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August 28, 2022


Sunday Standard

Here are the top stories from this week that I think you will want to read:

  • Biden knew about the raid

  • The Mar-A-Lago raid: what was it really about?

  • Persistence pays: Stefan Halper exposed as Russia Hoax liar


Mike Huckabee

Biden knew about the raid

I’ve noticed a trend lately of “bombshell” stories that should be major revelations but that don’t feel like it because all they do is confirm what anyone with a lick of sense already suspected.

For example, today’s big story about the FBI raid on President Trump’s home: 

Despite White House denials that President Biden knew anything about the upcoming raid, John Solomon at obtained memos showing that then-White House Deputy Counsel Jonathan Su was engaged in conversations with the FBI, DOJ and National Archives as early as April to set the raid in motion. Su let them know that Biden wouldn’t object to waiving Trump’s right to executive privilege, clearing the way for them to get a grand jury subpoena to seize Trump’s presidential papers by staging an unprecedented raid on a former President.

It’s still not clear whether this was done out of animosity toward Trump or fear that he’ll run again and beat them. But whatever the reason, this secret collusion between the Biden White House and the DOJ to entrap Trump in a criminal investigation is yet another unprecedented move to undermine the rights of a former President and “get Trump,” no matter the cost. And they keep claiming Trump was the one who "shattered the norms of decency!" 

Republican Rep. Jim Jordan called the Biden White House's involvement and privilege waiver "amazing news" (again, I'd call it shocking but not surprising.) Law professor Alan Dershowitz, who reviewed some of the memos at Solomon’s request, said, "The current President should not be able to waive the executive privilege of a predecessor, without the consent of the former President. Otherwise, [privilege] means nothing. What President will ever discuss anything in private if he knows the man who beat him can and will disclose it?"

I guess these people are so brain-wasted with Trump Derangement Syndrome that they think there’s a loophole in the Bill of Rights and in all laws that says, “But it’s okay if you do it to Donald Trump.” With his filing of a 4th Amendment lawsuit, Trump is determined to challenge that insane and dangerous idea in court. Ironically, if liberals could get past their TDS and think straight, they’d be cheering him on, because if the government can do this to a former President, just imagine what they could do to an ordinary citizen who doesn’t have billions of dollars to spend on lawyers.  

Matt Margolis of PJ Media has more on why this is a very big deal.

And in yet another unsurprising bombshell, it turns out that Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (SPEC) John Kerry’s office was consulting with leftwing environmental groups who appear to have had direct influence over policy-making decisions.

You might have suspected something like this was up when his office kept fighting Freedom of Information Act requests for information on who was working there, and from the way they kept redacting things that should have been public information.

Incidentally, I’d like to point out that “SPEC” not only stands for “Special Presidential Envoy for Climate,” but a “speck” is also a piece of dirt.


The Mar-A-Lago raid: what was it really about?

While the ‘Justice’ Department tries to get away with redacting essentially the entire affidavit used to get the warrant to raid Mar-A-Lago, Judicial Watch is doing an end run to glean as much information as possible from the National Archives’ communications.

As you know, JW had already filed suit against the DOJ to get them to unseal the affidavit. On Wednesday, they also filed a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the National Archives and Records Administration, demanding “all communications and materials related to its referral to the Justice Department for former President Trump’s presidential records.”

They’re requesting “all related records of communication between any official or employee of NARA, and any official or employee of the Department of Justice, and any other branch, department, agency or office of the federal government.”

I assume that would include the Biden White House.  But don't hold your breath.

The White House has granted a DOJ request to permit them to have the FBI and intelligence community examine hundreds of classified documents that Trump turned over to NARA this spring. No doubt they could hardly contain their glee as they signed off on this.

When asked on Wednesday how much advance notice he’d had of the raid on Mar-A-Lago, Biden replied, “I didn’t have any advance notice. None. Zero. Not one single bit.” And you know that’s every bit as true as his repeated claim that he never talked business with son Hunter.

John Solomon at JUST THE NEWS has pieced together how a 2009 executive order by President Obama to strip previous President’s of executive privilege paved the way for the Mar-A-Lago raid. It’s quite chilling to see how Biden’s White House counsel leveraged that executive order and the events of January 6 to formally announce this in letters to, among others, subpoenaed witnesses Steve Bannon, Peter Navarro and Gen. Mike Flynn.

For example, on February 28, White House Deputy Counsel Jonathan Su wrote to Peter Navarro, “In light of [the] unique and extraordinary nature of the matters under investigation, President Biden has determined that an assertion of executive privilege is not in the national interest, and therefore is not justified.” Just like that.

Obama’s executive order had negated one signed by President George W. Bush soon after 9/11 that declared a current President couldn’t overrule a former President’s claims to executive privilege over documents from their tenure if the two could not come to an agreement about it. Obama went back to the protocol put in place after Watergate, which gave the incumbent President final say over which documents from a previous President would be turned over to the National Archives. President Trump had the opportunity to change this while he was in office, and I’ll bet he wishes he had.

So once the Biden White House waived Trump’s privilege, the FBI and ‘Justice’ Department moved swiftly to go after him and, in a matter of months, raid his home, with "authority" to sweep up virtually every scrap of paper from his presidency. Trace it all back to Obama’s executive order.

As Solomon reports, the Supreme Court has not ruled definitively on this. Alan Dershowitz encourages Trump to challenge it. What President is ever going to seek advice and counsel, he asks, knowing that if he is defeated, the next President “can, just by saying I waive the privilege, get into every single conversation you ever had. I can’t believe a constitutional scholar would agree with that.”

Navarro’s legal team is fighting Biden’s waiver and says his administration should be forced to disclose its contacts with the Democrat-controlled Congress. The DOJ says it has no responsive documents. But who’s naive enough to believe that this wasn’t part of a coordinated political ploy?

“The Biden White House is at the ignition point of this investigation,” Solomon told FOX NEWS host Sean Hannity.

By the way, the DAILY BEAST has slammed Solomon’s reporting, accusing him of trying to “help” a former President. Here’s his response. Keep up your amazingly solid reporting, John Solomon.

Tea Party Patriots Action has filed a federal complaint against Magistrate Judge Reinhart, who approved the raid, demanding that he be removed from the case immediately. “Judge Reinhart acted unethically,” it says, “in approving the warrant to search President Trump’s residence...The entire episode...threatens the principle of ‘equal justice under law’ and the confidence of the American people in an unbiased judiciary.” They list seven “undisputed facts,” with evidence that:

1. Judge Reinhart has publicly denigrated Trump. (You've seen the tweets here.)

2. He recused himself from a lawsuit involving Trump and Hillary, citing a conflict of interest.

3. He showed a stunning lack of ethics in the Epstein issue.

4. He has deep ties to the Democrat Party, with financial contributions to Obama and Jeb Bush.

5. He should have recognized his own partisan leanings and recused himself when approached to rule on this case, but failed to do so.

6. He “does not meet the standards of ethical conduct and character necessary for the nonpartisan role of a judge.”

7. His action threatens the principle of “equal justice under law” and the confidence of Americans in an unbiased judiciary.

They go further, to say that for his role in searching a former President’s home, Reinhart should be disciplined and removed from the bench.  We wish.

Jeff Carlson has a must-read analysis on why the raid on Mar-A-Lago might REALLY have taken place. He thinks it was likely over documents exposing what the intelligence community was doing to further the Russia Hoax.

“The DOJ’s coordinated FBI raid of Mar-A-Lago,” Carlson writes, “was likely related to the potential unsealing and public presentation of this information --- particularly in relation to Trump’s [RICO] suit against Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee, and former FBI officials such as former Director James Comey, former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former agent Peter Strzok, and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, and his amended RICO suit, which added more defendants.”

The details he cites as reason for this theory have been presented in my newsletter, but when you have time, be sure and read this to see how he lays out the timeline and makes his case. “Trump’s actions,” he says, “and the documents he amassed over time, appear to have presented a very direct threat to the agencies that lie behind our government, prompting an institutional response that manifested itself in the FBI’s August 8 raid of Mar-A-Lago.”


Persistence pays: Stefan Halper exposed as Russia Hoax liar

As you know, the FBI has a long and legendary history of spying. FBI confidential human source (CHS) Stefan Halper of “Russia Hoax” fame has managed to keep his activities on the down-low, avoiding a congressional subpoena and also lying to the FBI in spreading a false story from 2014 about Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn being romantically involved with a woman he suggested was a Russian honeypot, Svetlana Lokhova. But thanks to developments in a defamation lawsuit against him by Lokhova, Halper might actually be criminally charged –- after five years –- with lying to the FBI.

If you’ve read Lee Smith’s book THE PLOT AGAINST THE PRESIDENT, you know about Flynn being set up by the Obama administration when he was Director of National Intelligence. Obama didn’t like Flynn, and those who enjoyed the status quo in the intel community certainly didn’t like his ideas for restructuring and reforming it. Flynn was invited –- if memory serves, he was the guest of honor –- to a dinner near Cambridge University at the home of former MI6 director Sir Richard Dearlove, where Lokhova was also present. This appears to have been a set-up, to make it look as if Flynn were there to be with Lokhova. Pictures were taken that showed them at the same event. The idea was to have this useful “evidence” in reserve to use against Flynn later, when the time was right.

Later, after Crossfire Hurricane was opened in the summer of 2016, Halper met with FBI agents and, as Margot Cleveland writes, “falsely claimed to have witnessed the Russian-born British citizen Svetlana Lokhova leave a 2014 dinner at Cambridge University with Michael Flynn. According to the FBI’s summary of its interview with Halper, Halper also claimed to be ‘somewhat suspicious of Lokhova,’ stating he believed ‘Lokhova’s father may be a Russian Oligarch living in London.’”

By this time, Flynn was no longer the DNI and was involved in then-candidate Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Time for the hit! It was shortly after Halper’s meeting with the FBI that an investigation of Flynn was included under the umbrella of Crossfire Hurricane. That’s when his legal nightmare began. Halper was also tasked with investigating (SPYING ON) Trump campaign associates Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.

But Halper was lying to the FBI with his story about the dinner at Cambridge. He had to have been, seeing as how he was not AT the dinner (though it seems he may have arranged it), and so did not see anything between Flynn and Lokhova, who was not a Russian honeypot. And no one would have seen them leave in a cab together, which he told them he personally had witnessed, because Lokhova’s husband came to pick her up.

But in time, the story he told the Crossfire Hurricane team about Flynn playing around with a “suspicious”-seeming Russian honeypot made the news, and Lokhova sued for defamation. By then, the statute of limitations had passed, but she was able to file a second lawsuit alleging that Halper defamed her later on, by lying about her to her publishers to get them to drop her deal to write a book about Halper and Spygate.

Halper tried to get that suit dismissed as well, but presiding Judge Leonie Brinkema rejected this, saying that documents uncovered since Lokhova’s first case show that Halper “may have made clear misstatements to the FBI” and “may be responsible for some falsehoods” about Flynn and Lokhova. These documents are almost certainly the FBI’s notes from their 2016 meeting. Uh-oh.

Now that the case is going forward, Halper’s attorney is trying to bury Lokhova’s attorney in extremely broad discovery requests. But since the judge is now aware Lokhova’s claim that Halper was intentionally lying about her is not some wild conspiracy theory, it will be harder for his attorney to hide the truth, Cleveland reasons.

Read her full article (link at end) to appreciate the back-and-forth of discovery still going on.

Halper has managed to lay low for a long time. In January 2020, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley wrote a letter to the Office of Net Assessments for the Department of Defense saying he’d contacted them in July 2019 “requesting all records related to Professor Halper’s contracts with DoD.” Again, Cleveland has the details. (I warn you; this one gets far into the weeds.)

For five years, Halper has managed to sidestep Sen. Grassley and avoid a congressional subpoena regarding (among other things) his mysterious contract work through the Office of Net Assessments. And he clearly lied to the FBI about Michael Flynn –- and about Svetlana Lokhova, whose persistence is finally bringing that story to light. This is just one more disgusting puzzle piece from the Russia Hoax that seems to be falling into place.


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Comments 1-10 of 17

  • Sharon Faulkner

    08/29/2022 09:36 AM

    No. There are no emotional voters about Roe - just the lackeys paid by PP billions and as it looks like in Kansas and the NY special election continuing voter fraud.

  • Jerry

    08/29/2022 08:27 AM

    I like watching tennis although I do not know much about it’s rules a rule the United States has is no unvaccinated person will not enter the country legally however illegals are permitted and transported thru out the country some without identification allowed and welcomed I have seen Walmart greeters shaking hands with illegals while welcoming them into nyc sanctuary city does one have to be a criminal to enter nyc?

  • Jerry

    08/29/2022 06:51 AM

    Mike you probably are sick of reading my rants about Minneapolis and st.Paul the twin cities are getting more and attention on national outlets the state has elections the governor our senators are worthless the mayors in the twin cities are worthless to the normalization of a civil society I am very sad for the bigger cities as miserable conditions will continue without a change in democratic rule

  • Jerry

    08/29/2022 06:24 AM

    What does it take to convince non democrats to get out to vote against today’s democratic monopoly rules? If criminal activity is not enough, inflation is not enough, overly expensive energy is not enough a new enlarged tax agency is not enough the embrace of the CCP in most parts of our society media agriculture government agencies is not enough the future of our children is not precious enough than one might as well burn the constitution like draft cards bras and the American flag destroying yourselves and America as we once loved

  • Jerry

    08/29/2022 05:47 AM

    When Biden speaks, truth is being attacked this person biden will not be truthful,without fear or penalty biden will not be truthful so much monetary transfer is at stake the fact that no one is keeping these transfers monitored the money going to foreign aid and nationally is not monitored and people are not aware of the kickbacks, all members allowing these funds to be delivered have any idea how the funds are being used so accountable views of how the funds are used leaves money untraceable and open to corruption

  • Mark Diefenbacher

    08/28/2022 10:30 PM

    Is it possible that DJT made copies of these docs? (which could very well be evidence of the Russia hoax) If he was smart enough to keep these, he could be smart enough to copy them onto a flash drive, etc. This may be why they tore apart his complex for 9 hours. However, if he was smart enough to make copies, he would have been smart enough to not keep them at Mar-a-lago. After all, he's not a Democrat. Thanks for keeping us up to date with truthful reporting!

  • Jerry

    08/28/2022 07:32 PM

    The UFO is a phenomenal subject for sure materials that are not of this planet make up flying objects is a mystery for sure. What really mystifies me is how can 81 million people vote for president, a pair of people, one curled up in its basement during its campaign and the other quit the campaign because she could only gather 1 % of the voting stock. biden and harris like the UFO the government knows that answer and one does not have to incriminate oneself to reveal the answer. And the Americans will Not get an answer to how. To think today according to some poll about 40% of the people in this country (not all are citizens) approve of the biden presidency. I Think 80% of the free World disapprove of biden and that number will increase when biden restrict oil and gas to our Allies the pinch for energy will turn into a vice grip strangle hold with
    holding gas and oil from the foreign market again the mystery of this country presidency is to cause pain misery and unforced death just a different technique than the CCP and its virus.

  • Jerry

    08/28/2022 05:57 PM

    People say one can’t fight city hall todays administration holds that slogan true to the letter one is charged with a crime and it waits until it can find evidence of a crime has been committed one ends up fighting a ghost that can not be located this the new justice system biden has in America today. Is biden a psychopath or is just an old person with dementia who still thinks electricity is penny cheap this is not the foundation of a sane person delusional is the kindest way of describing Joe Biden a person unfit for president

  • Chris Shivers

    08/28/2022 02:53 PM

    I guess we will keep talking until America is history and then we will wonder what happened!

  • janet witmer

    08/28/2022 02:37 PM

    Thank you for the facts on what is happening in our Country. My Concern is nothing is happening to save our democracy. We can't blame the Democrats for destroying our country, when the Republican's aren't doing anything to make them accountable. The Southern Border is a good example of many issues. American is the laughing issue to the rest of the world.