AG Bill Barr Appoints U.S. Attorney John Durham to Review Origin of Russia Investigation…

Once again the New York Times is getting out ahead of the story to reveal Attorney General Bill Barr has instructed U.S. Attorney John Durham to review the origins of the 2016 DOJ and FBI surveillance of the Trump campaign. [Durham Background Here]

The appointment looks like a way to keep the sensitive inquiry within Barr’s control as opposed to appointing a special counsel.  John H Durham, the U.S. attorney from Connecticut, has handled previous investigations into the intelligence community.

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr has assigned the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut to examine the origins of the Russia investigation, according to two people familiar with the matter, a move that President Trump has long called for but that could anger law enforcement officials who insist that scrutiny of the Trump campaign was lawful.

John H. Durham, the United States attorney in Connecticut, has a history of serving as a special prosecutor investigating potential wrongdoing among national security officials, including the F.B.I.’s ties to a crime boss in Boston and accusations of C.I.A. abuses of detainees.

His inquiry is the third known investigation focused on the opening of an F.B.I. counterintelligence investigation during the 2016 presidential campaign into possible ties between Russia’s election interference and Trump associates.

The department’s inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, is separately examining investigators’ use of wiretap applications and informants and whether any political bias against Mr. Trump influenced investigative decisions. And John W. Huber, the United States attorney in Utah, has been reviewing aspects of the Russia investigation. His findings have not been announced.

[…] Mr. Durham, who was nominated by Mr. Trump in 2017 and has been a Justice Department lawyer since 1982, has conducted special investigations under administrations of both parties. Attorney General Janet Reno asked Mr. Durham in 1999 to investigate the F.B.I.’s handling of a notorious informant: the organized crime leader James (Whitey) Bulger.

In 2008, Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey assigned Mr. Durham to investigate the C.I.A.’s destruction of videotapes in 2005 showing the torture of terrorism suspects. A year later, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. expanded Mr. Durham’s mandate to also examine whether the agency broke any laws in its abuses of detainees in its custody.  (read more)

Again, cautious optimism this appointment is a step in the right direction.

We would be remiss if we didn’t note the prior DOJ head-fake when U.S. Attorney John Laush was assigned to review and deliver documents to congress.  That effort resulted in absolutely nothing; the documents were never produced; the redactions were never removed; and the corrupt institutional schemes were unfazed by Laush’s assignment.

It would seem like most of the investigative material Mr. Durham might need is already present in the accumulated files from DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz.  Keep an eye open to see if John H Durham is given a staff, investigative resources and/or a budget therein.  If this is a genuinely motivated effort there should be visible activity.

This better-damn-well-not be another years-long investigation, specifically structured and coordinated to extend the tick-tock timeline of investigative inquiry into another 2020 election year, while the deep state institutional protectors say: “Trust Durham“.

Watching…

UPDATE: Prior letter from Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows to U.S. Attorney John H Durham in January of 2019, about the October 18, 2018, testimony from former FBI legal counsel James Baker where Baker’s lawyers identified Durham as a prosecutor investigating the claims of Baker leaking to media.

 

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693 Responses to AG Bill Barr Appoints U.S. Attorney John Durham to Review Origin of Russia Investigation…

  1. Tess from Philly says:

    I’m hoping he’s got a healthy skepticism about Mueller from his time working on the Whitey Bulger case. Here’s what I’ve been able to find so far. He’s not a member of the American or Connecticut Bar associations (that’s good). His dad was a WWII vet and the obituary states that Henry loved to hunt and fly fish with his family (lets hope that makes the son a gunowner)! He’s got 4 adult sons. I’ve also found several references to his being a devout Catholic (his Dad certainly was), but I have been unable to find any reference to him or his wife in local Catholic Church bulletins or websites and we Catholics know that “devout Catholic” could equal Antonin Scalia or God help us, Pope Francis, so the jury’s still out on whether that’s a plus or a minus.

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    • mutantbeast says:

      I hope maybe Durham might have a bug in his ear over the Bulger affair. I hope so, Muleturd should have been sitting in Supermax over that.

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      • BebeTarget says:

        That is something we in MA have wondered for a long time. Not only wasn’t he in prison, he was PROMOTED! And for years lauded throughout D.C. Imagine with that background being put in charge of the FBI. One question I would like asked of Mr. Durham: How did Mueller escape justice in the Whitey Bulger case?

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    • vfm#7634 says:

      A lot of Catholics find other venues for Mass or worship if the local parish is too liberal — which is a HUGE problem nowadays.

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    • KeithBB says:

      Didn’t he already clear/cover up for Mueller in the Bulger case?

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  2. JAS says:

    “Bad Ass Barr” is following through. Expect major CYA in FBI/DOJ to go into high gear 🙂

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    • Peoria Jones says:

      “…a move that President Trump has long called for but that could anger law enforcement officials…”

      If they have nothing to hide, what’s the problem? [snark]

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      • chuckyschmucky says:

        “…a move that President Trump has long called for but that could anger law enforcement officials…”

        Yes, we wouldn’t want to upset traitors who attempted a coup on a sitting president.

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      • Mr. T. says:

        And if they get angry and say things to the press, that would be obstruction of Justice. Same with Dem Congress critters. They should be treated the same as President Trump was treated.

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        • Peoria Jones says:

          Are you saying they ought to be spied on, their children harassed, their taxes leaked, their attorneys strong-armed, and their friends and associates ripped from their beds in the middle of the night at gunpoint?

          Well, ok!

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    • Don Krause says:

      You mean what we’ve seen so far is not high gear? God help us and damn them the hell. No punishment is too much for these traitors.

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    • Don Krause says:

      You mean what we’ve seen so far is not high gear? God help us and damn them the hell. No punishment is too much for these traitors.

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    • Don Krause says:

      You mean what we’ve seen so far is not high gear? God help us and damn them the hell. No punishment is too much for these traitors.

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  3. StanH says:

    We shall see. If history is our teacher Durham is there for “clean up on aisle 3.”

    But swamp history never had a President Trump looking in with the ability to de-classify and expose the entire conspiracy. The swamp has never had a 65 million standing Deplorable Army looking in.

    If this isn’t handled correctly and this kind of overt criminality is not addressed the Rule of Law will take a permanent blow. A quick perusal of history, this leads to anarchy, anarchy leads to a collapse of civilizations. Perhaps this is what the swamp denizens want, if they can’t have it, we’ll burn it down.

    Thinking, voting, taxpaying America is watching, not slavish antifa/BLM nitwits. Act accordingly and do the right thing. Equal Justice Under the Law!

    We shall see.

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    • Jederman says:

      Nothing enshrines an “us vs them” attitude (about everything from this point forward, and it only gets worse) than an in your face two tiered justice system.

      Half the country, at least, knows it was a witch hunt headed up by the outgoing admin to suppress it’s political opposition and remove a fairly elected president. Third world all the way.

      Get to the truth and let the cards fall where they may.

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    • Lunatic Fringe says:

      Don’t make the same mistake that the Democrats are making. Do not prejudge the outcome. Trust that Barr has assigned an investigator he trusts to be objective an accept the results of the findings of the investigation. If conduct that rises to the point of criminality has occurred then prosecute. If conduct that just requires condemnation, but not prosecution, do the same. If no misconduct is found, celebrate.

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      • There is no way misconduct didn’t happen. If no misconduct is found, it is another sign the fix is in. Then hunker down and prepare for the goon squad to knock on your door at 4 AM (complete with CNN idiots to film it all). In that case, my goal is to take out at least one or two goons before they take me out. That’s fine with me. I’m 71 now and wouldn’t want to live in a country where such obvious misconduct is allowed to be swept under the rug.

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      • Newhere says:

        Please. What the democrats did was declare a duly elected president illegitimate for two years based on illegal leaks of false information, peddled by the team of a prosecutor they lofted to God-like status, then blamed everyone else when it didn’t pan out. Readers he have tracked primary evidence all that time, and watched officials misrepresent it and bat it away. Therefore we have every legitimate reason to be skeptical of the same from any new appointment, and we’ll see. Spare the lectures. Wagging a finger about faith in the system reduces citizens to subjects.

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      • Beau Geste says:

        Lunatic, “accept the results” is not “acceptable”. The investigation has to be at least as thorough as carried out by coup-perpetrators. Seizure of records rather than agreements not to look at devices and records. The facts already revealed and previously hidden from “investigators” show bias and false FISA affidavits (not “extreme carelessness”). Another “finding” by obama IG appointee that ther was no bias, is not “acceptable” when the evidencee admits an insurance policy to attack PDJT if he won, and a “first we fu*k flynn then we fu*k trump” scheme is admitted.

        There is no “same mistake the democrats are making”. There is already evidence of FISA fraud, bias, illegality, spying, entrapment. mewler had no evidence of illegal conspiracy wit the russians by PDJT. )The only collusion evidence is DOJ/FBI/russian/british/DNChillary collusion

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      • StanH says:

        The swamp has lost the benefit of the doubt with me, they are simply untrustworthy. If they find no misconduct, they didn’t look.

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      • RLTW says:

        If no misconduct is found? Where the hell you been boy? The misconduct has already been proven through leaks to the media and is available to you through open sources.

        Fact, the Steele Dossier was a fraud and everyone knew it. Fact, Comey, Rosenstien, Baker and Yates illegally signed off on it. Fact Papadopolous lured to London, UK by Agent Provocateurs from FBI, CIA, Russia, UK and Australia who planted false information and then promptly extracted the planted information from Papadopolous (entrapment) then reported it back to the same FBI and CIA who sent them out to do it.

        Then it was all illegally leaked to the media who promptly wrote articles about it which were then recycled back into the FISA application thus satisfying the three criteria for a FISA warrant: hard Intel combined with HUMINT and SIGINT.

        The illegal leaks and entrapment are obviously felonies but the more obvious felonies flow from the FISA Warrants:

        Knowingly submitting false evidence to a Court under penalty of perjury (18 USC 1001). Fabrication of Evidence in Order to Establish Probable Cause (18 USC 242). Knowingly Obtaining Fraudulent Arrest and Search Warrants (two more violations of 18 USC 242). Conducting False Arrest and False Imprisonment (another two violations of 18 USC 242).

        The paperwork for these warrants would have been submitted by classified email followed by a hard copy sent through Fed Ex (wire and mail fraud). All of these individuals conspired to do these things (another felony). Finally, this probably all adds up to Treason.

        There are enough demonstrable felonies listed above for everyone involved to spend the rest of their lives behind bars. The ring leaders could easily be convicted of treason, blindfolded and shot for treason.

        If you can’t look at the evidence, use your own brain, draw your own conclusions and if you take the government’s conclusions at face value then you don’t deserve to call yourself an American. You’d be better off in Venezuela. Maduro will assure you that there is no misconduct. Then you can celebrate and eat a flamingo.

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        • RLTW says:

          Oh I forgot to mention: knowingly obtaining a fraudulent FISA warrant amounts to an illegal search and seizure. One more violation of 18 USC 242. Add that to the list of felonies that these creeps have committed.

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  4. Kiel says:

    Durham’s a distraction, pay attention to Sessions & Huber . . . the trap’s about to be sprung in just a few more years.

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  5. Durham character assassination in 3-2-1

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  6. Federal law enforcement has a serious credibility problem.

    Fix it!

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    • Jederman says:

      FBI, CIA, DEA, BATF… . Every organization makes mistakes. They’re huge bureaucracies, it happens.

      When they are unwilling or unable to openly admit mistakes, to their funding source, and the people they SERVE, their “board of directors,” the tax paying citizen we no longer trust them. We can’t trust them is they can’t tell the truth.

      Then it all becomes about brute force and coercion by the state to get what it wants.

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    • dd_sc says:

      Also, how many otherwise guilty people are also in federal prison because evidence was illegally obtained, and how many current cases are built on illegally obtained evidence? Lot of covering up to do.

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    • California Joe says:

      From what I have seen working in South Florida most of the people convicted of federal crimes are either illegal immigrants, recent “legal” third world immigrants or US citizens (anchor babies) children of third world immigrants. I could count on one hand the number of Americans of European descent prosecuted in the Southern District of Florida in recent years! BTW, none of them were innocent!

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  7. bluebongo says:

    The first person Durham needs to speak to is Rosey. His pointed comments the last few days since his retirement are either a really good smoke screen or he’s an angry, bitter man with a big axe to grind.

    I’m starting to think he was the goat.

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  8. Deplorable Canuck says:

    Sessions appointee, so not getting my hopes up on this one.

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  9. rusino says:

    …..not holding my breath!

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  10. OK, there’s the OIG, Huber, and, now, Durham…I guess the white hats are all lawyered up! How about we get some bang for our buck? Actions?

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    • When the Comey leaked/memos AG report first comes in (the little report) charge Comey and Richman with misdameanors for violations of espionage act without Grand Jury. Also refer both for bar grievances. The battle will then be joined. This will also establish that the Mueller investigation was born in sin.

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  11. Chewbarkah says:

    Since this story is based on a leak or who knows what to the NYT, we can be sure there is an ulterior motive. With multiple criminal referrals from Congress in hand, and the IG report likely to drop very soon, likely with more, I suspect that Dunham’s real job is to get on top of those cases and prosecute as appropriate. Step One is nailing down a comprehensive theory of the crime (the coup plot), that can penetrate its many layers of deliberate mystification and falsified going-by-the-book. The key to proving intent is in the latter.

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  12. Justin Green says:

    So now that there are three related “investigations” into overlapping topics, one would hope that would apply pressure for them to all come to the correct conclusion. Possibly, however, they all just reach the same “plastered over” conclusion.

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  13. Want to know how all start from The begginning and who’s order’s start Accused President Trump for Russians BS and corruption,

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  14. AmericanPatriot says:

    Anyone see this from Sara Carter yesterday?

    https://saraacarter.com/mine-field-if-barr-has-any-intention-of-prosecuting-fisa-abuses-he-should-stay-clear-of-ig-report/

    She’s reporting that Barr should STEER CLEAR of the IG report if he hopes to bring meaningful prosecution as the compelled testimony typically obtained in IG investigations taint prosecutorial ability later or something such.

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  15. beach lover says:

    Interesting.. according to Baker’s testimony he couldn’t answer questions because he was under investigation by ” Durham”. Jordan and the rest questioned his name again. This was last October! Let’s hope he has a good start by now.

    That means Jeff Sessions had him working on it way back then.

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  16. Bogeyfree says:

    I really wish there was a way for Sundance to sit with Durham for an hour or so and make sure he understands the bigger picture which is……

    This coup attempt from 2016-2019 as wide and deep as it is, IS THE COVER UP to much earlier “sins” from 2009-2015

    Yes, investigate those involved in this current fraud and frame job to take down a sitting President but know that it all started because they HAD TO DISTRACT AND COVER THE TRACKS of things done much earlier to protect the real ringleaders IMO.

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    • mutantbeast says:

      The term “shadow government ” comes to mind. Obaa wanted the “deep state” as a bureuacracy to entrench the hate Amerca, anti-western pro-moosepig pro Soros agenda he started. If you look at the FBI 7th floor as an example, ALL of the 7th floor as of 2016 had been brought in by Comrade Commie Comey, None of them with any seriuos aaccomplishments, and even some, particulary McCabe, with highly questionable actions taken as FBI officials prioor to coming to DC. It was all about politics and weaponizing the FBI and other agencies.

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  17. Truth seeker says:

    The way the left and the deep state are freaking out about this I can’t help but feel a little good about this appointment.

    If you want to know whether something is for action or just for show, watch how the rats react, that’s always a good barometer.

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  18. mamadogsite says:

    Y’all are missing the point. Durham, appointed to Federal Prosecutor by Trump, has been on the job for a while now, investigating Baker. Note this info is from Sundance’s pdf above… from Jim Jordan, 1/19 …Baker’s lawers will not allow him to respond to some questioning as he is already under investigation by Durham and cannot respond. And seeing as Trump has appointed over 100 Federal prosecutors, what do y’all think

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  19. Henry chance says:

    Here is a chance for “Mollie” to actually investigate and earn an award for investigative reporting. Surely The Grey Lady can get leaks on this “matter”.

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  20. Big Al says:

    Does appointing Durham change DJT releasing docs?

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  21. namberak says:

    “Again, cautious optimism this appointment is a step in the right direction.” Again, wake me when there’s a perp walk. :-/

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    • steph_gray says:

      I’m afraid you’ll have to wake yourself. I’m too busy enjoying the burgeoning sunlight on the malefactors, and my 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿.

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  22. Padric says:

    I wouldn’t read too much into Baker already being under investigation for leaking to the media. After doing some digging it appears that leak is not connected in any way to the Russia/Mueller/Spygate/Crossfire Hurricane stuff. According to an article in WaPo by our pal Devlin Barrett in Dec. of 2017, Baker was being investigated for a leak regarding an article about the NSA and an email provider “about this time last year”, meaning late 2016.

    The news item in question seems to be regarding the revelation in Oct. 2016 that Yahoo was complying with a gov’t request for them to spy on emails sent to or from Yahoo accounts. If you’re interested here’s an article that goes into pretty good detail about it:

    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/oct/04/yahoo-secret-email-program-nsa-fbi

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  23. A.B. Stoddard was a witch today on Fox. She noted that none of the Republicans on the Burr committee thought the spying was illegal. She also was sure that the new investigation would go past 2020.
    I think all hell is about to break loose.

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    • The Boss says:

      A-BS didn’t stand a chance against Steve Hilton when the discussion turned to China / tariffs and the stock market. She is a complete dumb ass (as I posted elsewhere).

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    • Tl Howard says:

      I pointed out on another thread that in the past, pre-Trump, AB was, for a liberal, as fair as I thought libs were capable of being. Post-Trump, not so. Today’s appearance showed that.

      How the hell can she work with John Solomon at the Hill and not in the least feel there is something that stinks to high heaven in Denmark?

      Answer, she can’t. She must know what’s under the moss and she’s hoping the Dems can stave off the pulling off of all the masks until after the next election, when all corruption will be buried.

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  24. No one is stating that the real reason, Wray was rebuked by Trump./www.mediaite.com/tv/hannity-goes-off-on-fbi-director-wray-time-for-you-to-do-your-job/. Wray’s obstruction of justice was not mentioned.

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  25. Dr.Jay says:

    And what is his official title, budget, special powers?
    Is he Special Prosecutor, Special Counsel, or just a regular Federal Prosecutor?
    I see some reports call him Special Prosecutor, but that has been replaced by Special Counsel.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_prosecutor

    I’m aware that Durham has been a Special Prosecutor before, when he investigated the CIA.
    I wondering what his exact role is NOW. And whether he has sufficient extra budget & manpower for this. A Special Counsel would have.

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  26. pucecatt says:

    Clapper “ we don’t need another investigation of the investigators.. Barr should wait for IG report “ 😂😂

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  27. fanbeav says:

    Ex-FBI General Counsel James Baker: DOJ Inspector General Will Uncover ‘Mistakes’ in FISA Probe
    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/05/14/ex-fbi-general-counsel-james-baker-doj-inspector-general-will-uncover-mistakes-in-fisa-probe/

    So now treason is a “mistake”?

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  28. pucecatt says

    Clapper “ we don’t need another investigation of the investigators.. Barr should wait for IG report “ 😂😂

    Wondering how many are there?????

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  29. Lactantius says:

    This is where we are and this is what we have got. At some point we must resolve ourselves to have some faith. President Donald J. Trump has had every reason to “lose it” at some point since Admiral Mike Rogers visited him in Trump Tower in November, 2016. But the highly remarkable President Donald J. Trump set himself to play the long game and to let the pieces become known and to adjust his strategy accordingly. President Donald J. Trump tweets and fires back, but he doesn’t lose it. He causes his detractors to “lose it.”

    I am a classical liberal who stands with the founding fathers. The Constitution of the United States of America is all we have to guide our republic and to organize our popular sovereignty. As a classical liberal, I do not support a dictatorship by the elite or a dictatorship by the mob or a dictatorship fueled by nihilism. We have a such a brilliant plan of government that it has created the longest, continuous, fundamentally unaltered government in the history of the planet. The Senate was formed on March 4, 1789 In the new chamber at New York City’s Federal Hall and it has never disbanded since; nor has the Constitution ceased to be the blueprint of our government.

    We have to accept faith in our government at some point, even if we are uncertain. What Abraham Lincoln endured is unimaginable. What President Donald J. Trump has endured in this “palace” coup is a parallel with Lincoln.

    Washington D.C. is full of scoundrels chumming the waters with scum. That is the swamp. All manner of “elites” from the media, high tech, industry, insurance, agriculture, finance, law factories, special interests, wannabe movers, wannabe shakers, pop-up wunderkind, spies, charlatans, sages, phonies, specialists and fixers. They all bet against Trump and they all hate anyone who his willing to break their rice bowls.

    Niccolò Machiavelli – The Prince: :The lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves.”

    Attorney General Robert Barr is as good as we can get for Attorney General. He is now selecting prosecutors who are scholars and practitioners of the law and who are without political baggage. Who better to sort out a diabolical political plot and to “let the chips fall where they may?”

    President Donald J. Trump is a “tragic” figure in the terms of Greek drama. He is damned if he does and he is damned if he doesn’t because some one’s sense of what is “right” is upset not matter what he does. Without regard to what his Presidency turns out to be, Donald J. Trump will be eternally damned by the nattering classes. When Gerry Ford assumed the Presidency as Nixon flew westward, Ford famously said: “Our great national nightmare is over.” Within days, President Ford was loathed for pardoning Nixon and “our great national nightmare” morphed into Carter and the Iran hostages which morphed into the amiable dunce from Hollywood, President Reagan which morphed into …… an so it goes. Our great national nightmare is never over, because what divides us in politics is stronger than what unites us.

    President Donald J. Trump reminds me of General Patton’s quip: “Give me an army of West Point graduates and I can win the battle. Give me an army of Texas Aggies and I can win the war.” Not very politic, but accurate.

    Attorney General Barr is picking his prosecutors with care and purpose. Damn the political torpedoes; full steam ahead. He can fail. We all can fail. I, for one, don’t think it is likely. There is a blueprint for a sound Department of Justice which operates with fidelity to the law and with integrity. Ditto the FBI. I believe Attorney General Barr will restore the DOJ and the FBI to that blueprint. (Christopher Wray is hoist on his own petard. Soon he will be history.)

    The Washington swamp does not deal in fidelity and integrity. The coin of realm for the swamp is power and persuasion. Anyone can resist power and persuasion if they have half a mind to do so. President Donald J. Trump and Attorney General Barr have the minds to cut through power and persuasion in keeping their focus on integrity and the constitution.

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    • Newhere says:

      Not sure what is being argued here. But it is fair to remember — especially in times of rampart corruption, as this comment stipulates — that having faith in our *Constitution* requires having skepticism toward our *government.* We’re a nation of laws, not man. So I take this comment as a “carry on” — keep watching, exposing, holding out leaders to account.

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  30. Nessie509 says:

    Lots of comments wanting to see the other guy in prison.
    But, a the loss of reputation and political power is a worse imprisonment.
    To have your legacy destroyed by scandal.
    To be useless to the Party.
    To never be interviewed again.
    For politicians, isolation from the public square is the worse form of punishment.
    Obama and Hillary May never see a jail cell. But, their reputations will be in a prison nonetheless. They will never hold office again.
    Never sought out for that exclusive interview.
    Never called upon to fundraise for the Party.
    Never invited to galas.
    Once Obama is implicated in unlawful spying he directed, he will forever stain his legacy as a scandal free President.
    For the rest of her life , Hillary always be known as a classless loser.
    A loser who lied about why she lost the election to Donald Trump.
    A loser who plunged America into useless chaos just to satisfy her ego. .
    There are things worse than jail. Imprisonment of your political reputation is much worse.

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    • Justin Green says:

      I disagree. Comey seems to be doing damned well selling his book and making speaking fees for continuing to spew his BS.

      They MUST go to jail.

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    • Newhere says:

      Ok. So this is one way to address our two-tiered justice system. Everyone facing prison time will point out that the loss to their reputation and stature surely is consequence enough. Because it’s worse than prison. Good for the goose is good for the gander, right? Or is the idea that freedom is worse than confinement only applicable to *some* people?

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    • Lactantius says:

      I agree, mostly. The Clintoons will always have a fat job on corporate boards or giving a few speeches to colleges. The big nasties take care of their own.

      If they went to jail, it would be a confinement to Palm Springs. Those who thirst for blood and retribution will never be satisfied until the Clintoon heads are severed and stuck on pikes to rot. Even then people will line up to pee on their graves. Or something. The Clinton Massage Parlor will still be open in Little Rock for adoring fans who will forever more excuse Slick Willie and boyish pranks. Shrillery, maybe not.

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      • Akindole says:

        That.
        Unless things get frisky. Then, the story ends differently.

        One possible outcome would be for her to become McCain’d, which is entirely likely, given the fact that she can’t even stand up.

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    • Beau Geste says:

      nice try “nessie”.
      here is some more help for your meme:
      Manafort is better off in solitary confinement than having his reputation ruined, and not being able to work on the 2020 Trump campaign.
      Hillary’s “carelassness” with classified info, all of which went to the chinese and other hacking governments, is OK because they already had all the classified info from feinsteins chinese spy and the awans access to all dem senators and congresscritter files.
      Roger Stone was given a break by mewler’s armed raid and prosecution, rather damaging his reputation.
      The FBI/CIA/DOJ perpetrators will feel bad every time they spend their fat government pensions, knowing they are guilty.

      Mccabe, yates, strozk, comey, brenner, obama, the FISA court judges who accept fraud without consequence, et al, are all sentenced to “Inprisonment of their reputations”, which is such cruel and unusual punishment. their reputations will be pardoned be the media, nadler, schiff, paul ryan and mcconnel.

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    • Bill says:

      Not to sound flippant, but this is absurd. Few things are worse than prison. Outside of losing a loved one, you can’t do much worse to a person then throwing them in prison. If I was ever charged with a crime and facing life in prison, or instead having my reputation ruined for life, I would choose the latter 10 out of 10 times. You think someone would be deterred by hearing someone say “hey man, if you’re not careful you may ruin your reputation!” No. That premise is just ridiculous.

      The other flaw in your post is that you assume these people will be ruined for life. If I’ve learned anything from the left it’s that they circle the wagons, even for the guilty. They may put a person in time out. But after enough news cycles have gone by, they will resurrect them from the dead. And before that they will be given some cushy out of site board member position to keep collecting checks. See Jussie Smollet for example.

      This is not the outcome ANY of us should hope for in this “matter”.

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      • zorrorides says:

        I didn’t want to ‘like’ it. but yep, prison is worse than harm to reputation.

        Prison ensures harm to reputation, and then the cherry on top is it’s prison.

        I hope all of them go to prison. TY, Bill.

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    • CirclinTheDrain says:

      That’s true to a point, but…Jail would be good, as it would cement forever in history that they were criminals. Bankruptcy of them and their heirs like Chelsea, Hunter et al is a necessity because I don’t want all of them to be on the same level as the lowest of a deplorable.

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    • lurker2 says:

      First, he has to work with them. They have info he needs. Second, consider the source, Laura Jarrett, daughter of Valerie. Through her subjective characterizations (e.g., “working closely”) she could be attempting to shape a narrative.

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    • tozerbgood8315 says:

      Haspel, Coats, & Wray? Sounds like the name of a law firm on a TV show.
      Interestingly, Haspel was the London CIA headquarter chief during the Papadopolous entrapment… yes? Lot’s of motivation for her to play some CIA CYA… eh?

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  31. doit4atlas says:

    I find it quite interesting that President Donald Trump appointed Durham for the position from which he was chosen for this particular job.

    These things are not coincidences…Barr just happened to have this man as a choice for this investigation? Hell, the guy was well known for investigating FBI/CIA wrong doing…even wrong doing involving Mueller!

    Trump has been playing possum since the Mike Kelly visit to Trump Tower…the deep state, lefties, and corrupt media have absolutely no idea who they are dealing with in our POTUS Trump…makes me thank God every day.

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  32. Newhere says:

    Reportedly working with Dan Coates (ODNI) Gina Haspel (CIA) and Christ Wray (FBI). Very large GULP. Huge worries about each of these three. If at least Wray isn’t gone within a week or two, I take it as a VERY bad sign about what kind of investigation this is.

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    • Lactantius says:

      Who is AG Barr supposed to work with other than the heads of the agencies? Wray has has a President Donald J. Trump target painted on his back. Are we to believe that IF Coates and Haspel are “enemies” of President Donald J. Trump’s presidency that President Donald J. Trump is so naive that he does not have a clue?

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      • Newhere says:

        I believe that President Trump does have a clue, and just last week he called out Wray. At least Wray needs to be fired. Haspel and Coates don’t have the best track records, so we’ll see. Readers here are REASONABLE to be skeptical and suspicious, and in the face of rampant corruption being suspicious is warranted in a Constitutional democracy. Nation of laws, not man. So no need to play the contrarian about being more trusting, absent specific evidence that an individual has earned trust. Being selected for a position of authority, even by our President, has proven not to be evidence that that person is trustworthy.

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        • Coates & Haspel are no longer operating in the dark, the jig is up as they say, so they will be obliged to fly straight at this juncture of the investigation….everyone is watching them now…..just like Rosenstein. Wray needs to go and now.

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          • Newhere says:

            Coates is the one who declassified the FISC report on FISA abuse — arguably the most consequential declassification since the post-9/11 Patriot Act, and even more extraordinary because it doesn’t appear his back was against the wall when he did it. A very good sign. He also has been vocal among the Red Scare crowd, playing up Russian interference in 2016, despite the obvious fiction of the DNC Russia hack. Not a good sign.

            Haspel quite literally is a black box — other that implicated in Bush era malfeasance.

            Let’s hope you’re right!

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      • Zippy says:

        “Christ Wray (FBI)”

        Oh, the same guy who just classified for 25 years the typed version of handwritten notes to hide contents revealed in the just leaked handwritten notes themselves that prove that the FBI MUST have known that the entire basis for their FISA warrant application was bogus? See Dan Bongino’s podcast from yesterday (13 May 2019).

        “Who is AG Barr supposed to work with other than the heads of the agencies?”

        NOT “with.” A-R-O-U-N-D! BYPASS EVERYONE at high levels in ALL of the involved 3-letter agencies. Work from the BOTTOM UP. Otherwise the results will be garbage.

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        • Lactantius says:

          Zippy —- Working “with” the constitutional officers who head the various agencies does not imply in any way that everyone is colluding with one another or that AG Barr is being suckered. In what world does a person get to structure his team according to his mood or the way the wind is blowing?????

          Bureaucracies are not structured to work from the bottom up. The guy at level ten who is a pure as the driven snow has no control over the axe held by the guy at level 8 who will snuff him in a heartbeat if he feels threatened. Whistleblowers are rare because they are risking their careers. What do think the whole Inspector General office is about? Even there, institutional bias can overtake integrity.

          AG Barr is at least as smart as you or me OR he is up to ass in alligators and doesn’t know it. He knows exactly how the games are played and how check mate works. Why should AG Barr trade the constitution for protecting dirty players? Now, if AG Barr is an idiot and he is going to help the team cover up the bodies, then bring on the evidence that we have all been snookered again.

          Some will go to prison and some of those will go to Camp Happy Days Prison. Others will be fired and put on probation. They all know that the telephone wires are lined with legal vultures waiting to defend them and bankrupt them. The swamp is well aware of bleeding sharks.

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        • Newhere says:

          Great distinction. Durham doesn’t need to poke a stick in the eye of other heads of agencies; at the same time, he can create and encourage a lane for personnel of ANY agency to bring him what they know, safe from retribution and even confidentially. When you’re investigating potential INTERNAL criminality, establishing such a channel is not only warranted, it’s essential.

          Allowing the bureaucratic apparatus that spawned the criminality to operate in the same way during the investigation is what’s called a cover up. It’s not controversial, nor a giant leap from protocol, to structure an investigation with the awareness that there may be whistleblowers and with effective channels in place.

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        • tozerbgood8315 says:

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    • The Honey Badger is keeping them close.

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    • lurker2 says:

      If Barr didn’t want to have an investigation he wouldn’t have alluded to one and then started one.

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      • Newhere says:

        And if he was planning a whitewash, he likely wouldn’t have said “spying on a presidential campaign is a big deal.” You don’t speak plainly when you’re about to rely on bureaucratic euphamisms and “norms” to wipe things away. Hope.

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  33. Revelations from Rooster-head.
    Haven’t seen this posted before…
    ===============

    Trey Gowdy: Comey-Brennan emails key to FISA abuse investigation

    FTA:
    “Gowdy, the former chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said before he left Congress that he saw the relevant information shared with the Gang of Eight, including the FBI’s own assessment of whether Steele was reliable.

    Gowdy got even more specific when he made a plea: “To whoever is investigating this: Tell them to look for emails between Brennan and Comey in December 2016.”

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/trey-gowdy-comey-brennan-emails-key-to-fisa-abuse-investigation?utm_source=Examiner%20Today_05/14/2019&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WEX_Examiner%20Today&rid=91659

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    • lurker2 says:

      I can only imagine what some of the more privileged people have seen. All of the Strzok-Page texts, not just the tiny batch with redactions that we’ve seen. Other correspondance. The full FISA warrant applications. I wish someone would just leak it all.

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      • Mr. T. says:

        This is the real problem. All this information is out there. Congress critters have seen it all. They saw and heard the closed door sessions that are now slowly being released. They went to SCIFS and saw even more classified and redacted material. They have written letters and received replies. They read the IG report.

        Almost the entire story is already known to them. Yet, Democrats in Congress continue to say nothing was wrong with the investigation but Trump is guilty of crimes.

        How can that be?

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        • mikeyboo says:

          ‘How can that be?”. THAT can be because they, themselves, are complicit in these crimes.

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        • Dr.Jay says:

          The group who saw it all is very limited. Will be very hard to leak it without showing who did that. Also, unlike the security at senate select committee (run by the leaker Wolfe himself), the security is such that you can’t really make copies or pictures….

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  34. LandofLiberty says:

    Your wrong on Coates and Haspel. Both will produce the evidence. Do you think they approve of Brennan and Clapper. Haspel very highly respected and so is Coats. Everybody isn’t bad guys.
    You should listen to what John Solomon and Sara Carter told Mark Levin on his show over a month ago about intelligence agents meeting them after being on Hannity and what they told them….there are true Patriots still around. How you think alot of these people have gotten their info

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    • tozerbgood8315 says:

      Do you think Gina Haspel knew about the attempts to entrap Papdopolous in the London when she was the head of the CIA headquarters there?

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      • Dr.Jay says:

        No that, like the rest in UK, seems like an operation run by MI6/Haklyut related people (Halper, Downer) and people that they know (Mifsud, Steele).
        Some of those (like Halper) have CIA contacts or are even CIA assets, but that doesn’t mean local CIA would be running that show.

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  35. Larry Carlisle says:

    Does US Attorney John Durham have COMPLETE access to ALL FBI documents? Does anyone know how that works? Can Chris “GET IN THE” Wray stonewall him?

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    • Mark McQueen says:

      No matter what the Democrats want to pretend, the FBI is NOT an independent branch of Govt. They ARE DOJ, the AG heads the Dept., and they all serve at the pleasure of POTUS.

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    • Louisiana Tea Rose says:

      Bill Barr is the heavyweight player Wray reports to, his Bossman. There isn’t anything at the FBI that can be withheld from the AG.

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      • Dr.Jay says:

        Not legally withheld. They can hide it.

        In bureaucracies they hide stuff by misplacing & miscoding things.
        Typical remedy is to send in some bean-counters and computer-nerds who’s first objective is to check for any anomalies. Most of those will be caused by sloppy work & mistakes, but that is also the place to find any stuff hidden on purpose.
        Most systems have secondary and tertiary checks so in order to loose one item they may have to create fraudulent entries in multiple places.
        And then you have people simply asking questions, getting documents and based on those search the next document or person.

        Say we want to loose the Oct 11th memo. Now you can’t merely classify it, as the original is known & stored. So to keep it away from IG or prosecutors they would have to change a few lists. But then an investigator checks who was there, then checks their email and sees a reference to something that should be stored at system X, but isn’t there (anymore).
        To hide something which was already emailed to many people in several departments is almost impossible.

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  36. Mr. T. says:

    Oh no. I see they are investigating whether there was political bias.

    The last IG report spelled out massive political bias all summarized in one statement that concluded there was no political bias.

    After all Peter Smzirk, Lisa Page, Andy McCabe, James Comey, Bill Priestap, James Baker, Bruce Ohr, and a host of others said there was no political bias. They just vehemently hated the President but would never allow that to affect doing their jobs.

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    • steph_gray says:

      I like how you conveniently leave out the fact that the last IG Report was boiled down to the Rosenstein Report, as sundance has proven to the nth degree. Rosenstein’s summary was everything you say – but the bulk of the report itself was not.

      Your argument also ignores the fact that Barr has repeatedly proven himself a far cry from the previous officeholder.

      Unfortunately for the premise, treepers have a tendency to remember the details. We’re funny like that.

      You could be right about this IG report too. But assuming a whitewash ahead of time serves no purpose, IMHO.

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  37. larrythelogger says:

    Cautious optimism? Why? Durham investigated Mueller and found that Mueller KNEW and continued to allow four innocent people to rot in prison. That is a crime committed by Mueller that Durham discovered. And so what was the outcome? Mueller was punished so harshly that he kept his job, continued to get rewarded and promoted and THEN he got paid to knowingly and illegally help destroy and remove a duly elected president and destroy other innocent lives associated with that president. O, the humanity!!!

    I can promise you one thing. WHATEVER Durham discovers, absolutely NOTHING will happen to the criminals involved in the Russia hoax including all the criminals like Comey involved in the illegal FISA warrant.

    This is more strutting, fretting and signifying nothing.

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    • Louisiana Tea Rose says:

      WOW. I wish we all knew just a scrap of the information you must have. Then we could all be as sure of the outcome as you are.

      Might as well call the White House and tell President Trump that time’s-a-wastin’.

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    • Newhere says:

      Both Horowitz and Durham have held the role of “watchdog of the watchdogs” and we don’t know the extent to which they soft pedaled, or may have been FORCED to soft pedal by those they answered to. In the case of Horowitz, we know he BEGGED the Congressional judiciary committees throughout the Obama administration to crack down on DOJ leadership through legislation, so that he could do his job. Imagine the motivation of a veteran watchdog finally unleashed. We shall see.

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    • tozerbgood8315 says:

      Got a link for Durham previously investigating Mueller?

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    • Tom H says:

      Durham didn’t investigate Mueller. He investigated the corrupt Boston FBI office and put people in jail. Mueller was never in the Boston FBI office. He was an Asst. US Atty in Boston for 2 years (1986, 87). I hate Mueller, but misstating the facts doesn’t help.

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      • Newhere says:

        Tom H — point taken Durham didn’t investigate Mueller. What about the allegation (e.g. by Rep. Gohmert) that both as US Attorney in Boston and as Director of the FBI, Mueller tried to block the release of the individuals framed in the corruption that Durham did investigate and expose? I believe this is what people citing a “connection” are talking about. If true, it would pit Mueller as the “institutional protector” at cross purposes of Durham’s anti-corruption work. A connection worth highlighting, as we take stock of this new assignment.

        Granted some references to a Durham/Mueller connection in the comments here may be vague or imprecise (by myself included), and it’s a good thing to clear it up — but would be helpful to fix mischaracterizations by stating what IS a true connection (even if attenuated) rather than bat away any at all. Gohmert’s report suggests something, so insisting it’s all spun out of whole cloth doesn’t help people clarify their understanding. Helpful too if you have further insight on what Gohmert sets forth.

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  38. Wray will be gone by the weekend.

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  39. icthematrix says:

    Understand that this whole cabal was built within the constructs of a “by the book” approach; that is, utilize the law and actions that are prescribed but do it with the necessary “wiggle room” needed to achieve the ends desired.

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  40. amflyalex says:

    Sundance — Here’s the TRIGGER that forced the Russia hand. Brennan’s & Obama’s “Hammer.”

    http://theamericanreport.org/2019/05/12/comey-launched-trump-russia-investigation-day-after-general-exposed-the-hammer/

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    • zorrorides says:

      ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ THIS IS A GOOD ONE ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^

      Sundance’s writing style lets his info flow straight into our brains, so clear and metered are his sentences, while this article is much more difficult to read. The FIB has 600 million pages verifying the uses of Obama’s Hammer against Donald Trump and other patriots.

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  41. chuckyschmucky says:

    Why are leftists panicking about this? Shouldn’t they WELCOME another opportunity to investigate all the terrible things Trump officials did to trigger their legitimate counterintelligence investigation into him?

    Shouldn’t the Obama Administration IC welcome the chance to demonstrate that everything they did was proper, and clear their names that have been besmirched by Trump, who’s accused them of conducting a political hit job?

    And how dumb is Trump to seek this investigation — right at the moment Barr whitewashed the Mueller report and saved Trump from impeachment — Trump turns around exposes himself to yet another investigation.

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  42. Shep Smith was subdued. Hannity thinks the Honey Badger already has IG report and results are devastating!

    IG’s last report was hamstrung by the fact that Lynch had and retained the ultimate and unbridled prosecutorial discretion to clear Hillary. There could be no “bias” in the sense of its lack of causation of illegality on the part of her subordinates. Everyone else was unethical and unprofessional in creating a political charade- a political wrong. Horowitz may have been eleqantly correct.

    In contrast there appears to be nothing but illegality and no prosecutorial discretion involved in the upcoming report

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  43. Sue Fowler says:

    Far too early to send in the cheerleaders. So much talk and solittle action. And the beat goes on and on and on.

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  44. youme says:

    What republican will get up and read the book “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich”

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  45. Kevin says:

    In DC, who can you trust !

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  46. richard mcdonald says:

    Durham is there to keep Trump from declassifying – you know…..” docs are part of an ongoing investigation.” Hope not, but trust no one.

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