March 14, 2019

We’ve been asking this question literally for years: If the DOJ and FBI had reason to suspect that foreign agents were trying to infiltrate the Trump campaign --- seriously enough to justify getting a warrant to spy on U.S. citizens who were Trump associates --- why on earth didn’t they brief Trump and/or top campaign officials about it?

It seems like the sensible thing for them to have done. But thanks to a new report from investigative reporter Sara A. Carter revealing closed-door testimony given by Loretta Lynch, we now find that our intelligence higher-ups handled this situation in a way that defies logic.

Unless they were trying to set up the Trump campaign. Then it’s a great plan.

Lynch’s testimony hasn’t been released publicly yet, but I have a feeling it’s going to be our next gift from Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, who has taken it upon himself in just a week to release unredacted testimony from both Bruce Ohr and Lisa Page. Lynch's testimony is probably next in the queue.

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A “defensive briefing” is often used to inform presidential candidates, elected officials and American businesses that are thought to have possibly been unwitting targets of foreign actors (SPIES) who approach them and try to gain their trust. The briefing is done for the target’s own protection, and to safeguard information that a foreign agent might find to be in his own government’s interest. We do this when the agents are from Russia and China, naturally, but even when they’re from allied nations. (Christopher Steele and Alexander Downing are from England and Australia, respectively.) In fact, a senior intelligence official told Sara Carter that it would be required for them to warn those at risk.

Note that this person didn’t say it would be “a good idea” or “might be an option.” It would be REQUIRED. And yet we know this was not done in the case of Donald Trump. Apparently, the Trump campaign got the usual counterintelligence briefing that any campaign would get but did not get any specifics concerning the Russia “threat.”

According to one of Carter’s sources, a former senior intel official, “It is an ESSENTIAL task [emphasis mine] of the FBI and the intelligence community to give a defensive briefing to a presidential candidate when a foreign adversary is attempting to penetrate or make contact with someone in the campaign. If the FBI and DOJ were so concerned about Carter Page and [George] Papadopoulos, why didn’t they brief Trump when he became a candidate? The fact that they didn’t is very revealing. If they gave a defensive briefing to the Clinton campaign, then I think we have the answer.”

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Everyone seemed to be so concerned about “Russia Russia Russia!!” infiltrating the Trump campaign, but, gee whiz, NOBODY authorized a defensive briefing. It was discussed by senior officials, including then-FBI Director James Comey, but nobody followed through. And nobody provided a clear answer about why they didn’t.

Lynch was her typical evasive self during her testimony. I swear, this woman is the best crafter of non-answers I have ever heard –- that’s a highly competitive category –- and is also extremely skilled at distancing herself from responsibility. For example, when she was asked if she’d been involved in discussing defensive briefings with the Trump campaign about Carter Page and Papadopoulos, she said this: “Not to the level of giving direction. Again, I’m just being careful because of the nature of the information. Certainly it’s always an option, but at a very early stage, you would have it as an option, and you would evaluate it as time goes on, and I don’t have any information about further resolution of that issue.”

Masterful obfuscation, Ms. Lynch. But a simple “yes” or “no” would have been helpful.

Lisa Page, whose testimony has already been released by Rep. Collins, was asked about defensive briefings as well. She said that Trump was not briefed because he was not a target at the time –- it was his campaign associates who were. As Sara Carter points out, this makes absolutely no sense. They would normally brief a candidate if his associates were targets of a foreign agent. Good lord, to get their FISA warrant, they were accusing campaign associate Carter Page of BEING a foreign agent. (That, of course, was a lie to the FISA court.)

One thing about Lisa Page: she’s much more direct and forthcoming under questioning than Loretta Lynch will ever be. When questioned by Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas, Page testified that they had no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia before launching either the FBI investigation or the special counsel probe.

Page also said that Loretta Lynch was directing the FBI’s “investigation” into Hillary’s mishandling of classified email, to the point of giving them a “direct order” not to charge her. This conflicts with the announcement Lynch made –- soon after talking about grandchildren with Bill Clinton during their chance airport meeting –- that she would defer to the FBI team on whether to press charges against Hillary.

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One excuse Page gave for not doing the defensive briefing was that they just didn’t think he was going to be President, so they didn’t want to “burn longstanding sources” providing intel in other Russia-related matters. (Christopher Steele, perhaps?) All right, but wouldn’t they still have informed Trump, for national security reasons if nothing else? It seems to me he even had a right to know. Why would they have kept that information to themselves, if not to try to make him look guilty by association.

Also, Hillary was neck-deep in Russians; did Lynch tell the FBI to give HER a defensive briefing? Not that Mrs. Clinton cared one bit about letting classified information travel around the world to far-flung countries that hate America and that probably got to read her schedule every morning when she was Secretary of State. There’s your security risk, Ms. Lynch. But apparently, lawmakers never asked that question.

And for a refreshingly blunt and entertaining account of the same story, check out the Victory Girls blog. Somebody there is making all the right points and asking all the right questions.




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  • s?a máy gi?t uy tín

    03/14/2020 08:48 PM

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  • Wayne T. Rausch

    03/16/2019 07:40 PM

    It can't be true, but sometimes I think I am the only person alive who still gets outraged by what passes for politics in America today.

    Like many other conservatives, I voted for President Trump, and considering the immensity of the number of unethical swamp creatures he is forced to fight against every waking moment, he's doing a great job!

    The mind-boggling thing is the great canyon between that exists between our expectations and the job performance of the Republican party. We want a wall and they ignore us. We don't want more legislation designed to eliminate the Second Amendment, and they defy us. We don't want abortion, and they ram it down our throats. Monday morning my mailbox will once again be stuffed with demands from these pompous prigs telling me I must send them money in order for them to save the Republic.

    Their daily actions tell me they don't give a rat's posterior about anything the President or his millions of supporters want.

    Meanwhile, the leftists in this country have all taken off their masks, and have dropped any form of civility. We are left with one of two choices: either we resign the reins of this once great Republic, or we resort to military action to restore our heritage. I spent nearly 33 years in law enforcement, the last 12 as an elected Sheriff. I know what the Constitution says, and it states it is our sworn duty as Patriots to save this Republic from enemies both foreign and domestic. When a government is as corrupt as this one has become, one wherein the DOJ and the FBI gladly turned blind eyes toward the treasonous acts of politicians, and engaged in the lies and cover ups designed to destroy our President, they no longer have any credibility.

    Are we really so far gone in this age that no one is willing to fight the good fight?

  • Barbara Riefner

    03/16/2019 05:01 PM

    when will anything be done about all the laws that our government agencies broke. Will anyone or any group ever be held accountable. We hear all these horror stories of wrongdoing, but nothing is ever done about it - unless it is a republican doing it. Please, please, give the American people some justice and hold these folks accountable for their unlawful actions!

  • Margaret Ware

    03/15/2019 03:34 PM

    Unraveling the web. Getting closer and closer to the spider in the center of the web which is Obama.

  • Mamie Parsons

    03/15/2019 02:50 PM

    Thank you Governor. I can ALWAYS rely on you for accurate and honest reporting.

  • K. Bruce Jones

    03/15/2019 12:26 AM

    Great explanations. Enjoy reading every day. Disappointed in many Senate republicans today

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    03/14/2019 09:53 PM

    The ghost of J. Edgar Hoover is laughing raucously where ver he makes his home these days.

    I think there is more than enough evidence - not innuendo or accusation, but eviidence to justify disbanding the FBI, and having a special screening panel for any current FBI personnel who want to join the successor agency.

  • Claudia Smith

    03/14/2019 09:44 PM

    Do you think the people involved in all of this will ever be prosecuted, as they should be? I have fond memories of watching Huckabee on Sunday evenings with my parents. Thank you.

  • Dusty

    03/14/2019 05:46 PM

    What is wrong with our Republicans who backed off helping the Pres with his emergency funding of the border? Now Collins goes after Hillary so what when she left the Pres out in the cold. Romney what else could we expect but he was only standing for the Constitution WHAT. Yet there are the Dems shoulder to shoulder no matter what . Gov I am getting so mad at my PUBS I no longer can see one I want to vote for in the future. So we may have a Socialist Dem Pres in the future. If I was Pres Trump just wait out the rest of this term and say no more and let the Pubs try to find someone to come in? No longer anyone I could vote for now. Oh maybe one, she has said no way, Condoleeza. Maybe this will be the end of what was once the Republican Party. We need that border closed now.

  • Bernadette Dillon

    03/14/2019 04:22 PM

    Lynch, Hilary, and Bill should be in jail!

  • Bruce Vanderhoef

    03/14/2019 04:16 PM

    Can you please remove the not one, but two photos of the smiling anti-Semite from the "Top Stories?" Frankly, I'm already weary of seeing Omar and socialist AOC........

  • Joseph

    03/14/2019 03:47 PM

    Every time new information comes out it proves how corrupt this Government has become over the years of Democrat control. It is so obvious even to the blind and dumb that Barry's entire government was on the take one way or the other. This is what happens when the people stop watching their elected officials and just except that politicians are trustworthy. They have proven very few aren't crooked and those that aren't don't stand much of a chance in the political arena. California is one of the best examples of corruption in politics and how those politicians have easily destroyed an entire state that was once a State to emulate and now is a state not to be like.

  • Ruby Howell

    03/14/2019 03:37 PM

    Ms. Lynch needs to be tried as well as the Clintons for the illeagal things they have done. For a change we have a President in office that cares about the people & Congress is doing everything within their to stop President Trump from doing his job. Congress is getting shamed & shown how things should be taken care of while in office. Term limits needs to be 2 terms only & NO money received after leaving office. Congress needs to have the same insurance we as the constituents have to choose from. No free college ride for their kids or grandkids either!

  • Ruby Howell

    03/14/2019 03:34 PM

    Ms. Lynch needs to be tried as well as the Clintons for the illeagal things they have done. For a change we have a President in office that cares about the people & Congress is doing everything within their to stop President Trump from doing his job. Congress is getting shamed & shown how things should be taken care of while in office. Term limits needs to be 2 terms only & NO money received after leaving office. Congress needs to have the same insurance we as the constituents have to choose from. No free college ride for their kids or grandkids either!

  • Vicki Moore

    03/14/2019 03:28 PM

    Thank you Mike for your newsletter post, and for the referral to the Victory Girls, you were right on! God bless all Patriots and God bless the USA!

  • Elizabeth

    03/14/2019 03:25 PM

    Read it .
    How can it be that so many knew and made all the connections and shared that info for 2years, yet the democrats and left media are still in denial.
    Do we have to get convictions for any of them to accept and share this with the “rest of the US citizens” that listen to and watch their fictitious info?

  • Ken Evans

    03/14/2019 03:04 PM

    I have contacted both my Arkansas senators, John Boozman and Tom Cotton. Boozman gave me the DC Twostep not even acknowledging my concerns in in his reply in this matter and I’ve heard crickets from Tom Cotton. Ihave absolutely no trust in Congress or those who say they represent me. Boozman has lost my vote.

  • susan watson-smith

    03/14/2019 02:58 PM

    Well, it is heating up for Ms. Lynch and Mr. Obama. However, as you pointed out, this woman is as good at obfuscating as anyone we've seen. I hope our Attorney General is up to the task of hopefully charging her for not informing Trump of Russian spying or influence and hindering an ingestigation into Clinton's email coverup.

  • rodney Burke

    03/14/2019 02:31 PM

    from LL's non answer, we KNOW without a doubt she is neck deep in this whole thing. If she answers.... She admits her guilt in the whole affair. She had zero intention of indicting hilary since I am convinced Bill told her in that "SCHEDULED" tarmac meeting, that if she didn't, there was a SCOTUS seat waiting for her. I think you and I and Dan Bongino smelled a rat from hour one of this debacle. Of course everything is predicated on the belief that DT has zero chance of winning since the election was rigged, NOT by Russians but Democrats. They must think that conservatives are as stupid as dems. LL needs an interrogation by the FBI or friendly CIA. Her non-answers give away that she is guilty as sin.

  • Linda Pratt

    03/14/2019 02:26 PM

    This was a set up of the Trump campaign. A biased FBI thought it could cover up its sugar addiction by pretending to be Keto dieters has finally gotten their hands caught in the cookie jar. :)

  • Douglas Morgan

    03/14/2019 12:27 PM

    Governor: This information is what common sense people have suspected all along. Thanks for your summarizing the information and presenting it so well. BUT, what will change as a result of this newly confirmed information? Who will step forward and press charges against Hillary, Ms. Lynch, et al? I seriously doubt that any Republican(s) will have the fortitude or the power to get anything done about it. The Clintons and their entourage have been at this a long time and nothing effectively has ever been done.

  • Richard Payne

    03/14/2019 12:27 PM

    Mike, all this information that is finally coming out from Page has been known for months but no one said or did anything. How come (until now) no republicans gave out any information at all. Where are the grand juries, where are the 2am warrants, where is justice?

  • Suzanne Russell

    03/14/2019 11:32 AM

    I realize that you are not talking yet about the college scandal, but I am very concerned that the powers that be are trying to take down the Hallmark Channel and the good movies that they have put out there. I think a little differently than people that are trying to crucify the parents. These are my remarks on FB that I put recently:
    "This system was set up and in play LONG before these ladies and their families were involved. True, they did wrong. They wronged their kids by doing this. BUT, I think the COLLEGES are just as much to blame. It seems like a sweet deal for them, to get money for their school. It’s kind of like pay to play…..and it’s not too far from schools paying athletes to come to their schools! So, PLEASE, don’t blame just the parents. This system was set up for them and they fell into it."

    Please give this some thought and give us your opinion too? I don't think by any stretch of the imagination that these parents are the only ones that were famous......I think the others are being covered by these two scapegoats who are also being used to hurt Hallmark. Just my opinion.
    Thank you for considering....
    Suzanne Russell

  • Angela L Lawson

    03/14/2019 11:32 AM

    Governor Huckabee, just how many times are we going to hear of this supposed coup to oust President Trump? I just feel Republicans drag their feet in these investigations to the point that Criminal Democrats just have more and more time to "cover up their crap" like cats in a litter box. I know Sean Hannity had this conspiracy all laid out over a year ago. In the meantime, records get destroyed, hard drives get bleach-pitted, and cellphones get busted up with hammers.

    I know Liberals are accused of "jumping the gun" on reports against President Trump and on Trump Supporters; however, I do feel that Republicans are extremely lax in getting investigations done and in bringing people to justice. The other issue is that we certainly have our share of RINOS in the mix, who do not allow President Trump to do his job. Thank you for reading "my take" on this.
    Angela L. Lawson

  • Anne Wheeler

    03/14/2019 11:03 AM

    Dear Mike, I am so tired of Hillary getting away with what she did to the American people, I believe God is the only one to judge & repay, but for all she has done and gotten away with, she needs to be held accountable for.
    All our service members that have lost their lives because of her and BHO.GOD will take care of them.
    I think President Trump has made some mistakes, but he is doing a GREAT JOB TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, not only the US,but in the eyes of the World. Were we can be respected again, and not laughed at like in the pasted 8 years.
    Thank you Governor for speaking up we need people to start standing up again for OUR AMERICA.
    If we just lay down and let the liberals and the socialist have their way we will be back to where we were 8 years ago.
    I don’t know about the rest of the world but we work hard for our money and we r not going to give it to someone who comes into the US and thinks they deserve it because their country WONT take cre of them. We r to love our neighbor as our self, yes but also the word says u have to WORK to eat.
    Thanks for all you do, Govner Huckabee.
    Respectfully, Anne