April 14, 2020

The investigation into the “Crossfire Hurricane” surveillance of the Trump campaign and presidency has continued unabated while the media are focused on COVID-19. Nothing like a pandemic to distract from a hurricane.

Of course, the mainstream media would be doing their best to ignore these findings, anyway, but at least right now they have a convenient excuse. Still, the leading investigative reporters we’ve counted on --- John Solomon, Jeff Carlson, Lee Smith and others --- are on the case, and there’s plenty to report, especially after the document “dump” last Friday that confirmed what they’ve been saying all along. In this instance, it was in the form of newly unredacted footnotes from Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on the FBI’s handling of its FISA applications to spy on Trump associates.

These revelations absolutely undercut any claim that the FBI had legitimate reason to investigate the Trump team. That investigation, handled by the top echelon of the FBI rather than out of a field office as would have been the usual procedure, was a sham from the beginning, and they had to know that.

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p>We’ve learned from these footnotes that the FBI had in their file, dating from as far back as 2015, a caution that Steele might be a victim of Russian disinformation because of his contacts with certain Putin-connected oligarchs, and also in 2017 that the “dossier” contained false information planted by Russian intelligence. (BE WARNED: the media will use this to defend FBI officials as simply being duped by Russia. Don’t be fooled; that’s not what this means, as I’ll explain.)

The report by Solomon and others that Bruce Ohr warned the FBI in August 2016 of Steele’s worrisome political bias is now confirmed.

The report that Steele told the FBI in August of 2016 that his work was connected to the Hillary Clinton campaign is now confirmed.

The report that in October, 2016, Steele told Kathleen Kavalec at the State Department that he’d leaked to the media and had an Election Day deadline to get his information out is now confirmed. We also know he told her that he believed Russia was funding its hacking operations through their consulate in Miami. Russia doesn’t have a consulate in Miami.

Yes, Steele was indeed fired for violating his confidentiality agreement and leaking to the media. That happened just over a week before the election, on November 1, 2016.

Steele was also found, in October of 2016, to have been peddling a false story (also being spread by a DNC lawyer and a reporter) about Trump and Putin communicating through computer “pings” at a server for Russia’s Alfa bank.

The report that the FBI put together a spreadsheet with all the claims in the Steele “dossier” and found most to be either inaccurate, unsubstantiated or based on publicly available information: confirmed.

The report that Steele’s sub-source was interviewed in January, 2017, and said much of the information attributed to him was inaccurate or was just rumor or exaggeration: confirmed. They should have already known that nothing coming from Steele was of any value.

The report that the FBI possessed exculpatory evidence on Carter Page that undercut their allegations in the FISA applications: confirmed.

The report that the CIA had alerted the FBI that Page had worked as a friendly U.S. asset, NOT for the Russians, and that an FBI official (criminally) altered a document to hide this: confirmed.

The report that the FBI withheld exculpatory evidence on George Papadopoulos, in the form of a recorded conversation in which Mr. P said neither he nor the Trump campaign were involved with Russian hacking and that it would be “illegal”: confirmed. Information regarding Mr. P was supposedly the reason for opening “Crossfire Hurricane” in the first place.

The report that the FBI concluded in January of 2017 that former national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn had not been deceptive in his “ambush” interview and had likely just had a faulty memory: confirmed. (Flynn attorney Sidney Powell must be very happy that this footnote finally saw the light of day.)

This is just a partial list. Solomon and others who have dug so hard and cultivated such great sources over the past few years should be extremely gratified now, seeing that the facts they uncovered are confirmed in Horowitz’ own footnotes. This story can’t be dismissed as “conspiracy theory” any longer.

Here’s John Solomon’s new report, which also contains links throughout to his original reports (vindicated!) and to the pdf of the actual footnotes.

With all of this in Horowitz’ report, it’s hard to fathom how he could have concluded that the opening of “Crossfire Hurricane” met the threshold of evidence (which admittedly is quite low). Other questions are raised as well, such as why, with all the FBI knew about Steele and his “dossier,” then-FBI Director Jim Comey and then-CIA Director John Brennan pushed so hard for it to be included in the 2017 report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Daniel Chaitin asks these and other questions in the WASHINGTON EXAMINER.

Finally, back to my “warning,” above: how can we say that the FBI weren’t taken in by the Russians? Because if they were taken in by anyone, it appears to have been John Brennan. Here's a taste of what's coming: in a discussion with Rachel Maddow in August of 2018, Brennan may have inadvertently disclosed how “incidental” collection of information on a U.S. citizen by the CIA was used as a way of targeting individuals --- "reverse targeting," a big no-no --- with the raw surveillance data being fed directly to the FBI. When you have time to explore this in detail, Jeff Carlson has a great piece from the archives of THE EPOCH TIMES. (Thanks to Dan Bongino for digging this up. When it comes to the wrongful investigation of the Trump team, Bongino calls John Brennan “the founder of the feast,” with good reason.)

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  • Leona Schultz

    04/15/2020 09:03 PM

    Thanks for always keeping us informed.

  • Rodney Salisbury

    04/15/2020 05:09 PM

    When will the underbelly of these snakes be gutted so the true content of their character is exposed to the world. Comey, Brennon, Hillary and the DNC need to be held accountable as the heads of this Medusa.

  • Roger Benson

    04/15/2020 02:42 PM

    How long is DOJ going to sit on this.

  • Donna Beckstein

    04/15/2020 12:49 PM

    Thank you for staying on this!
    I love your daily articles. You’re the best!

  • jack macdonald

    04/15/2020 12:08 PM

    After reading all 59 comments I came to the conclusion that a lot of citizens have completely lost faith in our judicial system. There can't be any need for more investigation to know what happened here. Obama's top dogs were assigned a mission to "fundamentally change" the USA. Those are code words for installing communism and he picked Brennan to play a major role knowing his communist sympathies. It is evident to all but a dimwit what happened here. We are losing hope that these lawless traitors and coup perpetrators will ever see jail time. What a damn shame this is happening in the country I grew up in. Could not have predicted that we would fall so far.

  • Alice I Claar

    04/15/2020 11:14 AM

    Again many thanks for being our watchman. Many Blessings for you and your family and staff.

  • Samuel Spalla

    04/15/2020 11:06 AM

    It surely feels like it is time for some indictments and jail time.

  • Judy Gordon

    04/15/2020 10:36 AM

    I don't think this info will ever produce jail time for any of these crooks. I also think we have waited long enough for John Durham's investigation to be complete. He should have plenty info to begin sharing and submitting recommendations at the very least.

  • Barry S. Mascarenhas

    04/15/2020 10:27 AM

    Thanks Gov!
    I hope the perpetrators of the vicious hoax are brought to justice.
    Thanks for all you do. God bless.

  • Patsy Stone

    04/15/2020 08:10 AM

    Finally, wish this on on the news more now.

  • Dottie

    04/15/2020 02:26 AM

    The FBI, to me, is no longer a trustworthy government department. Maybe Obama administration corrupted them. But my son, a country Dr in Alabama was treated like Roger Stone and it continues to this day due to a corrupt Judge Axon and her personal connection to the FBI agents. Our country is in real trouble and I'm praying God will hold us up. And folks like your beautiful bright daughter. Thank you.

  • Mark Seibert

    04/15/2020 12:27 AM

    This is all great news. But when, when, when are they going to start arresting people???????

  • Gerald Scott

    04/14/2020 10:48 PM

    I'm surprised the main players in all of this haven't sought refuge in a non-extradition country

  • Firewagon

    04/14/2020 08:50 PM

    " he could have concluded that the opening of “Crossfire Hurricane” met the threshold of evidence." LOL! Well, maybe only because I'm old, and hopefully won't live to see the ruin of this country! Had the 'criminal' Hitlary been elected president, 'we the serfs' would have never known how deep the level of the oozing slime of corruption and sedition was and 'is' at the top of every alphabet agency in our corrupted government! Additionally, there is evidence that everything involved with “Crossfire Hurricane” was at a minimum 'sanctioned' by and perhaps even initiated by the "Head Law Enforcement Officer" of America, The President of The United States Barrack Hussien Obama! Horowitz, in his report, simply provided enough equivocation for the DemonRATS to continue an attempted coup on this president.

    Perp walks anyone? STILL WAITING!!

  • Janet Pingston

    04/14/2020 07:57 PM

    The president and Vice President are leading like generals in this undeclared invisible war. That means they are on the front line - social distancing as best as possible. But nonetheless being vulnerable.

    And where is number three in line ? Hiding out to only to come to town if the American people need her. That is a political excuse. She is protecting her position of power.

  • John Nelson

    04/14/2020 07:47 PM

    Time to bring all actors in front of a grand jury, and convict everyone if them, they almost destroyed this nation!

  • C Powell

    04/14/2020 05:57 PM

    To comment about "Taiwan Warning the W.H.O." and "Doesn't Everybody Want a Quick End to this Pandemic", I suggest you look into Bill Gates and his involvement with and contributions to the W.H.O., and also his relationships with Henry Kissinger and Dr. Fauci. I won't give any details (prepare for jaw-dropping facts when you research) but this is very real and not hearsay. Not a Pandora's Box you would probably want to open here, Mike, but I hope you are/will be aware of the push for a tattoo vaccine and all the implications that come with it (think ALL personal ID, digital currency, eventual Mark of Beast). Bill Gates and his cohorts desire and are striving for a one-world gov't, digital currency, and lowered population - all of which are achievable through an invisible tattoo programmed and linked to technology (think upgrades/updates). He even spoke of a world-pandemic before there even was one. First there needed to be a panic-stricken world-population in order to push 'his' vaccine, application of, and registry of every world citizen (even those who aren't presently registered under any gov't), which he and his cohorts have the plans to accomplish. Sounds ludicrous to most of us, but in reality it is in the works.
    Thank you so much for all you do, Mike. Appreciate you immensely.
    Come, Lord Jesus!!

  • Bill Taylor

    04/14/2020 04:50 PM

    P.S. to my earlier comments and questions. I meant to add that in hind sight, I think the FBI’s investigation would not have been the contentious issue for the country, that it was, if the news media and the parties involved had not sensationalized what was an investigation. We are all innocent until proven guilty no matter how bad it looks??

  • Bill Taylor

    04/14/2020 04:42 PM

    Mr. Huckabee,
    In hindsight it certainly looks like the ‘Trump- Russia Collusion investigation was uncalled for, however, here are some thoughts and questions for you 1) If the FBI was misled by the Russians and our own CIA, wasn’t it better for them to investigate and know what we know now then to leave it alone and rn the associated risks? 2) Is the ‘deep state’ really ‘deep’ e.g. the names you mention like Brennan, Comey, etc., are, I think, Presidential appointees and not un-appointed bureaucrats. 3) What was the purpose of the Russian disinformation campaign? And if it was real, why has President Trump been so reluctant to acknowledge it?

  • Emma C Williams

    04/14/2020 04:08 PM

    All well and good. Now when will prosecutions of these felons start????? Anyone? Anyone?

  • Ken Lawyer

    04/14/2020 03:44 PM

    What now? Just more empty promises from the numerous "Maybe's", "Might's", and "Could Happens" on "Possible" adjudication of Brennan, Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Obama, Lynch, RNC, etc., etc.????

  • Linda C. Furlong

    04/14/2020 03:42 PM

    I think most who work for the FBI are honest. It's always the few rotten apples that spoil the rest of the barrel. I hope that those who would corrupt this agency would be eliminated.

  • James Evart

    04/14/2020 03:32 PM

    Its seems to me that our President has a decision to make to either make the medical establishment back-down and allow the general use of HCQ or let this pandemic continue with our medical professionals hamstrung by the unuse of a readily available trusty and sharp weapon, hydroxycloroquine (HCQ).

    Whatever he chooses, he will be fed upon be the power hungry Left but, at least, is he chooses to make HCQ available to everyone off-the-shelf, he will have saved countless lives and our now failing economy.

  • Ashton Hardy

    04/14/2020 03:27 PM

    It was expected that the truth would come out. Now that it is known, what will happen. All of this will have ben a useless waste of time and money if the perpetrators of the sham are not brought to justice. When will Brennan, Clapper, Comey, and all of the FBI hierarchy be indicted and tried? Why are lower level participants not indicted and offered deals to tell the truth about the bosses? That's the procedure they used to go after all the Trump supporters. Good for the goose and good for the gander.

  • John A Robb

    04/14/2020 03:27 PM

    We get reports everyday of Corona Cases, Deaths. We hear of all sorts of deaths that are attributed to Corona but are likely another condition should be called Co-Morbidity but reported as Corona. We have a Treatment that Cures 95+%, but we hear nothing of these remarkable Cures. Why isn't there a number of HydroxychloronaQuine Treatments with a daily Report of HCQ Treatments and Cures? Why is it so difficult to get a Treatment that is 40 years old and has a 95% success Rate? Who is behind this Cover-up? I have a Doctor Friend who has a supply of HCQ with instructions to his Family "If I get Corona take HCQ". I suspect that there is a "play" here to force mandatory Vaccinations at $10 Profit per Shot with $3B going to AMA/FDA. Doctors and Nurses are taking Plaquenil (brand name) which is HCQ as a Preventative Treatment, But I cannot buy Plaquenil/Zithromicyn/Zinc at my Drug Store that has been on the market for 40 years? see America Come Back CreatorisLiberty c