In breaking news, the long-awaited August 2, 2017, memo from then-deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein outlining the scope of the Mueller special counsel investigation has been declassified (well, partially), and it’s almost unimaginably bad. No wonder it was kept under wraps for so long.

We’ll have more to say about this on Monday, but for your weekend reading pleasure, Sean Davis at THE FEDERALIST brings the details to you.

Thanks to Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina for his repeated requests that finally led to the document’s release to the Senate Judiciary Committee by the Justice Department. It shows that Rosenstein essentially turned Mueller loose to look far beyond whatever dealings with Russia his targets might or might not have had.

In other words, the scope was pretty much unlimited. Mueller was tasked with investigating “1) any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump, and 2) any matters that arose or may arise directly from that investigation.”

"The legal foundation for Mueller’s appointment is crumbling,” Graham said Wednesday night. “I supported the Mueller investigation because I didn’t know [that there was no foundation]. Now I know why Mueller didn’t find anything.” It’s true that Mueller's team never did find any evidence to link any associate of the Trump campaign with Russia’s election interference. OF COURSE he didn't --- there was never any legitimate reason to be looking at that in the first place.

To provide his “foundation” and justify the authorization of a special counsel, Rosenstein pulled from the bogus Christopher Steele “dossier,” which had been funded, through sneaky channels, by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC (same thing), including unsupported claims about Paul Manafort and Carter Page. This was after the “7th Floor” at the FBI knew the problems with the “dossier” and with Steele as a source. Inescapable conclusion: they didn’t give a flying fig about whether the junk “dossier” was true as long as it gave them a pretense to go after the President.

Rosenstein ordered Mueller to investigate allegations that Page “committed a crime or crimes by colluding with Russian government officials with respect to the Russian government’s efforts to interfere with the 2016 election.” Keep in mind, by this time they had already been spying on him for months and had found nothing to justify this. As you know, there has never been any evidence that Page was working with Russia, and he has never been charged with anything at all.

Rosenstein’s memo casts a wide net; it includes not only Page and Manafort but also Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos and one other mystery person whose name is still redacted. (We don't know for sure, but does anyone think it ISN'T President Trump? Who else would still have his name redacted?)

Rosenstein targeted Flynn for activities that, though perfectly appropriate for an incoming national security adviser, could be tied, however ludicrously, to the Logan Act, which dates from 1799 and under which no one has ever been successfully prosecuted. He also targeted Papadopoulos, alleging that he was a secret, unregistered foreign agent of...not Russia, but Israel.

As Sean Davis reports, what is now evident from this memo is that Rep. Davin Nunes of California was correct when he said Rosenstein had used the fictitious Steele “dossier” to justify and direct Mueller’s special counsel probe. What do you know --- Nunes turns out to be right again!

This incredible overreach should be an embarrassment to the FBI. Again, we’ll have much more Monday. In the meantime, here’s some solid reporting from Gregg Re at FOX NEWS, who says the memo “makes clear that Rosenstein didn’t hesitate to explicitly authorize a deep-dive criminal probe into the Trump team that extended well beyond Russian interference efforts.”

"Collusion is not a U.S. crime,” Re explains, “meaning Mueller had a broad mandate to investigate essentially any foreign involvement by these officials in search of some criminal activity. In other words, a fishing expedition. They were going in search of crimes. Contrast this with the way Hillary and her Bleachbit-happy campaign people were treated.

There’s still a giant block of copy in the memo that remains redacted. According to Re, “speculation has swirled” about whether it has to do with investigating President Trump. (Remember, one of the names of the people to be investigated is still redacted.) Message to Bill Barr, who can declassify anything he wants: LET'S SEE IT ALL.

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  • Vicki Jugo-Litiatco

    05/10/2020 03:21 AM

    Thank you for your very incisive, thought-provoking, enlightening, well-written piece . I follow and always share with and to others your always excellently-written "treatise" ....perfect elucidation! And they love them all, too; and appreciate how you have made the issues and facts much clearer. Thanks again and may God bless you with more wisdom, discernment and courage. Blessings and Shalom!

  • Nitha Vos

    05/08/2020 09:38 AM

    Will this total evil corruption ever end. Action needs to be taken before more innocent people are caught in their net. In the meantime, the House is investigating more and more even though they are not physically present
    in the House of Representatives. Utterly ridiculous.

  • Janet Pingston

    05/07/2020 11:35 PM

    Keep digging... you might end up with the name "George"

  • Elaine Liming

    05/07/2020 11:02 PM

    YES---Let's see it all. In all of this I keeping saying to myself, this could happen to any American Citizen who wants to turn over the Deep State Evil Empire. If the news papers really want the American people to know the Deep State Names, we need Bill Barr to make our day. Do it before the November election. Many of us already know who they are but we need to see it in print. We have experienced what a coup on a duly elected President looks like; we need to learn that evil does exist, and there will always be men and women who like power and money and control on their terms . Let's make this election one in which the American people speak loud and clear for our way of Life and Values. Especially those in our Constitution and Declaration of Independence. No one is above the Law----Message to Mr. Barr it is time to act. Every time I think of tax-payers money used for the Mueller Investigation I get very angry.

  • Hope Keefer

    05/07/2020 09:10 PM

    Thank You Mike Huckabee for being a stand up man. An old saying I grew up hearing (I'm almost 75 now): If you smell a skunk... and no one else does... YOU are probably the skunk."
    God seems slow to act, but that's only because 'we the people' are so willing to swallow lies from the Media. GOD'S TIME is NOW, which means ALL of the dark side's agenda IS NOW BEING EXPOSED... BROUGHT TO THE LIGHT... FAKE NEWS CAN'T STOP THIS LONG OVERDUE EXPOSURE OR STOP YOU, SIR, FROM UNRAVELING WHAT HAS BEEN "HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT!" GBY Governor Huckabee! Words Wielded Wisely WIN WARS. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT.

  • Betty Walter

    05/07/2020 09:05 PM

    This is absolutely sickening! How can they ever regain the public's trust.I am so
    embarrassed for our country. Have they no soul????What a piece of garbage this has turned out to be. And think of all the tax payers money
    they have wasted on these lies. You all should be in jail! The sooner the better!

  • Jerry korba

    05/07/2020 06:58 PM

    The Trump Administration main goal needs to be getting 33 million people back to work and the establish the medical supply chain here in America supply chain for every essential need here in America. We can use a day to celebrate some of the victories people have been wrongfully judged. ;and cleared. We have the Judicial branch doing its job and must right the wrongs Obama created in the past as the dominos fall celebrate them. For now JOBS JOBS JOBS is the focus continue the work to let the people know what the Left wants a country to be like all the indignant action of the last 3 years Conservative have to take control of America destiny . If The left takes control this will be reason for the the largest meteorite to hit the United States.

  • Dusty

    05/07/2020 06:47 PM

    Scared! We all should be afraid of who is in our Govt today? How was this one group able to scam a whole lie into the Russians did this with working with Pres Trump? Gen Flynn was involved by being at a get together and seeing the Russian amb something that many do like Hillary and VP Biden and so many per this is business? They FBI I surmise then found a way to twist these situations and then not provide his own legal and then make him believe his son was on trouble if he did not admit he lied? Who was to gain from this whole set up HILLARY? WHY? They were for her for what their own power? Money? Is Rosenstein the lead, and who was behind him? Not the whole FBI this must be made clear most do their jobs and most did not probably know of this whole thing set up? Now I hope Flynn can write that book and make a few million to get back his life. Then others must be prosecuted for all we the citizens endured per this whole Mueller fake investigation? WHO are we anymore in this the US?

  • Doug Sander

    05/07/2020 06:17 PM

    When will we see some heads roll into prison ? This wasn't an error. This wasn't any sort of normal protocol. This whole thing was an attempted coup against President Trump, and it needs to be treated, and punished, as such. People need to be sent before a firing squad, and I still believe some of those who belong, at least, behind bars, are all the way to the Obama inner circle in the White House.

  • Christine Norton

    05/07/2020 05:31 PM

    It is wonderful to see the "Go Fund Me" page for Shelley Luther. With .5M collected, most of those donations would be small from ordinary folks. If each donation is $ 10.00, there are 50,000 people actively expressing their outrage over this judge's imperious decision.

  • Nancy Stremmel

    05/07/2020 05:03 PM

    About time.

  • Ingrid Forsberg

    05/07/2020 04:46 PM

    A swamp creature in disguise as a "good guy" is what I think Rosenstein is. Glad he is gone.

  • Betty Ridgill

    05/07/2020 04:33 PM

    I agree, Mike, let's see it all. I don't know who did the redaction, and I don't know if it is for security reasons, if it has to do with the president, but if not, then open it all up. These people need to be exposed and dealt with accordingly, and by that I mean they should be prosecuted, the entire group. And, I believe that starts at the very top person in the WH at the time. Such arrogant people!!!!

  • KeoniBoy

    05/07/2020 03:31 PM

    All these deep state sewer rats should suffer Frontier Justice, at the noose end of a rope in the Public Square at High Noon!

  • Roberta Fischer

    05/07/2020 03:28 PM

    It’s about time things are being brought out and crimes exposed by the Deep State. It’s time to make arrests!!!

  • Peter Makowski

    05/07/2020 02:53 PM

    Can you please arrange to have Christopher Wray fired and sent to Ft. Leavenworth Prison?

    He is a most worthless Head of the FBI that I've seen or heard of in my 82 years of life. PRM.

  • Donna Sudbrook

    05/07/2020 02:46 PM

    Rod Rosenstein was United States Attorney for the District of Maryland
    In office
    July 12, 2005 – April 26, 2017. The CDC’s Dr. Nancy Messonnier is the sister of former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Rosenstein is married to Lisa Barsoomian, an Armenian American lawyer who worked for the National Institutes of Health until 2011. As a government attorney, Barsoomian represented the United States in various matters, including Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) cases, and the FBI's "Carnivore" surveillance system, which monitors and captures e-mail.[87][88]. Wikipedia

  • Robin Rebhan

    05/07/2020 02:36 PM

    Wow! I shudder to think that if President Trump had not been elected, how close we could have been to becoming a police state. AND! How important it is for us to get out and vote in November!!
    Masks, gloves, goggles, gown, hazmat suit, whatever! Get out and VOTE!!

  • Pamela Emery

    05/07/2020 02:18 PM

    I wish there was a way to bring to justice or attempt to communicate all this to the world. Even bring in Obama and his wife. They were all in on it. Spread The NEWS

  • Ron Clark

    05/07/2020 02:11 PM

    So much latitude for the investigation and yet, Mueller could draw any conclusion about collusion. That, in and of itself, is evidence of innocence.

  • Bob Ernst

    05/07/2020 01:20 PM

    Ref "A must-read update on the Flynn case", since Title 18 U.S. Code 1001 (lying to a federal agent) is illegal, what are the chances the investigators lied to General Flynn, a federal official?

  • Rick Ishmael

    05/07/2020 01:17 PM

    (RL) comment already sent please attach name

  • RL

    05/07/2020 01:13 PM

    The so-called Mueller investigation was really the Weismann Investigation as we now know after Mueller’s Senate Testimony or lack there of. Weismann and his group of LEFT leaning attorney friends were continuing the agenda that was organized in 2015 after many meeting and conspiracies took place to plan the overthrowing of a Presidential Election to guarantee and secure a solid WIN for Hillary Clinton. Weismann’s Investigation was to try and clean up the failed coup and sweep up the mess ! More cover up. To protect all the players and still try and bring down a duly appointed President by the most corrupt thugs this nation has ever seen IMHO.

  • Lee Sanders

    05/07/2020 01:09 PM

    Some, if not all of those behind the investigation should at least go to jail....including Hillary.

  • Cheryl Lindsey

    05/07/2020 12:54 PM

    While “clean up on Floor 7”, of the FBI Building continues, I do wonder if any there is any disinfectant that will eradicate the anti Trump thought process of the people that work on that floor. Destroy anyone who dares to support the President seems to have been their mantra and the fact that they spent millions of the tax payer dollars to create a fictitious dossier in order to destroy General Flynn, Carter Page, and their main target, President Trump proves they have no conscience. We won’t round up the anti trump employees on the 7th floor like Hitler did with the Jews in the 30’s and 40’s because I think, but not sure, that we live in a democracy but if the Democrat party is back in the Whitehouse, who knows who will be tearing down your front door in the middle of the night. Just ask Paul Manafort and his wife! “Clean up on Floor 7”!