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Waiting for the Comey memos

Featured image At the Daily Caller, Chuck Ross reports that Republican chairmen of three House committees have demanded that the Department of Justice provide copies of the memos written by former FBI Director James Comey following his meetings with President Trump. “There is no legal basis for withholding these materials from Congress,” according to the letter by Reps. Bob Goodlatte, Trey Gowdy, and Devin Nunes sent to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein »

What is the FBI hiding? (5)

Featured image In this series we have followed the FBI’s withholding of an unredacted version of the Electronic Communication (“EC”) that initiated the FBI counterintelligence investigation culminating in the Mueller project. Around the time I wrote part 4 of the series yesterday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein finally gave House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and Rep. Trey Gowdy a look at a less redacted or minimally redacted copy of the document. »

Paul Ryan and beyond

Featured image Speaker Paul Ryan will be stepping down. He will not seek re-election to the House. I like and admire Ryan, but believe he’s been a disappointment as Speaker. His signature issue was always entitlement reform/fiscal responsibility. Ryan was never likely to get entitlement reform. However, he might at least have avoided the gross fiscal irresponsibility of the omnibus bill that Congress recently passed and the president signed. Alternatively, and preferably, »

What is the FBI hiding? (4)

Featured image House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has sought an unredacted copy of the Electronic Communication (“EC,” in intelligence jargon) that opened the counterintelligence investigation leading to surveillance of the Trump campaign and culminating in the Mueller project. The document has been under subpoena for months. In previous parts of this series — part 1, part 2, and part 3 — I have posted correspondence and comments bearing on the FBI’s »

What is the FBI hiding? (3)

Featured image In a letter dated April 4, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes demanded that the FBI and Department of Justice produce an unredacted copy of the electronic communication (“EC”) that initiated the “collusion” counterintelligence investigation culminating in the Mueller madness. The Department of Justice and FBI responded in a letter stamped April 6 and signed by Prim Escalona for Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd. I posted Rep. Nunes’s letter in »

What is the FBI hiding? (2)

Featured image The FBI has responded to the letter from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes that I posted here yesterday. In a self-advertised act of magnanimity to Congress, the Department of Justice and the FBI will make an “extraordinary accommodation” to the committee by allowing its members access to Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications and renewals. It’s very big of them. However, there are limits. With respect to Nunes’s specific demand »

What is the FBI hiding?

Featured image In her weekly Wall Street Journal column tomorrow. Kim Strassel asks “What is the FBI hiding?” Her query is prompted by the resistance of the FBI to producing documents bearing on the synthetic Trump-Russia collusion scandal that has consumed the Trump administration since its inception. Strassel notes that House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes has just sent another letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray to »

From Strzok to Contreras

Featured image Judge Rudolph Contreras has served as a judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia since 2012. In 2016 Chief Justice Roberts appointed him to serve on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Judge Contreras was randomly assigned the case brought against former Trump administration National Security Adviser Michael Flynn by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judges authorized the original FISA warrant on »

Democrat Leads In Much-Watched Pennsylvania Race [Updated]

Featured image With 427 of 593 precincts reporting, Democrat Conor Lamb leads Republican Rick Saccone in a special election in Pennsylvania’s 18 Congressional District. The district went strongly for President Trump and should be Republican, but Lamb attracted an enormous amount of money and Saccone is generally viewed as a lackluster campaigner. The election’s significance is questionable, notwithstanding the national attention it has attracted, since the current 18th will go out of »

Night thoughts with Nunes

Featured image House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes appeared for the full hour on the second installment of Mark Levin’s new FOX News show last night (video below). It is thanks to Rep. Nunes in particular and his Republican colleagues in general that we know as much as we do about the Obama administration’s efforts to undermine the Trump campaign during the election and the incoming Trump administration afterwards. The saga continues. »

Stand by your Awan, cont’d

Featured image It appears that the Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak is the only reporter following the story of the Pakistani Awan family members who infiltrated the House Democrats’ IT staff working for Debbie Wasserman Schultz et al. When I say “following the story,” I mean reporting and breaking news in it, as Paul and I have noted many times on Power Line. In January Rosiak drew on the House Office of Inspector »

The Schiff memo’s appalling dishonesty

Featured image Over the weekend the House Intelligence Committee Democrats’ much ballyhooed memorandum (“the Schiff memo”) was finally redacted and released. I posted the Schiff memo here and Devin Nunes’s response here. The 10-page Schiff memo defends the FBI against the charge that it abused its surveillance powers during the 2016 election. The redactions strongly suggest that the Democrats don’t care as much about protecting intelligence sources and methods as they do »

Reading the Dems’ memo [updated]

Featured image As I quickly read the Dems’ memo proclaiming that everything was beautiful in the counterintelligence investigation of Russian election interference, I was struck by its argumentative nature. It is not a trustworthy document. It plays fast and loose with facts and argument. It refutes claims the Nunes memo didn’t make. It liberally trashes Carter Page. It omits the testimony of Andrew McCabe on the critical role played by the Steele »

Nunes responds

Featured image House Intelligence Commmittee Chairman Devin Nunes was ready to go with his own response to the Democrats’ memo that I have embedded in the adjacent post. I have uploaded his point-by-point response to Scribd and embedded it below. It is a useful document. Moreover, by contrast with Adam Schiff et al., Nunes is a credible player. Consistent with my comments, he notes some of the Democrats’ rebuttals of points not »

Rebut this

Featured image The powers that be have redacted and released the House Intelligence Committee Democrats’ memo rebutting the committee Republicans’ four page memo. In a quick reading, among other things, I find it rebutting claims that weren’t made. The Democrats vouch for the credibility of Christopher Steele when the only relevant question is the credibility of his sources. The Democrats also challenge just about every point made by the Republicans. The Democrats »

Notes on Nunes

Featured image House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has to deal with ranking minority member Adam Schiff. It’s part of his job, but it can’t be pleasant. Schiff is of course an artist of the calculated lie and the straight face. Somewhere along the line, however, Nunes touched a nerve. The Democrats lodged a bogus ethics charge against him (now dismissed) and the Democrats’ media adjunct treats him like a leper. Yesterday »

Paging Carter Page (3)

Featured image Who is Carter Page? I am not entirely sure. I took a look at his appearance in the Steele Dossier yesterday here. Whoever he is, Page does not appear to have met with the Russian oligarch Igor Sechin during Page’s trip to Russia in July 2016, the Steele Dossier to the contrary notwithstanding. He does not appear to have been offered a 19 percent interest in a Russian oil company »