Russia

Don Jr.'s Russia meeting wasn't collusion — just amateur hour

Jonathan Turley, The Hill

In the continuing Russia Rorschach test, it turns out that every amorphous blob looks like a crime to media and many legal experts. They question is whether the Trump team is a bunch of click-bait chumps or criminals. In other words, does any of this constitute a clear crime or even a vague inkblot image of a crime? No, at least not on these facts.

What Did Hillary Know about Russian Interference?

James Freeman, Wall Street Journal

Hillary Clinton obviously knows the terrain and perhaps Mr. Mnuchin (whose department holds expertise in tracking international financial flows) should start his inquiry by interviewing the former secretary of State. He might also gain some insights into Russia’s strategy to handicap competing sources of fossil fuels by talking to former Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta.

Why the latest Russia story is just another Trump witch hunt

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

By now, the president, and even his family, should know they can never count on getting a fair shake from the White House press corps. They face a rabid hostility, and everything they say and do is seen through the darkest possible lens. It’s not going to change, so Trump must. His White House leaks too much and by every indication, nobody is in charge.

Trump Joins Churchill And Reagan With Warsaw Speech

Communism and Nazism were stymied in the 20th century by Churchill and Reagan, and when President Trump said, “every foot of ground, and every last inch of civilization, is worth defending with your life,” the Warsaw speech made clear that, after eight years of appeasement by Barack Obama, the enemies of liberty will be opposed in the 21st century by Donald Trump.

Solving the Mueller Problem

Daniel Oliver, Washington Times

Mr. Trump should fire Mr. Mueller and at the same time instruct Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint another special counsel. And, not incidentally, part of the new special counsel’s assignment should be to investigate the leaks at the Justice Department and the FBI. Whatever work has been done will be available to the new team so there will be no need to start over from scratch.

Fitton: Mueller's Russia Probe Out of Control, Should Be Shut Down

Our friend Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, blasted Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s conduct of the Russia investigation and his hiring of partisan Democrats to conduct what is now obviously a witch hunt, not a national security investigation.

Still No Collusion Evidence

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

There is a quite astonishing variance in the standards of proof applied by Democrats and their media allies. On the one hand, we have damning evidence that Clinton destroyed government files and mishandled classified information. On the other, there is a dearth of evidence that Trump colluded with Russia. Now riddle me this: Who got a complete pass, and who is the earth being scorched to nail?

It's time to apologize to Trump over Russia

Jay Sekulow, Fox News

The truth is there’s no need for a Special Counsel. What’s really needed is an investigation into the actions (or lack thereof) by President Obama last summer when he became aware of this Russian bombshell. Let’s find out what happened in August – why did the president not reveal this information at that time? And why did he not respond forcefully to the Russian hacking and other cybercrimes?

Democrats Cannot Be Trusted With Classified Intelligence

The organized campaign of leaks of classified intelligence coming from former Obama officials are confirming an old Republican criticism that Democrats really hate: "Democrats can't be trusted with national security."

The media will do anything to bash Trump — and now they’re hurting

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

It is remarkable that, if it weren’t for the unproven allegations of Trump collusion, the media would have no interest in the Russia story at all. This despite the fact that leading officials, including both Democrats and Republicans, have called the interference an “act of war.” But it’s a strange war — one that is important only to the extent Trump can be linked to it. Otherwise, who cares?

Can’t anybody find a Democratic message that works?

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

The problem for the Democrats, clear to everyone with battered ears and weary eyes, is that the Democrats have too many messages, and none of them good. Unfortunately, these passionately held messages have not caught on with enough Americans, and there ought to be a law to require belief, as there surely will be if next year’s congressional elections are fair and free of Russian interference.

Madness on the Potomac: Trump Administration Joins the Syrian Civil War

During the campaign President Donald Trump had at least one very sensible foreign policy belief: the U.S. should stay out of purposeless wars in the Middle East. Now his appointees are dragging us deeper into the Syrian conflict.

Anatomy of a Witch Hunt

Holman W. Jenkins, Jr., The Wall Street Journal

Trump's very unsuitability, the mood of the American public that elected him, the obscure impasse of American politics that brought him to power—all these signs deserve more respect than they’re getting. His Torquemadas don’t and can’t know whether our democracy, in the improbable Mr. Trump, found a lever to move us forward, but there’s something repugnant in their desire not to find out.

After the ISIS War, a US-Russia Collision?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

If America has decided to use its air power to shoot down Syrian planes attacking rebels we support, this could lead to a confrontation with Russia and a broader, more dangerous, and deadly war for the United States. How would we win such a war, without massive intervention? Is this where we are headed? Is this where we want to go?

Escalation? U.S. Marine Jet Downs Syrian Plane

Does the shooting down of the Syrian plane represent a dangerous “escalation” of America’s involvement in the Syrian civil war? So far, conservatives seem to be breaking against deepening American involvement in the Syrian civil war. Please tell us what you think by using the comments to register your opinion.

Can You Obstruct a Fraud?

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

Comey and the FBI did not believe Trump had obstructed an investigation by lobbying on Flynn’s behalf. And just as patently, that’s because Trump did not do so: You cannot act corruptly – as the obstruction statute requires the government to prove beyond a reasonable doubt – if you do not believe what you are doing is against the law. Since Trump had as much authority as any prosecutor or FBI agent to weigh the merits of prosecuting Flynn, he cannot have acted corruptly in doing so.

Another Pointless Russia Hearing

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

The questioning was so straining, empty, and cheap I expected one of the Democrats to ask Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Have you ever, while flipping cable channels at home or at the office, stopped on Russia Television? If so, which programs did you watch and why? Could you give the dates on which you watched RT and the duration of the viewing?

AG Sessions Before The Senate Intelligence Committee: It’s A Hearing About Nothing

Today’s hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee featuring former Senator, now Attorney General, Jeff Sessions should be the last time the government of the United States allows itself to be manipulated into responding to the lies and provocations of James Comey.

James Comey's Russia Rorschach test

W. James Antle III, Washington Examiner

Trump supporters came away thinking Comey didn't lay a glove on the president and instead exposed himself as a craven political operator and the kind of leaker that Trump is trying to hunt down. To Trump's opponents, Comey heroically resisted the president's attempt to an influence an FBI investigation into former national security adviser Mike Flynn and was summarily fired for his independence.