Sunday Talks: Maria Bartiromo Interviews Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte…

Bob Goodlatte is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee; and also the lead chairman (w/ Gowdy) of the joint House Oversight and Judiciary Committee that is conducting the interviews of witnesses for the investigation into corruption by the FBI and DOJ.   The joint committee has interviewed: Bill Priestap, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Bruce Ohr; no transcripts released (likely to avoid coordinated testimony).

In this morning’s interview with Maria Bartiromo Chairman Goodlatte discusses the need to interview Nellie Ohr and Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson voluntarily or by subpoena.  Again, note the oft-repeated “sources and methods” declassification issue.

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Think about it.  What were the sources/methods for the Steele Dossier?  What were the sources/methods for the FISA application?  It’s the sources and methods that were/are corrupt. Declassification is futile without un-redacting the sources and methods.

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205 Responses to Sunday Talks: Maria Bartiromo Interviews Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte…

  1. Hoosier_Friend? says:

    I am getting tired of waiting for the crescendo. I want justice! I want arrests, I want trials and I want hangings. And I know that I am not alone!

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    • Phil aka Felipe says:

      Would you like fries with that?

      Liked by 10 people

      • Hoosier_Friend? says:

        LOL! Yes, please. Along with some Chick Filet nuggets!

        Liked by 5 people

      • scrap1ron says:

        Make mine extra crispy.

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      • G. Alistar says:

        How ‘bout some extremely rare, small batch, Kentucky bourbon. A double! Honestly, the people just really want “accountability”p.”

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        • lizzyp says:

          In addition to simple accountability, after this week I really want something or someone to wipe the smug off Obama’s face. Publicly.

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        • mtk says:

          Oh… the days of true small batch concept are long gone, when you understand the origins of what made these small batch lables so darn good.

          I once had the privilege of buying and drinking a bottle of Presidente 19. Oh it was so good and had no understanding of what I had, I just enjoyed it, I think I paid 35 dollars for it, so that was back when it was first came to market.

          Everything since then is just marketing, chasing our bygone memory of what once was. If I know what I had, I would have saved it for special occassions. Then again my memory of this bottle of bourbon would not have be so lasting and tainted the occasions worthy of the rationing merits.

          The times we are living are like this bottle of bourbon, chase the memory not for what was or can be, chase it as a standard of its own greastness, with time you shall know its greastness once again or at least what it is not.

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    • hardworkingsob says:

      A letter for your elected officials…
      It is has been established there was no Russian collusion or deliberate Trump campaign interference with free elections in 2016. Additionally foreign interference in elections has been around for decades and practiced by major powers including the United States. Therefore, it can be concluded that the Mueller operation, started under dubious circumstances, was installed for the sole purpose of hiding government malfeasance during the Obama years. Is that not the definition of Obstructing Justice? How is this investigation allowed to stand? How is that so many in Congress support the Mueller probe? Could it be that everyone supporting this sham investigation are really saying, the Mueller probe exists to protect me? Listen,..it matters not, that some FBI and DOJ officials were corrupt, and the exposure thereof would erode Americans’ faith in their institutions. With the folks paying attention, the damage is already done. Americans’ distrust and anger will only grow larger should criminal and seditious behavior be allowed to go unpunished. I should remind you, the aggrieved party here is President Trump and his campaign. Our President deserves justice.

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      • peace says:

        Supposedly, according to Bruce Ohr, the mueller investigation was the insurance policy.

        https://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/bruce-ohr-mueller-inquisition-peter-strzoks-insurance-policy-105738/

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        • davidb says:

          @ Peace……..and Rosenstein appointed Mueller, after Sessions recused.

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        • AJC says:

          I believe the insurance policy was the fact that Mueller was recommended to be the next FBI director and when he wasn’t appointed the new director, he would be placed as special counsel. After he was appointed SC, with the recusal of Sessions, and now Rod Rosenstein in charge of the SC and the only way for his removal would be for President Trump to fire them all. Sessions, Rosenstein & Mueller. And that right there is the insurance policy. They would pin obstruction of justice on PT and there’s nothing he could do about it.

          Because let’s be honest. They only got the FISA warrant to legally spy on the campaign and the incoming administration. Just hoping for a crime to be committed to get something to stick to the wall. Only problem was they have yet to find something on PT.

          So in my opinion, the insurance policy was for PT to fire everybody and then they could start impeachment proceedings on the obstruction of justice. I think in the long run, Trump is winning this battle and will win the war because of the total lack of any progress from the SC. The left will
          claim a victory over a couple of guilty pleas and Manafort conviction but unless they take the House, there’s nothing that they can do to save face.

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          • Todd Houck says:

            That is a great theory AJC, certainly a perspective that I had not considered but have been reading about for well over a year. Thanks.

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          • deqwik2 says:

            I agree AJC. Mueller is waiting until after the midterm election to do his report for the very reason you just said. If the Dems take the House, Mueller will find something to put in his report to help them with impeachment even if Trump doesn’t fire them all.

            It looks like we will keep the House & in the meantime, more dirt on Mueller’s team is surfacing & with Rosenstein under FISA investigation, the tables are turning & Trump will win this war.

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          • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

            The “insurance policy” text was sent on August 15 2016 2 months before the election so it must be something simpler than your theory.

            IMO the “insurance policy” was to be an October surprise revealing “Trump/Russia collusion”………but the discovery of the mishandling of Wiener’s laptop screwed that up.
            Trump won and then the “insurance policy” became a coup.

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            • Dan Wilson says:

              I don’t remember anyone from The Left complaining about the appointment of Sessions as AG. Haven’t they complained about every other Trump appointment ? I wonder if Sessions is The Insurance Policy and it has been in place from the very early days of the Administration.

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              • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

                Who would be AG was unknown in Aug 2016, most assumed Hillary would win.

                The left DID complain about Sessions…….exactly enough to get him to recuse himself.

                Their “greatest” achievement was to force this and the absolute worst thing for the rest of us.

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        • L. E. Joiner says:

          Bruce Ohr: Mueller Inquisition is Peter Strzok’s “Insurance Policy”

          written by L.J. Keith
          WASHINGTON, DC: Disgraced Justice Department official Bruce Ohr told the Senate Intelligence Committee last week that the Mueller inquisition into the Trump administration was what Peter Strzok was talking about when he texted about having an “insurance policy” against Trump.

          Peter Strzok’s co-conspirator and lover Lisa Page, though still combative, was much more forthcoming in her testimony to the committee. She said that that Strzok’s emails and texts meant “exactly what they say they mean.” When he said he would try to stop Trump, he meant it.

          When he said he had concocted an “insurance policy “with Andrew McCabe in “Andy’s office” he was referring to using the fake Russian dossier to knowingly frame Donald Trump and create the basis for the Mueller investigation. . .

          From peace’s link:
          https://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/bruce-ohr-mueller-inquisition-peter-strzoks-insurance-policy-105738/

          If Ohr really said this, the game is up! It ought to be all over the news and Mueller and gang ought to be resigning (or led out in handcuffs). The frame-up has been revealed!

          /LEJ

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          • richard verney says:

            The above is devastating if true. However, since Ohr’s testimony was in private, how does anyone (outside the committee) know what he said?

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          • Dan Wilson says:

            Why would Swamp Creature Ohr tell the truth about The Insurance Policy. Wouldn’t he be foever spreading DISinformation ? I hope I’m wrong but I think getting Sessions as AG was the start of The Insurance Policy.

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      • anniefannie says:

        Surely the appointment of a 17 man/woman leftist group of those with law degrees (to call them lawyers would be to insult those honest and quasi-honest lawyers in the U.S. Mueller and his merry band of legal thugs had one purpose—to bury the evidence of the Obama/Clinton corruption train. Obama was so sure that Hillary couldn’t possibly blow it when he made the statement in response to PDJT that “at least he was president”. No way could he have imagined that she could blow it. After all, he was pulling the political strings. He just wasn’t counting on the middle class and those who formerly were middle class before Obama would rise up, band together and elect a non-politician to Make America Great Again!! The single purpose of Mueller was to make sure the illegal, dirty tricks of Brennan, Clapper, Comey, et. al. Would all be buried so deeply that sunshine could never get there. Alas, they didn’t know PDJT. They have underestimated him since he and our beautiful FLOTUS came down the escalator.
        Barack the Silver Tongued Orator is now in danger of having the fork in his tongue exposed. I would imagine there are at least 3 Benghazi families seeking justice for their lost loved ones. Those guilty of contriving the “collusion” myth should personally have to repay the legal fees of the Flynn’s, Papadopoulous, Trump (Jr. and Sr.), Jared, and all others who were forced to pay for legal aid because of the illegal of these Anti-Americans.
        We need Perp-walks. We need trials. We need convictions. We need punishment. In the words of that great pro (punk ruining offender) Copperdinky—Just Do It!!!!!

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        • Donzo says:

          I hope it isn’t the case, but the lack of action against the deep state runs the risk of creating cynicism and apathy which could translate into lower turnout. Hopefully voters focus on paychecks. I know that in my own case nothing would prevent me from casting my MAGA vote, but I have backed off to a degree from following the scandal day by day simply because I cannot tolerate the steady disappointment. When you have a family/kids it’s hard to wear that disappointment and be a good optimistic parent.

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      • Judiciary says:

        The real investigation should be of the conspiracy to overthrow a duly elected President. And, no, it doesn’t matter who won the popular vote. And, yes, voter fraud is a thing. Trump isn’t a criminal, a liar, a racist, or an orange idiot. None of we deplorable are either.

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      • redridge45 says:

        That seems to be the idea, We The People need to get mad and make noise (write, call, march) to get attention of the media, the ones that don’t watch real news and our government employees. We can’t continue to be passive and then complain on social media (not saying you), we need to take action, vote and help others to recognize the importance, this is history in the making!!

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      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        ” Therefore, it can be concluded that the Mueller operation, started under dubious circumstances, was installed for the sole purpose of hiding government malfeasance during the Obama years.”

        Someone over at Tabletmag, (as well as some folks at Judicial Watch), agree with you.

        https://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/257335/robert-muellers-beltway-cover-up

        “….That’s because Mueller’s job is to obscure the abuses of the US surveillance apparatus that occurred under the Obama administration….”

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      • Fools Gold says:

        I’m waiting on the “Major Trump announcement at the White House Oval Office live”. Here’s my vision of the announcement:

        President Donald J. Trump:

        My fellow Americans. It is has been established there was no Russian collusion or deliberate Trump campaign interference with free elections in 2016. Additionally foreign interference in elections has been around for decades and practiced by major powers including the United States. Therefore, it can be concluded that the Mueller operation, started under dubious circumstances, was installed for the sole purpose of hiding government malfeasance during the Obama years and while he and Crooked Hillary were simultaneously committing High Treason against the United States. I have therefore authorized the DOJ to work closely with the Military to try and convict a large number of indicted corrupt U.S. Government officials, both former and current. Military tribunals will occur at GITMO after all arrest have been made and the individuals have been transferred. Military tribunal’s will be conducted at GITMO and all of it will be 100% broadcasted in audio/video in real time for public consumption and in the name of U.S. Government Transparency. Thank you.

        Mr. Sessions, will explain the details of these arrest to the public along with their criminal violations as well as your remarks. Thank You.

        Also, General Maddox is charge of conducting all arrest which is in process as I speak. General Maddox will explain his role in these matters after Mr. Session has completed announcing all the names of the conspirators and delivered his remarks.

        Thank You and may God Bless America!

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      • SalixVeridi says:

        Articulately said!

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      • Let's Roll says:

        R Rosenstein has Not revealed the “crime,” the legal basis for the SC investigation. A miscarriage from the start.

        That was Mueller’s job, to reveal the manufactured charge against our Elected president. A setup form the beginning, and No one thought President Trump could survive the scrutiny of their illegal stings! Because the crooks have so much nasty to hide.

        As soon as Kavanaugh is confirmed, an avalanche of dreaded documents. These crooks are running scared. Obummer, Hillary, Comey, Mueller, Yates, Warner, Lynch, McCabe, Strozk, Page, Holder, Ohr, more..

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      • wolfrom1 says:

        Hard.\ I agree that the damage is already done.
        I have thought a lot about the ridiculous statements made by the left.
        It seems the left are not looking to win, but divide.
        Sometimes I think dems don’t care about our Republic
        They just want to destroy and replace.
        I hope I am wrong.

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        • nanny210 says:

          wolfrom1, you said “Sometimes I think dems don’t care about our Republic”.
          “Sometimes”? I can state without any doubt, with what we have witnessed from the dems for the past 2 years, that NO!, they do not care about this Republic! We witnessed first hand for 8 long years what the left, progressive, socialist, democrats wanted for our Republic! Obama was their Lord and Master and they granted his every wish and desire to ruin our country. With all the help one could ask for in the corrupt media. Power is the only thing that drives these people and our Constitutional Republic stands in their way of being totalitarian rulers! We have just begun to turn that tide with PDT and as SD says..”Do Not Look Away”!!! MAGA!!!

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          • wolfrom1 says:

            Thanks nanny. I am just worried that people do not realise the emormas change the progressives want. I am not thinking about a change of power in a normal sense. I worry about no more elections. no more constitution and no more America. As the kenyan said “a fundamental change”. To me that means to start over. God forbid!

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    • lotbusyexec says:

      Like Michael Jackson’s song “you are not alone” 😉

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    • Super Elite says:

      You can bet your bippie that the Dems do not want justice, arrest, trials, and hangings. Did you notice the abject fear on Barack Obama’s face while giving his speech to the Dems in CA? He’s scared (trying to hide it) that all his corruption with the 2016 Election will come to light. At one point his face drained all the blood from it and almost turned white.

      Drain the Swamp!

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    • TPW says:

      Yes……shut Obama’s trap before he accuses President Trump for ordering his own spying.

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    • Yes to all, but I especially want hangings!

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    • covfefe_USA says:

      We all do, but…’patience, Grasshopper’.

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    • Deplorable Patriot says:

      Think perjury trap. The committees are getting the statements on record to compare to actual documents. It’s called using the deep state tactics against them. In the end, there’s won’t be a crescendo so much as a timpani roll.

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    • I am getting tire of waiting for the wall….a big, beautiful wall around Washington DC.

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    • amr632 says:

      You are not alone. The Nixon Republican cover-up caused the following Ford GOP Admin to have 69 indicted and 49 or 48 who were convinced or pleaded guilty. What gets to me is that nothing is seemly now being done about this horrific scandal in the Obama FBI and DoJ.
      The GOP leadership was a major factor in the resignation of Nixon; would one expect the Democrats to do the same. They kept Senator Byrd in the party even with his KKK background. But hey, the Democrats were the authors of the Confederacy, Jim Crow, and segregation, so what should one expect.

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    • fleporeblog says:

      You will get Justice!

      Our daily prayers were answered on November 8, 2016! If you think PDJT is going to sit back and honor some BS unwritten rule, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. PDJT has been anticipating this 60 day window since he was inaugurated on January 20, 2017.

      PDJT knows we are at WAR & there is no rest for the weary! He is going to come out guns blazing. The 2018 Election is for all the damn marbles. The outcome will determine the course that our country will be on not just for the next two years but the next 50+ years. The Democrat Party is splintering as we speak. Losing the House and Republicans increasing their margin in the Senate will lead to the official death 💀
      of the Democrat Party.

      The Bernie folks will blame the Moderate Democrats for the humiliating lose. The Moderates will plan the Bernie folks for leading their party on a platform that is hated by 75% of Americans. You will unofficially have 2 Democrat Parties. The Bernie
      folks will say they are the only ones that can beat PDJT in 2020. The Moderates will claim they are the only ones that can do it.

      The problem for the Moderates is that California pushed up their primary to the first Super Tuesday. That almost guarantees that a Bernie type will win the Democrat Nomination. The Moderates will officially splinter after the beating they get in 2020. At that point you will have the Progressive Party and a Moderate Democrat Party. That will assure Republican victories for the foreseeable future.

      That GUARANTEES TRUMPISM being around for the next 50+ years. Our President knows everything I referenced above. Enjoy the hell out of the next 60 days. Our kids an grandkids will be talking about these 60 days long after we are gone!

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    • Howie says:

      The sources and methods are the major crimes.

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    • NvMtnOldMan says:

      Hoosier-I agree. These congress critters are good for nothing but kicking the can down the road and stalling for time so we will get tired and move on. Same old Alinsky tactic the left uses. Come on Repubs do something besides blah blah everything.

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  2. smiley says:

    What were the sources/methods for the FISA application?

    Perhaps the FISC did not authorize the FISA warrants. Could have been the President, through the Attorney General?

    Title 50 Chapter 36 §1802. Electronic surveillance authorization without court order; certification by Attorney General; reports to Congressional committees; transmittal under seal; duties and compensation of communication common carrier; applications; jurisdiction of court

    (a)(1) Notwithstanding any other law, the President, through the Attorney General, may authorize electronic surveillance without a court order under this subchapter to acquire foreign intelligence information for periods of up to one year if the Attorney General certifies in writing under oath that—

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    • rmnewt says:

      They were methods that are criminal or unethical at best and they used questionable sources. The FBI/DOJ have been hiding behind classification for too long and frankly its a little troubling that Goodlatte and others echo the “sources and methods” justification.

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    • Bullseye says:

      From the copies SD has provided I believe were shown to be signed by FISA court judges

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    • Clinteastwood says:

      Remember this tweet?

      Donald J. Trump
      Donald J. Trump
      @realDonaldTrump
      How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!
      4:02 AM · Mar 4, 2017

      Trump Is not referring to the FISA abomination, whatever that really was; he very well may have known Oblamo, as President, had authorized all this spying, and thereby subsequent “insurance policy.” Trump is never innaccurate in his choice of words. Hence the reason Oblamo is so unwisely out now, shooting his mouth off. Those in the swamp still trying to save Oblamo may have a good motive. The destruction of any president’s legacy is not a pretty sight, and that the first black president was such a crook…..isn’t that great for our nation.

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    • GB Bari says:

      From Sundance’s article above: “It’s the sources and methods that were/are corrupt. Declassification is futile without un-redacting the sources and methods.

      This is the absolute key. Justice will likely never be served unless the corrupt sources and methods involved in this scandal are exposed to bright light. That may incite Congress to pass laws (with harsh penalties) in order to prohibit that kind of abuse by the Federal LEAs in the future.

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  3. bitterlyclinging says:

    This, from powerlineblog on Fusion GPS’s smear techniques, applied to someone other than President DJT.

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/09/anatomy-of-a-fusion-smear-3.php

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  4. Sporty says:

    Doesn’t congress have the power to hold people in jail for contempt. They are so feckless and or complicit that I’m just through with their BS.

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  5. Mike M. says:

    The “Sources” are their evil hearts. The “Methods” are lies and frame-ups and crooked so-called “prosecutors”. Release the whole thing! We’ve nothing to lose. No “source” or “method” is worth protecting when the fate of the Nation lies in the balance.

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  6. Trey Dawg says:

    I look forward to the Mueller investigation audit after all this is done. Millions of dollars need to be accounted for and clawed back when this is proven to be a coup.

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  7. Pat Frederick says:

    I agree with Goodlatte, campaign the hell out of the great economy, jobs, and especially TAX CUTS–not a single Dem voted for them!

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  8. MEMcL says:

    Come out…Come out….Wherever you are! We have been watching a hide and seek game for the last 2 years. President Trump teases, tweets, taunts the people in the Deep State, the Media, the Politicians on both sides, and all the Party officials who have financially benefited from corruption. Once exposed, he is able to shine a light on their dirty deeds and totally expose them.

    Now, look who has emerged to defend the whole cabal! None other than Dear Leader Obama. I believe that Trump will now turn his focus on the entire corrupt Obama administration. He has moved all the way up the chain and should begin to release the documents that will prove his case.

    We are all weary but Trump is going for the whole Swamp. Can’t pull the trigger too early.

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  9. Oldskool says:

    There have been enough dots connected now that even a newbie prosecutor could make a good run at charging and prosecuting every one of those bastards under 18 U.S. Code 2385, Advocating Overthrow of Government. Forget all the rest of what they did, that charge carries up to 20 years and I can’t see how they could possibly argue that is not what they are and were doing. The problem as we know is we have no one to prosecute it. Sessions is not willing and the rest of the DOJ and FBI leadership would be co-defendants, so obviously they’re in no hurry to do anything. I believe the President knows what needs to be done, and is not far from it.

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    • railer says:

      That’s the perpetual conundrum of a new president. If he gets caught up in chasing after the previous guy’s sins, he distracts from his own agenda. In other words, his enemies succeed in stymying him, which was their purpose all along. Trump’s doing the bare minimum right now, just fending off these liliputians with tweets and a stiff spine, but he’s also executing his agenda, and that’s what’s most important for the country. Somebody’s going to jail over this conspiracy, all in good time.

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      • SickRick says:

        “If he gets caught up in chasing after the previous guy’s sins, he distracts from his own agenda.”

        THEY were the ones that “caught him up” – in order TO DISTRACT, if not overthrow.

        I can’t even begin to imagine HOW MUCH MORE could have been accomplished, had he not have to deal with the obstruction (in congress & elsewhere), using this BS as justification.

        OTOH – VSGPDJT barely sleeps (and has always been this way, according to friends that have worked for him decades ago), so to take a little time out every day to troll the azzhats, is like relaxation to him. I do my share of lib-trolling myself. I find it very relaxing and rewarding (especially when they are incapable of justifying their positions with facts and logic – and meltdown into name calling and playing the race card).

        Rick

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      • Dimbulbz says:

        No question Trump is distracted, but look at what he’s doing while being distracted! He’s 10 times more effective, even distracted than any other president has been. We were like buzzing flies around Obama for 8 years, yet he was still somewhat effective (in a bad way) despite the constant badgering. Presidents need to get used to the idea that they are always going to be distracted. Just keep your eye on the ball. Trump is doing great. He has even made congress look better. Draining the swamp may be a multi generational thing, but getting the economy moving and people out of despair is a huge thing. Its like we will always have bad government with us (just like the poor) so say focused on what can be accomplished. If Trump wants to ratchet up the swamp fight he will have to declassify those docs, if he is okay with how he is doing now, I dont begrudge him his victories. Its not often when you have a chance to truly lead, like we have had for the past 18 months. If the midterms really do turn badly, we should understand that that’s the way things go. If they turn out well, expect that 2020 will still be a constant fly in the ointment for republicans. As soon as one election ends, the politicians just start looking at the next one. As soon as 2018 ends everyone will start yapping about 2020 and nothing will get done until that passes, and then it will be 2022…. you see how this goes? The republicans are always perpetually behind in the polls – hence we can never get anything done legislatively. It’s a permanent game of catch up even when we win.

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    • TPW says:

      A change of venue would be needed……..

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    • Grassleygirl/Breitbartista says:

      Military tribunals are appropriate for sedition IMHO.

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  10. LafnH20 says:

    The sources and Methods are CRIMINAL!!

    Interact it ALL!!

    WE THE PEOPLE

    Deserve NO LESS!!!

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  11. LafnH20 says:

    Unredact…

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  12. No_BlahBlah says:

    Congress has oversight.
    To make sure that agencies and departments they have ceded their electoral authority to do Not go rogue, or subvert what was created AND WHAT THEY FUND!
    The President has executive authority to carry out what has been created and funded,

    CONGRESS if they seriously should ever do their constitutional duty, MUST investigate The FISA COURT. THEY legislatively put that system in place and continue to fund. If it is violating their mandate, it should be scrapped.

    The PRESIDENT, if he has DOUBTS about the execution of policy and goals, by Constitutional powers MUST remove any obstructions in those agencies and appoint department and agency heads that will CARRY OUT EXECUTIVE DUTIES.

    I love President Trump, I had faith in Sessions,
    BUT

    The entire congressional investigation circus is counterproductive and must end for justice to prevail.
    If the DOJ, FBI, IRS, AND OTHERS are not performing, they should be restaffed, restructured or dismantled and the media be damned for complicity to, or as it is currently the fashion, collusion to break the law.

    As has been previously suggested, the U.S. Marshal service comes to mind,

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  13. L4grasshopper says:

    My hunch is that the President is waiting for the Kavanaugh nomination to be voted on and Kavanaugh confirmed before he does any document drop. My thinking is that the document exposure could likely expose Rosenhack for being culpable in the FISA fraud, and that Trump will want to suspend or fire him with the evidence in the open.

    And THAT will trigger more than a few NeverTrump RINOs in the Senate. Knowing this, he doesn’t want any fight over Rosenhack to jeopardize confirmation. Because you just KNOW that tools like Flake and Sasse and Collins would love to have an excuse for going against their party on the nomination if given an opportunity!

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    • jbowen82 says:

      Just look at the week of adulation and the Funeral-Palooza. That’s how those are remembered who are elected as Republicans, then defy the Republican Party.

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    • Pete C. says:

      Your assessment is logical, and applies common sense to the dilemma as to when to dump the docs! The appointment of Kavanaugh to SC trumps any other move at this point. McConnell (who I cannot stand) said he expects confirmation by the end of the month (Sept), so that would leave the document dump (declassifying) for an October surprise (regardless of the so-called 60 day rule). However, I would sure like to see it sooner to offset all the other Dem crap going on!!!

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  14. scott467 says:

    ” Again, note the oft-repeated “sources and methods” declassification issue.”

    __________________

    Sources and methods are the crux of the whole crime.

    If I had partaken in an attempted coup against the president of the United States, I wouldn’t want to reveal my ‘sources and methods’ either.

    Who would?

    LOL!

    To suggest that ‘sources and methods’ must be withheld is tantamount to any other criminal claiming that he can’t reveal his sources and methods — which in this case happen to be a matter of public record, because he committed his crimes while being a government employee, and the evidence is all recorded on government computers.

    All of which is paid for by US.

    So all your data are belong to US.

    It’s OURS, we paid for it, as well as paying their salaries.

    To ‘classify’ evidence of a crime in order to hide your crime is ITSELF a crime. So add ‘obstruction of justice’ to their charges, and DECLASSIFY already!

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  15. GSR says:

    There could be a red wave if GOP was serious about enforcing immigration laws, including building a wall.

    But they’re not because the business owner donors crave more slaves, I mean, peasants, I mean “immigrants”, who “work hard” for less.

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  16. tunis says:

    The big question: Will PDJT declassify all the documents that the Republicans in Congress who have been investigating the putschists have been demanding or is he going to side with Sessions, Rosenstein & Wray to protect the seditionists?

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      That’s a big trick question since President Trump is the target of the aforementioned Swamp Creatures and their sedition.

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    • svenwg says:

      Please remember that Wray does not directly report to AG Sessions but to AAG Rosenstein, as per flow charts of the DoJ hierarchy.

      AG Sessions recusal from all things muh Russia means that it is the two swamp rats Rosenstein and Wray that are protecting the swamp and not AG Sessions, who is doing amazing things with illegal immigration, sex trafficking, paedophilia rings and overseeing Huber, who should be reporting to Rosenstein but is reporting directly to AG Sessions, as well as pushing legislation on sanctuary cities and the biases of the social media companies.

      All in all, the Big Ugly is still a work in progress and the fact that the Left is now singing AG Sessions praises creates an environment where all the coup plotters can be brought to justice where they are not only embarrassed by a perpwalk but actually found guilty and executed as they should be.

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  17. marinovibe says:

    The swamp has been draining Trump’s political capital.

    Declassify, release the documents.

    Repubs run all 3 branches of gubment.

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    • GB Bari says:

      The swamp has been draining Trump’s political capital.

      No, not one drop. If anything, the Swamp’s ridiculous, unethical, and asinine behavior has managed to increase PDJT’s political capital.

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  18. CaptMorgan says:

    All talk and no trouser Trey Gowdy.

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  19. Concerned says:


     
    A former Justice Department official with experience before Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, or FISA, courts says there are simple ways to determine whether President Trump is right about
    the government spying on him during the 2016 campaign, and she says President Obama would certainly have known about such actions by the Justice Department.
     
    It certain then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch would have informed Obama when taking such action?
    “Oh yeah. I can’t imagine ordering surveillance of a political opponent in a political campaign (without informing the president),” Toensing said. “Loretta Lynch
    has shown that she’s been incompetent in many ways, but I don’t think communicating with the president is where’s she’s incompetent.”
     
     

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  20. Joshua2415 says:

    I hate 4-D chess! I hate 3-D chess! Heck I’m not even much of a fan of 2-D chess. I prefer a good honest MMA brawl. 3 rounds or less and it is over. You have a winner, a loser, and everyone knows which one is which. But is there any chance that the NYT Anonymous op-ed was bait to get President Trump to use NSA FISA queries to root out the writer of that nonsense? If they can claim that Trump used the same tools for his own political purposes, might that provide cover for Obama et al when the Huber report comes out?
    I can’t believe I’m even asking this. Can’t we just do pistols at sun up and be done with it?

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  21. Concerned says:

    FISA warrants “sometimes known as PRISM, comprises a large part of the President’s Daily Brief.“
    So why not get a copy of Obama’s PDB and look for the affected FISA warrant status?

    As explained by Yale Law professor Jack Balkin in 2009:
     
    The FISA Amendments Act of 2008, effectively gives the President – now President Obama – the authority to run surveillance programs similar in effect to the warrantless surveillance program [secretly implemented by George Bush in late 2001]. That is because New FISA no longer requires individualized targets in all surveillance programs. Some programs
    may be ‘vacuum cleaner’ programs that listen to a great many different calls (and read a great many e-mails) without any requirement of a warrant directed at a particular person as long as no US person is directly
    targeted as the object of the program.

     
    As the Brookings Institute noted in a policy paper arguing for the Trump administration to renew legislation reauthorizing Section 702 of the FISA Act, which clarifies warrant requirements of the Foreign Intelligence
    Surveillance Act, information gathered via FISA warrants “sometimes known as PRISM, comprises a large part of the President’s Daily Brief.

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  22. Concerned says:

    President Obama would have had to approve the Carter Page warrant per law in order for the spying to proceed without a court hearing
    So why not get a copy of Lynch’s sign-off on the affected FISA warrant?

    President Obama would have had to approve the Carter Page warrant per law in order for the spying to proceed without a court hearing. The rule is described on page 7 of 1978 FISA Act!
    The Act reads as follows –
    “AUTHORIZATION FOR ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE FOR FOREIGNINTELLIGENCE PURPOSES
    SEC. 102. ø50 U.S.C. 1802¿ (a)(1) Notwithstanding any otherlaw, the President, through the Attorney General, may authorizeelectronic surveillance without a court
    order under this title to acquireforeign intelligence information for periods of up to one yearif the Attorney General certifies in writing under oath “

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    • beachbum31 says:

      hmm so if you timed it from the first, failed, FISA app… July of 16, that might explain why RR signed the final extension early… in June 17

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      • Concerned says:

        I wonder, if your timeline helps to explain the mystery of Robert Hannigan.

        Let us think about the director of GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, who reportedly retired in very early 2017 for personal reasons, mainly health. Maybe, he retired, because what he was doing in 2016 would likely be seen, by the new president in 2017 as Treason. Let suppose, that GCHQ was asked by the former president Obama to spy on president Trump’s campaign in 2016.

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        • Concerned says:

          Maybe the GCHQ spying was a bridge, in order to get Obama’s administration to the approved FISA warrant on Carter Page?

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        • Kathy says:

          Greetings, Concerned … IIRC, Prime Minister Theresa May visited the White House 7 days after President Trump was inaugurated. Robert Hannigan quit only 3 days after PDJT was inaugurated. At that time, many believed GCHQ agents had been involved in the earlier spying, and that Hannigan quit PRIOR to the Prime Minister’s visit to soften her embarrassment.

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        • V says:

          Sources and methods:

          https://truepundit.com/exclusive-six-u-s-agencies-conspired-to-illegally-wiretap-trump-british-intel-used-as-front-to-spy-on-campaign-for-nsa/

          9-20-17 TruePundit

          “Six U.S. agencies created a stealth task force, spearhead by CIA’s Brennan, to run domestic surveillance on Trump associates and possibly Trump himself.

          To feign ignorance and to seemingly operate within U.S. laws, the agencies freelanced the wiretapping of Trump associates to the British spy agency GCHQ.

          The decision to insert GCHQ as a back door to eavesdrop was sparked by the denial of two FISA Court warrant applications filed by the FBI to seek wiretaps of Trump associates.

          GCHQ did not work from London or the UK. In fact the spy agency worked from NSA’s headquarters in Fort Meade, MD with direct NSA supervision and guidance to conduct sweeping surveillance on Trump associates.”
          _______
          Director of GCHQ Robert Hannigan (since 2014) resigned Jan 2017.

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      • Beau Geste says:

        Bingo !

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    • Mark McQueen says:

      In written law the word MAY is stands out. May gives authorization but, as opposed to SHALL, it does not require it.

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      • Mark McQueen says:

        …and I believe the Court has already said there is not always a hearing?

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        • Concerned says:

          It seems clear that a PDB and a Sign-Off covering the affected FISA warrant will exist, if events unfolded as outlined above. This should not be interpreted to mean that you are wrong but that, it’s time to look.

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        • Beau Geste says:

          Even if there is no hearing, there are 5 staff FISC lawyers who question and interact with the DOJ/FBI to get the FISA warrants in shape for approval. Those records should be available from both the FIS Court, and the DOJ/FBI for each warrant. We’ve seen no reference to these materials. They would be very interesting for the June 2016 refused warrant, compared to the subsequently approved warrants with the added hillary-paid-for Fusion Steel fabricated “evidence” Rosenstein signed off on under oath.

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          • lizzyp says:

            I’ve thought that June/ July refused warrant would provide some pretty interesting insight for a while now, but lately I’ve been wondering if there were any other warrants issued? We know about the Page warrant, but could there be others? If one Title 1 warrant gives you two hops out from a person, think about what they could get with 2 of them.

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          • Mark McQueen says:

            Maybe records exist. Maybe not. Surely there are some. The warrant application would be a good place to start.

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      • Concerned says:

        (Taken From Above)
        Is it certain then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch would have informed Obama when taking such action?

        “Oh yeah. I can’t imagine ordering surveillance of a political opponent in a political campaign (without informing the president),” Toensing said. “Loretta Lynch
        has shown that she’s been incompetent in many ways, but I don’t think communicating with the president is where’s she’s incompetent.”

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  23. Concerned says:

    https://powerpictures.crystalgraphics.com/photo/gorilla_gabon_endangered_eastern_gorilla_beauty_african_cg2p50337815c_th.jpg
     
    If all we need is a copy of Obama's PDB for the affected warrant and copy of Lynch’s sign-off for the same warrant. Then what, is preventing President Trump from crushing Obama
    and Lynch like a 600 pound Gorilla and a empty beer can?
     
     
     

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  24. Donna in Oregon says:

    The Judiciary Committee is focusing on one part of a huge criminal enterprise.

    I wonder if these are all just crimes of opportunity. Muh Russia, Spygate, FISA abuse, FBI/DOJ corruption, Uranium One, Iran money drop…. On and on.

    Sometimes it seems that competing interests are involved in muh Russia because it came from so many directions.

    I read this article from Sundance’s fellow researcher about part of muh Russia. The Trump Tower meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya. This is the part of muh Russia where the Swamp Creatures hope to get Donald Trump Jr. and POTUS.

    After reading the whole thing I kept asking myself why would Russia’s economy be punished by the Magnitsky Act? Punished by the very same administration where the Clinton’s set up Uranium One and United States uranium was officially sold to the Russians when the Obama admin. signed off the whole scam thru CFIUS.

    Doesn’t make sense.

    Is it an EU thing where Germany’s little Commie Angela Merkel and her pals aligned with Russia got Canada to buy our Uranium mines (and others uranium mines thru Bill Clinton worldwide) and then all those parties gave money to the Clinton Foundation for payoffs? It appears planned and coordinated.

    So where in this scam does the Magnitsky Act come into play? I don’t get it. Russia claims they got ripped off, and then Obama protects this Browder guy and his claims, and then somewhere in this ruse Browder becomes a British citizen……and a hero in Washington DC.

    So where did all that Browder money go? Why is HSBC bank (Hillary and James Comey affiliated) getting sued by Russia over this?

    Putin even mentioned this in his meeting with President Trump. So it is still a big deal in Russia.

    So if Putin is adding this into the mix, why isn’t the Judiciary Committee?

    A good lawyer could thread these all together and find the real muh Russia. Goodlatte should expand his theories.

    https://themarketswork.com/2018/09/06/the-inconsistencies-of-bill-browder/

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “The Judiciary Committee is focusing on one part of a huge criminal enterprise.”

      Congressman Trey Goudy (R-SC) did mention in an interview with Martha MacCallum in the summer of 2017 that if the Clinton Foundation were ever fully investigated, half of Washington DC would be going to jail (and not just democrats).

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    • dawg says:

      It is my understanding that the version of the Magnitsky Act that is in effect, that Obama and SecState Hillary signed, is a very water-downed version of the original Act that was proposed and sent by Congress. Obama/HRC opposed it but were pressured into signing it, and only after the number of “oligarchs” that it targeted and affected was cut to just a few.

      The original Magnitsky Act would have gotten in the way of their “Russian reset”. After all, O and H had to sell them so uranium!

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    • JX says:

      March 26, 2013 – HSBC Holdings Plc is closing Hermitage Capital Management Ltd.’s flagship Russia fund just as its co-founder, William Browder, is being sued for libel in London and tried in absentia for tax evasion in Moscow.

      The Hermitage Fund, which Browder started in 1996 with the late billionaire Edmond Safra, was the largest foreign owner of Russian shares when it peaked at more than $4 billion in 2005, according to Browder. Russia that year barred Browder from the country without explanation, triggering years of legal conflict, including over the 2009 death of Hermitage adviser Sergei Magnitsky while he was in pretrial detention in Moscow.
      “HSBC has decided to jettison him because Browder is considered radioactive in Russia,” Eric Kraus, a fixed-income manager at Rolnes Ltd. in Moscow, which oversees about $150 million, said in e-mailed comments. “He had one great competitive advance: he knew how to trade Russia like a Russian during the Yeltsin years — a time when it was one of the world’s least transparent markets.”

      more: http://archive.is/i39Tf#selection-2495.1-2495.210 (Bloomberg)

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  25. Scott Brooks says:

    Congressman Goodcatte has hope for AG Jeff Sessions ultimately doing the right thing. I think there is a reasonable hope for that. Jeff Sessions was made Attorney General for a few good reasons. I don’t think it’s possible for such a man to become corrupt or scared overnight. For one thing, the Democrats are now on record in condemning President Trump for seeming to take a cudgel to the AG for political reasons rather than upholding justice. Let’s see how that condemnation holds up when Obama, Lynch and Holder are accused of the same thing. It’s important that this new Republican AG be upheld as having integrity in the office and not playing politics.

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    • Mark McQueen says:

      I tend to agree. It’s worth noting Sessions has taken up the referral for McCabe…or does he not get credit for that?

      Liked by 2 people

    • mark mears says:

      SB, 11/17/2016 Admiral Rodgers visits Pres. Trump in Trump Tower without advising Pres. Obama what he is doing. 11/17/2016 Pres. Trump announces he is moving transition headquarters to Bedminster. 11/18/2016 Pres. Trump announces Sessions as his nomination for AG. Who could he trust at that time? Sessions was the first to back Pres. Trump for Pres.. Sessions was never the head of anything as big and complicated as the Justice Dept., just a politician. He’s in over his head and although a law and order type of guy with the right intentions, he’s no match for the deep state. He needs to step aside. Pres. Trump per his own executive order can appoint anyone he wants in the interum to replace Sessions but only for ( I think ) 220 days and then someone else for 220 more days. This happens (as I of limited mind believe) until the Senate approves his nomination for AG. Sundance if I’m wrong please correct me. If I am wrong and Sessions, Horowitz and Huber are working quietly under the law, it would be nice for all of us with cold anger if Sessions would announce that indeed there are Grand Juries seated and people within the Justice Dept are being investigated. But that’s just for us and may not fit the Presidents agenda. I trust in him ( the Pres.) to do whatever he might in his own time. After all he has done for the country how could I not? My personal opinion, Sessions is standing in the way and thinks he is now the guy in charge of law and order. What he doesn’t understand is the other side doesn’t obey the law. If Sessions is on the up and up that means RR is also and I don’t believe that for a second. Just look at who is married to who and their positions in GOVT. from RR on down clean out to the MSM. They pretty much control everything that is of any importance to all of us but we do for now have the internet of things and can problem solve thru sharing info. Hey just my take

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  26. Cankles Clinton says:

    We now have a couple of reports indicating that among the people that Ohr has named include McCain. Trump’s tweets attacking McCain make a lot more sense now.

    Liked by 2 people

  27. Alec Rawls says:

    The key method behind the Steele dossier is almost certainly, as Sundance noted long ago, that Steele did his research via free access to the U.S. intel database (as indicated by the claimed Michael Cohen visit to Prague being the wrong Michael Cohen). The whole dossier is laundered U.S. intel arranged to support an utterly phony narrative.

    Just as Comey et al. leaked the finished dossier so it could receive phony corroboration from the press, from Reid and McCain and from Ohr at DOJ, so too did they most likely create phony corroboration on the front end, showing the FISA court the search results that Steele used to create his phony narrative and claiming them as separate U.S. intel that is consistent with/ supports the Steele storytelling, without telling the court that this scattering of points from U.S. databases were actually the basis for Steele’s dossier.

    It would take a determined effort to keep THAT high crime fully redacted and it would be easy to reveal by anyone who wants the Deep State coup attempt to be revealed, so it all comes down to who does the redacting. That is where Trump needs to take control.

    Don’t farm the job out to anyone at DOJ. This is Trump’s own power and he needs to have his own people run it, like Guiliani. Clear Guiliani to see everything and empower him to recommend what gets redactedand what doesn’t and Trump then follows this recommendation.

    A little revealing of sources and methods (necessary to show how they have been abused) is far less dangerous to the nation than one more week where the Democrats’ ongoing coup attempt continues unexposed. Shine/spray the disinfectant now!

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  28. Bankerboy72 says:

    Did I see Maria interview James Kallstrom today? I though I did but can’t find the clip anywhere. Does anyone have it?

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  29. Sidney Powell says:

    “Sources and methods” is often used wrong to hide information. They should only be protected if their information is real and they are in danger–such as in cases against terrorists and others who place no value on human life. They cannot be invoked as part of a coverup–as they have been here.

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    • Sidney Powell says:

      typo! use wrongly!!

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    • jeans2nd says:

      “Cannot be invoked…” or “should not be invoked?”

      Regardless, none of the guys involved in the FISA abuse and the Steele dossier would ever be in danger, whether they are exposed or not. The methods used, as far as we know, can be seen on TV shows, or even read in your book License To Lie (excellent book, btw, thank you for writing it).

      Nothing they have done is illegal, is it? Just an infraction of DOJ’s rules and procedures.

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      • GB Bari says:

        “Nothing they have done is illegal, is it?”

        So you believe using the Administration in power can legally use the federal LEA apparatus to spy on its political opposition’s campaign, and in the processs, fabricate evidence, then use that fabricated evidence to lie to the FISC to obtain surveillance warrants? You believe that’s “just an infraction of DOJ’s rules and procedures”?

        If it wasn’t illegal, why do you think the perpetrators are going to such extreme lengths to cover it up?

        Yes, it’s illegal.

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      • Rob says:

        Abuse of Power, just for starters.

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  30. Note Chairman Goodlatte says again here “Of course they need to protect sources and methods,” even WITHIN THE DOCUMENTS HE’S SUPPOSEDLY URGING THE PRESIDENT TO UN-REDACT.

    But (as I believe Sundance has noted) it’s precisely within the sources — discredited Trump-hater Christopher Steele, obviously working with the full approval of Brexit Traitor and Brussels gang moll Theresa May; nameless “Russian sources” who could have been Nellie Ohr (degree in Russian literature) or otherwise just made up out of thin air; her employer, Hillary-funded Fusion GPS — and the “methods” — make stuff up at the suggestion of Robby Mook, leak it to “friendlies” in the leftist press, then cite those articles as “corroboration” for the initial made-up stuff — that the treasonous felonies nestle.

    Does anyone really think this “prostitutes peeing on the bed” stuff came from a secret program in which U.S. submarines tapped Russian underwater cables in St. Petersburg harbor?

    So what good are supposedly “un-redacted” documents that STILL CONCEAL THE ILLEGAL SOURCES AND METHODS? “Unredacted” should mean “unredacted.” Since when do the criminals get to decide how much of their own wrongdoing to reveal?

    Anyone else getting a little sick of this Dance of the Seven Veils? I’ve thought of Goodlatte as one of the good guys, but I wonder how many REPUBLICANS are hoping this song-and-dance can be stretched out till the Democrats regain the majority? No one held in contempt; no criminal referrals, and Oh yes, let’s demand a “new special counsel” who would operate in secret, grant immunity left and right, let everyone keep their unexamined laptops, and wouldn’t even get rolling till Christmas, 2019. That’s a GREAT route to timely justice!

    If Wray and Rodentstein object to complete daylight, I’m sure the president knows how to say, “I’m sorry you can’t support my decision. Your resignation will be welcome on my desk by 5 p.m. Remember to include your badge and your keys.” — V.S.

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    • rbrtsmth says:

      If that scenario comes to pass, instant resignation and walk them with security out the door. They don’t get to leave the room with any ability to do more damage.

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    • Farmkid says:

      I have figured that Trump can’t release anything because predictably some agent will be outed, endangered or “Seth’d”. Then it would be media blatting about our Tempest President endangering our bravest public servants.

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    • Reloader says:

      ” … can be stretched out till the Democrats regain the majority.”
      Where’s that image where Batman slaps Robin?

      Chill out– Democrats are not going to regain the majority. Read Psalm 37. Do Not Fret.

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  31. Deusvult says:

    More and more reports coming up ..
    Trump to declassify soon. …
    Who wants to bet he knew a long time ago when and where he would declassify?

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/trump-expected-to-declassify-carter-page-bruce-ohr-docs-as-early-as-this-week-report

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    • dawg says:

      1. Confirm Kavanugh
      2. Declassify 25% of the documents
      3. “Win” the Mid-terms
      4. Declassify the rest and burn it all down.

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    • V says:

      Might be very effective – hit them so hard so fast with declassification that they won’t dare to obstruct Kavanaugh’s appointment in the ensuing thunderstorm.

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    • rbrtsmth says:

      I am sure that Trump will declassify when he feels that it is most beneficial. From the moment that Admiral Rogers visited him I would think that he used all the privileges and levers of power of his office to peer into the coup. I would assume that he would be able to do this and put in countermeasures all along the way. I always assumed that coup members were under surveillance themselves – who knows?

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      • Reloader says:

        Some say that when VSGPDJT visited Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia very early after the Inauguration, that it was to arrange the assistance of those countries’ Intelligence organizations, because “ours” in Washington, District of Traitors is so compromised.

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    • Concerned says:

      It’s fun, for me to speculate on how, all these events could have started. Obama in 2016 decides it’s time to start spying on Hillary Clinton’s opponent in the presidential election, perhaps not quiet realizing at the time, that his actions would be seen as treason, under the president elects administration, in 2017 since he was expecting Hillary Clinton to win.

      Now, the IC forced Obama mobilized against the president elect in 2016, decides it’s time to continue their subversion, against the setting president. But, subversion is no-longer subversion but treason. If true, then is Obama treason too.

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  32. The FBI/DOJ claiming that their “sources and methods” used in Muh Russia and other similar “investigations”/operations is the equivalent of saying that the mafia can’t be prosecuted for murder, extortion, etc. because their secret methods would be exposed.

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  33. Bull Durham says:

    The whole redaction/sources and methods conundrum is easily dealt with.
    The President selects 3-5-7 former or current Top Secret cleared officials who will review the original unredacted material. They will determine if there is any need to redact anything.

    He has the right and power to do so. He can do it tomorrow.

    Then he can release the documents.

    This is a buck he cannot pass. Nor can he blame anyone. It’s his Presidential power.

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  34. Dazza says:

    Somewhere along the way in the campaign in 2016 the penny dropped that Trump might win and the Dems panicked.
    I wonder what the trigger was? Hillary’s terrible health? Trump MAGA rallies?

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    • Bull Durham says:

      They knew she was a terrible candidate, and using trickery against Bernie (and her lock on SuperDelegates) she would win the Primary but be in deep trouble against DJT.

      That’s how they came up with the Russian thing. And the whole IC, 17 agencies crap.
      The Podestas were deep into Ukraine politics and it was easy to churn all the lies, false flags, dossiers, and hacking from Kiev. Then pin it on Putin and paste it on DJT.

      They merely projected on DJT and his organization what they had done and were doing.

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  35. Sgt Stryker says:

    If you want to empty this particular swamp, you have to make them and their families feel unsafe.
    The yammering and whining accomplishes nothing.
    Once the DoJ and FBI are corrupted, like now, they are home free.
    There is no one with the moral authority to break the deep state….only the people.

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  36. Dave Sanderson says:

    Dear DC Swamp Creatures:
    We already know the “sources and methods” y’all are working so hard to hide:

    Sources > 1) Paid writers of fictional character smears; 2) Long-term swamp creatures such as
    Rosenstein, Clapper, Brennan, Comey, McCabe, etc. etc. and numerous Clintonistas

    Methods > 1) Leak total fiction / lies / scurrilous character assassinations to paid MSM liars who can be relied upon to push them forward at their fake news outlets. 2) Rinse, repeat.

    Now that we’ve got that cleared up let’s move The Big Ugly to the indictments phase, STAT.

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  37. Concerned says:

    Turning the spigot back on, in June 2015 Obama’s administration appears to have turn the bulk surveillance program back on, but what to do in 2016? It’s an election year and I need to help Hillary Clinton.
    Obama lawyers asked secret court to ignore public court's decision on spying
    Justice Department’s national security chief cites six-month transition period in the USA Freedom Act as a reason to turn the bulk surveillance spigot back on
     
    https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/e8dcec8095fe82dc9abdb876c40a40ef708a2ced/0_105_3000_1799/3000.jpg?width=620&quality=85&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=391f49455014366a6175e004977d9ba6
     
    The Obama administration has asked a secret surveillance court to ignore a federal court that found bulk surveillance illegal and to once again grant the National Security Agency the power to collect the phone records of millions of Americans for
    six months.
    The legal request, filed nearly four hours after Barack Obama vowed to sign a new law banning precisely the bulk collection he asks the secret court to approve, also suggests that the administration may not necessarily comply with any potential court order demanding that the collection
    stop.
     
     
     
     

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    (THREAD) Yesterday I discussed all the bombshell revelations deeply damaging to Trump in the HPSCI Majority Report. But there are just as many in the HPSCI Minority Report—and I discuss them here in a deep dive into the timeline of Trump-Russia events. Hope you’ll read and share.

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    As with the HPSCI Majority Report, the Minority Report bombshells begin with George Papadopoulos, who has told Mueller everything he knows—which is almost certainly 400% more than we in the public know of Papadopoulos’ role in the Trump-Russia affair. But we *do* have some clues.
    Per the HPSCI Minority Report, in early May 2016 Papadopoulos got word from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) that the Kremlin indeed wanted to meet Papadopoulos or another Trump aide. Papadopoulos had been told this by Misfud; now he had it straight from the Kremlin.
    The Minority Report says the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) was seeking “cooperation” with the Trump campaign—a stunning revelation, given that by early May 2016 Papadopoulos (and almost certainly the campaign) knew the Russians were committing crimes against the U.S.
    The Majority Report assumes that—at all points in 2016—Papadopoulos hid from his superiors in the Trump campaign everything the Russians told him, even though the same report acknowledges Papadopoulos received praise or reply from the campaign for his work throughout spring 2016.
    That makes no sense whatsoever—given Papadopoulos’ ambitions for a career as a political operative; given that the Trump campaign hiring him was the biggest break of his life; given that we do know of many times Papadopoulos gleefully revealed to the campaign his Russia contacts.
    So when Papadopoulos heard in early May 2016 that the Russians—who he knew, as the campaign knew, were committing crimes against Americans—wanted to “cooperate” with Team Trump, whether the campaign then sought meetings to discuss that is *ballgame* for a Trump-Russia conspiracy.
    Yesterday, I discussed how Papadopoulos was *consistently in places you wouldn’t expect him to be* when he came across Russians. He was in Italy when he should’ve been in the US, and Mifsud showed up; he was in the UK when he should have been in the US—and again Mifsud showed up.
    Yesterday I pointed out that that meant, to an investigator, that Papadopoulos—desperate to please, and having said (via his wife-to-be) every trip he took was authorized by Trump’s campaign—in fact was being *sent* on these strange trips where Mifsud appeared. Remember that now.
    In early May 2016, Papadopoulos was told the Kremlin wanted to meet in Moscow—a place the Trump campaign had refused to go for fear of getting caught. Papadopoulos told the campaign—in response to the Kremlin’s demand and campaign’s reply—the Russians would accept a neutral city.
    So just as Papadopoulos was achieving his aim of getting the Kremlin to take a meeting—at a time the Kremlin wanted Papadopoulos in Russia, and the campaign would’ve expected him to be in the US—Papadopoulos suddenly disappears to… Greece. Specifically, Athens: a neutral city.
    If you’re counting, this is the *third time* Papadopoulos ends up somewhere no one would’ve expected him to be unless—*unless*—he’s been telling the truth to Mueller, under penalty of many years in prison if he lies, and indeed the campaign *did* send him on these bizarre trips.
    Per an interview Papadopoulos gave to a Greek reporter just days after the Russian MFA said it wanted to meet—having expressed a willingness to meet in a neutral city, if not Moscow—when Papadopoulos went to Greece at the end of the first week of May ’16 he was there “incognito.”
    Now why would Papadopoulos suddenly disappear to Greece 72 hours after finally achieving his goal of getting the Kremlin to agree to a meeting? And why would he tell a reporter his trip was secret and that he was in Athens to try to make some “high-level contacts”? You can guess.
    Papadopoulos didn’t randomly disappear to Greece—he would’ve been fired from the campaign if, 72 hours after making conclusive contact with the Russian MFA (and he’d previously been *praised* by the campaign for making Russian contacts)—he’d gone off the grid for no clear reason.
    Fortunately, we *know* who Papadopoulos met in Greece during his early-May 2016 trip there—as we *know* who he met with when he made a *second* trip back to Greece (starting to feel like Greece is important here?) in the *very same month*. Who did he meet? *Putin’s Greek allies*.
    Did I mention that *Putin himself* was in Athens during Papadopoulos’ second May 2016 trip there, and Papadopoulos met with the *same people* Putin did (and perhaps Russians, too, as he would’ve already told Mueller, if it happened)? It was Putin’s *only EU trip of the campaign*.
    Papadopolous doesn’t so perfectly plan the timing of his second Greek trip of May ’16—going to Athens right as Putin arrived there—unless he was tipped off by either (a) the Russian MFA he’d created a channel to in early May, or (b) the Putin allies he met in Greece in early May.
    Papadopoulos doesn’t make a trip like that *without* campaign authorization (as Papadopoulos has said, via a “leak” from his wife-to-be). So *after* it learned Russia was committing crimes against Americans, the campaign *sent* Papadopoulos to talk “cooperation” with the Kremlin.
    The facts I’ve described—with the help of the Minority Report and Greek media—establish that the Trump campaign intended, in late May 2016, to enter into a criminal conspiracy with the Kremlin to get Clinton emails. Papadopoulos was to move this forward on May 27, 2016 in Athens.
    And Papadopoulos *did* move it forward.

    Because exactly one week after Papadopoulos took secret meetings with Putin allies (and possibly Kremlin agents) in Athens, guess who emails Donald Trump Jr. saying that he can get Clinton’s emails to the Trump campaign? Yes—Rob Goldstone.
    Goldstone had previously been a successful advocate for Kremlin agents Aras and Emin Agalarov—who, per the HPSCI Majority Report, wanted Goldstone to help them get the 2013 Miss Universe pageant to Moscow by raising the issue with Trump’s pageant team. So Goldstone did just that.
    We don’t know why the Kremlin decided not to use Papadopoulos to get Clinton’s emails to Trump, but we can guess: Papadopoulos had compromised himself to an Australian diplomat by late April; he’d been too clumsy in his trips to Greece; the Russians wanted a more direct pipeline.
    The Emin-Goldstone-Jr.-Trump pipeline was perfect because—contrary to U.S. media reports—Emin (and his dad) and Trump were under a “letter-of-intent” for a Trump Tower Moscow deal *hugely* lucrative for both of them in late May/early June 2016. And the middlemen were trustworthy.
    Goldstone was Emin’s agent, paid well, and had proven himself loyal. Jr. and Emin had stayed in contact since the 2013 letter-of-intent was signed in Moscow—which letter Emin admitted to Forbes. Emin’s dad told a website in February ’17 the letter had just expired in January ’17.
    Now let’s see how the Steele Dossier matches up:

    (1) Steele’s high-level Russian sources say the Russian MFA was running the Trump-Russia conspiracy.
    (2) Steele’s high-level Russian sources say the MFA wanted to get stolen Clinton emails to the Trump campaign.

    Pretty damn good.

    Steele says the Russian MFA had direct access to the Trump “support operation,” and it did—that was Papadopoulos. And the MFA had arranged for the transfer of Clinton emails to the Trump campaign—and it did or tried to, once Papadopoulos had arranged it, using the Emin-Jr. nexus.
    So Don Jr., Manafort, and Kushner weren’t *blind-sided* by the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting; it was the culmination of 3 months of work, in Italy and the UK and Greece, by George Papadopoulos—who has pled guilty to a federal felony and spilled everything he knows to Bob Mueller.
    The link between Papadopoulos’ work and the Jr.-Manafort-Kushner meeting wasn’t, it seems, Jr. or Kushner—it was Manafort. The NYT notes Papadopoulos kept Manafort in the loop on his Russia contacts—so it’s no surprise Manafort lied about the June meeting.
    Opinion | Why George Papadopoulos Is More Dangerous Than Paul Manafort
    For all of the talk about collusion with Russia, the adviser’s guilty plea is by far the most damning evidence of it.

    Remember that Manafort allegedly wasn’t paying attention during the meeting—that’s what Kushner and Don Jr. said—but since then federal investigators have gotten a hold of Manafort’s notes, which indicate he was paying damn close attention to everything that was said in the room.
    Some will say, sure, but did anything come of that June 2016 meeting? And if not, isn’t that exculpatory? Short answer: no. The June 2016 meeting confirmed, in a deniable setting—everyone could claim it was about “adoptions”—that the Trump campaign wanted to play ball with Putin.
    That’s why Papadopoulos received another entreaty from the Russian MFA about setting up a meeting on June 19. One could argue that the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting had established Papadopoulos’ bona fides and confirmed Don and Jared as (with Manafort) willing co-conspirators.
    Per HPSCI, in mid-August 2016 Papadopoulos was urged to go to Russia by a top Trump official (believed to be Clovis) to meet with a Russian MFA official. That indeed suggests that—as of mid-August 2016—the Trump campaign had still not gotten the stolen Clinton emails they craved.
    If—like other top Trump officials—Clovis got the August 17, 2016 briefing confirming Russia as an “active threat,” he (like Sessions setting up a Kislyak meeting after getting the briefing) wanted to dispatch Papadopoulos to Russia *despite* knowing Russia was an *active threat*.
    Maybe you can see now why Clovis—who was involved with hiring Papadopoulos and managing him—has the same lawyers Trump wanted to have (Toensing and diGenova). Maybe you can see now why Toensing said he’d nothing to hide and wanted to testify—then Clovis balked at the last minute.
    That said, Clovis did finally testify: in fact it appears that Clovis’ grand jury testimony was one of the last things Mueller got—and wanted to get—before revealing the Papadopoulos plea and thereby broadcasting to everyone at the top of the Trump campaign how screwed they were.
    In all of this, one thing that’s easy to forget is that the Kremlin thought Trump would *lose*. Its appeals to him and his aides, and its attempts to “cooperate” with him, were as much intended to sow chaos in American politics once they were discovered as ensure Trump’s victory.
    Papadopoulos did not, in fact, present to Russia as a low-level staffer—given his place on the NatSec team, his access to top officials, and his repeated high-level events for the campaign, including some that were very high-level—so compromising him was a benefit all on its own.
    One thing that’s clear from *both* the HPSCI Majority and Minority reports—something that’s not disputed—is the Russians *simultaneously made multiple approaches* to Trump’s campaign, and that this was an ongoing *strategy*, rather than a defect, in their interference operation.
    Certain people falsely claim Russia making multiple simultaneous approaches to the Trump campaign means the approaches weren’t working. In fact, we *know* the approaches to Papadopoulos continued *unabated* after an attempt to approach Jr.—and Jared and Manafort—was *successful*.
    Trump’s campaign was approached by various means by the Kremlin—and kept being approached by the Kremlin even when a channel to the Trump campaign was successfully established. So the GOP claim that successful establishment of a channel would’ve led to no new entreaties is false.
    One reason the approaches continued even once a channel had been established is that every single Trump-Russia contact was inculpatory evidence against the Republican Party that could be used to destabilize American politics in the almost *certain* event of a Trump election loss.
    And this is why, even as Papadopoulos was meeting with *wild success* getting hooked up (via Mifsud) with the Russian MFA in May 2016, nefarious Russian government actors were trying to *also* get to Trump via (as the HPSCI Minority Report details) the National Rifle Association.
    It was a “win-win-win” for Putin:

    1) Clinton wins; Putin blackmails the GOP with evidence of conspiracy to make the GOP compliant.
    2) Clinton wins; Putin releases evidence of conspiracy to harm the GOP if it is non-compliant.
    3) Trump wins; Putin has blackmail leverage over him.
    And here are the results of the three scenarios in Putin’s “win-win-win”:

    1) A pro-Russia Republican Party, as a result of blackmail; or
    2) absolute chaos in American politics, as a result of Russia releasing evidence of a conspiracy; or
    3) a pro-Russia United States government.
    This helps explain why some of Russia’s “approaches” made no sense. For instance, Alexander Torshin had already met/befriended Trump at a time the Russians approached Rick Dearborn saying Torshin wanted to make “first contact” with the campaign—though it already had Papadopoulos.
    Moreover, it was Torshin and his assistant Maria Butina who had gotten Trump to state publicly in spring 2015—*before he even announced his run*—that he would end sanctions on Russia. So why exactly did the Russians even need to *make* contact with him? Why not just help him win?
    And even as Torshin was making his approach via the NRA and its people; and even as Russia already had a channel via Papadopoulos; and even as Kushner and Kislyak already had a phone relationship; the Russians *also* had Carter Page in the bag whenever they wanted him in Moscow.
    From the Russian end, this only makes sense if a) they had evidence their entreaties to Trump would fail, or b) they didn’t care if they failed—they just wanted a glowing trail of treason. Well, here’s the problem with (a)—Russia almost *never* failed to create channels to Trump.
    By the time Torshin wrote Dearborn saying the Kremlin wanted “first contact” with Trump, the Kremlin had the following Trump backchannels:

    A. Agalarov (direct)
    E. Agalarov (direct)
    Papadopoulos (indirect)
    Page (indirect)
    Kushner (semi-direct)
    Cohen (indirect)
    Manafort (indirect)
    So can *anyone* justify the Kremlin needing an *eighth* backchannel to candidate Trump in May 2016—let alone a half-assed one through Alexander Torshin, the NRA, and mid-level staffer Rick Dearborn? Yeah, I didn’t think so. It makes no sense. The Kremlin was up to something else.
    That said, this doesn’t mean the approaches were disconnected. Manafort and Kushner knew of the Kremlin-Torshin-NRA approach by May 17, 2016—per the Minority Report—and Don Jr. then met Torshin on May 21.

    All three men would be at Trump Tower with Kremlin agents within 23 days.
    Manafort learned of the Kremlin-Torshin-NRA approach on May 17—after learning of the Kremlin-Mifsud-Papadopoulos approach by May 7. After Papadopoulos met Russian allies in Greece in late May—and Manafort met Kremlin agents in early June—he offered “private briefings” by July 7.
    But to say all Manafort knew by the time Kremlin agents came to his house—he lives in Trump Tower—is that the Kremlin had twice approached the campaign would be false. Because sometime in May/June the Russians invited Carter Page to Moscow—and Manafort knew exactly what that was.
    In other words the Kremlin was lighting up the Trump campaign switchboard like it was the damn Fourth of July—and while part of that was to ensure the Trump campaign felt the Russians were behind them and wanted good relations, part was to implicate them in a criminal conspiracy.
    And the Trump campaign said “yes” every time: Papadopoulos said yes; Page said yes; Manafort offered private briefings; Jr. went to the NRA conference to meet Torshin; Sessions met three times with Kislyak under unorthodox circumstances; Kushner built a relationship with Kislyak.
    And every *yes* was met with *more* approaches—which tentacle-like envelopment in a criminal conspiracy is exactly how the FSB and GRU roll. By August 2016, after every single entreaty had gotten a “yes,” the Russian MFA was still asking Papadopoulos to Moscow for a meeting. Why?
    We learn from the Minority Report that Goldstone’s email saying Russia supported Trump (June 3, 2016) was immaterial, as a top Putin agent—Putin’s chief developer, Aras Agalarov, who Putin had given Russia’s *highest civilian honor*—*directly told Trump this in February of 2016*.
    That’s right: the same month Flynn—per the Majority Report—joined the Trump campaign; the same month Trump pal Tom Barrack “convinced” Manafort to apply to run the Trump campaign; the same month Sessions came aboard to run NatSec—Trump learned the Kremlin supported his campaign.
    This bombshell from the Minority Report puts in a new light the decision to hire pro-Russia radical Carter Page in February and malleable tool Papadopoulos—who’d be meeting with Russians within *days* of joining the campaign—in early March. Neither of the hires was coincidental.
    The Majority Report says (seriously!) that Page and Papadopoulos were hired—it appears by Clovis at Flynn’s direction, as Sessions wasn’t aboard the team yet for Page and had *just* joined when Papadopoulos was hired—for one simple reason: the campaign *couldn’t get anyone else*.
    In fact, Barrack spent February getting Manafort installed—which also brought in Gates—and Flynn spent February getting Sessions, Page, and Papadopoulos. And what all these men had in common is that their hire fit with Putin having strongly implied—via Agalarov—support for Trump.
    Another bombshell in the Minority Report is confirmation that, as I’ve said in this thread, Goldstone wasn’t just Emin’s agent but a man trusted to pass sensitive messages from Russia to Trump. In July 2015—during the campaign—he tried to get Trump to go to Moscow to meet Putin.
    The July 2015 entreaty didn’t establish a pattern—it continued it. Putin—via the Agalarovs—used Goldstone to get Trump to Moscow in November 2013; he used Goldstone—via the Agalarovs—to urge Trump back to Moscow in July 2015; and in June 2016 it was *again* Putin using Goldstone.
    Investigators look for patterns: Papadopoulos not being in the nation he’s supposed to be when he’s supposed to be; the Kremlin continuing to approach Trump long after it had sufficient backchannels; now the Kremlin using the Agalarovs’ agent—Goldstone—to give Trump information.
    The Minority Report therefore does much to confirm that *both* the Agalarovs (Aras/Emin) *and* Goldstone (1) were agents of the Kremlin, and (2) were consistently enough agents of the Kremlin that by June 2016 no one in the Trump campaign could have doubted that’s what they were.
    So the Trump campaign learned in April ’16 the Russians were committing crimes against Americans, and in June ’16 they were taking meetings at Trump’s home with known agents of the Kremlin. *Any* action they then took qualified as a “step in furtherance” of a criminal conspiracy.
    ACTIONS TAKEN BY TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN IN FURTHERANCE OF A CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY

    * Don taking the Kremlin’s Magnitsky sanctions request to Trump
    * Manafort offering private briefings to Kremlin agent Deripaska
    * Trump ordering changes to the RNC platform
    * Page agreeing to go to Moscow
    ACTIONS TAKEN BY TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN IN FURTHERANCE OF A CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY (CONTINUED)

    * Sessions giving Kislyak extraordinary audiences to make his case on sanctions at the RNC and in his Senate offices
    * Every campaign (policy) promise favoring Russia that Trump made post-May
    The list could go on. I’ve been saying this over a year: there’s a certain date, and Mueller will know what that date is, after which *any* clear step taken by Trump or his campaign to appease the Russians was a step taken in furtherance of a Conspiracy to Commit Computer Crimes.
    And let’s be clear: this could’ve been avoided had George Papadopoulos and the Trump campaign immediately gone to the FBI when Mifsud told Papadopoulos that the Russians were peddling stolen materials to the GOP candidate’s presidential campaign. Instead, they chose to play ball.
    The Minority Report moves up *significantly*—from August 17, 2016—what I call “The Date”: the date after which the Trump campaign entered into a Conspiracy to Commit Computer Crimes (which could also be brought as Aiding and Abetting Computer Crimes) with the Russian government.
    The Minority Report implies the HPSCI Democrats suspect Don Jr. called his father, the now-president, in the middle of negotiating with Emin Agalarov, a known Kremlin agent, the “how” and “when” of the Russians getting stolen Clinton emails to the Trump campaign. If so—bombshell.
    The Democrats’ suspicions are reasonable: Don Jr. got a call from a blocked number and appears to have taken it; Trump has a blocked number; Don Jr. wouldn’t say who called him; Don Jr. and his dad both lied about the meeting and the lead-up to it; Jr. tells his dad *everything*.
    The GOP blocked Democratic efforts to see whether Trump called Don Jr. in the key moments Jr. was negotiating with a Kremlin agent; of course they wouldn’t be able to block Mueller getting that information—but Mueller knows if he goes for it and Trump hears of it, he’ll be fired.
    Per Aras Agalarov, the Agalarovs were in a “letter-of-intent” status with Trump through the inauguration, which means when Aras—per the Minority Report—contacted Trump on November 28 to push for an end to Russian sanctions, two active business partners were discussing US policy.
    US media reports Trump’s plan on becoming POTUS was to accede to Agalarov’s wishes—that is, to end sanctions. His letter-of-intent with Agalarov meant he had a financial incentive to do so—and indeed, the moment Trump got stymied on sanctions, Agalarov called the tower deal dead.
    The Minority also unearthed an email in which Trump’s secretary refers to Rob Goldstone as “Aras [Agalarov’s] representative in the United States.” That’s *big*, as Rob Goldstone being a booking agent for Emin is one thing, but Aras could *only* need Goldstone for business deals.
    Heretofore, Rob Goldstone has been sold to the American public as a publicist and manager for musicians—but the documents in the Majority and Minority Reports position him as a consistent, reliable, loyal, repeatedly used emissary between Putin agent Aras Agalarov and the Trumps.
    Emin calls Jr. directly when he wants to, records show, whether it’s about something he wants, his father wants, or both of them want—and he uses Rob Goldstone when he’s doing something involving Putin and needs a little extra distance from it. Case-in-point: December 13, 2016.
    On the same day Kushner meets secretly with Putin’s banker at Trump Tower; about 10 days after Kushner secretly meets Russia’s ambassador; and just two weeks after Aras Agalarov lobbies Trump on sanctions—Emin Agalarov writes Jr. with a lucrative business proposal. I mean, c’mon.
    That Manafort was involved in these email chains and meetings means he understood what was going on when WikiLeaks announced—5 days after the June Trump-Russia Trump Tower meeting—that it had stolen materials. Within 23 days Manafort was offering private briefings to a Putin pal.
    In sum, the Kremlin made advances to the Trump campaign; the Trump campaign expressed a willingness to talk; a meeting was held at which the Trump campaign confirmed it would look at sanctions post-election; the Kremlin began helping Trump; Trump offered help back.

    A conspiracy.
    (PS) Certain things we can’t know yet. For instance, does the fact that Kislyak yelled at Sessions on September 8, 2016 have anything to do with Trump ceasing to say the Russians were behind the hacking less than 3 weeks later? In July he’d been attributing everything to Russia.
    (PS) To what extent did Don Jr. telling his father that WikiLeaks was (per WikiLeaks’ emails to Jr.) supporting the Trump campaign cause Trump to begin lavishly praising WikiLeaks—aiding their brand and helping them fund-raise—immediately thereafter? That too is a quid pro quo.
    (PS) We long ago left in the rear-view mirror whether the Trump campaign tried to conspire with Russia. It did—over and over. And I’d even say we’ve left behind whether Conspiracy to Commit Computer Crimes charges can be brought. It’s just a question of the strength of the case.
    (PS)
    September 8, ’16: Kislyak yells at Sessions in secret sanctions meeting. Trump had accepted Russia’s role in the hacks.
    September 14: WikiLeaks emails Jr. about supporting Trump.
    September 26: Trump retreats from claims Russia hacked—and starts talking up WikiLeaks instead.
    (PS) On September 21, WikiLeaks had given Jr. a password to a website it thought could help the campaign—an attempt to materially aid Trump. So in just 18 days, Trump’s dangerous rhetoric linking Russia to the hacks is replaced by a touting of Russia’s plausibly-deniable partner.
    (PS) There’s so much in the Majority and Minority reports I haven’t covered in these two threads. But I’ll say this: when I consider that Mueller has (say) 400%+ more information than we do, it boggles the mind how anyone involved in the Trump Administration sleeps at night. /end
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    Can someone explain the other side of this from the facts that have been presented here on treehouse?

    This guy tries to make a good show at explaining how the whole Russia collusion apparatus is a sure thing.

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  39. Sources and methods are an excuse not to reveal damaging info. I knew when Bush came up with this fisa court we were heading for a cliff. It is totally unconstitutional and should never have been created in the first place. PDJT should find some lawyers in the doj who said they reviewed the sources and methods excuse and it is their opinion that it isn’t valid.

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