June 27, 2019

It's too bad for former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power that Hillary Clinton didn’t share her secret for getting around the Freedom of Information Act. There they both were, working at the State Department for the same administration, and Power was blissfully unaware of the scrutiny that would come once Hillary was a failed former presidential candidate and Obama was out of office. Hillary has always been skilled at hiding evidence and skirting the laws to maintain her secrecy, and she’s had a lot of practice over the years.

See, what you do at the State Department is set up your own private email server, serviced by your own IT people, and physically destroy your devices when someone subpoenas what’s on them or sues to see your old text messages. It also helps when the State Department slow-walks FOIA requests and, when necessary, replies to them with “No documents found responsive to your request.” (Of course, that might actually be true; if you were conducting business through your own email address and your own private server and had rendered your documents unretrievable with BleachBit and destroyed your devices, there might really BE no documents responsive to the FOIA request.)

I guess when Power was busy unmasking Americans’ redacted names –- hundreds of them –- from secret National Security Agency transcripts of surveilled phone calls, she didn’t think ahead about someone finding out and getting curious about her motives. (It should be mentioned that when Power was questioned by Congress a year ago about the unmasking, she testified that it must have been someone else doing it in her name. That’s a pretty outrageous story and needs clearing up.) She didn’t bother disguising her opinions in emails with like-minded colleagues. Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice, whose persistence in filing FOIA requests is now paying off in spades, has turned up all sorts of intriguing communications, and they just keep coming.

Investigative reporter John Solomon has just gone through the many pages of Power’s old texts from 2016 and early 2017, both during the presidential campaign and after the election, and it seems she was just as adamantly anti-Trump as Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were. He saw that she did not hide this in her official government email. She was making snippy comments about him even before he won the GOP nomination. And when he actually won the presidency, the conversations suggested animosity and panic.

“I am discouraged and frightened,” said one incoming email from someone whose name continues to be redacted by the State Department for privacy reasons. (It would sure be interesting to know if this person is still there.) “Electing a right-wing President is something, but such a morally repugnant bully!” The email, from November 14, 2016, just days after the election, went on to call Steve Bannon “an avowed racist” and predicted that “the worst is coming.”

Power did not disagree, and her own words were similarly anti-Trump. In December, when someone sent her a news story about Trump desiring a new policy direction for the U.N., her reply was blunt. “This reflects the lack of understanding of history,” she said. You know, I could make the case that, considering the direction of U.N. policy under President Obama, that observation applies more to him than to President Trump. It could be argued that Power was free to express her opinion, but because she was so candid, it’s now recorded for posterity, evidence of the kind of anti-Trump bias that likely motivated a little sabotage. It’s important now, because unmasking those names was a BIG DEAL and we need to know why it was done.

As for being free to express one’s opinion, Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio made a great point about the double standard on THE INGRAHAM ANGLE Wednesday night: “I think the irony we learn about the same day that there’s a hearing going after Kellyanne Conway for allegedly violating the Hatch Act. The left comes after her, when you’ve got these kinds of statements from the Obama administration.”

There were other comments from Power that reflected her strong anti-Trump bias. For example, when Trump announced his intention to withdraw the U.S. from a global climate deal, she emailed a colleague to say, “Lord help us all.”

And it wasn’t just talk. According to Solomon, Power’s efforts to arrange media interviews and speeches during her last days as ambassador were clearly designed to counter the incoming President’s agenda and further the narrative that Trump was anti-immigrant and potentially too soft on Russia. For example, she and her staff talked with CBS’ Bill Owens, then executive editor of 60 MINUTES, to try to set up an interview for her at the time President-elect Trump was starting his transition that would use the Syrian refugee crisis to shame him for his views on immigration. (Details of these email exchanges are at the link.)

It’s her attempt to further the Trump-Russia narrative that’s most concerning. When a reporter emailed her that he was working on a story advancing the “collusion” theory, she emailed then-deputy national security adviser and storyteller-in-chief Ben Rhodes to ask for his assistance. “Sounds serious,” she wrote. “Can you follow up, Ben?” Now, this is the kind of behavior that arguably violates the Hatch Act, which prohibits engaging in political activities on government time. But watch Congress go after Kellyanne Conway while ignoring all this.

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Power’s very last speech while U.N. ambassador tried to paint Trump as soft on Russia, suggesting it was “flawed” for Trump to think he might “put recent transgressions aside and announce another ‘reset’ with Russia.” Hey, wasn’t it Obama and Hillary who tried the “reset” business with Russia? Talk about lame. They were much weaker with Russia than Trump has turned out to be. But at the time, they needed their precious “narrative.”

Incidentally, it appears now that Inspector General Michael Horowitz won’t be releasing his report in time for Mueller’s testimony before Congress in mid-July. One thing to keep in mind about this upcoming report is that in his first one, on the Hillary email “investigation,” the IG stunningly failed to find bias in the FBI’s decision-making that would have “affected the outcome.” That is total hogwash –- not quite the word attorney Joe DiGenova used –- and I fear that a lot of people who are eagerly awaiting his next report have forgotten about this. Judging from what he did before, Horowitz is probably going to bend over backwards to excuse the FBI.

Inspectors general tend to be “insiders” –- at least this is what former FBI officials have said –- so it should surprise no one if that happens. It’s going to take someone as determined as AG Bill Barr to get to the bottom of what was done.


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  • Linda Olds

    06/29/2019 04:29 PM

    I was naive enough to think that the Mueller report would shut up the Dems. However, they managed to take a report that said 'no collusion', and that they had looked at instances of possible obstruction but couldn't find anything wrong there either, and managed to still say that it proved that the president had done something wrong.
    I have little confidence in the IG report, and I've heard different opinions on whether Mueller can be made to give useful answers to Republicans' questions.
    Mr. Barr and his people are the only hope.

  • Kathy Thornbrough

    06/27/2019 03:54 PM

    I don't understand what the census cannot ask if a person is a citizen or not. Why can't we know that information? Isn't the purpose of the census to determine the population of the United States, the number of citizens, etc.? I'm sure it has something to do with voting illegally. I firmly believe that only United States citizens should vote. Also, in regard to the border crisis. I was thinking this morning that the first thing a repairman does if a pipe burst is stop the flow of water. And only then is he able to fix the problem. That's how I see the border issue. We must stop the flow first in order to fix the problem.

  • Dobbins Jim

    06/27/2019 03:47 PM

    I still believe that Hillary’s IT guy,Bryan Pagliano, has more answers that could shed some light on a wide range of topics!

  • rodney burke

    06/27/2019 01:24 PM

    the tenakels of corruption and bias are far reaching. state department now? i do hope there is an indictment for Samantha Powers. she is waist deep in this whole thing. I make a motion she be taken into custody to find out exactly what all she did as a Trump hater in her days at the UN. She did things she had zero authority to do. We have problems that are getting worse by the day!

  • joseph orsini PhD

    06/27/2019 12:32 PM

    Loss for Reps. on the census issue. Need a BIG "throw them out" effort just before the Census is taken.

  • Oscar Williams

    06/27/2019 12:27 PM

    Well, perhaps this IS the worst that could have happened -- to certain one-world politicos. "Things whispered in the dark will be shouted from the rooftops." Freedom of speech, as intended by Madison, Jefferson and others, is intended for protection of PRIVATE CITIZENS. And, unwritten, was the ASSUMPTION that a modicum of maturity and accord be applied. These Liberal HIRED administrators when conversing with each other on GOVERNMENT TIME, are acting as agents of The People. They work for US. And so, their opinions are to be shared on the weekend at the beach or the coffee house, NOT in the Governmental Administrative milieu. Shame on them! They should be branded with the Red "A" on their forehead and in their resume'. It stands for A__Hole! I VOTED FOR President Trump. I WANT him for MY President. And I will continue to support and pray for him in his efforts to M.A.G.A. and to K.A.G!

  • Allen Ballard

    06/27/2019 12:09 PM

    I think the difference is Ms. Power assumed Hillary had 'skirted' the laws and made her a tough target to hit. When in fact, Hillary's immensely successful tactic is 'pant suiting' the law? B-)

  • Jerry Korba

    06/27/2019 11:22 AM

    My distain for the Obama is the same as looking forward to a dirt Bath I wish it wound't happen that's my degree of dislike for that Criminal Administration that Obama ran. I get the fact lawlessness and corruption of money and Obama gained a lot; my feelings are that he pissed on every grave of our fighting people to preserve what the values of this country are; all the Freedoms we enjoy I wish the people could realize what life would be if we were under German or Japanese or Moslem rule or North Korean rule look at Central America the problems they have Obama tried to bring that to our shores its here on our coasts today; this 4th of July people would you think about it for 10 minutes what you would U be doing before you take the first bit of that hot dog if you were under the rule of the above mentioned Please celebrate the 4th for the freedoms you have today they can disappear who will bring them back who will restore them if you lose them??????????????????????

  • Doug Morgan

    06/27/2019 10:55 AM

    Governor, I really appreciate your analyses of swamp developments and your excellent reporting and I do not mean to challenge anything you say. However, the swamp continues to devour and neutralize anyone connected with President Trump. Does anyone expect IG Horowitz to report anything derogatory on the swamp dwellers, particularly those critters in the swamp during Obama's reign? Does anyone expect that the FBI or other agencies involved in the witch hunt called Russian Collusion to ever be held accountable for ANY of the treasonous acts they did. AND they have the gall to go after Kelly Ann Conway for a questionable small infraction!

    Are there not enough Republicans that aren't part of the swamp to raise enough noise like the democrats do, to make a difference? I am not blaming the democrats, as much as I disagree with them and hate their actions, nearly as much as the republican'ts. Thank God for the crowds of true Americans that attend Trumps rallies that see through the charade in the District of Corruption.

  • Floyd Henderson

    06/27/2019 10:38 AM

    Why does the left insist that consumers are paying tariffs imposed on imported goods but also insist that consumers do not pay corporate income taxes? At the Democratic debate some (or all-I didn't really watch it) proposed raising corporate income taxes or reversing Trump's tax bill which cut them.

  • Jerry Korba

    06/27/2019 09:38 AM

    Our Country is filled with horrible people our Congress is full of them elected officials like the ones mentioned in the above newsletter my opinion today is why are illegals that commit crimes not deported and why the people in charge not making sure they are deported. If the follow thru is not completed the people in charge should be charged with the same crime the Illegal had committed DUI Theft Murder Rape is committed and the Penalty is not served and not deported the People in charged should be charged with the same offense The people responsible to enforce this can not do the job get out you are the problem also. Judges that are feeble in this area need to be held accountable the killing of our citizens by Illegals or any one need harsh penalties remember prison for some illegals is probability a better way of life than where they came from can we be sure the Illegals are here to to be good citizens we know nothing about them.

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    06/27/2019 09:33 AM

    But...WHEN will they get to the bottom of the swamp? WHEN will the elected republicians strip that yellow stripe off their back and finally stand up for WE THE PEOPLE?

  • John Samples

    06/27/2019 09:14 AM

    The whole immigration mess was caused by a lack of action by our elected leaders. Funny, how they try to blame it on someone else. Thanks for allowing US to give our thoughts.

  • Diane Rowlands

    06/27/2019 08:44 AM

    All of what you said is scary.

  • Helen Corey

    06/27/2019 08:44 AM

    HRClinton’s shenanigans will never be punished. She is typical of mindset of left that their cause will overcome democracy. This takeover began with Wilson presidency. I’m reading Mark Levin’s book “Unfreedom of the Press”. The working class of US is doomed to servitude if people espousing Clintonian values succeed in their new world order takeover. We cannot let that happen. Write your supposed representatives. Fight for democracy, not handouts being promised by lefties who want to rule the world.

  • Laura Parson

    06/27/2019 08:25 AM

    Thank you for this narrative! Oh how we need your voice now more than ever.