Yes, the President Is Guilty of Obstruction

The shocking Justice Department inspector general report confirms our worst suspicions about the president’s controversial action last year. In firing former FBI Director James Comey, President Trump was indeed guilty of obstruction—obstruction of injustice. It wasn’t particularly effective if his goal was to stop the Trump-Russia collusion narrative, but it had the effect ultimately

By | 2018-06-22T19:31:49+00:00 June 23rd, 2018|

What You Missed from Michael Horowitz’s Testimony

In the media’s rush to exploit the plight of migrant children this week, the public testimony of Michael Horowitz has been buried or, more likely, ignored by the news media. Horowitz, the Justice Department’s inspector general, testified for more than 10 hours on Capitol Hill, taking questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on

By | 2018-06-21T23:53:30+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|

Trump’s Message: Full Transparency to Restore Trust

Back in the day, I wrote for a president. Not speeches, mind you, but special correspondence and proclamations. Watching this entire nauseating mess with the Justice Department and the FBI—agencies that many believe are corrupt to their core—I thought I'd write a statement for President Donald J. Trump that he could use to

By | 2018-06-22T23:55:09+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|

Peter Strzok and Lisa Page: A Deep-State Love Story

Maybe I’m a hopeless romantic clinging to an old-fashioned idea that power really is “the ultimate aphrodisiac,” as Henry Kissinger once said. So while pundits debate how the Justice Department and FBI will ever recover from the latest inspector general’s report, I find myself wondering . . . hoping that Washington’s most famous

By | 2018-06-21T14:22:05+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|

Trumping the Rule of Law

The outrage over the “crisis at the border” raises a question about the principles of NeverTrump conservatives. They whine about President Trump undermining or attacking legal norms and institutions practically on a daily basis. Now they want him to change the law unilaterally or ignore it outright. On the surface, these “principled conservatives” have

By | 2018-06-21T07:55:31+00:00 June 21st, 2018|

Fake News Finally Scores on Trump

The media earlier this week reported breathlessly that President Trump was separating children from their parents at the border and placing them in cages. Trump was doing it, commentators claimed, because he is a mean, racist jerk, and this finally proved it. It was fake news, as usual. For the first time, though,

By | 2018-06-21T04:12:59+00:00 June 21st, 2018|

Delusion About Detentions: On Family Separation at the Border

Upstanding journalists, their fellow right-minded pundits, and progressive elected official friends are outraged! Part one of two. According to them, the Trump Administration’s approach to immigration enforcement is cruel, un-American, inhumane, barbaric, and even medically dangerous. NeverTrump’s go-to former Bush official, General Michael Hayden, took the hand-wringing and hyperbole to a new level

By | 2018-06-20T11:15:59+00:00 June 20th, 2018|

A Feeble Pushback Against the Inspector General’s Whitewash

For even the most cynical among us, there is a Baghdad Bob aura of unreality about the Justice Department Inspector General’s report absolving the FBI of partisan wrongdoing in the Clinton email investigation. The IG report follows in Comey’s footsteps: enumerating appalling and illegal behavior, and then concluding there is nothing to prosecute.

By | 2018-06-20T00:06:04+00:00 June 20th, 2018|