- Andrew McCarthy writes on Robert Mueller’s treatment of Paul Manafort:
I’m betting he’s [Manafort’s] not in cuffs because the point of this over-the-top exercise was not to investigate Manafort; it was to demonstrate to Manafort’s very concentrated mind how miserable the prosecutors can make his life if he doesn’t wave the white flag, pronto, and give them whatever he’s got on Donald Trump — which, by the way, had better be something.
If there is strong suspicion that Manafort has committed fraud crimes unrelated to the 2016 campaign, then fine, investigate him. But investigate him as you would any other white-collar fraudster who (a) has counsel willing to honor your lawful demands to produce evidence and (b) has, at least ostensibly, been cooperative. Paul Manafort is not Osama bin Laden, so there’s no reason for Bob Mueller to make like the commander of Seal Team Six.
Why is this worth pointing out? Because someday, maybe, we’ll get around to asking: 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?
The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) seized a natural gas field in Deir al-Zor province from ISIS. Earlier this week American and Russian military leaders met to discuss their respective offensives in Deir al-Zor province; Russian and Syrian government troops are 2.5 miles away from SDF troops.
Iran claims it successfully tested a new ballistic missile with multiple warheads and a range of 1,200 miles. If true, that missile could easily reach Israel.
Philip DeVoe explained why the U.S. has trouble intercepting North Korea’s ballistic missiles.
A dam in northwestern Puerto Rico is likely to fail thanks to flooding caused by Hurricane Maria, prompting the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.
A 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit southern Mexico and was felt in the capital; authorities had to suspend the search for bodies in the wreckage of the last earthquake.