Lee Smith of Tablet Mag, Kimberley Strassel of The WSJ on The Larry O’Connor Show 05.30.18

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The Maltese Phantom of Russiagate | Real Clear Investigations

In the shifting narratives of the Trump-Russia probe, a Maltese academic named Joseph Mifsud has remained a linchpin regarding claims of collusion. He is the professor who allegedly told Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos that the Russians had emails related to the Clinton campaign. The FBI says it opened its investigation in late July 2016 after Papadopoulos relayed that information to Australian diplomat Alexander Downer, and the Australians tipped off U.S. authorities.

While some news accounts describe Mifsud as an accomplice to Russian clandestine operations or a “cut-out” (intermediary), others contend he is a full-fledged Russian spy. [Read More]

CNN’s Don Lemon goes there: If you watched Roseanne, you’re a bigot (The Washington Times)

In the immediate hours after ABC’s announcement that they were cancelling Roseanne after Rosanne Barr’s racist comment on Twitter about former Obama official, Valerie Jarret, CNN turned to one of their prime time stars, Don Lemon, to comment on the larger, social and cultural implications of the comment and ABC’s decision.

Without the benefit of producers, writers or a teleprompter, Lemon said Ms. Barr was a conspiracy theorist and bigot and people who watched her program “bought into that” and are “part of that.”  [Read More]

The Real Constitutional Crisis (WSJ)

Democrats and their media allies are again shouting “constitutional crisis,” this time claiming President Trump has waded too far into the Russia investigation. The howls are a diversion from the actual crisis: the Justice Department’s unprecedented contempt for duly elected representatives, and the lasting harm it is doing to law enforcement and to the department’s relationship with Congress.

The conceit of those claiming Mr. Trump has crossed some line in ordering the Justice Department to comply with oversight is that “investigators”. [Read More]

American leadership: Major European banks cease business with Iran (The Washington Times)

In a sign that American leadership is alive, well and thriving in the Western world, major European banks have announced they will reverse their policies that had been encouraged under President Barack Obama and cease their financial dealings with Iran:

Swiss lender Banque de Commerce et de Placements (BCP) has suspended new transactions with Iran and is winding down Iran-related activities, the latest company to halt business after the United States said it would reimpose sanctions on Tehran. [Read More]

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