Russia investigation

Rudy Giuliani: “I never said…”

Featured image Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani appeared on CNN for a little roughhousing with Chris Cuomo yesterday. All over the news is Giuliani’s failure to deny that some on the Trump presidential campaign may have “colluded” with the friends of Vladimir Putin. I have posted Cuomo’s tweet with the video excerpt below. Cuomo to the contrary notwithstanding, I believe that Trump himself has acknowledged the possibility while denying that he himself committed »

Are you sure Alger done it this way?

Featured image The Sunday morning gabfests are turning into asylums a la Marat/Sade, without the pathos or human interest. This past Sunday they meditated deeply on President Trump’s non-denial denial that he was acting as a foreign agent for Russia. He had been posed the question by Jeanine Pirro on Saturday evening, following up on the New York Times story disclosing that the FBI had opened a counterintelligence investigation on Trump himself »

What we have learned so far (6) [With Comment by John]

Featured image Andrew McCarthy’s FOX News column “FBI Russia investigation was always about Trump” is only his most recent contribution to our understanding of the greatest scandal in our history — the one underlying the presidential election of 2016, from the Clinton campaign to the highest reaches of the Obama administration. He takes the occasion of the New York Times story on the FBI’s investigation of President Trump (see my comments here) »

More Mueller madness

Featured image The Mueller madness has intensified to such an extent this past week that I was unable to keep up. We covered the story of Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s passing on polling data to his former Ukrainian/Russian associate Konstantin Kiliminik in the January 9 edition of this series. In that post I drew on the Wall Street Journal and AP stories while neglecting this New York Times story (accessible here »

More Mueller madness

Featured image The hits keep on coming from the New York Times and their deep state adjunct within the government. Today’s page-one story comes courtesy of Adam Goldman, Michael Schmidt, and Nicholas Fandos under the headline “F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia” (accessible here on Outline). Last night Paul Mirengoff treated the Times story with care and penetration in the nearby post “Report: FBI opened »

Report: FBI opened inquiry into whether Trump was working for the Russians

Featured image The New York Times reports that “in the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests.” The Times cites “former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.” They say the FBI investigation ended when Robert Mueller was appointed. If »

Now both sides have an argument for recusal by Barr

Featured image Democrats insist that William Barr, the president’s nominee for Attorney General, must recuse himself from the Mueller investigation because he wrote a memorandum attacking one of the legal theories Mueller might consider as part of his investigation. But Democrats don’t have the power to make this stick. Mueller can be confirmed without making any promises or concessions to them. But now comes word of facts that might cause some Republicans »

More Mueller madness

Featured image Today’s New York Times exposé of the nefarious activities under investigation in the the Mueller probe is “Prosecutors Examining Ukrainians Who Flocked to Trump Inaugural” (accessible here on Outline). It carries the bylines of four of the Times’s top reporters — Kenneth P. Vogel, Scott Shane, Mark Mazzetti and Iuliia Mendel, but they also had the help of Sharon LaFraniere and Maggie Haberman, who contributed reporting from Washington. That makes »

More Mueller madness

Featured image Attorneys for Paul Manafort inadvertently disclosed on Tuesday that the former Trump campaign chairman gave 2016 presidential polling data to a Kiev associate U.S. officials have linked to Russian intelligence and may have discussed a Ukraine peace plan with him. The disclosures surfaced in a filing made public Tuesday in which the attorneys disputed special counsel Robert Mueller’s allegation that their client lied to investigators about his contacts with the »

More Mueller madness

Featured image Natalia Veselnitskaya is the Russian attorney who wangled the infamous June 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr. under false pretenses. Vesenitskaya’s true purpose bore on advancing the interests of friends of Vladimir Putin in undoing or avoiding Magnitsky Act sanctions and other such inconveniences. In June of 2016 Veselnitskaya was in the United States to help out Denis Katsyv and his company Prevezon Holdings in connection in the asset forfeiture »

Mueller’s cone of silence (3)

Featured image Eric Dubelier represents Concord Management and Consulting in the election interference case brought by the Special Counsel against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities. The case is pending before Trump appointee Judge Dabney Friedrich. I wrote about the motion Dubelier brought protesting Mueller’s designation of 3.2 million documents related to the case as “sensitive” in my earlier posts in this series here (part 1) and here (part 2). In »

McClatchy mania [updated]

Featured image In “Fakiest news of 2018” I gave the award to Greg Gordon and Peter Stone of McClatchy News. They earned it with their peddling of the Prague connection element of the Russia hoax and the smearing of Cleta Mitchell. When it comes to fake news, Gordon and Stone are Exhibit A. I posted Cleta Mitchell’s email correspondence with Gordon and Stone so that readers could see with their own eyes »

(Re)reading Cleta’s email

Featured image In a year-end post with links calling out Greg Gordon and Peter Stone, I nominated their March 15 McClatchy story on the prominent Washington attorney Cleta Mitchell for the “Fakiest news of 2018.” Cleta had forwarded a copy of her email correspondence with Stone and Gordon before and after their publication of the story. I pasted her email correspondence with Stone and Gordon into a single document and posted it »

What we have learned so far (5)

Featured image Lee Smith’s Federalist essay “New Documents Suggest The Steele Dossier Was A Deliberate Setup For Trump” is only his most recent contribution to our understanding of the greatest scandal in our history — the one underlying the presidential election of 2016, from the Clinton campaign to the highest reaches of the Obama administration. Struggling to find a representative excerpt of this long essay, I am happy to glom onto this »

What we have learned so far (4)

Featured image In this series we have sought to recall what we have learned so far in the matter of the greatest scandal in our history — the one underlying the presidential election of 2016, from the Clinton campaign to the highest reaches of the Obama administration. Victor Davis Hanson provides a concise summary in the course of his ruminations on Romney: [F]or the first time in modern memory, during the 2016 »

Mueller’s cone of silence (2)

Featured image I wrote about Concord Managment’s pending motion in Team Mueller’s case against Russian entities in “Mueller’s cone of silence.” I also embedded a copy of the motion at the bottom of the post. Wanting to check my own perspective against that of a friend who has been following the case professionally, I sought his comment. He wrote me: “You just have to love [Concord defense counsel] Eric Dubelier for his »

Mueller’s cone of silence

Featured image The lawyers representing Concord Management and Consulting in the election interference case brought by the Special Counsel against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities have filed a motion that is deserving of more attention than it has received to date. The motion seeks approval to disclose (i.e., review and discuss with Concord Maanagement) documents produced to the lawyers by the Special Counsel with their client under the protective order »