August 10, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
MUST-READ: NEW INFO ON SMEAR OF FLYNN AND CARTER PAGE
We’ve always said there would be a few previously-obscure names suddenly providing a whole new avenue of investigation and insight into "Crossfire Hurricane." As of Sunday, the name “Steven Schrage” is one of those. And, yes, he HAS talked with U.S. Attorney John Durham and says he told Durham a couple of weeks ago that he now feels he must go public.
He has put together a first installment, called “The spies who hijacked America,” intended as a “preview” of what he’ll tell over the next several weeks. For when you have time later --- it’s extremely long but undoubtedly a MUST-READ --- here’s the link.
Schrage’s Ph.D. supervisor was Stefan Halper, whom we know was also an FBI confidential human source (SPY) known as “the Walrus.” Schrage decided to come forward ahead of the full Michael Flynn hearing because he felt the various investigations into Flynn's case had not progressed as they should have. In other words, he’s concerned about how long it’s taking.
"So, I think there’s a lot of people trying to cover the tracks of what happened to start this thing,” he told Maria Bartiromo on SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES, and I think that’s why it’s so critical that we get to the bottom of it.” Sad to say, he includes "quite a few Republicans” in that group.
"This shouldn’t be political, about Democrats and Republicans,” he said he told Durham. “This is about officials undermining our democracy, and it needs to be known long before the election.”
Schrage is in a position to shed light on the targeting of Carter Page, which ignited the FBI’s “Trump/Russia” investigation. Page first met Stefan Halper at an overseas conference at Cambridge University in July 2016. It was three months later that the FBI, after accusing Page in its FISA application of being a Russian agent, got a warrant to spy on him. (As we've noted, this warrant gave them a window into Trump's campaign and even to Trump himself, as it allowed them to go BACK IN TIME through Page’s communications to pick up other people connected to him.)
Schrage is the person who introduced Page to Halper while Page was at Cambridge for the conference.
He was then working for Halper as part of his Ph.D. candidacy at Cambridge; he told Maria he had “a long background working on crime and terrorism with the White House and Congress” and had started work on this Ph.D. years earlier at Harvard. He was looking at presidential campaigns from the standpoint of the risks to national security but “had no idea that it would blow up into this.”
Looks to me as though he found a whole new risk to national security --- not one posed by a foreign country infiltrating a campaign, but by our own FBI. He might have a whole new topic for his dissertation now!
Anyway, he said it was when Halper and Christopher Steele’s former MI-6 boss Sir Richard Dearlove (you know that name if you’ve read Lee Smith’s book THE PLOT AGAINST THE PRESIDENT) crossed paths with Page that Halper zeroed in. “At that point,” Schrage said, Halper “seemed to really focus on Page...isolate him, and kind of ingratiate himself with the Trump campaign, in ways that seemed like a real turning point.” To Schrage’s “surprise,” the Trump campaign started being characterized as a national security threat, and that narrative “took off.”
Schrage described the way Page ended up at Cambridge talking to Halper as “a comedy of errors rivaling ‘Dumb and Dumber.’” Ironically, because Schrage had “a Republican background,” he'd wanted the conference to be “balanced,” he said. If they were going to include, say, Madeleine Albright, they should also have a Trump representative.
(Not to inject any confusion here, but in 2019, Devin Nunes, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, included Schrage in the suspicious group of individuals who should be investigated for their roles in getting Page to Cambridge Don't know if that has changed, but here's the story.)
Here’s another example of suspicion being cast onto Schrage.
Anyway, Schrage told Bartiromo they were looking for someone specifically to represent the Trump campaign, and that role sort of “fell into his [Page’s] lap," adding he didn’t think Halper even knew Page was coming “until I emailed him.”
To put this into a timeline, a few weeks previously, Christopher Steele had been hired by Fusion GPS.
Maria asked Schrage about Halper’s work in 2016 for the Office of Net Assessments (ONA), which paid him six-figure sums ostensibly for four reports on Russia and China, and how the timing of one big payment seemed to correspond with the start of wiretapping Page. Schrage said he’d never heard of such massive payments for that type of work “in an academic setting.”
He also thought it odd that after Page was smeared as a Russian agent, Halper thanked him profusely for introducing them. Then, in 2018, Schrage heard about the massive payments Halper got while Page was being surveilled, and it made sense.
"All these tentacles” lead back to the same little group, he said: Steele, Halper, Halper’s handler at the FBI. Significantly, no one at the Senate has subpoenaed these people, in four years.
This apparently is one reason why he feels REPUBLICANS have a role in protecting them. “How are we at a point so close to the election, and with Flynn’s hearing coming up, that no one has called these people and gotten to the bottom of this?”
Schrage, who recorded his conversations with Halper routinely as part of his studies, has a recording from January 10, 2017, five days after the infamous Oval Office meeting about Flynn and two days before the WASHINGTON POST leak about Flynn being investigated for Logan Act violations. (Halper and one of his students both had WAPO connections.) Schrage had previously told Halper that Flynn was extremely close with President-elect Trump. Even so, Halper seemed to know...somehow...that Flynn would be gone soon.
Halper: “If you go to the NSC, you have to consider very carefully if you feel it’s appropriate for you to work for Flynn. I don’t think Flynn’s going to be around long. That’s just my guess. The way these things work, you inevitably find yourself at odds with someone...probably lots of people. And...when people [who] oppose you are looking for ways of exerting pressure, they go to people that they know you’re at odds with. And that’s how it builds and then eventually you get squeezed pretty hard.”
He continues: “But Flynn’s reaction to that is to blow up and get angry...I mean, I don’t know where he goes from there. But that is his reaction. That’s why he’s so unsuitable.”
It seems to me that one reason Schrage might go public now is that he knows the Durham report is bad and wants to make sure he's not implicated by anyone in the scheme to use Page. But even if he did come forward out of self-interest, he has a detailed story to tell, with more coming soon.
MSNBC host Craig Melvin made the mistake of asking African-American Georgia Democratic State Rep. Vernon Jones if he was being paid to support President Trump’s reelection. Click the link to hear Rep. Jones’ outraged reaction to that condescending, racist assumption, which Melvin tried to quiet with no success. It’s a thing of beauty.
Maybe every Republican who goes on MSNBC (if there are any) should start asking the hosts if someone is paying them to help get Joe Biden elected. But then, of course, someone is: MSNBC.
Incidentally, if you’d like to see an interview with Rep. Jones where the host respects his guest’s right to come to his own conclusions about political issues, here’s one from a recent episode of “Huckabee” on TBN.
Last week, Sen. Diane Feinstein cautioned against holding China responsible for the Chinese virus pandemic and lectured us that China “is growing into a respectable nation.”
I’m sure that came as news to the people of Hong Kong, as well as all the people infected worldwide thanks to the Chinese government’s self-serving secrecy and lies about the disease (and to her fellow Senators, whom I notice were all sitting at least six feet apart.) But then again, perhaps she’s right about China being a respectable and trustworthy partner. After all, maybe she got that information straight from her chauffeur.
PRESIDENT TRUMP'S APPROVAL RATING
I always urge people not to pay attention to any polls this far out. But since the media are pointing to polls with Biden in the lead to practically declare him President already (and poor Joe might believe it), I think it’s only fair to use this poll to pour a little castor oil into their Kool-Aid.
A stunning daily tracking survey last week by Rasmussen Reports found that President Trump’s approval rating has risen to 51% (at this point in his first term, Obama was at 44%.) But that’s not the most jaw-dropping part. Trump’s approval rating is 49% among whites, 48% among blacks and 63% among other non-white minorities. How is this possible with all the bad news he’s dealing with, like the coronavirus, the economic shutdown and the riots?
I’m sure the media will dismiss this as an outlier, and maybe it is. They’ll claim that Rasmussen is unreliable, even though it was one of the most accurate polls in 2016. And it would not be wise for Republicans to put too much faith in it. Still…maybe this poll is picking up early trends that tend to form as people start paying more attention to the election. Maybe it’s different from the other polls because they are just so inaccurate. This is a poll of likely voters, not “adults” or “registered voters” or “whoever was actually willing to answer the phone,” like those pro-Biden polls.
Or maybe people just aren’t swallowing the efforts by the media and the Democrats (but I repeat myself) to blame Trump for a virus unleashed by China or for far-left radicals burning down Democrat-run cities. Maybe they see through all that and realize that Trump was creating record jobs and rising wages for all races before the coronavirus hit, and that he’s far more likely to get the economy running again than the people who kept it sputtering for eight years under Obama, and now insist that China isn’t a threat and we need to keep everything shut down even longer.
Or maybe minorities realize that Trump has done more for them in three years than the Democrats have in decades; that Democrats have let their neighborhoods burn and shielded the arsonists and gangsters while taking away their police protection; and that the only argument they have to keep voting for them is that they’ll call you a racist or say you “ain't really black” if you don’t.
Or maybe the poll is entirely wrong, and there’s nothing to see here. I hope the Democrats believe that, and I hope that Republicans just keep working toward the election as if they believe that.
"THREE FINGERS POINTING BACK AT YOU"
Rep. James Clyburn declared, “I feel very strongly that (Trump) is Mussolini, Putin and Hitler.”
Note that he said this openly, with no fear of reprisals, on CNN, a national TV network that condemns everything Trump does and says 24/7/365 with no fear of reprisals – just like what would happen under Mussolini, Putin or Hitler!
The big question isn’t “Does anyone actually listen to these people?” It’s “Do these people even listen to themselves?”
If anyone does listen, they might notice that Clyburn’s “reasons” why Trump is a dictator – that he won’t support the peaceful transfer of power, doesn’t plan on having fair elections, and hopes to create an emergency as an argument for his party to be in power – describe precisely what his own party has been doing since Election Night, 2016. And even earlier, if you count Obama’s illegal plot to weaponize the intelligence agencies to spy on the political opposition and frame them as enemy agents. You know, like Stalin would have.
RIP TO AMERICA'S GRANDPA, WILFRED BRIMLEY
By Pat Reeder, “Huckabee” pop culture guru
We’re sad to report that veteran character actor Wilfred Brimley died last week in Utah at 85 from several ongoing medical issues.
Instantly recognizable by his gruff voice and iconic walrus mustache, Brimley played many roles in movies and TV over the years, from “The Waltons” to “Seinfeld,” and from menacing villains in films like “The Firm” to crusty but loveable grandpas in movies like “The Natural” and “Cocoon.” He was famous as a commercial pitchman for Quaker Oats and for PSAs for diabetes (or as he called it, “die-a-beetus.”) He was also active on social media, interacting with fans and poking fun at his image, such as suggesting his pro wrestler name might be “The Under-Quaker” or the “DIE-a-BEASTUS.”
Here’s a bit of surprising trivia: like Cliff “Charley Weaver” Arquette, Brimley began playing old coots when he was still relatively young and aged into the part. Brace yourself: when he played the retired grandpa in “Cocoon” in 1985, Brimley was 51. As a blogger friend of mine noted, Tom “Still Doing His Own Insane Stunts” Cruise is 58.
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