Russia

What to make of Russia’s “unusually loud” interference in the 2016 election

Featured image FBI director Comey didn’t say much during his testimony today. He did confirm that the FBI is investigating possible links between Russia and the Trump campaign, but this might have been the worst kept secret in Washington. Comey did volunteer something notable when he compared Russian interference in the 2016 election to Russian interference in past elections. He described the interference last year as “unusually loud.” He added that it »

The Russians Are Coming!

Featured image I’m actually on a train today—yes, a train in California—and so I can’t watch either the intelligence committee hearings or the Gorsuch nomination hearings. But I see that Paul is on the case, so we’ve got it covered. I can’t think the left and the media (but I repeat. . .) are happy to have both of these hearings going on simultaneously, because they commit fratricide against their outrage efforts. »

House Dems try to make their case on collusion [UPDATED]

Featured image This morning, I watched the first three-plus hours of the House Intelligence Committee’s hearing on Russian election interference. FBI director James Comey and NSA director Adm. Mike Rogers testified. Neither said much of substance, though Comey confirmed that the FBI is investigating allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. In not answering questions, the two witnesses cited reasons such as protecting classified information and, in Comey’s case, the »

Does the Trump-Putin collusion claim make sense?

Featured image On January 20, James Clapper, the departing director of national intelligence, declared that he has seen no evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians. More recently, Mike Morell, former acting director the CIA, said: On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the Russians here, there is smoke, but there is no fire, at all. There’s no little campfire, there’s no little candle, there’s no »

Glenn Greenwald names names [UPDATED]

Featured image Yesterday, in discussing the lack of evidence to support claims that the Trump presidential campaign colluded with Russia, I quoted from an article by Glenn Greenwald. In that article, Greenwald called out fellow leftists who have been promoting the unsubstantiated collusion claim. He wrote: The principal problem for Democrats is that so many media figures and online charlatans are personally benefiting from feeding the base increasingly unhinged, fact-free conspiracies. . »

Two non-scandals

Featured image Early this month, President Trump accused Barack Obama of tapping his wires. Trump had no evidence to support this claim at the time he made it and none has emerged since. I think it’s reprehensible that a U.S. president would make this kind of allegation without having solid evidence of its truth. Meanwhile, many of the left are claiming that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians in the hacking »

Analyze this [updated]

Featured image The mainstream media have pursued patently inconsistent story lines in the matter of Donald Trump, the Russian connection and law enforcement surveillance of same. Either they are really, really stupid or they think we are. At InstaPundit Ed Driscoll serves up this great example of the New York Times revising today’s line to conform to yesterday’s line, captured by Judicial Watch Director of Investigations Chris Farrell on Twitter. As they »

Don’t look now, but…

Featured image In another must-read column on the “election hacking” narrative force-fed to us incessantly by the Democrat/Media Axis, Andrew McCarthy proclaims its collapse. For his text he takes the January 19 New York Times story “Intercepted Russian communications part of inquiry into Trump associates.” Carrying the byline of four prominent New York Times reporters, the article is a masterpiece of innuendo that goes poof in one paragraph “after the sensational conspiracy »

What we know & what we don’t

Featured image Over the weekend President Trump triggered a nuclear tweetstorm claiming that he had been wiretapped by President Obama. I tried to summarize the underlying facts in the story so far. It’s a story that has been out there in one form or another since this past November. What’s going on? Weekly Standard editor Stephen Hayes turns to this question in the carefully reported account “Trump’s wiretap claims: What we know »

Trump picks strong critic of Putin for key post

Featured image Lost in all the fake news about President Trump’s alleged affinity for Russia is the real news that he has tapped a harsh critic of Vladimir Putin to be the White House senior director for Russia and Europe. The Putin-critic he reportedly has selected is Fiona Hill, a former intelligence officer now with the Brookings Institution. Hill was on the National Intelligence Council from 2006-09, serving under Presidents Bush and »

The Cotton proviso

Featured image Appearing on FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace this morning, Senator Tom Cotton splashed cold water on the report that the Obama administration was granted a FISA court warrant this past October giving counterintelligence permission to examine the activities of “U.S. persons” in Donald Trump’s campaign with ties to Russia. This after a June 2016 request for a FISA warrant was supposedly denied. He hasn’t seen any evidence supporting the »

Why did Trump go nuclear?

Featured image And here I had foolishly hoped that President Trump would let the Russia story simmer down. Here I had foolishly imagined he would follow his fine speech to Congress by focusing the public’s attention on policy and his quest to fulfill campaign promises. Sure, the mainstream media was always going to peddle the Russia story. However, it was destined, at least for a while, to fall on mostly deaf ears. »

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 »

Conspire With Russia to Swing Presidential Election? It’s Been Done

Featured image The Democrats’ allegations against Jeff Sessions, one of the most upright men in Washington, are ludicrous. I don’t understand how anyone can think they amount to anything. But if the Democrats want to talk about collusion with the Russians, by all means let’s have that conversation. Chris Adams takes us on a walk down memory lane. In 1983, Ted Kennedy–the “liberal lion of the Senate”–tried to enlist the Soviet Union, »

Sessions will recuse himself from Russian election-involvement probe

Featured image Attorney General Jeff Sessions said today that he will recuse himself from any investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. In fact, Sessions went further than that. He will recuse himself from any investigation related to the 2016 presidential campaign. This was the right thing for Sessions to do. The investigation already underway will likely encompass Sessions’ two “meetings,” such as they were, with the Russian ambassador. Under »

McCaskill piles on Sessions with dishonest tweet

Featured image Democrats and the mainstream media are attacking Jeff Sessions over his two meetings with the Russian ambassador last year. Scott has the story. Sen Claire McCaskill joined the pile-on party by tweeting: “I’ve been on the Armed Services Com for 10 years. No call or meeting w/ Russian ambassador. Ever. Ambassadors call members of Foreign Rel Com.” (Emphasis added) McCaskill was trying to undermine any suggestion that Sessions’ two meetings »

The Sessions connection

Featured image Today’s skirmish in the war on the nascent Trump administration is the Washington Post’s “Sessions met with Russian envoy twice last year, encounters he later did not disclose.” The Post reports that Attorney General Sessions met with the Russian ambassador twice last year while the presidential campaign was in progress, once in July and once in September. The second such meeting took place in Senator Sessions’s Senate office. Senator Sessions »