Morning Edition - June 4

June 4, 2020 |

MORNING EDITION

June 4, 2020 

By Mike Huckabee

 

ROSENSTEIN TESTIMONY IS A GIANT STEP IN INVESTIGATION

Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who signed off on the last renewal of the FISA warrant application to spy on Carter Page, appointed Robert Mueller, determined the “scope” of the special counsel investigation of Trump and his colleagues, and supposedly supervised Mueller and his team, tried hard in testimony Wednesday to distance himself from all that happened in what has been dubbed “Spygate.”

He was smiling broadly at times, perhaps because he thought he was succeeding in his aim. And maybe he was, at least partially. But with his effort to save his own skin, this slippery attorney actually succeeded in showing us that there WAS a coup against the President. Nothing else makes sense.

If we weren’t living in “these uncertain times” --- a phrase I can’t wait to see retired --- Rosenstein’s testimony would be "the" story right now. Even the mainstream media might have to cover it a little. At the moment, it’s easy for them to bury it. But this was just the first of many hearings, and John Durham continues to investigate. Step by step, the revelations continue to prove we were right.

In his long-awaited testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Rosenstein’s strategy was to present himself as someone who trusted his colleagues to give him correct information, so much so that he didn’t bother to read “every word” of the FISA application before signing it, even though in this case his signature was his personal stamp of verification of "every word" to the FISA court.

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DUE PROCESS FOR EVERYONE

There’s so much news pouring in around the clock regarding the protests/riots all over the nation that’s impossible for me to recap it all, so I’ll just point you to some of the most important stories.

Leading the news: All four Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd have now been charged with second degree murder. Derek Chavin, the cop who put his knee on Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes, had his charge upgraded from third- to second-degree murder. He’s also charged with manslaughter, and the other three are charged with aiding and abetting. They face maximum penalties of a $20,000 fine and 50 years in prison.

Here’s a legal analysis by Fox News contributor Judge Andrew Napolitano, who believes there won’t be a trial but a plea deal because it will be impossible to find 12 jurors with no opinion on the case.

Personal commentary: these charges seem very well-deserved, considering the horrific circumstances of Floyd's death. But as urgent as it seemed to hurry and charge due to the riots, it sets a dangerous precedent. In cases with this much public interest, there should be extra care taken to make sure the investigation is thorough and by the book, or else you risk giving the defendants’ grounds to argue for dismissal. I don't expect that to happen here, but I worry that the rush will convince people that mob violence works. This case seems open and shut, but imagine the public outrage if there’s a future, similar case where the evidence is less clear cut, and a rush to charge leads to sloppy investigative work and the case being dismissed.

This is why I take the lonely stand of defending due process, even for people I disagree with politically or whom I think are obviously guilty. Due process may be slow and methodical, but it has to be extended to everyone and followed impartially because it doesn’t just protect the rights of the accused, it protects the integrity of the justice system.

HILARIOUS COLUMN

The bluntly hilarious Kurt Schlichter has a new column on how recent events have shattered illusions as well as store windows.

Many Americans, even pro-gun control liberals, are buying guns because they now realize the government and the police might not be able (or willing) to protect them. It’s also reaffirmed the long-noted illogic of the left's claim that the police are murdering racists, but they’re also the only people who should be trusted to have guns. And it’s shattered the bogus argument that an armed citizenry couldn’t possibly stand up to the might of the government (hotheads with bricks and crowbars are ravaging our cities while the police stand by so powerless that in Minneapolis, they even lost their own police station.)

We’ve also seen that respect for the police requires the police to respect citizens, and the death of George Floyd and the arrests of people for opening their businesses or attending church have undermined mutual respect between the police and public that will have to be painstakingly rebuilt.

Schlichter often manages to be funny while discussing very serious subjects. In this case, the funniest thing of all might be that Democrats really believe they’re cruising for a great election victory because after watching the tragic weakness and incompetence in dealing with rioters by Democrat leaders in blue cities like Minneapolis, L.A. and New York, Americans can’t wait to put them in charge of their families’ safety and security nationwide.

NEWS THAT SHOULD NOT BE OVERSHADOWED

Tuesday, President Trump signed an executive order reasserting that religious freedom is “a moral and national security imperative,” and “religious freedom for all people worldwide is a foreign policy priority of the United States, and the United States will respect and vigorously promote this freedom.” This should be nailed to every lamppost in California.

HUCK'S HERO NEWS

Here’s a perfect metaphor for what’s happening in our cities. As radical leftists claim to be helping black people by burning down and looting their businesses, a young black conservative really is helping them by raising money to enable the victims’ businesses to reopen. He aptly asks, “Who are the real racists?”

TAKE A BREAK

Take a break tonight from the grim news, when “Huckabee” writer Laura Ainsworth will be featured on the weekly live stream of “The Velveteen Lounge Kitsch-en.” This is a great YouTube series that combines comedy, cocktail and party food recipes, midcentury records and movies, Atomic-era and Tiki fashions and décor, and more vintage-style fun.

In addition to being a great writer of news commentary and topical humor, Laura is an award-winning retro-style jazz/lounge singer with three CDs and a best-of LP to her credit, and she is the featured music artist tonight at 7 p.m. EST. You can find the Velveteen Lounge Kitsch-in on YouTube or on Facebook.

And you can find Laura’s music, including a video of her singing the Mills Brothers classic “Nevertheless” on “Huckabee,” at http://www.lauraainsworth.com

Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Philippians 4:13 (KJV)

 



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  • Rebecca DeHaven

    06/04/2020 10:27 PM

    Took me 4 attempts to see your Newsletter on line browzer as clicking on the link sent me to another e-page. I was wondering if others have reported "highjacking of your site?

  • Mike Spears

    06/04/2020 07:50 PM

    Gov Huckabee: With regard to the George Floyd case: We all agree that the whole thing was horrific and that justice needs to be done, but there are a couple of other questions: 1) What will the future standards for police be for taking a suspect who resists arrest into custody? Especially, for suspects who have pre-existing medical conditions or who are under the influence of substance abuse? 2) If ALL of the police officers who respond to a call will, in the future, run the risk of being named as an accessory to another officer's wrongdoing, how are we going to recruit police officers in the future?

  • Margaret Zurn

    06/04/2020 06:42 PM

    What happened to George Floyd was horrendous but putting him on a pedestal like the media has done is horrible. He had been in jail for 5 years for theft. He also had drugs in his system. I never hear the media mention that police were called because he was trying to pass counterfeit $20 bill.

  • Dean Barto

    06/04/2020 05:32 PM

    Here in overly sunny Arizona (currently 110ยบ) with the civil unrest our liberal-run City of Phoenix Council is pushing for a 25% reduction of funds for the police department in order to fund a citizens review board of the police department and fund other Utopian dreams.

    I belong to a gun club/store in Scottsdale, and shoot there regularly with friends. That store and its unfriendly competitive neighbor have been selling guns like never before, even more than during the Obama years. The manager of the store we go to said that as of Monday they has sold their entire inventory of new guns 3 times. This morning there was a large crowd of people waiting for my store and the competitor to open as has been the case ever since the civil unrest started. The crowd was a mix of people wanting to buy, and those us who wanted range time. I spoke to the manager and he said that he had gotten some limited quantities of pistols and rifles in inventory late yesterday afternoon, and expected to sell all of it.

  • JimBo Marrero

    06/04/2020 04:27 PM

    My only two Go to news sources: Mike Huckabee
    (President) & Bill O Reilly, (VP).

  • Firewagon

    06/04/2020 04:20 PM

    America and Americans have become so PC that they quaver and waver at disputing much of anything when it comes to any minority issue, especially the black interaction with the police. It is frustrating when talking heads in and out of government accept the 'inference' that the police are indiscriminately killing unarmed people in the black community. "In fact, an individual American citizen is substantially more likely to be struck by lightning than he is to be shot by the police while unarmed." American Renewal

    Those continuing to believe the 'race-baiting' narrative of police indiscriminately killing black people need to be informed rather than be like those other 'knee-jerk' reactionaries that slash and burn at the 'least' provocation! The George Floyd incident is no different. NOBODY disagrees that Mr. Floyd was 'murdered' senselessly. There are 'criminals' in nearly every organization police departments are no exceptions.

    Here are the latest statistics for the police killing people during the year. Police killed 234 black people during 2019, by comparison, they also killed 371 white people. Even were those numbers reversed, in a country of 350 million people, those 'killings' represent by an X-Factor under 1% (.00000106%)! Considering that the black community comprises 13% of America's population but commit 52% of ALL crimes, black genocide is NOT being perpetrated on the black race by the police!!

    There is a 'social justice' problem affecting the black community and 'that' should be addressed. That said, the black communities should FIRST consider getting their PRIORITIES straight. The priority would be realizing that the police are NOT creating the 'genocide,' the black on black killings, daily, weekly, amounting into the THOUSANDS yearly are!! Where are the 'protests,' the posters with their names listed? Your 'Take a Knee' protest should be at the statues of Martin Luther King, Jr., where he would advise FIXING the real issues in your black community!

  • Lisa Ford

    06/04/2020 03:26 PM

    I fear a lot of things coming out of this. Kneeling to the mobs, frustrates me. Not punishing the criminals properly. Not looking at full stories. And the final pissed off moment today. The funeral on every channel. But can't give our President that much "good" coverage. There are so many things that frustrate me. A few bad cops in Minnesota & all other cops have to take a beating. To be honest, I am surprised cops are still clocking in everyday. Who'd want to work for weak leaders in NY, Ml, MN & CA. And I'm sure in other places too. These precious officers put their lives on the line everyday. And people in this country treat them like crap! This whole thing pisses me off!

  • Floyd A Unger

    06/04/2020 03:04 PM

    Thank you

  • j. debra halsmith

    06/04/2020 01:55 PM

    What I'd like to know is...which news outlets in the USA do YOU really trust with bringing the truth of real news to the American people? I love FOX News, CBN News, Huckabee News!!!
    As a kid traveling in the USA w/my family to visit my eldest brother--GA, FL, NE, IA--it was then I'd pray that one day I, too, would move here and become a citizen of the USA. Why? I was always highly impressed how much Americans just LOVED their country...and I'd see the USA flag flying on almost every home and business as we drove through.

  • Charles Fikes

    06/04/2020 01:48 PM

    I am reminded of the song " I didn't know the gun was loaded" after listening to the replies by Mr. RR to Sen. Cruz's questions (in the link you provided).

  • Lawrence Foster

    06/04/2020 01:35 PM

    Governor Mike,

    I am concerned Minnesota AG Keith Ellison, a closeted supporter of Antifa and the rioters, will, either intentionally or through over-zealousness, over-charge the police officers in the George Floyd killing, resulting in a jury finding them not guilty. That, of course, would lead to more riots, (which may be one of Ellison's goals). These (former) police officers deserve to face justice, and should be convicted, but it has to be on charges that can be shown, beyond the shadow of a doubt, i n court. Charging them with more serious offense than can be proved is a recipe for acquittal and subsequent riots.

  • Mike Smith

    06/04/2020 12:43 PM

    Hi Governor,
    I hope you're all doing well.
    My concept of due process also includes swift recognition that an investigation should begin because of the probable cause observed by officers or complaints made by citizens. Due process isn't hampered by arresting someone suspected of a crime. If, after the arrest, the suspect can pursue bail or release "on their own recognizance", depending on the severity of the suspected crime.

    Police officers that file false reports after being suspected of a severe crime, probably shouldn't be left to their own actions and instead immediately be entered into the 'due process' of our criminal justice system.

    That delay set forth a terrible statement last week and provided the spark for already collected tinder.