With all that’s coming out now about the government spying on people in the Trump campaign, there’s one thing that really jumps out at me, and I don’t think it’s gotten much attention, at least not yet.

According to the report by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the FBI had considered giving Trump a heads-up on their concerns about some of the associations of Carter Page and Paul Manafort. If that is correct, it would surely make good sense to have done it. If the FBI was so concerned about Russians and their possible effect on the outcome of our election, wouldn’t that have been the thing to do?

But the committee’s report goes on to say that then-FBI Director James Comey and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch decided against briefing him. According to the Daily Caller News Foundation, various reports say that U.S. officials did not want to do that because it might tip off any Russian agents who might be circling around Trump. You have to read down ten paragraphs or so in their story to get to this stunner, and to me, it’s a case of burying the lede. (I’ll wait for you to come back if you’d like to read the story now.)

http://dailycaller.com/2018/05/19/trump-papadopoulos-page-halper/

So, let me get this straight. The FBI had concerns about some of the associations Carter Page and Paul Manafort might be bringing to the table at Trump Tower, but they chose NOT to warn Trump about it and sent in human “informants” (spies) instead. Gosh, if they’d tipped off any Russian agents, the agents might have gone away. Problem solved, right? Get the Russians out of our election! No –- they WANTED the Russians sniffing around the Trump campaign. If the Ruskies got scared off, it would be a lot harder to spin out the story of Russian “colllusion.”

Besides, it sure looks like the “informant” (spy) played a role in setting up the players, most obviously in the case of George Papadopoulos, who was sent on that fishy trip to London on the pretense of getting a writing assignment that paid him $3,000 but concerned a subject on which no report appears to have been published. It was on the London trip that Papadopoulos met Australian diplomat (and Hillary associate) Alexander Downer, whose story supposedly led to the opening of the “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation and the FISA warrants. (Comey, in typical bureau-speak, said it was part of a “broader mosaic of facts.”) But Papadopoulos’ drunken reference to stolen Clinton emails appears to have been “fed” to him beforehand by this “informant” (spy).

The only way it makes sense for them not to have alerted Trump is if the government’s main concern wasn’t the Russians, but Trump. They COULD have tipped him off --- maybe even enlisted his aid in trapping some Russian operatives; wouldn’t that have been great? --- but they chose not to. If pressed, you can bet the FBI will excuse the inexcusable by saying this is just “standard operating procedure.” If it is, there’s something terribly wrong within our intelligence community.

On the other hand, Hillary’s campaign and her tenure at the State Department featured plenty of Russian contacts, some of whom funneled money to her. Apparently the FBI and DOJ were too busy figuring out how to avoid charging Hillary with numerous felonies to bother spying on her.

It’s really still a mystery what prompted the investigation into “collusion” in the first place. What was that “broader mosaic of facts”? The DOJ is still refusing to provide committee chairman Devin Nunes with the documentation on that. And in breaking news, Trump is officially demanding, as of Monday, that the current DOJ address the issue of surveillance for political purposes, specifically to find out if the Obama administration was behind it.

Nothing seems serious enough to have warranted the investigation, let alone the spying. The Christopher Steele “dossier” was unsubstantiated, as Comey himself has said. The FBI had known Carter Page since 2013, when a Russian operative approached him and he shared some academic research, and he cooperated with the government in its investigation of the Russian spy ring. He wasn’t found to have done anything wrong. As for Papadopoulos, he appears to have been set up, and even then, he told the “informant” (spy) that he didn’t know anything about Russian interference. Michael Flynn was induced to plead guilty to making false statements when his interrogators didn’t even think it was deliberate. Regarding Paul Manafort, if the FBI had legitimate concerns about his Russian ties and any potential for those ties to impact our election, they might have at least briefed Trump on what they knew.

It would have gone a long way towards keeping the Russians out of our presidential campaign. If that’s what they’d wanted to do.

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Comments 1-18 of 18

  • jack macdonald

    05/23/2018 02:10 PM

    The Obama administraton reeked from top to bottom. He was bent on doing permanent great harm to this country which he detests. How this clown could be elected once let alone twice defies all logic. He should be perp walked which would go a long way toward restoring my and many others faith in our govt. We absolutely do not have equal justice for all and the Libs should be ashamed of their allegiance to Socialism. How could Hillary or Bernie receive any votes from other than their immediate families? Speaks to the absolute failure of our education system and including lack of parenting for all the "low info" people out there. jack

  • Claude Latham

    05/22/2018 03:44 PM

    Well, you know all we do is talk about the corruption, and law breaking, it is time to do more than talk, so my question is what can we do? My Senator D. Feinstein, and Nancy Pelosi are left wing nuts, they will not even think about doing anything that would help our country or Trump. So Mike Huckabee, what is your answer? We just keep kicking the can down the road, and not one thing will ever come of this, and then if the Liberal, Communist, Progressive party should get control of the Senate, and Congress it will soon be history, and you all know it!!!

  • Jonathan Schearer

    05/22/2018 11:35 AM

    Very well stated Governor Huckabee, only your daughter could have said it better. The 2016 election complicated topic with many moving parts so it will be challenging to lay out the facts to the American public. I have been following Dan Bongino’s podcast where he goes into the granular details of these events and I have been wondering how or if this information will be disseminated. Glad to know your on the case.
    Best,
    Jonathan Schearer

  • Glenda Kee

    05/22/2018 02:20 AM

    THIS ENTIRE INVESTIGATION HAS BECOME VERY SCARY, VERY TROUBLING. HOW CAN WE EVER TRUST OUR FBI OR THE JUSTICE SINCE THEY ARE A LARGE PART OF THE CORRUPTION TAKING PLACE? WHEN A PRESIDENTS TERM IS OVER AND A NEWLY ELECTED PRESIDENT COMES IN HIM.I THINK IT WOULD BE BEST IF ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO WORKED WITH THE FORMER PRESIDENT LEFT WITH HIM. THERE IS ENTIRELY TO MUCH ROOM FOR THESE TYPE THINGS TO HAPPEN. ESPECIALLY IF THE NEW PRESIDENT IS FROM THE OPPOSITE PARTY. THIS JUST SEEMS LIKE COMMON SENSE TO ME. I AM NOT FAMILIAR WITH ALL OF THE IN'S AND OUT'S OF THE POLITICAL ARENA, BUT IT SOES SEEM LIKE THIS WOULD SQUASH ALL OF THIS MESS. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS TODAY AND FOREVER

  • William Allen

    05/21/2018 06:20 PM

    My guess is that they were going for entrapment from the very beginning. When that didn't work they ran with the collusion fiction.

  • Bobby J Wilson

    05/21/2018 02:22 PM

    I have been wondering the same thing, Trump should be advised of everything the special committee is doing, after all,he has the highest clearance level in the USA. in effect they (Mueller) is acting like (over ruling) the president. I makes me sick, I am 72 yrs old, and everything the FBI is pulling is not looking good for my Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren in the future years.

  • Barbara Hildebrandt

    05/21/2018 02:07 PM

    i have been waiting for someone to ask why they just didn't tip off Trump about possible Russian infiltration into his campaign. He would probably had asked how he could help find/stop them. As this unfolds, I am seriously concerned for our country. The rule of law seems to be toast. How are we going to get out of this. Can we even do that?

  • Douglas Morgan

    05/21/2018 12:43 PM

    It is worth the time to read Sharyl Attkinson's timeline of the Russian collusion activities and see the measures taken to ensure democrats had all the garbage they needed to throw at their adversaries, and even some Swamp Rat Republicans helped. She did an excellent and thorough investigation of the whole sordid affair.

    https://sharylattkisson.com/2018/05/20/collusion-against-trump-timeline/

  • CARMEN PRICE

    05/21/2018 12:33 PM

    Governor, as always your newsletter is awesome. I watched your show last night, one of the best ever. I was privileged of seeing Mr. Boulton during the Calif. Republican convention few years ago, he is great and I am glad Trump put him in his cabinet.
    The Mueller thing should not have happened in the first place and needs to stop now rather then wait until Sept. and the President should not sit with him as it's a trap. All the people involved need to be in prison, Muller, Comey, Loretta, Strozk, the entire bunch.
    Nunes has a huge plate of trouble and I hope it ends soon.
    hugs
    Carmen Price

  • Bruce Deming

    05/21/2018 12:29 PM

    They are trying to create plausible deniability, in an attempt to cover their asses. Saying what they have said about not briefing Trump, is an attempt to make the intelligence investigation, that they initially used as an excuse, seem like a legitimate concern. This would seem reasonable, except for the timing. Then there's the question of how the dossier was started, and how John McCain came by it, and why he would ever give it to Comey, all of which occurred before Fusion GPS ever saw it. If that can be answered then the London trip, and all involved, before and after, may come out. I don't think we've even scratched the surface of the depth of this corruption. Congress needs to raid the DOJ, in full SWAT gear, and take the documents they've repeatedly requested, before Mueller and Rosenstein start the last ditch effort to destroy them. Obama's dirty, he was involved in this from the beginning, and should not be allowed to skate.

  • jack macdonald

    05/21/2018 12:24 PM

    I just finished reading the 3 comments and it's nice to know there are people who think and feel just as I do. They said it as well or better than I could so I will just close by saying this won't be America again until all of the previous admins top echelon are sent to jail including the chief criminal, Obama. I'm sure he didn't know any of this was going on until he heard it reported in the news like so many other things that occurred during his tenure. He slept through the whole 8 years while the press fawned on him and his beautiful bride. jack

  • Randy Butler

    05/21/2018 11:41 AM

    Governor Huckabee, our CONSTITUTION is the answer to the current political-DEEP STATE-SWAMP problem. Some folks will INCORRECTLY try to change to SOCIALISM, sooner than later. However how do we solve the POLITICAL-SOCIAL$$$ influence of our Government. Folks like George Soros, the Koch Brothers and others will not give up the influence their money buys them. Math Problem ( Political Rich>than my VOTE)...HELP

  • Evang. Roger Culwell

    05/21/2018 11:20 AM

    Mr. Huckabee the Lord showed me the day after the President was sworn in, a vision of Obama, and he had follower's with a red patch on there sleve with red flag with white stripe's, and white line's, and a slash mark about half way down, and the Lord said he is still trying to run thing's behind Trump's back, that's why he moved right down the street to try and stop Mr. Trump from doing what I put him in there to do, and I posted on fb, and one preacher hollard at me and said you fool your going to get killed, so after a few day's I took it down, but that night the Lord showed me another vision and Obama was madder than an old wet setting hen, and trying to get to me, and he first said it was ok for me to put it on fb, but then told me to take it down and not post on there what he showed me, I had told Mr. Trump several thing's Obama and Clinton were doing, about them rigging the election, the Lord showed me that, but then I seen voting machine's coming down from heaven, which meant I can change them back and he did, I laughed later because I just never thought of the Lord fixing an election, our God is something else MIGHTY and he show's us what's going on if we get close enough to him, but that bunch of Dem's are just purely evil, when I told them God told me Trump was his man not Cruz they tried to destroy me, a certian bunch of church leader's which he has exposed as not being of him either, we have let some bad thing's in the church also, but there's nothing they will not do to bring him down, and then the Lord told me to tell Mr. Trump God need's him four more year's, so they want him gone and there's no low they will not stoop to. irontic isn't it them pointing finger's at any one.

  • Dom Cirello

    05/21/2018 11:18 AM

    Mike,
    Could you, and maybe Sean Hannity, Sarah Carter, Greg Jarrett, etc. invite Jeff Sessions to a long weekend retreat up into the mountains or something? Maybe all of you could sit around a relaxing campfire, roasting hot dogs and marshmallows -- and start cluing him in about all these smoking guns from the Obama FBI and DOJ?
    Apparently there's something that blocks the obvious at his Washington office because he seems to be the only one who isn't suspicious of the actions of Comey, Lynch, Strok, Clinton, Power, Rice, Podesta ...

  • Randy Butler

    05/21/2018 11:16 AM

    Governor Huckabee, our CONSTITUTION is the answer to the current political-DEEP STATE-SWAMP problem. Some folks will INCORRECTLY try to change to SOCIALISM, sooner than later. However how do we solve the POLITICAL-SOCIAL$$$ influence of our Government. Folks like George Soros, the Koch Brothers and others will not give up the influence their money buys them. Math Problem ( Political Rich>than my VOTE)...HELP

  • rodney burke

    05/21/2018 10:47 AM

    we have been FAR too nice to our democratic criminals. Maybe it's time to use the gavel of Paul Ryan on a few heads and get some truth and action from these people. Good place to start is Rob Rosenstein. Maybe if his next public appearance shows a bruise or two we'll get something accomplished. Nothing else seems to work! The FBI admits they have 1000 investigations into ISIS camps in the US and we the people can't defend ourselves from our "foreign enemy" and it's army? Why not? We have been invaded by a foreign army, and we can't defend our country? Really? All GI's took an oath, why are we not allowed to honor that oath and carry it out?

  • Evang. Roger Culwell

    05/21/2018 10:35 AM

    They have just been trying to set up Mr. Trump from the beginning, and I am sure that no good tyrant Obama was behind it, it's strange they want to take down the man who has help this country more than any one I remember, in every way, and the very one's who almost destroyed this whole nation, who I am sure are respounciable for even murder, treason, you name it they have done it, if it's evil, but yet they go free, we need justice back in America and that whole dem party need's destroyed if they can't come up with law abiding citizens to put in charge wh are for this country, they need to be called the party of destruction, not dems, it's a shame what they have done and are trying to do, they need tried for treason the whole bunch starting with obama

  • Stephen Russell

    05/21/2018 09:59 AM

    Why now & not then?? Or doesnt matter, see the Cover up & Looney Tune Keystone cops crap of this DOJ FBI admin.
    Bogus BS.
    Someone loused up big time.
    Note no one "leaving" Mueller team Or defect to Trump admin & Tell ALL.