A Possible Inflection Point – ODNI Ric Grenell…

President Trump appointed Richard “Ric” Grenell to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the surprise appointment begins immediately.  Within minutes the media intelligence apparatus displayed apoplexy at the announcement.

All of the right administrative state interests are visibly triggered by the appointment; and it appears this could be a key turning point in President Trump’s push-back against the permanent intelligence apparatus that has targeted his administration for three years.

It does not seem accidental the appointment of Ric Grenell as Acting DNI comes after AG Bill Barr publicly displayed his weakness in managing the DOJ and FBI.  When the U.S. Attorney General chooses to complain about POTUS tweets making it “impossible to do his job” via public statements, the underlying message is an AG unwilling to do his job.

The challenge for the Office of the Presidency has been executive leadership unwilling to confront visible corruption within the DOJ, FBI and Intelligence Community (IC).

Failed executive leadership includes Jeff Sessions (DOJ), Rod Rosenstein (DOJ), Chris Wray (FBI), David Bowditch (FBI), Dana Boente (FBI), Michael Horowitz (OIG) Mike Pompeo (CIA), Gina Haspel (CIA), Michael Atkinson (DOJ-NSD/ICIG), Matt Whitaker (DOJ), Dan Coats (DNI), Rex Tillerson (DoS), James Mattis (DoD), the list is long.

The evidence of ongoing efforts to undermine the presidency have surfaced in everything from the FBI not addressing rampant politicization, to an Intelligence Community Inspector General (Michael Atkinson) willing to facilitate an impeachment effort.

Further evidence of continued institutional politics is visible within the dynamics at Main Justice, and internal issues around the Roger Stone prosecution and politicized sentencing recommendation. Despite grand prose, and looking beyond words, AG Bill Barr has done little to impede ongoing corrupt endeavors within the DOJ and FBI.

He talks a good game, but actions speak louder than words.

The only corrective action taken by Bill Barr has been when a corrupt DOJ issue is so well known and unavoidable that covering up the issue is no longer an option (Liu). Despite requesting, and receiving, unprecedented executive authority to review all intelligence information and agencies (May 2019), no corrective action is visible; and, as noted in the example of the ICIG impeachment effort, the corrupt systems continue unabated.

There has been an IG report on FBI conduct showing evidence of DOJ/FBI politics in the Clinton investigation (Mid Year Exam).  That report showcased members of the FBI taking gifts in exchange for media leaks; yet those leaks continue – nothing done.

There has been a scathing IG report on the action of Andrew McCabe highlighting instances of lies under oath to investigators; again – no consequences.

There has been an IG report on James Comey mishandling of classified information and illegal leaks to the media; again – nothing done.   There was a separate break-out report on Comey’s creation and political use of his office and written memos stored in secret files in his home. As outlined during visits by FBI agents the FBI Director kept the memos hidden and never informed the investigators. Result: nothing done.

There has been an OIG report on FISA abuses, which overlaps all four prior DOJ-IG investigations since January 2017.  That report showed the construction of specific false documentation to achieve a political agenda and illegal surveillance warrants by lawyers within the FBI…. The result, the OIG says with straight face they cannot determine if political bias was part of the motivation or decision-making; ergo, nothing done. [Yet]

It does not seem accidental executive leaders at the DOJ and FBI claim no evidence of political bias exists, while simultaneously the DOJ, FBI and IC refuse to unredact, declassify or release documents where evidence of political bias would exist.

The Office of the President has been under investigative assault for more than three years from the same highly political agencies hiding evidence of their bias. The same institutions accusing the President of abusing power, are the exact same institutions abusing power.

Worse still, the OIG FISA report is a great example of AG Barr reviewing in advance information within a report; and yet the report itself is fraught with contradictions, irreconcilable claims, examples of non-corrected abuses and was even modified after publication to remove evidence damaging to the institutions and participants.

With all of this in mind it is no surprise to see President Trump tweeting a little frustration when contrasted against another blind Attorney General praising current DOJ and FBI officials; who have done nothing, except talk, while stacks of IG reports containing evidence of corruption -from 3 years of investigation- sits on office shelves gathering dust.

Knowing an alignment of Legislative Branch and Executive Branch politicians and officials continue to work toward his removal; and understanding the same institutions that need to approve of nominations of executive officers, ex. the Senate Intelligence Committee, are the very same institutions participating in the ongoing removal effort; the dynamic of the Deep State protecting itself is very real.

The legislative branch has created an internal system of checks and balances where their oversight gets to check, approve or deny, anyone who would be a threat to their power.  It really is a remarkable constitutional breakdown within the framework of government.

This is the accurate backdrop to consider President Trump appointing Ric Grenell to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.  However, this appointee will now have the full and focused attention of the SSCI and Intelligence Community, the Eye of Sauron.

Those who trade the currency of power within the institutions of the deep administrative state will align in common cause against DNI Ric Grenell in the same manner they are aligned against President Donald J Trump.

Government officials, politicians, beltway media, dark money corporations, DC lobbyists, DC activists, political networks like FusionGPS and a host of intelligence community allies will immediately engage in a series of political attacks due to the risk Grenell represents.

There is no boundary to the weaponry they will deploy.  There is no upper or lower limit to the lies the resistance can/will create. The DC Orcs will attack this DNI relentlessly.

History may likely identify Grenell as the first President Trump appointment who did not come from the controlled files of those around the oval office selection processes.

When CTH first used the term “Big Ugly” in 2016, it was written from the context of outsider Trump eventually having to take on the UniParty establishment, that includes both Democrats and Republicans.  When the institutions of DC power are threatened, pretenses of political parties are dropped.  Institutional preservation becomes paramount because all downstream indulgence is connected to the same trough of power.

Washington DC is a business enterprise; not a currently functioning government.

There are trillions at stake.

 warner and burr

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778 Responses to A Possible Inflection Point – ODNI Ric Grenell…

  1. John-Y128 says:

    Finally, IC administration personal chosen by PT himself, who will be loyal to the president.

    Liked by 13 people

    • Dave Conley says:

      It’s not about loyalty to the president. It’s about loyalty to the country and its principles. Don’t fall into the rhetorical language the left will use incessantly.

      Liked by 34 people

      • dbobway says:

        You go Dave.
        Our country and it’s principles have been ignored by 1/2 of our voters, and 1/3 that don’t vote, for decades. While these same folks weaponize the worst of civilization, to protect our population and our very boarders.
        The irony is, those of us fighting against this ‘rot’ could handle the decay that has been coming, because much of it, has been aimed at us for 50 years.
        I’m not happy the Democrat party has become the patsy, to a future of a Communist serfdom. Fences and guards are not going to stop the immoral carpetbaggers of this country. For them, easy money is preferred over working for it. The wealthy have always been protected by their vigilante, protection ignored by the government they bought.
        Then they sit back, and let the lava flowing out of control, over our proud way of life, scorching the earth around us.
        Global warming isn’t about CO2 emissions, it’s about the very people, who shove it down our throats, every day. ‘These evil doer’s against human life and the truth’ is climate change.
        The ‘New Green Deal’ is the very sludge, that feeds the swamp.

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      • upper379 says:

        Why. Do you fall for it.

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      • Dave- Sundance coined a great phrase- “investigative assault” referring to what they’ve been doing to our President Trump.

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      • John-Y128 says:

        Sorry, there are not leftists here, thought I was talking to friends – It’s amazing you get 3 time the likes, scolding me for being like the enemy, GFYS.

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      • John-Y128 says:

        Save that ‘do it for the Country’ BS for our service members who work for the Pentagon.

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      • John-Y128 says:

        Save that ‘do it for the Country’ BS for our service members who work for the Pentagon.
        You were probably a McStain supporter.

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    • jumpinjarhead says:

      “Loyalty to the president” is something that must be carefully applied in practice. “Loyalty” for any federal government official MUST first and foremost be to the Constitution, consistent with the very specific oath of office each takes. Subordinate to that, any official working in a president’s administration should be “loyal” to his or her superiors, and ultimately and consistent with, “loyalty” to the president.

      If the personal moral convictions of a public servant (in stark contrast to ANY other reason such as party loyalty) irreconcilably conflict (after reasonable and open efforts to clarify issues and resolve the conflict) with this multilayered duty of loyalty, the person must resign. In addition, to the extent such person acquired confidential information (classified information of course is subject to separate laws regarding use and disclosure) in the performance of his or her duties, the duty of loyalty still applies and should prohibit any subsequent disclosure unless released by the president or ordered disclosed by a competent court.

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  2. Washington DC is a business enterprise; not a currently functioning government.

    You misspelled RICO.

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  3. JohninMK says:

    Why does Sundance regard the appointment of Ric Grenell as such a positive move?

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  4. Dennis Leonard says:

    Sundance,
    What is the story or legend with the name ” Eye of Sauron”

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  5. visage13 says:

    What exactly does Frenell have the power to do? Arrest anyone? Or just declass everything?

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    • visage13 says:

      Grenell sorry it is early 🙂

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    • Somebody says:

      Declassify. He also will have access to who and what is or was under surveillance and who is accessing that information. He becomes the gatekeeper for the IC.

      That being said, he has a tough job ahead. He will be blocked, the IC will close ranks and wall off everything they can. Grenell has plenty of swamp experience, but not much in the IC deep end of the swamp. His staffing picks are critical as pointed out last night. I pray that he can manage to surround himself with patriots who know that part of the swamp.

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    • Rynn69 says:

      visage: The DNI is a key position. The position is the head of the U.S. intelligence community and oversees the national intelligence program. This person has the power to declassify. They also serve as an advisor to the NSC (this is the council that was infected with corruption and packed with Obama-appointees and holdovers) and the Homeland Security Council (which also has anti-Trumpers inside). A un-corrupted, pro-American DNI will oversee the goings on here as an advisor to the President and ensure bad, corrupt people are moved out. Obama and his cohorts like Ben Rhodes, Susan Rice, Samantha Powers, and others corrupted many of these intelligence agencies by politicizing and weaponizing them against American citizens with opposing viewpoints.

      Obama placed – purposefully in my opinion – an absolute dolt in this position named James Clapper. IMO, Obama did this so that he could control the DNI without the DNI presenting any kind of pushback. A wet noodle if you will.

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    • Issy says:

      He will be privy to the nefarious plots the intel agencies are up to that will harm citizens and presumably put a stop to such actions. He will have access to everything they have done and covered up in the past. A great deal of leverage for MAGA. The SSCI is toast. I hope and pray he has top-level security.

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  6. Spryte says:

    Boy, the Dems really know how to create a huge cluster %$*@, don’t they?

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    • sDee says:

      “”Big Ugly …… outsider Trump eventually having to take on the UniParty establishment, that includes both Democrats and Republicans. When the institutions of DC power are threatened, pretenses of political parties are dropped.””

      Time we faced reality that elected Republicans are cluster-%$*@-ing us too.

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      • randyinrocklin says:

        RINO hunting season is now open. Fire at will.

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      • Kleen says:

        Some RINOs are up for re-election. We need MAGA candidates to kick them out.

        Cornyn, Mitch and Graham, Collins. OUT!

        POTUS can’t get involved, they will turn against him.

        BUT WE CAN! We know what to do, who needs to go. We vote.

        Come on people… Let’s MAGA the hell out of these UniParty swamp RINOs…

        We Just one good MAGA candidate for each RINO seat. ONE!

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        • Weylan McAnally says:

          Cornyn has no Repub contender. The Dems looking to run against him are similar to the Dem presidential candidates.

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        • P says:

          “We know what to do, who needs to go….Just one good MAGA candidate for each RINO seat. ONE!”

          It’s so hard to know who is TRULY MAGA as opposed to those just claiming to be. Could someone put together a list of all the people we need to replace in each state? I try to understand what I read here but a lot remains above my ability. My Dad used to tell me who to vote for but he’s been gone for 11 years and I haven’t voted in a Presidential election since that time. I actually voted for “O” in 2008 which is one of the greatest mistakes of my life (I couldn’t bring myself to vote for McCain), and I don’t want to make any mistakes this time around (and no, my Dad did not advise me on that last vote). This election is so crucial; I want to get it right and I’m sure there are many other ‘lower-information’ voters who could use a list like that to help so no votes are wasted.

          I also want to express a concern. Within the past week or so, I read where some people are saying they’re going to vote Democrat to mess with the Democrats ticket? I’m paraphrasing that, but someone said, they knew President Trump didn’t need their vote bec he was going to win by a landslide anyway, and that person said they were going to use their vote to mess with the Democrats. IMO that is wasting a vote for our President. We know there’s going to be a lot of corruption taking place and President Trump needs every single vote we cast to go directly for him and for MAGA candidates.

          I apologize for this being so long. Could someone really knowledgeable help with a list of all the TRUE MAGA candidates for this election?

          Sundance, thank you for all you do, it is truly phenomenal work on your part IMO. And thank you, too, all you Treepers who share knowledge in the comment sections. I’ve never been a political person but I love coming here to read and try to learn as much as I can….just wish I could comprehend all of this info a little better.

          GBYA , our President and all those helping him, and God please bless our beloved USA!

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    • ILOT says:

      “If it ain’t broke, a progressive will fix it until it is”. It’s how they roll, it’s what they do quite simply it is their nature. Just take a look at that democratic party and the field of candidates. The good news is the communist left is freaking out MORE about the weak field than they are about PDJT for the last couple weeks and hopefully the next few months. It is a key time to get the declass done, set a few land mines from Durham and get them on their heels. Follow that up with win – win – win in November and we have a chance. Now is the time to force a splinter in the Dem party (divide and conquer)…dems in one camp – communists in the other and by ALL means, keep approving conservative justices…Mitch is at 180 and counting!

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  7. JasonF says:

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  8. Bob Parker says:

    Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead President Trump!!

    Congratulations on a gutsy, selection. At long friggin last, a STRONG PRO-TRUMP loyalist in a position of power to HELP DRAIN THE DAMNED SWAMP!!

    And PLEASE Mr. President, DO NOT BACK DOWN on this appointment!! DO NOT WITHDRAW MR. GRENELL!!

    We the People need this appointment & the action that will most surely follow!!

    Godspeed to all!!

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    • Robert Smith says:

      I assume if Grenell is all-in, and it was likely verified that he is before publicly announcing it, then the President thinks now is the time to have that fight.

      WHY NOW?

      Because any “controversy” over Grenell allows Trump and his allies to explain to the public why Grenell is necessary. And directly shows why present leadership of the DeepState enforcement arms (DOJ/FBI) are corrupt. Multiple points of attack on the DeepState are necessary. A DNI would be attacking their lairs directly and the heads of the IC put on notice.

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      • The Demon Slick says:

        Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith aka [Goonswarm] Vile Rat. The gay community remembers their deaths. Grennell will have support in unlikely places. Often people embedded with the left. I expect him to be effective. He seems very competent and professional. I don’t expect him to reopen Benghazi, but it’s the same people that are currently vexing our President.

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        • Your Tour Guide says:

          Ambassador Stevens (R.I.P.) has been portrayed as both
          gay and engaged to be married to a female. Don’t know which
          it is. Care more about the atrocities that happened to someone
          that a completely evil, amoral cabal sentenced to a horrendous
          death. No one should have to endure what this guy did in the
          last few hours of his death. May ultimate justice reign down on
          any and all that stood by, knowing what was occurring.

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      • littleanniefannie says:

        And gives our VSG time to find an adequate replacement after Grennell’s time runs out. PT needs to do that with every department. Make the Republican Demo-lovers expose themselves!

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    • Trumpstumper says:

      Damn the torpedoes! Has a nice ring to it 😁

      President Trump has not yet begun to fight!

      Keep your hands inside the car at all times, and enjoy your ride!

      Liked by 2 people

  9. Tagalong says:

    I love it who better to slap around a bunch of dickheads than our gay ambassador.

    Liked by 11 people

  10. Eastender says:

    Excellent choice, Mr. President!

    Liked by 8 people

  11. tominellay says:

    This is the STRONGEST post by Sundance that I’ve ever read. Congrats, Sundance: you have hit the mark.

    Liked by 14 people

  12. Conservative_302 says:

    Please do not mention his sexual preference or we are just as bad as the left. If he is smart, conservative, will support Trumps agenda, and be loyal to the president, that is all i want to know. If i never hear another identity word in my lifetime, ill be very happy. May God bless and protect him.

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    • mimbler says:

      Well said,

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    • aProvider says:

      I’m with you as long as he doesn’t publicly kiss his husband

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      • donna kovacevic says:

        aProvider, as a Canadian-Serb, I am used to seeing men kiss men, not that they are gay or anything, but that is nothing unusual especially in Europe. I am fine with that, unless they go for the french-kissing way, that I have not seen. My girlfriends hubby has 5 brothers and every time they meet, be it in church or out for coffee they always kiss hello and good-bye. They are a very close family and others as well.

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    • Will Hunt says:

      My thoughts exactly. The CTH/Sundance post was the FIRST one I read of many that didn’t mention irrelevant sexual preference

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    • Dwayne Diesel says:

      302, I agree but I have some differing viewpoints. I don’t care about some arbitrary adjective the Dems / Libs like to add to someone’s profile in order to divide them into some smaller group (the divide and conquer platform). But, since the left will do it, we need to be ready to play by the same rules and use those darn rules against them.

      Shout loud from the mountain tops that this man is gay. Why? Not because it impacts his ability to do his job but rather because the left likes to claim diversity themselves while never having to check the box themselves. For example:

      Non-Bimbo / Automaton Reporter:

      Oh, please explain (for example’s sake) Lizzy “Speaks Out Both Sides” Warren how you are for -insert arbitrary adjective- rights and stuff but yet not a single prominent position in your campaign or on your staff is held by a person of -insert arbitrary adjective-. Why is that?

      Warren:
      Ummm, welll, ummm Look a squirrel: that recently place DNI Grenell is nothing but a mean guy who is awful and evil and stuff. Trump is abusing his power!!!

      The next thing asked by the Non-Bimbo / Automaton Reporter should be:

      Why do you hate gay people so much? Why do you hate Grenell for being gay?

      Play the same darn game but play it better.

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      • StanH says:

        Bingo! “When” the swamp attacks, the president will call them homophobes. Happily beating them about the head shoulders with their own rhetoric.

        #4) “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” Alinsky

        They will lose what’s left of their minds, tying themselves into pretzels saying “Yeah, but…”

        Good time had by all.

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    • Marc says:

      You’re sounding like the RINOs that get all contorted over the so-called “wedge issues” that us insufferable Christian conservatives keep harping on. If conservative continue to accept non-traditional lifestyles and aberrant behavior, when should we stop calling ourselves conservative.
      The line wasn’t drawn at being pro-abortion or pro homosexual marriage so I suppose soon enough we’ll have drag queens speaking at the RNC and our first ‘trans’ Republican congress member.
      I didn’t side with the Right over fiscal policy. It’s the moral stances that matter for society.

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      • upper379 says:

        Marc although I somewhat agree with much of what you said, the battle is too big and the stakes too high to get stuck on identity politics. We are at war with the globalists, a war that will affect everyone on this planet. We need all the help we can get.

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        • Marc says:

          Wars are often fought on more than one front. I’ll gladly accept his help and wish Grenell the best in the postion, but I think we should still keep things in perspective of what is right and wrong and not ignore it for the sake of politics.

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      • Dwayne Diesel says:

        As conservatives we should accept those lifestyles from a government perspective. Why? Because things concerning someone’s lifestyle choices has nothing to do with government- period. If we are conservatives who want small government and the government not meddling in our affairs we then also need to apply that thought process to people whom we may not agree with when it comes to their lifestyle choices and moral positions too.

        I’m tired of abortion and marriage being brought in. We allow the left to use those against us. They get to frame the argument “conservatives are bigots” because too many conservatives are not really conservative- they are just religious or truly phobic of something and want to force that onto government as a role it should play. Yet, we don’t like it when the left does it.

        I don’t care if gay people get married. I don’t care if people have abortions. The Constitution protects people from government interfering with those freedoms. Or it’s supposed to anyway.

        A moral objection to abortion doesn’t mean you then should use government to impose that moral viewpoint onto others. By doing so you become just like that liberal who has no moral objection to it. Abortion is not a “women’s” right issue. There are no such things as women’s rights, or gay rights, or men’s rights, or blacks rights, etc. There are only the rights that are granted to ALL Americans. So, in that vane, despite my personal opinion that abortion is morally disgusting, it is not government’s job to put themselves between the decision of a doctor and their patient- man or woman, straight or gay, black, white or Hispanic. Government has no right interfering in the decision between a Dr. and their patient. And that is the conservative standpoint which can then be applied to end of life care, assisted suicide, etc. No matter your moral position on the matter- you are free to live by your choice.

        The same goes with gay marriages. Government is only involved in marriage in order to get their hands in our pockets. From a legal stance, let anyone marry anyone they want…it’s not government’s job to decided whom should marry whom. Since they are involved then they should honor anyone’s request to mayor another- everyone should be treated equally. Now, this also means people don’t get to force other’s to partake in their marriage or even validate it on a personal level. If you’re gay you don’t get to have church A marry you if they don’t want to hold the ceremony at their facilities. They can find any one of a number other places that can marry them. Conversely, if you don’t agree with gay marriage you don’t have to converse or mingle with those that do. It’s called freedom.

        My rant is over. Any conservative who aligns themselves with bigger government policies because it supports their religious views is the same as a liberal who aligns themselves with bigger government policies because it supports their viewpoints. It’s why we now have a Uni-Party.

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        • J says:

          I am with you on the example of gay marriage. That is a decision made by consenting adults. I dont like it and reserve the right to refuse any interaction at any time due to my own beliefs.

          You are wrong though when applying this to abortion. Abortion denies a human being its inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. President Trump highlighted a child surviving that was born at 21 weeks. The latest research shows they feel pain much earlier than that. This isnt Nancys clump of cells you are talking about. The only abortion Im willing to accept is the day after pill. Anything else is inhuman and cruel and like murder should be outlawed.

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          • Dwayne Diesel says:

            I’m not wrong with my point regarding abortion. As a conservative you either want small government where the government does not involve themselves with personal choices or you are for government involving themselves with personal choices. You don’t get to have it both ways. If you are morally against abortion then don’t get an abortion or contribute to organizations that assist the abortion effort. You’re free to do that currently. Just as the liberals are free not to own a firearm or contribute to organizations that support firearm ownership. Both abortions and firearms lead to lost lives, the same argument can be made with the exact same points—–and ironically the answer by both is more government.

            If you don’t mind government interfering where you deem it to be ok because it suits your religious and moral beliefs then don’t complain when liberals do the same thing to you. Don’t be that hypocrite. You can dislike and oppose abortion without using the power of the government to interfere.

            You can continue to argue in your favor that’s fine. We can agree to disagree. But, I can easily cut and past conservative responses to gun control laws and apply them to the defense of not outlawing abortion.

            How do people who claim to want small government out of one side of their mouth then say contrary things out of the other because of “religion” do it with a straight face? You either a small government conservative or you are not. Using your religion to validate the use of government is the equivalent of the left using identity politics to validate the use of government. You just happened to agree with one and not the other…..sounds a lot like the Uni-party.

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        • jumpinjarhead says:

          As a Christian conservative, I will have to politely but fundamentally and vociferously disagree.

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          • Dwayne Diesel says:

            Why? So, as a conservative you would have no issue with liberals then outlawing or not permitting you to do something you like? Right? Or is that form of government intervention ok? You know, intervention that pushes your agenda?

            If you want government interfering with private decisions then don’t cry when they interfere with things you do agree with…

            You either want interference or you don’t. This picking and choosing is for liberals.

            You can disagree. It doesn’t bother me. Just don’t be mad when your own opinions fall into the category that I see many on here complaining about on a daily basis.

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            • jumpinjarhead says:

              You sound like you are conflating “conservatism” with libertarianism. As a Christian, I believe human nature of left to its own devices will lead to an anarchy and the most base immorality. This, “some” degree of governance is required to keep society “between the lines.” I believe our Founders did a singular job at creating a system that balances individual liberty (now seen by a very great many Americans as license) with the need, again based on the nature of humankind as established under Judeo-Christian principles.

              In my view, those pesky “moral” and (ewwww) “faith” issues are the critical core to being a conservative. It is simply unfathomable to me that so many in our ever-so-sophisticated modernity apparently see either no importance of such matters or if they recognize them at all, they are so easily able to ignore them for what I collectively refer to as “realpolitik.”

              Without a sufficient moral/faith foundation, as our Founders ominously warned us, our Constitutional Republic will eventually collapse upon itself as have myriad other nations and civilizations that slid down the same slope of self-idolatry and the concomitant hedonism that accompanies such a bankrupt “belief” system.

              As such, abortion, given the actual mass murder of innocents on an unspeakable scale must be one, if not THE, critical issue upon which conservatives need to agree. Second,, the profound moral issues presented by the myriad, and ever-increasing types of “gender bending” are also of vital importance to the survival of our “culture.” The recent bankruptcy of the BSA is but the latest grim evidence of the damage wrought by this moral decay.

              Of course, as I have contended elsewhere, these views are decreasingly shared by many of those Americans who either have been exposed to the secular indoctrination so successfully carried out in our “education” system or have succumbed, usually wholly subconsciously, to the increasingly corrosive effect of the ongoing war on Christianity and the corresponding drumbeat of secular humanism that eschews any moral absolutes.

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        • Marc says:

          Newsflash: You’re a Libertarian and not conserving anything. I want godly government before small government. A king that does what is right is better than a legislature that does evil, no matter the size and scope.

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      • jumpinjarhead says:

        Agree with your post. It is sad, and at times discouraging. to see how far our “culture” has been incrementally shifted by these incessant “new normals.”

        So many apparent conservatives appear to have been wholly co-opted to the perspective that we must be amoral and devoid of any meaningful belief in those Judeo-Christian principles that are the very foundation of our Constitutional Republic to involve ourselves with any credibility in today’s marketplace of ideas.

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    • Kristin DeBacco says:

      Thank you for saying that. I have always liked Grenell. He is/was doing a great job as Ambassador to Germany.

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    • ILOT says:

      If people need to understand ONE thing that has divided this country it is the identity politics of the LEFT. PDJT didn’t create the division, he merely exposed it. The left makes the division worse as PDJT treats every one more the same. I agree with your sentiment 100%…if I never hear a descriptor BEFORE I hear a title or name I’d be pleased, and JUST when I think we ran out of “FIRSTS”….they come up with a new one.

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    • Pew-Anon says:

      Self censorship makes us just as bad as the left. Granted, a DNI appointment is probably not the ideal forum to hash out the sociology of sexual deviance, but there is no need to virtue signal about it. As the PT gets to tweet even if it makes Barr’s job “impossible, likewise we get to comment even if (to some) it makes distinguishing us from the left “impossible”.

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  13. CountryDoc says:

    I’m trying to understand what is happening here.

    Deep Established State/Washington DC is a business raking in Trillions of dollars. Sundance now includes as Black Hats/Bad guys/people unable to turn this behemoth parasite around:

    “Failed executive leadership includes Jeff Sessions (DOJ), Rod Rosenstein (DOJ), Chris Wray (FBI), David Bowditch (FBI), Dana Boente (FBI), Michael Horowitz (OIG) Mike Pompeo (CIA), Gina Haspel (CIA), Michael Atkinson (DOJ-NSD/ICIG), Matt Whitaker (DOJ), Dan Coats (DNI), Rex Tillerson (DoS), James Mattis (DoD), the list is long.”

    He gives reasons he is concluding that AG Bill Barr is not really trying to restore the function of the DOJ/FBI/CIA/DoD/DoS.

    POTUS has appointed Ric Grinell, and we are told he is a non-deep stater, and all of the Deep State interest protectors are going to fight against — what? His appointment? His ability to function?

    What does the Department of National Intelligence do? What is its relation to other organizations? There are so many terms. I need a list of roles and job descriptions, and a flow chart of how these organizations function. If it is not obvious to me, it is not obvious to a significant portion of our voting populace, and we need to know:

    Intelligence Community – A general term for CIA, FBI, NSA? What does this refer to?
    Department of Justice: Is it executive or judicial? How is POTUS over it (executive) but it is department of JUSTICE?
    FBI – National Cops under POTUS? What is their function, and how is it different fro CIA
    CIA?
    Department of Defense – Headed by Joint Chiefs of Staff
    Department of State (DoS)

    What function and authority does Department of National Intelligence have? How is that a threat to the Deep State/Uniparty? And why will all the deep state/uniparty players fight against him?

    Sundance thinks this is a major strategic move in favor of MAGA for U.S. citizens. Why?

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    • Somebody says:

      Because Grenell now becomes the gatekeeper of the IC. It would be fantastic is Flynn was cleared, because Grenell is going to need a strong staff. The staff he hires will have to guide him, he needs strong patriots that know the IC swamp.

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    • CountryDoc says:

      I got a little more information reading the article earlier: “Massive Implications – President Trump Considering “Appointing” Ric Grenell For ODNI Position…” by Sundace

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    • madeline says:

      Wondering, why was Miss Lindsay was on the plane to CA with PDT? Could he be asking for a recess appointment from Lindsay? I hear it only takes one senator to create a recess appointment for Grenell. I think he is afreid of getting tangled in the Ukraine investigation.

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    • trnathens says:

      The biggest take away from CountryDoc’s post is that s/he represents millions and millions of people, who are just now starting to hear about the true depth of this story, and have no idea how to follow it, BECAUSE of the necessary backstory to understand it.

      There are a lot of ignorant people out there. And I don’t use the word ignorant as a pejorative, but rather simply to say that they don’t know what they don’t know.

      Sundance has talked about the “granular” details over the years. Most people are concentrating on getting their kids to school, and then soccer practice, and what’s for dinner!

      The most consequential political situation this country has ever faced, and I dare say 75% of the country doesn’t know the real story.

      We must continue to help Sundance educate, by sharing his posts far and wide, daily.

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      • James Carpenter says:

        I’ve tried that sharing thing with people who don’t like Trump.
        They just get angry.
        Why?

        (and my question isn’t snarc, any flavor of being facetious. This seems a quality of human psyche that remains opaque and troubling to me)

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        • Your Tour Guide says:

          Conditioning. “The Three Minute Hate” (from 1984). A
          constant bombardment of ridicule, hatred, asides in any
          all manner of MSM. Inescapable, if they are steady digesters
          of late night talk shows, The View, anything from Dick Wolfe
          (Law and Order series), even sitcoms. CNN, MSNBC, NPR,
          Washington Post, AP, NYT.

          The canary in the coal mine? Sarah Palin. The most effective
          smear campaign I have ever witnessed. I still use Sarah Palin
          as the way to see just how brainwashed an individual is. I
          mention her name, and get either an “ugh”, “stupid”, “dangerous”,
          or the like. This is EVEN from people that LOVE Trump. To
          a person they can’t define their dislike of Palin. Nor can they
          outline one single evil thing that she has ever done.

          Before she sold out, Whoopi Goldberg (of all people) actually
          defended Jimmy the Greek of racism charges. Basically said
          “who was hurt by anything that he said?”.

          Start making people be specific on the whys and hows. Don’t
          let them drag “Russia” or the like into it. Tell them you want
          to know their feelings, in their OWN words. Do it gradually.

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      • Blue Wildflower says:

        I would say 95% do not know the real story. But, most people now, know, that Biden and family were getting beyond rich using our money and influence while they were working to make ends meet. Most of America will never understand all of this corruption but they understand all of our tax money has been given to foreign countries, illegal immigrants, and corrupt politicians. They already knew, long ago, that every politician in DC is corrupt.
        They do not know nor want to know all the details. They want it fixed, everyone that is still talking to me trusts President Trump. He will never convince the liberals because they are corrupt and in the middle of the corruption. If this is not fixed we will have a Civil War.

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      • CountryDoc says:

        Thank you, and that’s why I asked. I spend about 30 min to 2 hrs a day, trying to keep up, because POTUS cleaning up the extortion of about 2.5 Trillion dollars from our health care money for unneccessary expenses AND crippling the ability of health care professionals who actually are trained to provide care and direction is literally killing us. Physicians are quitting right and left, and the complex care is being decided by employees of business people who get the healthcare dollars first. Trained professionals have very little influence any more.

        We need more sunlight on the flow of money, and process analysis and redesign of the delivery of care.

        Those screaming “Medicare for all” and “single payer system” are the ones who already have positioned themselves to get healthcare money first, and have most of the decision-making power.

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        • Your Tour Guide says:

          Read years ago that 70% of all congressional campaign
          contributions came from the insurance industry. This was
          before ObamaCare. If there was some mechanism where
          we could unearth the illegality of the bribes, or the behind the
          scenes playing from the industry, it might be a start.

          But, it has to be put in simple terms first. First order of business?
          Show the public how much the insurance industry owns. I
          managed to wake up some people about how important it was
          for the dems to grow the public teacher’s pension fund a few
          years back. The example? The Mall of America. It was built with
          funds from the Public teacher’s pension fund, just like looted
          Teamster’s pensions built Las Vegas back when.

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          • Dekester says:

            YTG, nice post. Here in Canada some of us were taught. Insurance Companies run the U.S.

            While here in Canada the Big Five Banks run the show.

            Grenell is a terrific pick..a man of true integrity.

            God bless PDJT

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            • Your Tour Guide says:

              Thanks for the reply.

              Interesting ( and appalling) take.
              It outlines how well the US media hides
              things. A posting comes from…. Canada
              saying, oh yeah, we knew about that for
              years. Buried by BS here.

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    • cboldt says:

      The core mission of the ODNI is to lead the IC in intelligence integration. <- worth a read
      ODNI does not produce intelligence. It is a middleman, creator of distribution network.
      https://www.dni.gov/files/ODNI/documents/ODNI_Org_Chart.pdf <- OrgChart

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    • MJ Alexander says:

      Country Doc… DNI is DIRECTOR of National Intelligence… a cabinet-level position to whom the heads of all the other acronym agencies within the Intelligence Community must report. James Clapper was Obama’s DNI, so don’t let anyone tell you it’s a travesty of justice for a “partisan” to hold this office.

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  14. Principled says:

    Because Barr isn’t, we get Grennell to try….

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    • Thanks for nothin’ Bill!!😡

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      • Robert Smith says:

        Never put all your eggs in one basket.

        Barr may need encouragement. Trump and Grenell will help provide that. Would Barr lose his power to declassify… maybe if he doesn’t start producing. Drain the Swamp is something that Trump had as one of his basic aims. Trump’s working on it for all citizens of this country.

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        • Judith says:

          Promises made, promises kept. 🙏🏼

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        • mortgagesforthemasses says:

          Exactly Robert Smith!

          Barr knows the evidence, yet hasn’t seen the need to declassify and/or remove redactions. If the new ODNI declassifies the list of documents SD noted in so many previous articles, the corruption and coverup will exposed, and Barr is forced to confront it, because there’s isn’t any way to put the toothpaste back in the tube. It’s just too big to sweep under the rug.

          I had hope in Barr, but lack of action on his part makes me skeptical of whether he is trying to clean up the mess. He has divided loyalties. I’m beginning to think Barr won’t confront it, and will tender his resignation, and fade off into retirement while in the good graces of his DS friends.

          Only indictments from Durham in the very near future will change my opinion.

          MAGA!/KAG!

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  15. shirley49 says:

    I have heard Tammy Bruce making comments about how she wished Trump would appoint Grenell to be in charge of one of these corrupt departments. Have heard him being interviewed and think Trump has made the right decision. Especially if the Dems are against it.

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    • Dwayne Diesel says:

      Shirley not just the Dems being against it. I don’t care who is President (this could be Obama- whose policies I loathed but still respected him for the position he held) when both Dems and R’s come out in alignment then for me that means the appointment will be good for the people and not the politicians. When both sides try to stop then we the people need to push for that person to be confirmed.

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      • Judith says:

        Great observation. UNiparty RepubliCONS prefer to let Dimmies do their dirty work. They will hide like cockroaches in all the dark corners, if at all possible. We cannot forget this basic fact.

        That is why we need these moments of sunlight and clarity. It is in these rare instances that we can *see* the UNIparty for who they really are, and have always been. And we can plan accordingly.

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  16. Guy-Blanc Déploré says:

    I would think that the role of DNI would include a significant degree of authority to declassify documents, especially if given a boost (if needed) by the President himself, much as he non-exclusively delegated such powers to Barr.

    That makes me wonder if some or all of sundance’s “wish list” of still classified or redacted documents as requested by House and Senate Republicans (Nunes, Grassley, et al) and other interested parties may be forthcoming in full unredacted and hopefully public form.

    Per sundance in the article:

    The only corrective action taken by Bill Barr has been when a corrupt DOJ issue is so well known and unavoidable that covering up the issue is no longer an option (Liu). Despite requesting, and receiving, unprecedented executive authority to review all intelligence information and agencies (May 2019), no corrective action is visible; and, as noted in the example of the ICIG impeachment effort, the corrupt systems continue unabated.

    I wonder how Barr will react if Declass starts happening?
    Will he flee the field of battle and resign?
    Do the right thing and start prosecuting the guilty? (seems very unlikely).
    Turn and viciously attack the President?

    I’m not getting my hopes up very high, as the incessant letdowns are painful and depressing, but I will be keeping an eye on Grenell’s actions.

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    • Robert Smith says:

      “I wonder how Barr will react if Declass starts happening?
      Will he flee the field of battle and resign?
      Do the right thing and start prosecuting the guilty? (seems very unlikely).
      Turn and viciously attack the President?”

      Whatever Barr is doing he is of no help to the DeepState or a misguided sense of institutional survival if he exits the field. I would also think that he knows better than to “Yates” himself as a direct Presidential attack would last a couple of hours to verify and then exit out of his post. Barr’s version of swamp cleaning will have to start to align with a MAGA vision. Or he’s gone, sooner or later. Barr knows this now in the wake of his mean Trump tweets comments.

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    • Diane Smith says:

      If Grenell starts to declassify, Barr will most likely complain that he can’t do his job and may refuse to be AG during Trump’s second term. The only downside to this is Durham leaves with Barr, but it could well be that Durham is just another Huber. I don’t understand why Durham, with all the resources at his disposal, after one year has not been able to put together anything that can be released to the public.

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      • lynnarie says:

        I was pondering who could replace Barr as AG…I think Sidney Powell would be an excellent choice! I only wonder if she’d want the headaches that would come from that.

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        • Blue Wildflower says:

          Hopefully, Sidney Powell would want to save America.

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          • We already know that for a fact.

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          • Bogeyfree says:

            Food for thought:
            Sidney Powell reads here, have you noticed she has to date NEVER said or posted that she WOULDN’T take the position if offered.

            IMO she is so disgusted in the corrupt lawyers that if given the chance to expose and prosecute them while cleaning up the department, she’d jump at the chance and would probably even do it for free if necessary to become THE WOMAN!

            IMO she would be incredible and a non stop true patriot for this Republic.

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            • beach lover says:

              No doubt how Sidney would do the job…but she has so much on her hands right now, that unless Flynn’s case is dismissed, she may be tied up in that for a long time. Like Sundance posted a few days ago…we really are at a fork in the road with these last few cases. If the corrupt lawyers (and judges) succeed in convictions, then how much can Sidney say she has won? We know…but exposing the truth and having vindication is the objective she wants right now, and Flynn needs. A pardon will certainly help him personally, but his future career will never be the same as total vindication.

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    • usmclt says:

      For a preview of future behavior from Bill Barr, consider Bolton, another career bureaucrat that once worked for Trump. My suspicion now is that Trump realizes that he made another mistake in choosing Barr, and that Barr is now getting the Ivanka/Jared treatment. In other words, it is safer to keep Barr inside the Administration than to have him causing mischief from the outside.

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      • Issy says:

        I don’t know that Trump feels that way…yet. Recent events have not been auspicious for continuing to have faith in Barr, and I did not care for his criticism of Trump’s tweets.

        I don’t know why they didn’t prosecute McCabe other than information could have come out that would have damaged the institution irreparably. Barr’s main job is to preserve the doj. He was to clean up the mess (many people are gone) and restore order. He has established that there will be rules followed per fisa warrants and predicates for investigations. If he has to let some of the miscreants go, it’s not concerning to him.

        The fly in this “healing ointment” are the cases brought by Mueller’s prosecutors that show how wrong and unfair they were. If there is no justice for these people when the coup plotters smugly go their merry way, it’s not going to go well for Barr.

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    • bessie2003 says:

      Perfect question, “I wonder how Barr will react . . .” – he will have to finally decide to either join the effort to drain the swamp or resign. People can only sit on a wall for so long before they have to decide what side of the fence to jump to. I would like him to go for it, to participate in cleaning up the mess at the DOJ, he knows what’s right because his speeches expound on that, so it would be nice to see him step out on his words and act accordingly. If he does that would be a watershed moment for all those hundreds of hard working FBI/DOJ law enforcement officers we keep hearing about to join in. It would be nice to start putting faces to these anonymous folk.

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  17. Jerry Joe says:

    Thank you for the annual review on Barr’s performance. He’s had plenty of time and hasn’t really done a thing.

    Fire him.

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  18. Dim Osmab says:

    lets hope that Barr is not declassifying because he wants Durham to finish his investigation.

    But there are chances that Durham will end up with nothingburger, just like IG

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    • Deplorable Texan says:

      I saw a story yesterday that said Durham hasn’t even seated a grand jury yet, no indictments are incoming, it’s another bs investigation, don’t pin your hopes on Durham.
      Of course it’s all unsubstantiated and anonymous sources, so who the F knows. It’ll be up to us in the end.
      Lemme know when we meet at the ole church, I’ll be there!

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    • Issy says:

      Actually the IG ended up with a great deal. The doj just isn’t doing much with it. A few reforms for the fisc, which won’t stop dishonest people and no accountability for those that abused the system, targeted Trump supporters and lied.

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  19. SamlAdams says:

    Grenell, in his ambassadorship, seems to have been the “honey badger”, operating ages will deep in enemy territory and thoroughly not giving an F.

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  20. franuche says:

    This is a good start. Trump has been playing 3D chess with China, North Korea, Germany, Canada, Mexico, France, England, etc. Now it’s time to put the swamp in check. Take their effing queen, tip Barr over, and stop the clock.

    More appointments. More firings. More tweets.

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  21. Kirsty I says:

    This appointment is making the Dem’s heads spin, as they spout Latin backwards, and their projectile vomit hits the wall.
    They can’t criticize this brilliant and measured man who has had a life time of experience.
    Why?
    They would be, excuse me while I howl with laughter, “homophobic”!
    Yes, Richard Grenell is gay and if you ask him, he’ll say he is. However, he has never mentioned it as it is completely and utterly irrelevant to his work.
    They have spun the web as Shelob once did, and they are stuck fast in that very web!

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  22. Tazok says:

    You forgot: +IG report into confidential informant abuse, +Mueller report with half baked obstruction insinuations while Mueller had been senile and avoiding interviews (and Weismann leaking with no consequences), +Rosenstein retirement party after landing the plane without releasing authorization memos, +weakest prosecutors on Democrst cases while Mueller Bulldogs committing travesty to ongoing cases, +General Flynn, +Huber coverup of Clinton (2 bounty accounts testified about Foundation committing illegal pharma laundering not interviewed), Durham not interviewing CPage, not publically supporting John Ratcliffe’s denomination amid lack of exp attacks.

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  23. Co says:

    Smart Move IMO Accountability!!

    “the law required the CIA Director to “report” his agency’s activities to the DNI”.

    “Before the DNI was formally established, the head of the Intelligence Community was the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI), who concurrently served as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).Among other things, the law established the DNI position as the designated leader of the United States Intelligence Community and prohibited the DNI from serving as the CIA Director or the head of any other Intelligence Community element at the same time. In addition, the law required the CIA Director to “report” his agency’s activities to the DNI.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Director_of_National_Intelligence

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  24. RAC says:

    The people at JW will be feeling happy that maybe their FOIA requests might go better. Wonder what Bagpipe Billy’s reaction will be.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “FOIA requests might go better.”

      That was my main parameter in determining that Mr. Barr is an ineffective AG.
      I realize that assembling RICO cases against government employees might take some time.

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  25. Ploni says:

    “Big Ugly” = 9-11 = 20 = 2020!

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  26. subro52 says:

    Now is the time to let Bill Barr know what we know and what we think of his actions since becoming the AG. I’m calling on all Patriots to forward this article to his office. If they get hundreds of them perhaps he will listen and dig in to work with Grenell! It’s the least we can do to let him know the GIG IS UP!

    https://www.justice.gov/contact-us

    And while you are online do the same for the members on the SSCI. We have a voice if we use it! We are SMART INFORMED Deplorables and it’s time they realize how much we know to hold them accountable!

    Copy and paste my words above along with the link to this Sundance Article and email or text it to any and all patriots you know. We will be the Army of Deplorables silent no more!

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  27. Tseg says:

    …and another, “the guy that will deliver justice.” Not to shill, but why all this, “Finally, a guy that will Declass.” Meanwhile, Trump has had that empowerment all along and has chosen not to use it. Either one buys into the 4-D chess thing, that Sundance keeps trying to talk us out of, or Trump has been pretty bumbling with his personnel choices for 3 years. Ten+ bad choices and not a ringer in the bunch? That doesn’t sound like Trumps style. I’m not sure what to think anymore? All I know is if the best the Democrats have to offer where on stage last night, and Trump can’t find a loyal employee in 3 years, this country is in a lot worse shape than imagined. Hard to believe country leadership is so Keystone Cop. If we are to “watch the show”, it feels like watching Inspector Clouseau.

    There, I feel better.

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    • billybob says:

      Hayek captured it all brilliantly in chapter 10 of his classic work “The Road to Serfdom “ , Why the Worst get on Top . Ultimately the government is socialist by its very nature and as Hayek notes

      “[t]he interaction between morals and institutions may well have the effect that the ethics produced by collectivism will be altogether different from the moral ideals that lead to the demand for collectivism. While we are likely to think that, since the desire for a collectivist system springs from high moral motives, such a system must be the breeding-ground for the highest virtues, there is, in fact, no reason why any system should necessarily enhance those attitudes which serve the purpose for which it was designed”

      In essence – a two tier justice system – one set of laws for us and another set of laws for the serfs .

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  28. Julia Adams says:

    “President Trump appointed Ric Grenell to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence…”

    1) The timing of the appointment was a surprise. It shocked the media, caught Washington insiders and former Obama IC officials completely off guard and it pleased Trump supporters.

    2) The choice is a surprise. The selection of Richard Grenell signals the appointment of an untouchable. Grenell is now a threat to remove access to intelligence to not only to the WH leakers, but the entire Obama cabal operating and hiding within the resistance movement.

    3) The choice means politicians, people like Kerry, Warner, Pelosi, Shift and hosts of others, should be worried. Losing their access to intelligence and the end of inside informants will destroy their perceived power. They will be of no use to the media. They are done. They have no power.

    4) The spies are about to get spied on.

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  29. OhNoYouDont says:

    This is a brilliant move by President Trump. The Director of National Intelligence has a fixed line of succession, the Acting Director of National Intelligence does not.

    Richard Grenell shares the world view of the President and has the tenacity to implement it in his new role as Acting Director of National Intelligence. His experience as Director of Communications and Public Diplomacy for the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2001 to 2008 qualifies him.
    _____

    When former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats retired in August 2019, within the line of succession, the current Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Joseph Maguire became the Acting ODNI.

    “Designation of Officers of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence To Act as Director of National Intelligence”. Federal Register. 78 FR 59159. 2013-09-25.

    The line of succession for the Director of National Intelligence is as follows:

    1. Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence
    2. Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Intelligence Integration
    3. Director of the National Counterterrorism Center
    4. Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center
    5. Inspector General of the Intelligence Community

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Director_of_National_Intelligence#cite_note-18

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  30. Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

    The only corrective action taken by Bill Barr has been when a corrupt DOJ issue is so well known and unavoidable that covering up the issue is no longer an option (Liu).

    Well….that and shutting down the Mueller coup by making a
    DECLINATIVE decision on OBSTRUCTION instead of a PROSECUTIVE one
    (his only other option…that would have removed Trump back in March)
    because Mueller didn’t finish his job.

    But who’s counting.

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  31. I HOPE YOU ARE WRONG BUT I AM STARTING TO BELIEVE YOU ARE RIGHT!
    WILL BARR LEAVE AND GUILIANI REPLACE HIM?

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  32. HB says:

    How long can he be the acting director before the SSCI needs to approve him?

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  33. Elle says:

    I remember that back in 2017 at CTH, someone posted a rope-a-dope youtube which now seems downright prophetic.

    Trump has taken blow after blow. Now we are in the final round before the election and the deep state/UniParty/globalist fights are tired.

    It is a brilliant move. One for the ages. The investigations and reporting have been completed and the American people watched and learned. Now Trump, can appoint anyone he wants as acting and it will take him through the election. It will be an interesting round.

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    • Elle says:

      Reading the subsequent comments, it seems it is only a 3 month appt. My bad. I read that Maguire became acting in Aug 2019 …and doing the math, I just ass.u.me.d that Grenell would make it past the election. Perhaps because Maguire was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2018 for his prior position. ?? Whatever. Still good news.

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  34. lolli says:

    Thank you Sundance! 🇺🇸
    Shining the light!
    Your truth telling is bound to be ticking off these servants of darkness.
    God bless and protect you.

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  35. PS says:

    Now imagine fixing the Fed budget deficit by shearing off this waste! Easily 30% ?

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  36. Question: what will Grennell be able to do that Maguire could not? I am pleased with the announcement, but nit sure I understand the strategy am am reluctant to get my hopes up (other than for the fact that time is running out which forces the need for something to happen….e.g. we’re in the red zone inside the two minute warning.)

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  37. Snellvillebob says:

    Since it is obvious that President Trump cannot get an honest man thru Mitch McConnell, I wonder if it would be legal to make Richard Grenell DNI for three months, then, If his farce trial is over, Michael Flynn for the next three months. Then put Richard Grenell back in, then Michael Flynn…
    I can just hear the screams of frustration from the SSCI

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  38. Cocoon says:

    This is only a 3 month appointment.
    Not sure much can be done in this time period, but hoping with some extension there will be some controls in place leading into elections.
    Still hoping General Flynn will be appointed at some future date.

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  39. Bogeyfree says:

    This AG Barr is why so many Americans are pissed off.

    So let’s recap all of the “incidents” that have occurred over the past few years and you tell me if truth and justice is paramount anymore and if there isn’t a two tier system of justice within DC!

    1) Uranium One – No Crimes, No Indictments
    2) Hammer 47 Hard Drives – No Crimes, No Indictments
    3) Anwan Brothers – No Crimes, No Indictments
    4) HRC Unsecured Server & 33K Emails – No Crimes, No Indictments
    5) Wiener Laptop Email Contents – No Crimes, No Indictments (outside Wiener)
    6) DNC Server Hack – Alleged Crime, No Indictments
    7) Seth Rich murder – No arrests
    8) Fake Dossier and fraud on FISA Court 4 times – No Crimes, No Indictments
    9) Years of FISA Abuse – No Crimes, No Indictments
    10) Years of FIB Contractor Abuse – No Crimes, No Indictments
    11) Carter Page FISA Leak – No Crime for Leaking (just one count lying)
    12) Numerous other Classified Leaks – No Crimes, No Indictments
    13) Numerous referrals to DOJ – No Crimes, No Indictments
    14) Numerous Agents violating policy – No Crimes, No Indictments
    15) Ukraine WB fraud – No Crimes, No Indictments
    16) Impeachment Fraud and made up narrative by House Leader – No Crimes, No Indictments
    17) Ukraine Money Laundering – No Crimes, No Indictments
    18) Epstein – No Crimes, No indictments

    Seriously, look at this list and virtually NOTHING from our Government!

    I’m not sure it is even statistically possible but here it is.

    I think as more and more Americans see lists like these coupled with the lists of their people who got a pass and our people who get indicted, they clearly see the bias and injustice.

    The American people see and now know, so what’s it going to be, truth and equal justice or just more of the same?

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  40. Ray Runge says:

    What is now needed is a tiny step rubric that can track the bureaucratic actions of all those that report to Grenell. Each and every action is tracked and each and every action that contradicts the desired flow of action can quickly be displayed.

    Once ANY contrary to prescribed steps are noted a system of demerits builds. The persistent contrary ones can be shown multiple disregard for their prescribed duties and REMOVED.

    A system that begins to create an agency that have some loyalty to PPTUS and agency director will be created and the grinding work of peeling away corruption can be moved forward.

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  41. tav144 says:

    Yay!!
    SD talking about “the Big Ugly” again! Who remembers those days?! Kinda exciting 😁

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  42. Doug Amos says:

    Undoubtedly, 1 of the biggest days in American history. Would you want Ric Grenell or Mitch McConnell to have your back? The work is overwhelmingly great; we know so much and so do THEY. Excellence in redundancy; thanks again Sundance. First day in heaven for Riley; hugs and biscuits all around.

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  43. Bogeyfree says:

    So Mr. Grenell starts today.

    This means he is guaranteed to be working side by side with PT ensuring any requested declassified documents are quickly and smoothly provided up until Sept. 17 (210 days)

    President only needs to formally nominate someone, anyone by Sept 17 and if he chooses to pull that nomination back for any reason, Grenell automatically gets another 210 days as per the Vacancy Act.

    So, We the People and PT have Mr. Grenell at least until April 15, 2021 even if we lose the Senate or don’t win enough seats to overcome the RINOS.

    So brilliant move by PT.

    We know today there are only 2 people on this Earth who can request and get declassified documents.

    President Trump & AG Barr

    Mr. Grenell is the provider of these documents if so ordered/requested. In essence Mr. Grenell is the water source and the garden hose.

    The hose is now un-kinked, connected and turned on, the only thing needed is either PT or AG Barr must depress the sprayer.

    All eyes IMO are now on AG Barr as there are no more “obstacles.” He is the sole person in the field now IMO.

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  44. Current events have really given me a deeper understanding of history. Abraham Lincoln going through generals like tissue till he found a winner, that winner being a less than stellar moral character, Hitler and the brown shirts (antifa), how Germans stood by as their country was transformed, so many events that I always thought how did that happen.

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  45. C-Low says:

    Trump is the executive the President. He must use the powers at his disposal that also play to his strengths.
    -Continue to order declassification fire branch heads that don’t respond in short order.
    -Fire people Fire people Fire people keep firing people.
    -If I was pres I would openly disregard the approval process and just rotate appointments through from one branch of executive to the next to stay under the time cut offs before withdrawing then moving to the next repeat rinse around and around. All the while on the stump slamming the Senate repubs for not approving his choices and calling them out. SSCI wants to deny appointments then call them out daily and call McConnel out for being to weak to put in America first supporters to replace them.
    -If I was pres I would hit the deep state in their weak point. Money Corruption. Rally the electorate into a budget correction. Describe it from a business perspective were it will not be ending services or abilities of gov but instead AUDIT the books to recoup the waste and corruption. Bring in a outside group of accountants and just start rolling through department by department. This will help get funding for important things, damage the deep states funding, and be a great reason to fire more people. Regularly on the stump rally after rally rally the people on the need for these appointments of people who are not of the system to clean up the branches and GET things done like him. Bureaucrats gonna bureaucrat professionals get things done.
    -And most important if any repub suggestions of people to take appointments should be immediately put on the bottom of the list. That list above is all compromises candidates.

    The Deep State has so much power because they are a mix of leadership from BOTH parties. They have been playing both sides against the middle US since I was born. Trump when he ran called that out then seemed to make accord with the Repub side but if they will not help there is no choice but open confrontation with them.

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    • islandpalmtrees says:

      I agree, for the most part however President Trump knows the value of a reorganization. Starting with the executive branch. I would put the CIA back under his direct control. Then I would start moving leadership people into positions they do not want and will not stay in. In effect, pushing the leadership people you don’t want out and making room for new blood.

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  46. Reserved55 says:

    5 tweets

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  47. Bogeyfree says:

    When looking at AG Barr’s own words as he was talking about “the resistance” during his Federalist Society speech, it appears to me that Mr. Barr describes a coup without using the word.

    Note this paragraph from the speech:

    “What it means is that, instead of viewing themselves as the “loyal opposition,” as opposing parties have done in this country for over 200 years, they essentially SEE THEMSELVES AS ENGAGED IN A WAR TO CRIPPLE, BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY, A DULY ELECTED GOVERNMENT.”

    (Upper case annotation mine)

    Doesn’t this statement almost by definition mean SEDITIOUS CONSPIRACY under 18 U.S. Code § 2384???

    “If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.”

    So isn’t the real question for AG Barr………

    Does the law apply equally to people who worked prior and currently in Government, including the DOJ and FBI or are they exempt because as we all have seen, NO ONE within the DOJ and FBI has been indicted to date.

    18 U.S. Code § 2384 DOES NOT say…….
    It does not apply to the Government, including the FBI or DOJ!
    That losing one’s job is enough!

    The entire world now sees this for what it truly has always been IMO, A coup to take down a Presidential candidate and then a sitting President.

    AG Barr and Mr. Wray are sworn to uphold the law and IMO it is time for accountability, truth and justice for ALL including people who worked and currently work in Government, including the DOJ FBI, CIA, NSC, FISA Court and Congress.

    With Mr. Grenell’s hiring their are no more kinks, no more clogs in the hose so declassification whether public or private can and should flow like mad now, provided one wants this information to flow.

    So IMO, all eyes are now on AG Barr and his wonderful Federalist Society Speech with Americans asking, was it just words or a true call for action?

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  48. lydia00 says:

    This one is going to be tough to attack. Grenell is homosexual and extremely competent. This is not your typical politically correct appointment.

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  49. distracted2 says:

    Failed executive leadership includes Jeff Sessions (DOJ), Rod Rosenstein (DOJ), Chris Wray (FBI), David Bowditch (FBI), Dana Boente (FBI), Michael Horowitz (OIG) Mike Pompeo (CIA), Gina Haspel (CIA), Michael Atkinson (DOJ-NSD/ICIG), Matt Whitaker (DOJ), Dan Coats (DNI), Rex Tillerson (DoS), James Mattis (DoD), the list is long.

    Above is a partial list of the people who thought that they could control the presidency, as they have for decades, only to be told to go to hell.

    This is the first time in my lifetime that we have a REAL president. Not window dressing. Not a seat warmer. A real president.

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