BALL OF COLLUSION: THE PLOT TO RIG AN ELECTION AND DESTROY A PRESIDENCY, by Andrew C. McCarthy (Author)
Publisher: Encounter Books (August 13, 2019)
The real collusion in the 2016 election was not between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. It was between the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration. The media–Democrat “collusion narrative,” which paints Donald Trump as cat’s paw of Russia, is a studiously crafted illusion. Despite Clinton’s commanding lead in the polls, hyper-partisan intelligence officials decided they needed an “insurance policy” against a Trump presidency. Thus was born the collusion narrative, built on an anonymously sourced “dossier,” secretly underwritten by the Clinton campaign and compiled by a former British spy. Though acknowledged to be “salacious and unverified” at the FBI’s highest level, the dossier was used to build a counterintelligence investigation against Trump’s campaign. Miraculously, Trump won anyway. But his political opponents refused to accept the voters’ decision. Their collusion narrative was now peddled relentlessly by political operatives, intelligence agents, Justice Department officials, and media ideologues―the vanguard of the “Trump Resistance.” Through secret surveillance, high-level intelligence leaking, and tireless news coverage, the public was led to believe that Trump conspired with Russia to steal the election. Not one to sit passively through an onslaught, President Trump fought back in his tumultuous way. Matters came to a head when he fired his FBI director, who had given explosive House testimony suggesting the president was a criminal suspect, despite privately assuring Trump otherwise. The resulting firestorm of partisan protest cowed the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel, whose seemingly limitless investigation bedeviled the administration for two years. Yet as months passed, concrete evidence of collusion failed to materialize. Was the collusion narrative an elaborate fraud? And if so, choreographed by whom? Against media–Democrat caterwauling, a doughty group of lawmakers forced a shift in the spotlight from Trump to his investigators and accusers. This has exposed the depth of politicization within American law-enforcement and intelligence agencies. It is now clear that the institutions on which our nation depends for objective policing and clear-eyed analysis injected themselves scandalously into the divisive politics of the 2016 election. They failed to forge a new Clinton administration. Will they succeed in bringing down President Trump?
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY is a senior fellow at National Review Institute and an NR contributing editor
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JIM GIBSON, Founder President CEO at Las Vegas International Model Search LLC and President of The Gibson Organization LLC joins us. Gibson is one of the rare media professionals who become a well-established professional on all areas of media, public business and professional entertainment. He is an EMMY Award winning Television Host. He is a GRAMMY Award winning band member as a musician. Has performed live on the world’s largest venues to include The White House for the President, the Los Angles Shrine Auditorium, Radio City Music Hall NYC to the Aspendos Colesium in Antalya Turkey. Gibson worked directly under Donald Trump and CBS/TV’s President Les Moonves as their Director Of Pageant Affairs for the Miss Universe Organization. Gibson has hosted over 1500 live pageant telecasts to include the Miss Universe Pageant’s international presentation telecast for Telemundo TV.CGibson’s various business ventures include being a principal in a large Washington DC historic property management company while also being a founding shareholder and Director of Acquisitions for a Public Healthcare company. Gibson has served on Boards (Aurora Christian Schools Aurora Il.) and he co-created and produced one of the nation’s most successful private charitable fundraising events, raising over $400,000 million (with matching grants) over 23 years with Washington DC’s Fight Night (Fight for children charity). The event was taken over and run by Steven Plank (Under Armour Founder).
JEANNE ALLEN is the founder and CEO of the Center for Education Reform and is considered one of the most influential advocates for education transformation in the country. Since founding CER in 1993, Jeanne was instrumental in the creation of the nation’s first charter schools in order to ensure that students in every zip code get the education they deserve.
Jeanne counsels a number of entrepreneurial education and technology companies, including HotChalk, Inc., CommonLit, and the Modern States Education Alliance. Major ed tech investors and accelerators, including 1776 and GSV Labs, count Jeanne as one of their key mentors. She serves on several boards, including the Washington Leadership Academy in Washington, DC and the Challenge Charter School in Chandler, AZ.The Education Industry Association honored Jeanne with its “Friend of Education Award” in 2012. Additional honors include Working Mother’s “Most Powerful Moms in Education” and the Black Alliance for Educational Options Champion Award in 2013.CA frequent commentator in television and media, Jeanne has also published hundreds of articles and commentaries in newspapers and journals and as well as her own blog, Reality Check-In. Her honesty and linear thinking on issues such as reform, choice for parents, and teacher accountability has made her articles in outlets such as The Huffington Post essential reading. Her book, The School Reform Handbook: How to Improve Your Schools (1995) ignited parent-led efforts for education reform and her latest publication Education Reform: Before it Was Cool (2014) documents critical milestones during her work over the past 20-plus years. Jeanne has been a trusted advisor to presidential administrations, governors, and lawmakers, and continues to provide valuable counsel to policymakers, philanthropists and her colleagues in education. She began her career on Capitol Hill and was a senior official in the US Department of Education from 1983-1988. She earned a bachelors degree in political science from Dickinson College and a masters of science in education entrepreneurship from the University of Pennsylvania. Among her charitable and civic work, Jeanne is on the Leadership Council of the National Italian American Foundation, is a Dame of Malta, and an active member of the John Carroll Society. When time permits, she enjoys visiting the village of her family’s origin in Campania, Italy and time on the water, especially with her husband Dr. Kevin Strother, an educator, musician and charter boat captain. Her four young adult children are in various stages of school and work, some not surprisingly in the education reform arena.