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April 7, 2021
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I have no idea where special counsel John Durham is in his investigation of “Crossfire Hurricane,” but at this point one wonders if others who’ve been on the case might be way ahead of him. Paul Sperry of RealClearInvestigations has been following it all along, and he can now show, without a doubt, that there was never anything to it at all. I mean, NOTHING. At all.

And the FBI knew it.

Have a conversation about the Steele “dossier” with a Democrat even today, and that individual will likely say something like, “Oh, sure, there were some things that they never absolutely verified, like that wild prostitute story, but there were other allegations in it that were corroborated. So the rest of it is probably real, too.”

No. Nothing in the “dossier” was corroborated.

Sperry has seen the recently declassified documents with secret testimony by the FBI investigator who was in charge of corroborating it. Though the name of that person is still redacted, Sperry was able to find out through congressional sources that it is FBI Supervisory Intelligence Analyst Brian Auten.

Last October –- when the Senate was still run by Republicans –- Auten testified behind closed doors before staff investigators for the Senate Judiciary Committee, and he said under oath that neither he nor his team of half a dozen analysts could confirm a single one of Christopher Steele’s allegations, including those they included in FISA applications to use longterm electronic surveillance on several associates of Trump’s campaign.

Auten told the committee under oath that “the actual allegations and the actions described in those reports could not be corroborated.”

He and his team worked hard to find out if any of it was true. Auten is a leading specialist on Russia and was familiar with names and places mentioned in the dossier. They chased down every lead they could, even traveling overseas to interview Steele and others. All they could confirm were publicly available names, entities and positions of some people mentioned in the documents. They also found lots of obvious mistakes. There was nothing to warrant an investigation.

They easily debunked some parts of the dossier, such as the major claim that Michael Cohen went to Prague in the summer of 2016 as part of the Trump campaign to to work with Kremlin agents on hacking the election. As it turned out, when Cohen said, “I’ve never BEEN to Prague,” he was telling the truth. Yet Democrats kept the phony “Russian hacking” story going...and going.

I find it interesting that the media could spread a made-up story about Russians hacking the 2016 election for Trump, but if anyone even suggests today that Democrats and/or foreign influences might have done some hacking of their own four years later, they’re thrown off social media immediately and the curtain comes down.

As Sperry reports, “[Auten’s] testimony, kept secret for several months, is eye-opening because it’s the first time anybody from the FBI has acknowledged headquarters failed to verify any of the dossier evidence supporting the wiretaps as true and correct.”

It gets worse. Not only did they not corroborate any part of the dossier, but they also failed to inform the court of this. They were duty-bound to inform the FISA Court that they had nothing, but instead they reverently referred to their steaming pile of poo as “Crown material” (Steele's a Brit) and used it for all four warrants to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. According to testimony from former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, without the dossier, the warrants could not have been obtained. (I would note that a previous warrant application that didn't use the dossier had been rejected, so this is true.)

The warrant applications against Page, an American citizen, refer to him as a “Russian agent.” Recall that in January of this year, Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty to one count of falsifying evidence for altering a government document that had originally said Page had worked for the CIA as a confidential source. Clinesmith changed it to say that Page had NOT worked for the CIA. That’s the one criminal conviction that Durham has obtained so far.

Page, who after a year of being spied on was never charged with anything, is now suing the FBI, as well as Auten personally and some others who were involved. We wish him well in that endeavor. Sperry’s report doesn’t go into this, but since Hillary’s campaign funded the creation of the dossier through law firm Perkins Coie, I wonder if he might name any of them in the lawsuit as well. Marc Elias of Perkins Coie is still very active in engineering election outcomes; why, just last year, he traveled around the country pushing for unconstitutional changes in many states that made it easier to cheat. I’m not a lawyer and don’t know if it makes sense from a legal standpoint, but, gosh, it would be such fun to see him and Perkins Coie and even Hillary on a list of defendants. They’ve caused a lot of damage; Carter Page is just one example.

Anyway, Auten and his team put together a “spreadsheet” of information that appeared at first glance to be corroboration, but as it turned out, this was all in the form of media reports. They even included reports that had used Steele himself as the source --- Steele verifying Steele. No real evidence.

Sperry’s article –- highly recommended reading –- gives a lot more detail about what Auten was doing with the dossier and the cavalier way he spoke of its deficiencies in testimony and with colleagues.

Sperry quotes FBI Special Agent Michael Biasello as saying Auten should be “held accountable” for his role in what he described as FBI headquarters’ blatant disregard for the diligent process FISA warrants demand. “A FISA warrant must be fully corroborated,” Biasello said. “Every statement, phrase, paragraph must be verified in order for the affiant to attest before a judge that the contents are true and correct.” He said he’d seen agents and analysts “obsessed” with the accuracy of these documents.

"To think the Crossfire team signed off on those FISA affidavits knowing the contents were uncorroborated is unconscionable, immoral and also illegal,” Biasello told Sperry. “All of them must be prosecuted for perjury, fraud and other federal crimes.”

According to the IG report prepared by Michael Horowitz, Auten said he wasn’t concerned by Steele’s animus towards Trump and also that it was “immaterial” that the dossier was paid for by Hillary’s campaign. (I am not kidding --- he really did.) He said the team was “justified” in opening cases against Page, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort and George Papadopoulos –- even though they were concerned enough about what they were doing at the time to discuss taking out professional liability insurance.

So, where is Brian Auten today? To the surprise of no one, he’s still working in his job as a supervisory intelligence analyst at the FBI, under Director Christopher Wray.

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  • Fiorella Weaver

    04/07/2021 05:04 PM

    Governor, I am surprised you still believe all that stuff about Covid cases. I am sure democratic states tweak their tests to show positive so they can continue their totalitarian measures. Of course we are all careful, but if you compare the Dakotas, you’ll get what I mean. Masks don’t work, no matter what they tell you. I am 81 and I have never worn a mask anywhere... Thank you for your good humor!

  • Elaine Paoletti

    04/07/2021 04:52 PM

    With all due respect Governor, when I read the article which is clearly criminal at so many levels, I just feel defeated and upset that after all this time nothing has been done to resolve so much deceit. God help us all and of course God bless our country which is headed right down a horrific path......
    Respectfully,
    Elaine Paoletti

  • Suzanne Sheffield

    04/07/2021 04:38 PM

    I am 3rd generation Navy and when I watch what has and is happening in this country my heart breaks and I become angry. I know that had I done what the FBI did with crossfire hurricane, I’d be raid in the wee hours of the morning and then locked up and keys thrown away! Why do Dems always get away with everything and we Republicans never stop them. I’m scared for my country and future generations. I oftentimes want to give up and die, but I can’t as I love my country so much and will go down fighting for it. Thank you Mr. Huckabee for always sharing truth and humor. I don’t think I could continue without being able to read your words. I wish Sarah well in her run! She’s an exceptional woman blessed by God. Take care and God Bless America!

  • Melinda Smith

    04/07/2021 04:14 PM

    I think it's high time President Trump and his family sue the government for perpetrating a fraudulent scheme against a sitting president, his family and administration. They are due to have all of their legal expenses paid as well as punitive damages to say the least. Government run amok is dangerous but government operating without checks is criminal.

  • Bobbie Love

    04/07/2021 04:02 PM

    Outrageous how they boldly lie and deceive Americans with no remorse or concern of consequences.

  • Todd Dawson

    04/07/2021 03:55 PM

    Having worked for the FBI in the early and mid 70's, and actually having met Director Hoover, I find the Special Agent's actions and attitudes involved with trying to corroborate allegations made in the dossier to be reprehensible. I'm certain had Mr. Hoover been in charge of the Bureau when all this garbage was alleged that it would have been crushed early on. I know one thing for sure...if FBI agents knocked on my front door and wanted to speak with me, I'd order them off my front porch. I wouldn't talk to anyone from the Bureau ever. And that hurts me, but it's a fact!

  • j. debra halsmith

    04/07/2021 03:52 PM

    Re: "prisoners claiming to be transgendered" questions I have... [& another comment below that!]...
    1/ Do you know if any transgendered-females have requested to be transferred to a male-only prison?
    2/ Why doesn't the prison system open up a "transgendered ONLY" prison OR at least have a section of the male OR female prisons set aside for these sooo troubled prisoners?
    By the way... The Huckabee Show is an end-of-the-week highlight event I sooo enjoy! I hope to be part of the audience one day...perhaps 2021!!! I missed doing so for your 1st show in January 2021! My Nashville trip to visit my daughter & family was cut short and had to cancel... :'(
    MEGA KUDOS to Tré Corley & Music City Connection...I know that they are one of BEST bands around that I've ever heard!!! And I just LOVE LOVE LOVE anything they musically share with us every week!!! THANK YOU!!!

  • John wilt

    04/07/2021 03:31 PM

    Mike,
    Good report and thank you. But so what! If anyone other than me still cares, what will be done about the greatest fraud ever perpetrated against the American people? It all seems to have worked out well for the left and the rest of the ruling class.

    I can only assume it is God’s will and the way He has planned to remove all the United States of America as one nation under God has brought to the world in His name.

    What a tragedy to waste such an incredible gift! But there just don’t seem to be enough people who care. Or perhaps we are just to dull mentally and spiritually to understand what is at stake?

    John

  • Sharon Levy

    04/07/2021 03:10 PM

    I was glad to hear about the Canadian Pastor who threw the "Covid 19 enforcers" out of his church. He is right. The way they are doing things is definitely 'Nazi Gestapo" like! And everyone should pay attention to these types of behavior. Go Fund Me is something that we should use to give the people who have principals a backup.

  • LYnda Hart

    04/07/2021 02:57 PM

    When you talk about needing ID to pick up Baseball tickets, or to fly on an airplane, or go to a shareholder’s meeting I can just hear the left screaming White Privilege! But what about needing ID to buy cough medicine, or a pack of cigarettes, or get treated at an ER? Are you telling me only white privileged folks do these things? To quote our POTUS, C’mon man!

  • Bennye St.Claire

    04/07/2021 02:45 PM

    You know Mike, I got so sick and tired of listening to you all try to explain the Georgia Voting Law that I downloaded it myself and read the entire law. Here is my findings. Those that think the law restricts voters should read the law and then pay attention to the definition of restriction. As far as I can tell this law is in line with most other states and instead of restricting voter access to ballot boxes (stations, or whatever they are calling them today) it actually adds a required 2 Saturday voting or a 2 Sunday voting as chosen by the individual counties. So the Voter group for Sunday voting only has to make the trip on either of the required Sundays. There seems to be some moronic misunderstanding of plain English. Read the law, it is printed and written in plain English, then complain. As for the ID requirement, anyone with half a brain knows that IDs are already required for many things and I doubt that there is a resident of Georgia that does not have an ID. Maybe the illegal aliens, but surely not the legal residents. being from Arkansas (Texarkana) for most of my adult life, I learned to read English in about the 3rd grade. So if those in the northern tier of states can't read thisthen they need to attend high school reading classes again. End of rant!!!! Thanks!!!
    Dr Bennye J St.Claire

  • Jack Thompson

    04/07/2021 01:42 PM

    I really appreciate your newsletters and about this transgender insanity, God never says OOPS! Look at Isaiah 64:8. what gender you were born is the gender you will ALWAYS BE.

  • Mark Mittelstaedt

    04/07/2021 12:41 PM

    I told you from the very beginning, starting back in 2018, that the Steele " dossier " was complete, made-from-whole-cloth claptrap. I'm retired now, but as a salesperson of extremely expensive instrumentation, and the components that go in it, selling into the hundreds of millions, it was easy for me to recognize that " steaming pile of poo " for exactly what it was ;-}

  • Deborah Sparkman

    04/07/2021 12:39 PM

    I know that no one will ever be charged with anything. I wish that every news organization, tv and print, would be required to report the truth. I realize I am naive but it is disheartening to see how corrupt they all are.

  • Carol Zeitler

    04/07/2021 12:38 PM

    Governor Huckabee, I look forward to your newsletters every day. With all the hype, hysteria & misinformation swirling around, I know that I can count on you to examine all sides of an issue & to be truthful. You are a calming influence & keep me focused on what is really important. I thank you & may God continue to bless you & your efforts.

  • Paul Yesbeck

    04/07/2021 12:02 PM

    Can you please do a side by side showing the new voting laws of Georgia compared to any blue state’s voting laws.

  • sandra Waechter

    04/07/2021 11:43 AM

    PRISON TIME FOR ALL INVOLVED IN THE LYING LOW LIFE EVIL TYRANTS

  • Sharon Faulkner

    04/07/2021 10:33 AM

    To use a phrase that comes from my English Kin that Brit Steele will understand : SUE THE BASTARDS.

  • George Kirick

    04/07/2021 09:20 AM

    Thank you for not letting these bogus unlawful acts be kept under a rug!! The FBI has lost a lot of Credibility under Christopher Wray!!