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October 17, 2022
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BY MIKE HUCKABEE

Blessings on you and your family from all the Huckabee staff! Thank you for subscribing and I hope you enjoy today’s newsletter. There is no Evening Edition today.

With gratitude,

Mike


DAILY BIBLE VERSE

16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

Proverbs 18:16



More on the Biden-OPEC story

Here's an update on last week’s story by the Wall Street Journal that President Biden pressured the Saudis to get OPEC+ to delay cutting oil production until next month's elections, to keep higher gas prices from hurting Democrats any worse than they already are.

https://www.westernjournal.com/saudi-arabia-makes-huge-claim-biden-put-table-begging-opec/

The Saudi government confirmed that Biden wanted them to delay the production cut for a month. They claim their refusal was based on world economic conditions and was “not politically motivated” against the US. Meanwhile, an Administration official denied that Biden’s attempt to delay the cut for one month was politically motivated, saying, “It’s categorically false to connect this to U.S. elections. It’s about the impact of this shortsighted decision to the global economy.”

I feel I should mention that the impact would be pretty much the same whether it was done now or a month from now, but when Biden couldn’t stop it, he tried to delay it by one month. And just hours after the Saudis’ announcement, Biden announced that he’d be releasing more oil from our depleted Strategic Petroleum Reserve – through October.

So either he’s very concerned about people not being able to afford gas to go trick-or-treating, or he’s a lot more worried about the price of gas before early November than after early November. Why, if it has nothing to do with the elections? I guess it’s just a mystery we’ll never solve.



Kanye West (“Ye”) to buy Parler

I guess billionaire rapper and fashion mogul Kanye West (“Ye”) didn’t want to wait to see if Elon Musk is serious about restoring free speech to Twitter. Just days after being kicked off of Twitter, Ye has struck a deal to buy the free speech social media site Parler. In a statement, Ye said "In a world where conservative opinions are considered to be controversial, we have to make sure we have the right to freely express ourselves," and that he will make sure Parler users are “uncancelable.”

https://www.foxbusiness.com/entertainment/kanye-west-buy-parler-vows-make-conservative-opinions-uncancelable

The CEO of Parler’s parent company, George Farmer, said this deal will “change the way the world thinks about free speech. Ye is making a groundbreaking move into the free speech media space and will never have to fear being removed from social media again. Once again, Ye proves that he is one step ahead of the legacy media narrative.”

On the other hand, I wish he weren’t associating conservatism and free speech with the type of statements that we need free speech to counter.

https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2022/10/16/kanye-west-attacks-jewish-media-jewish-control-black-voice-latest-antisemitic-rant/

Personally, I’m not crazy about seeing so many outlets bought by billionaires, but they’ve brought it on themselves by targeting and driving away half their customer base. Ideally, these companies would renounce politics and work to serve customers and maximize shareholder profits. If that fails, then someone should launch a competing service to take their customers away from them, as Parler did, and as Gabpay is doing to Paypal.

Having free speech-supporting billionaires buy them is far from an ideal solution. But maybe it beats having your speech monitored by a leftist UC-Berkeley grad with a nose ring and a snotty attitude.


Self-Revealing Democrats

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was on ABC News’ “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” on Sunday, and he said something that caused the partisans on the show’s staff to reveal their true selves on national TV.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2022/10/16/abc-panel-erupts-into-chaos-after-chris-christie-dismantles-the-credibility-of-jan-6-committee-n644093

Christie said quite correctly that many Republicans don’t consider the House January 6th Committee legitimate because of the way the members were chosen and because they make accusations but don’t allow anyone to give the other side. That set off outrage from host George Stephanopoulos, who declared that there was “no other side,” and panelist Donna Brazile, who was so enraged, she started shouting and barely let Christie get a word out. He did finally get a chance to speak and destroyed their emotional arguments with facts.

Here’s why I love this: they’re outraged at the suggestion that the Committee is biased or refuses to let the other side talk. So outraged that when Christie tried to give the other side, he was shouted down by “professional journalist” and former Bill Clinton campaign advisor/White House communications director George Stephanopoulos…and “ABC News” panelist and former acting chair of the Democratic National Committee, Donna Brazile.

Thanks for that perfect illustration of how unbiased our institutions are, and how they’d never try to suppress the free speech of people who disagree with them.


Before Danchenko verdict, let's "TALK" (you'll see what I mean)

By the time you read this, a verdict might already be in for the Igor Danchenko case. Witness testimony has concluded, and essentially all that’s left are closing statements and jury deliberations. But this verdict is almost inconsequential compared to what we’ve learned about how the FBI was handling its investigation into Trump’s alleged –- no, fabricated –- “collusion” with Russia. It was thoroughly shameful, and they obviously did it to affect the outcome of the 2016 election. When that, to their shock, didn’t defeat him, they continued the sham, to tie the President’s hands with endless accusations and investigations.

Why else would the top echelon at the FBI and other intel agencies spend so much of their time, energy and resources on this? They were ready to hand Christopher Steele $1 million –- hey, it’s just taxpayer money –- if he could provide...something, anything...to verify the dossier, but he couldn’t, even with that amazing financial inducement, because it was fake and he knew it. So, what then?? They used it anyway in their warrant applications to the FISA Court, swearing it was verified when they knew it wasn’t. In doing this, they also were working in collaboration with the Clinton campaign, which had funded Steele’s dossier. Unbelievable.

Of course, we also know that the FBI interfered in 2020 as well, by enlisting social media and major news outlets to suppress the very real Hunter Biden laptop story. That’s separate from the Danchenko case, but still shameful. By the way, network executives are still pathetically trying to defend their decision not to cover the laptop story. For when you have time, Jonathan Turley has a great column on that.

https://jonathanturley.org/2022/10/16/he-was-not-arrested-former-cnn-and-msnbc-bosses-struggle-to-justify-burying-hunter-biden-story/#more-195301

And today, the FBI is at it again, after being weaponized by the DOJ to target law-abiding parents and grandmothers as “domestic terrorists.” Gregg Jarrett, speaking on Sunday with Steve Hilton on FOX NEWS’ “The Next Revolution,” said, “When the law enforcers become the law breakers, reverence for the rule of law is lost, and it breeds contempt in a democracy. I agree wholeheartedly: the FBI needs to be abandoned –- it needs to be torn up top to bottom and reconstituted into something that actually abides by the original principles of neutrality in upholding the rule of law.”

Which leads us back to the Danchenko trial and what it reveals. Legal analyst Margot Cleveland has flagged something that, to her, is even more serious than the use of an uncorroborated dossier: the DOJ’s deceptive framing of Christopher Steele’s network of sources as connected to his prior work with British intelligence. This, she said, is because “the higher-ups who authorized the inclusion of this detail in the final revision of the application knew a FISA warrant would likely be denied without the misrepresentation.”

Cleveland offers a clear summary of the testimony of FBI supervisory intelligence analyst Brian Auten, who led the analysts working on Crossfire Hurricane. Readers of this newsletter will know most of the details, but relative to the charges against Danchenko, Auten testified that Danchenko told the FBI multiple times that he’d received a phone call from someone he believed to be Sergei Millian that provided supposed intel about the Trump campaign’s Russia connections. (This is where Danchenko allegedly lied; more on that later.) Information supposedly from that call-that-didn’t-happen was provided by Danchenko to Steele and ended up in the dossier.

“With Danchenko being the main source for Steele’s dossier,” Cleveland writes, “that testimony strengthened the government’s case that Danchenko’s alleged lies naturally affected the FBI’s investigation.”

But she goes on to explain why the FBI’s effort to mislead the FISA court about the quality of Steele’s network was, believe it or not, even worse than the use of unverified material. (They’re both so serious, I’d call it a tie.) This was a last-minute addition to the first FISA application that lent Steele’s work credibility by falsely implying that he and his sources were with British spy agency MI6. Agents got their FISA approval the very next day. In reality, no one in Steele’s source network was connected to British intelligence, and the Crossfire Hurricane team knew that. Steele was a former spook who had his own private company, Orbis. Danchenko and Dolan were connected to the Brookings Institution, headed by Clinton crony Strobe Talbott. (All roads lead back to Hillary.)

https://thefederalist.com/2022/10/14/why-the-fbis-last-minute-change-to-a-fisa-application-is-worse-than-using-unverified-steele-dossier/

Auten also testified that Danchenko had denied “talking” with (Democrat operative and Clinton family friend) Charles Dolan about anything in the dossier. That was the basis for one of the five charges against Danchenko, because Dolan was Danchenko’s source for material Steele put in the dossier.. How could they NOT have talked?

Well, U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga –- who, interestingly, is also a FISA Court judge –- dropped that one charge on Friday, saying it was “too weak” to send to the jury. Get ready, and I’ll quote the NEW YORK POST as it explains the problem with this particular count of lying to the FBI: “Judge Trenga agreed with Danchenko’s defense team that the defendant did not ‘literally’ talk to Dolan about anything in the dossier, but that he rather COMMUNICATED OVER EMAIL [emphasis ours] about claims that ended up in the Democrat-funded anti-Trump report. Because the email exchange was written, it did not meet the standard of the word “talked,” the judge ruled. “That the FBI wanted to obtain as much information as possible doesn’t change the meaning of the words used. Here, the government has not presented any evidence that Mr. Danchenko understood the word ‘talk’ to mean more than the standard accepted meaning.”

I am not kidding. TECHNICALLY, it wasn’t a lie, the judge is saying, because Danchenko did not, in fact, TALK with Dolan. He communicated through EMAIL. As far as this trial is concerned,, Danchenko was telling the truth when he denied talking with Dolan!

https://nypost.com/2022/10/14/judge-in-durham-trial-drops-igor-danchenko-steele-dossier-charge/

We decided to look up the word “talk,” first in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. The first definition is “to express or exchange ideas by means of spoken words.” Okay, but the second definition, still very commonly used, is “to convey information or communicate in any way (as with signs or sounds).” Or, I would assume, keystrokes. We talk to each online all the time, and we all very typically describe it that way. I’m talking to you right now.

Another definition, kind of funny in this context, is “to reveal secret or confidential information.” Oh, like gossipy stuff about a presidential candidate? In that sense, they certainly did “talk.”

Judge Trenga saying “emailing” is not “talking” is uncomfortably like Bill Clinton splitting hairs about what the meaning of the word “is” is. I was going to joke about them perhaps going to the same law school, but it turns out they didn’t.

If you'd like to take a deeper dive into the trial, here's an excellent summary of much of the testimony from TechnoFog.  It's all fascinating, but read in the transcript how, on Day 3, Durham masterfully pins down witness Kevin Helson of the DC Field Office, who was Danchenko's FBI "handler" after Danchenko was made a "confidential human source."  Durham skewers him --- and the FBI --- into shish kabob.
Finally, Devin Nunes appeared with Maria Bartiromo on SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES to offer even more details of what was revealed at trial, some of which had never been turned over to the House Intel Committee though it had been under subpoena.  He also asks why Durham is "trying" the FBI/DOJ in this indirect way instead of bringing charges against those at the top?  Is AG Merrick Garland preventing him from doing that, or what?

The DOJ is pushing for more from SCOTUS

After the Supreme Court refused to intervene in the FBI raid on former President Trump’s home, the Biden DOJ is really feeling its oats. They're petitioning the SCOTUS to eliminate entirely the special master appointed by a lower court judge to review the seized documents and protect Trump’s rights.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2022/10/15/doj-appeals-special-master-ruling-n2614567

Hardly a surprise that they want to be allowed to act against Trump with complete impunity. Trump’s team will file a response by November 10th. We’ll have more on this next week, but until then, Matt Vespa at Townhall.com has the latest info.

 



 
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  • Sue Ramilo

    10/20/2022 05:28 PM

    Hi, First I want to say I love your newsletters.
    The reason I am writing is I noticed this week, Oct 18, 2022 that almost every day there is another story about a young man dropping dead. One was singing, several were sleeping and never woke up. Some in army basic, some in sports. The one question none of stories mention, is we’re the vaccinatied? That has to be the elephant in the room.
    Also how many people in prison who got the jab, have died? Or did they just let them out so they could keel over on the street ?
    Can you have your research department check it out?
    I pray there is not story here, but I won’t hold my breath.
    Thanks for all you do to keep us informed
    Sue Ramio

  • Patrick Canan

    10/19/2022 10:53 AM

    It's important to remember that it was the Washington Free Beacon that first hired Fusion GPS to search for dirt on Trump, and it was only after they decided to support Trump that Hillary took it up. Am I wrong that the Steele Dossier wasn't made public until December 2016? That kind-of blunted any impact on the election.
    Good for Durham for finding the instances of FBI overreach, and for Mueller for uncovering the cooperation between Manafort and others with Russian operatives. If the contention is that there should have been no FBI follow-up to the suspicions about Trump campaign collusion, then Hunter Biden needs to be let off the hook.
    I think you and I agree that Hunter DOES need investigation and, by the same logic, we should agree that the Trump campaign of 2016 did as well. If law enforcement only followed clues they knew to be true, they wouldn't solve many crimes.

  • Jerry

    10/19/2022 09:38 AM

    This upcoming elections are for the survival of our elementary students today what type of life will they have if socialism takes a stronghold with a win, the Obama Biden wanted change although never said aloud their dream of a communist takeover is on the horizon if this election goes biden and Obama way freedoms and prosperity will be gone as it is happening today

  • Jerry

    10/19/2022 09:06 AM

    Americans had let federal and state governments into their private life and one wonders way life has become such a struggle look today a one party federal government has caused so much disaster into our energy sector the main aspects of our economy the last president election has shown what a disaster what government can do in a short amount of time the 2020 election will go down as proof the education system has defeated America as ignorance is at its peak today I am hopeful disaster can help educate in time for the oncoming nov8 elections

  • Paul Schaber

    10/19/2022 08:33 AM

    The fix us in. Durham had to fight with one hand tied behind his back and the jury was a total kangaroo court. I feel that Hunter will NEVER BE convicted due to the fact if he goes down, PAPA JOE will all of sudden come up with a dementia and turn over this entire mess to Kamala and she will be gone not long after Joe comes up with Dementia too.

  • James Drury Jr.

    10/18/2022 07:38 PM

    Thanks Mike & Staff!

  • Annette Dzwonczyk

    10/18/2022 05:06 PM

    I find your newsletter Uplifting and informative. But also it reads the way your delivery on your t.v. show, which I have been missing for several months due to moving for health issues. Information and tags to do my own due diligents. God Bless and carry on :)

  • Paul Kern

    10/18/2022 04:22 PM

    I wonder what the Left's October surprise will be. Ready a lot of insanity coming from the ice cream man and his overlords! Declare war?

  • David N Polister

    10/18/2022 02:26 PM

    This looks about the same as from the evening edition yesterday.

  • Joseph D Hedrick

    10/17/2022 05:03 PM

    Governor Huckabee
    Why is it we still talk about (Before Danchenko verdict, let's "TALK" (you'll see what I mean) when we all know that no one and I mean no one is ever going to see the inside of a jail that had anything to do with this whole deal that you talk about in that article.

    The only one that is going to go to jail is former president Trump if the FBI & DOJ have anything to do with it and the Supreme Court is letting them get away with it and some were Trump appointees, go figure.

    The crook's are in the Hen House and there is no one protecting it! If something isn't done and pretty soon all of us are going to be in the same situation including me and you!

    Stay safe and God bless.