Dirty Spooks Concerned About Barr and Durham…

Natasha Bertrand is the stenographer for Fusion-GPS smear activities with a reputation for egregious lying and narrative engineering.  As a result it doesn’t come as a surprise to see Bertrand writing a collaborative article in Politico taking swipes on behalf of a thoroughly corrupted intelligence community.

Consider this paragraph using another vile creature from the political swamp:

[…]  When it comes to Durham, Haspel is likely “confident there has been no serious wrongdoing, and will therefore find a means to cooperate” with the investigation, said John Sipher, a 28-year CIA veteran.

Too funny.  The spooks and scribes live a life so deeply enmeshed in the world of fraud and lying they cannot even see themselves exposing their own character.  Put another way: ‘if Haspel was confident of serious wrongdoing, she wouldn’t cooperate with the investigation’. 

See, they just can’t help exposing themselves. If it wasn’t serious, it would be funny.  These inherently vile liars cannot stop themselves from exposing their nature…. it just flows out.

The good news in the article; and there is a lot of accidentally placed good news within it for those who follow closely; comes from these paragraphs:

[…] Haspel’s plight, though, may depend on how deeply Durham investigates an uncorroborated theory pushed by Trump allies that a key player in the Russia probe, a Russia-linked professor named Joseph Mifsud, was actually a Western intelligence asset sent to discredit the Trump campaign — and that the CIA, under Brennan, was somehow involved.

Haspel was the CIA’s station chief in London in 2016 when the U.S. Embassy there was made aware of Mifsud’s contact with a Trump campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, by Australian diplomat Alexander Downer. Haspel was briefed on Downer’s outreach to the embassy, according to a person familiar with the matter, but it’s unclear whether she was then made aware of the FBI’s plans to interview him or knew about the bureau’s use of an informant in London.

[…] “It is unprecedented and inappropriate to do this via Justice Department prosecutors, who will tend to apply the standards of a courtroom to the more nuanced, and often more challenging world of intelligence analysis,” said John McLaughlin, who served as both deputy director and acting director of the CIA from 2000 to 2004.

Sipher asked why such a review would be “done over the head of” the intelligence community’s inspector general.

[…]  Another issue former officials have flagged: It isn’t clear whether Durham has consulted with the intelligence community inspector general, Michael Atkinson, as part of his review, which reportedly evolved into a criminal probe in October.

Normally, potential intelligence community misconduct is reviewed by an agency’s internal watchdog, who would then recommend criminal charges if warranted to a U.S. attorney with jurisdiction, noted Greg Brower, a former FBI assistant director. (read more)

Apparently, if the article is semi-accurate, John Durham and Bill Barr are working around ICIG Michael Atkinson. That would be good news because Atkinson is a dirty cop, completely compromised.

Atkinson was the former head lawyer at the DOJ-NSD and legal counsel to dirty John Carlin, dirty Mary McCord, and dirty Dana Boente.

Michael Atkinson was involved in the fraudulent creation of the Carter Page FISA application; and not coincidentally he’s the ICIG who manipulated ‘whistle-blower’ rules to allow CIA gossiper Eric Ciaramella to create his fraudulent hearsay complaint about President Trump and Ukraine.

At this point anyone who was or is confirmed by a corrupt Senate Intelligence Committee consisting of Chairman Richar Burr and Vice-Chair Mark Warner should be considered dirty and compromised. This includes both CIA Director Gina Haspel and ICIG Michael Atkinson.

In essence, if the SSCI confirmed them, we should start from a position the confirmed intel official is dirty, compromised or in alignment with the larger corrupt IC needs for self-preservation.  That’s why I’m highly confident President Trump will remove Mike Pompeo after the 2020 election.

POTUS has to deal with all these creatures, while knowing their larger agenda. Quite a remarkable and untenable position; also disappointing from the aspect of executive trust.

On a positive note, you know what really scares these people?

It ain’t President Trump….

….. it’s all of us behind him!

 

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530 Responses to Dirty Spooks Concerned About Barr and Durham…

  1. Red Mosquito says:

    I am so utterly sick of all this corruption in our government. I knew there was major corruption but I was ignorant on how vast and deep it goes. It is disgusting. Democrats are disgusting.

    Liked by 18 people

    • jeans2nd says:

      It is the Uniparty, Red. Never leave out the GOPe. The GOPe are just as corrupt as the Socialist democrats.

      Liked by 36 people

    • gabytango says:

      I really get you, Red. With each new allegation that surfaces, I don’t have any more words to describe the level of my disgust and despair. We can only raise our hands to heaven and prevail upon the one who is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent.

      Liked by 11 people

      • clodfobble says:

        That might work. However, I think I will arm myself, stock up and get ready.,

        Liked by 9 people

        • 2zymos says:

          Thank God for you Clodfobble, and men like you. Never forget that mostly God works through Godly men doing their best find and follow his commands: only intervening when necessary due to men’s complete failures. I’ll also always call prayer valuable and wanted — but sometimes good old fashioned ‘works’ by mens hands are MORE immediately needed and sufficient for the problem at hand.
          Call me anytime to stand shoulder to shoulder with friends, i’ve been praying for health, strength, vision to see targets clearly, and to have plenty of the correct “tools” for the fight coming to us.
          If needed, when bad men have stolen rights and freedoms that came from God, good men will provide a protected path to a ‘clean voting booth’ as soon as humanly possible. If God wants it sooner than that, so much the better for the load on the defender of freedom and keepers of morality becomes much easier to bear.
          As I see it, God and man would be sad if this were not the case.
          So, now we know the ‘why’ for these words:
          These are the times that try men’s souls.
          Stay cold Angry and have a great evening Dec 31… we have much to look forward to even if we have to look through the the coming strife and likely violence necessary for the security of a free state.

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    • Garavaglia says:

      Time for us to take care of it I think. The lack of any compulsion by the Feds to self correct is enough to convince me that they are beyond repair. They are too big for their own britches.

      Liked by 5 people

    • solomonpal says:

      How about Lisa Murpigtroughski? I think she is worse. She’s a donor beholden sow with her head buried in the trough. What a disgusting imposter.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Frankie says:

        Lisa “Murtrotsky” is a better name for this sow.

        BTW, an Iowa judge and prosecutor sent a guy to prison 15 years for burning a gay flag.
        US flag burners get fines.

        The judicial crookedness is everywhere.

        The judge and prosecutor justified the sentence by saying the defendant, who represented himself, was a “habitual offender” when it came to arson.

        The author of “How to be Your Own Detective” exposed the judge and prosecutor as liars.
        He ran the defendant’s police record and it was neither lengthy or with a prior arson conviction. He then ran the judge and prosecutor’s work, and showed they let off a teacher with a 6 year sentence for repeatedly raping a girl, and gave other undeserving people who committed real crimes little or no time in jail. Here’s the link:

        https://howtobeyourowndetective.com/2019/12/22/does-iowa-judge-pack-fudge/

        IF YOU ARE AN IOWAN SHARE THIS LINK WITH YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS.

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        • Austin Holdout says:

          Isn’t it ironic that Dems want to reduce sentences, “empty the prisons”, eliminate jail-time altogether for “minor offenses” and marijuana possession, but all cheered the 16 year sentence for the man who committed vandalism on a gay flag? Fascist much?

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      • William Warburg says:

        AL Gore’s niece I heard. Splains a lot Lucy.

        Liked by 1 person

    • bofh says:

      The good news, such as it is, is that this stuff IS coming out now. In dribs and drabs, but still coming out. The body will ultimately heal an abscess you first cut it open and drain the pus. The government has been festering for many years. It cannot be healed (or even survive much longer) without some ugly surgery.

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    • davidsstones says:

      It’s been a long wakeup over years and without snooze alarm. Functioning like Epstein’s circle; the threat of exposure; no one goes to prison alone; photos, phone calls and email evidence kept in a Pandora’s box. You agree to protect the box when you take the job because the job is…to protect the box.

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    • aarmad says:

      I agree……….My question is how do these cabinet people get in office, Trump choosing them? In the case of the likes of Haskel and Wray there seems to be no reason for Trump to have chosen them! They have impressive resumes, but they are obvious swampo critters! This has happened over and over in this administration. In other words are there only swampos available for these positions or is someone picking them other than the President????

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  2. RAC says:

    “[…] “It is unprecedented and inappropriate to do this via Justice Department prosecutors, who will tend to apply the standards of a courtroom to the more nuanced, and often more challenging world of intelligence analysis,” said John McLaughlin, who served as both deputy director and acting director of the CIA from 2000 to 2004.”

    Don’t like the word ” nuance”, never have, raises a red flag for me because it always seems to be used by someone who’s trying to pull the wool over your eyes.

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  3. freepetta says:

    I can’t help myself. Talking about imbeciles, here is my governor: Who would re-elect this moron?

    https://bongino.com/ny-to-allow-accused-criminals-to-inspect-own-crime-scenes-and-obtain-swift-access-to-witness-names/

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  4. ristvan says:

    I am going to stir the pot here by being deliberately controversial, for stated reasons. Neither Haspel nor Pompeo are suspect in my book. I deal neither in optimism, nor pessimism, nor paranoia. Only in reality as it is revealed.

    Brennan’s CIA went rogue around Haspel in UK, not thru her, using OCONUS lures Halper and Mifsud. There is no evidence (admittedly yet) that either Pompeo’s or Haspel’s CIA has done anything rogue since. And CIA has otherwise done recent good work like spotting Al Baghdadi for termination with extreme prejudice.

    Pompeo has visibly done a good job running State after the Tillerson turmoil, and is still supported by PDJT. One piece of evidence is that NoKo’s Kim doesn’t like him. There is little evidence that State has gone rogue recently like it did under HRC and Kerry. Yovanovitch was removed as corrupt Ukraine Ambassador. Sondland was a Schiff bust. And so on.

    People who assert Haspel and Pompeo are dirty need to provide factual evidence, not assertions of SSCI proximity to their PDJT nomination approval process. Treepers can and should do better.

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    • ILOT says:

      Level headed and tempered as always. I like it the analysis Ristvan.

      Liked by 4 people

    • MagaMia says:

      “There is no evidence (admittedly yet) that either Pompeo’s or Haspel’s CIA has done anything rogue since.”

      How about enabling the fake whistleblower?

      Liked by 5 people

      • islandpalmtrees says:

        How about the current and former CIA in the impeachment hearings giving testimony. I counted 6. Would they have taken part without Haspel’s approval.

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      • ristvan says:

        Fake whistleblower was on assignment to WH at the time. That is not enabling. The guy should be fired for committing perjury the IC IG. But in civil service outside VA accountability act, that takes a LONG time. Like sometimes forever.

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        • California Joe says:

          Transfer to Montana!

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        • MagaMia says:

          How is it he was able to return his job at CIA headquarters in Langley upon his termination the WH?
          I’ve not seen any reports he has since been fired. Tacit approval? Enabled?

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        • Orville R. Bacher says:

          @ristvan
          Any CIA employee that is visibly working against the policies of an elected President should be moved to the Alaska border to monitor Russian border activities. And naturally he should be operating under deep cover, using Mother Nature’s resources for survival.
          The fact that Haspell is not cleaning the dirt out of the closet, is solid evidence that the CIA is operating outside the law and constitution.
          And do we really know it was the CIA that found Baghdadi ? Aren’t 100% of the CIA’s agents committed to Russia and Trump?

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          • MagaMia says:

            Well said, Orville. You made my point better than I did. Thank you.

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          • TWOHAWK says:

            I apologize for not being able to remember where I read it, but, I did read that a local alerted to the whereabouts of Bagdaddy. I wonder if he got any of that hefty reward, if he was an informant to the CIA, or just a disgruntled neighbor.

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      • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

        Maybe a bit more specificity in response to Ristvan.
        Define “enabling’.

        The whistleblower appears only to be a willing and convenient conduit
        albeit a necessary one to this plan;
        – someone within the IC NEEDED to file an “URGENT” complaint to the IC IG.
        -the complaint was not ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION ITSELF it was about the President
        (unprecedented)
        -the complaint was about a PRES to PRES phone call which falls squarely under EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE

        CIA writ large appears to have been irrelevant

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      • Linda K. says:

        Hard to stop a whistleblower.

        Liked by 1 person

    • Agree emphatically about Pompeo; the jury is still out on Haspel, although I really wouldn’t be comfortable having President Trump have to rely on her to see justice finally.

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      • islandpalmtrees says:

        Haspel is corrupt too. Plus, I believe the CIA is using and paying for propaganda to be used on American Citizens.

        “How about the current and former CIA in the impeachment hearings giving testimony. I counted 6. Would they have taken part without Haspel’s approval.”

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        • highdezertgator says:

          FTA Politico Article
          Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
          My highly respected nominee for CIA Director, Gina Haspel, has come under fire because she was too tough on Terrorists. Think of that, in these very dangerous times, we have the most qualified person, a woman, who Democrats want OUT because she is too tough on terror. Win Gina! 4:04 AM – May 7, 2018

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          • islandpalmtrees says:

            50 former and current members of the IC backed Gina Haspel for director to include Brennan to include the leaders of the SSCI.

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          • WhiteBoard says:

            he was twisting a LOSS into a WIN by gaining points with WOMENNNNNNN

            he knew Gina’s role and place in the future exposure of herself.

            their goal is 2020
            his goal is 2020

            forget this an you will soon learn how many deplorables STAND BEHIND LOUD MEN but only jump up and down.

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        • snellvillebob says:

          Never forget about the CIA’s Project MKUltra. Whitey Bulger and Timothy O’Leary were subjects in that.

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          • Elle says:

            In looking up mkultra, I noticed this gem

            First recall that…
            Impeachment of Nixon was Oct 30, 1973 – Aug 20, 1974

            In 1974, New York Times journalist Seymour Hersh published a story about how the CIA had conducted non-consensual drug experiments and ILLEGAL SPYING operations on U.S. citizens. His report started the lengthy process of bringing long-suppressed details about MK-Ultra to light.

            The following year, President Ford—in the wake of the Watergate scandal and amid growing distrust of the U.S. government—set up the United States President’s Commission on CIA Activities within the United States to investigate illegal CIA activities, including Project MK-Ultra and other experiments on unsuspecting citizens.
            The Commission was led by Vice President Nelson Rockefeller and is commonly referred to as the Rockefeller Commission.
            The Church Committee—helmed by Idaho Democratic Senator Frank Church—was a larger investigation into the abuses of the CIA, FBI and other U.S. intelligence agencies DURING AND AFTER the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon.

            During and after. Seeing that in a whole new light
            Impeachment of Nixon was Oct 30, 1973 – Aug 20, 1974

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            • Elle says:

              Knowing that Hillary participated in Nixon’s impeachment and knowing that Clinton’s modus operandi is to AlWAYS to blame others for the crimes she or her minions committed (she had to learn it somewhere) it is, if nothing else, an interesting parallel.

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    • Parker Longbaugh says:

      To what end, other than to smear him, would you put Pomeos name with Haspels? Was he mentioned in the article? Just stirring it up huh?

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    • Lawton says:

      There has been articles like this before suggesting she isn’t being cooperative. Zero chance she doesn’t know what happened being in that position at the time

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    • jeans2nd says:

      You left out the two DIA guys. What is the explanation for the two DIA guys who contacted PapaD in London?
      This also ties with with the firing of Gen Flynn as DIA Dir.

      Do not agree with your last para. There is much you admittedly do not know (and neither do i). There is no reason either of us have to determine good or bad with these guys. Thus, one should defer to the judgement of one with greater knowledge (here, Sundance).

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    • Leaving says:

      I like reading your replies ristvan but I’m finding myself disagreeing with you more and more.

      I think this method of judgement will be good to test on Pompeo. I haven’t seen any compelling evidence, yet, that he is working against PDJT.

      I recall seeing compelling evidence presented by SD (yes, it is unfair for me not to be specific). I am inclined to think she is working against PDJT.

      I’m sorry to see your predictions on Sullivan’s ruling not come to fruition.

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      • ristvan says:

        Disagreeing is good. Makes you think, my main motivation commenting here when not providing missing facts and law.
        I am sorry about Sullivan also, Thought Sidney Powell had sufficiently nailed him. So did she, IMO. Upon further reflection, think Sullivan reacted adversely because he got snookered on Stevens, has been careful since, and simply could believe Van Grack could be that dirty—while Sidney could based on Weissmann.

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        • Wrong again. Sullivan already outed himself as corrupt when he blew up in court and essentially accused Flynn of treason (even the prosecutors had to tell him, no, nobody has said anything about treason (Sullivan was embarrassing everybody with the elephant in the room, in addition to showing what side he is on).

          Sullivan ranted at Flynn in open court

          and

          my take on the real reason Flynn was prosecuted

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        • ILOT says:

          I think the one piece that is difficult if not impossible to factor in here is the confab(s) related to “choosing a side”. The differences are stark, the lines are clearly drawn and I think the trademark of PDJT is he leaves little wiggle room… in other words pick a side. I have to believe there are a number of discussions about not only {DJT survning all this but what if he gets re-elected? Most involved are used to politics where they can play both ends to the middle. With PDJT not so much…you are either with the Republic or you aren’t. Play your hand and move one and they just aren’t used to that in DC.. He is disrupting the swamp in ways we can’t even imagine. I’m still a bit surprised how few understand what he is really up against…

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    • Bogeyfree says:

      Here’s one,

      Has Pompeo responded to the letter sent by Graham back on Nov 22 requesting all communications between Biden and Ukraine?

      “Today, I sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting documents related to contacts between: Vice President Biden, Hunter Biden, other Obama administration officials and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko,”

      Almost 5 weeks later no one has heard BOO!

      One would think if Pompeo was a strong supporter of PT that he would jump at this request and opportunity to punch back at the DS with open arms and ensure that Lindsey and the public knows he has responded and provided the documents?

      Just more hide the wienie games IMO

      Pompeo needs to move on IMO

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      • ristvan says:

        You have not. I have not. But that does not mean there was not a response by Pompeo. Only that there has been no public response.
        And Grassley has not publicly followed up or complained. DC politics is a big complicated game.

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        • Republicanvet91 says:

          I agree with you so far ristvan that the jury is still out on both, but Pompeo should answer why visas have not been provided to Ukrainian officials to come here and provide documentation.
          It is possible visas are not needed if the information has already been obtained by other means.
          I cannot see the upside of someone like Pompeo acting on behalf of the Deep State.

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        • bofh says:

          Graham and his committee may be where evidence goes to die. He’s not to be trusted. So it’s dodgy to use “cooperation with Graham” as a benchmark for good or bad. Also, it’s impossible to know if Graham received a response or not, as he will only tell us as much as serves his ends

          In any case, thank you, Ristvan, for your participation here on CTH!

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          • WhiteBoard says:

            because WHEN YOU ARE MAPPING SPYSSSSSS. you dont ARREST EACH ONE WHEN U FIND THEM. a counter act to the director Pompeo is a SIGNAL TO TRACE AND FOLLOW, not to arrest.

            YOU DO NOT NEED TO SEE ANYTHING! I DO NOT NEED TO SEE ANYTHING. it isnt about our FeeeLINGS. 2020 is the marker. after 2020 you will see who is who and you can pick up arms and do whatever you are willing to pay consequences for; but then again this country is based on votes, and if it votes to change u got to accept it; or secede a rebellion.

            . until then – its 2020.

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    • dwpender says:

      Ristvan — I liked your post, but have one reservation.

      I do think it a fair presumption that the PRINCIPAL agency obstructing Barr’s investigation via the “we won’t tell you that, it’s super top secret,” was the CIA. Haspel was ultimately responsible for that.

      I don’t suggest she was personally complicit in or even aware of underlying nefarious shenanigans, but IMO she certainly wasn’t interested in having independent prosecutors take a searching look at the activities of some of her present and former colleagues.

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      • dimbulbz says:

        Keep in mind that Haspel has nothing but professional liars working under her. How tough would that job be? Managing a staff that does nothing but lie? I wouldn’t take that job for the world. Anything – and everything the CIA does is attributed to her. I’m not saying she’s perfect, but you never get what you see from the CIA. Just assume if its CIA its a lie. Period. Patriotism and love of country are not a standard. They are simply tools to manipulate others.

        They are a Pandora’s box that probably never should have been opened.

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    • JAS says:

      There is a saying in a different language the roughly translated says: “show me the holes where the nails went through your hands and feet and then I will believe.”

      When it comes to human beings in government that is my stance, my ultimate test.

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      • JAS says:

        And here’s another one. This one from an 80’s TV 3 night movie series: “What do you think? What do you know? What can you prove? “. Words I live by…..

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    • convert says:

      Ristvan, I deeply appreciate your presence here.

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    • Patrick Healy says:

      Ristvan,
      Yes thank you for your analysis.
      Over on this side of the pond, perhaps the greatest piece of nonsense during Theresa Mays prime ministerialship (other than her betrayal of Brexit), was the poisoning of Skirpils which bears all the hallmarks of ceeeyeaye involvement.
      The London head of that American spy outfit straight away blamed Russia, and our lapdog government fully endorsed them.
      The head of those spies is now the head of your spy network.
      As our wonderful Sundance would say “go deep”
      I would welcome your opinion on that.
      Btw one of the things which really bothers me is : does your President belong to a masonic lodge?
      If he does not, then it would go a long way to explaining why the “brothers” continuously vilify him.

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    • HB says:

      Maybe Haspel isn’t dirty, but how many folks here trust the CIA to not have shady dealings at all times?

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    • MIKE says:

      As John Brennan’s understudy and protege, I can’t for the life of me figure out how he ran CROSSFIRE HURRICANE around Ms. Haspel, and not through her as CIA station chief in the UK. Comey went there, as did Strzok. I remain suspicious twitchy cat.
      Pompeo has done some good work, true, but the State Department remains a mess.

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    • sundance says:

      Pompeo is dirty. POTUS now knows.

      The *shift* (in POTUS awareness) happened when Vindman surfaced and the exploits of the State Dept. personnel were on display. State Dept. officials testifying without any adverse comments from Pompeo (total inaction)….

      ….which happened simultaneously, not coincidentally, to the DoD issues with flag officers becoming anti-Trump very visibly. Secretary of Navy example.

      A series of conspicuous events showed POTUS that Pompeo was/is wearing a mask.

      Once a cabinet member loses trust, and its only a matter of time.

      Pompeo will be removed. 100% without doubt. I am as certain of that as I was that Sessions would be removed.

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      • Johnny says:

        Well that should hammer home the truth.

        Thank you sundance

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      • The Boss says:

        I tend to agree (sadly) with your assessment. There are plenty of comments Pompeo could have made after that shit show put on by HIS department’s employees without prejudicing any potential investigation into any of them.
        For someone top of his class at the USMA- where one doesn’t lie, cheat or steal, and doesn’t tolerate those who do – the toleration part seems to be MIA. Not good. That I can tell you.

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      • Thank you sundance…very good observation of Pompeo..right on!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        • Linda K. says:

          Yes, I am sure Sundance is right, unless Trump and Pompeo were in agreement about his silence. It would seem Trump would have discussed this testimony from State Dept. with him?

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          • Chip Doctor says:

            Linda, that would seem like 64D chess stuff, except that these clowns were exposing themselves like Aqualung. Why break up the party if you have already “caught them all” anyway.

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      • Boknows says:

        Sundance,

        It was in November when there was discussion that Pompeo would likely seek…and win the open Senate seat in Kansas.

        President Trump was not only aware but spoke about it, and declaring that if he sought it he would win easily.

        No comments from any same human being will change the Democrat Party, nor it’s mentally unstable followers. Certainly not words from Pompeo on a political matter when he serves as non partisan leader.

        He has served faithfully at the pleasure of the President or he would have been fired.

        The November news was widely published. It would be a strong seat for us.

        Vote Pompeo for Senate in 2020!

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      • ristvan says:

        Your blog. We can agree to disagree; I am a mere occasional lurking commenter, now inclined to lurk more and comment less. Sessions exit was obvious from many prior PDJT tweets. Pompeo is NOT, since there are NONE.

        Time will tell. Kansas Senator candidate SoS exit will not count, as exit incentives can not be determined.

        None of us are always right even if we believe it so.
        Highest regards otherwise.

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        • joeknuckles says:

          I object to the idea of you commenting less. I assume Sundance would as well. It’s great to hear reasoned disagreements once in a while. We’re all here trying to figure things out.

          Liked by 3 people

          • ichicinnabar says:

            Ristvan,

            Please do not post less, but more. I appreciate your posts and legal insight. Your posts give me insight into the legal mind and how to see things differently.

            I also appreciate the posts of A2, WSB, Ann and Fluffy Dog Attack (on the rare occasions when he posts) and many others. One of the things that makes CTH such a quality forum is the high level of intelligent discussion that goes on here.

            This has been a very tough fight and it will not end soon.. Some may weary in the toiling in the garden of the Lord. May we all rest up over the holidays and renew our fight in the New Year.

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        • Q&A says:

          Please don’t comment less, ristvan. You are a CTH treasure. All these smart commenters debating back and forth – what a thrill to read!

          Liked by 3 people

        • Brewerbear says:

          Ristvan
          Please don’t reduce or stop your comments as your and only a very few others posters are worth reading. The vast majority of the posters are nitwits and only regurgitate what Sundance says

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        • Patrick Dugan says:

          Have you watched the three part piece on OANN with Rudy. It explains alot of the motivation for all of this.

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      • islandpalmtrees says:

        Added Confirmation

        We all know that Brennan was a corrupt CIA director. We all know that Ms. Haspel is a corrupt CIA director. How is it reasonable then to believe that honest Pompeo would recommended a corrupt successor. One recommend by the SSCI and Brennan. So it follows that Pompeo must be corrupt.

        Now, let’s add the matter of legal propaganda on American Citizens based on a law passed by Obama and with funding from the CIA, to the mix. So were does the propaganda start from “The State Department”. Who is in control of the “The State Department” Pompeo. Surely, you have noticed the repeating phrases from MSM.

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      • Bogeyfree says:

        Agree and a true Anti-Deep Stater would jump at the opportunity to respond to Graham when he asked for Ukraine communications from the former President and VP Biden and his son. And he would make sure the public knew he responded IMO.

        But again as Sundance points out nothing, no action.

        Time for him to go.

        I just hope he does not go with Nikki.

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      • David Vicknair says:

        Pompeo remained mum because he has designs on the KS US Senate seat of retiring swamp creature extraordinaire, Pat Roberts. Ptooey! Pompeo knows it’s not good manners to stir the swamp before you go fishing. Kris Kobach, despite his anti swamp bonafides, doesn’t stand a chance. And so the swamp prepares to welcome a new member?

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        • WhiteBoard says:

          exactly Pompeo is now CIA trained. his appearance is presenting him an opportunity to strike, otherwise would have been blocked.

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      • Marc says:

        Yeah, this feels like Tillerson2.0 right now and about to be Sessions2.0.
        I hope Treepers remember that we voted for President Trump, not Mike Pompeo or any other cabinet member.

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      • AustinPrisoner says:

        If Pompeo has been wearing a mask, it is the most realistic/deceptive mask I have ever seen in a public official. Pompeo seemed to “get” Trump, with all his flaws and strengths and energies. Pompeo has a sharp intellect and seemed in rhythm with the President. He was an articulate defender on the news shows. But you’re so right: Pompeo’s silence during the Vindman nonsense revealed a lot. I’m disappointed. I liked Pompeo and his robust persona.

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      • Republicanvet91 says:

        There HAS been a bit of reporting today in the press that POTUS was looking for a new SecState. I didn’t read any of them except the headlines, but what you state shows why.

        That, in addition to some news I saw a few days ago about visas still being blocked for Ukrainian officials. I figured that would have been an easy fix for Pompeo, and was surprised when I saw it still had not happened.

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      • bruzedorange says:

        We’re identifying people as either Deep State or anti-Deep State.

        What about straight shooters who are brought under blackmail pressure from the deep state? Do they constitute a third category of Washington players? And if so, how do they function?

        I’m guessing they would only be asked to do small favors, something passive rather than active, something a violated conscience could figure to live with. Things like looking away rather than confronting or reprimanding a subordinate. Or signing a report that simply omits a more direct or powerfully worded clause.

        With the promise, of course, that you will be given cover by 90% of the media. But, like I said, I’m guessing…

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      • Linda K. says:

        Are you saying Sessions was part of the FISA abuse, even though he wa recused? Or was that just Rosenstein.

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      • bessie2003 says:

        I sense that Pompeo has already begun his next incarnation before formally stepping down prior to being ungracefully removed as SoS, just by observing how he now has a personal twitter account, has been very public about visiting his home state doing interviews and talking up his love for his home state. Good ol’ boy stuff. It has the look that he is prepping to run for the Senate in his home State in the coming 2020 election, hoping to slide in as graceful manner as possible in order to secure future governmental high elected office (already expecting to see him and Nikki Haley doing a 2024 run).

        On the lady heading the agency, am looking for sign that she is taking active steps to reign in, remove, and make sure those who have stepped way outside the lines are publicly and legally held accountable. To see that would be a refreshing surprise.

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      • bluenova1971 says:

        You could be well be right, sundance.

        While some of these top level players may not sink into the levels of corruption as Brennan, McCabe, et.al., they may still possess that all powerful feeling of intellectual arrogance that they know better than a “novice” like PDJT.

        I hate it re. Pompeo, though…I really had high hopes for him.

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      • bluenova1971 says:

        sundance, as previously stated: your blog…

        I realize you are passionate and appreciate the conviction of your well-reasoned positions. Sometimes you can get rather caustic in their defense.

        If we stifle others’ differing ideas and positions, CTH becomes no better than the leftist thought control mob.

        Thank you for all the diligent and comprehensive work you do.

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    • bluebongo says:

      Anyone risen through military ranks under Obama deserves a careful watch at the least. However, given Pompeo’s public praise/backing for POTUS I would find it very hard to see him as disingenuous given his background. That said the Trump generals as a whole have been poor performers so there is that precedent. There are a few patriots who survived under Obama, very few unfortunately. Watch list.

      Haspel was in charge of a rendition base in Thailand during the heyday of CIA waterboarding and she’s proven committed to protecting the Agency in the aftermath. I would not be surprised if she maintained her allegiance in spygate, stripes on a cat are rather difficult to change. Deep state.

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      • trapper says:

        I don’t give a fig about the waterboarding. Neither does anyone else between the Hudson and the I-5. She gets plus marks for that as far as I’m concerned. The guys we waterboarded were some serious bad guys and everyone was trying to find out if there was another 9/11, or worse, in the works. Begs the question whether it is a useful interrogation technique, which some claim it is not.

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      • trapper says:

        Actually, the short of it is McCain didn’t like her so I do.

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      • bluebongo says:

        PS. Haspel’s base was code named “Cat’s Eye”.
        PPS. She received Warner’s vote to confirm.

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    • trapper says:

      “Brennan’s CIA went rogue around Haspel in UK, not thru her,”

      That’s the question, isn’t it. As station chief, how much did she know and participate in? But even further than that, what could she do about if if she didn’t like it? Quit? Flush her entire career over a questionable Brennan op? And how would she be expected to know that he wasn’t legitimately chasing bad actors seeking to infiltrate the Trump campaign rather than compromise the campaign itself? I continue to believe there were some good people in DOJ, FBI and this agency who were put in compromising positions by their corrupt bosses. Haspel may very well be one of them, as I believe Preistap was.

      But, that still does not mean that there is not some serious mind-getting-right that needs to take place all across these agencies.

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    • Boknows says:

      Ristvsn,

      I absolutely agree with you versus Sundance on this.

      The respectful post I wrote my disagreement under Sundance’s post was deleted twice by the moderators. That’s unfortunate.

      I hope my humble..and polite words will show under yours.

      In a nutshell, it was Well published in the news back in November that Secretary Pompeo is being considered for a senate run in the state of Kansas.

      Not only was President Trump supportive, he declared that he would win that seat easily if he chose to run.

      I’m trusting President Trump versus any media including Sundance in all things. If President Trump felt that he was doing a poor job, he would have fired secretary Pompeo by now and he certainly would not have been discussing his potential Run for the senate seat in such a positive way.

      Again, I hope my humble post shows up under your missive.

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      • ristvan says:

        It has. And after my reply to Sundance vociferous counter also showed up (well, for me anyway). Thanks to Ad Rem for keeping the CTH ‘honest’.

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        • sundance says:

          A lack of logic. You accept a false premise…. and use it to create your passive aggressive snark.

          Boknows comments were never removed.

          See the problem?

          Discernment.

          Think about it.

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          • Yes, discernment, and an ability to recognize definitive evidence, for judgment one way or the other, when it comes your way.

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          • lolli says:

            👍sundance

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          • S&WJM625 says:

            There was another lawyer that called out Ristvan the other day. It was a point that “NO lawyer would do that”. Ristvan didn’t answer and the question was legit.
            Potus is the only one that I trust out of all government. After reading SUNDANCE for 2 years I know he’s pretty accurate so far and trust his judgement. Bunch of sheep

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            • Mark Smith says:

              Sundance should tell us who he absolutely does trust as legitimate white hats to assist the President. I’m down to Mike Rogers, Mike Flynn, and Sidney Powell as members of the intelligence community, state department or national security advisers. I know nothing about Robert O’Brien. My point is he hasn’t had much reliable help, which makes his gargantuan task even more difficult.

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      • bluenova1971 says:

        Boknows, posts “not showing” are – like private aircraft crashes – almost always attributable to pilot error.

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    • JDB says:

      Gordon Taylor is still there. Vindman is still there. The stable hasn’t been swept clean and not one of the seditious bastards on the SSCI has been arrested,.

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    • Betty says:

      Nope, I’m with Sundance, anyone that gets approved by that committee is suspect. Is either corrupt or will turn a blind eye to selected areas of corruption. Baghdadi, yeah, but everyone knew that without his sponsor, John McCain, his time was running out.

      This week though, if you are correct, we should be seeing a whole lot of Baghdadies bite the dust after all the Christians they killed for fun this past week.

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    • Somebody's Gramma says:

      Agreed

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    • Haspel’s CIA let one of their own come forward as a (wink, wink) whistleblower, with only egregious (for any honest cop) hearsay testimony. If I were a CIA chief, I wouldn’t let that happen — I would go public against it, strongly, first. About Pompeo, I don’t know enough to say anything (yet), but Haspel, thumbs down ever since that “whistleblower”.

      Your analyses always seem to slide around getting to the bottom of anything. Of course, the woods (especially the politician section) are full of that these days, for various reasons. But it’s not at all helpful.

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      • trapper says:

        Another way to look at it is that an easy way to rid an agency of an internal … um … problem child … like the whistleblower is to let him alone to run his schemes and crash and burn on the side of Trump Mountain. The guy outed himself, and no one had to lift a finger.

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    • ichicinnabar says:

      Ristvan,

      Thank you for a level head and a clear eye. My read on Pompeo is that he is a good egg, and for many of the reasons that you state.

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    • Sean Supsky says:

      Most excellent, Ristvan

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    • Sean Supsky says:

      Most excellent answer, Ristvan

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    • Rynn69 says:

      Respectfully disagree with ristvan on Pompeo and Haspel. Just curious if Kelly and Mattis were thought of well too. The only “proof” the American people have is that the Swamp self-protects and would never confirm candidates that would threaten the…to put it in a nice way…equilibrium.

      It is clear that people have been kept out with perfectly appropriate credentials – Kobach, Steve Moore, Ratcliffe, and others. This is a known fact. Why the difference?

      People “in-the-know” indicate the State Department may be the most corrupt in D.C. If that is the case, why no turnover? Why no complaints from the parasites living in the SD who clearly have no problem voicing their concerns through a robust leaking program?

      Sundance is correct IMO.

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    • Ozium says:

      The issue I have with Haspel is that, if what you say is true, she is incompetent. She ran the show in London, got extended there under Brennan, and had no idea Prestap, Strzok and Brennan were running this coup with Breadlove and Hapler in her backyard?? Then the question becomes are you more comfortable with an incompetent dunce running the CIA, or a swampy, complicit Brennan acolyte? You can not simultaneously be the best choice to run the CIA and be obtuse.

      With her connection to the black sites and the enhanced interrogation issue, if the Dems/swamp were concerned with her cleaning house, they easily had grounds to stop her confirmation, and didn’t really even try. I’d personally feel more comfortable with her moving on to greener pastures.

      Pompeo does concern me, but I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. The State Dept has been in need of an enema for a very long time,and it will take years to hose out the entrenched fecal matter from the nooks and crannies.

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  5. DesertRain says:

    SSCI held confirmation hearing for Michael Atkinson in Jan 2018. The transcript of that hearing is at the link below. Interesting that Sen Warner was so focused on the Whistleblower program….

    https://www.intelligence.senate.gov/hearings/open-hearing-nomination-michael-atkinson-be-inspector-general-intelligence-community-and#

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  6. This quote from the article made me laugh….someone is very nervous aren’t they…I like (meaning it cracked me up) the part about how the intelligence analysis is more ‘nuanced’…

    …] “It is unprecedented and inappropriate to do this via Justice Department prosecutors, who will tend to apply the standards of a courtroom to the more nuanced, and often more challenging world of intelligence analysis,” said John McLaughlin, who served as both deputy director and acting director of the CIA from 2000 to 2004.

    Sipher asked why such a review would be “done over the head of” the intelligence community’s inspector general.

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    • And, horrors, the review is being done over the head of the IC IG…meaning, they don’t know what is going on and they are worried.

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      • jeans2nd says:

        The ICIG question is answered in the article, flower.
        “…the IC IG, like any IG, operates independently from executive branch direction.”

        Congress created the IG and put the IG in the Executive branch. As such, Congress does no overseeing, and the IC believes the Executive branch does not oversee the IG, either.
        Iow, no one oversees the IG.
        Pretty nice gig if one can get it, huh?

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        • Johnny says:

          You went straight to the heart of this.

          These people all beleive they are accountable to no one.

          Their needs to mass firings of all government departments to let these bastards know they work for us. The Board Members of the United States

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    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      Our coup was nuanced…..

      A COUANCE!

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    • Jederman says:

      Once the investigation is complete sipher will understand, more than he can handle.

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    • MD says:

      IG’s are for internal matters not involving criminal conduct. Once it is determined that crimes have been committed it is turned over to law enforcement. It’s not “over their head”, it’s no longer in their ball park. Think of it like a mall security guard who catches some kids acting rowdy, he tells them to leave, he see’s someone committing robbery he calls the police. The “IG” report was just an effort to drag this out and hope somehow it would go away. There should have been a legit investigation by law enforcement immediately after if was determined that crimes may have been / were committed (3 years ago).

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  7. @ChicagoBri says:

    The beginning of the end of our republic was 1942 USSC decision in Wickard v Filburn that growing crops for one’s own use was interstate commerce. The end was the Roberts ruling in Obamacare, that the government could force you to buy a product.

    What we don’t know is what comes next.

    And after all Sundance has written, I am mortified that any of you have confidence in GOP or so-called conservatives. Both see us as suckers.

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    • ristvan says:

      Wickard v Filburn will (IMO) eventually be overturned based on part four of CJ Roberts masterful Obamacare decision. And you have obviously not yet comprehended my many previous comments about parts 1, 2, and 3.
      You dislike part 3, (although as masterful as 1803 Marbury v Madison), yet that is precisely what has now enabled the complete 2020 destruction of Obamacare via nonseverability after the Trump tax reform act, via the 5th circuit ruling now at SCOTUS thanks to Cali.

      Please, learn more then post less. Read the opinion. Learn about severability. Think.

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      • jeans2nd says:

        My, my, my. Aren’t you the caustic one.
        You cannot predict the outcome of any ruling by SCOTUS, nor any other court.

        And Chicago’s comment also is flawed – shirley you are aware of the Act creating the Federal Reserve? Woodrow Wilson

        Another faulty assumption – everyone spends time here reading all your comments. Please be advised – we don’t.

        Please reread your last para.
        Recommend civility

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        • WES says:

          Jeans2:. If you have paid any attention to Ristvan’s many past comments on Obamacare you will know more than 99.9% of the people!

          Ristvan has carefully laid out how Congress built Obamacare as a wobbly 3 legged stool not a solid 4 legged stool.

          Since the tax part of Obamacare has been ruled unconstitutional, the severability provision means that all of Obamacare will be declared unconstitutional in time.

          One thing I have learned in my short life, is that brilliant people sometimes do not suffer fools very well, especially when tired or run down. My Father was like that.

          And yes Ristvan has snarled at me too! But so too have many other brilliant people here on the CTH! So I have taken my fair share of lumps!

          However, that being said, I still much prefer hanging out with people smarter than me, because I learn so much from them, rather than hang out with dumb people who don’t think at all and from whom I learn nothing!

          Time in the end will tell us who guessed correctly and who guessed incorrectly. It takes a certain amount of bravery to publically announce your guesses.

          I do appreciate SD’s and Ristvan’s opinions greatly because they make me think!

          Thinking is really hard work! It is much harder than any other kind of work that I know of! Thinking hard burns more calories than physical labor, in my opinion.

          Henry Ford highest paid executive was a guy who only job was to think! An outside consultant tried to get him fired because he sat in his office and didn’t appear to do anything! Henry Ford said you can’t fire him! He is my most valuable employee! He saved me millions of dollars last year!

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          • Sean Supsky says:

            Thou art an astute learner

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          • Chip Doctor says:

            WES, nice post. Sometimes a little graciousness and humility goes a long way. Thanks!

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          • @ChicagoBri says:

            I’m always happy to learn. So please, why was it better to let the unconstitutional ACA stand, wreak havoc on the economy, then be declared unconstitutional a decade (or more) later? No one but Roberts ever called the penalty (for not buying a product) a tax. The ACA was unconstitutional at the time of its passage and at the time of the USSC ruling. Words have meaning, and lawyers do not get to arrogate to words other meanings as a an intellectual exercise for their amusement and to the detriment of the nation and its constitution

            And assuming Wickard v. Filburn is overturned over 80 years after the fact, is the size of the federal government and its intrusion into our everyday lives going to vanish in a puff of smoke? Likewise with the ACA.

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        • Brewerbear says:

          Either you are intellectual or not, jeans2nd, eh?

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  8. Zippy says:

    “It is unprecedented and inappropriate to do this via Justice Department prosecutors, who will tend to apply the standards of a courtroom to the more nuanced, and often more challenging world of intelligence analysis”

    LOL! That is priceless. Can’t have those courtroom standards! Unfortunately, I’m still not convinced it will get that far.

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  9. Cocoon says:

    An obvious observation:
    Pompeo was CIA Director prior to Haspel. One should wonder how Haspel gained the trust of both Pompeo and Trump, no?
    Brennan was exposed early on.

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  10. Terra Rayner says:

    I remember her confirmation hearings…they seemed to be less on her side if i remember correctly! Especially over the torture program. There is rumor Pompeo is leaving…so he isn’t on Trumps team then? Or he is and has done what he was meant to do?

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  11. benifranlkin says:

    The Turtle wants Pompeo to run for Kansas Senate seat Senate cuz Pat Roberts will be retiring and the Turtle doesn’t want Kobach to slip in or he doesn’t think Kobach can win and the R’s can’t lose that Senate seat. When Pompeo wins the Turtle will make him Chairman of SSCI and boot idiot Burr out and put crook Warner on notice.

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    • dwpender says:

      Interesting ideas, but I don’t think McConnell would even think of naming a freshman Senator to a Committee Chairmanship.

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    • @ChicagoBri says:

      Going from Secretary of State to US Senator is a reduction in rank – Pompeo won’t do it.

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      • bofh says:

        Unless you’re a total hot mess, a Senate seat is good for any multiple of 6 years, while SOS evaporates, at best, with the President’s term. Plus, the Senate is the best damn private club in the world, and also a ticket to print money. Plus, you never even get judged on what you do, or don’t, accomplish.

        I would think a Senate seat would be quite an attractive possibility for Pompeo.

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  12. StanH says:

    You can see their snotty little prig noses hiked up in the air as they wrote this or fellow, self-appointed erudite twits read this. You can hear them exclaim, “how dare these stinky Wal-Mart simpletons question our intelligence tactics. And that garish Orange Buffoon as their leader!”

    Let’s parse their hypothetical statement: “How dare the taxpayers, producers question our need to spy on them for their own good. That bastard Trump he runs rings around us. ”

    The swamp is oozing.

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  13. Johnny says:

    You damn skippy, what scares the hell out of them is the millions of gun packing pissed off to no end, deplorable patriots of the United States.

    Be very careful you traitors what you do, and pray that your future is decided in a courtroom because if we come and try you for sedition and treason the first lamp post, over pass or tall oak tree will be our courhouse.

    We know you treasonous bastards are still trying to overthrow our country, constitution and our way of life. We will not accept the yoke of tyranny that follows any socialist form of government.

    To install your socialist government upon America is the need to destroy our Constitution, Bill of Rights endowed upon us by the Almighty God himself.

    Let Him that have no sword, sell their garmets to buy one. These are the words of the Jesus Christ The Son of the Almighty.

    This is your warning, from the millions that stand behind the President of the United States Donald J Trump.

    Happy New Year you deep state traitors.

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  14. Going around swamp creature Attkinson (if true) is one more puzzle piece that seems inconsistent with an emerging picture of Bondo application. Personally, I am hoping for the best (Barr walking the walk) but won’t be surprised if the whole investigation fades into nothingness.

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    • S&WJM625 says:

      Like my wife said 2 years ago “no one will go to Jail” and she doesn’t know jack about politics but I will bet good money that she is right

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  15. Although anyone who wasn’t in a total coma during the 0-bama years knew right off the bat that the notion that DJT was a national security risk was a preposterous lie, yet engaged and informed Americans endured over two years of the Leftisphere telling us that we have to “Let Mueller do his work, he knows more than you do” . . . . except he didn’t know a damn thing we didn’t already know, it was all BS from the get-go and we were 100% correct.

    So guess, what…..now that there’s (apparently) a real investigation of real crimes with real evidence being conducted, just tell these creeps to “Let Durham do his work, sit down and STFU”

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  16. Magabear says:

    Whenever the fake news uses the word “uncorroborated”, what they really mean is “we refuse to look outside our leftist shell for anything that undermines our Orange Man Bad narrative”.

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  17. WVNed says:

    Move on. Nothing to see. They were sloppy. They took responsibility. They have all been sentenced to live a long life in complete comfort.

    Get back to work serfs. You have taxes to pay.

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  18. concom says:

    I cant figure out where John McCain plays out in this whole thing. How involved? How deep? What was he doing before Trump showed up on the scene? And he was partners w Graham who is still there. So same questions apply to Lindsay.

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  19. clodfobble says:

    These clowns can investigate themselves until the cows come home. NOTHING of any substance will happen. Only the people can correct this. The corrupt are NOT going to uncorrupt themselves.

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  20. Boknows says:

    Sundance,

    It was in November when there was discussion that Pompeo would likely seek…and win the open Senate seat in Kansas.

    President Trump was not only aware but spoke about it, and declaring that if he sought it he would win easily.

    No comments from any same human being will change the Democrat Party, nor it’s mentally unstable followers. Certainly not words from Pompeo on a political matter when he serves as non partisan leader.

    He has served faithfully at the pleasure of the President or he would have been fired.

    The November news was widely published. It would be a strong seat for us.

    Vote Pompeo for Senate in 2020!

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  21. Robert Smith says:

    “…Another issue former officials have flagged: It isn’t clear whether Durham has consulted with the intelligence community inspector general, Michael Atkinson, as part of his review, which reportedly evolved into a criminal probe in October…”

    I would be very nervous the further down the list of possible John Durham interviews I am. You can bet Durham knows the story to a cross-referenced high accuracy if and when he talks to Atkinson – or, any other of the IC/DOJ/FBI coup operatives.

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  22. California Joe says:

    Neither Gina Haspel nor Mike Pompeo has lifted a finger to help uncover the coup plotters and it’s been over three years. While they may have not participated in attempting to frame the President of the United States for a crime that never happened they certainly haven’t done much to catch the culprits responsible!

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    • 2zymos says:

      In this “game” (coup, counter-coup, clandestine service foreign/domestic, matters of state in-or-through DoS, military intelligence, pre-combat/pre-hostilities maneuvering)…
      “normal lensing” just will not work.
      Just because you/me/we haven’t seen what Haspel/Pompeo/Sessions/Durham/Barr/Huber are doing doesn’t mean
      1. They are doing nothin
      2. They are in support of PDJT (generally)
      3. They are opposed to PDJT (generally)
      This game is dominated by DECEPTION and information warfare and psychological operations.
      MANY, truly MANY, premises will fall over the next months and few years.
      For example:
      ++ PDJT had to have a strategy for getting nominations through senate approval. Part of this strategy (new premise) includes having some of his primary supporters maintain their DS cred — think spy (look like your enemy, operate in his space, hide your true mission/agenda)
      ++ Very few analysts have accounted for the role of ‘consent to monitor’ for all government operators, security clearance holders. PDJT takedown strategy of the DS and coup plotters appears to be using this important CiC military power capability: (new premise) Keep your friends close and your enemies closer takes on NEW and IMPORTANT MEANING when considering the use of DoD assets (held secret) and ‘consent monitoring status’ to walk around a broken justice system and advisory controlled law-fare assault battalion.
      ++ New premise: PDJT is using classic deception ops and psyops. I this realm you are reduced to working with logical assessments combined with probability until documented/proven. For example, at this point, its worthwhile to say something like this:
      – Huber likely a distraction op and a rabbit trail for the DS; med high confidence.
      – Sessions recusal was a deliberate move to put Rosenstein in control and wall him (and the DS law fare group) off from Sessions covered activity. Possible but 50/50 by the existing evidence
      – New Premise: Flynn and the Flynn case has been more about gutting the FISA court and the treasonous collusion there-in and has been managed as that “op” from the very beginning. All actors in this scenario have ‘dropped their mask’ at some point except for Flynn. Med high confidence based on multiple observations of ‘outside procedure and outside protocol activity’ that FLYNN ABSOLUTELY KNEW FULL WELL would pull the DS even further forward onto chasing him: writing oped on Gulen, taking a pretense interview by stroke and Pietenka, pleading guilty in a known sham case.

      It would be good to have a narrative review of the Enigma and the Ultra Secret — so that more could understand what is involved and the layers of deception and cover that come into play in Nat Security matters and protecting sources and methods DURING WARTIME. We are at war (new premise). This is not politics we are considering.

      More to come. Stay cold angry.

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  23. Republicanvet91 says:

    “find a means to cooperate”””

    As if she is above the law or congressional oversight. It is this arrogant attitude that has gotten them into this mess.

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  24. islandpalmtrees says:

    If the SSCI is able to blackball anyone nominated for the DNI position then it follows that they must have been able to do the same for a CIA Director nominee. And, since we all know that the SSCI is corrupt then explain how SSCI allowed Pompeo not only to be nominated but worked to have his position confirmed?

    Therefore, Pompeo must be corrupt!

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  25. USA First! says:

    The conclusion of the whole matter is this:

    Obama used the power of every government agency to destroy and falsely frame candidate Trump and then President Trump.

    The truthful headlines should be “CIA, DOJ, FBI, attempted coupe on Obama’s orders. “

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  26. littleanniefannie says:

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  27. Republicanvet91 says:

    The arrogance of all of this is simply astounding.

    “Haspel’s plight, though, may depend on how deeply Durham investigates an uncorroborated theory pushed by Trump allies that a key player in the Russia probe, a Russia-linked professor named Joseph Mifsud, was actually a Western intelligence asset sent to discredit the Trump campaign — and that the CIA, under Brennan, was somehow involved.”

    The stenographers keep suggesting this mess is uncorroborated conspiracy theory or debunked, while never recognizing the irony of this massive investigation starting over an uncorroborated report from a former MI-6 hack pushing an uncorroborated dossier to prevent an election of a specific candidate. Do they seriously expect POTUS, Barr or Durham will just stop if they repeat this nonsense often enough?
    As for protecting Brennan, why would they deny he was involved? If he is innocent, why is he so rabid in protesting his innocence? The left likes to suggest if POTUS is innocent, why doesn’t he just cooperate with this sham and let witnesses testify? They should ask the same with Brennan.

    “Haspel was the CIA’s station chief in London in 2016 when the U.S. Embassy there was made aware of Mifsud’s contact with a Trump campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, by Australian diplomat Alexander Downer. Haspel was briefed on Downer’s outreach to the embassy, according to a person familiar with the matter, but it’s unclear whether she was then made aware of the FBI’s plans to interview him or knew about the bureau’s use of an informant in London.”

    George P was another dismissed as a kook once more evidence came out of what actually happened, but this now seems to be corroborated. Why not find out the details of what happened? I am sure there is plenty of evidence to look at showing Haspel reported this information to HQ. Why not review that to see what was reported?

    “[…] “It is unprecedented and inappropriate to do this via Justice Department prosecutors, who will tend to apply the standards of a courtroom to the more nuanced, and often more challenging world of intelligence analysis,” said John McLaughlin, who served as both deputy director and acting director of the CIA from 2000 to 2004.”

    Toad McLaughlin was the one who publicly praised the Deep State saying he was thankful for them. What is unprecedented and inappropriate is an intel agency running an operation to make it look like a candidate is colluding with a foreign power to win an election. The accusation is public, so why complain when it is investigated? Toad knows his agency is supposed to be governed by laws passed by Congress, so what is unprecedented about DOJ investigating whether any of those laws were broken?
    It would be interesting to hear what stake Toad has in this, and why he is making such an effort to defend actions that are uncorroborated.

    “Sipher asked why such a review would be “done over the head of” the intelligence community’s inspector general.”

    Cry me a friggin river. This article is loaded with statements made to look like certain people are so ignorant of facts. Sipher and others are simply worried they no longer have control of what might be exposed.

    “[…] Another issue former officials have flagged: It isn’t clear whether Durham has consulted with the intelligence community inspector general, Michael Atkinson, as part of his review, which reportedly evolved into a criminal probe in October.”

    Oh, they flagged it? Well that means…nothing. Why consult with someone with a clear history of being a swamp rat? Don’t these people read the news? Atkinson was up to his eye balls in this mess, so why plead ignorance to why he is not consulted? This is unbecoming whining over their inability to find out what Durham is looking at, which is good to hear.

    “Normally, potential intelligence community misconduct is reviewed by an agency’s internal watchdog, who would then recommend criminal charges if warranted to a U.S. attorney with jurisdiction, noted Greg Brower, a former FBI assistant director. (read more)”

    Well, that might “normally” happen in issues of less importance than actions taken to frame a President.

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    • G. Alistar says:

      I think several high level dirty cops at FBI and DoJ have flipped….matter of time until someone close to Obama spills the beans. There is no honor amongst these thieves.

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      • Republicanvet91 says:

        I am starting to believe the same. I think it helps that Collyer only named Clinesmith as the one responsible for FISA abuse while ignoring the myriad of other FBI flunkies involved in that process.
        I suspect several are seeing they may end holding a flaming bag like Clinesmith.

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    • Brewerbear says:

      Psst, keep your posts shorter and people actually read them… we don’t need a novel on this board

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  28. TMonroe says:

    ““It is unprecedented and inappropriate to do this via Justice Department prosecutors, who will tend to apply the standards of a courtroom to the more nuanced, and often more challenging world of intelligence analysis,” said John McLaughlin, who served as both deputy director and acting director of the CIA from 2000 to 2004.”

    Applying laws and standards of conduct is appropriate, no matter how ‘nuanced’ you think you’re entitled to be while empowered with such sensitive positions in which ethics is often the main barrier to misconduct small and large. And yes, it certainly does showcase the mindset.

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  29. Trump Train says:

    Slight revision

    On a positive note, you know what really scares these people?

    It ain’t President Trump….

    ….. it’s him calling upon all of us behind him to come to DC and eradicate swamp after the rule of law fails to hold these people accountable.

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  30. Thomas Berwick says:

    Sundance, either you have hard evidence that Mike Pompeo is “dirty” that you are withholding from your readers OR you are simply smearing Pompeo for reasons which are yours alone.
    Your case centers around Pompeo being confirmed by the SSCI thus making him “dirty”. It is my understanding that the Secretary of State is confirmed by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
    “The United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is a standing committee of the United States Senate. It is charged with leading foreign-policy legislation and debate in the Senate. The Foreign Relations Committee is generally responsible for overseeing (but not administering) and funding foreign aid programs as well as funding arms sales and training for national allies. The committee is also responsible for holding confirmation hearings for high-level positions in the Department of State.”
    Despite that, you continue to link Pompeo with the SSCI.
    If you are correct about Pompeo, please provide supporting evidence.
    If it turns out that you are wrong about Pompeo, you owe Pompeo and your readers a very big apology.

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    • amazed treetop downlooker says:

      Aye

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      • WES says:

        I say not so fast! I believe SD is basing his opinion upon “actions” over “words”. This is often a better indicator of truth, especially when you are confused about a person. And especially if such person is very smart and crafty. I suspect we will never really know.

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    • Marc says:

      It’s his blog. He owes no one an apology. Where are the apologies to SD when so many attacked him for calling for Sessions to go? Last time I heard, Pompeo worked for Trump, not the other way around.

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      • Thomas Berwick says:

        Marc, Sundance is implying that Pompeo is “dirty” because he was confirmed by the SSCI. This is absolutely WRONG. Here’s the evidence:
        On April 23, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 11-9 in favor of sending Pompeo’s nomination to the full Senate, with Senator Chris Coons voting “present” and Johnny Isakson, who was absent that day, voting “yes by proxy”.[59] In the interest of saving the committee’s time, Coons decided to vote “present”, as the vote would have been tied if he had voted no on the nomination with Isakson absent, a situation that would have nullified his vote.[60] The Senate floor vote took place on April 26 and Pompeo was confirmed by the full Senate by a 57–42 vote, with five of ten Democratic senators running for reelection in 2018 in states that Trump won in 2016, voting to confirm Pompeo.

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        • Marc says:

          You’re assuming McConnell isn’t an expert at the game of cabinet and judicial horsetrading. He is and he knows how those votes will play out even before they get a committee vote. I’m cynical enough to realize it’s all planned out to give us rubes the semblance of two parties opposed to one another.

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        • sundance says:

          Pompeo was CIA Director (SSCI Confirmation), before he was Secretary of State (Senate Foreign Relations Committee Confirmation).

          You are conflating the latter with the former.

          Thanks.

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    • Republicanvet91 says:

      Pompeo was previously CIA Director, and not that they care, but the Senate would look stupid confirming him for CIA and not SecState.

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      • Thomas Berwick says:

        If that is the case, then Sundance is wrong to imply that Pompeo is “dirty”.
        Sundance is right a very high percentage of the time. However, regarding his implication that Pompeo is “dirty” because he was confirmed by Burr’s committee is WRONG. Pompeo was NOT confirmed by Burr’s committee.

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        • sundance says:

          Thomas, how did Pompeo get to be CIA director without being confirmed by Burr’s committee?

          😀 😀 😀 😀

          Whoopsie daisy.

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          • Thomas Berwick says:

            Ahhh, yes. So Pompeo got “dirtied up” before he was confirmed for Secretary of State. Now you are implying that President Trump isn’t smart enough to figure that out before he nominated him for Secretary of State. Sorry, but going back in time doesn’t get you off the hook for your Pompeo smear. You can prove your claim by stating exactly how Pompeo is “dirty”. How about this. He took campaign money from Koch Industries? Is that “dirty” enough for you?

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    • Andy Krause says:

      Sundance is referring to Pompeo’s SSCI confirmation hearings for the position of CIA director.

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  31. Raquel says:

    I’ve been wondering how much the swamp creatures and news media are going to try to besmirch Durham and Barr over the next several months. I can see the swamp wanting to make them look non trust worthy so that the public questions their credibility and that of any forthcoming charges.

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  32. Bruce_Dern's_Finger says:

    Do-nothing Republicans are ‘the talk of the town’.
    All talk and zero positive results, just like HUSSEIN 0Zero.

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  33. Amy2 says:

    Does she not have a coat that fits?

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    • Q&A says:

      It’s called Swamp Style.

      Gina Haspel is wearing the Boss Lady version.
      Then there’s the skank version, as modeled by Lisa Page, Sally Moyer and Ali Watkins.
      The vampire version for Fiona Hill (along with her sibling David Holmes).
      The LGBTQuerty version for barren “Prof” Pamela Karlan.
      Faux Indian style, shown by Elizabeth Warren.
      Recycled DA duds as worn by Kamala Harris.
      Nicely dressed Tulsi Gabbard is the outlier fashionista, with her “I’m Not With Them” statement.

      Dressing well is only for expensive call girls or Republican women.
      Both are jealously treated with disdain.

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  34. NOET says:

    For no reason that I have yet been able to put my finger on, I’m not feeling terribly concerned one way or the other about Pompeo’s status at the moment. If our President wishes for Pompeo to resign (for whatever reason), so be it. If Pompeo wishes to resign (again, for whatever reason), so be it.

    However, if you are among those who can appreciate the wisdom in “Know thy enemy,” you might find some insight from how the Dark Side (WaPo) is treating this discussion: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/10/25/why-mike-pompeo-must-go/

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    • NOET says:

      Post script: I should have noted that the WaPo editorial above is dated 25 October and is coauthored by a couple of G.W. Bush-era Orcs (both with State Department credentials, and one who served on the National Intelligence Council (2003-2011, according to his GMU bio).

      (I’m still chuckling over Sundance’s allusion to the New York Times turning the “Eye of Sauron” onto Durham. So, as the NYT is to WaPo, Sauron is to… Saruman?)

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    • ichicinnabar says:

      NOET,

      Thank you for posting this article. The WaPo wants Pompeo to go. That should tell all of us a lot.

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  35. Some people say they feel a “disturbance” in the Force.
    I feel a “movement” in the Force – that being the commentary between Sundance and Ristvan.
    I respect both their opinions and their subsequent reasoning.
    Differences in opinions can be educational – especially to a common peasant like myself.
    Thankfully, those in TCTH mostly treat each other with respect – unlike Congress.
    Both of you keep it up! I appreciate it.
    MAGA

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  36. rcogburn says:

    Best thing I’ve ever read in Politico. Filled with good news, highly entertaining, and surprisingly truthful in many ways.

    A quick qui bono, knowing this comes by way of Fusion GPS, it’s not hard to discern who the unnamed “sources” are and why this article was pushed out. I’ll go so far as to say much of the phrasing is so specific to John Brennan, he may have shared a googledoc with her. Sounds like those warnings from Holder and the NYT still aren’t working. Time to bolt the doors and protect the agency.

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  37. Sean Supsky says:

    Let the spooks be spooked so they make more mistakes

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  38. Donzo says:

    Jasper didn’t say she was confident there was no wrongdoing. Politico said she likely was “confident” of such. It would be the first time Politico was wrong.
    I’m not supporting Haspel, only pointing out the difference between a direct quote and potential spin.

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  39. Smartacus says:

    What is the beef with Pompeo?

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  40. 2Alpha says:

    Several people here have a deep understanding of the American politic and others of us are simply casual observers. We need to understand that much of what we think we know comes from what we read. Is it the truth? Each of us needs to decide.

    In times of stress or indecision, I’ve always found comfort in trusting my instincts and asking a few simple questions. Does it cause me any harm? What’s the worst possible outcome? And, how does this benefit me?

    This situation with the CIA, Haspel, Pompeo, and Brennan gives me the creeps. It’s not so much about President Trump as it is about the future of America. Are we to place our trust in what we hear from these career liars or do we choose to believe what we see with our own eyes?

    The only person in DC that I trust is Don Trump. The pitchfork is sharpened and the torches are wrapped.

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  41. CNN_sucks says:

    SD convinced me that Pompeo might be “dirty” too. He might not be a rabid swamp but I believe he is comfortable swimming with swamp dwellers and maintaining the status quo.

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  42. Sean Supsky says:

    Have faith that all things will work out in the end.

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    • Donzo says:

      If I had a plan, which I don’t, that wouldn’t be it.

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      • Sean Supsky says:

        If I were in the position of President Trump, I would have a plan and I would have faith that it would work. Yet, since I am not, my faith lies in my belief that he, President Trump, is following God’s plan, and that, my friend, is what my faith is grounded upon.

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    • Ron Jaeger says:

      I do believe you are right . There are wayyy too many normal Americans who are quite aware of the “deep state” nowadays due to the internet and talk radio. I stumbled across CTH about 2.5 years ago and brother what an education. I can read these comments until I am just rummy and go to sleep knowing about all the folks who are reading and developing that cold fury. I am constantly surprised by the awareness of citizens around me who are casual followers of what Trump is up against . Exposure is working very very well. Maga 2020 and a HAPPY NEW YEAR to all !!!!

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  43. joan p calhoun says:

    One day we the people will rise up against all these degenerates.
    I hope it begins in November 2020.

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  44. Rileytrips says:

    Look again at the picture of Brennen and Haspel. She is totally aware that Brennen is behind her, and her face shows she doesn’t like that. Look at her left hand. Her hand/fingers are in position to go for something. She is ready for an attack. She doesn’t like or trust Brennen.

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  45. taxpayer here says:

    The coup players involves many and what they’ve done, are doing, and no doubt, continue to do, makes me even more determined to vote for Donald J Trump….AGAIN!!!

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  46. Troublemaker10 says:

    They are definitely worried about Durham.

    ———

    Commentary: Eric Holder and Wapo Threaten U.S. Attorney John Durham for Looking into Spygate
    https://tennesseestar.com/2019/12/27/commentary-eric-holder-and-wapo-threaten-u-s-attorney-john-durham-for-looking-into-spygate/?fbclid=IwAR1mlj_ZCbitehsdlHbgjbIOHC0FzZT8FW0PhEKoD9cOytlOB7IyIf3cBvE

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  47. gda53 says:

    Sundance seems very, very sure that Pompeo is “dirty”. He doesn’t specify precisely what that word “dirty” means.

    I’m assuming it means that Pompeo is not the “true” supporter of PDJT he seemed (by many) to be, and may have stabbed him in the back (certainly in the case of Vindman). I assume he does not necessarily mean crooked, or in league with the coup, or another faction (the Military?), or something other, but not yet defined.

    I can only speculate that Pompeo, a former military guy and highly disciplined individual, may have always secretly resented having to obey the orders of someone he considers undisciplined, possibly reckless, and therefore unfit to command. Perhaps he’s being trying to “manage” POTUS surreptitiously. By failing to offer expected support when Vindman appeared, he showed his hand, or (per Sundance) dropped his mask .
    Neither the Yovanovitch matter nor the SOS confirmation matter seem as conclusive (to me at least).
    So that leaves Vindman as the straw that broke the camel’s back.

    I’m not sorry Pompeo was/is SOS, because he seems awfully competent to me, and I believe he has actually helped PDJT a lot. I’m disappointed, but then again, looking at his background, I guess I shouldn’t REALLY be surprised.

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  48. Troublemaker10 says:

    Democratic lawmakers insist Durham resign from Justice Department probe of Russian meddling in U.S. elections

    https://www.courant.com/politics/hc-pol-democrats-insist-durham-resign-20191225-lsm74a4kqvaj7ggirbjccaomtm-story.html

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  49. Rynn69 says:

    “The spooks and scribes live a life so deeply enmeshed in the world of fraud and lying they cannot even see themselves exposing their own character.”

    This is deeply troubling. I pray AG Bill Barr has kept his outside-the-bubble morality intact to save the country. And that is not hyperbole.

    “POTUS has to deal with all these creatures, while knowing their larger agenda. On a positive note, you know what really scares these people? It ain’t President Trump….it’s all of us behind him!”

    AND WE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, ARE BEHIND PRESIDENT TRUMP 100%. MAGA 2020.

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  50. Matt Bracken says:

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    • Not a single person depicted is innocent of *leaking* classified material.

      Not a single person depicted supports the a Peoples President or the Republic.

      Not a single person depicted has failed to make money off the backs of the taxpayers.

      And none of them are in jail, although I guess Strzok is facing charges, or at least has crowdfunded for attorney fees for expected charges.

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