After the frustration of FBI agent Peter Strzok’s behind-closed-doors hearing on Monday, in which he managed to avoid answering the important questions, we got to have a public hearing of FBI Director Christopher Wray and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, in which they managed to avoid answering the important questions.

Still, they communicated more than perhaps they know, because we learned a lot about what we’re dealing with.  And it’s not good.

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These two have been stonewalling for many months.  To set the scene, here’s a refresher from Kim Strassel in the Wall Street Journal from a little over a month ago, lamenting “the Justice Department’s unprecedented contempt for duly elected representatives, and the lasting harm it is doing to law enforcement and to the department’s relationship with Congress.”  It explains how both the President and Congress have been forced into an adversarial position with the DOJ, and how political judgments with no authority are being used to inhibit them --- especially President Trump --- from taking action in perfectly constitutional ways.  A key observation that relates to Thursday’s hearing is that the DOJ is refusing to tell Congress who did the heavy redacting of documents that turned out to have nothing to do with national security but that obviously was done to hide information that put them in a bad light.  Strassel’s conclusion is that Trump should refuse to be boxed-in legally and just declassify everything possible.



 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-real-constitutional-crisis-1527201552

 

Now we come to Thursday’s hearing.  Tension was in the air, as members of Congress who have been waiting in some cases for A YEAR for documents expressed their fury.  When Rosenstein was pressed on information regarding the redactions, he implied that his job was above the pay grade of those underlings (who still remain nameless) who do the redacting, huffing,  “I’m the DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL...OKAY?  I’m not the person doing the redacting.”  OKAY, Mr. Rosenstein, but you’re that person’s boss, and you have the constitutional duty to supply that information to Congress.  They also have the right to know who that person is so they can question him or her.

 

When asked if it might be appropriate that he recuse himself, given his huge conflicts, Rosenstein bizarrely smirked and chuckled, saying only that he would be "happy" to recuse himself if it were appropriate.

 

Trey Gowdy, who has come to life since the release of the IG report, made it clear that he is fed up.  In fact, he went ballistic, saying,  “If you have evidence of wrongdoing by any member of the Trump campaign, present it to the damn grand jury.  If you have evidence that this President acted inappropriately, present it to the American people...whatever you got, finish it the hell up, ‘cause this country is being torn apart.”

 

Rosenstein refused to comment on FISA applications, or even to answer the question of whether not not he read the one he signed.  Showing that we are indeed through the looking glass, he denied in an extremely confrontational exchange with Rep. Jim Jordan that he is keeping information from Congress, saying the impression that he has done so is “not accurate.”  In another exchange concerning Peter Strzok’s refusal to answer questions in Wednesday’s hearing, he chose to be flippant:  “How do I know, sir?  I mean, you interviewed Mr. Strzok, I didn’t.” 

 

So, enough of this.  Why won’t Trump order Rosenstein to declassify documents and provide them to Congress?  Andrew C. McCarthy, appearing Thursday evening with Laura Ingraham, hypothesized that Trump has received advice --- “I don’t think it’s particularly good advice”  --- not to act and force disclosure because that might be interpreted as obstruction of justice.

 

“That’s nuts,” he said.  “I don’t see a legal obstruction, but I think that’s where they’re at.”

 


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On Thursday, Rosenstein was given one more chance to cooperate with Congress, as a resolution was passed 224-184 in favor of imposing a seven-day deadline on the DOJ for the production of documents under subpoena.  But we all know the DOJ is not going to cooperate with this.  Whoever is doing the stonewalling and redacting of information is making the department look so bad, it’s hard to imagine how much worse for them the release of it might be.  What in God’s name are they hiding?

 

President Trump is going to have to step in and pry it out.  He appointed both Rosenstein and Wray and is their boss.  At this point, considering how sick most Americans are of this, I don’t see how he gains political advantage by dragging out his own victimization.  And how transparency can be redefined as obstruction is beyond me.

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/rosenstein-7-days-clean-house-faces-impeachment-contempt-fails/

 

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  • Lee Marcum

    08/08/2018 11:33 AM

    Rosenstein's comment to his "bizarre photo" "What do you mean my Phantom of the Opera Mask was Redacted?"

  • jack macdonald

    07/15/2018 02:43 PM

    Number me among those who are sick to the gills of this charade. If Trump has been rendered ineffective in getting this BS stopped he has let the lunatic Libs win again. They out maneuver the feckless Repubs at every turn. It has become evident thru several GOP administrations that they are cowards and let the media dictate how they will respond to any issue. We registered Republicans suffer over and over again and have nowhere to turn for help. I wish the Repubs would disband and a new American or Conservative party would be born. The Republican brand is badly tarnished and is now just a lame joke.

  • Gayle Johnson

    07/04/2018 06:38 PM

    This comment is in regards to the portion of your newsletter entitled JUNE 28: Maybe "the war to end all wars" was not designated as World War I UNTIL World War II happened. Just my humble opinion.

    Gayle in WI

  • Linda Olds

    07/02/2018 01:45 PM

    I didn't have an opinion on Rosenstein before, but I was very upset and offended by his smiling and smirking and avoiding the issues.
    My respect for Trey Gowdy, on the other hand, has increased. I wish he was staying in Congress.

  • Thomas B Soch

    07/01/2018 04:35 PM

    President Trump has proven himself to be comfortable in uncomfortable situations and that’s good. I agree with you that his strategy here does not seem best but I can only hope you are wrong. Will we ever see justice. (and) If we do will the Clinton’s have won to the point that justice only comes at the cost of loosing the war. For me I’m amazed at the shear numbers of smart people willing to focus on her “apparent” good over the obvious evil.

  • Don Chenault

    06/30/2018 10:23 PM

    It is obvious that wray and rosenstein use the nonanswers "CLASSIFIED INFORMATION" and "ONGOING INVESTIGATION" to
    avoid answering questions that they do not want to answer.. These 2 are out lawyering the committees.

  • William Eldrich

    06/30/2018 10:19 PM

    Since when would the FBI fail to cooperate with Congress? Ugly!! These folks need to be jailed for contempt of Congress until they can learn how to be candid.

  • Joseph Yunik

    06/30/2018 04:48 PM

    Why in the world won't Trump "ORDER" Rosenstein to provide the material that was asked for. I am totally frustrated that Trump will not do this; I can see why Americans are angry. They know there are criminal actions that have taken place, and they want justice. I am appalled at the smugness of Strok and Rosenstein, the are making a mockery of the FBI and our justice system. Where is MY PRESIDENT? He is their boss, make them provide the information.

  • Rocky Hale

    06/30/2018 04:23 PM

    I wasn't aware that Trump appointed Rosenstein also?? Why did he appoint someone that seems so anti Trump and liberal?

  • Wylma Bagshaw

    06/30/2018 04:15 PM

    Governor Huckabee,
    Please continue to keep us, the American people, informed about all that is really happening in Washington, because we won’t hear it anywhere else. You are the best voice for conservative, patriotic, pro-constitutional rights of anyone I’ve heard. Keep up the good work. Thank you.

  • Rick West

    06/30/2018 04:15 PM

    I believe Sessions and Trump have a card up their sleeve which none of us knows about. When it is revealed in late summer or early fall, the resignations of Rosenstein and Wray will be a small part of the total upheaval in the DOJ/FBI. Perp walks coming out of the swamp will be a common occurrence like we’ve never seen before..

  • Donna Lenz

    06/30/2018 03:37 PM

    I agree - Rosenstein did act very strange! Like he was above everyone. Trey Gowdy was awesome! And the other nutcase who grandstanded and told Rosenstein not to give them anything. What is wrong with these people? Now we have the nuts who are clueless on the border wanting to abolish ice? This country is falling apart!

  • Carolyn BECKWITH

    06/30/2018 10:36 AM

    Governor I believe the American people are much smarter than the Liberal Democrats give us credit for. Trump supporters will remain and the more Democrats play their dirty tricks the more we stand with Trump. We voted for him because he loves this country like we do. Term limits!!!

  • Jim Quist

    06/30/2018 10:12 AM

    If you own or have access to a Bible. read Romans 13: 1-7. I have never agreed with everything that comes out of Federal or Local politics, but I do agree with what the Bible teaches.

  • Donald Hartman

    06/30/2018 09:07 AM

    Thank you for what you do. How can we bring this behavior out into the open?

  • Dawn Matlachowski

    06/30/2018 08:55 AM

    I think President Trump should fire both of these obstructionists! He hired them--he can fire them. I am sick of these people who think they are above the law because they think they are the law!

  • ElizabethGriffin

    06/30/2018 08:11 AM

    Thanks Mike for all you do. We love you #Qanon

  • Paul Jenkins

    06/30/2018 01:43 AM

    Mike,
    Why don't you have a meaningful pole asking if Trump should "declassify documents" "Fire Wray or Rosenstein" and make sure the president gets the results.

  • Marilyn Pittman

    06/30/2018 01:00 AM

    The hate is so evident in all of these liberals. President Trump has upset the apple cart and cushy living is being scutinized! Never have I EVER seen a President of the United States be so disrespected!!! I am so ashamed of all those 'people', and pray our President can withstand and overcome this! God's Blessings and better times please!

  • LauraJean Phillips

    06/29/2018 10:12 PM

    Thank you Mr. Huckabee for explaining to we the people the craziness of DC! It is incomprehensible the obstruction and nastiness going on with these people who think they are above the Law. We are praying for our President and all of you who have to deal with the swamp of DC. God bless you!

  • Terrie H. Hunt

    06/29/2018 08:31 PM

    I wonder if the DOJ is trying to run out the clock, in hopes that the Mueller team will have more time to frame Trump, or until after elections in hopes of a dems majority. Either way, we need to get tothe bottom of this NOW.

  • john gossett

    06/29/2018 08:23 PM

    If Trump is afraid to fire Rosenstein because he (Trump) might be charged with obstruction then reassign him. Put Rosenstein in charge of toilet paper for the DOJ. Seriously reassigning Rosenstein would be a legal way of removing his power.

  • Susan Lantz

    06/29/2018 08:04 PM

    When Gowdy started to talk, I actually thought he was going to ask some questions. I think he was very wise to just tell it like it is. After a couple of years of stonewalling, yes, either we have evidence, or no. If they have evidence, then produce it. If they don't or it is against someone else, they should at least admit there is no evidence against Trump, or Clinton and go on. We deserve to know.

  • Lawrence Hoya

    06/29/2018 07:46 PM

    As usual Mike Huckabee, I could not agree more with your comments on this subject of the DOJ!!! I think that heads should roll at once at the DOJ and all involved should loose their jobs and what ever pension or retirement pay they loose also including their Health Insurance! They should also face severe prison time too. If any one on the street did what they are doing, they would be locked up for so long they would never see freedom again.

  • Suzanne Russell

    06/29/2018 06:32 PM

    I think it's finally time to take the bull by the horns, but also to make sure where Sessions stands on all this. Will he back Trump and The Republicans who are looking for the truth?