“When Steele took his suspicions about Trump to the FBI in the summer of 2016, it was keeping with Orbis (Christopher Steele’s company) protocol, rather than a politically driven aberration.”

Really? Well, that’s what it says in a lengthy article in NEW YORKER magazine about the British ex-spy who found himself in the middle of a highly partisan investigation of Russian “meddling” in our election. Never mind that we know Steele was quite politically motivated in his work on the dossier; he really didn’t like Trump and wanted him to lose. (The article does mention he felt wretched” about Brexit, so there’s a hint of his leanings.) We haven’t heard much about Steele before now, but naturally we assumed that as a former spy, he wouldn’t be very forthcoming. That assumption would be correct –- there’s much we still don’t know –- but this piece goes into some detail.


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Many of us who have followed the trail leading from Hillary Clinton and the DNC to the law firm of Perkins Coie to Fusion GPS and, finally, to Christopher Steele (and to the FBI and back again) would dispute the article’s claim that Steele wasn’t intentionally involved in American politics. The article is typical of stories in left-leaning publications in that it conveniently slants or leaves out information that gets in the way of the preferred narrative. You’ll be frustrated to no end by numerous examples this if you manage to slog through the entire piece. Here’s just one: “Trump’s defenders have accused the Bureau of relying on politically motivated smears to spy on Trump’s campaign (Page), but by then Page was not an advisor to Trump...” Where’s a mention that the warrant for spying includes past communications, too, which would have taken the FBI right into the campaign?

The piece begins as Steele finds out that his name has been turned over to the Justice Department for possible criminal investigation. He can’t believe that some people in America are calling him a criminal! (In presenting him as a man of high integrity, a real straight arrow, it reminds me of the way James Comey has been described.) According to Steele, he was contacted by Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS in the spring of 2016 and asked to help “follow some difficult leads on Trump’s ties to Russia.” Steele’s London-based company, Orbis, was apparently the go-to company for investigations having to do with Russia. Steele claims that Simpson named the law firm but not the client (as if anybody couldn’t guess), and that he found out Hillary was the client “several months” later.


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The article points out something we know: that Fusion GPS was originally contracted by a Republican who disliked Trump but that Fusion convinced Marc Elias, general counsel for the Clinton campaign, to continue where the work had left off. “This bipartisan funding history belies the argument that the research was corrupted by its sponsorship,” it then states. Beg to differ. Steele was not involved in creating a dossier until the Hillary campaign started ponying up. Indeed, we have quite a bit of evidence that the research was absolutely corrupted by its sponsorship, such as the contributions of Clinton cronies Sidney Blumenthal and Cody Shearer, for starters, as well as the participation of FBI official Bruce Ohr’s wife, who (the article mentions dismissively) was paid by Fusion GPS.

In describing how the gathering and reporting of intelligence works, the article casts enormous doubt (probably unintentionally) on the accuracy of the information in the dossier. Alexander Vershbow, a U.S. ambassador to Russia under George W. Bush, says, “In intelligence, you evaluate your sources as best you can, but it’s not like journalism, where you try to get more than one source to confirm something. In the intelligence business, you don’t pretend you’re a hundred percent accurate. If you’re seventy or eighty percent accurate, that makes you one of the best.”


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If raw intelligence gathering for something like this can be counted on LESS THAN JOURNALISM to be truthful and verifiable, then what does that say about it? How can it possibly be taken seriously or used for anything other than political smears? Yet Steele felt “professionally obligated” to go to the FBI with it, and, later, through Democratic lawyer friend Jonathan Winer, the State Department, and finally to the media. The article goes on interminably about everyone’s concern about Russia, but NONE of this information was verified. This whole project was politically contaminated from the start.

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  • Esther Sims

    03/10/2018 02:53 PM

    Mike, I am so SICK of women and journalists and others trying to dig up dirt on Trump before he was in office. I have never been so disappointed in people. What he did before he was President means absolutely NOTHING to me. I am interested in the economy and my investments doing good so I can continue to enjoy retirement. I wish people would see good and not bad. Find me just a few people that have had no sin in their lives. There need to be bill boards all over the country that say in bold letters, "Oh ye without sin, let him cast the first stone." Makes me want to get rid of my TVs and never read the news!!

  • amos kalicharan

    03/10/2018 09:05 AM

    If Steel fabricated the information he presented in that dossier how could that be his suspicions when he clearly knew that it was not true

  • Charles M

    03/10/2018 07:37 AM

    Another shock for me today - The "New Yorker" magazine is still in business??

  • Dusty Hickey

    03/09/2018 07:54 PM

    How is it possible that Hillary and group could put out to do this Dossier for the election and this be legal in a campaign and some in FBI helped do this. Page so far has not even been indicted about any of this and had been even used one time to help the FBI. Sounds like this was all set up to spy on all of Trump and group for Hillary ? This is any different then when Watergate the guys broke into the DNC trying to get info that might be used against Republicans. Even Pres Nixon had no idea of this he only tried to cover up what they did per their stupidity at the time. If he had just let it go they would have been prosecuted and were anyway and he lost being President. If this was lies set up to use to spy then some people need to be prosecuted? Russia Russia over and over and no way did they help Hillary lose she lost on her own per many did not want her . Tired of this 3 Million voted more for her majority out of Calif. New York not many other places why she lost in the end. No one hardly mentions what the DNC did to keep out Sen Bernie Sanders not even he has said that much and not sure why not?

  • JIm Kindle

    03/09/2018 07:31 PM

    I have one question that all seem to be overlooking and that is, if a person is seen to exhibit the same traits as the shooter did in Florida which is grounds for arresting him and seizing his guns then is it also grounds for arresting some with these same actions and he is driving a car and then arrest him and seize his car??? There has been actions in the past where cars were used as bombs, driving into crowds to kill as many people as possible, by someone with the same traits as these shooters but the car is never blamed yet it is used as a weapon??? Oh ever hear of drunk drivers? So the rules apply seize a gun then seize a car as you would a gun!!!!


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  • Norma Solvie

    03/09/2018 05:38 PM

    It seems the Democratic Party and the media have become high stakes gossips. No one is actually given responsibility for the information given. Just someone said..... This is not what our country is suppose to be.

  • Jackson Lazarus

    03/09/2018 03:39 PM

    Thank you, Governor, for your invaluable insight.

  • Eddye Jackso

    03/09/2018 03:08 PM

    Thanks for your work to help educate the public on the corruption by the Clintons and Obama. When are these crooks going to be held accountable for the destruction of our country? We all know the facts, why can’t we put these people behind bars for crimes? Drain the swamp!
    Thanks,
    Eddye

  • Richard Singletary

    03/09/2018 01:43 PM

    IF HILLARY OBAMA AND MARION BERRY WALKED A JEWISH 3 year old to school the jewish boy would die within 1st half a mile from Gang GREEN!!! the jewish boy be safer on general lees horse riding to huckabees baptish church.
    OBAMA, HILLARY AND MARION BARRY WOULD BURY THOSE KIDS FROM PARKLAWN FLA IN A 1929 OLD SCHOOL BUS IN A MASS GRAVE AT A JEWISH CEMETARY

  • tom jeffs

    03/09/2018 12:24 PM

    FBI - - - Federal Bureau of Investigation - - - shouldn't they include simple (FREE) repeat (FREE) repeat (FREE) google and social media searches in their investigations ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

  • Vicky Doak

    03/09/2018 12:19 PM

    Ditto Debra Lockwood. My thoughts exactly!!!

    Thank you Mike for sharing and keeping us up to date.

  • Mary V. Clement Haney

    03/09/2018 12:13 PM

    There seems to be another smoke screen in place with the Russian involvement. It does tend to blur the real issues that need attention. Just a thought! And, I really do like your commentaries Mike! It keeps things in perspective!

  • tom jeffs

    03/09/2018 12:00 PM

    be a whole lot cheaper and more efficient to build a wall on the southern border of - - - MEXICO ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    and they'll police it at no cost to USA ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  • tom jeffs

    03/09/2018 11:58 AM

    be a whole lot cheaper and more efficient to build a wall on the southern border of - - - MEXICO ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    and they'll police it at no cost to USA ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  • Carolyn Sue Jones

    03/09/2018 11:42 AM

    I'm so blessed to receive your news letters! It helps me to keep up and interpret what I read elsewhere! Thank you Gov. Hucklabee for your integrity and interest in our nation!!!

  • Virginia Holford

    03/09/2018 11:27 AM

    I read your newsletter always. I wish you were on FOX more often. I also watch your show on Saturday @8pm.

  • Anne Marie Omweg

    03/09/2018 11:17 AM

    Most anti-Trumpers have a knack for twisting the truth and masking their nasty - and often illegal - behavior with euphemistic cover words. "Duty" to go to the FBI was actually work for an anti-Trump agenda. The FBI needed something to justify its past and future illegal wiretapping on the Trump team, something that the FISA court could have in hand to defend their indefensible grant to so this spying on a presidential candidate and then President. I don't think the present FBI or DOJ are clean enough to tackle all that has to be done about lawlessness by past leaders. It's time for a military tribunal...which can investigate the FBI and DOJ.

  • Anne Marie Omweg

    03/09/2018 11:17 AM

    Most anti-Trumpers have a knack for twisting the truth and masking their nasty - and often illegal - behavior with euphemistic cover words. "Duty" to go to the FBI was actually work for an anti-Trump agenda. The FBI needed something to justify its past and future illegal wiretapping on the Trump team, something that the FISA court could have in hand to defend their indefensible grant to so this spying on a presidential candidate and then President. I don't think the present FBI or DOJ are clean enough to tackle all that has to be done about lawlessness by past leaders. It's time for a military tribunal...which can investigate the FBI and DOJ.

  • Marvin Ray Taylor

    03/09/2018 10:31 AM

    Oh, what a tangled web. As a former Arkansan, I have a little trouble trying to sort out the facts of these webspinners. Not having a law degree, just a product of Arkansas public schools, it's beyond me how anyone can get to the bottom of these undercover agendas. Personally, I generally follow the money trail. It usually leads to the root of the evil. Keep up the good work, Huck! We are watching and listening to you.

  • PETER BROWN

    03/09/2018 10:31 AM

    Thanks for keeping the truth in the forefront!

  • Tom Bennett

    03/09/2018 10:28 AM

    Most DEMONRATS are bought and paid for by Rothschild's pawns. Many are extremely naive and are CLUELESS.

  • Mike Grayson

    03/09/2018 10:07 AM

    I just finished watching the excellent historical series on Netflix "Hitler's Circle of Evil". It was a disturbing reminder of the role the media played in brainwashing the German people to the point they murdered 6 million Jews. Back then, Joseph Goebbels, as Propaganda Minister, took over all media, radio, movies, TV and went to elaborate lengths to lie to German people and elevate Hitler and his thugs. Today, we have a willing media, who are so driven by their own hatred and madness, that they are willing to lie to create a false narrative. There is a great danger in what is going on today.

    Thanks for being a voice against this fanaticism.

  • Helen Corey

    03/09/2018 09:32 AM

    I get a headache when I read the tangled web of dossier. Need flowchart.

  • Debra Lockwood

    03/09/2018 09:15 AM

    Spot on Governor, as usual! Look forward each day to your commentaries!

    When is the DOJ going to do it's job and get after corrupt Hillary Obama and the rest of the gang? We, the American people are becoming restless.

    BTW...love Sarah! Love watching her tame those lions! She's awesome!

    Best regards

    Debra Lockwood
    Tomball, Texas