Senator Chuck Grassley Drops Atomic Sledgehammer on FBI – Requests FBI Reports and Testimony From Special Agent Joe Pientka…

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has just dropped a sunlight grenade into the prosecution of Michael Flynn with a jaw-dropping request letter (full pdf below) to FBI Director Christopher Wray.  [Judiciary Link Here]

Within the letter Chairman Grassley outlines a prior briefing from fired FBI Director James Comey to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and contrasts the false presentations of Comey -regarding Michael Flynn- against recently known evidence.

Additionally, Grassley is requesting: ♦the transcription of the phone call(s) intercepted by the FBI between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Kislyak; ♦the FD 302’s written by the FBI in their interview with Michael Flynn; ♦and testimony from Special Agent Joe Pientka, likely the second FBI agent who was partnered with Peter Strzok for the Flynn interview.

The name of the second FBI agent was previously unknown, and it’s likely Chairman Grassley outed the name for a very specific reason.  This is a BIG shot across the bow.

Previously the Justice Department was refusing to provide any information to the committee pertinent to Grassley’s requests, citing the ongoing investigation. However, the Senator is now outlining his request against the backdrop of the Judge in the Flynn case demanding the Special Counsel turn over all exculpatory information.

Judge Contreras was presiding judge on the initial guilty plea, then “was recused”. Judge Sullivan took over and demanded the DOJ turn over all exculpatory evidence.

Senator Grassley outlines the February 15th, 2017, briefing provided by James Comey to the committee:

[…]  Like the Flynn interview itself, that briefing was not transcribed. Also like the Flynn interview, there are notes taken by a career, non-partisan law enforcement officer who was present. The agent was on detail to the Committee staff at the time.

According to that agent’s contemporaneous notes, Director Comey specifically told us during that briefing that the FBI agents who interviewed Lt. General Michael Flynn, “saw nothing that led them to believe [he was] lying.” Our own Committee staff’s notes indicate that Mr. Comey said the “agents saw no change in his demeanor or tone that would say he was being untruthful.”

Contrary to his public statements during his current book tour denying any memory of those comments, then-Director Comey led us to believe during that briefing that the agents who interviewed Flynn did not believe he intentionally lied about his conversation with the Ambassador and that the Justice Department was unlikely to prosecute him for false statements made in that interview. In the months since then, the Special Counsel obtained a guilty plea from Lt. General Flynn for that precise alleged conduct.

It is important to remember – there is a widely held belief that Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe told the FBI agents (Strzok and Pientka) to shape their FBI reports of the interview (FD-302’s) to assist a “Flynn lied” narrative.

There is a great deal of debate surrounding the guilty plea as an outcome of a carefully constructed and coordinated plan by FBI and DOJ officials to target Flynn.

The letter continues:

[…] The Department has withheld the Flynn-related documents since our initial bipartisan request last year, citing an ongoing criminal investigation. With Flynn’s plea, the investigation appears concluded.

Additionally, while we are aware that the Special Counsel’s office has moved to delay Lt. General Flynn’s sentencing on several occasions, we presume that all related records already have been provided to the defense pursuant to Judge Sullivan’s February 16, 2018 order requiring production of all potentially exculpatory material. Thus, although the case is not yet adjudicated, the Committee’s oversight interest in the underlying documents requested more than a year ago now outweighs any legitimate executive branch interest in withholding it. So too does the Committee’s interest in learning the FBI agents’ actual assessments of their interview of Lt. Gen. Flynn, particularly given the apparent contradiction between what then Directory Comey told us in March 2017 and what he now claims.

Then comes the hammer:

[…]  In addition, please make Special Agent Joe Pientka available for a transcribed interview with Committee staff no later than one week following the production of the requested documents…

BOOM !!

Here’s the full letter:

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Regarding the “widely held belief” that Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe told the FBI agents (Strzok and Pientka) to shape their FBI reports of the interview (FD-302’s) to assist a “Flynn lied” narrative…. As Nick Falco points out evidence of that is within the most recent text messages between Lisa Page and Peter Strzok:

January 23, 2017, the day before the Flynn interview, Lisa Page says: “I can feel my heart beating harder, I’m so stressed about all the ways THIS has the potential to go fully off the rails.” Weird!

♦Strzok replies: “I know. I just talked with John, we’re getting together as soon as I get in to finish that write up for Andy (MCCABE) this morning.” Strzok agrees with Page about being stressed that “THIS” could go off the rails…(Strzok’s meeting w Flynn the next day)

♦Why would Page & Strzok be stressed about “THIS” potentially going off the rails if everything was by the book?

BECAUSE IT WASN’T!

It was a conspiracy to entrap Gen Mike Flynn. All Strzok needed was an excuse to speak w Flynn. Everything in the 302 was likely fabricated.

February 14th, 2017, there is another note about the FBI reports filed from the interview.

Peter Strzok asks Lisa Page if FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is OK with his report: “Also, is Andy good with F-302?”

Lisa Page replies: “Launch on F 302”.

And we know from their discussions of manipulating FBI reports a year earlier, inside the Hillary Clinton investigation – that Peter Strzok has withheld information, and manipulated information, through use of the 302 reports:

(Full Back-story HERE)

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565 Responses to Senator Chuck Grassley Drops Atomic Sledgehammer on FBI – Requests FBI Reports and Testimony From Special Agent Joe Pientka…

  1. ristvan says:

    Lurking lawyer here. Rule one in the courtroom. NEVER ask a question you not already know the answer to. Exibit 1 for this rule, OJ Simpson and ‘if glove does not fit you must aquit, yah, but leather shrinks when weattened—with blood.
    So, Grassley knows whatbthe results will be. Not fishing any more. So somebody has leaked to him

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    • Tonawanda says:

      What if the answer doesn’t hurt you whatever it is, but might help?

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      • frankie says:

        No thanks to the Stormy Daniels strip tease by MSM, we have missed some interesting cultural stories, including the FBI being too stupid to fight drones used by a gang holding a hostage. Also, a citizen reporter outed an abortionist being tried for homicide in NYC, and forced bigger media coverage. I read these on howtobeyourowndetective.com …. think the Treepers will like them as supplemental coverage.

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        • Newt Love says:

          The FBI is completely incompetent to investigate an actual crime, having diverted (red read in a new report somewhere) that even before the Carter Page Title 1 FISA Warrant was approved, the FBI and DoJ diverted over 75% of their resources to investigate PDJT and his associates, leaving the actual Law Enforcement complaints to be sent to /dev/null (geek for the ignore bucket).

          The FBI and DoJ need an severe enema, and an anal rectumology, leading to the discovery of the cancerous colon polyps that a surgeon (US Attorney Huber) can excise, and save the patient!

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      • David A says:

        Tonawanda, the second thing you learn about the law is that there’s no such thing as a clear law. Get it got it good. (-;

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    • Jack Rail says:

      I said that very thing about the glove in the OJ trial. Seems to me the prosecution in that case was so incompetent they couldn’t see the obvious.

      Liked by 4 people

      • PaulM says:

        That verdict was decided before jury “selection” even began.
        You have to remember the Rotney King riots were still fresh and they weren’t going to risk more.
        A rotation or randomly selected judge who although the odds were against it, just happened to be asian, not a single white male on the prosecution even though most L.A. lawyers are white males.
        The make up of of the jury was what insured the outcome though. I suspect that happens way more than we know.

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        • Blaze says:

          Exactly the entire OJ trial was purely Rodney King not guilty.

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        • Lucille says:

          Don’t get me started on the ineptitude of the prosecution. Tainted evidence, stupid questioning, PC posturing before PC was en vogue. No way to go into it heavily on a thread not meant for retrying the case.

          However, the statement…”That verdict was decided before jury “selection” even began” is untrue as is “not a single white male on the prosecution even though most L.A. lawyers are white males.” The prosecution isn’t composed of merely those whose faces are in court. Check out the behind the scenes attorneys…the name William Hodgman comes to mind. And Gil Garcetti was very much involved. So much information out there and so many questions still unanswered.

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        • shannynae says:

          I watched a show a couple of weeks later where some of the jurists were interviewed and they specifically said that most on the jury thought that he was guilty but that they were not going to put “another brother” in prison. Wish I could post a source and/or link but it’s been too long.

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      • LannyD says:

        And hands swell is you don’t take antiinflamatory. They really did a poor job prosecuting that case.

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        • billrla says:

          LannyD: Good enough for government work. Marcia Clark, the chief female prosecutor on the OJ trial has her own new TV show, “The Fix,” and her face on billboards in LA. Incompetence pays well in LA.

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        • Ray Runge says:

          Just maybe blood soaked leather gloves shrink and become brittle upon drying.

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      • BobBoxBody says:

        I think Chris Rock put it aptly:

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      • Your tour guide says:

        Anybody that grew up in the snowbelt could tell you that
        wet leather gloves ALWAYS shrink when they get wet.

        Snow, water….. blood.

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    • kenji says:

      OUR turn to BLEACH these bitches … and make the information shine brightly!

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    • accentmark@sbcglobal.net says:

      Kind of was my thinking. It’s tangent to don’t indict unless your ready for trial (ala Mueller’s miscalculation to indict Russian Corp. on the theory they wouldn’t respond)

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    • Obs says:

      “but leather shrinks when weattened—with blood.”

      Yeah, but nowhere near that much. Watch the glove fitting vid.

      Liked by 1 person

    • JMC says:

      All OJ had to do was tense his hand and the glove would not go on. I can’t believe the prosecution fell for that one. Like he was seriously going to try to slip into it.

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      • Jim Smith says:

        When OJ tried on the gloves, it was not on his bare hands, but over latex gloves to preserve the evidence. Try putting any glove over another glove. Good luck!

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    • Rud! We need to do lunch.

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      • ristvan says:

        I will call you tomorrow. Done.

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      • Cuppa Covfefe says:

        Wow. WUWT 🙂

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        • ristvan says:

          CuppaCovfefe, we have already spoke by phone and have tomorow south Florida plans.
          What you do not know is that we go WAY back in the climate change wars, CaM as a WUWT moderator before 2009, myself as a late comer three eBook author after.

          Almost a decade of interactions, already. And now he has a close neighbor. And you want to eavesdrop?

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          • Cuppa Covfefe says:

            No, I’ve been on WUWT for years, too, also before ClimateGate (though I still wonder about the third tranch). Not as Cuppa, though.

            Sorry to have bothered you. Was nice to see folks from there, here… sigh.

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    • Brant says:

      I’ve always thought those white surgical type gloves (to protect evidence) also gave another layer for OJ to fit over and sometimes they are a bit tacky/grippy themselves making it seem harder to pull on gloves.

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    • LULU says:

      Leather gloves shrink when wet. Any woman who ever wore little white leather gloves knows that. When carefully washed, they shrink. When they are dry they must be painstakingly massaged back to suppleness and to their original size. And no one wears leather gloves over the latex medical gloves they had on OJ’s hands. That little stunt should never have been allowed by the court.

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    • Cathy M. says:

      And-
      If it ain’t on paper, it didn’t happen.

      Durn these 2 are stupid!

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    • scott467 says:

      “Exibit 1 for this rule, OJ Simpson and ‘if glove does not fit you must aquit, yah, but leather shrinks when weattened—with blood.”

      ___________________

      Maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t. I’ve had leather gloves get wet and they didn’t shrink at all.

      But I must have watched OJ ‘try’ to put that glove on a hundred times, and he is clearly flexing his hand OPEN to prevent the glove from going on — the exact opposite of what you do, if you are actually trying to put a glove on.

      I noticed it the first time I saw it, and ever time since. You can’t ‘unsee it’ once you see it.

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  2. treehouseron says:

    I”m a big believer that you can tell if someone’s a crook by their general apperance. Look @ the picture of Contreras above. He looks like a slimeball. Look @ the picture of the new judge. He looks like a decent human being. Look @ Flynn. He looks like a decent human being.

    Look at Wray. He to me, also looks like a decent guy. I don’t think he’s compromised. Think about Comey, Hillary… they all LOOK like crooks.

    I think it seeps out of them once they’re up to this high of a level of corruption. They can’t hide it from their actual facial features.

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  3. MikeN says:

    The next shoe to drop, which FBI agent was tasked with ‘confirming’ Michael Cohen’s trip to Prague, reported back it was a different Michael Cohen,then had his investigation ignored?

    Liked by 10 people

    • senda72 says:

      Which one is Joe Pientka?

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    • StBenardnot says:

      “Great Place to Catch a Crook”. That’s toooooo funny! True, too. You don’t have to look very far! BWAHAHAHAHA!!!

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    • LBB says:

      From the FBI site. Pientka honored with award March 2009

      “We are proud to present the Shield of Bravery to a group of 14 individuals who were involved in a standoff and shootout with a dangerous felon who had threatened to walk up to the Capitol and shoot police. The team attempted to serve a search warrant on the subject, but as they entered his residence, the subject began shooting. The team adjusted their positions and strategy, but as the hours went by and the subject continued firing upon them, it became clear he would not communicate with them except by gunfire.

      In the midst of this crisis, the team safely evacuated the residents of the adjacent apartments, including a family with two small children. Eventually, the team re-entered the apartment to arrest the subject, who continued to shoot at them until he was killed by return fire.

      All of these individuals voluntarily risked their safety and their lives. Instead of turning away, many of them repeatedly stepped into the path of bullets. And those who were not under direct fire were directly supporting the operation, whether by developing tactical plans, conducting hostage negotiations, or shielding and covering the assault team. Each of these individuals displayed tremendous professionalism and bravery.

      We are grateful for their willingness to step into harm’s way to protect all of us. And we are proud to present each of them with the Shield of Bravery.

      Special Agent Steven J. Binney,
      Special Agent David L. Bonney,
      Special Agent G. Joseph Bradley, III,
      Special Agent Jeffrey Cisar,
      Captain Mark E. Gibbons of the Maryland State Police,
      Special Agent Thomas E. Huegerich,
      Special Agent Christopher Mayfield,
      Special Agent Paul V. Miller,
      Special Agent Kevin P. Murray—Kevin is deployed. Accepting on his behalf is his father, former Supervisory Special Agent Dennis P. Murray who was also a recipient of the Shield of Bravery.
      Special Agent Joe Pientka III,
      Supervisory Special Agent Michael E. Saltz,
      Special Agent Jae B. Shim,
      Special Agent Robert B. Tucker, and
      Special Agent Kevin Vorndran”

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    • frankie says:

      How humorously ironic.

      Thanks for the referral, Firefly.

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  4. uptothere says:

    All this bomb dropping on the FBI and DOJ
    is all well and good. However, at some point there must be a penalty phase. We have lots of identified culprits and wrong doing without any movement towards justice. If there’s a secret grand scheme waiting to be sprung at an appropriate moment, if it has arrived then it’s time to execute it.

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    • sandab00 says:

      Exactly. Some are arguing that it takes years to conclude a case like this and the need to make the case “airtight” outweighs the long delays in serving justice. I think the longer this runs with zero consequences the more emboldened the other side becomes. It’s a dangerous gamble by the Trump people to let this go on for as long as it has.

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      • formerdem says:

        Yeah, Mueller is not going for airtight. If it is such a great strategy, why isn’t he? This is actually NOT about locking up two or three people, or hanging them. It is about convincing Democrats that their party lied in calling Trump a traitor. And convincing them that their party is a danger to democratic values, and is a tyranny just waiting for one more shot to close down its mouth on us all. Those are the big stakes. Drooling over hanging people is a tasteee distraction.

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        • para59r says:

          Therefore release the ig report. Enough with the dotting of i and crossing of t. Huber should know how write himself. He does not need to be guided by the ig.

          The ig’s service is to provide a semblance of impartiality with lots of meat. Surley that milestone has been met by now. Anything left undone can be picked up in discovery and or the ig can do a follow up.
          If this drags to June the dems will say it effects the election. There has already been a story to that effect and the DOJ will seize on that as a reason for no more releases of information if it can impact the election and that will certainly include not releasing the ig report.
          Release now or the public will go ho hum as we rage.

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          • formerdem says:

            Amen Amen. rip the bandaid off. Release it all.

            Liked by 1 person

          • para59r says:

            I have to follow up on this. Important or at least I think it is. https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/05/muller_investigation_may_go_dark_during_mid_term_elections.html

            I mention there has already been a story. This is the story. “Mueller Probe to Go Dark for Election”. It showed up on seven sites on 6 May. WSJ, American Thinker (linked), Newsmax, USA Today, weeksnews.org, political wire, and Mother Jones. The story went out before talk of the IG report not being released until June so I’m not sure people made the connection that Mueller going dark would also mean the IG Report would go dark as well as would any other news out of the Justice Department involving Russian Collusion. The nuts and bolts of the story is that as we move into the summer months Mueller would need to wrap it up or put things on hold till after the midterms least it effect the election because “Justice Department habits dictate”.

            To me the story looked like a trial balloon, because lets face it, this is just stupid. However it could also be marching orders for this to be taken serious, and then be taken serious at the DOJ. They shut down reporting on one, the other gets shut down as well (IG report and other things related). This is the kind of cheap trick the left and Erepubs would pull to keep the public unaware before the election. They loose nothing because they have nothing to begin with, where as we stand to loose all. Even if we muscle past this absurdity and get the IG report released we still run the risk of having it’s impartiality come into question.

            The summer months begin in June. We need to be smart and get that report released ASAP!

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        • formerdem- I don’t think you will ever convince the Dems that Trump is not a traitor. Nor do I think you can convince them of anything bad about their party, its platform or
          their agenda. The Dems and their Repub pals want to take out Trump- the sooner the better. They also want to make sure that nobody like him ever again has the temerity to run for the office of President. Basically they want to teach all of US a lesson, to wit, mess with the Deep State and we will f*** you up 7 ways to Sunday.

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          • formerdem says:

            but there are the independents. e.g., Mueller is trying to convince people of something. OK, those people are up for being convinced. So let’s us try!

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        • Rami says:

          I saw this earlier and I think it is exactly what is happening. The left is so convinced, as large as this investigation is, it will take time for them to be convinced.

          https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/994964525408571393.html

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        • Roberto says:

          “Convincing Dems their party lied.” That is not going to happen in our lifetime.

          What I can see happening, call it an end game, is that the Democratic party will either be entirely annihilated; or will eke out an existence as a permanently marginalized political party staffed and stuffed with West and East Coast billionaires, psychotics, thieves, murderers, sociopaths, Critical Theory professors, inveterate liars, extortionists and assorted imbeciles, given aid and comfort by an equally marginalized and ridiculed MSM along with an entropic entertainment industry.

          This game is about the Independents, not the Democrats. Building a permanent coalition of Independents with Trump Republicans is the key to this thing.

          If this happens, given the legal and political trajectory of what we now know, and what we’re going to know, the Democratic party will never even approach the presidency, nor gain a majority of either house–at least in our lifetimes.

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      • CMDCMRET says:

        Nah. They’re gonna sit in a dock like the one at Nuremberg. I’ll betcha!

        ⚡️🛋⚡️ Electric sofa-three at a time. Four if they’re the size of Rosie. I couldn’t find a conveyor belt. 😂🤣

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    • JX says:

      In my opinion Sessions is not going to prosecute anyone unless he his forced to.

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    • The DOJ is too busy conducting CYA activities…….

      Jeff Sessions has no time to bring prosecutions. He’s so active in hiding the criminality in his own departments which seems most rampant among him, and his own buddies, that he just has no time for being an AG.

      C’mon….what do you expect? Sessions only has two hands and he cannot be everywhere at once…. /s

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  5. Oldskool says:

    Interesting factoid Grassley is inquiring about, but so what? We all know now who did what to the extent that charges could be filed for what is known and then subsequent charges could be filed as they arise, which is what would happen to you or me. Are they? No, nor will there be. Why else would Comey and the rest of the gang continue tv interviews, speeches and such unconcerned behavior unless they KNEW nothing was going to happen.
    Think back to Sessions confirmation hearing when he was adamant about not prosecuting Hillary or any of the rest of them because of the unwritten “code” of not prosecuting prior administrations for fear that they could one day be the targets. Is he a black hat, no. He’s just an old man that’s still living by the Code of K Street.
    But still we wait on the IG report or some other “silver bullet” that will never be allowed to come unless the President quits listening to Kelly and steps up and orders all of the evidence declassified and sends the Marshals over to seize it. Will that happen? Unlikely, then if they did who is going to prosecute it and in front of what orientation of judge and jury. Praying to see things play out differently, though not expecting it now.

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    • Heika says:

      Its not looking good is it? Tend to agree.

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    • harrietht3 says:

      This “collusion” case, I would argue, is both a legal one and a political one — and we, the American people are the jury.

      The defense-team members include Nunes, Grassley, and others in Congress; Judge Janine and her like-minded media peers; Sundance, we Treepers, and our brothers in cyber-world — Bill Still, comes to mind; folks like RSBN; and honest judges who whose keen noses smell the rot in Denmark (er, DC).

      The prosecution includes anyone who cheers on Mueller’s sham “investigation;” democrats and the left, generally; media whores (did I write that? my bad); and those whose necks are in the dock, awaiting the outcome/verdict.

      The political part:
      This will go on until patriotic Americans — the jury — alerted to the avalanche of evidence against the coup conspirators moves them to demand, loud and clear, that Mueller’s charade be ended, the entire coup cabalists be indicted — yes, H and O, too, and that our president be given a very public clean bill of health, as it were.

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      • churchladyiowa says:

        Chuck Grassley is my senator. He will be 85 this fall. But his gumption and grit don’t seem to be running low. Couple of years ago one of his grandsons spoke at a local fundraiser in my town, and he is now one of our Iowa State representatives. He told lots of stories illustrating his grandpa’s character and determination.

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    • Rami says:

      Have you ever known a person that always felt, no matter what they did wrong, they could explain their way out of it? If you would just listen to their explanation, you’d understand why they did what they did.
      That is what I think Comey is doing. You know he has an “impeccable” history, if we’d just listen to him, we would understand. This web of lies is coming out and he has to make his case to the People, because in my opinion he will not be able to talk his way out of it with a judge.

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  6. 4beagles says:

    Old Chuck still has much farmer in him, even if he is Senator

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    • deqwik2 says:

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      • blind no longer says:

        That is so freakin HUGE. If they changed the 302’s on Flynn and set him up to make it look like he lied…SOMEBODY has to go straight to jail. The DOJ/FBI could not let this one go, otherwise no one could ever be prosecuted again for anything!! Flynn will be a free and very, very, very rich man soon!!!

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        • DanO64 says:

          Every case the FBI has been involved in testifying about with a FD-302 is now subject to judicial review. Big problem for the DOJ.

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          • 4harrisonblog says:

            Only one reason to keep using that outdated system. So you can say what was said and not do an on camera interview. All such interviews should be video taped from more than one position. Don’t the FBI watch TV?

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          • mr.piddles says:

            Bingo. In my neck of the woods a lab tech was was caught doctoring results in the state drug lab. Let’s just say there were a lot of overturned convictions. And by “a lot” I mean a lot.

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        • Sidney Powell says:

          Unfortunately, the FBI alters 302s often to obtain convictions. In the Enron case, they interviewed Fastow for thousands of hours. They wrote scads of 302s. Then they created a “composite 302” in which they smoothed inconsistencies and crafted what they wanted. They destroyed the original 302s–completely against their own rules–and Weissmann’s proteges including Kathryn Ruemmler fought tooth and nail against producing any raw notes. When the defense finally got some of them, the FBI/DOJ had MANY contradictions–clear Brady violations. They also continued to hide a very important one. The only way Skilling got his sentence reduced from 24 years to 14 years was to drop his motion for new trial based on prosecutorial misconduct against then White House counsel Ruemmler. He had run out of money to keep paying for his defense.
          That reminds me. Manafort and Flynn need our help. Please contribute anything you can to Manafort at https://manafortdefense.org/ and help spread the word. He’s fighting now on two fronts against massive charges. Skilling’s defense cost $100 million. Unbelievable. If Judge Ellis will dismiss that case with prejudice–as he SHOULD–and the Russians make progress in their case, we could see some progress. These federal judges–especially Ellis and Sullivan–could effectively deal Mueller’s #CreepsOnAMission a death blow.
          PS. At least three former Enron Task Force prosecutors are at Latham–Ruemmler, Caldwell and Berkowitz.

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    • noswamp says:

      I don’t trust Grassley or Graham. I do trust Ron Paul though. Maybe this means that the IG report is coming down the pike and they are positioning themselves.That being said, maybe something will happen here as a result of this request and this name being thrown out there. I ain’t holding my breath and for good reason too.

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  7. GardenerGeneral says:

    Special Agent Joseph M. Pientka
    Follow the wives? OK…
    Married to Melissa Anne Pientka
    United States Navy, Surface Warfare Officer
    Lawyer at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher Llp
    She currently practices in the firm’s Litigation Department.
    The firm is representing Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, in a $17 billion contract dispute with purported seed money financier Paul Ceglia.
    Notable prior attorneys include Preet Bharara

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  8. Obs says:

    “there are notes taken by a career, non-partisan law enforcement officer who was present.”

    As assessed by whom?
    There’s probably one of those in Alaska. At the FBI? Please.

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  9. SmilinJackAbbott says:

    Meanwhile Mueller’s SC continues to leak dirt, bit by bit on The President, implying criminality without entering a court:

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/387263-mueller-investigating-foreign-linked-donations-to-trump-inauguration

    They act exactly like a DNC opposition research operation.

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  10. capnrusty says:

    Notice that Grassley is requesting both the Forms 302 and the recording agent’s notes taken during the interview. Agents prepare the 302 after the interview; sometimes right away, sometimes days, weeks, or months later. Agents are required to retain the contemporaneous notes they took. They refer to those notes when they prepare the 302’s. It is my understanding that supervisors can require agents to modify a 302 after the agent has prepared it. There are allegations that McCabe ordered modifications.

    It will be extremely interesting to see (1) whether the agent retained the contemporaneous notes, (2) the difference between the contemporaneous notes and the modified 302 that McCabe required., and (3) hopefully, the first draft of the 302 before McCabe ordered modifications.

    I would think that forcing an agent to substantially modify a 302 could constitute obstruction of justice.

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  11. honestyoz says:

    Just step back and think about this. Our best hope to date, to clean up a coup attempt on the President is a Russian firm pleading not guilty to election interference so that Special Council has to submit to discovery!

    That is just bizzare. How the Left has weakened the people of the most powerful nation in the world. (Apart from SD of course).

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  12. DanO64 says:

    We need more jail cells.

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    • davidb says:

      what for? its not likely anyone will be charged with anything regardless of what the IG reports shows….look at McCabe, Comey and Lerner all walking free and running the diarrhea out of their pinholes.

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  13. PaulM says:

    “weattened” ??
    A source for this term?
    I’m guessing that it’s not in any of the law books or dictionaries most of us use.

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  14. Eagle says:

    I think the IG had found some loose ends in the Clinton Email case, so report is delayed again. I’m hoping for a few more weeks.

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    • peace says:

      I don’t think we’re being told the truth about a “delay.” The report should be released NOW and updated and /amended if necessary. Something is fishy with repeated “delays.” We’re being played.

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      • PS says:

        Agree. Any time we have a position paper at work, we hit a pencils down date and it’s time to publish. Anything else is published later as an errata or addendum.

        At this point if there is new information discovered, then it is assigning motive where there before was speculation. That should not affect the fact of crimes already committed, and you submit an addendum if there are more crimes. You don’t hold up the whole docket.

        And, all of this is precursors to indictments and trials. We need the facts, not endless delays.

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      • mr.piddles says:

        The reporting indicated that the IG uncovered additional, possibly incriminating, evidence. Presumably it’s fairly serious stuff, if true, knowing what they know now, the extent of what went on etc.

        Coincidence that Comey’s been going around blabbing about stuff he shouldn’t be blabbing about? Is this delay simply to bring Comey in to save himself (or not) from a perjury charge? Maybe a little James Comey cherry on top of a Michael Horowitz sundae.

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  15. Mercenary says:

    I honestly don’t even care anymore. Wake me up when someone is charged.

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  16. WSB says:

    Joe was awarded the FBI Metal of Bravery back in 2009 for a shoot out. There is also a Binney described. I wonder if this is in any relation to William Binney?

    “SA Steven J. Binney, SA David L. Bonney, SA G. Joseph Bradley, III, SA Jeffrey Cisar, Maryland State Police Captain Mark E. Gibbons, SA Thomas E. Huegerich, SA Christopher Mayfield, SA Paul V. Miller, SA Kevin P. Murray, SA Joe Pientka, III, SSA Michael E. Saltz, SA Jae B. Shim, SA Robert B. Tucker, and SA Kevin Vorndran. These 14 individuals were involved in a standoff and shootout at the apartment of a dangerous felon who had threatened to open fire on police at the United States Capitol Building. In the midst of the standoff, the team safely evacuated the residents of the adjacent apartments, including a family with two small children. Eventually, the team re-entered the apartment to arrest the subject, who continued to shoot at them until he was killed by return fire.

    https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-director-presents-honorary-fbi-medals

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  17. drdeb says:

    So tragic that there are NWO Soros Trolls on Our Treehouse!

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  18. Perot Conservative says:

    Lots of great Judicial Smackdowns!

    1. Judge Sullivan – ordered Mueller to deliver exculpatory evidence. Delivery Date?

    2. Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey, covering the “Russian 16” / Concord Mgmt indictments, follow up dates May 16 and July 9. Defendant attorneys from heavyweight firm Reed Smith want a speedy trial and DISCOVERY. Reed Smith accused Mueller’s team of **pettifoggery**.

    3. Judge TS Ellis IIi casts doubt on Manafort case, no Russian ties, events going back to 2005. 75% of AG instructions redacted. Judge has multiple clearances. Next court date May 20th? Judge wants redactions removed.

    4. Flynn case on shaky ground.

    5. Trump case. No collusion or obstruction.

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  19. k4jjj says:

    No person should EVER be convicted of lying to the FBI based upon an FBI Special Agent’s recollection of what was said. Such testimony is HEARSAY, which should never be lawfully used in a criminal trial. If lying to the FBI is a felony, there should be a recording of the conversation between the accused and the FBI and nothing allowed in evidence of an “I believe he said…” nature. The crime is the false statement by the accused which itself can be wrong by intentional or inadvertent error by the reporting agents. The accused goes to prison for what the FBI agents report (think) he said, not for what a jury or judge HEARS the accused say in a recording. That two FBI agents are required to listen together to witness statements is insufficient to cure this hearsay defect because they can both be pressured to modify their statements by their FBI superiors, as in this case.

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  20. Shadrach says:

    Does anyone else find Grassley’s comment, “there are notes taken by a career, non-partisan law enforcement officer who was present” a little odd?

    Grassley is apparently contrasting Strozk to this Pientka guy, so “non-partisan” makes sense, but “career law-enforcement”? Maybe I’m reading to much between the lines, but is he insinuating that Strozk is not a career law-enforcement officer? If so, then who/what the h3ll is Strozk?

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    • Shadrach says:

      Eh, probably got too much sun today. He is likely referring to Strozk’s demotion to HR or something, or the fact that he no longer has a career.

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    • Sidney Powell says:

      I read it as referring to someone who was taking notes on behalf of the committee when they interviewed Comey. ??

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      • Sylvia Avery says:

        Yes, didn’t he say it was his staff’s detail? Unless I misread it. But I noticed it because my first thought was why does his staff have a detail?

        I remember from the shooting of Steve Scalise and the other Republicans in Virginia that Steve, as part of House Leadership, had a security detail but none of the rest of them did and of course it was fortunate that there was the security detail present who were Capitol Police.

        And if the staff was listening to testimony with his or her detail present, I thought that seemed odd. Presumably this was not a public hearing, why then is a security detail able to be present listening and taking notes? It all seems peculiar to me but maybe it is just because I don’t understand how it all works…

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    • Sylvia Avery says:

      I thought it was a little off, as well, but then so many things about this whole mess seem off to me. Funny little details that stick out and don’t make sense and I cannot reconcile them.

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    • Sandra-VA says:

      Grassley is talking about the Comey hearing. Two persons took notes and they do not comport with Comey’s TV declarations.

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    • PatriotKate says:

      I’ll bet it’s one of their Security Personnel. Remember, they all travel with guards. I’d bet that person came to Grassley as a Whistleblower.

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    • 1stgoblyn says:

      He is referring to Pientka, not Strozk.

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  21. Sidney Powell says:

    This is terrific!! Flynn was completely framed. I expect we will learn that McCabe and Strzok “shaped” the 302 to provide support for Mueller’s charges. See my article from months ago at http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/16/general-flynn-should-withdraw-his-guilty-plea-his-new-judge-is-a-government-misconduct-expert/ and check out the new website https://www.CreepsOnAMission.com . Follow me on Twitter @SidneyPowell1
    THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO ON THIS SITE! GREAT WORK!

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    • OK

      Help U S A deal with Lt John F Kerry’s Treason when as a Lt in U S Navy Reserve met with and provided aid and comfort to the NVA and VC!

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      • JMC says:

        As was well known back in the day, when Jimmy Carter became president Kerry got his discharge from the Navy revised. It was suspected the original discharge was less than honorable. There was a standard number assigned to the original discharge form. At one point Kerry was asked if he would release it. I think it was during his presidential campaign. He said, “Sure, I’ll release it” But of course he never did. I assume that after 8 years of Obama the original Kerry discharge form is long gone.

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    • blind no longer says:

      Love the tee shirt Sidney. Gotta have one!!!

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    • peace says:

      Since you are an attorney, could you provide those of us who are impatient with a plausible explanation as to why no one has been charged with a crime yet? Secondly, do you believe the delays related to the release of the IG report are genuine?

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      • amwick says:

        We have been accustomed to things happening at the speed of Trump… let’s just call that sT… ok,,, now the legal system is its own universe, when things happen at the speed of, well, continental drift sCD… You just cannot compare the two, but my guess is that something like this sCD = sT/10000. Now, what happens when CD is blocked and pressure builds up, well, we have an earthquake…. I see it coming.. a political earthquake.. which may result in a tsunami, the YUGE RED WAVE!!!!!

        BTW, I would love to hear Sidney Powells’s opinion on this, very much…

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  22. Margaret Berger says:

    Regarding wheather or not evil is visible in the vestiage of a human. I used to be a Bushie. Thought these were decent, kind, well manered people, patriotic. Look at w. Is there a more congenial looking man? I now think he is as evil as the rest of them.

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    • Risa says:

      You aren’t alone. I thought the same. But when I saw how thoroughly the Bushes embraced the criminal Clintons, I revised my opinion. I may be slow, but I figure things out eventually.

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    • KBR says:

      I dunno, maybe its more in the way w moves or his odd grin, but I always had a feeling he was shady.

      But I sure did not know how shady until he said Bill Clinton was his “brother by another mother.”

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  23. jack says:

    I’m thinking they should just release the IG report as is, and add to it … as they continue to investigate this and ADD revisions and new sections as more info becomes available.

    Someone mentioned the IG report is being delayed AGAIN because of new material on Clinton. The delay is expected to take 2 weeks. (stop it already… please give it to us now … and in two weeks release the new info on Clinton. )

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    • TimesUp says:

      Would you take this approach to investigate and prosecute a powerful organized crime family?

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    • KBR says:

      Mueller seems to be delaying in hopes that some of the people he is supposed to SAVE with this investigative insurance policy get severely ill (oh poor thing can’t prosecute a dying woman/man!) or die outright (can’t speak ill of the dead, think of the grieving family the grieving public.)

      Maybe I shouldn’t have written that, Mueller might get ideas…

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  24. Yesterday I made a comment on here about how PDT has Mueller “between a rock and a hard place” politically, because Mueller is in a no-win situation and has no “political solution” with which to escape as public perception turns against Special Counsel, and therefore the Democrats. I spoke to how as his investigation drags on with no results, and starts to negatively impact the Democrats, that he would start catching fire from the Democrats too (rock and hard place).

    Short of a breaking video footage of Trump in a private room with Boris and Natasha, and Putin dialed in on a video conference promising support for Trump, there’s no solution for Mueller. And further police state tactics would sink public support entirely. Well…here you go.

    “Mueller has always been a rat but now he’s a rat in a corner and that means he’s at his most dangerous. Behind closed doors, Dems are screaming for his head. They pinned so much of 2018 on him and he hasn’t given them sh*t.”
    Read more at http://dcwhispers.com/robert-mueller-increasingly-desperate-despondent-as-he-faces-enormous-pressure-to-seriously-damage-trump/#EUiobzaFzoi3hEJg.99

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  25. kinthenorthwest says:

    Looking like the card tower is falling all over the democrats.

    DEVELOPING: Brennan With Strzok and John Kerry Worked to Set Up Russian Espionage Traps For Minor Players in Trump Camp
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/05/developing-brennan-with-help-from-strzok-and-john-kerry-were-trying-to-set-up-russian-espionage-traps-for-minor-players-in-trumps-camp/

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  26. Chris Four says:

    Nunes and Grassley tag team. First Devin writes for information from the AG and gets a snarky reply. Then bam Chuck hits them with another request. Keep the pressure on these lying traitors.

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  27. Coast says:

    Why is it that all of these letters give such a gracious time period to comply with information that frankly would take no more than an hour to obtain (if that much)? I’m tired of this dragging out in ultra-slow motion. Give then 24 hours to produce the documents, and if they don’t then ACTUALLY do sometime meaningful as repercussion instead of writing another letter.

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    • billrla says:

      Coast: People have yoga classes and such. So, the government tries not to inconvenience.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Chris Four says:

      Yes the departments need to be held to a more accountable time line for record retrieval especially for Congressional request. The time given appears to be for an non automated system.

      It is interesting to note Cohen’s bank records were obtained in record time.

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  28. Sylvia Avery says:

    All I did was leave for a couple hours to take the dog for a walk and work on some training with her. And I come back to ATOMIC SLEDGEHAMMER breaking news and over 200 comments to read. Wow.

    I’m going to have to start leaving Friday afternoons open for breaking news!

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  29. Konamon says:

    Still no arrests. 2 years in. When the plot is exposed Sessions will line them all up against the wall and apply the apropos number of whacks according to the degree of felony crime. The tamping down for the upcoming crooked election is starting now.

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    • Quests Nota says:

      The prospect of some great headlines and perp walks just before the election almost makes the whole charade worthwhile. One aspect that I eagerly anticipate is to see those smug and smarmy saps on CNN eat their words. Stocking up on popcorn, and maybe some more alcohol, to celebrate.

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  30. What’s the expiration date for the “ongoing investigation” excuse for withholding/redacting information from Congress? June?

    I get that Horowitz/Huber may want to keep things tight lipped, but at some point you have to **** or get off the pot

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  31. deqwik2 says:

    Rep. Peter King was on the Martha MacCallum show & said that PDJT is getting close to ordering the DOJ to release the info they want. King said they had POTUS believing someones life would be in danger but he thinks POTUS sees he was hood winked & may act on this.

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    • deqwik2 says:

      King starts at 14:16

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      • billrla says:

        It’s a freaking TeeVee show with dolled-up talking heads and advertisers.

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        • rf121 says:

          Actually Herridge is a very good, non-partisan reporter. McCallum PT hating……

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        • covfefe999 says:

          McCallum did really well interviewing King. She clearly understands not only the big picture but many of the details.

          I thought what she said at 17:28 is interesting. She said When you look at what Glenn SImpson testified in front of the committee, he says the reason that they believed Christopher Steele’s dossier is that they had an internal source in the campaign”. This comes from Simpson’s Aug 22 2017 testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee (https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4345537-Fusion-GPS-Simpson-Transcript.html). Start on page 174.

          Q. You said that he [Christopher Steele] told you of the meeting with the FBI in Rome in mid or late September, that he “gave them a full briefing”?
          A. A debrief I think is what he probably said, they had debriefed him. I don’t remember him articulating the specifics of that. You know, my understanding was that they would have gotten into who his sources were, how he knew certain things, and, you know, other details based on their own intelligence. Essentially what he told me was they had other intelligence about this matter from an internal Trump campaign source and that — that they — my understanding was that they believed Chris at this point — that they believed Chris’s information might be credible because they had other intelligence that indicated the same thing and one of those pieces of intelligence was a human source from inside the Trump organization.”
          Q. And did you have any understanding then or now as to who that human intelligence source from inside the Trump campaign might have been?
          MR. LEVEY: He’s going to decline to answer that question.
          MS. SAWYER: On what basis?
          MR. SIMPSON: Security.
          MR. LEVY: Security.

          I remember when we all started looking at this testimony this piece jumped out and we were trying to figure out who the source might be. So now we’re thinking that it was Stefan Halper, but he certainly wasn’t part of the Trump campaign. He was prying into the Trump campaign, but did Halper represent himself as an insider working for the campaign?

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          • Max Tadpol says:

            Why is no one mentioning Carter Page. He had intel contacts (foreign and domestic) and was inside the campaign.

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  32. spinoneone says:

    I thinks some of these boys and girls better lawyer up. This will blow up their DoJ/FBI protection.

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  33. Mickey Wasp says:

    Another great twitter thread from Stealth Jeff… NO LEAKS
    Read it and eat crow Session bashers !!

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    • deqwik2 says:

      Speaking of leaks, look what just came out.

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      • ForGodandCountry says:

        This is one of the thing people don’t take into account, IMHO.

        Much time and effort had been and still is needed to find and eliminate all these demorat “moles” inside the US gov’t….to include the WH.

        The thing is….they can hide…but eventually they must take some action (ie. “resistance”) that reveals them….and thus they can be expunged.

        This takes time and is a slow process. Hence 2 things:

        1) it requires a lot of patience

        and

        2) it is remarkable what PDJT & Co. has managed to achieve in spite of these moles and plants

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    • rf121 says:

      Sigh. Biggest threat to PT is Mueller. Mueller exists because the AG recussed. Until Mueller is gone this is the AG’s fault. He needs to resolve that.

      I don’t care if MS-13 gets wiped out, illegals are stopped at the border, and the AG turns water into wine. Our President is threatened because of the AG’s actions. 25D chess or whatever. Blah, blah. Fix that, then I’ll support him.

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      • ForGodandCountry says:

        BS.

        Mueller is no threat to PDJT. If he were, that would’ve already happened.

        Instead, Mueller has become a distinct threat to democrats re: this Nov……exactly as planned.

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      • Mickey Wasp says:

        AG Sessions is ‘resolving all threats’ to President Trump. He just not doing it on YOUR timeline. Have you ever noticed that an announcement of a felony conviction in 2018 and the crime was committed in 2013 and the investigation took several years.? And that was just one felony perpetrated by one person…
        So, you think that AG Sessions, his investigators and the assigned US Attorney’s can take down the corruption in government in a few months. Do include and the Obamanites and Clinonistas, that well connected and have powerful law firms representing them…
        But, naww – I WANT IT NOW !!

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        • ForGodandCountry says:

          The wheels of Justice grind slowly….but they grind to a fine powder.

          Taking down a crime syndicate…much less a global one….is never a fast process.

          Will Hillary wind up in prison?

          Yes.

          But not for many years yet.

          Patience.

          Good things come to those who wait patiently but expectantly.<— This is a promise from God Almighty himself.

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        • rf121 says:

          And you Sessions fans can’t get over the fact that the SC exists because he recussed himself and exposed PT to this. All you 25D chess fans keep forgetting that there are two players here and they get to play too. This is not a 100% guaranteed outcome in our favor. This was an error. An un-neccessary one.

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          • ForGodandCountry says:

            I would agree that, at the time, Sessions’ recusal did APPEAR to be an error.

            That said, there is MUCH we now know that it looks anything BUT an error and rather a very carefully calculated move made as part of an overall plan that is working out brilliantly.

            What you Sessions Bashers keep forgetting is Adm. Mike Rogers and Sec. Def. Mattis KNEW what was happening ALL ALONG re: what Obama and Hillary were doing….and so did PDJT.

            I repeat…..if Mueller had something….ANYTHING….on Trump that would’ve come out by now. Instead, with each passing day the Mueller investigation is revealed to be what it is….a witch hunt designed to:

            1) distract and deflect attention from the illegalities of the Obama/Clinton administration

            and

            2) try to take down PDJT.

            And please keep in mind…..#1 is FAR MORE IMPORTANT to the Obama/Clinton people than #2

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            • rf121 says:

              But Muellers purpose is to provide any form of “high crime and misdomenor” evidence to the Dems if they win the House in Nov. Wether or not he gets a little a fish along the way is more or less a pride issue for him and his cronies.

              While I can see the case of the “master plan”, it assumes that everything falls into to place exactly as planned. That for me is too much risk to PT. The dems control the media and much of the court system so things can still go off the rails.

              The AG I know is a good man but the recusal was not good. No dem AG would have done it. Take the moral high ground after you purge all the scum bags.

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          • Mickey Wasp says:

            Why should AG Sessions waste his valuable time with “Russia Collusion” when it was and is a ‘nothingburger’ from the start. What has come out during the Mueller SC investigations.? Crimes committed by President Trump, or crimes committed by the Obama Admin and Hillary Sec of St and her campaign.?
            Every time PDJT gets asked about “Russia Collusion”, by the complicit media, what does he get to do.? Go through the litany of crimes by Obama and Hillary – repetition to the American public, as more of their crimes are sunlighted….

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          • trialbytruth says:

            1. He had to recuse It was an investigation of a campaign he was a part of.

            2. It would have been common knowledge within the lawyers of the transition team who would have been going through the ashes of everyone to make sure no one was bringing in baggage.

            3 President trump has a legal mind he understands the law, fair play and constitutional intent. I believe he would outclass most lawyers on a LSAT.

            4. I find it ridiculous to believe Trump would have expected Sessions to be a praetorian guard like Eric Holder. that was a relationship he despised.

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    • ForGodandCountry says:

      Now now.

      The Sessions Bashers can be excused…at least in part…for their passion in wanting to see the Swamp drained and the bad actors held accountable. We ALL agree in that desire.

      What they don’t understand….among many other things… is that it’s going to happen on PDJT’s & AG Session’s timetable, not theirs.

      They need to learn to relax and understand that PDJT’s got this….to sit back and enjoy the show and stop demanding the last act happen before the rest of the play plays out.

      It’s all kabuki theater….serious theater….but theater nonetheless.

      That all said, can’t help but notice how Mueller’s SC has obtained NOTHING in over a year….and even democrats are privately screaming for his head because of that.

      People just can’t wrap their minds around the fact that PDJT WANTED the SC investigation….and it’s playing out exactly as planned.

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      • Sidney Powell says:

        I hope you are right, but there are no circumstances in which I can trust Mueller and Weissmann. Read the book at http://www.LicensedtoLie.com

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        • ForGodandCountry says:

          Absolutely not, Sidney. No one can trust Mueller…but ESPECIALLY not Andrew Weissmann who is a Clintonista if there ever was one.

          LOVE YOUR WORK.

          So glad you are here. You have a ton of fans here and your insights most welcome. Please continue to post…and often!

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          • rf121 says:

            Sure, keep posting while selling books in each post. Sort of like Corsi.

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            • Sidney Powell says:

              I self-published–all at my own expense. I would encourage you to read it before you disparage it or me. I wrote it to facilitate bi-partisan criminal justice reform and support the work of the Innocence Project and others. I still practice law–including in front of judges I criticize in the book. Prosecutors have gotten way out of control. People write me their horror stories every day. Try reading Harvey Silverglate’s Three Felonies A Day and Bernard Kerik’s From Jailer to Jailed if you want to be informed of the realities.

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              • ForGodandCountry says:

                Sidney,

                Please be advised there are a lot of negative pessimists lurking in here. Don’t sweat them. Also be advised there are a lot of liberals posing as true Treepers seeking to disrupt and divide. Some are very clever and good at concealing themselves. Since this blog has attracted a LOT of attention recently from folks like Lou Dobbs, a lot of new posters are showing up.

                Things to keep in mind.

                Once again, welcome! Hope to see you become a regular.

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                • rf121 says:

                  There you go. Back to your old self. Denegrate posters who don’t meet your standards.

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                • covfefe999 says:

                  I wasn’t going to step in here but I’m going to now. There are plenty of us who recognize the brutal truth: that Sessions directly caused this mess.

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              • rf121 says:

                I have seen your work and your TV appearances. I just take offense of your use of this forum to sell it. I think it lowers your standing when you show up here and start pushing your books. There is a time and place for everything. Need a Sham Wow!

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                • peace says:

                  I’ve been reading here since the election and, until today, never heard of Sydney Powell. I am glad he mentioned his books and I plan on buying the Licensed To Lie for my hubby. If Sydney had not mentioned his book, I would have thought he was simply another caring Trump supporting commenter.

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                • covfefe999 says:

                  I agree with you a second time tonight, rf121.

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  34. lastinillinois says:

    The ‘sledgehammer’ is the message being sent by Congress to the DoJ and FBI that “you can stone wall, delay, and obfuscate all you want but we hold the cards. Continue in your current ways and we will expose you and we will do it our way”.

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  35. Sneaky Pete says:

    I enjoy seeing Kerry being swept up into the net. He probably thought he had escaped.

    DEVELOPING: A major new front is opening in the political espionage scandal. In summer 2016, Brennan with his FBI liaison Strzok, along with help from Kerry @ State, were trying to set Russian espionage traps for minor players in the Trump campaign through cultivated intel assets
    — Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) May 11, 2018

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-11/brennan-strzok-and-kerry-allegedly-set-espionage-traps-trump-team-hunt-fbi-mole

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  36. Brant says:

    While I have been one who wants stuff going down like yesterday (and I still do), we must also realize that Mueller’s actual court record once things get before a judge….a public judge, is 0-3 and that is just in the last few weeks. Methinks that “3” is going to get larger and that “0” will probably stay the same.

    Yes, some of these findings (from our side) do need to get moving, but as long as Mueller keeps hitting brick walls, I’m kinda sorta satisfied……..just don’t let this stuff get anywhere near the 9th Circus. Also, hopefully Utah is tightening things up.

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  37. deqwik2 says:

    Joe may tell the truth as to whether the 302s were changed on Flynn’s testimony.

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  38. billrla says:

    Because every Friday night needs to go out with a bang, so all of us tune-in for the next episode. Oh, it’s real news, and maybe even important. But let’s not fool ourselves. All these clowns are politicians and career bureaucrats, and with them, finishing a job means ending a budget, so, jobs never get finished.

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  39. Brant says:

    Fascinating, the snip of the letter from Grassley in the Stealth Jeff tweet above was hidden by twitter as “sensitive” material. You have to click to see it. This really is hilarious……..in a shaking head sort of way.

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  40. Mickey Wasp says:

    Stealth Jeff’s twitter thread spells it out. You can click on it to read the full thread or go to The Last Refuge twitter page and Sundance has it linked…

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    • ForGodandCountry says:

      It’s been known for MONTHS there was another agent besides Peter Strzok at the Flynn interview, his name *NEVER leaked*. In over a YEAR. Then Grassley reveals this other agent’s name today just before the IG report drops.

      GIRD YOUR LOINS.
      Ever since the Strzok/Page text message drama went public last October, it’s been known there was another FBI agent present at the Michael Flynn interview on Jan. 24th, 2017.

      And the IDENTITY OF THIS OTHER AGENT was carefully guarded, oh so carefully guarded secret. UNTIL NOW.

      Remember when I told you Sessions & Horowitz and Huber don’t leak ANYTHING?

      NOTHING gets out from their investigations. Their hundreds of staff people simply don’t LEAK *anything*.

      Sessions practically rubbed the DNC Media’s face in this fact earlier this year when casually dropped in a Fox interview that he’d appointed a prosecutor who was investigating stuff that Horowitz couldn’t act on.

      BUT HE DIDN’T TELL THE MEDIA THE GUY’S NAME.

      Sessions let the DNC Media twist in the wind desperately trying to find out who it was so they could leak it.

      And after about 13 days – almost TWO FULL WEEKS – they had NOTHING.

      And then smirkin’ Jeff Sessions revealed the prosecutor’s name himself in a letter to Congress.
      Now try this on for size. Sessions/Horowitz/Huber knew who this other FBI agent at the Flynn interview was over a year ago. They got to him early.

      AND THEY KEPT HIS IDENTITY FROM LEAKING FOR OVER A YEAR.

      Nobody was allowed to know who it was. No evidence was handed over.
      Any text messages bearing his name, any official documents revealing his name were withheld.

      This was to protect a whistleblower.

      And the fact that Grassley has now gotten the go ahead to publicly reveal this FBI agent’s name is HUGE.

      The endgame is approaching. They can reveal who their whistleblower is because it’s too late. The IG reports on the Clinton Email fiasco and the FISC Court scheme are dropping any day now.

      After that, when the public has digested them, the indictments are unsealed.

      FBI Agent Joe Pientka ALSO filed a FD 302 form following that interview with Michael Flynn.

      Now Grassley is demanding to see both his & Strzok’s FD 302 forms from that interview.

      And he’s going to get them.

      Grassley assumes the ‘ongoing criminal investigation’ he discusses at the top of page 2 of his letter was the FBI’s investigation into Flynn himself.

      In fact, I suspect that’s the investigation of who LEAKED that classified intelligence report on his calls with Kislyak.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Presumably Strozk, Flynn and probably McCable and Page knew who the other person was as well. Maybe it didn’t leak yet since it is not such a super reveal. If the guy blatantly saw Strozk lying about Flynn, he would have come forward before. In addition, it is interesting that Flynn pled guilty and has not sought to alter the plea prior to sentencing (e.g. filing a motion).

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  41. If you think of him in terms or being a “whistleblower”, there’s your answer.

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    • Mickey Wasp says:

      FBI Director Presents Honorary FBI Medals 2009
      The FBI Shield of Bravery
      SA Joe Pientka, III, was involved in a standoff and shootout at an apartment of a dangerous felon (bank robbery) who had threatened to open fire on police at the US Capitol Building. In the midst of the standoff, the team safely evacuated the residents of the adjacent apartments, including a family with two small children. Eventually, the team re-entered the apartment to arrest the subject, who continued to shoot at them until he was killed by return fire.

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  42. Chris Four says:

    Do you think Sen Grassley has already talked to Special Agent Joe Pientka? Based on his description it sounds like he knows something.

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  43. MTK says:

    Phrasing the Grassley letter, I am left with the ultimate conclusion…

    “The game plan from day one was to present the incoming adminstration with a sh*t storm and have the new adminstration react in a manner that lead to obvious obstruction thus leading to impeachment.”

    Within this strategy, all…
    “The nagging little details which have continually unraveled in the face of investigate inspection could be then whitewashed away under the heading, ‘The spoils would belong to the victor.'”

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    • MTK says:

      The obvious question becomes, “Does that mean anything to those so invested in ‘identity politics’ that the slow drip strategy forces an introspection.”

      My guess would be, “It won’t matter.”

      And, I am not holding my breath one bit that,

      “The Q reveals of something demonic waiting in the wings will galvanize public opinion for tbe fence sitters to rule the day.”, is not wishful thinking.

      The simple fact is, with all that is aviable to formulating an opinion that is based on my above observation, “Means nothing to those inclined to view politics through an ‘us vs them’ lens. They will never see HOW the implications that where made by a very ‘small group’ of core adherants relates to an undermining of core principles which puts the very foundation of the country into question.”

      This seems to be the generalized conclusion to why the Nunes, Grassley and Horowitz inquires matter to the public at large.

      Call me a naysayer… but please explain your opposition in equal detail.

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    • MTK says:

      Thanks , Seneca the Elder, your up votes means much.

      Please understand, my reply addendum…
      Is attempting to ask deep questions of the prevailing wisdom that have read here on the comments to many numerous articles by Sundance.
      I am not sure the rhetorical comes across, as intended.

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  44. citizen817 says:

    CNN is reporting that Nunberg, a former Trump campaign aide, has agreed to sit down for a closed-door interview with Senate Intelligence Committee members. He also will have to cough up communications related to Russia, Russian hacking, and WikiLeaks. Nunberg is to provide the information by May 24th, but the exact time and date are currently unknown.

    Nunberg told CNN he believes the committee is interested in documents and emails he already gave to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

    https://lawandcrime.com/trump/fmr-trump-aide-sam-nunberg-will-spill-his-guts-for-senate-intelligence-committee/

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  45. Brainiac says:

    People are hinting above, based on SD’s research that Pientka has revealed already to someone about the falsified 302?

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  46. SJM says:

    Strassel: Did FBI outright spy on the 2016 Trump campaign?
    May. 11, 2018 – 5:52 Video Clip – On ‘Hannity,’ Kimberley Strassel expands on her Wall Street Journal piece that asks if the FBI placed a mole within Trump’s 2016 campaign.
    http://video.foxnews.com/v/5783919088001/?#sp=show-clips

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  47. scott467 says:

    “In addition, please make Special Agent Joe Pientka available for a transcribed interview with Committee staff no later than one week following the production of the requested documents…”

    ___________________

    Why give them a week?

    To get their story straight and game out all the potential pitfalls?

    When you interview two suspects caught in the act, why don’t you let them sit in a cell together first to make sure their stories match?

    Why say ‘please’?

    Either you have lawful oversight, or you don’t. If you do, you make a demand, not a plea. I’m all for being polite, but not when I have been continuously lied to, deceived had crimes committed against me by a subordinate.

    And that’s what ALL of these criminal departments are: subordinate.

    They don’t think they are, and they certainly don’t ACT like they are, but that is EXACTLY what they are. And their insubordination is so grievous, and so incredibly dangerous to the survival of our Republic, that they must be destroyed for their insubordination, and start over with new servants, who know their place — and keep it.

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  48. Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

    So Comey told TWO Congressional committees that Flynn didn’t lie. (Senate Judiciary and HPSCI)
    Or
    In Comey-ese: “Gee….Senators and Congressmen just misunderstand me.”

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    • Anonymous says:

      Comey is such a weasely word parser. He should not be an “ethics professor”. Wouldn’t want him in combat beside me. Excuse making sea lawyer. Man up!

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