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The Nothingburger Defense

I’ve always hated that term. Democrats and their allies in the press are trying to apply it to the Republican Intelligence Committee memo that demonstrated that an absurd piece of Russian propaganda financed by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC, the Steele Dossier, was used to justify U.S. government spying via FISA on a U.S. citizen, Carter Page, and an investigation into the Trump campaign.

Where is the Democratic outrage about a police state we surely would have been hearing about if this had occurred under the Bush administration and its resident Darth Vader, Dick Cheney – or under President Trump? And it’s not a nothingburger, according to Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, a retiring Republican who is one of three GOP House members to have seen the underlying documents that were used in the FISA application. According to Gowdy, the FISA application would not have been approved but for the dossier. According to committee Republicans, the FBI’s then-deputy director testified the same thing in December.

Below is a compilation by the Washington Free Beacon of the nothingburger and other trite expressions of outrage – “McCarthyism!” – by the Democrats and members of the press.

As far as I’m concerned a cheeseburger has cheese on it, a baconbuger has bacon on it, and a nothingburger has nothing on it but IT’S STILL GOT BEEF DAMMIT and as you can tell I’m a man who takes his burgers seriously. I mean, you can tell from this, and if you’ve seen any of the videos of myself I put up.

Gowdy Calls For Trump Administration to Get All the Russia Info Out

House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy has a point. Information related to Russia is being leaked piecemeal in order to keep the Trump White House in a constant state of crisis and to destroy the president’s ability to enact his agenda. If that’s not the intention, that’s the result.

Gowdy said on Fox News:

Someone close to the president needs to get everyone connected with that campaign in a room and say, ‘From the time you saw Dr. Zhivago until the moment you drank vodka with a guy named Boris, you list every single one of those and we’re going to turn them over to the special counsel,’ because this drip, drip, drip is undermining the credibility of this administration.

I covered the Clinton administration, and they were experts at scandal, given that, unlike the current White House, they had a president involved in actual and repeated wrongdoing. Their strategy, as formulated by then-press secretary Mike McCurry — who had already served as press secretary for Sen. Harrison Williams, who was convicted of bribery and conspiracy in the Abscam scandal — was to collect as much information as possible and get it out in the public in one big document dump, preferably on a Friday night.

Well, Clinton survived his scandals and left the White House — of course, as we know, penniless — but with a 66 percent approbate rating.

White House Suggests it Won’t Cooperate with Benghazi Panel

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today indicated the White House will refuse to cooperate with a new House committee tasked with investigating Benghazi.

“We have always cooperated with legitimate oversight,” Carney said this afternoon during the daily White House briefing. Asked whether the panel qualified as “legitimate,” he said: “I think if you look at what even some Republicans have said, it certainly casts doubt on the legitimacy of an effort that is so partisan in nature.”

“You know, at some point, you just have to assume that Republicans will continue this because it feeds a political objective of some sort,” he added. “At the same time you have to ask, ‘What about the American people who want to see Congress work for them?'”

Meanwhile, House Speaker Boehner today announced that Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) will chair the Benghazi committee.

“With four of our countrymen killed at the hands of terrorists, the American people want answers, accountability, and justice,” Boehner said. “Trey Gowdy is as dogged, focused, and serious-minded as they come.” 

Politico: Gowdy to Head Benghazi Committee

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) will chair the House special committee tasked to investigate Benghazi, according to Politico.

Gowdy, 49, a former federal prosecutor who is in only his second term in Congress, has proven himself one of the toughest cross examiners on the House Oversight Committee, which has been looking into a variety of scandals surrounding President Obama.

According to another report, the rest of the panel could be named as early as today. Gowdy and all Republican panel members will be appointed directly by House Speaker Boehner, according to Politico. It’s not clear whether Democrats will join the committee or decide to boycott it.

Lerner May Have Waived Right to Take the Fifth

Guess what? The lady may have protested too much!

IRS official Lois Lerner may have waived her right to Fifth-Amendment sanctioned silence before the House Oversight Committee because she decided to issue an in-your-face statement during today’s hearing about how she never did anything wrong.

Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told Politico he plans to haul her . . . posterior . . . right back into the witness seat whence it arose.

“When I asked her her questions from the very beginning, I did so so she could assert her rights prior to any statement,” Issa told POLITICO. “She chose not to do so — so she waived.”

Lerner’s possible mistake was noticed immediately by the sharp-minded Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), a former prosecutor, who wanted to keep her before the committee.

He said lawmakers should at least be able to ask her questions about assertions she made in her statement.

“Think back to a trial,” he said. “You want to tell the jury you didn’t commit the crime but you don’t want the prosecutor to ask you any questions after you do it?”

He added: “That never would be allowed to happen.”

I mean, I’m just a caveman. I don’t understand the law. Your modern ways frighten and confuse me. But if you are invoking the Fifth Amendment right not to have to testify against yourself on the grounds that you might incriminate yourself, how does it make sense to be allowed to say you did nothing wrong? How can you, as Gowdy notes, just say, “I’m innocent,” and then be allowed to shut up and not be asked about it?

See you soon, Ms. Lerner!