May 27, 2020

More Michael Flynn news? Yes, and I hope I don’t have to tell you how important this ongoing story is. I know it's frustrating to you that the information continues to come to us in dribs and drabs, because it is to me. But this story, from its beginning –- as far back as 2014 –- is emblematic of a law enforcement/intel bureaucracy gone horribly wrong. I hope you’ll bear with me, as we’re finally getting to the most important part of all: discovering how involved President Obama was in this travesty of “justice.” Deductive reasoning tells us he knew all about it; evidence starting to come in now likely will show he was running it.

And John Solomon has done it again. He’s examined more text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, these from January 3, 2017. That date falls just the day before FBI investigators informed Strzok that they were ready to close the case against Flynn, having found precisely nothing, and just two days before the big Oval Office meeting with Obama, Biden, Brennan, Clapper, Comey, Yates and Rice. It was 17 days before President-elect Trump would take office.

In these texts, Strrok and Page are discussing the White House attempting to obtain some Flynn transcripts. They know the investigation has turned up nothing on Flynn, and there has been concern from...someone...that the White House will politicize the transcripts, that they will be “politically weaponized.” Given what we know, and with the timing of the text exchange –- just after Strzok has had a conversation with Priestap –- it seems probable that it was Priestap who has expressed this concern. Apparently, Priestap is concerned that James Clapper will share the conversations with President Obama.

"He, like us, is concerned with oversharing,” Strzok texts Page. “Doesn’t want Clapper giving CR cuts [“Crossfire Razor,” meaning Flynn; “cuts” meaning excerpts from phone calls] to WH. All political, just shows our hand and potentially makes enemies.”


Strzok later texts Page: “The question [presumably from Priestap] is should we [provide them], particularly to the entirety of the lame duck [U.S. Intelligence Community] with partisan axes to grind.”


Then Strzok and Page talk about Presidential Daily Briefings, and that’s where this gets really interesting and shows how much more we need to find out. “Did you follow the drama of the PDB last week?” Strzok texts Page. “Yup, don’t know how it ended though,” Page responds. “”They didn’t include any of it,” Strzok texts, and Bill [Priestap] didn’t want to dissent.” Page answers, “Wow, Bill should make sure Andy [McCabe] knows about [this] since he was consulted numerous times about whether to include the reporting.”

Solomon says he's had these texts since September 2018; apparently he couldn’t publicize them because they hadn't been declassified. In the meantime, however, he's had “interviews with officials familiar with the conversations,” so what sounds cryptic to us is probably well understood by him. Here are the texts themselves.

The investigations going on now are trying to determine whether Obama’s longstanding distaste for Flynn, which we’ve detailed here, influenced the FBI’s decision to reject the recommendation by its own agent, Joe Pientka, to shut down the Flynn investigation in early January 2017 and instead work up a plan to set him up to “lie” to the FBI. Solomon says that one investigator “with direct knowledge” told him that “the evidence connecting President Obama to the Flynn operation is getting stronger.”

According to that investigator, “The Bureau knew it did not have evidence to justify that Flynn was either a criminal or counterintelligence threat and should have shut the case down. But the perception that Obama and his team would not be happy with that outcome may have driven the FBI to keep the probe open without justification and to pivot to an interview that left some agents worried involved entrapment or a perjury trap.”

As Solomon said to Sean Hannity Tuesday night, “It gives us a state of mind that the White House was driving the Flynn decisions in this very critical time leading up to…Trump taking office.”

Also on Tuesday, acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell turned the office over to new DNI John Ratcliffe, just after declassifying MORE phone calls between then-national security adviser Michael Flynn and then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. It’ll be up to Ratcliffe if and how soon the transcripts of those calls will be made public.

According to a FOX NEWS report Tuesday night, a senior intelligence official said that key documents will provide “a very significant understanding of how intelligence was manipulated to support the launch of the Russia investigation.” Much more to come on that.

Also, Andrew C. McCarthy has a must-read column about Judge Emmet Sullivan and the role politics is playing right now to deprive Flynn of his due process rights.

As McCarthy told Shannon Bream on FOX NEWS Tuesday night, “I think the problem Judge Sullivan has is the same problem a lot of people analyzing this have, which is that the political dimension of it has in some ways, I think, paralyzed people’s way to look at what is really a very simple legal equation.”

As McCarthy explains, only the Justice Department --- the prosecution, which is part of the Executive Branch --- has the power either to open a case or to continue it. “A judge has no power to force the government either to bring charges or to continue charges."

Bream read from the Fokker case, which has been cited as precedent by Flynn attorney Sidney Powell: “It has long been settled that the Judiciary generally lacks authority to second-guess those Executive determinations, much less to impose its own charging preferences.” It doesn’t get much clearer than that.

The judge was given an opportunity to fix this; the three-judge appeals panel gave him 10 days. He still could do this, but considering that he has dug in and hired his own attorney, it doesn’t seem likely.

Finally, Margot Cleveland has another great column on Judge Sullivan, also focusing on the politics. She does say it’s appropriate for a judge to hire a lawyer in a mandamus petition such as this. (McCarthy, in contrast, called Sullivan's decision to do this “jaw-dropping,” and Powell has raised numerous questions about it, particularly about who is paying the lawyer.) But Cleveland reveals something new about Sullivan’s choice of attorney, Beth Wilkinson: she happens to be the lawyer who represented Hillary Clinton during the FBI’s “investigation” of her mishandling of classified information in 2016. Hey, it’s real cozy down there in the swamp.

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  • Mark Seibert

    05/29/2020 03:25 AM

    If Judge Sullivan doesn't drop this case after the 10 days, President Trump should pardon Flynn, make it clear that the FBI had ruined Flynn with legal costs with no case against him, and then coerced Flynn to plead guilty to lying or else the Feds threatened to financially ruin Flynn's son as well. And when the criminal charges come out on the people who perpetrated this treason against an American citizen, there should be criminal charges against Judge Sullivan for his complicity to continue this crime and for overstepping his judicial mandate to harm Flynn.

  • Michael Bennett

    05/28/2020 06:13 PM

    We've been lied to and otherwise misled for many years. Remember how we were led to believe that James Comey was Mr. Squeaky Clean and who would be the one to bring Hillary Clinton to justice? Nothing, it turns out, could be further from the truth. And that is just one, singular example. "If the glove don't fit, you must acquit."

  • George Reynolds

    05/28/2020 04:57 PM

    Dan Knoll: What's your point? Give some specifics and facts concerning your rant.

  • George Reynolds

    05/28/2020 04:42 PM

    Mike Spears: Epoch Times has a big chart called "Spygate". It is not specifically about the unmaskings, but it shows the persons involved in the "Russia Collusion" hoax and their interrelationships. Get a subscription to Epoch Times and learn more of the same true news stories you hear about from Gov. Huckabee.

    And Gov. Huckabee, perhaps you could get the Epoch Times publisher (Stephen Gregory) or the CEO (John Tang) or the editor (Dana Cheng) on your TV show. BTW, they refer to COVID-19 as the "CCP Virus", blaming the Chinese Communist Party, and not the good people of China.

  • Beverly Kooiman

    05/28/2020 12:01 PM

    When God begins to bring forth all this swamp activity the stench is nauseating, just like in real life. You have to expose the disgustingly putrid stuff in order to ensure you remove every last bit or it just reestablishes itself in deeper darkness. Let's hold our noses and work to get every single deplorable instance out into the sunlight so it can be dealt with completely. May God continue His renewal of our great nation and it's government to righteous justice and morality!

  • Mike Spears

    05/28/2020 11:32 AM

    Gov Huckabee: It would be very interesting to see a "big picture" map of all of the unmaskings that took place between, say, 2014 or 2015 all the way to 2017 or 2018. (The newly appointed US Attorney from West Texas should map out all the unmaskings, with such information as requestor, date, person unmasked, etc. Actual time periods and parameters should be determined by the US Attorney. My guess is that a very interesting pattern will show up on said map. After the mapping is complete, then the requesters of the unmaskings should all be brought in and questioned about the reasons for and intent of their actions. If there was a monumental increase in unmaskings during this time period versus the preceding time period, it should tell an interesting story. (I would guess that this is already being done.)

  • Melinda Long

    05/28/2020 09:55 AM

    cannot understand WHY they do not want to involve Obama, when he is guilty!

  • Robert Deplorable Baublitz

    05/28/2020 03:02 AM

    President Obama said he was going to "fundamentally transform America".
    He did.

  • Edward A. Kowalsky

    05/28/2020 12:09 AM

    I'm virtually speechless that something like this could have taken place within the highest levels of our government! We, the American people, better see some real "justice" as the end result coming out of all this. If not, we might as well take down that great sign over the Justice Dept. building which proudly proclaims: "EQUAL JUSTICE FOR ALL". That will just end up having been a sad figment of our collective imagination!

  • David Hobson

    05/27/2020 11:29 PM

    I hope who ever is involved from Obama , Hillary, Biden, on down get prison time and freeze their assets that they gained illegally , THAT WOULD BE REAL JUSTICE

  • William Morley

    05/27/2020 10:17 PM

    It's about time that Obama be taken to the courts and charged with treason. He should be impeached and lose all benefits and pension. It should be his responsibility to pay for all expenses of the courts. Not one darn dime of our tax money for his defence. When he loses, as he will he should then be responsible to pay all court cost and fines. After he has served his sentence he should be deported and forbiden to return to the USA.

  • Judith Aiello

    05/27/2020 10:00 PM

    Lock them ALL up!
    Abbastanza gia...enough already!

  • Lawana Waters

    05/27/2020 09:32 PM

    Fun fact about Beth Wilkinson (the lawyer that Judge Sullivan hired to represent him in this mess) not only represented Hillary Clinton, she also represented Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings. So she doesn't appear to only work for liberals.

  • William Fuhrer

    05/27/2020 09:14 PM

    FBI employment office should explain how future agent's character is judged. The FBI should analyze how to change employment judgement and procedures

  • Linda Hebert

    05/27/2020 08:24 PM

    Remember the American vaudeville and comedy act during the late 50's thru the 70's, "The Three Stooges?" Their hallmark was "physical farce" and "slapstick." Judge Sullivan, Beth Wilkinson, and Hillary Clinton! Lord help me, I can't stop laughing................

  • Dan Knoll

    05/27/2020 07:26 PM

    Let's see i my comment trying to add some sane and moral objectivity into the mix is posted....

  • Dan Knoll

    05/27/2020 07:24 PM

    You're STILL TRYING --- and FAILING, badly, transparently, unpatriotically, unethically, deflecively, disingenuoulsy, dishonestly, etc ---- to NOT EXPECT PRESIDENT TRUMP OWN & ANSWER FOR BOTH his efforts to INTENTIONALLY HAVE ELECTION CORRUPTION AND ABUSE --- and he in fact not just INVITING IT, PARTICIPTING IN IT, but then TRYING TO COVER IT UP --- an ADVERSARIAL NATION LIKE RUSSIA (and the Ukraine, and China, as he also asked publically to INTRUDE IN OR ELECTIONS)

  • Elaine Liming

    05/27/2020 06:49 PM

    The swamp is real cozy. I t has been for a long time. Now that the truth is lowly coming out; it is time for Conservative Newspapers, Magazines, etc. to make it possible for the voters to see it in print with all the details before the November election. A real display with pictures of each swamp member and their leader, People want FACTS not biased reporting also known as fake news.
    Keep praying everybody for men and women of courage to be able to clean up the worst mess in our country's history. Also please due your due diligence be fore you vote in the Fall!

  • Georgia Haridopolos

    05/27/2020 06:16 PM

    Your Headline should read......Obama White House...not everyone reads past a headline..tho informed readers already know...

  • Barry H

    05/27/2020 06:01 PM

    We all know that CNN and the rest will never believe any of this and will not air it, only to say it's all lies. We have know all along that obama was the director of this. That's was criminals do. I still say this is going nowhere because there isn't anyone brave enough to touch Obama. A couple of his criminal staff may get arrested and may even get their hand slapped.

  • Sandy Slinkard

    05/27/2020 05:30 PM

    After reading these details as provided by emails showing Obama and Biden were involved in the “intrusion” of the election how can Bill Barr claim there will be no actions taken against them but will be for the people working for him/them. What horrible message is being sent to the general public other than “they are above the law?” How can criminal charges apply to the “little” people and not to the “kingpins” that were as involved in action? I am so disappointed that Obama, Biden and Clinton will just receive a slap on the wrist......

  • Dianna Bostick

    05/27/2020 05:21 PM

    How come we are NOT hearing any of this in the regular news? There has to be some reporters out there that want to get to the truth? Please someone tell the truth and report to the American people ! I love FOX news but the never Trumpers really need to hear this stuff ?


    05/27/2020 04:59 PM

    We should also not lose track of Obama's pet project ..... The Iranian nuclear deal that Flynn knew was a joke and would surely advise President Trump accordingly and given what happened to same perhaps did?

  • Cheryl Henderson

    05/27/2020 04:09 PM

    Good day Mr. Huckabee, it really is frustrating to know that the Democratic government is so crooked. It’s amazing to realize all this is coming out because of the honesty of President Trump and them Dems are panicking of getting caught in all their lies and deception. Thank you for the messages you share.
    Cheryl Henderson

  • Kay DeWitt

    05/27/2020 03:54 PM

    Because I still cannot rationalize irrationality, the question I found myself asking is ......IF Obama's role IN this IS exposed, will some respond with a cry of racial prejudice?