Interestingly, DiGenova also calls out IG Michael Horowitz as having issued an insufficient report on Strzok/Page's bias (when Rosenstein was still his boss). DiGenova calls on Barr to fire Horowitz if he doesn't do better with his FISA report.
Beginning at about the 11 minute mark, DiGenova makes perhaps his most explosive statements. Referring to the latest order issued by Judge Sullivan in the Flynn case, which demands the release of all recordings, DiGenova states:
1. Sullivan's order is referring not only to the Flynn/Kislyak recording but to all relevant recordings, which could include others.
2. Judges in the DC court are beginning to wake up to the fact that Mueller/Weissmann have perpetrated a series of frauds on the court.
3. Judge Contreras--who was recused from the Flynn case and who is on the FISC--is in trouble. He "has a lot of explaining to do" because "he was involved in several other FISA warrants involved in this matter". DiGenova then calls out Chief Justice John Roberts who appoints judges to the FISC--Roberts, he says, needs to explain "what he’s done to fix the mess that has been created with the FISA Court."
Paul Sperry has tweeted about David Laufmann, the former head of DoJ's Counterintelligence Section who was forced to resign, apparently as a result of IG Horowitz's investigations.
Laufman had served since 2014 as the top Justice Department official overseeing espionage investigations, as well as cases involving foreign lobbying and leaks of classified information. That put Laufman in charge of the Hillary Clinton email probe and aspects of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election — an inquiry handed off last May to special counsel Robert Mueller.
It sounds like John Durhams investigation will be revisiting Laufman's role in the Russia Hoax.
BREAKING: I'm told this Trump-hating Obama loyalist and leaker, who helped arrange Hillary's softball FBI interview and supervised Strzok during the Trump-Russia witch hunt, will have his turn in the barrel when the DOJ inspector general's report comes out
This may be an old question, but why in the world did Trump appoint Wray to his post? What gave him the idea? I almost think he would have been better off leaving Comey in place.ReplyDelete
Hard to be sure, but this may have been a Chris Christie recommendation, although Rod Rosenstein almost certainly also had a hand in it: Trump taps Christopher Wray to head FBI.Delete
William Barr said in his interview with Bill Hemmer that, when he assumed his DOJ office, he found practically no existing explanation of the investigation of Donald Trump and his campaign staff. Essentially, Barr now has to figure this out almost from scratch.ReplyDelete
The more I think about this supposed situation, the less plausible it seems to be. I believe Barr, but I don't believe that DOJ/FBI had not figured it out a couple of years ago.
I think that when Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as a Special Counsel, both men knew that they had to accomplish a big cover-up.
That was a major reason why Rosenstein appointed Mueller and why Mueller accepted the appointment. On the whole planet Earth, Mueller was the one man who was most motivated and able to white-wash the FBI's misdeeds in this situation.
If there were some innocent explanation for the actions of DOJ/FBI, then Rosenstein and Wray would have provided it to the public two years ago -- no matter that Mueller was investigating Trump-Russia collusion. At the very least, they would have prepared an explanation to provide to the public immediately after Mueller released his report.
Therefore, I think that the truth about the misdeeds of DOJ/FBI is very bad. It's indefensible.
Obviously Barr's had discussions with the House investigators and has learned quite a bit, and it may be that he leaned on Rosenstein and Horowitz to get at more of the truth. But there's not doubt that there's plenty more to learn and it's damning. Like you, I don't doubt that Mueller, Wray, and Rosenstein have done their best to cover things up. The very fact that Mueller never expanded his investigation to go beyond strictly Trump/Russia related matters to examine the origins of the Steele dossier in the Clinton campaign tells you all you need to know about the coverup nature of the Mueller op, supported by Rosenstein.Delete
For me, the best place to start is the DOJ/FBI accusation that Joseph Mifsud was acting on behalf of Russian Intelligence when he told George Papadopoulos about Hillary's thousands of e-mails. This accusation is so preposterous that I cannot imagine that any relevant DOJ/FBI official really believed it.Delete
Then there was the DOJ/FBI accusation that Carter Page was a witting agent of Russian Intelligence. Likewise here, I cannot imagine that any relevant DOJ/FBI official really believed it.
It's blatantly obvious that these two accusations were just pretexts to justify massive collection of communications of Trump and his associates. The intent here was malicious. The intent was to collect dirt about Trump and his associates.
I suppose that Inspector General Michael Horowitz will reveal such shenanigans. I suppose also, though, that Horowitz will conclude that he could not find documentary evidence of any malicious intent.
Therefore, the only consequence will be more ethics lessons for all DOJ/FBI officials.
Those are both excellent starting points. A benefit to pursuing the Mifsud angle is that it ties in to the CIA as well--count on it. So that gets you into the cooperation between the two agencies right at the start.Delete
I think Mike is surely correct- if there really were a good explanation, we would have heard it by this point in time- even as distant as 2 years ago. The explanations floated, and there are several of them at this point in variation, really don't hold together, as Barr has said.ReplyDelete
DiGenova says--I can't recall whether in this interview or another--that what's emerging is what others are also saying, that the whole thing was basically orchestrated by Brennan. That's what Barr will be going for.Delete
Of course there's lots more details, lots more implementers, but the overall scheme ...Delete
You are the go-to website for spygate info. I can't thank you enough!
Thanks. Obviously any good I can do here isn't done on my own. I rely on all the researchers and commenters on the internet and try to put the information in a manageable and contextualized form. Hopefully my past experience adds some value to that.Delete
Good Morning. In addition to the 15-minute interview that you shared, I also provide a link to a different 15-minute interview with Joe. I believe that he does a regular call-in segment on Mondays to WMAL-AM in Washington, D. C.
Okay, now a couple of points from me. I have observed that when James Comey tweets something, John Brennan usually tweets the same day or one day after. I don't know if this is coincidental, coordinated, one-upmanship or something else, but I find it interesting.
Referring to some comments from the last couple days, I have to offer a rare compliment to Obama. At least he is smart enough to keep his mouth shut. Comey, Brennan and Clapper keep providing the rope to hang themselves. I'm not complaining about The Three Stooges. I'm glad that they feel the need to keep running their mouths.
I assume they're trying to spin public opinion, but I don't think that will make a difference.Delete
I am watching a video of Mueller speaking about the special counsel report. This is the first time that I have ever seen or heard him speak. He seems nervous. I'm not necessarily saying he is, as this is the first time that I've ever seen or heard him speak.ReplyDelete
Joe, you're hardcore. I've read his statement but I wasn't about to subject myself to watchng it. :-)Delete
It's disingenuous. Of course. I'll try to offer an opinion a bit later.
Mueller is a disgrace and a doddering old fool. I hope that he gets what is coming to him.ReplyDelete
I wonder if this is his cowardly way of not speaking to the House where he would be subject to questioning by Republicans and at risk of perjuring himself.
Also, he adds NOTHING further to his Weissmann report and breaks no new ground.
It's a bit hard to figure what he thinks he's accomplishing. I mean, realistically. Of course Nadler and some others are claiming this is encouragement to impeach, but in fact he hasn't said anything beyond his Dossier. There's no more "there" there than there was before--as you say. OTOH, he pretty much chops the Dems off at the knees re Barr. Is he hoping that that sop will deter Barr from investigating his role? Is that what he's nervous about? I hope so.Delete
Yes, this was Mueller's way of testifying without having to answer inconvenient questions, but the House was never going subpoena him given the House current rules allowing the opposition the right to ask questions. This negotiation was all a charade. However, Graham might well subpoena him, however.Delete
Mueller was trying in this morning's statement to get the House to impeach Trump- that is pretty obvious to me. He has made Pelosi's life far more difficult.
The reason I suspect that Mueller was careful not to antagonize Barr personally--to the extent that Mueller really did dismiss all Dem objections to Barr's release of the Mueller Dossier--is because IMO Mueller may have criminal exposure down the road. The MOU with CIA, the handling of the Flynn and Papadopoulos cases, all should come under serious scrutiny.Delete
Thank you, Yancey. I am in agreement with your comments. Mueller is no straight-arrow boy scout, the way that he has been portrayed.Delete
Well said, Mr. Wauck, about Mueller's exposure. He has a lot to answer for.
I'm sorry to keep clogging up your comments sections but this man makes me so angry.ReplyDelete
I am so angry and fed up with this nonsense. Not just this but so many other things going wrong with the country. Like Sundance says, cold anger. I've reached the point where I've had enough. I've started to slowly speak out to others. Not to initiate an argument but when I hear BS being falsely spread. I have to channel my anger in ways that are appropriate lest I let my anger control me and become as bad as the conspirators.
I hope (and think) that you understand.)
I'm wrestling with how to write this up.Delete