Russia investigation

What we have learned so far

Featured image House Democrats have sought to impede committee investigations that have brought us the most important findings in the Russian hoax foisted on us by the Clinton campaign and its media adjunct. Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes deserves special recognition for standing in there while taking the slings and arrows of House Democrats and their media allies. If any current political figure deserves a Presidential Medal of Freedom, it is Nunes. »

Matt Whitaker under fire already [UPDATED]

Featured image Matthew Whitaker is President Trump’s selection to replace Jeff Sessions. Whitaker will be the Acting Attorney General. Whitaker is qualified for the position. He served as Sessions’ chief of staff and, at one time, as a U.S. Attorney. Like almost anyone Trump might have named to replace Sessions, though, Whitaker has come in for bitter criticism from the Trump haters. They make three main arguments: (1) Whitaker can’t oversee the »

More Mueller madness

Featured image The most recent newspaper accounts of the Mueller Switch Project report on the investigation of Roger Stone. Last week brought us the Wall Street Journal’s “Mueller Investigators Probe Roger Stone Conference Calls” (accessible here on Outline). The Journal proudly notes “the subpoena of information related to [Stone’ pre-election] conference calls which hasn’t been reported before[.]” The Journal’s story was followed by the New York Times’s “Roger Stone Sold Himself to »

What we have learned so far [with report]

Featured image Much (if not most) of what we have learned about the real scandals and true Russian collusion underlying the 2016 presidential election derives directly or indirectly from the dogged work of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and his Republican colleagues on the committee. In recognition of his efforts, Rep. Nunes has been punished by the dross of April Doss and others soldiering in the Democrat/Media complex. Rep. Nunes deserves »

Glenn Simpson would prefer not to (3)

Featured image As anticipated in earlier installments of this series, Fusion GPS principal Glenn Simpson asserted his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself in an appearance before the House Judiciary Committee. Catherine Herridge and Alex Pappas have the story for FOX News here. Did Simpson also assert a fictitious First Amendment right not to testify, as his lawyer advertised in the letter I posted in part 1? The story doesn’t say. »

Analyze this

Featured image Michael Doran has followed the Russia hoax with the same attention and attitude that I have. He sees the Russia hoax for what it is and is mystified by the lack of interest in the Clinton campaign’s apparent collusion with Russian intelligence. He understands the perversity of the production. He finds the Mueller Switch Project to be corrupt from its inception and as implemented. Back in January, Lawfare’s Benjamin Wittes »

Glenn Simpson would prefer not to (2)

Featured image Rowan Scarborough has a good summary of developments in the collusion scandal explored by House committees in the aftermath of the 2016 election. It is the scandal of the Clinton presidential campaign and its supporters within the Obama administrations. We weren’t supposed to know anything about it. Glenn Simpson is a protagonist in the scandal. Under subpoena to testify to the House Judiciary Committee this week, he has asserted his »

Glenn Simpson would prefer not to

Featured image We have closely followed the revelations related to Glenn Simpson/Fusion GPS and their work on behalf of the 2016 Clinton presidential campaign. We weren’t supposed to know about it. Simpson of course lies at the heart of the proposition that the Trump campaign “colluded” with the organs of the Russian government in the course of the campaign. Simpson commissioned the Steele Dossier and gave his bill of goods to the »

Rod Rosenstein and Andrew McCabe: Both right about the other

Featured image According to the Washington Post, at a meeting with special counsel Robert Mueller, Rod Rosenstein and Andrew McCabe feuded over the issue of recusal from the Russia investigation. McCabe argued that Rosenstein should step aside because of his involvement in the firing of James Comey — an issue that Mueller was almost certain to investigate (and reportedly has been investigating). Rosenstein argued that McCabe should bow out because of his »

A conspiracy so vast…

Featured image This past February Special Counsel Robert Mueller brought the dramatic indictment against Russian actors allegedly responsible for interference in the 2016 presidential election. The Department of Justice has posted the indictment online here. Politico covered the indictment in a good story by Michael Crowley and Louis Nelson. The indictment charged three Russian companies and 13 Russian individuals with election related crimes. I don’t think anyone (including Mueller) anticipated that one »

Was Rosenstein serious about wiretapping Trump?

Featured image Rod Rosenstein has acknowledged that he suggested using a wiretap to record President Trump’s communications. Rosenstein claims, however, that he wasn’t serious about this proposal. He says he made it sarcastically. But according to the Washington Post, James Baker, then the FBI’s top lawyer, has testified that Rosenstein’s suggestion was presented to him by FBI officials who heard it as a serious proposal. Baker wasn’t present when Rosenstein suggested wiretapping »

Footnote 43

Featured image Last week, John Solomon of The Hill broke a major story: in October 2016, the FBI’s general counsel, James Baker, met with a senior lawyer from Perkins Coie, the law firm that acted as bagman for the Clinton campaign and the DNC in hiring Fusion BPS to fabricate smears against candidate Donald Trump. (The Clinton campaign and the DNC funneled their payments to Fusion GPS through Perkins Coie so they »

The Kavanaugh Smear and the FBI: A Connection?

Featured image James Kunstler is a liberal who has a site called Clusterf*** Nation. Although a liberal, he casts a cold, intelligent eye on the follies of our time. The linked post begins by questioning why anyone would believe Christine Ford. What follows is an explosive theme: I believe that the Christine Blasey Ford gambit was an extension of the sinister activities underway since early 2016 in the Department of Justice and »

Report: FBI Met With DNC Lawyer Before Election

Featured image I don’t believe we have commented on this report by John Solomon in The Hill: Congressional investigators have confirmed that a top FBI official met with Democratic Party lawyers to talk about allegations of Donald Trump-Russia collusion weeks before the 2016 election, and before the bureau secured a search warrant targeting Trump’s campaign. Former FBI general counsel James Baker met during the 2016 season with at least one attorney from »

Dems sweat declassification

Featured image On Monday President Trump ordered the declassification of 20 or 21 previously redacted pages from the Carter Page FISA applications. The declassification order also extends to the redactions made to text messages from senior Justice Department and FBI officials. Kelly Cohen covered the declassification order for the Washington Examiner here. Democrats find this a profoundly alarming development. On Tuesday Reps. Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff and Sens. Chuck Schumer and »

Whose stuff did Steele shovel?

Featured image I have repeatedly observed here that if the so-called Steele dossier commissioned by the Clinton campaign is what it purports to be, it disseminates intelligence supplied by Russian authorities and, further, the intelligence is highly likely to constitute Russian disinformation. Eric Felten comes at the related issues from different angles in articles carried in the past two issues of the Weekly Standard. In “The Romanian ruse” Eric traces the origin »

The Manafort plea agreement

Featured image On Friday Paul Manafort agreed to a guilty plea to resolve the pending federal charges against him in the District of Columbia (the pending charges set forth in a superseding criminal information), the charges remaining against him in the Eastern District of Virginia and to the related charge of obstruction of justice. None of it has anything ot do with the Trump presidential campaign, of course, but the agreement leaves »