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  • The Very Strange Indictment of Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s IT Scammers

    08/21/2017 12:00:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | August 21, 2017 | by ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    Let’s say you’re a prosecutor in Washington. You are investigating a husband and wife, naturalized Americans, who you believe have scammed a federal credit union out of nearly $300,000. So . . . what’s the best evidence you could possibly have, the slam-dunk proof that their goal was to steal the money and never look back? That’s easy: One after the other, the wife and husband pulled up stakes and tried to high-tail it to Pakistan after they’d wired the funds there — the wife successfully fleeing, the husband nabbed as he was about to board his flight. The indictment...
  • Ben Rhodes Now A Person Of Interest In House “Unmasking” Investigation

    08/02/2017 10:23:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/02/2017 | AllahPundit
    Intriguing, as the three main figures in the probe until now have been Susan Rice, John Brennan, and Samantha Power. It stands to reason that Rhodes would end up as a “person of interest,” though. As Obama’s deputy NSA, he surely did some “unmasking” in the course of his routine review of surveillance. The question Devin Nunes has is how much of that was proper, for valid national security reasons, and how much was partisan politics. The House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-CA, sent the letter to the National Security Agency requesting the number of unmaskings made by...
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Pakistani IT Scammers - There’s more than bank fraud going on here

    07/30/2017 4:31:28 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 117 replies
    National Review ^ | July 29, 2017 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    In Washington, it’s never about what they tell you it’s about. So take this to the bank: The case of Imran Awan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s mysterious Pakistani IT guy, is not about bank fraud. [Snip] Awan and his family cabal of fraudsters had access for years to the e-mails and other electronic files of members of the House’s Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees. It turns out they were accessing members’ computers without their knowledge, transferring files to remote servers, and stealing computer equipment — including hard drives that Awan & Co. smashed to bits of bytes before making tracks. [Snip]...
  • Why Was Wife of DWS’s Swindler Staffer Allowed to Leave the Country?

    07/30/2017 6:19:01 AM PDT · by Libloather · 61 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/26/17 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    **SNIP** Hina had also been on the House payroll. I want to draw attention to a detail about her apparent flight. According to the aforementioned complaint, agents of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) found $12,400 in cash when they searched her belongings. Yet, “ALVI was permitted to board the flight to Qatar and she and her daughters have not returned to the United States.” Her husband, Awan, appeared to be headed to join her when he was arrested yesterday. Why was Hina Alvi permitted to leave? Why was she not arrested? Under federal law, a person may carry as...
  • Andrew McCarthy: Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Pakistani IT Scammers

    07/29/2017 6:45:19 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 84 replies
    NRO ^ | Andrew McCarthy
    There’s more than bank fraud going on here. In Washington, it’s never about what they tell you it’s about. So take this to the bank: The case of Imran Awan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s mysterious Pakistani IT guy, is not about bank fraud. Yet bank fraud was the stated charge on which Awan was arrested at Dulles Airport this week, just as he was trying to flee the United States for Pakistan, via Qatar. That is the same route taken by Awan’s wife, Hina Alvi, in March, when she suddenly fled the country, with three young daughters she yanked out of...
  • Missing From The Intelligence Report: The Word 'Podesta.' --

    07/16/2017 8:10:53 AM PDT · by Clioman · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | January 8, 2017 | Andrew McCarthy
    The report is replete with references to Russian “cyber espionage,” “covert intelligence,” “false-flag,” “propaganda,” and “influence” operations by which Vladimir Putin is alleged to have tried to put his thumb on the electoral scale. Very sinister stuff, to be sure. But when the public hears these terms, it thinks of spies, misdirection, disinformation campaigns — i.e., schemes intended to deceive the target audience. People don’t instantly think, “Oh, you mean an effort to publicize true but embarrassing information”; they don’t read “covert operation” and say to themselves, “That must mean they subjected only one side of a political contest to...
  • The Heritage of Natural Law: Mark Levin on Rediscovering Americanism

    07/15/2017 12:38:47 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | July 15, 2017 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Is there an enduring American character? For those who view our nation as at a tipping point, the question is urgent. Others scoff, “Why?” After all, if the American character is truly enduring, it will endure — the ship eventually will right itself to the extent it is off course. And if not, history will inevitably evolve it into something better, right? My friend Mark Levin would counter that this is the wrong way to look at it. The foundation of Americanism, he posits, is natural law. That does not just spontaneously appear, nor passively persevere. Understanding our natural-law roots,...
  • Can You Obstruct a Fraud?

    06/16/2017 5:31:03 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | June 15, 2017 | ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    Maybe Trump objected to the fraudulent notion, which Comey led the world to believe, that Trump was under investigation for collusion. On March 30, 2017, by his own account, then-FBI director James Comey told President Donald Trump that Trump himself was not under investigation — the third time he had given him that assurance. In fact, Comey told Trump that he had just assured members of Congress that Trump was not a suspect under investigation. Think about that. This was fully six weeks after the then-director’s Oval Office meeting with the president, during which Comey alleges that Trump told him,...
  • Mend, Don’t End, Mueller’s Investigation

    06/14/2017 4:34:25 PM PDT · by Meet the New Boss · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | 14 June 2017 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    President Trump should not dismiss Mueller, but the Justice Department must revise the special counsel’s jurisdiction. snip Bottom line: Trump should not dismiss Mueller, but the Justice Department must revise the special counsel’s jurisdiction. Maybe this time, it could be conformed to, you know, the law . . . specifically, the law that limits special counsels to criminal investigations, not counterintelligence probes. snip Rosenstein should issue a directive superseding his original appointment of Mueller in order to more tightly and appropriately define Mueller’s jurisdiction. The new directive should describe, in writing, the potential crimes that have been uncovered in the...
  • Attorney General Sessions’s Recusal Was Unnecessary

    06/13/2017 10:51:07 PM PDT · by Meet the New Boss · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | June 13, 2017 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    I have argued that Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s recusal from the so-called Russia investigation was a mistake. The attorney general’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday afternoon bolstered this conclusion. Sessions says that he recused himself, on the advice of career ethics experts at the Justice Department, because he thought this was required by the federal regulation controlling “Disqualification arising from personal or political relationship” (28 CFR Sec. 45.2). But judging from the public testimony that former FBI director James Comey has given about the investigation into Russia’s election-meddling, the regulation did not mandate recusal. Section 45.2 states...
  • Thinking about the Comey Memos

    06/12/2017 11:43:48 AM PDT · by Meet the New Boss · 48 replies
    National Review ^ | 12 June 2017 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    His leaking, at the very least, was improper. snip One major issue is whether these documents belonged to Comey, in the sense of being his property rather than the government’s. That is the position he took in his testimony. Like Turley, I think the former director is wrong. snip There is also a claim floating around that the memo(s) should not be deemed to have been “leaked” because they were, it is asserted, not classified. We need to unpack this errant suggestion in three steps because it is so wrongheaded. snip Nevertheless, as Turley observes, Comey never sought a classification...
  • Why Trump Fired Comey

    06/10/2017 7:41:31 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 64 replies
    National Review ^ | 6-10-2017 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    He believed that the FBI director misled the public to think that the president was under investigation. At last, at least for your humble correspondent, this week’s big hearing brought clarity. I now believe President Donald Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey because he believes Comey intentionally misled the public into believing Trump was under investigation by the FBI. There is enough support for this theory that, had the president been forthright in explaining it when he dismissed Comey on May 9, there might have been considerably less uproar. Instead, Trump dissembled, as he seems hardwired to...
  • Andrew McCarthy: No, the Problem in London Is Not ‘Islamist Extremism’

    06/06/2017 4:23:30 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 29 replies
    NRO ^ | Andrew McCarthy
    Islamists want to impose sharia law on the West — which means all Islamists are ‘extremists.’ The Western schizophrenia about radical Islam is on full display in Britain, in the aftermath of the latest jihadist atrocity, the third in just the past three months. Three terrorists rammed a van into a crowd on London Bridge and then went on a stabbing rampage, brutally assaulting pedestrians while braying that each blow was struck “for Allah.” A duly outraged Theresa May donned her prime-minister hat to announce that her government is “leading international efforts to take on and defeat the ideology of...
  • What the House Subpoenas of Rice, Brennan, and Power in the ‘Unmasking’ Probe Mean

    06/01/2017 5:22:10 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 37 replies
    NRO ^ | Andrew McCarthy
    It’s not all about Russia. The House Intelligence Committee has reportedly issued seven subpoenas in connection with its investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and of the Obama administration’s potentially illegal use of the government’s foreign-intelligence-collection power for the purpose of monitoring Americans — in particular, Americans connected to the Trump campaign and transition. The news was broken Wednesday afternoon by the Wall Street Journal. The most intriguing detail of the subpoenas is the demand for any information related to requests for unmasking by Samantha Power, President Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations. *snip* Were there to be...
  • Explosive Revelation of Obama Administration Illegal Surveillance of Americans

    05/25/2017 4:42:30 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 40 replies
    NRO ^ | May 25, 2017 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The NSA intentionally and routinely intercepted communications of American citizens in violation of the Constitution. During the Obama years, the National Security Agency intentionally and routinely intercepted and reviewed communications of American citizens in violation of the Constitution and of court-ordered guidelines implemented pursuant to federal law. The unlawful surveillance appears to have been a massive abuse of the government’s foreign-intelligence-collection authority, carried out for the purpose of monitoring the communications of Americans in the United States. While aware that it was going on for an extensive period of time, the administration failed to disclose its unlawful surveillance of Americans...
  • In Clinton Caper, Comey Was the Most Visible Player, Not the Most Consequential

    05/10/2017 7:52:36 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10 May, 2017 | ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    At National Review last weekend, I addressed the Democrats’ loopy claim that the FBI became a Trump partisan in the 2016 election. The claim is worth more examination in light of President Trump’s dismissal of FBI Director James Comey. In Clinton World, self-absorption always triumphs over self-inspection, so nothing could be more predictable than Hillary Clinton’s scapegoating of Comey, a diversion from acknowledging what really cost her the election: her own manifest flaws. Congressional Democrats are along for the ride: those who were swooning over Comey in July when he announced that Clinton would not be charged, then ripped him...
  • Faux Outrage and Melodrama over Comey’s Pre-Election Letter

    05/04/2017 8:29:41 AM PDT · by Meet the New Boss · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 4 May 2017 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    If Director Comey had not conducted his July 5 press conference clearing Hillary Clinton, there would have been no cause to issue the October 28 letter to Congress. (snip) What Democrats choose to forget, and hope you will too, is the closing section of Comey’s [July 5] remarks. That was when he seized the power of the Justice Department to render legal conclusions about both the prosecutorial merits of the case and the interpretation of the relevant criminal statute. In this conclusion, not only did Comey claim that Clinton’s conduct did not warrant an indictment, he gratuitously added the declaration...
  • Revealed: Eleventh-hour Subpoenas in the Clinton E-mails

    04/29/2017 7:41:57 AM PDT · by LouisianaJoanof Arc · 45 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/29/17 | Andrew McCarthy
    Why the Obama Justice Department avoided the grand jury . . . until it had no choice On the matter of the 2016 election, why is there an investigation into Russian meddling but no investigation of Justice Department meddling? The latter effort was more extensive. And it sure looks like it would be a lot easier to prove. This week, courtesy of Judicial Watch, we learned that the Obama Justice Department and the FBI did, in fact, use the grand jury in the Clinton e-mails probe. Or, to be more accurate, they fleetingly used grand-jury subpoenas, which were issued to...
  • Obama Political Spying Scandal: Trump Associates Were Not the First Targets

    04/19/2017 8:07:30 AM PDT · by bitt · 62 replies
    National Review ^ | April 18, 2017 | ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    This list includes Dennis Kucinich and investigative journalists. In 2011, Dennis Kucinich was still a Democratic congressman from Ohio. But he was not walking in lockstep with President Obama — at least not on Libya. True to his anti-war leanings, Kucinich was a staunch opponent of Obama’s unauthorized war against the Qaddafi regime. Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446843/barack-obama-spying-journalists-dennis-kucinich-sharyl-attkisson-donald-trump-campaign-transition
  • Susan Rice’s White House Unmasking: A Watergate-style Scandal

    04/04/2017 7:43:41 PM PDT · by Pfesser · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/4/2017 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    ...The national-security adviser is not an investigator. She is a White House staffer. The president’s staff is a consumer of intelligence, not a generator or collector of it. If Susan Rice was unmasking Americans, it was not to fulfill an intelligence need based on American interests; it was to fulfill a political desire based on Democratic-party interests. ...Thus, Comey added, these consumers “can ask the collectors to unmask.” But the unmasking authority “resides with those who collected the information.”