2016 Presidential Election

What a difference a year makes

Featured image In January 2016, Amy Chozick of the New York Times wrote an article called “’90s Scandals Threaten to Erode Hillary Clinton’s Strength With Women.” I don’t think, as it turned out, that the scandals had this effect. In light of recent developments, however, it’s worth taking another look at Chozick’s piece. Chozick began by reporting that at an Upper East Side dinner party hosted by the head of HBO, Lena »

The dirtiest trick

Featured image Now we know that the Trump Dossier was commissioned by the Clinton presidential campaign in mid-2016 through the Perkins Coie law firm. Perkins Coie’s Marc Elias served as counsel to the Clinton campaign. He called on the GPS Fusion firm to do a number on Donald Trump with the services of former British MI6 man Christopher Steele. If we take his work at face value, Steele consulted with a few »

Trump vouches for sincerity of Putin’s “meddling” denial

Featured image President Trump returned today to the question of Russian meddling in 2016 president election. He stated that Vladimir Putin, in response to his questions about the matter, has repeatedly denied meddling. Trump added that he believes Putin’s denials are sincere. Trump didn’t say he believes Putin’s denial, only that the denial is sincere. It’s unlikely, however, that if Putin meddled, his denial is sincere. Putin almost surely has a firm »

The Blabbermouth angle (2)

Featured image It is among our national misfortunes that the ineffable Debbie Wasserman Schultz remains in the middle of the drama implicit in the great Russian hack attack of 2016. She served as Barack Obama’s appointed leader of the Democratic National Committee at the time. Her cooperation with federal authorities in that capacity appears to have been something less than wholehearted. The mainstream media have nevertheless swallowed whole the intelligence community report »

This day in media freakouts

Featured image A year ago tonight, we learned that Donald Trump had defeated Hillary Clinton and would be our next president. Some took the news better than others. Amber Athey and Justin Caruso of the Daily Caller have collected videos of some who didn’t take it well at all. Here’s Rachel Maddow who, after attempting a semi-rational analysis, melts down completely. Here’s Jake Tapper referring to the Clinton campaign as “we” twice »

The Blabbermouth angle

Featured image We have heard incessantly since the last election that the Russians waged war on us with their interference. No one has proclaimed this theme more vociferously than Democratic officials and officeholders. Perhaps the most notable attack in the conventional narrative is the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s email. It figures prominently in the intelligence community report on Russian interference, which itself reads like hack work to support a narrative. »

Donna Brazile switches trains

Featured image Donna Brazile rode the Clinton express for decades, parlaying the ride into fame and possibly fortune. Now that the one-time express is a stalled local, Brazile has hopped off, and will make a pretty penny for her expose of that train. As Steve suggests, Brazile isn’t just hopping off the Clinton train and trying to sell her book. She also wants fellow passengers to disembark with her. It suits this »

Cleta Mitchell: Brazile describes “a massive violation of federal law” that “triggers criminal penalties”

Featured image I’m not on Facebook, but I was told that Cleta Mitchell’s page contains a brief discussion of the legal implications of the Hillary Clinton-DNC scandal. As many of our readers know, Cleta Mitchell is a star lawyer. She has played a leading role in defending conservatives targeted by the IRS under the Obama administration and in pushing to hold the IRS accountable for the targeting. Here is Cleta’s take on »

The Clinton distinction

Featured image On yesterday’s Daily Show Trevor Noah hosted Hillary Clinton in the course of her book tour. They discussed Russian matters as through a Clintonian glass darkly. Noah asked her about what I’ve been calling the Trump Dossier, commissioned by her campaign and drawn on disinformation provided by the friends of Vladimir Putin. You might think she was talking about herself: “I mean, he has to know — we’ll find out »

Gelernter’s Trump

Featured image The Islamist terror attack that killed eight in Manhattan yesterday fills me with impotent rage, but it also got me thinking about President Trump and his national security team. With them, there will be no hiding or downplaying the underlying reality of the attack. We will not be solemnly instructed to gainsay the truth that stares us in the face. Bill Bennett’s most recent installment of his podcast show includes »

The squeeze on Manafort

Featured image Politico has posted the 12-count indictment handed up against Paul Manafort and Richard Gates on Friday by the Washington grand jury hearing evidence brought before it by Robert Mueller’s team of all-star prosecutors. The charges all relate or derive from Manafort’s business activities that predate Manafort’s involvement with the Trump campaign (although various related deceptions are alleged to date). I don’t believe that Gates ever had any involvement with the »

Investigate this (4)

Featured image Doing the work that the mainstream media won’t do, the Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross has compiled a useful timeline bearing on what I have been calling the Trump Dossier. Our friendly former FBI Special Agent with two decades of experience in counterintelligence provides related background on the Attorney General Guidelines for National Security Investigations and Foreign Intelligence Collection. “Without an understanding of them,” he says, “it is impossible to understand »

Of course it matters that Team Clinton funded the dossier

Featured image It is now undisputed that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC paid for the infamous Trump dossier (though as Andy McCarthy notes, the media is characterizing the transaction as paying “for the research that led to the dossier”). What is the response of Democrats and their media friends to this upsetting news? The main response I’ve heard is that it doesn’t matter who paid for the dossier. What matters is »

Investigate this (3)

Featured image Now we know that the Trump Dossier was not just a product funded by Democrats, but was commissioned by the general counsel of the Clinton presidential campaign. After the Trump campaign collusion hysteria fomented by Democrats and their media friends roughly since the election, we learn that Russian disinformation (as it seems to me) disseminated by the friends of Vladimir Putin (i.e., the Russian officials identified by alphabetic descriptors in »

How sore loser Hillary created a national obsession with Russia

Featured image Scott has linked to an article by Paul Sperry in the New York Post called “How Team Hillary played the press for fools on Russia.” Sperry’s article is also one of our “Power Line picks.” Many of our readers will come across Sperry’s article, either via Power Line or in some other way. However, I think portions of it are worth quoting here, just in case. Sperry writes: Hillary Clinton’s »

Investigate this

Featured image One of our most knowledgeable law enforcement readers writes to emphasize a point bearing on our coverage of the Trump Dossier. He adds valuable context to our commentary: As a retired FBI Special Agent with over two decades of experience in counterintelligence, I’d like to make a point that Scott and Paul are surely aware of, but which it’s useful to keep at the front of your mind. Scott regularly »

Nobody knows anything

Featured image Kyle Cheney and Elana Schor prepare readers of Politico for the disappointment to come when the congressional probes of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign wind down. You can almost feel the heartache, but they have this consolation. They’ll always have Mueller. Over at the New York Post Paul Sperry concisely sketches the reversal of the past few days. Sperry writes: “The irony is, it may have in fact been »