New Attorney General William Barr already has an enormous amount on his plate, with many observers demanding to see accountability and the blindfold tied back over Lady Liberty’s eyes but others highly doubtful of any reform.

In the wake of Michael Cohen’s disastrous (for him) testimony last week, and in anticipation of still more closed-door “classified” testimony –- which is just weird, since Cohen doesn’t even have a security clearance –- ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes appeared on FOX News’ Maria Bartiromo’s Sunday show to talk about what actually NEEDS to happen in order to get the real “Russia” story.


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He’s put together a list of 32 people he wants to see questioned, including some names that haven’t been mentioned publicly until now, though he gave it to the Republican Task Force at the end of the last Congress, before the Democrats took over in January. This long list should remind us that what we know is still just the tip of the iceberg. But these still-unfamiliar names are important because they may have been involved in the chain of custody for the “salacious and unverified” (James Comey's words) Trump/Russia “dossier.”

As Nunes explains it, “the dossier makes claims that this information is from Russians. So all the names that are on this list...if we’re really looking for Russian collusion, we need to know if any of those people were actually talking to Russians on behalf of the Clinton campaign or any other operative...whether it’s Fusion GPS...what Russians they were actually talking to...These Clinton people could be the ones that were in bed with the Russians.”

Familiar names on the list include a couple of Clinton PR people: Jake Sullivan and Robby Mook. Oh, and there’s longtime Clinton crony Sidney Blumenthal, who is known to have been involved in shopping around a version of the dossier that ended up inside the State Department. These are the same folks who were tweeting out messages pushing the false narrative that Trump “colluded” with Russia. Nunes wants to ask them where they got this information. Did it come directly from Fusion GPS (Glenn Simpson, Nellie Ohr), or were they themselves talking directly to their Russian friends?

Then there’s the media’s role. How were these people “colluding” with the media to spread this information? (Important related question: What are social media doing to control their content to silence conservative voices?  But that's another issue.)


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Now that Democrats run the committees and prefer to spend their time trying to embarrass the President by grilling a known liar like Michael Cohen, Nunes has no power to subpoena anyone on this list. (He points out that over the past two years, the Republicans gave them every witness they asked for but now Democrats will not return the favor.) His options are 1) to ask these people to come in voluntarily to talk to them –- good luck with that –- and 2) to turn the list over to Lindsay Graham, who now chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee. THAT is who needs to work with this list. He actually has subpoena power.

Bill Barr needs the list as well. As the official who is now overseeing the Mueller investigation, he might find it interesting to compare Nunes’ list with the list of people interrogated by Mueller. I’ll bet Mueller didn’t bother questioning any Hillary people if he could help it.

Incidentally, there’s another intriguing piece of information about to drop: thanks to a judge in Florida, the depositions of Christopher Steele and his associate David Kramer from a lawsuit filed in Britain is supposed to be released on March 14. Both of these individuals were involved in the creation and dissemination of the dossier, but Steele wouldn’t talk to Nunes’ committee and Cramer pleaded the Fifth. We’ll finally get to find out what they told the British court under oath.


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Nunes has called for complete declassification of everything related to the special counsel, especially the memo that outlined the scope of the investigation, which has been hidden from Congress and the American people all this time. He also wants fundamental FISA reform: “We can never again let the FISA process be used to target political campaigns. We can’t let our intelligence capabilities be...pointed at political campaigns.” He’s right: a counterintelligence investigation is supposed to be used to combat terrorists; it’s certainly not supposed to be opened on a political opponent.

Reps. Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan sent a letter to Barr asking for him to explain the actions of two heavily conflicted members of Mueller’s team, Andrew Weissmann and Zainab Ahmad, who were involved in the chain custody of the dossier. We also know that Weissmann was briefing AP reporters –- all of this was inappropriate. If Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were kicked off the team over their biased texts, these people should have been, too. In fact, they and others on the team were clearly Hillary supporters and never should have been put on the team in the first place.

If you’d like to get into the weeds, here are the specifics of what Meadows and Jordan are asking for, on page 6 of the PDF…

https://www.scribd.com/document/400969471/Jordan-Meadows-Letter-to-AG-William-Barr

Of course, the big question for Barr is, WILL THERE BE ACCOUNTABILITY? Here’s what Nunes had to say: “I believe that if the new attorney general and the Department of Justice, if they don’t take all of this on and do a full scrub and have full accountability and transparency for the American people, you are gonna see generations of conservatives who will not trust the Department of Justice; they will not trust the FBI; and they for sure will not trust the FISA process.”

The second part of reform is that Congress needs to completely start over and rewrite the FISA law that allows the intelligence agencies to go after American citizens.

In case you missed it –- it wasn’t exactly widely reported –- investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson wrote an open letter to AG Barr that appeared in THE HILL on February 25. She has talked to a lot of people within the DOJ, FBI and CIA who, unlike James Comey, Andrew McCabe, John Brennan and that crowd, don’t want the limelight but have stories to tell about what they’ve seen and experienced “on the inside.” They “don’t have a public platform,” she says. “They don’t appear on TV. They don’t tweet. Nobody of consequence asks for their advice. And they won’t have the chance to tell Attorney General Barr in person what they think.” But they told Attkisson what they think, because she asked them. And Attkisson made a list of their 21 recommended priorities for Barr.


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These suggestions are from solid, long-time government employees, both in the field and managerial, from both Democrat and Republican administrations. To cite just a few examples, one was a Cabinet-level official serving under Obama; one was a senior-level CIA official; another was an FBI attorney (imagine the sort of knowledge such people would have). Two of them said specifically that some former intel officials should be in jail for offenses they have committed. One commented on their “wanton lawlessness and unconstitutional actions.”

So we were right about the good people in our intelligence community who are fed up and want reform. They really do. Many of their suggestions involve a change of the FISA rules. Another suggestion was that a broader investigation be conducted into Hillary’s email case. Others want a review of the FBI’s conduct relative to the “Russia” investigation. One said that material should be declassified as soon as possible, “because if Donald Trump loses in 2020, all the dirt will never see the light of day.” Another called for a review of cybersecurity “back door” policy as it affects the American people. From another came the call for respect for individual rights, the end to a multiple-tier justice system, and an agenda independent from politics.

Wow, these are the people who should be running the show, instead of the ones who have been in charge for years. I wonder if current FBI Director Christopher Wray is as intent on reform as these seasoned professionals are, because if he is, we haven’t seen any evidence of that so far. But Bill Barr is HIS boss, and maybe he shares that intent. If so, he has his work cut out for him, but numerous people who have been around this mess for a long time are eager to help him set priorities.

Attkisson’s full list of suggestions for Barr is here at the link…

https://thehill.com/opinion/criminal-justice/431353-dear-attorney-general-barr-advice-from-insiders

ADDENDUM:

 

By the way, instead of trying to find out what actually happened in the Russia probe and reforming the FISA process, here’s what the House Democrats are going to be doing all this year and the next, as it appears Mueller may be coming up dry. It can be summed up in two words –- GET TRUMP –- no matter how sweeping the collateral damage or what they have to do to the country. They don’t care about any of that. They’re investigating a man, not a crime; their mission is to FIND a crime. I’ve said this before: they’re like a bed of carpenter ants swarming everywhere, looking for just a bit of soft wood that allows them to tunnel in. They’ll reduce the Constitution to splinters if they have to; we know they want to, anyway. 

I hesitated to link to the story about this, as it’s just so horrific and infuriating, but it’s important to stay informed. Elections have consequences, and we're looking at those now. I hope more and more people who typically vote Democrat are seeing this unholy power grab for what it is and are getting out, as in #WalkAway.

 

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/mar/3/democrats-prepare-end-robert-mueller-probe-new-inv/

 

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  • neva clark

    04/05/2019 12:25 PM

    I read them

  • TSgt Sherry L Green

    03/31/2019 10:34 AM

    Governor Huckabee we certainly need to find out what started all this even more so we need to get our border under control these people are coming into and they're going to take over and destroy this country it's not fair it should be done legally do the immigration laws not just because they want Asylum which they're not eligible for their just Faking It I'm just sick of this we can't take care of our own homeless people let alone some people claiming Asylum that are not eligible and never come back to court to get verified we need to keep them on the Mexican side of the Border even if we have to close the border God bless you Governor Huckabee Sherry? .

  • Pam Fitzsimmons

    03/12/2019 08:30 PM

    But what do you think Barr will actually do?? I’m not sure anything. What’s been done so far to all of these people on the Left who have broken laws, subverted the 2016 election, the Trump agenda, etc.

  • Harley Bartlett

    03/11/2019 11:07 AM

    Has Barr been sworn in? If not, when will that be happening? (Seems like a long wait here)

  • John C Connors

    03/10/2019 07:41 PM

    It's amazing the Total disregard for do process and politicalization of our Justice and intelligence agencies have taken on and allowed to become. And not in the form of the Constitution but the form of a banana republic. A Justice system that does and did the exact metaphor you explained to the T. And it's even sadder that people don't understand the consequences nor see the destruction that this has done. Worse yet the intent of the Democrats have for our constitution and our country. Today our founding fathers are screaming treason in their graves. Between the intelligence agencies that have run afoul and the politicians that are pushing for a revamp of our due process for political advantage and power over the people who this country truly belongs to. We the tax payers and owners of the people that they continue to allow here and the people they support to remain in power and in our country illegally all to take down a duly elected president and to unseat the American people of our own country

  • John C Connors

    03/10/2019 07:34 PM

    It's amazing the Total disregard for do process and politicalization of our Justice and intelligence agencies have taken on. And not in the form of the Constitution but the form of a banana republic and Justice system that does and did the exact metaphor you explained to the T. And it's even sadder that people don't understand the consequences and see the destruction that this has done and the intent of the Democrats have for our constitution and our country. Today our founding fathers are screaming treason in their graves. Between the intelligence agencies that have run afoul and the politicians that are pushing for a revamp of our due process for political advantage and power over the people who this country truly belongs to. We the tax payers and owners of the people that they continue to allow here and the people they support to remain in power and in it country illegally

  • Diana Dixon

    03/10/2019 06:56 PM

    I pray these people are in the witness protection program, because they will end up dead, usually suicide, two gunshots in the back of the head.

  • Lowell Trowbridge

    03/10/2019 06:55 PM

    Sidney Blumenthal is a large part of what we (the USA) did in Libya. HE was doing business in that country and wanted Hillary to do what she did..............."she came she saw he's dead".None of this is in the MSM it needs to be.

  • Tom Prettyman

    03/05/2019 05:11 PM

    Excellent summation of the situation and what is required to remedy. Barr is the key, and based on his performance,
    may the republic prevail.

    God Bless America

  • Cynthia Y. Pack

    03/05/2019 04:11 PM

    Isn’t there a government watchdog group that tracks the waste inside the White House? Is there anyway to Sue for undo harassment? This is such a waste of our taxes. Can Hilltop Hillary ever be brought to justice or even intensely investigated as Prez Trump has been. All evidence leads directly to her and some things outside of just Russia Russia Russia. Is that to late. I really want to know the whole story of her life.
    Respectfully
    Sassy

  • Carolyn Meyers

    03/05/2019 03:58 PM

    I have no faith in our justice system or govt. I fear William Barr will not aggressively pursue Clinton/Obama investigation. This must be done to restore faith in Govt and DOJ. Justice must be made.

  • Fernando Rodriguez

    03/05/2019 02:17 PM

    The Muller and now the democrat investigation of President Trumps
    Former employees is a complete violation
    Of the Forth amendment and out right
    And act of sedition. Where’s the DOJ !!!

  • Lon Spector

    03/05/2019 01:59 PM

    It's over! Dear God it's over! Satan runs world governments. He had the authourity to offer them all to Christ.
    Both Clinton's signed on the dotted line, back in their Arkansas days. That's why the have been above the law as
    Satan considers himself above the law. Satan controls the Deep State as well. It's just like the film, "Invasion Of The
    Body Snatchers. Who's going to stop the Deep State when they all work for the Deep State?
    Unless God intervines, Satan is going to honor his pact, and put Hillary in the White House this year or next!

  • Stephen Russell

    03/05/2019 11:25 AM

    Is Barr Anti 2A??? Saw stuff online from gun groups saying hes Anti 2A? scary for AG role.

  • Jesus romero

    03/05/2019 10:38 AM

    I hope that bill barr does what's right & end this mueller probe so that trump can declassify these fisa memos, or docs. Let me remind you what president trump said in his tweets a while back. He said, quote, "if house democrats starts to investigate him he also has goods on them. No one can counter his knockout punch, he hits hard." I know that once mueller probe is finished he needs to declassify these docs & bring down this house. He can not afford to wait til 2020. That's what these house dummycrats want is to continue pushing their narrative til 2020 thinking they're going to win.

  • Lois Early

    03/05/2019 09:46 AM

    I am so sick and tired of all these investigations. The most recent round of hearings are just so stupid. Is there a way to stop Congress from wasting our hard earned tax payer money on all this ridiculousness???

  • David Prentler

    03/05/2019 09:41 AM

    I totally disagree with you and Nunez. There are existing laws that were blatantly broken by personnel in the FBI and the Justice Department. Why don't we enforce existing laws instead of creating new laws that obviously will not be enforced? I am a retired law enforcement officer that was involved with the creation of numerous search warrants. If I did not disclose all the information that would be relevant to the search warrant, and the information had to be properly vetted, once the judge and my department learned of my deception, I would be terminated and charged with violating someones constitutional rights. Nunez, why are these people not in prison? I would be!

  • ARTHUR J. JACOBS SR.

    03/05/2019 09:03 AM

    MIKE , YOUR INFO & TRUTH IS VALUEABLE !
    IF IT IS SO CORRUPT UP ABOVE , JUST THINK HOW CORRUPT IT IS AT THE SMALLEST UNIT OF GOVERNMENT ! AND THIS IS TRUE !
    THE DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN PARTIES BOTH HAVE WORKED TOGETHER TO COMPROMISE THE INTEGRITY OF THE INSTITUTIONS OF GOVERNMENT TO FUNCTION AND CORRUPTIONS ABOUND AND PROLIFERATE ! THE SMALLTOWN AND THE COUNTY AND THE CITY ARE DESTROYING THIS REPUBLIC ! THEY CANNOT BRING JUSTICE BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL INVOLVED TOGETHER ! AND THEY ALL FEAR THAT THEY WILL BE EXPOSED FOR THEIR PART IN ALL THINGS TIED TO THE BIG PICTURE ! CONTINUE TO CLEAN EVERY SWAMP FROM HIGH TO LOW ! OUR ENEMIES DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN ARE WATCHING AND WAITING !

  • ARTHUR J. JACOBS SR.

    03/05/2019 08:49 AM

    READ THE BIBLE

  • ARTHUR J. JACOBS SR.

    03/05/2019 08:48 AM

    THE FBI , DOJ ARE NOT TO BE TRUSTED ! THE FBI NEEDS TO BE DISMANTLED AND REBUILT ! EVERYTHING THAT I SUSPECTED IS AS IS , VERY BAD ! I CANNOT FORGET BENGHAZI ! THE LEFT HAVE PLANTED MANY IN CRITICALLY HIGH STRATEGIC DECISION - MAKING POSITIONS TO STALL , DELAY , CRUSH , AND MUTE
    AND DESTROY ( ANY TACTIC THAT WORKS ) ANY BIT OF INFO
    TO FIT THE PIECES OF THE PUZZLE TOGETHER GO SEE CLEARLY THE WHO , THE WHAT , AND THE WHERE AND REASONS LEADING TO FULL DISCLOSURE !
    I EVEN SUSPECT MURDER IS A PART OF THESE ACTIVITIES !
    HOW CAN A COMMON CITIZEN SEE THRU ALL THIS AND NOT ONE DEMOCRAT OR ANYONE COME FORWARD , WHERE ARE THE WHISTLEBLOWERS NOW ?
    SAVE OUR NATION , SAVE OUR REPUBLIC !

  • Shari Farrington

    03/05/2019 08:02 AM

    Thank you for this article and the associated links. Important info!

  • Dana Rasmussen

    03/05/2019 01:35 AM

    Great article. I always read what you have to say on FB because you are always so right on.
    I don’t recognize the Democratic Party anymore. They have gone crazy. They will do whatever it takes to stay in power. Really disgusting. And the press colluding with them feels like Nazi Germany.
    Maybe the End Times really are getting close.

  • Floyd Kimmel

    03/04/2019 10:07 PM

    Gov. Huckabee, thank you for a very informative article.
    I sure hope we can trust AG Barr to clean house and
    Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows can bring some closure
    to this Democratic charade as it's getting harder to swallow
    every day that you can trust your Govt.

  • Ana Maria Bryant

    03/04/2019 09:38 PM

    Thank you for your time in keeping us up to date. It really is a swamp out there, and we hope and pray that Mr. Barr will help to clean it up. Let's though not forget that God is behind Mr. Trump and as much as they are trying to sink him, God will pull him up. Praise the Lord. God bless you and your family Mr. Huckabee.

  • Pam Gooderham

    03/04/2019 09:20 PM

    If this Congress illegally impeaches this President, what other recourse do we have, but civil war?
    The law should be blind and apply to everyone, but if CONGRESS flouts the law, we have nothing!
    We had better start thinking of ways to mobilise because we won’t have twitter etc. They will ban conservatives from most platforms, so we need to find another way of communicating.