May 15, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
MORE INSIGHT INTO JUDGE SULLIVAN, AND WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN
Yesterday, I posted a letter from a reader theorizing that the judge in the Michael Flynn case, D.C. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan, might be behaving so strangely in his courtroom because he’s under intense pressure from powerful people, especially now that Obama seems to be implicated. You can read his letter and my answer here.
Also yesterday, Margot Cleveland wrote about Judge Sullivan, in an outstanding piece called “Michael Flynn judge is destroying a man’s reputation: his own.” Cleveland has written some magnificent analyses of “Spygate” and the Flynn case, and this one is no exception.
She first briefly outlines what was done to Flynn to trap him and coerce his guilty plea, which all my readers surely know. Let’s cut to the chase: the point at which U.S. attorney Jeff Jensen has completed his independent examination of the case and the DOJ files a motion to dismiss, with prejudice, the case against Flynn. (“With prejudice” means the case cannot be taken up again.) The motion highlights the various problems with the case, which we’ve also gone through. Indeed, there was no legitimate reason for the FBI even to interview Flynn in the first place, as they already knew what he and Kislyak had talked about and he had already been investigated and cleared.
The communist government of China is reportedly furious over laws and litigation aimed at making them pay for spreading the COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus around the world, and is planning to try to interfere in the upcoming US elections in retaliation. The Global Times, a Chinese state media mouthpiece, railed, “Republicans who have been groundlessly accusing China and inflaming the ‘holding China accountable’ political farce will face severe consequences.” (Are we sure that’s the Global Times and not CNN?)
They are particularly threatening political leaders who support legislation allowing trade retaliation or lawsuits against China, like Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley. He called the threat a “badge of honor.” Likewise, Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw responded to China’s threats, “So apparently I’m on the Chinese government’s radar now. Good. Bring it.”
I eagerly await all the Democrats, media outlets and liberal celebrities who’ve spent the past few years ranting against foreign interference in our elections joining together in solidarity with the Republicans to denounce China’s threat to our democracy. Unless, of course, they’re owned by China.
JOHN BRENNAN SPEAKS
I’ve reminded you several times this week that if you want to know what the Democrats are doing, look at what they accuse the Republicans of doing. Well, former Obama CIA Director John Brennan just gave an Olympic-level demonstration of that.
Speaking on MSNBC (naturally), Brennan called it an “abominable abuse of authority” to unmask the names of the Obama officials who unmasked Mike Flynn’s name. He also described the decision to drop the prosecution of Flynn, which has been revealed as the product of blatant political corruption and prosecutorial misconduct, as “blatant political corruption at the highest levels of U.S. government.” It isn't often that I enjoy the opportunity to respond to a high-level political figure by quoting Pee Wee Herman, but here goes:
"I know you are, but what am I?"
THE AMNESIA EPIDEMIC
The coronavirus isn’t the only epidemic sweeping the country. Washington seems to be in the grip of an amnesia epidemic.
While the media are desperately trying to spin the unmasking of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as “routine” (“Thousands of people get unmasked, nothing to see here!”), former Obama Director of National Intelligence James Clapper took a different approach. When asked on CNN why he requested the unmasking of Flynn, he claimed he simply doesn’t remember…
I couldn’t help thinking of Steve Martin’s old bit about how you can avoid paying taxes by just telling the IRS two simple words: “I forgot!” I half expect Clapper’s next public statement to be, “Excuuuuuuuse meeeeee!!!”
Meanwhile, Joe Biden says he doesn’t remember Tara Reade, the staffer who accused him of sexual assault. But as for those people who say they believe her but will vote for Biden anyway, he said they “probably shouldn’t vote for me. I wouldn’t vote for me if I believed Tara Reade.” Why do I get the feeling that’s the result of forgetting what his campaign advisors told him to say?
With businesses reopening around the country, some customers are angry to see an extra dollar or two being added to the bill as a “coronavirus charge.”
Business owners say they’re getting negative reviews on Yelp, but they can’t help it: they have to charge more to offset the costs of reduced capacity, meat shortages, PPE equipment and other expenses. They say the virus surcharge is more transparent than just raising prices, plus it will allow them to adjust the charge as the emergency recedes.
I know that nobody wants to pay extra, but please bear in mind that your local businesses have been closed for a long time and they are struggling to stay afloat. Please don’t badmouth them on Yelp for things they can’t help. Just be grateful that they are finally back. And if you want to blame someone for that “coronavirus charge,” then think of it as the “government coronavirus response charge.”
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13 (KJV)