Evening Edition - November 6

November 6, 2019 |

Update on the horrific story of the Mexican cartel ambush of the Mormon family with dual US-Mexican citizenship that killed three women and six children: one of the suspects has been arrested. He had a bulletproof SUV with four assault rifles and two bound-and-gagged hostages in the back. He was caught in the town of Agua Prieta, right across the US border from Douglas, Arizona.

I’ll bet the overwhelming majority of Tucson residents who killed the measure to make Tucson Arizona’s first official “sanctuary city” are feeling pretty good about their votes right now.



Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkish forces have arrested one of slain ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s wives and his sister and brother-in-law. He also attempted to needle President Trump and the US military by noting that Turkey “didn’t make a fuss like them” about capturing them.


I hate to belabor the obvious, but...”Dude! Our forces took out the #1 most-wanted terrorist in the world. Your forces arrested one of his four wives, his sister and his brother-in-law. Good for you, but I wouldn’t make a huge fuss about that, either.”

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Excellent and amusing point: liberals who love the “popular vote” so much that they want to abolish the Electoral College (really because they think it will help elect Democratic Presidents) sure do hate the popular vote when it keeps Sean Spicer on “Dancing With The Stars.”



It took a long time for Svetlana Lokhova, the Moscow-born woman who was falsely implicated in the media of compromising Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and having an affair with him, to put the pieces together and figure out how she was used to bring him down. But thanks in part to the digging by Flynn’s attorney, Sidney Powell, and revelations about the mysterious Stefan Halper’s role as conduit between intel officials and certain water-carrying reporters, she thinks she has figured it out.

Chapter 2 of Lee Smith’s new book “THE PLOT AGAINST THE PRESIDENT: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in US History,” sets the stage by going into detail about why Obama and his State Department didn’t want Flynn around. This seasoned general did not shrink from challenging policies with which he found fault. Most significantly, Flynn strongly disagreed with Obama on the Iran nuclear deal, and Obama absolutely could not tolerate anyone or anything getting in the way of that (terrible as it was). The administration wanted Flynn gone long before Trump came down the escalator and announced his candidacy for President, let alone got elected, let alone named Flynn as his national security advisor. By then, of course, Obama could see the writing on the wall and knew that Trump would be going in another direction, one that would completely change course from what he'd been doing in the Mideast. (Of course, by then, tremendous damage had been done. But I digress.)

Flynn had become an obvious threat to the existing intelligence community by 2010, when he published an article called “Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan.” To sum it up, Flynn thought the bureaucracy was “clueless” (his word) when it came to what was happening in the field; by the time information as sent to Washington and channeled through all the levels of hierarchy, it might be too late for soldiers on the battlefield, who needed to be able to use intelligence on the spot. He wanted to minimize the intel bureaucracy’s role. As Smith writes, “his proposed revolution threatened the budgets, jobs, and prestige of thousands of spies who constituted the intelligence bureaucracy.”

To put it mildly, the intelligence bureaucracy did not like this.

After he resigned as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in April 2014 and started a consulting firm that worked with foreign clients, he also started advising several GOP candidates for the 2016 race, telling reporters “he’d moved into public life because he thought the country was at risk.” He spoke openly about the corruption of the Clintons and “said he’d be willing to talk to anyone if it would help keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House.”

My kind of guy.

As Smith tells the story, by late 2015, fellow “revolutionary” Donald Trump was looking like the front-runner and Flynn was seen as moving closer to him. In December, Flynn's adversaries found an opportunity to compromise him --- by making it appear that he HAD been compromised --- by using a photograph of him sitting next to Vladimir Putin at a Moscow banquet commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Russian government-owned news network, RUSSIA TODAY (which now simply goes by “RT”). Flynn’s speakers bureau had arranged for him to attend the banquet and give the speech. He was given a defensive briefing both before and after the trip, as was the protocol. Everything was transparent and above board.

But the intel community had its eyebrow-raising photo, and, ironically, used the propaganda techniques employed by Josef Stalin to tar Flynn with it as a tool of Russia.

And that wasn’t the first time they had set him up to look compromised; here is where Svetlana Lokhova fits in. A dinner was given in Flynn’s honor in February of 2014 by Sir Richard Dearlove, a former director of the U.K.’s foreign spy agency MI6, at his Cambridge campus apartment, about an hour outside London. Also invited was Lokhova, a Moscow-born British historian of Soviet intelligence. (Much more detail about this meeting and those in attendance is contained in this chapter of Smith’s book.) Lokhova understands now that a false account was created about that dinner: that she was a lovely strawberry-blonde Russian spy and had compromised then-DIA Director Flynn by having an affair with him. All completely made up.

Cut to November of 2019. Investigative reporter Margot Cleveland has a fine article in THE FEDERALIST (posted November 4) that puts another puzzle piece on the board, explaining how the fake Flynn-Lokhova story got reported as real news. Lokhova found out herself that Stefan Halper, now outed as a CIA and FBI informant (SPY), was the source for WASHINGTON POST reporter David Ignatius. Also, Cleveland reports, the MI5-connected Christopher Andrew brags in an email obtained recently by THE FEDERALIST that his friend Ignatius has “the inside track on Flynn.”

There were about twenty people at the dinner; it was quite an exclusive event. Christopher Andrew, a Cambridge professor and the official historian of Great Britain’s domestic intel service (that’s the MI5 connection), was also there, seated next to Flynn. Stefan Halper was not present, but according to Lee Smith, he was a director, along with Prof. Andrew and Dearlove, of a private intel firm called Cambridge Security Initiative (CSI). This is all just so doggone cozy, it warms your heart.

It was the filing of Sidney Powell’s brief about the targeting of Flynn that helped Lokhova put things together. Powell had already done the heavy lifting: she had determined how the CIA, FBI, Stefan Halper and others had “used the unnamed and unaware Lokhova and the complicit Ignatius to destroy Flynn.” An excerpt from her brief appearing in Cleveland’s report also brings in another name, that of Col. James Baker at the Office of Net Assessment (ONA) at the Pentagon. (This isn’t the same James Baker who worked with James Comey at the FBI.) This James Baker, Powell writes in her brief, “is believed to be the person who illegally leaked the transcript of Mr. Flynn’s calls to Ignatius.”

Lokhova has known of Halper’s role in targeting Flynn since May of 2018, when Halper was outed as an intel informant (SPY). She then sued Halper and several media outlets over the phony story linking her with Gen. Flynn.

But she didn’t know how Ignatius came to report the story until seeing Powell’s latest brief.

The role of Prof. Andrew became clearer in February 2017 when he wrote an article for the LONDON SUNDAY TIMES entitled “Impulsive General Misha Shoots Himself in the Foot.” I assume “General Misha” is a slur against Flynn, as the article tells the fake story of Flynn and Lokhova and the dinner and the affair. After this article appeared, other media outlets such as the WALL STREET JOURNAL, NEW YORK TIMES, and WASHINGTON POST felt free to run stories about Flynn and the comely Russian “spy.” It was all fiction.

Lokhova didn’t discover Prof. Andrew’s article until she saw the one that followed it in the WALL STREET JOURNAL in March 2017.

There’s much more detail in Cleveland’s eye-opening article, linked to below. We’ve known that our own intel community was using the media to push its narratives, but now we can see the mechanics of the shameful effort to take down Gen. Flynn, including how it enlisted the aid of foreign intel agents, in this case from Britain. The people who did this to him need to pay.



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  • Vernon Hinz

    11/07/2019 03:49 PM

    What do the liberals care what happens in Mexico? They don't even care what hppens in this country as long as they can blame Trump

  • rodney Burke

    11/07/2019 01:51 PM

    Yes, Mike they need to pay DEARLY for this travesty. This entire affair is worse than ANYTHING Ian Fleming or John La Carre could imagine. This shows clearly how utter without scruples, dems/deep state are. And this need max exposure and the pictures of the players out for all to see. Shameful isn't nearly strong enough to characterize what happened...intentionally to Flynn

  • Alice C. Burkhart

    11/07/2019 12:08 PM

    Thank you for your constant testimony of your love for Christ, your family and the USA.
    Love the new format of "Evening Edition". Thanks and God bless you. Every day I ready from the Bible, book of Luke, chapter 12, verses 2 and 3. We are watching these words being fulfilled.

  • Lee B.

    11/07/2019 11:57 AM

    A friend sent me this link to a 2012 video that provides an informational backdrop to the Mexican cartel ambush of Mormon family members with dual US-Mexican citizenship. Among those slain were Lebaron family members according to one news report. The Lebarons are interviewed in this video entitled "The Mexican Mormon War (Drug Cartels vs. Mormons Full Length)." Shane Smith conducts the interviews.

  • Richard Geldhof

    11/07/2019 10:34 AM

    Excellent post yesterday Gov. about Lee Smith's book "The Plot Against The President" concerning all those causing damage to Gen. Flynn and President Trump from Obama and his leftist Administration. Finally Smith got to the meat of the hatchet problem to get rid of Flynn and an attempt to railroad Trump from being elected President and the media fell in with twisted and malicious swamp critters that need to be held accountable. All this to add fuel to unseat President Trump by interfering with his duties as the official elected office holder and America while they attempt to dismantle the Constitution under the disguise of impeachment - to defraud the American people with dishonest accusations.

  • Amelia Little

    11/07/2019 09:28 AM

    Thank goodness for Sydney Powell, Lee Smith, Gregg Jarret, Sarah Carter and all the others who are actually INVESTIGATING what has been going on--connecting all the links. I just pray that all those involved in illicit activities are charged, tried and convicted. Of course, the left would sob wildly, how dare their devoted duplicitous agents and politicians be taken to task for things the left wanted left under the rug. The same people who celebrated early morning, heavily armed invasions on homes, widely smearing of innocent (set up) people, and probably cheered the atrocious treatment of Paul Manafort. I only hope and pray that US voters can remove whomever is left standing from political office, and that the CIA, FBI, DOJ and other departments can be weeded out of essentially anti-American staff, with strong leaders that aren't going to give in to the left (soros, et al.)

    We also need to take a strong stance against the muslim groups that are infiltrating our country, attempting to bring in sharia law, etc...there is no place for them here, and any politician siding with them should be removed from office. I can't believe the anti-American rhetoric some of the squad are getting away with--they should be removed from office and few would cry if they left for a country that would welcome them.

    I have long thought msm was paid off by filthy (in more ways than one) rich leftist/socialist people to read from scripts given them. I still think that is true, but, Les Smith made sense saying that they (msm) follow the scripts or "lose access" to leaks and lies and misinformation (my words,) the "scoop." So, there seems to be little incentive to actually do their own investigative reporting. Except, of course, now abc is touting its exhaustive investigation into the sources about Epstein being murdered--and all this does is to put of actually reporting on anything---move along, nothing to see here, and probably thinking if they put it off long enough, it will be old news and no one will even remember. They aren't paying attention to the fact that people like Vance Foster and those who committed suicide in unusual, sometimes impossible ways are remembered even now.

    Keep up the good work, Governor. Just wish more people would read this and watch your show(s.)

  • Jerry Korba

    11/07/2019 08:11 AM

    I now believe the Congress on the Left side of the aisle are being helpful to the Mexican Cartels. My opinion is Pelosi and Schumer are being paid to obstruct building the Wall ,Obstruct Immigration Reform Laws, favor Sanctuary States and Cities; OH yes they dislike our President because he wants to stop drugs, Human traffic for sex rings, gang members from entering so the the Cartels can sell drugs here in the US. Pelosi and Schumer use the dislike for Donald Trump reason for not fixing these problems because in my opinion the money they receive from Cartels outweighs the need to fix our problems. Look at SF NY total neglect in their districts they could not care less what happens in the districts they represent Dispute this if you like Dirty Money is more powerful than Decency Dirty Money is winning!!!!!

  • Sabrina Whitaker

    11/07/2019 07:31 AM

    I am INFURIATED and DISGUSTED at these revelations!!!!! But do you remember the Story in the Book of Esther where the gallows were built by evil leadership for an innocent man? and then we all know who ended up standing, well hanging up there. Justice now or later....be sure it will come.
    Thanks for keeping us informed!

  • Christine Hankins

    11/07/2019 01:26 AM

    He Who is the Truth and hates lies, will cause the lies to be exposed and the truth to be known. God bless the people who search it out, and may all that Gen Flynn has lost thru these devilish schemes be restored to him many times over!

  • Frank Romano

    11/06/2019 11:14 PM

    Hang 'em high!

  • albert behrens

    11/06/2019 10:41 PM

    Impeachment proceedings against Pelosi and Schiff should be carried out. Reason: Crimes against the State of California' middleclass resulting in deteriorating quality of life!

  • Rick Augustine

    11/06/2019 10:14 PM

    Wow! Thanks Mike!

  • gary stilwell

    11/06/2019 09:27 PM

    Another reason for a vote to "PURGE" our Gov't--you cannot change what they are---the bad apples have infected the whole barrel-(even the staves are rotten--it's leaking profusely)--we need a new barrel, and fresh apples.

  • JC Holland

    11/06/2019 09:13 PM

    All this and still no charges. It all means nothing if Barr doesn't start arresting people.

  • Bruce Vanderhoef

    11/06/2019 08:52 PM

    Man alive, who can keep up with all the drama and bad players involved with taking down Michael Flynn? It's unfolding like a spy thriller movie that I'll have to watch on DVD so I can keep rewinding it in an attempt to figure out what's going on! I have a feeling the "good guys" are going to win this one. And I thought "Spy vs. Spy" from Mad magazine years ago was thrilling.....

  • Nelda White

    11/06/2019 08:00 PM

    It is sad that the democratic people are not paying attention to this. They are so caught up in praising the lies that they don't realize they will be treated just as corruptly if the dems get in office and the dems dare to disagree with them. I pray for our country, only God can lead us out of this mess. I believe He has blessed Pres Trump to lead our country and will defeat these liars and cheats.


    11/06/2019 07:49 PM

    It is more than shameful, but tragic how General Flynn has been pilloried in the press and by our own Government. I had wondered but didn't know until Sidney Powell uncovered this travesty and heard her share on Intercessors for America prayer call. God help us and mercy on the USA.

  • Elizabeth Crouse

    11/06/2019 07:40 PM

    Praying. Never seen such evil.

  • Thomas E. Broadbent

    11/06/2019 07:06 PM

    Yes, indeed, all of the people who were involved with the take-down of General Flynn should surely pay. He lost his house and everything, and these people need to pay him for what he lost financially, as well as a very healthy amount for damages to him personally as a result of all they have done.

  • The Rev. Dr. John Avery Palmer

    11/06/2019 06:55 PM

    Thanks Governor, for helping shed a little focused/understandable light on this convoluted and sad miscarriage of our Democratic Republic and Justice System;
    Aloha !

  • Sandra Garmon

    11/06/2019 06:43 PM

    Gov Huckabee, thanks for your Morning news and Evening Edition. I read every day and appreciate the knowledge and expertise that you share with us. I appreciate your humor, we need that sometimes. Thanks for all you are doing to support President Trump and our country. We are Winning! God Bless you.

  • Elaine Liming

    11/06/2019 06:36 PM

    This was a very good summary today. You have given us so many books to read; I think a list of these would be great. I have made note of Lee's book. If you have time add more books we should read about the Spy Gate ; Deep State; George Soros. I am a senior citizen that loves to read this type of story telling. It keeps the mind sharp.