September 25, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
RANK-AND-FILE FBI AGONIZED OVER "CROSSFIRE HURRICANE"
I’ve said for a long time that even though the “7th Floor” at the FBI was thoroughly partisan and out to get Trump, the rank-and-file agents and administrators were generally good people just trying to follow the rules and do their jobs. As it turns out, this observation was right. FBI text messages and internal notes finally obtained by Michael Flynn lawyer Sidney Powell and included in her latest federal court filing show agents’ enormous concern with what was going on.
Sure, we’ve read plenty of anti-Trump messages from those involved in “Crossfire Hurricane,” but these newly declassified communications are arguably worse, in that they show a (to use a word currently in vogue) SYSTEMIC problem at the FBI that was so serious and so obvious, other agents –- their names still redacted –- were worried about the potential fallout.
Sean Davis and Mollie Hemingway reported this on Thursday in THE FEDERALIST, under the headline “’Trump was right’: Explosive new FBI texts detail internal furor over handling of ‘Crossfire Hurricane” Investigation.”
Here’s something new: The same day that CNN leaked that President-elect Trump had been briefed by then-FBI Director James Comey about a (bogus) story in the Steele “dossier,” one agent texted another, “We all went out and purchased professional liability insurance.”
“Holy crap,” another agent texted back. “All the analysts, too?”
"Yep,” the first one texted. “All the folks at the Agency as well.” He went on to say, “...I think the concern...was that there was a big leak at DOJ and the NYT among others was going to do a piece.”
Earlier, in August of 2016, one FBI analyst remarked, “doing all this election research – I think some of these guys want a Clinton presidency.”
Another text from October of 2016 said, “[REDACTED] is one of the worst offenders of the rabbit holes and conspiracy theories.”
And here’s a particularly prescient text: “I’m [telling you], man, if this thing ever gets FOIA’d, there are going to be some tough questions asked.”
We'd thought that the order to close down the Flynn investigation came on January 4, 2017, the day before the infamous Oval Office meeting with Comey, Brennan, Biden, Yates, Rice and, of course, President Obama. It turns out that the original order to close the case may have come as early as November 6, 2016, Election Day. (NOTE: I’m curious to know if this came very late in the day, after they realized to their horror that Trump had won.) One agent texted, “We have some loose ends to tie up, and we all need to meet to discuss what to do with each case - he said shut down Razor.” (“Razor” is code for the Flynn case, which was part of "Crossfire Hurricane.")
"So glad they’re closing Razor,” another agent responded.
Another shocking revelation in these texts: To spy on Flynn’s finances, the FBI used not regular subpoenas, but what they call national security letters (NSL), which receive NO JUDICIAL REVIEW. They were doing this weeks after the initial order to shut the case down. Agents who knew better were talking amongst themselves about this…
"The decision to NSL finances bought him time,” one agent says. (We don’t know who “him” is.)
"What do we expect to get from an NSL [?],” was the reply. “We put out traces, tripwire to the community and nothing.”
"Bingo, another agent replied. “”So what’s an NSL going to do[?] No content.”
"Haha this is a nightmare,” another agent said. The conversation goes on similarly.
In one series of texts sent the same day as the big Oval Office meeting, one agent says that “Trump was right” when he tweeted that the FBI was delaying his transition briefings on so-called “Russian hacking” so they could cook up evidence against him. (Was he ever.)
Here are more of the agents’ texts from the red-letter day of January 5 (some punctuation fixed):
"So razor is going to stay open?”
"Yep. Crimes report being drafted.”
"What’s the word on how Obama’s briefing went?”
"Don’t know but people here are scrambling for info to support certain things and it’s a madhouse.”
"Jesus. Trump was right. Still not put together...why do we do this to ourselves? What is wrong with these people??”
The texts even reveal that agents suspected the leaks about Flynn’s calls with Russian Ambassador Kislyak were leaked by the White House…
"FYI – someone leaked the Flynn calls with Kislyak to the WSJ [Wall Street Journal].”
"I’m sorry to hear that.” (Sarcasm alert.) I’ll resume my duties as Chief Morale Officer and rectify that.”
"Published this morning by Ignatius.” (That’s a reference to WASHINGTON POST writer David Ignatius.)
"It’s got to be someone on the staff. PDB [Presidential Daily Briefing] staff. Or WH seniors.”
If you’re not up to date on the Flynn case, Hemingway and Davis review that as well, including the bizarre efforts of Judge Sullivan to keep it going despite Barr’s decision not to prosecute. But the real news here is the texting FBI agents were doing that shows they knew exactly what this was –- a political hit job --- and they were concerned enough to take out liability policies! We don’t get to see those names, but John Durham does, and let’s hope he’s talked with every one of them --- especially the one who wrote about "scrambling for info to support certain things."
As if this weren’t enough, we’ve also learned that Steele's sub-source for the Steele “dossier” had been the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation from 2009 to 2011 for suspected contact with Russian intel officers. In other words, they thought he might be a RUSSIAN SPY. This is something else they should’ve disclosed to the FISA court but didn’t.
We know this now because the Senate Judiciary Committee is looking into it, and Sen. Lindsay Graham, who chairs the committee, wrote to AG Barr to request expedited information about the reliability of Christopher Steele as a source. Barr responded by directing the FBI to (at last) declassify this material.
Barr said he’d consulted with Durham and determined that revealing this information would not compromise the ongoing investigation. So it's logical to assume that Durham has already looked into it.
Again, the bitter irony: Democrats have accused Trump for years of “colluding” with Russians, when it’s the Hillary campaign that did that very thing.
Sen. Graham appeared Thursday night on HANNITY to summarize the findings. He said he hopes this is a “game-changer,” but given the slant of the media, I doubt it will change much of anything until we see some indictments, whenever that might be.
RIP, GALE SAYERS AND TOMMY DeVITO
By “Huckabee” writer/pop culture guru Pat Reeder (http://www.facebook.com/hollywoodhifibook)
If you came of age in the ‘60s-early ‘70’s, I’m sure you’ll be sad to hear of the passing of two iconic figures from that era.
Chicago Bears legend Gale Sayers has died at 77 after a long battle with dementia. The NFL Hall of Famer known as the Kansas Comet was one of the greatest players of all time. But even those who don’t follow the sport knew him from the classic 1971 film “Brian’s Song,” about the friendship between Sayers (Billy Dee Williams) and teammate Brian Piccolo (James Caan) who was battling terminal cancer. It became famous as the only movie that men would admit they cried while watching.
Also, Tommy DeVito has died at 92 due to coronavirus complications. He was one of the founding members of the classic vocal group, The 4 Seasons (yes, that’s the correct way to write it), even before Frankie Valli joined. DeVito considered himself the leader, but he had multiple run-ins with the law and personality clashes with the other members. He left in 1970 after the group learned he’d run up about $1 million in debts in their name.
A deal with the loan shark resulted in Valli and songwriter Bob Gaudio buying out DeVito’s share of the group and him being “banished” to Las Vegas, where he became a local colorful character. But there was something of a reconciliation following the massive success of the Broadway musical bio, “Jersey Boys.” Rest in peace to them both.
A VERY HOLLYWOOD STORY
Actress Alyssa Milano, a Twitter leftwing activist and proponent of defunding the police, made embarrassing headlines after she reportedly called 911 about an “armed gunman” in black clothing on her property (she later claimed a neighbor called 911, but admitted her husband made a follow-up call to police.) She lives in an 8,000-square-foot, $2.5 million home in a gated community in an upscale area north of L.A.
The call elicited a massive police response, including a K-9 unit and a helicopter. They determined that the “armed gunman” was a teenager shooting at squirrels with an air rifle.
Milano praised the police, but blamed “rightwing trolls” for “targeting” her with ridicule, which you must admit would be extremely hard to resist doing.
Let it be known, though, that I am not singling her out for mockery. She did the right thing in calling the police. I think that by now, we should have all learned that if you see a young person in black clothing carrying what appears to be a rifle, the police should definitely be called in to deal with the situation in whatever numbers are needed. If that had happened in Portland, Minneapolis, Seattle, etc., a lot of black neighborhoods and businesses might not be smoking ruins today.
I also don’t think it’s fair to single her out for hypocrisy for denouncing the police while expecting them to pull out all the stops to protect her. In that regard, she’s simply like virtually every liberal celebrity in Hollywood, like the ones who want to defund the police and ban you from owning a gun to protect your family while they’re protected by armed bodyguards and battalions of cops at awards shows.
And it’s not even a new story. Back on June 2nd, I wrote about a certain former NBA and ESPN star who was tweeting “Burn it all down” about the Minneapolis riots, and just one day later, frantically tweeting about some “animals” trying to get into his gated community, then expressing relief when the cops showed up and repelled them.
But I will ask this: what’s with all these liberal celebrities living in “gated communities”? I thought walls were useless for providing security.
Latest press release from Winston Smith at the Ministry of Truth: The New York Times now claims that its horrific “1619 Project” doesn’t argue that the birth of the United States came in 1619, when the first slaves arrived in North America, instead of 1776. No, that’s just a false assertion concocted by rightwing activists.
And what about the fact that the Pulitzer Prize-winning (!) author of “The 1619 Project” is on video making that claim and continues to make it? Or that her Twitter banner is a picture of “1776” crossed out and replaced with 1619? Or that the article is actually named after that very assertion?
Well, who are you going to believe? The “newspaper of record” or your lying, racist eyes?
Reuters ran one of those liberal hit pieces claiming to prove that concerns about voter fraud are just a myth promoted by the right, and they managed to stuff it full of fraudulent and misleading claims and deliberate omissions of fact.
A FORM OF CHILD ABUSE
I sometimes think the editors of Teen Vogue ask themselves, “What can we publish that will make our magazine a piece of repulsive, irresponsible garbage that no impressionable young person should ever come within a thousand yards of?” And every month, they nail it.
At the risk of repeating myself, allowing your kids to read this radical left trash is a form of child abuse.
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