Persecuting Trump While Inviting Terrorism

By: Cliff Kincaid | Accuracy in Media

The Russia-gate scandal means big ratings for the media. For the American people, it means the likelihood of more terrorist attacks. It stands to reason that all of the money, resources and personnel that are being used to investigate President Donald Trump could be used elsewhere, such as rooting out the corruption in the intelligence community that has prevented the United States from identifying and defeating the Islamic terrorist threat.

We are currently being treated to the spectacle of two former FBI directors, one of them a special counsel, seemingly determined to take down the President of the United States because he wanted to apply the brakes to a useless probe into a phony scandal.

President Trump, trying to do the job he was elected to do, is now saying publicly what was known for years under President Obama—that the Middle East nation of Qatar is a funder and sponsor of terrorism. In what can accurately be called a real scandal, the Obama administration made Qatar into a phony friend of the United States and supposedly a base of expanded U.S. military operations against terrorism.

As we were reporting over six years ago, Qatar is a Middle East dictatorship that funds and sponsors the terror channel Al-Jazeera, whose American operations were made possible by Al Gore and his liberal friends. Qatar also has links to al Qaeda. We reported on a U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Washington, D.C. that was “held in partnership” with Qatar and was co-sponsored by the liberal Brookings Institution, headed by former Clinton State Department official Strobe Talbott.  Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a speaker at the event, and the official program guide for the conference featured greetings from President Obama.

All of this occurred in spite of the fact that the 9/11 commission had demonstrated (page 90) that Qatar has been protecting terrorists, including the mastermind of 9/11, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

In a bold display of truth-telling, President Trump said on Friday that “The nation of Qatar, unfortunately, has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level,” and that “the time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding…” This kind of brutal honesty is what is desperately needed to come to grips with the nature and origins of current Islamic terrorism.

The Trump administration can now go further by exposing Qatar’s extensive American contacts in politics, the media and academia. Such exposure would reveal the names of the Clintons, American universities, U.S. think tanks like Brookings, and major media figures. These are the people, organizations, and institutions which were working with the Obama administration and Qatar to sponsor Islamist and anti-American revolutions in the Middle East.

What’s at stake, writes Caroline Glick, Deputy Managing Editor of The Jerusalem Post, is a reversal of Obama’s “strategic goal of reorienting U.S. Middle East policy away from its traditional Sunni allies and Israel toward Iran and its allies in Qatar and Turkey…”

Glick’s column examining Qatar’s support for terrorism, its extensive American connections, and why Trump is correct to focus critical attention on the regime, is must-reading.

Yet, at this juncture, with the stakes so high, two of the FBI’s former directors are trying to bring down the President who wants to stop the financing of terrorism, save American lives, and undermine the Russian-backed Iranian regime’s expansion in the region.

While the Russia-gate scandal continues, with saturation coverage, the fact is that Trump’s new policy on Qatar could be a major setback for both Iran and Russia in the Middle East. If Trump’s policy is successful and the Sunni Arab states force Qatar to pull back from its embrace of Iran and terrorism, Glick notes that it would “constitute the single largest blow the regime in Tehran has absorbed in recent memory.” Among other things, she notes, “Qatar serves as Iran’s banker and diplomatic proxy.”

Qatar provides Iran the money, and Russia sells Iran the weapons and nuclear know-how to build nuclear bombs.

The fate of the West, including Israel, may hinge on Trump remaining in office and pulling off a major realignment and reversal of Obama’s policy in the Middle East.

Another blow to the terrorists would be for the Trump administration to designate the Muslim Brotherhood, which is backed by Qatar and effectively controls Al-Jazeera, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). Hearings on this matter, in the form of legislation, could also go a long way toward exposing Obama administration complicity with terrorist regimes and movements.

We at Accuracy in Media called Al-Jazeera “Terror Television” and have urged investigations into its operations for years.

In a 2008 column, “Al-Jazeera for Obama,” we also noted that the channel had promoted Barack Obama’s candidacy for the presidency, and that one of its reporters actually contributed financially to the Obama campaign.

That seemed like foreign meddling in a U.S. election. At that time, however, President Obama welcomed it.

It is interesting how Russia-gate has moved the focus away from Obama’s disastrous anti-American and pro-terrorism policy in the Middle East. Is that an accident? And why would former FBI directors James Comey and Robert Mueller go along with such a ploy? Do they have something to hide?

Coming up in part two: The FBI’s Pathetic Track Record on Terrorism  


Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at cliff.kincaid@aim.org. View the complete archives from Cliff Kincaid.

Trump Should Say “You’re Fired” to Special Counsel

By: Cliff Kincaid | Accuracy in Media

The incoherent questioning of James Comey by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is symptomatic of why President Donald Trump is at a severe disadvantage as the special counsel’s investigation of Russia-gate goes forward. The Republicans have walked into a trap and don’t know how to dig themselves out. They are playing ball with the Democrats, whose goal is impeachment.

McCain blamed staying up late to watch a baseball game. What’s the White House’s excuse?

The liberal media, the Democrats, and Comey’s best buddy, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, are in Comey’s corner. Mueller approved Comey’s decision to testify to the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Comey testified that “Bob” would handle the obstruction of justice investigation against Trump.  It can’t get any clearer than this. Trump is a marked man. We know what they’re doing.

Forget all of that media spin about Mueller’s sterling reputation. He was a terrible investigator in the anthrax case and fingered several innocent people.

Playing a tag team match against one opponent, the President, the Comey-Mueller combo looks unbeatable. Only Trump can stop Mueller now, and a decision to terminate Mueller might accelerate demands for Trump’s impeachment. But Trump is the President and he can order Mueller’s firing. It would be the right thing to do. Mueller was the wrong choice for that job. He was too close to Comey and his work as a former FBI director presents too many conflicts of interest.

In Trump’s corner is a dysfunctional White House press office and Trump’s personal lawyer, who provided a statement at the National Press Club and then scurried away.

Who do you think is going to prevail under these circumstances?

The White House press office response to Comey’s testimony—that the President is not a liar—sounds suspiciously like Richard Nixon’s claim before he resigned that he was not a crook.

The handwriting is on the wall, and the Conservative Party collapse in Britain portends the collapse of the Republican Party here. The conservatives in Britain had one advantage—they didn’t have a special counsel breathing down the neck of their party leader. Even so, Theresa May lost her majority.

Since Mueller can’t indict Trump, his investigation could produce impeachment charges against Trump, which would be filed by the House if the Republican majority disappears in the 2018 elections. Simply put, the American people may want to put this nightmare behind us.

Those who think that the hearing somehow defused obstruction of justice charges don’t understand the role played by Mueller in this process. He is the equivalent of a “Star Chamber,” a rogue court that can railroad innocent people found to be out of favor with the establishment.

The evidence of such a railroad was on display in Thursday’s hearing.

Writing in the New York Post, in a column headlined, “Trump’s in trouble after that Jim Comey hearing” John Podhoretz notes that while Comey said Trump was not under investigation before, “The problem for Trump is that he’s under investigation now.” That’s a reference to the Mueller obstruction investigation that can lead to the filing of impeachment charges.

Matthew Continetti at The Washington Free Beacon writes about Trump’s likely impeachment, saying that while Comey would not say if he believed President Trump obstructed justice by urging him to “let go” of the investigation into Michael T. Flynn, Comey “did say he was sure that Mueller would investigate whether obstruction of justice had occurred.”

Comey knows precisely what Mueller is doing. Indeed, Comey and Mueller are working together to bring down Trump. Their purpose is to protect the FBI, which they both served as directors.  There is a lot of corruption in the bureau that has to be kept out of the public domain. Some of that involves Mueller’s mishandling of the anthrax letters probe. Some of the corruption involves the failure to stop Islamic terrorism on American soil.

Continetti writes that “By firing Comey and then tweeting recklessly about it, Trump elevated a long-running but manageable problem—the so-called ‘Russia thing’—into an independent investigation that seriously endangers his presidency.”

Comey is one smooth operator. He deliberately leaked to The New York Times his side of the story, regarding his private conversations with Trump, for the purpose of triggering the appointment of a special counsel. It worked. No wonder Trump is mad at Attorney General Jeff Sessions for opening the door to such a probe.

Some conservatives in the media are saying that Trump can somehow hang on. Over at Trump-supporting Breitbart, Joel B. Pollak writes about how Senator James Risch (R-ID) supposedly destroyed the case for obstruction of justice through skillful questioning. He says, “Democrats have hinged their hopes for impeachment—and reversing the 2016 elections—on the idea that Trump committed obstruction of justice. That case has now been smashed beyond repair.”

But Risch’s questions will do absolutely nothing to stop Mueller. They will have no impact on the special counsel. Mueller doesn’t answer to the Senate. He answers to himself.

In the incident under scrutiny, Trump threw everybody except Comey out of the room to say he hoped the then-FBI director would let Flynn off the hook. Comey says he took this as an order to drop the probe. That’s the way Mueller will interpret it as well. They think alike.

At this point, Trump is hanging on, charging that Comey is the leaker and that he, Trump, has been vindicated by Comey’s statement that the President wasn’t under investigation back then.

It’s true: Trump wasn’t under investigation by the FBI back then. But that was before a special counsel, a former FBI director, was appointed. Now it’s a new ball game, and it’s not the one McCain was watching as he drifted off to sleep.

We said it before, in our column, “Best Buds Target Trump,” and we will say it again. Comey and Mueller are best friends who will protect one another. They are clearly working together. They are the insiders working to depose the outsider, Trump.

Trump can defeat this attack. But a personal lawyer who runs in and out of the National Press Club is not the answer. The announcement from the White House press office that Trump is not a liar will not be enough. And the idea that there is no legal case for obstruction of justice, from a conservative point of view, can’t save Trump from the special counsel’s own warped view of his mission to save the FBI.

Unless drastic action is taken, in the form of a “war room” with veteran conservative operatives to challenge the Mueller/Comey onslaught, Trump will likely lose.

As part of the counter-attack, Trump will have to fire Mueller, just like he fired Comey, and then he will have to drain the swamp at the FBI, as we urged before. All of “Comey’s Homies” should be identified and fired.

The FBI is out of control, including its former directors Comey and Mueller. Trump is the elected president. Will he act to restore civilian control of the government and put the unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats in their place?


Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at cliff.kincaid@aim.org. View the complete archives from Cliff Kincaid.

Communism in South Africa (and America)

By: Cliff Kincaid | America’s Survival

“South Africa is literally disintegrating.” Alex Newman, an award-winning international journalist, discusses communism in South Africa and anti-white genocide. Newman reveals the truth about “South African freedom fighter” Nelson Mandela and the “Rainbow Nation” he ruled. He looks at the prospect of persecuted white South Africans who may try to flee to the United States.

Prepare The White House For President Pence

By: Cliff Kincaid | Accuracy in Media

Those who think that Russia-gate is a witch-hunt or a hoax that will run out of gas need to think again. As we are about to see with the live coverage of former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony, this is an opportunity for the media to have enormous fun, generate ratings, and make money bashing another Republican president.

I went back in time for a juicy quote from The Washington Post’s Ben Bradlee, a Democratic Party insider who commented during his paper’s coverage of the Reagan administration’s Iran-Contra affair that “This is the most fun we’ve had since Watergate.” Bradlee saw the controversy as a way to bring down another Republican president. It worked with Watergate, which brought down Richard Nixon. It didn’t work in Reagan’s case.

But can they bring down Trump? The odds look good.

In an article headlined, “What Mueller’s NFL probe means for Trump,” the publication Politico suggests that Trump may save his presidency because the Russia-gate special counsel Robert Mueller will narrowly focus the probe, as he did with the NFL inquiry, and come to a “predetermined” conclusion. The article notes that Mueller let NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell off the hook in an investigation of what the league knew about a domestic violence case involving a player.

But the NFL probe is not how Mueller should be judged. As we have argued in two separate articles, Mueller’s mishandling of the anthrax letters case is more appropriate. Mueller dragged this case out for years and in the end got the wrong guy. Nobody in the media wants to talk about this because they know coverage of Mueller’s botched investigation will infuriate the former FBI director and serve to dry up sources in the special counsel’s office.

The fact that Mueller is, in effect, investigating the conduct of another FBI director, James Comey, is another significant factor. Mueller and Comey are best friends. They will protect each other. Comey did not reopen the anthrax investigation in order to get to the bottom of Mueller’s incompetence, and Mueller will not hold Comey responsible for targeting Trump by using the phony “Trump Dossier” filled with Russian disinformation. Hence, they both have reasons to go after Trump. They are a tag team against the President.

In the face of this assault, Trump has made another key mistake. He has reportedly vetoed the idea of a “War Room” with veteran operatives to take on the mushrooming investigation. Former Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie was said to be in the running to join the West Wing in a senior position to counter the “most fun since Watergate” mentality gripping the media in Russia-gate.

In our column, “Why David Bossie Scares the Clintons,” written during the 2016 campaign, we noted that the veteran conservative operative had “the inside story about Clinton corruption” and was perfectly positioned to help Trump win the presidency. That’s why the liberal media hated and feared him. He could have helped the Trump administration weather the Russia-gate storm and turn the tables on Mueller. But that is apparently not to be.

One way to counter the Mueller probe is to discredit Mueller, using the facts about his terrible treatment of a series of American scientists in the anthrax case. In the end, the FBI paid off one scientist, to the tune of millions of dollars in damages, and drove another to his death. Meanwhile, the al-Qaeda operatives who carried out the attacks got away. That Mueller could survive this debacle with a sterling reputation is evidence of the corruption in the Washington, D.C. swamp.

Trump is reportedly angry that his Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself in Russia-gate, and that Department of Justice official Rod Rosenstein picked Mueller to continue and expand the probe. That set current events in motion, along with Comey’s live testimony to be carried by cable and broadcast networks. It will only get worse. After all, journalists like to have fun bashing Republican presidents. The sharks smell blood in the water and want to go in for the kill. Forcing Trump from office would, in their minds, restore their prominence in the media landscape.

The legal case is not the issue. It doesn’t matter whether Comey accuses Trump of obstruction of justice, a criminal offense. What matters is the perception of wrongdoing, fed by the Watergate-style coverage, and whether Trump has the personnel, resources and supporters on Capitol Hill to fight back. At this point, it looks like the President is essentially alone, armed only with his Twitter account. His White House press office has become a running joke that only feeds the frenzied reporters.

The left is so excited that Marjorie Cohn, professor emerita at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, is calling for Trump’s impeachment because he pulled the U.S. out of President Obama’s unratified Paris climate change agreement. This nonsensical demand demonstrates the mania that is driving the opponents of Trump in academia, as well as in the media. They sense that they have Trump on the ropes. Nothing is too outrageous to throw at him.

Against this onslaught, Republicans on Capitol Hill are playing along with the drama, in order to get facetime on the television programs. The incentive for most of them will be to dump Trump.

If he is forced out of office, with the encouragement of cowardly Republican politicians, he would be able to continue to Tweet freely about the witch hunt and the hoax that ruined his presidency. By then, however, most people wouldn’t be paying much attention. Then the question would turn to what President Mike Pence knew and when did he know it.


Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at cliff.kincaid@aim.org. View the complete archives from Cliff Kincaid.