Hillary Clinton

Notes on the Simpson transcript

Featured image Having read the transcript of the Senate Judiciary Committee interview of GPS Fusion principal Glenn Simpson by Senate Judiciary Committee staff, I want to post a few notes and observations on the transcript. The partially redacted transcript was posted online yesterday by Senator Dianne Feinstein. Feinstein posted the transcript here. The transcript runs 312 pages. All we have is the transcript itself. Feinstein omitted exhibits and other matter related to »

Sens. Grassley & Graham: Investigate this

Featured image Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism Chairman Lindsey Graham have referred the Christopher Steele to the Justice Department for investigation of potential violations of 18 U.S.C. § 1001 for false statements “investigators have reason to believe Steele made to them,” according to Senator Grassley’s press release. Steele is of course the apparent author of the dossier of memos full of salacious misinformation and »

Disinformation, Fusion GPS style

Featured image Early yesterday I wrote briefly about the New York Times op-ed column by Fusion GPS principals Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch. I appended the dossier itself to my comments to let readers see the disparity between the column’s claims and their description of it. NRO’s Andrew McCarthy explicitly exposes the deep duplicity of the Simpson/Fritsch column and of the Times itself in “Beating a hasty retreat from the Steele dossier.” »

Glenn Simpson advises: Move along

Featured image In the editorial “A moment of contempt,” the Wall Street Journal notes that today is the deadline set by the House Intelligence Committee for the Department of Justice and FBI to turn over documents related to the Steele/Trump dossier purporting to investigate ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. The Journal adds that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray have had the subpoenas since August 24, »

Ken Starr’s investigation and Robert Mueller’s — compare and contrast

Featured image E.J. Dionne claims that “the attacks on [Robert] Mueller push us closer to the precipice.” But if we’re close to the precipice now, where were we 20 years ago when Ken Starr was relentlessly attacked by Democrats and their media pals while he investigated Bill Clinton?* Don’t expect an answer from Dionne. He’s not intellectually honest enough even to mention Starr in his rant. But charges of hypocrisy against one »

Warnings about Weinstein went unheeded by Team Hillary

Featured image The New York Times has produced a long piece by five — count them, five — reporters about Harvey Weinstein’s misdeeds. When it finally rains, it pours. The Times reports that two major Hillary Clinton supporters — Lena Dunham and Tina Brown — warned the campaign about Weinstein’s visibility at Clinton functions. Dunham claims she told a campaign staffer: I just want you to let you know that Harvey’s a »

Claudia Rosett on Obama’s Russia “collusion”

Featured image My father, an anti-communist, liked to tell this joke from the 1930s: Why is Earl Browder (head of the American communist party) like the Brooklyn Bridge? Because both are suspended by a cable. For Browder, the cable came from Moscow. It told American communists what to think and what to say. To cite the most memorable example, one cable would tell them that Germany is an enemy. Later, another would »

Trump picks top Clinton aide for key ambassador slot. Why?

Featured image President Trump has nominated Joseph McManus to be the U.S. ambassador to Colombia. McManus is an experienced diplomat, having spent 30 years in the foreign service. I don’t doubt that he’s a capable man. However, critics point out that McManus was one of Hillary Clinton’s top aides at the State Department and was deeply involved in the State Department’s initial response to the Benghazi attack. In addition, he became entangled »

Will We Ever Be Rid of Hillary?

Featured image Don’t say I haven’t been warning you that Hillary Clinton’s desire for the White House is akin to Gollum’s obsession with the One Ring of power.  If you need some weekend amusement, check out Salon‘s case for Hillary in 2020: 1. Hillary Clinton is the Winston Churchill to Vladimir Putin’s Adolf Hitler. I agree with the basic principle of Godwin’s Law: The first person to invoke Hitler in a political »

The Clinton Wrecking Machine

Featured image There’s an old moral precept, derived from classical teaching, that virtue is its own reward. Right about now liberals may be slowly coming to learn the wisdom behind this thought. You can see this in the way many liberals are now engaged in self-flaggelation about whether Clinton should have resigned from office in 1998 when the Lewinsky scandal blew up. To be sure, much of this is political posturing, since »

What a difference a year makes

Featured image In January 2016, Amy Chozick of the New York Times wrote an article called “’90s Scandals Threaten to Erode Hillary Clinton’s Strength With Women.” I don’t think, as it turned out, that the scandals had this effect. In light of recent developments, however, it’s worth taking another look at Chozick’s piece. Chozick began by reporting that at an Upper East Side dinner party hosted by the head of HBO, Lena »

The dirtiest trick

Featured image Now we know that the Trump Dossier was commissioned by the Clinton presidential campaign in mid-2016 through the Perkins Coie law firm. Perkins Coie’s Marc Elias served as counsel to the Clinton campaign. He called on the GPS Fusion firm to do a number on Donald Trump with the services of former British MI6 man Christopher Steele. If we take his work at face value, Steele consulted with a few »

Behind Hillary’s Brazilian Treatment

Featured image The conventional wisdom about Donna Brazile’s sensational account of how Hillary Clinton’s mob took over the DNC is that Brazile wants to sell books. I am sure this is true, but it doesn’t exclude a higher purpose: to rid the Democratic Party of Hillary Clinton once and for all. Think that isn’t necessary after losing to Donald Trump? Think again. It was a virtual certainty that if Hillary had won »

Cleta Mitchell: Brazile describes “a massive violation of federal law” that “triggers criminal penalties”

Featured image I’m not on Facebook, but I was told that Cleta Mitchell’s page contains a brief discussion of the legal implications of the Hillary Clinton-DNC scandal. As many of our readers know, Cleta Mitchell is a star lawyer. She has played a leading role in defending conservatives targeted by the IRS under the Obama administration and in pushing to hold the IRS accountable for the targeting. Here is Cleta’s take on »

Did the Clintons Turn the DNC Into a Criminal Conspiracy?

Featured image Today Politico published an excerpt from Donna Brazile’s forthcoming book titled Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House. Brazile, in case you have forgotten, is the long-time Democratic Party operative who replaced Debbie Wasserman-Schultz as Chair of the Democratic National Committee. In the Politico excerpt, Brazile throws Wasserman-Schultz and numerous others under the bus. Brazile says that the Democratic Party »

The Clinton distinction

Featured image On yesterday’s Daily Show Trevor Noah hosted Hillary Clinton in the course of her book tour. They discussed Russian matters as through a Clintonian glass darkly. Noah asked her about what I’ve been calling the Trump Dossier, commissioned by her campaign and drawn on disinformation provided by the friends of Vladimir Putin. You might think she was talking about herself: “I mean, he has to know — we’ll find out »

The collusion confusion

Featured image Last week I tried repeatedly to make these points, but they bear repetition and here is Marc Thiessen making them from inside the great fog machine of the Washington Post itself: Here’s the bottom line: We have congressional testimony, under oath, that Clinton hired the same firm to smear Trump that Putin reportedly used to smear Magnitsky. Moreover, we also know that the Fusion GPS dossier relied on senior Russian »