2016 Presidential Election

More explosions from that cigar?

Featured image Kimberly Strassel of the Wall Street Journal tells us to expect more “Russia bombshells” if a judge orders Fusion GPS to turn over bank records to House investigators. Says Strassel: We now know where Fusion got some of its cash, but the next question is how the firm used it. With whom did it work beyond former British spy Christopher Steele? Whom did it pay? Who else was paying it? »

Clintonian collusion with Russia [UPDATED]

Featured image We now know that the Clinton campaign paid Christopher Steele the funds he used to develop the infamous dossier on Donald Trump. We also know that, in compiling the dossier, Steele relied on Russian sources, including sources with Kremlin ties. For example, as Scott points out, Steele’s “Source B” is “a former high level Russian intelligence officer still active in the Kremlin’s inner circles.” When Team Clinton enlisted Christopher Steele »

Hillary’s dossier

Featured image The Trump Dossier was a fertile source of hysteria over Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. Then FBI Director James Comey found the dossier of use, briefing President Trump on it at Trump Tower in New York two weeks before the inauguration. “In my opinion, he shared it so that I would think he had it out there,” Trump subsequently told the New York Times. When asked by the Times »

Report: FBI offered to pay for work on Trump dossier

Featured image Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC weren’t the only ones prepared to pay for the development of a dossier on Donald Trump in the fall of 2016. Earlier this year, the Washington Post reported that a few weeks before the 2016 election, the FBI reached an agreement with Christopher Steele to pay the former spy for continuing to his work on the anti-Trump dossier he was developing for Clinton and »

The lying game, Clinton style

Featured image Team Clinton team brought the lying game to suppressing news of its funding of the Trump Dossier. At the Daily Caller, Peter Hasson usefully sums it up: Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias “vigorously” denied his involvement in the anti-Trump dossier that has made up the substance of the Russian collusion allegations, New York Times reporter Ken Vogel said. Elias’ denial appears to have been intentionally misleading in light of new »

Collusion, Clinton style

Featured image Well, well, well. The Washington Post reports: The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about Donald Trump’s connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin, people familiar with the matter said. Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington firm, to conduct the research. »

Hillary Unplugged

Featured image So Hillary was over in Britain a couple weeks back flogging her book, perhaps hoping for a more sympathetic audience. The whole 19 minute video here is excruciating. It is beyond fingernails on the blackboard cringe-inducing. I wouldn’t blame anyone who gouged his eyes out and plugged his ears with cement. The non-stop excuses and rote-recitation of her career resume (does anyone not know by now that she was a »

Michelle Obama: Women voted for Trump because they were told to like him

Featured image Michelle Obama has declared that “any woman who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their (sic) own voice.” In addition to its grammatical error, the former First Lady’s statement seems substantively incoherent. What does she mean by a woman voting against her own voice? How, exactly, does that happen? I assumed Ms. Obama meant that any woman who voted against Clinton voted against her interests. But the former First Lady’s »

Trump’s “Obama had my ‘wires tapped'” claim still not vindicated

Featured image Do reports (if true) that the government wiretapped Paul Manafort, including during times when he worked for candidate Trump, vindicate President Trump’s claims about the Obama administration wiring tapping his campaign? I don’t think so. To see whether Trump has been vindicated, we need to consider what he actually said about wiretapping. The tweet that generated the controversy said this: Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” »

On blaming the media for “what happened”

Featured image Hillary Clinton’s attempt to explain “what happened” in the 2016 election has been greeted with derision from many on the right and on the left. However, the folks at FiveThirtyEight defend both the effort and the product. In doing so, they give voice to an emerging complaint that the New York Times and other mainstream media outlets helped elect Donald Trump. I find it difficult to take this complaint seriously. »

“What happened” in a nutshell

Featured image Hillary Clinton’s book about her 2016 defeat is called What Happened. Her answer, apparently, is that Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein, Barack Obama, the Russians, Joe Biden, James Comey, Anthony Weiner, the Electoral College, apathetic voters, and assorted misogynists behaved badly and/or let her down. A better answer can be gleaned from this account by Maureen Callahan of a book signing event in New York City. Callahan writes: Among the enduring »

Was it a hack or a leak? (4)

Featured image We have followed the argument presented by Patrick Lawrence in the Nation asserting that the alleged Russian hack of the DNC email was rather an inside job. Lawrence explored the findings of the analysis supporting the thesis Democratic National Committee was not hacked by the Russians in July 2016, but rather suffered an insider leak. Lawrence’s article is here; the most recent report with the analysis summarized by Lawrence is »

CIA keeping a watchful eye on. . .its director!

Featured image This Washington Post story is called “At CIA, a watchful eye on Mike Pompeo, the president’s ardent ally.” It sounds like the CIA is spying on its own director. If there is such a thing as the “deep state,” I think we have sighted it. According to Post reporter Greg Miller, “Mike Pompeo has taken a special interest in an agency unit that is closely tied to the investigation into »

Speaking of drones

Featured image The tension mounts as we approach the official September 12 publication date of Madam Hillary’s forthcoming campaign memoir, What Happened?. Clinton released what is billed as an exclusive excerpt or two to her friends at MSNBC, where commentators’ eyes were moist with tears of rage on election night. Reading the excerpts, Clinton reveals that she was unnerved by Trump’s proximity to her during their October 9 debate at Washington University. »

Was it a hack or a leak? (3) [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Salon has a good column summarizing the argument presented by Patrick Lawrence in the Nation asserting that the alleged Russian hack of the DNC email was rather an inside job. It nicely complements our previous installments in this series. Author Danielle Ryan quotes the official DNC response to Lawrence’s Nation article provided to the Nation after publication and now appended to the article: U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded the Russian »

Collusion gone missing

Featured image The latest Washington Post collusion story is different from the others. The story is “Trump campaign emails show aide’s repeated efforts to set up Russia meetings.” Last night Paul Mirengoff summarized and and deconstructed the story here. If you’ve been following the collusion hysteria, you won’t want to miss this story. The story comes in the accustomed form — under the byline of numerous Post heavy hitters (Tom Hamburger, Carol »

Was it a hack or a leak? (2)

Featured image Last week I noted Patrick Lawrence’s article on the the purported hack of the DNC email by the Russians in the run-up to last year’s election. Lawrence reported on the analysis presented by former intelligence officials who assert it was something else entirely. Lawrence’s article was posted under the heading “A New Report Raises Big Questions About Last Year’s DNC Hack.” Lawrence’s article includes relevant links. The analysis has been »