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  • Explosive Revelation of Obama Administration Illegal Surveillance of Americans

    05/25/2017 4:42:30 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 40 replies
    NRO ^ | May 25, 2017 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The NSA intentionally and routinely intercepted communications of American citizens in violation of the Constitution. During the Obama years, the National Security Agency intentionally and routinely intercepted and reviewed communications of American citizens in violation of the Constitution and of court-ordered guidelines implemented pursuant to federal law. The unlawful surveillance appears to have been a massive abuse of the government’s foreign-intelligence-collection authority, carried out for the purpose of monitoring the communications of Americans in the United States. While aware that it was going on for an extensive period of time, the administration failed to disclose its unlawful surveillance of Americans...
  • In Clinton Caper, Comey Was the Most Visible Player, Not the Most Consequential

    05/10/2017 7:52:36 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10 May, 2017 | ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    At National Review last weekend, I addressed the Democrats’ loopy claim that the FBI became a Trump partisan in the 2016 election. The claim is worth more examination in light of President Trump’s dismissal of FBI Director James Comey. In Clinton World, self-absorption always triumphs over self-inspection, so nothing could be more predictable than Hillary Clinton’s scapegoating of Comey, a diversion from acknowledging what really cost her the election: her own manifest flaws. Congressional Democrats are along for the ride: those who were swooning over Comey in July when he announced that Clinton would not be charged, then ripped him...
  • Faux Outrage and Melodrama over Comey’s Pre-Election Letter

    05/04/2017 8:29:41 AM PDT · by Meet the New Boss · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 4 May 2017 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    If Director Comey had not conducted his July 5 press conference clearing Hillary Clinton, there would have been no cause to issue the October 28 letter to Congress. (snip) What Democrats choose to forget, and hope you will too, is the closing section of Comey’s [July 5] remarks. That was when he seized the power of the Justice Department to render legal conclusions about both the prosecutorial merits of the case and the interpretation of the relevant criminal statute. In this conclusion, not only did Comey claim that Clinton’s conduct did not warrant an indictment, he gratuitously added the declaration...
  • Revealed: Eleventh-hour Subpoenas in the Clinton E-mails

    04/29/2017 7:41:57 AM PDT · by LouisianaJoanof Arc · 45 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/29/17 | Andrew McCarthy
    Why the Obama Justice Department avoided the grand jury . . . until it had no choice On the matter of the 2016 election, why is there an investigation into Russian meddling but no investigation of Justice Department meddling? The latter effort was more extensive. And it sure looks like it would be a lot easier to prove. This week, courtesy of Judicial Watch, we learned that the Obama Justice Department and the FBI did, in fact, use the grand jury in the Clinton e-mails probe. Or, to be more accurate, they fleetingly used grand-jury subpoenas, which were issued to...
  • Obama Political Spying Scandal: Trump Associates Were Not the First Targets

    04/19/2017 8:07:30 AM PDT · by bitt · 62 replies
    National Review ^ | April 18, 2017 | ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    This list includes Dennis Kucinich and investigative journalists. In 2011, Dennis Kucinich was still a Democratic congressman from Ohio. But he was not walking in lockstep with President Obama — at least not on Libya. True to his anti-war leanings, Kucinich was a staunch opponent of Obama’s unauthorized war against the Qaddafi regime. Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446843/barack-obama-spying-journalists-dennis-kucinich-sharyl-attkisson-donald-trump-campaign-transition
  • Susan Rice’s White House Unmasking: A Watergate-style Scandal

    04/04/2017 7:43:41 PM PDT · by Pfesser · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/4/2017 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    ...The national-security adviser is not an investigator. She is a White House staffer. The president’s staff is a consumer of intelligence, not a generator or collector of it. If Susan Rice was unmasking Americans, it was not to fulfill an intelligence need based on American interests; it was to fulfill a political desire based on Democratic-party interests. ...Thus, Comey added, these consumers “can ask the collectors to unmask.” But the unmasking authority “resides with those who collected the information.”
  • Democrats Know the Election Was Legitimate but Persist in a Dangerous Fraud

    04/01/2017 6:59:08 AM PDT · by billorites · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | March 31, 2017 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    ‘Horrifying!” inveighed an indignant Hillary Clinton at the last presidential debate, less than three weeks before Election Day. What so horrified her? Donald Trump’s refusal to pledge that he would accept the legitimacy of the election. Trump speculated that the electoral process could be rigged. Until he saw how it played out, the Republican nominee said, he could not concede that the result would be on the up-and-up. Trump offered a three-part “rigging” claim. There was the allegation for which he’d already been roundly derided: A foreign element could swing the election — specifically, “millions” of ineligible voters, a reference...
  • In the Nunes Affair, Don't Lose Sight of the Unanswered Questions

    03/29/2017 1:55:53 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 21 replies
    NRO ^ | Andrew McCarthy
    The chairman says he was invited by an unidentified intelligence official to review classified documents on the White House grounds — at the Old Executive Office Building, it appears, where the National Security Council has secure facilities for that purpose. These documents purportedly show that communications from Trump transition officials, and perhaps Trump himself, were intercepted during intelligence-agency monitoring of foreign powers; and Nunes says the monitoring in question appears unrelated to Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election. Nunes reports that the documents he was shown suggest that the Obama administration may have been using its foreign-intelligence powers to shadow...
  • Trump team communications captured by intelligence community surveillance, Nunes says

    03/22/2017 10:47:24 AM PDT · by God luvs America · 208 replies
    Fox ^ | 03/22/2017 | Corey Derespina
    Members of the intelligence community collected ‘incidental’ communications of the Trump transition team during legal surveillance operations, producing ‘dozens’ of reports which eventually unmasked several individuals’ identities and which were ‘widely disseminated,’ a top lawmaker said Wednesday afternoon. House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said none of the reports he had read mentioned Russia or Russians and he was unsure whether the surveillance occurred at Trump Tower. Nunes also was unsure if then President-elect Trump was captured by the surveillance, which occurred in November, December and January. “I recently confirmed on numerous occasions the intelligence community incidentally collected intelligence,”...
  • Andrew Mccarthy: My Error: The New York Times Did Not Change Its Headline – There Were Two Headlines

    03/10/2017 10:24:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/09/2017 | Andrew McCarthy
    My Error: The New York Times Did Not Change Its Headline – There Were Two Headlines from the Start By Andrew C. McCarthy — March 9, 2017 I owe the New York Times an apology, and am extending it in this post. It corrects my column from earlier today, which I have asked National Review to withdraw. I accused the Times of altering the headline of an important report (pertinent to the so-called FISAgate controversy) in order to revise history in light of a shifting political narrative. I was wrong. The Times did not change the headline. Instead, the report...
  • Andrew McCarthy: Parsing Clapper (drilling down into the details)

    03/08/2017 6:36:54 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 8 replies
    NRO ^ | Andrew McCarthy
    What he said was probably true, but what he didn’t say was more revealing. In Monday’s Morning Jolt, Jim Geraghty usefully outlined some intriguing statements made by former Obama national intelligence director James Clapper regarding the FISA surveillance controversy. Clapper’s remarks, in an interview by NBC’s Chuck Todd on Meet the Press on Sunday, are being taken as a blanket denial of the allegations that the Obama administration used the Justice Department and FBI to investigate Trump-campaign figures, potentially including Trump himself. But what Clapper said is far from a wholesale rejection of the allegations. To be sure, General Clapper’s...
  • There is no crime to probe in the matter of the Trump campaign’s contact with Russians

    03/04/2017 5:56:23 PM PST · by ggunky · 23 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 3, 2017 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    So, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself. Great! Just one question: From what? Yes, yes, Sessions is a good and decent man. He is a scrupulous lawyer who cares about his reputation. Thus, in stark contrast to Obama administration attorneys general, he strictly applied — I’d say he hyper-applied — the ethical standard that calls on a lawyer to recuse himself from a matter in which his participation as counsel would create the mere appearance of impropriety. The standard is eminently sensible because the legitimacy of our judicial system depends not only on its actually being on the up...
  • FISA and the Trump Team obama-fisa-trump-wiretap

    03/04/2017 8:58:12 AM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 56 replies
    Nationalreview ^ | Jan. 11, 2017 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The idea that FISA could be used against political enemies always seemed far-fetched. Now it might not be. Remember the great debate over “the Wall” following the 9/11 attacks? “The Wall” was a set of internal guidelines that had been issued by the Clinton Justice Department in the mid 1990s. In a nutshell, the Wall made it legally difficult and practically impossible for agents in the FBI’s Foreign Counter-Intelligence Division (essentially, our domestic-security service, now known as the National Security Division) to share intelligence with the criminal-investigation side of the FBI’s house. Those of us who were critics of the...
  • His testimony was inaccurate but not willfully false.(Sessions)

    03/02/2017 7:42:37 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 38 replies
    National Review ^ | 2 Mar, 2017 | ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    In the overwrought, partisan allegations that Attorney General Jeff Sessions committed perjury in his confirmation-hearing testimony, let’s cut to the chase: There is a good deal of political hay to be made because Sessions made a statement that was inaccurate — or at least incomplete — especially when mined out of its context....... Prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the speaker knowingly, voluntarily, and intentionally — not by accident, misunderstanding, or confusion — said something that was untrue, with a specific purpose to disobey or disregard the law. Therefore, when there is an allegation of perjury, the alleged...
  • Mike Flynn & FBI Investigation: Bureau Had No Basis for It

    02/19/2017 3:58:51 AM PST · by Godebert · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/18/17 | Andrew McCarthy
    National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was dismissed amid a torrent of mainstream-media reporting and disgraceful government leaks (but I repeat myself). Among the most intriguing was a New York Times report the morning after Flynn’s resignation, explaining that the former three-star Army general and head of the Defense Intelligence Agency was “grilled” by FBI agents “about a phone call he had had with Russia’s ambassador.” No fewer than seven veteran Times reporters contributed to the story, the Gray Lady having dedicated more resources to undermining the Trump administration than the Republican Congress has to advancing Trump’s agenda. Remarkably, none of...
  • Why Was the FBI Investigating General Flynn?

    02/18/2017 5:22:42 AM PST · by randita · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/18/17 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Why Was the FBI Investigating General Flynn? There appears to have been no basis for a criminal or intelligence probe. By Andrew C. McCarthy — February 18, 2017 National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was dismissed amid a torrent of mainstream-media reporting and disgraceful government leaks (but I repeat myself). Among the most intriguing was a New York Times report the morning after Flynn’s resignation, explaining that the former three-star Army general and head of the Defense Intelligence Agency was “grilled” by FBI agents “about a phone call he had had with Russia’s ambassador.” No fewer than seven veteran Times reporters...
  • Prosecute the Rioters

    02/05/2017 11:23:55 AM PST · by ColdOne · 29 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 2/4/17 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    From time to time over the years, the eminent historian Daniel Pipes has lamented that treason, not just as a crime but as a concept, appears defunct in the West. The question of bringing treason charges against jihadists has been raised from time to time. Often its very asking proves Dr. Pipes’s point: Most radical Islamic terrorists are not American citizens; as to them, treason is not a cognizable offense because traitorous conduct is central to the crime. Even against American jihadists, a treason charge is of dubious usefulness. The 1996 overhaul of federal counterterrorism law codified crimes tailored to...
  • A Supreme Court Deadlock on Trump’s Travel Ban? Not So Fast: Watch Justice Kennedy

    02/07/2017 7:02:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/07/2017 | Andrew McCarthy
    As our Monday editorial details, there is every reason to believe that the eventual ruling of the Ninth Circuit federal appeals court will control the outcome of litigation over President Trump’s temporary travel ban on both aliens from seven countries and refugees. A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit is considering the Justice Department’s appeal of a temporary restraining order issued by Seattle federal district judge James Robart, which suspends the ban. The panel has announced that it will hear oral argument on Tuesday. The Ninth Circuit’s determination is likely to be dispositive because there are currently only eight justices...
  • The Damage Done to America by Manning … and Obama

    01/19/2017 8:06:47 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 9 replies
    The National Review ^ | January 18, 2017 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    In response to "Disgrace: Obama Commutes Bradley Manning's Prison Sentence" ... I emphatically agree ... -snip- First, -disgraceful for the New York Times to report ... that “Prosecutors … presented no evidence that anyone was killed because of [Manning’s] leaks." ... in cases involving classified information, the government frequently cannot reveal ... – the damage done... such revelations end up disclosing more classified information and, critically, identifying other informants and countries who have covertly provided national-security assistance to the United States. That is why it is always a gimmee for apologists of the Mannings, Snowdens, and Clintons to minimize the...
  • Why Republicans Lose the Narrative Battle: The Inspector-General Gambit

    01/16/2017 12:35:14 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | Jan. 16 , 2017 | Andrew McCarthy
    To delegitimize Trump’s victory, the Left is setting the parameters of the controversy and the terms by which it will be discussed.