Trump campaign

Yes, the FBI Was Investigating the Trump Campaign When It Spied

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

Representative Gowdy, Senator Rubio, and General Clapper maintain that the Justice Department and the FBI were just doing what we should expect them to do, and that we should applaud them. But this claim is based on the easily refuted fiction that the Justice Department and FBI were not investigating the Trump campaign. The claim also ignores the stubborn fact that, if all the Obama administration had been trying to do was check out a few bad apples with suspicious Russia ties, this could easily have been done by alerting the Trump campaign and asking for its help. Instead, Obama officials made the Trump campaign the subject of a counterintelligence investigation.

The London-to-Langley Spy Ring

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

What started in late 2015 with promise ended in panic, with British sources for the alleged Trump-Russia collusion going silent or mysteriously disappearing. A few days after Trump’s inauguration, the director of GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, abruptly resigned, prompting the Guardian to wonder if the sudden resignation was related to “British concerns over shared intelligence with the US.” All of this raises plenty of questions, but one conclusion about this epic fiasco requires no spying: the fingerprints of the British are all over it.

So They Were Spying On Trump's Campaign

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Doesn't pushing the idea that Trump colluded with the Russians require "a conspiratorial mind"? Is it fair to speculate endlessly on CNN and MSNBC about how special counsel Robert Mueller might prove collusion, when he hasn't done so after a year of trying? The media don't have to prove their Trump conspiracy theory to damage Trump's political standing. It can keep that black cloud of speculation hanging over his head on every front page and every newscast.

Obama officials' spying on Trump a departure from norms

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

Has an outgoing administration ever worked to delegitimize and dislodge its successor incoming administration like this? We hear many complaints, some justified, about Trump’s departure from standard political norms. But the greater and more dangerous departure from norms may be that of the Obama officials seeking to overturn the results of the 2016 election.

Defending spies in the Trump campaign is the height of liberal hypocrisy

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

The time is up for professional gatekeepers like Comey and Rosenstein to control what the public knows. They have done nothing but add to distrust of the FBI and that will not change if their ilk makes the final decisions. By insisting that the documents go online, Trump would be letting taxpayers see for themselves what the government was up to, and what it was hiding. And to connect the dots between the various agencies involved.

What Obama and his political Choom Gang did is far worse than Watergate

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

When Donald Trump was running for president, establishment Republicans and Democrats alike ran around thumping their chests feigning outrage that Mr. Trump would not be capable of respecting the Constitution. At that time, the Obama administration was spying on Mr. Trump and his campaign and carrying out the most extensive and brazen undercover espionage-war campaign against political opponents that we have ever seen. All the while nary a peep from these same smarmy swamp creatures as Mr. Obama rolled the constitution into joints so he and his political Choom Gang could smoke bales of weed.

The Inspector General's Report Will Expose the MSM as Treasonous

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

So what will the mainstream media who participated so heavily in this, who were in effect the enabler of this disgraceful anti-democratic enterprise, do when the inspector general's report is finally published? These next few weeks are going to be among the most interesting in our lifetimes -- especially for our friends in the press. We know from the NYT earlier this week they are preparing their excuses. Let's hope they don't have enough.

Trump Demands DOJ 'Fess Up About Spying On His Campaign

President Trump has dropped a bomb on the Department of Justice by demanding answers about why Stefan Halper, a long-time CIA operative with extensive links to the Bush family who was responsible for a dirty and likely illegal spying operation in the 1980 presidential election was engaged to spy on his campaign.

Did the FBI Have a Spy in the Trump Campaign?

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

Did the FBI’s work to verify the dossier in London involve a human source? Did it involve other human sources in other places? Christopher Steele, the former British spy with extensive British intelligence and FBI connections, told his friend Glenn Simpson that the FBI had penetrated the Trump campaign with a “human source” who was helping corroborate the dossier. There seems to be more corroboration for this assertion than for the sensational allegations in Steele’s dossier.

Part 3 of 3 Before There Was Facebook And Cambridge Analytica Conservatives Had The Viguerie Company

By Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Much of the Liberal outrage at Facebook has nothing to do with Zuckerberg’s questionable business model for monetizing its user’s data. It is not outrage over privacy, rather it is the same kind of outrage that they have directed at me and other conservatives over the years; it is outrage that conservatives used Facebook to defeat liberals at the local, state and national level.

Part 2 of 3 Before There Was Facebook And Cambridge Analytica Conservatives Had The Viguerie Company

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Every battle we fight, even if we lose, gives us the opportunity to educate voters on the issues, attract new people to the conservative - populist movement that won President Trump the Republican presidential nomination, and build new conservative organizations and leaders.

Before There Was Facebook And Cambridge Analytica Conservatives Had The Viguerie Company Part 1 of 3

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Liberals have effective control of the mass media -- a virtual monopoly on TV, newspapers, magazines and their associated websites, and increasingly, social media. However, there is one method of mass commercial communication that the liberals do not control -- direct mail.

Anatomy of a Farce

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

The Trump/Russia collusion story is the anatomy of a farce. The frantic churning of hearsay and innuendo about bad guys who, being bad guys, must have been doing bad things. But at the core, there is no concrete, admissible evidence of an espionage or corruption conspiracy; no solid identified sources, no verifiable wrongdoing. A circle of relentless suspicion with a hole in the middle where the crime is supposed to be.

Was the Steele Dossier the FBI’s ‘Insurance Policy’?

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

While there is a dearth of evidence to date that the Trump campaign colluded in Russia’s cyberespionage attack on the 2016 election, there is abundant evidence that the Obama administration colluded with the Clinton campaign to use the Steele dossier as a vehicle for court-authorized monitoring of the Trump campaign — and to fuel a pre-election media narrative that U.S. intelligence agencies believed Trump was scheming with Russia to lift sanctions if he were elected president.

Make a Deal with Russia: Neutralize Ukraine, End NATO Expansion

Taking NATO membership off the table would remove Moscow’s incentive to keep the Ukrainian conflict alive. Ukraine could develop economically and politically as it wished. Sanctions could end, encouraging economic integration from Europe through Ukraine onto Russia.

More Thoughts on the Manafort Indictment

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

The big takeaway from the Manafort indictment is its lack of connection to purported Trump-campaign collusion in Russia’s cyber-espionage attack on the 2016 campaign. I believe the indictment’s only potential relevance lies in its usefulness in pressuring Manafort to cooperate. Assuming that is the goal, I think Mueller’s team could have improved the indictment’s credibility by toning down what is included and adding in what appears to have been left out.

Mueller's Thin Gruel

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

The Mueller investigation may go down as one of the ruling class’s most audacious misdirection plays. We know with certainty that one government tried to tip the election — ours, via the Obama administration’s probes and “unmaskings” of the Trump campaign. And we know with certainty that one candidate colluded with foreigners to alter its outcome — Hillary. But on whom does the focus fall? The one candidate in the race who relied on old-fashioned campaigning to win.

Viguerie Launches Campaign To Support Steve Bannon

We all know that if Steve Bannon is fired then Kellyanne Conway, Stephen Miller and the rest of the conservatives on the White House staff will soon be out the door as well.  Please contact the White House through the links in the article to urge President Trump to keep Steve Bannon on board.

Mr. President, Steve Bannon Is Your Last Best Link With Your Base

Call the White House today at 202-456-1111 or contact President Trump through Twitter at @realDonaldTrump or @POTUS and tell him Steve Bannon's continued service is essential to keep the winning Trump coalition together.

Confirmed: John Brennan Colluded With Foreign Spies to Defeat Trump

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

Liberals pompously quote the saying — “the bigger the lie, the more it will be believed” — even as their media enshrine it. Historians will look back on 2016 and marvel at the audacity of its big lie: whispers of an imaginary Trump-Russia collusion that wafted up from the fever swamps of a real collusion between John Brennan and foreign powers seeking Trump’s defeat.