Russia investigation

The Trump Tower meeting revisited

Featured image Anyone who bothered to read the transcript of Glenn Simpson’s testimony and absorb its contents would have been left with deep suspicions about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting of Donald Trump, Jr. and campaign officials with the connected Russian lawyer. The Russian lawyer met with Simpson before and after the meeting for some reason or other. Now Lee Smith puts the pieces of the puzzle together in an excellent »

Manafort? Who Cares?

Featured image Other than seeing occasional headlines, I have spent less than one minute following the Paul Manafort criminal trial. I imagine the overwhelming majority of Americans would say the same. Here’s why: 1) I don’t care about Paul Manafort. I had never heard of him before his brief association with the Trump campaign. 2) Manafort is charged, in essence, with tax evasion. He may well have dodged taxes. If so, he »

Is Rudy Giuliani helping or hurting President Trump?

Featured image Jill Abramson, the left-wing journalist, contends that Rudy Giuliani has become “a dangerous liability” for President Trump. Giuliani certainly isn’t impressing many lawyers or other close observers with the bombast and sometimes flawed or superficial analysis he employs in defense of the president. But that doesn’t necessarily make him a liability, as I argue below. Nor does Abramson impress with statements like this one: [Giuliani] keeps messing up. On. . »

Fake news from the New York Times

Featured image The New York Times breathlessly reports: “President Admits Focus of Trump Tower Meeting Was Getting Dirt on Clinton.” But in portraying this “admission” as news, the Times is playing fast and loose with the English language. In the process, it is dishing out fake news. What Trump acknowledged was that “this was a meeting to get information on an opponent.” In other words, the purpose of holding the meeting, from »

Contra the dross of Doss (4)

Featured image The new issue of the Weekly Standard was published today. It carries no editorial explanation for the discrepancy between executive editor Fred Barnes’s excellent profile of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and the disgraceful cover story disparaging Nunes by one April Doss in the previous issue. I wrote at some length about that disgraceful cover story in part 3 of this series. Although the new issue lacks an explanation »

Contra the dross of April Doss (2)

Featured image Maria Bartiromo had House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes on the Fox News Sunday Morning Futures show to discuss the heavily redacted FISA warrant applications that were released by the Department of Justice on July 21 in the Saturday night document dump (video below). I posted the documents here as released. Query whether the DoJ released these documents on a Saturday night because they are proud of their handiwork and »

Contra the dross of April Doss

Featured image As I have noted here a time or two before, I greatly admire the job that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has done unearthing the true story of the intelligence agencies’ “insurance” work on the 2016 election and the Democrats’ related collusion with the friends of Vladimir Putin. It is an improbable story that everyone involved has mightily sought to keep hidden from him and his colleagues. Rep. Nunes »

The story so far

Featured image In the Wall Street Journal’s weekend interview feature, columnist Kim Strassel tracks down House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes in Tulare, California. She honors him as “Washington’s Public Enemy No. 1” (accessible here on Outline). Nunes is a straight shooter and dogged public servant. His admirable qualities come through clearly in this illuminating interview. The interview is also useful. It is useful in reminding us what we have learned in »

We’ve only just begun

Featured image Last week the New York Times breathlessly reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had opened a new avenue of inquiry in the investigation of President Trump. According to the story by Michael Schmidt and Maggie Haberman, “Mueller Examining Trump’s Tweets in Wide-Ranging Obstruction Inquiry.” They report that Mueller is “scrutinizing tweets and negative statements from the president about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey[.]” »

Gaslighting by April Doss

Featured image I greatly admire the job that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has done unearthing the true story of the intelligence agencies’ “insurance” work on the 2016 election and the Democrats’ related collusion with the friends of Vladimir Putin. It is an improbable story that everyone involved has mightily sought to keep hidden from him and his colleagues. Rep. Nunes has shown himself to be a dogged and thick-skinned investigator. »

More Mueller madness

Featured image Lest we forget, it bears repeating that Robert Mueller was appointed Special Counsel to take over the counterintelligence investigation into alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. Yet it appears there was no such collusion. It is long past time for Mueller to wrap it up, yet he soldiers on with some other object in mind. What might it be? I offer my clue in the denomination of the probe »

The FBI disgraced

Featured image I hold with Byron York that the release of the heavily redacted FISA warrant application documents on Carter Page have vindicated Devin Nunes. By the same token, Andrew McCarthy now judges that the documents disgrace the FBI. As always, Andy knows what he is talking about. His must-read NR column is “FISA Applications Confirm: The FBI Relied on the Unverified Steele Dossier.” With the skills of a natural teacher who »

Devin Nunes vindicated

Featured image The Department of Justice released a highly redacted version of the FISA warrant applications on Carter Page in its Saturday night document dump. I posted the FISA warrant documents here. This past February House Intelligence Committee Chariman Devin Nunes released an important memo on the FISA warrant documents (embedded below). Prominent Democrats and their media adjunct defamed Nunes as a liar. After the release of the FISA warrant documents on »

The Associated Press Lies About the FISA Application

Featured image The Associated Press carries on a daily vendetta against the Trump administration, systematically misleading the American people in articles that appear in hundreds or thousands of newspapers. Thus, it is no surprise that the AP’s story on DOJ’s FISA application dump is nothing but Democratic Party spin. The AP’s headline: “Without evidence, Trump claims documents confirm misconduct.” President Donald Trump asserted without evidence Sunday that newly released documents relating to »

On the Carter Page FISA warrant

Featured image Andrew McCarthy has been our leading commentator on developments in the Russia investigation because he knows what is talking about. His National Review columns on the investigation are compiled here. In the adjacent post I (approximately) quoted Andy commenting on the redacted FISA warrant applications on Carter Page that were released by the Department of Justice in its Saturday night document dump. Below is the video posted here by FOX »

Saturday night document dump

Featured image We are familiar with the Friday afternoon document dump. It’s a standard tool of political scandal management. What are we to make of the Saturday night document dump by which the Department of Justice delivered the heavily redacted documents comprising the Carter Page FISA warrant application to the New York Times and other news organizations that had sought them under the Freedom of Information Act? Charlie Savage’s New York Times »

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 »