It was a weekend of funerals and Trump-bashing, simultaneously.  Of course, everything now is about Trump, and hating, and hating Trump, and almost no one is acting like an adult these days.  I don’t know what Aretha Franklin’s personal politics were, or even if she was very active politically at all, but she deserved better than to have her funeral hijacked by politics.  Does every occasion have to be about that?  Every bit of sentiment at that event should have been focused on Aretha and the glorious voice she shared with the world.

As for John McCain’s funeral, it’s true that neither Trump nor Sarah Palin got an “invite” to John McCain’s funeral.  (By the way, when did people start issuing/withholding invitations to funerals?  What would Miss Manner say about this?  It sure isn’t a Southern thing.  In the South, everybody comes, everybody goes to the house afterwards, and everybody brings food.  But I digress.)  On the other hand, Trump surely wouldn’t have wanted to be there, anyway.  I imagine that, to Trump, a sit-down with Robert Mueller might have been preferable.  So the best thing to do was to follow the advice of fictional news anchor Ron Burgundy and stay classy.

 


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Perhaps these two men were so estranged because they were too much alike in their brashness.  Neither has been known for his diplomatic reserve or lack of narcissism.  Trump said an awful thing when he bluntly dismissed McCain’s heroism following his capture in Vietnam, and it might have been asking too much of McCain for him ever to forgive Trump for such a remark.  On the other hand, McCain did some things that significantly affected Trump and his administration, things so damaging that it’s hard to imagine Trump ever forgiving him.  (And note the interesting contrast:  we’re talking about what Trump SAID vs. what McCain actually DID.)  In retrospect, one of the things McCain did to Trump is particularly significant right now.

 

McCain passed along the unverified Steele dossier to then-FBI Director James Comey.

 

Now, keep in mind that the dossier was making the rounds to a number of people who might have been highly motivated to get it to the FBI, so Comey surely would have seen it regardless of McCain’s decision to give it to him.  But Trump knows he did it –- McCain wrote candidly about receiving it and passing it to Comey in his recent book, THE RESTLESS WAVE, which came out in May. 

 

John Haltiwanger at BUSINESS INSIDER offered some commentary at the time the book was released, and it’s enlightening now to take another look at that.  What happened to McCain is by now a familiar scenario:  as with some of Trump’s campaign associates, he was approached by a person who wanted to tell him something about what the Russians were up to.

 

It happened in November of 2016, shortly after Trump had won the Presidential election.  McCain was in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for an annual national security conference when Sir Andrew Wood, a retired British diplomat, approached him.  (McCain thought he might previously have met Wood in passing but wasn’t sure, and he did not recall conversing with him before this.)  McCain accompanied Wood to a room off the main conference hall, where they were joined by two other men, David Kramer, a former assistant secretary of state with Russian expertise, and Chris Brose, a staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee.  For the first few minutes, they talked about Russian election interference, according to McCain.

 

Then Wood revealed to McCain the reason he’d wanted to talk.  “He told me he knew of a former MI6 agent named Christopher Steele,” McCain wrote in the book, “who had been commissioned to investigate connections between the Trump campaign and Russian agents as well as potentially compromising information about the President-elect that Putin allegedly possessed.”

 



Let’s pause for a moment.  It’s been confirmed that Christopher Steele was a passionate anti-Trumper who was “commissioned” by a political oppo research company being paid by Hillary’s campaign and the DNC to get whatever gossip and trash he could pick up.  That’s the reality.  Now, let’s continue with McCain’s story.

 

Wood said the information in the Steele dossier was unverified but that Steele “strongly believed” it “merited a thorough examination by counterintelligence experts.”

 

Let’s pause again.  We now know that Steele himself wasn’t at all confident in the truth of the dossier.  So if what McCain wrote about Wood is true, Wood was really overselling what was in it.  Or perhaps Steele had oversold it to Wood.

 

But McCain sensed this dossier might be extremely important.  “Our impromptu meeting felt charged with a strange intensity,” he wrote.  “No one wise-cracked to lighten the mood.  We spoke in lowered voices.  The room was dimly lit, and the atmosphere was eerie.”  (In another reference to fictional news anchors, this sounds like the scene in NETWORK in which Howard Beale is confronted by conglomerate chairman Arthur Jensen in the dimly lit, eerie boardroom and comes away saying, “I have seen the face of God.”)  But all this drama was over a piece of oppo research garbage.  McCain wrote that the scenario seemed “too strange” to be believed but that he felt “even a remote risk that the President of the United States might be vulnerable to Russian extortion had to be investigated.”

 

Long story short:  Kramer met with Steele, reported back, told McCain he thought Steele was reputable.  McCain agreed to receive copy of dossier even though he had no idea if anything in it was true.  McCain locked it in his safe, called Comey, requested a meeting.  On December 19, 2016, he met with Comey for about 10 minutes and gave him the dossier.

 

“I did what duty demanded I do,” McCain wrote in the book.  He said he’d do it again.  And if anyone disagreed with what he did, they could “go to hell.”

 

“I trust the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, an experienced, skilled prosecutor, and a man of exceptional probity and character to separate fact from fiction, and get to the bottom of the so-called dossier,” he actually wrote.

 

McCain’s book came out a few months ago.  Though we’ve learned much since that time, we knew then of the dossier’s stunningly political origins.  And though the FBI has proved itself to be quite untrustworthy on the subject of Trump, and Mueller has packed his team with Hillary donors and partisan attack dogs, it doesn’t sound as if McCain ever took one second to rethink his decision to pass along the dossier.  I may really be going out on a limb here, but I suspect this might be one reason why Trump didn’t much care for John McCain.  (Of course, there were other reasons, including the little matter of his vote to save Obamacare, but I digress.)

 

McCain wrote in his book that he suspected Wood approached him about the dossier because he had been such a staunch critic of Putin over the years that he would likely take their concerns about a Trump-Russia connection seriously.  I don’t doubt he believed that, but I wonder if it’s more likely he was chosen because he was known to be so strongly anti-Trump that they were confident he’d get the dossier where they needed it to go.

 

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  • Janet Marshall

    09/03/2018 04:41 PM

    With allowing your daughter to not only deflect reality to the Press, but also state falsehoods to the Press.....is a horrible abusive agenda towards your failure as a Dad.....As a Dad, you refuse to inform your daughter to depart due as the degeneration of the White House unfolds, which she is an activate participant. You loudly stand behind "Christian" values, yet refuse to recognize how "Trumpism" is tearing your Country apart.

    Refuse to love, cherish, respect, and forever protect. Thank goodness am Canadian, Thank goodness had a Dad looked up to with respect.

  • Cindy Bluett

    09/03/2018 04:38 PM

    I think the world of you; however I think you are far too kind in this article. Indications are McCain was not a hero, and he worked against our country. Hopefully, he found salvation.

  • James Harrison

    09/03/2018 04:35 PM

    There was a young man in Texas who died of cancer the same week as John McCain. He was sixteen years old and died a very hard and quick death, but before he passed he did a lot of work. His name was Jeremiah Thomas, he was a Christian and his last wish was to end abortion in Texas and instill righteousness back in the USA. He received death threats (seriously) and of course was called phobic names. To all this Jeremiah just smiled, offered love, hope and forgiveness for all , unlike Saint John McCain. The comparison was stark and very telling. It spoke volumes about Senator McCain but more so about where this nation is and how far we have digressed. God help us all.

  • DON HUNT

    09/03/2018 04:29 PM


    To be honest, because he was a Republican I voted for John Mccain (lived to regret it) I found him to be one of the pettiest people I know of. As a retired military person (CSM USArmy ret.) I would have hated to have had him in my Chain of Command. There was no stability to his decision making and it always seemed to be about him rather than what is good for America. The final separation for me was his thumbs down fiasco on Obamacare.

  • Janet Wilken

    09/03/2018 04:19 PM

    I’ve also been wondering why McCain is not criticized for his part in this. It looks like he was the originator or if not close to the person(s) starting the trail of it.

  • Vicki Powell

    09/03/2018 04:16 PM

    Thank you for always having the courage to tell the whole truth, not just the truths or parts thereof, that you like. Never cared for McCain, and his passing hasn't made me suddenly a fan or changed my opinion about his honor. We don't have to like or honor everyone who ever wore a uniform. Beau Bergdol, and "miss" Manning are a couple that come to mind. Believe it or not, some who join the military, don't join to honor and serve the country, they have a political or personal motivation. Hitler "served" in his government, and wore a uniform. Wisdom includes discerning the spirits to see which speak the truth. You speak the truth. Thank you again! Enjoy your column!

  • Bob

    09/03/2018 04:09 PM

    Isn't time to charge the democratic resistance with obstruction of justice !!
    They are trying to obstruct everything the Trump administration does !!

  • Doris Hoit

    09/03/2018 04:00 PM

    I’m trying to remember that John McCain was ill and had brain cancer which could have affected his thinking. In addition, chemo brain is a real thing and who knows how chemo drugs for brain cancer may have affected him. Forgiving is always the right thing to do and giving a person the benefit of the doubt in this case a good idea also. The Lord knows the truth and He will work things out.
    So thankful for you and your daughter being out there fighting for the right things. God bless and protect your families!

  • J. Harold Mohler

    09/03/2018 03:51 PM

    When did honesty and integrity disappear from politics, or was it ever present? The hostility we see is astounding and it creates a stalemate and nothing gets done. Can we fire'em all and start afresh?

  • Nancy Smith

    09/03/2018 03:49 PM

    It seems like because someone passes that all of a sudden they are the best person in the world!!! I had always thought McCain was a Christian because he said he was but I sure never saw any signs of him being a Christian by his actions! He really turned out to be very hateful in his actions. So sad

  • Rufus Rutland

    09/03/2018 03:46 PM

    McCain vote for O-care was mean spirited toward the working person in America. President Trump loves the working person in America.

  • Linda Buckardt

    09/03/2018 03:31 PM

    It is appalling to see 2 funerals turned into political bashing. There was a lot of money in that.
    I read the story about when you took Sarah, age 11, to view the Hallocaust and her in depth perception of it at such a young age. I forwarded it to my niece, Amy Jacobson, who is on mornings on FOX radio in Chicago, and she thanked me for it.
    Having been a teacher who worked in St. Paul Public Schools, her reaction was amazing. May God bless your family.

  • Kendra Strecker

    09/03/2018 03:14 PM

    If my memory serves me right, McCain paid $50k for that dossier... he also SHUT UP the aide that was going to share any/all information pertaining to him (McCain) having/getting/turning over the dossier... HMMMM!!!

  • Jean I Moore

    09/03/2018 03:13 PM

    Thank you for reporting with integrity. I can’t stomach watching The News and don’t. I appreciate your unbiased editions. Thank you. I also appreciate the scripture you share.

  • Paula Meek

    09/03/2018 03:10 PM

    The weekend of funerals was a sad portrayal of the U.S. these days. Yes, whatever happened to remembering the deceased in a respectful way. An 8 hour funeral and a 3 day funeral and both spent bashing the President! Unbelievable that adults behaved as they did. Praying that God will heal our land.

  • Virginia Walcott

    09/03/2018 03:00 PM

    Sorry, but President Trump was 100% accurate. Have you listened to the accounts of POWs & Veterans who knew McCain? How about the family member of a POW who was sitting in a wheelchair as McCain attempted to push her? How about the family members of the 134 Sailors of the U.S.S. Forrestal? If snopes says it's false, it must be, right? All the facts are buried about that "great man" .. if you dig deep enough.

  • Elaine Romanias

    09/03/2018 02:42 PM

    I was wondering who paid for the funerals? If it was the Trump White House who ok'd the use of Air Force Two, ok'd all the security details for 5 days, ok'd all the cars for transportation....then I wonder why no one has said anything about that "gift" to the McCain family from President Trump. Also, do you know anything about Carol McCain.....she seems to be a forgotten soul in all of this while she sat quietly by and went through all that she did.....

  • Bonnie Neuberger

    09/03/2018 02:39 PM

    The idea of invitations to a funeral is ridiculous!
    The attendees at the Aretha Franklin funeral were all about themselves, not her!
    I don’t know how the president and his family can keep going with all the hate they have to put up with!

  • Shirley Wheeler

    09/03/2018 02:35 PM

    Thank you for this in-site. I only respect the late senator for his service in Viet Nam ( my husband also being a Nam vet and I know I that I would never purchase his book.
    I have sympathy for His family, however in no way do I feel what His daughter and Pres. Bush and Obama said and did was at all appropriate.
    Thank you again for your in site and your humour, and thank you for yours and Sarah's service to our country.

  • Mitch Hall

    09/03/2018 02:35 PM

    It is very sad that President Trump has to battle so hard just to do his job. Imagine how well we could be doing if he didn’t have to deal with the media and jealous fellow Republicans. I had respect for John McCain but what he did was nothing more than a treasonous attack on our President.

  • Kathy Bruchert

    09/03/2018 02:33 PM

    Thank you for sharing the facts. And thank you for your sense of humor. God willing, you will be our President some day. In the meantime, keep your eyes on Jesus!! God bless you, Governor Huckabee!!

  • William A. (Bill) Cummins

    09/03/2018 02:14 PM

    Dear Mike,

    If you have actually read my several messages sent to you since January of 2018, please ask your staff to acknowledge receipt of them with at least a polite comment about my offer to be a guest on your TV show.

    Bill Cummins the humble Cowboy
    Port Orange, Florida 386-383-5198

  • Jerry D Stout

    09/03/2018 02:02 PM

    There area no doubts, at least in most circles, that John McCain at one time was a h?ro and patriot. However, looking at his actions of the last four - six years, it is pretty easy to see a pattern of bitterness showing forth. So much so that you can see him changing his previously stated views on some topics. It really manifested itself in the last few months. This could have been caused by several things, including his failing health. It seems to me, though, that because he was rejected by the American people as President, he became a bitter old man. He was called a maverick, but was only so when it benefited him personally. Anger against Trump because of what Trump said? I am sure. But he was more angry because Trump, a non politician obtained what he could not. He completely misread the American people. He then took the course he thought would give him the most opportunity to get the most press, not realizing that history may show him finishing as a bitter, lonely old man who was unable to attain the one prize he really sought - the Presidency.

  • Tom "Duke" Colaluca

    09/03/2018 01:49 PM

    no code no honor. that's John McCain. As a veteran myself, I respect his service. Man to man he is high smellin' and low down!!

  • Kathy Steele

    09/03/2018 01:36 PM

    Thank you for telling the truth. I always read what you write. Thank God for your wonderfully strong daughter. We break off word curses against you and your family in Jesus's name.

It was a weekend of funerals and Trump-bashing, simultaneously.  Of course, everything now is about Trump, and hating, and hating Trump, and almost no one is acting like an adult these days.  I don’t know what Aretha Franklin’s personal politics were, or even if she was very active politically at all, but she deserved better than to have her funeral hijacked by politics.  Does every occasion have to be about that?  Every bit of sentiment at that event should have been focused on Aretha and the glorious voice she shared with the world.

As for John McCain’s funeral, it’s true that neither Trump nor Sarah Palin got an “invite” to John McCain’s funeral.  (By the way, when did people start issuing/withholding invitations to funerals?  What would Miss Manner say about this?  It sure isn’t a Southern thing.  In the South, everybody comes, everybody goes to the house afterwards, and everybody brings food.  But I digress.)  On the other hand, Trump surely wouldn’t have wanted to be there, anyway.  I imagine that, to Trump, a sit-down with Robert Mueller might have been preferable.  So the best thing to do was to follow the advice of fictional news anchor Ron Burgundy and stay classy.

 


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Perhaps these two men were so estranged because they were too much alike in their brashness.  Neither has been known for his diplomatic reserve or lack of narcissism.  Trump said an awful thing when he bluntly dismissed McCain’s heroism following his capture in Vietnam, and it might have been asking too much of McCain for him ever to forgive Trump for such a remark.  On the other hand, McCain did some things that significantly affected Trump and his administration, things so damaging that it’s hard to imagine Trump ever forgiving him.  (And note the interesting contrast:  we’re talking about what Trump SAID vs. what McCain actually DID.)  In retrospect, one of the things McCain did to Trump is particularly significant right now.

 

McCain passed along the unverified Steele dossier to then-FBI Director James Comey.

 

Now, keep in mind that the dossier was making the rounds to a number of people who might have been highly motivated to get it to the FBI, so Comey surely would have seen it regardless of McCain’s decision to give it to him.  But Trump knows he did it –- McCain wrote candidly about receiving it and passing it to Comey in his recent book, THE RESTLESS WAVE, which came out in May. 

 

John Haltiwanger at BUSINESS INSIDER offered some commentary at the time the book was released, and it’s enlightening now to take another look at that.  What happened to McCain is by now a familiar scenario:  as with some of Trump’s campaign associates, he was approached by a person who wanted to tell him something about what the Russians were up to.

 

It happened in November of 2016, shortly after Trump had won the Presidential election.  McCain was in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for an annual national security conference when Sir Andrew Wood, a retired British diplomat, approached him.  (McCain thought he might previously have met Wood in passing but wasn’t sure, and he did not recall conversing with him before this.)  McCain accompanied Wood to a room off the main conference hall, where they were joined by two other men, David Kramer, a former assistant secretary of state with Russian expertise, and Chris Brose, a staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee.  For the first few minutes, they talked about Russian election interference, according to McCain.

 

Then Wood revealed to McCain the reason he’d wanted to talk.  “He told me he knew of a former MI6 agent named Christopher Steele,” McCain wrote in the book, “who had been commissioned to investigate connections between the Trump campaign and Russian agents as well as potentially compromising information about the President-elect that Putin allegedly possessed.”

 



Let’s pause for a moment.  It’s been confirmed that Christopher Steele was a passionate anti-Trumper who was “commissioned” by a political oppo research company being paid by Hillary’s campaign and the DNC to get whatever gossip and trash he could pick up.  That’s the reality.  Now, let’s continue with McCain’s story.

 

Wood said the information in the Steele dossier was unverified but that Steele “strongly believed” it “merited a thorough examination by counterintelligence experts.”

 

Let’s pause again.  We now know that Steele himself wasn’t at all confident in the truth of the dossier.  So if what McCain wrote about Wood is true, Wood was really overselling what was in it.  Or perhaps Steele had oversold it to Wood.

 

But McCain sensed this dossier might be extremely important.  “Our impromptu meeting felt charged with a strange intensity,” he wrote.  “No one wise-cracked to lighten the mood.  We spoke in lowered voices.  The room was dimly lit, and the atmosphere was eerie.”  (In another reference to fictional news anchors, this sounds like the scene in NETWORK in which Howard Beale is confronted by conglomerate chairman Arthur Jensen in the dimly lit, eerie boardroom and comes away saying, “I have seen the face of God.”)  But all this drama was over a piece of oppo research garbage.  McCain wrote that the scenario seemed “too strange” to be believed but that he felt “even a remote risk that the President of the United States might be vulnerable to Russian extortion had to be investigated.”

 

Long story short:  Kramer met with Steele, reported back, told McCain he thought Steele was reputable.  McCain agreed to receive copy of dossier even though he had no idea if anything in it was true.  McCain locked it in his safe, called Comey, requested a meeting.  On December 19, 2016, he met with Comey for about 10 minutes and gave him the dossier.

 

“I did what duty demanded I do,” McCain wrote in the book.  He said he’d do it again.  And if anyone disagreed with what he did, they could “go to hell.”

 

“I trust the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, an experienced, skilled prosecutor, and a man of exceptional probity and character to separate fact from fiction, and get to the bottom of the so-called dossier,” he actually wrote.

 

McCain’s book came out a few months ago.  Though we’ve learned much since that time, we knew then of the dossier’s stunningly political origins.  And though the FBI has proved itself to be quite untrustworthy on the subject of Trump, and Mueller has packed his team with Hillary donors and partisan attack dogs, it doesn’t sound as if McCain ever took one second to rethink his decision to pass along the dossier.  I may really be going out on a limb here, but I suspect this might be one reason why Trump didn’t much care for John McCain.  (Of course, there were other reasons, including the little matter of his vote to save Obamacare, but I digress.)

 

McCain wrote in his book that he suspected Wood approached him about the dossier because he had been such a staunch critic of Putin over the years that he would likely take their concerns about a Trump-Russia connection seriously.  I don’t doubt he believed that, but I wonder if it’s more likely he was chosen because he was known to be so strongly anti-Trump that they were confident he’d get the dossier where they needed it to go.

 

https://www.businessinsider.com/john-mccain-conspiracy-theories-steele-dossier-trump-russia-2018-5

 

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  • Janet Marshall

    09/03/2018 04:41 PM

    With allowing your daughter to not only deflect reality to the Press, but also state falsehoods to the Press.....is a horrible abusive agenda towards your failure as a Dad.....As a Dad, you refuse to inform your daughter to depart due as the degeneration of the White House unfolds, which she is an activate participant. You loudly stand behind "Christian" values, yet refuse to recognize how "Trumpism" is tearing your Country apart.

    Refuse to love, cherish, respect, and forever protect. Thank goodness am Canadian, Thank goodness had a Dad looked up to with respect.

  • Cindy Bluett

    09/03/2018 04:38 PM

    I think the world of you; however I think you are far too kind in this article. Indications are McCain was not a hero, and he worked against our country. Hopefully, he found salvation.

  • James Harrison

    09/03/2018 04:35 PM

    There was a young man in Texas who died of cancer the same week as John McCain. He was sixteen years old and died a very hard and quick death, but before he passed he did a lot of work. His name was Jeremiah Thomas, he was a Christian and his last wish was to end abortion in Texas and instill righteousness back in the USA. He received death threats (seriously) and of course was called phobic names. To all this Jeremiah just smiled, offered love, hope and forgiveness for all , unlike Saint John McCain. The comparison was stark and very telling. It spoke volumes about Senator McCain but more so about where this nation is and how far we have digressed. God help us all.

  • DON HUNT

    09/03/2018 04:29 PM


    To be honest, because he was a Republican I voted for John Mccain (lived to regret it) I found him to be one of the pettiest people I know of. As a retired military person (CSM USArmy ret.) I would have hated to have had him in my Chain of Command. There was no stability to his decision making and it always seemed to be about him rather than what is good for America. The final separation for me was his thumbs down fiasco on Obamacare.

  • Janet Wilken

    09/03/2018 04:19 PM

    I’ve also been wondering why McCain is not criticized for his part in this. It looks like he was the originator or if not close to the person(s) starting the trail of it.

  • Vicki Powell

    09/03/2018 04:16 PM

    Thank you for always having the courage to tell the whole truth, not just the truths or parts thereof, that you like. Never cared for McCain, and his passing hasn't made me suddenly a fan or changed my opinion about his honor. We don't have to like or honor everyone who ever wore a uniform. Beau Bergdol, and "miss" Manning are a couple that come to mind. Believe it or not, some who join the military, don't join to honor and serve the country, they have a political or personal motivation. Hitler "served" in his government, and wore a uniform. Wisdom includes discerning the spirits to see which speak the truth. You speak the truth. Thank you again! Enjoy your column!

  • Bob

    09/03/2018 04:09 PM

    Isn't time to charge the democratic resistance with obstruction of justice !!
    They are trying to obstruct everything the Trump administration does !!

  • Doris Hoit

    09/03/2018 04:00 PM

    I’m trying to remember that John McCain was ill and had brain cancer which could have affected his thinking. In addition, chemo brain is a real thing and who knows how chemo drugs for brain cancer may have affected him. Forgiving is always the right thing to do and giving a person the benefit of the doubt in this case a good idea also. The Lord knows the truth and He will work things out.
    So thankful for you and your daughter being out there fighting for the right things. God bless and protect your families!

  • J. Harold Mohler

    09/03/2018 03:51 PM

    When did honesty and integrity disappear from politics, or was it ever present? The hostility we see is astounding and it creates a stalemate and nothing gets done. Can we fire'em all and start afresh?

  • Nancy Smith

    09/03/2018 03:49 PM

    It seems like because someone passes that all of a sudden they are the best person in the world!!! I had always thought McCain was a Christian because he said he was but I sure never saw any signs of him being a Christian by his actions! He really turned out to be very hateful in his actions. So sad

  • Rufus Rutland

    09/03/2018 03:46 PM

    McCain vote for O-care was mean spirited toward the working person in America. President Trump loves the working person in America.

  • Linda Buckardt

    09/03/2018 03:31 PM

    It is appalling to see 2 funerals turned into political bashing. There was a lot of money in that.
    I read the story about when you took Sarah, age 11, to view the Hallocaust and her in depth perception of it at such a young age. I forwarded it to my niece, Amy Jacobson, who is on mornings on FOX radio in Chicago, and she thanked me for it.
    Having been a teacher who worked in St. Paul Public Schools, her reaction was amazing. May God bless your family.

  • Kendra Strecker

    09/03/2018 03:14 PM

    If my memory serves me right, McCain paid $50k for that dossier... he also SHUT UP the aide that was going to share any/all information pertaining to him (McCain) having/getting/turning over the dossier... HMMMM!!!

  • Jean I Moore

    09/03/2018 03:13 PM

    Thank you for reporting with integrity. I can’t stomach watching The News and don’t. I appreciate your unbiased editions. Thank you. I also appreciate the scripture you share.

  • Paula Meek

    09/03/2018 03:10 PM

    The weekend of funerals was a sad portrayal of the U.S. these days. Yes, whatever happened to remembering the deceased in a respectful way. An 8 hour funeral and a 3 day funeral and both spent bashing the President! Unbelievable that adults behaved as they did. Praying that God will heal our land.

  • Virginia Walcott

    09/03/2018 03:00 PM

    Sorry, but President Trump was 100% accurate. Have you listened to the accounts of POWs & Veterans who knew McCain? How about the family member of a POW who was sitting in a wheelchair as McCain attempted to push her? How about the family members of the 134 Sailors of the U.S.S. Forrestal? If snopes says it's false, it must be, right? All the facts are buried about that "great man" .. if you dig deep enough.

  • Elaine Romanias

    09/03/2018 02:42 PM

    I was wondering who paid for the funerals? If it was the Trump White House who ok'd the use of Air Force Two, ok'd all the security details for 5 days, ok'd all the cars for transportation....then I wonder why no one has said anything about that "gift" to the McCain family from President Trump. Also, do you know anything about Carol McCain.....she seems to be a forgotten soul in all of this while she sat quietly by and went through all that she did.....

  • Bonnie Neuberger

    09/03/2018 02:39 PM

    The idea of invitations to a funeral is ridiculous!
    The attendees at the Aretha Franklin funeral were all about themselves, not her!
    I don’t know how the president and his family can keep going with all the hate they have to put up with!

  • Shirley Wheeler

    09/03/2018 02:35 PM

    Thank you for this in-site. I only respect the late senator for his service in Viet Nam ( my husband also being a Nam vet and I know I that I would never purchase his book.
    I have sympathy for His family, however in no way do I feel what His daughter and Pres. Bush and Obama said and did was at all appropriate.
    Thank you again for your in site and your humour, and thank you for yours and Sarah's service to our country.

  • Mitch Hall

    09/03/2018 02:35 PM

    It is very sad that President Trump has to battle so hard just to do his job. Imagine how well we could be doing if he didn’t have to deal with the media and jealous fellow Republicans. I had respect for John McCain but what he did was nothing more than a treasonous attack on our President.

  • Kathy Bruchert

    09/03/2018 02:33 PM

    Thank you for sharing the facts. And thank you for your sense of humor. God willing, you will be our President some day. In the meantime, keep your eyes on Jesus!! God bless you, Governor Huckabee!!

  • William A. (Bill) Cummins

    09/03/2018 02:14 PM

    Dear Mike,

    If you have actually read my several messages sent to you since January of 2018, please ask your staff to acknowledge receipt of them with at least a polite comment about my offer to be a guest on your TV show.

    Bill Cummins the humble Cowboy
    Port Orange, Florida 386-383-5198

  • Jerry D Stout

    09/03/2018 02:02 PM

    There area no doubts, at least in most circles, that John McCain at one time was a h?ro and patriot. However, looking at his actions of the last four - six years, it is pretty easy to see a pattern of bitterness showing forth. So much so that you can see him changing his previously stated views on some topics. It really manifested itself in the last few months. This could have been caused by several things, including his failing health. It seems to me, though, that because he was rejected by the American people as President, he became a bitter old man. He was called a maverick, but was only so when it benefited him personally. Anger against Trump because of what Trump said? I am sure. But he was more angry because Trump, a non politician obtained what he could not. He completely misread the American people. He then took the course he thought would give him the most opportunity to get the most press, not realizing that history may show him finishing as a bitter, lonely old man who was unable to attain the one prize he really sought - the Presidency.

  • Tom "Duke" Colaluca

    09/03/2018 01:49 PM

    no code no honor. that's John McCain. As a veteran myself, I respect his service. Man to man he is high smellin' and low down!!

  • Kathy Steele

    09/03/2018 01:36 PM

    Thank you for telling the truth. I always read what you write. Thank God for your wonderfully strong daughter. We break off word curses against you and your family in Jesus's name.

It was a weekend of funerals and Trump-bashing, simultaneously.  Of course, everything now is about Trump, and hating, and hating Trump, and almost no one is acting like an adult these days.  I don’t know what Aretha Franklin’s personal politics were, or even if she was very active politically at all, but she deserved better than to have her funeral hijacked by politics.  Does every occasion have to be about that?  Every bit of sentiment at that event should have been focused on Aretha and the glorious voice she shared with the world.

As for John McCain’s funeral, it’s true that neither Trump nor Sarah Palin got an “invite” to John McCain’s funeral.  (By the way, when did people start issuing/withholding invitations to funerals?  What would Miss Manner say about this?  It sure isn’t a Southern thing.  In the South, everybody comes, everybody goes to the house afterwards, and everybody brings food.  But I digress.)  On the other hand, Trump surely wouldn’t have wanted to be there, anyway.  I imagine that, to Trump, a sit-down with Robert Mueller might have been preferable.  So the best thing to do was to follow the advice of fictional news anchor Ron Burgundy and stay classy.

 


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Perhaps these two men were so estranged because they were too much alike in their brashness.  Neither has been known for his diplomatic reserve or lack of narcissism.  Trump said an awful thing when he bluntly dismissed McCain’s heroism following his capture in Vietnam, and it might have been asking too much of McCain for him ever to forgive Trump for such a remark.  On the other hand, McCain did some things that significantly affected Trump and his administration, things so damaging that it’s hard to imagine Trump ever forgiving him.  (And note the interesting contrast:  we’re talking about what Trump SAID vs. what McCain actually DID.)  In retrospect, one of the things McCain did to Trump is particularly significant right now.

 

McCain passed along the unverified Steele dossier to then-FBI Director James Comey.

 

Now, keep in mind that the dossier was making the rounds to a number of people who might have been highly motivated to get it to the FBI, so Comey surely would have seen it regardless of McCain’s decision to give it to him.  But Trump knows he did it –- McCain wrote candidly about receiving it and passing it to Comey in his recent book, THE RESTLESS WAVE, which came out in May. 

 

John Haltiwanger at BUSINESS INSIDER offered some commentary at the time the book was released, and it’s enlightening now to take another look at that.  What happened to McCain is by now a familiar scenario:  as with some of Trump’s campaign associates, he was approached by a person who wanted to tell him something about what the Russians were up to.

 

It happened in November of 2016, shortly after Trump had won the Presidential election.  McCain was in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for an annual national security conference when Sir Andrew Wood, a retired British diplomat, approached him.  (McCain thought he might previously have met Wood in passing but wasn’t sure, and he did not recall conversing with him before this.)  McCain accompanied Wood to a room off the main conference hall, where they were joined by two other men, David Kramer, a former assistant secretary of state with Russian expertise, and Chris Brose, a staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee.  For the first few minutes, they talked about Russian election interference, according to McCain.

 

Then Wood revealed to McCain the reason he’d wanted to talk.  “He told me he knew of a former MI6 agent named Christopher Steele,” McCain wrote in the book, “who had been commissioned to investigate connections between the Trump campaign and Russian agents as well as potentially compromising information about the President-elect that Putin allegedly possessed.”

 



Let’s pause for a moment.  It’s been confirmed that Christopher Steele was a passionate anti-Trumper who was “commissioned” by a political oppo research company being paid by Hillary’s campaign and the DNC to get whatever gossip and trash he could pick up.  That’s the reality.  Now, let’s continue with McCain’s story.

 

Wood said the information in the Steele dossier was unverified but that Steele “strongly believed” it “merited a thorough examination by counterintelligence experts.”

 

Let’s pause again.  We now know that Steele himself wasn’t at all confident in the truth of the dossier.  So if what McCain wrote about Wood is true, Wood was really overselling what was in it.  Or perhaps Steele had oversold it to Wood.

 

But McCain sensed this dossier might be extremely important.  “Our impromptu meeting felt charged with a strange intensity,” he wrote.  “No one wise-cracked to lighten the mood.  We spoke in lowered voices.  The room was dimly lit, and the atmosphere was eerie.”  (In another reference to fictional news anchors, this sounds like the scene in NETWORK in which Howard Beale is confronted by conglomerate chairman Arthur Jensen in the dimly lit, eerie boardroom and comes away saying, “I have seen the face of God.”)  But all this drama was over a piece of oppo research garbage.  McCain wrote that the scenario seemed “too strange” to be believed but that he felt “even a remote risk that the President of the United States might be vulnerable to Russian extortion had to be investigated.”

 

Long story short:  Kramer met with Steele, reported back, told McCain he thought Steele was reputable.  McCain agreed to receive copy of dossier even though he had no idea if anything in it was true.  McCain locked it in his safe, called Comey, requested a meeting.  On December 19, 2016, he met with Comey for about 10 minutes and gave him the dossier.

 

“I did what duty demanded I do,” McCain wrote in the book.  He said he’d do it again.  And if anyone disagreed with what he did, they could “go to hell.”

 

“I trust the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, an experienced, skilled prosecutor, and a man of exceptional probity and character to separate fact from fiction, and get to the bottom of the so-called dossier,” he actually wrote.

 

McCain’s book came out a few months ago.  Though we’ve learned much since that time, we knew then of the dossier’s stunningly political origins.  And though the FBI has proved itself to be quite untrustworthy on the subject of Trump, and Mueller has packed his team with Hillary donors and partisan attack dogs, it doesn’t sound as if McCain ever took one second to rethink his decision to pass along the dossier.  I may really be going out on a limb here, but I suspect this might be one reason why Trump didn’t much care for John McCain.  (Of course, there were other reasons, including the little matter of his vote to save Obamacare, but I digress.)

 

McCain wrote in his book that he suspected Wood approached him about the dossier because he had been such a staunch critic of Putin over the years that he would likely take their concerns about a Trump-Russia connection seriously.  I don’t doubt he believed that, but I wonder if it’s more likely he was chosen because he was known to be so strongly anti-Trump that they were confident he’d get the dossier where they needed it to go.

 

https://www.businessinsider.com/john-mccain-conspiracy-theories-steele-dossier-trump-russia-2018-5

 

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  • Janet Marshall

    09/03/2018 04:41 PM

    With allowing your daughter to not only deflect reality to the Press, but also state falsehoods to the Press.....is a horrible abusive agenda towards your failure as a Dad.....As a Dad, you refuse to inform your daughter to depart due as the degeneration of the White House unfolds, which she is an activate participant. You loudly stand behind "Christian" values, yet refuse to recognize how "Trumpism" is tearing your Country apart.

    Refuse to love, cherish, respect, and forever protect. Thank goodness am Canadian, Thank goodness had a Dad looked up to with respect.

  • Cindy Bluett

    09/03/2018 04:38 PM

    I think the world of you; however I think you are far too kind in this article. Indications are McCain was not a hero, and he worked against our country. Hopefully, he found salvation.

  • James Harrison

    09/03/2018 04:35 PM

    There was a young man in Texas who died of cancer the same week as John McCain. He was sixteen years old and died a very hard and quick death, but before he passed he did a lot of work. His name was Jeremiah Thomas, he was a Christian and his last wish was to end abortion in Texas and instill righteousness back in the USA. He received death threats (seriously) and of course was called phobic names. To all this Jeremiah just smiled, offered love, hope and forgiveness for all , unlike Saint John McCain. The comparison was stark and very telling. It spoke volumes about Senator McCain but more so about where this nation is and how far we have digressed. God help us all.

  • DON HUNT

    09/03/2018 04:29 PM


    To be honest, because he was a Republican I voted for John Mccain (lived to regret it) I found him to be one of the pettiest people I know of. As a retired military person (CSM USArmy ret.) I would have hated to have had him in my Chain of Command. There was no stability to his decision making and it always seemed to be about him rather than what is good for America. The final separation for me was his thumbs down fiasco on Obamacare.

  • Janet Wilken

    09/03/2018 04:19 PM

    I’ve also been wondering why McCain is not criticized for his part in this. It looks like he was the originator or if not close to the person(s) starting the trail of it.

  • Vicki Powell

    09/03/2018 04:16 PM

    Thank you for always having the courage to tell the whole truth, not just the truths or parts thereof, that you like. Never cared for McCain, and his passing hasn't made me suddenly a fan or changed my opinion about his honor. We don't have to like or honor everyone who ever wore a uniform. Beau Bergdol, and "miss" Manning are a couple that come to mind. Believe it or not, some who join the military, don't join to honor and serve the country, they have a political or personal motivation. Hitler "served" in his government, and wore a uniform. Wisdom includes discerning the spirits to see which speak the truth. You speak the truth. Thank you again! Enjoy your column!

  • Bob

    09/03/2018 04:09 PM

    Isn't time to charge the democratic resistance with obstruction of justice !!
    They are trying to obstruct everything the Trump administration does !!

  • Doris Hoit

    09/03/2018 04:00 PM

    I’m trying to remember that John McCain was ill and had brain cancer which could have affected his thinking. In addition, chemo brain is a real thing and who knows how chemo drugs for brain cancer may have affected him. Forgiving is always the right thing to do and giving a person the benefit of the doubt in this case a good idea also. The Lord knows the truth and He will work things out.
    So thankful for you and your daughter being out there fighting for the right things. God bless and protect your families!

  • J. Harold Mohler

    09/03/2018 03:51 PM

    When did honesty and integrity disappear from politics, or was it ever present? The hostility we see is astounding and it creates a stalemate and nothing gets done. Can we fire'em all and start afresh?

  • Nancy Smith

    09/03/2018 03:49 PM

    It seems like because someone passes that all of a sudden they are the best person in the world!!! I had always thought McCain was a Christian because he said he was but I sure never saw any signs of him being a Christian by his actions! He really turned out to be very hateful in his actions. So sad

  • Rufus Rutland

    09/03/2018 03:46 PM

    McCain vote for O-care was mean spirited toward the working person in America. President Trump loves the working person in America.

  • Linda Buckardt

    09/03/2018 03:31 PM

    It is appalling to see 2 funerals turned into political bashing. There was a lot of money in that.
    I read the story about when you took Sarah, age 11, to view the Hallocaust and her in depth perception of it at such a young age. I forwarded it to my niece, Amy Jacobson, who is on mornings on FOX radio in Chicago, and she thanked me for it.
    Having been a teacher who worked in St. Paul Public Schools, her reaction was amazing. May God bless your family.

  • Kendra Strecker

    09/03/2018 03:14 PM

    If my memory serves me right, McCain paid $50k for that dossier... he also SHUT UP the aide that was going to share any/all information pertaining to him (McCain) having/getting/turning over the dossier... HMMMM!!!

  • Jean I Moore

    09/03/2018 03:13 PM

    Thank you for reporting with integrity. I can’t stomach watching The News and don’t. I appreciate your unbiased editions. Thank you. I also appreciate the scripture you share.

  • Paula Meek

    09/03/2018 03:10 PM

    The weekend of funerals was a sad portrayal of the U.S. these days. Yes, whatever happened to remembering the deceased in a respectful way. An 8 hour funeral and a 3 day funeral and both spent bashing the President! Unbelievable that adults behaved as they did. Praying that God will heal our land.

  • Virginia Walcott

    09/03/2018 03:00 PM

    Sorry, but President Trump was 100% accurate. Have you listened to the accounts of POWs & Veterans who knew McCain? How about the family member of a POW who was sitting in a wheelchair as McCain attempted to push her? How about the family members of the 134 Sailors of the U.S.S. Forrestal? If snopes says it's false, it must be, right? All the facts are buried about that "great man" .. if you dig deep enough.

  • Elaine Romanias

    09/03/2018 02:42 PM

    I was wondering who paid for the funerals? If it was the Trump White House who ok'd the use of Air Force Two, ok'd all the security details for 5 days, ok'd all the cars for transportation....then I wonder why no one has said anything about that "gift" to the McCain family from President Trump. Also, do you know anything about Carol McCain.....she seems to be a forgotten soul in all of this while she sat quietly by and went through all that she did.....

  • Bonnie Neuberger

    09/03/2018 02:39 PM

    The idea of invitations to a funeral is ridiculous!
    The attendees at the Aretha Franklin funeral were all about themselves, not her!
    I don’t know how the president and his family can keep going with all the hate they have to put up with!

  • Shirley Wheeler

    09/03/2018 02:35 PM

    Thank you for this in-site. I only respect the late senator for his service in Viet Nam ( my husband also being a Nam vet and I know I that I would never purchase his book.
    I have sympathy for His family, however in no way do I feel what His daughter and Pres. Bush and Obama said and did was at all appropriate.
    Thank you again for your in site and your humour, and thank you for yours and Sarah's service to our country.

  • Mitch Hall

    09/03/2018 02:35 PM

    It is very sad that President Trump has to battle so hard just to do his job. Imagine how well we could be doing if he didn’t have to deal with the media and jealous fellow Republicans. I had respect for John McCain but what he did was nothing more than a treasonous attack on our President.

  • Kathy Bruchert

    09/03/2018 02:33 PM

    Thank you for sharing the facts. And thank you for your sense of humor. God willing, you will be our President some day. In the meantime, keep your eyes on Jesus!! God bless you, Governor Huckabee!!

  • William A. (Bill) Cummins

    09/03/2018 02:14 PM

    Dear Mike,

    If you have actually read my several messages sent to you since January of 2018, please ask your staff to acknowledge receipt of them with at least a polite comment about my offer to be a guest on your TV show.

    Bill Cummins the humble Cowboy
    Port Orange, Florida 386-383-5198

  • Jerry D Stout

    09/03/2018 02:02 PM

    There area no doubts, at least in most circles, that John McCain at one time was a h?ro and patriot. However, looking at his actions of the last four - six years, it is pretty easy to see a pattern of bitterness showing forth. So much so that you can see him changing his previously stated views on some topics. It really manifested itself in the last few months. This could have been caused by several things, including his failing health. It seems to me, though, that because he was rejected by the American people as President, he became a bitter old man. He was called a maverick, but was only so when it benefited him personally. Anger against Trump because of what Trump said? I am sure. But he was more angry because Trump, a non politician obtained what he could not. He completely misread the American people. He then took the course he thought would give him the most opportunity to get the most press, not realizing that history may show him finishing as a bitter, lonely old man who was unable to attain the one prize he really sought - the Presidency.

  • Tom "Duke" Colaluca

    09/03/2018 01:49 PM

    no code no honor. that's John McCain. As a veteran myself, I respect his service. Man to man he is high smellin' and low down!!

  • Kathy Steele

    09/03/2018 01:36 PM

    Thank you for telling the truth. I always read what you write. Thank God for your wonderfully strong daughter. We break off word curses against you and your family in Jesus's name.