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  • Stormy Daniels: The Crime and the Cover-Up (Did Trump Violate Campaign Finance Laws?)

    03/29/2018 9:40:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/29/2018 | Andrew McCarthy
    Would a $130,000 payment to buy a porn star’s silence violate campaign-finance laws? Greetings from beautiful Orange County. We’re getting ready for the second of two Golden State events (we were in San Francisco yesterday), part of National Review Institute’s celebration of Bill Buckley’s legacy a decade after his passing.For me, the road trip is tacked on to a longer-than-usual vacation. It has ended up being the longest break I have taken from writing in many years — maybe since I started writing full time 15 years ago. I am grateful for the time to think at length about things...
  • Muellers Investigation Flouts Justice Department Standards

    03/19/2018 11:51:32 AM PDT · by KC Burke · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/17/2018 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    These columns have many times observed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosensteins failure to set limits on Special Counsel Robert Muellers investigation. To trigger the appointment of a special counsel, federal regulations require the Justice Department to identify the crimes that warrant investigation and prosecution crimes that the Justice Department is too conflicted to investigate in the normal course; crimes that become the parameters of the special counsels jurisdiction. Rosenstein, instead, put the cart before the horse: Mueller was invited to conduct a fishing expedition, a boundless quest to hunt for undiscovered crimes, rather than an investigation and prosecution of...
  • Muellers Investigation Flouts Justice Department Standards (Boundless hunt for undiscovered crimes)

    03/19/2018 9:27:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/19/2018 | Andrew McCarthy
    Richard Gates was charged with $100 million in financial crimes and pled guilty to two minor offenses, one of them highly questionable. These columns have many times observed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosensteins failure to set limits on Special Counsel Robert Muellers investigation. To trigger the appointment of a special counsel, federal regulations require the Justice Department to identify the crimes that warrant investigation and prosecution crimes that the Justice Department is too conflicted to investigate in the normal course; crimes that become the parameters of the special counsels jurisdiction. Rosenstein, instead, put the cart before the horse:...
  • Muellers Investigation Flouts Justice Department Standards

    03/17/2018 8:22:29 AM PDT · by lowbuck · 17 replies
    NRO ^ | 17 March 2018 | Andrew McCarthy
    Gates was charged with $100 million in financial crimes and pled guilty to two minor offenses, one of them highly questionable. These columns have many times observed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosensteins failure to set limits on Special Counsel Robert Muellers investigation. To trigger the appointment of a special counsel, federal regulations require the Justice Department to identify the crimes that warrant investigation and prosecution crimes that the Justice Department is too conflicted to investigate in the normal course; crimes that become the parameters of the special counsels jurisdiction. Rosenstein, instead, put the cart before the horse: Mueller...
  • Is Collusion with Russia Over?

    02/24/2018 7:19:50 AM PST · by billorites · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | February 24, 2018 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Mueller may be seeking to defend at least the investigative decisions made by the FBI and the Justice Department, institutions he served for many years. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been a busy fellow for the past week. Rapid fire, his indictment of several Russian nationals for meddling in the 2016 election has been followed by a guilty plea, for lying to investigators, from a lawyer tied to Trump-campaign figures Paul Manafort and Richard Gates; a new indictment against Manafort and Gates that, as anticipated, added tax- and bank-fraud charges (in Virginia) to already existing money-laundering charges (in Washington); and...
  • 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 departments 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 Departments Office of Legal Counsel in the federal government, its 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 Cing her own A. Rice was nervous about the fact that, at the presidents direction, she had failed to share information fully as it relates to Russia with President Trumps 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 dont 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, Trumps 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 Muellers 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 reportedMueller has requested to question President Trump directly about his decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey,as well as the departure of Trumps former national security advisor, Michael Flynn. It is believed Mueller is looking for evidence that shows Trumps motive for firing Comey was to end the FBIs investigation into Flynn and Russian interference in the 2016 election.Although liberal pundits and many congressional Democrats have long argued...
  • [Great editorial] ClintonObama Emails: The Key to Understanding Why Hillary Wasnt 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 presidents involvement. From the first, these columns have argued that the whitewash of the Hillary Clinton emails caper was President Barack Obamas call - not the FBIs, and not the Justice Departments. 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, Obamas culpable involvement would have been patent. In any prosecution of Clinton, the ClintonObama emails would have been in the spotlight. For the prosecution, they would be more proof of willful (or,...
  • Politicizing Steeles 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 Steeles 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 Steeles 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 Judiciarys 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 Clintons emails and the degree to which the State Department during Mrs. Clintons tenure as secretary was put in the service of the Clinton Foundation. Good. Indeed, it is long overdue. It underscores a point weve tried to make repeatedly here: You dont 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. Thats how you got Trump! This phrase seemed at first to be a playful quip, uttered here and there as the Lefts 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 universitys...
  • 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 Clintons emails and the degree to which the State Department during Mrs. Clintons tenure as secretary was put in the service of the Clinton Foundation. Good. Indeed, it is long overdue. It underscores a point weve tried to make repeatedly here: You dont 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 Comeys stunning public disclosure that the Bureau was investigating possible Trump campaign coordination in Russias election meddling, the Gray Lady now says: Never mind. Were onto Collusion 2.0, in which it is Papadopoulos then a 28-year-old whose idea of rsum enhancement was to feign participation in the Model U.N. who triggered the FBIs massive probe by . . . wait for it . . . a night of boozy blather in London. Whats 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 Advisers 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 Trumps 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. Youre to be forgiven if youre 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 cant urge you strongly enough to read Andys 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 Trumps alleged collusion with the Putin regime bore fruit: the Russians wanted Trump to win, they meddled in the election to achieve that...