2016 Presidential Election

Breaking News From CNN: We Have No News

Featured image Democratic Party operatives are desperately trying to keep their Russia narrative alive. Thus, this CNN headline: “US Officials: Info suggests Trump associates may have coordinated with Russians.” Sounds like a blockbuster, right? Only the story contains no actual news. The FBI has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, US officials told »

Nunes’s Announcement: Another Take

Featured image I wrote earlier today about House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’s statement that one or more intelligence agencies “incidentally” collected communications of members of President Trump’s campaign during the Fall of 2016. A reader writes to offer another perspective: I think you need to be a bit more nuanced. I think Nunes is leaving the door open for something like this: The communications were intercepted in the normal course of »

“The most powerful person in Washington”

Featured image That’s what Eli Lake calls James Comey. Why? Because with the FBI’s investigation of alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, Comey “will in a practical sense determine the legitimacy of our elected president.” When President Trump, just a few days after taking office, decided to retain Comey as FBI director, I questioned whether this was a good decision from Trump’s perspective: Comey, independent and stubborn as hell, has »

Did Obama collude with Russia in 2012?

Featured image I don’t believe so because there is no real evidence that he did. However, as I suggested yesterday, if one applies the same sort of conspiracy thinking being used to claim that Donald Trump colluded with Russia, one can make out a case that Barack Obama colluded in 2012. Rep. Peter King made that point during today’s Intelligence Committee hearing. King pointed first to President Obama’s statement to the Russian »

What to make of Russia’s “unusually loud” interference in the 2016 election

Featured image FBI director Comey didn’t say much during his testimony today. He did confirm that the FBI is investigating possible links between Russia and the Trump campaign, but this might have been the worst kept secret in Washington. Comey did volunteer something notable when he compared Russian interference in the 2016 election to Russian interference in past elections. He described the interference last year as “unusually loud.” He added that it »

House Dems try to make their case on collusion [UPDATED]

Featured image This morning, I watched the first three-plus hours of the House Intelligence Committee’s hearing on Russian election interference. FBI director James Comey and NSA director Adm. Mike Rogers testified. Neither said much of substance, though Comey confirmed that the FBI is investigating allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. In not answering questions, the two witnesses cited reasons such as protecting classified information and, in Comey’s case, the »

Does the Trump-Putin collusion claim make sense?

Featured image On January 20, James Clapper, the departing director of national intelligence, declared that he has seen no evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians. More recently, Mike Morell, former acting director the CIA, said: On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the Russians here, there is smoke, but there is no fire, at all. There’s no little campfire, there’s no little candle, there’s no »

Glenn Greenwald names names [UPDATED]

Featured image Yesterday, in discussing the lack of evidence to support claims that the Trump presidential campaign colluded with Russia, I quoted from an article by Glenn Greenwald. In that article, Greenwald called out fellow leftists who have been promoting the unsubstantiated collusion claim. He wrote: The principal problem for Democrats is that so many media figures and online charlatans are personally benefiting from feeding the base increasingly unhinged, fact-free conspiracies. . »

Two non-scandals

Featured image Early this month, President Trump accused Barack Obama of tapping his wires. Trump had no evidence to support this claim at the time he made it and none has emerged since. I think it’s reprehensible that a U.S. president would make this kind of allegation without having solid evidence of its truth. Meanwhile, many of the left are claiming that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians in the hacking »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll makes a simple request to whom it may concern: STOP TELLING US WHO WE ARE! She writes: Any time a Leftist disagrees with a policy, a person, or an idea, if he has already used up the tedious racist/sexist/whatever deal, and hasn’t started rioting yet, he has one more lame argument in his bag of tricks. He has learned from ex-President Obama, to point his nose skyward and »

Calling out NBC

Featured image In a great opening beatdown on his FOX News show last night, Tucker Carlson compared and contrasted the interference of NBC in the 2016 presidential election with the alleged interference of the Russians (video below). Quotable quote: Complaints from NBC about election meddling? Given that company’s conduct over the past six months that is a bit rich. Consider the infamous Access Hollywood tape. Now, if you are living in America »

The great debate experiment

Featured image Did Donald Trump somehow defeat Hillary Clinton in their three preelection debates on the merits? Or did Clinton suffer from an irrational prejudice against her because she is of the female persuasion? Professor Maria Guadaloupe set out to conduct an experiment through a theatrical production. She sought to test the role of sex (“gender”) in shaping perceptions by switching the sex of the candidates: “She pictured an actress playing Trump, »

What Trump knows & what he doesn’t know

Featured image Scott’s post on the state of play regarding President Trump’s accusation against former president Obama contains this jaw-dropping quotation from Steve Hayes: White House sources acknowledge that Trump had no idea whether the claims he was making were true when he made them. Say it ain’t so! Because for a U.S. president to accuse his predecessor of tapping his wires without a high degree of confidence that the accusation is »

What we know & what we don’t

Featured image Over the weekend President Trump triggered a nuclear tweetstorm claiming that he had been wiretapped by President Obama. I tried to summarize the underlying facts in the story so far. It’s a story that has been out there in one form or another since this past November. What’s going on? Weekly Standard editor Stephen Hayes turns to this question in the carefully reported account “Trump’s wiretap claims: What we know »

Trump picks strong critic of Putin for key post

Featured image Lost in all the fake news about President Trump’s alleged affinity for Russia is the real news that he has tapped a harsh critic of Vladimir Putin to be the White House senior director for Russia and Europe. The Putin-critic he reportedly has selected is Fiona Hill, a former intelligence officer now with the Brookings Institution. Hill was on the National Intelligence Council from 2006-09, serving under Presidents Bush and »

The Cotton proviso

Featured image Appearing on FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace this morning, Senator Tom Cotton splashed cold water on the report that the Obama administration was granted a FISA court warrant this past October giving counterintelligence permission to examine the activities of “U.S. persons” in Donald Trump’s campaign with ties to Russia. This after a June 2016 request for a FISA warrant was supposedly denied. He hasn’t seen any evidence supporting the »

Why did Trump go nuclear?

Featured image And here I had foolishly hoped that President Trump would let the Russia story simmer down. Here I had foolishly imagined he would follow his fine speech to Congress by focusing the public’s attention on policy and his quest to fulfill campaign promises. Sure, the mainstream media was always going to peddle the Russia story. However, it was destined, at least for a while, to fall on mostly deaf ears. »