We’ve Got a Little List


Roger Kimball has a piece over at American Greatness about the criminal referrals being made by Congressman Nunes to the Department of Justice. There are eight referrals which may involve upwards of twenty persons. Five are for specific crimes such as lying to Congress or leaking classified information. Three are more open-ended: Conspiracy to lie to the FISA court, manipulation of intelligence for partisan political ends, and what Nunes calls “global leaks” of highly sensitive information (such as the contents of telephone calls between President Trump and foreign leaders). Who had access to such information?
Who used it illegally?

But who do you think makes the list? Were I a modern-day Koko, my little list would include former CIA Director John Brennan, an implacable enemy of the president and a good candidate for the title of fons et origo of the Trump-Russia investigation.

It would include the FBI’s Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former acting attorney general Sally Yates, Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie who (unbelievably) actually worked for Fusion GPS.

That other James, the oleaginous James Comey, former Director of the FBI, would certainly be on the list, as would several people in the Obama Administration: the aforementioned Susan Rice, for example, and former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, who, like Rice, did a lot of unmasking in her final months in office.

There are others—quite a few others, in fact, as anyone who has been keeping up with the reporting on this unfolding scandal knows well.

Read the whole thing.

Sticking with allusions to The Mikado, let’s hope that Attorney General Barr channels the title character.

My object all sublime
I shall achieve in time—
To let the punishment fit the crime,
The punishment fit the crime …

Stay tuned.

BREAKING: CNN Reports Some Real News


CNN reports that lawyers representing

… Greg Craig, a prominent Democratic lawyer and former White House counsel in the Obama administration, said Wednesday evening that they expect him to be indicted by federal prosecutors in a case that stems from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Craig’s lawyers say that they expect him to be charged with making false statements relating to the work he did on behalf of the government of Viktor F. Yanukovych, the former pro-Russian president of Ukraine.

Befuddled airport patrons who happened to overhear the story while waiting in a TSA line wondered aloud if this was a significant event indicating a corner had been turned in the Justice Department’s handling of the investigations related to the 2016 election.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Yesterday’s TKPOTD was about one of the connections between Brett Kimberlin and the Clintons. The TKPOTD from four years ago took note of another.

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Here’s another interesting Kimberlin connection.

One of the early donors to Velvet Revolution was Harriet Crosby. Ms. Crosby, who is not actually Kimberlin’s aunt in spite of the rumor to the contrary, has been active in leftwing causes. In 1983, she cofounded the Institute for Soviet American Relations which has now been renamed the Institute for Social Action and Renewal. She is on the board of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, a not-for-profit engaged in the study and promotion of pseudoscience such as psychic abilities, psychokinesis, and alternative healing. She is on the board of Friends of the Earth, and spent five years working on environmental issue on the Clinton White House staff.

The Justice Through Music Project/Velvet Revolution office space is in a bungalow that Ms. Crosby owned and subsequently transferred to the HMC Trust. The Green Casa Maryland demonstration house is being built on a lot two doors up the street from the JMTP office. The lot is owned by the HMC Trust.

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The Gentle Reader may remember that Velvet Revolution’s name has been changed to Protect Our Elections/EMPR and that Team Kimberlin member Matt Osborne has been associated with a fake Russian bot scam.

Hmmm.

Mr. Comey, Did Any Other Country Attempt to Influence the 2016 Election?


The House Judiciary Committee has released the transcript of the second day of its recent interview with James Comey. It’s available here. I found the following exchange which begins on p. 160 interesting. (Mr. [ ] is a representative of the FBI whose name has been redacted by the Committee.)

Chairman Goodlatte. Mr. Comey did any country other than Russia attempt to influence the 2016 election?

[Discussion off the record.]

Mr. Comey. I don’t think I can answer that, Mr. Chairman.

Chairman Goodlatte. And what’s the reason?

Mr. Comey. I believe that’s across the line the FBI told me to steer — stay on one side of.

Chairman Goodlatte. We need a reason why the FBI told you to steer clear of that.

Mr. [ ]. First, I think it is impacting the Special Counsel’s Office purview; and, second of all, if you’re going so far as to ask who were those investigations may be on, we —

Chairman Goodlatte. I haven’t asked that yet.

Mr. [ ]. I understand that. I just don’t want the witness to blurt something out either.

Chairman Goodlatte. He doesn’t seem disposed to blurt things out. He can answer a straightforward question of, did any country other than Russia attempt to influence the 2016 election?

Mr. Comey. So I can give you this answer. One of the things I don’t want to do is give adversaries — we’re in an unclassified setting — an idea of what we didn’t know as well as know, so the answer would be I believe so — nations other than Russia.

Chairman Goodlatte. Did the FBI have any evidence that another country was attempting to influence Hillary Clinton or hermPresidential campaign?

Mr. Comey. Mr. Chairman, I want to be careful answering that question because, again, I don’t want to give — a negative answer or a positive answer will give information to an adversary that I don’t want to give them, and so I’m sure the FBI maybe could arrange for a briefing of you on that, sir, but I don’t think I can responsibly answer that in an open setting.

Hmmmmmn.

Coming Attractions


So the Democrats say that they’ll be using their new control of House committees to do some investigating. We’ll see how that works out. Meanwhile, Conrad Black makes this observation over at the National Post

Now that the president has fired the attorney general and can confirm a replacement who is not emasculated on Russian matters, the administration can proceed to the indictment of all leading members of the Clinton campaign and the Obama justice department who appear to have incriminated themselves by lying to Congress or the FISA Court, including Hillary Clinton, Loretta Lynch, and agency heads John Brennan, James Clapper, and James Comey. This may happen anyway, but it certainly will if the Waters-Nadler-Schiff faction is unleashed. Trump has been put to extreme inconvenience by these spurious investigations and he can, if he wishes, exact a terrible vengeance. His moderation should not be presumed.

I’d better buy some more popcorn futures.