Senators Johnson and Grassley Rush Head-First into The Obama/Rice Justification Trap…

CTH suspected this was sketchy when notorious Swamp Defender Chris Wallace was used as the point person to push it. FUBAR suspicions confirmed when looking at the construct.

Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson send a letter to AG William Barr questioning post election text messages by Lisa Page and Peter Strzok that outline questions about the FBI counterintelligence operation against the Trump transition team. First the letter:

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If you’ve followed the DC pattern, you can pick up the purpose of sending a letter that walks directly, and purposefully, into the President Obama and Susan Rice justification trap, CTH warned about a few months ago.

Asking questions about the motives of Lisa Page, Peter Strzok and the FBI counterintelligence unit in the post election period is ridiculous; all it does is open the door for justification. The FBI has admitted on-the-record the operation picked up by Special Counsel Robert Mueller was an extension of an ongoing FBI investigation.

As a consequence the answer to the questions posed by Grassley and Johnson are stunningly easy for the prior administration, and now AG Barr to answer.

To wit: Of course Page, Strzok, Priestap, Baker, McCabe et al (ie. the small group) were engaging with the incoming administration from a perspective of suspicion; the investigation was ongoing – DUH.

Not only does this letter walk directly into the justification trap; it forces AG Bill Barr to respond to the Senators and attach himself to the justification. In short, this letter begins the process for the FBI officials to formally showcase to the world: heck, they were doing their jobs; and now AG Barr is the guy who is forced to support that narrative.

That’s the whole damned reason to avoid walking into this trap.

Talking about how the FBI was engaging with the incoming administration, who was under investigation for potentially conspiring with the Russians, advances the position and shield of the Obama/Rice “by-the-bookletter.

The “By The Book” aspect refers to President Obama and Susan Rice being told by CIA Director John Brennan, FBI Director James Comey, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, that President Trump was the subject of an active counterintelligence investigation to determine if he was under the influence of the Russian government.

Even the timing of the memo, written 15 minutes prior to the end of the Obama administration, is ex-post-facto useful as evidence of the author’s intent.

Put aside the nonsense aspect to the origination of the investigation for a moment; that part doesn’t apply here…. Accept their position ‘as if’ it is substantive.

We are talking about Brennan, Comey, Clapper and Yates telling President Obama and NSA Susan Rice that President-elect Trump is under a counterintelligence investigation where the suspicion is that Donald J Trump is an agent of a foreign power.

Under that auspices (fraudulent though it may be) the incoming President is a counterintelligence investigation target. A potentially compromised Russian asset. Under this auspices all of the officials would be permitted to lie and mislead their target, so long as they did so “By The Book.”

That’s their justification for a lengthy series of lies and false statements. (more)

That said, Senator Johnson and Senator Grassley are not stupid.

Both of these senators know that all concern about the content of their letter is easily dismissed by the FBI officials simply asserting the tenuous counterintelligence position they were confronted with…. Thus, the Trump Russia-Collusion Conspiracy is fueled, yet again.  And worse, the narrative of an honorable FBI rank-and-file is advanced.

Again, Johnson and Grassley are not stupid.  They already know this will be the reply from the corrupt officials; and they know this will be the forced response from AG Barr. So why would Grassley and Johnson open the door for this defensive position to be advanced?

What could possibly be their ulterior motive for pre-positioning a defense of the institutions of the deepest and most corrupt part of the DC swamp?  Well….

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson is owned by Tom Donohue and the U.S. CoC and is 100% opposed to President Trump on any trade reset that confronts the multinational interests of the CoC position.  Similarly, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is owned by Big AG.

What do they both have in common?…. Opposition to any America-First trade reset.

There are trillions at stake.

PS. Catherine Herridge doesn’t appear to be a willing participant in this.  You can tell by the manner of her writing, she’s not quite sure why this story is being given to her for advancement.  [Read it, you’ll see]  She’s a good egg.

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228 Responses to Senators Johnson and Grassley Rush Head-First into The Obama/Rice Justification Trap…

  1. mb says:

    Barr has a card to play, “Ongoing investigation, no comment.”

    Be nice for that line to work for the good guys for once.

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    • Mark McQueen says:

      Exactly. AG Barr doesn’t have to respond.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Tall Texan says:

        Yes, that would actually, legally be “by the book.”

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      • mr.piddles says:

        No, he can very well respond and say “I can’t comment on any investigations that may or may not be ongoing”. He already said he’s constructing a team (likely done quite a while ago, of course) specifically for the purpose of looking into the whole “spying” deal. So it’s an investigation… not a matter… and as such the only question Barr could POSSIBLY respond to (from my layman’s perspective) is question #4. Everything else would be detail of the investigation itself. And as for #4… he’s not obligated to provide any more detail than he thinks Congress really needs to know. If somebody goes to jail, then you’ll know. If not, you’ll know that too.

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      • SwampRatTerrier says:

        BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Just because people in Hell want ice water, doesn’t mean they get it.

        Who will rid U.S. of these meddlesome CoC Suckas?

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    • Newhere says:

      Was thinking same. How many letters like this already have been batted away with pablum.

      AG Barr can’t be forced into a white wash; he can only choose. The fundamental question remains, what will he do.

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      • The Boss says:

        Exactly. I am especially interested to see if AG Barr uses that little answer a few times when he’s testifying at congressional hearings next week. THAT might conceivably be a trip wire, eh?

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  2. mrsqt says:

    We take two steps forward and these idiots push us three steps back!

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  3. Lawton says:

    Barr seems like the type that won’t care and this will just make it worse to him since there was never any justification in the first place

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  4. Carson Napier says:

    “And worse, the narrative of an honorable FBI rank-and-file is advanced.”

    Which is, of course, a Goebbels Level Big Lie as the FBI is so clearly corrupt to the bone. The FBI is no more salvageable than ISIS.

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    • Carson Napier says:

      Some people (like Sean Hannity) say that it is/was only a few bad apples at the top of the FBI and DOJ that were/are the problem. They say that the other 1,023 / 1,024 (to put it the Elizabeth Warren math way) are wonderful dedicated folks. I guess we are suppose to believe – they saw nothing, they heard nothing, they knew nothing, they did not even get up any morning, except maybe to play the piano, while any of the FBI/DOJ crime wave was talking place. What a sick joke.

      When is the last time anyone here ever heard anyone say it was only a few bad apples at the top of the KKK that were the problem and the rank and file (the other 1,023 / 1,024 ) were wonderful folks? When is the last time anyone here ever heard anyone say it was only a few bad apples at the top of the German Nazi party that were the problem and the rank and file (the other 1,023 / 1,024 ) were wonderful folks? This is an mindless absurdity.

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      • sarasotosfan says:

        There is simply no way to profile the rank and file as being better than their superiors. It is impossible to exist, institutionally speaking. Yes, there may actually be a few good apples, but time after time we have seen local office failures that defy any justification to place any faith in the entire institution and its inhabitants.

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      • oldumb says:

        I think the point is there were only a few bad apples ON THIS DEBACKLE. The other bad apples are on other missions of no repute. Very few people knew what was going on (compartmentalized) that is why the same people keep turning up. Also lots only knew part of the story/plan/agenda, few knew everything.

        At the beginning most people did think it was a few, we have come to realize how bad it is. Sean Hannity puts in on the record every day, it is child play to after the fact throw it in his face. I am sure he know better now, but if you talked for 4 hours everyday I bet we could find problems with what you say too.

        Why is everyone so jealous of Sean Hannity? He is just a dude that made it big – go Sean so. Turn your guns toward the enemies.

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        • Carson Napier says:

          I like Hannity, and think, overall, he does a very good job, but his much repeated great-rank-and-file in the disgusting FBI is just do far off base, and so nauseating, it should be pointed out as long as he keeps to it.

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          • oldumb says:

            His family was FBI and 30 years ago is when his impressions were formed. It takes a lot and a while to come to realize that the people you gave so much respect to are insidious bastards.

            Like the military, there are still SOME good USA Loving soldiers, but the number of patriots are much smaller than we would like to believe. Things have change since WW2 and Korea.

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          • CHenie says:

            Agreed-though I suppose one would have to define “rank and file”-if that definition is Betty who does payroll-well, then OK. If that definition is a Branch Chief (GS-14) or Director (GS-15) in the Operations divisions, then not so much.

            And don’t forget, the “rank-and-file” are products of our fine college communist indoctrination camps AKA universities.

            As to why Sean feels the need to daily make his point on this-IDK-I do know Sean likes money (no problem there) but his radio show is a shameless ad rev machine…and one of the main reasons I canceled SIRIUS/XM radio.

            Sean is NOT A Cooper or any of those other idiots on CNN or MSNBC. But Sean NEEDS CNN and/or MSNBC or there’d be no need for Sean

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            • MelH says:

              Sean “Needs” the bad guys so he can be the good guy suggests you would soften your criticism if you knew more of Sean’s history and how he got to where he is today.

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      • Tall Texan says:

        I looked at the pictures of the FBI’s raid on the Baltimore Mayor’s home, and asked myself, “who is the bad guy here?”

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      • iswhatitis says:

        Carson Napier says: “Some people (like Sean Hannity) say that it is/was only a few bad apples at the top of the FBI and DOJ that were/are the problem. They say that the other 1,023 / 1,024 (to put it the Elizabeth Warren math way) are wonderful dedicated folks.

        I’m willing to allow Hannity time to come around.

        Why?

        For one thing, I remember a time when hero Judge Jeanine was singing the praises of the one and only James Comey. She came around. Hannity will, in time. I have faith. 🙂

        Judge Jeanine: The real hero in Washington needs our support (Dec 13 2015)

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  5. Then perhaps Catherine Herridge should simply “copy and paste” your blog post as reference in her next article. Then go on FAUX and whatever media outlet that will take her and explain the “Swamp Waltz” that’s going on.

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  6. Derangement Syndrome says:

    Didn’t Grassley find out the answer to the question he posed on the floor of the Senate in 2018 at some point, about Steele’s bias being revealed to the FBI pre-FISA.

    “If it turns out that it wasn’t Christopher Steele who was lying, but that the FBI was, then we have a much bigger issue.”

    Chuck knows at this point the FBI was lying.

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  7. sundance says:

    Everyone is pushing this now.

    Liked by 10 people

    • Derangement Syndrome says:

      Whare are they going to say, that simple “terminations” and “resignations” of the open coup plotters equals justice served?

      Liked by 3 people

    • Mike says:

      SD about 6 months ago I heard Ron Johnson interviewed by a local Wi radio talk show host. Johnson said something to the effect of, not to expect that people would go to jail, it was enough to expose the coup and make sure it didn’t happen again. I liked Ron Johnson but was very disappointed with his comments.

      I believe we will learn the truth about everything. But unless people get indicted and either spill on everything publicly or go to jail, the rat media will continue to ignore facts and claim this is just political.

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    • trialbytruth says:

      Of course they are like a TV show that solves all the problems in 30 minutes. It is very reassuring to limit this to a handful of misguided folks and a president with clean hands.

      Most (not the granular detail guys) but most want to believe that people take their oaths seriously and that this is a limited issue. the average news consumer is exhausted with the story and wants it to be resolved and go away. That is the tide we are pushing against.

      A word regarding the good/bad rank and file.

      I worked for a horribly corrupt non-profit. My role was compartmentalized I was in the field offering service and fundraising to pay for the services. From my perspective we were returning to the communities much more then we were taking out. There were other sources of funds that were being used to supplement what we did on the local level.

      The Director and creator of this non-profit had several other s he set up or took over. The rest of the organizations existed as funding pools and methods of personal enrichment. He was a paid advisor to each and everyone. They would borrow money back and forth between the organizations to pay his salaries. Unfortunately everything he did was dishonest but legal.

      I spent hours going over charitable tax statements to learn the depth of it and i suppose i only scratched the surface. Until Charity navigator showed up online there was no reasonable way to find it all out. The point is every person of the hundreds who I worked with was honorable and doing good service work. I had no knowledge I was not the accountant or the house attorney.

      Most FBI agents don’t hang out in Washngton. Keep in mind we know about Weiners lap top because of FBI agents.

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    • Niagara Frontier says:

      That may be an understatement Sundance. Hannity kicked off his interview with the President tonight with it. It was his first question.

      I think POTUS seemed to recognize the trap and didn’t fall for it, but I’ll have to read the transcript. He’s still talking.

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    • mtk says:

      This should be AG Barr’s responce…

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    • mtk says:

      I guess the question of this meme is a matter of prespective, “Are the people jumping in, those that are pushing it or those that are buying it hook, line and sinker?”

      One way or the other, it is a powerful limitus test of AG Barr’s moving forward intentions.

      I see it as the chasing of two rabbits at the same time parable.

      Game theory wise. To catch both rabbits the trick is to show there are not two rabbits but that there is only the rabbit hole.
      The rabbits being a metaphor for anything that moves the chase away from the rabbit hole.

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  8. NJF says:

    SMH. I guess it was inevitable someone do it. /spit

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  9. Deb says:

    I will be calling my Senator (Johnson) and asking him why he wants to help justify the violation of a political candidates 4th Amendment rights. I’ll also ask him why he isn’t curious about the 44th POTUS possible violating the 4th amendment rights of private citizens in order to rig elections. I won’t get a response, but at least his staff will know that we are paying attention.

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  10. They aren’t Walking into the trap
    They’re Expediting the Plan

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  11. TradeBait says:

    Well – you knew the RINO side of the swamp would be told to create a diversion. I doubt the patriots were surprised or fooled.

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  12. sarasotosfan says:

    Herridge has always been a tool in this. Will she ever disclose who is using her?

    Yea, folks here are enamored with her reporting. The only difference between her and Maddow is she is being used by the alleged White Hats while Maddow is the tool of the Black Hats.

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      • sarasotosfan says:

        Other than having good sources, how is her reporting any different? She relies heavily on anonymous sources.

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        • oldumb says:

          anonymous sources giving valid information is different than 16 anonymous sources spouting BS. You she “relies” on anonymous sources — as opposed to what? Forcing people to give their name at their own peril? Or not reporting facts because the person wouldn’t give their name. There is nothing wrong with anonymous sources – they have been relied on by news people for ever. beware when they are just promoting a false agenda.

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        • Sandra-VA says:

          🤔

          The difference is she has good sources 😏

          She has never been wrong.

          Herridge broke the story of the ca rgo ship in libya, btw. Confirmed the arms running we suspected to syria.

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    • oldumb says:

      And you information that led you to that conclusion is……….?……..
      Oh right.

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      • sarasotosfan says:

        It is my opinion based on her reporting. Save the snark for Twitter please.

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        • oldumb says:

          That isn’t a snark, I was serious. You bashed someone that works hard and branded her as a tool – with no justification. You never said it was your opinion. Just seemed kind of low thin to do.

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          • sarasotosfan says:

            Not bashing. She gets to report truths. Others are not as fortunate. And they have to work harder.

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            • oldumb says:

              Calling her a tool is bashing. So she has relationships that the others that work harder don’t. Fortune isn’t spread out fairly, but to the fortunate. There is nothing wrong with that.

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            • Mike says:

              sarasotosfan
              No offense, I welcome all reasoned opinions.
              Mine is, Herridge is a warrior, truth teller. I have followed her reporting for 9 years. If she reported something that is false, I missed it. If I am wrong educate me.

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              • sarasotosfan says:

                Mike, her reporting has held up because she either was not sold a pig in a poke or did not buy a pig in a poke. I’d like to believe it is the latter. I can’t prove it either way though. Not a knock on her, it is how the institution operates.

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  13. archie says:

    As bad as I feel due to the actions of the politicians I feel a thousand times worse because of the actions of the electorate. Every two years we have the chance to replace 100% of the UniParty-GOP in the House but it doesn’t happen.
    To wit, Trump must convict somewhere in the neighborhood of 40-50 current and former government employees to scare the deep state a little bit. Trump can’t count on new MAGA congressmen to help him out.

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    • TexasDude says:

      Most people vote for their Senator or Representative by name recognition only or straight party vote.

      Liked by 1 person

    • oldumb says:

      It is a rigged system Archie. I did not have a choice between a UNI-party GOP and a good candidate. It was EITHER a Uni-party GOp or BAT-SHITE crazy Dem.

      The system is rigged and has been for a long time. The local people – with money and power pick their guy to run and that is our choice. There are no grass root candidates, and if there is they are squashed and out spent.

      No choice.

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      • Issy says:

        Many people ignore the primaries. If there is a challenger, get out and vote for them. How much worse could they be? If they are worse, two years go fast. When you get to the general, you don’t have a choice and that is what the professional ruling politicians depend on to stay in office, and they are owned by the private political party that picked them.

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    • Lindenlee says:

      Hence the need to let Ms. Ronna know that we expect her to fund candidates that will support the President. Lyin Ryan gave my 1st-term Congressman $150,000 from his Leadership Fund shortly before the primary, which really pisses me off. There was one decent challenger in the primaries, but the money worked. He is Ryans bitch.

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  14. WeThePeople2016 says:

    This is the same Grassley who turned a blind eye at Feinstein’s corrupt behavior during the Kavanaugh hearings. He seems to be all bark and no bite. This is the same Johnson who kept popping his face into the cameras during the Obamacare fiasco when POTUS was trying to get the Senate to vote to kill it. Here comes Johnson with his squirmy positions on whether he would vote for it or not. No surprise on both of these two.

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  15. Payday says:

    This is all true, but they can’t answer just following the investigation for the origination, right? It should just be more media gas lighting. Shouldn’t stop any prosecutions for FISA abuse etc. if it is pursued.

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  16. trialbytruth says:

    I honestly believe that regardless of how this defense was going to be initiated it was going to be initiated . It is why it was created.

    The main stream media would have put someones official seal on the by the book narrative, The step forward for us is that it will now be the discussion of the day. This will be too granular for most to follow. They will however get the message that a lot of people were chasing ghosts created by spooks

    One thing for sure if this is the plan “Manufactured Intel” the source of this tale Brennan was just strapped to the wheels of the bus. This doesn’t change any of the exposure of the IC and the main conspirators. This strategy to my way of thinking is designed to protect the Whitehouse only.

    That brings us to how reliable are the conspirators in distancing themselves from the Whitehouse as they prepare their defenses?

    Lets see how many ways from Sunday does the IC have to get back at you?

    I am popping more popcorn. The prosecution is not going to be smooth or perfect and some will walk. I suspect no one will touch Barrack or Hillary both are in protected classes of the highest order.Barrack as first Black President and Hillary as an elder statesman (yeah I know I don’t like it but that is my call) It will however be entertaining as hell to watch the bastards that do go down “by the book”

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    • Aeyrie says:

      Pop another batch for BO and HRC. They are going down too. How can I be so sure of that? Logical thinking. If POTUS doesn’t take those two down (and all the rest of the global deep state with them) they will mercilessly destroy him and his all family out to the nth generation. POTUS knows the stakes of this game better than anybody. Keep rooting for POTUS ‘cuz after him and his family we’ll be next. POTUS promised winning. I intend to do all I can to help him do just that! We are all in this together.

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      • FrankieZee says:

        I have been saying that for a while now. Trump has to destroy them, because if he doesn’t, they will ruin him and his family financially and possibly prison time when he gets out of office. You can take that to the bank, and Trump knows this.

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    • Mark McQueen says:

      I see it as just another one of those “plans” that simply won’t work.

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  17. WSB says:

    To me, this sounds like a last gasp to put the genie back in the bottle. Everyone else is starting to understand the earlier actions against Donald Trump and others PRIOR to him announcing his candidacy.

    Other than eblasting Barr’s inbox and calling the staff members at the foot of the letter, we will see how shrewd Barr is in response to the swamp creatures.

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    • Newhere says:

      It actually seems almost superfluous, or a non-sequitur. Barr just said publicly he’s going after “the predicate.” With that backdrop, this letter seems like it’s pointing at minutia. Barr: “I’m investigating racketeering.” Grassley/Johnson: “Barr, would you look into these suspicious texts that sound like a bribe?”

      Maybe I’m worn out, but I read the letter and think, “Okaaay ….”

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    • mr.piddles says:

      Barr should threaten Rosenstein with “consequences” if he doesn’t stay on staff with his new role being monthly visits to the Hill to chit chat with Reps and Sens. Win-win-win.

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      • WSB says:

        I wonder if Rosenstein is undergoing a long painful extraction? Especially with regard to Grassly and Johnson asking about predicate.

        Rosenstein will know about things while he was in Maryland, no? That is much longer than PT musing about a presidential race.

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        • graphiclucidity says:

          I think Barr’s keeping Rosenstein around until his nominee, Jeffrey Rosen, is confirmed as Deputy AG by the Senate.

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          • WSB says:

            Why no ‘acting’ DAG?

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            • graphiclucidity says:

              I think the current DAG is acting… like he’s a law & order, no politics, John Adams-type patriot.

              Speech from Today:
              Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein Delivers Remarks at the Armenian Bar Association’s Public Servants Dinner

              https://www.justice.gov/opa/speech/deputy-attorney-general-rod-j-rosenstein-delivers-remarks-armenian-bar-association-s

              Excerpt:
              Some critical decisions about the Russia investigation were made before I got there. The previous Administration chose not to publicize the full story about Russian computer hackers and social media trolls, and how they relate to a broader strategy to undermine America. The FBI disclosed classified evidence about the investigation to ranking legislators and their staffers. Someone selectively leaked details to the news media. The FBI Director announced at a congressional hearing that there was a counterintelligence investigation that might result in criminal charges. Then the former FBI Director alleged that the President pressured him to close the investigation, and the President denied that the conversation occurred.

              So that happened.

              There is a story about firefighters who found a man on a burning bed. When they asked how the fire started, he replied, “I don’t know. It was on fire when I lay down on it.” I know the feeling.

              But the bottom line is, there was overwhelming evidence that Russian operatives hacked American computers and defrauded American citizens, and that is only the tip of the iceberg of a comprehensive Russian strategy to influence elections, promote social discord, and undermine America, just like they do in many other countries.

              I can’t stop rolling my eyes at the rest of the speech.
              He even quoted an “unnamed congressman”, Trey Gowdy, on why he left DC.

              Barr must need him to keep doing clean up duty, for now.

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  18. covfefe999 says:

    Who is Katie? Katie Walsh? https://www.thestreet.com/video/13959318/inside-the-trump-white-house-katie-walsh.html Her husband’s name is Mike Shields.

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  19. nccosmiccurmudgeon says:

    It would seem that the Menshevik Grassley is attempting to extract AG Barr’s “Sources and Methods” along with what information he has found that would be detrimental to the Mensheviks in general.
    it would seem we have another “sip from the water bottle to stifle the laughter” before AG Barr responds “not able to comment about on-going actions”.

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  20. Invisigoth says:

    You can’t blame them when Barr brought up the predicate. No one is going to jail. Preserve the institutions blah blah blah. It’s what Barr does.

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    • By bringing with him his narrower obstruction reading and imposing it on the Weissmann report, Barr delivered simply by calling off the collusion hounds. Trump gets to settle into his chair a bit as POTUS finally. A whole lot more beyond that exceeds ‘what Barr does’. A few second-tier scalps, but that’s about it.

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  21. boomerbeth says:

    Trump live now with Hannity on Fox…
    Topic #1 Spying in Trump’s whit house after inauguration
    Topic #2 the Ukraine collusion.

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    • Cam Heck says:

      Just watching-does PDJT really not know the extent of this whole coverup?

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      • oldumb says:

        He knows. It is being rolled out by his team. Rudy G says over the next 4 months we will learn what happened. It will take that long for others to catch up. – at least.

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    • Dekester says:

      Yes, and he sounds seriously pi**ed. As he should be, doubt the Senators can stop this snowball running downhill.

      He is leaving no stone unturned. Grassley and Johnson are going to look very, very foolish. At least that is I.M.O.

      He just stated the “ biggest political scandal in American history.” He mentioned “ coup” and it is like a banana republic.

      He is reeling off the great Republicans Nunez, Meadows etc.

      This is some phone in.

      God bless PDJT

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  22. MIKE says:

    More deep state fabric softener. Truly believe congress must be expelled, with IRS audits issued on them, same day. I never expected these teammates to convict each other, they won’t.
    Courts will never try their own, either.
    Besides, it is we the peoples responsibility to purge our govt of corruption. And we can’t do it without the armed forces on our side, no matter how well armed the militia may be, cause they’ll be even more armed and take orders from these corruptocrats.

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  23. Hmmm... says:

    The senate is desperate to present a palatable version of events since they were willing participants. I have zero faith in Lindsey Graham as well. The evil Russians made the FBI investigate President Trump is the narrative goal they are aiming for.

    On a side note if anyone caught Obama’s final press conference it was pretty much a version of the Rice CYA memo in retrospect. At the time I thought it was surprising how candid he was about the processes he was describing and it did not fit his narcissistic attitude. He basically spent the entire time telling the press that he made very few decisions and he delegated responsibility extensively.

    At the time I thought it was informative and still may be an accurate description of how he was being led around by his subordinates. Not that it’s an excuse but rather an explanation for how things got so out of hand. He was a weak leader who provided little leadership which allowed the next level to operate with no oversight. It explains why they were apoplectic of the thought that someone would come in with strong leadership and take away their little kingdoms.

    Anyway it was interesting and it is apparent now why he took the time to describe himself as a limited decision maker.

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  24. TexasDude says:

    As others have stated, all Barr has to do is say no comment due to ongoing
    investigations.

    Truly so simple to stop.

    Liked by 1 person

  25. montanamel says:

    As said: “someone was bound to trip this wire”…. and, the CofC/big AG angle shows the way…. Only decent thing to do is lay that “can’t comment while investigations are open”….perhaps next year or so… Until then, pound sand you cretins!… Check-6

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  26. bessie2003 says:

    This information coming out now, through this letter, timed to make the evening news, was it planned in order for the perpetrators to get ahead of the narrative and exposed their spin plan? In doing so, by watching the accomplice networks, many of which may be under scrutiny for receipt of classified materials, help to create their narrative for the justification, won’t this allow AG Barr to identify the game plan?

    Similar to some comments on earlier threads wondering about the idea of the FISC court approving renewal of the Page FISA would help Adm. Rogers and Judge Collyer ultimately identify the players?

    (trying to look on the bright side, given that early in this whole Muh, Russia, Grassley seemed pretty intent to get to the bottom of things so wonder if he felt encouraged to issue this letter, in such an open fashion, to smoke out the rats? even though good intentions can lead to that road to hell – a chance Grassley felt worth taking?)

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  27. Max De says:

    Trump and surely Barr are far smarter than these two Senators. This letter is not going to derail Barr or Trump if they are on the accountability/justice train. Senators and their committees are not going to to a damn thing to resolve this. So this letter, like all the other useless sternly worded committee letters, is not hat big of a deal. Committees at this point are meaningless. Only Trump’s DOJ that has any chance to bring home the bacon.

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    • NC Patriot says:

      Ans even on Hannity tonight—POTUS played dumb and deferred Hannity’s questions to his AG, in whom he expressed full confidence. And VSG is not dumb. He knows exactly what is going on.

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  28. We the people know says:

    This doesn’t feel/sound like oversight to me. It sounds like Grassley/Johnson are giving an assignment to the Attorney General and he must report back to them by May 9th. May 9th!
    He doesn’t work for them. Right?

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  29. TreeClimber says:

    “Oy, Rod,” *toss letter down on his desk* “your mess, you fix it.”

    Just one solution that occurred to me.

    “But AG Barr, we addressed the letter to you!”
    “Any good boss knows when to delegate.” *smirk*

    I mean, if I can think of this surely one of the best lawyers in the country can, too.

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  30. joeknuckles says:

    Except for the fact that these dirty tricks were being done by people who knew the origin was fake.

    Liked by 2 people

  31. Kaco says:

    Well, at least they said, “Any improper FBI surveillance activities that were conducted before or after the 2016 election must be brought to light and properly addressed.”

    Liked by 1 person

  32. Sandra-VA says:

    Hannity…. GREAT interview with President Trump….. He knows what happened, says Barr will get to bottom of it… Says he is a straightsooter… Must watch when video is available. Would describe mo bt tablet typing is difficult!

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  33. John Doe says:

    Who is Katie’s husband?????
    I’m not seeing it anywhere and Hannity just said it’s VPs Chief of Staff????

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  34. nbkilgore says:

    Grassley and Johnson -vs- Honey Badger, I’ll take “what is honey badger” for 600 Alex, Honey Badger Doesn’t Give A Shit!

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  35. graphiclucidity says:

    Strzok: “Or, he’s ‘the CI [counter-intelligence] guy.’ Same.might make sense. He can assess if [there] are any new Qs, or different demeanor. If (redacted’s) husband is there, he can see if there are people we can develop for potential relationships.”

    Hannity just mentioned during his interview that this was referring to “Katie” who is an FBI analyst, and is married to Vice President Pence’s first chief of staff – Josh Pitcock who now works for Oracle as VP of Government Relations in D.C.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Pitcock

    http://politics.georgetown.edu/josh-pitcock/

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  36. Well, I’m enjoying the VSGPDJT’s fireside chat tonight. He certainly put Grassley and Johnson’s game off the reality board.
    He is really letting it RIP tonight, leaving no unanswered question.
    It’s all coming to light.

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  37. Kent says:

    ..what they’re hiding is Uranium1….the cash to iran is next……it’s the same thing….the bammy admin became the lobbyists for iran….and the muslim brotherhood.

    thanks jimmuh cahttah….

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  38. evergreen says:

    Understood.

    However, one cannot possibly “warn” the the outgoing president that the incoming president is “under investigation” when the “investigation” was initiated by the outgoing president.

    Barr knows this. He can manage such stupid questions without worry.

    “By the book” works on information-lite citizens and liberals, but in this case most certainly not on professional prosecutors and investigators who are not corrupt.

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    • Burnt Toast says:

      Agree…

      And at the time the ‘memo to self’ / CYA was written,
      how much of the ‘predicate’ and the dossier was known and available in the public domain? One thing hot on the NYT press was that Trump was in fact spied on.

      At the time, the CYA was just an 11th hour documentation that Obama knew nothing before and wanted to keep it all nice and legal going forward.

      Not that the author believed anything in it.

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  39. evergreen says:

    Doubling down here.

    Rice’s note to self and Obama’s guidance to go “by the book” is an orchestration.

    The Senators’ “concerns” are proof that the feint worked.

    More ammunition for…

    RICO.

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  40. Publius2016 says:

    EXACTLY…SENATE IS UNIPARTY DEEP STATE THINK TANK BLACK OPS Central!

    They had all day every day to release this “new evidence”…its all smoke and mirrors…

    Sessions was plant mole spy!

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    • Kent says:

      ..the senate has their hand out…..they wish it to be filled…that’s why they haven’t supported Trump…our government is corrupted at the federal level….the top of the federal level…

      they make themselves and their corrupt families and associates millionaires at our expense and they laugh that we are too stupid to vote them out of office….

      Which is true………………………………….

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  41. eheter says:

    And how exactly do you know this isn’t a misdirection, particularly given the revelation tonight by John Solomon – one which clearly goes to the origin.

    I simply don’t get the either/or construct here. You can look at both.

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  42. Dav says:

    I see Sundance’s point – I just struggle to believe that, especially after what we’ve seen/heard in the last 2 days, the Trump admin, DOJ and anyone else involved hasn’t gamed out how this should all go down, and considered the justification trap, such as it is…

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  43. Monticello says:

    I will take the 4 contractors and info on Comey devastating for 400.
    The keys are laid out by Sundance and the facts on a timeline……domestic spying was ongoing during Obama presidency to include reporters and Congress.
    Dossier was an after the fact cover for the spying.
    Fisa was only to justify pre spying and post spying and it was corruptly justified. Extreme Liability for all guilty parties. Fisa one source, Brennan another, Podesta emails about Russia, Russia, Russia a third.
    I am sure the Senate would like a few underlings to play windmill to a dim knight but the stench is loud and overwhelming. Too much to cover-up IMHO.

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    • doofusdawg says:

      Yeah but it is disconcerting that Grassley puts out this obvious attempt to kneecap the real investigation when it appears to just be getting some traction. POTUS needs to ask them what the hell they are doing.

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  44. Monticello says:

    Also…as Rush says, “Never accept the liberals premise.”
    Or in this case the Uniparty’s premise.

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  45. Lawton says:

    By now Barr knows exactly what they did Its his choice if he just nails a few people for lying and leaking or if he wants to expose the whole thing

    Liked by 6 people

  46. stats_guy says:

    Big puff piece in WaPo about the Chamber and how they are going to start funding Ds and altering their ‘scorecard’ to make it easier for the freshmen congress to get better grades…or something like that. They just don’t like Trump…and the far-left and far-right are both dominating the middle. Oh, and they are very interested in making sure that there is only One set of regulations for the entire country…none of this patch-work crap. So if CA wants to save water….everyone has to save water…same with carbon…if CA outlaws gasoline engines by 2030…well, just kiss your gas guzzler good bye.

    And of course the headline:

    “The fundamental issue is that the United States of America is out of people,” said Donohue. “We have the lowest unemployment we’ve had in 65 years. We have brought more people back into the workforce and still have the lowest unemployment.”

    Sadly, this bozo is also worried that AI gets rolled out in a planned manner.

    The guy is 80 something…we seem to be governed by aging oligarchs.

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  47. Don McAro says:

    So no matter what President Trump is screwed…

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  48. MAGADJT says:

    Not worried about this. Both Hannity and President Trump were pushing the origination angle tonight, and Hannity pushed it with Graham last night as well.

    President Trump had a fantastic interview on Hannity and I recommend everyone listen when it is posted. He said he would definitely be declassifying all the information. I feel so bad for him; all he wanted was to make life better for regular Americans. I can’t wait to see this boomerang come back on everyone who plotted against the best POTUS in my lifetime, and that includes Reagan.

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  49. franz dorn says:

    I’m sure I heard Val-Jar quoted tonight, ‘we were just going by the book.”

    Liked by 1 person

  50. whodoneit says:

    Passed due time for an honest AG to delve into criminal activity among members of Congress and “appointees” rather than Congress searching for criminal doings in others. There’s a “field day” there. My money is on Barr.

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