Russia investigation

We now know: FISA court must go (4)

Featured image David Kris is the amicus curiae appointed by the FISA court to assess the Department of Justice/FBI response to the court’s post-Horowitz order on FISA abuse. The FISA court itself stands revealed as an accomplice of the FBI in the wrongdoing committed against Carter Page. What we have here is an infuriating case of Kabuki theater. What is to be done with the FISA court? It is difficult to imagine »

We now know: FISA court must go (3)

Featured image Former federal prosecutor George Parry takes up the question presented by the FISA court in the American Spectator column “The Potemkin court.” The column covers the same ground and arrives at the same destination as my previous posts on the FISA court’s appointment of one David Kris to serve as amicus curiae in the wake of the Department of Justice Inspector General report on the FBI’s FISA abuse and the »

We now know: FISA court must go (WSJ edition)

Featured image Today’s Wall Street Journal carries an unsigned editorial (I’m sure by Kim Strassel) under the headline “Another FISA fiasco.” The editorial covers the same ground and arrives at the same destination as my previous posts on the FISA court’s appointment of one David Kris to serve as amicus curiae in the wake of the Department of Justice Inspector General report and the Department of Justice’s pathetic response thereto. The editorial »

We now know: The Kris cross

Featured image David Kris served as Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice under President Obama and Attorney General Holder. He drew on his prestige as a former senior official in the Department of Justice to disparage Rep. Devin Nunes in his exposure of the FBI’s misconduct in the Russia haox and assure anyone who would listen to him that all was in order. He is an apologist for FBI misconduct »

We now know: Mr. Wray regrets

Featured image This past December 17 FISA Court Chief Judge Rosemary Collyer issued a four-page order taking notice of the egregious government misconduct committed in connection with the FISA warrants it approved on Carter Page. Like so many involved in the Russia hoax, Judge Collyer claimed only lately to have tumbled to the misconduct committed before her court, courtesy of the Department of Justice Inspector General report issued the previous week. I »

We now know: The Steele Dossier bacillus

Featured image In his January 7 NR column “The Steele Dossier bacillus,” Victor Davis Hanson assesses responsibility for the Russia hoax in the aftermath in light of the recent Department of Justice Inspector General report on the FBI’s FISA-related misconduct. The column is animated by the the same spirit I have brought to this series. Dr. Hanson first sets the context: “In 2016, Hillary Clinton presidential candidate hired an ex-intelligence officer and »

Was it something he said?

Featured image Federal prosecutors filed a 32-page supplemental sentencing memorandum yesterday seeking up to six months in prison time for former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. I have embedded a copy of the memo below. The memo retracts the government’s request for leniency in sentencing Flynn a year ago. General Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of false statements to the FBI in 2017 to lying to investigators and then cooperated »

We now know: CNN won’t come clean

Featured image Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple has undertaken a retrospective series on “the media’s mishandling of the Steele dossier” in light of the recent Department of Justice Inspector General report on the FBI’s FISA-related misconduct investigating the Trump campaign and presidency. His series has reached nine parts with no end in sight. Yesterday in part 9 Wemple put CNN’s advocacy of the Steele Dossier under the microscope. Wemple urges CNN »

The plot against the president: The video

Featured image Coming in at number two in my books of 2019 is Lee Smith’s The Plot Against the President: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in U.S. History. I offered my appreciation of the book in “All the president’s men, take 2.” Leslie Eastman was on my wavelength in her appreciation of the book for Legal Insurrection. If you’re looking for reviews, that’s it! »

Ball of collusion: The video

Featured image Andrew McCarthy’s Ball of Collusion: The Plot To Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency is my book of 2019. Writing the book, McCarthy drew on his professional experience and expertise in prosecuting national security cases. As I asserted in my year-end roundup, only McCarthy could have written the book, and he provides just about everything the intelligent reader needs to make up his own mind about the issues. It »

We now know: Perps & their accomplices

Featured image Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel devoted an excellent column dated December 20 to the theme of this series. I found it posted here at Jewish World Review. Here is the first half of the column, followed by a link to the whole thing: Thanks to the Department of Justice Inspector General’s report, we now know for certain what has been, for those paying attention, fairly obvious. The Steele dossier played »

We now know: It’s a mad, mad Maddow — and beyond

Featured image Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple has undertaken a retrospective series on “the media’s mishandling of the Steele dossier” in light of the recent Department of Justice Inspector General report on the FBI’s FISA-related misconduct investigating the Trump campaign and presidency. Today his series has reached six parts with no end in sight. Yesterday in part 5 Wemple put MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow under the microscope. Maddow not only touted the »

Ron Johnson on shampeachment

Featured image In her weekly Wall Street Journal Potomac Watch column yesterday, Kim Strassel holds out the possibility that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has no intention of transmitting the articles of impeachment to the Senate “as long as Democrats can get away with it.” She calls the scenario she sketches “Pelosi’s rolling impeachment.” She asserts that “it’s not hard to imagine Mrs. Pelosi sitting on her impeachment articles through next fall’s election »

We now know: Comey’s lies

Featured image Charles Lipson’s excellent December 17 RealClearPolitics column “The blues at St. James Comey’s infirmary” deserves special attention. From it one can infer the campaign of lies that former FBI Director James Comey has waged in public over the past three years. Of all the lies, I am most struck by the assurances Comey gave Trump as president-elect and president that Trump was not under investigation. We now know that Comey »

Witch Hunt: Trump speaks

Featured image Gregg Jarrett’s Witch Hunt is one of this year’s good books on the Russia hoax. Jarrett’s subtitle — The Story of the Greatest Mass Delusion in American Political History — posits that the hoax may have derived from something other than intentional wrongdoing, but Jarrett leaves no stone unturned to make out willful misconduct. I find the book frustrating in certain respects. It lacks an index. It is argumentative. It »

We now know: Devin Nunes reflects

Featured image In the aftermath of the Department of Justice Inspector General report on FISA abuse in the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign and the Trump presidency, Dan Bongino interviewed Rep. Devin Nunes at length about “the biggest political scandal in US history.” I have not previously heard Nunes speak at such length about the Russia hoax, at least since the release of the Horowitz report on December 9. I will »

We now know: Live from Visalia

Featured image Back in his district before a friendly audience, Rep. Devin Nunes joined Lee Smith for an interview conducted by News Talk KMJ’s Ray Appleton about Lee’s book The Plot Against the President: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in U.S. History. Having listened to the interview via Rep. Nunes’s podcast (below), I can only say I wish I had been there. That was »