DOJ Admits Two FISA Applications Lacked Cause – FISA Court Requests Information on Consequences: What Other Prosecutions Relied on the Invalid Warrants?…

An interesting ruling, brief and order from the FISA Court (Judge Boasberg) released today [pdf here] reflects an admission by the DOJ the 2nd and 3rd FISA renewal against U.S. person Carter Page were invalid.

The “DOJ assesses that with respect to the applications in [April and June 2017] “if not earlier, there was insufficient predication to establish probable cause to believe that [Carter]Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power.””

The original FISA application was October 21st, 2016.  The first FISA renewal was January 12, 2017 (84 days from origination).  The second renewal was April 7, 2017 (85 days from prior renewal).  The third renewal was on June 29th, 2017 (83 days from prior renewal).

The DOJ has now attested to the FISC the FISA application on April 7, 2017, and the FISA application of June 29th were invalid.  However, the DOJ has not taken a position on the validity of the original application, Oct 21, 2016, or the first renewal of January 12, 2017.

As with almost everything in the world of FISA there is a great deal of interesting language surrounding how the FISC brief & order by James Boasberg is written.  Each paragraph and sentence should be reviewed carefully to avoid making cursory mistakes in analysis.

The FBI has agreed to “sequester” all information and evidence received as an outcome of all the FISA warrants issued against Carter Page.  Meaning, all material, in any court proceeding or subsequent secondary warrant on another target, application, filing, motion, prosecution or downstream use of the information gathered and obtained; the FBI will now assemble all materials, from any location, that stemmed from the Carter Page FISA warrants.

In essence, the FBI will now look and retrieve any evidence that stemmed as an outcome of the Carter Page FISA warrant.  Some of this material *may* (perhaps likely) will be in the Special Counsel Mueller investigation.

[ie. a proverbial search for the fruit of a poisonous tree.  Where is it?]

Once the sequestration has taken place, the DOJ will then be able to determine to the court what collateral impacts they have identified.

The DOJ has yet to inform the court how exactly they plan to do this, or when they anticipate to have completed the task.  However, the FBI has agreed to undertake this sequestration for ALL of the FISA applications, not just the two renewals they now admit are invalid. READ:

The issue of the validity for the October 21st, 2016, originating FISA application; and/or the issue of the validity for the first renewal January 12th, 2017, is not yet determined.

The FISC brief outlines the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), who is currently doing a review of all FISA applications, will be the one assist the DOJ in reaching that conclusion.

Worth noting in the second paragraph (above): “pending further review of the OIG report and the outcome of any investigations or litigation.”   This was a statement made by the DOJ in response to the FISC.  It is possible the ongoing investigation by U.S. Attorney John Durham is part of this encompassing statement.

The second page of the order by Judge Boasberg is essentially him relaying the law surrounding FISA applications; warning the DOJ that false material submissions -which the DOJ has just admitted- are illegal; and Boasberg wanting to know answers to the same questions many of us have.

Essentially, Judge Boasberg is asking: what did the FBI do with the Title-1 surveillance warrant they received from the court?   What material did they collect?  Was that material then used in other proceedings and: “disseminated to DOJ prosecutors and other persons outside the FBI”?

The presiding fisa judge also wants to know what the DOJ is doing.  Explain what “further review of the OIG report” means?  Inform the court what “related investigations and litigation” pertains to, etc:

[Link to Court]

A note of caution.  It seems incredulous the DOJ cannot apply the same determination of invalid construct to the original FISA application and first renewal.  However, the key issue is with the Steele Dossier – the essential evidence underpinning the FISA itself; and the key question is when did the FBI and/or DOJ know with certainty the Steele Dossier was unfounded and did not merit legal inclusion for the warrant?

By their current admissions, as outlined by Judge Boasberg, the DOJ is admitting that between January 12th and April 7th current investigators are certain there was sufficient information debunking the Steele Dossier, known to the former FBI and DOJ officials, such that no further application (renewal) should have taken place.

Interestingly this timeline and DOJ admission would include the Mueller investigation use of any FISA derived material or evidence when it began May 17, 2017; that is, if the Mueller probe used the Carter Page FISA evidence for any derivative warrant therein.

It seems likely the Mueller probe did use the Page warrant, as former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former DOJ Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein authorized the June 29, 2017, final renewal AFTER the special counsel was in place.  That renewal has been admitted as invalid.  There could be considerable consequences.

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404 Responses to DOJ Admits Two FISA Applications Lacked Cause – FISA Court Requests Information on Consequences: What Other Prosecutions Relied on the Invalid Warrants?…

  1. The applicable charge against the members of the cabal who tried to take DJT out before and after he was elected is summarized below. This determination by the DOJ provides the needed foundation for such a prosecution.
    We shall see.
    ————————————

    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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    • Dutchman says:

      And there is CONSPIRACY to commit deprivation of rights under color of law.

      If two or more conspire, collude, plan and act in concert, to commit a crime they can be charged with CONSPIRACY to,…..

      And that opens up all sorts of possibilities.

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      • trnathens says:

        But there’s no plan… Remember that. It’s ALL coincidence.

        Liked by 1 person

      • mopar2016 says:

        There’s definitely two or more.

        Liked by 4 people

        • Dutchman says:

          WAY more than two. And the evidence exists to prove it, legally obtainable evidence.
          And, once one was looking at an effective life sentence, and flipped, the whole thing would unravel; these are NOT true ideologues, prepared to jump under the bus, or fall on their sword.
          Just look at that picture; self centered sociopaths, that would flip in a heartbeat.

          ALL it takes is the will to prosecute.

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        • Dutchman says:

          WAY more than two. And the evidence exists to prove it, legally obtainable evidence.
          And, once one was looking at an effective life sentence, and flipped, the whole thing would unravel; these are NOT true ideologues, prepared to jump under the bus, or fall on their sword.
          Just look at that picture; self centered sociopaths, that would flip in a heartbeat.

          ALL it takes is the will to prosecute.

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      • inspectorudy says:

        Good luck chuck! This is the same judge that appointed one of the original perps in the Russian Hoax to investigate it! Does that sound like a real effort to get to the bottom of this treason? I do not know the judge but if he is this out of touch with the facts, expect very little from him.

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        • JoAnn Leichliter says:

          It has always seemed odd to me that even as the FISA court was rubber-stamping “warrants” (authorizations) based largely on the Steele “dossier,” anyone in the general public who cared to be informed already knew that material was bogus. So we are to believe that FISA court judges are never exposed to the “news media”?

          It is pretty clear that the FISA court swallowed whole whatever was presented by the FBI/DOJ. That in itself is reason to abolish this court and all its works and all its pomps.

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    • MARK G RYAN says:

      That is a pretty heavy legal sledgehammer. This should make a few a bit nervous. Nervous to the point of making some desperate cover up maneuvers. Seen an impeachment proceeding lately?

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    • Concernedcitizen says:

      This is a slam dunk for Durham. There has to be accountability. Even the FISA Court is crying out for justice.

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    • Santiago 1314 says:

      “The Guillotone, THE GUILLOTINE.!!!”… Madame Defarge

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    • Beau Geste says:

      THe FISC judges should be added. Their only duty and purpose is to protect civil rights. The whole scheme required REPEATED approval and permission from the FISC. The FISC never disciplined the perps, or withdrew the Warrants they should not have issued undertheir heightened responsibility as a secret court protecting unrepresented defendants. Here, they knew it was the entire Republican Party covered by their reckless “2-hop” rule during a political campaign with billions spent on communications with every Republican Party member, all voters and reporters and consultants, lawyers, Republican donors, congresscritters. Extreme, repeated failure b y the FISC of their only, heightened responsibility. Which they continue to this day, by refusing to discipline the DOJ/FBI (fines, jail, disbarment, perjury prosecution) and withdraw all tainted FISAs, to protect the integrity of their proceedings.

      The FISC judges were guards hired AND SWORN to protect the constitutional bank from robbers. Instead, they gave them the keys, handed them the money, look the other way, and do not pursue them. Disgusting.

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      • Beau Geste says:

        An important point about 18 USC 242 is that it makes criminal the unconstitutional denial of civil rights by judges who are willfully complicit.

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    • Observer says:

      We have had evidence of multiple felonies by numerous connected individuals for many years. Still no meaningful prosecutions.

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  2. Publius2016 says:

    can Manafort get time served???

    If the first Page FISA is ever revealed, Vault 7 planted evidence on 45 will be EXPOSED!

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  3. John Spiropoulos says:

    According to the IG report, the FBI interviewed Steele’s Primary Sub-Source in January 2017. It does not give the date. However, by the end of that interview, the FBI knew the Steele dossier was trash. If we presume that the interview happened after the first renewal had already been approved that month, they should have made plans to scrap the whole thing on the flight back to Washington after the interview. In the Senate Judiciary Hearings, Lindsey Graham asks Horowitz:

    LG If the government is surveilling an Amerian citizen, pursuant to a FISA warrant, and the government comes into, information is given to the government that questions the foundation of the warrant, is there an obligation to tell the court?
    MH Absolutely.
    LG They did not do that here, is that correct?
    MH Correct.

    Of course, they not only didn’t disclose the exculpatory information to the court, they lied about what the Primary Sub-source said. The evening of the hearing Graham told Hannity he wants a criminal investigation of the 5 government officials who were in that meeting with the Primary Sub-source.

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    • Ray Runge says:

      Sounds like another item on the list for Lindsey or Bill Barr to delve into.

      AND if the 2nd and 3rd renewals are now considered non operable because of the Steele Dossier being exposed as contrivance by January 27th, what would provide the validity to allow the initial Application approval and 1st renewal to remain valid /operable?

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      • John Spiropoulos says:

        The FBI and DOJ in charge at the time could say, “well, we didn’t really know the dossier was bogus when we applied for the first FISA in October and when we applied for the first renewal in January.” But, as we know, even when they found out it was bogus, they went ahead with two more renewals. The fact is they had nothing to corroborate it in the first place. The FBI didn’t corroborate it. Steele didn’t corroborate. And in his meeting with the FBI in early October 2016 Steele said his primary source was a “boaster” and “egoist” and “may engage in some embellishment.” Worse yet, when the FBI offered him $15,000 to do specific work for them re: Trump (that is collect physical evidence, witnesses, etc.), his response was “maybe I can go back to the hotel (in Russia) and get the manager for you to meet to talk about the prostitutes there.” That was his mindset. Smear Trump. As a reporter, I wouldn’t use Steele as a news source. But the FBI and DOJ used him to get a FISA. Unbelievable.

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        • Ray Runge says:

          AND if I recall correctly, Sundance spoke of A State Department employee who warned that Seele had a personal axe to grind and to so question the validity of any report Steele would offer.

          Any attempt by the DoJ to maintain validity of the initial application and the first renewal sounds like something Adam Schiff would tout. Sidney Powell and Flynn would add to weight of outstanding court cases that may prove to over power the limp rationale the prosecutors can offer.

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        • John Obidienzo says:

          Bruce Ohr testimony reveals he informed the FBI in August 2016 of the Steele Dossier’s connection to the Clinton campaign.

          State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec spoke to Steele 10 days before the FISA application and it is believed her heavily redacted memo proves the FBI knew the Dossier was politically motivated garbage.

          FBI Director Wray classified the document “secret” in April 2019, and to be declassified in 25 years.

          https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/442592-steeles-stunning-pre-fisa-confession-informant-needed-to-air-trump-dirt

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        • Learned Hat says:

          Even if they were in good faith (don’t know how) on the first one, if they show the the set up by intel, it shouldn’t matter should it? Would still be fruit of poisonous tree?

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          • Beau Geste says:

            They are under an ethical and court rules obligation to immediately bring “new” information to the FISC. They were required to bring all this exculpatory, and “unverification” information to the FISC , and withdraw the EXISTING Warrants based on the “new” information. They did not. That left the existing spy warrant unethically in place.

            If I recall correctly, there is already a finding that the DOJ/FBI was required to so advise the court, but failed to do so.

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        • Mary Morse says:

          Doesn’t the (Clinesmith altered) CIA memo regarding Page come into play before and during the October 2016 and January 2017 timeframe?

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        • John- thanks very much for your commentary and for all your amazing work!

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      • Santiago 1314 says:

        Unfortunately, as Horowitz stated, and similar to getting an Indictment from a Grand Jury, against a “Ham Sandwich”… The FBI Bar for Opening an Investigation; “Crossfire Hurricane” is Very Low… BUT, Once you go to FISC, you have to Have “Reason” for 90 day Renewal… They Fabricated the “Reason”… They are Screwed.!!!

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    • dwpender says:

      I commend you for your excellent documentary on OANN.

      Liked by 6 people

      • John Spiropoulos says:

        Thanks. Plans are in the works to do more. Meanwhile, there’s nothing like hanging out here at the Treehouse for informed insight from Sundance and the Treeper brigade of commenters.

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    • sundance says:

      John, I think the reason why Horowitz left out the exact date of the January FBI finding out the Steele Dossier was bunk, was specifically because of the renewal date. January 12th, 2017.

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      • John Spiropoulos says:

        I’m sure you’re right. We know for a fact that the IG pulled his punches in multiple sections of the report.

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      • JIM COMEY IS A WEASEL_DOUG says:

        But didn’t the Kavolek {sic} memo already undermine Steele’s cred? Oct 16….pre-submission.

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      • sundance says:

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        • dwpender says:

          The date the DOJ/FBI filed the first renewal application and the date Judge Mosman approved it are two different things. We know the second date, but not the first. This may be significant.

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      • Mary Morse says:

        IIR, the date was mentioned in an interview. The Barr interview? Possibly Comey? (I made a comment about it around the time of the Barr interview.)

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        • Beau Geste says:

          Whether the sub-source interview was before, or after the first extension grant, the DOJ/FBI was required to immediately report this info to the court, by ethics and court rules. This should have resulted in immediate withdrawal of the then just-issued FISA extension.

          The FBI/DOJ did not fully disclose all they knew. They unethically left the FISA extension in place.

          Strangely, the FISC has still not disciplined the DOJ/FBI for unethical practice, or withdrawn any of their tainted spy warrants, as any honest court should do. This inaction protects the perps in their spying before, and after the FISA Warrants.

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    • WSB says:

      Thanks for resurfacing that nugget, John. Maybe Lindsey’s compliment to Schiff today was actually a Brutus’ dig.

      And many thakns for your latest work. This has been such a long and winding road, people who are just now seeing the truth will have a very difficult time digesting anything without guidance the likes of your presentation last week.

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  4. Johnny says:

    This also shines a new light on the surprising resignation of Judge Rubberstamp Collyer from the position of Chief Judge of Fisa Court.

    I wonder if she was told to step down?

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    • Beau Geste says:

      It is not clear how or why she would be appointed as Chief of a secret court with an admitted extra-heav y duty to protect unrepresented defendants rights from the known FBI/DOJ illegal spying history. Her law school is relatively low-ranked, so there are many others with strong Constitutional Law training who could have been appointed. But maybe she was the top graduate?

      Maybe she was replaced by someone more able to withstand the inevitable controversy about a secret Star Chamber court which has had its repeated failure to protect Constitutional rights exposed by General Rogers, and its deceptive authorization of political spying on the entire Republican Party and its elected president, through a pretend low-level “target” and the unconstitutionally broad “2-hop” warrant fiction?

      Maybe she is overcome by shame at signing a warrant to politically spy instead of protecting the 4th Amendment, which is the sworn duty of the FISC judges?

      Or, maybe her health is not good, as claimed in the boasberg replacement?

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    • TheOtherSean says:

      IIRC, Collyer’s time on the FISA court was due to expire.

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  5. Graham Pink says:

    The coupers appear to be fruit of a poisoned DOJ/FBI.

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  6. Bulldog84 says:

    It seems safe to say the people in the most trouble right now are Comey, Rod Rosenstein and Andrew McCabe; all signatories and also involved in Special Counsel appointment.

    Is Jeff Sessions thanking his lucky stars right now?

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  7. swamph8er says:

    The FBI knew Carter Page (UCE1) was a CIA spy back in 2014 when they got a FISA on him to “2 hop” some Russians.

    They executed the exact same FISA abuse operation in 2016 against Trump.

    IMO Page was a willing participant…he is pissed at the FBI for outing him while pretending they actually thought he was a Russian agent. He also had ties to several left leaning organizations early in his career: the House Armed Services Committee under Les Aspin, the UN peacekeeping mission, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

    If he wasn’t a willing participant…he would be pissed at Brennan for distributing the dossier with his name in it…he’s not. Brennan probably lied to him about how his name got there.

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/02/05/in-march-2016-carter-page-was-an-fbi-employee-in-october-2016-fbi-told-fisa-court-hes-a-spy/

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/former-trump-adviser-carter-page-under-fisa-warrant-since-2014-report

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    • I’ve been saying the same thing for a long time. If you watch him in interviews, he dodges relevant questions. He has never shown stress or duress that a person who has been spied on and who has been accused of wrong doing. I think that in order to be a good spook, you have to be a good liar. I’m not convinced that George Papadoplis is an innocent bystander either. Jury’s still out on him.

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      • Mary Morse says:

        Maybe because he came out of the Hudson Institute? Always a red flag for me. (Perhaps because I’ve read few too many HI reports by Panero and Weidlinger.)

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    • littleanniefannie says:

      “ If he wasn’t a willing participant…he would be pissed at Brennan for distributing the dossier with his name in it…he’s not. Brennan probably lied to him about how his name got there.”

      This being said, why isn’t Brennan’s head on the chopping block. Or are you telling me that the CIA under Obama was an island unto itself never communicating with the FBI or DOJ? Sorry. Brennan is up to his neck in this quicksand too. No pass for that moron snake in the grass.

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    • James Groome says:

      I believe he was willing however I DO NOT BELEIVE HE KNEW OF THE FISA warrants as there is NO WAY PAGE would be OK with the FBI referring to him as an agent of a foreign government IN COURT DOCUMENTS!

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  8. hawkins6 says:

    “…an admission by the DOJ the 2nd and 3rd FISA renewal against U.S. person Carter Page were invalid.”

    Invalid but not “illegal.” Will the DOJ treat them like invalid outdated bus passes?

    it’s interesting to note that as blowhard Schiff is being praised for his lying eloquence in the Senate by his sycophantic colleagues, the MS media and a few Republicans, another one of his egregious lies in the past has been officially confirmed by Judge Boasberg. Acrimonious Adam swore on a stack of fake Bibles that all the FISA warrants were justified and acquired honestly and legally. I hope the PDT defense team shows a series of Schiff’s past verbal lies on the visual screen.

    On another related subject (it’s all a continuous connected web of Dem deceit), I’ve been wondering why sundance hasn’t covered the Obama WH meeting with top Ukrainian officials that were allegedly greeted by Ciaramella to discuss Burisma etc in 2016 and other recent revelations. These seemed like important discoveries to me. Was I duped or did I miss an article?

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  9. Western Canadian says:

    As I recall, the initial FISA application stated on page 1 that the FBI believed that Carter Page was an agent of a foreign power (Russia). They had to say that to get a Title 1FISA warrant. But later in the application, page 13 I believe, it states that the Russians were attempting to recruit Carter Page.
    So, how can Russia be trying to recruit someone who is already an agent?
    This mean that the original Carter Page application contradicts itself. Why would this not remove the predicate for a Title 1 search? And why did the FISA judge not see this contradiction? And why aren’t the Republicans raising hell about it?

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  10. Ackman419 says:

    Im sure CBS,ABC,NBC,CNN, ESPN and the Slave Channel will headline with this.

    /s. Sorry, forgot.

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  11. VandalizeDuhMastuhsAlgorithms says:

    Anyone know what this is about about?

    ” …were inadvertently omitted from the December 2019
    production:
    11/16/2017
    05/17/2018
    06/14/2018
    07/26/2018
    …”

    ?!?

    Just asking for a friend…

    Case 1:17-cr-00232-EGS Document 155 Filed 01/22/20 Page 1 of 2

    UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
    FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
    v.
    Crim. No. 17-232 (EGS)

    MICHAEL T. FLYNN,
    Defendant

    NOTICE OF DISCOVERY CORRESPONDENCE
    The United States of America, by and through its attorney, the United States Attorney for
    the District of Columbia, hereby files with the Court its most recent discovery correspondence in
    this case.
    Respectfully submitted,
    JESSIE K. LIU
    U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia
    By: /s/
    Brandon L. Van Grack
    Special Assistant U.S. Attorney
    950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20530
    (202) 233-0968
    Jocelyn Ballantine
    Assistant United States Attorney
    555 4th Street NW
    Washington, D.C. 20530

    Dated: January 20, 2020

    Case 1:17-cr-00232-EGS Document 155 Filed 01/22/20 Page 2 of 2

    CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
    I, Jocelyn Ballantine, certify that I caused to be served a copy of the foregoing by electronic
    means on counsel of record for the defendant on January 20, 2020.

    ______/s/_______________
    Jocelyn Ballantine
    Assistant United States Attorney
    555 4th Street NW
    Washington, D.C. 20530
    Attorney for the United States of America

    2

    Case 1:17-cr-00232-EGS Document 155-1 Filed 01/22/20 Page 1 of 1

    U.S. Department of Justice
    Jessie K. Liu
    United States Attorney
    District of Columbia

    Judiciary Center
    555 Fourth St., N.W.
    Washington, D.C. 20530

    January 22, 2020
    Via Email & FedEx
    Jesse Binnall
    Harvey & Binnall, PLLC
    717 King Street
    Suite 300
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    Re:

    United States v. Michael T. Flynn, 17-cr-00232 (EGS)

    Dear Counsel:
    Enclosed please find the materials that were inadvertently omitted from the December 2019
    production:
    11/16/2017
    05/17/2018
    06/14/2018
    07/26/2018

    DOJSCO0022699 – DOJSCO0022756
    DOJSCO0023173 – DOJSCO0023212
    DOJSCO0023247 – DOJSCO0023258
    DOJSCO0023267 – DOJSCO0023282

    These materials are covered by the Protective Order entered by the Court on February 21,
    2018.
    Sincerely,
    JESSIE K. LIU
    United States Attorney
    By:
    Brandon L. Van Grack
    Special Assistant United States Attorney
    Jocelyn Ballantine
    Assistant United States Attorney

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  12. woohoowee says:

    May 10th, 2017

    Trump Mocks ‘Cryin’ Chuck Schumer’ For His Comey Flip-Flop

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/trump-mocks-crying-chuck-schumer-his-comey-flip-amanda-prestigiacomo

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  13. 10en6ixtyy6ix says:

    FBI as an organization is the main suspect in this – why on earth are they involved in this FISA investigation – you have to know that if they control ‘sequestered’ documents, some will disappear and others will be altered.

    There are tons of quality and professional investigators in the US – put a proper team together!

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  14. CET says:

    2 things:
    1. Is this why the change from Mueller to Ukraine within 24 hours of the Mueller? Poisoned tree?
    2. Aren’t notes for upcoming Presidential to head of state calls prepared in advance by State and NSC staff, then presented to President in a briefing for call prep? Are those notes stored with the Flynn 302s?

    Anyone chipping in, I’d appreciate it.

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  15. Julian says:

    Does anyone happen to know who the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is who can issue some subpoenas and look into all this skulduggery?!?!?!

    In other news – look at what Trump’s golfing buddy Miss Lindsey is now saying!!’

    Coming down SUPER HARD on the Bidens and all their corruption is Miss Lindsey!!

    Go get ’em Tiger!!

    Some highlights of what Graham had to say about the impeachment fiasco and the Bidens.

    Lindsey Graham: ‘I Don’t Think Joe Biden is Corrupt, But He’s Not Beyond Being Looked At’ (VIDEO)

    Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters on Thursday that he doesn’t think Joe Biden is corrupt.

    This was shortly after he congratulated serial liar Adam Schiff and told him he’s “very well spoken.”

    “Somebody needs to look” at the why the prosecutor investigating Burisma was fired and the new prosecutor dropped the case, Lindsey said.

    “I don’t think Joe Biden is corrupt, but I don’t think he’s beyond being looked at.” he said. “I love Joe Biden, but I’m going to tell you, I’m not going to sit on the sidelines and just watch the Trumps be looked at.”

    Lindsey Graham then added that “Joe Biden is one of the finest men I know.” Seriously?

    Anyone know what Trump thinks of Lindsey saying things like this?

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  16. Bill Dumanch says:

    There could be considerable consequences.

    Or, not.

    Most probably. That.

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  17. TonyE says:

    iOK,. just throw them in jail…..

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  18. franuche says:

    The henhouse sh*tshovelers want to know what the fox, whose job it is to guard the henhouse, is gonna do about the fact that the hens have been getting picked off – one by one – by some undetermined source, and what the fox plans to do to ensure that the henhouse is appropriately guarded in the future, so that the sh*tshovelers don’t uncover more dead bodies while shoveling sh*t.

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  19. JonS says:

    This is kind of exciting! And validates everything CTH has said since the beginning. Great job SD

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  20. Does the fact that the April renewal was before the Special Counsel’s appointment mean that appointment was invalid, and in fact bring “Section 242 of Title 18” to bear against Weissmann et al?

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    • Jim in TN says:

      The appointment was to continue this very investigation. So Yes, it was to continue an invalid abuse.

      But expect trickery and double talk. Comey revealed the investigation’s existence in testimony in March. Mueller was appointed to continue the investigation in May. The Mueller investigation explicitly was predicated on Comey’s March testimony. And the April renewal was invalid.

      Don’t forget, Comey, McCabe et al all knew since January that it was invalid. Rosenstein and Mueller came later and should have learned that it was invalid. We shouldn’t let any of them weasel out of their respective malfeasance towards the law, towards the Courts, towards Congress, towards the President, and towards us and our country.

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  21. jx says:

    Better late than never. Anyone going to be held to account?

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  22. Brix says:

    Seems like this would bar the Democratic House of Representatives from using any of the Mueller report material that was based on those now “sequestered” dockets

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  23. nimrodman says:

    To what extent might this be a ploy to “sequester” and keep out of the hands of Durham information that might be valuable to him in prosecutions? Anyone?

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    • Bogeyfree says:

      A very fair question.

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    • trialbytruth says:

      My read is what they are sequistering is what they collected with the warrant much of it is trump private info probably including security cameras and cameras built into laptops and TVs a voyuers dream.

      It is the collection itself and justification that is the evidence of crime. Everything collected should be burned.

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    • Mary Morse says:

      Page sent a letter to Comey before the approved warrant, a complaint to an international election watchdog after the election, had various interactions with Halper, and also the press. Who can tap an approved warrant? Could it be why DOJ is holding on the first two?

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  24. cbjoasurf says:

    >>> 18 U.S. Code § 2384 – Seditious Conspiracy. <<<

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  25. Brant says:

    Someone ordered this unclassified……who? In my view, that’s a rhetorical question. I know there are gobs of things we want. It won’t come in one big chunk. Also, as noted, revelation here may lead to the next step. You can’t get to the top of the Washington monument in one step. I know times a’wastin’, but consider what would not be in the public arena had November 2016 gone a different way.

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    • Oh-oh. Somebody’s going to have to do some more bias training.

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    • doofusdawg says:

      Barr. And I think he is giving Judge Sullivan every opportunity to show he is not a partisan with regard to the Flynn case. Stating that the warrants used by Mueller were illegal is about as close as Barr can get without direct interference in the case. Keep in mind Barr is trying to reform the doj and the fbi.

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      • Beau Geste says:

        Barr could come closer.

        He could point out all of the FISA warrants were deceptively obtained, and that the FBI/DOJ were ethically required to notify the FISC of evidence they had, obtained later, and withheld, tainting and voiding all the Warrant applications.

        Let van grack deal with that before judge Sullivan, with a little help from Sidney Powell.

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  26. Jason Ross says:

    Awaiting #stronglywordedletter

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  27. Bogeyfree says:

    Does sequestering mean that Tom Fitton can not FOIA anything connected or downstream having to to with FBI surveillance?

    If so, could it suggest that to many people were digging for info via FOIA so to protect everything you need to sequester it all?

    Is this possible?

    If so, very convenient by the boys.

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  28. What difference does it make WHEN the FBI and DOJ know the Dossier was inaccurate? It shouldn’t have been used as evidence until they were sure. Dates of validation shouldn’t make any difference to throwing all out, the fact that it was used either unknowingly or knowingly makes no difference. It was used, period. And why allow the DOJ and FBI to parse through the material, their work has already been proven to be shoddy and deliberate. It should all be thrown out and any case even tenuously connected…

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  29. mtg50 says:

    Rudy and Ukraine information; Sydney and Flynn information; Boasberg and FISA information. Democrats finishing their lying impeachment construct and Cipollone and Sekulow ready to tear it up. Durham working silently in the background. All happening at the same time. Res ipsa loquitor.

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  30. surakvulcan says:

    If the warrant wasn’t validly writ –
    you must acquit!

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  31. Robster says:

    The first point the FISA judge makes is the DOJ has advised that, if not earlier, there was ‘insufficient predication’ to establish probable cause to believe Page was acting as a foreign agent for the 2nd and 3rd renewal.

    The DOJ is being cute with its wording here. It implies the earlier applications may have had a greater level of ‘sufficient predication’.

    The Steele dossier was the predication for both the Oct ’16 application and 1st renewal as it was for the later 2nd and 3rd renewals.

    It wasn’t the predication that changed, it was the exculpatory evidence that changed when Steele’s informant told the FBI his dossier was a load of garbage before the 2nd and 3rd renewal.

    The DOJ, by saying ‘insufficient predication’ is drawing attention to the fact the Steele dossier was not reliable.

    It is also drawing attention away from ALL the exculpatory evidence the FBI had in it’s possession prior to the original Oct ’16 application which would have rendered both the original application and 1st renewal unlawful.

    The DOJ position should read, ‘there was sufficient exculpatory evidence to believe Page was NOT acting as a foreign agent at any time’. This is borne out by the Mueller investigation.

    By the wording the DOJ uses, it would have you believe it possible the Steele dossier was more verified and provided a greater level of sufficient predication for the original application and 1st renewal than it did for the 2nd and 3rd renewal. That’s not possible.

    It’s a switch and bait by the DOJ.

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  32. littleanniefannie says:

    So is this phone call peach-mint just a giant distraction so people won’t spend time connecting all the 702, page, Papa D, special counsel garbage. Did the peach mint cabal have inside info and did Madame Sphincter hold on to the articles until she knew Boasberg was going to release this info, hoping that no one would be paying attention?

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  33. NJF says:

    In related news.

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  34. Everett Miller says:

    We already knew that Carter Page wasn’t a “russian agent”, however, what we also know and everyone seems to want to ignore is this; Carter Page is and was a CIA agent and an FBI operative. It’s on the record. It’s a fact. Carter Page was in on the whole thing. Carter Page is as guilty as Comey and Clapper and Brennan. This is why he has never been charged with a crime. This is why Carter Page cannot and does not ever answer any question directly. He hems, haws, stutters, and aw-shucks his way around every interview, all the while with that goofy grin and stupid demeanor. He is putting on his trained act, I hope it works for him in a deep dark prison cell when, or if, AG Barr decides to Prosecute the RICO statutes applicable to the Organized Crime Conspiracy these Deep State Traitors (including Sessions) represent.
    [have you noticed that Breitbart and Laura Ingraham have gone all-in to rehabilitate the ‘image’ of Jeff Sessions? despicable.]

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  35. Bogeyfree says:

    What am I missing?

    Isn’t the key question, why did they need a FISA warrant for a KNOWN CIA agent, Carter Page from the beginning?

    So if they knew all along, Page was CIA then doesn’t that suggest that they planted him into the Trump campaign to spy meaning they knew from day one that the FISA warrant was created under false pretenses??

    Isn’t that lying to the FISA Court??

    Can someone clear this up for me??

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    • GTOGUY says:

      What I can say is that if Page was involved in this on purpose, then why would Kevin Klinesmith need to falsify evidence to the FISA court? It’s obvious that the FBI and Brennan’s CIA were both running separate scams and were not telling each other what they were doing.

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      • gsonFIT says:

        Maybe Carter page was Naval Intelligence. Isn’t that where Admiral Mike Rogers came from? Some of my readings indicated that Page was engaged with Stef Halper as much as Halper was engaging him. Upto a year after first FISA. I also recall he was at odds with Preet Bahara and SDNY and became a FISA suspect about a month later. I believe this was April 2016 which was about when Admiral rogers figured out 3rd party contractors were accessing NSA.

        Could Rogers have gotten Carter Page from the Navy to help with the annual FISA audit and Page gotten wrapped up in Russia gate? If Carter Page was a bad guy I don’t think he would have been so public.

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    • Bogeyfree says:

      And IMO if you want to possibly validate if they knew all along, then FOIA or declassify every text, email and vm communication that Carter Page had with anyone in the small group.

      See if back in 2014, 2015 and early 2016 there were any communications between the CIA team and FIB team.

      Again, seem pretty simple digging if one wanted to truly get to the truth.

      If one really wanted to.

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  36. GTOGUY says:

    I wonder if Sidney Powell is already editing another brief for the judge in the Michael Flynn case. If I were Emmett Sullivan, I would dump that case and run away as fast and as far as I could.

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  37. Normally Quiet Observer says:

    Just as an aside … isn’t anyone concerned about the sheer total numbers of FISA Warrants issued to spy without oversight of normal procedure? The numbers after the dash in the docket number are sequentially numbered! That means that during the two digit year code (in the front of the dash) our government has asked for and received permission to ‘deep dive’ spy on those people! They are out of control! The government always says these are ‘rare circumstances’ when the FISA’s are needed! I’m calling BS on that!

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    • Bogeyfree says:

      If during JUST a 6 month audit conducted by Adm. Rodgers produced 85% non compliant FISA warrant submissions, why has no one gone back to say 2012 and conducted a full scale audit to validate the extent of the FISA Abuse.

      Or is this a case of if we don’t look then we don’t know?

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  38. Rick554 says:

    Seems to be a lot of “oooopsies” from all those smarter-then-us govt suits. I used to think lawyers were relatively smart, but I guess I was wrong

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  39. Bogeyfree says:

    Hypothetical question,

    If I am the sheriff investigating numerous potential crimes and I knowingly allow the sequestering of possible exculpatory evidence can I be charged with a crime?

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  40. CopperTop says:

    So what predicate is still hanging out there to make the first FISA properly predicated?

    CON: Page – Debunked. We know they knew already he was not a foreign agent

    How and the heck do they ever get the first FISA with that fact known to the FBI? The only thing left is some fact that is perhaps FALSE – hint hint – that makes FBI able to claim that Page was double agent.

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  41. Pegon Zellschmidt says:

    “There could be considerable consequences.” Naughty boy.

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  42. rj says:

    As we get older it’s very clear that there is no such thing as a coincidence especially when it comes to anything the government does, When the Intel community parades a stooge like Carter Page out claiming he is a Russian Puppet it becomes more clear. Anytime he is on TV he acts like a clear Idiot skating around any question and will never answer anything clearly and if he is that Goofy it makes one wonder why the Clowns In America or the Fan Belt Inspectors would ever use him for anything other then a stooge.

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  43. Linda K. says:

    They are worried about getting their little FISA court cancelled out after appointing Kris to oversee changes. We will see.

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    • Beau Geste says:

      The FISC judges who have spectacularly failed their only responsibility, to protect 4th Amendment rights, need to be replaced.

      A Public Defender Office, separate from the DOJ control, needs to be established, to represent unrepresented defendants wrongfully attacked without due process by the DOJ/FBI, which has a history of such behavior. In fact, wrongful spying was the reason that the secret Star Chamber FISC was created. But unfortunately the effectiveness of the FISC as a protector of civil rights relies on the character and unreviewed power of the individual judges. Our Constitutional design recognizes that power corrupts inevitably, so divides power, review, and generally requires public disclosure. Here, public disclosure must necessarily be limited, so power must be dispersed.
      A public Defender’s Office should be hireable, and fireable, by the President, through the Office of the President, without senate approval. The security-cleared PDO lawyers would have authority to subpoena records and cross-examine FBI and other oath-swearers and FISA-signers. THe PDO would have authority to move the FISC for discipline of DOJ/FBI for malfeasance and misfeasance, and for withdrawal of improvidently granted spy Warrants. The PDO would have authority to appeal improper Warrants to the FISC Review Court, and petition to the Supreme Court. (timing could be critical to spying, so the spying might continue, subject to issue-determinatioin on appeal, with consequences for spying later-determined to be improper).

      military defendants have counsel, and the constitution requires that defendants “have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.” (Miranda)

      The exposure, DOJ/FBI behavior, and FISC rubber-stamp practice approving and continuing broad political spying, and the admission of undisciplined 85% illegal spying since 2012 under FISC purview, demonstrate the need for adversary representation.

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  44. Dan Bongino had a very interesting interview with Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch today. Fitton made a real eye-opening statement on his efforts to get to the bottom of the Hillary email situation. Something along the lines of “You’ve got Barr’s DOJ and Pompeo’s State Dept. working hand in hand with Hillary’s legal team to shut us down.”
    https://bongino.com/ep-1165-interview-with-tom-fitton/

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  45. lansdalechip says:

    Is the same FBI that “lost” the Flynn 302’s the same FBI that is to now sequester “ALL” materials?
    Color me skeptical.

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  46. patti says:

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  47. “Considerable consequences”…call me cynical but this looks like more CYA by the FISC…the dog ate our homework but we found it and now by golly we are gonna get to work!

    Maybe Chris Wray will come up with more training programs for his 7th Floor lawyers on basics in due process that his Special Agents coming out of Quantico know better…

    Wait until Dunham finds out about this!
    Yeah, like Huber.

    Wake me when someone of SES rank goes to jail…heck, anyone goes to jail, gets fired or demoted.

    PS: more reporting on this here:
    https://pjmedia.com/trending/breaking-fisa-court-admits-spy-warrants-against-carter-page-not-valid/

    “The implications of Judge Boasberg’s ruling are huge, according to Davis, because the final warrant against Page “overlapped with former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.”

    “The final three-month authorization to spy on Page was signed nearly six weeks after Mueller was appointed, meaning that Mueller may have had real-time access to and utilized nearly five months worth of surveillance of Page during the course of Mueller’s investigation,” Davis writes. “If his office used any of the information in subsequent cases, the declaration that the final two spy warrants against Page were invalid could potentially nullify previous or future convictions sought by Mueller’s office.”

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  48. Bogeyfree says:

    Is it me or are they trying to correct some of the wrongs without admitting crimes or indicting anyone??

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  49. The Boss says:

    “We caught the swamp. All of them”. – President Trump

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    • LouisianaTeaRose says:

      Mr. President,

      You have the right to remain silent.

      That hope porn you’re dishin’ up ain’t legal in the Tree.

      You brought Barr who brought Durham, and that ain’t gonna hold up to any semblance of credibility with this bunch doncha know.

      So just STFU.

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