Obama Administration Scandals

Did the Attorney General Commit Perjury?

Featured image No, not Jeff Sessions. Sessions was asked whether representatives of the Trump campaign had been in contact with Russian officials on behalf of the campaign, and Sessions said he didn’t know anything about that. He hadn’t had such contact on behalf of the campaign. His answer was completely and fully accurate. No one asked Sessions whether he had ever met a Russian. I am talking about Eric Holder, who almost »

FISAgate: Where We Are Now

Featured image I was on the Seth and Chris show with our friend Seth Leibsohn in Phoenix last night, talking about FISAgate. I think the conversation provides a good summary of what we know–and, equally important, don’t know–about this story. Here it is: »

Another Perspective on FISAgate [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Earlier this morning, Scott linked to an article by Steve Hayes in the Weekly Standard that does a good job of summing up what we know and don’t know about the claim President Trump made via Twitter on Saturday morning, to the effect that the Obama administration wiretapped his offices in Trump Tower. Steve’s view is that we are in a state of utter uncertainty as to whether FISA applications »

The Associated Press Springs to Obama’s Defense

Featured image After President Trump accused Barack Obama of wiretapping his phones during the election campaign, the Associated Press hurried into print a defense of the former president: President Donald Trump on Saturday accused former President Barack Obama of having Trump Tower telephones “wire tapped” during last year’s election, a claim that an Obama spokesman said was false. Trump did not offer any evidence or details, or say what prompted him to »

Trump Goes Nuclear With Claim Obama Wiretapped Him During Election [Updated]

Featured image Early this morning, President Trump unleashed a barrage of tweets accusing then-President Barack Obama of wiretapping his office in Trump Tower during the presidential election: Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017 Is it legal for a sitting President to be "wire tapping" a race for president »

What’s law got to do with it?

Featured image Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken have announced their opposition to the confirmation of Senator Sessions as Attorney General of the United States. What’s happening here? Klobuchar aspires to become a player of national importance in the Democratic Party. She has published the obligatory memoir to advance her case. She isn’t about to offend the lunatic left in her party by supporting Sessions. In search of a rationale on »

EPA Stiffs the People It Injured

Featured image We have written several times about the Gold King Mine disaster, one of the worst and most avoidable environmental incidents of recent years. Through sheer incompetence, the EPA and its contractor spilled three million gallons of toxic liquid into the Animas River in Colorado. The federal government turned the river orange: If a private citizen had done the same thing, he would have been criminally prosecuted. But being a government »

Evidence for Russian Involvement In DNC Hack Is Nonexistent

Featured image The Obama administration insists that Russia’s government was behind the penetration of the Democratic National Committee’s email system (even though it admits that the intrusion was not carried out by the government itself). The administration released a report that purportedly provided evidence in support of this claim, but even an amateur like me could see that the report was surprisingly weak. Then the experts started to weigh in. Their verdict »

Remember When the Russians Hacked the White House’s Computers?

Featured image You probably don’t. We broke the story on Power Line in October 2014, writing about it here, here, here, here, here and here. The White House’s computers were down for weeks because of the intrusion by a “foreign power,” which the administration finally identified as Russia. It wasn’t just the White House, either; it was the entire Executive Office of the President, which comprises a good chunk of the executive »

What Happened to the FBI’s Integrity?

Featured image The FBI’s motto is “Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity.” This is the agency’s seal: But the Clintons ruin everything they touch, and James Comey’s refusal to recommend indictment of Hillary Clinton for her mishandling of classified information has damaged the FBI’s reputation, perhaps irreparably. Michael Ramirez comments memorably; click to enlarge: »

Did the Clinton Campaign Coordinate With DOJ on Hillary’s Emails?

Featured image That claim is being made in some quarters today, based on the latest batch of Wikileaks emails from the account of John Podesta. The Hill, for example, headlines “Clinton camp appeared to have contacts with DOJ on email case.” Drudge headlines “CAMPAIGN DISCUSSIONS WITH DOJ!” The New York Post cites the Trump campaign’s characterization of the leaked emails: “Emails show Clinton ‘colluded’ with DOJ: Trump campaign.” NBC’s Tom Winter may »

The ransom that dare not speak its name

Featured image Did the United States really owe the Islamic Republic of Iran $1.7 billion because of a previousl Iranian regime’s payment of $400 million to us? Somehow I doubt it. The previous regme was a friend of the United States; the current one is a deathly enemy. Even if we owed it, there must be a loophole somewhere in the nature of a self-preservation exception. Did the $400 million cash payment »

Catch-22, IRS style

Featured image This past Friday the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals partly reinstated the lawsuits brought by two groups — True the Vote and Linchpins of Liberty — that had sued the IRS over its targeting of conservative or Tea Party-type organizations seeking 501(1)(c)(3) status. The court has resurrected the groups’ claims for relief enjoining the IRS against continued discriminatory treatment. The D.C. Circuit opinion is posted here and is worth reading. »

Our enemy, the state

Featured image This past April the Claremont Institute and the Federalist Society co-sponsored a panel discussion of the weaponization of the bureaucracy against the Democrats’ political opponents. They called the program “Our Partisan Bureaucracy? The IRS, the DOJ, and the Future of Political Activism” (video below and at the link). The Claremont Institute has posted the video with this description: When the first Civil Service Reform Act passed in 1883, “good government” »

Key backer of Iran deal was on Boeing’s payroll but didn’t disclose it

Featured image Earlier this month, an Iranian official stated that his country had reached a deal to buy planes from Boeing — the first deal of its kind between Iran and a U.S. company since sanctions were lifted pursuant to the Iran nuclear deal. The deal reportedly will be worth $25 billion to Boeing. Not long thereafter, Betsy Woodruff of the Daily Beast reported that Thomas Pickering, a prominent diplomat and a »

U.S. Taxpayers Are Funding Iran’s Military

Featured image Eli Lake uncovers the latest Iran scandal: One of the unexpected results of President Barack Obama’s new opening to Iran is that U.S. taxpayers are now funding both sides of the Middle East’s arms race. The U.S. is deliberately subsidizing defense spending for allies like Egypt and Israel. Now the U.S. is inadvertently paying for some of Iran’s military expenditures as well. It all starts with $1.7 billion the U.S. »

State Department is investigating Psaki deletion after all

Featured image Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller reports that the State Department is searching the emails of “four or five” individuals as part of an investigation into who ordered the deletion of a discussion between Jen Psaki and reporter James Rosen from the video of a Dec. 2, 2013 press briefing. In the deleted segment, Rosen inquired, “Is it the policy of the State Department, where the preservation or the secrecy »