May 26, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
EVIDENCE IN "RUSSIA" CASE WAS FLIM-FLAM; AND A MUST-READ ARTICLE
Opening an FBI investigation into a presidential campaign is supposed to be a huge deal. If government officials are going to allege that members of a campaign --- maybe even the candidate --- are in cahoots with Russia (!), they'd better have the goods.
But a newly declassified memo (another one!) makes it clear that the Papadopoulos “evidence” used to justify “Crossfire Hurricane” was really just flimsy hearsay. They had to be looking for any pretext they could put together. Since they had no evidence of criminality, they turned to Downer’s “suggestion” that Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos might be talking with Russia on the release of Hillary’s emails. As John Solomon writes, “[Alexander] Downer had heard the information about the Russians during a bar conversation in May 2016 from Papadopoulos, who had heard it two months earlier from a European professor who had heard it from Russians allegedly.”
The investigation, he says, was opened based on a “third-hand ‘suggestion’ of wrongdoing and the thinnest of suspicions that illegal foreign lobbying had occurred.” It’s clear from the memo that the criminal basis for opening “Hurricane” was suspected violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, but the memo does not mention a single incidence of violating FARA.
Peter Strzok expressed reservations about the evidence he had, yet he pressed forward. Sometimes, as they say, you’ve “gotta go with what you got.” Strzok both drafted the memo and approved the investigation himself, keeping the memo away from interagency oversight.
MEMORIAL DAY NEWS ROUNDUP
I hope you had a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. On Monday, President Trump visited Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the Battle of Baltimore in 1814. He delivered a moving Memorial Day Address. Earlier, he and Vice President Pence laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. You can read excerpts, see photos or watch the entire speech here.
With many Americans unable to attend commemorative gatherings, a video went viral of Technical Sgt. Jason Covey of the US Air Force Band playing “Taps” at Culpepper National Cemetery, as a drone camera pulled back to show the enormity of the sacrifice made by US military members. This is a must-see, but keep your Kleenex handy.
I’m sure you watched “Huckabee” on TBN this weekend, but you’ll want to see this again: country star Jimmy Fortune, formerly of the Statler Brothers, performs “Meet Me At Arlington” in honor of Memorial Day.
If you saw that show, you heard Charlie Daniels and Code Of Vets founder/Air Force veteran Gretchen Smith talk about the urgent work that group is doing to help veterans struggling during the pandemic. The need is great, and with this group, virtually every penny you give goes directly to help veterans, not overhead. You can learn more and join in at http://www.codeofvets.com
If you’d like to stream a great movie that helps bring home the importance of Memorial Day, I strongly recommend “The Last Full Measure.” Elise Cooper at AmericanThinkier.com agrees.
And here’s a clip from that film and my interview with one of its many stars, Diane Ladd…
Finally, I hate even to mention this, but… The New York Times chose Memorial Day weekend as the perfect time to run an editorial accusing the US military, one of America’s greatest examples of a colorblind meritocracy, of “celebrating white supremacy.”
Retired Marine Staff Sgt. Johnny “Joey” Jones, a bomb technician who lost both legs in Afghanistan, had some choice words about the Times’ “cheap” attempt to use Memorial Day to try to grab attention and “relevance.”
I also liked a comment I saw on the Internet: that the two people still left at the Times who have brains must’ve taken the holiday weekend off.
Speaking of the New York Times letting political bile override common sense and good taste, the paper unconscionably tried to use the deaths of 100,000 Americans from a virus unleashed on the entire world by China for cheap political points. In an apparent attempt to imply that President Trump is somehow responsible, the Times filled its entire front page with the names and capsule obituaries of 1,000 coronavirus fatalities.
It blew up in their faces, though, when sharp-eyed critics noted that, while the fatality numbers are already quite unreliable, the Times had included several deaths that definitely didn’t qualify – including, among the first ten, a young man who had actually been murdered.
The Times writers can at least take solace in knowing they’re not the only major media outlet to throw stones and shatter their own glass house. This may be the funniest thing you’ll see all day, and congrats to the Media Research Center’s Scott Whitlock for spotting it. The Washington Post “fact-checkers” have written a book titled “Donald Trump and his Assault on the Truth,” which they tout in their ad for it as “the essential, authoritative record of Trump’s shocking disregard for facts.”
Also in the ad: a couple of alleged quotes from Trump, one dated “December 18, 2020.”
Granted, I’m not an essential, authoritative, professional fact-checker like the folks at WaPo, but according to my calendar, December 18, 2020, hasn’t even happened yet. Well, the ad is for pre-orders, so maybe they’re just “pre-fact-checking.”
Most Trump supporters have long grown immune to this. We know that Trump likes to exaggerate and boast, he engages in hyperbole, and he makes jokes. According to his critics all of those things are “LYING LIES!!” If he speaks off the top of his head and makes a mistake or a slip of the tongue, that’s also a “LIE!!” If he says something they disagree with, it’s a “LIE!!!” If he says something they don’t want to believe that later turns out to be true, it’s still a “LIE!!!!”
But to me, a “lie” means a deliberate attempt to mislead. That’s why I think that if you look through Sheryl Attkisson’s ever-growing list of “Media Mistakes in the Trump Era,” you’ll probably find more deliberate lies than you will in the WaPo “fact-checkers’” an amazingly prophetic book about Trump.
There’s a world-shaking event taking place right now, but getting very little media coverage. While other nations are preoccupied with the coronavirus China unleased on us all, the communist government of Beijing is launching a crackdown that many fear will spell the end of Hong Kong’s “semi-autonomous” status. Some of us have been expecting and dreading this day from the moment the UK handed over Hong Kong to China in 1997. China remained hands-off for a while, as it enjoyed the wealth generated by Hong Kong, but there was no way communists would ever allow people under their rule to remain that free for the long haul.
Some say China won’t take away too much of Hong Kong’s autonomy because it will harm business, chase away foreign investors and ultimately hurt China. But to anyone who knows how communism works, what’s happening now is no more surprising than the fable about the scorpion that stung the frog that was carrying it across the river on its back. What we’re seeing in Hong Kong – the repression, arrests, intimidation, tear gassing of protesters, etc. – is just in their nature.
In a related story, anyone who thinks that shifting blame for the coronavirus from China to Trump will help win elections might want to check out a stunning new poll by FTI Consulting. It found that in the wake of the pandemic, up to 94% of American voters want more nationalistic economic policies. 94% want labels on goods telling where they are from; 76% are willing to pay more for goods made in America; and (hang on to your hats, anti-Trumpers) 66% want more tariffs placed on foreign imports.
My advice to the Democrats: tell those 94% of voters that they’re racist and xenophobic.
Lt. Col. Allen West has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home after suffering a motorcycle accident in Texas Saturday. Details at the link. He says he thanks God and he thanks everyone who sent their prayers for him. Please keep them coming.
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Psalm 119:105 (KJV)