House of Representatives

From Strzok to Contreras

Featured image Judge Rudolph Contreras has served as a judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia since 2012. In 2016 Chief Justice Roberts appointed him to serve on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Judge Contreras was randomly assigned the case brought against former Trump administration National Security Adviser Michael Flynn by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judges authorized the original FISA warrant on »

Democrat Leads In Much-Watched Pennsylvania Race [Updated]

Featured image With 427 of 593 precincts reporting, Democrat Conor Lamb leads Republican Rick Saccone in a special election in Pennsylvania’s 18 Congressional District. The district went strongly for President Trump and should be Republican, but Lamb attracted an enormous amount of money and Saccone is generally viewed as a lackluster campaigner. The election’s significance is questionable, notwithstanding the national attention it has attracted, since the current 18th will go out of »

Night thoughts with Nunes

Featured image House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes appeared for the full hour on the second installment of Mark Levin’s new FOX News show last night (video below). It is thanks to Rep. Nunes in particular and his Republican colleagues in general that we know as much as we do about the Obama administration’s efforts to undermine the Trump campaign during the election and the incoming Trump administration afterwards. The saga continues. »

Stand by your Awan, cont’d

Featured image It appears that the Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak is the only reporter following the story of the Pakistani Awan family members who infiltrated the House Democrats’ IT staff working for Debbie Wasserman Schultz et al. When I say “following the story,” I mean reporting and breaking news in it, as Paul and I have noted many times on Power Line. In January Rosiak drew on the House Office of Inspector »

The Schiff memo’s appalling dishonesty

Featured image Over the weekend the House Intelligence Committee Democrats’ much ballyhooed memorandum (“the Schiff memo”) was finally redacted and released. I posted the Schiff memo here and Devin Nunes’s response here. The 10-page Schiff memo defends the FBI against the charge that it abused its surveillance powers during the 2016 election. The redactions strongly suggest that the Democrats don’t care as much about protecting intelligence sources and methods as they do »

Reading the Dems’ memo [updated]

Featured image As I quickly read the Dems’ memo proclaiming that everything was beautiful in the counterintelligence investigation of Russian election interference, I was struck by its argumentative nature. It is not a trustworthy document. It plays fast and loose with facts and argument. It refutes claims the Nunes memo didn’t make. It liberally trashes Carter Page. It omits the testimony of Andrew McCabe on the critical role played by the Steele »

Nunes responds

Featured image House Intelligence Commmittee Chairman Devin Nunes was ready to go with his own response to the Democrats’ memo that I have embedded in the adjacent post. I have uploaded his point-by-point response to Scribd and embedded it below. It is a useful document. Moreover, by contrast with Adam Schiff et al., Nunes is a credible player. Consistent with my comments, he notes some of the Democrats’ rebuttals of points not »

Rebut this

Featured image The powers that be have redacted and released the House Intelligence Committee Democrats’ memo rebutting the committee Republicans’ four page memo. In a quick reading, among other things, I find it rebutting claims that weren’t made. The Democrats vouch for the credibility of Christopher Steele when the only relevant question is the credibility of his sources. The Democrats also challenge just about every point made by the Republicans. The Democrats »

Notes on Nunes

Featured image House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has to deal with ranking minority member Adam Schiff. It’s part of his job, but it can’t be pleasant. Schiff is of course an artist of the calculated lie and the straight face. Somewhere along the line, however, Nunes touched a nerve. The Democrats lodged a bogus ethics charge against him (now dismissed) and the Democrats’ media adjunct treats him like a leper. Yesterday »

Paging Carter Page (3)

Featured image Who is Carter Page? I am not entirely sure. I took a look at his appearance in the Steele Dossier yesterday here. Whoever he is, Page does not appear to have met with the Russian oligarch Igor Sechin during Page’s trip to Russia in July 2016, the Steele Dossier to the contrary notwithstanding. He does not appear to have been offered a 19 percent interest in a Russian oil company »

Adam Schiff on the case

Featured image The Daily Mail’s Alana Goodman reports on one piece of the investigative work ranking House Intelligence Committee member Adam Schiff has performed in search of the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia and posts the companion audio below. This is great stuff. I can’t wait for the customary press conference. Tim Haims provides this useful summary of Schiff’s work at RealClear Politics: In this audio posted on YouTube by Russian pranksters, »

Exit Trey Gowdy

Featured image Kevin McCullough of New York’s AM 970 The Answer interviewed Rep. Trey Gowdy about his decision to move on from Congress after this term, his role in drafting what I have been calling the Nunes memo, and more. Rep. Gowdy seems to me a model representative. He knows what he is talking about. He is smart. He is candid. He should be heard out. I’ve been listening to the interview »

Schiff goes full fertilizer

Featured image Ranking House Intelligence Committee member Adam Schiff dropped in for a friendly chat yesterday with George Stephanoploulos on the ABC Sunday morning gabfest This Week. I missed it. The Daily Caller’s Justin Caruso caught it, however, and posted the video excerpt below. Schiff amplified his critique of the four-page Nunes memo released on Friday. According to Schiff, the memo heightens the risk of an Oklahoma City-style bombing by eroding public »

Motions full of Schiff

Featured image The House Intelligence Committee released the transcript of its proceedings earlier this week in which the majority voted to release the four-page memo on FISA abuse that is to be released later today. The committee has posted the transcript here. Ranking minority member Adam Schiff emerged from the closed door proceedings to denounce the release of the four-page memo without a Democratic counterpart, which he neglected to mention had not »

Full of Schiff on Dem memo

Featured image After the House Intelligence Committee voted to release the four-page Nunes memo summarizing the abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in the course of the 2016 presidential election, ranking minority member Adam Schiff rushed to the microphones to disparage the release of the memo on various grounds. Bret Baier cut to Schiff’s press conference live during Special Report last night. I thought Schiff must be downplaying and omitting the »

The Simpson mania

Featured image Reading the transcript of Glenn Simpson’s testimony to the House Intelligence Committee that was made public last week, I was mostly struck by how little of substance in it was new. I thought it largely duplicated the testimony elicited by the Senate Intelligence Committee that had been made public the previous week. John and I had dwelt on Simpson’s Senate testimony at length in several posts. Last week John extracted »

More Glenn Simpson

Featured image I thought I was done with Glenn Simpson. I’ve certainly had enough. However, the House Intelligence Committee just released the transcript of Simpson’s testimony to the committee this past November 14. The 165-page transcript is posted here. The committee has also released a related 18-page transcript of proceedings on November 8 at which no testimony was taken. It served as a warm-up to the testimony given on November 14. About »