Democrats fearful of what Attorney General William Barr might expose in his “investigation of the investigators” are unloading on him now with both barrels, and the media are helping them. Yesterday, I wrote about an attempt by the Washington Post to help protect the Democrats and the reputation of the Obama Justice Department with a negative editorial on Barr, saying he “manipulated” the work of special counsel Robert Mueller. Today, the New York Times is helping them do the same thing, with a piece on how the government used a young female undercover agent (spy), who went by the name of Azra Turk (real identity unknown), to spy on Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos.

 

What?? The NYT is being open about the fact that the government SPIED on a member of the Trump team? How is that possibly helpful to the Democrats?


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Read down, and it’s easy to see what they’re doing: 1) breaking the story themselves to get ahead of it before the facts come out in a more damaging way, and, 2) slanting the story to try to justify the FBI’s actions. One example comes early in the piece...”The FBI sent her to London as part of the counterintelligence inquiry opened that summer to better understand the Trump campaign’s links to Russia.” Oh, well, THAT sounds benign enough. They just wanted to “better understand.”

 

There are other methods besides spying that they could have used if they had wanted to “better understand.” Here’s a wild idea: perhaps if they were concerned about Russian infiltration of Donald Trump’s campaign, they could have briefed...Donald Trump! That seems only fair, and they probably could have enlisted his aid in ferreting them out. We know they discussed informing him but chose not to. On the other hand, if they were genuinely alarmed at the prospect of Trump himself being an agent of Vladimir Putin --- even when there was no evidence of this --- they could have gone to any of the three members of Trump’s campaign team who were former U.S. attorneys. But, no, for some reason they had to work secretly and independently, around the fringes of the campaign, and send in an undercover honeypot to spy on a young adviser.

 

(Incidentally, the FBI is restricted by law from doing counterintelligence work in a foreign country. That’s the CIA’s realm. So it’s logical to assume that John Brennan was playing a key role with the spying that took place in London. I digress.)

 

Now, here’s the part of the NYT piece that really tries to justify the spying: “The decision to use Ms. Turk in the operation aimed at a presidential campaign official shows the level of alarm inside the FBI during a frantic period when the bureau was trying to determine the scope of Russia’s attempts to disrupt the 2016 election, but could also give ammunition to Mr. Trump and his allies for their spying claims.”


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Alarm? The FBI officials running this scam knew the “dossier” was nothing more than dirty oppo research against Trump paid for by the Hillary campaign. Lacking real evidence, they had to mislead the FISA court with unverified material to get their warrant to spy. And recall that Peter Strzok, in a text to Lisa Page, expressed reluctance to join the special counsel team to investigate Trump and Russia because there was no “there there.”  That doesn't sound very "alarmed" to me.

 

Yes, this did end up giving ammunition to Trump for his “spying claims” (which were TRUE), but they no doubt assumed that the use of this spy would never become known. Now that the IG is about to release his report and the attorney general is also investigating, they know the jig is up.

 

Ms. “Turk” accompanied another FBI informant, Stefan A. Halper of Cambridge University, to London for this assignment. We’ve known about him for quite some time; it’s the fact that the woman was also working undercover that is a new detail.

 

Here’s another unbelievable “save” from the NYT piece: “The London operation yielded no fruitful information [editorial aside: OF COURSE IT DIDN’T], but FBI officials have called the bureau’s activities in the months before the election both legal and carefully considered under extraordinary circumstances.” We’ll see about that; "FBI officials" created the “extraordinary circumstances” themselves.

 

And, later: “It is unclear whether Mr. Horowitz will find fault with the FBI’s decision to have Ms. Turk, whose real name is not publicly known, meet with Mr. Papadopoulos.” The piece goes on to say that Ms. Turk’s role might have been “essential” to protect Halper’s identity as an informant if prosecutors ever needed court testimony about what they were doing. See? She HAD to go to London under a fake name and flirt with Papadopoulos (who was not yet married at that time) after inviting him to meet her at a bar and then ask him if Trump was working for the Russians, all in order to protect Stefan Halper’s identity. Yeah, that’s the ticket.


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The NYT story quotes Barr from his Wednesday hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee: “Many people seem to assume that the only intelligence collection that occurred was a single confidential informant. I would like to find out whether or not that is in fact true. It strikes me as a fairly anemic effort if that was the counterintelligence effort designed to stop the threat as it’s being represented.”

 

Given the big picture, it sounds to me here that Barr is casting doubt on the level of the Trump “collusion” threat. But those seeking to justify the spying could say, “Hey, Bill Barr SAID the FBI could have done a lot more in the way of counterintelligence than they actually did!” I don’t think that’s what Barr meant at all.

 

By the way, I wasn’t exaggerating in saying that Turk was flirting with Papadopoulos. The NYT details a bit of it that’s documented: While still in London, she exchanged emails with him, saying that meeting him had been the highlight of her trip. “I am excited about what the future holds for us :),”

 

In addition, the NYT story appears to misrepresent the meeting Papadopoulos had with Australian diplomat (and big-time Hillary supporter) Alexander Downer while in London. It says that the FBI investigation came “largely” as a result of that, when we now know that it was primarily the Steele dossier that sparked it. And as I understand it, Papadopoulos’s stated recollection of hearing about “Hillary dirt” was much less specific than the account in this story. He has said he was told the Russians had damaging information on Hillary. (Oh, and he also believes now that this was a set-up in which he was “fed” information.) The NYT account seems somewhat embellished; it says he tells Downer the Russians offered to “help Trump’s campaign by releasing thousands of hacked Democratic emails.”


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Here’s another “save”: “Secrecy was paramount for the FBI officials because of the sensitivities of investigating campaign officials during a presidential race.” Oh, I see. It’s BECAUSE this was a presidential race that they had to be undercover and not tell anyone, even in the campaign.

 

Read the whole thing. It’s obviously intended to provide cover in the way of justification for the FBI’s spying and other deception, but I’d think it would have the opposite effect on anyone who’s objective and well informed on this.  On the other hand, someone who's objective and well informed didn't get that way reading the New York Times.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/02/us/politics/fbi-government-investigator-trump.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

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  • CARMEN PRICE

    05/06/2019 04:07 PM

    Governor Huckabee:
    Loved your weekend show and can't wait to see your interview with Sarah.
    To bad the dumbocrats are such losers, I can't fathom them going after AG Barr, such whinny babies! Suck it up dems, move on and fix our country, and stop fussing about Trump!
    I am betting that the coming months and up to the 2020 election, will be more miserable then 2016! Way to bad. The fact that the dumbos tried to over throw our Government is one of the most disgusting things I have seen in my old age...........they all should be thrown out of Congress!
    Best
    Carmen Price
    NV.

  • Anna Maria

    05/05/2019 03:37 PM

    I am inclined to believe this is why former officials and some current officials in the US including the man at the top wanted us to become a “Global Community or rather join the Global elitists.” When President Trump was elected he foiled their plans. The President’s goal was to restore America’s greatness. Of course the Democrats and Rinos couldn’t allow that to happen but “Surprise!” we all know how this all turned out! Hillary had to be elected so Obama’s plan to “Fundamentally change America” would have a chance to succeed. They may have been fearful this man, President Trump, might foil their plans. Ultimately the plan was to make our country Communist. We might have seen it coming but could do nothing about it. Thank God for President Trump!???? He truly saved us from ruin! I fear this is not a fait au complet! If we don’t put the right people in office this could and will happen again!

  • Gail Hoffman

    05/05/2019 11:19 AM

    I have my bowl of popcorn ?? ready! I believe President Trump is much smarter than anyone knows...after listening to several interviews of him from years past, he's been watching the swamp fill up, and has been waiting for the right time to step in and do this dirty job! I pray daily he has the strength, knowledge, and support he needs to accomplish his goal!

  • Kathy Nauman

    05/04/2019 05:20 PM

    I once had an infestation of german roaches while I was doing day care in my home. Seems one mother had them and they came via the baby's diaper bag. They were most noticeable when you flipped on the light in the kitchen at night. I did get rid of them, not easy, but I was determined. I hope now that these roaches have starting running in the light, we can get rid of them. But, there are so many, in every wall and crevice of our capital I, sadly, believe it is unlikely. Some is better than none, but you and I both know, it would take years and years and term limits to even get close. God help this nation.

  • Marlene Helfrick

    05/04/2019 10:31 AM

    The facts point directly to Obama and Hillary. Now investigate them.

  • Carol Ann Weaver

    05/04/2019 08:56 AM

    The Dems, Rinos & Mockingbird MSM are angry, scared & desperate and we should be prepared for anything from them right now. I believe our God sent President Trump was prepared for this even before he was elected. I, as well as all common sense patriots, want to see justice and accountability come quickly but we must realize what our President and a few good men are fighting is much bigger than we can imagine. They must take their time to roll out the plan of attack so as to destroy the root of this evil so we won't see it again. I pray for our success every day! #MAGA #KAG2020 #TRUMP2020

  • Martha Rounsavall

    05/04/2019 08:05 AM

    Thank you for the update. It is sometimes hard to know what information is reliable but I trust you and Sarah to tell us the truth.

  • Keethlyn Fletcher

    05/03/2019 10:35 PM

    This gets more intriguing every day. I just hope that all the dirty little secrets can be unearthed before the dems figure out some way to shut it down. Drain the swamp!

  • Lars Schroeder

    05/03/2019 10:30 PM

    What happens to people who delete God from their thinking? They believe that what they do in darkness will remain in darkness.

    How much happier to simply live in the light!

  • William Keller

    05/03/2019 10:00 PM

    I truly believe that Obama, Hillary, Comey, Brennan and probably 20 others should be in prison for their actions

  • Richard and Nadine Mortensen

    05/03/2019 09:53 PM

    Please don't use our full name!! I didn't know this would be in public view!!! Just Nadine is enough for my comment!!!

  • Richard and Nadine Mortensen

    05/03/2019 09:45 PM

    Wow...any writer of mystery and intrigue would be envious that they didn't invent this story! But wow, Governor, are you ever a smart cookie for laying this all out for us! Thank you very much, and God Bless you very much!

  • Linda M. Freeman

    05/03/2019 09:44 PM

    Thank you for exposing what the NY Times is doing to play along with the Democrats in Congress. Certainly sounds like fake news to me.

  • Ruth Forester

    05/03/2019 08:43 PM

    Yes, thank you! For "clarifying," connecting the dots of this devious web of corruption! As others have said, we need a scorecard to keep up with this! I was suspicious as to WHY the NYT's would put out anything positive... :O I will rejoice, when justice is finally done! Our country MUST see people held accountable! To be able to gain any confidence back, in our highest governmental agencies. God Bless our President for standing strong and enduring! We The People MUST stand firmly in support! KAG2020!

  • Joe Wilkerson

    05/03/2019 08:21 PM

    As Al Sharpton said "let them chickens come to roast" and I believe Obamas #preacher said the same thing while reviling the US. Surely those condemning the president did not think they were going to get away scott free and he's doing it in such a way that will benefit many of the lower class of people while causing the left to catch their breathe. I would say it is wrong to not turn the other cheek, a llittlee bit he hit them in their pocket books with this new tax bill that puts a minimum on what the fat elite can deduct, #10,000, I think. Anyway Gov. Huckabee, hang in there and tell Sarah to do the same.

  • Ann Williams

    05/03/2019 06:30 PM

    Thank you for this. It certainly makes sense. Not being as well informed as you are, I didn't understand why NYT was printing this story that appeared to someone like me to be supportive of Barr's findings in all of this muddled mess. That's like me looking in the mirror in the morning and thinking, "That can't be right!"

  • Carolyn Shoemaker

    05/03/2019 05:32 PM

    Mike, It seems these days we need a scorecard to know whose playing who in the media! Thank you for clarifying the NYT piece!! Do the Democrats not understand that by attacking the AG they are making him even more determined to get to the bottom of this whole mess!!!

  • Dee Mckee

    05/03/2019 05:03 PM

    I’m tired of hearing all the evidence against Obama and Hillary with no arrests. I hope the Supreme Court and Justice Barr act fast. President Trump has suffered enough.

  • Joseph

    05/03/2019 04:44 PM

    Here we go. Democrats are pathetic at lying and yet they can't seem to stop. They are inept in everything they do because they continue doing the same things over an over again thinking they will somehow eventually get it right. If a regular person like myself can see all the lies and deception and know this is not what America stands for or how people in general are suppose to be it seems as I might be the smartest person and not all those in politics. Now that is scary. When a mainstream news paper starts admitting their political party did wrong yet it was justified then they truly have finally gone down the proverbial drain . By going political the news media's have themselves rendered themselves irrelevant.

  • Joy Kusek

    05/03/2019 04:36 PM

    Oh Governor, what a story! I'm so glad the tables are going to be turned on Hillary, Comey, Lerner (pleading the 5th over and over and then retiring, Stroyk, Page, Lynch, Rosenstein, McCabe, Mueller, Rice, obummer, etc.!

    Praying for you and our President & families,

    Joy

  • Robert McFate

    05/03/2019 04:34 PM

    Then there is the Susan Rice's email to self that Obummer was doing everything "by the book". Just another CYA memo they can refer to as they were doing nothing wrong. My question is who book, the law or Obummer's edited version?

  • Deb

    05/03/2019 04:27 PM

    If everyone knows that the dossier was paid for by the Hillary campaign, why does this fact seem to be overlooked by the powers-at-be? Was this not illegal? And if it was, why is this not being addressed by anyone? America is so tired of these arrogant, high paid supposed lawmakers waiting our very hard earned income! There is absolutely no integrity in our nation's Capital!! Thank you, Mr. Huckabee for continuing to stand with integrity. And Sarah is doing a wonderful job as well. God bless you all!

  • Edwin Allman

    05/03/2019 04:19 PM

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE - re-do your e-mail newsletter. Your commentary is too valuable and important to force your audience to go through the tiny script and confusing links. THANK YOU!!

  • Daniel L

    05/03/2019 04:15 PM

    Mike,
    When you have the 4th Estate (the Press/Media) colluding with the Obama Administration, the Clinton Campaign and the DNC to first try to steal the election, and then to undermine the will of the People and unseat our duly elected President - you get the 4th Estate in a frenzy trying to cover up their involvement and that of those already listed. The stakes are incredibly large, we witnessed a criminal treasonous conspiracy the likes fo which we have never seen in this country. Justice Must Prevail and I do believe that Barr will serve it on a cold cold platter for those involved - and I hope that Justice also includes the media figures for their complicit role in the conspiracy.

  • Daniel L

    05/03/2019 03:48 PM

    Mike,
    When you have the 4th Estate colluding with the Obama Administration, the Clinton Campaign and the DNC to first try to steal the election, and then to undermine the will of the People and unseat our duly elected President - you get the 4th Estate in a frenzy trying to cover up their involvement and that of those already listed. The stakes are incredibly large, we witnessed a criminal treasonous conspiracy the likes fo which we have never seen in this country. Justice Must Prevail and I do believe that Barr will serve it on a cold cold platter for those involved - and I hope that Justice also includes the media figures for their complicit role in the conspiracy.