Confirmation – Bill Barr and John Durham Listened to Mifsud Audio-Tape Deposition in Italy…

When reports first surfaced that AG Bill Barr had traveled to Italy recently, we surmised the trip was likely related to Joseph Mifsud; specifically related to an audio-taped deposition that Mifsud gave to Italian police about being a western intelligence asset who was enlisted by the CIA (Brennan) to run a covert intelligence operation against the Donald Trump campaign in 2016.

If accurate, well, there’s the motive for the latest “CIA whistle-blower” approach.

The Daily Beast is now reporting that Bill Barr’s visit to Italy was exactly for that reason:

ROME–When Attorney General William Barr showed up at the U.S. embassy’s Palazzo Margherita on Rome’s tony Via Veneto last week, he had two primary requests. He needed a conference room to meet high level Italian security agents where he could be sure no one was listening in. And he needed an extra chair for U.S. Attorney John Durham of Connecticut who would be sitting at his right hand side.

[…] The Daily Beast has learned that Barr and Durham were especially interested in what the Italian secret service knew about Joseph Mifsud, the erstwhile professor from Malta who had allegedly promised then candidate Donald Trump’s campaign aide George Papadopoulos he could deliver Russian “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.

The Italian Justice Ministry public records show that Mifsud had applied for police protection in Italy after disappearing from Link University where he worked and, in doing so, had given a taped deposition to explain just why people might want to harm him.

A source in the Italian Ministry of Justice, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told The Daily Beast that Barr and Durham were played the tape.

A second source within the Italian government also confirmed to The Daily Beast that Barr and Durham were shown other evidence the Italians had on Mifsud.  (read more)

It is unknown whether Barr and Durham actually interviewed Mr. Mifsud in person.  Some say yes, some say no.

…The Maltese Fulcrum?

Additionally, in September 2016 the FBI used a longtime informant, Stefan Halper, to make contact with George Papadopoulos, pay him $3k and fly him to London for consulting work and a policy paper on Mediterranean energy issues.

As part of the spy operation the FBI sent a female intelligence operative (a spy) under the alias “Azra Turk” to pose as Halper’s assistant and engage Papdopoulos.  A month later the FBI used Papadopoulos as a supplemental basis for a FISA warrant against Carter Page.

Former Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Trey Gowdy, told Maria Bartiromo he had seen transcripts of the Halper/Turk operation, and those transcripts exonerate Papadopoulos:

[Transcript Video 01:10] Bartiromo: I’m really glad you brought that up; the FBI agents’ discussion with George Papadopoulos. Because when the FBI sends in informants to someone they’re looking at, typically those conversations are recorded right? Those people are wired?

Gowdy: Yeah, I mean if the bureau is going to send an informant in, the informant is going to be wired; and if the bureau is monitoring telephone calls there’s going to be a transcript of that.

And some of us have been fortunate enough to know whether or not those transcripts exist; but they haven’t been made public and I think one in-particular is going – it has the potential to actually persuade people.  Very little in this Russia probe I’m afraid is going to persuade people who hate Trump, or who love Trump, but there is some information in these transcripts that I think has the potential to be a game-changer if it’s ever made public.

Bartiromo: You say that’s exculpatory evidence and when people see that they’re going to say: wait, why wasn’t this presented to the court earlier?

Gowdy: Yeah, you know, Johnny Ratcliffe is rightfully exercised over the obligations that the government has to tell the whole truth to the court when you are seeking permission to spy, or do surveillance, on an American.  And part of that includes the responsibility of providing exculpatory information, or information that tends to show the person did not do something wrong.  If you have exculpatory information, and you don’t share it with the court, that ain’t good.  I’ve seen it, Johnny’s seen it, I’d love for your viewers to see it.

[End Transcript]

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331 Responses to Confirmation – Bill Barr and John Durham Listened to Mifsud Audio-Tape Deposition in Italy…

  1. Bogeyfree says:

    Not to go to far over the edge but wasn’t Barr also in London 2-4 weeks ago??

    What are the chances he spoke with and got a deposition from Assange on how Wikileaks got the DNC emails?

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  2. It would surprise me if Barr and Durham were allowed to listen to an UNEDITED version of the Mifsud deposition — especially since the Demonrats had already beaten them to Italy with Schiff’s staffers and Brennan under a false passport. Demonrat corruption cover-up activity is invariably two steps ahead of Republicans’ *purported* attempts to ‘get at the truth’. Think: like when FBI waited until Epstein’s island residence was emptied of evidence by mysterious unknown persons before they chose to ‘search’ it.

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    • Tl Howard says:

      They’re so damned good, they probably paid off the corrupt Italians and substituted a deposition with different content. I really wouldn’t put it past them. Frankly, unless Barr and Durham got to speak with Mifsud and question him themselves, I don’t put much stock in his deposition. He’s going to be as much a liar as the others.

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    • sticknca says:

      CNN reporters preceding our vaunted Feebs in Benghazi is another obvious dereliction of duty.

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    • DeWalt says:

      That’s iffy. The Italians have more to fear of Trump than the Democrats. They are watch what is going on over here and they know the Dems are out of power and out of gas. There’s a lot of Aid money at stake if they don’t play square with Trump.

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      • Mike says:

        We don’t give foreign assistance money to Italy. That said, the current Italian government is ideologically aligned with Trump. They will cooperate with Barr and Durham. Does anyone think that Barr would travel to Italy without first having specific information and assurances that the Italians will be responsive? Having been posted to our diplomatic missions abroad, I can state unequivocally that there must have been extensive preliminary work done in preparation for the visit. The AG doesn’t show up to conduct exploratory investigations. He is there to finalize what has already been done.

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        • Spooky says:

          What you say makes a lot of sense. Why would an AG go all the way to Italy just to read a deposition he could get from an email attachment? He must have interviewed Mifsud in person as well as getting a thorough debriefing from current Italian Intel.

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        • Patrick Healy says:

          Mike, refresh my memory. Did the previous Italian government not fire some of the heads of spy network?
          As far as I know the present Italian government are more of the New World Order, Open Borders type i.e. would be in bed with Soros and your Demoncrafts?
          Hope I am wrong and they support Mr Trump, but doubtful.
          Over here in Europe the media and most governments are rabidly anti President Trump.

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    • Zabadak says:

      If the democrat traitors were able to succeed in doing so, they sure don’t act it. More than likely, they were told to go pound sand.

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    • willthesuevi says:

      Not to be contentious digital but I have a question. Why assume the Democrats could get anything in this deposition changed? Mifsud’s Attorney is on the record here;

      “According to an interview on August 18th, John Solomon reported the lawyer for Joseph Mifsud admitted his client was a western intelligence asset who was part of a CIA intelligence “operation” against candidate Donald Trump in March 2016.”
      https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/09/28/attorney-general-bill-barr-visits-italy-on-official-business-remember-that-audio-tape-deposition-by-joseph-mifsud/

      Why would Mifsud’s Attorney give anything to the Italian Government? Why wouldn’t he keep and protect the deposition himself? Especially if the goal is to protect his client.

      If Barr and Durham went all the way to Italy to interview Mifsud’s Attorney or even Mifsud himself they are professional enough to look at the real thing.

      Once again, my opinion of course.

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      • Not necessarily changed (we don’t know the contents of the so-called ‘depositioin’, not even whether it is true or self-serving)…perhaps just deleted or altered — we don’t know. When corrupt Democrats such as Schiff’s staffmembers, and John Brennan travel to Italy…we do not know WHAT the scoundrels are capable of destroying or tainting. Corrupt Democrats have no conscience, and often dangle the carrot of illicit wealth to equally corrupt those with whom they interact. Time will tell if there remains untainted Italian ‘fruit’ that our side will harvest.

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    • stripmallgrackle says:

      “It’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up.” Where have I heard that before?

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  3. clulessgrandpa says:

    Here is a thought. Barr/Durham went there and heard the tape. Is there a reason the Italians could not give the tape to Barr? And is that why Pompeo is there right now? To diplomatically get this tape/documents to bring back to the US?

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  4. doofusdawg says:

    I used to think Cotton was a good guy. His silence on the corrupt actions of the sic are very revealing. Rubio not so much… he’s corrupt. But the real problem is that all of them were aware of spygate. They may not have initiated it but they were aware of it. Thus their silence now. Very sad.

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    • bpk1300 says:

      Cotton voted in the senate to stop a Trump issue with the border and he went to that get together on some island down south with a lot of Anti Trump types and RINOs. Cotton is not to be trusted, he is too slick

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      • donna kovacevic says:

        Never ever trusted Cotton Batton, good Lord his demeanor says it all. Peder.

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        • Donzo says:

          Donna, I’m no fan of Colton, but that’s quite an accusation w/o any supporting info other than you don’t like his demeanor. There are plenty of people whose demeanor I’m not fond of, but that doesn’t make them deviants.

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      • 56packardman says:

        It is interesting (to me, anyway) that Never Trumper Paul Mirengoff at Power Line is a strong supporter of Cotton.
        Cotton’s sanctimonious demeanor put me off long ago – when he was first elected to the Senate.

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      • stillwater66 says:

        March 2016, Secretive meeting at Sea Pines Island, Georgia. Karl Rove keynote speaker, topic: ” How to Stop Donald Trump From Becoming President ” ( giving hope to GOP Establishment). People of interest attending: Mitch McConnell(R-Kentucky), Paul Ryan(R-Wisconsin), Tom Cotton(R-Arkansas), Rob Portman(R-Ohio), Ben Sasse(R-Nebraska), Tim Scott(R-South Carolina), along with others. Some other note worthy attendees: Publisher of the New York Times, and Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, and others.

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    • L4grasshopper says:

      NeverTrump warps the mind…..

      Liked by 2 people

    • Tl Howard says:

      Cotton is basically a never Trumper, isn’t he?

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    • sticknca says:

      I am convinced that by the time anyone reaches the Senate or gets a second term in the House they are primarily accountable to whatever political/philosophical sect they have found it necessary to embrace. Keep in mind the so-called Southern Mafia is alive and well in Arkansas and beyond.

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    • fightthepols says:

      Cotton was part of the group that flew to Sea Island, Georgia during the 2016 campaign to decide what to do about candidate Trump and stop him from winning. Very disappointing to me at the time.

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    • hanna693 says:

      And McCain was right there on top. i am a democrat and never vote democrat anymore. but I can never call myself a republican. The democrats are depraved and evil, but at least they stick together. Paul Ryan is a traitor to our president.

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  5. MD says:

    It said in the article from a DOJ statement that Barr requested PDJT contact these other countries to arrange his visits. Kind of flies in the face of their impeachment / whistle blower BS.

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  6. TwoLaine says:

    “The Italian Justice Ministry public records show that Mifsud had applied for police protection in Italy after disappearing from Link University where he worked and, in doing so, had given a taped deposition to explain just why people might want to harm him.:”

    VERY SAD. Who did he think would harm him?

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  7. donny2837 says:

    Can now understand why President Trump keeps saying his telephone conversation with the new President Zelensky (Ukraine) was PERFECT. He said it many times in press gaggles. Took a while for it to come to me. Why is he saying it was perfect? It came to me a few hours ago.

    The trap was set ‘perfectly’. The Ukraine is where the Russia hoax was born. It is the enemy’s foundation, where it all began. New President in Ukraine, Ukrainians suffered greatly since Maidan 2014, Now they have hope. It is President Trump’s strongest ally. And here everybody is saying why he saying it was perfect? The trap was set perfectly. The entire enemy forces, all of them, jumped into the trap. And here we are on OFFENSE.

    Yep. It was perfect.

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  8. gsonFIT says:

    The world looks at America like a bunch of spoiled babies. When Brennan’s counter intel op is exposed and PDJT is credited for actually beating the CIA and FBI I think the world will have mucho gusto respect for the USA. At least a significant part of the USA

    This could be the starting point for a U.S. government that treats everyone equal in the eyes of justice, doesnt start wars, respects sovereign nations and introduces a reasonable immigration policy that the rest of the world can follow. In short to lead by example

    God bless PDJT

    Liked by 8 people

    • donna kovacevic says:

      GsonFIT The outside world does not like America for many reasons, now seeing all this corruption unfolding many of us know what the government CIA FBI etc did was a HOAX. Hence people call them all corrupt banditos and the saying Only In America is well known for many many years and here we go more proof. God Bless PDJT.

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    • Linda K. says:

      Right on gsonFIT! I agree.

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    • rayvandune says:

      The American people will not be fooled. They are the most sophisticated in the world when it comes to accessing news independently, and looking at their government like it actually is supposed to work for them. Trump is a clever guy, but what will ultimately save him from the predations of a most advanced intel community will be the American peoples’ ability and habit of thinking for themselves, not as they are told to think.

      The Democrats, seeing themselves as elites, have overlooked this, and it will be the end of them.

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      • TJ says:

        “The firmness with which the people have withstood the… abuses of the press, the discernment they have manifested between truth and falsehood, show that they may safely be trusted to hear everything true and false and to form a correct judgment between them.” –Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

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        • sturmudgeon says:

          TJ: Rather Amazing, isn’t it? The sound knowledge exhibited by the Founders.

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        • Chewbarkah says:

          I’d have to give Mr. Jefferson credit only for wishful thinking on that. James Callender’s smears of Jefferson about Sally Hemmings are now treated as holy writ by the Jefferson haters, which group includes the management of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation/Monticello. Equating hearsay and rumors with facts unfortunately didn’t start with the new ICIG whistleblower form revision last August.

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      • Alfred Loomis says:

        Agreed every time one of these deep state,or the media, or Democrats speak, there is this odor of contempt for almost all Americans.It is impossible to miss.They clearly believe they are our betters,the mandarins who can decide what is or is not The truth.They try and hide these feelings below the surface.But if you watch and listen not only to their words ,but their mannerisms and tone.The unspoken contempt reverberates long after they have left the stage..At some point this must penetrate the mind and senses even the less informed voters.Revolutions have begun with far less.

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  9. MR52 says:

    I really think that the stolen emails were suppose to land on Trump servers to frame him. Framing seems to be a classic move and one of GPS Fusion’s skills. Maybe Crowdstrike was suppose to plant those emails on the Trump server. Hillary’s shoe drop comes to mind…..ha….that shoe may be dropping… again.

    Liked by 3 people

    • BitterC says:

      There is an Italian man with US business interests that claims the Clinton or DNC emails were meant to be put on some server he has on US as a frame job.

      Something about EyePyramid. He and his sister did some time for hacking or something. actually don’t understand the whole story but here’s his twitter if you’re interested

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  10. MR52 says:

    And chance Mifsud was hiding at the Vatican?

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  11. Woogumz says:

    The Vatican was raided today. The Holy See is a sovereign entity. YUGE deal, believe me.
    The equivalent of their State Dept & Finance Depts were raided, records removed.
    It’s happening.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-vatican-raid/vatican-police-raid-top-offices-take-documents-idUSKBN1WG45E

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    • Arrest Soros says:

      The Australian Cardinal George Pell was the auditor guru for the previous pope. Pell was closing in on the Vaticans financial improprieties when he (Pell) was railroaded into a child sex abuse scandal and charged and found guilty by a corrupt Government (a left wing one) here in the State of Victoria, Australia.
      Pell is innocent. He did more for victims of child abuse than any other.

      Liked by 1 person

    • 56packardman says:

      Perhaps – but it is also a by-product of the effort by conservative Catholics to corral the homosexual cabal which is really calling the shots at the Vatican. Just as Obama was/is Soros’ sock puppet, Francis is the sock puppet of the homosexual cabal in the Vatican.

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  12. Margaret Berger says:

    There was an absolute parade to Italy this summer. Everyone went, obummer, illiary, Nancy et al, they weren’t going to throw coins in a fountain. I am trying not to worry that succeeded in destroy evidence. Hope there are no “gaps” in those tapes.

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  13. The Gipper Lives says:

    They had to go personally because the DOJ is so full of seditionists.

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    • rayvandune says:

      Repeating what it says in the WeissMuller report isn’t going to give him any victimhood cover, so he pretty much has to be singing a new song, or some new verses of the old one!

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  14. Tl Howard says:

    Catherine Herridge just reported Barr is holding a press availability in Italy tomorrow.

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    • Bogeyfree says:

      That doesn’t sound like good news. If Barr had the goods he would being saying a word.

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      • Bogeyfree says:

        Would not

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        • Tl Howard says:

          I suspect he either wants to quash inaccurate stories about why he’s there OR his presser is meant to get Nancy guessing and wondering if she’s taken the wrong path.

          I see it as a positive. It reminds Americans who Barr is as they’ve not seen him in a while (yeah, the unflappable guy who took over from Sessions, the guy who said Trump was definitely spied on) and I think it gets the media to cover the fact Barr is investigating opponents of Trump and, as I said, gets Dems thinking their strategy might be faulty.

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      • He absolutely would not.

        The law is very clear about prosecutors and “pending or contemplated litigation.” Now, this is the sort of thing that people like James Comey know nothing of … 😀 … but Barr & Company know the law and follow it.

        You won’t hear or know anything at all, until it happens.

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      • mikeyboo says:

        If Barr had nothing, he would say nothing. He may be trying to squelch some false rumor.
        .I very much doubt Barr and Pompeo would go all the way to Italy if they were not after something very specific-that they wanted to bring home personally-as opposed to having it be “transmitted” electronically or by someone else. At this point, I suspect they are taking a “trust no one” approach.

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        • mikeyboo says:

          If Barr had nothing, he would say nothing. He may be trying to squelch some false rumor.
          .I very much doubt Barr and Durham (not Pompeo) would go all the way to Italy if they were not after something very specific-that they wanted to bring home personally-as opposed to having it be “transmitted” electronically or by someone else. At this point, I suspect they are taking a “trust no one” approach.

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  15. Terra says:

    Harry Litman just claimed on Fox with Shannon Bream that PapaD was tasked by thr FBI to wear a wire while talking to Mifsud??? This is something i don’t think I have heard before. And this man seemed very uncomfortable and defensive of the actions during the 2016 Election by fbi and DOJ? Was he a US attorney then?

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  16. Linda K. says:

    “When in danger, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout!” Robert Young on “Father Knows Best.,” originally by Herman Woulk

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  17. Petrel says:

    We learned on Fox and Fox Business tonight that Attorney General Bill Barr recently travelled to Italy TWICE. The second time he brought US Attorney John Durham along. On this second visit, Barr settled in the US Embassy, known as Palazzo Margherita after its former resident the dowager Queen of Italy, and demanded a very private conference room — easy enough to find as that building houses various agencies such as DEA, NCIS, FBI, CIA to name a few.

    Since Barr had undoubtedly viewed Joseph Mifsud’s taped confession to Italian Intelligence on his first visit, a logical intuition suggests that Barr asked the Italians to produce their protected witness, Mifsud, for a personal interview on a followup visit. As Durham is the actual “Russia Collusion” investigator, Barr invited Durham to travel with him and interrogate Mifsud on whatever remained unanswered.

    Apropos of secret gatherings, Palazzo Margherita, was an Imperial Villa in Roman times. Visitors today willing to check out the semi-underground embassy garage, may open a steel door leading to an underground corridor used by Imperial servants to serve the Emperor food in far-flung summer houses. Sundance may appreciate that wax residue on corridor walls indicates that these servants used the corridor for Christian liturgy during the persecutions.

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  18. Troublemaker10 says:

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  19. LadyChurchill says:

    Wed can only hope that Brennan is the one man who gets a long prison term. He is clearly the brains behind this criminal enterprise to bring down a President. Books will be written sooner or later and they won’t be by Hillary. She said on election night : “if he gets elected, we will all hang”, she knew that what they were doing was illegal and that is the greatest fear these creeps have. If there is justice, then like the watergate conspirators, they will go to prison. Trump will have to pardon Obama, of course, but he should do it with the stipulation that he never enter the realm of politics again and preferably leaves the country.

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  20. dwpender says:

    Folks, any prosecutions of those in our government who corruptly initiated this probe using “assets” and “relationships” outside the United States will likely need foreign witnesses, with Mifsud being among them.

    Will foreign governments (not to mention the individuals involved) supply the cooperation Barr and Durham would need? Are the key witnesses credible? Presentable to an American jury? Will they come to the United States for trial? Do some not even speak English? Will GCHQ or other foreign intel agencies refuse to allow the public identification of some of their “operatives” who may have been used by our CIA and FBI?

    These are examples of the very practical and delicate issues of proof that Barr and Durham need to evaluate firsthand.

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  21. Midnite says:

    We know through John Solomon’s reporting that Mifsud gave a sworn deposition to his lawyer because he has a copy. We also know the Mifsud disappeared off the face of the earth and as Dan Bongino speculated months ago that likely couldn’t happen without State involvement of some kind. It now seems that the Italian government provided that service after he filed for police protection and in so doing he gave yet another sworn affidavit attesting to his claim for asylum.
    These documents and any others that the AG might be interested in can be delivered to his office without the need for travel, so why go to Italy? Let’s not forget that Mifsud was directed to contact PapaD by an Italian interior minister and PapaD’s boss at the London Center.
    So, “IF” I were the AG I’d want to interview Mifsud face to face to determine his credibility for myself. Then I’d like to talk to that Interior Minister and find out who asked him, to ask Mifsud to engage with PapaD. I’d also want to look at the people behind PapaD’s former employer, because I think there’s a link to be made to Western Intel there as well.
    I’m not sure I’d describe Barr as either a white hat or black hat. He strikes me as a guy, at least here. that’s taking a “show me attitude”. He thought he understood the situation, until he starts asking questions and all he gets are BS answers from his subordinates, so he goes to PDJT and says I need declassification authority. Even then it’s like pulling teeth to get the info, so he has to get personally involved…bet he didn’t figure on that one. I seriously doubt if he fully understood the depth and breadth of the corruption he would find as he began unraveling this plot.
    This isn’t just the greatest political scandal of all time, it will be the greatest political trial of all time! Do you really want to go into court knowing in your heart these bastards are guilty of Sedition, only to walk out with acquittals because a smart defense lawyer poked holes in your case and made you look like a fool. OJ Simpson comes to mind here. I have no doubt he fells the heat and fully understands by now just how important his role will be viewed in the history of our nation. I Pray to God he has the will to stand up for all of us and declare Justice for this country.

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    • Pancho says:

      Well said.

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    • olhardhead says:

      “Do you really want to go into court knowing in your heart these bastards are guilty of Sedition, only to walk out with acquittals because a smart defense lawyer poked holes in your case and made you look like a fool.” Well, just hire the smart defense lawyer….done…so there’s that.

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    • JohninMK says:

      The ‘white board or link chart’ in their computers and on the screens in their internal SCIF must be looking pretty interesting by now.

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  22. Cocoon says:

    Barr and Durham, if this is reported correctly, should be where they are, talking to those same folks and getting answers.
    Contrary to Mueller, after 2 years and $40 million, revealed GPS and Glenn Simpson were not in his purview?
    Mueller ran a sham investigation.

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