AG Barr has draft of Horowitz report; what happens now?

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September 16, 2019

Wiretapper (to Harry Caul): “Twelve years ago, I recorded every telephone call made by the presidential nominee of a major political party. I don’t want to say which party. But everywhere he went, that’s where I was. Coast to coast, I was listening, Harry. I’m not saying I elected the President of the United States, but you can draw your own conclusions, Harry. I mean, he lost.”

---- The Conversation, 1974

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And Trump was supposed to lose. But because Hillary did, we’re actually finding out what was going within the DOJ and FBI (and CIA and State Department and White House) when both were running for President. Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on alleged FBI surveillance abuses involving the FISA Court is now –- finally, after we’ve waited all summer –- in Attorney’s General William Barr’s hands. What happens next?


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Certain steps have to be taken before the full report can be released to the public. Technically, the report is still in the draft stage; it’s standard procedure that everyone mentioned in such a report gets a chance to read it and contribute comments. Some of the material may be redacted, although President Trump has said he would like the whole thing declassified. He has the power to make that happen, but he has given Barr the authority to declassify and will likely defer to him. We have to hope that Barr is proceeding with transparency as his goal, and this is what people with the inside scoop are telling us.

It’s not known how long the process will take, but, as reported by THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER, Sen. Lindsay Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, has already asked Barr to go ahead and declassify nine specific sets of documents from the report. And these are critical; for example, they include material so far seen only by the senators and congressmen in the “Gang Of Eight,” such as transcripts of conversations between then-Trump campaign associate George Papadopoulos and confidential informants (SPIES) such as Stefan Halper. This is the information said by Papadopoulos to be exculpatory for both himself and the Trump campaign, as he says he believed even at the time that Halper was recording their conversations and that he told Halper most emphatically that the campaign was NOT working with Russia --- that, in fact, to do so would be treasonous.

This is an example of evidence that was NOT included in the FISA applications.  If it had been, the FISA judges likely would have said to lead investigator Peter Strzok, "Why are you here?"

Graham also asked for the declassification of all filings with the FISA Court relating to Carter Page, who was the target of the FBI’s request for a warrant to conduct electronic surveillance (SPY). Those pertaining to any other Trump associates are requested as well. Additionally, Graham wants us all to be able to see the trove of all FBI and DOJ files related to British ex-SPY Christopher Steele –- whose name is on the unverifiable “dossier” used to get warrants –- and the Clinton-funded “oppo” research firm who hired him, Fusion GPS. And there’s more: he wants the release of documents relating to the defensive briefings given to both the Clinton and Trump campaigns by intelligence officials in 2016.


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I hope Graham is including 2017 as well. That year might include documents that would reflect what we’ve only recently learned: that by the time Comey & Co. visited the newly elected President in the White House, they’d already known for at least two weeks that Michael Flynn had been found innocent of any improper communication with Russians, yet they DID NOT TELL TRUMP he was cleared. (That was the meeting memorialized in notes that Comey leaked to his “friend” to leak to THE NEW YORK TIMES in the effort to have Trump investigated for obstruction in a case he knew at the time was bogus.) This omission had to have been deliberate, and I would imagine there were some internal FBI communications before that particular White House briefing to coordinate what they would and would not say.

John Solomon, speaking on FOX News’ HANNITY show, agreed that not only was there a “preponderance” of evidence showing FISA abuse to get warrants to surveil (SPY ON) Trump’s team, but that in fact the evidence is overwhelming and incontrovertible. According to his sources, the Justice Department is nearing the decision to go ahead and release 10 or 12 of the most important documents BEFORE the report itself comes out. This will give us an idea, perhaps weeks before we see the IG’s conclusions, of how bad it really was.

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I would imagine that by this time, Horowitz is more than ready plop his draft into Barr’s lap. He and his staff deserve a long and lovely vacation; they’ve reviewed over a million records and conducted over a hundred interviews, “including several witnesses who only recently agreed to be interviewed.” I won’t be surprised if the report contains the names of people, both inside and outside government, we’ve never even heard of. We the taxpayers funded this effort, as a necessary response to what we see as corruption at the highest levels of government and a first step towards draining the swamp. And now that it’s just about ready, we deserve to see the whole doggone thing. The same goes for the much more comprehensive Barr report when that comes out.

It better happen.

IG Horowitz Nears End of Probe into Alleged FISA Abuse, Gives Draft Report to Barr

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  • Carl Smith

    09/18/2019 12:13 AM

    I'm, beginning to believe that even with SIGNED Confessions the Left , like Juan Williams, who will STILL NOT ADMIT the Steel Dossier was a CLINTON/DNC ordered and PAID FOR opposition RESEARCH paper ? I am obliged to give him Four "Forrest Gumps"...Because 90% of those involved are Lawyers my money is NO ONE will receive more than a slap on the wrist with the admonition go and Sin NO MORE. If so I will lose all faith in what our Republic has devolved into.

  • Barry Ligus

    09/17/2019 08:12 PM

    If there are grounds to prosecute, prosecution should be to the full extent of the law. Examples must be made to ensure this travesty never happens again.

  • Paul Dappen

    09/17/2019 05:51 PM

    We the people paid for this report, we the people deserve to see the final ,in full, report. AG Barr, don’t let us down.

  • Rob Stewart

    09/17/2019 03:26 PM

    If we don't get to see it all, it's because the "few" still seek to control their countrymen.

    “Common issues that trouble the people of most nations often come neither from nature nor from enemies outside the borders. Problems of the majority in a nation emanate from the wrangling of relatively few people from within who seek control of their countrymen and access to their money.”

    – Tim Horn, Ruling the Elite: Moving Power from the Parties to the People.

  • Kerry Tackett

    09/17/2019 08:07 AM

    Time to lock and load! Round up all the Criminals that participants in this awful criminal activity...arrest, prosecute and punish! Treason equals death penalty!

  • JO ANN FARRELL

    09/17/2019 05:37 AM

    UNFORTUNATELY, NOTHING WILL HAPPEN. NO ONE WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR ATTEMPTING A COUP, WHICH I WAS TAUGHT IN SCHOOL THAT THIS WAS TREASONOUS, PUNISHABLE BY DEATH!

  • Kevin J Cook

    09/17/2019 12:51 AM

    Better be numerous indictments including Hussein and Hellary!

  • Steven Lechtenberg

    09/16/2019 10:06 PM

    All I have to say are these two statements I believe sums up Washington DC, 1, it is the most corrupt city in the world thanks to our elected royalty. 2, How can one crook indict or impeach another crook. Just remember Robert Ray is obstructing every attempt to hold the FBI accountable. I don’t see anybody, except a few of the “low hanging fruit” to be charged with anything. Our elected royalty live above the law and always will rub our noses in it

  • Doug Topley

    09/16/2019 07:58 PM

    Love your short and concise daily updates of the news. BRW, my wife and I look forward to watching your weekly TV show as well.

  • Marilyn DeMarco

    09/16/2019 07:25 PM

    Thank you for sharing this with us Mr. Huckabee, you are an honest and honorable man and I am proud to say a true Patriot. I hope this will finally vindicate those who have been wronged especially our President. Though I am sure the haters will still spin it to suit themselves and again lie to America. God bless you.

  • Janet Staton

    09/16/2019 06:27 PM

    Today's report made me feel sick to my stomach -- not from what you wrote, but from the realization, finally, of how really bad this is. Comey knew for two weeks that an honorable man who served his country well, and would have continued to do so, was ruined. I cannot wrap my head around Comey and his cohorts, any more than I could understand Aldrich Ames. Keep it going, Mike. Thank you and Sean Hannity.

  • Dot whitley

    09/16/2019 05:11 PM

    When we finally get to see the whole thing it will be interesting, especially if it is the whole truth.
    Thanks for keeping us informed.

    Dot Whitley

  • Ellen Klapperich

    09/16/2019 04:23 PM

    I'll believe it when I see it. No trust in the government whatsoever.

  • Verlyn Steinbach

    09/16/2019 02:55 PM

    "Certain steps have to be taken before the full report can be released to the public. Technically, the report is still in the draft stage; it’s standard procedure that everyone mentioned in such a report gets a chance to read it and contribute comments."
    This must be something new. President Trump was not afforded this privilege when the Mueller Report was published.

  • Robert McFate

    09/16/2019 02:40 PM

    The FISA court seems to be a part of the conspiracy! With what has come out already, if I were the judge that made the decision, I would have a few people in front of me for lying to the court at the very least!

  • Al Perrotta

    09/16/2019 02:38 PM

    FYI: The Conversation came out in 1974, not 1972. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071360/

  • Rick Dunphy

    09/16/2019 02:28 PM

    Mike, thank you for staying on this story, I very much appreciate the clarity of your analysis. I am praying truly, that the traitors that perpetuated this false narrative, and their coup attempt get indicted, convicted and do time. It is frightening that what’s happened actually took place. I had never thought any of this was possible in America. Please keep up the good work. Regards Rick Dunphy

  • klsparrow

    09/16/2019 02:22 PM

    What happens now, not one damn thing. The DOJ has refused to indict are prosecute anyone at FBI, DOJ, CIA plus the ones that lied to congress during the Kavanaugh hearing, no declassified doc,. In other words everyone will get a pass unless you are a Trump supporter

  • Sarah Menne

    09/16/2019 02:19 PM

    We need to be patient. Give Barr and the justice system time to do things appropriately. I pray we will eventually see many, many finally held accountable for what seems to me to be treasonable activity. BUT...until we clear the House of those who do not act and vote appropriately, who do not appear to truly love America and actually foster hate, and who do not desire to protect our own citizens, we will continue to have problems. People must wake up....and vote wisely.

  • Kathryn Barnes

    09/16/2019 02:14 PM

    I can hardly wait, bring it on!

  • James Lancaster

    09/16/2019 01:59 PM

    Amen

  • Jimmy L Humphrey

    09/16/2019 01:21 PM

    When and IF the Barr report comes out. I hope it happens!!

  • David M Abercrombie

    09/16/2019 01:20 PM

    Mike, on another subject, I sent the following message to Secretary Galvin of Massachusetts:

    Secretary Galvin, I am a native of Massachusetts, born in Brockton, raised in Duxbury during my early years and still close to relatives on Nantucket as well as Duxbury. Despite my having relocated to the equally blue state of Washington, I have always maintained my interest in the Commonwealth. I was particularly interested in the article: “Challenging the Electoral College’s winner take all system in Massachusetts” by Michael Levenson Globe Staff,August 9, 2018, 8:25 p.m. and was impressed with the point you made, when interviewed by Levenson, that you would support the approach of awarding Electoral College votes based upon the votes of legislative districts. I have long thought that that system, as currently in place in Maine and Nebraska was far more representative and effective than the “winner take all” approach of the other states.
    It is my understanding that the litigation referenced in the above article is ongoing and it seems to me that. given your position, it would make a great deal of sense for you to approach Mesrs, Weld, Lessig, Levinson and Boies with the idea of settling the case by agreeing to an Order from the Federal Court requiring that approach in the Commonwealth. Upon entry of the order the Commonwealth could then bring an action before SCOTUS against the other 47 states demanding their conformance with the system as properly conforming with the long recognized one man one vote concept. Such a tactic could provide a quick and solid adjudication of the issue and, hopefully bring all of the states into conformity in one fell swoop.

    Just a thought from an old retired lawyer and displaced descendant of one of those brave souls who came over on the MAYFLOWER.

    David M. Abercrombie
    2237 E. Day Island Blvd. W.
    University Place, WA 98466
    509-679-5343

    I believe that this is an issue, much like the fair tax, that makes eminent sense and is one that you could support as well.

    Regards,

    David

  • Mary Anne Berry

    09/16/2019 01:14 PM

    Mr. Huckabee,
    At what point can the media be held accountable for the lies it spews? I don’t believe our founding fathers intended the press to have a free pass to outright lie for their own financial and political gain...but apparently freedom of the press means exactly that.
    Reading the news, at times, makes me sick to my stomach for the people they vilify.
    I guess I’m starting to feel like the “regular” folks are losing. ??

  • Doug Morgan

    09/16/2019 01:07 PM

    After reading some of the comments, most of them say what I continue to say so I'll echo what's already been commented on. I certainly hope I'm wrong, oh how I hope I'm wrong!! BUT, NOTHING WILL HAPPEN!!! Investigations by politicians and political appointees are just that. Time killers, tax money wasters, report generators that get redacted, and the truth doesn't surface above the swamp slime.