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  • FNC’s Napolitano, McCarthy Push Back on Turley’s Anti-Impeachment Argument: ‘Simply Wrong’

    12/05/2019 6:42:32 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/04/2019 | Pam Key
    On Wednesday, during Fox News Channel’s special coverage of the Judiciary Committee impeachment inquiry hearings, Fox News legal commentators Andrew Napolitano and Andy McCarthy took a critical look at George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley’s argument against impeaching President Donald Trump. Napolitano said, “Where I disagree with my dear friend, I’ve worked with him and testified alongside him, Jonathan Turley, on the significance of obstruction of justice, he is forgetting that the House has the sole, s-o-l-e power of impeachment. It does not need to go to a court for approval. It doesn’t need to get its subpoena enforced....
  • Pelosi’s impeachment drive is all politics, no law

    10/18/2019 9:17:38 AM PDT · by billorites · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 16, 2019 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    President Trump won’t budge: He refuses to comply with demands for information because the House has not formally voted to conduct an impeachment inquiry. House Democrats won’t budge: Speaker Nancy Pelosi says nothing requires the House to vote for an impeachment inquiry before conducting one. So who is right? They both are. We are an over-lawyered society that likes to see itself as governed by the rule of law. In truth, our fundamental law, the Constitution, is about the division of political authority — particularly between the Congress and the executive, the federal government’s political branches. The ultimate check on...
  • Flashback: Obama Admin Asked Ukraine to Investigate Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort

    10/07/2019 9:33:40 AM PDT · by gattaca · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 27, 2019 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    Former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy noted at National Review on Thursday that then-President Barack Obama’s administration asked Ukraine to investigate Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, in 2016.
  • If the House Won’t Vote, Impeachment Inquiry Is Just a Democratic Stunt

    10/06/2019 6:37:16 AM PDT · by billorites · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | October 5, 2019 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    It is not for the Speaker and her adjutants to decree that there is an inquiry. ‘The House of Representatives . . . shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.” It’s right there in black-and-white: In article I, section 2, clause 5, our Constitution vests the entirety of the power to call for removal of the president of the United States in a single body — the House. Not in the Speaker of the House. In the House of Representatives. The institution, not one of its members. To be sure, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is a very powerful government official: second...
  • Ukraine Gave More Money To Clinton Foundation That Any Nation On Earth

    10/05/2019 8:41:31 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 55 replies
    Maga Daily Report ^ | October 4, 2019 | James Murray
    Bill and Hillary Clinton left government broke and actually in debt from all the various legal bills they needed to fend over impeachment and other corruption-related investigations. Within a few years, they were very wealthy people and the money never stopped flowing in until Hillary lost a winnable election. The slush fund Clinton Foundation is not new in the swamp nor illegal – Paul Ryan just moved millions from his campaign account into a private foundation – but that is why the American people are so furious. We hate legal bribery and we know that this form of cashing in...
  • Ignore the hype — this is not an impeachment inquiry

    10/03/2019 7:07:39 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 66 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/03/19 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    There is no impeachment inquiry. There are no subpoenas. You are not to be faulted if you think a formal inquest is under way and that legal process has been issued. The misimpression is completely understandable if you have been taking in media coverage — in particular, reporting on a haughty Sept. 27 letter from House Democrats, presuming to direct Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on pain of citation for obstruction, to cooperate in their demands to depose State Department officials and review various records. The letter is signed by not one but three committee chairmen. Remember your elementary math,...
  • Double Standards on Ukraine

    09/26/2019 1:12:54 PM PDT · by karpov · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | September 26, 2019 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff’s opening statement at today’s hearing, a grilling of National Intelligence Director Joseph Maguire, was remarkable. To begin with, he recited a parody of the conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky that was so absurd, it would not have made it into a Grade-C mob movie. A telling decision by Schiff, a capable former prosecutor: If you have an extortionate conversation, you quote it. If you need to imagine it into something it isn’t, that means it is not an extortionate conversation. Also telling: Chairman Schiff came flying out of the starting...
  • Hillary Ruins the Plan

    08/14/2019 8:11:25 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 39 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/14/2019 | Andrew McCarthy
    Editor’s note: Andrew C. McCarthy’s new book is Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency. This is the first in a series of excerpts. There really was a collusion plot. It really did target our election system. It absolutely sought to usurp our capacity for self-determination. It was just not the collusion you’ve been told about for nearly three years. It was not “Donald Trump’s collusion with Russia.” Here is the real collusion scheme: In 2016, the incumbent Democratic administration of President Barack Obama put the awesome powers of the United States government’s law-enforcement...
  • Acosta’s Sweetheart Deal Likely to Foreclose Epstein’s SDNY Prosecution

    07/14/2019 6:27:19 AM PDT · by libstripper · 69 replies
    National Review ^ | July 13, 2019 | Andrew McCarthy
    Double-jeopardy rules almost certainly prohibit settling a federal case and then prosecuting it again in federal court. Alex Acosta did a bad job on the Jeffrey Epstein case. This column was nearly finished when news broke Friday that he would resign as labor secretary. I was going to argue that his lapses did not justify joining the nakedly political mau-mauing by Democrats who have no interest in exploring the behavior of Democrats who are neck-deep in a monstrous pedophile’s activities. My friend Jennifer Braceras has ably addressed that point in a Washington Examiner column. I was also going to add...
  • The Lessons of the Mueller Probe

    06/14/2019 4:50:19 PM PDT · by bitt · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/12/2019 | ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    Our government must make transparent, good-faith efforts to police itself, or risk losing legitimacy in the public’s eyes. Editor’s Note: The following is the written testimony submitted by Mr. McCarthy in connection with a hearing earlier today before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on the Mueller Report (specifically, the first volume of the report, which addresses Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign, as to which Special Counsel Mueller found no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin). The hearing was broadcast on C-SPAN, here. Chairman Schiff, Ranking Member Nunes, members of the Committee, thank you for inviting...
  • Was Brennan’s ‘Intelligence Bombshell’ the Steele Dossier?

    05/31/2019 12:54:03 PM PDT · by Meet the New Boss · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 29 May 2019 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    ...our hero [Brennan], through painstaking effort, reached into the shadows for a high-ranking, deep-cover Kremlin source that the CIA had spent years developing. Therefore, the story goes, if Barr declassifies and discloses the intelligence that would explain the true origin of the Russia investigation, he would expose our most vital source of information about the inner workings of our most vexing adversary — in the process ensuring that we become too untrustworthy ever again to recruit such a source. Sure. ...The two words at issue are informant and source. In common parlance, they are often used interchangeably. But they are...
  • The Steele Dossier and the ‘VERIFIED APPLICATION’ That Wasn’t

    05/18/2019 9:59:12 PM PDT · by bitt · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/18/2019 | ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    Former officials are fighting over who deserves blame. Here’s what you need to know: In rushing out their assessment of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, Obama-administration officials chose not to include the risible Steele-dossier allegations that they had put in their “VERIFIED APPLICATION” for warrants from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) because . . . wait for it . . . the allegations weren’t verified. And now, the officials are squabbling over who pushed the dossier. Why? Because the dossier — a Clinton-campaign opposition-research screed, based on anonymous Russian sources peddling farcical hearsay, compiled by a well-paid foreign...
  • Andrew McCarthy: Politics is front and center for Russiagate probe -- and the farce has reached...

    05/11/2019 8:40:09 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 11, 2019 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Full title: Andrew McCarthy: Politics is front and center for Russiagate probe -- and the farce has reached new heightsPolitics is front and center for the Russiagate probe, which has reached previously unknown heights of farce – and that’s saying something. This week saw the spectacle of the House Judiciary Committee holding the attorney general of the United States in contempt for withholding Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report … notwithstanding that the report was actually provided to lawmakers. Desperate to project the illusion of cover-up in the utter absence of cover-up, Democrats proceeded against the attorney general even though...
  • Andrew McCarthy slams Comey for media appearances, handling of Clinton, Trump investigations

    05/10/2019 10:15:09 AM PDT · by onyx · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 10, 2019 | Barnini Chakraborty
    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy said the country's top cops handled their role in the 2016 presidential elections "pretty poorly" and says former FBI directors should keep their opinions on current investigations to themselves. "There's a lot that went on here that's very disturbing," McCarthy said on "Fox & Friends." "The bureau was thrust into the politics of the 2016 election whether they wanted to be or not because of the Hillary Clinton investigation, (which) was a criminal investigation that was going on right in the middle of the campaigns so there was no avoiding it. "The question is,...
  • The FBI’s Trump-Russia Investigation Was Formally Opened on False Pretenses

    05/06/2019 12:10:15 PM PDT · by Meet the New Boss · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 6 May 2019 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Chicanery was the force behind the formal opening of the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation. There was a false premise, namely: The Trump campaign must have known that Russia possessed emails related to Hillary Clinton. From there, through either intentional deception or incompetence, the foreign ministries of Australia and the United States erected a fraudulent story tying the Trump campaign’s purported knowledge to the publication of hacked Democratic National Committee emails. snip We learn from the Mueller report (Volume I, p. 193) that Mifsud was interviewed by the FBI on February 10, 2017, a couple of weeks after the bureau started interviewing...
  • Mueller's letter to Barr – A neat trick by the Washington Post before hearings begin

    05/01/2019 2:29:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/01/2019 | Andrew McCarthy
    “Mueller complained to Barr about memo on key findings.” That’s the banner headline at the top of the Washington Post’s website Wednesday. But when you click your way to the actual story, it turns out that the headline is not true. Special Counsel Mueller’s complaint, which targeted Attorney General Barr’s March 24 letter explaining the report, is not about the “key findings.” It’s about the narrative. Mueller’s complaint is that Barr “did not fully capture the context” of Mueller’s magnum opus – the “nature and substance” of the report. This complaint was set forth in Mueller’s own letter, dated March...
  • Andrew McCarthy: Behind the Obama administration’s shady plan to spy on the Trump campaign

    04/16/2019 10:42:00 AM PDT · by detective · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | 4/16/2019 | Andrew McCarthy |
    se in Washington. (AP) In Senate testimony last week, Attorney General William Barr used the word “spying” to refer to the Obama administration, um, spying on the Trump campaign. Of course, fainting spells ensued, with the media-Democrat complex in meltdown. Former FBI Director Jim Comey tut-tutted that he was confused by Barr’s comments, since the FBI’s “surveillance” had been authorized by a court. (Needless to say, the former director neglected to mention that the court was not informed that the bureau’s “evidence” for the warrants was unverified hearsay paid for by the Clinton campaign.)
  • The Folly of the Mueller Investigation

    04/05/2019 9:44:26 AM PDT · by BurgessKoch · 9 replies
    NRO ^ | April 5, 2019 | Andrew McCarthy
    A hysteria without a cause; a report without a point The pointlessness of it all. That is the major takeaway from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s much-anticipated final report on the Trump/Russia probe. After an exhaustive 22-month investigation, Mueller found that there was no criminal collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. This was already manifest to anyone who had closely followed the investigation — anyone, that is, who had taken note that no predicate crime was specified when Mueller was appointed (the special-counsel regulations require one), or anyone who had read the indictments Mueller filed, which demonstrated that Russia’s...
  • The Folly of the Mueller Investigation

    04/04/2019 12:22:11 PM PDT · by detective · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | April 4, 2019 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    A hysteria without a cause; a report without a point. The pointlessness of it all. That is the major takeaway from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s much-anticipated final report on the Trump/Russia probe. After an exhaustive 22-month investigation, Mueller found that there was no criminal collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. This was already manifest to anyone who had closely followed the investigation — anyone, that is, who had taken note that no predicate crime was specified when Mueller was appointed (the special-counsel regulations require one), or anyone who had read the indictments Mueller filed, which demonstrated that Russia’s...
  • No Winners in the ‘Collusion’ Wars: Both sides are peddling inflated talking points

    03/30/2019 10:48:46 AM PDT · by billorites · 60 replies
    National Review ^ | March 30, 2019 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    "There was absolutely no collusion!” “Are you kidding? There was a boatload of collusion!” I’ve been doing legal analysis in hotly contested cases, including political cases, for about 35 years. By now, I should be used to the insidious word games, as well as the confusion inherent when people imprecisely use ambiguous words because they don’t know any better. Yet it seems like it has never been worse than it is now. That’s because I’m spoiled. I spent the first couple of decades in the confines of a top-tier judicial system. In legal proceedings, a judge is there to make...