The timing of Bill Barr’s announcement was curious.

Over the weekend, it became clear even to those of us without a security clearance that President Obama was involved in the surveillance of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. He had to be. We know through Sally Yates’ testimony that on January 5, 2017, with just a couple of weeks left in office, Obama already knew all about the incoming national security adviser’s call with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. He and then-FBI Director James Comey had a conversation about it while Yates just stood there, amazed.

And that call wasn’t “unmasked,” as has wrongly been reported over and over. Now that the complete list of unmasking requests has been declassified and turned over by acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell, we know there was no such request that would have applied to that particular call before January 5.

It means either that the CIA had been spying on Flynn, Obama’s most serious political nemesis, when he was in the Dominican Republic and somebody had briefed Obama on the call with Kislyak, or that Obama himself, as President, had ordered Flynn surveilled. IG Horowitz has testified that there was no FISA warrant on Flynn, so, really, what else is left?

Over the past several days, we’ve examined other evidence as well –- the Strzok/Page texts, for example --- that shows Obama was well aware this was going on. HE DID IT.

But now, just as we’ve seen the evidence and are able to put it together for ourselves, we hear from Attorney General Bill Barr, as reported in Law and Crime and discussed in this commentary by Victoria Taft, that the DOJ is “unlikely” to charge either Obama or Biden in the get-Trump spying scandal.

We have a lot to sort out. Unlikely to charge them?? Why would he say that at this particular time? Keep in mind, this is the same Bill Barr who called the “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation “a grave injustice, unprecedented in American history.” The same Bill Barr who said the “Russian collusion” narrative used as a pretext for investigating Trump was “false and utterly baseless.” The same Bill Barr who called the spying operation “abhorrent.” The same Bill Barr who said there were “two different standards of justice” and that “we can’t allow this to ever happen again.”

"The Durham investigation is trying to get to the bottom of what happened,” he says simply.

Here’s what Barr had to say when the IG report on the spying came out. It was scathing.

Barr seems to want to safeguard the upcoming November elections from any consideration of this scandal, saying it’s “critical” that in 2020 the American people have a chance to vote based on “robust” policy debate –- not criminal debate. And he said he wouldn’t use his office for a political “tit for tat.”

Hey, if we’re going to have a “robust policy debate,” how about debating the policy that apparently lets an outgoing President spy on the incoming one?

And note that one of the people Barr is talking about, the former Vice President, happens to be running against the very incumbent they were trying to sabotage.

I realize that only in banana republics are incoming presidents allowed to subject outgoing presidents to criminal trial. But we’ve had a situation in which an outgoing president subjected the advisor of an incoming president to criminal trial. How is that better? We are way into banana republic territory here.

I guess that’s just part of the wonderful “Obama Legacy” we’ve heard so much about.

As Pete Hegseth commented on Sean Hannity’s TV show Monday night, “[Obama] called himself ‘the least corrupt administration in American history. He will go down as the most corrupt. And I believe that John Durham and Bill Barr are gonna get their day. They’re digging, they’re finding, the truth will come out, and...this President [Trump] will be exonerated for being someone who fights for people...Obama fights for the elite and the establishment…Their corruption will be some of the worst our country has ever seen.”

But there’s a terrible irony, as it does seem that Barr, in trying to save our system of justice from politics, is, in effect, caving to the politicized “two systems” that were a reality under Obama.

No President is above the law. How do we know this? Because Trump’s political opponents have been saying it nonstop since he took office –- since even before he took office. But when it comes to Obama, well, THAT President does seem to be above the law. Just as Hillary was.

"I have a general idea of how Mr. Durham’s investigation is going,” Barr said. “THERE’S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ABUSE OF POWER AND A FEDERAL CRIME” [emphasis mine]. Not every abuse of power, no matter how outrageous, is necessarily a federal crime. Now, as to President Obama and Vice President Biden, WHATEVER THEIR LEVEL OF INVOLVEMENT [emphasis mine], I don’t expect Mr. Durham’s work will lead to a criminal investigation of either man. Our concern over potential criminality is focused on others.”

When he says “others,” we know the big names: James Comey, John Brennan, and Andrew McCabe, for starters. But what if there’s proof they were directed by Obama?

By the way, did you know that there was an unmasking request made the very morning of Trump’s inauguration? Trey Gowdy dropped this last Thursday in a discussion of other such requests. He said that even the names of President Trump’s family members were unmasked.

I’m sorry, but this sort of thing SHOULD be part of a policy debate, and before an election as opposed to after. When is abuse of power criminal? Who is criminally responsible?

Legal analyst Andrew C. McCarthy never expected criminal charges against Obama and/or Biden. He noted in recent weeks that Barr had said the subjects of the Durham investigation were not candidates for public office. He said Barr’s goal is “to get the politics out of the Justice Department and the Justice Department out of politics.” I’m sorry, but the very decision not to make elected leaders criminally responsible for their deeds, in itself, affects politics. The left will have a field day with this; they’ll twist it and weave it into their false narrative that Obama did nothing wrong and that to think otherwise (as Trump does) is to be a wild-eyed conspiracy theorist incapable of leading. They’ll be saying this right up to Election Day.

McCarthy’s piece provides us with some insight into Barr’s thinking; I recommend that you read it, down to the last confounding line. Obviously, neither Barr nor McCarthy wants the criminal justice system to be used as a political weapon. After all, that’s what Obama’s side did, and we oppose it because it’s wrong.

But I don’t think a political weapon is what most Republicans are looking for when we’re thinking indictments should come. We don’t want “tit for tat”; we want JUSTICE. The attorney general did say that “those who broke the law...will be held to account.” But today, I wonder.

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  • Emily Woodfin

    05/24/2020 09:52 AM

    I love Bill Barr, & want to believe he will hold these criminals accountable. I truly think his life is being threatened, & am beginning to worry nothing will be done for the evil Lefts actions.

  • Lenore Churchwell

    05/21/2020 10:00 PM

    While the Constitution makes no mention of political parties, it does call for elections that enable the peaceful transition of power between factions. The Trump administration has been the target of spying, deceit and sabotage that began during the campaign and continue til this very day. If those responsible are not held accountable, then we not only have a justice system with a double standard, but a Constitution that is no longer viable and our country is in a downward spin. As a citizen, I am outraged by the behavior of those who are supported by taxpayers to uphold the law but are instead using the law as a political weapon in an attempt to take down a duly elected president.

  • Bunny Watts

    05/21/2020 05:58 PM

    And, WE THE PEOPLE can't do a thing about it. That is so frustrating!!! If someone like me, a 92 year old woman, did only a tiny bit of what HC has done, I would be so far back in prison you couldn't even find me. Same with Obama. He is still trying to do awful things. It's a pretty sure bet that he will get away with it!! The "law" seems to be afraid of him. WHY??? I say charge the crook, lock him up and forget he's there for about a hundred years!!!

  • Donna Rounds

    05/21/2020 07:52 AM

    Dear Governor
    My take on this is it's a false flag -- not to preserve the election, although that is a consideration. Let Obama and Biden think that they are home free, untouchable, while gathering more evidence against them. I also believe they don't want to deal with civil unrest at this time. Right now those in Obama's administration are being questioned on criminal charges which will lead to trials in a Federal court. They don't want Obama in a Federal court where he can slither out of any charges, continually postpone testimony, etc., especially if it's presided over by a judge he or Clinton appointed.
    When, not if, but when Obama is charged it will be for Treason and he will be arrested and tried by the Military . He won't have his fancy lawyers putting in motions to stall as the Military will appoint him an attorney. He will be accused, disgraced and be sentenced. Plus lose his Presidency, and all his appointments and "accomplishments" will be reversed. Be patient. God is in control.
    That's my perspective on this whole thing.

  • Jay Johnson

    05/20/2020 10:14 PM

    Just curious as to how many of the others that Barr and Durham are investigating have what it takes to "fall on their sword" and not name Obama or Biden even if it means a lighter sentence? The difference between a life sentence and a lighter sentence may make some consider jumping ship. Maybe they don't have to after them, their names may just turn up!

  • Kirk Rushing

    05/20/2020 08:55 PM

    Great article but Governor, if you are “wondering “, what are we going to do. I think when all this comes out, Obama and Biden will just go to their appropriate places to hide in and will become irrelevant until history takes them out. I really want justice for all the rest of the “underlings”! I want those smug faces turned into expressions of disbelief just like they’ve done to General Flynn.

  • Donna White

    05/20/2020 07:00 PM

    I hope Bill Barr and Durham read this..... it is spot on. This travesty on President Trump and the American people should come out be debated.
    I pray the Deep State did not get to AG Barr...

  • Edith Ranta

    05/20/2020 06:57 PM

    It's tiresome to see these guys get AWAY with the INJUSTICE that has been observed throughout this administration, ONLY DEMOCRATS can get AWAY with such lawlessness, why?
    Who are all the players connected to? Just like the JUDGE in FLYNN'S trial.

  • Judith J Lachner

    05/20/2020 04:43 PM



    05/20/2020 03:49 PM

    If they file charges against the big names, James Comey, John Brennan, and Andrew McCabe, etc., do you think that they might just rat on Obama and Biden as a way to reduce the charges or sentences against them? Is that what Mr. Barr is counting on?

  • Jeanne Osterhout

    05/20/2020 02:51 PM

    I pray that what is really going on is that ANOTHER investigation will be launched without fanfare into the Obama/Biden culpability and abuse of power. And AG Barr's statements are an effort not to tip his hand and have these two go to even greater lengths to hide their misdeeds.
    This is warfare (spiritual and political). Trusting God that at just the right time, justice will prevail and American voters will vote with discernment! (And the liberals will be thwarted in their efforts to cheat in the elections.)

  • Shirley Preston

    05/20/2020 02:44 PM

    I was extremely distrubed with Mr. Barr's decision concerning Obama and Biden. These two men commited a crime against our incoming President and his family. This was a very bad decision and I hope he will re-consider.

    These two as well as Hillary have cimmitted crimes and justice need to be served.

  • Kathleen Mounger

    05/20/2020 02:42 PM

    Thank you so much Mr. said it all..I would like to see Pres. Trump fire Barr...I believed he would bring JUSTICE..Pres. Trump has never really had anyone watching his back. But this is really bigger than just Pres. in our justice dept. is eroding...

  • Linda Miller

    05/20/2020 02:05 PM

    I am a Citizen of the United States of America. I do not think it is right that we as American are treated differently than the Members of Washington DC that hold a office with our Government. If they have committed a crime they should be treated exactly like one of us would be treated. Arrested, Jailed and Prosecuted. Why do you think you are better than the People that pay your Salaries?

  • Emily Warga

    05/20/2020 01:18 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, this is insane. Does the deep state have a grip on everyone, including Barr? Durham? I don’t get it!
    If there’s a crime, and there was; how do we fix it do it so it doesn’t happen ever again? If the guilty are not held accountable and punished; it will continue to happen. If the ones who created this gross injustice and those who participated, are never punished? This is America, isn’t it. We’re not China, NOKO. Venezuela, or Iran. We have a Constitution and laws. Why don’t the democrats have to abide by them? Or, is it foolish for a Christian conservative to ask? Someone help us and do something right, I (we) need answers now! Lord, intervene for Your people and bring justice to these criminals who have grossly invaded our justice system and our government in Jesus’ name, amen. ????????

  • Lynn Thomas

    05/20/2020 12:46 PM

    Did I hear something about the possibility of there being a military tribunal in this instance? In which case the justice department would not be involved.

  • Bobbi

    05/20/2020 12:30 PM

    ??I’m beginning to think all are under Obama/Clinton spell??. I know God is in control . Hope truth comes out

  • Robin Snyder

    05/20/2020 12:08 PM

    I think Obama and Biden should go down for their obvious crimes!

  • Judy Radley

    05/20/2020 11:44 AM

    Referring to your story about the GIGO: Wouldn't this be the same problem that would happen if all elections were 'by mail-in ballot only'? I think so, that's why the left and Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and all the other left elitist's hope would happen, that's why they are pushing for it. But the left wouldn't question the wrong GIGO as long as it was their candidate that won, but even without the mail-in only voting, and there will be voting in person here in NYS, and if President Trump IS re-elected, which I firmly believe he will be, you know the left will question everything and it will drag out like it did with President Bush and Gore....But we, the Trump Supporters, will prevail, we already are regarding people being fed-up with the leftist governors! So again, this pandemic is really making people realize how power-hungry the socialist, communist, totalitarian, abusing their power, the left really is, and I bet and hope, that those in the House of Rep. like Nancy Pelosi, will get their marching orders and that both houses will be run by the GOP as to keep America Great and for people to get back their Freedoms as the left has taken them away for too long under the guise of 'public health safety'. The left's time is up, they have attempted to destroy America for too long, and those who love their Freedom and Rights are not stupid and will succeed and get rid of the 'swamp' by President Trump's excellent and strong leadership!

  • Laura "Pug" Dodd

    05/20/2020 10:31 AM

    Gov Huckabee, I’m so disappointed in Barr. I really thought if anybody was going to do right by President Trump it was AG Barr????

  • Kathy Harrell

    05/20/2020 10:26 AM

    I agree. I’m so tired of these rich know in all politicians who are continuing to get away with lying to the American people and get away with it. Why doesn’t Barr Prosecute them for lying under oath to Congress. Thats a no brainer in my book

  • Mike Crose

    05/20/2020 10:16 AM

    Well he did say he disnt think they would. Barr is pretty smart and does seem to be trying to follow the law of the constitution. However a big scandal like this would serve no good purpose now. For either side. Wait till after election. I have a feeling Barr will still be in charge.

  • Barbara Stocket

    05/20/2020 09:43 AM

    This is clearly an outrage! It is clear to the public there are two sets of laws! One who uses laws to corrupt ,and other live to support and live with in the Law. This is why we the People are so ashamed of the Political climate in Washington! It is Awful this nation is holding on by a thread , God watch over the American People!!!

  • Helen Diana

    05/20/2020 09:32 AM

    Can you explain why there is a double set of standards.
    This should never be happening in our nation.
    What is wrong with lady justice her blindfold must have falling off. Help us put it back on her.

  • Neil Harrington

    05/20/2020 09:19 AM

    We need the Big FISH to go down!