Sunday Talks: Sidney Powell Discusses Issues Surrounding Judge Sullivan and Flynn Case – DC District Court and Now Circuit Court Have Intervened in Flynn Case…

Yesterday we noted a rather important, yet less discussed, motive for the strength of the DC Circuit Court position against Judge Emmet Sullivan.  I’ll expand after the video.

In this interview Gregg Jarrett talks with Flynn’s defense lawyer Sidney Powell about the rather unusual behavior of Judge Emmet Sullivan.  WATCH:

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A DC judge hiring a well connected DC lawyer to write his response to a DC circuit court appeals panel is the part that’s interesting.  There’s no guarantee the appeals court will accept such a response; but that’s also another issue.   Bottom line: Judge Sullivan is importing a lawyer to represent his interests.  Very unusual.

CTH readers are smart; aware and smart enough not to get stuck in the weeds; so let’s stay elevated on this and look at the whole picture.  Consider this decision by Judge Emmet Sullivan through the prism of recent events surrounding Flynn:

♦ The DOJ, joined with the defense position and filed an unopposed motion to drop the case against Michael Flynn.

♦ A USAO from Missouri, Jeff Jensen, has discovered a trail of internal evidence pointing toward a corrupt originating prosecution for the case against Flynn.   Mr. Jensen has been revealing those documents and providing them to the court (and defense).

♦ Meanwhile DNI Ric Grenell has declassified and revealed documents showing a corrupt intent by the U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) against Michael Flynn.

♦ On Friday (5/22/20) the FBI Director announced an internal investigation into officials inside the FBI for wrongful conduct specifically as it relates to a corrupt operation, now discovered and public, against Michael Flynn.

Additionally, we shall not play games and ignore the obvious.

Judge Emmet Sullivan is well aware of the reason why former Judge Rudolph “Rudy” Contreras was recused from the Flynn case; only days after accepting the first plea agreement, and less than 72 hours after the Peter Strzok and Lisa Page text messages publicly surfaced.

Lisa Page: “Rudy is on the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court]! Did you know that?” “Just appointed two months ago””..

Peter Strzok: “I did. We talked about it before and after. I need to get together with him.”…

Notice Strzok is saying he and Rudy had a talk about the judge joining the FISA court both before and after Judge Contreras was appointed.  There is a friendship connection, not just a professional relationship.  This will come into play later on.

Lisa Page and Peter Strzok even discussed the friendship between the FBI Agent and Judge Contreras being an issue that might cause a conflict of interest within the activity of Strzok as lead agent within the counterintelligence division within the FBI.

The issue was enough for Peter Strzok to say he was planning to discuss the conflict with Rudy.  Specifically Strzok was aware his work and Contreras position would likely lead to an investigation where the judge would have to recuse himself.

Agent Strzok planned to have this conversation with Rudy, and he preferred to have the discussion informally just days before Strzok official launched operation crossfire hurricane.

As the texts outline the issue of Rudy and Peter’s friendship is known to the small group in the FBI, being talked about internally, and Strzok is keenly aware he will have to approach it.  As Peter Strzok replies to Lisa Page: “M suggested a social setting with others would probably be better than a one on one meeting.”

The informal nature of a social conversation about it, with others who could corroborate if needed, would provide plausible deniability on both ends and dilute the toxicity of any issue that surfaced later on.  The conflict was enough of a concern to require a strategy.

Fast forward to the following year…

The special counsel investigation was absorbing 100% of the media’s attention.  Within DC all that anyone was talking about was the Mueller investigation and the “Trump-Russia” narrative.  The indictment of Lt. General Michael Flynn has led the news headlines for months.

There is no way a DC district court judge ; especially one that has sat on the FISA court during the time the DOJ and FBI were abusing the process; would be unaware of the investigation.  Additionally and more importantly, there is no way a DC district judge, FISA judge and good friend of Peter Strzok, would be unaware that Flynn’s prosecution was an extension of an FBI counterintelligence case against all of the Trump officials.

Holding a position of justification by saying DC district court Judge Rudolph Contreras would be unaware of the nature and circumstances of the Flynn case prior to assignment would be intellectually silly and obtuse in the extreme.   Contreras knew the case; perhaps not the granular details, but he knew the case and who was prosecuting it.

On November 30th, 2017, Mike Flynn signed a guilty plea; ostensibly admitting lying to FBI investigators.  The plea was accepted the next day by Judge Rudolph “Rudy” Contreras (who is also a FISA court judge).  Six days later, December 7, 2017, Judge Contreras “was recused” from the case without explanation.

It’s important to note that Judge Contreras did not recuse himself, he was recused by the U.S. District court for the District of Columbia. [Source]

The court made the public announcement that Judge Contreras “has been recused from handling the case.”

If the conflict -which required recusal- existed on December 7, 2017, wouldn’t that same conflict have existed days earlier on November 30th?  Of course it did.  And of course Judge Rudolph Contreras would be aware of that conflict long before engaging in the case itself.

The moment the case was assigned, Contreras knew there was a conflict for him.

Again, if the conflict existed on December 7th, the conflict certainly existed on December 1st.   So why did he accept the case?  Why did he participate in the case until the district court intervened and removed it from him?

There has been a transparent lack of media curiosity on this issue from the day the court announced his recusal.  Apparently those questions did not fit the media objective.

This context is important because the DC circuit court is now ordering district Judge Sullivan to explain his decision-making.  They are using very strong language toward Judge Sullivan and have surprised many legal experts in the way the circuit court panel has approach it.

The panel of circuit judges: Henderson, Wilkins and Rao, did not rule on the petition for the writ of mandamus; instead they “ordered” Judge Sullivan to explain himself within ten days.  The same panel “invited” the DOJ to participate:

I would suggest to you the reason for the strength in the circuit court position is entirely connected to their knowledge of the back-ground of the Flynn case which included the  recusal of Judge Contreras.  None of this, specifically the tone of the panel in their order, is disconnected from the larger background.

Whether they want to admit it or not, and they would never do so publicly, the DC court has to be keenly aware of the material behind this case.  They have to be aware of what DNI Grenell has exposed; they have to be aware the FBI is now investigating itself based on how the FBI handled the Flynn case; and this same DC circuit knows the FISA court process was abused by the exact same participants involved in this Flynn prosecution.

The media, and some DOJ and FBI defenders are playing too-cute-by-half in providing justifications for the DOJ/FBI activity.  But the bigger picture is in full sunlight.

The media ignoring it, and the legions of former DOJ and FBI employees attempting to be disingenuous about it, does not change our level of information about it; and certainly does not change the disposition of a DC court system that has watched this playing out in their back yard.

 

 

 

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334 Responses to Sunday Talks: Sidney Powell Discusses Issues Surrounding Judge Sullivan and Flynn Case – DC District Court and Now Circuit Court Have Intervened in Flynn Case…

  1. jeans2nd says:

    And remember, Judge Neomi Rao was Pres Trump’s “Eliminate Regulations” czar before she became a judge. Judge Rao is responsible for the some 20 regs eliminated for 1 reg added.
    Judge Rao sits on the Flynn case.

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    • Bill Durham says:

      Sully McSullyface

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    • matrixbeam says:

      Excellent video about this case above. Discussion of the Flynn case starts at the 1:00:00 mark. Background: Robert Barnes, of Barnes Law, has some good insight into Judge Sullivan that you will find fascinating! Barnes was actually considering defending Flynn before Sydney Powell took the case. He basically says that Sullivan is dumb as a box of rocks but too arrogant to admit it. Wow! Lots of inside information in this video.

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      • Bill Durham says:

        So Sully basically opened himself up to ethical and legal issues by not dismissing the case. This is another Lawfare scheme where they lose again.

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      • Brian Colley says:

        Also just know that Judge Sullivan is exstremley compromised ala Girl on fire blog TRACY ZONA. CHECK IT OUT.

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        • Betty says:

          Thank you. I did check her out.
          She has republished a letter letter outing Judge Emmet Sullivan on Twitter. She has a great deal of confidence in the writer.
          At one point the writer alleged Judge Sullivan efforts to bury a vicious crime committed by his son were assisted by: “There was no way out the evidence was overwhelming so you and Cummings, and Rod took care of it.”

          Next the Twitter writer states:

          “Fast forward a few more years and the same son is picked up in a multi-state sting of online pedophiles. I’m sure all those pictures and videos he was trading, all those children oh, I’m sure they were asking for it too. Back to your friends, Cummings, Catherine Pugh, rod. Funny how are your friends are corrupt or convicted. With that previous charge still on the books you really had to call in some favors to make this go away. Close to 900 people picked up, you managed to make that case. Disappear somewhere in between the state and federal level, with some RR help there.

          I know who Cummings is but who is Catherine Pugh and Rod, rod, and RR?

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      • ncbirdnwrd says:

        Thanks for posting. Great, info from an obviously brilliant legal mind. Putting more and more sunlight on how the corrupt legal/judiciary systems work legally (unfortunately);
        manipulating the law to fit the desired outcome.
        (Lawfare much?)

        And imagine the press doing the very same thing; manipulating the facts, or lack thereof, to fit the desired story. Who knew?! \s

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      • We the people know says:

        Truly excellent. Thank you.

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      • jay says:

        The video at 1 hour 7 minutes discussing Social Justice Warrior lawyers (‘SJW’ I had to look it up) is truly frightening. Deviating from traditional stare decisis will cripple the balance of power and weaponize the judiciary. Having read a few of the amici briefs submitted on the Flynn case it is evident that is the goal. Ignore precedent and craft a decision based on ideology – so called social justice.

        Without tradition – legal, religious, cultural, familial – we are doomed. We are the the mercy of the whim of whoever is in power. We will be ruled by how the wind blows on that particular day. The younger generations do not yet understand the darkness and despair they are engineering for themselves. When the books are written will it read: it took 200+ years to get here and a mere 10 to 20 to destroy it?

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        • guest4ever says:

          jay—The REALLY scary part of that is that quite a number of law schools, though I don’t have the specific number or names of the schools, were infiltrated by the leftist SJW, etc. There are DARN few legitimate law schools remaining in this country. THAT is scary. Those that were infiltrated, and there are MANY, should be totally eliminated, burned, and the earth salted beneath them!

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          • jay says:

            I finished law school more than 25 years ago. This is news to me. My Con law teacher was very conservative and almost took my head off when I questioned how the constitution can represent current society given it was written so many years ago. The answer, in retrospect, is obvious.

            But more important, the constitution, apart from being a piece of fragile piece of paper is a mere idea. A brilliant idea. Written by brilliant men who very much understood human nature, tyranny, and freedom. But an idea nevertheless which can be eliminated from existence. The idea that we are created equal and we have inalienable RIGHTS. Think about that! What a concept – especially when compared to Chinese citizens being locked in their homes and dragged down streets into vans, perhaps never to be seen again.

            We have the Bill of Rights that protect us from such government activities. Yet here, The Good General’s rights were and continue to be violated by our government. Many repeat- if it can happen to him it can happen to anyone. Indeed, and it seems more and more, these will be self inflicted wounds.

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        • Mello says:

          Wow, you think there will still be books?

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      • swampfox999 says:

        Thanks for the excellent video.

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      • swampfox999 says:

        Thanks for the excellent video.

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      • swampfox999 says:

        Thanks for the excellent video.

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      • swampfox999 says:

        Thanks for the excellent video.

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      • swampfox999 says:

        Thanks for the excellent video.

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    • Trust, But Verify says:

      Every time we see a strange ruling or action these days by an authority figure in D. C. (or in powerful figures at the state level), we should expect that Obama is behind it.

      Whether it was Jeff Sessions or John Roberts or Emmet Sullivan or others who did some strange stuff, we have to assume that Valerie Jarrett, or some other wacko Leftist operative (on Obama’s orders) has searched the database that Hussein has in his possession (from all the exports from maybe millions of illegal searches of the NSA database), and has contacted the victim and blackmailed him or her.

      Notice that at virtually every important junction over the last three or four years (from Sessions’ recusal to Roberts’ strange Obamacare decision to Sullivan’s refusal to dismiss the Flynn charges),strange actions suddenly occur that seem inexplicable.

      Why?

      Well, you KNOW that Obama’s history has been to always dig up dirt on his opponents and use it to destroy them. He been simply following what Bill Ayers and Saul Alinsky taught him very well.

      So you KNOW that Barack made sure that all the data from all those illegal NSA database searches wound up in a database that he controls in his residence (and maybe the data is replicated in 20 other places, in the possession of MANY other Obama cronies).

      Emmett Sullivan is doing all of this idiocy because he’s been told to do so by Obama, and if he doesn’t, something sordid in his life will be leaked to the press by Obama.

      How Obama operates is not rocket surgery.

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      • That’s what I’ve been thinking about. When the Obamas and Valerie moved into their new mansion weren’t there rumors of some big fancy computer system being installed? And the computers switched out at the White House? Someone needs to cut that cord.

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        • tucker7518 says:

          President Trump needs to stay as far away from the Obamas as possible.

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        • Simon Says says:

          That network has been there all along. HRC was uncovered when her server came to light.

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        • Will Hunt says:

          Once again it appears all but unquestionable that PDJT must have the most spotless record/history on the planet. And once again I’ll ask who in the world can ever replace him?

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          • steph_gray says:

            Several stalwart MAGA heroes have come forward fearlessly in the last few years, for example Jim Jordan and Devin Nunes, in spite of unsuccessful efforts to smear them.

            If weird 180-turns in actions – the ObamaScare overnight switch by Roberts being the perfect example – are clear evidence of blackmail – then I submit that continued strong public support of MAGA and PDJT should be considered clear evidence of really good guys (and gals such as Sidney) who have no skeletons in the closet.

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          • TarsTarkas says:

            He doesn’t have a spotless record. Far from it. But his record has been public knowledge for so long along with his faults and foibles that there is little new for black hats to uncover. And once he felt that he might actually have to run for POTUS he cleaned up his act, which gave his enemies little new to use for character assassination.

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          • Bob Parker says:

            I am starting to think that Ric Grenell will be a very worthy successor to President Trump following Mr. Trump’s 2nd term.

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        • Snellvillebob says:

          I remember when they were building the mother server in Utah, there was word of a smaller version being built in Dallas.

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      • bodieisland says:

        It’s called “The Hammer” Dennis Montgomery, a true Patriot, developed this program (2008) and it was confiscated by Clapper & Brennan. It is stored on many computers at Ft Washington, MD and was developed for surveillance of terrorists. When Oblather got it he used it for domestic spying. This is probably why he’s still in DC. The American Report (I think) is the name of the news feed with this story. Fascinating & Scary

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        • anthonydog says:

          I’ve followed their series on The Hammer. This one links to the others. Seems with Sidney Powell referencing Hammer on Fox business that story may break open. The Hammer was built in 2003 for foreign surveillance after 911 though on February 3, 2009 Obama, Brennan and Clapper illegally commandeered The Hammer for the purpose of blackmail and leverage against the American people. The CIA holds no charter to spy on the American people. Obama and Brennan come from families that embrace Communism. Clapper? Not yet clear…

          THE HAMMER IS THE KEY TO THE COUP – The American Report

          https://theamericanreport.org/2019/11/10/the-hammer-is-the-key-to-the-coup/

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          • ChampagneReady says:

            Yup. People who do not listen to the whistleblower tapes do not comprehend the massive deceit and almost surreal spy system this was. It’s like the Jaws movie where the shark is present and you hear the dramatic music signaling that it is about to wreak havoc.

            Without listening to the tapes, you don’t know the history, the people, including a US District Judge, a military general, a NSA signals intelligence division chief for 26 years, and WikiLeaks who have confirmed it. You don’t know that Joe Arpaio saw proof that Dennis Montgomery got the names and personal data of 153,000 people in his county alone (Maricopa). Names, phone numbers, bank accounts, passwords, breaching and hacking into bank computers, turning off their detection software through his software so it left no trace.

            This will be one of biggest MOABS to hit this country when this finally can’t be kept suppressed any more by very, very, very, nervous people that have already done what Big Brother could only scratch the surface of alerting us to.

            The silence about this is deafening but Jaws is about to surface.

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      • suejeanne1 says:

        this rings true to me – going back to Roberts and that inexplicable Obamacare decision –

        what if the part about Sullivan picking an attorney to help him out right now with the matter at hand is actually because he is getting squeezed, nervolated and worried that he has been used right along by this machine to do his part to destroy Flynn and ultimately the Trump Presidency – maybe he doesn’t like the idea of somehow being destroyed himself in the process when the Obama machine throws him under the bus in the course of these new developments – maybe he is talking to this attorney about what he really needs, beyond resolving the Flynn case and that he feels like even if he does Obama and company’s bidding, he is still going to suffer and he does not dig that.

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      • Realist says:

        We should remember that ALL Bath House Barry HUSSEIN Soetero OBAMA’s Indonesian school contemporaries remember Barry as a PARTICULARLY DEVOUT MUSLIM

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        • Rock Knutne says:

          Realist ~~

          And while in Indonesia his primary caregiver was a transvestite nanny that took care of him 24/7.
          Would you let any child of yours be that close to a nanny like that from age 5 to 11?

          Jack Cashill’s book about him details that.

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      • anthonydog says:

        🇺🇸Woolsey, Brennan, Clapper, And Comey Framed Trump And Flynn In Russian Collusion Hoax, Fearing Exposure Of THE HAMMER – The American Report

        https://theamericanreport.org/2020/01/19/woolsey-brennan-clapper-and-comey-framed-trump-and-flynn-in-russian-collusion-hoax-fearing-exposure-of-the-hammer/

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      • anthonydog says:

        🇺🇸Woolsey, Brennan, Clapper, And Comey Framed Trump And Flynn In Russian Collusion Hoax, Fearing Exposure Of THE HAMMER – The American Report

        https://theamericanreport.org/2020/01/19/woolsey-brennan-clapper-and-comey-framed-trump-and-flynn-in-russian-collusion-hoax-fearing-exposure-of-the-hammer/

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      • anthonydog says:

        Obama Exposed: There Were No FISA Warrants, There Was No Incidental Surveillance, There Was The Hammer — The Persecution Of General Flynn

        https://theamericanreport.org/2020/05/15/obama-exposed-there-were-no-fisa-warrants-there-was-no-incidental-surveillance-there-was-the-hammer-the-persecution-of-general-flynn/

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      • BuckeyeChuck says:

        Remember what James Brown (Rep Maxine Waters) said, Barrack got the killer data base, nobody messes with him. Part II over 100 people from Google moved back and forth between Obamas white house and google. Barrack didn’t just spy on enemys.

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      • Dee Paul Deje says:

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      • MVW says:

        “rocket surgery”
        ROTFL, thank you for that, I love it.
        Yes, Obama has friends with a dead bodies computer database and BIG computer. Clank, buzz pull Sullivan’s string. Big fail.

        Friends = CIA = Gina. However, at this stage can Obama trust his friends? Even at this stage, Obama is untouchable, personally. His meh ‘Legacy’ will get some blue dress stain on it, but doubtful he loses sleep over it.

        But Obama is not the puppet master either. Reuters and AP are owned by those known to be agenda string pullers, and they are not the CIA. It is a Globalist cluster… of aging spiders that have been losing to Trump one flop at a time. The latest idiocy was the CCP flu. How stupid can you get? An expensive, wake the deplorables up, goof ball operation.

        Old spiders are begging for the curtain to fall in November, so they can just get back to making money their old fashion way, loaning it to crooked Gruberments, and stop the ‘too smart by half’ GET SMART operations (I loved that TV show).

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        • Kathy says:

          Can you share any info you have regarding AP and Reuter’s? I’m very interested to know more about their make up. Thx much.

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      • valuethetruth says:

        Yes indeed. We’re seeing blackmail victims everywhere these days. After all, what is spying good for?

        Obama is only building on the tradition started by Hillary during Bill’s presidency, when she had an aide retrieve FBI background reports on several hundred people. The crooked activity didn’t come to light until about 2 years later, when the aide resigned and the files were returned. Bet your bottom dollar that Hillary had her own copies hidden away and has been using them for blackmail ever since.

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        • guest4ever says:

          Valuethetruth—Like your name. I have a feeling that the tradition of blackmail goes further back than Killary. Remember Poppy Bush? He was head of the CIA before being selected as POTUS, and is rumored to have been in Dallas the day that JFK was assassinated, though he always said he couldn’t remember where he was on that day. (I always called BS on THAT!)

          I’ll bet blackmail goes WAY back. THAT’s why we’re in the situation we’re in. Everyone’s been doing it; and no one has been clean—till now! Heheheh. The Deep State is passing bricks!!! Good!!!

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      • Rock Knutne says:

        Trust but Verify ~~

        You’re giving way to much credit to the half white idiot that was ‘selected’ for that position. He was the perfect puppet that couldn’t be attacked because‘rayciss’! You need look no further than red diaper babies David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett along with Bill Ayers’ and his ilk.

        If you look back at those in his cabinet and surrounding him, they all go back to the radicalism in the 60’s and 70’s. In their own words, (paraphrasing) “we realized bombing buildings and government facilities wasn’t going to win the masses over, so we put on suits and got our degrees in education, finance and journalism…”

        And here we are.

        M🇺🇸A🇺🇸G🇺🇸A

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        • guest4ever says:

          Rock Knutne—-BINGO!!! Winner, winner, chicken dinner!!!!

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        • DiodeBill says:

          You left out Bernadette Dorn, Ayers wife! They should have gotten sent away for life. I don’t understand why those two hateful persons are walking free. Ayers also “finished” writing the two books Obama took credit for and the Nobel prize. Obama is “Deconstructed” by a well known literary who definitively finds that Ayers did most of the writing in those two books. The Chicago cabal that got BO elected to do nothing as a senator and they then put him in place to likely become the worst POTUS in US history Those who put him there are trying, in vain, to preserve his worthless made up “legacy”.
          (Excuse my rant.)

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        • anthonydog says:

          CLUES UNLOCK OBAMA I.D. MYSTERY: FBI Soviet Spy Files, SUBUD Cult, And A Dead Body

          http://theamericanreport.org/2015/08/19/clues-unlock-obama-id/

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          • DaughterofLiberty says:

            Jug Ears is the spitting image of that Indonesian SUBUD cult founder. For those of you who haven’t seen a photo of him – click on the article. No way was Frank Davis Marshall the father (although likely a handler), nor was the Kenyan. Stanley Ann was a SUBUD member and likely impregnated by that Indonesian cult founder. Jug Ears likely was born in Indonesia.

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    • MLK says:

      While the identified starting point is arbitrary, there’s good reason to consider the end of The Cold War as kicking off this current exceedingly serious threat to our great republic.

      In short, the Administrative State/Permanent Government , wholly lacking in any independent legitimacy, arrogated power from the increasingly corrupted three constitutional branches.

      Since 1988, establishment factions, playfully offering distinction without a difference “D” and “R” labeling, resolved flareups and scandals of increasing size and scope behind the curtain. Their power grew in relation to the three constitutional branches that eventually they didn’t hide it. In throwing their weight around publicly they showed everyone who was boss — and it emphatically was no longer the POTUS, senior members of Congress, or the Supreme Court.

      Not the least because we were now in The Age Of Compromise, with the construction of a surveillance system with filth like Brennan allowed to rise like Beria.

      That’s the most concise context in which to understand our superlative tradition of The Peaceful Transition Of Power had transmogrified into a mutually self-protective and exploitative bargain between outgoing and incoming administrations long before Election Day. In extremis in 2008, from Bush to Obama.

      There was no such bargain in 2016. That ain’t Trump. Even if he were so inclined or, rather, stupid enough to believe them, they not unreasonably concluded that giving him the Perot treatment would be easy as pie.

      Make no mistake. removing and destroying Trump was and remains as close to a Deus Ex Machina for a broad array of domestic and foreign interests as imaginable. This explains the continued lack of a resolve.

      Without any bargain whatsoever between outgoing and incoming administrations, to say nothing of between Trump and Obama, Flynn as National Security Advisor to POTUS Trump was a threat of monumental proportions.

      I almost feel sorry for Judge Sullivan. He’s been around a long time and the first black president is chewing him up and spitting him out.

      I agree with the view that he’s none too bright. If he ever was he’s past his expiry date. In hindsight that’s evident to me in his refusal to get with the program in the December 18, 2018 sentencing hearing. Read the transcript, the Mueller gang wanted him to put the case to bed. Instead, Sullivan kept pushing Flynn to request a delay in sentencing until he had completed his cooperation, signaling that otherwise he would sentence Flynn to a term in prison. In other words, the Mueller gang’s 0-6 months recommendation wouldn’t be zero it would be six months (at least).

      The rest is history, as they say. This likely explains why the powers that be currently have no compunctions about putting Sullivan through the hoops as they currently are.

      I probably shouldn’t venture a guess but what may prove most operative about the DC Court of Appeals order is its ten-day deadline. I don’t see them extending it. As for Wilkinson, Sullivan is free to hire or consult whomever he wishes, though I will not be surprised if the court orders that any response to the court formally come out of the horse’s mouth.

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      • guest4ever says:

        MLK—“In short, the Administrative State/Permanent Government , wholly lacking in any independent legitimacy, arrogated power from the increasingly corrupted three constitutional branches.”

        You have nailed the very definition of Deep State, which we all, and especially our wonderful VSGPDJT, General Flynn, and Sidney Powell are battling tooth-and-nail.

        Our best advantage would appear to be our belief in God and our continual prayers to Him!!! That being said, this could very well be a multi-generational fight, which is another advantage for us, seeing as we love children and don’t advocate for their murder!

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  2. T2020 says:

    The stench of corruption in DC is so overwhelming, they should be wearing gas masks instead of face masks.

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  3. NightFlight says:

    As long as this is the last case Sullivan ever presides over with a nice sprinkle of DOJ investigation to boot.

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  4. emet says:

    I expect the Judge to hire a public relations firm. Or, maybe the FBI will let him borrow their PR department

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  5. Fred Witt says:

    Doesn’t the hiring of a lawyer to represent “the court” in this appeal evidence a conflict of interest for which he should be recused/removed?

    Either he is concerned about some criminal exposure of his own (a conflict) or he is so unsure of his legal position in acting as “the court,” that he is allowing his court to be usurped by a non-judge.

    It seems to me, he can’t have it both ways.

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    • Dixie says:

      That was my first thought when I read this. Sullivan has something serious to hide. I hope he’s taken to the woodshed.

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      • MVW says:

        Dog’s dinner. DOJ, FBI, and now a second Federal Judge?

        No, the Flynn case is completely radioactive by now, even roaches are dead. Sullivan will go before the AC and use his silver tongue lawyer to make sure he does not say anything to make matters worse.

        The AC will roll their eyes and order him to dismiss the case. Sullivan, now off the hook will do just that.

        Case closed, encased in lead, buried.

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      • anthonydog says:

        Perhaps those stories of his son involved in the Maryland trafficking ring are true. Apparently, Rosenstein helped him to avoid prison time.

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    • Doppler says:

      Someone earlier pointed out that Sullivan hiring a DS lawyer allows him to maybe share documents under seal with his lawyer, and thus the Deep State. Also, it might create an attorney-client privilege blanket to veil those conversations. I say “might” because a judge performing his judicial duties is not your ordinary client in need of a veil of secrecy to allow good representation.

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      • doyouseemyvision says:

        Exactly right. Sullivan is following instructions, as he has done from the beginning of this trial. This is going on 3.5 years now with intentional delay, after delay, after delay imposed by Judge Sullivan. The fraud perpetrated onto LTG Flynn by the FBI, the DOJ under 2 AG’s, and the court system is abhorrent and grossly un-American. How this ends is still unknown.

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    • anthonydog says:

      The very next day after the General exposed the HAMMER— Comey announces to Congress that he has opened the Russian Collusion investigation— And who does Comey put in charge??? But Peter Strzok — the guy, who some day works for Brennan as a CIA plant in the FBI— Strzok and his “Sidekick” Page were texting the previous night about Montgomery who built the HAMMER — that Brennan Clapper and Obama stole— texting about Montgomery right after the General exposed the HAMMER on the airwaves—
      Comey put Strzok in charge of the investigation

      🇺🇸COMEY LAUNCHED TRUMP RUSSIA INVESTIGATION DAY AFTER GENERAL EXPOSED ‘THE HAMMER’ – The American Report
      http://theamericanreport.org/2019/05/12/comey-launched-trump-russia-investigation-day-after-general-exposed-the-hammer/

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  6. 335blues says:

    Strokz: “Rudy, I need a favor.”
    Contreras: “Sure Peter, whatever you need.”
    Strokz: “I need you to accept Flynn’s plea.”
    Contreras: “Really? That’s a tough one. The case is bad, there is no evidence. The FBI forced
    the plea by threatening Flynn’s son.”
    Strokz: “Oh, I know. But I really need this. The Chief really wants this bad.”
    Contreras: “The Chief, huh? I’ll take care of it.”

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  7. RJ says:

    The scum in D.C. is comparable to canine heartworm. Filthy parasites trying to destroy a living organism.

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  8. ZurichMike says:

    I am sure the Swamp has a book deal or TV talking head gig lined up for Judge Sullivan when he suddenly needs to “retire” in a few week. The leftists protect their own.

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    • wanthetruth says:

      Here’s an interesting Twitter thread. Let’s take a look @ Judge Sullivan’s closet. I’ve read that searching online history for him doesn’t bring up as much as it should & his Wikipedia entry is not as informative as it could be…

      https://mobile.twitter.com/Johnheretohelp/status/1261480070683688967

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      • We the people know says:

        Meet Sullivan’s son at 10;08 Hanging out at home with his snake in a filthy apartment at 10:30. Oh, just watch it all.

        Here’s his tee shirt co web site:
        https://eastshirts.com/#

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        • Bulldog84 says:

          Sullivan’s daughter-in-law Gayle secured a job at Booz Allen Hamilton; she is on LinkedIn (or was).

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        • Pale rider says:

          It’s worth a look at the “t” shirts advertised.
          I suspect skin color has much to do with emit on the bench. I suspect grandpa has a lot to do with the football star. And without a doubt, the only reason the sons are free are the dads misdeeds.
          God bless everyone of that family and their legacy.

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      • Dixie says:

        I can’t “like” that twitter thread because it is so awful but it sure is damning to Sullivan. Scatch that comment I made about “the woodshed”. I hope he soon goes to hell because he’s pure evil.

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  9. carthoris says:

    It’s becoming increasingly difficult, too much repeated cognitive dissonance required, to any longer regard America as the greatest country on earth or even great at all anymore. Oh yes, there are still some beautiful parts … … here and there (Trump, Powell, etc), but far too much of it (FBI, DOJ, CIA, DNC, MSM, Mueller, House of Representatives, Sullivan, Fauci, – my fingers are getting tiered) have become truly uglier than sin and all indications are they will, at least largely, remain so. Call me a downer, but I’m not blind.

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    • III% says:

      Sometimes what makes you great is the adversity and vileness you overcome and fight back against. Humans are fallible. Some are evil. That is this life.

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      • carthoris says:

        In his widely acclaimed, at the time, as political correctness didn’t rule so much then, “The Lowest Animal” Mark Twain used satire to prove a point to readers. He studied the habits and dispositions of men compared to those of other animals. He found the results of his study humiliating because men, in so many different ways, can obviously be clearly seen as the lowest animal. And that was before there even was an FBI or FISA Star Chamber. I can hardly even imagine what Twain would say now.

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      • carthoris says:

        What percent of human beings would you say are good?

        Seems like you have already given your very pessimistic answer to that by your choice of a username.

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        • III% says:

          My moniker refers to the III% that had the guts to lay it on the line and get out from under the thumb of King George. The “give me liberty or give me death” faction. That is usually a small percentage indeed.
          They are a subsection of roughly 30% is my guess who are basically good, with human lapses.
          Another 10% would fall into the truly Evil category.
          The rest? Mostly those keep their heads down and concentrate only on their own little slice of things. They don’t notice for the most part. They aren’t Evil, but allow things that are, even participate at times.
          Most of the people here are part of my estimated 30%. I live as a III%er.

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        • anthonydog says:

          “There are none good, not one.”

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    • regitiger says:

      Cart,

      these people are not “americans”…they are criminals.

      keep some perspective.

      for example: I have traveled russia….extensively…the people there are generally some of the finest you’ll meet…russians, are a proud and spirited people. I’ve also been the New Orleans. Again, same general reaction to the people…the everyday man. IT IS the governing ruling class…that has invented a politically corrupt regime that has poisoned an otherwise legitimate and suitably normal social order.

      when we say new orleans is corrupt..is NOT to suggest or imply that Louisiana is a awful place. Nor would be be accurate and fair to illicit Russia is terrible. It’s the politics…the corrupt nature of decades of toxic political influence that has stolen what is good and decent FROM THE PEOPLE. .

      America is STILL GREAT. By far one of the most free, fair, and open societies. It is the polluted element within the highest towers of government that are on trial here. As it should be. WE DID NOT VOTE FOR THESE PEOPLE! Keep this in mind.

      each generation, as the axiom goes, has the challenge to defend its liberties, to refresh and defend against the tyranny of ruinous government, illegitimate politics, and corrupt actors.

      We are watching the first act of the great cleansing. Will it go far enough to be considered effective?

      That my dear friend is the challenge. Does one simply drop the pool level a few inches and call it a day….Or does one bulldoze the foundation? Either of these two options carry their own special risks. Somewhere between the two is the most tolerable and wise choice.

      REFILLING the Pool, with life guards stationed at the gate, and watched inspecting the new water supply.

      AND DEFINITELY ENFORCING HARSH TREATMENT to those that would take a big crap intentionally in our pool.

      that’s the mission.

      America remains great, and rightfully so. It has always take the actions of extraordinary men and women…typically a small group….who raise the red flags..and take the first shots of the battle. Those shots are being heard…and AMERICANS…true patriots are responding.

      stay tuned. all is NOT LOST!

      God Bless

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    • boogywstew says:

      All the bad guys you named are part of the government. America the Beautiful is more than that.

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    • jmbuck says:

      I can understand your feelings and frustrations. However, I am not giving up until President Trump gives up and I don’t see him giving up.

      By nature, he is a first responder, running into the fire to save all of us. I am with him to the end, he is the only and last hope we have.

      We have been given the best, most capable person for this job. Why? I do not know. Everyday I am bewildered at how dumb a large segment of the population is and I have to ask “Do we deserve saving?” I don’t know. I just want my daughter to have a chance at a good life.

      I know our President will fight to the end. And he’s a winner, not a loser. I am hanging on.

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    • Pale rider says:

      You touched a nerve cart, maybe on purpose?
      But, America is great because of freedom. We can act on this in many ways, voting is just one. God points that out.
      I read an article a few years back of a group who took back their city by sitting in on every meeting in the city. It takes effort and time.
      They hit the news headlines for an arrest on a city council member for violating the law in session. It stuck, and best of all those citizens were not ignored.
      We can do it because of freedom.

      You know especially today when we remember the soldiers who died for us all on a battlefield. Many cold, hungry, sick, scared, young, not in a comfortable building just listening and talking. But, that role is just as important today to hold these corrupt evil people accountable, because these meetings and crooks expect us all to ignore what’s happening in our local governments. I know for a fact, if people knew the judges running for office in a personal way, the riffraff would get culled way before they ever got power.

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  10. jf86 says:

    Great overview! Dec 2017 through spring 2020 is a long time to simply pass sentence – see the Wolfe case. If the goal is not to punish Flynn, which could have been done long ago, what is it? It seems to be to keep him in perpetual legal limbo. Were they always planning on not keeping Flynn on ice through the 2020 election?

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    • WSB says:

      They must keep Flynn from speaking. However, between the transition team and inauguration, Flynn MUST have confided what he knew to the President, no?

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      • guidvce4 says:

        It is highly likely that Flynn made known to PDJT what he knows. And can prove. That fact was leaked to the 0zero minions within the transition team, thus to the puppet masters who decided to keep Flynn’s revelations quiet by wrapping him up in lawfare proceedings.
        That just seems logical to me. Shut Flynn up via corrupt judge’s rulings and drag it out until Trump can be gotten rid of. One way or another. Arkanciding Flynn would not do, too much in the public’s eye. Too many questions would be asked.
        Now it is coming apart at the seams. The folks behind this whole mess are begining to panic. There are gonna be many misteps in the attempts to hide the facts. Which should eventually lead to more exposure of a lot of the illegality in this case and many others.
        It is gonna get ugly before it is all over.
        I’m buying stock in a rope company. Gonna be big winner when Trump gets into 2nd term.
        Just sayin’.

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      • doyouseemyvision says:

        Trump knows.

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  11. Bill Durham says:

    Which makes it stunning that Sully is opening himself up to this. All he had to do was accept the dismissal and everything goes away. The FBI doj Covington Contreras wray all walk away Happy. Now he and Lawfare have created another 💩 storm. Here is an interesting question for Sundance. Why did Sully and his lawyer make a big public announcement that they are doing this???
    Why bring attention to it?

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    • Rj says:

      The judge’s skeletons have been released from the closet and he’s lawyering up ? Or those who are controlling the skeletons have lost control of them.

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    • Paul Cohen says:

      Either utter desperation or total confidence. Does Sullivan think their backs are against the wall and they must try anything? Or does he really think he can somehow pull this off with the Court of Appeals? Surely the safe route would have been to simply dismiss the case. Is there any basis for Sullivan expecting to prevail here???

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    • Barnestormer says:

      Fokker Services, while almost certainly controlling on the question of the executive’s constitutional authority to control prosecutions to the exclusion of the judicial branch, is not precisely on point.

      Sullivan’s gambit to die on the “with leave of court” hill of Rule 48(a), attempting to distinguish it from the functionally similar statutory proviso of the speedy trial statute the D.C. Circuit construed in Fokker, appears foolishly risky now.

      But he (and Lawfare) probably believed that his worst case lay in a reversal on appeal–a distant event and an acceptable risk for the objective of prolonging the stifling of Flynn, perhaps into a new administration.

      The Circuit panel’s ominous response to Flynn’s mandamus petition shocked Sullivan et al. into Plan B(eth).

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  12. jay says:

    Both Judges need to go.

    https://www.uscourts.gov/judges-judgeships/code-conduct-united-states-judges

    Introduction
    Canon 1: A Judge Should Uphold the Integrity and Independence of the Judiciary
    Canon 2: A Judge Should Avoid Impropriety and the Appearance of Impropriety in All Activities
    Canon 3: A Judge Should Perform the Duties of the Office Fairly, Impartially and Diligently
    Canon 4: A Judge May Engage in Extrajudicial Activities That are Consistent With the Obligations of Judicial Office
    Canon 5: A Judge Should Refrain From Political Activity
    Compliance with the Code of Conduct
    Applicable Date of Compliance

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    • regitiger says:

      yes, this judge is at least casually aware of his duty….

      but we also understand the dynamics and calculated risks he has considered.

      which raises the key question….

      does the DC Circuit get involved in determining and taking action against sullivan for “bad behavior”

      same question for congress, which is apparently, the only body that can legally disrobe the maroon for “bad behavior”

      we find the likely answers to those questions arranged quite succintly withing Sundance’s analyses: both the court and congress have been both quite aware of these improprieties long before the grenell dump happened. Of what interest do either of these two bodies have in attacking the very judge that was obviously installed to carry out a well orchestrated cover for this prior very damning evidence of conspiracy…at least of intentional sabotage ….even if it meant the total destruction of a decorated combat military officer? They understand NO BOUNDS…and they are proving it again, by any semblance of righteous actions.

      these are criminal conspirators…villains in a wide scope of treachery…

      but we are initiated, are we not, in the ways of thieves and thugs…for we are patriots first, bastards of the seas. of that, are we, and proudly.

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    • anthonydog says:

      Barnes Law posits that too many of the the judges that have risen are ignorant and that their clerks, now SJW, are liberals with no respect nor knowledge of the law. Thus the system has become overly politicized and does not reflect the rule of law. Barnes Law claims Judge Sullivan is known to be “dumber than a box of rocks.”

      Looking into Sullivan’s background he went to Howard Law and Howard Undergrad. Sullivan’s mentor was all about race. His is a man with an Eric Holder chip on his shoulder.

      The Peter Principle has been in action for some time and Affirmative Action, not based upon merit, has dumbed down the system.

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  13. Cathy M. says:

    As one news headline states . . .

    “Judge Sullivan does the equivalent of pasting ‘I’m guilty’ on his forehead”

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  14. tav144 says:

    Chief Judge Merrill Garland recused him.

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    • WSB says:

      I am going to ask the obvious again. Who ASSIGNS these cases?

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      • regitiger says:

        THAT is very interesting isn’t it?

        Rachel Constantine: I assume you read the confidential findings report from the investigating committee.
        Michael Kitz: I flipped through it.
        Constantine: I was especially interested in the section on Arroway’s video unit. The one that recorded the static?
        Kitz: Continue.
        Constantine: The fact that it recorded static isn’t what interests me.
        Kitz: [pauses] Continue…
        Constantine: What interests me is that it recorded approximately 18 hours of it.
        Kitz: That is interesting, isn’t it?

        Contact (1997)…one of the most underrated performance by James Woods.

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        • WSB says:

          Ask the right effing questions!

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          • regitiger says:

            clapping

            and touche’ for the touch back to Matt Mick reference…bravo.

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            • WSB says:

              Ha! Yes!

              But SOMEONE moved Contreras on to the FISC. And then SOMEONE assigned him the case.

              And then GARLAND removed Contreras from the case?

              Could one half-witted reporter ever grow a pair and ASK Garland or Contreras why this happened????!!!!!

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              • regitiger says:

                WSB (others),

                upon reflection…and taking pause from my movie references, I shall end my evening with a nice puzzle that will possibly be helpful to gain a bit of old wisdom….we can accomplish much by contemplating ancient wisdom…Most of the problems we face today, are not novel at all. Just presented strangely and stood up (falsely) to be unique….and sometimes by US…the greater part of most deception is to suggest that a problem is too large or complicated. I have a special theory about this: the more distractions assembled about a problem, the more likely the solution is to be quite simple. (distraction razor) The biggest challenge many people seem to have is assuming each new problem and challenge deserves from scratch solutions….Sundance delivers an alternative and explodes this farce by being focused on the most important questions….based on facts…facts, that he can collect by pure willpower AND THE ABILITY TO SELECT falsifiability! . Let that sink in. fully. Sometimes, the answers are hard, because we make searching for them hard. Imagine for a moment if we spent just a few hours out of our week, focusing on the most important unsolved questions in our lives…that becomes very powerful. WHAT ARE THE QUESTIONS THAT NEED ANSWERS? Simple no? How often do we actually do this? rhetorical. If I’ve learned anything by reading Sundance and CTH is that being curious is the most powerful skill to acquire..But curiosity alone only entertains. (My generation is supercharged in entertainment “value”…I digress)…After curiosity, is selecting the questions..what is the problem..define it by refining the question. Then test for answers… okay? So this isn’t some big mystery after all. Just takes a bit of effort…and practice…like a puzzle if you will.

                read this and digest it. It helps to understand how to solve problems that might appear unsolvable. Like most puzzles, there is math involved. At a fundamental level, almost all questions can be converted to a mathematical equation.

                http://mathforum.org/dr.math/faq/faq.liar.html

                Simply asking which road leads to the castle won’t help. The answer won’t tell us which native is lying and which native is telling the truth. However, we really only need to talk to one of the natives. The trick is to ask a question where the response will be the same from both natives: a question that incorporates how a member of the tribe not answering would respond to the same question.
                For example, what if we say to one of the natives, “If I asked a member of the tribe you don’t belong to which road I should take to get to the castle, what would he say?”

                If we ask a truthteller, the response will be: “He would say to take the north road.” The road to the castle is the south road so the liar will tell us to take the north road, and the truthteller will faithfully report this to us.
                If we ask a liar, the response will be: “He would say to take the north road.” The road to the castle is the south road and the truthteller will tell us to take the south road, but the liar will not report this faithfully to us – he will say the opposite.
                In both cases we’ll get the same response. We should do the opposite of what we have been told because, regardless of whether we are speaking to a liar or a truthteller, our question will always produce the wrong answer to which road we should take.

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                • Your example is an old “poser”, a trick problem, that I encountered in a book of posers when I was an adolescent, and I regard it as adolescent entertainment, no more. One can’t, for example, waste time in the real world trying to come up with a question that always has the same answer, whether from a “truth-teller” or a “liar”. More generally, mathematics — in any form — does not govern logic, nor science as applied to the real world. The truth is just the reverse. Mathematics by itself is free of meaningful content. (This of course is intuitively obvious, to anyone — even the most learned scientist — upon first encountering a strange new equation of mathematical symbols.)

                  Cause and effect is the proper idea; this is the whole idea of science. To truly understand a situation, seek the cause (or more generally, multiple causes, although they all have to come together, to inform the present). And here is the real secret, that adolescent thinkers too often neglect: Real-world situations constitute a complex picture, when all is known, but which, with causes yet unknown, is rather an unassembled jigsaw puzzle. Yet we know all of the pieces have to fit together precisely, at every juncture, in the end, to form that complex but entirely coherent picture. Again, coherence is the mark of the real world. The things of the real world cohere (this is the fundamental truth, the bottom line, that would cure atheism itself, and any and all existential angst), as mere vain imaginings (such as the ideas of the Insane Left Democrats now) never can and never do. We are fighting incoherence (hell-bent and dogmatic) now, in both the Deep State and in our fellow citizens.

                  Every real-world situation is a jigsaw puzzle, with real pieces that must all fit together. This of course makes solving the puzzle easy, in the end, because that fitting together means there is a wealth of information, in the shape of every piece and the picture details on each piece, that tells one exactly (!) how they must fit together. One need only take the time to consider how well each pair of pieces fits together.

                  I could tell you just what level of fitting together needs to be achieved, before one can confidently consider two pieces properly joined; it is in my book, “The End of the Mystery”. In my experience, however, “leading the horse to water” is the best I can hope for. The answer lies in every jigsaw puzzle, of course; all you have to do is look.

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                • WSB says:

                  All true!

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      • LafnH20 says:

        WSB, imho, (considering the history of this process) it prolly doesn’t matter “Who”, because “Who” wouldn’t BE tasked unless “Who” was gonna do as “Who” was told. The lead time for any “assignment” would allow “Who” (By the Book, of course) to tie up every Judge (save one) by assigning them to ANY case but the Flynn case.
        Thus, leaving… well you know… the Swampiest.

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        • WSB says:

          I completely understand your point.

          However, we need a chain of ownership. Judges do not self-assign. Within the system there are fixers. The fixers have managers. Once we find the smallest mole, we find the den.

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      • tav144 says:

        Supposedly the circuit clerk randomly assigns the case when it’s filed to a judge.

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    • WSB says:

      Garland…swamp rat. He had to.

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    • sharon goodson says:

      Merrick Garland waited 293 days. His nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court , which sat gathering dust in the Senate for that long, expired

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  15. jus wundrin says:

    Obamas thick stench is all over this, and the connective dots are becoming fewer and more direct.

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  16. WSB says:

    OK, so who was the one who fed Contreras the Flynn case in the FIRST place?

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  17. Richie says:

    I hope CTH will consider removing the innocent, happy, go lucky image of Sullivan they always use and replace it with my deep state hand selected crooked as hec version of Sullivan.

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      • Your Tour Guide says:

        Went to see an exhibit of Ansel Adam’s
        photography at Atlanta’s High Museum.

        It was great, but another exhibit by Richard
        Avedon really moved me. It was black and
        white photos of farmers out west during the
        dust bowl. One, in particular almost moved me
        to tears. There were side by side shots of a
        young, farmer. They were taken five years
        apart.

        In the first shot, the farmer was early 20s,
        cocky, smiling, looking like he was ready to
        take on the world. In the adjacent, 5 year
        later photo the fire had completely gone out
        of the farmer’s eyes. He looked like
        circumstances had beaten him to the point
        that there wasn’t anything left but misery.

        Seeing the before and after shots of Sullivan
        gives me the same feeling.

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      • wanthetruth says:

        I’ve read that searching online history for Judge Sullivan doesn’t bring up as much as it should & his Wikipedia entry is not as informative as it could be…

        Here’s an interesting Twitter thread that sheds a little light on/in Judge Sullivan’s closet. One tweet from this interesting thread from @johnheretohelp… In regards to Judge Sullivan’s son –

        “John
        @Johnheretohelp
        May 15
        “In 2012 he was arrested for the violent assault and rape of an underage girl. He beat and raped her for several hours at his home, and when he was “finished” with her, he left her laying on the floor while he went and watched television.” Msuch more in thread…

        https://mobile.twitter.com/Johnheretohelp/status/1261480070683688967

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    • Robert Smith says:

      lol

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  18. woohoowee says:

    Damn, all the courts and institutions are corrupt!

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  19. Mongo Mere Pawn says:

    The federal district court for the District of Columbia and the federal appellate court for the District of Columbia Circuit are not the same court. The district court for DC includes multiple district judges, including Judges Sullivan and Contreras. These are trial judges who conduct trials and other forms of evidentiary and non-evidentiary hearings resulting in appealable orders and judgments. The circuit court for DC includes multiple judges who hear appeals from the orders and judgments entered by the district judges. The two groups of judges are distinct and have distinct jurisdiction.

    The circuit judges who have ordered Judge Sullivan to respond to Flynn’s petition for writ of mandamus would not have ordered the recusal of Judge Contreras unless Flynn had filed a similar petition complaining of his refusal to recuse himself. Since Flynn filed no such petition, either Judge Contreras recused himself or, if he refused, submitted the issue of his potential conflict of interest to another judge on the district court for resolution, as required by the local rules.

    Since the recusal appears to be sua sponte, i.e., without a motion from any party, Flynn included, it appears that Judge Contreras recused himself. The confusion stems from the the district court’s spokesperson saying that he “has been recused” which suggests someone else recused him.

    Sundance’s larger point still stands, however. The circuit judges currently considering Flynn’s petition are fully cognizant of the stakes involved and no doubt have been keeping track of developments in the district court, if for no other reason than that they know Judge Sullivan’s rulings in such a high profile case will likely percolate up to them for resolution and they will be judged by how they handle the appeals. In other words, the preservation of their reputations depends on what they do with Judge Sullivan’s reputation. By ordering him to respond to Flynn’s petition, they actually were hoping he would get the hint and grant the dismissal, thereby rendering Flynn’s petition moot. By intentionally ignoring the hint, Judge Sullivan effectively grants them license to whack him down pretty hard when they make their ruling.

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    • WSB says:

      I agree with your assessment and hope this is all there really is. The entire case has been a scam from Day One.

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    • regitiger says:

      fair point…appreciated..I also appreciate you carefully and wisely and correctly not losing sight of the larger bigger forest…..

      respect

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    • WSB says:

      PS If one recuses, that is a personal first person act. Otherwise, Contreras would have been removed from the case. So which is it? Askiing for a lot of people.

      You already see the conflict.

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      • Colin says:

        IANAL. I think this is an issue of legal language, which dates back to Roman law and to the (last) invasion of Britain in 1066 – the French language connection. (eg tort, in Latin and French). In addition, French commonly uses reflective verbs: accuse, recuse etc. Lastly, it may be that a recusal is only effected when it is approved and notified. Everyone with legal training who has commented on this Contreras recusal, has said that he has probably recused himself, and the language used is just standard for any recusal.

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      • It’s a question no one is answering. May be sidney would know the answer! May be the compromised Roberts in charge of assigning??

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    • swampfox999 says:

      Your analysis is the correct one unless the circuit Court judges want to join clown judge Emmet “Kelly” Sullivan in his commission of professional suicide.

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    • KBR says:

      Not the same court. But likely as not, go to the same cocktail parties, same circles of friends.
      Should not matter. Probably does.

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    • JohninMK says:

      Is this Sullivan being forced to do this as any sign of weakness on Flynn would unleash the hounds in his cupboard? A case of the Devil or the deep blue sea?

      In his mind if a superior court forces him to do it then he can’t be blamed, he did his best and held the line until he couldn’t. He must be praying every night that his Master sees it that way too.

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      • Dixie says:

        If that twitter thread (posted twice on this thread) is true, they’ve got enough dirt on Sullivan to release the hounds of hell on him and bury him……permanently.

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    • David N. Narr says:

      Mongo: I agree with your analysis. By May 31, the Appeals Court’s deadline, it may become clear that Judge Sullivan has only two options: Comply with the Appeals Court’s directions; or resign.

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    • doyouseemyvision says:

      This assumes the members of the higher doing the ruling for LTG Flynn are fully independent, have integrity, follow the law and are not receiving instructions from the Deep State. A big hill to climb given what we have seen in the past from Judges Sullivan and Amy Berman-Jackson. The default position appears to be the courts are equally tainted along with the alphabet agencies and departments. Time will tell….

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  20. Elizabeth Raynor Short says:

    Correct and “like”.

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  21. Richie says:

    Flashback Dec 2018:

    Sullivan: “I cannot recall any incident in which the court has accepted a plea of guilty from someone who maintained he was not guilty and I don’t intend to start today.”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/12/18/judge-emmet-sullivan-delays-sentencing-of-michael-flynn-for-90-days/

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  22. burginthorn says:

    Team Deep State really REALLY need to keep General Flynn out of the picture. A multifaceted threat so important a judge would pull a move like this? Far out brussles sprout all hands on deck. Obama – Hillary – Muslim Brotherhood – Benghazi – ISIS …

    General Flynn must know an awful lot about an awful lot.

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  23. anthohmy says:

    Were they setting Sullivan up?

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  24. Todd says:

    https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/michael-flynn-judge-hires-brett-kavanaughs-lawyer-to-argue-against-dismissal-of-prosecution/

    Michael Flynn Judge Hires Brett Kavanaugh’s Lawyer to Argue Against Dismissal of Prosecution

    — For what reason? The Supreme Court has already ruled on what has transpired (DOJ dismissal) so what gives?

    Why would Judge Sullivan hire such an attorney?

    I think it’s because he is in very hot water. Just a presumption, but I think Judge Sullivan was well aware of the exculpatory, exonerating evidence a long time ago. He knew Flynn was an innocent man, the FBI even said so.

    Withholding critical exonerating exculpatory evidence that proves a defendant is innocent is illegal.

    Judge Sullivan is in hot water heading for a deep state shit.

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  25. jay says:

    This is about keeping the Russian Hoax narrative alive. The left will never concede the hoax was – a hoax. They can’t see The hoax. They can only see the fantasy they created. These people are sick.

    Professor Turley:
    “Nevertheless,on site after site legal experts are assuring readers that Judge Sullivan has ample authority and reason to deny the Flynn motion as well as enlist third parties to make critical arguments in a trial criminal proceeding.  For example, Noah Feldman and Laurence Tribe, are widely cited for supporting Sullivan’s authority.  However, mainstream media and many sites have been declaring that Sullivan can and should refuse the dismissal.”

    https://jonathanturley.org/2020/05/22/the-flynn-court-drifts-dangerously-outside-judicial-navigational-beacons/

    https://jonathanturley.org/2020/05/22/a-date-with-destiny-d-c-circuit-gives-sullivan-10-days-to-defend-his-flynn-orders/

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    • KBR says:

      “Legal experts” is a broad field.

      Most professors, like most universities, are leftists and see all things from a leftist bias, aside from the fact that some professors are not above graft and corruption.

      A judge might enjoy the idea of more power than the current laws and rules give him, and thus be willing to support verbally any situation that might end with giving them more power.

      “Site after site“ is a different field: most sites are leftist, and most of the internet is controlled by leftists and deep state.

      Nevertheless, the media whether online or on TV ad print, should NEVER be used to make the law.

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    • anthonydog says:

      Laurence Tribe is nothing more than a plagiarist. Kagan attempted to
      cover for Tribes pathetically plagiarized thesis though it was exposed.

      Tribe grew up in China until 18 years old. I wouldn’t be surprised if Tribe also were one of China’s Silvermaster families.

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      • jaggggg says:

        Tribe has been trying desperately to reveal himself as a complete idiot of late. I think he’s doing a great job and should keep up the good work.

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  26. anthohmy says:

    Was Contreras the air of a FISA warrant without the reality behind it?

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  27. PVCDroid says:

    Obama added his .02 to the Flynn case a week ago mentioning perjury being committed. It may be as simple as Sullivan thought he’d be cute and fall in line with the master to drag this out and potentially embarrass Trump.

    Could also be another mini coupe strategy to release the Flynn/Kysliak call transcripts. They can then continue Russia Russia with new narrative construction material.

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    • rayvandune says:

      Yeah, as soon as I heard Sullivan echo the word “perjury”, I knew he was trying to cover for the Great Constitutional Scholar who doesn’t know how many states there are.

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    • rayvandune says:

      Yeah, as soon as I heard Sullivan echo the word “perjury”, I knew he was trying to cover for the Great Constitutional Scholar who doesn’t know how many states there are.

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  28. Pew-Anon says:

    “Bottom line: Judge Sullivan is importing a lawyer to represent his interests.”

    Oh, the irony.

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    • oldersoul says:

      Except that Judge Sullivan doesn’t have any interest in the underlying case. Not a personal interest. His position is as the member of the federal district court assigned to adjudicate the matter. He acts as the court, not as Emmet Sullivan the person.

      And if he does claim an interest in the case sufficient to warrant his own need for personal counsel, then he is per se conflicted, and must recuse from the case.

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      • KBR says:

        Judge Sullivan doesn’t LEGALLY have any interest.
        Nevertheless, he has hired an attorney to represent his interest.

        Ergo, Judge Sullivan is outside of the law.

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    • doyouseemyvision says:

      That’s the PR angle – “represent his interests”. The lawyer is there to only and strictly represent the interests of the Deep State and further elongate the timeline for justice for LTG Flynn.

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    • rayvandune says:

      For any liberals reading, “irony” is NOT an adjective like “coppery” or “silvery”, but meaning rust-colored.

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  29. regitiger says:

    big picture….don’t lose sight of what matters the most.

    none of these things would ever have happened, and none of it could have ever achieved this level of corruption if not for the direct explicit actions of congress to continue and EXPAND the relatively unrestricted use of an obvious UNCONSTITUTIONAL secret police spy power and apparatus.

    I MUST continue to pound this point home. Flynn’s rights were doomed because corruptors used the very powers that congress scraped together that allowed for it made it lawful..It isn’t.

    AND I MUST continue to pound this point home …

    THIS congress just voted to expand, again, the powers, also relatively unrestricted to collect at will with no warrant all of your browsing history…just like that…you don’t think that will become polluted by corruptors. Does not even require fisa warrant! Just hoover it up…It’s just another example of where this corruptor intentions are headed…YOU…YOU and YOU over there. All.

    let examine the reality..the TRUTH..

    there are no legal arguments or requirements that float reason or case law that REQUIRE any secret court to aim the surveillance powers of law enforcement or military command authorities to spy on foreign targets. Make sure you understand this point. It has ALWAYS been permissible IN LAW to perform this national security spy power. It is codified…solidly.

    second, the laws that provide for a fair and constitutionally appropriate warrant to spy on american citizens IS ALSO located and codified…one that DOES NOT require secret courts…and NEVER SHOULD HAVE.

    what we have is CONGRESS selecting americans citizens AS IF THEY were foreign targets…It is essentially what this distills down to. The corrupt reasons are only obvious NOW THAT WE CAN SEE the abuse, but it was predicted AND DEBATED by the very architect OF the congress official who put it together. Sensenbrenner. His voice of reason and constitutional law has been lost in the spirit and practice..the risks he argued, have long since been rejected…and yet, here we are.

    there was a REASON these powers were built to be limited in scope and also in time. It’s a very special set of scenario the architects had in mind. That there be a review of these powers, that the rights of citizens by of the most superior priority….against all other priorities. The sunset provision was just one of many such limits..that congress was to enforce and monitor.

    and yet, here we are…congress has been derelict AND corrupt in how it has managed this law.

    THIS IS WHY THE FLYNN CASE IS SO IMPORTANT.

    Congress and its corruptors do NOT WANT to allow these programs to end. It is the very well of profits from which they can draw, without limit.

    WE MUST UNDERSTAND THE BIG PICTURE HERE.

    these powers are NOT MAKING AMERICA safe….Just the opposite. and on purpose!

    understand the mission…

    do not look away.

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    • mr.piddles says:

      We’ve been led to believe that it is of utmost importance that The Government be able to utilize those surveillance powers, methods, and tools in order to spy on Americans… er… I mean TERRORISTS… spy on TERRORISTS!

      The irony is that the very same systemically-abused Surveillance State Mechanisms against which you rail was also used to spy on… wait for it… members of Congress.

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      • regitiger says:

        lets expand this a bit.

        what “WE KNOW” is limited by design.

        would it not be reasonable to assume that there are hundreds of Peter Stroyks? Thousands?

        what counter-intelligence ops are open right now?

        isn’t it reasonable to assume there are dozens of Sullivans? hundreds?

        the only reason we know about the “few” is that President Trump was elected. And the thieves, corruptors and anarchists have committed the most critically important mistake:

        they talked about fight club.

        they obviously did not see the movie!

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    • guest4ever says:

      regitiger—I do believe you are correct. All we have been seeing leads me to believe that, especially The Hammer, stem DIRECTLY, in my humble opinion, from the so-called, “Patriot” Act. THAT needs to be eliminated, burned to the ground, and the land salted beneath it. Then, go after the parties that built and expedited it!!! It is NOTHING but evil!!!! The Deep State derives it’s power from THAT!!!

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  30. Todd says:

    Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963)

    https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/373/83/

    Primary Holding

    The government’s withholding of evidence that is material to the determination of either guilt or punishment of a criminal defendant violates the defendant’s constitutional right to due process.

    —- Comey and his crew violated Flynn’s 4th and 5th amendment rights. The government carried out a clandestine operation against Flynn shortly after President Trump won, and forced Flynn to plead guilty or else they would prosecute his son, all the while they knew Flynn was innocent.

    Lawyer up, deep state scum!

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    • regitiger says:

      agreed,,,but also understand the scale and scope of OTHERS who are not merely witness to these crimes, but also sat on the material LONG AFTER AND CONTINUE TO DO SO EVEN NOW!

      AG BARR
      Director Wray

      and quite a few members of congress.

      being directly involved as this was THEIR PRIMARY DUTY SWORN AND PAID AND EMPLOYED AND ELECTED/SELECTED to protect and defend the constitution against enemies both foreign AND DOMESTIC.

      and for those taking notes, Yes, THIS PRESIDENT needs to understand we have not forgotten his role is tossing flynn over the rails, and calling him a liar, one at least 4 separate occassions. I know you folks don’t want to talk about this…I know it hits a sensitive spot. But lets, be clear about the facts. It IS IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THIS CASE, FLYNN, AND>>AND>>>>>AND THIS PRESIDENT TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND QUICK. A simple formal public apology with truth about what caused him to make those very damaging and deliberate statements….It is going to be a very very very big deal in the very near and important future, if this President does not man up and start using those shoulders about that issue. Clear the air, and put the issue on terms you can control…and for CHRIST’s SAKE, please show some compassion and humility about which helped create such terrible conditions for General Flynn…His life was destroyed. We KNOW it was wrong and criminals conspired to frame him up. Do the right thing and show some contrition in your role in injuring the man. IT MATTERS!

      this is about doing the right thing…leadership…it will shape the polls in a way that I believe most of you have not clearly contemplated…yet. Getting out ahead of the coming storm is going to be very important for this President. Doing it now, also helps when Flynn DESERVES the best support from this president as much as the opposite effect the former declaration was harmful to him at his worst circumstance.

      Just do it President Trump.

      We identify with you, because you aren’t “one of them”…Show us again, what

      MEMORIAL DAY REALLY MEANS!

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      • KBR says:

        Not the time. Not until and unless he is ready to throw Pence out.
        Timing is everything.

        Would you have his mea culpa even if it means losing the USA?

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        • regitiger says:

          i do understand the timing issue.

          let me just say this:

          the president knows what true powers can come from a free Flynn! that cannot be understated. a contrition AND his release which bis looking likely sooner than later is a HUGE weapon of truth. apologizing AFTER his freedom is won will be correctly acknowledged as a joke. and ill be the first one to call him out for it. we did not vote for this president to cover for Mike pence!!! we voted for him because he isn’t a coward and will correct wrongs and make America great again.

          with the economy in the tank there are few options to consider.

          the great cleansing and reawakening is a perfect environment to make amends… demonstrating superior moral leadership only has meaning when it hurts the most.

          this memorial day we reflect on the strength of our convictions and also strive to correct the errors those tragic decisions that have caused so much harm.

          I’m never going to expect the corruptors to show humility. we understand their fell purposes.

          this president has an opportunity to show once again he is human… relatable.. humble and full of decent dignity.

          after all this was ordinary military officer… surely we can expect that general Flynn has EARNED far more than he has been given.

          this entire tragedy is shocking… very toxic to our society.

          that must be corrected.

          today is a great day to do it.

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        • doyouseemyvision says:

          KBR – what an interesting point you raise on Pence! Lest we forget he was involved in the Flynn firing. There could be deep state tentacles all over this Flynn trial even deep in the Exec Ofc.

          Not to change the topic but speaking of Pence since you appropriately raised the subject: What about Pence’s performance heading the CV-19 Task Force convincing Trump to shut down the country mere months before a Presidential election based on a sh1t statistical model from the Imperial College? Why didn’t Pence ask the basic necessary questions to probe the integrity of model predicting 1-2M deaths, forcing Trump to close our country down? Was Pence that stupid, naive…or complicit?

          Why the negative press on Pompeo regarding his staffers performing personal errands being investigated by the DoS IG? Now the allegations of using taxpayer $$ to fund his Madison dinners which are under scrutiny. Is this to stop Pompeo from running for Kansas Senate? Or deep state actions to prevent Trump from tossing Pence and selecting Pompeo as his VP since Trump is the ultimate ‘apprentice’ trainer? Who is behind these leaks? And why?

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  31. jmbuck says:

    This court has delayed and delayed for years to sentence General Flynn even after he plead guilty. This game is all about delay. They do not want this whole story breaking wide open before the election. The wrong doing must be much worse that what we think we know. This is their last chance to try and beat President Trump and keep it all hidden for good. Sullivan is really falling over his sword with this one.

    The revelations are probably mind blowing. Like, giving/selling our enemy our weapons systems, the extent and names/countries of the world wide cabal ready to take over world rule and control. Maybe they were all promised seats in the Chinese communist party. All I know is that it has to be huge for them to go this far, they are desperate to keep it all under wraps and beat President Trump. I don’t know if General Flynn is the key we are waiting for or if it’s President Trump waiting. Maybe It’s all about the timing, the October surprise.

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  32. wlbeattie says:

    Hi all, has anyone here heard anything about #JudgeEmmetSullivan’s son, Emmet Sullivan Jnr being caught up in the paedophile sting “Operation Broken Heart II” in Maryland?

    It looks like it never made it to Court (along with an earlier rape case), according to a number of twitter accounts. He also indicates Rod Rosenstein was in on it.

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  33. oldersoul says:

    Sundance, I disagree.

    The reason for the strength in the Circuit court position is entirely connected to their knowledge of the controlling case law for that Circuit, the cited Fokker decision in particular.

    If this Circuit panel is proceeding as an appellate panel should, it is being guided by the law alone, and each judge’s interpretation of it, and not extra-judicial news reports or external political intrigues.

    In that Circuit, the controlling standard on criminal dismissals is relatively unambiguous: a trial court has virtually no discretion in the granting of a govt. motion to dismiss in a criminal case.

    Because the matter is brought in the nature of a petition, the panel may consider relevant facts, but only those facts established by the existing record or established upon the petition itself. It is a restrained record for review by design, and by necessity. All the rest is argument.

    Sullivan can attempt some tortured acrobatics to attempt to distinguish the instant matter from Fokker insofar as the instant matter included a plea. It is nevertheless a very small and inescapable box bounded by separation of powers. The matter of the plea remains a ‘loose end’, but an illusory one. The dismissal of the underlying charges should vacate any plea upon them ab initio.

    Wilkins is a young circuit judge, and Rao is a new one. Henderson is heading this panel. She is a very old hand with a seasoned perspective. She is an old school judge and is not going to be guided or distracted by extra-judicial influences. I suspect she is aghast at the behavior of this rogue district judge, both on the underlying action motion, and in ‘lawyering up’ upon the instant petition now before her.

    The fact that Sullivan may now need to subcontract out his legal reasoning to an outside third party after-the-fact is telegraphing that his earlier orders on the underlying motion were arbitrary and capricious per se, and compelling evidence of an abuse of discretion.

    Do not think that someone like Henderson, an experienced jurist who has written her own opinions for many decades, is not contemplating these considerations in ordering briefing from the district judge.

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    • WSB says:

      In other words, the upper court caught the lower court in a complete lie.

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      • oldersoul says:

        We will see.

        In effect, Judge Henderson is directing Sullivan to tell the panel what the hell was on his mind when he made these decisions.

        Bringing in someone else to do that is a very bad look for a federal judge.

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        • WSB says:

          This is beyond all mind matter!!! WTH?!!!!

          The upper Court MUST be BESIDE itself!!!!

          What judge hires an attorney?!

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          • oldersoul says:

            When I did this for a living, the only judges who did this were judges about to go to jail.

            Judges can’t subcontract out their core adjudicatory functions to outside lawyers. They can hire trained attorneys as law clerks and employees of the court to assist them. A judge can of course consider the arguments and reasoning of the parties and their attorneys in forming an opinion. And they can delegate some responsibilities and tasks to masters and other designated administrators working under their authority.

            But the decisions, and the stated legal reasoning supporting them, must always be those of the judge. And they must be contemporaneous. Forming a rationale after the fact of a decision is a betrayal of competent jurisprudence.

            To have outside lawyers forging a judge’s opinions would turn our justice system on its head, and degrade the role of a judge to a mere administrator. It is completely alien to anglo-american jurisprudence.

            Imagine the Supreme Court hiring a major law firm to reason and write its decisions. Absurdity.

            A judge must judge. I can put it no more simply than that. It’s his job.

            That is why the Circuit court should strike any brief ‘by the court’ prepared by after-retained outside counsel as impertinent. If I were on that panel, that’s what I would do.

            Sullivan needs to write his own response, and explain himself, as a judge. If he is unable to do that competently, then he has a big problem.

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            • BitterC says:

              What do you make of his engaging Wilkerson being “leaked” to the Wash Post?

              If he was looking for help on the sly, this would not have happened. Heck, if he thinks he’s in trouble I would think he would have wanted to keep it quiet, too

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              • KBR says:

                The leak was maybe to get WAPO and others prepared for the planned coming “leaks” by the numerous parties (Mandamus) which was to cover for the leaks of “high powered” attorney herself.

                Sullivan plus “all hands on deck” trying to save the sinking ship?

                Also Sullivan was chosen for the express purpose of stirring up cries of racism should he fail.

                Obama still lives in his world of PC wherein all black persons were “untouchable” by law or by society. Have we forgotten already what PC world was like?

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            • WSB says:

              This just looks like a desperate last gasp to keep Flynn gagged. No matter what nefarious reasons Sullivan has to initiate these antics.

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          • doyouseemyvision says:

            To bring a Deep Stater inside the trial proceedings and obtain ‘legal’ access to the Covington files and the DOJ prosecutor files to gauge their exposure. The Deep State already has the Covington documents on the Flynn case (via Holder), but they need to find a way to get these documents ‘legitimately’. Now they have. Obama and Holder are behind this.

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    • David N. Narr says:

      Oldersoul: Your analysis is also very convincing. By the higher court’s May 31 deadline, Judge Sullivan will have to either comply with their directives or resign.

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      • oldersoul says:

        I’ll just add that the issue that most concerns me from a judicial perspective (not the politics or justice), is Sullivan thinking he has a right to personal counsel for matters in which he is acting in his capacity as a member of the court.

        Besides the considerations of whether he is rightfully even a party personally, or that such representation implies a disqualifying interest in the underlying matter, or that hiring outside counsel to perform a jurist’s primary role is anathema to all jurisprudence, I believe the doctrine of judicial immunity necessarily offsets that right.

        I understand that some twitter voices who have been circuit clerks for a long time seem comfortable with the notion. But I do not. And I think a compelling argument can be made why a judge should not be permitted to ‘lawyer up’ in appellate review of cases in which he sat on the bench.

        Perhaps Judge Wilkinson would have been better served to have directed the ‘district court’ to respond. It would eliminate the confusion. And it effectively means the exact same thing: Judge Sullivan.

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  34. evergreen says:

    Keeping it simple:

    A judge comfortable in his DS membership receives a contrived case against #1 DS enemy, Flynn. In good (DS) hands, it’s all pro forma. Flynn bucking only creates delay of inevitable outcome: Flynn guilty, Trump administration tagged, goal scored.

    When Powell took over, she wasn’t part of the good hands teams. Complications arose, because good hands are always on the same team, not so here. Darn it. Too much got away, and Barr was embarrassed into farming out a light coverup. Turned out the cover up wasn’t to be. Darn it. Too much more. Now they’ve dismantled the DOJ good hands and there’s no prosecutor to cater to. Darn it.

    By withdrawing the prosecution, the DS has to nevertheless play ball, even if the whistle has blown and time has run out. They still have the ball, and they’re headed for the parking lot while the crowd cheers them on. Parking lot exit = 10 touchdowns according to media, so they keep running.

    Hell, the high court could slam the judge, and he’d have half the judiciary on his side egging on a litigation about the validity of his current move. Three steps away from Flynn they argue procedure. Meanwhile, time goes by, and they haven’t been nabbed yet.

    This is nothing more than making up rules and throwing out obstacles to prevent the pursuers (new DOJ) from nabbing them. Is adrenaline, not logic.

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  35. KBR says:

    This might seem an aside, but the import is clear: a democrat led Congress is NOT going to pursue an impeachment of Sullivan. Nor of any other crooked judge involved. They know this.

    A Republican led Congress might have been forced by the recent revelations to do so, however.

    You can no longer say “they are all crooks, so what difference does it make?”

    If you cannot get a better Republican in the Primary, STILL Vote Republican in the general.

    (This is only one way that it matters.)

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  36. James Penrose says:

    Strzok writes, “M suggested a social setting with others would probably be better than a one on one meeting.”
    Who was “M”?
    Who was Strzok talking to about this?

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  37. TwoLaine says:

    Bongino interviews Sidney:

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  38. Guyski says:

    I don’t know; but whenever, I see words/names like FISA, Contreras, Sullivan together can’t help thinking that Sheldon Snook is involved in all of this. 🤔

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    • Your Tour Guide says:

      Good catch. Encourage everyone to Duck Duck Go
      “Sheldon Snook”. Look for the 2014 Wash Post article
      about him leaving federal court to go to the Supreme Court.

      Husband of Mary McCord? Check.
      Had all the reporters on speed Dial for Scooter Libby? Check.
      Loved by the MSM for “easy access” to view court proceedings?

      Read up on Snook. Now that the dust has settled Guyski
      has some good points about another one floating in the
      punch bowl.

      Guy comes across as the concierge for the media/ against us.

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      • Rileytrips says:

        I would worry about Ethan V Torrey – SCOTUS legal counsel – too. He’s part of the Big Club, Columbia Law School ‘99. Named to this position in 2014.

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  39. PatrickS says:

    A stupid question from a non-lawyer here so be nice. If the judge is slapped down here, can he appeal to the Supremes? After so many disappointments I’ve become conditioned to think ahead as to “what’s their next move…what’s their goal?” If this is the end all, Sullivan is playing defense. If this is but another move, the DS is still on offense. And if that’s the case, I just wonder if they’re hoping to plant this in front of Roberts.

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    • Snellvillebob says:

      I would hope that if Judge Sullivan is removed from the case as Sidney Powell has petitioned, then that will be the end of his participation. He might be charged or sued for corruption-related offenses which are a totally different case that could be appealed but will not affect Michael Flynn.

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    • TradeBait says:

      Good question. Remember, the SC has to agree to accept a case. There must be a challenge to the interpretation of law that is sufficient to merit it. Something this obvious is unlikely to be accepted regardless of the motives of Sullivan hiring an attorney. He is violating his stated duties and the related law of the case and a related case settled 9-0 at the SC level with the Fokker case – among other things.

      So why would he do those things? I smell a Soetoro sewer rat. But this is not an offensive move – it is a defensive move.

      Sullivan is in deep shiz…

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      • twinkiethekid2 says:

        We all know that it’s yet another stall, but have they run out of cards after this 10 day charade? What’s the next possible stall? I’d like to think that once this is over, the dam breaks open with the rest of the “Opera”, but these minions of Sauron are I fear have other plans. OT: reading up on Papadopolous’ claim on big news tomorrow, anyone want to take a guess? I’m putting down for lawsuits against many a DOJ lawyer(s), as well as FIB agents. Place you bets..

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  40. Doug Amos says:

    It’s time to give Ears some credit; nobody can find corrupt people he does.

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    • Susan D Harms says:

      he corrupts them with blackmail. they may not have been corrupt originally but they were of weak character.

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  41. Bulldog84 says:

    I think Contreras being compromised and the shenanigans surrounding that are key, in the sense they show the incestuous nature of the relationships among corrupt actors in DC. There are probably many of the same old corrupt group who would not hesitate to privately bend a judge’s ear about something, but it’s up to the judge to say “don’t talk to me about that” and report the attempt. Some, apparently, are not that ethically strong and choose the wrong path.

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  42. scrap1ron says:

    Golly Emmet, who’s pulling your strings and directing you? Are you worried about being discovered as part of the coup conspiracy?

    Dance too close to the fire and you’re going to get burned.

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  43. Jeff says:

    IANAL but wouldn’t a judge having to hire a lawyer to help him reply to the Appeals Court about his justification of his interpretation of the law automatically indicate he is not able to perform his primary job responsibilities as a circuit court judge?
    I am a math teacher. If my principal asked me to explain a lesson he observed and had reservations about and I said wait until I get another math teacher to help me explain my reasons for teaching the lesson that way, I can’t imagine I would get my contract renewed.
    And won’t every defense attorney in Sullivans’s courtroom from here on out be able to challenge every procedural motion as the judge not understanding the law without a second opinion?

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  44. Chieftain says:

    Questions:
    (1) Does Judge Sullivan’s recently hired attorney have a security clearance?
    (2) Does Sidney Powell?
    (3) If (1) is yes and (2) is no, then why?

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  45. Pam says:

    So the judge is a party to the writ action in his official, not individual, capacity. In Ohio if he were a trial judge he would be represented in the action by the elected Prosecutor in the County. That lawyer, or one of his/her assistants, would file a response. If he were an appellate judge he would be represented by a lawyer working for the Ohio Attorney General. Who would normally represent the judge in the writ action in the federal system?

    I have heard people say the judge is not a “party”. Although true that he is not a “party” in the underlying action, he is a party, the respondent, in the writ action, which is an original action filed in a superior court. So while I don’t think it’s odd for him to have representation, I do think it’s odd that a private lawyer has been hired.

    Has someone determined there is a conflict?

    I have read articles by ShipwreckedCrew and tweets by Technofog and Undercover Huber but none of them seem familiar with the judge in a writ action being represented by a lawyer, which seems weird to me. But again, I don’t know these answers when it comes to the federal system.

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    • dwpender says:

      The principal issue raised by Flynn’s mandamus petition, and the one the Circuit Court has ordered Sullivan to address, is whether the district court has any discretion to do other than grant the DOJ’s motion to dismiss with prejudice.

      Flynn’s petition raises another issue, however, one that has gotten more media attention than it deserves because it is an attention-generating matter. Flynn asks the appellate court to remove Sullivan from the case for egregious bias. Flynn did not first raise that issue in the District Court.

      Has anyone ever heard of such an issue being FIRST raised on petition for writ of mandamus, rather than with the trial court? I have not.

      This subsidiary issue may be Sullivan’s “hook” to justify hiring his own counsel. He is under attack, not just his legal reasoning (or, more properly, utter lack thereof).

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      • oldersoul says:

        Usually a motion for recusal is filed with the trial court first.

        Depending on local rules and practice, that can either begin with the judge in question, and escalate to an en banc review, or begin with the court en banc. But in that court first. Usually.

        However, insofar as a petition for writ of mandamus is an extraordinary remedy outside the course of the usual appellate process, I would think that recusal could be raised at that time. There is nothing usual about judicial mandamus petitions. It a rare ‘fire alarm’ filing to be attempted only as a last resort.

        If I were on the panel, I would ignore the recusal request and go directly to the merits of the dismissal issue. Dismissal is a foregone conclusion based on the controlling precedent, and I see no need to stray from it here. As it effectively terminates the matter, I would then deem the recusal mooted. It’s the cleanest, least politicized way to dispose of this justly. And this matter has already become too much of an embarrassing circus for any decent Circuit judge.

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        • Rileytrips says:

          And Americans have a right to a speedy trial – this has not been speedy. We can all see judge Sullivan wants to drag it out even further.

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          • Leaving says:

            At every step, Flynn has agreed to the delays.

            In fact, if he had not, he would have most likely gotten a prison sentence.

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            • oldersoul says:

              Correct. A defendant can agree to delays that extend the usual speedy trial rights. And steps that a defendant takes, such as entering a plea, tolls the clock.

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  46. sarasotosfan says:

    “Standards for recusal are quite high.”

    No they are not. Ask Jeff Sessions!

    The DOJ must be breathing hard down the neck of Judge Sullivan. They certainly know how the recusal occurred and who was involved. That curtain will invariably be opened

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  47. henry says:

    You know, the way it’s going – we may soon be saying, “Rosenstein didn’t hang himself.”
    ha

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  48. dwpender says:

    (1) The Flynn information and plea was filed on November 30, 2017. The case was randomly assigned by the Clerk’s Office to Contreras. This is SOP in the DC District Court.

    (2) Contreras holds a hearing to accept the plea on December 1, 2017.

    (3) Nothing in the Information and plea would have alerted Contreras that his friend Strozk was one of those who investigated and interviewed Flynn.

    (4) On December 7, 2017, the case was randomly reassigned by the Calendar Committee, a panel of 3-5 DC District Court judges, to Judge Sullivan. It is highly unlikely that this panel — which really does little more than set systems assignment rules administered by the Clerk — made some sort of independent decision to remove Contreras, and even more unlikely it played any role in selecting Sullivan.

    (5) There are numerous reasons this reassignment might have occurred. Contreras may have been “too busy” or about to start a long criminal trial. The Local Rules allow him to ask for random reassignment on that basis..

    (6) Strozk, on seeing on December 1 that Contreras took the plea, may have alerted the Mueller team of his relationship with Contreras. Van Grack et al may then have pointed out the relationship, and Contreras may then have informed the Calendar Committtee he had to recuse himself.

    (7) In fairness to Strozk, he had no way of knowing Contreras would get the case until November 30 at the earliest. In fairness to Van Grack et al, they may have known nothing about the Strozk/Contreras relationship until Strozk alerted them. Although Strozk had been kicked off the Mueller team in July when the IG informed Mueller of the “bias” e-mails, the SOC may not have focused at all on the Strozk/Contreras connection.

    (8) It is possible some Black Hat DOJ/FBI/HPSCI knew the White Hats were about to leak the Strozk/Page texts, and tipped off the SOC. That too might have started a sequence that triggered the recusal.

    Conclusion: I share the view of most here that there are many scoundrels in the cast of characters mentioned above, but doubt there was anything nefarious in the Flynn case original assignment and immediate reassignment.

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    • Johnny says:

      I believe the incestuous nature of the DC court is in the sunlight now. I do not believe I am alone in the belief that this has been nefarious from the beginning.
      Federal Judge hires a lawyer to represent him for being a judge, now that is rich. What is he going to say, Under advice from counsel I am invoking my 5th amendment rights to not answer you on my decisions in this case??

      My conclusion, is nefarious, criminal and down right unconstitutional activity has been going on from the beginning with this judge shopping the FBI was doing.

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  49. Bogeyfree says:

    So does this evidence suggest that possibly many of our Judges may have been compromised?

    Think about that……..

    We know there was MASSIVE spying from 2009-2016 on thousands of Americans INCLUDING JUDGES.

    How do we know this?

    Simple, by the statement from Dennis Montgomery a Registered WB when he said this…….

    “I produced 600 million pages. If you printed out each page it would be thirty miles high stacked one on top of another. The information is very sensitive information. They collected google searches, credit cards, phone records, images, pictures, anything and everything, and they did it for one reason: LEVERAGE. They didn’t know when, but they knew sooner or later they would need that information to use for leverage against a person … The amount of information is mind-boggling, and I gave all of that to FBI Director Comey’s office.”

    This plus…….

    1) Adm Rodgers 6 month audit which found 85% of the searches non-compliant

    2) Judge Collyer’s 99 page report also supporting this abuse

    3) and don’t forget the 47 Hammer Hard Drives with millions of pages of evidence turned into the FIB in 2015 by the man who actually did the spying.

    So add all of this up and some of the other recent stuff regarding surveillance and unmaskings on Gen. Flynn and it becomes OBVIOUS to most IMO that spying on Americans to gather information for the purpose of future LEVERAGE from 2009-2016 may have always been the plan.

    SO, DOES AG BARR SEE THIS??????

    Federal Judges may have been compromised. Think about that!

    This screams IMO a much deeper dive, damage assessment investigation is needed ASAP.

    One that begins with the simple question…….

    WERE FEDERAL JUDGES INCLUDING POSSIBLY SUPREME COURT JUSTICES SURVEILLED FROM 2009-2016 AND IF SO, WHO AND HOW MANY TIMES WERE THEY SURVEILLED.

    Imagine, if this is true and they found evidence that somebody like Justice Scalia May have been frequently surveilled before his untimely death??

    IMO, if there is one standard of justice for all as Barr says, how can this investigation be ignored??

    To ignore it IMO means, one standard of justice is just words and just BS.

    Maybe it is time people begin to ask, was Russia Collusion to get PT the COVER-UP and spying, gathering info on Americans for future leverage was their real sin and what they wanted hidden all along???

    IMO the facts and evidence sure seem to point that way.

    The question is does Barr see and know this and will he look back???

    IMO, ONLY if Grenell keeps exposing the documents and the evidence. Produce one NSA report that shows unequivocally that if indeed Judges were surveilled and it should all unravel after that IMO. After all we ALREADY have a statement from a Registered WB claiming this!!

    The fate of the Republic sits in Mr. Grenell’s hands IMO.

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