December 10, 2019

Count yourself lucky if you didn’t have to sit through Monday’s impeachment spectacle. I wonder if anyone whose job description doesn’t include covering it is actually tuning in at this point. Maybe some of the most virulent Trump-haters enjoy watching lawyers asking other lawyers pre-scripted questions (carefully rehearsed over the weekend), but let me tell you, it was torturous. I really don’t want to be lectured about the “facts” and the law by the likes of Al “impeach-him-again” Green or that attorney/Democrat megadonor Dan Goldman, who would argue that up was down if it helped his side. (News flash, Judiciary Dems: an opinion piece from the WASHINGTON POST is NOT evidence.)

In short, this was almost indescribably awful. There were a few high points, though, so I’ll offer up one of the finer moments for your viewing pleasure. Watch this and share my pride in outspoken Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert…

This travesty simply is what it is, and it will have to play out. (Articles of impeachment reportedly will be submitted Tuesday.) But it seems to me that the longer it goes on, the easier it is to see how just WRONG it is, in so many ways: in terms of fact, logic, ethics, tradition, justice or any other way you want to look at it. Some people, if they hear that 2+2=5 long enough, will believe it, but you and I and millions of others will not bow to the lie. Hold tight till we get to the Senate, when 2+2 will equal 4 again.

Byron York called this effort a “preemptive impeachment,” recalling a WAPO report that Judiciary Committee Democrats sent letters to more than 80 people in March of this year “demanding all communications from a host of controversies surrounding Trump” and used their new majority power to start a broad range of investigations targeting him. Keep in mind, these are the same people who now seem so deeply, gravely concerned at the prospect of a government official using his or her office to investigate political opponents. Good grief, this is exactly what they themselves have been doing.

Moving to the IG report, it was finally released on Monday, and before “journalists” had read more than a couple sentences of the more than 400 pages, the spin began. All Democrats had to do was grab the one incongruous conclusion –- that there was sufficient “predicate” (reason) to open an investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible Russia ties regardless of agents’ bias –- and start spreading the fertilizer. Recall my warning that internal investigations tend to conclude this way and that Horowitz has a history; he ludicrously decided that bias didn’t affect the outcome of the Hillary email case. This apparently is the way he rolls.

HOWEVER, as anyone who bothers to actually read the report will see, it is devastating to the FBI. And, with all due respect to Mr. Horowitz, the only way this spectacular set of screw-ups can be explained is that it was done deliberately to sabotage Trump. This obvious conclusion will be scrupulously avoided by mainstream media, of course, as long as that is possible. But it’s already known by AG Bill Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham, head of the DOJ’s criminal investigation into the handling of the “Trump/Russia” investigation.

Think of the IG report as a roadmap for Durham, who is free to take his investigation much farther, subpoenaing witnesses (anyone he wants –- not just government employees), impaneling a grand jury, and filing criminal charges. As critical as we might be of Horowitz, remember that he was operating with much less access to evidence than Durham has. Just look at how some of Horowitz’ prospective witnesses, even at the FBI, were able to dodge him. That Comey truly is a snake.

Durham must have turned up something pretty big for him to release a statement that reads in part, “...last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.”

Durham, unlike the political hacks who upon the release of the report were already spinning like mad, got it weeks ago and by now can probably recite it from memory. Conservative Treehouse offers an excellent explanation of why Durham felt compelled to issue such a rebuke on the day of its release.

The major conflict emerges on page ii of the Executive Summary, “The Opening of Crossfire Hurricane and Four Individual Cases.” (I’ll link to the story below, which contains highlighted portions.) This passage shows essentially what I’ve been saying: that Horowitz had little evidence to go on, just a small part of the picture, in assessing the “predicate.” This article details how it all boils down to one key difference: Durham has interviewed Alexander Downer and Joseph Mifsud, and Horowitz has not.

Horowitz questioned FBI officials about the reason for the opening of Crossfire Hurricane on July 31, 2016, and the only evidence anyone cited was the conversation between George Papadoupolos and Alexander Downer on July 26 of that year, in which Papadopoulos allegedly told Downer he’d heard the Russians had emails damaging to Hillary. You and I know --- and I hope you’ve read Papadopoulos’ book DEEP STATE TARGET --- that there was much more to his interactions with “confidential human sources” (SPIES) and that it appears he was set up by Mifsud to be “fed” the Hillary story. This is apparently what Durham and Barr have been looking into.

The article makes the case that, in examining the Horowitz and Durham conclusions, the one variable of significance is Mifsud. Mifsud wasn’t in the CHS (“confidential human source”) database for the FBI, but it’s explained why he really couldn’t have been a Russian operative, either. So, and this is key: somebody else was “running” him. The article points ultimately to...drum roll, please...John Brennan, theorizing that CIA asset Stefan Halper was working Mifsud, thus leaving Brennan with plausible deniability so he could later feel free to go around telling huge whoppers on MSNBC.

But, rest assured, Durham KNOWS. This is much a bigger case than Horowitz has been able and/or willing to make, and it’s going to come out.

If you still don’t think Durham’s got the goods on those “deep state” hoaxers, read this excellent piece by Roger L. Simon. My thoughts exactly!

And I’m saving the best for last. This report by George Neumayr for AMERICAN SPECTATOR explains why the left’s spin on the Horowitz report is wrong, and why Trump, from the start, has been right about the “witch hunt.” To quote Neumayr: “”If anything, the report makes the FBI look like a politically crude amateur hour. By relying so heavily on Hillary Clinton’s opposition researcher Christopher Steele, the FBI basically let her purchase FISA warrants against her opponent’s campaign.” Whew, a must-read.

Trump Was Right From the Beginning | The American Spectator | Politics Is Too Important To Be Taken Seriously.


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  • Michael

    12/11/2019 12:48 PM

    Horwitz if just one more of way too many Obama holdovers, loyal to Obama, loyal to Hillary Clinton and loyal to the Democrats and completely phony mainstream media liars. I have yet to figure out why President Trump just didn't "clean house" of every Obama employee when he took office. He must have had his reasons. I wonder also whether the President should be at all trusting Christopher Wray, the FBI director. From his interviews it seems he is protecting his own including that snake and liar Comey, plus protecting the Deep State Swamp.

    The picture of Nancy, Schiff, Nadler, Waters and others on the stage to announce the impeachment charges, looked like a police lineup of all definite crooks and cronies. All should be going to prison, but sadly, I think too many of us know that will never happen. The Republicans representing us, or al least most of them, should take on a new symbol- that of a spineless eel. Still very disappointed that the Republicans can allow the evil Democrat liars, cheaters, dividers and disrespect and ignore our Constitution, get away with it. Once again, since 2016 on, most of the Republicans don't stand by President Trump and let him go it alone. Shameful. Is there hardly any good men left to stand up to evil ? Wake up Republicans, the Democrat-Socialist-Communist are doing everything they can to destroy our Nation for you, your children and grandchildren. There is strength in numbers, so maybe your political party (Republicans) should actually wake up and all join together to stop the Democrats and start filing one criminal investigation after another into all the Democrats, now and from the past administration and restore some hope in this nation that there isn't a two-tier justice system, where at this time appears that no Democrats are ever held accountable !!!!!!!!!!

  • Cathy Bailey

    12/10/2019 08:46 PM

    What is the most frustrating about this whole sorry mess is, that the Democrats are liars, thieves, murderers, pedophiles, traitors, and if I left out anything, they are that too. The entire country knows they are professional crooks, BUT NOT ONE SINGLE ONE OF THEM IS EVER BROUGHT TO JUSTICE!!!!!!! How can the Republicans let that happen? Is there on one in the whole republican party that will stand up to these sorry people? Are all of you so ingrained in the global government agenda that you are willing to let them throw President Trump out of office, and let our Country go to hell? I pray God will send someone to take a stand against these Communists, Islamic Morons and put us back on the right track!!! God Bless President and God Bless America!!!!

  • Rick Reinhardt

    12/10/2019 08:08 PM

    Well what I didn't understand is why he was the one doing the report, being that he was a Obama appointee? But I do believe he exposed enough; while trying to throw cover for Obama's Admin.

    An keeping all of Obama's Ambassadors; I remember Regan firing all of Carters for good reason!
    But I have to say either President Trump is really a very civil gentleman considering what he has been putting up with, with all the power he really controls via we the people of these here sane United States. I actually think he is playing the long game to straighten out this whole mess of beans that the dems started screwing with since Woodrow Wilson!

  • Doug Morgan

    12/10/2019 05:56 PM

    Well the swamp rats just cannot crawl out and tell us like it really is. Swamp rat Mueller, found that Trump did nothing wrong but said he still might be guilty. Swamp rat Horowitz found that FBI as well as a host of other swamp rats abused their power and committed treason, but said they actually did nothing chargable. I sincerely hope Barr and Durham will call a spade a spade but I suspect they are either part of the swamp, influenced by it, or afraid of it. I expect some explanation similar to Mueller and Horowitz. Smooth everything over and for goodness sake do not upset the commie/democrats and the commie/media.

    Sure hope I'm wrong and will be glad to apologize for my comments if so.

  • Janet Underwood

    12/10/2019 04:35 PM

    I am beyond gomsmacked at this point. I keep hearing different Dems saying that Trump has to be removed from office so he can't get aid from foreign countries AGAIN to win the election in 2020, so he can't tamper with our elections AGAIN in 2020. They are trying to brainwash the public into thinking that this is the truth, but where's the evidence (other than in their own heads)? Where's the proof that Trump took aid from anyone or tampered with the election in 2016? Is this what our country has come to? That whichever party tells the most lies and crams them down people's throats wins the day. Sad. Very sad.

  • Dianne Royer

    12/10/2019 04:18 PM

    When are they going to act and hold these people accountable. This is a travesty on the country

  • Tim Zahn

    12/10/2019 03:52 PM

    "Divide and Conquer" The democrats are dividing this country into two groups. Those of us who are Conservatives, Christians, Trump supporters and believe in the Constitution (Good Guys) against their "freebie" culture who want everything free and paid for by the wealthy, leading in my humble opinion, to another Civil War. There is already a website telling us "Good Guys" how to arm and for tactical instructions plus the chaos predictions that will take place If you would like it Email me and I will pass it on.
    Not to worry though, God is in TOTAL control

  • Douglas Pinckney

    12/10/2019 03:43 PM

    I sincerely Hope, after the impeachment try is over, that President Trump starts full scale criminal investigations with criminal sentences as the hope, against Hillary and all of her wrong doings including the emails cover up and evid destruction, against Obama and everyone with him who began all of the illegal activities from at least 2015 and on, and against all FBI person's from Comey to all his directors who had hands in the illegal activities, and everyone else involved from the get-go and joined in.

    I don't know if 5 year statues would come into play, I hope not. But, all of the wrongs have to be righted and again I hope, corrected media will be forced to show and tell the truth to the citizens who only listen to spin.

  • Victoria Blake

    12/10/2019 03:35 PM

    I certainly hope and pray that when all the info is gathered and Mr. Trump is cleared that the parties involved in this circus and the previous Witch Hunt about the Russia collusion and tried, found guilty of treason then made to pay back out of their own funds all the money to the American people that has been wasted on this folderol. It is only fair that it be at their expense and not loyal American taxpayers. Treason is a hangable offense but it might be better to deport them to a socialist country without their treasured bank accounts. Let them see what real socialism is all about.

  • Jerry

    12/10/2019 03:31 PM

    All we have done is awaken a sleeping Giant I remember a very smart fellow said that back in 1941 I am hopeful the same can be said for a very disabled House Speaker today, the Alamo had a saying Remember the Alamo, I hope we remember Pelosi Schiff Nadler and Pelosi's mob for all time> Pelosi is as cowardly as the Japanese and the Mexicans were on their moments of fame however their defeat will will last forever so we continue to live a life with the Constitution that was the beginning of the greatest country on earth today. Pelosi is trying with the Left and the Media to do what Germany Japan and the Mexicans tried to do kill America, the Americans are waking up and you Pelosi and your mob are going down just like the other cowards. KAG

  • John Mac

    12/10/2019 02:40 PM

    So, I guess nothing will happen. The higher ups can basically do as they please and never have to face the consequences. This corruption is on both sides and they all are working together. I am so disappointed to see this great country become a banana Republic. And you all might as well stop talking about the Durham report. It's going to be another fizzle.

  • Amelia Little

    12/10/2019 02:27 PM

    Thank you for the recap and the accompanying articles. I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one on tv--but even I can see how wrong all this hearing is--and even shiff making up whatever rules he wanted. You'd think that lawyers that work for Congressmen and especially Congressmen who are lawyers would have convinced shiff of how unreal his "rules" were. I'd say illegal, but it seems in congress they are allowed to make up rules as they go along? I hope when this is all over, those congressmen who pushed this so rabidly find themselves sitting at home twiddling their thumbs. Soon would be good, but at least by Nov 2020 (Jan 2021)

  • Bob Boynton

    12/10/2019 01:43 PM

    Let's get behind President Trump with FLOTUS Melania and act like the proud nation the world should follow

  • jack macdonald

    12/10/2019 01:41 PM

    Regarding our vaunted, revered FBI. They were corrupt under Hoover, apparently corrupt under Mueller, and obviously corrupt under Comey. It seems to me that a large part of their agenda was to gather info on people in high places in order to blackmail them. Their PR people made them all out to be Elliott Ness. Same for the CIA. You have Schumer telling the opposition that these agencies can damage you 9 ways from Sunday. How does this differ than the way the Russians operate when your govt is held over prospective or elected officials? I think our Congress's oversight might be redirected toward the people who can and do actual harm to this nation.

  • Jerry

    12/10/2019 01:16 PM

    As an American worker for over 50 years my interest in polictics went as far as what President is going to make my bottom line big enough to make ends meet with some extra cash to boot. I suspect the working Americans probably do care about Pelosi and her mob getting re elected all they want is to be rid of her and her mob ( the Anti Worker Mob) let this President do his work so the workers have more cash after the bills are paid Now ain't that America. It has to be!!!!!! MAGA

  • Dusty

    12/10/2019 01:13 PM

    Gov. you have to laugh or you might cry over this whole disaster being set up per our Democratic Congress. If Durham does not come up with some type of indictments then the SWAMP has won. Horowitz report is worse the the Mueller on how he protected the FBI. Yes, we need them the majority are fine and doing their jobs for us. Also they have been used by many who had their own political agenda. Until this is cleared up no trust now? Gov. can you explain Glenn Beck is doing a super job but how is it that VP Biden and there is a tape said you get rid of that Prosecutor in Ukraine because of his son and his work with a corrupt company and now this President is called out for asking on info about this ? How was VP Biden not worse at what he did for his son and this Burisma Co? Congress brings in liberal experts to tell us about the Constitution I have heard this word more the past 2 yr then in my 77 years? Like this is the Bible and yet spoken on The view per Whoopi and Joy over and over The Constitution. How this is what we have to use even if done my majority of white rich men at that time, one woman signed never heard of her before. Has to be right and the President was wrong to ask a foreign govt. He did not demand anything? Gossip what have you all heard? Do business with foreign Govt what was Hillary doing all her travels for her own benefit? Even her husband a speech for $500,000? Like being in a Dream that is never ending because they the Demos will not STOP? Who has Hillary put the blame on when she lost to Pres Obama? Now she is even putting blame on poor old Sen Bernie. He was part of the reason she lost not her Wikileaks on what she and the DNC did to him? She is so nuts? He was stupid to not go more after what they did to him. WHY NOT? He might have been President? Glenn Beck has tried to answer not sure if he covered this part? The money paid to Hunter Biden at $83,000 a month to be with this company per no background was this our tax money the billions we gave? Ukraine could not have enough of the billions we gave to take care of the military without our $400,000? Add up what Hunter made? No demand in that phone call I heard no demands. conversation we all could have made? You know the President just tell him and I try also to get him to stay off twitter just give out only Positives on what he is doing now like this USMCA passed and they the Demos stand there lying how much they did? We out here know and are onto gether talking daily. Those who attack we go after. Just be strong President and not let the attacks affect your job. The media wants him to do this so I hope you can go and talk to him he has been a little more quiet even more so now. This is not real Nixon Impeach not even compare to Clinton who lied. No lies they had the conversation. Even Sondland could not definitely say he was told to do this per the money with held? Others were like what we heard from others . Even amb changed what they said to going along with each other to lie? WHY? Clean out the DEEP STATE and the SWAMP. They are fighting and we out here know this? Tell the President WE KNOW!

  • Flora Lee Rauch

    12/10/2019 01:11 PM

    Thanks for staying on it and breaking it down for us! Godblesssss

  • Sandra L Trippe

    12/10/2019 01:05 PM

    I am beyond ecstatic watching Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert’s remarks during the kangaroo court. It’s uplifting to be reassured we have some Congressmen in Washington who still want to fight the good fight, honor the Constitution and stand up for principles our Country was founded on.

  • Derold Davis

    12/10/2019 12:40 PM


    Mr. Huckabee, My vitriol is not directed at you. I was writing to Fox News but realized I was wasting my time with those MOSTLY Liberal idiots, so sent my frustrations with them to you. SORRY!!!

  • Kay DeWitt

    12/10/2019 12:33 PM

    I read this newsletter only minutes after I sent an email to some of my Christian friends where I mentioned TO them this impeachment story. WHEN I read this newsletter, what jumped out AT me was when you used the word TORTUOUS to define the pain you suffered having to "look upon" the evil that has AUTHORED this impeachment story!

    The REASON that your use of the word "tortuous" DID jump out at me is because it defines what is MY pain. ..grief...having to look upon this evil and the only reason I have done so is because I believe God is going to use the fact OF this evil to open some ears that, heretofore, have been deaf to HIS to what REAL sin is using His biblical medium of measurement! I have chosen TO watch these hearings so I can see, for myself, what IS the reality OF the evil behind these hearings.......HOWEVER, this morning, I could NOT look upon the evil for the reason I expressed in the email message I wrote....

    I am going to copy, and paste, below WHAT I wrote in these emails because it explains WHY....BECAUSE I look at these hearings BEHIND the "backdrop" of the horror story that is ours here in Charlotte (that I write about)....the word "tortuous" is appropriate to define what serves to add TO the grief that I share with our Man of Sorrows!......BELOW IS THAT COPY, AND PASTE:


    The mother of a beautiful 27 year old daughter, Kendal Crank, who was shot to death, this past March, as a result of being caught in a cross fire gun fight between kids (as she was stopped at a traffic light on her way to a nursing class), recently stated, during a TV interview, that there is not a day that goes by that she doesn't cry because of the pain that is hers over the loss of her beloved daughter and the kind of senseless killing that robbed her daughter of her life and robbed Kendal's family...and ALL those who loved Kendal... of her life!

    During this same interview, Kendal's mom, Linda, stated that these now almost daily tragic shootings that we hear about here in Charlotte (like the one in this article) adds TO the pain of her grief over the loss of her beloved daughter.....and why, I, personally, share the pain of Linda's grief...and cry WITH her every well expressed in the words of John Donne when he wrote: "I am involved in mankind, therefore, EVERY man's death diminishes me!"

    As a twin, myself, THIS recent tragic shooting death has left me "feeling like" my heart cannot ENDURE any more of this kind OF heartbreak or it will, literally, BREAK...for lack of a better way of expressing it....However, while Linda also "feels like" she cannot endure any more of this kind of heartwrenching grief we are inflicted with on an almost daily basis now,..we, concomitantly , Christians who KNOW their Lord...that Jesus promised us that His grace was sufficient for us to be able TO endure WHATEVER grief this earthly life inflicts us with....AND....

    We also have the comfort of knowing that Jesus....this Man OF Sorrows who was "acquainted WITH grief"....SHARES our daily heartbreak and cries WITH us! While Linda and I know this to BE true, what we DON'T know is how many Christians are a!so crying WITH Jesus over this never-ending tragic loss of, not only His little ones, but also the tragic loss of adults like this well-loved restaurant owner....

    Because like Christ's love that cannot NOT express itself...via DOING something...His grief can also not NOT express itself by DOING something....
    THEREFORE, while an unsaved political party is spending all of its time wanting to indict their President for violating the manmade laws of the Constitution, almighty God is now indicting all those Christians who are violating HIS laws via claiming to know Jesus Christ and yet do not bear the "fruit" (of His love) that He said would bear witness TO the fact that they know Him...and since His grief goes along WITH His love, every one who claims to BE a Christian had better BE moved TO do something to counteract the HATRED that is AUTHORING these tragic shootings (and impeachment hearings) WITH Christ's love they CLAIM is dwelling IN their hearts....or God WILL indict them FOR "violating His law...His those who claim to be His disciples TO do so!

  • rodney burke

    12/10/2019 12:32 PM

    yep, now that we fully understand the scope of the IG, it is easy to realize that he doesn't have the full story and Durham does. He (IG) thankfully, rips the FBI for it's many failures. I am very interested in reading the entire report by the IG. That would be interesting. Of course, libs are terrified to read the whole thing, it would destroy them and all their hopes.

    Hi point? Really? since when do libs do anything that is high? ha, ha! They have sunk into the basement and are heading for the next barrier? These guys are drilling and apparently want to sink to the core where they will be dissolved. We KNOW the libs are scared, they KNOW without question that Durham has the whole sordid tale under wraps. Rudi has the goods on the Ukraine-Biden debacle. Pain in imminent and more to come. 2020 is not going to be a good year for libs. I smell voter ID coming despite libs screaming NO! And then there will be SO much less voter fraud. We are going to have much to cheer about in 2020. Vindication will come I am sure. In God's time and I think that is what will happen We're gonna see some empty chairs in congress There are going to be a ton of questions asked that libs have no answer for. Yep, get the popcorn, there is going to be quite a show!

  • Derold Davis

    12/10/2019 12:31 PM


  • lawrfence Foster

    12/10/2019 12:17 PM

    Governor Mike,

    There is a provision in the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act, which allows citizens to sue an organization for being corrupt. Maybe we can find a lawyer who will help us bring a RICO suit against nanny Pelosi et al for being corrupt.

  • Karen a Armstrong

    12/10/2019 12:10 PM

    Honestly, I stopped watching the craziness and decided to wait for the Senate hearings. Let me ask you this, is Schiff in charge of Senate hearing too or are they allowed to question anyone, anything? Its a investigative hearing right? So sure to goodness someone will be able to ask any question they want answered (and there are soooo many). Or will this be more dramatics? I can't even fathom the amount of money wasted on this. I work one full time and 2 part time jobs and still worry about making my bills, so seeing all this money just casually wasted is killing my soul. How easily the left waste our money, and I'm sure the right does the same thing. A handful of people should never have been made stewards of such a huge amount of money, and never for very long. They have become money drunk breaks my heart when so many in our nation actually could have benefitted from it. Thank goodness for small communities that try to take care of their own.

  • Tony Weaver

    12/10/2019 11:54 AM

    Two years and millions of dollars ... hey , it takes a long time and lots of money to WHITEWASH what went on

    Horowitz deserves lots of credit for smoothing the things over. Not my kind of guy

    To FBI Wray ; you say there are 35,000 hard working agents This is probably true. However there is and was a handful of agents at the top that did some bad things. Shame on you for hiding the bad among the good