Law Enforcement

Analyze this

Featured image Politico reports on a story with manifold ramifications: Members of the Donald Trump transition team, possibly including Trump himself, were under surveillance during the Obama administration following November’s election, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes told reporters Wednesday. Nunes said the surveillance appears to have been legal, incidental collection and that it does not appear to have been related to concerns over collusion with Russia. Nunes is going to the White »

The story so far

Featured image In the run-up to the election Louise Mensch broke the story that the Obama Justice Department and federal law enforcement authorities had obtained a Trump-related FISA warrant in October following the denial of an earlier FISA warrant request the previous June. Subsequent reports lent credence to Mensch’s story. On its way out the door the Obama administration trashed the “minimization” procedures protecting the privacy of American citizens caught in the »

Trump’s immigration guidance: the return of sensible law enforcement

Featured image The Trump administration, via the Department of Homeland Security, has published a memorandum detailing new guidance on immigration enforcement. Andy McCarthy offers an analysis of the guidance upon which I cannot improve. Here is Andy’s short version: “Henceforth, the United States shall be governed by the laws of the United States.” The guidance eschews the idea of trying to round-up and deport all illegal immigrants. As a candidate, Trump himself »

Will prosecutors throw the book at inauguration rioters?

Featured image The women’s protest march on the day after the inauguration of President Trump was a peaceful affair. The protesters I encountered were mostly good-natured, especially given how disappointed they must have been. Inauguration day was a different story. Rioting left six police officers injured and caused tens of thousands of dollars in property damage to vehicles and store windows. Police arrested 230 people in connection with the riot. So far, »

Another fake hate crime via CAIR

Featured image Ann Doss Helms reports another fake hate crime in the Charlotte Observer. A kindergarten teacher was alleged to have committed the fake hate crime against a Muslim student. CAIR promoted the fake hate crime in its patented style, alleging a two-month reign of terror against the boy. The fake hate crime duly made the national news. Then came the investigation: Police found no evidence to confirm a November report that »

Acquittal in Oregon

Featured image I don’t believe we have commented on the acquittal in Oregon of Ammon Bundy and six others who engaged in an armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge. The acquittal strikes me as a victory for lawlessness. I agree with Mark Heckert of the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, who stated: Negotiating at the barrel of a gun is not a rural value; that’s just intimidation. It emboldens these guys who »

A strange view of democracy

Featured image Jamie Gorelick and Larry Thompson, both former high ranking Justice Department officials, take to the pages of the Washington Post to claim that “James Comey is damaging our democracy.” What an odd claim. Democracy is best served when voters have as much true relevant information as possible about candidates for office. Comey’s statement that the Hillary Clinton email investigation has been reopened is certainly true. He should know. It is »

What goes around comes around

Featured image A reader points out the irony of Hillary Clinton complaining about timing of the reopening of the FBI investigation. In 1992, the reader reminds me, President Bush was gaining on Bill Clinton as Election Day approached. But just four days before the election, the special counsel, Lawrence Walsh, obtained a new indictment of former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. Weinberger had been indicted earlier in the year. But the new »

(C) is for Cartwright

Featured image Retired Marine General James Cartwright pleaded guilty last week to lying to the FBI in its investigation of him for leaking classified information to a reporter. Drawing on Josh Rogin’s Washington Post column, I wrote briefly about the guilty plea in “The case of General Cartwright.” Now former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy devotes his weekly NRO column to a comparison of the Clinton email investigation with the prosecution of General »

The case of General Cartwright

Featured image The FBI and the Department of Justice seem to think that they have restored some of the credibility they lost giving Hillary Clinton a pass in the Clinton email investigation. They think they have helped themselves by investigating former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff vice chairman General James E. Cartwright (President Obama’s favorite general) and securing a guilty plea from him for making false statements to the FBI »

Say it ain’t so, Jim

Featured image Andrew McCarthy takes up the side agreements to the immunity deals struck with Clinton aides Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson in the faux invesigation conducted by the FBI in the Clinton email case. The side deals apparnetly provide for the destruction of their laptops by the FBI. The side deals themselves have not been made public, but the letter sent by House Judiciary Commitee Chairman Bob Goodlatte to Attorney General »

Immunity with a difference

Featured image The latest news coming out of the FBI’s faux investigation of the Clinton email scandal boggles the mind. At FOX News, Catherine Herridge and Adam Shaw report that the FBI agreed to destroy the laptops of Clinton aides Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson as part of the immunity deals to which it agreed with them: Immunity deals for two top Hillary Clinton aides included a side arrangement obliging the FBI »

Comey: The Watergate variations

Featured image In his NRO column on FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Andrew McCarthy acknowledges his “real affection for the director” before he deconstructs his testimony. Andy notes: “When Mills lied to agents about not knowing of the Clinton homebrew server while at State — a story that doesn’t pass the laugh test — this false account was shrugged off as one of those innocent, »

Comey: I am not a weasel [Updated With Cartoon]

Featured image FBI Director James Comey’s appearance before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday deserves the attention of every American who cares about the rule of law, as many opponents of Donald Trump purport to do. C-SPAN has posted its recording of Comey’s testimony here. I clipped the video of Rep. Ron DeSantis’s questioning of Comey (posted here) from the C-SPAN video. In my mind Comey’s testimony recalls the dark days of »

Gowdy strikes a nerve

Featured image When FBI Director James Comey appeared before the House Judiciary Committee yesterday, the GOP members grilled him about his handling and disposition of the Clinton email investigation. As former prosecutors, several members drew on their experience working with the FBI to point out the apparent anomalies that have come to light, including the various immunity deals that went roughly nowhere. (Paul Sperry provides a useful summary in the New York »

Scandal management with the FBI

Featured image Like everything touched by the Clintons, the FBI has now been compromised and slimed. We saw it in FBI Director James Comey’s absurd statement announcing Hillary Clinton’s get-out-of-jail-free pass. We saw it in the FBI’s holiday weekend document dump of 302 interviews in the case. We saw it again again late yesterday afternoon with more of the same. These Friday afternoon document dumps come straight from the scandal management playbook »

Comey’s defense

Featured image FBI Director James Comey has made himself a laughingstock with his disposition of the Clinton email investigation and his announced rationale for it. I therefore turned to his memo to FBI employees with interest. CNN obtained a copy of the memo and posted it here; Paul posted the text on Power Line and added his own comments here. This is what Comey had to say on the disposition of the »