May 16, 2018

For all the time Obama’s FBI (and later the special counsel) was investigating Russia-Trump “collusion” in the 2016 campaign, top-level officials were doing a high-wire act to keep information about what they were doing out of the hands of Congress and those with FOIA requests. As Andrew C. McCarthy points out, they didn’t brief the bipartisan leadership of either the House or Senate or their intelligence committees. They ignored requests for documents or slow-walked them like a colony of inebriated three-toed sloths. And documents they did finally turn over were redacted like crazy.

The usual justification for blacking out line after line, page after page, is that they do it “to protect sources and methods,” and, yes, these truly are an essential part of intelligence gathering. But in this case, considering the particular sources and methods we’re slowly finding out about, it’s easy to see why they wanted to keep a lid on them. Sources like Christopher Steele and Hillary-connected diplomats and methods like deceiving judges and utilizing “moles” inside a political opponent’s presidential campaign are things the FBI most assuredly wanted to protect.

Now that former FBI Director James Comey is doing book interviews, the question arises as to whether he’s being protected as well. It’s possible that Robert Mueller has given him immunity on the sly, and the more Comey talks and contradicts himself, the more likely that seems. The FBI passed out immunity like candy at Christmas to associates of Hillary during their ridiculous “Mid-Year Exam” (MYE) investigation of Hillary, before Comey announced there would be no indictment of her. In effect, they gave her immunity, too.

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In McCarthy’s column in National Review, he shows that some of the answers we seek are right there for all to see, in the thousands of Peter Strzok-Lisa Page texts. (And thanks to the Inspector General Michael Horowitz for somehow getting hold of them, when the FBI said they were unretrievable.) All that texting provides a “day-to-day narrative” to go with the emerging timeline of events for both the Hillary and the Russia-Trump investigations. As two people who are “singularly well informed,” Strzok and Page reference not only what is going on but why –- which is no doubt why large portions of their texts were heavily redacted before they saw the light of day. The names of Justice Department, White House, intelligence and other government officials have been blacked out. But after reading through hundreds of texts (so we don’t have to!), McCarthy claims that they are still a “gold mine.”

Apparently, Strzok and Page were inspired to solidify the Trump-Russia connection while reading a Josh Marshall “Talking Points” post called “Trump & Putin. Yes, it’s really a Thing,” which outlined numerous business associations Trump had with Russian financiers. After reading it, they spend the next 50 minutes exchanging 13 lengthy texts that the Justice Department has entirely blacked out. “Sources and methods,” ya think?

The investigation comes together with amazing speed. They talk about various DOJ people who will be involved (most names redacted, but mentions of “Andy” [McCabe] and “Bill” [Priestap] remaining), and then, weirdly, Strzok immediately leaves for London. This is the trip that seems to have paved the way for getting George Papadopoulos into that London bar with information to share about the Russians hacking Hillary’s emails.

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They’re being sneaky about Strzok’s London trip. Page, a lawyer who is McCabe’s legal assistant, reminds him to be careful of what he signs in England so he can “lawfully protect the information” (“protect,” as in “conceal”). She writes, “Just thinking about Congress, foia (Freedom Of Information Act), etc.” He texts her from London about the “guy we’re about to interview,” but everything after that reference is redacted.

Strzok gets back from London and they set up meetings about the exciting new case. Strzok texts Page: And hi. Went well, best we could have expected. Other than [REDACTED] quote: “the White House is running this.” My answer, “well, maybe for you they are.”

Okay, the White House? These are extremely significant conversations, and there is no national security reason for blacking them out so extensively. But at this point, we all know it isn’t about national security. We’re not fools; this is legal cover for the FBI, Justice Department and most likely the White House. We also know President Trump has the authority to declassify anything he wants. He might want to start by opening up this gold mine and giving those political operatives the shaft.



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  • Olon Burns Jr.

    05/17/2018 06:55 PM

    All I can say is we all need to seek the face of Almighty God for this country. I am 73 years old and I have never seen so much corruption in high places in my life. I am so proud of President Trump and the people who are standing by him especially his very capable Press Secretary.

  • Mac Moody

    05/17/2018 08:59 AM

    More of a question.
    Why is PRESIDENT TRUMP not declassifying these documents? Why has he not dumped Sessions? Sessions seems to be as bad as the rest of the swamp.

  • Doug Leeds

    05/16/2018 10:43 PM

    It would be a wonderful change if the public actually had the truth, like the whole truth, and nothing but the truth!! Wouldn't that be refreshing!

  • Bob Gardner

    05/16/2018 05:42 PM

    I like that you have added Scripture verses to the end of your mailed newsletters! It’s a great witness!

    "The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe." - Proverbs 18:10

  • Mike

    05/16/2018 05:27 PM

    Bless you Governor!

  • Desert Fox

    05/16/2018 05:11 PM

    Just proves how biased the DEMONCRATC BASED justice system has been. As a Patriotic American when will I see all of these answer for their crimes--including Sessions.

  • Rick Schramm

    05/16/2018 03:59 PM

    Isn't the collusion investigation close to entering its third year?

  • Bobby Allred

    05/16/2018 02:26 PM

    It’s not just Russian interference in our political process. Soros and his organizations are very possibly a much greater threat to our country, political process and elections, and are trying to turn our country into a socialist nation. This is what needs investigating, and like Hungary, we need to force Soros and his organizations to leave.

  • Ann whidden

    05/16/2018 02:05 PM

    President trump we are not haooy at all that the fbi has done it again we knew they would do it again .We are bit setteling for this we want Hillary and Obama arrested or this country will never be safe they are so evil and have tomany connections to detroy this country please do not let this go we were promised she would be locked up OBama and Soros and Holder know has contril of fa e book this is nit going to end unless they areocked up

  • Ida McClure

    05/16/2018 01:51 PM

    I don't understand why so many of these people are not being indicted. If it were a common citizen, that person would be in jail & all sorts of charges being filed. It makes me sad that there is no equal justice under the law-- if there was, Hillary would be in jail, along with the love bird FBI agents, and so many more. Mueller needs to have the rug pulled out from under him and this costly, go nowhere investigation put to rest. Thank you for all you do!

  • Lynette Ledder

    05/16/2018 12:26 PM

    I am praying for the truth to come out and justice to be done.
    Thank you for your informative emails.
    Lynette Ledder

  • Mike Grayson

    05/16/2018 12:04 PM

    These folks work for Jeff Sessions. It is long past the point where he should have gotten involved. Trump needs to replace Sessions.

  • Sherry McLelland

    05/16/2018 11:45 AM

    Thank you for highlighting some of the most important parts of what is being learned by texts and memos from
    DOJ and FBI deep state. I would like to know who is telling the President not to do anything to declassify any of
    the redacted parts and who is telling him not to intervene with the slow-walking and refusals to turn over vital information Congress needs and has been requesting for many months??? He has the power to do so on both
    counts, but doesn't. That is not in character for him. Someone is giving him bad information. There needs to be
    some drastic housecleaning in both the FBI and DOJ departments. The ones in charge are not going to do it and
    serve to be tissue paper leaders only.

  • David E Steuber

    05/16/2018 11:15 AM

    What I don't understand: Where's Sessions in all this? Does his recusal prevent him from ordering his people to respond to requests for information from Congress to the maximum extent possible? The redaction of entire messages is absurd!

    Or in his absence, Rosenstein. (BTW how did he get appointed No. 2 in the DOJ? And why can't he be dismissed/reassigned? I can't imagine the Dems/Holder putting up with someone who is so obviously not on their side when they were in charge. Maybe the moniker "stupid party" is deserved.)

  • Alex Paul

    05/16/2018 10:31 AM

    Thank you for your newsletter, it really helps sort out this information. Why can't Trump simply order that these be "unredacted" and released? Isn't he the boss of all these agencies? Surely he can say he wants to have delivered to his desk all the information in unredacted form and then simply say it is no longer secret, and then release it? Wouldn't that blow this whole thing up? I'm convinced that the people who approved Uranium One, Obama, Hillary, Comey, Mueller, McCabe, Rosenstein etc. all got paid via the Clinton Foundation and they are desperate to hide this. They acted illegally to stop Trump when he looked close to winning, i.e. they committed a crime to hide a previous worse crime. And they continue to this day. Trump needs to pick the rotten log off the termite's nest and let the sunshine in.

  • Mike Tracy

    05/16/2018 10:16 AM

    Why doesn't someone start prosecuting these people? Every day we see new information of wrongdoing on the part of high ranking officials in the FBI, CIA, Justice Dept., etc. If these accusations are substantive, then who is going to see that justice is done? Obviously, no definitive "smoking gun" will ever be discovered, neither against the conspirators nor against the President. No strong case against them can ever be compiled when they control the evidence and can "black out" any revealing information. Without really trying, the Russians have won a great victory over U.S. democracy. In the Kremlin, they are laughing themselves silly while watching the crazy left in the U.S. frantically trying to impeach a legally elected President in the, grasping at any thread they think will unravel his legitimacy. It is all a big joke and the left in their hatred for Donald Trump cannot let it go! It has become a sickening joke and the American people are very weary of it all. The Main Stream Media keeps the narrative going while the halls of justice are crumbling all around us. Where and who are the officials who can start the wheels of justice turning for us and expose these people for what they are? What is stopping them?

  • Betty Ridgill

    05/16/2018 10:01 AM

    Thanks, Mike, for enlightening "We The People". What happened to respect, caring, kindness, etc. These people sound like people from a third world country. They do not respect, first the rule of law, our election system, nor our duly elected President. Nor, do they respect our country. I am so ashamed of them, along with the majority of the democratic party who accept this behavior. The American people do not deserve this. Our votes were not taken lightly. I know that I prayed about the choices, and felt that there was really not a choice. I do not approve of all that President Trump says, but, he is true to his word in so far as the elected officials will let him. Congress and the Senate are not earning their pay. They need to get to work and stop taking vacations. They are paid much more than I ever made, and I had to go to work every day for 8 hours each day. I'm tired of their actions, or lack thereof! An immigration plan should have been presented to the President long ago. Just because you don't think he will sign it, or that you won't have the votes to pass it, should not be a reason for not bringing it to the floor. And, Jeff Sessions is certainly worthless! I say the President should fire Rosenstein, and if Sessions loves him so much to give up his job, then let him go. God Bless You for keeping us informed.

  • Charles Hager

    05/16/2018 09:44 AM

    I'll be 84 this June & have followed politics most of my life. Never have I seen anything like what's going on in my country today. With every news report, more corruption of the Obama admin is revealed. Just when I think we've reached the bottom, it just gets deeper! Among the newest nightmare-ish stories is the 2nd dossier composed by Cody Shearer; the "operative" Hillary hired to dig up claims against women accusing Bill Clinton. I don't doubt that Cody Shearer wrote the original dossier & Chris Steel published it under his name since he was better known.

  • Dow Hurst

    05/16/2018 09:43 AM

    I appreciate your taking the time to layout the info. It really is taking too long for real justice to happen, if ever. We gave too much secrecy and power to security agencies and are paying the price now, big time.

  • Stephen Russell

    05/16/2018 09:14 AM

    Take Them down, quit stalling FBI & DOJ, whats wrong I blame MGMT.
    Remedy this, Take down time

  • Laura Cervone-Arcabascio

    05/16/2018 09:13 AM

    I remember a report a while ago the fisa judges told Congress they could get all the info they needed from the doj. With the doj constantly slow walking cant Gowdy and nunes go back to the judges to get the info they need. I still don’t understand why the fisa judges are not livid over being lied to. If u can explain all this Mr. Huckabee

  • Susan Dyar

    05/16/2018 09:12 AM

    I think Trump should declassify everything. We had to go to 3 stores this week looking for Mylanta for my Mother. Be interesting to see the toll this Russian debacle has taken medically on conservatives. I’ll be glad when Rosenstein is gone and for his info. you don’t stall Gowdy.