Concerned about recent revelations that the Justice Department/FBI were spying on the Trump campaign? Me, too, but never fear; the words of former CIA Director James Clapper will set your mind at ease:

“They may have had someone who was talking to them in the campaign, but, you know, the focus here, and as it was with the intelligence community, is not on the campaign per se, but what the Russians were doing to try to instantiate themselves in the campaign or to influence or leverage it. So if there was someone that was observing that sort of thing, that’s a good thing, because the Russians posed a threat to the very basis of our political system.”

Got that?? He said it on CNN; I wouldn’t have seen it if Tucker Carlson hadn’t replayed it and, understandably, had a cow. (Maybe, like me, you had to run it back and play it again to make sure you heard it right.) He calls the spy story “hyperbole,” at the same time acknowledging the Trump campaign was indeed spied on. But, gosh, he gives us a really good reason for doing it. To paraphrase: “it’s GOOD thing when the government spies on Americans, even its political opponents, if it means we might catch us some Ruskies!” Shades of Joe McCarthy. And this defense of the indefensible is coming from the person who used to head our CIA.

I’d like to stand eye-to-eye with him and say, “Mr. Clapper, the real threat to the very basis of our political system is posed by YOU and any others like you in our intelligence community, if you think that a government spying on its political opponents is ever a good thing.” Good lord, if Russia has indeed influenced our political system, Clapper himself is Exhibit A. The tactics he defends are right out of the KGB.

If “Russia” had been the main concern of Brennan, Clapper, Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page and the rest of that sorry lot, they could have simply opened a counterintelligence investigation into Kremlin-based activities. Perhaps those same 13 indictments based on an insignificant number of “Russian” Facebook ads, etc., would have resulted; never mind that at least one of the companies indicted didn’t even exist at the time it was supposed to have “meddled.” And if Paul Manafort or some other Trump campaign official had been actively “colluding” with Vladimir Putin to win the election, such an investigation into Russia should have turned that up.

Obviously, “Russia” was a cover, not their main concern. If it had been, they would have been focused on Hillary’s campaign because of her questionable dealings with Russia when she was at the State Department, including likely pay-for-play on the Uranium One deal and Hillary’s ditching of 33,000 emails before any evidence of that (or any other crime) could be found. Did they have spies in her campaign? No? Why not, Mr. Clapper?

I think we know. This wasn’t really about Russia; it was about the “insurance policy.” But our FBI had no evidence of crime within the Trump campaign, so what else could they do but abuse their power by setting up a counterintelligence investigation to spy on Trump and turn up something, ANYTHING, on him? If a Republican administration had used its official power to infiltrate the campaign of a Democratic challenger, the screaming from our media would be so loud, it would reach distant planets. But the space aliens would just tune it out; if there’s any intelligent life out there, it has no doubt concluded there’s no intelligent life down here.

And now (speaking of unintelligent life), the New York Times has published another article designed to “help” the poor, beleaguered FBI. Headline: “FBI Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims.” So, this wasn’t a spy; it was an INFORMANT. Well, that’s very different.

Read through this account --- knowing what you know --- and you’ll be able to see even more clearly that this was very much a case of spying. In the case of George Papadopoulos and the set-up London trip, it couldn’t be more obvious. The shady maneuvers are right out of a spy movie, yet they accomplished precisely nothing. When the “informant” pressed Papadopoulos on what the Russians were doing to interfere with the election, he said he didn’t know anything about it. I might be going out on a limb here, but maybe that’s because he didn’t know anything about it.

One last note: the NYT article goes on at length about the need for secrecy regarding the name of the spy --- I mean “informant.” If it’s so darned important to protect his identity, what about the many “sources and methods” put in jeopardy when all of Hillary’s classified State Department business was sent through an unsecure server and hacked by who-knows-who? Gosh, you’d think a person would go to jail for putting lives at risk like that.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/18/us/politics/trump-fbi-informant-russia-investigation.html



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  • Dan Kraft

    05/21/2018 02:36 PM

    I fully share Juan William's recent comments about the identity of this spy i mean informant....we must be careful to protect his or her identity because his or her safety might be at risk......we need a safe place..like jail!

  • Becky Bryant

    05/21/2018 11:00 AM

    I love the daily Bible verse! Please continue. Thank you Mike Huckabee for all you do to keep us informed.

  • Karl C Shumaker

    05/21/2018 10:11 AM

    "Hyperbole"can have another name: BS! Just another, "You gonna believe what ya see or what I'm gonna tell ya?"

  • Wesley G. Vaughn

    05/20/2018 06:17 PM

    I am not Wesley G. Vaughn [email protected], BUT that is what has shown up in the comments section. I have read where another "commenter" is dealing with the same issue. I think I will quit commenting for awhile, although someone else may be commenting for me.

  • Wesley G. Vaughn

    05/20/2018 06:00 PM

    Trumps said this was the greatest witch hunt in our nation's history. Well, it may be tied or a close second to McCarthy's, which says a lot in itself. Lefties would cringe if they saw themselves as McCarthyists.

  • Pam Paulsen

    05/20/2018 05:53 PM

    I love your commentary. Keep them coming.

  • Jim Sharpe

    05/20/2018 04:57 PM

    Where is the administration's department of "justice"? Hide
    and seek is beneath grown men! Don't drain the swamp, burn it--it is surely fossil fuel, gas, and hot air. Treason!!

  • Larry Weldon

    05/20/2018 04:35 PM

    I couldn't see all the comments - only 5 of 9. I don't think the web site works very well.

    My problem with this whole investigation/witch hunt is that I keep wondering what happened to the rule of law. People who end up with a great deal of information known about them and their illegal activities used to be accused of crimes. The information was presented to a Grand Jury, and they were either indicted or not. There is also the Constitutional right to a speedy trial which is supposed to be as much a right for society as for the accused (or unaccused, as is the case with guilty Hillary and the rest).

    The guilty parties now have become the leaders at Justice who are evidently colluding with now co-conspirators or prior investigatees.

  • Anne Fernandes

    05/20/2018 04:35 PM

    What the heck? What the heck? What? The?? Heck??? Will the conspiratorial subterfuge of Obama's henchman ever be punished? Ever????

  • Larry Weldon

    05/20/2018 04:30 PM

    I couldn't see all the comments - only 5 of 9. I don't think the web site works very well.

    My problem with this whole investigation/witch hunt is that I keep wondering what happened to the rule of law. People who end up with a great deal of information known about them and their illegal activities used to be accused of crimes. The information was presented to a Grand Jury, and they were either indicted or not. There is also the Constitutional right to a speedy trial which is supposed to be as much a right for society as for the accused (or unaccused, as is the case with guilty Hillary and the rest).

    The guilty parties now have become the leaders at Justice who are evidently colluding with now co-conspirators or prior investigatees.

  • Bruce Deming

    05/20/2018 02:48 PM

    Caution! Spoiler Alert! Stefan Halper, Stefan Halper, Stefan Halper, there I said it. What's the problem with saying what anyone can find online?

  • LORI ANN REGO

    05/20/2018 02:41 PM

    GOV. HUCKABEE MY NAME IS LORI ANN REGO, MY EMAIL ADDRESS IS [email protected] IN THE PAST 2 WEEKS THAT I HAVE BEEN SENDING COMMENTS. WHEN IT HAS FULL NAME IT SHOWS SOMEONE ELSES & SOMEONE ELSES EMAIL ADDRESS. I HAVE HAD 2 DIFFERENT PEOPLES' NAMES & EMAIL ADDRESSES SHOW UP. COULD YOU PASS THIS ALONG TO SOMEONE WHO COULD FIX THIS . THANKS LORI REGO

  • LORI ANN REGO

    05/20/2018 02:35 PM

    GOV HUCKABEE THAT WAS A WONDERFUL THING THAT MR. FILIPONE DID. INSTEAD OF GIVING THE VETERAN THE CHECK I WOULD HAVE GONE TO THE VA HOSPITAL WITH THE MONEY TO PAY THE BILL THEN TELL THE WORLD WAR 2 VETERAN

  • Kevin Cook

    05/20/2018 01:34 PM

    Hussein gave the green light to this fascist communist cartel attack.

  • Mary Gentry

    05/20/2018 12:53 PM

    I'd really like to say I'm surprised at Clapper's comment and the stupidity of making it but I'm not. And perhaps that's the saddest commentary of all. Obama did "fundamentally change" America, and as we've been seeing it has not been for the better. The FBI and our intelligence services have been damaged to their core, hopefully not beyond repair. The media has become a left-wing propaganda machine and politicians are being openly seditious. What has become of our country?

  • Mike Spears

    05/20/2018 12:39 PM

    Great article Gov. Huckabee: I believe it's time for the Justice Department to come clean and show Congress exactly what actual evidence they used to open the Mueller Special Counsel investigation. If they did have strong, credible evidence, that's fine. It takes up-front, strong, credible evidence to open a multi-million dollar investigation. If the President did something wrong, let's show it. Let's find the truth. Rosenstein opened up a Counter Intelligence investigation with a Special Prosecutor, but failed to name a specific crime. It seems that if Rosenstein would have had the required strong, credible evidence, he also would have been able to name a specific crime to be investigated. Why wasn't an actual crime identified and specified? Also, he continues to keep the actual scope of the investigation secret and keeps "stonewalling" Congress. Too much strong evidence has come out, that is strongly calling Rosenstein and Mueller's credibility into question. It's time for Rosenstein to come clean and restore our faith in the Justice Department, by proving to the American People that his investigation is legitimate. If that strong, credible up-front evidence actually existed to justify the multi-million dollar investigation, Mueller shouldn't need more than a year to produce a credible wrong-doing report or a specific indictment directly related to wrongful Russia Collusion on the part of the President.

  • Mark Mittelstaedt

    05/20/2018 12:31 PM

    " Show me the man, and I'll find you the crime " - Lavrenti Beria, former head of the KGB under Stalin. All the scum of the deep state need to be extirpated and thrown in the pokey - for a good long time !

  • keith wingfield

    05/20/2018 12:27 PM

    A question, more than a comment: Jeff Sessions must have known about Operation Crossfire hurricane for a long period of time. Yet, he helped to hide this spying activity from the president and from the congressional investigating committees. Sessions is actively trying to protect the guilty parties! Can you please comment upon why Sessions has been acting so weakly? His complicity in this matter seems to make no sense.

  • George R. Ellis

    05/20/2018 12:13 PM

    So, according to Clapper and other liberal democrats, if the end result is "honorable" and "in the best interest of the people" it is okay to spy on political candidates, especially those of the opposing party or parties. Into the third world politics we go, led by the Indonesian raised Obama. Sad truth for America!

  • Stephen Mitchell

    05/20/2018 12:11 PM

    I have a question . Where is our " Attorney General " , Jeff Sessions , while all of this foolishness is going on ? Eric Holder was very evident in the Obama administration . But I don't hear a peep out of Sessions . Is he still the Attorney General ??

  • John C. Gore

    05/20/2018 11:38 AM

    Amazing but not surprising. Did the FBI have informants in the Clinton campaign monitoring Russian influence and meddling? The DNC and Hillary's campaign paid for a dossier on Trump that was crafted from Russian sources. And the Russians hacked into the DNC computers. Sounds like the FBI and Intelligence (sic) community were more interested in discrediting Trump than in thwarting Russian efforts to undermine our democracy. When it comes to the latter, the Russians appear to be succeeding beyond their wildest dreams.

  • Ilene Humphrey

    05/19/2018 10:02 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, you absolutely nailed it with this article!!! Obummer and company truly believe we, Americans, are dumber than a door nail trying to sale such Bologna! They are wasting their time, energy and dollars on such propanganda! Please keep articles of truth coming, you, Trey Gowdy and our President are the handful that do tell the truth! Oh yes, your beautiful daughter Sara also! I have shared this with fb friends.