November 22, 2021

On the heels of a new report from DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz saying the “Justice” Department has a problem with public trust and the perception that they are partisan –- surprise! –- the FBI has just taken actions in Mesa County, Colorado, that reinforce that view.

In what is likely the most outrageous and underreported story of the week, the FBI conducted simultaneous early-morning raids Tuesday on at least four people, including Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters –- an outspoken critic of the 2020 election –- and three of her associates. These heavy-handed raids against nonviolent people involved armed agents in combat militia-style gear, the use of handcuffs, and, in at least one case, a battering ram.

One reason for the media’s hesitance to cover this might be that it emerged via the TV channel of “My Pillow Guy” Mike Lindell, who is generally seen in the media as having cooties and absolutely will not be taken seriously no matter how valid a story he breaks. He did interviews with two of the women, Peters and “America’s Mom” Sheronna Bishop. Lindell already knew both of them, as they had participated in his on-air election integrity symposium in August and had reportedly even flown in on his private plane.

The first write-up we saw in print media was at conservative WVW Broadcast Network, which told the story of a raid conducted early Tuesday morning at the home of Bishop, a concerned Christian mom who has become an activist on issues such as Critical Race Theory and forced masking in schools. (She’s homeschooling her kids.) When we first read about this, we suspected the raid on her house probably had something to do with Attorney General Merrick Garland’s dictate that parents who get angry at school board meetings should be dealt with like domestic terrorists. (Garland denied this policy before Congress, but we now know he was not being truthful.)

But the target on her back seems to have more to do with her association with Peters, who is on extremely bad terms with Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold. Peters has apparently been under investigation over allegations of leaking election data, and the search warrant authorized confiscation of her phones and cyber devices.

Brannon Howse conducted the TV interview with Peters on Tuesday, with additional guest cybersecurity expert Sean Smith. In the interview, she explains about the four raids carried out that morning on her and “some of her friends,” saying that one of them indeed had involved a battering ram. Apparently that was the raid at Bishop’s house; Bishop has said her front door was broken down.

Peters said at the time of this interview that the affidavit for her search was still sealed and that she didn’t know what the “probable cause” was. Here’s the interview in full.

Exclusive: FBI Raids Home of County Clerk Tina Peters in Attempt to Cover Up Voter Crimes? | Frank Speech the Home of Free Speech

(SIDE NOTE: At about 38:30 in this video, there’s a phenomenal 6-minute clip of several former FBI agents who are appalled at this new abuse-of-force approach by the FBI against non-violent targets such as Roger Stone. One of them said that if he’d been on a S.W.A.T. team and ordered to do that raid at Stone’s house, he would have refused. That’s the kind of FBI agents we need; too bad so many of them are of the generation that's now retiring from the Bureau.)

Anyway, Peters says that since she started looking into the results of the 2020 election in Mesa County --- she claims that 29,000 election records were illegally deleted --- she's been attacked "on every front" and is facing civil litigation and huge legal bills. She says this raid is obviously an intimidation tactic aimed at the larger community.

In Bishop’s interview with Howse, which debuted Thursday on Lindell TV, she says the agents were likewise armed and in combat gear, that they treated her and her daughters roughly and that she was handcuffed for about 30 minutes. (Peters was not handcuffed.) The agents were in Bishop’s house for about three hours.

Bishop is a former campaign manager for conservative Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert. She describes herself as a “very strong supporter” of Peters.

In the interview, she reads from the search warrant, which authorized them to confiscate her phones and other cyber equipment, alleging that she caused "intentional damage of a protected computer" --- "I have no contact with a computer," she says --- "wire fraud" --- "they couldn't explain to me what that even meant" -- and "conspiracy to cause intentional damage to a protected computer and/or commit wire fraud." It also listed the names of the others who were being searched, including Peters. She says all she has done is exercise her First Amendment freedom to be an advocate for Peters, whom she claims has "hard evidence" about Colorado officials and Dominion Voting Systems, and that they’re trying to make her go away and be quiet. She says officials who are "running Colorado" are criminalizing free speech.

She says she has made herself completely available to officials and that there was no reason other than intimidation for them to treat her and her family this way.

Here’s the link to her TV interview.

We’ve seen a few reports of the raids in mainstream media, but they focus not on the violation of civil liberties –- since when do Trump supporters have civil liberties? –- but on allegations that Mesa County election results were allegedly leaked to some “QAnon conspiracy theorists.”

It’s impossible to sort out all the accusations and counter-accusations going on in Mesa County. We just find it interesting that this angle from THE DAILY BEAST doesn’t address the FBI’s intimidating use of force against non-violent targets. The DB also reflexively calls the hypothesis that the 2020 election was stolen “a baseless idea.” That is wrong; it’s not proven, but it’s certainly not baseless.

Another outlet, TALKING POINTS MEMO, describes Peters as “a Trumpy Colorado county clerk already under investigation” and identifies the QAnon personality as Ron Watkins, “a right-wing influencer that many believe to be behind the posts that spurred the QAnon conspiracy theory,” according to reporter Matt Shuham. The armed raids are characterized by a Mesa County spokesperson as “four federally court-authorized operations into potential criminal activity.” All documents related to these “operations” are apparently still sealed.

We can’t say this investigation is being carried out to take focus off what Peters might have FOUND regarding the voting machine data. But we can’t say it isn’t, either.

That’s the story so far. We’ll leave you with an outstanding companion piece by Victor Davis Hanson called “Can the FBI Be Salvaged?” that lists many familiar examples of the FBI overstepping, lying, leaking, colluding, hushing-up, setting-up, intimidating, witch-hunting, infiltrating, improperly surveilling, abusing, withholding evidence and more.

He should add these armed raids in Mesa County to his list.

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  • Red Green

    11/29/2021 02:59 PM

    These lawless agencies govern themselves. They are accountable to no one except the government officials who instruct them and allow them to ignore the Constitution. There will be no justice until all those responsible are stopped.

  • Roberta Morin

    11/29/2021 11:30 AM

    I had an uncle working for the FBI when they were honestly working for the country. It has become too high handed and needs to restore its integrity.

  • Terry Bryant

    11/28/2021 11:09 PM

    When I hear for the people by the people I cringe! The people haven’t had a hand in our government for a long time. These government agencies need to be shut down. While the FBI is chasing mothers and scaring their children (punks) who’s chasing the people bringing all the drugs in our country. This government is so corrupt that it’s sickening!

  • roger d brailer

    11/28/2021 10:48 PM

    MR. HUCKABEE,doesnt citizens arrest exist anymore?LIKE BARNEY FIFE SAID `CITIZENS ARREST!CITIZENS ARREST!` I mean no oneNO ONE INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT ,pays any attention to the law!
    How about all 100`s of millions of us ignore April the 15th?WE JUST WONT PAY!THAT`LL STOP THIS B.S.!

  • Bonnie R. Parvino

    11/28/2021 10:46 PM

    Mike---I am older---My great grandchildren are coming of school age. >>> It makes me want to throw up to think that these precious little babies are being taught about sex at five years old. When I was that age, I knew nothing about such, not even spelling of the word.>>>And it angers me to think that my little white boys are discriminated against because they are white. And to apply for a job that says bilingual only ---- is most insulting to not be able to work in your own country.>>>This country was made strong on one language. (English)>>>Now I read Franklin Graham is calling this younger generation "lazy". So let me see how that comes to fruition. How can Christians come to this younger generation when they are constantly insulting them.??>>>When a whole generation is told they are lazy then they are placed in a category or tribal situation that they cannot climb out of or over or around. And try telling them about Jesus if they are so knocked down under the water to drown. Mr. Graham may not back down but in reality he is not standing with God on this but he is sitting down with satan. >>> I remember well a wildcat strike where my Mom came home from a SS meeting where she was called a scab. I remember that wildcat strike. I remember the war we had in East Texas. >>> I remember my Uncle, that was a Christian gentleman and my Dad who was a Christian gentleman, actually raising their voices to each other. These were two of the most precious people in this little girls life. Daddy raised my uncle until he got out of school.>>> He was more like a son and my older brother & sister considered him as their older brother.>>>>I had never heard the two arguing. My Uncle said there were safety issues down in the rolling mill and I thought they needed to strike and my Dad said, "they were still under contract and IF IT IS ILLEGAL YOU DON'T DO IT AND IF IT IS LEGAL AND WRONG---YOU GET IN THERE AND CHANGE THE LAW." And, I thought my Daddy was right and we did not need to strike. I was twelve years old.>>>If Franklin Graham wants to talk about the younger worker then he needs to also point out the management situations that they are presented to them.-----Believe you me I would not speak anything bad about Franklin's Dad but Franklin needs to listen to what I have to say on this. EVERY CHURCH IN THIS AREA WAS SPLIT IN ALL DIRECTIONS. AND WHEN HE sits down with the devil on a whole generation---He cannot tell them about JESUS. AND NEITHER CAN I.---<<<I am very happy that people like you and your family are in politics. I believe that you all are try to see that Jesus Christ is the TRUTH and that the TRUTH has many sides. If two people are looking at a situation from two different vantage points, then they will see two different things (or more).>>> As far now, I will tell my young workers that there is a Federal Labor Relations board and when they are told to go home and come back in two hours and they are not paid for that waiting time. They cannot find another second job because they are committed to that job. Then it is time our younger generations fights back and talks to the Federal Labor Relations Board. I love these kids. And as far as I am concerned, it is all about them. I have lived my life. I am just jabbering and I can jabber some more. Love ya, Bonnie Parvino

  • Chelsea Martin

    11/28/2021 07:44 PM

    No, the FBI cannot be salvaged. It is the modern version of the Stasi.

  • Wilbur L. Brewer

    11/28/2021 07:29 PM

    I am conservative to the core and have supported some political candidates in passed elections. I am a retired/disabled veteran of the Vietnam area (I spent 2 years in combat area). My 25 years of military service were rewarded with a pension and some financial disability. I read most of your comments on a daily basis and appreciate your holding fast to most ideas I hold dear. Thanks for being there for those of us in the dwindling class of conservatives. Best of luck to your outstanding daughter in her bid to become governor of Ark. I am a former resident of rural Batesville area, i.e., old farm boy. Best to you and yours. W. Lee Brewer CWO W3 USA Ret.

  • Samuel R. Wiegand

    11/28/2021 07:10 PM

    Mr Huckabee,
    Why cannot forward your columns?

  • Brian Stansell

    11/28/2021 06:59 PM

    Thank you, Mike, for finally mentioning Mike Lindell's coverage of these atrocities. Please also check out his Election Integrity document to be submitted to the Supreme Court.

  • Beth Vercolen

    11/28/2021 05:53 PM

    The only way to restore the FBI's reputation is a complete purge of all agents and all upper management including the director. The rot has pervaded the whole DC headquarters. The extra-legal and illegal activites out of there run wide and deep. No one employed there is to be trusted. There wasn't a single employee at the DC headquarters who stepped forward as a whistleblower over the course of the 2016 campaign or for the whole four years of the Trump administration. Not a secretary, not a file clerk, not a computer specialist. Upper level employees in these positions often hear or see things they know aren't right. Not one single FBI administrator, lawyer or agent spoke out during almost six years of dirty tricks corruption of the rule of law. All those employed at the highest grades must have heard rumors or could have seen paper trails and suspicious activities. They're trained investigators after all. Not one field agent has stood up, spoken out and refused to participate in these outrageous military style arrests of law abiding citizens. Not one agent or head of a field office has called out the trampling of fundamental civil rights these "swat teams" are perpetrating.
    It's not just rot at the top. It's not just 1% who are "bad". The whole of the FBI is now the equivalent of the Stasi or the KGB. They are the enforcement arm of an Executive Branch which has ignored Constitutional rights, ignored the Judicial Branch the rulings of the Supreme Court on the border crisis, District court rulings, and any law they don't like.
    The only way to fix it is to decimate the whole agency. Close the DC headquarters, limit its employee numbers to one tenth of what there are today. Then move the FBI headquarters far away from the easy access to and influence of the DC swamp. Somewhere very rural in a deeply red state (not that the citizens there would welcome them). Fire the current top tier and any agents who went along with the corruption. Hire people who have no ties to DC insiders and who are proven to be fervent in their support of the Constitution and the rule of law.
    This will only happen under a conservative administration. Until then citizens can only fight back through hiring civil rights attorneys and we all know how much that cost General Flynn and Roger Stone.
    This type of purge happened to all the decent FBI agents during Obama's first term. Mueller was his hatchet man. Reams of intel on Islamic terrorists that had been carefully built over years were thrown out, purged from the files. Good agents with years of experience were given the choice of accepting an assignment in the middle of nowhere or retiring. Most chose retirement rather than accepting being put out to pasture. Decades of experience and integrity went out the door. New people who were loyal to Obama rather than the Constitution were promoted or brought in. Today we see the result of the total and complete politicization of the FBI. The same thing happened to the military under Obama, with the similar results. But that's completely another story. File it all under the heading "Fundamentally Change America".