Paul Manafort

Manafort's Purge Trial

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

The trial of Paul Manafort is the first show trial of our own incipient version of covert Stalinism or Stalinisme sans Gulag. The groupthink behind this is extreme. Facts are less important than feelings motivated largely by the need to belong. There is the sense among these people that even if Trump didn't collude with the Russians, he wanted to. And even if he didn't want to, he's still bad and deserves to suffer for this non-existent collusion he didn't do or want.

So why was Trump aide talking to a Russian spy?

Byron York, Washington Examiner

Putting it all together, yes, Gates was "in contact with a Russian intelligence officer." And who knows? Perhaps they were plotting to fix the U.S. presidential election for President Trump. But the evidence that Mueller has revealed, and the statements he has made, suggest something more prosaic. CNN's Ron Brownstein was right when he advised caution in drawing conclusions about the Mueller investigation. There is still too much that is hidden.

Conservatives In House of Representatives Go On Offense Against Mueller

A group of principled conservatives in the U.S. House of Representatives did what Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will never do – they went on offense against Robert Mueller and the rest of the insiders protecting Hillary Clinton and the worst villains of the Obama-era swamp.

More Thoughts on the Manafort Indictment

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

The big takeaway from the Manafort indictment is its lack of connection to purported Trump-campaign collusion in Russia’s cyber-espionage attack on the 2016 campaign. I believe the indictment’s only potential relevance lies in its usefulness in pressuring Manafort to cooperate. Assuming that is the goal, I think Mueller’s team could have improved the indictment’s credibility by toning down what is included and adding in what appears to have been left out.

Mueller Scorches the Earth

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

What would have happened if Hillary Clinton’s very real email scandal — with its mountainous evidence of felony mishandling of classified information and destruction of government records — had been investigated with the no-holds-barred vigor Mueller and his band of Hillary donors are applying to the surmise of Trump collusion in Russian espionage?

Manafort wiretapping shows the deep state is real and dangerous

Gayle Trotter, The Hill

We now know that Manafort, who by the way has a residence in Trump Tower, was indeed subject to a federal wiretap. Unprecedented unmaskings, wiretapping opposition campaigns, spying on journalists, directing federal agency power against political opponents: All of these actions were committed by unaccountable federal agency personnel in pursuit of retaining power and influence.

Was The Russian Lawyer's Meeting With Donald Trump Jr Part Of A Deep State Plot?

Connect the dots and it looks like the same group of dictator-friendly Democrats who got the the spurious dossier on then-candidate Donald Trump into the news have chosen this moment to leak information on Donald Jr. to keep the phony Russian collusion story alive.