September 14, 2018

Thanks for all the comments.  I especially like the positive response to my call to action, “Tear down this ‘deep state’ wall!”  Very Reaganesque.

Here’s an interesting question from Richrd Payne:  “All we ever talk about is Strzok and Page.  Isn’t anyone else guilty?”

Oh my goodness, yes.  The reason Strzok and Page have been in the headlines (at least my headlines) every day for almost a week is that their texts from the period IG Michael Horowitz called a “gap” are suddenly trickling out.  In fact, their texts show that they were not operating in a vacuum.  They implicate others with whom they worked, referring specifically to “Andy’s office” and coordination within the Justice Department --- a “media leaking strategy” with the DOJ.  (Despite the ridiculous claim that Strzok’s lawyer tried to make, it’s easy to see from the context that they were talking about a strategy not to STOP leaks, but to CREATE them.)  As more text messages come out, they will no doubt add to the larger picture of what’s been going on at the Justice Department in recent years.

In other words, this is about many more people than Strzok and Page --- it’s just that their addiction to texting is continuing to supply us with clear evidence of what was being done.  Even then-President Obama is mentioned at one point (and, for all we know, is referenced in other texts that have not yet been released).  These two people texted so many thousands and thousands of times that it’s hard to imagine they got much else accomplished, yet somehow they still had time to (among other things) cultivate relationships with numerous reporters at the Washington Post and New York Times, meet with others in “Andy’s office” to work out a strategy for stopping Trump, write helpful op-ed material, leak secret FISA court information, alter the wording of documents to let Hillary off the hook, and carry on an office affair, all at the same time.    

Talk about work ethic!

Anyway, that’s why Strzok and Page are so important.  We should probably think of the thousands of Strzok-Page texts as blemishes that came to the surface, symptomatic of some horrible, heartbreaking condition.  We could cover them up and try to minimize them, but the condition itself will kill the patient (Lady Justice) if nothing is done to treat it, systemically.


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Another reader, Joan Chambers, asked about the statute of limitations for charging Hillary with crimes relating to her classified emails, wondering about a cutoff date that she thought might be as soon as September 28, just a couple of weeks away.  Now, I’m not a lawyer, and this is a complicated issue, but after a little research turned up an article in the Washington Examiner from mid-June that explains it pretty clearly in layman’s terms.

I’d like to be able to offer a simple yes or no to that specific date, but the answer is “it depends.” There are two different charges that could be levied regarding Hillary’s mishandling of classified information.   Depending on the statute under which she’s charged, it could conceivably happen anytime until March of 2025.  And if it happened to be treason (I’m speaking hypothetically, as that’s extremely hard to prosecute), well, as I understand it, there’s no statute of limitations at all about THAT.

There are numerous ways information can be mishandled:  ordinary sloppiness, whistleblowing, deliberate leaking, and spying come to mind.  I’d say that in Hillary’s case, she was probably trying to cover her tracks for doing God-knows-what else.  One law, 18 U.S. Code 1924, the one David Petraeus pleaded guilty to in 2015 for sharing highly classified material with his biographer/mistress, forbids the “unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material.”  In May of this year, former CIA contractor Reynaldo Regis pleaded guilty to violating the same law after taking home about 60 notebooks containing classified information.  There was no allegation that he had shared any of it.

That law has only a five-year statute of limitations.  And it’s written to suggest that the clock starts when the documents are actually removed with intent to retain.  Hillary left the State Department in February of 2013, so the time to charge her under that particular law seems to have run out.

But there’s another, harsher law that’s preferred by prosecutors.  Part of the Espionage Act, 18 U.S. Code 793 restricts possession or retention of information relating to national defense and carries a possible sentence of ten years in prison.

That law has a ten-year statute of limitations.  In this particular case, I prefer that one, too.

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The defendant doesn’t even have to be accused of having deliberately shared the information (though it appears Hillary had no problem with doing that).  This is the law they used to charge former U.S. Navy sailor Kristian Saucier for taking six pictures on board a nuclear submarine in 2009.  The pictures were deemed confidential, the lowest level of classification, and Saucier had never shared them with anyone.  They happened to be discovered in a Connecticut trash dump in 2012.  Yet, technically, they had to do with defense, so Saucier could be charged under that law.

Hillary’s server contained 110 emails, in 52 email chains, that were classified, with 8 email chains containing top-secret information.  There were 36 other emails with “secret” information.  It’s hard to imagine that, in her work as Secretary of State, none of the classified material that passed through her server had anything to do with national defense.  And, according to Julian Assange’s attorney, Barry Pollack, the law has been “interpreted broadly.”

In late March of 2015, Hillary’s tech aide Paul Combetta used the software BleachBit to delete Hillary’s stored emails (he said he was supposed to do it months earlier but had forgotten).  According to Pollack, the clock probably started at that point, when Hillary no longer retained the documents.  So that takes us up to late March of 2025.

So there’s our answer!  Glad I could help, and glad you asked, because this is much clearer now for me, too.  Here’s the full article, which gives other examples of people who have been charged under this harsher law.  Of course, there may be numerous other crimes that Hillary could be charged with, ones relating to obstruction of justice, the Clinton Foundation, etc. etc. etc.  But anyone who is looking to prosecute Hillary specifically for her mishandling of classified emails should take note:  the clock is running.


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  • rodney Burke

    09/19/2018 01:08 PM

    there is no statue of limitations on treason, murder and all the other crimes for which Hilary is guilty, there is ample evidence already out there that Hilary has committed crimes that HAVE no expiration date. Time to throw the books at her and execute proper punishment. If she drags down the whole be it. We can find a jail somewhere for them all. Kerry, should be executed for a number of reason.

  • Michael Murphy

    09/17/2018 01:36 PM

    The Strzok and Page importance is , to use a disgusting metaphor, like drinking out of a spittoon. You can’t stop because it’s all connected. After the predictable “Eewww” , one realizes that as distasteful as it is, it absolutely must be finished.

  • Peg Sayre

    09/16/2018 03:08 PM

    Mike, I just want to say how grateful I am that in this world of lies, law-breaking, and leaks, your factual, fair, funny messages are a breath of fresh air! I always look forward to your perspective on things.
    We are so tired of the lawlessness of without consequences, that we stop listening. We feel betrayed every day. Where do we turn for true, real justice? We need …….a Batman!:)
    BTW: Thank you for raising that fabulous daughter. Sarah is a "chip off the old block!" I just love her!
    Stay the course.
    Many blessing,
    Peg Sayre
    Tequesta, FL
    PS: For fun, I started a list of people I would love to go to lunch with. You are on the TOP of my Lunch List!

  • Margo Bombard

    09/16/2018 01:20 PM

    Hi Mike, Like all the other Conservatives, in this country, I am feeling the heat from the blatant breaking of our laws to benefit themselves. I'm talking about the Democratic party. JFK must be rolling in his grave, I'm sure, with the way they profess to be at this point. I happened to catch Obama and his rhetoric about how he was the one who started all the things that Trump has accomplished. What saddens me is that there are people out there who actually believe him and cannot fathom what he is trying to do. I pray daily that there are more of us then there are of them, so that we have the chance to get it totally right, before they can destroy it once more.

  • Douglas Edwards

    09/16/2018 11:11 AM

    I read them.

  • Kerry Monteleone

    09/16/2018 10:48 AM

    Hi Governor Huckabee, I was wondering if Hillary and Bill could be charged for taking monies from the Clinton Foundation. Congresswoman Corinne Brown of Jacksonville, FL was put in federal prison this year for taking monies for personal use from her underprivileged children educational foundation. From what I've heard, the Clinton's enriched themselves with monies that were donated to the Clinton Foundation to help rebuild Haiti, etc. Why are none of the "Big Fish" being charged for REAL crimes? It seems that there are a different set of rules depending on who you are.

  • Adriana Weeks

    09/15/2018 11:57 PM

    As I speak, there are over 53 million people who are tuning on C-Span, if not All of them, daily, at least during the weekend. Divided by conservative and liberal, with conservative holding the majority, they are the most " Well" informed individuals in the Country and I am one of them, since August 29 1986. This is why Donald Trump is President today. We are the silent majority and we always VOTE! President Trump is not a slick Politician, he is a true American and a Leader, with his heart and mind devoted to protect the American people and the Country. A clear contrast with the previous President ! May God protect all of us. Thank you dear Gov. Mike Huckabee

  • Dan L

    09/15/2018 10:21 PM

    Hi Mike,
    I really look forward to receiving your emails because you are one of a very few sources who I actually trust to provide factual truthful information.
    So knowing what we all know about Hillary and the fact she violated numerous laws and should be prosecuted, do you know why the Trump DOJ hasn't convened a grand jury to indict and prosecute her? Is it because both Rosenstein and Sessions are obstructing bringing justice to this criminal?
    Thank you.

  • Waylon Bush

    09/15/2018 02:14 PM

    If anyone thinks HRC will go to jail (or any other law-breaking dem), I have some unicorn eggs for sale, shipping is free. First of all, "someone" has to investigate and actually CHARGE her with a crime. I believe that would probably come from where, Oh No, the AG!!?? Ahahahahahaha.

  • Jean Digerness

    09/15/2018 02:09 PM

    Hardship to believe the Bill and bo didn’t know and help her move things along. Prison!

  • Edward Farrell

    09/15/2018 01:16 PM

    I feel very strongly that when Hillary Clinton is prosecuted and found guilty that the penalty should be some jail time (reduced because of her age) and a significant financial fine payable to the U.S. government that will essentially eliminate all the Clinton wealth. That would be the proper punishment that would send the message that "CRIME DOES NOT PAY"!!!

  • Sharon Emerson

    09/15/2018 01:09 PM

    Why can’t any of these people be prosecuted. We citizens would be for less. And how stupid of all of them to send emails that never go away. Too stupid to have a security job !!

  • Charles E. McCord (...aka “Chuck/Chucker” in my infamous Imus days...)

    09/15/2018 01:07 PM

    Hi, Governor Huck’ !! Messaged you the other day about an “idea” I have that might help our push toward mid-terms. But I no longer have quick access to “authoritative figures” I enjoyed during my I’man time. You once shared your cell number with me, but that was eons ago. Would love to bounce my “idea” off you. Whether you pass it along would depend upon your interpretation of “usable idea” or, conversely, “yep, this guy really is the Ozarks hillbilly he claimed to be.” Either way, you remain, as always, a McCord family fav’.....

  • Lynn Middlebrook

    09/15/2018 01:06 PM

    With sorrowful regard to Paul Manafort, who receives the financial gain of Paul Manafort’s forfeiture of some bank accounts and properties? I pray not Mueller’s irresponsible & ruthless Counsel!

  • Bryan Sheila

    09/15/2018 01:00 PM

    I was under the understanding
    There was not a statue of limitations
    On fraud! Then why did Mueller indict Mr. Manafort from 2005?
    I am with Speaker Gingrich....
    Fire everybody in the DOJ FBI ECT..
    Send the Marshals in to take over & let worthy people of the title apply
    For the jobs...

  • Janice Schaefer

    09/15/2018 12:59 PM

    Reading all this makes a person SICK, especially because everyone knows nothing will be done - no one will be held accountable - especially not Hillary Clinton. If Jeff Sessions is such an honorable man then why does he act so dishonorably? An honorable man would either persist in finding the truth and upholding the law - no matter where it takes him - or step aside if he is unwilling to do so himself. Jeff Sessions's apparent inability to do the job he was sworn into office to uphold dishonors himself, the American people and the office itself. He has disgraced himself and is no better than those who actually participate in wrongdoing. Evil persists because others, supposedly good, stand by and do nothing.

  • Robert Duckworth

    09/15/2018 12:52 PM

    this BS has got to stop and the guilty parties held accountable. Both of my parents fought in WWII. I know they are turning in their graves over this unprecedented corruption of our(?) government at the highest levels.

  • Charlotte McCown

    09/15/2018 12:50 PM

    Please keep fighting to get out the truth about the deep state corruption! I know you on the front lines have to get exhausted with battling back against the darkness that has infiltrated out government so deeply. Please know that I am praying daily for you all (especially President Trump, his family, staff (especially Sarah Sanders) and cabinet. I pray the peace of Jesus surrounds you as you confront this evil every day. Praise God for Christians who are in your positions of power and are using it for truth and good.

  • Cheryl Lindsey

    09/15/2018 11:56 AM

    Is there any law on the books that the democrat establishment can break in which they could be charged with a crime? I am beginning to believe there isn’t!