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Today's Commentary --- Manafort and Cohen: what does it mean? -- Mollie Tibbetts -- Duncan Hunter Jr. -- April Ryan -- Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals agrees -- Bill Nelson's Fake News -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse
On Tuesday afternoon, on the heels of a jury verdict --- well, partial verdict --- in the Paul Manafort trial that could send Manafort to prison for the rest of his life even though it had nothing to do with Donald Trump or Russian collusion, it was revealed that Michael Cohen had accepted a plea deal in a case that had been moved by the special counsel to the Southern District of New York. That prompted President Trump’s personal lawyer, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, to issue this statement: “There is no allegation of any wrongdoing against the President in the government’s charges against Mr. Cohen. It is clear that, as the prosecutor noted, Mr. Cohen’s actions reflect a pattern of lies and dishonesty over a significant period of time.”
Back in March, Cohen said in a Vanity Fair interview that Trump didn’t know he’d paid Stephanie Clifford (Stormy Daniels) $130,000 out of his own pocket. He had said the same thing to the New York Times a month earlier. Significantly, Cohen’s plea deal departs from what he’d previously claimed and from what Giuliani has said about no campaign laws being broken, because it specifies that he broke the law to influence the 2016 election at the direction of “a candidate.” But Cohen’s statements, as legal expert Andrew C. McCarthy noted on Sean Hannity’s Tuesday show, have been “all over the map.” He theorized that the Cohen case had ended up in the Southern District of New York because Mueller didn’t think it would advance his “Russia” investigation. Cohen hasn’t entered into a cooperation agreement, he explained, but rather a straight-up guilty plea. If Cohen were regarded as a valuable witness or cooperator, he said, we’d be seeing “a very different kind of plea agreement.” I’m assuming he means one that doesn’t call for any jail time.
By Mike Huckabee
Our prayers and deepest condolences today for the family of Mollie Tibbetts, the University of Iowa student who disappeared last month. Police arrested Cristhian Rivera, 24, who led them to her body hidden in a corn field. The sickening details are at the link. Rivera is an illegal immigrant from Mexico who had been doing farm labor in the US for several years. His employer claims that they check workers’ legal status and that Rivera passed the government’s E-Verify system.
This story has once again thrown the consequences of lax immigration enforcement back into the news. But don’t let the media take the focus away from where it belongs. By the time the Kate Steinle case had played out, the innocent young murder victim was practically forgotten while her accused killer had been rebranded as the victim of unfair immigration policies. Now, yet again, an innocent young woman with her whole life ahead of her is dead, killed by someone who never should have been in the US if the government had been doing its job of enforcing the law.
I don’t want to hear a lot of sob stories about the poor, misunderstood guy who brutally murdered her. To keep faith with the real victim and her grieving family, let’s stay focused where we should be: on dealing with the killer, finding out how he was able to be here so long without detection or removal, and how to insure nothing like this ever happens again.
Or like this…
Duncan Hunter Jr.
By Mike Huckabee
Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter of California and his wife Margaret have been indicted on charges of using campaign funds for personal expenses and attempting to cover it up. Their attorney claims the charges are politically motivated because he was an early Trump supporter, but the detailed indictment lists $250,000 in questionable expenses over seven years.
Rep. Hunter has been a solid congressman, and he has an impressive military record in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Marines and the Marine Corps Reserve. With that background, I expect him to be a man of integrity, and I certainly hope he can answer and refute these charges. If not, then as the US Attorney said, “No man is above the law.” I have noticed, however, that certain Republicans are being rigorously prosecuted, while certain Democrats have been allowed to use campaign finance laws as their personal roll of Charmin.
If we’re going to start enforcing campaign finance laws, then let’s put the blindfold back on Lady Justice and start doing it across the political spectrum. I have a feeling that might remove more entrenched Congress members than term limits would.
By Mike Huckabee
CNN reporter/abuse shouter April Ryan thinks that because her own rude, biased, attention mongering at White House press briefings has sparked hate mail and death threats (which, FYI, nobody should send to anyone!), my daughter should have to pay for her security.
Considering the liberal media’s constant nasty attacks on my daughter have caused her to be the first Press Secretary to need Secret Service protection, I am playing the world’s tiniest violin in sympathy with Ms Ryan’s problems. Knowing my daughter, she will pay for Ms Ryan’s security when CNN covers Sarah’s optometrist bills for all the eyestrain she's suffered from rolling her eyes in disbelief at their reporters’ childish antics and staggering lack of professionalism.
It would be great if we could eliminate the need for bodyguards on both sides. But that would require hotheads on the left and right to start showing respect for people of different views; for partisans to offer up intellectual arguments instead of threats, violence and censorship; and for the media to go back to doing its traditional job as a watchdog for the people’s right to know rather than an attack dog for the left. For all the complaining journalists do about feeling threatened by Trump voters who are angry over their openly biased coverage, they still haven’t figured out that their own worst enemy is themselves.
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals agrees
By Mike Huckabee
A three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously upheld a lower court judge who threw out a lawsuit by three University of Texas professors, seeking to block a law allowing college students with concealed carry permits to have weapons on campus. Just like many current college professors, they put forward three creative-but-factually-dubious arguments that the court panel blew away one-by-one (check out the link for their intriguing arguments and the responses from the court.) They could appeal to the full court, then to the Supreme Court, but the outcome is likely to be the same at every level. Unlike college students, judges don’t have to sit quietly, nod their heads and pretend that liberal professors are making sense.
It’s worth mentioning that the University of Texas was the site of one of the first and most notorious mass shootings, the 1966 attack by “Texas Tower Sniper” Charles Whitman, who killed 17 people and injured 31 before the police shot him down. Maybe that legendary incident serves as a constant reminder to UT students of the need to be prepared.
Bill Nelson's Fake News
By Mike Huckabee
Did you hear the recent claim by Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson that Russian hackers had already penetrated some Florida voter registration systems and were “free to move about”? It caused quite a kerfuffle in the media, considering Nelson is on the Senate Intelligence Committee, so you’d assume he knew such things.
But according to the FBI, the DHS and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, there’s no such thing. It's "fake news." Russia may certainly have the intention of meddling with our elections, but the heads of the FBI and DHS said they “have not seen new or ongoing compromises of state or local election infrastructure in Florida.” Even the Washington Post fact-checker awarded Nelson “Four Pinocchios” for claiming Russians had hacked into the Florida voter computer system with no evidence.
Considering polls show Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who’s challenging Nelson for his Senate seat, is opening up a widening lead (now at 6 points according to a new Florida Atlantic University poll), maybe Nelson is just laying the groundwork for blaming his loss on Russian hackers. I call that, “The Hillary Excuse.” One of them, anyway.-----------------------------
Evening Edition - August 21
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
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