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For Senator Graham

Featured image Maria Bartiromo’s Sunday Morning Futures is the only such gabfest I can take any more. The rest have all assimilated themselves to the leftist blob. Maria’s show is actually worth watching. Yesterday Maria had Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham on to talk about a false 2018 briefing given by the FBI to the Senate Intelligence Committee on the Steele Dossier. Senator Graham’s press release on the newly declassified document »

The spies who hijacked America

Featured image On FOX News this morning Maria Bartiromo hosted Steven Schrage on her Sunday Morning Futures. Schrage is the gentleman who first connected Carter Page with FBI informant Stefan Halper at Cambridge in 2016. The interview runs just under nine minutes (video below). Take it in along with Schrage’s long narrative account “The spies who hijacked America.” Schrage provides this preview of coming attractions: There is far too much to tell »

Extracts from a subsource, cont’d

Featured image Who was that mysterious “primary subsource” to whom Christopher Steele turned for the good stuff in his infamous dossier? Paul Sperry reports for RealClearInvestigations: The mysterious “Primary Subsource” that Christopher Steele has long hidden behind to defend his discredited Trump-Russia dossier is a former Brookings Institution analyst — Igor “Iggy” Danchenko, a Russian national whose past includes criminal convictions and other personal baggage ignored by the FBI in vetting him »

When the FBI spied on Trump

Featured image Newly declassified FBI documents disclose how the agency used a so-called defensive briefing of the Trump campaign on August 17, 2016, to spy on and collect information about Donald Trump himself. Michael Flynn and Chris Christie also attended the briefing. The Federalist’s Sean Davis has posted the documents via Scribd together with his story on them. I have embedded the documents below. Davis notes that the documents were formally declassified »

Extracts from a subsource, cont’d

Featured image Eric Felten is a meticulous reporter and analyst of the Russia collusion hoax. We have previously posted several of Eric’s RealClearInvestigations columns on the subject. RCI has just posted Eric’s column “The ‘Primary Subsource’s’ Guide to Russiagate, as Told to the FBI.” RCI authorizes the republication of its articles with attribution and we are happy to take advantage of the opportunity here. Eric writes: Much of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation »

Extracts from a subsource

Featured image Kim Strassel has tweeted out the Wall Street Journal editorial “The FBI’s dossier deceit.” It bears the hallmarks of her excellent work on the Russia hoax. The editorial is based on the declassification via the Senate Judiciary Committee of the FBI’s interviews over three days in January 2017 with the primary source for the infamous Steele dossier. Strassel reminds us: “The bureau used the dossier’s accusations as the basis for »

Strzok strikes again

Featured image Before the D.C. Circuit granted General Flynn’s petition for writ of mandamus in relevant part yesterday morning, prosecutors had produced newly discovered exculpatory evidence to Flynn as a result of the review conducted by United States Attorney Jeffrey Jensen. The newly discovered evidence is identified as notes taken by former Assistant FBI Director Peter Strzok. FOX News covers the production here and here. The cover letter states: “While the page »

Judge Sullivan ordered to dismiss Flynn case

Featured image In a 2-1 opinion, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has granted Michael Flynn’s petition for a writ of mandamus ordering Judge Emmet Sullivan to dismiss the case against General Flynn. I commented on the oral argument before the court here on June 12. I have embedded the panel opinion below along with the dissent. Judge Rao’s opinion for the panel responds in detail to Judge »

Barr speaks

Featured image The Obama administration’s investigation and of the Trump presidential campaign — and the continuation of the investigation into the Trump presidency itself, by the executive branch instrumentalities of law enforcement and intelligence — is the greatest scandal by far in American history. We have never seen anything remotely like it. With any luck, Attorney General Barr and United States Attorney John Durham will get to the bottom of it. They »

Exposing the hoax

Featured image I wrote an appreciation of Andrew McCarthy’s Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency on its publication date this past August in “All the president’s men, Obama style.” I wrote a little bit more about the book when I posted a video of McCarthy speaking about it. I also put Ball of Collusion first among my books of 2019, which were heavy with books »

“A chance to break the deep state”

Featured image President Trump sat for an interview with Sharyl Attkisson for her Full Measure show this past Sunday morning. The video and transcript are posted here. The good stuff is to be found in the second segment of the interview, which RealClearPolitics has now broken out and posted here. I have embedded it at the bottom of this post. This is the nub of it: I have a chance to break »

FBI Opens Investigation Into Flynn Case

Featured image FBI Director Christopher Wray has been a severe disappointment. He has shown no inclination to reform that troubled agency, and seems to have, if anything, abetted the longstanding coverup of FBI misdeeds. Today he belatedly announced that the FBI is launching an investigation into its conduct in the Flynn case: BREAKING: @FBI Director Christopher Wray just opened an internal review into the Michael #Flynn 2017 interview and subsequent investigation. See »

Deep thoughts by James Comey

Featured image Jack Handey is the inspiration for this series. He gave us, for example, this deep thought: If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is “God is crying.” And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is “Probably because of something you did.” Someone should tell it to James Comey and delete “probably.” Comey of course »

What gives in the Flynn case? (7)

Featured image Andrew McCarthy brings his professional background to bear in reconstructing the events whose outline is evidenced in the exculpatory documents most recently disclosed by the government to General Flynn and counsel Sidney Powell in the Flynn case (embedded below). I had a hard time in part 6 going beyond what appears on the surface of the documents. McCarthy doesn’t have that problem. He takes the documents and constructs an overwhelmingly »

What gives in the Flynn case? (6)

Featured image The government produced a few more documents to General Flynn’s counsel Sidney Powell yesterday. I have embedded the cover letter and accompanying documents below. John Solomon reports on the documents in his Just the News column “FBI found no ‘derogatory’ Russia evidence on Flynn, planned to close case before leaders intervened.” Sean Davis reports on them in the Federalist column “FBI Closed Flynn Case, Dubbed ‘Crossfire Razor,’ In Early 2017, »

What gives in the Flynn case? (5)

Featured image The sealed documents produced by the government to counsel for General Flynn this past Friday were unsealed last night. They include handwritten FBI notes documenting internal discussion on the day of the interview of Flynn by agents Peter Strzok and Joe Pientka. The author of the notes (identified elsewhere as assistant counterintelligence division director Bill Priestap) questioned whether the goal of the Flynn interview was “Truth/Admission” (regarding Flynn’s supposed violation »

A historic travesty: Primary documents

Featured image You may recall that Attorney General Barr has characterized the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign and of President Trump as a historic travesty. “My own view,” he stated in his recent interview with Laura Ingraham, “is that the evidence shows that we’re not dealing with just mistakes or sloppiness. There is something far more troubling here, and we’re going to get to the bottom of it. And if people »