Donald Trump

The Mueller Report and the Starr Report: Compare and contrast

Featured image In his long-awaited report, special counsel Robert Mueller found that the evidence failed to establish “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia. In addition, he did not find that President Trump committed obstruction of justice, the only other offense discussed in the report. By contrast, independent counsel Kenneth Starr, in his 1998 report, established that President Clinton perjured himself during a civil deposition, conspired to obstruct justice, violated criminal prohibitions »

Mueller on obstruction of justice: It’s complicated. [UPDATED]

Featured image Robert Mueller copped out when he declined to determine whether President Trump obstructed justice. He left it to the Attorney General to make that call, even though the rationale for having a special counsel was that Trump administration officials couldn’t be trusted to decide whether their boss committed crimes. The issuance of Mueller’s report does nothing to mitigate the cop-out. According to the report, the issue of obstruction of justice »

The fundraising sweepstakes

Featured image First quarter fundraising numbers for the field of presidential candidates are in. President Trump leads the way, having raised $39 million. In total, his campaign and affiliated committees have raised $168 million, the most ever by an incumbent president at this stage, according to the Washington Post. Among Democrats, Sen. Bernie Sanders had the largest haul, $18.2 million. He was followed by Sen. Kamala Harris at $12 million. Beto O’Rourke »

A Roberts-Kavanaugh bromance?

Featured image “Conservatives’ takeover of Supreme Court stalled by John Roberts-Brett Kavanaugh bromance.” That’s the headline of a story in USA Today. The author explains: Chief Justice John Roberts and the court’s newest member, Brett Kavanaugh, have voted in tandem on nearly every case that’s come before them since Kavanaugh joined the court in October. They’ve been more likely to side with the court’s liberal justices than its other conservatives. The two »

Today, President Trump Tweeted a Video Of Me

Featured image Earlier today, President Trump tweeted this video, which recalls some of his administration’s successes so far and looks forward to another victory in 2020. It is reasonably entertaining and not very long. See if you can spot the high point of the video: MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! pic.twitter.com/diXWQHuyGj — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 9, 2019 My eagle-eyed wife realized that a short sequence comes from Turning Point USA’s Young »

Trump Rising

Featured image I’ve been waiting for President Trump’s approval rating to rise in the wake of the collapse of the Mueller investigation. That now seems to be happening, as Rasmussen Reports finds him at 53% approval, 45% disapproval, for a healthy +8 margin. It is also noteworthy that Trump’s “strong approval” now exceeds his “strong disapproval” by one point, something that rarely happened with Barack Obama. Trump’s rising approval may also be »

Mueller and Trump, Part 2

Featured image Scott wrote last week about Byron York’s revealing podcast with John Dowd, who represented President Trump during a substantial portion of Trump’s dealings with special counsel Robert Mueller. Byron has now posted, on Ricochet, the second installment of his interview with Dowd. He writes about it here. An excerpt: In our earlier talk, Dowd stressed that the Trump White House fully cooperated with Mueller’s investigation, and that on more than »

More April Foolery

Featured image Trump is a godsend not just to the media, but to meme generators and parodists everywhere. This one may be my current favorite though: But then there’s this terrific story in today’s Los Angeles Times about New York City’s severe culinary deprivation: For Cramped New York, an Expanding Dining Scene The bright lights of New York City beckon to the restless and the hungry. In the city that never sleeps, »

The man who defended Trump

Featured image Were it not for Brit Hume’s valuable Twitter feed, I wouldn’t know that Byron York has recorded a Ricochet podcast with former Trump attorney John Dowd regarding the Mueller investigation. Byron comments: “Boy, was there a lot going on behind the scenes.” He accurately describes the interview as “[a] peek inside the epic battle of the presidency with the president’s attorney.” Dowd is a formidable attorney with a record that »

Donald Trump: Neither evil genius nor bumbler

Featured image During the first term of George W. Bush, I attended a Passover Seder. One of the other guests delivered a long riff about some non-Iraq-related conspiracy Bush supposedly had formulated. I deadpanned, “Wow, that guy sounds like an evil genius.” The guest, who did not know my political leanings replied, “I wouldn’t say genius.” More sophisticated Bush-haters solved the problem I raised with my quip through Vice President Cheney. He »

Best Mueller Reactions

Featured image I was sure this must be a fake Twitter account, but it has the Blue Check Mark, so. . . Dan Rather has to be the least-self aware person in the history of media, and that’s saying something. Or he’s trolling himself. Meanwhile, some very clever person offers this mashup: Next, some new polls results—from surveys taken before the summary of the Mueller Report came out yesterday—show Trump’s re-election prospects »

The Mueller investigation, five things that didn’t happen

Featured image Byron York identifies five things that didn’t happen during the course of Robert Mueller’s now-concluded investigation. Below, I list the five things Byron identified and provide my brief commentary: First, Mueller did not indict Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, or other people whose purported legal jeopardy was the subject of intense media speculation in the last year. Thus, Mueller found no criminality arising from that famous meeting Trump Jr. and »

We get it, Trump never liked McCain

Featured image The late John McCain was capable of true graciousness, but if you got on the wrong side of him he was a nasty piece of work. You could say the same thing about President Trump, if you took out the part about graciousness. Once candidate Trump ridiculously denied that McCain was a war hero, the Senator’s nasty piece of work side was always going to prevail in his approach to »

Pelosi keeps options open on impeachment

Featured image During Ronald Reagan’s second term, some Democrats became excited about the prospect of impeaching the president over the Iran-Contra matter. At a meeting in his office, Speaker Tip O’Neil put an end to this possibility with six words. “We’re not going to do that,” he stated. Flash forward almost 30 years, and we find Speaker Nancy Pelosi uttering words that fall short of what O’Neill said. On the possibility of »

Churchill, Trump, and George W. Bush

Featured image I am currently reading Andrew Roberts’ biography of Winston Churchill. So I followed, with interest, the link that someone (probably Scott) put up as a Power Line Pick to this piece by Roberts in the Spectator about his book tour in America. His theme is that Americans, in general, esteem Churchill now more than ever. Which is a good thing. I want to comment on a single paragraph in Roberts’ »

Wayne Rooney under fire for visiting Trump White House

Featured image Wayne Rooney, arguably the best English soccer player of his generation, now plies his trade in Washington D.C. for DC United. Barron Trump, the president’s youngest son, is a rabid soccer fan (of Arsenal, but we forgive him) who, reportedly, has played for DC United’s youth team. Thus, it came to pass that, at Barron’s urging, Rooney was invited to attend last year’s White House Christmas party. Rooney did attend, »

Godwin’s Law, Or, How To Lose an Argument in One Paragraph

Featured image Last week, in a fit of sentimentality, I published an article in the Washington Examiner magazine with the grandiose title “My ‘Geneva Convention’ for the Trump Wars.” It’s out from behind the Examiner paywall now, and we posted it in our “Picks” section a few days ago. There is a backstory to this article that I can’t fully share, as it involved some private communications with some “Never Trump” figures (though »