Ricochet Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel is in for Jim today. Join Jon and Greg as they welcome Special Counsel John Durham’s congressional testimony about the FBI’s deeply flawed Crossfire Hurricane investigation and how the Bureau used information it knew was false to obtain FISA warrants on Trump campaign figures. They also appreciate Durham saying that a few cosmetic policy changes at the FBI won’t solve anything, and that there needs to be much more accountability there – especially at the higher levels. They also cringe as the latest Washington, D.C. crime statistics show a big increase over last year and as Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson prioritizes taxpayer-funded housing for illegal immigrants over addressing the Windy City’s huge crime problem. Finally, they sigh as the latest testing shows 13-year-olds declined markedly in math and reading skills compared to testing done before the pandemic.
Former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy is in for Jim today. Andy and Greg try to figure out why police would wait 40 minutes before entering the Texas elementary school when they there was carnage unfolding inside. They also slam Beto O’Rourke for trying to score political points by interrupting the governor’s press conference in Uvalde on Wednesday. And McCarthy brings us up to speed on the Durham investigation into the origins of the Russian collusion narrative, and he explains why Michael Sussmann may be acquitted even though it’s patently obvious that he lied to the FBI.
Join Jim and Greg as they cheer the Fifth U.S. Circuit of Appeals for placing a stay on President Biden’s order mandating vaccinations for everyone at companies employing 100 or more people. They also welcome the latest indictment from the Durham investigation into the origins of the Russian collusion probe and what it may foreshadow about where Durham is focused next. And they fume as 13 House Republicans vote in favor of the bloated $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and save Democrats from even more political dysfunction and embarrassment.
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Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the partnership among the U.S., the United Kingdom, and Australia that will allow Australia to have nuclear submarines and hopefully pose a deterrent to China in the region. They’re also glad to see special counsel John Durham is still alive and planning to indict a lawyer in connection with the 2016 effort to allege collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. And we fume at the FBI once again as Olympic gymnasts explain how the bureau completely dropped the ball on investigating team doctor and serial molester Larry Nassar.
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After a surprisingly brief venting about how bad their football teams are, Jim and Greg serve up three good martinis. They welcome New York Times polling showing Warren as the weakest major Democratic candidate against President Trump and an NYT editorial blasting Warren for falsely claiming that only billionaires would see higher taxes in her plan to pay for single-payer health care. Then they relish the exit of Beto O’Rourke from the 2020 Democratic field and also hammer the media for building up Beto as some sort of transformational figure in 2018 when he was always an empty suit. And Jim highlights his extensive profile of U.S. Attorney John Durham, the tight-lipped prosecutor tapped to investigate how the Trump-Russia investigation began in the first place.
Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Attorney General Bill Barr for appointing U.S. Attorney John Dunham to look into how the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe started and that all sides of the 2016 allegations will get investigated. They also shudder as Rep. Rashida Tlaib doubles down on her suggestion that Palestinians willingly sacrificed to accommodate the modern state of Israel after World War II and then accuses her critics of being “racist idiots.” And they note the presidential campaign of Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and how this supposed moderate vetoed the Born Alive Infant Protection Act just days before jumping in the race.