them start over if they wish but as a truly legal and non-political involved sites. I don’t use either as completely Obama lovers and have no love America to have done and continue doing the nasties.

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  4. Angry Dumbo says:

    “the politicization of the DOJ/FBI relating to the Clinton investigation.”

    Sundance, God bless, you. You distill so much information each and every day. The simple turn of a phrase, you specify here that the investigation pertains to SOS Clinton/Clinton Foundation, not PDJT. Nothing more, but thanks. I’ll keep reading, daily, your tremendous analysis.

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  5. Who stopped laughing?
    Corrupt criminal Leaders of Comey’s political party just captured a long list of criminal referrals.

    Crimes against existing laws were stated in detail.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. kinthenorthwest says:

    Books aren’t selling
    but Comey’s mouth is telling
    LOL

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Firefly says:

    A lot going on today. NY wants new law regarding PTrump pardons and allowing state prosecutions
    https://mobile.twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/986688609624510464/photo/1

    Liked by 2 people

    • lotbusyexec says:

      Does this surprise anyone? The NY mobsters, I mean lawyers, will do just about anything to destroy Trump and any/all of his associates. We all need to watch our backs 😳 they will not stop UNLESS we stop them first. They are like a bad case of roach infestation – relentless.

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      • fanbeav says:

        Does a random state law override a president’s constitutional authority to pardon?

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        • Rhoda R says:

          The President can only pardon against Federal laws. That’s the reason why Mumia is still in prison – I’m sure that if he could have Obama would have pardoned this cop killer in an instant. I believe the Blind Shek behind the first WTC bombing would also be walking if he’d been tried in Federal Court for a Federal crime rather than in a state/city court.

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      • Dixie T says:

        However . . . . when the NYPD had Weiner’s laptop in their possession, even NY Prosecutors wanted Hillary Clinton prosecuted!!! (Well . . . . except for the SDNY (Southern District of New York) where Preet Bharara was a U.S. Attorney for the DOJ!)

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  8. navysquid says:

    “The FBI will work tirelessly to bring to justice those who would expose America’s secrets” such as Lois Lerner…errrr….Hillary Clinton…errrr….Eric Holder….errrr….Loretta Lynch…errrr…..Uhhhh,,.we are working hard going after those that don’t agree with us, so leave us alone, damm*t

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  9. nickcole11 says:

    Oooh, that Priestap quote is JUICY.

    So there is now a relevant and recent quote from a coordinating FBI official that says they are working to hold lakers accountable…

    while Comey is out spilling the beans, and RR is continuing to conceal the facts of Comey’s leaks. That’s fantastic. I suddenly am encouraged by the FBI officials that have turned (Priestap, Strzok, Page, Our, etc)

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    • Greg In The Woods says:

      Kareem Abdul Jabbar is the FIRST laker I want held accountable!
      That guy has a big mouth and his anti-Trump rhetoric must cease!
      (Sorry … I really just couldn’t resist … 😉

      Liked by 1 person

    • Dixie T says:

      Bill Priestap was kept “out” of Comey’s and McCabe’s loop! Priestap wasn’t even notified by Comey or McCabe that they had “promoted” Peter Strzok to be Priestap’s “Deputy!!!” I think Priestap had little to do with “deep state.”

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      • josco scott says:

        Is this true? I missed it.
        So maybe he didn’t flip. Maybe he’s just not guilty?
        Except of being thrown under bus by Comey…?

        Hard to imagine he wasn’t complicit at all, though… crafting Hillary’s exoneration and all?

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  10. kinthenorthwest says:

    Interesting piece
    If he don’t watch out he might get a present from Hillary/Obama–You know the tombstones they love giving out.

    Comey’s Ego Declares War On Obama’s DOJ
    https://www.teaparty.org/comeys-ego-declares-war-obamas-doj-300504/

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    • thedoc00 says:

      Said before, Comey sees himself as the Clint Eastwood gunfighter in “Fist Full of Dollars”, where he is the sometimes bad guy hero operating in the midst of evil warring crime families.

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      • kinthenorthwest says:

        Comey is a narcissistic idiot. (there Grannie said it..)Tired of being nice to some of the Democratic baboons (that is an insult to the poor baboons though)

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  11. WeThePeople2016 says:

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  12. “Does Rod Rosenstein’s Comey Memo Response Indicate Possible Criminal Review?…”
    sorry, that’s just straight up ridiculous IMO
    it does indicate a corrupt to the core SWAMP AG/DOG

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  13. noman_Arizona says:

    And, A requested reclusion. Of a Rosy Stain.
    Strike up the Band.
    Recluse the AAG and Mueller dosen’t have the material to formulate a defense strategy.
    What a special Day.

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  14. JX says:

    This is a great relief. I was beginning to doubt there would ever be indictments. While these are not indictments it certainly puts the onus on DOJ to bring indictments.

    Liked by 1 person

    • good grief – the onus has been on the DOJ to produce indictments since DAY 1 of Donald Trump’s presidency

      Liked by 3 people

      • JX says:

        Yeah. But this boxes JS. If he fails to act he’s done.

        Liked by 2 people

        • TBH – hasn’t that been the rap on Sessions MANY times already?
          He’s either done already and The President is just waiting for the right moment to axe him, or this is one giant swamp cartoon joke on the American taxpayer, freedom and the constitution – the kind where the swamp media that controls ABSOLUTELY every fiber of INFORMATION that you or I receive directly or indirectly, and they will continue to milk their click bait narratives that are earning them billions (that’s BILLIONS) a day with this unprecedented barrage of a months worth of news in a 24 hour cycle – a bizarro exponential shift that occurred in parrallel with the Trump presidency, that most hypnotized consumers of information have been convinced is “normal”!
          The 3rd possibility is that swamp possum Sessions is laying low and is about to hem up ALL THE CRIMINALS – but not really buying that one ;O

          I just feel bad/sad for “conservatives”, who for w/e reason, have put all their faith for the future of America as a sovereign nation in the hands of jeff sessions and the swamp DOJ…

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  15. Firefly says:

    Treepers be watchful and keep safe!
    Pittsburgh police detectives will report for duty with riot gear Thursday, in anticipation of a potential large scale protest should President Trump decide to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Pennsylvania police preparing for riots Thursday
    Similar notices might go out to other police. The left organizations has been having their people on alert.

    “Major Crimes Commander Victor Joseph instructed his unit to bring “a full uniform and any issued protective equipment (riot gear) with them to work until further notice,” WPXI.com reported.

    The memo was issued based on “information of a potential large scale protest in the Central Business District.”

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  16. dianeax says:

    Where is the Trump firing Mueller story coming from?

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  17. Charlotte says:

    Q:The bigger point should be how did Obama know what the FBI findings would say about the Hillary email server in his interview on Foxnews? This interview was I think early in 2016.

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  18. Charlotte says:

    The Comey & Mueller Show -Trump has gotten the better of them.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/04/james-comey-robert-mueller-trump-advantage/

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  19. Charlotte says:

    Trump should start cranking out the pardons
    Every potential legal target of Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be pardoned.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/04/trump_should_start_cranking_out_the_pardons.html

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    • Charlotte says:

      As the Supreme Court stated in 1866, in Ex parte Garland, the presidential pardon power is “unlimited.” “It extends to every offense known to the law, and may be exercised at any time after its commission.” In other words, it may be pre-emptive. It’s not just after conviction, but before any criminal prosecution has even begun.

      Most people think the pardon power is for acts of clemency: pardoning criminals who were wrongfully convicted or who have paid their debt to society. But its more important function is as a tool to serve the broader public interest.

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  20. Charlotte says:

    Obama Used Fusion GPS Investigate Romney

    http://dailycaller.com/2018/03/13/fusion-gps-romney-investigatio

    Mar 13, 2018 – The Obama for America committee paid Perkins Coie around $3 million during the 2012 election cycle, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission, A vast majority of the payments were earmarked for “Legal Services.” It is not clear how the law firm paid Fusion GPS for its research on Romney,

    REPORT: OBAMA Campaign HID PAYMENTS to FUSION GPS During THE 2012 ELECTION

    https://khow.iheart.com/featured/the-sean-hannity-show/content/2018-03-13-report-obama-campaign-hid-payments-to-fusion-gps-during-2012-election/

    Mar 13, 2018 – “In 2012, Fusion GPS was hired to do opposition research on Mitt Romney for Barack Obama’s reelection campaign,” writes the author. … According to the Daily Caller, the Obama administration paid upwards of $3 million to the law firm during the 2012 election; referring to their work as “legal services.”.

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  21. Charlotte says:

    BREAKING: Keynote Speaker Honored at Women’s March Attended by Comey’s Wife & Daughters Was Russian Asset on FBI’s ‘Most Wanted List;’ Lobbied to Release Killer of Two FBI Agents

    https://truepundit.com/keynote-speaker-honored-at-womens-march-attended-by-comeys-wife-lobbied-to-release-killer-of-two-fbi-agents/

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    • Charlotte says:

      More will come out on Comey. This is truly incredible. Brutal judgment. Wife obviously wear the pants.

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      • Charlotte says:

        Perhaps Comey should have investigated his wife and daughters Russian contacts at the Women’s March. It’s organizer and keynote speaker, Angela Davis, has a long list of Russian connections. Those same connections and a criminal streak landed the radical on the FBI’s ‘Most Wanted List.’

        Angela Davis was a soldier of the Soviet-controlled communist movement
        She was the recipient of the coveted Lenin Peace Prize after her release from prison
        She was locked up for being an accomplice in a jailbreak that resulted in a federal judge’s murder
        She supports the early release convicted FBI and cop killers, including:
        Leonard Peltier who murdered two FBI agents
        Mumia Abu Jamal who killed Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner
        Assata Shakur was convicted of murdering a New Jersey State Trooper. She escaped from U.S. custody and is currently an international fugitive with a $2 million reward offered by the FBI.

        Only in the corrupt Swamp of Washington D.C. could Comey even keep his security clearances after such a debacle. Any field agent would have been stripped of their credentials and fired.

        Not Comey. He applauded it on national television.

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  22. Newt Love says:

    From the post, I can’t help but inject humor.

    > “… Rosenstein’s notation of memos relating “to an ongoing investigation” …”

    Maybe that should be “Rosenstein’s wild imagination of memos” ?

    > “… In January, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley sent a letter to Rod Rosenstein inquiring whether James Comey had improperly leaked classified memos …”

    So Comey should have properly followed the official FBI Guide on How to Leak Official FBI Information” ? That would have made it all better?

    > “… A month after Senator Grassley requested the information from Rod Rosenstein about which memo’s James Comey sent to his friend Professor Richman, a FISA judge blocked the release of those memos to the public. …”

    Was that the FISA Judge who was forcibly recused for his conflict of interest?

    > “… I still have the nagging unanswered question: How was Richman the source for the May 11th, 2017, New York Times “loyalty story”, if Daniel Richman didn’t have the Comey memos until May 16th? …”

    That is because Liberals always use Einstein Express, “When it absolutely has to be delivered a week ago. Einstein Express bends the laws of space and time to get your package there when you needed it!”

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  23. Charlotte says:

    Police Investigate Suspicious Death of Father of Trump’s Former National Security Adviser Gen. McMaster

    https://truepundit.com/police-investigate-suspicious-death-of-father-of-trumps-former-national-security-advisor-gen-mcmaster/

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  24. Charlotte says:

    House Hacking Suspects’ Father Transferred Data To Pakistani Government, Ex-Partner Claims

    http://dailycaller.com/2018/04/18/imran-awan-usb-drive-pakistan/

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    • Charlotte says:

      Minhas told The Daily Caller News Foundation that Imran Awan’s father, Haji Ashraf Awan, was giving data to Pakistani official Rehman Malik, and that Imran bragged he had the power to “change the U.S. president.”

      Minhas said “Imran Awan said to me directly these words: ‘See how I control White House on my fingertip…’ He say he can fire the prime minister or change the U.S. president,” Minhas said. “Why the claiming big stuff, I [didn’t] understand ’till now.”

      Asked for how he knew this, he said that on one occasion in 2008 when a “USB [was] given to Rehman Malik by Imran’s father, my brother Abdul Razzaq was with his father.”

      “After Imran’s father deliver (sic) USB to Rehman Malik, four Pakistani [government intelligence] agents were with his father 24-hour on duty to protect him,” he said. Minhas did not say what was on the USB.

      &
      Haji would frequently boast that Imran’s position gave him political leverage, numerous Pakistani residents told TheDCNF. “My son own White House in D.C.,” he would say, according to Minhas. “I am king-maker.”

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  25. Charlotte says:

    Schiff Goes Into Overdrive=> Introduces Bill to Make it Difficult For Trump to Grant Pardons in Russia Witch Hunt

    http://thegatewaypundit.com/2018/04/schiff-goes-into-overdrive-introduces-bill-to-make-it-difficult-for-trump-to-grant-pardons-in-russia-witch-hunt/

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