Inspector General Report on DOJ and FBI Compliance With FISA Legal Requirements – Public Release – Open Discussion Thread

Today the Dept. of Justice Office of Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, will release the much anticipated report covering a 21-month review of FBI and DOJ compliance with legal requirements surrounding FISA and the application against U.S. person Carter Page.

The report is rumored to be well over 600 pages.  It will BE RELEASED HERE.

The report was published at 1:00pm – The Report is only 476 Pages

PDF of REPORT HERE – Read on Oversight Here– Press Release HERE

Use this thread as an open discussion and research thread  specific to the content of the IG report when released.

Things to keep in mind…

First, with a volume of text over 600 pages, and potentially as high as 1,000 pages, there is no immediate analysis you will find in the media today based on a review of the report.  The report is simply too long to read, review and outline today.

Therefore all of the MSM journalists will likely be reporting from pre-written talking points distributed by officials with a vested interest in shaping opinion of the report immediately upon release.

From my own experience, even after several days very few journalists will have actually even read the full report; they will instead be working from selected segments of the report as outlined by others.

It is strongly suggested you read the report for yourself, draw your own conclusions, and don’t rely on what could be sections taken out of context.  Obviously crowdsourcing the report is one of the fastest ways to absorb information in a discussion thread.

Secondly, keep in mind while the IG review began in March 2018 the Mueller investigation almost certainly kept many aspects of the material shielded from IG inquiry until the special counsel investigation ended.  Indeed as we have seen from other material delayed throughout 2018, up to March 2019 when the Mueller probe ended, many documents were hidden (likely intentionally) by the special counsel.  So a full unimpeded IG review likely did not begin until after the Mueller investigation concluded. Hence, some delays.

♦Use this thread to share any information you find of value within the report.  As previously noted MAKE SURE you give a page number for anything you cite.  This helps others who are doing a similar review.

♦Be on the lookout for any material inside the IG report that stems from the list of classified documents previously requested to be declassified by congress.  If you note any of that material again please give citations. [Declassification Reference List Here]

♦It will be disappointing if the IG release does not also bring forth a considerable amount of declassified documentary material in support of the findings.  Arguably the list for declassification is more important than the IG report itself.

♦As soon as the report is released CTH will share direct links and attempt to download and upload into a shareable, hopefully searchable, and embed format.  If it is a big report this can sometimes be problematic.

♦Be on the lookout for the report around Noon to 1:00pm Eastern.  OIG Website HERE

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1,382 Responses to Inspector General Report on DOJ and FBI Compliance With FISA Legal Requirements – Public Release – Open Discussion Thread

  1. Nick the Deplorable says:

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  2. Joe says:

    It’s plain as paint what happened and why.

    The Inspector General won’t admit it.

    Through the looking glass.

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    • California Joe says:

      Horowitz once again, as he did to defang his Hillary Clinton email investigation, predicted this investigation by precluding the “second guessing ” of any discretionary decisions made by the DOJ (which includes the FBI). So, what the hell was the point of conducting an investigation in the first place? If you weren’t going to investigate the justification why a FISA warrant was requested or an investigation of the President of the United States was initiated why are you getting a pay check!

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  3. DesertRain says:

    NEW: in a rare statement,US Attorney John Durham says:
    “Based on the evidence collected to date,&while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the IG that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.”
    #FISA

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  4. From the DOJ website.
    Keep this in mind going forward.
    ___________

    DEPRIVATION OF RIGHTS UNDER COLOR OF LAW

    SUMMARY:

    Section 242 of Title 18 makes it a crime for a person acting under color of any law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States.
    For the purpose of Section 242, acts under “color of law” include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within the their lawful authority, but also acts done beyond the bounds of that official’s lawful authority, if the acts are done while the official is purporting to or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties. Persons acting under color of law within the meaning of this statute include police officers, prisons guards and other law enforcement officials, as well as judges, care providers in public health facilities, and others who are acting as public officials. It is not necessary that the crime be motivated by animus toward the race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin of the victim.

    The offense is punishable by a range of imprisonment up to a life term, or the death penalty, depending upon the circumstances of the crime, and the resulting injury, if any

    https://www.justice.gov/crt/deprivation-rights-under-color-law

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  5. valinorking says:

    What I find interesting from what I’ve read so far is not what the report says but what it doesn’t say.

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    • richard verney says:

      Early days, but Page XIV is crucial.

      This probably was the most sensitive FIAS Application made by the FBI, certainly the renewals were spying on the President. In these circumstances senior magaers would have wanted to have made sure that everything was dome by the book, all the i dottes and t crossed. They would have wanted to make sure that there was no mistakes whatsoever, and they would not have trusted matters to underlings, and simply taken their word. These underlings would have been grilled hard and senior managers would wish to see the evidence on which everything was being made and framed. This is critical when they are signing off on the FISA Application, and where they know that the buck stops wth them. They know that they themselves are under a positive obligation to ensure that everything is correct and in order.

      This is a real CYA situation, so I do not buy ignorance by senior managers regarding errors made by underlings.

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    • richard verney says:

      Early days but Page XIV is crucial.

      This probably was the most sensitive FIAS Application made by the FBI, certainly the renewals were spying on the President. In these circumstances senior magaers would have wanted to have made sure that everything was dome by the book, all the i dottes and t crossed. They would have wanted to make sure that there was no mistakes whatsoever, and they would not have trusted matters to underlings, and simply taken their word. These underlings would have been grilled hard and senior managers would wish to see the evidence on which everything was being made and framed. This is critical when they are signing off on the FISA Application, and where they know that the buck stops wth them. They know that they themselves are under a positive obligation to ensure that everything is correct and in order.

      This is a real CYA situation, so I do not buy ignorance by senior managers regarding errors made by underlings.

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    • RobInPA says:

      Tbat is a classic tactic, always very smoothly and pleasantly applied, by National Progressive Radio.

      The sheeple gobble up NPR’s bull-crap manure and thinks that it tastes pretty good!

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  6. Troublemaker10 says:

    Statement by Attorney General William P. Barr on the Inspector General’s Report of the Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane Investigation
    https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/statement-attorney-general-william-p-barr-inspector-generals-report-review-four-fisa

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    • The Boss says:

      Vanilla.

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    • StanH says:

      “… It is also clear that, from its inception, the evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory. Nevertheless, the investigation and surveillance was pushed forward for the duration of the campaign and deep into President Trump’s administration. In the rush to obtain and maintain FISA surveillance of Trump campaign associates, FBI officials misled the FISA court, omitted critical exculpatory facts from their filings, and suppressed or ignored information negating the reliability of their principal source. The Inspector General found the explanations given for these actions unsatisfactory. While most of the misconduct identified by the Inspector General was committed in 2016 and 2017 by a small group of now-former FBI officials, the malfeasance and misfeasance detailed in the Inspector General’s report reflects a clear abuse of the FISA process.”

      This is what’s important.

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      • Dee says:

        WTF is this?
        Page was an intermediary between Russia and the Trump campaign’s then manager (Manafort) in a “well-developed conspiracy” of cooperation, which led to Russia’s disclosure of hacked DNC emails to Wikileaks in exchange for the Trump campaign’s agreement to sideline Russian intervention in Ukrain e as a campaign issue (Report 95); and • Russia re leased the DNC emails to Wikileaks in an attempt to swing voters to Trump, an objective conceived and promoted by Page and others. From the summary.

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        • rmstock says:

          Thats probably a description of Lisa Page.

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        • Sanchez says:

          The section you quoted, Dee, was what the CH team alleged – later identified as not reliable enough and warned against using by counsel for the OI.

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        • Elle says:

          Depending on the timing, there was a point when the Hillary campaign thought that Trump was the guy they could beat. So if they were conspiring to swing votes to help Trump get the GOP nomination it could make sense. Additionally, if Russia released only selected emails to Wikileaks it might allow controlled manipulation of leaks and possibly allow Comey to open and close the investigation (it’s all behind us now) as well as to set up Trump to be “conspiring with Russia”. Wonder if the Weiner laptop put a damper on that being executed smoothly.

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        • dawg says:

          Think that was from the Steele dossier

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      • jahealy says:

        I have a problem with “In the rush to obtain and maintain FISA surveillance …”. These treasonous POS’s were PLOTTING, not “rushing.”

        Sentence should read, “In the PLOT to obtain and maintain FISA surveillance …”.

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      • Beau Geste says:

        And the crooked FISC has done nothing. The FISC has been fully aware that it was misled, yet has not withdrawn its falsely-obtained political spy warrant, as any honest court would do, even after expiration, to delegitimize actions taken under the false warrant and its falsely obtained extensions. The FISC has not taken any action to discipline the oath-swearers and DOJ prosecuting attorneys who misrepresented to the court, withheld required evidence, and failed their ongoing duty to inform the court of such misrepresentations and withholding. This duty is even more extreme than the usual prosecution duty, because the defendants are not represented, or in the case of “2-hopped” defendants, blithlely included by the FISC, not even known by the court. Except here, the court certainly knew that Donald Trump was the 2-hop political target of the falsely-obtained double-secret warrant. And the court knew this was political spying, involving a major party political presidential campaign. But everyone knew hillary would win, so FISC permitting spying by the power of the powerful Government spy apparatus on the GOP would never by revealed.
        The FISC has made no effort to determine the identities of all US Citizens spied on by this extreme 2-step warrant on thousands-to-millions of republicans, the extent, records and results of spying on each US Citizen, and WHO (anyone) who received ANY of the political spy information (just FBI personnel, or obama politicals, or DNC operatives, or deep state CIA intent on blackmailing people?)
        The FISC is complicit in this political spying. Its inaction demonstrates the need to replace it and its judges with a more responsible system with checks and balances to prevent this clear abuse.

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        • steph_gray says:

          Well this means it’s a great thing that the vote on continuing the FISA authorization is delayed until the middle of March, when everyone will have had plenty of time to soak in all this.

          I expect Rand Paul will lead the charge to revamp it.

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    • NightFlight says:

      Thanks for the link.

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      • loisplane says:

        Gold.

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      • James Groome says:

        Durham has all but stated that COMPARTMENTALIZATION(lack of access to the full spectrum of evidence as well as witnesses) is what prevented Horowitz from finding PROOF of the conspiracy –
        The real problem is the pernicious “lack of curiosity” when any type of wrongdoing is detected if it involves anyone opposing a conservative or libertarian. It may go a level or two… however once a strong progressive is the arbiter the case falls by the way side and is classified as prosecutorial discretion. NO MATTER how many times it always falls to one political side… it becomes easier to identify as a democrat than to fight as a republican when you have the press and prosecutors rifling through every thing you have ever touched + your family and friends.

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      • mostlyogauge says:

        Rush Limbaugh was hitting on this today. His take, and I’m paraphrasing from memory, is that Durham is saying the IG report is fluff, I have a grand jury, and indictments are imminent. I hope that is true.

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    • ATheoK says:

      Confidence in Wray and Wray’s FBI reforms?

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      • alonzo1956 says:

        More diversity training???
        Wray must be a part of the problem and even if he is not, he is too close to the events to EVER get my trust to even be a school crossing guard. Wray must go and perhaps Haspel and her first three levels of management. It is easier to simply disband all alphabet agencies.

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    • richard verney says:

      Page XIV is the crux.

      This probably was the most sensitive FIAS Application made by the FBI, certainly the renewals were spying on the President. In these circumstances senior magaers would have wanted to have made sure that everything was dome by the book, all the i dottes and t crossed. They would have wanted to make sure that there was no mistakes whatsoever, and they would not have trusted matters to underlings, and simply taken their word. These underlings would have been grilled hard and senior managers would wish to see the evidence on which everything was being made and framed. This is critical when they are signing off on the FISA Application, and where they know that the buck stops wth them. They know that they themselves are under a positive obligation to ensure that everything is correct and in order.

      This is a real CYA situation, so I do not buy ignorance by senior managers regarding errors made by underlings.

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    • alonzo1956 says:

      I am dismayed at Barr’s statement regarding Christopher Wray. IMO Wray CANNOT be disentangled from this web and MUST HAVE had more information than what has been released to the public. The FBI, CIA and possibly the NSA need to be torn down to the ground. We then AS CITIZENS need to have the final say on what if anything will take their place. The spying will not stop as long as those agencies are even partially left intact.

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  7. Paul Gallant says:

    “The decision to seek to use this highly intrusive
    investigative technique was known and approved at
    multiple levels of the Department, including by then
    DAG Yates for the initial FISA application and first
    renewal, and by then Acting Attorney General Boente
    and then DAG Rosenstein for the second and third
    renewals, respectively. However, as we explain later,
    the Crossfire Hurricane team failed to inform
    Department officials of significant information that was
    available to the team at the time that the FISA
    applications were drafted and filed. Much of that
    information was inconsistent with, or undercut, the
    assertions contained in the FISA applications that were
    used to support probable cause and, in some instances,
    resulted in inaccurate information being included in the
    applications. While we do not speculate whether
    Department officials would have authorized the FBI to
    seek to use FISA authority had they been made aware
    of all relevant information, it was clearly the
    responsibility of Crossfire Hurricane team members to
    advise them of such critical information so that they
    could make a fully informed decision.”

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    • Beau Geste says:

      Bias is easily evidenced by the differential “unequal” treatment of hillary/DNC foreign activities, criminality and behavior. “Political Discretion” is bias, in and of itself.

      What was the “insurance policy” against hillary “winning”? How was the FBI/CIA going to “stop hillary”?

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  8. wightmanfarm says:

    Guess this confirms the topic of the “heated discussion” between Barr and Trump a few weeks ago.

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  9. bsdetector4u says:

    Tweet from Mark Meadows:

    I just got out of a nearly 2 hour briefing on the IG report.

    It is deeply disturbing. Some former FBI and DOJ officials are about to have some serious explaining to do.

    More details to come shortly.

    What did he see in the report that we’re not seeing?

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    • luke says:

      I would say look at Barr and Durhams statements on this report.

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    • Tess from Philly says:

      “I didn’t do it on purpose. I’m just inept.” That’s the best they can say for themselves. The results in every case they’ve ever worked on are now called into question. In any case, the report doesn’t say there’s been no bias. Just that they were unable to prove it.

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      • steph_gray says:

        In any case, the report doesn’t say there’s been no bias. Just that they were unable to prove it.

        Deja vu – because that was exactly the conclusion in the previous big IG report on the Hitlery investigation.

        Of course a lot of people did not read deeply enough, and were also bamboozled by the yellowstream media shouting from the rooftops that no bias had been identified.

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    • WRB says:

      We concluded that the failures described above and in this report represent serious performance failures by the supervisory and non-supervisory agents with responsibility over the FISA applications.

      We identified at least 17 significant errors or omissions in the Carter Page FISA applications, and many additional errors in the Woods Procedures.

      …we also did not receive satisfactory explanations for the errors or problems we identified.
 In most instances, the agents and supervisors told us that they either did not know or recall why the information was not shared with OI, that the failure to do so may have been an oversight, that they did not recognize at the time the relevance of the information to the FISA application, or that they did not believe the missing information to be significant. On this last point, we believe that case agents may have improperly substituted their own judgments in place of the 
judgment of OI, or in place of the court, to weigh the probative value of the information.

      …the agents and supervisors did not give appropriate attention or treatment to the facts that cut against probable cause, or reassess the information supporting probable cause as the investigation progressed. The agents and SSAs also did not follow, or appear to even know, the requirements in the Woods Procedures to re- verify the factual assertions

      …so many basic and fundamental errors were made by three separate, hand-picked teams on one of the most sensitive FBI investigations that was briefed to the highest levels within the FBI, …raised significant questions regarding the FBI chain of command’s management and supervision of the FISA process.

      In our view, this was a failure of not only the operational team, but also of the managers and supervisors, including senior officials, in the chain of command. For these reasons, we recommend that the FBI review the performance of the employees who had responsibility for the preparation, Woods review, or approval of the FISA applications, as well as the managers and supervisors in the chain of command of the Carter Page investigation, including senior officials, and take any action deemed appropriate.
      ——————————————————————————————

      Now add to that US Attorney John Durham’s statement
      “Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.

      The IG took at face value the “Golly Gee, I did not know we wasn’t supposed to do that, honest injun!” But with one credible witness saying “they were all in on it, they are all criminals!” and we have enough circumstantial evidence to indict.

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      • Beau Geste says:

        The burden of proof for obtaining spy warrants is on the DOJ/FBI. If they “cannot remember” why they illegally obtained a spy warrant, the tie goes to the US Citizens, not the DOJ/FBI because the crooks did not recall or admit corruption.
        The FBI/DOJ is not excused because of lack of admission of misleading and false behavior. The IG has the wrong test. The burden is on the DOJ/FBI to PROVE they acted legally and honestly without bias, and in an equal way with other political cases such as hilary/DNC foreign donations/influene/pay-to-play, bribes. ukraine “help”, etc.

        This is a basic flaw of the horowitz whitewash.

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        • justlizzyp says:

          Also for the media spin machine. They are gloating about the ‘did not find any documentary evidence that bias against Trump impacted their actions’ while ignoring the obscene mistakes that were found. If it wasn’t a specific bias against Trump that motivated their action, doesn’t that suggest that this was business as usual? I personally think that’s even worse.

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  10. billybob says:

    Rush just said that Durham has made a statement and it sounds like the MOAB of all MOAB’s on Horowitz and his report . MEGA MAGA!!!!!!!

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    • snailmailtrucker says:

      I thought Rush said that Durham said that about The Mueller Report.

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    • ristvan says:

      Horowitz explained that he could only look at the EC from the internal perspective of the FBI. Correct; and that it existed sufficed to open Crossfire Hurricane.

      Durham can look at the entirety of the EC, and is signaling he disagrees with Horowitz conclusions about it. Both are legitimate perspectives. Durham is also signaling BIG legal problems ahead for Brennan and Clapper.

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      • gda53 says:

        Thank you, ristvan.

        But does Comey escape scot-free?

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      • 6x47 says:

        And basically what Horowitz found is what we have known since the beginning:

        “Counterintelligence investigation” is a blank check, with only the most minimal Constitutional or legal checks on it. The FBI can open an “investigation” for almost any reason, and their own assertion that they did it “because reasons” is sufficient.

        A fine case for removing counterintelligence from the FBI completely, it is incompatible with the law enforcement mission and corrosive to the ethos of police integrity.

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        • Truth seeker says:

          “A fine case for removing counterintelligence from the FBI completely”

          I agree. Put it within the scope and jurisdiction of the military.

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          • 6x47 says:

            I think DHS should take it off FBI’s hands. Counterintelligence needs to be completely removed from law enforcement, to avoid these situations where the missions are conflated and crossed over as suits the whims of the investigators.

            Case in point #1: “Mid Year Exam”, a criminal matter conducted as counterintelligence investigation (i.e. no legal jeopardy for anyone involved.)

            Case in point #2: “Crossfire Hurricane”, a counterintelligence matter conducted as a criminal investigation.

            Had DHS (or another non-LE agency) been in charge, the counterintelligence investigations would never have crossed over into criminal (and vice versa): Any criminal matters would have been referred over to the appropriate LE agency.

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      • 6x47 says:

        So, essentially the Horowitz report is almost exclusively about the “outrage trap” Sundance warns about.

        The FBI followed policy, mostly, with some regrettable lapses and excesses, in conducting their illegal investigation.

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  11. Snail says:

    Why the hell do I have to Sign in every time I come to TCT site to comment ?

    THE TREE OF LIBERTY IS GETTING MIGHTY THIRSTY !

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  12. “That so many basic and fundamental errors were made on four FISA applications by three separate, hand-picked teams, on one of the most sensitive FBI investigations that was briefed to the highest levels within the FBI and that FBI officials expected would eventually be subjected to close scrutiny, raised significant questions regarding the FBI chain of command’s management and supervision of the FISA process.” Not so much of a white wash, that.

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    • gda53 says:

      “…..that FBI officials expected would eventually be subjected to close scrutiny…”

      Well NO! She was never expected to lose. So there would have been NO scrutiny.

      C’mon Horowitz, you can do better.

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  13. freepetta says:

    Durham does not agree with the prediction conclusions reached by Horowitz. Barr also put out a similar statement disagreeing with Horowitz’s conclusions.

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  14. NC Nana says:

    Read it and weep.

    This is the opening statement of the Conclusion and Recommendations section of the IG report. This opening statement does not represent what I have learned about the FBI in the last 3 years. I hope it gets better but thought I would share my initial reaction. I sincerely hope I eat my words after reading the full report.

    Page 450 of the IG report

    … the FBI has developed and earned a reputation as one of the world’s premier law enforcement agencies in significant part because of its tradition of professionalism, impartiality, non-political enforcement of the law, and adherence to detailed policies, practices, and norms. It was precisely these qualities that were required as the FBI initiated and conducted Crossfire Hurricane. However, …. “

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  15. FPCHmom says:

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  16. IGiveUp says:

    Brooke Singman
    ‏Verified account @brookefoxnews

    NEW: in a rare statement,US Attorney John Durham says:
    “Based on the evidence collected to date,&while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the IG that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.”
    #FISA

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    • IGiveUp says:

      In other words, in plain English for us deplorables, Durham is saying that Horowitz engaged in a cover-up.

      The libs will say that Durham is merely a political ally of Trump and that his view is biased.

      So, these are the starting positions of the battle to come. Gird your loins folks.

      I guess you’ve got to go to war with the army you’ve got, and you’ve got to fight the war you’re given, not the one you wanted.

      Good luck to us.

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      • EggsX1 says:

        I am surprised that Horrowitz could produce a report where there is a disagreement on some conclusions with Barr and Durham. If there was evidence contrary to his conclusions, Horrowitz should have not included a conclusion one way or the other on the disputed ones.

        The IG report, with factually incorrect conclusions, will be used by indicted conspirators for their defense (if we ever get there). It will carry weight.

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  17. Magabear says:

    I’m getting a kick out of people saying “I just skimmed thru a 600 page report and I’m tellin’ ‘ya it’s a whitewash”! 🤣

    Think I’ll wait for people who are actually qualified to read legal documents to go thru it first.

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  18. saywhat64 says:

    Here’s the statement from Durham a few minutes ago:

    “I have the utmost respect for the mission of the Office of Inspector General and the comprehensive work that went into the report prepared by Mr. Horowitz and his staff. However, our investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department. Our investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S. Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.”

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  19. From Faux:

    “The IG probe identified at least 17 “significant” errors in the Page applications and said they would launch a new audit into the FISA process.”

    A new audit??? So another two years of delays and hiding behind the “ongoing investigation” curtain? Jesus Christ! This is a SHAM!

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  20. Paul Gallant says:

    From Summary:

    we found that the FBI and Steele held significantly differing views
    about the nature of their relationship. Steele’s handling
    agent viewed Steele as a former intelligence officer
    colleague and FBI CHS, with obligations to the FBI.
    Steele, on the other hand, told us that he was a
    businessperson whose firm (not Steele) had a
    contractual agreement with the FBI and whose
    obligations were to his paying clients, not the FBI. We
    concluded that this disagreement affected the FBI’s
    control over Steele during the Crossfire Hurricane
    investigation, led to divergent expectations about
    Steele’s conduct in connection with his election
    reporting, and ultimately resulted in the FBI formally
    closing Steele as a CHS in November 2016 (although,
    as discussed below, the FBI continued its relationship
    with Steele through Ohr).

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  21. lawton says:

    Durham’s statement gives me a little faith they know the deal with Mifsud etc. and may be coming with indictments soon.

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  22. Deplorable Canuck says:

    “We did not identify any Department or FBI
    policy that applied to this decision and therefore
    determined that the decision was a judgment call that
    Department and FBI policy leaves to the discretion of
    FBI officials. We also concluded that, under the AG
    Guidelines and the DIOG, the FBI had an authorized
    purpose when it opened Crossfire Hurricane to obtain
    information about, or protect against, a national
    security threat or federal crime, even though the
    investigation also had the potential to impact
    constitutionally protected activity.” Pg iii.

    So even though it was the thinest of predicates it was in Horowitz’s mind justified. No election will ever be free again if such a state of affairs can be legitimated by the DOIG.

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    • ballgame17 says:

      The IG Report is a “baffle them with bullshit… say a lot, but say nuthin; ” DC swamp critter waste of time and money as usual , but most importantly , it is purposely deceptive! May God help us because our rotten government sure won’t ! As an aside, FBI Director Wray was a terrible appointment replacing one malignant lying scum with another.

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  23. StanH says:

    “I have the utmost respect for the mission of the Office of Inspector General and the comprehensive work that went into the report prepared by Mr. Horowitz and his staff. However, our investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department. Our investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S. Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.”

    John Durham response to IG.

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  24. The Dark Lord says:

    if you were expecting a big win today from this report you are most likely to be disappointed … It may be upsetting but we are on the first batter of the first inning of this game … don’t let this make you sick … give it some time to see how things shake out … then if things don’t come about then maybe get sick about it … then get up the next day, go to work and try to not let this nonsense effect your real life anymore than it needs too …

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    • “Give it some time” “First batter of the first inning” WTF are you talking about? This s### started 3 years ago!!

      Shareblue give you a raise yet? Go back to Faux where you belong.

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      • boogywstew says:

        You were boo hooing like a little snowflake when someone likened you to a “rollcon” and someone else mentioned “trolls” just a little up thread and here you go!

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        • Just like Andy Krause upthread you don’t know shyt either. Every Dark Lord post I’ve seen sounds like Shareblue so I pointed it out. This is also about the 30th time I’ve been accused of the same thing even though I’m Far-Right and simply point how shady Barr is. All these mfs saying “Give it some time” are FULL OF IT. If you honestly believe Barr is coming to save the day than you’re a moron. (Is he bringing Wray to the party?) I usually don’t actually use name-calling but some of you deserve it. You’re a punk.

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  25. Super Elite Lt. Col. Covfefe999 says:

    I see some strong opinions in the comments here, mostly negative toward Horowitz. Did everyone actually read all 600 pages already? I’m settling down now to do some reading. I don’t expect to resurface til this evening.

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    • TwoLaine says:

      We’ll leave the light on for you.

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    • joshashland says:

      I’m only on page 20. taking a break for coffee. Haven’t even thought abought matching it up with footnotes yet.

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    • The executive summary and recommendations is 19 pages long. Here’s a shorter summary:

      The FBI agents involved in Crossfire Hurricane broke the law–THEY ARE CRIMINALS–but Horowitz says they made “errors in judgement.”

      Understand: Horowitz is covering up CRIMES. This is a CRIME.

      TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 242

      Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, … shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnaping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

      https://www.justice.gov/crt/deprivation-rights-under-color-law

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    • steph_gray says:

      Thank you, Super Elite. I too intend to do some actual reading. There are very few people here tonight whose opinions I would take over actual reading.

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  26. oldersoul says:

    The Statement of John Durham, as as follows:

    “I have the utmost respect for the mission of the Office of Inspector General and the comprehensive work that went into the report prepared by Mr. Horowitz and his staff. However, our investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department. Our investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S. Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.”

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  27. The FBI seminar vendors will be positively giddy. Lots of continuing edumacation, protolization and guideline refudgimacation. So for the first time never, a tyrannous system has decided to throw some its mid-level its tyrants into the slammer. One more attorney looms between us and reality: Durham. Hopefully he hurries up.

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  28. JohnCasper says:

    So they stage the Crime Wave of the Century and Horo says it was simply, at worst, a misdemeanor ?

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  29. convert says:

    Hmmm lotta wrong people here today. I am jumping between a dozen good Twitter accounts that are quoting from the report directly and analyzing bit by bit. I have read the full statements of Horowitz, Barr, Meadows, Nunez etc. People are about to be held accountable and some very deserving people are going to be vindicated now. You guys carry on though. I’m out of here.

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  30. FPCHmom says:

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  31. Effem says:

    Sundance, this may be important…

    If i do a ctrl-F in the pdf of the report for “halper” it says 0 matches…but it brings my cursor to the redacted section of item 3 on page ix!

    You’re smarter than me about the implications

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    • TwoLaine says:

      Cool. Maybe we can do that to find out the ridiculously redacted dates of the FISAs.

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      • neal s says:

        I do believe that Effem is definitely on to something. This indicates some ‘holes’ in the technical method used to make the redactions. But I would not hold out too much hope for recovering the redacted dates.

        I also found it odd how only the day of month was often redacted when the month and year were plainly given. It is not clear to me what justification there can be for those specific redactions.

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    • Beau Geste says:

      Effem, perhaps a very important observation !! If redaction was just black-bacground for lettering, or was done after the PDF was generated, ALL of the redacted words will be indexed. A computer program to go through the dictionery will at least identify the words of individual redacted zones.

      Save your downloaded version !!!

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    • jello333 says:

      Whoa! That might be nothing, just a glitch… OR it could be a very big deal. (Not just that one instance, but to try to decipher ANY redaction.)

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  32. wildsailor2018 says:

    Over and over again we have investigations that result in continued cover up. It makes me think that Durham’s prosecution will be lowest level imaginable in the food chain and not the architects of the “insurance policy.” The fabrication of evidence to implicate someone seems to be acceptable in the minds of the powers roaming Washington, D.C.

    I sure hope Sidney Powell can make use of something in the report in her case for Flynn. If the case gets dropped and he walks….back to the NSA job he should go! That seems to be our best hope.

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    • lewfarge48 says:

      PLEASE READ – Durham politely says the I G report is BS

      Statement of U.S. Attorney John H. Durham

      “I have the utmost respect for the mission of the Office of Inspector General and the comprehensive work that went into the report prepared by Mr. Horowitz and his staff. However, our investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department. Our investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S. Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.”

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  33. another face in the crowd says:

    Page 12 (PDF p43) pretty much says no one wanted to talk to us and we couldn’t make them and we could only talk to those in DOJ that wanted to.
    Smart of Comey and Baker to not renew so they wouldn’t have to talk more. Plausible deniability

    Excerpt:
    Two witnesses, Glenn Simpson and Jonathan Winer (a former State
    Department official), declined our requests for voluntary interviews, and we were
    unable to compel their testimony. 19 The OIG does not have authority to subpoena
    for testimony former Department employees or third parties who may have
    relevant information about an FBI or Department program or operation.2° Certain
    former FBI employees who agreed to interviews, including Corney and Baker, chose
    not to request that their security clearances be reinstated for their OIG interviews.
    Therefore, we were unable to provide classified information or documents to them
    during their interviews to develop their testimony, or to assist their recollections of
    relevant events.

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    • another face in the crowd says:

      Statement of U.S. Attorney John H. Durham
      “I have the utmost respect for the mission of the Office of Inspector General and the comprehensive work that went into the report prepared by Mr. Horowitz and his staff. However, our investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department. Our investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S. Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.”

      Basically, Horowitz I told you there are things you didn’t have access too that will make you look like a dang fool later on.

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  34. FPCHmom says:

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  35. cboldt says:

    — the FBI has developed and earned a reputation … —
    That has as much credibility as the press asserting it has a reputation for honesty and accuracy. It’s self serving BS, gaslighting. The FBI reputation is that it is a band of thugs. Ask Howie Carr. Of course the government lies about itself.

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  36. Troublemaker10 says:

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  37. lawton says:

    This report is basically Hillary 2.0 – point out a bunch of crooked crap but say the higher ups making the actual decisions didn’t know about key things going on.

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  38. gadeplorable says:

    So Barr and Durham disagree with the prediction conclusions reached by Horowitz.

    Ok …so?

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  39. FPCHmom says:

    Fatal flaw in FISA – no corroboration of possibly fake or falsified info necessary to ask for most intrusive warrant (not supposed to even be used on citizens, much less presidential campaign)

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    • FPCHmom says:

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    • johnnyfandango says:

      Let me summarize this for you, uncollaborated rumors gives our government the right to bring the weight of every law enforcement entity to frame you into a process crime. If you miss remember an email, a date, what you said to whom and when, then you will become come broke defending yourself and sent away and locked up for many years.

      Didn’t we go through this with the framing of Scooter Libby? Well, Merry F@cking Fitzmas.

      I’ve said it before and I will repeat. Horowitz is a useless, deep-state coward. His report should be shredded, he should be fired for incomitance and personally charged for all the wasted hours spent on this whitewash nonsense.

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  40. Mark Michaels says:

    Jumping around, (i) no admission that Mifsud was a US intelligence community asset (“we checked the HR files and found nothing”). (ii) Scrolled through Lisa Page and nothing jumped out; (iii) Can’t seem to find anything that suggests everything was in play prior to Crossfire Hurricane’s official launch;and, (iv) Conclusions along the line of “the FBI should adopt procedures…..”.

    Sigh. All those who predicted “no crim referrals, no bombshells but that mistakes were made” would seem to own the day per my 15 minute speedread. I am sure there will be damning information but nothing pops out that at this point that can be shoved in the media’s face that goes against the narrative..

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  41. margarite1 says:

    Does this mean it’s ok for POTUS DJT to investigate a political opponent?

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  42. Rebel T Weeks says:

    Upon first scan, it seems the report is written to say ‘although the evidence to support the FISA and surveillance by the FBI was found to be untrue, the FBI is exonerated from blame since it was presented with lies and the correct number of forms to enable the FBI to issue said FISA’ I don’t think this is the investigation we asked for… the concern is not whether the FBI was acting underhandedly, it is that all the evidence presented to the FBI was lies and paid for by Hillary Clinton and Obama operatives. It is nice to know the FBI wasn’t in bed with them, but the former administration still needs to be investigated and they are all wasting our time. I still think they all are in it to waste enough time to exceed the statute of limitations to prevent prosecution of the criminals.

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  43. neolib says:

    Goldman is taking one for the team, because the team will take one for him, ha he didnt answer woah!!!
    tell me about EX-PO-SE!!!

    bring more popcorn omg

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  44. Perot Conservative says:

    Barr letter closes: “No one is more dismayed about the handling of these FISA applications than Director Wray. I have full confidence in Director Wray and his team at the FBI, as well as the thousands of dedicated line agents who work tirelessly to protect our country. I thank the Director for the comprehensive set of proposed reforms he is announcing today, and I look forward to working with him to implement these and any other appropriate measures.”

    “With respect to DOJ personnel discussed in the report, the Department will follow all appropriate processes and procedures, including as to any potential disciplinary action.”

    Wray’s 9 proposed reforms from 18 months ago haven’t been implemented! (Paul Sperry)

    Joe diGenova said a few days ago if Clapper, Brennan, McCabe, etc. weren’t nailed today, end FISA.

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    • JohnCasper says:

      “Barr letter closes: “No one is more dismayed about the handling of these FISA applications than Director Wray. I have full confidence in Director Wray and his team at the FBI, as well as the thousands of dedicated line agents who work tirelessly to protect our country. I thank the Director for the comprehensive set of proposed reforms he is announcing today, and I look forward to working with him to implement these and any other appropriate measures.””

      Even Joseph Goebbels couldn’t lie this big. Not without giggling himself silly anyway. You are a disgrace, Mr. Barr. I hope you choke on your bagpipes.

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    • Anyone consistently blowing traitors like Wray is a traitor themselves. People need to wake up before it’s too late. Barr is a snake.

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  45. ezpz2 says:

    ‘…full confidence in Director Wray…’ tells me all I need to know about AG Barr.

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  46. Joe says:

    For those with any doubt, just read Barr’s statement, he is for saving and maintaining the corrupt, Deep State apparatus before ANYTHING else.

    “Disciplinary action.”

    He’s in Comey territory as far as I’m concerned. A quisling at BEST.

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    • Barr right now is like early 2016 Comey. Everyone thinks he’s a Republican, a straight shooter and tough guy who’s going to save the day. It’s a farce. They’re doing everything they can to keep Trump from stepping in and exposing it on his own. That’s what all these speeches and strongly worded statements are about. Keeping Barr in power so he can continue the whitewash. They’re walking the tightrope. I have to think Trump sees this. He has too right? Right???

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  47. FUBAR says:

    It would seem to me that 17 errors or ommissions, I think it’s way more than that but I digress…then obviously it would be political bias.

    And these are the guys we want trying to capture or investigate terror cells in the country, or mass shootings. The FBI and I daresay all the other intelligence agencies need shuttered….and/or place in to a conservatorship of ordinary citizens kind of like what they did with Fannie/Freddie in 08

    FUBAR

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  48. Auwtsnae says:

    The fact that all 17 errors were one-sided is evidence of bias

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  49. TwoLaine says:

    I can’t wait to hear what PapaD has to say…..

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  50. Blue Moon says:

    It is all just a sweet little game they are playing. Pass it around so they are covering each others tail. It’s like a cake walk-everyone goes round and round and who ever is left standing gets kicked out. The swamp is BIG, gonna take a very long time to get down to the real person who directed all this. Hillary Clinton and Barrack Odumbo did and we don’t need any games to know it. They only know how to delay delay delay. Almost to the end of PT’s 1st term and they will not allow him to make it to a 2nd term. JMO

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