June 3, 2019

Sick of everything having to do with the FBI investigation, the special counsel investigation, the D.C. Circuit Court investigation, the congressional Democrats’ re-investigation and the Republicans’ investigation of the investigation? Me, too. At the same time, thanks to the appointment of Attorney General Bill Barr, we’re just at the point where the full story is gelling. This is the really important part for our country.

So to start the week, I’m providing a valuable public service: the “CliffsNotes” version (yes, that’s how they spell it now) of where we are right now in this whole darn thing, for everyone who doesn’t care to slog through the approximately 450 pages of the Mueller report, or listen again to the twisted press conference he gave on his way out the door, or hear one more idiotic word from the likes of Maxine Waters or Eric Swalwell.

First, I’ll quote someone who demonstrates much greater intelligence (and succinctness). Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, when asked by Maria Bartiromo if there will be accountability for the spying and the abuse of the FISA Court, said, “ABSOLUTELY.” He credits the appointment of Bill Barr, who is totally dedicated to finding out what happened.

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Next, here’s something smartly written, by Clarice Feldman at AMERICAN THINKER, that manages to cover a lot of ground while sticking to interesting, pertinent facts. Feldman talks about Robert Mueller the man, as someone with a prestigious upbringing and stellar political connections who nevertheless racked up some spectacular failures in his career with the FBI. She briefly outlines some of the worst ones. (I would say that, like so many in government, Mueller “failed up.”)

Now, he’s tried to outsmart Bill Barr. That is like Wile E. Coyote trying to set a trap with ACME dynamite. On the edge of a mile-high cliff. As Feldman says, “This fiasco should be the last of his blundering career.”



Next: That video clip from Barr’s interview with CBS’ Jan Crawford, the one in which he states that Mueller could have made a determination on the question of criminal “obstruction,” was featured by Maria Bartiromo in her Sunday morning show as she played it for Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe. Ratcliffe, who sits on the House Judiciary, Intelligence and Homeland Security Committees, responded by saying that Mueller not only could have made a decision on that but SHOULD have. Mueller was able to do the job of a prosecutor on “collusion” and decide that no one committed any crime by conspiring with Russia, so why didn’t he FINISH his job by deciding on “obstruction” as well?

Instead, as Ratcliffe pointed out, Mueller went on for about 200 pages doing what a prosecutor is NOT supposed to do: talk about the potential crimes and “conduct” of someone he has no intention of charging. As for Mueller’s rationale that the Office of Legal Counsel rule –- about not indicting a sitting President –- should keep him from deciding whether a crime was committed, Ratcliffe, a former federal prosecutor himself, called it “absurd.” He said Mueller’s nonsensical reasoning was less reminiscent of James Madison than it was of Billy Madison (the Adam Sandler movie), in that everyone who was there is now dumber for having heard it.

The way the law is supposed to work, the Justice Department –- including the special counsel –- doesn’t investigate crimes to make criminal referrals to Congress. That’s all part of the Executive Branch. Congress is part of the Legislative Branch. (Are you paying attention, AOC and all you other leftists who slept through Government 101?) As Barr has said, they are not an “adjunct” to Congress. But since when did this Congress care about the Constitution?

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Moving on. Something else that’s getting attention right now: the lack of a truly comprehensive “defensive briefing” for the Trump campaign back in the summer of 2016 when the FBI was looking into Russian infiltration. On August 17 of that year, Trump’s campaign was given what is called an “intelligence assessment,” but no heads-up was given about suspicions of Russian influence or the fact that on July 31, an investigation (Operation “Crossfire Hurricane”) had actually been opened into these suspicions by the FBI. A letter from Gregory Brower, assistant director of the Office of Congressional Affairs, to Sen. Chuck Grassley, then-chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, dated October 26, 2017, referred to the defensive briefing as being “conducted by an experienced FBI counterintelligence agent and focused on the broad range of threats posed by foreign intelligence entities.”

Okay, let’s see...who was the agent who opened “Crossfire Hurricane”to investigate Trump? That would be Peter Strzok, the man who texted “We’ll stop him.” And who was the “experienced FBI counterintelligence agent” who conducted the defensive briefing for then-candidate Trump? Um, that would also be Peter Strzok, again, the man who texted “We’ll stop him.” If anyone was in a position to brief Trump on suspicions of Russian infiltration into his campaign (including the unverified material in the Steele dossier and the suspected contacts of Carter Page), it was Strzok. But he kept the Bureau’s activities secret.

"Cardinal" Jim Comey has said they didn’t want to “tip their hand” about the investigation. No kidding. If they had told Trump about this early on –- as they should have, instead of trying to drum up “evidence” to implicate him –- there would never have been a special counsel. And after the election, a special counsel is precisely what Trump’s political opponents wanted.

But here’s the thing: On August 25, 2016, at the same time the FBI was secretly investigating Trump’s campaign, CIA Director John Brennan called Democratic Sen. Harry Reid (Senate Minority Leader at the time) and briefed HIM on the Steele dossier and the investigation into Carter Page. It seems that Sen. Reid got a much more thorough intelligence briefing than Donald Trump did.

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As Ratcliffe noted, one reason we haven’t yet seen the documents declassified by Barr, who was given that authority by President Trump, is that U.S. Attorney John Durham, the investigator Barr appointed to look into the FBI’s creation of the “Trump/Russia” investigation, may want to put them before a criminal grand jury.

Finally, do they give prizes for the worst idea of the week? If so, Geraldo Rivera would definitely win for last week for something he suggested via Tweet on Friday. The deal: that IF the Democrats agree to drop all Trump/Russia-related investigations, then AG Barr agrees to drop his probe of the counterintelligence operation that targeted Donald Trump. And then we all just move forward.

I was surprised at this from Geraldo, as he’s been talking a lot of sense lately. But, really, Geraldo, are you out of your mind?? As it turned out, the response from both left and right was overwhelmingly negative. Clearly, Democrats have already gotten their answers; they don’t LIKE them, but they have them. Republicans still need THEIR answers. And we’re just getting to the good part.

Later in the day, Geraldo tweeted this intriguing response: “Ok, I get that the left doesn’t want peace. Then fasten your seatbelts. Mark my words – before this is over many of your heroes will be profoundly diminished.”

I do believe he’s correct in that. Here’s the link, but you might want to skim past the column of hateful and inaccurate left-wing tweets. Nobody needs that.

Anyway, that’s today’s “CliffsNotes” version of where we are with Mueller, Barr and the road to accountability. As always, I promise there won’t be a test.


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  • Michael R Brannick

    06/04/2019 01:17 PM

    If Mueller testifies before Congress I want the Republicans to ask him two questions: 1) When did he determine there was no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians because the charge was based on the biased, false dossier? and 2) why didn't he close the investigation then?

  • Carolyn Porch

    06/04/2019 12:22 PM

    Loved what you wrote all made sense for us deplodable American

  • Margie barker

    06/04/2019 12:56 AM

    This was a very good story.
    I am very worried about Obama talking to other countries especially global leaning ones, such as Canada, and overseas. We need to follow all these with an official interview by our government and possible Logan Act. He has not given up the dream of a 4th term using his "Fund" to control candidates.

  • Thomas R Sprenger

    06/03/2019 11:10 PM

    What a sad state of affairs! The Democrats can't tell the truth because they don't want to admit it.
    I have stopped doing business in the state of California and New York state. Let us hope that others
    will do that also.

  • Tom Porter

    06/03/2019 10:32 PM

    Do not for anything drop the Barr investigation into the Democratic Russian Hoax. Those responsible; to wit Comey, McCabe, Brennen, Clapper, Strzok, et al must be held accountable. If Lynch, Clinton, and Obama are involved they must be included! Since a coup is treason, any convicted should get serious jail time. Our laws mean nothing if they go unpunished.

  • Sharon Anderson

    06/03/2019 09:45 PM

    Hannity - Just said what I was starting to send you. Obama saying, I have to get reelected before I can”. Hmmmmm who is the President that worked with Putin - and guess why they wanted Hilary as President - They being Russia. TRUMP 2020!!!!!!!!!

  • Rose Bartone

    06/03/2019 08:54 PM

    Thank you for all that you do, Governor … And your daughter's beauty is surpassed only by her intelligence.

    I have one question … IF there was NO COLLUSION how could there be OBSTUCTION. Our blessed President didn't do anything … so …

    it does not make sense.

    Praying for all of you every moment of every day. God bless you all and my profound thanks for all you do.

  • BG

    06/03/2019 08:25 PM

    You need to be aware of this also: Retired HEAD OF FBI Tells ALL "Illuminati, Satanism, Pedophile Rings"

  • Kathleen S Wood

    06/03/2019 07:49 PM

    Regarding your article about California's proud declaration as the "reproductive rights" state: reproductive rights include voluntary sterilization, contraception of all kinds, and abstinence. Abortion, however, is murder. It kills an innocent human being. Murder is not a woman's right. Murder is not anyone's right. However, the right to life is and is specified in the Declaration of Independence. "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all (men) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty ....". The looney, lying left redefines terms like "woman's body" without telling the truth that there is a whole other little body in a woman's womb during pregancy. Lies, murder, deceit, taking away our rights and trampling our founding documents underfoot .... why would anyone want to vote for a Democrat these days???? They do not deserve positions of power. Make sure you are registered to vote!

  • joe lombardi

    06/03/2019 07:19 PM

    I wouldn't trust Geraldo any farther than I could throw a hot stove. He would do and say anything to keep his job at Fox News. It would be refreshing if he has changed his spots but I'm sorry, he's just not believable. He's a make love not war guy trying to play both sides of the fence.

  • Betsy Woodruff

    06/03/2019 06:53 PM

    This is exactly what I wanted! An excellent summary! NOW, if I could only receive your newsletters. I have signed up THREE TIMES and I still do not get them??. I only saw this article because my good friend gets your newsletters and passes some of them to me. You are a delight! I turn up the volume every time I see you on Fox News!!

  • Ruth Ferraro

    06/03/2019 06:08 PM

    I love your "Cliffnotes" as to what is going on with this investigation. Thank you for all your updates. Yesterday Franklin Graham of the Bill Graham Foundation directed everyone for a day of prayer for President Trump. After reading your commentary, it gives me hope that the Lord is going to answer our prayers! God bless you and Barr!

  • Barbara King

    06/03/2019 05:52 PM

    THANK YOU!! I want to see all those responsible for the abuse of power, unrepairable harm done to innocent parties, the abuse our president and his family have endured and the cost to us as tax payers brought to justice and prosecuted. ALL the way to the top, which I believe includes Hillary and Obama

  • Keethlyn Fletcher

    06/03/2019 05:45 PM

    In light of everything that's gone on , is going on and I'm sure will continue to go on, no matter what happens, all the players in this nonsense have to answer for their actions to God Almighty. That should scare them a little.


    06/03/2019 05:35 PM

    Once you realize this is a World or involves 3 more Corrupt Governments and those of the UN to Over Throw Trump and all of Humanity to remove Freedom, Human Rights, Equality, Rule of Law, Fair Elections, Majority Rule, and Freedom of Choice for the Corrupt Tyranny of Fascist Globalists who are Self Appointed Kings who Believe they are Above Laws and Rules that Stand in their Way! Some of the Illuminati, all of the Builderberg Group, UN, Big Banks, Terrorists, Top World Corporate Executives, Democrat's, Bush's, Clinton's, Obama, Media, and Soros! Then you can understand the Real Conspiracy of Sedition, Terrorism, Treason, Immigration Replacement with Illegal Democrats, and Legislation War against our Constitution and Freedom to Destroy that of all Humanity! They have used Propaganda to Misguide Faith, Justice, Beliefs, Truth, Blame, Violence, Our First Amendment, Attacks on our 2nd., and to Confuse as many as they can into Supporting their Evil Criminal Corruption and Treason against us with our own Money! They have made Criminal Corruption the New Rule of Law in America! You can call it Fascism, Socialism, Communism, or Dictatorship and its the Same Fascist Tyranny where Governments Take everything and Promote themselves as Kings Ruling with Violence and Tyranny over Humanity Equally living Dependent in Hardship and Poverty, Many on the Streets and having no Choice But to ether Support or Kill their Oppressors! History does not lie, Learn it!

  • Carmine Fea

    06/03/2019 05:21 PM

    In all but words, Mueller made a determination there was no obstruction of justice and Mueller's investigation did exonerate Trump. Mueller admits he and his team did a thorough investigation of the facts. So after a thorough investigation of the facts, Mueller's thorough investigation established no evidence Trump obstructed justice, and there was no evidence of obstruction of justice. The remainder is purely political, a lot of possible and capable but no evidence from an obviously twisted group legal mind. Neither Mueller nor any one of his team should ever again be allowed legal authority.

  • Amy Carpenter

    06/03/2019 05:01 PM

    Thank you, Governor, for putting all this information together for us. It helped me to understand this mess so much better.

  • Janis Smith

    06/03/2019 04:03 PM

    Thanks Mike for the clarity. It’s so difficult to explain what’s going on to anyone not listening 24/7 to the media and of course much of what is said is fake. Looking forward to meeting you on the Baltic cruise in August.

  • Frank D

    06/03/2019 03:52 PM

    I agree with everything that is being said above. But the truly interesting thing is nobody is bringing up the fact that the democrats won the house because of what they did to Trump and the republicans. There plan worked perfectly. Now what are you going to do to get back control of the house and senate republicans better start backing Trump.

  • Bob Henderson

    06/03/2019 03:36 PM

    I knew of course you meant 'Robert' not 'Roger'. I figured you just had a 'Flash Back' because 'Roger Miller' is very similar to 'Robert Mueller' and when I see Mueller I'm convinced he has had experience with 'Chug-a-lug' (Roger Miller Song).

  • Dawn Street

    06/03/2019 03:36 PM

    Thank you for this analysis and for all of the facts. I found the footnotes to other articles very helpful. All I can say is WOW! It seems the DemonRats (pardon the pun) have dug themselves an enormous hole to hide the Republican Elephant in and now they are trapped and that big old elephant may indeed fall into the hole on top of them and squash them. Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch.

    On Harry Reid, my brother lives in Nevada and most folks in NV don't like him at all. He is known as "whorehouse Harry" because he was raised in a brothel. I imagine that explains a lot about his character.

    Thank you for all the information. Answers a lot of questions we had in my household.

  • David Felix

    06/03/2019 03:25 PM

    Well done. I thoroughly enjoy and appreciate your analysis and ability to boil this complex mumbo jumbo into intelligent, concise information laced with a touch of satire!! DF

  • Elizabeth crouse

    06/03/2019 02:31 PM

    Why don’t people stop and consider the cost of illegal immigrants to US? Mexican cartels are killing America. Housing, food, medical, drugs, killings, etc are costly. Mexico could stop but like money they are charging. I don’t have to have anything from Mexico or China. I take time to read labels. Of course some American companies put distributed by, so you don’t know where it came from. I pray, I support our President. I wish he would not say anything and just do it.

  • Katie Bohne

    06/03/2019 02:15 PM

    Yes. I am sick of the whole thing, but want JUSTICE done not only for our President Trump, but for the American People. Our laws have been flaunted and thrown in our faces. The government we should be able to trust to protect us has actually done just the opposite. I DEFINITELY want to see the Clinton's behind bars....for LIFE...the FBI who themselves have broken the laws of this country, each and everyone that has had a part in this mess, put behind bars for a GOOD LONG TIME. It is HIGH TIME that the people take back their government before it is too late. I also want Muller held responsible for appointing "His Buddies" with a plan to do in Trump and see to it that he NEVER is given responsibility for anything but bathroom breaks again. Thank God for our President Donald Trump and Attn. General Barr.

  • Amelia Little

    06/03/2019 01:59 PM

    Thanks for the CliffNotes. It's hard to muddle through so much garbage--I don't read anything by anyone else, about what was right or wrong about mueller or what he wrote in his report or said in his "press conference." I have watched a bit of Hannity, and watch Mark Levin--and Huckabee!!! Too bad someone doesn't stand before congress (especially the House) and give lessons on the Constitution--repeat at least once a day as necessary. I had seen geraldo lately, and was actually impressed with his sanity. But I missed the insanity of his tweet. I had to laugh about "compromise." For years, the democrats would say to Republicans--you give us what we want on this issue (exactly as we want it) and for xyz issue, we will compromise with you. Then, of course, when that issue comes up, they pull a Lucy and leave the Republican Charley Browns flat on their backs. I always think--when are you EVER going to learn? You can bet that, if the democrats agreed to geraldo's proposal---once the Republicans dropped the investigation into the Russian hoax--they would continue their own witch hunt. Maybe in secret, maybe in the dark, but they would continue their nefarious actions.