Remember the old TV game show PASSWORD? It probably wouldn’t be much of a hit today because it was a quiet game that required some element of literacy and wit, but in its heyday it was a staple of daytime TV. Alan Ludden (the late husband of Betty White, for trivia fans) was the host, but each round began with an announcer saying in a low voice, “The password is…….”

So, here’s an idea: let’s play “PASSWORD 2019”! Of course, since it’s 2019, it has to be about politics, because in 2019, everything is about politics. I’ll be the announcer and say (ahem), “The password is...ACCOUNTABILITY”

 

What do you think the first clue should be? (And don’t say “Hillary.” There are just too many ways one’s mind can go from there, only some of which have to do with jail.) A good clue might be the word JUSTICE.

 

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Of course, if the partner’s politics are left of center, he or she (or “ze”) might take the clue JUSTICE and guess something like SOCIAL, as in “social justice.” Someone in the middle or leaning right might guess LIBERTY, as in “liberty and justice for all.” But if I were the partner in this round, I think my first guess might very well be ACCOUNTABILITY. That’s the element of justice that has been at the top of my mind for many months –- and yours too, I’ll bet –- because it’s what has been conspicuously absent from our system of justice. We’ve seen quite a few people blatantly lie to Congress, leak classified and confidential material, destroy evidence, ignore evidence, “fix” investigations, and use fraud to obtain warrants in an attempt to affect the outcome of an election and, later, to bring down a duly-elected President of the United States. And nothing happens to them.

 

However, this is far from over, thanks in large part to ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes of California. He’s been like a dog with a bone on the issue of accountability, and after close to three years he’s finally tasting a bit of the meaty marrow. On Saturday, the WASHINGTON EXAMINER ran his piece “The Russian Collusion Hoax Meets Unbelievable End” (meaning the “Russia” part actually turned out to be associated with the Clinton campaign and its production of the dirty Steele “dossier”). And on Sunday, he announced that he is ready to go forward with eight criminal referrals related to the origins of the Trump/Russia investigation. “We’re prepared this week to notify the attorney general that we’re prepared to send those referrals over and brief him if he wishes to be briefed,” he said on FOX News. In other words, they’re so prepared that they’re prepared to be prepared!

 

He and his investigators have found as many as two dozen individuals who may be be subject to criminal referrals. All of them do involve classified or sensitive information, so he can’t go too far into detail.

 

Nunes broke down the referrals into three different categories during an interview with Maria Bartiromo. First, there are five of what he calls “straight-up” referrals, dealing with specific individuals and specific crimes such as lying to Congress, misleading Congress and leaking classified information. He didn’t name names but I’m sure we’re all thinking of the same group of individuals.

 

He said the other three are more complicated in that they include conspiracy to commit crimes. These primarily relate to the abuse of the FISA court and involve “numerous individuals.” Other acts of conspiracy relate to the manipulation of intelligence.

 

As closely as you and I have been following this, there’s apparently still a lot we don’t know due to its highly classified nature. As Nunes put it, “There’s so much left. Remember, the American people have only seen the pieces that have been declassified so far...[about abuse of the FISA court}...There’s still more information. I’ve said this before: This was their ‘insurance policy.’ A lot of people think the insurance policy was just the overall investigation of the Trump campaign. It’s actually much more conspiratorial than that.”

There’s a third category that Nunes called a “global leak referral,” involving the leaking of highly sensitive classified information to a very small group of reporters over the last “2-1/2-plus” years. He said they have “a pretty good idea” of who is behind these leaks. More investigation may be needed, however, to pin down additional leakers, as reporters were in the habit of citing anonymous sources (“current and former senior officials”). Nunes said there were individuals within the DOJ and FBI who wanted to be, in effect, “the next Deep Throat,” the person who, in his own mind, is “leaking classified information for the betterment of all society.”

 

Last year, a joint Republican-led task force from the Judiciary Committee and the Oversight Committee started investigating this, but at this point Nunes is looking to Attorney General Williams Barr (“a grownup is finally in the room”) to go forward and “do a clean-up.” Public support is growing thanks to a decision by task force member Doug Collins of Georgia to release numerous transcripts of congressional testimony (not the classified stuff) that justify our long-held suspicions of wrongdoing.

 

Nunes pointed out that Congress can only investigate, not indict, so Attorney General Barr will have to get the Justice Department involved in a criminal investigation (if he hasn’t done that already) before there can be...what’s that password? Right: ACCOUNTABILITY.

 

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/devin-nunes-locked-and-loaded-8-criminal-referrals-ready-including-3-targetting-conspiracy-and-global-leaks

 

Incidentally, Bill Barr will be testifying before the House Judiciary Committee (chaired by Jerrold Nadler) on Tuesday. It’s a routine, public appearance, meant to deal with budgetary issues, but who knows if they’ll even talk about the budget? Democrats disappointed with Barr’s summary of the Mueller report will undoubtedly take the opportunity to give him grief about it, try to discredit him, and demand –- even through a completely unnecessary subpoena –- that the entire, unredacted report be made public, even though we know it concludes that there was no “collusion” (conspiracy) with Russia, and even though it contains classified material and not-to-be-released grand jury testimony.

 

Nunes said he wants the Mueller report to be made public, “but not just the Mueller report,” because some of the people who wrote it were involved in the conspiracies he’s including in these eight criminal referrals. As an example, he pointed out that Mueller’s lead attorney and another top lawyer were in the chain of custody for the Steele “dossier,” asserting that it was impossible for them not to have known it was just dirt from the Democrats. The report is written to fit their narrative, he said. (He calls it “the Mueller dossier.”) In fact, it’s MORE important to have the information underlying the report than it is to have the report itself. We need it all to get the complete picture.

 

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  • David E Palmer

    04/08/2019 01:37 PM

    America, our Constitution, our very way of life in America are in jeopardy when our elected officials use lies, slander, and fake investigations to overthrow a duly elected president that obviously loves America. A prerequisite for leadership is selflessness. A true leader cares more about their countrymen than themselves. Men and women that are willing to stand and fight for America and what she stands for are going to be attacked. President Trump and Judge Kavanaugh are perfect examples of this. If America loving people expect to have men and women to stand up and lead our country, we better demand to see justice in this matter! I believe we have many good leaders in our Country today. They need to know that America loving people have their back and will stand and support them. We are lucky to have them today!

  • Mary R Triplett (Becky)

    04/08/2019 01:37 PM

    So glad he is doing this especially after reading The Plot to Destroy Trump and Deep State Target. The plot widens to the use of international representatives (agents) to entrap anyone associated with Trump campaign. Brennan and Clapper's involvement is interesting. Clapper gave us false intelligence on Iraq and only 3 of the 17 intelligence signed off on so called interference. How convenient to use your buddies agencies to back false intelligence. Also the Trump tower meeting with Veselnitskaya. It was designed to entrap son and son in law. She had to return to Russia on a claim of obstruction so she could not testify that Hillary was never discussed. And there is so much more. I pray the truth will come out and it can't be denied.

  • Kimberly Bjork

    04/08/2019 01:35 PM

    It is very frustrating to watch how slowly all of this unfolds. Hard to believe justice will ever be served
    Hopefully truth will prevail and there will be some of those involved who will be held accountable. Probably not the ones who truly need to be brought forth. They will somehow still get away with their crimes
    How sad for our government and country

  • Cynthia Griffin

    04/08/2019 01:31 PM

    My service my sincere Hope is that these treasonous comes are prosecuted to the full extent of the law, We all have been lied to and abused by all the hysteria over fake collusion turnabout is fair play. I for one have had enough of President Trump being persecuted by the fake news demons

  • Mary Clementz

    04/08/2019 01:21 PM

    WE NEED TO SEE ALL OF THE 8 CRIMINAL REFERALS, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE ALL OF THE DEMOCRATS TAX RETURNS!!! WHO ARE THE CRIMINALS HERE? TELL MR NUNEZ WE STAND WITH HIM 100 PERCENT, DONT GIVE UP, OR IN!!! OUR PRESIDENT IS DOING A FANTASTIC JOB, LOVE HIM, I WANT TO SAY WE NEED THE ILLEGALS TO BE STOPPED, LIKE ONE OF OUR PRESIDENTS DID FOR A FEW YEARS, UNTIL WE CAN GET BACK ON GOOD GROUND ????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • Judy Kelchner

    04/08/2019 01:15 PM

    Accountablility!! Absolutely that is what needs to happen to those who break the law. When will we see that happen? If ever! If we are to deter these acts from happening, then punishment must happen, and happen swiftly!

  • Kirsten Liebelt

    04/08/2019 01:07 PM

    Mike, I hate to be so lame...?? I didn’t read the article. All I saw was that you READ your comments! ?? I wanted to say how much I appreciate your humor, your character, and your honor towards our president. All of that is exceedingly rare. I also beg of you to please pass on these words to your daughter. We (previous coworker and myself) are astonished at Sarah’s longevity in service to our country in what has to be the most challenging position available! We never want her to leave, for her strength and brilliance cannot possibly be matched. She is amazing! ?? However, as a mom, I can certainly understand what she is choosing to do in this season as she fights the good fight while her children are growing up so fast. We will of course forgive her when she does step down ??, but in the mean time, we love every minute she stays in her position. Do you think she could make all 8 years? Lol. The burnout can’t possibly be that bad.... HA! Thank you so much for all you do. Signed ~ Not the only fan in blue -so sadly blue- Minnesota ??

  • Cindy Templin

    04/08/2019 01:06 PM

    I would hope that this is the start of cleaning up our house. There must not be a two-tiered justice system. Many miscreants are counting on escaping accountability because they always have eluded justice. This must end. And their crimes need to be made public and the sentencing needs to be severe. A message needs to be sent. "you are a public servant, not an elite" and as such you work for the people and are not above the law. Justice needs to be swift and full.

  • Bonnie nelson

    04/08/2019 01:05 PM

    Thank you for this. I am so glad that the hope of accountability is at hand. My frustration in our government has grown. Congress needs to get this all cleared up so they can get on with what they were elected to do. May God bless them and guide them.

  • Cal Freundt

    04/08/2019 12:58 PM

    Mike, if you have any pull at all, we as a country need to be shown there aren't two sets of rules. There really needs to be some accountability for the transgressions of the former president's staff. I feel as though time is running out, if it hasn't already. I'm personally, sick and tired of the talk. Do you see this happening?

  • Nancy Crocker

    04/08/2019 12:56 PM

    Only eight????

  • George lain

    04/08/2019 12:48 PM

    If you break the law, get tried in a court of law, guilty go to jail. Term limits for Congress and no lobbyist money allowed to politicians.

  • Robert Friedman

    04/08/2019 12:41 PM

    Quite honestly, Governor, if DOJ/FBI are allowed to investigate themselves, these referrals won't amount to a bucket of warm spit. If history has taught us anything, it has shown us that DOJ/FBI cannot be trusted to be objective; rather, they can be expected to cover their asses. A Special Prosecutor with criminal authority must be appointed.

  • Carlene Williams

    04/08/2019 12:40 PM

    Sadly over the years we (the tax paying public) have seen far too many who break the law get away with it. Somehow if your a democrat you can break the law and get away with it. Praying these traitors will be put behind bars where they belong.

  • Barbara MacMillan

    04/08/2019 12:40 PM

    All of those involved in this Russia Hoax against a sitting president must be held accountable; investigated and prosecuted under the Rule of Law. The entire Obama Administration was corrupt to the core. Look into Benghazi mess as well, hold them all accountable. What they did cannot be overlooked. WE must make an example of them all to keep it from ever happening again.

Remember the old TV game show PASSWORD? It probably wouldn’t be much of a hit today because it was a quiet game that required some element of literacy and wit, but in its heyday it was a staple of daytime TV. Alan Ludden (the late husband of Betty White, for trivia fans) was the host, but each round began with an announcer saying in a low voice, “The password is…….”

So, here’s an idea: let’s play “PASSWORD 2019”! Of course, since it’s 2019, it has to be about politics, because in 2019, everything is about politics. I’ll be the announcer and say (ahem), “The password is...ACCOUNTABILITY”

 

What do you think the first clue should be? (And don’t say “Hillary.” There are just too many ways one’s mind can go from there, only some of which have to do with jail.) A good clue might be the word JUSTICE.

 

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Of course, if the partner’s politics are left of center, he or she (or “ze”) might take the clue JUSTICE and guess something like SOCIAL, as in “social justice.” Someone in the middle or leaning right might guess LIBERTY, as in “liberty and justice for all.” But if I were the partner in this round, I think my first guess might very well be ACCOUNTABILITY. That’s the element of justice that has been at the top of my mind for many months –- and yours too, I’ll bet –- because it’s what has been conspicuously absent from our system of justice. We’ve seen quite a few people blatantly lie to Congress, leak classified and confidential material, destroy evidence, ignore evidence, “fix” investigations, and use fraud to obtain warrants in an attempt to affect the outcome of an election and, later, to bring down a duly-elected President of the United States. And nothing happens to them.

 

However, this is far from over, thanks in large part to ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes of California. He’s been like a dog with a bone on the issue of accountability, and after close to three years he’s finally tasting a bit of the meaty marrow. On Saturday, the WASHINGTON EXAMINER ran his piece “The Russian Collusion Hoax Meets Unbelievable End” (meaning the “Russia” part actually turned out to be associated with the Clinton campaign and its production of the dirty Steele “dossier”). And on Sunday, he announced that he is ready to go forward with eight criminal referrals related to the origins of the Trump/Russia investigation. “We’re prepared this week to notify the attorney general that we’re prepared to send those referrals over and brief him if he wishes to be briefed,” he said on FOX News. In other words, they’re so prepared that they’re prepared to be prepared!

 

He and his investigators have found as many as two dozen individuals who may be be subject to criminal referrals. All of them do involve classified or sensitive information, so he can’t go too far into detail.

 

Nunes broke down the referrals into three different categories during an interview with Maria Bartiromo. First, there are five of what he calls “straight-up” referrals, dealing with specific individuals and specific crimes such as lying to Congress, misleading Congress and leaking classified information. He didn’t name names but I’m sure we’re all thinking of the same group of individuals.

 

He said the other three are more complicated in that they include conspiracy to commit crimes. These primarily relate to the abuse of the FISA court and involve “numerous individuals.” Other acts of conspiracy relate to the manipulation of intelligence.

 

As closely as you and I have been following this, there’s apparently still a lot we don’t know due to its highly classified nature. As Nunes put it, “There’s so much left. Remember, the American people have only seen the pieces that have been declassified so far...[about abuse of the FISA court}...There’s still more information. I’ve said this before: This was their ‘insurance policy.’ A lot of people think the insurance policy was just the overall investigation of the Trump campaign. It’s actually much more conspiratorial than that.”

There’s a third category that Nunes called a “global leak referral,” involving the leaking of highly sensitive classified information to a very small group of reporters over the last “2-1/2-plus” years. He said they have “a pretty good idea” of who is behind these leaks. More investigation may be needed, however, to pin down additional leakers, as reporters were in the habit of citing anonymous sources (“current and former senior officials”). Nunes said there were individuals within the DOJ and FBI who wanted to be, in effect, “the next Deep Throat,” the person who, in his own mind, is “leaking classified information for the betterment of all society.”

 

Last year, a joint Republican-led task force from the Judiciary Committee and the Oversight Committee started investigating this, but at this point Nunes is looking to Attorney General Williams Barr (“a grownup is finally in the room”) to go forward and “do a clean-up.” Public support is growing thanks to a decision by task force member Doug Collins of Georgia to release numerous transcripts of congressional testimony (not the classified stuff) that justify our long-held suspicions of wrongdoing.

 

Nunes pointed out that Congress can only investigate, not indict, so Attorney General Barr will have to get the Justice Department involved in a criminal investigation (if he hasn’t done that already) before there can be...what’s that password? Right: ACCOUNTABILITY.

 

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/devin-nunes-locked-and-loaded-8-criminal-referrals-ready-including-3-targetting-conspiracy-and-global-leaks

 

Incidentally, Bill Barr will be testifying before the House Judiciary Committee (chaired by Jerrold Nadler) on Tuesday. It’s a routine, public appearance, meant to deal with budgetary issues, but who knows if they’ll even talk about the budget? Democrats disappointed with Barr’s summary of the Mueller report will undoubtedly take the opportunity to give him grief about it, try to discredit him, and demand –- even through a completely unnecessary subpoena –- that the entire, unredacted report be made public, even though we know it concludes that there was no “collusion” (conspiracy) with Russia, and even though it contains classified material and not-to-be-released grand jury testimony.

 

Nunes said he wants the Mueller report to be made public, “but not just the Mueller report,” because some of the people who wrote it were involved in the conspiracies he’s including in these eight criminal referrals. As an example, he pointed out that Mueller’s lead attorney and another top lawyer were in the chain of custody for the Steele “dossier,” asserting that it was impossible for them not to have known it was just dirt from the Democrats. The report is written to fit their narrative, he said. (He calls it “the Mueller dossier.”) In fact, it’s MORE important to have the information underlying the report than it is to have the report itself. We need it all to get the complete picture.

 

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  • David E Palmer

    04/08/2019 01:37 PM

    America, our Constitution, our very way of life in America are in jeopardy when our elected officials use lies, slander, and fake investigations to overthrow a duly elected president that obviously loves America. A prerequisite for leadership is selflessness. A true leader cares more about their countrymen than themselves. Men and women that are willing to stand and fight for America and what she stands for are going to be attacked. President Trump and Judge Kavanaugh are perfect examples of this. If America loving people expect to have men and women to stand up and lead our country, we better demand to see justice in this matter! I believe we have many good leaders in our Country today. They need to know that America loving people have their back and will stand and support them. We are lucky to have them today!

  • Mary R Triplett (Becky)

    04/08/2019 01:37 PM

    So glad he is doing this especially after reading The Plot to Destroy Trump and Deep State Target. The plot widens to the use of international representatives (agents) to entrap anyone associated with Trump campaign. Brennan and Clapper's involvement is interesting. Clapper gave us false intelligence on Iraq and only 3 of the 17 intelligence signed off on so called interference. How convenient to use your buddies agencies to back false intelligence. Also the Trump tower meeting with Veselnitskaya. It was designed to entrap son and son in law. She had to return to Russia on a claim of obstruction so she could not testify that Hillary was never discussed. And there is so much more. I pray the truth will come out and it can't be denied.

  • Kimberly Bjork

    04/08/2019 01:35 PM

    It is very frustrating to watch how slowly all of this unfolds. Hard to believe justice will ever be served
    Hopefully truth will prevail and there will be some of those involved who will be held accountable. Probably not the ones who truly need to be brought forth. They will somehow still get away with their crimes
    How sad for our government and country

  • Cynthia Griffin

    04/08/2019 01:31 PM

    My service my sincere Hope is that these treasonous comes are prosecuted to the full extent of the law, We all have been lied to and abused by all the hysteria over fake collusion turnabout is fair play. I for one have had enough of President Trump being persecuted by the fake news demons

  • Mary Clementz

    04/08/2019 01:21 PM

    WE NEED TO SEE ALL OF THE 8 CRIMINAL REFERALS, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE ALL OF THE DEMOCRATS TAX RETURNS!!! WHO ARE THE CRIMINALS HERE? TELL MR NUNEZ WE STAND WITH HIM 100 PERCENT, DONT GIVE UP, OR IN!!! OUR PRESIDENT IS DOING A FANTASTIC JOB, LOVE HIM, I WANT TO SAY WE NEED THE ILLEGALS TO BE STOPPED, LIKE ONE OF OUR PRESIDENTS DID FOR A FEW YEARS, UNTIL WE CAN GET BACK ON GOOD GROUND ????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • Judy Kelchner

    04/08/2019 01:15 PM

    Accountablility!! Absolutely that is what needs to happen to those who break the law. When will we see that happen? If ever! If we are to deter these acts from happening, then punishment must happen, and happen swiftly!

  • Kirsten Liebelt

    04/08/2019 01:07 PM

    Mike, I hate to be so lame...?? I didn’t read the article. All I saw was that you READ your comments! ?? I wanted to say how much I appreciate your humor, your character, and your honor towards our president. All of that is exceedingly rare. I also beg of you to please pass on these words to your daughter. We (previous coworker and myself) are astonished at Sarah’s longevity in service to our country in what has to be the most challenging position available! We never want her to leave, for her strength and brilliance cannot possibly be matched. She is amazing! ?? However, as a mom, I can certainly understand what she is choosing to do in this season as she fights the good fight while her children are growing up so fast. We will of course forgive her when she does step down ??, but in the mean time, we love every minute she stays in her position. Do you think she could make all 8 years? Lol. The burnout can’t possibly be that bad.... HA! Thank you so much for all you do. Signed ~ Not the only fan in blue -so sadly blue- Minnesota ??

  • Cindy Templin

    04/08/2019 01:06 PM

    I would hope that this is the start of cleaning up our house. There must not be a two-tiered justice system. Many miscreants are counting on escaping accountability because they always have eluded justice. This must end. And their crimes need to be made public and the sentencing needs to be severe. A message needs to be sent. "you are a public servant, not an elite" and as such you work for the people and are not above the law. Justice needs to be swift and full.

  • Bonnie nelson

    04/08/2019 01:05 PM

    Thank you for this. I am so glad that the hope of accountability is at hand. My frustration in our government has grown. Congress needs to get this all cleared up so they can get on with what they were elected to do. May God bless them and guide them.

  • Cal Freundt

    04/08/2019 12:58 PM

    Mike, if you have any pull at all, we as a country need to be shown there aren't two sets of rules. There really needs to be some accountability for the transgressions of the former president's staff. I feel as though time is running out, if it hasn't already. I'm personally, sick and tired of the talk. Do you see this happening?

  • Nancy Crocker

    04/08/2019 12:56 PM

    Only eight????

  • George lain

    04/08/2019 12:48 PM

    If you break the law, get tried in a court of law, guilty go to jail. Term limits for Congress and no lobbyist money allowed to politicians.

  • Robert Friedman

    04/08/2019 12:41 PM

    Quite honestly, Governor, if DOJ/FBI are allowed to investigate themselves, these referrals won't amount to a bucket of warm spit. If history has taught us anything, it has shown us that DOJ/FBI cannot be trusted to be objective; rather, they can be expected to cover their asses. A Special Prosecutor with criminal authority must be appointed.

  • Carlene Williams

    04/08/2019 12:40 PM

    Sadly over the years we (the tax paying public) have seen far too many who break the law get away with it. Somehow if your a democrat you can break the law and get away with it. Praying these traitors will be put behind bars where they belong.

  • Barbara MacMillan

    04/08/2019 12:40 PM

    All of those involved in this Russia Hoax against a sitting president must be held accountable; investigated and prosecuted under the Rule of Law. The entire Obama Administration was corrupt to the core. Look into Benghazi mess as well, hold them all accountable. What they did cannot be overlooked. WE must make an example of them all to keep it from ever happening again.

Remember the old TV game show PASSWORD? It probably wouldn’t be much of a hit today because it was a quiet game that required some element of literacy and wit, but in its heyday it was a staple of daytime TV. Alan Ludden (the late husband of Betty White, for trivia fans) was the host, but each round began with an announcer saying in a low voice, “The password is…….”

So, here’s an idea: let’s play “PASSWORD 2019”! Of course, since it’s 2019, it has to be about politics, because in 2019, everything is about politics. I’ll be the announcer and say (ahem), “The password is...ACCOUNTABILITY”

 

What do you think the first clue should be? (And don’t say “Hillary.” There are just too many ways one’s mind can go from there, only some of which have to do with jail.) A good clue might be the word JUSTICE.

 

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Of course, if the partner’s politics are left of center, he or she (or “ze”) might take the clue JUSTICE and guess something like SOCIAL, as in “social justice.” Someone in the middle or leaning right might guess LIBERTY, as in “liberty and justice for all.” But if I were the partner in this round, I think my first guess might very well be ACCOUNTABILITY. That’s the element of justice that has been at the top of my mind for many months –- and yours too, I’ll bet –- because it’s what has been conspicuously absent from our system of justice. We’ve seen quite a few people blatantly lie to Congress, leak classified and confidential material, destroy evidence, ignore evidence, “fix” investigations, and use fraud to obtain warrants in an attempt to affect the outcome of an election and, later, to bring down a duly-elected President of the United States. And nothing happens to them.

 

However, this is far from over, thanks in large part to ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes of California. He’s been like a dog with a bone on the issue of accountability, and after close to three years he’s finally tasting a bit of the meaty marrow. On Saturday, the WASHINGTON EXAMINER ran his piece “The Russian Collusion Hoax Meets Unbelievable End” (meaning the “Russia” part actually turned out to be associated with the Clinton campaign and its production of the dirty Steele “dossier”). And on Sunday, he announced that he is ready to go forward with eight criminal referrals related to the origins of the Trump/Russia investigation. “We’re prepared this week to notify the attorney general that we’re prepared to send those referrals over and brief him if he wishes to be briefed,” he said on FOX News. In other words, they’re so prepared that they’re prepared to be prepared!

 

He and his investigators have found as many as two dozen individuals who may be be subject to criminal referrals. All of them do involve classified or sensitive information, so he can’t go too far into detail.

 

Nunes broke down the referrals into three different categories during an interview with Maria Bartiromo. First, there are five of what he calls “straight-up” referrals, dealing with specific individuals and specific crimes such as lying to Congress, misleading Congress and leaking classified information. He didn’t name names but I’m sure we’re all thinking of the same group of individuals.

 

He said the other three are more complicated in that they include conspiracy to commit crimes. These primarily relate to the abuse of the FISA court and involve “numerous individuals.” Other acts of conspiracy relate to the manipulation of intelligence.

 

As closely as you and I have been following this, there’s apparently still a lot we don’t know due to its highly classified nature. As Nunes put it, “There’s so much left. Remember, the American people have only seen the pieces that have been declassified so far...[about abuse of the FISA court}...There’s still more information. I’ve said this before: This was their ‘insurance policy.’ A lot of people think the insurance policy was just the overall investigation of the Trump campaign. It’s actually much more conspiratorial than that.”

There’s a third category that Nunes called a “global leak referral,” involving the leaking of highly sensitive classified information to a very small group of reporters over the last “2-1/2-plus” years. He said they have “a pretty good idea” of who is behind these leaks. More investigation may be needed, however, to pin down additional leakers, as reporters were in the habit of citing anonymous sources (“current and former senior officials”). Nunes said there were individuals within the DOJ and FBI who wanted to be, in effect, “the next Deep Throat,” the person who, in his own mind, is “leaking classified information for the betterment of all society.”

 

Last year, a joint Republican-led task force from the Judiciary Committee and the Oversight Committee started investigating this, but at this point Nunes is looking to Attorney General Williams Barr (“a grownup is finally in the room”) to go forward and “do a clean-up.” Public support is growing thanks to a decision by task force member Doug Collins of Georgia to release numerous transcripts of congressional testimony (not the classified stuff) that justify our long-held suspicions of wrongdoing.

 

Nunes pointed out that Congress can only investigate, not indict, so Attorney General Barr will have to get the Justice Department involved in a criminal investigation (if he hasn’t done that already) before there can be...what’s that password? Right: ACCOUNTABILITY.

 

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/devin-nunes-locked-and-loaded-8-criminal-referrals-ready-including-3-targetting-conspiracy-and-global-leaks

 

Incidentally, Bill Barr will be testifying before the House Judiciary Committee (chaired by Jerrold Nadler) on Tuesday. It’s a routine, public appearance, meant to deal with budgetary issues, but who knows if they’ll even talk about the budget? Democrats disappointed with Barr’s summary of the Mueller report will undoubtedly take the opportunity to give him grief about it, try to discredit him, and demand –- even through a completely unnecessary subpoena –- that the entire, unredacted report be made public, even though we know it concludes that there was no “collusion” (conspiracy) with Russia, and even though it contains classified material and not-to-be-released grand jury testimony.

 

Nunes said he wants the Mueller report to be made public, “but not just the Mueller report,” because some of the people who wrote it were involved in the conspiracies he’s including in these eight criminal referrals. As an example, he pointed out that Mueller’s lead attorney and another top lawyer were in the chain of custody for the Steele “dossier,” asserting that it was impossible for them not to have known it was just dirt from the Democrats. The report is written to fit their narrative, he said. (He calls it “the Mueller dossier.”) In fact, it’s MORE important to have the information underlying the report than it is to have the report itself. We need it all to get the complete picture.

 

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  • David E Palmer

    04/08/2019 01:37 PM

    America, our Constitution, our very way of life in America are in jeopardy when our elected officials use lies, slander, and fake investigations to overthrow a duly elected president that obviously loves America. A prerequisite for leadership is selflessness. A true leader cares more about their countrymen than themselves. Men and women that are willing to stand and fight for America and what she stands for are going to be attacked. President Trump and Judge Kavanaugh are perfect examples of this. If America loving people expect to have men and women to stand up and lead our country, we better demand to see justice in this matter! I believe we have many good leaders in our Country today. They need to know that America loving people have their back and will stand and support them. We are lucky to have them today!

  • Mary R Triplett (Becky)

    04/08/2019 01:37 PM

    So glad he is doing this especially after reading The Plot to Destroy Trump and Deep State Target. The plot widens to the use of international representatives (agents) to entrap anyone associated with Trump campaign. Brennan and Clapper's involvement is interesting. Clapper gave us false intelligence on Iraq and only 3 of the 17 intelligence signed off on so called interference. How convenient to use your buddies agencies to back false intelligence. Also the Trump tower meeting with Veselnitskaya. It was designed to entrap son and son in law. She had to return to Russia on a claim of obstruction so she could not testify that Hillary was never discussed. And there is so much more. I pray the truth will come out and it can't be denied.

  • Kimberly Bjork

    04/08/2019 01:35 PM

    It is very frustrating to watch how slowly all of this unfolds. Hard to believe justice will ever be served
    Hopefully truth will prevail and there will be some of those involved who will be held accountable. Probably not the ones who truly need to be brought forth. They will somehow still get away with their crimes
    How sad for our government and country

  • Cynthia Griffin

    04/08/2019 01:31 PM

    My service my sincere Hope is that these treasonous comes are prosecuted to the full extent of the law, We all have been lied to and abused by all the hysteria over fake collusion turnabout is fair play. I for one have had enough of President Trump being persecuted by the fake news demons

  • Mary Clementz

    04/08/2019 01:21 PM

    WE NEED TO SEE ALL OF THE 8 CRIMINAL REFERALS, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE ALL OF THE DEMOCRATS TAX RETURNS!!! WHO ARE THE CRIMINALS HERE? TELL MR NUNEZ WE STAND WITH HIM 100 PERCENT, DONT GIVE UP, OR IN!!! OUR PRESIDENT IS DOING A FANTASTIC JOB, LOVE HIM, I WANT TO SAY WE NEED THE ILLEGALS TO BE STOPPED, LIKE ONE OF OUR PRESIDENTS DID FOR A FEW YEARS, UNTIL WE CAN GET BACK ON GOOD GROUND ????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • Judy Kelchner

    04/08/2019 01:15 PM

    Accountablility!! Absolutely that is what needs to happen to those who break the law. When will we see that happen? If ever! If we are to deter these acts from happening, then punishment must happen, and happen swiftly!

  • Kirsten Liebelt

    04/08/2019 01:07 PM

    Mike, I hate to be so lame...?? I didn’t read the article. All I saw was that you READ your comments! ?? I wanted to say how much I appreciate your humor, your character, and your honor towards our president. All of that is exceedingly rare. I also beg of you to please pass on these words to your daughter. We (previous coworker and myself) are astonished at Sarah’s longevity in service to our country in what has to be the most challenging position available! We never want her to leave, for her strength and brilliance cannot possibly be matched. She is amazing! ?? However, as a mom, I can certainly understand what she is choosing to do in this season as she fights the good fight while her children are growing up so fast. We will of course forgive her when she does step down ??, but in the mean time, we love every minute she stays in her position. Do you think she could make all 8 years? Lol. The burnout can’t possibly be that bad.... HA! Thank you so much for all you do. Signed ~ Not the only fan in blue -so sadly blue- Minnesota ??

  • Cindy Templin

    04/08/2019 01:06 PM

    I would hope that this is the start of cleaning up our house. There must not be a two-tiered justice system. Many miscreants are counting on escaping accountability because they always have eluded justice. This must end. And their crimes need to be made public and the sentencing needs to be severe. A message needs to be sent. "you are a public servant, not an elite" and as such you work for the people and are not above the law. Justice needs to be swift and full.

  • Bonnie nelson

    04/08/2019 01:05 PM

    Thank you for this. I am so glad that the hope of accountability is at hand. My frustration in our government has grown. Congress needs to get this all cleared up so they can get on with what they were elected to do. May God bless them and guide them.

  • Cal Freundt

    04/08/2019 12:58 PM

    Mike, if you have any pull at all, we as a country need to be shown there aren't two sets of rules. There really needs to be some accountability for the transgressions of the former president's staff. I feel as though time is running out, if it hasn't already. I'm personally, sick and tired of the talk. Do you see this happening?

  • Nancy Crocker

    04/08/2019 12:56 PM

    Only eight????

  • George lain

    04/08/2019 12:48 PM

    If you break the law, get tried in a court of law, guilty go to jail. Term limits for Congress and no lobbyist money allowed to politicians.

  • Robert Friedman

    04/08/2019 12:41 PM

    Quite honestly, Governor, if DOJ/FBI are allowed to investigate themselves, these referrals won't amount to a bucket of warm spit. If history has taught us anything, it has shown us that DOJ/FBI cannot be trusted to be objective; rather, they can be expected to cover their asses. A Special Prosecutor with criminal authority must be appointed.

  • Carlene Williams

    04/08/2019 12:40 PM

    Sadly over the years we (the tax paying public) have seen far too many who break the law get away with it. Somehow if your a democrat you can break the law and get away with it. Praying these traitors will be put behind bars where they belong.

  • Barbara MacMillan

    04/08/2019 12:40 PM

    All of those involved in this Russia Hoax against a sitting president must be held accountable; investigated and prosecuted under the Rule of Law. The entire Obama Administration was corrupt to the core. Look into Benghazi mess as well, hold them all accountable. What they did cannot be overlooked. WE must make an example of them all to keep it from ever happening again.