July 10, 2018

The news of Imran Awan’s sweetheart plea deal emerged quietly during Fourth of July week, but it hasn’t gone unnoticed here, even with the predominant story right now being President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.  My initial thought about the Awan deal was, “Oh, man, the DOJ has buried another scandal,” and many readers agreed, some commenting that they were disgusted and even literally sickened by the outcome. 

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But one response offered an interesting take.  Mind you, it involves giving Jeff Sessions the benefit of the doubt and picturing him as working steadfastly behind the scenes to ensure that justice is eventually done.  Not easy, I know; it’s like being the kid who gets a pile of manure at Christmas and just KNOWS there has to be pony in there somewhere!  But for the moment, let’s try to do that and take the ride with reader Bonnie Robinson.


“When you want to catch a fish, you use a smaller fish,” she reminds us.  Of course, we already knew that’s been the strategy behind the treatment of Paul Manafort –- were you aware he’s spending 23 out of every 24 hours in solitary confinement before he’s been tried, even though the only charge against him is unrelated to the “Russia” investigation and goes back many years? –- to get cooperation against President Trump, but it applies here as well.  Awan was allowed to plead guilty to one measly charge of bank fraud when he could have been charged with much more:  espionage, perhaps, or theft of government property, just for starters.  I would note that he’s also alleged to have attempted to evade justice by hopping a plane to Pakistan.  Robinson points out that since plea deals come as part of an agreement to cooperate with investigators, Awan has likely provided them with information relating to the Democrats who hired him.  If she’s right, that means that for a deal as sweet as the one he got, he’s likely been singing like Pavarotti.


But Robinson goes on to address another aspect of this case:  namely, how unlikely it is that an objective grand jury could be empaneled in Washington, DC, for a case against congressional Democrats charged with something as serious as (perhaps) treason.  The same would go for prosecutors and judges assigned to such a case.  She reminds us that with all the evidence against the FBI presented in the IG report, the Inspector General left out that same part:  the prosecution part.  “Do you think this was going to be litigated in this setting?” she asks.


So, if it’s not going to be handled in DC, where WILL it be handled?  Robinson suggests that it’s moving from DC to Utah, under U.S. Attorney John Huber, who was selected by Attorney General Sessions to handle cases related to the IG report.  Remarkably, Huber operates with a staff of 470 investigators, far exceeding the investigative power of a special counsel.  One other possibility, if the cases relating to Awan include allegations of treason or other matters of national security, is that they will be tried in a military court, away from the media and the chance of compromising sensitive information, sources or methods.  That lessens the likelihood that any “big fish” will get away on a technicality.

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“Rest assured,” Robinson concludes, “this entire case is being handled with the utmost care.”


It’s hard to have confidence in that, especially when we’ve watched certain people skate for so long, but let’s hope she’s right.  Sessions’ decision to call upon John Huber to team up with the IG and conduct a full-fledged criminal investigation in Utah, in the clean mountain air far from the stinky DC swamp, may turn out to be every bit as brilliant as top legal expert Jonathan Turley said it was in March.



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  • Deb Bertrand

    07/22/2018 12:11 AM

    Your alternate scenario for Jeff Sessions' actions in pursuing justice is one I'd considered but, lacking sufficient background on how it might work, I placed little hope in it because of how quiet everything is on that front. Certainly, there is enough out there to put prosecutions together, if the right forces come together and do it.
    Here's what has kept my hope dimly alive, though -- the "over the cliff" desperation of deep state democrats and their lapdog media to openly pursue destroying Trump quickly and at all costs. They must feel their vulnerability keenly.
    AND, on a related note, the key tactic of inciting outright fear and hatred among Americans while weaving lies and alternate realities seems aimed at more than just winning elections...because it is a terrible tactic to do that effectively. This seems about something else completely. I hold to this small bit of hope from these two data points.

  • Glenda Kee

    07/18/2018 12:43 PM


  • Eld Jr

    07/16/2018 03:30 PM

    The fact that we're getting ZERO leaks from Huber's work is significant, given the almost universal problem that they've presented as the "Deep State" cashes in its 'insurance policy' against PRESIDENT Trump.

    Müeller, on the other hand, is leaking information which destroys his ability to bring the indicted Russians to justice: These indictments should have been sealed and held secret until the individuals involved could be detained by an extraditing allied nation and delivered to the United States for trial.

    Instead, they were revealed just prior to PRESIDENT Trump's meeting in Helsinki to set up an outrage narrative which if he didn't share - and therefore cancel his meetings - could be exploited as evidence that he's "in on Putin's game".

    Something big is moving beneath the surface, and the "Deep Staters" are scared. Let's hope that it breaches right before the mid terms.

  • Diana Bradbury

    07/16/2018 01:29 PM

    She got everything correct except Huber doesn't have 470 investigators working with him. He has the 470th Military Intelligence Brigade! #WWG1WGA

  • Diana Bradbury

    07/16/2018 01:05 PM

    She got everything correct except Huber doesn't have 470 investigators working with him. He has the 470th Military Intelligence Brigade! #WWG1WGA

  • Ginger Cash

    07/16/2018 10:56 AM

    We are all very angry & frustrated over the lack of evidence that the big fish are going to suffer the consequences of their treasonous actions. What few are paying attention to is the number of pedophiles & human traffickers that are being busted, exposed, tried. They aren't paying attention to the number of corporate CEO's, Presidents, Executive Directors, etc. that are resigning, being fired, stepping down, etc. People are not keeping up with the number of deaths of stars, politicians, business executives, etc. They also are not keeping up with this same info in foreign nations. The numbers are massive. They are off the charts. Those things happening do play a roll in the draining of the swamp. America is not the only location of the swamp. This is a worldwide cleansing. The Patriots are not American Patriots only. There are Patriots in all Countries. They work together. They planned this out at least 40 years ago or more. They met in secret in foreign countries for many years planning this out & waiting until they could get the right person in place to be the obvious leader of this movement. That person is Donald Trump. Was he the original Leader that started this movement? No, but he is the Face, of the movement that brought it out into the light, for the public to see & join & become a part of it, openly. Timing & optics is everything. Everything has meaning. If we want to take down the DNC, if we want to win a conservative government, if we want our Republic back & our Constitution to be or rule of law, we are going to have to be patient. We can't take them all down now, the general public who are not awake or aware of the evil that runs this planet, they have short memories, by the time elections come again they will vote for the same criminals they voted for to begin with. We need all this to collapse right before the elections. It will be fresh in everyone's mind, it will be getting more attention than the elections themselves. It will clean out the bad political actors at the most opportune time. Talk about perfection. Then shortly after the elections we have our military parade to celebrate what has been accomplished with their help & assistance & role that they played.

  • Stephanie Jackson

    07/16/2018 12:39 AM

    You failed to point out that Imran pled guilty to theft of equipment. As to Huber, he has not proven to be a ethical litigator in Utah. Appointed by Obama shadows his Republican loyalty. You note Hubers legal team as 470, which happens to be the same number of the Mueller Team. Mueller is moving forward with Impeachment plan now that the Awan case is settled. BOOM!

  • Kirk Bowman

    07/15/2018 11:59 PM

    This is the big limbo we're all in right now. Is Sessions, Rosenstein, etc. on our side or working against us? The IG report turned out to be a dud, telling us what we already knew, so it's tough to trust that Huber will provide justice. It seems the establishment can get away with anything.

    I can see where Sessions would want to lay low until all the evidence has been gathered before releasing the indictments, but right now he looks like a deputy AG & Rosenstein is calling the shots.

    Rosenstein appears to go out of his way to prevent info from being released & has staged press conferences that undermine Trump. He's either a great actor, providing cover, or he's as dirty as McCabe, Mueller & Strzok. I mean towards corrupt but I could be wrong.

    I hope some of the Obama minions & Clinton 'Mena' Cartel get punished for what they did, because if that doesn't happen a lot of us will no longer trust the system that America always promotes as above all other countries.

    Thanks for listening Governor & you raised a great daughter who fights back, like Trump. I'm so tired of the spineless Republicans.

    Navy vet.

  • Patrick J Collins III

    07/15/2018 10:02 PM

    I always Thought The deal was made to allow his cooperation in another deal; or, for him to be tried for treason, which would be by a military tribunal.

  • Sammy Patience

    07/15/2018 09:59 PM

    Seems legitimate take on Awan and the transfer of judicial jurisdiction. I would however add that besides, the need for location for a fair trial. There is also a need for public education of who, what, when, why and how these swamp creatures did the corrupt and evil things they did.
    The second reason I would say that we need patience, in that the Trump admin. Needs public support for these events, the litigation and optics. However not all will go to jail, but wether they go to jail or not, they will be ruined in the court of human opinion and the deep state actors fear THIS more then even going to jail. This ruining of the deep state swamp creatures and Democratic party implosion combined with a conservative supreme Court, a #Walkaway movement that continues to grow exponentially on a daily basis, this could well very well be the beginning of a new golden age of conservatives and world peace, something we could scarecely imagine during the bleak and depressing Obama years! #Qanon #Wwg1wga

  • Carol Thomson

    07/15/2018 09:56 PM

    President Trump has fired his SOS, the head of the FBI, his Chief of Staff, his National Security Advisor, the head of the EPA, his chief strategist and many more less well known people. If Sessions wasn't doing his job, President Trump would fire him. He could care less what people think. Awan and others will be brought to justice. It takes time to get things right.

  • Suzy

    07/15/2018 08:13 PM

    There are now over 40,863 sealed indictments (normally 1,000 in a year) and growing by over 5,000 per month. Human trafficking, Organ trafficking, pedophilia, crimes against humanity, voter fraud, treason, sedition and others. Some of the cases will be tried in their various states, but there will be some that will be tried in military tribunals. Especially I would think for treason and sedition. GITMO has been upgraded and expanded to hold more people. Hillary's vulnerabilities come from the fact that the Clinton Foundation was used to launder massive amounts of money while she and Obama were selling off America. So even though Comey pretty well destroyed the chance of prosecution from the email scandal not so with the information on the Weiner laptop which will involve her with crimes far worse than many could imagine. And too the information yet to be revealed from the Awan server will bring Hillary down. All of that is coming. Timing is everything.

  • Richard Pollak

    07/15/2018 07:59 PM

    Sessions was put into the Trump campaign by the old NEVERTRUMPERS who keep saying Sessions is going to make convictions THE DC PROSECUTOR IS DWS BROTHER AND SENT THE EVIDENCE TO THE DEFENSE INSTEAD OF THE COURT

  • Martin Osbotne

    07/15/2018 07:48 PM

    Sounds like Mrs. Robinson is Q you didn't really think this would be litigated in this setting?? WWG1WGA

  • Aleda Kendall

    07/15/2018 07:05 PM

    I certainly hope if and when all these arrests and prosecution start happening that there is a many highs and there has been lows every since this has started. It's really getting hard for me to have pride in our judicial system when we keep getting kicked in the shins over and over!

  • Lin Cava

    07/15/2018 05:50 PM

    Believe that both options will be used. Both Huber and Military Tribunal. The Military Tribunal option is clear of the threat of "re-election". With the political divide being the way it is, it may be very important to place some well seated officials under a military tribunal for their safety and freedom from bias of any kind. Further, the rules of a Military Tribunal differ than the traditional courts. The military tribunal considers the accused as a member of an 'enemy army' or enemy combatants. Jurors are all members of the military. These hearings are usually not in the public purview, and would likely be less sensationalized by the press. Recent changes to what Military Tribunals cover were changes made by President vs. unlawful enemy combatants held at GITMO. Having Military involved is more reliable in keeping leaks well under control. Trials, after the fact, can be sealed or recorded for release as warranted. Evidence is available on the number of SEALED INDICTMENTS awaiting action. Timing is of a consideration that is held close by Sessions, and indeed must involve a review by POTUS.

  • Nancy Hillgartner

    07/15/2018 05:19 PM

    I just don't have much faith in Sessions. Hope we see arrests someday. Would like to see ANYTHING happen with DWS, HRC, BHO, etc.

    PS: You and your wife should be proud as punch on how you've raised kids!
    Sounds like a book in there somewhere. ????????????
    Love ya Gov. Huckabee!!!!

  • Susi Long

    07/15/2018 05:10 PM

    Governor, this is the plan, per #QAnon. Methinks you would be at least somewhat familiar with this. We are waiting very patiently and we trust Sessions, and the President! WWG1WGA!

  • jim joyce

    07/15/2018 04:58 PM

    Following this soap opera on its various fronts since President Trump was elected, the level of hostility only seems to have increased. Those aspects of the conduct of the presidents critics in the media has gone way over the top, without any censure from the Networks that broadcast them. Calling the President's daughter a cunt and the president a cock holster with those responsible just saying "oops, shouldn't have said that, sorry" doesn't cut it with me. There are government agencies that regulate these networks and I'm just wondering why they haven't done anything. Will legal action be taken against them when license renewals come up?

  • Mark Tassler

    07/15/2018 04:58 PM

    Aloha Mike, Google 470th Battalion and you'll find the answer to who is really doing the legwork and the size of Huber's team of investigators. It's YUUUGE.

  • Mike Davis

    07/12/2018 08:19 AM

    Unfortunately the only proof may be when Deep State takes out Awan or DWS so they can't talk

  • Tara Walsh

    07/11/2018 09:15 PM

    We can only hope. I know I am not the only one at the level of utmost frustration seeing the total criminality slowly being dug out with no repercussions (as of yet). In order to restore ANY faith, or hope of credibility being restored for our alphabet organizations, we need to see these supposed pillars of our institutions charged, and prosecuted, as average Americans would if we did half of what we see. Until that time, we remain skeptically impatient.

  • Greg Mayfield

    07/11/2018 08:22 PM

    Steven Wasserman, Brother of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, assistant US attorney, to oversee the investigation of Awan family..
    I think that this is a pretty important part of where we stand today.
    Why did he not recuse himself from this?
    In fact, with all of Swamp A investigating their pals in Swamp B, why is it that Jeff Sessions is the ONLY person to recuse himself?
    Jul 27, 2017 - The Assistant US Attorney overseeing the Awan family investigation is Steven Wasserman, the brother of Wasserman Schultz! ..

  • Susan Mckinney

    07/11/2018 12:38 PM

    I agree and believe Sessions is doing his job. I also believe there is no way you can get a court to convict Hillary because parties are blinded. It must be military and should be because they work for the government and it is treason they have committed. I will say, I have watched Sessions for years and I still have faith. I believe they are making sure what they do is by the book not to give the traitors and thieves a way out. This goes deep and wide and America depends on us getting it right. Pray for America and the constitution.

  • Waylon Bush

    07/11/2018 09:22 AM

    That would be really nice. But to put your faith in Jeff Sessions and the oxymoron, "American Justice", is more than I can swallow at this time.