Obama Administration Scandals

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 »

Sharyl Attkisson: The Plot Thickens

Featured image I’m a day late with this, but it is worth noting if you haven’t already seen it. We have written, repeatedly and sympathetically, about reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s battles with the Obama Justice Department. But it’s been a while. Now, Attkisson tweets an arresting development: Re: My govt. computer intrusions…What would you think if I told you the hard drive of one of my personal computers was secretly switched out w/another »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll has searched her archives and now discloses those filed under EMAIL TO SELF: To: Ammogrrrll From: Ammogrrrll Cc: Mr. AG In re: Missing Key Lime Pie It has come to my attention that the remainder of the Key Lime Pie (nearly ¾ of the pie, as it happens) appears to be missing. In no way could this have been consumed by me and certainly not in one sitting »

Why Susan Rice Wrote an Email To Herself [Updated]

Featured image Scott wrote this morning about the extraordinary email that National Security Advisor Susan Rice wrote to herself at 12:15 on January 20, 2017, within minutes of when President Trump was inaugurated. It must have been her last act, more or less, before she vacated the White House. So obviously the email was important to her. But why would it be important to send an email to herself (the only person »

Rice papers the file

Featured image Those who believe in government transparency have (or had) it in the case of Susan Rice. She is a transparent liar. She is also a knave and a fool. On September 16, 2012, for example, she hit the Sunday morning gabfests to assert that the attack on our Benghazi facilities represented cinematic criticism gone wild. She peddled the same highly rehearsed line virtually verbatim on each of the five shows. »

Weird tales of Winer

Featured image The reemergence of Sid “Vicious” Blumenthal — this time from the crypt of the dodgy Steele Dossier — reminds me of Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th franchise or Dracula in the Bram Stoker classic. There is, however, at least one difference. Jason and Dracula have slightly more charm than Blumenthal. So long as the Clintons remain on the scene, Blumenthal lives. Paul faced up to the reemergence of »

The wrong side of Z Street

Featured image If there was a federal agency that Barack Obama did not corrupt, it must be because it was corrupt when he took over in 2009. The corruption of the IRS is a case in point. Its criminal misconduct perfectly represents what Obama wrought in the agencies that he charged with dictating the way we live. Consider the case of Lori Lowenthal Marcus and Z Street. Z Street is Lori’s pro-Israel »