DOJ Rolls Up Mike Flynn Jr as Witness in Case Against Flynn Partner Bijan Rafiekian…

The DOJ made a move today after a failed attempt to label Michael Flynn a co-conspirator in the case against his former business partner Bijan Rafiekian. [Backstory Here]

In today’s development [h/t Techno Fog] the DOJ is calling Michael Flynn Jr as a witness to replace the witness testimony of his father, Lt. Gen Gen Michael Flynn.

(Source Link)

Given what we know about how the DOJ pressured Michael Flynn Sr. to take the plea deal based on threats against his son Flynn Jr; and against the backdrop of the DOJ losing with Judge Anthony Trenga in EDVA; the DOJ now appears to be re-leveraging the original plea to compel cooperation from Jr.

This explains why the DOJ said yesterday they would await the DC sentencing (against Flynn Sr.) pending the outcome of the EDVA case against Bijan Rafiekian.

The DOJ in DC said they anticipated Flynn Sr might be a witness for Rafiekian’s defense; so they’ve moved to put Flynn Jr. in opposition to any potentially supportive testimony from Flynn Sr. in EDVA by revisiting (re-leveraging) the threat against Flynn Jr.

If Flynn Jr. didn’t agree to testify in the Rafiekian case, the DOJ would likely have cancelled his father’s plea agreement in DC and re-initiated cases -with new charges- against both Flynns’.

This also explains why corrupt U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu added new lawyers in the DC case.  Sneaky bastards.   In essence, Jessie Liu is anticipating a change in plea from Flynn, per new Flynn lawyer Sidney Powell, and proactively positioning the DC case to reignite against both the father and the son if: (a) the Rafiekian case goes sideways; or, (b) Flynn Sr. changes his plea agreement.

The benefits for purposefully charging in two distinct courts now surfaces.

All of that said, it’s worth revisiting how Rod Rosenstein empowered Robert Mueller to target Michael Flynn Jr. as leverage over his father Michael Flynn Jr.   Rosenstein created the leverage Mueller and Weissmann needed with the October 20th, 2017, scope memo.

The October 20th, 2017, third scope memo is what AG Bill Barr is hiding so that he can protect his friends Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein.  In my opinion this institutional preservation objective is the primary reason why AG Barr asked President Trump to abdicate to him unilateral declassification authority.

Yes, it appears AG Bill Barr is using his complete control over declassification as a tool to protect the institution from sunlight upon the corrupt activity previously carried out.  At the very least he’s using his new authority to mitigate the damage.  If he wasn’t covering up for their wrongdoing; and considering the Mueller investigation is long since over; Barr would have already declassified the scope memos that showed under what legal authority the Mueller probe was operating.

This motive for AG Barr is not difficult to see.  With the Muller investigation complete, there is simply no valid reason to keep the scope memos hidden; except to protect former Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein.

The original authorization for the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller was May 17th, 2017.  However, when Mueller released his report it showed there were two additional scope memos authorizing specific targeting by the Mueller probe.

The second scope memo was August 2nd, 2017, OUTLINED HERE, and is an important part of the puzzle that helps explain the corrupt original purpose of the special counsel.

The third scope memo was issued by Rod Rosenstein to Robert Mueller on October 20th, 2017.  The transparent intent of the third scope memo was to provide Weissmann and Mueller with ammunition and authority to investigate specific targets, for specific purposes.  One of those targets was General Michael Flynn’s son, Michael Flynn Jr.

As you review the highlighted portion below, found on pages 12 and 13 of the Weissmann report, read slowly and fully absorb the intent; the corruption is blood-boiling:

This third scope memo allowed Weissmann and Mueller to target tangentially related persons and entities bringing in Michael Cohen, Richard Gates, Roger Stone and Michael Flynn Jr.  Additionally and strategically (you’ll see why), this memo established the authority to pursue “jointly undertaken activity“.

With Paul Manafort outlined as an investigative target in the original authorization and the second scope memo, the third scope memo authorizes expansion to his business partner Richard Gates and their joint businesses.   This memo also permits the investigation of Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen and all of his interests; and in ultimate weasel sunlight, Rosenstein authorizes an investigation of his boss, AG Jeff Sessions.

Before getting to more targets, notice the underlined passage about starting with a lot of investigative material because the special counsel was picking up a Russian interference  investigation that had been ongoing for “nearly 10 months.”

The four identified targets within the original July 2016 investigation, “Operation Crossfire Hurricane”, were George Papadopoulos, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort and Carter Page. (See HPSCI report):

General Flynn was under investigation from the outset in mid-2016. The fraudulent FBI counterintelligence operation, established by CIA Director John Brennan, had Flynn as one of the early targets when Brennan handed the originating electronic communication “EC” to FBI Director James Comey.

The investigation of General Flynn never stopped throughout 2016 and led to the second investigative issue of his phone call with Russian Ambassador Kislyak in December 2016:

Back to the Page #12 October 20th Scope Memo:

The first redaction listed under “personal privacy” does not appear to represent an individual, rather it’s an organization. However, The second related redaction is a specific person, Michael Flynn Jr.

In combination with the October timing, the addition of Flynn Jr to the target list relates to the ongoing 2016/2017 investigation of his father, General Michael Flynn, for: (1) possible conspiracy with a foreign government; (2) unregistered lobbying; (3) materially false statements and omissions on 2017 FARA documents; and (4) lying to the FBI.

This October 20th, 2017, request from Weissmann and Mueller aligns with the time-frame were special counsel team lawyers Brandon L. Van Grack and Zainab N. Ahmad were prosecuting Michael Flynn and attempting to force him into a guilty plea

Getting Rosenstein to authorize adding Mike Flynn Jr. to the target list (scope memo) meant the special counsel could threaten General Flynn with the indictment of his son as a co-conspirator tied to the Turkish lobbying issue (which they did) if he doesn’t agree to a plea. Remember: “jointly undertaken activity“.

The October 20th, 2017, expanded scope memo authorized Mueller to start demanding records, phones, electronic devices and other evidence from Mike Flynn Jr, and provided the leverage Weissmann wanted.  After all, Mike Flynn Jr. had a four month old baby. 

The amount of twisted pressure from this corrupt team of prosecutors is sickening.  A month later, General Flynn was signing a plea agreement:

I suspect the DOJ-NSD knew Flynn was lobbying for clients closely related to the Turkish government.  I suspect Flynn was already under Title-3 surveillance (confirmed by Mueller report) and this lobbying issue -SPECIFICALLY THE NOV 8th OP ED- likely became the legal predicate for a Flynn Title-1 FISA warrant.

This is an important element that most have missed.  The Op-Ed written by General Flynn became of significant interest for the DOJ-NSD (Laufman) because it enabled investigators to jump from Title III surveillance to Title I (FISA) surveillance:

Flynn was labeled an “agent of a foreign government” based on the Op-ed.  Some leaked information from 2017 supports my conclusion:

WASHINGTON—The investigation into former national security adviser Mike Flynn began soon after a Justice Department staffer noticed a Nov. 8, 2016, op-ed article by the retired Army general in the congressional publication The Hill, according to a person familiar with the matter.

In the article, Mr. Flynn championed closer U.S. ties with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and maligned the Turkish government’s No. 1 foe, U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

The piece didn’t disclose Mr. Flynn’s business relationship with Turkish interests.

The Justice Department staffer, who works in the office that enforces the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, checked the database of people registered to represent foreign interests. He found no entry for Mr. Flynn and sent him a letter inquiring about the article, according to this person, who said the staffer’s query triggered the FARA investigation.  (read more)

[Go Deep To See] That 2016 FISA warrant,  likely approved by FISA Judge Rudy Contreras, allowed the DOJ-NSD -via FBI (Strzok)- to launch a Title-One counterintelligence investigation into the people who hired Flynn as a lobbyist.

If my suspicion is correct, in addition to the larger surveillance issues upon Flynn, the DOJ-NSD knew the people who contracted with Flynn and Rafiekian were a ‘front‘ for senior Turkish officials (not withstanding possible WH coordination).

(See Page 132 – Flynn Docs)

So when Flynn was confronted by DOJ-NSD head David Laufman, he was being *interviewed* by a DOJ official who knew more about the contract initiator than Flynn himself did.  The DOJ-NSD and David Laufman was involved because manipulating FARA violations was their prior preferred approach to conduct political surveillance (SEE HERE).

David Laufman then pressured Flynn in January 2017 to sign a FARA submission, knowing it contained material that was false, but unbeknownst to Flynn.  This later became the predicate for the FARA case against Flynn and Rafiekian.

However, there’s a twist as highlighted recently by Judge Trenga order.

The DOJ (Laufman first) knew the background of the FARA filing was false because they had conducted a FISA Title-1 investigation prior to the Flynn FARA submission; and the DOJ (Mueller team now in 2017) knew the Turkish government was behind the lobbying contract…..

….But the DOJ cannot tell the court how they knew the lobbying contract was from the Turkish government, because they didn’t want to reveal the FISA surveillance; AND the DOJ may have an additional interest… because the contract might have been somewhat coordinated by the Obama White House (pro-brotherhood, and pro-Erdogan).

 

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203 Responses to DOJ Rolls Up Mike Flynn Jr as Witness in Case Against Flynn Partner Bijan Rafiekian…

  1. jeans2nd says:

    “the contract might have been somewhat coordinated by the Obama White House” ?
    Check out the Strzock-Page texts around this time. You will see “BEN.”
    Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes (Susan Rice, unmasking…)

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    • mike says:

      The original Bastille day was 14 July 1789. Maybe it’s time again.

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      • Maquis says:

        No. We are better than a French Deevolution and the Hellish destruction it wrought. That helped birth Communism. In a sense, our current crisis is a consequence of France’s collective madness. We have our own, and better, even exceptional, history of thwarting tyranny to look to.

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  2. Troublemaker10 says:

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  3. franz dorn says:

    Barr is doing what President Trump wants. Trump cannot expect us to be patient forever.

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    • Chip Doctor says:

      President Trump

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    • steph_gray says:

      For what it’s worth, Joe DiGenova said yesterday on Howie Carr’s show that the person who does not want any declassification is Durham, because he is running a grand jury and he needs the information kept under wraps for that purpose.

      I personally prefer that theory to the theory that Barr is protecting the institutions and therefore corrupt or at least somewhat corrupt.

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    • Sharon says:

      Franz so how patient were you during the Obama years and Bush years and Clinton years?

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      • franz dorn says:

        I was obviously too patient with Bush. I wasn’t patient with the other two.

        I don’t think the President realizes that we know as much as we do.

        I am willing to support the President and follow his plan, whatever it is.
        If the President through the advice of Barr decides that trying to prosecute through a DC Grand and Petit juries would be futile, I would concur, and do not want another Picket’s Charge. I could accept that perhaps all can be done is to reveal everything right before the election.

        However, if prosecution is feasible, than I’m all for it. DiGenova has not been helpful in this regard. There is too much conflicting information. Utah and Connecticut Grand Juries? Really? See, DOJ Rule 91.11.121.

        The President should give us more information after Mueller speaks.

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  4. Scott says:

    What if Jr pleads the 5th?

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  5. Jederman says:

    So the question is: when will us normal American finally realize that no matter what leaks, rumors, promises are made/published/broadcast that suggest the big ugly or something we used to remember as justice is imminent, it’s in fact all BS?

    Not gonna happen by working through the system. When are we finally going to realize they are ALL going to get away with it? Lawfare/DS have the high ground. The system is permanently rigged. The America we grew up in is toast.

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    • iPack says:

      Bingo! Everyone or the average Joe totally gets it.

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    • jeff montanye says:

      two thoughts:

      president trump wants peak outrage and resistance disenchantment to occur october 2020, fifteen months from now. voter education, corruption litigation and internet investigation are ongoing.

      the america we grew up in kept its secrets from us better than today’s. we managed a mafia and kgb blackmailed, transvestite, homosexual fbi director in a torrid affair with his number two; two suspiciously assassinated kennedies; enough corruption and wrongdoing from the army and the defense industry to move ike to dire warning; a pointless war in indochina, killing a million and a half people including thousands of u.s. citizens forced to fight under threat of five years imprisonment; and a justice system that gave much disadvantage to the poor and non white.

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      • mugzey302 says:

        Perhaps our President is first focusing on the humanitarian crisis of HUMAN TRAFFICKING, to stop the flow of money from that source as well as freeing the victims. Along with the drug running busts, to stop that money flow. He has a lot of irons in the fire, and likely there will be a domino effect at some point. We have been warned that public perp walks that result in civil unrest may be avoided – that’s sensible, and displays a concern for public safety as well as the safety of first-responders. As much as we would enjoy seeing Nutzy Nancy in cuffs (NOT the fur-lined variety, either), we may have to ride out The Storm.

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    • Mooch says:

      @Jederman-I said the same thing here on CTH~ 1 year ago and was lambasted,..was told I should be “more positive”.

      Well, no one is going to jail and We the People will do nothing, the DS knows we will do nothing and that’s why no one is going to jail.

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  6. youme says:

    “DOJ is calling Michael Flynn Jr as a witness to replace the witness testimony of his father”

    DOJ Attorney: What is your connection to Bijan Rafiekian?

    Michael Flynn Jr: “On counsel’s advice, I invoke my right under the Fifth Amendment not to answer.

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  7. dustycowpoke says:

    What if one Devin Nunes DOJ referral was Rod Rosenstein? And the sco ph e memos are evidence against Rod? So, to keep them from view to insure a fair trial would be in order.

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  8. Katie Weddington says:

    How do we know this is Flynn Jr.? If it is, why doesn’t it say Jr. on the end of the amended witness list?

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  9. mr.piddles says:

    “jointly undertaken activity”

    Oh! You mean like Tony P.?

    Oh wait… must mean something else. Never mind.

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  10. mr.piddles says:

    “The amount of twisted pressure from this corrupt team of prosecutors is sickening”

    Question: is this Sidney Powell’s Dream Job?

    I think it might be.

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  11. TPW says:

    So Sundance……..why is President Trump allowing this to continue under Barr? As I have questioned many times in the past….is PT not being kept up to snuff?….Is he being willfully blind? Did he cut some deal with the deep state although thats not likely. He is still being harassed. So How can PT not see that Barr is hiding things from sunlight. Seems PT treats Barr the same way as he treated RR, Graham and the other phonies. I just can’t believe he would not follow through on his word to declassify and be so naive as to not know Barr is sitting on all the revealing documents while the Dems and deep state continue harassing him and people associated with him. Not to mention the future damage these corrupt people will do in the future. Yes, I questioned why Barr has done many things that run counter to his knowing the corruption….none of it makes since …more so by PT.

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    • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

      “……..why is President Trump allowing this to continue under Barr?”

      If the president had someone like Bannon or Gorka in the White House, someone with cohones who isn’t afraid of the corrupt media liars & thieves; things might be different. These phony Weismann-derived cases should have been summarily dropped right after the Weismann Report came out a few months ago.

      After today’s short statement by the president regarding tallying up the illegal aliens sneaking around the country there was a little snit stirred up by fake news Brian Karem. Seb Gorka finally stood up to him saying “You’re not a journalist. You’re a punk!” The citizen journalists gathered there in the Rose Garden came from the Social Media Summit earlier in the day. They were seated near the high&mighty Deep State propagandists.

      The slob Karem was slandering Trump supporters as usual, swaggering around like a half drunk fool when Gorka heard him say, “This is a group of people who are eager for demonic possession.” The guy is an idiot and a perfect example of why we say “Fake News is the enemy of the People.”

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    • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

      Today’s heated display from another angle.

      Can there be no peace between Fake News pushers and the People?

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  12. Fools Gold says:

    Well the only good news is Sidney knows what the hell is going on….slimming swamp rats need to hung Publicly. I blame the VP ultimately. Something about that one churns my guts…

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    • Pew-Anon says:

      That was my question a couple posts back in the Flynn saga. I want to know what Pence knew and when he knew it, since he was at the center of starting the public side of this whole fiasco, and an all too willing advocate of the swamp narrative at the time.

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  13. Sentient says:

    When dealing with rat bastard federal prosecutors, honorable targets of their persecution should really consider leaving for some country that doesn’t extradite to the U.S.

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  14. Richie says:

    Its no surprise that the citizenship question on the census failed in the Supreme Court. The corrupt DOJ gave Roberts an excuse.

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  15. Conservative_302 says:

    I pray for two things ach night. 1. I ask God to give President Trump favor. 2. I ask God to protect President Trump. I think my prayers are being answered. Trump always finds a way despite the huge opposition he faces. They deny him the citizen question on the census, no problem, he will get it from the government databases. Dems won’t change immigration laws, no problem, he threatens MX with tariffs. I believe Ttump has a plan to expose the coup information. It’s just not happening as quickly as we’d like it. I have faith whereas before I was practically in fear for our country. I believe God is on our and Trumps side.

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    • mugzey302 says:

      Keep praying, patriot! So many don’t realize that we desperately need prayer warriors in this fight, to STAND against the powers and principalities in the heavenly places that control the spiritual warfare going on. Those who don’t recognize this reality need to take off the tunnel-vision goggles to see the depravity in the world around them -it’s demonic.

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  16. Rob says:

    Am I only one who has concluded voting no longer appears to be a means to effectuate peaceful change? We voted for Trump and the deep state tried to overturn the election.
    The system is rigged against the great unwashed. Our legal system has become no different than one in a third world tinpot dictatorship. Courts are out of control and no longer decide cases on the facts and the law. The media is corrupt and lies daily. Big tech engages in censorship.
    When peaceful change is not possible, violent revolution is inevitable- JFK
    The tree of liberty must be replenished with the blood of patriots and tyrants- Jefferson
    Our system of government only works with moral people- Adams

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    • mugzey302 says:

      I hear you! The elections are stolen when we use Soros’ voting machines, as well as corrupt election boards! But, this didn’t happen in 2 years so it won’t be corrected in 2 years. We’ve seen the obstruction, from Congress to judiciary, the bureaucracy. It’s much bigger than we realized – the swamp is moral corruption, and it goes all the way down to the local level. There is only one answer to moral corruption, and that is a God-fearing patriot who prays and stands against the demonic influence that I s responsible for all this depravity and corruption. Every abortion empowers the demonic force, every child sacrifice, every violent, hateful act. If we choose to know the truth, we must realize that only the power of God can save America. He gave us President Trump to lead us in the battle. STAND, all patriots!

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  17. Bob says:

    How many people who were called to jury duty involving a case with the FBI would engage in jury nullification because of its corruption and that of the DOJ ? The populace should see them as white hats seeking truth, justice and the American way. How many view them this way now?
    The irony is those in these departments think they are saving their institutions by covering up the corruption when this does just the opposite.

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  18. Merkin Muffley says:

    So now they want Flynn’s son to lie under oath?

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  19. cdor1 says:

    So Gen Flynn served our country for over 30 years. Most of us here feel he is a hero getting slammed by the Obama administration for rebutting that admin’s foreign policy. But I have a problem with Flynn’s support of Turkey/Erdogan. Under Erdogan’s rule, Turkey is not our friend. I could recite a number of reasons, but it pretty much comes down to Islamism. Erdogan supports the Muslim Brotherhood. I do not trust Erdogan and certainly am uncomfortable trusting General Flynn because of his apparent support for Turkey. I rarely see that negative in Flynn’s column discussed. Why not?

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  20. ATheoK says:

    If AG Barr will not do his job according to blind justice, President Trump should replace him with someone more trustworthy.

    Any efforts by Barr to disguise, distract or cover up Mueller/Rosenstein/Comey/Clapper/Brennan/Wray, etc. illegalities should be countered by charging Barr with malfeasance.

    Barr’s apparent unwillingness to correct prosecutorial abuse in Flynn’s trial is just one of many Barr failures to directly correct DOJ/FBI/CIA malfeasance.

    President Trump needs an honest lawyer to list all of the recent and ongoing misbehaviors by Department of Justice and the Intelligence agencies. This list should include absurd judicial Judgements that contravene the Constitution, precedence, jurisprudence and other malfeasance.

    Technically, AG Barr should have already directed such lists to be available as Government Merit Awards should be clearly negative or unsatisfactory for all of these people.

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  21. amaezed one says:

    Barr’s father had ties to Epstein back then. I’ve never liked Barr. My intuition says he’s a swamp rat….Hope I’m wrong….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vc-uysS6Tlw

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  22. Midnite says:

    When I look at the enormity of the corruption and how widespread it is within our government agencies I have to ask myself “how can anyone solve this problem”? I’m constantly reminded of the movie “The Untouchables” where Ness finally understands the depth and breadth of the corruption he’s facing and wants to give up. But for the sake of our country and for the lives of all those who lost their’s defending our freedom, we have no choice but to take on this many headed Hydra. For you prayer warriors…keep praying…for the President and the country we need all the help we can get. For you liberty loving patriots…keep fighting for the truth and support those on the right side of this cause. And for the one or two Liberals who are cruising by…get your head out of your rectum before it’s too late and you find yourself living the Socialist dream.

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  23. lawton says:

    I think Barr will protect Rosenstein but hopefully he will take the other crooks down. We did see some sniping between Rosenstein and Comey a while back through the media.

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