January 23, 2019

The Clinton Machine.

Being from the world of Arkansas politics, I know what that is:  an entrenched group of powerful Bill-and-Hillary loyalists.  In the old days, they were called “F.O.B.,” for Friends Of Bill.  Always a force to be reckoned with, the group metastasized over the decades into a mechanism that reached virtually everywhere, even around the world.

To have an idea of how connected, moneyed, powerful and intimidating the Clinton Machine became, think back to her 2016 run for her party’s nomination for President.  While the Republicans had a healthy 17 primary candidates --- so many, they had to split us into two groups for the debates --- Hillary ran in the Democratic primaries almost unopposed, as the Anointed One.

No one within the Democratic Party with a realistic chance of winning dared challenge her.

Those in her party who did not like her as a candidate had to accept that it was “Hillary’s turn.”  She was going to do this, even with a boatload of baggage that would likely sink anybody else.  Given the choice, many Democrats would have preferred Joe Biden, who at that time was grieving over the loss of his son, Beau, to cancer.  But it seems to me that even without that tragedy casting its long shadow over him, he would not have dared to challenge Madame Hillary.  He (and all the other Democrats) knew better than to go up against her at that particular time.  As is often said when speaking of Hillary, “the fix was in.”

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Bernie Sanders dared, coming as he did from outside the Democratic Party, but the Clinton Machine reigned supreme and did what it took to keep her “the presumptive nominee.”  What we’ve learned about the things they did to ensure this is probably just the tip of the iceberg, but through emails released by WikiLeaks, we know that the Clintons funded the DNC and Hillary and her people essentially ran it.

I mention these things now because a new report from John Solomon really blows the lid off the story of how the Clinton Machine operated in the summer of 2016 –- not just within Democratic party leadership but within the government and even foreign governments –- to get the FBI to investigate then-candidate Donald Trump for his “Russia” connections.  Even with leadership at the Bureau being solidly pro-Hillary (as we saw from the Strzok-Page texts and the life preserver James Comey threw her in July), it apparently took some doing to link Trump with Russia and get the FBI to open a case against him based on the Steele dossier.

According to Solomon, the political pressure on the FBI from “Team Clinton” had come from many sides, including the State Department, the Justice Department, the Senate, and a well-connected Democratic attorney.

Between July and October of 2016, he reports, there were over a half-dozen uninvited overtures to U.S. officials by “Clinton-connected lawyers, emissaries, and apologists,” each tapping some political connection to get questionable evidence, in the form of the Steele “dossier,” into the hands of counterintelligence agents, who should have known it was a political dirty trick.

Indeed, according to testimony from Bruce Ohr, they DID know, because he warned officials at both the FBI and DOJ of that very fact.

The FBI used it anyway, but not right away.  It took a series of steps, like this one:  Attorney Michael Sussman from the Perkins Coie law firm, which represented Hillary Clinton and the DNC (same thing; see above), approached then-FBI general counsel James Baker, whom he already knew, and personally delivered the dossier they’d had produced by Christopher Steele through Fusion GPS.  “You’d have to ask him why he decided to pick me,” Baker said in testimony before Congress last October.

That was on September 19, 2016 –- getting pretty close to the election.  By then, the dossier had already been passed along to others at the FBI.  Sussman was just amplifying it with cyber evidence that he claimed further linked the GOP campaign with Putin.  Some of it was on a thumb drive.  Baker told his colleagues to “please come get this.”  They did as he said, given that he was the top lawyer at the Bureau, but he later testified before Congress that this isn’t the normal way evidence comes into the FBI.

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Steele himself had made the first overture to the FBI, back on July 5, which happens to be the same day James Comey stunningly announced that “no reasonable prosecutor” would indict Hillary on charges relating to setting up a personal email server for her State Department business.  When the Bureau didn’t immediately run with the “dossier,” Steele had to intensify his efforts, reaching out to a few highly credentialed officials.  One was Jonathan Winer from the State Department, whose network of connections is intriguing.  He had previously worked for the lobbying and public relations firm APCO Worldwide, which was a contractor for the Clinton Global Initiative AND for Russia’s main nuclear fuel conglomerate that won big decisions from the Obama administration.  (Can you say Uranium One?)

He also contacted Bruce Ohr, fourth in command at the Justice Department, as well as then-deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.

On July 30, Steele had breakfast with Ohr and his wife Nellie, a Russia specialist who just happened to be working for Fusion GPS, the company who had hired Steele to create the dossier.  (Cozy little group --- let’s pause for a moment to let that sink in.)

The next day, Ohr took Steele’s material to then-FBI deputy Director Andrew “Andy’s office” McCabe. 

It was around this time that Alexander Downer, Australia’s ambassador to London, also reached out to the FBI.  That was with the George Papadopoulos story (which appears to have been a set-up) about the Russians having dirt on Hillary.

Efforts continued to push the “Russia” narrative with the FBI.  In September, Clinton associates Sidney Blumenthal and Cody Shearer passed another version of the dossier to Winer and Victoria Nuland, Winer’s boss at the State Department.  They passed it to the FBI.

It was only two months away from the election, so they pushed harder.  Steele, who was desperate to keep Trump from winning, and Glenn Simpson, who had hired him to do just that, started briefing reporters on the dossier –- that’s what got Steele fired by the FBI, even though they kept using him as a source anyway.  According to Ohr’s testimony, Simpson called this a “Hail Mary” approach to get the information in front of voters.

Finally, to get the FBI to use the dossier, the Clinton Machine rolled out the big guns.  Then-CIA Director John Brennan briefed then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on the “Russia” allegations, and Reid wrote a letter to the FBI demanding to know if agents were looking into them.  Of course, the letter leaked.

The point of all this is, the FBI wasn’t operating in a vacuum.  As pro-Hillary as those upper-level FBI officials were, the investigation of Donald Trump and Russia, based as it was on “salacious and unverified” political opposition research, didn’t just happen.  It was MADE to happen, guided every step of the way, through wave after wave of contacts from a variety of well-connected people around the world.

All part of the Clinton Machine.



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  • Tammy flowers

    01/25/2019 08:17 AM

    Why can’t we get any prosecution on previous admin? The crimes are so obvious.
    Also left is paying for airtime here in Georgia prime time to push the story of the government shutdown, why does the right not do this?

  • Eva Woods

    01/24/2019 05:14 PM

    Thank You, Gov.Huckabee, for your tireless efforts in getting the truth out to the American citizens. I respect and applaud you. I just wish justice would finally be served on the Clintons. Thank You for all you do.
    P.S. We love your daughter & pray for you both.

  • Barbara Bute

    01/24/2019 01:41 PM

    As I rwad your article I'm wondering if you have read Dan Bonginos book? If you have not you should. Your on track but why not finish your article with the truth and show the beginning and the ending. In your piece you have left out some pretty important facts

  • Dave Lazarrus

    01/24/2019 04:51 AM

    I've been pointing out the very same connections( +a few more) only to be considered an alarmist conspiracy nut. Glad to see somebody else saw the same activity!

  • Linda Orf

    01/24/2019 01:21 AM

    I am not surprised there are so many that step aside and allow the Clintons to do their thing unhindered. Comey was right, no reasonable prosecutor would I site her, after all, how many are there on that enemies of Clinton obituary list?

  • Eric Letts

    01/23/2019 11:56 PM

    Isn't it against the law to interfere with elections, and make up false records ? If so why are they still out doing all this stuff ? The Democrats are full of hate and won't lift a finger to get to the bargaining table. That Nancy Pelosi is the one holding everything up, and she seems to enjoy it. I have herd every President say we need a wall, now that President Trump is President the Democrats don't want the wall. In my eyes Nancy Pelosi is the one who looks bad on this one, anyone who can't see that is blind.

  • Michael Galloway

    01/23/2019 09:37 PM

    Governor: A very good article and clarification on the Clinton Machine and all their corruption and connections. Sadly, I am not very hopeful that justice will be pursued against them. When huge crowds chanted "lock her (Hillary) up", they meant it and wanted to see it happen. But two years later, nothing as usual in this deep and corrupt swamp. But can only hope that someday justice will be done with the Clintons and and all the other cronies from the Obama Administration, including him, who was extremely treasonous with the dealing with Iran and others, just as Hillary was treasonous with Uranium One and Benghazi, but sadly, treason doesn't seem to be of interest anymore since sadly doesn't seem like we are really a nation of law and order any longer. Lady justice might as well take off the blindfold, throw the scales away and walk away, if no pursuits of justice occur against so many in the higher levels including the FBI, DOJ, Homeland Security and all the names connected to the corruption, lies, deceit and yes, treasonous activity !!!!!!!!!

  • rodney Burke

    01/23/2019 08:16 PM

    "No reasonable prosecutor?" I will be willing to bet Comey didn't ask ONE prosecutor, not even Mueller if they would take the case. I'll bet Rudi and Andrew McCarthy and Joe DiGenova would have and so would his wife. Ah but they were NOT consulted. Yep the fix was in. She could have been taken out with evidence of corruption if anyone dared. the problem is no one has the temerity to do so. After that famous balloon drop, someone should have taken the hint and moved in on her. I guess I was the only one who saw that. So we can say the dems are made up of mostly cowards. That scared of a 5'2" woman? Wow! And not scared of two guys over 6". Uh huh!

  • Freddie Baird

    01/23/2019 08:09 PM

    Read it all,

  • Rick Augustine

    01/23/2019 05:22 PM

    I’m waiting to see if the fog over the Clinton deeds will clear under the new AG or fade into the past? The game will continue as long as the Democrats chase Trump. Pelosi and Schumer hate Trump so finding middle ground may be impossible. I still think Trump should offer a limited olive branch. Open the government for two weeks so folks get their back pay, and give moderates a chance to solve the problems. Failure of Democrats to approve this brief compromise will cause an end to their party.

  • Firewagon

    01/23/2019 04:28 PM

    You might, or did, make the scary point that it is to America's detriment that these types of "Ides of March" machinations, in attempting to 'select' an American president, are NOT being prosecuted! Is there that much difference in what has been allowed, at the highest levels of government, to the way Putin, or other despot, remains in power? If this is not made an example of how to spend decades in jail, to deter such criminal activity, can ANARCHY be far behind?

  • jack macdonald

    01/23/2019 03:42 PM

    I get the impression that people are fed up to their teeth with the absolute ineptness of our justice system, our congress (both parties). I agee with the several people who want the whole bunch behind bars including Obama. He tried to bring this country down from the day he was elected and this is not even questionable. I don't think it was a coincidence that his right hand person, Valerie Jarett was Iranian and that $150 billion went to Muslim country who is one of our greatest enemies. What President in his right mind would think this was a smart move. He is a Muslim by his own admission and surrounded himself by them in his administration. It is also no secret that he has connections to Louis Farakahn. How stupid is our media to not vet this traitor? We are pretty close to being over as a law and order country. When leaders disregard the law why should the rest of us? jack

  • Esther B. Dickinson

    01/23/2019 02:37 PM

    Thank you for piecing this together so that folks can understand the ugliness of the Clintons.

    I will contact my Senators (McConnell andPaul) and reccomend that they read this, although, you are in a position to bring this to the American people.

    Do you think that the House turning over was a fair vote or that Obama and his organization had their hand in many of those elections? I would like to see multiple audits for all those Democrats who won seats.

  • Norman R Able

    01/23/2019 02:20 PM

    Thanks for the truthful detailed descriptive article on the "Clinton machine!" You are in the know since being Governor of ARK. Keep up the fantastic work in trying to save our beloved Republic!

  • Dante Cimorelli

    01/23/2019 01:59 PM

    Why is she walking around free??The ditch belongs in prison! Can’t she be arrested for treason? And Palosie

  • Douglas Morgan

    01/23/2019 01:44 PM

    Governor, I appreciate your reliable research and reporting of efforts of corrupt maneuvering of actions occurring in the District of Criminals. It is great to have access to information that one can trust. However, with all of your and a few others of the truth, nothing happens to really bring to justice the true perpetrators, i.e., the Clinton Machine and it's cogs and wheels in the democrat party. As Christians, we are to proclaim the truth no matter the consequences, good or bad, and we know that there will always be evil. But it does get very discouraging to see and know the truth and hear it over and over again, and justice is never served and probably will never be.

  • Elaine Liming

    01/23/2019 01:21 PM

    Thanks for this commentary. I am praying for this to finally come out in the open and for Justice to de done. The media needs to start printing the facts and treating their readers with respect. We Americans need to demand the truth and support our President who has been under attack since he took office. These people mentioned in your commentary have power and money as their idols. These are not Christian values and we need to cut this type of cancer away from those who have this disease and clean house in Washington. The by products of these idols (money and power) is what corrupts our culture. Make God help us to get the job completed,

  • Hollis Avery Calvert

    01/23/2019 01:04 PM

    Clinton Machine > JFK, Jr. Probably Senator, POTUS.

  • Jerry Holland

    01/23/2019 01:03 PM

    Everything you said is true but means nothing because nobody has been charged with anything since it all began.
    On another subject, why hasn't the names of sexual abusers in Congress who used the slush funds to pay off their victims still not published?

  • Sue Burris

    01/23/2019 01:02 PM

    I just read that Mitch McConnell intends to do a bait and switch on Trump and dilute the language in his Bill tomorrow that would
    make the "Barrier" Wall language almost diluted.
    McConnell is part of the resistance and can never be trusted. He is always scheming with the Dems and he is planning on tricking the people and President Trump.
    Could you check if that is what Mitch is scheming to do?
    Also Jared is a N.Y. liberal and he is a total disaster. He should not be around the President. He was in favor of hiring all the liberals in Trump's orbit.

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    01/23/2019 12:47 PM

    Governor Mike,

    I had an epiphany the other day. I've always wonderd why Obama tilted towards the Muslims in almost every decision, but when it was the Sunni Muslims against the Shi'ia, he tilted towards the Shi'ia. Then I looked again at his full name. His middle name - Hussein - is that of the patron saint of the Shi'ia. While not all Muslim men anmed Hussein are Shi'ia, the majority of "Husseins" are Shi'ia. No one could ever say what type Mosque obama attened as a young man, but I suspect now it was Shi'ia, That would explain the iran nuclear deal, dumping cash on Iran, and other decisions including the order to Homeland security to stop an investigation of Hezbollah (Iranian surrogates) and their narcotics smuggling (a major source of cash for the Lebanese Hezbollah). It would also explain a lot of things he told us that were not true - while the doctrine of Taqiyah (Lying to aninfidel to advance the casue of Islam) is in the Koran, it is interpreted much more narrowly by Sunni scholars. Shi'ia clerics preach Taqiyah is valid in almost any circumstance if it helps Islam, or a Muslim!

    I know Obama says he is now a Christian, and I am not challenging that. But his belief he could improve relations between the West and Islam led him to take some strange moves, and if he was raised Shi'ia, he would see the Shi'ia as the more important element of Islam that had to be assuaged.

  • Carolyn J Blue

    01/23/2019 12:47 PM

    Governor when is Clinton and all her “crowd” going to jail???

  • margaret snipes

    01/23/2019 12:40 PM

    I wish I could see justice done in my lifetime. What are our chances Guv?

  • Patricia Driscoll

    01/23/2019 12:37 PM

    Because of the actions of the Clinton Machine, we have a country that has run amok in hatred. This is the true legacy of Ms. Clinton - hatred. She can strut around in her expensive pantsuits, swaying with wine glass in hand, pouting "Poor me. I should have won." Her behind-the-scene manipulation of the FBI, et al, designed to prevent Donald Trump from winning, and when that failed, handing over the phony dossier, fanned the fires of the resist Trump media, which we are now in the throes of. The good news - you, Governor, John Solomon, Sean Hannity and so many, many others are digging hard to bring to light the truth. The Truth shall set us free, but hopefully before any more Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezs are elected, before more Covington High School students are targeted for their (take your pick) being white, being pro-life, wearing a MAGA hat, and before seeing any more Kathy Gifford tweets. Thank you, Governor, for all that you do.

  • Randy Heddings

    01/23/2019 12:28 PM

    Great read Governor! Nothing will ever come of all this, unfortunately. There was a deep rooted insider that let me know, with no uncertain terms, nothing would happen to Hillary because she has to much on too many people. When was I told this, you might ask? May 2015 as the Clinton e-mail issues had just became known.
    Almost 4 years later and she is still spewing hateful political agendas.