June 29, 2020

With the investigation of “Crossfire Hurricane” by U.S. Attorney John Durham looking more serious by the day, it’s obvious what the political cover is now. The memo has gone out to everyone in the Democrat Party and the media (but I repeat myself) to paint Attorney General Bill Barr, who had the gall to appoint Durham in the first place, as a purely political AG. Why, he’s not there to consistently enforce the law of the land; he’s just there to be President Trump’s protector, his lackey, his “wingman,” so to speak. (Wait, no, that was Eric Holder’s self-described role as attorney general for President Obama.)

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, with visions of impeachment still dancing in his head, assisted in this effort last week by bringing in federal prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky to speak to his House Judiciary Committee about Barr’s “interference” last February in the sentencing of Trump campaign associate Roger Stone.

Keep in mind that Zelinksy was a member of Mueller’s get-Trump special counsel team and also used to work under Rod Rosenstein. He was one of four prosecutors who dramatically resigned from the Stone case; in fact, he even chose to leave his position but (big surprise) continues to work with the Justice Department. In an interview for NPR on Thursday, Barr dismissed his testimony as “simply false” and “double hearsay.”

"I was the decision-maker in that case,” he said, “because there was a dispute. And usually what happens is, disputes, especially in high-profile cases, come up to the attorney general.” He said he had not discussed the sentencing with Trump and had already decided to change his recommendation before Trump’s angry tweet. Barr said that Stone “doesn’t deserve a break, but he doesn’t deserve to be...singled out, and treated more harshly than everyone else.”

I’ll point out what few Barr critics have: this was simply a sentencing RECOMMENDATION. Judge Amy Berman Jackson may follow the suggested guidelines or not. So what is the all-fired big deal?

Trump’s political enemies want looooong sentences for his associates because that puts pressure on him to pardon them, and that would unleash a media hysteria to last until Election Day. If this means putting a 67-year-old man behind bars potentially for life (especially if he gets coronavirus in there), so be it.

The narrative from now on will be that Barr is motivated only by the desire to help President Trump. Therefore, everything he does will be examined strictly from that perspective. It doesn’t matter that Stone’s sentence WAS harsh, that invading his home with a SWAT team while CNN cameras rolled WAS an abuse of power, and that the Russia “collusion” story in which he was ensnared WAS a hoax.

But Kimberly Strassel, writing about the Michael Flynn case in the WALL STREET JOURNAL, departs from the chosen media narrative. She points out that the three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that ruled on Judge Emmet Sullivan’s rejection of Barr’s decision to drop the case has done something beyond simply rule on the legal merits.

Importantly, the ruling is also a rebuke of the FBI and Robert Mueller’s special counsel team. This isn’t being widely reported, of course, but Strassel says it marks the first time a federal court has acknowledged the misconduct that Barr is trying to bring to light.

Judge Sullivan had bought into the same (debunked) Democratic conspiracy theories the FBI had been using; recall that he flew into a fit and even called Gen. Flynn a “traitor,” right there in the courtroom. So, naturally, he couldn’t let this case go just because the attorney general told him to, choosing instead to call on retired Judge John Gleeson to take on the role of shadow prosecutor.

Strassel makes an important point: that if the circuit court judges had any thought that Sullivan was right about Barr playing political favorites, they could have allowed him to continue fighting that. Instead, they said quite bluntly that there was “no legitimate basis” to question the Justice Department's behavior.

They even went after Judge Gleeson for relying in his amicus brief on “news stories, tweets, and other facts outside the record,” contrasting that with the DOJ’s motion that “includes an extensive discussion of newly discovered evidence casting Flynn’s guilt into doubt.”

They said this “includes evidence of misconduct by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

According to Strassel, the DOJ had provided voluminous evidence --- I would add that this is thanks to the determination of Flynn attorney Sidney Powell --- that the FBI had improperly pursued Flynn, kept the investigation open even when it had produced no evidence of wrongdoing, gone after him on the never-used Logan Act when he had acted appropriately, and schemed to trap Flynn into perjury with an interview that had no “legitimate investigative basis.”

Recall that in February of this year, Barr appointed U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen to review the Flynn case, and four months later, Jensen concluded that dismissal was “the just and proper course.” The appeals court decision was consistent with this.

Former U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman was on FOX & FRIENDS on Friday to offer a similar viewpoint, saying that Flynn was so wronged that he should consider a “Bivens Action” against the Department of Justice and former Obama administration officials. A Bivens Action is the legal remedy to use when one’s rights have been violated by a federal investigator.

"I hope he is looking at it strongly,” Tolman said. I would imagine that at this point, Powell's team is already putting together that lawsuit. Let’s hope they are, and also hope he becomes an extremely wealthy man after losing his career and financial security over this bogus case.

Tolman agreed with Powell’s brief that the newly obtained notes penned by Peter Strzok, which describes the underlying action of Flynn’s phone calls as legitimate, show that stunning exculpatory evidence was withheld from Flynn’s defense.

He described what happened as “an absolute effort --- call it collusion, conspiracy, whatever you want to say --- that now we know goes as high as the Vice President and the President. To not only withhold information about the investigation to the incoming President, but to go after the incoming President through the incoming national security advisor on an investigation that did not have a foundation to it.” The fact that they should still have managed to bring a case should concern everyone, he said.

Tolman dared to voice what we’ve known for a long time: that they were trying to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office.

So remember when Barr continues to be accused of politicizing the DOJ, it’s just another example of Democrats accusing others of what they themselves are doing. The attack on Barr is political, and it’s coordinated. It sure seems to me that Barr’s the one trying to get the politics OUT. If his decisions at times help President Trump, perhaps it’s because the President actually has the truth and the law on his side.

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  • Kirk Rushing

    06/30/2020 08:45 PM

    I know you know the story about JOB losing everything and God gave him back not only what he had lost but gave him back a hundred fold, we’ll, General Flynn should be given multiple amounts back and be President Trump’s Security Advisor in President Trumps 2nd Term and all the characters involved should be tried and convicted all the way to and including Treason against the Country and our President. Obama will not be charged or tried but his legacy will place him as the most corrupt President in history and he will replace President Jimmy Carter who will be more than happy to have that title lost to Obama. Wake Up America.

  • Linda Faulkner Johnston

    06/30/2020 11:11 AM

    I am an admirer of yours, and I served as Social Secretary during the Reagan White House. I am including a letter from my 95-year-old father, who received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in WWII. He is heartsick about what is happening and has an original idea. Please let me know your thoughts about how to make this a movement. "Our nation is very possibly in the early stages of collapse, fomented by individuals who hate America, hate our flag, hate our national anthem, have no sense of our heritage and who are determined to overthrow our system of government. Because of the sin of slavery, black people (and whites that identify with them) enjoy a measure of sympathy, even immunity from what otherwise would be an overwhelming response by the government to the Black Lives Matter violence. Instead, even Congress seems frozen in place, unwilling to speak out and support swift and appropriate action to oppose this movement and its destructive and occasionally treasonous behavior.

    Since our police have been rendered so ineffective, there is one group that could respond quickly to put out the fire and bring our nation to its senses. I don't suggest that our veterans replace the police or engage in physical battle, but we could challenge the protesters simply with overwhelming numbers, which would diminish their zeal. I think there are enough patriotic veterans in this country that would agree to show up in groups large enough to outnumber the violators. The carnage would stop. What do you think of the message below? If you agree me, do you have any thoughts on how we could reach American veterans? Is there a national Veterans organization that might consider sending this out, or at least take up the cause of engaging America's veterans to save this nation?

    I am a 95 year old WWII Veteran. I love my country. I took an oath in 1943 to protect the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I consider that oath to still be in effect. I call on all able-bodied patriotic American veterans:to join me in uniting together to organize and counter-protest, when and where necessary. in peaceful opposItion, to the current threat of the destruction of America."

    Tom Faulkner
    (Lt. USAF)

    Thank you for your consideration! Linda

  • Virginia Tucker

    06/30/2020 10:22 AM

    Awesome report! Keep up the good work!!!!

  • Ivanka 2024

    06/30/2020 07:52 AM

    truly classy lady, future Gov. of Arkansas.

  • Gene Blazer

    06/29/2020 10:45 PM

    Thank you Governor Huckabee! For crying out loud, we must stand up against this crap! Our upcoming 244th birthday should bring PATRIOTS together to squash the evil exposed by idiots!

  • Kevin J. Cook

    06/29/2020 10:18 PM

    Such unprecedented abuse And the vote was 2 to 1. so who was the fool appellate judge who voted no to throw the case out?

  • Wilma Ann White

    06/29/2020 07:05 PM

    The Socialist Democrat party members will go to any means to take down any conservative that believes in and basis decisions on our Constitution and what is best for our country. Just as they will support and promote all Socialist/ Marxist/ Communist groups or individuals... they care nothing about our country... all they want is Power, Money and Control! If you want your city/ state to look like Seattle, New York, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and other cities/ states that have Democrats as their leaders, just vote for the Puppet... Basement Biden in November!

  • Suzanne Ryan

    06/29/2020 05:06 PM

    "The people" are getting tired of waiting for criminals to go to jail. To me, that includes Obama, Biden and some judges that are liars! That includes several Democrates in the House and Senate. Appease "The people" already.

  • Nancy McNeely

    06/29/2020 04:58 PM

    Last night on Mark Levin... he had an outstanding show .... I so appreciate Leo Terrell and Allen West. The both of them had such strong voices to face this uncertainty.

  • Dennis J Sullivan

    06/29/2020 04:56 PM

    When this never ending national nightmare is finally over and JUSTICE is reestablished inout beloved Republic I have a suggestion. A statue should be commisioned and placed in front of the Supreme Court. That statue should depict 6 people with golden shields and be named "HEROES OF THE REPUBLIC". THE PEOPLE I NOMINATE FOR INCLUSION ARE: ALPHABETICALLY


  • David Beachy

    06/29/2020 04:21 PM

    Excellent points as usual Mike!

  • william sanders

    06/29/2020 04:19 PM

    The democraps know that justice is coming and some will be in prison if Americans get justice.

  • Crystal Fenton

    06/29/2020 04:01 PM

    The Democratic Party has become all about distraction, there's no honesty, there's no integrity, there's nothing good about the Democrats anymore, if there ever was!

  • Floyd A Unger

    06/29/2020 03:04 PM

    Let’s just keep hurling our hardballs ?? to their softballs ??

    We are gonna win! ??

  • Linda Orf

    06/29/2020 02:59 PM

    I continue to pray that the Lord will restore double fold all that the honorable general has lost through this corruption.
    And boy oh boy, the left never fails to politicize anything and everything, including a common virus or a novel virus, whichever it really is, because, do we really know what it is! Can we really trust what the CDC, the NIH, the WHO says about this thing??? I will take an educated guess, no.

  • Daniel Tarter

    06/29/2020 02:48 PM

    When will American citizens see justice served to those Communists DemoRATS!!!! Soon I pray that justice prevails!!! GOD bless President Trump & his administration ??????????????

  • Robert Deplorable Baublitz

    06/29/2020 01:57 PM

    Dear General Flynn, please have your attorney pursue a Bivens Action against the F.B.I.
    A win for you will serve as a reminder, to all the communist enemies of 'We the People' and our Constitution, that these actions will NOT be tolerated.

    Robert Baublitz

  • Lance T. Royce

    06/29/2020 01:27 PM

    The Dems and there corrupt partners the media and the deep state, should be indicted and sent to prison for the Coup!

  • Charles Simmons

    06/29/2020 01:18 PM

    Democrat’s guiding principle appears to be : “There you stand with your laws; here we stand with our mobs. Let’s see who wins.”

  • rodney burke

    06/29/2020 01:11 PM

    the more that happens the more we know dems are utterly corrupt. There needs yes to e recriminations against the ovomit DOJ. Rice, Joe, Kerry, Comey need to PERSONALLY pay for their crime against Flynn. They PERSONALLY engaged in false accusations and prosecutions. they are all criminally and civily liable for what they did that we have documented evidence was with malicious intent.

  • Marcy Peterson

    06/29/2020 01:10 PM

    Isn't it time for the real conspirators and traitors be prosecuted? This HAS to stop! When is it the Right's turn to be on the offensive instead of on defense? We the people need the truth! This evil lying stinks and it is offensive! It needs to be stopped! We are dying out here! Even if we get our blessing of President Trump for 4 more years.... What will happen if the conspirators are still free to plot and lie to steal our country and our freedom! Unmask THEM ALL!

  • Loretta Rieniets

    06/29/2020 12:52 PM

    The violent, lying, slandering & criminally insane lawbreaking Democrats need to be rounded up, tried& sentenced for treason & that includes the communist thug, Obama.

  • Alma Walker

    06/29/2020 12:47 PM

    Thank you for sharing important facts for us to know!

  • Shirley Kasanoff

    06/29/2020 12:47 PM

    The Democrats are now saying that President Trump knew of Putin hiring people to kill Americans in Afghanistan. He says he wasn't briefed. I don't know a lot about it except for Nancy Pelosi's foolish remarks. Can you address this? I definitely do not trust the Democrat's. (I wonder why).
    Thank you

  • Margot Plummer

    06/29/2020 12:37 PM

    Maybe you would discuss this matter of Sharia law in Minnesota. I'm sick about it. I am beginning to believe these masks will be replaced with burkas.
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