DOJ Files Motion to Block Court Order Forcing Release of “Archey Declarations” (Comey Memos)…

The DOJ has filed a response motion requesting a reversal of a prior court order that would have forced unredacted release of the “David Archey Delcarations“; detailed descriptions of the James Comey memos.  [Detailed Backstory]

In their latest filing (full pdf below) the DOJ and FBI are falling back on the familiar “sources and methods” justification to block DC Circuit Court Judge Boasberg’s earlier ruling.

[Backstory for those unfamilar] In the background of what was The Mueller Investigation, there was a FOIA case where the FBI was fighting to stop the release of the Comey memos.  Within that courtroom fight Mueller’s lead FBI agent David Archey wrote a series of declarations to the court describing the content of the memos and arguing why they should be kept classified.

The FOIA fight shifted; and the plaintiff, CNN, argued for public release of the content of the FBI agent’s descriptions, now known as the “Archey Declarations”.

After a lengthy back-and-forth legal contest, on June 7th Judge James E Boasberg agreed to allow the FBI to keep the Comey memo content hidden, but instructed the DOJ/FBI to release the content of the Archey Declarations.  The DOJ is seeking to reverse that order.

Here’s the latest filing:

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Additionally, with new information CTH must correct an earlier report.

The United States Department of Justice Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch, is fighting this court ordered release.  The DOJ Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division is Jody Hunt. That name might be familiar to you because Jody Hunt was Jeff Sessions former chief-of-staff.

We previously anticipated Jody Hunt being involved with this current case; the DOJ and FBI attempt to block release of the memos and declarations.   However, we have recently been informed that Jody Hunt was recused from the case by DOJ lawyers during the time when the Mueller investigation was ongoing.

According to the latest information we can gather, DOJ Asst. Attorney James Burnham has replaced Jody Hunt for all oversight issues in this current court battle.

The issue at hand is tangentially related to the current Inspector General carve-out report, through the aspect of the Comey Memos.  We are currently anticipating a report from the OIG related to former FBI Director James Comey, his writing of the memos, and the leaking of some of those memos to the media via his friend Daniel Richman.  {LINK}

No-one knows the number of memos that James Comey has written.  [We may get that answer in the IG report.]  There are nine memos written by James Comey surrounding contact and conversations with President-elect and then President Trump (2016/2017).

However, based on the court declarations by Mueller’s former lead FBI investigator David Archey, it sounds like there are many more memos than anyone currently understands; including memos about the investigation of candidate Trump, that were written during the “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation 2016 and 2017, that describe investigative details, sources, operations and code-names of intelligence assets used in the investigation.

The Comey memos are not just about his contact with Donald Trump as a candidate, president-elect or president.   The media keeps downplaying the memos as a few notes taken by the former FBI director, but all of the background information suggest assembled writing is something more akin to a personal diary.

My strongly researched suspicion is that James Comey kept detailed private notes of what was happening during the operation(s) against Donald Trump and his campaign team, both during the campaign and after the election when President Trump took office.  Just take a look at how David Archey described the content and you can see those notes, now called memos, were in addition to FD 302 reports being filed by FBI officials.

Why James Comey would keep detailed notes beyond what was being officially recorded in the FBI 302 reports is likely a question to be answered within the pending inspector general report.   There’s a lot of sketchy non-transparent stuff going on amid all of this….

This is what the DOJ and FBI are working to stop from being released to the public:

 

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176 Responses to DOJ Files Motion to Block Court Order Forcing Release of “Archey Declarations” (Comey Memos)…

  1. This sleazy, arrogant, despicable SOB Comey deserves everything he gets- now and in the after life. The only person he has true allegiance to is Satan himself.

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  2. SKYJACKER says:

    “Does that mean that Ann-Margret isn’t coming?”

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  3. Derangement Syndrome says:

    One would suspect they are only trying to stop the FOIA demand because the release will somehow benefit Trump. I could only see Comey writing his memos to benefit St. James the Sanctimonious himself, in EVERY situation. For instance, in relation to information Comey received from John Brennan, I’m sure Comey wrote a memo about that.

    Jimmy is playing the part that… “I had no idea this info was bogus, these other people told him it was true, and look, I even wrote a memo to prove my willful ignorance.”

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  4. Carrie says:

    Comey was smug in his tweet because he probably already knew they would try to block the release. Ugh.

    Liked by 5 people

    • chojun says:

      Part of me wonders if the Archey declarations exist because the Comey memos were destroyed.

      Liked by 4 people

    • Bad Bill Barr says:

      I think it’s because he can’t help himself.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Derangement Syndrome says:

      Comey wants the memos released because those memos are, “history, as told from the perspective of St. James”. The entire angle Comey is playing, is that he trusted people who lied to him. Everything he says and tweets is from the angle of ignorance. Can you prosecute willful ignorance?

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      • Dutchman says:

        He has been establishing his defence lawyer’s arguments, from the outset;

        “I was stupid, yes. Incompetent, yes. But CRIMINAL, no. I BELIEVED whatcothers told me!”

        “Its political retribution!”

        “I had people working under me who were LIEING, and I trusted them (McCabe). And, I had people OVER me (Lynch, Obama) who were putting enormous pressure on me! But I held firm, and did the right thing, cause I’m Comey!”

        He only needs to create reasonable doubt in ONE juror.

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        • dpc32 says:

          Very good point. Comey would know a good strategy for a future defense. Barr and co., would also see through it a mile away.

          FISA abuse, where you signed (swore before the court) as to the veracity of a document (dossier) which could result in criminal surveillance on an American citizen because of that fraud upon the court – has far less, if any wiggle room. ‘Incompetence’ or ‘I believed what they told me’ [about the dossier] means what? He gets hit with ‘Gross negligence?’

          Barr and Durham know what they’re up against. So if they’re not corrupt, their understanding of the law should bring the best, most damning, punishable case. (To say what most us us here have been hoping and saying all along.)
          .

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          • Dutchman says:

            I believe Rosie got away with that. Said he trusted those under him to have done their job of reviewing the FISA app, and so treated his signature on it as a mere formality.

            “I TRUSTED the people working under me, to do their job. I now realise that trust was misplaced, and I deeply regret it. I feel betrayed!”
            The handling of the FISA process shows a very different, cavalier handling that what the law was written to require. Suppose to be several, seperate teams that review the application, each ‘signing off’ before it goes to next level. Each was supposed to be responsible.
            Haven’t seen it mentioned lately, but I believe Susan Rice, as Natl Security advisor, had to sign a waiver any time a FISA warrant application was being filed with the,FISC court, if it involved a US citisen.

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  5. Carrie says:

    If they can’t get the Archey declarations released- Techno fog is still delving deep on Tashina Guahar and her 302’s. Maybe that’s another workable angle?

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  6. snarkybeach says:

    FBI Sources & Methods=Wikipedia & Snopes

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  7. elizabethraynorshort says:

    Usually doesn’t work to ask court to overrule its own decision in a case. Plus, the “sources and methods” justification has no doubt already been used and failed. If the judge would look into it he would find that the reason DOJ is so vehement is to cover its and fbi’s seditious conspiracy and lesser crimes that are overt acts in furtherance of the conspiracy. hussein’s EO about reasons information may not be classified or kept classified clearly covers this BS – which is most likely the reason most info is classified (to cover incompetence and criminal acts.

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    • trialbytruth says:

      unless of course the Fbi has his wife tied up in the DOJ dungeon

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    • Jederman says:

      Was thinking the same. Unless the FBI/doj came in with new and compelling reason to keep the info classified/redacted why would the court say “…oh yeah you have a good point, I’ll reverse my previous decision… .”

      But then, this is the DS we’re talking about here.

      The other angle to this is we all now assume, as a mater of course, that there are no reasoned, ethical, principled arguments anymore.

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    • Leaving says:

      “Your Honor, I STRENUOUSLY object.”

      —A Few Good Men

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    • JustaVerb says:

      Yes, motions for reconsideration are rarely favored – only under exceptional circumstances or if the law recently changed since the last ruling or new evidence was justifiably discovered late.

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    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      Plus the judge already has seen the Archey Declarations as they were declared to him.

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    • Julian says:

      Err. This is Trump’s DOJ & FBI champ.

      Obama is long gone.

      As Trump said: “Promises made. Promises Kept”

      Draining the Swamp was a promise.

      The Swamp has been Drained already.

      Clearly they are fighting the release of these Comey memos because their release would damage Trump.

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  8. Doc says:

    Nicely explained.

    Are Comey’s grandkids running his twitter account? What person over 20 years old writes: “And @ me next time, Bruh.”

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  9. Deplore Able says:

    A careful attorney will habitually write a memo to the file, particularly where his client takes a course of action against the attorney’s recommendation. In the legal profession, this is commonly referred to as a CYA memo; i.e. cover your as# memo.

    I can see Comey crafting some CYA memos just on the chance that Hillary might lose. Those memos might be designed to give Comey some cover regarding taking shortcuts with FISA warrants. “Had telephone conference with WH Chief of Staff, National Security Director, etc. regarding desire for FISA warrant. I warned that the verification of dossier was in its infancy, but decision was made by WH to seek the warrant because possibility that DJT was compromised by Russia required action……”

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    • SKYJACKER says:

      CYA = Comey Your Ass

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    • Dutchman says:

      I wonder if it goes farther than that. I’m wondering if a careful swamp rat, has been writing CYA memos his whole career, or at least since that bedside of ill AG matter, that he used tovestablish his reputation?

      If our assumption is correct, and he,was “in on” the accessing the NSA database without FISA’s since 2012, KNOWING its illegal, he might have written similar memos.

      “Advised POTUS this was of highly questionable legality, but was over ruled by Holder and Brennan”

      Whats to say he ONLY started this during crossfire hurricane?

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      • sarasotosfan says:

        I agree that Comey may well have laid out the “why are we doing this?” that goes well beyond Crossfire Hurricane. He knew he was working in a den of snakes and that didn’t just begin in July 2016.

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  10. Tl Howard says:

    It’s almost time for POTUS to address the nation with, “No democracy survives a runaway intel state that can do whatever it wants and then protect itself with “sources and methods” and rules that allow only certain people to be in charge.

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  11. chojun says:

    “Sources and methods” has recently been revealed as a euphemism for “things that may embarrass or incriminate us”.

    I really think the issue needs to be escalated to the SCOTUS and a stricter standard applied to the redaction of information.

    Liked by 9 people

    • Skippy says:

      I’ve long wondered why our 3rd branch hasn’t been involved on immigration and more.

      Liked by 2 people

    • BitterC says:

      I thought I read a while back that Obama had actually written or modified an EO to forbid using classifications to hide embarrassing info, fwiw.

      Course, the Swamp is governed by policies not laws. No criminal charges when violating policy

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  12. alliwantissometruth says:

    Isn’t our side in power?

    Is the DOJ and FBI being run by a bunch of rogue players with no boss to run things by?

    So Asst Attorneys simply say no and that’s the end of it? Who’s their boss?

    Why are these scumbags being allowed to stonewall anything they don’t want released?

    Am I missing something here?

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    • JoeMeek says:

      “Isn’t our side in power?”

      Not so as one would notice. Maybe a warren (1 / 1,024th) in power.

      “Am I missing something here?”

      No, I think you pretty much see it all.

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    • Julia Adams says:

      I tend to agree with you. The DOJ is still protecting Comey and it looks alot like Comey is still running the FBI.

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  13. snellvillebob says:

    Since Bill Barr is AG, he must have agreed to file this lawsuit. So this is more proof he is more interested in protecting the Deep State than protecting us from it.

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  14. Bogeyfree says:

    First, it is important for everyone to re-read comments from Barr back in May when he was interviewed by a CBS reporter.

    Attorney General William Barr said in an interview airing Friday that he doesn’t think Obama-era Department of Justice officials overseeing the Russia investigation committed treason “as a legal matter,” but he does have concerns about how they conducted the probe.

    “Sometimes people can convince themselves that what they’re doing is in the higher interest and better good, They don’t realize that what they’re doing is really antithetical to the democratic system that we have.”

    This sounds to me like we are going to get a whole bunch of, they didn’t do anything illegal but their methods and actions were not in line with department policy. Just look at the evidence so far – McCabe, Wolfe and now Comey. Decline to prosecute! NADA!

    So wrist slaps, retirements, new departmental policies and more training WITHOUT ANY indictments is how this will NEVER HAPPEN again and end IMO.

    The IG report on FISA should be coming out in a couple of weeks and IMO if indictments don’t follow shortly thereafter then it’s clear to me at that point, Barr is a black hat.

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    • Ad rem says:

      Found your comment in the bin…. 😦

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    • lolli says:

      👍bogeyfree

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    • doofusdawg says:

      They did not intend to commit treason.

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    • James Carpenter says:

      A lot of hope and faith was wasted on Jeff Sessions, his perfidy only becoming clear after many, many months.
      How many months before judgements of Barr begin to mirror Session’s?

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    • gda53 says:

      The IG Report on Comey leaking etc is small beer, and those who are fretting need to realize that Comey is a cunning SOB.

      “Please throw me in that briar patch B’rer Barr”. Uh huh, no thanks.

      The IG report on FISA reportedly designates at least 3 of 4 FISA’s as illegal. The Kovalec memo likely makes that 4 for 4.

      There will be (many?) people who were convinced by the principals that “what they were doing was in the higher interest and better good”. That may be an excuse for those on the periphery of the plot. They will skate.

      Not the principals. For those who LIED on the FISA when they knew better that’s not going to fly. And the evidence that they knew better is surely crystal clear.

      My understanding is that Durham is not waiting on the IG Report.

      Talk about “Black Hat” Barr, are a tad premature IMO.

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      • gda53 says:

        …and Devin Nunes, possibly the only person with total credibility remaining, confirms my cautionary attitude above on Tucker.

        Joe DiG may have been a tad over-exuberant, but Devin has always given us the straight goods.

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    • Issy says:

      If INTENT is to be used to measure whether something is a crime, it will simply come down to giving the benefit of doubt to law enforcement. That’s an established procedure for this bunch. It sucks too since common sense and the page/strozk text show us what the intent was.

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    • Sherri Young says:

      “Sometimes people can convince themselves that what they’re doing is in the higher interest and better good, They don’t realize that what they’re doing is really antithetical to the democratic system that we have.”

      06/20/2017 @ 2047 Strzok: …Lisa, I’m PULLED to the mission and the team, for the right reasons. You saw it! You know what is in me and that it’s pure and I’m good and you admire it!….

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      • Genie says:

        That is a superb example. Thank you. The rest of his sanctimonious text is about 25% redacted to cover up the evil in him.

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    • SharonKinDC says:

      THing is, that logic to let the perpetrators off although their actions against Trump supporting targets cost people their liberty, their assets, and careers in many cases. So, how is the justice department going to ‘make this right’ w/ a ‘more training’ and ‘better written rules’ approach. It won’t. And people will have their disgust at the DOJ/FBI increase, due to this sham, if it comes to pass.

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  15. JoeMeek says:

    The infestation of rats in the FBI/DOJ/CIA is even worse than the infestation of rats in Baltimore, and that is hands down.

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  16. M. B. Lamar says:

    Swamp gonna swamp. Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.

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  17. Dallavise says:

    I’m slightly worried about the release of these memos. I dont trust Comey with anything, and this could be based on fantasy to create a narrative to protect himself and implicate anyone he wishes. All he needs is an imagination and sense of superiority which would lead to exhaustive justification. He has both in spades.

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    • Carrie says:

      I’m concerned about this too. His prism of reality is really warped, a bit like a narcissists’ take on the Twilight Zone. He could just be taking notes on his alternate reality in order to try and make it true.

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      • mr.piddles says:

        “His prism of reality is really warped, a bit like a narcissists’ take on the Twilight Zone. He could just be taking notes on his alternate reality in order to try and make it true.”

        Ahhh! Great minds and all that jazz. I had a similar thought below. He lives in James B. Comey World… a very special place… inhabited only by “Those With A Higher Loyalty”.

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    • frances says:

      True, and maybe they want to protest along the same lines, as “Oh, please don’t throw me in that briar patch.” Then when they are released just prior to the election season they are used ad nauseam to attack the President. They are evil, and they are not stupid.

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    • felipe says:

      Dalla – That is my primary thinking as well, taken in conjunction with CNN originally being tasked to seek the memos. Skeptical cat. I think perhap the “good guys/gals” are likely keeping these ‘memos-to-self’ under wraps until they can be understood in context of other as yet hidden info. Admittedly a big IF, but I’m pretty much an optimist. Happy Friday!

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      • Sherri Young says:

        Susan Rice has her own memo to self. CYA, and C Obama’s A. At least she must have sensed that the way things were handled was really not by the book.

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    • Bird Watcher says:

      I agree 100%. Those memos are not going to help President Trump, and will just unleash another hair-on-fire-impeach-Trump-media/Democrat-attack. They are CYA’s for Saint Comey.

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    • theresanne says:

      I tend to agree with you. Who would vet the memos? Or would they be automatically accepted as evidence. Remember the phony dossier was the “evidence” for the last 3-year witch hunt.

      Comey is a snake and no one should trust anything he says or writes.

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  18. jx says:

    What source or method would be exposed by FBI agent Archy’s description of Comey’s memos? These are not the memos themselves, but a description.

    DOJ’s excuse is bunk.

    As for Barr, the stench is becoming quite strong.

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    • fabrabbit says:

      Jx- for one the involvement of foreign governments and persons. These should not be released until the proper safeguards are in place and everyone involved (governments) know they are named.

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  19. franuche says:

    Speaking of declassifying/releasing documents, didn’t Joe diGenova day Trump was gonna start releasing docs this past Wednesday?

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    • bulwarker says:

      Next time… It’s always next time.

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    • Rhoda R says:

      Looks like Joe diGenova “Lucied” us again.

      Liked by 1 person

    • starfcker says:

      That was diGenova before he went full Napolitano. I understand he doesn’t control things, but to make excuses for people who do? Complicated business, folks.

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    • desperatelyseekingmelania says:

      We did get, on Wednesday, that news story about text messages between McCabe and MI5. Which everybody already knew anyway. Also the news about FBI agents picking up the memos from Comey’s house, which was the result of a FOIA request. That was on Wednesday as well. So something did come out Wednesday. Just nothing especially earth shattering.

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      • Issy says:

        I could be mistaken, but I seem to recall hearing about the fbi going to collect comey’s memos too. It wasn’t made a big deal at the time. I really haven’t heard much new for some time. Nunes dropped a new name the other day involving the Carter Page set up

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    • warspite2 says:

      How many times will we fall for the same trick? After 2 ½ yrs in the WH we still can’t win. Either declassify the docs or stop talking about misdeeds against Trump in 2016/17. If the only thing of note the WH can do is to get federal judges approved focus all efforts on that task. Like many I’m sick and tired of the ‘be patient”, “wait until _____”, garbage. No IG Report will be of any value and I’m not falling for any Huber 2.0 US Atty.

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    • Sherri Young says:

      PapaD thought some transcripts were going to be released on Wednesday. I was rather disappointed. This was from Tuesday.

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    • Julian says:

      Joe is a patriot and thank God we have Joe trekking is what is going on.

      I believe the term is “Tick Tock”.

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  20. Like the grandfather at the dinner table in Moonstruck: “Ima so confused…..”

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  21. Baby El says:

    Sources and Methods?

    The source was comey and the method was self preservation.

    Unless they’re trying to protect the source of the coup and their underlying methods. Yea – that makes much more sense.

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  22. Fools Gold says:

    Seems to me all these sources & methods are the insurance policy. It appears they are the insurance that seems to be preventing these bastards from ever seeing a grand jury before 2020 elections and Barr did what? I hope I’m wrong but are we and Trump being ambushed and railroaded again?

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  23. William says:

    Could the information released concerning the DOJ’s decision not to prosecute Comey be a trial balloon sent out ahead of the report to test how people react? If there is a riotous response on the part of the public, then there would be time to alter the report and add a charge. And if there is no great conflagration, the DOJ can feel it’s ok to release the report without charging Comey.

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  24. Zy says:

    Sources and methods = embarrassments and criminal actions

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  25. JL says:

    We need the David Hardy Declarations in the case just as much as the Archey Declarations.

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  26. Mac says:

    The Comey Diary, aka Comey Memos, is, without a doubt a CYA document. The only way Comey can cover himself is to 1) invoke the “incompetent boob” defense and claim that he knew nothing or 2) throw other members of the Obama Administration under the bus. Having seen the public Jim Comey, which is most likely?

    It would be nice if Hororwitz revealed what is in the Comey Diary, but that is extremely unlikely. Unless they are “leaked” the Comey Memos will never be released. The government, the bureaucracy and the Obama Administration HAS to be protected. And, it will be.

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    • desperatelyseekingmelania says:

      Bingo. The more I think about it, the more convinced I am that the Comey memos name names of who told him to do what. He wouldn’t be keeping memos that made himself look bad.

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      • Dutchman says:

        I vote #2, his memos put ALL the blame on everyone else in Obummer admin., while St. Comey was,…well a,Saint.

        He already threw Lynch under the bus, he already leaked classified memos to self.

        Those were little demonstrations to the other coupists; Ive got loaded memos, the safety is off, and I’m prepared to fire! If I go down, I’m taking you all WITH me.

        And don’t even THINK about arkanticide, cause I have copies stashed EVERYWHERE.

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  27. J. R. Ledbetter says:

    Both Comey and CNN want these memos released so I think they’re more than just CYA notes. Probably a bunch of lies and innuendo that MSM can report as facts to damage our president.

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  28. warspite2 says:

    Judge boldly orders production of docs. Judge cuts back by redacting some info. Judge permits several motions filed on last possible day in order to delay. Judge will set new dates for hearings/dispositions. If DOJ loses it will do an immediate appeal, asking Circuit Court to block release pending appeal. Motion granted pending appeal. Six months later DOJ loses. DOJ asks for reconsideration. Denied. DOJ asks for hearing en banc, also eventually denied. DOJ appeals to SuCt, asks for stay of any release…

    That’s easily into Fall of 2020. Stop being suckers. We cannot rely on any assistance from the courts. Either the WH finally declassifies all the relevant docs- long promised, or just concede the win to the deep state.

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    • Julian says:

      Go Trump!

      Draining the Swamp.

      “Promises made. Promises kept.”

      You folks all need to relax. Trump has already Drained the Swamp.

      As he said – promises kept.

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  29. FairTaxGuy60 says:

    The DOJ will win this battle, too. The good guys take 1 step forward and 3 steps back. The Deep State is too big to defeat. The bad guys squelch every bit of good news we get. Unless Trump himself physically grabs the files and hands them to non-biased media (if there are any), nothing will ever come out, no bad guys will be prosecuted, and Trump will lose PA, OH, WI, and MI next year. We’ve waited for DECLAS and perp walks far too long.

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    • Dutchman says:

      Yeah, because all the Trump supporters in PA, OH, WI and MI are ONLY voting for DJT because if his promise to “drain the swamp”, and “lock her up”,……

      Reviving the coal and steel industry, bringing back manufacturing, creating a booming economy while the restcof the worlds is stagnant, NONE of those mean a thing.

      They will vote for sleepy Joe, with the squeeling squad of harpies hanging around his neck, shouting “Green New Deal!” “COWFARTS!” and “BDS!” because PDJT didn’t send the coupists to jail.

      Most voters GOT the message, despite media spin. They GET it; “Witch hunt, Hoax, Made Up, No Collusion/No Obstruction.” And they are ready to move on. PDJT doesn’t NEED any “stinkin prosecutions” before the election, to win.

      And, COULD actually hurt his chances, as they would be portrayed as political retribution.

      YOU, I submit, WANT the prosecutions (emotional) but logically, no one, not even you, are going to either not vote, or vote Dem, if they don’t happen before the election.

      THIS is what happens when we allow strong emotions to shut down the logical part of our brain that engages in critical thinking.
      IMHO

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      • TPW says:

        ‘Critical thinking” is not something the people of the left are incapable off….otherwise there would be no Dem Party. Then there are the Independents who just need a shove one way or the other….hell they cant even decide what party to support. PT cant leave anything to chance but then again wouldnt shed tears to go back to his old life.

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        • Dutchman says:

          Depends on what you mean by “the left” vs. “Democrats”.
          The Democrats have forged, and I use that term loosely, a coalition of people who are aggreived. They are the party of minorities, and being minorities they FEEL agrieved. They FEED that FEELING, pushing already existing buttons to keep them ANGRY. That way the critical thinking part of their brain is shut down, and they are to receptive to the message (Orange man bad, for instance) without questioning it.
          They appeal to those who resent wealth “the rich corporations” as bad guy. Those who resent wealth don’t notice all these people spouting this crap are RICH.

          They appeal to POC, making ‘white priviledge’ the bad guy, and they don’t notice how all the top people in the DEM leadership are WHITE.
          Find someones pre-existing ‘triggers’ (easier than creating one from scratch) push on it, hard, and they will believe whatever b.s. you spin in after, without question.

          Con artists use this, sociopaths too. Also Advertising, Politicians,…its “The Art of Manipulation”.

          Oh, I don’t think he has ANY desire to go “back to his old life” at this point. He is ENJOYING himself, immensely.
          Having more fun than he has ever had in his life, and doing something more consequential than he has ever done in his life.
          He is NOT leaving anything to chance, and based in your comment, I suspect you are going to be shocked on election day.

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      • Julian says:

        That’s great but the lack of indictments and prosecutions suggests the will be MASSIVE electoral interference and vote rigging.

        Why wouldn’t there be?

        Who did the Trump Administration indict and prosecute for the massive vote rigging in 2016 & 2018?

        It’s like they support the massive vote-rigging if they take so little action to prevent it happening again.

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        • Dutchman says:

          Election fraud is a multifaceted operation, and BALLOT fraud is only one part of it, and not the biggest. Like an iceberg, everyone focuses on the,10% thats visible, when its the 90% thats unseen, below the water, that,will sink the ocean liner.

          Election manipulation, particularly in the PRIMARIES, when no one is paying attention, manufactured October surprises, splitter candidates to divide votes, gerrymandering districts, and yes, ballot fraud are all part of TPTB manipulating elections to produce a predetirmined outcome.

          This is what these people dovfor a LIVING, they have been perfecting it for many years, and they are very good at it.

          Its like going into a restaurant, and literally everything on the menu is crap.
          “Would you like the crap sandwich, or crap soup, sir? Or we have an excellent crap casserole!”

          Leaving voters with a choice of the lesser of two weavils is intentional.
          And then they say “Well yes, the R candidate IS crap, but the D is worse!
          So, what are you going to do? Say “I am not going to bother to vote, in 2020,,because I KNOW the Dems are going to engage in massive ballot fraud, so whats the use?”

          The thing is, in 2016 DJT won, not her lowness. And he is going to have much higher #’s this time; in 2016 he was an unknown quantity, not now.
          They can’t throw anything at him, that they haven’t already used. They are outa ammo, out of ideas, out of money, and Sh*t outa luck!

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        • Oscar says:

          Yep….so far they have gotten away with everything so some ‘voting irregularities’ is going to be a piece of cake.

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  30. mr.piddles says:

    In his Tweet, James B. Comey implies that he’s a “honest public servant”. According to recent reporting, the upcoming IG report will assert that James B. Comey lied to Federal Investigators.

    I really, honestly believe James B. Comey lives in a different Reality Space than the rest of us. Maybe it’s James B. Comey World.

    On a somewhat related note… did we fire Chris Wray yet?

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  31. dwpender says:

    The Archey Declarations insist that “nonpublic interactions” between specific “foreign governments and officials” and the “United States Government” MUST remain secret. I shall be interested in learning the details of ALL such interactions, but my greatest interest is in those that occurred after Trump became first President-elect and then President of the United States.

    Exactly who were the foreign governments and officials who thought it appropriate to collude with an outgoing Administration against the President-elect and/or the President of the United States? And, particularly after January 20, 2017, who were the individuals who thought they constituted the “Government of the United States” for purposes of “interacting” with foreign governments and officials to undermine the President?

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  32. Kent says:

    “There’s a lot of sketchy non-transparent stuff going on amid all of this….”

    And that is the the part most in need of being brought to light….

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  33. meadowlarkspring says:

    Comey’s first memo (the January 6, 2017 briefing of President Trump) was the first of many CYA memos.

    Brennan, the Russian Dossier and Obama’s Grand Political Strategy
    Lee Smith
    January 19, 2017

    https://www.hudson.org/research/13250-brennan-the-russian-dossier-and-obama-s-grand-political-strategy

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  34. meadowlarkspring says:

    Comey’s memos get us a 40 million dollar special counsel, but they can’t be seen cuz “sources and methods”.

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  35. JL says:

    DOJ already made these arguments, they lost, the Judge ordered production of the Archey Declarations.

    Judge should reject this filing out of hand and hold the DoJ in contempt.

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  36. champagneready says:

    Comey lawyered up with Patrick Fitzgerald. You don’t hire that kind of firepower if you know nothing is going to happen to you.

    He may be playing it smug on the outside but he knows he’s up to his eyeballs in felonies and the house of cards is crumbling more every day.

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    • desperatelyseekingmelania says:

      I think he allowed his political views to override everything else. He clearly buys into the idea that we are deplorables. He says so from time to time, “dark corner” and whatnot. He has demonstrated by such statements that he’s little different from, or at least sympathetic to, your typical deranged social media leftist. Same mindset as Strzok with his texts about Wal Mart shoppers. The Director of the FBI. Sounds crazy, but many things point to it. I think he really believed he was doing the right thing by breaking the law to stop Trump. In the same sense that fanatical leftists would justify voter fraud in the belief they are engaged in a battle of good vs. evil. Seems crazy to be saying this about someone in Comey’s position, but there is a lot of circumstantial evidence to point to it.

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      • jbowen82 says:

        I’ve long grouped the people involved in the domestic surveillance operation against the Trump campaign, then the transition, then the White House itself, in 4 groups: 1. The conspirators who knew it was bogus, but were doing it for political reasons; 2. The easily fooled, who truly believed that PDT was a Russian stooge; 3. The mindless, who believed what their chain of command told them, regardless of how ridiculous it was; and 4. The careerists, who knew it was BS, but wanted to be on Hillary’s good side after she got elected (because everyone knew she was going to win). Comey may very well have been in Group 2. The bottom line, though, is that they’re all guilty. “Just following orders” quit being a valid excuse decades ago.

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  37. mtk says:

    Within that courtroom fight Mueller’s lead FBI agent David Archey wrote a series of declarations to the court describing the content of the memos and arguing why they should be kept classified.

    Note, I have yet to see one sentence any where about the “WHY?” Just that sources and methods make for a legal cover story.

    So here is mine…
    /s to follow

    The argument presented by Archey is until such, until a time…A more favorable political environment exist so that these documents that prove via the presumption of guilty as sin( the flip side of presumption of Innocence) that the nature of the Comey memos as outline in the declarations is such that unconsituitional events occured without a shadow of doubt and as such providing sunlight on them would see an outcome that the memos as documented sought as the desired outcome(goal).

    In otherwords, revealing the Archey arguments brings about a fear the Archey argument cited as to why Comey’s memos can’t be made public. It is that they can’t be released because the evidence is so damning, We @ DoJ fear it could lead to a Consituition Crisis, even through the Nature of the Comey memos carried to its logical ends sought the very Consituitional Crisis that is feared by releasing them to the public.

    That folks… These are the only sources and methods that are being hidden.

    It is all circular BS, can’t release them because they document a consituitional crime, but to release them reveals the consituitional crime of saying there was no consituitional crime in the first place.

    Remember, it is not content of the memos, it the last three years of running with ‘muh russia’ and obstruction ‘witch hunting’ that just does not fall flat but makes clear to all ‘our government has been corrupted to core’

    That is what is being argued(hidden) here.

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  38. appraisher says:

    Whatever Comey wrote in his notes, will, I am sure follow the exact path of Susan Rice’s “BY THE BOOK” scam email-to-self. This so called “diary” will be nothing more than the Sanctimonious Twit’s further patting himself on the back for being such a patriot in the face of a, more than probable, Russian-plant President…and his valiant effort to thwart Trump and save America for the Left.

    I don’t put much stock in anything truthful coming out of this lawless, virtue signaling kook’s “personal memos”.

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  39. dawg says:

    CNN is the plaintiff fighting for the release of the memos, therefore they cant be good. I just keep coming back to that fact.

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    • Right to reply says:

      CNN are testing for their buddies. No release means they are likely being used as part of a criminal investigation.

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      • JL says:

        The Judge has no knowledge of that. If it was one of the delcarations by Archey, the judge would know that, and wouldnt have ordered their unredacted release.

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  40. ruckustom says:

    Keep the release of documents tied up in court for years. Just one of many methods to stall, stall, and stall some more. They’re going to run out the clock. For those claiming this is treason with no statutory time limit here’s what the Constitution says: Article 3, Section 3: Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. Tic toc.

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  41. TrustyHaste says:

    Life is short. Let me know when there are indictments and convictions. I do appreciate all the analysis, history and dot connecting, but I cannot invest much more. I need closure–justice–prison time. Analysis ain’t cutting it for me anymore. (but thanks CTH)

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  42. Garavaglia says:

    A description of a diary? Really?

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    • Carrie says:

      Maybe his CYA document is just a get out jail free card. Like in Clear and Present Danger. Only I don’t think anyone here wants Comey to get one.

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  43. Luck Stone says:

    I think we can all pretty much imagine just what smarmy Comey wrote in his “Dear Diary” entries. Perhaps it’s a good thing not to make it public at this time? I’m just praying that Barr and Durham come through with some convictions of this whole group of players, starting with Obama & Hillary.

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  44. BitterC says:

    Could pen registers and National Security letters be the bulk of the “sources and methods” they wish to keep hidden.

    The insight into Trump’s foreign policy decisions has stood out everytime I read Sundance’s Archey memo excerpt…that FBI dude, Tony something recently exposed as in house Comey mole was probably providing that. Wonder if they were trying/hoping to drive a Putin’s puppet narrative

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    • donna kovacevic says:

      Oh FFS leave Putin out of this. American government Intel dirty players DS are guilty not Putin. If they didn’t insert Muh Russia into this crazy circus POTUS and P. Putin could have had a decent relationship, fought ISIS together and so many other things they have in common. Putin is an Orthodox Christian he is against what Islam stands for and that could have helped. No, America screws it up for all the patriots and now this criminal behavior by the DS has put all to an end. The good news, good, great news is that the only people believing in this Russia delusion are the delusional people in the USA. No person outside USA believes these Banditos. God Bless PDJT.

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      • Sherri Young says:

        Putin is not the issue. The people and the philosophies driving the Putin meme as tools to get rid of Donald Trump are the issues. Using terms like “Putin” and “Russia” are ways to deflect and obscure the mostly domestic and official treachery.

        We should not erroneously buy into the Putin/Russia/Trump collusion narrative. Instead, we should listen for it and look for who is pushing it.

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      • ozymandiasssss says:

        think about the business that could have been contracted helping Russia exploit its vast gas and oil fields. Big bucks; I’m sure that’s why Tillerson was named first Sec. of State, to exploit this for Jobs, jobs, jobs. But no. They had to take a penny ante troll farm that was operating for peanuts and turn it into Russian interference.

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    • Sherri Young says:

      The point about driving a Putin’s puppet narrative is a good one. The strategy at the time was to pin collusion with the Russians on Donald Trump. After Comey was fired, obstruction was added.

      National Security Letters are abominable. They never should have been allowed here. NSCs and pen registers would almost certainly be considered as sources and methods. A spy in the White House planting bugs and key loggers would be too. At some point, the survival of America as America must become the overwhelming concern.

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  45. Julian says:

    Whatever is going on you can be sure it is party of President Trump & AG Barr’s meticulous plan to Drain the Swamp!!

    MAGA

    It’s time to pay the Barr tab folks!!

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  46. zozz1 says:

    The degree of the DOJ/FBI opposition to release of the Declarations/Memos tells us everything we need to know about the importance that they would bring to understanding the entire Russian Hoax and the corrupt players’ roles in it. America needs to see this material.

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  47. JAS says:

    I’d like to know the name of the classifying authority. Yes the name. The classifying authority is always a single person, not a department, etc.

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  48. jbowen82 says:

    You know what the mention of Sue Hunt reminds me of? The conspirators had to sideline AG Sessions with bogus recusal advice first to ensure they could get Mueller appointed. Hopefully Durham is looking at that too.

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  49. I believe that this is simply Comey’s “next line of defense” in case everything turned south – as it has done. With these, which I believe were always intended to become public, he would set the narrative. The memos would undoubtedly contain a tapestry of truth and falsehood known only to himself, but would probably be accepted as truth by the public. In any case, “every potential juror would have heard about it.” I think that these press releases should remain under wraps. If a public narrative is to be set, let it be set by the prosecutors, not a defendant.

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  50. Jimmy Jack says:

    I’d imagine keeping those kinds of notes could prove highly profitable for Comey.

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