Obama Administration Scandals

William Henck: Koskinen and me

Featured image John Koskinen’s term as IRS Commissioner ended earlier this month. The New York Times asserted that Koskinen “left on his own terms.” I’m afraid the Times got that right. In the course of his celebratory interview with the Times and another interview with Politico, however, Koskinen may have violated section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code by acknowledging President Trump’s tax returns. I don’t make much of that, but the »

Will AG Sessions Appoint Another Special Prosecutor? [with comment by Paul]

Featured image It looks like Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be taking my advice to appoint at least one more special prosecutor to go after the Democrats, including James Comey and Robert Mueller. More realistically, I suppose the advice comes from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte and a number of fellow House Republicans, who wrote a letter to President Trump in July urging such an investigation. You can read the »

From the bin Laden files (2)

Featured image The current issue of the Weekly Standard highlights the release of the bin Laden files that were so jealousy guarded by the Obama administration. Editor in chief Steve Hayes has long called for the release of the documents. He now reports “The big reveal: The story of how 470,000 documents from Osama bin Laden’s compound finally got into the open.” What was the Obama administration hiding? The related editorial explores »

Hillary Clinton: New York Times peddles bologna about her

Featured image No, Hillary didn’t quite say that. She said that stories about her and her husband helping Russia obtain drilling rights in the U.S. through Uranium One are just people “peddl[ing] bologna.” Clinton cited “Trump and his allies, including Fox News.” They are just trying to divert attention from “real Russian ties between Trump associates and real Russians,” she would have us believe. But it was the New York Times that »

The Uranium One scandal

Featured image Andrew McCarthy brings an expert prosecutor’s eye to his NRO column explicating the Uranium One scandal. He wants readers to understand that it is not just, or not mainly, a Bill and Hillary Clinton scandal, though it is that. It is also an Obama administration/Obama Department of Justice scandal; it is a Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein scandal as well. My friend Andy’s expert analysis arrives at a straightforward conclusion: »

Hillary Clinton, uranium, and a Russian spy ring

Featured image J. Michael Waller, writing in the Daily Caller, says that new FBI information about corruption in a Clinton-approved uranium deal with Russia raises questions about Clinton’s actions after the FBI broke up a deep-cover Russian spy ring in 2010. The FBI ran an elaborate and highly successful operation called Ghost Stories to monitor and rip apart a deep-cover Russian agent network. It tracked a ring of Russian spies who lived »

The Uranium One Scandal Is Exploding

Featured image The Russia/Obama/Clinton scandal that goes generally under the name of Uranium One is getting harder for the liberal press to cover up. I wrote about the exposé published by–surprisingly–The Hill here, and Paul added more here. The original story goes back to Peter Schweizer’s Clinton Cash. The scandal is a blockbuster, perhaps the worst involving Barack Obama, Eric Holder’s corrupt Department of Justice, and Bill and Hillary Clinton. If you »

Report: Obama DOJ blocked FBI informant from telling Congress about corrupt uranium deal

Featured image John wrote here about the blockbuster story of how, before the Obama administration approved a 2010 deal giving Russia control of a substantial portion of American uranium, the FBI had gathered evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion, and money laundering designed to promote Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy interests in the U.S. As part of this effort, Russian nuclear officials routed millions of dollars to »

Samantha Power denies serial unmasking

Featured image It has been reported that Samantha Power, while serving as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, requested or initiated a request for more than 260 unmaskings of Americans whose conversations were picked up during surveillance. But today, according to Rep. Trey Gowdy, Power denied making anything close to that number of unmasking requests. Here is what Gowdy told Fox News’ Bret Baier: BAIER: You are also looking, and have talked »

Bombshell Revelations about Russia and Obama’s Department of Justice

Featured image These extraordinary revelations, apparently from frustrated FBI agents, were published in The Hill today. The corruption they suggest is extensive: Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the »

The Bergdahl deception

Featured image Students of ancient history may recall that in May 2014 the Obama administration traded five high-ranking Taliban terrorists held at Guantanamo for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. In 2009 Bergdahl had walked off his base and set off a manhunt that proved costly in blood and resources. Taken into custody by the Taliban, he was turned over to the Haqqani network. President Obama announced Bergdahl’s return in a Rose Garden press conference »

Obama’s lying quartet

Featured image “Rarely has an intelligence apparatus engaged in systematic lying—and chronic deceit about its lying—both during and even after its tenure,” writes Victor Davis Hanson. “Yet the Obama Administration’s four top security and intelligence officials time and again engaged in untruth, as if peddling lies was part of their job descriptions.” In his column “A lying quartet,” Dr. Hanson indicts Susan Rice, James Comey, John Brennan and James Clapper for lying »

So Trump Was Right About His Campaign Being Bugged?

Featured image CNN reports that the Obama administration’s FBI wiretapped former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort: US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe. The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to »

The intimidation game, cont’d

Featured image Paul Mirengoff covered the Department of Justice’s September 8 reiteration of its decision not to prosecute Lois Lerner. Paul noted the absence of a rejoinder to the stated conclusion that the department lacked sufficient evidence to bring a case against Lerner. I hate cliches, but the more things change… John Koskinen remains Commissioner of the IRS. Only last month Kim Strassel noted that the IRS is still toying with conservative »

House Committee Subpoenas FBI, DOJ in Russia Investigation

Featured image Byron York reports that Trey Gowdy’s House Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed the FBI and the Department of Justice over the origins of the fictitious Russian “dossier” that was used to smear Donald Trump during the presidential campaign: In the most significant escalation yet in the wrangling between Congress and the FBI over the Trump dossier, the House Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed the bureau and the Justice Department for documents relating »

Judge Walton to IRS: “Lay it on the line”

Featured image Among the imponderables staring us in the face in year 1 of the Trump administration is John Koskinen. Why does this man remain Commissioner of the IRS? Speaking of Obama holdovers, Koskinen is a beaut. I should have thought he was a prime candidate for sacking on day 1, though I don’t recall President Trump ever mentioning the scandals that have disgraced the IRS on the campaign trail. Koskinen has »

Ben Rhodes is person of interest in unmasking probe

Featured image Sara Carter of Circa reports that former Obama administration National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes has emerged as a person of interest in the House Intelligence Committee’s unmasking investigation. Carter cites a letter sent yesterday by the committee to the National Security Agency (NSA). The letter requests the number of unmasking requests made by Rhodes from Jan. 1, 2016 to Jan. 20, 2017, according to Carter’s sources. Susan Rice, Samantha Power, »