Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s call for the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate Senator Al Franken (D-MN) can only serve the purpose of keeping Franken in the Senate. Senate and House Ethics Committees are where ethics complaints go to die. These panels are useful to the leadership because they allow them to argue that the Committees are the “appropriate venue” for ethics allegations, knowing full well the result will be delay until the furor blows over.
Franken understands this, and called for an ethics investigation of himself. The last member of Congress to do this was Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) in the wake of our exposé that he did not disclose, or pay taxes on, rental income from his beachfront villa in the Dominican Republic.
The Rangel case is the exception that proves the rule. The Ethics Committee “admonished” him, and he had to resign as Chairman of the House … Read More ➡
Ken Boehm, Chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, today reacted to mistrial caused by a hung jury in the bribery case of Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ). He said, “Menendez and his lawyers are spinning this as a victory, but all they have bought is time. Prosecutors will most certainly seek to retry this case. It was not a conviction today, but it was not an acquittal.”
Boehm continued, “Menendez’ problems are far from over. If he has to face a second trial and jury, the chances are he will be convicted. Given the scale of the corruption, I think the prosecutors will prevail if they get a second bite of the apple.”
Among other allegations, the prosecution accused Menendez of pressuring U.S. officials to get the Dominican Republic government to honor a long-dormant port security deal with a company owned by Dr. Salomon Melgen, Menenez’ co-defendant.
The allegations of sexual harassment may or may not be true. But there’s no disputing that the ranks of the Service Employees International Union are getting thinner. Over the last few weeks, the SEIU announced the resignation, suspension or termination of four labor lotharios: Executive Vice President Scott Courtney; principal organizer Kendall Fells; Chicago organizer Caleb Jennings; and Detroit organizer Mark Raleigh. More such moves may lie ahead. “These personnel actions are the culmination of this stage of the investigation which brought to light the serious problems related to abusive behavior towards staff, predominantly female staff,” stated union spokesperson Sahar Wali in an email. In the context of similar accusations in the worlds of politics, publishing and film, the story has added significance.
At this point in time, the notion that Donald Trump stole last year’s presidential election ought to carry no currency. Even the most aggressive partisans of the Left, marinated in hatred for Donald Trump and all that he supposedly stands for, now seem to have lost their taste for challenging the outcome. Yet as they zealously pursue alternatives for delegitimizing his presidency in hopes of triggering an impeachment, the campaign to overturn the election still deserves maximum attention. It’s getting it, too, in the form of a new Kindle book by Fred Lucas, reporter for the political website The Daily Signal. In The Plot to Stop Trump: The Story of a Failed Effort to Overturn an Election, Lucas carefully lays out how Hillary Clinton and her allies sought to reverse an election they claimed was theirs.
Lucas sees the presidential election of 2016 as precedent-setting. “The election,” he … Read More ➡
(The following is based on a speech presented by the author at the most recent annual meeting of the H.L. Mencken Club, Baltimore, Maryland, November 3-4, 2017.)
Why are corporations, especially those that provide information technology, promoting radical politics? It’s a question one increasingly hears these days. And it’s a necessary question. For it is a fact: The corporation as an institution, partly out of self-interest and partly out of conviction, is allying itself with the hard Left. And the consequences could be devastating for our nation.
Now when I speak of “radicalism,” I’m not referring to the tradition of businessmen using the State to achieve and maintain market advantage. Monopoly in this country is a more than a century-old tradition, and it is anything but radical. Nor am I referring to the more recent tradition of corporations paying radical accusers a “diversity tax” in hopes of … Read More ➡
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of Paul Manafort details how the former Trump campaign manager worked through two Washington, DC-based lobbying firms on behalf of his client, Viktor Yanukovych, the former Moscow-aligned president of Ukraine.
The two firms are identified in the indictment as only Company A and Company B. Reportedly, Company A is Mercury Public Affairs, which leans Republican. Company B is none other than the Podesta Group, founded by Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign chairman John Podesta and, until this week when he resigned, was headed by John’s brother, Tony Podesta.
The Podesta involvement in Manafort’s operation disrupts the media narrative that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians, but it is unclear whether Mueller will actually indict Podesta. According to Fred Lucas in the Daily Signal:
Proving a violation of the foreign-agent law could be tricky, which is why the law has been so rarely enforced, said
More than anything else, the indictments of Paul Manafort and his partner Rick Gates demonstrate the fraudulent nature of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The probe has little to do with Russian interference in last year’s election. Instead, it is calculated to protect Mueller and a cabal within the FBI and Justice Department who covered up crimes by Hillary Clinton because they believed it was likely that she would be elected president.
And once Mueller and then his friend and successor James Comey covered for Hillary, they had to keep covering. There was a reason that Mueller was so available when he was so swiftly appointed Special Counsel in May by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The Comey firing threatened to expose all that these same officials had swept under the rug. Yes, Rosenstein bit the bullet and drafted the memo … Read More ➡
Ride-sharing giant Uber has hired former Associate Attorney General Tony West as its Chief Legal Officer because “he’s well equipped to handle the investigations of our past practices,” according to an email from Uber’s new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.
West is at the center of a burgeoning scandal involving $1 billion collected by the government from big banks as settlements in mortgage-fraud cases. The money was not used to compensate victims or turned over to the Treasury. Instead, it was diverted to left-wing activist groups and political allies of the Obama administration. West served in the Justice Department from 2009 until 2014 when he joined PepsiCo.
Reaction to the looting of the settlements has been such that the House passed legislation this week that would prohibit payments to private third parties from settlement monies. The Justice Department had already adopted a policy barring such payments.
Last week, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) wrote Apple CEO Tim Cook about his firm’s removal of VPN apps from the China app store in July. VPN stands for Virtual Private Networks, which when accessed through apps, allow Internet users in China to bypass government censorship.
NLPC raised this issue on September 19 when we asked the Newseum to rescind its 2017 “Free Expression Award “ that it made to Cook in April. The Senators’ letter also seizes on the Award and quotes Cook from that evening when he declared, “At Apple, we are just not allowing others to speak up, we are doing so ourselves.” The letter asks Cook to “Please provide copies of any statements that Apple has issued either promoting freedom of speech in China or condemning China’s censorship and surveillance mechanisms…”
The rest of the letter is equally pointed, and includes nine other … Read More ➡
Now that former CEO Jeffrey Immelt is fully out of the General Electric picture as both CEO and chairman of the Board of Directors, his replacement, John L. Flannery, is working to cut the costs many said would be among his first priorities.
The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday revealed (paywall) some of the excess under Immelt, the most sensational being that he sometimes had an empty corporate jet follow the one he was flying in, in case there were delays or mechanical problems. A GE spokewoman justified the practice by telling the newspaper that the “two planes were used on limited occasions for business-critical or security purposes.”
Whether or not the double-jet travel (what was Immelt going to do if his plane had problems – parachute to the other one?) was justified can be left to the judgment of the reader and … Read More ➡