Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Update and thoughts on the Scalise shooting [UPDATED: shooter is a Democratic Socialist]

Featured image House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was wounded in a shooting spree targeting Republican House members who were practicing for a congressional baseball game. According to reports, he was shot in the hip. Though the injury is serious, President Trump has tweeted that Scalise is expected to recover fully. Sen. Jeff Flake, who was with Scalise in the hospital, reported that his colleague was awake and coherent throughout. However, it is »

Darkness at the Washington Post

Featured image One ought not expect quality reporting, or even simple honesty, from the Washington Post on any matter of partisan interest, and certainly not if it involves President Trump. But the Post outdoes itself in this story by Philip Rucker (with help from Sari Horwitz and Matt Zapotosky) about whether President Trump will fire Robert Mueller. The Post’s conclusion? He might, though it seems unlikely and would be big mistake. But »

Washington Post blasts Trump for not sharing its obsession

Featured image The Democrats’ latest talking point about the “Russia” investigation is that President Trump has shown no interest in the part of it that pertains to what Russia did to interfere in the 2016 election. Not surprisingly, the Washington Post peddles this talking point in a story by Phillip Bump about Attorney General Sessions’ testimony today. He writes: In his testimony, Sessions told Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) that he “did »

A single-payer test drive?

Featured image The Wall Street Journal editors ask: “If Democrats believe the lesson of ObamaCare is that the government should have even more control over health care, then why not show how it would work in the liberal paradise?” The question is prompted by the California Senate’s recent passage of a single-payer health care bill. The legislation guarantees free government-run health care for California’s 39 million residents — no co-pays, deductibles or »

Should Trump fire Mueller? Part Three

Featured image In my post about Robert Mueller’s conflict of interest in investigating “obstruction of justice” claims based on the testimony of his friend James Comey, I ducked the legal question of whether the conflict requires Mueller to withdraw or be removed. My argument was that it provides President Trump with sufficient grounds to remove Mueller if he so chooses. Let’s now look at legal provisions dealing with conflicts of interest in »

Mueller’s disturbing staffing decisions

Featured image When people in Washington talk on the record about Robert Mueller, they gush. Terms like “straight shooter” and “unquestioned integrity” flow freely. Of course, the same was once true of Mueller’s friend, James Comey. When I talk off the record to people I trust who know Mueller, there’s less gushing, but no expression of alarm. One former prosecutor who knew him at the Justice Department says: “My sense is that »

Should Trump fire Mueller, Part Two [UPDATED]

Featured image What, at this point, is the rationale for having a “special counsel” investigate matters relating to Russian involvement in the 2016 election and matters stemming from the investigation of these matters? We don’t need a special counsel to investigate Russian interference in itself. The FBI and various congressional committees can handle that. We don’t need a special counsel to investigate allegations of collusion by President Trump. After about a year »

“Friendship,” D.C. style

Featured image In an otherwise mildly interesting article by the Washington Post’s Marc Fisher about the flak Washington power lawyer (and hyper-Democrat) Jamie Gorelick is taking from D.C. liberals for representing Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, we find this nugget: In a quintessentially D.C. move, some longtime friends of Gorelick contacted for this article offered complimentary comments about her on the record, and then, after asking if they could make other remarks »

“Zeal for the deal” caused Obama to dismantle units targeting Iran terror financing

Featured image Susan Crabtree of the Washington Free Beacon reports on explosive testimony from David Asher, who served as an adviser to Gen. John Allen at the Defense and State Departments. Asher told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that, in the lead-up to and during nuclear negotiations with Iran, top officials across several key law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the Obama administration “systematically disbanded” law enforcement activities targeting the terrorism financing »

En Marche marches on

Featured image En Marche, the fledgling political party created by French President Emanuel Macron, rolled up impressive margins in the first round of parliamentary elections this weekend. With 90 percent of voters accounted for, Macron’s party had 32 percent support; the Conservative Republican party 18 percent; Marine Le Pen’s National Front slightly less than 14 percent; and the Socialists a mere 7.5 percent. Most importantly, pollsters estimate that this weekend’s vote presages »

How Comey put his interests ahead of his country’s

Featured image Andy McCarthy asks why President Trump fired James Comey. He concludes that Trump did so because he believed Comey intentionally misled the public into thinking Trump was under investigation by the FBI. I think that’s probably the reason. As I have said, it seems clear that, at a minimum, Comey’s refusal publicly to say that Trump is not under investigation played a major role in the discharge decision. It’s easy »

Comey’s calculations

Featured image “James Comey is a ‘leaker’ — but that doesn’t make him a criminal.” That’s the headline of a Washington Post story by Matt Zapotosky. The Post’s story tries to create the impression that, in fact, Comey is not a criminal. But Zapatosky undertakes no analysis of the law. Instead, he cites “legal analysts.” However, none of the analysts in question addresses the question of whether Comey committed a crime. The »

Should Trump fire Mueller?

Featured image No. I don’t think he should. The hornet’s nest has already been sufficient stirred up, and we’ve already heard enough Watergate comparisons without replicating the “Saturday Night Massacre.” But after James Comey’s testimony, there is a new argument for firing Mueller and handing the Russia hacking investigation back to the FBI and its new director. Newt Gingrich explains: When asked Thursday by Senator Susan Collins of Maine whether he shared »

The Washington Post’s pitiful analysis of “obstruction”

Featured image “Comey lays out the case that Trump obstructed justice.” So declares the Washington Post in a front page “news” story about James Comey’s testimony. The story, by Matt Zapotosky is based on shoddy legal analysis and held together by quotes from lawyers and professors of no great prominence. Zapotosky doesn’t bother to include the views of the many prominent legal analysts — Alan Dershowitz and Andy McCarthy to name just »

Initial thoughts on Comey’s testimony

Featured image Here are some of my takeaways from the Comey testimony (I missed most of it as it transpired, but have read the transcript). First, Comey’s testimony falls far short of presenting a case that President Trump obstructed justice. (More on this below). Second, that being so, the most important takeaway from Comey’s testimony is that Trump was never under investigation during Comey’s time as FBI director. Contrary to what many »

Is Adam Silver a racist?

Featured image Adam Silver is a big believer in the “right” of men (biologically speaking) to use the women’s restroom and visa versa. The pompous Silver has declared that the NBA, by which he means himself, has a role to play in teaching the rest of us “what equality looks like in a community.” But when it comes to the right of young men to earn a living in the NBA, Silver »

Nikki Haley, star

Featured image President Trump has made some outstanding appointments (although one of the best, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recently offered to resign in the face of criticism from the president). Right now, my favorite Trump appointee is U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley. In the tradition of our best U.N. ambassadors — Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Jeane Kirkpatrick — Haley has been a powerful voice against U.N. hypocrisy. Most notably, she has denounced U.N. »