Sunday Talks: Trey Gowdy Discusses McCabe Non-Indictment and Ongoing Durham Investigation…

Former congressman Trey Gowdy appears with Maria Bartiromo to discuss the issues surrounding the non-indictment of Andrew McCabe for lying to DOJ-OIG investigators about his leaks to the media.

Gowdy breaks out the narrow issue surrounding the internal McCabe investigation as compared to potential criminal conduct that may exist outside that narrow window.

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Additionally, Gowdy notes John Durham is looking at specific issues related to former CIA Director John Brennan and activity within the intelligence community that took place prior to the official opening of Crossfire Hurricane on July 31st, 2016.

Included in that Durham review are documents that show CIA activity….

…and CTH has a pretty good idea exactly what “communications” Durham is looking for. It sounds like U.S. Attorney Durham is looking for what Comey outlined in the “crown material” discussion. First, the article from the New York Times (emphasis mine):

WASHINGTON — The federal prosecutor scrutinizing the Russia investigation has begun examining the role of the former C.I.A. director John O. Brennan in how the intelligence community assessed Russia’s 2016 election interference, according to three people briefed on the inquiry.

John H. Durham, the United States attorney leading the investigation, has requested Mr. Brennan’s emails, call logs and other documents from the C.I.A., according to a person briefed on his inquiry. He wants to learn what Mr. Brennan told other officials, including the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey, about his and the C.I.A.’s views of a notorious dossier of assertions about Russia and Trump associates. (more)

U.S. Attorney John Durham appears to be looking for a very specific email written by John Brennan to James Comey. Because Comey wrote another email saying: ..”Brennan is insisting the Crown Material be included in the intel assessment.”

Do you remember the “crown material“?

The Christopher Steele dossier was called “Crown Material” by FBI agents within the small group during their 2016 political surveillance operation. The “Crown” description reflects the unofficial British intelligence aspect to the dossier as provided by Steele.

In May 2019 former House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy stated there are emails from former FBI Director James Comey that outline instructions from CIA Director John Brennan to include the “Crown Material” within the highly political Intelligence Community Assessment.

Specifically outlined by Gowdy, the wording of the Comey email is reported to say:

…”Brennan is insisting the Crown Material be included in the intel assessment.”

However, on May 23rd, 2017, in testimony -under oath- to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) John Brennan stated [@01:54:28]:

GOWDY: Director Brennan, do you know who commissioned the Steele dossier?

BRENNAN: I don’t.

GOWDY: Do you know if the bureau [FBI] ever relied on the Steele dossier as part of any court filing, applications?

BRENNAN: I have no awareness.

GOWDY: Did the CIA rely on it?

BRENNAN: No.

GOWDY: Why not?

BRENNAN: Because we didn’t. It wasn’t part of the corpus of intelligence information that we had. It was not in any way used as a basis for the Intelligence Community Assessment that was done. Uh … it was not.

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Video of the exchange [prompted 01:54:28 just hit play]

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As Victor Davis Hanson wrote at the time:

[…] James Clapper, John Brennan, and James Comey are now all accusing one another of being culpable for inserting the unverified dossier, the font of the effort to destroy Trump, into a presidential intelligence assessment—as if suddenly and mysteriously the prior seeding of the Steele dossier is now seen as a bad thing. And how did the dossier transmogrify from being passed around the Obama Administration as a supposedly top-secret and devastating condemnation of candidate and then president-elect Trump to a rank embarrassment of ridiculous stories and fibs?

Given the narratives of the last three years, and the protestations that the dossier was accurate or at least was not proven to be unproven, why are these former officials arguing at all? Did not implanting the dossier into the presidential briefing give it the necessary imprimatur that allowed the serial leaks to the press at least to be passed on to the public and thereby apprise the people of the existential danger that they faced? (read more)

Fox News Maria Bartiromo has more knowledge of the details within the 2016 political surveillance scandal than any other MSM host. Bartiromo has followed the events very closely and now she is the go-to person for those who are trying to bring the truth behind the scandal to light.

On the morning of May 20th, 2019, on her Fox Business Network show Ms. Bartiromo outlined the current issues between Comey and Brennan. WATCH:

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It certainly looks like former CIA Director John Brennan has exposed himself to perjury. However, beyond that and even more disturbing, what does this say about the political intents of a weaponized intelligence apparatus?

CTH has previously outlined how the December 29th, 2016, Joint Analysis Report (JAR) on Russia Cyber Activity was a quickly compiled bunch of nonsense about Russian hacking.

The JAR was followed a week later by the January 7th, 2017, Intelligence Community Assessment. The ICA took the ridiculous construct of the JAR and then overlaid a political narrative that Russia was trying to help Donald Trump.

The ICA was the brain-trust of John Brennan, James Clapper and James Comey. While the majority of content was from the CIA, some of the content within the ICA was written by FBI Agent Peter Strzok who held a unique “insurance policy” interest in how the report could be utilized in 2017. NSA Director Mike Rogers would not sign up to the “high confidence” claims, likely because he saw through the political motives of the report.

(JUNE 2019 – New York Times) […] Mr. Barr wants to know more about the C.I.A. sources who helped inform its understanding of the details of the Russian interference campaign, an official has said. He also wants to better understand the intelligence that flowed from the C.I.A. to the F.B.I. in the summer of 2016.

During the final weeks of the Obama administration, the intelligence community released a declassified assessment that concluded that Mr. Putin ordered an influence campaign that “aspired to help” Mr. Trump’s electoral chances by damaging Mrs. Clinton’s. The C.I.A. and the F.B.I. reported they had high confidence in the conclusion. The National Security Agency, which conducts electronic surveillance, had a moderate degree of confidence. (read more)

Questioning the construct of the ICA is a smart direction to take for a review or investigation. By looking at the intelligence community work-product, it’s likely Durham will cut through a lot of the chatter and get to the heart of the intelligence motives.

Apparently John Durham is looking into just this aspect: Was the ICA document a politically engineered report stemming from within a corrupt intelligence network?

The importance of that question is rather large. All of the downstream claims about Russian activity, including the Russian indictments promoted by Rosenstein and the Mueller team, are centered around origination claims of illicit Russian activity outlined in the ICA.

If the ICA is a false political document…. then guess what?

Yep, the entire narrative from the JAR and ICA is part of a big fraud. [Which it is]

(Read ICA via pdf)

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185 Responses to Sunday Talks: Trey Gowdy Discusses McCabe Non-Indictment and Ongoing Durham Investigation…

  1. realeyecandy1 says:

    not getting my hopes up … just sayin

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    • keithinmissouri says:

      Sundance,
      Your are going a masterful job of exposing the facts behind the coup. Might I suggest that, similar to the analysis of other documentary evidence you have performed, the time is right for a line-by-line analysis of the JAR and ICE to show there is “no there there”? If the Barr investigation results in only a single fish getting fried, I dearly want it to be Brennan.

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      • Bill Durham says:

        Durham could conclude the dossier was Russian disinformation. Comey McCabe Brennan and clapper were duped by those pesky Russians. They were overzealous, disliked Trump, but had no criminal intent. They got over their 🎿 skis but it was not a coup. New procedures and more vetting should have been done. But they believed a black mailed president was a dangerous thing. So they bent the rules. Later on they lied 😂 to hide their embarrassment. Wait! Gowdy is bracing people for the reality that punishment is not jail. Punishment is getting 🔥 fired. Hannity goes apoplectic with fries of “if I ever signed off on bogus fisa warrants I would be in jail”. Gowdy is right. Their punishment was losing their Jobs. Nothing more.

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    • Garrison Hall says:

      The DOJ Deep State bureaucracy has Barr thoroughly sandbagged. If he moves to question the decision to exonerate McCabe he gets discredited. If he moves to exonerate any of the convicted Trump allies he gets discredited. He’s publicly sided with the Deep State DOJ interests by telling Trump to stop criticizing the DOJ. He’s now in a box of his own making. Trump is the obviously not going to stop criticizing the DOJ corruption because the injustice done to his allies—especially after the McCabe fiasco—is just to redolent for him to ignore. Unless he does something pretty dramatic, like firing and.or charging a bunch of people, I doubt that Barr is going to be around much longer.

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      • Dutchman says:

        Barr has now been AG for a YEAR.
        During that time, PDJT has tweeted many tweets, questioning the administration of Justice.

        Also made comments at his rallys, and Barrcremained

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        • Dutchman says:

          Damphone! (Cont).
          Remained SILENT. WHATCis it about THIS tweet, that caused such an uproar?

          I submit itcwas NOT PDJT tweeting about the sentence reccomendation on Stone, it was that he COMPARED it to the WOLFE sentence, and thats something TPTB, behind the coup DO NOT want any attention drawn to.

          Notice how quickly the narrative has,switched from “Stone vs Wolfe” comparison, to “Flynn vs McCabe”?

          Notice how McCabe declination decision was announced, soon after this furor erupted, TO CHANGE THE NARRATIVE, and get the attention OFF the Wolfe sweetheart deal?

          And, it worked. PDJT’s tweets are not just about the unfair treatment of his allies, they point attention where TPTB don’t want it; Awan bros. Wolfe. Ukraine/Biden, server and crowdstrike.

          This is the vulnerable underbelly of TPTB, and he needs to KEEP hitting them on it.

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          • Bill Durham says:

            Corrupt Jeff Sessions bought himself time by pretending to have Huber look into things. It kept POTUS off his back right up until the 2018 midterms. Barr is trying to pull another scam on POTUS. Spring, then summer, then fall. Nothing will happen. Trump is clearly not buying it anymore. Barr is running out of excuses and delay tactics. POTUS tweets are like gold. They is no 3d chess. He says what he means. He is not happy and Barr is not delivering.

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            • Dutchman says:

              Generally agree. Sessions was exposed, before midterms but PDJT had to wait till after, to fire.
              I expect PDJT has known from early on that since McConnell confirmed him, that Barr is swamp, and so Durham is headfake.

              Probably why PDJT, as he has said, has been totally hands off with Barr;
              A) it would do no good, as Barr is,swamp.
              B) it would be an ‘Obstruction trap’, or should I say ANOTHER one.
              Been thinking for some time, Barrs last day is Nov4-5, 2020.

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              • Julian says:

                So if McConnell is still there after the election how does Trump get the AG he wants confirmed?

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                • Dutchman says:

                  Watch and see. A couple of possible routes. One, is with an unprecedented mandate from the voters, PDJT decides to expend some of his political capital, by nominating someone he knows McConnell will oppose, and publically advocating for his nominee; the bully pulpit.

                  Call McConnell out on his nominee control; the turtle likes to confront thru passive/aggression.

                  Or, as I and others have suggested, and as PDJT has been saying recently, he has legal and constitutional OBLIGATION. He could simply take over running the DOJ, directly.
                  Doesn’t need to worry about reelection. WHAT are they going to do, call him a DICTATOR?
                  Oh, yeah, they already DO.
                  IMPEACH him? Oh, yeah they already TRIED that. And, if he wins by overwhelming mandate, that becomes politically difficult, especially if R’S take the House.
                  Anyway, a # of scenarios. Elections have consequences.

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      • Robert Smith says:

        The way I see it is if Barr is going to get canned it will be before the election. Why waste an opportunity for a change after the election if you know he needs to go now? The Acting AG can go in for some cleanup duty.

        The TwoTier Justice system is hard to defend or even deflect. Just rattle off a list of examples.

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        • Macro says:

          Fire Barr before or after election?

          Will have to be after. If RINO senators are indicted, and Republicans lose the Senate,
          Pres. Trump will lose his legislative leverage. Mitch has Pres. Trump, for this term, in a stalemate.

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      • Garrison Hall says:

        For awhile now, it increasingly seems obvious that the Deep State will work to thwart the president at every turn. We’ve seen the “fact-pattern” successive high-level “official” investigations that seem specifically designed to lead nowhere. At every turn the president has been betrayed by the Deep State establishment. Its weakness, however, is that in its hubris Deep State actors think they can keep repeating the same scam again and again without anyone noticing . . .

        It’s time for the president to do an end run and really shake things up. I think the president should formally declare the Deep State to be a clear-and-present-danger to the nation. Then, he should follow that announcement with the formation of an extra-governmental presidential level commission with the kinds of sweeping powers necessary to do whatever is needed to dismember the Deep State. If he doesn’t do this or something like this, then the Deep State operatives in government will just keep slow-walking and sandbagging him at every turn. He shouldn’t have to stand for that. And neither should the american people.

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  2. AnotherView says:

    Of all the criminals involved, I’d dearly love to see axe-murder face SOB Brennan doing hard time behind bars–WITHOUT halal food. Angola would be the place for him.

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  3. JohnCasper says:

    Another day and it’s the same old story. Ground Hog’s Day Deja Vu all over again. It’s like running on a trad mill never getting anywhere.

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  4. Mr Lawson says:

    Heh.
    I love how Maria’s eyes light up when Trey gave his “hypothetical” speech.

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  5. IGiveUp says:

    “It certainly looks like former CIA Director John Brennan has exposed himself to perjury. ”

    Oh my. Might he be accused of lack of candor? Or were his intentions good.

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  6. Parrot says:

    The dogs might well be still barking but DoJ has informed McCabe, and by proxy the rest, that the caravan has moved on.
    The Admin state protects its own.
    Problem for them is they can’t really even give us a token perp because they are all interrelated and one prosecution must lead to others.
    Brennan can go fishing with a few beers….. safe as houses for that very reason.

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    • Sugarhillhardrock says:

      Parrot,
      The seditious might be safe from their deep state interlopers, but should AG Barr fail in his duty to prosecute, the scum will not be safe from patriots, nor will those who refuse to perform their sworn duty.

      Patriots won’t be fooling around like these fools. Judgments will be swift.

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  7. Genie says:

    I’d feel better if I knew of a law against a fairy tale JAR or ICA. Instead, I’m over-weighting expectations for charges on the FISA abuse.

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  8. jmuniz1 says:

    Our President is going to win again easy. He has rebuilt the military and is dping his best to close the boaeder. Brennan is running scared.

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  9. JohnCasper says:

    And more blaming the Russians who did a puddle of interference compared to the ocean, and that’s an ocean apiece, for the crime syndicates known as the FBI, DOJ and CIA, which then, unlike the Russians, tried to stage a coup after the 2016 election, and are still at it we can be sure..

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  10. William Petty says:

    yup. same ol same ol

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  11. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    “Questioning the construct of the ICA is a smart direction to take for a review or investigation. ”

    Haven’t there been enough reviews and investigations? It does not seem we the taxpayers and legal citizens are getting any value for our money, since we are on our third AG with absolutely zero indictments to show for it.

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  12. arsumbris says:

    Barr is going to help the criminals walk in order to “protect the institutions from collapsing”. He has a long history of protecting government criminals, because his loyalty is to the swamp. Read about his defense of FBI agents who killed a mother holding her baby in 1992, after “shoot on sight” orders were issued for the Weaver family: https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/william-barrs-connection-to-ruby-ridge-defending-fbi-snipers/

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    • merry says:

      and when Barr says Trump’s tweets are making his job impossible we know Barr thinks his job is to cover for the corrupt DOJ. when Trump points out the lack of equal justice under US law Barr has to work so much harder to do his cover up job.

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      • arsumbris says:

        Hopefully Trump calls his bluff. Sundance has said it before, all that would take would be to declassify and publish all documents related to crossfire hurricane. When I still had patience for Barr, I realized this would make it hard to investigate the coup members, but I don’t think that’s the case anymore. If they planned to charge McCabe with something we haven’t heard of yet, they wouldn’t have dropped the perjury charges; they would have added those to “the pile” of others. McCabe skating is a terrible sign.

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        • Carrie says:

          ☝🏻Heartily agree!

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        • jingosam says:

          Barr said in December, 2019 that Durham could finish his report by late spring, 2020. Operative word ‘could’. If it does come out on time … and turns out to be another Horowitz nothing burger … or if spring passes and we move into summer and Durham is still sitting on the pot … President Trump could bring the hammer down and declassify every single document pertinent to this whole mess!

          I would hope that come the first day of summer, he would. Post haste. Would he do it, though, or would he be persuaded not to by some nefarious characters who have their own interests at heart … couching it in such a way that it would be more beneficial to President Trump not to. It happened before. It could again.

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          • arsumbris says:

            Everything touched by the legacy of “Crossfire Hurricane” needs to be undone. No convictions left standing—pardons for all those hunted by Mueller with an opportunity to recover legal fees.

            There also needs to be a quarantine of every government lawyer involved in these witch-hunts from any current or future involvement in cases. These people need to be barred from the practice of law, but if history is prelude, they will be rewarded and recycled like they were in the Ted Stevens case.

            Anything short of this will permanently corrupt the DOJ, FBI, CIA, and every other institution of US governance. At a bare minimum, if McCabe walks, everyone does. No process crimes. This won’t save the institutions from taint, but at least it will be justice for the victims of the coup.

            I fear that nothing will save our Republic from these scars. We will bear the fallout from them for generations: they will lead inevitably to the permanent loss of our Constitutional vestiges in the end.

            For the constitution to endure after this, it will have to be imposed upon the US government by the people. Everyone can imagine what that entails. Dark times ahead.

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      • Dutchman says:

        No, its NOT PDJT tweeting about the Stone sentence reccomendation, that makes it impossible for Barr to do his job.
        The case had already been adjuticated, and the day before, Nunes said EXACTLY the same thing PDJT tweeted.

        The part if the tweet that makes it ‘impossible for Barr to do his job (as a cleaner) is that PDJT compared,Stones sentence to WOLFE, who leaked highly classified info to a reporter, was caught (along with Senator Warner of SSCI) in a LEAK TRAP.
        THATS what troubled Barr.
        “How can I do my job, cleaning up the mess, when you tweet out to the whole world, pointing out the turd in the punchbowl?”

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    • gda53 says:

      If he is going to let the criminals walk he sure is going about it in a puzzling way.

      Speaking out about spying on the Trump campaign
      Appointing John Durham (in particular – not just a “Huber”)
      Doubling down in various speeches
      Deeming the last two FISA’s illegal
      Opening up investigation into Flynn’s case
      Stepping in to the Stone sentencing
      and so on.

      Seems a strange way of tamping down expectations and/or covering up for the institutions.

      Instead he’s raised expectations. Which he really did not have to do. Why on earth would he go out of his way to do that if he was going to squash everything?

      It’s not as if all these actions were done when he first came on, and he realized later that he could not (or would not be allowed to) follow through.

      I admit to being befuddled at this aspect of things.

      I have not seen Sundance address this aspect – perhaps someone could direct me?

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      • arsumbris says:

        Have you heard of any new charges from Durham, or only dropped charges and bold public bragging from the coup plotters on Twitter? McCabe being allowed to walk is an ill omen; if Durham was going to charge him with something we don’t know about, they wouldn’t have dropped three perjury charges from the IG recommendation. If hey cut a deal with McCabe to turn on the others, he wouldn’t be publicly scolding Barr for investigating him, and Lisa Page wouldn’t be toasting him on Twitter.

        Right now, there are only negative signs of Durham’s progress, and no positive signs we would expect if he was going down the road of prosecutions for the leadership. FISA is also getting covered up by appointing the lawyer that signed off on the falsified warrants.

        So what should I be looking at, other than blind faith, that would make me rationally ignore these developments?

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      • iswhatitis says:

        “Speaking out”, “doubling down”, “deeming”, and “stepping in” all fall under the category of “stern looks and finger wagging”.

        Appointing and opening investigations will result in “problems found – but no ill-intent. Retraining scheduled so ‘it won’t happen again'”.

        Not befuddling at all, from my perspective.

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        • MelH says:

          https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/49733090 An avid Trump Supporter, in another WordPress blog, tells why he thinks the President is blowing it by calling out Barr. He claims Barr has so far done wonderful things for Trump. Odd that I don’t see Barr having done anything beyond pumping his bagpipes and letting McCabe off the hook. It’s an interesting read.

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      • Robert Smith says:

        The media certainly has an interest in making it seem that Barr is the worst things to all parties.

        Barr is Trump’s lackey. Barr is a DeepState operative who is covering up for the Coup and Durham is Huber II. Make sure everyone is unhappy with Barr so that Trump fires him – which they want. It’s working even though we saw it coming with the four Flynn prosecutors leaving and DeepState allies chiming in in unison. So we go from a week of complete winning to depression central here on CTH. It may well be nothing happens but we’ll find out soon enough won’t we? People haven’t yet explained to me what we get from being clear-eyed but depressed on here.

        And then they can make up some nefarious fiction that Trump fired Barr to thwart a double-secret Russian influence program for the 2020 election. And then impeachment II which may well succeed.

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        • arsumbris says:

          I’ll be the first to agree that attacking Barr was always an obvious demoralization tactic by enemy shills, but at what point do you stop defending Barr just to hedge against demoralization, when what he’s doing is taking unambiguous shape as a win for the enemy?

          If we were seeing clear signs that charges were coming for the coup plotters, I’d say “support Barr until the outcome is clear”, but how do we square dropping McCabe’s charges? Are we expecting to hear charges against Brennan, Clapper, Comey — and even McCabe still — all at once in the Spring? Why would they drop three obvious charges against McCabe if there were more (and more serious) charges in the pipe? If he turned state’s evidence against the others, why is he out in public bashing Barr for even daring to investigate him? That’s not the behavior of someone who cut a deal and plans to testify against his peers; he’s undercutting any potential testimony he might give in that regard, meaning, he’s flaunting his innocence and skating. Comey did the same.

          So what do we see taking shape here that resembles what we’ve been told to wait patiently for?

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          • bluenova1971 says:

            I suggest you read the Twitter thread-reader link Troublemaker posted here ^^ upthread.

            A lawyer composed it and explains in very plausible detail likely why the DOJ declined prosecution of McCabe.

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            • MelH says:

              bluenova1971, I’ve looked for a Troublemaker posting and can’t find a single one, at least on this article. Is there some other article where we will find what you said to find?

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  13. xsnake ralf says:

    Slap on the wrist for Sandy “Burglar” and “our side” hasn’t scored since.

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  14. vikingmom says:

    Not going to get excited until prominent Republicans quit saying “Russian interference” as if it’s an uncontested fact! It ISN’T and most of them know it!!

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    • Carrie says:

      That’s going to require someone actually interviewing Assange- and we all know that’s a slim chance to none. The whole circular construct is infuriating – they just need to start at the top like Sundance says- destroy the Russia story.

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      • vikingmom says:

        Yep,,,but if they actually follow the trail all the way to the “top” we know where that is going to lead and no one seems to have the courage to go THERE!!

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      • livefreeordieguy says:

        If somebody is going to interview Assange, they’d better hurry the hell up… if he is even of sound mind enough to be interviewed… I fear we shall hear bad news about him any day now.

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      • amanda4321 says:

        Didn’t Rohrabacher interview him?? I thought that’s why they made sure he didn’t win his election.

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  15. Carrie says:

    We are already seeing the struggle in any attempts to clean up the FBI. Wray and Barr put up roadblocks every time (just ask Tom Fitton). Can you imagine how much harder it will be to restructure the CIA? Gina Haspel didn’t even want to punish CIA agents who are actively creating false accusations against a sitting President during normal work hours (see Ciaramella). Brennan is guilty of perjury and so much more, but Halper, Mifsud, Downer and the others will be extremely hard nuts to crack and if there is a grand jury in DC… well, I think we know the outcome to that. (Sorry for ht pessimism, but it has been a difficult week with the unveiling of Barr’s real intentions).

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    • Carrie says:

      PS. That’s my favorite pic of Brennan- doing his Devil’s horns (it’s a good reveal)

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      • Alan Hancox says:

        As a kiwi looking on at this, my view is that the whole ‘ shimozzle’ started with Hillary. and the Steele factor. The total scam does not appear to be going anywhere, its like sitting at a stop sign for three years. and going nowhere It is obvious that a great many Republican ;lawmakers are not aggressive enough and are only there to feather their own nests.

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    • Parrot says:

      You won’t get Downer extradited for passing on bar talk, even if it was a construct.

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      • BitterC says:

        Mifsud denied he mentioned emails. Downer denies HE mentioned emails & the whole reason for opening Crossfire Hurricane is because the FBI tried to claim the emails that Mifsud and Downer didn’t mention were the hacked DNC emails.

        I’d like to see that story straightened out

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    • But Trump picked her, as well as Barr, and they were picked late in the game when he knew everything. So you must reach a point when you have to think Trump is totally incompetent or perhaps something is going on that we do not know about.

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  16. JohnCasper says:

    Stable Boy Barr’s DOJ policy consists mainly of diagnosing pretty much everything incorrectly and then misapplying all the wrong remedies.

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  17. If Attorney Durham does find evidence Brennan “insisted the crown material be included in the report” – so what? What’ll actually happen to all of the players?

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  18. Mark L. says:

    Someone has gotta go to jail.

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  19. Parrot says:

    And don’t worry, they’ll fold on Flynn….or it’s eventually headed to SCOTUS, who will have to sign off on outrageous DoJ conduct and establish that as precedent. Never happen.

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  20. Right to reply says:

    I’ve read and digested many excellent articles on here, but I keep going back to the same nagging things.
    They obviously wanted Hillary to win so no one would see what they had done to bring down an opposition candidate. They obviously had an insurance policy to remove him if he won, and it failed.

    So, what exactly is it that Trump was never supposed to see/find out? What vhave they been doing that no outsider (Trump) should ever see?

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    • SteveO says:

      40 years of Clinton cronyism

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    • vikingmom says:

      The well organized pilfering of the United States Treasury is my best guess…lots of power struggles and political agendas/ideologies in play for sure, but underneath it ALL, there are BILLIONS of dollars that have been “redistributed” to a small cabal of people (probably less than 1000 total worldwide) and they, and all of the underlings who know about it and have received small pieces of the pie themselves in exchange for their silence, will do ANYTHING to keep it from becoming public. They have to – because if the truth ever really comes out, they will hang, and they know it!! What happened in France during the Reign or Terror will look like a garden party, and just like then, all their money will not protect them from the angry masses!

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    • arsumbris says:

      Trump was never supposed to see the corruption in Ukraine and other nations, involving Senators and Congressmen and their families. The same thing they tried to impeach Trump over after Russia Collusion collapsed: https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/02/11/tuesday-february-11th-open-thread/comment-page-1/#comment-7839980

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      • Right to reply says:

        Yes, I get all that, but given the construct of the UNIPARTY, we can safely say it goes beyond ideology. We know there are dirty deals, have always been unfortunately, but something tells me what they need to hide is bigger than corruption in other countries. I am seriously thinking they have been fighting secret wars. Why is Bill Clinton always in Africa?

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        • billinlv says:

          “They” did not want Trump to find out and reveal Obola’s illegitimacy and all his secrets. The only reason Bill Clinton spends a lot of time in Africa is because it is far away from Hillary.

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    • Dutchman says:

      The spying, using the NSA database that has all sorts of info, digital recirdings of phone calls, emails, texts travel, expenditures, bank tranfers, etc. was illegally accessed, since at least 2012.

      No FISA warrants, FBI contractors just looked at,whatever they wanted. It was “op research” for political purposes.

      THAT is what Admiral Rogers finally cottoned to, and tried to shut down.
      And THAT behavior, is what they were trying to protect.
      “The cover up is worse than the crime.”

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    • Burnt Toast says:

      I am of the opinion that the “insurance policy” is ensuring that bread crumbs lead to Obama himself.

      Efforts of the special prosecutor and the impeachment are just the UniParty being themselves. Obama administration was spying of more than just Trump well before the Republican convention. As a whole the monkey-wrenching of the new Administration was planned well before the election, and intensified as they got closer*. They knew they going to get caught. Hence the insurance policy for when they did get caught… just following orders.

      Has the meaning of the “insurance policy” ever been proven?

      * Historically, party out of power almost always retakes President, even in relatively good times and Obama’s terms were lackluster at best. Then there are the internal polls… Hence canceling the fireworks.

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  21. Mike in a Truck says:

    This used condom of a congressmen will go down in history as the most ineffective member of that body. STFU Trey.

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  22. JohnCasper says:

    With his “loyalty to the institutions”, not to the country, Barr is the ultimate anti-Patriot. Our Founding Fathers would consider him to be an agent of King George.

    The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions (like the FBI, CIA, DOJ, State Dept, DOD) are extraneous [or worse – dangerous], they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, [become criminal], cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death. To be loyal to rags [institutions], to shout for rags [institutions], to worship rags [institutions], to die for rag [institutions] — this is loyalty to unreason, it is pure lower animal; it belongs to monarchy [which our Founding Fathers rebelled against, went to war against], was invented by monarchy; let monarchy keep it.
    – Mark Twain

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  23. Clara says:

    The Democrat “resistance” DOJ has already made clear it will not prosecute the deep state for perjury. So if Durham is wasting his time exploring whether Brennan perjured himself, that is a real shame. Furthermore, if he’s spent all these months trying to determine who put the Steel Dossier in the JAR, what purpose does this serve? That will just be explained away as a policy disagreement between Comey and Brennan. Who cares?

    These reports of what Durham is doing with his time are rather disturbing. Meanwhile, Durham apparently has not bothered to interview ANY of the key perpetrators OR victims, including McCabe, Comey, Brennan, Clapper, Lisa Page, Carter Page, and Papa D.

    Here are just a few of the very serious questions that Durham apparently is NOT exploring:

    1) Who planted the $10,000 on Papa D?

    2) Who ordered the early morning raid on Roger Stone’s house, and who invited CNN to film it?

    3) Why, and under whose authority, did Judge Amy issue a gag order to Roger Stone as well as HIS ENTIRE CIRCLE of friends and family, AFTER he was convicted? Is there any precedence for this?

    3) How was Carter Page affected, personally and professionally, by the more than year-long assault on his civil liberties? How many death threats did he receive, and what steps (spoiler alert: NONE) did the FBI take to protect Carter Page when he reported these death threats to the FBI?

    4) Why was the Mueller team allowed to threaten Flynn’s son in order to blackmail him into pleading guilty to a crime that they themselves admit he did not commit?

    I daresay Durham and Barr are just running out the clock now, wasting their days chasing non-sequential “policy disagreements” between the key coup plotters, none of which will amount to a hill of beans, meanwhile ignoring all the actual crimes.

    Very, very discouraging….

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  24. evergreen says:

    I can see all of this resulting in a “complete” investigation wherein the outcome is two things:

    1) we understand now what took place, and we can now implement protective measures to not allow it to be replicated in the future.
    2) there will be plausible deniability imputed to the actors allowing the DOJ to sidestep prosecution because they were of the same situation as McCabe (whatever that was) that earned him a pass.

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  25. AccountabilityPlease says:

    Again, if the intent is to prosecute John Brennan for perjury, it doesn’t help to undermine the credibility of your witnesses (McCabe and Comey) by charging them with lying.

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    • arsumbris says:

      Assuming McCabe and Comey have turned state’s evidence is massive assumption with no justification, especially since those two continue to publicly criticize Trump and Barr. They cut deals, they’d be silent. They aren’t silent at all. Strzok and Page aren’t silent either. They’re gloating and laughing on Twitter.

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    • IGiveUp says:

      If Barr/Durham’s plan was to use McCabe to get to Brennan, wouldn’t Durham have had to interview McCabe?

      Carrie says:
      February 16, 2020 at 4:54 pm

      BREAKING: Durham and his team have not interviewed McCabe. At all. Concerning anything. Not #Spygate espionage. Not illegal FISA warrants. Not Flynn 302 doctoring. Not leaking and lying.

      — Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) February 16, 2020

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  26. Patriot says:

    With current AG Barr, doubtful results given his focus on preserving the institution as detailed in previous CTH / Sundance posts.

    The fundamental / underlying issue is that AG Barr has misplaced his loyalties. Specifically, he’s place the DOJ/FBI institution above the Nation / Constitution (American People). Misplaced loyalty inevitably fails to correct underlying issues.

    Rather, AG should envision a loyalty ladder. The bottom rung is himself, ascending up through team, organization, country (Constitution / American People), finally to God. Whenever in doubt, reach to the next higher rung on the ladder and you’ll never be wrong.

    Fellow Treepers, sorry to say, but don’t hold your breath until AG Barr reaches for the next higher ring on the ladder.

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    • evergreen says:

      If you, as Barr, oversee professionals who have latitude to make judgment calls, you may have your strong opinion, but they have latitude. He can push them to consider everything, but they can reject him at every turn. In essence, he is impotent if all he can do is oversee, point, and say please look at this. If he overrules with any consistency, there will be accusations–strongly received and backed with rank DOJ–of bias and political maneuvering. Barr is EXPRESSLY afraid of that charge being levied at him. Therefore, Barr is, for all practical purposes as regards potential reformation of DOJ, impotent. Full stop. Don’t count on any prosecutions of any of the players. None. Should one get unlucky enough to be the exception, there are likely echelons of prosecutors who are soldiers in spirit with the accused and will have no problem leaking information and constructing parallel discovery for the benefit of the defense to “outplay” the prosecution.

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  27. mg says:

    “`Gowdy should have been demoted to dog catcher after letting clinton off the hook. How do republicans come up with these stooges?

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  28. Mike says:

    As someone who has read the IG report that recommended charging McCabe, (and a lot more)

    1: The only way a grand jury would fail to indict McCabe, based on the IG report alone, is if the prosecutor sand bagged it, intentionally botching the GJ case. (kinda like the way the FBI intentionally botched the HRC email matter.)

    2: There is no way Andrew McCabe has “flipped” or is helping Durham.

    3: Until SOMEONE is indicted for SOMETHING, NO ONE is going to “flip” or cooperate. Why should they? There is no evidence anyone is going to be charged with anything.

    4: FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith changed an official document so that, Carter Page spying FOR the US, was changed to Carter Page spying FOR Russia. This LIE was then sworn to, in order to get an illegal warrant renewed twice. An illegal investigation, based on fraud, costing millions, spied on the president of the US for 6 months,

    AND YET EVEN CLINESMITH HAS NOT BEEN CHARGED.

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    • FrankieZee says:

      You would have thought by now, that they would have indicted someone, even if it was a low level individual. But we don’t even have that. I don’t want to give up hope but it is waning everyday.

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    • Raptors2020 says:

      Mike:
      The appearance of DOJ lawyers sandbagging/throwing cases has come up several times during the Trump Presidency.

      Drudge has a story today that 11K former DOJ officials have signed an open letter calling for Barr to resign. That’s Barr’s day-to-day reality: every issue, large or small, is a struggle. Leave the fantasy that the President or AG just give orders, and the bureaucrats leap into action, leave that sad fantasy to fools and demagogues like Ann Coulter.

      Something similar to this stand-off happened under Nixon; when J. Edgar Hoover died, President Nixon wanted an outsider to clean up the FBI. He appointed L. Patrick Gray as acting FBI Director. One of the main candidates passed over for the job was Mark Felt, later to be better known as Deep Throat.

      Felt organized a campaign to freeze out Gray; he was excluded from important meetings, he did not receive important documents to review, and so on. And of course, Felt launched a campaign to get even with Nixon.

      This is how Barr is being treated, this is how Sessions was treated. A major insurrection within the bureaucracy (The Resistance) is on-going. How to crush it will be Trump’s primary problem for the remainder of his Presidency.

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    • sabreman30 says:

      If anyone gets charged it will be Clinesmith and that probably will not happen.

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  29. doofusdawg says:

    The ICA is the “proof’ of the justification for the predicate. May be impossible to determine motives for initiating Crossfire Hurricane but if Durham can prove that the ICA was contrived then the concept that good Americans were just doing their job investigating their political opponents starts to crumble.

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  30. Old Lady says:

    Gowdy Doody gave us three “could be’s.” Thanks for nuthin’. I am reminded there was a reason I quit clicking on him.

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  31. gingergal says:

    Why is the Durham investigation taking so long?

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  32. billybob says:

    Anybody arrested today ?

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  33. trump20162024 says:

    AG Barr, we are running out of time for perp walks. (Or is that really your plan?)

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  34. treestar1313 says:

    Remember the coup plotters starting premise that Russia wanted Trump to win and was never disputed? Why not? Putin knew Hitlery was putty in his hands and as corrupt as he was when she was Sec of State and would be as president. Everything builds off this premise. I know, old news, but it still really irks me.

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  35. Parrot says:

    CTH is Diogenes carrying a lighted lamp on the street in daylight…….looking for an honest man or at least an honest prosecutor.
    Just one DoJ prosecutor who will throw his career away and charge Clinesmith.

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  36. Rachelle says:

    Who cares? Trey talked lot but did nothing when he was in office. No interest in what he has to say. Blather at best, smokescreen at worst.

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  37. Patience says:

    Keeping fingers crossed
    ….but, breathing.

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  38. jinghis says:

    The Deep State is being bled out by a thousand cuts, all of them self inflicted.

    Many years ago Paul Harvey gave a speech on how Government Agencies react to budget cuts, instead of streamlining, they cut the muscle and become even more inefficient to justify increasing their funding.

    This is the reaction we have seen to Trump’s Draining the Swamp agenda. Trump is establishing the narrative that the Swamp is not only harmful, it is unnecessary. The agencies have trimmed their muscle away so much that all that is left is corruption.

    Now that the Coup has failed and Trump is likely to get re-elected with large coattails, the Agencies are facing NSC style cuts or worse if they can’t get Trumps support.

    I think the odds are that the agencies will not get Trumps support and will see massive budget cuts and downsizing, especially the State Department. We are starting to see that in already in Trumps Budget.

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  39. ed357 says:

    Barr is part of the DOJ and dc……

    McCabe was part of the DOJ….

    Comey, Brennan, Clapper, etc were part of dc…..

    See how that goes….?

    “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others…”

    The rule of law is dead in America.

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  40. Garavaglia says:

    Durham’s job (role) in the skit?..verify everything was done “by the book”, though some questionable actions were taking by..we’ll never know. AKA…a continuing Goose egg in the indictment department.

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  41. starfcker says:

    1100 former Justice Department officials sign the letter today demanding that William Barr resign as Attorney General. Eleven hundred. That’s an astonishing number. Who gives them their marching orders?

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  42. All Too Much says:

    Perjury pulling the rug out from under everything else.
    A process crime.
    Perfect.

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  43. Travis Bowie says:

    Is anybody ever going to investigate all the “unmasking”?
    In weaponizing our government’s intelligence agencies to spy on Americans and the Trump campaign, unmasking, and those involved in doing it, played a vital role in increasing the potential firepower of the weapon they created.
    Somehow, the unmasking aspect of the scheme has seemingly disappeared entirely from the conversation.
    We can’t let that happen.

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  44. RJ says:

    I note that Trey Gowdy is going so Hollywood/celebrity in his appearance. As the late actress Betty Davis might say: “Charming!”

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  45. disgusted citizen says:

    It’s a shame i wasted so much time teaching my children to respect the law and to do the right thing. The law is apparently only applicable to the peons and conservatives. Perhaps it has always been this way and i’ve just been naive. They openly flaunt their lawlessness and control all the levers of real power. Is voting in rigged elections on manipulated voting machines really going to help anything?

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  46. KBigg says:

    Trump laughing his a$$ off now after “More than 1,100 Former Justice Officials Ask for Barr’s Resignation.” Aint going to happen. Barr has DJT’s full backing. It’s a sign of utter desperation by the Deep State that this is coming out now. Panic in DC. Combine that with proposed Bloomberg-Hillary Dem ticket, this has been a good news day. Only way those two corporate clowns will win is if they can rig enough voting machines in November. Trump celebrates by taking a lap at Daytona.

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  47. T2020 says:

    Just goes round and round. We all know the facts. They HAVE the evidence. And by law there should be indictments. So WTF are Barr and Durham doing to bring justice and preserve the Constitution??? How much longer do they need to prove the case???

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  48. 100% YOOPER says:

    Paul Sperry
    @paulsperry_
    BREAKING: Durham and his team have not interviewed McCabe. At all. Concerning anything. Not #Spygate espionage. Not illegal FISA warrants. Not Flynn 302 doctoring. Not leaking and lying.
    2:41 PM · Feb 16, 2020·Twitter Web App

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  49. Putting On Its Shoes says:

    From Scott Johnson at the Powerline blog on the new Flynn special prosecutor:

    “I hoped that one of our friends at Husch Blackwell would give us his or her take on Jensen. Here it is, from one of Jensen’s former Husch Blackwell colleagues:

    I can assure you that Jeff Jensen is an absolute straight arrow who will conduct a thorough investigation and honestly report what he finds. If, as seems likely, Flynn was set up by Comey and friends and the FBI withheld the original 302s, Jeff will say so. I am reasonably confident that, as a former FBI agent, Jeff is not happy with what Comey, McCabe, et al., did to the agency’s reputation.

    Obviously to be taken for what it is worth, but it comes from a trusted acquaintance.”

    End powerline quote….

    I think we’ve heard “he’s a straight shooter. and plays it down the middle” too many times. I don’t think we need a straight shooter. I think we need a partisan who is willing to actually tell it the way it is.

    It’s an asymmetrical setup when you have our quote-unquote Straight shooters playing against their psychopathic killers. We need people who are going to make them Know what it feels like to be hounded to the ends of the earth . We need somebody who will take Quentin Tarantino’s flamethrower and burn the whole damn place down.

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  50. Putting On Its Shoes says:

    From Scott Johnson at the Powerline blog on the new Flynn special prosecutor:

    “I hoped that one of our friends at Husch Blackwell would give us his or her take on Jensen. Here it is, from one of Jensen’s former Husch Blackwell colleagues:

    I can assure you that Jeff Jensen is an absolute straight arrow who will conduct a thorough investigation and honestly report what he finds. If, as seems likely, Flynn was set up by Comey and friends and the FBI withheld the original 302s, Jeff will say so. I am reasonably confident that, as a former FBI agent, Jeff is not happy with what Comey, McCabe, et al., did to the agency’s reputation.

    Obviously to be taken for what it is worth, but it comes from a trusted acquaintance.”

    End powerline quote….

    I think we’ve heard “he’s a straight shooter. and plays it down the middle” too many times. I don’t think we need a straight shooter. I think we need a partisan who is willing to actually tell it the way it is.

    It’s an asymmetrical setup when you have our quote-unquote Straight shooters playing against their psychopathic killers. We need people who are going to make them Know what it feels like to be hounded to the ends of the earth . We need somebody who will take Quentin Tarantino’s flamethrower and burn the whole damn place down.

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    • arsumbris says:

      They don’t put men who might “expose the truth” in charge of anything, that’s the lesson we’ve been learning for years now.

      Comey was a “straight shooter” when Clinton was being investigated, and we were promised convictions for obvious criminality. Mueller was a “straight shooter” when we were promised he would show there was no Russia collusion. We were promised, time and again, that everyone with the power to expose criminality was a “honorable man” who would tell the truth.

      You can’t expect to find honorable men inside the mafia that the US government has become. They make sure that all the honorable men are expelled from the management ranks. The only men with any power are men willing to engage in crimes and help cover them up.

      The only remedy now is to pull these corrupt “institutions” down and rebuild them.

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