May 13, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
THE FLYNN CASE: FIRST THE BAD NEWS, THEN THE GOOD NEWS
D.C. District Judge Emmet Sullivan has been in no hurry to dispense with the Michael Flynn case, and I’m sorry to report it’s not over yet.
Observers thought he might go ahead and dismiss the case early this week, but it was not to be. Tuesday evening, he “indefinitely postponed” any ruling. It’s not enough for him that the Department of Justice has had it reviewed by an outside U.S. attorney and recommended dropping it; Sullivan is inviting OUTSIDE GROUPS, no doubt with their own political agendas, to file amicus (“friend of the court”) briefs, to let them all come forward and make a case against Flynn’s exoneration.
That doesn’t sound like justice to me –- just the opposite. Although conservative groups may also file briefs, this ruling by Judge Sullivan will turn the case into a total political circus. The left will organize like crazy to deluge the court with condemnations of Flynn. (“He lied! He pleaded guilty!”) That is not how decisions of guilt or innocence should be made. Flynn should never have been questioned by the FBI in the first place, as investigators had found nothing, and after four years of this atrocity, Flynn deserves much better. I hate to say it, but he deserves a better JUDGE. Investigative reporter Sean Davis agrees.
DR. FAUCI TESTIFIES
Dr. Anthony Fauci testified to the Senate Tuesday, and while it wasn’t as big a waste of time as him testifying to the House would have been, I still can’t help thinking he must've had more important things he could have been doing. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had been practically drooling over the idea of Fauci attacking President Trump, and openly invited him to do so, claiming this would be a chance for Americans to hear Fauci when he didn’t have Trump looming over his shoulder. Apparently, Schumer doesn’t pay much attention to the news, since Fauci is out doing TV shots without Trump all the time.
But Dr. Fauci refused to take the bait, and instead repeated what he’s already said: that reopening for business in areas that have not yet reached the Administration’s checkpoints for containment of the virus could lead to a serious resurgence. Some Democrats, such as Tim Kaine, Patty Murray and Elizabeth Warren, seemed more interested in making anti-Trump political speeches than discussing medicine, but the one interesting moment came when Fauci’s views were challenged by Sen. Rand Paul.
Paul noted that there are other schools of thought that question the effectiveness of “one-size-fits-all” national lockdowns and whether they are doing more harm than good, and reminded Fauci that the policy was based on dire predictions that have all proven to be wildly overstated, and that he (Fauci) is not the “end-all,” the “one person who gets to make the decision.”
Naturally, Paul was savaged by liberal politicians and media figures for his arrogance in refusing to accept the views of an actual doctor on dealing with COVID-19.
Another reminder: Paul is a doctor with a degree from the Duke University School of Medicine. Also, he’s not only had and recovered from COVID-19 himself, he’s volunteered at a hospital in Bowling Green, Kentucky, helping COVID-19 patients.
Sen. Paul also got off the “Line of the Day” by tweeting, “Only the government could cause 1 million unemployed health care workers during a pandemic.”
FIVE PLACES TO AVOID
A University of Massachusetts immunologist who opposes reopening the economy put out a list of five types of places you might want to avoid if your area does reopen. I’m only passing this along, not endorsing it. Make of it what you will based on your own personal comfort level.
On that topic, a lot of people have asked why small businesses are forced to be closed when big stores like Walmart have been allowed to remain open throughout the entire pandemic. If it’s safe to go to Walmart, why isn’t it safe to go to any other business that maintains similar safety and hygiene standards? Good question.
An email has gone around claiming that even with thousands of workers interacting with hundreds of thousands of customers, no workers at any of the big chains has contracted the virus, but that’s not true. There have been reports of infections, such as four workers sick at a Las Vegas Walmart, eight confirmed cases and two deaths among workers at a Colorado Walmart, and two Costco workers in Nevada tested positive, while one died in Texas.
Of course, any deaths are tragic, but to put it in context: a handful of isolated outbreaks among thousands of workers interacting with hundreds of thousands of customers could also be used to make the case that if you’re very careful about safety and hygiene, the risk isn’t great enough to shut down the entire economy, especially when we don’t know what the circumstances of those infections were (did they even catch it at work?), or if those who died had underlying health issues.
Maybe that list above should be amended to read, “Don’t go anywhere that doesn’t follow safety and hygiene standards, and stay home entirely if you are in a high-risk group.” That would seem to make more sense than hiding out in your house in hopes the virus goes away in a few years.
TIME TO INVESTIGATE ERIC HOLDER
I think the Democrats are right: it’s high time we had a full-scale investigation of the outrageous conduct and disregard for the rule of law by the US Attorney General. I’m referring, of course, to Obama Attorney General Eric Holder.
Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) would like us to forget the “Fast and Furious” scandal, in which Holder’s DOJ sent weapons into Mexico, ostensibly to trace them and discover how they were distributed (but really, as fodder for more gun control laws), only to have them slip away and into the hands of Mexican gangs, who used them to kill hundreds of Mexican citizens and US Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. Like Benghazi, they brush off any concern about the deaths as “partisan” nitpicking. Holder literally showed his contempt for Congressional investigators and was actually held in contempt (and of course, didn’t lose his job, which was par for the course for the “scandal-free” Obama Administration – it’s easy to have no scandals when the news media simply turn a blind eye to them for you.)
But suddenly, we appear to be experiencing a “Night of the Living Dead Scandals,” where long-hidden Obama-era scandals are suddenly emerging from their graves to haunt those who buried them. First “Russian collusion” was revealed as a coup plot, then Lt. Gen. Flynn’s framing was exposed, and now, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has exhumed the “Fast and Furious” scandal and is demanding an investigation and accountability.
In a press conference last Friday, Lopez Obrador said, "What seems serious to me is that a violation of our sovereignty was carried out, a secret operation, and that Mexicans were killed with these weapons. How could this be? A government that invades in this way, that flagrantly violates sovereignty, international laws. We have to shine light on this so that an action of this type will never be carried out again." He said he is sending a diplomatic note to Washington to request information on this issue.
I have to assume that President Trump will gladly order his DOJ to cooperate fully in that investigation. And I expect former President Obama to agree with that decision. After all, we know how much he cares about the “rule of law,” and since Democrats have been harping for years about Trump not showing enough deference to “international laws,” here’s a chance for him to show he can comply fully in exposing violations of other nations’ sovereignty.
Like Punxsutawney Phil, Joe Biden only pokes his head out of his basement occasionally, then retreats back when he sees his shadow, leaving us with six more weeks of Democratic regrets.
And no wonder. When he does emerge, he either does virtual town halls where he tries to convince us he’d deal with the coronavirus better than Trump (while proving he can’t even put together a team that can do a videocast as smooth as your grandma’s Skype calls) or he gives disastrous interviews. Like the one with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, where Biden denied knowing anything about the moves to investigate Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. Then when Stephanopoulos (surprisingly) pointed out that we know Biden was present at a meeting where it was discussed, Joe changed his answer. He said he thought the question was about Flynn’s prosecution, and he was only aware of the investigation.
In a possibly related story, a powerful DNC panel voted unanimously Tuesday to limit the scope of the Democratic Convention due to the coronavirus, opening the possibility of delegates voting from home in a “virtual convention.”
Well, why not? They have a virtual candidate. He mostly exists on video feeds from his basement, and there are so many stuttering glitches, see if you can tell which of these is the real candidate and which is the virtual simulation.
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?
John 11:40 (KJV)