June 18, 2018

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Peter Strzok, the FBI agent whose opposition to Trump and support for Hillary were revealed in his text messages to his like-minded mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, pulled a surprise move over the weekend.  His attorney sent a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, saying that Strzok is willing to testify without immunity or invoking the Fifth Amendment and answer any questions.  The attorney writes, “Pete is central to this story. We should let the American people see who he really is.”  (I think the text messages gave us a pretty good idea of who he is, as did the transparent attempts to hide them for so long.)  Continuing: “He thinks that his position, character and actions have all been misrepresented and caricatured, and he wants an opportunity to remedy that.”


I assume we will hear more of the claim that those texts represented his personal, private political views and never influenced his professional decisions in any way.  We might also hear another excuse that’s been floated: that the anti-Trump texts were merely cover for the affair, so if his wife saw them, it would appear that he and Page were just talking politics.  Or that he was just saying those things to comfort his distraught girlfriend.  In other words, despite the obvious bend-over-backwards-to-exonerate-Hillary investigation and the bend-any-rule-to-ensnare-Trump investigation, we can believe that he was a completely honest professional of good character because the evidence that he wasn’t was a lie concocted either to cover up the affair he was having behind his wife’s back or to keep his mistress in a good mood.  That may require more bending than even the most flexible minds can handle without snapping.




A couple of updates to stories from last week: 


President Trump said he wouldn’t sign the compromise version of a House immigration reform plan, which threw GOP leaders for a loop after they put in a lot of effort to create a bill that would draw enough support to pass.  But the White House walked that back, with an unnamed senior official saying that Trump just misunderstood the question.  A statement was issued saying that Trump will sign either bill, both of which contain funding for a border wall.  More details here:


Also, I linked to an article by legal expert Paul Rosenzweig explaining why the witness-tampering evidence against former Trump campaign official Paul Manafort seemed awfully “thin.”  He’s written an update admitting he must have been mistaken, since the judge ordered Manafort jailed.  He notes that the judge said she “struggled” with the decision, and he doesn’t cite any details that he got wrong.  But he assumes the case must be stronger than he assessed it to be, at least in the mind of the judge.  Considering some rulings we’ve seen from judges recently, I wouldn’t be so quick to assume that the law or evidence had anything to do with it, but here’s the link to his update just the same.




If you listen to certain prominent news sources (or get all your news from social media in the form of Democratic Underground memes), you might believe that America is a horrible place, filled with violent, narrow-minded, Republican-voting bigots who hate immigrants, which is loosely defined as everyone who is here and wasn’t born here, whether they followed the law and actually became an immigrant or just came across the border illegally.  It’s no wonder all the more tolerant, welcoming countries like Germany and France lecture us so much about our shortcomings. 


If any of that sounds true to you, then prepare to have your mind blown by reality.  According to the Pew Research Center, America has taken in more refugees than any other nation on Earth: about 3 million since 1980.  In fact, that’s more than all the other nations combined.  And there were no cutbacks or biases during Republican Administrations; during a 10-year period beginning under Bush in 2002, there was an increase in the number of immigrants granted refuge from African and Middle Eastern nations.  There’s more at the link, all of it destructive to the popular narrative.




It was no surprise when “Saturday Night Live” was blasted and abandoned by Republicans because of its unfunny, relentlessly anti-Trump sketches.  But then, even liberal media outlets such as started to complaint that it wasn’t comedy anymore, just propaganda.  Former cast members, including Rob Schneider and Joe Piscopo, also weighed in on how the show had let its obvious bias kill the humor.  But its defenders dismissed all that criticism and scoffed that the older cast members were just out of touch.


Well, try this: the show has become so biased and predictable that even one of the current cast members has spoken up in hopes of changing it.  And that cast member is female and African-American, so if "SNL's" writers try to dismiss this criticism as “white male privilege,” it will be funniest thing they’ve come up with since the 2016 election.

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A while back, when everyone was caught up in the debate over whether President Trump should sit down for questioning from Robert Mueller, I suggested a list of questions that Mueller should be asked by Trump.  Now that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz is about to sit for questioning by congressional committees, I thought I’d be similarly helpful with a list for Congress to use.  Devin Nunes surely doesn’t need my help on this, but, just for fun, here goes...


1.  Soon after Peter Strzok was named head of the FBI’s Trump/Russia probe, he texted Lisa Page that Trump won’t be President and that “we will stop it.”  Did you infer that he meant they’d stop Trump from getting elected, or did you think he might have meant something else, such as, “We will stop meeting for five-hour lunches”?


2.  When some of the Strzok-Page texts were made public, Strzok was demoted and now works in Human Resources.  He also maintains his security clearance.  If his appearance of bias was so detrimental to the FBI that he had to be removed from his job, do you see any irony in the fact that he’s now in Human Resources?  And what about the “appearance” of his continued security clearance?


3.  How did you even get those Strzok-Page texts when the FBI told Congress they were not obtainable?  Did you hire a family of Pakistani IT professionals to hack them?


4.  According to the report, Hillary’s classified emails were obtained by foreign governments and intelligence entities.   How many consecutive life sentences would be given to a submariner whose personal pictures on board his sub were similarly compromised?


5.  Peter Strzok was in charge of the FBI’s investigation of Trump “collusion” for its first nine months. If bias is not to affect the eventual determination by the special counsel --- or the public's perception of that determination--- shouldn’t the work of the team led by Strzok be tossed out?


6.  You say that there is no evidence in your report that anyone’s bias affected the conclusions reached by the FBI.  Question:  Have you read the report?


7.  How did Peter Strzok get the job of lead investigator in the Hillary email case?  Was Hillary herself not available to run it?


8.  Will Strzok finally be fired from the FBI by Christopher Wray, or will he be kept on and offered the exciting new anti-bias “training”?


9.  When “Agent 1” texted “Agent 5” the message “I’m with her,” did you infer that he was talking about Hillary Clinton, or did you think he might have been talking about some other female presidential candidate, such as Carly Fiorina, Geraldine Ferraro or Roseanne Barr?


10.  Why was no recording or transcript made of Hillary’s FBI interview?  Given the large budget for the FBI, couldn’t they have laid in a supply of pens and paper or found just one recording device?  Will there be “training” for office supply managers?


11.  Why was Hillary never asked about Bill’s meeting with Loretta Lynch on the tarmac five days before her interview?  Were investigators simply hesitant to ask her about ANY private meeting Bill had with ANY woman?


12.  If Comey was acting entirely on his own in being “insubordinate” and deciding not to charge Hillary, why was his statement to that effect passed around for editing and tweaking by numerous other FBI officials before she was interviewed?  Do you see this as collusion against Trump or simply a commendable display of teamwork?


13.  As you know, the DOJ and FBI have refused to give Congress key documents related to the FISA applications and spying on Trump campaign associates, even though they’ve been under subpoena for many months.  We know you're looking into that now, so have they given you access to those documents?


14.  If so, have you read them?


15.  Um, what do they say?


16.  Please, can you print us a copy?


17.  If you saw Strzok’s “we’ll stop it” text a month ago, why did you keep it from Congress all this time?  Were you concerned we might somehow conclude Strzok WAS trying to stop it, before we could see from your report that he really wasn’t?


18.  You worked hard on this report, and it is very long.  But its conclusion is so preposterous that even Trey Gowdy has come back to life.  Have you thought about entering one of the healing professions?


19.  Since you have condemned James Comey for “insubordination,” and we know he has lied and leaked to the media, do you think he’s a good star witness in Mueller’s case against Donald Trump, or in any case against anyone at any time?


20.  You wrote, “We found no evidence that the conclusions by the prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations; rather, we determined that they were based on the prosecutors’ assessment of the facts, the law, and past department practice.”  May we at least conclude from that sentence that the prosecutors might want to plead insanity, as they can't tell right from wrong?


21.  (Bonus question)  When you wrote that sentence, were you high?






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  • Anna Brandon

    06/19/2018 03:01 PM

    Thank God for your humor. Laughter is healing and helps us to survive the insanity which surrounds us. Prayers for you and also for your amazing daughter.

  • Carol LeQuieu

    06/19/2018 12:18 PM

    I am wondering if this whole investigation after investigation "mess" and resulting IG report will line up to be about this question:
    Is one side biased against bias
    and the other side unbiased against bias?
    This, painfully, reminds me of the, now, infamous words from Bill Clinton: "It all depends on what the meaning of "is" is.

  • Jane Suozzi

    06/19/2018 10:58 AM

    Loved it Governor! I trust you've sent a copy to our President!

  • Arthur Salo

    06/19/2018 09:27 AM

    Since he separation of families at the border seems paramount in the news these days, would you please comment on this. Jeff Sessions found a verse in the Bible to support the separation of families based on illegal crossing of the border. But in my reading of the Bible I am given to believe that we are to love our fellowman and that includes, especially, the "least of these". I would think that those seeking asylum at the border would be included in "the least of these", especially the children. How can we show love for these people and still take their children from them? This, to me, is a bit of a conundrum. Can you find Bible verses to more clearly support what our government is doing? Jeff Sessions quoted a Bible verse that seemed, somehow, inadequate. Thank you.

  • Barbara Johnson

    06/19/2018 08:57 AM

    Good questions. Some where asked at the meeting but not all. Just a thought - do you think they haven’t fired strzok so they can question him further. IG doesn’t have subpoena power, as I understand it.
    I cringe at the start of every press conference because I know that Sarah will be bullied and yelled at. As a mother I just want to go there and punch them all in the nose (I’m a mother not violent person).

  • Dot Whitley

    06/19/2018 08:35 AM

    I keep trying to decide how many different positions you could fill, so that you could be heard by more people, and be of more help to America. You do a great job for those of us who love the truth, and we need many many converts, because there are way too many who lie, and love a lie.
    May the Lord lead, and keep you.

  • Shirley Schrier

    06/19/2018 07:51 AM

    You are right on Gov. God bless you for sharing this. Our President has done so much good for our country and not given any credit - only put down and "fake news." Thanks!!

  • Linda Hosse

    06/18/2018 10:16 PM

    Governor Huckabee..I wish you could ask the questions,those people wouldn't know which end was up by the time you were done ! LOL!
    Warm regards,

  • Burton Brodt

    06/18/2018 10:07 PM

    Mike, Your daily writeup is by far the best thing on the Internet. In fact, it's about the only good thing on the Internet. Bravo!

  • Carl Smith

    06/18/2018 09:58 PM

    This has reached the point of {What is going on} insanity. My now 11 year old G' Daughter asked me if she could use the same logic to avoid "Stupid" homework. She is already showing more intelligence than anyone in congress ! My reflection of past history leads me to give million to one Odds only the minor minions will ever see Justice, The Elites will skate and make a fortune writing books and movie deals on how Stupid/corrupt the voters are. The Hollyweird crowd loves how this is being handled and the Self Adulation programs will continue to lose viewers and they still won't be able to figure out how the bottom feeders in middle America don't "Get It"!

  • Carla Isselmann

    06/18/2018 09:37 PM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee,
    today I read an article in the NR by Andrew McCarthy that it would be legal for President Trump to fire Mueller and Rosenstein cs. in the DOJ.
    I wonder what advisors the President has around him.
    He is very poorly advised, in my opinion and should act more vigorously with the scum.
    This will serve him well in the elections, probably too.

  • Gary Gustafson

    06/18/2018 09:34 PM

    If people from Central and South America are coming here illegally because they do not like conditions in their countries, just imagine how many people from China and India would like to find a way to enter the U.S. through Mexico also.

  • Michael Minic

    06/18/2018 09:19 PM

    You’re a busy man, so I hate to add to your reading list. I just wondered if there was any (there’s always a grain, but much more?) truth in this:

    Especially, is it right for this “reporter” to nearly outright call President Trump a liar. Not to mention, is it right to pit the First Lady against her husband!

  • Rosemarie Campanile

    06/18/2018 08:57 PM


  • Donna Pope

    06/18/2018 08:46 PM

    Thank you for your amusing insight in the stupidity of the FBI and DOJ! They think we are
    #1 all stupid
    #2. Or so ignorant that we wouldn’t know they were hiding
    #3. Or they were so smart at twisting the facts that we could never untangle them.
    That saying, I think we need to close down both agencies, fire them all WITHOUT PENSIONS and start new agencies with conservatives who respect and strive for 100% honesty.
    That might be hard to accomplish in this country’s environment, however!!!

  • Barbara Riefner

    06/18/2018 08:13 PM

    Hi Mike - I was watching the congressional interviews of Michael Horowitz and Christopher Wray today. I would like to know what the purpose of this was, and what are the possible outcomes. It was very interesting, but I am not sure what, if anything, will come of them. Can you explain this to us?

  • Robert A. Reno

    06/18/2018 08:07 PM

    Peter Strzok cheats on and lies to the person he lives with, his wife. How much easier will it be for him to lie before Congressional Committees. I for one will not believe a word coming from his mouth.

  • Al Koller

    06/18/2018 08:07 PM

    The big news today in space activities is the outcome of a meeting of the National Space Council that was announced by the president calling for a military force for space - a Space Corps. Here are some ideas that might help make that happen sooner and with far more effectiveness than just a military effort.
    While I recognize the need for space defense, I am amazed that we seem to forget that the only way we have today to get crew to and from our own space station is through the space hardware of our Russian allies. We seem hell-bent on making the use of those assets more difficult, and in the end we may do ourselves more harm than good.
    Recognizing that we need defensive capabilities deployed for space support (we probably have some we won't admit to) - I'd like to suggest a way to "sneak up" on getting a broader and more visible, useful capability in place NOW to support not only our national defense, but also our emerging commercial space ventures and our emerging need for better coordination across the whole spectrum of earth, near earth, and cislunar space activities.
    If we are going to expand beyond our existing meager on-orbit assets, we need an overarching space deployment capability that can serve our nation - and perhaps those of other nations doing work in space - for things like Space Search and Rescue; Traffic Monitoring and Air Space Management; Coordination of Launch, Orbit, and De-Orbit Operations; Regulatory Enforcement for Earth-based and Space-based Launch Vehicle and Launch Platform Inspections; On-orbit Interdiction for things like Space Debris and Spent Vehicle Management as well as emergency first responder services for space accidents; Commercial Space Vehicle Pilot and Crew Licensing; Safety Inspections for Space Passenger Carriers; Space Vehicle Service and Repair Crew Training and Certification; and Coordination of Launch and Spacecraft Design and Operations Standards.
    Those are just a starting list of activities that span several organizations in our current arrangement - FAA, Dept. of Commerce, NASA, Armed Services, Coast Guard, OSHA and others - among which even basic communication is lacking.
    One way to begin to address many of these issues would be to form a service that looks a lot like the Coast Guard - maybe a "Space Guard" or an "Earth Guard" or some title left to more imaginative minds - to begin the process of pulling together capabilities and standards that would be phased in when ready and as needed to assist in developing complementary rather than competing elements all seeking to operate in the common space around our planet at low earth orbit ~ 150km to 2000km - and geostationary orbit ~35,800km.
    No matter what we offer now, some will suggest it's too early; I think it's way overdue and we are in the best position as a nation to use this approach to strengthening our land- and space-based assets in ways that are less threatening and more humanitarian in their intent.
    Rescue, Risk Management, and Hazard Reduction assets and operations are inherently more helpful, less threatening, and more widely applicable than almost any other approach. They are certainly less controversial and maybe even less expensive than a military alternative. I think the time has come to seek ways to meld our military, civil, and commercial space concerns, needs, and capabilities. Just starting a dialog would be a welcome first step, and who knows - it might turn into something useful.
    I'm sharing these thoughts in hopes that ideas like this can get a bit of traction during times when we do NOT need to antagonize our fellow space neighbors and can seek their support in finding positive and useful ways to prepare for the worst case scenarios that we know are inherent in space-related work.
    If you agree, please help me pass this along to anyone you think might be interested in building a stronger base for the support of space operations, tourism, commerce, exploration, and economic development, as well as defense.

    Keep up the good work Governor. I love your candor, honesty, and integrity. May God bless all your efforts on behalf of our nation.

  • Kim Morgan-Smith

    06/18/2018 06:47 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, I just finished reading your 20 questions (21 with bonus question) and I laughed so hard I shot Pepsi out of my nose onto my Labs face (much to her delight)!! The entire piece smacked of your lovable sarcasm and humor yet your message came through loud and clear. EXCELLENT as always! Thanks for lightening the mood for a few minutes.

    Lastly, Sarah's strength continues to amaze me. Her guts must be made of steel. Every Press Briefing my heart hurts for her but she always comes back with a snappy "Huckabee" gotcha.....she's just great!

    Keep on doing what you do best.

    God bless you and your family.
    Kimmie June (We all have 2 names in the South) ??

  • Linda Hill

    06/18/2018 06:47 PM

    Awesome!! I would ask them the same questions!! They were high as kites!!