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Glenn Simpson would prefer not to (3)

Featured image As anticipated in earlier installments of this series, Fusion GPS principal Glenn Simpson asserted his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself in an appearance before the House Judiciary Committee. Catherine Herridge and Alex Pappas have the story for FOX News here. Did Simpson also assert a fictitious First Amendment right not to testify, as his lawyer advertised in the letter I posted in part 1? The story doesn’t say. »

Glenn Simpson would prefer not to (2)

Featured image Rowan Scarborough has a good summary of developments in the collusion scandal explored by House committees in the aftermath of the 2016 election. It is the scandal of the Clinton presidential campaign and its supporters within the Obama administrations. We weren’t supposed to know anything about it. Glenn Simpson is a protagonist in the scandal. Under subpoena to testify to the House Judiciary Committee this week, he has asserted his »

Glenn Simpson would prefer not to

Featured image We have closely followed the revelations related to Glenn Simpson/Fusion GPS and their work on behalf of the 2016 Clinton presidential campaign. We weren’t supposed to know about it. Simpson of course lies at the heart of the proposition that the Trump campaign “colluded” with the organs of the Russian government in the course of the campaign. Simpson commissioned the Steele Dossier and gave his bill of goods to the »

A less than encouraging win for the GOP [With Comment by John]

Featured image As John noted last night, Republican Troy Balderson appears to have defeated Democrat Danny O’Connor in the special election in Ohio’s 12th congressional district. The result isn’t official because there are a large number of provisional and absentee ballots to consider, but it looks very good for Balderson. If one views this election as an indicator of Republican prospects this Fall, however, the result looks less good. The Washington Post’s »

GOP Win In Ohio [Updated]

Featured image In a much-watched special election, Republican Troy Balderson has beaten Democrat Danny O’Connor by around one point. Is it a big win? In one sense, no. The same candidates will square off again in November. But the Democrats poured huge resources into this race, thinking they could burnish their narrative of a highly-motivated Democratic base, and a potential blue wave, going into the fall. However, as we saw tonight, Republican »

Contra the dross of April Doss

Featured image As I have noted here a time or two before, I greatly admire the job that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has done unearthing the true story of the intelligence agencies’ “insurance” work on the 2016 election and the Democrats’ related collusion with the friends of Vladimir Putin. It is an improbable story that everyone involved has mightily sought to keep hidden from him and his colleagues. Rep. Nunes »

The story so far

Featured image In the Wall Street Journal’s weekend interview feature, columnist Kim Strassel tracks down House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes in Tulare, California. She honors him as “Washington’s Public Enemy No. 1” (accessible here on Outline). Nunes is a straight shooter and dogged public servant. His admirable qualities come through clearly in this illuminating interview. The interview is also useful. It is useful in reminding us what we have learned in »

Jim Jordan announces he’s seeking the Speakership

Featured image Rep. Jim Jordan said today that he intends to be a candidate for Speaker of the House. “Should the American people entrust us with the majority again in the 116th Congress, I plan to run for Speaker of the House to bring real change to the House of Representatives,” Jordan stated. Jordan is, indeed, the “change” candidate among the Republicans. Rep, Kevin McCarthy, supported by outgoing Speaker Paul Ryan, is »

Devin Nunes vindicated

Featured image The Department of Justice released a highly redacted version of the FISA warrant applications on Carter Page in its Saturday night document dump. I posted the FISA warrant documents here. This past February House Intelligence Committee Chariman Devin Nunes released an important memo on the FISA warrant documents (embedded below). Prominent Democrats and their media adjunct defamed Nunes as a liar. After the release of the FISA warrant documents on »

Nunes on the indictments

Featured image I posted the indictments obtained against 12 Russian military intelligence officers by the Special Counsel this past Friday here. This morning Maria Bartiromo interviewed House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes about the indictments (video below). Nunes cited the March 22 Intelligence Committee Report on Russian Active Measures that was released the following month and posted online in redacted form (embedded at the bottom of this post). He also cited the »

Strzok mounts the Otter defense

Featured image Watching disgraced G-Man Peter Strzok lecture us on politics and patriotism this week made my skin crawl. He is a repulsive character. Neo-neocon drew on her knowledge of art to find the comic antecedent to Strzok’s deep thoughts in Eric “Otter” Stratton’s defense of his fraternity in Animal House (video below). I have always been proud of Dartmouth’s contribution to cinematic history, but I am beginning to think that Animal »

Struck by Strzok

Featured image Peter Strzok formerly headed the FBI’s counterintelligence efforts in the position of deputy assistant director of the bureau, yet he has showed himself to be a man of extraordinarily bad character in several aspects. His public testimony before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees yesterday partook of theater of the absurd on its own terms as well as that of the Democrats’ frat house effusions supporting him. Strzok’s testimony was »

Abolish ICE! Wait, what?

Featured image The call to abolish ICE is the hot new thing among Democrats on the leading edge. And that leading edge is getting bigger all the time. It’s difficult to keep up. As Minnesota’s native son once put it, “He that gets hurt will be he who has stalled.” Indeed, Tom Bevan cites a new Morning Consult survey showing that a plurality of Democrats (43 percent) are behind the idea of »

Vengeance is hers, for a $2 contribution

Featured image House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a vainglorious message to supporters Monday in an email from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee yesterday. Pelosi vowed to “avenge” President Obama’s failed appointment of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court “if it’s the last thing I do” in the upcoming congressional battle over President Trump’s Supreme Court then unnamed nominee. The DCCC email under Pelosi’s name with the subject line “Trump nominee BACKFIRES.” »

Still waiting

Featured image In her weekly Wall Street Journal column yesterday Kim Strassel wondered if the FBI would come clean about the origin of the 2016 Trump investigation. She noted that a House resolution had set yesterday “as the deadline for the Justice Department to come clean on the beginning of its investigation into the Trump campaign.” If the subpoenaed documents were produced by the end of the day, we would “find out »

Jim Jordan and his accusers

Featured image Two former Ohio State University wrestlers are accusing Rep. Jim Jordan of ignoring sexual misconduct by a university physician more than two decades ago when he was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State. There’s no claim that Jordan engaged in such misconduct, the claim is that he knew about, but failed to take action to stop, sexual harassment by a team doctor. Jordan denies knowing about the doctor’s misconduct. »

Awan walks

Featured image The Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak has provided in-depth and continuing coverage of cybersecurity and theft issues apparently involving Imran Awan and his family. Only yesterday, for example, Rosiak added this nugget reporting the disappearance of the server of the House Democratic Caucus, which I hadn’t even gotten to yet. Today, however, Rosiak reports that it’s all over. The case has come to its conclusion in a plea deal leaving the »