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  • McCarthy: “Astonishing” FBI used Discredited Dossier as Source No. 1 to get FISA Warrant – Video

    07/22/2018 12:16:41 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 71 replies
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 22, 2018 | Brian
    Here is former U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy today analyzing the redacted FISA documents released by the Justice Department last night. He is very strong in saying he is “shocked” to find that, indeed, the FBI used the unverified and discredited Steele Dossier to justify their need for a FISA Warrant to spy on Carter Page. McCarthy said he really didn’t think they would do that – that he didn’t think something like this could happen here. But it has. . . .
  • McCarthy on FISA application: "This is so bad...look at the judges."

    07/22/2018 12:05:54 PM PDT · by aspasia · 44 replies
    fox & friends via youtube ^ | Jul 22, 2018 | Mccarthy
    Watch here.
  • House Republicans Grill Rosenstein over Trump-Russia

    06/30/2018 12:45:05 PM PDT · by Meet the New Boss · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 30 June 2018 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    ‘You’re the boss.” That was Representative Jim Jordan’s terse rejoinder during a feisty exchange with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at the House Judiciary Committee’s oversight hearing on Thursday. The Ohio Republican was blasting Rosenstein over information Republicans say Justice Department officials have concealed from Congress for a year. snip These calls were made by subordinates, Rosenstein DAG-splained. “They work for you,” Jordan bluntly replied. ...while House Republicans revel in reminding anyone who will listen that DOJ’s intransigent middle managers work for Rosenstein, they never quite get around to mentioning that Rosenstein works for President Trump. The president is better...
  • Look to Trump, Not Trey Gowdy, to Address Bias at the FBI and DOJ

    06/23/2018 8:41:02 AM PDT · by yoe · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | June 23, 2018 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The president runs the executive branch, after all. I confess to being more weary than dizzy from the Dr. Gowdy–and–Mr. Trey routine. Just three weeks ago, Representative Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican who chairs the House Oversight Committee, ( assured us) that everything was peachy with the FBI — no way, no how did the bureau “spy” on the Trump campaign when it deployed an “informant” to pry information from Trump-campaign officials. As (Mollie Hemingway) pointed out at the time, Gowdy had not seen relevant documents the FBI and Justice Department have been withholding from Congress — in fact, his...
  • The IG Report Should End Mueller’s Obstruction Investigation

    06/21/2018 12:17:51 PM PDT · by advance_copy · 22 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 6/21/18 | Andrew McCarthy
    While generally cautious about criticizing Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on the Clinton-emails investigation, Trump supporters have taken aim at its chief logical flaw: Although key investigators harbored anti-Trump and pro-Clinton bias, and even made statements indicating an intention to act on that bias, the IG did not find that this bias was the proximate cause of any particular investigative decision. This conclusion is easy to rebut; I did so myself in a column last week. Yet, the Trump camp should also be embracing it. Why? Because if this is the Justice Department’s position, then Special Counsel Robert Mueller has...
  • Problems at the Justice Department and FBI Are Serious

    06/17/2018 7:14:53 AM PDT · by libstripper · 54 replies
    National Review ^ | June 16, 2018 | Andrew McCarthy
    And they won’t be solved by whining about criticism. hat do you do with an FBI agent, sworn to uphold the law, who flagrantly violates the law in a rogue investigation aimed at making a name for himself by bringing down some high-profile targets? Why . . . you promote him, of course. At least that is the way the Justice Department answered that question in the case of David Chaves, an FBI agent who serially and lawlessly leaked grand-jury information, wiretap evidence, and other sensitive investigative intelligence to the media in his quest to make an insider-trading case against...
  • The IG’s Report May Be Half-Baked

    06/15/2018 9:22:08 PM PDT · by Revel · 46 replies
    National Review ^ | 06-15-18 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    You’ve got to hand it to Michael-Horowitz: The Justice Department inspector general’s much-anticipated report on the Clinton-emails investigation may be half-baked, but if it is, it is the most comprehensive, meticulously detailed, carefully documented, thoughtfully reasoned epic in the history of half-bakery. Why say do I say the report “may be half-baked”? Why don’t I just come out and declare, “The report is half-baked”? Well, I figure if I write this column in the IG’s elusive style, we’ll have the Rosetta Stone we need to decipher the report. See, you probably sense that I believe the report is half-baked. But-if...
  • Rod Rosenstein’s Subpoena Threat: He’s Conflicted, and He’s Acting Like It

    06/13/2018 11:38:11 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 58 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ^ | June 13, 2018 12:16 PM | By ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    The House Intelligence Committee is investigating whether the government has used the Justice Department’s awesome investigative authorities as a weapon against political adversaries. We learned yesterday that, in response to this ... Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein . . . threatened to use the Justice Department’s awesome investigative authorities as a weapon against political adversaries. That Rosenstein threatened to subpoena the committee’s records does not seem to be in serious dispute...the best explanation for the outburst is that Rosenstein is beset by profound conflicts of interest, and he’s acting like it.... Rosenstein has clung to his role as Mueller’s ostensible...
  • The Papadopoulos Case Needs a Closer Look (FBI perjury trap)

    06/02/2018 9:21:10 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | June 2, 2018 5:30 AM | ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    Is the former campaign adviser accused of misrepresenting his subjective state of mind, not objective reality? Congress should be taking a very hard look at the prosecution of George Papadopoulos. To these eyes, the harder one looks, the more the Papadopoulos case appears to be much ado about nothing. That is no small thing: The “much ado” here is a purported Trump–Russia conspiracy to subvert a presidential election. There has always been something fishy about the charge filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller against Papadopoulos, who was a green-as-grass 28-year-old when he made the big primary-season move from Ben Carson–campaign...
  • Yes, the FBI Was Investigating the Trump Campaign When It Spied

    05/30/2018 7:10:20 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 95 replies
    NRO ^ | May 30, 2018 9:55 PM | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Gowdy’s fire truck pulled into Fox News Tuesday night for an interview by Martha MacCallum. An able lawyer, the congressman is suddenly on a mission to protect the Justice Department and the FBI from further criticism. So, when Ms. MacCallum posed the question about FBI spying on the Trump campaign, Gowdy deftly changed the subject: Rather than address the campaign, he repeatedly insisted that Donald Trump personally was never the “target” of the FBI’s investigation. The only “target,” Gowdy maintains, was Russia. This is a dodge on at least two levels. First, to repeat, the question raised by the FBI’s...
  • How the Clinton-Emails Investigation Intertwined with the Russia Probe

    05/23/2018 11:57:35 AM PDT · by Meet the New Boss · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 23 May 2018 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    snip If the thousands of text messages between Ms. Page and Agent Strzok are clear on anything, they are clear on the thinking of the bureau’s top brass. In its Trump antipathy, the media-Democrat complex has admonished us to ignore the Strzok-Page texts.... That’s the wrong way to look at it. Regardless of their politics (which, the texts show, are not as left-wing as some conservative-media hyperbole claims), these FBI officials are a window into how the Obama administration regarded the two investigations in which Strzok and Page were central players: Mid Year Exam and Trump-Russia — the latter eventually...
  • The Real Origination Story of the Trump-Russia Investigation

    05/22/2018 6:13:44 PM PDT · by bitt · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/22/2018 | ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    The Trump-Russia investigation did not originate with Carter Page or George Papadopoulos. It originated with the Obama administration. Exactly when is the “late Spring”? Of all the questions that have been asked about what we’ve called the “Origination Story” of the Trump-Russia investigation, that may be the most important one. It may be the one that tells us when the Obama administration first formed the Trump-Russia “collusion” narrative. See, it has always been suspicious that the anonymous current and former government officials who leak classified information to their media friends have been unable to coordinate their spin on the start...
  • Andrew McCarthy Discusses FBI and DOJ Attempts To Justify Spying on Trump Campaign…

    05/17/2018 6:44:01 PM PDT · by bitt · 22 replies
    CONSERVATIVE TREEHOUSE ^ | 5/17/2018 | SUNDANCE
    Andrew McCarthy appeared on Fox News this morning to discuss the bombshell admissions within a New York Times report, leaked by FBI and DOJ officials, attempting to justify their illegal spying and surveillance operation against the campaign of Donald Trump in 2015 and 2016. video and link to andrew mccarthy's piece
  • Spinning a Crossfire Hurricane: The Times on the FBI’s Trump Investigation

    05/17/2018 9:58:39 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 47 replies
    https://www.nationalreview.com ^ | May 17, 2018 | Andrew McCarthy
    The young’uns may not believe it, but back before it was known as “classic rock,” you couldn’t just play your crossfire hurricane on Spotify. You had to spin it. Fittingly, that is exactly what the New York Times has done in Wednesday’s blockbuster report on the origins of the Trump-Russia probe. The quick take on the 4,100-word opus is that the Gray Lady “buried the lede.” Fair enough: You have to dig pretty deep to find that the FBI ran “at least one government informant” against the Trump campaign — and to note that the Times learned this because “current...
  • The Strzok-Page Texts and the Origins of the Trump-Russia Investigation

    05/15/2018 1:20:14 PM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | May 14, 2018 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Peter Strzok and Lisa Page’s texts shine a highly redacted light on how the Trump-Russia investigation began. It was July 31, 2016. Just days earlier, the Obama administration had quietly opened an FBI counterintelligence investigation of Russian cyber-espionage — hacking attacks — to disrupt the 2016 election. And not random, general disruption; the operating theory was that the Russians were targeting the Democratic party, for the purpose of helping Donald Trump win the presidency. FBI special agent Peter Strzok was downright giddy that day.
  • The Strzok-Page Texts and the Origins of the Trump-Russia Investigation

    05/15/2018 7:28:15 AM PDT · by bitt · 35 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/14/2018 | ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    Peter Strzok and Lisa Page’s texts shine a highly redacted light on how the Trump-Russia investigation began. It was July 31, 2016. Just days earlier, the Obama administration had quietly opened an FBI counterintelligence investigation of Russian cyber-espionage — hacking attacks — to disrupt the 2016 election. And not random, general disruption; the operating theory was that the Russians were targeting the Democratic party, for the purpose of helping Donald Trump win the presidency. FBI special agent Peter Strzok was downright giddy that day. The Bureau had finally put to bed “Mid Year Exam.” MYE was code for the dreaded...
  • Outrageous Redactions to the Russia Report

    05/07/2018 10:04:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | May 7, 2018 | By ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    Cute how this works: Kick off the week with some “the Department of Justice is not going to be extorted” bombast from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, by which he rationalizes that his defiance of subpoenas and slow-walking document production to Congress — which is probing investigative irregularities related to the 2016 campaign — is required by DOJ policy and “the rule of law.” Then end the week with the Friday-night bad-news dump: the grudging removal of DOJ and FBI redactions from a House Intelligence Committee report on Russia’s election meddling. Now that we can see what they wanted to...
  • Andy McCarthy with Levin: Mueller Should Not Be Permitted to Subpoena Trump, Nor Even Ask for Inter

    05/04/2018 4:08:08 AM PDT · by bitt · 18 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 5/3/2018 | michael morris
    On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Wednesday, host Mark Levin interviewed former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy on the topic of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s threat to subpoena and interview President Donald J. Trump, McCarthy suggesting that Mueller should not be permitted to subpoena Trump, nor even ask for an interview. “Well, I don’t think, Mark, that not only should a prosecutor not be permitted to subpoena a president by a court, I don’t think the Justice Department should allow a president to be even asked voluntarily to submit to an interview in the absence of evidence that there’s a...
  • Mueller’s Questions for Trump Show the Folly of Special-Counsel Appointments

    05/03/2018 7:37:11 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | May 2, 2018 | ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    I am assuming the authenticity of the questions that Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly wants to ask President Trump. The questions indicate that, after a year of his own investigation and two years of FBI investigation, the prosecutor lacks evidence of a crime. Yet he seeks to probe the chief executive’s motives and thought processes regarding exercises of presidential power that were lawful, regardless of one’s view of their wisdom. If Bob Mueller wants that kind of control over the executive branch, he should run for president. Otherwise, he is an inferior executive official who has been given a limited...
  • Stormy Daniels: The Crime and the Cover-Up (Did Trump Violate Campaign Finance Laws?)

    03/29/2018 9:40:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/29/2018 | Andrew McCarthy
    Would a $130,000 payment to buy a porn star’s silence violate campaign-finance laws? Greetings from beautiful Orange County. We’re getting ready for the second of two Golden State events (we were in San Francisco yesterday), part of National Review Institute’s celebration of Bill Buckley’s legacy a decade after his passing.For me, the road trip is tacked on to a longer-than-usual vacation. It has ended up being the longest break I have taken from writing in many years — maybe since I started writing full time 15 years ago. I am grateful for the time to think at length about things...