“Small Group” Complains IG Horowitz is Not Permitting Written Rebuttals During Principal Review Phase…

The usurping group of FBI and DOJ officials we have called “the small group” have an established set of media operatives and outlets aligned to assist their narrative.  Tonight Devlin Barrett (Lisa Page and Peter Strzok’s favorite narrative engineer) publishes a report in the Washington Post highlighting their concerns.

According to the WaPo Inspector General Michael Horowitz is not allowing the ‘small group’ to provide written rebuttals to the IG report on FISA abuse during their principal reviews.  The outline by Devlin on behalf of the group also confirms our timeline.

(Via Washington Post) The Justice Department Inspector General’s office has told witnesses who are set to review draft sections of its long-awaited report on the FBI investigation of President Trump’s 2016 campaign that they will not be allowed to submit written feedback — one in a series of unusual restrictions that some fear could make the final document less accurate, people familiar with the matter said.

As is the case in most inspector general probes, witnesses are being invited to review draft sections of the report and offer comments and corrections, the people said. But — unlike most cases — they are being told those comments must be conveyed only verbally, the people said.

Even though Attorney General William P. Barr and other officials have been working in recent weeks to determine what should be redacted from the report as classified or private information, people familiar with the process said that the entire draft document is marked “Top Secret,” so anyone who discusses its contents outside a secure government room could be committing a crime.

Nothing in that series of paragraphs is unusual.

The “Top Secret” refers to classified material inside the FISA report which we already knew about.  Remember, President Trump authorized AG Bill Barr to declassify material in order to assist the IG investigation [Directive Here].  Until the report is made public all of that underlying material is classified.  Hence some special handling is needed and no notes etc. are permitted.  It’s not a conspiracy, it’s a matter of process handling.

The material inside the report is classified until the report is made public.  Ergo the report itself must be handled ‘as if’ it is Top Secret classified, because technically it still is.

The principal review phase under IG Horowitz generally lasts two weeks, ten business days.  Each principal only is allowed to see the segments that pertain to their specifics. Each principal may provide feedback to how the report outlines their activity.  The IG may, or may not (not required), include comments from the principal in the final report.   If principal comment is included the IG will generally present rebuttal evidence.

In all draft reviews the principals are required to sign non-disclosure agreements; this prevents leaks.   Nothing about this is extraordinary.  However, in this example it appears Horowitz is trying to speed up the release by not waiting for the legions of lawyers to submit written responses for consideration.  Instead Horowitz is recording any commentary and will transcribe into the final report if he feels it warrants inclusion.

Again, other than oral comments (to be transcribed), as opposed to written responses from the lawyers, nothing about this is unusual.  This is the standard process.

[…] Witnesses, they said, are being asked to review their sections in a secure area, after signing nondisclosure agreements, according to people familiar with the matter.

The witnesses have also been told they will not be allowed to remove any notes they make about the document, the people said.

The moves have left some witnesses concerned their objections might not be recorded precisely and incorporated into the inspector general’s findings, the people said.

The witnesses, they said, are also concerned that the process gives the inspector general complete control in characterizing any comments witnesses make — and leaves witnesses with no ability to create a paper trail that might help them show their words were captured inaccurately.

The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the political and legal sensitivity of the matter. A spokeswoman for the inspector general declined to comment. (read full article)

Considering the number of lawyers involved this decision by Horowitz makes sense.

There is likely to be a flood of spin from the PR teams behind each principal outlined in the report. Lawyers for James Comey and Andrew McCabe will be using every angle of Lawfare imaginable to attempt to shape their clients image within the report.

Lawyers, Lawfare legal teams, and DC-based PR consultants for Sally Yates, John Carlin, Mary McCord, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Hillary Clinton, James Baker, Michael Kortan, Rod Rosenstein, Robert Mueller, Andrew Weissmann, Chris Steele, Glen Simpson, Nellie Ohr, Bruce Ohr, John Brennan, James Clapper and many more will all be working at courtroom rates to control any report damage for their clients.

The Obama administration will be working in the background, while Fusion-GPS takes in fees and pays their primary journalists and narrative engineers premium rates for column inches that protect their client interests. This is one big confab of interests all positioning to control any negative impressions and highlight their magnanimous patriotic activity.

The timing is exactly as we suspected, ten business days for principal review ending next Friday November 21st (week prior to Thanksgiving).

This gives the inspector general a few days to tidy up the added comments, pass the rebuttals through the final IG referencer check, and then release a public report.   Likely that release would be the week after Thanksgiving, though it could possibly be released as early as Thanksgiving week.

The executive summary is almost guaranteed to have been written already.  Perhaps the executive summary was part of AG Bill Barr’s briefing in the White House today along with the discussions of Chinese (5G) software and national security matters.

Undoubtedly, AG Bill Barr has to inform President Trump what material he declassified for the IG as part of the directive he was given by President Trump in May of this year. It is possible, perhaps likely, AG Barr informed President Trump of that material today.

[AGAINSEE THE DIRECTIVE]

WHITE HOUSE – By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby direct the following:

Section 1. Agency Cooperation.

The Attorney General is currently conducting a review of intelligence activities relating to the campaigns in the 2016 Presidential election and certain related matters. The heads of elements of the intelligence community, as defined in 50 U.S.C. 3003(4), and the heads of each department or agency that includes an element of the intelligence community shall promptly provide such assistance and information as the Attorney General may request in connection with that review.

Sec. 2. Declassification and Downgrading.

With respect to any matter classified under Executive Order 13526 of December 29, 2009 (Classified National Security Information), the Attorney General may, by applying the standard set forth in either section 3.1(a) or section 3.1(d) of Executive Order 13526, declassify, downgrade, or direct the declassification or downgrading of information or intelligence that relates to the Attorney General’s review referred to in section 1 of this memorandum.  (link)

At the conclusion of Attorney General Bill Barr’s oval office meeting today with President Trump, the president held a session with the White House communications team prior to a late departure for the Louisiana rally.

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386 Responses to “Small Group” Complains IG Horowitz is Not Permitting Written Rebuttals During Principal Review Phase…

  1. Georgia says:

    I’ve seen several articles like this start popping up in the last few days in different areas of the Internet…same theme– Stating that we are all being played by the Globalists in the “theatre” ongoing — and in fact Conservatives have been losing ground all the time regardless in almost all ways and that is the plan….Any comments/insights?: https://thewashingtonstandard.com/carrol-quigleys-greatest-con/

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    • LULU says:

      Those of us with a real live sense of history know that demoralization of the enemy is an important factor in warfare. Demoralize the troops, demoralize the people in their home country. Lawfare’s choice of name was deliberate. It was a play on “warfare”.

      I refuse to go around like Eeyore, defeated from within before I even know what is going on…

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      • Georgia says:

        I also thought this might be the purpose– The Washington Standard was anti-Trump and the owner I believed paid/worked with FusionGPS to slime Trump early on if I recall right?….Interesting though that they have now taken this plan of attack? “No difference between us”….

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      • Marsha Frey says:

        I agree. It must be very intimidating for those named in this report – to “only see what applies to them”. That means these seditious rats have to remember what they saw about themselves – and then get with the other rats to compare what is in the report before it comes out. If this isn’t the “real thing” then nothing is…..but as an optimist and hoping Barr is the “real thing” – I will think positive until there is no hope.

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  2. Dee Win says:

    Ahem. They can make their “comments” at their respective trials.

    Liked by 6 people

  3. Koot Katmando says:

    If the FBI can leak a story to the news and then use the news story as justification for a warrant and not get indicted we live in a police state. There has to be indictment recommendations and actual indictments. There is no other way to sugar coat this. It does not matter if a DC jury will never convict. Indict them and let the chips fall where the may.

    If the IG and Barr do not act to enforce the law the police state will only get stronger. I have little faith the IG and Barr will do the right thing. I expect more mistakes were made and procedures need to be clarified Bull Schiff from the IG.

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    • Luz Maria Rodriguez says:

      Exactly.

      Why, exactly why should not they be held to the same standard they held others when these corrupted were in charge?

      If Lady Justice has even one ounce of strength left, these idiots must be held accountable.
      Hang them high. No, hang them highest for treason and corrupting our system.

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  4. Bob gump says:

    The Lawfare dirtbags, along with the Soros buddies who are attempting to remove the President will be dealt with, and it will be fun to watch.

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  5. jameswlee2014 says:

    “Michael Horowitz is not allowing the ‘small group’ to provide written rebuttals ”
    Tough.

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  6. Spikedaddy says:

    So if the AG can bring charges against those who have broken laws, can he ask for a change of venue? There is no way any Democrat will get convicted in DC or Virginia.

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  7. spartacus says:

    what is happening in this nation was written in a “BOOK” … long ago … so none of this surprises me … mankind has proven itself incapable of governing itself … sodom and gomorrah ‘take two ‘ is coming to a street near you … ( and it’s going to be ugly ……. )

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  8. ralphie says:

    Hell I will be fossil fuel by the time this stupid report is released, not like Barr is going to do anything anyway

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  9. sbgausa says:

    I need Lois Lerner to go to jail too and lose her retirement because she released records on
    Tea Party and Conservatives and Lois Lerner deserves it!

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  10. MikeI says:

    I have been saying for months that the report will be released at the least damaging time possible. There will be a 2 day delay and the report will be released on Thanksgiving Wednesday at 4 PM.

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