April 27, 2019

In a piece from a couple of days ago, “FISA Court Says FBI Lied to Them, Illegally Spied,” I noted that Joe diGenova had called Admiral Mike Rogers a hero for being the one who discovered illegal surveillance of the Trump campaign. If you’d like to get into the weeds on this, I found a great archival story from Jeff Carlson, “An American Hero and the Death of a FISA Narrative,” dated January 10, 2018, that offers a great deal of detail and perspective on Rogers’ role in uncovering it. (Link below.)


As I thought, then-National Security Agency Director Rogers appears to have been the person who briefed President-elect Trump on the surveillance being conducted at Trump Tower. On November 17, 2016, Rogers went there to meet with Trump –- without informing his boss, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. On that same day, the Trump transition team abruptly announced they were leaving Trump Tower and moving their operations to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

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Two days later, the Washington Post reported that James Clapper and Defense Secretary Ash Carter had recommended the removal of Mike Rogers from his NSA position. That didn’t happen, but Rogers announced his retirement on January 5, 2018 --- five days before Carlson’s piece was written --- after heading the National Security Agency for nearly four years.


Carlson makes the case that Trump Tower didn’t necessarily have to be officially targeted because the government was already sweeping up data anyway under the “702” program. The Obama administration didn’t really need a DOJ- or FBI-driven FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign, as THE ENTIRE SYSTEM of National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance and data collection were weaponized against Trump. Maybe they’d been operating with a warrant, and maybe they hadn’t. To quote:


“The implication being, the Trump Dossier was not created to allow for spying on the Trump Campaign. The Dossier was created to obtain a FISA Warrant to cover surveillance activity that had already taken place.


“That may well have been the origin of the Trump Dossier creation --- to create a rationale for previous illegal surveillance activity. But heroic actions taken by Admiral Mike Rogers stopped the plan from being implemented. The FISA Court had been warned.

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“Our entire intelligence apparatus was weaponized to alter a Presidential Election,” it concludes. “The chain of activity may rise all the way to the top. How does a nation prepare itself to deal with that level of criminality?”


I find it interesting that there was a story just last week about a possible end to the very disturbing “702” program of maintaining the giant repository of phone records on all Americans. The reason given publicly was that the amount of data was just too great to deal with and wasn’t worth the effort blah blah blah. But I’m wondering if it has something to do with this issue --- of the potential for abuse due in part to the ability to reverse-engineer a surveillance warrant to justify surveillance that has already taken place! If that can be done, no one’s communications, even going back years, are safe. Perhaps Mike Rogers has been working behind the scenes to help end that program. I haven’t seen anyone else connect the dots this way, but it sure makes sense. At any rate, Mike Rogers really is a hero for helping expose what was being done to Trump.




There’s another piece I’d like to give you for the weekend that’s quite long and even farther into the weeds, but it really tells the story of what Admiral Rogers was dealing with. Here’s just a sample:


“There is little doubt the FISA-702(16)(17) database system was used by Obama-era officials, from 2012 to April 2016, as a way to spy on their political opposition. Quite simply there is no other intellectually honest explanation for the scale and volume of intelligence abuse that was taking place.


“When we reconcile what was taking place and who was involved, then the actions of the exact same principle participants take on a jaw-dropping amount of clarity.


“All of the action taken by CIA Director Brennan, FBI Director Comey, ODNI Clapper and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter makes sense. Including their effort to get NSA Director Mike Rogers fired.

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“Everything after March 9, 2016, was done to cover up the weaponizing of the FISA database. Spygate, Russia-gate, the Steele dossier...were needed to create a cover-story and protect themselves from discovery of this four year weaponization, political surveillance and unlawful spying. Even the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel makes sense; he was FBI director when this began.”


If this sample is intriguing to you, I encourage you to read the whole thing, or at least the last part, under the subhead “How this all comes together in 2019.” This really is looking more and more like the scandal of our time –- perhaps the greatest abuse of power in our history –- so even if our country had to go through this farce of an “investigation” into Trump in order to find out about it, I’m actually tempted to say it was worth it.




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  • rodney burke

    05/11/2019 02:45 PM

    no question, Mike Rogers is a hero. He said :"Time out! Who is abusing the NSA data base and why?" He likely had red flags waving everywhere. Good for him going not ONLY to the FISA court but Trump and telling him what was going on. We may never know what he said in that meeting but is was warranted. When I heard that news, I smelled a rat! A dirty, diseased one. I had alarm bells going off and red lights flashing. Sure enough. Time for the villains to pay, BIG time. It's time for some pulitzers for Solomon, Carter, and a few others. And maybe some high decorations for Nunes, Meadows, Jordan and Gaetz. they have saved the country by their courage and dogged persistence.

  • Tom McDonald

    05/05/2019 10:35 AM

    You stated the following "The FISA Court had been warned." Does this suggest the FISA Court Judges(s) were aware of the spying by the Obama Administration? If so, will the FISA Court Judges(s) be held accountable.

  • Elizabeth Bennett

    05/04/2019 11:57 PM

    This is so sad that this happened in our country. The Democrats are saying they are running on jobs, etc , the same thing President Trump ran on won and is delivering, why is it that when they say that , nobody saids you had 8 years that you didn’t run on that or implement anything to help the Americans or fix Immigration, so why should anyone believe you?

  • Gerry Helfrick

    04/30/2019 11:53 AM

    An amazing read of the "702" abuses as reported in this article. I had no idea of the scope until now and consider myself informed of the basics of "The Witch Hunt". Justice and accountability from all the participants is required and should be mandatory. Makes me so mad that nothing seems to be done about it.

  • Marlene Semansky

    04/29/2019 05:13 PM

    I thought from day one ( okay maybe later when it all got started) that former Obama people were involved. Especially Obama himself. Eric Holder, the Lynch man and Hillary and her staff of little staffers pleading the 5th. Got tired of hearing that word. Justice will or should brought down directly to each and EVERYONE of the,.

  • Oscar R Williams

    04/29/2019 11:42 AM

    Thanks SO MUCH for this recap! With all the interwoven webs and venomous spiders and spinners it's difficult to navigate the maze. Thank GOD for President Trump and the HEROES who supported him and defend him now. Jesus Christ -- THE most influential person in the history of EVERYTHING -- never preached control. Quite the opposite, even when He was being "tried" by Pontius Pilot and Caiaphas. Control is the engine of atheists and "antitheists", the ones doing Satan's bidding and who are weighed down by pride and ego. "Things whispered in the shadows will be shouted from the rooftops" is ultimately, mercifully TRUE. HOW and WHY can this subterfuge and campaign against OUR President -- not to mention a CITIZEN of the United States -- be tolerated? It Must Not! And, I hear Guantanamo Bay is is quite pleasant in WINTER!

  • kathleen dungan

    04/29/2019 11:29 AM

    Great article, can't wait till all the crimes are exposed. So many in DC are against Trump and it probably has to do with protecting Obama and covering themselves. If Hillary was President, none of this would've ever come out. Our Government was so corrupt and it was all happening right under our nose. Thank God for President Trump, I hope him and his family stay safe from the criminals who don't want to have America find out what has really been going on. Let's hang them all, I will gladly supply the rope.

  • Moses Tracy

    04/29/2019 06:32 AM

    Dear Mike Huckabee,

    For whatever it's worth and maybe it's not worth much, but, God has told me more than once that Mike Rogers is a wicked guy, that is, a child of the devil- just like James Clapper is for sure!

  • Bella Gray

    04/29/2019 05:42 AM

    RE: National Security Agency Director Rogers

    NSAD Rogers took a hit when it was discovered he tipped off Trump.

  • Fred Wood

    04/29/2019 04:36 AM

    Mike, when are the corrupt national traitors going to jail? Bengazhi, Lois Learner,Hillary’s emails, Clinton Foundation, Valary Garrett-David Axelrod-(communists along with Van Jonesl -Loretta Lynch-Bill Clinton meeting, Hillary’s 15 lies to FBI and so on. NOTHING has been done ?????

  • Jeannie Britt Burleson

    04/29/2019 02:16 AM

    Thank you for revealing truth in easy to read, concise facts.

  • Marcus Spiker

    04/29/2019 12:47 AM

    A must read. Huckabee would not have posted this unless he was absolutely positive about the credibility of the story. Anyone with an IQ above body temperature should be able to realize that the Obama Administration and practically all of the intel community had been directed by Obama, Biden, Clapper and Brennan to destroy the Trump administration at all costs. They almost did. Providence sought otherwise. This revelation proves that powers beyond the evil these men perpetrated has revealed the extent and magnitude of corruption that our constitutional republic has sank to.

  • James Evart

    04/28/2019 11:22 PM

    The more I see things unfold regarding this (our) great President, the more I see a brilliant, intelligent and deeply shrewd actual man of honor who has the good sense to WAIT until the chickens come home to roost. He really DOES deserve his title as our PRESIDENT and not just his last name in reference and salutation for all he has had to put up with, gone through and the devoted hard work that he has done on our collective behalf. Let's see some respect and honor for this great man for a change by EVERYONE who acknowledges this from now on. WEAR YOUR UNIFORM! " I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves." Mat 10:16

  • beverly eriks

    04/28/2019 10:40 PM

    DRAIN THE FBI SWAMP!!!! As Chief Investigator for the House Select Committee on Child Pornography (Texas), 1978. The FBI asked to join on a case with Houston Police Department. They botched it. Also have testimony where FBI claimed to be actively involved investigating child pornography and sexual abuse....lied....One of my recommendations was to have Uniform Crime Reporting Bureau collect data on child porn and sexual abuse. If FBI had been active, the Bureau would have already had data..I worked with the Crime Bureau after the Legislature passed the bill. Yes this was a long time ago. Lying is no new problem for the FBI

  • Kevin J Cook

    04/28/2019 10:31 PM

    Damn you Hussein
    Damn you Hellary
    Damn you Clapper Brennan
    Damn you Democrats
    Damn you Enemedia
    God Bless you Governor
    God Bless you Admiral
    God Bless you Trump
    And may God Bless America

  • Steve Willmann

    04/28/2019 09:16 PM

    I really appreciate the fact that you make public all these facts that we have some idea about, but not who or what was behind all this and how deep it goes. The only thing it just bothers me a lot that this cast of characters continue to thumb their noses at the rest of the citizens of the U.S. Until I see members of this group charged and prosecuted I can't have much faith in our legal system.

  • Bruce Jones

    04/28/2019 08:59 PM

    All must keep digging, exposing, and making public these offenses. This is not supposed to happen in USA

  • Judy DuCharme

    04/28/2019 08:19 PM

    Thank you for bringing this to the forefront. My question is: Is that the Resolute Desk that former Pres. Obama has his feet on. Disrespectful, don't you think?


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  • Charles Downs

    04/28/2019 05:43 PM

    This is clearly an attempted coup..such an act is treason...why do these people, including BHO, still have security clearances let alone not yet indicted ?

  • Gloria Ure

    04/28/2019 05:39 PM

    I love reading your letters, they are very informative.

  • Nikki Rumble

    04/28/2019 05:18 PM

    Why is no one else covering all this stuff about Rogers and what Joe DiGenova said the other night on Laura’s show? Not Hannity. Not Tucker. No one else. The silence is deafening.

  • James Bagby

    04/28/2019 05:01 PM

    Mike; I sure like and look forward to seeing your investigative perspective on exactly what is going on with our high-level people in government agencies. I also would like for an explanation as to why the Clinton's never have been investigated for their involvement in the vast number of people (recorded) that mysteriously died, were suffocated with a pillow over his head (the supreme court judge), or were murdered while being involved with the clinton's. It is a shame when you can pull up information on the internet that gives the names and details of crimes committed and your government law firms seem to ignore it. Thanks for your perspective, and "MAY GOD BLESS".

  • Jerry Korba

    04/28/2019 04:56 PM

    The last 8 months we have talked about Comey Brennan Clapper and a host of others it is time to bring Biden and Obama Clinton Lynch under oath question them about how they operated their agencies. I paid my federal taxes to ensure they were being paid top dollar to protect our Constitution and obey the laws set before them. Let's not waste any more time and money on Collusion and Obstruction I believe the Democratic Party should pay that bill for an illegal investigation. The city of Chicago is going after the fake hate crime artist for lying costing the city $130,000 in ot costs trying to catch the fake assaulters. Let's go after the $35 million spent on this assault on innocent Americans. I want to know what Biden and Obama and when they knew this spy scandal took place the us citizen may want to know also.

  • Nita Crews

    04/28/2019 04:38 PM

    This really got in the weeds of super secret stuff, but worth reading.
    I am particularly proud of Admiral Mike Rogers for helping to safeguard true justice. Yes, he is a real hero.

    Thank you, Mike, for putting this out there!!