Today's Newsletter April 3 Edition

April 3, 2018

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Today's Commentary: Victims denied justice in Florida -- Mueller team in lockdown, forbidding FOIA requests -- Google Doodle -- Stephon Clark -- Trade war heats up -- Additional Mike Huckabee commentaries

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The acquittal of Noor Salaman in Orlando, Florida, sparked such widespread public outrage that one anonymous juror felt compelled to try to explain it to the Orlando Sentinel. Salaman is the widow of the ISIS sympathizer/gunman who murdered 49 people and wounded 58 more at the gay nightclub Pulse in 2016 before he was killed by police. She faced a potential life sentence for obstruction and aiding and abetting for trying to provide material support to a terrorist organization. Survivors are protesting that the “not guilty” verdict is a devastating denial of justice. Oddly enough, the jury foreman seems somewhat to agree.

The juror said that, in fact, the jury was convinced that Salaman did know what her husband was planning to do - maybe not in detail, “but she knew.” He expressed sympathy to the victims and their families, but said the jury wasn’t tasked with determining whether she knew of an impending attack but whether she was guilty of obstruction and aiding and abetting. He said there were significant inconsistencies in the written summaries of her statements, and the FBI didn’t record its interviews with her, so there was no way to determine guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. He claimed that based on the letter of the law and detailed instructions given to the jury on how to apply the law, they had no option other than to vote not guilty.

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Mueller team in lockdown, forbidding FOIA requests

By Mike Huckabee

On Monday, the day before Alex Van Der Zwaan was scheduled to be sentenced under his plea agreement in the “Trump/Russia” special counsel case, Robert Mueller and deputy attack dog Andrew Weissmann filed a three-page notice arguing that Van Der Zwaan should not be allowed to file FOIA requests, which is his constitutional right under the law. Not just that they shouldn’t be granted --- he shouldn’t even be able to file them, from now till the special counsel investigation is over, conceivably years from now when we are all too old and feeble to remember our own names, let alone a name like “Alex Van Der Zwaan.”

Van Der Zwaan had already agreed not to make FOIA requests at the time he pleaded guilty on February 14 to lying to investigators about contacts with Trump campaign associate Richard Gates and a Ukrainian businessman. (Side note: the charges against both Van Der Zwaan and Gates have nothing to do with any “collusion” with Russia on the part of Trump or his campaign.) Gates made a similar agreement as part of his own guilty plea, and Mueller is now saying that the attention paid to Gates’ waiver is what leads him to file this argument now. Okay, but what is the reason for either Van Der Zwaan or Gates to have to waive their constitutional right under the Freedom Of Information Act

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Google Doodle

By Mike Huckabee

Google upset many Christians by failing to create a “Google Doodle” for Easter for the 18th straight year, even though they’ve created the daily commemorative illustrations for all manner of obscure holidays and politically-correct celebrity birthdays. Google replied that their policy is never to mark religious holidays or use any religious imagery. Oh, if only there were some non-religious images associated with Easter! Like the one they used in the Tweet they sent out.

Google chose instead to create a Doodle for April Fool’s Day. Appropriately enough.

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Stephon Clark

By Mike Huckabee

The tragic shooting of unarmed black suspect Stephon Clark by police who say they thought he had a gun (it was a cell phone) has sparked justifiable questions about police conduct. But somehow, the media is trying to make it about President Trump. The White House is withholding comment, calling it a local matter. The last Administration was quick to weigh in on such incidents before knowing the facts, which helped worsen racial division, attacks on police and civic unrest. Then, when they had to back down and admit that the facts didn’t fit the conclusion they'd leapt to, it just led to more public suspicion and racial animosity. It’s ironic that the same people who attack Trump for tweeting before thinking are now insisting that he condemn before investigating.

I hope and expect that the death of Stephon Clark will be thoroughly investigated, and anyone who should be held accountable will be. Those who are empowered with enforcing the law on others should be held to the strictest standards for obeying the laws themselves. And if it’s proven to be tied in any way to police racism, then let’s deal with that -- while remembering that it took place in Sacramento, California, home base of the most liberal, anti-Trump government in America, not in the Trump White House - and keep the focus where it belongs.

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Trade war heats up

By Mike Huckabee

Over the weekend, China responded to President Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum by raising tariffs by $3 billion on 128 US products, including pork, fruit and wine. An editorial in a newspaper controlled by the ruling Communist party said that “China would never submit” if the US started a trade war. Meanwhile, the White House said Trump is tired of the US being taken advantage of and our intellectual property stolen and he’s going to “push back.” That includes another $50 billion worth of planned new tariffs.

As of now, this seems restricted to the US and China. Let’s hope it’s limited to an initial negotiating tactic, and the heat gets turned down quickly. The idea is to have fair trade without destroying free trade. It's imperative to keep this dust-up from spreading into a wider trade war that will only harm everyone involved.

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Additional Commentaries

Go away Hillary

Infuriating spending

The Left cannot leave children alone

Only in Hollywood would this come as a shock

VA Secretary Fired

FBI Inspector General keeps going: investigates FISA abuse

"Roseanne" returns

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