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  • Is There an Obstruction Case against President Trump?

    02/17/2018 9:03:53 AM PST · by lowbuck · 15 replies
    NRO ^ | 17 February 2018 | Andrew McCarthy
    The justice department’s office of legal counsel should answer the question. It has become more urgent to ask: Why is there a special counsel in the Russia investigation? At this point, that question should be put to the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel — in the federal government, it’s the lawyers’ lawyer. To get down to brass tacks: May the president of the United States be charged with obstruction based on non-criminal discretionary acts that are unquestionably within his constitutional authority as chief executive? Readers of these columns may recall that I opposed the appointment of a special counsel...
  • WHY SUSAN RICE WROTE AN EMAIL TO HERSELF

    02/14/2018 12:17:54 PM PST · by mojito · 59 replies
    PowerLine ^ | 2/13/2018 | John Hinderaker
    Why did Susan Rice send herself an email purporting to document this part of the meeting? Because she was C’ing her own A. Rice was nervous about the fact that, at the president’s direction, she had failed to “share information fully as it relates to Russia” with President Trump’s incoming national security team. This violated longstanding American tradition. Outgoing administrations have always cooperated in the transition to a new administration, whether of the same or the opposing party, especially on matters relating to national security. Susan Rice is far from the brightest bulb on the tree, but she was well...
  • House Memo Details Use of Steele Dossier to Spy on Trump Campaign Advisor

    02/03/2018 10:24:39 AM PST · by billorites · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | February 2, 2018 | Andrew McCarthy
    The memo appears to confirm suspicions that a FISA court warrant targeted Carter Page based on information in the dossier funded by Hillary Clinton's campaign. What we have long suspected (see, e.g., here and here) has now been confirmed: The Obama Justice Department and the FBI used the unverified Steele dossier to convince a federal court to issue a warrant authorizing surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser. Confirmation came in the much-anticipated memorandum released today by the Republican-controlled House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The memo states that the Obama administration concealed from the court that the dossier was commissioned...
  • Positioning over the Nunes FISA Memo Continues Ahead of Its Release

    02/01/2018 9:45:27 AM PST · by lowbuck · 23 replies
    NRO ^ | 1 February 2018 | Andrew McCarthy
    The FBI and Democrats don’t have good reasons for wanting to prevent its disclosure to the public. . snip All that aside, the FBI was guaranteed access to the memo before its publication because of the rules of the process. Once the committee voted to disclose, that gave the president five days to object. During that five days, Trump’s own appointees at the FBI and DOJ would have the chance to pore over the memo and make their objections and policy arguments to their principal, the president, and to the rest of the Trump national-security team. This tells us the...
  • Did Barack Obama ‘Obstruct Justice’ in Clinton Email Case?

    01/29/2018 7:45:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2018 | Justin Haskins
    Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the possibility the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials appears to have morphed into an investigation into alleged “obstruction of justice.”On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported Mueller has requested to question President Trump directly about his decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, as well as the departure of Trump’s former national security advisor, Michael Flynn. It is believed Mueller is looking for evidence that shows Trump’s motive for firing Comey was to end the FBI’s investigation into Flynn and Russian interference in the 2016 election.Although liberal pundits and many congressional Democrats have long argued...
  • [Great editorial] Clinton–Obama Emails: The Key to Understanding Why Hillary Wasn’t Indicted

    01/23/2018 2:02:42 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 95 replies
    National Review ^ | January 23, 2018 | by ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    New FBI texts highlight a motive to conceal the president’s involvement. From the first, these columns have argued that the whitewash of the Hillary Clinton emails caper was President Barack Obama’s call - not the FBI’s, and not the Justice Department’s. The decision was inevitable. Obama, using a pseudonymous email account, had repeatedly communicated with Secretary Clinton over her private, non-secure email account. If Clinton had been charged, Obama’s culpable involvement would have been patent. In any prosecution of Clinton, the Clinton–Obama emails would have been in the spotlight. For the prosecution, they would be more proof of willful (or,...
  • Politicizing Steele’s Raw, Unverified ‘Intelligence’

    01/09/2018 11:06:28 AM PST · by mojito · 7 replies
    NRO ^ | 1/9/2018 | Andrew McCarthy
    When you look at it hard, two conclusions are impossible to escape: First, at the height of the 2016 campaign, Obama intelligence officials anxiously adopted Christopher Steele’s allegations of traitorous conduct by then-candidate Donald Trump rather than first subject his “dossier” to rigorous investigation — even though Steele himself admits that his “raw,” “unverified” reports might not be true. Second, at the same time the FBI was receiving Steele’s reports — which were based on multiple-hearsay from anonymous Russian sources, and paid for by the Clinton campaign — Obama intelligence officials were briefing congressional leaders about them, thereby ensuring that...
  • The Senators’ Criminal Referral of Dossier Author Steele

    01/08/2018 10:26:47 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | Jan 08, 2018 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    We should want to know if our intelligence agencies were being fed misinformation.Two influential Judiciary Committee senators have referred Christopher Steele to federal law-enforcement officials for criminal investigation. Steele authored the salacious and unverified anti-Trump dossier commissioned by the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. The referral was made by Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), who chairs Judiciary’s Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee. It is set forth in a brief letter written to the leadership of the department and the FBI. Appended to the letter is a non-public classified memorandum. As our David French outlined on...
  • Restoring the Rule of Law to the Protection of Classified Information

    01/08/2018 4:32:32 PM PST · by bitt · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/6/2018 | ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    In the Clinton-email case, her intent, regardless of her motive, was clearly criminal. The Justice Department is reviving investigations involving Hillary Clinton’s emails and the degree to which the State Department during Mrs. Clinton’s tenure as secretary was put in the service of the Clinton Foundation. Good. Indeed, it is long overdue. It underscores a point we’ve tried to make repeatedly here: You don’t need a special counsel for this kind of thing; such investigations are what we have a Justice Department full of career prosecutors for. The perverse institution of the independent prosecutor should be shunned whenever possible —...
  • Populists in power

    01/08/2018 4:36:49 PM PST · by bitt · 24 replies
    new criterion ^ | Jan 2018 | ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    On the election of Donald Trump and the first year of his presidency. “That’s how you got Trump!” This phrase seemed at first to be a playful quip, uttered here and there as the Left’s shock and horror over the election of President Donald J. Trump manifested itself in memorably bizarre ways such as grieving centers on university campuses where tender twenty-somethings and the tenured radicals who instruct them were invited to stroke “therapy dogs,” scribble in coloring books, stack Legos, and do their brave best to cope. At Cornell, they even staged a “cry-in,” with the Ivy League university’s...
  • Restoring the Rule of Law to the Protection of Classified Information

    01/06/2018 2:46:47 PM PST · by randita · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/6/18 | Andrew C McCarthy
    In the Clinton-email case, her intent, regardless of her motive, was clearly criminal. The Justice Department is reviving investigations involving Hillary Clinton’s emails and the degree to which the State Department during Mrs. Clinton’s tenure as secretary was put in the service of the Clinton Foundation. Good. Indeed, it is long overdue. It underscores a point we’ve tried to make repeatedly here: You don’t need a special counsel for this kind of thing; such investigations are what we have a Justice Department full of career prosecutors for. The perverse institution of the independent prosecutor should be shunned whenever possible —...
  • Beating a Hasty Retreat from the Steele Dossier

    01/03/2018 10:56:54 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | Jan 03, 2018 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Fusion GPS and the New York Times want to disassociate the dossier from the collusion narrative they labored to create.The New York Times’ Russian Reset continues. My weekend column argued that the Democrats and the media are scrambling to pull together a new origination account of the Trump-Russia collusion narrative. The original origination account has become a political liability because it centered on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser who featured prominently in the so-called Steele dossier. The dossier, a compilation of Russia-sourced reports authored by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, is now known to have been a...
  • As the Dossier Scandal Looms, the New York Times Struggles to Save Its Collusion Tale

    01/01/2018 4:37:34 PM PST · by mojito · 43 replies
    NRO ^ | 1/1/2018 | Andrew McCarthy
    ...Seven months after throwing Carter Page as fuel on the collusion fire lit by then-FBI director James Comey’s stunning public disclosure that the Bureau was investigating possible Trump campaign “coordination” in Russia’s election meddling, the Gray Lady now says: Never mind. We’re onto Collusion 2.0, in which it is Papadopoulos — then a 28-year-old whose idea of résumé enhancement was to feign participation in the Model U.N. — who triggered the FBI’s massive probe by . . . wait for it . . . a night of boozy blather in London. What’s going on here? Well, it turns out the...
  • As the Dossier Scandal Looms, the New York Times Struggles to Save Its Collusion Tale

    01/01/2018 4:49:25 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | January 1, 2018 | ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    Trump Adviser’s Visit to Moscow Got the F.B.I.’s Attention.” That was the page-one headline the New York Times ran on April 20, 2017, above its breathless report that “a catalyst for the F.B.I. investigation into connections between Russia and President Trump’s campaign” was a June 2016 visit to Moscow by Carter Page. It was due to the Moscow trip by Page, dubbed a “foreign policy adviser” to the campaign, that “the F.B.I. obtained a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court” in September — i.e., during the stretch run of the presidential campaign. You’re to be forgiven if you’re feeling...
  • On DNC/FBI/Russia Collusion, the CIA and NSA Played a Part Too

    12/23/2017 12:39:14 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 36 replies
    Powerline ^ | December 23,2017 | John Hinderaker
    As Scott noted earlier today, Andy McCarthy has written a definitive summary of what we know now about the collusion among the Hillary Clinton campaign, the DNC, Fusion GPS, Steele and the Putin regime to 1) prevent Donald Trump from winning the presidential election, and 2) undermine his administration post-election. I can’t urge you strongly enough to read Andy’s NRO article http://www.nationalreview.com/article/454909/trump-russia-collusion-fbi-investigation-steele-dossier-hillary-clinton-campaign The FBI/CIA/NSA reports supplied an important link in the Democrats’ anti-Trump strategy. They implied that Trump’s alleged collusion with the Putin regime bore fruit: the Russians wanted Trump to win, they “meddled” in the election to achieve that...
  • Was the Steele Dossier the FBI’s ‘Insurance Policy’?

    12/23/2017 9:23:32 AM PST · by bitt · 44 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/23/2017 | ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    Clinton campaign propaganda appears to have triggered Obama administration spying on Trump’s campaign. The FBI’s deputy director Andrew McCabe testified Tuesday at a marathon seven-hour closed-door hearing of the House Intelligence Committee. According to the now-infamous text message sent by FBI agent Peter Strzok to his paramour, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, it was in McCabe’s office that top FBI counterintelligence officials discussed what they saw as the frightening possibility of a Trump presidency. That was during the stretch run of the 2016 campaign, no more than a couple of weeks after they started receiving the Steele dossier — the Clinton...
  • Was the Steele Dossier Used to Obtain a FISA Warrant Against Trump’s Campaign?

    12/16/2017 8:26:17 AM PST · by billorites · 52 replies
    National Review ^ | December 16, 2017 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    We need to know the answer. Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/454709/steele-dossier-source-fisa-warrant-against-trump-campaignPresident Trump ought to direct his Justice Department and FBI to provide the House Intelligence Committee with the FISA warrant application — any FISA warrant application — in which they relied on information from the Steele dossier in seeking court permission to spy on the Trump campaign. It may well be that they did not rely on the dossier. It is ridiculous, though, that we are still in the dark about this. I have long experience with how scrupulously the FBI and Justice Department work in the often controversial foreign-intelligence realm....
  • Forget Collusion. Can Mueller Prove Russia Committed Cyberespionage? If not, what’s the point?

    12/11/2017 10:29:57 AM PST · by billorites · 36 replies
    National Review ^ | December 11, 2017 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The rationale for Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel is that Russia conducted a cyberespionage attack — hacking — to interfere in the 2016 presidential campaign, and that the Trump campaign may somehow have “colluded” in this offense. Mueller has been at this for six months, and the FBI for a year before that. So isn’t it about time we asked: Could Mueller prove that Russia did it? Forget Trump. What about Russia? We have paid too much attention to the so-called collusion component of the probe — speculation about Trump-campaign coordination in Russia’s perfidy. There appears to be no proof...
  • Did the DOJ Misuse the Steele Dossier — to Spy on the Trump Campaign?

    12/09/2017 7:37:13 AM PST · by billorites · 104 replies
    National Review ^ | December 8, 2017 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Some Trump supporters are making that claim. The president can disclose warrant applications proving whether it’s true. Will he or won’t he? Will President Trump order the disclosure of any warrant applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (the FISA Court) in which the Justice Department and FBI presented any information derived from the Steele dossier? We don’t need to imperil national security. There is no need to disclose the entirety of any application. There is no need to expose intelligence sources or methods of gathering information — they can be redacted. We don’t even need to see any actual...
  • It Is Now an Obstruction Investigation

    12/04/2017 8:21:12 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 59 replies
    National Review ^ | December 4,2017 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The president may not be prosecuted in a criminal judicial proceeding for exercising his discretion, however objectionably, in executive matters over which the courts have no power of review. If Mueller tried to indict him, Trump would have unfettered discretion to fire Mueller and to direct the Justice Department to drop the case. You may not like that, but that’s the way it is. It is not, however, the end of the matter. Any powers can be abused. When executive powers are abused, Congress retains the constitutional authority to impeach and remove the president. Obstruction of an FBI investigation may...