In breaking news, the Senate Homeland Security Committee has voted to authorize subpoenas for what looks to be all the major Obama-era officials who played roles in the “Russia hoax.” (I take that back; didn’t see Obama or Biden on the list. But Sidney Blumenthal is there.) The time really has come to bring this incredible abuse of investigative power to the forefront.

For now, it’s been interesting to look at a few takes on Wednesday’s Rod Rosenstein testimony. Dan Bongino, in his Thursday podcast, agreed with me that it was a total debacle, that the former deputy attorney general “humiliated himself.”

Like me, Bongino knew he was watching a “slithering snake” try to slip out of taking real responsibility for signing a warrant application full of false information. In fact, he highlighted the same piece of testimony that I did yesterday. Rosenstein: “I approved the submission of it, and four federal judges signed off on it too, Senator [Josh Hawley of Missouri], because, like me, they believed the information had been verified and was accurate.” [NOTE: The FISA judges HAD no personal responsibility for verifying the information contained in the application; they were working with what was given to them by HIM.] It’s fun to see how this plays out in print:

Hawley: “Did they have a duty to verify the information?”

Rosensnake--I mean, "stein": “No, the agents had a duty to verify the information.”

Hawley: “So you did NOT have a duty to verify the information? It was your name on the application.”

Rosenstein: “Well, I had a duty to make sure it had been verified.”

Hawley: “Did you rubber-stamp it?”

Rosenstein: “Senator, the attorney general or the deputy general---”

Hawley: “Just answer my question---”

Rosenstein: “---hubbada-hubbada-hubbada---”

Hawley: “You said to Sen. Cruz that you didn’t rubber-stamp it. You also testified today that you didn’t read it---”

Rosenstein: “No, I didn’t say---”

Hawley: “So, I’m curious, would you like us to have your testimony read back to you? You said I can’t say that I read it, I don’t think I read every page. I mean---”

Rosenstein: “Yes, I did say that. Yes.”

Hawley: “Okay, so you didn’t rubber-stamp it but you didn’t read it.”

Rosenstein: (smiling) “Senator, I have to explain the process.”

Hawley: “Oh, I think we’re familiar with the process; the OIG gave us the process. By the time it got to you, you had 17 critical errors, falsehoods, omissions, leading a federal court to say they’d never seen anything like this and they can’t trust anything else the FBI says, and you sign off on it...Let me ask you this: Who are we to hold responsible? You’re saying it’s not you---”

Rosenstein: “No, no, I’m saying, Senator, I am accountable for it. The question is, why did it happen? [NOTE: Wrong; the question is, who do we hold responsible?] Now, I’m no longer in the Department, but there are people who are there that I expect will figure out why it happened and fix the problem...” [NOTE: he knows good and well why it happened.]

Hawley: “Do you have any theories about what the problem might be?”

Rosenstein: “I only know what the Inspector General’s report reflects...”

So there you are. The top official at the Department of Justice (after Jeff Sessions’ recusal) is making lame excuses for failing to use his authority to oversee what Bongino rightly calls “the most consequential counterintelligence investigation in modern U.S. history.” Rosenstein’s signature on that document was supposed to MEAN SOMETHING; otherwise, the FBI agents assigned to the case would’ve just sent it on to the FISA Court.

Then there’s this:

Hawley: “Wouldn’t you agree with me that a process that is so corrupted that it resulted in abuse of a federal court in an ex parte proceeding [one in which the target has no legal counsel] during a presidential campaign is a threat to American democracy –- is a threat to the integrity of our elections? Would you agree with that?”

Rosenstein: “It’s certainly a threat to the judicial system and the FISA process, but, uh, I need to explain to you, Senator, that when you’re running an organization of 115,000 people, you’re not gonna be able to personally verify the information---”

Hawley: “I know, and that’s why you can’t be held responsible---”

Rosenstein: “---No, no, I AM responsible---”

Hawley: “So at the end of the day, it’s nobody’s fault. The FISA Court has been misled...but nobody’s to blame for it.”

Rosenstein is trying to have it both ways: he didn’t read the document, at least not all of it, but he didn’t rubber-stamp it, either. It can’t be both. He says he’s accountable while trying to make it seem as if he weren’t because his job is just too big. Bongino came away with the same impression I did: that this is not a stupid man, but someone smart enough to know that looking stupid and naive can help keep him out of jail.

Not surprisingly, John Solomon had some good commentary, too.

While I highlighted the questioning by Ted Cruz that forced Rosenstein to admit he wouldn’t sign the FISA warrant given what we know today, Solomon focuses on a key question from committee chairman Lindsay Graham that also forced him to admit there was nothing to the “Trump/Russia” investigation:

Sen. Graham: “So the whole concept, that the campaign was colluding with the Russians, there was no ‘there’ there in August of 2017, do you agree or not?”

Rosenstein: “I agree with the general statement.”

In less weaselly terms, that means YES. Recall that Peter Strzok had expressed concern to Lisa Page many months earlier that there was no ‘there’ there when he was debating whether or not to be on the special counsel team. But now, there’s no debate about the lack of evidence.

On the other hand, Rush Limbaugh pointed out on Thursday that in the wake of this fiasco, the left is doubling down and intensifying its efforts. He says even with strong evidence that the Obama administration ran a coup against the Trump campaign/transition/presidency, “do not think that it’s over.

“The coup to oust Donald Trump is ongoing.”

He noted that most of America is not nearly as up to speed on this as they should be, and they’re still getting all their news and information from anti-Trump liars. “As more and more evidence is forthcoming and...the more persuasive it is to more and more people, the greater the Democrat media freak-out is.” And all the other craziness going on now is a reflection of the get-Trump insanity.

Rush included Gen. Mattis’s vicious, nonsensical anti-Trump op-ed in THE ATLANTIC as well, as an example of the derangement, saying that even though there’s no evidence Mattis was part of the coup, he “represents the opposition to Donald Trump.”

The objective we must have now, Rush concludes, is to defeat all these forces arrayed against the Trump administration. “We are in a battle for the future of America, as founded.” I can’t say it better than Rush did in this monologue, so I hope you’ll read the transcript in full.

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  • Ira Kirkpatrick

    06/07/2020 10:44 AM

    Just another DumbocRAT trying to snake out of the responsibility that was empowered to them to be just and honest in their decisions and work. There was a coup and I have been saying it for almost 3 years. If this does not put many people in jail for this then we will be shown that if you are in a position of political power in America you are outside the laws of out land and can just pass the lying Buck to some other fool that will do the same and they all go home happy with out prosecution. Welcome to the world of the Elite.

  • Jack macdonald

    06/07/2020 08:57 AM

    A name that is never mentioned and needs to be is Robert Mueller. How can he not be held accountable for allowing this travesty to go on at tremendous cost to our country. Whoever proclaimed this empty suit as some kind of paragon of virtue and integrity must keep their heads where the sun don't shine. Anyone who isn't brain dead would have recognized no crime existed and called it off. This guy is a shameless creep and his undeserved reputation should be dragged thru the mud and he should be labeled what he is; a traitor to his country.

    Second topic: the move to defund the police. A roadmap to anarchy. My suggestion is to have this as a ballot initiative and let the people decide as you would do in a real republic. Since when does Antifa and other terrorist organizations get to decide these issues? We pay far too much attention to special interest groups and lobbyists at the expense of real citizens.

  • Teresa Carstensen

    06/06/2020 07:54 PM

    Read this.

    Mr. President,

    In recent months we have been witnessing the formation of two opposing sides that I would call Biblical: the children of light and the children of darkness. The children of light constitute the most conspicuous part of humanity, while the children of darkness represent an absolute minority. And yet the former are the object of a sort of discrimination which places them in a situation of moral inferiority with respect to their adversaries, who often hold strategic positions in government, in politics, in the economy and in the media. In an apparently inexplicable way, the good are held hostage by the wicked and by those who help them either out of self-interest or fearfulness.

    (The rest at the link)

  • David Nielsen

    06/06/2020 11:42 AM

    We are in a war, not just a physical war but even more so a spiritual war if good verses evil. The leftists and BLM have sold their souls to the Adversary.
    For Believers in JESUS CHRIST, we must fight this war on our knees. May the LORD use this message to challenge my brothers and sisters in CHRIST to fight this battle.

  • joseph orsini PhD

    06/06/2020 10:42 AM

    The 'PROTESTS' are being extended to take the headlines away from this COUP testimony.

  • Linda Thompson

    06/06/2020 08:13 AM

    Thank you Mike Huckabee for providing an honest, understandable account of news and all the happenings in the world today. I appreciate you.

  • L Huston

    06/06/2020 03:09 AM

    They hate - actually are afraid - Our wonderful President (Please Lord he must be re-elected. prayer chain) will bring out the truth as to how corrupt many of these demons are. I believe they have been robbing the people of this country blind. That’s why we are so deeply in debt (lost & unaccounted for money missing) and they have become millionaires.
    Mueller and everyone on his team should have to return the millions of dollars they acquired and this money should go back to General Flynn along with the Mueller group having to pay very steep fines. When are people going to stop saying that Pelosi is smart. When will people stop calling Obama president as he is not. When is Soros going to be banned from this country. I have so many, many more unanswered questions. God bless America. God bless President Trump. God bless Mr Huckabee.

  • Walter Connor

    06/06/2020 01:24 AM

    Thank you Mike.

  • Steve Carroll

    06/06/2020 12:34 AM

    Dear Mike,
    In reading what Retired General Mattis had to say about President Trump's use of the military to handle the rioting, I am reminded of how Obama, in the aftermath of a hurricane, used the military to kick down doors and take away citizen's lawfully owned guns, so the gun owners couldn't protect themselves against looters, thieves and other dangers. Obama instructed the military to use deadly force on anyone who would not surrender their guns. I think President Trump's use of the military to return peace is far more legal and Constitutional than Obama's unlawful seizures. Now let me see - which President abused what????

  • Phyllis Isheim

    06/05/2020 11:02 PM

    How do we get this information to the general public when the newest smoke screen about all the rioting is absorbing all the news, again!

  • Gene Blazer

    06/05/2020 10:17 PM

    Wow Governor! I pray that those responsible will be held accountable for the future of America as we have known it! Thank you!

  • Sam Sayger

    06/05/2020 09:36 PM

    Sir: I applaud your editorials each time I read them as your stuff is incredible. I am truly grateful that you always change the format (if you will) and write it in a fashion which will appear in a bolder, narrow script which fits the wide screen of my Mac. The opening page of your "Evening Edition" opens in a format which has to be retracted on my Mac, rendering it unreadable by these 80 year old eyes (and I'm sure that most of your audience is such) and I must "zoom in " on your script and constantly move the screen from side to side in order ot be able to read it.
    I hope I'm making sense here as this is a real problem for me - and possibly for the eyes of many of your readers.
    Today, June 5, one dispatch of yours was not in the "'narrow" format and it was unreadable to me for that reason.
    I do appreciate your columns every day as yours is the only commentary which I even read, while believing it to be truth - and not the "truth" of so many.

    I hope that you or some young "techie" on your staff may understand my problem and possibly the problem of many of my peers.
    In any event, thanks so much for your time and effort to keep America informed - RIGHT!!!
    Sam Sayger
    Hernando, MS
    An Arkansas Native who was in the audience on the day of your acceptance of the office of Govenor of the Great State of Arkansas - for which I remain thankful for and appreciative for all you did for that state.

  • Aaron Woien

    06/05/2020 08:30 PM

    This proves that President Trump's biggest mistake was not firing ALL of the Obama appointees on day one of his presidency. If there are any prosecutions (which I doubt), they need to be processed in late September 2020.

  • Dusty

    06/05/2020 06:19 PM

    I watched parts of this and Rosenstein was super nervous. See how he was drinking that water his mouth was dry per he knew he was in trouble. He totally skirted his answers acting like he had no idea on what was being said and he was not part of the whole scam of Comey and a few others to take down the President. SAD almost to see he knew if not part of this he did not do his job to get the true facts that then led to the Mueller report and should never had started and we all paid for in dividing us for years? More yet to come and if nothing is done to these people like what they did to many tied to Pres Trump like Manafort only guilty he did business. All the others who paid for the set up lies WHY? Someone needs to pay. Destroying many lives who were guilty of nothing . NO RUSSIAN was going to keep me from voting for Hillary per I was never ever going to vote for her. Never liked her when in the White House. She is a phony nasty woman. See why her husband fooled around and today I kind of feel sorry for him. He could have been with maybe Jennifer .

  • Lawrence Peters

    06/05/2020 06:13 PM

    And this is just a few of the reasons why I am a staunch and loyal conservative. I thoroughly do not trust democrats.
    I stand by my country and alongside President Trump and Vice President Pence!!!

  • Terence O'Neil

    06/05/2020 05:59 PM

    I was waiting for someone to read Rosenstein's own explanation of signing a FISA application. If it was mentioned, I missed it, but Mr. Arrogant Condescending Rod responded during an interview about a year ago. If you sign that application and the information is false or unverified, there would be consequences for that person. Well Rod, there should be consequences, you weasel.

  • Carmine Fea

    06/05/2020 05:52 PM

    Rosenstein said the FISA judges had no responsibility to verify the information in the FISA warrant, and that the (FBI?) agents had responsibility to verify the information, and that he, Rosenstein, had a responsibility to assure the information had been verified. Did Rosenstein assure the information in the warrant had been verified before he signed it? What did Rosenstein do to assure the information had been verified? Did he speak to the agents, and, if so, what precisely did he say to the agents to assure the information had been verified and what precisely did the agents say? I heard Rosenstein say McCabe(?) was not forthcoming with him. It appears there are lies here that can and should be revealed.

  • Rosemary Dixon

    06/05/2020 03:18 PM

    The whole thing is outrageous. Rosenstein is as guilty as he can be. Everyone involved in the sordid process needs to be brought to justice. INCLUDING the Clinton's the Clinton Foundation and Obama and Biden! This was and is an attempt to overthrow our government and our Constitution , they would be hanged in any other country except ours! I pray justice will prevail, Lady Liberty is counting on it !

  • Derry Pumphrey

    06/05/2020 03:00 PM

    All being still no prosecution.

  • Mary Lou Swann

    06/05/2020 02:26 PM

    I believe it's criminal what these people in power have done to our country. They should be made to pay for their crimes.

  • Linda Baese

    06/05/2020 02:25 PM

    Mike, isn’t there some way to stop this? I don’t understand how this can go on!!

  • John Kopchia

    06/05/2020 02:22 PM

    Is there some statue of limitations for these people? It seems they should get prosecuted for their ill will and attack on Michael Flynn and for all the abuses of power they have used to spy and interfere with the president and his party. Or is it now...Well ..Geez...We had Watergate ...who cares about another one..its old hat...And will Michael Flynn get his case reheard and the reversal of the trick bag forced plea...? It is like the democrats took a Hollywood script and used it to force Flynn into a tight spot. I am afraid that if these people in Washington D.C. don't get their act together and start concentrating on serving the people and dropping their corruption one day there may not be people voting by mail or at the polls...they will be voting with rifles...I am that concerned.

  • carmen Price

    06/05/2020 02:01 PM

    Governor Huckabee,
    Please have Drew Brees on your TV show, I am appalled at all the push back he is getting just for standing up for America and our flag. I agree with him that kneeling at a major sporting event is the best way to show discord. I sit at home watching any event and when the National Anthem is played I put my hand over my heart. I really am disgusted at all the athletes that are bashing him for being patriotic! This has to stop. He is a very good person and patriot!
    Carmen Price
    Reno, NV

  • stephen schwam

    06/05/2020 01:51 PM

    Thanks Mike, for this outline, even a retired Dentist can see the spin, I hope some heads will be held accountable, (federal prison would be a good start) or it will happen again. ,God bless U And your family

  • Kim Caylor

    06/05/2020 01:06 PM

    I am curious to know how we can make sure these hearings are being as reported as diligently as the looting and rioting? It's an election year, surly the RNC can start running ads on the outcome of this? I know our media is as corrupt as they come without one shred of integrity, but the RNC needs to start plastering this everywhere!