December 6, 2017

You might have heard the Bloomberg News report that Robert Mueller’s investigation had subpoenaed President Trump’s bank records relating to a $300 million loan from Germany’s Deutsche Bank.  It was seen by many as a disturbing sign that Mueller had expanded his investigation far beyond its boundaries of looking into alleged Russian collusion in the election.  But apparently, it was just more fake news.  Trump’s attorneys say they confirmed with the bank that no such subpoena had been issued. 

But once again, a fake news report set Trump haters into premature fits of glee because they’ve long wanted to dig into all of his tax and financial records, hunting for something, anything, to impeach him over.  Frankly, that tells you more about them than it does about Trump.  Not only that they are desperate and willing to invade a public figure’s privacy if it can possibly result in a “gotcha,” but also that they have a childlike lack of understanding of taxes and financial records at the level of someone like Donald Trump. 

Do they actually think that if they could only read his business loan contracts (in German!) and tax forms, they’d find line items listing “bribes from Vladimir Putin” or “shady loans made to Russian spies”?  Can you deduct stuff like that on the 1040 EZ form, or do you have to itemize?  It’s not like getting H&R Block to file for your refund from your salary at Starbucks.  Trump’s tax forms must be thicker than the New York phone book.  And news flash: he isn’t “hiding” anything in his tax forms because he doesn’t fill them out himself.  They’re made out by a platoon of lawyers and accountants.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t even sign them personally. 

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Still, tax forms are so complicated that if someone with ill intent hunts through your taxes long enough, he’ll find something, no matter how honest you’ve tried to be.  I made that mistake once, releasing my taxes during a campaign when I was confident I had nothing to hide.  My opponent pulled something out of context and attacked me anyway.  That’s why I encourage all candidates to resist the pressure to release their tax forms.  Everything the public needs to know is on the required financial disclosure forms, and in much clearer language.  If you think there simply must be something nefarious hidden in their labyrinthine tax forms, then guess what?  That’s an argument for reforming the tax code. 

I’ll make Trump’s opponents a deal. If they’d like to join me in demanding that we replace our insane tax code with the Fair Tax, then I promise right now to release my entire tax form: the whole postcard. 


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  • BarbaraGienger

    01/31/2018 05:46 AM

    Governor Huckabee,

    First thanks or your service & for your run for POTUS. I am a fan & admirer. I am also a believer in fairness. I cannot understand why there has not been a list of requirements put together to be required of all Presidential, Senatorial, and Congressional candidates. I think it unfair for some to be asked for things others aren't as in Obama being asked for college transcripts, or for some to provide tax returns and others not. Jobs of much less importance have requirement lists. I think a Vetting committee should come up with a list of requirements and they should be the same for all candidates whatever they are-- such as tax returns, college transcripts, financial statements, criminal records, proof of birth or heritage, settled or pending or tried lawsuits, bankruptcies, etc. Also why haven't they put together a benefits pkg with limitations? So many coplaints about the Obama's vacations, and now Trump wil exceed that with all his golf trips. Like any job there should be so many vacation days a year, with Secret Service and AF1 benefits available on that many days. If they take more, they should have to pay for the cost of the extra days. It is also mind boggling that they don't have a smaller AF1 for trips when few are on board. I would like to hear someone such as yourself broach these subjects, as they seem to be sacred cows that no one wants to discuss for fear they might lose some of their other "golden" benefits as politicians. Sincerely, Barbara Gienger p.s. I have thought how proud you and your wife must be of Sara. p.p.s. Some other subjects I would like to see introduced by someone like you are: Limitations of terms served, making benefits such as health insurance and retirement more comparable to those of citizens working in the corporate world, making limits on campaign spending so people of less wealth could afford to run for office, (just think of all the wonderful servants that might allow the people to have) should schools be using dogs trained to sniff drugs, bombs, & gun powder, and telling Americans the truth about the Federal Reserve, how it is paid to print our money, and how our forefathers said we should never have a separate entity print our money, and what could be done to get out of that situation, even if we had to buy out the contract, and how it would effect us to go back to printing our own money. Thank you again for your patriotism and service. I wish we were still teaching our kids how to be patriots by saluting the flag every day and having troops visit the schools and honoring the flag at public events like we used to. If we don't teach patriotism, then fewer people will know how to be one, and inevitably the day will come that we will need more of them than we have because we didn't train them up. God help us when that day comes!

  • Jerry Warrington

    12/16/2017 11:23 AM

    Why in the world is Trump not replacing Sessions???? What has happened with FBI, HRC & DNC is absolutely foundation shaking. Why don't you guys close to Trump, persuade him to get someone like Trey Gowdy, Jean Shapiro, Neapolitan, Giuliani, etc. to replace Sessions?? Sessions just seems to have a don't rock the boat, status-quo attitude, RINO attitude. I think he has been in the swamp too long. He seems tainted.

  • Manny Mendoza

    12/10/2017 11:11 PM

    Wait a minute. Szork, the FBI agent, was sending emails to his mistress.

    Is adultery practiced and endorsed at the FBI?

    The one best argument that the FBI is corrupt is allowing the agents to have office mistresses.

    Forget his partisan emails. But is Szork technically disqualified to be an agent due to immorality?

    Or is anything approved and allowed by the Left?

  • Kaye Bowman

    12/08/2017 05:02 PM

    You were my first choice for becoming THE Presidential Candidate.

  • Diana waleik

    12/07/2017 11:38 PM

    Please let me know if you could read my school loan debt proposal. It will only take 15 min of your time. I value your opinion. Thank-you

  • alicia cervera

    12/07/2017 06:54 PM

    Governor Huckabee
    Thank you so much for your insight into all these dstrbing issues. It is clear as water that all is polticall motivated and staging a Coup d'état is really whats going on. A very dangerous matter. Can this be brought to fruiton knowing ALL that has been revealed? Can Mueller & his group of Democratic pro Hildebeast lawyer-donors, Trump haters bring this about?? I fled a Communist country in the 1960's and God help us that this can happen in our beloved Nation. It seems the evil forces against our Republic are alive and well & working relentlessly to achieve their goal. Can't Pres. Where is AG Sessions? MIA? Step aside and assign Trey Gowdy to that spot!!!

  • Greg Wall

    12/07/2017 09:46 AM

    The FAIR TAX isn't fair. If passed it would unfairly take leverage power away from politicians to extort votes. If informed the American people could be fully informed on government revenues and that is not fair. It wouldn't be fair to the paper industry since trillions of pages of paper would not be necessary any longer. It wouldn't be fair that the need for accountants would be eliminated for most Americans. It wouldn't be fair to the US Post Office who would have less mail to lose. It wouldn't be fair that most businesses could eliminate costly accounting departments. Most of all it wouldn't be fair to the tens of thousands of IRS employees who would be joining the unemployment ranks. So UNFAIR!

  • Floyd Kimmel

    12/07/2017 04:05 AM

    It wont be long before their fits of glee turn into fits of despair.

  • Donna Garcia

    12/07/2017 03:16 AM

    It's ironic that the fake news purveyors are the ones eviscerating the morale of their camp with these PFGs ("premature fits of glee"), the most delightful example of which was Joy Behar's display of uncontainable bliss on The View, upon learning that Flynn had agreed to "testify against Trump who instructed him to reach out to the Russians". It's both cruel and funny in a Jimmy-Kimmel-Halloween-candy/Christmas-presents kind of way.
    As an aside, I'm so happy that the Christ Revealed docu-series "revealed" you to me. I so appreciate your truthful, trustworthy and God-centered reporting and take on issues. You and Sarah are simply wonderful! Thank you and God bless you!

  • Janet E Pritt

    12/07/2017 01:58 AM

    YES to everything Norris Harod said!! What is wrong with Sessions? Prosecute ALL the gov lawbreakers & fire however many necessary in the DOJ, State Dept, FBI & all intel agencies to get down to honest people! Close the door on lawlessness & treason & restore rule & equality of law!

  • Marilee Males

    12/07/2017 01:34 AM

    This is dealing with Roy Moore & the allegations. I read on a conservative site that a woman who used to be a waitress at the restaurant where Roy Moore supposedly was, blew holes in every detail of the story. She said he had never come in there. Why hasn't anyone else publicized this? I know mainstream media wouldn't. I had my doubts about the so called victim when she had that less than honest lawyer.

  • Patti Pierce

    12/06/2017 08:54 PM

    You are the Best! I had the pleasure of shaking your sons hand at my Iowa caucus pricinct. I told him “I love your Dad!” And Sarah is wonderful! I am so grateful for you and your family! God bless you always!

  • Norris Harod

    12/06/2017 07:02 PM

    Please talk with President Trump/staff. AG Jeff Sessions should expedite Grand Juries and indictments on the Russian uranium deal. That would indict Mueller and his #2 on his team for not reporting their bribery, etc. to Congress to stop the deal. Heat on them stops the Trump witch hunt they are doing to cover up all the Dems actual crimes; Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Lois Lerner, Hillary, Debbie Wassermann, etc. Lock THEM up by making our laws apply to everyone as it is supposed to be. Trump should do wholesale replacements in January of all Obama holdovers. This seems simple logic to millions of us who voted for The Donald. so, what is the problem?

  • Bruce Deming

    12/06/2017 06:16 PM

    This would be akin to seeing a team of medical doctors and being diagnosed with myocardial infarction, then having all the testing reviewed by airline pilots and diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver, and then being prosecuted for lying about never having a drink, which we know Trump has never done. Mueller is a political hack from the far left and should be fired and thrown in jail for using a government agency for political gain, and gross incompetence. Flynn should walk, with all charges dropped and all his legal fees reimbursed, because of the illegal wiretapping. Evidence gathered illegally is not admissible in any court proceeding in this country, and the same goes for the Manafort's. Those involved with the illegal wiretapping should be criminally prosecuted. Their jail sentences should be at maximum security, extremely over crowded, penitentiaries, not country club federal prisons for white collar crime.

  • James Harrison

    12/06/2017 05:48 PM

    I think the President should call Mueller into his office tomorrow, sit down with him, say how are you doing on the project I gave you 6 months ago? Then ask, "Have you found any tangible evidence of Russian interference in the 2017 Presidential election"? Yes you say, great, have that proof in my office by tomorrow morning. If Mueller says it will take more time then the President should say no problem, BUT until I see that proof I am suspending the investigation and stopping all funds in the process.

    Then when no proof is provided the President should say, "you have spent 7 million dollars in six months and you have absolutely nothing more than what you started with which is a personal belief that there is a strong possibility the Russians did interfere with the election. If that is the case give me a reason to continue this exercise.

    End of conversation and Mueller would basically be firing himself.

  • Bruce Deming

    12/06/2017 05:47 PM

    This would be akin to seeing a team of medical doctors and being diagnosed with myocardial infarction, then having all the testing reviewed by airline pilots and diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver, and then being prosecuted for lying about never having a drink, which we know Trump has never done. Mueller is a political hack from the far left and should be fired and thrown in jail for using a government agency for political gain, and gross incompetence. Flynn should walk, with all charges dropped and all his legal fees reimbursed, because of the illegal wiretapping. Evidence gathered illegally is not admissible in any court proceeding in this country, and the same goes for the Manafort's. Those involved with the illegal wiretapping should be criminally prosecuted. Their jail sentences should be at maximum security, extremely over crowded, penitentiaries, not country club federal prisons for white collar crime.

  • Yvonne Shelton Crumpler

    12/06/2017 05:34 PM

    This obsession of the Democratic Party is on a self destruct path. Why do they not understand the word no, or that they have been rejected because they all lie. As my parents told me, and I sure they heard it from their parents. "They lie when the truth would serve." Thank you, Governor Huckabee for your newsletter. BTW it is a pleasure to see your daughter on television and her poise is amazing along with her good nature despite the ugly newspeople.

  • Pastor Larry Thomas

    12/06/2017 05:15 PM

    I have watched your new show and it does not compare with the one you left to run for president. I hope it gets better in the future. We enjoy your way of thinking and believe you are giving us words to live by. A little more scripture, please.

  • Jane Tilton

    12/06/2017 04:27 PM

    Frankly, the fact that Trump has borrowed money from the large international bankers, including George Soros, who forgave him a considerable sum, worried me a long time before now. I did not want a person who had never bothered to read the Constitution, let alone understand it, as my president. Neither did I want a big international businessman with ties to big banking as my president. And that is not to mention several other things that disturb me about Trump's business ethics. I don't like his personal ones, either.

  • Annie Weiss

    12/06/2017 04:12 PM

    Thank you for keeping us well informed with what’s happening with all this politics. Love your reporting and you did a great gob with Miss Sarah. So pleased with her also.

  • Deborah G Flynn

    12/06/2017 04:11 PM

    Isn't it simply amazing that as soon as the Dems get caught at anything a "NEW" Whistleblower conveniently comes forward with yet more nonsense. MY first reaction was ONLY the FBI could have provided that camera shot of Flynn in a hige crowd texting. They are acting desperate and the left is jumping on anything, no matter how ridiculous to get Trump any way they can. To me his actions were a perfectly normal part of work.

  • Wendell Dean Rose

    12/06/2017 04:06 PM

    Pastor Mike;

    I agree completely about Presidents Trump's tax form. As a Pastor, myself, I fill out my self emplu=yment and housing allowance taxes through Turbo Tax.
    I do not sign the return forms, but they sure do keep my taxes.
    Please continue to listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit as He encourages what to pen down.

    Wendell Dean Rose

  • David Hyatt

    12/06/2017 04:05 PM

    This whole Russia Collusion has gone totally sickening with all the corrupt lawyers and other individuals. It needs to stop immediately and investigate everything Pre-election and post election on DNC, HILLARY & BILL CLINTON, MULLER, COMEY, all known and unknown people involved.

  • Donald Nichls

    12/06/2017 03:47 PM

    Trying to get something illegal on our President is like bumping your head on a brick wall. The demos will feel better when they stop.

  • Ruth Anne Lee

    12/06/2017 03:47 PM

    You are a wonderful role model of handling the irritation and frustration of our tax money being so outrageously abused. Laughter does help. I also like your tv show each week. Having musician guests with you joining them is super!!!

  • Judi Fey

    12/06/2017 03:46 PM

    Time to fire Mueller and the 20+ Hillary-leaning lawyers wasting taxpayer money. Nothing is there.

  • Patricia Dannheim

    12/06/2017 03:41 PM

    Fake news at the delight of the democrats is a saddened state of affairs at this time. even a Texas democrat forced the House of Representatives today to begin impeachment of our president... which happily the House overwhelming defeated that effort. I often wonder why our Republican party never tried the same effort against the former president, but guess they were afraid of being called racist. In my opinion Obama did more to hurt America than any other president we have had.

  • Karen Johnson

    12/06/2017 03:32 PM

    Maybe we should request back tax information from those who insist on Trump's. Could be interesting. I feel the majority of people who are rich worked hard to get there. I don't want anything from them. I worked hard all my life for the little I have. And now retired. People need to take responsibility for themselves. I am all for helping anyone. But they need to meet me half way. Not just wait for a hand out. I believe there are some who cannot work. Those I am happy to make sure they have what they need. This is how I was raised.

  • RoseMarie Dietzler

    12/06/2017 03:09 PM

    Mike, I so enjoy your column. You are so funny. Thanks for putting some common sense in the news

  • Ron Brumley

    12/06/2017 02:56 PM

    Governor, I continue to be grateful that someone of your intellect and godliness is keeping a careful eye on all things having to do with our government. Thank you, thank you! I love reading your comments!

  • Jimmy Cox

    12/06/2017 02:51 PM

    We already know that the DNC, the Clintons, and the FBI conspired to create a Russian dossier which was totally fake. What will it take to get this collusion under investigation?

  • Jerome (Jerry) Daniels

    12/06/2017 02:42 PM

    So.. If I understand the Democrats hypothesis correctly, they say that Trump's campaign colluded with Russians to help him get elected - so, that means that the Russians supposedly preferred Trump to Hillary?? Really? WHY? Obama & Billary were all pushovers, whereas Trump is clearly not. So, what was their supposed MOTIVE for wanting Trump elected? No one seems to be asking this question! As we know, the 3 elements of a crime are "motive", "means", and "opportunity". It seems that the investigation is searching frantically for the latter two. Seems to me that until they can find a motive, they whole process is a waste of time.

  • Robert M Kotch

    12/06/2017 02:29 PM

    This sort of thing merely keeps the lawyers employed a little while longer.

  • Jesse Cassada

    12/06/2017 02:28 PM

    Mueller needs to go.!!! How much freedom are they giving that fool anyway?? He didn't find
    anything, why don't they close up and go home!!! And, quit wasting taxpayer's money!!
    Trump, or Congress, or somebody should give him his walking papers!!!!

  • Michele Sheehan

    12/06/2017 02:25 PM

    Mike, as usual, you are exactly correct. I hear the news on the regular networks, which I know is tainted, and I just doubt everything I hear. The constant negativity and outright vitriol has caused us to start turning to the networks less and less. You are proving to be an exception to the current trend!! Your brand of common sense is becoming a very rare thing. Can't wait for your next newsletter. Please keep it up...we need people like you more than you know.

  • Billie R Hayworth

    12/06/2017 02:11 PM

    LOVE THAT SARAH!! LOVE YOU AND YOUR NEW SHOW! What would we do if we didn't have the balance of good folks like you and precious Sarah in our world. We are some of the "deplorables" and own that "inflicted title" with great pride! Go Sarah! Go Mike! And keep making the positive contributions to our society as long as you can!!!

  • Christy Morton

    12/06/2017 01:48 PM

    It's not just simplifying tax codes. It's about fairness. Reduce tax burden on all U.S. Citizens in the lower tax brackets with no debt or deductions. For goodness sake, we work so hard (men and women) only to have our checks cut by a third to pay into programs that do not benefit us. Like illegal person's welfare, medical, loans, education, housing and food for all their children! We even pay to house, feed and give sex (UGH!) changes to illegal criminals who's only purpose in this country is to burden us further by robbing our homes, selling their drugs, killing our people and dwelling in filth and poverty. Build the darned wall, enforce our laws (and simplify them) deport illegals, mandate Identification for voting in ANY ELECTION and help the people who work hard and migrated here legally generations ago.

  • Jackie Necaise

    12/06/2017 01:44 PM

    One of the things that really frustrates me to the max is, if the report is true, that more than six million dollars has been spent on this witch hunt and what is the need for seventeen lawyers? In all this time, Mueller should have been man enough to say enough is enough and do the job he was hired to do and end it. With our debt already, this is millions of dollars that could have been put to good use!

  • Sonny Cathey

    12/06/2017 01:43 PM

    For some people, lying isn’t as easy as telling the truth. As my mama always told me, “if you tell the truth, you never have to worry about what you said.”

  • Katrina Mcclure

    12/06/2017 01:32 PM

    I find myself so worried about this investigation and know it’s a scam. They are looking for something on Trump to impeach him. I pray that this will not happen. Any words of wisdom you can give will be much appreciated.

    Katrina Mcclure

  • Connor Nunn

    12/06/2017 01:31 PM

    On a different topic, what is YOUR take on the President's proposal to move the US Embassy in Israel? I know you are very familiar with the country/area. Please provide the background on this & why this is such an issue. Thanks.

  • NAncy (NAN) Isaacson

    12/06/2017 01:00 PM

    "This witch hunt is subversive. It is to take the heat away from the Clintons and it is evil to the core. Where was Mueller when Obama gave away much to Iran, who are determined to destroy us? Where was he when Seth Rich was murdered because he had evidence that would have brought H. Clinton to where she belongs--in jail. Where was he was George W. was so inept he started a war with Iraq over what was the cause? The attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon?
    Where was the FBI when the pilots of those planes were here on expired Visas, and trained with our money, our men and our equipment. My God, where is there focus now. On a witch hunt. I wonder if George Soros is paying them and how much. Same with the women that accused Judge Moore and now Mr. Trump. Where was he when rapist Bill Clinton had affairs and tried to seduce women. OH YES, WHERE WAS HE THEN?
    Mike, can you get a newspaper to publish any of this, your words and viewers comments, Do try. Thank you.

  • Arch Fisher

    12/06/2017 12:58 PM

    Mike, once again you have put an issue into simple form without a direct attack. I like that you non-nefariously (I know, that's a stretch of the definition) state the obvious.
    Thank you!

  • Douglas Stansfield

    12/06/2017 12:55 PM

    Witch Hunt continues!

  • Susan Seaman

    12/06/2017 12:51 PM

    Love your commentaries, Mike. Your sense of humor is awesome, and I love the way you write. You make reading commentaries fun.

  • Carla S. Taylor

    12/06/2017 12:47 PM

    Great commentary. I always enjoy your opinions.

  • Roland Revis

    12/06/2017 12:46 PM

    Hey Mike, could you get your readers an address to email Muellar and Comey to resign and stop this waste of taxpayer money? Could you send the RNC addresses of Arizona and South Carolina to try and have John McCain and Jeff Flake to resign and let the Republican governors of each state to appoint others,

  • Thomas Buttram

    12/06/2017 12:45 PM

    1040 EZ form, the whole postcard, you're funny Mike! I'm sitting over here laughing just cracking up and my wife says, "What's so funny, are you reading Mike Huckabee again?"

  • Klaus Christoph

    12/06/2017 12:42 PM

    Klaus Christoph [email protected]

    The above name and this email address appeared on my computer when I wanted to leave my own name and address to leave a comment, so I don't know what that means, except this isn't very safe. I wouldn't want my name and address to be available when someone decided to leave a comment. So my email address is [email protected] and I would appreciate an explanation, otherwise I don't think I will leave any more comments. I did want to say that I appreciate this explanation of tax forms and why President Trump hasn't released them, and how it isn't a wise thing to do for anyone. God bless you, Mr. Huckabee, and may God expose the truth about all the evil that has happened in our government, so those who need to be exposed, are, and finally we can see who and what is at the bottom of the swamp.

  • Raymond Bender

    12/06/2017 12:38 PM

    Thank you for that perspective – I agree that there premature glee tells us more about the character the liberal news media than it does about President Trump‘s character.

    Also, if your daughter has a chance to encourage President Trump to follow this advice: I think he should draw attention over and over again to the fact that Mueller’s ‘s team is composed of Hillary Clinton donors. It’s very difficult to believe that they are unbiased! I better team would have been neutral persons or an even combination of Republican and Democratic donors!