• Here Are The Questions Bruce Ohr Needs To Answer Before Congress

    Here Are The Questions Bruce Ohr Needs To Answer Before Congress

    Bruce Ohr is scheduled to testify Tuesday behind a closed-door session of the House Oversight Committee. Earlier this month, Republican Rep. Devin Nunes outed Ohr as an overlooked, but important, figure in the Obama administration’s targeting of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

    Recent revelations confirm Nunes’ characterization of Ohr: In his former position as the associate deputy attorney general under then-deputy attorney general Sally Yates, Ohr began feeding the FBI information from Christopher Steele, the former British spy who put together the unverified Trump dossier. Steele continued providing information to the FBI through Ohr, after the FBI had officially cut him off as a source and ordered him to stop gathering “intel.” Steele had leaked the investigation to the press.

  • Court Docs Suggest IG Might Not Be Investigating Ohr’s Role In Spygate

    Court Docs Suggest IG Might Not Be Investigating Ohr’s Role In Spygate

    Two weeks ago, a judge ordered the Department of Justice to provide a sworn affidavit stating whether the federal government possessed the entire Trump dossier put together by former British spy Christopher Steele, before BuzzFeed published the 35-page document. At the time, Judge Amit P. Mehta’s order merited mention, but the true import of the dispute between BuzzFeed and the federal government only recently became clear.

    First, the backdrop: On Jan. 10, 2017, BuzzFeed News published “These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties to Russia.” The article included a link to what has since become known colloquially as the Steele dossier—a collection of memos Steele prepared that detail supposed collusion to influence the 2016 presidential election between then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and his campaign and Russia.

  • In Saying Papadopoulos Lied, FBI Reveals It's Also Lying Or Incompetent

    In Saying Papadopoulos Lied, FBI Reveals It’s Also Lying Or Incompetent

    On Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office filed a sentencing memorandum in its pending criminal case against former Donald Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos. Papadopoulos, who pled guilty in October 2017 to making false statements to the FBI, is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

    In the sentencing memorandum, Mueller’s team provided the court a detailed background of Papadopoulos’ criminal offense and suggested Papadopoulos’ lies justified a sentence of 0 to 6 months of incarceration. While much of the ten-page memorandum merely rehashes facts previously known, one passage includes a significant new admission and proves the FBI is either incompetent, or incompetent at lying.

  • New Details Show Firing Strzok Didn't Remove All The Tainted FBI Agents

    New Details Show Firing Strzok Didn’t Remove All The Tainted FBI Agents

    Peter Strzok has finally joined James Comey and Andrew McCabe in the ranks of fired FBI officials. Yet there’s likely more housekeeping to do at the federal law enforcement agency that spearheaded the investigation into the Trump campaign. A series of notes, emails, and text messages published in The Hill last week between former associate deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr and Trump dossier author Christopher Steele suggest as much.

    The first suggestive detail appears in notes Ohr took to document a Nov. 21, 2016 meeting he had with Strzok, then a high-ranking FBI agent, and two other agents. One of those was then-FBI attorney Lisa Page, and the other is unnamed.

  • New Info Indicates Clinton's Oppo Research Launched FBI’s Trump Probe

    New Info Indicates Clinton’s Oppo Research Launched FBI’s Trump Probe

    In three articles for The Hill last week, investigative journalist John Solomon revealed previously undisclosed text and email discussions between former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr and former MI6 agent and Spygate dossier author Christopher Steele. Solomon’s reporting also uncovered notes Ohr took summarizing discussions he had with Steele’s boss at Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson, about the Russia “collusion” investigation.

    In isolation, the details revealed in Solomon’s must-read exposés are troubling. But when considered in conjunction with information related to the Russia investigation the government previously released, this new information is potentially devastating, because it indicates that, notwithstanding claims to the contrary, the Federal Bureau of Investigation launched operation Crossfire Hurricane based on Steele’s Clinton-funded opposition research.

  • Michigan Senate Primary Winner John James Offers A Bright GOP Future

    Michigan Senate Primary Winner John James Offers A Bright GOP Future

    Political newcomer John James won Michigan’s Tuesday Republican senatorial primary. The previous underdog finished with a solid 9 percent victory over opponent Sandy Pensler, thanks in part to a late-July endorsement from Donald Trump. Trump also recorded a telephone pitch for James that went out to Republican voters the day before they headed to the polls.

    James, who suffers from sparse name recognition, will face Democrat Debbie Stabenow when voters head to the polls in November. Prior to the primary, Stabenow held a nearly 20-point lead in a hypothetical head-to-head contest between the Democrat senator and the political novice, leading national pundits to write off the contest.

  • 4 Things We Learned From The FBI’s Mostly Redacted Steele Documents

    4 Things We Learned From The FBI’s Mostly Redacted Steele Documents

    In a Friday afternoon news dump, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released 71 pages of documents related to the agency’s use of Christopher Steele as a confidential human source (CHS). Judicial Watch fought for more than a year to force the government to comply with its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for documents related to the work the former British spy—and author of the salacious and unverified Steele dossier—did for the FBI since January 1, 2016.

    It is unlikely that Friday’s release will end the matter, however, given the FBI’s greedy use of FOIA exemptions left nearly all the significant details redacted.

  • NY Abortion Activists Spied On Pro-Lifers, Then Lied About Them In Court

    NY Abortion Activists Spied On Pro-Lifers, Then Lied About Them In Court

    In May 2018, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman resigned from office in disgrace following reports that he had physically assaulted four women. Before his departure, Schneiderman had launched a year-long investigation into peaceful pro-life protestors. He eventually filed suit against 13 individuals in June 2017, alleging violations of the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) and the state and city corollaries.

    Ironically, in a press release announcing the lawsuit, Schneiderman accused the protestors of “threatening, violent, and obstructive behavior” at Choices Women’s Medical Center, a Queens, New York abortion facility.

    However, after holding a hearing on the claims, a federal judge found the attorney general’s witnesses were not reliable and “that despite the availability of hundreds of hours of video evidence, the [attorney general] has not cited a single video that corroborates the witness testimony claiming near-weekly violations.

  • No, Trump Knowing Of Tower Meeting Doesn't Strengthen Collusion Case

    No, Trump Knowing Of Tower Meeting Doesn’t Strengthen Collusion Case

    Late Thursday, CNN reported that, according to “sources with knowledge,” President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, planned to reveal to Special Counsel Robert Mueller that Trump knew in advance of his son’s June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower with Russians who promised “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.

    Donald Trump Jr. has admitted that he agreed to the June 9, 2016, Trump Tower meeting with several purportedly highly connected Russians after publicist Rob Goldstone said they had “very interesting” information “that would incriminate Hillary.” But a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing confirmed the younger Trump’s claim that the meeting was a bust and the Russians had no such “dirt” on the Democratic candidate.

  • 10 Key Takeaways From Released FISA Warrants Against Carter Page

    10 Key Takeaways From Released FISA Warrants Against Carter Page

    In a surprise move, on Saturday evening the Department of Justice released copies of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications used to obtain a secret court order to conduct electronic surveillance on former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. The 412 pages of documents turned over in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by several media outlets included the initial October 2016 application and the three applications for renewal of the surveillance order.

    While the newly released documents remain heavily redacted, the details revealed confirm the charges of abuse laid out early this year by House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA).

  • Federal Court Rules To Protect Catholic Group From Document Probe

    Federal Court Rules To Protect Catholic Group From Document Probe

    The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling on a Texas case related to fetal cremation laws on Sunday, putting a check on the power of the state to probe the internal discussions of religious groups.

    The court ruled in a 2-1 decision that the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops (TCCB) does not have to hand over internal communications to Whole Woman’s Health, a Texas-based abortion chain. Whole Woman’s Health is suing Texas over a law requiring embryonic and fetal tissue be buried or cremated, claiming it violates the Constitution by placing an undue burden on women seeking an abortion.

  • Mueller’s Latest Indictment Suggests It's A Witch Hunt

    Mueller’s Latest Indictment Suggests It’s A Witch Hunt

    On Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller returned a multi-count indictment charging 13 Russians and three companies with crimes related to hacking into the Democratic National Committee’s computers and seeking to use the information to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. When the news broke, pundits quickly used Mueller’s latest charges to chastise Trump for claiming the special counsel investigation is a “witch hunt.”

    The New York Times claimed “[t]he 37-page indictment — handed up by a federal grand jury in Washington — amounted to a detailed rebuttal of Mr. Trump, who has sowed doubts that Russia interfered in the election and dismissed questions about its meddling as ‘fake news.’” CNN’s Jake Tapper and Josh Campbell used the criminal indictment to counter Trump’s “witch hunt” charge.

  • Marquette Decision Is A Big Win For Free Speech But Signals Trouble

    Marquette Decision Is A Big Win For Free Speech But Signals Trouble

    On Friday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court vindicated Marquette University professor John McAdams in a high-profile free speech case. The high court ruled the Jesuit university breached its employment contract with McAdams by suspending him for publishing a blog post criticizing a fellow faculty member.

    McAdams’ November 9, 2014 post at his Marquette Warrior blog condemned philosophy instructor Cheryl Abbate for announcing to her Theory of Ethics class that “everybody agrees” on “gay rights,” and later telling a student who believed gay marriage deserved classroom discussion that “[i]n this class, homophobic comments, racist comments, will not be tolerated.”

    McAdams’ blog post identified Abbate by name and linked to her webpage.

  • What To Know About What George Papadopoulos's Wife Is Telling Media

    What To Know About What George Papadopoulos’s Wife Is Telling Media

    The Russia collusion narrative continues to unravel, while evidence supporting President Donald Trump’s “Spygate” charge continues to mount. It is impossible to know what future revelations await, but last week provided some important clues when Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos returned to the media circuit to defend her husband, the former Trump foreign policy advisor, George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty last year to charges of lying to the FBI.

    Mangiante’s statements last week and over the last year prove enlightening — and reliable — for two reasons: First, from pillow talk, she has knowledge of the events purportedly leading to the launching of Crossfire Hurricane, as well as evidence of attempts by spies, such as Stefan Halper, to target Papadopoulos.

  • 3 Reasons Rosenstein’s Special Counsel Appointment Was Illegal

    After more than one year investigating claims of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, Robert Mueller’s special counsel team has exposed exactly zero evidence of misconduct involving the president in the run-up to the 2016 election. This absence of proof has prompted calls for an end to the special counsel investigation.

    What should be garnering our attention, though, is not that there is no indication of collusion, but that there is evidence Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s appointment of a special counsel violated the Constitution, federal regulations, and his authority as acting attorney general. Let’s take these problems in reverse order.