Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Eric Felten: Analyze this

Featured image Eric Felten is a meticulous and literate reporter as well as one of my favorite analysts of the mysteries of Russiagate. We have previously posted Eric’s July 1 RealClearInvestigations column “Insinuendo: Why the Mueller Report doth repeat so much.” Eric waded further into the Mueller miasma in the RCI column “The shaky foundations of Mueller’s footnotes.” Most recently, Eric explored “The Mifsud mystery.” Today Eric continues his investigation of Russiagate »

Omar burns the Star Tribune

Featured image In “Ilhan Omar feels the heat” I noted Ilhan Omar’s response to the Star Tribune’s inquiry to her for the paper’s June 23 page-one story. When the Star Tribune asked Omar for an interview about the state campaign finance board findings against her, Omar responded with a canned statement raising accusations of bigotry that linked the Star Tribune to Power Line. Omar to the contrary notwithstanding, however, the Star Tribune »

Ilhan Omar (New York Post remix)

Featured image Yesterday morning I posted “Ilhan Omar feels the heat.” Yesterday evening the New York Post published Ebony Bowden’s article “Rep. Ilhan Omar’s husband wants divorce after affair bombshell: source.” Bowden reports: “Rep. Ilhan Omar’s marriage appears to be headed for the rocks, a longtime friend of the couple told The Post.” Bowden’s article draws on the research of David Steinberg without attribution. It also draws on the Daily Mail’s shoe »

Ilhan Omar feels the heat

Featured image Of all the scandals in which Ilhan Omar is enmeshed, one might think the Daily Mail’s revelation this past July of her affair with political consultant Tim Mynett would be the least of them. The news last week of Beth Mynett’s divorce filing, however, has begun to disillusion a Somali community that has taken Omar at face value. Not cool — not cool at all, and it has thrown Omar »

An updated racial hustle

Featured image Between the World and Me gives us the reflections of Ta-Nehesi Coates on race in America. Coates is an esteemed and influential intellectual whose meditations are treated with great seriousness on the left. His book has remained a best-seller in hardcover on the list compiled by the New York Times for 86 weeks. Between the World and Me is easily one of the worst books I have ever read. It »

Watergate x 10,000

Featured image In my notes on Andrew McCarthy’s Ball of Collusion in “All the president’s men, Obama style” and “Trump was FBI target,” I asserted that the Obama administration’s “collusion” caper constitutes “the biggest scandal by far in American political history.” McCarthy himself does not make this point, but he does something more valuable. He proves the elements of the scandal beyond a reasonable doubt and furnishes the reader with the means »

Rucker wrecks Westerhout

Featured image President Trump fired personal assistant Madeleine Westerhout for comments she made in an August 17 off-the-record conversation with reporters including Washington Post White House bureau chief Phil Rucker, Jennifer Jacobs of Bloomberg, Reuters’ Steve Holland and the Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Restuccia. Daniel Lippman has a good account here. Rucker seems quite clearly to have burned Westerhout. Matthew Boyle observes at Breitbart: “Arthur Schwartz, a highly plugged-in GOP strategist, has »

Trump trolls the mullahs

Featured image President Trump’s detachment of the United States from the wagon of the Iranian regime was a mighty deed. What can be said about the Obama administration’s funding of the regime and blessing of its nuclear program? Perhaps that it made the Munich Agreement look good by comparison. At least Neville Chamberlain didn’t agree to fund Hitler’s regime. The abject humiliation of the United States by the terms of the the »

Trump was FBI target

Featured image Having read an advance copy of Andrew McCarthy’s Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency, I posted my review/appreciation on the book’s official publication date earlier this month under the heading “All the president’s men, Obama style.” In the book McCarthy provides a penetrating analytical framework within which to understand the biggest scandal by far in American political history. The Department of Justice Inspector »

Jumpin’ Jim Flash

Featured image Yesterday the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General released its long awaited report on certain elements of James Comey’s misconduct as Director of the FBI. Contrary to his assurance to President Trump — an assurance that projected something of his essence — the report demonstrates that Comey is a weasel (and worse). He is also (again to borrow the words of his own denial to Trump) a sneak, a »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll lays down SOME HARD TRUTHS ABOUT “RACISM.” She writes: Last week, one of my commenters, in need of a humor fix, felt that the column was less than funny. Well, this one isn’t a barrel of laughs, either. Maybe next week… TRUTH #1: If there were a magic wand to wave to make every single white person in America erase even the slightest shadow of a penumbra of »

Ilhan Omar: The deep meaning of “no comment”

Featured image The congeries of scandalous stories about Rep. Ilhan Omar deriving from Omar’s affair with Tim Mynett has emerged in the Minnesota media only this week. Her blatant lies about the obvious and her refusal to comment nevertheless seem to have had an awakening effect. Yesterday the National Legal and Policy Center filed a Federal Election Commission complaint alleging that Omar’s campaign had paid Mynett’s travel expenses for her, ah, personal »

Paul Sperry: The waiting game

Featured image Like the enemies of the United States in the Chinese and Iranian regimes, American intelligence agencies are waiting out President Trump. In this case, they are waiting out Trump to suppress the evidence of their wrongdoing in the 2016 presidential campaign. At RealClearInvestigations, Paul Sperry reports in “U.S. Intel Gatekeeper Dragging Feet on Trump-Russia Files, Insiders Say.” The whole thing is worth reading, but the first section especially warrants the »

Denial with a twist

Featured image This is a big week for the Minnesota media. They are now permitting their consumers to catch up with the news delivered last month by the Daily Mail. That is, Ilhan Omar has separated from the husband she just got around to marrying last year (i.e., Ahmed Hirsi) and taken up with a married man (i.e., Tim Mynett) who works for her as a consultant. The Daily Mail even tracked »

Omar’s lies proliferate

Featured image My sources first made me aware of Ilhan Omar’s affair with Tim Mynett a month before the Daily Mail got around to reporting it in July. Today the Star Tribune has finally broken the story in Omar’s hometown newspaper and it must come as something of a shock to readers who get their news from the Minnesota media and who take Omar at face value. Omar continues to play them »

Clinton emails, cont’d

Featured image Last week The Hill’s John Solomon reported yet another twist in the FBI’s investigative nonfeasance in the Clinton email case. The report comes in Solomon’s excellent column “The road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces.” Solomon reports that “Johnson and Grassley have been unable to get answers for a year, even from Attorney General William Barr, about whether the FBI intends to look at critical evidence it »

Iran’s Cruz stunt

Featured image There is nothing funny about the Iranian regime’s threat to the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and other Americans, but the regime’s impending imposition of sanctions on Trump administration figures and other opponents such as Senator Cruz injects an element of comic relief. The Trump administration’s sanctions on Iran must be taking a serious toll. Now Iran is about to retaliate. At the Washington Free Beacon, Adam Kredo picks »