June 10, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
AG BARR INTERVIEW REVEALS DEEP FBI CONCERNS
In a wide-ranging interview with FOX NEWS’ Bret Baier, Attorney General Bill Barr offered an update on the criminal investigation into allegations of FISA fraud and other abuses of power on the part of the FBI. I joined Judge Jeanine Pirro on Sean Hannity’s TV show Tuesday night to discuss it, as well as the escalating anti-police rhetoric that dominated Tuesday’s news.
The portion of Barr’s interview dealing with the Durham investigation is in this segment.
Incidentally, the Barr interview comes on the heels of a huge uptick in Senate inquiries on the subject of FBI misconduct, by both the Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees, as I reported in this previous commentary, in case you didn’t see it. Sen. Lindsay Graham and Sen. Ron Johnson, who chair these two committees, will finally be using subpoena power; Johnson has a long list of documents to examine and witnesses he intends to call. As I reported, Graham has been hitting some resistance from the FBI to his request to interview “Case Agent 1,” identified as Stephen Somma. Somma played a pivotal role in the set-up to spy on Trump campaign associate Carter Page.
Anyway, in his interview with Baier, AG Barr made it clear –- in his calm, understated manner –- that he sees the investigation into the Trump campaign as “very aggressive” considering the “very thin, slender reed” that was the basis for undertaking it.
"It seemed that the Bureau was sort of spring-loaded at the end of July to drive in there and investigate a campaign,” he said, “and there really wasn’t much there to do that on. And that became more and more evident as they went by but they seem to have ignored all the exculpatory evidence that was building up and continue pell-mell to push it forward.”
EXTREMISTS ON BOTH SIDES RUIN EVERYTHING
Proving that intolerant extremists on both sides ruin everything, the CEO of Maven Media, publishers of Sports Illustrated and Maxim, has caved to demands from young staffers (shades of the New York Times!) and will ask the board to revoke Maven's contract to host the website of the pro-police organization, Blue Lives Matter. The staffers called the website “embarrassing,” “horrible” and “a disgrace,” pointing to comments that were racist and called for using drones to shoot looters. (Note: note the site's content, but its COMMENTS section.)
Meanwhile, if you go to www.bluelivesmatter.blue, you’ll find it’s been taken down voluntarily, because of the comments and the anger over them. The site was set up to honor police officers who gave their lives in defense of the public, and to support their families. But they say that in the recent past, they’ve been flooded with angry, racist comments that have nothing to do with their vision. So they have to step back to regroup and try to find a way to combat that.
So once again, we have extremists ruining everything. Legitimate protests are tarnished by extremist rioters and looters. Legitimate pro-police organizations are tarnished by extremist commenters. Real issues and sincere attempts to deal with them get drowned in a torrent of anger, finger-pointing and judgmentalism, sparked by outside forces that are exploiting the controversy.
I wonder if those young staffers at Maven Media think it’s fair to judge their cause by the troublemakers who only showed up to set fires? If not, then why are they judging Blue Lives Matter by the same criteria?
DEADLIEST DAY IN CHICAGO IN 60 YEARS
While Americans around the nation, including in Chicago, were protesting the death of George Floyd and demanding the recognition of Black Lives Matter, it has been barely remarked upon for a week that Sunday, May 31st, was the most violent day in Chicago in 60 years. In that 24-hour period, 18 people were killed, including a high school student, college students with big dreams for the future, a hardworking father of two shot from a car driving by, and a father of three who was on his way to pay his phone bill when he was fatally shot.
From Friday evening through Sunday at 11 p.m., 25 people were killed and 85 wounded by gunfire. Most of the victims were black. This article tells more about them, and the heartbreaking loss of their lives for no reason whatsoever. They weren’t victims of cops but of an entrenched system that’s allowed poverty and violence to fester for decades as the violent death toll continues to mount. Don’t their lives matter, too? If there must be systemic change so their loss won’t be in vain, then stop the blame-shifting and political games, and change the system that actually led to their deaths.
LEAST SURPRISING NEWS OF THE DAY (ASIDE FROM ROMNEY NOT VOTING FOR TRUMP):
The uber-liberal president of the Los Angeles City Council who is pushing the measure to slash $150 million from the police budget has had two LAPD officers ordered to stand watch at her private home since April, providing her with personal security.
Hey, I think I know the first thing we can cut from the police budget!
GANDHI NOT WOKE ENOUGH
If the vandalizing of the Lincoln Memorial and the memorial to the all-black Civil War regiment didn’t provide enough proof that the violent vandal faction of the protesters doesn’t know or care anything about the cause they’re allegedly protesting for, this should settle it once and for all. While rampaging around Washington, DC, they also vandalized a statue of Mahatma Gandhi: history’s most famous “person of color who fought white colonialism through non-violent resistance.”
As Bryan Preston of PJ Media asks, if Gandhi isn’t “woke” enough for them, who is? The obvious answer: “Nobody, so shut up!”
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY (KJV)
"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:6-7 (KJV)