Blast Thread on OIG Report Briefings and Releases – Chaff and Countermeasures….

The Potomac Two-Step

Statement from Trey Gowdy. [SEE HERE] Given the nature and construct of the statement it was obviously written before today and timed for a release at a specific time of day today. Reeks of familiar UniParty swamp defense. Chaff and Countermeasures.

WASHINGTON, DC – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy released the following statement after the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report on FBI and DOJ actions in advance of the 2016 election.

“I am alarmed, angered, and deeply disappointed by the Inspector General’s finding of numerous failures by DOJ and FBI in investigating potential Espionage Act violations by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. (read more)

Report from Bloomberg News. [SEE HERE] Includes notes and reports of Lisa Page and Peter Strzok text messages that were INTENTIONALLY WITHHELD from prior text message releases.   Including: on Aug. 8, 2016:

  • Lisa Page: “(Trump’s) not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”
  • Peter Strzok: “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.”

That reply from Strzok was never included in the release from the FBI.  The OIG recovered the text using their independent forensics.  The FBI intentionally hid the Strzok reply.  The OIG only discovered it four days ago according to Daily Caller [SEE HERE].

(See Page #334)


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420 Responses to Blast Thread on OIG Report Briefings and Releases – Chaff and Countermeasures….

  1. CopperTop says:

    CONNNECTING THE DOTS 08/11 Page Strozk discussion [Operation] ‘Latititude’. Two days prior 8/9…He never becomes president ‘We’ll stop it’…and this was left off briefs to Congress all along.

    This IS prior to the FISC application approval to 10/16.

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  2. Phideaux says:

    I’ve read the Exec Summary and the Recommendations. Plenty in here to indicate that the firing of both Comey and McCabe are completely justified. OIG doesn’t make criminal referrals, but points to plenty of violations of policy/procedure that lead to termination of employment.

    Why does that matter? Trump firing Comey was the event that led to the creation of the Mueller probe. This is just another step towards invalidating the entire Mueller effort, as well as anything that arose from it. Comey’s firing: totally legit. Its also why the House investigators keeping harping on the origination documents for the FBI’s opening of the muh Russia investigation (which don’t seem to exist). Remember: the idea behind the Mueller probe was that he was taking over the investigation already in place at the FBI.

    So you’ve got a legal, proper act by the chief executive (Trump fires Comey) triggering the takeover of an improperly predicated investigation by a Special Counsel.

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  3. bhruska123 says:

    Can you say Rosenstein? His finger prints are all over their executive summary.

    Liked by 5 people

    • He is so screwed when Trump authorizes the release of everything… will he resign or will he be led out in chrome bracelets?

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      • De Oppresso Libre says:

        FBI still have not given Nunes the originating document for the FISA warrant he’s been demanding for 18 months. I wonder if they’ll try to “lose” it like the latest texts the IG found only four days ago, but had the texts before and after for almost a year….I also hope President Trump goes nuclear and declassifies everything – let the chips fall where they may. Wray needs to be fired, at least, while Rosenstein deserves a very lengthy prison sentence, for what we know as of now. But, who really knows what’s out there that we don’t know?

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        • AH_C says:

          The only point of disagreement is Wray. Wray has a specific task to defend the institution and the parts that still work as intended. Trump has others tasked to bring the justice, his is to manage the tightrope act of ensuring FBI can survive the storm.

          This task is also separate from the fundamental question of whether the institution can survive, or must be obliterated. Personally, I think “FBI” must be dismantled to the last brick and whatever stands up as replacement has a narrower scope and tighter leash. Maybe something more of a joint Federal/State agency – somewhat unwieldy due to new internal checks and balances between the Federal and state management. But this is a political question to be addressed by politicians down the road – hopefully a congress well stocked by liberty-loving constitutionalists.

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          • De Oppresso Libre says:

            Many have yet to realized the true scope of the problem. If the FBI, the F – B – I, is this, well, “infested” with indoctrinated leftists, then the entire federal government has likely been compromised – every agency, every department. First and foremost, President Trump needs to fire those he has Constitutional authority to release, and then I would hope he abolishes the Federal Employees Worker’s Union. I agree that the FBI needs taken apart, but I believe it should be rebuilt as they have resources and capabilities which are best centralized as they simply cannot be reproduced at every state level. The rot began with political appointees placed into leadership positions rather than selecting leaders who have advanced through the ranks. Another issue has been the “snobbery” of recruiting from law schools and totally rejecting the cream of street cops from departments across America; their street experience simply cannot be replicated in a university setting. Use our armed forces process of selection for special forces as an example.

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            • AH_C says:

              Totally agree with you. the only reason I entertain some kind of linkage to State agencies is to create speedbumps to a runaway agency. When the “new FBI” has 51 overseers, it may opt to pick paths of least resistance, rather than ideological paths.

              Since “enforcement” is an executive function, what if we accept the notion that both houses of Congress are unsuited to providing oversight to enforcement agencies?

              Instead of a gang of 8 committee of swamp critters, maybe a gang of 8 governors on a 3 year rotation? What would be the pros and cons to that? Then when these gang of 8 or 10 governors investigate and make recommendations, it’s up to POTUS and Congress to implement the necessary legislation.

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  4. JG 3 says:

    Couple ?s
    1. Did IG release the first S/P texts/messages?
    2. If so, did he have this one, at that time? Why did he not release this one with the others?


    • Maquis says:

      The DOJ hid that, not the IG, who is under no compunction to produce documents ahead of the release of his report, thus nothing was requested from him.


  5. blognificentbee says:

    Recommendations are new policies, guidelines and education??????? Blecccchhhhh🙄🤨🤮


    • Leane Kamari says:

      have a look at these OIG reports with criminal activities of SAC and SC of FBI with at the end stating “criminal referal denied”. EVERYBODY else in this country goes to jail for unpaid traffic fines and the the OIG simply states “criminal referal denied”. That is why McCabe is bluntly acting the way he is “no criminal referal expected as per usual handling”

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      • NC PATRIOT says:

        Even our VSG in the early going was critical of a circle of bad actors AT THE TOP (many are no longer there, as Sundance has noted) , but he was ALWAYS careful to commend the hard working regular agents.

        Liked by 1 person

    • HerbyGal says:

      Guess he took his cue from Starbucks. Stop by the DOJ if you need to use the restroom.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. JG 3 says:

    Was it the IG or DOJ/FBI that held it back?

    Liked by 1 person

  7. ristvan says:

    The deliberately omitted Strzok reply to Page ‘We’ll stop Trump’ is going to be a BIG problem for whoever prepared the text messages for Congress. Worse than ‘the insurance policy’. A coverup of malicious intent.

    Liked by 12 people

    • Who is going to push it?


    • Dr.Jay says:

      As was already noted a few days ago, several people here had notices that lines appeared to be missing (many more than just this one), including times where Lisa is answering a question that is not in the released set. Mind that set includes both the first set given to congress and the second which seems to be a less redacted IG version. But missing lines like the above are in neither set.
      So missing in both sets in that PDF that was published by Congres/Senate committee’s. Indeed clear intent. At least one of the committee had noticed and has already asked for more complete release. Not just less redaction but also more pointing out apparently missing lines.

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  8. DJ says:

    We’ve known for some time that Comey is more of an idiot than most realize, but this quote from him found on page viii of the Executive Summary is stunning:

    “Comey told the OIG that this information “didn’t index” with him, which he attributed to the way the
    information was presented to him and the fact that, “I don’t know that I knew that [Weiner] was married to Huma Abedin at the time.”

    How could any sentient being in the upper reaches of law enforcement or politics NOT know that Weinger was married to Abedin???

    Liked by 7 people

  9. SnapperCheeks says:

    OMG…you CAN’T make this stuff up! I am sooooooo embarrassed at the apparent corruption of our government! Once again, President Trump had them all pegged! We’ll get through this…prayers for our President and his TRUSTED staff!

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  10. Humble Soul says:

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  11. scott467 says:

    “Lisa Page: “(Trump’s) not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”
    Peter Strzok: “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.” ”


    Hey now…. what’s wrong with that?

    Just a couple of government goons, doing what government goons do best!

    Liked by 3 people

    • scott467 says:

      Next, Strzok says:

      “Wonder Twin Powers, ACTIVATE! Form of… a Jackass! Shape of… a clown!”

      Liked by 2 people

    • farrier105 says:

      Lisa Page: “(Trump’s) not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”
      Peter Strzok: “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.” ”

      Does that sound like people who thought the Old Bat had it in the bag?

      Liked by 1 person

      • TheLastDemocrat says:

        Good note. Either they did or did not.
        Here are a couple possibilities.
        FBI was in the habit of being very partisan, and was mucking about in many campaigns. So, we are just hearing regular insider talk.

        Or: INTERNAL POLLING. Hiraly and company knew the monster vote was coming, and began pulling levers they knew they could pull.

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    • NC PATRIOT says:

      And since HE is the guy that (with Brennan I bet) started the whole Russia investigation—-it would seem the Russia investigation was TAINTED at the outset.

      Liked by 3 people

  12. scott467 says:

    My, my, my… look what the mice have been up to while the Cat was away…. for THIRTY YEARS!

    Liked by 2 people

  13. Luke Adachi says:

    to follow comments…


  14. Lindenlee says:

    And Horowitz is now working on ANOTHER “investigation”, and will have similar unsatisfactory results. Horowitz is an asshole in my book. Another spineless, ballgless wonder. I DESPISE these creatures.


  15. brh82 says:

    I can’t remember anything ever hurting my heart as much as this does, for President Trump and his family. Them reading this HAS to hurt sooooooo bad! No one ever gets immune to the slings and arrows President Trump says he “gladly” takes for us. “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” I will pray that I could be that forgiving, because now I want a machine gun and a perch among Congress from which I could mow every one of them into eternity where the furnace of hell is hotter than it’s ever been before.

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  16. ForGodandCountry says:

    Re: Trey Gowdy….

    An Obvious Explanation For Trey Gowdy’s Odd Comments: COLLECTING SWAMP CHITS


    “I am even more convinced that the FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do when they got the information they got, and that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump.”

    After being briefed on “Spygate” issues, South Carolina Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy, to the surprise of many, issued several pro-prosecutorial platitudes designed to throw cold water on growing public outrage over the scandal. But this should not have been surprising. Without saying anything which was provably false or meaningful, Gowdy collected valuable Department of Justice and FBI chits, redeemable in his soon-to-be opened law practice.

    Gowdy in his mind is no longer wearing a legislator’s hat, and he has always had a prosecutor’s heart. He is not running for re-election, planning to start or join a law practice in his native South Carolina following his present term. His plans have made it impossible for him to give a candid take-away

    since Gowdy made no specific factual statements, we cannot apply the “L” word to him. It was not difficult for Gowdy, with his reflexive prosecutorial style, to lapse into a prosecutor’s frame of mind, and side with the briefers, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray. Nor will it be difficult after January 20, 2019, for Gowdy to knock on the door of either of these gentlemen on behalf of big clients under federal investigation.

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  17. Dr.Jay says:

    Trey Gowdy does sound kind off p-ed off I must say …

    “The report also conclusively shows an alarming and destructive level of animus displayed by top officials at the FBI. Peter Strzok’s manifest bias trending toward animus casts a pall on this investigation. Bias is so pernicious and malignant as to both taint the process, the result, and the ability to have confidence in either.

    The law enforcement community has no greater ally in Congress than me. But continued revelations of questionable decision making by FBI and DOJ leadership destroys confidence in the impartiality of the institutions I have long served, respected, and believed in.”


  18. Dr.Jay says:

    Or how about Senator Graham

    “We should have a special counsel looking at DOJ corruption, looking at how the [Steele] dossier was given to the court,” Graham, R-S.C., told Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.”

    [on Comey]
    “He made a decision … to try to press the system to appoint a special counsel. If that doesn’t show a motivation and a bias against President Trump, I don’t know what would,” Graham said.

    “The way they conducted the investigation was a joke, the thumb was on the scale,” Graham said. “The head investigator by the FBI hated Trump, liked Clinton. They were trying to come up with an insurance policy to make sure that Trump didn’t win the election.”

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Uh Oh: Republican Congressmen Are Concerned DOJ Inspector General Report Was Altered

    “”We are concerned that during this time, people may have changed the
    report in a way that obfuscates your findings. Per Congress’ oversight
    authority, we request you supply your original drafts along with the
    finish published forms.”

    How many years does the FBI/DOJ have to turn over the requested information to the Legislative Branch?

    Liked by 4 people

  20. More.Confused.Than.Before says:

    Since FBI with-held text messages from the IG ,does this mean Rodstein will be fired?


  21. czarowniczy says:

    As I look/scan through the report and the summary there’s a retired Federal bureaucrat gene in me that says this looks a lot like a professional DoJ/FBI guy trying to save not the actyors but the reputation and public respect for the DoJ and Bureau. “Yes sir, lots of smelly, squishy stuff all over the floor and my shoes but the dog really is housebroken! Not the dog’s fault, he just had a passing intestinal problem.” Nope, not even marginally convinced there wasn’t and still is an ongoing coup.

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    • JPublius says:

      The CI guy in me is seeing this as an influence operation to obfuscate something else. Coup? I don’t know, but something much deeper and more rotten, because we are seeing a lot of chaff and flares and shiny lights thrown out for people to sort through.

      Liked by 2 people

      • czarowniczy says:

        The MI guy in me came to that conclusion some time back, ther rats are trying their most bestest to not only cover the coup’s tracks but keep it up and uinder the radar.
        I’ll go as far as saying he may be doing both but usually IGs are not as political as they are professional and I’m betting he’s received poking from both his conscience and outsiders that the DoJ and Bureau’s public confidence (or what’s left of it) is in the balance. Coup’s up!
        Anyone still wondering why, under Obama, the DHS bought those 1.7-billion rounds of ammunition?

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  22. JPublius says:

    It is clear that what we need as a community is some sort of DB structure to put the comprehensive timeline together of the statements, texts and actions. I would love to see what the Analyst Notebook plots would look like.


  23. beach lover says:

    OMG.. so now what we really really need is more training so this doesn’t happen again. I am just so disappointed I can’t even believe this.


    • NC PATRIOT says:

      In fairness to Wray, a number of higher-ups are no longer there (Sundance has documented this.) but it is against their policy to talk about individual personnel matters to the press!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Conservativeinny says:

        i understand what you are saying but no. This is a coverup of the highest order. Nothing will be done, same old same old


  24. rudy1876 says:

    At this moment, I don’t care if everyone is let off. This is a mind f**** diversion. The only person I want locked up is Jeff Sessions. What happens if Huber is an empty suit? Is that an impossibility? The only people I trust right now is PDJT and Sarah Sanders.

    Liked by 1 person

    • rudy1876 says:

      are…not is for us sticklers of such things. Sarah was a last second addition.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Andy says:

        I won’t be happy until Hillary and her cronies are exposed, tried, sentenced and sitting in orange jumpsuits in prison.


    • dayallaxeded says:

      Haven’t wanted to be a negative nancy, but frankly, Huber’s record in Utah isn’t all that great. He seems to be well insulated/isolated from the swamp and has the Mormon structure around and supporting him, but just in terms of prosecution and conviction #s, from what I’ve seen (and admittedly, it’s not a whole lot), unimpressive. OTOH, if the reason for making him a figurehead for the follow-on prosecutions was solely to get out of DC’s gravity and physical control of the NSA data center,well those things seem well within Huber’s bailiwick.


  25. Firefly says:

    Here’s Comey testifying that Huma is Weiner’s “spouse”. He lied to the IG that he didn’t know

    Liked by 3 people

  26. rudy1876 says:

    Lionel gets it.

    Liked by 1 person

  27. JPublius says:

    Just want to say something about this whole contention that personal bias played no role … confirmation bias drove elements of this investigation from the start. Or “Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.” – Lavrentiy Beria
    We should be open to the necessity of finding a truly independent body to evaluate all of this evidence, because if this is what went into investigating a well-funded political campaign, what happens to the verbally dissenting?


  28. Archie says:

    LOL. We have just been subjected to the greatest #batteredconservativesyndrome buildup and let-down since I don’t know when.

    Liked by 1 person

  29. Joan calhoun says:

    can Trump fire Rosenstein?


  30. Pyrthroes says:

    Disgust, revulsion on this end. Bad case of OIG-aphobia.


  31. oldarmyblog says:

    Total whitewash. Notice how the report kept getting delayed? This was so the IG could scrub the real damning information. It was that or get Fostered. Taking bets: no one will be fired, no one will be indicted and no one will go to jail. Still think the Deep State doesn’t exist?


  32. dayallaxeded says:

    I’m going back to my “recommendation” from the peanut gallery right after PDJT’s inauguration: Identify the most effective (in terms of prosecutions/convictions) federal prosecutors and FIB investigators in field offices (excepting DC, NY, Chi, Miami, LA, and SF). Promote them to positions immediately below the entire top tier of current DO[in]Jers and FIBbers. Then fire the entire top tier of current DO[in]Jers and FIBbers. Done and done. QED. Anyone wants to come back on with gummint, submit an application and get ready for a very intense vetting process.


  33. Chieftain says:

    Andrew Klavan has called the ongoing FBI morass a cover up and it is.

    Liked by 1 person

    • TwoLaine says:

      The press has seized on the IG’s statement that he “did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative decisions we reviewed.” But that is simply Inspector Generalese for, “No one confessed or left a paper trail.”

      I think the key words here are “the specific investigative decisions we reviewed”.


  34. Curt says:

    I said it last week, that this report would be a whitewash of the criminal activities of FBI officials at the very top of the organization. Reading the report, its obvious that Strzok et al; was using the power of the FBI to undermine the US election. When that didn’t work, he used his position to try to fame a newly elected president! He was not alone. The report makes this crystal clear! Then the summation concludes that there was extremely bad judgment used, but no illegal activity committed by these officials. What an incredibly false and ugly conclusion that IG Horowitz comes to! There certainly is a two or a three tiered justice system operating in the United States of America. Folks, if this was you or me, we would be in jail!

    I don’t know the facts of Manafort’s case, but he was committed to jail by a federal judge in Washington DC today. The judge, Amy Berman Jackson , is a liberal judge appointed by Obama. I do wonder about this establishment judge and her decision to jail Manafort………….. All these establishment people breaking laws and no even indicted!!!!


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