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John Solomon has just cast some unflattering light on something we’d already been pondering: the curious role FBI Director Christopher Wray appears to be playing to protect the Bureau from efforts to uncover what they were doing in 2016 and 2017 –- perhaps even earlier –- to investigate Trump. The likely explanation: Wray is one of the swamp creatures himself.
Recall Solomon’s earlier story about State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathleen Kavalec taking a meeting with Christopher Steele of “dossier” notoriety. Just the fact that Steele went to the State Department to meet with her sent up a red flag, and according to Solomon’s sources, Kavalec was so concerned about that and some other issues –- including Steele’s strong political bias –- that she sent a memo to the FBI alerting agents about potential problems with him as a source. Notably, she cast his work unfavorably by telling them about a blatant inaccuracy in his report: a reference to the Russian embassy in Miami, when no such embassy exists. If a mistake as big as that was in the report, what else might be wrong?
By Mike Huckabee
Did Robert Mueller change your mind?
NO 16,187 responses
UNDECIDED 120 responses
YES 169 responses
The Three R's
By Mike Huckabee
Here is it days after he said it, and the media and political worlds are still yakking about little but the three R's: Rats, Racism and Responsibility (evading it.)
Monday, President Trump was being branded a “racist” all over the media for saying that parts of Baltimore are dangerous, filthy and rat-infested. Meanwhile, his defenders were hauling up countless examples of the same people who attacked him saying the exact same thing – including Bernie Sanders, the Baltimore Sun newspaper, even Rep. Elijah Cummings himself.
By Mike Huckabee
Congratulations to Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe, who has been named as President Trump’s next Director of National Intelligence, to replace the outgoing Dan Coats. Coincidentally, Ratcliffe just garnered national attention with his masterful takedown of the Democrats' "impeachment for obstruction" crusade by explaining to Robert Mueller what the presumption of innocence means and that it is never the job of a prosecutor to “exonerate” someone by finding evidence of their innocence. He also maneuvered Mueller into admitting that he considered Trump to be a “special case,” apparently not deserving of the same due process rights as every other President, or even US citizen.
It will make me feel better to know that someone who has the intelligence to understand what due process rights are will be in charge of national intelligence. I just wish that some of Ratcliffe’s intelligence would rub off on the Washington Post editors, who “fact-checked” the Mueller hearings by nitpicking only the questions asked by Republicans and completely ignoring all the false assertions and biased innuendoes offered up by the Democrats. If "democracy dies in darkness," why does WaPo keep turning off the lights on the left side of the aisle?
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Monday, President Trump signed an extension of funding for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which covers benefits for first responders still suffering injuries and longterm health problems stemming from their efforts in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
There had been a lot of controversy over this least controversial of bills, especially after Jon Stewart made headlines with an emotional appeal in Congress, accusing members of being indifferent to the suffering of 9/11 heroes. I have no doubt that Jon was sincere in his concern about this issue. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took a lot of heat for brushing off Stewart’s appearance, saying that the program had always been funded, and like almost all federal programs, funding would be renewed when it got closer to the deadline, which wasn’t until December. So it appears that like so much of the news these days, there was a lot of worry and hand-wringing and accusations over something that was never really in question. Nobody wanted to deprive 9/11 first responders of health benefits, and nobody is.
Now, we can safely move on to the next crisis, which I predict will involve accusing someone of wanting to take away Medicare or slash Social Security -- nobody really will, just as nobody ever has, over all the decades that those same accusations have been made. But it’s nearly an election year, so expect to hear it a lot.
CNN political analyst Joe Lockhart apparently thinks Hillary’s “basket of deplorables” comment was a winning strategy, so he insulted 63 million Trump voters by tweeting this:
“Anyone who supports a racist or a racist strategy is a racist themselves. 2020 is a moment or reckoning for America. Vote for @realDonaldTrump and you are a racist. Don’t hide it like a coward. Wear that racist badge proudly and see how it feels.”
Conservative commentator Ann Althouse called this a childish “I’m rubber, you’re glue” tactic. It’s also based on accepting the flawed AOC-spread premise that all criticism of a politician of color is automatically racist. And I’d add that by Lockhart’s own reasoning, since he was Bill Clinton’s Press Secretary and defended him during impeachment, does that make him an accused perjurer and sexual predator, too?
In case you missed “Face The Nation” Sunday, Democratic Presidential hopeful Julian Castro was asked why he supported and praised border policies under Obama that he’s now fiercely attacking under Trump. Watch him explain how the two are different. They aren’t, except that Trump is now President – and that makes the identical policies completely different.
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– Rom 15:13
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