Russia investigation

The dossiad

Featured image The Steele/Trump dossier gave critical support to claims of Russian collusion with the Trump presidential campaign. It seems to have served as the predicate for the FBI counterintelligence investigation of Trump campaign associates. Then FBI Director James Comey briefed President Trump on the contents of the dossier before his inauguration in January. BuzzFeed posted the dossier online. When President Trump fired Comey, Comey engineered the appointment of his friend Robert »

Who was that masked source?

Featured image Picking up from where I left off yesterday in “Jim Sciutto’s got plenty of nothing,” I want to invite readers to take a look at the Trump/Steele dossier for themselves. I have embedded it at the bottom of this post. Consider the the dossier was bought and paid for by the Clinton presidential campaign through the campaign’s general counsel at the Perkins Coie law firm, which contracted GPS Fusion, which »

Jim Sciutto’s got plenty of nothing

Featured image In the tweet at the bottom of this post CNN reporter Jim Sciutto seeks to correct President Trump’s assertion that the Steele/Trump dossier remains unverified by the FBI. Readers with a long memory may recall that, according to last week’s James Rosen/Jake Gibson Fox News report, FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe testified that the bureau had confirmed only one meeting of Carter Page in Russia. Beyond that, however, according to »

Panic at the Washington Post

Featured image The Washington Post is worried. The lead headline in today’s paper edition reads: “Mueller criticism grows to a clamor — FBI Conspiracy Claim Takes Hold — Driven by activists, GOP lawmakers, Trump tweets.” Turnabout is fair play. Last year around this time, an honest newspaper could easily have written: “Trump criticism grows to a clamor — Russia Collusion Takes Hold — Driven by activists, Democratic lawmakers, leaks.” A year ago, »

McCabe remembers to forget: McCarthy’s take

Featured image I’ve been saying for a while that the Trump/Steele Dossier is the Rosetta Stone to the “collusion” hysteria and related “fake news” with which we have been inundated since the 2016 election, all leading to the special counsel investigation engineered by former FBI Director James Comey to remove Trump from office. As I implied in “McCabe remembers to forget,” the dossier is rather obviously the key to the surveillance of »

McCabe remembers to forget: A comment

Featured image One of our most knowledgeable law enforcement readers is a retired FBI Special Agent. Yesterday morning he wrote in response “McCabe remembers to forget” with excerpts from emails to friends. (The Examiner’s invaluable Byron York reports on McCabe’s testimony to the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday in his column posted late last night.) I think our reader takes off from Lee Smith’s riveting Tablet column “Did President Obama read the »

Putin could not be reached for comment

Featured image Rep. Adam Schiff is a highly partisan proponent of the thesis that the Trump campaign colluded with Putin in the 2016 election. This week he made his incredibly thin case in this Wall Street Journal column (behind the Journal’s paywall). I infer from Schiff’s column that the collusion thesis is impervious to the failure of proof. “Complex global investigations take time,” he explained. Schiff went further on CNN. There he »

McCabe remembers to forget

Featured image FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe appeared to testify behind closed doors to the House Intelligence Committee yesterday. He testified for some seven hours. McCabe is of course now best known as the “Andy” featured in the text message sent by FBI counterintelligence officer Peter Strzok to FBI lawyer Lisa Page. Following up on a discussion with Page in “Andy’s office,” Strzok referred in an August 2016 message to an “insurance »

Mueller’s little surprise (4)

Featured image Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson has now responded to Presidential Transition Team (or Trump for America) attorney Kory Langhofer’s December 16 letter to him by letter to the Administrator of the General Services Administration. Senator Johnson has posted his letter online here. This is the text of the letter with footnotes omitted: The Honorable Emily W. Murphy Administrator General Services Administration 1800 F Street, NW »

Mueller’s little surprise (3)

Featured image Special Counsel Robert Mueller has obtained thousands of Presidential Transition Team (or Trump for America) emails and other material from the General Services Administration, which served as their custodian. PTT lawyer Kory Langhofer set forth facts and law disputing the propriety of Mueller’s action in a 7-page letter released over the weekend and posted online by Axios. I want to follow up briefly with a few notes following up on »

Mueller’s little surprise (2)

Featured image As I note below, Axios has posted the letter from Trump transition lawyer Korey Langhofer to Senator Ron Johnson and other members of Congress responsible for oversight here. Interested readers really have to read for themselves the facts recounted in section II. of the letter at pages 3-5: After Inauguration Day on January 20, 2017, [Trump for America] wound down the bulk of its activities, vacated the premises provided by »

Mueller’s little surprise

Featured image Yesterday John Roberts and Alex Pappas reported for FOX News that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has obtained transition documents including confidential attorney-client communications, privileged communications and thousands of emails without their knowledge. The transition team lawyer alleges that Mueller has obtained the the documents illegally. Mike Allen follows up on the story at Axios this morning. Allen notes that “Trump officials discovered Mueller had the emails when his prosecutors used »

Ken Starr’s investigation and Robert Mueller’s — compare and contrast

Featured image E.J. Dionne claims that “the attacks on [Robert] Mueller push us closer to the precipice.” But if we’re close to the precipice now, where were we 20 years ago when Ken Starr was relentlessly attacked by Democrats and their media pals while he investigated Bill Clinton?* Don’t expect an answer from Dionne. He’s not intellectually honest enough even to mention Starr in his rant. But charges of hypocrisy against one »

Our Not-So-Independent Counsel

Featured image Mark Steyn turns his gimlet eye on Robert Mueller’s “independent” investigation of…something. Mark’s survey isn’t definitive; it is much too early for that. But it is illuminating and, as always, entertaining. He begins by pointing out that Mueller, a lifelong swamp denizen, is anything but independent. As for the Beltway consensus that Mueller is a “straight shooter”: My advice is that, whenever lifelong swampers assure us of the integrity of »

Senator Grassley’s question

Featured image Among the hundreds of Peter Strzok/Lisa Page text messages released in advance of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s testimony to the House Judiciary Committee yesterday was Strzok’s somewhat cryptic statement to Page dated Aug. 15, 2016. This is what it said: I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office that there’s no way he gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that »

Trey Gowdy grills Rod Rosenstein

Featured image Scott has posted video of Rep. Jim Jordan questioning Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein today. I want to share Rep. Trey Gowdy’s questioning of Rosenstein. Gowdy sets things up by noting that the only reason for the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller is the desire to have a fair, unbiased, “conflict of interest free” investigation. He then cites substantial reasons to doubt that members of Mueller’s team (past and »

Analyze this

Featured image This morning Rep. Jim Jordan grilled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on the red flags and anomalies that have turned up in the special counsel investigation under the direction of Robert Mueller. The investigation is to focus on the mythical Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. Among the red flags is the Steele Dossier commissioned by the Clinton campaign and involving actual collusion with Russian intelligence. Also among the red »