Wait, What… DOJ Has Possession of Joseph Mifsud Cell Phones (Blackberries)?…

Inside an otherwise innocuous court filing (full pdf below), General Mike Flynn’s attorney, Sidney Powell, files a motion to compel (MTC) in an effort to gain discovery of the content from two cell phones belonging to Joseph Mifsud.   [Hat Tip Techno Fog]

Apparently, according to the information within the filing, the DOJ has somehow gained custody of two cell phones belonging to Mr. Mifsud:

(Source Link)

The filing notes that “western intelligence” likely tasked Mr. Mifsud against General Flynn as early as 2014 in order to set up “connections with certain Russians” for later use against him.  Essentially, an intelligence entrapment scheme.

Unfortunately the filing only identifies the cell phones along with the request for production of the content therein.  However, the fact the DOJ has two cell phones belonging to Joseph Mifsud opens up a whole bunch of questions:

#1)  How did the US Dept of Justice gain custody of Mr. Mifsud’s cell phones?

#2) Were these Blackberry cell phones issued by U.S. intelligence? (unknown agency)

#3) Why has the U.S. DOJ taken custody of those cell phones?

#4) If #2 is yes, wouldn’t that automatically destroy the “Mifsud as a Russian intelligence asset” narrative?

#5) [Less important] How the heck did Sidney Powell find out about them?

Something is certainly happening here. The cell phone models are from 2011 and 2014.

With U.S. Attorney John Durham and U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr traveling to Italy to listen to the taped deposition of Joseph Mifsud last month….. and now the discovery that the DOJ has his cell phones from a period of keen interest in the Russia collusion-conspiracy framework….  It would appear Mr. Mifsud might just be the Maltese Fulcrum.

In response to the defense Motion to Compel, the U.S. Dept of Justice told Ms. Powell: “if they determine the information is discoverable or relevant to sentencing” they will produce them.

(Source Link)

Here’s the full filing:

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493 Responses to Wait, What… DOJ Has Possession of Joseph Mifsud Cell Phones (Blackberries)?…

  1. Bogeyfree says:

    So if the DOJ refuses to turn over the phones saying there is nothing of importance on them, can’t PT order via the NSA to declassify and unredact any and all of the emails and texts from these phones?

    If yes, then IMO we should flood WH.gov with emails requesting PT does this if his DOJ hinders Sidney’s request.

    IMO, The reason this is critical is…….

    It proves they knew Mifsud was a Western Agent all along

    It proves Mifsud was directed to go setup Flynn and PapaD to then use in the attempt to frame PT

    It also allows you to get to who specifically gave Mifsud his orders

    Then you go to that person and keep working up the chain until you reach the top.

    We can not let this go or be buried.

    This is why WE THE PEOPLE must press PT for a declass if necessary of these phones.

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  2. Midnite says:

    We know that Mifsud has Counter-Intel experience because he taught the subject at Link and elsewhere. So, what would an experienced Intel guy do with equipment he was issued during the course of an operation (ie the phones) once that op was complete? If he’s smart, put them in a lock box and hope no one comes looking for them. Because in a perfect world with no loose ends the issuing agency would render the devices or the agent inoperative and move on. From Mifsud’s perspective he knew this whole thing had gone sideways the moment DJT stepped on the escalator and those phones became his lifeline.
    So, what does he do? He goes to the Italian police and asks for protection, but he has to provide some form of proof that he is in danger. He swears out a statement and maybe provides copies of text messages from those phones to corroborate his testimony. I’m not sure I’d hand over the phones themselves since they might accidentally run into a hammer on the way to the evidence locker. Hand them over to my lawyer for safe keeping? Maybe. He also gives a sworn statement to his lawyers detailing his involvement and naming names, this is another dead mans switch indicating he’s covering his ass from every angle.
    Eventually Barr and Durham show up looking for answers and they may be his only way out of this mess. As others have said before, he knows he could end up as collateral damage, the victim of a robbery gone bad with two in the back and that may not be how he wants to finish out his time on earth.
    For the sake of argument let’s say he turns over the phones to the AG, who’s got a readout of what’s on there from the Italians along with his original statement. If Barr knows there’s exculpatory evidence concerning Flynn what should be his response? I’m going to suggest that Barr believes what he said in that Notre Dame speech and he let’s Sidney know the DoJ has this evidence.

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  3. Dances with Wolverines says:

    How can any honorable, honest judge, whose duty is to protect the rights of the little man against a corrupt state with limitless resources allow this case to move forward knowing full well the dishonesty and contempt the prosecution has shown?

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    • Midnite says:

      And I think therein lies the answer as to how Sidney found out about the phones.

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      • Xena Laminak says:

        George Webb (TruthLeaks) on his YouTube channel and John O’Loughlin (who authored McDuff: Kennedy’s Man to Smash the CIA) both have been at Flynn’s hearings. On both of their channels they have been detailing how the criminals in our gov’t used Blackberries because the NSA couldn’t listen in on them or couldn’t to the extent they can listen in on other devices.

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  4. MR Smith says:

    Your #5 comment to “Wait, What… DOJ Has Possession . . . ”
    (btw – her first name has a ‘y’ after the ’S’) should be #1! She is one of the (too few) Warriors That Fight! And, easy on the eyes . . . interesting, the Terrier Girls that have got hold of the Vermin Stories, and keep digging.

    Keep up your work – thanks.

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  5. jd says:

    Flynn’s fired August 2014. Mifsud tasked with setting up Flynn “as early as 2014”? Is there a timeline of Brennan’s travels somewhere on the web?

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  6. Gerry says:

    Is he a Russian spy or not? This will prove that he wasn’t.
    The Mueller Report seemed to characterize him as a Russian asset, which convicted DJT by innuendo. It is also key for the Flynn case to help show this entire effort was a well planned set up. This is a two-for. Sidney Powell by asking for and confirming the phone contents will be able to exonerate, yes, exonerate both Flynn and DJT. She probably will also deep six Comey and Brennan in one fell swoop. This is a big deal. I don’t k ow why SD is the only one writing and talking about this.

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  7. Marina Sapir says:

    DOJ tries to keep Russian Hoax secret, and Powell needs to show that there was a DOJ and intelligence conspiracy against Flynn to win his case. Barr is defending his agency against the heroic attorney and American public. This confirms my conviction that Barr is a deep state savior, a dirty cop.

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  8. Tom Hansen says:

    If Mifsud was an actual Russian agent, logically, the DOJ would never have had access to his phones. The fact that they do have phones in their position, by itself, indicates that Mifsud is a western intelligence agent, probably for the U.K.

    Taking that information one step further means that the Mueller Report claiming Mifsud was a Russian spy was outright false, thus making the entire Mueller report, as a non credible document, and that the entire Mueller investigation was based upon a false premise. In other words, the whole report was bogus and was completely made up.

    This simply means that the DOJ/FBI, along with the State Dept., and the IC were all participating in a fraudulent conspiracy to falsely charge General Flynn, George Popodopolus, Manafort, Stone, and others, in their quest to frame Trump for conspiracy of working with Russian entities.

    Barr must act against all those involved with extreme prejudice so this will never happen again. It appears our entire federal government has a cancer of corruption that may be more than even Barr and Durham can even remove. Hopefully they can excise most of it.

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  9. Dim Osmab says:

    Sidney found great way to make a lot of facts public – through motions to compel

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  10. dwpender says:

    Folks, remember the “Team Obama” leak a couple months ago about our intelligence agencies running “spies” at not only the Trump Campaign, but also Cruz’s and Clinton’s. That presaged what is coming when the dam starts to break.

    Once the trail starts to establish clearly that our Government, with “key allies” helping, ran entrapment agents at several Trump campaign people, we’ll start to hear this is “Standard Operating Procedure” for our CIA, FBI, State Dept, etc.

    They’ll say, “this was a key ‘method’ ” our intelligence community always used abroad on Presidential campaigns! We did this all to PROTECT YOU! We know those evil Ruskies and other nefarious countries would try mightily to infiltrate and compromise the aides of future potential Presidents. We needed to find out who was weak and could be compromised first, before those BAD GUYS did!

    I’m not in any way endorsing this “defense,” but I do believe it’s coming.

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    • J.Thomas says:

      I agree that the entrapment admission is coming and I’d expect leaks from the Coup Cabal soon to begin setting that narrative.

      What the admission does not address, however, is how they decided to use the counterterrorism wing of the FBI and CIA to subsequently destroy Trump with a years-long multi-front public battle. It’s going to be hard to come up with an excuse as to why they abused the system to destroy this guy.

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  11. Mike says:

    Q says: “We have it ALL”. And I do believe they have it all, all the way to the top of the pyramid.

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    • Scott Lyddon says:

      Well, then they’d better start using it. Time’s a wastin’

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      • Mike says:

        They are using it, you are watching it unfold daily. In order to clean this mess up, the power of the bad guys has to be removed. Can’t really arrest all these people then take them into corrupt criminal courts and expect to win.

        Notice how Nancy cannot hold a vote on impeachment? Of course she can’t, then Trump Team would be issuing subpoenas, introducing evidence, and calling witnesses.

        Next up, concerted calls for a 2nd special counsel. That will fail also, spectacularly. Enjoy the show, final act is close.

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    • chipin8511 says:

      Flynn is part of the Q team my guess

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  12. Bill Henslee says:

    I’m more of the opinion that the phones were obtained by AG Barr on his recent trip to Italy or pre-trip proffer to the DOJ contact setting up the interview. If Mifsud is any kind of American asset, it would not be wise for him to play around with the new sheriff in town and thus the surrendered the phones.
    Then Ms. Powell must have gotten a tip that the phones were in DOJ custody by sympathetic new lawyers at DOJ and would be vulnerable to a Brady motion because they held important information regarding the entrapment of her client in an intel op designed to “…get Flynn first. Then we’ll get Trump.”
    Why didn’t Barr or Durham simply hold the phone information closely for a run out at the time of their report or indictments? It might be pure sympathy for the way a 30 year veteran General was treated as an enemy. Or it might be most effective coming out in open court in another related case earlier.
    Regardless, Gen Flynn now is being represented by one tough, smart, attorney who knows the sleazy tactics of the past years of the DOJ’s unethical attorneys. She documented some to the perps and tactics in her book.

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  13. Proud American from Texas says:

    In the press conference with Italian rep today, PDJT called out Obama. “The corruption could have gone all the way to Obama. I personally think it did go up to Obama”
    Yowza. Sh*t getting real?

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  14. lurker2 says:

    Most US media still ignoring the story, of course.

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  15. Doppler says:

    Schizophrenic DOJ? It is very nice to see new evidence of Spygate apparently showing up. It was shocking to see from Judge Boasberg’s FISC report that millions of illegal surveillances continued to occur right up to October 2018 (with no indication and certainly no assurance that they stopped then). Post inauguration, all that illegal spying occurred on Trump’s and Session’s / Whitaker’s watch, and may be continuing under Barr’s. And especially on Wray’s and Rosenberg’s watches.

    I would think someone would ask Barr whether this outrageous lawlessness has halted and the guilty parties held to account. I would think he would volunteer that assurance and an explanation.

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  16. Chris says:

    If the calls were to Flynn; wouldn’t the info be on his Phones? Ask the NSA for the metadata?

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  17. Bryan Alexander says:

    She has the serial numbers of the phones.
    She has the PIN numbers. You can only get the PIN by having the phone ON and gain access to the operation of the phone. (da da da DAAAAA)

    Pause here. Think this through.

    The lawyer for General Flynn has someone friendly enough to give her access to the PIN number on the phone. That means whoever gave her the PIN number has had the pnone ON and access to the messages in the phone. I would say that it is 99.99% likely that she knows who called who and who texted/messaged who.

    SHE KNOWS. AND SHE KNOWS THAT MUELLERS TEAM HAS ACCESS TO THEM.

    The DOJ admitted they have them. They said it right in their response. “If we determine they have information useful….”. They didn’t say “If we find them” or “If we come into possession of them.”

    I would bet a LOT of money that AG Barr gave her the details of the phones and what she will find in them, IF THE PROSECUTORS DON’T DESTROY IT, OR CLAIM THAT IT IS NOT GERMAINE TO FLYNN’S CASE.

    The Prosecutors have to be wondering “Who gave her this info?”. Then they have to ask, “How much does she know that we don’t know?”

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    • Cal Ricky says:

      I agree. And Sydney says they (phones) were recently acquired! Thus I believe tht it’s what Bar/Durham brought back from Italy – I sure hope so or they have probably already been wiped. I also hope that Barr/Dirham have placed two fake Blackberrys with BS communications Like talks between people and the ASPCA So these DOJ Pos’s grab them and wipe while that is completely monitored by Barr/Durham. Wouldn’t that be fun 🙂

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    • Midnite says:

      And don’t forget the specific SIM card numbers, which should contain the contact list and any stored text messages on the phone as well as a host of other information. I think the value of these phones is in the contact list and the text messages between Mifsud and his handlers and possibly other co-conspirators. Contact with Halper, Turk, Dearlove, Downer, any FBI agent, any CIA agent, any Italian Intel agent, any UK Intel agent, Fusion GPS or any one else connected with Flynn’s case is noteworthy.
      I seriously doubt Sidney knows what’s on them because Flynn himself wouldn’t have a clue what was going on behind the scenes at the time he was being setup. With the SC’s office disbanded and the investigation closed Mueller would have no idea what’s on those phones either, besides they were “outside his purview”.
      It’s simply too coincidental that Barr and Durham are in Italy looking into Mifsud at the end of September and a few weeks later Sidney is filing a motion for exculpatory evidence based on very detailed information that only a handful of people would have access to.

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  18. georgfelis says:

    The first thing law enforcement will (or should) do with the unlocked phones is image them. This creates a .zip (or equivalent) file archiving every bit in the phone, including the ’empty’ spaces, and Checksum/Date/Timestamps the image. All searches then get done on the image, and even if the phone were to be remotely wiped, the actual contents are preserved in a chain-of-custody fashion. The only problem is retention. Anthony Weiner’s laptop was ‘imaged’ in this fashion at the SNDY before they found Hillary’s emails on it, but the FBI demanded that the laptop and *all* images of the contents be transferred to the Washington office, where it seems to have slipped into a black hole.

    Barr better hang onto this one.

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