FBI

We now know: The dross of April Doss revisited

Featured image Last year one April Doss published articles at the Atlantic and the Weekly Standard on the FISA warrants taken out on Carter Page. Doss had served as senior minority counsel on the Senate Intelligence Committee (she worked for the Democrats). She also spent over a decade at the National Security Agency, where she was associate general counsel for intelligence law. Doss touted her professional experience and expertise to assure us »

More on Comey’s Modified Limited Hangout

Featured image As Scott noted earlier, James Comey was interviewed by Chris Wallace this morning on Fox News Sunday. After Michael Horowitz’s report was released, Comey claimed that it vindicated him. When Wallace pointed out that Horowitz testified that his findings “don’t vindicate anybody who touched this,” Comey retreated, but only as far as absolutely necessary. Comey admitted that mistakes were made: He’s right, I was wrong. I was overconfident in the »

A dirty cop speaks

Featured image James Comey appeared for a 15-minute interview by Chris Wallace on FOX News Sunday this morning. When it comes to the FISA warrants whose verification and alleged facts he swore to, Comey asserted, he doesn’t know anything. As Director of the FBI he wasn’t familiar with the details; as the director, he’s “not kept informed.” And he never oversaw investigation of the Trump campaign or of President Trump — just »

We now know

Featured image When the Soviet Union collapsed and its archives were opened, certain Cold War controversies became susceptible of definitive resolution. Cold War historian John Lewis Gaddis titled his 1997 book on the subject We Now Know. By the same token, publication of the Department of Justice Inspector General report on FISA abuse and related issues should similarly bring closure to the Russia hoax touted by the Democrats and their media adjunct »

Only a pawn in their game

Featured image Carter Page served as a pretext for Obama’s FBI to surveil the Trump campaign. Having taken out four FISA warrants on him on the basis of the Democrats’ fraudulent Steele Dossier, the FBI found nothing on him. On the contrary, the FBI suppressed exculpatory evidence to maintain its surveillance on him and his associates. Page has been wronged in secret and in public over and over again by the FBI. »

Horowitz in review

Featured image Watching Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz testify yesterday before the Senate Judiciary Committee was a somewhat weird experience. Horowitz frankly identified the egregious government misconduct involved in the FBI’s surveillance of the Trump campaign, but couldn’t “connect the dots” or draw inescapable inferences from the facts he had found. It was all over his head and beyond his grasp. Committee Democrats sought to distract and downplay and suppress »

Michael Horowitz’s flawed epistemology

Featured image As John discussed below, Michael Horowitz testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. He told the committee that there were 17 instances of misconduct by the FBI in connection with the FISA application process. Horowitz also said that his team found no evidence of intentional misconduct. However, he added that the FBI agents involved were unable to provide satisfactory explanations for their actions. But the absence of an innocent explanation »

If This Is Exoneration…

Featured image …I’d hate to see inculpation! James Comey and other Democrats are absurdly claiming that Michael Horowitz’s report vindicates or exonerates them. That is ridiculous, as anyone who follows the news even casually knows. Horowitz testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee today–testimony that, as I understand it, was not broadcast by the television networks. Horowitz’s testimony was summarized in a White House email a few hours ago: As Horowitz made clear »

Barr is on the case (2)

Featured image Among his other interviews yesterday in the aftermath of the Department of Justice Inspector General Report on FISA abuse and related matters, Attorney General Barr appeared at the Wall Street Journal CEO Conference for a discussion with Journal editor at large Gerard Baker. The Journal has posted video of the entire interview on its site (I have embedded the video below) and here on Twitter. I posted Barr’s interview with »

The FBI as the Titanic

Featured image Jonathan Turley responds as follows to Michael Horowitz’s finding that the Justice Department had enough evidence to meet the low threshold for beginning its investigation of the Trump campaign: This is akin to reviewing the Titanic and saying that the captain was not unreasonable in starting the voyage. The question is what occurred when the icebergs began appearing. Horowitz says that investigative icebergs appeared rather early on, and the Justice »

Barr is on the case

Featured image Attorney General William Barr sat for an extended interview with NBC’s Pete Williams to discuss the findings in the Department of Justice Inspector General report released yesterday afternoon. NBC has cut the thing up in a couple of stories, but it has also posted the whole thing on YouTube (24-minute video below). Barr is familiar with the evidence gathered so far; he knows what he’s talking about. He understands that »

Eric Felten: Pee tape confidential

Featured image Eric Felten is a meticulous and literate reporter as well as one of my favorite analysts of the mysteries of Russiagate. We have previously posted several of Eric’s RealClearInvestigations columns. Today Eric observes: “Watchdog: FBI Knew ‘Pee Tape’ Highly Dubious, Didn’t Tell Trump.” RCI authorizes the republication of its articles with attribution and we are happy to take advantage of the opportunity here. Eric writes: The “pee tape” has been »

What, other than political bias, can explain the FBI’s egregious misconduct?

Featured image From Inspector General Horowitz’s report, beginning at page 186: An important aspect of the FBI’s assessment of Steele’s election reporting involved evaluating Steele’s source network, especially whether the sub-sources had access to reliable information. As noted in the first FISA application, Steele relied on a primary sub-source (Primary Sub-source) for information, and this Primary Sub-source used a network of sub-sources to gather the information that was relayed to Steele; Steele »

Finessing the Inspector General’s report

Featured image Scott has provided a link to the Inspector General’s Report of the Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane Investigation. Scott has also quoted the full statement of Attorney General Barr regarding that report. I think the key sentence in Barr’s statement is this: The Inspector General’s report now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on »

Some call it performance failure

Featured image The Department of Justice Office of Inspector General has released its long-awaited report on the four FISA applications taken out on Carter Page “and other aspects of the Crossfire Hurricane Investigation” (i.e., the counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign). The report is posted online here and embedded below via Scribd. The report absolves the FBI of political bias in opening the investigation and applying for the warrants, but finds some »

Fake news about a fake orgasm

Featured image In an interview with one Molly Jong-Fast of the Daily Beast, disgraced FBI lawyer Lisa Page speaks. It’s an extraordinarily tiresome interview of the “nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen” variety; she’s “done being silent.” In case you want to avoid a click on the Daily Beast, Gregg Re reports on the interview in his account of it for FOX News. The top line item in the Daily Beast and »

Somebody up there likes to think we’re stupid

Featured image In The Plot Against the President, Lee Smith makes the case that the New York Times and the Washington Post have turned themselves into arms of the Resistance to the Trump administration that manifested in the counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign undertaken by the FBI. The FISA warrant taken out on Carter Page by the FBI in October 2016 constituted a key element of the investigation. The warrant was »