Meadows: SSCI Chairman Burr’s Shift in Support for Ratcliffe a “Major Difference”…

An interesting on-the-fly interview with Mark Meadows on the topics of FISA renewal and the nomination of John Ratcliffe for DNI.  The incoming White House chief-of-staff notes an internal executive debate is still happening about how best to reform the FISA process as it is used upon/against American citizens.

AG Barr, Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham insufferably want a clean renewal.  President Trump, the righteous House team and Senators Paul, Lee and Cruz want far more substantial reform.  Senator Paul has the best proposal which is to force the DOJ, FBI or domestic intelligence apparatus to go before a traditional Title-3 court any time a U.S. citizen is identified as a target for surveillance.  Save FISA for foreign targets.

Additionally, Meadows notes the shift in support for John Ratcliffe as DNI comes as an outcome of SSCI Chairman Richard Burr likely supporting the nomination.  Unspoken, albeit obvious implication: McConnell green-lighted Burr to support Ratcliffe.

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223 Responses to Meadows: SSCI Chairman Burr’s Shift in Support for Ratcliffe a “Major Difference”…

  1. JRD says:

    WINNING !!!

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    • No. They have to first recognize that actual laws — against high crimes — were broken, before they can ever fix the problems (which are the actual crimes, already on the books, not the “safeguards” yet to be written into the FISA process; the Mueller “investigation” was already illegal, for example, as of course was the later “impeachment”). This is a continuation of the Obama era, in that they are refusing to identify the real enemy. We do not have a legitimate federal government, and they should not be allowed to go on making laws, that only cover up their high crimes.

      I voted Democrat for President through 8 straight presidential elections, from 1976 through 2004. This is not about Marxism, not about Left vs. Right. Under the false auspices of “civil rights”/affirmative action/Black Muslim radicalism and lawlessness, the Democrats slipped, over the 40 years from 1968 to 2008, like the frog in the warming pan, into the insane cult it became with the election of Obama in 2008 (whom I quickly identified as completely without character, and thus essentially criminal, as so well illustrated in Obamacare, and his pushing of Islam as a politically preferred religion, in direct contradiction of “Separation of Church and State”).

      Winning the “business as usual” of politics is NOT winning, when the fox is ordering the hens. The Democrats are a criminal organized mob now, and an insane cult, raising the younger generation in that insane cult. The only thing that will solve it, is the dissolution of BOTH political parties and the prosecuting and punishing of the criminals.

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      • Linda K. says:

        Trump gets Ratcliffe for a clean FISA renewal. Maybe Ratcliffe can clean it all up, but he will eventually have to neuter the FISA, because administrations come and go. I guess this is how sausage is made in Washington.

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      • Peoria Jones says:

        “I voted Democrat for President through 8 straight presidential elections, from 1976 through 2004.”

        “The only thing that will solve it, is the dissolution of BOTH political parties…”

        Thanks, but NO. As a lifelong Conservative who has never voted Dem, I don’t want to see the GOP destroyed. Reformed, yes.

        There’s a reason we Republicans came up with the acronym “RINO” (Republican In Name Only). It’s because we realized long ago that there are people in our party who do not act as real Republicans. We need to get them out, and make our Grand Old Party stronger – not abandon it.

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        • Robert says:

          I’d like to see the dissolution of all political parties. They’re both corrupt power bases. Maybe individual, unaffiliated candidates is the way to go now. I don’t see reform working out, at all. Who’s going to enforce reform? Congress isn’t going to police itself.

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          • MJ Alexander says:

            I don’t want to blow it up or burn it down… things didn’t get this bad overnight… it was incremental, and that’s how it can be taken back… one step at a time.

            Step One: A Constitutional Amendment to Impose Mandatory Term Limits on all federal officials, including the Judiciary.

            Congress, in its infinite wisdom, passed a two-term limit on the Executive Branch back in 1947. Well, I think it’s high time that we did the same for Congress and the Judiciary. We all know what the problems are… and as Robert just said, Congress will NEVER fix itself. The Convention of States Project is the solution. #COSProject

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        • Dutchman says:

          PJ,
          Agree. IF PDJT were to split from the Republican party, and create an “America First” party, I think we would all go, en mas.

          However, as long as he stays with Republican party, I will.

          As he has said, its not about HIM, its about US, and we are a MOVEMENT.

          WE need to work, to purge the party, at the local and State level, of Rinos and NeverTrumpers. We HAVE the #’s, just need to put forth the effort.

          There is a PSYCHOLOGICAL aspect, to elections. After 2016, the TDS’ers just flat went bat-sh*t crazy.
          But, 2016 had a psychological effect on US, as well. Aside from the fistpumps and heartfelt “YES!”, there,was a more,…profound effect, more FELT than thought;
          “OMG, WE aren’t really a small minority. We were RIGHT, that the polls were wrong!,….I AM NOT ALONE!”

          I sincerely believe 2020 will be as monumentally impactful to our psyche’s.

          I believe it will be such a victory as has never been seen, before.

          WE will realise “Oh my GOD! WE are NOT a minority, or 50%, we are greatly in the MAJORITY, by a large margin.

          And, THEY will be absolutely SHOCKED, at how poorly their candidate does.

          We then will hopefully NOT become complacent, but will become ENERGISED.

          We need to turn the Republicon party back into the RepubliCAN Party.

          We need to elevate OAN, to challenge and beat Fox as the defacto “Conservative Alternative”, with the election having shown that the market is there.

          Hopefully, we will see less “leaners”; thats what I encounter when I wear my hat in public; they lean over and whisper “love your hat”, which is great, but wish they felt comfortable saying it LOUD and PROUD. Perhaps that will change, too after the election?

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          • Peoria Jones says:

            Yeah, well there are suddenly lifelong Dem’s all over the CONSERVATIVE Treehouse, spouting their opinions. Something wrong with their thinking to begin with, so don’t mind me for pointing it out.

            I welcome them, but they have a lot of brainwashing to undo.

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            • Dutchman says:

              Even a lot of lifelong Republicans, have a lot of brainwashing to undo.

              We ALL are experiencing the “Trump effect”, and it is liking having the scales drop from our eyes, and seeing things in a new way.

              Each of us is at a certain point in that journey, from ‘old thinking’ to ‘knew’.
              Not sure ANY of us has truly arrived at the destination, yet.

              So yes, we welcome fellow travelers we encounter along the road, and try to help them if we see they are struggling.

              And try to be grascious, and act with humility. We are ALL learning, and growing, together.

              Patience and as much Unity as we can develop, hopefully.

              Its one hell of a ride, …this Trump train!

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      • fireflamestoves says:

        If you voted for Carter and Mondale over Reagan, your perceptions are politically clouded.

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    • Bob Parker says:

      This sadly is not a full, Trumpian win. Make no mistake, this was negotiated thru the corrupt B*tch McConnell as SD so aptly noted in his closing comment.

      Yes, B*tch has been absolutely tremendous with pushing thru the judges. No question. Important accomplishment duly noted.

      However, “Budget Busting” B*tch McConnell has been & continues to do great harm to the US & global economies with his love for excessive & extensive Fed Government deficit spending!! President Trump has been trying gang with his budget submittals only to have B*tch the Budget Buster McConnel et al heavily lard it up with heavy deficit spending.

      And 1 additional disgusting trait about McConnell is his “King-maker” role. It is B*tch’s selections who will be pushed for Congress/Senate & don’t you forget it!!

      B*tch is a walking, talking, bumbling, stumbling advertisement for TERM LIMITS. It is long past time for you to LEAVE office B*tch. Retire!! Go home & sit on your porch so you can drool all over yourself & not have anyone notice!!

      Indeed, see how much DAMAGE a Uniparty “leader” like McConnell can do to Congress, President Trump, & this Country!!

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  2. JohnCasper says:

    “AG Barr, Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham insufferably want a clean renewal. “

    Any good nazi would.

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    • kris2025 says:

      Let met tell you guys something – we blame Russia hoax, Impeachment hoax and such on the Democrats. The fact of the matter is we wouldn’t be in this situation if the Senate Republicans supported Trump like House Democrats.

      I still pin the blame for all the hoaxes on Senate Republicans.

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      • Jan says:

        I don’t disagree. When you reflect back, the difference between Democrats & Republicans is they’ne not letting Bernie Sanders go to the White House. The leaders of the party still have enough power to not let the party go over the the cliff–at least for now.

        Somehow the Republicans let Pres. Trump go to the WH, thinking they could get him out by participating in the coup.

        But they haven’t yet but some of them have to have second thoughts with everything, given what he has accomplished. And hopefully we out -primary the Never-Trumpers.

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        • Robert Smith says:

          The Trump train steamrolled the Republican party before they knew what hit them. They didn’t know that there are people like me that would be motivated to vote for the first time because of Trump. Republican didn’t know how much people didn’t like them. Now they know, but they are clinging to their levers of Party power to thwart Trump and the will of the people.

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        • margarite1 says:

          I think the rallies had a lot to do with what happened with the GOPe. The HUGE rallies attracted attention but still they all thought Hillary would win so they were complacent and ended up in a situation they didn’t expect.

          Now with the economy humming along, POTUS having survived the worst they could throw at him (so far) and Trump being somewhat accommodating, and still getting MEGA MAGA public support I think they have seen the error of their ways. Maybe.

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        • Julian says:

          Like John Cornyn? Nope. That particular RINO just won his Texas Primary with about 75% of the vote.

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          • johnnybiface says:

            Cornyn better get his milquetoast, fetal but in gear, he’s going to have to campaign instead of sitting on his entitled butt. He’s not entitled to win against tens of thousands of illegal voters and votes and lefty California and New York transplants. The big cities in Texas are dominated by soros funded DAs and Democrat Party Papers.

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        • Tl Howard says:

          They didn’t “let” him. He simply EARNED IT and we wouldn’t let to people who tried to tell us how to vote.

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          • Toenail says:

            IMO Cornyn didn’t earn anything. He is a full blown RINO and works behind the scenes with the other RINOs to block President Trump’s agenda. Cornyn is just the best out of a terrible set of choices. The time to replace him is coming but it is not now.

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        • Will Hunt says:

          Our elected “representatives” on both sides of the aisle have strongly relied on the belief that most of the electorate is disinterested/ignorant and doesn’t pay much attention to their mischief. They are learning or will soon learn that this is no longer the case. PDJT has renewed interest and involvement in governance at all levels.

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      • Jim in TN says:

        Face it, not just the Senate, but the House too. Ryno had it in for Trump as much as McCain did. And Nunes would not have been sidelined if Ryno weren’t an anti trump RINO.

        Such a GD waste. So much could have been avoided. But then the Uniparty is corrupt to its core. And it is still trying to survive and outlast Trump.

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        • bobdog says:

          How about if we forbid the use of the FISA court for ANY domestic surveillance of American citizens unless a persuasive charge of espionage for a foreign power is alleged. This has nothing to do with an election or a political opponent, even when the directors of our many intelligence services all agree the subject of the surveillance is “icky”.

          It’s called the FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE Surveillance Court. NOTE THE WORD FOREIGN.

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      • The Devilbat says:

        You are more than likely correct in your assumption. Almost all of the politicians on both sides of the isle are corrupt as Hell and would dearly love to return to a pre Trump world.

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        • Jan says:

          Yeah, as far as I can tell, it’s really only the Freedom Caucus in the House and a few Senators like Hawley, Blackburn, sometimes Cotton, Cruz & Paul who have the President’s back. The more new Reps. and Senators we can get into Congress this fall, the better.

          Republicans are leading in 6 of the 7 districts we lost in California in 2018. Republican turnout for the primaries for President are setting all new records for turnout for incumbent Presidents. I like John James for Senator in Michigan. I think he’ll be an excellent Senator. So we have to get some good gals & guys in the Senate & House.

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      • Dutchman says:

        The whole purpose of muh russia/mueller weismann, from day one was to create an EXCUSE for Senate Republicans to SAY they would vote to impeach.

        It was modeled on Watergate; they hoped, by increasingly desperate and outrageous acts (raiding his personal attorney, etc.) to ‘trigger’ PDJT into firing Mueller, Rosie and Sessions.

        If he had fallen into that trap, the Senate Republicons who praise the “HONORABLE Mueller, would have gone in front of the cameras, said how “No one, not even the POTUS is above the law!”.

        Then, Lindsey would have beat feet to the WH, to tell his ‘friend’ DJT, that there were enough votes in the Senate to convict.

        Plan B, get the POTUS to sit down for a perjury trap interview, and again Senate,Republicons would line up behind impeachment.

        I agree wholeheartedly that the center of the coup is Senate Republicons, although Ryan was involved, too.

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        • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

          Imagine if Bill Barr had simply agreed with Mueller by making the prosecutive decision Bob didn’t—in his Mar 24 letter…

          which is now the subject of the Judge Walton’s “candor lacking” FOIA order:
          (The Judge said US Attorney General Bill Barr ‘lacked candor’ and accused him of intentionally creating a misleading summary of ‘principal conclusions’ to create a “one-sided narrative” about the Mueller report.)

          Linsdsey (co-sponser of “Mueller Protection Act”)would have led Senate Republicons to the Oval Room (Goldwater-style) to announce both
          “HONORABLE Mueller”
          AND
          HONORABLE Barr (Mitch’s hand-picked AG)
          found him “guilty” of obstruction.
          Then beat feet to go in front of cameras to claim
          “No one, not even the POTUS is above the law!”.

          Trump would already be gone.
          And everything of the last year would not have happened at all.
          Biden V Pence 2020

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          • Dutchman says:

            One of the ironies is idiot Lindsey advanced that legislation, and then had to withdraw it, when it was pointed out to him it was UN-Constitutional.
            This totally undercut what he,was trying to do, by making it clear PDJT actually had the legal and Constitutional authority to fire mueller, and probably Nixon had as well, for his firings.

            And THIS is the guy thats now head of Judiciary? Senator handsitter doesn’t even understand basic Presidential authorities, seperation of powers, etc.

            We are NOT getting our “best” or our “brightest” to ‘represent us’ in Congress, not by any means.

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            • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

              Lindsey would have voted for removal if Trump had fired Mueller (as would have several Senate Republicans)
              irregardless of it’s constitutionality.

              The whole point of that proposed legislation was to send this message to House Dems:
              If Trump fires Mueller….impeach him and Senate R’s will vote to remove him.

              He said so as recently as a month ago
              HERE:https://youtu.be/ezrt7ZIMWMY?t=1100
              @18:20 mark

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              • Dutchman says:

                IMHO, virtually ALL Republicons in Senate would have indicated they were PREPARED to vote to convict, if he had fired Mueller, etc.

                It was the Watergate model; they hoped they wouldn’t have to actually go into the history books as having voted to impeach.
                I understand Grahams motive, it was a stupid play on his part, that backfired.
                I believe he was manuevering to be the one to go to PDJT, and tell him “There are enough votes to convict. For good of party/country, please resign.”

                It didn’t work out quite the way they planned,…

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                • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

                  Same thing would have happened if Barr had simply agreed with Mueller on obstruction and made the Prosecutive decision instead of the the Declinative one in his (once again) contested Mar 24 “Verdict” letter.
                  https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6796335-Walton-Ruling-on-Barr.html#document/p1

                  If both Mueller (Graham’s “hand picked” SC) and Barr (Mitch’s “hand picked” AG) said Trump obstructed justice Granny Graham and the Turtle would have ended up making the same walk and Trump would most likely would have resigned…
                  having President Pence to play with as a their consolation prize.

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                • Dutchman says:

                  Well, not sure PDJT WOULD have ‘simply resigned’;
                  Not after Dershowitz wrote an op-ed, exploring that and saying that in his opinion, legally and Constitutionally, PDJT would have been on solid ground to refuse to accept the result, and take it to SCOTUS.

                  Strategically very valuable, because it sent a signal to the Senate Republicons that PDJT could not make it easy and resign, but instead FORCE them to go on the record and in the history books as voting to convict; something they did not want to do.
                  Sorry, don’t have link, but I am sure a google search will find Dershowitz’s op-ed.

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                • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

                  Since when does SCOTUS get to rule on impeachment?
                  There’s that whole SOLE POWER of Impeachment thing in the Constitution which puts it EXCLUSIVELY in Congress.
                  That’s precisely what “sole power” means.

                  I think ole Dersh was just trolling for yet another challlenge so he could write yet another book.

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                • Dutchman says:

                  Sorry, can’t provide a link, but I am sure you can google, to READ his op ed.
                  I don’t think he was trolling, and again its the EFFECT of his op ed.

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                • Dutchman says:

                  Except PDJT wouldn’t have simply resigned, IMHO.
                  Firstly, IF that scenario would have happened, I don’t think he would have ‘let them off the hook’; he would have forced them to vote, on the record and in the history books, something they were loathe to do, as it would have assured they would be voted out next election, en mas.

                  Secondly, at a key moment, Dershowitz published an op-ed, saying that IF the voted to impeach, PDJT would be legally and Constitutionally justified in refusing to leave office, and appeal to SCOTUS.

                  This, IMHO, destroyed the plan, which I believe depended on Republicons NOT having to actually VOTE,to impeach, as occurred with Nixon.

                  With an unprecedented 95% support of Republican voters, to say nothing of Dem walkaways and Independents, there is NO WAY Republicons in the Senate could have been reelected; ANY OF THEM, if they actually went on record as voting to imprach, and they KNEW it.
                  By publishing that op-ed, Dershowitz put the final nail in the coffin of their plan to THREATEN to impeach.
                  IMHO

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                • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

                  A single Dershowitz op-ed can overule:

                  Article I Section 2
                  5: The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.
                  Article 2 Section 3
                  6: The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments.

                  While simultaneously scaring Mitch into his turtle shell…..

                  Okie doke.

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                • Dutchman says:

                  Yes, it CAN. Because we are talking PERCEPTIONS, even tho his op-ed was positioned as a legal and Constitutional analyses.

                  It created DOUBT, in the minds of McConnell and his Decepticons, that they could do as they had planned; remove DJT as POTUS, …..
                  WITHOUT having to actually VOTE, on the record. Because they knew the disastrous results to them, of such a vote.

                  Its a subtlety, KVS. You are a very literal thinker, based on your posts. Very linear. You have many good insights, and this is not criticism.

                  Linear, literal thinking CAN be very useful, but IMHO, sometimes it misses subtleties, and this may be such an occasion?

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                • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

                  Did McConnell and his decepticons even read that Op-Ed?
                  Did Mitch tell somebody about those doubts after he read it?
                  Those are the links I need to see.

                  (I read Dersh’s OPinion EDitiorial so I don’t need that one)

                  Wonder what PERCEPTIONS would have been had Barr made ONE CHANGE in his March 24 “Verdict” letter:
                  “Trump obstructed justice”
                  right before he retired to the Scottish Highlands with his bagpipes….OH and the Mueller Report and a Sharpie
                  FOR “3 Critical Weeks”** of redacting

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                • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

                  **See Barr’s May 1 SJC to hear Senator Coons explanation of what the significance of “3 critical weeks” was.

                  Alternatively you can read this:
                  https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6796335-Walton-Ruling-on-Barr.html#document/p1

                  The Judicial Branch is now calling Barr a LIAR about his Mar 24 letter and how it affected the “critical 3 weeks”.

                  Going back to that damn letter again.
                  Sure Nads will bring up this Judge’s “lacking candor” reprimand on Mar 31 when he brings in Barr to grill him.
                  (Pun intended)

                  Should be some epic tweets from Comey, Brennan, McCabe and Co as we get closer to that big day.

                  Somebody should just give them a link to CTH so they can learn they got nothing to fear.
                  Their PERCEPTION of Barr as a threat is unfounded.

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                • Dutchman says:

                  I THINK that is “chaff and countermeasures”, at least coming from those three.

                  As for Nads and Schiff for brains, heck Nancy as well, they are already at stage 4; they have lost all credibility, as PDJT has gained, and with loss of credibility, they have lost the power to influence events or opinions.
                  They keep doing what their doing out of habit, like a dead man walking, or someone who keeps gunning their engine, when the tires are hopelessly mired in the mud.

                  They are literally going no where fast, only digging themselves in deeper.

                  The action now is moving to PDJT vs The Decepticons.
                  I believe there has been NO “Deal”; it will be an epic battle, as the Decepticons will ultimately lose, just,as msm and Dems already have.

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        • OhNoYouDont says:

          Do not forget the DOJ, who had to put up with the ‘firesorm’ of Democrats and the MSM for months, until Muellar’s testimony in late July. These legal arguments have survived the test of time ….
          _____

          Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers Remarks on the Release of the Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election
          Washington, DC ~ Thursday, April 18, 2019
          https://www.justice.gov/opa/speech/attorney-general-william-p-barr-delivers-remarks-release-report-investigation-russian
          —–
          After carefully reviewing the facts and legal theories outlined in the report, and in consultation with the Office of Legal Counsel and other Department lawyers, the Deputy Attorney General and I concluded that the evidence developed by the Special Counsel is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.
          —–
          As you will see, most of the redactions were compelled by the need to prevent harm to ongoing matters and to comply with court orders prohibiting the public disclosure of information bearing upon ongoing investigations and criminal cases, such as the IRA case and the Roger Stone case.

          These redactions were applied by Department of Justice attorneys working closely together with attorneys from the Special Counsel’s Office, as well as with the intelligence community, and prosecutors who are handling ongoing cases. The redactions are their work product.
          —–
          In addition, earlier this week, the President’s personal counsel requested and were given the opportunity to read a final version of the redacted report before it was publicly released. That request was consistent with the practice followed under the Ethics in Government Act, which permitted individuals named in a report prepared by an Independent Counsel the opportunity to read the report before publication. The President’s personal lawyers were not permitted to make, and did not request, any redactions.

          In addition to making the redacted report public, we are also committed to working with Congress to accommodate their legitimate oversight interests with respect to the Special Counsel’s investigation. We have been consulting with Chairman Graham and Chairman Nadler throughout this process, and we will continue to do so.

          Given the limited nature of the redactions, I believe that the publicly released report will allow every American to understand the results of the Special Counsel’s investigation. Nevertheless, in an effort to accommodate congressional requests, we will make available to a bipartisan group of leaders from several Congressional committees a version of the report with all redactions removed except those relating to grand-jury information. Thus, these members of Congress will be able to see all of the redacted material for themselves – with the limited exception of that which, by law, cannot be shared.

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      • John Taylor says:

        Go back just a bit further to Paul Ryans House Speakership for the full fail.
        R.I.P. Verity

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  3. Chip Doctor says:

    Take your pick…..Grenell or Radcliffe. Radcliffe perhaps more diplomatic in approach, Grenell a wildcard. Both will kick your ass. With Radcliffe you have time to plan the counter, Rick knocks you out before you know what hit you. I guess they had to choose the lesser of two evils for them.

    Winning either way MAGA/KAG

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    • tacocat43 says:

      Burr is not going for re-election, so this is his last term.

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      • littleanniefannie says:

        Wouldn’t be re-elected. He could see the handwriting as could his Siamese twin, Warner.

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        • Agree with “And Burr was just an excuse. NONE of the Republicon leadership in the Senate, want the coup exposed or any of the small group truly held accountable.”

          But there must be some cigar filled back room deal to get Ratcliffe confirmed.
          More likely it is Grenell exposing/purging the corruption in and through the IC.

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          • rickinhouston says:

            Warner and Burr got their hands too dirty in the Wolfe / reporter Carter Page FISA leak. Burr and Warner were twisted by Wolfe’s attorney to get him a light sentence or he would expose their illegal activity.

            I feel confident THIS is what was used with them to get Ratcliffes confirmation. Now, what did they have to give up?

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            • rick, thanks for the reminder on wolf and his “blackmail.” Burr made his decision not to seek reelection around that issue. PDJT has that for leverage “Do what I ask and you retire quietly, otherwise you will go ASAP in disgrace!”

              What my concern is what did Turtle get from PDJT.

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    • theasdgamer says:

      The key is Meadows, who is well-liked on BOTH sides of the aisle. A nice guy and not a fool. Pence is a nice guy, too, but not as tactically clever as Meadows or as charismatic. Meadows is a great addition to the White House. I think that Meadows can get McConnell to go along on some stuff that POTUS otherwise couldn’t. I think that Meadows wants to clean up Deep State. At least I hope he does.

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  4. Elric VIII says:

    President Trump is finally getting the people he wants, that is, people who totally support him, into the upper echelons where they can do some good.

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    • Robert Smith says:

      Trump made a conscious choice to be more aggressive after the Ukraine impeachment wrapped up.

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      • Dutchman says:

        What chip doctor says, above is ‘spot on’; the way you counter McConnells iron lock on confirmations, is by ‘force’.

        You FORCE him to give you who you want, by making the alternative worse.

        Its dicey, complicated and NOT what the founders meant, when they penned “Advice and CONSENT”. The clear inference is that, in the end, the,Senate gives the,POTUS the people he wants.

        McConnell has turned this around, dictating to the POTUS who McConnell wants, saying “HERES who you can get confirmed.”

        I sincerely believe PDJT IS,going to “hit them harder than anyones ever been hit”, and it isn’t JUST Democrats who are going to be bloodied, by the time its over.

        You can NOT say the,swamp has been drained, if the Uniparty remains in control, and that means McConnell and the,Decepticon

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        • Dutchman says:

          Deecepticons in control in Congress.

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          • Tl Howard says:

            Sounds to me as if a deal has been struck, a deal between McConnell and POTUS. Sounds to me as if part of that deal is that corrupt senators won’t be exposed, Burr included. In return, Trump got his choice for DNS.

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            • Tl Howard says:

              DNI.

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            • Dutchman says:

              I have seen many posts similar notions, that PDJT has made a “Deal” with the Swamp.

              No offence, but I think this notion usually comes from people who haven’t read “The Art of the Deal”.

              I personally don’t believe he has made,ANY such deal with the Swamp, nor will he.

              Firstly, they have tried to DESTROY him and his family, and will continue to.

              Secondly, there is no INCENTIVE for him to make such a deal. AND, as he says, NEVER get involved in a negotiation, that your not prepared to walk away from.

              McConnell has a choice; Acting DNI Grinnell, a bull in a China shop, with Pavel as his blood hound (who WILL find the documents, cause he knows where to look).
              Unlike say Whitaker, Grinnell is NOT a “career” employee, in this case of IC, as in Whitakers case he was career DOJ.

              So, Grinnell doesn’t give a sh*t, and will release the kracken.

              Or, McConnell can confirm Ratcliff. Some choice for McConnell, kind of like “I AM going to kill you. Your choice, knife or gun?”

              So, IMHO NO deal.

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        • So in the GA and AL Senate races either we get the pro-PDJT guy (sorry no pro-PDJT gals in those races) or we get a Dim. I get it, I get it.

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        • ann says:

          “You force “McConnell, by making the alternative worse.

          Spot on Dutch.

          Liked by 3 people

        • prtomr says:

          I do believe that PDJT is going to start twisting Mitch’s arm to get things done once he is re-elected in November. He has nothing to lose by not doing so.

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  5. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    “the shift in support for John Ratcliffe as DNI comes as an outcome of SSCI Chairman Richard Burr likely supporting the nomination. Unspoken, albeit obvious implication: McConnell green-lighted Burr to support Ratcliffe’

    I have no proof, but perhaps this reversal is to build up some “brownie points” because of some behind-the-scenes leverage and/or ongoing “activities” (such as investigations), especially after the “outing” of the sweetheart deal regarding Mr. Wolfe.

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  6. freepetta says:

    I really don’t understand what was the objection to John Ratcliffe the first time around.

    Liked by 1 person

    • WSB says:

      Warner and Burr could not have Ratcliffe exposing them both in the coup.

      Liked by 31 people

      • freepetta says:

        Looks like Burr sounds more likely to ok the nomination this time around.

        Liked by 1 person

        • scrap1ron says:

          I smell sausage being made. I wonder what behind closed doors conversations occurred between President Trump and Mitch that brought this about?

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        • Dutchman says:

          It was NEVER about Burr. Ratcliffs FIRST statement, on why he withdrew;
          He called McConnells and Grahams office, requesting an appointment to discuss his nomination as DNI.

          Both had their,staffs tell Ratcliff “the soonest we can schedule an appoitment is 3 months from now.”

          At that point, he knew his nomination was dead in the water. If McConnell says “NO”, you no go!

          Lindsey is just McConnells bitch.

          And Burr was just an excuse. NONE of the Republicon leadership in the Senate, want the coup exposed or any of the small group truly held accountable.

          Because if any of the sociopath narcisists in the small group are faced with serious prison time, they will flip.

          And enough serial flipping will not only expose the Obama admin, but Congressional Republicons as well.

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          • freepetta says:

            Actually Dutch it sounds like the most logical and rational reason.🤦🏻‍♀️

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          • guest4ever says:

            Dutch—Winner, winner chicken dinner!!! You nailed it, IMHO!

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            • Dutchman says:

              Thank you, I AM getting a might peckish, so I will take that dinner, lol.
              I have been posting, as a constant theme, for some time that McConnell et. al are the black, twisted heart of the swamp, and the coup, etc.

              Gotten more and more “likes”, and seen more and more comments echoing this view.

              And, I DON’T think its because we treepers are so ‘special’, although we are.

              An unprecedented 95% of registered Repubs support PDJT, as well as maybe 25-30% of Dems, 40% of independants, unbelievable #’s of blacks, hispanics and blue collar.

              How can someone be an enthusiastic supporter of PDJT, and not become aware of McConnell, Graham and co.’s traitorous behavior towards PDJT.

              Answer is,…you CAN’T. WAY too many of us SEE the Republicon/Decepticons for who and what they are.

              6months ago, Lindsey was confident, on the tube. He thought his little speech at end of Kavanaugh was going to insure his reelection.

              Now he’s panicky, as Maria holds his feet to the fire on his empty promises.

              McConnell stuck his head out of his shell, to back Barr, and nearly became Turtle soup.

              PDJT doesn’t have to say a thing, just box McConnell into impossible position with Grinnell vs Ratcliff, and let him squirm.

              EXPOSE your enemies true nature, or by your actions force them to expose their true nature.

              In so doing, they LOSE credibility, and you GAIN credibility.

              Lose credibility, and they lose the POWER to influence events, opinions or perceptions, and PDJT gains POWER.

              First the msm, and it has worked,..beautifully.

              Then the Dems,…ditto.

              Now the Republicons, and working as well.
              Old Abe was SO right, about “fooling people”, and “we won’t be fooled, again” so easily.

              Its a beautiful thing,…

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      • Shyster says:

        I agree, so the real issue is what has changed? Sundance had previously suggested the possibility of POTUS agreeing to a clean FISA renewal in exchange for Ratcliffe; however, given Rand Paul and others statements that POTUS will not accept a clean renewal this does not appear to be the reason. So I ask again, what has changed?

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        • WSB says:

          Maybe Burrr was confronted with a few facts and was given an off-ramp.

          Liked by 11 people

        • dahimm says:

          I like the theory posited that Meadows was viewed as the lesser evil when compared with already acting Grenell. Trump probably told them that if they turned down Ratcliffe his time they would have Rick to deal with until such time as he gets around to nominating another candidate, maybe in the middle of his next term.

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        • Robert Smith says:

          Trump: “I can set the building on fire with you inside. If you guys obstruct cleaning up the institutions – what happens, happens and I’ll light the match.”

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        • rayvandune says:

          What has changed is that President Lionheart has decided that delay is foolish, and he is going to take out the Deep State BEFORE the election! And what changed in THAT calculation is that he can read the American people, and sees that they are ready!

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          • As a man thinkth says:

            Are you watching? Of course you are, and so are millions of other Patriots that previously went about life trusting in the federal government while listening to the MSM..
            TRUMP’S presidency has totally exposed the masses to the reality of the scale of corruption.
            Perhaps it was inevitable that these past few years of political upheaval were actually required in order for the public to witness the coupsters being flushed out while the lawfares and crooked judges provide cover for their apparent escape..
            Hopefully, Ratcliffe’s appointment is the dreaded sound of the jailer turning the key…Durham, fix bayonets!!

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        • Dutchman says:

          Exposure is a GRADUAL process. Republicons have been forced to expose their true natures, over time.
          For instance, by failing to hold ANY significant public hearings in the Senate.
          Nothing on the Coup, nothing on FISA abuse, nothing on Coup 2, nothing on coverup.

          As I said, Graham thought that 3 minute speech, at the end of Kavanaugh secured his reelection,…after all, it always worked BEFORE.
          Throw in a few empty promises to hold hearings, which he had no intention of actually doing, and viola, he gets reelected.

          Now, he’s panicking and flop sweaty, cause,…IT ISN’T WORKING!
          Maria is holding him accountable, to the point he’s not going on her show, so she is sending him barbs in her interviews with other guests.
          The,Great Lou Dobbs, likewise.

          Graham is naked and exposed, and PDJT’s supporters are “woke”, and aren’t falling for it, any more.

          Ratcliffs first nomination withdrawn, Grinells appointment, the FISA renewal being cleary opposed, Ratcliff RENOMINATION, all combine to show PDJT is “hitting them harder than they have ever been hit”, without directly “calling them out”.
          Its complicated business, folks.

          Beautiful thing to watch!

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      • dbobway says:

        Agreed WSB.
        We aren’t going to see most of these conspirators pay,
        But, they must be stripped of power.
        Warren and Burr (AAAArrrggghhh!) want immunity,
        Burr will cooperate by his vote, retire in 3 years, for,
        Don’t ask me no questions, and I’ll tell you no lies.
        Senator’s Tillis and Burr were the hardest votes I’ve ever cast.
        Thom Tillis is kissing up to the President, so the NC Republican party, shut down Tillis’s getting primered. I don’t trust him.
        This is going to take a while, my friends.
        An overwhelming vote is our most important weapon.

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        • mjedmazga says:

          I knew Tilli$ would win the primary but I still voted for Larry Hilmquist out of protest.

          Tilli$ does not want to MAGA. He wants to keep the status quo for big multi nationals at the expense of ordinary citizens of NC. Such a snake, since he ran as a Tea Party candidate in 2014 and lied to everyone’s faces while doing it.

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          • Raptors2020 says:

            Kevin McCarthy said the primary candidates endorsed by President Trump were 20 for 20.

            That’s it: it’s Trump’s Party now.

            Even McConnell doesn’t dare cross him.

            The President hasn’t made an example of anyone yet. He should.

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            • theasdgamer says:

              POTUS wins bigger by changing his enemies into his allies. Of course he tests whether the conversion is real. Trust, but inspect. POTUS still has leverage. When a former Obama IG is indicted, that sends shock waves throughout Deep State.

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      • DiogeneseVindicated says:

        But they can now?

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      • old deplorable owl says:

        Burr is just a sleazier lightweight version of The Turtle. Warner is the one who should spend the rest of his life looking up through the bars of a tiger cage! That POS is an unalloyed traitor!

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    • Shyster says:

      Too honest, not in the club, loyalty to POTUS and fear that he will expose the Senate Intel Committees corruption, to name just a few reasons.

      Liked by 9 people

    • I really don’t understand Burr’s reversal without broadcasting what PDJT gave up (if anything) in return. Politics is all about give and take and advertising what was given and taken.

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  7. SR says:

    The biggest changes will be after election if senate will be republicans. Gina H, SOS, AG, DAG, FBI Director and many will be replaced by MAGA candidates.

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  8. JohnCasper says:

    “AG Barr, Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham insufferably want a clean renewal. President Trump, the righteous House team and Senators Paul, Lee and Cruz want far more substantial reform.”

    AG Barr, Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham are Sons of King George.

    President Trump, the House team and Senators Paul, Lee and Cruz are Sons of the Founding Fathers.

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  9. Mike in a Truck says:

    That retard Burr has finally come to grips with the fact that the Communist Democrats are not his friends. President Trump knows of his sedition.Burr knows that only President Trump can save him. Get on board the MAGA train or get off the tracks.

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  10. I’m amazed the Turtle “sanctions” Burr’s support of Radcliffe. There’s got to be an underlying reason.

    Perhaps McConnell has nothing to do with it. It could be because Burr realizes PDJT is going to be much stronger (hopefully) in his 2nd term; Burr is not running for re-election; and he wants to be on the good side of the Administration when the “good cops” come gunning for Wolfe and Warner.

    One can only hope.

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  11. rich33y says:

    I’m sure I’ll be surprised at who POTUS picks to replace AG Barr, but I won’t be surprised when it happens. His public disagreement with POTUS is not acceptable.

    Unless there is a Yuge pile of super secret sealed indictments lined up somewhere, Barr needs to go now. He does not have President Trumps back at all.

    Liked by 7 people

    • livefreeordieguy says:

      And the bizarre thing is that Barr doesn’t really have to have President Trump’s back at all… All he has to do is his JOB and act forcefully against all of the blatant transgressions that we all KNOW about. Just deal forthrightly and properly with what is in front of all of us thanks to CTH, Judicial Watch and a (sadly, small) group of actual investigative reporters.

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  12. Bogeyfree says:

    McConnell has to choose because PT put forth this interesting nomination:

    Approve Radcliffe

    Or

    Live with Grenell for the next 420 days (2 – 210 day terms as acting DNI)

    Plus McConnell and the boys just wanted the money via Corona funding.

    It’s that simple.

    Think of it this way…..

    You are flying a Sopwith Camel and you can pick between having a P-41 or a P-38 chase you.

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  13. Publius2016 says:

    Personally, let FISA DIE!

    FISA gives Legislature and Judicial oversight over Executive to inoculate the insider deep state members from OVERSIGHT…

    however, moving Target 3 to domestic courts only widens the protected circle…

    Remember Cleveland was WIRED BY 44 CREW with two hop surveillance!

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  14. Nigella says:

    Radcliff and Meadows.. Two of the good guys

    Liked by 11 people

  15. John Schwarz says:

    Is the Clapper run Hammer spying operation going to be addressed, everything else is superfluous.

    Liked by 6 people

    • Shyster says:

      If that was real, why did they go to the trouble to get FISA warrants.

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      • old deplorable owl says:

        They needed them to give cover for what they’d already done, amongst other treasonous things.

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        • Shyster says:

          How does that give them cover? Any and all investigation and spying is documented with 302s. Those 302s would be documented into the system and dated contemporaneously and pre-existing the FISA. The only way to avoid this is to keep it completely off the books. If that occurred then there would be nothing to justify with a an October FISA. Further, you can’t hide pre October informant payments or air travel to the UK or Italy. So a FISA warrant doesn’t hide any pre FISA investigation work product so if the Hammer was real, a FISA warrant couldn’t hide or justify anything that came before the granting of the warrant.

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          • RAC says:

            DS were spying on candidates for the 2016 election hoping to find something to use against them. Had they found anything they would have had to be able to provide a seemingly legitimate source were they got their information, couldn’t admit to using the Hammer. In the end they didn’t find anything real they could use so they went with halper etc to dirty people up. That’s the way it seems to me.

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      • RAC says:

        Most likely the Hammer was used for stuff that could never be publicly acknowledged like day to day spying on opponents, blackmail and maybe financial gain. Whilst the fisa abuse was for stuff they wanted to do with the veneer of legality.

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      • guest4ever says:

        Shyster—To cover their anatomy, IMHO!

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  16. HB says:

    I wonder if that $8 billion had anything to do with this.

    Liked by 5 people

    • Robert Smith says:

      Sure there are Trillions at stake…

      But where are MY millions? It is always surprising how politicians will change their views for seemingly small donations. Pork is a huge incentive, Remember when pork got banished people wondered how DC would every operate.

      Liked by 2 people

      • meow4me2 says:

        Robert, Robert, Robert! Don’t you know that Mike Bloomberg is going to give every American a million dollars? Be patient, the check is in the mail.

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  17. JohnCasper says:

    “AG Barr, Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham”

    These Peeping Tom Perverts call the FISA Star Chamber, that presumes all regular Americans guilty until never proven innocent, patriotic. It’s patriotic alright – on the Hitler, Stalin and Mao plan.

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  18. sarasotosfan says:

    I think it is a mistake to lump Barr with McConnell and Graham.

    Barr is still negotiating his way through the DOJ where his enemies are legion and his only source of power resides in the people he chooses to trust.

    Liked by 4 people

  19. robert_g says:

    Technically, Article III court, not “Title”

    Liked by 3 people

  20. gary says:

    i didn’t know burr said he ‘supported’ ratcliffe. just that he would let him have a hearing. ratcliffe will kill it in the hearing. burr will screw him. burr is in jeopardy . and a true shift would be the sen. gary peters coming out of the breifing he demanded and supporting the subpoena for the biden crap.

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  21. citizen817 says:

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    • mark says:

      Yes Citizen 817 and now hopefully ADNI Grenell has seen all of the documents!! I would think if the ADNI was just asking for certain documents, Turtle and Burr and Warner would be willing to trade votes for someone else.

      With the appointment of Grenell our President has woken up to the lawfare work around to the turtle. The 210 day thing and I believe that you and I are gonna see more of this and it’s about time. Maybe President Trump has had enough time and has seen who his friends really are and now you are seeing moves like Mulvaney to Ireland.

      Talk about 64 degree chess President Trump just moved a ROOK to within reach of the opposing queen!!!!!!!!!!!

      Hey Citizen 817 I want to thank you for all of the posts on the open thread! Really good stuff, sometimes I almost cry and sometimes laugh for hours. I would invite all Treepers to just scan the open thread if nothing else, some good stuff on there.

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  22. TradeBait says:

    If Burr plays along, he’s got a deal. If he sticks it to PDT in the final vote on Ratcliffe he’s going down. Either way we are going to know soon.

    Liked by 8 people

  23. islandpalmtrees says:

    I have a different opinion: the SSCI leadership has been causing allot of problems and in so doing endangered the FISA renewals. The IC leadership is applying pressure to the SSCI. Get our FISA process renewed. Do what it takes Burr, AG Barr, Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham.

    I like Sundance’s wording – they are part of the Club.

    Liked by 6 people

    • Robert Smith says:

      It is the golden goose for the entire IC. Forget about the intelligence value to thwart our foreign enemies. Monetizing that information stream is worth untraceable millions and billions to the wielders of the system.

      Liked by 3 people

  24. Jim Comey is a weasel_Doug says:

    Burr has nowhere near the exposure Weasel Warner does. Besides, he’s made his loot, I’m guessing he’s going to get out soon.
    WeaselBoy will be on his way out soon too. The Swamp is losing its grip.

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  25. islandpalmtrees says:

    Over the last few articles on the FISA renewal I have posted a large number of reasons for not renewing the FISA Act. I don’t expect anything to change, other than perhaps a name change.

    To be specific, nothing meaningful will come out of any change, modification, promise or wish from these people. To many organizations, contractors, professional politicians are being paid off. 50 billion plus, year over year.

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  26. allenrizzi says:

    I worry about Meadows, He is too much the “politician” and he left Western North Carolina hanging and then endorsed his wife’s friend who is totally unqualified. Sounds like the same old same old to me.

    Liked by 1 person

  27. Robert Smith says:

    Trump is criticized by the other side as loud and boisterous, but Trump is also the quiet assassin. How things have changed in half a year.

    Liked by 5 people

  28. 335blues says:

    The regular court system has served the country well for over 200 years. There is no reason to change it for American citizens unless the government wanted to spy on a citizen in the dark, and/or the government has no evidence to support the surveillence.
    Like they did to President Trump.
    And the millions of other citizens who got caught up in the nefarious “two hop” rule.
    They should use whatever means are necessay
    against foreign agents, like the CCP.
    Foreigners do not have rights under our Constitution. I agree with the Rand Paul approach, reform FISA for non citizens only.

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    • Elizabeth Raynor Short says:

      FISA is only to allow spying on Americans. POTUS can spy on foreigners without breaking any law. and FISC doesn’t allow or disallow spying on them. So making FBI/Office of the AG go to Article 3 courts for warrants to spy on Americans makes FISA of no further use.

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  29. PCS says:

    The coronavirus threat to the economy has galvanized political Republican unity.

    Stress and external threats will do that sometimes.

    Strange times.
    Indeed.

    Liked by 1 person

  30. Ackman419 says:

    Burr supporting Ratcliff is telling.
    Burr wants to stay in business throughout PDJTs second term. He’s gonna play ball with MAGA for now, and stay off the boomerang trajectory.
    As if we needed more tea leaf reading or sober analysis of the electorate, a second term is a near certainty.

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  31. rayvandune says:

    I must assume that President Lionheart is (and has been for some time) supplementing the Secret Service and the “American” Intel Community with his own private security and Intel resources. He must have, in order to make the progress he has against a Deep State that is so clearly entrenched in all branches and levels of government.

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  32. EZgoer says:

    If McConnell is willing to approve Radcliff, it signals that Trump is making a deal on FISC renewal.

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    • IGiveUp says:

      That’s my take too. If Trump does it, then I hope he stops complaining about being spied on because I’ll no longer care.

      SD says this shows that McConnell greenlighted Burr. If Burr goes along, does that mean another deal has been made so that Burr (and maybe all SSCI) doesn’t get indicted and prosecuted for being corrupt? Again, Trump will lose supporter if he does that.

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  33. cantcforest says:

    I have assiduously followed Sundance for several years, with particular interest in the characters highlighted in this post, and I’m at a loss as to how to balance the forces at play here.
    Surreal.
    I eagerly await PDJT’s next action.

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  34. NeverPolled99 says:

    The appointments of Meadows and Ratcliffe are critical appointments at a critical time. Couldn’t be happier.

    Liked by 2 people

  35. publilius syrus2 says:

    Meadows, new Chief of Staff for Trump.
    Tough job, that requires backbone, political savvy and quick on feet, good communicator.

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  36. publilius syrus2 says:

    PS; great interview style by OAN. Rare these days to see both courtesy and perspicacity.

    Liked by 6 people

    • GB Bari says:

      That’s why the only live broadcast I watch is OANN; never Fox or any others.
      I see Fox and the other new shows only through those clips that are posted in CTH.

      Liked by 2 people

  37. Dutchman says:

    How hilarious; Appointing an Ombudsman, or advocate that will represent American citisens, who don’t KNOW they are being spied on, is “Unconstitutional”, and so they are “wrestling” with that.

    Well, YEAH! The whole concept is inherently unconstitutional, and no amount of cosmetics can make it constitutional.

    Lipstick meet pig.

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  38. USA First! says:

    I wonder if Mick Mulvaney is the ” Anoynomous ” author?

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    • Beau Geste says:

      I have wondered about that also.
      Plenty of time for him to write his memoirs in northern Ireland, where PM boris can keep one of the 5 eyes eye on him and any calls or reporters from the NYT.

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  39. clodfobble says:

    I would like to see POTUS just bitch slap the Turtle and move on.

    Liked by 5 people

    • Drogers says:

      Yeah, I get it.

      But what both are doing as concerns sitting federal judges will be the lasting legacy of at least Mr. McConnell. And should RBG be unable to continue as a Justice in the near future, her replacement will solidify a conservative majority for a least a generation.

      At that point even Mr. President’s legacy will reflect the seating of three Supreme Court Justice’s as a top three achievement.

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    • Maybe he already did. And sometimes it works more effectively when done in private.

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  40. jus wundrin says:

    The uniparty tried to take out the King, and failed miserably. Now they come crawling with hats in hand, but its not only the King they need to make amends to, but the millions of citizens who stand behind him.

    If there are any repub senate aids who read the CTH, remind your bosses that you both work for US, We The People!

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  41. Magabear says:

    Wow, reading thru the comments here to see that McTurtle, Burr and Graham are Nazi’s, retards and Maoists. What does that make Pelosi, Schiff and Schumer? 🤔

    Neo-cons, CofC lackeys and deep staters to be sure, but let’s not go over the top like the left does with the rhetoric.

    PDJT has the mojo going and the repubs know they either ride the Trump train or get left behind. Being the next Pierre Dilecto isn’t a place any smart republican wants to be.

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    • GB Bari says:

      Most Treepers don’t refer to them that way. I think those tags are just a little ad hominem from some frustrated posters. Cannot blame them since those Senators certainly don’t do enough to dispel those notions.

      But most of us see them as simply corrupt and self-serving in their back room dealings with major donors and other politicians including the DemonRATs. These Senate Republicans are globalists but not leftwing socialists.

      If they were Leftists, they would not have willfully approved the two most recent conservative SCOTUS justices plus a host of conservative federal judges all nominated by the President.

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      • MJ Alexander says:

        Corruption is an equal-opportunity disease…

        Liked by 1 person

        • guest4ever says:

          That’s a CRITICAL, though not the only, reason we as a nation and culture MUST get back to genuine, faithful, large families. Families can ensure that we, once again, hopefully, become a faithful, MORAL country, from the bottom up!!!

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  42. IGiveUp says:

    “Wow, reading thru the comments here to see that McTurtle, Burr and Graham are Nazi’s, retards and Maoists. What does that make Pelosi, Schiff and Schumer?”

    The latter are the declared ideological enemy while the former are double agents in your midst–think Philby, Burgess etc.–perhaps not ideologically allied with the enemy but certainly in it for the $, power and prestige. Nevertheless, I think UniParty or Liberal Establishment is sufficient to make the point.

    We’re trying to topple liberalism and re-claim the American Establishment and it’s vital systemic institutions. Insofar as McConnell, Burr, Graham et.al. don’t have that as a goal, they are the Establishment. Thus they must be removed sooner or later if we are to win.

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  43. OhNoYouDont says:

    The reasons I believe that SSCI Chairman Burr is more receipted to a Ratcliffe confirmation:

    1. This latest Ratcliffe nomination followed the Law …

    2. Unlike the House SSCI (Chairman Schiff), the Senate Chairman accepts the findings of the DOJ IG Report on FISA abuses. Since January 2019, John Ratcliffe has been a lead GOP investigator in Congress, his findings on FISA abuse were consistent with the DOJ IG Report, which was released in December, 2019.

    3. If there was any backroom deal with the White House in regards with a Ratcliffe confirmation, that can not be discounted.

    Remember, the tweet @RealDonaldTrump in which Ratcliffe has been considered the DNI pick before the DOJ IG FISA Abuse Report was released.

    ” … John wanted to wait until after the IG Report was finished.”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/02/28/president-trump-nominates-john-ratcliffe-for-director-of-national-intelligence-ramifications/
    —–

    Technically, John Ratcliffe has been nominated for two different positions:

    In August 2018, John Ratcliffe was nominated as the Acting DNI, which does not require Senate approval.

    In February 2020, Ratcliffe was nominated as the DNI, which does require Senate approval.

    —–

    The transition from Senate approved DNI to Acting DNI, there is a Federal Law, which is in the Federal Register (78 FR 59159. 2013-09-25) that determines who could become Acting DNI.

    Technically, Ratcliffe was not eligible and he was soon withdrawn.

    —–

    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 DNI.

    “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
    (Sue Gordon resigned when she found out Trump did not want her as Acting DNI)

    2. Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Intelligence Integration
    (position was vacant in August 2019)

    3. Director of the National Counterterrorism Center
    (Joseph Maguire became the Acting DNI)

    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

    —–

    In February 2020, replaced Acting DNI Joseph Maguire with Richard Grenell in the same role.

    This was 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.

    President Trump created leverage by appointing Grenell, who shares the world view of the President and has the tenacity to implement his policy into the Intel apparatus.

    The President still had to nominate someone to the DNI position before March 11, 2020. Eventually, John Ratcliffe was nominated.

    —–

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    • HidetheDecline says:

      Ratcliffe wasn’t nominated to be the acting DNI last year, that’s why he needed Senate approval, because he was supposed to be taking over completely rather than merely serving for the interim.

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      • OhNoYouDont says:

        From Sundance:

        https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/02/28/president-trump-nominates-john-ratcliffe-for-director-of-national-intelligence-ramifications/

        On July 28, 2019, President Trump first nominated John Ratcliffe for the ODNI position to replace former DNI Dan Coats. However, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence headed by Chairman Richard Burr and Vice-Chairman Mark Warner, informed the White House they would not support Ratcliffe. Burr and Warner would not have made such a bold statement to undercut the nomination without approval from Mitch McConnell.

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        • HidetheDecline says:

          Right, he was nominated to replace Dan Coats, not serve in acting capacity. That’s why it mattered what Burr and other senators thought, where as there was nothing they could do to prevent Trump from naming Grenell as acting DNI.

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        • HidetheDecline says:

          To put it another way, there is no need to nominate an acting director because acting directors do not need senate approval, they are simply named to fill the position. If anyone objects to the person named, they would have to go to court to try to have that person removed AFTER they take the position.

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          • Reassigning someone who has been confirmed by the Senate for one position to another position requiring Senate approval is entirely legal per The Vacancy Act of 1998. The appointment is an acting position lasting up to 210 days which is why McGuire had to vacate the position by 11 Mar 2020. The exception is when the President nominates a replacement and the Senate does not confirm the current acting gets another 210 days.

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      • OhNoYouDont says:

        Thank you, HidetheDecline, for pointing out the DNI nomination for Ratcliffe was not for the Acting DNI last Summer.

        Still, the FISA IG report on FISA abuses were not completed last Summer, so a lead GOP investigator in Congress (Ratcliffe) may have been seen as too partisan a pick at that time.

        Ratcliffe’s findings on FISA were proven correct by the DOJ IG later in the year, which legitimized his selection in the Republican Intel community.

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  44. Turtle lecturing PDJT. PDJT’s expression says it all! “You really think I am going to agree to whatever you’re offering Turtle?”

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  45. waicool says:

    This is good news in my book

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  46. Rex70 says:

    If McConnell greenlighted Ratcliffe to Burr, does that mean that McConnell spoke to Ratcliffe so that Ratcliffe has been rolled??? I have enormously supported Ratcliffe and certainly do now, think he is perfect for the job—but now having the support of duplicitous McConnell and corrupt Burr makes me a bit uneasy. Anyone else?

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  47. dwpender says:

    Ratcliffe and Meadows were among the principal advocates for what became DJT’s remarkably short-lived September, 2018 Declassification EO. Here we sit 17 months later, and we’ve seen almost nothing.

    With Ratcliffe and Meadows on the inside, can we finally get a sweeping Presidential order commanding extensive Declassification and public release?

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    • guest4ever says:

      dwpender—THAT would be nice!! Having Ratcliffe and Meadows on the inside, so we can FINALLY get FULL DECLASS and public release!!!

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  48. islandpalmtrees says:

    Strange Allies – I wonder, if a Bernie supporter will ever read this.

    Bernie Sanders has we know, will never see the democratic nomination, due to the corrupt actions of the Uni-party. While at the same time, every day american’s, will never see the FISA Act removed or existing laws governing it’s operation enforced. And, perhaps we will never see an end to the spying on us by the Uni-party government

    So in a real sense, the Socialist and the Republican party, share a common enemy – Uni-party.

    The Socialist, represented by Bernie would be well advised to support President Trump, since he would at-least give them a fair voice.

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  49. 99% of the Rinos and GOPe will be around after PDJT’s term(s) are over. They are just playing the waiting game.

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  50. jeans2nd says:

    Amazing the leverage one has over one’s senior Senator when exercised from inside the Office of the President as opposed to from a seat in Congress.
    That little sh!t-eaten grin on Meadow’s face tells one all one needs to know. Victory! lolol

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