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.


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?


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.


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


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:


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. RAM says:

    Trump and anyone he still trusts (including Giuliani, Trump family members, Nunes…) will need to meet at some un-monitored hideaway and make a plan.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Dr-P says:

      Somebody must have hit a nerve

      60 minutes just ran a best of Trump Ukraine hit job

      Liked by 3 people

      • peace says:

        Can you explain what a best of Trump Ukraine hit job is?

        Liked by 1 person

      • davidsstones says:

        What is a Ukrainian hit job?


      • Kim Hudson says:

        The story on 60 Minutes was Spin about President Trump asking Zelinsky about the Crowdstrike Server being in Ukraine. Stated it wasn’t necessary for the FBI to examine the server itself, that a “copy” of the DNC server was adequate & this method of examination was a very common in investigations of this type. The story was another hit job against Trump to further the eternal goal of making him appear as an inept conspiracy theorist with an ax to grind.


    • askandgettruth says:

      i used to think you- mr gowdy would fight to the end for our basic civil rights, but in the end you are nothing but a big bark and NO BITE.did you leave for more greener grass over the septic tank ?


  2. Devil in the Blue Drapes says:

    Anyone see the 2019 film “The Report”?

    Daniel Jones, (yes the same former DiFi staffer, currently flush with cash from wealthy donors deployed to continue an all out assault on DJT), is portrayed as the altruistic hero who blew the whistle on the CIA black sites torture program.

    The investigation of the program, referenced by Judge Nap in above video as being whitewashed by Durham, gives one pause as to the “effectiveness” of John Durham as a true crime fighter of govt corruption.

    Now I don’t know if “The Report” was an attempt to paint Durham as a coverup agent for the CIA (not entirely implausible, wouldn’t be the first time Hollywood & The Company co-produced propaganda), or to paint Daniel Jones as a hero in the eyes of their audience.

    Regardless, what are the odds these two players (Jones and Durham) featured prominently in another govt corruption case, cross paths again?

    Crime certainly does pay….if you’re a DC insider.
    Daniel Jones has a sketchy past, congressional staffer, former FBI, former CIA (re Wiki), and now principal of “The Democracy Integrity Project”, mandating an active smear campaign against P45.

    John Durham, the jury’s still out….(in the event a jury even exists).


    • Rock Knutne says:

      Durham. The next ‘tick tock’ to follow Barr.

      Bet me on it.

      Cue Sundance’s picture of the kid kicking the can down the road.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Dick_Turpin says:

      “The Democracy Integrity Project”,……sounds like another Soro$ financed coup group

      Liked by 1 person

    • CM-TX says:

      Consider the most basic way of looking at it– if this Durham was such a inside corruption-destroyer, how the he11 did every single agency become so thoroughly CORRUPT under his watch??

      I just don’t buy it. They can say he’s “looking into” this or that. But those claims ALWAYS stem from leaks. Leaks we know they orchestrate, & just happen to say what they think The People want/need to hear.

      These LEAKS serve ONE purpose ONLY– to STALL. To further DELAY any actual accountability in JUSTICE!

      We can continue to avoid the obvious, but if we want it done right… we’re going to have to do it ourselves. JMHO


      • Kim Hudson says:

        How are We The People supposed to indict the coup plotters?? I get more & more angry and frustrated with each passing day with these criminals!


  3. 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.

    Liked by 3 people

    • I think that the DOJ is in exceptionally good hands in Bill Barr. He knew going in, and he knows now, that his Departments are mired in corruption at the very top.


    • ezgoer says:

      You will only get someone worse than Barr. The corrupt Senate is not going to confirm any honest AG who would expose the coup conspiracy.


      • swal106 says:

        Someone WORSE ezgoer? Barr has been there 367 0r so days with ZERO, 0 indictments in anything to do with the Coup attempt. NOT ONE INDICTMENT. Now, what could be worse???


        • Although I freely admit that I am just as frustrated as you are, “this castle was not constructed in one year, and it might not be taken down in one year.” The process of constructing bulletproof criminal cases against well-placed people is a thing not to be trivialized … but prosecutors like Durham have done it before. I really don’t think that any of these people are playing games or tricks with any of us. (But I admit to growing callouses where my fingers have been crossed …)


  4. youme says:

    Brennan the wizard….and the secret task force

    Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides.

    Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.

    But it went further. The intelligence captured Putin’s specific instructions on the operation’s audacious objectives — defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.

    The material was so sensitive that CIA Director John O. Brennan kept it out of the President’s Daily Brief, concerned that even that restricted report’s distribution was too broad. The CIA package came with instructions that it be returned immediately after it was read. To guard against leaks, subsequent meetings in the Situation Room followed the same protocols as planning sessions for the Osama bin Laden raid.

    It took time for other parts of the intelligence community to endorse the CIA’s view. Only in the administration’s final weeks in office did it tell the public, in a declassified report, what officials had learned from Brennan in August — that Putin was working to elect Trump.

    CIA director. Brennan first alerts the White House to the Putin intelligence and later briefs Obama in the Oval Office. convened a secret task force at CIA headquarters composed of several dozen analysts and officers from the CIA, the NSA and the FBI.

    The unit functioned as a sealed compartment, its work hidden from the rest of the intelligence community. Those brought in signed new non-disclosure agreements to be granted access to intelligence from all three participating agencies.

    They worked exclusively for two groups of “customers,” officials said. The first was Obama and fewer than 14 senior officials in government. The second was a team of operations specialists at the CIA, NSA and FBI who took direction from the task force on where to aim their subsequent efforts to collect more intelligence on Russia.

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    • dawg says:

      Ill never forget reading that article, 3 years ago now. It revealed the beginnings of the small group of conspirators and how it began. Because the author believed the lies and the false narrative that they had been fed by the IC about Trump-Russia, they thought they were just telling an interesting story about the inner-workings of the fight against a candidate and his collusion with a foreign power (or something).

      WE all knew at the time what had happened, but anyone else reading that story again now with the benefit of hindsight can see textbook sedition, in black and white.


  5. TreeClimber says:

    Realistically speaking, how would “prosecuting the Deep State” go down? I’m certainly no legal eagle, but the way I see it is this…

    Every single employee of the FBI, DOJ, CIA, DOD, et al, would have to be investigated for crimes or at least complicity. Every. Single. One. How long would this alone take? Who would do it? Then, crimes/complicity are found, perhaps by the hundreds, or even the thousands. Who prosecutes that? Remember, the entire DoJ is currently suspended. Prosecuted where? The corrupt judicial system with all the Obama judges?

    This is all way more than one man can take on – even the Attorney General. Who will be his paralegals? How many years upon years would it take? Who does he bring in to assist him – the obvious answer is private practices, but what vetting system is used? How does one avoid accusations (in the courtroom) of hand-picking partisan lawyers with vendettas? What private practices, anyway? Certainly none from an Ivy League.

    Mind you, every single thing to do with Federal law enforcement has come to a screeching halt. Every case bigger than a state-wide case, stopped. Pedophiles walking. Illegals, walking. Anything that can’t be taken care of by a state AG, walking. Think they’re not doing anything now? Look at the published numbers on the DoJ website. Maybe they’re not doing all we want but they’re not doing nothing.

    The scale of what the American people is demanding is incomprehensible to most people demanding it. In essence, you’re asking one – elderly, already retired and come back – man to betray everything he has never known and loved, and prosecute hundreds of people, by himself. No paralegals, no other lawyers to help.

    Now, if I’m wrong about this, I welcome correction, but from my own experience that’s what it would look like.


    • rudy says:

      Your premiss is wrong, all investigated. I don’t think so. We have apple evidence to select who.

      Liked by 1 person

    • mimbler says:

      No, you just need to go after the leaders, and a few of the henchmen, prosecute and jail them.

      When there are real penalties, the coup will end. These glorified clerks are acting out because they are lauded for it and face no consequences.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Kim Hudson says:

      General Michael Flynn had a plan in mind….and “They” took him down for even entertaining the thought of it.


  6. Cathy M. says:

    Nap kept harping on “If” Durham doesn’t have subpoena power , yada,yada, yada. . .

    So? Durman can request & obtain subpoenas from a grand jury.
    Also, to a lesser degree, The FBI can obtain certain information with an FBI administrative subpoena. Administrative subpoenas are limited in scope but very useful info can be obtained through their use.
    The agency from which I retired has several categories of administrative subpoenas used in criminal, civil & administrative cases.

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    • California Joe says:

      For most internal agency government records a federal prosecutor does not need a grand jury subpoena. Obviously for tax returns from the IRS a court order is needed but otherwise a request letter to the agency head from the prosecutor typically works. I would imagine that Durham has empaneled a federal grand jury already.


  7. Carrie says:

    So I’m guessing we’ve almost come full circle. Durham is “supposed” to be ready at the end of March with his investigation. If , as many of us are assuming, no charges are filed, is that then the right time to finally declassify? The Deep State will have one in running out the statute of limitations clock and refused to charge in the remaining crimes, but at least transparency could help this from ever happening again.
    Or will it be too late, and the Dems will have already started impeachment sham 4.0 and once again PDJT will be hamstrung from releasing them once again?


  8. youme says:

    Well if the Department of Justice/AG Barr won’t prosecute, sue the criminals yourself:

    A former U.S. government agent has admitted participating in the illegal government surveillance on then-CBS New investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson. The insider has identified former U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein as the person responsible for the project.

    As a result of the new admission, Attkisson and her family are filing suit against Rosenstein and four other men allegedly involved. According to the lawsuit, the illegal surveillance was conducted against Attkisson and other U.S. citizens under a government operation based at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Baltimore, Maryland.

    Forget Barr, forget Durham. Trump must file his own lawsuit

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  9. Zy says:

    Come on people, just about everything Durham needs to piece this origination stuff is archived right here at CTH.

    Liked by 2 people

  10. trapper says:

    Two interesting and relevant articles. 1) Brennan as the total screw up who never ran a successful op anywhere

    The other, as to the narrow question of whether McCabe leaked to the press in the specific instance for which he will not be prosecuted, suggesting that Lisa Page was the leaker, not McCabe

    None of them should be popping the champagne just yet.

    Liked by 2 people

    • William the Comptroller says:

      To follow up on longstanding suspicions, can one research Brennan’s dietary habits and see if they include porcine or alcohol products? (or whether the readers with better eyesight can see if he uses makeup to cover a certain blemish on his forehead)…


  11. Rudy says:

    I think The People are seeing what is going on here. Time after time with increasing frequency we are told that we are going to get them by increasingly more competent people and we believe them!
    None of them are willing to expose the truth as they think it will destroy the “trust in the institution of government”. Guess what it is already gone. What they are doing is tamping the rage that actually causes change at the moment. Like Lexington and Concord they had plenty of time to think before it actually occurred, but had no time to think when they actually had to react and they changed the world. Our lives allow time to let emotions cool, perhaps too much, and that is what they are counting on by always saying it is an investigation away. Until someone is in jail I will never believe that they are not all the same team and playing us as fools. I’m afraid that one day(soon) we will need to rise up as our fore fathers did and risk all. Who today has the courage to do that? We live our lives today on the shoulders of giants, we are only fleas until proven otherwise.

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  12. Troublemaker10 says:

    I posted this in the general thread this morning, but am posting it here because it relates to topic thread. It is one lawyer’s insight. Interesting read.


    “A cold reality is that criminal charges against the Spygate participants will be difficult under the law- tho not impossible perhaps. It could be this criminal case was getting in the way of Durham interviewing McCabe because Schertler would have asserted the 5th Amendment. With this case declined, there might be no other basis on which McCabe can be prosecuted & that would eliminate his right to be silent & the govt could force him to testify against the other Spygate crew by subpoenaing him.”

    Leslie McAdoo Gordon@McAdooGordon

    Read the entire thread here (58 Twitter posts long):

    Liked by 1 person

    • gda53 says:

      Interesting. I said as much (essentially) in an earlier post – but I am not a lawyer. This guy is, and seems to know what he’s talking about.

      But by all means let’s not allow this to interfere with the narrative of “BagPipe-Bill-Barr-Bad”. /s

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  13. romy911 says:

    Troublemaker – interesting that you posted that because Sundance’s states that “Gowdy breaks out the narrow issue surrounding the internal McCabe investigation as compared to potential criminal conduct that may exist outside that narrow window.” Gowdy states the narrow issue involves the Hillary Clinton investigation and McCabe’s lack of candor related to that investigation – not the Trump collusion investigation.

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  14. One thing that Trey points out in this clip is that the man was not really “given a blanket pass.” The Feds decided not to prosecute one particular and narrowly-defined matter. They have not said that he is guilty of no wrongdoing.

    Liked by 1 person

    • romy911 says:

      Mike Robinson – exactly what I was trying to say in my post above. According to Gowdy, the non-indictment was his role in the Hillary investigation, nothing to do with Trump. The media (including CNN McCabe) and the left would have you think McCabe has been totally exonerated.

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      • gda53 says:

        Yup. See also Troublemaker10’s post above.

        The sad thing is, a large portion of commenters here would have us believe the very same thing – even the legal guy Barnes(?), supposedly a PDJT supporter, has tweeted this.

        One hopes its merely out of ignorance – but still.

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  15. romy911 says:

    Anybody watch the 2nd interview that Sundance posted? T.Gowdy vs Brennan in May, . We knew Brennan was lying when that interview was posted back in 2017. Watching it today, I actually laughed out loud at Gowdy’s tone, facial expressions & questions to Brennan.

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  16. jeans2nd says:

    The underlying assumption, it would seem, is that, once Durham determines the facts as we know them to be, AG Barr will allow any prosecutions to go forward.

    Where is the venue in which any prosecutions would take place? D.C.? Northern Virginia? Southern District of New York?

    Just b/c Durham could obtain indictments in Connecticut, does not mean convictions would happen in any of those three venues, quite the opposite, in fact.

    During one of Andy McCarthy’s multitudinous interviews selling his apocryphal book, McCarthy actually spoke a word of what sounds like truth.

    McCarthy asserted prosecutions of law enforcement officers, especially federal officers, rarely, if ever, occur, due to the effect it would have on the rank and file of LEOs.
    The effect would be LEOs would hesitate to do their jobs from fear of being the next one up for prosecution.

    We may not be able to affect the outcomes of prosecutions or lack thereof.
    But we can get the word out, speak the truth to any and all who might listen, and work our little arses off to re-elect Donald John Trump, as long as Mr Trump would have us so to do.

    Trump MAGA KAG 4EVA

    Liked by 2 people

    • gda53 says:

      If I’m not mistaken, I believe PDJT has not said “send them all to jail”, but he has said, again and again “this should never happen to another President”.

      Perhaps that’s the goal Bill Barr is working towards, though I have my doubts that implementing different procedures in DOJ/FBI etc. will do the trick. (But it may have a chance with the right leaders. Can we get some please?)

      Then again, sending them all to the slammer may assuage our need for justice (and/or revenge), but I doubt it will ensure that “this will never happen to another President”.


      • CM-TX says:

        Without ACCOUNTABILITY, there is NO deterrence. Without DETERRENCE, there is NO reason for change. Without any CHANGE, the CRIMINALS become emboldened.

        The PUNISHMENT must fit the CRIME.

        Just ask any parent if this most BASIC concept is TRUE?!

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  17. Zorro says:

    Johnny “Appleseed” Brennan and the fruit of his poisonous tree.


  18. davidsstones says:

    My question is, who conceived of and engineered the inside replacement of Jeff Sessions with Rod Rosenstein to remove a Trump appointee and supporter with a Coup member?


  19. askandgettruth says:

    i used to think you- mr gowdy would fight to the end for our basic civil rights, but in the end you are nothing but a big bark and NO BITE.did you leave for more greener grass over the septic tank ?


  20. willthesuevi says:

    How things have changed. These leftists, bending themselves into pretzels to somehow rationalize the CIA, not only working inside the US, but against an administration.

    All their “don’t trust the government” crap during the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, was really all about them wanting the power. Not because the Constitution and the CIA Charter says, NO can do.


  21. nyckers says:

    And this weekend, the Administration announced it may have successfully derailed the last stages of the Nordstream II pipeline bringing Russian natural Gas to Germany. This project, with some $6-8 billion already invested, in the lynchpin to Putin’s plan for energy hegemon in Europe. The Trump Administration has been fighting it tooth and nail since coming into office.

    This bizarre cognitive dissonance between the Brennan construct that Trump was “the preferred candidate” of Putin is overwhelming. There are very few scenarios in which an “America First” agenda – with its primal focus on US energy independence and massive exports of US oil and gas, could EVER have been seen as confluent with Russian interests. Whereas the Clinton/Obama “lead from behind” nexus was always prepared to retreat from confrontation if the proper incentives were offered to corporate sponsors and their government beneficiaries, the Trump absolutism on fracking and ramped up energy production in the US was never up for sale or negotiation.

    Any casual observer could see that Putin could not count on the increased “flexibility” on issues that Obama had promised after 2012, and subsequently delivered, in every possible way deleterious to US long-term interests, from Trump, who, while he may have been willing to do business around the edges, made clear from the start that oil and gas, the blood that animates the Russian economy, would be flowing from the United States in great waves, doing great harm to Putin’s plans, and forcing him to divert increasingly more precious and scarce foreign reserves and domestic expenditure towards his martial adventures, to the great consternation of the Russian people, who cannot help but wonder why, after the 1998 default and the “clean slate” afforded by Putin’s re-appropriation of oligarchic wealth, their economy still languishes, still no more diversified than Nigeria’s, despite the vast resources and resilient brilliance of their scientists and technological innovators.

    Brennan was and is a hack, as transparent as Chinese toilet paper, a penny-ante spook whose agency has gotten all of it wrong for so long that they evidently believed they might have more success meddling with the US electorate, after their manifest debacles from Honduras to Guatamala, Libya to Iraq.


  22. OhNoYouDont says:

    Trey Gowdy: John Durham looking at ‘three important things’
    by Daniel Chaitin | February 16, 2020 09:52 PM | Updated Feb 16, 2020, 10:20 PM
    When re-reading the Gowdy article, it allowed me to make this realization.

    The Republican House member who is both in the Intel and Judiciary committees is known as a lead GOP investigator in Congress.

    So, prior to January 2019, Gowdy was the lead GOP investigator.

    Then, John Ratcliffe was chosen by House GOP Leader McCarthy in January 2019 as the replacement lead GOP investigator.
    To continue the timeline, AG Barr was confirmed on Feb 14, 2019. In his first 90 days:
    * Barr shuts down Muellar / Weismann ‘witch hunt’
    * releases a preliminary report disarming the Muellar / Weismann Report findings
    * put classification markings on the Muellar / Weismann Report, then releases it publically
    * announced to Congress that President Trump was spied on
    * confirmed the existence of a prosecutor, US Attorney Durham who is investigating the “Russia Hoax” origins.
    In May 2019, Ranking House Intel Nunes and Lead GOP investigator Ratcliffe presented the Attorney General ‘8 criminal complaints’. The previously announced Horowitz FISA Abuse IG Report being released in May or June was finally released in December 2019.
    In October 2019, a media leak reports that US Attorney Durham findings has turned into a criminal investigation.
    In December 2019, Barr told NBC News that he expects Durham’s probe to potentially reach a “watershed” in the late spring or early summer.
    In February 2019, a media leak reports on US Attorney Durham investigative insights.
    Trey Gowdy responds to that media leak: John Durham looking at ‘three important things’

    “He’s looking at three things — the factual predicate for this Russia investigation. And I’m not talking about the summer of 2016. I’m talking about stuff that happened in late 2015 and early 2016,”

    “Remember, the DOJ and the FBI told (Former Speaker of the House) Paul Ryan and Devin Nunes and myself repeatedly and exclusively that nothing happened before June of 2016. No payments were made, no contacts with the Trump campaign,” he added, referring back to his time as a lead GOP investigator in Congress. “I’m sure John Durham is looking to see whether or not that’s true.”

    “He’s also looking at the FISA process and misrepresentations made to the FISA court,” the former federal prosecutor said. “I think he’s also looking at that ICA, that intelligence community assessment, that John Brennan got done towards the end of the Barack Obama tenure, to make sure whether or not that was thoroughly investigated and whether or not all the right information made its way into that ICA.”

    “If something did happen, then either the FBI misrepresented facts to us, or it wasn’t the FBI, it was another agency that was doing it. Both of those are important to know. And John Durham, I hope, is going to be able to answer that question,” Gowdy said.


  23. OhNoYouDont says:

    This is a story about what Durham is investigating. This is the first time I recall anything of substance may have leaked since it became a criminal probe back in October 2019.

    Prosecutor John Durham examining interagency turf war over Obama emails hacked by Russia: Report
    February 16, 2020 12:01 AM | by Jerry Dunleavy

    Federal prosecutor John Durham is scrutinizing the intelligence community’s interagency turf war over viewing secretive foreign intelligence and the government restricting access to President Barack Obama’s emails that were hacked by Russians but obtained by a foreign ally, sources claimed.

    Durham, selected by Attorney General William Barr last year to lead the Justice Department’s inquiry into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation and the conduct of the U.S. government in dealing with the Kremlin’s interference, apparently is focused on at least two clashes over sensitive information, according to sources cited by the New York Times.

    The first internal Obama administration squabble, described by the article in vague terms, related to restrictions placed upon yet-unknown foreign intelligence by one intelligence agency, speculated to be the CIA directed by John Brennan. Other agencies, speculated to include the National Security Agency, wanted access to the material. One source suggested that the CIA wanted to mask American identities in the data set before allowing the NSA to view it.

    The second squabble was about the White House preventing the FBI from viewing U.S. emails hacked by the Russians but obtained, copied, and given to the United States by an unnamed foreign intelligence service. The Russians had hacked the Obama White House and State Department — as well as Congress — in 2014, and the FBI wanted to examine the reproduced emails to understand the Russian active measures campaign in 2016.

    “But an index of the messages compiled by the unnamed foreign ally showed that they included emails from President Barack Obama as well as members of Congress,” the New York Times reported. “Mr. Obama’s White House counsel, W. Neil Eggleston, decided that investigators should not open the drives, citing executive privilege and the possibility of a separation-of-powers uproar if the FBI sifted through lawmakers’ private messages.”

    “The analysts could have been engaged in standard bureaucratic behavior like obeying the filtering process or hoarding sensitive information. Or perhaps they were trying to cover something up,” the New York Times wrote.

    The hack was carried out by a Russian group known as Cozy Bear — the same group that analysts believe hacked the Democratic National Committee as well.

    The Washington Post reported in 2017 that “the NSA was alerted to the compromises by a Western intelligence agency” and that “the ally had managed to hack not only the Russians’ computers, but also the surveillance cameras inside their workspace, according to the former officials.” The officials said the foreign ally “monitored the hackers as they maneuvered inside the U.S. systems and as they walked in and out of the workspace, and were able to see faces.”

    The foreign intelligence now being scrutinized by Durham likely came from the Netherlands.

    An article by the Telegraph in 2018 detailed how the Dutch “penetrated the systems of the Russian cyber unit known as Cozy Bear in mid-2014 and monitored them for at least a year” and “informed the CIA and helped remove Cozy Bear from U.S. State Department computers they had hacked into in late 2014” while they “also monitored the Russian hackers as they tried to undermine unclassified computer systems in Congress and the White House.”

    A piece by Dutch outlet de Volkskrant claimed in 2018 that Dutch intelligence “became witness to the Russian hackers harassing and penetrating the leaders of the Democratic Party, transferring thousands of emails and documents” and “provided crucial evidence of the Russian involvement in the hacking of the Democratic Party.” The outlet claimed the Dutch information was “also grounds for the FBI to start an investigation into the influence of the Russian interference on the election.”

    Durham “asked questions that appear aimed at understanding how analysts reached their conclusion and who drove that process … and whether and how information from foreign governments or the CIA played any role in stoking suspicions at the FBI about Trump campaign links to Russia,” sources cited by the New York Times said.

    The Senate Intelligence Committee’s recent report on the Obama administration’s slow response to Russian meddling “found that the U.S. government was not well-postured to counter Russian election interference activity with a full range of readily-available policy options.” The report concluded that Obama’s policymakers “were not concerned with Russian electoral interference directly targeting the United States” until they were told about still-classified information from Brennan and the CIA.

    The Senate report’s section on “The U.S. Intelligence Community’s Awareness,” including when and how the CIA may have first learned about Russia’s election interference efforts, is almost entirely redacted.

    Durham, who is scrutinizing this as well as Brennan’s other actions in 2016, may wrap up his investigation by the spring or summer.


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