Just when you thought that there couldn’t be any more revelations of how Special Counsel Mueller had stacked his legal team with anti-Trump partisans, we now have the Andrew Weissman story. Add to that Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Joe DiGenova’s attacks Monday on the Tucker Carlson Tonight show on other key players connected with Mueller’s Russian collusion investigation: former FBI director James Comey, former Mueller team member and high-ranking FBI official Peter Strzok, and Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. Powerline describes McCabe as “a Democratic Party activist masquerading as a law enforcement officer.”
Progressives vs conservatives at the Wall Street Journal
The fight over the probity of Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation has brought out the long-standing division between the Progressive-dominated news desk of the Wall Street Journal and its conservative editorial desk. (That split and the consequent less than full reliability of Journal coverage was a principal reason why this publication, Founders Broadsheet, was founded.) The Federalist has excellent coverage of the ties between former employees of the Journal’s news desk and the Democratic National Committee-funded anti-Trump campaign run by Fusion GPS, which FBI officials then used to justify spying on the Trump campaign and to motivate Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation.
Israel, the embassy, two peace plans, and Iran
President Trump is expected today to announce his intention to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — but with no set timetable. Congress mandated such a move in 1995, but presidents since then have capitulated to Arab denunciations, and the present occasion is no exception. Trump reportedly has been frustrated with aides’ opposition to the embassy move. Nevertheless, the President’s verbal-only fulfillment of a prominent campaign promise is a disappointment.
A potentially more important development is this report of a Saudi peace plan for Israel and Palestine. This is perhaps the first peace plan proposed by an important Arab player that Israel could accept. It has provoked the expected denunciations and threats from Muslim-majority states in the Mideast. The reported Saudi plan could sideline the ill-conceived peace effort of the President’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. Israel already has enough problems with Iranian incursions into Syria and hostility from Jordan’s ruler, King Abdullah II.
Tax reform: House and Senate differences
In a previous Founders Broadsheet we linked to a Heritage Foundation table comparing the House and Senate versions of the tax reform bill. For those interested, here’s a more detailed comparison from the Tax Foundation.
Click here to go to yesterday’s Founders Broadsheet (“Blatant bias and corruption of top FBI, Justice, and Mueller officials”)
hat tip: Eaglebeak