Obama Administration Scandals

Strzok strikes again

Featured image Before the D.C. Circuit granted General Flynn’s petition for writ of mandamus in relevant part yesterday morning, prosecutors had produced newly discovered exculpatory evidence to Flynn as a result of the review conducted by United States Attorney Jeffrey Jensen. The newly discovered evidence is identified as notes taken by former Assistant FBI Director Peter Strzok. FOX News covers the production here and here. The cover letter states: “While the page »

Judge Sullivan ordered to dismiss Flynn case

Featured image In a 2-1 opinion, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has granted Michael Flynn’s petition for a writ of mandamus ordering Judge Emmet Sullivan to dismiss the case against General Flynn. I commented on the oral argument before the court here on June 12. I have embedded the panel opinion below along with the dissent. Judge Rao’s opinion for the panel responds in detail to Judge »

Barr speaks

Featured image The Obama administration’s investigation and of the Trump presidential campaign — and the continuation of the investigation into the Trump presidency itself, by the executive branch instrumentalities of law enforcement and intelligence — is the greatest scandal by far in American history. We have never seen anything remotely like it. With any luck, Attorney General Barr and United States Attorney John Durham will get to the bottom of it. They »

Hanson’s rule of opposites

Featured image In his American Greatness column “The doctrine of media untruth,” Victor Davis Hanson lays down a highly useful rule of opposites: As a general rule, when the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Public Radio, Public Broadcasting Service, NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, and CNN begin to parrot a narrative, the truth often is found in simply believing just the opposite. Put another way, the media’s “truth” is a good »

Obama’s Treasury Department Spied on Trump Associates

Featured image When Acting DNI Richard Grenell released the list of individuals who made unmasking requests relating to General Michael Flynn, one of the curious facts that stood out was the presence of a number of Obama Treasury Department officials on the list. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and no fewer than five of his subordinates–Deputy Secretary, Under Secretary, Acting Assistant Secretary, and so on, all political appointees in the Obama administration–all made »

Obamagate explained

Featured image You’d think a White House reporter might understand the crimes involved in an administration’s illegal spying on the opposition party’s presidential candidate and unprecedented undermining of the peaceful transfer of power following the election. Indeed, the operation against the incoming administration continued long into the candidates’s presidency with the connivance of the press. President Trump now calls the congeries of scandals that sought to take him out Obamagate, but that »

Leakers awake (2)

Featured image Acting DNI Richard Grenell has released the document listing the names of those Obama administration officials who sought the unmasking of Michael Flynn’s name on the transcripts of his conversations with Sergey Kislyak in anticipation of his taking office as Trump national security advisor; Grenell released the list to Senators Johnson and Grassley. I have embedded Grenell’s cover letter and its attachments below. FOX News reports the story here with »

Leakers awake

Featured image Outlets including ABC News, FOX News, and the Daily Caller all have stories on the declassification and possible release of the names of Obama administration officials who sought the unmasking of Michael Flynn’s name in transcripts of his intercepted conversations with Sergey Kislyak. Acting DNI Richard Grenell has reportedly prepared the list and declassified it. Someone on the list is highly likely to have leaked word of the conversations to »

Mueller’s Team To Be Charged With Crimes?

Featured image This story is a few days old, but I haven’t seen much about it. Unless I am missing something, it deserves attention. From Just the News: “House Republicans considering criminal referrals against Mueller prosecutors.” The story stars Devin Nunes, one of the heroes of recent years: Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told Just the News that his team has been scouring recent documents »

Carter Page Sues

Featured image Carter Page, the most innocent man in America, has begun suing those who conspired to have him unlawfully spied upon for a year or more: Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court against the Democratic National Committee, law firm Perkins Coie and its partners tied to the funding of the unverified dossier that served as the basis for highly controversial surveillance warrants against him. »

All the president’s men, cont’d

Featured image Today the FISA court published the declassified and redacted version of a two-page order on the Carter Page FISA warrants (embedded below). According to the court order signed by Presiding Judge James Boasberg, the Department of Justice now concedes that “at least” two of the four warrants approved by the FISA court lacked probable cause and were therefore “invalid” (i.e., illegal). Judge Boasberg adds that “[t]he government apparently does not »

We now know: The case of Jane Mayer

Featured image Several renowned journalists published hagiographic profiles of Christopher Steele as some kind of a savior: Howard Blum, John Cassidy, and, preeminently, Jane Mayer come to mind, among many others. Mayer wrote a ludicrous 15,000-word profile of Steele that appeared in the March 5, 2018 number of the New Yorker. I mocked Mayer’s profile of Steele in a five-part series that I called “Jane Mayer’s Dossiad.” The link is to part »

We now know: FISA court speaks

Featured image At long last the FISA court has taken notice of the egregious government misconduct committed in connection with the FISA warrants it approved on Carter Page. The order appears under the signature of FISA court presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer. Like so many involved in the Russia hoax, she claims only lately to have tumbled to the misconduct committed before her court, courtesy of the Department of Justice Inspector General report »

Voters: FBI Leaders Broke Law, Send Them to Jail

Featured image Despite the clouds of unknowing emanating from the liberal press, Americans are catching on. Rasmussen asked the question: How likely is it that senior federal law enforcement officials broke the law in an effort to prevent Donald Trump from winning the presidency – very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely or not at all likely? 52% of likely voters responded that it is likely that senior federal law enforcement officials–the »

More on Comey’s Modified Limited Hangout

Featured image As Scott noted earlier, James Comey was interviewed by Chris Wallace this morning on Fox News Sunday. After Michael Horowitz’s report was released, Comey claimed that it vindicated him. When Wallace pointed out that Horowitz testified that his findings “don’t vindicate anybody who touched this,” Comey retreated, but only as far as absolutely necessary. Comey admitted that mistakes were made: He’s right, I was wrong. I was overconfident in the »

We now know

Featured image When the Soviet Union collapsed and its archives were opened, certain Cold War controversies became susceptible of definitive resolution. Cold War historian John Lewis Gaddis titled his 1997 book on the subject We Now Know. By the same token, publication of the Department of Justice Inspector General report on FISA abuse and related issues should similarly bring closure to the Russia hoax touted by the Democrats and their media adjunct »

After Horowitz

Featured image Whatever the limitations of the Department of Justice Inspector General report on FISA abuse and related issues, it should bring some closure to the Russia hoax touted by the Democrats and their media adjunct over the past three years. If there is to be a reckoning with the deceit and dishonesty that have pervaded our public discourse on matters related to the hoax, however, we are on our own. The »