As the special counsel team wraps up their prosecution of Paul Manafort on old loan fraud and tax charges that had previously been examined by the FBI and dropped, the most interesting findings having to do with Russia are being uncovered by others.  And they center not on the President and his campaign associates but on Hillary’s campaign and HER associates and supporters, notably Glenn Simpson at Fusion GPS; the law firm Perkins Coie; British ex-spy and “dossier” author Christopher Steele; several top-level FBI and DOJ personnel, notably Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie, who worked for Fusion GPS and was an expert on Russia; and numerous others (including Russians) who are just coming into focus.  Robert Mueller, ostensibly investigating “Russia,” had nothing to do with connecting these dots, as he likely doesn’t want to see the finished picture.

That’s because in this picture, Donald Trump is the victim, not the perpetrator.

The more we learn, the more complicated the story gets, and the stronger the temptation may be to just stop trying to follow it and let it go.  We all know people who are “taking a vacation” from anything having to do with this investigation, or even anything political because of all the rancor.  Plus, we get frustrated at the time it’s taking and all the misinformation floating around.  But I believe we really are witnessing an extraordinary moment in American history.  We’re in the midst of exposing and gradually taking down a culture of bureaucratic corruption within our government that abused its power in an attempt to control the outcome of a Presidential election.  Thank God it didn’t work.

 


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And it’s going to come out.

 

Lacking evidence of any “collusion” between Trump and Russia, the Mueller team obviously wants to get the President on perjury or obstruction, or to gain leverage over him by going after a member of his family.  (That, reportedly, is what may have caused former national security advisor Michael Flynn to plead guilty to lying when his questioners didn’t even think he lied.)  One way to go after Trump’s family is to attach a great deal of importance to that Trump Tower meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya and other Russians, because Don Jr. was there.  Trump’s adversaries are full of questions about the meeting and who knew what when, with any discrepancy sending them into fits of hysteria.

 

But the most interesting questions are the ones Trump’s adversaries are NOT asking:  How did this meeting really come about?  Why would Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS, who was reportedly paid $1 million by Clinton operatives and engaged Christopher Steele to produce that Trump-savaging “dossier,” also be representing Veselnitskaya?  Isn’t that an incredible coincidence?  How is it possible that Simpson could have dined with Veselnitskaya both the night before and the night after her now-infamous meeting with Don Jr. in Trump Tower and never hear a thing about it from her?  (He testified that he was unaware of that meeting until it was reported about a year later.  Not buying it.)  What was Bruce Ohr, the fourth-highest ranking official at the DOJ but not assigned to the “Russia” case, doing having such frequent contact with Glenn Simpson?  Finally, what was going on with all the offers to the Trump team of damaging information on Hillary, and why were these offers being made by FBI confidential sources and people associated with the Clinton campaign?

 

This smells like a set-up.  As Lee Smith of Real Clear Investigations tells it, “The Trump Tower meeting appears to have been the most successful of these approaches, since it was the one instance where the Trump campaign signaled it was willing to receive incriminating information on its opponent...At the center of it all was Fusion GPS, which had two clients whose interests were served by the Trump Tower meeting:  the Russians and the Clinton campaign.”

 

Another mystery:  the role played by British music publicist Rob Goldstone in arranging the meeting.  Recall that he was the one who emailed Don Jr. promising him “official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.”  That was the offer Don Jr. wanted to jump on, as any campaign would.  He certainly knew that Hillary had had dealings with Russia, likely very shady, and he would have wanted the details.

 



But the specificity in Goldstone’s email really suggests a set-up:  “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support of Mr. Trump.”  Gosh, that really spells it out, doesn’t it?  You’d think it had been deliberately included for the benefit of investigators.

 

Anyway, when you have a little time, read Smith’s analysis.  Yes, it's getting complicated, but just think of it as a real-life mystery story –- maybe one of the most important mysteries we’ll ever crack.

 

https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2018/08/13/trump_tower_meeting_looks_increasingly_like_a_setup.html

 

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  • Danny Meyer

    08/17/2018 11:04 AM

    Your article says the FBI had looked at Paul Manafort on old loan fraud and tax charges that had previously been examined by the FBI and dropped. If that is the case, What gave Comey authority to let Hillary Clinton off the hook. He is NOT a judge. Any person with a brain the size of a mosquito can know She caused the server to be set up/programed. That in its self shows intent to circumvent the rule of law. I think the problem is Obama himself communicated with her on that server knowing full well it was NOT a .Gov account. She had said if she goes down, others will go down too. Just proves how corrupt our government has become. Way too much money floating around D.C.

  • Bill Codner Sr

    08/17/2018 09:50 AM

    Now it's all coming together and Mike, you laid it out about as simply and convincingly that it can be explained. Where would a better place than Trump Towers be to set up The Donald? There aren't any.
    This is really beginning to look like even British Intelligence was involved along with the Russians, the Clintonistas, Obozo, FBI, CIA, and DOJ. These Deep State scoundrels care nothing about the safety of the American people but strive daily to continue their powerful, bureaucratic positions. None of these creeps ever were accountable to an election by the people.
    When is all of this going to finally be exposed? Hopefully before the mid-term elections so the American people can see how close they came to being had by the corruption of RINOS, DemocRATS, Bureaucrats, and just plain RATS. Drain the Swamp!

  • Ian Pleco

    08/17/2018 08:14 AM

    Come on Mike. This guy is bad for our country. Stop defending him. My goodness every day with the tweets. Let him sit down with Mueller if he’s so innocent. No I think the whole family is criminal. Why not release you taxes. He’s hiding something

  • Debbie Shaw

    08/17/2018 12:03 AM

    I sit back and watch men and women who I always thought had great integrity, become an embarrassment to their family,their party and their country. I don’t know what is going on but I am disgusted by your behavior and your seemingly disrespect for the American people. Do you really think we are that stupid? To ruin your reputation and your life of service to your country to follow this joke of a President is unfathomable. Shame on you.

  • Paul Kern

    08/15/2018 08:01 PM

    In many ways Donald resembles Nebuchadnezzar of old. Though a pagan, God still used him. We need to continue daily in prayer for our President and all in authority. He is still a better alternative to the alt-left who have made public their hatred of him and our nation.
    Pray that God will deal w/his heart. He needs to use his business acumen but also be wise in dealing with the political snakes from all sides. Pray that God would spread confusion in the midst of his enemies, like he did to the Midianites in Gideon's time.

  • Waylon Bush

    08/15/2018 06:35 PM

    We are still listening and attentive Governor to the corruption in the special counsel's investigation. The longer it goes on, the more people are being turned off by their shenanigans. We also aren't swamp people and don't believe Brennan or any of the alphabet soup gang deserves to have any kind of security clearance. That may be the deal in Swampington, D. C , but not out here in real land. The Muller Democratic witch hunt will throw out some monkey wrench about the second week of October. Hmmm, do monkeys throw wrenches? No, I think they throw something else. And by the way, Jeff out of Sessions needs to return to a quiet life in Selma.

  • Yvonne Shelton Crumpler

    08/15/2018 04:05 PM

    Thank you for your daily column online. I always read your posts because I trust you. Take care of you and yours. God bless you.

  • David Colonna

    08/15/2018 03:27 PM

    Hello Mike,
    This whole mystery or story would certainly make some great Republican election commercials, which I am confident would help switch a lot of voters over to the right side or our side. I know you have a lot of clout and influence within the RNC and other groups so let them know this and I offer to be on the commercials hounding on how anyone could vote Democrat based on the facts.

  • Kimra Fuller

    08/15/2018 02:21 PM

    I just want to thank you for reporting this information and helping to uncover the truth. i rely on you and other reliable sources like you to get the accurate updates in the latest news. Thank you.

  • Tom Blacka

    08/15/2018 01:58 PM

    Governor, I keep wondering why we haven't heard anything from the FISA court judges. Seems to me that if they thought they'd been lied to or deliberately misled they would be hollering. OR, are they part of the conspiracy, part of the deep state as well? OR is it just so secret that we'll never know who they are?

  • CRAIG R. MESHAW

    08/15/2018 01:43 PM

    Please find some way to convince President Trump that calling his detractors derogatory names is a very poor approach, or response. I cringe every time he does this on twitter because I know, from my own feelings, that it is costing him more lost votes!

  • Timothy J Denham

    08/15/2018 01:41 PM

    Honorable Gov. Huckabee, We met last year after your service at FBC Downtown Jacksonville where our family are members since 1982. Your daughter, Sarah, is doing also doing a wonderful job for our Savior also serving our Honorable President Trump. I'm a 2 time recipient of the USAR ARCOM and now retired after 24 years of service. I'm from a family tree of 3 generation's of military veterans, the FORGOTTEN and dishonored Christian citizens of America since 1961 about the time Bibles and prayers were officially removed from our public schools. The Author of our Nation's FIRST AMENDMENT would have been tearfully embarrassed by the audacity and stupidity of our SCOTUS AND CONGRESS AND MOST POTUS'S SINCE 1961 until God's grace gave us TRUMP. Let's not take His grace for granted. And share this with your daughter and give her a big "HUG" from all of us "FORGOTTEN Citizens" that pray for her daily!!!

  • Robert Eric Graham

    08/15/2018 01:21 PM

    Why can't the Republicans have a special council to investigate the special council and these allegations?

  • Robert Eric Graham

    08/15/2018 01:20 PM

    Why can't the Republicans have a special council to investigate the special council and these allegations?

  • david g dwinell

    08/15/2018 12:45 PM

    To Linda Ward , do you honestly believe that Trump should be the ultimate christian and turn the other cheek? He is being attacked by every dishonest person in the world, He is fighting back in a new medium, a medium not controlled by the George Soros And Jeff Bezos, twitter. Thank god we that believe he is doing good work, can communicate directly w/o MSNBC yelling "shame on you Donald Trump". Everyone will feel better, if they dont watch TV pundits opining on Trumps grace. Omarosa is a DOG as are all people who directly betray, and claim one thing on day, and the complete opposite the next. Keep in mind her book publisher is the media, the same people who sell used toilet paper newspapers. I am amazed what has been accomplished by Mr Trump, in the face of the ISIS media, antifa lover, and all of the sore losers, who hate trump. All of his opponents are swamp dwellers being kicked off the rotting log. What does a draining swamp sound like?

  • Anne Lofranco/Channon

    08/15/2018 12:45 PM

    Governor......poor George Orwell actually was actually right and wrong at the same time. He understated the implications of what he wrote. Of course, he never envisioned an Internet, wireless communication, the extent and vastness of the NWO or who they where. He wrote that the state would do the dirty deed of enslaving mankind, not the rich, powerful elite that really call the shots worldwide.
    Then again he was unfamiliar with names and acronyms like democrats, RINO"s and never mentioned treason. Anyway, if I was important and noted in this day and age, I'd forego writing about any sidebar news and keep my attention of the big prize, the endgame of it all..... the silencing of mankind and then their indoctrination into nothing more than brain dead clones. That's what the power-brokers (NWO) are aiming for. That's what we all must write and fight against...... even in we have to fight fire with fire. Thank you again.
    thank you

  • Phil Shea

    08/15/2018 12:19 PM

    The President should give a date final for Mueller to conclude and submit his report. (no redactions)

  • Linda Ward

    08/15/2018 12:02 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,
    This comment is not related to the present topic about the Trump meeting, but I had to get this off my chest about the Omarosa situation and President Trump's response via twitter and calling her a "dog." I've commented before how disappointed I (and many others I know) are at Pres. Trump's lack of civility, humility and dignity when he punches down all because his ego is damaged. I expect more from a "man of faith" as he claims to be, I expect more from the President of the United States. This particular issue is a classic point where Omarosa was failing and flaming out in her own stew and in her own twisted, unaccountable stories, then Pres. Trump pours gasoline on a spark that was about to go out and BOOM, the entire narrative changes and she becomes the victim she had hoped to become, and he is the villain; and the MSM LOVES this narrative. I honestly believe that this is their goal, and many others out there who know that Trump can be baited with a single negative tweet and he responds in kind, only often times he goes lower than low. For those who don't like him, and many of the women who I know, including myself who voted for him, this is the thing we HATE the most about him. It's not hard for many to think if he can call a former staff member and "friend," a dog especially when it's a woman, the leap to using the "N" word is not a hard leap for them to make. I completely believe that Omarosa is an opportunist, liar and disloyal personality who wants fame and fortune at any cost...that's her cross to bear. If Trump would have just let her hang herself in her own noose this would all be out of the news cycle and HOPEFULLY we would be hearing about all the GOOD things that Pres. Trump's administration is getting done....but HE buries this news all the time with his impulsive, negative, divisive tweeting on his personal FEELINGS! UGH...I'm so sick and tired of the soap opera drama that comes out of his twitter account rather than thoughtful, meaningful, factual and even spiritual words that I would hope our President would use rather than teenage tit for tat. I truly feel sorry for your daughter, and I think she is a saint! I admire how Sarah can stand up to the vicious attacks from the media day after day when the President serves her up after one of his "famous" twitter rages; she's an all star in my book, and I pray she continues to stay safe and strong. President Trump should listen to how General Kelly talked to Omarosa and take note, he should listen to how VP Pence talks to others, he should listen to how YOU talk when someone is in disagreement with you. I'd like to believe that someone has his ear, and will share this Scripture with President Trump: Proverbs 16:21-24 New International Version (NIV) "The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction. Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent but folly brings punishment to fools.
    The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction. Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." I truly believe that it will Trumps own words that will eventually lead to his downfall, a fall from grace that he could avoid if he would change his tone, temperament, and punching down negatively. The person with the biggest megaphone should be someone who's words bring comfort and inspiration, not divisive or "OMG did he just say that?" reactions. I pray for him and our country daily. God Bless America.

  • Curtis Hakes

    08/15/2018 12:02 PM

    The Russians influenced Hillary by giving dirt on Trump which was lies. This was to be used as blackmail Hillary When she was to be elected president. This would be used by the Russians to control Hillary as president. To do with her what they wanted to her , they would expose her , how she defeated Trump, if she was elected. God’s People saw through this political charades and elected Trump. God knows all, he see all, exposes all and judges all. He lets the wicked dig their own Pit to Fall into and to be captured , to be exposed to all the world to see what evil looks like.
    Remember Barack Obama let her and was aware of what she was doing and approved of it. Treason. In peach both of them and take away their federal pensions.

  • Stephen Russell

    08/15/2018 11:57 AM

    Why Trump Tower, Id meet someplace AWAY from campaign etc anyway.
    & then have phone ready & microcorder or the new Bell & Howell Tacamera unit alone for recording events
    Yes Taccam is a Bodycam for the Public, 37.00 from TV ad.
    For Huckabee house & allies, kin & allies in DC.
    Everyone buy Tacam units for security.
    Boost on TBN show.

  • rodney Burke

    08/15/2018 11:47 AM

    this just goes to show how retarded the communist pravda is. Doesn't matter why the meeting was set up. The subject OF that meeting had NOThING< zero to do with dirt on Hilary. The low IQs at MSNBC and CNN can't handle that. When the subject of the meeting is ultimately revealed, they won't accept it. Time to ignore these mental midgets with IQs in the 30s and move on.

  • Billy Hudson

    08/15/2018 11:41 AM

    I have never been a strong believer in conspiracy theories but this is becoming a strong, real life presentation of evidence to support conspiracy at the highest levels of government and the main stream media with their cronies are tied in to the entire process. You do not have to grasp at straws to see that things do not add up in the investigation by Mueller into the President's association with Russia. As you have indicated the real association is with the Democratic party and the Clinton's. President Trump has made more concrete moves to curtail Russian aggression across the world that previous presidents other than Ronald Reagan. I don't care that he didn't verbally abuse Putin after their meeting. What is the actions he has taken? It seems President Trump is following Teddy Roosevelt's statement of "Speak softly and care a big stick." It also so seems President Trump follows the old Navy saying of lobbing one over their bow. He seems to lob a lot of things at his adversaries to see what their reactions are. Depending on their reactions you can usually determine their intent. You can determine a lot about people after taking a strong stance and then it is easier to back off than it is to start soft and move to a more rigid position. President Trump is obviously a well versed negotiator that understands human nature and probably studies the nature of the adversaries from foreign cultures. After all having world wide business ventures would require this to be successful. I will admit I do not always like President Trump's tweets and abrasive statements and as Michael Raegan stated on your program he could be more presidential at times. But I also believe that difficult times require taking difficult measures. For instance, Do I like the idea of a border wall between the USA and Mexico? No, I do not. But have previous measures been successful? No, they have not. So maybe the start of constructing a wall is the way to get a point across. We do not need other nations' criminals we have enough of our own! The best way to correct poverty in our nation is not by democrat giveaway programs but by putting people to work. President Trump has set about the mechanism to accomplish that as we see the jobless rate decrease. It appears the conspiracy within the DC swamp is to keep certain bottom dwelling blood suckers within Government Agency positions, politics, the Media and certain wealthy patrons fat and rich while the average American is kept depressed and under control. They have used the Nazi propaganda process of telling the big lie. Well I believe the American people are getting feed up with it. It is time for America to stand for truth and call for all of this to be put aside and come together to do what President Trump has suggested, "Make American Great Again!"

  • William Schlumpf

    08/15/2018 11:33 AM

    Thanks. This is the story that has been deliberately suppressed by ideological big media. Lots of unanswered questions. Lots of highly suspicious circumstances. No one interested in exploring. If this is evidence of a Clinton/Obama KGB like disinformation operation against presidential candidate Trump and the Anerican people, pre-election, and a treasonous attempt to undermine the government of the United States, posrelection, and if Mueller fails to follow the evidence, then we must wonder if Mueller is part of the conspiracy himself. Time will tell.

  • mark spowage

    08/15/2018 11:23 AM

    In addition to the 'setup' to trap trump, Hillary people likely told the 'dossier' authors what kind of
    'stories' to 'cook up'.

  • David Abercrombie

    08/15/2018 11:20 AM

    The depth of this set up is profound. One aspect of it that is also be ignored is the fact that when Sen. Sessions was preparing his questionnaire for his confirmation hearing he asked the FBI is he should list his contacts with Russia in the course of his Senatorial duties. There was an email disclosed in which the FBI advised him that he needn't. Emails were also disclosed that those same people at the FBI were in touch with disgraced Sen. Al Franken at the same time. Remember that it was Franken who attacked Sessions on that issue and browbeat him into saying he would recuse himself from any Russian investigation. Those facts make it clear to me that the set up went that far back.

    I believe if someone could get to Sessions and confirm those facts with him, then point out that he was sandbagged by Franken; that he could and should be convinced to come to the American public, lay out those facts, show how his recusal was contrived, withdraw it and fire Mueller. The American voters would "get it", have their disgust with Franken confirmed and applaud Sessions for his courage, candor and integrity.