March 7, 2017 at 10:49 am
The federal criminal corruption investigation conducted by Preet Bharara and faced by the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, is the subject of my column this week. Please check the full column out at the New Boston Post (here), New York Sun (here), Reason (here), and Newsmax (here).
March 5, 2017 at 10:39 pm
Will anyone offer an intellectually and ideologically consistent alternative to Trumpism? If early signs are any reliable indication, it won't be the Democrats, I write in my column this week for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Please check the full column out by clicking here.
March 2, 2017 at 12:30 am
A federal judge in Manhattan, P. Kevin Castel, has given the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, a two-week deadline to provide a written update on "the status of all investigations and proceedings against" a supervisory special agent of the FBI, David Chaves, "or any other person making or concealing unauthorized disclosures related to insider trading investigations."
The judge ordered additional reports to continue after the end of each calendar quarter.
Judge Castel's order, dated March 1, stopped short of the dismissal or evidentiary hearing that lawyers for the defendant in the case, William Walters, had requested.
Yet in some ways, it went even further, suggesting that leaks to the press in other insider trading investigations "and the role of Chaves and possibly other special agents in leaks ought to be the subject of the pending criminal investigation."
March 1, 2017 at 3:49 pm
President George W. Bush is publicly entertaining the idea of a special prosecutor to investigate possible relationships between Russia and President Trump's circle, the New York Times reports:
March 1, 2017 at 3:00 pm
When I wrote back in early December about the similarities between Donald Trump and President Kennedy, I didn't quite realize how much more there would be. Since then, we've had:
• The Yemen raid: Trump's Bay of Pigs.
• A New York Times report that Trump aide Stephen Bannon was reading "The Best and the Brightest," a book that is in significant ways about the Kennedy administration.
• A Trump plan for a significant increase in military spending, following in Kennedy's footsteps.
• Trump's speech last night to a joint session of Congress echoed Kennedy in three ways.
First, it echoed the "torch" imagery and language of Kennedy's inaugural.
February 28, 2017 at 9:04 am
Illegal leaks to the press of classified or grand jury information can undercut precisely the values — freedom, civil liberties, and the rule of law — of which Mr. Trump's critics fancy themselves ardent defenders, I write in my column this week. Please check the column out at the New York Sun (here) and Newsmax (here).
February 26, 2017 at 11:18 am
Donald Trump's complaints about press bias are the topic of my column for the Sunday Las Vegas Review-Journal. Please check the full column out here.
February 19, 2017 at 10:48 am
General Mike Flynn's case isn't the only one where leaks by the FBI — "illegal leaks," as President Trump calls them — are cause for concern. My Sunday column for the Las Vegas Review-Journal is about the Billy Walters "insider trading" case, where a new court filing highlights the government's failure to act to prevent the leaks and its making "false and misleading" statements to the court about them. Please read the whole column here.
February 19, 2017 at 10:42 am
President Trump's visit with Prime Minister Netanyahu was the topic of my column from last week: "If Flynn eventually does need replacing, Bolton could also fit in the national security adviser role," I wrote in the piece, which was published February 13. The New York Times reported February 18 that Ambassador Bolton is one of four people President Trump is interviewing to replace General Flynn. We'll see if Mr. Bolton is the eventually choice, but for the moment, I feel at least a bit prescient. Please check out the whole column at the New Boston Post (here), New York Sun (here), Reason (here), and Newsmax (here).
February 13, 2017 at 9:36 am
The proposal by professional baseball to change the rules so that extra innings would start with a runner on second base is the topic of my column this week for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. It symbolizes problems with contemporary America that go well beyond baseball. Please check the full column out by clicking here.
February 6, 2017 at 10:07 pm
A New York-based FBI agent who played a leading role in a string of recent insider trading prosecutions is under criminal investigation for what federal prosecutors, in a recent court filing, call "unquestionable misconduct by an agent of the Government...improper and inexcusable."
It's the sort of story that ordinarily might be splashed across the front pages of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal — except that in this case, the misconduct of which the FBI agent, David Chaves, is suspected was leaking grand jury information to the Times and the Journal.
February 5, 2017 at 7:09 am
In response to Stephen Bannon, a Democratic member of Congress from Florida, Stephanie Murphy, last week introduced a bill barring political aides from NSC meetings. The legislation already has 74 co-sponsors. A press release from Ms. Murphy promised, "My bill will help depoliticize national security." My Las Vegas Review-Journal column this week looks at the Kennedy administration precedents for political involvement in foreign policy. Please check the full column out by clicking here.
January 31, 2017 at 2:56 pm
Libertarian — or "classical liberal" — law professor Richard Epstein writes about President Trump's executive orders: "back off, or resign, or both, before it is too late."
January 30, 2017 at 11:32 am
My column this week is about Obama, Trump, and this past weekend's furor over a temporary ban on refugees from certain countries:
January 29, 2017 at 6:53 am
President Trump should consider naming someone who isn't a judge, and maybe isn't even a law school graduate, to the Supreme Court, I write in my Las Vegas Review-Journal column. Please check the full column out by clicking here.
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