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The Deep State Strikes Back: Maria Butina Released and Deported to Russia

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(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

As Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation shifts to a criminal prosecution, the bad actors continue the fight. –  You may or may not remember the curious case of former CEO Patrick Byrne, which was reported in the Campaign Update on August 23, after Byrne had made explosive allegations against the Coup Cabal during an appearance on Fox News.

If you don’t remember it, here’s the clip of that interview, the transcript for which can be found at this link.:

Byrne makes several allegations in that interview, but the chief one to focus on today was his contention that, due to his having worked with the FBI on a case about 15 years ago, he was asked in late 2015 to engage with a Russian agent named Maria Butina (pictured below) and introduce her around to several presidential candidates, including Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and yes, Donald J. Trump. Those three just happened at the time to be the three leading contenders for the 2016 GOP nomination.

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Odd, right? Well, not really, given what we know today.

Byrne ultimately came to realize that the purpose of this operation was to “dirty up” these candidates by associating them with a Russian agent, giving James Comey’s FBI a pretext for initiating surveillance on their respective campaigns. Byrne claimed that, when he confronted his FBI handlers about his suspicions, they confirmed that was indeed their intent.

Ms. Butina ultimately became ensnared in the Mueller investigation, pleading guilty to conspiracy charges ostensibly related to her interactions with NRA officials during 2016. She received an 18-month sentence and was sent to a maximum security prison in order to prevent her from having any access to the outside world, i.e., to keep her quiet. She was moved to a minimum security prison in May, a decision Byrne claims was made by AG William Barr after a meeting with Byrne.

Why are we going through all of this again today? Because on Friday, one day after we learned that the Barr/Durham effort is now a criminal investigation, Ms. Butina was suddenly released from federal prison several weeks before her sentence had run out, and immediately loaded on a plane and shipped back to Russia on the orders of federal officials.

At the very end of the Reuters report linked above, we find this semi-explanation for Butina’s sudden release and deportation:

Asked whether Washington now expects Russia to release a former U.S. Marine named Paul Whelan currently being held on accusations of espionage, a State Department spokesperson said, “We continue to urge the Russian government to ensure a fair trial, including a fair and public hearing without undue delay, in accordance with its international legal obligations.”

A Russian court on Thursday ordered Whelan, detained in 2018, held in custody until Dec. 29.

Whelan, who holds American, British, Canadian and Irish passports, has denied the espionage allegations.


So, thanks to the machinations of the bad actors who remain embeded within the Trump Administration, we can fully expect Ms. Butina to now disappear forever, perhaps to the wilds of Siberia, never to be heard from again. And Mr. Byrne’s story will be disappeared along with her.

Speaking of bad actors continuing the fight… – Also on Friday, Obama appointed federal judge Beryl Howell ruled that the Department of Justice must grant access to some of the federal grand jury material withheld from the Mueller Report to Jabba the Nadler and the members of the House Judiciary Committee. The material has thus far been withheld under very clear U.S. law and legal precedent in order to prevent it from being leaked into the public domain, which we know Nadler and his fellow Democrats will do as soon as they get their grubby hands on it.

Such grand jury material is traditionally withheld in order to prevent innocent citizens who testified before grand juries from having their reputations smeared as a result of doing so. There has been a non-partisan consensus for more than two centuries in this countries that making such testimony public will have a chilling effect on the ability of future grand juries to compel witness testimony in their efforts to get to the truth.

But this is an Obama judge, and she couldn’t care less about pesky things like precedent, tradition or truth. The decision will no doubt be appealed, and hopefully the appellate court will smack her down.

That is all.


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The Curious Potential Bombshell Case of Patrick Byrne

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

I honestly don’t know what to make of this, so I’m just going to let you watch and judge for yourselves. – Overstock founder Patrick Byrne resigned his CEO position at the company on Thursday, and shortly thereafter appeared on Fox Business’s Varney & Co. program. What he had to say about his alleged involvement in several FBI domestic espionage efforts against various political campaigns would, if true, amount to grounds for scattering the raging dumpster fire agency to the winds.

Here’s the clip of the interview:

The interview is too long to do a complete transcript, but here are the highlights:

Byrne claims the following:

  • “Because 17 years ago, I helped them crack a murder…they knew me, and they called me in 2015, 2016 to assist in something. I didn’t know who the orders came from, but I assisted.
  • “I took some orders that seemed a little fishy, didn’t know who the orders came from, but last summer while watching television, I figured out …that the name of the man who sent me the orders was a guy named Peter Strzok.”
  • Question: Are you working with the Attorney General? “Let me be clear: I’m not working with anybody.  The last time I talked to a federal office was five months ago. I explained everything to them between April 5 and April 30, and then I disappeared.”
  • “Bill Barr – there’s gonna be a sculpture of granite of this guy somewhere – I couldn’t come forward for three years until there was rule of law in this country. I wasn’t gonna come forward when this guy Jeff Sessions…Truman said of an opponent I can carve a better man out of a banana, that’s how Americans should feel about Jeff Sessions.”
  • ” Now, we have rule of law and I came forward to them in April. There are other whistle blowers within the federal bureaucracy with similar stories.
  • The bottom line is there’s a big coverup, there was political espionage conducted against Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.”
  • ” I was in the room when it happened. I was a part of it. I thought I was doing law enforcement. Sorry.”

That’s all in the first 4:30 of the clip. Byrne does not get more specific about exactly what activities he undertook for Strzok and the FBI, but goes onto say that he has told the whole story to Barr and that his information has been rolled into U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the whole Spygate scandal. Byrne says he resigned because he expects to soon become very publicly embroiled in the scandal as the Horowitz Report on FISA abuse is rolled out and the results of Durham’s investigation begin to bear fruit.

Byrne in fact claims that Barr’s decision to appoint Durham on May 13 was in part motivated by the story he delivered to Barr on April 30. Byrne also claims that he decided to resign now after consulting with his “guru” Warren Buffet, who advised him to do it now because if he didn’t, the Deep State would use his company to “grind me down.”

Byrne appeared again on Fox News later with Martha Macallum, but did not reveal any more details.

Another very interesting facet of Byrne’s statements is his contention that another reason why he was approached by the FBI was the fact that he was carrying on an affair with Russian lawyer Maria Butina, who has popped up in several places during the whole “Russia Collusion” fantasy play.

Readers may remember that Butina was arrested by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s thugs on charges that she was a Russian agent. After reaching a plea deal amid claims she had become a “cooperating witness” with the Mueller team, she had curiously been held in maximum security isolation until May 9, when she was suddenly moved to a white collar facility. Byrne claims that that move was also made due to his testimony to Barr.

No further charges against anyone have come from Butina’s supposed cooperation with Mueller’s thugs. Byrne’s story, combined with this curiously harsh treatment of a “cooperating” witness makes one wonder if Mueller’s people had isolated Butina in order to prevent her from making any public statements.

The clear outlier in all of this, however, is Byrne’s contention that the FBI wasn’t just spying on Trump and other Republican candidates, but on the Hillary Clinton campaign as well. While such a massive domestic spying operation within Obama’s corrupted FBI and Justice Department is certainly not difficult to imagine, given everything else we now know, the motivation they might have had for spying on the Pantsuit Princess is a mystery until we have more data.

If Byrne is to be believed, we will begin getting that additional data from Horowitz, Durham and Barr after Labor Day.

After so many previous false promises of such damaging new data, all I can say is that I will believe it when I see it.

That is all.


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