June 7, 2018


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Yesterday, I wrote about the stalling of the IG report in the worst place for it to be languishing; namely, the DOJ/FBI, where the very departments cited for misconduct get to review it and perhaps do some editing and redacting to lessen its impact. It’ll be up to Inspector General Michael Horowitz to keep them from watering down what we’ve heard is a scathing report.

According to Jason Chaffetz, only the IG and his staff have seen the entire final report, along with the attorney general, deputy attorney general and FBI director, who were each given copies. Cooperating witnesses have seen segments that apply to them. Chaffetz also said the IG told him leaks would be inevitable.

And sure enough, a few leaks have happened, but they’re just general remarks on some of the glaring misconduct that we already knew about. I think it’s important to ask why, out of this 400- or 500-word report (depending on who is saying), these tidbits were the ones chosen for the early leaking.

According to a source cited by ABC News, former Director James Comey’s conduct was called “insubordinate”? Get me my smelling salts! Loretta Lynch’s suggestion of the word “matter” instead of “investigation” was questioned? OMG!

Now, class: What are leaks to major news outlets typically designed to do? Let’s say it together: Preserve the Obama legacy and damage Trump. Now, how does the use of the distinctive word “insubordinate” help preserve the Obama legacy? Anyone?

It’s easy. To be “insubordinate” is to violate the orders of those having higher rank. In Comey’s case, that would include Attorney General Loretta Lynch and, more significantly, President Obama. To say Comey’s behavior was insubordination not only communicates that he was wrong, but that President Obama was NOT wrong. It takes the blame off the Obama White House and places it squarely on him. Thus, it’s the perfect thing to leak.

Why should we assume that Comey was acting entirely on his own? It seems much more likely that he was doing exactly what was desired of him to keep Hillary viable as she coasted to her inevitable victory. Yet that word stands out as an attempt to make us go against our instincts and accept the idea of Comey “going rogue.” My intent is not to criticize the report --- we still haven’t seen the report --- but only to consider this particular leak in the context of its likely motivation.

Comments made by Comey while on his book tour make it clear that he considers himself to be an intensely moral man, quite possibly the most virtuous man who has ever trod the earth. (He has said he considers Trump to be morally unfit to be President). And he said he believes in “the chain of command.” Now, class: How does someone who behaves according to his principles and believes in the chain of command commit acts of insubordination? Answer: He doesn’t. Whatever he’s doing has come down from the top.

That’s why I suspect that Comey followed orders that came straight down from Obama, through “the chain of command” to him. Certainly the specific wording in Comey’s statement to protect Hillary from criminal charges in the summer of 2016 was part of that. Even the re-opening of the Hillary email case so close to the election could have been a way to try to minimize the damage to Hillary (or her future Presidency) from her emails found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop, which we now know had come to the FBI’s attention weeks before.

Comey cited the infamous tarmac meeting between Lynch and Bill Clinton as a reason why he had to distance himself form her. Lynch had become a “weak link” in that chain of command. Certainly she should have recused herself from the Hillary investigation after that stunningly inappropriate meeting. If she had, then supervision of Comey would have fallen to her deputy, and Comey might have felt less inclined to act as prosecutor as well as investigator.

While doing TV interviews during his book tour, Comey offered variations of this statement made on “The Late Show” on CBS: “I can be useful by offering people a vision of what ethical leadership looks like.” (With late-night TV starved for good comedy, this was probably the most hilarious line heard in some time.) On the contrary, what we now know, even before the full IG report is made public, is that Trump was absolutely right to fire Comey. It’s easy to see –- even for those of us on the outside looking in –- how thoroughly messed-up and agenda-driven the Hillary investigation was. Somebody sure needed to provide some ethical leadership, and nobody did.


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IG report remains in the hands of those it investigated

By Mike Huckabee

For all of us who knew “the fix was in” on Hillary and the investigation of her mishandling of classified emails and destruction of evidence, the anticipation of Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report has been like waiting for Godot. (Spoiler alert if you don’t know the play: Godot never arrives.) Now, sources tell Sara A. Carter that our worst fears about this interminable delay may be well-founded, as the report now sits in the hands of the DOJ and FBI.

Now wait just a minute! Aren’t the DOJ and FBI the subjects of this report? Yes, they are. And the report is expected to be scathing. But they get to see it before we do, and no doubt they’ll do whatever they can to lessen its impact: edit, add notes, change wording, redact. Numerous sources tell Carter that everyone mentioned in the report gets to review it before it sees the light of day. The 400-page report (some say 500) is expected to be extremely thorough –- and it better be, considering how long this has taken. Work started almost a year and a half ago.

Although the report has been finished for several weeks, its release has been repeatedly delayed. (Unbelievably, sources told Carter that Horowitz originally delayed releasing it until former FBI Director James Comey’s book tour was over! But I’m thinking that maybe he wanted to find out what Comey was saying in interviews.) It’s not known how long the current review process is going to take. Gosh, it sure will be ironic if the report turns out to criticize the DOJ and FBI for stonewalling, slow-walking and heavily redacting documents, because that’s what they’re probably doing with it RIGHT NOW.

Won’t it be hilarious if it turns out they redacted the part about all the wrongful redacting they do? Of course, somebody would have to get it un-redacted for us to ever know they did that.

Now, who might that person be? Alleged Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation into Trump’s campaign, but this IG report has nothing to do with that. It’s about the way Hillary’s use of a private server to conduct State Department was investigated --- or not --- by the DOJ and FBI. We already know that her “investigation” was handled very differently from most, so much so that I often feel compelled when discussing it to put quotation marks around the word “investigation.”

Anyway, there is no excuse for Sessions to retreat from this. He needs to take control of it and shine some light on it or be fired. This report concerns Hillary; it has nothing to do with the investigation of Trump, so if Trump fires Sessions over it, no one can say it’s obstruction. (Well, Chuck Schumer and everybody at MSNBC will call it obstruction, but it won’t be.)

So we wait. In the meantime, Congress is still conducting oversight hearings. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are trying to get Andrew McCabe’s testimony, but he reportedly wants immunity first. (Please don’t give him that; subpoena him and make him plead the Fifth if necessary.) And Bill Priestap, head of the FBI’s counterintelligence division and Peter Strzok’s former boss, was reportedly very cooperative during a closed-door hearing with members of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees.

According to a report in The Hill, Priestap was involved in changing the description of Hillary’s handling of classified emails from the potentially criminal “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless.” He also reviewed and edited the comments James Comey made in July 2016 that he would not be recommending criminal charges against Hillary. It’s good that they got him on the record.

So progress is being made on some fronts, But we’ll have to start screaming for some heads if the IG report is allowed to languish in the very departments it threatens to expose.


McConnell cancels recess

By Mike Huckabee

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that due to the backlog of business caused by the Democrats’ lockstep obstructionism, he’s decided to cancel the August recess and make all Senators stay in DC and work instead of going home.

As fully justified as this is (how many of uscould refuse to do our high-paying jobs, then take a month’s vacation?), there is a political component to it. This November, 24 Democrats and 9 Republicans are up for reelection. The Republicans are mostly from safe conservative states, but many of the Democrats are from states won heavily by Trump. Now, those Democrats won’t be able to spend August campaigning back home.

Democrats are trying to put the best spin on this, claiming they’re overjoyed to spend August in DC (does anyone actually believe that claim from anybody?) so they can focus on health care and demand that Trump stay and work with them instead of going to Mar-A-Lago to play golf. I think they might be sorry they did that: I was on the campaign trail with Trump and saw him put in long days that left aides half his age panting like tired plow horses.

Democrats have built their entire image on “resisting” everything Trump does. Will they really work with him if he shows up? If so, that would mean actually compromising with Trump to get some things done that they’ve been obstructing. That could be even worse for them than not campaigning, since their base wants no compromise and is convinced Trump is worse than Satan, Hitler and a diesel Humvee with fur upholstery all rolled into one.

Of course, this could all be political theater. McConnell might hold skeleton sessions with only a few people in the chamber, or work for a week or so to make a point, then let everyone go home. But I’d suggest that McConnell make a list of must-pass issues and let the itching-to-amscray Senators know up front that until every one of those items gets checked off, they will be suffering through August humidity that makes waterboarding feel like a cool, dry breeze.


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The Trump economy

By Mike Huckabee

Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) love to mock President Trump when he boasts about having the greatest economy ever. But the mockery is getting harder because every day, some new statistic comes out that’s…well…the greatest ever.

Tuesday brought one that’s jaw-dropping. Ivanka Trump tweeted out news from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that there are now 6.1 million unemployed Americans and a record-high 6.7 job openings. For the first time ever, there are more job openings than job seekers. I can only imagine the horrible name Samantha Bee is going to call Ivanka for delivering that news and undermining her reason for existence, which seems to be to yell into a camera lens about how bad everything is under Donald Trump.

All this good news, from the incredible jobs numbers to rising wages to GDP growth to the North Korea nuclear summit, must be terribly dispiriting for the people whose predictions of what life would be like under Trump sounded like the interior of Hawaii’s erupting volcano. Even the New York Times ran an article last week that admitted in the headline, “We Ran Out of Words to Describe How Good the Jobs Numbers Are.” And this is a paper that can ramble on for 10,000 words describing the cooking at a raw food restaurant.

I’d like to tell these poor folks to “cheer up,” but I’m afraid that would only depress them more.


Evening Edition - June 6

By Mike Huckabee

A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!


Daily Verse

"For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.."

 - Galatians 3:26-27

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  • Tom Larson

    06/08/2018 05:21 PM

    With regard to your scripture, we can only"be in Christ" if we truly BELIEVE in Christ, acknowledging our condition as a lost Sinner! Baptism is vanity without repentance and TRUE Faith in Christ! GOD knows and is in control!

  • Darlene Pridmore

    06/08/2018 08:18 AM

    Thank you. I truly need your perspective. You are great “medicine” for a sick world. After reading your column Ivan rest well. Your Humor is awesome.

  • Debra Black

    06/07/2018 11:23 AM

    I am appalled at the incompetence of the democrats and how childish they are acting being high representatives of our nation. About time Mr. McConnell treat them like high schoolers staying in for detention to get their work done. Need to get Pelosi out of there. She is the worst of them all. She needs her head screwed on straight. I really enjoy your newsletters. Keep them coming. I'll donate when I'm able.