Comey Memo FOIA Update: CNN Files Motion Demanding Immediate Production – DOJ Says 60 Days…

Just a quick update in the ongoing court battle for the Comey Memos and Archey Declarations.  [Background Here]  CNN has filed a motion for immediate production (full pdf below)

Two days ago Judge James Boasberg ruled the DOJ and FBI must turn over the mostly unredacted Comey Memos and fully unredacted Archey Declarations to CNN and the media groups represented within the FOIA lawsuit.

However, in a response to CNN dated yesterday, August 13th, the DOJ stated they intend to utilize the full 60-day appellate window before producing the memos and declarations:

(Source – Exhibit inside motion)

It looks to me like the DOJ/FBI is implying they will produce the material in 60 days, and not sooner.  In response to that email today CNN has filed a motion requesting intervention by Judge Boasberg, and demanding immediate production:

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There is a possibility the DOJ is delaying production because they want to wait until after the Inspector General report is made public.  Strategically, that might make sense.

[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.  On August 2nd the DOJ/FBI changed their position and claimed national security, “sources and methods” would be compromised by the release of the Archey Declarations.

On August 12th Judge Boasberg completely rejected the DOJ and FBI argument.

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 the 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 an example of redacted information in the Archey Declarations that Judge Boasberg had ruled must be released with the redactions removed.  This is what the DOJ and FBI are working to stop, stall and delay from being released to the public:

(Source Link)

 

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270 Responses to Comey Memo FOIA Update: CNN Files Motion Demanding Immediate Production – DOJ Says 60 Days…

  1. Freado’s network does something good? Yay!

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    • delighteddeplorable says:

      Maybe. Calling Suspicious Cat!

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    • SAM-TruthFreedomLiberty says:

      That’s impossible.
      What’s their motivation here? Do they think the memo’s expose Trump?

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      • jus wundrin says:

        I would say that youre correct

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      • neal s says:

        I wouldn’t put it past comey to lie in the memos he wrote. Such lies could be crafted in such a way as to cast aspersions on VSGPDJT.

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        • namberak says:

          Having worked in a gigantic Fortune 5 company where “memos to the file” were a way of life … of course he lied in his memos. It takes a full blown suspension of disbelief to believe that he didn’t. He wrote them for the express purpose of ensuring history was his friend. They’re not worth the magnetic fields with which they are stored.

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          • Tess from Philly says:

            I think the problem is that Comey was writing his memos before the testimonies of his fellow coup plotters. Did he fill them with bologna to help the coup along? Of course he did, and at first glance they’ll make the president look like the devil incarnate. But in the end, these memos will almost certainly open Comey and others up to perjury charges. Unintended consequences. The coup was never supposed to take this long.

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          • Battleship Wisconsin says:

            A close look at the Comey memos by internal DOJ and FBI staff may have already revealed they contain a false and/or unverifiable history of events. If this is the case, then releasing the Archey Declarations before the IG’s carve-out report is published may end up opening another can of Spygate misinformation worms which is not easily closed.

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            • LafnH20 says:

              And those worms would be sent to the OIG for “Investigation”… further delaying other subsequent “Reports”.

              Right in the middle of…
              This is what the DOJ and FBI are working to stop, stall and delay from being released to the public:

              ^^^^^^^^

              And information concerning the President’s (obama) foreigh-policy decision making.

              This is the rub, imho….

              cnn/swamp hope to protect “o” and by extension “Those Above”, by gettin it all out there (homey comey’s version anyway… 🤔…he wrote a book and was on TV… so it MUST be true) and giving “o”, brennan, clapper, rice, comey, et al., excuses for their “actions/descisions”. They simply VIOLATED the Law to make sure Trump wasn’t. That’s all.
              Won’t happen again… Promise!
              (We be Patriots!!! /s)

              Btw… We lied to cnn! Their really nice folks over there… really sorry bout that! And they weren’t the only ones!
              SORRY Everybody! Sorry.
              Go easy on ’em… mmmm – K.

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        • Zoe says:

          Except that these memos were available to the mueller team so if there was damaging info about the President it would have already be exposes.

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          • Battleship Wisconsin says:

            If the Mueller team examined the Comey memos and discovered that they contained a provably false and/or unverifiable history of events, the team may have decided to leave that particular can of worms to the IG to figure out.

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        • Chip Doctor says:

          Neal s, if that were the case, they would have released them a long time ago.

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          • Donzo says:

            If there is info in the memos damaging to Trump it probably wasn’t deemed damaging enough to change the Mueller report. Maybe the small group (getting bigger all the time!) purposely left them out so they could be resurrected later knowing they would eventually be made public and they would provide a damaging new headline after the case had grown cold. The game plan is after all designed around delay. Or maybe they are just something the Mueller team would rather never talk about as they make one of their own out to be, well, exactly what he is, a crook.

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          • Battleship Wisconsin says:

            The appearance of William Barr as the new AG changed the playing field on which the Mueller team had to defend its work products.

            If the team based its own internal conclusions on information which was provably false or which was plainly unverifiable through further investigation, then independent auditors such as might be assigned by AG Barr to review the Mueller team’s work might well decide that the team had been engaging in highly unprofessional conduct and should be held accountable for their actions.

            So If the Mueller team had examined the Comey memos and had discovered that they contained a provably false and/or unverifiable history of events, the team may have decided to leave that particular can of misinformation worms to the IG to figure out.

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        • CountryDoc says:

          They have been Trying to get that stuff brought to light for a long time. I think it is incriminating stuff. But Comey doesn’t want it exposed Because it’s not true and it will get him in more trouble. Once he realized they were willing to throw him under the bus, he stopped cooperating. That’s why his second trip before Congress revealed absolutely nothing more

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      • livefreeordieguy says:

        That’s my question, SAM… I have a gut feeling that CNN originally FOIA-ed this stuff because they automatically assumed that any Comey documents damaged President Trump… Then, when ‘strongly researched suspicion’ might suggest they are not so damaging to the president — yet the Judge saw it their way — CNN couldn’t very well say ‘never mind’. By my calculation, they have one quarter-ounce of credibility left and it would disappear if they dropped the request…. Like I said, just a gut sense.

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      • There is the issue of whether, once CNN gets them, it doesn’t let us see what’s in them…

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      • Daniel says:

        You mean to say they didn’t learn their lesson from the Mueller report? Could be true — people on the left who fail usually think it’s because they aren’t radical enough, not because they are too radical.

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      • chojun says:

        Yes. I think CNN miscalculated and suspected an FBI/DOJ coverup benefiting Trump.

        All of these shenanigans suggests to me that director Wray is:
        * not a “white hat”
        * not a deep stage stooge, either
        * simply trying to protect the FBI reputation by fighting the release of VERY damaging information

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      • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

        Perhaps CNN just has good lawyers
        (And now pissed off ones that want to get paid)

        Alternatively, if Durham exposes the fraud, CNN has a card up their sleeve to say they “helped” expose it.
        “See….we are real journalists”.

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      • underwhelmingposter says:

        They DO know what is in the memos! They have the stories written. This is CYA because if they come out with it now, they would have to admit to illegalities (having court sealed documents).

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    • CNN is a jerk says:

      Probably to spin what’s in there before the IG report

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      • Daniel says:

        CNN and the DOJ/FBI were allies. What changed? I can see where the release of the information might help shape a narrative but I have to wonder what sort of narrative they expect. I don’t think Comey has nearly the public credibility he or CNN thinks he does. But the IG report coming out before the Archie information would serve to mute a different narrative. But given the likelihood the DOJ/FBI still want to damage Trump, why wouldn’t they want to help their friends at CNN?

        Or could it be that Barr is actually in charge?

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        • Could Barr put a rush on it?

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        • underwhelmingposter says:

          Those members of the “cabal” are sidelined at this point. Even if their lucrative and termination proof employment has them rest easy at the moment, a false step could end everything for them. I believe names, chapters, and verses are known by Horowitz and Durham.
          Yes, Barr could be in charge and IMO he is!

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      • That makes the most sense of anything.

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    • Bob says:

      The Criminal NewsNetwork? Maybe the should suit their own faldties for the past 4 years? They should voluntarily put themselves in for 30 years hard labor…probably not a word they understand…Hint: labor=work.

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    • Grassleysgirl/Breitbartista says:

      CNN CYA ? Because they really don’t care for the color orange?
      And the supply of defense attorney s is rapidly declining

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  2. TwoLaine says:

    How hard is it to give us clean unredacted docs?

    #JustHitPrint

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    • BobR says:

      My guess is that Comey is capable of shaping, shifting,back-dating, deleting, adding etc.

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      • TwoLaine says:

        One word: BleachBit

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      • FanGirl says:

        And keeping multiple ‘versions’ of events – deleting the version that didn’t age as well.

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      • underwhelmingposter says:

        Back in the day, I wrote Memoranda for the File for personnel issues. One needed the back-up for any claims made by terminated employees to show what activities transpires, why decisions were made, the time lines involved, and that policies and procedures were followed.
        Since they were private, one had to do the Memoranda themselves.

        This is a MAJOR time consuming pain. It takes away from running a business, from motivating, training, seeing customers, from management of business outcomes (P&L).

        So if Comey was doing this, he spent way too much energy with it. You have to consider what you want to write as well as try to picture how the information will interpreted by other readers.

        All I am saying here is that if he had time for this activity, he couldn’t have been doing much else!

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  3. tax2much says:

    I can’t believe that I actually agree with CNN on something.

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  4. John55 says:

    I imagine that CNN either already knows for certain what Comey wrote, or that they have a pretty good rough idea. And since they’re stooges for the Deep State and haters of Trump, that means that Comey made various allegations damaging to Trump in his diary ….. allegations which CNN and the coup plotters figure they can use for their impeachment case.

    At the lest least it will open up new lines of attack for the Democratic House “investigators”.

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    • TheWanderingStar says:

      It probably outlines all of his [Comey’s] good intentions. /sarc

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    • Zoe says:

      Maybe, but weren’t those memos available to the mueller team? If there was anything damaging to the President wouldn’t it already be out there?

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    • rmramerica says:

      My fear here is that too many underestimate Comey, his intelligence, clever mind and his experience with FBI and DOJ protocols. He very well prepared memos that would cover his possible defense if this adventure went south. Why wouldn’t he? He understands the risks involved with a highly questionable Presidential investigation and how the DOJ would investigate this if it became public. Comey is a dangerously clever man. Careful….

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      • deeperinfo says:

        Your caution is most appropriate for the un-lawfirm Yates Brennan Clapper and Lynch, and, of course, their main client.

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      • Hutzpa says:

        I’ve come to believe that James Comey is only loyal to HIMSELF. I propose his “diaries” are another fantasy high brow web of how it’s everyone else’s fault but his. A Boy Scout writing defenses for every possible scenario that paint himself as the victim knight in shining armor amongst the pigs.

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        • Grassleysgirl/Breitbartista says:

          A boy scout indeed.Topped off with a pink pu$$y cat hat.
          Sorry Mr knock-kneed giraffe, but Breitbart already owned the title you wanted for your book.
          “Righteous Indignation”
          Just WHO exactly is your “Higher Loyalty” owed to?

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      • Elle says:

        “He very well prepared memos that would cover his possible defense if this adventure went south. Why wouldn’t he? He understands the risks involved with a highly questionable Presidential investigation and how the DOJ would investigate this if it became public. ”

        That’s my thought. Dead men tell no tales, but detailed memos do.

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      • desperatelyseekingmelania says:

        I have a hard time believing Comey would have withheld any damaging info he had on Trump while the Weismann investigation was active. My expectation is that these memos are pure CYA.

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    • Heck, CNN probably has copies of the memos and want their release to cover the fact that they have classified info.

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    • underwhelmingposter says:

      They know! They have known for two years.

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  5. Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

    CNN conveniently wrote a propsed order for Boasberg

    All he needs to do is copy/paste/edit and sign it.

    Thery’re also requesting reimbursement of attorney’s fees.

    (Fredo really is pissed)

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    • Chewbarkah says:

      The proposed order would have been better to put in “by August 15, 2019 at 10:00 am EDT”. Further delays and a Clintonesque game over the meaning of “immediately” coming up.

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    • Anonoma says:

      It’s very normal for court orders to be written by one of the parties and not by the judge personally. Judges normally only write the “opinion” (final ruling on a matter) or non-standard orders. It’s most orders are essentially procedural, standard language documents that don’t establish any kind of precedence or other great legal import.

      Lawyers also rarely write motions or proposed orders. Most of the stuff filed in various courts are done by paralegals or court clerks, but most of the stuff filed are procedural, standard language documents.

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      • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

        Yup.
        Though I would have written it slightly differently:

        “3. Pursuant to this Court’s inherent authority, Krashman’s request for an award in the amount of ONE BILLION DOLLARS is GRANTED

        You know…..so the judge doesn’t have to write OR do math.

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    • VegGOP says:

      When you file a motion in court, it is common (and in many cases required) practice to accompany it with a proposed order.

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  6. dawg says:

    So, Sundance would you care to speculate on why CNN wants this info so bad?

    I have tried to understand the motivations behind CNN wanting it released and the DOJ wanting it hidden and just cant put it together.

    I keep coming back to the fact that its CNN wanting their release. But you have consistently implied that the DOJ blocking this is a bad thing.

    “There is a possibility the DOJ is delaying production because they want to wait until after the Inspector General report is made public. Strategically, that might make sense.”

    Are you now saying that the judge ruling them to be released was a bad thing?

    I dont even know who to pull for here!

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    • sundance says:

      It’s not just CNN. There’s a bunch of media in the original lawsuit including Daily Caller, NYT etc. CNN just took the lead position on behalf of the group.

      The original FOIA lawsuit goes all the way back to 2017. Things looked entirely different back then. I think this is one of those examples where the outcome isn’t what CNN initially thought they would discover.

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      • BobBoxBody says:

        Either that, or maybe they realize that they’ve obliterated their credibility and they’re trying to salvage what’s left…either way, they’ve inadvertently helped Trump on on this one….I’ll take it.

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      • dawg says:

        So then why does CNN keep doubling down on it? Couldnt they just drop it? Why did they just demand immediate release of it? Wouldnt they know by now that its not what they thought it was? Wouldnt Comey tell them to drop it if it was detrimental to their efforts, “they” meaning Comey, the coup conspirators, etc….?

        Where does the info go when released? Straight to, and only to, CNN? Is that why they are now still trying to get it? So they can possess it and cover it up?

        So is it a bad sign or a good sign that the DOJ has been stonewalling?

        Record number of questions in this post, Im just not seeing the big picture.

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        • gymcy81 says:

          It’s probably good that we do not know, yet.

          It could that the Archery declarations are an inaccurate depiction of the actual Comey memo’s. and as such, could pollute public opinion to the point that people might already mis-think they know what the real Comey memo’s when they actually do come out.

          And sometimes, it can be very difficult to unpollute the air.

          i.e. it probably better to let the whole facts comes out when ready…. than to let them, (Archery declaration supporter) mis-drip, drip, misinformation….and then be able to pollute or cloud the actual truths
          (not that the Comey memos are absolute or objective….quite likely the memos contain some measures of human, or other human, bias. But the actual memos, more first hand, are more valuable (about what the writer Comey was noting )
          than a second / third hand opinion (Archery declarations / interpretation (perhaps with bias)
          of what Comey was noting..

          You many feel free to make a declaration of what was just written.
          but,
          it may, or may not, represent what the writer, just wrote – or intended to try to say.

          imho
          I do not know

          Love thy neighbors …

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          • gymcy81 says:

            Plus, the proof reader of what was written, can likely see some typos.

            The writer sure wishes that there was a way to edit the post.

            The writer sure hopes that there is not a resulting, misunderstanding. But, sadly realizes that there may be one.

            But on the other hand, the experiences of human imperfection can be humbling – which is a good thing.
            : )

            imho

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        • underwhelmingposter says:

          All participating parties get the same information.

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      • TarsTarkas says:

        They are going to spin whatever is in it as impeachable offenses no matter what they say and how badly they contradict each other or sworn testimony. Look how they totally twisted and lied about Ken Cuccinelli’s remarks. Many previous examples. Charlottesville was a notable one.

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      • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

        Thank you.

        People are reading way, WAY too much into CNN’s motivations NOW for a case they initiated 2 years ago.

        If they exited now………one of the others would just pick it right back up.

        At best it may be a card up their sleeve they pull to claim they are “real journalists” if the whole shebang comes crashing down.

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        • dawg says:

          Ok, so what can we read into the DOJs blocking it back then versus the DOJ’s continuing to block it now?

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          • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

            Dawg…..
            SD and the judge in his Friday ruling explained that extensively.

            In a nutshell…..they used the excuse they used for the last two years for EVERYTHING:
            “Mueller’s ongoing investigation”
            Archey’s Declarations to the judge was the explanation as to WHY the memos were relevant to
            “Mueller’s ongoing investigation”

            And the judge accepted that explanation…..right up to the moment when

            “Mueller’s ongoing investigation was NO LONGER ONGOING”

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            • dawg says:

              So the DOJs continuing to block the release of these docs is a bad sign and there is nothing to Sundance’s speculation that the DOJs reason for doing so may be strategic?

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              • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

                Of course it’s strategic…….

                The judge quoted the FBI “strategy: in his motion to deny:

                ” the FBI determined that certain materials must remain secret ‘in order to protect FBI law enforcement interests‘ ”

                of course he also noted that the FBI’s argument about those “interests”…..

                had an effect on one’s nose as that of a “five week old unrefrigerated dead fish”

                Whatever is in them…..it’s bad FOR THEM.
                If it wasn’t they would have turned them over to CNN …
                IMO before Mueller testified.

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          • Fools Gold says:

            I think Barr want to release the Comey memos not the Archery declarations of hear say.

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      • Grassleysgirl/Breitbartista says:

        Could any legal eagles here clarify the potential liability of the press regarding kickbacks to FBI in the way of tickets,trips etc in exchange for scoops?

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        • underwhelmingposter says:

          ALL government officials are precluded from accepting any gratuities, of any kind, of any worth. It does not mean that it is not done. The party that offers the gratuities generally receives bad press regarding bribing and corrupting our fine Federal friends. On State levels, I have seen this and have not scene any significant action against the perpetrator’s. The recipients though often were forced out of office/jobs etcetera.

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      • nbkilgore says:

        One has to go back to early May 2017 and recall the the atmosphere back than. The anti POTUS atmosphere was thick, they were throwing everything imaginable at POTUS Trump because of the urgency to take him out muy pronto! If the Comey memo’s had any major effect on potus, the anti faction would have loaded every barrels pointed at POTUS Trump and fired them off then. It stands to reason that those memos are more harmful to the DS intel establishment than it would POTUS Trump. CNN’s ego got the best of them, they got themselves into a position they thought they had control off, but they weren’t planning on other groups joining in on the FOIA and now they’re stuck with it.

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    • Frederick Os fan says:

      Ditto!! I’m so confused. Is it good or bad for these Archery decelerations be released? For the President I mean??? I don’t trust anything if CNN wants it. Keep trying to determine which way Sundance lands on whether this is a good or bad ruling.

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    • Frederick Os fan says:

      Ditto!! I’m so confused. Is it good or bad for these Archery decelerations be released? For the President I mean??? I don’t trust anything if CNN wants it. Keep trying to determine which way Sundance lands on whether this is a good or bad ruling.

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      • ozymandiasssss says:

        Probably doesn’t go one way or the other; it’s just that it will shed light on how weak, or how strong the case for the Russian collusion was; most likely weak, in hindsight. If there was something strong in there, Mueller would have talked about it.

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      • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

        It’s good.

        Comey already told Mueller everything he had.
        And Weismann put it all in “Mueller’s Report”

        If it was BAD for Trump then why would the crafty lawyers for the FBI fight to BLOCK their release?

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    • Frederick Os fan says:

      Ditto!! I’m so confused. Is it good or bad for these Archery decelerations be released? For the President I mean??? I don’t trust anything if CNN wants it. Keep trying to determine which way Sundance lands on whether this is a good or bad ruling.

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      • DJ says:

        ” Is it good or bad for these Archery decelerations be released?”
        ———————————–
        Well, he may very well have achieved some deceleration, but there will eventually be a full stop with full exposure.

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    • redthunder238 says:

      John55’s theory sounds about right. Remember, scumbag Jim Comey wrote them. There’s probably a lot more “loyalty” type stories.

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  7. I don’t trust a dang thing the DOJ does.

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  8. thedoc00 says:

    I have a bad feeling how these memos are going to be used. The MSM never publishes anything in context or complete but takes great liberty drawing words as well as phrases to present as complete “stories”.

    For CNN is a hunt for text to use in banner headlines.

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    • frances says:

      Comey would have written memos that protected him and his colleagues/co-conspirators, there will be nothing in them that will reflect well on Trump. The only plus is because he wrote so many he may have made mistakes and if anyone can find those mistakes IMO it would be Sundance.
      That being said, unless Barr delivers, all of this is moot and I am not convinced he will.

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    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      Think about this.
      Comey wrote them.
      He gave them to Mueller.
      Dontcha think Mueller used up all the “good stuff” in his report?

      Why would the FBI bad guys BLOCK the release if it was bad for POTUS?

      And on the off chance there was additional unknown “bad stuff”
      They would have given them to CNN on JUNE 7….
      or better yet…..
      waited until July 23 to release them…….

      THE DAY BEFORE MUELLER TESTIFIED.

      The first line of CNN’s motion:
      “The Court’s June 7, 2019 Memorandum Opinion (Dkt. 86) and Order (Dkt. 85) should have brought “this long-running litigation” to an end.:

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  9. Bogeyfree says:

    I see nothing good to help the white hats, coming from this release since it is being DEMANDED NOW by CNN.

    Why would the bad guys want something that might hurt the bad guys? It just doesn’t make sense.

    My WAG. Didn’t they just recently go to Comey’s house? Could have more memos been “acquired”.

    And could these newly acquired “unseen” memos be ones to try and implicate PT in some type of obstruction charge. (Fake of course)

    What have we learned after 3 years? Never, never trust the left!

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    • Maquis says:

      Well, now that they have been so relentlessly denied they are raving mad to get them, and they will, in time, and then they’ll likely be mad they ever asked for them. Rope a Dope?

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    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      Why would the bad guys want something that might hurt the bad guys?

      Why would the bad guys NOT want the other bad guys to have them?

      Sundance added a post above to explain CNN’s actions in response to this very question.
      Everyone should read it.

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  10. Mike in a Truck says:

    Why hasn’t Suspicious Cat appeared looking with suspicion at CNN’s suspicious shenanigans in demanding the release of suspicious memos,notes,doodles,scribbling,snot rag wipings? Is CNN now interested in truth and justice for PDJT? I’m sure.

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    • fanbeav says:

      Damage control. They want to know if they are implicated!

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      • Maquis says:

        They know their prints are out there to be found, they’re guilty as sin, these memos are just one twisted megalomaniac’s self-serving “diary” whose precise purpose is not yet known, nor whose oxes are gored therein, but oh what a marvelous trove of investigative threads to suss out and release the chaos of sunlight, or, rather, Sundance!

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      • fractionalexponent says:

        It takes 60 days for all the crooks to get their stories straight
        and fabricate new 302s
        and new timelines.

        60 days of emergency meetings
        heehee

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      • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

        Well…..since they’ll be posted on the FBI website…..

        We’ll all know.

        CNN does not get exclusive rights to public property granted by FOIA.
        So any damage control will have to be on the fly.

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      • thedoc00 says:

        CNN is implicated by definition. It was an old, unused CNN report that served as the basis for the entire Russia-Russia story line. CNN has great exposure if a miracle happens and indictments start to occur because they continued to feed the embellishments to their story and never looked back.

        Also, MSM do have a very large number of ex-Obama staff as employees, this may also be a part of the compensation package to those employees.

        So, besides looking for words and phrases to feed their banner machines, the MSM could be assessing their risk.

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  11. gary says:

    the media has done nothing right nor anything that has helped their case,right or wrong. they fail every time. just like the mueller testimony. just as is happening in the epstein debacle. cnn motives may be that they believe something revealed will hurt trump. bring it on.

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  12. Tseg says:

    Unfortunately I trust CNN more than the DOJ…. at least CNN is predictable. The DOJ is bi-polar.

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  13. trumptea says:

    Why is CNN fighting so hard for these memos??? … BECAUSE, just like the Barr report, its all about controlling the narrative. They were pissed that the Barr report caught them off guard and that they had lost control of the narrative. The effort to get the Comey memos BEFORE the IG report is about preemptive damage control.

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    • ozymandiasssss says:

      I think this is basically it. and probably why DOJ is stalling. Otherwise, why bother.

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    • ozymandiasssss says:

      Basically, I think Comey has told CNN and a few others to get his memos and release them before the OIG report comes out because it will say something that is opposite of what OIG says. And we all know the first one to start a rumor wins. So, Yeah, controlling the narrative. Comey has had a chance to respond to the OIG findings; which is what they do; that is over now, the final is being drafted, and he wants HIS STORY leaked first.

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      • ozymandiasssss says:

        Just like he did with the other memo to his friend, his “lawyer.” Seems juvenile to me.

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      • Doogiesblog says:

        I agree, Ozymandiasssss. If the Comey memos come first, they control the narrative. If the OIG report is first, those Comey memos are looked as defensive.
        I hope the OIG report is pushed out soon and then the Comey memos released.

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    • rayvandune says:

      Righto! It will be fun to see if they spell out the meaning of “FOIA”, since their audience has been shielded from the words for so long, as they maintain the fiction that there is no evidence of spying, etc., just the fevered hallucinations of Rush Limbaugh!

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    • Fools Gold says:

      Yup!

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  14. laurie5106 says:

    Somebody please just leak them already.

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  15. Jamaica Queens says:

    Skeptic says the date was left blank to give grounds to appeal for early release. That process may extend beyond 60 days. Awful people doing their self serving best.

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  16. Chuck says:

    News media wants it so they can control the narrative. This isn’t that hard.

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  17. jus wundrin says:

    60 days? The judge said NOW!

    Why do I smell another cover up?

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  18. Legion of One says:

    Just because CNN gets it doesn’t mean that we get to see all of it unedited by them.

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  19. ozymandiasssss says:

    I saw something in PACER that made it look like they had 2 weeks to file an Opposition memo.

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  20. Johnny says:

    Please see Sundance response to “dawg on” above.

    Basically CNN is handling a group lawsuit. Sundance believes CNN is not gonna like the Declarations when they receive them.

    But the bridge has been burnt behind them and they must go forward. I am sure they are hoping for a scrap of info they can use

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    • dawg says:

      Why has the “bridge been burnt behind them”?

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      • Johnny says:

        It is a group FOIA request.

        CNN is just the lead of the group. If they drop pushing, then say DAILY CALLER steps in.

        When they joined group request the bridge was burnt .

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      • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

        Because they’re “JOURNALISTS” doncha know?/s

        Why would an important journalistic entity like CNN’ suddenly withdraw a lawsuit THEY WERE GOING TO WIN and DID?

        Especially when at least a dozen other news agencies and organizations would simply pick up what they put down…..and ask them why they did?

        An analogy:
        In 2017, CNN FOIA lawsuit is like 6 PM Nov 8 2016
        In 2019, CNN FOIA lawsuit is like 10 PM Nov 8 2016

        In for a penny, in for a pound.

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    • FanGirl says:

      More complicated than just that. They want to know if they are implicated so they can get their narrative out before the IG report implicates them. (or before arrests are made) If they can “Get Trump” it’s a bonus.

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      • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

        Then why doesn’t DOJ just give them the documents?
        Better yet why not leak them to them?

        been leaking everything else to them for the last 3 years.

        Or why didn’t Comey just tell them?
        CNN gave him his own hour long primetime infomercial.

        It’s not complicated……CNN is stuck with what they started.
        Including lawyers who don’t like to lose.

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  21. ilcon says:

    Barr should direct Wray to forever ban 302s. A FIB can write any damn thing they want.
    Sound and video in all interviews and interogations without exception, backed up by immediate transcription on camera.

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    • FanGirl says:

      If the NSA has recordings of all of my credit card purchases, where my vehicle has been, and my texts/phone calls, then the government has the capacity to appropriately record/document all FBI activity. Extrapolation of that theory, they can record activity at the cell doors of all high level criminals. (Jeffrey Epstein, El Chapo, Clinton)

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    • grumpyqs says:

      Excellent suggestion ilcon. Expanding that could see a cloud-based database of video, audio and text, covering EVERY federal agency, following precise NIST and IRS standards for retention, backup & recovery, view and process auditing and encryption; managed by the NSA! The last few years have proven current management is incapable of ever correcting these problems. Old methods and techniques are being used as excuses, but is actually weaponization.

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    • underwhelmingposter says:

      🏆!

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    • desperatelyseekingmelania says:

      With the technology available in the year 2019 this is completely reasonable

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  22. rayvandune says:

    Archey memo: “… and information concerning the President’s foreign policy decisionmaking (sic).”

    Whoa, had not noticed that before! Thoughts?

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  23. Shyster says:

    The DOJ is likely to win this battle! The Court will most probably respect its 60 day right to appeal and since forcing an earlier production date would in essence make the entire reason for the appeal, i.e., an appeal to contest handing over non-redacted versions of the declarations being filed AFTER having already having been ordered to and actually turning over the non-redacted declarations would make the issue moot and a legal waste of time. You can’t put the cat back into the bag once the cat is out so to speak. So we will just have to wait at least 60 days.

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  24. lotbusyexec says:

    First off, nothing any of us write is objective. You can have two people directly watching a crime occuring and they both can give TWO TOTALLY different takes. That being said, because Comey has proved beyond a doubt that he does not like (NOT LIKE) PDJT that “should” be a given. I am a big fan of taped conversations and am hoping that PDJT has the goods (aka tapes) in his back pocket to bring this Jack (ass) in the Bean Stalk DOWN!

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  25. Why can’t AG Barr say release them NOW?

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  26. Curt says:

    CNN has an ulterior motive and there are probably a few valid explanations. I wonder if they want to get out in front of the IG report, and other damaging information, about to be released? We all know CNN would NEVER do anything to advance this ongoing investigation of the FBI, CIA, DOJ, et al. They have played an active role in this sedition since the very beginning. What’s the end game here?

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    • rayvandune says:

      They originally asked when they thought Comey had the goods on Trump. Now they can’t un-ask, and as others have said, are hoping for a salacious morsel and/or to see how badly they are exposed.

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    • desperatelyseekingmelania says:

      Don’t underestimate how much the useful idiots in the MSM still believe in the Russia hoax

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  27. pucecatt says:

    I bet cnn got free advice from none other than Comey himself . Comey probably told cnn get those memos out in the public .. just a hunch ..

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    • rayvandune says:

      I like how you think.

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    • underwhelmingposter says:

      Just like Steele wanted his dossier out in the public before the 2016 election.

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    • desperatelyseekingmelania says:

      Why would Comey have delayed, for years, any damaging info he had on President Trump, while there was an active special counsel empaneled for the express purpose of impeaching said president, which most everyone in favor of thought was going to succeed? You’re telling me that against that backdrop, Comey had the goods on Trump yet refused to divulge them? I don’t believe it.

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  28. Right to reply says:

    Seems to me that CNN want the info before the report comes out, so their vile associates can prepare their stories, or leave the country!

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  29. Kiel says:

    Any news on the Declass yet? Voter Fraud? Hillary In Jail? Epstein as a Mossad Asset?

    . . . keep trusting that plan.

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  30. BV Conservative says:

    Sounds to me like DOJ is going to appeal the ruling. It won’t produce the documents in 60 days. It wants to drag this out as long as possible.

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  31. MicD says:

    The absence of factual reporting these days reveals
    the minds innate ability to do a form of calculus –
    Successive Approximation of the Volume of Truth.

    Trump —> The Way Forward America.

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  32. Tiffthis says:

    CNN either wants to play journalists, since it’s been a while, or they want to get ahead of something to shape the narrative- even though the FOIA release will be to the public at the same time- prolly comey gave them a summary of some kind. Idk. It’s all unprecedented

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  33. Rhoda R says:

    DOJ gets 60 days to file an appeal and then there is the appeal process itself that will also take up time. How many IG investigations are out there and when are they allegedly due? Or maybe there is an indictment that is about to drop that these memos would interfere with.

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  34. Lawton says:

    Flynn is named on that FISA statement in there. I guarantee you.

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  35. islandpalmtrees says:

    Does the DOJ realize the intent of CNN in pressing for the release of the Comey memos? Yes

    And, do I find it hard to believe that CNN would do anything to benefit a conservative? Yes

    Is the true intent of CNN to spin some of the Comey memo content to favor a Socialist point of view prior to the release of the OIG Report? This would help to explain why they want the earliest release possible in order to get more play time for their own narrative.

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  36. Summer says:

    Comey’s Memos are most likely CYA type half-truths generously spiced with anti-Trump rhetoric and unverifiable he-said-she-said drivel. These memos, however, may inadvertently contain bits of information that reflects badly on Muh Institutions. Archey Declarations are most likely a rehash of the deplorable acts of the OrangeManBad as narrated by Comey minus the details that potentially endanger Muh Institutions.

    I bet CNN and the NYT read all this stuff long time ago. They probably have copies. They know what they are doing, don’t kid yourself.

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    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      minus the details that potentially endanger Muh Institutions.

      Except that if you read the excerpt of the Archey Declarations above Comey was logging all sorts of details….such as…

      both the CODE NAMES and REAL NAMES of assets used in the Russia investigation.

      in other words……COMEY WROTE DOWN THE NOC LIST IN HIS “DIARY”
      (See Mission: Impossible 1)

      Sounds like it’s not MINUS details…..it’s FULL of them.
      Like something you would write to CYA perhaps?

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  37. islandpalmtrees says:

    If Barr is in support of the truth and President Trump then one narrative is possible otherwise this is nothing more than corruption by the DOJ?

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  38. A2 says:

    Perhaps Comey whispered to the NYT that getting his memos would be a boon. Since NYT published the ones he gave his ‘lawyer’ they couldn’t take the lead so passed it on to CNN and the rest of the circle of wankers.

    Of course I am just speculating.

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  39. spren says:

    These documents are being withheld because they could possibly reveal “sources and methods.” I understand why they want to prevent the American public from seeing this. If we see what sources and methods were utilized, we’ll understand all of their corruption and what lengths they were willing to go to in undermining our electoral system. My goodness, talk about collusion and obstruction of justice!

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  40. evergreen says:

    Comey knows what he wrote; therefore, someone else does, too. Thus, CNN knows what they are after.

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    • desperatelyseekingmelania says:

      Thus, it would have already been reported on and credited to anonymous officials familiar with the matter, if it were at all damaging to President Trump

      Moreover, if it were truly damaging to President Trump, it would have been seized on by/made available to the Weissmann investigation while it was impaneled. This stuff is nearly 3 years old. They wouldn’t have sat on it if it was useful to them.

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  41. Why would WE want to see the Comey memos? He’s lying when he opens his mouth and CNN wanting it to be released means it is bad for Trump (or at least they hope so). We need evidence of crimes and get DOJ/FBI and other administrative officials who broke the law held accountable, not chase after Comey’s memos.

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    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      SD’s article spelled out why.

      From SD’s post above:

      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.

      Or another way of answering:

      WE want to see them because the DOJ doesn’t WANT US TO SEE THEM.

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  42. Kelly says:

    Wow cnn really wants to see the
    Comey memos.. my guess is
    CNN wouldn’t be fighting for the
    memos unless there is something
    for their political party (cnn/DemoRats) can use against PDJT ! Like for their
    hopeful strong desire for impeachment,
    that we all know the cnn-DRats will
    fight for even when PDJT finishes
    his presidency ! I’m sure they want those memos out before the Comey
    carve out IG report does come out. Cnn doesn’t have not 1 fragment of a bone from anyone who works for them when it comes to honesty! Don’t get me wrong the DOJ is still right at the top
    of the list as far as lying for cover up
    of their corruption. Still can’t forget
    how confident Comey seems to be about the IG report which may come out thurs I heard.. but regardless I
    just can’t get past the fact that cnn
    is the fake news network fighting for
    this release! Can’t help it just being
    realistic.. whatever is going on as
    always, does not go in the favor of
    True Justice!

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  43. parleyvous says:

    Pretty clear CNN knows what is redacted already. They likely know some specific bullsht info from Comey is in the notes and they want to shape the narrative before IG report to muster up a large outcry for impeachment.

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  44. Pete says:

    There literally are hundreds of lawyers, accountants, and other bean counters working at the DOJ Inspector General’s office. Either they can’t finish the report because the spell check on their computers have been hacked, or the IG is involved in horse trading with deep state criminals and IG Barr is watching

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  45. dawg says:

    I would just like to know what Sundance thinks.

    So lets its assume that CNN initially wanted these memos and declarations because they thought it would further the Russia narrative/damage PDJT. The DOJ fought back against the release. That was back when the DOJ was still run by Sessions, right? Time goes by, the Special Counsel ends. Russiagate dies. But CNN presses on. I guess we now have to assume CNN is doing this so they can get a jump on shaping the narrative. The DOJ continues to fight against the release. As Sundance noted, that might be strategic on the DOJ’s part. Possibly an attempt to thwart efforts by our enemies to control the narrative before the release of the IG report. But Sundance ends by giving us an example of what they are blocking, i.e., names of confidential sources the US Govt used and specifies the foreign countries the US Govt worked with (colluded with) during the “investigation”. Those are things it seems the GOOD GUYS would want to know, and want to be known. Right?

    So Sundance, was the DOJ wrong for blocking this in the beginning, considering it could have maybe derailed the Special Counsel, but right to block it now considering the pending release of the IG report?

    But have you not been suggesting that the DOJ’s fighting this release was evidence that Barr was not totally committed to justice and was just more of a cleaner, cover-upper?

    Just trying to understand.

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  46. This is Trump’s FBI and this is wholly the responsibility of Trump. Trump tweets cannot change what is in fact the policy of Trump in this particular case, which policy is to protect the corrupt fbi from disclosing its attempt to steal/overthrow an election. It speaks for itself.

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  47. Sean Supsky says:

    The Comey memos, seeing what we have seen of the man so far, it is not a stretch to deduce that the memos are a product designed to cover him in the event of criminal proceedings are brought against him, but they also serve as a blackmail against all the other bad characters. Comey goes down, the rest of the plotters go down too.

    That’s one scenario.

    Details the ways and means, sources and methods of how the departmental investigations work….plausible? Knowing what is known about the substance of the known memos, mostly the ramblings of one man’s perspective, however deranged and fabricated it may be, the remaining memos are a story of one man’s mighty fight against injustice….in his own mind….

    That’s a second scenario

    There could be many more. It is suggestive speculation. At any rate, the memos are a fabrication that seeks to serve a criminal purpose as they are almost definitely perjurious in nature if they are presented as factual documents of events.

    What will be seen for sure though, is the ramblings of an egotistical and narcissistic man that believes he has done no wrong.

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  48. The only thing that makes sense to me is the DOJ has indictments in the works that these documents might impact. Once the indictments are announced those indictments will allow the Justice Department to not make public these documents. Can`t say what is so important here but something big is buried in these documents.

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  49. Caius Lowell says:

    What is CNN’s angle here? Brennan works for CNN, and Comey may be outside the circle of trust, so maybe that’s it? Maybe 0bama’s corrupt C!A is trying to get 0bama’s corrupt FB! to take the fall? I seem to remember SD writing about some tension there months ago…

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    • dawg says:

      Well thats the first explanation Ive seen that makes sense of this.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Caius Lowell says:

        After thinking about it, if 0bama has to choose between his corrupted and weaponized C!A or FB!, then he’ll chose the former because: 1) that’s his “home” institution, and 2) Comey is, at his core, a Clintonista…

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    • desperatelyseekingmelania says:

      It would be like the CIA to have been behind all of this from the beginning, and then get everyone not just to believe, but to want to believe, that it was all the FBI’s fault.

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  50. ltravisjr says:

    Weren’t CNN on air personalities reporting on and analyzing the contents of the Mueller Report minutes after its release, even though there was no chance they could have read all 450 pages of it before the embargo was lifted? Well, of course they had the information beforehand to help them manage and guide the narrative.

    That’s what they are trying to achieve with this now. They are still the window to reality for many and when you are the window to reality, you get to effectively redefine reality.

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