Clinton emails

The Brennan factor

Featured image I have followed the Trump-Russia collusion farce obsessively, but I forget the critical role played by institutions other than the FBI in the still mysterious origin of the counterintelligence investigation. In his Wall Street Journal column this past Saturday, Holman Jenkins reminds us of the role of James Comey, to be sure, but also of CIA Director John Brennan and of DNI James Clapper as well: The FBI’s Mr. Comey, »

Senator Johnson has a few questions

Featured image Senator Ron Johnson is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. In that capacity he has closely reviewed the report of Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz on the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email “investigation.” I posted the IG report here on Power Line. Having reviewed the Inspector General’s report, Senator Johnson has a few questions for Horowitz that he posed in a letter on Friday. We have »

Understanding Hillary’s crimes: The podcast

Featured image I have been saying that an overwhelming wealth of story lines emerges from the IG report on the Clinton email “investigation” released last week. I posted the report via Scrbid here. Andrew McCarthy pointed out before the election in 2016 and repeatedly since (perhaps most recently here), the fix was in from the beginning. The fix was in because Obama was in on the wrongdoing and he was the head »

James Comey: Fall of the legend

Featured image Byron York describes the fall of James Comey. Byron notes that Comey, who presents himself as the Last Honest Man, is now under investigation for possibly mishandling classified and confidential information in his apparently all-consuming desire to get Trump. The view of Comey as the Last Honest Man was widely shared by mainstream media and among liberals after he faced down top representatives of the Bush administration in that dramatic »

Understanding Hillary’s crimes

Featured image An overwhelming wealth of story lines emerges from the IG report on the Clinton email “investigation,” as I call it, released this past Thursday. I posted it via Scrbid here. Andrew McCarthy pointed out before the election in 2016 and repeatedly since (perhaps most recently here), the fix was in from the beginning. The fix was in because Obama was in on the wrongdoing and he was the head of »

Mourning becomes Elijah

Featured image Yesterday I particularly missed the late Andrew Breitbart, founder of Breitbart. Andrew doggedly pursued the story behind the allegations of Reps. Andre Carson, John Lewis, Emanuel Cleaver and James Clyburn that Tea Party protesters abused black congressmen with racial epithets while demonstrating against Obamacare on Capitol Hill on March 20, 2010. The story was reported as fact by news organizations including Fox News and McClatchy News, but Breitbart called baloney »

In search of takeaways

Featured image I had to work on a couple of projects that mostly kept me from the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz and FBI Director Christopher Wray. The ostensible subject of the hearing was the IG report on the Clinton email “investigation.” I will only observe that the hearing provided more evidence to the effect that Wray has the Wrong stuff. He is a part »

To and from Russia, with emails

Featured image An overwhelming wealth of story lines emerge from the IG report on the Clinton email “investigation,” as I call it, released this past Thursday. I posted it via Scrbid here. As Andrew McCarthy pointed out before the election in 2016 and repeatedly since (perhaps most recently here), the fix was in from the beginning. The fix was in because Obama was in on the wrongdoing and he was the head »

Bill Clinton takes offense

Featured image Dipping into the Department of Justice Inspector General report released yesterday, we are inundated with information and interesting story lines. One such story line involves Bill Clinton’s response to the uproar created over his tarmac meeting with then Attorney General Loretta Lynch the Monday before Hillary Clinton’s scheduled weekend interview with the FBI in the email “investigation,” as we should probably refer to it. The uproar led to FBI Director »

More lyin’ lovers of the FBI

Featured image Eric Felten extracts the story of the FBI’s other Trump-hating lovers from the Department of Justice Inspector General report released earlier today. Felten’s account is devastating. Please check it out. I want only to add one point to Eric’s outstanding article. Forget the culture of leaks at the FBI (one of the report’s institutional criticisms of the bureau). There was a culture of lying shot through the top ranks of »

Notes on the IG Report

Featured image I haven’t read all 500 pages of the DOJ Inspector General’s report on the FBI’s and DOJ’s handling of the Clinton email investigation, but I have tried to pick out some of the salient points. If I come across more items of interest, I may add updates to this post. Here are some observations: 1) It is important to remember that the IG has not looked into the FBI’s “Russia »

Analyze this

Featured image The Department of Justice IG report on the Clinton email investigation includes a chapter (Chapter Five) reviewing the investigative methods used by the FBI in the Clinton email investigation. At the end of Part X (“FBI Inspection Division Internal File Review of the Midyear Investigation”) of that chapter (“Inspection Division Internal File Review of the Midyear [i.e., Clinton email] Investigation,” the report quotes from the FBI September-October 2017 Inspection Division »

Report on the Clinton email investigation

Featured image The Department of Justice Inspector General report on the FBI’s treatment of the Clinton email investigation was released today under the somnambulistic title A Review of Various Actions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice in Advance of the 2016 Election. It is posted online at the link. I have embedded it below via Scribd. I’m not saying it’s worth reading, but I want you to have »

In search of lost text

Featured image Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Friday, seeking more information about heavily-redacted documents. Senator Johnson revealed new information under some of the redacted text messages between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page and reiterated his May 11 inquiry concerning the FBI redactions of material pertinent to the committee’s oversight. The Weekly Standard’s Eric Felten recently gave us a look at “the »

Analyze this

Featured image How to capture the miasma of the Trump/Russia investigation? Andrew McCarthy deserves a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in shedding light on dark corners. He has done it many times, but never more so than in his exercise in comparison and contrast: “In Politicized Justice, Desperate Times Call for Disparate Measures.” The New York Times has given us three or more origin stories fabricated by its friends and allies in the »

The Comey conundrum [With Clarification]

Featured image I agree with Scott that Andy McCarthy is an invaluable source of informed analysis regarding the Clinton email scandal and the collusion hysteria. There is no one whose analysis has been more helpful to my thinking about these matters. The column McCarthy published this weekend on James Comey’s role in the Clinton email scandal represents another valuable contribution. I want to make two points about this piece, at least one »

Comey confirms…

Featured image The self-glorifying book tour of former FBI Director James Comey continues for the indefinite future. In his weekly National Review column this past Saturday, Andrew McCarthy conducts a reality check. In the column he explicated one thread of Comey’s comments in the interview with Bret Baier on FOX News last week. McCarthy’s column is headlined “Comey Confirms: In Clinton emails caper, the fix was in.” Subhead: “He knew Obama’s Justice »