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September 25, 2020 

By Mike Huckabee

RANK-AND-FILE FBI AGONIZED OVER "CROSSFIRE HURRICANE"

I’ve said for a long time that even though the “7th Floor” at the FBI was thoroughly partisan and out to get Trump, the rank-and-file agents and administrators were generally good people just trying to follow the rules and do their jobs. As it turns out, this observation was right. FBI text messages and internal notes finally obtained by Michael Flynn lawyer Sidney Powell and included in her latest federal court filing show agents’ enormous concern with what was going on.

Sure, we’ve read plenty of anti-Trump messages from those involved in “Crossfire Hurricane,” but these newly declassified communications are arguably worse, in that they show a (to use a word currently in vogue) SYSTEMIC problem at the FBI that was so serious and so obvious, other agents –- their names still redacted –- were worried about the potential fallout.

Sean Davis and Mollie Hemingway reported this on Thursday in THE FEDERALIST, under the headline “’Trump was right’: Explosive new FBI texts detail internal furor over handling of ‘Crossfire Hurricane” Investigation.”

Here’s something new: The same day that CNN leaked that President-elect Trump had been briefed by then-FBI Director James Comey about a (bogus) story in the Steele “dossier,” one agent texted another, “We all went out and purchased professional liability insurance.”

“Holy crap,” another agent texted back. “All the analysts, too?”

"Yep,” the first one texted. “All the folks at the Agency as well.” He went on to say, “...I think the concern...was that there was a big leak at DOJ and the NYT among others was going to do a piece.”

Earlier, in August of 2016, one FBI analyst remarked, “doing all this election research – I think some of these guys want a Clinton presidency.”

No kidding.

Another text from October of 2016 said, “[REDACTED] is one of the worst offenders of the rabbit holes and conspiracy theories.”

And here’s a particularly prescient text: “I’m [telling you], man, if this thing ever gets FOIA’d, there are going to be some tough questions asked.”

Indeed.

We'd thought that the order to close down the Flynn investigation came on January 4, 2017, the day before the infamous Oval Office meeting with Comey, Brennan, Biden, Yates, Rice and, of course, President Obama. It turns out that the original order to close the case may have come as early as November 6, 2016, Election Day. (NOTE: I’m curious to know if this came very late in the day, after they realized to their horror that Trump had won.) One agent texted, “We have some loose ends to tie up, and we all need to meet to discuss what to do with each case - he said shut down Razor.” (“Razor” is code for the Flynn case, which was part of "Crossfire Hurricane.")

"So glad they’re closing Razor,” another agent responded.

Another shocking revelation in these texts: To spy on Flynn’s finances, the FBI used not regular subpoenas, but what they call national security letters (NSL), which receive NO JUDICIAL REVIEW. They were doing this weeks after the initial order to shut the case down. Agents who knew better were talking amongst themselves about this…

"The decision to NSL finances bought him time,” one agent says. (We don’t know who “him” is.)

"What do we expect to get from an NSL [?],” was the reply. “We put out traces, tripwire to the community and nothing.”

"Bingo, another agent replied. “”So what’s an NSL going to do[?] No content.”

"Haha this is a nightmare,” another agent said. The conversation goes on similarly.

In one series of texts sent the same day as the big Oval Office meeting, one agent says that “Trump was right” when he tweeted that the FBI was delaying his transition briefings on so-called “Russian hacking” so they could cook up evidence against him. (Was he ever.)

Here are more of the agents’ texts from the red-letter day of January 5 (some punctuation fixed):

"So razor is going to stay open?”

"Yep. Crimes report being drafted.”

"F.”

"What’s the word on how Obama’s briefing went?”

"Don’t know but people here are scrambling for info to support certain things and it’s a madhouse.”

"Jesus. Trump was right. Still not put together...why do we do this to ourselves? What is wrong with these people??”

The texts even reveal that agents suspected the leaks about Flynn’s calls with Russian Ambassador Kislyak were leaked by the White House…

"FYI – someone leaked the Flynn calls with Kislyak to the WSJ [Wall Street Journal].”

"I’m sorry to hear that.” (Sarcasm alert.) I’ll resume my duties as Chief Morale Officer and rectify that.”

"Published this morning by Ignatius.” (That’s a reference to WASHINGTON POST writer David Ignatius.)

"It’s got to be someone on the staff. PDB [Presidential Daily Briefing] staff. Or WH seniors.”

If you’re not up to date on the Flynn case, Hemingway and Davis review that as well, including the bizarre efforts of Judge Sullivan to keep it going despite Barr’s decision not to prosecute. But the real news here is the texting FBI agents were doing that shows they knew exactly what this was –- a political hit job --- and they were concerned enough to take out liability policies! We don’t get to see those names, but John Durham does, and let’s hope he’s talked with every one of them --- especially the one who wrote about "scrambling for info to support certain things."

......

As if this weren’t enough, we’ve also learned that Steele's sub-source for the Steele “dossier” had been the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation from 2009 to 2011 for suspected contact with Russian intel officers. In other words, they thought he might be a RUSSIAN SPY. This is something else they should’ve disclosed to the FISA court but didn’t.

We know this now because the Senate Judiciary Committee is looking into it, and Sen. Lindsay Graham, who chairs the committee, wrote to AG Barr to request expedited information about the reliability of Christopher Steele as a source. Barr responded by directing the FBI to (at last) declassify this material.

Barr said he’d consulted with Durham and determined that revealing this information would not compromise the ongoing investigation. So it's logical to assume that Durham has already looked into it.

Again, the bitter irony: Democrats have accused Trump for years of “colluding” with Russians, when it’s the Hillary campaign that did that very thing.

Sen. Graham appeared Thursday night on HANNITY to summarize the findings. He said he hopes this is a “game-changer,” but given the slant of the media, I doubt it will change much of anything until we see some indictments, whenever that might be.

RIP, GALE SAYERS AND TOMMY DeVITO

By “Huckabee” writer/pop culture guru Pat Reeder (http://www.facebook.com/hollywoodhifibook)

If you came of age in the ‘60s-early ‘70’s, I’m sure you’ll be sad to hear of the passing of two iconic figures from that era.

Chicago Bears legend Gale Sayers has died at 77 after a long battle with dementia. The NFL Hall of Famer known as the Kansas Comet was one of the greatest players of all time. But even those who don’t follow the sport knew him from the classic 1971 film “Brian’s Song,” about the friendship between Sayers (Billy Dee Williams) and teammate Brian Piccolo (James Caan) who was battling terminal cancer. It became famous as the only movie that men would admit they cried while watching.

Also, Tommy DeVito has died at 92 due to coronavirus complications. He was one of the founding members of the classic vocal group, The 4 Seasons (yes, that’s the correct way to write it), even before Frankie Valli joined. DeVito considered himself the leader, but he had multiple run-ins with the law and personality clashes with the other members. He left in 1970 after the group learned he’d run up about $1 million in debts in their name.

A deal with the loan shark resulted in Valli and songwriter Bob Gaudio buying out DeVito’s share of the group and him being “banished” to Las Vegas, where he became a local colorful character. But there was something of a reconciliation following the massive success of the Broadway musical bio, “Jersey Boys.” Rest in peace to them both.

A VERY HOLLYWOOD STORY

Actress Alyssa Milano, a Twitter leftwing activist and proponent of defunding the police, made embarrassing headlines after she reportedly called 911 about an “armed gunman” in black clothing on her property (she later claimed a neighbor called 911, but admitted her husband made a follow-up call to police.) She lives in an 8,000-square-foot, $2.5 million home in a gated community in an upscale area north of L.A.

The call elicited a massive police response, including a K-9 unit and a helicopter. They determined that the “armed gunman” was a teenager shooting at squirrels with an air rifle.

Milano praised the police, but blamed “rightwing trolls” for “targeting” her with ridicule, which you must admit would be extremely hard to resist doing.

Let it be known, though, that I am not singling her out for mockery. She did the right thing in calling the police. I think that by now, we should have all learned that if you see a young person in black clothing carrying what appears to be a rifle, the police should definitely be called in to deal with the situation in whatever numbers are needed. If that had happened in Portland, Minneapolis, Seattle, etc., a lot of black neighborhoods and businesses might not be smoking ruins today.

I also don’t think it’s fair to single her out for hypocrisy for denouncing the police while expecting them to pull out all the stops to protect her. In that regard, she’s simply like virtually every liberal celebrity in Hollywood, like the ones who want to defund the police and ban you from owning a gun to protect your family while they’re protected by armed bodyguards and battalions of cops at awards shows.

And it’s not even a new story. Back on June 2nd, I wrote about a certain former NBA and ESPN star who was tweeting “Burn it all down” about the Minneapolis riots, and just one day later, frantically tweeting about some “animals” trying to get into his gated community, then expressing relief when the cops showed up and repelled them.

But I will ask this: what’s with all these liberal celebrities living in “gated communities”? I thought walls were useless for providing security.

1619 FICTION

Latest press release from Winston Smith at the Ministry of Truth: The New York Times now claims that its horrific “1619 Project” doesn’t argue that the birth of the United States came in 1619, when the first slaves arrived in North America, instead of 1776. No, that’s just a false assertion concocted by rightwing activists.

And what about the fact that the Pulitzer Prize-winning (!) author of “The 1619 Project” is on video making that claim and continues to make it? Or that her Twitter banner is a picture of “1776” crossed out and replaced with 1619? Or that the article is actually named after that very assertion?

Well, who are you going to believe? The “newspaper of record” or your lying, racist eyes?

IRONY ALERT

Reuters ran one of those liberal hit pieces claiming to prove that concerns about voter fraud are just a myth promoted by the right, and they managed to stuff it full of fraudulent and misleading claims and deliberate omissions of fact.

A FORM OF CHILD ABUSE

I sometimes think the editors of Teen Vogue ask themselves, “What can we publish that will make our magazine a piece of repulsive, irresponsible garbage that no impressionable young person should ever come within a thousand yards of?” And every month, they nail it.

At the risk of repeating myself, allowing your kids to read this radical left trash is a form of child abuse.

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  • Robin Rebhan

    09/27/2020 09:02 AM

    All of the FBI agents who took the oath to defend the Constitution of the United States of America. Why did not one of them come forward as a "whistle blower"? If I were a lawyer and my client was ever accused, arrested or prosecuted by one of these guys in the past, present or future, I'm pretty sure I would have a great case for dismissal of any and all charges based on the willingness of all these agents to commit perjury, evidence tampering and fabricate false documents and statements ( Poison Fruit ). All the while ignoring real serious national security issues going on in the Obama Administration.
    This whole thing is the most vile evil, distasteful and disgusting example of law enforcement gone bad that I can remember. And nobody had the courage to come forward... Not One!

  • Rick Nelinson

    09/26/2020 07:19 PM

    Gov. Huckabee- The situation regarding the FBI rank and file agents is very distressing and disturbing. I have believed all along that many hard working, generally good people within the FBI had knowledge of many aspects of the corrupt operations. After all, the “bosses” didn’t do all the grunt work. I have been and continue to be disappointed that it appears that none of these folks had the fortitude to bring their concerns and/or information to the IG or other proper authorities. Those first line workers that did not take actions to remedy situations they knew were bad contributed to extending this horrible mess and to deflating the reputation and integrity of the FBI. Thank you and your staff for all you do.

  • Jerry

    09/26/2020 12:18 AM

    Retired policemen if you still have lot of police in you apply in suburban communities where the police presence is appreciated and wanted still enough excitement the burbs still have crime and a strong force keeps a lot of crime off our streets

  • Bill Greenwell

    09/25/2020 09:21 PM

    Restarted my phone, and now the comments are back. My Bad.

  • Firewagon

    09/25/2020 05:44 PM

    "....scrambling for info to support certain things." Hohum, can we suggest that 'mounds' of info, collected over these past almost four years "support certain things," like sedition? WHERE ARE THE 'PERP WALKS' FOR "WE THE SERFS" to regain any modicum of belief in "EQUAL JUJUSTICE UNDER LAW?"

    People's lives have been destroyed by the 'illegal actions' of corrupted individuals. Criminals, convicted out of their own mouths, are walking FREE laughing all the way to the bank enjoying their 'ill-gotten' gains! Personally, I'm fed up with the 'constant' BREAKING BOMBSHELL REVELATIONS that result in NADA, ZILCH, NOTHING! Don't bother Americans again until you have someone 'doing the perp walk' of ANYONE that is several layers above that FBI lawyer that plead guilty.

  • Bill Greenwell

    09/25/2020 03:58 PM

    Where have all the comments gone? They're sure not showing up on my email.

  • Joyce Birch

    09/25/2020 03:56 PM

    Governor, has something gone wrong with the comments section? The last 3/4 newsletters there were no comments from any of your followers/readers.
    Please let me know.

  • Amelia Little

    09/25/2020 03:43 PM

    I remember reading about the espn guy (had to have someone explain to me who he is) and his joy in reporting the burning of his city, some concern when the "peaceful" protests got nearer to his neighbor, and PANIC when they were at the gated community next door. Like the democrat mayors who support the terrorism, he was confused about how the "peaceful" protesters would even come NEAR such an affluent neighborhood. They just don't get it--mayor, sports commentator, "star"--even if you support the "cause" (whatever that is, black lives not being a part of it) you are fair game. Especially if you are a city/county/state official who is not giving into every single demand of the terrorists. You missed one!!! We're coming to your house!!!

    The has-been "star," while whining about the attention (I don't, for some reason it seems wanting attention is what a lot of these folks are mouthing off for,) said, well, for someone with mental issues (not meaning the hoolywood elite) there should be a neighborhood organization to deal with these folks. Well, one could think that the person with a long gun could have been some guy with mental issues--does that mean that, instead of calling the police in this instances, they would have called the friendly situation diffusers? No, didn't think so.

    I'm old enough to remember Gale Sayers (a doctor brought him to meet hospital staff once--years ago, of course) and Tommy DiVito. May the RIP.
    .

  • Don

    09/25/2020 03:12 PM

    this nation has WITNESSED and is witnessing illegal activity from the obama oval office, fbi, doj, national security agencies,all the way down to riots in streets... TOP to BOTTOM, do not know which is top or bottom... at this time NO ONE except a few Trump supporters have been held accountable.. street thugs that are arrested are released back on to streets within hours...none of the coup crowd have been charged with anything.. time is running out on durham

  • Debbie Gaulter

    09/25/2020 02:23 PM

    Thank you for your honest reporting. God bless you.

  • Floyd A Unger

    09/25/2020 02:13 PM

    Thank you

  • Peggy Rendleman

    09/25/2020 01:21 PM

    FB will not allow me to post your Morning Edition nor any portion of it. They claim other users find abusive words it them all! How can we contend with this censorship?

  • Mark Kandianis

    09/25/2020 12:51 PM

    This is all very interesting and pertantant, but is now lost in the fog of current events war,riots BLM Judicial appointee , Covid, ect. Even if Durham comes out with a blockbuster it will get buried by mainstream ! We're now on a very slippery slope to societal breakdown ripe for more anarchy to take hold. The democrats and leftest media the have thrown in the towel on civility. They will do anything and everything they can get away with. When caught red handed they lie bailout, make excuses attack and re maneuver. Sadly the future for a peaceful existence in the US doesn't look very good !

  • Renee Kendrick

    09/25/2020 12:33 PM

    No wonder the DIMS are demanding power and want to rig the election! They are in a downward spiral. Looks like the evidence is stacking up against them. Be sure your sin will find you out! Numbers 32:23

  • Jerry Korba

    09/25/2020 11:39 AM

    Gale Sayers Great player Brians Song great movie, very sad he had dementia, need a cure. It is senseless talking about liberals in a sentence that is associated with common sense just a futile attempt and a waste of time. Hollywood movie makers keep making your products that normal people will never watch, I still am hoping for a Conservative Movie maker in the MidWest to open a production sector and bring in Good talent to make movies just maybe the theathers could make a comeback. I built my own theater just looking for non Hollywood Productions to watch. I dislike what Hollywood represents vomit along with its MSM and Liberal Politics more vomit. Some Conservatives that have been run out should get together and start anew.

  • betty willette

    09/25/2020 11:09 AM

    Re: A Form od Child Abuse;
    Gov, I cancelled my Vogue subscription for the very same reason, tho I dearly love fashion. When a magazine is packed with praise for and foolishness from these same gated-community liberals instead of with the info I purchase it for, out it goes.