Opening an FBI investigation into a presidential campaign is supposed to be a huge deal. If government officials are going to allege that members of a campaign --- maybe even the candidate --- are in cahoots with Russia (!), they'd better have the goods.

But a newly declassified memo (another one!) makes it clear that the Papadopoulos “evidence” used to justify “Crossfire Hurricane” was really just flimsy hearsay. They had to be looking for any pretext they could put together. Since they had no evidence of criminality, they turned to Downer’s “suggestion” that Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos might be talking with Russia on the release of Hillary’s emails. As John Solomon writes, “[Alexander] Downer had heard the information about the Russians during a bar conversation in May 2016 from Papadopoulos, who had heard it two months earlier from a European professor who had heard it from Russians allegedly.”

The investigation, he says, was opened based on a “third-hand ‘suggestion’ of wrongdoing and the thinnest of suspicions that illegal foreign lobbying had occurred.” It’s clear from the memo that the criminal basis for opening “Hurricane” was suspected violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, but the memo does not mention a single incidence of violating FARA.

Peter Strzok expressed reservations about the evidence he had, yet he pressed forward. Sometimes, as they say, you’ve “gotta go with what you got.” Strzok both drafted the memo and approved the investigation himself, keeping the memo away from interagency oversight.

Kevin Brock, former head of counterintelligence for the FBI, told Solomon, “There is nothing in the [electronic communication] that meets the traditional thresholds for opening up a [Foreign Agents Registration Act] or [counterintellgence] investigation. It appears hastily constructed.”

When asked if he would’ve approved this, Brock said, “Not in a million years. I wouldn’t have approved it as a squad supervisor, either. This would have set off alarm bells in any FBI field for not meeting our standards for a predicate.”

All this is consistent with what Robert Ray said on WITCH HUNT, a FOX NEWS special on Sunday night hosted by Gregg Jarrett. He believes the Durham investigation likely will lead to indictments of Bureau officials.

"It is a criminal investigation with grand-jury authority, and I don’t think the attorney general expects this is going to be just be left to the side of history without actual prosecutions being brought to hold those responsible accountable,” he said. “Even if no felony prosecution is ever brought as a result of this, this is a political scandal of the highest order and the American people should be paying attention.”

I would respectfully suggest to Mr. Ray that if no felony prosecution is ever brought, too many American people will NOT pay attention and it WILL be left to the side of history, thanks to media spin and leftist historians. Laws have been broken, and there must be accountability if we’re ever going to fix this.

Speaking specifically on the Flynn prosecution, Ray said he trusted Durham to get to the bottom of the mishandling of his case. Ray showed his mastery for understatement when he said, “I imagine there are people in the know who may well have knowingly withheld information from the court and from defense counsel in connection with the Michael Flynn prosecution.” Mr. Ray, we KNOW they did that. “Knowingly” is tough to prove, but we know they knew. They know we know they knew.

"If it turns out that that can be proved,” he continued, “then there are going to be referrals and potential false statements and/or perjury prosecutions to hold those, particularly those in positions of authority, accountable.”

Speaking of Flynn, a new article dropped over the weekend that shines the harsh light of truth on what was done to him. Eli Lake’s comprehensive piece in COMMENTARY magazine fleshes out the story so thoroughly that I’d say “THE RAILROADING OF MICHAEL FLYNN, How It Happened And Why It Matters” is an absolute must-read.

Still, there’s something Lake says upfront that I disagree with: that “they suspected he [Flynn] was a Russian agent.” Based on the attempts to set him up starting in 2014, I don’t think they EVER really believed it. I think it was a story they created. Anyway…

Lake writes, “According to both Rice’s memoir and a memo memorializing the meeting (dated January 20, 2017), the President stressed that everything the FBI did in this sensitive matter should be “by the book.” In fact, nothing was done by the book –- not by Obama’s deputies and not by Obama.”

We see from this article how furiously Strzok and Comey worked to keep the investigation alive through the only means they had: the ridiculously antiquated Logan Act. Rosenstein’s recently declassified scope memo authorized Mueller to investigate whether Flynn had “committed a crime or crimes by engaging in conversations with Russian officials during the period of the Trump transition.” The only crimes that could possibly have been found would’ve been either outright espionage (for which the FBI had found no evidence) or a Logan Act violation.

Lake points out what we’ve been said all along, that Flynn was not a private citizen conducting foreign policy, as is prohibited by the Logan Act, but rather acting in his official capacity as the incoming national security adviser. “The idea that Flynn was behaving illegally, let alone unethically or immorally or unconventionally, in discussing U.S. foreign policy with the Russians during the transition is beyond absurd,” he writes.

Joe Pientka had written a memo to close the original Flynn investigation but had slipped up and not actually filed it. Strzok, obviously delighted, was able to keep the case open. The only reason Pientka's memo has emerged now is that U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen completed the review Barr had ordered and declassified documents in the case. We get to read about Stefan Halper being paid as a “confidential human source” (SPY) and the concocted story of Flynn’s affair (not) with Russian-born Svetlana Lokhova, described by Lake as a “smear.” Pientka’s memo says the investigation yielded so little that senior management had recommended closing the case before even interviewing Flynn.

The whole shameful process of determining how they would set Flynn up in his White House interview is discussed in detail. Lake also explains why Flynn was NOT LYING when he said sanctions weren’t discussed. As Flynn told the DAILY CALLER, “It wasn’t about sanctions. It was about the 35 guys [Russian diplomats] who were thrown out.”

The memo said Fynn’s “false statements and omissions impeded...the FBI’s ongoing investigation.” Lake shows that “Given what we know now, those words are more of a lie than anything Flynn said to the FBI agents who interviewed him.”

This was not only injustice against Flynn but also an assault on the peaceful transition of presidential power. Shameful, and dangerous.

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Postscript: Lake bookends his commentary with the story about Flynn joining in the “Lock her up! Lock her up!” chant at a Trump rally, attempting to show irony. This falls flat to me. The cases are not equivalent; we know beyond any doubt that Hillary actually did the things she was NOT prosecuted for.

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  • R. Dorien B. deLusignan

    05/26/2020 11:31 PM

    I just wish the wheels could turn faster and run right over those that have all but destroyed our legal and political system. My bet is that Obamma and Billlllary will never even be sworn in, let alone prosecuted. That is what SUCKS the most. Thank you for the report. In Christ Dorien de Lusignan

  • David Nielsen

    05/26/2020 11:19 PM

    "Be sure and know your sins will find you out." Those sins against General Flynn will be revealed and they all started with Obama.

  • Barbra Cunningham

    05/26/2020 10:36 PM

    It is so shameful and disgusting at how the people we should have been able to trust, well at least some of them turned out to be a big joke.

  • Thomas H Holmes

    05/26/2020 09:53 PM

    There is plenty of evidence to support the prosecution of these yahoos. Zero tolerance for lies!
    That includes CNN, etc

  • Gene Blazer

    05/26/2020 09:12 PM

    Governor Huckabee, wonderful piece which put this nightmare together for common folks like me to understand. America better hope and pray that justice is coming for all of this crap. We will not accept anything less! Thank you for this great summation by putting the puzzle pieces together.

  • BETH MULVIHILL

    05/26/2020 09:01 PM

    It really sickens me that treason and crimes against America were committed and justice will never be served. Oh sure some lackey will be charged,but the ones that are truly guilty(Obama,Clinton,DNC,etc)will never be charged. The only true justice we will ever see is the Lord's.

  • Ron Edwards

    05/26/2020 05:47 PM

    Another day, another disclosure. But I recall that our crack FBI had 100 agents working on this stuff for months but apparently found absolutely nothing. The taxpayers paid these guys salaries. I want my money back, these bozo's couldn't hold a job emptying trash cans outside of government.

  • John Carter

    05/26/2020 05:16 PM

    A disgraceful hoax!

  • jack macdonald

    05/26/2020 04:55 PM

    China was unable to wipe us out with opioid poisoning so the upped the ante and shipped us Wuhan Virus. Anyone who doesn't think China has declared a nonshooting war on us has marble for brains. It's time to take off the gloves and set about crippling their economy one way or another to slow their military build up and adventurism. This has the making of how Hitler was given free rein until it was too late. History has not taught us much if we ignore this.

  • Becky Hargrove

    05/26/2020 04:47 PM

    The very least they should do is have every person involved repay the Government of the United States. That would of course include #1, Hillary Clinton, 2nd would be James Comey, Peter Struck, his lover, and on and on. This repayment should re-instate ALL financial standing for any and every person who had to protect themselves with attorneys. Then they should give General Flynn a nice big Bonus for pain and suffering. Every person involved should be assigned a percentage of damages caused by the entire debacle. Make a believer out of the Nation, that you don’t do these types of things to your fellow citizens. I also believe those with the greatest culpability should do time in a Real prison, not a “Shrangi-La”.

  • jack macdonald

    05/26/2020 04:29 PM

    A little off topic of this newsletter, but it just occurred to me that while we are beating up on sleepy Joe for his numerous gaffes, his mentor (Barack Hussein) thought there are 57 states in the USA. He also claimed his administration was absent a single scandal and that Obamacare would save an average family $2500 and overall costs would come down. The opposite happened. He also drew a red line in the sand in Syria and did not enforce it and blamed it on others. He never knew anything of importance until he read it in the New York Times or heard it on TV. I submit this example and tutelage may account for some of Biden's confusion. I could go on, but you get the point. jm

  • Barry

    05/26/2020 04:29 PM

    We can talk about this forever, but the only person to get prosecuted is General Flynn. All this talk for 3 years makes conservatives feel good and hopeful that Obama's criminals will go to jail. But I'm betting it aint gonna happen because all roads lead to the head criminal himself, Barack Obama.

  • Curt Locklear

    05/26/2020 04:11 PM

    What I don't understand is why criminals such as these go before a House or Senate committee where the legislatures act like courts. (a la Hillary Clinton being interrogated by the Senate for the Bengazi affair.) Why was she not required to go before a grand jury, followed by indictments if merited, then tried in a court, rather than the circus events in the Congress.
    If criminal cases are forthcoming, could the criminals such as Comey have to go to court, not Congress?

  • Kay DeWitt

    05/26/2020 04:04 PM

    In both your opening statement in your third to last paragraph....and in your closing statement...you used the word "SHAMEFUL" and what is shameful...from God's perspective....is EVERY evil conspiracy...deed....and word that is a part of this WHOLE...shameful....political saga!!!

    While I know President Trump makes HIMSELF vulnerable to criticism, my heart broke for him as, yesterday, I came across what I felt was downright CRUELTY toward him BECAUSE...there was an article (with YouTube video) about how President Trump was swaying as he was standing at Arlington Cemetery...then there was a video that someone made (that obviously took said person hours TO make) of the President stumbling over his words during different speeches he made!

    While President Trump seems to have, in th past, dealt well WITH this constant barrage of hatred (as far as his not being destroyed BY it), I am beginning to feel that it is getting to him more than it used to and this is authoring a new kind of concern I have FOR him since he DOES feel great pain WHEN he is the recipient OF hatred because his anger MASKS his pain!...

  • Dennis Ragain

    05/26/2020 03:42 PM

    Governor, it is disgusting to me and many of my friends to see the many illicit acts that politicians and Bureaucrats get away with year after year. There does not appear to be anything the political class does that ever reaches illegality, as long as it was done in the name of politics. So very sad to those of us who believe in our legal system, our Constitution, the Bill of Rights, to see "politicians" ignore them for what they consider their own "Greater Good" or for the sake of power.

  • Ellen Klapperich

    05/26/2020 03:36 PM

    These people have no soul. Justice will be exceedingly sweet when it comes.

  • David Paul Heidbreder

    05/26/2020 02:50 PM

    The wheels of justice turn slowly is an understatement. In fact, in general Flynn's case, evidence will show that the wheels of justice backed up over him!

  • Guy Hicklin

    05/26/2020 02:14 PM

    I still don’t fully understand, if Flynn didn’t lie, what “lie” did he plead guilty to? And why?

  • Bob

    05/26/2020 01:52 PM

    Its sad that the deep state has had an ongoing vendetta against our president. From the start they have justified their actions with the belief that he is unfit for office. Unfortunately, our President's recent Tweet storm doesn't do much to refute their belief, and shakes my confidence in the man as well.

  • Allen M Swatsworth

    05/26/2020 01:50 PM

    Sir, The article by Eli Lake was an excellent recap of what has transpired in the Flynn case. Thanks for including it. I clearly states the facts, as we know them, that the FBI really did not have a case against the General and that they used every "dirty Trick" "In the Book" to further their and Obama's case against the Trump administration. Hate can really make you loose your mind.

  • john chiero

    05/26/2020 01:23 PM

    I am afraid that the demonrats have finally succeeded in transforming America and we satback and did nothing because after our revolution for independence we have become a so called nonviolent nation and allowed our rights to be destroyed! The founding fathers were much concerned with the federal government getting to powerful for the states but overlook the states overrunning the federal government and the nation! Guess probably that was because at the time there was only 13 states! BUT, it seems agencies of the government and the states can do anything they want against the executive branch but the president cant do anything! Our President has to sit back and tweet and watch his AG’s recuse themselves then say that the corrupt former president and VP will have no charges levied against! If this turns out to be the case and this evil walks free once again like clinton did with all her crimes staring them in the face then evil is to powerful for man to bring to justice! It will have to be done by Christ at the Judgement of Nations! Then voting will not matter because it will be corruptly nullified and changed to gain the results the corruption wants to obtain! We are in Gods Hands now!

  • Linda Orf

    05/26/2020 01:12 PM

    Shine you light, oh God! For darkness cannot stand in your light!

  • Lee Stepp

    05/26/2020 12:58 PM

    The level of cruelty to a fellow American & the arrogance of the upper levels of FBI/DOJ is beyond the pale. After listening to Sidney Powell, I just cried. To think that our government is so far out of touch with real people & drunk on power & avarice enough to destroy a man, his family, his finances, his career illegally - if that doesn't demand justice - then hang it up! Obviously the "good guys" were scared to death & just let the horror go on. Looks like justice in America is in the 12th of never!

  • Judith Seckel

    05/26/2020 12:37 PM

    And after all that “ why hasn’t Hillary been indicted?”
    The American people have waited to long to see if justice is blind for the rich.

  • Floyd A Unger

    05/26/2020 12:36 PM

    We must not quit