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The FBI IG did a deep dive into the FBI’s handling of the Clinton e-mail investigation and concluded, “we did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative decisions we reviewed in Chapter Five, or that the justifications offered for these decisions were pretextual.”
On Monday of this week, the FBI IG released its report into the FBI’s handling of the Trump campaign. Again, it concluded, “We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the decisions to open the four individual investigations.”More
I forget which episode but it was in August. Jonah Goldberg had the most insightful and funny comment of the year (maybe): More
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cover the indictment of billionaire political operative Jeffrey Epstein on child sex trafficking charges. They discuss Eric Swalwell’s possible withdrawal from the Democratic presidential primary. And they share a chuckle about pro-impeachment, billionaire Tom Steyer’s impending presidential run.More
Andrew McCarthy said Thursday night that, using Mueller’s standard, almost any action by a president could be obstruction of justice. In 2016, the DOJ was investigating HRC’s illegal server. We know that the investigation was a bit of a joke. HRC was not put under oath. A person of interest was allowed to serve as her lawyer; many members of her team were given immunity. Obama in April said that she hadn’t done anything wrong. Certainly she did not intend to do harm (in his opinion).
The statute does not require intent. Comey was writing his exculpatory memo before the investigation was completed. The AG secretly met with Bill Clinton. Comey then let her off in his press conference. It sounds like obstruction of justice to me.More
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see not all Democrats have lost their minds after Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet begs 2020 candidates not to campaign on expanding the Supreme Court. They also hammer Beto O’Rourke and other liberals for using the New Zealand mosque massacre to push a ban on the AR-15. And they defend Chelsea Clinton after progressives accuse her of facilitating the New Zealand massacre with her critique of Rep. Ilhan Omar.More
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are enraged that someone would send explosive devices to the Obamas, Clintons, CNN, and others and hope that those responsible for threatening or attacking public figures – or anyone else – are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. They’re also glad to see Indiana Republican Senate hopeful Mike Braun either closing in on Sen. Joe Donnelly or even taking the lead. They slam MSNBC’s Chuck Todd and others for definitively declaring that there’s no evidence of criminals being part of the thousands of Central Americans headed towards the U.S. border when there is evidence to the contrary. And they weather the final attack ads aimed at their favorite teams ahead of Sunday’s Bears-Jets game.More
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America actually find amusement in Hillary Clinton’s craven pronouncement that Democrats will return to civility if they take back one or both chambers of Congress. They also shudder as Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who survived the congressional baseball shooting and a violent attack from his neighbor, predicts the intense confrontations will ultimately lead to a political assassination. And they get a kick out of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg becoming a Democrat again in anticipation of a 2020 presidential bid.More
Post Me Too, we are seeing an attempt to derail Judge Kavanagh’s appointment based on completely uncorrobated accusations. Yet the establishment in both parties, which pretends to be subject to fainting spells over Trump’s behavior, has very different standards with respect to WJC. Obama had a difficult re-election campaign in 2012. He had Clinton give […]
Well, just what exactly did you expect?
Trump the Candidate was a loud, braggadocious, outrageous, counterpunching, reality show celebrity/businessman who never let an attack go unanswered. To refresh your recollection, you should go do a search for “2016 Republican debate highlights.”More
“So, Mr. Horrorwitz,” I continued on cross-examination, “is the DOJ saying that the defendant must say something at the time he or she is committing the crime in order to prove the defendant’s intent?”
“Yes. That has been the DOJ standard since January 2009,” the IG said. “First applied in the investigation of the New Black Panthers voter intimidation case.”More
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America celebrate another free speech victory coming out of the Supreme Court as it ruled against a Minnesota law that banned political apparel at the polls. They also remain confused at President Donald Trump’s praise for the murderous North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-Un. And they look at the initial details of the long-anticipated Inspector’s General report about Comey, Lynch, and the Hillary Clinton private server investigation.More
Andrew C. McCarthy on Russiagate, Clinton-Trump Investigation Double Standards, Mueller’s Mandate, DOJ-FBI-CIA Politicization (Part II) http://traffic.libsyn.com/bigideaswithben/20180530_Andy_McCarthy_Interview_Part_2.vF.mp3 With Michael Horowitz’s IG Report due out this afternoon, I just released Part II of my in-depth conversation for the Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten podcast with former federal prosecutor and National Review contributor par excellence Andrew C. McCarthy. […]
During the past couple of decades we have seen numerous cases of people being accused of lying to federal authorities under questionable circumstances. Scooter Libby got caught up in the Valerie Plame investigation. I think he was railroaded and Bush left him largely to fry. Now Michael Flynn is caught in a similar trap. It […]
I’d like hear from Ricochet’s doctors, including @docjay, what they think about HRC’s medical condition. There was a lot of discussion about this during the 2016 election. Do you think that she has a Parkinson like disease. She does appear to have been pumped with chemicals for public appearances like last year’s book tour. More
Jonathan Swift, Anglo-Irish satirist, Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, and author of “Gulliver’s Travels,” published “A Modest Proposal” in 1729. Swift’s tongue-in-cheek essay encouraged the impoverished, starving Irish to sell their prodigious supply of children to the wealthy to eat. His essay included tips on how to best prepare and serve the uniquely Irish dish. Swift’s satire was intended as criticism of the ruling parties for failing their desperate citizens.
I have similar modest proposals, though not involving cannibalism.More
Roger Kimball is Editor and Publisher of The New Criterion and President and Publisher of Encounter Books. He is an art critic for National Review and writes a regular column for PJ Media at Roger’s Rules. Mr. Kimball lectures widely and has appeared on national radio and television programs as well as the BBC.
On this episode of Whiskey Politics, we discuss Roger’s article “Donald Trump: An American Patriot of the Same Stripe as Ronald Reagan,” the President’s Tax Plan, his article on American Greatness “Yes, Trump Is Winning.” What Donald Trump could do to win the plaudits of the NeverTrumpers, Steve Bannon and his role declaring war on the establishment, Obama’s legacy now that Obamacare and the Iran Deal are unraveling, and the massive Uranium One/Clinton Foundation scandal.More
This is from the Federalist, and there are no “sources say” or “according to an aide with inside information.” It appears they have been digging through actual records themselves to get this information: Obama’s Campaign Paid $972,000 To Law Firm That Secretly Paid Fusion GPS In 2016 Former president Barack Obama’s official campaign organization has […]
In the mid- to late-90s, during the Clinton years, I had a number of international gigs as an affiliate with two consultancies with technology and futures practices. The Internet was hot, I had somewhat of a track record of calling its trajectory, and governments everywhere were interested in getting their piece of the action – […]
From The Hill, by Julia Manchester: In an interview with the U.K.’s Channel 4 News on Saturday, Clinton said: More