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Today's Commentary:  President Trump orders Justice Dept. to investigate itself --- Exploiting children for political advantage -- Steve King's new bill -- The Trump Boom -- Hillary Clinton keeps talking -- Evening Edition - May 21 - Daily Verse

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President Trump announced on Sunday (in a tweet, naturally) that he would be calling for the DOJ to investigate the alleged infiltration of his 2016 campaign for political purposes --- he’s talking about the spying here --- and to find out if the Obama administration had anything to do with it.

On Monday, he made good on that, and top officials at the Department of Justice have agreed to put the Inspector General on a review of the FISA application process to see “whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its counterintelligence operation of persons suspected of Russian involvement with the Russian agents who interfered in the 2016 presidential election.” According to the DOJ’s statement, the IG will “consult with the appropriate U.S. attorney” if any evidence of potential criminal conduct is found.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had this to say: “If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take action.” Is it just me, or is this a really tepid response, considering the stunning nature of these allegations?

But once again, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is sitting on the sidelines. (No wonder the President is furious.) Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz has spoken with Sessions about this, and says the AG told him he is completely unwilling to step in. This is just getting ridiculous. Yes, Sessions recused himself from the investigation into the campaign’s alleged ties with Russia (that move actually made some sense, because he personally was involved in Trump’s campaign), but this is something else: an “investigation of the investigation,” and he’s supposed to be our top law enforcement official. Instead, we have a vacuum that’s had to be filled by the second-in-command, Rosenstein, who, unbelievably, is still directing the scope of the Mueller investigation despite YUUUUUGE conflicts of interest. Sessions should have fired him long ago. And if Trump can’t fire Sessions because of the political fallout, Sessions should realize he can’t adequately perform his duties as AG and resign, too.

Something about this is very wrong. And the DOJ investigating itself isn’t going to fix it.

That’s why it may still come down to Congressional oversight to get to the bottom of it. They’ve been pushing for many months to get the FBI and DOJ to let them see unredacted documents that they have the security clearance and the right to see, but recent revelations about ‘infiltration” (spying) seem to have energized House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes, who suspects there were other government “informants” (spies) at work within the campaign besides the one we know about.

Both Nunes and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise had tough words for the FBI on Sunday. They know the stakes are high and that this is not the time for backing down.

If the DOJ under Rod Rosenstein continues to stonewall (“Sorry, we can’t release that, because it’s part of an ongoing investigation...”), Trump needs to play hardball and just declassify all the documents in question. BOOM, like that! He’s the President, after all; he gets to do it. Also, former FBI agents can speak up and offer valuable insight into how the investigation might have gotten started. Case in point: Clarice Feldman at AMERICAN THINKER has an update that outlines a very interesting possible scenario suggested by former agent Mark Wauck. He says the Democrats may have used the cover of a “preliminary investigation” to gain access to all the NSA data they wanted on political opponents –- at least until Mike Rogers at NSA clamped down, at which point they had to do whatever was necessary to obtain FISA warrants.

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Exploiting children for political advantage

By Mike Huckabee

Continuing the theme of traumatizing school children to exploit them for political advantage, Lifezette’s Brendan Kirby dug into CDC statistics to put the real danger of school shootings into perspective. From 2000-2016, the most recent year for which there are complete numbers, 80 school age kids died in shootings at school (that includes 11 suicides.) Those are undeniably terrible tragedies, and it doesn’t take into account the victims since. Even so, more children (155) drowned themselves on purpose than died in school shootings. Nearly 11 times as many died from being struck in fistfights. About 28 times as many died on bicycles. Nearly 29 times as many died from cuttings and piercings. When you get up to accidental drownings, drug overdoses and traffic accidents, the death risk was 100 times greater or more.

None of this is intended to downplay the tragedy of losing even one child to any preventable cause. But it shows that just leaving the house can be a risk. Adults should be capable of debating how to prevent school shootings without terrifying kids into thinking their lives will be over if they go to class.

https://www.lifezette.com/polizette/relax-parents-the-safest-place-for-your-kids-is-still-school/

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Steve King's new bill

By Mike Huckabee

Rep. Steve King introduced a bill to put “sanctuary city” majors in prison for up to five years for tipping off illegal immigrants to impending ICE raids. Here’s the surprising part: that’s not already illegal. Yet if you act as lookout to warn any other lawbreakers when the cops are coming, you’re charged as an accomplice.

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The Trump Boom

By Mike Huckabee

When Donald Trump was running for President, he promised to reduce government red tape that was stifling growth and job creation by cutting two government regulations for every new regulation. Well, CNN and MSNBC can now accuse him of breaking that promise. According to a new study by the American Action Forum, he’s actually cut 3.75 regulations for every new one. They estimate that this represents a net savings to the economy of $686.6 million.

It’s been amusing to hear so many Democrats and media figures (but I repeat myself) trying to give credit for the recent robust economic growth to Obama. They insist that it was his policies that pulled us out of the recession (at the slowest rate in post-war history) and started growth and job creation again (anemic growth that we were assured we couldn’t exceed because slow growth was the “new normal” and it was foolish to think manufacturing jobs were ever coming back to America.)

What actually happened is that many businesses were sitting on capital but were afraid to use it for fear it would be taxed away if they brought it back from foreign markets or that they’d need it in the future to survive whatever new anti-business regulatory curveball would be hurled at them next. With Trump’s election and his keeping his promise to cut taxes and regulations, the businesses that drive the economy finally felt free to shift out of Park.

I’ve actually heard some people recently trying to make the same argument for Jimmy Carter: that he really set up the foundation for the ‘80s boom and Reagan merely inherited it and got credit for it. Which is absurd to anyone who lived through those times and remembers the disaster Reagan inherited and the complete economic overhaul that he put into place, to much fury and ridicule from the left.

Still, you have to feel sorry for these poor Democratic Presidents. No matter how long they’re in office or how many brilliant new government programs to goose the economy they create, it never seems to show any life until after they leave and then the Republican who replaces them gets the credit. It’s so unfair! For some reason, economic growth just never kicks in until after the liberals who really deserve the credit for it are kicked out.

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Hillary Clinton keeps talking

By Mike Huckabee

Hillary Clinton’s defenders like to claim that she didn’t win the presidency because Americans were too sexist to vote for a woman (that’s just one of the 57 or so excuses Hillary herself has floated, but it’s in there.) And if those who didn’t support her protest that they would gladly vote for a woman President, just not her, the Democratic response is that that’s just a phony excuse and they really wouldn’t vote for any woman.

Frankly, I think that’s absolutely ridiculous. Carly Fiorina made a good run for the GOP nomination and was even high in the early polls before falling to Trump, as did all the other male candidates (me included, unfortunately.) I know of many Republicans who would love to vote for Condoleezza Rice for President. And when John McCain recently expressed regrets for picking Sarah Palin as a running mate, conservative websites were flooded with posts from Republicans saying that she was the main reason they voted for him.

Hillary Clinton’s problem wasn’t that she was a woman; it’s that she was “that woman” voters had been observing up close for over 20 years: Hillary Clinton. Most voters don’t accept that they’re under an obligation to support a candidate they don’t like or agree with, just because she’s a woman, and that includes most women voters.

As if to prove what a bogus premise that is, Hillary herself just endorsed the reelection of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo over his female challenger, former “Sex & The City” star, Cynthia Nixon. Now, I don’t know if Ms. Nixon is qualified to be governor of New York (I'd question that about Cuomo, too), and I certainly don’t agree with her political positions (she thinks Cuomo isn’t far enough to the left.) But there’s no question that she is a woman, and she’s appealing for women’s support.

If Hillary is going to accuse Americans of being sexist for not supporting the woman when she ran, then she endorses a man over a woman just because his views on the issues align more with hers, then how about according the rest of us the same privilege?

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Evening Edition - May 21

By Mike Huckabee

A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!

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Daily Verse

"That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love." - Ephesians 3:16-17

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  • Penny Harrison

    05/22/2018 03:27 PM

    Regarding Hillary - DITTO - I'm the same age as Hillary, and was well aware of the prominent roles she played in the Rose Law Firm, Whitewater, Hillarycare, Travelgate, and Filegate - and it was always the same "insufficient evidence. . ." I would not vote for any candidate - be it dog catcher, mayor, or US President with such a dubious background.
    Regarding Jimmy Carter - We were active duty Air Force (my husband an F-4 Pilot) and when we bought our first house in Sumter, SC in 1977 (Jimmy Carter was president) the interest rate was about 12% (VA loan). Three years later - 1980 - (jimmy Carter president) we were transferred to Goldsboro, NC - sold first house and now buying second house - also VA loan, and the interested rate on our mortgage was 19% (and we had a good credit rating). Not only that, it was like a foreshadowing of the Obama years, no COLA, no pay raises / increase in housing allowance, etc. and the squadron could not fly all of it's aircraft because there were no spare parts in the entire Air Force inventory - so they were cannibalizing parts within the squadron aircraft to keep flying at the least the minimum number of sorties. I laugh heartily when I hear anyone say the Reagan years, or the Trump years are good because of what Carter or Obama did!