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Lisa Page cooperates

Featured image Last Friday, Lisa Page testified in closed session before the House Judiciary and Oversight committees. That’s the same body that publicly grilled Peter Strzok, with whom Page exchanged venomous texts about Donald Trump. By all accounts, Page was a cooperative witness. Rep. Mark Meadows, head of the House Freedom Caucus, called Page “credible.” “There is new information,” he said, “and that information is credible.” Rep. Louis Gohmert, also of the »

Strzok mounts the Otter defense

Featured image Watching disgraced G-Man Peter Strzok lecture us on politics and patriotism this week made my skin crawl. He is a repulsive character. Neo-neocon drew on her knowledge of art to find the comic antecedent to Strzok’s deep thoughts in Eric “Otter” Stratton’s defense of his fraternity in Animal House (video below). I have always been proud of Dartmouth’s contribution to cinematic history, but I am beginning to think that Animal »

Struck by Strzok

Featured image Peter Strzok formerly headed the FBI’s counterintelligence efforts in the position of deputy assistant director of the bureau, yet he has showed himself to be a man of extraordinarily bad character in several aspects. His public testimony before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees yesterday partook of theater of the absurd on its own terms as well as that of the Democrats’ frat house effusions supporting him. Strzok’s testimony was »

Strzok testifies

Featured image Peter Strzok appeared today before a joint session of the House Oversight and Judiciary committees. The event lived up to expectations in its contentiousness. Here are a few highlights, with commentary. Immediately after the opening statements, Trey Gowdy, House Oversight Committee Chairman, asked Strzok how many people he interviewed during the first eight days of the FBI’s Russia investigation (between July 31 and Aug. 8, 2016). Strzok responded that he »

“Hurry the F up pressure” to Stop Trump

Featured image The FBI has slowly been producing documents to the DOJ Inspector General and various Congressional committees. As the process continues, more information comes out about the FBI’s attempt to cement the 2016 presidential election for Hillary Clinton. This piece by John Solomon in The Hill is two days old, but I don’t think it has received as much attention as it deserves. Solomon’s reporting evidently is based on information from »

Still waiting

Featured image In her weekly Wall Street Journal column yesterday Kim Strassel wondered if the FBI would come clean about the origin of the 2016 Trump investigation. She noted that a House resolution had set yesterday “as the deadline for the Justice Department to come clean on the beginning of its investigation into the Trump campaign.” If the subpoenaed documents were produced by the end of the day, we would “find out »

Senator Johnson has a few questions

Featured image Senator Ron Johnson is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. In that capacity he has closely reviewed the report of Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz on the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email “investigation.” I posted the IG report here on Power Line. Having reviewed the Inspector General’s report, Senator Johnson has a few questions for Horowitz that he posed in a letter on Friday. We have »

Rod Rosenstein: It ain’t me, babe

Featured image In the House Judiciary Committee hearing this morning, Rep. Jim Jordan grilled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about information improperly withheld or redacted from documents produced to the House in the Trump-Russia collusion investigations. Rosenstein smirked and explained that it’s not his fault. Rosenstein wanted it known that he just supervised the hired hands responsible for the work (video below). That might be a reasonable response if Rosenstein could say »

In search of the origin (3)

Featured image Disgraced former FBI counterintelligence head Peter Strzok is a key witness to the origin of the investigation culminating in the Mueller Switch Project, and he is a Trump hater in the first degree. Yesterday he appeared behind closed doors for questioning by the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees. It is tough to come by news of his appearance. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte ducked out briefly during the tenth »

In search of the origin (2)

Featured image Lee Smith is a keen and sober analyst of matters including the Mueller Switch Project. Having pieced together public evidence and related interviews, he speculates that the Mueller probe represents the culmination of a series of FBI stings on the Trump campaign. This is the burden of Lee’s RealClearPolitics column “Seven mysterious preludes to the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe.” It’s an important column that should remain of interest as more evidence »

In search of the origin

Featured image House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has sought documents and information bearing on the origin of the Trump-Russia counterintelligence investigation. The official origin of the probe is dated July 31, 2016, yet the FBI had its wheels in spin well before then. At RealClearPolitics Lee Smith has now set forth “The Mysterious Seven Preludes of the FBI’s Trump-Russia Probe.” The House subpoenaed relevant documents. The Department of Justice dragged its »

Understanding Hillary’s crimes: The podcast

Featured image I have been saying that an overwhelming wealth of story lines emerges from the IG report on the Clinton email “investigation” released last week. I posted the report via Scrbid here. Andrew McCarthy pointed out before the election in 2016 and repeatedly since (perhaps most recently here), the fix was in from the beginning. The fix was in because Obama was in on the wrongdoing and he was the head »

Did the FBI Frame Flynn?

Featured image The criminal case against Gen. Michael Flynn for lying to FBI agents was incredibly weak. At the time, I assumed that the charges against him were based on an audio tape or court reporter’s transcript of his interview. I wrote that the transcript should be made public so that we can all judge whether anything he said was actually untrue. While Flynn ultimately pled guilty to a single count of »

Strzok escorted from FBI building

Featured image The FBI reportedly escorted Peter Strzok out of its building today. Strzok remains an FBI employee, pending the outcome of a disciplinary review. That’s as it should be. Strzok shouldn’t be fired without due process. However, I’m not sure why it took so long to kick him out of the building. His email messages, on their face, should have been sufficient to have him placed him on administrative leave (or »

Trey Gowdy, We’re Going to Miss You

Featured image Today the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees held a joint hearing on the DOJ Inspector General’s report on corruption in the FBI and the Department of Justice. No doubt more highlights will emerge, but for now, watch Congressman Trey Gowdy question IG Michael Horowitz. Gowdy does a beautiful job of tying together the now-familiar FBI text exchanges with the issues of bias, the effect of that bias on the Clinton »

In search of takeaways

Featured image I had to work on a couple of projects that mostly kept me from the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz and FBI Director Christopher Wray. The ostensible subject of the hearing was the IG report on the Clinton email “investigation.” I will only observe that the hearing provided more evidence to the effect that Wray has the Wrong stuff. He is a part »

Strzok Speaks

Featured image Or promises to, anyway. Peter Strzok’s lawyer says there is no need to subpoena him, he will testify voluntarily before the House Judiciary Committee and any other committee that will have him. And he won’t plead the Fifth, either: The FBI agent who was removed from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election for sending anti-Trump texts intends to testify before the House Judiciary Committee and any other »