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Nunes

Trump Can Only Hope His Lawyers Are Brighter Than Devin Nunes

From the Republican perspective, maybe the worst thing about the dueling Nunes/Schiff memos regarding the FBI’s Russia investigation is what they revealed about the intelligence of the combatants. Following the Fox News-amplified thunder of the #ReleaseTheMemo campaign, what strikes me now about the Nunes effort is how breathtakingly dumb it was. Call me an elitist […]

February 27, 2018
Danziger

Danziger: Trumpian Transparency

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven […]

February 10, 2018
questions

Why The FBI Investigated Carter Page, ‘Idiot’ Espionage Suspect

Let’s put it this way: if poor, abused Carter Page wasn’t a Russian agent back when Donald Trump plucked him from obscurity to advise his 2016 campaign, he’d definitely done all he could to look like one. Among the many bizarre aspects of Rep. Devin Nunes’ incompetent and dishonest “Top Secret” memo purporting to discredit […]

February 6, 2018
Memo

That Heavily Hyped Memo Is Utterly Underwhelming — But Still It Makes Noise

After far more drama and tension than should have been necessary, the infamous House intelligence committee memo on alleged surveillance abuses by the FBI against President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was released. And it was, predictably, a hilarious and self-defeating flop, but that fact won’t discourage Trump’s most slavish acolytes from claiming the Russia “hoax” has been […]

February 4, 2018
Nunes memo

The Nunes Memo Mystery: Why Did Trump Release This Dud?

The only mystery that still surrounds the “Nunes memo” — concocted by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee and named for its chairman Devin Nunes — is why Congressional Republicans and President Trump authorized its release with such maniacal hype. Promoted as proof of a scandal “far worse than Watergate,” in the feverish phrasing of […]

February 2, 2018
Nunes memo

#ReleaseTheMemo Is the Latest Laughable Scheme in the Plot Against Mueller

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet. The accumulating facts are damning. President Trump is under investigation. Special prosecutor Robert Mueller has indicted four of his former aides, including his campaign manager, for making false statements related to the FBI’s ongoing investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Two of the defendants have pleaded guilty. Former adviser […]

January 23, 2018
Memo

Useful Idiots (And Russian Bots) Vs. The FBI

Nothing is more fashionable these days on the Republican right than to trash America’s law enforcement and intelligence services. Legislators like Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and Francis Rooney (R-FL) broadcast accusations about “major corruption” within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and demand a “purge.” Tom Fitton, who runs the right-wing legal outfit known as Judicial […]

January 22, 2018
CIA

Reports: Western Agencies Picked Up ‘Suspicious’ Contacts Between Russians And Trump Associates In 2016

The CIA first learned of “suspicious” contacts between Trump associates and the Russians from iBritain’s GCHQ spy agency no later than the end of 2015. During the months that followed, several other allied intelligence services reported similar contacts

April 13, 2017
Comey testifies on Trump investigation

Comey Confirms Trump Investigation During Intelligence Committee Hearing

After reciting some of the troubling facts in the Trump investigation, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the committee’s ranking Democrat, observed that the likelihood of all these connections being merely coincidental is extremely small. Former White House counsel John Dean, whose 1973 testimony helped to break Nixon’s Watergate defense, went further, saying he sees the Trump White House in a familiar “cover-up mode.”

March 21, 2017
Carter Page

On Sunday News Shows, Trump’s Latest Russia Problem Almost Ignored

Most networks ignored a report that American intelligence officials are probing Russian government ties to a man identified as a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump.

September 25, 2016