February 11, 2018

When the New York Times published its expose on “American spies” handing over a cash down payment of $100,000 for stolen NSA cyberweapons (otherwise known as “hacking tools”), along with a promise of dirt on President Trump that the spies claimed not to want, its look into the shadowy world of international espionage provided a look –- perhaps inadvertent –- into the shady and questionable nature of information given to the FBI by Christopher Steele.

In my mind, the question becomes –- and so far I haven’t heard anyone else ask this –- “If our CIA and NSA had good reason to distrust information from Russian sources about Donald Trump, how could our own FBI trust the unverified material handed over by Christopher Steele, which had origins just as dicey?” (I’d argue that they might even have been dicier, as much of that “dossier” may have originated not from Russians at all, but from longtime Hillary henchmen such as Sidney Blumenthal and Cody Shearer.) Answer: they couldn’t, and yet they used it front-and-center in their application to the FISA court to spy on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page –- who says he’s never even spoken with Trump --- and, by extension, other members of the campaign team.

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Recall that when Trump claimed to have been “wiretapped,” he was loudly ridiculed in the media, but this travesty is exactly what he was talking about. What happened to his campaign in 2016 is reminiscent of the foiled attempt to bug the Watergate Democratic Party headquarters during Nixon’s run for re-election, only raised to the tenth power because it incorporated abuses of a vast privacy-invading technology that didn’t exist in the early ‘70s. Spies no longer have to pick a lock, trespass on private property and physically install a wiretap; if they have a FISA warrant (obtained by any means necessary), they can just listen in on anything they want.

When the Fourth Amendment was put into our Bill Of Rights, our forefathers never dreamed that “searches and seizures” might someday be carried out in this all-encompassing way. It was beyond imagination. Even the dark world envisioned by George Orwell didn’t include the digital technology we have today that’s capable of capturing every word of communication. So the Fourth Amendment is even more critically important now.

When the Russian seller met the American go-between for payment and the handoff of the promised cyberweapons, he reportedly didn’t have them but did produce “unverified and possibly fabricated” information about President Trump: emails, bank records and what he said was Russian intelligence data. According to the Times story, our agents were distrustful, thinking this might be a ploy designed to entangle them in a Russian operation to create discord inside the American government. (Do you hear that, FBI?) And they were concerned about political fallout in Washington if they were found to have bought this kind of information on the President. (Again: hey, FBI!)

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The Russian claimed to have video of Trump with two prostitutes in a Moscow hotel in 2013, though no evidence of this was offered. There’s just a 15-second video, with no audio, of a man in a room talking with two women, but the footage is so grainy that there’s no way to confirm it’s Donald Trump. That bit of worthless video was screened for the American go-between at the Russian embassy in Berlin, which in itself casts doubt on its authenticity. Don’t tell me CNN wouldn’t run with it, though!

Anyway, the point is, this kind of information from such disreputable sources –- whether Russian agents or those equally shady Clinton cronies --- is so unreliable that the FBI should never have presented anything of the kind to a FISA court. (It’s hard to understand how the FISA judges could have taken it seriously, but perhaps some light will be shed on that in the coming weeks.) I have to wonder if the New York Times realized it was making this point about FISA abuse with their new story.

If you like fascinating reads about undercover agents in exotic locations, passing off suitcases of money in five-star hotels, you might want to check out the details of the Times story. Or, just pick up your favorite spy novel.


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  • G. D. WELKER

    02/14/2018 02:54 PM

    We observe corruption running for cover when a ray of truth or light threatens to expose those void of understanding "what is best for America", and by those who show "no respect for the American individual". They pretend to be right(eous) because they are legal, never so much giving consideration to their greater moral failures. Agenda trumps truth. Lies become necessary cover to mask artifices of deceit. Walking hand in hand with darkness is their only truism. Libs look but can not see; they listen but do not hear. Holdovers from prior administrations yet loom to proliferate. It will take time to purge a respectable number of crevices. Keep up the commentary and good work.

  • Randy Butler

    02/14/2018 12:59 PM

    GOVERNOR, my American government OBAMA"S cronies has figured out a way to spy on regular Americans. This is more dangerous for our REPUBLIC . Now my government yes I'm a TRUMP supporter, is paying enormous amounts of tax dollars to determine if the RUSSIANS tried to use TRUMP as an inside agent. Here is the issue regular Americans KNOW that the Russians are meddling in every election across the Globe! AND especially in the American elections. HOWEVER they "the RUSSIANS" must be laughing because we the USA government is spending absolutely NO money to FIX this problem. HOW STUPID we are going to spend billions of dollars with Mueller just another SWAMP WASTE. Mueller should be drawing unemployment payments just like the rest of us!!!

  • Charles M

    02/13/2018 12:56 PM

    The FBI geniuses must have been munching on Tide Pods with their DNC buddies before the decision was made. What has been the cost so far of the Mueller dog and pony show - how many millions?? Fat City for the connected lawyers and cronies is the real result, along with citizen's permanent disdain for and distrust of a corrupt DoJ and FBI.

  • Sandra Hartle

    02/13/2018 11:06 AM

    The Russian story is getting old fast. The truth is they had little or nothing to do with the activity on social media. FB was unable to find more than a few times they purchased advertisements and Twitter has yet to provide any proof that it was actually Russians that kept #'s at the top with pro-Trump Memes and comments. There is a reason for that. Originally it was only hundreds of us that joined together to work for Candidate Trump, all of us determined to keep Hillary from becoming president. It quickly grew to thousands, and then by extension of our followers combined millions. We worked together night and day making memes. (Prior to our efforts most of what you saw being used in the image function were pictures of dogs, cats, and family, or some smart aleck comments using the image of an animal or child.)

    We collectively were determined to make sure Hillary did not win the 2016 election, we were all very tired of the liberal policies that put us in a state of non-progress in our country. We were tired of being overrun by people from other countries who put small businesses owned by Americans in the housing industry out of work by underbidding them and showing up with larger crews who were here illegally. We were tired of being taxpayers and treated as second rate citizens, second rate to those who had no business being in our country in the first place. We were tired of all of our manufacturing jobs going to China or Indian sweatshops, thus reducing any opportunity for Americans to compete.

    The corruption is just now becoming clear to some in DC because they are so removed from what is going out in our country that they actually believe their own lies. WE DON'T believe any of them anymore, nor do we believe the MSM who seems to have taken up last centuries propaganda we saw coming out of the USSR and other countries where socialism led to the death of more than 200 million people. It is hard to understand how the children of American's can be so easily convinced that socialism/communism provides a better system for their lives when history clearly indicates all that is wrong. So we must assume that the propaganda is being taught to them in our schools, schools we taxpayers pay for just to have them do everything they can to turn our children against our values.

    We are tired of "special" classes of people. MLK was not looking to be "special" he wanted to be "equal". This movement was hijacked by liberals and now we see where in some cases these protected classes are now looking not for equality but superiority provided by the protections of unconstitutional laws provided by the Federal/State government. These protections are now being used to destroy the lives of people they simply disagree with, from the bakers/florist/photographers to men who may have misbehaved at a time in our history when morals were under full attack by left-wing activist and the feminist movement. The problem with all this is the young who did not live through those times absolutely refuse to believe that much of what happened to women in the 70's was self-inflicted by the feminist "sexual revolution" which led to many women acting in a manner that was only talked about previously as behavior of sailors who had been trapped on a ship for months on end without any sort of female contact. IE the saying, "She/he is behaving like a drunken sailor on leave". The goal of the 70's feminist movement was to destroy what was left of the nuclear family. According to the divorce rates since then, their plan was quite successful. My parents argued, they did not cheat on each other. My parents stayed together for the "sake" of the children the brought into this world despite the fact they had grown apart to some extent. They saw their responsibility to their children and lived up to it.

    Those who are pushing the Russia fantasy look like fools, and they tend to make us think they think we are fools. Russia had little to do with the activity on Social Media, I have been a resident of Washington State since I was two years old, I am now 73 and I worked harder for Candidate Trump than I did when I was actually getting paid for my work. I put in up to 14 hours a day supporting him on social media. I don't have millions of followers, but those who do follow me share with others, and they share with others and they share with others. We worked together to keep the positive stories up front. I have followed DT since the 70's because I was also in Real Estate, he inspired me to keep trying. He is a good man but sadly we all have some baggage and he is a man that grew his life during the turmoil created in the 70's, not by the men but by women. As I woman, I hereby want to voice my opinion that few are are qualified to be leaders, they are taught to compete and do so rather viciously. As is indicated by the final takedown we are witnessing now. Nevermind that any man would be nuts to want to be involved with any woman who displays this superiority in her life. Where I was supported by the men I worked with and encouraged, men now days are terrified of women. You can't defend against accusations when so many are willing to declare you guillty without a trial. Women are now in the process of guaranteeing a life of being what we used to refer to as an old maid, because who in their right mind wants to marry someone with the power to destroy them if the marriage falls apart?

  • Dale Deiser

    02/12/2018 05:26 PM

    We have known for a long time what Hilary the Dems and the FBI did but nothing has happened
    except Muller keeps on investigating President Trump. We know that it looks like Uranium One
    evolved Obama and down all nine who voted know what the FBI knew, but nothing has happened her either? In your opinion will anyone ever have to answer? Will President Trump really drain the swamp?
    It seams to me the reason it is going to cost so much to rebuild the Military is Obama's fault
    I remember that he gave tons of money to bail out business fired a bunch of Generals weakened the Military, we are not sure where all that money went but that's Trumps mess
    to clean up now...
    One more thing, I hope President Trump will address the Gangsters that run the FDA, they are
    killing us with their ties to BIG PHARMA and complete control of our Medical world. They only
    treat disease for profit not to cure.... That is why medical care is so HIGH...
    Thank You for what you are doing God will Bless YOU.....

  • rodney Burke

    02/12/2018 04:15 PM

    Perhaps we got a real taste of what the Upper FBI is all about? and the utter corruption of Hilary and the DNC? So the question is now., why should we believe anything the dems say or do? This is corruption at the highest level possible. I haven't trusted dems in 30 years. Barry Goldwater said not to trust them when? 1964?

  • marida binsted

    02/12/2018 02:54 PM

    This stuff is taking up way to much time. Someone should be able to prosecute this Russia garbage.

  • Nellie Williams

    02/12/2018 01:46 PM

    Do you think there will ever be a closer on this mess or are the left going to succeed in sweeping this whole mess under the rug. The people are convinced of the facts about this, about Clinton and Obama, but feel hopeless in this whole situation. Thank you for keeping us updated, thank Sara for her hard work and thank our President for not backing down.

  • Richard Kurkowski

    02/12/2018 12:35 PM

    The (fake) news. The more the swamp drainers dig. The more it smells. The previous administration was an assault on everything good our forefathers with divine intervention started 200 plus years ago. There is a bunch of the top (dogs) need to be behind bars for a long time! I thank our Maker and pray for President Trump, VP Pence and everyone helping to drain the swamp daily. Keep up the good work. Wish I could help more. It is slim pickins on my SS. The Bundy fiasco in Nevada needs much more digging. Jail time, cattle destroyed. All on trumped up charges. Things that happen in countries like North Korea. What are we doing about it? The BLM!! Blessings, Richard

  • Carolyn Prater

    02/12/2018 11:44 AM

    These are very good observations, from you, Mr. Huckabee and from people that have left these comments. You are so correct! I wish more people could see this commentary!

  • Vernon Thompson

    02/12/2018 11:20 AM

    What would we do without Adam (Shifty) Shiff and his sidekick Eric (The Weasel) Swalwell to protect the criminals among us? Too many years as a Defense Trial Attorney manufacturing excuses for wrongdoing.

  • Jenny Tumbas

    02/12/2018 10:29 AM

    What is Jeff sessions afraid of why is he hiding

  • Catherine Huff

    02/12/2018 10:28 AM

    Who needs a spy novel when the drama is being played out on our television screens daily? I guess a spy novel does have one advantage: At least in the end the good guys win!!

  • Anne Turner

    02/12/2018 10:14 AM

    Dear Governor,
    As usual you are right on with today’s commentaries. No wonder you raised such an attractive, smart, and articulate daughter. (I imagine her mother had something to,do with it, also.) LOL. You keep me sane about the State of the Union.

    Two comments:

    Re: The Russian issue, truth doesn’t matter to Progressives, only power over people.
    Re: The movie, I will wager that this movie will be surprisingly popular. I beIieve that many people are looking for ‘feel good stories about true hero’s” who actually do things, not waste taxpayers money.

  • vincent accardi

    02/12/2018 09:29 AM

    Were the FISA court judges complicit in all this as well ? If not, how stupid can they be ? These are our TOP JUDGES ? Pretty sad if you ask me. GET RID OF THE WHOLE 9TH CIRCUIT COURT AS WELL ! I've said from the the get go there IS NO RUSSIA, just the crooked Democrats. Oh, sure, these Clinton weasels wanted everyone to think Russia/Trump but I'd bet my bottom dollar it was only the DNC , Clinton & her cronies putting out these fallacies for public consumption. At best, she had ties with some Russians that helped her but the Russian true involvement was probably just as the scapegoat for her devious endeavors. She played them, they played her.

    And the biggest liar is Obama. He did everything he could to make the neophyte politician Trump look foolish & wanted to stall Trump's every effort in starting his new path for America. He knew Trump was going to undo everything Obama did, & rightfully so.
    I have to ask, how did a low grade coordinator from Chicago, suddenly become filthy rich on his POTUS salary ? And if someone tells me he's NOT a Muslim, I'll scream. Didn't Trump find a small Muslim prayer chapel, or mini mosque in the White House when he got there & had it dismantled ? Were we born yesterday or what ?
    Keep up these news letters Gov. It's become my place of sanity & truth. Thank you.

  • debra ginsberg

    02/12/2018 09:25 AM

    Tell Sarah to tell Trump that he is NOT handling the Russia thing right. He needs to say YES WE COLLUDED WITH PUTIN TO AVOID WWIII.You got a problem with that? YOU WANT WWIII? That's what Hillary would have done. She works for the Rothschilds who want WWIII and are behind all the wars and her emails show a close relationship with Sir Evelyn deRothschild and his wife. THAT IS THE REASON GOD HAS NOT LET UP ABOUT RUSSIA.


    Blessed are the peacemakers

    pence's behavior in N KOrea is a disgrace. As a Christian he should be encouraging the Koreas to unite in belief in Jesus. THat is Gods will and what Jimmy Carter would do. Every time Trump has threatened N Korea the US got hit by big hurricanes and cold weather . sanctions is an act of war. not allowing them to have oil for heat is abuse. and we have suffered the consequences. What goes around comes around.
    Trump was right to say a relationship with Russia is a GOod thing. Of course it is. The only people who want war are the bankers who want world government of the anti-christ.

  • Steve Jackson

    02/12/2018 09:17 AM

    Informative commentary.

  • Michael Egbert

    02/12/2018 09:15 AM

    all this nonsense about a collusion with Russia over the election is getting mighty tiresome...will it ever end?....the democrats are absolutely relentless in their quest to unseat President Trump and install her royal highness hillary....I imagine the rest of the country feels pretty much like I do...sick and tired of the "crybaby democrats" - GET OVER IT!!

  • Cecil Bush

    02/12/2018 08:50 AM

    The 4th Amendment is dead, end of story. The 1st is on its deathbed. And the 2nd is still alive but has to be given booster shots regularly. In the name of education, the states surrendered the 10th for a fistful of dollars. The Dems LOVE the 5th. As for the other 5, only a few people know them (esp. 9th).

  • Larry Hardin

    02/12/2018 08:26 AM

    When is the att gen going to have all the proven bad guys & girls jailed including , Clinton's and Obama. And STOP the Dems from waisting Tax payer $ chasing Trump imaginary problems and help
    The president straighten out the mess they helped create?

  • Marianne Swanson

    02/12/2018 08:24 AM

    I truly appreciate your emails. This one in particular caught my eye. Thank you for staying relevant and real. This is all so mind boggling. You have always had a way of speaking what others wont say in plain truth. Please continue to do so. This country needs to hear from honest men like you to make us feel less crazy when we see what is going on. Please let Sarah know, too, we are so very blessed to have such a warrior between the press and our President. God Bless You All!