Tuesday evening, I posted my promised “20 ‘Just for Fun’ Questions for Rod Rosenstein” in anticipation of his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, scheduled for Wednesday at 10AM Eastern Time.

John Solomon had a similar idea for a list of questions, though his list is the FOR REAL "Ten Most Important Questions for Rod Rosenstein." Let’s see how much overlap we have.

Solomon includes the full quote I referenced in one of my "fun" questions (asking RR if he was joking): “There’s a lot of talk about FISA applications. Many people I’ve seen talk about it seem not to recognize that a FISA application is actually a warrant, just like a search warrant. In order to get a FISA warrant, you need an affidavit signed by a career law enforcement officer who swears the information is true...And if it is wrong, that person is going to face consequences. If we’re going to accuse someone of wrongdoing, we have to have admissible evidence, credible witnesses; we have to prove our case in court. We have to affix our signature to the charging document.”

This little lecture, highly amusing today in light of what we know, is from two years ago. You can see why I would have loved to ask him if he was joking (as he reportedly said he was about wearing a wire to secretly record the President). Rosenstein did affix his own personal signature to the final renewal of the FISA application to spy on Carter Page, in 2017. Nothing incriminating was ever found on Page, nothing to charge him with and nothing on which to base a renewal of the original application. Not even the original warrant application was based on verified evidence or a credible witness.

The Justice Department had to withdraw the very FISA warrant renewal that Rosenstein supposedly reviewed and personally signed after it was determined to be “inaccurate, undocumented, and FALSIFIED [emphasis mine] evidence.”

Rosenstein is (or should be) in a heap of trouble. He has asserted that even “the best” law enforcement officials make mistakes and that some of them are even involved in “willful misconduct.” If this is the sort of thing done by “the best” of them, then our whole justice system is in a heap of trouble.

Here, briefly paraphrased, are Solomon’s suggested questions, along with the gist of what I predict Rosenstein’s slippery answers will be...

1. Did you read the warrant against Page, review any evidence or ask questions before you signed the renewal?

RR: “THIS WARRANT HAD ALREADY BEEN INITIALLY APPROVED AND RENEWED TWO MORE TIMES AFTER THAT. BY THE FOURTH TIME, I NATURALLY ASSUMED ALL THE EVIDENCE AGAINST MR. PAGE HAD BEEN VERY WELL ESTABLISHED, SO I JUST WENT AHEAD AND SIGNED IT. HAVING TO TAKE OVER SO MANY OF MR. SESSIONS’ DUTIES AS ATTORNEY GENERAL, I WAS A VERY BUSY MAN AND SIMPLY DIDN’T HAVE TIME TO READ THE PAPERWORK OR REVIEW EVIDENCE THAT I TRUSTED.”

2. Do you now realize the application was flawed and regret signing it?

RR: “WELL, OF COURSE, I WOULDN’T HAVE SIGNED IT HAD I BEEN AWARE OF ANY PROBLEMS, BUT I HONESTLY SAW NOTHING WRONG AT THE TIME. I STRONGLY FELT IT WAS MY PATRIOTIC DUTY TO INVESTIGATE WHAT I SAW AS RUSSIA’S ATTEMPT TO HELP TRUMP BECOME PRESIDENT IN 2016, WHICH, OF COURSE, THEY DID.”

3. Given what we now know, would you still appoint Mueller as a special counsel if you had a do-over?

RR: “I REALLY FELT AT THE TIME THAT MR. MUELLER WAS THE MOST QUALIFIED PERSON FOR THE JOB. ROBERT MUELLER IS THE KINDEST, BRAVEST, WARMEST, MOST WONDERFUL HUMAN BEING I'VE EVER KNOWN IN MY LIFE. I WAS NOT ALONE IN THAT ASSESSMENT; THERE WAS AGREEMENT ACROSS THE BOARD AT THE TIME, AMONG BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, INCLUDING SOME OF THE REPUBLICANS ON THIS COMMITTEE, SEN. GRAHAM. AS FOR WHETHER I’D DO IT AGAIN, I’D RATHER NOT ANSWER A HYPOTHETICAL QUESTION.”

4. Did you talk with Andy McCabe in 2017 about wearing a wire on President Trump as part of a plot to remove him under the 25th Amendment?

RR: “WE REALLY WERE JUST KIDDING AROUND. THERE WAS NOTHING TO THAT AT ALL. NEXT QUESTION, PLEASE.”

5. Who drafted and provided the supporting materials you used to put together the “scope” memo for Mueller’s team?

RR: “OH, ALL THAT STUFF CAME FROM PETER STRZOK, SOMEONE I TRUSTED AS A FINE CAREER BUREAU OFFICIAL. PETER STRZOK IS THE KINDEST, BRAVEST, WARMEST, MOST WONDERFUL HUMAN BEING I’VE EVER KNOWN IN MY LIFE. YOU SHOULD PROBABLY TALK TO HIM.”

6. In light of new evidence, do you have any concerns about the conduct of James Comey and Andy McCabe?

RR: “I HAVE ALWAYS THOUGHT THESE MEN WERE FINE CAREER BUREAU OFFICIALS. JAMES COMEY AND ANDREW McCABE ARE THE KINDEST, BRAVEST, WARMEST, MOST WONDERFUL HUMAN BEINGS I’VE EVER KNOWN IN MY LIFE. THAT’S WHY I ALWAYS RELIED ON THEIR JUDGEMENT. I TRUSTED EVERYTHING THEY BROUGHT ME.”

7. When did you learn that Carter Page had actually been an asset for the CIA (not a Russian spy), and that the Steele “dossier” had been debunked or linked to Russian disinformation?

RR: (after leaning over and huddling with lawyers) “I DON’T RECALL.”

8. Do you think the FISA court was intentionally misled, or that it was just a case of bureaucratic bungling?

RR: “IT WAS DEFINITELY THAT LAST THING YOU SAID, ‘BUREAUCRATIC BUNGLING.’”

9. What blame do you place on yourself for the failures in the case you supervised? Who else do you blame?

RR: “I BLAME MYSELF FOR CARING SO MUCH ABOUT MY COUNTRY AND OUR SYSTEM OF JUSTICE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND FOR TRUSTING MY TOP OFFICIALS TO CARRY OUT A FAIR INVESTIGATION. WHO ELSE DO I BLAME? WHY, TRUMP, OF COURSE.”

10. Do you think anyone in the Russia investigation should face criminal charges?

RR: “IT’S MY OPINION THAT NO REASONABLE PROSECUTOR WOULD TAKE SUCH A CASE.”

That’s pretty much how I think it will go. To round out the discussion, here’s a link to an excellent piece from last October that appeared in THE AMERICAN THINKER. It’s about all the information we’d amassed on the whole “Russia hoax” that was still being ignored by most in the media. Half a year later, we know even more and have much more evidence, and it’s still being ignored. Rosenstein’s testimony on Wednesday will be ignored, too. But John Durham isn’t ignoring it, and is putting his criminal case together.

The Russia hoax: The Left's willful ignorance and denial

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  • Iris Susanne Loy

    06/07/2020 06:49 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, there is so much false information out there. Can you please answer a question for me? Our son is married to a hispanic. She is up in arms about immigrants and particularly children in cages. She posted something about a site in Texas that won't allow the children basic necessities of soap and water. Can you please shed light on the truth in this situation? I trust what you say. Searches on the internet are useless. It is hard to know where to get the truth other than from God's Word.
    Thank you for all you do.

  • Renee Shepherd

    06/04/2020 08:48 PM

    This commentary had me in stitches! Thank you.

    In all seriousness, I do hope that truth and justice will prevail.

  • Anita Di Pietro

    06/04/2020 10:47 AM

    I think you are spot on Mike, with your suggested replies. I think it is time to see some heads roll as a result of the whole Russian hoax. The whole affair from beginning to end never made any sense to me and I said as much during the last presidential campaign. It is surprising to me that so many people fell into the trap of believing the disinformation that spewed forth from the fake news entities. But I have to remind myself that there are a lot of mentally challenged indivIduals in this country - in fact in the world.

    Thanks for your daily emails. They are very informative and based on facts.

  • Jan Verhoeff

    06/04/2020 10:12 AM

    Your assessment is obviously far more interesting than the real thing - which I fell asleep watching TWICE last night. I finally got through it about 4:30 this morning after my morning ritual of waking up to finish catching up on the news of the day - you know, all those crazy bits of information that flooded my inbox after I worked all day to pay my taxes and support those "efficient bureaucrats"!

  • ESTELLE WATSON

    06/03/2020 09:59 PM

    Since likely the rioters and violent protesters will not be able to be held in jail, either due to lack of room, personnel, or insufficient laws or ordinances to keep them locked up - the perpetrators who have been involved in violense, harmed and even killed others, and damages others' property should at the very least be sentenced to community service and forced to rebuild what they have destroyed. If they will not do so, their future wages should be garnished for the rest of their working years, if necessary, for restitution to the merchant victims. If they are made to restore what they have destroyed instead of sitting around with idle hands and causing more disturbances and destruction, perhaps they will think twice or be too tired to be involved in more violence.

  • Charles Fikes

    06/03/2020 05:52 PM

    Interesting questions.

  • Martha Johnson

    06/03/2020 02:52 PM

    Don’t you find it interesting that Obama and
    “Wingman” Holder are going to speak today after the Senate Hearing? Is it perhaps to be a distraction? To maybe remove some egg off the face of his tarnished administration?

  • judith jakub

    06/03/2020 01:42 PM

    Just a minor comment on the obama/biden years. The major reason I despise the both of them is the FACT, every time are courageous military personnel, who gave their ALL, and were shipped stateside for the family and the country to honor his/her sacrifice, obama WAS ON VACATION OR PLAYING GOLF. No respect was shown in ALL his years as prez and nothing from biden, either. Whenever both obamas were at any ceremony honoring anything pertaining to our country, neither one placed their right hand over their hearts, to show respect and love for country. moochelle was extremely demonstrative of this non-act of respecr anything to do with the office of flotus. Despicable behavior for the leader of OUR COUNTRY. I CAN, PROUDLY SAY, I DID NOT VOTE FOR THIS JACKAL, EVER.

  • Sandra Roberts

    06/03/2020 01:18 PM

    He’s as crocked as any of them He should be held liable This was an illegal attempted coup and he says our President was partly responsible for a coup against himself What an idiot

  • Pat J Green

    06/03/2020 01:11 PM

    I've watched some of the coverage of the riots all over and it looks to me like it is a bunch of college age kids (both white and black) with too much time on there hands and all they want to do is destroy what others have spent a life time building. If those mayors and governor don't want to step up to the plate and do there jobs and protect the property and lives of those who pay there salary then get out of the way and let those who care do there jobs.

  • Elizabeth Taylor

    06/03/2020 12:57 PM

    Can't share because Facebook share page says "error...page has not been set up..have seen this on other Conservative material like yours...

  • Floyd A Unger

    06/03/2020 12:48 PM

    We are winning and we MUST charge ahead to the finish.

  • Charles Simmons

    06/03/2020 12:30 PM

    When only a stern frown is extended as the only applicable corrective measure, reality will remain an elusive concept to those lying under oath ...

  • Vernon Thompson

    06/03/2020 12:23 PM

    Having watched the first part of today's hearing, I am again disgusted by the hyper-partisanship of members of our Congress. Durbin and Whitehouse among others convince me that we need to clean out the halls of Congress. They have no interest in finding the truth and are only interested in more of the Russian Collusion nonsense and demeaning the President and anyone who ever worked with him while covering up the performance of the Obama Administration.

  • Joan Spicer

    06/03/2020 12:14 PM

    My comment is: If Rioters are bussed in, the obvious solution to start, why not be “Pro-Active” and block busses from coming in with rioters! Sarasota, FL is bracing for potential rioting by locking down the city. But it can do better. They have a central avenue into town. Stop thugs before they unleash their damage. Get rid of ?? bricks supplied by trucks. Arrest the drivers on suspicion. Get the person who sent them.

  • Carol Nuite

    06/03/2020 12:01 PM

    We are all very anxious to get the results of John Durham’s report! Is it being withheld until after the election?

  • Murray Jones

    06/03/2020 11:58 AM

    HA HA HA this last commentary Gov Huckabee is a HOOT you should do a stand up routine with it and yes I think it is spot on thanks for making my day, stay safe and well GOD BLESS YOU!!!

  • Toni

    06/03/2020 11:46 AM

    Thank you for the levity! Although you gave us a good laugh, I suspect you are not far off the mark on how the Clown Show will go.

  • Elizabeth Crouse

    06/03/2020 11:45 AM

    I am 87 and my heart is breaking with what is happening in America. I lived through WWII. We had little. My husband served in Korea and Vietnam twice. Military paid little back in old days. I never had a race problem and my parents helped everyone. All I know to do is pray. Evil is well and alive. They are trying to bring America and President Trump Down. I believe he loves America and doing everything hw can to make it better but evil, lying people are trying to bring him andAmerica down. I am praying for evil people to be bound and punished and God will bless America,

  • Anne Bice

    06/03/2020 11:28 AM

    Watching the lies Rosenstein same garbage using kid gloves on him Lindsey

  • Aline Oary

    06/03/2020 11:17 AM

    Do we finally have enough constitutional federal judges in place to begin prosecuting these criminals who willfully committed treason and took advantage of there position to remove people from doing there job and taking away their financial resources including homes and defaming them. The least of which is improper imprisonment, investigation, and abuse of power.

  • Susan G Phillips

    06/03/2020 11:07 AM

    Spot on!!!! We really need to drain the swamp.