Mueller indicts Russian nationals

February 17, 2018

Robert Mueller announced indictments Friday of 13 people in his investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. But even before Joy Behar could start dancing with glee, it was announced that the targets were all Russian nationals (plus three Russian entities). Their shenanigans had no effect on the election outcome, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the indictments include no allegations that any American was a knowing participant in the Russian troublemaking.

Presumably, that means there’s still no evidence that anyone in the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to rig the election, so sit down, Joy. In fact, the indictment makes clear that the Russian meddling was all over the political map, in some cases boosting Trump, in others boosting Bernie Sanders. The Russians were behind organizing a pro-Trump rally and a He’s-not-my-President “Resistance” rally. Generally, they just used social media to stir up division, animosity and distrust in the US electoral system, which is pretty much what a lot of liberal news websites do for free.


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Naturally, the Administration and its supporters are saying this proves the “Russian collusion” business is much ado about nothing; just a feeble excuse for Hillary Clinton blowing what she thought was a slamdunk election. She didn’t lose because of a Russian conspiracy; she lost because the liberal policies she championed were proven failures, she insulted her base, she didn’t campaign in swing states and she had a sense of entitlement bigger than the Clinton Foundation’s collection plate.

But conspiracy theorists have too much invested in their fantasy to let it go just because it's proven groundless, so the conspiracy always expands to take in any new information that threatens the narrative. In this case, the anti-Trumpers’ immediate reaction wasn’t chagrin at having wasted over a year of their lives watching Rachel Maddow do her “Beautiful Mind” impression by trying to piece together a web of collusion from rumors, news clippings and fever dreams. Instead, they insisted that these indictments must be just the “tip of the iceberg” and more will soon surely follow, at last bringing down that rascally Putin puppet, Trump. They’ve become like Wile E. Coyote, always believing that the very next gizmo to arrive from the Acme Company will finally catch the Roadrunner.


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As for the Mueller investigation, after distracting our government from doing the people’s business, roiling the media and costing millions of taxpayer dollars, it’s managed to launch shaky indictments at a few Trump campaign associates (none of which have anything to do with the 2016 campaign) and indict a baker’s dozen Russians who will likely never face trial because (ta-da!) they’re in Russia. He’s also proven (big surprise) that Russia likes to meddle in other nations’ elections, as do many other nations, including us. But while they didn’t affect the election, they must be overjoyed at getting so much bang for their troublemaking buck, with the Democrats and the media spending over a year tearing Americans apart over a few Facebook ads, Twitter tweets and phony rallies. If Trump’s critics really think Americans shouldn’t be helping Russia undermine faith in the integrity of US elections, then maybe stop helping them do that.

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  • Karen Mays

    02/20/2018 09:00 AM

    They need to stop this Russian investigation and get down to the business of our government. We pay their salaries and I think that most of them should be fired. We really don't need all those individuals in government...what a waste of taxpayer money. I would like them to start investigating the medical field and why our prescriptions are so expensive. My husband is a diabetic and his insulin is so expensive we can not afford it.

  • Ben Johnston

    02/19/2018 09:51 PM

    Are they doing the same thing now with the gun control rallies?

  • Richard Rodefeld

    02/19/2018 04:27 PM

    Why would the Russians support Trump in an election. They know Hillary can be bought for the right amount ie. the uranium deal followed two weeks later with a $500,000 payment to Bill for a 30 minute
    speech in Russia.

  • Pamala L. Monis

    02/19/2018 04:09 PM

    Very well stated sir. I love the way you are able to cut out all the garbage, tell it like it is and typically do that in less than 100 pages. Lol. Keep you up the great work that God planted here to do. Praying for you, Sarah, your entire family and your team.

    May God continue to bless you. ????????

  • Shauna Dickerson

    02/19/2018 02:43 PM

    I was hoping this might put an end to the Russian investigation. Maybe not. After a year, there's no evidence against Trump or his supporters. But we have the dossier, paid for mostly by Clinton Foundation and the suspicious memos that still seem like a big nothing to me.

  • Virginia Cox

    02/19/2018 09:42 AM

    I agree with Eric Denton. The Obama Administration should be held accountable for all their actions against the very oath of office which is to uphold our constitution.

    I further think that any Soros paid politician should be audited and if their actions have set them up against our country; I.e. Obama giving money to our enemies and allowing ISIS training camps to set up in America and giving arms to drug cartels to scare Mexicans and enemy combatants from other parts of the world over our Southern border is treasonous. Hillary Clinton profiting off of Uranium One, pay for play with drug cartels, using the State Dept. for she, Obama and Soros's evil doings of drug trafficking, arms smuggling and human trafficking. It is not rocket science as to motive in her secret personal email server. Both AGs of the DOJ, Comey and Mueller along with other top people in the CIA, FBI, IRS, DOJ are all complicit in running the day to day money laundering of all these crimes.

    Treason is what they have perpetrated against their office and their duty to American citizens. When is equal justice going to be the norm of our government? A sailor can be Court Marshalled for having a picture of his work station on his cell phone. He did not sell his information. He was proud and just wanted to share it with his family but he gets locked up while Obama and Hillary weaponize and fund ISIS destabilizing Muslims and murdering Christians. I believe Ambassador Stephens was not okay with the arms being given to our enemies which is why he was taken out. Every time under Obama when we had an operation going on, our enemies were told in advance thus putting American soldiers as easy targets for death or disability.

    They should be put in Gitmo before five years pass. That is when Obama said his documents could be unsealed. Ironic, in his mind, they will orchestrate a coup or civil war by then, so he's feeling pretty confident that Soros' Purple Revolution will long put Obama's treachery in the rear view mirror. They need placed in Gitmo as enemy combatants until all evidence can see the light of day. Introduce Rice, Wasserman-Shultz and Huma to the nail puller and they will sing like song birds. We know Obama and Hillary are guilty taking instructions from Soros to bring down this nation. The Oversight Committee did an excellent job of getting the truth. You do not plead the fifth or say I do not know unless you are guilty. All of Obama's departments were breaking the law, wasting tax payer dollars or obstructing justice, committing perjury (Clinton and Comey). If we do not incarcerate them now, they will still have too much control over the future of our country. My ancestors did not die on the battlefield for a socialist or communist nation, but for The United States of America. We as Americans are sick of the double standard to the rule of law. We need people like yourself, Mr. Huckabee to help President Trump make America great again.

  • Andy Roman

    02/19/2018 02:02 AM

    I agree with You Mike 100%. My extreme frustration is that we are accumulating tons of evidence that the real travesty is what the Hillary Campaign colluded to do with the Russians to destroy Trump with fake dossier and false charges and yet, what is being done about it? Has Attorney General Sessions empaneled a grand Jury? have people been arrested? has any prosecutions taken place?? Please help divert media attention to the prosecuting these injustices rather than everyone just talking about them. We need ACTION taken now! We all now now the problems, lets see some solutions.

  • Roger Berry

    02/18/2018 11:48 PM

    I expect the Russians and China and other nations to interfere in USA elections but I don't expect Americans to interfere in our elections. I definitely don't appreciate the way Obama administration interfered with Brexit and our other allies elections.

  • Senior Lee

    02/18/2018 09:30 PM

    Wonder who was first meddling in our elections, the Russians or Soros?

  • Jimmy Holmes

    02/18/2018 09:25 PM

    Re the Florida shootings: A lot of finger pointing has been done but no one has made definitive mention of the real cause of many of these horrific events. I'm referring to the Democrat sponsored Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and the SCOTUS decision in the Olmstead ruling in 1998-1999. This ruling made it possible for people with mental illnesses, tending to violence, to avoid institutionalization if against their wishes. A timely amendment of the AWDA would have possibly saved the lives of Sandy Hook children as well as the many children who were murdered at the hands of other afflicted persons who should have been restrained. The court ruled in the Omstead case that mental illness was a disability and that institutionalization was discrimination. Ruth Bader Ginsburg , an avowed and vocal Democrat pushed the court decision to its conclusion. She, in effect, gave schizophrenics a license to carry assault rifles and prey on soft targets,

  • Anne Lofranco

    02/18/2018 09:17 PM

    You mean to tell me all those anti-Trump demonstrations were't funded by Geo. Soros? Somebody is getting paid off.

  • Barbara White

    02/18/2018 05:33 PM

    Thank you Mr Huckabee 4 giving us truthful feedback on all the news being recorded. We appreciate your commentaries sprinkled with humor but always with honesty.

  • Eric B. Denton

    02/18/2018 05:02 PM

    To: Whom it Should Concern February 14. 2018

    The 'Swamp' in Washington, D.C. needs to emptied. There is not much doubt in my mind that both Parties are to blame. The issue of whether the Republican Campaign colluded with Russia to help the Trump victory needed to be resolved. Mueller should be allowed to complete his investigation.

    Separately, the other Party also needs a Special Counsel assigned in view of the information that has dribbled out in the past few months.
    Judicial Committees in both houses of Congress, though probably biased, have unearthed enough damning evidence in various emails and other records to warrant a complete investigation. Evidence discovered by Judicial Watch, likely less biased, also points to the need.

    It is not just Hillary Clinton! The 'DEEP STATE' under President Obama could be the REAL Culprit! Our CIA, FISA Court, FBI, and Justice Department are , and were, loaded with top level management officials who have very likely committed TREASON against our Republic!
    - - - And their leader, Obama, if proven complicit, should be held fully responsible for what occurred.

    Our Republic cannot long survive if our Constitutional Protections are ignored, especially with regard to the highest office in the land.

    - - - -Sincerely, Eric B. Denton PE MSc.

    copyright ©ebdenton2018 [email protected]
    Note:: Mr. Denton received a 2014 Diamond Award from the University of Washington, College of Engineering, for 'Distinguished Achievement in Industry'.

    cc. U.S. Attorney General, Judicial Watch, White House

  • Senior Lee

    02/18/2018 04:35 PM

    Collusion was, Obama Admin., Hillary camp., DNC, top levels of Justice and the FBI and the mainstream media all against Trump. A good way to term limit would be for any elected person to lose retirement if they lose election. If they retire before election they keep it.

  • Patricia A. McMahon

    02/18/2018 04:08 PM

    Hope you can help me. I was trying to read your story on EBT cards; my computer kept getting an
    error message about the page. Could you please tell me what the number 1 purchase on the cards was? This topic is of great interest to me. I think that POTUS's plan to have healthy food delivered to
    program members is a much better idea.
    Pat McMahon
    Buffalo, NY

  • Jennifer Hill

    02/18/2018 04:08 PM

    Dear Gov. Huckabee: So, do you think Rosenstein and Mueller will ever go away, as well as Obama, Soros, Clinton and the rest of the cabal?? And, do you think you could put a word in to Melania Trump to start acting like The Catholic Christian she proposes to be and forgive her husband "77 times 7" per Holy Scripture?? Our newly elected baby Christian President has the whole world on his shoulders, so when he reaches for his wife's hand, the least she could do is not rebuff him! It makes me and I'm sure so many others hurt for him!!!! That is very low, and very base of her and destroys all her grace and good taste! Shame on our First Lady, Melania Trump!!! You're a pastor, so maybe you could set her straight. She is a disgrace to America for treating her husband this way and needs to remember her wedding vows!!!
    God bless you and protect you and our new president!!
    Thank you -
    In Holy Love,
    Jennifer Hill

  • Samuel Smith

    02/18/2018 03:10 PM

    Wow! You would think that if there was any Russian meddling in the 2016 election, that by know our intelligent agents would have found it by now. Could it be that our intelligent agents are not that good or does the Russians have some new technology that we do not know about and there for we would not be able to find the evidence? As for me it all comes down to the fact that the left hates Pres. Trump so much that they will do any thing believe any thing to get him out of office, even if that means putting your hope and faith in a lie!

  • Ronald Barton

    02/18/2018 03:07 PM

    Mike. Until someone ARREST, COMEY, HILLARY, and the rest of the CONSPIRATORS, we will be living under a SHADOW of TREASON, UNPUNISHED!
    HOPEFULLY, after the midterms, we will have a MORE POWERFUL CONGRESS, TO HELP AMERICA SURVIVE!

  • Ronald Barton

    02/18/2018 02:59 PM

    Mike! What I find Amazing is that people can't see through all the PROPAGANDA put out by the FAKE NEWS!
    I know that it's not an intelligence problem !
    Is it just the VILE LEFT as described in ISAIAH?

    IT'S OUR LAST CHANCE TO SAVE OUR COUNTRY!

  • Darrel B. Couch

    02/18/2018 02:54 PM

    Mike, Isn't it a shame all of the troublemakers who said they would leave America if Trump won have changed their mind. Could it be that America is the greatest country on the face of the planet? For proof, I provide the proof above all of their gripes. People, millions per year, from all over the world are knocking our borders down to get here any way they can. If they could get one, they would even come on birch bark canoes. Breaking our puny laws is the least of their worries.

    In the mean time, so few are leaving America, they can travel first class all expenses paid by individuals, like Sean Hannity, who offered to pay their fare, but we are still stuck with them. I haven't heard of any takers.

    Yes, some Americans already living abroad, do revoke their citizenship. 5,400 last year. They were expats who simply were not coming back and were avoiding paying American taxes.

  • David Zehren

    02/18/2018 02:22 PM

    You said: "Their shenanigans had no effect on the election outcome,"
    There are two reasons why an honest man would be embarrassed by that misleading statement:
    1) how do you know it had no effect on the outcome of the election? Do political ads and social media and public events have no impact on very close elections?? even elections so close in several key states that the electoral college result differs from the total popular vote?
    2) one of the standard definitions of shenanigans is "silly or high-spirited behavior; mischief" . That's how you describe Russian efforts to influence our election?
    I am sorry that you are not an honest man. You should be too, but I doubt you are. Your dishonesty obviously serves other important motives, so I doubt you will give it up.

  • Cecil Bush

    02/18/2018 02:22 PM

    The Russians are "laughing their a____s off" (Trump) and the media are the "STOOGES". (Or complicit).

  • Elizabeth Beardslee

    02/18/2018 02:20 PM

    Governor Huckabee, you are always so spot on and with a delicious sense of humor. I very much enjoy your observations. I also hope this perpetual nonsense has an end date.

  • Laurie Giesler

    02/18/2018 02:12 PM

    Excellent summary and insightful tongue-in-cheek observations! Too bad the snowflakes can’t see the truth - and they didn’t melt last summer!

  • jack macdonald

    02/18/2018 01:51 PM

    Our media seems a good imitation of Izvestia and Pravda (Communist media). I really can't see a difference since our media is every bit as good as the Russians at spreading disinformation (propaganda). They selectively print nothing positive that is occurring and have successfully created serious division among our citizens. It would be interesting to know why they take such delight in this accomplishment. A normal, thinking person would not accept all the crap put out by a corrupt media, but numbers of low info people (includes people attending many of our universities) are growing by the day. God help us. jack

  • Albert F Beede

    02/18/2018 01:37 PM

    I, for one, Mike, do read your comments, and appreciated your dogged, determined efforts on our behalf. I am amazed at your energies, Sir, and am appreciative. Roll on !!
    Vr/AB

  • Regena Brown

    02/18/2018 01:21 PM

    So not being familiar with all the legal ins and outs of an indictment such as this, what happens next?

  • Denny Rogers

    02/18/2018 01:08 PM

    13 Months , Millions of Tax dollars all for what ? 13 Russian's that can not be touched and Putin setting back and laughing . Very sad

  • Andrea Lynn-Rodgers

    02/18/2018 12:54 PM

    My heart is so broken over the school shooting - broken for the families and broken to find out even more about our failing and disgraced FBI, an agency which I used to hold in very high esteem. It is appalling to find out that the leadership of the FBI is more concerned with covering up the illegal political activities of the elites than with protecting our children. It is appalling and extremely sad. Governor Huckabee, please continue exposing the corruption that permeates our government.

  • Cherise Miller

    02/18/2018 12:54 PM

    Pardon my ignorance, but I don't believe I have heard where these Russians are located. Are they in the U.S. or in Russia? If they are in Russia, how can we do anything to them??? Thank you for keeping us informed. Love your sense of humor in these articles, also. Have a Blessed Day.

  • Glenn Richardson

    02/18/2018 12:32 PM

    Ignore Joy and Rachel. They are not worth the ink it takes to print anything about them. Both are evil as far as I'm concerned and evil does what evil will do to keep the devil alive in their minds.

  • Sue C Lilley

    02/18/2018 12:20 PM

    I think the same Gov. Huckabee. I also think Mueller had no choice but to indict Russians otherwise he would have had to indict Democrats for the Dossier and fake FISA warrent.

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  • Marjorie Conner

    02/18/2018 12:12 PM

    I do wish this investigation with Russia would stop. I do not like to see taxpayers money being spent in something that means nothing.

    This is probaly why our country is in so much debt spending that does not help areas that should be, but guess when you spend others peoples money, what the HECK. My opinion

  • Marjorie Conner

    02/18/2018 12:11 PM

    I do wish this investigation with Russia would stop. I do not like to see taxpayers money being spent in something that means nothing.

    This is probaly why our country is in so much debt spending that does not help areas that should be, but guess when you spend others peoples money, what the HECK. My opinion

  • Audrey Enzor

    02/18/2018 12:10 PM

    Big whoop and a big waste of time with tax payer's money---so 13 Russians indicted for doing what the USA has been doing in the Middle East and elsewhere.
    What does Mueller think HE (the big cheese) can do about it ? Is he THAT dumb ?
    God help us all. ????????

  • Robert Williams

    02/18/2018 12:06 PM

    I think the Russian saga not only should have never being started it definitely should stop right now. Hillary lost because of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. The real Russian collusion is the FBI, DNC, Obama and the Clinton campaign.

  • David E Steuber

    02/18/2018 12:05 PM

    Perhaps one of the accuseds should come to the U.S. to stand trial for their "crime." It might be humorous to see the government put on its case against them.

  • LeAnn Kathman

    02/18/2018 11:58 AM

    Did Soros fund this insanity? Trump supports (me included) were now swayed by this kind of horse hockey. We voted for him because we wanted a non-politician in office, we wanted someone that didn't 'owe' anyone anything, and we wanted the swamp (personally I call it the sewer) drained. It annoys me that they think they can sway us so easily. Last but not least could Rachel and Joy please move to Russia? I'll buy the one way ticket.

  • Donald G. Davidson

    02/18/2018 11:46 AM

    Do you publish ALL the comments, or are you selective?

  • Daniel L

    02/18/2018 11:41 AM

    As usual Mike - your comments were spot on... but when are we going to get the indictments for the real criminals in the DNC, the Clinton campaign (especially Hillary) and the DOJ and FBI executives who committed acts of treason in attempting to overturn the will of the American people. The people must go to prison or we should never ever prosecute another American again, for anything. There must be one law for everyone, not one for the deplorables and one for the elite like Clinton and Obama and high office gov officials, all of who believe they are above the law.

  • Zofia Dunian

    02/18/2018 11:33 AM

    The most disturbing and uneasy question here for me is WHY the Russians were so successful in doing this? Are they more sophisticated, more intelligent?

  • Lois foy

    02/18/2018 11:32 AM

    I enjoy reading your comments and also your great sense of humor.

  • ronald gervell

    02/18/2018 11:32 AM

    If all of this Russian intrusion started in 2014 and continued thru the elections, why didn't the Obama administration do some serious investigations back then? It seems to me that Obama wanted to obstruct the Clinton Russian involvement from becoming public, to insure a clinton victory. Another form of the Obama's administration unconstitutional and illegal actions. God Bless America and the Trump administration. I cannot financially capable to support your cause at this time, but I will try to help in some way in the near future. God Bless you and good luck with your endeavors.

  • Annie White

    02/18/2018 11:23 AM

    The Russian indictments are just a smoke screen to take attention away from the fact that the FBI is not doing its job of enforcing the law and investigating real crimes with real facts that are waving in front of their faces. All this due to poor, corrupt, biased leadership in the FBI wasting manpower and an enormous amount of funds to investigate this Russian/Trump collusion witch hunt for more than a year and pointing out that they miss all the real issues such as individuals that have been reported to the FBI that they will be a school shooter and the obvious real crimes of FBI upper management and the Hillary fake paid for report colluding to overthrow the Trump agenda and after the election trying to get information in order to impeach Trump. The upper leadership it corrupt, need to be investigated, jailed for this collusion and efforts to basically overthrow the will of the people in an election. Those that are corrupt are still in the FBI, one transferred to, of all areas, Human Resources which makes decisions of hiring and firing employees. How ridiculous is this? These people need to lose their jobs, their benefits and go to jail. FBI needs leadership that will get back to their job of investigating, enforcing the Constitutional laws, preventing by investigations acts of horrific nature and terrorism which they have a very dismal record of doing and get out of the political arena. Drain the SWAMP... good place to start = FBI upper leadership! We all know that all countries try to disrupt other countries' elections (this includes the U.S.). This has been going on since about 1917. And the U.S. has been and still investigate and disrupt these attempts by other countries to disrupt our elections... so again, this announce by Mueller to have indictments against these Russians is just a smoke screen.


  • Bob Harvey

    02/18/2018 11:13 AM

    I have been following you for the last few years. You were my initial first choice for President in 2016. Your insight to government and politics is fascinating. I support you, your daughter and our President. Thank you for all your good info.

  • George Blood

    02/18/2018 11:00 AM

    Mueller is such a false misleading deep state lackey. He indicted those Russians just to support the liberals fake news allegations. He knows none of those indictments will ever lead to trials and probably would get dismissed for lack of evidence were they ever got in a US court, unless it was before a ninth circuit district judge. It is way past time for Mueller to cease and desist. He is only lining his pockets on tax payer money. Then need to indict all the real criminals. Clinton, Obama, Holder, IRS employees, Justice department attorneys and FBI agents. The media has repeatedly stated that Mueller has broad powers to indict any person involved in criminal activities whether it has to do with the Russian interfering in US elections or not. Why hasn't he indicted the criminals unless he is one of them too.

  • Carol Wisniewski

    02/18/2018 10:56 AM

    President Trump needs to set up meetings with national security officials to determine how to identify these types of interferences and report to American public. Obama dropped the ball on this.

  • Bennye St Claire

    02/18/2018 10:48 AM

    You see Mikie: Just momma told me , an honest man will do his job properly if you leave him alone. If you don't he'll ither quit or tell you to go straight to he double well. Just sayin'

  • Richard Valentine

    02/18/2018 10:47 AM

    It seems that sowing distrust in the election system is just one of the attacks on all institutions that support individualism. A proposal a few years go, that got scant attention, proposed that we end actual elections and switch to “scientific” polling to elect a president, it didn’t go far, but it does expose the future intentions. What is under attack is individualism in any form, collectivism or socialism are presented as the highest achievements of mankind and are in direct opposition to the recognition of an individual which impededs the collective rise of mankind. These people do believe that a lie that supports collectivism outweighs the individual lie itself, anything that promotes the collective is honorable and in fact carries with it the imperative of the collective. Any truth that promotes individualism is on its face false, even if it is true, this is because the truth of collectivism outweighs all other truths. This is also why real Christianity is under intense attack, it promotes individual responsibility to God, irregardless of the laws on man - God is not subject to the laws of mankind and those subject to him are not as easily manipulated. They are desperate to change the election laws, not because they think they are losing, but rather because they see the end in sight - they can almost touch their end goal of complete control. Their anger and bitterness stem from the fact that they could almost touch the prize just as it was snatched away. They are impatient to return to their transforming the nation and will do so with vengeance as soon as they regain control of Congress. Remember they have the eduction system and the youth so their victiory has just been delayed.