Sen. Lindsay Graham didn’t specifically mention Christopher Wray in his Sunday interview with FOX NEWS’ Maria Bartiromo, but I couldn’t help thinking about Wray while listening to what Graham had to say.

To set the scene, Graham was on the show to talk about the questioning of Rod Rosenstein last week by the Senate Judiciary Committee, in which Rosenstein claimed not to have been aware that the Steele “dossier” was discredited by Steele’s own sub-source. Rosenstein said that McCabe had not been “fully candid” with him. (McCabe fired back a statement refuting the notion that he had “misled” Rosenstein, going so far as to say that “Mr. Rosenstein approved of and suggested ways to enhance our investigation of the President.” Perhaps this is a veiled reference to the story about Rosenstein talking about wearing a wire.)

Anyway, as you know, Rosenstein said he didn’t know the underlying documentation had been altered to hide the fact that Carter Page had worked for the FBI; that, of course, is a criminal act. He also claimed not to have known that the “dossier” was repeatedly disavowed, over a three-day interrogation in January 2017, by Steele’s Russian sub-source.

This appears to be some serious CYA on the part of Rosenstein, who signed the final renewal of the Carter Page FISA warrant in August of 2017. As the senator rightly pointed out, “...If anyone signs this warrant application knowing that the Russian sub-source disavowed the reliability of the Steele ‘dossier’ and that the Department of State lawyer altered email –- if they knew that, they would be going to jail themselves.”

Graham vowed that both McCabe and Comey will “eventually” be called before the Judiciary Committee, as he finds it “hard to believe” that neither of them knew about what the Russian sub-source had said about the “dossier” in January. (Try “impossible to believe.”)

The FISA renewal that Rosenstein signed said that the Russian sub-source was “truthful and cooperative.” It was Inspector General Michael Horowitz who found the memo on the interview with the sub-source that said this person had disavowed the “dossier,” saying it wasn’t reliable, nothing more than hearsay and casual “bar talk.” Graham said he plans to call “every person who signed that warrant” and have them testify as to what they knew about the “dossier.”

Importantly, he said they wouldn’t let some “low-level intel analyst or case agent” take the blame for defrauding the court. If it can be proved that higher-ups were warned and kept going forward anyway, then they’re in big trouble, and we’re talking prison. “I believe it goes up to the very top,” he said. “They’re ALL gonna come before the committee...”

Note that he did not specifically mention President Obama; he has said previously that this would not be happening. In other words, if by “the very top” Graham means Obama, it’s going to have to come out through some form of documentation (unlikely) or testimony from somebody else. If it can’t be proved in a court of law, we’ll all just have to come to our own conclusions about his guilt.

Now, here’s the part that made me wonder yet again what is going on with Wray: Sen. Graham wants to interview those case agents who spoke directly with Steele’s sub-source, and he has “asked” to do so. “I made a request to interview the case agent and the intel analyst, two other people who interviewed the sub-source for three days in January [2017], again in March, again in May, and THEY’RE DENYING ME THE ABILITY TO DO THAT. [Emphasis mine.] I’m gonna keep working the system. Attorney General Barr has been the most transparent attorney general in my lifetime. [Then-acting Director of National Intelligence Ric] Grenell released a lot of information. But why did they run all these stop signs?”

The big question is –- and I think we all know the answer –- did this begin and end with some decisions made by “two or three people” who failed to pass along exculpatory information, or was it “a system out of control”? It certainly appears that the people at the top wanted to keep the “Trump/Russia” investigation going no matter what; in fact, we KNOW this is true in the prosecution of Lt. Gen. Flynn.

The reason why Sen. Graham was being DENIED ACCESS to those lower-level agents was not addressed on the show; maybe it was because of time constraints. But this was an internal FBI matter; FBI Director Wray should be able to snap his fingers and give the Senate Judiciary Committee, in their oversight capacity, access to those officials to determine their roles in this and find out who they told about any problems with the evidence. Graham shouldn’t have to go higher to get the go-ahead to talk to those agents, but he does, apparently to Attorney General Barr. This looks like one more big black mark for Wray, one more reason why he is absolutely the wrong person for that job.

The “get-Trump” investigation may not have had any roadblocks, but the attempt to get to the bottom of it certainly still does.

Kimberly Strassel had a great a piece in the WALL STREET JOURNAL, “Rod Rosenstein Knew Nothing,” on Rosenstein and his total lack of curiosity (ha) about the evidence in one of the most significant cases in FBI history. “In three hours of testimony,” Strassel wrote, “the country got a glimpse at the depths of the FBI’s underhandedness and the failure of leadership that enabled it.”

It’s behind a paywall (Strassel’s columns are well worth it), but Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan talked about it over the weekend with Judge Jeanine Pirro.

Jordan reminded us of the constant pressure in the spring of 2017 from Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) to appoint a special counsel. “Remember, every Democrat wanted to do it,” he said to Judge Pirro, “wanted to keep going after the President. Everyone in the media wanted to do it. And there were a bunch of Republicans who wanted to do it.”

But at the time FBI Director James Comey was fired, May 9, Comey was asked if there was anything “there.” He said they didn’t know. Rosenstein appointed Mueller on May 17. What, pray tell, was discovered in those few days in the way of evidence that Trump conspired with Russia? Answer: NOTHING. Rosenstein appointed a special counsel and gave it carte blanche for almost two years not because of any evidence but because of political pressure. This was ALL political.

As for the story about Rosenstein talking about wearing a wire, which he now denies doing, we now have conflicting accounts to sort out. Just don’t tell me that someone who would open a purely political investigation on the President of the United States is above doing something like that.

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  • Ernest DeConti

    06/13/2020 08:02 PM

    This article states "...if by “the very top” Graham means Obama, it’s going to have to come out through some form of documentation (unlikely). Unlikely? This is incorrect: several documents (communications) have already been revealed that indicate that Obama knew what was going on. I believe one said something like (paraphrasing here) "the POTUS wants to know everything that's going on." If memory serves me correctly, there was another communication saying something to the effect about "the WH (White House) being informed". To think that Obama didn't know, or had something to do with the attempted coup of a President is naive.

  • Jack macdonald

    06/10/2020 07:45 AM

    Wonderful celebration of George Floyd's life with one exception. The inclusion of white hater Al Sharpton was not a good touch. This huckster, race baiter, and race hustler is a divider, not a uniter! He is no more a reverend than I am. It is way past time for this joke to leave the public stage. I am offended every time this phoney tax cheater and publicity seeker is thrust in my face. Please make him go away.

  • Alan Doud

    06/10/2020 03:53 AM

    It is imperative that Trump serves a second term or this all will be brushed under the carpet. Whether Trump is suitable for office or not. He certainly has proven to be superior to the presidents I have seen of late. Most certainly superior to feeble minded Biden. We need the corrupt rubble that has infiltrated our government removed. If the democrats take control this won't happen. It will only be business as usual.

  • Elizabeth Houghton

    06/09/2020 03:45 PM

    Politicians are infamous for citing their lack of memory as the reason for dodging questions. "I don't remember that" is their way out. The only way to nail them is to have documentation, which I certainly hope will not continue to be hidden by the DOJ.

  • Debra Black

    06/09/2020 12:58 PM

    Maybe they told Rosenstein, time is of the essence. You don't have time to review this. It's all good. Just sign it. Or, they are creating a confusion for this committee not to be able to figure it out. They will do their best to confuse the issue. I'm sure Rosenstein and company have already had some meeting how they will play out this game of cat and mouse. Protecting them all. Lindsey Graham has his work cut out.

  • Patricia Varhol

    06/09/2020 11:11 AM

    I am so angry about President Bush not supporting President Trump. Shame on him. I’m so, so sorry I voted for him twice. He’s not who I thought he was. If he was so against President Trump he could’ve just kept his mouth shut. I was upset by Romney (who I’m also sorry I voted for) and Colin Powell, but they didn’t surprise me. Apparently, they all are part of the swamp President Trump is draining. I’ve learned so much about the power in Washington and the media during these last three and a half years. It’s like bugs crawling out from under a rock. Shocking. Thank you POTUS for waking me up!

  • Helen Tritt

    06/09/2020 09:47 AM

    Thank you Governor Huckabee for your VERY INTELLIGENT AND HONEST NEWSLETTER in which we actually hear the news as it is happening; and of course, with your brilliant sense of humor, that has been destroyed by the demon rats. Any one who pays somewhat attention to the hardened criminals on the other side have completely become BRAIN DEAD, having to rely on their thoughts collectlively, unable to think for themselves. Very sad for Americans who cannot and will not use their own brains before the brains become mush! They are also a very big EMBARRASSMENT TO THIS GREAT NATION.
    God Bless You and all that you do to support President Trump and his magnificent ACCOMPLISHMENTS. HE IS THE BEST PRESIDENT EVER.

  • Melinda Long

    06/09/2020 09:18 AM

    Time is running out...something has got to be done quickly or we will lose the chance to prove the atrocities of this conspiracy against our president

  • Don Wright

    06/09/2020 08:27 AM

    Question is. Will anyone, not just lower level people’s, go to jail?

  • Linda Olds

    06/09/2020 02:00 AM

    Maybe the truth will eventually come out, with Comey, McCabe, and Rosenstein contradicting each other.
    I felt that Rosenstein was lying when he testified at a hearing a few years ago; his laughing and smirking made me distrust him.
    We keep hearing that Durham will have results soon. I want to hear from him immediately. He should have proof by now of the wrongdoing in Obama's justice department. What is he waiting for?

  • Beth Davis

    06/08/2020 10:43 PM

    I read somewhere that a Bush spokesman said he had made no comments about who he was voting for and that this was fake news. Have you heard this? Just wondering.

  • TOMMIE Houser

    06/08/2020 09:14 PM

    If the Deaths of those serving in Benghazi do not deserve a serious and straight up investigation, or that after three years of Obstruction, lies &
    H - x x ,it is Actually / factual & proven-that the $30. million Muller, Treason Impeachment by the left do nothing Democrat’s have not seen any Accountability for their Treasonous acts against American Citizens and the Nation all the while corrupt Democrat’s collect big checks and enrich themselves!! If the deaths of those innocent Americans lost at the brutality Of MS 13 gangs and the drug Cartels, The Angel Moms suffering-losing love ones or the Deaths caused by The Democrat's Sanctuary Cities And open Borders Policy’s ,does not deserve serious investigation and some SERIOUS Accountability ;
    IS there anyone actually believing that there will be a FAIR and Legal Election for President of The United States? Seriously. We are a Third World Country
    Already having no Justice ,hope future as the Democrats have destroyed it
    Or as The worst President in our Nations History Said,”Fundamentally Transformed America”.

  • Andrew McManus Sr

    06/08/2020 09:00 PM

    I have to laugh when I think about Rosenstein and McCabe going after each other now, sort of like the starving rats in the city turning to cannibalism. There's surely more where that came from. As far as Christopher Wray is concerned, I lost faith in him a couple years ago. One has to realize, he isn't going to dime out his cronies that he's worked with the last how many years. He's been dragging his feet right from the start, so I don't expect justice to be served any time soon, the way he tries to shield these people from being questioned.

  • Velma Ardis Marshall

    06/08/2020 08:56 PM

    Thanks again for the daily AM and PM articles you post. They are usually right on, and if needed you make a correction promptly. You do a great service to our country. I also look forward to your weekly TV programs that also promote conservstive and Christian principles. God bless you!

  • Richard Bendall

    06/08/2020 08:01 PM

    Isn't it a bit ironic that although the fake Russian Dossier was known to be bogus before the Muller Probe was launched, but by dragging it out for over two years until the Midterm elections were over, it served its purpose ---which was to lose the House to the Corrupt Dems!

  • Carolyn Annette Morgan

    06/08/2020 07:46 PM

    I’m so disappointed two great patriots I greatly admire announced they will vote for Biden. What could they possibly know the rest of us don’t know about POTUS, Biden and Hillary? On the surface it appears to me their decisions are based on personal hateful feelings. O.K., they are entitled. But please, are they willing to throw out Democracy in favor of Socialism? Could they not offer another Republican candidate? Crude behaviors are not enough to influence me to turn socialistic or ignore good leadership.

  • Pauline M

    06/08/2020 07:45 PM

    Re: Floyd autopsy, there should be a separate autopsy by another doctor that is not aligned with the crowds there, if you know anything about Fentanyl it is very dangerous and causes your heart to slow down and sometimes can cause death so there is a possibility this was the actual cause of death as he had other drugs in his body also, I hope the attorney for that man does ask for one, Look up and read what Fentanyl does to the body. Just a suggestion.

  • Neal Adam

    06/08/2020 07:11 PM

    My comment is on the rejection of Trump by some Republican leaders (or pseudo republican/pseudo leaders). This is exactly why we are in the position we are in now. It is also exactly why I refuse to contribute to the RNC. These clowns demonstrate that we can not trust them, and why the RNC is responsible for the mess we have now. Rather than take a stand, they spent all their time throwing up their hands in horror at every rumor about Trump (which have nearly all been shown to be no more than rumor). Mike, how do we support Trump without supporting these idiots??? The letters that come with Trumps name also have RNC on them.

  • HelenC

    06/08/2020 06:13 PM

    What is going on in US is scary. Maybe that’s what some entity wants and supports financially, through MSM, through faulty news reporting. President Trump has disturbed their hornets nest. They couldn’t buy him the way they have bought others with bribes, cushy jobs on boards, defense contracts, social services contracts, advocacy NGOs. These entities have bought our religious communities, our schools and universities, our past presidents of both parties. President Trump has uncovered a stinking pot he chooses not to support for the benefit of Future of US. Internationally new world order is supported by European Union formed to challenge US. The enemy of future US success and stability is alive and operating in US.

  • Penni Ponder

    06/08/2020 05:50 PM

    Christopher Wray needs to go. He is worthless.

  • Dusty

    06/08/2020 05:37 PM

    What now per this whole investigation and where will it go . You do these things and you get a job on fake news CNN McCabe? FBI gets hired at MSNBC another liberal place that has for past several years attacked this Pres with lies and fake news. WHY? I think, we see the SWAMP wins and the rest of this is a game played to look good. Romney I did not vote for ever. He should be an Independent he is not real Republican. Gen Powell voted for Hillary no doubt he is deep into the DC liberal group there. Of course Cindy McCain never ever vote for Trump. Understand the comment was uncalled for. Yet I did not vote either but now back him per he has helped this country per JOBS back here and a rebuild of our military though he is attacked by a few old Generals who just could not take orders . One just happens to have out a book. This whole protest is a set up sorry and yes as caring people we know that policeman was horrible in what he did and like to know why for a $20 bogus bill. See how this so called protest was rioters tearing down black businesses did not care per they are what the police fight daily. Guess wait for your door to be busted down and then see what Police can do ? Nothing now. I would hand in my notice now. Gov if you can figure this out and know the truth of who are these now in our Congress and step back for their lobbyist and who made money all these years after our millions of jobs went overseas even for many blacks. We let in millions of illegals ask why when we had a bad economy during the 2008 sub prime ? We paid their food stamps, used our ER that we pay high cost of insurance. Not their fault they were allowed ? So know the facts not the made up this is what happened. We are not being told the whole truth wonder on both sides anymore. YES, I Want my POLICE.

  • Rodney Salisbury

    06/08/2020 05:16 PM

    Treason Charges and the death Penalty for the most egregious act against an duly elected president and the American people that voted for him!

  • Don

    06/08/2020 05:12 PM

    lindsey graham ALWAYS runs in to a road block before he can, as he always says on tv, (get to the
    bottom of it)... lindsey and trey gowdy have the same track record on holding anyone of the dimms,fbi,doj,intelligence agencies accountable..

  • Cheryl Breon

    06/08/2020 05:10 PM

    Hey. Great article as usual. Just wanted to let you know that I know one of your former parishioners from Arizona days when you were her pastor. I sent her this newsletter so she can subscribe. She has nothing but praise for you for that time. My husband and I could only say, "yea, well, we met him in a bookstore" deal, right? She's my massage therapist now.

  • Jerry

    06/08/2020 05:08 PM

    With all the talk of getting rid of police defunding them, what is the answer to less or no police, what are the gains of having no police? Does the funds go into a program that has not been created or does it go into a program that teaches people to disrespect police when questioned? We see a lot of that, or are the funds used to teach citizens to run when ordered to stop by police, or do you need to fund junkies and pay for needles to use on the streets or to fund programs to teach citizens to sell drugs or use drugs and go out and commit crimes against other citizens it seems like you better dig into china"s Communist Party or the Mexican Cartel pockets for more money defunding the police department won't be enough the reason the police departments are working so hard the programs are sending well trained participants onto America's Urban streets. Most streets are 2 way; in Minneapolis it looks all the streets go one way. In Minneapolis All its citizens are angels and all the police are devils. Not open for discussion by order of the Minneapolis city counsel.