Merrick Garland

Contempt for Garland

Featured image House Republicans voted to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt — they don’t like him either, but the vote was official business. They voted to hold him in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over the subpoenaed recording of President Biden’s interview with special counsel Robert Hur. Hur found President Biden to be incompetent to stand trial and thus found charges based on Biden’s mishandling of classified documents »

Great Moments In Democracy

Featured image In yesterday’s House Oversight Committee hearing on holding Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt, a catfight broke out among Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene and Democrats Jasmine Crockett and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Insults were traded, involving Crockett’s fake eyelashes and Greene’s “bleach blonde bad built butch body.” You have to see it to believe it: This video lays out what happened in tonight’s heated exchange in the oversight hearing — Acyn »

Mum’s the word

Featured image Miranda Devine reviews Attorney General Merrick Garland’s performance before the House Judiciary Committee yesterday in the New York Post column “Ignorant, pathetic Merrick Garland wilts on the hot seat before Congress.” Garland added the twist of a Mafia don to his usual protestations of rectitude. He don’t know nuthin’ about nuthin’. And your question is a personal insult. I would have missed the deconstruction of what has become the stupid »

Grilling Merrick Garland

Featured image The politicizing of the Department of Justice has been underway for quite a while. It reached a sort of apotheosis when Eric Holder declared himself Barack Obama’s “wing man,” and Holder didn’t mind being held in contempt of Congress as he pursued his higher duty to the Democratic Party. Now we have Merrick Garland as Attorney General, if anything a worse political hack than Holder. He testified today before the »

A garland of evasions

Featured image I have collected notes on the latest developments in the shambolic investigation of Hunter Biden: prosecutor David Weiss’s letter to Senator Lindsey Graham (“To clarify an apparent misperception and to avoid future confusion, I wish to make one point clear: in this case, I have not requested Special Counsel designation pursuant to” the statute for appointing a special counsel) and the IRS whistleblowers’ response to same (“Once again: U.S. Attorney »

The New York Times Confirms It: IRS Whistleblower Told the Truth

Featured image I admit it. I hate Attorney General Merrick Garland so much I can barely stand to hear him speak. But there’s a reason for my strong feelings. We can’t trust a word he says. And on Tuesday, The New York Times confirmed it. Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee released the transcribed interviews of two IRS whistleblowers who worked on the Hunter Biden case. The testimonies of IRS »

Impeach Merrick Garland

Featured image The corruption of the U.S. government is exemplified by the Biden administration. The corruption of the Biden administration is exemplified by its Department of Justice. And the corruption of the Department of Justice is presided over by Attorney General Merrick Garland. But that isn’t the worst of it. Corruption of the Department of Justice goes to the heart of American democracy. It makes a mockery of the rule of law. »

In re the Biden family business

Featured image There was really only one story in American politics last week. It came with the release of the IRS whistleblower transcripts on Thursday on Thursday by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith. I wrote about Smith’s press conference in “Is the cover-up unraveling?” and noted the availability of the whistleblower transcripts online. They are posted here (Gary Shapley) and here (witness name redacted, supplemental submission here). These materials »

It was not a good week for the Bidens 

Featured image The First Family is taking on water – lots and lots of it. Given that the GOP has now held the House majority for 100 days, many on the right were unimpressed with House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer’s revelation on Monday that six additional members of the Biden clan may have benefited financially from the family’s overseas business dealings. But considering the Treasury Department’s months-long refusal to hand over »

MS. found in a garage

Featured image I want to add these notes to those I posted early this morning in “The Biden docs, round 2.” • Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed Robert Hur as Special Counsel to investigate President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents — what I referred to in my post this morning as “the Biden matter.” Garland’s statement appointing Hur is posted online here. Hur is the former United States Attorney for the »

The FBI Took Trump’s Passports

Featured image Yesterday, Donald Trump announced that during the Mar-a-Lago raid, FBI agents “stole” his three passports, one of which was expired. The Department of Justice initially tried to deny this claim, or at least weasel out of it. Via RedState: NEW: According to a DOJ official, the FBI is NOT in possession of former President Trump's passports. Trump had accused the FBI of stealing his three passports during the search of »

Speaking of ethics

Featured image In his fatuous four-minute public statement on Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland spoke up to defend the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago. The Department of Justice has posted the transcript of Garland’s remarks here. At NRO, John Yoo and Robert Delahunty respond in the column “Why the Public Is Skeptical of Garland’s Mar-a-Lago Story.” They offer “four legitimate reasons Americans think something crassly political has just transpired.” They speak from experience »

The Latest On the Mar-a-Lago Raid

Featured image Yesterday Merrick Garland delivered a brief press statement, apparently feeling heat with regard to DOJ’s Mar-a-Lago raid. Garland’s unimpressive performance did nothing to quell concerns about apparent political overreach by the DOJ and the FBI, so the Biden administration tried to invest the raid with seriousness by leaking to its favorite media outlets that the raid resulted from concerns about “nuclear documents.” This upped the ante somewhat from prior leaks »

Observations on the Mar-a-Lago Raid

Featured image There is much to be said about the FBI’s raid on Donald Trump’s home. I won’t try to say it all here. These are a few observations, based on what we know currently: * To get a search warrant, you have to identify a crime that has been committed, and explain how evidence you are looking for is relevant to that crime. At this point, we don’t know what purported »

Notes on the Trump raid

Featured image What do we know? Law enforcement leaks and confirmation from the Trump side indicate that the FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence indicate that the search was focused on presidential records and the possible violation of the Presidential Records Act. In her inside account of the raid, Miranda Devine puts it this way: “The Post has learned that the search warrant used by the FBI to enter the palatial Palm »

Most Transparent Lie of the Day

Featured image The White House leaked to its media adjunct that Biden and his aides didn’t know about the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago until they read about it on Twitter: Senior White House officials found out about the FBI’s Mar a Lago raid on Twitter, had no notice, per source familiar — Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) August 8, 2022 This claim is laughable. There is no way that Merrick Garland authorized a raid »

FBI Investigated Concerned Parents

Featured image You all remember the story: the Biden Department of Justice coordinated with the National School Boards Association to arrange for FBI investigations of parents who are unhappy about their local schools teaching racism and anti-Americanism (Critical Race Theory) and gender confusion, and requiring masks. The episode was so sordid that many state school board associations dropped their affiliation with NSBA, and most people doubted that the FBI would be craven »