BY MIKE HUCKABEE
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Here's how an "institutionally corrupt" FBI hid Hunter's laptop
Can you take any more stories today about Deep State political corruption? Well, there’s more, and I’d say we ought to just stick a fork in the FBI, because it’s done.
We knew the FBI had somehow hidden the evidence contained on Hunter Biden’s laptop, proclaiming it “Russian disinformation” until Biden was safely in the Oval Office. But until now, we didn’t know the mechanics of this and who might have been involved. Thanks to multiple new FBI whistleblower allegations that were communicated to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley’s office, it’s becoming clear.
Jerry Dunleavy at the WASHINGTON EXAMINER reports that Brian Auten, supervisory intel agent at the FBI, opened an assessment in August 2020 –- two months before the NEW YORK POST published Miranda Devine’s laptop story –- which apparently was used in coordination with an FBI headquarters team to improperly discredit Hunter Biden information as disinformation and, as Sen. Grassley put it, “caused investigative activity to cease.”
Also, Timothy Thibault, assistant special agent in charge (ASAC) of the Washington field office and strident anti-Trumper, is said by whistleblowers to have shut down a line of inquiry in October 2020 –- weeks before the election –- despite some details being known at the time to be true. These two guys, Auten and Thibault, seem to have been the key players in getting that investigation shut down. Investigators from an “FBI headquarters team” were in communication with them.
In September 2020, their findings on whether the claims about Hunter Biden were true or not were held in a “restricted access sub-file.”
These new allegations have been put into a letter from Sen. Grassley to Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray, both of whom I’m sure will get right on it. This development comes just as the U.S. attorney’s office in Delaware is reportedly nearing a decision on whether to press charges against Hunter. The investigation started as a look into his unpaid taxes but reportedly has expanded into potential money-laundering and foreign lobbying.
Grassley’s four-page letter makes for informative reading. For example, there’s this: “Despite the matter being closed in such a way that the investigative avenue might be opened later, it’s alleged that FBI officials, including ASAC Thibault, subsequently attempted to improperly mark the matter in FBI systems so that it could not be opened in the future.” (Editorial comment: !!!)
“If these allegations are true and accurate,” Grassley wrote, “the Justice Department and FBI are --- and have been --- institutionally corrupted to their very core to the point in which the United States Congress and the American people will have no confidence in the equal application of the law.”
Personally, I think the American people have already reached that point. Of course, Congress, as exemplified by the J6 committee, isn’t looking so trustworthy, either, when it comes to equal application of law. That, we’ll have to correct at the ballot box.
Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson appeared Tuesday on Sean Hannity’s FOX News show to discuss the story, suggesting a special counsel might be called for. I would definitely second that. After all, who else is going to investigate the FBI? The FBI?
If you recognize the name Brian Auten, it’s because he was one of the FBI agents also involved in Crossfire Hurricane. In fact, Auten interviewed Igor Danchenko, the main source for the fictional Steele “dossier” who awaits trial in October for lying to investigators regarding the Russia Hoax. Chuck Ross at the WASHINGTON FREE BEACON would like to introduce him to you and describe some of his past activities at the Bureau, such as his big push to get surveillance warrants on Carter Page. I imagine we’ll be hearing more about Auten in conjunction with Danchenko’s trial, maybe in one of those “walking indictments” John Durham is so skilled at delivering.
Jordan Boyd at THE FEDERALIST highlights some of the especially eviscerating parts of Sen. Grassley’s letter.
The senator is right: the FBI and ‘Justice’ Department have “systemic and existential problems” within their agencies. The American people deserve better than this, and to fix it, we can’t just tinker around the edges. Seems to me the FBI is coming to its end, like a collapsing star.
Finally, I’m happy to say the editorial board at the NEW YORK POST has largely redeemed itself after its nonsensical condemnation of President Trump over January 6. The board managed this with a jaw-droppingly magnificent commentary about the FBI’s bunko “collusion” narrative. This says it all –- a must-read. Still, it’s frustrating that they see the Russia Hoax for the “political hit job” it was, yet don’t recognize the J6 hearings as more of the same.
Have you heard of an ESG fund? That’s an investment firm that invests based on a company’s “environmental, social and governance performances.” In other words, it's a rare example of “progressives” actually putting their own money where their mouths are, instead of someone else’s. They get to virtue-signal by betting their savings that “progressive” companies will actually return a profit. I’m glad I didn’t believe that and invest in Disney.
But just as socialists eventually run out of other people’s money, even ESG firms can’t lose their clients’ money and still stay in business. And since the only S&P 500 sector showing year-to-date gains in this cratering Biden market is energy (thanks to his war on US fossil fuels and the resulting skyrocketing gas prices), Western Journal reports that these E(again, for “environmental”)SG firms are quietly buying…oil company stocks.
I guess it’s true: what’s really important to them is the green.
WAPO: DOJ has opened criminal investigation of Trump
There’s so much breaking news on the Deep State and its choreographed attack on President Trump, it’s hard to know where to start. Let's go with J6.
Based on sourcing from “four people familiar with the matter,” the WASHINGTON POST reports that Attorney General and world-class partisan hack Merrick Garland has opened a criminal investigation of Trump, among others, for “efforts to overturn the 2020 election.” As WAPO reports, “People familiar with the probe said investigators are examining the former President’s conversations and have seized phone records of top aides.”
This is out of control.
It should come as no surprise that the story is from the WASHINGTON POST. As we’ve seen and Sundance at THE CONSERVATIVE TREEHOUSE observes, “WAPO represents the interests of the Intelligence Community side of the deep state apparatus.” And the IC wants Trump gone baby gone. As Sen. Chuch Schumer famously said, they have “six ways from Sunday” to take you down --- even, it seems, if you’re a President of the United States. They’ve been out to get Trump since early 2016, maybe longer.
Sundance believes an attempt to convict President Trump for something like “seditious conspiracy” is so outrageous that it would lead to armed conflict within the U.S. This is strong stuff, but a must-read.
Still, it was utterly predictable –- clearly what the J6 committee had in mind all along. They’re trying to make sure Trump can’t hold office again. (Talk about interference with “our democracy”!) So now we apparently have the ‘Justice’ Department of one sitting President investigating his predecessor, banana republic-style.
As Jesse Watters said Tuesday night, this is a “pretty big leak,” and, true or not, it might have been done to send Trump the message that he might want to –- nudge, nudge –- rethink his candidacy. We’d say they’re trying to make him an offer he can’t refuse. But knowing Trump, that strategy will backfire spectacularly.
“How would it look,” Watters asked rhetorically, “if Joe Biden’s attorney general indicted Donald Trump, who would be running against Joe Biden for President?” Good question. So, is it just that after the Russia Hoax, the FBI/DOJ already looks so corrupt that, at this point, they don’t even care?
The WASHINGTON EXAMINER ran a related story Tuesday afternoon. Garland had been pressed by NBC’s Lester Holt about whether they were investigating Trump and dodged the question but said, “We will hold accountable anyone who is criminally responsible for attempting to interfere with the...legitimate lawful transfer of power from one administration to the next.” Knowing Garland’s background and the political pressure he’s received from Democrats, reading between the lines isn’t hard. We have our answer.
George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley spoke with Laura Ingraham later in the evening. He noted that the WAPO story was released right on the heels of Garland’s NBC interview --- “Well, it was a complete package, wasn’t it?” he quipped. Turley acknowledged that if there were any evidence Trump or any other President had done this, he should, of course, be charged. “That’s not the current situation with Donald Trump,” he said. The J6 committee has not made the case that crimes were committed by Trump, though he allows the possibility that a grand jury has information we haven’t seen. “But they need to be able to make that case with some clarity,” he said. “...After all this time, after nine hearings, we still have not seen that case being made with clarity.”
To really make the case against Trump, it comes down to intent. Did Trump intend to overthrow an election that he had lost –- which would be criminal –- or did he truly believe he had won. Those who “get” Trump KNOW he thought he’d won and that he strongly believes it now, with even more reason. And many millions of Americans believe that he did. Millions more think he likely did but that the 2020 election was such a mess, we’ll never know.
Yesterday, we reported that Liz Cheney had lied to Bret Baier on FOX News Sunday, trying to cast doubt on the fact that Trump had approved up to 20,000 National Guard troops for his January 6 rally. One way she did this was to craftily twist the truth and say he never “ordered” them, when what he technically did was “authorize” or “request” them, consistent with the power he had as President. Trump followed the law. Under the Constitution, the President can’t “order” troops; that was the role of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser after Trump had given the authorization. So, when you think about it, they’re the ones who failed to “order” the Guard, not President Trump. Yet Cheney is blaming Trump, with Pelosi and Bowser off-limits.
If you have a subscription to THE EPOCH TIMES, they spell this out, though I’d say we already have.
“She [Cheney] knows the truth,” Kash Patel told THE EPOCH TIMES, “45 [Trump] authorized the National Guard days before January 6, and Pelosi and Bowser rejected it.”
Nick Arama at REDSTATE has a piece further discrediting “star witness” Cassidy Hutchinson (check out the links there as well). Newly revealed text messages, which were first obtained by THE FEDERALIST, show a very different person from the one apparently lying about Trump’s behavior in the J6 hearing. Arama speculates on what might have caused this bizarre flip in someone who had seemingly been a big Trump fan. We did see her hugging Liz Cheney; maybe TDS is contagious.
Spencer Brown at TOWNHALL has more detail. This is an extremely good summary...
Finally, as all this is going on, let’s take a look at how the J6 political prisoners still awaiting adjudication are currently being treated. It’s not good. Reportedly, even murderers and rapists are treated better than these “insurrectionists” are. And some of their trial dates aren’t scheduled until 2023.
Also, it looks as though one of them, 33-year-old Andrew Taake, might have been entrapped.
And as long as we’re talking about lies related to January 6, here’s a new piece from Julie Kelly at AMERICAN GREATNESS about the death of Brian Sicknick, the Capitol Hill police officer who died not from blows from a fire extinguisher –- he had NOT been struck –- but from a blood clot after having two strokes, on January 7. But the lies about this continue. Excellent read.
No scandal here
Liberal media figures are desperately trying to make a scandal out of the dozen or so morons who showed up outside the Turning Point USA event last weekend in Tampa, waving Nazi flags. The women of “The View” (the show for viewers who actually want to finish a current events show feeling dumber than when it started) tried to paint them as attendees and attack Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for not condemning Nazis. Their take was so woefully inaccurate that (I assume) ABC’s legal department made them come on after the first break to “clarify” that the “Nazis” were outside the venue and had nothing to do with TPUSA or DeSantis.
Brad Slager of Townhall.com was on the scene, and he describes what a pathetic joke this obvious false flag political theater was. I think it’s safe to assume they were actually young Antifa types because there were so dumb, they were wearing masks and black clothes outdoors in Tampa in July.
To be clear, nobody has identified them yet, so we can’t say for certain that they were just leftist idiots making a laughably transparent and offensive attempt to tar Republicans as Nazis (who else calls everyone who disagrees with them “fascists” or “Nazis”?) There’s also the possibility that they were cosplayers who took a wrong turn on their way to Comic-Con in San Diego.
Walmart issues profit warning
Monday, Walmart issued a profit warning that its second quarter income would show a decline of about 13%. That set off an after-hours slide in many retailers’ stock prices that wiped out $100 billion in stock value. The S&P retailing index is now down 24% for the year. The good news: President Biden doesn’t see a recession coming.
As if you needed one, here is another very good (and very disturbing) reason not to post photos of your children on social media. I’ll also toss in that it’s a very bad idea for anyone to be on TikTok.
Notice to parents
Don’t send your kids to Goucher College in Maryland if you want them to learn anything about civics. That’s where media Prof. David Zurawik teaches, and he told CNN’s Brian Stelter that the January 6th Kangaroo Kommittee is giving viewers “a great civics lesson.”
Victoria Taft at PJ Media explains in detail why this illegally-composed, produced-for-TV, one-sided star chamber with no defense witnesses or attorneys, no cross-examination and no recognition of legal precedents such as executive privilege, plus its cherry-picked evidence and unchallenged hearsay testimony, is not a civics lesson. Unless you’re watching it to learn every conceivable violation of the traditional rules of civics and due process.
Six reasons to say no to Newsom
California Gov. Gavin Newsom obviously wants to be President, and Fox News’ Tom Del Beccaro lists six reasons why that’s a horrible idea. To which any sane person would reply, “Only six?”
Feel Good Story of the Day!
Congratulations to my buddy John Rich of the country superstar duo Big & Rich on the success of his new anti-leftist anthem, “Progress.” You can read more and see the video here:
John says he has no record label, publisher or marketing deal, he just had a song that really resonates with Americans (sample lyric: “Stick your ‘progress’ where the sun don’t shine.”) Figuring Facebook and Twitter would censor it, he released it via Rumble and Truth Social. And it immediately topped the download charts, knocking Lizzo out of the #1 slot. That really is progress!
As you know, country singers Kelly Lang and her husband T.G. Sheppard are two of my dearest friends, and they’ve been on my TBN show many times. So I’d like to share this great article with you about Kelly’s new recording, her faith, marriage and her 17-year battle with breast cancer. What an inspiration she is to so many people!
And in case you missed it, here are Kelly and T.G. on my show, telling the story of her fight against cancer…
And the inspiring song she performed that night, “I’m Not Going Anywhere.”