Evening Edition - July 12

July 12, 2019

From William:

You were very open to answering my earlier questions and so I am here again to ask. First, isn’t it premature to tightly associate the FISA warrant to investigate Carter Page with the ‘Steele dossier’? I think there was other evidence of Mr. Carter Page’s Russian contacts.

Second, isn’t the whole idea that the ‘Russia Investigation was a coup attempt’ by Democrats likely false, since it would have required impeachment to be supported by a Republican majority in the Senate?

Third, can’t people in the government be given the benefit of the doubt regarding their ability to execute their jobs evenly though they may support the party that is not in power or a candidate that may or may not be elected? I look forward to your thoughts.

 

From Mike Huckabee:

Welcome back, William. Let’s start with Carter Page; I’ll tell you what I know. Yes, he did business in Russia as an energy consultant and had Russian contacts, as do many Americans, and this is not illegal. He even lived in Moscow between 2004 and 2007. There is documentation that suggests an alleged Russian operative in New York tried to recruit Page as an intelligence source in 2013.

But before being named in the Washington Post, in March of 2016, as one of then-candidate Trump’s new foreign policy advisers, Page was already known to the FBI and had even cooperated with them to provide information (not sure what about, but I’m guessing it was concerning this attempt to recruit him). For them to turn around and say in the “verified” FISA application that he was suspected of being a RUSSIAN AGENT (which is flat-out TREASON) when the only “evidence” of collaboration with Russia seems to have been the unverified Steele “dossier” is stunning. (I believe it was Andrew McCabe who said that without the dossier, the investigation wouldn’t exist.) And to this day, there has never been any evidence found of such activity on Page’s part, and he has never been charged with anything.

One shadowy character who made contact with Page –- and with other Trump campaign associates such as Sam Clovis and George Papadopoulos –- was Stefan Halper. Halper worked in intelligence, all right, but he wasn’t Russian. He was American. He had worked for the CIA and reportedly for the British intelligence service MI6 , and he seemed bent on infiltrating the Trump campaign through these associates. (Halper is the guy whom Papadopoulos thought was trying to record him while asking him whether the Trump campaign was being helped by Russia hacking emails.) So, was Halper legitimately investigating Carter Page, or was he spying on the campaign, using Page to get close to others as part of a “sting”? Given the big picture, it sure looks like the latter to me.

Moving on, to the idea that Democrats wouldn’t be bothering with impeaching Trump since they know the Republican Senate would never convict. Oh, I suppose that’s why congressional Republicans chose not to impeach Bill Clinton in the ‘90s since they knew the Democratic Senate would never convict. What? They DID impeach him? Never mind.

There are many reasons why Democrats would want to go ahead and impeach Trump as one element of their “soft coup.” Here are ten: 1) To delegitimize him, putting an “asterisk” next to his name and the names of all his judicial appointments as well as signed legislation and executive orders. 2) To distract him from things he’d like to get done as President. 3) To weaken him in the eyes of the world. 4) To show their ruthlessness and discourage future “non-establishment” Republican presidential candidates. 5) To get their mugs on TV during endless impeachment hearings, news conferences and guest appearances, preferably as the election of 2020 nears. 6) To hurt Trump’s chances of being re-elected. (Of course, that one could backfire big-time.) 7) To help hasten his political demise as part of their overall strategy of “death by a thousand cuts.” 8) Because they HATE HIM and can’t deny themselves the delicious joy and rapture of impeaching him. 9) Because some idiots actually believe that Trump was put in office by Vladimir Putin and that impeachment would be “the right thing.”

10) It’s also seen as payback for what happened to Bill Clinton. Evening the score, so to speak.

I could probably think of more but will move on to your third question, on giving government employees the benefit of the doubt as to whether they can do their jobs objectively when their own party is out of power. I think it’s important to acknowledge that many employees are able to do that. They do their jobs as administrations come and go. To cite perhaps the ultimate example, we have Secret Service agents who would do their duty and take a bullet even for a President they hadn’t voted for and maybe didn’t even like, simply because it’s in the job description and they understand the vital importance of their job to national security.

But we've seen much evidence of biased employees clearly overstepping their bounds.  And when we find signs of corruption, especially when it involves abusing the rights of Americans or manipulating the democratic process, it has to be rooted out. It was uncovered in J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI, and we have once again encountered it. Through the years, it has seemed to follow Hillary Clinton wherever she goes.


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What AG William Barr is doing right now really is like peeling away the layers of an onion, and we have to try not to cry at what we see. Paul Sperry at the New York Post has a good piece on the questions Barr will be asking and the evidence he’ll be examining.

https://nypost.com/2019/07/09/did-a-dirty-intelligence-op-create-the-collusion-probe/

So, there you go, William. I hope this has broadened your perspective and helped you understand why a lot of people (including me) think we are in the midst of uncovering a huge conspiracy, but not the one Mueller investigated.   

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  • David Redcay

    07/17/2019 07:14 AM

    Hello Mike ! Re: soccer player saying Trump excludes her because of how she looks ?? Just because she is Extremely Un Attractive (does she kiss her mother with that filthy mouth ?) doesnt mean Prez doesnt want her vote. Mr Trump has hired thousands of gays, probably tens-of-thousands, in his businesses, more than all Dims combined.

  • Robin Gonsalves

    07/13/2019 09:05 PM

    And yet we wait more...we’re waiting for statue to run out, right?
    Then they’ll say they would have and could have all been prosecuted, BUT the statue of the crime expired. SORRY!
    As POTUS Trump slowly unclogs the swap drain I’m beginning to see some bottom feeders with R’s next to their names....
    Is there a statue to treason?
    MAGA / TRUMP 2020 & beyond....

  • Gladys J Edakattil

    07/13/2019 06:58 PM

    §Waiting for the hour when AG Barr & Inspector General Horowitz would expose the Clintons & their cohorts, Comey, Rosenstein, Wray, McCabe, Strzok, L Page, Mueller & Company, Comey’s Professor friend D Richman, Brennan, L Lynch, Rice, Holder, Clapper, Tapper, McDonough, Hayden, BHO & all others & justice be meted out to them! §It has been common knowledge for years – at least to me – that China is a threat not only to US but also to the rest of the world!! Why can’t the Congress know that & act accordingly instead of “corroborating” with them – like privately having business deals with them, as some of McConnell’s family members are involved? Like Biden & his son did? What the President trying to do is to restrict & curtail China’s reach into our economy, military, cybersecurity, technology, trade, medicine, equipment, infrastructure, etc. She has flooded the markets with her “good” cheap imitations of goods of every kind (whether they’re durable or not wasn’t the question) & overtaken world markets! China has already done much damage! She has dug herself into most of the African countries, a few of the Latin American countries, Middle Eastern & European countries. She’s craving for supremacy in every area & to bring US to her knees. She’s already established strategic military bases in the “Pacific” by expanding those little Reef Islands in the East China Seas while US (under Bush & Obama), UK, Germany, France & the rest of the world watched merrily without taking any action to stop her!! §Mexico also have taken advantage and bled US dry like China and quite a few other countries. I’m glad that the President ditched the Pacific Trade Deals, NAFTA, Paris Deal, Iranian Deal, Palestinian Deal, etc., and have renegotiated with Mexico, Canada, & are re-negotiating with China, & all other countries to have deals that’s fair to US & as well as to those individual countries. That way no one loses out & everyone gains!! President Trump is a fair man & don’t believe in the downfall of other countries he negotiates with. “Live & let live” that’s his policy which is admirable & a policy which honours God. I’ve lived abroad 45 years & I know that they used to think of Americans as being utter fools!! Think about it!! May the Lord grant us His Wisdom!

  • Gladys J Edakattil

    07/13/2019 06:55 PM

    §Waiting for the hour when AG Barr & Inspector General Horowitz would expose the Clintons & their cohorts, Comey, Rosenstein, Wray, McCabe, Strzok, L Page, Mueller & Company, Comey’s Professor friend D Richman, Brennan, L Lynch, Rice, Holder, Clapper, Tapper, McDonough, Hayden, BHO & all others & justice be meted out to them! §It has been common knowledge for years – at least to me – that China is a threat not only to US but also to the rest of the world!! Why can’t the Congress know that & act accordingly instead of “corroborating” with them – like privately having business deals with them, as some of McConnell’s family members are involved? Like Biden & his son did? What the President trying to do is to restrict & curtail China’s reach into our economy, military, cybersecurity, technology, trade, medicine, equipment, infrastructure, etc. She has flooded the markets with her “good” cheap imitations of goods of every kind (whether they’re durable or not wasn’t the question) & overtaken world markets! China has already done much damage! She has dug herself into most of the African countries, a few of the Latin American countries, Middle Eastern & European countries. She’s craving for supremacy in every area & to bring US to her knees. She’s already established strategic military bases in the “Pacific” by expanding those little Reef Islands in the East China Seas while US (under Bush & Obama), UK, Germany, France & the rest of the world watched merrily without taking any action to stop her!! §Mexico also have taken advantage and bled US dry like China and quite a few other countries. I’m glad that the President ditched the Pacific Trade Deals, NAFTA, Paris Deal, Iranian Deal, Palestinian Deal, etc., and have renegotiated with Mexico, Canada, & are re-negotiating with China, & all other countries to have deals that’s fair to US & as well as to those individual countries. That way no one loses out & everyone gains!! President Trump is a fair man & don’t believe in the downfall of other countries he negotiates with. “Live & let live” that’s his policy which is admirable & a policy which honours God. I’ve lived abroad 45 years & I know that they used to think of Americans as being utter fools!! Think about it!! May the Lord give us wisdom!

  • Emily R. Bath

    07/13/2019 03:45 PM

    I don't really care what anyone has to say about the upcoming election. I am Donald Trump all the way so I don't have to concern myself with the dog and pony show the republicans are putting on. Thank God for you , President Trump and God bless America!

  • David Prentler

    07/13/2019 03:08 PM

    I wish to comment on the statement that Allen West made about Nancy Pelosi committing a "High Crime or Misdemeanor". Allen if you would read the Constitution particularly the Bill of Rights, somewhere in there it does state that any government entity MUST have a search warrant or a persons consent to enter a home.
    There are a very few exceptions to this but looking for an illegal alien is not one of them. Nancy Pelosi has every right to advise anyone of their constitutional rights. This might be the first time that I have backed anything that Pelosi has said.

  • Paulette Taylor

    07/13/2019 09:17 AM

    Governor Huckabee:
    I saw this on Facebook, which I credit to Todd Filip: "No one mentions that illegals are free to leave detention centers anytime to go back to Mexico. They aren't our prisoners."

  • Larry Weldon

    07/13/2019 08:15 AM

    William must be paying attention mostly to fake news media. Had he been paying attention to you AND to Hannity, Limbaugh, Levin, and even Beck, he would know the truth and have been set free.

    I have a client who said to me "I watch CNN, too, because it's always useful to know what the enemy is doing.".

  • Phil Stocks

    07/13/2019 12:49 AM

    It's very interesting that no one seems to care about former President Obama attempting to effect the election of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
    Why?
    Left wing racial and religious prejudice?
    Right wing apathy?

  • steve citron

    07/13/2019 12:23 AM

    Right on the button Mike !
    As someone who has gone to find the slimey undersides of politics so easy to find, I salute your rebuttal

  • Jo Gonzalez

    07/13/2019 12:12 AM

    With all due respect, the Mueller episode is boring and old. Nothing there, nothing to see, but how corrupt Hillary & the different Depts, foremost F.B.I. I would have liked to see some recognition ,of the President's monumental order, offering relief to the victims of Kidney disease. I lost very good Friend in her 50's ,who was on a list, but didn't get a kidney in time. The President will help hundreds of people suffering this devastating disease, with his new Order. It's a very good thing, so must be covered up. Please shine some light on it, the man deserves recognition for helping the truly helpless. When was the last time you heard a Politician actually doing something to help the Common American. Thanks, love your articles, and sense of humor.

  • Amelia Little

    07/12/2019 11:50 PM

    As far as the impeachment thing goes...I've thought for some time, with so many people working what seems to be 24/7 on anything to impeach President Trump on, after all this time, if there was any "there" there on this issue, too, it would have popped up by now. Not only those democrats with their mugs in front of the cameras, but I'm betting they have their staff working frantically on this, too.

    I do know there are congressmen of both parties who are actually doing their jobs--as evidenced by those issues this administration HAS accomplished. And, I do appreciate those people. You know, those who seem to be actually doing congressional work instead of seeing who can get the most tv time and come up with the most ludicrous ideas.

  • Verlyn Steinbach

    07/12/2019 11:30 PM

    At this point in time I have no faith that anyone will be held accountable for the Collusion mess.

  • William Morley

    07/12/2019 11:02 PM

    Just keep peeling away the onion and you will find a Clinton with a big mouth. Then, " HANG UM HIGH"

  • Tom Robertson

    07/12/2019 09:12 PM

    Very exacting answers.............the actual way it is............they are cutting their own throats............just to spite President Trump and the citizens that have and will again vote for him............
    Tom

  • William Born

    07/12/2019 08:42 PM

    Keep fighting sir. We need more like you and your daughter. You understand what is really happening.

  • Tommie Houser

    07/12/2019 08:21 PM

    Yes the Corrupt Democrats and it’s Corrupt Political Machine ; ( The fake News (“Political Biased Arm”), will stoop to anything means possible to Destroy The President And to Get at POTUS ; (even at the Expense of destroying America) .
    Alex Acosta is the latest to be destroyed by Democrats.
    Granted ,many of Those same Democrats that fought and defended Bill Clinton. Crooked Hillary ‘s defense of Bill and his crimes while, Degrading his Victims actually did Happen . Remember the Stained Dress??. Hillary Defended Bill for his raping and Yes ;Defended Uncle Bill’s sexual Abuses of a Young Female Employee, while Uncle Bill was in THE PEOPLES HOUSE ,”
    THE Nations White House”.
    President Donald Trump has had NO such Affairs in THE PEOPLES HOUSE
    And in spite of The COUP Against Him and Obstruction at every turn by Treasonous Democrats , and Fake News And Lies , he has done more in Two and A Half Years than any other President of These United States ever serving Before Him.
    ALL Women of America , ALL Women involved in Female Rights Movements might Ask this “highly reverent and Valid Question”.
    That BEING THIS;
    THAT IF Hillary R. Clinton had been Elected our President would the Current Sex Trafficking Case and the “Billionaires Crimes”; ever ;
    EVER , EVEN SEEN the light of Day??? Think that Billionaire And UNCLE Bill Clinton were great Friends .
    For Gods Sake and For yourselves, and for America ,
    Think Hard On That as Our Beloved Nation is Being Destroyed Before our Vary Eyes !

  • Michael Clifford

    07/12/2019 07:41 PM

    You said it ALL in one word: Clinton.

  • Robert A.Hammill

    07/12/2019 07:28 PM

    Who leaked the first round of ICE raids &
    are they in prison for it ?!

  • tom jeffs

    07/12/2019 07:22 PM

    one minor detail, everybody keeps talking about Manafort, Page and others as doing business in "Russia" but while Ukraine was one of the Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) they've been at war with Russia since the break-up of the USSR; witness Putin annexing Crimea and warring with Ukraine - - - - - - - so why does everybody overlook that minor detail ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

  • Archbishop John (Sean) Walsh

    07/12/2019 07:20 PM

    Re: Urgent request. Dear Governor, I’ve managed to get leaders of groups of Peruvian Evangelical Churches, the Peruvian Jewish Association, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lima and my own Eastern Catholic Church-Aramaic Rite to agree to (1) meet with the Peruvian Foreign Minister and President to urge them to use their remaining time on the UN Human Rights Council to get all 8 Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) UNHCR members to speak out on behalf of International Freedom of Religion and especially for most persecuted, who are Christians, and (2) urge leaders and members of the Organization of American States to establish an OAS post of Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, similar to what the USA and Canada have done. Each of our religious groups are members of region-wide groups: Latin American Evangelical Alliance, Latin American Council of Bishops, Latin American Jewish Congress. I’ve tried in vain to reach Sec. of State Mike Pompeo and Ambassador Sam Brownback but want to inform them of our initiative and ask them on their end to promote these efforts. I would need a go-between. Would you be able to help? Please write to me at [email protected] with your queries and/or answer. To date the LAC diplomats on the UNHRC are sitting there as silent witnesses of these genocides and ethnic cleansings of Christians in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Thanks beforehand.

  • William Donaldson

    07/12/2019 07:18 PM

    You are awesome!. Keep up the good work and reporting.

  • Veronica Sue Moyer

    07/12/2019 07:17 PM

    Basically, the DEMOS are grasping for straws and want to keep stirring the pot to distract from all of TRUMP'S GOOD HE HAS DONE FOR GOOD OLD AMERICA! LOVE, BARR AND THEY HATE HIM FOR WHAT HE KNOWS!

    THE TRUTH SHALL FIND YOU OUT! AND WHO SAYS THIS? THE KING!!

  • Denis G. Warner

    07/12/2019 06:51 PM

    I reason I enjoy reading your comments are because you are so concise in your explanation of
    the "facts". Reading or viewing the "news" via Foxnews or any other outlet almost makes my
    head explode. The Dems seem so illogical about solutions to any obvious problem and so ready
    to "manufacture" problems as a way to produce unnecessary legislation.

  • David E Palmer

    07/12/2019 06:37 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, Well said! And I agree with you! I am sure many more America loving people do too! The truth is always a good thing. It gives us discernment and protection. I have learned that some people will argue with you about whether it is daylight or dark outside. You can not convince someone of the obvious. They are deliberately choosing not to see it! Thank you for being willing to stand strong for America and America loving citizens. We support you!