Did U.S. Attorney John Durham Interview Patrick Byrne? – If So, How Does DOJ/FBI Reconcile Running Russian Operative Into Trump Campaign in 2015?…

During his short-lived media appearances former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne claims he had spoken to the DOJ April 5th, 2019, and again April 30th, 2019. Mr. Byrne stated he told the DOJ all of the information he was aware of during those two interviews covering approximately seven hours of questioning from officials in the Department of Justice.

During interviews Mr. Byrne highlighted the May 13th DOJ appointment of John Durham to look into the origination of the Russia investigation events. Byrne surmised this was likely, at least in part, a direct result of his two DOJ sessions April 5th and 30th, 2019.

Ms. Maria Butina, a young Russian idealist, was caught up in the 2016 vast Russian conspiracy agenda and had strong connections to high powered Russian oligarchs.

Originally the purpose of Butina coming to the U.S. in 2015, as explained by Patrick Byrne, was for her to engage with influential Americans for political contacts that could provide geopolitical value to the oligarchs.

Former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne was seen as important to Ms. Butina due to his connections to the emerging financial structures of crypto-currency and block-chain. Mr. Byrne is a libertarian who believes in small government, and is somewhat of a disruptor in the business world. Ms. Butina wanted to introduce Byrne to her friends in Russia.

Alternative currency options to the U.S. dollar has been an ongoing effort of Russian interests for a while. Russia considers global trade attached to the dollar as geopolitical problem; and they have been working for years on alternative currencies for trade (and their own wealth) that can avoid U.S. sanctions and the reach of the U.S. treasury.

As a Russian national with specific Russian interests that are not in alignment with U.S. national interests, Maria Butina was defined by the U.S. intelligence community as an ‘agent of a foreign power’.

Butina’s status meant unrestricted monitoring by the U.S. intelligence community was entirely legal.  However, because of this ‘foreign agent’ status Ms. Butina could also be a valuable 2015/2016 FISA virus to infect anyone the U.S. intelligence apparatus would wish to target domestically for surveillance.  Keep this in mind….

Political Espionage” – During the 2016 election season, Butina’s useful purpose appeared to be the reason the FBI in Washington DC enlisted Patrick Byrne as a handler, giving Butina specific instructions and introductions to Republican presidential candidates.

Once those candidates were contacted the FBI’s background surveillance transferred to the republican politicians, including persons in/around the Trump orbit.  Mr. Byrne stated several times that FBI Agent Peter Strzok, and persons working on his behalf, were the FBI officials directing the engagements.

Byrne claims he was asked to participate in an FBI intelligence operation and to introduce, and/or facilitate the introduction of, Ms. Butina to the campaigns of Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.

In December of 2015 Mr. Byrne said he became suspicious of the FBI motives because he warned FBI officials of the potential that his efforts, his reputation and those who trust him, may result in Butina gaining entry into campaign confidences. The FBI agents told Mr. Byrne that was exactly the intent.

People high up in the FBI wanted Ms. Butina to gain deep access into the Trump campaign. Mr. Byrne became suspicious of a corrupt political motive, but didn’t say anything at the time.

In/around Feb or March 2016 Byrne was told to focus Ms. Butina’s attention to the campaign of Donald Trump and to diminish any attention toward Rubio or Cruz.

Later in June & July (2016), FBI agents requested Mr. Byrne to focus on developing a closer romantic relationship with Ms. Butina and to use his influence to target her to closer proximity with the Trump family and Trump campaign.

It was within these June and July 2016 engagements where FBI agents were apologetic about the requests and specifically mentioned their instructions were coming from three principle FBI officials Byrne described as “X, Y and Z”. Later Byrne identified FBI Director James Comey as “Z”.  Mr. Byrne said the specific instructions were coming to the agents from Special Agent Peter Strzok as he relayed the requests of those above him [X, Y and Z (Comey)].

This FBI contact structure highlights an arms-length operation; perhaps intentionally constructed to create plausible deniability for those above the directly instructing agents.

In essence, these rank-and-file FBI agents were asking Patrick Byrne to be a civilian handler of a Russian national, and instructing him to carry out a covert counterintelligence operation. The FBI agents were apologetic about asking a civilian to take on such a role.

Conducting FISA-702(16)(17) database searches and electronic surveillance on U.S. persons who would meet with Butina would be justifiable and legal.

Extended contact with any U.S. person could lead to a Title-1 surveillance warrant through the FISA court, similar to what happened with Carter Page.  However, even without the FISA warrant, 702 searches would be valid just from brief contact.

As we have shown FISA-702 (“16” to-from) and (“17” about) queries were off the charts during the time-frame of November 2015 through May 2016.  Per the FISA audit conducted by NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers, after the flags noted by the database compliance officer, 85% of the search returns were unauthorized and unmasked.

The time-frames here seem too coincidental to be accidental. [Judge Collyer Report]  This was the same period when DC-based FBI officials were telling Patrick Byrne who they wanted him to introduce Ms. Butina to.

From the operational description of Mr. Patrick Byrne it would appear Ms. Butina was used by the FBI to “dirty-up” political targets, opening them up for surveillance.

The FBI/NSA database can be used in real time, or in historic mapping, to monitor people simply by entering their cell phone number and filtering the geolocation.   Additionally, texts, call logs, emails, personal data and sensitive electronic communication can all be reviewed by FBI officials using this FBI/NSA database.

Was what Patrick Byrne describes as “political espionage” the illicit and intentional use of an FBI counterintelligence operation to monitor the political campaign of the opposing party?

Maria Butina likely did have sketchy intentions from a U.S. strategic interest perspective; and monitoring her was perhaps justifiable.  However, specifically directing Butina on where to go and who to meet is another kettle-o-fish entirely.

That aspect could be why Mueller, Weissmann and the “dirty cops” within the DOJ and FBI, originally locked away Maria Butina in strict isolation and solitary confinement.

♦ In a Fox Business interview, Patrick Byrne described being offered a $1 billion bribe of sorts to stay quiet in 2018.  This piqued many curious questions; however, it is worth noting a bribe as described could come in a multitude of forms for a businessman who operates a massive corporation.

In 2018 Mr. Byrne’s company, Overstock, was also under an SEC investigation.


I’m sure it is just a coincidence, but FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok’s wife, Melissa Hodgman, happens to be the Assoc. Director of the SEC Enforcement Division, who happened to be leading the SEC investigation of Patrick Byrne’s company. [LINK]

So the wife of the FBI agent who was directing Patrick Byrne in the sketchy FBI operation targeting Donald Trump… just happens to open an investigation of Byrne shortly after the corrupt FBI operation containing her husband first hit the headlines in early 2018.

I wonder if the elimination of that SEC investigation was worth, oh, say $1 billion.

Huh, imagine that?


Small world.


Ms. Butina pleaded guilty in December 2018 to one count of conspiring to act as a foreign agent and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

Maria Butina was also removed from harsh isolation in prison on May 9th, ten days after Mr. Byrne delivered his testimony to the DOJ. According to Byrne Ms. Butina was moved to a very different White Collar facility based on his information.

On October 25th, 2019, Ms. Butina was released from federal prison and immediately deported back to Russia.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Convicted Russian agent Maria Butina was released from a Florida prison on Friday after serving most of her 18-month sentence for conspiring to influence U.S. conservative activists and infiltrate a powerful gun rights group, and taken into custody by immigration officials to be deported to her native country. (read more)

~ Full Interview Here ~

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231 Responses to Did U.S. Attorney John Durham Interview Patrick Byrne? – If So, How Does DOJ/FBI Reconcile Running Russian Operative Into Trump Campaign in 2015?…

  1. subro52 says:

    Where are the TRUE Whistleblowers? I’m tired of hearing about the “fine” people who make up the rank and file…blah, blah, blah. Where are they? I’m ready to clean house!

    Liked by 11 people

    • Dutchman says:

      I agree with your sentiments, but lets look at reality. In order to ‘rig’the system, the miscreants either corrupted those in leadership, as in with McCabes wifes ‘campaign’, or promoted to leadership positions rapascious ideologues, opportunists, etc.

      They engaged in a systemic campaign of ruthlessly shutting down ANY who would blow whistles on their nefarious activities, AND make an example, to discourage others.
      Look at what they did to Snowden, the other whistleblower (can’t recall his name) who was supposedly protected by going to Horowitz, and yet had his house raides by FBI team, the guy who worked undercover for several years to uncover Russian activities in Nuclear energy (Uranium one) and,…lets face it Seth Rich and Epstien.

      They have sent a clear signal, you try to expose their activities, they will bring the full resources of the Gov., the DOJ, the IC, to bear to ruin you, your family, etc.

      So, you either keep your mouth shut, your head down and blinders on, and hold out for your pension, or quietly resign and move on.

      Reality is, in any social situation, only a SMALL % of people will stand up.

      Like the famous experiment, where participants were TOLD (fake) that they were giving small ‘harmless’electrical shocks to people, and told to gradually increase the amount?

      Even when the phony victim sounded like they were having a heart attack, a disconcertingly large # of participants continued to give the shocks, and increase the voltage.

      Heck, LOOK what they have done to POTUS, Flynn, Manafort, Stone, etc.
      These people will RUIN any individual who crosses them, even POTUS.

      Its easy to SAY “Well, I would ‘come forward’, but few are ever actually IN such a situation.

      No, Barr/Durham ain’t going to save our Republic. No ONE individual (except DJT) is going to, either. BECAUSE of their ability to discredit and ruin any individual. Only COLLECTIVELY, through our support of PDJT (hopefully) and (regretfully) perhaps having to resort to 2A, can we hope to right our ship of State.
      Whistleblowers are NOT going to do it.
      Its reality.

      Liked by 12 people

      • Sugarhillhardrock says:

        Your analysis is acute, I don’t argue with your observations of human frailty
        The go along, get along, keep your head down instinct, is mighty strong.

        I will point out that if AG Barr fxcks his responsibility up, there are a few of us, actually more than a few, who are aware of duty to the republic. You will understand that some of us have relatives and ancestors who stood up in the past. My family, and my wife’s family were directly involved in the Revolution. Our families have repeatedly defended the republic from founding forward, including 4 relatives who fought in the Pacific theater during WW II.

        If the swamp rats think they will win and subvert our constitutional structure some of us are going to stop that sedition.

        My ancestors are watching me.

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        • Dutchman says:

          I am the only male member of my family, going back 3 generations for sure (maybe more) that didn’t serve.

          I had too serious a criminal record, and this was in Viet Nam era, when standards were relaxed.

          I fully understand, short hand term is Patriots. Among the many things these Globalist/elitists don’t understand, and are dismissive of, is patriotism. Like religion, they are contemptuos of it.

          BIG mistake. My Dad was in the pacific, in WW2. He was a weather man. They didn’t have,weather (or any) satelites, so to predict weather, like for planning an attack or invasion, they needed weather information from many different points, that they could chart.

          Problem is, the enemy was not inclined to share such info, on weather in territory they occupied.
          So, my Dads unit, in 2 man teams, were dropped behind enemy lines, to hide from Japanese, on islands they held, and transmit weather info.
          He had some interesting stories.
          My oldest brother was on the USS Midway, an aircraft carrier stationed in the Tonkin Gulf, DURING the famous ‘incident’.
          I have one relative, distant cousin who served in 3 different branches of U.S. armed forces.
          Yes, I believe THEY don’t understand, but I most definetly do.
          Pray it doesn’t come to that, but while hoping for the best, prepare for the worst.


        • muckeyduck says:

          German general, Hans von Seekt, the man who rebuilt the German Army after World War I wrote:
          The essential thing is action. Action has three stages: the decision born of thought, the order or preparation for execution, and the execution itself.

          I reiterate, “The essential thing is action”. How do you propose to carry your desire for action, into action itself. What things are you doing presently to prepare for action. Are you organizing with like minded people, or are you just waiting for some yet unknown event or signal before you actually move into the action phase.

          We are all sick and tired and filled to overflowing with the sickness of the left, but what if anything will finally push us to action.


    • Georgia says:

      Mueller got rid of all those who did so as to 911– shut them up and shut them down– you didn’t hear about this? The FBI has now handpicked Comey/Mueller types as Mueller used the “6 years in and you have to move to DC” new “rule”/canard to get rid of the older experienced agents who might not go along with the politicized Agency they wanted and so he could fill up their positions with the types that are there now–Leftist SJWs and suck ups….

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    • Laramie Evan says:



    • Samuel Delaney says:

      The real whistleblowers are keeping quiet out fear of taking a long walk down a short pier wearing boots made of concrete. Don’t be surprised when people start disappearing, having freak accidents, committing suicide, and getting arrested for child pornography that mysteriously appears on their PC.

      Liked by 2 people

  2. evergreen says:

    Strzok vectoring a Russian operative into those campaigns, and then pointing at those campaigns and crying “Russian collaborators!!”.

    Does that summarize how inverted this all is?

    Liked by 8 people

    • Jederman says:

      It summarizes a lot of things, like big gvt is not and never will be the answer, no future R president can EVER trust the DS bureaucracy, particularly the Leftys. They are corrupt. It is not up for debate. Their actions have demonstrated the truth in my accusation. Gramsci is alive and well on the Left as they position themselves to be the permanent administrators of the globalist, we can not vote our way out of this anymore

      We’ve already seen the over-reaction of the Left post 2016 when their long hoped for “fundamental transformation” that the effete obama worked so hard for and was so close to pushing over the top sputtered and died with clinton’s crash and burn.

      Our votes may keep the WH safe for another four years but the craven fanatics on the Left are committed to tossing our system out IOT make this a socialist hellhole, like the others on the globalist roster.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Kleen says:

    Still nothing about the other Republican campaigns that were spied on. Carson? Cruz?

    And nothing about the reporters who were spied on.

    Too much we don’t know.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Dutchman says:

      I read SOMEWHERE, that Carsons campaign imploded, because he had a friend handle his campaign funds, and the friend,…either did a poor job, or misappropriated, either way bankrupting his campaign.

      Its easy to see how, early on, Ben Carson could be seen as a MAJOR threat.
      So yes, would be good to know what REALLY went on there. Its EASY to imagine how, ‘six ways from Sunday’Carsons campaign could have been targeted by McCabe, Stroxz, etc.

      And, of coarse DJT and Carson remain close,…

      Liked by 3 people

  4. Jennifer Verner says:

    Looks like they are going to try and pin a lot of this on Halper. Nice try traitors. This goes to the top. Obama knew everything and his puppet master Soros was bankrolling everything. These people are like a cult or a criminal syndicate. All interconnected and working to protect the borg. And I’m with Devin Nunes, if a whole bunch of them don’t go to jail, we are finished. I consider myself an American patriot, and I now have zero faith in either the FBI or DOJ, much less the CIA. I consider myself an honest law abiding solid citizen. How many tens of millions like me are out there? If people like me and my family lose faith, how long before this nation utterly fails? That’s what the stakes are. God help us.

    Liked by 10 people

    • MaserMan says:

      Jennifer- I am with you. Millions of others are just like us. Many have not come to realize the depth of what this is and if the rest knew what we readers of CTH know, there would be 100’s of millions of ‘Us’. This is what the cabal is afraid of. DO you remember how the politicians of all stripes reviled in fear from the Tea Party and the anger that spilled out into the streets and into the Town Halls held by the congressional types ? That was real FEAR. In the end this is why many of these same politicians want to take our second amendment and weapons away from us. They know that pushed far enough, we the people can and will take arms up against them to protect ourselves from enemies foreign and domestic. Period.

      I say this as more than a casual observer. Patrick Byrne is a friend and colleague. He and I often speak at the same freedom oriented events. We both have had the FBI make close approaches. Patrick decided, for reasons that I don’t understand, to cooperate with them. I used to hold clearances and acted as a ‘passive collector’ for the intelligence community so I guess that I understand the sense of patriotic duty. My FBI encounters over the past 8 years have been unwarranted and made it clear that they were reading my email – at the very least – and trying to get physical access to my computers. I’ve never really been sure why they have done this but its clear from this experience that people like Carter Page are just the tip of the iceberg. Hear me and hear me well when I say that EACH AND EVERY CITIZEN CAN AND WOUD BE SUBJECTED TO COMPLETE STASI LIKE SURVEILLANCE IF WE ARE DEEMED AN ‘ENEMY OF THE STATE’. The stakes in this issue are the highest I have seen in my lifetime and the threat to our democracy far exceeds anything that I ever saw during the Soviet era – and I say this as someone who went inside the Soviet system to battle against them. People, we are in deep shit if we don’t stand up for ourselves, our constitution and our freedoms.

      Liked by 16 people

      • Maser, you must be doing the right things if they couldn’t physically access your computers. We know that they can access millions of computers as the back door was left wide open for them by the maker of the os.

        What is lost in the weeds of all of this is that every American alive and with any social presence at all is having all their data collected on a regular basis, ALL of it. If you used your “super safe gold chipped card” to buy the last Japanese dinner you had, they know.

        They know everything, and Big Tech is Huge Government. Suckerberg the front for Life Log, see eye eh front money for google, etc… nothing is sacred or hidden anymore about our lives. Nothing.

        This battle going on is far more important and should have much greater consequences for Americans than just what meets the eye, for the Republic is truly compromised if things continue as they have with a total lack of privacy, freedom, liberty, and DUE PROCESS.

        Especially when “crimes” are being manufactured for a rogue and weaponized “government’s” convenience.

        Liked by 2 people

      • L. E. Joiner says:

        We need an anti-Swamp movement like the Tea Party, only larger, maybe a ‘Save America’ movement, aimed at restoring the Republic our Founders envisioned. Should aim at passing Amendments limiting the Administrative State, repealing the 17th Amendment, and creating term limits for Congress.

        Liked by 2 people

  5. signer1 says:

    I noticed Jeb Bush was not amongst those to be Infultrated by Butina. Pretty shady, considering the Bush/Clinton relationship.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. signer1 says:

    I noticed Jeb Bush was not amongst those to be Infultrated by Butina. Pretty shady, considering the Bush/Clinton relationship.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Mongo Mere Pawn says:

    We will know the FISA Report is a whitewash if Byrne and Butina are not addressed by disclosing whether Republican presidential candidates other than Trump were surveilled. For Rogers to conduct his audit and for Colyer to conclude therefrom that 85% of the 11/1/15 through 4/18/16 searches were unauthorized, the database has to have some type of access/search history — whether who or what or when or all three — and for Colyer to conclude that the same person was searched multiple times suggests that its access/search history is qualitative, not just quantitative. This should also be the case due to the need to regulate statutory two hop authority under Title 1. If you cannot audit access/search history through one or two hops, you cannot know whether the accessor/searcher stopped at two hops for enforcement purposes. Under such circumstances, the database is subject to abuse beyond our wildest dreams, given it is left to the good faith of those accessing/searching to regulate themselves without any potential oversight.
    If this is the case, then Horowitz should tell us (as should have Colyer before him). If it is not, then Horowitz should describe the access/search history of the FISA application for Carter Page, as well as the 3 renewals. He should describe the extent of the electronic surveillance on Page — text, cell, email, internet, GPS, financial and travel — then identify all those surveilled on the first and second hops, including specifically those affiliated with the Trump campaign or family, including Candidate Trump, both primary and general, President-elect Trump, and President Trump.
    The meeting between President-elect Trump and Admiral Rogers had to have communicated actual NSA database surveillance, whether authorized by the FISA court or not, for Trump to react by moving his transition team from Trump Tower and for cabinet members in the intelligence community to urge the ouster of Rogers to President Obama in response. We just don’t know how much Rogers told Trump. As head of the NSA, Rogers was in a position to monitor database access and search history even outside the confines of the audit, so theoretically he could have monitored every access/search conducted under the Page FISA application and renewals, and provided continuous updates to President Trump through their expiration. But if the small group knew he had that capacity, knew he was watching them, then why seek the renewals in the first place?
    To cut through the intrigue, Horowitz should disclose whether the audit revealed electronic FISA database surveillance on candidates other than Trump. If the access/search history for the subcontractors reveals surveillance of Cruz or Rubio, in the same timeframe as Byrne was running Butina through their campaigns, then that is clearly political espionage, using “Russian influence or collusion” as a pretext.
    If all of these issues are observable by a poor lurker from what Sundance has been addressing for the last 3 years, Horowitz should be able to see them from his investigation. If he does not address them, we have a whitwash.

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  8. Will Hunt says:

    Truly horrific and astounding to imagine the shear number of “good FBI agents” that had to keep their ears, eyes and mouths covered

    Liked by 1 person

  9. mylabs5 says:

    I posted about Mike Rogers a couple of days ago. He has all the goods on everyone. Cross check the NSA database of the FBI personnel and special contractors. You’ll find a lot there. Did he get interviewed.
    If Horowitz didn’t check then this thing he’s about to release is a CYA fraud. But I’m still giving it a chance since Dan Bongino revealed that the NYT buried additional citings in the 14th chapter of their article that contradicts their premise of no moles in Trump’s campaign. As with everything that comes out of the NYT or the WaPo, one has to wait a couple of days to get the real facts.
    As I watched a former Fed Pros. say…There’s no way a report with 1000 pages over 18 mons is not going to come away with a lot of really bad stuff. People will get taken down.
    With so much in the public domain now, it’s unlikely they can hide anything or CYA. So tick tock.

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  10. Paul Cohen says:


    “Wow former CIA analyst says Brennan task force was set up in late summer/early autumn 2015. That’s exactly when Pentagon contracts Halper to manufacture dirt on ⁦@GenFlynn⁩ using CIA slush fund. Flynn is meeting Trump throughout summer 2015 with a view to help him to win.”

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  11. HellInAHandbasket says:

    ”Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it’s enemy action.”
    ~ Ian Fleming

    Liked by 2 people

  12. trialbytruth says:

    That party photo reminds me of a Where’s Waldo picture

    Who’s the chrome dome Mary’s talking to looks like a star of this play to me. Is that Pedesta on Her left. Is Colonel Vindictive in shirt sleeves behind her? Far right top.standing group.of men is that Hunt? For a moment I thought I saw Chri Wray chatting it up with a crimped hair blonde center top.


  13. Dutchman says:

    Just as Pelosi, Schiff, etc. have painted themselves into a corner, with no way out,…

    Just as Xi/CCP have painted themselves into a corner,…with no way out,..

    I feel the swamp has painted itself ito a corner,…with no way out.

    They have gotten away with so much, for so long, they thought they could get away with ANYTHING.

    And, if a scheme was revealed, they could rely on the media to spin, and if necesary resort to the “investigate to exonerate”, to bondo over the mess, and keep moving forward.

    And, their hubris has done them in. They went TOO far, too much has,come out, their is too much damning evidence.
    The media has destroyed its credibility, THEY have destroyed THEIR credibility, and “investigate to exonerate” and ‘spin’ simply won’t work this time.

    Hubris, and a lack of appreciation for several military maxims, has them stuck in a corner, with no way out.

    “NO military plan survives first contact with the enemy”
    “ALWAYS have a plan “B”.
    “KNOW your enemy”
    And of coarse, the “First rule of HOLES”;
    “When you find yourself in a hole, and wanting out, QUIT DIGGING!”

    I don’t know whether ANY of the coupists will experience the,wrath of Justice. I don’t THINK they can just punish (in any meaningful way) a few low level people, as they will flip.

    However, I am confident HISTORY, and God WILL,….not look kindly on the conspirators, both large and small.

    And, of coarse there is Donald J. Trump, our glorious bastard of a POTUS. As he says, “We’ll see what happens!”

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  14. zekness says:

    breaking news…”madam” maxwell is reportedly cooperating with FBI investigators wrt Epstein pedo.

    status: unconfirmed/not verified…open source, Dana Perino, FOX NEWS, CABLE BROADCAST, 29NOV2019, 11:42:02 AM UTC

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  15. Publius Syrus says:

    As Nunes says, if some of these crooks and spies on American citizens dont get prosecuted, Americans wont trust the DOJ and FBI for generations to come…

    Liked by 2 people

  16. jus wundrin says:

    SD – the master dot connector.

    ‘Was what Patrick Byrne describes as “political espionage” the illicit and intentional use of an FBI counterintelligence operation to monitor the political campaign of the opposing party?’

    Heck yes! Cruz was #2, and kind of a loose cannon not to be trusted by the deep state, and Carson was the unknown and an upright man who frightened the demons. I think if either of these two were the nominee, and beat hilly, they would be in the same exact position as president Trump is today.

    Fortunately Trump was the only man that could, and is, standing up to this crap.

    The unanswered question is why? Im thinking that the extremely arrogant hilly, and the very thin skinned 0Bomba, loathed each other. But there was a mutual parasitism that kept each of them together. Why else would 0Bomba support hillys campaign?

    Was it in order to keep each others skeletons hidden with a hilly win, or did hilly have some VERY ugly goods on 0Bomba which made him dance for her? The script just writes itself.

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  17. owtolunch says:

    Butina was also linked with Paul Erickson going back to 2013. … He introduced her to folks at the NRA ..He was a GOP booster from SD. … Erickson also was trying to advise the Trump Transition team… So anyone he introduced Butina to would be infected with the 2 hop rule as well… Erickson just plead guilty to wire fraud Nov 19tth in SD


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  18. leighdiaz3973 says:

    had Buttina gone further she would have linked NRA to Russia and Trump
    NRA funded by Russia -sound familiar- thus 2A and Trump targeted


  19. JPinBalt says:

    Link for Fox Business interview, Patrick Byrne on Aug 22, 2019, cited

    Another interview also mentioning Brennan

    Byrne as of interview says has not talked to gov (DOJ) since April and came forward. Says was put into play by FBI in 2015 and 2016. Says twice in interview that last summer (2018) figured out orders came from Peter Strzok, notes orders coming from Comey and McCabe,

    He does not seem that credible given other things in the interview, not that balanced, more psychological being slightly bipolar creating in his mind manic self-importance or paranoid being played. The more important thing is that he said he got orders from FBI (to connect Butina with political VIPs) in 2015 and 2016 yet did not know till summer 2018 that it came from Strzok. So he gets orders, does not know who from at the time, then figures out two and a half years later, that what makes his allegations orders came from Strzok less than credible. Someone should have asked him better questions. So, was it an anonymous person giving him orders in 2015 and 2016?, a mystery phone call?, how did he figure it out?, what is basis for Strzok?, is it something communicated by Butina summer 2018? If he never met or talked to Strzok as he would have remembered, the allegation is hearsay or a guess.

    Summer of 2018 had Mueller’s indictment of 12 alleged Russian intelligence officers, also Manafort trial, and Butina was arrested.


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