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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1,098 Responses to Federal Judge Catches Robert Mueller Using Preexisting FISA Title-1 Warrant Against Paul Manafort Instead of Title 3 Authority…

  1. Stab, the unstoppable hero says:

    Incredible! This Judge Ellis telling Muellers team that he is acutely aware of EXACTLY what they are trying to do. If Sessions would make just ONE STATEMENT in support of this man I will pop the cap on my bottle of hot sauce.
    I will check back later.
    C’mon Jeff, just stand up to a microphone and say you support Judge Ellis.
    He’s actually doing YOUR job!!!!!

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  2. zimbalistjunior says:

    BTW, with respect, SD, since I respect and darn nigh love you, I think you are mistaken re RR and Bob Mueller being off white hats (per your previous posting)
    the second Bob and Rod discovered the Strzok Page texts, they were bound by the SC mandate to probe those two lovebirds…the second they found the insurance policy text, they were bound to investigate McCabe too. the mandate states that they should investigate that arises from their probe.
    So, one says, perhaps Rod and the IG, Horowitz, got together and divvied up the assignments. the IG to take the internal FBI probe part. Fine…but there is no way, RR and Mueller can continue their investigation AND indict people like Flynn etc without knowing first what the heck the insurance policy means…at best, Mueller could investigate as far as possible–but without indicting people, accepting pleas etc

    Hence, I have to assume Rod and Bob are black hats.

    Or not. who knows..hopefully, we shall soon find out

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    • Albertus Magnus says:

      They would NOT be bound to do so, if the AG transferred that responsibility to Horowitz and Huber.

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      • Zimbalistjunior says:

        Perhaps. But in that case they could not ethically indict Flynn Manafort et al without knowing the results of the IG probe.
        It is worthy of disbarment. And possible consists obstruction of justice.

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        • litlbit2 says:

          Sorry, but “disbarment”? Meuller? His past history? Disbarment Meuller🙈. More like, “I did not….”

          Just getting a little pived at the circus, being paid for on our dime, knowing the bogus paychecks will never be paid back, 17 months and counting.

          No ahead of schedule below budget!

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    • Zippy says:

      “Hence, I have to assume Rod and Bob are black hats.”

      From the oh so many dots Dan Bongino has connected about those two, you’d be absolutely correct in that assumption.

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    • Bert Darrell says:

      If RR were a decent person he would not have signed the document to get the last FISA warrant extension. He’s is a seditious traitor and, because of it, he was overwhelmingly approved by the swamp senate. Moreover, he and Mueller were fellow travelers in the pre-PDJT era. Birds of a feather..

      .

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    • Why haven’t they indicted Podestas for at least FARA if they are so “bound”.

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  3. billsbowl says:

    This judge is obviously not Hawaiian.

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  4. fred5678 says:

    After Manafort, Flynn, et al, win their cases and win a settlement AGAINST the feds, do we taxpayers pay for it?? Of course we do! And after paying for the illegal Mueller team of scoundrels in the first place!! Gee, I wonder how many fancy steak dinners in pricey DC restaurants will show up on the itemized expense sheets from Muleller’s team. Again, we pay for it. A small price, though, to save The Republic from traitors.

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    • LBB says:

      From the Reuters article

      “During the oral arguments, Ellis repeatedly chided Mueller’s $10 million budget.”

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    • daughnworks247 says:

      Husband read an article a few weeks ago claiming the Russians, indicted by Mueller, are going to court. Make Mueller prove the case in open court. There was one more followup article but nothing since.
      It would be glorious.
      Anyone else?

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      • Charlotte says:

        Here:
        BOOM! Dirty Cop Mueller Seeks Delay in Junk Russia Bot Case After Indicted Company Calls His Bluff

        http://thegatewaypundit.com/2018/05/boom-dirty-cop-mueller-seeks-delay-in-junk-russia-bot-case-after-indicted-company-calls-his-bluff/

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        • Perot Conservative says:

          This is so delicious! Read on.

          1. The lead attorney won a massive case against the FBI in 2012 called the Africa Sting case! Over 150 FBI agents involved.

          2. Second attorney an expert in electronic discovery.

          3. The firms website is … RED!

          I love the Internet.

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      • Charlotte says:

        More from the thread following Sean Davis’s post where he showed the redactions on Gen Flynn:

        Sean Davis
        ‏Verified account @seanmdav
        7h7 hours ago

        It’s clear that DOJ/FBI demanded significant redactions not to protect national security or sources/methods, but to protect potentially corrupt officials from accountability for their actions before and after Trump’s election.
        20 replies 815 retweets 1,456 likes
        Sean Davis
        ‏Verified account @seanmdav
        7h7 hours ago

        The Flynn redactions appear to have been done to protect a false statements case with no evidentiary basis. Others were done to hide apparent conspiracy to spy on and leak against Trump officials out of spite over the election results.
        20 replies 619 retweets 1,086 likes

        Sean Davis
        ‏Verified account @seanmdav

        In one section, initially redacted material suggests an investigation against Flynn that, per Comey, should have been closed was kept open because he may have *thwarted* Obama admin plans to provoke Russia into disproportionately attxkinf the U.S.
        7:17 PM – 4 May 2018

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        Sean Davis
        ‏Verified account @seanmdav
        7h7 hours ago

        With that context in mind, additional redacted material suggests that the illegal leaks against Flynn were done entirely to justify continuing an investigation against him that the FBI had already determined was without basis. This is not how the rule of law works.
        64 replies 711 retweets 1,448 likes

        New conversation
        Rosie’s Martial Law
        ‏ @DarnelSugarfoo
        7h7 hours ago

        Replying to @seanmdav

        That is the most stunning part of the redaction. Flynn, acting as Nation Security Adviser Designate for the President-Elect talks to Russian ambassador, urging him to not escalate conflict with US, & Russia complies. Obama WH is then upset Russia didn’t escalate!!
        1 reply 2 retweets 8 likes
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        ‏ @realMajorDan
        7h7 hours ago

        They WANT War! By any means necessary.
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        AmericanDream
        ‏ @AmericanDreamMI
        6h6 hours ago

        That sounds crazy at first.

        But it makes perfect sense.

        They would have held power and overtaken the whole government by the time anyone was paying attention.

        I don’t put anything past Democrats at this point though🙄
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        Larry Hawk
        ‏ @szeminska61
        7h7 hours ago

        Replying to @seanmdav

        which points out another abuse of power, the DOJ/FBI are abusing the standards for classification…..result = obstruction
        0 replies 2 retweets 11 likes

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    • stringplayer55 says:

      I’d love to hear from any lawyers around here whether there is civil liability among those who have done their best to implement the “insurance policy”. That won’t help us, the taxpayers. But for the lives that they have destroyed, the wrecked finances of so many in their criminal efforts, not only should there be criminal charges against the conspirators, but civil charges that restore – as much as possible – the health and well being of those like Mike Flynn and Michael Caputo.

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    • Charlotte says:

      I suggest: Confiscate the retirement funds of:
      Comey, Mueller, Strzok,McCabe,Rybicki, Baker, the Ohrs, Page etc and give it to those persecuted by them so they can pay their legal fees

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  5. Justice Warrior says:

    Sweet!!! Finally!

    Liked by 4 people

  6. LannyD says:

    Good job by Judge Ellis, but would have like to see 48 hour turnover time. Let them work weekend.

    Liked by 6 people

    • Lion2017 says:

      Agree! Why 2 weeks?

      Liked by 3 people

      • Smack says:

        Give them time to appeal the ruling. Fair or unfair, it is a matter of claimed national security. The judge needs to cover his own ass here…especially since we’re looking at an abuse of power/procedural reason to possibly have the case dismissed by the judge as opposed to acquittal/conviction by a jury..

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  7. Mickey Wasp says:

    Well, after months Paul Manafort and his lovely can go home and relax in their favorite well-worn soft leather chairs and enjoy a double-shot of the best adult beverage.

    Liked by 3 people

    • bookman says:

      I want this witch hunt end as much as anyone, but Paul Manafort is not a good guy. He’s a sleazy operator, nothing more.

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      • Mickey Wasp says:

        Did you see / watch President Trump’s speech today in Dallas, TX at the NRA convention.? If so, you know what PDJT said about Manafort. If you didn’t watch it you should.
        Who told you Manafort was a “sleazy operator” …

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        • MIKE says:

          Mickey, P. Manafort was/may still be a CFR operative. I’m not sure that qualifies as sleazy, but definitely ‘swampy’. FWIW.

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      • josco scott says:

        I have no opinion on Manafort except that where he goes, Podestas must go.

        Liked by 6 people

      • Timmy-the-Ute says:

        When we voted for Trump he said he would hire cutthroat when needed. God Bless Pres. Trump.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Mickey Wasp says:

          Manafort is a business man in a cut-throat business, just as PDJT was building skyscrapers in NYC. What people think about Manafort comes from the likes of CNN, MSNBC, NYT’s, WaPo and Never-Trumpers… Direct ‘leaks’ from Mueller’s Team to push a narrative and ‘squeeze’ Manafort to ‘flip’ on President Trump. But, he didn’t flip, he fought and prevailed…

          Liked by 5 people

        • Patriot1783 says:

          Manafort was hired to get a job done, and he did.

          Liked by 1 person

      • stringplayer55 says:

        “He’s a sleazy operator, nothing more.”

        As proof, one has to look no further than that in his work as an unregistered foreign agent with which Manafort is charged, he was working with the Podesta brothers, the slime who raised money for Hillary. Funny how the Podesta Group closed up shop right as Mueller was leveling charges against Manafort.

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      • Toenail says:

        I may agree that Paul Manafort is a sleazy operator but using sleazy methods to prosecute anyone is questionable to me. I also know that with the likes of Mule-er around anyone may suddenly be a sleazy operator when the might of the US is turned on them. We need a lot more sunlight on all involved.

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        • NC PATRIOT says:

          I am not sure he is a sleazy operator. He was involved in many high dollar and sometimes secret deals with foreign governments, and he lived the high life—-but that doesn’t make him sleazy.

          Doubt P45 would have gotten the Republican nomination without his knowledge and wheeling and dealing !

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        • DD More says:

          Toe, right on Manafort, but why didn’t Mule-er charge him the first time. “McLame & DS must be protected”, seems the only reason.

          Exactly one decade earlier it was McCain’s own presidential campaign that was being roiled by concerns of possible Russian influence in his own inner circle.
          Before there was Trump, there were concerns about some of the same people being around McCain about 10 years ago…In fact, McCain’s drama involved the same foreign lobbyist Paul Manafort; one of the same Russian oligarchs, Oleg Deripaska; the same Russian diplomat, Sergey Kislyak, and the same wily Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, that now dominate the current Trump controversy.

          The only difference? The FBI has said that there is no evidence to date that Trump ever met with a Russian figure banned from the United States. McCain actually met twice with Deripaska
          “My sense is that Davis and Manafort, who were already doing pro-Putin work against American national interests, were using potential meetings with McCain as bait to secure more rubles from the oligarchs,” John Weaver
          https://www.circa.com/story/2017/06/21/heres-the-russia-influence-controversy-that-john-mccain-doesnt-want-you-to-know-about

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      • Gospace says:

        So what? Doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the same rights you and I do. Or rather, that you and I should have….

        Liked by 3 people

      • formerdem says:

        There is a justice issue when his issues are addressed this way, and also a justice issue when others who do similar work are left alone.

        Liked by 1 person

      • PoCoNoMo says:

        The sleazoids in DC are in the majority – and anyway, that is NOT the point.

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      • Sleazy operators have civil rights. Just like fine, upstanding ones.

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    • mutantbeast says:

      And hope the NY boyz from the hoodlums dont raid his house like they did Cohens.

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  8. Lion2017 says:

    I pray that this is the beginning of the end for this political witch hunt!

    Liked by 7 people

  9. ezpz2 says:

    Pray tell, could this be the beginning of the end of this seditious witch hunt?🙏🏻

    Liked by 2 people

  10. WeThePeople2016 says:

    Liked by 8 people

    • Zimbalistjunior says:

      I disagree. He never expected to win in a standard way. It was always a race against the IG report. And much of the chances of winning was always out of muellers hands. It heavily depended on trump making mistakes.
      Trump has not. Therefore mueller loses.

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    • JoAnn Leichliter says:

      Mueller is well a customed to pressing even the most outlandish investigations and falsifying or withholding evidence, etc. That is his standard M.O.. He has cost the taxpayers millions on settlements more than once when his victims finally sued the government and won. Unfortunately, at least one of his falsely convicted victims died in prison.

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  11. DetriotLions says:

    Fire RR, Fire Sessions, Appoint Cruz. Burn the village.

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  12. Stringy theory says:

    Thank you God!!!

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  13. ForGodandCountry says:

    “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.”
    ——————————-

    Next, questions re: that Title 1 FISA warrant and the basis of it’s issuance.

    Now throw a little Dershowitz on that:

    “I do not trust the government. I do not trust judges. I do not trust prosecutors when they are zealously seeking to go after a particular target, in this case Donald Trump. I don’t want to live in the surveillance state. I want to do everything in my power no matter who the target is to prevent this from occurring.There is so much hypocrisy, partisan hypocrisy out there. My gripe is against civil libertarians and criminal defense lawyers who are always on the side of challenging the government, like the ACLU, who have suddenly lost its way and forgotten what they’ve preached for 50 years because it is Donald Trump they’re after.”

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    • What irks me about Dersh is that he continuously tries to imply that Hillary’s crimes are just politics…”we should not criminalize politics.” No Dersh…some politicians ARE criminals. Quit trying to muddy the waters.

      Liked by 5 people

      • BakoCarl says:

        …”we should not criminalize politics.” . . . That’s correct. But we should prosecute criminal behavior whenever and wherever we find it.

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      • CountryclassVulgarian says:

        He also implies that the same thing would be happening if she had been elected. It would not. No way in hell would the demonrats sit back and let a republican deputy AG usurp hildebeest’s appointed AG and then sic a crooked special counsel on her. This could not, would not happen to ANY demonrat President.

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        • I have a suspicion that Dersh is the Democrat fixer knowing that it will not end well for them…so he is attempting gaslight us into a negotiation. You know…let bygones be bygones. It was business nothing personal. Blah, blah, blah…

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        • Charlotte says:

          It would NOT have because the WHOLE FBI, DOJ, CIA and all the prosecutors, Judges are in place and would be in the tank for Killary.

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      • kroesus61 says:

        AD has also said several times on Hannity that he voted for the Hag and continues to support her…..with the known facts out of her treasonous “pay to play” activities through the CF that speaks a lot about the man’s morals and discernment

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    • MIKE says:

      Nice words from Dershowitz. And yet, he is an unabashed Hillary supporter…

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  14. JPatrick says:

    Right square in the nads………….thanks your Honor…………. What an important time and decision in our History!

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  15. mazziflol says:

    “Judge Ellis demanded today that Mueller unredact the August 2, 2017, instructions from AAG Rosenstein.”

    Unredact…or explain why he cant. Wonder what way its going to go? Hmmmmm

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  16. Publius2016 says:

    2 weeks? Why?? I think the Federal Judge is trying to give DOJ or Congress an out! Hope Congress holds DOJ FBI in contempt and DOJ pulls the whole thing!!

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    • Albertus Magnus says:

      Concern noted.

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    • rf121 says:

      The judge has more power in this case and he can have the balif arrest them on the spot. Congress holds no one in contempt. They send a referal to DOJ who they hope will act. What congress needs to do is start pulling funding immediately when DOJ does not cooperate. See how well DOJ works when there is no money for salaries.

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  17. Carrie says:

    When can the press put a microphone in front of Judge Rosemary Collyer and ask her if she expected her Title 1 FISA warrant to be used in a his way? C’mon, that court needs oversight desperately.

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    • John Rawls says:

      was collyer on the FISA warrant? how would we know this?

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      • Carrie says:

        I believe she’s the head of the FISA Court. When the House requested to see the original FISA warrant, they asked her for it. If the FISA Court were honest, they should call those presented the original CarterPage warrant request to come back before the judge and explain how they forgot to tell about the DNC funding the dossier and the circuitous way they validated the dossier with the Yahoo article that Steele leaked. That FISA warrant was abused and there should be repercussions from the original judge. I’m pretty sure there would be in a normal court setting.

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  18. andy says:

    OUCH

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  19. Gil says:

    That judge isnt taking crap. Good man.

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  20. Basil says:

    So Mueller is “Special Counsel” in a Counter-Intelligence investigation, not a criminal investigation at all. This actually makes sense (in a way) because they have never stated the supposed crime that is to be investigated, which is required pursuant to the DOJ regulations. This is why Comey’s “continuing investigation” language/testimony is cited in the authorization memo, as well.

    They created Mueller to continue independently and secretively what they could no longer conduct through “normal” mechanisms.

    Is there such a thing as a counter-intelligence Special Counsel authorized by any statute or regulation? I’m no expert, but I rather think not.

    This makes clear that if Hillary won, she would have kept this going until she could nail Trump’s coiffure to the wall.

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    • Bob Thoms says:

      We used to call it a Coup d’état.

      Liked by 5 people

    • trialbytruth says:

      “Is there such a thing as a counter-intelligence Special Counsel authorized by any statute or regulation?”

      That is a great question

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      • trialbytruth says:

        Follow up question I have is home many of Mueller s people formally worked for intelligence contractors who can were cut off by NSA

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        • RattleheD says:

          “Is there such a thing as a counter-intelligence Special Counsel authorized by any statute or regulation?”

          No, there isn’t. And that’s one of the biggest problems with this whole fiasco. SC are supposed to be for criminal investigations with a specific crime to investigate. Look up some articles by Andrew McCarthy, he has been exposing this huge problem since the start.

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    • NC PATRIOT says:

      But then Nunes discovered there was NO underlying “intelligence” to start the procedure to begin with. (That was “created” by Brennan and Clapper, right? )

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  21. John Rawls says:

    So Rosenstein slipped in the authority to investigate Manafort’s Ukraine dealings into the revised scope letter.

    Judge Ellis apparently wondering what this has to do with Russia interference, asking whether its an attempt to get Manafort to sing.

    I’d guess that all the old fraud charges were supported by evidence gained by other warrants.

    This will be a complicated issue.

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  22. honestyoz says:

    Its not a dossier its a fairytale. Under Comey its the Fairytale Bureau of Investigation.
    Comey is Dopey
    McCabe is Grumpy
    Page is Sluty
    Mueller is Miss Muppet and Rudy is about to sit by his tuffet.
    C’mon Treepers let us not get angry at this, let us Alinsky them with a dose of Andrew Brietbart. Mock them, the Left hate it and its so easy.

    PS I wish I knew how to dump this on 8 Chan and let the weaponised autists meme the hell out of the boards with the Fairytale Bureau of Investigation that will get Joe Public’s attention more than legalise.

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  23. And now this! “DOJ inspector general’s testimony postponed, amid new leads in Clinton case review” http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/05/04/doj-inspector-generals-testimony-postponed-amid-new-leads-in-clinton-case-review.html

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    • josco scott says:

      ?!?!

      Liked by 1 person

    • bookman says:

      Yep, and every day that passes gets us closer to the MOAB (The OIG Report).

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    • josco scott says:

      This has to be good, right? you don’t find “new leads” to exoneration…right?

      Liked by 1 person

    • Mark McQueen says:

      Good. Gowdy and Congress should’t be jumping into this matter at this time. If Congress has questions regarding the IG’s investigation they need to wait till after the report.

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      • Firefly says:

        There needs to be legislation mandating the oversight. There were many checks and balances failed because in part the DAG was also acting as the de facto AG. Congress getting so frustrated they threaten contempt and impeachment. Rosenstein even scoffed at it. In the public congressional hearing Rosenstein was evasive. I guess congress got the same evasiveness in the classified part and never even saw the appointment letter. That gives the appearance they were in on it or the “overlook” committee at best.

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        • Mark McQueen says:

          It’s not clear why they want to interview the IG. Gowdy and Co. need to be careful where they tread. I don’t trust them TBH.

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  24. Bob Thoms says:

    it becomes more clear everyday that this Mueller thing needs to be shutdown. It is going to take one of these actions:

    – P Trump shuts it down by firing everyone including Sessions, Rosenstein and Mueller.
    – Congress shuts it down
    – The courts shut it down
    – Rosenstein/Mueller shuts it down

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  25. VeritasVincit says:

    U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III . . . Good man!
    Sessions . . . Good man . . . C’mon MAN!

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  26. Pat Frederick says:

    I admit I didn’t remember the difference between Title 1 and Title 3 under FISA, but thank heavens you have a lovely search bar on the side!
    Title 1 the gov’t thinks you’re a foreign agent (spy) and Title 3 they have domestic reasons for spying on you.

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    • NC PATRIOT says:

      I think Title 1 is an investigation starts as an intelligence investigation, but a Title 3 starts as an investigation of a crime. There was no crime identified at the beginning (collusion is not a crime) and Nunes discovered there was no “intelligence” identified either.

      So the big secret is that Rosenstein had no legal basis to appoint a Special Counsel. The FBI just wanted to continue the faux investigation started by Brennan and Clapper after Comey was fired. That is how I see it.

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      • Pat Frederick says:

        i thought Ellis caught on when Manafort’s attorneys were asking the prosecution for evidence of Russian contacts and communications (in the discovery phase) and Special Counsel said they had no documents that comply. So they were using a Title 1 warrant (suspicion of being a foreign agent) and yet that had no proof of any Russian contact…

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  27. Creedmoorkid says:

    Certainly would be an excellent day for a huge document dump to follow up on this judge’s rebuke

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  28. Tom H says:

    Dersh just did a great interview on the Howie Carr Show, which you can listen to on his website. Howie , using his Boston connections, found additional damning evidence relating to Mueller and his involvement in the HUGE Boston FBI scandal . Dersh said he is likely to write an article about it. Tough day for Mueller.

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    • Wit's End says:

      Dershowitz can be trusted on exactly one matter: Forwarding the communist cause. Do not be led down the garden path by his high tone blandishments.

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  29. trialbytruth says:

    If I read Sundance correctly this is still an Intel investigation. That raises two questions for me.

    Do we know if that fisa warrant was not renewed? Do we know if another fisa warrant perhaps manafort based rather then page was generated.

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  30. MontanaMel says:

    Why did he give them “2-weeks” to produce this few pages/doc??? Seems a simple look-see should be more like 72-hr or maybe 5 days???
    Besides…this April document is “post-facto” to the max….ie: whatever was done “before that date” should have been declared tainted fruit and discarded…!
    Besides… the “original appointment doc” was flawed and ILLEGAL – by constitutional law, and by the very reg’s used to enable such an SC. With this basis, AG should toss him on his ear!…

    This “demand” should pry open the lid on this rats’ nest… IF they try a stonewall…. then, without delay and publicly, our fearless President DJT should declassify all the pages and toss them on the desk for all to see…

    Maybe this “2-week” period is designed to get us up to the DOJ-IG report so the perp-walks can start in time for the 6 pm news… Check-6

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  31. fred5678 says:

    I posted this quote way back — deserves another mention.

    Naval aviator — says it all. Ballsiest guys in the world. And an engineering degree before law school, no less. Not some namby-pamby poly sci BA. And then on to magna cum laude at Harvard Law. NOT TOO SHABBY!!

    “Ellis graduated from Princeton University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in 1961. Ellis served in the United States Navy as a Naval aviator from 1961 to 1966. Ellis earned a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1969.”

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  32. GTOGUY says:

    Seems to me under the mandate given to Mueller, he would have been allowed to investigate McCabe and others who lied and leaked, like Page and Strozk.

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  33. Bob Thoms says:

    What does Sessions do all day?
    Re-arrange the pencils on his desk?

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  34. AsksTooManyQuestions says:

    God bless all honest judges, like Judge T.S. Ellis III.

    Looks like yesterday’s National Day of Prayer worked out pretty well!

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  35. GTOGUY says:

    Didn’t Comey tell Congress that his investigators told him that Flynn did not lie? Now he says he did not say that. Pretty easy to tell, just look at the transcripts. Maybe that is why the IG is not going to testify on the 8th and has postponed it.

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  36. Interested Bystander says:

    In this MSNBC back and forth between Dershowirtz and some MSNBC sock puppet lawyer/apologist for Mueller about the Cohen case, the sock puppet talks about all the hoops that an investigation has to go through to get a Title 3 warrant…. It will be interesting to see if the “wiretap” authority for the Cohen surveillance was Title 3 or…our old friend, the Title 1 FISA order for Page. Worth following…

    http://www.breitbart.com/video/2018/05/03/dershowitz-cohen-wiretap-moving-closer-closer-surveillance-state/?

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  37. SW Richmond says:

    Secrets powers…what’s not to like?

    Patriots: victory or death.

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  38. MS Idaho says:

    ‘scuse my iggorance – but if a FISA judge was ‘played’ why didn’t he/she come forward. Or – was that judge in on the ‘plan’?

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    • Bob Thoms says:

      Good question. Judge Ellis should bring that FISA judge into an open court room to explain if they knew the warrant was being used for something other than intended.

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    • AsksTooManyQuestions says:

      I’ve wondered why no one has come forward on that either, and then realized they probably wouldn’t do so publicly. Possibly there is something going on and we just don’t know it – yet.

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      • MS Idaho says:

        If I were ‘scammed’ and was in danger of being accused of being ‘in on the plan’ i’d be making lots of noise. Just say’n

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    • Charlotte says:

      Judge is part of the HILLARY/OBAMA SWAMP

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  39. patrick walsh says:

    Herr Muellar is a dangerous egoist along with Rob the people of their rights Rosenstein.

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  40. JoAnn Leichliter says:

    The use of a counterintelligence warrant (intelligence gathering) to further a criminal investigation is not only illegal and outrageous, but profoundly disturbing. And the idea that any part of Mueller’s authorization could be kept secret is a police state tactic and nothing but. Kudos to the judge for having the courage to state the obvious and act upon it. I guess soon we shall see what the Supremes have to say.

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  41. Another Scott says:

    Is anyone going to ask how a Special Council gets or thinks they have “Secret Powers”? Does that whole concept scare anyone else?

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  42. Perot Conservative says:

    Dear Sundance,

    I believe you posted the wrong picture. Judge Ellis is African American, 77. Please consider.

    Thank you.

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  43. Mercenary says:

    Does anyone know how the process works next? Does Mueller have the authority to give the unredacted memo to the judge? Or can Rosenstein step in and block it?

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  44. distracted2 says:

    The prosecutors have just been served a generous helping of karma. Oh what a day!

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  45. recoverydotgod says:

    Rosenstein talking about FISA warrants.

    Word for Word: Rosenstein on Lawmakers Drafting Articles of Impeachment Against Him (C-SPAN)
    C-SPAN
    Published on May 1, 2018

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    • Bob Thoms says:

      Wow. If you listen to him, and are clueless, you would think there is no corruption in government. The arrogant slickness of this guy oozes.

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    • recoverydotgod says:

      President Trump tweeting about FISA warrants. So funny 🙂

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    • THEBIGUGLYISFUGLY says:

      He signed that FISA Warrant Extension. That guy is dirty.

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  46. Sessions left his manhood in a jar and gave it to Rosenstein. If he asks real nice maybe Rosenstein will give it back, maybe not.

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    • Jim in TN says:

      Nonsense. Jeff’s good old Senate buddies took it from him in the hearings. And no, Chuckie won’t give it back until both Trump and Sessions are out of office.

      I think Chuckie’s office would also be a good place to look for Rosenstein’s and Mueller’s manhood too. They will get theirs back after the dirty deed is done.

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  47. Dances with Wolverines says:

    You would have thought these biased prosecutions by the courts (FISA), FBI and DOJ would have been challenged in courts when this travesty first began.

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  48. tunis says:

    Judge Ellis, God Bless Him, hit the nail on the head. Mueller is only interested in getting Manafort to sing, so that he can create the media hysteria to have POTUS impeached. Rosenstein knew what he was doing. He’s part of the puschists and attempted to sneak the investigation of POTUS that began with “evidence” concocted by slimy, perjurers Brennan and Clapper. These thugs need to be taken down. I don’t expect the IG report to do anything. Only POTUS can do it, by declassiying all the documents and firing Sessions, Rosenstein and Mueller for conspiring against POTUS.

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    • NC PATRIOT says:

      Leave Sessions OUT. He himself was under investigation for 6 months, thanks to Al Franken asking McCabe to investigate him about statements he made to congress about his meeting with Kysliak. He had no choice but to recuse about things “Russian” He has been cleared, BTW.

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  49. Dutchman says:

    What this means? MAGA; Mueller Ain’t Got Anything. THATS why he’s put off Flynn, twice. He ain’t got NOTHING, and he’s now approaching ‘put up or shut up’ time.
    He kept hoping he’d find SOMETHING, on someone, anyone, and get them to ‘turn’ on DJT, but no one has anything to tell.
    Hoped DJT would fire him, ain’t happening.Muellers about to be exposed, to the world, with his pants around his ankles. Couldn’t happen to a nicer,…scratch that, more appropriate guy!

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    • L4grasshopper says:

      He may have found “something” on a fewon things unrelated the “Russia”, but nobody is agreeing to tell lies to save themselves.

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  50. ann hendrickson says:

    Naive question: Why is Chief Justice Roberts a cipher in these matters? Does his position not include requiring FISA court/ Justice Department interaction maintain standards of honourable conduct and proper use of surveillance?
    Is this not a proactive responsibility, rather than a passive role? If so, why not? The Chief Justice has a staff dedicated solely for this purpose. A close reading of Judge Colleyer’s 99 page “admonishment”, released 4/17, was highly alarming to this layperson. Does this skew, an institutional repurposing, not concern the Court sufficiently?
    Pardon my naive clumsy language .

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