What we have learned so far (7)

Featured image House sources leaked the testimony of Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr to Congress last year. Ohr himself was a conduit for the Steele Dossier and Russian meddling in the presidential election of 2016 if the dossier is taken at face value, as the FBI purported to take it. John Solomon broke the story of Ohr’s testimony here. Sara Carter had more here. Kim Strassel devoted her weekly Wall Street »

What we have learned so far (6) [With Comment by John]

Featured image Andrew McCarthy’s FOX News column “FBI Russia investigation was always about Trump” is only his most recent contribution to our understanding of the greatest scandal in our history — the one underlying the presidential election of 2016, from the Clinton campaign to the highest reaches of the Obama administration. He takes the occasion of the New York Times story on the FBI’s investigation of President Trump (see my comments here) »

More Mueller madness

Featured image The hits keep on coming from the New York Times and their deep state adjunct within the government. Today’s page-one story comes courtesy of Adam Goldman, Michael Schmidt, and Nicholas Fandos under the headline “F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia” (accessible here on Outline). Last night Paul Mirengoff treated the Times story with care and penetration in the nearby post “Report: FBI opened »

Report: FBI opened inquiry into whether Trump was working for the Russians

Featured image The New York Times reports that “in the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests.” The Times cites “former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.” They say the FBI investigation ended when Robert Mueller was appointed. If »

What we have learned so far (3)

Featured image In this series we have sought to recall what we have learned so far in the matter of the greatest scandal in our history — the one underlying the presidential election of 2016, from the Clinton campaign to the highest reaches of the Obama administration. UC Berkeley School of Law Heller Professor and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo wrote at FOX News over the weekend: A transcript [of »

What we have learned so far

Featured image In her weekly Wall Street Journal column (accessible here via Outline) Kim Strassel notes what we have learned so far regarding “one of the greatest dirty tricks of our political times.” Kim, strike “one of the.” Making points we have made several times, noting a loose thread and calling for the declassification of documents revealing the rest of the story, Kim writes: House and Senate investigators get pride of place »

James Comey, Crooked Cop

Featured image James Comey testified before the House Judiciary and Oversight and Reform committees yesterday. He was his usual smarmy, partisan, dishonest self. A couple of tweets by Congressmen who witnessed his testimony sum it up: Yes, this is the real transcript of my exchange with Jim Comey. No, I didn’t make this up. pic.twitter.com/bRc4U2Tda4 — John Ratcliffe (@RepRatcliffe) December 19, 2018 And this: 1/24/17: FBI interviews Gen. Flynn. 3 days later: »

James Comey, cont’d

Featured image Former FBI Director James Comey appeared on Monday for a second day of testimony before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees. The 173-page transcript was made public yesterday afternoon. I have embedded it below. I noted Comey’s first day of testimony last week in “Comey doesn’t know and can’t recall.” I made a related point in “A Comey contradiction.” The 2016 presidential election produced an unexpected outcome. In its aftermath »

Flynn’s fate (9)

Featured image Former Assistant United States Attorney Sidney Powell identifies the documents we are still missing in the case of Michael Flynn, even after the Special Counsel’s production of the Flynn 302s made public yesterday. She does so via Twitter (below). This is a good summary that suggests how much we have to learn before we can have a fully formed idea of what happened here. There is so much that has »

Flynn’s fate (8)

Featured image It turns out that the Special Counsel filed two redacted versions of the FBI 302 summarizing the Strzok/Pientka interview of Michael Flynn in the White House on January 24, 2017. The two 302s are identical in substance. I have embedded the Special Counsel’s filing cover letter and the 302s as redacted below via Scribd. The Special Counsel had originally filed the two 302s under seal with Judge Sullivan in response »

Mueller makes the Flynn 302 public

Featured image Today, on the eve of Michael Flynn’s sentencing hearing, Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered Robert Mueller’s team to file publicly a redacted version of the interview notes (the “302”) that FBI Agent Joe Pientka prepared regarding the interview of Flynn that he and Peter Strzok conducted on January 24, 2017. Judge Sullivan stated, in relevant part: [T]he court finds that the January 24, 2017 FD 302, which was drafted immediately after »

Flynn’s fate (7)

Featured image In “Flynn’s fate (6)” I posted the Special Counsel’s reply memorandum in the matter of Michael Flynn’s sentencing. Judge Sullivan had ordered the parties to file the FBI 302 and underlying notes of the the FBI’s interview with General Flynn. The attachments to the reply memorandum include neither. Where are they? Those documents are not included, but McCabe’s memo of his conversation scheduling the meeting with Flynn is included as »

Redact this

Featured image On Friday night the FBI released a heavily redacted two-page summary that former FBI Director James Comey used to brief then President-elect Donald Trump in January 2017 regarding the so-called Steele Dossier on Trump’s ties to Russia. I have embedded the document below via Scribd. Politico procured the document released Friday night in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Politico’s Josh Gerstein and Kyle Cheney report on the document here. »

Flynn’s fate (6)

Featured image The Special Counsel has filed his reply memo in the matter of the sentencing of Michael Flynn in compliance with Judge Sullivan’s order. I have embedded the memo and attachments as redacted below. Please take the following comments as provisional in nature and check my own comments against the document itself. Reading these materials quickly this afternoon, I observe that the only document contemporaneous with the interview is one page »

Flynn’s fate (5)

Featured image In an interview at the 92nd Street Y this past Sunday, Nicole Wallace asked former FBI Director James Comey how two FBI agents ended up meeting with National Security Advisor Michael Flynn in the Situation Room during the first week of the Trump administration — the meeting that resulted in Flynn’s plea to one count of false statements in the case that is pending before Judge Emmet Sullivan. Comey responded »

Texts found (& lost) in a bottle

Featured image The Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General conducted an investigation of the gap in text messages during the period December 15, 2016, through May 17, 2017, from the cell phones assigned to famous FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. The Office of Inspector General Cyber Investigations Office was asked to attempt recovery of these missing text messages for the period in issue. The Inspector General has just »

Is it something he said? (6)

Featured image The Daily Caller News Foundation has asked the court to unseal the search warrant and related materials that authorized the November 19 FBI raid on the home of FBI cum Clinton crime family whistleblower Nate Cain. As we noted in part 1 of this series, Richard Pollock originally reported the story for the Daily Caller. Now Pollock reports that the Office of Maryland United States Attorney Robert Hur has filed »