Evening Edition - May 14

May 14, 2020 |

THE GOV. ANSWERS READER: WHAT'S GOING ON WITH JUDGE SULLIVAN?

From reader Lindsay K:

Following this case some, I kept feeling like Judge Sullivan was exercising some caution after Sidney Powell took over the case. He was a central figure in her book, LICENSE TO LIE, I believe. And so I felt he was exercising caution to not be accused of bias.

But after [he made] a poor judgment call in December regarding this case because he was misled by the prosecution, I can't begin to understand why he would open himself up to this same group of thugs and bullies. So now, my working theory is, since Obama is implicated, there is some awful pressure on him and he's caving. I can't see why else someone would dismiss sound reason for some unconstitutional, unprecedented ploy otherwise.

From the Gov:

Thanks for writing, Lindsay. You bring up a couple of very interesting points. First, it’s true that Sidney Powell made Judge Sullivan sort of the “judicial hero” (her words) in the book LICENSE TO LIE. (Bet she won't be doing that again!) So perhaps he overcompensated for the reason you state. WAY overcompensated.

Your second point, as to how baffling his behavior is now –- he seems to be acting not only as judge but as prosecuting attorney –- does, naturally, cause observers to develop “working theories” as you have. Why is he so desperate, increasingly so, to drag out the case that he ignores the law, precedent and exculpatory evidence and, incredibly, has to bring in "outside groups" and even another judge to help him justify the unjustifiable?

I think you’ve hit on something when you say the pressure on Judge Sullivan, especially now that Obama is implicated, must be awful. As Chuck Schumer has said, the intel community has “six ways from Sunday” to get back at you. That power, presumably, could just as easily be applied to a U.S. District Court judge as to anyone else, say, a former national security adviser being openly railroaded in federal court. That’s not to say that this is what happened, but it’s what COULD happen.

There are various crafty ways to apply pressure through direct or implied threats (or rewards) –-- I’m sure we can all think of some of them. The fact that we are even entertaining the possibility of this kind of intimidation shows how far the reputation of the FBI has fallen. Obama’s intel community seems capable of just about anything these days. What we know is the tiniest tip of the iceberg.

As I’ve said many times, when something absolutely defies all logic and common sense, it means there’s something about it we don’t know. That seems to be the case here. It's the "x" in the equation. We may never know what it is, but something is likely going on behind the scenes that, if we knew it, would cause the puzzling Judge Sullivan scenario to make perfect sense.

TRAGIC STORY

This is a tragic story out of New York that reminds us that there are no totally “safe” ways to deal with a pandemic, and that shutting down everything and focusing entirely on the virus also comes at a terrible, even lethal cost.

A NEW POLL

Despite the tireless efforts of the media and the Democrats to blame President Trump for the COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus, a new poll administered by YouGov.com finds that 69% of Americans believe the Chinese Communist Party is mostly or somewhat responsible for its spread (if it makes the Trump critics feel better, their efforts have prevented that from being 100% of Americans thinking the Chi Coms are entirely responsible, as they should.) Also, 71% think that China should be penalized in some way. Also, some bad news for Joe Biden: only 6% consider China to be a US ally.

This link has more details on the poll, plus some ideas that are already in motion or being proposed for making China pay.

I have to assume that the tiny minority who are hunky-dory with China would include members of the World Health Organization. This week, the WHO said that despite pleas from the US and other nations, it could not invite Taiwan to an upcoming health summit due to “divergent views,” after China said it “deplores and opposes” including Taiwan. China claims including Taiwan would severely violate the “one China rule.”

I don’t recall voting for that rule, but if I had to pick one China, it sure wouldn’t be the one run from Beijing. Besides, the WHO has included Taiwan on multiple occasions. China is probably desperate to exclude them now because Taiwan would be a major voice at the health summit, having issued early, accurate warnings about the virus (China’s phony denials were echoed by the WHO) and having stopped the COVID-19 pandemic while communist China was inflicting it on its own people and the rest of the world. That would not be good for Beijing P.R.

But at least the leaders of Taiwan shouldn’t feel alone as targets of China’s efforts to silence them. Even after all this time, communist Chinese leaders are still arresting and silencing medical experts who try to speak up about the virus, even as the WHO continues doing their bidding.

Between January 1 and April 4, 500 Chinese people (that we know of) have been arrested for the crime of “speaking out.” That includes approximately 100 journalists jailed, the highest number in the world. And yet major US media outlets assail Trump and defend China.

So why would anyone be surprised that most Americans rightly blame China? Despite China’s many media sycophants, they haven’t been able to suppress the free flow of information here. At least not yet. Although I imagine the Governor of Michigan would love to pass a ban on “speaking out.”

THE "PARTY OF SCIENCE"

One of the left’s favorite knocks on the right is they’re the “party of science,” and we’re the “low information voters.” This flies in the face of studies showing that conservatives are better informed on current events than liberals, but the left’s motto has long been, “If it feels good, believe it.” In fact, studies have shown not only that Republicans are better informed on political issues…

…but they are also more informed about what Democrats think than Democrats are about what Republicans think. Ironically, the disconnect from reality among Democrats gets worse the more “education” they have, because “highly-educated” liberals tend to self-isolate in ideological bubbles and never interact with anyone who disagrees with them (for confirmation, turn on MSNBC for five minutes…but only for five minutes. You don’t want to watch it too long and become less informed.)

The yawning gap between the media cliches of uninformed Republicans and science-embracing Democrats was all over the news yesterday, by a weird quirk of synchronicity (Ivy League Poli Sci majors can Google that word.)

First, we had Sen. Rand Paul being assailed for “questioning medical science” because he challenged the gloomy predictions and prescriptions of Dr. Anthony Fauci. The critics wailed, “Why won’t Republicans listen to the doctors who are experts at COVID-19?!” They didn’t seem aware that Paul is a medical doctor who has not only been a volunteer at a Kentucky hospital treating coronavirus patients, but he’s actually had it himself and recovered from it.

And how did the left illustrate its embrace of hard, empirical scientific expertise? On Wednesday, it was announced that CNN is mounting a townhall with an expert panel on the coronavirus. Those “experts” will include teenage media celebrity and climate change scold, Greta Thunberg. That sparked plenty of mockery, with Donald Trump Jr. remarking on her amazing career: only 17, and she’s already both a world-renowned climate scientist and an expert on the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden announced the creation of a task force to advise his campaign on climate change. It will be co-chaired by socialist ex-bartender/”Green New Deal” booster/Congressional social media star Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and noted scientist John “Logan Act” Kerry. AOC is still a Bernie backer, but her spokesperson said she made the decision to accept the post “with members of the Climate Justice community — and she will be fully accountable to them and the larger advocacy community during this process.”

Nothing says you’re going to follow rigorously wherever the proof leads (the essence of science) like declaring that your top priority is to please a radical left-wing group with the word “Justice” in its name. Aside from the Justice League, you can usually assume any group with “Justice” in its name is about partisan vendettas, not actual justice. And certainly not about science.

Since the claim that Democrats really care about science has now been rendered laughable, here are more details on Biden’s new climate advisors, presented in brutally hilarious style by William Marshall at Townhall.com.

LAUGH OF THE DAY

I’m sure Democrats will call this “mean-spirited,” but nobody out-trolls the Trump campaign – even when it comes to creating their website’s page that informs you you’ve entered a bad link that’s no longer online.

WE KNEW THIS

This will come as no surprise to anyone who’s read this newsletter over the years, but it’s a “bombshell” everywhere else, so I thought I’d highlight it by itself:

Among the latest revelations “unmasked” by acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell is the news that Barack Obama’s CIA Director, John Brennan, suppressed intelligence that Russia actually wanted Hillary Clinton to win the 2016 election, not Trump, as we've been told constantly for the past three years.

I know: it’s hard to believe that Putin would have preferred a US President who had groveled to him with a “reset” button, signed off on Russia buying 20% of the US uranium supply, taken huge donations from Russian sources for her foundation, let her husband take outrageous speaking fees from Russian banks, and used an unsecured email server that Russia surely had hacked, providing them with plenty of blackmail material. No, they would’ve preferred Trump, the candidate who wanted to ratchet up sanctions on Russia, crush their energy exports with US oil and gas, and arm Ukraine to fight Russia. It all makes sense when you know that Trump only launched a quixotic run for President that nobody (but me) thought he could win because if he did miraculously win, that would be the cheapest and easiest way for him to get a permit to build a hotel in Moscow.

If all that makes any sense to you, then you have been watching way too much Rachel Maddow.

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  • Randy Pittman

    05/17/2020 11:06 PM

    You are exactly right! If we don't' have things around to remind us of the mistakes of the past, we will repeat them. But, another problem the leftist have created is their assault on our education. They don't want this generation to know our history & what the basic foundations of this great country was founded on. The point is, they've managed to dumb down our education system to the point of stupidity. When they started that movement to remove anything that had to do with the Confederacy, even some people here in Illinois wanted to remove a statue of Abraham Lincoln from some park in Chicago! Really?! In the Land of Lincoln? The President that emancipated all the slaves? Political Correctness will do more damage to this country than any pandemic!

  • James Evart

    05/16/2020 01:03 AM

    Make HCQ available to everyone without a preexisting condition that would preclude it's use.

    Investigate Fauchi and friend's backgrounds and give a factual finding on national TV with a resultant conclusion, taking NO reporter's questions. Then, ask him to resign and open this country.

    Take some time off freeing the people of this great nation to do what they do best, earn a living!

  • Judi Fey

    05/15/2020 07:43 PM

    I think every country should send China a bill for every cent China cost them by their COVID actions. And, I think the US should demand that all loans from China be forgiven in the amount of what China cost the US for COVID.

  • Douglas Cotner

    05/15/2020 04:58 PM

    A comment about Gov. Whitmer’s press conference today. Did you see the Pharisee she trotted out to pray about how evil President Trump is. The gov. needs to repent & pray for herself about all the unborn she has murdered.

  • Robin Rebhan

    05/15/2020 03:54 PM

    What angers me the most is. How cowardly these actors in the Obama Administration are. They are going after a innocent man. They are all denying involvement in electronic cloak and dagger operations. They couldn't beat President Trump in a fair election, nor face to face.
    They did it all behind every ones back, sneaky, deceitful, lying, afraid to come out of hiding.
    And worst of all they tried to undermine the election by the sovereign people of this great nation, thus an attempt to undermine the legitimate constitutional government, by the people and for the people.
    I don't care if you are Democrat or Republican, this behavior should disgust you. It should not be used against any political party or person as it undermines due process for all.

  • BrigGen Albert Brewster USMC (Ret)

    05/15/2020 03:43 PM

    I would be careful about "jumping on the bandwagon" of Gen Flynn.
    While he may have been railroaded into jail on "Trumped up" charges- he has more negative factors that an adding machine due to all his "high value" contracts with any number of foreign connections. Just what was he to do for the millions he was to receive? Bears looking into very deeply!

  • Floyd A Unger

    05/15/2020 01:49 PM

    Man....great report. Thank you

  • JAMES MCNEELY

    05/15/2020 12:39 PM

    Thanks for all your insight! What is your opinion about the Democratic broke states ran by Democratic governors? Specifically do you believe they are holding us hostage as a bargaining chip to force the fed to bail the botched job they have done running the states economy? I am from Illinois and in the central part. We have almost no cases or deaths but we have the same lock down as Chicago. Thanks Jim

  • Jane Murray

    05/15/2020 11:52 AM

    Mr. Huckabee
    Last year the count for the regular flu was 35,??? . Has anyone ever ask how many have died this year from the regular flu ? Are they added in now with the Covid-19? Just wondering?
    Thank You
    Jane Murray

  • Tom Longeway

    05/15/2020 11:28 AM

    Common Sense , if we use that we will e OK

  • Lupe Beltran

    05/15/2020 11:25 AM

    Gov. Huckabee. it bothers me so much that pedophiles and other criminals are being released so they dont get CV. Why are these politicians so concerned for the welfare of these criminals and NOT THE PEOPLE THEY WILL VICTIMIZE AGAIN? There is HCQ which has studies showing its effectiveness and safety. Why aren't they given treatment in the prisons with HCQ? Is there any way you could possibly give a reasoning for this thinking? I know it"s not about safety for the criminals, and it is definitely not about safety for the children/law abiding citizens. Please answer.

  • Jerry Korba

    05/15/2020 08:48 AM

    In Minnesota property tax are due 5/15 with schools shut down and seniors are told to stay self sheltered does the tax on our property decrease are the citizens charged for services that are paid for but are not being delivered. to fund police fire departments and the the civic entities parks and infrastructure is absolutely necessary I feel with the shut down of schools may require a rebate. Schools are a large expense and seniors should get a break from from schools not operating.

  • RICK SIEGEL

    05/15/2020 08:45 AM

    If a person is exonerated from a supposed crime this usually means they are free to go right? in most cases I thought this was the case. So as I watch all these criminal investigation shows on TV people cannot be tried for the same crime twice unless Obama is concerned? He is twisting the law to fit his own agenda. This has nothing to do with Trump but to keep his lying as out of Prison.

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    05/15/2020 08:25 AM

    So, we always knew that Obama was the backbone of the russian hoax. My question, once this is totally investigated...what can happen to Obama who is now a private citizen?

  • Teen Lechtenberg

    05/15/2020 08:21 AM

    As far as the unmasking goes, the law is very vague in this area. Nothing will happen to any of them, oh they can get in trouble, but the MSM will do everything to protect and glorify them. They will all walk away with lucrative book deals, spots on MSM as commentators or their own shows. Don’t try to tell that being a crook doesn’t pay off

  • John Rennier

    05/15/2020 07:57 AM

    Gov Mike;
    I think you may have missed the most obvious & treacherous reason for Sullivan's current path to force a Presidential pardon rather than total exoneration.
    With exoneration the entire Flynn prosecution is proven to have been a political hit job, a frame-up & Trump would be likely to rehire Flynn in the same capacity. With a pardon, this removes the possibility.
    What is at stake is the 1st official audit of the CIA.

  • Kathryn Green

    05/15/2020 05:04 AM

    I enjoyed this a little bit of extra today, I don't even know why. Maybe, it was reading something that makes sense (with a bit of humor) after reading so much nonsense today.

  • KeoniBoy

    05/15/2020 03:57 AM

    As one who is matriculating at the "School of Hard Knocks", we would say what we don't know would fill up a bushel basket, while what we do know could be inscribed on the head of a pin with a dull grease pencil, and have enough room left over for the combined works of The Bard.

  • Nancy Smith

    05/15/2020 12:07 AM

    I fail to understand why the left, that pushes socialism, does not go LIVE IN a socialistic country themselves if that’s what they like and want so much...and leave those of us who love America and our constitution, and our freedoms alone! We don’t want our values and freedoms to change!

  • Ruby Howell

    05/14/2020 11:54 PM

    Obama & his former administration need to be brought up on charges for the way President Trump has been treated. They committed treason against the US & a duely elected .President of the US.

  • Carl "T" Smith

    05/14/2020 11:41 PM

    The 'Intelligence' community being able to get to you 9 ways from Sunday was the Tool J.Edgar Hoover and LBJ used to command when the Mafia used a Horse Head in the Bed.
    I cannot understand the Medias abdication of Ethics in journalism unless I compare it to the Football Team trying to figure out why in England they Never Huddle to Compare Notes.

  • Margot Plummer

    05/14/2020 11:33 PM

    The party of science! The same party says a pregnant woman doesn't have a human life inside her. Some science!

  • Robert E Wellston

    05/14/2020 11:24 PM

    If we want to punish the CCP for its pernicious behavior, I suggest three things. One, void the legality of all of their holding in the US as a National Security Issue. Two, stop all payments of any interest on any US Debt they own. Three, expel all Chinese national from the US, professors, students, etc., once again a National Security issue.

  • Donald Endicott

    05/14/2020 10:38 PM

    Thank you, todays Evening Edition is very interesting and informative. Explaining much of the things going on. For a long time I have not believed the Democrats. Although in the past I have voted for a few of them(NONE OF THE PRESIDENT CANDIDATES). I did not disagree with every thing Climton did- he named his dog Buddy and had something to do with retirees 70 and older drawing Soc Security to make whatever they could without deductions of benefits. Learned way back not believe Nancy Pelosi ( Miss Grease Rack of 1955,according to E-mail I got some time ago-her name was not Pelosi then.

  • larry rippere

    05/14/2020 09:26 PM

    Eeeewwww...! WOT is that photo behind your Psalm 73:26 quote: Gehenna?