Judge Rules FBI Must Release Declarations from Lead Mueller FBI Agent….

In federal court yesterday (Friday, June 7). In a FOIA case ruling (full pdf below)  Judge James Boasberg was deciding public release over two issues related to the memos of former FBI Director James Comey.  Backstory HERE and HERE.

Judge Boasberg was deciding what could be publicly released, meaning current redactions removed, based on two connected events: (#1) The content of the Comey Memos; and (#2) the declarations of lead FBI agent for Robert Mueller’s special counsel, David Archey, in describing those memos.  CNN had filed a lawsuit to gain full access.

[Note: the descriptions of the Comey memos by FBI agent David Archey are known as the “Archey Declarations” – Read Here.]

For those who may not be aware, there are so many memos (dozens) when assembled they seem to make up an actual diary of moment-by-moment events, during the FBI investigation of Donald Trump, as documented by FBI Director James Comey.

♦ In the issue of the redactions within the Comey Memos, the judge doesn’t remove them. Some are ordered to be removed, some are approved to stay in place.  The Comey memo aspect, and the redaction decision, is basically a splitting of the baby 50/50.  It will be interesting, but meh, maybe not too much detail. – CNN ARTICLE

(Pdf Link)

The issues argued by the FBI lawyers to keep the Comey memos hidden surround sources and methods.  The judge generally agreed to the potential for compromise, but also outlined several sections of redactions within the Comey memos where that argument doesn’t hold up.  [The judge has read the fully unredacted memo content.]

♦ However, on the issue of the Archey Declarations there’s an opportunity for some very interesting information to surface. Here’s an example of currently existing redactions within the Archey Declarations:

And stunningly, yes, STUNNINGLY, Judge Boasberg has ordered the Archey declarations to be fully released to the public WITHOUT REDACTIONS. See pages 34 and 35 of the ruling.

That means all those black boxes in the example above will be removed and CNN will be allowed the fully unredacted content of the declarations by FBI Agent David Archey.

This should be interesting.

Here’s the ruling:

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And Here’s the Prior Ruling that contains the Archey Declarations:

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THE ARCHEY DECLARATIONS – This is the original declaration outlining to the court on October 13th, 2017, why the Comey memos must be sealed.  It is inside this exhibit where we discover there are many more memos than previously understood, and the content of those memos is far more exhaustive because James Comey documented the FBI investigation.

In essence Comey created these memos to cover his ass. (pg 13):

FBI Agent Archey then goes on to explain what is inside the memos: It is in this section where we discover that Comey made notes of his meetings and conversations with investigators.

Along with writing notes of the meetings and conversations, apparently Comey also made notes of the sources and methods associated with the investigation.  Why would Comey generate classified information in these notes (sources and methods) unless he was just covering his ass because he knew the investigation itself was a risk…

The content of the memos seems rather exhaustive; it appears Comey is keeping a diary for use in the event this operation went sideways. (page #14, exhibit B)

All of those investigative elements would likely be contained in official FBI files and notes by the investigative agents.  There is no need for a contemporaneous personal account of meeting content unless Comey was constructing memos for his own protection. These memos appear to be motivated by the same mindset that caused Susan Rice to generate her email to self on inauguration day.

In the next section FBI Agent David Archey explains the scale of the memos.  There are obviously far more than previously discussed or disclosed publicly.  Additionally, look carefully at the way the second part is worded.

Archey is saying Comey’s written recollections should be withheld because it might affect the testimony of people familiar with the “memorialized conversations”. (page #15, Exhibit B)

 

This is an October 2017 filing, Comey was fired May 9th.  FBI Agent Archey is outlining Trump as the target who might adjust his testimony.  Again, more evidence of the special counsel focus being motivated by the obstruction case they were hoping to build. [Reminder, Comey was still FBI director at the time these memos were written]

The next section gets to the heart of why the FBI wants to keep the Comey memos hidden and not released.

In this section Archey outlines how FBI Director James Comey wrote down who the sources were; what code-names were assigned; how those confidential sources engaged with FISA coverage initiated by the FBI; what foreign governments were assisting with their effort; and what the plans were for the investigation.

Again, why memorialize all of this classified information unless the memos were intended as CYA protection for himself?

The good news is: all of those redactions will now be removed !!

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169 Responses to Judge Rules FBI Must Release Declarations from Lead Mueller FBI Agent….

  1. Trent Telenko says:

    I’ll believe it when i can read it, Sundance.

    YMMV.

    Liked by 6 people

    • bertdilbert says:

      I want to see all of Comey’s memos in the history of the FBI. Then we can judge if this mass of memos was standard or an aberration. Then if Wray stalls or redacts too much hang him for obstructing the DOJ investigation. Popcorn time.

      Liked by 8 people

    • It' says:

      I hope to read the confidential source is “Konstantin Kilimnik.”

      HAHAHAHAHA That would be the funniest.

      Liked by 3 people

  2. tozerbgood8315 says:

    What is CNN’s reason for requesting this from da judge? What smoking cap gun are they hoping to find?

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    • oldumb says:

      That was my question. Why CNN?

      Liked by 3 people

      • jnr2d2 says:

        Don’t know where to put this, but does anyone know who L.J.Keith is (at CDN). Last couple articles seem very “Sundance” in his contacts and analysis.

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    • beach lover says:

      Didnt Comey leak to CNN? or wasn’t that who his peons he used went to? Maybe to CYA for them so they know how to lie, I mean what to say.

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    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      Zucker need butt wipe.

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    • gary says:

      because they’re stupid.

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    • nbkilgore says:

      CNN as we know it has lost all credibility and this is one step to declare they support transparency, first amendment and that they acted in behalf of the public for their right to be informed at CNN’s expense. Judicial Watch has lead the charge thus far and CNN is attempting to rebuild its tarnished reputation. The problem is, CNN is like an abandon mining ghost town covered in dust, tumbleweeds and disrepair!

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      • Jillian McNicholl says:

        Agree. CNN knows the game is up, It won’t work for me except in maybe an airplane crash or other current event.

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      • CNN is attempting to rebuild its tarnished reputation

        That would be a Labor even Hercules wouldn’t attempt.

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      • Susan Bolle says:

        CNN is always part of the plan to cover up. Comey memos are personal reflections and they, therefore, should not be considered as official. CNN wanting them…set up for spin and smells like a skunk. If these ‘memos’ implicate others who were involved in the big scheme and exonerates himself, it might be quite interesting.

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    • Dr.Jay says:

      AFAIK earlier there were more asking for the same. Others dropped (going from memory here).

      CNN was hoping for the few memos that describe the Comey – Trump interactions from Comey’s point of view, so nice material to selectively quote as if they contain truthful or exact statements.

      Anyways then came the pushback including the fact that even the statements detailing why everything still needed to be redacted (the Archey declarations) were themselves redacted.
      As far as I remember around this time any other parties dropped off, understanding that it would not see the day until Mueller made his report & closed up shop.

      Only later was part of the Archey declarations unredacted and made public. At which time we learned that there were more than just a handful of Comey memos.

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    • dd_sc says:

      Spin the classified information ahead of any release by Barr/Trump would be my guess.

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    • Mark says:

      This judges rulings are pretty interesting. Obama appointed, unanimously confirmed. He has a lot of “controversial” rulings, seems to always err on the side of public release. Except for the pictures of dead osama. John Roberts put him on fisa court in 2014. Ruled to release Hillary emails, blocked the release of trump tax returns (but kicked it to congress). I seem to agree with nearly every decision he has made, in the brief overview of the cases presented in his online resume, as it were.

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    • Maybe CNN is hoping to be the final arbiter and only let us see the “right” parts.

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    • fabrabbit says:

      tozer… i wonder, too. All I can figure os they want to see what bad things Comey said about PDJT and be first with the “dirt”.

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    • 1stgoblyn says:

      Because their ratings are in the toilet and they need something, anything to revive them.

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  3. Jenevive says:

    IF CNN wants this info can we assume they think it has
    bad info on POTUS..I don;t think they would want to see
    it if it helps POTUS argument?

    Liked by 17 people

    • jrapdx says:

      Maybe, just maybe, CNN had an inverse psychotic break—a moment of incendiary clarity and journalistic ethics. In that flash of satori they were seeking the facts as they are with no thought of damning or praising President Trump, just wanting to ferret the truth for its own sake. But just as likely that’s a scene from a lucid dream that seems so real at the time but evaporates on awakening to full consciousness. Favorably whatever CNN’s angle was before the court it seems destined to play out well for PT and of course the American people.

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    • Mark McQueen says:

      The suit was filed in July 2017. What they assumed they might get to see then may not be what they want to see today.

      Liked by 31 people

      • Dutchman says:

        The Original request for the I.G. to investigate Comeys handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation came from,…Congressional DEMOCRATS.

        So, yeah a “Be careful what you wish for, as you might just get it!” Moment for CNN.

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        • JIM COMEY IS A WEASEL_DOUG says:

          BINGO!!!!
          And the Stroke/Page texts messages!!!

          Liked by 3 people

          • Dutchman says:

            Yes, the lover texts have become such an integral part of this story, its hard to imagine where we would be, without them.

            Liked by 3 people

            • farvingstartist says:

              I still don’t believe that those two were “lovers” as our President, and everyone else, notes. If they were lovers then wouldn’t at least some of the texts be of that nature? I’ve seen nothing in that regard.

              My suspicion currently is that one is a C-A plant in the FBI and the other was his/her handler. We’ll see.

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              • MelH says:

                We were told the lovers’ personal mail to each other was not included in the dumps we got, because it wasn’t considered relevant to the case. Once that was announced, there didn’t seem any reason to doubt the affair, and Peter admitted the affair to Congress and said it did not influence any of his decisions.

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              • Dutchman says:

                Yeah, left off the quotes around lovers, which IS how PDJT texted it.
                I figured that “lover” b.s. was to give a cover explanation fir redactions. As in, oh, for privacy we redacted the texts that were,…you know, PRIVATE.
                Didn’t work. Or, they DID have an affair, short lived, and it was still used as an excuse.

                Anyway, on the one hand, they were the ones DOING it, on the other they were ‘bit’ players.

                I want the RINGLEADERS. Obama, Hillery, McConnell, Ryan, Pelosi, DiFi, Schumer, Warner, Burr.
                Not that the rest should ‘walk’, but who gets the plea deal for flipping on the other; the contract killer, or the one that HIRED them?
                Coarse, what I WANT, and what I have to settle for MAY be two different things.

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                • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

                  Interesting too….is that Priestap testified he did at some point become aware of their “affair”.

                  Let’s hope Barr follows SD’s advice “without redactions”.

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                • Dutchman says:

                  About the time they came up with it, as an idea for how to justify the redactions, perhaps?

                  Kinda like “A VIDEO! THATS it, we’ll blame it on a VIDEO!”
                  “Sir, WHAT about the RESCUE MISSION?”

                  “Oh, don’t bother me with that now! We have a CRISIS here, and we’re STRATEGISING!”
                  “But SIR!”
                  “Dismissed!”

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              • dd_sc says:

                Some other blogs have alleged Strzok is a CIA agent embedded in FBI counter intel.

                Some of his text messages indicted he worked for Brennan.

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              • Lucille says:

                It’s difficult thinking anyone would WANT to have an affair with Strzok. Eeewww!!!

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              • fabrabbit says:

                I never bought the lover idea either. Have we heard that either Page or Strzok are getting divorced? I’d divorce them after being humiliated like this. “No, Honey I just made that up ‘cuz we’re trying to get rid of Trump!” “Oh, OK, then, that’s fine.”

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      • redgrains says:

        Perfectly stated. Classic boomerang. President Trump seems to excel at making these thugs hurt themselves–with their own weapons.

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      • MelH says:

        Likely what CNN thought they were requesting was the 4 memos Comey told everyone he had regarding meetings with President Trump.Until recently, only 4 were what WE thought
        as well. If Comey is allowed to submit unrequested notes to the courts, why isn’t EVERY person querried by Mueller allowed the same ? In essence,it is defense, and are there other cases in which the defendant is allowed to submit his/her diary?

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        • Mark McQueen says:

          I don’t understand the last part of your post regarding Comey submitting unrequested notes to the courts.

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          • MelH says:

            Generally, a defendant defends himself in court, right? Comey is defending himself while in his PJ’s at home, in advance of being charged. Do ANY of us get that benefit? Can I be heard by the court, because I want to?

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            • Mark McQueen says:

              You’re assuming the public revelation of his memos will be any more beneficial to him in any legal proceeding than his previous testimony and public statements. I think it’s interesting that apparently they were of no use to Mueller.

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              • MelH says:

                How do we know the memos were of no use to Mueller? The public revelation is beside the point. Would we have the same access to the court as Comey had, giving them memos? Seriously, I’m curious.

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                • Mark McQueen says:

                  Did Mueller make any charges from having them as evidence or information? Nope. So what use were they to the SC?

                  Comey did not give these memos to the court, this isn’t a hearing about Comey, and nothing about the memos is a consideration to this court other than whether the FBI redactions are permissible under FISA. So far the only possible impact of exposing these memos is in the public eye. I still don’t understand what you mean by “access to the court”.

                  You or I wouldn’t be in this situation unless our memos or diaries were Govt. documents and CNN filed a FISA request to see it.

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                • MelH says:

                  I guess I’m not clear how CNN filed a FISA request to see the memos Comey wrote, all but 4, after he was fired. A FISA request is for the right to surveil individuals. And how did Comey’s memos become government property AFTER he was fired?

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                • Mark McQueen says:

                  My mistake. I meant to say FOIA not FISA. Freedom of Information Act. If the memos weren’t Govt. documents, CNN wouldn’t be able to sue under the act to get them. They have always been considered Govt. property.

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                • MelH says:

                  My point exactly; they were considered government property but written AFTER he was fired. HE gave them to the court. We would not be allowed to give anything at all to the court

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                • Mark McQueen says:

                  No court has them for any other purpose but to review redactions as it pertains to the FOIA suit. They are not being used in a court for any purpose. COMEY did not submit them to a court.

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                • Mark McQueen says:

                  …and YES, your diary can be admissible in a trial.

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    • Amy2 says:

      That would certify they are crazy; and stupid. Don’t ask for the info unless you are pretty sure what it is. Meh, this way, they can say they broke the story if they ever come around to knowing what the story is!

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    • CNN on a fact finding mission. That’s the oxymoron of all oxymorons.

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    • Susan Bolle says:

      They may already have it and have already planned and written their reaction….just need it released to begin the cascade of events. Comey and CNN are on friendly terms. We will see how fast their reaction is after its release and that will tell us if they, indeed, had access to it prior to the judge’s ruling.

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  4. calbear84 says:

    This is great news. Thank you Sundance, you are truly tireless.

    Liked by 7 people

  5. rmramerica says:

    The better question would be, historically, did Comey make similar memos for other interviews, meetings or WH gatherings? If he didn’t, and the DJT meetings were unique, or out of the ordinary for Comey, than why? Why now? And for what period of time did he do this? Did Comey make similar memos for other DOJ and FBI meetings? Where are they? Barr, can he help?

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    • Right to reply says:

      Exactly!

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    • littleanniefannie says:

      Better question—where are the Obama memos? Anyone else particularly interested in memos around Uranium One, cash pallets to Iran, and anything anfd everything Hill and Bill?

      Liked by 6 people

      • jbowen82 says:

        I recall reading that Comey only met Obama twice and never had any substantive conversation with him. All his dealing with the White House was done through the AG, Loretta Lynch. I could be totally wrong about that, but I’m sure I read it somewhere.

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    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      IIRC
      He SPECIFICALLY testified that he did NOT make “memos” on any other President.

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      • felipe says:

        KVS – Yes, that is my distinct recollection also. That president-elect and/or president Trump was uniquely scary and warranted the contemporaneous note-taking.

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      • Sunshine says:

        Are his said ”memos” to be trusted? As Sundance said, he wanted to cover his ass. Therefore, are they truthful?

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    • chuckyschmucky says:

      That’s easily explained by Comey — and it’s the same bulls–t reason he gave Congress for not briefing them on the investigation — the “sensitivity of the matter.”

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  6. Chip Doctor says:

    Just curious, does only CNN get them? And if so, can they keep them hidden and force someone else to have to file a FOIA request to get them?

    Liked by 5 people

    • BLaw says:

      Good question. How could anyone who supports the President trust what CNN will release or manipulate from these memos? The memos should become open public records.

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    • Roger Thornhill says:

      ALL foia results are published in the fbi website: https://vault.fbi.gov/

      You click “recently added” and see the most recent foia results, or, you can click search to return all the foia results that match the queried term.

      Liked by 8 people

      • Impossible says:

        Thanks kindly for the link, Roger, I see they recently released (June 5th) a file on ‘Bigfoot hair analysis’ from 1976!; I fear that many of the “‘sedition proceedings’ of the 2016 election” may not see light for another 43 years as well… by then the democrats will have long forgotten their Russian Bigfoot.

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    • Bert Darrell says:

      I have the same question, Chi Dr. I assume that, if CNN can have them, the Archey Declarations must be available to anybody who wants to see them. Why would CNN have exclusive access to any document after a judge has decided that there is no reason to keep all previous redactions on it?

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      • littleanniefannie says:

        “Why would CNN have exclusive access to any document after a judge has decided that there is no reason to keep all previous redactions on it?‘

        Judicial Watch’s FOIA’s are available to all.

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    • Trog Luddite says:

      Others might have to file a separate FOIA request (not all agencies publicize every FOIA response; in fact some things releasable to one requester such as the subject of a past investigation may not be releasable to another requester such as a news agency) but once a document is made known to the general public (like a news agency) its difficult if not impossible to justify withholding information from other members of the public.

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      • Rhoda R says:

        If they are willing to release to a NEWS organization they should certainly be able to release to the general public.

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    • TheUnknownPatriot says:

      CNN: “Folks, it’s illegal for you to read these documents. Just come to us and we’ll tell you what they mean. We’re journalists, we’re allowed to read them.

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    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      In a recent interview on the Judicial Watch channel one of Tom Fitton’s lawyers specifically addresses this and actually complains about this…..

      A FOIA filing is made PUBLIC not just to the institution who files.

      So the plaintiff who expends all the efforts and costs of filing the FOIA does NOT get exclusive rights to the information if the ruling is in their favor.

      He suggested that there should be some “exclusivity period” as “reward” for the effort.

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  7. Roger Thornhill says:

    It Comey wrote those memos to cover his butt, wouldn’t that mean that the memos are favorable to his story line not ours?

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    • jrapdx says:

      Thing is what Comey thought would be favorable to his interests could very well reveal info that shows his bad intentions. Seems Comey didn’t realize that it’s hard to know how his comments will be interpreted later on. The context has changed drastically and who could ever have known how the story evolved over time. Prospective CYA is a difficult art form and by all events to date Comey was no master of it.

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    • Jack Dempsey says:

      I wouldn’t believe the “narrative” St. Jim provides, but the accompanying facts should be quite interesting.
      We might finally get definitive info on:
      1. # of Trump associates with FISA attempts
      2. # of FISA warrants rejected/resubmitted
      3. # of FBI confidential informants (aka “spies”) used on Trump campaign
      4. definitive list of collaborating countries

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  8. Brenrod says:

    Why believe memos that Comey writes? Comey can make up any “facts” or narratives he desires. We might be unredacting a narrative of false facts .

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    • bertdilbert says:

      “Because of the seriousness of the matter.”

      I think Comey is going to have a problem withholding info from congress because it was, you know, serious! But then if it was so serious, how come the FISA and background was so sloppy? Um, I mean manufactured. I am going to reword it.

      “Because of the sneakiness and underhanded action we were taking.”

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    • Dman says:

      Great think about liars is they forget the lies they told yesterday. No doubt when all the evidence comes out, Coma-ey will step on his dick like his mentor Muellface did with his garbage report, filled with distortions.

      By the book right? What a narc Coma-ey was. Wanting to stay on the job but keeping a diary, leaking, intimidating his boss to frame him. Is that a higher calling Jimbo? Looks like treason to me.

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    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      Why believe memos that Comey writes? Comey can make up any “facts” or narratives he desires. We might be unredacting a narrative of false facts .

      Assuming Comey didn’t lie to his own diary and this was his CYA they could be very enlightening by exposing others or exposing further Mueller Report falsifications.

      Which is good.

      If they are provably false facts……

      Better.

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    • GB Bari says:

      I agree. He has already been proven a liar. The memos could contain anything but any two bit lawyer can impeach him as a credible witness due to his lies in documented testimony and statements.

      Also the Flynn 302s are likely to be proven evidence of FBI tampering with testimony so why would we expect the Obozo FBI Director to be any better.

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  9. Zippy says:

    So, it takes -CNN- to stupidly submit a FOIA to provide ammo for our side? Why?

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    • bertdilbert says:

      Because CNN is desperate to find a sliver somewhere that can be twisted to point a guilty finger at Trump. Second thought is maybe they are taking Comey out to save Obummer.

      Democrats still blame Comey for Hillary losing the election and if Russia is proven BS, then the axe needs to fall somewhere..

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    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      They filed this in 2017 when they thought they would get nore Comey gold.

      Now they may get something of Comey’s that has a more brown-ish hue……

      accompanied by a an extremely foul odor.

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  10. Perot Conservative says:

    Fantastic! WHEN?

    Side note: watching Fox News last night. Someone mentioned a timing issue I don’t recall hearing before.

    While the FBI was soft pedaling / ignoring / shutting down the Clinton server investigation; an FBI official / Strzok was in London, meeting with UK collaborators. (It was kate, sorry for fuzziness.)

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  11. Perot Conservative says:

    WE WANT ALL THE EMAILS AND TEXTS OF AT LEAST TWO DOZEN PEOPLE.

    Comey
    Brennan
    Baker
    Yates
    Hilldabeast
    Holder
    Lync
    Strzok
    Lynch
    JARRET
    McCabe

    AND SQUEEZE SOME LITTLE MINNOWS!! Examples:

    1. FBI Agents who arrested George Papadalolous at the airport (egg on the face – Facepalm 1!).

    2. FBI lawyers who scrambled to concoct a George P lawsuit after airport fiasco, got to court over an hour late. (Facepalm 2)

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  12. icthematrix says:

    I truly believe CNN started this upon advance knowledge of what is there, then hopeful it will keep the narrative going for the left. Comey’s “memorialization” means nothing beyond a CYA fiction that is held up against nothing substantive.

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  13. Cathy M. says:

    ” . . . unless Comey was constructing memos for his own protection . . .”

    and for monetary reasons, i.e. using the memos as an outline to write his book (reportedly a $2 million dollar deal.)

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  14. waltherppk says:

    All of the Comey memos are a “Lying Dirty Cop CYA Narrative” that are basically an expanded version of the 11th Hour Susan Rice email to self memorializing how everything had been done “by the book”. In a pigs eye…”by the book”. See what a different picture some different eyes will see.

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  15. Sharpshorts says:

    Besides CYA, another possible answer to …”why [would Comey] memorialize all of this classified information…” is to use the info as leverage against those participants for future nefarious schemes he had planned to initiate.

    People are mere pawns to members of the small group, to be manipulated by any means…To Comey and all other Intelligence community usurpers, it’s OK to destroy others…people are just a means to an end.

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  16. Muthaucker says:

    Comey’s and Rice’s CYA memos/emails to self indicate “consciousness of guilt”. They are toast.

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  17. Conversefive says:

    You think CNN will let us see them?

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    • Mark McQueen says:

      They will be released as public documents.

      Liked by 1 person

      • CountryClassVulgarian says:

        Thank you. That’s what I thought I read. Then I saw all these comments that only CheNN would see then. I thought I missed something.

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    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      I posted a video above of interview with one of Tom Fitton’s lawyers discussing this irony.

      The organization who files FOIA and carries the expense of doing so….
      does NOT get exclusivity to the fruits of their labor.

      Good for transparency but kinda sucks for the plaintiff.

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  18. waltherppk says:

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  19. repsort says:

    These are probably land mines set months ago to be detonated as needed…
    1. Mueller writes all kinds of crap.. i.e. poured through mountains of evidence showing Trump and Putin were secretly holding hands behind the podium the day of their join presser…
    2. Some schmuck “mentions” memos, you know, innocently slips
    3. friendly news orgs, using their awesome investigative powers, sue for release of memo
    4. Run BS headlines on it for 6 months

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  20. freepetta says:

    Wow!! Comey should keep his big fat stupid moth shut. If I were him I’d hire an attorney! STAT!!

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  21. waltherppk says:

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  22. JIM COMEY IS A WEASEL_DOUG says:

    Everyone in the FBI will soon find out that ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^.
    I’m certain, like Sundance, that these memos are of the CYA nature. But in order to do that it will require him to shift blame elsewhere ie, Brennan, Clapper, UK intel, Stroke Page, McCabe.
    Question is, how long will the band stay together when they find out the lead singer has joined another band??

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  23. Dutchman says:

    IMHO,
    These CYA, self-serving memos are Comeys personal ‘insurance policy’; he memorialised EVERY conversation or interaction with others, involving the soft-coup, ‘contemporaneously, and filed them away while undoubtedly keeping some copies.

    His leak to the NYT was dual purpose;
    1 was to trigger appointment of SC
    But 2 was to send a message; I HAVE contemporaneous memos detailing ALL my interactions with EVERYONE.

    Arkanicide me, or ‘throw me under the bus’, and YOU will be exposed. So, PROTECT me, or else. Hence the leadership at FBI/DOJ doing everything they can to protect Comey. Hell, he openly admitted he had leaked those memos, to trigger SC, and got NO punishment.
    He also gave a little ‘taste’, to make sure the message was recieved, by exposing Lynchs phone call to NYPD.

    I can not concieve of these coupists going forward with their plan, unless they KNEW they had Ryan and McConnell ‘on board’.

    Remember how Ryan impeded Nunes, with a phoney ethics investigation? Suppose, instead McConnell and Ryan had fully supported Nunes? With the,weight of the Speaker and Majority leader behind the investigation, the coupists would all be in jail by now.

    They HAD to KNOW McConnell and Ryan were on board, and therefore Comey, likely Brennan, McCabe and Rosie have got (classified) contemporaneous memos, recorded briefings or phone calls, clearly showing Ryan and McConnell, in particular, and the G of 8 (or, more accurately G o 7), KNEW what was going on, and were fully ‘on board’.

    This, to me explains “Crazy Comey’s” behavior, and Brennan, McCabe, and Rosie. It is blackmail being carried out, right in the open and in front of “God and everybody!”

    So, as interesting as these memos are, they lay out in explicit detail the actual coup events of who, when, etc…..
    I want to see the memos of conversations with McConnell, Ryan as,well as Difi, Pelosi, etc.

    You KNOW Comey covered his ass by documenting such conversations,…why wouldn’t he?

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    • Mike Dennis says:

      I’m with you on a likely rino role here. In no way shape or form do I believe McStain simply handed the dossier over to the FBI without screaming bloody murder to Cocaine Mitch, Ryan etc. — “look what we have here, you’ve got to do something…”.

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      • Dutchman says:

        I’m not sure THATS what McStain was saying, more likely he and McConnell and Ryan,…’got a tingle up their leg’ if you get my drift. But yeah, they were IN on it. Comey, Brennan etc. are too accomplished as Swamp dwellers to put their neck on the chopping block, without assurances.
        I have believed all along the “Obstruction trap” originated with RepubliCONS. THEY are the MOST ‘threatened’ by DJT in the oval office. THEY are the ‘heart’ if the Uniparty, and the ‘heart’ of ‘the resistance’.

        Hearts a vital organ. Take out the heart, the organism dies.
        So, to KILL the Uniparty, expose and thereby destroy the RepubliCONS. And, thats exactly whats happening.

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    • MelH says:

      Writing his book was a big gift to himself. I’m quite sure many of those memos appeared in his book. To GET a book contract, the author has to submit a formal Proposal, essentially a SHORT synopsis of the book-to-be. Then he gets advance-money, before he even starts to write the book. Usually the Advance is half, and the rest of the money he gets when he submits the manuscript. Comey probably loves to write and thought of himself as holier-than-thou as he wrote the memos. You can guess his editor had alot to say about the self-absorbed tome Comey would write. Did any Treeper read it?

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      • Dutchman says:

        He doesn’t need the money. And I doubt many of his ‘classified’ memos are in it, although he may have referred to them. IMHO, its main purpose was to send a message, recieved loud and clear, to all involved. I have no qualms about ‘outing’ Lynch, and I’ll have NO qualms about ‘outing’ you!
        But, what do I know?…

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    • Julian says:

      So who is Trump endorsing to run in a Primary against McConnell?

      He won’t achieve half of what he wants in a Second Term if McConnell is still Majority Leader.

      Matt Bevin?

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      • Dutchman says:

        Initially, I supported the EFFORT of Bannon, to primary Rinos in 2018, and thought PDJT should actively use his popularity with Rep. voters to endorse MAGA primary challengers.

        But, he ‘needed’ R’s in Congress, even ‘squishy’ ones, I get that.

        Bottom line, the heart of the problem is Rinos, and they have been gaming the system a long time, building up layers of protection.
        Its going to take a concerted, sustained effort to drive them out, and keep them out, and we can’t simply rely on PDJT, or his succesor. In the end its those 3 words we need to look to;
        We, the People.

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  24. snellvillebob says:

    CNN is an accessory to this crime so no one can count on any good deeds from them. Possibly they were ordered to get these released now so they will all be forgotten a year and a half from now when we vote.

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  25. waltherppk says:

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  27. Kleen says:

    1- Did Comey tell CNN they needed to get a hold of these particular documents because he wants something in there out to the public?

    2-What if Comey’s lies conflicts with everyone else’s stories?

    I don’t know but… when you invent crimes to entrap people and make up stories, the more you document details about it, the worse it is.

    It takes only one fact to come out, to debunk the whole story and after that, the memos become self incriminating.

    Comey has been so quiet.

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  28. rayvandune says:

    You say “all those redactions will now be removed”. I am uncertain if you mean a) all the redactions redactions in the Archey declarations, or b) all the redactions in the Comey memos, or perhaps all of a and some of b?

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  29. k4jjj says:

    CNN wants the information so it can share it with all the conspirators so they ALL can keep their stories straight when testifying before a grand jury.

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  30. waltherppk says:

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  32. Rhoda R says:

    More problems for the embattled IC community – they couldn’t have been ignorant of this:
    https://www.weaselzippers.us/422799-fbi-releases-new-documents-on-hillary-clinton-with-some-interesting-reveals/
    Apparently Sid Bluementhal and Hillary cooked up a way to rape Lybia after they got rid of Kadaffi.

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  33. cthulhu says:

    I’m expecting that we’ll find some version of “Despite all evidence to the contrary, we strongly believed that there was a security risk to the nation from Trump, and urgently needed to wiretap an aide and anyone within two hops from that aide to head-off that risk.”

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  34. Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

    Hubbard F.2d 321
    https://casetext.com/case/united-states-v-hubbard-4

    We confront the issue here of whether and on what grounds a district court judge may make available to the public papers seized from a third party nondefendant, subsequently introduced under seal only in a pretrial suppression hearing and only for the purpose of showing that the search and seizure were unlawful. As far as we have been able to determine, there is no precedent on the issue. The seized documents were made available to the public on the eve of the defendants’ convictions under a disposition agreement and at a time when the trial judge’s ruling denying suppression of the seized materials was certain to be appealed. Three reasons were given for making these documents publicly available: “there is a right in the public to know what occurs before the courts;” “there is a public interest in access to court records;” and “sunshine is the best disinfectant.”

    321
    Thus, the possibility of prejudice to the defendants by sensational disclosure is a factor which may weigh in favor of denying immediate public access.

    321 argument: Denied

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  35. ATheoK says:

    “Why would Comey generate classified information in these notes (sources and methods) unless he was just covering his ass because he knew the investigation itself was a risk…

    The content of the memos seems rather exhaustive; it appears Comey is keeping a diary for use in the event this operation went sideways.”

    Well spotted, Sundance!
    There is another reason Comey memorializes notes in his diary. That is for his documenting his future books, gross fantasy around real events.

    It becomes more and more apparent that Comey views himself as a hero in some bizarre saga. That these notes Comey is CYing his A$$ with, are Comey’s heroic saga versions.
    Comey’s notes border on the comic book art many authors use to depict Biblical stories.

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  36. lawton says:

    Comey admitted in his own memos that parts of the Steele Dossier were attached to that intelligence report and that he was for that. He is a snake just like Brennan.

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  37. gary says:

    barr just referenced his appointment to attorney general to the d-day invasion. that tells me he means business. i love this guy.

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  38. John says:

    The transition was a crazy time. I kept thinking it was 50-50 if Trump was going to make it. It started the night of the election with the inability of the press to even call the election, the marches, the mysterious recounts, delegates, Flynn, Russia. Trump had to keep his own security for a while. I really wonder what Mike Rodgers said to him, in all likelihood that he and his staff were being recorded and his presidency is in jeopardy.

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    • frances says:

      I think Rogers laid it out in lavender, I think he told Trump who ordered the spying, how long it had been going on, who had access to the information, what they received, everything. He may also have given him additional information on all the players in the outgoing and remaining administration who would remain involved.(remember when Trump wanted Brennan’s security clearance ended, and we find out now it wasn’t?)
      Rogers is a very smart man, once he found out what had been going on, he shut it down, but I doubt he shut it down before finding out who, what, where, when, how and how long and then he would have documented every single thread of what he found. And he would have given all of it to Trump.
      Trump will win and Barr will succeed IMO because of Rogers stepping up to the plate and giving Trump the keys to the kingdom.

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  39. jnr2d2 says:

    Why do they call everything a “pending investigation” ? ????

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  40. CM-TX says:

    Here’s one possible “source/method” …

    | CIA used Tom Firestone and Bruce Ohr to set up meetings with Oleg Deripaska in the law offices of Baker McKenzie

    Tom Firestone, attorney (above), former Acting Chief of the Law Enforcement Section for the Justice Department at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

    His bosses were Andrew McCabe, Bruce Ohr, and Peter Strzok.

    … Firestone was outed by in an email dated Nov. 21st, 2016. It was from Kathleen Kavalec. It was sent to Bruce Ohr. It was released by Congress two months ago. |

    (Also re. Strzok ties to other agencies:)
    | Strzok worked 24 years for the CIA. He was their former Chief of the Counterespionage Group and a Senior Official of the FBI at the same time. |

    (And there was his text to Lisa Page about the “coin” Brennan gave him.)

    https://brassballs.blog/home/cia-used-tom-firestone-and-bruce-ohr-to-set-up-oleg-deripaska-meet-at-law-offices-of-baker-mckenzie-bis-now-bisnow-nellie-ohr-vladimir-putin-trump-peter-strzok-andrew-mccabe-john-solomon-resident-legal-advisor-kathleen-kavalec-simon-kukes

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  41. navysquid says:

    As someone who has written and received these types of documents…there is only ONE reason you would write down your own personal version and keep them (which is illegal) is because you are attempting to cover your butt!!! But Comey’s arrogance is blinding him to his stupidity of his ILLEGAL actions.

    All of these criminals (Brennan, Comey, McCabe, Strokh, Page, Yates, Clapper, Lynch, HRC, Obama, et al) need to be locked up otherwise justice is not equal. I and my fellow shipmates would DEFINITELY be in prison a long time ago had we done what has been done here…

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  42. James says:

    This only matters if the judge actually enforces his orders. If, like Judge Ellis, he does not enforce his orders, then what does it matter? This judge could order them to all stand on one foot and touch their noses … and said order would be just as insignificant as the one you’ve written about here.

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  43. The Radar Guy says:

    As a very long term (now retired) federal employee, my belief is the “memos” aren’t worth the paper they are printed on. Any SERIOUS person who wanted to document a TROUBLESOME meeting would include all contributing personnel in attendance on the distribution list. Otherwise what is the point – he can lie, Lie, LIe, LIE and then LIE some more. There is no adversary to call him contemporaneously on his lies. I GUARANTEE you this is a completely bogus, self-serving exercise in total BS.

    Sure it is hard to include your boss on a memo documenting, say, a difficult meeting. But so what. That comes with the territory when you are at the position of a senior executive at a major agency. Plus if you cannot write it cleverly and elegantly to get your point across and protect your interests or the interests of your agency – well, you don’t deserve to be in the job. Of course we all know this fool Comey should not have been in charge of the lunch line let alone a major agency.

    For those who are unfamiliar with federal service, it is a strange and mysterious thing. Say my boss orders me to do something unethical or worse (luckily this never happened in my career). My response would have been to send him memo documenting the meeting and saying – “it is my understanding that you have directed me to do – so and so”. He might be outraged at the memo but it would be excruciatingly difficult to retaliate or fire me… ALL FEDERAL EMPLOYEES understand this. Thus by Comey not sending these to the White House, he gives away the game. EXPECT LIES HEAPED UPON MORE LIES…

    PS, this is probably what CNN is hoping for.

    PPS, Sundance likens this to a diary of sorts. I get that but just like a little girl’s diary is filled with a mix of reality, dreams, aspirations and unicorns, perhaps this will turn out to be much the same…

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  44. Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

    Pretty flowery language from this judge

    Although the Special Counsel’s investigation into Russian election interference may have come to an end, this long-running litigation over the Comey Memos marches on……

    Much has changed since.

    Given the array of prior Opinions and the extensive press coverage on this topic, the background of this case will be familiar to most not lost at sea for the past couple of years…..

    After Trump fired Comey from his post, the existence of these records did not stay secret. Within a week, a New York Times story catapulted the Memos to the forefront of public consciousness, galvanizing CNN….

    BTW Your honor……it’s PRESIDENT Trump.

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    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      “It begins with Plaintiff’s attempt to pry from the Government’s clutches the remaining text in the Comey Memos that has not yet seen the light of day……”

      Dear Lord……did Danielle Steele write this?

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  45. AnotherView says:

    CNN…..the communist news network.

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  46. As others have already commented,while it would be interesting to see these documents, I will not believe them. Comey has proved himself already to be too much of a liar. I don’t have any confidence in anything that he might have said – even to himself. But I also agree with the judge that the FBI has no remaining credible reason to redact the content of these memos, worthless though they are likely to be.

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