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Happy Father’s Day weekend! I hope you’ll get an early start on celebrating by tuning in to TBN tonight for another jam-packed new episode of “Huckabee!” This week, I’ll talk to Rep. Joe Wilson of the House Foreign Affairs and Armed Services Committees about President Trump’s historic North Korea summit and what to watch for next. Former Congress member Cliff Stearns will tell us about his book that reveals how Congress really works behind closed doors. I’ll talk to Rock Hall of Famer Jonathan Cain of Journey about his music and his faith, and we’ll hear some great country music from “The Voice” winner, Craig Wayne Boyd. There are more surprises in store, but I think I’ll just say the three words that I know will get you to watch: “Diamond And Silk.”
All that and more is coming your way on “Huckabee” tonight on TBN at 8 EST, 7 CST (repeated at 10 EST and the same time slots on Sunday.) To find the TBN channel in your town or cable system, and for clips and full episodes of past shows, visit https://www.tbn.org/programs/huckabee
Fox & Friends was broadcasting live from the White House lawn Friday when President Trump decided to crash the broadcast and give the country an earful on what he thinks about the Inspector General’s report on the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email case. Take note, "SNL": This is what I call entertaining live television!
Paul Manafort, who was briefly Donald Trump’s campaign manager, has been ordered to jail for allegedly attempting to tamper with witnesses, and is facing a boatload of financial and paperwork violation charges that, as a former Watergate prosecutor put it, could send the 69-year-old to prison for the rest of his life. By comparison, in some states, you can get as little as one year for manslaughter.
I have no idea whether Paul Manafort is the process crime equivalent of John Gotti that Javert-like prosecutor Robert Mueller seems to think he is – or is pretending to think that he is, so he can keep pouring indictments onto Manafort's head like a waterboarding with writs, until he forces him to accuse Trump of something, anything, so that his endless, multi-million dollar “Russia collusion” investigation doesn’t fizzle like a wet firecracker. But I do know this:
For all the charges that have been leveled at Manafort, all the ones that now threaten to keep him in the Gray Bar Hotel for life, not a single one has Jack Squat to do with Russia influencing the 2016 election results. As for the witness tampering charge, I have no idea whether he’s guilty or not. But if true, then Manafort must be the fastest witness tamperer in history, since the only direct evidence is that he allegedly made a phone call that lasted all of one minute and 26 seconds.
Rather than opine on laws I’m not an expert on, I will direct you to this article by a genuine legal expert, and one who admits he “disdains” Trump and has no use for Manafort – yet even he seems stunned by just how “thin” Mueller’s evidence is.
Again, I don’t pretend to know whether Paul Manafort is a scoundrel deserving of life in prison or just a no-more-sleazy-than-average DC lobbyist caught in a Kafkaesque nightmare by an out-of-control, partisan prosecutor. But what’s indisputable is that this began as an investigation into alleged Russian collusion and morphed into the threat of life in prison for unrelated offenses including allegedly making a phone call to a witness (whom Manafort claims he didn’t even know was a witness) of an alleged crime that has nothing to do with what was supposed to be investigated in the first place. This should serve as a chilling lesson in the danger of not strictly limiting the power and scope of prosecutors, to prevent them from pursuing people instead of crimes.
Discouraging news for those reveling in the claim that President Trump got nothing from Kim Jong-Un: aside from the dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear test site and the release of three US detainees, Kim has already started making good on his promise to return the remains of American POWs and MIAs killed in the Korean War. Trump told Fox News Friday, “They are already starting to produce the remains of these great young soldiers who were left in North Korea.” This could be a long process: about 7,800 Americans are unaccounted for from the Korean War, and 5300 of those are believed to have died in battle or POW camps.
For those who would scoff that returning the remains of some long-dead soldiers doesn’t mean much, I have to assume they have never lost a loved one in war or suffered the agony of not knowing what happened to them or being able to give them a proper burial and find closure after years of uncertainty. I’d say, “Tell it to the families of those service members,” but on second thought, don’t tell them. If you’re that clueless or your heart has been that hardened by political partisanship, then please do their families a kindness and keep your cynicism to yourself.
I’ve interviewed Rob Reiner on TV and think he’s a terrific film director. And while he and I certainly don’t agree on much politically, I’ve always found him to be the (now, sadly rare) type of liberal who can have a respectful, friendly debate and disagree without getting disagreeable.
Here’s proof: he’s warning fellow celebrities that all their over-the-top Trump-bashing is only helping Trump by energizing his base and seemingly proving his point that his critics are nasty, arrogant elitists. His example was Robert DeNiro’s latest foul-mouthed anti-Trump rant at the Tony Awards, which his fellow actors made worse by rewarding it with a standing ovation.
If you look at the next-day coverage in the entertainment press, you’ll find praise for that moment as “galvanizing,” epic, historic, dramatic and inspiring. Actually, it was a deranged man yelling the F-word at the President on live TV, and his colleagues signaling wild approval of his offensive and inappropriate behavior – all while they were in the middle of their once-a-year free network commercial to sell Midwestern tourists on buying Broadway tickets. The next day, all the stories about the event barely mentioned the winning shows. But they gave tons of space to the foul-mouthed elitist actor insulting the President and his supporters, and to the entire theater community giving that a standing ovation. Wonder how many Trump voters who’d been thinking of coming to New York to see a Broadway show decided to vacation at Yellowstone instead, where they can get more intelligent political commentary from bears? Yep, you liberal actors really showed Trump!
They should listen to Rob Reiner. He directed “This Is Spinal Tap” and helped create the phrase, “These go to 11,” so he understands people who can’t quite grasp when they’re making fools of themselves. He’s right: Hollywood liberals should quit turning their Trump hatred up to 11 in public before the public turns their box office receipts down to zero. Or less. Our respect knob for people who curse the President on live TV goes lower than zero.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz may have declined to confirm the cause-and-effect relationship between stunning anti-Trump bias at the FBI and the outcome of Hillary’s email case, but all the evidence of vicious partisanship is there in his report. He’s included what we already knew or suspected, but there’s much more. The FBI in 2016 was infected with bias. We can connect the incredibly obvious dots ourselves and come to our own conclusions about the motivation behind the FBI’s investigation of Trump and even the special counsel probe..
Of course, most major media will focus on the report’s mystifying conclusion without delving much deeper into its 568 pages. That’s because the deeper one goes, the more horrifyingly biased the culture of the FBI is shown to be.
If you thought the Strzok-Page texts provided evidence of bias, wait until you see the texts between another pair of FBI agents who were romantically involved (they’re now married). They’re identified in the report only as “Agent 1” and “Agent 5,” but we know they were directly involved in the Hillary investigation. Anyone looking at their texts and not concluding that “the fix was in” for Hillary is just refusing to accept the obvious.
“Agent 1” was one of just four agents assigned to the Hillary email case, and he, for one, did not want to interview her at all, thinking it was a “continued waste of resources and time and focus..” “I’m actually starting to have embarrassment sprinkled on my disappointment,” he instant-messaged to “Agent 5.” “Ever been forced to do something you adamantly opposed.”
Like Lisa Page, “Agent 1” believed that Hillary’s election was a foregone conclusion. After completing the interview with Clinton, “Agent 1” messaged “Agent 5” that he was “done interviewing the President.”
He also made it clear to “Agent 5” that he was “with her.” As in, “I’m With Her.”
When “Agent 5” complained to “Agent 1” about the “MYE” (Mid-Year Exam, the Hillary case) work she was having to do, “Agent 1” wrote back in a way that confirms what the political environment was like at the FBI. He referred to the Hillary investigation as “a case that doesn’t matter and is predestined.” He went on to say, “The DOJ comes in every once in a while and takes a wishy-washy, political, cowardice stance. “
“This is the environment love,” he tells her. “Can’t sugar coat it.” He advised her to just do the best she could.
When asked later by investigators about the case being “predestined,” he said he had no information about that.
“Agent 1” also interviewed Hillary’s personal IT assistant. You’ll want to read the whole exchange, but when another FBI employee asked him how the interview went, “Agent 1” said, “Awesome. Lied his a-- off.”
The employee replied that “it would be funny if he was the only guy charged in this deal.”
And in a testament to the way anti-Trumpers view Trump supporters, “Agent 5” texted “Agent 1” to say the ones in Ohio were “retarded.” She also wrote to him that if Hillary should lose, “I’m gonna be walking around with both of my guns...and likely quitting on the spot.”
In his report, Michael Horowitz admonished the FBI employees who had shown bias, saying that their conduct “had cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation and sowed doubt about the FBI’s work on, and its handling of, the Midyear investigation. The damage caused by these employees’ actions extends far beyond the scope of the Midyear investigation and goes to the heart of the FBI’s reputation for neutral factfinding and political independence.”
In other words, where do they go to get their reputation back? But the damage goes far beyond the FBI’s reputation. We know that the Hillary investigation was deliberately botched. This goes to the nature of the whole American system of justice –- the old-fashioned idea that Lady Justice is wearing a blindfold, not an “I’m With Her” button.