In MAJOR BREAKING NEWS: Thursday evening, President Trump issued an executive order giving U.S. Attorney General William Barr the “full and complete authority” to DECLASSIFY material related to his investigation into the origins of the “Russia” probe.

 

We’re talking about every aspect of the Mueller investigation, including that elusive memo about the “scope” of the special counsel, all the documents relating to the FISA applications for spying, all the memos and transcripts relating to the surveillance of Trump campaign associates such as George Papadopoulos (including exculpatory evidence that may have been withheld from judicial proceedings), and more.

 

This should be great news to anyone who wants to know what really happened, but to give you an idea of how the mainstream media will be covering this, here’s a sample sentence from Thursday’s AP story: “The directive marked an escalation of Trump’s efforts to ‘investigate the investigators,’ as he continues to try to undermine the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe and mounting Democratic calls for impeachment proceedings.”


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Wrong.  First, Mueller had no “findings” to undermine –- there’s no case. Second, what Trump wants to do, in his words, is make sure that “all Americans learn the truth about the events that occurred and the actions that were taken during the last Presidential election and will restore confidence in their public institutions.” The implication here is that after the material is declassified by the attorney general, it will be made available to the public.

 

To show how widespread Trump suspects the withholding of documents may be, his order doesn’t just apply to the FBI, but to the entire intelligence community and to agencies such as the Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security, the Treasury Department and (ta-da!) the State Department. This order, in effect, says, “No more slow-walking documents. They all go to the attorney general, NOW!”

 

As reported by AP, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff accused Trump and Barr of trying to “conspire to weaponize law enforcement and classified information against their political enemies.” If you aren’t laughing helplessly at the irony of that statement, I can’t help you.

 

The AP story also was written in such a way as to try to discredit Barr, mentioning that Trump had told close confidants that he “finally” had “my attorney general.” I would say that after having Jeff Sessions missing in action for so long as AG, and the special counsel being overseen by deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, Trump would be expected to say something like that. It’s a nice change for Trump just to have a functioning attorney general at all. (Recall that President Obama had a self-described “wingman” in his AG, Eric Holder.)

 

There appears to be only one limiting factor in Trump’s directive: his intention to release information pertaining to this investigation “in accordance with the long-established standards for handling classified information,” which means they’re still supposed to protect “sources and methods.” But Barr, not the intelligence people, will have the responsibility of determining that.


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Trump’s critics will say he’s out to destroy the reputation of the intelligence community. I say that the FBI, DOJ and CIA didn’t need any help from him to do that; they have done it themselves. (And, of course, many of the rank-and-file agents are horrified by what they see.) Exposing what has been going on is the only way the integrity of our Justice Department and intel community can be restored. Sunshine truly is the best disinfectant for this kind of deep contamination.

The timing of this directive is actually kind of fun, as Nancy Pelosi came out earlier the same day, after holding a “special meeting” about impeaching Trump, and tried in vain to invoke the ghost of Watergate by ridiculously accusing him of a “cover-up.” After that, the Democrats publicly questioned his mental state and criticized him for not working with them (!) on an infrastructure bill. I can imagine Trump hearing Pelosi and thinking, “COVER-UP? Are you kidding? I’m not the one who’s trying to cover up wrongdoing! It’s YOU guys! You want to see transparency, I’ll GIVE you transparency!”

 

It must be clear to Trump at this point that Mueller was aware early on that there was no Russian “collusion” (apparently, exculpatory material exists that will show he had to know this), but that he kept investigating anyway, digging and digging, pushing and pushing to get him to testify, knowing he didn’t do anything but hoping to set a perjury trap for him. But now the tables are turned and we’re going to see just what the Obama Justice Department was doing and --- it is hoped --- how far up it went.

 

As I wrote yesterday in the context of the British spying, sources told John Solomon that there’s no way MI-5 and MI-6 spies would have been involved in spying on an American without then-CIA Director John Brennan being told. Already, Brennan, former FBI Director James Comey and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper are starting to point fingers at each other about the use of the Steele “dossier” to justify spying on the Trump people.

 

By the time Trump is through with these sanctimonious characters and whoever they were working with to try to prevent his election and, later, to use a fake investigation to overthrow a President of the United States, they’re the ones who are going to need an intervention or a nice long stay at a sanitarium (or, in some cases, a jail cell). Certainly when she sees what has happened to her party, Nancy Pelosi will need professional help. Judging from her current demeanor, I’d suggest she start now.


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A classic Saul Alinsky tactic is to accuse one’s opponent of doing just what YOU are doing. Even without this sweeping declassification of the documents, it’s been clear to anyone paying attention that this is exactly the strategy Democrats (and some anti-Trump Republicans) have been using. It was Hillary’s campaign and the DNC that “colluded” with foreigners, certainly in the creation and dissemination of the Hillary-financed Steele dossier and also, it appears, in the release of Manafort’s “black ledger” by a Ukrainian official. But there has never been any evidence that showed Trump’s campaign was similarly occupied.

 

Another thing we should want to learn more about with the release of all this material is the strategy of unmasking (and, in some cases, illegally leaking) the names of those Americans caught up in FBI surveillance, such as Michael Flynn. Certain Democrats, particularly then-U.N. Ambassador Samantha Powers, stunningly unmasked hundreds of names, and we’ve never known why.

 

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/05/trump-signs-declassification-memo.php

 

In related news, Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch was on HANNITY Thursday night --- the show was hosted by Dan Bongino --- to talk about the documents he’s working on obtaining now, some of which reflect the changes made to Comey’s “talking points” for his July 5, 2016, press conference in which he laid out all of Hillary’s misconduct (crimes) but then said “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring the case. Comey had to avoid quoting the actual law, because then it would be obvious that she deserved prosecution. Also, the FBI investigators actually MADE A CHART, with all of Hillary’s crimes on one side and the reasons (excuses) for not prosecuting her on the other. I am not kidding. This we’ve gotta see.

 

Fitton also pointed out that we can’t trust what Mueller and his team have said to characterize the evidence underlying their report. That’s why it’s so important that the attorney general release it so we get to see it and judge for ourselves. And that is precisely what Trump has set in motion today.

 

https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-sues-for-secret-fbi-chart-of-potential-violations-of-law-by-former-secretary-of-state-hillary-clinton/

 

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  • Kathy Repass

    05/29/2019 07:58 PM

    There is no winning for our president...no matter what. The dems want him impeached because they fully know they will lose the 2020 election otherwise. As an American..im absolutely fed up with all of this...the dems have spent the last two years doing nothing but go after Trump. The Congress hasn't done the jobs for which they were elected to do. As a Christian..God put Trump where he is and will remain there until God says otherwise. The bible says..God sets kings up and He takes them down....for such a time as this...until God accomishes His purposes..trump will stay right where He is..satan is worko g really hard right now to I here are with God's purposes.

  • Doreen McClain

    05/26/2019 12:19 AM

    Loved this article! Love you and Sarah! It’s so hard to see us in this place of corruption but penalties need to be paid no matter who they are or else others will do it again! consequences need to be done for their bad behavior so that we can bring back Morals and honesty in people!????????

  • Debra Schmidt

    05/25/2019 09:36 PM

    Thank you for your commentary on the news. I trust you to bring us truth. I no longer trust the media. I support the strong America that our President is fighting for. I am totally disgusted with our politicians, on both sides of the aisle. "Show me your position by your actions" is my motto now. I long for political servants who love THE USA and will do right by its citizens.

  • Marshall Suttles

    05/25/2019 04:12 PM


    I pray this is the right move! But, we must not be deceived! The radical left will try to twist these declassified words just like they are trying to do with the Mueller report!
    I, for one, try to keep up with both sides of this gut wrenching debate by listening, watching and reading NPR, Fox, NSN and other sources of (News??) Gov. Huckabee is one of my favorites for truth! Following are 2 extreme examples of what's going on in Headlines:


    Pelosi/Nadler dispute,
    "I think the right strategy is to move on all of it as quickly as possible," added Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), another Judiciary member. Trump is "melting down and the world is starting to see that he just doesn't intend to allow Congress to do its job; he just simply refuses to accept that there's a separate and co-equal branch of government at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue."


    Praise for the President,
    Actor Jon Voight added, "I'm here today to tell you the truth, and I'm here to tell you, my fellow Americans, our country is stronger, safer and with more jobs because our president has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the polticial left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president, let us stand up for this truth: President Trump is the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln. God bless America. And may god continue to guide this nation. Much love."


    Of course, I believe Jon Voight has it right, but the battle rages and I will just continue to PRAY AND PRAY AND PRAY!!

  • rodney burke

    05/25/2019 11:02 AM

    Intelligence? Since WHEN have dems, especially Schiff demonstrated any intelligence? Curtain has been pulled back and there IS no crime, the dossier was a rime in itself and all the subsequent actions were crimes based ON that crime. Mueller was a crime, It is becoming a joy to watch the criminals trying to excuse themselves. And YES Mike, they are following the Alinsky script to the letter. There is no longer any question as to the dems being communist, out in the open. The "field" has been exposed for who they are; communists, totalitarianists on the level of present China, Maoist China, and Soviet communism. All but one so far are dismal failures. We can no longer treat dems like the other party. Their behavior is pure Alinsky communist. Yes, Alinsky is showing up in print more and more every day and it's time to call a spade a spade and not a heart. The "constitutional crisis" is created by the dems.

    I know they are scared of declass. The criminal behavior over the last 20+ years will be exposed. names will be named, crimes will be exposed. Why no, they don't want declas. It will NOT expose methods, it'will expose the democratic utter contempt for: 1. American law 2. The american people. It will expose how corrupt and evil the dems are and they want to keep it hidden. Well, no longer, those days are over.

    Next I want to see indictments and people hauled off, FROM the house floor in cuffs. I want the rest to see those empty seats and hear the words of the indictment against them for treason and other crimes. God is at work, documentation is out there and communists have no where to run. It's time for conservatives to WIN and win big!

  • Charlie Baumbusch

    05/25/2019 10:49 AM

    I hope AG Barr or somebody posts the documents and / or website sighting the internet link to access them on major newspaper outlets. Unfortunately, MSM will not talk about the released information.

  • Lynn Taylor

    05/25/2019 07:38 AM

    Yay! Finally! Can’t wait for vindication!

  • E Sealy

    05/25/2019 06:47 AM

    I truly hope that the release of these documents will bring the justice that our President deserves! What I am most concerned about is the 2020 election. This Russian hoax has exposed just how corrupt the Democrats & never Trumpers are. They are well funded, organized, and have the biased corrupt mainstream media in their pockets. Thousands of illegal voters are actually shown to have voted in previous elections. I implore that our patriotic, fair and just minded law makers & LEOs pay attention to the corruption of our election process and concentrate their efforts in both election fraud and the propaganda by the left which influences how Americans vote....those are the REAL crimes!
    I would like to see some of these corrupt news organizations held accountable (& liable) for continuing to spread lies to the American people....because it destroys reputations & prevents good people from wanting to run for office or even be associated with a campaign for fear of retaliation. We need more good people like you in the media who will continue to expose the truth...no matter how ugly it may be! I pray for our President, his family and supporters and most of all for the men & women who serve our country...God Bless America ???????????

  • Bruce Ross

    05/24/2019 06:33 PM

    As always Governor it's good reading for your articles. We can only hope that all the misdeeds will come to light. What the obama administration has done is tearing the fabric of America and what we are as a nation. Prayers for save keeping to you and yours.

  • victoria j peck

    05/24/2019 06:13 PM

    i hope that this all gets out to the public i really want to see some heads role but i don't think much will happen.

  • Heather Somers

    05/24/2019 06:03 PM

    Thank you Mike for continuing to shed light on an otherwise dark, putrid quagmire of information. My question is this; at what point do all these accusations and falsehoods fired at our Commander in Chief become libel and defamation? After all, the man who holds the highest office in the land deserves the same rights as the lowliest of citizens and should not be continually placed under a barrage of innuendo, slander and lies. Stating outright lies about someone is considered assault and punishable by the law. Too bad the Dems have forgotten that applies to both sides of the aisle.

  • Jeannette Downs

    05/24/2019 05:39 PM

    as a President Trump supporter am pleased to see him exonerated in writing, would be even more pleased to see Hillary Clinton and her cohorts prosecuted for their crimes, wish there was a way to muzzle Pelosi every time she opens her mouth she spews dissent

  • Joan Johnson

    05/24/2019 05:38 PM

    Thank you Mr. Huckabee, I love reading your take on the news. It brighten's my outlook.

    I just want to say, I love our President Trump. I pray for him to right the wrongs in our country and shed light on it's enemies with the help of God.

    Go, Pres. Trump.

  • K. Bruce Jones

    05/24/2019 05:08 PM

    Finally.Hope it even becomes clear to nonbelievers

  • Vernon Hinz

    05/24/2019 04:24 PM

    It doesn't make any difference what trump comes up with the socialist Democrats are not going to give up. The only reason the trade deal and talks with North Korea have stalemated is because of the Democrats.

  • Robert McFate

    05/24/2019 04:00 PM

    Wonder which one will turn state evidence to try and save them self.

  • Glenn E De Vries

    05/24/2019 03:51 PM

    Give a man enough rope to hang themselves with works most of the time - hang them high!

  • jack macdonald

    05/24/2019 03:43 PM

    How asleep must Obama have been to not know what his crew was up to? He was the chief executive of the USA and paid $400,000 to oversee and direct the operation. At a minimum he should return his pay for the 8 years he was in charge. This is certainly malfeasance, incompetence or criminal activity on his part. If Valerie Jarett was not informing him she also should forfeit her pay. There is no plausible reason he should not be sent to jail or Gitmo. No wonder he wanted Gitmo closed. The person in the highest position of authority is most responsible for the results which occur on their watch. By any measure, his tenure was a sham and worse. jm

  • Tom Williams

    05/24/2019 03:23 PM

    Gov. Huckabee:
    We all applaud President Trump's order to release all of the documents, first to the AG, and then hopefully, with limited redactions, to the American public. No matter what our "mainstream" media decide to do, the documents will be available for posterity for historians to make the final judgement on the sorry state of the Democratic party. Historians will also pass judgement on the state of our whole country if this does galvanize an enormous revulsion over the conduct of the Obama Administration. They spied! They colluded! They destroyed evidence! They lied! They conspired to obstruct justice! And they leaked! And they are expanding the greatest genocide in human history; namely abortion in the USA, which has murdered more people than Hitler or Stalin.

    The Democratic party trots out lines about nobody being above the Law. Yet they consistently denigrate the US Constitution, violate the Law, and sneer at the rest of us who want to see the Law applied equally to everyone.

  • Joseph

    05/24/2019 03:11 PM

    OMG I can't believe the Democrats are doing it again, you would think that after Pocahantas called for the investigation into voter fraud in the 2016 election and they found that it was in fact the Democrats not the Trump campaign guilty with thousands of illegal votes from illegals and Dead People an showed he even won by an ever greater margin that they would have gotten the hint that they lost. The leftist media pumped their base up to the very end with fake numbers and hope and they are trying to do the same thing again by twisting the facts. If they don't stop this hateful revenge(of their own making) they may just find that the only voters they will have will be criminals and the totally ignorant. Even moslems learned they can't beat us in an open war so they have come here and infiltrated our government and established terror training camps on American soil and yet Democrats who claim to be the smart ones always seem to be the ones whose policies never work.

  • Leonard Lugo

    05/24/2019 02:36 PM

    Opening a deep state can of worms! Please, don't start NIV verses. Your a KJV are you not. I remember Focus on the Family DR. Dobson, officially switched from KJV to NIV he lost many. don't! Only one or two are word for word translations as KJV. An example; I give in Chapel, Jesus was born of a _____________? Fake Bible, Woman. KJV; Virgin. Fake bible omit, 1 Jn. 1:9, KJV,..if we confess. Just 2 examples.

  • Mike L.

    05/24/2019 02:14 PM

    Mike Huckabee; Coincidence ??
    May 23rd Edition-Devin Nunes to Trump: Ask Theresa May about the spying
    May 24th Edition-May Announces Resignation

  • Jamie Duerksen

    05/24/2019 02:02 PM

    The sad truth (that many of us suspected all along) is that the dossier, regardless of its origins, never needed to be accurate or verifiable for the DNC and the mainstream media to use it to their advantage. And apparently it never needed to be vetted, at least in the beginning, for the FBI to begin investigating Trump. What was going on? Was it mass hysteria? Demon possession on a national scale? Herein lies the real crime and the greatest evil: president Trump was pronounced guilty by the media at the outset, at least 2 years before Mueller concluded his investigation, without any evidence whatsoever. The press went after the story in all the eagerness of a young Woodward or Bernstein, sniffing and panting after a Pulitzer as if it were a bird merely hiding in the tall grasses of Washington D.C. But bark and slather was all they could do. They erroneously believed that a tireless regimen of hounding and heckling the president (and his press secretary) would flush him out into the open, holding all the evidence their investigations had failed to gather. I get the feeling reporters like Jim Acosta had imagined that after all their half-witted sleuthing the final hours of Trump's presidency would play out like a hackneyed Patterson novel--Trump fleeing across the White House lawn toward an awaiting Mil Mi-24, carrying a bag of Russian rubles and an autographed headshot of Putin. What investigating did they do beyond expressing their contempt for Trump, disrupting press conferences, and reporting rumors disseminated by disgruntled ex-White House staff? Even Bob Woodward wanted to be Bob Woodward again...penning the book "Fear,” which as it turned out had nothing substantive to say. Perhaps the biggest takeaway of the Collusion Hoax will be how easily the press was deceived and stirred into a frenzy--each outlet feeding on the half-truths of the other with an insatiable appetite for the "scoop." Giving Mueller some credit here, he could have gone all-in on the coup attempt. His agency operates in almost complete secrecy with little oversight it doesn't itself oversee, so Mueller could have kept his eyes half shut and received any number of fabricated sources to bolster the collusion narrative. In the end, who would have doubted (or literally had the time) to sift through hundreds of thousands of pages of aggregated data and be able to discern (without the FBI's cooperation) which sources were real and which were fake? Who lied, who committed felonies, who tried to undermine the election, who tried to cover it up, and who was too ideologically motivated to realize they were being duped? And if igniting the flames of national insanity is this easy, what's keeping, say, Weird Al Yankovic from starting the next bonfire with a mock dossier?

  • d c oliver

    05/24/2019 02:01 PM

    CHARGE!!!

  • Curtis R. Teel

    05/24/2019 01:30 PM

    Thank you President Trump. It is about time that the whole BLACK
    Pot is turned upside down, and the guilty are CHARGED.