Spinning a Crossfire Hurricane: The Times on the FBI’s Trump Investigation

Posted by Jimmy Minnish on May 19, 2018 under Links | Be the First to Comment


Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a rally at High Point University in High Point, North Carolina, September 20, 2016. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

The paper buries more than one lede.If you’re a fading Baby Boomer, you’re faintly amused that the FBI code-named its Trump-Russia investigation “Crossfire Hurricane.” It’s an homage to the Rolling Stones golden oldie “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” — which, come to think of it, might just be a perfect handle for John Brennan, the former Obama CIA director whose specter hovers over each critical juncture of the case.

The young’uns may not believe it, but back before it was known as “classic rock,” you couldn’t just play your crossfire hurricane on Spotify. You had to spin it. Fittingly, that is exactly what the New York Times has done in Wednesday’s blockbuster report on the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.

But that’s not even the most important of the buried ledes. What the Times story makes explicit, with studious understatement, is that the Obama administration used its counterintelligence powers to investigate the opposition party’s presidential campaign.

That is, there was no criminal predicate to justify an investigation of any Trump-campaign official. So, the FBI did not open a criminal investigation. Instead, the bureau opened a counterintelligence investigation and hoped that evidence of crimes committed by Trump officials would emerge. But it is an abuse of power to use counterintelligence powers, including spying and electronic surveillance, to conduct what is actually a criminal investigation.

It’s a gas, gas, gas!

How President Trump is replacing Democrat leftist Judges with Conservative Constitutional Judges

Posted by Jimmy Minnish on May 11, 2018 under Links | Be the First to Comment

President Trump has already appointed a record-breaking number of federal judges, but his judicial legacy is even bigger than that: More than half of those judges replaced Democratic appointees…[Trump could be] giving conservatives an upper hand that would last for decades. The Senate has confirmed 17 Trump nominees for federal district courts, most of whom replaced Democratic appointees. Trump has also filled 16 vacancies on federal appeals courts (the last stop before the Supreme Court). Six of those appointees replaced judges who were nominated by Democratic presidents. There are still 140 more vacancies in the federal district and appellate courts, and Trump has put forward nominees for about half of them. There could soon be 100 judicial nominees pending in the Senate…Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have already set a breakneck pace for judicial confirmations. If Republicans still control the Senate after this year’s midterms, no matter what else happens, that pace will continue — and the impact will be felt long after Trump’s presidency ends.



Sen. James Inhofe: What Trump Is Doing ‘Is Nothing Short of a Miracle’

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By Melanie Arter | May 10, 2018 | 7:41 PM EDT

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) (Screenshot)

(CNSNews.com) – Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) told host Fox Business host Dagen McDowell on Thursday that President Donald Trump’s handling of North Korea “is nothing short of a miracle.”

Inhofe pointed to the president’s handling of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un as the catalyst that made the North Korean leader change his tune on participating in the Winter Olympics, seeking a meeting with Trump, denuclearization, and releasing the three American detainees.


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