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What to Make of Sally Yates’s Senate Testimony | National Review

What to Make of Sally Yates’s Senate Testimony | National Review

Obama administration deputy attorney general Sally Yates will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning. The Committee chairman, Senator Lindsey Graham, has said her appearance might provide insight into the Russiagate probe — i.e., the Obama administration’s monitoring of Donald Trump and his campaign — as well as into the abuse of FISA-surveillance powers. I suspect the testimony will be a dud, although there is some intrigue to it.Yates became acting attorney general when AG Loretta Lynch stepped down toward the end of the Obama administration. She was thus present at...

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New Disclosures Confirm: Trump Himself Was the Target of Obama Administration’s Russia Probe | National Review

New Disclosures Confirm: Trump Himself Was the Target of Obama Administration’s Russia Probe | National Review

documents finally pried from U.S. intelligence agencies prove that the Obama administration used the occasion of providing a standard intelligence briefing for major-party candidates as an opportunity to investigate Donald Trump on suspicion of being a Russian asset.I say investigate Donald Trump advisedly.As I contended in , my book on the Trump-Russia investigation, the target of the probe spearheaded by the FBI — but greenlighted by the Obama White House, and abetted by the Justice Department and U.S. intelligence agencies — was Donald Trump. Not the Trump campaign, not the Trump...

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New Disclosures Confirm: Trump Himself Was the Target of Obama Administration’s Russia Probe | National Review

New Disclosures Confirm: Trump Himself Was the Target of Obama Administration’s Russia Probe | National Review

documents finally pried from U.S. intelligence agencies prove that the Obama administration used the occasion of providing a standard intelligence briefing for major-party candidates as an opportunity to investigate Donald Trump on suspicion of being a Russian asset.I say investigate Donald Trump advisedly.As I contended in , my book on the Trump-Russia investigation, the target of the probe spearheaded by the FBI — but greenlighted by the Obama White House, and abetted by the Justice Department and U.S. intelligence agencies — was Donald Trump. Not the Trump campaign, not the Trump...

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Democrats Make Mockery of Barr ‘Hearing’ | National Review

Democrats Make Mockery of Barr ‘Hearing’ | National Review

it’s a “hearing,” Bill Barr asked with an irked tongue in cheek, “aren’t I the one who’s supposed to be heard?”His frustration was more than justified. Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler (D., N.Y.) and the other Democrats who control the House demanded for months that Barr come to a “hearing” and “testify.” But of course, it wasn’t anything like an actual hearing, and they didn’t want him to testify — as in actually answer questions. The session was a coveted election-year opportunity for Democrats to berate the attorney general of the United States in five-minute installments,...

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Democrats Make Mockery of Barr ‘Hearing’ | National Review

Democrats Make Mockery of Barr ‘Hearing’ | National Review

it’s a “hearing,” Bill Barr asked with an irked tongue in cheek, “aren’t I the one who’s supposed to be heard?”His frustration was more than justified. Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler (D., N.Y.) and the other Democrats who control the House demanded for months that Barr come to a “hearing” and “testify.” But of course, it wasn’t anything like an actual hearing, and they didn’t want him to testify — as in actually answer questions. The session was a coveted election-year opportunity for Democrats to berate the attorney general of the United States in five-minute installments,...

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In Congressional Testimony, Barr Calls for Unified Response to Violent Assault on U.S. Government | National Review

In Congressional Testimony, Barr Calls for Unified Response to Violent Assault on U.S. Government | National Review

is slated to testify before the House Judiciary Committee this morning. Setting the stage for what promises to be a contentious hearing, he has submitted that is at once combative and a summons to unity.Barr takes head-on the politicized attempt by committee Democrats “to discredit me by conjuring up a narrative that I am simply the President’s factotum who disposes of criminal cases according to his instructions.” This tactic has been chosen, he deduces, because “I made it clear that I was going to do everything I could to get to the bottom of the grave abuses involved in the bogus...

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The Hysterical ‘Trump Won’t Leave’ Canard | National Review

The Hysterical ‘Trump Won’t Leave’ Canard | National Review

here have been many “interesting times” in human history, even if there is actually no wishing that we may live in them. On the contrary, had some sage conjured up a hex along the lines of “May you live in stupid times,” our time would fit perfectly.One could have that reaction daily to many media reports. This week, my nominee is : “Trump’s assault on election integrity forces question: What would happen if he refused to accept a loss?”The premise is that the president is engaged in “relentless efforts to sow doubts about the legitimacy of this year’s election” by “escalating attacks on...

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The Hysterical ‘Trump Won’t Leave’ Canard | National Review

The Hysterical ‘Trump Won’t Leave’ Canard | National Review

here have been many “interesting times” in human history, even if there is actually no wishing that we may live in them. On the contrary, had some sage conjured up a hex along the lines of “May you live in stupid times,” our time would fit perfectly.One could have that reaction daily to many media reports. This week, my nominee is : “Trump’s assault on election integrity forces question: What would happen if he refused to accept a loss?”The premise is that the president is engaged in “relentless efforts to sow doubts about the legitimacy of this year’s election” by “escalating attacks on...

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The Revolution Is Winning | National Review

The Revolution Is Winning | National Review

is what the revolution looks like.Weather Underground terrorists, who made no secret of being anti-AmeriKKKan “small-c” communists, are having more success than they could have dreamed of in the 1960s.They are dominating the language. You know that whole “white privilege” nostrum that we’re paying universities $60K per year to drum into our children’s brains? It is derived from their lamentation of “white skin privilege.” In their ideology, the revolution to overthrow the capitalist, racist, imperialist system summoned them — lily white radicals — to abandon their privilege and embrace the...

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The Revolution Is Winning | National Review

The Revolution Is Winning | National Review

is what the revolution looks like.Weather Underground terrorists, who made no secret of being anti-AmeriKKKan “small-c” communists, are having more success than they could have dreamed of in the 1960s.They are dominating the language. You know that whole “white privilege” nostrum that we’re paying universities $60K per year to drum into our children’s brains? It is derived from their lamentation of “white skin privilege.” In their ideology, the revolution to overthrow the capitalist, racist, imperialist system summoned them — lily white radicals — to abandon their privilege and embrace the...

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Supremes Signal a Brave New World of Popular Presidential Elections | National Review

Supremes Signal a Brave New World of Popular Presidential Elections | National Review

the Electoral College?The Supreme Court had its say on the matter during the always-eventful last week of the term. To repeat a contention often made in these columns, the High Court has evolved into an essentially political institution, robed in the judiciary’s apolitical veneer. Given that we are a deeply divided nation, that the late-term cases are usually the most controversial, and that the four left-leaning justices — those appointed by Democratic presidents Clinton and Obama — tend to vote as a bloc in these cliffhanger rulings, one doesn’t expect many 9–0 decisions when the calendar...

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Trump Spares Stone from Imprisonment, Sparking Howls from Amnesiac Democrats | National Review

Trump Spares Stone from Imprisonment, Sparking Howls from Amnesiac Democrats | National Review

pardoned his own brother for felony distribution of cocaine. And a key witness in the Whitewater scandal for which he and Hillary Clinton were under investigation. And three others convicted in independent counsel Ken Starr’s probe. And Marc Rich, in what was a straight up political payoff. And his CIA director. And his HUD secretary. And eight people convicted in an investigation of his Agriculture Department.No surprise there: The Clintons and their supporters then, like Trump and his supporters now, regarded the special-prosecutor probes into the administration as witch hunts.Clinton...

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Washington vs. Violent Crime | National Review

Washington vs. Violent Crime | National Review

, 49 people were shot over the holiday weekend. The death count, so far, is eight. With 101 shooting victims in the last week, over the same period last year; for the full month of June, they reached a level not seen since 1996. Even before this latest bloodbath, murder was already up by 79 percent over last year; violent and property crime rates are likewise spiking.Naturally, the hard-Left Democrats who run Gotham figure this is a perfect time to slash $1 billion out of the NYPD budget (a 17 percent cut), and to deny judges the power to detain most accused felons pretrial.Though...

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‘President Biden’ Would Be Music to Russian and Taliban Ears | National Review

‘President Biden’ Would Be Music to Russian and Taliban Ears | National Review

to fathom which notion is more hilarious. Is it that Joe Biden would get tough with the Taliban, or that Joe Biden would get tough with Russia?The former veep wants you to know that he’s furious that President Trump sat on his hands for the past four months despite knowing that the Kremlin was paying bounties to the jihadists for targeting American troops in Afghanistan. Biden is sure this must have happened. No, he conceded at a rare press availability this week, he does not have access to classified information, nor has he been given an intelligence briefing on the subject. But Biden...

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China Swallows Hong Kong | National Review

China Swallows Hong Kong | National Review

The Chinese Communist Party, through what it portrays as its legislature (the “National People’s Congress”), has enacted a law crushing democracy in Hong Kong.Under the guise of protecting “national security,” the new law criminalizes as “subversion” and “terrorism” various expressions of protest and political dissent. It further endeavors to cut off Hong Kong’s support lines by criminalizing, as conspiracy to endanger national security, sundry exchanges with other countries and outside groups.The people of Hong Kong have been protesting against Beijing’s increasingly overt repression for...

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Roberts Sides with High Court’s Left Bloc to Safeguard Abortion | National Review

Roberts Sides with High Court’s Left Bloc to Safeguard Abortion | National Review

 ago, almost to the day, writing for a 5-4 majority, Chief Justice John Roberts upheld the constitutional right of a property owner divested by a local government ordinance to sue for just compensation. The owner in had failed to seek compensation in state court before filing her federal lawsuit. That meant her federal case should have been barred under the Court’s 1985 ruling in . But no, reasoned the chief justice. If the justices upheld that precedent to foreclose Ms. Knick’s suit, they would be elevating their own wrongly decided precedent over the Constitution’s prohibition on...

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Police ‘Reform’ and the Making of a Racism Narrative | National Review

Police ‘Reform’ and the Making of a Racism Narrative | National Review

you seen that mountain of evidence that Derek Chauvin is a racist? Me neither.In that regard, I’m like the Wall Street Journal’s fearlessly fact-driven . Did some shred of racial animus motivate the since-fired Minneapolis police officer’s killing of George Floyd? For the moment, we have no proof of that — just a racialist narrative built on the happenstance (no reason to believe it’s more than that right now) that Chauvin is white and Floyd was black.These days, alas, mere happenstance is enough to tear this nation asunder.As an old investigator, I am intrigued by the fact that Minnesota...

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President Trump Fires Manhattan U.S. Attorney | National Review

President Trump Fires Manhattan U.S. Attorney | National Review

, we don’t call it the Sovereign District of New York for nothin’ …There is tumult in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where I proudly spent nearly 20 years as a prosecutor. In a nutshell, after the two men met in Manhattan on Friday, Attorney General Bill Barr announced that evening that SDNY U.S. Attorney Geoff Berman was stepping down. Later during the night, Berman issued a statement essentially saying, “Like hell I am!”Inevitably, President Trump fired Berman on Saturday afternoon, . That should end the legal dispute over the job, though it may...

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Trump Fights the Last War | National Review

Trump Fights the Last War | National Review

an old story: fighting the next war with the last war’s battle plan, as if prior success guarantees future victory. So here was President Trump after the Supreme Court gave him another thumping on Thursday, to release “a new list of Conservative Supreme Court Justice nominees” in September — i.e., around the back stretch galloping toward the Election Day finish line.The president : “Based on decisions being rendered now, this list is more important than ever before (Second Amendment, Right to Life, Religious Liberty, etc.).” Lest we miss the characteristically Trumpian subtlety, he adds,...

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Jun 20
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Brooks Shooting: The Political Prosecutor Caves In to the Mob | National Review

Brooks Shooting: The Political Prosecutor Caves In to the Mob | National Review

you broadcast that you are willing to be bullied, then you invite the mob to rule. When the mob rules, you get brass-knuckles politics, not justice.You get a hyper-political county prosecutor, under the corruption microscope as he desperately seeks reelection, filing trumped-up, mob-driven charges before the actual investigators have a chance to finish their work.You get a capital murder charge against a police officer who returned fire after being shot at with a taser by a fleeing suspect.A taser that the fleeing suspect, a criminal with a violent history, stole from the police while they...

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Senate Collusion Theater | National Review

Senate Collusion Theater | National Review

who knew about the problems with the dossier and continued to use it are good candidates to go to jail.”So said Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) earlier this week, referring to the infamous “dossier” of faux intelligence reporting generated by former British spy Christopher Steele on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign. Senator Graham was laying the groundwork for a push he has recently invigorated — to say “reinvigorated” would be misleading — to examine . . . well . . . it’s not exactly clear what he’s planning to examine.Sometimes, it seems Graham is after...

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What Is Fact-Checking without Facts? | National Review

What Is Fact-Checking without Facts? | National Review

ByAbout twice as many white people as black people are killed by police. In fact, in about 75 percent of police shootings, the decedent is not black. Of course, that is not what you would grasp from consuming media.Take the website statista.com, specifically its breathless focus on “Hate crime in the United ...ByAbout twice as many white people as black people are killed by police. In fact, in about 75 percent of police shootings, the decedent is not black. Of course, that is not what you would grasp from consuming media.Take the website statista.com, specifically its breathless focus on...

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New Floyd Murder Charges Will Be Tough to Prove and May Imperil Good Cops | National Review

New Floyd Murder Charges Will Be Tough to Prove and May Imperil Good Cops | National Review

in Minnesota have filed an against Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd, adding a second-degree “felony murder” charge. This dangerously flawed theory could be used to portray any police restraint of a resistant suspect as criminal assault.The amended complaint against Chauvin also re-alleges the two homicide charges originally filed last week: third-degree “depraved indifference” murder and second-degree manslaughter, both of which better fit the facts of the case while posing no risk of criminalizing the legitimate use of force by good cops.Separately, the other three fired...

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The ‘Institutional Racism’ Canard | National Review

The ‘Institutional Racism’ Canard | National Review

twice as many white people as black people are killed by police. In fact, in about 75 percent of police shootings, the decedent is not black. Of course, that is not what you would grasp from consuming media.Take the website statista.com, specifically its breathless focus on “Hate crime in the United States” — counterfactually insinuating that any shooting involving a black victim must be a “hate crime.” Here’s their big from Tuesday: “Black Americans 2.5X More Likely Than Whites to Be Killed By Police.”It is fiction. It is sheer demagoguery, peddled as American cities are besieged by...

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Why Did It Take So Long to Arrest Derek Chauvin? | National Review

Why Did It Take So Long to Arrest Derek Chauvin? | National Review

and I were still recording this afternoon when news broke that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin had been arrested for the murder of George Floyd. The homicide occurred on Monday. Today is Friday. That’s why, before we heard the news, I spent several podcast minutes grousing about the fact that Chauvin had not yet been arrested.As of this writing, the charging documents are not publicly available. Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman announced that Chauvin is being charged with third-degree murder — sometimes called “depraved heart” or “depraved indifference” homicide. Under...

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