“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.


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. Bill says:

    I’m not sure how some people are finding a negative out of all of this. Because the lying fake ass media manipulated some of you once again by simply suggesting they had an “animated” conversation?! Gimme a break. This might be the first positive sign I seen since Nov 8 2016 that something is going our way. This is good news to me.

    Liked by 20 people

  2. Julian says:


    Giuliani under investigation for alleged campaign finance, lobbying breaches: report
    President Trump

    President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani is under investigation by federal prosecutors over possible campaign finance violations and accusations he failed to register as a foreign agent, Bloomberg reports.

    Multiple U.S. officials told the outlet that the probe into Giuliani’s financial dealings could also lead to charges of violating bribery or conspiracy laws, with one adding that his work alongside the president has raised counterintelligence concerns.

    The former New York City mayor is at the heart of House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into Trump, as investigators look into Giuliani’s role in efforts to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate one of the president’s chief political rivals, former Vice President Joe Biden.


    Giuliani suckering in the DOJ to expose them!!

    Brilliant strategy by Giuliani & Trump!

    Liked by 10 people

  3. Tiffthis says:

    “one in a series of unusual restrictions that some fear could make the final document less accurate” – they describing Schiffs impeachment inquiry or nah? 🤣🤣.

    Liked by 4 people

  4. MLK says:

    “The moves have left some witnesses concerned their objections might not be recorded precisely . . .”

    Uh huh. Rather obviously, recorded oral comments from the principals would prove quite useful to prosecutors in court.

    Liked by 11 people

    • Greg1 says:

      “The moves have left some witnesses concerned their objections might not be recorded precisely . . .”

      You mean like on an fbi 302?!?

      Liked by 7 people

      • Rgt says:

        fbi and other law enforcement don’t use recorded interviews because it is easier to justify their narrative of the interview than to allow the defense to pick it apart word by word. It worked until the fbi was exposed as a corrupt agency.

        Liked by 1 person

    • Vince says:

      Just state their concerns to the DOJ, and the DOJ can file a handwritten 302 form up to two weeks later. That’s how we guarantee accuracy.

      Liked by 4 people

    • ceeleejay says:

      The “witnesses”can bring their lawyers and their rebuttals to court…when they’re indicted.

      Liked by 3 people

    • OmegaManBlue says:

      Yes but the real reason they are worried isn’t that they could be misquoted. It’s that that they will be giving statements on the fly and could say something they shouldn’t. The risk of that is much smaller if their lawyers can write statements that they go over with other lawyers first.

      Liked by 1 person

      • iconoclast says:

        Yes. The real reason they’re worried is that they’ll be accurately quoted and may be held accountable for what they say. There’s a unique concept in the swamp.

        Liked by 1 person

  5. OllieGSD says:

    I’m a little nervous – Trump seems angry at his rally and Hannity is really agitated on his show

    Liked by 1 person

    • Tl Howard says:

      Nah, don’t be nervous. Be happy. Things have not gone well for Nan and Lawfare lately.

      Liked by 1 person

    • jus wundrin says:

      Hannity was agitated by what cornyn said about not having 51 votes to shut the impeachy down before it gets to the senate snakes. I was kinda hopeful that when grammy came on that he would give him both barrels. But they settled in for milk and cookies while grammy patted him on the head and said ‘dont let your heart be troubled!’

      I listened to a bit of the Trump rally, but honestly it was my first time since I shy away from those things, so I wouldnt know if he was more angry or not.

      Liked by 2 people

      • luke says:

        The Senate going forward with the impeachment trial is the only way we win if the Dumbs pass impeachment in the house. The best thing that could happen to the left is if McConnell and Co throw it out and no one would breathe a bigger sigh of relief than Pelosi. I say bring it; under the conditions that the Whistleblower takes the stand along with the Biden’s.

        Liked by 2 people

        • SAM-TruthFreedomLiberty says:

          You got it!
          Smart Democrats pretending to work with Trump while still pushing their agenda would be the worst cause we all know many Americans are easily fooled.
          Unhinged Democrats trying to impeach exposing their hate loud and clear is what Trump wants and constantly triggers them to do.

          If Dems and all the spygate guys were smart they would’ve played nice right after Trump offered peace to Hillary at the inauguration. They could’ve turned into sleeper cells waiting for Trump to leave sooner or later profiting of his revitalization of the economy.

          but.. they’re predictable and Trump offers them more rope the deeper they go against him.


        • Sugarhillhardrock says:

          And no hearsay that violates Federal Rules of Evidence. That will consign 4 way crap we heard Weds to the ash heap.

          Liked by 1 person

      • Peoria Jones says:

        “I listened to a bit of the Trump rally, but honestly it was my first time since I shy away from those things…”

        You’ve never listened to a Trump rally before?!? And you shy away from “those things”?

        Why? And how can you appreciate what the rest of us do?

        Sincerely, I don’t get this – and would love an honest answer.


    • trnathens says:

      It’s ok to be nervous. I think there are rocky times ahead, and VSGPDJT knows it. But, he’s also prepared. Remember the tweet of the picture of the military officers in the Oval with the caption, “The calm before the storm.” But he never explained what he meant? I think he’s prepared for ALL eventualities. He was projecting strength to the Deep State. The military is with him, even if tippy top leadership is not.

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  6. Elric VIII says:

    “The witnesses, they said, are also concerned that the process gives the inspector general complete control in characterizing any comments witnesses make ”

    That sounds exactly like what Schiff is doing in the impeachment “inquiry.” What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

    Liked by 13 people

  7. Lee Moore says:

    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.

    General Flynn, call your office.

    Liked by 13 people

  8. MDNA I says:

    Liked by 5 people

    • Blind no Longer says:

      Excellent plan.


    • TarsTarkas says:

      They will not comply. They will claim answering the subpoena an obstruction of justice and interference with the Impeachment inquiry. And interference with the 2020 election.

      Liked by 1 person

      • MDNA I says:

        Senate has conducted some oversight re: the “impeachment” matters, just not much that we know about, & what we know about has been very quiet.

        Burr & Warner have been called either the Acting DNI or the ICIG, or both; Burr took the opportunity to humble-brag that the SSCI is not as leaky as the HPSCI

        Sen Johnson has been co-author of many of Grassley’s recent letters…. I think they’re both pretty serious since all their letters ask tough questions. I am not inclined to think Johnson would make this threat idly, if in fact he made it. & I’m eager to see the follow up

        If he does subpoena either under Oversight or at Trial, & they refuse? Hot damn that’s a problem for anyone either on the fence or against POTUS


      • B Woodward says:

        If the Senate does not bring forth the witnesses that POTUS wants to question, I hope that POTUS will send the US Marshals out to bring them in. Hopefully by knocking on their doors at 4 am.

        Liked by 1 person

    • Sofa King says:



    • luke says:

      Yepper let it happen. Subpoena them all.

      Liked by 1 person

    • MDNA I says:

      Here it is. It’s Senator Johnson’s own words this morning to a local Wisconsin radio show or podcast


      Liked by 1 person

      • MDNA I says:

        Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs has “jurisdiction over pretty much the entire Fed. Govt. & all public records”

        That’s why he works w/ Grassley. I wondered how the Chair of the Finance Committee still gets to exercise oversight over the same stuff he did as Senate Judiciary Chairman

        Liked by 1 person

    • Don’t they need ranking member consent to issue subpoenas in the Senate?


      • MDNA I says:

        I’m listening to the interview now…. Sounds like Yes but there’s ways around it…. but he & Grassley have to be very careful so if they can’t get it out thru Senate they can release it to the media


    • Boknows says:

      Senator Johnson is doing exactly what the Democrats don’t want. He called their bluff and raised the stakes

      They do not want a trial in the Senate.

      This entire lie was planned in August. President Trump not only called their bluff, he effectively ended this sham by releasing the transcript.

      They have no case.

      Rather than quit, they continue to play Russian Roulette with themselves. And so Seanator Johnson is calling their bluff.

      A trial means a litany of discovery and testimony requiring testimony on live TV of Schiff, the hearsay-blower, Pelosi, Lawfare, Joe Biden, Hunter Biden.

      The entire Democrat Party has turned into Bagdhad Bob. For them to be so stupid as to vote for impeachment knowing a Senate trial would expose their lies and lead to their indictments, would render their Party out of business.

      If this lasts beyond the next week, knowing Senator Johnson is serious and just called their bluff, then I say like the Warner Brothers cartoon, get out of their way and let them run off the cliff.

      The Democrats truly are Wile E. Coyote in manifest.

      President Trump is the Road Runner that continues to run them off a cliff.

      Senator Johnson just became the boulder that follows.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Sugarhillhardrock says:

      I’m with you, that was a real shot across the bow.
      Johnson is plainly stating that the real Ukraine players will be subject to discovery, then cross examination at trial. Their little Burisma self dealing will be front and center, along with their attempts to cover it up. You can bet we will soon know all about the graft and kickback circle that was a siphon off of US aid.

      Liked by 2 people

  9. Richie says:

    Barr to Horowitz: Will you be sending me any criminals for prosecution in your report?
    Horowitz: Well that depends, will you prosecute them this time?
    Barr: I cant prosecute my friends, you know that.
    Horowitz: Well then the answer is yes.

    Liked by 2 people

  10. Troublemaker10 says:

    Man, they are really pouring it on heavy to discredit this report before it is released.

    Liked by 12 people

  11. Do the fired fbi folks get to see the full unredacted report?


  12. Leon Brozyna says:

    Hmmmmmm … prepping the White House for a Friday afternoon dump???? Could be an interesting news day/weekend upcoming……..

    Liked by 1 person

  13. littleanniefannie says:

    Ouchie. You mean the Small (minded) Group is complaining because they aren’t driving the narrative in this IG report. Wah.Wah. With all the coup activities that they have already perpetrated on the President and We the People, they don’t have a peg leg to stand on! It would appear that the can of Raid has found the nest of cockroaches.

    Liked by 7 people

  14. Tl Howard says:

    I saw very little of the rally. Anyone care to characterize POTUS’ demeanor tonight?


  15. ezgoer says:

    Releasing the report a day or two before Thanksgiving is the dumbest move possible. Guarantees minimal coverage and attention. This is PR101 of what not to do. Release it the Monday AFTER Thanksgiving weekend.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Robert Smith says:

      Truthfully, the media will always work to minimize it.

      But, if it’s as bad as we hope and that some signs indicate, they can’t run from it this time. On a cumulative ledger, we know a great deal of the story…all these years later.


  16. dottygal says:

    I just finished reading “Licensed to Lie” by Sidney Powell. Andrew Weissman has been integral in sending innocent people to prison by manipulating evidence in various lawsuits. I would love to see this a**hole go to prison.

    Liked by 18 people

  17. mr.piddles says:

    At the end of the day… I’ve come to enjoy how this Horowitz/Barr/Durham thing keeps dragging out and dragging out and dragging out… Just when you thought the D.C. sphincters couldn’t possibly pucker any more… they find another notch on the dial.

    They should come out and announce a FISA Report drop on Friday such-and-such… then 5PM that day say “Oopsy! Gonna be Monday! Sorry, folks!”

    Liked by 4 people

  18. Cathy M. says:

    ” . . Justice Dept. watchdog won’t let witnesses give written feedback . .”
    Welll, Those witnesses can provide their feedback at trial. ;-0

    (In a criminal case a copy of Special Agent’s (S/A) Reports of Investigation (ROI) is not required to be provided to a defendant until the S/A who wrote the ROI testifies in the defendant’s trial.)

    Liked by 3 people

  19. Tl Howard says:

    Nancy’s eyebrows get tattooed at a higher level each time she gets them re-donel They are inches above her brow bone. Weird looking woman lately.

    Liked by 4 people

  20. Perot Conservative says:

    One big item I don’t recall Sundance addressing, and I hope he will.


    Liked by 2 people

  21. Gary says:

    I don’t see any of the targets out there smiling and laughing . that’s a good sign of impending doom. Barr has thrown the ring into the lava.

    Liked by 3 people

  22. Suddenly the DEEP STATE is CONCERNED over “inaccurate records of their words”
    … You mean like the FBI Agent’s 302s DOCTORED-by-OTHERS on General Flynn?
    … Where the FBI NEVER records ANY 302 Sessions to prevent “paper trails for accuracy”?

    RE: “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.”

    Liked by 4 people

  23. mtk says:

    If Lawfare lawyers owned tire repair shops.

    They would all be driving around town with 50lbs of roofing nails scattered in the beds of their pickup trucks.

    They might not pick up all the flat tire business but their in-laws will.

    Anyone with meme skills… This is a prefect a meme.

    Think of the bumper stickers possibilities on the tail gate of the truck with an open box of roofing nails bouncing around in the back of the pickup truck.

    Free use diclaimer… anyone that can translate this observation into a meme, and if it goes viral… I promise I won’t be opening a ‘tire shop’ across the street from your residence.

    Liked by 1 person

  24. Skippy says:

    I tuned in and didn’t notice anything different. President Trump called a lot of Louisiana local, state and federal/congressional reps up and enjoyed introducing and complementing them. Lots of back thumping! He pushed attendees to get out and vote on Saturday. It was a good rally.

    Liked by 7 people

  25. Republicanvet91 says:

    Perhaps it has already been said, but, why does this remind me of an FBI agent writing his 302 from memory weeks later?

    “they are being told those comments must be conveyed only verbally, the people said.”

    I guess they don’t like to be on the receiving end.

    Liked by 5 people

  26. akaPatience says:

    Devlin Barrett
    ‏Verified account @DevlinBarrett
    6 minutes ago

    Guess what! The IG now says witnesses will, in fact, be allowed to submit written comments, after witnesses were told they could not. Horowitz’s office is calling it a “clarification” of their intent.


  27. This is similar to the Mueller report. Mueller’s team wanted to use the review period to leak and shape the narrative, but Barr put a stop to that.

    Small group wants to drag out the review period so they can leak to media to try and discredit the report before it is released.

    Liked by 3 people

  28. BEST SCENARIO: The perps’ “recorded comments” must be made on-the-spot and Under Oath during their single review of the document(s) … just as it was for those the FBI interviewed on the record.

    Liked by 10 people

  29. Judiciary says:

    So, they complain that the process “leaves witnesses with no ability to create a paper trail that might help them show their words were captured inaccurately.” Do they mean like Flynn had no way to prove his words were captured inaccurately, or Papadopoulos, or how many others on Trump’s original team?

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  30. I have two observations about SD’s “small group” commentary.

    The first is at least something is finally getting done, so maybe we shouldn’t be damning the report before we see it. Although varied opinions are always welcomed (at least to me), I sometimes like to envision a half filled glass rather than a half empty one.

    The second thing is when SD listed the members of the small group that are looking for attorneys, he didn’t mention Priestap even though his photo is always posted with the others. Could it be a subtle hint about Priestap having flipped already?

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  31. “witnesses are being invited to review draft sections of the report and offer comments and corrections”
    This is total bullshit. Why do these cockroaches get to edit the report? Gee, I wonder what they’re going to say? “I didn’t do this an I’m going to sue your ass off is you publish it.”
    Remember the gibberish Rodentslime, Strzok and McCabe put in the MYE report? There was no bias but the bias did not affect any investigative actions.

    “Trump authorized AG Bill Barr to declassify material in order to assist the IG investigation”
    Yeah, no. This is not what we expected. Trump was supposed to DIRECT Barr to make the information public, not just make it available to Horowitz.

    Is this little jerkaround what Wray and Haspel demanded?

    Make no mistake. We are not going to get what we are expecting.

    And the terrorists win again.


    • SAM-TruthFreedomLiberty says:

      “Make no mistake. We are not going to get what we are expecting.”
      You wont cause you have the wrong ideas about what Trump started and where this is going.

      They don’t “edit” the report. The report is finished. They can make comments which the IG can add and mark as their comments and then a rebuttal to these comments will be placed.
      That process is put to the minimum to avoid what you allege.

      Trump gave Barr total declassification power to enable Horowitz and Durham access to state, cia and co. material.
      The report is declassified until it is released(!) and if Trump wants he can declassify every word. Though it’s expected some info pertaining to the Durham investigation might be classified to avoid the investigated getting details.

      First FISA, then Flynn, then Durham.

      Liked by 5 people

  32. Tl Howard says:

    You know, AG Barr must have known for some time what the IG had found. I suspect he told Trump a while back, not today.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Robert Smith says:

      The way I would think is Barr is reporting to his superior as he feels necessary. Trump although well within his rights to ask or involve probably doesn’t initiate any contact for obvious reasons. So I agree.

      Liked by 2 people

    • SAM-TruthFreedomLiberty says:

      Trump knows since Admiral Rodgers visited him days after the election.
      He and Team Trump play it smart since then.

      Liked by 1 person

  33. Ironclaw says:

    Oh, I feel so sorry for the poor communist traitors who tried to pull off a coup against America’s president … NOT!


  34. DJ says:


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  35. Rastus says:

    I think all these perps have a major problem…. they are going to have to remember which lie they told which time during the investigation

    Liked by 4 people

    • The more commentary under oath, the more openings for interrogation on the stand.

      … Cross-referenced for multiplying inconsistencies among commenters.

      … No way in hell for them, much less their lawyers to coordinate stories.

      BEST PART (Speculation):
      They get to read the sentences with their NAMES … period.
      … None of the preceding or follow-on material.
      … None of the supporting documentation or evidence, which is INDISPUTABLE.
      … Just the IG’s commentary … IF and WHERE they’re named.

      Liked by 5 people

  36. John Ward says:

    It will be nice to have something to read over the Thanksgiving holiday.

    Liked by 1 person

  37. MDNA I says:

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  38. Retired IG says:

    THANK YOU Sundance and the Last Refuge/ CTH for this post. Somehow feel a sense of validation in my defense of IG Horowitz and the IG Report process. No LEAKS to the press! I’ve got the smallest violin in the world playing in sympathy for all of these conjectured “Principals” not being “allowed” to comment on the report. Would love to offer some CHEESE to accompany this great big WHINE going on. All I feel like saying to the WaPo/NYT is a statement from the movie ” Scent of A Woman.” Excuse me but that is ” FORK YOU TOO.”
    The WAPO/ NYT are crying like little babies because they do not have their teats of criminal leakers to suck on anymore. Oh the poor “principals” who don’t get to comment. Where are my leakers, my Comey, McCabe, etc ad nauseam. I sure am not crying for you. What a travesty and con job that has been foisted on the entire world re Pres Trump.
    Is it “merely” because he is not a player in the bribe/money laundering going on since only a Higher Power than myself may know of?
    Shout out to the WaPO/NYT – and any other pontificator who makes millions of dollars a year spouting out their horrifying diss job against the sitting President of the US. It is ONY MY somewhat educated GUESS, but the so called principals/criminals do not “get” to comment on the IG report because they are now under involved in GRAND JURY proceedings. Why don’t these “newspapers” do some “real interviews” of these so called principals before they print their BS? They will NEVER get one interview. The answer would be talk to my lawyers.
    No matter what comes out of this shit-storm I have to remind myself that the Saviour Jesus Christ, is quoted as saying, “Vengeance is Mine.”


  39. Julian says:

    One thing I’d like to add. The release of the FISA IG Report may be delayed (again) depending upon what is has to say about the UK.

    If it is put in a way that is favorable to Boris Johnson/Nigel Farage/Brexit/Tories it will likely be released as planned.

    If it is unfavorable to Boris/Nigel/Brexit/Tories it may well be delayed until Dec. 13.


    (I ain’t joking).

    UK Election is Thursday December 12.


    • Brock says:

      Boris Nigel and the Tories won’t be mentioned. They didn’t come in scene until after the abuse, at least in any leadership or decision making capacity.


      • JohninMK says:

        Agree, if there is anything adverse to the UK it will be blamed on the previous administration. The ‘not me Gov’ line of defence.

        Anyway the British public really couldn’t care less about the subject.


  40. DesertRain says:

    Devlin Barrett@DevlinBarrett
    Guess what! The IG now says witnesses will, in fact, be allowed to submit written comments, after witnesses were told they could not. Horowitz’s office is calling it a “clarification” of their intent.

    Scott Robinett @ScottRobinett1
    Replying to @DevlinBarrett @ScottMStedman
    Why the change? Where did the backlash come from?

    cara brown @3torties
    Replying to @DevlinBarrett @ScottMStedman @ScottRobinett1
    It’s much more likely the Lawfare folks misrepresented the IG’s instructions so people like u would be outraged.

    Hahahahahaha … excellent!

    Liked by 1 person

  41. Troublemaker10 says:

    This massive, panicky pushback has me hopeful that the fisa abuse report may be a serious report.


  42. noswamp says:

    NOOOOOOOO. Please do not allow verbal edits. Are you kidding me?


  43. noswamp says:

    I doubt the cover story about the “verbal edits”. Horowitz would not have indicated this at all. Just my sense. His staff might have played a role. Traitors. Hope he or she gets fired.


  44. Rynn69 says:

    PDJT and Barr are not going to discuss anything in front of a press pool on the lawn that is significant. Either it was nothing or designed to be seen. Don’t think it means anything.


  45. JohninMK says:

    Could the animated conversation have been about something completely different, like what’s going on re PDJT’s tax records?


  46. John-Y128 says:

    AG Barr has the authority to ‘declassify’ any intelligence ‘redactions’ if he can get the IC to agree. There have better be a few FISA abuse indictments [Brennan will skate] or the GOP is finished. Imagine how long it’ll take to get any ‘convictions’ for sentencing, providing PDJT wins re-election!


  47. Comrade Mope says:

    Is the imminent Justice Department Inspector General’s report what is holding up General Flynn’s case? Last I heard the case was scheduled for December 18th, but the decision could come anytime.


  48. Bulldog84 says:

    The “small group” wants written comments because they want to be able to leak more effectively. It’s really that simple.

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  49. Merkin Muffley says:

    Today is the day Judge Walton ordered the government to either charge Andrew McCabe or let him go. The government responded by releasing all the documents in the case, effectively letting McCabe go. Where do you think Horowitz and Durham will be allowed to go on this? Just how far will the DOJ let them go?


  50. Zorro says:

    The Lefties are eating up the Barrett and other’s spin hook, line and sinker. That’s MSM co-conspirators are their advantage.


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