President Trump’s Declassification Directive Outlines Specific Process and Direction….

Now that President Trump has officially designated the Declassification Memorandum we can review the specifics for process, content and timing.  Our previous research led to a set of expectations for the directive. Now, that we have the directive in hand, we gain increased clarity of purpose.

♦ First, President Trump has assigned ownership of the Directive to U.S. Attorney General William Barr. This part was predictable because the purpose of declassification would be to facilitate a DOJ review of how the intelligence apparatus was used in the 2016 election.

Additionally, because the DOJ review encompasses intelligence systems potentially weaponized in 2016 for political purposes and intents, President Trump carries: (a) declassification authority; but also: (b) an inherent conflict.  In this DOJ endeavor candidate Trump would have been the target of corrupt agency activity; and therefore would be considered the target/victim if weaponization were affirmed by evidence.

To avoid the conflict President Trump designates the U.S. Attorney General as arbiter and decision-maker for the purposes of declassifying evidence within the investigation:

…”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.” (link)

Additionally, AG Bill Barr does not need to assemble the intelligence product for approval by the executive (Trump).  Instead the office of the president is granting the AG full unilateral decision-making as to each product being considered for declassification.

This is a huge amount of trust from the President to the Attorney General, and a big responsibility for William Barr:

[Sec 2] …”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.”  (read more)

The position-designate slightly works around custom insofar as the intelligence hub, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (Dan Coats), is given conference – but the decision making is designated to the Attorney General (Bill Barr).

Essentially the DNI will be following the instructions of the AG for this Memorandum.  This is slightly unusual; but given the purpose, necessary and expected.

♦ Secondly, following protocol, the Memorandum is specific to the agencies carrying the documentation that will be reviewed by the Attorney General: The Secretary of State (Pompeo); the Secretary of Treasury (Mnuchin); the Secretary of Defense (Shanahan); the Secretary of Energy (Perry); the Secretary of Homeland Security (McAleenan); the Director of National Intelligence (Coats); the Director of the CIA (Haspel), and the Attorney General himself (Barr).

The agencies give insight into the intelligence product (ie. evidence) being reviewed.  The Treasury and Energy agency was surprisingly notable:

Considering the purpose of the Memorandum: “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 appearance of Treasury and Energy would indicate the pre-existence of investigative evidence; that would be subject to ongoing DOJ review; and potentially be part of ongoing proceedings.

Potential target issues could include: (1) an investigation of Uranium One; (2) an investigation of the Clinton Foundation; and, (3) an investigation of matters related to payments to Iran.

Treasury would come into play with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS); which was part of the Uranium One process and also included the Dept. of Energy.  Additional related matters could include George Papadopoulos $10k (Treasury); and The Clinton Foundation.  [Obviously this is supposition, but there are not too many alternate investigative pathways for intelligence within Treasury and Energy.]

The absence of FBI in the memorandum designation is not unusual as the FBI is an internal agency of the DOJ where Barr already has supervision and decision-making authority.

However, that said, one does have to wonder where current FBI Director Christopher Wray, current Deputy Director David Bowditch and current FBI legal counsel Dana Boente line-up within the DOJ investigation itself.

♦ Third, within the memorandum the President does not allow AG Bill Barr to delegate authority.  However, all agencies are required to respond to Barr’s authority.

The purpose of the Declassification Directive also appears to permit the DOJ Inspector General to include classified material in the body of the upcoming report on FISA abuse; this memorandum is granting AG Bill Barr the autonomy to make that decision and declassify that content.

♦ Lastly, regarding the timing of release…. While the purpose of the authority is to empower AG Bill Barr to collect, process and declassify intelligence product that is part of the DOJ investigative review, this does not preclude the public release of intelligence information in advance of the IG report on potential FISA abuse.

Much of the intelligence information may be collected external to the IG review parameters (FISA process), and may be released independently as part of stand-alone declassification that pertains to weaponized DOJ, FBI and CIA political activity.

Ultimately the decision to release, and the timing therein, is now in the hands of U.S. Attorney General William Barr.

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804 Responses to President Trump’s Declassification Directive Outlines Specific Process and Direction….

  1. burnett044 says:

    You know that feeling ya get when you have been standing in line for a long long time and suddenly you are next…
    you still waiting but ya feel much better about it…..

    Liked by 35 people

  2. Coma5 says:

    Now we have to hope that Barr truly is a Patriot. Will he selectively declassify to protect his friends? I don’t think so, but trust is earned.

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  3. waltherppk says:

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  4. The MSM / democrat media is being forced to report on this, albeit as ‘an escalation of the president’s feud’….CBS punctuated their morning TV coverage with a clip of Nadler on Maddow last evening acting agitated and insisting there’s ‘no reason to think our intelligence agencies did anything wrong’.

    I love the smell of Democrat flop sweat in the morning….

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    • waltherppk says:

      You can hear the pigs squeal in the distance as background music to the bacon sizzling.

      Liked by 6 people

      • The Boss says:

        Maybe the pigs are squealing to the tune of Dueling Banjos. With Jerry Nadler as Ned Beatty.

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      • With ol’ nads it is ham hocks!!!!!!

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      • askandgettruth says:

        let the feast begin folks. the fat is on the grill and they are starting to sharpen their knives. better watch out for Nadler ==he looks like he is hungry for revenge. we are more famished for the truth then he and his clown car full of cronies are. so stock up on popcorn and watch them eat each other. Pelosi and crying Chuckie will need a very long vacation after all this. justice comes to us who patiently wait. maybe Schiff will break-down for a show we all could use.

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      • madeline says:

        or …Donkeys braying.

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    • Sugarhillhardrock says:

      Clivus,
      When the predicate they contrived after 702 access was cut off is exposed as the complete junk it is, little Marxist apparatchiks like Nadler will be reduced to public humiliation.

      As the arrests occur, the lefties will be exposed for the anti Americans they actually are.

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    • pocaMAGAjunta says:

      Fake Headline:
      “Trump Escalates Investigation of Intel Agencies over Mueller Probe”

      Real Headline:
      “Uni-Party Sphincter Tightens as Truth Probe Looms Large”

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    • lftpm says:

      Nadler demanded that AG Barr release the Mueller Report, unredacted, in the interest of transparency. Why does he reject transparency re an unredacted Horowitz FISA Report? I’m confused. / s

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  5. waltherppk says:

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  6. Inasmuch as AG Barr’s first stint as top cop predates the Clinton’s arrival in DC. (Bill & Hillary brought Eric Holder into the fold in 1993 and – after the Bush hiatus – he was there until almost the end after putting the operation into full Stalin hyperdrive), Barr’s biggest problem is not going to be where to begin, but where to stop with this investigation.

    The fact that dozens of deep state scoundrels have had there Memorial Day weekends ruined makes me happy.

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    • Alan Reasin says:

      None of this could not have happened without FBI field supervisors and maybe the 40 FBI agents who have been on this hoax since it started. Those who followed orders will try that excuse as did the WWII war criminals. I have zero sympathy since I did the right thing and lost jobs because I wouldn’t ignore those who were bypassing nuclear project’s testing requirements. I did what I did In part because I had previously been a AEC/NRC licensed senior nuclear operator and supervisor and thus knew the rules very well; I could not ignore what I discovered in my audits.
      Financially I was placed in a scary position each time but I never regretted my decisions to expose what I did; will they?

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      • lftpm says:

        Quite a few people will be able to get off by claiming they were told by superiors that there was substantial evidence of Trump-Russia conspiracy, so the FBI had to conceal the fact that Trump was a CI target.

        But AG Barr, USA Durham and IG Horowitz will find the original hoax inventors, and identify those who colluded in what they knew was illegal spying, illegal unmasking and false-rumor leakages to the MSM.

        I think that extended 14-hour-long interrogations (the old dark room with a hot lamp in the face), for two weeks running, of some of the women like Lisa Page, Nellie Ohr, Loretta Lynch, Susan Rice and Huma Abedin could be productive. They can be caught in perjury/obstruction of justice traps, then given the opportunity to avoid or minimize jail time by fessing up. Fly them to Gitmo, their lawyers can’t get flight seats, and the gals can be assigned JAG counsellors for their interviews.

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  7. waltherppk says:

    Pelosi needs to be removed from the line of succession due to obvious mental incompetency

    Liked by 8 people

    • litlbit2 says:

      Oh my thinking back when these clowns did the mental thing with POTUS!

      Proof again whatever these fools, DNC, GOPe, MSM people attempt to use against our President they are guilty trying to coverup hoping for indoctrination of their puppet supporters.

      Liked by 2 people

    • burginthorn says:

      IMHO its all an act. She’s one sly snake, 32 years in the swamp is proof of that.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Remington..... says:

      Remembering the day when PT said how much he supported pelousy, and he was looking forward to working with her? Perhaps he was putting her in a position with his support knowing full well how close to the edge she really was. Also knowing full well he’d be able to shove her over the edge into the babies. Nancy, meet a boss.

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    • boomerbeth says:

      His her meds for her movement disorder.. maybe L-Dopa
      A cognitive side effect.
      Only Steny Hoyer would be acceptable & the commies would seize power.
      Let open her medical records & see if she should be impeached!

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    • madeline says:

      You make a good point Walther. Anyone in line of succession should be required an examination. Trump should sign an executive order to that effect.

      The line of succession follows the order of Vice President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, President pro tempore of the Senate, and then the eligible heads of federal executive departments who form the president’s Cabinet.

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    • lftpm says:

      Ah, the old pre-emptive 25th Amendment gambit. Brilliant!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. lcpusa says:

    and just think, we HAVE ONLY BEGUN TO WIN!
    china is bent over the barrel…
    EU victory for Farage…
    theresa may resigning…

    TO #WINFINITY AND BEYOND!!!!!!

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  9. Justin Green says:

    Nancy Pelosi has to be under a good bit of stress. She and the other DNC goons could have made this go away quietly.

    The cockroaches are about to scatter, and there will be a lot of finger pointing and circular firing squads.

    I keep remembering Donald Trump’s quip during the debate:
    “Because you’d be in jail.”

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    • doofusdawg says:

      Would be a hoot if Pelosi and other top law makers in congress and in media were also unmasked.

      Liked by 6 people

      • GB Bari says:

        I might be wrong, but IMO PDJT will carefully weigh the consequences of “taking out” any Congress critter with this probe.

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        • Notmeagain says:

          I think that the more they are exposed, the more they will be vulnerable to a campaign of ridicule by a praetorian guard, and goaded into their own self-destruction. It’s happening to Pelosi, and Omar and AOC less obviously.

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        • trialbytruth says:

          GB politically I agree however I think this is all in Barr’s wheelhouse.

          I think politically that’s where it should be and what most of his supporters intuitively expect. I for one will gladly pass on political considerations for justice. What remains to be seen is how much of a political animal Barr is.

          Regardless of which side he takes my preference is just a straight equal Justice guy. The “good” crooks can hang side by side with the “bad” ones.

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      • Justin Green says:

        Congress was definitely complicit in covering up an illegal scheme. Or, certain members were, for sure.

        Many of the “closed door” committee hearings and availability of other documents that we can’t see make them extremely complicit in an actual cover up.

        If they impede the investigation, it will be obstruction as well, if it isn’t already.

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  10. Paul says:

    Now the country will see who really has obstructed justice, as well as stifled the President’s agenda for America first.

    Liked by 7 people

    • lotbusyexec says:

      Can we all scream like Mad Maxine about getting the past two plus years back of PDJT presidency and a redo on the 2018 midterms? “Reclaiming my time…”. Reclaiming OUR time lost based on faux investigation and utter craziness! Stop the insanity – let the Trump Train roar forward full speed ahead! MAGA

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  11. Bubby says:

    First I would like to thank Sundance without this blog (which is dag gum addictive) I wouldn’t understand much. This tread has been fascinating, I read every comment! I haven’t felt this excited since I was a little boy on Christmas Eve! Can hardly wait for the Zippo! Godspeed President Trump, AG Barr and Sundance!

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  12. Today is the best I’ve felt in a long-long time. The light at the end of the tunnel sure looks BRIGHT.

    Liked by 11 people

  13. The Boss says:

    Certainly the mass declassification of documents will expedite grand jury proceedings that may already be in place or are about to start.

    Liked by 3 people

  14. waltherppk says:

    Breaking ….Trump nominates Space Cadet Nancy Pelosi to be Ambassador to Planet Goofy

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    • I recall that Nancy had planned on retiring upon the ascent of Her Royal Thighness to the Oval Office Throne, but there was a change in plans and Pelosi announced she had decided to stay on for the good of her country. . . . . . . Right.

      Liked by 3 people

      • thesavvyinvester says:

        The question begs if she resigns as Speaker, who fills her shoes? I bet a dozen donuts AOC & the two shall not be named with either throw there hat in the ring, or have sway on who is the new speaker. I don’t see Steny Hoyer getting it because I am next, the Party is too fractured not to have a cat fight in front of the public & that maybe one reason why she won’t step down.

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    • lotbusyexec says:

      And as Mark Levine would add “And Jerry Nadler for Fatty’s United!”

      Liked by 1 person

    • Free Speech says:

      More rubber on her head than Robbie Rotten from Lazytown.

      Liked by 1 person

      • CM-TX says:

        Too funny! Robbie Rotten is also the chosen screen-saver on one of my son’s phone.

        For those who don’t know who this evil villain is:
        (It was a very weird kid’s show… the creepy looking characters had to have given a few kids nightmares!)

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    • Polish Rifle says:

      Trump should nominate Buttigieg as the AmbASSador to Uranus.

      Liked by 1 person

  15. TrumpsterinPa says:

    President Trump yesterday…”They messed with the wrong person”. That gave me a ton of confidence to what is about to unfold.

    Liked by 13 people

    • Armchair Quarterback says:

      Bring to mind the famous line uttered by Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men!

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    • Cisco says:

      In my neck of the woods the saying goes.
      “They just didn’t know who they were f’king with.”
      Most certainly true in this case.
      President Trump most definitely not the run of the mill jello spined Rep’ubs.

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    • rayvandune says:

      PT needs to start right now de-personalizing this. Plays into the copperheads’ message that he is unfit. Delegation to Barr was a smart move ( unless he goes south on us).

      “They messed with the wrong people… knowledgeable, freedom-loving, patriotic Americans.”

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    • rayvandune says:

      PT needs to start right now de-personalizing this. Plays into the copperheads’ message that he is unfit. Delegation to Barr was a smart move ( unless he goes south on us).

      “They messed with the wrong people… knowledgeable, freedom-loving, patriotic Americans.”

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  16. Bogeyfree says:

    Anyone wonder why there has been virtually zero comments of support from Senate Republicans on PT directive?

    One would think that most would be applauding what PT has directed AG Barr to do. But virtually nothing, why??

    Could it be that PT’s inclusion of the DOE and DOT have anything to do with it?

    Sunshine is a funny thing, some people like it while others who burn easily tend to dislike it.

    Pay close attention to people’s actions over these next few days as the heat is being applied.

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    • DOE—>Uranium One,
      DOT—>funding!!! (1.8Billion too be exact to IRAN) … It came from somewhere and that was it…

      Liked by 6 people

      • 🍺Gunny66 says:

        The DOT one has got them puckered.
        Basically our President has ordered an “Audit” of the Federal Goverment.

        And…. “All of them” have had their hands in that cash…….
        Audits are done in normal business all the time…but….but….an audit of our Government……

        I can imagine the conversations around the kitchen table.
        Wife standing there with hands on hips

        Saying:
        “You did what?”….”How much?”….”Can you give it back?”…”Hookers?!”

        This is gonna be a “Wild Ride”…….Hang on…

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        • BRUCE FAUTH says:

          Having worked as a CPA auditing companies, I got a good sense real fast that certain companies gave me warm fuzzies with straight answers. Others, not so much.
          And when David Walker (a CPA and just about the smartest person I ever met) was Comptroller General of the United States, he quit and threw up his hands in disgust as no one in DC would give straight answers and no one wanted to hear the truth about the government’s financial situation with all the debt. To paraphrase what Jack Nicholson said, “They can’t handle the truth.”

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      • Car says:

        Yes, caused us to be where we are now with Iran. Giving sunlight to this should shut down the Dems from blaming Trump.

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      • Jederman says:

        Time to revoke some passports too. obama and crew may suddenly be interested in overseas travel.

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      • CM-TX says:

        As good a guess as any.

        Wasn’t the State Dept. also missing 6 Billion?

        While over at Department of Housing and Urban Development’s:
        | … (HUD’s) financial books are in such bad shape that HUD’s Inspector General (IG) can’t complete an audit even after HUD officials corrected $520 billion in bookkeeping errors, according to a new IG report.

        Officials at HUD fixed $3.4 billion in errors from its 2015 books and $516.4 billion in errors from its 2016 books. |

        I highly doubt the issue is limited to just these agencies. Maybe someday we’ll see where it all went… but I won’t be holding my breath.

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      • De Oppresso Liber says:

        Oh, we all know where it came from, the question is…..where the hell did it GO? And while we’re on the subject of missing money (and theft and/or corruption involving democrats, f course), I would like to know if it’s true when the Bestial Bride of Bubba left the State Department that $5 Billion dollars left with her?

        I’ve been saving a bottle of Blanton’s Bourbon for a special occasion. When the Bestial Bride of Bubba, or Bubba himself (or BOTH!) are indicted I’m going to break that seal and toast JUSTICE…….however delayed.

        MAGA!

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        • CM-TX says:

          Way back during election time, there was an article circulating. IDR which paper, but fairly sure it was a foreign one. And supposedly around the time it caught traction, she made a quick trip overseas.

          There was mention of a meeting just prior to the trip… with 2 or 3 individuals (male) who were named. I believe one was linked to a particular Bank. And another was said to have accompanied her on the trip.

          The purpose was to allegedly handle some aspect involving the transfer of a large sum of money– $everal Billion was noted. It was also implied there was a connection between it, & the DoS’s missing funds.

          IIRC, The Bank of Q…… (foreign) was also mentioned. I think as being on one end of the transaction.

          I remember being skeptical reading– given an unfamiliar Source, & only reported overseas. But we now know our Media Outlets have 0-credibility, having exposed themselves as Presstitutes & Propaganda Factories For Hire. So in retrospect on the other, at least the possibility for some portion of truth still exists.

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    • lotbusyexec says:

      Sunlight is the best of disinfectants. Feeling giddy today and am now humming “I got the boggie fever… due to your awesome user ID

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    • lolli says:

      Bogey,
      I think they are busy looking for their sunscreen. Lol

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    • pucecatt says:

      Yes , I watched Adam Kinzingar being interviewed and he was very nervous about this . 😎

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  17. Daniel says:

    Department of Energy? Uranium One? Department of Treasury? Billions of missing dollars from State Department?

    Liked by 8 people

  18. teeheeman says:

    OMG……..the Big Ugly may actually happen?? Someone pinch me to make sure I’m not dreaming. In any case there is a long way to go. This will be a cage match – “two men enter, one man leaves” The Deep State actors will literally be fighting for survival – they are capable of doing anything……

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  19. Bubby says:

    Amen John!

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  20. Even Schiff for brains is now recognizing that PDJT is a VSG. Schiff for brains claims that PDJT’s uncovering (declassification order) is a cover up, which would normally be a very stupid thing for Schiff for brains to say – even a three year old could instantly recognize the contradiction. Except that PDJT really is capable of such magic tricks.

    Do you remember the other times when PDJT . . .

    –Got dressed up by getting naked
    –Ate a feast by fasting
    –Slowed down by speeding up
    –Used a wrecking ball to build a hotel

    Only the most ingenious VSG could pull such things off!

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    • Daniel says:

      To be fair, you can somewhat cover up a thing by dumping a million pages of documents. This is the “needle in the haystack” bit. That’s not what is happening here, but that’s an argument which could be made. And it would be valid because we see “distractions” by the left-wing news all of the danged time do we not?

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  21. Og Oggilby says:

    Thomas Lifson helps to spread the word on American Thinker, with quotes from Sundance….

    Russia Hoax Origins to be Exposed as Trump Authorizes AG Barr to Declassify Russia Probe Documents, May 24, 2019:

    “Heads are exploding all over the beltway, as the unraveling of the biggest political scandal in American history enters a new stage. Make no mistake, there is a plan and a timetable designed for maximum dramatic impact. President Trump finally has taken the long-awaited step to lift the cloak of classification and uncover the weaponization of the federal government’s law enforcement and intelligence agencies against his candidacy and then presidency.

    The timing is intriguing….”

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/05/russia_hoax_origins_to_be_exposed_as_trump_authorizes_ag_barr_to_declassify_russia_probe_documents.html

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  22. mr.piddles says:

    “Instead the office of the president is granting the AG full unilateral decision-making as to each product being considered for declassification.

    This is a huge amount of trust from the President to the Attorney General, and a big responsibility for William Barr:”

    Doesn’t this also provide for a political buffer, on purpose or otherwise?

    AG Barr declassifies as needed, for LEGAL INVESTIGATIVE purposes… while President Trump can’t be accused of selective declassification purely for political purposes. “It’s his show. We’ll see what happens.”

    The insufferable “Barr Is Trump’s Lapdog” narrative will continue, but this at least provides a formal buffer to counter that insufferable narrative.

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    • rayvandune says:

      This lapdog has already bared his fangs, and now he needs to take a bite out of somebody to get everyone’s attention, and encourage defections.

      Suggestion: Jean Francois Kerry

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  23. Retired USMC says:

    I love the sound of commie rice bowls breaking in the morning…break them ALL!

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  24. Child of Morning says:

    Declassification is nice but it is not a necessary step to the indictment of wrongdoers . So what gives? Are we going for truth and reconciliation? That would a big fail. No matter what the information reveals the Dems and media will state with certainty that it reveals exactly the opposite. They do this today. Until Lisa Page or some other weak player in the conspiracy says they were attempting a coup it will amount to political points scored but no justice. Bill Barr has the power to find that weak player and offer immunity. Not seeing that headline. Hope I am wrong

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    • olddog35 says:

      No Immunity. There should not be a policy of negotiating with constitutional terrorists.

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    • Sentient says:

      I wish we lived in a world where black letter law were dispositive. We don’t. Popular opinion matters immensely. If popular opinion were 90% against a president – any president – he or she could be impeached and removed without the slightest shred of evidence of any impropriety. That’s the real world. If Trump’s approval rating were 29% instead of 50%, Republicans in the House would already be joining Dems in voting to impeach and GOP senators would be falling all over themselves to vote to remove. Declassification is a tactic in the war for public opinion. Thankfully the truth is on our side.

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      • lftpm says:

        Sentient, have to disagree here. Popular opinion could not be 90% against a president unless he were engaged in impropriety. The real world is Trump’s approval rating being 50% because despite humongous anti-Trump MSM antipathy, half the nation recognizes he is doing a great job on the economy, which is what matters to workers. Right now, Trump’s approval rating is 3x higher than Congress’s. The least-liked branch of government is not going to take down the most-liked branch.

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        • Daniel says:

          If Trump failed to fight back as he has, public opinion would already be at 90% against. Trump’s own PR counter-attacks have proven to be effective. People do not weigh “things I like” against “things I hate.” They simply weigh “things I hate” and forget about “things I like” entirely when “things I hate” are heavy enough. That’s how the psychology works here. Why else do you think the left piles on so many absurd labels which are so absurdly repeated despite how absurdly easy it is to disprove all of it? Because it works! That avalanche of labels prevents them from from being examined individually by most people who no longer have the ability to think. Why do you think they have been dumbing down this country for so long? Do you think they could get away with all of this if the people of the 1970s had the internet? NOPE!

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    • aisheschayal says:

      It is absolutely necessary to declassify because of the total media and democratic blackout of the truth. The truth must be shown to the millions of people that have been duped, misled and brainwashed by the democrats and their complicit main stream media. The is not just the biggest corruption uncovered in our American history, it is the biggest coverup by a vast number of government arms working in coordination to hide the truth from the American people and to sell out our Country to all sorts of evils. Because the American people have, for the most part, for many years prior to the 1990’s believed in the FBI, CIA, DOJ, Dept. of State and the media, they cannot readily accept how these organizations have failed and fooled them. It’s hard to give up a lover who you trusted and who now has cheated on you.

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      • rayvandune says:

        Well said, and the best argument for NOT waiting until closer to the 2020 election. The scope of the criminality is going to be difficult for many people, even many GOOD people, to believe. The “Deepocrats” have played the favorite trick of experienced conmen – accused others of the crimes they have been committing.

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        • Rileytrips says:

          And maybe, just maybe, if this is completed quickly enough and the traitors are indicted with evidence found, the Democrats might eventually start to change back to some real normalcy – maybe put forth some candidates who are truly lovers of the USA who support the rule of law and not Socialism/Communism or infanticide. We do need more than one political party in our system that has opportunities for winning elections. It will be a LONGGGG time before they can be trusted again, however. It is so horrible what has happened to their party, my grandfather always voted for the Democrats – they were for the common man he used to say. He died in 1969 and is probably spinning in his grave over what they have become.

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      • lftpm says:

        What most people fail to understand is that organized crime infiltrated our government, and ran the Executive Branch for two 8-year spans, as well as planting a couple hundred operatives in the Legislative Branch, plus more than a few in our IC.

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  25. Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

    House democrat socialists can have anti-Trump Hearings until the cows come home. Apparently they just can’t help themselves and it’s too late to apologize to the Deplorables.

    TRUMP 2020

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  26. Associated Press doesn’t even pretend to be a news agency anymore in its advocacy for the Democrats and the Deep State:

    Trump moves to escalate investigation of intel agencies

    Trump directed the intelligence community to “quickly and fully cooperate” with Barr’s probe. The directive marked an escalation in Trump’s efforts to “investigate the investigators,” as he continues to try to undermine the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe amid mounting Democratic calls for impeachment proceedings.

    Trump is giving Barr a new tool in his investigation, empowering his attorney general to unilaterally unseal documents that the Justice Department has historically regarded as among its most highly secret. Warrants obtained from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, for instance, are not made public — not even to the person on whom the surveillance was authorized.

    Trump has frequently claimed his campaign was the victim of “spying,” though the intelligence community has insisted it acted lawfully in following leads in the Russia investigation and conducted surveillance under court order.

    Despite Mueller finding no evidence to support criminal charges against Americans related to Russia’s actions, his report documented extensive Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 campaign and willingness on the part of some in Trump’s orbit to accept their aid.

    https://apnews.com/9e926bfccb5947d5a5f8eb260cb0a7e6

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    • dawg says:

      “…….as he continues to try to undermine the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe…..”

      What reality is that? PT has been repeating Muellers findings of “No Collusion” multiple times a day!

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      • covfefe999 says:

        It’s just crazy. They didn’t have to release that report but they released it in full, with minimal redactions. He never even claimed executive privilege. How is Trump undermining anything.

        I remember at the Pennsylvania rally Don Jr spoke about how he just can’t stand dealing with his illogical Dem friends any more (my paraphrasing). He complained about how they just don’t even make any sense any more. This is an example of it. It’s completely irrational for anyone to claim that Trump is covering up, undermining, or obstructing.

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    • iconoclast says:

      Yes. AP is a long-standing lefty media outlet, operating under the disguise of an objective news organization. And they provide the news at the top of the hour on many radio stations. “This is AP Network News.” They’re full of it.

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    • testpointwp says:

      The cognitive dissonance at the AP and among others in the MSM is so great that they actually believe the Mueller report says something it doesn’t say.

      “…historically regarded…” Hello AP. We’re rewriting history. This time we’re getting it right.

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    • lftpm says:

      A lot of the “Russian efforts” in the MR are bullschit. For example, Joseph Mifsud is egregiously mischaracterized as a shadowy Russia-connected actor, when Mueller knows or should know that Mifsud is a CIA/MI6/Italian intelligence agent with zero connections in Russia. He introduced George Papadopoulos to “Putin’s niece”, which was a complete fraud. He said he would put PapaD in contact with other people who had Kremlin connections, but never did.

      The Russia “hacking” of the DNC server, claimed in the MR, was never close to verified, because the DNC insisted on having its hired security service, Crowdstrike, funded by Soros-linked people and Google’s ultra-pro-Hillary supporter Eric Schmidt, do the only “forensic analysis” of the server, rather than the FBI / NSA experts do it. The FBI had the authority to confiscate the server, as potential evidence of a crime and national security breach, but stood down.

      There are claims that Five Eyes and Dutch IC teams found discussions of Hillary emails on Russian military networks in 2015, but this hasn’t been explicated. We do know that HRC emails were directly sent to a building in D.C. owned or leased by the Chinese government: the Chinese could easily have shared some of the emails with the Russians.

      Madame Veselnitskaya, who says she was an informant for the Kremlin, who met Donald Trump, Jr., only did so because Fusion-GPS owner Glenn Simpson and she co-planned the meeting, and AG Loretta Lynch gave Ms. V a special visa waiver, without which she could not have gotten into the country to meet Don, Jr. The MR failed to describe this obvious DNC frame-up scam.

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  27. Phil McCoxwell says:

    It is now Go Time. We just witnessed Chuck and Nancy set up for a Hail Mary field goal at the 50 yard line. What we are witnessing now are the faces of a team watching their hopes of a win go down the drain as they watch the ball drift well outside of the goalposts way before it even get close to them. It is that last breath of hope. That last swallow that decides hope and the realization that your dream has come to an end. Now the kicker will begin to blame the holder, the holder the ball, the team the coach, and on and on. Meanwhile, we will be celebrating the victory while the other side gets ready for a long 100 year communist winter under the bright sunshine of a free people. There will be jail time.

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  28. johneb18 says:

    The Bigger Ugly?

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    • Daniel says:

      No, it’s still the big ugly. This is the pulling back of the curtains. This is the revealing of how things have been run. If things go the way I hope they go, this will become a complete and utter reboot of this nation and all of the people in it. We, the people, have to accept our responsibility and duty to ensure our elected officials do not go astray and turn our government into their personal accumulation of wealth and power. And this is at every single level.

      It’s because people do not step up and do not speak out. Ever heard anyone say “can’t fight city hall”? If you do, tell them “it’s you’re responsibility and duty to do precisely that.”

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      • johneb18 says:

        Reboot. Yes. It is what is needed.

        I just meant that the way sundance was writing it up, it could end up being bigger and uglier than The Big Ugly, in which many began to give up hope here some months ago, only to gain some traction again in this new Barr era.

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  29. CorwinAmber says:

    ahem…note to Valerie Jarrett: with all due respect Madam, this is what “BY THE BOOK” really looks like!

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  30. daylight58 says:

    I’d like to think that someone, somewhere, is getting ready to design a monument to our VSGDJT.

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  31. TomA says:

    Do not become over-confident. The Deep State has long anticipated this development and has numerous contingency plans at the ready for how they will combat these new developments. There will be the obvious roll-out of a mass media campaign to discredit Barr as a Trump stooge, and also companion news reports attempting to justify the “legality” of SpyGate/RussiaGate. They will also escalate their blackmail campaigns against specific members of Congress (there is a reason that many Republican incumbents stepped down in 2018). This will lead to a few more defections within the Republican ranks (some overt, but most covert). There will be more attempts to scandalize Trump with faux claims about personal conduct and financial matters. Thankfully, most of the citizenry has no stomach for more of this nonsense. Last, they have a Dr. Strangelove fallback, so beware a Black Swan event via false flag OP. Hopefully this latter option will be circumvented by the few remaining loyalists within the federal law enforcement institutions. Let us all make a Prayer for Owen Meany today.

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    • getouttahea says:

      I imagine the left’s primary strategy to deal with the declassifications will be to underreport and downplay all the findings. They’ll discuss astonishing events by DOJ and intel agencies which completely reveal deep state treachery in passing and with little emotion. Once reported, purely as a means to maintain credibility (lol), they will rarely if ever revisit the topic. As usual it will be online sources and a couple of FOX opinion hosts making the most noise.

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    • burginthorn says:

      Yeah like banning hundreds of conservatives from social media.

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    • Redzone says:

      TomA, good preview of future events. I’m confident PT and team will also anticipate these. Let’s hope the plan is to do whatever it takes to thoroughly quash what’s coming.

      A good start would be to somehow reveal the direct communication and coordination between the media and the Dems so rational folks can see the collusion. Maybe prosecuting some of the FBI media leak cases would help accomplish in this (Discovery). The constant flow of MSM propaganda and lies has to be slowed.

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    • Daniel says:

      Remember “what” the deep state is. Elected officials have the final say. Trump, in this case, is that elected official.

      The mass media rollouts will be ineffective because the media is no longer trusted.

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  32. Git-R-Done says:

    So the future of the Trump presidency is now almost totally in the hands of Bill Barr. Not sure I am crazy about that fact.

    Liked by 1 person

    • strateshooter says:

      it is actually bigger than that I think buddy.
      The future of this Constitutional Republic is now in the hands of AG William Barr.
      His responsibility is frightening and the courage he will need is also frightening.
      William Barr , if he surfaces the real truth of what happened , will cause social shockwaves with far reaching consequences we might still only guess at.
      If he hides the truth though ( I am guessing he will at least hide some for the ‘ good of the nation ‘ arguments by his swamp buds ) this Republic is endangered for all except the MEDIA + Silcon Valley + DNC + their backers > the current power in US society.

      God Speed Mr. Barr . And to all those working with you.

      Liked by 8 people

      • lolli says:

        👍agree strateshooter
        “A Republic, if you can keep it”

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      • iconoclast says:

        I assume AG Barr has hired a food taster to accompany his private security detail.

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      • KnowSERENoFear says:

        Agree. IMHO – we must not lose sight of the overall objective – to restore the bedrock principles of our Constitution and Republic.

        Justice is just one component of the Constitution and our Republic. If folks go to jail and WE THE PEOPLE still suffer taxation without representation, suffer surveillance without warrant, suffer confiscation of property without due process, suffer our public funds being used to indoctrinate our progeny and murder our future (PP), suffer the unenumerated constraints of administrative law….etc…, then what have we gained?

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      • boomerbeth says:

        BJ kkklinton wants a tarmac meeting to remind Barr of his “Robert Johnson” CIA days in mena, ark.

        “Keep your hands off my wife, Hil-LIAR-eee or you will regret it every day if your life”.

        Store this.

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    • lolli says:

      Git r done,
      Understand your skepticism after all this mess.
      IMO, backup plan-deplorables go to Washington-July 4 🇺🇸

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    • burginthorn says:

      I’ve been mightily impressed with Barr thus far. He evens manages to smile and make light of their attempts. He’s held his own extremely well when pressed, and I expect we’ve not seen anything yet.

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    • beachbum31 says:

      Sundance has nailed this.. don’t think Barr doesn’t know this (even in the unlikely event he’d want to ruin his legacy)

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  33. Coast says:

    I think Pelosi, Brennan, Comey, Nadler and others have made statements about President Trump that they will highly regret. As President Trump said, “they messed with the wrong person”. There is a drastic change coming.

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  34. H2 says:

    Guess what bothers me is how will Barr or anyone at the DOJ know if these agencies turn over ALL of the pertinent information? Wray, for example, hasn’t done one thing to help get the truth out. Have trouble believing he will change.

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    • FPCHmom says:

      That is such a good question.

      I am hoping that Barr has an idea what he is looking for, and who has it. He just needs the pieces to the puzzle to show how it fits together.

      Also, why would anyone in these agencies now put their careers in jeopardy for these criminals by selectively withholding important information?

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  35. The Pencil Neck squeals and cries see, a squirrel China!

    https://mobile.twitter.com/RepAdamSchiff

    Adam Schiff
    @RepAdamSchiff

    While Trump stonewalls the public from learning the truth about his obstruction of justice,

    Trump and Barr conspire to weaponize law enforcement and classified information against their political enemies.

    The coverup has entered a new and dangerous phase.

    This is un-American.

    Adam Schiff
    @RepAdamSchiff

    China is utilizing and exporting cutting-edge mass-surveillance technologies, eroding privacy norms and civil liberties.

    It’s time to pay attention to the threat posed by China’s digital authoritarianism:

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    • Justin Green says:

      Too late, Schiff. We’re still waiting on you to show us the “clear evidence” that you bragged about having.

      You’re done.
      Apology not accepted.

      And Trump’s already working on China, thank you very much.
      Don’t need ya.

      Liked by 3 people

    • L_Dave says:

      From a 2018 American Mirror article:

      In July 2013, Schiff told the Russians the reforms he was promoting “would have the cumulative effect of making the FISA court much more transparent so the American people can understand what’s being done in their name and in the name of national security, so we can have a more informed debate over the balance between privacy and security.”

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  36. Mick says:

    Is it just me, or does anybody else think the charges against Assange are part of the plan?

    My point is that everybody and their brother has tried to get Wikileaks to reveal their source of who hacked the DNC. And the narrative that Russia did it in collusion to help Trump cannot be disproven without this information in the sunlight.

    I think Barr set the wheels in motion almost immediately after he was confirmed to nail Assange against the wall, thus forcing him to give up his source?

    The timing can’t be a coincidence.

    If Seth Rich was the leaker, and he was killed for it, and this comes out at the same time the FISA abuse is revealed it is game over for the swamp.

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    • amjean says:

      Interesting.

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    • rich33y says:

      There is no such thing as friends in Washington. Obama probably had the Intel Agencies spying on everyone, including the DNC.

      It could be that one of the reasons the FBI didn’t investigate the leak, or demand access to the server is that the FBI/CIA already knew where the information came from.

      If that’s the case then maybe Seth Rich didn’t die from Arkancide……

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    • Sentient says:

      The people who dispatched Seth Rich’s killer(s) are still there and not without power. It seems more likely that they’ve wanted Assange snatched up to ensure his silence. We can hope that our VSG is giving them just enough rope to hang themselves and will pull the gallows lever at the right time, just as he seems to allow Bolton and Pompeo to appear poised to drag us into another regime change war and yet – thankfully, and to their surprise – no such war has yet commenced. Justin Raimondo’s take is an interesting one. I hope he’s right.
      https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2019/05/02/will-the-real-moron-please-stand-up/

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    • Kintbury says:

      My opinion, and I know it is not worth much, is that they are trying to make a big show of going after Assange because they want him out of British hands. They will then bring him here to cooperate.

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      • JoeUser says:

        I just replied something similar (great minds, and all?).

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      • rayvandune says:

        I wonder if UK PM May deliberately delayed her resignation until after PDJT’s state visit, so that he would not be able to negotiate with a new PM about coughing up Assange? If it is Boris Johnson, I hear little persuasion will be necessary. Now, what leverage do we have on Sweden? Have they bought any F-35s? Be a shame if they got held up. Just kidding. Sorta.

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    • boomerbeth says:

      Never mind…

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    • JoeUser says:

      Yeah, I saw a story about how they’re applying the full-court press against Assange. You might be correct.

      I’m also wondering if the big show is a feint, and after Assange sings (upon promise of a lot of leniency) that we discover that it was indeed Rich. Man, that would be massive…

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  37. Padric says:

    *giggle*
    Does this mean that president Trump can now go to the courts and add the “ongoing investigation” reason as to why his financial and tax records can’t be released?

    Bwahahahahaha! Oh, sweet irony if this is true.

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  38. joeknuckles says:

    I think the Democrats just realized they have been dead the whole time.

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  39. 335blues says:

    Care to know how America got into this mess?
    Read the article below from American Thinker.
    “Obama choose Communists and Marxists for the highest, most powerful positions in our land, including his closest political advisors, and his head of the CIA. These facts are not in dispute.
    Professor Paul Kengor has extensively researched the Chicago communists whose progeny include David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, and Barack Hussein Obama. Add the openly Marxist, pro-communist Ayers, and you have many of the key players who put Obama into power.”
    Read more: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/05/obama_appointees_in_the_communist_orbit.html

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    • dd_sc says:

      Predates Obama; Bill Clinton was also appointing Marxists/Maoists to cabinet and other high ranking positions. Comey, Lynch, Holder, and McCabe are all Clintonistas.

      One of Bill Clinton’s first actions was to force our William Session as FBI Director for ethics violations that were originally brought up by GHW Bush and then AG Barr. Some fairly minor stuff – used tax payer money to install a home security system, and let his daughter fly with him on FBI charters, as I recall. Kind of thing where you dock his pay after slapping his wrist. Louis Freeh replaced Sessions and soon after Craig Livingstone delivered a bunch of FBI files to Hillary Clinton.

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    • John Rawls says:

      Nelli Ohr is also a communist.

      Liked by 2 people

    • grandmotherpatriot says:

      As a Chicago born and raised conservative, I can testify that Chicago politicians are the Communist Party that I and many have fought for years.
      Not everyone in Chicago is a Communist. I would also like to mention that many states in the Union voted for Obama equal in numbers to IL. I did not. In short, we have many ill-informed voters in America as well as Chicago.
      The MSM never vetted Obama his connections to Farrakhan, etc.
      Trust me Chicago is going to fall hard and soon as IL is broke due to Chicago Politics, its political machine, and stupid voters.

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    • GB Bari says:

      I already read “The Red Thread” by Diane West.
      If that doesn’t open your eyes to the communist problem in America, nothing else will.

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  40. convert says:

    Wait til everybody finds out Samantha Powers wasn’t just unmasking Republicans, but Democrats, journalists, party activists, media personalities, actors, you name it. Anybody Obama didn’t like.

    Liked by 6 people

    • grandmotherpatriot says:

      I would like to see who Rice unmasked as well.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Bogeyfree says:

      So to recap when it comes to spying it appears we have:

      1) unmasking of hundreds of Americans

      2) a 99 page FISA abuse confirmation report

      3) Adm. Rodgers testimony of abuse of contractors who allegedly where given unfettered access to the NSA database.

      4) the 47 hard drives from Montgomery, containing information gathered on Americans including CEO’s and judges.

      Put all of this together and you have some pretty powerful evidence IMO.

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  41. dd_sc says:

    Potential target issues could include: (1) an investigation of Uranium One; (2) an investigation of the Clinton Foundation; and, (3) an investigation of matters related to payments to Iran.

    The inclusion of Department of Treasury of the Department of Treasury would also include the IRS (Lois Lerner & Company) would it not?

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  42. Bigly says:

    In his movies, Dinesh D Souza outlines Hillary and Obama’s ties to the radical commie , Saul Alinsky.

    In his book, rules for radicals, which Hillary has memorized, its her bible dating back to Arkansas….Alinsky outlines the power of projection.

    Look at what is happening now – the entire left apparatus actually believes trump is the criminal, the Russian operative – when it was Hillary that actually funneled cash through the Clinton foundation and information through her illegal gateway.

    No one on the left believes Hillary is dirty. She is unscathed – genius was Saul Alinsky – evil genius.

    Barr is caught up in the middle of this sh*tstorm – let’s pray he has what it takes to cleanse America of this cancer known as Hillary and Obama Clinton.

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  43. daylight58 says:

    Refresh my memory.
    Wasn’t one of the former techniques – in preparation for farming – in an overgrown, ancient forest burning the forest down? It cleared the forest and enriched the soil in preparation for planting new seeds.
    Maybe that’s the only way to clear The Swamp. Burn it to the ground by opening the books.

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  44. 8675310 says:

    Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched. Barr has the authority to protect is allies which may include Mueller and Wray. We all know one of the things Mueller has done (see Louie Gohmert’s 48 page report on Mueller’s history), but many don’t know that Wray has been obstructing any exposure of his agency’s crimes. Meanwhile Barr has praised Wray and characterized him as an ally.
    “…the long-established standards…” have always included redacting politically embarrassing information, the exposure of which would do no harm to the country, but rather simply protect the responsible parties. If this is the standard used, the cover up continues.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Rockindubya says:

      I am certainly wishful that the old adage, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer” applies here.

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  45. WeThePeople2016 says:

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  46. Linus in W.PA. says:

    What was the purpose of that clause that said (paraphrasing) that AG Barr has that authority until there is no AG in the office??

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    • rich33y says:

      My take – He was granting AG Barr the authority to declassify, not the office of the AG. Whomever is the next AG doesn’t automatically get the same authority.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Bogeyfree says:

      My guess is the authority can not be passed down to a Asst AG in the event something happened to Barr or he stepped down.

      It may mean PT at this point trusts no one outside Barr.

      I think PT has learned after the Sessions reclusal.

      Liked by 3 people

      • rayvandune says:

        Barr is the most significant hire that Trump has ever made. And unfortunately, he has made a few doozies. Trump is used to making “bet the business” decisions, but this one is a “bet the country”.

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  47. NoFixedAddress says:

    If Brennan and Comey are self admitted communists then how many more are there in Govt. Departments?

    Liked by 1 person

  48. Becky haynie says:

    Barr is a Bushie from way back. If he has all the authority, he can hide anything that might be blowback on that family. Hate to say it but looks like Trump made a deal with that family so maybe, hopefully, eventually, the Clintons can be prosecuted.

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  49. I don’t really want to be crude so I’ll do a little alphabet substitution:

    “First we E— Brennan. Then we E— Clapper. Then we E— them all……” Ha-ha-ha.

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  50. USA First! says:

    Could it be that the Treasury’s department will investigate any money trails from Foreign Countries to the politicians that are constantly standing against MAGA? Would be great if so!

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