In the calm before the storm that is the release of the Mueller report (at this writing, we’re still waiting), it’s been interesting to compare and contrast various media reports and musings. A relatively straightforward news account from THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ends with this:

“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) has made clear that barring a bombshell revelation in the Mueller report, she doesn’t expect her caucus to launch impeachment proceedings. ‘Impeachment is divisive for the country,’ Mrs. Pelosi said in an interview last week. ‘I set a very high bar to cross that threshold because, really, people want us to address their financial securities or insecurities, and that’s our responsibility.’”


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Setting aside the question of whether we want the Democrats in Congress addressing anything about our financial lives (short answer: OH DEAR, NO!), let’s contrast this passage with the ending of a REUTERS piece (thankfully identified up front as “Analysis,” but still) on the same subject:

 

“[Frank] Montoya, the former FBI agent [quoted earlier in the piece] said it should fall to Congress to decide whether the conduct found by Mueller warranted punishment such as the impeachment process in Congress to remove a President from office. ‘History suggests,’ Montoya said, ‘the impeachment process does not rely on establishing wrongdoing beyond a reasonable doubt.’”

 

In other words, never mind whether or not you have the evidence; go for it, Congress! That’s how REUTERS reporters Nathan Layne and Mark Hosenball end THEIR piece. (Also never mind that in the only modern-day impeachment to hit the floor of Congress, that of William Jefferson Clinton, there absolutely was evidence that established beyond any doubt at all that he had lied under oath. I digress.)

 

This piece, when viewed in terms not just of what it says but what it doesn’t, reads similarly to what we know the Mueller report is going to be, in that so many exculpatory details –- the ones you and I know because we’ve been following closely since 2016 –- are left out.

 

Take this paragraph: “To be sure, the investigation documented numerous contacts between Trump campaign figures and Russia, a willingness on the part of the campaign to accept help from Moscow, and no indication that the campaign told the Kremlin to keep out of an American presidential race.”

 

What it doesn’t say: There’s nothing wrong with having “contacts” with people who are Russians. Any campaign is going to have “willingness” to find out what it can about the other side, and there is nothing illegal about that, either. (However, it is illegal to pay foreign sources, which it seems Hillary’s campaign and the DNC –- apologies for the redundancy –- DID, through the law firm Perkins Coie and the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, who were working with Russians and Russian experts.) And if they want to say there’s no indication that the campaign told the Kremlin to back away, there’s also no indication that the FBI informed Trump of its suspicions that the Kremlin was trying to infiltrate his campaign. In fact, there is indication that the FBI deliberately chose not to tell him.


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Now, doesn’t that give a much more accurate picture?

 

Going on, in REUTERS: “No criminal conspiracy was documented, according to Barr. But tantalizing court statements by members of Mueller’s team and evidence disclosed in various prosecutions by the special counsel had suggested on several occasions during the 22-month investigation that a different conclusion had been possible.”

 

Really? The most recent of the “tantalizing court statements” came in early February of this year, loooooooong after it was known by Mueller that the FBI investigation into “Trump/Russia” was based almost entirely on a hoax, and it was delivered by none other than head prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, who said in a closed-door hearing that Mueller was still investigating contacts between Paul Manafort and his Russian business partner, whom they alleged had tied to Russian intelligence. These contacts pertained to the issue of Mueller sharing some poll information with him and also to the conflict in Crimea (I’m really condensing here). The point is, if Weissmann genuinely thought this was significant, it apparently turned out not be, as assertions about Manafort’s interactions with his partner were corrected in a court filing three weeks later.

 

Here’s another gem: “There are also witnesses like Papadopoulos, the first former Trump aide charged by Mueller who initially cooperated but became increasingly critical of the special counsel, especially after completing a two-week prison term in December.”

 

What it doesn’t say: George Papadopoulos became “increasingly critical” after he started putting two and two together and suspected that he had been unwittingly caught up in a hoax strategy by the FBI to investigate the Trump campaign, with shadowy international figures obviously planting information with him about Russia having damaging information on Hillary. I don’t know about you, but if that had been done to me, it would certainly make me “increasingly critical.” But this piece, like so many others, doesn’t even scratch the surface of information that would be exculpatory. The Mueller report is almost certain to read just the same way.

 

To anyone who’s been closely following the FBI/special counsel story --- as in, not relying on the mainstream press --- a piece like this is horribly frustrating to read. Every few sentences, one’s mind rebels, thinking, “What about THIS?...you forgot THAT!...no, that’s not quite right...yes, Comey said that, but he is coming from some other planet.” And so forth. One typical claim is that numerous people associated with the Trump campaign have been convicted or pleaded guilty, minus the qualifier that none of the crimes involve Trump and/or “collusion” with Russia.

 

The REUTERS piece, when boiled down, says to us, “Wow, there was a LOT to justify the Mueller investigation –- such tantalizing stuff! –- but it hasn’t panned out, though in the final analysis that doesn’t matter because it should fall to Congress to decide on impeachment, and they don’t need evidence of wrongdoing to go forward.” For what it’s worth (not much), here’s the piece in its entirety...

 

http://news.trust.org/item/20190414104653-pilwt


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A great palate-cleanser after reading this is Maria Bartiromo’s FOX News show, which this Sunday morning featured Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the congressman who’s been releasing transcripts of the closed-door congressional testimonies of such major players as Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Nellie Ohr and, most recently, James Baker, who revealed that he had argued strongly in favor of indicting Hillary. (Guess James Comey didn’t think of his own top legal counsel as a “reasonable prosecutor.”)

 

The emerging story –- that the DOJ protected Hillary –- is the kind of material that the mainstream media simply won’t touch, at least until they absolutely have to. Imagine their resentment towards Attorney General Bill Barr right now for forcing the issue, when all he’s really doing is stating the obvious and daring to say it needs to be looked into. Heresy.

 

Bartiromo also interviewed North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows of the House Oversight Committee on the subject of another upcoming report (expected in 4-6 weeks), this one from Inspector General Michael Horowitz. He and Rep. Jim Jordan recently met with the IG, and they anticipate seeing criminal referrals from him that “correspond with what Chairman Nunes has already put forth.” Especially compelling is the role the media played in the FBI’s strategic leaking, and Meadows expects the IG report to specifically address that. He also expects AG Barr to go beyond the IG’s scope to look at roles played by individuals at other agencies such as the DOJ and State Department.

 

It seems that journalism has become so twisted around that the only place we can get to the pertinent facts is in conservative opinion journalism, backed up by conscientious reporters such as Catherine Herridge at FOX News. John Solomon, for example, is listed at THE HILL as an opinion writer, not as an investigative reporter. I’ve noted before that this is probably fine with him, as it allows him to connect some dots that a hard news writer might not feel free to do. And so far, the evidence we’ve seen has proven him right. It’s proven us right, too.

 

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/mark-meadows-highly-likely-fisa-abuse-investigation-spawns-more-criminal-referrals

 

 

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  • Robert McFate

    04/16/2019 02:46 PM

    Huck; a quick quote from Article II Section 4 of the Constitution; "....Impeachment for, and CONVICTION of Treason, Bribery, or other high crimes or Misdemeanors." Congress is not a court of law so the word I did in all caps plays a very important roll in any proceeding that the House maybe stupid enough to attempt. I'm not a lawyer but I think even I could destroy them in court with just that part of the Constitution!

  • NILO FLORENCE

    04/16/2019 12:51 PM

    I love the way you summarize the information into The executive summary!!! Saves me a lot of reading time. Like the old saying of " Spare me the 9 months daily details, SHOW ME THE BABY!!"

  • Alan Doud

    04/16/2019 04:22 AM

    Going after destroying any one associated with Trump is a back door way of trying to bring down Trump. Makes many reluctant to be involved with Trump. There are no avenues being left uncovered. I can't understand why people can't see this for the coup it is. The voracious attack on him reeks of corrupt politicians wanting to strip him of all power to expose them. Oddly they have been exposing themselves, but only to those that take of propaganda blinders and view what is really going on. Unfortunately the world is looking at false medias and ignoring any that report honestly.

  • Joy Randolph

    04/15/2019 09:28 PM

    We saw the number of Americans that came to the rallies and loved President Trump. We saw no Russians!
    Just a bunch of good people looking for someone to change how our country was headed! President Trump has been a wonderful President despite all the hate from the liberals and the mainstream media. We pray daily that God will protect President Trump and his family! Thank you Gov. Huckabee for standing up for our President and our country!

  • Linda Olds

    04/15/2019 07:47 PM

    It was too much to hope for, that the Democrats and liberal media would accept the results of the Mueller investigation--Trump did nothing wrong. It's even understandable that Democrats try to spin it to say that President Trump really did something wrong, just not illegal--they're trying to hide their guilt by claiming that he's guilty.
    It's worse that the media is trying to twist the facts to claim that Trump is guilty. They know the facts and choose to ignore them.
    It's the media that is helping the Democrats tear America apart, to the delight of Putin. It's the media that's colluding with Russia to take America down, and trying to pin it on President Trump.
    I hope our President is strong enough to continue to win.

  • Janice Grice

    04/15/2019 07:21 PM

    Something troubling to me in the way our country is going is that history repeats itself.
    All through Bible times when God’s people walked with Him and obeyed His laws, they were blessed and protected. Then at times they got full of pride and arrogance and began turning their back on God. Because of His great love for His people He disciplined them. They were overthrown by enemies, placed in captivity, murdered, and such. When God’s people repented, God delivered them.
    Looks like to me we better get ready for a foreign power to overtake us, if we are going to go ahead in our stiffnecked way!
    This isn’t well said but I think you get what I’m trying to say.

  • Oscar Williams

    04/15/2019 05:42 PM

    Reuters' indoctrination....er....initiation into the "News Business" has a required gardening course: How to raise mountains by watering mole hills.

  • Diana Timmons

    04/15/2019 04:48 PM

    I depend on you to filter all the junk and haven’t heard anything g from you about the Omar tweet by the President. Am I to assume you didn’t have anything good to say, so you didn’t say anything; or, did I miss it? The Dems are pitching it pretty hard and it didn’t reflect very well on our guy. ???

  • Rose Teer

    04/15/2019 04:18 PM

    Mike, What I don't understand about the climate argument is that Trump hasn't pointed out the obvious, H.A.A.R.P. There are 4 known stations around the world and possibly even more and the use of them DOES heat up the planet and alter weather conditions. I believe they should be shut down. Crazy weather started when these stations became operational and they do cause global warming. Why hasn't this been brought to light? I would think Democrats would be all over this to be stopped! Thank you for reading.

  • Carol Clark

    04/15/2019 04:07 PM

    Very well said Governor Huckabee. I can’t wait until the characters who wasted our time and tax dollars and caused more problems in our country over this pack of lies smearing our President are investigated and prosecuted. Now that will be money well spent! It’s the only way to shut them down.

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    04/15/2019 03:16 PM

    Ref the Reuters opinion piece. If it were not for Fox news and some of the on-line journalists, we would be holding a wake for American journalism. I think mainstream journalism died about the time the rel Democratic Party died, in the Chicago riots of 1968. The current party which calls itself democrat bears about as much resemblance to the party of Truman, JFK, Adlai Stevenson, Scoop Jackson and Sam Nunn as CNN resembles a real news outlet.

  • Terry Ingle

    04/15/2019 02:56 PM

    Thank you Governor for your insight. I'm so sick of the news that I don't watch it very often and rely on your daily commentary to find out what's going on. I don't need a diversity of opinions as I trust yours.
    My wife and I watch your show every week and wouldn't miss it. We hope to make it from Fort Worth to Nashville someday for a taping...definitely on our bucket list. God bless you as you serve Him and continue to serve our country by telling the truth. Reasons for distrusting the democrats are endless. Just thought you ought to know...In case you list it...

  • Simon Templar

    04/15/2019 02:53 PM

    Some people did something in Paris

  • Robert McFate

    04/15/2019 02:48 PM

    "Congress determines impeachment". Wrong! The Constitution says that the president can be impeached for "high crimes and misdemeanors" not on the speculation of high crimes and misdemeanors !

  • Terry Ingle

    04/15/2019 02:40 PM

    Thank you Governor for your insight. I'm so sick of the news that I don't watch it very often and rely on your daily commentary to find out what's going on. I don't need a diversity of opinions as I trust yours.
    My wife and I watch your show every week and wouldn't miss it. We hope to make it from Fort Worth to Nashville someday for a taping...definitely on our bucket list. God bless you as you serve Him and continue to serve our country by telling the truth. Reasons for distrusting the democrats are endless...In case you list it...

  • Kevin J Cook

    04/15/2019 01:13 PM

    Let’s not forget that our system of justice is innocent until proven quilt. Mueliar had no case and found no crime which means Trump is innocent and therefore we don’t need Mueliar or anyone to “exonerate” Trump or anybody.

  • rodney burke

    04/15/2019 01:00 PM

    We are about to see the ultimate humiliation of nancy and co. They HAVE nothing to impeach upon except they don't like Trump. When they lay out all their non-evidence and Rudi and Jay rip it to shreds, there will be nothing. Make no mistake, Bill Barr will have something to say and it likely will NOT be nice. The stuff is about to hit the fan and the fan will be pointed back at dems. Of course all we have to do it drag out all the photos of Kerry and a Russian, Barry and a Russian, and no telling who else. Oh, don't forget the Russian reset. This is a hate filled fantasy and nothing more. This is irrational behavior and the psychologists and mental health people are going to have a field day. Time for indictments, time for the mass humiliation of a political party gone insane.

  • Jerry Korba

    04/15/2019 12:59 PM

    Mike I have known that you totally disagree with the left's handling of this hoax as I do what really bothers me is the millions of people who thought this really happened as the left said it did. I have commented long ago what the left was actually doing the collusion, illegal activities itself and transfered it to Donald Trump and of course the media ganged up on the President and made him the target. This is the mobs and gang members playbook I hope our AG untangles all of this including the godfather of it all Obama. California New York and Chicago these are such honorable sections of our country they have made sanctuary for the illegals, our citizens should demand the illegals move to those communities to keep them safe healthy educated provided with housing, driving licenses and money for not working until they get their hearing for asylum. It has come clear as to why these communities do so well financially they provide a great program for the illegals and the return the communities get is astounding. You do a wonderful service Sanctuary States and Cities God bless you for your new population. Please take care of your illegals the non Sanctuary States and Cities are counting on you don't let us down MAGA keep your illegals,,,,,,,,.

  • Amelia Little

    04/15/2019 12:44 PM

    Let's hope pelosi has found her brain cells and really means--it's over, time to move on. She might even be intelligent enough to realize that there is a LOT of evidence that would take down a LOT of democrats, so, let's not push it, maybe all that will go away. Nothing to see here, move on. Who knows, she might have actually spent some time listening to the likes of John Solomon and Sara Carter and fellow TRUE investigative reporters (or opinon people, if you rather.) Let's just hope that, if she is sincere, that she can shout down the newbies who probably don't even read/listen to msm "news." All those democrats are delusional, in denial, or haven't kept up with real news--or maybe all three. It's hard to believe that these people were actually elected to Congress!!!!

  • Rod Link

    04/15/2019 12:41 PM

    Will they wait for The Clinton tour to conclude before they have Hillary picking out the drapes and furnishings for Leavenworth or Guantanamo Bay? Asking for many patriotic Americans

  • Christine Travelstead

    04/15/2019 12:02 PM

    My thought is there was spying going by Obama and Hillary. No matter what this paperwork says the Democrats will never believe what it says. They will accuse someone of changing something to cover up President Trump. I will be so glad when this whole mess is over as I am sure all of Trumps supporters will be too. These people you have working in our government need to be replaced, everyone of them. Speaker of House and her friend Chucky are both miserable hateful people and they are unfit for this job. They need to step down!

  • Bennye J. St.Claire

    04/15/2019 11:56 AM

    Oh, by the way, "Unplanned" is showing at my local theatre. Why is that so unusual, this is a heavily Democratic county in a heavily Democratic state. Surprising where some independent thinkers show up, isn't it. Just sayin"

  • Harold Levi

    04/15/2019 11:33 AM

    Has someone pried Nancy Pelosi's head out of her hind-end? Given her past performance, my advice to the President is: Guard Your Queen!