DOJ Clarifies Their Position on Declassification – “Delegated Authority”…

Today in a court filing, surrounding a FOIA case seeking access to the fully unredacted Carter Page FISA application, the DOJ clarified the position of the DOJ as it pertains to President Trump’s May 2019 declassification authority. (pdf available here)

The DOJ highlights that President Trump did not order AG William Barr to declassify anything.  Instead, according to the official position of the DOJ, President Trump “delegated authority” to the Attorney General to determine *if* anything should be declassified:

[Source – pdf]

Whether AG Bill Barr does actually declassify anything is open to debate.  The current odds remain slightly less than 50/50; however, those odds could diminish significantly if the impeachment effort is successful.

The current priority for the Dept. of Justice does not appear to be highlighting internal corruption that targeted President Trump.  The current institutional priority appears to be protecting Rod Rosenstein.  However, we should have a better idea exactly where this will all end when we see the IG Report on potential FISA abuses against Carter Page.

Notice how in the recently released McCabe memo (FOIA release) the DOJ is redacting the aspects of the appointment of a special counsel.  The redaction justification: b(5)inter-agency or intra-agency memorandums or letters which would not be available by law to a party other than an agency in litigation with the agency.” Or put another way: stuff we just don’t want to share: “personal privacy” etc.

(Source: Judicial Watch – FOIA Release of McCabe Memo)

When combined with the testimony by Mueller in response to the questioning by Rep. Andy Biggs, the redacted information looks like current DOJ officials hiding the timing of the decision-making to appoint Mueller thereby protecting Rod Rosenstein.

More motive for this showed up during a statement last week Matt Whitaker who appeared on Tucker Carlson television show.   Whitaker outlined why Rosenstein could never admit to having said he would wear a wire at the time the story broke.

When the “wear-a-wire” story first surfaced was when DAG Rosenstein was trying to convince President Trump not to declassify any information until after the Mueller special counsel was concluded.   Rosenstein’s justification for his instructions surrounded President Trump possibly obstructing justice during Mueller’s investigation.

Remember, Rosenstein expanded the scope of Mueller’s investigation twice, the second time targeting Michael Flynn Jr.  Also, Rosenstein participated in the indictment of fictitious Russia trolls and a Russian catering company.  Yes, all indications are that Rod Rosenstein was a willing participant in the overall McCabe/Mueller effort.

Ultimately all of the DOJ obfuscation, delay and hidden information under AG Bill Barr has an identical motive: help protect Rod Rosenstein.  That effort continues with ongoing internal DOJ redactions…

….The problem for Attorney General Bill Barr is not investigating what we don’t know, but rather navigating through what ‘We The People’ are already aware of…. (link)

Within the DOJ review of the Trump-Russia investigation, anything that spotlights Rosenstein’s involvement/duplicity is being buried.  Perhaps this was part of the agreement where Rosenstein agreed to “stay on” and support Barr so long as Barr later protected his interests….. this scenario, against known activity, seems rather likely.

Lastly, because institutional intents generally follow patterns, is worth noting the parallels… In the new Trump-Ukraine investigation/exploitation toward impeachment, it appears current ICIG Michael Atkinson is following a similar path previously walked by Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein.  That is…

…willful compliance with a dose of plausible deniability.

Quite simply all of the current political operatives working against President Trump would not be able to advance so successfully if AG Bill Barr was highly engaged and watching for corruption in the way the intelligence apparatus was operating.

Swamp.

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303 Responses to DOJ Clarifies Their Position on Declassification – “Delegated Authority”…

  1. Bogeyfree says:

    Now it makes more sense why Rudy has been doing the investigating!

    Liked by 15 people

    • Rhoda R says:

      Keeps the political pressure off of Barr.

      Liked by 4 people

      • Bogeyfree says:

        Here’s the AG and his job is to investigate crimes and corruption.

        Plus we have a treaty with Ukraine to JOINTLY work together to fight crime and corruption involving our two countries.

        So IMO Barr should have been very involved from day one in getting to the truth about possible quid pro quo corruption involving Americans and Ukrainians.

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      • TPW says:

        puts pressure on Barr…he is not doing his job.

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        • Bruno says:

          Barr was said to claim he didn’t talk to Ukrainians. Doesn’t mean he didn’t just delegate it to Durham, BTW, Barr is supposedly in Italy talking to govt officials…about what? Misfud?Hmmm? If he was dirty, he had every chance with obstruction opening left by Mueller.

          Perhaps we don’t hear more about what’s going on (yet) because this is how real investigations are supposed to be run — leak free. Too early to assign motives when too many facts still unknown. I’ll wait for IG and Durham results and not speculate.

          Trump is still talking too big a game to risk this much only to look like a fool and failure on one of his major campaign promises (assuming his is being kept accurately up to date) to drain the swamp, which he’s just now reminding voters of more and more, not hiding from.

          I feel a train is coming.

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    • farrier105 says:

      Yes, but between Deep State and Democrat operatives/informants in the State Department and the Ukrainian bureaucracy, the enemy has been fully apprised of everything going on with Giuliani’s investigation.

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  2. sarasotosfan says:

    RR may be dirty as sin, but there is a distinct possibility he was turned. I remain open to this.

    Meanwhile, his role is not in the critical path of John Durham in preventing him from doing his work.

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  3. dscottv says:

    Stressful and tiresome reading all the “news” these days…never ending gloom and doom from the msm and plenty of uncertainty about where things are going even among the brightness and straightest of shooters on our side. Our new normal since the 2016 election! Surprise surprise the swamp doesn’t want to be drained and is in full self protect mode. Personally I’m still confident that the Senate will not convict.

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    • bertdilbert says:

      The USA is currently under attack.

      Liked by 7 people

      • Rhoda R says:

        From internal parasites.

        Liked by 4 people

        • Jackal says:

          It’s called cancer and let’s hope it’s not of the pancreatic type.

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          • 4whomthebellstroll says:

            “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”

            ― Taylor Caldwell, A Pillar of Iron

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          • 4whomthebellstroll says:

            I would add that in the case of DJT as POTUS A nation (can) survive treason from within.

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        • Lester Smith says:

          This is a transitional time in history. either the republic survives and is stronger then ever or falls to a foot note in history. This is hell for all of us but there is true torment for those of us who have spent our lives protecting our way of life. Many of our fellow warriors gave their lives for the rest to live in a free and giving society. Only to have their sacrifice spit on by the hatered and disrespectful leftist and rinos. God please heal America. God please keep our Commander and Chief safe and give him the strength and wisdom to fight off the evil that preys upon our beloved country. God please restore America’s soul.

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        • Linda K. says:

          Something really bad was going on in the Ukraine. Now, Trump touches on it and boom, they are after him again.What is with the Ukraine?

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          • farrier105 says:

            Obama and Hillary overthrew the elected government and then set about looting the economy. They made sure the government was salted thoroughly with informants who would report anything going on like Rudy Giuliani probing around. Pelosi probably knew everything that was going on in Ukraine. Informants in the US government also spied on Giuliani and Trump, who were stuck doing this because the DOJ and spy agencies are already corroded with Obama/Hillary operatives.

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      • bertdilbert says:

        Trump, Barr and Pompeo are the new axis of evil. Just listen to the MSM

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      • Don L says:

        Ir’s been under attack since the Sixties at least. Back then it was called the culture wars . The left stole everyone’s conscience with lust and free lunches, while the GOP was busy talking economics (counting 30 pieces of silver.)

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        • farrier105 says:

          It started with the first coup on November 22, 1963. The CIA has been running the country. In the 1980s, one of those who was in charge was William Barr, like it or not.

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    • Lester Smith says:

      Depends on how many rinos can be kept in the corral. Massachusetts Mitt and sissy Ben sasse are two votes against trump for sure.

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      • Andy Texan says:

        How many of the weasels are up for re-election in 2020? I think they can be counted on to vote for the President. I think it’s 21 including Sasse

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    • Peg_C the Deplorable says:

      Everyone I read and watch covers the treasonous fakers avidly so there’s zero need to actually read or watch THEM. They and Congress are working tirelessly to destroy this country (along with puppeteer Soros and co.). I could actually see Twitter going down (or suspending Trump), maybe even all of social media, and we start getting Presidential alerts, at some point. If that does happen, the Storm really is here. Pray.

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    • TPW says:

      Im not convinced….of the letcan make stuff up out of thin air and the Senate sits on there hands…….Graham has sh!t all over his…then they will impeach on phony evidence.

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    • BigTalkers says:

      Try to look at the upside…

      If the House Dems were to actually hold an Impeachment vote, it would cost them the House (and likely any chance at the Senate).

      And any Republican who sides with them will be committing self-immolation.

      That’s why this entire exercise will end up as “Much ado about nothing.”

      (Personally, I’m of a mind to encourage them myself!)

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  4. Bogeyfree says:

    I think we have a new leader in the all time greatest con jobs every pulled.

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  5. MD says:

    One thought, if PDJT was not satisfied with where Barr is at or what he is doing in his handling of this we would be hearing about it. He had no problem blasting Sessions for not getting things done to the press and on twitter.

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    • Jackal says:

      You are correct Sessions got heat once the recusal came about.I think Trump and Co. are playing the players like a fiddle this whole thing with the WB once opened it seemed PDJT already had a game plan?

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      • farrier105 says:

        No, he is playing catch-up. His game plan was wrecked when the first Ukrainian informant ratted to someone in CIA or FBI was Giuliani was doing over there.

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  6. oldersoul says:

    Poor Joe diGenova. This is gonna break his heart.

    But I unfortunately agree with Sundance. What informs me most is not the noise out of DC, but the silence out of Connecticut. We should have heard something by now by way of leakage, and preemptive media activity if there was any threat developing there. There is always some leakage with high profile GJ matters like this. Not even a whiff of a subpoena in the thicket or a rumor of an interview. And you can be sure the MSM has informants all over the place up there.

    Barr is a Poppy Bush-era guy. Barr, while born in NYC to elites, is a creation of the Swamp, he grew up professionally in the Swamp, and he (and perhaps his kids) are indebted to the Swamp.

    It’s hard to bite the Swamp that feeds you.

    So we soldier through to 2020, when PDJT can replace Barr. Hopefully this time with someone from outside the Beltway. At least Barr is not as totally feckless as Jeff Sessions was.

    The good news is, I think PDJT is now so politically strong, and has accrued so much political capital, that they cannot take him down with these stunts, and the DNC has all but conceded the GE. Believe it or not, Biden was their best chance, and he has imploded. DNC big money will not finance a socialist, and the socialists will not tolerate another Clinton nomination. They are in a complete jam.

    I understand the Nixon example. But PDJT is not Richard Nixon. He is tougher and smarter than Nixon.

    PDJT is in great shape heading into 2020. Really strong. To coin a phrase, after the election, he will have more flexibility in these matters.

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    • annieoakley says:

      The odd thing is, all of POTUS’ political capital appears to be in other countries. Poland likes him, Hungary, Ukraine, India all like him. Yet NO Republican, but a few, have really come out to defend him.

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      • oldersoul says:

        You can add North Carolina to those far-away places. He took someone on the ropes against millions in out-of-state progressive money, and had them winning convincingly, in about ten days. And that’s only the most recent example of the Trump effect on a local race.

        That is real political gravitas. At the grassroots level. The kind that matters and that politicians notice. Trump is an electorate juggernaut. And they know it.

        The DC GOP is not going to help him. They are mainly feckless and themselves part of the Uniparty. But they dare not hurt him, and expect to go back home and safely explain it to their constituents — who are now doing better than in decades. They will continue to sit on their hands, like the lemmings they are.

        But PDJT really doesn’t need them in 2020. He didn’t need them, and he didn’t have them, in ’16. And look what happened.

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        • Andy Texan says:

          What is the President’s approval among Republicans? 90%? 95%?. Any Republican member of the House or Senate no matter how squishy who votes for impeachment (or to convict) will be DEFEATED FOR RE-ELECTION.

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          • oldersoul says:

            As my old PCs used to say … “Ta-Da!”

            Any Uniparty Republican participating in an impeachment of this President is committing electoral suicide. It would obliterate the GOP.

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            • Remington says:

              And the best part is they really don’t care. Do you really think this would effect their revenue stream? They are funded by the thugs and slugs of the deep state. They have their golden parachute. Won’t be able to sleep at night? NEVER….they have no moral compass.

              If they attempt to drive home the last nail, that sleep will be disputed by Knocks at the door by those seeking true justice. A sense of finality.

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        • Linda K. says:

          Trump looks steady as a rock to me.

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      • Peg_C the Deplorable says:

        Republicans in both houses are nearly as corrupt as Dems. I’d love to know how many have sealed indictments waiting! I also frequent some places that have patriots from all around the world in them. The love for POTUS sometimes is STRONGER than our own. They are looking to him to fix them, too, and he’s doing it or trying. They all know it. They also know how captive they are of the Deep State as well. His UN speech, almost totally ignored here, resonated in countries everywhere.

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        • Peg_C,
          “The love for POTUS sometimes is STRONGER than our own.”
          I can vouch for what you said. I have some 50+ close family and friends in India (what can I say, I have a large family and I am the lone black sheep having left the herd), and they are putting me to shame when it comes to admiring President Trump and following his moves.

          Having said that, it is equally troubling that I have not met one single fellow Indian here in our country who supports President Trump with even half the passion with which I do. Ironic!

          I know many will skewer me for what I am about to say, but for the last 20 years what I have observed and for the past 15 years what I have been telling my wife is unfortunately seems to be right with the current turn of events of this and last week – the native born people here are literally like sheep guarded by wolves (MSM, corrupt uniparty politicians, …), having lost the ability to think and see that they are trusting and following their biggest enemies, and are willingly being led to a cliff oblivious to the fact that this will lead to their end.

          My sincere apologies for offending folks here since people reading this site does not fall in this category. But unfortunately for us and our country, only a tiny fraction of electorate is reading this site. Kudos to Sundance, his team, and everybody here in keeping the flame burning in this withering storm. I hope and pray for President Trump, his family and his MAGA/KAG! team.

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          • MBB says:

            Thank you. I’m sure you must have watched the Howdy Modi rally. It was fantastic. My daughter married an Indian, so now I have many Indian relatives also. My son-in-law is not a Trump fan, but I am going to send him the link to the Modi rally and perhaps change his mind

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            • MBB,
              I did not watch it live. WIfe is going through cancer treatment so kinda busy. By the grace of god mother in law is here to help from India so searched for PM Modi’s speech on youtube couple of days ago. I do not follow Indian politics much and I actually heard PM Modi for first time.

              I was actually infuriated by the thankless crowd response to our President Trump’s speech v/s their response to PM Modi’s speech. Thankfully, I watched PM Modi’s clip introducing our President Trump after I watched our President’s speech and that helped cooling down.

              Sorry to say, but I guess your son-in-law falls in the category of otherwise-decent-guy-but-an-indoctrinated-moron-who-cannot-think-what-is-good-for-this-country-and-himself-and-his-children.

              I hope you will not take this as a personal insult. I feel your pain and frustration. I am surrounded by such morons/sheeple. My wife literally tells me 10 times before we step out for social gathering, that, please no discussion of politics. Thankfully, she is like me when it comes to supporting our President. She does not follow politics to that extent, but she, I think, takes her cue from how passionately I talk about President Trump when discussing with my children – they are in elementary level, but .I started talking with them during 2016 election time when the elder one started coming home with indoctrinated Trump-hates-children thoughts. Now, if a neighborhood kid tells them that Trump-hates-children! they take my phone and show video of candidate Trump holding “little Trump” to help with reversing the indoctrination.

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      • BigTalkers says:

        Foreign policy (except in times of war) doesn’t decide elections.

        But note that a new national poll (Rasmussen) out this week now has POTUS up over Biden by 47 to 43.

        It appears we’re not the only ones who’ve already seen through “The Russian Dossier” – Part II).

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    • Deborah Fehr says:

      reading this makes me happy, we need reassurance as there is so much lying and corruption out there. I’m a Canadian, in the end I can do nothing but watch, but its good to see the good people win sometimes. I just want to see those swamp monsters taken down. One at a time, so we can see them paraded out like the creatures they are. I like President Trump, he talks like a real person. We have such a fool right now, our election is in a couple of weeks and you wouldn’t know it. everyone is watching what happens to Trump, it’s sad. Trudeau likes it though, takes the heat off of him. This is the only place I can go to get the real goods.

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    • Bigly says:

      I disagree. Go to Netflix – watch a few “Cold case” episodes. Barr pulls an indictment too early and loses, right before November next year – dead meat.

      As is, we are getting so late, no judge is going to rule before 2020z

      This game is pushed out until trumps 2nd term.

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    • farrier105 says:

      People interviewed by a grand jury are free to talk about it, what they were asked, etc. It isn’t a Leak, it is allowed.

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  7. Somebody's Gramma says:

    As they say on Twitter, I’m just here for the ratio since y’all are all so negative. I remember when Trump deferred to Barr on declassification. Remember how Trump plays. He gives everyone enough rope to hang themselves while publicly beating on them when they fail, followed by the evidence that they failed. He’s given Barr that rope. I pray Barr does not fail. My first impressions of him speaking publicly was that he was also interested in rooting out corruption and restoring our vital institutions. We shall see, shant we? My other thought was, if you declassify EVERYTHING NOW! how does that affect ongoing investigations? I’ve noticed a steady drip of documents that wreck the corruptocrats, one by one. Why Trump chose to take Biden down now, is interesting. I used to be angry and annoyed. But, now I’m trying to get in the groove of how Trump works. The swamp is deep and wide and tangled with so many lies, blackmail, and cover ups, they aren’t going to be able to keep things straight. I think Trump is being strategic and tactical. How do you defuse a bomb? Carefully, one wire at a time. How do you defuse a series of bombs when you haven’t figured out yet where the beginning and end is? Just sayin. There’s not been a time in my lifetime that most of the sheeple were discussing government corruption at the dinner table. Sheep no more. Mission almost accomplished. Keep the faith Treepers.

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    • delighteddeplorable says:

      Well put, SG. My money is still on POTUS.

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    • joebkonobi says:

      Good point, but time is short. Time to get off the pot or crap!

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    • Bill says:

      Trump wasn’t attempting to take Biden out because of the election IMO. I truly think he is trying to figure out the coupe plot from the start and he knows that’s part of it. If he was trying to take Biden out he would have instructed the UKRAINIAN President to make shit up and make it public. Remember, the only reason we know that Biden was being looked at because the fake WB. There is NOTHING that suggests any of this would have come to fruition before the election. Furthermore Trump didn’t ask the pres to make anything up about Biden or his son. He asked for the Truth. For all he knew it could have been a clean procedure by Biden and Trump would have said. Ok cool. That’s one thing left out of all of this, even if you think that was quid pro quo, all he asked for was honest investigation. Whereas Steele was tasked with making shit up and framing Trump.

      Sorry, I just wanted to point this out. Nobody seems to acknowledge this fact. If Bidens innocent then who cares if Trump ask them to clarify that.

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    • teabag14 says:

      Delegating authority does not mean one has relinquished the authority to act. So I agree with you, Gramma, on nearly every point you make. I do think there is a possibility that it is the Dims who are wanting to be relieved of the embarrassment (and now the exposed potential danger) of Joe Biden. They do have a history of eating their own. But I am going to take your level-headed, wise words to heart because you speak of faith, hope, & winning. That’s the team I am on too. Thank you. 💖🇺🇸

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    • Jackal says:

      I think I am starting to see how he plays the game myself and he to this point has always been one or two steps ahead of his adversary if not so he would of hung himself with his own rope.I just now wondered does the man have a big board somewhere with pics and names all over it with string to who what when and where?It really would be the only way to keep all the players in view and who should fall next.

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    • Peg_C the Deplorable says:

      THANK YOU!! Well said!

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    • My opinion is that once Barr and Durham started ‘digging’, they found far more than at first anticipated…..it’s like a cancer…….if you want to cure the patient you have to get it all out first time or it will grow exponentially.

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  8. Spatch says:

    This just can’t be… I’m shocked I tell you, just shocked. Where is Mother Justice, dead?

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  9. TRUMP should be immediately *retracting* that delegation of authority.

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  10. Bogeyfree says:

    So 62 million Americans have thought declass orders were given back in May by the President only to find out on the day after the whistleblower fraud comes out, no such orders were ever given.

    Somebody has some explaining to do and fast IMO……………

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  11. CoffeeBreak says:

    That picture of Barr and the goofy Ferret Face is irritating.

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  12. Trump Leo says:

    Back when this was first announced, I warned everyone of the nuanced language. Unfortunately, I was right again.

    I’ve been saying for almost a year now, no one will be arrested unless Trump orders the arrests himself.

    All he needs is one honest prosecutor.

    Barr ain’t the guy.

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    • GP says:

      Hi Trump Leo-I agree. No one is going to jail. In the long history of thugs at the DOJ/FBI, “Spygate” ranks waaaay down the list of Swamp cover-ups. Internally, the DOJ is probably wondering what all the fuss is about.

      When Bag Pipe Bill was appointed, I posted on CTH that Barr is as Deep State as they come and was nearly run off the board and called an “eeyore”…at least I learned a new word.

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  13. Mike says:

    If Barr was a rat why would Pelosi and company be running an operation to try to get Barr to recuse?

    I think Barr knows the “justice” department is full of lawfare operators. Barr has to be extremely careful or they will try to get Barr like they have tried to get Trump, and Kavanaugh.

    I hope that Barr is being careful and letting Duhram build a solid case in secret.

    Seeing how the democrats and their media will OUTRIGHT LIE, Barr needs to build a case that will convince most of the American People of the truth.

    Look at how John Solomon’s block buster story on Biden from yesterday has been ignored. Meanwhile how many MSNM rats have said in the the last 48 hours how “Biden was investigated and nothing was there.”

    I will trust Barr until I see there is a reason not to. I haven’t seen it yet.

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    • Bill says:

      That’s the clever part. If Barr is on it then he WILL recuse. Once again leaving the President in the lurch at the will of an SC. If he recuses we know he played Trump. If he refuses to recuse then we may just have an honest man on the job.

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    • Bogeyfree says:

      I think he wants a tie and let voters decide in 2020 while keeping the Institutions in tact but unfortunately the Dems want PT delivered on a platter and my guess is Barr doesn’t want it to go that far kind of like the SC investigation.

      Thus no declass, no indictments but also no new SC and no recuse.

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    • oldersoul says:

      Why? Because Barr participated in foiling their SC plot the last time. He pushed it to completion, and then made interpretive determinations that foreclosed the matter.

      I described above that Barr appears disinclined to advocate prosecutorial actions against the Swamp. That doesn’t mean that he might not still act defensively on occasion in declining prosecutions.

      In other words, Barr appears to be hesitant to be a sword against the Swamp.

      But he may nevertheless occasionally act as a shield for PDJT. As he did in the Mueller matter.

      And the two are compatible.

      Why? Prosecution is a very personal matter, and targets individuals, directly. Swamp individuals. Declining to prosecute is a more general decision that only directly affects the target, and doesn’t necessarily implicate all the Swamp participants that created the controversy. But it’s a mixed outcome. The attackers roam free again. And that is exactly what has been happening so far with people like Comey.

      But the DNC is beyond desperate now, and wants to remove every possible shield PDJT might have from their remaining last-ditch schemes. Barr remains a defensive asset. PDJT is cruising to re-election, and then it’s game over for them.

      They really are desperate now. I don’t know if you noticed, but he is cutting off their supply of new voters. And many of the old ones are waking up leaving. Extreme socialism does that.

      Just my extended take on things to date.

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      • BitchyPants says:

        “But he may nevertheless occasionally act as a shield for PDJT. As he did in the Mueller matter.”
        I’ve always wondered if Barr flew in to rescue Mueller – thus ending the Investigation to get him out from under Weissman – thereby acting as a shield for his friend Bob
        Still wish Matt Whitaker would have been AG

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      • Linda K. says:

        Barr may takr exception to the dems extremism and start offense soon,

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    • Mike,
      “If Barr was a rat why would Pelosi and company be running an operation to try to get Barr to recuse?”

      Maybe they are playing the same smoke and mirrors tactic they already played once by putting up a show of how they are against Jeff Sessions as AG? We all know how helpful Jeff Sessions was to our President, don’t we?

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    • I couldn’t agree more. Just imagine working a huge investigation with very few you know you can trust and many more that you don’t know if you can trust. You would have to be so careful what was said and what could be accessed by those you don’t trust. I imagine Barr is spending many sleepless nights working through mountains of paperwork that need to be read, understood and evaluated. Barr and Durham need to present an airtight case that will not only convince a jury but the American people. The danger is real that if they go off half cocked, Trump will be seen to be acting in a politically vindictive manner.

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    • While I don’t agree with Barr’s strategy, I think he is still on our side. This war will have to be won by a net set of rules. Barr is old school.
      The massive structure of the DOJ is filled with autonymous sections, a myriad of different kind attorney client relationships creating a cumbersome and varying degrees of conflicts of interest leading to complex recusal processes and the construction of Chinese walls to separate interests. If all Barr had to do was to reform Byzantium it would take him 5 years.

      It is possible that Barr may be waiting for the grand jury a la Ristivan and Mike Robinson.
      I prefer the impatient plan – the Democrats are serious and they have got blitzcrrieg going, To me its use it or lose it. Declassify, produce the FISA report, unseal the McCabe indictment, ha ha, if this exists.
      Whether Barr is a black hat or merely has warfare that is outdated, isn’t going to matter much if the Dems win.

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  14. Rowdyone says:

    Unfortunately I must agree. If Barr was aggressively pursuing any of this he would have indictments already on Comey et al for FISA violations. There is no need to have the whole investigation and all of it’s strands completed before bringing charges.

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    • Ray Runge says:

      What continues to be obvious, the opposing side will continue with even more outrageous ploys in Coup Attempt #2. Until Barr has the cojones to indict ANYONE from Coup Attempt #1, LawFare and the likes of Schiff and Nadless will become more emboldened.

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    • farrier105 says:

      Speaking of Comey, three things happened late in August:

      1. Barr declined to prosecute Comey because he used a statute about leaking classified documents rather than 18 USC 1924 that involves unauthorized retention and storage of classified documents. (August 29, 2019)

      2. The Whistleblower Report document was changed to allow hearsay. (Late August)

      3. Schiff began whining about Ukraine. (Week of August 29)

      Would an indictment of Comey slowed this whole Ukraine thing down? I can see reasons why they would pause to see what would happen during the prosecution such as a Comey flip.

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  15. Michael in Dublin says:

    The USA certainly can ill afford a Sessions 2.0. All law abiding citizens of the USA should be demanding a restoration of justice and strict enforcement of the laws of the land – no two tier system of justice.

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  16. DebbieSemms says:

    Personally I think Barr is likely corrupt, It looks like the Senate won’t confirm someone who is not,

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  17. I hope its not too late.

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  18. I can think of only ONE legitimate reason to “protect Rosenstein”:
    He’s FLIPPED to take out ALL the Deep Staters
    … or at least the “Key-Node” RINGLEADERS
    … making them PARIAHS for others to interact with in any way
    … because ALL AFFILIATIONS would instantly come under Continuous Surveillance
    … which would FORECLOSE opportunities for continued Co-Conspiracy
    … including Continued Congressional COUPs
    … and Coordinated Defenses
    … particularly if they first nail LAWFARE RINGLEADERS and ACCOMPLICES.

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    • Bogeyfree says:

      If he flipped my guess is we would have heard rumblings of it plus the Dems would be screaming for his head.

      I think the chances are much greater this is all a protect the institutions mission.

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  19. Jim in TN says:

    Some may consider this splitting hairs, but Barr’s #1 priority is protecting the DOJ. Protecting Rosenstein is derivative. I doubt the circumstances can be created, but I am sure that Barr would throw Rosenstein under the bus if that would help protect the DOJ.

    Barr has laid out his priorities in public testimony. He thinks the DOJ has unjustly suffered too much. He thinks it is time for the IC to share responsibility. And instructed people how to make spying on the President or a presidential candidate perfectly fine. You just need proper predication.

    Barr is not there for the good of the American people. He is not there for the good of the President. He is not there for the good of Congress. And he is sick enough to think that hiding evidence of DOJ corruption is for the good of the country and the Constitution. He is wrong.

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    • Chilidog says:

      I agree completely. I also think you can explain Horowitz in the same manner. His mid year exam investigation is a lesson in how to properly conduct an investigation with a predetermined outcome.

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    • farrier105 says:

      Barr has two institutions to protect. Number 1 is the CIA. Always CIA is Number 1. Number 2 is DOJ, but only since DOJ is now an instrumentality of the CIA. The CIA is THE AUTHORITY in the United States. There is no other. You are about to learn that.

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  20. alohazen33 says:

    “Complicated Business” and all that.

    Trump is a winner. He knows the stakes. He just outlined them at the UN with his incredible speech.

    He has power. He has ammo. He has the will to win. He IS WINNING!

    What we are witnessing are the death throes of desperate junkies hopelessly addicted to unearned power and wealth being confronted and exposed. They are desperate and will do anything to assuage their addiction.

    These God-less, drug-addled, boozing, botox zombies are no match.

    Do any of you (non-shills) actually believe he’s going to just roll over and let them destroy his presidency, his family, the country without pulling out the big guns?

    He’s polling higher than ever before. He’s breaking fundraising records. And he knows that if need be, he could put out an SOS and millions of patriots will show up in DC as a show of strength. “Go ahead and try to remove me from office. You are not removing me, you are removing the people. These people.” As he points to the millions outside on the mall.

    He is toying with these swamp creatures for maximum benefit and leverage. Either he is the man who gave that speech at the UN or not. I say he is. He will not succumb to these evil traitors.

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    • delighteddeplorable says:

      1,000,000 LIKES, 33. “Do any of you (non-shills) actually believe he’s going to just roll over and let them destroy his presidency, his family, the country without pulling out the big guns?” Not to put too fine a point on it but…..Nitro Foxtrot Whiskey. In his 2019 New Year’s message, POTUS told us to “calm down and enjoy the ride.” He knows all about this E-ticket extravaganza.

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  21. justlizzyp says:

    I know this is probably overly optimistic, but I can’t help it. I can’t get past the fact that if Burr simply wanted to protect The Swamp he probably wouldn’t have said the things he said in interviews and in his testimony. He didn’t have to – he could have just ignored it, or when specifically asked said that he’d looked at it and didn’t see any there there. But he didn’t, He said things like ‘every thing I look at leads to more questions’ and ‘not very satisfied with the answers I’m getting’ and then appointed Durham. So it’s hard for me to believe that he’s doing nothing but protecting The Swamp. If you’re driving with a body in your trunk you don’t draw attention to yourself. He was speeding, flashing his brights and running stop signs.

    However, he’s savvy enough to know that one of the worst things for this country, particularly in the BLM era, is to make very public just corrupt the Justice system has become. If the public at large were to lose confidence in the entire justice/ legal system they start ignoring LEO’s (or worse, as we’re already seeing) So he has to thread a very fine needle of clearing the rot while preserving at least some of the facade.

    This seems like a very, very delicate operation. Timing will be crucial. We are seeing that there are significant numbers of citizens who REFUSE to believe in a Deep State, in Spygate or even that anyone did anything wrong besides Trump. So to convince them, it will take a MASSIVE amount of information. The 24 hour news cycle and complicit MSM guarantee that anything inconvenient that might dribble out can be contained or just ignored. There is an OIG report coming that specifically looks into many of the issues – perhaps the plan is to start declassifying and releasing info at the same time in order to support that report? A couple of these FOIA cases have been pending and some were just sort of stalled, and I can’t help but wonder if there has some sort of conducting going on to keep from releasing something prematurely (Archey Declarations come to mine) and once the OIG report drops it will open the dam.

    I could be wrong but I hope not. Barr’s Dilemma seems to me to be that he has to decide whether it is more important to save the system or set an example.

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  22. Willy Nilly says:

    That’s right, it was explicitly said at the time of the delegation, that Barr *could* declassify, not that he *should*, so no surprise. Yes, Rosenstein is being protected, that was the price of the immediate wind-up of the Mueller report once Barr took office — and a good deal it was. I think Rosenstein regrets his involvement today, but he got his immunity so OK for him. Now onwards, to the “Schiff Dossier” — how can those people be clobbered as they so richly deserve.

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  23. neev1031 says:

    I thought Barr’s performances at his confirmation and in the Weismann report bearing was quite good (and in the CBS(?) interview). Then read about him spending quite a few thousand dollars on a private party in one of PDJT’s hotels. That did not fit together in my mind – probably the most scrutinized govt employee in the country & he did not think of the optics? I know I am becoming more and more impatient but Barr has to know what PDJT is having to put up with – what good is an ally who never joins the fight?

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  24. JG3 says:

    POTUS’s words: “complicated business, folks, complicated business”

    Remember: He’s a “counter-puncher” “I’ll release when the time is right.”

    They’ve punched! Now, comes the counter-punch! Can’t wait!!!

    He NEVER gives up!!! He’s a winner!!!

    Spend this time praying for him! or sending a check to him! or making positive/supportive comments. He’s working too hard! He deserves better than this laptop quarterbacking!!!

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  25. Bob Parker says:

    When will DOJ declassify the docs Billy Boy, Billy Boy?
    When will DOJ declassify the docs AG Billy?
    When will you ever prosecute?
    Or are you just a Deep State prostitute?
    I suspect you[‘re blowing more than just your bagpipes!!

    It seems to me, gang that our side needs to take SOME kind our counter-action now so that the damn Dems can be on the defensive.

    Barr’s silence/inaction is maddening to me almost as much as the damned Senate Republicans who are all cowering in corner choosing to be “led” by the fearless, feckless Mitt (rhymes with s–t) Romney, et al.

    Time to prosecute or get off of the pot AG FuBar(r).

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  26. fangdog says:

    If Trump is removed from office; The stock market will go below 10,000, many peoples retirement will be wiped-out., Real Estate values will plunge, interest rates will rise because of the Fed. Retail sales will come to a halt, municipalities will bankrupt, China will once again rape the American worker, a communist-style globalist government will control our America, There are many more negatives I could list. However in the end, it will all be Trumps fault.

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    • Bogeyfree says:

      I agree with your dominos as this leads this country to socialism and thus serious hard ship for millions upon millions of Americans for decades to come IMO.

      But the amazing part is so many people in leadership positions throughout our government had the opportunity to stand up and fight for this Republic and democracy but chose not to.

      In the end they are OK with this all taking place.

      Absolutely amazing how so many people are OK with destroying a republic and a democracy where their children and grandchildren will be forced to live in a society where hardship, poverty, loss of freedoms, unsecured borders, decline of our military and economic depression is their normal.

      Not only are these people sick they are incredibly selfish.

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    • Tl Howard says:

      Because I turned 701/2 this year, I have to begin drawing money out from my IRAs…and, paying a total of 33%. which includes CA tax.
      With all this chaos, on the dates the money is scheduled to come out, I know the market will have plummeted.
      A lot of retirees like me will be hurt.

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    • Chip Doctor says:

      Fangdog, I thought most of that was going to happen if DJT won in 2016 😉

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  27. Disruptor says:

    Barr (Bush guy) and Graham (McCain ally) pay lip service to the Trump agenda, but they’re not doing anything. I sense their job is to keep things in a holding pattern. Hope I’m wrong.

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  28. Bogeyfree says:

    Will someone please write the book titled……..

    The Two Men who Could Have Saved our Republic but Chose Not To.

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  29. Perot Conservative says:

    If he was highly engaged. Is this also where age comes into play? Don’t pick too many fights, don’t ruffle feathers, go along with the status quo.

    Unless they’re saving big chunks for Mr. Durham. I’m thinking that’s maybe a 20% chance?

    More likely window dressing issues.

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  30. deepmind says:

    I still don’t understand why POTUS doesn’t unilaterally declas……..

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    • Tl Howard says:

      How do we even know that his order to Barr to do so would result in a declass? Seems just about all government bureaucrats these days don’t do what they’re ordered to do.
      Why hasn’t Barr arrested that ambassador to Ukraine who wouldn’t pass along the their message to POTUS? Surely she committed some kind of crime.

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    • grumpyqs says:

      Because the average American citizen isn’t hurting enough to react with passion. When they are “impassioned”, declassification will occur, causing Washington DC to be cleaned out, foreign relations fixed, political and corporate arrogance terminated and a massive attitude adjustment made. Watch the money…

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    • ezpz2 says:

      @deepmind,

      I agree. President Trump is neither politician, nor attorney; therefore, he needs good and LOYAL advisors to him, for the sake of our country.

      I’d like to think he has a couple- Rudy and Jay Sekulow.

      But as good as they are, we need someone to think like and outwit these evil coupsters.

      This is a first for our country – at least in MY lifetime – that an attempted coup against a constitutionally elected president could happen from within our own country!

      It would seem that declass should happen soon. VERY soon, lest POTUS gets hamstrung yet again by the threat of obstruction, cuz ‘ongoing investigation’ (articles of impeachment).

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  31. Garavaglia says:

    How can we be angry at someone (Barr) for not releasing documents he was never ordered to release? Think about it logically. I want someone to be angry at too, but I think in this case anger toward Barr is anger misplaced. I think what we are really frustrated with is that we have been led to believe for months that the President had ordered the release of these documents and we have just been informed that this, in fact, is not the case. It is admtitingly deflating to have that hope of imminent release yanked out from under your feet. It’s just my opinion.

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  32. albertus magnus says:

    We know what Barr is and we have PDJT to thank for his appointment.

    Why do MAGA patriots keep the charade going? How does this help re-elect the President?

    It doesnt..

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  33. ChampagneReady says:

    I’m just going to say matter of factly and succinctly, I don’t think Barr is a recent convert to a Judas.

    He is not investigating an outside corporation. He is operating right in the epicenter of the highest department heads of our government who are supposed to be beyond reproach and investigating THEIR corruption. It would be like the internal affairs of the New York police department investigating dirty cops in their OWN division. He has to thread the needle, bobbing and weaving to keep the very people in the dark who are doing everything they can possibly do to thwart his efforts. This cannot be done overnight and Barr is certainly highly familiar and well versed in every department of the DOJ and even the CIA and knows their tactics. He has to be like a Ninja.

    Remember it wasn’t Donald Trump who out the blue just decided that he was going to give declassification authority to Barr. Barr ASKED him for it. Then we find out that he already had John Durham investigating for 2 months. This means Durham was running into brick walls and Barr needed that ultimate authority to open those floodgates. I believe that is what has happened.

    Durham is no amateur. He put two corrupt FBI agents who thought they were pretty slick in prison due to his relentless investigation on the Whitey Bolger case. The fact that there has been no leak WHATSOEVER from Durham is a testament to him and his team. It is freaking out a lot of nervous people and now we find out that he is actually extending his investigation to UKRAINE. This couldn’t possibly resulted unless the investigation had already shown that the frameup embryo had his initial origins leading all way back to Manafort being railroaded. Even Meadows who is in the inner circle of people who would be familiar with what was going on in the investigations, was surprised to hear that.

    We already know that ALL of the FISA warrants were ILLEGAL. ALL FOUR!! There is no way Barr is going to just ignore that. Barr has stood behind Trump on every issue–the wall, the illegals, and HE is the one who exonerated Trump regarding any obsruction of justice. That infuriated a LOT of people and he took every bit of that heat. Have we forgotten that?

    I keep inquiring whether anybody knows for certain if Durham has convened a grand jury yet. Because I don’t think he has. I think he’s still amassing a mountain of evidence and building the cases to be airtight. When he DOES empanel a grand jury, it’s going to be a cavalcade of indictments handed to Barr on a silver platter. And when Barr gets those cases, I believe he is going to make Comey, Brennan, McCabe and OTHERS wish they never heard the name Trump.

    Trust in Trump. Trump trusts in Barr. And I think we’re all going to see why.

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  34. trnathens says:

    For all those clamoring for release of documents, indictments, etc. IMMEDIATELY!

    Please, chill.

    Think for a moment: do you really think groups like Antifa are going to take indictments lying down? We need to be a calming, loving influence, while seeking the truth and exposing the rot, and seeking/getting justice. But we have to do it calmly, soberly.

    We have to remember that the “other side”, for lack of a better term, our friends, even our family members, they don’t know any better, so if we brow beat them, it’s only going to make them defensive, and LESS likely to be open to new, startling revelations of truth.

    The truth will be revealed. Let’s hope it can be done with little, or better yet, no violence at all. Even Jesus begged his father to forgive those who crucified him. Our economy can survive a lot of shocks, but not civil war, or civil unrest.

    I beg us all to remain calm, and lead them to the truth.

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    • Chip Doctor says:

      Jesus also overturned the money changers’ tables. Sometimes loving is fighting for what is right and good.

      These communists are just like Islamic savages. They only respond to being utterly defeated. You cannot reason with them or win them over. They must be destroyed.

      Are we going to lose our country because Antifa might riot? I personally will bet on our side. At least we won’t hide behind black masks. Plus we outnumber them bigly.

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      • trnathens says:

        I believe that none of this is by accident. That PDJT has the dirt, and will use it. I believe people will be tried for sedition. And you’ll see, it’ll be done in a way that is devastating to the DNC, implicates the MSM, and is incontrovertible. There is no point in PDJT spending so much time building up the economy and getting people back to work, only to burn it all down in the name of selling justice.

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  35. Raised on Reagan says:

    With all the gloomy news today, a bright spot with Tom Holman’s testimony to send you to bed with a smile.

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  36. huecowacko says:

    The implication being that Bill Barr is no more leading/heading the DOJ than Robert S. Mueller III was heading up the Russia collusion investigation or writing the Mueller Report; what a great Deep State we have.

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  37. uptothere says:

    Looking for a few good men or women at DOJ. Anyone have any suggestions? Me neither.

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  38. dayallaxeded says:

    Now that Barrky has judicial confirmation that he has the authority, maybe he’ll RELEASE THE F’N KRAKEN!
    In the meantime let’s consider how we can have a gummint of the people etc. when it keeps unnecessary, non-strategic secrets from We the People. Bureaucratic sedition is way farther down the road than most of us appreciated

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  39. mtk says:

    The current odds remain slightly less than 50/50; however, those odds could diminish significantly if the impeachment effort is successful.

    However, we should have a better idea exactly where this will all end when we see the IG Report on potential FISA abuses against Carter Page.

    So basically the roll out the IG Horowitz report will have to contend with the Impeacement Inquiry and will be likely drowned out.
    Or is the Horowitz FISA abuse report going to be tabled and rescheduled to follow after the Inquiry?

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  40. Ventura Highway says:

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.

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  41. MBB says:

    There is always the possibility that the Democrats are making this impeachment move and this new fake scandal because they know something is about to happen with the IG or Justice that won’t David them. But somehow it’s actually starting to feel scary to me. All along I keep thinking they are just shooting themselves in the foot and losing ground daily. But the fact that this ridiculous fake scandalous getting any kind of traction it’s unbelievable to me. The transcript totally vindicates Trump. WTF !! So exhausted.

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