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. Linus in W.PA. says:

    Would Grenell already have the highest security clearances?

    I’m asking ’cause I wonder how quickly he would able to view the things that have been redacted/hidden from most folks.


  2. ggmppv says:

    Don’t be so sure about Grenell. Remember that we all thought the same when Sessions was appointed. Then Wray, then Kelly, then Mattis, then Barr etc etc. Let’s wait and see.


    • Your Tour Guide says:

      Read “Oh no you don’t”
      outline of Grinnell’s resume. 8 years in the U.N.?

      What better way to see how and why things are wayyyyy
      wrong? Same as being appointed ambassador to Merkel’s
      Germany. Trump understands crooked people, and their methods.
      He has an instinct about those that think like he does on how
      that might be corrected. The trouble with the last few years is
      that he has been dealing with a much higher level of educated
      sociopathic liars then he has in the past. These turds are all from
      the “best” colleges, neighborhoods, prep schools. Plenty of hidden,
      behind the scenes backing of all of them .

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  3. Caius Lowell says:

    “DC Orcs” — good 1 SD!

    Liked by 7 people

  4. OhNoYouDont says:

    Obama’s DNI Clapper put the spying of the Trump campaign / President-Elect Trump straight into the PDB. Now Trump’s Acting DNI Grenell will have the opportunity (or continue) “Obamagate” investigation information put straight into his PDB.

    I believe it was the Obama PDBs that House Intel Chairman Nunes (March 2017) read in the Eisenhower Executive Building that he alerted Trump at that time on the extent of the spying.

    In addition, the political savvy of Grenell should snuff out any potential “LTC Vindmans” from blowing whistles from the intelligence community for the next 210 days.


    The director produces the President’s Daily Brief (PDB), a top-secret document including intelligence from all the various agencies, given each morning to the president of the United States. The PDB is seen by the president and other authorized individuals.

    On July 30, 2008, President George W. Bush issued Executive Order 13470, amending Executive Order 12333 to strengthen the DNI’s role. Further, by Presidential Policy Directive 19 signed by Barack Obama in October 2012, the DNI was given overall responsibility for Intelligence Community whistleblowing and source protection.


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    • Dan Patterson says:

      Thank you for that background!
      First impression of the appointment is double-plus good?

      Liked by 3 people

      • OhNoYouDont says:

        Definitely! The ODNI was created after 9/11 to improve the communications between all of the Intelligence apparatus and the President (including the DOJ).

        The ODNI processes raw intel at the highest level.

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    • Vera says:

      Source protection
      Some types of Agents of certain government agencies need to be protected by making sure that their identities are not disclosed.
      Did the “whistleblower” from the NSC, who was also an agent from *** have his name redacted because he was ” whistleblower” or because he was a certain type of agent of the ***?
      I also wonder if this could be a pattern.
      Was the agent that interviewed Gen. Flynn, that keeps having his name redacted, just an FBI agent? Or is it possible that was he was also working for a “sister” agency, and perhaps that agency requires some types of its agents’ to have their names kept secret?

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  5. Simon Says says:

    Its time to stop the shinanigans and put a boot on a few necks. Reclaim the narrative which has been lost except for here. And advance the MAGA agenda including audit the FED.

    Liked by 5 people

  6. tav144 says:

    Grennel has 210 days. 210 days to bring sunlight to many things kept hidden, but IMO, one of the most important is to show the corruption in the SSCI. There has to be consequences for their part in the failed coup because until there is, they will always have a boot to the neck on any possibility of accountability by bringing in non-compromised (honorable people with integrity) getting in a position to do so.
    210 days. Mark Warner’s (and likely others on SSCI) are numbered.

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    • askandgettruth says:

      we all hope he is not of the cartel that has ruined our form of justice for so long. time will tell. if he gets tons of push-back from the dim-wits it might mean trump has gotten wise to the corrupt traitors. we can only hope and wait


    • antiqueiron says:

      Actually, it’s even better than that.
      According to the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998:
      “In general, a temporary appointment under the Vacancies Act continues until no later than 210 days after the date the vacancy occurred or, if the vacancy occurred during a Senate recess, 210 days after the date the Senate reconvenes. The time restriction is suspended, and the acting officer can continue to serve, if a first or second nomination for the position has been submitted to the Senate for confirmation and is pending. The acting officer can continue to serve for an additional 210 days after the rejection, withdrawal, or return of such a nomination.”

      If I read that correctly. The President can appoint someone “temporarily,” and nominate someone else (can’t be the same person), then near the end of the 210 days, Trump could yank the nomination, and the Temp would get another 210 days. If the Senate would approve or reject the nominee before that, the Temp still can serve the 210 days, & Trump can nominate someone else. So Trump could string this out as long as he wants. The 210 day clock keeps resetting.


      • tav144 says:

        Yes that’s correct, and as some have suggested here, he could nominate Ratliffe again and when SSCI refuses to approve, it’s on them when POTUS re-ups the 210 days again.

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  7. FishtheDish says:

    So…agreed that the attacks will come — what to do? I like Nunes approach – go to the courts for slander/libel etc. What Mr. Grenell needs to do is proactively radiate that this is what he will aggressively do. Give ’em something to think about before opening their lying mouths.

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  8. Dan Patterson says:

    I cannot thank this site enough for the patriotic stance and clear exposure of the rot within our Constitutional government.

    Liked by 28 people

    • RJ says:

      Dan, wouldn’t it be fun to have Sundance offer up the stats on viewers since this site came into being! I am sure your thoughts are shared, seconded and applauded by tens of thousands–even more than that!

      Liked by 4 people

    • Roy_Batty says:


      Essays like this one give me at least a fighting chance to put context on the morass.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Lester Smith says:

      This was a great choice. Let the msm, dems and rinos attack the new DNI he is a very intelligent man. The way I look at it is this. The more the Dems and their gang go after an individual the more I trust the individual. Next one that needs to go is FBI director of misinformation Wray. Then the CIA Director needs to be shown the door. The IC thinks they are above the president and that he better listen to them or else. As the dems love to say no one is above the law. The heads of the IC are lawless bunch of rotting fish. As far as Barr and Durham the msm and dems would not be trying so hard to get rid of them if nothing was going on. The problem I see is timing. The Dems and Msm will crying foul and trying to hold off the report. You know complaining that Trump is having the AG putting his finger on the scale. Nothing told with in 6 months that could affect an election. They will use Comey and the Hillary situation as justicication to back their BS. The dems and msm are going to do everything to throw the elections. Illegals, the dead, ballot machine flipping and so on. I don’t know what will happen but I fear this will lead to civil uprising. Maybe the uprising is the only answer. At this point it’s in God’s hands

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      • steph_gray says:

        Words matter. I hope treepers can keep from accepting swamp terminology.

        Our President never “obstructed justice.”

        The “whistleblower” was not one. He was and is a conspirator.

        The “quid pro quo” was not one.

        There was no “collusion” with Russia. Communication with foreign powers is not a crime.

        And for future reference, Durham will not be producing a “report” – he will (or will not) announce indictments.

        Liked by 6 people

        • Judith says:

          While we’re at it, “hate crime” is a misnomer in our Constitutional Republic. Unlike in the EU, it is *not* a crime for Americans to speak our minds. It is actually our constitutionally protected, God-given right to do so.

          “Hate crime” is a subjective term that has no place in our Constitutional Republic. Crimes like assault may spring from negative feelings, but feelings alone are not crimes.

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  9. Chump Change says:

    “When an 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.”

    That is a correct diagnosis of the soiciopathic, oath-breaking psychology at play in Barr’s head. I also don’t believe for one second that Bull Durham is going to disappoint Barr.

    So far the only things Barr has done is Jack and Schidt…and Jack has left the building.

    “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.”

    Yes it is a constitutional breakdown…the question is: can it be corrected without a call to arms.

    As President John Adams stated: “Our Constitution was made ONLY for a moral and religious people. It is wholly INADEQUATE to the government of any other.”

    I would argue that those of us who are religious and moral are surrounded…but not outnumbered and not outgunned.

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  10. JRD says:

    What a thrilling time to be alive !
    WOLVERINES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Liked by 4 people

  11. Brant says:

    Hmmmm. An idea. Submit sidney Powell and some other keepers to ambassador of some rinky dink countries. After enough are approved and in. A couple months. Then appoint them acting attorney general or other needed spots. They may only have a few months, but could get some juicy stuff out.

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  12. Bryan Alexander says:

    sundance, I will give you one other data point. Samantha Power testified before Congress that she didn’t authorize some of the unmaskings that were done in her name. I’ve worked in government agencies long enough to know that is illegal. Considering this is highly classified information I think this statute is applicable:
    18 U.S. Code § 793. Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information

    (d) Whoever, lawfully having possession of, access to, control over, or being entrusted with any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, or note relating to the national defense, or information relating to the national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully communicates, delivers, transmits or causes to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted or attempts to communicate, deliver, transmit or cause to be communicated, delivered or transmitted the same to any person not entitled to receive it, or willfully retains the same and fails to deliver it on demand to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it; or

    Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
    She testified to Congress that unmasking were made in her name and she did not authorize them. Whether it was Power, or whoever used her name, someone broke the law. PERIOD. She testified to that under oath. You cannot use someone else’s name to access classified information. Why has that person not been prosecuted?

    Liked by 21 people

    • novanglus86 says:

      And is it a crime to fail to protect secure credentials? Is Power liable for such charges?

      Liked by 1 person

    • More to the point … exactly how were data-handling procedures such that someone could authorize something “in her name?” I’m not sure that I believe her. She could choose perjury and a convincing performance to avoid prison. Or, of course, she could be reciting the Gospel.

      In any case, data of this sort is kept in management systems (such as FBI’s Sentinel, or the NSA’s systems) which are accountable. Someone should be able to log over secret logs and see exactly when these pieces of information were accessed, and by whom. These systems ordinarily use two- or three-factor authentication … it’s not as simple as typing in a password.

      Liked by 2 people

    • amanda4321 says:

      Until she identifies the person who supposedly did it, I’m assuming it was her and that’s just her cover story.

      Liked by 3 people

    • sucesfuloser says:

      What ever happened to the Clinton mole that was caught with a jockstrap full of stolen documents. hm, NOTHING; those papers should have been shoved up his ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies, it’s all nothing but a merry-go-round of distraction.

      Liked by 2 people

  13. wtd says:

    Given this announcement….related?
    The Cofounder of Crowdstrike is stepping down.
    Seems timely. Abandoning ship?

    Liked by 7 people

    • OhNoYouDont says:

      No, not abandoning ship, more like he is communicating that he is going into hiding.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Your Tour Guide says:

        If he’s starting a non profit, then the IRS needs to see what
        type of political advocacy he’s pushing forward. So many of
        these non profits are money laundering/ tax sheltering venues
        for the beknighted. This sounds like what’s being prepared
        for here. See how well funded this is from the get go. How
        much money pours into it once implemented. Most important,
        is he trying to get a 501 c-3 status on this?

        Because, he cites “non-partisan” here. His track record shows
        something entirely different. Hugely doubt that this fraud changes
        his M.O. Would not be surprised if he has a sudden change of
        address, also. Somewhere that doesn’t have extradition treaties
        with the U.S.

        Notice it comes out the same day as the Grinnell appointment?
        Hand caught in the cookie jar.

        Liked by 7 people

        • Your Tour Guide says:

          Addendum to 9:42 am post.

          Change that beginning a bit. Use the Treasury Department
          to see what type of (funny) money flows through the “non-profit
          non-partisan policy accelerator”. If it’s to influence policies, then
          there might be bribes to, say, congress critters to put investigations
          on lockdown.

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    • 7delta says:

      …to launch a non-partisan, non-profit policy accelerator.

      Great! Just what we need…another DNC activist NGO. Considering Alperovitch “helped” transform the cybersecurity industry into an apparatus to facilitate corruption, foreign and domestic, what’s a policy accelerator?  Antifa, 2.0?  

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  14. lemontree says:

    Surprised to see Matt Whitaker in the list of failed leadership. He was Acting AG for one month before Barr was named as President Trump’s pick for next AG. It took two months to get Barr confirmed.
    I think he’s done well on the outside on the media circuit supporting President Trump.

    Liked by 9 people

    • snarkybeach says:

      On one of his many TV appearances, Whittaker mentioned the problems of a workforce that’s actively insubordinate (and untouchable).

      Liked by 2 people

    • Issy says:

      I like him, and I don’t think he failed. He was just a placeholder until Barr was confirmed. I don’t think Mueller did much business once the power was wrested from Rosenstein, who had been running the department.

      Liked by 1 person

    • GB Bari says:

      He had opportunities to take action.
      He took none.
      Speaks nicely, seems supportive.

      Remember Sundance’s line in the article above:
      “He talks a good game, but actions speak louder than words.”

      That was about Barr, but it applies equally to an AAG as was Whitaker.
      For example, Rod Rosenstein was only the DAG, and look at all of the significant actions he willfully took on (unfortunately).


  15. Hans says:

    Ok so if I’m reading this correctly and it’s implication. Grennell with have direct access to Adam Schiff and Atkinson’s information on the whistleblower.. and that information can be made public..

    Liked by 8 people

  16. mark says:

    Kind of a lawfare type move by President Trump. A work around the blocking of appointments by McConnell. Now don’t stop. Maybe Grenell can’t fire those at the National Intelligence Agency but I hope he can reassign those deep state hold overs to places like Benghazi.

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  17. I worry that an openly gay man has a lot to hide- and the deep state will find and exploit it. Pedo allegations “discoveries” come to mind.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Joemama says:

      What’s to hide & use for blackmail? He probably has sex with men and isn’t ashamed of that. Being a homosexual does not mean one also is a pedophile.

      Liked by 9 people

    • jeans2nd says:

      Please acquaint yourself with Ric Grenell’s background.
      Ric has been in his relationship for a very long time.

      Grenell has also been in gubmint, some might say the seediest part of gubmint – the U.N. – for a very long time. Anything that might be found would have been found by now.

      And being a gay man does not make a gay man a pedophile.
      Some of the finest gay, Christian men around are right here, commenting among the rest of us, and we would do anything for them, as they would for us.

      Liked by 7 people

    • tommyd22 says:

      I find your statement somewhat repugnant in that it implies that all gays are to be painted with the same brush.. This is simply not a very well thought out way to look at any one or any “group” of people.
      It just does not hold up to the light of day scrutiny..

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      • Jim says:

        The left will throw everything they have at him. Fake of course. But since he does not face any confirmation hearings or votes, the President can simply say “it’s not true, he has my complete confidence”.

        Also noted in previous replies yesterday, the President should nominate someone for the permanent position who has zero chance of confirmation. Say a Devin Nunes type. That will give Ric another 210 days if the permanent nomination does not pass. This is a super move by our great President!

        Going on offense whoop whoop.

        Thank you Sundance as always!


        • Issy says:

          Oh my gosh, Nunes as head of ODNI. The mass hysteria in D.C. would be well… hysterical. Not a bad idea, he has been doing yeoman’s work on the intel committee. He has experience.


    • StanH says:

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

      When they attack, and they will. The President will happily counterattack using the rules set up by the swamp. Assembled panels throughout the MSM will be telling us that: “this is not presidential.” This will also have an ancillary effect to begin to dissemble the “woke” canard, that has been foisted on the American people for far too long.

      To win this struggle we are going to have to go right at the con, and it will evaporate like a stale fart in a brisk wind. We must understand our enemy, 60’s Counter Culture and their spawn, anything goes, if it feels good do it, the ends justify the means. They laugh when we speak of comity, they laugh when we speak of civilized discourse, they laugh when we engage in Marquess of Queensberry rules when they have no rules.

      It’s a sad state of affairs but one we’ve allowed to fester for far too long.

      If the President takes this on it will get ugly, but will expose all the players. Many are already popping up and raising their hands. We’ll see.

      Liked by 2 people

  18. kleen says:

    I understand investigation takes time, I knew a woman married to a guy who had some deal with drug dealers. (she did not know her husband was involved in drug deals/IRS fraud)

    So the FBI, investigated him for 2 years. Full blown surveillance before making an arrest.

    This woman was called in to be interviewed by FBI and she freaked out. She went in there saying she knew nothing about it, had no idea….

    The FBI to her:

    “We know you are innocent, we have been spying on you all for 2 years, that’s not why we brought here.” They knew EVERYTHING about her.

    So, yeah… I know they have to have all facts before any move.

    HOWEVER, the investigation by Barr/Durham is internal and they have all documents and communications. They are not waiting for somebody to make a move, those moves were made years ago. The crimes are in the past, done, with paper trail. It’s all there.

    What the hell is taking so long?

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    • Wethal says:

      The investigation is not internal. Barr and Durham have talked to the British, Italians and Australians. Durham also has the power to subpoena people outside the government, including people who have left government.


      • kleen says:

        It all gets back to the same internal players. They hired outside help. paper trail will show where from and to.


        • Wethal says:

          Very true. And the outside players may have additional evidence that provides a better picture of what the inside players were up to.


          • kleen says:

            The selective redactions speaks volume! Protecting names that we already know is done to protect their own. What’s already out that Sundance mentioned above is enough to indict. Crimes committed, clearly! What else it’s to investigate?

            Look at the article. Several crimes committed proven! No justice. Investigating what?

            Bigger crimes?

            So, if a person robs a store and 2 months later that person kills somebody, the police should just ignore the store robbery because the murder in the real deal, the bigger crime?Drop the robbery charge in oder to catch them for the murder…. waaaat?


      • steph_gray says:

        Agree with Wethal.

        Also, I’m presuming that the ODNI, with a mission that covers foreign relationships (unlike that of the FBI despite all their coloring outside the lines), can more easily clear roadblocks to dealing with the 5 Eyes complicity in the coup? Just a guess!

        The splodey heads today are not just US ones – I’d wager there are some all around the globe.

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  19. AG Barr has just been placed in the unenviable position of no longer being the ONLY person who controls the release of information that PDJT wants released.

    The second shot-across-his bow is the realization if the ODNI can be replaced by a non-IC individual; then the Director of the FBI and the AG can also be replaced by a non-law enforcement individual who has already been confirmed by the Senate for something else. Mr. Barr might be gone before the end of the month.

    The SSCI hierarchy are probably burning papers and smashing cell phones as we speak.

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  20. dufrst says:

    Sundance, much respect and what a Herculean effort it is to absorb and decipher the sheer volume of data points and to connect them in the manner you have about the Swamp and Deep State actions against President Trump since he announced his run for president in 2015.

    However, I feel because of how much there is to absorb and how little has been done in the last 3 years, that the task to unravel this entire conspiracy can not be successful without the very institutions— the Justice Department, the FBI, OIG, the Congressional oversight committees and the media— who were the participants in the conspiracy.

    Every potential hero over the these past few years has been muzzled and buried. Devin Nunes has the fake ethics violation case that took off the prowl until Paul Ryan could get the GOP out of power in the House in 2018. Jeff Sessions was recused. Ratcliffe was denied appointment as DNI at a critical time when the Mueller report failed and impeachment could have been averted. They refused to allow Trump to appoint the FBI director of his choice and he was left with Christopher Wray, who has been impotent. General Mike Flynn was essentially killed in the crib immediately as NSA by the same elements, which allowed the NSC to continue to undermine Trump. Even Steve Bannon was forced out as Chief of Strategist! And on and on.

    That Trump continues to fight is a tribute to his tenacity but one man cannot take on this entire apparatus and unfortunately because of how much there is to absorb, the American people cannot be expected to put the pressure on these corrupt institutions to be held accountable. The people who normally would hold such corruption accountable and reveal and explain the scale of corruption to the American people are the very institutions that are corrupted and are in constant CYA mode. Foxnews cannot be trusted. OANN has been steadfast but the Swamp extends to the cable operators too and thus OANN has limited reach. Talk radio has been impotent despite Trump’s best effort to court their biggest names.

    If not for the Herculean effort and strategic brilliance of Trump to go all out to retaining the Senate in the 2018 elections, our VSG would surely have been removed from office by the Swamp and Deep State! What Trump needs are fellow crusaders to help in the fight. Trump needs and deserves a Chief of Staff (Meadows?) he can trust. He needs Mike Flynn as NSA. He needs Rudy Giuliani as FBI Director. He needs a Devin Nunes back in charge of oversight. He needs a Jay Ratcliffe as Attorney General. He needs Jim Jordan as Speaker. He needs a crusader at the CIA and ODNI. He needs Grenell as Secretary of State. He needs Rand Paul as chairman of the intelligence committee and Grassley as chairman of Judiciary. Etc., etc., etc! Trump needs to change the apparatus with crusaders for justice in order to defeat the Swamp and Deep State!

    I ask you Sundance and CTH are these personnel moves ever likely to happen? I hate to be pessimistic but we are in Trump’s 4th year and we are nowhere closer to holding anyone involved in the conspiracy. Instead we are witnessing at whitewash. We have witnessed Assange jailed. McCabe not charged. Coney and Brennan on television and Twitter. Mueller disappeared. Former NSAs, SoS, and COSs, writing books undermining the president. We even saw Nikki Haley, to her credit, admit there were people who try to coop her to undermine the President!

    No accountability. It’s not going to happen. All we can do is get out the vote in 2020 and ensure Trump is re-elected to somehow salvage his legacy against everything that has been thrown at him these past 4 years! If he loses, the Swamp and the Deep State would have won. We the People will be under a tyranny that will eventually destroy our country under the globalist banner. They went after Trump because he dared to run as a nationalist. He was an existential threat to the globalist agenda and they set the Swamp, Deep State, and Media loose against him. Yet he still won the 2016 election. Truly a miracle. Perhaps by another miracle, God will grant Trump the victory over the Deep State. Perhaps Durham is a crusader and will unravel the entire conspiracy along with Grenell to put it all into context for the American people. Let’s hope and pray that’s so.

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  21. kleen says:

    By making that statement Barr, opened the flood gates to mob attack against him/Trump

    Barr knows better, he did not just let that slip. He wanted that out there. He wanted the chaos. He wanted the attacks.

    I notice the swamp manages to ALWAYS have an attack against POTUS on the news. It’s one after the other, It was Stormy, then Tax records, then this or that. Always something.

    Barr gave them the flavor of the week by saying that, Just another creepy porn lawyer attack to dominate the news.

    I think he wants to be kicked out either by POTUS of resign due to pressure for everyone.

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    • Linda K. says:

      Yes and Trump came out in his presser and said ” I probably do make A G Barr’s job more difficult.” but “I can involve myself, I just have chosen not to do so.”. Love me some Trump.
      Barr is sitting in a puddle without a paddle.

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  22. GumboPot says:

    Can anyone here speculate how Ric Grenell in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence can help drain the swamp? I’m not for or against the appointment. Take that back…I’m for the appointment because this is Trump’s pick and I support Trump. But how can Ric help drain the swamp? What can the ODNI do?

    Just asking these questions because I don’t fully understand the purpose of the ODNI.


  23. bessie2003 says:

    I find a correlation with this appointment and what is at stake in this interview with the former Illinois Governor who goes into how this deep state apparatus, shifting the lines of what is and is not legal in order to remove those in its way, works.

    even comparing how he was set up to what is being done, even now, to President Trump and am going to assume Amb. Grenell may also be subjected to.

    Adding Amb. Grenell to the prayer list.

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    • Linda K. says:

      Blago is quite convincing here and eloquent. Hope he goes on Lou Dobbs or Maria’s show also. Maybe he could get a job with OANN. CNN won’t hire him, he is too honest. Funny, just when I thought all dems were traitors, but this man has been through fire and his wife stuck with him too.

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      • Publius2016 says:

        Blago needs to get “reinstated” to Bar and Illinois Election…pretty sure he’s got $20 million available in campaign money in escrow…

        Blago’s wife is the brains in this political power couple! 45 knows Talent!

        Blago’s mistake was not appointing ValJar


        • Your Tour Guide says:

          “Blago’s mistake was not appointing Val Jar”.

          It’s beyond sad that he was wrongly imprisoned
          for 8 years due to that. But, imagine if that bitch
          had managed to wheedle her way into congress,
          get all the important appointments? The thought
          is terrifying.

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    • kleen says:

      Exactly! Politics is dirty, they are all guilty of dirty politics, but only the swamp opposition gets jail time for doing the same thing everyone else is doing, not considered crime but simply dirty politics as usual. Only those in the way of the swamp get jail, they get convicted by prosecutors moving the line and making something legal, a crime. Just ask Sidney Powell and the Enron case.

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      • bessie2003 says:

        Other current examples are when they got PDJT’s former attorney Cohen to plead guilty to something that wasn’t a crime and the latest interviews of KT McFarland how they tried to get her to say things that weren’t true to the point she asked her lawyer, ‘tell me what it is they want me to say and I’ll say it to get out of here” –

        it’s what the Deep State, whether Republican or Democrat, does – move the goal posts, change the rules, in the middle of the game.

        I think it is Amb. Grenell’s steadfastness while being Ambassador in Germany with all the flack he surely had to take which made me a fan; he will bring that same steadfastness to this position.

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    • CopperTop says:

      Blago revealed to POTUS one very important distinction in how a politiician should word things. If you are going to ask for things be sure it is stated in terms of WE/US and not I/ME.

      Do US a favor is very different then do ME a favor.

      Blago went to jail because he shook down a children’s hospital exec in a do ‘for me’ scenario.

      He maintains his innocence because he believes he meant do it for US (Illinois).

      IN any other state that would have been believable to a jury. But in IL the corruption is so well known, and that his mentor (his wife’s Dad) is the progenitor of the Chicago Combine, it simply was not believable that he didn’t mean do it for ME when he asked something of the hospital exec.

      That said…he served long enough.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      IMO that interview was outstanding.

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  24. Bogeyfree says:

    We now are seeing PT’s new road map.

    It’s called – THE MAGA WORK AROUND

    When the UniParty works non stop to obstruct the President and his appointments he will use ACTING representatives via the Vacancy Act to get him through until Nov and beyond if necessary.

    We have it at ODNI today, so what is next?

    First, IMO, it will be the firing of Wray. Then move Mick Mulvaney over as ACTING FBI Director as he was Senate confirmed as OMB Director. Note WH COS position is not required to have Senate approval so it opens the door for Mark Meadows to step into that position and also possibly as the OMB Director.

    This move could also push Barr to resign as he has been a high praiser of Wray but frankly I do hope Barr means what he said at the Federalist Society and will back up those words with indictments.

    If not, IMO here comes Munchin to be ACTING AG with someone like Sidney Powell being made a Justice Czar to “assist” Munchin. Then IMO provide BOTH are given declass authority to read and reviews these documents.

    Now imagine a PT World where:

    1) he has a MAGA ACTING ODNI Director in control of dispersing declassified requests quickly and smoothly.

    2) he has an MAGA ACTING FBI Director who can go back and evaluate if all stones were truly turned over in prior investigations while ensuring the FIB is applying the laws equally to all new investigations.

    3) he has Barr kicking ass or a ACTING AG who will be queuing up a ton of declassification requests coupled with a seasoned CZAR with US Attorney experience working closely with Durham, the US Attorneys in Brooklyn, Pittsburgh and St. Louis

    IMO if PT wants truth and justice for all so this never happens to a future President again, we are now seeing PT’s new road map.

    The last piece of the road map IMO is on us, We the People. We need to ensure the following come Nov.

    1) PT Wins Re-election
    2) We win back the House
    3) We win 5-8 new additional Republican seats in the Senate
    4) And we sacrifice Mitch (only Mitch) in the Nov election.

    If we do this and PT does what he does just imagine how great and in what shape this Republic will be in by 2025 when PT hands it over to Don Jr. or Ivanka.


    • Good points!

      We need to especially get out the vote on Nov 3 as you point out.

      Barr is a snake and swamp creature. Words are meaningless. His actions or rather inactions showed his true character. Would love to be wrong on this.

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    • I think you’ve been reading my mail.
      I agree with your/our plan!
      AG Barr has just been pushed into a corner.
      Someone else besides him now controls the data trove.

      I believe he will either resign before the end of the month or as soon as PDJT replaces Wray – whichever comes first. Barr’s only chance of survival is to start indicting people this afternoon.

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    • jingosam says:

      Re: #4 Why is it that the Senate has been blocking President Trump’s ability to make recess appointments and what role is McConnell playing in that decision? From what I can gather, it is the senate Republicans who have been blocking those recess appointments by holding pro-forma sessions every few days when the Senate is supposed to be in recess. And it is the Junior members of the Republican conference who have committed to performing the function of being in D.C. to gavel the body in and out. So, is this McConnell’s doing? Or Chuck Schumer’s? I’ve read he would demand pro-forma sessions as a part of any recess adjournment motion. But if it is McConnell’s, what the hell is wrong with him? Is he dirty? If so, surely he can be pressured to do something about those appointments … you know, tell those Republican senators … Junior and Senior … to cease and desist. It’s time for him to really get on the Trump train and take a comfortable seat inside … not just cling to a handrail outside the caboose.

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    • Bogeyfree says:

      I need to amend my idea of Munchin as ACTING AG because he is not an attorney but there is another name that everyone will recognize and is already a confirmed Senate Appointee and an Attorney so he too can slide over tomorrow if necessary…..

      EUGENE SCALIA, the current Sec. Of Labor AND the son of Antonin Scalia the former US Supreme Court Justice.

      Eugene was confirmed 53-44 so it’s clear the DS doesn’t like or want him, so he is perfect.

      Now imagine the Son of a SC Justice who many think did not die accidentally is sitting in the seat that can investigate and declassify anything!

      I’d still add Sidney Powell as Justice Czar to assist ACTING AG Scalia since she has been a US Attorney and understand the DOJ and can work “closely” with Durham, the US Attorneys in Brooklyn, Pittsburgh and St. Louis.

      So here’s my fantasy batting order.

      The feisty and speedy Mr. Grenell leading off as ACTING ODNI Director
      Steady contact hitter Mr. Mulvaney batting second as ACTING FBI Director
      The quiet, yet power hitting with possibly something to prove, Mr. Scalia batting third as ACTING AG
      And clearing the bases the Home Run Champ, batting clean up, the duly elected President of the United States – Donald J. Trump

      PT IMO is Pure Genius!


    • President Trump is smart, and I do hope that he has been staffing (with Senate confirmation of course) the Assistant to the Deputy Assistant to the Head Greenskeeper positions at the White House with folks that can step right into important positions when he feels the time is ready to strike against the Deep State and the Uniparty.


  25. MLK says:

    It may well be an inflection point. Though I suspect it’s more related to Assange. Everything else, including Stone, may be, despite importance in and of themselves, shiny object distraction.

    Consider this North Korean Press Agency like reporting:



    Obvious analogue that come to mind — and these are just off the top of my head, are the Guardian claim that Manafort visited Assange multiple times:


    And the “there is evidence” Michael Cohen visited Prague to meet with the Russians in 2016.

    Where I ended up on Cohen, good-enough-for-government-work-style, is that he had long belonged to the Clintons. “Evidence” was inserted in the intelligence record to be used if circumstances permitted. An eerie reprise of Mohammad Atta in Prague (!!!)


    Rather obviously, this gambit failed and they went into clean-up/containment mode.

    Ditto with Manafort. In short, the record contained sufficient fabrication in the event that they were able to break him, with him agreeing to whatever fairy story they had conjured to take down Trump.

    For that which purports to be a “bombshell” — to use their hoary label — the two Assange articles linked above are exceedingly opaque on the sourcing. Purportedly Assange’s current lawyer told the British court in his extradition proceedings that one of his other (previous?) lawyers told him that Assange told her . . . . .

    In other words, we have no basis to determine what, if anything, in this is true. I won’t attempt to try to parse through it. It’s a fool’s errand in my view.

    But it is essential to continue to sever the seditious connections, giving the POTUS an additional pressure point vis-à-vis Barr/Durham.


  26. LCPUSA says:

    the level of fear displayed at the news about Grenell….that gives me hope…Mark Warner pissed himself on twitter last night. so did sam powers. etc etc etc.

    him being gay means nothing. we know it. but no one in washington knows it. that means Sen Burr cannot smear him so easily.

    honestly, if Grenell outs these traitors…i want him in 2024… lets break that glass ceiling with a sledgehammer.

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    • kleen says:

      I’m totally in!

      I’m not voting for my next Sunday school teacher or my church’s preacher. I’m voting for political representatives, people willing to take down the swamp Mafia.

      We need warriors, fighters, brave, honest and loyal to our constitution.

      Voting for preacher like people gave us Sessions, Lindsey, Mitch, Romney… all useless garbage!


      Let’s pick the most aggressive, the most angry about the corruption, someone ready to fight. Regardless of their personal life.

      Trump was classic New York liberal. (Libertarian) He moved right, conservative right. But he was not our typical Pope-like kinda guy. IT WORKED!

      The BEST POTUS EVER! That’s the magic formula: A fighter who loves this country! That’s it!

      DC is filthy, rotten, evil… nice guys get eaten alive before they get there. No more.

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  27. Chris Maurer says:

    Twenty-five years ago I remember reading that the president was managed, titular and a product of various entities, secret organizations and shadow groups. It sounded wild and fantastic. Now, all those allegations have turned into conspiracy fact. The president is a product and these groups are the manufacturer. The President succeeds wildly where these groups allow it (economy) and does not (border wall) where they oppose it.

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    • IGiveUp says:

      The President is not an absolute monarch chosen by primogeniture. He’s the head of the Establishment, and chosen by it (electoral college and electors comes to mind). So yes, his role does have something of the “Chairman of the Board of Directors” to it. Is that what the Constitution dictated? Maybe. Voting was very narrow in the beginning. So maybe what you describe is more a feature of the system and not a bug.

      Our Establishment is corrupt so our Executive is corrupt. If politics is downstream of culture, Board Chairmen Barack Obama and the Clintons are to be expected.

      Imo, our system is designed to serve an Establishment created by the society it represents. When we were small and weak and sparsely populated and mostly rural, the Establishment couldn’t reach into our lives every single minute of every single day like it does now. Like Facebook and Google etc., the US is probably too powerful, its technology too mighty, to afford sufficient levels of freedom to the individual. Small is beautiful. This monopoly called the US probably has to be broken up. A better idea of course would be a confederation of powerful and independent states with a weaker central gov’t whose powers are limited to only a very few functions. Sound familiar? 🙂


      • IGiveUp says:

        More to the point: Universal suffrage doesn’t work in a huge, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic country such as ours. Even the original 13 colonies were designed and separated to serve the needs of disparate groups. We’ve got to go back to the spirit of that. How? not sure.

        I read yesterday that E. Oregon wants to split and join Idaho. Great idea! Many state boundaries were haphazardly drawn so now we’ve got our own Sykes-Picot problems. How about re-drawing the map instead of re-drawing the people?


  28. kleen says:

    Barr is Sessions 2.0. Instead of recusing himself, he is trying to get “forced out” without us knowing that he wants out. It has to appear against his will. “he can’t do his job, it’s impossible”

    He can’t just be obvious and say: I don’t want to expose the corruption and I can’t hide the crimes any longer because too much is already out so, I quit.

    No, he has to say… I tried, but Trump got in my way, I can’t do my job, so I’m out.

    Followed by trash-Trump interviews and possibly a tell all book.

    Now with Grenell in, it could be that the swamp needs Barr stay put, and Wray also, to block Grenell. So Barr will play the resistance game in there.

    We will find out soon.


    • I don’t think that this is how the game will play out. But I do think that the Washington Post would love to see him gone.

      I think that what Barr expressed about the “tweets” making it difficult (“impossible”) to do his job … is quite fair. Tweeting is cathartic when you don’t feel that you have any other way to get your message out, but you probably should work with your AG when composing your next message! The two men should be able to come to an understanding such that neither one interferes with the other’s efforts. I expect that they have done so, privately. Because, both of them have legitimate points to make. Grown-ups know these things.

      The task that Barr faces is enormous and is being done in openly hostile conditions. Of course he knew that going in, and accepted the job anyway. Both Trump and Barr know, much better than any of us do, “what’s going down here.” I don’t expect either of them to make an impetuous decision. There is far too much at stake. Far too much to do.

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      • I don’t believe AG Barr realized how corrupt the FBI/DOJ is and now he does not want to address it – for whatever reason.

        I thought he was the right for the job, however, he has not even gone after the lowest of low level law breakers in either organization. The country needs to see something positive done to address corruption. If not, he’ll be gone by the end of the month by his choice or PDJT’s.


      • wondering999 says:

        Maybe. When Barr enthusiastically endorsed the arrest and prosecution of Roger Stone, Barr’s credibility dropped like a rock.

        Also Barr declared that Epstein killed himself, which made him look either naive or corrupt. It is as if Barr had publically and seriously endorsed the Tooth Fairy, not as a cute move for preschoolers, but for adults to believe as a Banana Republican explanation. Good grief. We may be poor exploited suckers, but not THAT stupid.

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        • Issy says:

          Yes, “happy about Stone’s conviction” was a little much for me. I don’t know exactly what Stone did. They said he lied to congress. Strange, he is the first and only person I can recall being charged for that. We see it done in practically every hearing where intel officials are testifying. Obstructing justice was another chargel and I think it had something to do with a threat to kill a neighbor’s cat. Not sure what that was about, but it’s just another example of prosecutorial overreach.

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    • OhNoYouDont says:

      Look who the Washington Compost drug up to support the removal of AG Barr …


      • CM-TX says:

        Oh Look, he crawled out from behind the curtains again…
        STFU Comey! Nobody likes, or cares what you think.

        You fail to realize that every time you open your POMPOUS mouth, you confirm yourself a Mental-Midget, lacking any self-awareness or integrity.

        I think those trees you like to photograph yourself admiring, are calling for you again. Find the nearest forest, & go get LOST in it! We won’t miss ya.

        It’s the one thing right, you’ll ever do!

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      • wondering999 says:

        Is this an attempt.to divide the presumed-to-be stupid Deplorables? As in, support Barr (and attack Trump) because wretched Comet attacked Barr? I don’t think it will work. Hope Barr does the right thing but if Barr is not up to that, not going to excuse him

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      • GB Bari says:

        No, Slimey Jim.

        The Justice Department of today is NOT a reservoir of trust

        It’s a cesspool of corruption..


    • Y’all Know What Time It is says:

      If Barr won’t do his job, then charge him with obstructing justice.


  29. I choose to remain persuaded that Barr is not a slimy government operative who’s secretly working to undermine the President, or who’s about to get fired or quit. I submit that this community greatly underestimates the difficulty of “peeling back the onion” of protection which surrounds well-entrenched career criminals. And, that it overestimates the value of “declassifying everything for all the world to see.” The frustrations obviously stem – and, I feel them too – from the apparent lack of visible progress (“perp walks”) and the total secrecy. Yet, “total secrecy” is what the law requires.

    I think that many people greatly fear Barr and Durham and would do and say anything to put a stop to them. I happen also to agree with Barr’s expression of frustration concerning some of the President’s “tweets.” All of these people are attempting to do a difficult job under openly hostile circumstances. I think we underestimate what faces them when they go to work each day.

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    • I felt like you, Mike, until that interview with ABC; to go on national tv and criticize your boss is insubordination and for me inexcusable. In addition, his comments about the Stone persecution (and I mean persecution) being righteous, well that sent me out the door..I’m done with him.

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    • Wethal says:

      I agree. Barr may have already privately asked Trump not to tweet or comment on ongoing cases, and it didn’t work. Barr wants the Durham investigation to appear to be thorough and impartial (and from what we’ve learned about Durham, it should), because the Deep State will attack it as a partisan payback by Trump.

      This public comment may have been a way to publicly affirm that the DOJ is pursuing criminality wherever it’s found. Barr may want to intervene in the remaining Mueller cases, but sadly realizes that would look too partisan. His intervention in the Stone sentencing matter wouldn’t have been out of place in any case with a hotshot young prosecutor trying to show off and having to be reined in by a supervisor.

      I’m willing to withhold judgment on Barr until after Durham finishes. Then we can see if Barr really was trying to get to the bottom of the Deep State coup. One thing we all may not have considered is that Durham is sitting on sealed indictments. His investigation appears to be taking some new paths, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t finished with particular actors or events. If all we get is another report and a promise of “training” to avoid future abuses, then relying on Barr was misplaced.

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      • kleen says:

        When the Muller hoax was ongoing EVERYONE was breaking news about “proof” of Trump’s crimes. CONgress couldn’t keep their mouth shut about the “tremendous evidence they had seen” proving Trump was going to jail.

        Muller never complained about any of that making his job difficult, not only that, but his terrorists were leaking info to have people Tweeting about it.

        What a difference…

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    • Linda K. says:

      I agree Mike. Barr may be finding the job much more difficult than he thought it would be, but who would replace him, in any case?It may be also that Grenal will be a help to Barr.

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  30. ABN says:

    Superb essay, sundance. Content, style, everything. Absolutely nails this moment, our hopes, and Grenell’s opportunities and responsibilities. PDJT’s second term has already started and this appointment shows he is going to deliver bigger than ever.

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  31. DJT, Nunes, what are they waiting for? Declassify!! That’s the only way to disinfect this cesspool.


  32. “(Barr) He talks a good game, but actions speak louder than words.”

    By their fruits shall you measure them. Remember this when deciding who to support.

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    • Remember: “absolute secrecy is the Law at this point.” We do not know what is happening and none of them will tell us. If someone gets arrested on Friday morning, you won’t have a clue about it Thursday night.

      Remember, Epstein had no idea that an indictment had been sworn out against him. He never would have landed his plane in America had he – or any of the spies who worked for him – had had any notion of what would be waiting for him. The secrecy was absolute, and that’s how and why they caught him.

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  33. jumpinjarhead says:

    Regardless of the “realpolitik” reasons for this appointment, it is quite troubling from my perspective as a Christian conservative. We continue to accept (and even embrace) each “new normal” in the (again from my Christian conservative perspective) incremental destruction of our Judeo-Christian heritage that undergird our Constitutional Republic.

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    • Rileytrips says:

      I understand your thoughts, jumpinjarhead, but aren’t we supposed to “ love the sinner, hate the sin”? If we ostracize all sinners from our lives and our churches, we would be lonely and our churches would be empty. Didn’t Jesus say, “ he who is without sin, let him cast the first stone”? God works miracles – in the physical world and in our hearts.
      I believe from Grenell’s words and actions ( thus far) that he is a good person. I am going to pray for his success in his new appointment, and for God to guide him and give him discernment in this job. Only God will be the judge of our sins.

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      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        “I understand your thoughts, jumpinjarhead, but aren’t we supposed to “ love the sinner, hate the sin”? ”

        This is true as INDIVIDUALS.

        Romans 12:17-21 KJV

        Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. [18] If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. [19] Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. [20] Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. [21] Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

        Because of the sin cursed world we live in, God instituted human government to benefit mankind. It is the responsibility of government to protect the individuals in society, so when your in your law enforcement/ government job enforcing the rule of law, these verses apply:

        Romans 13:1-4 KJV

        Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. [2] Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. [3] For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: [4] For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.


      • jumpinjarhead says:

        I neither said nor implied that we are not to love the sinner. My concern is with the sin that we seem to be conveniently ignoring—-I am being kind here of course since the sin is now, in keeping with the continuing “new normals” and indeed even with this very announcement, actually celebrated.

        It is this specific aspect of these matters that concerns me but sadly mine and that of many others are but voices crying in the wilderness of the increasingly depraved “culture” in which we now live.

        I can tolerate, his nomination in the same manner that I can the unfortunate immorality and coarseness in some of Trump’s behaviors and language, both before and after his election, in keeping with the Biblical principle that God uses flawed sinful people to accomplish his greater purposes, as He did with King David, a murderer and adulterer. What troubles me is the obvious incremental compromise with and eventual express or tacit approval of the sin that we are now witnessing, thanks in large part to the very successful indoctrination of perversion and “situational ethics” in our schools over the last three generations.

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        • IGiveUp says:

          Re. Grenell:

          He seems absolutely qualified for the job and seems to support Trump’s goals.

          I believe that calling a psychological attachment disorder a religious sin is harmful to the individual and to the society, and represents a primitive response. At the same time, I refuse to accept it as normal and will resist attempts to do so. Yet many criticized Grant’s drinking but liked his fighting. I’ll take the same stance with Grenell. i.e. I won’t be inviting him and his husband to dinner.

          If I had to guess, I’d say Trump more or less buys into the “gay is normal” idea.


          • jumpinjarhead says:

            I think we are in substantial agreement but we will have to politely disagree as to re-characterizing a sin as merely a “psychological attachment disorder.” That, like so many other behaviors that God clearly says are sins, is yet another “new normal” in our ever-so-modern lexicon that is intended to shift our focus from what God says to what “man” (more particularly the god of the world) wants us to think….and believe. It is little different from the appropriation and manipulation of language by various groups to camouflage or “sugar coat” their sinful lifestyles such as “gay” in a positive sense, or more recently by creating out of whole cloth in a negative sense to marginalize and silence, “homophobe,” “islamaphobe” etc.

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          • jumpinjarhead says:

            Apologies again—I am multitasking—-I neglected to also say that Grenell could hardly be said to be “absolutely qualified” for the post given his apparent lack of meaningful experience in the intelligence apparatus. Of course, given the lawlessness and excesses of late among denizens of that “community,” that may actually be a great qualification!



      • jumpinjarhead says:

        I neglected to address your last sentence. I think that view is over broad and is clearly being used by our spiritual enemy(ies) to both silence us as well as encourage our compromise with sin. While it is true that God is the ultimate Judge of all of us in terms of both our sin and our salvation, that does not negate our obligation to be discerning of what is and is not sin, not as to what is in one’s heart but rather in the context of our actions, “lifestyles” and words. How else can one reconcile such admonishments like Mt 7:1 with Rom 12:9?

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  34. I just looked at that picture of the two smiling faces and I had to laugh…best President ever.


  35. Excellent analysis and clear description of what is going. Thanks Sundance!

    We really need a landslide for Trump and Republican House and Senate so that President Trump cannot just confirm Grennel, but kick out the swamp protectors Wray and Barr (and others) and replace them with swamp cleaners.

    Would love to see Rudy or Judge Jeanine as the next AG.


  36. WeThePeople2016 says:

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  37. CopperTop says:

    Lankford helped get Grenell appointed to Ambassador post. Since he left SSCI I’d say the SSCI is now very worried about what Lankford can inform on to tell him about navigating past their slime.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Bogeyfree says:

      So isn’t the obvious action if you are Durham is to interview Lankford about any improprieties that he observed while on the SSCI committee regarding this who Russia Collusion, Spygate, Ukraine Gate?

      It’s almost as obvious as deposing Assange, right??

      Truth is there IMO if you want it!

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  38. rjones99 says:

    Sundance, you didn’t even include DOJ’s incompetence or assistance in the death of Epstein, the failure of all the surveillance devices, and, several months later, the “accidental” destruction of evidence. This level of failure is such that only money can buy it.

    I mean, he was only the most important criminal of the last, what, 100 years? The only truly rational explanation for Epstein is that he was a tool of the CIA used to capture and control successful but stupid people, like Bill Clinton. We have confirmation of this from Alexander Acosta, who quickly disappeared.

    So, here we have our wonderful intelligence service, using innocent little girls and likely little boys, entrapping the well-to-do to ensure cooperation when s favor is needed somewhere in the world. We MUST be kept safe, no matter what principle of decency must be violated on any scale. And we stupid-people don’t get any say in the matter but these dumb-ass “betters”, these fake intellectuals, have no ability to distinguish right from wrong.

    No matter they went their with Russia collusion. They bought into the “greater good” rationale a long time ago and have misapplied it ever since.

    A decent education would have taught them restraint and lines that ought not be crossed, but these wise-asses missed out on those discussions and became obsessed of and controlled by their lust for power.

    Pray for Trump…

    They’re out of control and should be shot like rabid dogs. unfortunately for us and Trump, if you don’t put them down, they’re going to do it to you.

    My guess is the media is so utterly mendacious because the same people have their thumbs on the media too. There’s probably nothing they’d like better than being free of them.


    • Agreed. Epstein is a biggie.

      When Barr declared “Epstein killed himself” I pretty much knew he was part of the swamp.

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    • George 1 says:

      Rjones99. You speak the truth. It is obvious to any honest person. I would add that Epstein was also obviously a Mossad asset. The CIA and Mossad are probably joined at the hip. When Epstein “committed suicide” and Barr announced that “Everything that could go wrong did go wrong”, I could only think of two possibilities. He was part of the Swamp or that he was resigned to the fact that the Swamp could not be drained.


  39. doohmax says:

    Did all notice where the first squeal of outrage originated? None other than the esteemed Senator “don’t leave a paper trail” Warner.

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  40. doohmax says:

    Did all notice where the first squeal of outrage originated? None other than the esteemed Senator “don’t leave a paper trail” Warner.


  41. There is already more than enough evidence in the public domain to indict and successfully convict probably a dozen coup plotters (Brennan, Strozk, Comey, McCabe, etc. etc.) for leaking and lying alone.

    So please don’t buy the sorry excuse that we need more evidence. The reason we don’t have indictments is that Wray and Barr are protecting the swamp (their friends).

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  42. pyromancer76 says:

    The Big Reveal. President Trump has taken slings and arrows from every quarter in order to expose the depth and breadth of American internal enemies – for personal, criminal wealth. This business enterprise has been in alliance with our external enemies, primarily the national entities islamists and chinese communists, and the global elitists through their empire of Global Warming-EU-UN. (This surmise from my no longer-up-to-date research. Thanks Sundance for adding current research.)

    In my opinion, President Trump has needed “every American” to know the hatred and cold, vicious enmity of this opposition before he used his “temporary” appointment power – only going outside the cabal (we hope; this is the beginning) after three years of The Reveal.

    He has given everyone his/her chances to turn from treasonous activities to becoming loyal Americans, once again or for the first time. Has even one of the enemies of our Constitutional Republic stepped up to the plate? Has one Senator voted to recess the Senate?

    Huge stakes. Dangerous business. Brilliant strategy.

    Sundance has the nose and smarts to follow every bend and turn in this ongoing saga and tell us in a way that communicates to every American who wants to know. Old fashioned American can-do spirit in investigative reporting. Among the very best from the beginning of our Republic.

    Thanks for naming names and following traitorous behavior. A part that I loved: “…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.”

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  43. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    “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.”

    In other words, more fireworks than what was loaded on that barge in the river for HRC’s victory celebration.

    I remember the meme of BHO leaning over and mentioning to HRC that she couldn’t win an election that was rigged for her.

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  44. k4jjj says:

    This is an excellent narrative of the Washington DC problem. It makes complete sense to me and explains why nothing has been “reformed.” The President is going to have to go to all-out war with these criminals in power if there is to be any hope to save the country. Bill Barr is NOT the one to reform the federal government and prosecute the crooks.


  45. Brian says:

    It appears the Durham investigation is going nowhere ..

    FEDS Fume About NO Grand Jury in Durham’s FBI Abuse Probe

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  46. Bogeyfree says:

    If within the next 7 days we start to see in mass the MSM and the Dems in the House speak about investigating PT for obstructing AG Barr and his Investigation then we know, unequivocally that PT is very close to exposing many people, including possibly some in Congress.

    I’m still curious on why Barr just happened to pick 3/31 to come testify and why we have not seen any comments or tweets by Liu on resigning.

    I believe some type of counter attack is in the works.

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    • Linda K. says:

      Lui has no defense for her actions. In the Wolfe case, she lowered the charges at the request of Warner, Feinstein and some other swamp dweller. Maybe Burr.

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    • mushr45m says:

      Lie for a Pardon? (doesn’t make much sense, since this will shine more truth down on the criminals. But who is thinking rationally in DC these days?)
      Ever since Nov 2016, it seems they have been bating PDJT to pardon anyone they are railroading. Think about it. Manafort, Cohen, Flynn, Stone…all drawn out railroad jobs by our “fine” DOJ. Still trying to get him to pardon Stone and Flynn.
      Lawfare trap 199?

      Barr knew Assange trial began this week, and then a long hiatus till May 18. Why the pause? Give them time to set the narrative and the trap…Mar 31.

      Wild speculation.

      More speculation.
      Why did Bill Barr want Lui at Treasury??? Financial crimes.
      With all the spying and surveillance they did on the Trump campaign, what do they know and how do they expose it? They had Cohen, but he was a disaster of a witness. They’ve been trying to get PDJT’s tax and financial records for 3 years now.
      Lui at Treasury makes perfect sense. Why is Barr so irritated right now?

      Mere speculation


      • wondering999 says:

        If Assange has been drugged and his brain screwed around with, who knows what he will testify to. He already spoke up on TV before being seized by criminals.

        Poor Otto Warmbier pleaded guilty in a North Korean court to charges that didn’t make sense. Warmbier was Jewish. He was.made.to confess to stealing for a church?’BS. Whatever they did to him llater eft him unable.to speak. Sick people out there, afflicting the innocent. Free Assange. He already spoke up years ago even if the government press suppressed his message

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  47. You go to TheGatewayPundit, Breitbart, etc. to read news.

    You go to TheConservativeTreeHouse to understand the news.

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  48. freespeechfanatic says:

    I couldn’t agree more with this assessment. It is scathing but totally supportable. It is remarkable to me that there are so many in the conservative world who cannot accept it or who attack those who point it out.

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    • Exactly!

      The main point people are hung up on is that “Barr says the right things!”.

      The #1 lesson is that politicians and bureaucrats lie and you cannot judge them on their words, but on their actions and actions alone. That’s why Sundance gets it much sooner than the others, because he actually looks at what is done (or in Barr’s case not done) rather than what is said.

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  49. “Still, that was the environment we faced here. Rarely did anyone die, rarely did the public even know. The mob and the government and the CEOs played their games, and everyone else was mostly happy. They’d see something in the news occasionally, and not realize that years of politics and deception went into that occasion.”

    Michael Z. Williamson, “The Rogue”


    • I’m sure like many here we fear that the federal leviathan is so colossal in size and corruption to be able to correct it without a total revolution and it won’t be pretty. Millions are growing angry and those numbers are increasing by the minute. We see that we are not equal under the law. The elite leftists R & D get away with lying and crimes any ordinary citizen would be imprisoned for. The rule of law is over. Heads need to roll and soon or things will get ugly. We are watching. God bless America! I pray we can keep her.

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  50. Perot Conservative says:

    Reportedly a very sharp man, and will his sexual orientation serve as a partial shield from attack?

    How will geography affect his ability to be 2 places at the same time?

    Isn’t this the position where a Trump appointee was withdrawn within days after nomination? Does Grenell get the pass bc he is “Acting”?


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