House of Representatives

“Trump’s all-out war against House probes”

Featured image That’s the headline of a Washington Post story (print edition) about the clash between the White House and House Democrats over the latters’ investigations of the former. The article notes that President Trump “is blocking more than 20 separate Democratic inquiries.” According to the Post, this “amount[s] to what many experts call the most expansive White House obstruction effort in decades. The Post’s claim of obstruction is dishonest in at »

As Nadler natters

Featured image The contempt citation served up by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler and his Democratic colleagues on Attorney General William Barr is stupid almost beyond belief. Professor Jonathan Turley exposes its complete and utter asininity without breaking a sweat. That is not the hardest of the questions raised by Nadler’s shenanigans. What’s it all about, Jerry? That is a somewhat more difficult question to answer. Kim Strassel takes up the »

Ineffective Democrat subpoenas

Featured image A House panel voted yesterday to authorize subpoenas to obtain Robert Mueller’s full report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. The vote was strictly along party lines. Democrats aren’t going to issue the subpoena yet. First, they will negotiate with the Justice Department. But Democrats are holding a losing hand. This subpoena, like all the others House Democrats are thinking about issuing, cannot, in all likelihood, be effectively enforced. »

House fails to override Trump veto on emergency order

Featured image The House failed today to overturn President Trump’s first veto, leaving his declaration of a national emergency at the southwestern border intact. Both chambers of Congress passed a resolution nullifying the president’s order, but Trump vetoed the resolution and the veto could not be rendered ineffective without two-thirds of both chambers voting to override it. Opponents of the emergency declaration missed by about 40 votes in the House. The final »

What Peter Strzok said

Featured image Rep. Doug Collins continues to release the testimony of key players in the great scandal of the Russia collusion hoax. There has never been anything like it in American politics and now that the House is controlled by the Democrats, House committees are not going to help us understand what happened. Yesterday Collins released the transcript of disgraced former FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok’s testimony to the House Judiciary Committee »

What Bruce Ohr said

Featured image On Friday Rep. Doug Collins released the transcript of Bruce Ohr’s testimony to the House Oversight Committee this past August. I have embedded the 268-page transcript below via Scribd. Ohr appeared before the committee voluntarily, not under subpoena, in connection with its investigation of bias within the Department of Justice and the FBI. He is a key participant in the Obama administration activities that, taken together, amount to one helluva »

The politics of the Democrats’ “anti-hate” resolution

Featured image Yesterday, the House passed a meaningless, vacuous resolution condemning hate in many of its forms. House Democrats were unable to bring to a vote a specific anti-anti-Semitism resolution and never seem seriously to have contemplated a resolution condemning Rep. Ilhan Omar, who caused the fuss with her blatantly anti-Semitic remarks. The anti-hate resolution was a pathetic response. If a Republican congressman had made anti-black comments, would House Democrats have responded, »

You can hate this

Featured image The House Democrats have apparently finalized the text of a resolution opposing hate in all but its politically correct forms. I have embedded the text below via Scribd as reported by Politico. Intended to mitigate the political fallout from Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitic comments, it could now pass as a resolution in her honor. Even she should be able to vote for it with the thought that, with the possible exception »

Resolution zero

Featured image To deal with the political fallout from Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitic deep thoughts, the Dems are still working on a resolution all their members can get behind. That includes their Jew-hating subcaucus. The work has been farmed out to House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel. Omar of course is now the most famous member of the committee and Engel won’t quit until he has a resolution Omar can support. “I »

Dems knot gonna do it

Featured image The House Democratic Caucus is in a knot over Ilhan Omar and the possible resolution condemning anti-Semitism that she elicited. The original draft resolution was a joke to begin with; it is already ancient history. The vapid substitute resolution condemning hate in all the manifest forms recognized by identity politics is struggling to be born. The caucus is resolved to be unresolved for the time being. Something reeks in the »

Let’s call the whole thing off

Featured image Democrats can no longer stand forthrightly against anti-Semitism, even when doing so in a vague approximation that is itself something of a joke represents a mealymouthed resolution of a current political problem. The problem, of course, is Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitism. I am referring to the draft resolution drafted by Democratic leadership that I posted here yesterday. Now the AP reports: “[House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced »

A resolution for Omar

Featured image As I’ve been saying right along, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar is a disgrace to her constituents in Minneapolis and the rest of the Fifth District. In office just a little over a month, she has already elicited a resolution that will come to the House floor tomorrow. The draft resolution condemns anti-Semitic statements of the kind Omar has recently trafficked in (embedded below via Scribd). I tracked down the draft »

Oops! She did it again

Featured image I had Ilhan Omar pegged as an anti-Semite last year, before she won the primary that guaranteed her election. The primary was competitive. If the Star Tribune had covered the issue or pressed Omar on it, it might even have made a difference. Now she bids to become a permanent disgrace to Minneapolis and the inner-ring suburbs she represents. Omar matters. She has injected Islamist anti-Semitism into the heart of »

Cohen can & cant

Featured image The New York Times has posted the prepared testimony of Michael Cohen to the House Oversight Committee this morning. Cohen is of course the former Trump attorney, now disbarred and convicted of sundry crimes including lying to Congress. He is trying to make it up by testifying against Trump. Julian Assange and Wikileaks make a token appearance, as does Trump Tower Moscow. According to Cohen, Trump is a racist, conman »

Explicating Ilhan Omar [With Comment by John]

Featured image Rep. Ilhan Omar’s exchange with Special Envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams yesterday consumed less than five minutes, yet it warrants close scrutiny (C-SPAN video below). As a newly installed member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee doing her thing, we see the devolution of the Democratic Party. Omar begins by calling Abrams “Mr. Adams.” She pretends to deep knowledge about him, launching an ad hominem attack on Abrams for wrongdoing »

A message to Ilhan Omar

Featured image The Washington Examiner’s Naomi Lim reports that yesterday the House passed an amendment to a resolution with a message to Ilhan Omar: “In rare vote, House sends a message on anti-Semitism to Ilhan Omar.” We have Rep. David Kustoff (R., Tenns.) to thank for this: The House on Wednesday unanimously passed a broad condemnation of anti-Semitism days after Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., received widespread criticism over her comments on Israel. »

Green New Deal: Massive or not massive?

Featured image That Green New Deal promoted by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the hot new thing for Democrats running for president. Even Minnesota’s fake moderate Amy Klobuchar has signed on to it. I think the message slightly below the surface of the buried Green New Deal FAQ is that it is insane and tyrannical. If you seek to immiserate the United States and its people, this is the path. While the floor is »