May 23, 2018

Tuesday was so full of breaking news on problems with the “Trump/Russia” investigation that it’s hard to know where to start. But I’ll save the potentially most monumental for last.

Over a dozen House Republicans are calling for a second special counsel to look into the FBI’s investigations of both Hillary and Trump and the apparent spying on the Trump campaign –- in particular, how and why the investigation was initiated. It’s understandable that they would want this; the Justice Department really can’t be trusted to investigate itself, and the Mueller probe is tainted in ways we all know. Also, the IG is limited; he can’t indict anybody, convene a grand jury or deal with anyone currently outside the DOJ/FBI. Considering that practically the whole top tier of Obama’s FBI is gone now, plus Loretta Lynch, plus Hillary, plus Obama, who is the IG going to talk to? BUT, there are problems with a special counsel as well: for example, who would be supervising this special counsel and deciding the scope of the investigation? If it’s Rod Rosenstein, how would this be an improvement?

In more news, a meeting has been set for Thursday to include Devin Nunes, Trey Gowdy, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, and Edward O’Callaghan (Rod Rosenstein’s deputy) to discuss information directly related to “informants” (spies) in the Trump campaign who reported back to the FBI. Rod Rosenstein –- acting in place of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who may as well be playing golf in Palm Springs --- agreed to cooperate in this, but it’s hard to predict what shape such “cooperation” will take. Will members of Congressional committees actually be able to see documents, or will they only be briefed? Will Democrats be included, as Chuck Schumer is demanding, and will the meeting be plagued with leaks as a result?

And here’s more: One-time Trump campaign advisor Michael Caputo –- remember the man who was pretty well bankrupted just from the legal costs associated with testifying to the special counsel? –- says there must have been more than one “informant” (spy) because he was approached, repeatedly, by someone himself. This person claimed to have been talking with a former government official who said he had Hillary-related emails that he wanted to get to the Trump campaign. The timeline fits, but this person claims to have been doing nothing more than engaging in cocktail chatter. One interesting side note: Caputo says he told all this to Mueller’s team but that they didn’t seem interested and didn’t even appear to be taking notes.

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Another campaign associate, Sam Clovis, who worked on Trump’s foreign policy team, is now sure he was approached during the campaign because the man who initiated contact was Stefan Halper. As he said in an interview with Tucker Carlson, Halper told him he knew Carter Page, and he thinks Halper was using their meeting to help him get a meeting with George Papadopoulos. They talked mostly about China, not Russia. At the time, Clovis thought nothing of it, but recent reporting caused him to suspect Halper’s real intent was to create a link between Hillary’s emails and the Trump campaign. “This clearly was an effort to build something that did not exist,” he said.

Oh, and there’s more news. If you missed former CIA Director James Clapper’s appearance on THE VIEW, agreeing with Joy Behar that the Trump campaign should be GLAD his campaign was being infiltrated by spies to root out Russians, well...consider yourself lucky.

I saved the most interesting news for last. By far the most significant story of the day is the case made by Northwestern University law professor Steven Calabresi that the appointment of Robert Mueller is flatly unconstitutional. As explained by Mark Levin on his Tuesday radio show, the Appointments Clause of the Constitution makes the distinction between “inferior” officers (such as administrative assistants, chiefs of staff, etc.) and “principal” officers (such as cabinet secretaries and U.S. attorneys), who must be nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The argument goes that Mueller was given such massive power –- far more expansive than that of past special counsels/prosecutors, with no real oversight or limit –- that he is, in effect, a “roving U.S. attorney.” In fact, four members of his team, including Andrew Weissmann, appearing in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, in the Paul Manafort case were also appointed as special assistant U.S. attorneys. And if officials of that status are reporting to Robert Mueller, that definitely means he is at least the equivalent of a U.S. attorney. The special counsel, if he’s to be given such power, MUST be appointed by the President –- NOT by Rod Rosenstein, who usurped the President’s power –- and then he MUST be confirmed by the Senate. So Mueller’s appointment as special counsel was a big fat mistake (in that way, and in every other way I can think of).

Incidentally, this is the court presided over by Judge T. S. Ellis III, the one who had plenty to say about Mueller’s “squeeze” tactics in the Manafort case. Wonder what he might say about this!


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  • Adrienne Johnson

    06/04/2018 07:52 AM

    My husband and I highly respect you! We love your show! I read your email newsletters and agree 100% with virtually everything. We also love your daughter. You all did a good job with her. She is magnificent! Take care, Governor. We remember you in our prayers.

  • Norma Blatz

    05/29/2018 01:46 PM

    has anyone considered that Jeff Sessions could actually be a "never Trumper" or a progressive/communist in disguise? I so agree with you that we can't give up but how to keep everyone involved through the mid terms. I live in CA so even much harder because so many feel there is no hope and it is very discouraging to hear people just spouting off the liberal media talking points/hate for President Trump without even trying to check if what they are saying is correct.

  • Barbara Gray

    05/26/2018 09:38 AM

    I, and most of my friends, are tired of hearing 'Russia,Russia,Russia". We believe there was NO collusion. We also believe that it was funny in the debates before the election that the Dems were making a big deal about Candidate Trump not saying a definite YES when asked if he would accept the outcome of the election with no problems. It turns out that they have not yet accepted the outcome of the election 2 years down the road. Stop this insanity. Quit signing Mueller's and his kangaroo court's paycheck and they will stop this stupid investigation pretty quick. They are wasting our tax dollars and growing richer by the day. With all the money they have spent hunting nothing, they could have given us poor folks on SS more than a $2 a month raise!

  • carole braden

    05/25/2018 11:57 AM

    I'm so sick and tired of it all and I don't even understand half of it

  • Robert Hornbeck

    05/25/2018 09:02 AM

    "...MUST be appointed by the President –- NOT by Rod Rosenstein, who usurped the President’s power –- and then he MUST be confirmed by the Senate. So Mueller’s appointment as special counsel was a big fat mistake (in that way, and in every other way I can think of)."
    "... a big fat mistake..." Except where Jeff Sessions recused himself. He (and Trump) let "the deep state" walk right into the trap. THAT is why they are letting it play-out. No matter what Mueller finds or doesn't, it's all unconstitutionally gained. Jeff might have even encouraged Rod to give whomever he appointed, "massive power". And now, Jeff and the President are just sitting back watching and laughing. BRILLIANT!

  • Glenn Brown

    05/24/2018 09:02 PM

    I love everything about Trump, he is the smartest business man I have seen. I call him "the John Wayne of Presidents" .
    God gave him to us to save our country.

  • Dawn Neuschwander

    05/24/2018 01:57 PM

    Dear Mike, We have lots more problems in this country than anyone knows or cares about. MN is in grave danger and I imagine other states will be too unless this Congress starts deportation soon!
    ------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: Debra Anderson <[email protected]>
    Date: Thu, May 24, 2018 at 10:23 AM
    Subject: Important News

    Dear All,

    Important news:

    First, your patriotic presence is needed at the upcoming state convention to be held in Duluth on June 2nd.

    From 8:00 - 9:00 am, we will be handing out fliers about the grave challenges Islamic doctrine (shariah law) poses to the US Constitution to all arriving attendees.

    Here are a few data points to consider:

    ***Last December 2017 I attended CAIR-MN's 10th Anniversary Banquet. There I learned that they are very focused on the upcoming midterm and that MN is viewed as a swing state.

    ***January, 2018 the Muslim American Society & ISAIAH - a "Christian" Marxist organization hosted trainings for the MN caucuses held in February instructing their followers to become delegates to "grab raw power" to implement their (shariah compliant) agenda. In that video it is declared that up to $100 million dollars was/is expected to flow into MN specifically for the midterm.

    Here is the video:

    ***Plus, I attended CAIR-MN & ISAIAH's "Countering Islamophobia" Training where they are training "Christians" to defend Islam as they visit friends, family and lake homes in outstate MN.

    The Muslim American Society and the Council on American Islamic Relations are Muslim Brotherhood front groups:

    It is the aim of these anti-American subversive groups to utterly defeat patriots, during this upcoming midterm. After our defeat, they will fight to impeach President Trump. As you can see the stakes are high. All is at stake. In this war YOU are needed!

    Please, help!!!
    Contact Michele Even
    [email protected]

    I hope to see you there!

    Second, I would like to direct you to the Gates of Vienna website for a very important update on the global Islamic Movement and its efforts to "destroy Western Civilization from within."

    I have known the "Baron," author of Gates of Vienna, and his wife for many years now. We first worked together on the Cedar-Riverside Explosion that occurred January 1, 2014. Research revealed ties to terrorism, despite denials by Minnesota FBI, and to a very probable cover-up by the city of Minneapolis. Judicial Watch continued our research. Here is a press release by Judicial Watch about their investigation:

    This is a long way of saying that I know the husband and wife team at Gates of Vienna and have great respect for their extraordinary work. Their focus is on monitoring the Islamic Movement throughout the globe, including the United Staes. We must be knowledgeable and prepared.

    I'll let the Baron take it from here:

    Thank you!

    Debbie Anderson

  • Carolyn Storer

    05/24/2018 10:39 AM

    This is the most unconstitutional thing that I believe has ever happened in our country!!!! It is abominable to say the least!! The Democratic Party has gone to the worst extremes possible! I thank God that Donald J Trump is our President! He is the only person who can withstand their antics & dirty tricks! This thing with Mueller at the head should never have been instigated! Where are the so-called Republicans & our MIA Attorney General Jeff Sessions! I am inclined to believe he is part of the deep state!!! Our founding fathers are turning over in their graves I am sure!!! Rant over for now! Lol. I could say a whole lot more but I shall refrain!!!! Ohio Deplorable!! ??. (We are not nearly as dumb as Hillary thinks we are, we choose to honor God, our fellow man & have honesty & integrity in our dealings!). Thank you for standing up for God & His people!!! By the way I love Sarah and think she is doing a great job as press secretary!! What a hard job & she excelled!!!

  • kay kunter

    05/24/2018 10:06 AM

    Yesterday I commented that I had seen a video on Facebook and for the life of me I could not remember who the person was. It is Dick Morris and he said he had discovered that Rod Rosenstein's wife is an attorney that works for a big law firm in DC and she has been defending FIOA' s for the Clintons and other liberals for some time. Well what is the difference between that and Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie? Conflict of interest is it not? I want all the truth to come out and I support President Trump and his efforts to clean up this mess. Just ask him since he has the power to have the DOJ and FBI send all the unredacted info to be disseminated to the public. This ruse of it being classified is just to protect the DOJ, Democrats, and the Obama administration.

  • cannata paul

    05/24/2018 07:40 AM

    The more this B S goes I it will add to the years I will never vote Democrat. I used to be a registered Democrat! They went TOO fare left for me!!!

  • Kim Jensen

    05/24/2018 07:38 AM

    Rosenstein is heavily conflicted himself and now Mueller is conflicted by the appointments clause. Rosenstein either needs to recuse himself or resign. In any case the president can appoint a deputy AG. Someone like Rudy Guilani who fires Mueller and hangs out the game over sign, thanks for playing.

  • Deacon John A. Ozog

    05/24/2018 02:53 AM

    Well done Michael.

    God bless.

  • Judith Kazilek

    05/23/2018 11:34 PM

    Can this whole thing evet see an end? I truly believe that all the names on the investigative team should just be erased from the chalk board, not ever allowed to work in govt again.

  • Carla Cole

    05/23/2018 11:33 PM

    I am praying that all of these corrupt people well soon get what's coming to them.
    I thank you Governor for all that you are doing to keep us informed of the True facts.
    And a big,big thanks for raising such a smart, beautiful daughter,Sarah.

  • Thomas Neviaser

    05/23/2018 11:11 PM

    So, Mike, why isn't anything being done to abort this unconstitutional appointment?

  • Lenore Delores Peck

    05/23/2018 11:06 PM

    So the probe was set up illegally, So President Trump should be able to suspend that special counsel and set up a new one.

  • carol scott

    05/23/2018 10:28 PM

    Tell your precious daughter Sarah the information you shared in this newsletter. The President should know. I so like your scripture references at the end of the daily newsletter. (from a chrisian, conservative, republican widow)
    Scripture reference for Mueller Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few; and let another take his office.

  • Richard Kurkowski

    05/23/2018 10:19 PM

    Your question about prayer in schools. Does that include allah. There was no blank to give a reason.

  • Buddy w smith

    05/23/2018 10:05 PM

    What good does it do when they investagate them selfs, or the one's picked are just as corupted and will hide the truth, just like sessions the weekling. i stiil think he is a mole.

  • Homer Owen

    05/23/2018 09:31 PM

    Brother Mike. My wife and I came up to hear you Saturday night and it was truly great what you shared. My wife and I lived in Israel for 7 years up in Ariel. I built a Texas Mini Golf there along with our restaurant. It was great living there. I was in Israel the week before you were recently. It is truly great for us to have our embassy in Jerusalem now. I totally agree with you about the land there is all Israel. I have a olive wood putter for our president and need your daughter to help me give it to him. I will be glad to send it to her. Please help me. I have a son up in Arkansas that really likes you. Love and blessings, Homer Owen

  • Samuel Smith

    05/23/2018 08:51 PM

    To start with, when you think about the high education, these people have how could it be a "MISTAKE"! They know and understand just how our Constitution works. This just one thing the left is using to bring down this country. They are able to get away with it, due to the fact that the government schools due not teach the Constitution, and how it works. We need to be on our knees and thank God for putting Trump in office, for if Hillery when in we would not know about any of this and it is a good chance that this country would not be what it is! It does not help that the RNC does not have a back bone or is a part of it. People need to understand that, if where not for this country and the freedom we have the world would not have the freedom it has. This country is the corner stone that holds it all gather, we fall the world goes down with us!

  • Rose Howell

    05/23/2018 08:38 PM

    Hi Mike!
    Today is my birthday and all this good news is a great gift, HA! The best gift was $60 million taken away from PP! I'm waiting to rejoice when a "Life At Conception" bill is passed and Roe vs Wade is revoked. Praying every day. Hope that Ireland votes well on Friday to uphold their Constitution.
    Rose Howell

  • Jack macdonald

    05/23/2018 07:39 PM

    Comment relative to Trump's "animal" comment about M-13. Maybe he could have saved himself a lot of grief if he had called them "savages". I'm sure the progressives who are in a constant mode of being offended by everything will find something wrong with that term as well. They make my rear end tired with their continual whining!

  • Paul Gieser

    05/23/2018 07:34 PM

    Thanks you, Governor, for you-stand against the corruption in Washington! and your support of President Trump. All this corruption in our Country makes me sick. Don't get me started on Hillary skating free.

    E. Paul Gieser, M.D.

  • Floyd Kimmel

    05/23/2018 07:31 PM

    Short comment: The democrats and liberal opposition are in DENIAL!

  • Paula Conley

    05/23/2018 06:41 PM


  • Betsy Luckey

    05/23/2018 06:28 PM

    Once again, Mike, thank you for your easy-to-understand info on the events of the day. The last point you made today -- where you saved the best to last -- is just mind boggling. Of course, my main concern will be what will be done to correct the mistake or will it just be overlooked and we keep going?? I pray every day that the Lord's plan for our country is the one that comes to the forefront and I know HE doesn't just run over mistakes and keep going. So I pray Mueller will get the boot in the pants to send him on his way that is long over-due so that Trump can turn his full attention to the issues of our country … so much of which is "Kingdom Business." Thanks for standing as a major support for our President. Many of us see the value of your support and know you were placed there by divine appointment. God bless you, Mike. By the way … the acorn didn't fall far from the tree when it comes to your daughter. LOVE her to death … she's awesome!

  • Camille Patterson

    05/23/2018 06:23 PM

    We, many, are so fed up with the absolutely corrupt elected officials, all of them. There have been many big names asking about civil war & revolution. How else are we supposed to put a stop to this corruption? The will of the people is completely ignored by those in power, (except the Freedom Caucus). Elections are not working because almost as soon as someone new gets into office, they are either bought or blackmailed. If we do not get justice for the attempted coup, what do we do, Mike? It's like a spider web and almost everyone is involved, we're finding out.


    05/23/2018 05:58 PM

    Why isn't the President taking control of this situation instead of talking about sitting down with Robert Mueller for an interview. Mueller has no authority whatsoever to interview the President. Why didn't Jay Sekelow brief the President on the Constitutional Article as he is a Constitutional Attorney. I do not understand why President Trump does not end this evil onslaught as Mueller is ruining the lives of
    American citizens and allowing Mueller to gain more and more control. Why are the Republicans afraid of the Democrat/Socialist?
    The Constitutional RULE of LAW should be used, and the Special Counsel dismantled and the President should appoint the new head of the Special Counsel and approved by the Senate. If the Senate does not approve President Trump's choice, then the present Special Counsel is ended. The American people are very sick of this injustice perpetrated on our duly elected President. End it now!!!!!

  • rodney d burke

    05/23/2018 05:43 PM

    Mark made it VERY clear on Sunday night on Fox. Mueller is illegal in every way. Only a brain dead dem would not grasp the idea. This whole thing should be ended and both violators, punished in accordance with law. This should be a top priority prosecution. Rob Rosenstein KNEW better and so did Mueller. They thought they could get away with it because Hilary would win. It's time to be all over this whole team of criminals with both hands and both feet. It is PAST time we treated our criminals like the traitors they are. They had every intention of crating a socialist state and destroying the Republic. It is time for all libs to understand that "ain't gonna hack it!" It is obvious the democrats are not for America. They hate it and wish to destroy every thing we stand for. They should be regarded as a domestic enemy.

  • Virginia Sherk

    05/23/2018 05:42 PM

    So why do we continue to let Mueller practice his witchcraft if he is not legally in charge???? Really confused with this whole thing, other than
    to know they are out to get President Trump.

  • Marilyn Sherod

    05/23/2018 05:38 PM

    I really don't want to vote "No" concerning your question about praying in school for a couple of reasons: 1) Nobody can stop a person from praying silently anyplace. 2) Praying, if permitted in public school, could be led by someone who is not a Christian.

  • Linda Gilman

    05/23/2018 05:30 PM

    I voted "NO" when you asked if we should have prayer in our schools. I am a conservative evangelical Christian and a retired school teacher (both public and Christian schools), but WHO would be leading prayer in our public schools in 2018? Spiritists? New Agers? Scientologists? Muslims? We are such a diverse people these days that I cannot imagine to whom the pray-er might be addressing in his/her prayer. Now, disallowing private or even group prayer among students/faculty is also wrong, but that should be the choice of the participants. Should government at government schools be installing foot baths for our Muslim students? I don't think so (yet we ARE doing this - grrrrr). I wish we were still at that point where we were a people who could agree/live under the judeo-christian ethic that we were founded upon - post the Ten Commandments in every classroom but, alas, we are not...

  • Larry Lee DeRooy

    05/23/2018 05:21 PM

    HI: I thank you for all the time you spend on delivering all the important news! Thank you , and God Bless .

  • Art Schefler

    05/23/2018 05:02 PM

    And that leads to the questio...why isn't anything being done about this mess?

  • Christine Hankins

    05/23/2018 05:01 PM

    I have been praying Psalm 35:1-9 on behalf of President Trump ever since he was elected.
    It is gratifying to see the process playing out as those who "pursue and persecute", who "plan hurt, who dug "a pit of destruction"
    begin to fall into that very pit, be "turned back and confounded". Let us all be joyful in the Lord; and rejoice in His deliverance (v.9)

  • Dixie Brady

    05/23/2018 04:54 PM

    I just want to thank you for giving us the truth about what's going on. Everyone who has a brain, is so tired of the lies and corruption in the government and know Hillary and Obama are in the thick of it, but seem to getting away with it. President Trump isn't backing down and I can only hope he can beat them at their own game. He's such a strong man to take all that he's had coming from the liberals. I just pray God will save America as she's taking a beating right now. I think more and more people are turning towards Trump, just because he can't be bought. God Bless all of you who are trying to support him and do the right thing by America.

  • Patsy Bowman

    05/23/2018 04:49 PM

    Laughter is so rare and so important in view of the absolute mess our great country is in. I am still laughing at your "Earth Cooling Under Trump?" article. You are the best, Mike, and a voice crying in the wilderness. Please keep up the good work. And please continue to bring the damage done to our children via gaming and the internet to everyone's attention. There must be some laws passed banning the violence and immorality. It is programming our children to become violent and a danger to themselves and others.


    05/23/2018 04:40 PM

    I watched Hannity last night and paid attention to Mark Levin when he read the Appointment Clause from the Constitution, and how
    Mueller and his team should have been but were not approved by the Senate. I think the entire witch hunt needs to stop, and he and his
    team need to be investigated along with the Hillary debacle, the FICA court items, the unmasking and of course the moles placed within
    the Trump campaign. This has gone on long enough.
    I am happy you listen to Levin he is awesome.
    Love your newsletter and your TV show,
    Carmen Price

  • Jim Lunak

    05/23/2018 04:19 PM

    I'm almost afraid to find out just how deep and expansive this underground network really is.

  • Firewagon

    05/23/2018 03:55 PM

    There "should be" a long line of perps walking; however, having been, as my wife says, pessimistic in most things, but especially with our vaunted government, I have little hope that many, if any, of "The Clinton Crime Family" will see prosecution! Pessimism is the new LOW outlook for what our vaunted government agencies, DOJ, FBI, CIA, etc., have wrought by their combined corruption - JADED comes to a Christian mind; however, my Marine Corps mind retains the acronym FUBAR, and "F" equals NOT fowled!

  • Lori Beaver

    05/23/2018 03:47 PM

    Shut Mueller down. Stop the witch hunt. Prosecute the Democrats because of illegal emails, dossier and infiltration. Expose their fraud. Clean the swamp. Let's move on and let Trump do his job as POTUS.

  • Joseph Arena

    05/23/2018 03:39 PM

    While everything you explained confirms my beliefs. I fear nothing will come of it. Democracy in the U.S. is too far gone. We are not far from one part rule. Progressives control education (brainwashing youth) and most of the visible media (ABC, NBC, CBS, NYT, WASHPOST, LATIMES). Besides, the democrats have succeeded in dragging Russia on long enough to affect the mid-term elections. In my opinion this was their ultimate goal because Impeachment was never a real possibility when one looks as the numbers. So, they win and the U.S. loses.

  • Dave McCommons

    05/23/2018 03:32 PM

    I am so disgusted with this whole mess. I am tired beyond belief of how night after night on Foxnews they say bomb shell breaking news. Well yes it may be but what I am really tired about is the fact nothing happens. The other thing I truly feel is that nothing ever will happen. If they drag this out long enough people will forget and life moves on until the next scandal that will undoubtedly be from the Liberal Left. I was a teenager when Watergate happened and watched the hearings on TV as part of a history class in School. It was probably because the teacher wanted to see it, but anyway that was nothing compared to this. I really feel everyone of the crooked Democrats will get away with all this. They somehow will charge President Trump and the country once again will slide down the hole. I am at the point forget the breaking news and let us all know when someone will pay for the corruptness in Washington.


    05/23/2018 03:31 PM


  • Laurie Giesler

    05/23/2018 03:29 PM

    Very interesting! How do we get this information to the proper people??
    And does this mean he cannot subpoena anyone and go after anyone?

  • Lucille layne

    05/23/2018 03:23 PM

    I read it and it is hopeful still that credible justice will be done. Thanks MIke H. You are doing a great job getti,g credible info to us,

  • Patrick Tebo

    05/23/2018 03:17 PM

    Okay, Mike; assuming all your points are correct, where is the string that will unravel this gordian knot? Who can do this and how?

  • Martin Christensen

    05/23/2018 03:14 PM

    In the closing lines, you make reference to "this court" is the one presided over by Judge Ellis. I had a hard time figuring out and searching back in your article for "What court?" Why not just say, "Incidentally, the federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, is the one presided over by Judge Ellis, ...". Much easier to understand than the non-specific, "this court".


  • Gae Callaway

    05/23/2018 03:13 PM

    Will anyone be held accountable for all this or is it all just talk and really not a big deal? Seems a big deal to me!!!! Gae