Category Archives: Russia

House Judiciary Committee One, Barr None

House Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler, Attorney General Barr
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The House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General Barr in contempt of Congress. Chairman Jerry Nadler demands that Barr turn over a complete unreacted copy of the Mueller report on collusion with Russia. But Nadler knows Barr can’t do that because the report contains grand jury testimony. And that’s illegal. Barr has made a minimally redacted version available to certain members of Congress. But so far no Democrats have bothered to take a look.

Banned on Facebook

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Various bad actors were banned on Facebook last week. The list includes conspiracy theorist nut jobs like Alex Jones and Louis Farrakhan.

Fired FBI chief Andrew McCabe thinks President Trump is a Russian asset. But he didn’t make the bad actor cut.

Jack Shafer in Politico says, “free speech took a whacking Thursday.” He says there are better ways to deal with the likes of Alex Jones.

Agent Trump

Agent Trump

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President Trump took offense when Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro asked if he’s a Russian agent.

She asked because the NYT ran a story Friday titled “F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia.”

And now Democrats want the translator’s notes from private meetings between Agent Trump and President Putin.

1980s Want Foreign Policy Back

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The day before he reported for duty as a freshman U.S. Senator, Mitt Romney turned in his grades on the Chief Executive. In a Washington Post column Romney gave President Trump passing marks for some of his policies. But he flunked him for presidential character.

But, on balance, his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions last month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.

He also marked Trump down for failure to co-operate with allies. He noted:

The alternative to U.S. world leadership offered by China and Russia is autocratic, corrupt and brutal.

1980s Want Foreign Policy Back

Romney’s been consistent about Russia as our number one threat. And President Obama mocked him for it in their 2012 debate.

“And, the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back, because, the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”

Trump responded that if Romney had stood up to Obama’s taunts he might be president today.

 

White House Safe House

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Accidental President

I got the idea of a the White House as a safe house from a Holman Jenkins column in the WSJ. He doesn’t think Trump expected to win.

Winning was his colossal if propitious miscalculation. Nobody would care about Stormy Daniels if he weren’t president. His decades-long pursuit of a Trump Tower in Moscow would be a non-story…

Unfortunately, it will also occur to Mr. Trump now that his best move is to cling to the White House at all costs. That’s because under Justice Department guidelines he can expect not to be indicted as long as he remains in office.