On Tuesday, the day before Attorney General William Barr was set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Washington Post oh-so-coincidentally came out with a sensational story about Robert Mueller complaining in a letter to Barr a month ago that Barr’s four-page conclusion didn’t capture the “context, nature and substance” of the special counsel report. Predictably, the Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) went into histrionics over that. Sen. Richard Blumenthal called it “an unprecedented, stunning rebuke” of the attorney general by the special counsel. Rep. Maxine Waters said Barr should resign or otherwise face (what else?) impeachment. It went on and on, so I’ll spare you any more.


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Let’s dispense with this non-event so we can move on to more important things. Way far down in that same story, it was reported that Mueller “emphasized that nothing in the attorney general’s March 24 conclusion was inaccurate or misleading,” that he was just concerned that the media coverage of it might be giving the wrong idea. Well, Washington Post, that just totally cancels out your headline and renders this a non-story, doesn’t it? Did you read your own story, WAPO? Are you aware that Mueller had to know from the start of his investigation that it was based on essentially nothing in the way of evidence, so he would have had to draw the same conclusion as Barr, albeit reluctantly? Are you also aware that Mueller was given the option of reading Barr’s conclusion before it was released to Congress but chose not to?

 

Another reason this story means nothing is that the full report was made public very soon after Barr got that letter from Mueller. Nothing was ever intended to be kept under wraps. At the time he was writing his conclusion, Barr knew he’d be releasing the whole thing, so there was no point in trying to slant it. Also, Mueller could have refuted the conclusion right away –- publicly –- if there had been anything to refute. So, who cares?

 

Yet another reason this means nothing is that Barr and Mueller spoke by phone right away to discuss Mueller’s concerns.  They spoke cordially about whether to release additional material for context, with Barr deciding the full report should just come out all at once, not piecemeal. Contrary to news accounts, it was not a big deal. After all, Mueller (Rod Rosenstein, too) had worked with Barr on the redactions to the report as well as the four-page conclusion that came out in March, the one Mueller was supposedly complaining about. There is nothing to this story at all.


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As Byron York tweeted, “Interesting situation. We have Barr’s letter. We have Mueller report. Unless there’s some huge, decisive stuff in the redactions (and early indication is there’s not), we can judge for ourselves, can’t we? Does it really matter what Barr, Mueller or Andrew Weissmann thinks?”

 

Keep in mind that the more we find out about the fraudulent FISA warrants and the spying on Trump even after he was elected President –- and, especially, start to question how high this goes –- the more Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) will try to distract with non-stories such as this one. They will do whatever they can to discredit Barr. Like FBI officials who can smell the Trump support inside a small-town Walmart, I smell the anxiety and desperation of government officials, both present and former, who are scared to death of being found out.

 

As with so many stories that come out in WAPO and the NYT that turn out to be flat-out wrong or based on nothing, this one isn’t worth spending much time on. But here it is...

 

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/mueller-complained-that-barrs-letter-did-not-capture-context-of-trump-probe/ar-AAAKJB8

 

And here’s the FOX News version…

 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/barr-to-face-dem-grilling-in-first-senate-hearing-since-mueller-report-release

 

Moving on. At this writing, House Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler is still insisting that staff attorneys should be able to question Barr in his Thursday hearing, in an hour-long follow-up to the regular session. Here’s why this is a ridiculous demand: it’s obvious they’re just trying to make this look as much like an impeachment hearing as possible, even though it’s nothing of the sort. There is no need to have a team of slick, unelected attorneys pose questions to the attorney general, as, according to the rules, members of Congress would normally do the questioning and the attorneys can always pass suggested questions to them, like paid SAT cheaters passing the answers to children of rich, famous celebrities. Barr knows perfectly well that this is just a big show designed to make it look as if he --- and, by extension, the Trump administration --- were guilty of something, even though the special counsel investigation has finished and Trump was found guilty of NOTHING.


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No matter how Barr decides to handle this, it’ll play as political theater –- melodrama, to be more descriptive. If he comes to testify, there will be the video of him being grilled by a cadre of attorneys like someone on trial. If he doesn’t come to testify, there will be the video of Nadler taking to the microphone and shaking his head at the attorney general’s lamentable dereliction of duty, which of course he’ll say was undertaken to “protect the President.” Then Barr will be served with a congressional subpoena –- which is unenforceable, by the way, though he could be held in contempt –- and the drama will continue. In fact, I think Nadler would dearly love to be able to serve Barr with a subpoena, just to make it look as though Barr has something to hide when he really doesn’t.

 

Sean Hannity on Tuesday night pointed out the exact rule that deals with the questioning: “Rule III. Hearings, (d) In the course of any hearing each Member shall be allowed five minutes for the interrogation of a witness until such time as each Member who so desires has had an opportunity to question the witness.” Nothing there about interrogation by staff attorneys. “Member” means “member of Congress,” not “member of the American Bar Association.”

 

By the time you read this, Bill Barr will likely be testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which, as led by Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, WILL follow the rules. So let’s move on to what I’d planned to lead with today…

 

The few investigative reporters who have been chasing the story of Fusion GPS, the Steele dossier and the phony “Trump/Russia” investigation have started to look seriously into Obama’s role in the whole thing. They know it doesn’t make sense for the likes of John Brennan, Loretta Lynch and James Clapper to have been working on this unbeknownst to the President. When reporters turn up texts between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page that say things like “potus wants to know everything we’re doing,” it keeps them pressing on.

 

Here’s something from the archives that shows they’re on the right track. In 2016, Hillary for America paid Perkins Coie, the law firm that hired Fusion GPS, just under $5.1 million. The DNC (which, as we know, was also working for Hillary) paid them nearly $5.4 million. And...(drum roll, please)...Obama for America, described as “Obama’s official campaign arm,” paid them nearly $800,000 that year. Obama wasn’t running for anything by then, so I wonder what they got for their money.  You know, it's really interesting to look back on this and other stories from that time (2017) because back then, we didn't know a lot of what we know now about Perkins Coie, Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele, Nellie Ohr and the rest.  The picture is slowly filling in.

https://thefederalist.com/2017/10/29/obamas-campaign-gave-972000-law-firm-funneled-money-fusion-gps/

 

Finally, Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch is still trying to get information on how the FBI communicated with Christopher Steele after he was let go for being an unreliable source (which they never told the FISA court). He’s suing the Justice Department under the Freedom Of Information Act to get key emails between Peter Strzok and Bruce Ohr after the FBI just couldn’t seem to find them. Some of those records are as elusive as files from the Rose Law Firm. But Fitton never gives up. He knows we'll thank him later.

 

https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-sues-justice-department-for-communications-between-key-anti-trump-collusion-officials-peter-strzok-and-bruce-ohr/

 

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  • Billie R Hayworth

    05/03/2019 12:43 AM

    Mr Huckabee, you say you read our comments and I believe you. I have a wonderful idea that came to me after eating too much pizza one night. It actually turns out that it really is a good idea and so much so that no one I've talked to about this idea can understand why it's not already on the market. I say it's because God gave ME the idea and will help me market it. I need angel investors though. Do you know of any such people who would help finance me to be able to market this great idea that you (and everyone) need. You just don't know that yet! Please help me if you can.
    BH

  • Amie Holt

    05/02/2019 12:41 PM

    The democrats are really getting desperate, it is really pathetic if you think about it. I hope they get the comeuppance that they so truly deserve.

  • Terry Ingle

    05/02/2019 11:29 AM

    A man of integrity being grilled by the morally bankrupt. Welome to Washington.

  • Michael Hutch

    05/02/2019 08:40 AM

    On WAPO investigating, isn't that what should be doing? Like so many other things in life, if not used it loses its performance and this describes WAPO to a tee.

  • Jack macdonald

    05/02/2019 06:29 AM

    Camela Harris behaves more like a fishwife or shrew than a U.S. Senator. I hoped that Barr would respond by telling her that her questioning was over until she put a civil tongue in her head. Rudeness is not a becoming attribute for a presidential hopeful. She is kind of snitty.

  • April Allison-Garlow

    05/02/2019 12:50 AM

    Oversight is not the same as amatuer sleuthing and harassment. What the Democrats are doing is a theatrical performance to impress their true believers, before the next election. They really need psychiatric help, and the media have all become as unbelievable as the old National Enquirer, it's like a mental plague has struck Washington DC. The childish and libelous name calling is at a level never seen in Congress before, they look pathetic and desperate.

  • Georgia Ascherl

    05/01/2019 11:57 PM

    I couldn’t wait to read your letter tonight because I knew you’d give me the truth about AG Barr. Thank you!

  • Bob Charles Walker

    05/01/2019 10:44 PM

    These investigations are costly an unproductive. We seem as a nation unable to come to agreement on anything. It seems to me Congress does little actual productive work. The common good has been left to fend for itself. We have become so divided we are unable to provide those laws which are needed. I realize that some members of Congress are quietly working to look after the welfare of our country and our people but little of that work is noted in the media. Seems each party is working hard to discredit the other or is responding to attacks by the opposing party. Why cannot our President sit down with the leaders of Congress, propose an agenda and work through such to the benefit of the people? Have we lost so much trust in one another that we cannot work together for the common good? These partisan and personal attacks are dividing our country to the extent we have become unable to perform the basic functions of government. I am 79 an am very disappointed in our country and look with foreboding to the future.

  • j

    05/01/2019 10:17 PM

    I watched the proceedings today and thought Mr. Barr handled it quiet well including putting some in their place. Sen. Harris seemed to rattl him a little though. Senators Graham, Lee, Grassley and Cruz did good jobs too.I really enjoy listening to Sen. Cruz and wish he had taken a DOJ job. I reallt enjoyed whoever it was that said it was time to get started on who the real culprits were and start holding them accountable.

  • Karlene Sullivan

    05/01/2019 08:42 PM

    The democrats are picking apart work for word. One word will impeach Mr Barr and President Trump. It’s a shame!

  • Floyd Kimmel

    05/01/2019 07:46 PM

    The Democrats are like toddlers who learn new words and constantly say them and it seems the Democrats new words are Resign and Impeach because that's all I hear.

  • BL Bush

    05/01/2019 06:15 PM

    Watched today's proceedings start to finish. I propose new legislation that makes it a criminal act to slander a person even if you are a member of the Senate and try to disguise it as judiciary investigation. If you are just a regular citizen you would be paying large legal fees for doing what that idiot Senator from Hawaii did today. She's one piece of work, and needs to be spanked and sent home. Barr's testimony was pretty straight forward, even I (a non attorney) could understand his legal points since he so clearly explained them to the dimwit Senators (some of whom want you to think they were attorneys of some intelligence). There were no Spartacus moments, and the other two presidential candidates did not improve their profiles with their misinformation, stupid and repeated questions not related to the legalities of Barr's job as AG or Mueller's as Special Council. Example: does Barr think it right or wrong if Trump protests the conflicts of interest in the investigating team? What does that have to do with the law??? Really, why does anyone think Barr's opinion of behavior is world news? And Barr, rightly, didn't enlighten us all on irrelevancies. Big day. When will this crap be over? When Trump leaves office in 2024!!

  • David Womer

    05/01/2019 06:07 PM

    Mike,

    Great article on Barr. I read a headline on MSN today that said Pelosi was essentially tired of Trump's obstruction. I laughed to myself and thought "How ironic." The Democrats have been obstructing the day to day running of our government by a sitting president since before he actually took office. What meaningful legislation have the democrats passed since Trump took office? Yet they continue to get paid while not serving the American people. The democrat strategy is to overwhelm the President with lawsuits and subpoena's throughout his presidency, focused like a laser on getting him out of office. As far as I'm concerned they are doing their best, without them knowing it, to get him re-elected. While the media inundates the American people with misleading stories, polls, etc. I think most people know what they are doing and it will ultimately backfire on them.

  • Sara Carpenter

    05/01/2019 04:40 PM

    This is just another ..witch Hunt!! So much time... money spent on this!! Watching this whole fiasco gave me a . headache!
    The American people know exactly what is going on!

  • Rev Sam Martin

    05/01/2019 03:51 PM

    You are doing a great job thank for all this information that we can trust.

  • Terrie Freeman

    05/01/2019 02:55 PM

    I will be so glad when all this gets over with. I listened to the testimony of Barr. The Dems were trying hard to spin it their way, but Barr was clam, sure and strong in his answers. Regardless of how they spin it. They look foolish.

  • Marshall Suttles

    05/01/2019 02:43 PM

    Some real good comments today! Especially by A.D.Vinke @ 10:53 and Joseph Trokey @ 11:22! Love to read them and know that the whole country is not insane! Thanks Governor Huckabee!!!

  • Mary Elsasser

    05/01/2019 02:34 PM

    I don't know how our president continues to do so much for our country with this pack of rabid dogs constantly at his heels. And that goes for your lovely daughter as well. I'm so thankful for AG Barr and all the good people on our side. All of this harrassment is just shameful, to say the least.

    So many of us pray daily, and that is key. We really are not fighting against flesh and blood!

    Thank you, Governor, for being in the thick of the fight, wearing the armor of God. May He bless you and your family with a tailor-made blessing!

  • Mike Spears

    05/01/2019 02:29 PM

    Gov Huckabee: Almost looks like Mueller and the angry Dems were planning ahead prior to the release of Mueller's report to Attorney General Barr and "threading the needle" to set Barr up for all this needless controversy. Barr got the report on March 22 and released his summary o March 24 (and he had asked Mueller if he wanted to review it prior to release). Mueller declined reviewing Barr's report summary and within days Mueller's makes petty complaints (March 25 and March 27). Finally we don't hear about the complaints until just before Barr's testimony is scheduled. Most importantly, all this controversy is essentially meaningless as the report has now been released.

  • Marshall Suttles

    05/01/2019 02:26 PM

    Just more of the same B.S. this morning! These leftist "Wordsmiths" using the age old tactic of shaping statements to suit their cause! The Bible can be used that way to say whatever you want it to say! Age old example my Pastor father use to use was: "The bible says Judas went out and hanged himself" and it says "Go thou and do likewise"!

    In the meantime, our harassed President continues to MAGA while congress spends our time and taxes to fight, fight, fight and do very little of the "Peoples" business! Democrats ought to be "ASHAMED" of their conduct and their "Obstruction of Justice" I pray that coming events will send many of them home or to prison where so many belong!!

  • rodney burke

    05/01/2019 02:11 PM

    The stupid of the left is shining thru. Wow. Nadler can't ever follow his own rules because of his vile hate. They say, Barr is hiding something? How do they know? they have zero evidence as usual so Barr should just ignore them. Waht is legal in 1999 is fine but in 2019 it isn't legal? Really? this is laughable. Dershowitz and Turley are going to have a field day with this insanity. How ignorant of the rules of the congress do they think Barr is? As AG do they think he doesn't' know anything? This is audacity to the extreme!

  • Robert McFate

    05/01/2019 02:00 PM

    All this seem to be a death rattle from a party that knows they have committed suicide!

  • mike Larabee

    05/01/2019 01:59 PM

    "Methinks thou dost protest too much" All though this is a miss Quote used in modern times. Its interesting in it's Original version. "The lady doth protest too much, methinks" Which was Written by William Shakespeare in the play of Hamlet. Certainly explains the Woke Cast of todays version standing by Dems.
    When I hear the left screaming louder & louder. Makes me more & more sure how guilty the Last Administration is.
    I've heard it said that Preponderance of Evidence is better than a smoking gun. Looks like both may soon come into play.
    Prayers & Thanks to You and your team.

  • George Curl

    05/01/2019 01:22 PM

    Nothing has happened to restore my faith in the DOJ. It is obvious that the DOJ, IRS and NSA were weaponized against the American people during the last Administration. All the information coming out means nothing unless action is taken to hold accountable those responsible and something is done to make sure it can never happen again. Democrats see the DOJ and IRS as weapons to suppress any voice that doesn't agree with them.
    Sorry Mike, I've become too jaded to see a bright spot until something takes place.

  • Kevin J Cook

    05/01/2019 01:16 PM

    Biden is as dirty as Hussein and Hellary