Obama Administration Scandals

“Obama Had to Know”

Featured image In his now-famous interview with George Stephanopoulos, President Trump was asked whether he thought Barack Obama was in on Russiagate: In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Trump was asked, “You clearly believe there was a group of people working against you. Do you think President Obama was behind it?” “I would say that he certainly must have known about it because it went very high up on the chain, »

Why Didn’t Obama Try to Stop Russian “Meddling”?

Featured image The fact that the Obama administration’s response to the long-reported efforts of Putin’s Russia to play a role in the 2016 election was passive and inadequate has long been accepted. But at The Federalist, Margot Cleveland asks a good question: Why? She ties that question to several suggestive comments by Attorney General William Barr. [T]he attorney general is probing a second scandal of the Obama administration related to the 2016 »

Don Surber: Barr’s greatest hits

Featured image I cannot recommend Jan Crawford’s interview of Attorney General William Barr for CBS News highly enough. Here is the whole thing in podcast form. I plucked my favorite quote from the interview yesterday here. This morning I intended to comb through the CBS News transcript of Jan Crawford’s interview of Attorney General William Barr to highlights its greatest hits, but I find that Don Surber has done the work for »

Barr speaks

Featured image Attorney General Barr sat for an extended interview with Jan Crawford of CBS News to discuss matters of current concern including Robert Mueller’s public “it’s not my job” statement and the ongoing investigation of the spying on the Trump campaign. CBS News has posted its transcript of the interview in its entirety here. I have posted the podcast version below. Mollie Hemingway gives the interview a rave review: “AMAZING INTERVIEW! »

Did It Start With Israel?

Featured image On Friday, PJ Media headlined: “Report: Declassified Docs Will Show That Samantha Power’s 2016 Unmasking Efforts Were Related to Israel.” Government documents that will soon be made public will reveal stunning information about former U.N. ambassador Samantha Power’s voluminous unmasking efforts in 2016, according to multiple sources. On Thursday, President Trump gave Attorney General William Barr the authority to declassify documents from multiple agencies related to surveillance of the Trump »

Twilight of the FBI

Featured image One of my partners made this piece by John Solomon at The Hill a Power Line Pick earlier today. I think it deserves more comment. The Hill’s headline is, “FBI’s Steele story falls apart: False intel and media contacts were flagged before FISA.” You should read it all, but the core of the story relates to a memo and notes written by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec on »

No “spying” at the FBI

Featured image At ReaclClearPolitics yesterday, the invaluable Eric Felten took a deep dive into the testimony of former FBI counterintelligence chief Bill Priestap before the House last year (and do read the whole thing). President Merkin Muffley explained in Dr. Strangelove: “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here. This is the war room!” By the same token, Priestap explained to Congress: “You can’t ‘spy’ here. This is the FBI.” Eric tells the story: »

Coup’s next

Featured image Mark Penn puts the greatest scandal of Obama administration officials — the greatest political scandal in our history — this way: The most egregious anti-democratic actions ever taken by the what can now fairly be called the Deep State are confirmed with the publication of fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s new book detailing how the FBI and Justice Department plotted to remove President Trump from office for firing FBI »

Federal Judge Rips DOJ and State, Orders Discovery on Clinton Emails

Featured image Royce Lamberth is an outspoken and sometimes controversial federal judge. Appointed by President Reagan, he has shown no partiality in going after litigants he considers to be malefactors. This time, it is the State Department and the Department of Justice. Judge Lamberth is presiding over the lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch against the State Department, asking for emails relating to the Benghazi talking points that were promulgated after that attack. »

Bruce Ohr Testifies

Featured image Bruce Ohr, the number four official in Barack Obama’s Department of Justice, testified before the House Oversight and Judiciary committees today. Given what we know about his role in the DOJ/FBI scandal, his testimony should have been riveting. However, he testified in closed session, so this will be a short post. Fox News hints at what happened behind closed doors: While lawmakers told reporters that Ohr was being cooperative, Rep. »

First Thoughts On the Carter Page FISA Application

Featured image Given that most of the application that Barack Obama’s Department of Justice submitted to the FISA court to obtain a surveillance order on Carter Page has been redacted, what we can say about the application is limited. Still, a few things stand out. First, the FISA application expresses confidence that Page was an agent of the Russian government, and engaged in criminal activity: But Page has never been charged with »

“Hurry the F up pressure” to Stop Trump

Featured image The FBI has slowly been producing documents to the DOJ Inspector General and various Congressional committees. As the process continues, more information comes out about the FBI’s attempt to cement the 2016 presidential election for Hillary Clinton. This piece by John Solomon in The Hill is two days old, but I don’t think it has received as much attention as it deserves. Solomon’s reporting evidently is based on information from »

Clapper on the great unmasking

Featured image Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is a known liar. Former Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power is a known reprobate. Invoking the testimony of Clapper to question Power places us in a wilderness of mirrors, yet Hugh Hewitt rightly turned to Clapper for his take on the unresolved scandal of Samantha Power. Jay Latimer to the contrary notwithstanding, Hugh did not ignore it. Interviewing Clapper about his »

A Clapper Postscript

Featured image I defer to Scott on all things relating to the Three Stooges (Comey, Clapper and Brennan), but I want to add an observation on James Clapper’s remarkable self-absolution as quoted by Scott earlier this morning. When asked why he didn’t tell Donald Trump or his campaign manager about the alleged threat to his campaign posed by the Russians that was then under investigation, Clapper said: It wasn’t my place to »

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

Featured image Michael Barone is the omniscient and judicious political historian and columnist. He co-wrote the first 22 or so editions of the Almanac of American Politics, out in 2018 in what must be its twenty-third biennial edition. It has no competition; there is nothing else like it. The same might be said of Barone himself. In his most recent Washington Examiner column Barone absorbs the recent disclosures in the slowly unfolding »

The Wheels of Justice Grind Slowly

Featured image The Inspector General of the Department of Justice announced yesterday that he will investigate potential abuse of the FISA process by the FBI in connection with its surveillance of Carter Page, and perhaps more broadly of the Trump presidential campaign: Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz announced today that, in response to requests from the Attorney General and Members of Congress, the Office of the Inspector General »

Understanding Russiagate

Featured image Lee Smith is one of the two commentators whom one must read to understand the synthetic Trump-Russia collusion scandal and the real intelligence scandal that underlies it. The other is Andrew McCarthy. Lee’s current Tablet column is “Who believes in Russiagate?” Lee draws on his reporting and analysis of the past several years to give the big picture and to name names (here he singles out Adam Entous, formerly of »