Federal Judge Catches Robert Mueller Using Preexisting FISA Title-1 Warrant Against Paul Manafort Instead of Title 3 Authority…

Well, well, well…. they say timing is everything.

Today U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III appears to have caught on to an explosive issue CTH noted yesterday.  In building the case against Paul Manafort, special counsel Robert Mueller’s team used the pre-existing FISA Title-1 warrant that was originally applied to U.S. person Carter Page and the Trump campaign.

Under normal criminal investigation any search warrant or surveillance warrant would normally proceed through U.S. courts, under Title-3, where the Mueller team would need to show probable cause for a warrant.  However, by using the Title-1 warrant from the FBI counterintelligence operation, as extended by AAG Rod Rosenstein, Robert Mueller was able to use far more intrusive and unchecked searches and seizures for his criminal probe.

The media, and broad media-consumption public, are currently unaware the Mueller probe was simply a continuance of the 2016 FBI counterintelligence operation. Most people think the special counsel investigation is a separate issue. It’s not.

However, in addition to a scathing rebuke of the underlying prosecutorial premise, ie.  Mueller trying to keep the originating structure hidden, Judge Ellis demanded today that Mueller unredact the August 2, 2017, instructions from AAG Rosenstein.  That removal will expose the use of the FISA Title-1 warrant use that drove the investigative origin.

WASHINGTON – A federal judge on Friday harshly rebuked Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team during a hearing for ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort – suggesting they lied about the scope of the investigation, are seeking “unfettered power” and are more interested in bringing down the president.

“You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort,” U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III told Mueller’s team. “You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump and an impeachment, or whatever.”

Further, Ellis demanded to see the unredacted “scope memo,” a document outlining the scope of the special counsel’s Russia probe that congressional Republicans have also sought. […] The Reagan-appointed judge asked Mueller’s team where they got the authority to indict Manafort on alleged crimes dating as far back as 2005.

The special counsel argues that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein granted them broad authority in his May 2, 2017 letter appointing Mueller to this investigation. But after the revelation that the team is using information from the earlier DOJ probe, Ellis said that information did not “arise” out of the special counsel probe – and therefore may not be within the scope of that investigation.

“We don’t want anyone with unfettered power,” he said.

Mueller’s team says its authorities are laid out in documents including the August 2017 scope memo – and that some powers are actually secret because they involve ongoing investigations and national security matters that cannot be publicly disclosed.

Ellis seemed amused and not persuaded.

He summed up the argument of the Special Counsel’s Office as, “We said this was what [the] investigation was about, but we are not bound by it and we were lying.”

He referenced the common exclamation from NFL announcers, saying: “C’mon man!”  (read more)

The Mueller team saying: “some powers are actually secret” is a direct reference to their use of the FISA Title-1 warrant, which they took over from the FBI counterintelligence operation and applied to their criminal investigation.

With the third 90-day extension of the FISA warrant, issued by AAG Rod Rosenstein (July 18, 2017), Mueller’s team were obviously using the FISA warrant from May through October of last year.  [The FISA warrant expired 90 days from July 18.]

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♦ Michael Caputo discusses the scope of the Mueller Evidence – HERE

♦ The timeline of Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller – Available HERE

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1,100 Responses to Federal Judge Catches Robert Mueller Using Preexisting FISA Title-1 Warrant Against Paul Manafort Instead of Title 3 Authority…

  1. JPatrick says:

    I believe the pressure will mount now for the coup d’etat makers to find a different avenue to undermine the Trump Administration. They now have a Judge backing them into a corner and exposing their flank to attack.
    This is probably the most dangerous time in our Country’s history.
    Let us be vigilant for the next attack, it’s coming!
    Semper Fidelis /Semper Vigilis

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    • Niagara Frontier says:

      They’ve been in this position before. It’s like being on a merry-go-round. They’ll simply recycle one of the oldies. Be prepared for 25th Amendment talk to resurface, (i.e. POTUS is mentally impaired.)

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    • Phil Bacon says:

      Lets hope Judge Ellis doesn’t trip on his robe and falls down a flight of stairs in the next 2 weeks.

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      • vexedmi says:

        Or suffocates himself with his bed pillow.

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        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          Gotta push back on these murderous Marxists. When they know you’re onto them and ready to burn their little social civil engineering operations, they BTFO.

          Never give in. They RUN on Alinsky “big fear”, but they’re just little criminals, leaning on whoever will let them.

          “Whitey Mueller” – that’s what we’re dealing with.

          Cells are waiting for Boxcutter Bob and Khobar Comey. All that’s left is getting them in.

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        • Robert says:

          Or suicides himself in some other awkward way that invites ridicule and suspicion.

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          • Robert says:

            I previously tried to post a more explicit method of suicide (back of the head related) that invites ridicule and suspicion, but for some strange reason the moderator removed it!. The ‘Guidelines for Comments’ does not mention anything I wrote that would be grounds for removal of my comment! I would like to know why!

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            • brh82 says:

              Censoring of any kind anywhere turns me all kinds of crazy, wanting to drive a tire iron through my computer. THIS is America? I’m watching to see if something logical surfaces, Robert.

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          • vladdy says:

            Oh, he’ll probably have to ‘fess up to having sexual relations with an exotic dancer 25 years ago…

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        • spaceranger says:

          Or go on a hunting trip in West Texas.

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      • Plain Jane says:

        I was listening to Mark Levin while driving when I first learned of this today. I realized the danger Judge Ellisis in. Prayers for him and his loved ones is in order bigly.

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        • steve snodgrass says:

          Stop listening to Mark Levin. He was a rabid Never Trumper all through the primaries. Stop trusting people who hate you.

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          • Liberty lover says:

            He is an egomaniac and definitely did not read the political cards correctly, but he now supports Trump and his commentary is overall valuable and insightful.

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          • Carrie2 says:

            steve, but when I started listening to Levin again, he really is supporting Trump and it is important he do so, or he will lose his audience. He also states great laws and how they have been ill-used by Mueller, ditto Judge Ellis saying the same thing. I am awaiting the implosion that is coming and we will find so much more work has been done to close down the deep state and any other liars, cheaters, and Clinton-owned creeps.

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            • Maquis says:

              Levin is pushing a Convention of the States to “amend the Constitution.” Reality is it would be the death of our Constitution and I find it dificult to believe that guy is unaware of the reality. I can believe he hoodwinked Hannity, who is pushing it too, but it’s not unlikely that Murdoch THE FOREIGN INTRUDER brought Levin on in order to corporatize the Anti-American CoS project and destroy us.

              More Amendments won’t cure what ails us, the refusal to follow the Constitution we have. A CoS is a friggen do-over from Hell.

              Publius Hulda, cueck her out, she rocks.

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              • rheahack0103 says:

                I don’t agree that a Convention of the States is the end of our Constitution. The main reason there is a push for the Convention is to have term limits on Congress members and limit the federal government’s power and jurisdiction. How exactly does that end the Constitution?

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                • panderson39 says:

                  the Constitution already limits the government’s powers Article I through Article III, term limits are in the Arizona Constitution but they are ignored, same goes for any problem the COS wishes to change. Be careful who you follow.

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              • I agree. this Convention of States, if I understand correctly after ratified to convince with 2/3rds of the States, is it still not CONgress that would ratify any appeals to the amendments and then would write new ones?
                My problem with this is we have so many Democrats turned socialist, and too many RINO’s/GOPe persons that would affect our amendments.
                Correct me please if I am wrong in my understanding, it is NOT giving power to the people but the power to our so-called Representatives.
                and if I am correct, then I only see the loss of our rights occurring, not a betterment

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                • cdquarles says:

                  Here is what Article V says: https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/constitution/article-v.html.

                  There are two paths to amending the Constitution properly. 1. Congress proposes amendments and 2. States propose amendments. To do number 2, 2/3rds of the States agree to petition for a convention that Congress must call upon receipt of that number of petitions. Once either path produces amendments, 3/4ths of the States must ratify. If you think that 13 or 14 states will go along for a complete rewrite … well, I’ll say “Think again”, though it is possible.

                  That said, if the PTB improperly ‘read in’ or ‘read out’ things that are logically necessary for the Constitution to be founding law, and get away with it as they have for over a century now, then does this rhetorical question now apply? “What difference does it make?”

                  Heck, in my state, people have tried from time to time to rewrite our state constitution, which is over a century old and amended several hundred times since its ratification. We still say no. One day, maybe, they’ll succeed.

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            • G. Combs says:

              Article V Convention by Publius-Huldah
              https://publiushuldah.wordpress.com/tag/article-v-convention/

              Publius Huldah on Dangers of “Convention of States” (COS) or Article V Convention – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3gzjkQSsUg

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              • rheahack0103 says:

                Thank you for the links. However, I am even more discouraged by Publius’s speech. Basically, she is saying that it does no good to pass an amendment that Politicians we elect do not follow anyway. So, my question is – How do we, the people get changes, like Term Limits for CONgress? CONgress is certainly not going to propose such an amendment. To Publius’s point, though – term limits would just increase the turnover of politicians and increase the amount of money spent on lifetime retirement benefits for them. I am so sick of these politicians getting filthy rich on our dime…passing their own raises and being allowed to do insider trading by catering to special interests. I am about ready to start voting against whomever the incumbent is, no matter my political stance because the people we vote in don’t follow through with what they promised anyway. I am a Trump supporter and am having difficulty re-electing Republicans because I don’t believe Republicans are Republicans anymore and Democrats are no longer Democrats (like the JFK Democrat). When Donald Trump was running in 2016, someone asked me how I was going to vote and I replied, “Third Party – Trump.” I am still a supporter but have difficulty supporting incumbent Republicans.

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      • If he does it’ll be because some Democrat cut the tendons behind his knees

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    • T.L.T. says:

      JPatrick yes.

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    • Jeff says:

      I think they’re going to try to find a way to put the Carlos Danger thing on him. Yes, they absolutely would be capable of that.

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    • G. Alistar says:

      I don’t see why it is dangerous? I see Mueller and team going to great effort to keep the FISA1 info from the judge and especially from public scrutiny…to include dropping the charges against Manafort. Flynn too when this kangaroo power trip by Mueller and is team hits the se tenancies deadline. Semper Fi and Go Army!

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    • T.L.T. says:

      Judge Ellis just joined Rep. Devin Nunes in herohood. Get some.

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      • NoJuan Importante says:

        and Admiral Rogers. and Judge Collyer. and many, many other people who have tried to remind people that this is not Communist U.S.S.R. We don’t spy on people for political purposes. . Ultimately, this whole thing will come to a political result, though, because if there is one thing Americans HATE, it is someone being unjustly persecuted.

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  2. One thing that has bothered me for sometime is Rick Gates. Lets say he was in contact with folks in Russia and was up to things no one is aware of. Even if the Trump Campaign was not aware of any of it Mueller could use this to create havoc by claiming he needs to find out if Trump was involved in these efforts. Heaven help us if Gates was working to get the Podesta E-mails to Wikileaks.

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    • Sandra-VA says:

      That is ridiculous. Why would you even speculate that Rick Gates might have anything to do with the Podesta hack?

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      • CountryclassVulgarian says:

        I believe there are people who think that because mueller and his band of crooks have been able to “bring charges” against these people it means they did something or they were in place to set up the Trump campaign. First, we all know or should know by now that mueller and his band of crooks have no problem charging innocent people. Second, they go for the low hanging fruit- General Flynn and Gates – these guys do not have the wherewithal to defend themselves. It’s either plead to something or be ruined – Hobson’s choice anyway. Manafort is in a much better financial position and I for one am glad he is fighting. I pray he wins for all their sakes and for the sake of the rule of law.

        The real traitors in all of this are the “small group” headed by brennan and clapper, the enablers at the fbi and doj, rosenstein, mueller, the band of crooks, the entire demonrat party and the GOPe inc-ers who are providing cover for them. I pray for the day they all get their jumpsuits. I don’t have much hope of that but one thing I am sure of, our President is going to stand up and keep fighting.

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  3. Mickey Wasp says:

    While I take nothing away from the judges knowledge of law and the judicial system. I thought about something.
    Judge TS Ellis III could be a ‘lurking judge’ – could be… maybe… why not? He could be sitting on a Treehouse branch next to you – one never knows.

    Liked by 9 people

    • ezpz2 says:

      I’ve had the same thought, Mickey.

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    • joeknuckles says:

      Well, if he is, i would like to thank him for giving me hope that justice still exists in this country.

      Liked by 18 people

      • mari says:

        If he is, I would like to thank him for being a Patriot instead of a bought and paid by Soros judge as many seem to be in the so-called “Justice Department.”

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    • T.L.T. says:

      I heard a judge tell a defense attorney that he’d ‘heard enough’ talk of Biblical things as a kid, he didn’t need it in his courtroom.

      The Bible & the Code of Hammurabi predate his journey through law school by thousands of years.

      Not all judges are worth what society says they are.

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    • Will you please explain “lurking judge” and Treehouse branch, I don’t understand.

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      • diogenes says:

        Presumably a judge who visits and reads the treehouse without saying “hey, Im a judge.”

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      • GB Bari says:

        This blog is entitled The Last Refuge but more commonly /affectionately called the conservative treehouse (as per its URL). Regulars who read and comment call themselves Treepers. And since it’s a “treehouse”, we’re all occupying various branches in the tree. Some Treepers refer to sharing the same branch as others who agree with them on most topics. That’s a quick primer on basic treehouse terms. Nothing complicated.

        Welcome to the Treehouse!

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      • H.R. says:

        a) Lurkers is a term used for people who are regular readers of a blog but rarely or even never comment. The speculation was that perhaps Judge Ellis reads CTH.

        2) When things were slower (seems like eons ago), regular commenters would recognize a newbie and some of the regulars or an admin would give a “Welcome to the TreeHouse. Choose a branch to perch on and join in.” The imagery was a flock of birds in a tree chirping to each other. A sub-theme that emerges from time to time is cats because ironically, it seems there is a high percentage of cat-lovers among the Treepers, which has a certain irony given all the little ‘birdies’ in the tree. But then, it’s also sends a bit of a message that while in the TreeHouse, everyone should behave, cats and birds alike.(Saturday on the Open Thread is called ‘Caturday’.)

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        • brh82 says:

          When you get to the end of a bad day, or even a good one, and all your obligations for the day are done, you get to come here and KNOW there is peace, hope and love. I will NEVER be able to thank Sundance enough for that feeling when I log on to the Treehouse!

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    • George Watson says:

      Government attorneys who have posted anonymously on websites have been prosecuted and incarcerated – so I don’t see that happening here, with a judge no less.

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    • mrbubba1961 says:

      I don’t see a sitting federal judge posting anonymously on a blog – undoubtedly he knows that government attorneys have lost their jobs over such antics.

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  4. ATheoK says:

    “Mueller’s team says its authorities are laid out in documents including the August 2017 scope memo – and that some powers are actually secret because they involve ongoing investigations and national security matters that cannot be publicly disclosed.

    Ellis seemed amused and not persuaded.

    He summed up the argument of the Special Counsel’s Office as, “We said this was what [the] investigation was about, but we are not bound by it and we were lying.”

    Terrific revelations, Sundance!

    Mueller is chasing Trump via a counterintelligence investigation! Open ended, without constraints, restrictions, judicial precedent or Constitutional Rights.

    Rosenstein purposely assigned SC the counterintelligence approach, as part of the “Insurance plan”.

    Except, Mueller’s approach is seeking any smidgen of illegality that will allow him to prosecute, falsely.
    Since, activities/actions uncovered by Mueller’s are not espionage, spying or counterintelligence activities. They’re accidental word mix-ups, ancient financial transactions, wrong place at the wrong time events that Mueller and his thugs are forcibly applying to leverage anyone close to Trump.
    Mueller’s intent is to force wrongfully charged innocents to spill beans, all beans, any beans that Mueller can use.

    Mueller is using wartime tactics to apply pressure via extreme financial burdens, heavy penalties against entire families. All to seek out minor criminal actions.

    Criminal investigations that require existing evidence of criminal activity, not open-ended counterintelligence; i.e. not spy versus spy intellectual battles.

    Ergo:
    • 1) Mueller and his thuggies are not and have not been operating legally.
    • 2) Rosenstein willfully and maliciously misdirected Mueller.
    • 3) Rosenstein fraudulently initiated egregious illegal actions that
    – a) damaged peoples lives,
    – b) damaged their family’s lives,
    – c) bankrupted innocent families,
    – d) spent many millions of dollars on specious investigations and prosecutions,
    – e) trampled the Constitutional rights to an entire POTUS Administration.
    • 4) Rosenstein’s personal partisan bias decision and resulting actions place the burdens of responsibility upon Rosenstein.
    • 5) Mueller’s failure to apply common sense, legal precedence, Constitutional protections makes Mueller equally responsible.

    A) Sessions should hold Rosenstein and Mueller personally responsible for damages and all costs incurred by their illegal pursuit of Trump.
    B) Sessions should immediately impound SC funds and place holds on Rosenstein’s and Mueller’s salaries, pensions and bank accounts. To be held until funds are repaid and victims made whole.
    C) Since Rosenstein and Mueller are actively pursuing counterintelligence activities, treat them as spies!
    – a) Seize every bit of evidence any member of this “insurance plan” has at their offices, homes, phones, compputers, clubs, cars, wherever!
    – b) With Rosenstein and Mueller’s group finances frozen, any rich elites donations, gofundme campaigns, donation coffers, Clinton Foundation payoffs, Feinstein back room deals, etc. will also be frozen. Until victims are made whole and the Federal Government is reimbursed, these chumps get one court assigned legal counsel.

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    • JPatrick says:

      Agree 100% with holding them financially accountable for this debacle, unless they are convicted and sent to a Federal Prison.

      Then I would only ask for a few buckets of fresh buttered popcorn and a front row seat to the next Reality show coming to the cable, “Nobody knows the Trouble I’m about to see.”

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    • Robert Smith says:

      It is telling that a fair minded judge called them on this shit forthwith without having to quadruple check everything to see if it is legal etc. etc. So if Manafort goes poof and Flynn (thanks to another fair judge) also goes poof, what does Mueller have left? I am of the mind that as long as he has a SC he is a danger.

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    • T.L.T. says:

      Hear ye, hear ye

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    • vladdy says:

      Damn, I wish YOU were the AG instead of JS.

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      • ATheoK says:

        I worked in a Federal finance department for most of my career.
        My legal experience was mostly telling lawyer jokes to the lawyers that I worked with on projects.

        Lawyers make much better AGs!
        Jeff Sessions is a D_mn good lawyer/AG.
        Sessions is pathetic at dealing with bad employees though.
        Trump needs to teach Sessions a number of rules for handling employees and correcting bad employees.

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        • Perot Conservative says:

          Thank you! There are more choices than white hat, black hat!

          An ex worked for a state agency. It sounded like Intake and Investigation did a great job, then Legal dithered. Experienced litigators claimed in their department, lawyers workload was 1 / 30th to 1 / 60th of private practice.

          The whole system appeared to be set up to hit processing benchmarks, with little regard for the bigger picture. A problem employee was coddled.

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        • CirclinTheDrain says:

          No, Sessions is correct here. He has allowed RR to permit Mueller to run the SC investigation off the rails and land in front of a judge, who will now inform us all, the public, how dirty these people are. Once the judge rules, Sessions has cover to move on RR and Mueller without the Dim being able to land any punches re Sessions being on a partisan witch hunt of his own. IMO

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    • Newt Love says:

      Given ATheoK’s brilliant post, I would like to thank G-d, Jahweh, the Great Creator, that U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III was the one selected to adjudicate the Manafort cases in that district. Virginia, right? I forget which.

      I just hope for Divine Intervention in the other venue, DC. Please God, give Manafort a fair Judge to handle those cases.

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    • Searkreb says:

      Why is Rosenstein still employed is what I can’t figure out?!?!

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    • noswamp says:

      Well said! Here are a few additional points:

      A) Sessions should hold Rosenstein and Mueller personally responsible for damages and all costs incurred by their illegal pursuit of Trump.SESSIONS WILL BE DRAGGED SCREAMING TO SUCH A CONCLUSION. TRUMP IS AN EXISTENTIAL THREAT TO THE RULING CLASS. SESSIONS FRIENDS IN THE SENATE SEEMS( I REPEAT) SEEMS TO CONTROL HIM, SESSIONS APPEARS TO BE A GRAY HAT.
      B) Sessions should immediately impound SC funds and place holds on Rosenstein’s and Mueller’s salaries, pensions and bank accounts. To be held until funds are repaid and victims made whole. YES.
      C) Since Rosenstein and Mueller are actively pursuing counterintelligence activities, treat them as spies! OK. BUT WHAT COUNT. ACTIVITIES?
      – a) Seize every bit of evidence any member of this “insurance plan” has at their offices, homes, phones, compputers, clubs, cars, wherever! YES.
      – b) With Rosenstein and Mueller’s group finances frozen, any rich elites donations, gofundme campaigns, donation coffers, Clinton Foundation payoffs, Feinstein back room deals, etc. will also be frozen. Until victims are made whole and the Federal Government is reimbursed, these chumps get one court assigned legal counsel. NOT SURE HOW THIS WILL HAPPEN.

      Let’s add “D”:
      D) The Judge mentions: 1. Why wasn’t Rosie already recused?

      2. Why didn’t Sessions take the lead making sure this happens?
      You mean to tell me that Sessions did not know this? Really?

      3. If Mueller is so corrupt, which he is, why doesn’t Sessions do anything to shut this down? We already know that Rosie is black hat. Does anyone on here know that Sessions does not know this already?

      Nuff said.
      Chances of Sessions being a black now at 25 percent (down from 35%). Today’s rebuke from the federal judge is truly remarkable. He has more courage than Sessions does…or else Sessions is a black hat. I hope I am wrong.

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      • noswamp says:

        Actually I hated statistics at university. I meant 75 percent up from 65 percent!

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      • ATheoK says:

        “noswamp says: May 5, 2018 at 12:52 am
        SESSIONS WILL…”

        Not that it matters, but I’ve complained repeatedly over many months that Sessions pretends his “recusal” prevents Sessions from taking corrective actions on many fronts.

        Sessions recused himself from the Russia collusion investigation.
        Sessions did not recuse himself from ‘Attorney General of the United States’ duties and responsibilities.
        Especially those AGOUS duties and responsibilities regarding employee merit reviews, disciplinary actions and termination of employment.

        Sessions has failed to step in and correct FBI/DOJ’s problem children. Disciplinary actions and terminations are critical to Sessions establishing and maintaining Honest FBI/DOJ investigations, policing and prosecutions.

        I consider that lack of attention to employee handling to be Sessions’ greatest weakness. Not that there are many examples of senior Federal Executives that adequately perform employee handling.

        During my career in Federal Government, I have observed and/or worked for executives who were masters at handling people.
        That holding Rosenstein and Mueller personally and financially responsible is regularly used across Federal Government.
        Sadly, it is regularly used by responsible and effective managers and executives.
        There are many areas of government rife with incompetent supervisors, managers, executives who bungle both meritorious and/or disciplinary employee actions every day.

        EPA, IRS and BATF are recent examples where misbehaving or nonperforming employees were reassigned, transferred or even promoted.

        Sessions has the power to hold Rosenstein and Mueller personally and financially accountable.
        Horse – water- drink and all that.

        “noswamp says: May 5, 2018 at 12:52 am
        OK. …what … activities?”

        Surely, you can answer that one, yourself.
        Start with the FISA warrant and what monitoring capabilities accompany that counterintelligence authority. Follow through on Mueller’s invasive swat team tactics, seizures, interrogations, wordplay, etc. etc.

        blockquote> “noswamp says: May 5, 2018 at 12:52 am
        not sure how…”

        All it takes is documentation, proper forms filled and authorization signatures.
        The Government agency uses Federal financial apparatus to freeze all financial instruments within USA control.
        IRS does this all of the time to taxpayers, but the mechanism and apparatus is available to all Federal Agencies; and most Federal Agencies regularly use the process to recover funds from misbehaving employees.
        It all starts with Sessions reviewing what Rosenstein was told/assigned to do, expectations for Rosenstein’s official neutral ethical position and just how much Rosenstein deviated.

        The key phrases revolve around Rosenstein’s deliberate application of his personal partisan, illegal, seditious, etc. attitudes/desires into what is supposed to be a neutral legal assignment.
        As soon as Sessions is able to identify Rosenstein deliberately made decisions, delegations, assignments based on Rosenstein prejudices, biases, bigotry, hatreds, whatever; Sessions can establish that Rosenstein used his office and responsibilities for personal reasons, not official.
        Sessions removes the protections Rosenstein normally enjoys conducting business for the United States, which leaves Rosenstein as personally responsible for all negative impacts from his personal misuse of official office.

        blockquote> “noswamp says: May 5, 2018 at 12:52 am
        Chances of Sessions being a black…”

        Sessions legal handling of investigations, investigator assignments, prosecution, etc. are exemplary!
        Sessions brings a welcome sigh of Justice relief to Federal Agencies that encountered substantial declines in performance for over a decade.
        Those facts establish Sessions as a white hat.

        Session’s inability to handle misbehaving employees does not make Sessions a black hat; they simply demonstrate where Sessions is timid and weak.

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    • CountryClassVulgarian says:

      Now THIS is an outcome I heartily endorse. Comey, don’t forgot Comey. They need to requisition his jumpsuit now.

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  5. Donna in Oregon says:

    Case Law for FISC court.
    In Re: Sealed Case, 310 F.3d 717 (F.I.S.C. 2002)
    US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review – 310 F.3d 717 (F.I.S.C. 2002)
    https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/F3/310/717/495663/

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    • brh82 says:

      Donna in Oregon, I’m curious about what you intended we would get out of that VERY long-reading link. Or are you a law student who just wanted to bookmark it for yourself? If it had a purpose of fending off anyone who had thoughts of becoming a lawyer, it hit its mark!

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      • Donna in Oregon says:

        My apologies brh82, please see my post below. The purpose of this post (and there are others) is that there is case law for FISC. The lower courts cannot hear these because they are Sealed Cases w/ case numbers.

        Relevant to the Federal Judge today as it has been presented that it’s “super secret”….which is why this will end badly for Mueller. Super secret gets the Swamp the cover they need to spy but doesn’t get them the same secrecy in court.

        This is why I continue to talk about President Trump taking this to court himself.

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        • brh82 says:

          How would POTUS taking the case to court himself change the process or outcome?

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        • Perot Conservative says:

          Naive question: if the FISA warrants were gained illegally, is everything gathered from their use fruit of the poisonous octopuses?

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  6. ForGodandCountry says:

    I sure hope POTUS throws some extra security and a bodyguard Judge Ellis’ way.

    If something happens to him, well…

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    • Sporty says:

      That would set off a storm the Dems would be destroyed from.

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      • ForGodandCountry says:

        Like Scalia’s murder?

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        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          Must admit you have a point. The other side KNOWS how to leverage plausibility. They get away with seeded doubts, and it’s over. Look at Seth Rich, for crying out loud.

          Until we learn to RAISE HELL when they murder people, we have to take responsibility for our own security.

          Meaning no disrespect for the wonderful legal mind of Antonin Scalia, but in terms of even the most basic situational awareness, the man was a fool. Add up all his mistakes, and that boy was good as dead. Palling around with a nearly certain communist (Ginsburg), who was undoubtedly leaking critical data to ALL the wrong people, as icing on Deep State’s deep data cake. Traveling ALONE to weirdo ranches in the boondocks, sleeping in the open air. And if rumors of Scalia’s sexual peccadilloes are true to even a tiny degree (as in YIKES but completely legal), then he was STILL playing with FIRE. The man was BEGGING to be killed.

          The bottom line is that the other side looks for GUARANTEED PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY. If you give it to them, they will TAKE IT. Yeah, Scalia was an old guy, but BOOM – timing is everything, and the Dark Side used timing like CHAMPS to gain leverage in a critical moment of the election.

          The best way to thwart them is to make every moment a BURN moment for them if they screw up, and then help them screw up. Seth Rich scares them to the CORE, and we need to keep digging.

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          • farrier105 says:

            When you can’t get people to raise hell about Kenneth Trentadue murdered in his single prison cell and a hamfisted cover-up that lost the FBI a wrongful death suit, they certainly wouldn’t get upset about Seth Rich. The Trentadue case was the result of someone in the government mistaking Trentadue for Richard Lee Guthrie. Once they murdered Trentadue, along with forensic evidence of prolonged torture, they claimed Trentadue hanged himself. When they finally caught the REAL Guthrie? He hanged himself. Coincidence, I guess.

            They have been slapped by judges, including being called liars, before. The media keeps it all quiet so the sheep never find out.

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          • farrier105 says:

            What makes you think Seth Rich scares them to the core? All they had to do is not kill him, even if he stole the emails, which technically, I don’t think he could do. Maybe he carried the stuff to Wikileaks, but someone carried more to Wikileaks in September, so Assange had more than one helper in the that party, IF Rich even was one. You don’t just stick a flashdrive into a USB port on an email server and suck out all the emails. It doesn’t work that way.

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            • wolfmoon1776 says:

              Because Rich’s death wasn’t about Wikileaks. The assertion that Rich’s death was about Wikileaks is a “two loose end anneal” – a very typical disinformation technique used by the enemy. They create disinformation linking two loose ends, and thereafter the ends don’t get linked properly to whatever they should be in people’s minds. It’s a startlingly effective technique.

              Rich was a witness – and not the only one. Troublesome witnesses are what always wakes the Clintons up to take action.

              Everything afterwards tells me that they are backing up and stumbling on Seth Rich. They know it’s toxic, and so they go to great lengths to shut people up on it.

              https://www.intellihub.com/attorney-who-sued-dnc-for-fraud-admits-seth-rich-and-shawn-lucas-were-both-witnesses-in-his-case/

              https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/08/25/florida-judge-dismisses-fraud-lawsuit-against-dnc/?utm_term=.d7ae6875da00

              This is a bit NSFW, hence the link rather than a tweet…..https://twitter.com/JaredBeck/status/946449203332567041

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              • churchmouse says:

                Thanks very much for the links, Wolfm00n.

                I hadn’t seen any of them.

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                • wolfmoon1776 says:

                  That’s no accident. The TORRENT of Seth Rich / Wikileaks stuff was precisely designed so you WOULD never see the far more important reason to take him out.

                  This is why I don’t watch Fox News, other than specific clips on the Treehouse. One of the most effective forms of disinformation is the “river of shiny objects” that allegedly conservative media provides. It took me a while to realize just how much the CONSERVATIVE MSM was hiding from me, by pointing me at thousands of REAL SQUIRRELS in the wrong direction.

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              • farrier105 says:

                This is the best reference material for the research I have been doing into these DNC “Hack” matters for the last six months. The only near equal was the Steve McIntyre material analyzing the DNC email database. There was ALWAYS a problem trying to tie the murder of Seth Rich to the Wikileaks leak. In his position in Voter Information matters, NOT Information Technology, SETH RICH IS A NATURAL WITNESS IN ANY VOTER MANIPULATION LAW SUIT. Rich would have to testify. With WIkileaks out of the picture as a motive, the murder can approached in a different light, so you can see this lead is the best I’ve seen in months. It makes much better sense now, and this ties in nicely with every thing else we are seeing–Two years of these jackasses–most of whom are incompetent–trying to cover their asses for multiple crimes to put Hillary Clinton in the White House.

                THANK YOU IMMENSELY FOR THE ASSISTANCE! The only thing is, Seth Rich wasn’t served yet, but the plaintiff attorney makes it clear Seth Rich would have been served.

                Who started the Wikileaks rumor? That has made looking into all of this much more difficult. You think it was the Hillary team?

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                • wolfmoon1776 says:

                  Thanks! Glad it was useful to you.

                  Once I realized that Seth Rich fit the Clinton pattern of WITNESS elimination, many things fell into place. Numerous “give-away” scandals around Seth Rich and “MUH RUSSIA” are thus chaff. Their sketchy, too-easy, fake natures are now easily explained. They don’t quite fit because they are shiny object JUNK.

                  Was it the Hillary team? That’s tough.

                  I think the Clintons and their close allies are deploying much of the disinformation, but the source of it is actually bigger, and much more dangerous – a faction of the government in conjunction with the media and the DNC, not to mention their FOREIGN allies. I believe that Seth Rich was talking to the FBI, and was BETRAYED by them. His data was being monitored by the Black Hats, IMO, as were all communications of the people suing or thinking of suing the DNC.

                  So who did it? Could be a LOT of folks. But I do think Deep State had to be involved.

                  The black hats have discovered that PRE-SURVEILLING problem people BEFORE the problems become PUBLIC allows them to have greater flexibility, and greater plausibility if they ACT before there is a PUBLICLY KNOWN MOTIVE.

                  Seth Rich is a perfect example. Take care of the problem BEFORE he is publicly called as a witness, and the public will not perceive that his being a witness is a valid reason to take him out. It’s very genius. We are up against VERY smart people. They know he’s GOING to be called as a witness – ACT before he is. INTEL GIVES THEM THE EDGE.

                  Just add abuse of intelligence, and we can then SPOT THESE CASES. This is critical. ASSUME INTEL WAS ABUSED WIDELY.

                  This idea is solving cases for me EVERYWHERE (especially monetization scams, but I think a lot of murders will solve, too). Assume the Demmunists and corrupted agencies are abusing intelligence for all their goals, and BOOM – it will solve. There are literally TENS OF THOUSANDS of cold cases that are going to solve, by merely adding Deep State / DNC / CIA / FBI / communist countries / USSR as parties for MOTIVE and ABUSE OF AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE as both MEANS and OPPORTUNITY.

                  This matches the way the Holder DOJ was basically watching EVERYBODY they thought was a threat. When I caught them “rolling out a scoop” on Orly Taitz on the Loretta Lynch – Eric Holder personal connection, I eventually realized they were abusing NSA data on a MASSIVE scale to watch Taitz and “scoop her” with THEIR VERSION if she was going to publish. Sharyl Attkisson’s illegal surveillance was a drop in the bucket – just the most visible drop.

                  Why were the black hats SO sensitive that they HAD to scuttle any suit of the DNC? Because the de facto communist takeover of the DNC, the fact that its “ground-up” operations are a complete SHAM (far worse than the GOP was, even in 2016), and the fact that Hillary is an ARRANGED candidate – all of these would potentially END the Democrat party. Even worse if it comes out BEFORE the election.

                  Thus, it might not even be “Clinton forces” that said “eliminate this Rich guy”. It could have been anybody who had an interest in the “vast left wing conspiracy” remaining under wraps.

                  It’s still huge. Most of their apparatus is still out there, running with FOREIGN HELP (IMO). Even if they get separated from US intel by shutting down Fusion, etc., they will still get ChiCom and (IMO) REAL Russian help, to say nothing of globalists.

                  Yeah. It’s a mess. But at least we know it’s there now.

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          • farrier105 says:

            Sorry, but this just occurred to me. Maybe part of Mueller’s job is to find these people in the party. There was at least one who gave a flashdrive to Craig Murray in September. There could be a few more unidentified people in there.

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            • farrier105 says:

              You know, I really think that is part of this thing now. This is partly a COUNTERINTELLIGENCE INVESTIGATION TO FIND THE WIKILEAKS PEOPLE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. It isn’t the only thing, of course, impeachment is number one, but they won’t let up on this until they find those people. Hillary, I wager, is really pushing for this.

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    • Robert says:

      Let’s not hope it never comes to your last inference! “The truth be told, lest the heavens fall!” –Jim Garrison (supposedly) during his prosecution of Clay Shaw as an accomplice to JFKs murder

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  7. DeWalt says:

    Trump stated in a Tweet that he may end this by exercising his Presidential authority. I think when the IG reports Trump will drop the hammer. He has more than enough legal and political cover. He is only concerned that the majority of the people understand his actions. That is all.

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    • CNN_sucks says:

      I think you are onto something. “Never interfere with your enemy when he is making a mistake.” After the firing, PDJT might release all these documents unredacted. DNC will NOT be able to capitalize on muh..russia collusion.

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    • D says:

      the majority HATE him….and many are in government position to continue the distraction…these people ARE the criminals…and MUST be INDICTED…AG Sessions must bring indictments againsy those in the FBI and DOJ….or HE is also a Trump hater…and is working to help the criminals…….imho

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    • Jedi9 says:

      That is a good point! Rosenstein after reading into this on a deeper level has set the precedent of being fired simply by the actions he has taken thus far in regard to everything related to SC! This mess with using title 1 vs. title 3 FISA warrant is clearly a violation, and the position that Rosenstein holds is suppose to be one that crosses the “T’s” and dots the “I’s with meticulous origin to the book. This error is so egregious that someone in Rosenstein’s position should be embarrassed by its discovery, simply because they are suppose to represent the best when holding the highest position of their profession. That being said, he certainly demonstrated that there is just cause for him to be fired a long time ago which goes to your original point if this has more to do with timing such as picking the right time to fire him than being skeptics as to why Trump hasn’t fired him yet! I hope you are right, but Degenova publicly attacking Rosenstein’s credibility on a daily basis is very telling! If Degenova is a close ally to Trump, then the two of them must share the same opinion of Rosenstein, and thus it would only seem is a matter of time that Rosenstein’s fall from grace is only about timing before it actually is a reality!

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  8. Donna in Oregon says:

    Here is another bit of Case Law that doesn’t help Comey, McCabe, Mueller or Rosenstein.

    Fascinating case law for FISC. Referred to as “Sealed Case”……but it exists, nonetheless:

    In Re: Sealed Case, 310 F.3d 717 (F.I.S.C. 2002)

    To ensure the Justice Department followed these strictures the court also fashioned what the government refers to as a “chaperone requirement”; that a unit of the Justice Department, the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review (OIPR) (composed of 31 lawyers and 25 support staff), “be invited” to all meetings between the FBI and the Criminal Division involving consultations for the purpose of coordinating efforts “to investigate or protect against foreign attack or other grave hostile acts, sabotage, international terrorism, or clandestine intelligence activities by foreign powers or their agents.” If representatives of OIPR are unable to attend such meetings, “OIPR shall be apprised of the substance of the meetings forthwith in writing so that the Court may be notified at the earliest opportunity.”

    https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/F3/310/717/495663/

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  9. TMonroe says:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/05/04/federal-judge-accuses-muellers-team-lying-trying-to-target-trump-cmon-man.html

    “The judge also gave the government two weeks to hand over the unredacted “scope memo” or provide an explanation why not — after prosecutors were reluctant to do so, claiming it has material that doesn’t pertain to Manafort. “I’ll be the judge of that,” Ellis said.

    House Republicans have also sought the full document, though the Justice Department previously released a redacted version, which includes information related to Manafort but not much else.”

    The problem is that the judge didn’t ask for only the redacted doc but gave the schemers an out by allowing them to give an explanation. Who doesn’t think that a group willing to bluff about secret powers given by the deputy Ag that appointed them and allowing them to dodge scrutiny in their minds won’t do the same in said “explanation”?

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    • lakelurelife says:

      It would be a bs explanation, and this judge doesn’t appear to take any bs. The whole point of what he did today shows that.

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    • H.R. says:

      It is not an out. The Judge throws out the case because the Prosecution produced no evidence of authority to bring the case to court.

      The Mueller team said they have the proper authority, but it’s secret. The Judge wasn’t buying “double secret probation” and demanded they show their authority.

      The charges against Manafort don’t align with the authority the Judge was shown. The case is getting tossed if they don’t show proper authority. And if Mueller’s team wants to continue, by giving a reason why their authority should remain a secret, that reason better come down from Mt. Sinai on gold-plated stone tablet and delivered by an Archangel of The Lord directly (no rest stops no coffee breaks and chained to the Archangels wrist) to Judge Ellis’ courtroom, or the case will be tossed.

      Judge Ellis will NOT accept
      “Please allow Bobby Mueller to prosecute because he really, really needs to keep this a secret.”
      Signed,
      By my Mom… really… this is not my handwriting… I wrote it left-handed so you can’t tell

      It’s a 99.9997% chance that this case is getting tossed.

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  10. Sounds like some progress is being made – – thank God.

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    • Newt Love says:

      > “Sounds like some progress is being made – – thank God.”

      Thank G-d, Yahweh, the Great Creator, made sure that U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III was selected as the Judge to hear this case. I hope for another Great American Judge to be selected for the other venue!

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  11. Sharpshorts says:

    Any thoughts on whether the SC inadvertently made a mistake by shopping for, then getting, a wrong Judge Ellis? (similar to the mistake they made accusing the wrong Cohen within the Steel documents?)…No, probably not a mistake this time…

    I suspect the SC is up to something that’s has not yet been discussed.

    Don’t call me Shirley but surely everyone on Mueller’s team would know they would get nowhere with any judge who was not a fellow traveler. I can’t buy in to the idea that this current spectacle is just another delay tactic.

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  12. These tweets are interesting in that they show a side by side comparison of the previously released, redacted information to the committee from DOJ next to the same, lesser redacted copies they received today. Looking at them side by side, it would appear we’re getting a picture of Rosenstein’s motives with regard to turning over documents to committee. Protecting Comey?

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      Great stuff – thanks for that!

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    • Chewbarkah says:

      Here’s the McCabe/Comey defense being floated to hedge this: McCabe’s and Comey’s original comments that the agents interviewing Flynn did not believe Flynn was lying, were only about Flynn’s physical demeanor (tells like constant blinking, furtiveness, etc). Comparing Flynn’s statements to telephone intercepts showed that some aspects were factually false.

      Charging someone with lying to the FBI requires demonstration of intent. The FBI concluded that Flynn believed he was telling the truth, and thus had no criminal intent. Flynn’s statements might have been “false”, but inaccuracy is not a crime. Voila, it’s all Mueller’s fault. Judge Sullivan will hopefully take this into consideration that no crime was committed when vacating the guilty verdict and dismissing the case.

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  13. billrla says:

    “So, my suspicion is that you may be a law-breaking, seditious threat to the U.S. Constitution and the President of the United States of America. Take 2 weeks and get back to me.”

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  14. littleanniesfannie says:

    I said it before, I’ll say it again!!

    May 4, 2018 at 7:35 am
    Personal observation. There are many parallels between this case and Duke LAX. Mule-er is the same as Mike Nifong. Out to make himself greater than he can ever be and bent on a conviction. Damn the law, full steam ahead. Those two are peas in a pod. Trump is the same as the Duke 3. Accused falsely on trumped up charges as a means to their end. The Constitution or the rule of law the two prosecutors swore to defend mean absolutely nothing if it hinders the objective. Sundance is the K. C. Johnson of this fiasco. Brilliant, analytical mind who realizes all the dirty moves. Neither had a following the size of the MSM, who convicted both the LAX players and the Trump team in the media without proof. Both were on the side of justice, not the misnomered Justice Department, but justice of the American way.
    For Nifong’s lies to the press and court (similarity 1), his hiding of factual evidence which did not suit his narrative (similarity 2), his willingness to impeach the credibility of anyone who didn’t tow the desired narrative (similarity 3), his willingness to throw wealth and class around as justification for the unproven “crimes” (similarity 4).
    For trying to destroy the lives of the Duke LAX players and coach, the powers that be deemed public humiliation, disbarment, and one night in jail as reasonable punishment. Well, that wasn’t enough then and it won’t be enough now. Nothing short of ALL guilty treasonous members of the Clinton/Obama team who have perpetrated and are perpetrating these crimes against our VSG facing long prison terms and massive fines will be acceptable. Time for everyone to wake up and decide whether this country is worth saving or not. Failure to achieve the maximum punishment for trying to destroy the country simply because your little Nazi, Fascist group didn’t retain power is not reasonable. Our forefathers fought for freedom from religious oppression in the 18th century. The 19th century saw a Civil War from within. We fought two World Wars in the 20th century to help countries escape Socialist/Communist/Fascist policies and attempted coups. We may face another Civil War in the 21st century to combat the tyranny of the new Socialist/Communist/Fascist/Nazi takeover of our country. The next few months will tell the story.

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    • billrla says:

      Littleanniesfannie: Actually, the last few months have told the story, and the last year and a half. We have an ongoing nationwide and possibly international effort to overthrow a duly elected president.

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    • Doniphan's Trigger says:

      Excellent post. Vigorous. I agree. When materialist subjectivism takes over, not only does the rule of law break down but Christianity breaks down. Politics and Religion are downstream from Culture and the University Project. That must be reversed. Chaos and lawlessness are also being introduced into the 2000 years of teaching of the Holy Catholic Church. Bergoligo is creating chaos and forcing a new gospel on the faithful. Truth is attacked from the inside when the enemies of truth know that a full frontal outside attack will fail. You are right on. The good news is the Truth always in time prevails.

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      Bear this in mind, too. I don’t think Duke Lacrosse just “happened”.

      I think they were SET UP.

      We have SEEN how “they” – including Loretta Lynch – tried to SET UP the Trump campaign. I REPEAT THAT – THEY SET UP TRUMP – MANY TIMES.

      IT IS MY ASSERTION that the Duke Lacrosse scandal was ENGINEERED. I believe that NONE OF IT was accidental. IT WAS A SET-UP.

      Why do I say this? Because I am now aware of AT LEAST THREE INCIDENTS – one of which was several decades ago (of which I have deep case knowledge), one about a decade ago, and one just recently – which I am SURE were ENGINEERED as MULTI-LEVEL corrupt money-makers for the Democrats. The corruption on these incidents is STAGGERING. The payoffs are MULTI-LEVEL to the left.

      Unstated university accident – used to gain leverage to control university approval and acceptance of affirmative action, to gain political control of the university, to win simultaneous union negotiations for the union, AND to feed money to TRIAL LAWYERS for kickbacks to the DNC. Very slick operation using Deep State surveillance capabilities already in place for authorized national security monitoring to pick up and exploit an opportunity. This shows that abuse of intelligence for partisan purposes goes WAY BACK.

      Hotel accident, LA Standard Hotels – used along with EPA to gain LEVERAGE over Standard Hotels, to win a 175% judgment ($375,000 total on $200,000 max penalty by adding on “community service” to leftist causes), plus likely corruption, also leading to DEATHS of top execs who were likely potential witnesses. This is stuff I’ve figured out beyond Q’s hints on Schiffty and Standard.

      THE BRIDGE – PAYBACK FOR TODAY. (I’ll let people Google that one. Slick story – when people figure it out, they’ll see what I’m talking about.)

      Ask how LITTLE would be needed to SET UP Duke Lacrosse. Very little. If you assume Deep State is helping, it’s shockingly easy.

      Ask how Deep State would FIND “racists” they could set up and exploit. Very easy.

      Ask who COLLECTED bucks or power on Duke Lacrosse – and who ended up like a chump. Very clear. Why should the Dems care if Nifong is the sacrificial lamb? They DON’T care. He was useful. Now he’s not. Perfect scapegoat.

      THIS is in the 60%. It’s THAT BAD. Hoaxes are not the exception – they’re the RULE. The Dems have been keeping their brand alive on BS.

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      • nikkichico7 says:

        Unrolled thread from @MrsArboe #Qanon #Decode #GreatAwakening …
        “NEW #Qanon #Decode ? #GreatAwakening Stanislav Lunev. The BRIDGE. Payback for today. Q Lunev himself had several American journalists workin […]” @MrsArboe
        Search domain threadreaderapp.comhttps://threadreaderapp.com/thread/967326636357152769.html

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        • nikkichico7 says:

          Based on what I saw and read on those threads … the preppes may have the right idea (get eight with the Lord, time is drawing down, pray for your loved ones)

          This is seriously ugly …. smells like sulphuric … feels like Armageddon

          God help us

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        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          Here’s my interpretation – astounding as it seems.

          I believe that there was awareness of something related to or code-named “bridge”, which was planned by “Team Evil”/Clowns in response to the beginning of serious leaking of the facts of the Broward County STAND-DOWN on the day of Q’s tweet. This explains the “prophetic” line “Payback for TODAY“. There was something IN THE FUTURE about “bridge” in response to White Hat push-back on the Broward County narrative. Perhaps there was sudden Black Hat chatter about “bridge”, as the White Hat push-back against the stand-down began.

          Stanislav Lunev is strongly associated with ideas of SABOTAGE and ATTACKS by enemies of America on American soil. Thus, I’m thinking they knew there was some nasty Black Hat operation related to “BRIDGE”. Maybe not what is was, but that something was coming.

          In any case, QAnon has to be talking about some operation in the FUTURE, but Q team obviously didn’t know what it would be – possibly only a code name or something that it related to a bridge. But I believe they HAD limited knowledge, and posted it in the same way a law enforcement BOLO or TIP to the public might be posted. They didn’t expect that it would necessarily stop the event – but it MIGHT, if the perps thought they MIGHT be busted (it’s sufficiently nebulous that it doesn’t give away sources or methods). Also, it provides BONA FIDES to the Q crowd in case it DOES happen. The Q people would be validated in the future by whatever was going to happen. If it doesn’t happen, no validation, but who cares?

          This viewpoint not only explains everything surrounding the bridge collapse – when applied to other events, it just SOLVES EVERYTHING. Deep State has been herding, leveraging, and influence racketeering us for DECADES. And THAT is a big chunk of the 60%, IMO.

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      • nikkichico7 says:

        Wolfmoon it’s all about MONEY 💰! The ROTTEN BASTARDS!

        Muller wants trillions … greedy scum sucking crap weasel … he can rot in hell ….

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      • nikkichico7 says:

        Skip the link below …. use this one

        Thread by @WOLFM00N: “2/24 Stanislav Lunev. THE BRIDGE …
        Thread by @WOLFM00N: “2/24 Stanislav Lunev. THE BRIDGE. Payback for today. Q Payback angle becoming more and more clear. 2/24 – Parkland stand-down bombshell. Note message – WE CAN MAKE YOU EAT THE BLAME.
        Search domain

        https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/975034973236416512

        threadreaderapp.com

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        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          Great! You found it!

          Q is talking about some really nasty evil. If so, then I think Praying Medic is right – the corruption is staggering, and in line with what FBIanon said. if what I’m thinking is correct, and I’m very sure it is.

          There is other stuff I’m pretty sure is right, too – it’s not just explosive – one would reasonably expect it to be highly classified. So even if they DO prosecute some of this stuff, it would likely have to be using military tribunals or great secrecy.

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          • nikkichico7 says:

            I’d like to see them herded in to a holding pen and napalm them … a continuous flow until the dirt is glass ….
            these “people” are at war with the United States while they live in it and are considered citizens …. damn them to hell

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          • nikkichico7 says:

            …. and yes … I found your thread and was glad I did, great thread …. excellent information …. thank you wolf 🐺🇺🇸❗️🤨👍🇺🇸‼️

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          • CountryclassVulgarian says:

            I have always said, believed, written that these people are evil. I’m not a fan or follower of Q, but I am convinced now more than ever that we are dealing with pure unadulterated evil.

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      • Maquis says:

        Dude!

        I was hoping to get to sleep tonight…

        Friggen Evil Commies must cease to be.

        They claim the moral high ground but stand only upon the Hundred-Million Dead from their past Century of Mindless Murder.

        They are orders of magnitude more worthy of the extinction they are engineering for us.

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  15. andi lee says:

    Fred Flintstone’s “bedrock principal”.

    So, this is what Dreeben was eluding to with Judge Ellis on why Rosenstein’s letter could not be presented to Ellis’s court.

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  16. farrier105 says:

    This is a victory for Manafort and his legal defense team who just miraculously found the right judge. That is the only thing that just might save Manafort and overthrow dictator Mueller.

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  17. pyromancer76 says:

    I can’t express how thrilled I was to hear Judge Ellis’s opinions and decisions, especially when they included these quotes.

    “We don’t want anyone with unfettered power,” he said….”

    “[Judge Ellis] summed up the argument of the Special Counsel’s Office as, “We said this was what [the] investigation was about, but we are not bound by it and we were lying.” (Sundance article)

    In my opinion these are the public statements that will put fire to citizen frustration-tinder about the arrogance of too many of our government officials, an arrogance that appears to center itself in the FBI.

    I hope the Administration provides this judge with 24/7 security that is solid.

    These decisions and statements give me hope that this farce, destructive of individual lives and fortunes and aimed at a properly elected President, will finally be over; that perhaps President Trump now has the backing and momentum to deep six the FBI.

    Yeah. I know the material below is from TruePundit, from CTH comments above. I (almost) never go there, but I had to for this. https://truepundit.com/trump-considers-disbanding-or-gutting-fbi-wrays-fbi-might-be-a-lost-ship/

    “One White House insider said chatter among decision makers emerged in recent weeks plotting the future for the FBI. The official said Wray could end up functioning more like a CEO downsizing a parent company, splintering FBI resources to other subsidiaries (agencies).

    FBI’s counter-terrorism goes to Homeland Security.

    FBI’s narcotics investigations goes to DEA.

    FBI’s fugitive task force goes to U.S. Marshals and so on….

    Radical times call for radical measures. But, when examined, gutting the bloated FBI isn’t such a silly endeavor. According to insiders, the nip and tuck could include:
    Cut the approx $9 billion FBI budget
    Implement accounting safeguards to allow lawmakers to quickly view ‘black budget’ Intel expenditures; RE: Fusion GPS, Steele
    Chop the current FBI up and move sects to Homeland Security, DEA, and other qualified law enforcement agencies.
    Re-assign problematic actors to roles with new agencies, away from their power base inside the FBI’s corrupted infrastructure.”

    Ever since the FBI morphed into an ever more top-bureaucratic-controlled organization after 9/11, even after the investigations showed clearly that local FBI agents knew stuff was going down and they knew where to look — they almost screamed their evidence and insights — the response was as if they were invisible. I felt so grateful to them and always wondered what happened to them. I hope they found good careers elsewhere.

    Maybe it’s– give them enough rope…. I don’t think Americans, from most backgrounds, can stand this level of arrogance and grandiosity. Maybe we are seeing the beginning of the end of the FBI.

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    • pyromancer76 says:

      I should have included my overly optimistic musing with the observation that this would be the first chunk of Department of Justice, with evil vermin at the top, “downsized.”

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  18. Payday says:

    The roof is falling in on Mueller and RR. We don’t NEED Sessions if white hat judges like this put a stop to it!

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    • billrla says:

      Payday: So, where are all those white-hat FISA Court judges?

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    • noswamp says:

      I hope that this judge is a white hat and tosses the case. Please remember: he may not. Judges sometimes like to act as if they are going a certain way, only to make a totally opposite decision later. I have seen this before. I hope this is not the case here. Please remember folks, this “could” happen.

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  19. lakelurelife says:

    I would absolutely give Judge Ellis TWO SCOOPS of ice cream if he would come to my house for dinner!

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  20. DrNo76 says:

    “Mueller is chasing Trump via a counterintelligence investigation! Open ended, without constraints, restrictions, judicial precedent or Constitutional Rights.” As bad as that is, it is far worse than that. The actual problem is as follows: Mueller has used a counterintelligence operation with Title 1 powers of surveillance to move an ordinary criminal case forward that otherwise would be limited by the Fourth Amendment and and has done so for the purpose of gaining power over an Article II constitutional officer (POTUS) who, according to DOJ guidelines may not be indicted by an Article II agency (the DOJ) and further has done so for the purpose of gathering information to be used in an impeachment proceedings under powers residing solely in Congress under Article I.

    In short, Mueller’s counterintelligence investigation combined with acts as an ordinary prosecutor has created a constitutional clusterf… of monumental proportions.

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  21. chieftain says:

    Mueller= roving Star Chamber.

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  22. andi lee says:

    Smoke signals!💨🚨💨🚨💨

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  23. sickconservative says:

    Listened to Wlcow today on Patriot and made a really good point about how all the norms that we have been told by both sides have really been shattered by Trump and the swamp from both sides can’t handle it.

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  24. Great thread to read through here to see what the DOJ has been hiding in it’s redacted memos from committee. They turned over lesser redacted memos tonight (Friday night dump). The memos are laid side by side and what they were protecting seems pretty clear.

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  25. zooamerica says:

    Hillary colluded with the media, and the media colluded with Hillary.

    They thought they had it in the bag.

    Now they’re “going to hang.”

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  26. The smartest people on the internet hang out in the Treehouse…

    Pray for the judge indeed.;

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  27. Cathy M. says:

    Kudos to Manafort’s Attorneys for filing this lawsuit.

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  28. Jeff P. says:

    Please keep the Honorable Judge Ellis III in your Prayers. God knows the Clinton Cabal is not happy being threatened. If this Judge mysteriously DIES, we KNOW that he was 100% doing the right thing against the Globalist NWO et al.

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  29. LibertyONE says:

    Rosenstein is up to his crooked neck in this debacle and dumb as& Sessions is being led around by him on a leash.

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  30. Chris Four says:

    “You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort’s bank fraud,” Judge T. S. Ellis III said during a court hearing in Alexandria. “You really care about getting information that Mr. Manafort can give you that would reflect on Mr. Trump and lead to his prosecution or impeachment or whatever.”

    Bingo! We have a winner!

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  31. Chris Four says:

    Will the real Judge Ellis please stand up

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  32. Robert Smith says:

    By the way, how is Maddow spinning this?

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    • Sandra-VA says:

      I just took a bullet for you and switched to her show…. right now, she is lauding Rosenstein for not turning over documents to Congress. Talking about Separation of Powers (sadly, she thinks DoJ is separate from the President…. I guess she forgot POTUS is the boss of the Executive Branch which includes DoJ).

      That was all I could take…

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  33. Curt says:

    I am convinced that Jeff Sessions is just part of the swamp. What a huge disappointment!

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    • noswamp says:

      I am very close to saying that myself. He is 75 Percent chance of being a swamp member. I feel there is a 25 percent still that he is not. I to am very disappointed in the man.

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  34. iwasthere says:

    Having appeared before Judge Ellis III I can say for a fact, he is a formitalbe intellect. He loves the law and will take his oath of fidelity to the grave. The unstoppable force has met the unmovable rock. Rock on Judge Ellis III!!! Save the Republic.

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  35. recoverydotgod says:

    Not so smart Sally learned yesterday that a judge can request to see a supervisor and special prosecutor’s scope and what they haven’t made public. People like Sally are purely political. They think the president is beneath them. She has no idea what “above the law” means.

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  36. Twodees Partain says:

    ” Ellis said that information did not “arise” out of the special counsel probe – and therefore may not be within the scope of that investigation.”

    Sundance, since the source is Foxnews, it occurs to me that this wording may be an edit of what Ellis stated. A federal judge chastising an attorney, Mueller, over a point that “may not” be clear doesn’t sound right.

    It would ring true if Ellis was quoted as stating that the information is NOT properly within the scope of the investigation. If you have access to Ellis’ exact wording it would be interesting to see it stated verbatim.

    I found an article which gives a different quote from Ellis:

    “Manafort’s attorneys, in their motion to dismiss the criminal case, argue that the Special Counsel does not have the authority to indict Manafort, while Mueller’s team argued that Rosenstein gave them broad authority to investigate. Mueller’s team revealed that it was using evidence and information from an earlier probe that Judge Ellis said did not “arise” from the current probe, and not within the current probe’s scope. Judge Ellis said of the prosecution team “We don’t want anyone with unfettered power.””

    “DID NOT “ARISE” and NOT WITHIN THE CURRENT PROBE’S SCOPE” gives an entirely different view of the smackdown. Jake Gibson muddied the waters by fiddlling with a quote, if what Gibson says is different from what the judges stated.

    Here:
    https://artvoice.com/2018/05/04/judge-t-s-ellis-iii-just-embodied-what-article-iii-judges-are-all-about/

    Relying on Fox exclusively can be problematic, given the habit of their writers in editing quotes to steer opinion.

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  37. Pyrthroes says:

    Brutal cynicism is apropos regarding Mueller, but since we’re not brutal cynics we expect Judge Ellis to survive at least through Labor Day, or until Clinton, Inc. assigns a Seth Rich spetsnez-type (“we serve the People, Comrade”)..

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  38. shirley49 says:

    These people need to be made an example of as a deterrent for this type of garbage ever happening again. They are scum. They need to be made to reimburse everyone that they have hurt financially or ruined their reputations. The Republicans need to start prosecuting the past (Hillary and her ilk) and the present lying scumbags. Republicans grow a set.

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  39. AKM says:

    Extremely interesting point raised by Arizona Deplorable in thread by Robert Barnes.

    Strzok Page comment on a NYT article on Manafort, but point out that there was an earlier version, which was then changed after a call by Kortan. In other words, the “small team” had already identified Manafort as a way to get to Trump by 2nd November, 2016. Secondly, it shows that Kortan was capable of having the NYT change a story, based on his call to them.

    2016-11-02 Outbox. Do you know how to get a cached copy of the version of the story times pushed out last night re Manafort and the foundation?

    Outbox. They changed the article dramatically after Kortan called.

    Outbox. Apuzzo plus his buds.

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  40. AKM says:

    Also Mollie Hemingway points out the Intelligence Community was investigating Flynn in Dec 2016. Comey claimed he stopped it, but it continued.

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    • Perot Conservative says:

      I believe Flynn publicly rebuked Obama’s Middle East policy/ policies, and the Left / DNC / Swamp / Obama-ites turned on him.

      BTW, why is Conway’s husband butthurt?

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  41. NC Nana says:

    This article by Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist helped explain to me why Judge T.S. Ellis III reacted so strongly in yesterday’s hearing to the Special Counsel attorneys.

    Excerpt:

    … “his (Manafort’s) legal team also reveals the government has provided no evidence of any contact between Manafort and Russian officials.

    The special counsel’s office says it has no evidence in its possession responsive to Manafort’s request for transcripts, notes, or tapes of any and all conversation or contacts between Russian intelligence or government officials and Manafort, according to the filing.

    Despite multiple requests to provide any evidence detailing contacts between Russian officials and Manafort, “the Special Counsel has not produced any materials to the defense — no tapes, notes, transcripts or any other material evidencing surveillance or intercepts of communications between Mr. Manafort and Russian intelligence officials, Russian government officials (or any other foreign officials),” the filing in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District Virginia says. “The Office of Special Counsel has advised that there are no materials responsive to Mr. Manafort’s requests.”

    “Accordingly, if the representations of the Special Counsel are accurate, and there is not, in fact, any evidence of communications between Mr. Manafort and foreign officials, then the perpetrators of this elaborate hoax must be identified and punished and the substantial unfair prejudice to Mr. Manafort must be remedied,” the filing continued.”

    http://thefederalist.com/2018/05/03/manafort-lawyers-claim-leaky-mueller-probe-has-provided-no-evidence-of-contacts-with-russian-officials/

    This article says there is no there there.

    This was supposed to be an investigation not a fishing expedition. This shows there was no reason to investigate Mr. Manafort after the legitimate inquiry found there was nothing there. All the squeezing has been done for political reasons. This is unquestionably the government saying give me the name of the man and I’ll find you a crime.

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    • Perot Conservative says:

      Nothing with Ukraine?

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      • NC Nana says:

        Ukraine is a sovereign country and a member of NATO. I don’t think they and Russia get along particularly well.

        Russia invaded a portion of Ukraine militarily a few years ago. (I don’t know if Ukraine was a member of NATO then or not. I also don’t think Obama lifted a finger to help whether they were a member of NATO or not.)

        It seems not too long ago that Russia shot down that passenger plane bound for Ukraine.

        My point is that I don’t think Ukraine has a positive relationship with Russia. That is why Ukraine partnered with NATO for defense instead of Russia.

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  42. NC Nana says:

    FAKE NEWS: It is truly destroying our country. The article below talks about leaks from government employees against Paul Manafort. It lists some stories by large MSM organizations and the leaks they reported on Paul Manafort.

    I can personally say the reports had an impact on my thinking about Manafort. There is no question that I would have had those stories in the back of my mind if I were on a jury.

    Yet the “the Special Counsel has not produced any materials to the defense — no tapes, notes, transcripts or any other material evidencing surveillance or intercepts of communications between Mr. Manafort and Russian intelligence officials, Russian government officials (or any other foreign officials),”

    Because this material does not exit the article says “Without original jurisdiction to investigate Manafort, the special counsel has “no lawful authority or jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute Mr. Manafort” for the matters it has, they say. Further, the leaks “were clearly intended to unfairly prejudice the jury pool” against Manafort and deprive him of due process and an impartial jury.” – – –

    I for one was influenced by the FAKE NEWS MSM reporting. If I had been on a jury the thoughts would have stuck.

    How many people read articles on The Federalist compared to the number that read/watch NBC, NY Times, AP, and CNN? Would the numbers be something like tens of thousands compared to millions, tens of millions? I don’t know, but I don’t think there is any way to put the genie back in the bottle.

    http://thefederalist.com/2018/05/03/manafort-lawyers-claim-leaky-mueller-probe-has-provided-no-evidence-of-contacts-with-russian-officials/

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  43. GweninKC says:

    I haven’t had a chance to read the whole thread, so apologies if someone else has already shared this but I just ran across a transcript of yesterday’s happenings in the Manafort case and figured some of you might want to check it out. Interesting reading.for sure.

    https://www.redstate.com/streiff/2018/05/05/special-counsel-judge-dont-authority-review/
    (sorry, I don’t know how to make this a link, but you can copy and paste it into your browser)

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    • Perot Conservative says:

      Thank you. How does 2005 activity even fit within SOL?

      This doesn’t look good for Rosy or Mueller.

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  44. Jimi Helms says:

    Oh please let Judge Judy have a crack at this swamp.

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  46. Jack Thomas says:

    Thank God for judge Ellis at least there’s one sane judge in Washington DC!
    And the leftist Marxist media aren’t going to report the truth because he want to see their leftist socialist candidate back in the office in 2020.

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  47. Tim Thompson says:

    It’s obvious Mueller is a scumbag, out to get our President.

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