Will Dec. 5th become new day of infamy?

So Dec. 5th has come out in the drops as a pivotal day. We have seen these pronouncements before.

As I wrote last week, ex-FBI Director under President Obama James Comey and his Justice Dept boss Loretta Lynch are scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee headed by outgoing Congressman Bob Goodlatte on Dec 3rd and 4th.

The question raised is will the declassified FISA documents be released before or after the testimony since all the sign offs for the release of the FISA warrant applications have already been secured and therefore the administration can use Obama’s Executive Order 13526, Sec 1.7 reads:

“Classification Prohibitions and Limitations. (a) In no case shall information be classified, continue to be maintained as classified, or fail to be declassified in order to:
(1) conceal violations of law, inefficiency, or administrative error;
(2) prevent embarrassment to a person, organization, or agency;
(3) restrain competition; or
(4) prevent or delay the release of information that does not require protection in the interest of the national security.”

On Dec 5th US Attorney John Huber is scheduled to give the House Oversight subcommittee chaired by Republican Mark Meadows an update on the probe into the Clinton Foundation. This probe is part of the investigation Huber his heading with Justice Department personnel. Huber was appointed by ex-Attorney General Jeff Sessions in late 2017.

So the questioned posed is does the FISA docs inform the committee of the nefarious operations of the Obama White House during the 2016 presidential election or does it refute the testimony after the fact?

Huber’s testimony on the day after Comey and Lynch finish up their questioning could go to the Clinton Foundation’s funding of the Christopher Steele report, which was used to trick the FISA court into issuing a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign. That could be the time to release the documents to refute the prior testimony in front of Goodlatte’s committee.

My thought based on Comey’s comments last week about him wanted an open hearing, which could not raise classified information, that the release of the documents will happen prior. Damn the perjury charges.

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Whitaker reigns in Mueller then President submits written answers

It appears that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker has put a leash on Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Whitaker is constraining Mueller’s probe after Asst Attorney General Rod Rosenstein broaden the scope through “special articles” addendum that allowed the investigation to go down many avenues not germane to original orders.

I am assuming this is why we got the news that President Trump handed over his written responses to Mueller’s questions.

Once Mueller sent the queries to the President’s attorney on the matter, Rudy Giuliani, the White House could get a sense of the sprawl and wanderings Mueller’s team was poking around.

That’s when Whitaker was brought in to reign in Mueller to focus on the original mandate of the Special Counsel.

We also learned last night that the House Oversight Subcommittee on Government Operations will hold hearings on Dec. 5th to get an update on a probe from US Attorney General John Huber and the Justice Department into the Clinton Foundation.

We have had no leaks from Huber’s team, so this could be a great insight into what the US Attorney has been able to uncover over the 10 months.

I also assume that ranking member Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) will recommend that the Senate panel take over this part of the probe, so it is not squashed come January when control of the House and its committees come under Democratic control.