Obama Administration Scandals

Let’s Investigate All the Scandals

Featured image In the last year, there have been a number of extraordinary events in our political life, some of them plainly involving illegal conduct. And yet only one event, or set of events, is under investigation: possible collusion between Russian interests and the Trump campaign. Oddly, this is not one of the subjects where there is any evidence of illegality, and it would therefore seem to be a relatively low priority »

Gangster government revisited

Featured image Michael Barone dubbed the Obama administration’s casual attitude toward fundamental legal niceties “gangster government.” Based on recently unsealed documents in the shareholder litigation over the government’s appropriation of the profits of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, New York Times business columnist Gretchen Morgenson provides one more striking case study: In August 2012, the federal government abruptly changed the terms of the bailout provided to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the »

The Scandal Hiding In Plain Sight

Featured image There is a deep irony in the fact that Democrats are hysterically demanding investigations of President Trump and his campaign team, and in fact multiple investigations are now in progress, even though there is zero evidence that anyone associated with the president has done anything wrong. On the other hand, we now know for certain that the Obama administration weaponized the intelligence agencies in order to use them against political »

Intelligence Reports Raise Questions About Obama Administration Surveillance

Featured image At the end of April, the Director of National Intelligence released a report titled Statistical Transparency Report Regarding Use of National Security Authorities. The report, which is mandated by statute, conveys basic data about the intelligence community’s use of the FISA process and other intelligence-gathering techniques. Like most such reports, it raises more questions than it answers. It describes the National Security Agency’s sweeping up of international electronic communications, and »

Abusing FISA the first time around

Featured image Lee Smith is a Weekly Standard senior editor and Hudson Institute fellow. He also writes a weekly column for the online site Tablet. He is a sober and serious analyst of the foreign policy scene and related matters. Smith’s April 5 Tablet column hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves. In it Smith asks: “Did the Obama administration’s abuse of foreign intelligence collection start before Trump?” Smith argues that the Trump/Russia »

A Shoe Drops: Obama Administration Spied On Carter Page [Updated]

Featured image I assume this Washington Post story is true: “FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor former Trump adviser Carter Page.” It confirms what has been sporadically reported since late last year, that the Obama administration sought and ultimately received a FISA order to spy on at least one associate of Donald Trump. So Trump’s famous tweets were, in substance, true. The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor »

Touchy about Susan Rice

Featured image Former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau demonstrates his verbal finesse on behalf of Susan Rice in connection with the “unmasking” controversy. Like his former boss — indeed, like Rice herself — he’s a strong believer in the persuasive power of the ipse dixit. If you say so. Got it. Students of ancient history may recall that it was Rice’s job (straight, no chaser) to know the events leading to the murder »

Susan Rice Doesn’t Deny Unmasking Trump Associates

Featured image This morning, Susan Rice turned to the friendly confines of MSNBC to respond to explosive allegations about her role in the Obama spy/leak scandal. Host Andrea Mitchell did all she could to make Rice feel at home. She asked no tough questions, failed to follow up on evasive answers, and sometimes jumped in to reinforce claims made by Rice. The video is below; watch it and draw your own conclusions. »

Susan Rice unmasked, cont’d

Featured image The Daily Caller’s Richard Pollock advances the story of the day: Former President Barack Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice ordered U.S. spy agencies to produce “detailed spreadsheets” of legal phone calls involving Donald Trump and his aides when he was running for president, according to former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova. “What was produced by the intelligence community at the request of Ms. Rice were detailed spreadsheets of intercepted phone »

Susan Rice unmasked

Featured image In the adjacent post John picks up on Eli Lake’s scoop regarding former Obama administration national security adviser and Benghazi fabulist Susan Rice. Let’s take it up once more once. I’ve long identified Rice as a fool and a knave. Today we go heavy on the knave as Ms. Rice is herself unmasked. Eli reports: White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested »

Susan Rice In Crosshairs as Potential Felon

Featured image A major development in the Obama spy/leak scandal: former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice has been identified as a person who repeatedly requested that associates of Donald Trump (and perhaps Trump himself) be unmasked in raw intelligence intercepts. Eli Lake of Bloomberg reports: White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens »

Report: Democratic Leakers Have Been Identified

Featured image If this Fox News report is correct, Rep. Devin Nunes is way ahead of the Democrats, and has known since January the identity of the Obama holdovers who illegally leaked the names of Trump associates to the press: The U.S. intelligence official who “unmasked,” or exposed, the names of multiple private citizens affiliated with the Trump team is someone “very well known, very high up, very senior in the intelligence »

A Times source outs herself [updated]

Featured image Evelyn Farkas is the former Obama administration deputy secretary of defense — and now an MSNBC analyst. Appearing on air among her friends at MSNBC yesterday, she all but outed herself as a key source for the seminal New York Times story on the Obama administration’s efforts to subvert the incoming Trump administration. The March 1 Times story ran under the headline “Obama administration rushed to preserve intelligence of Russian »

Will Smoking Gun Documents Vindicate Trump?

Featured image In the wake of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’s statements to reporters on Wednesday, the outline of what could become the biggest political scandal of the last 100 years is becoming clear. Obama administration officials, possibly aided by Obama’s January 2017 order expanding access to the NSA’s raw signals intelligence data, are alleged to have misused the NSA’s surveillance capabilities to spy on the incoming Trump administration. The NSA’s »

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 »

Rice returns

Featured image In September 2012 Susan Rice made the rounds of the Sunday gabfests to promote the lie that a YouTube video prompted a riot that led to the deaths of our men in Benghazi. She was the United States Ambassador to the United Nations at the time, faithfully peddling the transparently false Obama administration line. I wrote about Rice’s performance that morning in “Fools and knaves.”. Rice’s performance perfectly represented the »

Did the Attorney General Commit Perjury?

Featured image No, not Jeff Sessions. Sessions was asked whether representatives of the Trump campaign had been in contact with Russian officials on behalf of the campaign, and Sessions said he didn’t know anything about that. He hadn’t had such contact on behalf of the campaign. His answer was completely and fully accurate. No one asked Sessions whether he had ever met a Russian. I am talking about Eric Holder, who almost »