BOOM! – Process Started – President Trump Issues Authorization Memorandum for Declassification….

There was a DC rumor that “a website” was “surprisingly spot-on” when CTH posted the likely declassification structure, agency process and timing… [Here and Here and  Here]

Tonight, President Trump signs a declassification memo that identifies the intelligence units, and issues guidelines therein:

WHITE HOUSE: “Today, at the request and recommendation of the Attorney General of the United States, President Donald J. Trump directed the intelligence community to quickly and fully cooperate with the Attorney General’s investigation into surveillance activities during the 2016 Presidential election.

The Attorney General has also been delegated full and complete authority to declassify information pertaining to this investigation, in accordance with the long-established standards for handling classified information. Today’s action will help ensure that all Americans learn the truth about the events that occurred, and the actions that were taken, during the last Presidential election and will restore confidence in our public institutions.” (read more)

Memorandum for Agency Guidance below:

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE
THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY
THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY
THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY
THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE
THE DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

SUBJECT: Agency Cooperation with Attorney General’s Review of Intelligence Activities Relating to the 2016 Presidential Campaigns

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby direct the following:

♦Section 1. Agency Cooperation.

The Attorney General is currently conducting a review of intelligence activities relating to the campaigns in the 2016 Presidential election and certain related matters. The heads of elements of the intelligence community, as defined in 50 U.S.C. 3003(4), and the heads of each department or agency that includes an element of the intelligence community shall promptly provide such assistance and information as the Attorney General may request in connection with that review.

♦Sec. 2. Declassification and Downgrading.

With respect to any matter classified under Executive Order 13526 of December 29, 2009 (Classified National Security Information), the Attorney General may, by applying the standard set forth in either section 3.1(a) or section 3.1(d) of Executive Order 13526, declassify, downgrade, or direct the declassification or downgrading of information or intelligence that relates to the Attorney General’s review referred to in section 1 of this memorandum. Before exercising this authority, the Attorney General should, to the extent he deems it practicable, consult with the head of the originating intelligence community element or department. This authority is not delegable and applies notwithstanding any other authorization or limitation set forth in Executive Order 13526.

♦Sec. 3. General Provisions.

(a) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) The authority in this memorandum shall terminate upon a vacancy in the office of Attorney General, unless expressly extended by the President.

(d) This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

(e) The Attorney General is authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

DONALD J. TRUMP

♦First, I did not anticipate the Secretary of Treasury [likely related to Papadopoulos money tracking and/or, Clinton Foundation, and/or CFIUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and/or all the above.  Second, I also did not anticipate the Secretary of Energy [likely related to Uranium One and Clinton] that’s interesting.

However, for the rest of it, here’s what all this means [Backstory].  There is a formal process that must be followed.  President Trump has now authorized that process:

♦The declassification of documents central to previous congressional inquiry, that also encompasses the Inspector General review of the Carter Page FISA application, is the subject of great interest and speculation.  However, it would make sense for President Trump to authorize the declassification of documents in advance of the IG report release.

Likely Inspector General Michael Horowitz has reviewed all of the documents in question.  If Horowitz wants to include the classified content in his draft report for principle review; and later within the final report; those documents would need to be declassified or else they would be held back, footnoted and outlined in a classified appendix.

If the DOJ and President Trump want the information more broadly available to the public and media, it would make sense to declassify the documents – pending the review and approval of the participating intelligence agencies (DOJ, DOJ-NSD, CIA, NSA, State Dept., FBI, ODNI, DoD, etc.)

♦ The process without controversy – First, each of the executive branch intelligence agencies will have to sign-off on the declassification request, and/or explain to the Chief Executive (that’s Trump), through the ODNI, why their specific intelligence product should not be made public.

Generally speaking, now that the Mueller investigation is complete; and if there is no substantive risk to national security; the intelligence agencies will adhere/defer to the request of the executive.  This is where the alignment and support from U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr is critically important.

If AG Bill Barr supports the declassification request, there would be limited room for any intelligence unit to justify blocking the release.

In recent reporting Bill Barr has been outlined in discussions with the CIA and ODNI during his own intelligence review.  It is almost certain those media reports are referencing contact and discussion about the IG report and declassification content.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Dan Coats is in charge of the executive declassification process overall.  The ODNI is the intelligence hub that all requests and approvals flow through.  If any intelligence unit or compartment has an argument against declassification their argument/justification against release (or redaction removal) is made to the ODNI.

The DOJ is one intelligence agency within the process; however, in this specific example the declassification directive will be targeted to fulfill the DOJ-OIG investigative framework of the inspector general. [Assuming this is the goal of President Trump]  Therefore the DOJ will have increased weight and responsibility for coordination and support for the declassification request.

If all cabinet members of the executive branch are working toward full transparency; and assuming the current FBI doesn’t try to block any release; the process for declassification follows normal guidelines to notify any intelligence units that might be impacted by public release.

In this example, again assuming the list of classified documents is similar to those previously anticipated, there are possible foreign governments and intelligence units that would need advanced notification.  In turn, those foreign agencies may request time to organize their intelligence interests and impacts.

ODNI Dan Coats would be responsible for working with DoS (Pompeo), CIA (Haspel), FBI (Wray), DOJ-NSD (Barr) and NSA (Nakasone).  Each of those intelligence officers are then responsible for notifying their foreign counterpart of any information that might pertain to their interest(s). [Assuming the declassification touches on foreign interests.]

If everyone within the executive agrees, then likely Inspector General Michael Horowitz will be allowed to outline the declassified content in the main body of his report and not hidden within a classified index unavailable to the public.

If the declassified material extends beyond the interests of the executive, in this case it likely does, then the ODNI may select participating intelligence members to brief the congressional gang-of-eight on the material being declassified.

This is not always needed, but given the political interest in this example this will likely happen.  The current Gang of Eight includes: Nancy Pelosi, Kevin McCarthy, Adam Schiff, Devin Nunes, Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer, Richard Burr and Mark Warner.

If the declassified material extends beyond the interests of the executive and the legislative, in this case it is possible vis-a-vis FISA, then the ODNI may also brief the Chair and ranking member of the house and Senate Judiciary Committees on the material being declassified. ie: Jerry Nadler, Doug Collins, Lindsey Graham and Dianne Feinstein.

Additionally, there is also a possibility the full Carter Page FISA application is being declassified.  If so, there could be notification to the U.S. Judicial branch SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts and/or FISA Court Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer.

So you can see this is a rather engaged and lengthy process as each participating interest is notified, and allowed time to provide feedback if they have any adverse interests to the release which may need to be considered.   This is not as simple as President Trump saying “do it.”   A declassification request is a process.

Yes, the President of the United States can unilaterally declassify any document he/she deem is in the national interest.  However, that is never done.  If you want to see how it is possible to do [READ THIS].

The President has the unilateral ability to declassify anything because he/she is often engaged in discussions with leaders of foreign governments, if the POTUS had to worry about his ability to discuss classified intelligence the President would be unable to engage in open discussion on interests of importance to the United States.   Therefore the laws that allow the President his authority, are designed so that a President cannot violate any classified intelligence issue.

That’s the basis for the President’s ability to unilaterally declassify intelligence information and/or documents.  Any previously classified material the president shares is considered declassified subject to the classification authority of the recipient.

In the example of declassifying documents the executive deems are of public interest, there is an assumption of no inherent national security urgency.  Therefore the process to allow advanced review of those documents by all stakeholders is always followed.

You can imagine the political backlash if a president, any president, was making unilateral decisions to declassify material without going through the process to ensure national security interests were evaluated.  Heck, even though President Trump is going through the lengthy and structured process, we will likely see his political opposition make this absurd claim anyway.  [Keep that in mind]

All of that said, no-one really knows the documents and/or information that may be subject to this current declassification request.  This was the original list as outlined in 2018:

  • All versions of the Carter Page FISA applications (DOJ) (FBI) (ODNI).
  • All of the Bruce Ohr 302’s filled out by the FBI. (FBI) (ODNI)
  • All of Bruce Ohr’s emails (FBI) (DOJ) (CIA) (ODNI)
  • All relevant documents pertaining to the supportive material within the FISA application. (FBI) (DOJ-NSD ) (DoS) (CIA) (DNI) (NSA) (ODNI);
  • All supportive documents and material provided by Bruce Ohr to the FBI. (FBI)
  • All intelligence documents that were presented to the Gang of Eight in 2016 that pertain to the FISA application used against U.S. person Carter Page; including all intelligence documents that may not have been presented to the FISA Court. (CIA) (FBI) (DOJ) (ODNI) (DoS) (NSA)  Presumably this would include the recently revealed State Dept Kavalac email; and the FBI transcripts from wiretaps of George Papadopoulos (also listed in Carter Page FISA).
  • All unredacted text messages and email content between Lisa Page and Peter Strzok on all devices. (FBI) (DOJ) (DOJ-NSD) (ODNI)
  • The originating CIA “EC” or two-page electronic communication from former CIA Director John Brennan to FBI Director James Comey that started Operation Crossfire Hurricane in July 2016. (CIA) (FBI) (ODNI)

However, in the months since September 2018, there are more documents that may have been added to the list; specifically if they have been reviewed by Inspector General Horowitz and citations contained within the upcoming draft report on FISA abuse.

Also keep in mind, Mark Meadows outlined President Trump has never seen the documents or the information that would be contained within the documents. [More Here] Many people who do not know how the executive branch works have falsely stated that President Trump knows what is in those declassification documents. He doesn’t.

The Office of the Presidency is a system, not a person. The system is designed to protect the occupant of the office. In this specific example it would be against the direct interests of the President to have full knowledge of the material inside the declassification requests because the President was potentially a target and carries an inherent conflict of interest.

The President is reliant upon the trust of advisers to inform him of the value – or lack thereof – along with the legal and political risks therein; without any specific conversation about the content.

In short, President Trump may declassify material as requested, but other than general briefings, he likely has no independent idea what material is inside or behind the redactions. Again, understanding this process helps to explain procedural delays, and frustration from those without familiarity with all the roles attached to the executive.

Lastly, CTH doesn’t traffic in ‘hope-porn’.  While we have presented a more detailed list of documents and material that we hope would be declassified, there’s almost no likelihood all of this material would be approved for release. However, I hope we are wrong:

♦ President Trump can prove the July 31st, 2016, Crossfire Hurricane counterintelligence operation originated from a scheme within the intelligence apparatus by exposing the preceding CIA operation that created the originating “Electronic Communication” memo. Declassify that two-page “EC” document that Brennan gave to Comey.  [The trail is found within the Weissmann report and the use of Alexander Downer – SEE HERE]

♦ Release and declassify all of the Comey memos that document the investigative steps taken by the FBI as an outcome of the operation coordinated by CIA Director John Brennan in early 2016.  [The trail was memorialized by James Comey – SEE HERE]

♦ Reveal the November 2015 through April 2016 FISA-702 search query abuse by declassifying the April 2017 court opinion written by FISC Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer. Show the FBI contractors behind the 85% fraudulent search queries. [Crowdstrike? Fusion-GPS? Nellie Ohr? Daniel Richman?]  This was a weaponized surveillance and domestic political spying operation. [The trail was laid down in specific detail by Judge Collyer – SEE HERE]

♦ Subpoena former DOJ-NSD (National Security Division) head John Carlin, or haul him in front of a grand jury, and get his testimony about why he hid the abuse from the FISA court in October 2016; why the DOJ-NSD rushed the Carter Page application to beat NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers to the FISA court; and why Carlin quit immediately thereafter.

♦ Prove the Carter Page FISA application (October 2016) was fraudulent and based on deceptions to the FISA Court. Declassify the entire document, and release the transcripts of those who signed the application(s); and/or depose those who have not yet testified. The creation of the Steele Dossier was the cover-up operation. [SEE HERE]

♦ Release all of the Lisa Page and Peter Strzok text messages without redactions. Let sunlight pour in on the actual conversation(s) that were taking place when Crossfire Hurricane (July ’16) and the FISA Application (Oct ’16) were taking place.  The current redactions were made by the people who weaponized the intelligence system for political surveillance and spy operation.  This is why Page and Strzok texts are redacted!

♦ Release all of Bruce Ohr 302’s, FBI notes from interviews and debriefing sessions, and other relevant documents associated with the interviews of Bruce Ohr and his internal communications. Including exculpatory evidence that Bruce Ohr may have shared with FBI Agent Joseph Pientka. [And get a deposition from this Pientka fella] Bruce Ohr is the courier, carrying information from those outside to those on the inside.

♦ Release the August 2nd, 2017, two-page scope memo provided by DAG Rod Rosenstein to special counsel Robert Mueller to advance the fraudulent Trump investigation, and initiate the more purposeful obstruction of justice investigation. Also Release the October 20th, 2017, second scope memo recently discovered.  The Scope Memos are keys to unlocking the underlying spy/surveillance cover-up. [SEE HERE and SEE HERE]

It’s doubtful the intelligence apparatus would ever permit the public to see the 99-page FISA opinion written by FISC Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer.  It would be too damaging to the objective of future FISA authorization.

However, we could also to see material that is not included in any of the declassification lists; such as the fully unredacted Kavalec email and notes, and the transcripts of the engagements with George Papadopoulos.  Time will tell.

If CTH is accurate with the purpose of the declassification timing, the “Principle Draft Review” phase for the Inspector General report may soon be coming.  The draft review allows each of the people identified within the report the opportunity to submit any response or counter to the information as presented by the reference-check phase.

Each of the recipients of the draft report must sign an NDA; however, the NDA only covers the content of the report, not the general submission/appearance of the draft report itself.

The IG may choose to include response(s) from the principles in the draft report, or the IG may not; some of that depends on the advice of the person or group who fulfilled the reference check.  Usually if the IG adds the principle comment, the IG will rebut the comment with additional information and citation (from the referencer).

Once we hear about the draft report (media will mention it), it will be around a month to full public release of the final report that everyone will see.

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746 Responses to BOOM! – Process Started – President Trump Issues Authorization Memorandum for Declassification….

  1. mtk says:

    The Cazy Factor is directly proportional to the Risk Factor divided by the square of the Truth Quotient.

    Understanding that the Truth Quotient can never exceed unity, the greater the Risk Factor the larger the appearnt Crazy Factor gets.

    It is simple mathematics.

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    • TexasDude says:

      It’s the dialectic between all 3 components, interacting in binary yet with all at once in peace and harmony with unity.

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      • …So many jokes, so little time (and space, gee willikers!)…how about:

        Om…migod.

        Also, in response to msk: Somehow, the lyrics to the Beatles’ “Nowhere Man” come to mind: “He’s a real nowhere man, sitting in his nowhere land, making all his nowhere plans, for nobody.” I say that with respect, as a hard scientist, mathematician, and science fiction fan, in the old school (pre 1970 and the fantasy genre explosion). Let’s just say, the Truth is never squared…even as a quotient, nyaah, nyaah… because it Will Out anyway, over all the other elements imagined to have some causative or predictive power. Also, the 3 terms in your mathematical formula are disjoint, and unstable, in time, each independently of the others. The result, as we see even now with the Insane Left, is that the Crazy Factor always blows up (literally on its own… in the end, it don’t need no stinkin’ Risk Factor, as any True Mathematician will tell you).

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    • Richard Orberson says:

      Risk Factor = (Crazy Factor + Stupid Response)

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  2. beachbum31 says:

    Nunes coming on Breen on FOX

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  3. Kleen says:

    Someone on Fox ( Sarah Carter? I don’t remember)said that one of the most shocking information that will come out is some of the names unmasked.

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    • vocem meam says:

      At this point I’m wondering what names would surprise me.
      The proof of political spying will be in the forensics of the NSA database searches. All of the Republican candidates and Bernie Sanders will have been queried, and many people associated with them. As each candidate dropped out the search queries will have ended for that person. One prominent name will not have been queried: Hillary Clinton.

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  4. pagefaeries says:

    hey guys. was the purpose of the meeting with Pelosi and Schumer to let them know of this in advance of the drop? Is that why Nancy was desperately asking the Trump family to stage an intervention? For all I have followed in this story, nowhere is Pelosi and Schumer ever mentioned as being involved in the coup d’etat. Schumer’s jaw drop reference was to the holy hell that is about to be unleashed? Perhaps Pelosi’s prayers were for Trump to weather the reaction. (And he thanked her for the sentiment) Cornered animals are vicious and dangerous when they have nothing to lose.

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    • Zorro says:

      Of course Schemer and Nanny State are involved. Why else would they make false allegations daily? Pelosi specifically changed congressional rules and assignments to go after POTUS.

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    • Query says:

      Nancy has a serious physiological / psyche problem.
      The symptoms look like long ago fetal alcohol syndrome to me, or maybe prescription drugs.
      She’s petit mal-ing often. Lots of confusion. The media doesn’t notice.
      Nancy’s medical records are needed to determine if she’s fit to serve. If her strange behaviour is acceptable we’re in trouble.

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    • nikkichico7 says:

      “Is that why Nancy was desperately asking the Trump family to stage an intervention” …. the word intervention is black op speak for assinate …. he who has no name used intervention in reference to President Kennedy ….

      Mumbles Pelosi had the gall to invoke action to assinate our President. To hell with them all … let them burn

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  5. bluebongo says:

    As I have said numerous times, a T-1 counterintelligence warrant unleashes the whole of government to conduct surveillance to prosecute the target.

    All of it.

    This is just the beginning.

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  6. Tim Mullins says:

    Hey Nancy! About that projection tactic. Did it ever occur to you that maybe you should check to see which way the gun is pointed before screaming FIRE?

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  7. I’m praying. Praying that Trump and Barr are given Samson like strength to make this happen. I’m praying that God surrounds Trump and Barr with legions of angels and the battle luck of Chesty and George Washington combined. Now is the time when hell’s citizens and agents will go all out to stop Trump and Barr. I am praying Psalms 144:1 be in Trump and Barr’s minds and ears.

    Now is the time for war, Justice, and judgement. Vengeance is mine, Saith The Lord.

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  8. Cathy M. says:

    Dept. of Treasury is likely on the list as FINCEN is within theTreas Dept.

    All Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs), Currency Transaction Reports (CTR), Currency and Monetary Instruments Reports (CMIR), Foreign Bank & Financial Reports (FBAR), etc.

    FINCEN collects and analyzes information about financial transactions in order to combat domestic and international money laundering, terrorist financing, and other financial crimes.

    https://www.fincen.gov/

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  9. History Teaches says:

    I was becoming too weary over the last few months of the unending grim, existential civil war precipitated by this entire witch hunt.

    Every facet of daily life seemed to be a potential confrontation if one let slip even a mild non condemnation of the President. TDS has become an insane plague of the mind. A mass hypnotic evil spell coldly and cynically perpetuated by an unholy alliance of media, academia, crooked politicians, entertainment trash and naive dupes brainwashed by shallow socialist babble. Masquerading as ‘globalism.’

    Watching the daily narratives without commenting seemed the path of least resistance to maintaining a modicum of serenity in the real world. But cold anger never thawed, and vigilance has never wavered.

    I feel more energized now, having seen the ‘end of the beginning’ with the dud of the Weissman dossier and the arrival of Barr. And now tangible evidence of the real, substantial ‘beginning of the end’ becoming an inevitability.

    All the while this site has been an amazing resource of fact, research and logic. No ‘hope porn’ to become obsessed with, but clear, documented speculation based on a realistic understanding of human nature and the vested interests of the participants worldwide.

    There still will be daily wars and a degree of desperation even more rabid and intense than before. But the net is tightening, and justice will prevail in due course.

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    • mdt123 says:

      You have the gift of writing in a manner that captures the very same feelings of mine and perhaps most of us here. I have not seen or had this type of discussion with real life people so this site serves as a therapy of truth and sanity.

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    • I agree with everything you wrote and I have never observed such an attack as has been laid out against President Trump. As a life long Democrat who became a RINO (Republican in Name Only), I have also watched here in Southern California as “Ballot Harvesting,” signed into law by Jerry Brown caused 4 Republican Election wins to switch over to the Democrat side 3 or 4 weeks after the last mid term election.

      My biggest fear storm is not that Trump won’t easily win re-election in 2020, my biggest concern is the cheating, ballot harvesting, and fraud at the Ballot Box. Let’s keep Trump in our prayers and that at some point, Nancy Pelosi’s Dementia will get so bad she will have to step down for the good of the country. Peace to all here. God bless you all.

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  10. daniel stanfill says:

    Pelosi:
    We have to pass the bill to see what’s in it.
    Shiff:
    We have to release the document to hide what’s in it.

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  11. dallasdan says:

    The President has specified Barr and Coats as the primary shot-callers. IMO. the former is an unproven MAGA patriot, and the latter is very suspect. I understand from SD that, procedurally, the President has no choice but to do so. However, either of them can derail the intended results of the declassification effort through delay, obfuscation, misrepresentation, or conflicted loyalty.

    SD provided a typically clear, comprehensive description of both the declassification process and its myriad complications. Unfortunately, I anticipate that prior to the 2020 elections, it will be very difficult to completely reveal, clearly explain, and fully convince the public of the seriousness, depth, and breadth of the conspiracy. Why? There are too many operatives necessary to process the information appropriately and too many approval authorities, both of which groups surely contain numerous high-level persons of questionable loyalty to the Republic. Additionally, the process will engender an historic coalition of media, politicians, and their associates and minions in the private sector, finely focused upon defeating the transparency objectives of the declassification.

    SD clearly messaged that this highly complex process is presently unknown regarding details and execution. Moreover, he stated that TCTH would not become a purveyor of “hope porn.” I interpret his words literally; hence, the reason for my heavily weighted caution.

    IMO, the President needs more coordinated help with this project to achieve the desired outcomes than with any other he has attempted, and therein lies the greatest threat to his success. The deep state is strong, cunning, firmly embedded within the GOPe, and resilient. The political warfare is about to become open, hand-to-hand combat.

    I think declassification represents the last and best cards in the President’s hand, and he is now forced to play them because the opposition is unyielding and the time available for full and clear disclosure with consequences is precious. This is the opening gambit of the end game and, as SD commented, the process is not as simple as many believe and the result is not as certain as many hope.

    Our continuing support of the President and prayers for both his safety and success become more important daily.

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    • AH_C, Boofer says:

      Or, things are proceeding on schedule. It’s been a great movie and now it’s time to pull the masks off the perpetrators.

      Hmmm. Bringing the p@in – – 23 = 23 May?

      You state that Trump handed it off to both Coats and Barr. That’s not really the case here, as would be normal. Trump specifically bypassed Coats and made him report to Barr? Barr is the only one calling the shots.

      You also question Barry’s patriotism as unproven?

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      • dallasdan says:

        From the White House:
        “…the Attorney General may, by applying the standard set forth in either section 3.1(a) or section 3.1(d) of Executive Order 13526, declassify, downgrade, or direct the declassification or downgrading of information or intelligence that relates to the Attorney General’s review referred to in section 1 of this memorandum.”

        FTA by SD:
        “The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Dan Coats is in charge of the executive declassification process overall. The ODNI is the intelligence hub that all requests and approvals flow through. If any intelligence unit or compartment has an argument against declassification their argument/justification against release (or redaction removal) is made to the ODNI.

        Regarding Barr, I am unconvinced of his loyalty to the President. SD labeled him “Bondo Barr” in his article on 1/15/19, and has yet, to my knowledge, expressed full confidence in him.

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        • After Jeff Sessions who would express full confidence in Barr……we wait…..we watch, and then we decide.

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        • AH_C, Boofer says:

          I’m trying to reconcile what “SD” said vs what Trump said:
          President Trump: “Today, at the request and recommendation of the Attorney General of the United States, President Donald J. Trump directed the intelligence community to quickly and fully cooperate with the Attorney General’s investigation into surveillance activities during the 2016 Presidential election.

          The Attorney General has also been
          delegated full and complete authority to declassify information pertaining to this investigation, in accordance with the long-established standards for handling classified information.

          Today’s action will help ensure that all Americans learn the truth about the events that occurred, and the actions that were taken, during the last Presidential election and will restore confidence in our public institutions.”

          Coates has beed tasked to support Barr, not lead or co-lead the declass.
          This is key because Barr is focused on prosecuting crimes, especially treason and sedition, while Coats is concerned with protecting secrets at the expense of Justice.

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          • dallasdan says:

            The White House:
            “The Attorney General has also been delegated full and complete authority to declassify information pertaining to this investigation, in accordance with the long-established standards for handling classified information.”

            SD:
            “The ODNI is the intelligence hub that all requests and approvals flow through.”

            The President has made Barr the ultimate declassification authority, but also has made clear that traditional methods will be followed. All documents requested by Barr will flow through Coats to him. The opportunities for Coats to slow the process and/or manipulate the documentation requested by Barr are obvious.

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        • AH_C, Boofer says:

          Also Barr is not loyal to Trump, he’s loyal to the Constitution as he already stated in interviews. That’s good enough for me and so far, he has not disappointed.

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          • dallasdan says:

            So far, he is long on rhetoric and short on action. I’ll wait for SD to grant his Imprimatur to Barr before I will fully trust him.

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            • AH_C, Boofer says:

              All hail SD. Look I like SD and the research performed but SD doesn’t have exclusive info. Awhile back SD was making fun of Epoch Times, who’s laughing now?

              All we have are the known facts with lots of gaps that will be filled in with declass. Until then, I reserve my opinions to likely scenarios and don’t discount anything plausible until the facts come in.

              Normal protocol is that the ODNI is the final arbiter of declass. Not this time as Trump makes clear with his declass order.

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    • need24give says:

      Why did POTUS circumvent DNI Coats (normal protocol for DECLAS) and give AUTH directly to AG Barr?
      Q

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      • dallasdan says:

        Perhaps for this reason cited by SD?
        “Generally speaking, now that the Mueller investigation is complete; and if there is no substantive risk to national security; the intelligence agencies will adhere/defer to the request of the executive. This is where the alignment and support from U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr is critically important.”

        As noted in my reply to Boofer (above), SD stated that Coats will be the conduit through which Barr gets official declassification authority. I understand that is the established procedure, but it troubles me because of my lack of confidence in Coats.

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      • farrier105 says:

        Q does not know this?

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        • Linda says:

          So AG Barr can decide what he wants to use to prove the illegal actions of the COUP operators in the Dem party/fbi/cia about the 2016 election interference in our election process.

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      • Invisigoth says:

        Now it comes out Coats is helping the IC block DECLAS.

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    • California Joe says:

      Coates is an old man. I don’t think he’s up for a fight with President Trump at his age.

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    • TexasDude says:

      If the Dems and NeverTrumper GOP folks stay true to form, the declass and release will be easy and quick.

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    • ABN says:

      Important to keep dallasdan’s POV in mind. It’s a worst-case analysis and not at all impossible. I wonder what PDJT can or will do if it turns out badly. I tend to have good (though not perfect) confidence in Barr. His work will test both his moral stature as well as his intelligence. Can he see deeply enough into the game to declassify correctly? Does he want to do that?

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    • Jederman says:

      “…because the opposition is unyielding…” I agree, but it goes way beyond opposition. This is new territory. Obama either went there first, or was the first one caught.

      I no longer see this as a tit for tat or 64D political chess. The full force of the LAW, not politics, is (hopefully) being brought to bear on the perps.

      If we’re going to have free and fair elections and a peaceful transfer of power based on those elections then those that try to counter that effort must be called out, tried and where necessary, punished.

      It’s pretty clear cut IMO. Apply the law equally to all and let the cards fall where they may. This is a historic event in the “interesting times” we live in.

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  12. Marygrace Powers says:

    IF IF IF IF IF IF IF ….
    YOU DID NOT COMMIT…
    TREASON…THAT’S THE REASON…
    OKIE DOKIE…OKIE DOKIE,,,

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  13. Sunsettommy says:

    They have badly underestimated President Trumps resolve to expose the corruption, after all he is NOT a politician, he has no one to please in Washington D.C. since he never held political office,

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  14. WSB says:

    So, Nancy, here is to your intervention. We will pray for you.

    Liked by 9 people

  15. tonyE says:

    In a perfect World… they would be setting scaffolding with guillotines in the front steps of the US Congress.

    Mon Dieu, vite, vite! Madame and Monsier Les Traitors, zees way. Merci…. Swwwwosh… CHOP…

    … Next, please…

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  16. joan p calhoun says:

    ugh, it’s gonna be awhile.

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  17. Garavaglia says:

    Resist we mu…now hold on a minute here..I don’t wanna have to go to prison over this mess. You know, I had the art of losing gracefully pounded into my behind when I was malleable..clearly these people did not. Oh well, the hard way it is. The connections will be endless…endless.

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  18. NJF says:

    Interesting.

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  19. waltherppk says:

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  20. This happening on Barr’s birthday of all days was just a coincidence? Mapped out well in advance.

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  21. ivehadit says:

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  22. chojun says:

    Hey Sundance, I wanted to call out an angle you likely may not be considering:

    George Papadopoulos was involved in the Energy industry before joining the Carson and subsequently the Trump campaign. He was involved in lobbying activity that was apparently counter to the interests of Turkey. This activity adverse to Obama admin interests apparently put him on the radar of the Obama administration, and Papadopoulos was a known figure to the Obama admin prior to him joining either of the campaigns as an advisor.

    I believe the Department of Energy angle is not related to Clinton Foundation, but is instead potentially further exculpatory evidence that Papadopoulos was *not* a foreign agent and was *not* involved in FARA violations but was involved in other likely private industry lobbying activity.

    My theory is that the Obama admin had multiple, multiple FISAs on Papadopoulos potentially for several years and that they knew he was not a foreign agent but they spied on him anyway.

    This first bucket of declassifications is likely going to lead to a subsequent declassification and the revelation of fraudulent George Papadopoulos FISA applications.

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    • AH_C, Boofer says:

      Hello Lois Lerner, welcome to the limelight. You won’t get away this time.

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    • lotbusyexec says:

      And this IS why I LOVE TCTH — it’s Treepers just like Chojun who turn over every stone to ensure NOTHING is missed or goes unnoticed. Thank you for adding your two cents 🙂

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    • lotbusyexec says:

      And this IS why I LOVE TCTH — it’s Treepers just like Chojun who turn over every stone to ensure NOTHING is missed or goes unnoticed. Thank you for adding your two cents 🙂

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      • chojun says:

        I do believe this is worth repeating 😉

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        • CopperTop says:

          There are layers to Papadop story. Some do not add up. I have seen exculpatory evidence hidden that resulted in short stints in jail. They were to ‘burn’ an asset or to imbed an undercover…

          I still don’t like that his ties to energy put him in some odd places/with some odd people who DEFINITELY would have known Rezko (Obama’s financial backer and Blago’s bane). His atty also represented Rezko.

          Don’t forget…BLAGO was an apprentice contestant.

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          • grumpyqs says:

            BLAGO just loved to talk and brag about himself and his connections. It’s possible POTUS Trump just listened and remembered it all during that time.

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    • lotbusyexec says:

      And this IS why I LOVE TCTH — it’s Treepers just like Chojun who turn over every stone to ensure NOTHING is missed or goes unnoticed. Thank you for adding your two cents 🙂

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    • Hmmm... says:

      Fusion group or Fusion cell. I have a funny feeling that word is going to dominate the news in a short while. I also think that they didn’t get a FISA on Pap early on. They didn’t need it. They had a fusion group with access to everything they needed.

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    • PS says:

      If they had a FISA on a nobody think tank worker years before he was associated with a Republican campaign, then we need to open our minds that there could be FISAs on literally *any* Republican, anywhere, who has publicly spoken against a Democrat special interest. The amount of beaurocracy would be enormous.

      I doubt that is the case. If we twist this a little, let’s suppose the NSA is collecting everything on everyone and archiving it, and there is no oversight audit on who queries it. The database could have been illegally queried for years, and then the FISA is constructed that back-justifies the historical snooping if they are caught. As long as the *right* people run the government, no one has to be accountable, and the uniparty keeps spying on its citizens.

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      • grumpyqs says:

        I agree PS! Knowing the depth, and duration of this blackmailing scheme includes themselves, would be the incentive for most every career federal “bigshot” to go along with the scheme to salvage their retirements. They want their promotions and retirement MORE than they hate Trump!

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    • mutantbeast says:

      hope your correct. Pap will have one huge llawsuit to file if he was spied on illegally.

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  23. waltherppk says:

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  24. montanamel says:

    “I feel as thou a great wave has run thru the force”…. Perhaps we can get some sleep tonight?

    ONE MONTH time line….where have we heard this before??? Wasn’t it for the IG “review” process before releasing the full report?… That kind of fit’s, eh?…
    AND…With the IG report “maybe” including some/lots of this new declassified data/docs, within the main body, not just as footnotes….ie: immediately available for court actions/cases…..could we be seeing the “edge of an iceberg” ?? ….
    IE: Perhaps there has been some “pre-coordination” going on for these past few weeks/months?? Maybe the “original request” for declassification, from back last fall, has been acted upon along with many others by now…with all the lengthy “back checking” back checking done….or, at least “enough” of it for the actual IG report to be passed around for comments forthwith?…. That would kind of screw up some of these deep state travel plans, eh?… Say, 3 weeks from now, the entire report lands on the desks of the world….with more disclosures to follow very fast….with enough hard evidence to open Grand Jury hearings at once…that would be on/about June 15-20th…
    Don’t we have a big party planned for JULY 4th…. Could some of this timing be for full effect during that week in DC ??? MAGA… Check-6

    PS…. The popcorn stock bucked the market at closing…ran up near 6 pts…. thanks to all…

    PPS… Any word from over the pond yet?…. Has May’s body been found yet?

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    • Maquis says:

      Brexit Party looks strong but the UK is waiting until at least Sunday before releasing results so the EU wankers still voting don’t get any bright ideas, like Nationalism and Freedom…

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  25. Judiciary says:

    I’m hoping Barack Obama will soon have far more to whine about than the popularity of his wife’s memoir versus the one he’s trying to finish.

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  26. k4jjj says:

    The President has opened a big ol’ can of Whoop A** .

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  27. waltherppk says:

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  28. hard masada says:

    How much doers any y’all wanta bet that this has been going on for sometime and don’t be suEprised these declassified docs are released really soon…..(most of them have already gone through the process, I bet’cha)

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    • BitterC says:

      I have been wondering same since Pres Trump ordered and backpedaled the declass last Sept. He said he was leaving it to Horowitz at the time so am hoping decass has been in process for a while

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  29. waltherppk says:

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  30. waltherppk says:

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  31. waltherppk says:

    Gee Honey ….I am just totally triggered

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  32. Boy, what a ride it’s been. I first thought Trump was the second worst candidate for president. Of course Hillary being the worst. Once he became the nominee, I knew as much as I detested him, I had to vote for him. For two reasons. One, I had to do my part to make sure that Clinton didn’t win. Second, as a middle finger to the msm.

    When Trump picked Barr for AG, I was sure it was the worst pick imaginable. I thought he was going to protect the swamp at all costs. And he may still do that. But at this point, I don’t think so.

    So anyway, the reason for this long post is…thank God I’m not in charge. I’d screw it all up. Trump is the best thing that has happened to this country in a long time. And I think Barr is the best choice for the job at hand.

    So if anyone sees that there may be even a whiff of a chance that I would be in charge of the country’s affairs, please, for the love of God, tackle me. Throw the straight jacket on me. And sit on me until there is a need for frontline warriors. That I can do. Even at my age.

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    • Doreen Scott says:

      Don’t feel bad a lot of people have been wrong over the years. If people had voted for Nixon instead of Kennedy we wouldn’t have been in Vietnam. If people had voted for Goldwater instead of Johnson we wouldn’t have a welfare state.

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  33. Linnéa says:

    My reading on this:

    Don’t get too excited. There may be some “minimally redacted” information publicly released several weeks from now and this will be scrutinized by internet sleuths and conservative pundits. It will be more of what everyone already knows.

    I don’t think that’s what this Presidential directive is about.

    I suspect there are two issues being address by this Presidential directive; [1] Barr has been refused access to ‘compartmentalized’ sensitive information, and [2] John Durham needs classified documents to be declassified for use before a Grand Jury.

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    • farrier105 says:

      SUBJECT: Agency Cooperation with Attorney General’s Review of Intelligence Activities Relating to the 2016 Presidential Campaigns

      That is “campaigns”–PLURAL– meaning BOTH major campaigns can be affected by the release of the information, not just the Trump Campaign.

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      • Linda says:

        We disagree. The ones who are going to be exposed with the declassification, have already begun turning on each other. Pointing fingers at other. Several examples like comey and lynch calling each other liars; like comey, Brennan and Rosenstein doing the same.

        Plus tons of other issues that the liberal msm has been ignoring to this point. Now the Dems can’t call them conspiracy stories any more, the actual documents will be available as proof

        Same with proving Brennan’s lies.

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        • farrier105 says:

          No, we can’t disagree, because I am quoting from the President’s memorandum of declassification at the very start of the article. My first lines are the subject line of President Trump’s memorandum. It says what it says. BOTH campaignS are subject to investigation dependent upon what the declassified documents indicate should result in further inquiries. What I posted about has nothing to do with the potential targets of the investigations turning on each other at the present time. In fact, that phenomenon has nothing to do with the President’s memorandum. That was starting BEFORE the memorandum was issued.

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        • farrier105 says:

          For further clarification, I am reproducing the beginning of the memorandum as follows:

          Memorandum for Agency Guidance below:

          MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE
          THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY
          THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
          THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
          THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY
          THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY
          THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE
          THE DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

          SUBJECT: Agency Cooperation with Attorney General’s Review of Intelligence Activities Relating to the 2016 Presidential Campaigns

          That is campaigns, plural. Therefore, Hillary’s campaign is now subject to investigation for such matters as the use of Russian sources by Christopher Steele, subcontractor for Fusion GPS, and the use of British and Australian operatives, and the Ukrainians, who are the only two people tried and convicted for “meddling” in the 2016 Presidential election.

          As you can see, we did not “disagree,” but discussed two different subjects.

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  34. j1u2l3i4a5 says:

    I’m hoping it all comes to pass and that AG Barr has security around him.

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  35. Janice says:

    P/T, Bar and Durham will prosecute;
    ALL FBI/DOJ employees; anyone who hides, alters, destroys or delays information that is needed to do proper investigations according to policies and procedures will be terminated and possibly charged with obstruction of Justice etc.

    No employee is going to risk going to prison for Comey, Brennan etc…

    PT and Barr have the power to walk into the FBI/DOJ or any department and demand any document immediately.

    P/T knows directly/indirectly the paper/digital trails of evidence to ensure indictments will happen.

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  36. Linda says:

    Wow. Now that’s what real transparency looks like. Great going Pres Trump. Again schooling obama on how transparency actually works.

    Love it.

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  37. Jenevive says:

    I wonder if Barr realized how bad it was when
    he took this job..they are now trashing his reputation
    so he has incentive to reveal thier dirty deeds.

    He has no part in what went down so he doesn;t
    have to cover for himself.

    Who recommended Barr to POTUS?
    Didn;t Barr work for the Bushes?
    Would they be ok with this takedown?
    Aren’t the Bushes friendly with the Clintons?
    The Bush family seems to have gone quite
    where POTUS is concerned?

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  38. Conservative_302 says:

    Praise the Lord. This is our only weapon against the communism that has taken over a lot of people in our country. All this transparency needs to be made personal to every citizen meaning, How would you like it if this happened to YOU or the next person you wanted to vote for? We deplorables now this first hand. I thought about this last night, half our country has been taken over by communism. This half, the very weak minded, led by a Hitler type, Obama have attempted to shut down our free speech, threaten us with bodily harm, mocked us, and persecuted our president. What did the Jews do in the early days of Hitler? Have us deplorables behaved any differently? What should we do differently viewing us through Hitler’s take over of Germany? Is it enough to sit around and hope something or someone will save Us? How long will we wait to be saved? When is it time to take more action than reading website posts like I am doing now and hoping the next days article says this nightmare is over? We get beat up for wearing a MAGA hat. An attempted coup. Which squad killed Seth Rich? I pray the transparency will turn things around for our country and free us deplorables. In some ways, I think all of us habe changed a little to avoid the wrath of the liberal communists. How many of us would like to wear a Trump t shirt, but don’t due to fear of the lefts wrath? Poor Nick Sandmann. Those kids had no clue thinking America was free.

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    • John Good says:

      As I was reading your post, I was thinking that we here in Canada, have about the same situation currently, as you had in the States under the “O’Bama attempted Coup”!
      Justin Trudeau was put in place by the Globalists, because Stephen Harper refused to sign Canada onto the Paris Climate Change Accord & the Globalists wanted a “puppet” that they could control! Canada had our own ” White O’Bama” forced upon us & now we are going through what you in the USA had to endure when O’Bama tried to bring the USA down!
      If you follow any news (LOL!) from Canada you will see the same techniques being used up here. ( Mass un-vetted immigration of people that don’t want to assimilate into Canadian Society, driving up the cost of fossil fuel energy by brainwashing gullible people
      into the Climate Change Scam, turning people against people by calling anyone who disagrees a “racist” ( here in Trudeau’s Canada you can actually have your life ruined by someone that’s offended, complain to something called a Human Rights Commission and they decide Without a Trial to punish you for having the Gaul to speak out against something that you disagree with!)
      Even worse, you can be put into a Pyschiatric Hospital where some Gov’t Pyschiatrist decides whether you are “a danger to yourself and others”! The scariest part of all this is that these are the same people that decide whether you are competent to stand Trial or not! Most of the Gov’t Pyschiatrists that I have met, could not survive in private practice, as who would volentarily go to them if they had a choice.
      It’s so bad up here right now that I have had retired people actually try to have me lower my voice, so that others will not hear me! That’s how terrified people are in Trudeau’s Canada right now!
      My parents fled WW2 Europe to get away from the Communism, the Socialism & the Facism, & now here it is again in Canada.
      At least you in the USA have Donald Trump to try to undo all the damage that was done in the past 30 yrs. or so, but I am not optimistic about the same type of person getting elected here in Canada.

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  39. Zippy says:

    “BOOM! – Process Started”

    I’ll buy the validity of “BOOM!” when we see the actual results at some time in the distant future.

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  40. Robert Allard says:

    “There was a DC rumor that “a website” was “surprisingly spot-on”. Sundance, you are ALWAYS spot on! Keep up the great work!!

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  41. Rynn69 says:

    Glad to see the photos of Ben Rhodes, Valerie Jarrett, Samantha Powers, and Sally Yates attached. IMHO, these people were integral conspirators and orchestrators in all this criminality. I wonder if Sundance could fit in John P. Carlin’s photo?

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  42. Rynn69 says:

    The fact that only one member of the gang of eight is “clean”, uncorrupted, and a true representative of the AMERICAN PEOPLE is a wake-up call. Our government is in dire straits and in need of term limits or primaries to get rid of the corrupted politicians who dwell forever in the halls of Congress.

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    • AmericaFirst says:

      Lets hope it truly is a wake-up call. Obviously many did not take President Reagan’s warning to heart, we CANNOT leave politics to the politicians.

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  43. mutantbeast says:

    Fatboy Nadlard just got taken to the hospital , apparently complaining of a shortness of breath. It seems to have coincided with the announcement of declassification. Whats the matter, Nadlard, your about to be shown to be a traitor?

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