New York Times Narrative Engineers Start Positioning DOJ/FBI “Small Group” Coup-Plotters as Victims of CIA and Intelligence Community Manipulation…

The background context has already been outlined –SEE HERE– so we won’t repeat.  Instead, we look at today’s defensive narrative engineering from the New York Times with a similar perspective, but a different set of reminders.

Content and distribution tells us this information is from the DOJ and FBI faction of the “Small Group“.  Not accidentally, and VERY importantly, this is the same faction under the microscope of Inspector General Michael Horowitz and his pending IG report.  Additionally, and again very importantly, the principles within the IG report have already had an opportunity to review the part of the upcoming report that highlights their conduct.

So this New York Times reporting, from conversations with the DOJ and FBI small group participants, is coming out in advance of the IG report and with their review in mind.

Here’s the article, emphasis mine:

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors reviewing the origins of the Russia investigation have asked witnesses pointed questions about any anti-Trump bias among former F.B.I. officials who are frequent targets of President Trump and about the earliest steps they took in the Russia inquiry, according to former officials and other people familiar with the review.

[Note “prosecutors” is plural; more than one.  “prosecutors” also implies a shift from investigative review, to a likelihood of criminal conduct.  The media presentation of John Durham has gone from a single U.S. Attorney with a mandate from his boss, to a group of people, ‘prosecutors’, working with the U.S. Attorney.]

The prosecutors, led by John H. Durham, the United States attorney in Connecticut, have interviewed about two dozen former and current F.B.I. officials, the people said. Two former senior F.B.I. agents are assisting with the review, the people said.

[Two dozen former and current FBI officials questioned, but none of the individual within the small group have been questioned yet.  In addition to the prosecutors, Durham also has two FBI agents assisting.  Later in the article we discover a strong likelihood that one of those FBI agents is the leak source for the New York Times.]

The number of interviews shows that Mr. Durham’s review is further along than previously known. It has served as a political flash point since Attorney General William P. Barr revealed in the spring that he planned to scrutinize the beginnings of the Russia investigation, which Mr. Trump and his allies have attacked without evidence as a plot by law enforcement and intelligence officials to prevent him from winning the 2016 election.

[…] Mr. Durham has yet to interview all the F.B.I. officials who played key roles in opening the Russian investigation in the summer of 2016, the people familiar with the review said. He has not spoken with Peter Strzok, a former top counterintelligence official who opened the inquiry; the former director James B. Comey or his deputy, Andrew G. McCabe; or James A. Baker, then the bureau’s general counsel.

[So Mr. Durham has not questioned the “small group” participants. Ultimately this appears to be the reason for the nervousness now originating a defensive posture.]

Those omissions suggest Mr. Durham may be waiting until he has gathered all the facts before he asks to question the main decision makers in the Russia inquiry.

[Or it could be that those “main decision makers” are targets of the investigation.]

The president granted Mr. Barr sweeping powers for the review, though he did not open it as a criminal investigation. That means he gave Mr. Durham the power only to read materials the government had already gathered and to request voluntary interviews from witnesses, not to subpoena witnesses or documents. It is not clear whether the status of the review has changed.

[Why would Mr. Barr need to “subpoena” pre-existing documents he has been granted full presidential authority to review?  Methinks the New York Times engineer is conflating the power of a special counsel (prior investigation) with the power of a U.S. Attorney General who was granted full access to any/all classified information by an executive order from the President of the United States.]

Mr. Durham’s investigators appeared focused at one point on Mr. Strzok, said one former official who was interviewed. Mr. Strzok opened the Russia inquiry in late July 2016 after receiving information from the Australian government that the Russians had offered damaging information on Hillary Clinton to a Trump campaign adviser. Mr. Durham’s team has asked about the events surrounding the Australian tip, some of the people familiar with the review said.

Mr. Durham’s team, including Nora R. Dannehy, a veteran prosecutor, has questioned witnesses about why Mr. Strzok both drafted and signed the paperwork opening the investigation, suggesting that was unusual for one person to take both steps. Mr. Strzok began the inquiry after consulting with F.B.I. leadership, former officials familiar with the episode said.

[“why” did FBI leadership allow Strzok to create, draft and open the investigation?  LOL, that’s actually a big tell.  Apparently Comey and McCabe were smart enough to keep their signatures off a political investigation.  It’s called plausible deniability.  Same purpose for James Comey keeping copious notes (diary) in his home safe.

Mr. Durham has also questioned why Mr. Strzok opened the case on a weekend, again suggesting that the step might have been out of the ordinary. Former officials said that Mr. McCabe had directed Mr. Strzok to travel immediately to London to interview the two Australian diplomats who had learned about the Russians’ offer to help the Trump campaign and that he was trying to ensure he took the necessary administrative steps first.

[“Two” = Alexander Downer and Erika Thompson.   May 10, 2016, Papadopoulos meets Ambassador Downer at the Kensington Wine Rooms in London, England. MEDIA CLAIM: “Downer met with George Papadopoulos, where Papadopoulos — having been introduced through two intermediaries, Christian Cantor and Erika Thompson — mentioned that Russians had material on Hillary Clinton.”  Both Papadopoulos and Downer refute their May 10th meeting discussed Clinton emails.  Papadopoulos notes that Ambassador Downer is recording their conversation.  {Go Deep}]

It is not clear how many people Mr. Durham’s team has interviewed outside of the F.B.I. His investigators have questioned officials in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence but apparently have yet to interview C.I.A. personnel, people familiar with the review said.

[So the leakers “people familiar” to the NYT are limited to knowledge inside the DOJ and FBI operational entities; just as we suspected.

[…]  Many of the questions from Mr. Durham’s team overlapped with ones that the Justice Department inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, has posed in his own look into aspects of the Russia inquiry, according to the people.

Mr. Horowitz’s report, which is most likely to be made public in the coming weeks, is expected to criticize law enforcement officials’ actions in the Russia investigation. Mr. Horowitz’s findings could provide insights into why Mr. Barr thought that the Russia investigation needed to be examined.

[Well, there’s the motive for the current narrative engineering.  Horowitz’s report is coming out; small group participants will be criticized; and the justification for Barr and Durham to look at their behavior will be bolstered by IG Horowitz.]

In his review, Mr. Durham has asked witnesses about the role of Christopher Steele, a former intelligence official from Britain who was hired to research Mr. Trump’s ties to Russia by a firm that was in turn financed by Democrats. Law enforcement officials used some of the information Mr. Steele compiled into a now-infamous dossier to obtain a secret wiretap on a Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page, whom they suspected was an agent of Russia.

[Interesting the NYT doesn’t write that Mr. Durham has interviewed Christopher Steele about his work on the dossier and his contact with the small group (he has).  One would think that would be an important notation in a paragraph about Mr. Steele, no?]

[…] Mr. Durham’s investigators asked why F.B.I. officials would use unsubstantiated or incorrect information in their application for a court order allowing the wiretap and seemed skeptical about why agents relied on Mr. Steele’s dossier.

The inspector general has also raised concerns that the F.B.I. inflated Mr. Steele’s value as an informant in order to obtain the wiretap on Mr. Page. Mr. Durham’s investigators have done the same, according to the people familiar with his review.

[Well, well, well, I answered my own question.  The NYT doesn’t want readers to know John Durham interviewed Steele, because the NYT is admitting the Steele information was “unsubstantiated”, “incorrect”, and the FBI “inflated” Mr. Steele to gain a political weapon.  Hmmm… methinks those exact words will be in the IG report; I digress.]

Mr. Horowitz has asked witnesses about an assessment of Mr. Steele that MI6, the British spy agency, provided to the F.B.I. after bureau officials received his dossier on Mr. Trump in September 2016. MI6 officials said Mr. Steele, a Russia expert, was honest and persistent but sometimes showed questionable judgment in pursuing targets that others viewed as a waste of time, two people familiar with the assessment said.

[That preceeding paragraph is just loaded with juicy stuff.  The NYT is sharing that MI6 told the FBI Steele was a sketchy fellow.  The NYT is positioning the dossier to the FBI in September 2016, but we know the dossier material was in Brennan’s briefing to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in August 2016…. So the NYT is positioning the FBI as a victim of bad intel from the dossier that was initiated by John Brennan. Very interesting.  Additionally, “two people familiar with the MI6 assessment” is confluent with two people who have read the IG report which will outline the MI6 assessment.  See how that works?]

One former official said that in his interview with Mr. Durham’s team, he pushed back on the notion that law enforcement and intelligence officials had plotted to thwart Mr. Trump’s candidacy..

[…]  The former official said he was reassured by the presence of John C. Eckenrode, one of the former senior F.B.I. agents assisting Mr. Durham. Like Mr. Durham, who investigated C.I.A. torture of detainees overseas, Mr. Eckenrode is also familiar with high-stakes political inquiries.

He is probably best known for working with Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the former United States attorney who in 2003 was appointed to investigate the leak of the identity of an undercover C.I.A. officer, Valerie Plame, to a journalist.

“Jack is as straight a shooter as you can get in the F.B.I.,” Asha Rangappa, a former F.B.I. agent, said of Mr. Eckenrode, a friend. “It’s the first reassuring thing I’ve heard about this review.”  (Read Full Article)

Oh good grief.  Asha “Comey is my Homey” Rangappa, likes one of Durham’s FBI investigators…. who also worked with corruptocrat Patrick Fitzgerald, one of James Comey’s corrupt friends who is now Comey’s corrupt lawyer.

Given that some of these NYT leaks come from inside Durham’s team, it’s likely John Eckenrode is the source.

Asha “Comey is my Homey” Rangappa (seated)

The key takeaway from this NYT article is the beginning of the public defense narrative for the DOJ/FBI small group.  They are starting to position themselves as victims of false information delivered to them by the CIA and Intelligence Community.

Apparently, this is the big picture defense they will use when the IG report drops.

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350 Responses to New York Times Narrative Engineers Start Positioning DOJ/FBI “Small Group” Coup-Plotters as Victims of CIA and Intelligence Community Manipulation…

  1. Heika says:

    Oh this is not surprising is it ?

    Liked by 13 people

    • Bill Durham says:

      Quite brilliant of Barr Durham to use eckenrode for controlled leaks. Somebody the MSM and lawfare group trust. They run his story, he pits Comey v Brennan, Durham looks like an honest broker. How do they say this is political? Nope. Durham can now control the narrative. And he play the CIA vs FBI and nyt vs wapo. Let the finger pointing begin!

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      • Chilidog says:

        That’s an awfully generous assessment of Durham’s use of Eckenrode. Isn’t it more likely that he is being used to reassure everyone that the power structure of the deep state is still intact.

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        • Vikram Parmar says:

          Why not both views being correct?

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          • Chilidog says:

            Because the deep state is incapable of holding itself accountable. Also, if the deep state is in the interview room and makes its presence known to the coconspirators, isn’t it likely that the DS will get the answers it’s looking for.

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            • Bill Durham says:

              Or maybe Barr is dividing the deep state. Not all of them are on the same team. They have conflicts that can be exploited. Wray wants to protect the FBI 302s. Fisa and past convictions. If that means he needs to sacrifice Brennan, that’s exactly what he will do.

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        • Bill Durham says:

          If that were the case, Barr and Durham would not be traveling the world chasing down leads and the plotters would not be throwing Brennan under the bus.

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      • Crossed fingers … woke skepticism.

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      • Tall Texan says:

        Hi Bill – I sure hope you are right!

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      • DebbieSemms says:

        I’m not buying it.

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        • Vikram Parmar says:

          I would suggest you re-assess. If Sundance (although he is very intelligent) can figure this out simply from reading a NYT article, Do you think Durham wouldn’t know that one of his guys would leak? There is a setup by Durham/Barr involved. I am not saying they will succeed….but they are controlling the flow of info the the NYT and WaPo….that’s for sure…and that can only be good news

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      • CopperTop says:

        I’m going to give one nod to the reason to hope that it’s Column B (Durham using Ekinrode). Fitzgerald is 100% responsible for Blago being in jail (besides Blago! ha).

        President Trump is aware that the ultimate power P Fitzgerald exercised was as the leader of the deep state the minute Obama got elected. The interest at the time was in preserving the union because if P Fitzgerald kept going with his investigation the press was going to get a hold of conversations where Obama prior to inauguration committed several Federal crimes over Senate seat horse trading.

        I suspect Barr is now aware of this too. The deep state protected the first election of a black man to the WH. Cuz, well globalist interests and just plain afraid of the civil unrest.

        They have been honing their craft for a decade and figured they grew powerful enough to control future elections — Period.

        This is what has been playing out since Jan 19 2017.

        Why does Trump tweet potential commutations/pardons about Blago every so often?

        The fine folks at Trump Tower Chicago had a birds eye view of the IL politics the Deep State P Fitzgerald created from day one of 44’s election.

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  2. ElTocaor says:

    [Picture of Zippo emitting a flame]
    It’s also highly likely that the swamp’s comms within the swamp itself have been compromised by Trump’s people and they are using the media to communicate with each other.

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  3. Mo says:

    Nice work Sundance!

    Liked by 12 people

  4. The Boss says:

    Did I miss discussion about the two former senior FBI agents cooperating with Durham? Or should I stay tuned?

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  5. “They are starting to position themselves as victims of false information delivered to them by the CIA and Intelligence Community.” Victims usually invoke sympathy. There is no sympathy to be found for these folks.

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    • Bocephus Rex says:

      Whelp–Clapper threw Obama under the bus before he knew that the small group is throwing HIM (and Brennan) under the bus, just imagine what stuff he might say? The guy is a total dullard-

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  6. iconoclast says:

    “those “main decision makers” are targets of the investigation”

    One can only hope. Let’s get this show on the road already.

    Liked by 6 people

  7. Merkin Muffley says:

    “They are starting to position themselves as victims of false information delivered to them by the CIA and Intelligence Community”. Yes, but they were warned that that information was false and came from questionable sources, YET THEY USED IT ANYWAY!

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  8. Great work Sundance……

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  9. Bogeyfree says:

    The the FIB is throwing the CIA under the bus? If so what is the CIA’s response/defense.

    If the finger is pointing to the CIA, Sundance do you think that will help get us to the WH?

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  10. hokkoda says:

    “They are starting to position themselves as victims of false information delivered to them by the CIA and Intelligence Community.“

    I can see why they might wish to do this, but it creates the classic “prisoner’s dilemma” because they don’t know with confidence what the Intel Community is telling Durham.

    It’s really their only defense option, but rarely does it work out that the people you decide to blame just sit back and say, “Well, yeah, it was all our fault.” The usual response is, “No, they weren’t victims, they were in on it from the start, and here’s proof.”

    Usually that’s how the conspiracies fall apart…everyone trying to save their own necks suddenly “remember” things.

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    • All Too Much says:

      Considering what the small group knows, blaming the CIA might be the only argument they all agree on. Otherwise, they point fingers at each other,

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    • Blind no Longer says:

      Maybe the leaks to the NY Times is a way to get the message out to the coup comrades, what each group is telling the investigators. When you don’t have a Chi-fi Di drinking cold medicine to do it for you!

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      • hokkoda says:

        I would bet on this

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      • Abolition Man says:

        Forgive me for asking questions, but isn’t that Chi Spy Di Fi!?

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      • Rhoda R says:

        Why would they have to go to such baroque lengths – DC isn’t all that big and there are lots of bars and the like where two or more people can sit quietly out of the way for brief conversations before moving on. I don’t for one moment believe 1) that any of these people have 24/7 tails and 2) that they couldn’t lose a tail even if there was one.

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        • hokkoda says:

          Because: they don’t like each other. Because: the same reason they leak to different papers.
          The institutions are more important than any one individual.
          And I would bet my next paycheck that Brennan/Clapper really did set the FBI up. Easy to set up people who want to believe something is true.

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  11. Steve in MT says:

    The game is afoot. I’m guessing that means the IG Report will be released next week. And I would also bet that indictments will come starting December or January. Right now, there are a whole lot of attorneys whose phones are ringing off the hook demanding that they be allowed to provide information in exchange for immunity.
    Delicious!

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  12. oldersoul says:

    That’s why victims always have ‘Insurance Policies’.

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  13. incredibly disturbing how much info the NYT has about the investigation. Durham can’t even stop leaks on his own team.

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  14. jengancworld says:

    I wouldn’t read the New York times if you clockwork Oranged my eyes. However if they are admitting that something’s going on here… at least that’s a start!

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  15. Genie says:

    I got a feeling somebody in the group said this two years ago, “Brennan is such an unlikeable fellow, let’s pin it all on him if it goes in the ditch.”

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    • hokkoda says:

      And Brennan plans to lay it all at that dope Comey’s feet….

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    • justlizzyp says:

      I hope so. He is exactly that unlikeable. And he’s already been hinting that he’s going to try to pin it on the foreigners by saying ‘maybe I relied on bad information….’

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      • Rhoda R says:

        But that will flop as it’s found that the ‘bad information’ was provided by foreigners AT THE REQUEST OF THE CIA.

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        • justlizzyp says:

          I always picture a jury in DC to be like when I was a teenager and lying to my parents about where I was the night before. ANY excuse, no matter how obviously a lie, was good enough for them to drop the subject because they didn’t really want to know. If they ‘knew’ knew what was going on they’d have had to act much sooner than they did to get me into treatment.

          It only takes one hold out to ‘hang’ the jury. So the case against the big league players will have to be airtight, overwhelming and irrefutable. The prosecutor will need to explain that the entire operation was a) to protect their illegal spying on US citizens and b) them using the Democrats and Democrat voters as useful idiots. That will be key – to show the utter contempt these people feel for the American people of all ideologies.

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  16. justlizzyp says:

    I suspect the Post will have a piece tomorrow walking the thin line between agreeing with some of the points in the NYT while also conveying the CIA’s messages of ‘screw you you’re not gonna pin this on us, pencil necks!’ In other words, it’s gonna be LIT!

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  17. IGiveUp says:

    “The FIB is throwing the CIA under the bus? If so what is the CIA’s response/defense.”
    Typically they eliminate their opposition.

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  18. I had just commented a few days ago that Durham was running a tight ship as there had been no leaks. As soon as he hires anyone from the FBI there are leaks. Hope he learns from this.

    Thanks SD for this great dissection/analysis.

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    • Margaret Berger says:

      These people were so arrogant, they spoke frankly to one another because “she” was going to win. “Insurance policy”, “First we F Flynn and then we F Trump”. You know there are more statements like that that we have not heard. They were breaking laws back to 2014 it became a habit, a sloppy habit at that. They were used to going after people and destroying them. Their success went to their heads. It was nothing to add the President that should not have been to their hit list. Bet those blackberries have some juicy parts to them.

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  19. Concernedcitizen says:

    The circular firing squad is forming. When the first shots are fired, the conspirators will be looking for cover in the form of immunity and plea agreements. The Barr/Durham investigation is in a good place, and there’s a glimmer of hope that justice will be done.

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  20. IGiveUp says:

    Probably the first article ever written by NYT that doesn’t blame Trump. Their readers must be very confused.

    Liked by 21 people

    • rayvandune says:

      Their readers are used to being kept in the dark and fed bullshit (the mushroom treatment), so getting to “confused” is progress. When you’re confused, it’s because you realize that all is not as you have been led to believe.

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    • akaPatience says:

      Still, it got its digs in:

      “…which Mr. Trump and his allies have attacked without evidence as a plot by law enforcement and intelligence officials to prevent him from winning the 2016 election.”

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    • Seneca the Elder says:

      I give up- LOVE your comment.

      Also, did anyone notice the size of the wine glass in front of Comey’s Homey?

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  21. littleanniefannie says:

    Maybe these “leaks” are like the ones from $chitt’s committee—designed to deflect from what they had hoped to hear vs what they actually heard. Almost like it came from Hillary’s server dontchaknow!

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  22. botchedcasuality says:

    I now have an image of “The Cleaner” in Blacklisted.
    I just don’t know who to cast, Barr or Durham?
    If they get off with ‘bad Info’ as an excuse we at least get to charge with gross negligence, incompetence and demand to shut it down.

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  23. All Too Much says:

    FBI v CIA fight will be really interesting to watch. Brennan v Comey. I’ll take Brennan for the fifteen round TKO.

    CIA pushback (WaPo/ABC tomorrow?) needs to undercut the reliance reliance on bad CIA intel argument.

    Leaker Eckenrode has some ‘splaining to do.

    Awesome Sundance analysis, as usual. Identifying the probable leaker is cherry on top.

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  24. alliwantissometruth says:

    And now we understand the need to have the radical left control our schools, our children’s minds, and, along with the “media”, the narrative

    Only a manipulated, brainwashed mind could dismiss the absolutely obvious

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  25. chooseamerica says:

    Does anyone understand why the corrupt are allowed to preview the IG report and have it redacted to cover up their corruption? How is that justice?

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  26. Mike Robinson says:

    There are a number of silly statements here, such as “Trump didn’t authorize… subpoenas.” Dude, Federal Prosecutors don’t need Presidential authority to subpoena. And you know that.

    Throughout the article there’s the tacit assumption that the reader doesn’t really understand. Clue ya… they do now.

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  27. Richie says:

    Would it really be that difficult to know who working for Durham is a deep state leaker? Durham only has 2 FBI agents assisting him. Wouldnt he be the least bit suspicious when he learns the media knows about information that only his inner circle is entrusted to know?

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  28. Barnestormer says:

    If you’re a card-carrying member of the Small Group, how delighted are you to have this guy on Durham’s interview list?

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  29. JoeMeek says:

    Arguing about which are worse, CIA Agents or FBI Agents, is like arguing which is worse, Ebola or Bubonic Plague.

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  30. ristvan says:

    The FBI/DOJ ‘fooled by IC’ defense against felony charges like 18USC§1018 fails for sure based on past public info, or else the perps go to prison for perjury 18 USC§1621. Open and shut cases:

    1. Comey testified to Congress under oath that the dossier was unverified, yet signed the Woods procedure FISA warrant application saying it was verified. Cannot be both.
    2. McCabe testified under oath that the FISA warrant would not have been granted without the dossier. It was.
    3. Durham has the Kavalec note from State to FBI that Steele was biased and unreliable. Orr had in writing reported the same after his London visit. Both BEFORE the first Page FISA application.

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  31. Blind no Longer says:

    Two former senior F.B.I. agents are assisting with the review, the people said.

    If Durham has these two former agents working with him, he would have to know somebody is leaking on his team. Why hire former FBI to investigate a totally crooked and corrupt institution, that would have to be torn completely to the ground and burnt for the public to ever have any faith in anything any of the lying bastards say?

    That said, I relish the very thought of the crooked bastards in the Intelligence community throwing each other and MOST ESPECIALLY, the spawn of Satan John Brennan under the bus! Criminal prosecutions are going to be forthcoming…..according to people familiar with the matter at the Conservative Treehouse!!!!!

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  32. ChampagneReady says:

    I love the fact that the “small group” hasn’t been interviewed yet. That ABSOLUTELY means they’re targets.

    And for NYT to suggest Durham doesn’t have subpoena power because this is a review? Get a clue you Clinton rag, Durham is a UNITED STATES ATTORNEY. He has subpoena power through his appointment, it doesn’t come from Barr. And Barr is the one who wanted the declassification authority to open the doors for Durham. So spin your cover up garbage someplace else.

    This is shaping up to be a Hurricane Katrina for these despicable frame-up architects and it’s going to go all the way to obama ! I am positively LOVING John Durham !

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    • James Carpenter says:

      The “small group” must be feeling the heat by now, waiting for their turn at examination/interview. Why? Because a good lawyer doesn’t ask questions in the court that he/she doesn’t already know the answer to.
      Discovery preceeding questioning. Painting into a corner, no escape.

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  33. Zorro says:

    Schiffty Shitt is going to be in pencil neck hyper drive this week to accelerate his part of the coup. Nancy will be using hydraulic cement to keep her dentures in during her frantic press conferences.

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  34. Identifying the source and the veracity of the information within a referral or other impetus for an investigation is the first thing that should be done to avoid wasting government resources on a preposterous goose chase (which is the best spin they could put on this fiasco of a failed coup).

    Vetting the source is lesson one in even the most rinky-dink detective school correspondence courses. This thing smelled of baloney from the get-go based on the media reports alone and if these clowns think they’re going to get off by claiming stupidity or that they were duped I think they’re sadly mistaken.

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  35. Greg1 says:

    “The key takeaway from this NYT article is the beginning of the public defense narrative for the DOJ/FBI small group. They are starting to position themselves as victims of false information delivered to them by the CIA and Intelligence Community.

    Apparently, this is the big picture defense they will use when the IG report drops.”

    Crossfire Hurricane has apparently devolved into just a Crossfire between fbi/doj and the cia and intelligence community.

    Somebody’s gonna get stuck in the middle……….with a lot of information………..and want out. The closest thing to out is full cooperation with Barr and Durham.

    Looks like things are ramping up.

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  36. 2Alpha says:

    So… Who’s the first to get run over by the bus?

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    • Zy says:

      On first reading this blog I thought they were isolating Strzok but then it appears they are supporting his decisions and actions,

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      • In the Land of Poz says:

        They have no choice. Strzok knows too much and can flip on them, Page may have already flipped, tons of public information implicates them individually and collectively, and now Barr and Durham are digging. They absolutely need to stand together and mount a Brennan-style defense that they were well intentioned but duped and overconfident.

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    • ms doodlebug says:

      The quickest way to stop the impeachment crap would be to expose the co-conspirators and enablers in Congress first. But that would make me too happy so…

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  37. Let’s see… “bad intel”. That’s always the excuse. Iraq “Weapons of mass destruction” war, Susan ” videotape caused Benghazi” Rice, John “i got bad intel on Mueller’s imminent indictments” Brennan… always the vague, unprovable “bad intel” excuse.

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    • Zy says:

      So at what point did you know it was bad intel and why didn’t you inform the public and the special counsel?

      Liked by 9 people

      • Rhoda R says:

        And if the CIA is so bad at identifying “Bad Intel” why do we even keep it around? Seems like they are doing more damage to the US with their “Bad Intel” than any bad guy does on purpose.

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    • Blind no Longer says:

      Isn’t that the truth!!! But these sorry POS are the very ones demonizing President Trump for his foreign policy and claiming they “KNOW” better…..yeah those very people!! I believe it was the Intel community who went to pencil neck Schitt and “voiced” a major concern over his handling of Ukraine!!!! Those very people who always GET IT WRONG!!! Looks like we the people are right in our judgement to not believe jack shit when it comes to their assessment/judgement.

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  38. Justin Green says:

    So the question is… does this article:

    a) surprise Durham?
    b) anger Durham?
    c) inform Durham?

    I mean, if it’s a leak and not an intentional, approved interview – which would be hard to imagine – does Durham respond or make any changes to tighten the leaks or get rid of the leaker? Could be telling.

    I have noticed several attorneys bailing ship on Mueller’s team – apparently some of them got tired of BSing the court in the Flynn case.

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  39. HB says:

    If Durham has half the voice of Ed Ogeron, I bet he’s one scary fella.

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  40. InAz says:

    Durham using swamp Cretins for the investigation.

    Not good.

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  41. k4jjj says:

    I can’t imagine anyone present at the gallows who would not vigorously applaud John Brennan being hanged.

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  42. albertus magnus says:

    If you want the truth without spin, you HAVE to read Sundance! Great work as usual!

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  43. Dutchman says:

    Its a ‘SOG’ ( Some Other Guy) defence.
    Comey, McCabe abd Stroxz blame Brennan.
    The jury (court or public opinion) has to decide if the defendants in the case THEY are hearing, ‘did it’, BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT.

    If blame Brennan, and in his defence he says “Hey, I just GAVE them the info, I’m not responsible for what they DID with it!”

    They COULD all skate. Need to charge all as CONSPIRATORS, cause then they can’t get seperate trials. And, can’t use ‘SOG’ defence.

    Still have to address ‘justification’ defence.

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  44. iwasthere says:

    Sundance? Wasn’t it always going to be the FBI defense that the CIA told them something. You know, just in an abundance of caution – the FBI just HAD to get the wiretaps. It’s total BS the wiretaps were just on Carter Page, because as we know a counter-intel warrant has at least 2 degrees of surveillance around the target. Longest . . . movie . . . trailer . . . ever. Wake me when the movie starts.

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  45. davidberetta says:

    Funny isn’t it? Criminals be Criminal…

    Sadly WE have a Government full of Criminals masquerading as…civil “servants”.

    It’s actually nauseating yet hilarious at the same time.

    Makes a sane person wonder how WE arrived at this point in our “FREE” Nation that seemingly at the same time 10’s of millions on the planet want to enter illegally via our southern border

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    • Those 10s of millions were racing to pick over our EVERYTHING’s-FREE CARCASS.

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      • davidberetta says:

        Yes. How and WHEN was this Welfare crap enacted for Illegal Aliens? That simple Act was pushed by somebody in our “Congress”….then voted on….then signed by some President. Imagine that! — Giving Welfare Benefits to Illegal Aliens!

        How did this occur, when did it occur AND why is it still occurring? That is the question that needs answered. Certain ROUGE States have literal WELCOME MATS, hurdling Illegal Aliens into the front lines of Welfare but WE need to insure the Federal Government is not Swindled out of the money via illegal practices. They occur!

        Illegal Aliens ARE siphoning Welfare payments, many do not even live in the USA (Anchor Babies, etc), yet US Taxpayers continue to fund this idiocy forced upon them.

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  46. tav144 says:

    It frankly, imo, doesn’t matter if CIA is where they want to try and pin the start of it. Fact is, the FBI is responsible for investigating and assessing the credibility of whatever tips or witnesses the CIA gives them, and, if adequately probable cause predicated, opening a criminal investigation. This is especially true considering the person to be spied on is not only an American citizen with constitutionally protected rights, notably against unreasonable search and seizure, but also because the American citizen is a presidential candidate, transitional POTUS, and POTUS….yet they continued in willful blindness, failing in every regard. They didn’t even do a basic cursory attempt to fact check before leapfrogging over to obtain a FISA warrant.

    FBI cannot plead ignorance where ignorance was willful. Their very name dictates what their duty was: Investigation. They utterly failed.
    IMO if Barr doesn’t restore credibility back to the FBI and these corrupt institutions by making examples of those involved, then there is no telling the repercussions that will follow. Coup plotters will be emboldened. But the silent majority who have patiently nursed a Cold Anger in hopes of seeing JUSTICE finally be done, may find justification for a hot civil war to take the country back from those intent on destroying it.

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  47. spoogels says:

    1. Gen. Flynn case – the Mifsud Blackberry phones
    [THREAD]
    the two Blackberry phones that were given to Mifsud did not have an Italian SIM.

    2. the two Mifsud phones had a British SIM.
    BOTH.

    how do we know?

    Read on at the thread

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    • Sherri Young says:

      PapaD confirms the Hakluyt link:

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  48. ChampagneReady says:

    This is why there was such mass pandemonium in the black box government when Bill Barr was confirmed.

    They know he knows all the dirty back roads in the CIA as well as every dirty tactic that is possible in the DOJ and they are powerless over him. Seldom have we had such a veteran of the two agencies as Attorney General.

    He also knew the exact right choice to assign to rip back the black curtain of the slimeballs who tried to frame Trump. The 2 FBI agents he put in the slammer in the Whitey Bolger case can attest to it too.

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  49. I feel like a Soviet citizen trying to read between the lines in Pravda. trying to figure out if Andropov has dropped off or if Brezhnev is never coming back. That’s what American “journalizm” has come to.

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    • billrla says:

      The Gipper Lives: It certainly helps to have lived through the period when “Pravda” and TASS where in their prime. Still, I don’t think the NY Times holds a candle to the great journalistic icons of the Soviet Union, although the NY Times does try its best.

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  50. Jimmy says:

    If there are indictments of the members of the coup (from Strzok up to Obama), about 30% of the country – those credulous useful idiots on the left who are hypnotized by MSNBCCNNNBCABCNYTWAPO – will be flabbergasted, shocked, and appalled. They will have no comprehension of how a grand jury could accept what our august news media has told them for three years are merely “crazy right-wing conspiracy theories.” They will therefore assume evidence has been fabricated by Barr. They will fly into a rage. There will be no way to reason them out of this rage.

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    • Vikram Parmar says:

      This is why POTUS has allowed the Left to go more and more insane before pulling the trigger. He needs the majority of the public to be NOT surprised that the Dems/MSM could pull off these dastardly deeds.

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    • Questa Nota says:

      Managing the communication about the verdicts, evidence process and implications to the public will be a huge project. They will be shocked and will need to have incontrovertible evidence to begin to process the news. One approach would be to get some perps to confess on camera, starting with, say, O. Another includes a Fireside Chat with the prosecutors, Congressional reps and others brought together to help the healing process. That last is probably a tall order, as which Sens or Reps will want to acknowledge either complicity or lack of awareness. Yet, they owe their constituents.

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