April 17, 2020

If you’re like me, you get an initial impression of a story but then, after thinking about it for another day or so, you sometimes realize there are even more far-reaching implications than anyone is talking about. Such was the case for me and my research staff after reading about the newly declassified footnotes from the IG report on the FBI’s FISA warrant applications.

Yes, we know that Russia might have been running a disinformation campaign on Christopher Steele. (This could be true even though we have reason to believe that a lot of it actually came from Glenn Simpson with Steele’s name attached.)  We know the Russians had information by summer of 2016 that he was working for Fusion GPS to help Hillary.

Yes, we know that the FBI knew about this possible Russian involvement --- BEFORE the FISA warrant application was renewed to spy on Carter Page and before the Mueller special counsel had been appointed. (I believe they were duty-bound to alert the FISA Court of any problem with information in their original application, but they ignored that and blithely went on to renew it three more times.)

But there’s something MORE we know: that, contrary to what the FBI said and the Intelligence Community concluded in their January 2017 report, Russia was NOT doing this to help Trump. They weren’t even doing it just to “create chaos,” although that was a plus.

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So what was their actual goal? Well, class, if they were doing it to help Trump, if they were “colluding” with Trump to win the election, wouldn't they have been spreading damaging stories about HILLARY?  Why would they be spreading phony stories like the one about Trump attorney Michael Cohen going on a suspicious trip to Prague (he never went), or the one about Trump frolicking with incontinent hookers in a Moscow hotel (it didn’t happen)? These are two examples of stories, as revealed in the IG footnotes, that the FBI thought might have come from a Russian disinformation campaign. Who does that kind of story help? I’ll give you a hint: not Trump.

And why would Christopher Steele’s sub-source be a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton, as is revealed in the footnotes? Who would his information be intended to help? Hint: Not Trump.

Why would Steele himself, an ardent Clinton supporter who was hired by Hillary and the DNC, who was “desperate” to make sure Trump didn’t win and who had a deadline of Election Day to get his anti-Trump “dossier” out, be doing this project in the first place? Who was he trying to help? Not Trump.

So where does anyone get the idea that the Russians were trying to hurt Hillary and help Trump?

That was the FBI’s narrative in the summer of 2016 and onward, and it led to years of ridiculous investigation, but the truth was actually just the opposite. Everyone connected with this scheme --- Steele, his sources and sub-sources, Glenn Simpson and Fusion GPS, the Democratic National Committee, Hillary’s lawyers, the top echelon of the FBI, the director of the CIA, the special counsel team, Democrats on the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, allies at the DOJ and State Department, and, obviously, RUSSIA --- was aligned with Hillary. They were all trying to hurt Donald Trump and help Hillary Clinton, whom they surely believed would be the next U.S. President. This isn’t a wild conspiracy theory; with all we know now, any other conclusion defies logic.

RELATED READING:  More IG footnotes show the FBI was NOT "duped" by Russia

I would add that with a group of this size, power and scope aligned with Hillary, the then-President of the United States was aware of their activities. Hard to prove, but, again, it defies reason to think he wasn't informed about a lot of it. As Lisa Page texted to Peter Strzok in September 2016: “POTUS wants to know everything we’re doing.”

Here’s a concise report on what the footnotes, just released by acting Director of National intelligence Richard Grenell, reveal:

It was so important for the FBI and whoever else was working with them to “get” Trump that they violated the rights of innocent Americans such as Carter Page and George Papadopoulos, who were literally caught in the “Crossfire.” Papadopoulos even got jail time. 

And speaking of George Papadopoulos, Lindsay Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has just declassified and released documents and transcripts relating to him and the FBI’s targeting of him. The material he released falls into three categories:

1) Declassified information related to “Crossfire Hurricane.”

2) Timeline of correspondence sent and received by the Committee regarding FISA abuse investigation.

3) Corrective action taken by the DOJ and FISA Court as a result of FISA abuse investigation.

We learn from the correspondence that the DOJ has produced the following documents:

–- Transcript of conversation between Papadopoulos and the FBI confidential human source (CHS, or “SPY”).

–- Another transcript of conversation between Papadopoulos and the aforementioned SPY.

--- The original FISA warrant application to spy on Carter Page.

--- Renewals one, two and three of the original Carter Page application (written AFTER the FBI knew of the problems with the “dossier” used therein).

--- A July 2018 letter from the DOJ to the FISA Court alerting them to some of the errors and omissions in the Carter Page application.

You can read the transcript of the conversation between George Papadopoulos and the SPY here, at the link.

When Papadopoulos was informed that this material had been declassified, he had an interesting reaction. A big question, of course, is who sent Hillary supporter and Australian diplomat Alexander Downer to London to meet with Papadopoulos in the spring of 2016? Recall that the FBI said their conversation, in which Papadopoulos reportedly said the Russians had damaging information about Hillary (which appears to have been fed to him by another CHS), is what sparked the opening of “Crossfire Hurricane.” Here’s what Papadopoulos tweeted on Thursday evening:

"Senator Graham in his letter to Australia made it clear that Alexander Downer was instructed to meet with me. Mueller’s team acknowledged he was recording me after I reported him to them (the irony). The key question is, who put the Clinton errand boy up to it? DURHAM KNOWS.” (Emphasis mine.

Papadopoulos Reacts to Declassification of Spygate Transcripts: "Durham Knows" Who Sent Clinton Errand Boy to Meet with Me in London

So we can add Alexander Downer --- and whoever sent him to London --- to the massive column of Spygate characters who were out to HELP HILLARY WIN. And, yes, we can add Russia, too.  Much more to come, because Durham knows.


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  • Amelia Little

    05/30/2020 02:08 PM

    There was so much of what the first of this article addresses that many Americans were sure were true---and that everything done was not FOR Donald Trump, but FOR Hilary Clinton. Of course, we were drinking the conspiracy koolaide and were just deplorables. It is good that actual, factual information has come out that proved WE weren't as dumb as they thought, and our conclusions were correct. All those involved in this fiasco, from the very, very top (the office of the President) through all the top echelon of FBI, DOJ, and all the other agencies should be held accountable. How about those loud mouths as "consultants" on msm shows, and just holding their own little press conferences be put under gag orders like some of the Trump administration they falsely arrested and tried were put on gag order. Have jail time (without access to technology or "news" outlets, heck not even pen and paper or tape recorder) for those breaching the gag order.

  • Cynthia Bryant

    04/28/2020 11:18 AM

    I THINK the “Big Name” that was left out of this conspiracy was OBAMA!!!!! ????

  • Rosalia LiBassi

    04/20/2020 03:44 PM

    I failed to understand why We keep going there. The only ones believing the “Russia” thing were the investigators. We spent millions on something even Mueller knew was fake. How much more ink do we have to waste? The American taxpayer is not stupid. Except of course those who would believe anything printed by the DNC and the cooperating media. We will then be lectured about COVID-19. Which is being used to vilify and discredit POTUS. People get the government they deserve. Most governors are exctatic with their new found power and aim to keep it.

  • Roland Moore

    04/20/2020 03:21 AM

    We need to fire Christopher Wray and find someone who is more interested in the truth than protecting the "reputation" of the FBI.

  • Charito Holbrook

    04/19/2020 11:47 PM

    Can Papadopoulos sue for defamation of character, emotional distress, loss of wages and civil rights violations? It seems to me he should. The bias and lies said about him are serious and determined to destroy him and his soul

  • Eleanor Early

    04/19/2020 05:36 PM

    Terrific amount of “good” info! Thx for all you do in continuing to keep us informed. A lot of garbage in our system it seems & can only pray that people all over the US will read these truths & vote for the man God put into office, God willing we get to vote this November & the evil inspired will not try to thwart our Constitutional privileges of voting at the polls but try underhanded means of fraud by mail.

  • Elwin P. Valberg

    04/19/2020 01:49 PM

    When I start seeing wheels within wheels I get very suspicious, what is really going on. I have to sit back and re-read everything that has been furnished to us
    to see if there is a hidden agenda inside all of this stuff. Sixty years ago I wouldn't have been this suspicious of what is in front of us.

  • Leila Angela MNabb

    04/18/2020 12:18 PM

    Information is being with held in many areas. What about the Mass. professor who has been arrested for working with China while on the payroll of the university. And what about the two Chinese caught taking vials of
    Whatever to China.

  • Nancy Sundin

    04/18/2020 10:36 AM

    Thank God for you Governor, as you continue to investigate and report the truth about what has taken place against American citizens. I am just shocked that more people are not concerned about this spying on Americans by their own government.

  • Sandra K Rossi

    04/18/2020 09:44 AM

    This makes me so angry! Please tell they aren’t going to get away with it!!!

  • Leilani L. Lewis

    04/18/2020 08:28 AM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee, Thank you for news e-mails. I get so frustrated when I read about all "Deep State" officials and others who were and still are against President Trump. My frustration comes from the fact that nothing every seems to be done to punish them. Will they every be made to take responsibility for their crimes? Please keep up your reporting on all that is going on. It is hard to find the truth anywhere else.

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    04/18/2020 06:35 AM

    And...they ALL need to ANSWER for this...heads need to roll and GITMO has vacancies.

  • Robert Carter

    04/18/2020 01:37 AM

    It's interesting that, although the MRC is planning to sue CNN for their false news, neither Hillary nor Barack is being threatened with criminal prosecution for their felonly crimes and plots for which there are mountains of written evidence, presidentialy directed DOJ wrong-doings, plus book quotes with footnotes, the secret, illegal, etc. emails. Who's working on these (before someone nominates Hillary as Joe's running mate) ?

  • rodney burke

    04/18/2020 12:11 AM

    As Bongino, says, this is a bunch of idiots. They were so sure that hilary would win, they didn't bother to cover their tracks. yeah I'm sure Durham knows and must be shaking his head at the stupidity of the entire bunch of players. If there was EVER a time to say "Don't count your chickens before they hatch", this was it. The house of cards is falling and it will be embarrassing. Yes there are crimes of the highest order committed and they MUST be punished. A certain party has a hard lesson to learn. Should we embarrass England and Australia? Yes, to the max. they KNEW better and did it anyway. The criminal enterprise MUST pay and the price must be the ultimate. The fast and loose needs to be burned to the ground. And all of us need to be allowed to ACT to "defend the constitution of the united States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic." They have CLEARLY identified themselves as "The domestic enemy of the United STATES of America."

  • lilly mrdhurst

    04/17/2020 10:04 PM

    Everything that's happening world wide is all about hillary.
    However what goes around comes around.
    My mother used to always say. "The good you do always comes back to you"
    A lot of good is coming Presidents Trumps way, your way and all those who have gritted their teeth while the world got a taste at why socialism is nasty. We are all broken people non of us can handle absolute power.
    A prophet l know had a dream where she saw Fear as a black intense cloud. The Lord told her to go over to it. She did and to her amazement fear was actually a concentrated amount of flies.
    So she shooed them away.
    That's why lies are from the pit of hell because they incite fear yet they have no substance

  • linda L hart

    04/17/2020 10:02 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, I am so grateful that you have the stomach to continue to follow this convoluted assault on the United States. There seems to be no level that these conspirators will not sink to. Thank you for continuing to keep us informed even though it sickens me.

  • Jim Wilmoth

    04/17/2020 09:56 PM

    Why would the Russians try to sink Hillary Clinton's campaign after she facilitated the sale of 20% of the nuclear reserves to them. That's biting the hand that fed you.

  • Bill Sergeant

    04/17/2020 07:34 PM

    Why was this buried in the footnotes of the IG report?

  • James Evart

    04/17/2020 06:37 PM

    Why were not the "IG footnotes" included in his original report? They were certainly pertinent to uncovering the truth required by his investigation. Could it be that subordinating the to footnote status that they were no longer part of the original report and thus the IG would only need to give a watered down and very lenient finding without all of this "proof positive" floating around in an otherwise unremarkable conclusion? Horowitz is as bad as the people he was investigating, Talk about a fox in the henhouse!

  • Pat Self

    04/17/2020 06:31 PM

    I do not think that most of us even consider some of the evil the left is doing and I am just overwhelmed by some of it. Thank God for His help and guidance

  • David Heidbreder

    04/17/2020 06:12 PM

    Why aren't ABC, CBS, NBC, CNBC, MSNBC etc reporting on any of this?

  • William O.Lane

    04/17/2020 03:33 PM

    How do we ever get information like this into broad spectrum of population. If it was the other way around and republicans had done anything like this to Obama, it would be front page news for weeks on end.

  • Robert E Walton sr

    04/17/2020 02:51 PM

    This was nothing less than an attempted coup to subvert the election and put Hillary in the White House. Everyone involved in this committed treason and should be indicted, tried and convicted of treason. The punishment should fit the crime and level of involvement.

  • Michael G TerBush

    04/17/2020 02:29 PM

    I am so tired and frustrated at not seeing the handcuffs come out and turncoats indicted, jailed, and brought to Justice!


    04/17/2020 02:28 PM

    Keep digging but get the indictments coming. These crooks have skated free long enough