Links for 5-19-2018

  • Andrew McCarthy writes on the politicized nature of Department of Justice investigations, specifically the differences between how the Clinton email server investigation was handled and how the Trump/Russia investigation was handled:

    It has now been confirmed that the Trump campaign was subjected to spying tactics under counterintelligence law — FISA surveillance, national-security letters, and covert intelligence operatives who work with the CIA and allied intelligence services. It made no difference, apparently, that there was an ongoing election campaign, which the FBI is supposed to avoid affecting; nor did it matter that the spy targets were American citizens, as to whom there is supposed to be evidence of purposeful, clandestine, criminal activity on behalf of a foreign power before counterintelligence powers are invoked.

    But what was the rationale for using these spying authorities?

    The fons et origo of the counterintelligence investigation was the suspicion — which our intelligence agencies assure us is a fact — that the Democratic National Committee’s server was hacked by covert Russian operatives. Without this cyber-espionage attack, there would be no investigation. But how do we know it really happened? The Obama Justice Department never took custody of the server — no subpoena, no search warrant. The server was thus never subjected to analysis by the FBI’s renowned forensics lab, and its evidentiary integrity was never preserved for courtroom presentation to a jury.

  • The New York Times and The Washington Post have revealed enough (leaked) information to identify the person dispatched by the FBI to wheedle his way into the Trump campaign: Stefan Halper.

  • China landed bombers on its artificial islands in the South China Sea.