Archey Declarations Prove Comey/McCabe “Small Group” Hid Information From FBI Investigators, Until They Could Get Mueller Appointed…

There are two sets of documents that outline a very specific picture.  Robert Mueller’s lead FBI Agent David Archey made sworn declarations to the court, without knowledge of FBI “whistleblower” information provided to DOJ Inspector General, Michael Horowitz.

There is a distinct conflict within the IG report on James Comey (and memos) [Available Here] and the David Archey declarations [Available Here].  However, beyond the conflict there’s an even more alarming picture of how Robert Mueller was deployed, when all the information is overlaid in a timeline.   A very clear picture emerges; very clear.

In June 2017 CNN (and other media) filed a FOIA suit to gain the Comey memos.  As the lawsuit progressed through a lengthy battle -where the Mueller team did not want to turn over those memos- Mueller’s lead FBI agent, David Archey, made sworn declarations to the court.  Those statements became known as the “Archey Declarations”.  Inside those declarations agent Archey provided a specific outline of the FBI and the memos.

Note the date – Agent Archey states the “investigative team” came into full possession of the Comey memos: on or by May 12th, 2017,”…

[Page #3 of Exhibit A – Archey Declarations]

The “investigative team” would be Andrew McCabe, Bill Priestap, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and then James Baker as lead counsel for the group.  The “Director’s staff” would be James Rybicki, who is identified by Archey as having “maintained” possession of the memos.

So this “small group”, particularly James Rybicki, is the center of the team.  This team is also confirmed by the IG Horowitz report. This team had the memos on May 12th, 2017.

Now we move into the aspect where the motives and ideology become clear when we look at the IG custodial record of the memos, as outlined by the Supervisory Special Agent in charge of Comey’s documents within the IG report, compared to the Archey declarations.

The FBI Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) in charge of Comey’s document retrieval is the “whistleblower” who eventually went to the IG.  I’ll explain why and how below; and to make understanding easier we shall use “SSA Whistleblower” to describe him.

♦On May 10th, the Comey memos were not in Comey’s office [per IG report].  At the time of the search and review of Comey’s office there were no hard copies found by SSA Whistleblower.

Now, keep in mind “by May 12th” James Rybicki had all the Comey memos in his possession, per Mueller team FBI Agent David Archey.

♦On May 12th, SSA Whistleblower went to James Comey’s house along with James Rybicki and Deputy FBI Director David Bowditch.

During this May 12th visit James Comey never told SSA Whistleblower he had the memos in his personal safe.  James Rybicki was also present for this retrieval visit and also never told SSA Whistleblower that he was holding the memos in his FBI HQ office.

♦On May 15th, three days later, James Rybicki then tells SSA Whistleblower he knows the location of the Comey memos; and Rybicki informs SSA Whistleblower he has additional relevant material.

From the IG Report: “Rybicki told the SSA that he did not tell anyone about the Memos during the May 10 inventory because he understood that process to only include Comey’s office.”   Very sketchy.

At this point SSA Whistleblower had to suspect something sketchy was happening.  Keep in mind the following day May 16th, 2017, Comey sent memo content to his friend Daniel Richman with instructions to leak to the New York Times. [Article published 5:00pm 5/16/17]

If Rybicki didn’t inform SSA Whistleblower on May 15 about the Comey memos, then SSA Whistleblower would have found out from leaked media reports the next day May 16.

If Rybicki didn’t tell SSA Whistleblower about the memos on May 15, then it would have looked like the ‘small group’ was hiding and leaking the memos.  An intellectually honest review of the timing, and considering Rybicki had indeed been hiding the memos, leads to the conclusion Rybicki knew the NYT leak was coming; Rybicki was coordinating with James Comey; and Rybicki/Comey were trying to avoid team scrutiny. [Further evidence of this surfaces in the Mueller contact timeline.]

By May 16th, 2017, SSA Whistleblower, had to see the sketchy nature of how this was unfolding.   As a result this scenario from the IG report now makes sense:

If we overlay the FBI “small group” contact with Robert Mueller an even more clear picture emerges.

“Crossfire Hurricane” – During 2016, after the November election and throughout the transition period and into 2017, the FBI had a counterintelligence investigation ongoing against Donald Trump. FBI Director James Comey’s memos were part of this time-period as the FBI small group was gathering evidence.  Then Comey was fired….

♦Tuesday May 9th – James Comey was fired at approximately 5:00pm EST.  Later we discover Rod Rosenstein first contacted Robert Mueller about the special counsel appointment less than 15 hours after James Comey was fired.

♦Wednesday May 10th – From congressional testimony we know DAG Rod Rosenstein called Robert Mueller to discuss the special counsel appointment on Wednesday May 10th, 2017, at 7:45am. [See Biggs questions to Mueller at 2:26 of video]

According to his own admissions (NBC and CBS), Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe immediately began a criminal ‘obstruction’ investigation. Wednesday May 10th; and he immediately enlisted Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

A few hours after the Rosenstein-Mueller phone call James Comey’s office was being searched by the SSA Whistleblower per the IG report on Comey’s memos.

♦Thursday May 11th – Andrew McCabe testified to congress. With the Comey firing fresh in the headlines.  McCabe testified there had been no effort to impede the FBI investigation.

Also on Thursday May 11th, 2017, The New York Times printed an article, based on information seemingly leaked by James Comey, about a dinner conversation between the President and the FBI Director.   The “Loyalty” article [link].  The IG report shows: [Daniel] Richman confirmed to the OIG that he was one of the sources for the May 11 article, although he said he was not the source of the information in the article about the Trump Tower briefing“.

♦Friday May 12th –  Andrew McCabe met with DAG Rod Rosenstein to discuss the the ongoing issues with the investigation and firing.  Referencing the criminal ‘obstruction’ case McCabe had opened just two days before.  According to McCabe:

… “[Rosenstein] asked for my thoughts about whether we needed a special counsel to oversee the Russia case. I said I thought it would help the investigation’s credibility. Later that day, I went to see Rosenstein again. This is the gist of what I said: I feel strongly that the investigation would be best served by having a special counsel.” (link)

According to Andy Biggs questioning of Mueller, on this same day, May 12th, evidence shows Robert Mueller met “in person” with Rod Rosenstein.  This is the same day when SSA Whistleblower went to James Comey’s house to retrieve FBI material and both Rybicki and Comey never informed the agent about the memos:

May 12th, is the date noted by David Archey when FBI investigators had assembled all of the Comey memos as evidence.  However, no-one in the FBI outside the “small group” knows about them.

♦On Saturday May 13th, 2017, another meeting between Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller, this time with AG Jeff Sessions also involved. [Per Andy Biggs]

♦Sunday May 14th –  Comey transmitted copies of Memos 2, 4, and 6, and a partially redacted copy of Memo 7 to Patrick Fitzgerald, who was one of Comey’s personal attorneys.  Fitzgerald received the email and PDF attachment from Comey at 2:27 p.m. on May 14, 2017, per the IG report.

♦Monday May 15th, McCabe states he and Rosenstein conferred again about the Special Counsel approach. McCabe: “I brought the matter up with him again after the weekend.”

On this same day was when James Rybicki called SSA Whistleblower to notify him of Comey’s memos. The memos were “stored” in a “reception area“, and in locked drawers in James Rybicki’s office.

♦Tuesday May 16th – Per the IG report: “On the morning of May 16, Comey took digital photographs of both pages of Memo 4 with his personal cell phone. Comey then sent both photographs, via text message, to Richman”

On this same day Rod Rosenstein takes Robert Mueller to the White House for a meeting in the oval office between President Trump, VP Pence, Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein.    While they were meeting in the oval office, the following story was published by the New York Times (based on Comey memo leaks to Richman):

Also during the approximate time of this Oval Office meeting, Peter Strzok texts with Lisa Page about information relayed to him by Tashina Guahar (main justice) on behalf of Rod Rosenstein (who is at the White House).

Later that night, after the Oval Office meeting – According to the Mueller report, additional events on Tuesday May 16th, 2017:

Interesting that Tashina Gauhar was taking notes presumably involved in the 5/16/17 meeting between, Lisa Page, Rod Rosenstein, and Andrew McCabe. 

This meeting at Main Justice appears to be happening in the evening (“later that night”) after the visit to the White House with Robert Mueller.  This meeting appears to be Lisa Page, Rod Rosenstein and Andrew McCabe; along with Tashina Gauhar taking notes.

Why is the Tuesday May 16th, 2017, date of additional importance?

♦ Wednesday May 17th, 2017:  Rod Rosenstein and Andrew McCabe go to brief the congressional “Gang-of-Eight”: Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Devin Nunes, Adam Schiff, Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer, Richard Burr and Mark Warner.

… […] “On the afternoon of May 17, Rosenstein and I sat at the end of a long conference table in a secure room in the basement of the Capitol. We were there to brief the so-called Gang of Eight—the majority and minority leaders of the House and Senate and the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. Rosenstein had, I knew, made a decision to appoint a special counsel in the Russia case.”

[…] “After reminding the committee of how the investigation began, I told them of additional steps we had taken. Then Rod took over and announced that he had appointed a special counsel to pursue the Russia investigation, and that the special counsel was Robert Mueller.” (link)

Immediately following this May 17, 2017, Go8 briefing, Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein notified the public of the special counsel appointment.

What is clear from a review of all the related and released information is the FBI small group (McCabe, Page, Strzok, Rybicki, Baker) were hiding the ongoing FBI investigation from other FBI officials (including the SSA Whistleblower), inside the department after Comey was fired.

McCabe launched a “criminal investigation” (obstruction) May 10th, and Rosenstein was in immediate contact with Robert Mueller about being a special counsel after conversations with the FBI small group. The small group were then releasing information to their media allies, and hiding the releases from FBI agents outside the small group; until they no longer needed to do so (May 15).

On May 15th, it appears the SSA was finally notified of the Comey memos because the small group already knew Robert Mueller was going to be appointed.

Comey, his lawyers and Lawfare allies, together with the small group, coordinated to leak and publish the NYT article (May 16th) the day Mueller was interviewing President Trump in the oval office. They knew Mueller was going to be appointed the following day, May 17th.  The NYT leak was cover and ammunition for Rod Rosenstein to fulfill his role.

This is the Special Counsel as the insurance policy deployed.

Everything was a set up by the small group; exclusively executed by the small group; kept hidden from other FBI agents and officials; and Mueller’s visit with President Trump was part of that investigative effort.

This overall conspiracy/plan is why the SSA turned to the Inspector General and requested Whistleblower protection.  This is also why IG Horowitz was motivated to carve out the Comey memos in his report.  KEY POINT – OIG Michael Horowitz has outlined the Special Counsel appointment as fraudulently predicated.

Because FBI Agent David Archey was not part of the original team (he did not join until August 2017); and because Archey had no idea a whistleblower had gone to the FBI when he wrote his declarations; David Archey wrote about the FBI investigative team having all of the copies of the memos on May 12th, 2017.

FBI Agent David Archey was unaware the ‘small group‘ had kept the Comey memos hidden from the FBI SSA Whistleblower until May 15th, 2017; so he inadvertently exposed their assembled disposition prior to the small group admissions to the SSA.

Lastly….

♦June 1st, 2017 – After the “small group” had successfully deployed Robert Mueller, then this same team sat down to classify the material that might have exposed their efforts to set up the special counsel appointment.

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389 Responses to Archey Declarations Prove Comey/McCabe “Small Group” Hid Information From FBI Investigators, Until They Could Get Mueller Appointed…

  1. Levon River says:

    SUNDANCE: “They knew Mueller was going to be appointed the following day, May 17th. The NYT leak was cover and ammunition for Rod Rosenstein to fulfill his role. This is the Special Counsel as the insurance policy deployed.”

    Well over a year ago, on 27 May 2018, Ashton Gray at Chalet Reports had this taped, cut, nailed, painted, and hung with curtains in this article:

    “Meet the Strzok-Page ‘Insurance Policy’”
    https://chaletbooks.com/chaletreports/meet-the-strzok-page-insurance-policy/

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    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      So on Aug 15 2016…..before the election…..
      they had an insurance policy of appointing Robert Mueller as Special Counsel?

      That’s what’s called in the business
      “Monday Morning Quarterbacking”

      Mueller was NOT the “insurance policy” because at that point (Aug 2016) it was.
      Totally unnecessary
      because Comey (as Director of FBI) and McCabe (the DD and one of the “insurers”) could have done EVERYTHING Mueller did from the roles they had.
      Secret criminal and counterintelligence investigations.

      In fact, the Comey IG leak report shows that is EXACTLY what Comey WAS doing….investigating the President. (see the events before and after the TT meeting) and of course Crossfire Hurricane and the FISA abuses.

      They had no idea at that time that Comey would be FIRED (which though perfectly legal is RARE) and unable to quarterback the team.

      Mueller came off the bench…..as a second stringer.

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      • sarasotosfan says:

        I agree Krash. That was soooo far down the road it would have required many more acts to achieve that would have mandated extensive pre-planning and conspiracy to the point they could not have maintained any sense of normalcy.

        If achieving a Special Counsel was the goal, why did Comey not press Trump harder and earlier?

        Immunize Page if necessary, but my sense is that insurance policy lays clear as day in the text messages and it involved Melissa Hodgman and others.

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      • Laramie Evan says:

        Agreed. People analyze this stuff too much. They give Strzok and Page credit as some sort of masterminds.

        Remember, these two nimwits were exchanging classified info between themselves using an insecure app (WhatsApp). The weren’t smart enough to figure out that those texts would eventually see the light of day. They aren’t masterminds; they were working for the federal government. They’re idiots.

        The insurance policy was the attempt at an October surprise. Strzok and Page weren’t smart enough to mastermind anything else. Instead, they were going to leak word that the FBI was investigating the Trump campaign for conspiring with Russia just before the election, dirty him up and “insure” that Clinton would win.

        They tried. Michael Isikoff published his story about this at Yahoo in October, as did David Korn at Mother Jones. There were things that got in the way, among them the discovery of more Clinton emails on Anthony Wiener’s laptop in August, and the subsequent threat by numerous FBI agents to resign if those emails were swept under the rug. This caused Comey to have to re-open the Clinton investigation or face a house revolt. And, it distracted the nation’s attention from the story these spooks WANTED everyone to focus on — Trump/Russia. They tried but their insurance policy wasn’t enough.

        The Mueller stuff? Sure, it was engineered by the “small group,” but this was more ‘holy sh*t” after the election than pre-planning. There was no chance Trump would win. When he did, they panicked.

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        • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

          Great post!

          Guess those Hillary emails weren’t
          “baked in the cake” after all……

          unless of course that “cake” was in Carlos Danger’s Tommy Johns.

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    • Chad C says:

      Thank you for the link to Chalet Books. Good website.

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    • Ned Zeppelin says:

      Yes been saying for a long time, the Devil himself in the shadows, not feeble, not a figurehead, not Weissman’s stooge. Wrong, wrong, wrong. A ringleader, full co-conspirator.

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  2. These corrupt SOBs are CAUGHT! Their plot is being laid bare. They had better be going to prison! When are the arrests going to be made?

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    • sarasotosfan says:

      Caught in what? I think this is still unfolding. Barr wanted to get the WHOLE picture.

      This whole thing began as a fishing expedition to catch criminality in the DOJ and FBI and it has evolved into a trawling effort that will require the sorting out of those caught, some of whom may have been unaware of what they had become associated with.

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      • Mike says:

        Uhh, caught in knowingly mishandling Federal Documents, lying to the FBI and Federal Investigators, and defrauding the FISC through signed documents stating the information in the Steele Dossier was verified. The Kavalec memo distributed before those fradulent documents were signed. The FBI and DOJ knew for a fact the documents before the Court were a lie and a fraud……That’s a pretty good start, then the smaller stuff can be prosecuted. But of course, It has become painfully obvious that Barrs job now is to cover up and bury these crimes and he will never indict a single person for these heinous crimes against Citizens and the United States.

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    • Pokey says:

      I would be surprised if any of these traitorous criminals ever even get indicted for a crime, much less convicted. Nobody in the Obama administration will ever even get mentioned for their part in the coup attempt, especially the Orchestrate in Chief, Barry Obama! No President has ever been convicted for any of his criminal activities and we aren’t about to see our first half black President be the first to be indicted.

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    • Contrarymary says:

      One thing I’ve noticed, through all of this, is these agencies make up their own “policies”. All laws are suppose to be enacted by Congress, but congress has abdicated their responsibility and allowed the foxes to make up the rules for the henhouses. Their own hr departments get to decide if someone has broken the rules. I was appalled to realize, after watching many hearings, that none of these government employees were the least bit intimidated by Congress. Congress seemed to be a little gnat to be swatted away. These people are deeply corrupt, but as long as they played “by the book”, as Susan Rice stated, they get promoted. Who wrote the “book”? They did. Notice how many of them talk about “policies” and “long held traditions”. We no longer talk about clear eyed truth and justice, we talk about agency policy and tradition. Sad state of affairs.

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      • LafnH20 says:

        Nicely Done, Contrarymary.
        Nicely done, Indeed!
        🎩

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      • farrier105 says:

        In the case of the Comey memos, the agencies writing policies could have gotten Comey indicted if just the right statute was used. Here it is:

        https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1924

        Here is the way it works. The FBI determines where/how the classified documents are to be stored and if they can be retained by an employee. This is the standard used to determine if 18 USC 1924 is violated. To avoid violating the statute, Comey should have submitted his memos without withholding personal copies. With these documents, containing information about foreign relations (Russia, Egypt), the State Department would have to classify those, and usually did. Once classification is done, Comey could then request if he could retain copies for what he called his “aide de memoire.” Being he was the Director, the FBI/DOJ might condition the request on Comey agreeing to a security audit of the location (his home) where he would be storing the documents. If his home failed the audit, Comey would have to install security as required, and would likely just forget about it. Agents usually work overtime in their offices and do not take classified and Rule 6E materials home. Since Comey withheld his “memos,” he violated this statute.

        You know who else did? Hillary. They didn’t need “intent,” and there is nothing in the statute about “gross negligence. You just can’t retain such documents or take them out of the FBI without authorization.

        It is a crime.

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    • The Insurance Policy underwriters will be arrested the day after the Iran-Contra arms dealer kingpins will be arrested.

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  3. Allard Otten says:

    I wonder how all this shakes out under RICO? Is RICO doable here? Individuals and the press liable? NYT/WaPo coordinating timing on leaks? CNN hiring/book deals a way to money launder bribes/hush money?

    RICO done right would go up to those turning the dials behind the curtain, not just the small fish left hanging in the wind. Imagine the civil rewards involved for those who were targeted.

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  4. have any of the Comey memos been published?

    why does the small group want to hide the existence/content of the memos?

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  5. Bogeyfree says:

    One more incredibly obvious point that IMO proves this whole thing was a planned, frame job with clear intent to cause harm to a sitting President of the United States.

    One of the critical keys to their scheme was saying that Mifsud was a Russian or Russian agent and using him to try and setup PapaD.

    So, if one was focused on getting to the truth, wouldn’t one take the 5 minutes it would take to call up everything on Mifsud via the FBI/CIA computer files and see that Mifsud was a western agent all along?

    Bottom line IMO:

    They knew the Dossier was made up and paid for by the opposition party

    They knew and planned how to feed the Dossier into the FBI

    They knew the Dossier was unverified and they used it anyway on the FISA court

    They knew most of their FISA searches via FBI contractors were non-compliant.

    They knew Mifsud was a western agent all along

    They knew the DNC Server was not hacked by the Russians

    They knew the DNC emails were not given to Wikileaks via the Russians

    They knew FBI contractors were being used to gather information of specific Americans

    They purposely leaked to the media to get their narrative out, knowing it would cause harm to PT

    They knew the counter intelligence investigation was a fraud with the sole purpose to harm a sitting President of the United States.

    This is FAR more than just policy errors.

    How can any honorable person know all of this and not demand justice?

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  6. meadowlarkspring says:

    According to Comey, his friend Richman was working as an Special Government Employee during the timeframe the loyalty dinner took place (January 27, 2017). Richman was one source for the May 11 2017 New York Times loyalty dinner article.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/comeys-memo-leak-contact-worked-at-fbi-for-over-a-year-defended-him-in-media-on-clinton-probe

    In an email, Fox News asked Richman a series of questions about his work for Comey as an SGE, including if he worked unpaid between June 2015 and February 2017, and if he engaged with the media about the Clinton email case or other bureau matters at the request of FBI personnel including Comey.

    Fox News also asked whether Richman volunteered to media outlets that he was working for Comey as a special government employee when he gave interviews about the Clinton probe. Richman did not respond Wednesday to the email questions. The FBI also has not responded to questions submitted Wednesday by Fox News.

    During his Senate Intelligence Committee testimony in June 2017, after his firing, Comey did not volunteer that Richman was also an FBI employee. During a recent interview on Fox News, Comey said “it wasn’t relevant” because Richman left the FBI in February 2017. Comey said he had no other special government employees, and Richman’s job dealt with terrorist communications as well as law enforcement data.

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    • Allard Otten says:

      Richman was a fed prosecutor with SDNY (and Comey) in the early 90’s. Was a law prof at Colombia during the memo leak. Not sure if he still is, but it seems to me there has been radio silence re Richman since. That might be coincident with Rudy coming on board.

      Rudy (and a low profile Chris Christie?) are there to neutralize the SDNY, IMO. Sydney Powell has her sights set on Weissmann, also former SDNY. Horowitz, part of that club, too, but I’m not sure if he’s on Rudy’s team.

      SDNY is the major front line in this war, I think, and it looks like it’s about to go hot.

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      • Susan Magnani says:

        It seems it all boils down to Rudy vs. Hillary, et al

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      • meadowlarkspring says:

        This is my personal favorite media *volunteering* (or whatever it was) moment back in the supposed *Special Government employee* era.

        To me, Comey seemed to have more of pattern informing the media than informing Congress…or a president.

        F.B.I.’s Email Disclosure Broke a Pattern Followed Even This Summer
        By Matt Apuzzo, Michael S. Schmidt, Adam Goldman and William K. Rashbaum
        Nov. 1, 2016

        -snip-

        Daniel C. Richman, an adviser to Mr. Comey and a Columbia University law professor, argued that despite the backlash, Mr. Comey’s decision to inform Congress preserved the F.B.I.’s independence, which will ultimately benefit the next president.

        -snip-

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  7. willthesuevi says:

    I wonder if the “Hard Copies” stored/retrieved by the SSA Whistleblower on May 15th, 2017 match the e copy sent to Richman (for NYT) on the 16th? I bet they do.

    My real question is are they the same as the memos Rybicki had on the 12th or were they “massaged”?

    Did I miss it? Has the SSA Whistleblower been identified?

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    • Elle says:

      Yes, I noticed a specific mention of “HARD” copies, like they are very carefully setting them aside from electronic copies. While that makes sense for them to do it, it just makes me wonder.

      “♦On May 10th, the Comey memos were not in Comey’s office [per IG report]. At the time of the search and review of Comey’s office there were no HARD copies found by SSA Whistleblower.”

      On May 12 went to Comey’s home and removed government property including electronic devices and documents. No HARD copies of memos and Comey did not tell SSA that he had memos 2467 in his personal safe

      On May 15th,the same day day Rybicki suddenly remembers to notify the SSA to search the reception area, admin’s locked drawers and Rybicki’s office he also remembers he received an electronic version of memo 5 sent to him on March 1 (not included in the hard copies).

      So was Rybicki’s memory “jogged” when he was notified that a ELECTRONIC copy of memo 5 was sent to him that he forgot about. No way to know.

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      • lfdale says:

        Question, When SSA Whistleblower went to comey’s home to retrieve the memos, Did they not asked the question. Is this all of the memos, are there any more memos here or anywhere, seems very strange that these type of questions were not asked of comey.

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  8. Brian says:

    I may have missed something but Rosenstein wrote a memo highly critical of Comey’s actions but cleverly did not recommend the obvious (firing him). When President Trump fired Comey it triggered an FBI investigation, the appointment of Mueller, and all hell breaking loose. Why is this not being discussed?

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    • BitterC says:

      I also noticed in one of the footnotes in the screen shots in the article here that there is a Rosenstein 302 dated 5/23/17. Never knew that or heard any talk about it. Wonder if the FBI interviewed him about Comey’s firing. Can’t imagine what else

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      • sarasotosfan says:

        The waters are cloudy and I hope I am not making them cloudier by saying I believe that was the first cut by Rosenstein of Mueller’s responsibilities under his appointment. It was then modified in July I believe to include Manafort’s prior acts re the Ukraine and again in October for someone else. It might have been Flynn.

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      • OlderAndWiser says:

        Great catch, BitterC. Wonder if McCabe and Page were the FBI folks interviewing Rosey about his conversation with the President – for posterity. Why they had Tushar (?) take 302 notes.
        And this is where McCabe forced Rosey’s hand in hiring Mueller as SC…

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    • I’ve read that memo and, as I’ve said elsewhere, could not interpret it as being anything other than a (very factual) statement – the consensus of many within the greater Justice community (including Judges) – of “why Comey had to go.” Furthermore, notice that he sent the memo to his boss, the AG, who is the one who actually forwarded it to the President with no more than a cover letter. I can’t read the memo as having any other message nor purpose. In fact, he included paragraphs which noted that such an act was not one to be undertaken lightly.

      If I were an Executive in receipt of a memorandum such as the one he wrote, there would also be no question in my mind that this was what was being recommended, and that their recommendation was soundly reasoned and ought to be acted upon promptly.

      I don’t understand what Rosenstein did subsequently, and I don’t know why he tried to “weasel” out of ownership of the words that he wrote. I think he did a very good job with it!

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      • beach lover says:

        RR certainly didnt want to be caught on the wrong side of the coup. I think he played both sides right up to the point he could see where this was going.

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      • mickjt says:

        I think Rosey was part of the conspiracy. Why? Simple, his actions with his memo to Trump was to trigger the firing of Comey so the conspirators had reason to start their investigations. I’ll bet Comey was in on that as well…so he could play the victim and crybaby. It’s all very clear if you look at their motivations and actions. The paperwork is just the shell game, CYA if you will. Their results speak volumes about what they were up to!

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  9. PBR says:

    They had to hide the memos as they show Comey was collecting information in order for the entrapment of Trump. They needed this to come out at the proper time, and not a minute before. All the pieces had to be in order before they released the memo content to the press. It is certainly an AHA moment as Comey withheld the rest of the memos from the FBI, and Rybicki knew.

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    • willthesuevi says:

      I understand what you are saying. I can’t help but think there is more to this timing. My question and your statement should both be inaccurate. The memos still indicate Comey and Co. were laying a trap for President Trump, do they not?

      Sundance has done a good job laying this out but I am still not seeing the complete picture.

      Then again, it is late and my mind is tired.

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      • WRB says:

        ***The memos still indicate Comey and Co. were laying a trap for President Trump, do they not?***

        Yes, they do (now). But back then, they were given to the Special Counsel as evidence, not to be released to the public. It was expected that POTUS would be long gone from office before (if ever) they were known to the public.

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  10. Bogeyfree says:

    The only question that matters IMO, if this is true, does any of this mean anything to AG Barr?

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  11. bayrat65 says:

    If AG BARR doesn’t act on this information, then its all just hot air. Barr has to move on this!!!!

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  12. CountryDoc says:

    The more I read, and I am reading a lot — the more i believe we are under a multi pronged attack: Some coordinated and some just because we stand for good.

    We are the wealthiest economy in the world
    Our government, a republic, give the most power and the most freedom to us
    it is because of our citizen centered freedom and power that we are the wealthiest

    If PDJT uses power and coercion to prosecute or control the traitorous attackers and corrupt forces, he disrupts the integrity of our Republic.

    For us to win this battle and keep our Republic, there has to be exposure, clarity, and relentless accountability from the seat of our nation’s power: The people.

    PDJT is disrupting networks and exposing. Sundance is leading the pack with providing clarity. A growing base of citizens are steadily and persistently holding the line with growing exercise of all forms of our power.

    I am starting to understand the outrage trap, and the cascade of events that would be used against us. We must use the power we have in our government as a republic of determined citizens.

    Our founders have given us a good foundation. Never before have we had to use our powers as we must today. We are pioneering this test of “the grand experiment” that our nation is. We must not fail.

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    • Donzo says:

      That same mindset also explains why a general public declassification by Barr is not a good idea until the indictments come down and possibly until after trial.

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      • I have zero doubt that he will use his declassification authority to enable the materials to be presented, first to a Grand Jury and then to a Jury, as criminal evidence subject to the Federal Rules of Evidence. Reading Trump’s order granting him this authority, it is clear to me that this was the express purpose: as an individual, Barr alone decides what to declassify and to whom to present it. (Jurists are citizens who do not have security clearances.)

        The existence and deliberation of Grand Juries is secret. Only the indictments, if any, become public.

        Other Federal rules require the Prosecutors to keep silent about anything having to do with potential and/or pending prosecutions.

        We may never, in fact, see these declassified documents. If Barr chooses at some point to release them to us – no doubt only after the trials involving them are settled – they may well be redacted. These are the judicial procedures and they must be followed scrupulously. Any mis-step that opens a loophole, however small, might well be used to let the perpetrators walk free. We must not allow this to happen.

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        • LULU says:

          Mike Robinson continues to post reasoned Replies amidst the hysteria and whining. One wonders what his background is? Whatever it is, I am glad he is here.

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          • LafnH20 says:

            I am in agreement, LULU.

            Use what talents you possess: The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
            – Henry van Dyke

            E pluribus Unum

            🇺🇸🇺🇸MAGA / KAG🇺🇸🇺🇸

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    • Bigly says:

      So agree CountryDoc – the pounding of chest from our side, the right “Lock them all up, hang them high”! It’s astounding to me the lack of awareness – believe this – God gave us a patient and good man , Trump, but more , trump is a sales mind – sales people, the top where trump is at – they get paid huge amounts of money because they see 13 moves ahead (chess analogy).

      Trump could have disbanded the entire plot, but didn’t, instead he complied fully – why?

      He sees the 13 different ways this could end.

      Sit back and watch it play out. This is a God thing – but trump and god both need us to elect republicans in 2020, we the people have a play, we need the house back and the senate to give trump and god all they need to assure this never happens again. Wolves must be destroyed, but it’s easy a six year mission.

      #war

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  13. Republicanvet91 says:

    “♦On Saturday May 13th, 2017, another meeting between Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller, this time with AG Jeff Sessions also involved. [Per Andy Biggs]”

    I don’t know that I buy Sessions not knowing about the intent to appoint Mueller, unless he was so unaware of what was going on in his department, and Rosenstein never told him.

    It would be interesting to hear Sessions describe everything Rosenstein told him prior to Mueller being appointed.

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  14. BitterC says:

    One other thing that still bothers me is Trump/Pence believing the 5/16 Mueller mtg was a job interview & Mueller stating under oath he was there to give advice on choosing a new Director.

    It had to be obvious at some point to Mueller that the president thought he was interviewing Mueller.
    So….was Mueller’s purpose merely to advise, or was he there to sneaky investigate Trump knowing he would be named the SC the next day and instead of wearing a wire he brought (and left) his phone and he lied to Congress? Or did Rosenstein bring Mueller to the White House under false pretenses for each of them? Not sure anyone ever asked Rosenstein the purpose of the Mueller meeting.

    I am looking to get all these scum for perjury.

    Comey certainly misled Congress & the FBI by omission tho I guess he’s too clever to actually perjure himself?
    When and how did he tell Richman about the loyalty dinner, prompting the “there better not be tapes” tweet from the prez which supposedly spurred the sharing of the memos.

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    • Sherri Young says:

      Reading through parts of the Sally Moyer transcript a little bit ago, I found it very interesting that the part about the 25th amendment and Rosie’s possibly wearing a wire deviated off to a discussion of wearing a wire vs. using a separate recording device not located on one’s person. It seemed possible that Mueller’s phone might have been an item of interest for the investigator/attorney/whatever.

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    • WSB says:

      I believe President Trump let this play out. He had a history with Mueller. There would be no reason Mueller and he would meet. Rosenstein said he knew about PT and Mueller’s history…really? Dunno.

      IMHO.

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  15. Eric says:

    It all comes tumbling down if/when it becomes publicly known they were spying on Trump, Rubio, Cruz and others before any of this ever started.

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  16. Freepetta says:

    I am unbelievably impressed and grateful that we have seen the Archey declaration in reference to the Comey memos.
    This is awesome reporting. I’m reading this slowly for maximum comprehension. This is the bomb!!

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    • beach lover says:

      slow reading for me as well. I try to take it all in. Im so grateful for all the timelines and for Sundance’s diligence.

      Keeping in mind the overall timeline as well is just as important. 2016.. and then 2017. With the backdrop of the Hillary email scandal and the DNC crap. All of it!! Mind boggling.
      But it is all connected.. I have no doubt in my mind.

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  17. Heika says:

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  18. WSB says:

    Archey has an interesting history, being deployed to the “World Trade Center, Egypt, Jordan and Iraq…”

    https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/david-w-archey-named-special-agent-in-charge-of-the-richmond-field-office

    How did Archey come to be part of this group?

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    • dd_sc says:

      Working his way up the counterterrorism, counterintelligence food chain at FBI. On overseas assignments he probably had contact with CIA.

      Preistap, Strzok, Brennan & company know who their fellow travellers are and get them assigned accordingly.

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  19. Orbanista says:

    “KEY POINT – OIG Michael Horowitz has outlined the Special Counsel appointment as fraudulently predicated.” Thank you SD for stressing the bottom line and making it Marine-proof clear.

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  20. Magabear says:

    Does it seem to anyone else that Rosenstein actions, at least in part, was that he was upset that he was credited with being the one who directed that Comey be fired? RR just comes across as an weak, emotional weasel.

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    • Bulldog84 says:

      Rosenstein does seem like a weak weasel, not emotional but a cold careerist.

      I suspect he is the Department “whistleblower” who turned over the memos, but if he did it then he did so merely to save his own hide. He engineered Comey’s firing and is a logical suspect for providing the memos.

      He uncharacteristically tweeted about Comey after the IG released the report. There is clearly no love lost between these two.

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      • sarasotosfan says:

        The whistleblower is known. Not to us, yet. Dunno if it matters who, but Rosenstein was not part of the “small group” and as such did not possess, or appear to know, they existed.

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        • Bulldog84 says:

          After posting that, I read Louis Gohmert’s latest in the Daily Caller. I’m now leaning toward Priestap. He fits the bill, was close to retirement, wife is pretty highly connected and would have a motive to help him save his fanny.

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          • beach lover says:

            Plus Priestap was kept on long after the others were gone/fired.

            Rosenstein never seems to me to be on board with being the one to recommend Comey’s firing. I remember at the time Trump kept saying RR wrote the letter.. but there was some weasel moves going on with RR.. like he didnt want to to it.

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            • Bulldog84 says:

              As reported in RealClearInvestigations, the Strzok and Page texts indicate that Priestap was in London on May 9, the date Comey was fired.

              That would give him even more motive to be suspect about what the remainder of the small group was doing in his absence.

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  21. Bigly says:

    I read about this sleaze at the FBI and Rosenstein and realize , Sessions didn’t have a prayer. Can you imagine Jeff Sessions – a good man, with big dreams for justice….surrounded by sleaze on day 1, Sessions had no idea that every single man, woman and child around him needed to take him out, plotting how to take him out.

    That they did.

    Barr seems to be aware he is a sheep surrounded by wolves, but that still doesn’t mean he also won’t be taken out.

    The sleaze is decades old – you need smarts and brass bawls to take the wolves out.

    #war

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  22. Conservative_302 says:

    I have faith in Trump, who I pray for every night yo have safety and favor from God, that he will get his justice. For all the resistance Trump has faced and faces, I do not believe you can cross Trump and get away with it. This is personal to him. We, his supporters, have been crossed, but imagine if you are Trump and this happened to you. I wondered how he handled it in the past as a businessman. I know he put his companies, now our country, above payback, but for all the people disheartened by the slow wheels of justice, my bet is on Trump. I do not believe for a minute you can cross him, and get away with it. Like the CountryDoc posted above, this entire subversion has to be carefully rolled out tithe American people in a way that is believable and doesn’t start a civil war. God bless Trump and God bless us.

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    • Xena Laminak says:

      I think God is definitely taking notice. The entire Left wanted Mar-a-Lago, a historic landmark, wiped off the planet by Hurricane Dorian. Next thing we see is the hurricane tracking out to sea. Yes, there will be flooding but not the wind. Nuke hurricanes was a distraction. It appears that Trump deliberately hired every snake in the swamp to be up close and personal so they’d get so full of themselves, they’d explode. Omarosa Onee Manigault Newman, Madeleine Westerhout, etc. Remember the lunch with #$%^ eating grinning Mitt Romney who wanted a job in the inner circle? Didn’t get it and then went full blown venom spewer revealing his true nature so even his die-hard Mormon friends couldn’t deny it. We all need to keep praying because this is far worse than being a fly on the wall in Julius Caeser’s time.

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  23. Bulldog84 says:

    I appreciate the major point that this appears to be headed toward an important revelation: that the SC appointment was falsely predicated.

    I also appreciate that all of these shenanigans with memos is important insofar as it shows a conspiracy, including the falsification of the memos (which seems obvious). If they would conspire to leak and falsify records, what else wouldn’t they do?

    I still have to quibble with a few things. First, I don’t see any indication that the “whistleblower” and the SSA who inventoried Comey’s office are the same person. No date is given for the memos being provided by the whistleblower, who is identified only as a Dept employee (meaning it could be someone from main DOJ — Rosenstein? Someone else?) Second, there is some indication that the SSA who inventoried Comey’s office was not doing a particularly effective or honest job. Comey had clearly reported that he left a copy of Memo 3 in his office. (Granted, he could be lying for whatever reason.) Yet, we have an SSA who tells us the office had been secured after the firing and he found no memos there. Call me suspicious. Unless this SSA later “blew the whistle” on himself by providing different memos he had found (other than those provided by Rybicki), these two can’t be the same person.

    In my view, the IG’s narrative is highly flawed. Witnesses’ statements appear largely to be taken at face value, there appears to have been no proper interrogation, and the compilation reads as though it was written by a number of different hands. Still, the statements made by some of the conspirators as part of this process should be handy for Mr. Durham.

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    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      In my view, the IG’s narrative is highly flawed. Witnesses’ statements appear largely to be taken at face value, there appears to have been no proper interrogation, and the compilation reads as though it was written by a number of different hands. Still, the statements made by some of the conspirators as part of this process should be handy for Mr. Durham.

      I agree it is a bit fuzzy the attribution however in the long run…..who cares?
      There’s a high level “whistle blower” who could clearly smell the foul odor and decided to cover his derriere.

      The IG is a documentarian throwing all he has on paper.
      All witness statements are taken at face value (re-read MYE and you will see blatantly contradictory statements by witnesses.)
      And (although you probably didn’t mean to give this impression)
      Horowitz isn’t the author but more editor of several authors…..
      dear lord…..if that was the case he’d be like George RR Martin……
      never finishing his Game of Thrones books he promised.

      It’s your last sentence that is the important one…..Horowitz is laying out the predicate for all this….

      Namely……the lack of one.

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      • The role of the IG is to investigate, and specifically to carefully document the testimony and the findings that are presented to him and that he discovers. His role is not to make criminal assessments of them, although he obliged to notify the proper judicial officers if criminality might be found … as of course he did.

        His Report is an official Government document, supported in the background by all of the information that his teams gathered in the process of preparing it. The discontinuity between the testimony made to the IG and that made by Agent Archey is also now fixed in stone. It is no longer hearsay. If anyone made a false statement to the IG, they did so under oath.

        This report – and, the forthcoming Part Two – is very important from a legal perspective because the Prosecution doesn’t have to gather it nor to defend how it was gathered. Just as Sundance did in this piece, the Prosecutor’s cases can begin with the objective content of both documents. Whether you’re a Congressional committee or a Federal prosecutor, the IG’s task needed to be completed first. Comey is already quite damned by what he has already released.

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        • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

          Thank you for restating intelligently what I vomited above.

          One thing though…..and possibly you know the answer.
          I believe I read a comment from a lurking lawyer here that it isn’t so cut and dry that testimony given by a govt employee to an IG is necessarily admissible directly as evidence to a prosecutor.

          I don’t remember the specific details but it seemed to me at the time that it seemed a bit odd and the “work-around” would simply be the prosecutor sit that witness down in front of a grand jury and extract the testimony again.

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    • Elle says:

      @bulldog “second, there is some indication that the SSA who inventoried Comey’s office was not doing a particularly effective or honest job. Comey had clearly reported that he left a copy of Memo 3 in his office.”

      But by his office, did he mean this? May 15 additional items found in Reception area, admin’s locked drawers and Rybicki’s office. And/or by his “office” did he mean his “home office” where he kept them in his safe?

      Since it was a small group and not everyone was in on it the last thing they want to do is tell the admin to destroy evidence. Remember they thought the insurance policy would be successful, so maybe they thought they could keep them out of the original inventory and FIND them after the Mueller investigation began when they could then claim they were part of the investigation deny the FOIA requests.

      So much word play with these people. The meaning of “is”.

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      • WRB says:

        From page 23 of the OIG report:

        Comey told the OIG that, after he finished Memo 3, he printed two originals from an FBI printer, initialed each one, kept one original in his desk at the FBI and gave the other original to Rybicki with instructions to show it to McCabe and Baker, then retrieve it and keep it. Comey told the OIG that, other than providing the original to Rybicki to show to McCabe and Baker, he did not give a copy of Memo 3 to anyone else. Comey also said that, because he considered Memo 3 to be classified, he “did not store it at home; [but] stored it in [his] desk” at FBI Headquarters. Comey told the OIG that the desk drawer where he kept Memo 3 had no lock, but that his whole office at FBI Headquarters was a SCIF that was “alarmed, locked,” and approved for “open storage,” so he “never had to put away classified information.”

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        • OlderAndWiser says:

          WRB – exactly.
          1) Comey lied when he said that he put Memo 3 in his desk drawer at the office. it was most likely in the locked safe in his admin’s desk drawer – as @Elle insinuated.
          2) @Bulldog – the SSA was telling the truth. There were no memos in Comey’s office. He just flat out lied.

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  24. Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

    McCabe launched a “criminal investigation” (obstruction) May 10th, and Rosenstein was in immediate contact with Robert Mueller about being a special counsel after conversations with the FBI small group.

    KEY POINT – OIG Michael Horowitz has outlined the Special Counsel appointment as fraudulently predicated.

    Obvious question Horowitz must have:
    What happened to the “criminal obstruction investigation” McCabe opened?
    This was opened in direct response to Comey’s firing,
    Which prompted the appointment of a Special Counsel
    But it was announced as a counterintelligence investigation into Russia.

    So why wasn’t it (a CRIMINAL obstruction case) announced as part of the the SC investigation since Comey’s firing predicated the appointment in the first place?

    Andy McCabe tells us why on May 11:
    He testified there had been NO EFFORT to impede the FBI investigation.

    So does Mueller:
    The investigation would have always continued, and OBVIOUSLY, the termination of
    Comey would not have ended it.
    In addition, in his May 11 interview with Lester Holt, the
    President stated that he understood when he made the decision to ?re Comey that the action might
    prolong the investigation.”

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    • Rosenstein’s duplicity in this matter is rather telling in itself. Yes, he’s the one who wrote the memo, and I happen to think that it was a very good(!) memo which spelled out quite thoroughly why Comey richly deserved to be “fired with cause.” Which the President subsequently decided to do.

      I cannot begin to explain what Rosenstein did next.

      I also can’t explain why he would refuse to say that “it was his idea,” because it was his memo, although it accumulated the testimony of many other people throughout the Justice community at large who agreed with him. “Comey had to go,” and Rosenstein’s memo actually presented this extremely well. The Deputy prepared the memo, his superior the AG agreed, and the Executive acted – as was his sovereign prerogative to do.

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      • OlderAndWiser says:

        As I’ve stated my theory before: McCabe had already started his criminal investigation for Obstruction. So when the WH tried to pin it on RR, the latter resisted this argument – specifically because McCabe had already told RR that if RR didn’t appoint a SC then McCabe would include RR as an Obstruction Target. (Yes, this does change some of the “testimony” given to the OIG – but you can see clearly why they would provide the “testimony” – clear cover of their covert actions.)

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      • LULU says:

        Was Rosenstein appointed to play Good Guy by the Bad Guys? Was Comey ready to go, having set up the mischief? To continue his work from the outside with all the traps he’d laid? With this crowd and what they were up to, one’s mind can run wild with possibilities, especially when any of their actions seem implausible. Those actions could have been part of the plan. For example, “President obstructs justice by firing FBI director”? That got a lot of mileage and no one paid much attention to Rosenstein’s memo.

        Appearing to be a White Hat (though to me that was always a reach because I didn’t like his behavior in his first public appearance), Rosenstein was allowed to stay on until he was ready to go.

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        • OlderAndWiser says:

          I don’t believe he was a white hat or a black hat. He was just an incompetent who got blackmailed by McCabe, and then just “trusted” the FBI when he signed the FICA renewal. So yes, guilty by dereliction of duty – but neither white nor black hat. And then played both sides to try to keep his job first, and to stay out of jail afterwards.

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          • lfdale says:

            IMHO, RR wrote the memo so comey would get fired, it is what they wanted to start the obstruction case against President Trump. RR was a major player within the cabal.

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            • OlderAndWiser says:

              Here’s why I don’t believe Rosey was part of the conspiracy:
              1) Comey and his henchmen (McCabe, Strzok et al) HAD ALREADY OPENED (unofficially, but yes, opened) AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE PRESIDENT. This is why Comey took notes. This is why they planned the interview. AND THEY KEPT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OUT OF IT. This was an FBI thing. (Though they were also reactive to the initial start which was purely a CIA thing – with some possible help from the FBI – but planned and executed by the CIA.)
              2) Both President Trump and AG Bill Barr have said good things about Rosey – and haven’t slammed him. Trump is not one to shy away from slamming his enemies. And he has to be in the know as to who they are.
              However, time will tell.

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        • beach lover says:

          Interesting point.. that Comey was planning to be fired! I hadn’t thought of that possibility before. I had always assumed he wanted to stay on, but considering all that we know now that they had done to undermine the Trump administration… how could he?

          Getting fired he could fuel the flames even further. After all.. he had what he thought was the full support of the FBI and the rest of the swamp on his side…. and his good friend Mueller at the ready to take the baton to take Trump out.

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        • mickjt says:

          I think it’s time to take most of the perps to a ‘foreign location’ and let our ‘friends’ interrogate them with water assist…to get them to spill their guts…Our Country is at stake! If the FBI/CIA/DOJ under Obama can break the laws, all’s fair in war!

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      • Julian says:

        Because obviously Rosenstein was directed by AG Sessions (& Trump?) to write a memo outlining all the reasons Comey should be fired – which he did.

        That’s what I presume happened and presume is what he means when he says firing Comey wasn’t his idea.

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      • dwpender says:

        (1) Rosenstein assumed the DAG position on April 26, 2017. He was the first Trump appointee with supervisory authority over any “Russia” matters.

        (2) Likely Rosenstein’s first meeting of substance was with his boss, Jeff Sessions, who assigned him the task of writing Rosenstein’s views on Comey’s handling of the MYE.

        (3) IMO likely Rosenstein’s second meeting of substance was with Comey and Boente. The tenor of the meeting is: This began as a “Russia collusion” investigation, but it’s now taken a new direction. Trump has interfered many times. We’re watching him. We’ve thus far held back the aggressive “young guns” on our team, BUT this matter is rapidly building to a crescendo, where FBI leadership will be recommending that DOJ open a criminal obstruction of justice investigation of the President of the United States. There may even have been discussion about whether a Special Counsel — say Mueller — should be appointed to head any such investigation.

        (4) Anybody doubt there’s a Comey memo laying out this meeting in detail (at least as Comey remembered it)?

        (5) Rosenstein completes his Sessions’ assignment. Almost immediately thereafter (May 9), POTUS fires Comey, and at least some from the WH are saying Rosenstein’s recommendation was key.

        (6) Look at the way the conspirators — whose “insurance policy” was to ensure that no Trump appointee got control of the Russia investigation, and all of their nefarious conduct therein — have boxed in Rosenstein. Unless he distances himself from the Comey firing, their screams begin: “Trump’s DAG was told all about this, and the FIRST thing he did was fire the FBI Director! Rosenstein is part of the obstruction effort! Open an investigation of HIM! He MUST be recused and ultimately prosecuted!”

        (7) Rosenstein was in a very difficult position, and I understand why his first instinct was to look our for HIMSELF. I am not trying to justify his conduct, just giving my opinion on his post-Comey firing state of mind.

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      • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

        The Sep 18 NYT article (a sniper round fired AT Rosenstein) claimed RR volunteered to write that memo thinking he would get praised for it. Remember Comey had been referred to the OIG in Jan—-BY DEMS–for his 11th hour Wiener roast of HRC.

        (Comey is an singularly unique DC A-HOLE ….having managed to completely piss off both sides SIMULTANEOUSLY)

        Instead of praise…RR was hammered…leading him to say it wasn’t his idea.
        BTW:That article went on to question RR’s mental and emotional competence.

        I think that the small group fired off that sniper round to:
        1) threaten RR
        2) discredit RR to possibly argue HE should be recused.
        “Spank-Me”….Kamala Harris actually made that very argument in Senate Judiciary Commitee as Dems were flailing at Barr as a result of his complete theft of their narrative.

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  25. WRB says:

    We can add one or two items to the timeline. Per the OIG report, Rybicki maintained a set of hard copies of the Comey memos (but some copies of some of the memos were also in the hands of others e.g. McCabe and Lisa Page).

    The morning after Comey was fired (Wednesday, May 10, 2017), Lisa Page (on behalf of McCabe) asked Rybicki for a complete set. Rybicki made 3 copies of the set: for himself, for Baker, and for Page/McCabe. Page sent a copy to Priestap (Strzok’s boss), and Priestap in turn had Strzok upload the Memos into the FBI’s Sentinel case management system.

    Strzok said he thought he did this “a night or two after” Comey was removed. So that could have been May 12, which matches up with the Archey date.

    So what does this mean? The cabal was running a “special” operation, led by Comey, and a few of the highest echelon in the FBI. The Comey memos were essentially FBI 302s (summary of interviews of the “subject”.)

    When the “lead investigator” James “Bond” Comey was fired, the team acted swiftly…because it was entirely possible that McCabe would also be canned and a new director could end their efforts.

    It is clear that Rod Rosenstein was fully involved. Rod and the team put Mueller in charge. Given the actions of Mueller’s team, it was all meant to drive POTUS from office.

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    • Concernedcitizen says:

      The firing of Comey was the pretext the seditious conspirators needed to trigger the appointment of the Special Counsel. Then Mueller’s corrupt investigation conducted by corrupt investigators was the key component of the insurance policy which was designed to either remove President Trump from Office outright or so damage him politically that he would be rendered ineffective and unelectible in 2020.

      With regard to Rosenstein, yes, he had a crucial role in the conspiracy. Not only did he appoint the Special Counsel, but he set up a pretext, well planned in advance with input from the cabal (McCabe, et al), to entrap the President with an obstruction charge. Here’s how it worked: Set up an appointment with the President involving Mueller and Rosenstein. Tell the President that Mueller wanted to interview for the FBI Director job with Rosenstein’s blessing. (This was the false pretext, Mueller didn’t want the job or at least knew he had no shot). During the “job interview”, the conspirators were hoping that Trump would tell Mueller that the job was his if he would end the Russia investigation. Mueller would carry a recording device (cell phone) to record this incriminating statement which would be the key evidence supporting an obstruction charge against the President. Impeachment proceedings to follow.

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      • WRB says:

        Yes, that all sounds plausible.

        But I think the original plan of action was that Comey, as head of the “investigation”, would gather info from any interviews/foncons with POTUS, and at some point develop enough information to insist that a Special Counsel be appointed. Once Comey was canned, they had to short-circuit that process and get one appointed immediately. And I must say, it is very annoying that they succeeded.

        In passing, dwpender’s post makes sense. It is a good analysis on how and why Rosenstein acted the way he did.

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  26. rjones99 says:

    Brilliant.

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  27. Frank says:

    I’m glad that you track all this stuff and report it in such a clear way, Sundance. But what about the rest of the story yet to happen? Will anyone face justice for this plot? We all know the answer is a flat “nope.” Which tells us all that the problem isn’t the coup plotters; it is the government itself. The administrators and other communist bureaucrats that have infiltrated our government must be extracted if this nation is to survive another century.

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  28. OldParatrooper says:

    There are two polar extremes possible here. The “small group” at the FBI was pursuing what they honestly believed to be a Presidential Candidate/Elect/President that was a Russian asset due to compromise, or the small group was taking sides in the Presidential Election and favoring Hillary over Trump, and had to stay the course with Crossfire Hurricane and the Special Counsel to prevent their firings and prosecutions.

    If it was the former, there would be some evidence that was sufficient to cause an unbiased observer to have reasonable suspicion that Trump was a Russian asset. The Steele Dossier is insufficient in my opinion to sway any unbiased observer. If Comey, Brennan et al, have such evidence, they have not provided it.

    If it was the latter, the small group’s immediate seizing upon the unproven Steele Dossier as justification for their actions makes sense.

    OTOH, a third possibility exists, that it was a criminal conspiracy from the beginning, and that the small group assisted in the production of the Steele dossier as “evidence” in an effort to derail the Trump Campaign, but it didn’t leak sufficiently to affect the election. Short of identifying a 2015 meeting where the co-conspirators hatched their plan, this third option will be very hard to prove, but easy to believe.

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    • gsonFIT says:

      I think John Brennan got a interagency group together and created the illusion of Russian election interference. This small working group used the same tactics that captured Osama bin Laden so they were hip and unquestionable. When A-hole Brennan couldn’t get others to play his traitorous game he began duping the FBI. Investigative confusion comes because members of Brennan’s working group were also FBI, State Department and Treasury. Confusion because it is unspecified if various agencies were involved or just their members tasked to A-hole Brennan’s Fusion Cell

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      • Bulldog84 says:

        “When A-hole Brennan couldn’t get others to play his traitorous game he began duping the FBI.”

        Or, the FBI small group will claim they were duped and that they thought they were being patriots. The problem with that argument is that there is no indication that they ever independently investigated, and Bruce Ohr (who was demoted but importantly still has a job) adequately disclosed the motivations behind the Steele Dossier.

        As demoralizing as it is to consider the possibility, I suspect that Barr’s CIA history and fondness for the organization might lead him to save his fury for Brennan, whom he will prosecute and then claim Brennan’s actions were uncharacteristic and that the agency has now been sanitized.

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    • Donzo says:

      At this point any notion that the small group actually believed Trump was a Russian asset has been debunked. It was always the plan to use that as the get out of jail card exit strategy and defense if things went belly up, the “we had to break laws to save the country” nonsense. And they are still using that ridiculous canard today despite being caught looking straight at the camera holding a smoking gun.That defense is a joke and if Barr does not expose it for the crap that it is he will become part of the conspiracy. Comey was one of several figureheads in a seditious conspiracy to overthrow the President and the United States, using governmental powers entrusted in him in a counterintelligence operation against that President that included the participation of the former President and the aid of foreign spies sanctioned by their governments. A prosecution based on the IG report alone should land Comey in jail for 20 years on sedition.

      18 U.S. Code § 2384. Seditious conspiracy
      U.S. Code

      If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

      (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 808; July 24, 1956, ch. 678, § 1, 70 Stat. 623; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(N), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.)

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      • LULU says:

        Of course they didn’t believe DJT/PDJT was in cahoots with the Russians. That was just something they could use – with small players like Page and Papadopoulos and even Flynn and Manafort – to try to snare him and keep him away from the presidency or knock him out if he happened to be elected. It was a vehicle they thought they could use. A convenient untruth.

        Part of the plan was to get these small players on process crimes so that they could flip them against DJT. It didn’t work.

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      • Orbanista says:

        If the language read “by force or fraud” then it would clearly be relevant. Otherwise I’m not so sure.

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    • Rick says:

      If Bijan Rafiekian can be convicted with no evidence(concealed under classification), and Lt. Michael Flynn convicted for lying, again with no evidence, then there is ample evidence to convict these evil people for conspiracy. IMO. And if they aren’t convicted for this gross conspiracy then you can say good bye america, it was nice while she lasted…

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    • OlderAndWiser says:

      @OldParatrooper, this is what I’ve been saying. It was a conspiracy from the beginning. I believe HRC asked for it to happen. Brennan (and possibly Clapper) created a small group and started the process by planting false info – including that Russians stole emails, and Trump/Russia collusion – and then tried to spring it through several people. When that failed, they got Fusion GPS to bring on Steele to collect the info that they had planted.

      I don’t believe the FBI were unwilling participants; I believe Comey/McCabe/Strzok were def in from the beginning. IMHO, Rosey was not in on the plot – and I think he is the whistleblower.

      Only question is when did O jump in. Or was he part of the original cabal with HRC, Brennan.

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    • mickjt says:

      I think all of them, the FBI goons knew Hitlery’s hit piece (The Dossier) was fake BS but used it anyway. There was no Russia anything, it was all a set up to trigger the actions they took, period!

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  29. Bulldog84 says:

    I hate to be a repeat offender by offering multiple theories (either of which might well be useless), but after conjecturing above that Rosenstein might be the whistleblower, I read Louie Gohmert’s latest in the Daily Caller (“Inspector General Glosses Over Some Ugly Truths About The FBI,” August 30, 2019).

    This line spoke to me:

    “The unnamed unit chief told Horowitz that ‘the final classification decision was BROUGHT TO Priestap’ (emphasis added).”

    The unnamed unit chief would have to be David Archey, wouldn’t it? See the Third Declaration of David Archey filed in the Daily Caller v DOJ action. Archey describes himself as a Section Chief in Counterintelligence since 2014. Same thing as “unit chief?”

    Excuse me — the Declaration of Suspect Veracity signed by Archey and filed in that action. Had to fix that one myself.

    I’ve buried my main point. I was thinking that Rosenstein was the whistleblower. Now I’m not so sure it isn’t actually Priestap. Who knows? Priestap fits the bill, and wasn’t he close to retirement?

    In any event, Sundance has me convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that Archey is not credible.

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    • Elle says:

      Initially, my antenna went up over word placement/interchange of the SSA, the whistleblower and Rybicki. A passing thought crossed my mind that the SSA or the whistleblower could be Rybicki. Maybe Rybicki was told to put the docs in his office or the admin’s desk or someplace ….and then became the whistleblower when new stuff came to light. Probably not, and too many maybes with slim support so I won’t dwell on it.

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      • Bulldog84 says:

        The IG report states that there is a whistleblower. I suppose that’s what counts.

        Priestap was traveling on May 9, the day Comey was fired. In his testimony to Congress, he refused to say where he went, but some unreacted Strzok/Page texts slipped through, and in one of them they said that Priestap was in London. Or so he told them. Did he know ahead of time that Comey was being fired that day? Who can say, but Priestap’s wife (former FBI herself) runs a private intelligence firm and would perhaps have inside knowledge that a big event was going to drop that day. She’s also a billionaire’s daughter, and would have sufficient assets to hire private protection for her husband if he flipped and began cooperating against the rest of the small group.

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        • Elle says:

          Interesting points.

          “The IG report states that there is a whistleblower. I suppose that’s what counts. ”
          Yep.

          I still think that March memo Comey sent to Rybicki is something that creates the scenario for an an oops moment.

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          • Bulldog84 says:

            I think I’m wrong about Priestap being in London on the day Comey was fired. I looked back at his transcript, and I see he is talking about traveling on that same date but in in 2016, the year before.

            He is still tops on my list to be the whistleblower based on the other factors (part of the small group, stayed on after the others left, and well-connected wife).

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  30. Instructor says:

    Why do need a FBI now that you have put all the proof and facts out there for all to see. Is Barr and his DOJ just to stupid to follow you. Of course your information will fall on deaf ears as far as law enforcement is concerned. It only serves to piss off the American people knowing NOTHING will be done about it. There will be NO deep state arrest. Obama, Hillary , Bill, Clapper won’t answer for thier crimes. Mabay some low level people but that’s all. Go back to sleep America , you are to stupid to be free.

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  31. Donzo says:

    It’s possible that Trump’s business-like calculus is that he is successfully implementing his deglobalization plan because he won, the conspiracy failed and the conspirators are rendered irrelevant as the world turns, literally. OTOH, he has written about destroying those who would destroy him. Great story… to be continued. But rule of law hangs in the balance and with it everything the country stands for. Are we going to be like China, a corrupt economic engine without a soul?

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    • Pokey says:

      Yes, and I think we have been for a good long time. Our Federal Government got too large to be a benefit to our Republic a very long time ago. The only answer is to shrink our government and that will not be possible because the government is nothing short of a long since metastasized cancerous tumor on our Republic. We are at fault because we have always elected people to go to Washington and solve all of our supposedly collective problems.

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  32. Another key point:

    “This was a coup d’etat.”

    Had Army Generals been the ones doing these things, there would be no historical question that it was a coup. And, the usual outcome for the losers would either be a firing squad or “what ultimately happened to Benito Mussolini.”

    Instead, the Generals of the Department of Justice and of the CIA (generally, the Intelligence community) were the ones who engineered this act of sedition with equal care and cunning.

    The world, as well as this nation, is now looking very attentively to see if the same Department of Justice is now capable of policing itself, and of bringing them to justice commensurate with what would have happened in the case of a military junta.

    It is difficult to predict the depths of depravity into which the nation would probably be immediately thrust if the DOJ does not act with necessary speed and severity. The plotters remain in very powerful positions and continue to maintain control of the Press. If they discern that justice is not forthcoming, their plans would proceed apace: actually impeach this President, immediately thereafter arrest him and his family and hold them all in solitary confinement, and move for a Special Appointment (in light of the state of emergency that would have to be declared) of Hillary Clinton as “President for Life.” Whose first acts, immediately after repealing everything Trump had done (including ordering all border walls completely removed), would be to travel to Beijing and prostrate her country at the feet of Communist China. Yes, the stakes are that high, because this coup attempt is – still is – real.

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    • lfdale says:

      Since you brought up the hildebeast here is IMHO all of this was done to prevent Trump from becoming the 45th President of the USA and when the hildebeast won the election they would have enough dirt on Trump being a traitor and working with Russia, they (clinton working with obummer) would have tried to destroy him personally (throw him in jail and throw away the key), this went beyond politics into personal destruction of someone who they did not like. YOU HEAR ME – they would have destroyed Trump personally after hildebeast won, IMHO

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  33. We are a Country run by corrupt Lawyers for corrupt Lawyers….. Almost half of Congress are Lawyers…. Virtually all of the exposed corruption at the FBI/DOJ and other Bureaucracies was willfully committed by Lawyers….Corrupt Lawyers have infiltrated our Government at all levels and we are witnessing in real time the catastrophic results……

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    • dd_sc says:

      I’d say it’s more than half, and just as important they are all from the same law schools – Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton.

      For all intents and purposes, most members of Congress have been hanging out together and going to the same parties since their mid-twenties.

      Very definition of an oligarchy.

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    • mickjt says:

      A Bus with 40 seats goes over a cliff with 39 lawyers, all are killed. The only tragedy was the empty seat. Lawyers, those that get into politics went to law school to learn how to get away with crimes, PERIOD.

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  34. WSB says:

    The Justice Department inspector general report said leaked memos that Comey gave to his friend, Columbia University law professor Daniel Richman, were meant to cause the appointment of a special counsel according to Comey.

    According to Sundance’s compilation of this timeline, Comey used his memos NOT TO CAUSE the appointment of Mueller, but to JUSTIFY that appointment six days later.

    Oops.

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  35. OlderAndWiser says:

    @Sundance or anyone else here who can explain the following to me:
    So, the Comey memos were secured by the SSA by May 15 (or earlier – but 15th will do for my issue). Then, how come Comey takes a picture of Memo 4 on May 16???? Did Rybicki give him access to Memo 4?

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    • WRB says:

      There is a lot of (tedious) detail in the OIG report. But in there, you will see that Comey kept Memos 2, 4, 6, and 7 at home in his safe. After he was fired, he still had access to them, and never told the FBI that he had them, until June 7 (the day before he testified to Congress).

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  36. itsy_bitsy says:

    And Sessions will go down in history as their unwitting accomplice! If ever a warning existed for Republican’s serving in Washington this is it. Do not allow yourself to be railroaded into foolish action. Sessions has destroyed himself and his reputation by become the patsy of the Coup leaders!

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  37. LafnH20 says:

    We might consider, imho, starting here, and now, cantcforest…

    President Trump rally…
    The “Right” Dan Bishop

    https://www.wbtv.com/2019/08/29/tale-two-dans-bishop-mccready-go-toe-to-toe-nc-debate/

    Keep your eye on the prize…

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  38. gary says:

    the fact that the justice dept. didn’t declare the comey memo on trumps flynn remarks,classified, really removes it’s impact as an obstruction document. maybe thats why barr didn’t nail comey for classified stuff. when flynn’s lawyer gets to court with him the relative unimportance the DOJ showed toward the memo’s may come into play.

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  39. perikleez says:

    Sundance, please elaborate or share other info on this: “KEY POINT – OIG Michael Horowitz has outlined the Special Counsel appointment as fraudulently predicated.”

    It appears to be a inference or speculation, or may be I missed something. But if in fact IG has officially deemed/concluded/classified the SC appointment as “fraudulently predicated”, that would essentially mean the once AG Barr officially accepts that IG finding all other subsequent legal conclusions arising from the SC would presumptively be defective, invalid, and fruit of the poisonous tree evidence. In other words, it wipes out all official legal activities by the SC team. right?

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  40. LULU says:

    From a blog I just found. Mark Wauck, who writes for RealClearPolitics and American Thinker, among others, is an admirer of Sundance’s:

    Tonight shows sundance at his best. He provides us with a fascinating timeline of events between the firing of James Comey and the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel. What we see from this timeline is that DAG Rod Rosenstein’s appointment letter was a subterfuge. That letter claims that Mueller’s mandate was simply to continue the investigation known as Crossfire Hurricane. This was supposedly about Russian interference in the 2016 election, but the reality was quite different. The reality was that Mueller was appointed in order to force President Trump from office–whether via resignation (probably preferred) or by providing grounds for impeachment. Russian “collusion” had long been known to be a fairy tale or pipe dream at best. Nevertheless, hiding the ball, as an investigative strategy for entrapping Trump, contrary to the requirements of the Special Counsel regulations can’t change the regulations. Which means that the predication for initiation of the Special Counsel must be evaluated on the facial meaning of Rosenstein’s letter–that Mueller was continuing Crossfire Hurricane, an “enterprise” counterintelligence investigation. If that investigation lacked predication, then so did the Team Mueller operation.

    More here:

    https://meaninginhistory.blogspot.com/2019/08/seven-days-in-may.html

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    • LULU says:

      PS. Wauck knows all about FBI bad guys. His sister Bonnie married one. Spy and sexual deviant Robert Hanssen, now serving many life sentences in solitary confinement in Colorado. Yes, Wauck knows these people well…

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  41. I had to read this three times before I could soak it all in. Wow. Fantastic work and I love the overlay finds. I will be adding this to the timeline as a whole and broken down by date because I dig overlays as well. lol Thanks for all you do. It’s award-worthy! 🙂

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  42. ChampagneReady says:

    There’s something mighty funny why when the FBI went to search Comey’s house that they didn’t insist on looking in his SAFE ? Of course you would never look for documents or the very thing somebody was wanting to hide in their house, IN THEIR SAFE.

    Just the most obvious place where a person like Comey would put those documents to hide them. Wray plays us all for idiots. He should be dragged out ot that building in handcuffs.

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    • WRB says:

      The FBI went to Comey’s home to remove the material in his SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility). He was a terminated employee, not a suspect undergoing a court-ordered search warrant.

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      • ChampagneReady says:

        They went there with a high-level TEAM to recover any materials that belonged to the FBI. The 1st place you look is in somebody’s safe. Unless you’re the FBI Director and a FRIEND of Comey.

        He was FIRED, he didn’t leave because he was celebrating retirement and given a gold watch.

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  43. The reason they (and their big-money backers) hate and fear Trump has nothing to do with his “tweeting,” his “brash” personality, his hairstyle, or his “reality TV background.” It probably doesn’t even have that much to do with his obvious willingness to boost domestic wages and reduce imported terrorism and general mayhem by enforcing long-existing immigration laws — though (interestingly enough) the Forces of Darkness sure don’t appear to LIKE that one bit. (Why would that be?)

    While Bill Clinton may not have been a “Washington Insider” in 1991 (though the not-as-bright Senator’s son, Al Gore, was), it was quickly determined the Clintons would “play ball” for cash in plain brown paper bags — meaning it’s been at least THIRTY YEARS since this Deep State gang has faced an outsider who (discovering their corruption, the BILLIONS they’ve taken from Red China & the Wall Street bankers & “multinationals,” their widespread “unusual” sexual activities, etc.,) might just blow the whistle on them.

    How far they’ve been willing to go to destroy him before he can accomplish a level of administrative organization that most presidents are allowed to accomplish in a few weeks is a measure of nothing but their own abject terror at the prospect of someone finally turning on the kitchen light.

    One of the great ironies — maybe the greatest irony — of the attempt to spy on and wiretap Trump is that these crimes will surely now seem less serious to a low-information juror or TV viewer . . . simply because the spies don’t seem to have FOUND anything.

    Characters of this type tend to assume everyone else is as corrupt as they are. So they surely presumed they’d quickly come up with audio of Trump talking to Russian oligarchs, Mafia chieftains, bordello madams willing to send underage prostitutes to his room, etc. — along with his own crooked lawyers and accountants — advising them how to cheat on his taxes, where to allocate their millions in bribes, who to buy off, who to blackmail, who to threaten or kill, etc. They must have been deeply puzzled when (other than the 20-year-old Marla Maples affair, which was old hat by then) their efforts pretty much came up dry.

    “Come on, he can’t be THAT clean!”

    Look at the parade of puzzlingly butch, superannuated Democrat donors Hillary brought forth in the final weeks of the campaign, complaining Trump had supposedly “bumped” or “touched” them 20 years before . . . not a single one of them able to offer a police report, a court document, a signed and witnessed affidavit, nothin’. (And by the way, when are the Washington Post and the New York Times going to grill those women on their charges, ask how much they were paid, who compensated Gloria Allred and her daughter to represent them, or — if the attorneys were NOT compensated — whether their pro bono work was properly reported as campaign contributions to Miss Hillary? Still too busy?)

    Yet (again ironically) the fact that there was pretty much “nothing to find” is why they failed to derail the Trump juggernaut, which is why there’s now any investigation at all. (Or do you think Hillary would have demanded it all come out, just “for the good of the Republic”?)

    Russia Russia Russia, Putin’s cock-holster, he’s mentally deranged, he’s a racist — each was good for a few months, but nothing sticks, since it’s all made up. Surely at some point even those who haven’t been paying close attention will have to say, “Wait a minute. You know what I think the problem is? I think the problem is that orangutan over there, Why, Look! He’s been throwing his own feces at us for three years!”

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  44. Ned Zeppelin says:

    The plan of the Small Group – the insurance policy to remove DJT as President – was that any and all firings of any DOJ or FBI, no matter how justified, would be treated as grounds to start the investigation for the crime of obstruction, and bring in the invulnerable and limitless power of a special counsel to take him out (time to change that law, huh?). Mueller was key since there was no actual underlying crime to begin with, which he knew well before he took the job, and he was corrupt and crooked, already familIar with the small group and their purposes, with which he was completely aligned. These lunatics figured they’d get Trump with either obstruction or a perjury trap. Both were elaborate, scheming, crazy constructs – not really crimes, mere technicalities at best – as both failed. The trigger Trump stepped through was the firing of Comey, but the problem is and was that it was well-deserved. I agree the big score here is a big RICO indictment. Need a couple of squealers, if they live long enough.

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  45. Elle says:

    So, I was rereading all of this and though the party’s over and it’s waaay past time to go home, I’m gonna shake a few shoulders to note something that occurred to me:
    When they searched the “offices” they were ALREADY looking for the “hard” copies of the memos, but did not find them. Why do I say that? I see it like this:

    Sundance tees it off:
    FBI Agent David Archey was unaware the ‘small group‘ had kept the Comey memos hidden from the FBI SSA Whistleblower until May 15th, 2017; so he inadvertently exposed their assembled disposition prior to the small group admissions to the SSA.

    It’s right here:
    ♦On May 10th, the Comey memos were not in Comey’s office [per IG report]. At the time of the search and review of Comey’s office there were no HARD copies found by SSA Whistleblower.

    On May 12 went to Comey’s home and removed government property including electronic devices and documents. No HARD copies and Comey did not tell SSA that he had memos 2467 in his personal safe

    What does that mean? I don’t know. Party’s over. Time for bed.

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    • Elle says:

      and in the light of day… Captain Obvious wakes me up and says, “Duh. This is a report about them not turning over the memos.”
      Note to self, don’t post in wee hours.

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  46. Midnite says:

    There are so many cogs in this mechanism that it’s difficult to grok all of the interactions between them and exactly how they worked together in this symphony of sedition. If we start at the beginning with the unmaskings and the connections to FBI contractors, wend our way through the CIA assets thrown at team Trump, the involvement of the State Department, the intel community and wind up back at the FBI and eventually the SC, it’s no wonder I’m confused. To say that any one person was responsible for it’s creation is imbuing them with God like abilities and I don’t see that person among the guilty. What I do see is a system so filled with ideologues bent on preserving their world view, that each on their own contributed to the whole. Much like a smack of jelly fish can all move in the same direction at the same time, these people all shared the same basic philosophy and in many cases operated independently of each other, but with one singular goal.
    PDJT represented the antithesis of everything they held to be right and true in the world and they were willing to believe anything, do anything, to insure he would not be President. Their motivation didn’t change once he became President, they simply moved the goal post to indictment and or impeachment. To be sure there are cell leaders, motivators, and provocateurs along the way, each lending their own skills to the mix, but the only way I can make sense of it is to break it down to it’s smallest moving parts.
    There are crimes aplenty to chose from in this morass of abuse, but if I were leading this investigation I’d want to start at the beginning with the unmaskings and the 702 queries, who ordered them and who were the contractors? I’d want to build this case from the bottom up and not from the top down with Comey as my first indictment. All of the people we’re intimately familiar with in this case had their role to play, but you need to look at the genesis of it before it all makes sense.

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  47. Midnite says:

    So much has been made about the “insurance policy” that we need to keep the record straight on when and how the term was originally used. On 15 August 2016, FBI agent Peter Strzok sent a text message to his girlfriend, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, that said:

    “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office that there’s no way Trump gets elected—but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40 … “

    This was two months after Trump declared his candidacy and two weeks after opening Crossfire Hurricane and at the time DJT had almost zero chance of winning…he was more than a long shot…isn’t it possible that in Peter Strzoks’ mind that he had about the same odds as you dying before you’re 40?
    I’ve read their text messages and my take away from their conversations is just how media driven and politically attuned they were to the world around them. They constantly messaged links to news articles and followed that up with commentaries. Some of it was driven by their own leaks and the pride they showed in manipulating the press to their own advantage, but a lot of it was disdain for politicians and bureaucrats in general. Basically everyone was a dumb ass unless they agreed with them and at the top of that list was DJT. They disagreed with his foreign policy, his speaking style and the deplorables that cheered him on. In their minds he was a gravy stain on the purple robe covering the body politic and their world would never be the same IF he were President.

    My guess is that the conversation in Andy’s office was nothing more than Page pontificating on how “there’s no way Trump gets elected”. But, keep in mind they were working a case that had the ability to serve as an “insurance policy” (Strzok’s words) just in case the impossible happened (or you die before you’re 40). They could cash in that policy any time they wanted via leaks to the press, they knew the value of leaking to the media and how effective it could be in creating a narrative beneficial to them. They knew that everyone was leaking to the press because it had been going on a long time and they were part of the leak culture themselves. They could leak stories of the investigation and ruin Trump’s campaign, they could even leak stories about investigating members of his campaign (like Manafort, PapaD, Flynn and Page). They were insulated, anonymous and all powerful, secure in the knowledge they could do anything, including protecting the country from the likes of DJT.

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  48. meadowlarkspring says:

    Comey’s 12/7/2018 Oversight testimony mentioned Rod Rosenstein saying he would think about appointing a special counsel once he was Deputy Attorney General. Comey never told Rod Rosenstein about his memos like he should have when Rosenstein was confirmed. Comey’s end game seemed like it was about getting a special counsel even before he was fired.

    Mueller’s report (special counsel) did not mention that the FBI decided not to inform the Attorney General of the President’s statements.

    Mueller Report, Vol II of II
    pg. 45

    Finally, Comey’s reaction to the President’s statements is consistent with the President having asked him to “let[] Flynn go.” Corney met with the FBI leadership team, which agreed to keep the President’s statements closely held and not to inform the team working on the Flynn investigation so that they wouId not be influenced by the President’s request. Comey also promptly met with the Attorney General to ask him not to be left alone with the President again, an account verified by Sessions, FBI Chief of Staff James Rybicki, and Jody Hunt, who was then the Attorney General’s chief of staff.

    Comey testimony to Oversight
    December 7, 2018

    pg. 189 (related to the Comey memo 4 from February 14, 2017 meeting with President Trump )

    Mr. Jordan. And what did McCabe, Baker, and Rybicki advise you to do, and then any of the others who — if you can remember, what did they advise you to do after you showed them the memo and then talked about your — you know, what had happened with you and the President?

    Mr. Comey. I don’t remember who said what, but I remember two points of consensus: We were all very concerned about it; and, second, we agreed that we ought to hold it very close, not brief the investigative team at this point and not go over and talk to the leadership of the Department of Justice, to hold onto it until we got a new Deputy Attorney General and they sorted out how they were going to supervise the Russia investigation.

    Mr. Jordan. Why did you decide not to share it with the leadership of the Justice Department?

    Mr. Comey. Because we believed that the Attorney General, Mr. Sessions, was —

    Mr. Jordan. Excuse me one second. I’ve got to move. I’m having trouble seeing you here.

    Mr. Comey. We believed that the Attorney General, Mr. Sessions, was on the cusp of recusing himself from anything related to Russia, so it didn’t make any sense to brief him on it, and that there was no Deputy Attorney General at that point.

    pg. 191 (related to the Comey memo 4 from February 14, 2017 meeting with President Trump )

    Mr. Comey. I don’t know who was number three at that point. There was an acting — there was a U.S. Attorney acting as the Deputy Attorney General, who we knew would be in the seat only until Rod Rosenstein was confirmed. And so it didn’t make sense to brief a matter like that to him, it was our judgment, and so we would just hold it. And there was no — we saw no investigative urgency. If there was something we had to do right away, we might have thought about it differently, but given how we thought about the investigative state in which it was, it made sense to hold onto it.

    pg 191-192 (related to the Comey memo 4 from February 14, 2017 meeting with President Trump )

    Mr. Jordan. That was what you knew and assumed at the time. And so you made a decision we’re going to wait until Mr. Rosenstein has the position and we’re going to go talk to him?

    Mr. Comey. I think what we decided was — I don’t think we were that specific. We said: Let’s wait until the Department of Justice gets its leadership team on and figures out how it wants to staff the — this case. Because you’ll recall, during his confirmation hearing, one of the things Rod Rosenstein had promised the Senate was he would think about whether to appoint a special prosecutor once he became Deputy Attorney General.

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  49. Pokey says:

    On and on, on and on.

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