FIRST, IN BREAKING NEWS: Coming on the heels of Andrew McCabe’s 60 MINUTES interview on Sunday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave the Justice Department by mid-March. Gosh, apparently he’s not the person new Attorney General Bill Barr wants as his second-in-command. One can only hope this is just the first step he’s taking in cleaning out a Justice Department that Kim Strassel of the Wall Street Journal describes as “a hot mess of finger-pointing, leaks, planted press narratives, obstruction and extraordinary self-righteousness.”

…………………………..

 

In my most recent commentary about the McCabe interview, I mentioned that former FBI General Counsel James Baker testified last fall that he’d been told Rosenstein had the support of two Cabinet members for the removal of Trump via the 25th Amendment. Some media outlets have mentioned this bit of information as they would say “please pass the butter,” but it’s stunning, especially when one is reminded of who the two Cabinet members reportedly were. So it was important to me to go back and research the timeline on what was reported, when it was said, and by whom, and to lay it out in an easily understandable way, so here goes…


RELATED READING: McCabe follow-up now that 60 MINUTES has aired

The New York Times reported last September 21 that, according to their sources, not only had Rosenstein talked about invoking the 25th Amendment, but he had said he thought he could persuade at least two Cabinet members to do it: John Kelly, then head of Homeland Security, and...JEFF SESSIONS. (Recall that Sessions hired Rosenstein.) That seems like blockbuster news, but, then again, it came from the NYT, which has jumped on numerous reports that turned out to be wrong. Maybe that’s why that detail seems to have disappeared into the ether until now.

 


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But now, we know that last October 3 –- after the NYT story –- James Baker testified before Congressional committees, saying, “I had the impression that the deputy attorney general had already discussed this with two members in the President’s Cabinet and that they were...onboard with this concept already.” So that lends some credence to the NYT story. (As I like to say, even a broken clock is right twice a day.)

 

As part of his October 3 testimony, Baker also said, “My recollection is that there were discussions about it over a longer period than the course of one meeting...a couple of days.”

 

Last night on 60 MINUTES, McCabe said that Rosenstein was actually talking about “counting votes, or possible votes” of Cabinet members. He told Scott Pelley that Rosenstein had said he’d had discussions about the number of Cabinet members “and others” needed to invoke the 25th Amendment.

 

Of course, McCabe is not known for being a fountain of truth; he’s being criminally investigated for having withheld information from FBI questioners when it suited his interests. So we can’t just take what he says at face value, any more than we can automatically believe what we read in the New York Times. But the accounts are starting to stack up and tend to reinforce each other.

 

You know, I cringe at some of the President’s tweets, but when he responded to the McCabe interview by calling this activity “illegal and treasonous” and an “illegal coup attempt,” he was on the right track. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham, who is promising hearings into this to find out what they were doing and will issue subpoenas if necessary, has also said these claims described “an attempted bureaucratic coup” and that this was “one of the most significant moments in American history if it’s true.” I myself have called this a “bloodless coup.” There are other terms for it: “lawyers’ coup,” “soft coup.” In this case, they didn’t get it to the next level, but there are now enough accounts from enough different sources for us to conclude that they were definitely plotting at the highest levels to unseat the President.

 

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/430446-trump-accuses-disgraced-mccabe-rosenstein-of-committing-illegal-and

 

And if –- IF –- these two then-Cabinet members, John Kelly and Jeff Sessions, are the ones who either might have been open to the idea or were already “onboard” with it (different accounts word it differently), we have to look at the implications. John Kelly, then head of Homeland Security, took the job with Trump to work in the White House as chief of staff. That would have put him in quite a position to find a “weak spot” to use in taking down the President. And Jeff Sessions...well, knowing he might have been open to a plan such as this –- and, repeat, WE DON’T KNOW FOR SURE –- would explain a lot about his performance as attorney general.

 


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Rosenstein’s office released a strong denial, but it didn’t really deny much. As you might recall, we parsed it the other day, notably the part that used present-tense “is” instead of past-tense “was.” (Depends on what the definition of “is” is.) It also said he never AUTHORIZED making recordings, when he hasn’t been accused of that, just of talking about doing it.

 

After the 60 MINUTES interview aired, I asked the question, “How on earth does Rod Rosenstein still have his job?” Thankfully, it now appears the Era Of Rosenstein is over, but according to Victor Davis Hanson, speaking on Tucker Carlson’s show, it appears he had created a “pseudo-immunity,” based on the media-driven narrative that if Trump fired him, it was the same as tampering with the Mueller investigation. He pointed out what we’ve said, that Rosenstein and McCabe both were well aware that the 25th Amendment was limited to situations regarding incapacitation, as with Woodrow Wilson after his stroke and perhaps during the last week of FDR’s life. They knew it wasn’t for cases in which they had a President they simply disagreed with. Yet they were talking about overthrowing a duly-elected President.

 

Pelley conducted a ridiculously softball interview. As Hanson noted, there’s so much he could have asked –- about the “insurance policy,” for one thing –- that he never got close to. There was nothing about the FISA applications, either, that were made while Trump was still a candidate. If they did delve into such territory, it was edited out of the final interview. (Keep in mind that editing largely shapes these “news” interviews, positively or negatively. Don Hewitt once bragged that his editing of the Bill and Hillary Clinton “Gennifer Flowers” interview on 60 MINUTES got Bill the nomination.)

 

Hanson suggested something we’ve also discussed, that one possibility is the top echelon at the FBI expected Hillary to be elected and assumed they’d be rewarded for their efforts. Then Trump won. Ruh-roh! Since they’d had no grounds for opening their anti-Trump counterintelligence investigation, they thought, “Oh, (bleep)! How do we cover for this?”

 

Be sure and read Hanson’s comprehensive piece, “Autopsy Of A Dead Coup”:

https://amgreatness.com/2019/02/17/autopsy-of-a-dead-coup/

 

If McCabe was fudging in the 60 MINUTES interview, it was likely in areas that would put him in more legal peril, such as the question of whether he had participated in the conversations about secret recordings, etc. He denied that he had. Remember, he currently is under criminal investigation for lying to FBI investigators.

 

One positive note, from Charles Lane of the Washington Post, is that we finally have what he calls a “full-fledged attorney general.” The Trump administration started out with Jeff Sessions, who immediately recused himself from all things Russia and essentially left the Justice Department in the hands of Rod Rosenstein. Trump certainly wanted Sessions gone, and Rosenstein as well, but any attempt by him to banish them would have been viewed by political opponents as “obstruction,” just as they had viewed Comey’s firing, even though all three richly deserved to be gone. After the midterms and Sessions’ departure, we had Matt Whitaker for a few months as a place-holder, and now we finally have a real, fully-functioning attorney general in Bill Barr.

 

Maybe we should nickname him “Crowbar,” now that Rosenstein has finally been pried out.

…………………….

 

A postscript: Laura Ingraham on her show Monday night noted that for behavior that should be considered out of bounds and even treasonous, some in media are calling McCabe “a patriot.” Get ready; we’ll be hearing a lot more of this drivel. But she also visited with a couple of former FBI officials –- former FBI Assistant Director for Intel Kevin Brock and former deputy Assistant Director of Counterterrorism Terry Turchie –- who considered this behavior to be “egregious” and “a huge embarrassment” that manipulated people into thinking there might have been a legitimate reason for investigating Trump when there wasn’t. McCabe was portrayed as the victim, when he’s out there selling books and doing more damage.

 

To his credit, Turchie went even farther, saying the big problem is that the Democratic Party “turning harder and harder left” is “in itself a major national security risk.” (Thank you!!) We still don’t know who else was involved and whether there might still exist a group appointed by McCabe, etc., before they left. Who, ultimately, orchestrated this?

 

A must-watch interview if you haven’t seen it…

 

https://www.foxnews.com/shows/ingraham-angle

 

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  • Lawrence E. Foster

    02/19/2019 02:04 PM

    Governor Mike,

    This coup may be dead, but I hope it is not over. We still need to identify all the coup plotters, and bring them to trial for treason. Yes, plotting to overthrow a duly elected president is "making war: on the US, which is one of the specifications for Treason. . I recommend their trials be held in Utah, due to the federal law that says in federal capital cases executions will be by the means used in the state where convicted. Like Santa, I'm making a list and checking it twice. Right now, Brennan (the brains behind this gang that can't shoot straight).McCabe,, Comey, Rosenstein, Baker and Strzok are on my list for Utah. We may have to add Obama, Hillary, Podesta and some CNN hacks as well.

  • Steven A Browning

    02/19/2019 01:53 PM

    I don't understand how they have gotten away with this for so long? Instead of Trump collusion with the Russians we have the Clinton's collusion with Russia and the major news networks to control the election. Luckily they lost or we would have never found out as much as we have.

  • Firewagon

    02/19/2019 01:49 PM

    LOL! (NOT FUNNY) When watching any of that which you continue to point out, Gov, why does that vision of Caesar being stabbed to death by his 'own' leap into my mind? How far down Rome's path to ruin is America?

  • Cynthia Alford

    02/19/2019 01:32 PM

    I too thought Scott Pelley did not interview McCabe with a "let's get to the truth" line of questions. I was personally disgusted with the whole thing. Thank you for all you do for our nation.

  • Jackie Strange

    02/19/2019 01:18 PM

    You asked "who ordered this". The answer would be it came from the top--Barack Hussein Obama

  • Teresa Cheatham

    02/19/2019 01:15 PM

    Thank you. It is hard to know who to trust any more. I appreciate your comments and articles. We the people have to have someone that gives us info we can trust. There is hope. Thank you.

  • Dave Lazarrus

    02/19/2019 01:15 PM

    While I lost my right to vote years ago, I am dumbfounded by the indoctrination of ig??norance and mediocrity that the left sees as their power base! Thank you for putting out the real deal in these regards. I cringe at some of POTUS' tweets as well, but thank God we elected someone other than a career politician! (No offense)??

  • Teresa Cheatham

    02/19/2019 01:14 PM

    Thank you. It is hard to know who to trust any more. I appreciate your comments and articles. We the people have to have someone that gives us info we can trust. There is hope. Thank you.

  • Harold Levi

    02/19/2019 01:12 PM

    I am in full support of charges of Treason! In many other countries, the actions of these appointed government employees would be considered a coup and would result in a Firing Squad! As a member of the hated ex-military, I Volunteer for the Firing Squad!!

  • AngelS

    02/19/2019 01:11 PM

    Will this country finally receive justice under our new AG? Will Hillary, Fusion GPS, etc etc finally be investigated? Will the new AG have the authority and will to investigate all of the scandals from the Obama administrations such as Fast and Furious, the sale of our uranium to Russia, the Clinton foundation and Benghazi, to name a few?

  • AngelS

    02/19/2019 01:09 PM

    Will this country finally receive justice under our new AG? Will Hillary, Fusion GPS, etc etc finally be investigated? Will the new AG have the authority and will to investigate all of the scandals from the Obama administrations such as Fast and Furious, the sale of our uranium to Russia, the Clinton foundation and Benghazi, to name a few?

  • Elgonda Brunkhorst

    02/19/2019 01:09 PM

    Thank you for this information. Have you checked any of the Q updates that are available? There may be another explanation for Kelly and former AG..... which are intriguing.but Currently very concerned re the planned Pelosi/Schumer and Deep state leftist coup attempt in process! Mueller is even attempting to use your daughter Sarah to get the President into trouble! I do strongly sense that IF they dare to do anything against our President , like remove him and promote Pence, the People will NOT accept it lightly, many are ready for self defense and possible civil war.... initially i thought those were conspiracy posts ( its on FB) but increasingly it appears to be serious. The People support the President and want the wall....and want the ones in government who do not support the Constitution, OUT, strong sentiments against the long list across country who support sharia more than Constitution. Something / pressure? is building up. We are praying!

  • Rowena Duncan

    02/19/2019 01:04 PM

    These FBI, agents are guilty as heck.they all need to be arrested including Comey.but its seems like they all will be get a walking pass plus a salary in stead even though leaving the department.I just dont understand how in our Government people can do what they want and never face the consequences. I do not have any trust whatever of our FBI, DOJ, or the CIA. Washington is such a corrupt place.and the American people does not understand why there is no law or Justice in our Government.

  • Lois Saunders

    02/19/2019 01:03 PM

    Good artical!! In my opinion the Obama appointees committed crimes to obstruct the election!!!

  • Flo Huckabee

    02/19/2019 12:52 PM

    Okay. So ll this has been around for many months. Many are in on it. So WHY are they not being investigated? They write books, give interviews etc. ADMITTING what they have done and are still walking FREE. One question-- Why are they not being investigated for sedition, treason or as Bob MUDDER is doing to Trump people, jaywalking? Please no "talking points" on their sides of the story. Seems to me they have admitted their guilt openly and should be investigated immediately.

  • Aaron Paris

    02/19/2019 12:44 PM

    I just have one question. I will start off by saying, I love your posts and I think both you and Sarah are awesome. It makes me mad how she is treated though. Anyway, how do we get rid of Nancy and Chucky? Is it even possible? They are definitely dangerous to our country. I guess that is more the one question. Lol. Thank you for everything you do.

  • Barry Smith

    02/19/2019 12:42 PM

    So sooo glad you're out there Mike, you're a true American patriot and a true humanitarian. 90% of real Americans, us "little people" are onto the deep state thanks to you and others. You're in my prayers... Best wishes my friend... retired bricklayer by the way. ????

  • Stacy Beck

    02/19/2019 12:31 PM

    I certainly hope Sen Graham can get to the bottom of this. The FBI should stay out of politics! And for a President’s own cabinet members to play a part in his downfall is the nadir of disloyalty. No wonder so many mistrust the government. SMH

  • Rebecca Stiles

    02/19/2019 12:21 PM

    My daily prayer: Let all things done in darkness be brought into the light of day. Amen. Thank-you for being a light bearer!

  • Patti Townsend

    02/19/2019 12:21 PM

    Governor,
    This wa such a jaw dropping interview. This man is a criminal! There are a whole bunch that should be charged with treason.
    If Trump was truly a dictator as some have tried to portray and this wasn't the USA they probably wouldnt be selling books and going on the talk show circuit if you know what I mean.
    While sometimes I am also cringing at some of President Trumps tweets he has my support. He is getting things done.
    Governor Huckabee, thank you as well for all you do. My Dad who passed in 2014 loved you a lot and never missed your show. You were a bright light in his later years.
    May God Bless
    Patti Townsend

  • Judith Aubin

    02/19/2019 12:20 PM

    There is so much arrogance and self righteousness here. They write books and give interviews to exalt themselves but it is going to be their very own words that they are going to hang themselves. Good.
    There are no coincidences in life. I firmly believe that the Lord appointed President Trump for such a time as this and foiled their plans to destroy the greatness of our country.
    I understand Trump's MAGA banner cry but this will not prevail until America decides to make God great again.

  • Mike Smith

    02/19/2019 12:19 PM

    I still wonder how in the world Rosenstein thought he was going to convince Vice President Pence to go along with this crazy coup? After all, he's the one that has to communicate with the Senate and House, and HE'S the one that would have taken over as Acting President.

  • Peter Scofield

    02/19/2019 12:14 PM

    It ends with the question, "Who, ultimately, orchestrated this?."

    I think the bigger question is "why did they orchestrate this?"

  • Holt Hudson

    02/19/2019 11:58 AM

    We must prosecute these TREASONOUS democracy hating people with the Death penalty on the table!!!!!!! Signed a vietnam veteran,Holt Hudson

  • Verna Stankevich

    02/19/2019 11:56 AM

    When you build your reality on a sand Foundation, it will eventually being to sift through the cracks.
    This time is very precarious for those who openly admit to their wrong doings, as always they have a false sense of security. Godspeed to those about to stand- up against Lawlessness and the quickening need for Justice.

FIRST, IN BREAKING NEWS: Coming on the heels of Andrew McCabe’s 60 MINUTES interview on Sunday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave the Justice Department by mid-March. Gosh, apparently he’s not the person new Attorney General Bill Barr wants as his second-in-command. One can only hope this is just the first step he’s taking in cleaning out a Justice Department that Kim Strassel of the Wall Street Journal describes as “a hot mess of finger-pointing, leaks, planted press narratives, obstruction and extraordinary self-righteousness.”

…………………………..

 

In my most recent commentary about the McCabe interview, I mentioned that former FBI General Counsel James Baker testified last fall that he’d been told Rosenstein had the support of two Cabinet members for the removal of Trump via the 25th Amendment. Some media outlets have mentioned this bit of information as they would say “please pass the butter,” but it’s stunning, especially when one is reminded of who the two Cabinet members reportedly were. So it was important to me to go back and research the timeline on what was reported, when it was said, and by whom, and to lay it out in an easily understandable way, so here goes…


RELATED READING: McCabe follow-up now that 60 MINUTES has aired

The New York Times reported last September 21 that, according to their sources, not only had Rosenstein talked about invoking the 25th Amendment, but he had said he thought he could persuade at least two Cabinet members to do it: John Kelly, then head of Homeland Security, and...JEFF SESSIONS. (Recall that Sessions hired Rosenstein.) That seems like blockbuster news, but, then again, it came from the NYT, which has jumped on numerous reports that turned out to be wrong. Maybe that’s why that detail seems to have disappeared into the ether until now.

 


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But now, we know that last October 3 –- after the NYT story –- James Baker testified before Congressional committees, saying, “I had the impression that the deputy attorney general had already discussed this with two members in the President’s Cabinet and that they were...onboard with this concept already.” So that lends some credence to the NYT story. (As I like to say, even a broken clock is right twice a day.)

 

As part of his October 3 testimony, Baker also said, “My recollection is that there were discussions about it over a longer period than the course of one meeting...a couple of days.”

 

Last night on 60 MINUTES, McCabe said that Rosenstein was actually talking about “counting votes, or possible votes” of Cabinet members. He told Scott Pelley that Rosenstein had said he’d had discussions about the number of Cabinet members “and others” needed to invoke the 25th Amendment.

 

Of course, McCabe is not known for being a fountain of truth; he’s being criminally investigated for having withheld information from FBI questioners when it suited his interests. So we can’t just take what he says at face value, any more than we can automatically believe what we read in the New York Times. But the accounts are starting to stack up and tend to reinforce each other.

 

You know, I cringe at some of the President’s tweets, but when he responded to the McCabe interview by calling this activity “illegal and treasonous” and an “illegal coup attempt,” he was on the right track. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham, who is promising hearings into this to find out what they were doing and will issue subpoenas if necessary, has also said these claims described “an attempted bureaucratic coup” and that this was “one of the most significant moments in American history if it’s true.” I myself have called this a “bloodless coup.” There are other terms for it: “lawyers’ coup,” “soft coup.” In this case, they didn’t get it to the next level, but there are now enough accounts from enough different sources for us to conclude that they were definitely plotting at the highest levels to unseat the President.

 

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/430446-trump-accuses-disgraced-mccabe-rosenstein-of-committing-illegal-and

 

And if –- IF –- these two then-Cabinet members, John Kelly and Jeff Sessions, are the ones who either might have been open to the idea or were already “onboard” with it (different accounts word it differently), we have to look at the implications. John Kelly, then head of Homeland Security, took the job with Trump to work in the White House as chief of staff. That would have put him in quite a position to find a “weak spot” to use in taking down the President. And Jeff Sessions...well, knowing he might have been open to a plan such as this –- and, repeat, WE DON’T KNOW FOR SURE –- would explain a lot about his performance as attorney general.

 


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Rosenstein’s office released a strong denial, but it didn’t really deny much. As you might recall, we parsed it the other day, notably the part that used present-tense “is” instead of past-tense “was.” (Depends on what the definition of “is” is.) It also said he never AUTHORIZED making recordings, when he hasn’t been accused of that, just of talking about doing it.

 

After the 60 MINUTES interview aired, I asked the question, “How on earth does Rod Rosenstein still have his job?” Thankfully, it now appears the Era Of Rosenstein is over, but according to Victor Davis Hanson, speaking on Tucker Carlson’s show, it appears he had created a “pseudo-immunity,” based on the media-driven narrative that if Trump fired him, it was the same as tampering with the Mueller investigation. He pointed out what we’ve said, that Rosenstein and McCabe both were well aware that the 25th Amendment was limited to situations regarding incapacitation, as with Woodrow Wilson after his stroke and perhaps during the last week of FDR’s life. They knew it wasn’t for cases in which they had a President they simply disagreed with. Yet they were talking about overthrowing a duly-elected President.

 

Pelley conducted a ridiculously softball interview. As Hanson noted, there’s so much he could have asked –- about the “insurance policy,” for one thing –- that he never got close to. There was nothing about the FISA applications, either, that were made while Trump was still a candidate. If they did delve into such territory, it was edited out of the final interview. (Keep in mind that editing largely shapes these “news” interviews, positively or negatively. Don Hewitt once bragged that his editing of the Bill and Hillary Clinton “Gennifer Flowers” interview on 60 MINUTES got Bill the nomination.)

 

Hanson suggested something we’ve also discussed, that one possibility is the top echelon at the FBI expected Hillary to be elected and assumed they’d be rewarded for their efforts. Then Trump won. Ruh-roh! Since they’d had no grounds for opening their anti-Trump counterintelligence investigation, they thought, “Oh, (bleep)! How do we cover for this?”

 

Be sure and read Hanson’s comprehensive piece, “Autopsy Of A Dead Coup”:

https://amgreatness.com/2019/02/17/autopsy-of-a-dead-coup/

 

If McCabe was fudging in the 60 MINUTES interview, it was likely in areas that would put him in more legal peril, such as the question of whether he had participated in the conversations about secret recordings, etc. He denied that he had. Remember, he currently is under criminal investigation for lying to FBI investigators.

 

One positive note, from Charles Lane of the Washington Post, is that we finally have what he calls a “full-fledged attorney general.” The Trump administration started out with Jeff Sessions, who immediately recused himself from all things Russia and essentially left the Justice Department in the hands of Rod Rosenstein. Trump certainly wanted Sessions gone, and Rosenstein as well, but any attempt by him to banish them would have been viewed by political opponents as “obstruction,” just as they had viewed Comey’s firing, even though all three richly deserved to be gone. After the midterms and Sessions’ departure, we had Matt Whitaker for a few months as a place-holder, and now we finally have a real, fully-functioning attorney general in Bill Barr.

 

Maybe we should nickname him “Crowbar,” now that Rosenstein has finally been pried out.

…………………….

 

A postscript: Laura Ingraham on her show Monday night noted that for behavior that should be considered out of bounds and even treasonous, some in media are calling McCabe “a patriot.” Get ready; we’ll be hearing a lot more of this drivel. But she also visited with a couple of former FBI officials –- former FBI Assistant Director for Intel Kevin Brock and former deputy Assistant Director of Counterterrorism Terry Turchie –- who considered this behavior to be “egregious” and “a huge embarrassment” that manipulated people into thinking there might have been a legitimate reason for investigating Trump when there wasn’t. McCabe was portrayed as the victim, when he’s out there selling books and doing more damage.

 

To his credit, Turchie went even farther, saying the big problem is that the Democratic Party “turning harder and harder left” is “in itself a major national security risk.” (Thank you!!) We still don’t know who else was involved and whether there might still exist a group appointed by McCabe, etc., before they left. Who, ultimately, orchestrated this?

 

A must-watch interview if you haven’t seen it…

 

https://www.foxnews.com/shows/ingraham-angle

 

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  • Lawrence E. Foster

    02/19/2019 02:04 PM

    Governor Mike,

    This coup may be dead, but I hope it is not over. We still need to identify all the coup plotters, and bring them to trial for treason. Yes, plotting to overthrow a duly elected president is "making war: on the US, which is one of the specifications for Treason. . I recommend their trials be held in Utah, due to the federal law that says in federal capital cases executions will be by the means used in the state where convicted. Like Santa, I'm making a list and checking it twice. Right now, Brennan (the brains behind this gang that can't shoot straight).McCabe,, Comey, Rosenstein, Baker and Strzok are on my list for Utah. We may have to add Obama, Hillary, Podesta and some CNN hacks as well.

  • Steven A Browning

    02/19/2019 01:53 PM

    I don't understand how they have gotten away with this for so long? Instead of Trump collusion with the Russians we have the Clinton's collusion with Russia and the major news networks to control the election. Luckily they lost or we would have never found out as much as we have.

  • Firewagon

    02/19/2019 01:49 PM

    LOL! (NOT FUNNY) When watching any of that which you continue to point out, Gov, why does that vision of Caesar being stabbed to death by his 'own' leap into my mind? How far down Rome's path to ruin is America?

  • Cynthia Alford

    02/19/2019 01:32 PM

    I too thought Scott Pelley did not interview McCabe with a "let's get to the truth" line of questions. I was personally disgusted with the whole thing. Thank you for all you do for our nation.

  • Jackie Strange

    02/19/2019 01:18 PM

    You asked "who ordered this". The answer would be it came from the top--Barack Hussein Obama

  • Teresa Cheatham

    02/19/2019 01:15 PM

    Thank you. It is hard to know who to trust any more. I appreciate your comments and articles. We the people have to have someone that gives us info we can trust. There is hope. Thank you.

  • Dave Lazarrus

    02/19/2019 01:15 PM

    While I lost my right to vote years ago, I am dumbfounded by the indoctrination of ig??norance and mediocrity that the left sees as their power base! Thank you for putting out the real deal in these regards. I cringe at some of POTUS' tweets as well, but thank God we elected someone other than a career politician! (No offense)??

  • Teresa Cheatham

    02/19/2019 01:14 PM

    Thank you. It is hard to know who to trust any more. I appreciate your comments and articles. We the people have to have someone that gives us info we can trust. There is hope. Thank you.

  • Harold Levi

    02/19/2019 01:12 PM

    I am in full support of charges of Treason! In many other countries, the actions of these appointed government employees would be considered a coup and would result in a Firing Squad! As a member of the hated ex-military, I Volunteer for the Firing Squad!!

  • AngelS

    02/19/2019 01:11 PM

    Will this country finally receive justice under our new AG? Will Hillary, Fusion GPS, etc etc finally be investigated? Will the new AG have the authority and will to investigate all of the scandals from the Obama administrations such as Fast and Furious, the sale of our uranium to Russia, the Clinton foundation and Benghazi, to name a few?

  • AngelS

    02/19/2019 01:09 PM

    Will this country finally receive justice under our new AG? Will Hillary, Fusion GPS, etc etc finally be investigated? Will the new AG have the authority and will to investigate all of the scandals from the Obama administrations such as Fast and Furious, the sale of our uranium to Russia, the Clinton foundation and Benghazi, to name a few?

  • Elgonda Brunkhorst

    02/19/2019 01:09 PM

    Thank you for this information. Have you checked any of the Q updates that are available? There may be another explanation for Kelly and former AG..... which are intriguing.but Currently very concerned re the planned Pelosi/Schumer and Deep state leftist coup attempt in process! Mueller is even attempting to use your daughter Sarah to get the President into trouble! I do strongly sense that IF they dare to do anything against our President , like remove him and promote Pence, the People will NOT accept it lightly, many are ready for self defense and possible civil war.... initially i thought those were conspiracy posts ( its on FB) but increasingly it appears to be serious. The People support the President and want the wall....and want the ones in government who do not support the Constitution, OUT, strong sentiments against the long list across country who support sharia more than Constitution. Something / pressure? is building up. We are praying!

  • Rowena Duncan

    02/19/2019 01:04 PM

    These FBI, agents are guilty as heck.they all need to be arrested including Comey.but its seems like they all will be get a walking pass plus a salary in stead even though leaving the department.I just dont understand how in our Government people can do what they want and never face the consequences. I do not have any trust whatever of our FBI, DOJ, or the CIA. Washington is such a corrupt place.and the American people does not understand why there is no law or Justice in our Government.

  • Lois Saunders

    02/19/2019 01:03 PM

    Good artical!! In my opinion the Obama appointees committed crimes to obstruct the election!!!

  • Flo Huckabee

    02/19/2019 12:52 PM

    Okay. So ll this has been around for many months. Many are in on it. So WHY are they not being investigated? They write books, give interviews etc. ADMITTING what they have done and are still walking FREE. One question-- Why are they not being investigated for sedition, treason or as Bob MUDDER is doing to Trump people, jaywalking? Please no "talking points" on their sides of the story. Seems to me they have admitted their guilt openly and should be investigated immediately.

  • Aaron Paris

    02/19/2019 12:44 PM

    I just have one question. I will start off by saying, I love your posts and I think both you and Sarah are awesome. It makes me mad how she is treated though. Anyway, how do we get rid of Nancy and Chucky? Is it even possible? They are definitely dangerous to our country. I guess that is more the one question. Lol. Thank you for everything you do.

  • Barry Smith

    02/19/2019 12:42 PM

    So sooo glad you're out there Mike, you're a true American patriot and a true humanitarian. 90% of real Americans, us "little people" are onto the deep state thanks to you and others. You're in my prayers... Best wishes my friend... retired bricklayer by the way. ????

  • Stacy Beck

    02/19/2019 12:31 PM

    I certainly hope Sen Graham can get to the bottom of this. The FBI should stay out of politics! And for a President’s own cabinet members to play a part in his downfall is the nadir of disloyalty. No wonder so many mistrust the government. SMH

  • Rebecca Stiles

    02/19/2019 12:21 PM

    My daily prayer: Let all things done in darkness be brought into the light of day. Amen. Thank-you for being a light bearer!

  • Patti Townsend

    02/19/2019 12:21 PM

    Governor,
    This wa such a jaw dropping interview. This man is a criminal! There are a whole bunch that should be charged with treason.
    If Trump was truly a dictator as some have tried to portray and this wasn't the USA they probably wouldnt be selling books and going on the talk show circuit if you know what I mean.
    While sometimes I am also cringing at some of President Trumps tweets he has my support. He is getting things done.
    Governor Huckabee, thank you as well for all you do. My Dad who passed in 2014 loved you a lot and never missed your show. You were a bright light in his later years.
    May God Bless
    Patti Townsend

  • Judith Aubin

    02/19/2019 12:20 PM

    There is so much arrogance and self righteousness here. They write books and give interviews to exalt themselves but it is going to be their very own words that they are going to hang themselves. Good.
    There are no coincidences in life. I firmly believe that the Lord appointed President Trump for such a time as this and foiled their plans to destroy the greatness of our country.
    I understand Trump's MAGA banner cry but this will not prevail until America decides to make God great again.

  • Mike Smith

    02/19/2019 12:19 PM

    I still wonder how in the world Rosenstein thought he was going to convince Vice President Pence to go along with this crazy coup? After all, he's the one that has to communicate with the Senate and House, and HE'S the one that would have taken over as Acting President.

  • Peter Scofield

    02/19/2019 12:14 PM

    It ends with the question, "Who, ultimately, orchestrated this?."

    I think the bigger question is "why did they orchestrate this?"

  • Holt Hudson

    02/19/2019 11:58 AM

    We must prosecute these TREASONOUS democracy hating people with the Death penalty on the table!!!!!!! Signed a vietnam veteran,Holt Hudson

  • Verna Stankevich

    02/19/2019 11:56 AM

    When you build your reality on a sand Foundation, it will eventually being to sift through the cracks.
    This time is very precarious for those who openly admit to their wrong doings, as always they have a false sense of security. Godspeed to those about to stand- up against Lawlessness and the quickening need for Justice.

FIRST, IN BREAKING NEWS: Coming on the heels of Andrew McCabe’s 60 MINUTES interview on Sunday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave the Justice Department by mid-March. Gosh, apparently he’s not the person new Attorney General Bill Barr wants as his second-in-command. One can only hope this is just the first step he’s taking in cleaning out a Justice Department that Kim Strassel of the Wall Street Journal describes as “a hot mess of finger-pointing, leaks, planted press narratives, obstruction and extraordinary self-righteousness.”

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In my most recent commentary about the McCabe interview, I mentioned that former FBI General Counsel James Baker testified last fall that he’d been told Rosenstein had the support of two Cabinet members for the removal of Trump via the 25th Amendment. Some media outlets have mentioned this bit of information as they would say “please pass the butter,” but it’s stunning, especially when one is reminded of who the two Cabinet members reportedly were. So it was important to me to go back and research the timeline on what was reported, when it was said, and by whom, and to lay it out in an easily understandable way, so here goes…


RELATED READING: McCabe follow-up now that 60 MINUTES has aired

The New York Times reported last September 21 that, according to their sources, not only had Rosenstein talked about invoking the 25th Amendment, but he had said he thought he could persuade at least two Cabinet members to do it: John Kelly, then head of Homeland Security, and...JEFF SESSIONS. (Recall that Sessions hired Rosenstein.) That seems like blockbuster news, but, then again, it came from the NYT, which has jumped on numerous reports that turned out to be wrong. Maybe that’s why that detail seems to have disappeared into the ether until now.

 


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But now, we know that last October 3 –- after the NYT story –- James Baker testified before Congressional committees, saying, “I had the impression that the deputy attorney general had already discussed this with two members in the President’s Cabinet and that they were...onboard with this concept already.” So that lends some credence to the NYT story. (As I like to say, even a broken clock is right twice a day.)

 

As part of his October 3 testimony, Baker also said, “My recollection is that there were discussions about it over a longer period than the course of one meeting...a couple of days.”

 

Last night on 60 MINUTES, McCabe said that Rosenstein was actually talking about “counting votes, or possible votes” of Cabinet members. He told Scott Pelley that Rosenstein had said he’d had discussions about the number of Cabinet members “and others” needed to invoke the 25th Amendment.

 

Of course, McCabe is not known for being a fountain of truth; he’s being criminally investigated for having withheld information from FBI questioners when it suited his interests. So we can’t just take what he says at face value, any more than we can automatically believe what we read in the New York Times. But the accounts are starting to stack up and tend to reinforce each other.

 

You know, I cringe at some of the President’s tweets, but when he responded to the McCabe interview by calling this activity “illegal and treasonous” and an “illegal coup attempt,” he was on the right track. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham, who is promising hearings into this to find out what they were doing and will issue subpoenas if necessary, has also said these claims described “an attempted bureaucratic coup” and that this was “one of the most significant moments in American history if it’s true.” I myself have called this a “bloodless coup.” There are other terms for it: “lawyers’ coup,” “soft coup.” In this case, they didn’t get it to the next level, but there are now enough accounts from enough different sources for us to conclude that they were definitely plotting at the highest levels to unseat the President.

 

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/430446-trump-accuses-disgraced-mccabe-rosenstein-of-committing-illegal-and

 

And if –- IF –- these two then-Cabinet members, John Kelly and Jeff Sessions, are the ones who either might have been open to the idea or were already “onboard” with it (different accounts word it differently), we have to look at the implications. John Kelly, then head of Homeland Security, took the job with Trump to work in the White House as chief of staff. That would have put him in quite a position to find a “weak spot” to use in taking down the President. And Jeff Sessions...well, knowing he might have been open to a plan such as this –- and, repeat, WE DON’T KNOW FOR SURE –- would explain a lot about his performance as attorney general.

 


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Rosenstein’s office released a strong denial, but it didn’t really deny much. As you might recall, we parsed it the other day, notably the part that used present-tense “is” instead of past-tense “was.” (Depends on what the definition of “is” is.) It also said he never AUTHORIZED making recordings, when he hasn’t been accused of that, just of talking about doing it.

 

After the 60 MINUTES interview aired, I asked the question, “How on earth does Rod Rosenstein still have his job?” Thankfully, it now appears the Era Of Rosenstein is over, but according to Victor Davis Hanson, speaking on Tucker Carlson’s show, it appears he had created a “pseudo-immunity,” based on the media-driven narrative that if Trump fired him, it was the same as tampering with the Mueller investigation. He pointed out what we’ve said, that Rosenstein and McCabe both were well aware that the 25th Amendment was limited to situations regarding incapacitation, as with Woodrow Wilson after his stroke and perhaps during the last week of FDR’s life. They knew it wasn’t for cases in which they had a President they simply disagreed with. Yet they were talking about overthrowing a duly-elected President.

 

Pelley conducted a ridiculously softball interview. As Hanson noted, there’s so much he could have asked –- about the “insurance policy,” for one thing –- that he never got close to. There was nothing about the FISA applications, either, that were made while Trump was still a candidate. If they did delve into such territory, it was edited out of the final interview. (Keep in mind that editing largely shapes these “news” interviews, positively or negatively. Don Hewitt once bragged that his editing of the Bill and Hillary Clinton “Gennifer Flowers” interview on 60 MINUTES got Bill the nomination.)

 

Hanson suggested something we’ve also discussed, that one possibility is the top echelon at the FBI expected Hillary to be elected and assumed they’d be rewarded for their efforts. Then Trump won. Ruh-roh! Since they’d had no grounds for opening their anti-Trump counterintelligence investigation, they thought, “Oh, (bleep)! How do we cover for this?”

 

Be sure and read Hanson’s comprehensive piece, “Autopsy Of A Dead Coup”:

https://amgreatness.com/2019/02/17/autopsy-of-a-dead-coup/

 

If McCabe was fudging in the 60 MINUTES interview, it was likely in areas that would put him in more legal peril, such as the question of whether he had participated in the conversations about secret recordings, etc. He denied that he had. Remember, he currently is under criminal investigation for lying to FBI investigators.

 

One positive note, from Charles Lane of the Washington Post, is that we finally have what he calls a “full-fledged attorney general.” The Trump administration started out with Jeff Sessions, who immediately recused himself from all things Russia and essentially left the Justice Department in the hands of Rod Rosenstein. Trump certainly wanted Sessions gone, and Rosenstein as well, but any attempt by him to banish them would have been viewed by political opponents as “obstruction,” just as they had viewed Comey’s firing, even though all three richly deserved to be gone. After the midterms and Sessions’ departure, we had Matt Whitaker for a few months as a place-holder, and now we finally have a real, fully-functioning attorney general in Bill Barr.

 

Maybe we should nickname him “Crowbar,” now that Rosenstein has finally been pried out.

…………………….

 

A postscript: Laura Ingraham on her show Monday night noted that for behavior that should be considered out of bounds and even treasonous, some in media are calling McCabe “a patriot.” Get ready; we’ll be hearing a lot more of this drivel. But she also visited with a couple of former FBI officials –- former FBI Assistant Director for Intel Kevin Brock and former deputy Assistant Director of Counterterrorism Terry Turchie –- who considered this behavior to be “egregious” and “a huge embarrassment” that manipulated people into thinking there might have been a legitimate reason for investigating Trump when there wasn’t. McCabe was portrayed as the victim, when he’s out there selling books and doing more damage.

 

To his credit, Turchie went even farther, saying the big problem is that the Democratic Party “turning harder and harder left” is “in itself a major national security risk.” (Thank you!!) We still don’t know who else was involved and whether there might still exist a group appointed by McCabe, etc., before they left. Who, ultimately, orchestrated this?

 

A must-watch interview if you haven’t seen it…

 

https://www.foxnews.com/shows/ingraham-angle

 

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  • Lawrence E. Foster

    02/19/2019 02:04 PM

    Governor Mike,

    This coup may be dead, but I hope it is not over. We still need to identify all the coup plotters, and bring them to trial for treason. Yes, plotting to overthrow a duly elected president is "making war: on the US, which is one of the specifications for Treason. . I recommend their trials be held in Utah, due to the federal law that says in federal capital cases executions will be by the means used in the state where convicted. Like Santa, I'm making a list and checking it twice. Right now, Brennan (the brains behind this gang that can't shoot straight).McCabe,, Comey, Rosenstein, Baker and Strzok are on my list for Utah. We may have to add Obama, Hillary, Podesta and some CNN hacks as well.

  • Steven A Browning

    02/19/2019 01:53 PM

    I don't understand how they have gotten away with this for so long? Instead of Trump collusion with the Russians we have the Clinton's collusion with Russia and the major news networks to control the election. Luckily they lost or we would have never found out as much as we have.

  • Firewagon

    02/19/2019 01:49 PM

    LOL! (NOT FUNNY) When watching any of that which you continue to point out, Gov, why does that vision of Caesar being stabbed to death by his 'own' leap into my mind? How far down Rome's path to ruin is America?

  • Cynthia Alford

    02/19/2019 01:32 PM

    I too thought Scott Pelley did not interview McCabe with a "let's get to the truth" line of questions. I was personally disgusted with the whole thing. Thank you for all you do for our nation.

  • Jackie Strange

    02/19/2019 01:18 PM

    You asked "who ordered this". The answer would be it came from the top--Barack Hussein Obama

  • Teresa Cheatham

    02/19/2019 01:15 PM

    Thank you. It is hard to know who to trust any more. I appreciate your comments and articles. We the people have to have someone that gives us info we can trust. There is hope. Thank you.

  • Dave Lazarrus

    02/19/2019 01:15 PM

    While I lost my right to vote years ago, I am dumbfounded by the indoctrination of ig??norance and mediocrity that the left sees as their power base! Thank you for putting out the real deal in these regards. I cringe at some of POTUS' tweets as well, but thank God we elected someone other than a career politician! (No offense)??

  • Teresa Cheatham

    02/19/2019 01:14 PM

    Thank you. It is hard to know who to trust any more. I appreciate your comments and articles. We the people have to have someone that gives us info we can trust. There is hope. Thank you.

  • Harold Levi

    02/19/2019 01:12 PM

    I am in full support of charges of Treason! In many other countries, the actions of these appointed government employees would be considered a coup and would result in a Firing Squad! As a member of the hated ex-military, I Volunteer for the Firing Squad!!

  • AngelS

    02/19/2019 01:11 PM

    Will this country finally receive justice under our new AG? Will Hillary, Fusion GPS, etc etc finally be investigated? Will the new AG have the authority and will to investigate all of the scandals from the Obama administrations such as Fast and Furious, the sale of our uranium to Russia, the Clinton foundation and Benghazi, to name a few?

  • AngelS

    02/19/2019 01:09 PM

    Will this country finally receive justice under our new AG? Will Hillary, Fusion GPS, etc etc finally be investigated? Will the new AG have the authority and will to investigate all of the scandals from the Obama administrations such as Fast and Furious, the sale of our uranium to Russia, the Clinton foundation and Benghazi, to name a few?

  • Elgonda Brunkhorst

    02/19/2019 01:09 PM

    Thank you for this information. Have you checked any of the Q updates that are available? There may be another explanation for Kelly and former AG..... which are intriguing.but Currently very concerned re the planned Pelosi/Schumer and Deep state leftist coup attempt in process! Mueller is even attempting to use your daughter Sarah to get the President into trouble! I do strongly sense that IF they dare to do anything against our President , like remove him and promote Pence, the People will NOT accept it lightly, many are ready for self defense and possible civil war.... initially i thought those were conspiracy posts ( its on FB) but increasingly it appears to be serious. The People support the President and want the wall....and want the ones in government who do not support the Constitution, OUT, strong sentiments against the long list across country who support sharia more than Constitution. Something / pressure? is building up. We are praying!

  • Rowena Duncan

    02/19/2019 01:04 PM

    These FBI, agents are guilty as heck.they all need to be arrested including Comey.but its seems like they all will be get a walking pass plus a salary in stead even though leaving the department.I just dont understand how in our Government people can do what they want and never face the consequences. I do not have any trust whatever of our FBI, DOJ, or the CIA. Washington is such a corrupt place.and the American people does not understand why there is no law or Justice in our Government.

  • Lois Saunders

    02/19/2019 01:03 PM

    Good artical!! In my opinion the Obama appointees committed crimes to obstruct the election!!!

  • Flo Huckabee

    02/19/2019 12:52 PM

    Okay. So ll this has been around for many months. Many are in on it. So WHY are they not being investigated? They write books, give interviews etc. ADMITTING what they have done and are still walking FREE. One question-- Why are they not being investigated for sedition, treason or as Bob MUDDER is doing to Trump people, jaywalking? Please no "talking points" on their sides of the story. Seems to me they have admitted their guilt openly and should be investigated immediately.

  • Aaron Paris

    02/19/2019 12:44 PM

    I just have one question. I will start off by saying, I love your posts and I think both you and Sarah are awesome. It makes me mad how she is treated though. Anyway, how do we get rid of Nancy and Chucky? Is it even possible? They are definitely dangerous to our country. I guess that is more the one question. Lol. Thank you for everything you do.

  • Barry Smith

    02/19/2019 12:42 PM

    So sooo glad you're out there Mike, you're a true American patriot and a true humanitarian. 90% of real Americans, us "little people" are onto the deep state thanks to you and others. You're in my prayers... Best wishes my friend... retired bricklayer by the way. ????

  • Stacy Beck

    02/19/2019 12:31 PM

    I certainly hope Sen Graham can get to the bottom of this. The FBI should stay out of politics! And for a President’s own cabinet members to play a part in his downfall is the nadir of disloyalty. No wonder so many mistrust the government. SMH

  • Rebecca Stiles

    02/19/2019 12:21 PM

    My daily prayer: Let all things done in darkness be brought into the light of day. Amen. Thank-you for being a light bearer!

  • Patti Townsend

    02/19/2019 12:21 PM

    Governor,
    This wa such a jaw dropping interview. This man is a criminal! There are a whole bunch that should be charged with treason.
    If Trump was truly a dictator as some have tried to portray and this wasn't the USA they probably wouldnt be selling books and going on the talk show circuit if you know what I mean.
    While sometimes I am also cringing at some of President Trumps tweets he has my support. He is getting things done.
    Governor Huckabee, thank you as well for all you do. My Dad who passed in 2014 loved you a lot and never missed your show. You were a bright light in his later years.
    May God Bless
    Patti Townsend

  • Judith Aubin

    02/19/2019 12:20 PM

    There is so much arrogance and self righteousness here. They write books and give interviews to exalt themselves but it is going to be their very own words that they are going to hang themselves. Good.
    There are no coincidences in life. I firmly believe that the Lord appointed President Trump for such a time as this and foiled their plans to destroy the greatness of our country.
    I understand Trump's MAGA banner cry but this will not prevail until America decides to make God great again.

  • Mike Smith

    02/19/2019 12:19 PM

    I still wonder how in the world Rosenstein thought he was going to convince Vice President Pence to go along with this crazy coup? After all, he's the one that has to communicate with the Senate and House, and HE'S the one that would have taken over as Acting President.

  • Peter Scofield

    02/19/2019 12:14 PM

    It ends with the question, "Who, ultimately, orchestrated this?."

    I think the bigger question is "why did they orchestrate this?"

  • Holt Hudson

    02/19/2019 11:58 AM

    We must prosecute these TREASONOUS democracy hating people with the Death penalty on the table!!!!!!! Signed a vietnam veteran,Holt Hudson

  • Verna Stankevich

    02/19/2019 11:56 AM

    When you build your reality on a sand Foundation, it will eventually being to sift through the cracks.
    This time is very precarious for those who openly admit to their wrong doings, as always they have a false sense of security. Godspeed to those about to stand- up against Lawlessness and the quickening need for Justice.