Today in leaks and liars

Featured image Washington Post reporters Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima and Adam Entous bring us “Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault.” They purport to give us the inside story on the collections of intelligence on Russian interference in the presidential election and apologetics in defense of the Obama administration’s response. Taken at face value, the story does great damage to the national security of the United States. Their long, »

The reason Russia wants us out of Syria is the reason we should stay

Featured image Over the weekend, a U.S. fighter jet downed a Syrian warplane after Bashir al-Assad’s troops attacked positions of U.S. backed forces fighting against ISIS. The confrontation took place near the one-time ISIS stronghold of Tabqa, not too far from Raqqa. Like the recent U.S. attack on a pro-Assad convoy in Southeastern Iraq, the downing of the Syrian jet should not be viewed as intervention intended to topple Assad, Rather, it »

Jennifer Rubin swings and misses at Jeff Sessions

Featured image The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin tries to salvage something for the anti-Trump cause from Jeff Sessions’ testimony yesterday. Grasping at straws, she characterizes as “exceptionally weak,” Sessions’ explanation of why his recusal from the Russia investigation didn’t preclude him from participating in the decision to fire the FBI director, James Comey. Sessions’ explanation of why he wasn’t precluded from involvement in the Comey firing is straightforward. In his written testimony, »

Darkness at the Washington Post

Featured image One ought not expect quality reporting, or even simple honesty, from the Washington Post on any matter of partisan interest, and certainly not if it involves President Trump. But the Post outdoes itself in this story by Philip Rucker (with help from Sari Horwitz and Matt Zapotosky) about whether President Trump will fire Robert Mueller. The Post’s conclusion? He might, though it seems unlikely and would be big mistake. But »

Washington Post blasts Trump for not sharing its obsession

Featured image The Democrats’ latest talking point about the “Russia” investigation is that President Trump has shown no interest in the part of it that pertains to what Russia did to interfere in the 2016 election. Not surprisingly, the Washington Post peddles this talking point in a story by Phillip Bump about Attorney General Sessions’ testimony today. He writes: In his testimony, Sessions told Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) that he “did »

“Almost entirely wrong” (3)

Featured image One of the most interesting items to emerge from former FBI Director’s James Comey’s testimony at the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last week was Comey’s description of the key February 15 New York Times Trump/Russia story as “almost entirely wrong.” I took a look at Comey’s testimony and the subsequent Times coverage of it here (Comey’s testimony) and here (the Times’s coverage). In today’s New York Post John Crudele provides »

“Almost entirely wrong” (2)

Featured image The New York Times reporters who wrote the February 14 story conceded by former FBI Director Comey to be “almost entirely wrong” in his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday now take a look back in “Comey disputes New York Times article about Russia investigation.” They write: Answering a question about the Times article during an appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mr. Comey said that “in the main, »

Initial thoughts on Comey’s testimony

Featured image Here are some of my takeaways from the Comey testimony (I missed most of it as it transpired, but have read the transcript). First, Comey’s testimony falls far short of presenting a case that President Trump obstructed justice. (More on this below). Second, that being so, the most important takeaway from Comey’s testimony is that Trump was never under investigation during Comey’s time as FBI director. Contrary to what many »

“Almost entirely wrong”

Featured image On February 14 the New York Times published a story by Michael Schmidt, Mark Mazzetti and Matt Apuzzo with reporting contributed by Adam Goldman and Matthew Rosenberg. The story was headlined “Trump campaign aides had repeated contact with Russian intelligence.” The usual “current and former officials” make their cameo appearance when the Times is disclosing, or purporting to disclose, highly classified information. These were the story’s lead paragraphs: Phone records »

James Comey, Novelist

Featured image James Comey has a story to tell, and in his account, there is no doubt about who is the hero. Comey, by reputation, has a monumental ego. His prepared testimony for the Senate Intelligence Committee, which you can read here, is consistent with that image. It is also clear that Comey is a consummate creature of Washington. Comey’s narrative suggests that from the beginning, he viewed President Trump with suspicion »

Did Obama tell the truth about Russia’s election meddling?

Featured image During a news conference last December, President Obama claimed that Russian interference in the 2016 election ended after he told Russian President Vladimir Putin to “cut it out” in early September. In Obama’s telling, he warned Putin of “serious consequences” if Russian interference continued. As a result the interference ceased. Here is what Obama told the American public: What I was concerned about in particular was making sure [the DNC »

Axe whiffs on Cotton

Featured image Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton sat for an interview with former Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod late last week at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics (video below, posted here on YouTube). Judging by the derisive laughter of the audience in response to Axelrod’s lame japes and brain-dead left-wing talking points, I take it that the interview was conducted before a crowd mostly hostile to Senator Cotton. Axelrod, of course, »

Anatomy of the collusion lie

Featured image Our friends at that American Greatness site are pushing back on the alleged “collusion” scandal narrative. Andy McCarthy’s “Real collusion” was the first in a series. Brandon Weichert and Chris Buskirk’s “The anatomy of a lie” (i.e., the Trump-Russia collusion scandal) is the second. It aims to tell how the Russia story evolved from a campaign talking point into a witch hunt in search of a crime. Weichert and Buskirk »

Has Anyone Ever Leaked So Much To So Little Effect?

Featured image The number of anonymous leaks that have assailed President Trump since his inauguration is staggering. They have come from the intelligence agencies, the FBI, and all over the executive branch, including the White House. Gateway Pundit enumerates the leaks that liberal media have reported on breathlessly during just the last two and a half weeks: 17 of them, almost exactly one a day. Most have something to do with Russia, »

Kushner reportedly wanted secret communications channel with Russians

Featured image The Trump-related scandal of the day is news that Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities. Reportedly, this possibility — proposed by Kushner — was discussed at the very beginning of December 2016. Nothing came of it. There is, of course, nothing unusual about wanting a back »

Let’s call the whole thing unlikely

Featured image Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist, a military historian and a shrewd observer of the current scene. Everything he writes is worth reading. I do my best to catch all his columns and essays, but I missed his recent appearance on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show. RealClearPolitics has posted a video of the segment below along with a partial transcript including embedded links here. In it Dr. Hanson argues that »

Nut Job III — drain your own damn swamp

Featured image The latest anonymous leak/news story, the New York Times’s “nut job” scoop, troubles me for at least three reasons. First, it’s disturbing that this kind of leaking occurs. In one week, among other leak-grounded stories, (1) Politico reported, based on a leak that must have originated with someone close to President Trump, that the president screamed at the television in response to a story about the FBI’s Russia investigation and »