Russia investigation

Was Brennan’s ‘Intelligence Bombshell’ the Steele Dossier?

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

Christopher Steele claimed that his intelligence, showing that Vladimir Putin was directing a pro-Trump conspiracy that included the hacking and publication of DNC emails, was sourced to (among others) high-ranking Kremlin officials Vladislov Surkov and Vyasheslov Trubnikov. The story coming from the Brennan camp is that he had some other “bombshell intelligence” sourced to the Kremlin. That seems unlikely: The record shows that he was promoting the Steele dossier. Surely, the Republic as we know it will not crumble if Attorney General Barr tells us whether Brennan is being forthright.

Mueller’s Bitter End

Beyond infuriating Democrats Mueller stated only the obvious. However, he created a further problem for Trump-haters because buried in Mueller’s statement was an important statement of fact that further exonerates President Trump.

Attorney General Barr: “the evidence is now that the President was falsely accused”

We ignored the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary grandstanding and making fools of themselves to bring you a mash-up of the key points from Attorney General Willam Barr's testimony during yesterday's hearing on the Special Counsel's investigation and report on Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

The Biggest Hole In The Mueller Report

We have been going through the Mueller Report and will have a few more things to say about it as we complete our review and analysis, but first let’s go over what we see as the biggest hole in the Report. The biggest hole is the Report’s utter failure to address the validity of the “predicate” to the entire Trump investigation.

The Real Reason Democrats Went Nuts Over AG Barr’s Testimony

That participants in the Trump campaign were spied upon an irrefutable fact. So, why did the Democrats and their Leftwing media do-boys go nuts about it? Because if Barr investigates whether the spying was “was adequately predicated" it will reveal the Democrat-generated falsehoods behind the closed loop system that set-up the entire Trump – Russia investigation.

NeverTrump Clings To Russia Collusion Conspiracy Theory Despite Lack Of Evidence

Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist

The NeverTrump movement has gone from pushing allegations that Donald Trump treasonously colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election from its rightful owner Hillary Clinton, to pretending that his attempts at business deals in Russia, which were legal and the subject of widespread reporting during the election, are evidence of unspecified crimes. NeverTrumpers are receiving accolades from liberal journalists for joining with the Russia conspiracy theory. The praise is heaped entirely for the bravery and courage of…agreeing with Democrats and the media that Trump is gross and shouldn’t be president.

What did Peter Strzok do?

Sharyl Attkisson, The Hill

Strzok isn’t just any rank-and-file guy spouting off in one ill-advised email. His fingerprints were on every FBI investigation that stood to impact Clinton’s presidential candidacy or to hurt Trump before and after the 2016 election. The earth-shattering finding on Strzok by the inspector general (IG) confirms a citizenry’s worst fears: A high-ranking government intel official allegedly conspired to affect the outcome of a U.S. presidential election.

How the Russia Investigation Helps Trump

Ben Shapiro, CNS News

When Trump fulminates about the supposed sins of the "deep state," few Americans are exercised. Most shrug; some even nod along. Democrats seethe but have no new fodder for their ire — and every day that passes with the media chumming the waters and coming up empty drives down enthusiasm even more. And Trump's focus on Russia means that he spends less time tweeting about other topics — which helps him, since he's less likely to make a grave error on those fronts.

John Brennan’s ‘Exceptionally Sensitive’ Issue

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

Brennan dimly understood that there would be hell to pay if it came out that Hillary partisans in the U.S. government were spying on her opponent’s campaign, making use of opposition research that she had purchased. But Brennan, who was auditioning to be Hillary’s CIA director and choking on his anger at the thought of Trump as president, couldn’t help himself apparently. Many questions in all of this remain unanswered, but this much is clear: John Brennan’s transformation of the CIA into a branch office of the Hillary campaign will go down as one of the grossest abuses in the agency’s history.

We Need More Conservative Warriors Like Jordan, Meadows, Gaetz And DeSantis

Far from being merely partisan apologists for President Trump, Reps Jim Jordan, Mark Meadows, Matt Gaetz and Ron DeSantis are reflecting what their constituents think about the Mueller investigation and the Russia collusion probe.

Why All the Secrecy?

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

The president should direct Rosenstein to outline, publicly and in detail, the good-faith basis for a criminal investigation arising out of Russia’s interference in the election — if there is one. If he can’t, Mueller’s criminal investigation should be terminated; if he can, Mueller should be compelled to explain (unless Rosenstein’s disclosure makes it clear) why he needs to interview President Trump in order to complete his work.

Time to end the crazy secrecy of the Trump-Russia investigation

Byron York, Washington Examiner

Capitol Hill's secrecy is nothing compared to that of special counsel Robert Mueller, whose lawyers recently declined to tell a federal judge in open court what their investigation is about. The problem with this investigation, going back to the beginning, is everything is done in secret. In February, I wrote that in the Trump-Russia probe, "Too much material is secret, too much is classified, and too many attacks are launched and defenses mounted with too little public knowledge of the underlying facts." That's still true, and becoming more so every day.

The Deep State’s Kangaroo Court

It turns out that Judge Beryl Howell, who signed off on Robert Mueller’s request to convene a Washington, D.C. grand jury for the Russia investigation is a former staffer for Vermont’s hyper-partisan Leftist Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, coauthored papers with a member of Mueller's team and used to turn up for work in Leahy's office dressed in a Mao suit.

Keeping Devin Nunes out of the game

Byron York, Washington Examiner

As the Russia case continues to dominate public attention, the House investigation is going largely without its chairman, who has been pushed to the side by an unusual investigation that Republicans believe is being extended for the purpose of keeping the chairman away from the Russia affair. And there is no idea of when that situation might change.

Government Owes Taxpayers Billions for Wasted Russia Investigation

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

The hearings have also succeeded to an unfortunate extent in their only real mission -- impeding or even destroying the possibility of the changes that had been voted for by the American public in the previous election.  Speaking of billions, how do you put a price on that?