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Today's Commentary --- More documents show why Hillary deserves indictment -- HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE: Devin Nunes ready with 8 criminal referrals -- Sobering findings from the General Social Survey --- The Gov. replies to reader's comment on Mueller report -- Strange story -- Democrats "sprint to the extreme left" -- Quotes from American History -- Israelis vote today -- Cool your jets -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse
If anyone knows firsthand that persistence pays, it’s Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch, after working literally for years to get information from the FBI about its “investigation” into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server for official State Department business.
On July 7, 2016 (two days after then-FBI Director James Comey’s announcement that he would not recommend indictment for Hillary), Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request seeking all the “302s” (interview notes) having to do with the investigation into Hillary’s use of a private email server during her time at the State Department. It also sought all relevant communications involving the FBI, DOJ, President Obama, the DNC, and Hillary 2016 campaign officials, plus all communications relating to the tarmac meeting between Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch on June 27, 2016.
That’s a lot of documents. Not surprisingly, the FBI failed to comply with their FOIA request, so Judicial Watch filed another one in October of that year.
Since then, they’ve actually received some of what they asked for, and on Monday they announced that they’ve got 422 pages of documents showing evidence of “cover-up” discussions related to the Clinton email system and Platte River Networks, one of the vendors that managed it; also revealing the concerns of Inspector General Charles McCullough about classified material stored on Hillary’s non-secure email server.
HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE: Devin Nunes ready with 8 criminal referrals
By Mike Huckabee
Remember the old TV game show PASSWORD? It probably wouldn’t be much of a hit today because it was a quiet game that required some element of literacy and wit, but in its heyday it was a staple of daytime TV. Alan Ludden (the late husband of Betty White, for trivia fans) was the host, but each round began with an announcer saying in a low voice, “The password is…….”
So, here’s an idea: let’s play “PASSWORD 2019”! Of course, since it’s 2019, it has to be about politics, because in 2019, everything is about politics. I’ll be the announcer and say (ahem), “The password is...ACCOUNTABILITY”
What do you think the first clue should be? (And don’t say “Hillary.” There are just too many ways one’s mind can go from there, only some of which have to do with jail.) A good clue might be the word JUSTICE.
Sobering findings from the General Social Survey
By Mike Huckabee
Sobering findings from the General Social Survey: the percentage of Americans who profess no religious beliefs is now slightly larger than either of the two main traditional religious groups in America. “No religion” is now at 23.1%, with Catholics at 23% and Evangelicals at 21.6%. While the atheists are still a small minority compared to all religious beliefs combined, their numbers have been growing ever since the Supreme Court outlawed prayer in schools, setting off an escalating war on religion.
It’s been fought in schools, pop culture, politics, social media and courts, until it's reached the current level of hostility where activists in league with politicians twist laws to try to persecute people for exercising their First Amendment religious freedom rights and brand traditional religious organizations as “hate groups” for refusing to embrace a “progressive” left agenda.
The Gov. replies to reader's comment on Mueller report
By Mike Huckabee
You say, "Comey wasn’t supposed to make public any allegations that weren’t going to be charged."
Not sure this is correct. My understanding is that the FBI is an investigative agency. It's supposed to send its conclusions to the DOJ, which makes the decision whether or not to indict and actually files the indictment in a court. In short, I don't think the FBI is supposed to make ANY announcements. Even if the DOJ decides to indict, any announcement it makes would be governed by the need to avoid pre-trial publicity that would make it difficult for the accused to get a fair trial. Correct me if I'm wrong.
From the Gov:
As I understand it, the FBI is not supposed to make public any allegations that aren’t going to be charged. But you are absolutely correct in saying that the FBI is an investigative agency and does not technically do the indicting. That’s up to the Department of Justice. Of course, it’s obvious by now that AG Loretta Lynch wasn’t about to charge Hillary because “the fix was in.” Comey and the other top-tier people at the FBI knew it.
So Comey needed to shut up, because you are also correct in saying the FBI is not supposed to make any announcements about the case, just give its recommendation to the attorney general, who takes it from there. I appreciate you writing about this, because I can see that it would have made my point better to use a different hypothetical and say that LYNCH (as opposed to Comey) could have offered a listing of allegations against Hillary if LYNCH (as opposed to Comey) had decided to press charges.
Comey’s public detailing of Hillary's misdeeds was inappropriate, as was making a public statement that he wouldn’t recommend indictment. He just messed the whole thing up royally, didn’t he? (Hard to say if this disaster was born of gross negligence or just extreme carelessness on his part, ha!) Gosh, you’d almost think that someone who screwed up that badly deserved to be fired...
Thanks again for writing!
By Mike Huckabee
A New York City-based play that’s currently casting reportedly put out a since-retracted ad saying that white actors would have to undergo an anti-racism workshop and would be paid less than people of color. Big problem with that: paying people based on their race is highly illegal under federal laws passed before the Democratic Party went insane.
To be honest, I’m skeptical of this story. Read the entire thing: the ad sounds as if someone from the Onion or the Babylon Bee set out to write a parody of an ad for an extremely “woke” social justice radical theater piece. The fact that it came out around April 1 might be significant. Then again, maybe not. I didn’t even recount any absurd April Fool’s Day stories this year because it’s become impossible to tell them apart from both the fake news stories that appear every day and the absurd real news stories that appear every day.
Democrats "sprint to the extreme left"
By Mike Huckabee
Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says the Democratic Presidential field is engaged in a “sprint to the extreme left” to try to capture the nomination, but those far-left views will kill them in the general election. Let’s hope so.
Every time one of them comes up with an insane proposal, another one says, “Hold my bong!” and one-ups it. Over the weekend, Bernie Sanders pushed the envelope a little further by calling for voting rights for felons. Not felons who’ve paid their debt to society, as Elizabeth Warren proposed, but passing out ballots to felons who are still in prison (boy, does he know his natural constituency or what?) Not to give them any ideas, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if “Beto” O’Rourke called for handing out voter registration cards at banks so people could vote while robbing them. They could call it the “Robber Voter Act.”
In fact, why stop there? Democrats think everyone has a right to have their voices heard in our elections (unless they’re Republicans in less populous states; then their Electoral votes should be taken away and given to California and New York.)
So I next expect to hear calls for absentee ballots to be sent to everyone on Earth (after all, voting is a human right, and they’re all humans – besides, if illegal immigrants should get a say in choosing our leaders, why shouldn’t people in other countries, simply because they’re not here yet?)
Know who else is human? Dead people. They should be allowed to vote for Democrats, too! Sure, a lot of them already do, buy why not all of them?
While we’re at it, why not let pets vote? If they’re going to be held in servitude against their wills, then they should have a voice in their “masters’” government! This likely won’t affect the election outcome much, since I assume that dogs (loyal, hard-working, dedicated to homeland security and police work) would vote Republican and cancel out the Democratic cat vote (lazy, ungrateful, expect other people to take care of them). Parrots would be the swing vote: they’re very intelligent, so they might be conservatives; but they also repeat any silly thing they’re told, so they might be liberals. And the parrots who expect the world to give them a cracker are definitely “progressives.”
Quotes from American History
"Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company."
- George Washington
Israelis vote today
By Mike Huckabee
Today, Israelis are voting in vitally important Parliamentary elections. These elections could determine whether they will retain the most effective leader the nation has ever had, Benjamin Netanyahu, or be swayed by some patently ridiculous corruption allegations from his political opponents into handing control of the government to liberals who would be the equivalent of sending a sheep to negotiate with a pack of wolves. Let’s pray for the safety of Israel that they make the correct choice.
Incidentally, I hate to harp on a theme, but Israel is yet another subject that “Beto” O’Rourke really shouldn’t comment on at all. Sure, he has a First Amendment right to say anything he wants, but when your words do nothing but betray your ignorance of the subject, it might be best to refrain when you’re trying to convince people to make you President.
In his favor, he did manage to get through the first sentence without spouting any outrageous nonsense. But then came the rest, such as calling Netanyahu a “racist” (I think he believes that word means “anyone I don’t like.”) As someone who has visited Israel dozens of times going back over four decades (I was there about a week ago, in fact), and who is proud to call PM Netanyahu my friend, I assure you O’Rourke’s comments suggest that he knows less about Israel and Netanyahu than I know about his field of expertise: skateboarding.
Cool your jets
By Mike Huckabee
I almost feel sorry for the top Democrats in politics and media. After having built their lives and belief systems around the Russian collusion delusion for two years, now that it’s collapsed in public, they seem to be lost and scrambling around for anything to cling to.
Some simply refuse to abandon their faith in a false narrative. They think that the Mueller report must contain something that Attorney General Barr deliberately covered up because he figured it was worth throwing away a sterling reputation built over a lifetime in order to protect Trump for a couple of weeks until the report was released publicly. Those diehards are the ones now demanding that the Mueller report be released immediately, even though Barr already told them it has to undergo standard redactions and will be released in mid-April. He’s going to get even more of that hysteria today.
My advice to those Democrats: cool your jets. You just suffered through an embarrassing public humiliation. You can wait 10 days to do it again.
Evening Edition - April 8
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
Daily Verse (KJV)
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."
– Galatians 6:9
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